Tuesday, January 16, 2007

PostPath Raises $15 Million for Linux Email and Collaboration server

PostPath, a start-up offering a Linux-based email and collaboration server, raised $15 Million in Series C funding. The PostPath Server is a drop-in and plug-compatible alternative to Exchange, providing full-featured support for Outlook without the need for complicated plug-ins or other desktop changes, and without disrupting existing email infrastructure.



The round was led by JAFCO Ventures; existing investors Matrix Partners and Worldview Technology partners also participated. This brings total funding to approximately $30 million.



PostPath is based in Mountain View, California. The company was founded in 2003.

http://www.postpath.com
  • PostPath is headed by Duncan Greatwood, who previously held executive positions at Virata/GlobespanVirata/Conexant. Before that he held a variety of engineering and product marketing positions at Madge Networks.

TranSwitch and Gore Demo 10 Gbps Over Thin, Flexible Cable

TranSwitch and W. L. Gore & Associates, a leading provider of aerospace wire and high data rate cable, confirmed that the TranSwitch TransPHY-CX4 retimer device can transmit data error-free at 10 Gbps over the thin, flexible 30-gauge GORE CX4 High Performance Cable up to the standard 15 meters. The companies said that by using the TranSwitch PHY device in conjunction with Gore's CX4 High Performance Cable, users can vastly reduce the cost and inconvenience of rigid, heavy cables and their overall management throughout building structures.



The TransPHY-CX4 device also extends the reach of running data over standard 24-gauge CX4 cable to 30 meters, addressing both the short reach enterprise segment and the data center market.

http://www.transwitch.com

http://www.gore.com

Cox Installs Ciena's CoreDirector in San Diego

Cox Communications has deployed Ciena's CoreDirector Multiservice Optical Switches in the super headend of its San Diego network to interconnect two metro rings, each transporting multiple 10 Gbps circuits over DWDM. Ciena's CoreDirector enabled Cox to remove several bays of legacy cross-connect equipment and associated patch cables, eliminated the need to expand its superheadend building, and reduced power consumption. CoreDirector also gives Cox 640 Gbps of switching capacity in a single bay to keep pace with growing demand for triple play and commercial services. Financial terms were not disclosed.



"Cox was the first MSO to deploy CoreDirector, which not only underscores the growing applications for optical switching outside of traditional markets, but also further highlights the cable industry's increasing focus on intelligent, ultra-reliable platforms with software-based automation," said Mike Aquino, senior vice president of worldwide sales at Ciena.

http://www.ciena.com

SITA Deploys NexTone's Session Management for Airline Voice Exchange

SITA, which operates the global network serving the air transport industry, has deployed NexTone's session management technology for the company's Voice Exchange service.



SITA's Voice Exchange enables its customers (airlines, aircraft manufacturers, airports, airport authorities, aerospace companies, and travel agents) to securely and easily peer with one another over a common global network. The service enables VoIP traffic - whether originated by an IP-based end point or media gateway - to be optimally routed based on an ENUM (the mapping of a telephone number from the public switched telephone network (PSTN) to Internet functionalities) response and geographic location of the receiving or target end point. The service's policy is to allow subscribers to access their service no matter what type of network used -- VPN, public Internet, or airline partner network.



NexTone's intelligent session border controller, with embedded session management technology, allows SITA to introduce new services such as voice VPNs and IP-Centrex to their existing customer base. It also addresses management issues and the complexities, namely latency and jitter, associated with IP networks to ensure consistent QoS for real-time VoIP sessions. In addition, SITA leverages NexTone to authenticate and authorize subscribers, as well as differentiate which access network is being utilized and apply different QoS policies based on this information.



