Thursday, June 30, 2011

China Mobile Tests TD-LTE with NSN

China Mobile has been running live TD-LTE trial networks in Hangzhou and Xiamen using equipment from Nokia Siemens Networks. Nokia Siemens Networks said it has already finished testing the core network and is now testing radio access. It is working with China's Ministry of Information and Industry Technology (MIIT) on TD-LTE device testing, and will use devices in the trial, when testing is completed.

The trial networks, operational since May, demonstrate the promise of TD-LTE to transform the mobile broadband experience in China. Trial users have been able to enjoy peak download and upload speeds of up to 100 Mbps along with uninterrupted access to applications such as video streaming and online HD video conferencing.

Nokia Siemens Networks deployed its single RAN advanced TD-LTE equipment in 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz spectrum. The company's network management system, NetAct is providing configuration, monitoring and operations support system capabilities during the trial. Nokia Siemens Networks is also providing network planning and optimization services.

"Nokia Siemens Networks has been committed to developing the TD-LTE ecosystem since its inception. The Motorola Solutions' acquisition clearly strengthens our market proposition and enables us to deliver greater value to operators, looking to adopt TD-LTE," said Markus Borchert, head of customer operations for Greater China at Nokia Siemens Networks. "China Mobile's trust in our TD-LTE capabilities for this large-scale trial affirms our technology leadership and readiness for large-scale commercial TD-LTE rollouts."

Nortel Patents Sold for US$4.5 Billion

A consortium consisting of Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion and Sony prevailed as the winning bidder for all of Nortel's remaining patents and patent applications. The winning bid was US$4.5 billion.

The sale includes more than 6,000 patents and patent applications spanning wireless, wireless 4G, data networking, optical, voice, internet, service provider, semiconductors and other patents.

Nortel said its extensive patent portfolio touches nearly every aspect of telecommunications and additional markets as well, including Internet search and social networking.

Korea's LG U+ Launches LTE with 75 Mbps Top Speed

LG U Plus (formerly LG Telecom) announced the launch of its LTE service in Seoul, Busan, and Gwangu.

The network employs High-Rate Packet Data (eHRPD) for seamless mobility between LTE and CDMA. LG U+ is promising top download speeds of 75 Mbps and upload speeds of 36 Mbps. The service is delivered over 800 MHz spectrum using a 10 MHz allotment. The network design will use LTE repeaters and "cloud banks" to scale up in size.

LG U+ has previously disclosed the selection of Samsung, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks as key suppliers for its LTE rollout.

China Telecom Selects Alcatel-Lucent for IMS in 6 Provinces

China Telecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent to supply an IMS platform for delivering multimedia services to subscribers in Shanghai, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Xinjiang and Sichuan provinces.

This contract, won by Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell -- represents the first commercial deployment of IMS technology for China Telecom, and builds on a successful trial in Shanghai and Shandong provinces.

"This project with Alcatel-Lucent, our first large-scale commercial deployment of IMS, is a critical step in our transformation to a much more flexible, cost effective all-IP network," said XU Sui, Deputy General Manager of Network Development China Telecom. "The world of communications is moving to more video, more streamed content from the web, more personalized services – we are building a network for this new world."

In addition, China Telecom and Alcatel-Lucent will work together to develop advanced services, including unified network address book, presence, multimedia instant messaging (including SMS, text and video) and image sharing.

NTT Com Builds Data Center in Cyberjaya, Malaysia

NTT Communications will begin construction of the new Cyberjaya 3 Data Center in July, aiming to launch commercial operation of this Tier III-ready facility by June 2012. Located within Cyberjaya, Malaysia, the Cyberjaya 3 Data Center will join NTT Com's Cyberjaya 1 and Cyberjaya 2 data centers in meeting the expanding needs of Southeast Asian customers.

NTT Com noted that customers of the new Cyberjaya 3 Data Center will receive the added benefit of extra-low-latency, extra-reliable services when the Asia Submarine-cable Express connecting Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines and Singapore starts up in 2012.

ZTE Introduces LTE Micro Base Station

ZTE introduced an LTE Micro Base Station designed for urban and indoor hotspot coverage.

The ZXSDR BS8920, which the company describes as the world's smallest commercially available LTE base station, offers a capacity of 150Mbps, with 2X10W transmit power and 2T4R modulation for a large footprint. The design of the BS8920 encompasses key features to reduce power consumption to as low as 100W average, with up to 30 percent lower deployment costs in terms of deployment compared to other distributed base stations.

The BS8920 is an Omni sector eNodeB product, with less than half of the size and weight of a standard remote radio unit (RRU). It also supports all-standard LTE frequency band spectrums, and AC/DC power supply.

Global Crossing Wins UK Data Contract

Global Crossing has been named one of only three suppliers in the UK's Government Procurement Service, Managed Telecommunications Convergence Framework (MTCF). The framework agreement, which spans an initial two-year period. will facilitate the delivery of managed telephony and data network services and enable the public sector to benefit from access to a new portfolio of hosted IP telephony, unified communications and video conferencing services.

Investment Firms Acquire Go Daddy

KKR, Silver Lake and Technology Crossover Ventures have acquired The Go Daddy Group, the world's largest provider of Web hosting, domain names and new SSL Security Certificates. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Go Daddy is the world's largest on-ramp for cloud-based software and services. The company serves more than 9.3 million global customers and manages more than 48 million domain names.

Greg Mondre, Managing Director, of Silver Lake said: "Go Daddy is powerfully positioned for future growth as it continues to innovate and add to its truly unique platform of cloud-based software and services. At the same time, we plan to maintain and augment all of the attributes that have made Go Daddy a clear market leader today, including world class customer support and competitive pricing for its 9.3 million customers."

Bridgewave -- 4G Backhaul Solutions


What's driving millimeter wave technology as a backhaul solution for 4G? This interview with Amir Makleff, President and CEO of Bridgewave Communications, and Paul Obsitnik, Senior VP of Business Development, discusses the challenges of 4G rollouts and the frontier of innovation in wireless backhaul.

Alcatel-Lucent Supplies PON for Broadband China, Fibre Cities Project

China Telecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell for the "Broadband China, Fibre Cities" project - will involve the deployment of a mix of passive optical networking (PON) technologies connecting homes, office buildings and remote "nodes" (which can then distribute the broadband signals to multiple locations over existing copper wires). This project is a central element of China Telecom's plan to extend its FTTH coverage to 100 million users by the end of China's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015).

Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent will supply its Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) product family, which supports GPON, EPON and DSL technologies and enables fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) and fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) deployment models. The ISAM family is a cornerstone of Alcatel-Lucent's High Leverage Network architecture. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Wei Leping, Chairman of China Telecom Science & Technology Committee, said: "China Telecom launched ‘Broadband China, Fibre Cities' strategy at the beginning of 2011, which aims to realize optical network coverage in all the cities in three years. By 2015, China Telecom will achieve a FTTH coverage of 100 million households and 30 million FTTH subscribers. Leveraging Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell's leading broadband access portfolio and Alcatel-Lucent's enriched deployment experience for other operators worldwide, we are able to provide the urban users the experience of web surfing at the speed of light." http://

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Deutsche Telekom Launches LTE in Cologne

Deutsche Telekom activated commercial LTE service in Cologne, marking the first LTE market in a German city.

