Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dell'Oro: 40 / 100 GE to Propel Market towards $25 Billion in 2015

The L2-3 Ethernet Switch market is forecast to approach $25 billion in 2015, with the future growth being driven primarily from sales of Ethernet switches optimized for larger data center deployments, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. By 2015, it is expected that over half the revenue in this market will be comprised by speeds greater than 1000 Mbps.

The report also shows that within the Modular segment, 40 GE is anticipated to account for more then 10 percent of Modular revenue by 2015. Vendors such as Alcatel-Lucent, Arista, Avaya, Brocade, Cisco, Enterasys, Extreme, Force 10, HP, and Juniper all have current or announced Ethernet Switch offerings that are capable of supporting 40 GE on Modular platforms.

"40 GE and 100 GE switches will be an important growth driver for the Ethernet switch market for the rest of the decade," said Alan Weckel, Director of Dell'Oro Group. "In the outer years of our forecast, we believe 40 GE will not only be used in the aggregation layer, but will begin to penetrate the server access market as well," stated Weckel.

Avago Debuts 28nm Embedded SerDes at 30 Gbps

Avago Technologies announced a new Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) core in 28-nm process technology featuring 30 Gbps performance.

The company also announced it has shipped over 150 million embedded SerDes channels integrated in Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) used for data communication in networking, computing and storage applications. The milestones reflect the growing demand for increased bandwidth for servers, routers and other data center equipment.
  • In November 2010, Avago announced it was first to demonstrate 28-Gbps SerDes performance in 40-nm Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor (CMOS) process technology.

Sprint Activates WiMAX Roaming with Digicel Jamaica and Global Mobile Taiwan

Sprint began supporting 4G roaming for its customers with Digicel in Jamaica and Global Mobile in Taiwan. Select Sprint 4G devices that operate with the Sprint SmartView Connection Manager will automatically detect the Digicel and Global Mobile networks, giving customers the option to connect and roam with an unlimited, 24-hour daypass for $14.99 excluding surcharges and taxes.

Ruckus Wireless Supplies Muni Wi-Fi for

Chongqing Telecom, a unit of China Telecom, has selected Ruckus Wireless' Smart Wi-Fi products and technology for a large-scale, citywide deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots supporting an innovative new service called Tianyi Broadband.

Chongqing Telecom has now deployed over 4,000 Ruckus ZoneFlex indoor and outdoor Smart Wi-Fi access points (APs) along with ZoneDirector WLAN controllers across the city. The Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi APs now cover hundreds of hot zones within five districts and have been installed in a wide range of locations spanning from universities to restaurants, office buildings to shopping centers and public venues.

"It's very clear that smarter Wi-Fi has now become a strategic imperative by Tier 1 carriers around the world to deal with the Mobile Internet," said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless. "Chongqing Telecom is widely viewed as a leader in their use and deployment of Smart Wi-Fi to deal with the explosion of dual-band devices that are consuming and generating huge amounts of data traffic. Operators like Chongqing are quickly recognizing the need for carrier-class Wi-Fi solutions designed for this specific purpose."

Corning to Acquire MobileAccess for In-Building Wireless

Corning agreed to acquire MobileAccess, a supplier of in-building wireless access solutions, for an undisclosed sum.

MobileAccess provides distributed antenna system (DAS) solutions for flexible wireless coverage in the rapidly growing wireless market. The company has established wireless technical expertise in radio frequency design, engineering, and software development. MobileAccess is based in Vienna, Virginia with R&D in Tel Aviv.

Corning said the acquisition will expand its line of innovative telecommunications solutions beyond its Fiber to the Home (FTTH) and Enterprise Optical solutions. Upon closing, MobileAccess will be integrated into Corning Cable Systems, headquartered in Hickory, N.C., and part of Corning's telecommunications business segment.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to expand Corning's presence in the rapidly growing DAS wireless segment," said Clark S. Kinlin, president and chief executive officer, Corning Cable Systems. "MobileAccess has a proven history of delivering customer-driven innovative solutions with superior customer service. We look forward to building a bright future in wireless networks when the talented team from MobileAccess joins us."

