Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NTT Com to Offer Dual-stack Global IP-VPN Service Worldwide

NTT Com is rolling out a worldwide commercial IPv6-compatible IP-VPN service based on MPLS. The service will provide dual-stack connectivity for NTT Com's Arcstar Global IP-VPN via synchronous transfer mode (STM), Ethernet or cross-connect access lines. The service is now available in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Launches in other markets will follow.

NTT Com said that by allowing both protocols to be used on the same network, its VPN service enables enterprises to retain existing IPv4 architecture while gradually transitioning to IPv6 in a relatively smooth, low-cost manner. Most Arcstar Global IP-VPN optional services will be available, including quality of service, load sharing and traffic reporting. Service-level agreements will assure reliable, high-quality IP-VPN performance.

"Deploying an IPv6-compatible system can require time, so now is the time for enterprises to begin preparing for the transition, starting by consider just how badly the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses could impact the company's overall ICT system," said Dr. Shin Miyakawa, Director of IP Core Technology, Innovative IP Architecture Center. "The new dual-stack service will enable companies to smoothly transition from IPv4 to IPv6 via a fully managed, high-quality global network, backed by the unmatched know-how and experience of NTT Com, operator of the world's first commercial global IPv6 backbone since 2001."

The company launched a Japan-only dual-stack Arcstar IP-VPN service in March 2009.

Level 3 Tightens Latency SLAs from NYC-Chicago for Financial Apps

Level 3 Communications has begun offering two new ultra-low-latency options backed by service level guarantees on its fiber network between New York and Chicago. Circuits are available at speeds up to 10 Gbps for the low-latency services. The primary targets are financial institutions.

Verizon Wins $100 Million Agreement with Mitsui

Verizon Business announced an agreement valued at $100 million to help Mitsui build a new, fully managed global communications and IT platform. Specifically, Verizon Business will deploy and manage an integrated global IT, communications, data center and networking solution, supported by comprehensive managed services, security and IT consulting offerings.

Mitsui had previously worked with regional carriers around the globe, leading to duplicate platforms, processes and costs.

Verizon Business will provide a scalable, high-capacity global managed Private IP network for the company's voice and data communications that will serve as the foundation for new collaboration services such as audio, net and video conferencing. Verizon Business will manage Mitsui's key business applications in both Mitsui's own data centers and Verizon Business's fully redundant, secure data centers, and will also manage the company's IP PBX services, helping Mitsui transition its telephony services to a secure and resilient voice-over-IP platform. This will be realized in conjunction with Mitsui's existing information technology partners -- Fujitsu, Hitachi, MKI and NEC. Additionally, Verizon Business will provide managed e-mail, managed network security services and comprehensive desktop support.

Cable & Wireless Deploys NSN in the Channel Islands

Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has upgraded and expanded its 3G network in the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey with Nokia Siemens Networks. Nokia Siemens Networks is deploying its Single Radio Access Network (Single RAN) platform, which serves a variety of wireless access technologies by using the same Flexi Multiradio base station. Single RAN removes the need to deploy separate equipment for 2G, 3G and LTE networks, providing operators with a cost-efficient and future-proof approach to building their radio networks.

360networks Enhances Wholesale VoIP Service

360networks, a facilities-based full service wholesaler operator, has enhanced its VoIP Origination service to include support for short message service/multimedia message service (SMS/MMS) and a new metered inbound pricing model. The new SMS/MMS feature utilizes the same carrier grade SMS platform as wireless-to-wireless SMS, providing accurate routing of messages using real-time updates from the industry Local Number Portability database. 360networks delivers real-time processing of messages and message tracking via online reporting tools.

"As communications converge, we continue to see requirements from our customers to support applications such as SMS and MMS," said Rick Coma, senior vice president of 360networks. "As a wholesaler of next-generation communication services we will continue to work closely with our customers and deliver on their requirements."http://www.360networks.com

Dell and Telefónica Enter Alliance

Dell and Telefónica announced a strategic alliance to develop future products and services designed around enhanced data-first experiences, enabling customers to interact with family, friends and businesses whenever and wherever they choose. The alliance with Telefónica is part of Dell's continued focus on developing smart mobile products
and services through value-added relationships.

