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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Vodafone Egypt Upgrades Subscriber Data with NSN

Vodafone Egypt, the country’s largest telecom operator, is upgrading its subscriber data management system built on the One-NDS platform provided by Nokia Siemens Networks, enabling the operator to speed up the process of launching new, targeted services. Specifically, Nokia Siemens Networks is upgrading its comprehensive subscriber data management solution, including the One-NDS platform, and providing its Home Location Register (HLR), and Mobile Number Portability (MNP). The One-NDS platform unifies fragmented data into a single repository and is more efficient than having multiple databases for different front-end applications such as HLR and MNP.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

ADTRAN Delivers Cell-site Optimized Wavelength Services

ADTRAN has enhanced its Total Access 5000 ONE system for delivering both wavelength and Ethernet switching separation. This enables carriers to deliver both mobile backhaul and residential broadband without risking quality of service (QoS) issues symptomatic of many multi-service solutions.

The ADTRAN ONE solution eliminates QoS impacting network bottlenecks by delivering MEF-certified, wavelength separated Ethernet services to residential customers, business customers and cell sites over the same network infrastructure.

ADTRAN said this capability ensures important service isolation for each individual mobile network operator that may share a single cell site or simultaneously offer residential broadband and wholesale services. In addition, ADTRAN’s Advanced Operational Environment (AOE) Service Monitor solution is a non-service affecting portal-based tool that provides intuitive, proactive reporting of SLA compliance status including customer bandwidth, and ITU-T Y.1731-based performance statistics for one-way frame delay, delay variation, and frame loss.

Open Networking Foundation Updates its SDN Spec

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) completed the first update to its specifications for OpenFlow Software Defined Networking (SDN) since its launch in March 2011.
Software Defined Networking using the OpenFlow standard addresses the challenges faced by service providers, data-center operators, and enterprises in aligning the network with an increasingly dynamic and customized computing infrastructure. OpenFlow defines a communication protocol between a logically centralized control plane and the network’s data delivery plane, together with a standardized network management interface potentially allowing, for example, a data-center network to be made as flexible and responsive as the virtual servers that it supports.

OpenFlow Switch Specification Version 1.2 builds on Stanford University’s Version 1.1 in a number of ways, including:

Support for IPv6. In addition to the previous support for IPv4, MPLS, and L2 headers, OpenFlow 1.2 now supports matching on IPv6 source address, destination address, protocol number, traffic class, ICMPv6 type, ICMPv6 code, IPv6 neighbor discovery header fields, and IPv6 flow labels.

Support for extensible matches, addressing a larger number of parameters and providing far greater flexibility for current and future protocols.

Support for experimenter extensions through dedicated fields and code points assigned by ONF, facilitating experimentation and fine-tuning by a growing population of developers across academia and industry.

Membership in ONF has now passed the 50 mark. NTT Communications will join the ONF Board of Directors.

“NTT strongly supports the ONF’s goals and has deeply engaged technical experts actively contributing to ONF working groups, underlining NTT’s strong commitment to developing and deploying the OpenFlow standard.�?
"ONF continues to grow globally, with Korea Telecom and Spirent Communications our latest members�? says Dan Pitt, ONF’s Executive Director. “There is a shared vision of OpenFlow as the vital foundation upon which a dynamic, policy-based orchestration layer is being created – allowing processes to be defined on the fly and deployed automatically to deliver agile, scalable cloud services to a satisfy a wide range of user needs in every geography."

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Orckit-Corrigent Supplies Packet Transport Network in Honduras

Cable Color, a leading telecommunication service provider in Honduras, has selected Orckit-Corrigent’s IP/MPLS and MPLS-TP based CM-4000 PTN switches and the accompanying CM-View network management system to introduce a networking environment for broadband and enterprise VPN services.

Orckit-Corrigent’s CM-4000 portfolio is a series of small, medium and large capacity Packet Transport Network switches that offer any combination of Ethernet, SDH and PDH services to facilitate migration towards a unified packet network. The products are based on dual stack IP/MPLS and MPLS-TP, packet synchronization and circuit emulation technologies, and are designed to scale up the delivery of residential, business and mobile backhauling services in next-generation telecom infrastructure networks.