The deployment comprises 100 base stations and approximately 120 miles of fiber optic cable to the base stations. The Cologne footprint covers an area of approximately 150 square kilometers.

The first LTE device is the Speed ​​Stick, which supports both LTE and the EDGE/GPRS- and HSPA / UMTS technology and thus can be used nationwide in the Telekom mobile network.

For the launch phase of LTE in Cologne, Telekom is offering a data plan promising downlinks from 42.2 to 100 Mbps with a monthly price of EUR 62.98 net for the first three months.

LTE rollouts in other German cities is anticipated for the autumn.

Intercity Zakelijk Picks NSN for Mobile Core

Intercity Zakelijk, a Dutch mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) for business customers in the Netherlands, has awarded Nokia Siemens Networks a long-term contract to design, implement and support its complete mobile core network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will plan, design and implement its full mobile core network, including open mobile softswitches* and Evolved Packet Core (EPC)**. The company will also deploy its subscriber data management and repositories, operations support system (OSS), billing mediation, and value added services platform, supporting up-to-date GSM and 3G core networks. In addition, the company will support Intercity Zakelijk's network operations and provide care services.http://

Synchronica to Acquire Nokia's Operator Branded Messaging Business

Synchronica plc will acquire Nokia's Operator Branded Messaging (OBM) business, which provides white-label mobile Email and Instant Messaging (IM) services across a wide range of devices to operators in North America.

The deal includes assignment of mobile operator contracts as well as source code of the related Nokia Messaging client and server software. Synchronica and Nokia will enter into a long-term relationship in which Synchronica will provide the messaging software which Nokia will continue to preload on Nokia Series 40 phones. Synchronica will assume responsibility for development, maintenance and support of the Nokia Messaging software shipping with millions of Nokia devices and the gateway functionality for both Series 40 and Symbian devices. Approximately 250 employees, externals and contractors are planned to transfer from Nokia to Synchronica.

Synchronica said the acquisition will provide it with a successful and complementary mobile messaging business and a strong foothold in the strategically important North American operator market. Combined with more than 80 existing carrier contracts in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Russia and Asia, Synchronica aims to become the global leader in next-generation mobile messaging. With Nokia's assignment of ten operator contracts in North America, Synchronica's total addressable market across all operator customers worldwide will extend to 1.8 billion end-users. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nokia's Operator Branded Messaging technology enables mobile operators to affordably deliver an operator-branded email experience on mobile devices via an easy to-use interface. MSN Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, AOL, Google mail/Gmail and multiple other portal/ISP email services are all supported via a single client on a mobile device. Similarly to email, multiple IM accounts, such as GoogleTalk, ICQ, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger, AOL and others are accessible via the IM clients.

Deutsche Telekom Signs Blue Jeans Network for Cloud-based Video Conferencing

Deutsche Telekom has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Blue Jeans Network to market a scalable, interoperable videoconferencing solution in Europe by the end of the year.

The Blue Jeans videoconferencing solution enables companies of all sizes to initiate multi-party videoconferences in an extremely easy way - no matter whether they want to use smart phones, tablets or full-fledged HD room systems.
Blue Jeans Network provides a bridging solution creating interoperability across providers and protocols. Each video-enabled device requires a native Blue Jeans client, like Skype.

"Excellent customer experience is decisive. We, therefore, increasingly cooperate with innovative partners that enable us to bring superior experiences to our customers. The Blue Jeans Network videoconferencing solution is cloud based and scalable. It is easy to use and complementary to our existing video offerings. I am delighted that we are entering into this strategic partnership," said Edward Kozel, Deutsche Telekom Chief Technology and Innovation Officer.
  • Earlier this week, Blue Jeans Network, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, announced $23.5 million in venture funding for its high-quality, cloud-based video communications service.

    Blue Jeans Network said its goal is to make video conferencing accessible to everyone at any time, any place and from practically any device.

    Its service will bridge together business solutions from Cisco/Tandberg, Polycom, Lifesize and others, with consumer solutions such as Skype and Google Talk.

France's CELESTE Deploys Tellabs 7100 Optical Transport

CELESTE has selected Tellabs to exclusively provide its nationwide optical transport network across France. The broadband operator is deploying the Tellabs 7100 Nano Optical Transport System (OTS) to all major cities in France.

CELESTE is building a nationwide fiber optic network which will stretch over 4,000 kilometers around France. The network will extend its high-bandwidth services to new French regional markets and reach more enterprises. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"CELESTE's emergence as a nationwide competitor is a major revolution for the French broadband market," said Nicolas Aubé, President of CELESTE. "With this deployment, medium size enterprises across France can access competitively priced, high-bandwidth services quickly and easily. Tellabs' extensive knowledge and experience of international enterprise markets is an invaluable part of our success in this ambitious venture."

Level 3 Offers Ultra-Low-Latency between London and Stockholm

Level 3 Communications has been selected to provide ultra-low-latency transport services from London to Stockholm by QuantHouse, a global provider of end-to-end systematic trading solutions.

QuantHouse's services help market makers, proprietary trading desks and latency-sensitive sell-side firms to leverage the advantages of ultra-low-latency market data technologies, algorithmic trading development framework, proximity hosting and order routing services.

The London-Stockholm route was recently added to Level 3's portfolio of low-latency offerings.

Extreme Networks Appoints CMO

Extreme Networks has named David Ginsburg as its Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Paul Hooper, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, has resigned and will be leaving the company to pursue other interests.

Ginsburg joined Extreme Networks in December 2010, when he was appointed to lead strategic marketing, product portfolio definition, and vertical solutions marketing. Ginsburg previous held key marketing positions at Cisco Systems and Nortel Networks, and at start-up companies including Allegro Networks, Shasta and Innopath. As senior vice president of worldwide marketing and product management for Riverstone Networks, he led the efforts to drive global branding and field marketing, coupled with key product differentiation, to focus on driving revenue and winning market share in the Ethernet market.

Alcatel-Lucent Utilized Broadcom Premier Custom IC Program

Broadcom confirmed that Alcatel-Lucent used its Premier Custom IC Program to develop and deploy the 400 Gbps FP3 Network Processor.

The Broadcom Premier Custom IC program offers a higher level of service and performance than traditional custom ASICs, providing superior execution and faster time-to-market.

BT Openzone Serves Hiltons in UK and Ireland

BT Openzone was selected to provided enhanced Wi-Fi and Internet services at approximately 100 Hilton hotels and properties in the UK and Ireland. BT Openzone will use an 'above property', centralised cloud computing architecture, and will oversee network operations, guest Internet support, network engineering, software development and 24/7 network monitoring for Hilton Worldwide's business Wi-Fi.

LightSquared Files Spectrum Plan with FCC

LightSquared submitted a new proposal to the FCC to address GPS interference issues with its planned hybrid LTE + broadband satellite network. The company claims this new plan resolves interference issues for 99.5 percent commercial GPS devices by moving the rollout of the network to a different spectrum block. Approximately 200,000 high-precision GPS units in the field would still suffer interference, but LightSquared said it is committed to resolving this issue as well.

