Thursday, June 9, 2005

Nortel's COO & CTO Resign

Gary Daichendt, president and chief operating officer of Nortel Networks, has stepped down after three months with the company. Prior to his appointment in March, Daichendt had served as executive vice president, Worldwide Operations, at Cisco Systems.

Nortel also announced that Gary Kunis, chief technology officer, who joined Nortel following the appointment of Daichendt, will also be leaving the company. Kunis previously worked alongside Daichendt at Cisco Systems as Chief Science Officer.

Bill Owens, vice chairman and CEO of Nortel, cited a difference in management styles for the management change.

Space Systems/Loral Delivers iPSTAR-1 for Launch

The iPSTAR-1 satellite, which is one of the most technologically advanced commercial satellites built to date, was delivered to the Arianespace spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, for planned launch aboard a Ariane 5 rocket on 07-July-05. Built for Shin Satellite, Plc of Thailand, iPSTAR-1 is designed to provide both enterprises and consumers throughout Asia, Australia and New Zealand with various levels of Internet access services.

iPSTAR-1 was built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). With a launch weight of 14,341 pounds (6505 kilograms) it will be the heaviest commercial satellite ever delivered to geosynchronous orbit.

iPSTAR-1 has a total data throughput capacity of over 40 Gbps. The satellite will provide users with data speeds of up to 8 Mbps on the forward link and 4 Mbps on the return link. From its 119.5 degrees East longitude orbital position, iPSTAR-1 will use its seven on-board antennas to create 112 spot and regional beams in the Ku and Ka frequency bands. The satellite will generate 14 kW of electrical power throughout its planned 12- year service life.
  • Shin Satellite, a turnkey satellite operator, provides C- and Ku-band transponder leasing, teleport and other value-added and engineering services to users in Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. Shin Satellite owns and operates Thaicom 1A, located at 120 degrees East, and Thaicom 2 and 3, co- located at 78.5 degrees East. The satellites carry a total of 49 C-band and 20 Ku-band transponders offering over 70 channels.

LSI Logic Raises Q2 2005 Revenue Range

Citing increased demand for its storage components, LSI Logic increased its Q2 2005 revenue guidance to a range of $465 million to $475 million. LSI Logic previously forecasted second quarter revenue in the range of $450 million to $465 million.

Dilithium Networks Hires BT Executive

Dilithium Networks, a supplier of 3G video telephony solutions, named Gerard Delaney as Vice President and General Manager, Europe Middle East and Africa. Delaney is currently the General Manager for Mobile Wholesale at British Telecom where he has been responsible for growing BT's business with mobile operators. Prior to joining BT, Delaney worked at Ericsson for seven years in Asia, Sweden and the UK. During his career at Ericsson, Delaney was General Manager, Customer Solutions for Ericsson Business Unit Systems based in Stockholm, and became the Vice-President of Channel Management for the Market Unit Wireline in EMEA in 2002.

Dilithium Networks' product portfolio includes multimedia transcoding gateways, 3G-324M protocol analysis test tools, protocol stacks and video telephony client solutions.

Industria Acquires EAP Consulting

Industria, a broadband solutions provider and systems integrator, has acquired EAP Consulting, which is based in Dublin. EAP Consulting played a key role in several Irish government projects, among them the design and implementation of fiber networks for local authorities in Galway, Sligo and Limerick, under the government's National Development Plan.

The company will operate as a specialist unit within the Industria Group under the name Industria Professional Services, Ireland (IPSI)

Nokia to Offer WiMAX, Collaborates with Intel

Nokia announced plans to include WiMAX (802.16e) in its radio access technology portfolio in order to give its customers "the greatest possibility to address all user segments in broadband wireless access." Nokia said it believes WiMAX will provide a high-speed, limited coverage, data only complement to the fully mobile and standardized 3G voice and broadband data networks currently being launched globally. Nokia will partner with Intel on the development, adoption and deployment of WiMAX technology.

Nokia said 3GPP technologies, including WCDMA (UMTS) and its evolved versions HSDPA, HSUPA and Internet-HSPA, would remain the core of its broadband wireless technology portfolio. HSDPA will offer downlink speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA uplink speeds of up to 5.7 Mbps. Internet-HSPA is a network innovation from Nokia, based on the 3GPP standard. Nokia Internet-HSPA, with its simplified network architecture, is the broadband wireless access solution that evolves from WCDMA infrastructure technology.