"Cable Color continues to operate a highly advanced network using state-of-the-art technologies to provide a wide range of broadband services to our customers," said Mr. Cesar Rosenthal - CEO of Cable Color. "Orckit-Corrigent's solutions aggregate DSLAMs and transport 10Gbit broadband with advanced traffic management and quality of service technologies to meet our specific technical and economical requirements. "

Fujitsu Releases 100G Packet ONP

Fujitsu introduced a packet optical networking platform (Packet ONP) that employs the latest digital coherent technology with DP-QPSK optical modulation to enable ultrafast optical transmission speeds of 100Gbps x 80W over long distances. The Packet ONP platform employs a modular architecture that enables flexible assembly of WDM and packet transmission. It also features high-speed switchover to back-up lines in under 50ms in the event of network failure. A mesh network also makes trouble isolation possible with Colorless/Directionless/Contentionless (CDC) functionality, which allows for discretionary selection to channel through up to eight circuit routes. Fujitsu is supporting MPLS-TP with this platform.

Fujitsu has previously conducted 100G field trials at transmission speed of 100Gbps in North America. The company said these technologies will strengthen its FLASHWAVE 9500 multiplexed optical transport platform which is widely deployed in the global market. Moving forward, Fujitsu will make available its Packet ONP, integrated with WDM technology for optical transmission, to the domestic Japan and overseas markets.

Monday, December 12, 2011

ConteXtream Targets Software-Defined Networking for Access and Hosting & Cloud Providers

ConteXtream, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California with R&D in Petach Tikva, Israel, introduced a cloud-scale overlay grid architecture that leverages a distributed control plane instead of a centralized controller to deliver software-defined networking capabilities for broadband access network operators and cloud service providers. The ConteXtream Grid is a distributed virtual L4-7 switch that works as an overlay on existing networks to connect an unlimited number of endpoints to a flat network.

The ConteXtream architecture aims to solve three challenges for the cloud: the dynamic provisioning of resources; multi-tenancy, where VLAN become too complex to manage across a large network; and cloud-scale address learning. Unlike other Open Flow based approaches avoids any centralized choke point by distributing control plane intelligence to switches throughout the network, thus preventing vendor lock-in. ConteXtream will partner with switch vendors to enable its control plane. To solve the address learning challenge, ConteXtream is leveraging a unique Distributed Hash technique rather than flooding to identify new elements as they connect to the network.
By implementing its ConteXtream software in top-of-rack switches in the data center, the architecture reduces the number of connections that have to be managed in the network by three orders of magnitude and eliminates the need to install software on every application server.

ConteXtream said the benefit of its Grid software is that IT organizations no longer need to retrofit legacy solutions, limit virtualization zones, or constantly reconfigure networking infrastructure. ConteXtream Grid software is both hypervisor and networking equipment independent. This will help service providers drive significant CAPEX savings in application resources and networking costs, while giving them more flexibility to partner with Application Service Providers (ASPs).

ConteXtream notes that it is already deployed by tier one service providers to manage their broadband access networks.

  • Investors in ConteXtream include Comcast Interactive Capital and Verizon Ventures, as well as Benhamou Global Ventures, Gemini Israel Funds, Norwest Venture Partners and Sofinnova Ventures. The company was founded in 2007 and had raised $29 million in funding.

  • ConteXtream is headed by Dr. Yaron Simler (CEO), who previously was CEO of Scopus Video Networks. The company was co-founded by Sharon Barkai (previously Founder & CEO of Xeround Systems) and Eldad Bar-Eli (previously with Cisco).

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sunrise Telecom Adds OTDR and Fiber Inspection Capabilities

Sunrise Telecom has enhanced its RxT Smart Productivity Test Platform with the addition of an RxT-4000 Fiber Optics Toolkit (FOT) and the FiberScope inspection option.

