Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Teledata and Italtel Supply Gateways for Telefonica Moviles Guatemala

Teledata Networks is supplying its BroadAccess Multiservice Access Gateways supporting broadband and traditional services to Telefonica Moviles Guatemala, as part of an agreement with Italtel. The agreement covers the modernization of the access network, migration to an IP backbone and the supply of high speed Internet services to business and residential subscribers in the City of Guatemala.

Teledata Networks' participation in the project is a result of its strategic cooperation with Italtel for development of Next Generation Network solutions. Teledata Networks' equipment supplied to Guatemala includes BroadAccess Multiservice Access Gateways supporting V5.2 and IP networks, and a mix of traditional and broadband services, from POTS to SHDSL and ADSL2+.


Orange Business Enters WiFi partnership with T-Mobile Hotspot

Orange Business Services announced a partnership with T-Mobile HotSpot providing its customers with access to more than 7,000 public Wi-Fi locations throughout the U.S.

Orange Business Services represents the business communications solutions and services provided by the France Telecom Group as of June 1st, 2006. They were previously sold under the France Telecom, Orange, Equant, Etrali, Almerys, EGT, Expertel Consulting, France Telecom Intelmatique, SETIB and Solicia brands.


Global Crossing Selects Ubiquity's SIP Software

Global Crossing has chosen Ubiquity Software as a preferred supplier for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Application Server technology in its global IP network.

Under a multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement, Global Crossing will use Ubiquity's SIP Application Server (SIP A/S) and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) service creation environment to develop, deploy and manage a new generation of IP-based services, and to migrate existing legacy applications to Global Crossing's global IP platform. Global Crossing currently plans to deploy several applications including VoIP Interactive Voice Response and VoIP Network Transfer.

In connection with the agreement, INUK Networks, a partner of Ubiquity, entered into a separate agreement to purchase VoIP services from Global Crossing (UK) Telecommunications Limited (GCUK). The services will be part of a triple-play offering to be launched by INUK Networks later this year, providing university students broadband Internet access, IPTV and VoIP.


NEC to Participate in GMI 2006

NEC will participate in the upcoming Global MSF (MultiService Forum) Interoperability (GMI) 2006.

GMI 2006, which is scheduled for Oct 16 to 27, will bring together dozens of carriers and vendors to test the interoperability of IMS (IP Multimedia System)-based infrastructure components in a real world setting. The event aims to test multi-vendor interoperability necessary for next generation network (NGN) infrastructure.

Currently, 26 MSF member companies, representing the world's top telecom carriers and vendors, intend to participate in GMI 2006. GMI 2006 will consist of interoperability implementation at sites in Japan, US, England and Korea for IMS service and QoS.

NEC will provide its CS-MGW (Circuit Switch Media Gateway) and IMS platform products in the Japan and UK sites to verify interoperability between multi-vendor equipment. http://www.nec.co.jp

Bell Canada Launches "Optimax" FTTx in Montreal

Bell Canada began offering a "Sympatico Optimax" service in certain areas of Montreal. Bell's network upgrade pushes the fiber deployment closer than before to the customer premises. The service offers an Internet connection that will consistently deliver fast maximum speeds of 10 or 16 Mbps.

Sympatico Optimax is priced at $65 per month for 10 Mbps or $80 per month for 16 Mbps and includes up to 75 GB of bandwidth usage. Availability and pricing of the service in Toronto
will be announced at a later date.


UMC Develops RF Chip for WiMax with National Taiwan University

UMC has partnered with National Taiwan University (NTU) to develop a high performance, fully integrated RF receiver design for WiMax. The low noise amplifier in the 0.18um RF receiver has demonstrated the low noise figure of 1.78dB in a 5 GHz range. The receiver radio frequency front end with ultra low operating voltage (1 volt) also achieved a low noise level of 5-6 dB. In addition, by adopting a new type of system architecture, the design effectively suppresses the DC offset resulting from direct conversion receivers well below noise levels. This design will be packaged as an IP for commercial applications.


Clearwire Secures $900 Million for WiMAX, Including $600 Million from Intel

Clearwire, the broadband wireless services provider founded by Craig McCaw, secured $900 million in funding to accelerate its development and deployment of portable and mobile WiMAX networks based on the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard.