Under the partnership with Intel, the companies will collaborate on several areas in support of mobile WiMAX technology (IEEE 802.16e) including mobile clients, network infrastructure, industry-enabling efforts and market development. For mobile devices and notebook platforms, Intel and Nokia will work closely to identify and deliver the unique power and performance requirements of the technology, and will work on base station strategies to help deploy a WiMAX network infrastructure that will provide adequate and reliable coverage.

In addition, the companies will engage in market development efforts to demonstrate to service providers and the industry how WiMAX can enhance data service capabilities of the network while complementing existing 3G networks. Lastly, Nokia and Intel will work together to ensure successful finalization of the 802.16e standard in IEEE and related specification work in the WiMAX Forum.

"Nokia's end-to-end multiradio strategy covers many wireless technologies optimized for uses from local connectivity and fast data transport, to broadcasting technologies and full mobility of voice and data," said Tero Ojanpera, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Nokia. "WiMAX will be an important technology complementing 3GPP and 3GPP2 technologies. It will also create new opportunities for the consumer and enterprise markets."

WiMAX IEEE 802.16e version, which is expected to be standardized later this year, will offer increased portability of broadband Internet access.

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

China's Wuhan Research Institute Partners with NEC on 3G

Wuhan Research institute of Post and Telecommunications (WRI) and NEC Corporation agreed to establish a joint venture to engage in 3G mobile infrastructure development, manufacturing, sales, maintenance, and system engineering (wireless circuit design). As a local vendor in China, the joint venture company will pursue the 3G infrastructure market in China by expanding W-CDMA and developing TD-SCDMA based on NEC's technology.

The name of the new firm will be "Wuhan Fiberhome Mobile Communication Inc.". A 65% share of the new company will be hold by WRI, a 30% share by NEC and NEC Telecom China and a 5% share by others. The new company will commence activities this month with about 100 employees.

France's RENATER Selects Alcatel's Optical Transport

France's RENATER (National Telecom Network for Technology, Education and Research) selected Alcatel's optical transport products to link major universities and research centers throughout the country in a distributed grid computing architecture.

The project has been won through Communication et Systèmes -- a leading designer and integrator for industrial and critical applications. Alcatel's scalable solution will be based on the 1696 Metro Span and 1626 Light Manager DWDM systems. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telstra Appoints Sol Trujillo as CEO

Telstra named Solomon (Sol) Trujillo as its new CEO, replacing Dr Ziggy Switkowski, who steps down on 1 July 2005. Trujillo was previously a nonexecutive Director and then CEO of Orange based in London, one of the largest mobile companies in Europe. Earlier, he spent 26 years with US West Inc, including serving as its Chairman, CEO and President for 5 years. Trujillo left US West in June 2000, following the merger with Qwest Communications.

Trujillo will be moving to Australia. Telstra's Board said in a statement that it expects Trujillo to "drive cultural and organisational change throughout Telstra, enabling the corporation to further embrace a service driven, customer focused way of doing business. "
  • In December 2004, Telstra's Board terminated the contract of its CEO, Dr. Ziggy Switkowski, effective 01-July-05 -- three years prior to the end of his employment agreement. Market analysts at the time speculated that the ouster of Switkowski would clear the way for the privatization of the national telecom giant.

Infranet Initiative Transitions to Open Forum, Alcatel and Cisco to Join

The Infranet Initiative Council, which was launched by Juniper Networks in 2003, voted to transition its activities to a member-funded, open standards-based forum, which will encompass the existing work of the former IIC, and will coordinate efforts to develop the architecture for a federated service infrastructure able to support advanced service provider and network user business and service models.

The forum will be independently hosted by the secretariat of a major standards body and be subject to that standards body's rules. The International Telecommunications Union ( ITU ), ATIS, ETSI, and AMS are currently under consideration.

Alcatel and Cisco Systems announced their support. The IIC has about 40 other members, including BT, China Unicom, Ericsson, France Telecom, Juniper Networks, Hewlett Packard, Korea Telecom, Level 3, Lucent, Qwest, Siemens, Telenor, Tellabs and Telstra.

The forum will have three primary goals:

  • Architecting today's Internet to be a service of the overall IP infrastructure, rather than the Internet itself being the infrastructure. In this sense, the permissive, best effort Internet service is presented as a 'tunnel,' alongside other tunnels presenting the services of more predictable, trusted network environments;

  • Providing for any of the services of a network operators' IP infrastructure to be federated ( or interconnected ) with other operators according to clearly defined business relationships, and incorporating mechanisms for revenue settlement and SLA accountability;

  • Ensuring that users of the IP infrastructure can access only the presented services, and not the underlying infrastructure itself, to heighten reliability and integrity of the overall federated system of networks.

