Sunday, January 23, 2011

EU Probes Non-Compete Agreement of Telefónica and PT

The European Commission opened an investigation into an agreement between Telefónica and Portugal Telecom not to compete on the Iberian telecommunications markets concluded in the context of Telefónica's 2010 acquisition of sole control over the Brazilian mobile operator Vivo, previously jointly owned by the two Iberian telecoms incumbents. The Brazilian deal itself is not affected by the investigation.

Huawei Files Patent Lawsuit Against Motorola

Huawei Technologies has asked a U.S. District Court to block Motorola from transferring certain intellectual property (IP) to Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), which is in the final stages of acquiring MMotorola's wireless network business.

Huawei and Motorola had been partners in radio access network and core network busines since 2000 and Motorola has resold Huawei wireless network products to customers under the Motorola name. Huawei said during this period, Motorola was provided with products and confidential Huawei intellectual property. Huawei is now seeking to prevent this intellectual property from being transferred to NSN.

Mindspeed Posts Revenue of $40.5 million

Mindspeed Technologies reported net revenue of $40.5 million. Excluding patent sales of $2.5 million, product revenue was $38.0 million, a sequential decline of 15 percent from product revenue of $44.8 million in the prior fiscal quarter and an increase of 3 percent from product revenue of $37.0 million in the fiscal first quarter of 2010.

Product revenue from communications convergence processing solutions contributed 44 percent of fiscal first quarter of 2011 product revenue and decreased 12 percent sequentially from the prior fiscal quarter and increased year-over-year by 19 percent. Product revenue from high-performance analog products represented 37 percent of product revenue and decreased 5 percent sequentially from the prior fiscal quarter and increased year-over-year by 22 percent. Wide area networking communications product revenue contributed the remaining 19 percent of fiscal first quarter of 2011 product revenue and decreased 33 percent sequentially from the prior fiscal quarter, as well as decreased 36 percent year-over-year.

PMC-Sierra's Forward Error Correction for 40G/100G OTN Offers 35% Greater Reach

PMC-Sierra announced new Forward Error Correction (FEC) technology that delivers greater optical reach on 40G and 100G Optical Transport Network (OTN) deployments. PMC-Sierra's Swizzle FEC delivers the industry's highest Net Effective Coding Gain (NECG) of 9.45dB, enabling 35 percent greater optical reach than other competing hard FEC technologies based on the seven percent overhead specified in the ITU G.709 standard.

PMC-Sierra said its Swizzle FEC compensates for optical impairments in 40G and 100G OTN links, correcting up to four times as many errors as competitive solutions, maximizing optical spans over the existing fiber infrastructure. Specifically, PMC-Sierra's Swizzle FEC delivers 9.45dB of Net Effective Coding Gain within the lowest OTN overhead of 6.7 percent specified in the ITU G.709 standard, nearly reaching the theoretical maximum defined by the Shannon Limit. For longhaul deployments, the Swizzle FEC architecture delivers 10dB or higher NECG for OTN overhead configurations of greater than the 6.7 percent.

The Swizzle FEC platform is available for demonstration and evaluation.

"Capital spending remains a barrier to entry for mass deployment of 40G and 100G OTN technology," said Babak Samimi, director of marketing of PMC-Sierra's Communication Products Division. "Our Swizzle FEC technology will be a significant contributor in driving the economic viability of 40G and 100G OTN deployments. By maximizing optical reach and reducing the number of optical regenerators required, operators can cost-effectively transition to scalable OTN transport networks."

A whitepaper on PMC-Sierra's Swizzle FEC technology is available on the company's website.

6WIND and NetLogic Expand Collaboration

NetLogic Microsystems and 6WIND, which supplies packet processing software for networking gear, expanded their collaboration to deliver high-performance solutions for next-generation telecom infrastructure, networking equipment and security appliances. At the upcoming Mobile World Congress, 6WIND will introduce support for NetLogic Microsystems' XLP832 multi-core communications processor.

The XLP832 processor is designed for next-generation networking applications such as security appliances, Layer 4 through Layer 7 switching, storage networking, 3G/4G wireless and small business networks that require extremely high levels of system performance.