The deal includes a $600 million investment from Intel Capital, its largest to date, and Motorola's acquisition of Clearwire's subsidiary NextNet Wireless, which supplies OFDM-based non-line-of-sight (NLOS) wireless broadband infrastructure equipment. Financial terms of this acquisition were not disclosed.

Some highlights:

  • Motorola Ventures is participating in Clearwire's financing round.

  • Motorola will supply wireless broadband equipment for Clearwire's existing and future networks globally.

  • To hasten the proliferation of mobile WiMAX in PC clients, Intel will work to enable the inclusion of WiMAX chipsets in next generation mobile computing platforms.

  • All three parties will contribute significant research and development resources to evolve NextNet Wireless' pre-WiMAX technologies.

"Collaborating with Intel and Motorola significantly advances our vision for fixed, portable and mobile wireless broadband services," said Craig McCaw, founder, chairman, and co-CEO of Clearwire. "Wireless broadband networks will enable the creation and delivery of differentiated services and applications that enhance the way people communicate and experience the Internet."http://www.clearwire.comhttp://www.motorola.com
  • In April 2006, Clearwire began offering a residential VoIP service over its network. The service was jointly developed with Bell Canada. Features include a local phone number within Clearwire's market, unlimited local and long-distance calling within the U.S. and Canada, competitive international calling rates, call forwarding, enhanced call forwarding, caller ID, voice mail, voice mail to e-mail, three-way calling, caller blocking and international call blocking. The first market launch is in Stockton, California.

  • Clearwire is currently providing wireless Internet service in 27 metro markets, covering more than 200 cities and towns in Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin in the United States, as well as Ireland, Belgium, Denmark (under the Clearwire name with Danske Telecom) and Mexico (via MVSNet).

Shanghai Telecom Deploys Caspian Media Controllers

Shanghai Telecom, a provincial subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation, has chosen Caspian A120 Media Controllers for deployment in its backbone network. The Caspian deployment is helping the carrier improve the performance of its network peering points and increase effective bandwidth available per user.

Caspian Media Controllers optimize delivery of IP multimedia services by incorporating Flow-State QoS policy management capabilities at strategic locations in the carrier's 10-Gbps network backbone. With Caspian solutions, Shanghai Telecom can apply and enforce IP traffic management policies that support QoS across its network.


Siemens Supplies WiMAX for Colombia's Orbitel

Siemens Communications has installed a commercial WiMAX network in Cali, Colombia on behalf of Orbitel, a Colombian long-distance operator. The network will offer Internet access at up to 2 Mbps.
Siemens' WayMAX@vantage solution comprises base stations, modems and a monitoring and control system. Over the coming months, Orbitel will start to roll out the Siemens WiMAX technology in a further 14 major Colombian cities.

The WayMAX@vantage solution from Siemens is one of the first products to pass the interoperability tests of the WiMAX Forum's international standardization laboratory. It is certified for the WiMAX FDD 3.5 GHz system and thus ready for the future IEEE 802.16e-2005 OFDM profile and the ETSI HiperMAN standard. The IEEE 802.16 standard used today allows data transmissions at rates of up to 10.5 Mbps with a bandwidth of 3.5 MHz.


Telekom Malaysia Deploys Juniper M-Series Routers

PT Excelcomindo Pratama Tbk (XL), a subsidiary company of Telekom Malaysia and one of Indonesia's leading communications providers, has deployed Juniper Networks' M-series routers to improve the performance of its MPLS-based VPN services and for the delivery of advanced services such as 3G. XL provides cellular mobile voice and data services, as well as fixed-line offerings including VoIP and wholesale Internet connectivity to local Internet Service Providers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

China Telecom Expands CN2 Network with Cisco Routers

China Telecom is expanding its CN2 business network with the deployment of hundreds of Cisco 12416 routers. Nearly 400 Cisco 12416 Routers, including some already deployed in certain key provinces, will be installed during the CN2 provider edge expansion, marking another significant breakthrough since the adoption of the Cisco IP NGN. The deployment includes products for CN2's backbone network in 2005 as well as CN2's international networking projects in Central America, Europe and Asia in March 2006. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The China Telecom CN2 networking project was first launched in 2004. CN2 currently covers nearly 200 cities in mainland China with points of presence in London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Singapore, Los Angeles, New York, Washington and San Jose, California.

