Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cisco Declares Quarterly Dividend

The board of directors of Cisco declared a quarterly dividend of $0.06 per common share. The dividend will be paid on January 25, 2012 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on January 5, 2012. http://www.cisco.com
  • Cisco paid the first dividend in its corporate history in April 2011.

Orange Moldova Upgrades with Tellabs

Orange Moldova, which serves more than 2 million customers in Moldova is expanding its current Tellabs 8600 Managed Edge System deployment in mobile backhaul. The service provider will add the Tellabs 8609 Access Switch as a cell site gateway and small aggregation router for 2G and 3G voice and data traffic. The 1RU Tellabs 8609 switch, which can be used for cell and aggregation sites, provides increased Ethernet switching capabilities, offers a rich set of interface modules and boasts high port-density for 3G and beyond.
http://www.tellabs.com

Telstra Secures Licences in Singapore, Japan, India

Telstra has secured new operating licences in Singapore and Japan, allowing it to own infrastructure facilities and be directly responsible for services delivered to customers locally in both countries. The announcement follows the recent award of three licences to provide customers in India with international long-distance telecommunications and ISP services.


In Singapore, Telstra has secured the licence to own and operate telecommunications infrastructure such as voice and data networks, systems and facilities locally. It will also enable Telstra to build the local backbone required to support its plans for new cable submarine capacity to Singapore.


In Japan, Telstra Japan K.K. has been approved to own and operate large scale telecoms circuits and facilities in multiple cities and prefectures in Japan, along with products and services delivered over those facilities and networks.


In India, the licence will see Telstra begin with services in seven cities - Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune . Mumbai and Chennai will be Telstra’s Indian international gateways connecting into its international backbone network, providing customers with direct routes into networks in Europe and Asia.
http://www.telstra.com

TI Moves from NYST to NASDAQ

Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) its stock exchange listing to The NASDAQ Global Select Market from The New York Stock Exchange, effective January 1, 2012. TI shares will begin trading as a NASDAQ-listed security on January 3, 2012, and will continue to trade under the symbol TXN. http://www.ti.com

TIA Releases M2M Smart Device Communications Reference Architecture

The Telecommunications Industry Association's (TIA) released a specification defining a Smart Device Communications Reference Architecture for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.


The TIA-4940 Smart Device Communications Reference Architecture standard addresses common requirements and interoperability of essential intelligent/smart devices across industries. It will work across both wired and wireless transport layers and take advantage of IP-enabled applications covering different types of vertical markets.


"We are very pleased that the committee developed this M2M Standard quickly with effective collaboration with other international Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) throughout the process," said Cheryl Blum, TIA Vice-President for Technology and Standards.


Copies of TIA-4940, as well as all TIA standards, are available for purchase onlinehttp://global.ihs.com
http://www.tianow.org

Cisco Declares Quarterly Dividend

The board of directors of Cisco declared a quarterly dividend of $0.06 per common share. The dividend will be paid on January 25, 2012 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on January 5, 2012. http://www.cisco.com
  • Cisco paid the first dividend in its corporate history in April 2011.

Orange Moldova Upgrades with Tellabs

Orange Moldova, which serves more than 2 million customers in Moldova is expanding its current Tellabs 8600 Managed Edge System deployment in mobile backhaul. The service provider will add the Tellabs 8609 Access Switch as a cell site gateway and small aggregation router for 2G and 3G voice and data traffic. The 1RU Tellabs 8609 switch, which can be used for cell and aggregation sites, provides increased Ethernet switching capabilities, offers a rich set of interface modules and boasts high port-density for 3G and beyond.
http://www.tellabs.com

Telstra Secures Licences in Singapore, Japan, India

Telstra has secured new operating licences in Singapore and Japan, allowing it to own infrastructure facilities and be directly responsible for services delivered to customers locally in both countries. The announcement follows the recent award of three licences to provide customers in India with international long-distance telecommunications and ISP services.


In Singapore, Telstra has secured the licence to own and operate telecommunications infrastructure such as voice and data networks, systems and facilities locally. It will also enable Telstra to build the local backbone required to support its plans for new cable submarine capacity to Singapore.


In Japan, Telstra Japan K.K. has been approved to own and operate large scale telecoms circuits and facilities in multiple cities and prefectures in Japan, along with products and services delivered over those facilities and networks.


In India, the licence will see Telstra begin with services in seven cities - Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Pune . Mumbai and Chennai will be Telstra’s Indian international gateways connecting into its international backbone network, providing customers with direct routes into networks in Europe and Asia.
http://www.telstra.com

TI Moves from NYST to NASDAQ

Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN) its stock exchange listing to The NASDAQ Global Select Market from The New York Stock Exchange, effective January 1, 2012. TI shares will begin trading as a NASDAQ-listed security on January 3, 2012, and will continue to trade under the symbol TXN. http://www.ti.com

TIA Releases M2M Smart Device Communications Reference Architecture

The Telecommunications Industry Association's (TIA) released a specification defining a Smart Device Communications Reference Architecture for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.


The TIA-4940 Smart Device Communications Reference Architecture standard addresses common requirements and interoperability of essential intelligent/smart devices across industries. It will work across both wired and wireless transport layers and take advantage of IP-enabled applications covering different types of vertical markets.


"We are very pleased that the committee developed this M2M Standard quickly with effective collaboration with other international Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) throughout the process," said Cheryl Blum, TIA Vice-President for Technology and Standards.


Copies of TIA-4940, as well as all TIA standards, are available for purchase onlinehttp://global.ihs.com
http://www.tianow.org

Metaswitch Powers EarthLink Complete Business Suite

Metaswitch Networks is powering the multimedia telephony features of EarthLink's new launched "Complete" suite of business voice, data and Internet solutions. The offering builds on Metaswitch’s MetaSphere Multimedia Telephony Application Server (MTAS) to provide the latest in hosted PBX and SIP trunking services over EarthLink’s state-of-the-art IP infrastructure.


