Monday, December 4, 2006

Internet2 Selects Infinera for Metro Networks

Internet2 has selected Infinera for metro network extensions to its new national backbone network, bringing its ultra high-speed connections to key international exchange points in major cities, including New York City, Chicago and Seattle.

In June 2006, in a joint release with Level 3 Communications, Internet2 announced its plan to deploy its new advanced nationwide research network over the Level 3 backbone. Level 3 is deploying Infinera's DTN optical system to enable Internet2 members to enjoy large-scale capacity and dynamic optical circuit provisioning. Scheduled for completion in mid-2007, the network is planned to provide 100 Gbps of bandwidth throughout the Internet2 network and offer other advanced features.

Infinera and Internet2 plan to demonstrate long-haul 100GE at a meeting this week. The New York-Chicago link will be used to carry SONET traffic in support of an uncompressed high-definition videoconference demonstration and then will be quickly reconfigured to transport Infinera's 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) demonstration. This demonstration will include sending a 100 GbE signal through the Internet2 network from Chicago to New York and back again, a total distance of 4,000 kilometers.


PMC-Sierra Introduces Residential Gateway Reference Platforms

PMC-Sierra introduced a suite of multi-service residential gateway reference platform, offering a range of WAN interface configurations including ADLS2+, VDSL2, Ethernet and EPON. These platforms, based on PMC-Sierra's VoIP-enabled Multi-Service Processor family, enable OEMs and ODMs to develop high-performance residential gateways optimized for enhanced Triple Play service delivery.

PMC-Sierra is showcasing its portfolio of solutions for fiber to the home and customer premises equipment, as well as solutions for wireline and wireless equipment at ITU Telecom World in Hong Kong.

Deutsche Telekom Reshuffles Management

The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom approved a new Board of Management and all Board members will now have cross-divisional roles. Two new members have been appointed to the Deutsche Telekom Board of Management - Timotheus Höttges as the Board member responsible for T-Com and Sales & Services in Germany and Hamid Akhavan responsible for T-Mobile and Product Development and Innovation.

As a new Board member, Timotheus Höttges will not only assume responsibility for the Broadband/Fixed Network strategic business area, but also for Sales & Services at T-Com and T-Mobile in Germany.

Hamid Akhavan will be taking the helm of T-Mobile. He will manage mobile communications companies in Western and Eastern Europe and take on additional responsibilities for an integrated market approach in Hungary, Croatia and Slovakia. Mr. Akhavan will also manage Group-wide innovation and product development in consumer business. He was Chief Technology and Information Officer of T-Mobile International to date and was appointed Group CTO in September.

T-Systems boss Lothar Pauly will continue to be responsible for the network and IT strategy and procurement in the infrastructure area, as well as the successful management of the Business Customer area.
  • In November, Kai-Uwe Ricke resigned as CEO of Deutsche Telekom and René Obermann was appointed as his replacement.

PMC-Sierra Introduces EPON Silicon for China

PMC-Sierra announced the availability of EPON optical network unit (ONU) and optical line terminal (OLT) silicon devices that support China Telecom defined algorithms and features for the Chinese telecom market. The new PAS6301 ONU chip for CPE and the PAS5201 OLT chip for Central Office equipment together provide an end-to-end EPON solution.

PMC-Sierra said it developed the devices to meet new China Telecom standards that define data encryption and decryption algorithms, quality of service procedures and classification protocols, making them ideal for emerging high-volume deployments in China.

Forward Error Correction (FEC) is provided in both the ONU and OLT devices, enabling higher split ratio and longer physical links in the access network. In addition, the PAS6301 includes VoIP support to lower the cost of providing voice over fiber. Both devices support large packet buffers for higher quality IPTV broadcast capabilities, which is a significant improvement over previously available devices.

Also, during the ITU Telecom World 2006 conference in Hong Kong, PMC-Sierra and ZTE Corporation are demonstrating interoperability between the ZTE GPON OLT and PMC-Sierra's GPON ONT reference design. PMC-Sierra's ONT is based on its gigabit/second "GigaPASS" FTTH architecture deployed in high volume in the EPON FTTH product line. The GigaPASS device architecture combines a wire-speed data path with an OEM programmable control processor with software OS and middleware software stacks. The GigaPASS architecture supports QoS-aware line rate processing for all packet sizes.

Atheros Launches Single-Chip 802.11g Solution for PCI Express

Atheros Communications introduced a low-cost, 802.11g PCI Express (PCIe) solution that integrates a low noise amplifier (LNA) and power amplifier (PA) in a single-chip digital CMOS package.

The solution is aimed at value-priced notebook PCs or traditionally low-cost desktop PCs. Atheros said its 2-layer minicard design delivers a 50 percent reduction in the printed circuit board (PCB) cost and a 25 percent reduction in rest of bill-of-materials (RBOM) component count over the previous generation's 4-layer design. The chip's digital CMOS design delivers physical data rates up to 54 Mbps and more than 300 feet of wireless signal coverage.