Extreme Networks Develops M-LAG Direct Attach Architecture

Extreme Networks introduced an "M-LAG Direct Attach" architecture aimed at scaling networks with highly virtualized clouds, increasing performance and eliminating Spanning Tree designs.

Extreme Networks is combining its Direct Attach Virtual Machine (VM) switching with Multi-System Link Aggregation (M-LAG) to enable the new M-LAG Direct Attach architecture that addresses high-performance switching for virtualized environments. The goal is to significantly simplify network design VM mobility by eliminating Spanning Tree protocol.

The new capabilities are delivered in ExtremeXOS version 12.5, which includes software-loadable support for Direct Attach architecture, network-level support of Virtual Ethernet Port Aggregator (VEPA), and M-LAG across BlackDiamond modular switches and Summit fixed stackable switches. Extreme Networks Direct Attach architecture enables the removal of virtual switches from the network.

"Integrating the M-LAG Direct Attach architecture with Extreme Networks' data center portfolio serves as an important evolution of our Four Pillar data center strategy for migrating networks from physical to virtual to cloud," said Shehzad Merchant, senior director of strategy for Extreme Networks. "For the majority of virtualized data center architectures, the M-LAG Direct Attach architecture eliminates the drawbacks of Spanning Tree while providing the benefits of TRILL (Transparent Interconnect of Lots of Links) without having complete disruption to the network and enormous capital expense."

Vitesse's "Tiger" Carrier Ethernet Switching Engine Packs Layer-3 and MPLS

Vitesse Semiconductor is launching a new "Tiger" silicon switching chip that includes scalable Layer-3 (L3) routing and MPLS switching support. Target applications include scalable service and backhaul aggregation, cloud computing, video, smart-grid, IPTV, IP routing, optical line termination and gateway applications.

The new Tiger chip, which complements Vitesse's previously announced Jaguar, LynX, and Caracal switch engine solutions for Carrier access and mobile edge applications, includes a 100G bi-directional advanced packet processing engine, which supports IPv4/v6 L3 routing, MPLS switching, advanced multicasting and tunneling protocols. This functionality enables delivery of Layer-2 (L2) and L3 VPN services over a Carrier network. Tiger also offers hierarchical Quality of Service (HQoS), as well as scalable, flexible forwarding and routing profile management for different applications. This provides a lower power and more cost effective alternative to NPUs for scalable network equipment design.

Tiger offers as many as 48 1-Gbps ports and eight 10G ports, which can be configured as 48 x 1G + 4 x 10G or 8 x 10G or other combinations. With its optional external SRAM and TCAM, the switch engine supports up to a million MPLS labels and IP routes. The flexible port configurations and advanced IP/MPLS features allows customers to get more reuse and higher return on their investment. Providing a service oriented architecture scalable from low end to high end, Vitesse makes software development simpler and less costly to maintain for its customers.

"Service provider and Enterprise applications demand scalable Layer-2 and Layer-3 service creation and service management capabilities in the aggregation network with strong hierarchical QoS features in order to offer multi-service IPTV, Voice Over IP, and multi-tiered VPN services," said Jag Bolaria, senior analyst at the Linley Group. "Vitesse continues to specifically address important service provider needs with its Ethernet Switching product line. We are excited to see highly integrated, high-volume IC solutions such as Tiger that address these needs."

Bharti Airtel Makes its 3G Debut

bharti airtel, India's largest telecommunications company, launched its first 3G service in Karnataka -- its largest telecom circle Airtel is targeting to launch in all 13 3G license circles by March 2011.

airtel's 3G services, delivered over an HSPA network, offer personalised data usage limits. airtel 3G customers will be empowered to manage their 3G data usage alert and prevent bill shock with proactive, personalized and timely data usage alerts.

"It is indeed the start of a new era when 3G services in India roll out on airtel's network. World over ‘Data traffic' on the back of high speed internet and use of social networking has already exceeded the ‘Voice traffic'. India is ushering in the domain - though later than most of the world - but no doubt we will catch up at a much faster speed. 3G is much more than a technology migration - it is a transformational shift - and airtel's focus would be to bring to its customers an enriched user experience on the back of a world class delivery network. I welcome all 745 million mobile customers of the country to be a part of this journey with airtel!," stated Mr. Sanjay Kapoor, CEO - bharti airtel