Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Vitesse Intellisec: A New Paradigm for Secure Networking

Network encryption today is typically handled at the application layer with SSL or at the IP layer with IPsec.  Building a more secure connection at a lower layer of the network has been a headache because encryption had to be provided on a link-by-link basis.

In this video, Vitesse Semiconductor's Martin Nuss discuses Intellisec, a new technology that leverages MACsec protocol to extend security end-to-end.


Vodafone's Project Spring Boosts CAPEX £7 Billion

The Vodafone Group reported six month revenue of £19.1 billion, an increase of 2.5%. The increase was driven by the acquisition of CWW and TelstraClear in the prior year. Organic organic service revenue on a management basis declined 4.9%; Northern & Central Europe down 4.9%; Southern Europe was down 15.5%, and AMAP (Africa, Middled East and Asia Pacific) was up 5.7%.  Profit for the period from continuing operations increased by £20.0 billion to £15.7 billion, primarily as a result of the recognition of additional deferred tax of £14.7 billion in the current period and an impairment charge of £5.9 billion in the prior period.

Regarding the sale of Vodafone's state in Verizon Wireless, the company expects to realise a gain on disposal of between £45 billion and £50 billion, which will be recognised on completion. The exact figure will depend on a number of variables, primarily the sterling/US dollar exchange rate and the Verizon share price at the time of completion.

Vodafone also announced "Project Spring" to seize the attractive long-term opportunities and mitigate adverse factors in the telecommunications sector. The announcement, which builds on the "Vodafone 2015 Strategy announced in November 2012, boosts the company's CAPEX spending by £7.0 billion through 2016 with the expectation that the European economies will begin to recover in the medium term.

In Europe, despite the current tough macroeconomic and regulatory environment, Vodafone believes the telecoms market is approaching a turning point:

  • The demand for universal high speed data continues to grow, creating attractive growth opportunities in mobile and unified communications services in both the consumer and enterprise sectors; 
  • The economic environment is expected to recover, with a return to GDP growth forecast in 2013 and 2014 for Northern Europe and Southern Europe respectively; and 
  • The focus of regulation is showing some early signs of acknowledging the need to promote investment in the 
  • sector and permit consolidation. 

Project Spring spending plans include an investment in Europe of around £3 billion to deliver deeper 3G coverage and capacity  This will accelerate the 4G network build, supported by single RAN and high capacity backhaul.  In AMAP, Vodafone will invest around £1.5 billion to extend 3G coverage across major cities and key regions to provide wider voice coverage and the best data experience.

Vodafone will invest approximately £1 billion in unified communications. In Europe, Vodafone will increase xDSL and fibre footprint to provide competitive unified communications solutions.  In AMAP, Vodafone will establish a fibre footprint to enable converged services in key business areas.

Around £0.5 billion will be invested in the enterprise product suite. Vodafone will significantly expand our
geographic coverage for our core Enterprise business as well as M2M solutions and Vodafone One Net, whilst accelerating IP-VPN in nine major markets. Vodafone will increase its hosting capability and invest in traffic routing systems to build its carrier services business.

Vodafone is on target to deliver £0.3 billion reduction in European OPEX in FY 13/14 by:

  • reducing its European network operation centres from 13 to 2
  • expanding active network sharing in the UK, Spain, Greece and Romania
  • currently 47% of European sites are shared today and 65% of new sites are shared.
  • Increasing central procurement.  
  •  > 10% targeted reduction in support costs in FY 13/14
Smartphone penetration in Europe is now 39% and 57% of mobile service revenue in Europe is in-bundle. 

Data usage continues to grow with average usage per device now 400MB per month.

Vodafone will continue to invest in HSPA+, 4G and high capacity backhaul.

56% of Vodafone's 3G footprint in Europe now operates at peak speeds of 43.2 Mbps, up from 29% one year ago.

Vodafone has now launched 4G services in 14 markets and unified communications capability in 12 markets.


Turk Telekom Tests 2T WDM with Huawei

Turk Telekom has tested a 2T WDM system from Huawei on its live network.

The field trial achieved groundbreaking 40 Tbps C-band transmission over a single fiber over 307 km of G.652 fiber between Ankara, the capital of Turkey, and Cankiri.

Huawei said its WDM system used advanced 32QAM modulation to deliver a net SE of up to 8 b/s/Hz or 40Tb/s C-band transmission, meaning a capacity four times higher than mainstream commercial 100G systems. In addition, using Hybrid QAM technology with 20 Tbps capacities, the trial link consisted of fiber loop between Ankara and Istanbul, stretching 1,750 km without regeneration.

Hybrid QAM technology allows software-defined tuning of modulation formats such as QPSK, 8QAM, 16QAM, 32QAM, and 64QAM for different optical signals, bringing unprecedented flexibility in service-specific capacity and transmission distance configurations.


