Monday, October 30, 2006

Vitesse's Latest Crosspoint Switch Tops 1.5 Terabit Per Second Switching Capacity

Vitesse Semiconductor unveiled a crosspoint switching chip boasting a breakthrough 1.5 Terabit per second (Tbps) of switching capacity and advanced Signal Integrity technology.

With low-latency switching capability, the 11 Gbps-per-port, 144 × 144 VSC3040 asynchronous crosspoint switch delivers market-enabling capacity for storage, video and network equipment used in Core, Metro and Enterprise environments. The device is designed for the aggregation, switching and transport of data links from a wide array of sources. This higher data rate capability and protocol transparent operation is designed to match a broad range of related protocols and applications, including HDTV, SONET/SDH, Ethernet, Storage, and others.

"The VSC3040 is a game-changing building block for enabling bandwidth capacity in Core, Metro and Edge networking systems," said Juan Garza, Product Marketing Manager, Network Products Division at Vitesse. "An exponential bandwidth leap is required to keep up with the next generation of Internet, Optical, Video and Data services, which is what the VSC3040 delivers."

Juniper Networks Powers 40G Link for China's CERNIC

The China Education and Research Network Information Center (CERNIC) has deployed Juniper Networks' T-series core routing platform in its next generation China Education and Research Network (CERNET2). The deployment marks the first long-haul 40 Gbps link between Beijing and Tianjin.

CERNET2 is part of the larger nationwide China Next Generation Internet (CNGI) infrastructure and connects over 20 cities and 200 universities across mainland China.

In addition to the 40 Gbps link, CERNET2 pioneers the use of many other networked applications in China, including remote education, digital library facilities, grid computing, IPv6 multicasting and IP video at scale. The network is also China's test bed for the development of new Internet technologies, such as the Authentic IPv6 specification which has been submitted by CERNIC and is currently under review by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Telefonica Selects Solaris to Consolidate Oracle database

Telefónica de España selected Sun's Solaris Operating System (OS), Sun Fire servers and services from Sun Microsystems to upgrade and consolidate its multiple Oracle databases. Sun is serving as the prime contractor on the project. Telefónica is implementing Oracle Real Application Clusters to enable single databases to be deployed across a cluster of servers, providing fault tolerance from failures and planned outages.

Nokia Service Suite Bridges Cellular and WLAN

Nokia announced a software solution which automates both the connectivity over the available access methods like cellular and WLAN, and also provides the preferred location and presence specific services to the user.

Nokia Service Suite, which will make its official debut at next week's VON Europe Autumn 2006 Conference in Berlin, is a software application for all Nokia WLAN enabled dual mode devices, including both Nokia Nseries and Nokia Eseries devices. The software automates the connectivity choice between the cellular and Wi-Fi connections. It also provides the preferred location and presence specific services to the user. The software is designed to maximize WLAN usage and supports multiple WLANs configuration. The solution indicates to the end-user when cheap VoIP calls are possible. Services like subscriber identity management, presence, and intelligent call routing information are also available to service providers.

A client application integrates with the mobile device platform software, providing a control point for the device. The client then enables two-way communication, remote application launch, messaging, and file transfer over WLAN.

Service Manager software is used to manage end-users, devices, access points, and services. Accessible information about registered users and devices includes device type, used firmware versions, IMEI, IMSI, MAC address of the device, related security keys, and user-specific service configuration. Service availability can also be configured on access point level. Interfaces available for service/backend integration include RADIUS for external authentication server connectivity; LDAP; SNMP for network management system connectivity;
WAP Push Proxy Gateway to send WAP Push messages over WLAN using standard Push Access Protocol (PAP); SOAP Integrator API for service control integration; SIP application proxy for intelligent call routing; and SMS interfacing plug-in for cellular SMS connectivity.

Nokia said its Service Suite heralds a whole new generation of consumer services for voice, data and rich media.

Telio, a leading European broadband telephony provider, is the first to adopt and deploy the technology for consumers.

Bharti Airtel Selects Nokia for US$400 Million Contract

Bharti Airtel Limited has awarded Nokia contract to expand its managed GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks in eight Airtel circles and deploy a pan-Indian WAP solution across its networks.

Under the three-year contract, which was valued at US$400 million, Nokia will provide managed services and expand Airtel networks to cover all towns and cities in the eight telecom circles of Mumbai, Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Bihar (including Jharkhand), Orissa, Kolkata, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh (including Chattisgarh). The network monitoring operations will be carried out from Nokia's state-of-the-art Global Network Services Center in Chennai.

Nokia will also deploy its WAP solution across Airtel's national network to enhance the operator's mobile packet core network capabilities.

Nokia will deploy the latest radio and core network equipment including Nokia MSC Server System (MSS) mobile softswitch, Nokia Flexi WCDMA and Ultrasite base stations, and provide services based on Bharti's capacity requirements, delivering a cost-efficient rollout of on-demand capacity.

