Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dish Readies Next Gen Satellite Broadband Service

DISH is launching its next gen satellite Internet service across the U.S. offering download speeds of up to 10 Mbps.  Pricing starts at $39.99 per month (plus equipment fees) for 5 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload speeds and data plans of 10 GB, when bundled with DISH's popular America's Top 120 or higher programming packages and with a two-year agreement.  A higher speed tier is also available.
The company said 19 million Americans lack access to high-speed Internet, including 14.5 million who live in rural regions, according to figures from the FCC.

 "Many unserved and underserved markets are years away from a telco or cable broadband build out, but dishNET is available today," said Brian McIntyre, vice president of Broadband at DISH. "These services will have powerful, positive impacts for kids, educators, businesses, farmers and families -- no matter how far out of town they may choose to live."

Nokia Siemens Networks Envisions 1GB per User per Day by 2020

Nokia Siemens Networks is preparing to launch a series of new capabilities, software and services within the company’s Liquid Net and Customer Experience Management portfolios.

Given the rapid growth of mobile broadband, the company envisions that operators will soon be faced with the challenge of delivering a gigabyte of personalized data, per user, per day on a profitable basis.  As mobile broadband surges, the delivery cost per bit is projected to decline rapidly as well, so Nokia Siemens Networks is discussing a radical market transformation to where the 1GB of data per day costs as little as $1 per day for hundreds of millions of users.

“Over the next eight years the rise in mobile data traffic will accelerate much faster than revenues,” said Marc Rouanne, head of mobile broadband at Nokia Siemens Networks. “We are focused on helping operators deliver mobile broadband profitably in the face of this challenge. In October, we will share with operators how they can meet this demand, delight their users, and still make money.”

Nokia Siemens Networks said its greatest task is in helping mobile operators (1) to reduce the cost per bit delivered, (2) to provide greater flexibility in the network to meet spikes in demands and support specialized services, and (3) to ensure the best end-user experience.  On this last point, NSN is working to deliver a unified Customer Experience Management that pulls together all network performance indicators and customer experience metrics into a single view.

Alvarion Completes BuNGee Project (Beyond 4G)

Alvarion announced the completion of BuNGee (Beyond Next Generation Mobile Networks), a research project funded by the European Commission. Alvarion said the project’s main goals were accomplished.

The mission of the BuNGee project was to improve the overall infrastructure capacity density of the mobile network by an order of magnitude (10x) to an ambitious goal of 1Gbps/km2 anywhere in the cell.

A demonstration of BuNGee took place in a dense urban high-tech industrial park around Alvarion’s offices in Tel Aviv, Israel, on April 17, 2012, before reviewers on behalf of the European Commission.

Partners in BuNGee included Alvarion (IL), ARTTIC (BE), Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (ES), Cobham Antenna Systems, Microwave Antennas (UK), University of York (UK), Thales Communications & Security (FR), Universite Catholique de Louvain (BE), Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PL), Siklu Communication Ltd (IL).

Global Capacity Brings its Access Exchange to 60 Hudson

Global Capacity announced the expansion of its One Marketplace Access Exchange with a new Point of Presence (PoP) at 60 Hudson Street, New York. The expansion includes network interconnections with Sidera Networks and Telx.

Global Capacity's One Marketplace Access Exchange offers a transparent means to buy and sell global access services. The platform offers automated pricing, ordering and provisioning of access networks, easily accessible via an online interface.

Huawei Tests LTE-A Uplinks with CoMP

Huawei has completed the first LTE-A uplink coordinated multi-point (CoMP) trial on several commercial LTE networks in Europe and Asia.

Huawei said its testing revealed that uplink CoMP can effectively double data rates at cell edges for a single user, improving network performance in terms of coverage, spectrum efficiency and throughput.

The company has previously demonstrated LTE-A inter-band carrier aggregation (CA) and heterogeneous networks (HetNet).