"BT is in the process of delivering its 21st Century network. We see this expanded initiative as a way of working together with other leading suppliers and service providers to define the standards and architecture that will enable the infrastructure for the global network economy of the future," said Andy Green, CEO, BT Global Services.
  • The Infranet Initiative was introduced in 2003 at Telecom Geneva by Juniper and Lucent Technologies with the aim of developing a secure and assured Internet infrastructure. At the time, the companies said the Infranet will require agreement on two standards: a client network interface (CNI) that would enable an application to tell the network what it needs for service assurance, and an inter carrier interface (ICI) that would allow these technical requirements to be passed across multiple network domains. Significantly, ICI would let carriers settle billing charges based the type and volume of traffic carried on behalf of each other's customers.

  • In 2004, Infranet Initiative members ratified an Infranet reference architecture. Infranet participants have also developed the first five application scenarios that could benefit from the architecture. These applications include multi-provider VPNs, fixed-mobile convergence, web radio, web video, and high-performance software distribution.

ARRIS Passes One Million VoIP CPE Units Shipped

ARRIS reached the shipment milestone of over one million Touchstone Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapters (E-MTAs). The company said it shipped over 334,000 units in Q1, giving it the leading market share.

The latest ARRIS Touchstone TM402 EMTS provides up to two lines of carrier grade VoIP as well as high-speed data service. It is both DOCSIS 2.0 and EUR-DOCSIS 2.0 certified. The unit is available in several different configurations with varying lengths of battery backup time.

"ARRIS is very pleased to have reached the 1,000,000 unit mark with our Touchstone VoIP products," said Jim Lakin, ARRIS Broadband President. "The fact that we achieved this in just over a year validates the effectiveness of cable operators in deploying VoIP services, making it a key element of the triple play."

Fine Point Selects Motorola's AdvancedTCA Platform

Fine Point Networks plans to develop and optimize its ServPoET Broadband Management Server family of products on Motorola's AdvancedTCA-based Centellis 3000 series products.

The ServPoET Broadband Management Server (BMS) platform is a subscriber management system that offloads and terminates PPPoE sessions for all types of broadband service. It provides a solution for aggregating and managing broadband PPPoE subscribers and value-added services.

Verizon iobi Adds Text Alert to Voice Mailboxes

Verizon began offering a text message alert service for the voice mailboxes of its home and business landlines. Customers can received a text message alert (SMS) on their Verizon Wireless phone whenever someone has left a message on their wireline voice mailbox. The service is initially being offered in New York City and New England.

AT&T Wins $27 Million Contract with Cargill

AT&T won a $27 million contract to deploy a global networking solution for Cargill, an international provider of food, agricultural and risk management products and services. The agreement extends and expands a long-standing relationship between the two companies.

Under the agreement, AT&T will provide domestic and international high-speed data, Internet and voice services. Cargill's traffic will be migrated to MPLS.

BT Selects Alcatel's 7510 Media Gateway for 21CN

Alcatel's 7510 Media Gateway was included in BT's recent selection of Alcatel as a preferred supplier in the Metro Node for the 21st Century Network (21CN) transformation. The Alcatel 7510 media gateway solution will enable BT to migrate its installed base of TDM voice lines to VoIP. The Alcatel 7510 Media Gateway builds a service-aware edge for voice and multimedia services in user-centric broadband networks by providing any- to-any media switching and inter-working for circuit and IP ports.

Alcatel's metro node solution also includes the Alcatel 7750 Service Router and the 5620 Service Aware manager as well as the Alcatel 7510 high-density media gateways.

BT has announced it expects to conclude contractual agreements with named preferred suppliers over the summer.

Alcatel said its media gateways have also been deployed in next-generation networks including China Telecom, Slovak Telecom, and Belgacom.
http://www.alcatel.comIn April 2005, BT announced eight preferred vendors for its 21st Century Network, an ambitious undertaking in which it plans to invest up to £10 billion over the next five years to migrate to a fully-converged, packet network.

  • Access -- Fujitsu and Huawei have been chosen in the access domain which will link BT's existing access network with the new 21CN.

  • Metro -- Alcatel, Cisco and Siemens have been selected as preferred suppliers for metro nodes which provide routing and signalling for 21CN's voice, data and video services.

  • Core -- Cisco and Lucent will be 21CN's preferred suppliers for core nodes providing high capacity and cost efficient connections between metro nodes.

  • Softswitching -- Ericsson has been selected in the i-node domain – in essence the intelligence that controls the services.

