Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cablevision to Offer Home PC-to-TV Media Relay Service

Cablevision, which serves more than 3 million New York homes, unveiled a uniqe PC-to-TV Media Relay service that will allow its digital cable customers to relay whatever information or images currently appear on their computer screen to their television in real-time, without any additional equipment in the home, using only the company's advanced fiber-rich network.

The service works by transmitting information on a PC screen in real-time through Cablevision's network facilities and then back to the home via a dedicated channel viewable only by that customer.

Cablevision said its service will completely eliminate the need to change input settings on the TV, as is the case with most in-home networking alternatives, or to purchase and install expensive additional equipment. A one-time software download to the computer will enable the PC to TV Media Relay service. In addition, the technology that enables PC to TV Media Relay may also be extended to other consumer devices in the home including handheld devices running applications and connected to in-home wireless networks. PC to TV Media Relay for Mac is also in development. A technical trial is slated by June.

Pricing was not disclosed.

Cable&Wireless Offers International Ethernet Private Line for Financial Sector

Cable&Wireless Worldwide is now offering an International Ethernet Private Line (IEPL) service supporting the specialized and mission critical algorithmic trading and communication needs of the world's largest investment banks and financial institutions.

Cable&Wireless Worldwide said it has already secured a deal with a prominent global investment bank based out of United Kingdom to extend the reach of their cash equities, prime brokerages and futures trading algorithmic network. This specially designed trading network connects the investment bank's key worldwide financial trading exchanges in Chicago, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Korea, Osaka, San Francisco, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

Cable&Wireless Worldwide delivers the IEPL based service over its fully meshed global Core Director Transmission network, at speeds up to 1 Gbps and across 31 sites in Asia, India, the UK, Continental Europe and the US. The network is powered by Ciena's Core Director optical switches.

Allied Telesis' Ethernet Switches Go Green

Allied Telesis has launched eco-friendly versions of its Power over Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet WebSmart Switches.

The newly enhanced versions of the company's AT-FS750/24POE, AT-FS750/48, and AT-GS950/48 Power over Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit WebSmart switches integrate its ECO-Switch technology to optimize the front panel of the switch by allowing LED indicator lights to power off when they are not in use. ECO-Switch technology embedded in the software of the WebSmart switches automatically turn off LEDs after 15 minutes.

In addition, the switches employ "minimize and measurement" technology to ensure only the minimum power is driven into the shorter cable lengths, to significantly lower power consumption and maintain highly efficient power supplies in enterprise networks.

FTTH in Europe Now Reaches 2.5 Million Subscribers

Europe has reached 2.5 million FTTH subscribers; 3.5 million if Russia is also included, according to new figures released by the FTTH Council. The majority of subscribers (77 percent) are concentrated in seven countries, in the following order: Sweden, Italy, France, Lithuania, Norway, The Netherlands and Denmark. Amongst them 5 countries now have connected more than 200,000 subscribers.

The FTTH Council Europe's unique Ranking is part of its Market Panorama study, commissioned from research firm IDATE. It shows the percentage of homes and businesses that receive broadband communications services over direct fibre-optic connections to their homes or buildings. http://www.ftthcouncil.euhttp://

Tellabs Passes JITC Certification for 40G Packet Optical Transport

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) has certified the Tellabs 7100 Optical Transport System and the Tellabs 7100 Nano Optical Transport System. These products integrate SONET/SDH, native Ethernet switching and ROADM-based DWDM technology.

The DoD plans to deploy optical LANs and packet optical networks worldwide to modernize military bases, deliver real-time battlefield imagery and secure mission-critical defense communications. The DoD recently approved a number of Tellabs optical networking and enterprise GPON products.

"No one puts mission-critical telecom equipment through tougher tests than the U.S. Department of Defense. Tellabs' products are the first and only optical LAN and packet optical transport with 40G to pass DoD's stringent testing and achieve JITC certification," said Joe Shilgalis, vice president for Tellabs Government Systems.

