Sunday, March 11, 2012

Nortel Patent Sales Gets DOJ Clearance

The Department of Justice waiting period for review concerning the acquisition of a substantial majority of the former Nortel Networks patent portfolio has expired and the company is free to consummate the acquisition. The portfolio consists of approximately 4,000 patent assets related to a broad array of networking, communications, and internet technologies. The patents are being acquired by the Rockstar Consortium, which consists of Apple, Microsoft, RIM, Ericsson and Sony, for $4.5 billion.

Rockstar has said it intends to pursue licensing agreements with companies that are harnessing its intellectual property.

John Veschi, Chief Executive Officer of Rockstar, and formerly Chief IP Officer of Nortel, stated that, "We are pleased to emerge from this review process, and are looking forward to working with technology related companies to provide them with access to Rockstar's technology. The entire industry has benefited from Nortel's groundbreaking innovations, and we are eager to work with them to establish licenses enabling the continued use of this technology."

IIJ and China Telecom Announce Cloud Computing Partnership

Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) and China Telecom announced a strategic partnership to jointly provide Cloud computing Services in China.

As part of the partnership, the two companies plan to develop Cloud computing Services such as IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, and aim to provide them to the Chinese market from summer 2012.

IIJ noted that it began providing Cloud computing Service in 2009 under the brand name "IIJ GIO" which covers layers from IaaS to SaaS. Currently, IIJ GIO has been recognized as No.1 Cloud computing Service in Japan and is adopted by over 600 Japanese blue-chip customers.

Broadcom Debuts STB Silicon for Convergence of Pay-TV and Open Internet Apps

Broadcom introduced a 40nm Dual Core Hybrid Gateway system-on-a-chip (SoC) that enables operators to securely deliver premium broadcast content converged with Web-based content and services to multiple screens in the connected home.

The BCM7435, featured at the CableLabs Winter Conference this week, shows video broadcast content streaming simultaneously (with transcoding) wirelessly to multiple devices, while concurrently supporting secure web applications.

Broadcom said its solution breaks new ground by enabling operators to offer new, Web-based services while protecting high value broadcast content. The chip offers 7000 DMIPs dual-core/ quad thread application processing power and also features Integrated Quad Transcoding and MoCA 2.0 for a connected, Web-based TV experience.

Verizon Carries 21.7 Terabits per second over Single Fiber with NEC

In a trial performed earlier this year on 1,503 kilometers (934 miles) of standard single mode field fiber in the Dallas area, Verizon successfully transmitted 21.7 terabits per second (Tbps) -- the highest capacity to date under field conditions.

NEC was the equipment supplier for the trial, which was described in a post-deadline paper presented at the recent OFC/NFOEC Conference and Expo in Los Angeles.

NEC said the terabit capacity was achieved by increasing modulation levels and reducing optical carrier spacing using superchannels. This trial also used a novel approach that allowed for different modulation formats to be used to help ensure signal performance while carrying the highest total capacity. The two companies also specifically focused on transmission performance over a significant fiber distance since other experiments in this area have only been performed in a lab environment.

In 2011, Verizon and NEC Corporation of America completed an industry first by successfully transmitting high bit-rate technologies, including 100G, 450G and 1T, coexisting on the same fiber in a joint field trial.

"Verizon continues its research to find the scientific limits of high-capacity optical technology as we strive to offer the most advanced network technology that adds long-term value to our customers and is capable of sustaining the tremendous growth potential," said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global IP and transport planning and technology for Verizon. "This joint effort moves the industry toward a better understanding of the technology's challenges, differentiators and viability because the future will be shaped by what we learn now."http://www.verizon.net

FibroLAN Implements Vitesse Carrier Ethernet Switch Engine

FibroLAN, a developer of integrated fiber-optic broadband access systems and Carrier Ethernet solutions, is using Vitesse’s Caracal Carrier Ethernet Switch Engine (VSC7428) and quad-port IEEE1588v2 VSC8574 SimpliPHY 1G PHYs in its latest generation Ethernet Access Device (EAD) targeted at Metro Ethernet services delivery. At the recent Mobile World Congress, FibroLAN debuted its ĀµFalcon-S platform for 4G/LTE mobile backhaul networks.

Introduced in 2010 and 2011, respectively, the VSC7428 Caracal Switch Engine and VSC8574 quad-port GE PHY are part of Vitesse’s broad portfolio of IEEE1588v2 timing solutions for mobile backhaul and network IP Edge applications. Both devices deliver highly accurate timing synchronization and Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) support, critical for Carriers implementing mobile backhaul and delivering MEF services over their access networks. Integrated with Vitesse’s EcoEthernet 2.0 green technology, both the switch and PHY exceed the IEEE 802.3az specifications requirements while delivering unprecedented energy efficiency.

3 Italia Selects Ericsson for Upgrade

3 Italia has selected Ericsson to transform and upgrade its existing 3G mobile broadband access, core and transport network to 42Mbps HSPA and 100Mbps LTE. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The deal marks another step in the long-standing collaboration between 3 Italia and Ericsson, which started in 2001 when 3 Italia chose Ericsson as the main partner for its 3G core and access technology. In 2005, the operator assigned Ericsson as exclusive partner for managed services of its multi-vendor network and telecom IS/IT infrastructure. In 2009, 3 Italia awarded Ericsson a network transformation deal to upgrade its WCDMA/HSPA network and extend the managed services deal.

