Monday, March 17, 2014

Huawei and Telefónica Demo SDN-based IP + Optical

Huawei and Telefónica completed a joint test on Software-defined Networking (SDN)-based IP and Optical integration

The test used Huawei's commercially available routers and Optical Transport Network (OTN) and Reconfigurable Optical Add-drop Multiplexer (ROADM) optical transport platforms.  The companies demonstrated multi-layer restoration, multi-domain Label Switched Path (LSP) creation, and online network survivability analysis. The new elastic SDN-based IP and Optical network architecture uses centralized controller, Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS) User-Network Interface (UNI), IP/MPLS, PCEP (Path Computation Element Protocol) and other key technologies to realize centralized control of the multi-layer multi-domain network, achieving E2E fast service provisioning, multi-layer restoration for improved service availability and CAPEX savings, and online network surveillance for preventive maintenance.

"This project is another example of Huawei's breakthroughs in promoting the commercial use of SDN networks. The evolution from traditional networks to SDN networks will open up network capabilities, support rapid technology innovation, improve network performance, as well as reduce operation and maintenance costs based on virtualization, automation, and intelligentization. Huawei will continue to cooperate with industry-leading operators to promote the commercial use of SDN networks," stated Mr. Zha Jun, President of Huawei's Fixed Network Business Unit.

Overture Releases 10 Gigabit Ethernet Access Device (EAD)

Overture released a high density 10 gigabit optical Ethernet Access Device (EAD).

Key features include:

  • Rich service assurance – A full suite of CE2.0 demarcation tools, hierarchical QoS, and an sFlow monitoring agent; layer 3 features including RIP, NAT, and multicast eliminate the need for CPE router for many IP services.
  • Capacity – Non-blocking 64Gbps switching capacity, full line rate classification on four 10GigE and 24 1GigE ports, support for up to 256 EVCs, 32k MAC addresses, and 4096 QoS classification rules addresses aggregation and ENNI demarcation applications.
  • Flexible deployment options – Deployable in both ring and point-to-point architectures, and is a state-of-the-art 10GigE demarcation device. Its high performance switching on all 10GigE and 1GigE interfaces supports high-density aggregation and router offload applications. Additional flexibility also comes from the 65F10’s integrated universal AC and DC combo power supply.
  • Timing precision – Hardware-based OAM and exacting IEEE1588v2 implementation backed by nanosecond accuracy for mobile synchronization, precision one-way delay measurements, and less than three microseconds of latency delivers high-powered performance for financial and mobile backhaul applications.
  • Reliability – Support for G.8031, G.8032v1 and G.8032v2 rings, as well as link aggregation create highly resilient network topologies; extremely low-power and extended operating temperature range ensure high service availability.
  • Ready for Network Virtualization and Software-Defined Services – The Overture 65F10 joins the Overture 65, 6500 and Ensemble OSA as a member of the Overture Open Service Delivery family. It is the first 10Gig EAD ready for network virtualization and software-defined services.

“We understand that service providers need to economically address ongoing bandwidth capacity challenges, while also finding ways to optimize service creation, activation, and assurance,” said Keith Donahue, vice president of Product Management, Overture. “The Overture 65F10 along with Ensemble OSA allows CSPs to more easily leverage the benefits of performance-assured Carrier Ethernet 2.0 in an extremely cost effective package today and provide a straightforward path to network virtualization and software-defined services when they are ready.”

Sprint Spark LTE Rollout Expands, HD Voice Coming Soon

Sprint activated 20 new 4G LTE markets as well as the upcoming availability of HD Voice.

Sprint Spark, which leverages carrier aggregation across three bands, is designed to deliver peak wireless speeds of 60 Mbps today on capable devices, with the potential for speeds three times as fast by late next year. 

HD Voice is also now available to customers in Provo, and will soon be available in Trenton. HD Voice capability requires call between two Sprint HD Voice enabled devices on upgraded areas of the Sprint network.  Sprint said its HD Voice will provide a better experience than a landline.  A typical phone without HD Voice offers four octaves of sound, but a phone with HD Voice offers seven (10 octaves is considered perfect hearing).