LightSquared asserts the interference is caused "by the GPS device manufacturer's decision over the last eight years to design products that depend on using spectrum assigned to other FCC licensees." It believes that inexpensive filters could have been included in GPS device designs, and this would have prevented the problem.

Lockheed Martin Refines Cyber Security Solution for SmartGrid

Lockheed Martin is introducing a "Palisade" cyber security solution tailored to the energy industry. Palisade will include advanced threat detection and forensic tools that give utility cyber security analysts the actionable intelligence they need to defend and maintain their networks.

"As the Smart Grid is implemented, utilities are being challenged by regulators and customers to ensure the security of new digital energy management systems," said Rich Mahler, Cyber Security Senior Manager, Lockheed Martin Energy Solutions. "Our cyber security experts are working together with utilities to combat more advanced threats and to defend their critical networks."

Fujitsu: Ethernet Tag Switching Achieves 32% Percent Lower OpEx Than MPLS-TP

Fujitsu's implementation of Connection-Oriented Ethernet (COE), called Ethernet Tag Switching, reduces service providers' annual operating expenses by 32 percent over five years when compared to an MPLS-TP implementation, according to a research report by Network Strategy Partners (now part of ACG Research) cited by the company.

Fujitsu said its Connection-Oriented Ethernet enables a single metro network infrastructure with all the flexibility and cost benefits associated with Ethernet, while providing the performance, quality-of-service and security previously only available via SONET/SDH.

The study by Network Strategy Partners calculated the impact of using Ethernet Tag Switching, and then MPLS-TP, across six categories of service provider operations: OSS System Integration and Software Expenses, Network Management Equipment and Software, Training, Testing and Certification Operations, Network Care and Network Upgrades and Patches. In each category, Fujitsu Ethernet Tag Switching resulted in greater cost savings versus MPLS-TP.

"We found that the Fujitsu Ethernet Tag Switching implementation of COE produces lower OpEx than the MPLS-TP implementation of COE when service providers migrate from a SONET-centric to a packet-centric transport network infrastructure," said Michael Kennedy, Ph.D., principal analyst for ACG Research. "In particular, Ethernet Tag Switching goes a long way toward simplifying Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) while incorporating widely-accepted Carrier Ethernet standards. The combination allows transport operations personnel to continue using the procedures and applications they've used for years, even as service delivery and transport functions become increasingly packet-based."

Verizon Works with JANET(UK) on 100G

Verizon is working with JANET, the U.K.'s education and research network, on implementing 100 Gbps connections between academic institutions.

Jeremy Sharp, head of JANET(UK)'s Strategic Technologies division, said: "We have a strong reputation for serving education and research, and we are widely recognized as having a critical role to play in the U.K.'s future economic prosperity. JANET(UK) is committed to supporting the future of U.K. research and education. At a time when research and education is being asked to do more with less, this is a great example of how technology can not only be innovative, but a power innovation."

"Verizon is an innovative communications company with a long history of devising advanced solutions for our customers around the world," said Michael Bauer, director of European network planning for Verizon. "We have a great opportunity to share our engineering and network expertise with JANET(UK), and this teamwork gives the U.K. academic community an opportunity to use the latest technology available in the marketplace."

The Verizon solution also gives JANET a platform that can not only support the U.K.'s educational needs today, but will also provide a foundation on which future innovative educational services can be offered.

Managed by JANET(UK), the JANET network connects the U.K.'s academic community, helping teachers and students at universities, colleges, schools and research councils to access and share information – text, images and video -- daily, and is constantly working to deliver innovative educational services.

Verizon's extensive experience and strong understanding of JANET(UK)'s business objectives made the company the best fit to work with the organization from a technical, engineering, network operations and cultural perspective.

Verizon is a global network communications leader in driving better business outcomes for enterprises and government agencies. Verizon delivers integrated IT and communications solutions via its global IP and mobility networks to enable businesses to securely access information, share content and communicate. Verizon is rapidly transforming to a cloud-based "everything-as-a-service" delivery model that will put the power of enterprise-class solutions within the reach of every business. Find out more at

  • In March 2011, Verizon activated a 100 Gigabit Ethernet link for an IP backbone on a portion of its European long-haul network between Paris and Frankfurt, a distance of 893 km. The deployment uses Juniper Networks' routers and Ciena's 100G Ethernet coherent optical transport solution

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Neul Raises $12.8 million for White Spaces

Neul, a start-up based in Cambridge, UK, has raised $12.8m (£8.0m) from DFJ Esprit-led syndicate for TV white space technology.

Neul aims to unify the fragmented world of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications with the world's first white space radio system and a new, open M2M communications standard, re-defining wireless data communications. Neul will shortly launch the new standard called "Weightless".

Neul said white space wireless technology will enable a range of services and applications, from the predicted 50 billion connected Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices, through smart metering to local broadband delivery, transportation and personal health devices.

Neul Chief Executive James Collier said, "This investment will allow Neul to further expand its leadership position in fully compliant white space wireless systems. It is a real pleasure to be working with one of the leading investors in wireless technology in Europe, DFJ Esprit."

Blue Jeans Network Raises $23.5 Million for Video Conferencing Bridge

Blue Jeans Network, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, has raised $23.5 million for its high-quality, cloud-based video communications service.

Blue Jeans Network said its goal is to make video conferencing accessible to everyone at any time, any place
and from practically any device.

Its service will bridge together business solutions from Cisco/Tandberg, Polycom, Lifesize and
others, with consumer solutions such as Skype and Google Talk.

By modeling itself after traditional audio bridging services, and making video as easy, interoperable and affordable as audio, Blue Jeans Network is expanding thevideo conferencing market for all players and tapping into the 80 billion minute audio conferencing market.

"Blue Jeans Network is tearing down the walls that exist in video conferencing," said Krish Ramakrishnan, Co-‐founder and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Jeans Network.

ViVOtech Raises $24 Million for NFC

ViVOtech, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, raised $24 million in an extension to its Series C round of funding for its near field communication (NFC) software and systems.

ViVOtech provides key building blocks of the NFC ecosystem: smart applications for enhancing the customer experience, wallet and trusted service manager (TSM) software, and point of sale systems.

New investors include Singapore's EDBI, SingTel Innov8, and Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, which were joined in the round by ViVOtech's current financial and strategic investors Alloy Ventures, Citi Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurveston, DFJ Gotham, First Data Corporation, Miven Ventures, Motorola Mobility, Nokia Growth Partners and NCR.

ViVOtech was founded in 2001.
  • Earlier this month, ViVOtech announced that Google is using its technology to give Android phone owners the ability to make payments and take advantage of real-time in-store offers and loyalty programs at the point of sale (POS).

SiliconBlue Raises $18 Million for "mobileFPGA"

SiliconBlue Technologies, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, raised $18 million in Series D funding for its "Custom Mobile Device" solutions for handheld applications.

