Tuesday, March 23, 2010

NeoPhotonics Launches 10G PON transceivers

NeoPhotonics introduced a new line of 10G PON transceivers, compliant with the ITU-T G987.2 and IEEE 802.3av networking standards, to augment its portfolio of GPON and GEPON modules for optical line terminals (OLT) and Optical Networking Units (ONU). The ITU-T G987.2 compatible transceivers support data rates of 10G in the downstream direction and 2.5G burst mode transmission in the upstream direction covering nominal link budgets of 29 dB and 31 dB. The IEEE 802.3av compatible transceivers support data rates of 10G in the downstream direction and 1G burst mode transmission in the upstream direction covering link budgets of up to 30.5 dB. The OLT transceivers are offered in the XFP form factor, whereas the ONU transceivers come in space and power saving SFP+ form factor. Monitoring features allow early fault location and reduce down time in system operation.

Menara Awarded OTN "System-in-a-Module" Patent

Menara Networks was issued a U.S. patent (#7580637) for its proprietary approach to integrate ITU-T G.709 OTN framing, OAM processing, forward error correction, and other DWDM optical networking functions into various bit-rate, hot pluggable optical transceivers while at the same time preserving and adhering to the Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) aspects of the respective pluggable optical transceiver module. Menara has shipped the industry's first such product in 2007 in the form of a OTN DWDM XENPAK module.

Calix Completes IPO

Calix complete an initial public offering of shares. The initial pricing was $13.00 per share. Trading closed on Wednesday at $15.10, up 16% for the day.

The shares are now sold on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "CALX." The company, which is based in Petaluma, California, began shipping its first multiservice access products in December 2001.

Ubiquisys and Public Wireless Announce 3G Metro Femtocell

Public Wireless, which specializes in wireless siting solutions, and Ubiquisys announced the commercial availability of the Public Wireless Colo-Node HSPA, the first metro femtocell solution specifically designed for outdoor hotspot locations.

An HSPA metro femtocell is a new class of device that provides a targeted, low-cost solution that provides seamless capacity relief for increasingly congested macro networks. It backhauls over the IP infrastructure already deployed -- typically cable or DSL. A single Colo-Node HSPA metro femtocell provides a range of up to 2km at pedestrian and vehicular speeds.

Each Colo-Node HSPA unit contains up to four Ubiquisys femtocell modules, each with 16 calls / 14.4Mbps HSPA data capacity. The modules are powered by Ubiquisys Femto-Engine software, which ensures adaptive compatibility with the macro network and provides handover with other femtocells and the macro network for service continuity. If the macro is replanned, the metro femto immediately adapts according to operator policies.

Powerwave Introduces 700 MHz LTE Repeaters

Powerwave Technologies introduced its 700 MHz wideband Nexus FT single-input single-output (SISO) and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) repeaters for the U.S. market.

The LTE repeater systems can be used for extending the capacity and reach of existing wireless networks. The coverage systems enable end users to leverage 3G and 4G features and functionality as they move throughout coverage areas within indoor environments such as airports, office buildings, shopping malls and subways.

The Nexus FT 700 Public Safety repeater system offers similar benefits and advantages for public safety networks.

Powerwave's new Nexus FT 700 LTE and Public Safety repeaters can be deployed up to 15 miles from an existing base station while delivering support for multi-protocol wireless systems.

Verizon Wireless Uses Anritsu's Analyzer for LTE Tests

Verizon Wireless has selected Anritsu's BTS Master handheld base station analyzer to test its LTE network rollout. Specifically, Verizon Wireless field engineers and technicians are using the BTS Master configured with its LTE test option to conduct RF and modulation quality measurements on LTE signals to help ensure successful installation of base stations in Boston, Seattle and other cities.

Samsung Mobile to Supply LTE Handset to MetroPCS

Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) will supply an LTE-enabled, multi-mode, CDMA, 4G handset to MetroPCS.

The Samsung SCH-r900 will be one of the first commercially available LTE-enabled, multi-mode, CDMA, 4G handsets in the United States when MetroPCS launches the handset in the second half of 2010. The introduction of the Samsung SCH-r900 is part of Samsung Mobile's collaboration with MetroPCS to deliver advanced LTE handsets, services and infrastructure. Product details were not disclosed.

MetroPCS plans to initially deploy a commercial LTE network in various metropolitan markets, including the Las Vegas metropolitan area where Samsung Mobile LTE network products will be used, in the second half of 2010.
  • In September 2009, MetroPCS also named Ericsson as its infrastructure vendor for the launch of its LTE service.