APNIC Receives Last IPv4 Address Block Allocation

APNIC, which is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) for Asia-Pacific, reported receipt of its final allocation IPv4 address blocks from IANA, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, which is responsible for the global coordination of the DNS Root, IP addressing, and other Internet protocol resources.

APNIC expects to continue normal IPv4 allocations to continue for a further three to six months. After this time, APNIC will continue to make small allocations from the last /8 block, to assist with IPv4 to IPv6 transition.

Renesys: Egypt's Last ISP Goes Offline 4 Days Later

Renesys, which has been tracking the Internet cut-off in Egypt, reported that Noor, the last remaining service provider, went offline on Monday evening local time. Noor provides Internet service for a number of Egyptian banks and the country's stock exchange.

The country's four largest ISPs, Telecom Egypt, Raya, Link Egypt, Etisalat Misr, and Internet Egypt, went offline in rapid succession on 28-January-2011 beginning at 00:34am local time.

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Orckit-Corrigent Supplies Packet Transport for Germany's VSE NET

VSE NET GmbH, a German regional telecommunication service provider, has selected Orckit-Corrigent's Packet Transport Network (PTN) solution and 3M Services' first-line support to upgrade its Transport networking infrastructure with Packet technologies. The deal includes Orckit-Corrigent's CM-4000 PTN metro aggregation switches and CM-11 multi-service access switch. It also includes CM-View, the corresponding network management system. The combined solution, based on MPLS and MPLS-TP technologies, will enable VSE NET to grow to 100GE interfaces.

NetLogic Doubles IPv6 Processing Capabilities in 40nm

NetLogic Microsystems expanded its line of IPv6 knowledge-based processors with the introduction of its NL82048 processor, which doubles the IPv6 processing capabilities for next-generation switches and routers.

The new device is capable of supporting up to 512,000 IPv6 addresses or 2,000,000 IPv4 addresses. It integrates 256 high-performance knowledge-based processing engines, and supports a daisy-chain clustering scheme that enables customers to quadruple the number of IPv6 addresses without impacting line rate. The NL82048 knowledge-based processor also supports more than a million Quality-of-Service (QoS) or Access Control List (ACL) entries.

In addition, the NL82048 incorporates advanced clock switching schemes to achieve an aggregate interface bandwidth of 80 gigabits per second and can perform up to 1.2 billion decisions per second. This capability to execute multiple parallel decisions during a single core clock cycle combined with our highly pipelined synchronous cross-connect bussing scheme enables customers to deploy 100 Gbps ASICs, switches, and network processors.

Sample orders of the NL82048 are now being accepted with standard lead times.

ZTE Cites Performance Benchmarks in LTE Equipment

ZTE reported key performance metrics for its LTE Core Evolved Packet Core (EPC) gear.

ZXUN uMAC, ZTE's Mobility Management Entity (MME) achieved the maximum capacity test of 15 million users.

ZXUN xGW, ZTE's SAE-GW, attained 174 Gbps in throughput performance, which exceeds the previous benchmark by 50%. The xGW record was recorded by IXIA during a recent LTE Core EPC heavy traffic performance demonstration performed with a top tier global operator.

Intel Mobile Communications Group Integrates Infineon Wireless

Intel completed its acquisition of Infineon Technologies' Wireless Solutions (WLS) business.

The deal expands Intel's current Wi-Fi and 4G WiMAX portfolio to include Infineon's 3G capabilities. Intel said the acquisition also accelerates its entry into LTE.

WLS is a leading provider of cellular platforms to top-tier global phone makers, and is part of Intel's strategy to accelerate always-connected computing platforms that span a variety of device and market segments, including laptops, cars, smart phones, tablets and smart TVs.

