Monday, September 27, 2010

Sandvine's Usage Management Enables Accurate Usage-Based Billing

Sandvine released a new version of its Usage Management product that addresses usage-based billing and unified charging for converged networks. Specifically, Sandvine Usage Management release 3.1 introduces a new Record Generator license that adds the following capabilities to the Usage Management product and complements the support for mobile data pre-paid charging, announced earlier this year:

  • Supports detailed and accurate charging requirements for post-paid service plans using an interface to Offline Charging Systems (OFCS)

  • Provides customizable, policy-based usage data records based on highly flexible network policy rules, triggered by time or volume

  • Supports a variety of use cases, such as usage record transfer to Operational Support Systems (OSS) for customer bill auditing, or for back-up of Online Charging Systems (OCS)

  • Seamlessly interoperates with 3rd party billing network elements within mobile, fixed and converged networks using customizable data record formats

  • Integrates into legacy and 3G mobile networks and offers seamless migration into future 4G networks.

Fujitsu Launches Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in Japan

Fujitsu will begin offering a pay-as-you-go Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in Japan starting October 1, 2010. The IaaS public cloud service delivers bundled virtualized ICT infrastructure from Fujitsu's datacenters, providing resources on a metered-use billing system that is based on customer usage. This includes server and storage functionality as well as network and security features. Over 200 companies have participated in a trial service since May.

NTT DOCOMO Considers Offering an E-book Service

NTT DOCOMO will conduct a trial e-book distribution service that will deliver content via DOCOMO smartphones, such as the Android™-powered Xperia™ and Galaxy S models. The trial is expected to run from late October till the end of the year, and the carrier is planning to start of a full-scale e-book retail service with Dai Nippon Publishing early next year.

NTT DOCOMO said it trial will offer about 50 titles, including electronic books, manga comics, magazines and photo books, some linked with supplementary videos and maps. The e-books will be available at "docomo market," a mobile portal created by DOCOMO to provide users with easy access to smartphone apps and content from around the world. All titles and content viewers for the trial will be provided for free, other than packet transmission charges.

The full commercial service is expected to launch with more than 100,000 titles.

Trusted Computing Group Announces Integration of Security Protocols

Trusted Computing Group (TCG), which develops industry standards for security, announced that its Trusted Network Connect (TNC) standards have been integrated with the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) standards developed by the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

SCAP-validated scanners can now be used with TNC network security gear to identify and quarantine unhealthy devices. This will improve compliance with less cost by automating compliance checking and network enforcement on millions of PCs and other systems.

"To address the information security threats of the 21st century, we must integrate and automate our defenses - especially the way that information flows across the defensive enterprise," said Tony Sager, Chief of the Vulnerability Analysis and Operations Group at the National Security Agency (NSA). "Using the TNC and SCAP standards together is a great step forward in this integration effort, and this also demonstrates the power of public-private collaboration."

Bridgewater and Sandvine Partner for Mobile Policy Control

Bridgewater Systems and Sandvine completed integration and interoperability testing of their respective platforms for enabling intelligent policy control solutions for 3G and 4G mobile operators.

The tests involved Sandvine's Policy Traffic Switch (PTS), which detects network conditions, counts usage and enforces network, and subscriber policy decisions defined by the Bridgewater Policy Controller (PCRF). The testing included the PCRF Gx and Gy usage metering interfaces for 3GPP-compliant Policy Control Enforcement Points.

The companies said their joint policy solutions enable mobile operators to deliver tiered services by applying policies that, for example, give Bronze subscribers 500 megabytes per month of data, with no peer-to-peer services or parental controls, while providing Gold subscribers with one gigabyte per month of data including peer-to-peer services and parental controls. The solution could also be used to personalize applications usage by applying policies such as allowing unlimited social networking for a fixed monthly fee and offering usage restrictions during school hours. It could also ensure fair usage by applying policies based on subscriber service plans and real-time network congestion levels.

Brocade Backs New 16 Gbps Fibre Channel Standard

Brocade announced its endorsement of FC-PI-5 -- the next generation Fibre Channel (FC) industry standard, which will offer 16 Gbps performance. Over the years, the FC technology cycle has progressed from 1, 2, 4, 8 and now 16 Gbps rates.

Brocade said it expects to offer the industry's first end-to-end 16 Gbps FC product portfolio in the first half of 2011.

Brocade noted that it currently represents 67.5 percent of the FC switch and director market share. As a result, the company's endorsement of the standard is a key element of widespread adoption. 16 Gbps FC is a key technology to support increasing data center scale and solid state storage, and it will be critical to scaling new virtualized workloads based on its proven performance, reliability and simplicity.

New Zealand's Orcon selects Alcatel-Lucent's Velocix

Orcon, which provides calling and Internet services to both residential, business and wholesale customers around New Zealand, will deploy Alcatel-Lucent's Velocix Digital Media Delivery Platform in key centres across New Zealand. The network will allow Orcon to offer broadcasters, content distributors and web-site owners a faster and more efficient connection to broadband users across multiple networks and devices.

"As video-on-demand and streaming TV web sites grow in popularity, the amount of online video watched by broadband users is growing at an incredible rate," said Charlie Boyd, Head of Wholesale at Orcon. "By leveraging Alcatel-Lucent's Velocix infrastructure, we can offer content providers a local content delivery network (CDN) solution that meets their specific requirements, with the assurance of knowing its technology and services are proven by telcos and broadcasters around the world."