The company is developing 40-nm, ultra-low power, standard CMOS process "mobileFPGA" device families. It currently offers 65-nm mobileFPGA products that provide custom sensor management, display management, power management and port expansion functions in mobile consumer products such as smartphones, tablets, eReaders, and digital still cameras. Series D funding will support the rollout of our next-generation 40-nm families targeting support of the explosion of sensors in handheld applications as well as support of DVI and MIPI interfaces designed for video, multi-display, and high-bandwidth memory interface applications.

Atlantic Bridge, a Dublin- and London-based private equity firm focused on domain-specific investments in late-stage and growth capital, led the financing, with the existing group of investors including BlueRun Ventures, Crosslink Capital, NEA and Apex Venture Partners all participating.

Basho Technologies Targets Big Data, Appoints CEO

Basho Technologies, a start-up based in San Francisco, announced a new round of funding and the appointment of Donald J. Rippert, long time Chief Technology Officer of Accenture, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Basho, effective July 1.

Basho's flagship open source database software product, Riak, is designed to free corporations from the constraints of traditional, highly centralized database architectures. Riak is an alternative to traditional relational database software. Applications running on Riak can sustain catastrophic server, data center, and network failures without outages while avoiding the complexity and expense that characterize applications built using traditional data architectures.

With respect to its Series D equity financing, Basho successfully completed raising $4.0 million in May 2011, following its initial raise of $3.5 million in February 2011.

Square Raises $100 Million for Mobile Payments

Square, a start-up based in San Francisco, raised $100 million in Series C financing for its mobile payment service.

Square launched in early 2010 as an innovative way for individuals and businesses to accept payments on their mobile devices using a free card reader and application.

Square currently offers three products; the Square reader, register and card case. The Square reader takes only minutes to set up and enables anyone to accept payments anytime and anywhere on their iPhone, iPad and Android phones. The Square register for iPad serves as a full point of sale system for businesses to accept payments, track inventory, and share menu and location information. The Square card case is the neighborhood way to pay
that enables individuals to open a tab at their favorite local merchants, store digital receipts, and browse nearby directory and menu listings.

The round was led by new Square investor Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers with participation from Tiger Global Management, LLC.

"Square is eager to continue our momentum and we are proud to have the support and expertise of KPCB among our team of investors and advisors," said Jack Dorsey, Square CEO. "Our goal is to empower everyone to accept payments anywhere, and we are on course to accelerate our growth in a meaningful way."

Altair Opens in India -- TD-LTE chipsets

Altair Semiconductor, which is based in Israel, has opened a new office in India to be headed by industry veteran Salaj Sinha. The new facility will handle all Indian operations and provide business and technical support for prospective and current customers.

Altair offers one of the only commercially ready TD-LTE chipsets, including a single mode TD-LTE solution.

India is the third market, following China and Japan, where Altair has established a TD-LTE leadership position.

"We believe that India will be one of the largest and strongest growth markets for LTE and an on-the-ground presence in India will allow Altair to enhance support for our Indian customers, as well as enable us to effectively support the large scale field trials we are involved in, as we progress towards the commercialization of TD-LTE in India," said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing and Business Development at Altair.

Recently, Altair successfully demonstrated real-life over-the-air simultaneous throughputs of 58Mbps down and 14Mbps up, becoming the first chip vendor to achieve such high performance on a commercial TD-LTE USB dongle.

Zynga Signs with AT&T for Mobile Social Games -- 1st Carrier Deal

AT&T announced a deal to bring Zynga's mobile social gaming to millions of its wireless customers. Popular games such as Words with Friends and Zynga Poker, plus customized content, will be featured for download on AT&T's shelf in Android Market later this year. The agreement is the first of its kind between Zynga and a U.S. wireless carrier. Financial terms were not disclosed.

AT&T customers will find customized content available within online and mobile social games, plus benefit from free credits in select games and Zynga giveaways at AT&T sponsored events. The companies will also optimize the mobile gaming experience for AT&T customers.

"We're excited to be the first wireless carrier to collaborate with Zynga," said Ted Woodbery, vice president of wireless data, voice and ancillary services for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "Speed enhances playing experience on mobile. This agreement combines the nation's fastest mobile broadband network with a clear leader in mobile social games, ultimately bringing more value to our wireless customers' playing experience."

Empirix Provides Greater Visibility into Dropped Calls

Empirix announced enhancements to the Converged Assurance Platform, which provides mobile operators with greater visibility into the measurement, understanding and improvement of customer experience. The new release features upgrades to its underlying components, the IPXPlorer probes used for network data collection, and E-XMS, the solution's management and analytics software.

This version of the Empirix Converged Assurance Platform includes added capabilities for monitoring the interface between the Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network's (UTRAN's) circuit and packet switching core network and the IP core network. Empirix said the result is greater visibility into dropped calls, high-speed data interruptions, poor voice quality, video streaming issues and other problems resulting from inconsistent communications between user equipment and base stations. When combined with existing capabilities, this new functionality enables operators to validate handovers throughout the mobile broadband network and fully assess Quality of Application (QoA) metrics by following each communication event from start to finish. In this way, Empirix provides more than a superficial, general value for customer experience; it can report accurate QoE metrics for each mobile application that a subscriber accesses, such as video streaming, voice calls, mobile email and more.

In addition, Empirix added the ability to import and correlate data from external sources, including OSS, billing and other network monitoring systems. This data feeds the analytics engine, which selectively layers multiple data points, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and industry knowledge to present actionable intelligence for strategically enriching QoE.

Zarink Delivers IEEE 1588 enabled SyncE Silicon

Zarlink Semiconductor introduced new single-chip timing products capable of delivering IEEE 1588 enabled SyncE synchronization solution.

Wireless network operators can use both SyncE and IEEE 1588 technologies simultaneously. SyncE delivers highly accurate and stable frequency references using the physical Ethernet connections. In combination with this, IEEE 1588 distributes time of day and time alignment functionality.

Zarlink's new ZL30342, ZL30343 and ZL30347 IEEE 1588 enabled SyncE devices deliver the required synchronization in a small form factor package. In comparison, competing approaches require external components to generate a reliable frequency reference or rely on expensive GPS systems to provide time of day information.

"Our new timing products are the industry's first single-chip IEEE 1588 enabled SyncE PLL devices," said Louise Gaulin, vice president of Zarlink's Timing and Synchronization product group. "Our complete approach provides carriers with well established synchronization from SyncE, together with time alignment provided by IEEE 1588. This approach is critically important for wireless operators as they plan a cost-effective migration to packet-based backhaul to support the huge increase in multimedia traffic generated by smartphones and tablets. These new solutions are a key addition to our product portfolio, and are winning designs with customers that will help drive continuing revenue growth for our timing business."

