Monday, April 21, 2014

Radisys -- T-Series Platform Innovations for NFV and SDN

SDN and NFV are opening up a tremendous opportunity for network equipment manufacturers to innovate, says Karl Wale, Director of Product Marketing at Radisys.  In this video, he presents the Radisys T-Series platform. Although originating with enterprise cloud systems, the new telecom cloud equipment is designed to meet stricter reliability requirements.  It must also support low latency applications and heterogeneous transport (optical, Ethernet and wireless).  In terms of scalability, the Radisys T-series goes all the way from 2-slot systems all the way up to the 14-slot T40 Ultra System for SDN/NFV. In addition to hardware, Radisys also supplies software for a full solution.

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AT&T Contemplates Widescale FTTH Rollout

AT&T may go big with its rollout of residential fiber in major markets across the U.S.  The company announced a major initiative to expand its Gigabit-capable fiber network to up to 100 cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas. The company is not changing its CAPEX guidance for 2014.  The initiative will fall under Project VIP.

"AT&T U-verse with GigaPower" service is available in parts of Austin, Texas and rollouts were already pending for Dallas and Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

AT&T's list of 21 candidate metropolitan areas for new fiber rollouts includes: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose (including Campbell, Cupertino and Mountain View). With previously announced markets, AT&T now has committed to or is exploring 25 metro areas for fiber deployment.

“We’re delivering advanced services that offer consumers and small businesses the ability to do more, faster, help communities create a new wave of innovation, and encourage economic development,” said Lori Lee, senior executive vice president, AT&T Home Solutions. “We’re interested in working with communities that appreciate the value of the most advanced technologies and are willing to encourage investment by offering solid investment cases and policies.”

In February, Google announced plans to expand its fiber broadband projects beyond Kansas City, Austin and Provo to include up 34 additional cities over the next few years. 

The company is now encouraging cities in 8 metro regions across the U.S. to consider undertake a joint planning process to map out a Google Fiber network in detail and also assess what unique local challenges such a rollout might face.

China Telecom Powers Internet Data Center with Huawei's SDN

The Beijing branch of China Telecom has deployed Huawei's software-defined networking solution in its Internet Data Center (IDC) for northern China.  The SDN installation is supporting a range of new IDC services, such as “DC-one” for virtual resource services, “DC-care” for assurance services, “DC-keeper” for auxiliary services like detailed traffic reporting, and DC-private for customized services.

The companies said the SDN architecture enables a service-centric IDC that effectively meets service customization requirements of tenants, improves IDC resource utilization and operations, and optimizes network O&M efficiency.

Huawei's SDN solution for Beijing Telecom's IDC comprises key components such as the smart network controller (SNC), powered by a carrier-grade SDN control algorithm (Flow Engine) and orchestrator NetMatrix.

"We are glad to cooperate with Huawei in the SDN field and successfully commercialize the technology. We hope these new services can create more value for our customers," said Xu Hong, the Vice GM of Beijing Telecom.

China Mobile Verifies FDD/TDD Carrier Aggregation with Huawei

China Mobile has verified multiple core TD-LTE-Advanced technologies including FDD/TDD Carrier Aggregation, MSA, 256QAM, inter-site CoMP, and MU-MIMO in field tests conducted in partnership with Chengdu Electronic Technology University and Huawei.

Huawei said this pre-commercial verification of 3GPP R12 technologies marks a milestone in improving the entire TD-LTE network performance and user peak throughput. Some highlights of the testing:

  • LTE TDD & FDD Carrier Aggregation (CA) testing enabled China Mobile and Huawei to validate the CA peak throughput by considering a scenario where LTE TDD is the primary cell and LTE FDD is the secondary cell. The air interface test results reached the theoretical peak data rate corresponding to a used network configuration of 250 Mbps.
  • LTE Multi-Stream Aggregation (MSA) between TD-LTE and LTE FDD sites were both tested, with the results showing flexible handover or traffic concurrency for users, based on network coverage, load and interference.
  • MU-MIMO was validated with four data streams based on an 8-antenna network, which resulted in a peak data rate improvement of 100%. The test result for inter-site CoMP on a PTN-based network also showed a 30% increase in throughput for cell edge users.
  • TD-LTE indoor and outdoor testing was done with 256QAM. Compared to 64QAM, 256QAM enables a 33% peak data rate gain, and a cell average performance improvement of more than 20% in an indoor test environment.

NTT Com Tests Browser-based WebRTC Chat

NTT Communications kicked off a free trial of "WebRTC Chat on Skyway" - a web application that uses WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communications)for browser-to-browser communication between devices in real time.

NTT Comm sees WebRTC as a breakthrough technology because it enables highly private communication for web services while minimizing server requirements. WebRTC stores the beginning and end of connection logs, so communication can be traced if necessary. NTT Com’s trial will test this feature by compiling and managing communication logs.

Microsoft and Motorola Solutions Sign Licensing Deal

Microsoft announced a worldwide patent deal under which Motorola Solutions licenses its intellectual property devices running the Android platform and Chrome OS operating system.

"Microsoft and Motorola Solutions share a respect for intellectual property and a commitment to fair and reasonable patent licensing programs," said Nick Psyhogeos, general manager, associate general counsel, IP licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. "Microsoft prefers licensing to litigation, since licensing is a more effective way to share technology and accelerate the pace of innovation."

"Our Motorola Solutions communications technology works best for everyone when it is backed with robust intellectual property and patents," said Joe White, vice president of Enterprise Mobile Computing, Motorola Solutions. "We are pleased to have agreed upon a solution that allows our customers to purchase Android products from Motorola Solutions with confidence."

Verizon Appoints Chris Formant to Lead Enterprise Business

Christopher Formant has been named president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

He was most recently senior vice president and president of Avaya Government Solutions and Avaya Professional Services. At Avaya, he was also president of Global Services.  In addition to his leadership roles at Avaya, Formant has held executive positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and MBNA, as well as serving as adviser/investor to early-stage technology companies.