Sunday, February 5, 2012

ADVA Optical Introduces "RAYcontrol" GMPLS Interface

ADVA Optical Networking launched a new "RAYcontrol" User Network Interface (UNI) for its Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) control plane.

RAYcontrol enables users to seamlessly unite packet optical networks with optical transport technology. The new functionality can now encapsulate the optical transport domain into a virtual topology and expose available resources to a packet domain. The new capability facilitates packet-optical integration and enables client equipment, such as IP/MPLS routers, to interoperate with the transport layer in a seamless manner.

GMPLS is used as the control plane to exchange of routing information between network layers and domains. When the packet domain activates a service traversing the virtual topology describing the optical network, the optical network components required to realize that service are automatically configured to match the requested service. The IP/MPLS routers and the optical transport layer interoperate and act in unison without the need for manual intervention.

“With the addition of the GMPLS UNI, RAYcontrol answers one of the most critical needs in the industry, providing seamless integration between packet networks and optical domains. Our global research and development team have worked directly with customers to understand their exact needs here and the result is something special. It’s a critical element for service providers as they seek to leverage their platforms to drive greater efficiency and automation,�? commented Christoph Glingener, CTO of ADVA Optical Networking.

Calix Lands 12 More Broadband Stimulus Projects

Calix has been selected by an additional 12 communications service providers to support approximately $153 million of Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) Stimulus projects across the United States, of which only a portion of this value is access equipment.

The company notes that with this announcement, aggregate Calix vendor selections by Broadband Stimulus winners for "last mile" and "middle mile" awards have now reached 87 different projects representing over $1.65 billion in Stimulus-related grants, loans, and private investment for plant engineering, materials, labor, and other costs, including access equipment.

The projects will deploy both fiber access and digital subscriber line (DSL) across the Calix B6, C7, and E7 platforms to bring some of the nation's most advanced broadband services to residences, businesses, and community institutions in 11 states, and are expected to both boost local economies and create new jobs in the U.S.

Broadcom Introduces Microwave Outdoor Chip

Broadcom introduced an integrated chip for microwave outdoor units (ODUs) that combines the functionality of up to 10 off-the-shelf chips, dramatically reducing the size, complexity, production cost and power consumption of microwave radio frequency units (RFUs). The new BCM85810 RF system-on-a-chip (SoC) is designed for microwave split-mount and full/all outdoor units (FODU/AODU). Two variants cover all standard point-to-point microwave frequency bands and all channel bandwidths.

Nicira Unveils its Network Virtualization Platform

Nicira, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, unveiled its Network Virtualization Platform (NVP) and announced initial deployments with AT&T, eBay, Fidelity Investments, NTT and Rackspace.

Nicira is offering a software-based system that creates a distributed virtual network infrastructure in cloud data centers that is completely decoupled and independent from physical network hardware. The company says its technology "decouples and isolates virtual networks from the underlying network hardware, like server virtualization decouples and isolates virtual machines from the underlying server hardware. "

Nicira;s NVP software is implemented at the network edge and managed by distributed clustered controller architecture. The system forms a thin software layer that treats the physical network as an IP backplane. This approach allows the creation of virtual networks that have the same properties and services as physical networks, such as security and QoS policies, L2 reachability, and higher-level service capabilities such as stateful firewalling. These virtual networks can be created dynamically to support VM mobility anywhere within or between data centers without service disruption or address changes.

Nicira claims its platform is compatible with any data center network hardware and that it can be deployed non-disruptively on any existing network. The company is pursuing a usage-based, monthly subscription-pricing model, which scales per virtual network port.

“AT&T, working with Nicira, is delivering enterprise-grade, secure and scalable network virtualization within its internal OpenStack deployment,�? said Toby Ford, AVP Cloud Architecture and Strategy, AT&T. “Nicira’s technologies support our work to open the network for innovation and unlock numerous, differentiated offers such as the AT&T API Delivery Platform, the AT&T Developer Center ForHealth, and other services we’ll be building for developers and businesses.�?

“Nicira’s Network Virtualization Platform is a game changer,�? said Lew Moorman, President, Rackspace. “Nicira’s product and industry contributions with OpenStack are tightly aligned with our strategy to bring together the most innovative and open technology with our own fanatical support. Together we are bringing enterprise private networking to the cloud.�?
  • Nicira was founded by networking research leaders Martin Casado and Nick McKeown from Stanford University and Scott Shenker from University of California at Berkeley. Casado’s work at Stanford led to the creation of OpenFlow and Software-Defined Networking (SDN), an architectural approach in which the intelligence of networking shifts from hardware to software.

