Sunday, October 10, 2010

CENX Expands to 9 Exchanges on 3 Continents

CENX announced the opening of four new Carrier Ethernet Exchanges -- in London, Hong Kong, Miami and New Jersey -- bringing its total to nine on three continents. Earlier this year, CENX announced that over 10 million Carrier Ethernet points were accessible via its exchanges partners. Since then, the company said market acceptance of Carrier Ethernet has continued to grow and it anticipates further geographic expansion.

"The marketplace acceptance of the CENX has been tremendous, with 9 exchanges deployed in less than 12 months" said Nan, Chen, president of CENX. "We believe that this acceptance has been driven by the pent-up demand for our groundbreaking Carrier Ethernet Exchange services that supports all attributes of Carrier Ethernet, including sophisticated service integration and monitoring as well as carrier-neutrality, which reflects our focus on serving (not competing with) our members."

Megafon Builds 40 Gbps IP/MPLS Backbone with Huawei

MegaFon has selected Huawei's NE5000E routers to construct a 40 Gbps IP/MPLS network linking Russia's largest cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg. The network will support Megafon's surging 3G data services.

Israel's Bezeq Deploys VDSL2 with NSN

Bezeq, Israel's leading telecommunications service provider, has deployed VDSL capable of delivering up to 200 Mbps downstream over existing copper cables. Nokia Siemens Networks provided the end-to-end VDSL solution, encompassing hardware, software and services such as planning and network roll out. The platform comprises Multi Service Access Nodes (MSAN) supporting narrow and broadband services such as POTS, xDSL, and Ethernet. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Comcast Launches Thousands of WiFi Hotspots

Comcast announced the launch of "Xfinity WiFi", enabling its cable modem customers to access thousands of outdoor and indoor WiFi hotspots for no additional fee. The first Xfinity WiFi hotspots have been launched throughout the greater Philadelphia area and its suburbs, in New Jersey towns from Union to Cape May and in northern Delaware. Hotspots are located in areas where customers spend time working, commuting, relaxing, shopping and socializing.

Earlier this year, Comcast announced a roaming agreement with Cablevision and Time Warner Cable, whereby Xfinity Internet customers can also enjoy thousands of Xfinity WiFi hotspots in the Greater New York Tri-State area, also for no additional fee.

Megafon's State-of-the-Art Data Center in Samara, Russia

, the second-ranked national mobile service provider in Russia, opened a state-of-the-art, Tier 3 data center in Samara. The brand-new, flagship facility will be the backbone of Megafon's national data center network.
The new data center represents an investment of 900 million Rubles ($30 million) and covers 6,912 square meters (74,400 square feet). Megafon boasts the highest standards of reliability and the strongest security features in Russia, as well as multiple diverse fiber-optic connections.

"This is the first time a brand new, state-of-the-art data storage and transmission facility of this size has been built in Russia for commercial use," said Valeriy Ermakov, MegaFon's Chief Operations Officer.

Stanford University Deploys BridgeWave Gigabit Links

Stanford University has deployed several gigabit wireless links from BridgeWave Communications to link Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (JRBP) with its main campus. JRBP is a 1,189 acre natural refuge that has been the subject of numerous scientific studies since the opening of Stanford University. Throughout the preserve, JPRB utilizes wireless data collection instrumentation that automatically uploads research data to the main campus.

Microsoft Claims 60 Mobile Carriers for Windows Phone 7 Launch

Microsoft unveiled its Windows Phone 7, claiming that over 60 mobile operators in 30 countries have committed to bringing Windows Phones to market. Windows Phone 7 will be available from at least four manufacturers initially -- Dell, HTC Corp., LG and Samsung -- all of which are using Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor. Key mobile operators offering Windows Phone 7 include America Movil, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Movistar, O2, Orange, SFR, SingTel, Telstra, TELUS, T-Mobile USA and Vodafone. The phones will be sold by carrier partners as well as in Microsoft Store locations and from Amazon.

Microsoft confirmed that CDMA versions of Windows Phone 7 will be arriving in 2011, including from Sprint and Verizon Wireless.

Microsoft said Windows Phone 7 will be distinguished by the integrated experiences it offers, built from its experience with Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Office Mobile, Zune, Windows Live, Bing and other Microsoft products.

AT&T to Carry Windows Phones from HTC, LG and Samsung

AT&T will carry an exclusive line of Windows Phone 7 smartphones from HTC, LG and Samsung in time for this holiday season. Each of the three smartphones sports a capacitive glass touch screen, 5-megapixel camera and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

Marvell Debuts 802.11n 4x4 Wi-Fi with BeamForming

Marvell introduced its Avastar 802.11n, 4x4 single-die solution for enterprise access points, service provider gateways, high performance home routers, media and mobile servers, Digital TVs (DTVs), and Set-Top-Boxes (STBs).

The Avastar 88W8764 leverages 4x4 technology (four independent transmit-receive RF chains) to support three Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO) spatial streams, thereby delivering the highest throughput, best wireless coverage and most robust link quality for media streaming and other high bandwidth data applications.
Marvell rates this performance at up to 450 Mbps. Data can be steered towards the client using its Tx beamforming capacity. The four RF chains guarantees the most stable and robust high order 802.11n Modulation and Coding Scheme (MCS) data rates. Additionally, it supports the national Chinese standard for Wireless LANs (WAPI), Wi-Fi Direct, Tunnel Direct Link Setup (TDLS), and Space Time Block Coding (STBC).

"Wi-Fi has become the critical common link in today's mobile communications as users now expect and demand seamless, high-performance, robust and secure connectivity, zero latency and crystal clear communication between all their connected devices no matter where they go," said Weili Dai, Co-Founder of Marvell. "Marvell has a proven track record as the world leader in Wi-Fi for enterprise, consumer and mobile applications delivering robust, high performance and high bandwidth, highly secure and seamless wireless connectivity. I believe Marvell's groundbreaking 802.11n 4x4 Wi-Fi solution will fundamentally change the wireless landscape and truly enable the entire spectrum of always-on consumer products."