Fonpods Introduces Fast Access Service to Mobilize Podcasts

Fonpods released a new version of their service designed to make mobile access to a consumer's favorite Podcasts much easier. Fonpods' Fast Access solution works as follows:

  • Podcasters upload feed to Fonpods

  • Fonpods generates a unique ID for the podcast feed

  • Podcasters can post the Fast Access number (712-432-3031) along with feed ID number on their website, emails, newsletters, etc.

A Web-based interface allows users to customize and create their own listening "channels," as well as produce their own content, share content, or collaborate with friends and colleagues. Additional functionality allows users to organize, tag, or rate podcasts - from any web-access device - with all major browsers being supported.

LogMeIn Launches Hamachi Zero Configuration VPN

LogMeIn announced the release of a zero configuration, instant virtual private network (VPN) service that gives network administrators and support professionals the ability to quickly provide remote users the connectivity and services traditionally available only on a corporate network or through traditional VPNs.

LogMeIn Hamachi -- already in use on more than five million machines during the beta program -- requires no firewall or router reconfiguration, and delivers a VPN connection over a direct, secure peer-to-peer link.

The company said its Hamachi provides users (remote employees, branch offices, consultants, even customers) access to traditional network resources such as intranets and shared folders as well as support and diagnostic tools.

LogMeIn Hamachi will be available in both a free and premium version. The premium service -- which begins at $39 per seat per year, with volume discounts available -- includes the ability to run Hamachi as a service, advanced network management controls, performance enhancements and additional network capacity (16 vs. 256).

Agere Posts First Full Year of GAAP Profitability

Agere Systems reported GAAP net income of $20 million, or $0.12 per share, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006, compared to a GAAP net loss of $8 million, or $0.04 per share, for fiscal 2005. The results represent the first fiscal year that Agere has been profitable on a GAAP basis.

Richard Clemmer, President and CEO of Agere, said, "Our results for fiscal 2006 mark Agere's first full-year profit as a public company. This milestone in financial performance demonstrates that we are executing on our turnaround strategy.

In the December quarter, the company expects to report revenues in the range of $365 million to $390 million. The company expects GAAP net income to be in the range of $0.08 to $0.13 per share.

Inventec Makes Strategic Investment in NetXen

Inventec Corp. (IEC), the world's largest server ODM, has made a strategic investment in NetXen, a start-up developing 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Intelligent NIC technology. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Additionally, Inventec Enterprise Systems Corporation (IESC), a wholly owned subsidiary of IEC, has entered into a manufacturing and supply chain partnership with NetXen to deliver advanced 10GbE solutions for the volume server market.


Vonage Passes 2 Million Subscriptions

Vonage added 204,591 net subscribers in Q3, giving it a total of 2,057,844 lines in service, an increase of 11% sequentially and 94% above the year-ago level.

Third quarter 2006 revenue grew to $161 million, a 12% increase from $143 million in the second quarter 2006 and up 118% from $74 million in the year- ago quarter. The sequential growth was driven primarily by the growth in subscriber lines while year-over-year revenue growth resulted from subscriber line growth and increases in average monthly revenue per line.

Non-GAAP adjusted loss from operations was $53 million in the quarter, down 12% from the prior quarter and down 18% from the year-ago quarter. Net loss for the quarter was $62 million, or $0.40 per share, an improvement of 16% from a net loss of $74 million, or $1.16 per share, in the prior quarter and from $66 million last year.

Mitel Supplies Unified Communications for Microsoft Technology Centers

Mitel will supply its suite of unified communications solutions will be used at Microsoft Technology Centers (MTC) worldwide. The entire suite - comprised of the Mitel 3300 IP Communications Platform (ICP), Mitel Live Business Gateway, Mitel Navigator and the Mitel 5340 and 5224 IP Phones - will provide demonstrations of rich telephony, presence and integration features based on Microsoft's unified communications (UC) solutions.

The deployment is part of an agreement between the two companies to demonstrate the combined UC solution with advanced telephony integration.

Limelight Appoints CEO

Limelight Networks, a leading content delivery network, named Jeffrey W. Lunsford as CEO and chairman of the board of directors. He replaces founder Bill Rinehart, who will remain with the company as co- founder and continue to work with Limelight's customers and partners.

Lunsford joins Limelight from digital marketing and analytics firm WebSideStory, where as CEO and Chairman he led the company through a successful IPO, a strategic product expansion phase -- including two acquisitions and 11 consecutive quarters of positive cash flow.

Limelight's customer list include more than 700 of the world's top media companies, including Akimbo, Belo Interactive, Brightcove, "BuyMusic" @, DreamWorks, LLC, Facebook,, IFILM, ITV Play, Marimba,, MySpace, NC Interactive, Radio Free Virgin, Valve Software, and Xbox Live.
  • In July 2006, Limelight Networks announced a $130 million equity financing round for its content delivery network for digital media. The funding was led by Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Narus Secures $30 Million for IP Traffic

Narus, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, secured $30 million in new financing for its solutions for real-time, IP traffic analysis and management. This financing includes $20 million in equity and a $10 million revolving line of credit. The funding will be used primarily to develop the next generation of NarusInsight products, and to accelerate the company's global channel initiative to support the worldwide adoption for its products.