AT&T Announces Nationwide Plans for 3G MicroCell

Beginning next month, AT&T will market a 3G MicroCell that allows residential customers to route wireless phone calls and data connections (or sessions) across a home broadband connection. This solution is designed to benefit customers who live in homes that have coverage impediments that consistently interrupt wireless spectrum, such as dense wall and roof construction or unfavorable terrain.

The AT&T 3G MicroCell, which supports both 3G data and voice services, was developed in conjunction with Cisco. Trials have been underway since September.

The AT&T 3G MicroCell will be sold at a one-time cost of $149.99.

Zayo Acquires AGL Networks for Fiber in GA, AZ, NC

Zayo Group will acquire AGL Networks, which provides bandwidth infrastructure services primarily in Georgia, Arizona, and North Carolina. AGL's network consists of more than 795 route miles and 182,000 fiber miles. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Motorola Focuses its LTE Self-Organizing Network (SON)

Motorola's SON solution offers revolutionary approach for OPEX, designed to avoid and reduce operating costs by simplifying the management of the LTE network.

Motorola announced several improvements to its LTE self-organizing network (SON) solution that enables greater network optimization. The company said its aim is to help operators reduce expenses from day 1 of their LTE network by leveraging advanced algorithms to optimize network resources.

Motorola's SON is a 3GPP Release 8 standards-compliant solution that draws upon the company's research in network autonomics. The solution automates previously manual steps involved in planning, deploying, optimizing and operating the network - hence reducing or eliminating the need for new operation and management resources that typically are required to manage an additional network technology (2G, 3G, plus LTE).

"In this next release, we are leveraging our heritage in radio frequency, OFDM expertise, cell designing and optimization techniques gleaned from years of real-world experience with public safety networks to offer more features and functionality, providing even greater network optimization and savings," said Fred Gabbard, vice president, Motorola Networks.


Verizon Wireless Deploys Camiant's Policy Control Solution for LTE

Verizon Wireless has selected Camiant's Multimedia Policy Engine (MPE) as the Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) for its forthcoming LTE network.

Camiant's MPE will perform policy control in the LTE network for Internet Data-, IMS- and non-IMS-based services. In addition, Camiant's MPE will also be the PCRF for all IMS based services over the existing 3G network.

Verizon Wireless Chooses 7 layers Lab LTE Device Testing

Verizon Wireless has selected 7 layers as a laboratory to test devices for operation on its LTE network.

7 layers will validate that the devices meet the minimal performance and conformance specifications necessary to operate on the Verizon Wireless LTE network.

  • The 7 Layers Group was founded 1999 in Ratingen (Germany) near Düsseldorf. Further test and service centers, belonging to the 7 layers group have been established in Irvine (USA), Beijing and Shanghai (P.R. of China), Suwon Si (Seoul, Korea), Yokohama (Japan) and Taipei (Taiwan).

Verizon Confirms Fiber Backhaul to LTE Sites in 25 States

Verizon Global Wholesale will provide variable capacity fiber-optic links between cell sites and switching facilities to support Verizon Wireless' forthcoming LTE network. Specifically, Verizon Global Wholesale will be provide fiber between more than 3,500 Verizon Wireless cell sites and the company's mobile telephone switching offices in 25 states and the District of Columbia. The fiber backhaul will carry cell site traffic of all kinds - voice, Internet and video - as packetized data over fiber-optic Ethernet private line links to and from network switching facilities.

"There can be no weak links in the Verizon Wireless LTE network chain, and Verizon's network facilities and services not only are robust and reliable, but use the latest technology to offer the capacities and speeds LTE will demand," said Quintin Lew, senior vice president of marketing for Verizon's wholesale group. "We are proud to have helped with the initial trials in Boston and Seattle. We appreciate the tremendous leap that LTE represents for wireless broadband services and are committed to supporting the Verizon Wireless vision of the 4G network with ultra-reliable networking that can be scaled up as the LTE network flourishes."

Nicola Palmer, Verizon Wireless network vice president, said, "We had thought that providing Ethernet backhaul as an LTE enabler would be the long pole to launching LTE. That's not proving to be the case. Verizon is delivering on their promises to help us grow capacity and maintain reliability in our network."

In addition, Verizon Wireless confirmed that its LTE rollout plan is on track to deliver the nation's first 4G LTE service to customers in 25 to 30 markets, covering roughly 100 million people by year's end.

LTE trials in Boston and Seattle have indicated that the network is capable of peak download speeds of 40 to 50 Mbps, peak upload speeds of 20 to 25 Mbps and average data rates of 5 to 12 Mbps on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world environments.

