Tuesday, January 10, 2012

IEEE Targets Network-Adaptive QoE Standard -- P1907.1

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board has approved work to begin on IEEE P1907.1 – Standard for Network-Adaptive Quality of Experience (QoE) Management Scheme for Real-Time Mobile Video Communications.

The proposed standard would address the quality of mobile video communications. It would help network operators, application developers, service/content providers and end users to develop, deploy and utilize real-time collaborative services.

“The goal of IEEE P1907.1 is to help raise the bar for real-time mobile video communications, ultimately resulting in a richer and more satisfying end-user experience,�? said John Ralston, chair of the IEEE P1907.1 Working Group. “By tackling real-time video capture, transmission and monitoring of received video quality, IEEE P1907.1 is intended to facilitate a high-quality real-time mobile video user experience within the constraints of mobile devices and networks."

The first meeting of the IEEE P1907.1 Working Group is scheduled for March 2012 in Piscataway, N.J.http://standards.ieee.org/develop/project/1907.1.html

IBM Develops Behavioral Analytics for Enterprise Security

IBM introduced an analytics software called Security Role and Policy Modeler that recommends enterprise security controls based on employee behavior data. The analytics can flag abnormal behavior, inconsistencies in role access and expired user access.

"With the rise of cloud and mobile access, it's no surprise that identity management has become such a hot button to clients," said Marc van Zadelhoff, vice president strategy and product management, IBM Security Systems. "If an organization doesn't know who has access to their data, how can meet compliance regulations, let alone be secure? Today's news shows how IBM is applying its advanced intelligence to solve the most complex security issues."

IBM also noted that it set a new U.S. patent record in 2011, marking the 19th consecutive year that the company has led the annual list of patent recipients. IBM inventors earned a record 6,180 U.S. patents in 2011, including more than 100 security-related patents, adding to more than 3,000 patents in IBM's security portfolio. The 2011 patents granted include advances in identity intelligence for authenticating user identity when resetting passwords, verifying personal identity and detecting fingerprint spoofing.

Huawei Showcases LTE Devices at CES

At CES, Huawei showing a range of LTE devices, including its first LTE smartphone, the Huawei Ascend P1 lte. In addition, Huawei will showcase its latest LTE modem, the E3276, and its newest LTE router, the E5776. A total of nine Huawei LTE terminal devices are on display.

The Huawei Ascend P1 lte features a dual-core 1.5G processor paired with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display.

The new LTE modem and the new LTE router support LTE Category 4, offering downlink data rates of up to 150 Mbps and uplink data rates of 50 Mbps -- an industry first, according to the company.

Huawei is also showcasing an LTE module as well as the world's first LTE TDD wireless broadband router, offering support for both LTE TDD and FDD, downlink data rates of up to 100 Mbps, and access for up to 32 WiFi devices and desktop computers through its Ethernet port.

Ericsson: 5 Billion Mobile Broadband Users by 2015

In a keynote appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg predicted that the number of mobile broadband users will reach 5 billion by 2015, up from 1 billion today. The number of mobile users just recently topped 6 billion in 2011.

Vestberg spoke about the network society and the potential of intelligent, real-time communication when devices begin to take real advantage of faster silicon, sensors, software and low-latency connectivity.

Vestberg also demonstrated a "capacitive coupling" technology that can be used to transfer bits from one device to another without using wireless signals and instead using the human body as a conduit.

Hawaii's Wavecom Deploys ADVA FSP 3000

Wavecom Solutions, a Hawaiian-based information and communications technology provider specializing in enterprise-level managed services and cloud-based solutions, has deployed ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 DWDM platform. The installation eases fiber constraints, consolidates transport and service requirements, provides 10 Gbps network coverage and connects a geographically diverse area.

"Simplicity is one of the keys to our network," commented Simon Fiddian, CTO, Wavecom Solutions. "Our customers want a solution that just works and ADVA Optical Networking has been instrumental in helping us achieve that. In fact, we were able to deploy the ADVA FSP 3000 across multiple islands and sites in just three days. Being able to rapidly deploy and expand our network capacity so quickly is incredible. But it’s also the intelligence that the ADVA FSP 3000 offers that is vital. It enables us to increase the visibility into our network, ensuring that we can drive greater operational efficiencies and ultimately further value to the customer."

Britain's Virgin Media Doubles its Broadband Speeds -- Top Tier Hits 120 Mbps

Virgin Media is doubling the speeds of over four million of its broadband customers across the UK. The top speed tier will now offer downlinks of up to 120 Mbps.

The upgrade will begin rolling out in February 2012 and continue over the next 18 months.

Subscribers to Virgin Media’s current 10 Mbps, 20 Mbps, 30 Mbps and 50 Mbps services will see their speeds at least doubled, with 100Mb customers seeing a significant increase to 120 Mbps. These speeds will ensure customers get high quality access to the huge growth in new online services.