Separately, China Telecom selected the Cisco IP NGN architecture as the foundation of its 2006 ChinaNet network expansion and has named Cisco as the primary equipment provider for the project. Deployment will include the high-end Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System and significant upgrades to its existing Cisco 12000 Series Routers, which will expand the ChinaNet core network's capabilities, reliability and scalability.

As a global leader and China's largest IP service network, ChinaNet is a public communication platform supporting China Telecom's Internet value-added service development. ChinaNet has 25 million broadband subscribers, delivering Internet access and value-added services such as Internet Data Center (IDC) and virtual network services. Market forecasters predict that China Telecom will have 38 million broadband subscribers by 2007.

During the 2005 expansion, China Telecom deployed eight units of the Cisco CRS-1 to integrate and upgrade ChinaNet's supercore network nodes in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Xi'an, Chengdu, Wuhan and Nanjing.

The 2006 expansion will take advantage of the existing eight CRS-1 platforms and will enable ChinaNet to migrate to an all-IP backbone network with CRS-1 at the network core.

Cisco noted that China Telecom's CRS-1 deployment is one of the largest in the world, and the company is one of the first five service providers in the world to install the multichassis configuration of the CRS-1. To date, more than 50 Cisco customers around the globe have deployed the Cisco CRS-1.


Extreme Networks' CFO to Step Down

William R. Slakey will be leaving his post as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Extreme Networks following the conclusion of the company's fiscal year. Michael Palu, Extreme Networks' Vice President & Corporate Controller, will be acting CFO as of August 5, 2006 and will report to Gordon Stitt, Extreme Networks' President and CEO, until a permanent replacement is named. http://www.extremenetworks.com

FASTWEB Employs SupportSoft for Triple Play Services

FASTWEB, Italy's second-largest fixed telecommunications services provider with more than 790,000 subscribers, has deployed SupportSoft software to ease the installation and ongoing support of its triple-play service offerings.

FASTWEB is using SupportSoft SmartAccess software for automated installation of DSL broadband VoIP and Internet services. FASTWEB also chose SupportSoft ServiceGateway software to provide wireless home networking and gateway management for its array of IP service offerings.


Sonus Networks Signs Russian System Integrator

Sonus Networks announced a marketing agreement with NVision Group, a market-leading Russian system integrator. NVision will promote Sonus' IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-ready architecture and work with Sonus to pursue opportunities with service providers throughout Russia and the members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).


IEEE Spectrum Refutes Metcalfe's Law

IEEE Spectrum magazine published an article refuting the theory that the value of a communications network is proportional to the square number of its users, first proposed by Ethernet pioneer Robert M. Metcalfe in 1980.

The authors, Bob Briscoe, Andrew Odlyzko and Benjamin Tilly, compare Metcalfe's Law to other growth curves, including Reed's and Sarnoff's laws, and argue that network growth increases not linearly or exponentially, but logarithmically at a much slower rate.

"In our view, much of the difference between the artificial values of the dot-com era and the genuine value created by the Internet can be explained by the difference between the Metcalfe-fueled optimism of n-squared and the more sober reality of n log(n)."http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/jul06/4109

Monday, July 3, 2006

ntl Readies for Quadruple Play with Acquisition of Virgin Mobile

The ntl: Telewest group completed its acquisition of Virgin Mobile and Virgin Mobile's shares have been de-listed from the London Stock Exchange. The deal positions ntl: Telewest for delivering "quadruple play" services -- TV, Internet and fixed and mobile telephony services for the UK.

Under a previous agreement, ntl: Telewest has also entered into a licensing arrangement with Virgin Enterprises permitting use of the Virgin brand for ntl: Telewest's full portfolio of consumer services.

Commenting on the transaction, ntl:Telewest's CEO Steve Burch said: "This is a transformational deal for ntl:Telewest and good news for UK consumers. Virgin Mobile has a justified reputation for being one of the country's most customer-focused companies. This combined with ntl:Telewest's portfolio of competitively-priced, cutting edge products, will create a formidable competitor in the UK's fast changing communications and entertainment industries."

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, commented: "Today, we've created a unique organisation - a new, soon-to-be-branded Virgin company - which will offer the very finest in 'quadruple' - the best-value, most -exciting TV, broadband, mobile and phone services in Britain. We're entering a pioneering time, where the worlds of media, entertainment and communications are coming together - and through our new company, our aim is to offer consumers the very best, most sought-after choice available. You ain't, as the saying goes, seen nothing yet..."http://www.ntl.com/
  • In March 2006, ntl and Telewest merged into a single company with more than 5 million residential customers. It became the largest provider of residential broadband services in the UK with 2.8 million subscribers, the second largest pay TV provider with 3.3 million subscribers and also the second largest fixed telephony provider with 4.3 million subscribers.