"As computing spreads across a range of connected devices, including new categories being created almost daily, we must be ready to support the next billion devices across multiple networks with smart, secure and seamless computing experiences," said Dadi Perlmutter, Intel executive vice president and co-general manager of the Intel Architecture Group. "The acquisition brings to Intel a world-class wireless portfolio and a proven track record in cellular communications, combined with our existing strength in computing positions us well for future growth."

The new wireless business will now be called Intel Mobile Communications (IMC) and will operate as a standalone business entity within Intel's Architecture Group to enable continuity of existing customer sales, projects and support, including ARM-based products.

Huawei Demos 150 Mbps LTE over 2.6 GHz with Optimus

Huawei and Optimus, a mobile carrier in Portugal, have achieved LTE downlink speeds of 150 Mbps in a field trial using 2.6 GHz spectrum. Uplink speeds were measured at up to 60 Mbps.

In early 2010, Optimus selected Huawei's SingleRAN solution to modernize its GSM network in Portugal, enabling a fast LTE rollout in the future. Under the contract, Huawei's mobile base stations will be installed in 33 regions. To date, Huawei has deployed more than 1,000 SingleRAN sites to Optimus.

In 2006, Huawei delivered to Optimus one of Europe's first full-rate HSDPA networks. In 2009, Optimus and Huawei launched Optimus' HSPA+ services with 21 Mbps downlink data rate. In February 2010, Optimus and Huawei have announced the successful conclusion of Dual Carrier Technology tests, reaching download speeds of 42 Mbps.

Atheros Delivers 10G EPON Solution

Atheros Communications has begun sampling a 10G Ethernet passive optical networking (EPON) system-on-chip (SoC) solution for broadband access, mobile backhaul and cable uplink applications. Atheros is offering a chipset solution for both 10G optical line terminals (OLTs) and for a 10G optical network unit (ONU), which could be used in customer premise equipment and cellular base stations. The SoCs comply with the new IEEE 802.3av standard.

The SoCs integrate all of the media access, traffic management and switching components needed to build OLT and ONU equipment, including the 10G and 1G EPON media access controllers (MACs), a MIPS24KEc processor, configurable DDR2 and DDR3 controllers, a serializer/deserializer (SerDes), and standard 10G Ethernet, SGMII and XAUI interfaces.

Atheros' 10G EPON solutions offer asymmetric mode, which provides reliable 10 Gbps downstream and 1 Gbps upstream performance. The solutions will be upgradable with symmetric mode to provide full 10 Gbps performance in all-10G networks, while maintaining compatibility with legacy 1G systems. This not only provides a cost-effective way for carriers to upgrade their networks gradually, but is an important feature of the 802.3av standard.

  • In July 2010, Atheros acquired Opulan Technologies, a privately held Chinese fabless semiconductor company specializing in solutions for passive optical networking (PON) and broadband access aggregation (MUX). Atheros said the acquisition further expands its end-to-end (WAN-to-LAN) architecture consisting of Ethernet, Wi-Fi and Powerline solution.

  • In January 2011, Qualcomm disclosed plans to acquire Atheros Communications in a deal valued at about $3.1 billion at the time of the announcement.

Extreme Networks Posts Revenue of $85.1 Million

Extreme Networks reported revenue of $85.1 million for its second quarter of fiscal 2011, up 7% as compared to $79.4 million in the second quarter last year. Previously issued guidance to investors was for net revenue of $85-$88 million. Second quarter non-GAAP operating income was $5.3 million or 6.2% percent of net revenue, representing a significant improvement as compared to operating income of $4.2 million or 5.3% of net revenue in the second quarter last year. Non-GAAP operating income in the 2011 fiscal first quarter was $4.6 million or 5.5 percent of net revenue.

"Both EMEA and APAC posted solid performance, again this quarter," said Oscar Rodriguez, President & CEO of Extreme Networks. "Product revenue in North America increased about 8 percent over Q2 last year, but did not improve from Q1 as we had expected. We have just appointed a new vice president of NA Sales and have reorganized North America to provide improved customer focus."