"This is a key milestone for the LTE industry," said Ying Weimin, Huawei President for GSM/UMTS/LTE Networks. "Our No-Edge Network concept utilizes various LTE, LTE-A and innovative future-oriented technologies to realize ultra-broadband, zero-waiting and ubiquitous connectivity. This results in an enhanced experience and brings users the benefits of speed, quality and simplicity."

OpenStack Adds Networking and Block Storage Services

A new version of OpenStack released on Thursday adds important Networking (Quantum) and Block Storage (Cinder) services, along with many other enhancements.

The OpenStack "Folsom" release, which was built by more than 330 contributors, automates pools of compute, storage and networking resources, now including emerging Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions via OpenStack Networking plug-ins, to build private and public cloud infrastructures without vendor lock-in.

OpenStack Networking currently includes plug-in support for Open vSwitch, the Ryu open source network operating system, standard Linux bridge networking and commercial solutions from Cisco, Nicira, and NEC, with others in development.

HP and Rackspace, which each operate large OpenStack public clouds, are putting Folsom into production

The OpenStack Foundation highlighted the following capabilities in the latest release.

OpenStack Compute (code-name Nova) - makes it easier for operators to configure large pools of virtual machines. A new "config drive" capability stores network configuration information, eliminating the need for DHCP, and a new "host aggregation" feature places workloads into the best pools of resources for the job, such as GPU clusters for HPC work. Performance and security enhancements enable users to expose unique features of the CPUs powering their cloud, including support for Trusted Computing, which relies on hardware to verify the cloud computing environment's state. A cross-company Hyper-V team has been formed to reintroduce and improve support for the hypervisor.

OpenStack Object Storage (code-name Swift) - operators can now connect OpenStack Object Storage to a statsd server and receive hundreds of real-time metrics about their cluster to help with troubleshooting, diagnostics, day-to-day operational issues, and long-term capacity management. To improve performance, clusters with high write requirements or large quantities of stored objects can now take advantage of solid-state drives (SSDs) for storing metadata without incurring a high overhead in disk space. Additionally, the ability to place data in cluster locations that are "as unique as possible," makes it easier to deploy small clusters and provides better flexibility for all clusters when handling hardware failure.

OpenStack Block Storage (code-name Cinder) - the first full release of OpenStack Block Storage implements advanced, extensible block and volume storage capabilities, while still supporting previously deployed OpenStack Volumes. Previously a sub-component of OpenStack Compute, the Block Storage capabilities of OpenStack have been promoted to a full project with a dedicated development team that will increase the rate of innovation as the OpenStack development community grows.

OpenStack Networking (code-name Quantum) - includes support for Open vSwitch, the Ryu open source network operating system, standard Linux bridge networking and commercial solutions from Cisco, Nicira, and NEC via a plug-in architecture. Additionally, the release includes significant updates to control Layer 2 networking, IP address management, API quotas, notifications, extension support for Layer 3 forwarding, Secure Network Address Translation (SNAT), and floating IPs. An integrated API policy framework allows network control at the tenant level or the admin-only level to be defined using the OpenStack Identity service, depending on an Enterprise or Service Provider's requirements.

OpenStack Dashboard (code-name Horizon) -brings usability improvements in launching Compute instances, working Object Storage resources, and managing OpenStack projects and users. Other feature advances include support for public and private image uploads and management of advanced networks. End users will appreciate better cross-browser support, timezone support, dynamic quota displays, improved error handling, and performance improvements.

OpenStack Identity (code-name Keystone) - brings improved support for Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) authentication and improved integration and management across OpenStack services.

OpenStack Image Service (code-name Glance) - major advancements in usability and functionality to the Image Service, including a new API, a new client library, new replication options for increased performance and security improvements reaching from the client to the image storage system

AT&T Unveils MiFi Liberate Hotspot

AT&T introduced the new MiFi Liberate – the first mobile hotspot with a touchscreen display.

The LTE device, which was developed by Novatel Wireless, features a 2.8” color touchscreen display for viewing data usages and managing network setting.  It supports up to 10 Wi-Fi devices.  The company claims up to 11 hours of continuous use on a single battery charge.