Tuesday, May 27, 2014

NTT DOCOMO Tests NVF with ALU, NEC & Cisco

NTT DOCOMO confirmed that it is working separately with three vendors — Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco and NEC — and has completed proof-of-concept (PoC) trials verifying the feasibility of network functions virtualization (NFV). DOCOMO said it now aims to commercially deploy services utilizing a virtualized mobile network by the fiscal year ending in March 2016.

The PoC testing covered virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC) implementations. DOCOMO and each of the three vendors verified cutting-edge network control mechanisms, such as scalable user-data processing capability that can handle concentrated user traffic efficiently and improve service delivery stability by means of fast, automatic network-recovery techniques in the event of hardware failure.

"NFV is highly expected to change the ecosystem of network industries," said Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at DOCOMO. "But without a high degree of collaboration among the players, such hopes could end up like pie in the sky. Therefore, I am delighted that we have been successfully collaborating in PoC trials with the industry's leading vendors."

Sri Reddy, VP and GM of Alcatel-Lucent's SR Product Business Unit, joined by Dor Skuler, VP and GM of Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand Business Unit, said: "It is an honor to work with DOCOMO in the development of the virtualization of core mobile technology. This project demonstrates an accelerated path to NFV commercial deployment that is leading the industry. Our CloudBand NFV Platform and virtualized EPC (vEPC) are open and multi-vendor, two characteristics that are essential in an NFV environment."

Kelly Ahuja, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobility Business Group of Cisco, said: "We would like to commend DOCOMO for their continued work on innovations in business and technology in mobile communications. We are delighted to collaborate with DOCOMO toward the realization of a virtualized mobile Internet architecture. It is exciting to see a world leader in mobile industry being fully committed to virtualization in their network architecture where and when it makes sense for their customers. "

Shunichiro Tejima, Executive Vice President of NEC, said: "NEC is honored to collaborate with DOCOMO in the trial of this virtual mobile core technology. With these tests, the companies have verified that virtualization platforms provide the functions required for NFV. NEC will continue to cooperate with DOCOMO and NFV industry partners by providing global solutions that contribute to the realization of advanced carrier networks that are flexible, fast and optimized for services."

https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2014/0527_01.html

Dimension Data Offers SDN Consulting Service

Dimension Data, the $6 billion global ICT solutions and services provider, introduced a Software-defined Networking (SDN) Development Model aimed at helping its enterprise customers update their infrastructured. Dimension Data's SDN Development Model features a consulting-led, facilitated workshop that will provide clients with a series of recommendations on how to implement an SDN program, and what specific actions to take to ensure its success.

"Software-defined networking is not just a trend, but an important shift that will drive significant changes in how networks are built and operated – and ultimately, the entire networking industry," said Rob Lopez, Dimension Data's Group Executive – Networking. "As an organization with a 31-year history of designing, architecting, deploying, maintaining and supporting network solutions and infrastructure, Dimension Data is uniquely positioned to educate our global clients about SDN. With the insights delivered through our Software-defined Networking Development Model, organizations will be in a strong position to move ahead with their SDN journey in a structured and coherent manner."

http://www.dimensiondata.com/Global/Technologies/Software-defined-networking


Small Cell Market Momentum, sponsored by Radisys

Small Cells offer the opportunity to radically improve the capacity of wireless networks in enterprises and urban networks.

This video,sponsored by Radisys, captures insights from leading players about what's driving the market interest in small cells. Speakers include:

Gordon Mansfield, Chairman, Small Cell Forum
Chris Kapuscinski, Marketing Manager, Small Cells, Alcatel-Lucent
Hannah Maurer Sibley, Head of Mobile Broadband, Ericsson
Chris Lee, Marketing Business Group, KT
Chuck Tato, Director, Product Marketing, Broadcom
Paul Senior, Director, Product Marketing, Airspan
Renuka Bhalerao, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Radisys

See video:  http://youtu.be/xDoBYm8OwSM


Video: Small Cell Viewpoints from Radisys

The market for small cells, led by early deployments in Korea, is now going global, says Renuka Bhalerao, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Radisys.  This video covers key trends in small cells, including:

1:07 - How will VoLTE impact the Small Cell market?
1:55 - Is it possible to support both TDD and FDD in the same Small Cell platform?
2:41 - What is the essential value proposition that Radisys delivers to its Small Cell customers?
3:44 - Do mobile operators sometimes have their own requirements for Small Cell equipment?
4:56  - Key technology partners for Small Cells?
5:40 - What can we learn from the massive Small Cell rollouts in Korea?
07:11 - Different solutions sets for Residential vs. Business Small Cells
07:47 - MWC2014 award with Airspan

See video:  http://youtu.be/2slBokkOHeQ


 

Successful Launch for EUTELSAT 3B by Sea Launch

The EUTELSAT 3B satellite was successfully launched from Sea Launch's ocean-based Odyssey platform using a Zenit-3SL rocket.

The EUTELSAT 3B satellite, which weighs 5,967 kilograms, operate three commercial payloads in the C, Ku and Ka bands. The satellite will enable Eutelsat to diversify its commercial response to Internet Service Providers, telcos, government agencies and broadcasters operating in Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. EUTELSAT 3B has a designed in-orbit lifetime exceeding 15 years.

This marks Sea Launch's first mission in 2014, its third for Eutelsat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators,  and its 36th mission overall.

Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat Chairman and CEO, added “We are delighted to see EUTELSAT 3B on its way to 3 degrees East and thank Sea Launch and Energia for this flawless launch. EUTELSAT 3B will be a powerful asset to our in-orbit resources, enabling us to increase the operational flexibility and reach we provide customers in a vast service area spanning Brazil, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. ”

http://www.sea-launch.com/

Oklahoma-based Bolt Fiber Optic Services Picks ALU for GPON

Oklahoma-based Bolt Fiber Optic Services has selected Alcatel-Lucent to supply an end-to-end triple-play solution for delivering up to 1 Gbps broadband connectivity as well as voice over third-party VoIP service and television services to communities in rural northeastern Oklahoma.

The 1 gigabit service is expected to launch later this year. The network will use Alcatel-Lucent's 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager, 5520 Access Management System, Triple Play Express and Video Systems Integration solutions.  Alcatel-Lucent is also the systems integrator for the project, providing end-to-end architecture, design, engineering and installation services and 3rd party solutions for the headend, OSS/BSS, fiber mapping, and Mediaroom middleware and software for IPTV services.

Bolt is a subsidiary of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, which serves 30,000 customers.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Boingo to Deliver Wi-Fi Services on Military Bases with Ruckus

Boingo Wireless is deploying thousands of Ruckus Wireless' indoor and outdoor Smart Wi-Fi access points across dozens of United States Army, Air Force and Marine Corps bases. Deployment is underway already at Marine Corps, Army and Air Force bases across the United States, with Boingo Broadband and IPTV service going live as each base installation is completed.

"With myriad obstacles and thick concrete walls within a constantly changing environment, both indoors and out, military bases can be a challenging setting for delivering reliable high-speed wireless access," said Marc Patterson, vice president, product management for Boingo Wireless. "We found Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi technology to be ideally suited for tackling these challenges by providing extended Wi-Fi coverage and signals that adapt within these changing environments."

http://www.boingo.com
http://www.ruckuswireless.com

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