Thursday, September 20, 2012

T-Systems Wins EUR 400M Outsoursing Deal in Spain

Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems has been awarded an oursourcing contract worth more than EUR 400 million in total by the government of Catalan.

 T-Systems will be responsible for operating workstation computers and applications, and providing user support. In addition, the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary is to network the public administration sites and provide telecommunications services and the data center infrastructure. 

"The deal with Catalonia is one of the biggest deals we have won outside Germany so far," said Deutsche Telekom Board of Management member and CEO of T-Systems Reinhard Clemens. "The economic situation in European countries is creating a favorable climate for big deals. When longer-term contracts come up for renewal, more and more large enterprises are looking to move partly over to cloud computing. And in Europe we are among the top players in this area."

CohesiveFT Joins ONF

CohesiveFT, a start-up providing enterprise application-to-cloud migration solutions, has joined the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

CohesiveFT, which was founded in 2006 and is based in Chicago, supplies an application-controlled SDN product that provides control of addressing, topology, protocols, and encrypted communications for devices deployed to virtual infrastructure or cloud computing centers.

"Enabling enterprises to run business operations via the cloud is rapidly becoming an imperative for every organization. We have been working with OpenFlow and SDNs since 2008 and joined ONF to share our knowledge with the community of developers dedicated to creating the next generation enterprise network,” said CohesiveFT CEO Patrick Kerpan.

JDSU to Support RCS VoLTE Interoperability Test

JDSU announced its participation in the RCS VoLTE Interoperability Test (IOT) Event 2012 organized by the MultiService Forum (MSF), ETSI, and GSMA.

The event will be hosted by Telecom Slovenia Group in Sintesio, Kranj, Slovenia and by China Mobile in China Mobile Research Institute Laboratory in Beijing, China, from September 24 to October 12, 2012.

MSF will publish a whitepaper following the event to share the results and findings.

"JDSU is excited to again be part of such a pivotal series of interoperability test events critical to enabling the future of LTE and 4G technologies," said William Vink, a practice leader in JDSU’s Communications Test and Measurement business segment. "

Zayo Says AboveNet National Network Integration Complete

Two months after completing its acquisition of AboveNet, Zayo reported that integration of the two networks is complete.  The resulting combined network nearly doubles Zayo’s national network reach, and provides connectivity that spans over 65,000 route miles in 45 states and 7 countries.

Some key points

  • Previously separate DWDM (Wavelengths), Ethernet and IP systems have been linked with high bandwidth connectivity between markets.
  • The interconnection involved deploying new network equipment to link the fiber networks
  • Ethernet and IP networks allow customers to access Zayo’s Tier 1 IP network by extending across and into Metro markets shared by Zayo and AboveNet.
  • Network management and customer support have been consolidated into a single Network Control Center. Customers will receive support on all services through a single point of contact that can access all their service records as well as related network elements across the combined network.
  • Customers can now access Zayo’s national and dense metro networks across points-of-presence in over 200 markets, spanning 18 of the 20 largest markets in the US as well as smaller markets.

The integration also brings access to major cities across Europe including London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam through Zayo’s transatlantic capacity and European fiber networks.

Web Giants Back New Lobby Group -- The Internet Association

Fourteen of the largest web companies have joined forces to create  The Internet Association, a new public policy organization dedicated to strengthening and protecting a free and innovative Internet.  The Internet Association said its goal is to ensure " that the Internet will always have a voice in Washington and a seat at the table."

Member companies include, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace,, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga.

“A free and innovative Internet is vital to our nation’s economic growth,” said Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of The Internet Association.  “These companies are all fierce competitors in the market place, but they recognize the Internet needs a unified voice in Washington.  They understand the future of the Internet is at stake and that we must work together to protect it.”

Ericsson Opens R&D Lab in Nanjing, China

Ericsson inaugurated a new Nanjing R&D Center building covering a total area of 11,700 m2.  The Nanjing R&D Center, one of 5 such facilities worldwide, currently employs about 500 R&D engineers who are working on software and hardware for various communication standards, including GSM, WCDMA, LTE FDD and TDD (TD-LTE). The radio network controllers and radio base stations developed by the center have been deployed by major operators in more than 100 networks around the world.

Ericsson also marked the 20th anniversary of  Nanjing Ericsson Panda Communications Co. Ltd., which has grown to become Ericsson's largest production supply centers.

Alcatel-Lucent Cites Deployment of 400G Photonic Service Engine Chip

SK Broadband has deployed Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G optical coherent technology to address fast-growing subscriber demand for IPTV, high-definition video, high-speed Internet access, Voice over IP, and advanced business services in Seoul and the neighboring GyungGi province.

The deployment uses 100G optical coherent technology employed in the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), which uses Alcatel-Lucent's new Photonic Service Engine (PSE), 400G chip. The 1830 PSS can support a mixture of 10G, 40G and 100G channels on the same fiber pair.

Rajeev Singh-Molares, President, Asia Pacific for Alcatel-Lucent said: “SK Broadband is a top player in one of the world’s most competitive markets for communications services, serving a population that has very high expectations in terms of service quality. Our 100G technology, proven in the global market, will dramatically expand the capacity of SK Broadband’s network, helping ensure an excellent quality of experience for their subscribers. As importantly, we are providing SK Broadband with a flexible platform that they can use to expand their capacity to 400G down the road, with only a minimal investment.”

  • In March 2012, Alcatel-Lucent unveiled its Photonic Service Engine (PSE), a new chip for coherent optical networking that supports data rates of 400 Gbps.  Alcatel-Lucent said its 400G PSE chip can be deployed in a broad range of network configurations - from metro to regional to ultra-long haul - and transmit wavelengths over existing or new photonic lines. It is designed specifically for use in a family of line cards in the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS). Specifically, the company is planning to use the PSE in a 100G muxponder card, a 100G transponder and a 100G backplane uplink. Alcatel-Lucent is also pushing ahead with a 400G line card for the 1830 Photonic Service Switch.
  • In June 2011, Alcatel-Lucent unveiled its 400 Gbps, "FP3" network processor for enabling the full stack of services over IP routers. The FP3 processor, which is scheduled to appear in Alcatel-Lucent's service router portfolio in 2012, supports 400 Gbps line rates, sufficient for handling 70,000 simultaneous High Definition video streams. It leverages 40nm process technology and represents the evolution of the company's 100 Gbps FP2 silicon, which was introduced in 2008 using 90nm process technology. It packs 288 RISC cores operating at 1 GHz. This compares with 112 cores at 840 MHz in the previous generation FP2 device. The new design uses 50% less power per bit than its predecessor.