Monday, September 17, 2012

NSN Hits 1.6 Gbps with TD-LTE

Nokia Siemens Networks announced a new speed record for TD-LTE -- 1.6 Gbps. The previous record -- also set by NSN - was 1.3 Gbps.

The record was set using the company's commercial Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station to receive and send data in simultaneous downlink and uplink connections, reaching an overall speed of 1.6 Gbps.  The test used 60 MHz of aggregated spectrum with an 8-pipe radio module that enables eight streams of uplink MU-MIMO.  The test was performed at the Nokia Siemens Networks lab in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

NSN also noted that the 8-pipe radio module design even exceeded the specs of LTE-Advanced, which requires only four streams of uplink MU-MIMO. 

“We have been pushing the limits in 4G technology, and this time we have done so with 1.6 Gbps data throughput and increased uplink capacity. We are proud to be enabling the commercial readiness for LTE-Advanced and beyond,” said Tommi Uitto, head of mobile broadband value creation management at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Users want to be able to upload and download huge files, which underscores the need for operators to drastically increase data throughput and capacity in their mobile networks.”

CENX Raises New Funding from Ericsson, Verizon

CENX, which specializes in Carrier Ethernet interconnect systems and services, announced new investments in the company by Ericsson, Verizon Investments, Mesirow Financial Private Equity Inc., DCM, Highland Capital Partners, and Wasatch.

“Ericsson and CENX have been working together extensively in the U.S., and we are pleased with their strategic investment,” said Nan Chen, Co-Founder & President of CENX. “This investment accelerates our existing joint efforts and opens the door to rapid global expansion together; we are excited about these new opportunities.”

DragonWave Supplies Wireless Backhaul in Nigeria

DragonWave announced deployment of its packet microwave radios with five new customers in Nigeria.

Mobitel, Netcom, MainOne, Spectranet, and Monacom have selected DragonWave’s Horizon product family to deliver high-capacity, 4G/LTE-Ready wireless backhaul networks.

“Nigeria is an important market for broadband services and DragonWave is committed to supporting the needs of carriers throughout Africa,” said Peter Allen, President and CEO, DragonWave. “We’ve prioritized Africa as a very viable market given that our technological advantage and high quality radio transmission makes wireless broadband applications both more accessible and affordable. We view these new deployments in Nigeria as a bellwether for expanding DragonWave’s footprint regionally and bringing the best and most reliable mobile wireless backhaul solutions to the continent."

Xilinx Acquires Modesat for Wireless Backhaul Expertise

Xilinx has acquired Modesat Communications, a develop based in Tallin, Estonia, for its expertise in wireless mobile backhaul. Modesat IP solutions are highly optimized algorithmic implementations designed from the ground up targeting FPGA silicon. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Xilinx said the acquisition will help its OEM customers to accelerate time-to-market for wireless mobile backhaul platforms based on Xilinx All Programmable FPGAs.

Modesat Communications was founded in 2005 in Tallinn, Estonia and has fifteen employees.

"Xilinx is the industry's leading FPGA manufacturer for the wireless communications market. Bringing our modem technology and design expertise to the Xilinx family is an ideal fit," said Tarmo Pihl, co-founder of Modesat Communications. "Xilinx currently does significant business in the wireless infrastructure backhaul segment based on their complete All Programmable FPGA offering. With the addition of Modesat backhaul solutions the opportunity in this segment will be greatly expanded and we will be better able to serve tier-1 and tier-2 wireless infrastructure customers and provide complete backhaul modem solutions."

NETGEAR Introduces First 802.11ac Router with ADSL2+

NETGEAR introduced the industry's first ADSL2+ 802.11ac integrated router.

The NETGEAR D6300 WiFi Modem Router uses 802.11ac to support combined WiFi speeds up to 1600 Mbps. The NETGEAR D6300 WiFi Modem Router also includes a separate gigabit Ethernet WAN port for connecting to either high-speed cable or fiber optic broadband. Consumers can switch between cable, fiber optic broadband or ADSL without having to reconfigure their home network or replace their router.

The NETGEAR D6300 WiFi Modem Router also supports NETGEAR ReadySHARE Cloud service, which enables the creation of a highly secure private cloud for easily accessing and sharing files over the Internet.

Spread Networks Activates 100G on Low-Latency Chicago-NYC Route

Spread Networks, a new privately owned telecommunications provider, has now deployed 100G (un-regenerated) on its Chicago to New York fiber backbone.

The network, which is powered by ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 platform, supports a full-fill capacity of 80 wavelengths at 100Gbps, allowing up to 8 Tbps of data transfer per fiber pair. ADVA's 100G technology integrates into Spread's existing platform without service impact, even though Spread already achieves a high number deployment of in-service 10G wavelengths. 100G waves are coherent detected via transponder enablement with SD FEC (Soft Decision Forward Error Correction).

Spread Networks said the 100G technology is also available on its Low Latency Chicago-New York Wavelengths, which round-trip in 15.9 milliseconds. Spread has also certified ADVA Optical Networking's 100G technology for use on Spread's flagship private dark fiber service, which round-trips in under 13.33 milliseconds. Certifications on the new 100G technology were performed using JDSU's TBERD 8000 test set.

Apple and AT&T Confirm Record iPhone 5 Pre-orders

Apple reported that pre-orders of its iPhone 5 topped two million in just 24 hours, more than double the previous record of one million held by iPhone 4S.  The company said demand for iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply and while the majority of pre-orders will be delivered to customers on September 21, many are scheduled to be delivered in October.

AT&T also announced a sales record with the iPhone 5 over the weekend, making it the fastest-selling iPhone the company has ever offered.  AT&T did not disclose a sales number, but said customers ordered more iPhones from AT&T than any previous model both on its first day of preorders and over the weekend.