"The demand for pervasive, instant-on, web-connected devices is everywhere," said Ron Garriques,
president, Dell Communication Solutions Group. "We are excited to align with Telefónica and
leverage our combined strengths to create products and services that provide a simple and seamless
experience for our customers."

"The new digital ecosystem, under construction, creates huge opportunities and advantages for all
industries that transform and adapt to the digital world, and not only in terms of productivity, but
also in terms of new lines of initiative, new applications and new business opportunities,"
said Vivek Dev, Director of Innovation at Telefónica. "And we are very excited to work with Dell to
develop these solutions."http://www.telefonica.com

Verizon's Content Delivery Carries Half Terabyte per Second

Verizon's content delivery service is now carrying up to half a terabyte of data per second over its IP backbone.

The company said much of the increased traffic attracted over the past year has been via its Partner Port Program, which provides faster connections and delivery of content when compared with traditional peering-based delivery systems.

The program, launched just over a year ago and offered in the U.S., is a concentrated effort to draw content onto the Verizon network via direct connections with content owners' servers at content delivery access points located around the country. The direct links allow content owners and aggregators to bypass the traditional "peering" delivery system that involves multiple connections, or "hops," over several networks and causes latency and quality issues for data delivery to end users.

The direct link between content servers and the Verizon global IP network means that Internet content directed to the homes of Verizon's and other ISPs' customers is quickly delivered, improving the performance quality of the delivery network and the customer experience.

"We have active plans to scale this infrastructure with a 100 gigabit Ethernet backbone in the very near future. We also are expanding these capabilities to the Verizon IP networks in Europe and Asia to provide a truly global offering for content delivery via the highly interconnected Verizon global IP network, and expect to make an announcement about an international opportunity soon," said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global network planning for Verizon.

Dilithium Launches iPad Live and On-Demand Video Streaming

Dilithium has added live streaming video and Video-On-Demand (VOD) streaming for the iPad utilizing the Dilithium Content Adapter (DCA). This includes Adobe Flash video delivered through the standard iPad Safari browser.

The company said its DCA is unique in its ability to deliver live video and VOD to all iPads and iPhones (OS2 and OS3), using their built-in Safari browser. It supports all popular video formats, and performs on-the-fly and on-demand media formatting and codec adaptation. iPad users do not need to install any special applications to stream video to their device, which may be connected over wireless networks.

"The iPad has a larger screen which requires special adaptation and bitrate configurations to meet customer's viewing expectations in varying wireless network conditions," said Marwan Jabri, Founder and CTO of Dilithium Networks. "As with the iPhone, the iPad does not support Adobe Flash video."http://www.dilithiumnetworks.com

Verizon Tests Motorola's Energy-Efficient sTB -- 30% Power Savings

Verizon is testing new set-top boxes from Motorola that are up to 30 percent more energy efficient than current models, with one new model offering double the amount of storage capacity for digital video recordings.

Verizon will begin trialing the two new models, the Motorola QIP7232 and Motorola QIP7100, in select FiOS TV markets later this year. The QIP7232, the DVR model, boasts a faster processor and more memory.

"The new green Motorola set-tops are an outgrowth of Verizon's efforts to create our own industry-leading energy-efficiency standards and to grow our business responsibly," said James Gowen, chief sustainability officer for Verizon. "These set-tops will provide a better viewing and multimedia experience for our customers, while helping them lower their energy consumption and utility bills."http://www.verizon.com

Verizon to Build New Advanced Tech Center in Waltham, Mass

Verizon is ready to start construction of a new Technology Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass. The company (and its predecessors) have operated research labs in the area since the 1940s.

The new Verizon Technology Innovation Center will focus on 4G LTE wireless networks. Upon completion, the three buildings on the Verizon Technology Campus at Waltham will house more than 300 employees. In addition to office and lab space, it will feature an Executive Briefing Center where partners, consumer electronics companies, innovation collaborators, business executives and public officials can meet to discuss and collaborate on forward-
looking technologies.