Verizon Wireless Selects Alcatel-Lucent's Mobile Backhaul for LTE

Verizon Wireless has selected Alcatel-Lucent's mobile backhaul solution, which transports voice and data traffic from wireless base stations to the broad network to support its 3G network and prepare for its LTE network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

In 2009, Verizon Wireless selected Alcatel-Lucent as one of the providers of the LTE Radio Access Network (RAN) and Enhanced Packet Core (EPC) and parts of the IP Multi-Media Subsystem (IMS) network.

Alcatel-Lucent offers a comprehensive mobile backhaul solution -- from the IP backbone through to the cell tower. The Alcatel-Lucent solution includes the 7750 Service Router, 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR) and the 5620 Service Aware Manager.

"Verizon Wireless was an early mover toward LTE by being the first service provider to announce plans to deploy a commercial network and clearly is setting the pace for the industry," said Robert Vrij, president of Alcatel-Lucent's Americas Region. "By choosing a comprehensive mobile backhaul solution early in the development process -- from the IP backbone through to the cell tower -- Verizon Wireless is positively positioning itself to handle the data explosion and growing need for high-bandwidth applications and content that LTE will enable."http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Spirent Offer LTE Device RF Testing

At CTIA Wireless 2010 in Las Vegas, Spirent Communications demonstrated its system for testing the RF performance of a pre-commercial LTE modem. For an LTE deployment to meet its technical and business objectives, devices will need to be verified against a new set of technical challenges prior to commercial launch. There are band-specific issues due to spectrum availability and the difficulties of effectively implementing Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology in a mobile device form factor. Spirent said performance testing is fundamental to the LTE ecosystem's ability to seamlessly deliver a full range of voice, data and media services, between devices, networks and multiple generations of wireless technologies, across the globe.

Spirent's LTE RF Performance solution offers an open, scalable multi-purpose test system that is expandable beyond initial testing needs to include LTE pre-conformance and validated conformance test cases.

Spirent Offers Support for MPLS-TP and Mobile Network Sync

Spirent Communications introduced a TestCenter Mobile Backhaul solution for performing testing of Ethernet links in the mobile backhaul network.

Specifically, Spirent TestCenter Mobile Backhaul can be used for testing the performance of SyncE and IEEE 1588 with industry's highest accuracy. It supports MPLS-TP including OAM, QoS and protection functions. Spirent said its solution can also emulate any size mobile network environment, applications and users and eliminating the need for expensive mini-networks with real network elements in the test lab.

New Specifications for CDMA2000 Femtocells

3GPP2, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) and the Femto Forum published a set of specifications for femtocell devices that incorporate CDMA2000 1X and HRPD (EVDO) radio access technologies.

These specifications describe all aspects of a SIP/IMS-based femtocell architecture for highly-scalable deployment of femtocells that can provide voice, multimedia, and data services to existing CDMA2000 1X and HRPD mobile devices.

"This announcement represents culmination of the first major phase of 3GPP2's extensive standardization project for femtocell devices -- work that has been heavily supported by CDMA2000 system operators, many of whom have already announced commercial femtocell deployments or plans for commercial offerings in the near future," said Cheryl Blum, 3GPP2 Steering Committee Chair. "The advanced SIP/IMS-based architecture and inclusion of industry-first femtozone service capabilities represent the commitment of the CDMA2000 vendors and system operators to delivering advanced interoperable femtocell solutions."http://www.3gpp2.orghttp://www.femtoforum.org

Portugal's Optimus Tests HSPA+ Dual Carrier with Huawei

Portugal's Optimus, the integrated telecommunications operator of Sonaecom, has completed HSPA+ Dual Carrier technology tests with Huawei. HSPA+ Dual Carrier technology allows theoretical maximum download speeds of up to 42 Mbps. The tests, performed 100% on the Optimus network, reached maximum download speeds of 41.4 Mbps and the average download speed reached 39.7 Mbps.

Dual Carrier technology is based on the principle of using two carrier waves, both on the transmitter and the receiver, which allows the increase of the transmission rate to double the current maximum value (21 Mbps).

Broadcom Introduces Low Power 10G PHY for Long Haul and Metro Optical

Broadcom is expanding its long haul transmission chip portfolio with new 10 Gigabit (10G) physical layer (PHY) transceivers designed in 65 nanometer (65nm) process technology.
The Broadcom BCM8155 and BCM8157 multi-rate transceivers support data rates ranging from 8.5 Gbps to 11.352 Gbps and feature low power consumption and long reach jitter performance. The BCM8155 provides additional support for Return to Zero (RZ) modulation. These next generation Broadcom PHYs are both fully integrated, multi source agreement (MSA)-compliant devices that support multi-rate applications including 8.5G Fibre Channel, OC-192 SONET/SDH, 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE), 10G Fibre Channel (10FC) and optical transport networks (OTNs)/OTU-2 data rates.