  • In 2010, Turk Telekom built the national backbone network that stretches more than 34,000 km using Huawei's next-generation WDM system, and in 2012, it deployed Huawei's coherent 100G solution. 

Infonetics: Deep Packet Inspection Segment is Hot

Driven largely by the mobile segment, spending on standalone DPI solutions to grow 30% year-over-year in 2013, according to a new report from Infonetics.  Mobile operators are turning to deep packet inspection (DPI) to better manage bandwidth use and to create innovative and bundled services.

As devices become more sophisticated, subscribers are using more bandwidth-intensive services such as video, and that trend will only intensify as operators roll out their LTE networks,” notes Shira Levine, directing analyst for service enablement and subscriber intelligence at Infonetics Research. “This is driving investment in DPI, often in conjunction with adjacent functionality such as policy, analytics, and real-time charging, to better monetize that usage and create more compelling offerings for the customer.”

Some highlights of the report:

  • The concept of "DPI inside" is gaining traction as manufacturers embed DPI into larger solutions such as video optimization, content charging, and service assurance.
  • Sandvine passed Allot to take the lead in the DPI market in the first half of 2013 (1H13).


Amazon's "AWS re:invent" Sold Out in Las Vegas

Amazon's "AWS re:invent" conference this week in Las Vegas (Sands Expo Hall) is completely sold out.

The event has over 175 scheduled sessions covering best practices for AWS services,  training bootcamps, hands-on labs, and hackathon.  The registration fee was $1,299.


HP Releases Virtual Storage Appliance Software

HP released StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) software for its virtualization-ready HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) servers. The software, which is available at no additional cost, transforms HP ProLiant servers for software-defined storage.

Key benefits include:

  • Reduce costs of deploying resilient shared storage by up to 80 percent compared with traditional storage arrays.
  • Simplify deployment and improve flexibility with either VMware or Microsoft hypervisor environments without the need for dedicated storage expertise.
  • Enhance agility by scaling compute and storage in parallel as business needs change and application workloads grow.
  • Reduce risk by keeping data highly available through clustering and built-in disaster recovery including VMware Metro Storage Cluster support.

“To unlock the full benefits of server virtualization in the most space- or budget-constrained environments, organizations need a converged approach to resilient, shared storage that supports their data-intensive virtualized workloads,” said David Scott, senior vice president and general manager, Storage, HP. “HP is the only storage provider that delivers powerful, efficient servers combined with free software-defined storage to help our customers maximize server virtualization ROI, even with a limited budget.”


OpenDaylight Project Names Former VMware Exec as Director

The OpenDaylight Project, which is a community-led and industry-supported open source platform to advance Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), named Nicolas "Neela" Jacques as it executive director.

Jacques will work with the OpenDaylight community to advance SDN and NFV with a developer-driven open source platform for products and technologies that expand the intelligence, programmability and performance of network infrastructures.

Jacques previously served at VMware as part of the core team that took virtualization from a niche development and testing product to ubiquitous use. He developed and took to market the company’s software-defined data center vision and strategy including VMware’s vCloud Suite. Jacques also founded and launched VMware's first cloud computing initiative in 2007. Prior to VMware, Jacques was a consultant with Bain & Company.

“Networking is key to getting a more efficient and automated data center. SDN represents that last mile for virtualization, and open source software and collaborative development is going to get us there,” said Neela Jacques, executive director at the OpenDaylight Project. “The OpenDaylight Project is driven by developers who are leading the way in innovation for the future of networking and delivering the promise of SDN and NFV. I’m excited to join the project and contribute to this important, groundbreaking work.”


Orange Fab Expands Beyond Silicon Valley

Orange is taking the start-up fab that it has developed in Silicon Valley and expanding the programme to other regions.

New Orange Fab programmes are being launched in France, Japan for the South-East Asia region, and Poland.  The concept is to enable start-up entrepreneurs to focus on their growth, to launch their services on a global scale, and to create products and services that enhance the current world of telecommunications.

“Welcoming students, engineers, developers, designers and entrepreneurs to our premises forms an important component of our strategy to engender open innovation, to innovate more quickly, with greater agility, in tune with our company culture. Orange Fab is absolutely part of that process,” explains St├ęphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of Orange.


T-Mobile US Looks to Raise $1.8 Billion for Spectrum Auctions

T-Mobile US plans to offer 66,150,000 shares of its common stock in a registered public offering.

The sale could raised about $1.8 billion for the company.

T-Mobile said it will use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, including capital investments such as acquiring additional spectrum in private party transactions and/or government auctions. T-Mobile intends to grant the underwriters in this offering the option to purchase up to an additional 6,615,000 shares of its common stock.