Wednesday, September 5, 2012

PIPE Deploys Infinera's DTN-X for Super-Channel Pacific Capacity

Australia-based PIPE Networks will deploy Infinera's new DTN-X platform with FlexCoherent super-channels on its PPC-1 submarine cable, a 6,900 km undersea system linking Sydney to Guam.

The DTN-X platform significantly increases capacity on PPC-1, delivering in excess of 3 Tbps. It will also allow PIPE to deploy Infinera’s 100 Gbps coherent wavelengths using high capacity super-channel transmission for the first time in the Asia-Pacific region.

This marks the first deployment of optical super-channels in the Asia-Pacific region.

In addition to the submarine deployment, the Infinera DTN-X platform was also selected for the company’s terrestrial network delivering 500 Gbps FlexCoherent super-channels to multiple, strategic data centers located in Sydney. Infinera's DTN-X supports 8 Terabits per second (Tbps) on a single fiber, which will significantly increase the capacity, scalability and resiliency of PIPE’s extensive metro fiber network in Sydney.

Huawei Outlines its Cyber Security Perspectives

"All stakeholders – governments and industry alike – need to recognize that cyber security is a shared global problem requiring risk-based approaches, best practices and international cooperation," according to a new published whitepaper by Huawei entitled "Cyber Security Perspectives: 21st century Technology and Security – a Difficult Marriage."

John Suffolk, the company's Global Security Officer, confronts the risks in cyber security and espionage should network devices or network infrastructure be compromised in any way. Possible attacks could range from "back doors" to complete remote "kill switches" embedded deep within complex equipment. The range of adversaries extends from individual bad actors to corporate spys, organized crime syndicates, terrorist groups and potentially even other governments. He says Huawei would welcome a coordinated international approach to principles of data protection and cyber security.

 For its part, Huawei has adopted an industry best practices approach to go the extra mile in cyber security assurance. Suffolk writes that Huawei "does not, and would not, support, condone or conduct activities intended to acquire sensitive information related to any country, company or individual, nor do we knowingly allow our technology to be used for illegal purposes."

The 24-page paper is posted online.

Ericsson Invests in Sand 9 for MEMS Timing Devices

Sand 9, a start-up based in Cambridge, Mass., announced that Ericsson has invested $3 million in the company.

Sand 9's MEMS timing-device uses piezoelectric actuation to achieve stringent phase noise and short-term stability requirements for wireless and wired applications.

  • In June, Sand 9 raised a total of $23 million in its Series C financing.  This funding round was led by Intel Capital with significant participation from Vulcan Capital. Intel Capital and Vulcan Capital join existing investors Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, General Catalyst Partners, Khosla Ventures and CSR.

Altera Integrates 40 Gbps into 20nm Fabric

Altera announced its plans for a 20-nm mixed-system fabric that includes the integration of 40-Gbps transceiver technology, a next-generation variable-precision digital signal processing (DSP) block architecture that delivers over 5 TFLOPs of IEEE 754 floating-point performance, and heterogeneous 3D ICs.  Altera is using TSMC's 20-nm process technology.

Altera said its 3D ICs are unique in that they integrate FPGAs with a user-customizable "HardCopy" ASIC or a variety of other technologies, including memory, third-party ASICs and optical interfaces through a high-speed interface.

"Designers of next-generation communications, networking, broadcast and computing applications are faced with the ever-increasing need for expanded bandwidth, higher performance and lower power," said Bradley Howe, senior vice president of research and development at Altera. "Our innovations at 20 nm allow us to deliver a highly efficient, highly flexible mixed-system fabric that features optimal levels of dedicated circuitry with the latest 20‑nm FPGA process technology. The result is a device that delivers the industry’s highest levels of IC integration, performance and bandwidth at the lowest power.

BT Expands in Colombia

BT opened a new centre of excellence in Bogota, Colombia and announced a contract with Ecopetrol, the country's largest company.  BT is also launching cloud-based, data centre services in Latin America.  BT currently employs more than 130 people in Colombia.

Tenable Network Security Gains $50 Million in Funding

Tenable Network Security, which offers software to identify network security gaps, has raised $50 million in first-round funding from Accel Partners.