Broadcom Introduces 40nm 10GbE SFP+ PHYs

Broadcom announced 40 nanometer (nm) quad-channel 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) physical layer (PHY) devices, offering power consumption savings of approximately 30 percent over competing 65nm CMOS solutions while enabling the convergence of 10GbE and Fibre Channel equipment in the data center.

The new BCM84750 series of quad all-DSP 10GbE PHYs, which use the company's digital signal processing (DSP) technology, provides an upgrade path from 1 Gigabit Ethernet (1GbE) to 10GbE and beyond, up to 40GbE. http://www.broadcom.comhttp://

ZTE Launches World's First CDMA/LTE Dual-Mode Remote Radio Unit

ZTE introduced a CDMA/LTE dual-mode Remote Radio Unit (RRU) that supports the 700 MHz and Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum band, CDMA2000 1X, EV-DO and LTE simultaneously.

In the CDMA arena, it supports Two Transmit Two Receive (2T2R) and LTE Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technologies as well. The platform is based on the ZTE Soft Defined Radio (SDR) platform.

"We are seeing most North American CDMA operators opt for CDMA and LTE dual-mode networks, with AWS and 700 MHz the most commonly used spectrum sources," said Ms. Li Jian, general manager of ZTE's CDMA product line. "ZTE is addressing this market development by offering the R8880 as part of our leading UniRAN (Unified RAN) solution and helping North American tier-one CDMA operators move towards 4G."http://www.zte.com.cn

NSN Demonstrates Voice over LTE Interoperability with Samsung

Nokia Siemens Networks and Samsung demonstrated standards-based Voice over LTE (VoLTE) interoperability using two different clients running on Samsung LTE devices.

The calls used the 700-MHz frequency LTE band and encompassed a complete end-to-end VoLTE configuration including laptops installed with VoLTE clients from Nokia Siemens Networks and Samsung. The laptops are connected to the network via Samsung's "Redwood" LTE dongle, which incorporates Samsung's in-house developed "Kalmia" modem chipset.

"Following the announcement of our first commercial LTE dongle and the demonstration of our LTE netbook, this demo is a defining moment for us. Full interoperability with Nokia Siemens Networks' LTE network infrastructure and its own VoLTE client takes us one step closer to commercial deployments and showcases the viability of our products," said Yunsang Park, vice president of the Telecom R&D Center at Samsung Electronics.

"We have achieved interoperability with Samsung for both data and voice calls across several frequency bands required for LTE deployments in different markets," said Tommi Uitto, head of Network Systems product management, Nokia Siemens Networks. "With this demo, we further underscore that we are commercially ready for global LTE deployments and that our end-to-end LTE ecosystem is fully interoperable with leading vendor devices."http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

CTIA: US Market Exceeds 285 Million Wireless Connections, $49 ARPU

There are now over 285 million wireless connections in the U.S. and the average local monthly bill exceeds $49, according to the CTIA-The Wireless Association's Semi-annual wireless industry survey based on data from December 2009. Some other facts about the U.S. wireless market:

  • Wireless service revenues for the last half of 2009 amounted to almost $77 billion--up from a little more than $75 billion in the last half of 2008.

  • Wireless data service revenues increased 25.7% from the last half of 2008 to reach more than $22 billion for the last half of 2009.

  • Wireless data revenues, which represent what consumers spend on non-voice services, were more than 28% of all wireless service revenues.

  • There are now more than 257 million data-capable devices in consumers' hands, up from 228 million at the end of 2008. 50 million of these devices are smart phones or wireless-enabled PDAs and nearly 12 million are wireless-enabled laptops, notebooks or aircards.

  • 822 billion text messages sent and received on carriers' networks during the last half of 2009--amounting to almost 5 billion messages per day at the end of the year.

  • During the 2009 calendar year, there were more than 1.5 trillion text messages reported on carriers' networks.

  • Wireless customers using more than 1.12 trillion voice minutes in the last half of 2009, up 38 billion from the last half of 2008--and breaking down to 6.1 billion minutes-of-use per day.

  • More than 24.2 billion MMS messages were reported for the last half of 2009 -- more than double the number from the previous year, when 9.3 billion were reported for the last half of 2008.