Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Dell'Oro: Mobile Infrastructure Sales Up 33% in Q4 2010

Mobile infrastructure market revenues increased 33 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 to $11.2 billion, according to a recently published report from Dell'Oro Group.

The report indicates that the market expansion was a result of continued strong WCDMA sales, as well as a pick up in the 2G market. In addition, vendors started recognizing significant LTE infrastructure revenues during the fourth quarter.

The report indicates that the positive momentum seen during the fourth quarter will continue in 2011, as the total mobile infrastructure market is forecast to grow 5 percent next year, with the WCDMA and LTE markets forecast to show significant expansions.

"The demand for mobile broadband is spreading throughout the world, and we saw strong WCDMA performance in all regions as the massive growth in data traffic resulted in operators worldwide investing in their 3G networks," commented Stefan Pongratz, Analyst of Mobile Infrastructure research at Dell'Oro Group. "The fourth quarter marked the first period of significant LTE revenues. While the U.S. operators led in terms of covered LTE population, it was the European vendors who took the lead in the LTE infrastructure market. Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens in particular, accounted for 80 percent of LTE infrastructure revenues during the quarter," continued Pongratz.

Interoute Tests Infinera's 100G Transmission

Interoute has completed testing of Infinera's new 500 Gbps photonic integrated circuits (PICs) delivering 100 Gbps channels over a fiber route from Amsterdam to London. The 100 Gbps channels originated in Amsterdam and traveled under the North Sea to London, where they were looped back and returned to Amsterdam, for a total distance of 940 km. The signals were received error-free despite a lengthy unrepeatered subsea link of 210 km between the Dutch and English coasts.

In this demonstration, the 100 Gbps channels were transmitted using PM-QPSK modulation and coherent detection to optimize for optical reach. Infinera's 500G PIC receivers use integrated local oscillators to enable coherent detection of the signals. The pair of 500G PICs integrates more than 600 optical devices, a tenfold increase from today's 100Gb/s PICs which are widely deployed in long-haul and metro networks worldwide. The coherent 100Gb/s channels were transmitted on fiber simultaneously carrying 200Gb/s of live traffic over 10Gb/s channels, demonstrating that the Infinera Line System (ILS) can carry both types of optical signals without interference.

Interoute, whose pan-European network was the first in Europe to deploy Infinera's 100 Gbps photonic integrated circuits more than three years ago, is planning to use Infinera's next generation systems based on 100 Gbps channels enabled by 500 Gbps PICs.http://www.interoute.com http://www.infinera.com

Ofcom Finds Broadband Promises Fall Short

Ofcom, the official telecoms regulator in the UK, has found that average broadband download speeds remain less than half of "up to" speeds advertised by some Internet Service Providers (ISPs), particularly for current generation copper-based ADSL services.

The research shows that the average broadband speed increased from 5.2 Mbit/s (May 2010) to 6.2 Mbit/s (November/December 2010)* but was less than half (45 per cent) of the average advertised broadband speed of 13.8 Mbit/s.

Ofcom is recommending that if speeds are used in broadband advertising they should be based on a Typical Speeds Range (TSR), so consumers have a clearer idea of what speeds to expect.


Avago's New mini-SFP+ Enables 30% More Port Density for 10 GigE & Storage

Avago Technologies announced two new fiber-optic transceivers that will enable 30% increased port density in 10 Gbps Ethernet equipment and 8Gbps Fibre Channel equipment.

The new mini-SFP+ (mSFP) AFBR-54D7APZ transceiver for 8-Gbps Fibre Channel and AFBR-703SNZ transceiver for next-generation 10-Gbps Ethernet equipment incorporate Avago 850-nm Vertical-Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) and PIN detector technology. This insures compliance with 8.5/4.25/2.125 GBd Fibre Channel specifications and IEEE 802.3ae 10GBASE-SR standards. The devices use the SFP+ electrical connector and I2C interface, and are compliant with the Small Form Pluggable (SFP) Multi Source Agreement (MSA) electrical specifications for duplex transceivers. The mSFP modules are designed for low power consumption with typical dissipation of 0.6W. http://www.avagotech.com

CableLabs Issues DPoE Specifications

CableLabs issued DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE 1.0) specifications outlining a common approach for cable operators to use existing DOCSIS back office provisioning processes to deliver business services over EPON access networks.

CableLabs said DPoE will enable higher velocity and highly scaled access into the business services marketplace because many suppliers already had achieved interoperability on the DOCSIS back office infrastructure. Through DPoE technology, cable operators anticipate delivering IP and Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)-based business and commercial services applications.

Bright House Networks, Comcast and Time Warner Cable led the development of the specifications.http://www.cablelabs.com/

Nokia Builds Manufacturing in Vietnam

Nokia will invest approximately EUR 200 million to establish a new manufacturing site near Hanoi, Vietnam. The company expects to open the new plant in 2012. The site would further expand Nokia's manufacturing network, which currently consists of ten major facilities in nine countries.

