Wednesday, October 13, 2010

RadiSys Unveils ATCA-based LTE Security Gateway

RadiSys introduced an ATCA-based security gateway designed for LTE networks. As an all-IP network, LTE potentially is vulnerable to security attacks. And with thousands of base stations and micro cell sites, there will be the need to secure the inter-domain links back to the network. RadiSys said its high-performance gateway provides a cost-effective solution to this challenge.

The RadiSys LTE SEG is the first 3GPP Network Domain Security (NDS) compliant security gateway. It provides IPsec tunneling and firewall stateful protection to LTE eNode B base stations, femtocells and home pico-cells. The 2U platform offers 10-15 Gbps of throughput, which is roughly a 5x performance improvement over current enterprise-class security gateways. The LTE SEG also provides a stateful firewall with robust IP filters and attack prevention mechanisms to protect Enhanced Packet Core network elements from security threats and cyber attacks. It supports more than four million concurrent IP flows with pre-defined and custom filters, consistency checks and denial-of-service (DoS) prevention mechanisms in a fully redundant 2U ATCA system.

In addition, the LTE SEG enables operators to enhance their existing 2G/3G mobile networks with secure wireless access solutions - including femtocells, I-WLAN and UMA/GAN - which use the public Internet to securely backhaul voice, data and video traffic.

RadiSys will offer the gateway as a standalone appliance or as a blade for other ATCA-based elements in the LTE network. The product will be sold through telecom equipment manufacturers. Trials are expected to start in December and commercial availability is expected in the first half of 2011.

"We have responded to our TEM customers' request for carrier grade security, and leveraged our experience as the leading standards-based ATCA solutions provider to deliver a rapid time-to-market solution," said Anthony Ambrose, vice president and general manager, communications networks, RadiSys. "The RadiSys LTE SEG is a purpose-built security gateway that can be deployed as a standalone network element, or easily integrated into existing Telecom Equipment Manufacturer products."

Spread Networks Guarantees 15.75ms Latency for NYC-Chicago

Spread Networks, a new a privately owned telecommunications provider, has introduced low latency Ethernet wave services connecting New York and Chicago in under 15.75 milliseconds - the lowest latency of any commercially available wavelength services between these financial centers.

Each customer gets a dedicated 10 Gbps wavelength with a guaranteed round-trip latency of 15.75 milliseconds. The connectivity links Chicago and Carteret, New Jersey which is where the NASDAQ's data center is located.

"Offering the lowest-latency wave services available between these two critical financial centers reaffirms Spread Networks' commitment to providing enterprise customers of all kinds the new network standard for low latency, security and diversity between New York and Chicago," said David Barksdale, CEO of Spread Networks. "Spread Networks is offering customers a dedicated wavelength on our technologically advanced network, providing the utmost in speed, reliability and connectivity."
  • In August, Spread Networks unveiled its network, which operates along a completely new 825 mile route. The company cited round-trip latency of 13.33 milliseconds for its tests. Most connections between these financial centers have operated along railroad rights of way that avoided mountainous construction ducts in central Pennsylvania.

    Spread Networks is headed by Jim Barksdale (Chairman), who also is Chairman and President of Barksdale Management Corporation and former CEO of Netscape and AT&T Wireless, and David Barksdale (CEO). Its technical team includes Michael Strickland (Senior Vice President, Technology and Engineering), who previously was Director of Network Architecture, Engineering and Deployment at Level 3.

    Spread Networks cited several network equipment partners, including ADVA Optical Networking, Ciena, Infinera and JDSU. ADVA confirmed that its FSP 3000 WDM low-latency optical transport solution has been certified by Spread Networks and is achieving speeds of 13.33 milliseconds on the New York-Chicago route. Infinera also noted that its optical networking solution is designed to reduce the equipment drag on Spread's dark fiber by more than 80%, when compared to conventional DWDM solutions, thanks to new technical innovations ultra-fast transponders , latency-optimized optical amplifiers, low latency FBG dispersion compensation, and its flexible Forward Error Correction (FEC) modes.

IBM Pitches Cloud Service Provider Platform

IBM is launching a set of hardware/software consulting services to help telecom operators enter the cloud-services business.

The IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform includes carrier-grade technology with all the essential security and service management capabilities to ensure reliability essential to their own customers. It could be used to deliver "as-a-service" offerings such as collaboration applications, customer relationship management services, data storage, back up and recovery, and industry-specific applications.

"IBM is using its cloud expertise to help the world's service providers capture new market opportunities and expand the value of their networks in new ways," said Scott Stainken, general manager, IBM global telecommunications industry. "IBM is the only one to offer proven, carrier-grade reliability and the only one of its kind that can deliver scalable and secure cloud computing over heterogeneous networks. Today's news goes beyond just providing the infrastructure, we're also bringing together partners and expertise to help providers grow cloud services into a profitable new business."

