Thursday, September 2, 2010

AT&T Extends Uverse with Pair Bonding, Vectoring

AT&T is extending its U-verse reach with technologies including pair bonding, "G-vectoring" and micronodes, writes John Donovan, AT&T's Chief Technology Officer, in a company blog.

Pair bonding uses two copper wire pairs (instead of one) for each customer. An iNID device is installed outside the home to connect these wires and improve the signal.

G-vectoring predicts interference over the copper wire and helps mitigate crosstalk that can degrade the signal.

Micronodes bring fiber closer to the home, reducing the distance required for copper and enhancing the effectiveness of other technologies. Donovan says this strategy also helps with "spectrum expansion," which broadens the useful range of the communications channel to create even more capacity.

Force10 Networks Opens New Innovation Center in Chennai, India

Force10 Networks, which is based in San Jose, California, formally unveiled its new Innovation Center, a 44,000-square-foot facility that houses its India headquarters, development lab and data center in The company has expanded its R&D and support teams in India some 50 percent since April 2010. Moreover, the company's India-based strategic partners, which have been engaged to augment the skill sets of Force10's Chennai team, have hired 80 engineers to carry out Force10's development work in India. As part of its ongoing growth strategy, Force10 expects to nearly double its engineering team again by 2011.

Participating in the traditional "lamp-lighting" inauguration ceremony were U.S. Consulate General Andrew Simkin, executives from high-tech firms Aricent Networks, Tata Communications, and Ixia, and Force10's Chennai employees.

China Telecom Americas Joins CENX Carrier Ethernet Exchange

China Telecom's North American subsidiary has joined the CENX Carrier Ethernet exchange. The initial connections are in CENX's New York and Los Angeles exchanges.

Interconnecting with other carriers via CENX brings seamless delivery of China Telecom's services and enables the creation of new business relationships. The CENX connection also enables US based service providers to efficiently reach businesses based in the US, China and the 73 other countries served by China Telecom.

FCC Advances USF Reform with NPRM

The FCC took another step toward reforming the Universal Service Fund (USF) by issuing an order and notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to facilitate the use of reclaimed excess high-cost support for the National Broadband Plan

Verizon Wireless and Sprint had previously agreed to relinquish certain high-cost USF payments as part of merger agreement approvals negotiated with the FCC. The proposed changes to the USF's E-rate program, which will be voted on later this month, would tap into these funds. The FCC said this will expand broadband opportunities for schools and libraries, providing more access and flexibility for these anchor institutions to empower teachers, and serve children and their communities..