Monday, June 6, 2011

FCC Appoints Rick Kaplan as Chief of Wireless Telecom Bureau

Rick Kaplan, currently Chief Counsel and Senior Legal Advisor to the FCC Chairman, will succeed Ms. Ruth Milkman as Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Milkman is departing the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau to serve as Special Counsel to the Chairman for Innovation in Government.

Prior to his current role in the Office of the Chairman, Mr. Kaplan previously served as Chief of Staff for
Commission Mignon Clyburn, and as deputy coordinator of the FCC DTV task force under then-Acting
Chairman Michael Copps. He practiced regulatory law and appellate litigation at Sidley Austin LLP, and
served in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives.

Boingo Wireless Posts $21 Million in Quarterly Revenue

Boingo Wireless, which recently completed its IPO, reported first quarter revenue of $21.0 million, compared to $18.5 million for the first quarter of 2010, an increase of 13.7 percent. During the first quarter, the company generated $5.7 million in cash from operating activities and ended the first quarter with overall cash and investments of $33.9 million. This excludes cash received from its IPO, which was completed on May 3, 2011.

Optelian Appoints Stephen Loudermilk as Director of Marketing

Optelian, which develops optical transport networks, has appointed Stephen Loudermilk as Director of Marketing. Prior to joining Optelian, Mr. Loudermilk oversaw social media, marketing, analyst and public relations for Alcatel-Lucent's Services Group.

Fujitsu Launches Global Cloud Service Powered by Windows Azure

Fujitsu is ready to launch a Global Cloud Platform service powered by Microsoft Windows Azure. The cloud service platform is now running in Fujitsu's datacenter in Japan and will be launched as a commercial service in August 2011.

The Fujitsu Global Cloud Platform service, FGCP/A5, is the result of the strategic partnership between Fujitsu and Microsoft on the development of a Fujitsu-branded cloud service running specifically on Fujitsu servers with scalable compute and storage powered by Windows Azure. The appliance will be operated from a Fujitsu datacenter in Japan, and will run the Fujitsu Global Cloud Platform, FGCP/A5, the first cloud service hosted in Japan to provide Windows Azure developers with a familiar and consistent application and data platform.

FGCP/A5 offers a set of application development frameworks, such as Microsoft .NET, Java and PHP, and data storage capabilities consistent with the Windows Azure platform provided by Microsoft. The basic service consists of compute, storage, Microsoft SQL Azure and Windows Azure AppFabric technologies such as Service Bus and Access Control Service, with options for interoperating services covering implementation and migration of applications, system building, systems operation and support.

AT&T Cuts Electricity Consumption by 16.6% in 2010

AT&T reduced the electricity intensity of its operations by 16.6% in 2010 by implementing a variety of programs, according to the company's newly released 2010 Sustainability Report. Significantly, A&T reduced the electricity associated with a terabyte of data from 498 kWh/terabyte of data in 2009 to 418 kWh/terabyte of data in 2010.

Some highlights of the 76 page report:

  • Realized $44 million in annualized energy savings from implementing 4,200 energy- savings projects

  • . AT&T's Domestic Carbon Footprint, which is company-wide greenhouse gas (GHG)
    emissions (metric tons CO2-equivalent) came in at 8,925,724, down slightly from 8,931,090 in 2009, and down from 9,066,626 in 2008.

  • By year end 2010, reached total deployment of 3,487 alternative-fuel vehicles in 538 cities as part of AT&T's 2009 plan to roll out approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles through 2018. This includes 2,472 CNG vehicles, 1,013 Hybrid vehicles and 2 Electric vehicles.