Asia's Largest Mobile Alliance Announces Name -- Conexus

Asia's largest alliance of mobile operators unveiled its new name -- Conexus -- and welcomed Smart Communications, Inc., the Philippines' leading mobile operator, into the group. With SMART's participation, the alliance has expanded its coverage footprint to over 130 million mobile subscribers in nine countries and regions.

The alliance's other members are Far EasTone Telecommunications Co., Ltd. (Taiwan), Hutchison Essar Limited (India), Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited (Hong Kong and Macau), PT Indosat Tbk (Indonesia), KT Freetel Co., Ltd. (South Korea), NTT DoCoMo, Inc. (Japan) and StarHub Ltd. (Singapore).

Softbank Mobile Japan Launches IMS/3G with Ericsson

Softbank Mobile Corp in Japan launched its first IMS-based services using an end-to-end IMS system supplied solely by Ericsson. Services include Circle Talk (push-to-talk) and HotStatus (presence, group list management). Under the contract, announced earlier this year, Ericsson has provided all the infrastructure, system integration and support services.

Ericsson noted that it currently has 28 IMS system contracts for commercial launch and 60 additional trials distributed around the world.

Huawei Expects Contract Sales of US$11B in 2006

Huawei Technologies expects full-year contract sales to reach US$11 billion by the end of 2006.

During the first half of 2006, Huawei recorded contract sales of US$5.2 billion, an increase of 29 percent compared to the same period last year. The value of contract sales from international markets reached USD 3.4 billion, an increase of 36 percent over the same period in 2005. The international market represented 65 percent of total contract sales generated in 1H2006.

Huawei said it continues to deepen relationships with key customers, such as Telefonica, Vodafone and British Telecom. In the wireless space, Huawei has secured 35 commercial UMTS contracts to date, scoring deals with operators such as Japan's eMobile to deploy the country's first-ever all IP-based radio-access network; as well as a contract with Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (ANTEL) to construct Latin America's first UMTS network in Uruguay.

While at ITU Telecom World 2006 in Hong Kong is exhibiting its new generation end-to-end intelligent Wavelength Division Multiplexing/Optical Transport Network (WDM/OTN) solutions.

Huawei also announced that it has completed video phone and HSDPA 3.6 Mbps services trials on a network in Europe using UMTS 900 MHz and that it plans to continue to conduct multiple UMTS 900 MHz field trials in Australia and Europe.

Chunghwa Telecom Selects Nortel for Govt. WiMAX Network

Chunghwa Telecom selected Nortel's WiMAX solution for the first fully integrated broadband wireless network driven by a local government under the Mobile-Taiwan (M-Taiwan) project. The new mobile WiMAX network in Taiwan's northeastern county of Yilan will serve as a national showcase for ubiquitous wireless broadband services.

Nortel is providing Mobile WiMAX base stations, based on the IEEE 802.16e standard, incorporating Nortel's patented MIMO antenna technology. Nortel will also provide an Access Service Network Gateway, customer premises equipment, and network management capabilities, as well as network integration and optimization services provided by Nortel Global Services.

Nortel noted that it recently signed an agreement with Chunghwa Telecom to deploy a WiMAX solution in the operator's experimental park to create an environment for testing WiMAX and integrating the technology with the Nortel Wireless Mesh Network solution deployed in Taipei and Kaohsiung as part of the government's M-Taiwan initiative. In addition, Nortel is deploying a WiMAX trial system at the National Taiwan University campus, and has also established a Center of Excellence for Devices in Taipei.

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent for IMS

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), the incumbent service provider in Taiwan, has selected Alcatel-Lucent's IMS-compliant solution for real-time, high-quality video telephony and video conferencing services between fixed broadband networks and 3G mobile networks. The service, which is now commercially available, will allow more than three million of CHT's ADSL subscribers to make high quality video calls between the operator's fixed and mobile broadband networks.

Alcatel-Lucent's solution to CHT is based on elements of its IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) solution including the5020 Softswitch with its Call Session Controller (CSC) for multimedia session control and the 8690 Video Telephony Application Server for multimedia applications, which are fully integrated with the best of breed solutions based on Session Border Controller (SBC) and Video Telephony Gateway from partners.

National Instruments Selects Gigamon for Network Monitoring

National Instruments has deployed multiple network monitoring Data Access Switches from Gigamon Systems across its multi-building campus in Austin, Texas. The out-of-band Gigamon switches enable National Instruments to consolidate monitoring tools while providing engineers with around the clock, unobtrusive access to all network traffic.

The interconnected Gigamon GigaVUE-MP switches form a distributed data access network that can aggregate, multicast, and filter data from multiple switches located in multiple buildings, into single tool port(s), providing network and security engineers with unlimited visibility into the network without impacting its performance. With its multi-rule mapping filter, GigaVUE can also redistribute the aggregated traffic to multiple tools based on pre-defined logical attributes (VLAN, IP subnet, application, etc.) to insure optimal traffic loads at each tool, providing National Instruments with flexible and dynamic network monitoring, which results in cost-saving and comprehensive coverage.

Stanford Professor Selected for 2007 IEEE Medal of Honor

Dr. Thomas Kailath, a professor of engineering at Stanford University, was selected to receive the 2007 IEEE Medal of Honor. An IEEE Life Fellow, Kailath is receiving IEEE's highest award "for exceptional development of powerful algorithms in the fields of communications, computing, control and signal processing."