Nokia has a global manufacturing network stretching from Latin America (Brazil and Mexico) to Europe (Finland, Hungary, Romania, the UK) and Asia (China, India, Korea). http://www.nokia.com

Corning Completes Purchase of MobileAccess

Corning completed its previously announced acquisition of MobileAccess.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

MobileAccess provides distributed antenna system (DAS) solutions for flexible wireless coverage in the rapidly growing wireless market. MobileAccess is being integrated into Corning Cable Systems as Corning MobileAccess, led by Michael D. Genovese, senior vice president, Wireless Networks. Corning Cable Systems, headquartered in Hickory, N.C., is part of Corning's telecommunications business segment.http://www.corning.com

CyOptics Releases 40/100 Gbps Coherent Receivers

CyOptics announced the availability of its 40Gbps and 100Gbps Polarization-Multiplexed Quadrature Phase-Shift-Keying (PM-QPSK) Integrated Coherent Receivers for 40G and 100G coherent DWDM transmission systems. These optical Receivers expand CyOptics' growing portfolio of component solutions leveraging monolithic and hybrid Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs).

The receivers make use of CyOptics' extensive portfolio of high speed InP based balanced photo-detectors (PDs) and Silica Planar Lightguide Circuit (PLC) device technology.

Both device feature a very compact surface-mount package of 40mm length and less than 7mm height that also integrates the polarization splitters for signal and local oscillator.
CyOptics is ramping production for both the 40G and 100G receiver now with general availability in June 2011.http://www.cyoptics.com

TeraXion introduces Chromatic Dispersion Emulator

TeraXion introduced its CS-CDE compact, low loss chromatic dispersion module that emulates tens of thousands of picoseconds per nanometer and extends its ClearSpectrum dispersion compensator family. The PS-TNL, an ITLA-based Tunable Narrow Linewidth laser, offers white noise suppression using a patented optical filtering technique. Finally, the PS-LS Laser Synthesizer, featuring a high-gain analog optical phase-lock loop (OPLL), is also a new element to the PureSpectrum specialized lasers portfolio.http://www.teraxion.com

Proximion Ramps Production for FBG-based Dispersion Compensation

Proximion Fiber Systems has opened new production facilities in Kista, Sweden that significantly increase its capacity to deliver Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG)-based Dispersion Compensation Modules (DCMs). Proximion's DCMs offer low loss, reduced latency, and no non-linear effects as compared with alternate technology, while simultaneously reducing cost. The company is the only manufacturer of FBG-based continuous band (CB) devices, which provide full undisrupted compensation throughout the C band, thus providing total channel plan and modulation format independence. Proximion also develops and sells channelized DCMs, patch-cord DCMs, high dispersion products, Residual Dispersion Slope Compensators, and optical layer monitoring products.

Proximion said the recent 50 percent increase in production capacity helps its meet growing demand for dispersion compensation. The company reports record demand for its DCM products as evidenced by five years of doubling sales year-over-year. The new facilities also enable Proximion to reduce production costs and more efficiently use labor resources. The company also anticipates another 50 percent increase in production capacity during the first half of 2011. http://www.proximion.com

Ciena Debuts WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors for 40/100G

Ciena introduced its new family of "WaveLogic" coherent optical processors for enabling 40G and 100G coherent transmission in terrestrial and submarine networks across ultra-long haul distances.

Ciena's WaveLogic digital signal processors employ optical modulation for both transmit and receive to mitigate optical impairments. Ciena also uses soft-decision forward error correction (FEC).

The latest generation of the chipset – WaveLogic T2 and R2 – is currently shipping inside Ciena's ActivFlex 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and will be shipping inside the ActivSpan 4200 Advanced Services Platform by mid-year, with other platforms planned for later in the year.

"In the last twenty years, we've seen how transformative optical technologies can change the course of fundamental network design to enable greater efficiency and performance. Today, we are on the brink of the next phase of game-changing technology advances as we enter the ‘coherent era' of optical networking, where innovation in coherent optical processing will be paramount to successfully navigating the challenges of network scale and reach," said Rick Dodd, senior vice president, global marketing at Ciena.

"With broad market acceptance that coherent technology is essential to scaling capacity to terabit levels, the focus must now turn to how to best implement coherent in a way that offers even greater impact on network operations and efficiency -- like automated power consumption controls and better bandwidth utilization – where Ciena's experience and technology advances lead the market."http://www.ciena.com

Verizon Activates 100 GigE using Juniper + Ciena

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.

"We don't have to look too far into the future to know that bandwidth needs will continue to grow, so Verizon is taking this next step of deploying a 100G Ethernet link to stay ahead of that demand," said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global network planning for Verizon. "We will continue to deploy this technology on our global network where demand is highest."

Last year, Verizon deployed a 100G ultra-long-haul optical transmission system on this same network route, marking the first commercial deployment of such a system. http://www.verizon.com