KT Plans LTE Launch in November

KT is gearing up to launch LTE service in Korea in November. SK Telecom and LG Uplus are expected to introduce their initial LTE data-only service in July in the Seoul metro market. KT said it plans to support both data dongles and LTE smartphones with its later service launch.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Video Series - Rethink the IP Core

Presented by Lindsay Newell, VP of Networks Marketing,








Video Series - Rethink the IP Core

Presented by Lindsay Newell, VP of Networks Marketing,








Cambridge TV White Spaces Consortium Announces Test

Cambridge TV White Spaces Consortium, a new group consisting of leading broadcasters in the UK along with technology providers, are planning a trial of TV White Spaces transmission. The test, which will be conducted in Cambridge, will explore how mobile devices can tap into unused television channels -TV white spaces - to supplement wireless broadband and cellular networks.

The consortium includes the BBC, BSkyB, BT, Cambridge Consultants, Microsoft, Neul, Nokia, Samsung, Spectrum Bridge and TTP.

EC Funds 13 Photonic Research Projects

The European Commission will provide funding for thirteen photonic research projects into components for enabling cheaper and better connections at 1 Gbps and above. The funding totals EUR 22.3 million for projects that will run for two to three years and which were selected in 2010 by the European Commission, Austria, Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom and Israel. The Commission contributes one third of the funding of the projects and national funding agencies cover the rest.

More information about the research projects is online.

ZTE Debuts TD-SCDMA Smart Devices with Marvell

ZTE has introduced two smartphones, a mobile tablet and a mobile hot spot device based on TD-SCDMA (Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access) technology. All four devices are powered by Marvell's TD-SCDMA single chip solution and 802.11n Wi-Fi technology with beam-forming capability.

LightSquared Signs netTALK as LTE Wholesale Customer

LightSquared announced a wholesale LTE agreement with netTALK, a consumer electronics company. netTALK intends to offer its own branded voice and high-speed mobile data services for its customers.

Microsoft Launches Office 365 Cloud Services

Microsoft launched its "Office 365" cloud service in 40 markets around the world. It brings together Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft Lync Online in a cloud service based on a predictable monthly subscription. Pricing ranges from $2 to $27 per user per month.

More than 20 service providers have confirmed plans to offer Office 365, including Bell Canada, Intuit, NTT Communications, Telefonica, Telstra, and Vodafone Group Plc, among others.

"Great collaboration is critical to business growth, and because it's so important, we believe the best collaboration technology should be available to everyone," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "With a few clicks, Office 365 levels the playing field, giving small and midsize businesses powerful collaboration tools that have given big businesses an edge for years."http://

Ericsson Demos LTE Advanced with 8x8 MIMO

Ericsson demonstrated LTE Advanced connectivity between its RBS 6000 base station and a moving vehicle in Kista, Sweden. The enhancements introduced with LTE Advanced include carrier aggregation and extended multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) functionality. The tests achieved speeds more than 10 times faster than those currently experienced by LTE consumers in Sweden. The meter showed between 900 Mbps and 1 Gbps of over-the-air downlink performance to the moving van.

The test system, based on the multi-mode, multi-standard RBS 6000 radio base station, was operating on a test frequency provided by the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS). The tests enabled LTE Advanced functionality such as carrier aggregation of 3 x 20MHz (60MHz aggregated) over the air in a mobile environment for the first time.

Live traffic was streamed between the RBS and a moving van from which network performance could be monitored. In the demonstration, 60MHz of aggregated bandwidth was used, compared to the 20MHz maximum that is currently possible using LTE. In the downlink, 8x8 MIMO was used.

"Ericsson encourages all regulators to allocate harmonized spectrum as early as possible," says Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio, Ericsson. "The next step of LTE enhances the current service offering, performance and data speed even further. It provides operators with the opportunity to capitalize further on their existing infrastructure. Once again, Ericsson is committed to supporting operators' needs as expectations and requirements for mobile broadband services increase."

WiGig Alliance Publishes 60 GHz Spec 1.1

The Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig) announced the publication of its certification-ready multi-gigabit wireless specification. A WiGig Bus Extension (WBE) specification has also been released to Adopter members. The WiGig Bus Extension and WiGig Serial Extension (WSE) enable high-performance multi-gigabit wireless connectivity among multiple devices, from storage devices to other high-speed peripherals and applications such as Wireless Docking. WiGig is finalizing the WSE specification and plans to publish it to Adopters in the second half of this year.

"We are marching toward enabling the fastest wireless technology for practical applications such as Wireless Docking, Wireless Display and Wireless Networking," said Dr. Ali Sadri, WiGig Alliance president and chairman. "Our continued diligence in the MAC-PHY specification development process and collaboration with the Wi-Fi Alliance to build an interoperable multi-gigabit wireless solution based on our latest specification will soon provide an unprecedented user experience that changes people's lives."

Alcatel-Lucent Selects NetLogic IPv6 Knowledge-Based Processors

Alcatel-Lucent has selected NetLogic Microsystems' NL10k knowledge-based processor optimized for IPv6 processing for its multi-terabit IP Service Router portfolio, which includes the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router and 7450 Ethernet Service Switch.

NetLogic Microsystems' NL10k IPv6 knowledge-based processor has been optimized for Alcatel-Lucent's newly announced, 400 Gbps FP3 network processor and traffic manager. The FP3 state-of-the-art silicon was internally developed by Alcatel-Lucent and provides sophisticated traffic management and network processing at speeds up to 400 Gbps with significantly improved power efficiency.

NetLogic's NL10k knowledge-based processor delivers 1.6 billion decisions per second (BDPS) of IPv6 processing, quality-of-service (QoS), ACL security, video/voice forwarding, high-speed packet inspection, billing and VPN at line rates while maximizing energy efficiency of the overall system. The NL10k knowledge-based processor, which is manufactured in the advanced 40nm process node, integrates 128 high-performance knowledge-based processing engines, and includes an enhanced Intelligent Load Balancing Engine (ILBE) to efficiently allocate multiple tasks and communicate among all the 128 knowledge-based processing engines. The knowledge-based processing engines and ILBE are tightly coupled with integrated advanced Sahasra Algorithmic Engines (SAEs) to dramatically lower the power consumption of search processing. The NL10k processor also integrates an innovative Range Encoding Engine (REE), which employs advanced one-hot and fence encoding algorithms to implement range encoding that allows customers to effectively double the efficiency of performing port range inspection, an integral part of packet classification.

Alcatel-Lucent Unleashes its FP3 400G Network Processor

Alcatel-Lucent unveiled its 400 Gbps, "FP3" network processor for enabling the full stack of services over IP routers. The FP3 processor, which is scheduled to appear in Alcatel-Lucent's service router portfolio in 2012, supports 400 Gbps line rates, sufficient for handling 70,000 simultaneous High Definition video streams. It leverages 40nm process technology and represents the evolution of the company's 100 Gbps FP2 silicon, which was introduced in 2008 using 90nm process technology. It packs 288 RISC cores operating at 1 GHz. This compares with 112 cores at 840 MHz in the previous generation FP2 device. The new design uses 50% less power per bit than its predecessor.

Alcatel-Lucent describes the FP3 as an engineering achievement that will anchor the next wave in bandwidth-intensive Internet growth. In particular, the new silicon enables high densities of 10G, 40G and 100G ports on a single card. The plan is to deliver FP-3 based line cards for the 7750 SR and 7450 ESS platforms in 2-port 100GE, 6-port 40GE, and 20-port 10GE configurations in 2012. However, the flexibility of the design paves the way for other configurations, including 4x100G cards or native 400G interfaces. It also opens the door to scale routers with terabit class slots.