Sprint 4G LTE, available in 402 cities, also provides benefits to customers of Sprint’s prepaid brands – Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.

Sprint Spark is available in the following 18 cities: Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Philadelphia; Provo, Utah; Salt Lake City; San Antonio; Tampa, Fla; and Trenton, N.J.

Cisco Milestone: More than 200 Carriers Deploys its Carrier Wi-Fi

Cisco announced several company milestones concerning its carrier-grade Wi-Fi solution:

  • More than 200 service providers have deployed Cisco Service Provider Wi-Fi technology;
  • More than 18 million carrier-grade access points are deployed worldwide across networks operated by service providers, enterprises, stadiums, public sector entities and commercial organizations;
  • More than a half-billion mobile users worldwide receive advanced mobile services through Cisco Wi-Fi technology;

One carrier customer is PT Telkom in Indonesia, which is deploying 100,000 access points across the country -- one of the largest deployments of Wi-Fi access points by a single service provider in Asia. PT Telkom and Cisco built a high speed, high-density Wi-Fi network for the The Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit.  Attendees were able to access the network with a single-sign-on (SSO) service set identification (SSID) from any Wi-Fi enabled device across multiple APEC hosting venues, including the airport, convention centers and 51 hotels.

Aquantia Raises $16 Million for its 10GigE Chips

Aquantia, a start-up specializing in 10Gigabit Ethernet ICs, raised $16 million in series G financing, including support from Xilinx.

Aquantia, which is based in Milpitas, California, recently announced a low-power, 28 nanometer generation of 10GBASE-T silicon that promises to further the penetration of the technology in cloud service providers and corporate data centers.

“The team at Aquantia has had a phenomenal track record establishing itself as the leader in high-speed connectivity solutions for data center and cloud providers,” said Krishna Rangasayee, senior vice president and general manager of Market Segments and the Communications Business Unit at Xilinx. “We’re excited to be part of their venture as a new investor.”

“This is what pre-IPO companies dream of; a strong technology play that delivers successive generations of very large revenue opportunities,” said Faraj Aalaei, president and CEO of Aquantia. “We have the technology and market leadership, the strong support of our investors, and are now proudly adding Xilinx to the list of our backers. Everything is aligned for a successful expansion of our business.”

Vodafone to Acquire ONO of Spain for US$10 Billion

Vodafone will acquire ONO, a privately-held cable operator serving approximately 1.9 million households and small businesses in Spain, for approximately EUR 7.2 billion.

In 2013, ONO started offering 500 Mbps for SoHos. In the high-speed segment – more than 30 Mbps - the operator added 31,000 new clients in 4Q2013, reaching 811,000, representing 56% of the total fiber client base. Ono ended 2013 with 1,531,000 clients in the broadband business.

  • In October 2013, Vodafone acquired Kabel Deutschland, bringing 5 million broadband and 7.6 million TV customers in Germany.

Telefónica España Offers McAfee Mobile Security

Telefónica España is offering McAfee’s Multi-Access (MMA) software to its Movistar customers to protect smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs from the risk of data loss, theft or viruses.

McAfee’s Multi-Access offering provides 24x7 anti-virus protection and safe web search by blocking risky links, such as phishing sites. If the device is lost or stolen, Movistar customers can trace and block the device and delete personal information remotely if required, safe in the knowledge that the data can be restored on another device.

Fernando Abella, Digital Services director at Telefónica España, said: ‘Accessing information and services at any time, across any device, is no longer a ‘nice-to-have’ feature but a necessity. Whether shopping online, conducting internet banking or surfing the web, consumers want the freedom to do so safely and securely, from any device. With this new service Telefónica and McAfee help to make security simple by protecting multiple devices from viruses, threats and risky websites all under the one easy to use service subscription’.

Orange Turns On 4G Roaming in 11 Countries

Orange will begin supporting 4G roaming in six new countries starting next month: Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and Switzerland. This brings the total number of countries with Orange 4G roaming to 11.  The service is already available in Spain, Portugal, the UK, South Korea and the Netherlands.