Sunday, April 4, 2010

Oki Develops a 43 Gbps Modulated Laser

Oki Semiconductor introduced a new Electro-Absorption Modulated Laser (EML) with 1.3 μm wavelength band capable of 43 Gbps serial transmission up to 10 km. Sampling is set for June 2010 and product launch is scheduled to take place in October 2010.

OKI Semiconductor already offers an EML with 1.55 μm wavelength band compliant with XLMD-MSA for 40 Gbps. This device has a transmission range of around 2 km.

Infinera Appoints Vice President of Architecture

Infinera has hired Michael Frendo as Vice President of Architecture to lead the development and implementation of long-term architectural direction at the company.

Mr. Frendo joins Infinera after a series of senior architectural and engineering roles at leading companies including Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, McDATA Corp and Avaya. http://www.infinera.comhttp://

New 4.8 Tbps Trans-Pacific Unity Cable Ready for Service

Unity, a consortium of six international companies, together with its suppliers NEC Corporation and TE SubCom (formerly Tyco Telecommunications), announced that the new Trans-Pacific Unity submarine cable system is ready for service.

The 9,620 km Unity cable system is architected with five fiber pairs and is designed to deliver up to 4.8 Terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth across the Pacific, with each fiber pair having a capacity of up to 960 Gbps. It provides direct connectivity between Chikura, located on the coast near Tokyo, and West Coast network Points-of-Presence in Los Angeles, Palo Alto and San Jose. At Chikura, Unity is seamlessly connected to other cable systems, further enhancing connectivity into Asia.

Members of the Unity consortium include Bharti Airtel, Global Transit (a Kuala Lumpur based telecommunications group), Google, KDDI Corporation, Pacnet (formed from the merger of Asia Netcom and Pacific Internet) and SingTel. The Unity cable system was constructed at a cost of approximately US$300 million.

"Following months of testing to ensure that the cable system meets the rigorous transmission standards specified, the Unity cable system is now ready to deliver the much anticipated capacity to meet the Trans-Pacific connectivity needs of members of the consortium," said Chris Wilson, Chairman of the Unity Executive Committee.

Separately, PacNet, which is Unity's largest investor, said its portion of the system comprises two of the five fiber pairs on the Unity cable system. EAC Pacific, which connects seamlessly to its EAC-C2C pan-Asia cable system at Chikura, provides up to 1.92 Tbps of capacity across the Pacific.
  • In December 2009, NTT Communications launched a new cable route linking Japan to the Trans-Pacific Express Cable Network (TPE), an optical fiber cable system that interconnects Mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and now Japan. TPE, which was built by a consortium comprising NTT Com, AT&T, China Telecommunications, China United Telecommunications, Chunghwa Telecom, KT Corporation and Verizon Business, began operating on September 30, 2008.

  • Also in 2009, NTT Com acquired 100% of Pacific Crossing's outstanding common shares. Pacific Crossing's PC-1 network is the second-largest trans-Pacific subsea cable system, spanning 21,000 km and connecting the U.S. and Japan. The system has landings at Harbour Pointe, Washington (near Seattle); Grover Beach, California (between San Francisco and Los Angeles); Ajigaura, Japan (near Tokyo); and Shima, Japan (near Osaka and Nagoya).

MobileIron's iPad App Monitors Corporate SmartPhones

MobileIron, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, introduced its MobileIron Sentry App for the Apple iPad. The app provides a mobile command center from which IT departments can monitor and take action on smartphones accessing enterprise email. The MobileIron Sentry App for iPad delivers real-time monitoring and response capabilities including:

  • Dashboard view of smartphone connection activity.

  • Identification of unauthorized or risky access.

  • Blocking of rogue devices.

  • Policy setting based on the device type employees are choosing.

MobileIron offers a Virtual Smartphone Platform that helps companies take control of smartphones, including for BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, iPhone, Symbian, and Android.
  • MobileIron is headed by Bob Tinker (president and CEO), who previously led the Business Development team for Cisco's wireless business units. The company was co-founded by Suresh Batchu, previously Engineering Portfolio Leader for application switching and security at Nortel Enterprise Data Network, and Ajay Mishra, who previously was a co-founder of enterprise wireless pioneer Airespace (now part of Cisco).

Fujitsu to Demo MPEG-4 Encoding Solutions, Low Latency 10Gb Ethernet

Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. will demonstrate its portfolio of high-fidelity, low-latency media solutions at the NAB Convention in Las Vegas later this month.

The exhibit includes the latest IP-9400 MPEG-4 AVC encoder, designed specifically to meet the demands of mobile live event contribution. Fujitsu said its design significantly reduces operational costs as broadcasters convert from MPEG-2 to AVC encoding in their high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) microwave, satellite and IP digital news gathering and live event capture systems.

Fujitsu will also showcase its recently announced XG2600 10Gb Ethernet solution as well as the 24-port XG0224 and 48-port XG0448 Layer 2 Ethernet switching solutions.

Gigamon Names VP of Marketing

Gigamon, which supplies Intelligent Data Access Networking solutions, announced the promotion of Kevin Jablonski to vice president of marketing and business development. Jablonski joined Gigamon in 2008. He brings nearly three decades of experience to his new role. Jablonski has cultivated and established many lucrative business relationships with large corporations such as HP, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, AT&T and EMC. Prior to Gigamon, Jablonski was the vice president of business development at Anue Systems.

Australia's NBN Picks First Partners, Issues More RFPs

NBN Co Limited (NBN Co), the consortium established to design, build and operate Australia's forthcoming wholesale-only National Broadband Network (NBN), selected three key technology partners: IBM, Oracle and Accenture.

IBM was selected for infrastructure hosting, which consists of acquiring servers, storage, operating systems, Oracle for the software platform. Accenture was picked for implementation and ongoing support services.

Portland Group provided procurement support to NBN Co for the process of selection. The contracts with IBM, Oracle and Accenture total $23 million over three years. NBN Co issued the Request for Proposal for these contracts in December 2009.

Separately, NBN Co. issued a Request for Capability Statement (RCS) seeking suitably qualified companies, joint ventures or consortia to provide design and construction services for the progressive rollout of the Fibre Access Network to 90% of Australian premises. Potential construction partners will need to show they have the capability and capacity to design and deliver telecommunications infrastructure projects of significant size and complexity. Submissions are due by 27-April-2010.

Two Minute Video: Beyond Gigabit Wireless Backhaul

Presented by Paul E. Obsitnik, Bridgewave Communications