NexTone enables SITA to provide and deliver simultaneous hosted IP telephony and SIP Trunking services that are offered to SITA's community of air transport industry customers. These capabilities include service and user mobility; security; centralized dial plan management; SIP Trunking with media steering; IP PBX interoperability and interworking; and SLA and QoS threshold management.

http://www.nextone.com







Indonesia's PT Telkom Expands IP/MPLS Core with Juniper

PT Telkom, Indonesia's leading telecommunications service provider, has further expanded its IP/MPLS-based core infrastructure with additional Juniper Networks M-series multiservice routing platforms including the M320. The upgrade, performed by Siemens, builds on PT Telkom's existing M-series routers, deployed last year as part of an initial Next Generation Network (NGN) rollout. The new deployment spans 17 cities, connecting softswitch systems and legacy routers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.juniper.net


Cisco Appoints National Semi Exec to Board

Cisco announced the appointment of Brian L. Halla, Chairman and CEO, National Semiconductor Corporation, to its board of directors. Cisco's board now consists of 11 members.



Halla, 60, served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of National from the time he joined National in May 1996 until the beginning of National's 2006 fiscal year. He is now Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of National. He came to National from LSI Logic Corporation where he was Executive Vice President of LSI Logic Products.

http://www.cisco.com

SunRocket Offer US Callers $.01 per Minute VoIP Calling to China

SunRocket announced a new calling plan for its US-based broadband VoIP customers that drops rates to Asia Pacific locations including China, Japan, Hong Kong and Vietnam to as little as one cent per minute. The Asia Pacific Edition reduces international rates to $.01 per minute on all calls (landline and cell) to China, Singapore and Hong Kong; and on landline calls to Taiwan, Malaysia and South Korea. Landline rates fall to $.02 per minute for Japan; while SunRocket's rate on all calls to Vietnam is cut nearly in half to $.10 per minute.

http://www.sunrocket.com

Nortel and Microsoft Outline Unified Communications Roadmap

Building on the Innovative Communications Alliance announced in July 2006, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Nortel CEO and President Mike Zafirovski outlined their shared vision for unified communications. At a press event in Rockefeller Center in NYC, the two CEOs outlined how their companies can improve employee productivity and effectiveness and reduce the costs and complexity of communications. They also announced 11 new implementation services from Nortel and the opening of more than 20 joint demonstration centers where customers can experience the technology firsthand.



The rollout includes:

new solutions:

  • UC Integrated Branch -- combining Nortel and Microsoft technology on a single piece of hardware for easy-to-deploy VoIP and unified communications in remote offices. Availability is expected in Q4 2007.


  • Unified Messaging -- native session initiation protocol (SIP) interoperability between the Nortel Communication Server 1000 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging is planned to be available in Q2 2007. The solution includes Nortel professional services for design, deployment and support.


  • Conferencing -- the companies will extend the feature set of Nortel Multimedia Conferencing to Microsoft Office Communicator 2007, delivering a single, familiar client experience consistent across applications such as voice, instant messaging, presence, and audio- and videoconferencing. The on-premise solution is planned to be available in Q4 2007.



In 2007, the companies also plan to extend their current unified communications solution -- a unified desktop and soft phone for VoIP, e-mail, instant messaging and presence -- to the Nortel Communication Server 2100, a carrier-grade enterprise telephony product supporting up to 200,000 users on a single system.



In 2008, the companies aim to move business communications onto a software platform designed to drive a higher-quality user experience and reduce total cost of ownership. The road map outlines several key applications and technology developments including a unified communications contact center, Nortel feature server, expanded hosted UC solutions, mobility and client solutions, and application-aware networking enhancements.





At a press event in Rockefeller Center in NYC, the two CEOs outlined how their companies can improve employee productivity and effectiveness and reduce the costs and complexity of communications. They also announced 11 new implementation services from Nortel and the opening of more than 20 joint demonstration centers where customers can experience the technology firsthand.



The rollout includes:

new solutions:

  • UC Integrated Branch -- combining Nortel and Microsoft technology on a single piece of hardware for easy-to-deploy VoIP and unified communications in remote offices. Availability is expected in Q4 2007.


