Sunday, January 29, 2012

Fujitsu Wins Key Domain Supplier Status with AT&T

Fujitsu Network Communications has been selected as one of AT&T's Domain Suppliers for optical and transport equipment. The multi-year selection covers equipment used to expand and maintain AT&T's metropolitan and long-haul network infrastructure. Financial terms of the supplier agreement are still being negotiated.

AT&T's Domain Supplier program, launched in September 2009, facilitates a more collaborative relationship with AT&T's equipment and software suppliers, enabling AT&T to have the best technologies in place to serve its customers. The program is also designed to ensure that the company's network technology investment accelerates AT&T's move toward a network that is well-equipped for the future.

Fujitsu Network Communications, which is headquartered in Richardson, Texas, offers packet optical networking solutions, WDM and SONET platforms manufactured in North America. It also provides multi-vendor network services as well as end-to-end solutions for design, implementation, migration, support and management of optical networks.

"After an extensive evaluation of multiple optical and transport equipment suppliers, we are pleased to extend our relationship with Fujitsu," said Tim Harden, President of AT&T's Supply Chain and Fleet Operations organization.
  • In August 2011, Fujitsu introduced an Ethernet over Anything (EoX) framework that enables its FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) to serve as a gateway for delivering Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)-compliant services across various transport networks. Fujitsu's EoX vision, which is initially implemented as an EoX Gateway configuration of the FLASHWAVE 9500, now extends into the company's portfolio of access products.

BT Openreach Launches Optical Spectrum Access with ADVA

Openreach, the infrastructure division of BT Group, launched a new Optical Spectrum Access (OSA) service that is built on ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 DWDM platform.

The new service enables enterprises to transport enormous amounts of data throughout the U.K. with much improved latency and unparalleled encryption and security. The OSA service provides dedicated single or resilient point-to-point optical fibre links throughout the U.K. With a route distance of up to 103km, the service accommodates a range of interfaces and uses the same low-latency technology deployed extensively in many of the world’s leading financial trading networks.

“The response to the FSP 3000 introduction has been exceptional,�? said Jon Hurry, MD, Strategy, Commercial, Portfolio & Policy, Openreach. “Since the pre-launch of this service we’ve collaborated with a range of communications providers, whose customers are expecting dramatically more from their networks. Scalability and protecting their investment is at the heart of our customers’ strategy; they need to transport increasing amounts of data across greater distances more securely and faster than ever before. OSA meets those criteria. Today’s launch marks a milestone for U.K. businesses seeking to position their networks as a competitive advantage.�?

“This is an incredible time to be involved in U.K. networks,�? commented Alistair Swales, senior vice president, U.K. sales, ADVA Optical Networking. “In less than one month we’ve seen over 200 design requests from customers interested in the new OSA service.�?

Stoke Appoints VP of Engineering

Stoke appointed Charles Corbalis as Vice President of Engineering. He joins from RGB Networks where he was Vice President of Engineering. He was previously co-founder of optical switch company Calient Networks and StrataCom, Inc, where he led the development of breakthrough communications industry technologies.

NetLogic Offers Xen Hypervisor for Multi-Core MIPS64

NetLogic Microsystems introduced an open–source Xen hypervisor for its high-performance multi-core MIPS64 processors for delivering virtualization for next-generation communications, networking and server platforms.

The Xen hypervisor enables multiple instances of the same or different operating systems on a single processor. NetLogic said this capability enables applications to run completely independently and securely on a single processor. For example, a base station can be designed to provide both 3G and LTE services with a single processor, ultimately reducing the cost and complexity of the hardware, while enhancing the flexibility and capability of the system solution.

NetLogic Microsystems’ XLP and XLP II multi-core, multi-threaded processors feature an innovative quad-issue, quad-threaded and superscalar architecture with out-of-order execution capabilities. The processors support virtualization of multiple applications and multiple operating systems on each of the high-performance cores.

NetLogic's flagship XLP processor family in 40nm operates at up to 2GHz and delivers cache-coherent scalability of up to 128 NXCPUs, while the next-generation XLP II processor family is designed for up to 2.5GHz and scalability up to 640 NXCPUs in the state-of-the-art 28nm process.
  • In September 2011, NetLogic Microsystems unveiled its next generation of XLP II family of processors based on 28nm process technology, packing up to 80 high-performance NXCPUs per chip, and promising 5-7x performance enhancement over the existing XLP processors. Target applications for the new multi-core devices include next-generation LTE mobile infrastructure, data center, enterprise networking, storage and security platforms. NetLogic said its XLP II processor family is designed to deliver over 100 Gbps of network processing performance per device and over 800 Gbps in a clustered, fully-coherent system. The devices integrate up to 80 high-performance NXCPUs per chip, featuring an enhanced quad-issue, quad-threaded, superscalar out-of-order processor architecture capable of operating at up to 2.5 GHz to provide unmatched control and data plane processing and low-power profile.

  • In September 2011, Broadcom announced plans to acquire NetLogic Microsystems in a deal valued at $3.7 billion ($50 per share) net of cash assumed.

    NetLogic Microsystems, which is based in Santa Clara, California, adds a number of critical new product lines and technologies to Broadcom's portfolio, including knowledge-based processors, multi-core embedded processors, and digital front-end processors.