The FP3 also breaks new ground in that it enables the same full-services intelligence for core routers as has previously been possible at the metro or edge router.

"This technology puts us a generation ahead of today's fastest IP core routers – and it supports full edge services, which means it's not just moving bits, but generating revenue and creating value for service providers and their business residential and mobile customers. By making networks faster, smarter and more environmentally sustainable, Alcatel-Lucent is enabling the continuous innovation of consumer and business devices, content and applications that increasingly depend on service provider networks," stated Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent's IP Division.

Ihab Tarazi, Vice President Global Network Planning of Verizon, said: "Verizon continues to enhance the FiOS and wireless data broadband access capabilities for our customers and we have worked with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy next generation Ethernet and MPLS metro technology. In March of this year, Verizon led the industry with a 100G Ethernet field trial based on Alcatel-Lucent's service router technology with its 100G FP2 silicon engine. We are excited to work with Alcatel-Lucent and continue to push the industry in technological innovation to support the significant growth of access data traffic."

Alcatel-Lucent also noted on-going work with Samsung Semiconductor, NetLogic Microsystems, Micron, GSI Technology, Cypress, Broadcom and others to push the envelope of innovation on high-speed DDR (double data rate), RLDRAM (Reduced-latency Dynamic random access memory), CAM (Content Addressable memory) and QDR (Quad Data Rate) memory and memory access, enabling the industry to accelerate adoption of 100G speeds and beyond.

Italy's FASTWEB Selects NSN + Juniper

FASTWEB, which serves 1.7 million broadband customers across Italy, has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks and Juniper Networks to upgrade its IP backbone. Specifically, Nokia Siemens Networks deployed Juniper Networks' high-capacity T1600 flagship core routers, which were added to a Multiservice IP Backbone and integrated with the existing core and access networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Boingo Extends Roaming to Gogo's Inflight Service

Boingo Wireless announced a roaming partnership with Gogo, which provides inflight connectivity. The deal means that Boingo customers can now log in to Gogo using their existing Boingo account. This access includes more than 1,100 planes from nine carriers, providing robust Internet access above 10,000 feet.

"The Boingo Roaming Network now extends six miles above the Earth thanks to the expansive fleet of Gogo equipped airplanes," said Luis Serrano, senior vice president of business and corporate development for Boingo Wireless. "Gogo's inflight network is a key addition to our roaming portfolio, especially since inflight access is one of the most requested service enhancements we receive through our customer feedback channels."

FCC Releases 15th Annual Wireless Competition Report

The total service revenue generated by the mobile wireless industry reached approximately $154.7 billion in 2009, according to the FCC's newly released Annual Report and Analysis of Competitive Market Conditions With Respect to Mobile Wireless.

The report provides a look at competition across the entire mobile wireless ecosystem, including an analysis of the "upstream" and "downstream" market segments, such as spectrum, infrastructure, devices, and applications. It makes no formal finding as to whether there is, or is not, effective competition in the industry. Data is presented through the end of 2009.

Some key findings:

  • At the end of 2009, there were 274.3 million subscribers to mobile telephone, or voice, service, up nearly five percent from 261.3 million at the end of 2008.

  • At the end of 2009, there were 55.8 million subscribers to mobile Internet access services at speeds exceeding 200 kbps in at least one direction – which is more than double the number at the end of 2008.

  • Two measures of pricing for wireless services – the Cellular Consumer Price Index (CPI) and unit price (revenue per user per month divided by average unit consumption per month) – show that the price level remained generally flat during 2009. After declining every year since 1997, the annual Cellular CPI was unchanged during 2009, while the overall CPI decreased by 0.4 percent. In addition, average voice revenue per minute (RPM), rounded to the nearest cent, remained at $0.05 for the third straight year.

  • The Herfindahl-Hirschman Index (HHI), which is calculated by summing the squared market shares of all
    firms in any given market, is a commonly used measure of industry concentration. In the mobile wireless services industry, the weighted average of HHIs (weighted by population across the 172 Economic Areas in the United States) was 2811 at the end of 2009, compared to 2842 at the end of 2008.

  • Most of the spectrum below 1 GHz suitable for the provision of mobile broadband is held by the two largest mobile wireless service providers. Verizon Wireless and AT&T together hold approximately 90 percent of Cellular spectrum based on megahertz-POPs (MHz-POPs),18 which was the first band to be licensed for commercial mobile services and has the most extensive network buildout. Verizon Wireless holds 45 percent of the MHz-POPs of Cellular and 700 MHz spectrum combined, while AT&T holds approximately 33 percent. In the Broadband PCS (PCS) and Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum between 1 GHz and 2.5 GHz, no licensee holds more than 23 percent of the MHz-POPs, with TMobile holding the most. In the 2.5 GHz band (which include the Broadband Radio Service (BRS) and Educational Broadband Service (EBS)), Clearwire holds the majority of the spectrum.

In his remarks on the report, FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps noted darkening clouds over the state
of mobile competition. In his words, "It also appears that consumers are no longer enjoying falling prices, according to the CPI for cellular services. We know there is a looming spectrum crunch and a growing need for backhaul. There is no doubt that the mobile market is an American success story, and there are many ways to measure industry health. But it would be foolish and decidedly not in the public interest to ignore the facts
this Report reveals. If we want Americans to continue to enjoy innovation, affordability and improved mobile coverage, we must heed these facts and continue to examine areas where the Commission can act to encourage mobile competition."

The full 300 page report is online.

Nirvanix Hires Former Head of Google Worldwide Data Center Infrastructure

Nirvanix announced the appointment of Paul Froutan as Chief Technology Officer (CTO), effective immediately. Froutan most recently served at Google as Head of Global Data Center Infrastructure, responsible for designing, building and managing the extremely high levels of reliability and efficiency present in Google's worldwide green data center operations. Prior to Google, Froutan was Vice President of Product Development at Rackspace Hosting, where he led the team that pioneered the launch of Rackspace Cloud and other key managed services.

Nirvanix provides enterprise-class cloud storage services. The company offers cloud storage solutions designed specifically for customers with expectations of extreme security, reliability and redundancy levels.

ABRY Partners to Acquire Masergy

ABRY Partners, a private equity firm that has completed over $27 billion of leveraged transactions to date, will acquire Masergy Communications for an undisclosed sum. Masergy provides managed, secure virtualized network services to enterprises worldwide. The company leverages advanced transport technologies to deliver global Ethernet services across a native MPLS network.
  • Masergy, which is based in Plano, Texas is headed by Royce Holland, who previously was CEO of McLeodUSA, a competitive local exchange carrier that was sold to PAETEC in January 2008. Mr. Holland was also previously Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Allegiance Telecom Inc., from 1997 until its 2004 acquisition by XO Communications Inc. Prior to Allegiance, he served as President and Co-founder of MFS Communications.