  • Avoided the purchase of more than 1 million gallons of traditional petroleum fuel because of its use of compressed natural gas vehicles in its corporate fleet

  • Worked with students at Vanderbilt University to conduct an assessment of AT&T's water usage and publish the company's first ever water footprint

  • Participated in the Environmental Defense Fund's (EDF) Climate Corps program, an initiative to help companies identify large-scale energy efficiency opportunities. AT&T and EDF identified a potential savings of 80% in lighting-related electricity usage across more than 100 million square feet of AT&T space

  • Teamed with clean energy technology company Petra Solar to provide communications and information technology support for nearly 200,000 solar power generating stations atop utility poles throughout New Jersey. The units – which communicate with the power grid using AT&T's wireless network – are expected to generate 40 Megawatts of solar-driven power to communities.

  • AT&T produced 2,849,896 annual kWh of solar electricity in 2010, up from 1,626,221 annual kWh in 2009.

  • For 2011, AT&T has set a goal of reducing the electricity consumption across the company relative to data growth on its network by 17 percent as compared with year 2010.

Tata Picks Cisco ASR 9000 for Carrier Ethernet Across India

Tata Communications will deploy the Cisco Aggregation Services Router 9000 Series (ASR 9000) for its next-generation Ethernet network service throughout India. Financial terms were not disclosed. The companies expect IP traffic in India to grow nine-fold from 2010 to 2015, a compound annual growth rate of 54%. IP traffic in India is expected to reach 1.2 Exabytes per month in 2015, up from 137 Petabytes per month in 2010. Also, there are expected to be one billion networked devices in India by 2015, up from 570 million in 2010.

Cisco Enhances ASR 9000 with 10G and 100G Interfaces

Cisco rolled out a series of enhancements for its ASR 9000 series edge and aggregation routers with a new high-capacity chassis, new 10 GigE and 100 GigE interface cards, a virtualization technology for linking edge routers into a single management plane, and a content-caching service module.

Cisco noted that is ASR 9000 series has been deployed in over 500 Service Provider networks worldwide, giving it substantial base of customers ready to upgrade their edge routers.

With this rollout, the company is introducing two new members of the ASR 9000 family: the high-capacity ASR 9922 and the compact ASR 9000V. The ASR 9922 is designed to deliver application layer services quickly and reliably.

A key design criteria for the new platform was to increase scalability, and this is achieved with the ASR 9922's 20-slot chassis and the new high-density line cards. The first of these high-density line cards supports 24 full-rate 10 GigE ports in a single slot. Transport optimized and service optimized versions of this line card will be offered. The second card offers dual 100 GigE ports. Even at full line rate with small packets, it fully protected with redundant switching fabrics.

The new ASR 9000V is an access and aggregation router for the intelligent edge. Cisco is tying these edge routers together with a new technology that it is calling Cisco Network Virtualization (nV). This enables Service Providers to manage thousands of ASR 9000vs as though they were a single device, greatly simplifying network operations. The nV technology allows the ASR 9000v to operate as a "virtual distributed line card". Cisco said this enables it to scale to tens of thousands of Gigabit Ethernet ports under a single, managed ASR 9000 system.

Cisco is also introducing a distributed content caching card for the ASR 9000 series. This module combines compute capabilities with over 3 TB of solid state storage. The idea is store video content in the edge or aggregation router itself, closer to the viewer. Apart from video caching, the integrated service module could support a new generation of applications that require responsive content caching and advanced subscriber management.

RSA Comments on SecureID Breach

In an open letter to customers, Art Coviello, Executive Chairman, RSA confirmed that information taken from RSA in March had been used as an element of an attempted broader attack on Lockheed Martin, who has stated that this attack was thwarted and that no data was stolen.

Coveillo said he remains confident in RSA's authentication technology and that the attack on Lockheed Martin does not reflect a new threat or vulnerability in RSA SecurID technology.

Nevertheless, RSA will expand its security remediation program and is offering to replace SecurID tokens for customers with concentrated user bases typically focused on protecting intellectual property and corporate networks.
RSA is also offering to implement risk-based authentication strategies for consumer-focused customers with a large, dispersed user base, typically focused on protecting web-based financial transactions.