The RxT FOT module can be used for the installation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of Carrier Ethernet and SONET/SDH fiber optic cables. It is available in multiple wavelength combinations for testing single-mode and multi-mode fibers. It features fiber optics characterization which records event location and identity for the fiber under test. The compact platform, which incorporates quad wavelength testing, and auto and manual mode configuration, offers a one-button 'Auto Test Mode' to simplify testing for even the most inexperienced user.

"The addition of the new Fiber Optic Test Toolkit to the growing portfolio of capabilities of our RxT platform enables our customers to efficiently and thoroughly validate next-generation Ethernet and Mobile networks," said Bahaa Moukadam, CEO of Sunrise Telecom.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Cisco Positions CloudVerse to Build Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds

Cisco outlined its new "CloudVerse" framework for building, managing and connecting public, private and hybrid clouds. The goal is to help businesses to realize all of the benefits of clouds: improved agility, better economics, enhanced security and a dynamic, assured experience.

Cisco CloudVerse combines these key cloud elements – Unified Data Center, Cloud Intelligent Network, and Cloud Applications and Services.

Unified Data Center changes is a fabric-based platform for automating the "as-a-service" model across physical and virtual environments. Cisco is adding tools to provide automated provisioning and management of data center resources for the delivery of cloud services within and between data centers.

Cloud Intelligent Network provides a consistent and highly secure user experience wherever the user is located and across the multiple clouds involved in delivering an application or service. Cisco now adds new "Cloud-to-Cloud Connect" capabilities: "Cloud-to-Cloud Connect," featuring the Cisco Network Positioning System on the ASR 1000 and 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers in 2012, will enable dynamic resource identification, allocation and optimization between data centers and clouds.

Cloud Applications and Services enable "as a service" delivery of both Cisco and third-party cloud applications. New tools include help enterprises to build their own collaboration cloud using Cisco's validated and tested solution and full management capabilities. Cisco is also introducing tools to help mobile service providers offer collaboration from the cloud, thus extending services from "fixed" devices to mobile phones. For example, providers can virtually connect thousands of mobile users at a company with single-number reach, or enable customers to transition a call from a desk phone to a mobile phone while the call is in progress.

Cisco already has a number of customers adopting CloudVerse as the foundation of the cloud strategies. Marquee customers include ACS, a Xerox Company; Fujitsu; NWN; LinkedIn; Orange Business Services; Qualcomm; Silicon Valley Bank; Telecom Italia; Telefónica; Telstra; and Terremark, a Verizon Company.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ciena Secures 100G Contract with BT

Ciena announced a contract to supply coherent 100G solutions to BT, including its 6500 and 4200 platforms. BT will leverage Ciena's multi-layer, multi-domain management suite – OneControl – for seamless management. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The initial roll-out, which is scheduled to begin by end of calendar 2011, will include a single photonic layer covering BT's extensive network throughout the UK. The intelligent infrastructure will be based on Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic coherent optical processors that support 10G and 40G/100G wavelengths working side by side. The 6500 platform will also offer integrated OTN switching with advanced control plane functionality.

Ciena noted that has been a strategic supplier to BT since 2003. Ciena serves as the foundation for much of BT's existing infrastructure, spanning high-capacity transport and advanced optical switching domains with more than 7,000 network elements deployed across Europe.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mu Dynamics Teams with Atlassia for App Performance

Mu Dynamics' "Blitz" cloud-based application testing service has been integrated with the Atlassian development tool, Bamboo, a Continuous Integration (CI) server. Bamboo app developers to quickly identify the performance of their applications in real-time during the entire development and deployment process.

The companies said that by being incorporated into the Atlassian Bamboo CI server, Blitz now enables Bamboo developers to load and performance test their applications as a part of the continuous development and deployment process. Tests can be run the moment changes are checked in, ensuring those changes don't degrade performance. By tracking Application Performance Index (Apdex) scores as part of the build process, developers can also quickly detect and remediate application performance issues in the staging process – an industry first. http://blitz.io

  • In September, Mu Dynamic announced the integration of its "Blitz" cloud-based, application testing service into multiple platforms –- including Heroku, AppHarbor, Acquia and CloudFlare -- to make it easier for developers to test the performance of their application. The integration with these major Platform as a Service (PaaS), Content Management System (CMS) and web security and performance offerings means that the application developer can perform the network load testing without leaving the workflow of their environment.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Amdocs Delivers Pre-Configured "Data Experience Solution" for 3G/LTE

Amdocs introduced a pre-integrated policy and charging solution to help operators rapidly deploy new data services. The Amdocs Data Experience Solution is a unified hardware and software system that pre-integrates a policy control and charging engine with product catalog and subscriber management functions.