Rodriguez continued, "We have completed a review of our Company strategy. While we will continue to serve the broader Enterprise Campus, Data Center and Service Provider markets, we will specifically focus our efforts and resources on identified high-growth verticals within those broader markets. As a result, we believe this will enable us to grow revenue in high-growth vertical markets. Further, aimed at continuing to improve financial performance, during mid January, we took actions to reduce headcount by approximately 35 employees or roughly 5% of worldwide headcount. This action will result in a restructuring charge in Q3 between $1.0 million to $1.5 million. Additionally, we have initiated cost reduction programs aimed at driving additional efficiencies throughout the Company. We believe these actions are targeted to expand gross margins and accelerate our ability to reach our stated target of double-digit operating income. Going forward, we believe these actions will lower our operating expense by up to $2 million per quarter and $8 million annually."

ARM Targets Real-Time Cortex Processor at Mobile Baseband

ARM introduced its new Cortex-R5 MPCore and the Cortex-R7 MPCore processors for use in 3G and 4G mobile baseband, mass storage, automotive and industrial markets.

For mobile baseband, the real-time features of the two new Cortex-R series processors are particularly suited to LTE and LTE-Advanced. ARM includes support for high frequency interrupts along with fast and deterministic control of data transmission between cellular base-stations and mobile devices.

Both the Cortex-R5 MPCore and Cortex-R7 MPCore processors can be implemented as either single or dual cores.

However, the Cortex-R7 MPCore processor features proven SMP multicore technology, including new real-time enhancements, enabling performance scalability and energy efficiency to be optimized for the intended application. These processors continue to demonstrate the effectiveness of the ARM architecture by delivering the most effective power-efficient solutions for mobile and portable products.

Both processors are available for licensing today and four tier one licensees in the mass storage, automotive and mobile baseband markets already have designs underway.

SEA-ME-WE4 Cable Upgrades for 40 Gbps Links

The 20,000-km SEA-ME-WE4 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe) undersea cable system has deployed 40 Gbps technology, the highest wavelength capacity currently available on undersea cable systems.

Launched in 2005, SEA-ME-WE4 is the fourth project in the SEA-ME-WE series. SEA-ME-WE4 links Southeast Asia to Europe through the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East. Terminal stations are located in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, Tunisia, Algeria and France.

As regionalized demands increase in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in China and India, the SEA-ME-WE4 upgrade means an increase in bandwidth availability without the expense of laying new cable.

Asia Submarine-cable Project Selects NEC, Fujitsu

A consortium led by NTT Communications, the Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company, StarHub Limited and Telekom Malaysia has selected NEC and Fujitsu for the Asia Submarine-cable Express system. ASE will be a high-bandwidth optical submarine cable system that will link Japan to Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Malaysia. It will being designed for native 40 Gbps transmission rates.

The manufacture and installation of all submersible plants such as Repeaters, OADM Branching Units and Cables, the Power Feeding Equipment and submersible plant monitoring system will be implemented by NEC. The manufacture and installation of Submarine Line Terminal Equipment and the Management Controller will be implemented by Fujitsu.

Conemtech and Datang to Supply 1588 Synch for China Mobile

Datang Telecom Technology Co. Ltd. (DTT) has won an order to manufacture and ship 1588v2-compliant packet synchronization equipment to China Mobile. The first deliveries are to be completed within next month. Conemtech AB, Stockholm based semiconductor company, is a lead technology partner with DTT.

IEEE 1588-2008 is a packet-based network synchronization technology that distributes information about time and frequency from master clocks being synchronized to a reference time sources, e.g. Global Navigation Satellite Systems like GPS or Beidou. In large deployments slave clocks will use a combination of network and satellite based technologies, or local high accuracy oscillators, to complement and act as backup in the event of signal drops. IEEE 1588 technology delivers this synchronization to the lowest cost. A highly synchronized mobile network delivers increased capacity and quality of service, as it allows for greater call capacity and data bandwidth. The IEEE 1588 technology also provides for lower latencies for the individual subscribers and fewer call drops when moving between cells in the system.

