Thursday, May 22, 2014

Video: VoLTE Market Momentum, sponsored by Radisys

With commercial VoLTE launches underway or soon to be launched by the likes of AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, T-Mobile and Verizon, it's clear that advanced voice/video capabilities are going mainstream on LTE networks.

In this video, we hear market perspectives from leading VoLTE vendors, including:

  • Ian Maclean, Vice President, Strategy & Marketing, Mavenir
  • Cassidy Shield, Chief Marketing Officer, VP Platforms, Alcatel-Lucent 
  • Hannah Maurer Sibley, Head of Mobile Broadband, Ericsson
  • Jane Rygaard, Head of CEM, Core and OSS Marketing, Nokia
  • Ray Adensamer, Interim Director of Marketing, Radisys

See video:

T-Mobile Activates VoLTE in Seattle

T-Mobile activated Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in the Seattle area for customers using LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Light devices.

In a blog post, Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer at T-Mobile, said the rollout uses Enhanced Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (eSRVCC), a new LTE Advanced function.  T-Mobile is the first to deploy it in the U.S.

T-Mobile is working on rolling out VoLTE in other markets nationwide. It also plans to launch a host of rich communication services and additional innovations around Wi-Fi calling over the coming months.

He also noted that MetroPCS was the first to launch VoLTE in the U.S. back in 2012.

F5 Networks Acquires Defense.Net for DDos Mitigation Service

F5 Networks (has acquired Defense.Net, Inc., a privately-held provider of cloud-based security services for protecting data centers and Internet applications from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Defense.Net was founded by Barrett Lyon, one of the pioneers of DDoS mitigation.  The company operates a massive, cloud-based service designed to absorb even the largest DDoS attacks. The Defense.Net network supports multiple protocols and provides features for remediation and control to safeguard customers from unforeseen threat vectors, while maintaining application performance.

F5 said Defense.Net’s high-capacity cloud service is complementary to its own on-premise DDoS Protection capabilities. The advanced technologies and operational experience shared between the two companies will expand F5’s portfolio of security solutions for defense against Internet-based DDoS attacks on networks, data centers, and applications.

“F5’s DDoS product engineering shows a comparable focus on scale and performance to how Defense.Net has built its mitigation capability in the cloud,” said Barrett Lyon, Founder and CTO of Defense.Net. “Customers of all sizes will be able to ensure that business-critical applications and networks are protected and available under the most demanding conditions regardless of the volume, type, or source of DDoS attack. Wherever it makes the most sense to stop an attack, F5 will provide the customer with the right defense.”

  • Defense.Net is based in Belmont, California.  It has data centers in San Jose, California and Ashburn, Virginia.

AMD’s SeaMicro Server Sets OpenStack Record: 168,000 Virtual Machines​​

AMD has achieved record scalability of 168,000 virtual machines on 576 physical hosts, all provisioned on its SeaMicro SM15000 server. AMD said the first 75,000 virtual machines were deployed in six hours and thirty minutes.  The record demonstration was achieved in collaboration with Canonical using the Ubuntu OpenStack (Icehouse) distribution. MaaS (Metal as a Service), part of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu OpenStack, was used to deliver the bare metal servers, storage and networking.

AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000 is a high-density, 10 rack unit system that links 512 compute cores, 160 gigabits of I/O networking and more than five petabytes of storage with a 1.28 terabyte high-performance supercompute fabric.  The SM15000 server design eliminates top-of-rack switches, terminal servers and hundreds of cables.  It currently supports the next-generation AMD Opteron (Piledriver core) processor, Intel Xeon E3-1260L (Sandy Bridge), E3-1265Lv2 (Ivy Bridge), E3-1265Lv3 (Haswell) and Intel Atom N570 processors.

“This record validates that the SeaMicro SM15000 is well suited for massive OpenStack deployments,” said Dhiraj Mallick, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Data Center Server Solutions. “The combination of Ubuntu OpenStack and the SeaMicro SM15000 server provides the industry’s leading solution to build cloud infrastructure that is highly responsive and ideal for on-demand services.”

Telstra Demos LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation at 450 Mbps

Telstra has demonstrated downlink speeds of 450 Mbps using LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation across a trial combination of 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands over its live network.

Telstra worked with Ericsson to install equipment for two new 4G Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) channels of 20MHz bandwidth each on the 2600MHz spectrum band (40MHz FDD), aggregated with live 20MHz of 4G on the 1800MHz band. The result was three simultaneous side-by-side paths for the data to travel through to the operational core network. Telstra also used an advanced prototype Cat 9 engineering device that could combine the three channels to achieve these speeds.