MTN Renews Managed Services Deal with Ericsson

MTN has extended its managed services agreement with Ericsson in Ghana. With 49% market share and 10 million subscribers, MTN is the premier operator in Ghana which is one of Africa's fastest growing markets with an 18% growth rate in 2011. This announcement marks the extension of the first managed services contract between Ericsson and MTN, originally signed in 2009 in connection to the rollout of MTN's 3G network in Ghana. Under the extension, Ericsson is responsible for network operations, field maintenance and optimization.

MetroPCS Picks Ericsson for Microwave Backhaul

MetroPCS Communications has selected Ericsson to served as primary vendor for microwave backhaul equipment under a new four-year contract. Ericsson is already a key infrastructure provider for the company's networks, including its LTE network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson's customized microwave backhaul solution for MetroPCS will include:

MINI-LINK TN - a unique microwave transmission node, capable of handling single hops and access sites as well as advanced hub sites for large networks, optimized for traffic aggregation and capacity savings

MINI-LINK PT - a new all-outdoor MINI-LINK product optimized for packet networks, using native Ethernet over microwave

MINI-LINK SP - a multi-access aggregation platform providing a seamless migration path to the next-generation packet-switched networks.

TI Introduces Advanced Signal Conditioners

Texas Instruments introduced 10 signal conditioners designed to drive high-speed interface standards such as 10G/40G/100G Ethernet, 10G-KR (802.3ap), InfiniBand, Fibre Channel and CPRI.

The new integrated circuits (ICs), which use high-performance BiCMOS SiGe process technology, expand TI's existing family of repeaters and retimers that combat signal impairments caused by insertion loss, jitter, reflections and crosstalk in high-speed enterprise servers, routers and switches. v

TI said the new signal conditioners are capable of extending reach to exceed 50+ inches of FR-4 backplane or 20 meters of 26-AWG copper cable.

Motorola Solutions Increases Stock Buy Backs

Motorola Solutions' Board of Directors authorized up to $1.0 billion in additional funds for use in the existing stock repurchase program through the end of 2012. The new funds are in addition to the up to $2.0 billion announced in July 2011, raising the total authorization to up to $3.0 billion. After stock repurchases of approximately $1.1 billion through Dec. 31, 2011, Motorola Solutions will have up to approximately $1.9 billion for its stock repurchase program in 2012.

Tilera Releases its 36 and 16-core TILE-Gx Processors

Tilera, a start-up based in San Jose, California, released its "TILE-Gx" low-power, high-performance 64-bit processors – TILE-Gx36 and TILE-Gx16 in 40nm – as well as companion evaluation systems.

These processors are aimed at networking, cloud computing and multimedia. For networking systems, the company calculates that a single TILE-Gx36 can deliver more than 40 Gbps of L2/L3 packet forwarding performance across small and large packet sizes using less than 25 watts of power. In cloud, a single TILE-Gx36-based server can provide better performance than a Xeon-based system at one-fifth the power and one-eighth the space.

In addition, Tilera’s former CEO and Tilera co-founder Devesh Garg has returned as CEO of the company.

AT&T Announces Executive Line-up Reshuffle

AT&T announced the following key executives, reporting to Randall Stephenson, its Chairman and CEO:

John Stankey has been named to the newly created position of Group President & Chief Strategy Officer, where he will be responsible for developing the roadmap to maximize future growth opportunities, including corporate development, addressing long-term wireless-capacity needs, capital allocation strategies and identifying the best strategic paths for low-growth and non-strategic assets. He has been with the company for 27 years.

Ralph de la Vega has been named President and CEO of AT&T Mobility, where he continues to lead AT&T’s largest growth engine. de la Vega will focus on expanding the company’s smartphone position.

Andy Geisse has been named Senior Executive Vice President-AT&T Business and Home Solutions. Geisse, an executive with 32-years of experience in AT&T’s business and consumer segments, will be responsible for serving the business segment – from global enterprise customers to small businesses. Additionally, Geisse will lead the Home Solutions team focused on U-verse, broadband and voice services for AT&T’s 22-state local wireline operations.

John Donovan has been named Senior Executive Vice President-AT&T Technology and Network Operations, where he will be responsible for AT&T’s technology and network operations, including its mobile broadband network.

ActionPacked Offers Free Visualization Tool for NetFlow and Cisco Medianet

ActionPacked! Networks announced that, for a limited time, it will be giving away permanent licenses for its newest LiveAction Version 2.31 software with in-depth, real-time traffic flow visualizations plus the company’s newest Medianet capabilities. As a flow monitoring tool, the free version of LiveAction tracks and graphically displays NetFlow, J-Flow and sFlow paths and characteristics over a live network topology view that the software generates automatically. Users can click on devices and interfaces for more detailed information. As a tool for Cisco Medianet, the software also collects and displays detailed Medianet performance monitoring information and provides the industry’s first live topology presentation of Mediatrace for Cisco devices.

ActionPacked! is currently offering the free, three-device special edition of LiveAction through March 31, 2012 to qualified IT departments in the United States and Canada. The software works with most devices that support NetFlow, JFlow and s-Flow. To use LiveAction’s Medianet capabilities, the Cisco devices must also be Medianet-capable and have IOS version 15.1 (3) T installed.

Video: Super-Channels

What's beyond 100G? Inexorable bandwidth growth requires the next leap in optical transmission. Super-Channels allow rapid deployment of massive bandwidth in chunks of 500 Gigabits per second or even 1 Terabit per second and will be shipping in 2012. Infinera's super-channels aggregate up to 10 carriers or 100 Gbps using a photonic integrated circuit.

Presented by Mike Capuano, Vinay Rathore and Dave Welsh.

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