  • Unified Messaging -- native session initiation protocol (SIP) interoperability between the Nortel Communication Server 1000 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging is planned to be available in Q2 2007. The solution includes Nortel professional services for design, deployment and support.


  • Conferencing -- the companies will extend the feature set of Nortel Multimedia Conferencing to Microsoft Office Communicator 2007, delivering a single, familiar client experience consistent across applications such as voice, instant messaging, presence, and audio- and videoconferencing. The on-premise solution is planned to be available in Q4 2007.



In 2007, the companies also plan to extend their current unified communications solution -- a unified desktop and soft phone for VoIP, e-mail, instant messaging and presence -- to the Nortel Communication Server 2100, a carrier-grade enterprise telephony product supporting up to 200,000 users on a single system.



In 2008, the companies aim to move business communications onto a software platform designed to drive a higher-quality user experience and reduce total cost of ownership. The road map outlines several key applications and technology developments including a unified communications contact center, Nortel feature server, expanded hosted UC solutions, mobility and client solutions, and application-aware networking enhancements.

http://www.nortel.com

http://www.microsoft.com

Brightcove Secures $59.5 Million for Internet TV

Brightcove, a start-up based in Boston, announced $59.5 million in venture funding to support its rollout of Internet TV services. The company said the closing of its Series C financing round comes as it continues to experience significant growth following the October 2006 launch of the Brightcove consumer destination, syndication marketplace and broadband media network.

The funding was led by AllianceBernstein, Brookside Capital, and Maverick Capital. Additional investors included The New York Times Company (an early Brightcove customer), and Transcosmos Investments & Business Development, as well as all of the company's existing strategic and financial investors: Accel Partners, Allen & Company LLC, AOL, General Catalyst Partners, The Hearst Corporation, and IAC/InterActiveCorp.
http://www.brightcove.com

Fujitsu Ships 5.8GHz WiMAX Chip for Base Stations and CPE

Fujitsu Microelectronics America (FMA) announced the commercial release of its 5.8GHz WiMAX baseband system-on-chip (SoC) to ODM partners and customers worldwide, including solutions provider Texas Instruments, WiMAX systems provider ORZA Networks and WiMAX customer premises maker Sun Create Electronics Co., Ltd.



Fujitsu's 5.8GHz WiMAX SoC is based on the WiMAX Forum worldwide system profile, supporting full base station designs as well as subscriber unit implementations. The Fujitsu SoC, which supports frequencies ranging from 2 to 11GHz in both licensed and unlicensed bands, is now being used in the industry's first commercially available fixed WiMAX CPE supporting the 5.8GHz band.

http://www.fma.fujitsu.com/

Navini Selected for Nationwide WiMAX Network in Bulgaria

Navini Networks will supply its mobile WiMAX 802.16e equipment to Max Telecom, Bulgaria's telecommunications operator with licenses for a nationwide WiMAX network. Max Telecom will launch service in the capital -- Sofia -- with plans to expand nationwide in Bulgaria during 2007. They will be using WiMAX to provide both business and residential services, offering enabling services such as VOIP, DSL equivalent, and VPNs (both voice and data) and video connectivity for applications such as surveillance. Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.navini.com

Time Warner Telecom Calls for Equality in Pole Attachment Fees

Time Warner Telecom filed papers with the FCC seeking the elimination of discriminatory regulations governing fees charged for pole attachments for fiber optic cable that delivers vital broadband communications services to businesses.



Time Warner Telecom argues that under current FCC pricing rules, utilities are charging "telecommunications carrier" broadband services providers, like Time Warner Telecom, up to 272 percent more than non-telecommunications carrier competitors to deploy fiber optic infrastructure. This occurs even though telecommunications carrier attachments impose no greater costs or burdens on pole owners than the attachments of non-telecommunications carriers that are subject to lower rates.