Sprint Launches 4G Enterprise Access to MPLS

Sprint introduced a fixed 4G Enterprise WAN access solution that provides speed, reliability and secure wireless connectivity to the Sprint Global MPLS network. The 4G service can enable businesses to replace or improve on traditional "wired" options with a solution that is cost-effective, fast and flexible to deploy without compromising bandwidth and network reliability, available within all Sprint 4G markets.

Using professionally installed business-class outdoor modems, Sprint 4G Enterprise WAN provides secure 4G and 3G wireless access as primary and secondary network connectivity, backed by a 99.95 percent availability service level agreement (SLA).

Sprint 4G is currently available in 71 markets across the country, including Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York City.

Ixia to Acquire VeriWave for Wireless Testing

Ixia agreed to acquire VeriWave, a performance testing company for wireless LAN (WLAN) and Wi-Fi enabled smart devices, for an undisclosed sum.

VeriWave wireless test solutions validate Wi-Fi networks, smart devices, and applications by benchmarking and measuring speed, quality, interoperability, compliance, and other pivotal aspects of wireless performance.

Investors in VeriWave include US Venture Partners, Montlake Capital, TL Ventures, Woodside Fund and Alloy Ventures.
  • The VeriWave team is headed by Christopher DeMonico, Chief Executive Officer, who previously was Vice President of AT&T’s- Microelectronics Group and Vice President of Lucent Technologies- IC Group. In addition he was also a Vice President and Corporate Officer at PMC-Sierra. The VeriWave technical team is headed by
    Dr. Thomas Alexander, Chief Technology Officer, who most recently was the chief architect for Ethernet products for PMC-Sierra. He is active in communications standards being the editor for the IEEE 802.3ae 10G Ethernet standard, the Chief Editor, IEEE 802.17 and the technical editor, 802.11T.

UNH-IOL Expands 40G/100G Test Capabilities

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) ha expanded the capabilities of its 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet testing services.

Members of the UNH-IOL's 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium now have devices available that are ready for testing, and the enhancements to the testing services will allow members to prepare their products for market in advance of widespread industry adoption.

"Like all new technologies, repeated multi-vendor testing is imperative to speeding the development of 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet devices, as well as driving industry acceptance of the technology," said Jeff Lapak, senior engineer for the UNH-IOL. "Our members are leading the market with these devices, and rely on the lab's experience in offering reliable interoperability testing results that can get working products to the market quickly."

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Lulz Security Issues "Final" Statement after 50 Day Campaign

Lulz Security issued a "final statement" saying it is disbanding after 50 days of high-profile cyber attacks.

Lulz has claimed credit for, or be associated with, malicious intrusions, SQL injections, data breaches and DDoS attacks against Sony,, Nintendo, Black & Berg Cybersecurity Consulting, Bethesda Game Studios, Minecraft, Finfisher, Infragard (associated with the FBI), U.K. National Health Service, website, website, U.K. Serious Oragnised Crime (SOSA),, Petrobras, U.K. Census 2011, Arizona Department of Public Safety,, AT&T, AOL, and possibly others as well. In a final act, Lulz released a massive data dump of stolen documents, user accounts & passwords and network maps from various multinational corporations and government agencies.

In its farewell statement, Lulz said it was motivated by "uninterrupted thrill of entertainment and anarchy." The group, which claims a crew of six, encouraged others to carry on its mideeds through Anonymous and other Antisec hacker groups.

Several analyst reports cited internal dissent amongst the Lulz crew as the likely cause of its disbanding. So far, only one arrest has been announced in connection with Lulz -- Ryan Cleary, a 19-year old in the U.K.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Orckit-Corrigent Extends its Packet Transport

Orckit-Corrigent has extended its Packet Transport Network (PTN) portfolio with the introduction of a new CM-401x PTN access product line. Three PTN access devices will be offered, all of which are based on 16G full duplex of non-blocking, switching capacity, packed in 1RU with broad mixture of Ethernet, PDH and SDH interfaces.

CM-401x products highlights:

  • Highly scalable mixture of Ethernet, PDH and SDH interfaces

  • Dual stack IP/MPLS and MPLS-TP

  • PDH and SDH circuit emulation over packet

  • Full support for MEF based Ethernet services

  • Packet synchronization, including SyncE and 1588v2


  • Sub 50ms protection and restoration

  • Hard Quality of Service (QoS)

"We have identified strong demand from our customers and prospects for a smooth migration from their existing legacy SDH networks to an end to end future proof, packet based infrastructure which supports the mix of emerging data services together with large scale of legacy SDH/PDH leased lines" said Mr. Sharon Mantin, Vice President, Marketing, at Orckit-Corrigent. "Adding the CM-401x product line to our PTN product portfolio, improves our end-to-end PTN offering from access to core edge enabling cost-effective, highly scalable and future proof solution for 2G/3G/4G Mobile Backhauling as well as Ethernet and legacy SDH/PDH business services."

Huawei Debuts Unified Network Management System

Huawei introduced its iManager U2100 network management system (NMS) for super-large-scale bearer networks. The U2100 assists operators with grooming their end-to-end trails and manages its network faults, while also acting as a data center to provide information for planning network-wide resources, services, software and hardware versions, and standby parts.

Huawei said its U2100 also uses scalable software architecture and a carrier-class hardware platform to manage operator networks on a number of different scales.

Infonetics: SAN Equipment Sales up 10%

The combined SAN switch and adapter market totaled $755 million globally in 1Q11, up 0.8% from the previous quarter, and up 9.8% from the first quarter of 2010, according to a new report from Infonetics Research which tracks storage area network (SAN) switches and adapters.

"We see steady growth ahead for the overall SAN equipment market. The long shift to cloud computing will propel the SAN switch market to more than triple from 2010 to 2015, and we forecast the SAN adapter market to grow at a 20% compound annual growth rate from 2010 to 2015, spurred by demand for FCoE (Fiber Channel over Ethernet) converged network adapters," expects Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst for carrier and data center networks at Infonetics Research.

Other highlights include:

  • SAN switch revenue grew 4% and adapters declined 8% in 1Q11 from 4Q10.

  • While most vendors in the SAN switch and adapter space had a down 1Q11 and lost share, Cisco picked up 3 percentage points of market share.

  • Meanwhile, perennial market leader Brocade's market share and revenue held steady.

  • FCoE (Fiber Channel over Ethernet) switches represent 15% of the total SAN switch market, and are expected to be a strong growth driver moving forward.

Infonetics: Data Center Equipment Slows in 1Q11

In 1Q11, the worldwide data center network equipment market, which includes data center Ethernet switches, application delivery controllers (ADCs), and WAN optimization appliances, declined 7% from the previous quarter, but is up 2% year-over-year (1Q10 to 1Q11), according to Infonetics' First Quarter (1Q11) Data Center Network Equipment report.

"After massive growth (+50%) in 2010, the data center network equipment market is slowing significantly in 2011, as some of the 2010 drivers like pent-up demand disappear and new challenges arise, such as slowing public sector spending. This dynamic is already playing out, with sales down on a sequential basis in the first quarter and year-over-year increases moving down to single-digit percent territory. Purpose-built data center Ethernet switches continue to enjoy strong growth as buyers transition to these devices to better address performance requirements in their data centers," notes Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.