Etisalat Sri Lanka Upgrades Mobile Network with ALU

Etisalat Lanka has awarded a multimillion dollar contract to Alcatel-Lucent to boost its GSM/EDGE network capacity and coverage and build its first 3G HPSA+ all-IP broadband network. As sole supplier, Alcatel-Lucent will deliver converged radio access, a new all-IP mobile packet core network capable of supporting 2G, 3G and LTE (including next-generation subscriber data management and end-to-end policy control), a full end-to-end IP transport solution and related professional services. In total, 480 GSM/EDGE sites and 515 3G HPSA+ sites will be deployed as part of the contract. Alcatel-Lucent's solution also includes a "MiTV" application that will enable Etisalat Lanka to offer advanced mobile broadband and multimedia services such as mobile interactive television and video to over 3 million subscribers and businesses in Sri Lanka.

Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 9500 Sets Energy Efficiency

Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) has met energy efficiency standards under the Telecommunications Energy Efficiency Ratio (TEER) metric released by ATIS.

The TEER standard provides a comprehensive methodology for measuring and reporting energy consumption as well as quantifying a network component's ratio of work performed to energy consumed.

"Today's announcement fulfills a pledge we announced just two months ago to ensure the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP met the standards defined by the TEER metric," said Bill Erickson, senior vice president of planning and development at Fujitsu Network Communications. "With the testing process complete we once again prove our dedication to producing communications technologies that not only are the most advanced in terms of capability, but also environmental responsibility."
  • Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 4500 MSPP has also met the TEER energy efficiency standards.

McAfee and Riverbed Push for Integrated Security and WAN Optimization

McAfee and Riverbed Technology have expanded their partnership to deliver Web 2.0 security capabilities on the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP). This integrates the McAfee Web Gateway solution with Riverbed Steelhead appliance, providing branch offices with proactive security protection in the Riverbed appliance and avoiding the need to deploy separate security and WAN optimization boxes.

Riverbed's RSP is a virtualized, extensible data services platform that runs on the Steelhead hardware. McAfee Web Gateway Security can now run on the virtualized machine. Riverbed said there is no performance degradation and various redundancy features have been included to avoid a single point of failure. McAfee Firewall Enterprise software has previously been offered on the RSP.

NETGEAR Ups its Game with Network Mgt and 10GE Managed Switch

NETGEAR announced its first centralized network management console for its business products, and a 10 Gbps managed switch.

The new NETGEAR ProSafe Network Management System (NMS200) gives customers a way to discover, configure, monitor and manage all NETGEAR Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches on their network from a single interface. It can provide customers control across NETGEAR switching, wireless, storage and security products on the network. The ProSafe Network Management System (NMS200) will be available in October 2010 with several license options that support the number of devices a business may have on their network.

The ProSafe 24-port 10 GE Managed L2+ Switch (XSM7224S) provides 10 Gbps server performance and scalability across the network. The ProSafe Network Management System will be expanded in future releases to manage other NETGEAR products. Available in December 2010, the ProSafe 24-port 10GE Managed L2+ Switch (XSM7224S) has a list price of $11,700 and a Layer 3 license upgrade (XSM7224L) will also be available for an additional $2,900.

Ceragon Supplies Backhaul for Nigeria's Glo

Globacom Nigeria (Glo) will utilize Ceragon's advanced FibeAir IP-10 solution for backhauling voice and data services as part of its broadband access solutions portfolio for enterprise users. Glo is also deploying Ceragon's comprehensive management software and installation services.

Glo offers a variety of services including mobile broadband access and voice/data access. The company has over 25 million subscribers in Nigeria and owns network assets in other African markets including Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Gambia.

Taiwan VIBO Buys 3,500 3G Base Stations from ZTE

ZTE will supply more than 3,500 3G base-stations to VIBO Telecom to replace its current 3G network around Taiwan over the coming year. The base-stations to be provided for VIBO are based on ZTE's SDR (Software Defined Radio) technology. This will enable VIBO to roll out 21.6 Mbps HSPA+ mobile broadband services across the entire island of Taiwan. Financial terms were not disclosed.

ZTE Launches 80-Wave x 100 Gbps Carrier Platform

ZTE announced an end-to-end carrier network optical transport solution boasting an 80-wave, 100G ultra-wide system capacity. ZTE's solution incorporates its ZXR10 T8000 100G cluster-based router, its ZXONE 8000 large-capacity cross-connect, and its ZXR10 8900E core switch, all operating over 100G interfaces. The 100G network, put together by these three high-end devices, are controlled by a unified network management plane.

ZTE also said it has independently developed multiplexing QPSK modulation technology need to support ultra-long distance transmissions of over 1000km without the need for power relays.

"ZTE has been actively promoting the development and commercialization of the 100G standards in the industry," said Fan Xiaobing, general manager of ZTE's carrier network product line. "We were heavily involved in drafting the proposal for the 100GE standard of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a key participant in advancing the 100G system of China Communications Standards Association (CCSA), as well as the proposal for the 100G standard of the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF)."

Telstra Launches M2M for Business and Consumer Devices

Telstra launched a Wireless M2M (machine-to-machine) service to help enterprise and government customers self-manage devices that use its Next G network.

The Telstra Wireless M2M Control Centre aims to support devices for business needs, such as electronic metering, asset tracking and remote operations, as well as a new generation of connected consumer devices, such as electronic readers, picture frames and portable navigation devices.

Telstra has entered into an exclusive, multi-year agreement with Jasper Wireless to provide the M2M technology that powers the Telstra Wireless M2M Control Centre.