Conemtech and DTT said their success with China Mobile comes after a series of development iterations and extensive testing in the operator's networks. The final system fulfills the requirements of the operator, adapting this world-wide standard to the conditions and special requirements of the Chinese market. A version of the system will also be targeted for synchronizing in the Chinese power grid.

"This order is our most important accomplishment recently and is the result of two main developments. On the one hand it is proof of that our microprocessor and miniaturized systems are world-class and on the other hand that the market for the IEEE 1588 technology has reached a critical stage of maturity," says Conemtech CEO Ola Andersson , "I expect other customers to follow now as large operators show the way. We now see an emerging trend that the traditional SDH type of synchronization is being phased out as the new packet network's capacity is installed to cope with the increasing traffic from smartphones and other mobile broadband devices."

Dell'Oro: Mobile Backhaul Market to Exceed $8 Billion by 2015

Mobile Backhaul market revenues are expected to exceed $8 billion by 2015, according to a newly released market forecast report by Dell'Oro Group. This new report tracks two key market segments: Transport, which includes microwave transmission and optical transport equipment, and Routers and Switches, which includes cell site devices, carrier Ethernet switches, and service provider edge routers used for IP-based mobile backhaul.

The report indicates that the overall market will grow more than 40 percent in the next 5 years, while revenues for the Routers and Switches segment will more than double over the same period.

"The huge growth in bandwidth requirements, coupled with the transition to 4G IP-based cellular radio technologies will drive the Mobile Backhaul market over the next 5 years," said Loren Shalinsky, Senior Analyst at Dell'Oro Group. "The largest increase in mobile backhaul equipment revenues over the next 5 years will likely come from the Asia Pacific and EMEA regions, as these areas grow their cellular subscriber base as well as prepare for next generation cellular network technologies like HSPA+ and LTE," added Shalinsky.

Ericsson Hits 168 Mbps HSPA+: 64QAM + MIMO + Multi-Carrier

Ericsson has demonstrated multi-carrier HSPA operating at 168Mbps in the downlink and 24Mbps in the uplink. The technology will be showcased at the upcoming GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Ericsson's milestone HSPA performance was achieved using a prototype consumer device and commercial network equipment but leveraging three key technologies: 64 quadrature amplitude modulation QAM higher order modulation, MIMO dual-antenna technology and multi-carrier technology.

Dual-carrier HSPA with 84Mbps was also demonstrated for the first time ever, using commercial network products. By using two 5MHz carriers in the connection to the same consumer, peak speeds of 84Mbps are reached, doubling the maximum speed that is offered today by the fastest commercial HSPA networks.

Ericsson has also demonstrated single-carrier HSPA with 42Mbps using end-to-end commercial products including a consumer device. With this new technology, it is possible to reach 42Mbps on a single WCDMA frequency carrier of 5MHz by using multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) technology. Ericsson said that compared with the currently-used dual-carrier HSPA with 42Mbps technology (that Ericsson, as the first vendor, already implemented at the end of 2009), operators can be much more efficient with their valuable radio spectrum.

Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson, says: "These three achievements are the latest additions to our long list of world firsts in HSPA, demonstrating our technology leadership. Operators like Singtel, want to offer their customers the highest HSPA speeds and network capacity needed to fulfill the ever-increasing demand for mobile broadband services on any device. For many years we have focused on the evolution of HSPA and it is rewarding to see that the industry-wide support for HSPA Evolution is now stronger than ever Ericsson's Evo RAN brings EDGE, HSPA and LTE together into one strong, industry-leading offering. The potential for HSPA is even larger and 3GPP is already looking at even higher HSPA speeds."

The first commercial network implementations of single-carrier HSPA with 42Mbps and dual-carrier HSPA with 84Mbps can be expected during 2011, followed by higher HSPA speed implementations in later on.

The speeds referred to are peak network speeds. Actual customer speeds will be lower, and can vary owing to congestion, distance from the base station, local conditions, hardware, software and other factors.