The IEEE will present a total of 12 medals, a service award and leadership recognition awards at the June 2007 Honors Ceremony.

TranSwitch Plans to Acquire ASIC Design Center of Data JCE - Israel

TranSwitch plans to acquire substantially all of the assets of the ASIC Design Center division of Data JCE, Ltd., a publicly-held Israeli electronic components distribution company. The Data JCE ASIC Design Center develops and supplies customer-specific semiconductor products primarily to Israeli OEMs and fabless semiconductor companies, or Israeli divisions of US and European companies under exclusive agreements.

TranSwitch will pay an upfront cash consideration of $1 million and will issue approximately $5.7 million worth of TranSwitch Common Stock in exchange for the ongoing business of Data JCE ASIC Design Center.


Alcatel-Lucent Wins Managed Services contract from BT

Alcatel-Lucent was awarded a major managed services contract to assume responsibility for the majority of BT Global Services' equipment maintenance and spares management contracts. The eight-year contract covers First Line Maintenance, Second, Third and Fourth Line Support and Spares Management. The contract was valued at approximately EUR 263 million (US$350 million) and BT expects to derive cost savings in excess of EUR 75 million (US$100 million) over the lifetime of the contract.

Goodmail Raises $12 Million for its CertifiedEmail

Goodmail Systems, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, secured $12 million in venture funding in a round led by new investor SoftBank Capital.

Goodmail's CertifiedEmail provides a unique means of signaling email legitimacy and safety to recipients while providing accredited volume senders a secure, trusted channel of communications with their existing customers. Each CertifiedEmail message is sent with a unique, cryptographically-secure token that authenticates the email and is presented in the email interface with a special blue-ribbon trust icon. Senders that use the CertifiedEmail service obtain assured delivery to the server-level inbox with all email links and images presented intact as default.
  • Goodmail is headed Richard Gingras, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, who previously ran the online service efforts at @Home (which later became Excite@Home), including the broadband and narrowband portal divisions, and served as SVP and General Manager of the company's consumer-focused product division, Excite Studios.

AT&T Adds HDNET to U-verse Lineup

AT&T announced a distribution agreement to deliver HDNet and HDNet Movies as part of its U-verse lineup. Financial and other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Samsung Demos HSUPA at ITU Telecom World 2006

Samsung Electronics is demonstrating High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) systems and mobile phones at this week's ITU Telecom World 2006 in Hong Kong.

Samsung's network equipment and mobile phones reached speeds up to 2 Mbps for uplink and 3.6Mbps for downlink -- roughly five times faster than current WCDMA upload speeds.

Samsung said it plans to introduce the first commercial HSUPA phone in Europe by 2007 and that Orange will be one of its earliest partners for HSUPA deployment.

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Nortel and Toshiba Test Mobile WiMAX

Nortel and Toshiba Corporation are collaborating on a mobile WiMAX trial being conducted by the Tohoku Bureau of Telecommunications, a regional arm of Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), as part of MIC's "Next Generation Broadband Strategy 2010." The vision is targeting anywhere, anytime connectivity for all citizens by 2010 through universal broadband services supporting Internet access, VoIP, video conferencing, interactive gaming and other high-bandwidth services.

Nortel will provide base stations and terminals from its WiMAX portfolio for the trial as well as engineering services. Toshiba Corporation will handle system integration and field tests.

Ishinomaki, a port city on Honshu Island in Tohoku's Miyagi Prefecture, was selected as the site for the trial because of the limited availability of broadband access.

T-Com Selects Cisco Carrier Routing System for IPTV

T-Com, the broadband and fixed network business area of Deutsche Telekom, has certified and deployed the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System as the core terabit routing system in its multi-vendor IP/MPLS network. The CRS-1 system is being used to provide the capacity and future scalability to handle the growth in traffic from T-Com's expanding high-speed broadband customer base and innovative services, such as the "T-Home" IPTV and video-on-demand service. Financial terms were not disclosed.

T-Com's multi-vendor IP/MPLS network now incorporates the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System in the core, Cisco 12000 Series routers at the provider edge, Cisco 10008 Series routers as Broadband Remote Access Server (BRAS) platforms and Cisco Catalyst 6509 Series switches.

Deutsche Telekom's "T-Home" service is delivered through Cisco set-top boxes from the KiSS series called the X 300T Media Receiver..

AT&T and Cisco Collaborate on Encrypted MPLS Transport

AT&T and Cisco introduced an enhanced encryption solution for enterprise customers' MPLS networks that creates a single, ultra-secure, encrypted connection -- known as a trusted group tunnel -- over an existing MPLS network, while maintaining existing service level agreements.

The enhanced encryption solution uses the Cisco tunnelless virtual private network based on Group Encrypted Transport (GET VPN) technology. Tested in the AT&T Proof-of-Concept Labs, this solution will be available to AT&T customers in the first quarter of 2007.

Cisco Group Encrypted Transport is offered as an upgrade for the Cisco IOS software on Cisco integrated services routers, Cisco 7301 Routers and Cisco 7200 Series Routers.