The unreasonable discrimination of pole attachment fees is flatly inconsistent with the requirement in the 1996 Telecommunication Act that utilities charge "non-discriminatory rates" for pole attachments. It is also inconsistent with the FCC's stated policy that federal regulations should establish a "level playing field" for all providers of broadband services.

http://www.twtelecom.com

Verizon to Expand Fiber Deployments in Washington State

Verizon Communications announced plans to expand its FTTP rollout over the next two years in the state of Washington to additional areas in King and Snohomish counties. A total of 68,000 additional homes in both counties will be connected to the FTTP network. Verizon expects to install more than 3 million feet of fiber-optic cabling throughout the two-county area by year-end 2007, passing about 125,000 homes and small businesses with fiber. The company passed 57,000 homes in 2006.

http://www.verizon.com

Monday, January 15, 2007

Sprint Nextel Names VP of Strategy

Sprint Nextel named Jack Dziak as senior vice president, Strategy, where he will be responsible for driving Sprint Nextel's three-year strategic plan. He will be based in Reston, Va. and report to Chairman and CEO Gary Forsee. Dziak will move into the role previously filled by Atish Gude, who will fully transition to the role of senior vice president, Mobile Broadband Operations in Sprint Nextel's new 4G Mobile Broadband business unit.



Dziak joins Sprint Nextel after serving as senior vice president, Services and Distribution for Mobile Satellite Ventures LP (MSV) where he was responsible for building MSV's next generation mobile broadband services portfolio. Prior to MSV, he served as senior vice president, Corporate Strategy and Business Development for MCI Communications. While there, Dziak built and led a corporate strategy team responsible for developing and launching initiatives in advanced IP communications, VoIP, managed enterprise services, mobility, wireless broadband and other areas relating to MCI's post-bankruptcy strategy and its execution.

http://www.sprint.com

Mistletoe Chip Integrates VPN, Firewall and DoS Capabilities

Mistletoe Technologies, a start-up based in Cupertino, California, introduced a security system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution that puts VPN, firewall and denial of service prevention applications in silicon.



The Mistletoe chip enables system manufacturers to add hardware-based, value-add capabilities such as anti-virus and intrusion detection and prevention (IDP) services without sacrificing system performance or security. Specifically, the new VF2110 chip provides enterprise-class security performance and protection for the SMB market.



Mistletoe said its patented RDX (Re-loadable Direct Execution) technology enables systems to offer high-performance anti-virus processing and deep packet inspection for application-level protection. The RDX technology intelligently processes Layer 4-7 network data using a purpose-built application specific integrated circuit (ASIC).



Mistletoe Technologies' VF2110 is a dedicated security ASIC that reduces latency and consistently provides 200 Mbps firewall and virtual private network throughput for all packet sizes. It supports two Gigabit Ethernet ports, which can be extended to support a variety of Gigabit and Fast Ethernet port configurations with an inexpensive external Ethernet switch chip. Targeting the performance requirements of the SMB, the VF2110 supports 65,000 sessions, 300 policies and 250 tunnels. The VF2110 also supports a variety of mechanisms to detect and prevent intrusions and attacks including:

  • Stateful signatures

  • Protocol anomaly detection

  • Traffic anomaly detection

  • Reconnaissance deterrence

  • Layer 2 detection (Address Resolution Protocols (ARP) attacks)

  • DoS and DDoS detection

  • Spoofing detection


Systems based on the Mistletoe RDX technology are already shipping and are in active deployments.http;//www.mistletoetech.com


Skype Founders Launch "Joost"

The company formerly known under the code name The Venice Project has revealed its official brand -- "Joost" -- targeting web-based TV with interactive features and social networking. The company was co-founded by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, of Skype fame. Beta testing is underway.

http://www.joost.com

DHL Adopts Wi-Fi Systems Throughout US Network

DHL, the express delivery and logistics company, is adopting the latest Wi-Fi + GPRS enabled scanning devices to capture shipment information by couriers and other operations personnel.



