Friday, August 24, 2012

Huawei Launches Blade Remote Radio Unit - Distributed Base Stations

Huawei introduced a new Blade Remote Radio Unit (RRU) as part of its distributed base station solution, which supports the assembly of different bands to meet operator multi-band, multi-technology network deployment requirements.

Huawei said its Blade RRU reduces the total volume of RRU equipment, enhances installation flexibility, simplifies operations and maintenance, and simultaneously supports multi-technology, multi-band networks with limited site resources and costs.

The volume of a single RRU is 12L, which is half the industry average. For flexible network deployment, multiple RRUs are seamlessly assembled as “one box” with independent installations and maintenance for each unit, meaning that this single entity of assembled RRUs supports multi-band, multi-mode GSM/UMTS/LTE, multi-sector, multi-carrier and multiple-input/multiple-output (MIMO) technology in accordance with evolving network development requirements.

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Arista, F5, VMware and EMC Isilon Demo Multi-Vendor SDN

This week's VMworld 2012 in San Francisco will include a demo of multi-vendor programmatic automation with solutions from Arista, F5 Networks, VMware and EMC Isilon.

The joint demonstration of the Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) specification shows a common network foundation that enables seamless interoperability across ecosystems.

Some key elements:

Arista EOS working in conjunction with VMware vSphere® to gather real time information about network segments created and specified using Virtual Extensible Local Area Networks – advancing network virtualization capabilities that enable end-to-end segmentation.

Arista EOS interacting with F5's BIG-IP iControl API to dynamically update the state of servers participating in a server load balancing pool during switch-level fault detections. This coordinated effort improves fault detection at multiple layers and ensures the highest levels of application availability and performance.

Arista EOS creating hardware Virtual Tunnel End Points to enable any device to be in any network addressing range - true separation of physical to virtual to cloud networks.

In addition, the Arista demonstration also leverages EMC Isilon storage working with Arista hardware Virtual Tunnel End points, providing scale-out storage to VMware virtual machines as they move across virtual, physical and cloud networks.

Google and Boingo Wi-Fi Expands Sponsored Hotspot Model


Boingo Wireless has expanded is partnership with Google to offer more free and discounted public Wi-Fi hotspots in shopping malls across the U.S.

This expansion takes Boingo Wi-Fi from six New York subway stations and more than 200 Manhattan hotzones, to 24 additional locations across the country.

Google Offers is also extending a discounted Boingo Wi-Fi access offer to travelers at 16 airports nationwide, including JFK, LaGuardia, O’Hare, Midway , Hobby and George Bush Intercontinental,  etc.
http://www.boingo.com

Earlier this month, Boingo acquired Cloud Nine Media, which provides Wi-Fi sponsorship and location-based advertising at more than 6,000 airports, hotels, bars and restaurants, and recreational areas in the U.S. and Canada. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Cloud Nine technology platforms will allow Boingo to deliver 100% share-of-voice sponsored access that can be used across Boingo’s global portfolio of managed Wi-Fi hotspots, including airports, shopping malls, restaurants, stadiums, transportation hubs and metropolitan hotzones that reach more than 1.5 billion people each year. San Francisco-based Cloud Nine Media also brings a team of skilled technologists and ad sales executives to the table, as well as relationships with key venues and advertisers.

Samsung to Invest $4 Billion in U.S. Manufacturing


Samsung Austin Semiconductor announced plans to invest about $4 billion to renovate its existing fabrication operations in Texas to accommodate full System LSI production.
The remodeled fabrication line will mainly produce state-of-the-art mobile SoCs on 300mm wafers at the 28nm process node.

The company noted that its total investment in Samsung Austin Semiconductor since 1996 will exceed $13 billion.

http://www.samsung.com

Vertical Systems' Mid-2012 Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard

Vertical Systems Group announces that the following companies have achieved a position on the Mid-2012 Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard (in rank order based on port share): Orange Business (France), Verizon (U.S.), Colt (U.K.), BT Global Services (U.K.), AT&T (U.S.), NTT (Japan) and Level 3 (U.S.).

Vertical's Global Provider Leaderboard is the industry's foremost benchmark for measuring multi-national Ethernet market presence. All Global Providers ranked on the Leaderboard hold four percent (4%) or more of retail business Ethernet ports installed at sites outside of their respective home countries.

"Leaderboard competition tightened up in the first half of 2012. The share differential between a number of Global Providers is less than 1%, indicating that shifts in the Leaderboard rankings are likely by the end of the year," said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. "Global Providers that actively expanded their Ethernet service reach into Latin America, southern Asia and the Middle East were least impacted by the slowdown in Europe, and therefore fared better at retaining market share."

All other Global Providers offering Ethernet services outside of their home countries have port shares that are below the Leaderboard threshold. These companies are segmented by share into two tiers: the "Challenge" tier and the "Market Player" tier.

The Challenge tier expanded to five companies (in alphabetical order) with the addition of Cable & Wireless (U.K.) and Cogent (U.S.) to the previous roster of Reliance Globalcom (India), Tata Communications (India) and T-Systems (Germany).

The Market Player tier covers all other Global Providers as follows (in alphabetical order): Airtel (India), Bezeq (Israel), CAT Telecom (Thailand), Centurylink (U.S.), China Telecom (China), China Unicom (China), Easynet Global Services (U.K.), Embratel (Brazil), euNetworks (U.K.), Exponential-e (U.K.), Frontier (U.S.), GlobeNet (Brazil), GTS (Poland), GTT (U.S.), Interoute (U.K.), KDDI (Japan), Korea Telecom (Korea), KPN International (Netherlands), Masergy (U.S.), PCCW Global (Hong Kong), SingTel (Singapore), StarHub (Singapore), Swisscom (Switzerland),Telecom Italia International (Italy), Telefonica Worldwide (Spain), Telenor (Norway), TeliaSonera (Sweden), Telkom Indonesia (Indonesia), Telkom South Africa (South Africa), TelMex (Mexico), Telstra (Australia), Telus International (Canada), TM (Malaysia), Zayo Group [includes AboveNet] (U.S.), and others.

Market shares are calculated using the base of enterprise Ethernet services installations, plus input from Vertical's surveys of Ethernet providers throughout the world.

http://www.verticalsystems.com

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