IBM noted that pilot projects are underway with Orange, Shanghai Telecom and SK Telecom.

Companies supporting IBM's platform include Broadsoft, Corent Technology, deCarta, Jamcracker, Juniper Networks, NetApp, Openet, RightScale and Wavemaker.

NSN to Acquire Engineering Firm in Turkey

Nokia Siemens Networks has agreed to acquire IRIS Telecom, a telecom and engineering services firm headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.

IRIS Telecom's multi-vendor network planning and pptimization business will be integrated with Nokia Siemens Networks' global telecom services capabilities. IRIS Telecom has more than 630 employees and its existing customers include Turkcell, Avea and Ucell. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

FCC Proposes Mobility Fund to Close Gap in Mobile Access

The FCC is proposing to create a new Mobility Fund as a one-time boost to help close gaps in mobile wireless service. The Mobility und would use some of the USF funding voluntarily relinquished by Verizon Wireless and Sprint. Those funds had been helping support service in areas that, at least in some cases, were being served by other mobile carriers. Under the Mobility Fund, a portion of these funds will instead be distributed on a one-time basis using a market-based mechanism to target consumers in areas without 3G services. The Mobility Fund may also include 4G mobile broadband service.

Specifically, the FCC is proposing to use $100 million to $300 million from the USF to create the Mobility Fund. It would then conduct a reverse auction -- in which the potential providers of services in identified areas without 3G service compete for support from the Mobility Fund by proposing the lowest amount of USF support they would require to serve areas that are currently unserved -- to determine which providers get support, which specific geographic areas will receive support, and at what levels.

BroadSoft to Acquire Casabi for Family Communications App

BroadSoft agreed to acquire Casabi, a privately-held developer of cloud-based, personalized content and messaging applications for approximately $1.95 million.

Casabi offers a "CasaCenter" hosted application to help families keep organized. Family members can send group text messages to any phone number (fixed-line or mobile), access voicemail, make real-time updates to a family calendar, and share a network address book. Casabi is based in Campbell, California.

Broadsoft said the acquisition will build upon its software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings, which began with the acquisition of PacketSmart in late 2009.

"Comcast has worked closely with Casabi to develop and deliver consumer-friendly communication and information features that create a richer, more compelling experience for our Xfinity customers," said Cathy Avgiris, Comcast Cable's senior vice president and general manager of Comcast Communications and Data Services. "With our longstanding relationship with BroadSoft, and our work with Casabi, we are excited about this acquisition."

FCC Offers Tools to Avoid "Bill Shock".

The FCC proposed new rules to help consumers avoid "bill shock" with their monthly wireless bill. These rules would require:

Over-the-Limit Alerts: The FCC's proposed rules would require customer notification, such as voice or text alerts, when the customer approaches and reaches monthly limits that will result in overage charges.

of-the-Country Alerts: The FCC's proposed rules would require mobile providers to notify customers when they are about to incur international or other roaming charges that are not covered by their monthly plans, and if they will be charged at higher-than-normal rates.

Easy-to-Find Tools: The FCC's proposed rules would require clear disclosure of any tools offered by mobile providers to set usage limits or review usage balances. The FCC is also asking for comment on whether all carriers should be required to offer the option of capping usage based on limits set by the consumer.

DragonWave to Acquire Axerra Networks for Pseudowire

DragonWave has acquired Axerra Networks, a supplier of pseudowire technology for mobile backhaul solutions, for $9.5 Million on a debt free basis. An additional sales performance based earn out phase over the next 16 months could potentially raise the value of the transaction by up to $15.5 Million should Axerra meet certain
revenue growth targets.

Axerra offers a portfolio of AXN Pseudowire Gateways and Access Devices for the backhaul of any combination of 2G, 2.5G, and 3G voice and data traffic, including GSM with GPRS, UMTS, and HSxPA, and/or CDMA1x/CDMA2000 with 1xRTT and 1xEV-DO, all over a single packet RAN. In particular, the Axerra products address the need to carry legacy TDM traffic over a packet based network.

DragonWave said the Axerra pseudowire products will strengthen and complement its own packet microwave products, resulting in a robust converged solution for delivering TDM and packet services over a single packet network that can operate over both microwave and fiber backhaul.

Axerra was founded in 1999 and is based in Hartford, Conn., with offices in Tel Aviv, Hong Kong and Moscow.

"This acquisition represents a key step in our customer and portfolio diversification strategy," said Peter Allen, President and CEO of DragonWave. "The unique technology differentiators of Dragonwave and Axerra are totally aligned and complement each other to meet the backhaul requirements of next generation 3G/4G networks. This will also strengthen our customer diversification as it brings a significant position with a Tier 1 US MSO."

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