AT&T Wi-Fi Reaches Saks Department Stores Nationwide

Saks Fifth Avenue has now launched AT&T Wi-Fi at all 44 of its department stores across the U.S.. AT&T customers with select Wi-Fi enabled devices will auto-authenticate to the in-store Wi-Fi service.

The companies note that Saks shoppers average more than 19,000 connections per day to the in-store Wi-Fi network. A traffic spike is expected during the holiday shopping season.

AT&T now has more than 30,000 Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers.

Ericsson Confirms Role in Singtel LTE Upgrade

Ericsson confirmed its role in SingTel's LTE transformation.  
SingTel's 4G/LTE is using both the 1.8GHz and 2.6GHz frequency bands.  The carrier plans 80 percent coverage by the end of this year and full island wide coverage by early 2013.  SingTel will also deploy heterogeneous networks, including small cells in high-traffic areas. SingTel's 3G network has also been upgraded to peak rates of 42 Mbps, using Dual Carrier technology (DC-HSPA). 
For the SingTel network, Ericsson supplied its multi-standard RBS 6000 and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) with Evolved Packet Gateway (EPG) based on SSR 8000 Smart Services Router and SGSN-MME, together with self-organizing networks (SON) features to speed up deployment, and network management with Ericsson's Operation Support System for Radio & Core (OSS RC). 
Ericsson said the network is easily upgradeable via software to support LTE-Advanced. 
Ericsson noted that it has now signed 88 LTE/EPC contracts in 38 countries.
  • SingTel first launched commercial LTE services in December 2011.

Infinera and Verizon Test PMD Tolerance of 500G Coherent Optical Modem

Infinera published a technical paper detailing the results of a record breaking achievement for real-time polarization mode dispersion (PMD) performance of its coherent optical transmission technology.

The IEEE paper presents results of testing conducted with Verizon that measured PMD tolerance of  Infinera’s coherent optical transmission based on its 500 Gbps photonic integrated circuits (PICs).

“Our team, with Verizon, was able to demonstrate a coherent optical transmission that can handle large PMD values with our commercially available 500 Gb/s PIC,” said Dave Welch, Infinera Co-founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Infinera. “System vendors in the industry today are having a difficult time achieving this. Not all coherent systems are the same. This paper illustrates the robustness of our optical solution and is a tribute to our brilliant teams here in Sunnyvale and in our Ottawa Design Center, developing the algorithms to make this possible."

Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia Selects Alcatel-Lucent

Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia is deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s point-to-point fiber broadband access technology and a combination of optical transport and Internet Protocol (IP) routing solutions under Colombia's national broadband initiative. The networking infrastructure being deployed by Alcatel-Lucent for Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia will connect in 216 municipalities throughout the country.

Alcatel-Lucent confirmed that it is supplying its 7330 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) FTTN supporting point-to-point fiber access, its IP/MPLS solution, based on its 7750 Service Router (SR) and 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR), and its 100G next-generation coherent technology, supported by the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS).  In addition, Alcatel-Lucent will provide services such as installation, project management and technical support for 2 years as well as operation and maintenance of the network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

ZyXEL Offers LTE Home Gateway

ZyXEL Communications unveiled its LTE512x gateway offering 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, VoIP ports and support for smart home services like home automation and monitoring.

ZyXEL's LTE512x uses a high performance LTE module and a MIMO antenna array to support up to 100 Mbps (downlink) and 50 Mbps (uplink) connectivity.  The LTE512x series includes the LTE5121 supporting Band 4/17 and the LTE5122 supporting Band 13.  The unit is targeted for North America.

Tekelec Takes Policy “Everywhere” with Three New Products

Tekelec is introducing a "Policy Everywhere" framework that enables network operators to support  subsidized or “toll-free” data, opt-in mobile advertising, customer loyalty/rewards programs, and application-based service plans.  These capabilities are supported through three new Tekelec products: Mobile Policy Gateway, Application Manager, and Policy Analytics Platform.

Tekelec said its goal is to extend the reach of policy management to smart devices.  The framework could also be used to provide intelligent Wi-Fi offload, manage chatty applications, improve device security, and give subscribers greater control over their applications.

  • Mobile Policy Gateway (MPG) -- extends policy directly to the device. The MPG combines a standards-compliant Access Network Discovery and Selection Function (ANDSF) with dynamic network and subscriber aware policy management. It turns smart devices into policy enforcement points, reducing the need for costly deep packet inspection (DPI) and policy enforcement (PCEF) functions in the network core.
  • Application Manager -- allows service providers to securely expose network APIs, policies and subscriber data to OTT, on-deck, and service delivery platforms (SDPs). By converting web-based protocols (LDAP, SOAP, XML, HTTP, etc.) to Diameter, it creates a single point of control for two-sided business models with application providers.
  • Policy Analytics Platform - unlocks network intelligence buried in millions of policy event records. The data give network operations, IT and marketing departments granular business and network insight about how subscribers use and access services and applications.This allows service providers to see how policies impact subscribers’ behavior and network resource allocation so they can create targeted tariff plans based on subscribers’ usage, pricing and quality of service preferences. 
“Policy is the ‘everywhere’ technology that will transform service provider business models,” said Houck Reed, vice president of product management and marketing at Tekelec. “As billions of smart devices become policy enforcement points and new features extend policy and analytics to over-the-top applications and mobile advertisers, new business models will emerge that match subscribers to the relevant, timely content they want.”

Tekelec noted that is currently has 58 policy customers, including 43 Tier 1 service providers, in 33 countries.