Leveraging network and policy control assets of Bridgewater Systems, which Amdocs acquired earlier this year, the Amdocs Data Experience Solution features single, synchronized service definition and creation through the Amdocs Enterprise Product Catalog. This provides rapid configuration and extension of pre-configured market offers. It uses standards-based interfaces and features multi-vendor interoperability for ease of deployment into 3G and LTE network environments. Productized APIs (application programming interfaces) enable a single point of integration into provisioning, notification, billing and self-care environments.

Amdocs notes that the underlying product technology of this solution has been production-proven in leading service provider networks serving more than 100 million mobile subscribers.

Pre-configured market offers in the Amdocs Data Experience Solution include:

Tiered Services: Innovative data plans based on a combination of time, volume and application that provide new monetization capabilities (for example, targeted social networking or business data plans).

Shared Wallet: A common data quota that can be shared across a family or enterprise with unused quota diverted across plan members and devices in real time.

Up-sell Capabilities: Temporary add-on services that can be automatically offered and provisioned, such as data roaming or bandwidth boost, to increase ARPU.

Bill Shock Prevention: A personal usage limit with advance notifications that can be easily set by customers for increased transparency and data experience satisfaction.

Data Pass: Temporary data access that can be offered and provisioned quickly, such as a 24-hour roaming data pass.

Pay - Per-Use: Convenient access to data services that are paid for as they are consumed (as opposed to a monthly plan).

In addition, Amdocs provides network control and subscriber management capabilities pre-integrated and configured, including:

LTE Data: Support for next generation 4G services that feature guaranteed quality of service for a superior data experience.

WiFi Offload: Transparent offloading from 3G to WiFi which allows service providers to better manage network congestion.

  • In August 2011, Amdocs completed its previously announced acquisition of Bridgewater Systems for CAD$8.20 per share in cash, for about CAD$211 million, or CAD$139 million net of Bridgewater's cash, in aggregate.

    Bridgewater Systems developed pre-integrated solutions for mobile and converged operators. Its portfolio includes Service Controller (AAA), Policy Controller (PCRF) and Home Subscriber Server (HSS), anchored by a common identity and device management system. Amdocs offers business and operational support systems, service delivery platforms, and professional services for network operators. The company generated approximately $3.0 billion in revenue in fiscal 2010, Amdocs has over 19,000 employees and serves customers in more than 60 countries worldwide.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Infonetics: Cisco Gains Share in IP Edge market

Cisco is gaining traction in the carrier routing and switching markets and taking market share from its competitors, according to Infonetics Research's third quarter 2011 (3Q11) Service Provider Routers and Switches report, which analyzes the IP edge router, IP core router, and carrier Ethernet switch (CES) market segments.

"Of the top five vendors, only Cisco increased its overall carrier router and switch revenue in the third quarter of 2011, up 3% from the previous quarter to $1.43 billion. Since Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Juniper and ZTE all saw double-digit percent declines in their carrier router and switch revenue in the same period, Cisco rises back up to over 40% market share for the first time this year," notes Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks at Infonetics Research.

Howard adds: "In the critical IP Edge segment (edge routers and carrier Ethernet switches), which now makes up 79% of the carrier router and switch market, Cisco expanded its lead to 36.2% on the strength of its recently refreshed carrier Ethernet switch portfolio and its ASR 9000. Cisco's share gain is at the expense of its top competitors, particularly Huawei. With Huawei posting the largest sequential drop in IP edge market share in 3Q11, from 17.2% to 12.3%, Cisco's IP edge share now nearly triples Huawei's."