OKI Back to Pre-Flood Capacity in Thailand

OKI Data is back to full-scale operations at its manufacturing facility at the Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya Province, central Thailand. The recovery now includes both the first floor and the second floor of the facility. As a precaution against future flooding, OKI Data has realigned production lines on the first and second floor so that essential production equipment, power supplies and air-conditioning facilities are located on the second floor. In addition, the company will further promote business continuity planning (BCP) by pursuing a reinforced production backup system on a global level.

Dell'Oro Predicts 10 GigE Server Deployments to Ramp Up

10 Gigabit Ethernet revenue is expected to exceed one-third of overall market revenue in L2-L3 switching during 2012, according to a new market report from Dell'Oro Group. The report attributes the growth to continued data center deployments utilizing 10 Gigabit Ethernet in Top-of-Rack and Blade switches.

"We believe we are still in the early stages of server access from 1 Gigabit Ethernet to 10 Gigabit Ethernet. We expect the first significant ramp of this migration to start in the second half of 2012 and continue through 2013. We expect server vendors will ramp Intel's Romely chipset quickly in the second half of 2012. Most new high-end servers will, for the most part, be 10 Gigabit Ethernet going forward," said Alan Weckel, Senior Director of Dell'Oro Group. "We believe we will see a mix of connectivity options ranging from blade servers, SFP+ direct attach and 10G Base-T during 2012. We also expect vendors will most likely specialize in a particular area within the data center, or have a large portfolio of products to address customer requirements, as vendors migrate servers from 1 Gigabit Ethernet to 10 Gigabit Ethernet in significant volumes and look towards 40 Gigabit Ethernet to connect these switches to the core," stated Weckel.

Ceragon Wins Mobile Backhaul Contract in Nigeria

Ceragon Networks announced a contract valued at $6 million to supply wireless backhaul solutions to Globacom Nigeria. The deal includes Ceragon's short-haul and long-haul systems as well as site survey, installation, commissioning and project management services.

Ceragon will manage the end-to-end deployment of its FibeAir IP-10 and Evolution IP Long-Haul systems throughout Nigeria, expanding upon the original network Ceragon developed for Glo in 2010. Glo is the second largest mobile operator in Nigeria serving approximately 25 million subscribers, and is Africa's fastest-growing telecommunications company.

Ecuador's CNT Picks Alcatel-Lucent for Mobile Broadband

Ecuador's Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT) has selected Alcatel-Lucent for a new 3G mobile broadband network in Ecuador.

The CNT 3G network will deliver converged services that can be accessed from both fixed and mobile devices, at home or on the go. The network will also be 'LTE and lightRadio-ready', another first in Ecuador.

Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will design and deploy a complete end-to-end 3G W-CDMA network in the Pacific coastal and Southern area of Ecuador. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide maintenance and network optimization services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Huawei Selects IP Infusion's ZebOS

Huawei has selected IP Infusion's ZebOS network platform software to expand the capabilities of its Internet Protocol products.

ZebOS is a suite of networking protocol software supporting Layer 2 (L2), Layer 3 (L3), unicast, multicast, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) and Metro Ethernet standards. It supports both IPv4 and IPv6 networks as well as a number of transition technologies.

"The future of IP networking is software that enables accelerated time to market and continual product enhancement," said Koichi Narasaki, president and CEO of IP Infusion. "Through software-defined networking combined with best-in-class routing and switching platforms, IP Infusion and Huawei are leading a transformation of IP networking to accommodate Big Data."

OKI Develops Adaptive GE-PON + 10 GE-PON System

OKI announced an adaptive network configuration technology for channel-switching between current GE-PON systems and next generation 10 GE-PON systems. The goal is a flexible, low-cost optical access system for subscription-based 100-km broadband optical networks.

OKI said its adaptive networking builds network infrastructure in a ring or cascade form by using centralized control node and passive OHF for the PON system, which was conventionally branched by power splitters. This enables broadband technology with lowed loss resulting from branching. Centralized control nodes switch WDM and OCDM channel allocating, realizing virtual technology in a logical star form without depending on physical connection of OLT and ONU.

This experiment demonstrates the transmission of WDM and OCDM hybrid optical signals, restoration via passive routing, and service provisioning from GE-PON to 10G-EPON without obstacles to other users.

Moving forward, OKI will continue to develop multi-channel control and OLT driving control technologies to offer more efficiency and build virtualized access system technology by combining this adaptive networking technology for an early practical realization for virtual PON system.

"The adaptive network configuration technology developed by OKI combines OKI's unique optical hybrid filtering (OHF3) and adaptive networking technologies for flexible connections between OLT and ONU," says Takeshi Kamijoh, General Manager of Research and Development Center at OKI. "In addition to wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) used for metro-core networks, OHF realizes multiple expansion technology that enables 'add/drop' from 160ch multiple signals by adding optical code division multiplexing (OCDM) technology, achieving filters with low transmission loss."