  • Optical Transmission -- Ciena and Huawei have been chosen in the transmission domain. BT plans to deploy Ciena's optical switching and transmission and Ethernet transport platforms.

BT said the selection of these eight suppliers will allow dozens of smaller and innovative subcontractors to become involved in the delivery of the 21st Century Network, attracting significant new investment and employment to the UK.

Oracle to Acquire TimesTen for Real-time Database Software

Oracle agreed to acquire TimesTen, a start-up providing real-time data management software, for an undisclosed sum.

TimesTen provides infrastructure software for managing events, transactions and data in telecom, networking, securities trading and other vertical markets. The technology is used for real-time billing, stock trading, call centers, airline operations and many other ultra high-performance applications. Products include a real-time database system, a real-time dynamic data caching system, and a real-time transaction processing system.

TimesTen is deployed in telecom billing systems. The company said its system is used for 80% of wireless E911 calls in the U.S., by four of the top 5 wireless operators in Europe, and by 7 of the top 9 global network equipment suppliers. Customers include Amdocs, Aspect Communications, Avaya, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, JP Morgan, Lucent, NEC, Nokia, Sprint and United Airlines, etc.

TimesTen, which is based in Mountain View, California, was founded in 1996 as a spinout from HP. Investors include ABS Ventures, BEA Systems, Discovery Ventures, Intel 64 Fund, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield, Morgenthaler Ventures, Sippl Macdonald Ventures, Sun Microsystems, and Technology Crossover Ventures.

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

ECI Telecom Debuts "Pluggable" ROADM

ECI Telecom has integrated Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS) based Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) technology into its flagship XDM MSPP/MSTP platform. Optimized for regional and metro applications, the XDM WSS ROADM solution will support up to 8 "colorless" add/drop ports and has built-in metro optical amplifiers. The advanced WSS technology provides access to all wavelengths at every port, thus paving the way for flexible and fully managed multi-ring and full mesh networks. The built-in metro optical amplifiers reduce the complexity and lower the cost of ROADM nodes. There is also an amplifier option available for regional applications. For carrier networks that need support for up to 40 channels, ECI offers a Wavelength Blocker that is optimized for managing HUB sites.

ECI estimates that by adding one installation step alongside the installation of the transponder and corresponding drop fiber interconnect, its XDM can reduce the initial ROADM deployment costs by over 50%. The solution eliminates the need to realign levels with the addition or removal of wavelengths. ECI has filed a patent application for this capability.

BayPackets Debuts Parlay/OSA Gateway

BayPackets has expanded its IMS service delivery framework with the addition of a Parlay OSA Gateway, which separates the complexity of the network from the application layer, enabling carriers to deploy new revenue-generating data, voice, messaging and multimedia services across converged networks. Open APIs eliminate the need for developers to write code for specific networks and environments, reducing the risk and cost of development.

The Agility Parlay/OSA Gateway complies with Parlay Version 4.1 and Parlay-X 1.0 standards. It interoperates with IBM's WebSphere Everywhere Server for Telecom (WES-T), as well as diverse hardware platforms such as IBM Blade Center and SUN Netra Servers.

BayPackets also announced availability of its Agility Advanced Call Center solution, which is compliant with the Agility Parlay/OSA Gateway and Agility SIP Application Server. The application enables service providers to offer IP-based, toll-free routing services to enterprises with high volumes of call-in traffic, such as sales, customer service or technical support departments. Agility Advanced Call Center allows calls to be routed and prioritized according to a wide range of criteria, such as location of origin and time of day, helping service providers streamline call flows, cost-effectively manage networks systems and enhance the end-user experience.

BayPackets' service layer IMS solution includes the following carrier-grade, highly scalable products:

Agility SIP Application Server:

  • Support of JSR 116 SIP servlets and JAIN

  • Converged applications through support of ISC, SIP, HTTP

  • Application composition

  • IP multimedia endpoints

  • Service building blocks

Agility Parlay/OSA Gateway:

  • Support of external enterprise verticals

  • Enables fixed-mobile convergence

  • Migration from legacy to IP

  • Enablement of content providers

  • Support of multiple protocols - ISC/SIP, MGCP, AIN, CAMEL

  • Support of WebSphere Application Server

In addition to the SIP Application Server and Parlay/OSA Gateway, BayPackets plans to launch a Mobility Management Application Server (MMAS) product later this year. MMAS uses existing standards to enable the delivery of services over multiple access networks, including: mobile, cable, DSL and Wi-Fi, via a single number.