Metaswitch’s voice portal capabilities are also integrated into EarthLink’s myLink customer portal, offering its clients easy access to a ubiquitous, cross-platform, unified messaging, call control and self service interface that enables them to access, direct and upgrade their entire communications experience. http://www.metaswitch.com

ADTRAN Delivers Cell-site Optimized Wavelength Services

ADTRAN has enhanced its Total Access 5000 ONE system for delivering both wavelength and Ethernet switching separation. This enables carriers to deliver both mobile backhaul and residential broadband without risking quality of service (QoS) issues symptomatic of many multi-service solutions.


The ADTRAN ONE solution eliminates QoS impacting network bottlenecks by delivering MEF-certified, wavelength separated Ethernet services to residential customers, business customers and cell sites over the same network infrastructure.


ADTRAN said this capability ensures important service isolation for each individual mobile network operator that may share a single cell site or simultaneously offer residential broadband and wholesale services. In addition, ADTRAN’s Advanced Operational Environment (AOE) Service Monitor solution is a non-service affecting portal-based tool that provides intuitive, proactive reporting of SLA compliance status including customer bandwidth, and ITU-T Y.1731-based performance statistics for one-way frame delay, delay variation, and frame loss. http://www.adtran.com

Open Networking Foundation Updates its SDN Spec

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) completed the first update to its specifications for OpenFlow Software Defined Networking (SDN) since its launch in March 2011.
Software Defined Networking using the OpenFlow standard addresses the challenges faced by service providers, data-center operators, and enterprises in aligning the network with an increasingly dynamic and customized computing infrastructure. OpenFlow defines a communication protocol between a logically centralized control plane and the network’s data delivery plane, together with a standardized network management interface potentially allowing, for example, a data-center network to be made as flexible and responsive as the virtual servers that it supports.


OpenFlow Switch Specification Version 1.2 builds on Stanford University’s Version 1.1 in a number of ways, including:


Support for IPv6. In addition to the previous support for IPv4, MPLS, and L2 headers, OpenFlow 1.2 now supports matching on IPv6 source address, destination address, protocol number, traffic class, ICMPv6 type, ICMPv6 code, IPv6 neighbor discovery header fields, and IPv6 flow labels.


Support for extensible matches, addressing a larger number of parameters and providing far greater flexibility for current and future protocols.


Support for experimenter extensions through dedicated fields and code points assigned by ONF, facilitating experimentation and fine-tuning by a growing population of developers across academia and industry.


Membership in ONF has now passed the 50 mark. NTT Communications will join the ONF Board of Directors.


“NTT strongly supports the ONF’s goals and has deeply engaged technical experts actively contributing to ONF working groups, underlining NTT’s strong commitment to developing and deploying the OpenFlow standard.�?
"ONF continues to grow globally, with Korea Telecom and Spirent Communications our latest members�? says Dan Pitt, ONF’s Executive Director. “There is a shared vision of OpenFlow as the vital foundation upon which a dynamic, policy-based orchestration layer is being created – allowing processes to be defined on the fly and deployed automatically to deliver agile, scalable cloud services to a satisfy a wide range of user needs in every geography." http://www.opennetworking.org

WhiteSpace Alliance Sets Charter

A new WhiteSpace Alliance has been formed with the goal of enabling the emerging worldwide WhiteSpace ecosystem to deliver cost-effective broadband solutions, and support products and services that use WhiteSpace spectrum.


The Alliance is supporting IEEE 802.22 technology, which promises broadband wireless access over a large area up to 100 km from the transmitter. This technology delivers up to 29 Mbps per TV channel, and with over 40 available channels can deliver more than 1 Gbps capacity.


Initial members include AmeriSys, BAE Systems, ETRI, NICT and RelayServices. http://www.whitespacealliance.org




  • In July 2011, The IEEE published the 802.22 standard for Wireless Regional Area Networks (WRANs) using the favorable transmission characteristics of the VHF and UHF TV bands. 802.22 enables broadband wireless access over a large area up to 100 km from the transmitter. The standard specifies up to 22 Mbps per channel without interfering with reception of existing TV broadcast stations, using the so-called white spaces between the occupied TV channels.


    IEEE 802.22 incorporates advanced cognitive radio capabilities including dynamic spectrum access, incumbent database access, accurate geolocation techniques, spectrum sensing, regulatory domain dependent policies, spectrum etiquette, and coexistence for optimal use of the available spectrum. It operates generally in the 54-862 MHz range. For the United States, it specifies the following VHF / UHF Bands54 – 60, 76 – 88, 174 – 216, 470 - 608 and 614 –698 MHz => Total of 282 MHz or 47 Channels.


  • In September 2010, The FCC issued an order that opens up vacant airwaves between TV channels for new unlicensed applications such as "super Wi-Fi." Specifically, a Second Memorandum Opinion and Order (Second MO&O) resolves numerous legal and technical issues regarding unlicensed spectrum usage. Notably, the Order eliminates the requirement that TV bands devices that incorporate geo-location and database access must also include sensing technology to detect the signals of TV stations and low-power auxiliary service stations (wireless microphones). It also requires wireless microphone users who seek to register in the TV bands databases to certify that they will use all available channels from 7 through 51 prior to requesting registration. Requests to register in the database will be public, thus allowing interested parties to weigh in on any given request.


    The FCC order also includes steps to ensure that incumbent services are protected from interference from the use of white spaces in various ways. This includes reserving two vacant UHF channels for wireless microphones and other low power auxiliary service devices in all areas of the country.

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