The new handheld (Motorola HC 700) system will provide the same functionality as current DHL scanning devices -- such as electronic signature capture, barcode scanning, and instant communication links to dispatchers -- but has expandable memory to allow for future applications such as image-capturing to ensure DHL continues to be responsive to customer needs. In addition, the new DHL scanning technology is RFID-ready (Radio Frequency Identification). The system will be deployed nationwide by third quarter 2007.

http://www.motorola.com

Glimmerglass Debuts New Intelligent Optical Switch

Glimmerglass announced new versions of its Intelligent Optical Switch family with new features designed to facilitate remotely and automatically creating, monitoring and protecting fiber connections. The platform is optimized for carrier and government mission-critical customers.

The new version delivers fully non-blocking transparent connectivity in a 3.5-inch (2U) package that houses as many as 190 fibers and a 7-inch (4U) package that supports as many as 380 fibers. The company also announced a new switch management console -- enabling centralized management of fiber infrastructure throughout a network.

Glimmerglass' Release 4.0 enables remote management of multiple complex fiber plant locations. For the first time, network administrators can monitor traffic and optical performance throughout their network, detect and isolate failed connections and configure automatic fail-over paths to route-around broken fibers or problematic line interface electronics from a central location. Other enhancements include additional redundancy and alarm-management options.

The new management console enables multiple Glimmerglass switches to be linked and managed with a single control interface.

"As optical fiber deployments continue to grow, carriers face rapidly escalating costs associated with the employment of skilled network technicians to create, monitor and protect fiber optic connections in a complex fiber plant," said Robert Lundy, CEO and president of Glimmerglass.

http://www.glimmerglass.com

Verizon to Spin Off Rural Lines in New England

Verizon Communications announced a deal to spin-off approximately 1.5 million access lines, approximately 180,000 DSL customers and approximately 600,000 long-distance customers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.



Under the arrangement, Verizon will form a separate entity for these local exchange and related business assets. It will then spin off that new entity to Verizon's stockholders, and merge it with and into FairPoint, a telecommunications provider based in North Carolina with 31 local exchange companies in 18 states.



The total value to be received by Verizon and its stockholders in exchange for these operations will be approximately $2.715 billion. Verizon stockholders will receive approximately $1.015 billion of FairPoint common stock in the merger, based upon FairPoint's recent stock price and the terms of the merger agreement. Verizon will receive $1.7 billion in value through a combination of cash distributions to Verizon and debt securities issued to Verizon prior to the spin-off.



Approximately 3,000 Verizon company employees -- those who support primarily the local phone business that is spun off -- will continue employment with FairPoint after the merger. Approximately 300 Verizon company employees in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont who provide national or regional support services will remain with the Verizon company that currently employs them.

http://www.verizon.com
  • In 2004, Verizon wireline-related businesses in Hawaii to The Carlyle Group for $1.65 billion in cash. The transaction includes the equity of Verizon Hawaii Inc., which operates 707,000 switched wireline access lines, as well as the services and assets of Verizon Long Distance, Verizon Online and Verizon Information Services (directory publishing) in Hawaii.

Netflix Rolls Out Instant Downloading

Netflix, which has over 5.7 million subscribers for its DVD-by-mail service, introduced a new feature that allows its members to download movies and TV content to a broadband connected PC. Netflix will initially offer about 1,000 titles and its selection will expand over time as licensing for electronically delivered movie rentals widens. Pricing will follow a unique model based on subscribers' monthly plans. Subscribers on the entry-level $5.99 plan will have six hours of online movie watching per month and subscribers on Netflix's $17.99 plan will be offered 18 hours of online movie watching per month.



Netflix is using a custom browser plug-in for Internet Explorer to provide real-time content streaming. Play back can be paused and a position bar will give viewers the ability to jump to any point in the movie. Subscribers will need a minimum of 1 Mbps of bandwidth and the higher the bandwidth, the higher quality the video displayed. The company is rolling out the service now and expects to offer the service to all its U.S. subscribers by June.

http://www.netflix.com