Some highlights:

  • The global service provider router and switch market, which includes IP edge routers, IP core routers, and carrier Ethernet switches (CES), is down 7.1% sequentially to $3.5 billion, following a 14.3% increase the previous quarter

  • Year-over-year, the carrier router and switch market is up 4.5%

  • In 3Q11, the IP edge segment (IP edge routers and CES), is down 6.7% sequentially but up 4.3% from the year-ago third quarter

  • Top vendors posting gains in the IP edge segment in 3Q11 over 2Q11: Alaxala, Cisco, Ericsson, NEC, and Nokia Siemens

  • Regionally, North America led the downward trend in 3Q11 with the largest decline in carrier router and switch revenue (-15% from 2Q11), despite all the concerns about the Euro zone

  • The EMEA and Asia Pacific regions each posted 6% declines, while Central and Latin America (CALA) is the only region that posted an increase, led by Brazil.

Infonetics: 2011 Carrier Ethernet Market Worth $32 Billion

The global carrier Ethernet equipment market will reach $32.0 billion for 2011, up 15.7% over last year, following a 30.5% hike in 2010, according to a new Carrier Ethernet report from Infonetics Research. The market is now forecast to reach $40.2 billion by 2015.

"The carrier Ethernet equipment market continues to grow strongly, so much so that we've increased our long-term forecast from $37.5 billion to $40.2 billion by 2015. Some market segments are growing faster while others are slowing faster than we originally anticipated. The largest downward changes are in the Ethernet microwave and VDSL equipment segments, and the largest upward change is in the hot carrier Ethernet switch segment," explains Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks and co-founder of Infonetics Research.

Some highlights from the report:

  • Service provider investment in carrier Ethernet equipment continues to outpace overall telecom capex, which Infonetics expects to be up 6% in 2011

  • The carrier Ethernet equipment market is being driven chiefly by the move to packet-based IP next-generation networks and growing consumer, business, and mobile backhaul traffic, particularly video traffic

  • The carrier move to packet depends heavily on IP, MPLS, and Ethernet, as operators gradually employ the use of Ethernet transport instead of SONET/SDH

  • Mobile backhaul continues to be a particular growth area for carrier Ethernet, with IP/Ethernet equipment expected to make up 95% of all mobile backhaul spending by 2015

  • The largest carrier Ethernet investments are in routers, carrier Ethernet switches (CES), and optical gear, which together make up more than two-thirds of the total carrier Ethernet market

  • Cisco leads the carrier Ethernet switch market with 45% of global revenue, with no close competitors

  • ADVA and Ciena lead the fast-growing global Ethernet access device (EAD) market.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

ASSIA Tunes its DSL Optimization with Test Tools

ASSIA has enhanced its flagship DSL Expresse toolset for optimizing the performance of DSL networks with a new release that includes a mobile application that enables field technicians to quickly see the performance characteristics of selected subscriber lines.

ASSIA DSL Expresse 2.5, integrates with standards-based DSL equipment, uses the new iPhone/iPad app to for on-the-go troubleshooting of DSL transmission quality, stability, and overall network performance. The DSL diagnostics are measured on the network side from the central office or aggregation platform down through the copper infrastructure to the subscriber. Moving beyond the PHY layer, DSL Expresse also now delivers Layer 2 monitoring and analysis with customized reports.

In addition, ASSIA's new DSL Expresse version features a VDSL Predictor that identifies DSLs that are prime candidates for conversion to VDSL. The algorithm is able to predict VDSL performance based on prior ADSL to VDSL migrations and comparable line performance for ASSIA customers.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

U.S. House Intelligence Committee Investigates Huawei and ZTE

The U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) has launched an investigation into Huawei and ZTE, citing "the threat posed by Chinese-owned telecommunications companies working in the United States."

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, MI-08 and Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the investigation will review the extent to which these companies provide the Chinese government an opportunity for greater foreign espionage, threaten our critical infrastructure, and further the opportunity for Chinese economic espionage. The committee will also review whether the United States government – including the collection resources of the intelligence community – are appropriately focused on discovering the full scope of the Chinese threat and developing mitigation measures to ensure the security of our nation's telecommunications networks.