Some other highlights:

  • In 2010, the global data center equipment market grew to $8 billion, and Infonetics Research forecasts it to top $10 billion by 2015.

  • Cisco continues to lead the data center Ethernet switching market by far, with over 80% market share.

  • ADC market leader F5 increased quarterly revenue only slightly, but gained 4 points of market share as rivals Cisco and Citrix declined.

  • The data center equipment markets in Asia Pacific (APAC) and Central and Latin America (CALA), posted strong year-over-year growth in 1Q11, driven by emerging economies.

AT&T Holds Dividend at $0.43 per Share

AT&T declared a quarterly dividend of $0.43 a share on the company's common shares. The dividend is payable on August 1, 2011, to stockholders of record at the close of business on July 8, 2011.

Charter Buys Missouri Systems from US Cable

Charter Communications will acquire cable television systems from US Cable of Coastal Texas for an undisclosed sum. These systems serve approximately 16,000 customers in Missouri, including the communities of Hannibal, Mexico and Moberly.

Charter serves more than 5 million homes and businesses in 25 states.

FCC Implements Fraudulent Caller ID Spoofing Fines

Last week, the FCC adopted new protections against fraudulent and deceptive use of caller ID. Callers are still permitted to alter caller ID if their purpose is not fraudulent or harmful -- such as calling a domestic abuse hotline -- but fines may be imposed for malicious intent.

Under the FCC's new rules:

  • Violators are subject to up to $10,000 for each violation, or three times that amount for each day of continuing violation, to a maximum of $1 million for any continuing violation.

  • The FCC may assess fines against entities it does not traditionally regulate without first issuing a citation.

  • The FCC can impose penalties more readily than it can under other provisions of the Communications Act/

Wi-Fi Alliance and Wireless Broadband Alliance Collaborate

The Wi-Fi Alliance and Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) agreed to harmonize their programs related to Wi-Fi hotspot ease of use and roaming. Specifically, the organizations will align WBA's inter-operator Wi-Fi roaming efforts and Wi-Fi Alliance's planned certification program for Wi-Fi equipment. The two organizations will coordinate on testing methodologies and models, and will share information about their respective specifications and technologies to ensure that the programs are aligned. Members from the groups will also collaborate on the brand identity for hotspots implementing the solutions, enabling end users to easily identify products and hotspots based on the advanced specifications.

"Working together to harmonize these two programs helps ensure that there will be a complete solution to evolve the user experience in Wi-Fi hotspots around the world," said Edgar Figueroa, CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance. "The Wi-Fi Alliance's work to bring streamlined access and WPA2™ security to hotspot environments is well complemented by the work in WBA to enable seamless Wi-Fi roaming."

"With the number of hotspots growing worldwide, and the increasing importance of Wi-Fi to service providers' strategies, this is a crucial time for our organizations to work together," said Shrikant Shenwai, CEO of the Wireless Broadband Alliance. "WBA's Next Generation Hotspot program aims to deliver a seamless Wi-Fi user experience across operators globally, and the cooperation with Wi-Fi Alliance will maximize the benefits of innovation for end users, manufacturers and service providers."

ICANN Upgrades Internet Domain Name System with gTLDs

ICANN approved a plan to increase the number of generic top-level domains (gTLDs), from the current 22, which include such familiar domains as .com, .org and .net. The move is expected to facilitate the global expansion of the Internet by allowing any language script, such as Cyrillic, Arabic and Chinese, as a top-level domain. The approval follows many years of public debate and planning on the topic. Applications are expected to be accepted beginning on January 12, 2012.

At its meeting in Singapore, ICANN also approved a new .NET registry agreement with VeriSign for another six years.http://

Telstra Launches HD Voice Network

Telstra has activated HD voice capabilities across Australia, greatly enhancing voice quality and reducing disturbance from background noise. A handset with HD voice capabilities is required. There is no additional cost for HD voice connections.

Ericsson supplied software upgrades for Telstra's core and WCDMA radio access network based on an existing contract between the companies. In addition, the integration of Mobile SoftSwitch Solution (MSS) and WCDMA software was done without interruption to current services.

HD Voice uses Wideband Adaptive Multi-Rate coding (WB-AMR), which provides a wider dynamic range. Over twice the range of voice frequencies are transmitted allowing customers to hear the full range of a person's voice and makes it much clearer to distinguish between similar sounds like ‘S' and ‘F'.

Mike Wright, Director of Networks and Access Technologies, Telstra, said: "Telstra has launched many firsts on the Australian market, including HSPA+ and we are the first Australian operator to commence deployment of LTE, the 4th generation of mobile communications technology. So not only do Telstra mobile customers have access to the largest and fastest national mobile network, they also have access to the latest voice technology."

Johan Wibergh, head of Ericsson's Business Unit Networks, says: "We believe HD voice is an innovation for voice services similar to the shift from standard TV to HDTV. The marked difference in quality is a leap in voice services, and we're delighted that the strong partnership between Ericsson and Telstra has made it possible to create the largest HD voice network in the world. Many recently released handset models have HD voice capabilities built in, such as recent models from the Sony Ericsson Xperia family."

Ericsson noted that close to 70% of global mobile revenues are still linked to voice calls.

Skyworks Unveils Range Power Detectors for 3G/LTE

Skyworks Solutions introduced high dynamic range power detectors for smart phones and data cards.

Skyworks' RF detectors are compatible with various baseband architectures and accommodate multiple 3G and LTE band combinations. The devices have been designed to work with the SKY7770X and SKY7772X series of 3G and 4G power amplifiers to expand the compatibility of the integrated daisy chain coupler for the majority of basebands and transceivers.

Skyworks' SKY77002 is manufactured with Skyworks' gallium arsenide hetero junction bipolar transistor process. The detector circuit technology is optimally aligned for transceivers that require external detection for power control. Exceptional temperature and voltage compensation maintains accuracy over extreme operating conditions.

Singapore's Nucleus Connect Studies 10G GPON with Huawei

Nucleus Connect, Singapore's Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network Operating Company (OpCo), has signed a memorandum of understanding with Huawei to study the use of 10G GPON across the Next Gen NBN.

10G GPON promises downlink speeds of up to 10 Gbps and uplink speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps, enabling emerging services like 3D TV and Ultra HD TV, while co-existing with the current GPON system.

As part of this MOU, Nucleus Connect and Huawei will collaborate to explore the possibilities to develop the Next Generation Passive Optical Network based on Open Access for Singapore's Next Gen NBN. Studies will be made on possible deployment scenarios like FTTC/B, Enterprise, and Mobile Backhaul for 3G & LTE, etc.

"We are pleased to further our relationship with Huawei by undertaking this joint study," said Chong Siew Loong, Vice President of Networks & Systems, Nucleus Connect. "This study - the world's first 10G GPON investigation based on an Open Access scenario - will set a global example, and we are happy to contribute as a leader in innovation and development in the next generation network arena."

  • In 2009, Huawei was awarded the contract to supply and build the end-to-end network solution for Nucleus Connect and its Open Access Network.