"Conducting this type of test is a significant step in the network engineering and development process. It is essential for us to see how this type of technology works in the live network and understand what needs to be done to continue to absorb the exploding demand in mobile broadband and offer an exceptional customer experience,” Mike Wright, Group Managing Director Telstra Networks.

”Telstra has the largest holding of APT700MHz and 2600MHz spectrum in Australia and we expect we will eventually be able to offer this service across much if not most of our mobile network footprint, allowing more of our customers to benefit from improved capacity and faster speeds,” said Mr Wright.

In February 2014, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies conducted the first inter-vendor interoperability testing of LTE Category 6, which promises potential speeds of up to 300 Mbps.

The final stages of testing, which were completed in collaboration with Telstra, was based on ready-to-release versions of Ericsson's L14A software release. Ericsson said its L14A software leverages load balancing for better spectrum efficiency and improved user experience during high-load situations. It supports all bandwidth and frequency combinations for up to 40MHz Carrier Aggregation, providing users with speeds of up to 300 Mbps.  The test also used Qualcomm;s fourth-generation 3G/LTE multimode modem, the Qualcomm Gobi 9x35 chipset.

Absolute Software Delivers Persistent Client for BYOD Security

Absolute Software, which offers a persistent endpoint security and management module that can be embedded in the firmware of computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, announced full BYOD support for Mac and Windows computers.

Absolute persistence technology is built into the BIOS or firmware of a device during the manufacturing process. Once activated, customers who purchase these devices benefit from an extra level of security.

The company said its latest Absolute Manage 6.5 will provide enrollment workflows as well as remote and automated security protocols for corporate and employee-owned devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops. In addition, integration with Cisco’s Identity Service Engine (ISE) provides an increased level of network security. If a computer or mobile device attempts to access the network, its compliance status is automatically checked against company policy. This ensures all devices on the network are configured appropriately, including Absolute Manage enrollment. If a device is not already enrolled, ISE can redirect it to complete enrollment before allowing access.

“Many of our customers are receiving requests from employees to bring their personally-owned devices to work. But corporate IT doesn’t want to use multiple consoles and products to secure this range of form factors. With this release, Absolute Manage will be the only solution on the market to offer full BYOD capabilities for all devices. Our customers can count on us to provide them with the support they need to manage all the devices that enter their network,” said Errol Olsen, Interim CEO at Absolute Software. “The release of Absolute Manage 6.5 will support the Absolute Unified IT vision, allowing IT to manage all employee-owned devices from a single console.”

ADVA and HEAnet Demo SDN Controlled 4K Video Services

ADVA Optical Networking, in collaboration with HEAnet, i2CAT and Eurotek, showcased SDN-controlled distribution of 4K video content at this week's TNC2014 conference in Dublin, Ireland.

The demo features a software-defined networking (SDN) controller and ADVA's FSP 3000 colorless and directionless reconfigurable optical add drop multiplexers (ROADMs) transporting terabits of data to a multi-tenant cloud-based infrastructure.

“Flexibility is key for tomorrow's networks; it’s a fundamental building block that could prove to be the deciding factor between success and failure,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. “This is especially true for service providers that need to provision enormous amounts of streaming media. Being able to rapidly respond to fluctuating bandwidth demand is vital. That's why this demo is so important. We've harnessed OpenDaylight to build an SDN controller that is capable of orchestrating end-to-end 4K video services over an advanced ROADM network using OpenNaaS as a service orchestration platform. This is something that has never been done before.”

Telstra Aims for 2 Million Crowd-Sourced Wi-Fi Hotspots in 5 Years

Telstra announced a strategy to offer all Australians, irrespective of whether they are a Telstra customer or not, access to two million Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation within five years.

Telstra is working with Fon, which provides users access to its global syndicate of over 12 million Wi-Fi hotspots.

Telstra aims to have its Wi-Fi sharing network launch in early 2015.

Australians already have access to one of the world’s leading mobile networks offering fast, unparalleled coverage on the move. Telstra’s new Wi-Fi network will broaden the choice of connection giving people a convenient way to get online using their portable devices when spending time at a hotspot. It will offer our customers the unique option to seamlessly use their home broadband allowance inside and outside the home,” stated David Thodey, Telstra CEO.