Sunday, July 2, 2006

Korea's KTF Launches 3.5 G HSDPA Service

South Korea's KTF is launching an HSDPA service nationwide using wireless broadband technology from LG-Nortel, a joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel. LG-Nortel is the primary network supplier and is the exclusive vendor for 34 cities including the vast Seoul metropolitan area which alone accounts for almost 50 percent of the total population of Korea. It is estimated that 80 percent of the country's population will be able to access the service by the end of August 2006. A further 34 cities will be added by year-end, raising that figure to over 90 percent of the population, according to KTF estimates.

KTF's HSDPA wireless network can deliver services at download speeds up to 14.4Mbps. The introduction of LG-Nortel's HSUPA upgrade, planned for early 2007, will increase uplink speeds to 5.8 Mbps, improving performance for services requiring the high-speed upload of data.

The new 3.5 G HSDPA, handset-based service is being launched with two handset models in the initial deployment - including the first HSDPA phone from LG Electronics, the LG-KH1000. A further four to five handsets are planned later in the year. KTF's new service is branded "WorldPhone View".


Motorola Raises $1 Billion in Sale of Automotive Business

Motorola completed the previously announced sale of its automotive electronics business to Continental AG, a leading automotive supplier, for approximately $1 billion.


Saturday, July 1, 2006

Intelsat Completes Acquisition of PanAmSat

Intelsat completed its acquisition of PanAmSat, creating the world's largest commercial fixed satellite services provider. Intelsat acquired all of the outstanding common shares of PanAmSat for approximately $3.2 billion. The deal was first announced in August 2005.

PanAmSat brings a video-centric customer base, including leading providers of cable TV programming, while Intelsat's historical strength has been in providing core telephony and advanced data services to developing and underserved regions around the world.

PanAmSat owns and operates a fleet of 25 satellites that transmit a total of 1,991 television channels worldwide, making the company a leading carrier of standard and high-definition signals. In total, the company's in-orbit fleet is capable of reaching over 98% of the world's population through cable television systems, broadcast affiliates, direct-to-home operators, Internet service providers and telecommunications companies.

Intelsat, which was established in 1964 as the first commercial satellite provider, currently operates a fleet of 27 satellites.

The combined company will operate a fleet of over 50 satellites and a large, complementary terrestrial network, including eight owned teleports, fiber connectivity and over 50 points of presence in almost 40 cities. Some other highlights on the new Intelsat:

  • Carries one out of every four television channels transmitted over fixed satellites;

  • Supports 27 DTH platforms worldwide;

  • Operates 16 satellites that are part of video neighborhoods around the world;

  • Is the number one provider of transponders for video programming worldwide;

  • Carries more high definition (HD) programming than any other FSS carrier;

  • Is the largest provider of commercial satellite services to the government sector;

  • Provides communications services to 99 percent of the world's populated regions.

  • Will be domiciled in Pembroke, Bermuda with its U.S. headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

MERA's Softswitch Supports Voice Peering Fabric's ENUM Registry Lookup

MERA Systems' next generation MVTS II (MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch II) will support various options for a carrier to send requests to ENUM registries, analyze the responses and use information received to take optimal routing decisions for each particular call.

In particular, MERA Systems is working with Stealth Communications' Voice Peering Fabric to deliver an effective routing solution with integrated ENUM lookup capabilities.

Voice Peering Fabric (VPF) functions as an exchange or meet-point and is designed as a private voice Internet, allowing its members to establish peer-to-peer connections and exchange VoIP traffic and telephony related services in a secure, quality-of-service environment. VPF ENUM Registry will make it possible for participating carriers to route VoIP calls end-to-end through IP networks, thus avoiding PSTN charges.

Located in 9 U.S. cities and London, the Voice Peering Fabric has become the preferred peering platform and marketplace for Service Providers, Enterprises, and Government Agencies. In 2005, traffic on the VPF reached over 18 billion minutes and is expected to exceed 80 billion minutes in 2006. http://www.mera-voip.com