  • Earlier this month, Huawei kicked off a new "Faster to the Future" branding campaign in the U.S. with high-profile, print advertisements in The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Huawei said its campaign seeks to humanize its brand, "softening the edges of its image, and building positive awareness of Huawei as Visionary, Innovative, and Responsive" by appealing to key customers, partners, government officials/influencers, and business opinion leaders.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bivio Adds 1 Gbps Network Content & Control Platform

Bivio Networks has expanded its line of deep packet inspection appliances with a 1 Gbps, entry-level product.

The new addition to Bivio's family of Network Content and Control Systems (NCCS) expands the portfolio of carrier-grade, subscriber-based parental control services to small and mid-tier ISPs and mobile operators. The Bivio NCCS ensure accurate policy enforcement across multiple devices such as laptops, tablets and smart phones. The company said its distinguishing features include a best-in-class URL categorization database coupled with global or per-subscriber white-lists/black lists for protecting end users from inappropriate content.

"As Internet traffic continues to soar, broadband and mobile providers are finding it increasingly difficult to scale the infrastructure to enforce services such as parental control. Bivio is dedicated to helping service providers meet this demand head-on with a carrier-grade, safe Internet platform that is built for the carrier environment, and is both cost-effective to deploy and cost-effective to scale,�? said Dr. Elan Amir, President and CEO of Bivio Networks.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Radisys Enhances its Mobile Security Gateway with TTG & Wi-Fi Capabilities

Radisys has enhanced its ATCA-based SEG-100 security gateway with new Tunnel Terminating Gateway (TTG) and Interworking Wireless LAN (I-WLAN) functionality for network equipment providers.

The new functionality allows mobile operators to offload traffic in a secure fashion. Specifically, the enhanced SEG-100 offloads traffic using a secure 3GPP standards-based TTG connection. Previously, network equipment providers have created their own TTG capabilities or integrated a standalone TTG box into their environment.

An I-WLAN is a wireless data access solution that allows data traffic to flow between wireless local area networks (WLANs) and the operator's 3GPP systems. Mobile clients, such as laptops, smartphones and tablets, use the WLAN to access the Internet. Radisys' SEG-100 can allow these clients to access the Internet by providing interworking to an existing general packet radio service (GPRS) backbone.

With these enhancements, Radisys noted that its SEG-100 now supports a multitude of security services on a single blade, including LTE network domain security, firewall and an evolutionary path to supporting evolved packet data gateway (ePDG) technologies. It also offers a variety of input/output (I/O) connection options, from front-end Ethernet ports to backplane fabric switches and Rear Transition Modules (RTMs). The TTG/I-WLAN capability can also be extended to be an ePDG for emerging LTE networks. This product is currently in customer trials.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Procera Develops Analytics Tool

Procera Networks, which offers its PacketLogic intelligent policy enforcement platform to carriers, introduced a report generating analysis package. The PacketLogic Report Studio provides insight into network traffic for capacity planning, marketing analysis, etc. It generates reports using data gathered by the PacketLogic Intelligence Center as well as from external sources.

Procera's reports add value by providing snapshots of network and subscriber behavior over a specific time period or over specific links, said Cam Cullen, Procera's Vice President of Global Marketing. For example: "How many subscribers in Manhattan are heavy Facebook users and would be candidates for a 'Facebook for Free' plan, and what would my financial exposure be based on their data consumption?"

Motorola Mobility Offers Carrier Ethernet Products from Telco Systems

Motorola Mobility introduced a line of Carrier Ethernet solutions for cable operators delivering business Ethernet and mobile backhaul services. The new portfolio consists of a number of hub based aggregation switches/routers, customer premises based demarcation products, an Ethernet Service Management platform, and a 10 Gbps Carrier Ethernet switch designed for deployment in the Fiber Node.

Motorola is bringing portions of this product line to the MSO market through an agreement with Telco Systems, a BATM company.

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