As the first JITC-certified packet optical transport system, the Tellabs 7100 system extends the optical LAN from the enterprise GPON network towards the data core by providing efficient Layer 2 aggregation, while offering virtually unlimited bandwidth with WDM technology. SONET traffic can be converged onto the same Tellabs 7100 system using a separate wavelength, instead of a completely separate network. The Tellabs 7100 Nano system, a right fit for the majority of DoD agencies' locations with limited space and high bandwidth requirements, offers similar capabilities in a more compact footprint with lower power consumption.

Motorola Deploys TD-LTE at Shanghai Expo

Motorola has installed a Time Division Duplex Long-Term Evolution (TD-LTE) network at the Expo Center for World Expo 2010 Shanghai China, and completed the first indoor over-the-air (OTA) TD-LTE data sessions at the site.

In 2009, China Mobile selected Motorola as a main equipment supplier to provide indoor TD-LTE coverage for pavilions at Shanghai Expo. During the Shanghai Expo, Motorola will provide an advanced end-to-end TD-LTE solution and the world's first TD-LTE USB dongles. Motorola will also leverage its orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) expertise with professional services to deploy, maintain and optimize these leading-edge networks.

Motorola said it remains on track in its LTE ecosystem plan and is making strides toward TD-LTE commercialization and globalization. Recently, Motorola announced the successful completion of the TD-LTE key functionalities tests initiated by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Earlier, Motorola demonstrated the world's first live TD-LTE drive tour in Geneva at ITU Telecom World and successfully completed the joint OTA trial with operators as part of the collaborative trials scheduled throughout 2009. Motorola is also engaged with several other global tier-one operators on TD-LTE trials that commenced in Q4 2009.

Sprint Expands 4G Launch Plans for 2010

Sprint announced plans to launch 4G in several additional major markets in 2010, including Denver, Kansas City and Minneapolis. These markets will join 27 cities where Sprint 4G is already available.

Sprint has previously announced plans to activate its WiMAX service this year in Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. More Sprint 4G markets will be announced at a later date. Sprint 4G is expected to cover up to 120 million people by the end of 2010.


FCC Chairman Promises More Spectrum in National Broadband Plan

"Without sufficient spectrum, we will starve mobile broadband of the nourishment it needs to thrive as a platform for innovation, job creation and economic growth," stated FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in a speech to the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Counting 2008's 700 MHz auction, the FCC in recent years has authorized a 3-fold increase in commercial spectrum for mobile broadband. But Genachowshki admits that this increase will not allow us to keep pace with an estimated 30-fold increase in traffic.

As part of its soon to be reveled National Broadband Plan, the FCC will set a goal of freeing up 500 Megahertz of spectrum over the next decade. The FCC will work closely with NTIA to do so. Specifically, the FCC will seek to establish market-based mechanisms that enable spectrum intended for the commercial marketplace to flow to the uses the market values most.

Genachowski said that one such mechanism will be a "Mobile Future Auction" -- an auction permitting existing spectrum licensees, such as television broadcasters in spectrum-starved markets, to voluntarily relinquish spectrum in exchange for a share of auction proceeds, and allow spectrum sharing and other spectrum efficiency measures. He pointed to one study that suggests that as much as $50 billion in value could be unlocked if the U.S. adopted policies to convert some of the broadcast spectrum to mobile broadband.

Genachowski also mentioned the the upcoming National Broadband Plan will seek to resolve longstanding debates about how to maximize the value of spectrum in bands such as the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) or Wireless Communications Service (WCS) by giving licensees the option of new flexibility to put the spectrum toward mobile
broadband use--or the option of voluntarily transferring the license to someone else who will. In addition, the National Broadband Plan will encourage innovative ways of using of spectrum, including what some call "opportunistic" uses, to encourage the development of new technologies and new spectrum policy models.

GENBAND Confirms Plans to Acquire Nortel's CVAS Assets

GENBAND confirmed its plans to acquire substantially all assets of the Nortel Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions Business (CVAS). The acquisition is subject to court and certain regulatory approvals in Canada, the United States and other jurisdictions, as well as other closing conditions.

The deal combines GENBAND's next-generation media, session and security gateway technologies and Nortel's softswitch, media gateway and application technologies. The combined company will have products deployed with over two-thirds of the world's top 100 service providers and will cover broad markets including fixed, mobile, cable and broadband operators.

