Thursday, April 5, 2012

eircom Charts Phase II Fibre Rollout

eircom announced the locations for Phase II of its fibre rollout plan, which will largely use fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) technology, but some direct fibre to the home (FTTH) will be used in certain areas.

Phase II includes thirteen communities in eight counties across the country. Work is expected to commence late this summer and will continue through to the end of 2012.

The announcement follows last year’s commitment by eircom to spend €100 million on Phase 1 of a plan that aims to reach one million premises over the next four years.

Sandvine Lands $7 Million Order from N. American MSO

Sandvine has received over $7 million in Network Policy Control expansion orders from a tier-1 North American cable operator, a customer for over five years. These purchases include the Sandvine Policy Traffic Switch (PTS) and Network Analytics software suite to bring unprecedented insight into network usage and to optimize network management decision-making by making available detailed quality metrics on real-time entertainment. Most of the product revenue associated with these orders was recognized in Sandvine’s first quarter of 2012.

Separately, Sandvine reported $20.1 million in revenue for its first quarter of 2012 and a net loss of $6.5 million, which included a $3.7 million inventory write-down related to one of the company’s older hardware platforms.
Revenue by access technology market: DSL 22%; wireless 26%; cable 48%; other 4%.

Revenue by geography: NA 58%; EMEA 17%; APAC 18%; CALA 7%

Broadcom Completes Broadlight Acquisition

Broadcom completed its previously announced acquisition of Broadlight for $195 million.

"The BroadLight acquisition strengthens our IP and product portfolio with high performance, flexible GPON products, increasing the addressable market of our broadband communications business," said Dan Marotta, Broadcom's Executive Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Communications Group. "BroadLight accelerates our time-to-market in GPON, adds important OLT products and technology and enhances our longer-term fiber roadmap."

The deal was first announced last month.

ZTE Wins China Telecom IMS Network Construction Contract

ZTE has won a contract with China Telecom to build its IMS phase II network. When the project is complete, the IMS network will be the world’s largest. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The ZTE-China Telecom contract includes construction of an IMS phase II network covering 12 Chinese provinces, including: Anhui, Chongqing, Guangxi, Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Jilin, Liaoning, and Ningxia, Shanxi, Tianjing and Yunnan. When the project is complete, ZTE will have acquired more than 60 per cent market share of China Telecom’s IMS networks.

Bharti Airtel Appoints ZTE for 4G in Kolkata

ZTE announced a contract to plan, design, supply and deploy a 4G network in Kolkata, India for Bharti Airtel. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mr. Cui Liangjun, Chief Executive Officer, ZTE India said, “We are glad to be a part of Airtel’s foray into LTE services for the first time in India. ZTE is fully determined to build a strong LTE ecosystem that offers a scintillating experience for Internet users.�?

Toshiba Develops SSD-to-IP Streaming Engine

Toshiba introduced its "NPEngine", a hardware engine for streaming servers that directly delivers video content from SSD to IP networks, without accessing the server’s CPU or memory resources.

Toshiba's new NPEngine can simultaneously deliver up to 64,000 high quality video streams at 40 GB per sec. For comparison, the company said that existing streaming servers typically use integrated CPU and SDRAM, which limits the number of video streams that can be delivered simultaneously to approximately 20,000 on a typical 2RU server. Scalability to hundreds of thousands of streams at once requires the operator to increase the number of servers.

Toshiba’s NPEngine provides an alternative that eliminates burdens on server CPU and memory resources by delivering video content stored on SSD directly to IP networks. This direct delivery also boosts the number of high quality video streams that can be delivered at once to 64,000 at 40Gb per sec, while cutting space requirements by 70% and power consumption by 77%, for server arrays supporting simultaneous delivery of 1,000,000 video streams.

Fujitsu Buys Out Toshiba's Stake in Mobile Phone JV

Fujitsu has acquired Toshiba's 19.9% ownership stake in Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications Limited, which develops and sells mobile phones for KDDI and other carriers. As a result, Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications has been converted into a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu.

Fujitsu Optimizes Power Utilization in Container Data Centers

Fujitsu Laboratories introduced a power conservation system control technology for optimizing container data centers by closely coordinating the operation of servers and air-conditioning (A/C) systems. Fujitsu improves the power utilization by cutting the electricity usage of A/C equipment through external ambient air and other measures. The design employs servers that lack internal fans. In the conventional approach to A/C management, A/C systems and servers inside the containers are controlled independently, thereby making it difficult to efficiently cool fan-less servers. Prototype models of container data centers equipped with this new technology were able to achieve a reduction in total energy consumption of up to 40%.

AT&T and Union Continue Negotiations as Contract Expires

The contract covering 40,000 workers represented by the Communications Workers of America at AT&T East, Legacy T, Midwest (Ameritech) and West (Pacbell) expired at midnight PDT on April 8. Negotiations continued on Sunday between the Communications Workers of America and all four AT&T wireline. The union said its key issues are wages, pensions, health care, employment security, and successorship language. Work will continue on Monday while negotiations proceed.

The contracts are East, Legacy T, Midwest and West. The East contract covers more than 3,000 employees in Connecticut. The Legacy T contract covers nearly 6,000 employees spread across the country. The Midwest contract covers nearly 13,000 employees in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. The West contract covers more than 17,000 employees in California and Nevada.

Samsung Develops 16 GB microSD for LTE Smartphones / Tablets

Samsung Electronics announced mass production of Ultra High Speed–1 (UHS-1) interface microSD cards that support the highest performance levels required on LTE smartphones and tablets. The new UHS-1 memory card comes in a 16 gigabyte (GB) density. It is comprised of Samsung’s 20 nanometer-class 64 gigabit (Gb) toggle DDR 2.0 devices and an advanced Samsung controller supporting the ultra fast UHS-1 interface.

Samsung reports that the new 16GB UHS-1 microSD card has a maximum sequential read speed of 80 megabytes per second (MB/s). This is more than four times the read speed of today’s advanced microSD cards, which operate at 21MB/s.