NarusInsight is an IP traffic processing system that is capable of providing companies with the means to capture, normalize and correlate IP traffic at the speed required for carrier-class networks. In 2006, Narus filed seven patents, introduced the world's first carrier-class security algorithms based on information entropy, and developed the industry's first algorithms to classify encrypted IP traffic such as Skype.

The new funding round was led by American Capital Strategies Ltd., and included participation from existing investors including Mayfield Fund, Pacven Walden Ventures, JP Morgan Partners and NeoCarta Ventures.

Detection: Traffic Classification In the Dark
is having a dramatic impact on carriers' revenue streams. But perhaps
more importantly, the very nature of Skype traffic is raising security
concerns, especially for large enterprise networks. Skype uses a unique
peer-to-peer technology, making it challenging for network operators to
identify, classify and manage associated traffic. This column provides an
overview of VoIP with a focus on Skype, details Skype's impact on
telecom service providers and explains how Skype traffic can be classified
and managed.

Alvarion Supports Primary Voice Services over WiMAX

Alvarion is now supporting the deliver of primary voice services over WiMAX using the latest edition of its BreezeMAX platform. Alvarion now supports V5.2 interfaces, enabling interconnection of TDM-based infrastructures. When coupled with its existing VoIP capabilities, BreezeMAX can now interface directly with both legacy and next generation voice networks.

Alvarion said the primary voice services of the BreezeMAX platform have been tested with carriers in Africa and South America, and approved as interoperable with various vendors' Class 5 switches. As a result of these trials, two operators in Africa are leveraging their TDM switches by deploying this BreezeMAX voice and data solution.

Alcatel and Samsung to Develop S-Band Mobile Handsets

Alcatel and Samsung Electronics agreed to develop mobile handsets
compatible with the evolution of the DVB-H standard in the S-Band. The companies will collaborate on interoperability testing in order
to deliver a seamless end-to-end solution to operators and a high quality Mobile TV service to end-users. Both companies will support the standardization process of this solution in the DVB Forum undertaken in the DVB-SSP (Satellite Services for Portable devices) Ad-Hoc Group, and join forces to market their combined solution. In a first step, this agreement covers Europe, where the S-band spectrum is available today.

Siemens Expands WLAN Portfolio with Open Mobility Solutions

Siemens Enterprise Communications expanded its wireless LAN portfolio with the launch of its HiPath Wireless Manager and a new HiPath Ready Partner Program for Open Mobility Solutions. The new Open Mobility Solutions and open APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) enable the ability to add third-party solutions.

Siemens said its open approach to mobility supports an enterprise-wide strategy that centralizes mobility management with "best of breed" WLAN security products.

The HiPath Wireless Manager is a new, centralized WLAN management platform that enables the enterprise-wide management of thousands of Access Points and tens of thousands of users from a single console. Enterprises can monitor and optimize performance using enterprise-wide heat maps, statistics, alerts and reports.

A new key element of the HiPath Wireless Manager software is its Open Services Framework which facilitates the third party development of integrated converged voice, data and video applications for enterprise-wide mobility.

The new Siemens HiPath Ready Partner Program for Open Mobility Solutions is an extension of the HiPath Ready Certification Program and gives third party vendors, such as developers, systems integrators, VARs and VADs, access to open APIs to develop their own extensions to the HiPath Wireless Manager framework. The new HiPath Ready Partner Program will allow vendors to develop customized mobility solutions for their own unique business processes. Additionally, customers can be assured that these solutions have passed rigorous certification requirements so they are HiPath Ready.

Siemens has also introduced HiPath Wireless Convergence Software V4 for its WLAN Controllers and Access Points. Convergence Software V4 builds on Siemens' Open Flexible Intelligent (OFI) switching architecture that intelligently optimizes traffic routing and QoS based on application requirements driven through its new Open Services Framework. This new release also adds a number of the latest standards based enhanced voice features such as enhanced voice quality capabilities (TSPEC), improved power management and extended battery life for wireless devices (UAPSD) and intelligent roaming capabilities for greater call quality (QBSS).

Avaya and Juniper Networks Extend Strategic Alliance

Juniper Networks and Avaya are extending their strategic alliance focused on enterprise networking. Juniper now plans to integrate Avaya's IP voice gateway and intelligent communications applications with the new Juniper J4350 and J6350 J-series enterprise branch routers. This is the first completely integrated solution from Avaya and Juniper that involved joint product engineering and software development by both companies.

The new Juniper J4350 and J6350 J-series routers provide up to two Gigabit Ethernet performance for enterprise remote, branch and regional offices and are IP telephony-ready.

Impsat Fiber Networks Deploys Acme Packet

Impsat Fiber Networks has deployed Acme Packet's Net-Net session border controllers (SBCs) to deliver its VoIP services for the mid and large corporate market and VoIP interconnects for wholesale services to carriers. Impsat, a leading competitive operator in Latin America, has already deployed Acme Packet's Net-Net SBCs as part of its voice network in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and the US with plans to expand further in 2007. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • Last week, Global Crossing announced plans to acquire Impsat.

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