GENBAND has teamed with One Equity Partners (OEP) and other existing shareholders to secure the Nortel assets.
  • In January 2010, GENBAND first announced plans to acquire Nortel's CVAS assets for a purchase price of US$282 million, subject to balance sheet and other adjustments currently estimated at approximately US$100 million.

Quantenna Raises $15 Million for its 4x4 MIMO Wi-Fi

Quantenna Communications, a start-up based in Fremont, California, raised $15 million in a Series D round of financing for its 4X4 MIMO 802.11n chipsets designed for next gen home networking applications.

Quantenna leverages dynamic digital beamforming to deliver very high-speed wireless coverage throughout the whole home for sharing high definition (HD) video and multimedia content between home gateways and TVs. Quantenna's silicon is targeted at devices such as home residential gateways, set-top boxes, routers, HDTVs and consumer electronic devices, which all require high bandwidth and reliability to support whole home HD video distribution and networking over standard Wi-Fi networks.

The new funding came from Quantenna's current investors: Grazia Equity, Sequoia Capital, Sigma Partners, Southern Cross, Swisscom, and Venrock Associates.

"This is an exciting chapter for Quantenna, as we work with some of the industry's leading consumer electronics manufacturers to deploy a new generation of ultra-high-reliability Wi-Fi home-networking products that can distribute multiple video streams throughout the home at full, 1080p resolution," said David French, Quantenna's CEO. "We have a rapidly growing design pipeline encompassing a wide variety of exciting new products and services, all based on our industry-standard IEEE 802.11n technology with super-charged video capabilities."http://www.quantenna.comhttp://

Overture Adds 1588v2 Differential Timing to Optical Ethernet

Overture Networks has added 1588v2 differential timing to both its UTS4000 Ethernet Edge Platform and UTX8500 Pseudowire Gateway, enabling applications such as high-performance DS1 pseudowire over Ethernet. DS1 pseudowire can be used for mobile backhaul applications where latency, jitter and wander requirements are particularly stringent.

Overture Networks said its UTS4000 product family enables converged Ethernet services and up to 24 pseudowire DS1s over native Ethernet transport. It supports fine-grain CoS and SONET-quality DS1 transport over Gigabit Ethernet or any other native Ethernet transport. The UTS4000 series, which is already MEF18 certified in adaptive mode, now offers the additional option of integrated 1588v2 differential mode timing. Specifically, the UTS 4000 can be paired with the Overture Networks UTX8500 PWE gateway to allow carriers to enable a 1588v2 solution without the cost and complexity of deploying separate 1588v2 timing servers. The UTX8500 PWE gateway supports 1,000 protected DS1s in a completely redundant system. The UTX8500 leverages existing BITS or SONET line timing to deliver an integrated 1588v2 timing master server which supports up to 500 remotes.

Starwood Hotels Go Live with Cisco TelePresence Meetings Suites

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide launched its first in-hotel Cisco TelePresence meeting suites at the W Chicago City Center and the Sheraton on the Park Sydney.

The two hotels are the first in Starwood's global portfolio to introduce the new Cisco TelePresence technology.

In June of 2009, Starwood announced a partnership with Tata Communications and plans to build Cisco TelePresence rooms in 10 properties worldwide. In addition to the W Chicago and Sheraton on the Park Sydney, inaugurated as part of this partnership with Tata Communications, two more Cisco TelePresence meeting suites will open in the first half of this year including the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers and Sheraton Centre Toronto which will come online in the upcoming months. Other Starwood locations planned to open throughout 2010 include The Westin Los Angeles Airport, with the anticipation to expand the offering to key domestic and international business markets such as Dallas, San Francisco, Brussels, Paris, Hong Kong and Frankfurt. l in South Africa.

Carl Zeiss Chooses AT&T to Link 250 Locations

Carl Zeiss group has chosen AT&T as its sole provider of comprehensive communications services. The five-year contract with a value of more than $20 million includes the networking of over 250 Carl Zeiss global offices in 44 countries throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia and Africa using AT&T`s innovative technologies.