  • Nicira has raised $50 million in funding to date from Andreessen Horowitz, Lightspeed Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates, as well as individual investors including VMware co-founder Diane Greene and Benchmark Capital co-founder Andy Rachleff.

PMC-Sierra Posts Q4 Revenue of $153 Million

PMC-Sierra reported Q4 2011 net revenues of $152.6 million, a sequential decrease of 12% compared to $173.3 million in the third quarter of 2011, and 4% lower than net revenues of $159.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. GAAP net income in the fourth quarter of 2011 was $28.4 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2011 of $47.3 million, or $0.20 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income in the fourth quarter of 2011 was $29.1 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $42.1 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2011.

For the full year ended December 31, 2011, net revenues were $654.3 million compared to $635.1 million for the year ended December 26, 2010, an increase of 3% year over year.

“Our annual net revenues grew 3% in a roughly flat year for the semiconductor industry,�? said Greg Lang, president and chief executive officer of PMC. “While difficult conditions impact our near-term outlook, we see good signs of recovery in 2012, including a strong increase in bookings. PMC is well positioned to deliver the infrastructure required to support high traffic growth on storage, optical and mobile networks.�?

Verizon and Redbox Target VOD

Verizon has formed a joint venture partnership with Coinstar's Redbox division with the aim of launching a DVD + video-on-demand streaming and download entertainment service. The joint venture plans to debut in the second half of 2012. The venture plans to offer subscription services to consumers across the U.S. by leveraging Verizon's industry-wide relationships with entertainment content providers, its cloud computing technologies and state-of-the-art IP network infrastructure to distribute video on-demand content Additional brand and product information will be revealed in the coming months.

"When you consider the core elements the parties bring to this venture - our powerful brands; our national rental kiosk footprint; our anytime, anywhere network presence; and our mutual commitment to customer-focused innovation - it's clear that Verizon and Redbox are a powerful entertainment team," said Bob Mudge, president of Verizon consumer and mass business markets.

The joint venture is a limited liability company with Verizon holding a 65 percent ownership share and Redbox holding a 35 percent ownership share at the outset.

Hong Kong Completes 2.3 GHz Spectrum Auction

Hong Kong's Office of the Telecommunications Authority raised a total of HK$470 million from the auction of 90 MHz of radio spectrum in the 2.3 GHz Band. Winning bidders include two existing mobile network operators and one new entrant. One additional existing operator participated in the auction but was not successful in its bid.

The auction was conducted on an Internet-based software platform and proceeded in six rounds over the course of a day.

"Over the past two years, mobile data service has continued to grow at a spectacular rate. As a result, the industry finds it necessary to continually provide for additional network capacities in order to meet the market demand. With the assignment of the radio spectrum through the spectrum auction today, the successful bidders will be able to deploy state of the art mobile broadband technologies and provide the necessary network capacities to maintain the momentum of growth of the booming service," a spokesperson of OFTA said.

Telmex Picks Alcatel-Lucent for VDSL2 and GPON

Telmex has selected Alcatel-Lucent as a key supplier for VDSL2 and GPON in its broadband access network in Mexico. Telmex is aiming to expand VDSL2 and fiber-optics network coverage to connect millions of homes to super high-speed Internet services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent is providing a wide range of technology solutions to Telmex, including:

  • the latest generation of VDSL2 broadband access technology (Very High Bit-rate Digital Subscriber Line), deployed in street cabinets throughout cities and municipalities to deliver super high-speed access.

  • GPON to deliver more bandwidth to subscribers, improve the performance of current applications and prepare the network for the fast introduction of new services and applications.

  • the Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS Carrier Ethernet solution, which will allow a more efficient traffic management and support the delivery of broadband services to a dramatically greater number of subscribers.

“This is a strategic project that reinforces our long-term and very successful relationship with Telmex.�? said Mr. Pierre Chaume, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent in Mexico. “With our advanced broadband access technologies, the new network will allow Telmex to reliably move huge amounts of traffic and multimedia content to remote areas, with better quality signals, ultra high speeds of up to 100 megabits per second per subscriber, and substantial savings in maintenance costs.�?