Tenable said its Nessus and SecurityCenter software has become the vulnerability management standard for the U.S. Department of Defense.  It is also used by 12 of the 14 U.S. federal civilian departments.

The company is based Columbia, Maryland.

XO Deploys Ciena in 100G Metro and Regional Network Upgrade

XO Communications will deploy Ciena’s Packet-Optical Transport technology to provide optical transport and business Ethernet services via its metro and regional networks, nationwide. Financial terms were not disclosed.

XO is deploying Ciena’s 6500 Packet Optical Platform with WaveLogic coherent technology. The platform offers OTN switching capabilities supporting OTN, SONET, Ethernet and Fibre Channel, as well as managed wavelength services — at speeds of 1G to 10G, 40G and 100G. XO will use multiple chassis sizes depending on the metro or regional requirements.

XO said its newly-enhanced network will support speeds of 100G, delivering Ethernet, storage and managed services applications with low latency.  XO will also work with Ciena to offer 100G managed wavelength services to its large enterprise and wholesale service provider customers.

  • Last month, XO confirmed that it is using Nokia Siemens Networks' hiT7300 DWDM optical transmission platform  to deploy 100 Gbps across its long-haul fiber network on a nationwide basis.

ShoreTel Brands its Cloud Solution ShoreTel Sky

ShoreTel is branding its new cloud-based communications solutions as "ShoreTel Sky".  The rebranding follows ShoreTel's acquisition of M5 Networks earlier this year.

ShoreTel Mobility was the first application that was originally premise-based but is now also available in the cloud from ShoreTel Sky.

“With ShoreTel Sky and our plan to bridge hosted applications to on-premise customers, we are uniquely positioned to offer the industry a revolutionary vision for optimizing their business operation through brilliantly simple UC solutions,” said Peter Blackmore, ShoreTel CEO.

Exact Ventures Tracks 40% Growth in IMS

The IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) Core market grew nearly 40 percent in the second quarter of this year compared to the same quarter last year, according to a new report from Exact Ventures.

"The total SBC market continues to be boosted by the enterprise SBC category (E-SBC), which continues to be fueled by strong adoption of hosted unified communications and SIP trunking services" said Greg Collins, Founder and Principal Analyst at Exact Ventures.

Some highlights:

  • Wireline deployments in China boosted the IMS market in the second quarter, but those deployments were not strong enough for the market to increase sequentially over the first quarter of this year, which benefited from exceptionally strong voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) deployments in North America.  
  • Huawei led the IMS Core market in the second quarter, followed by Nokia Siemens, Ericsson, and Mavenir, respectively.
  • The total NGN voice and IMS Core market grew only slightly quarter-over-quarter as seasonal strength in the wireless voice core market was barely able to offset sequential weakness in the legacy wireline NGN and IMS Core markets.
  • The service provider session border controller (SP-SBC) market has not been immune to weakness in wireline spending as it was essentially flat both sequentially and year-over-year. 

FCC Launches Mobile Broadband Performance Measurement Program

The FCC has kicked off a nationwide mobile broadband performance measurement program.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, "We know from experience: transparency on broadband speeds drives improvement in broadband speeds. Our ongoing Measuring Broadband America program has helped improve performance in wired broadband. Our new mobile broadband measurement initiative extends the program to smartphones and other wireless devices. It will empower consumers and
encourage improvements in mobile networks and programs, benefitting millions of Americans."

Poland's Polkomtel Picks NSN for Mobile Upgrade

Polkomtel, the Polish operator of the Plus network, along with its partner operator Aero2, has picked Nokia Siemens Networks for a major upgrade of its GSM infrastructure.  NSN will expand Polkomtel's mobile broadband coverage with HSPA+ in the 900 MHz and LTE initially in the 1800 MHz frequency band. The company also modernizes the existing Radio Access Network (RAN) with its Single RAN platform based on all IP solutions. The deployed products include the energy-efficient, high capacity Flexi Multiradio Base Station and the advanced Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station.

A separate agreement for care services has also been signed.