Virgin Media chief executive officer, Neil Berkett, said: “The burgeoning market for better connectivity has given us an opportunity to transform the digital experience of millions of our customers and to bring about a massive step change in the number of UK consumers who have access to exciting, next generation services. Virgin Media has a track record of leading Britain’s digital development and this major initiative will meet the growing demand for faster broadband as well as provide significantly more value to our customers.http://mediacentre.virginmedia.com

Moscow's MegaFon Picks NSN's Single RAN

Russia's MegaFon has selected Nokia Siemens Networks’ Single RAN platform to modernize its GSM network in the Moscow region. The upgrade platform will improve network performance, energy efficiency, and reduce capital and operating costs, as the carrier prepares for LTE. New Flexi Multiradio Base Stations will replace MegaFon’s existing radio access platforms, including UltraSite, MetroSite and Flexi EDGE base stations from Nokia Siemens Networks.

Lightower Deploys 100G Services with Ciena

Lightower Fiber Networks, which operates metro fiber networks in the Northeastern U.S., has launched 40G and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services as well as 100G managed wavelengths, to enterprise and service provider customers throughout its footprint.

Lightower's network spans more than 6,400 route miles of fiber providing access to over 2,800 buildings throughout New England, metro New York City, New Jersey, Long Island and the Hudson Valley.

Lightower’s new 100G solutions will leverage Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic coherent optical processors to enable delivery of 100G managed wavelength services, and 40 GbE and 100 GbE traffic transported over 40G/100G wavelengths.

PCCW Global Upgrades Undersea Cable with Ciena's 100G

PCCW Global announced an upgrade to its subsea network using Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent optical 100G networking solutions.

The upgrade will occur on PCCW Global’s North Asia subsea routes, which span approximately 9,800 kilometers to connect Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. Specifically, using Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent optical 100G networking processors, PCCW Global will light a ring of dark fibers on the RNAL Cable System so that it can support significantly more than its original design capacity.

In addition to the existing network monitoring system, Ciena’s intelligent submarine network solution will allow PCCW Global to actively monitor the health and performance of its existing wet plant, including optical repeaters from third-party vendors, while continuously optimizing traffic-carrying signals in real time to ensure optimal transmission performance is achieved. The Ciena Specialist Services team will work closely with PCCW Global for accurate and timely completion of the design and implementation of the cable capacity upgrade. Financial terms were not disclosed.

This will help PCCW Global meet growing demand from its wholesale and retail customers for high-bandwidth services and applications such as Internet, video and cloud computing, and better serve the many countries that it interconnects globally.

Following a rigorous selection procedure, PCCW Global will deploy Ciena platforms equipped with 100G submarine-cable-grade coherent line interfaces, which are designed to significantly and cost-effectively increase submarine cable network capacity without disrupting existing customer traffic or adding cost or complexity to the network.

Mr. Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive Officer of PCCW Global, said, “With this deployment, we are pleased to be the Asia-based early adopter in deploying coherent 100G technology on a submarine cable system. The network expansion will significantly enhance the capacity of our network, allowing us to better serve our customers and support the delivery of high-performance data networking services and traffic growth driven by smartphones, high definition video, and sophisticated enterprise connectivity applications such as cloud computing.�?

Mr. Philippe Morin, Senior Vice President, Global Field Organization, Ciena, said, “Ciena’s technology provides resilience in the world’s most demanding networks and enables the most cost-effective undersea capacity upgrades without having to install new undersea cables. Bringing this technology innovation in coherent optical processing to PCCW Global’s network will boost capacity and improve performance to maintain competitive advantage in the marketplace.�?http://www.ciena.com

Planning Underway for Arctic Fibre Undersea Cable Network

AP Telecom, a facilities-based telecom consulting company, has been engaged Arctic Fibre to serve as overall International Sales Manager in the creation of a new submarine cable system joining Northern Asia and Japan to the United States, Canada and Northern Europe.

The proposed Arctic Fibre cable will contain four fibre pairs, each capable of transmitting 80 wavelengths and initial speeds of 40 Gbps, with provision to upgrade to 100 Gbps. The 15,600 km route would pass through Canada's Northwest Passage.

AP Telecom calculates that transiting the Northwest Passage will create the fastest route between Tokyo and London with a latency of 168 milliseconds. The Tokyo to New York latency is estimated at a very competitive rate of 171 milliseconds.

The planned route will also require passing across Greenland's iceberg alley. This will be done at water depths varying from 600-3,000 meters, well below the reach of any iceberg keel.

Organizers are looking to Canadian financial institutions, as well as a limited number of international carriers, to invest in the project.http://