Thursday, March 22, 2007

Orange Business Appoints New Senior VP, Americas

Orange Business Services has named Diana Einterz Leonard as its new Senior Vice President of the Americas. Leonard has had several leadership roles during her six years with Orange Business Services. Most recently she was the Head of International Operations in the Customer Services & Operations organization where she oversaw a group that delivered installation and maintenance services to multinational companies in more than 220 countries and territories. Previously, Leonard developed and delivered new and innovative technologies for the U.S. domestic and international markets for AT&T.

Cortina Debuts Interlaken GigE MAC

Cortina Systems introduced the first Interlaken Gigabit Ethernet MAC -- doubling the bandwidth capacity of existing SPI-based Gigabit Ethernet MACs. The new CS3472 MAC can simultaneously sustain line rate performance on all 24 ports.

Cortina said its CS3472 MAC offers a high-density line-rate or oversubscription aggregation front-end solution. It integrates rule-based layer 5 classifications, IPv6 & MPLS support, and a flexible scheduler to enable bandwidth guarantees for critical traffic. The CS3472 MAC connects to a packet processor through a high performance low pin count Interlaken interface. Conversely, the CS3472 MAC reduces board complexity by allowing direct connection to optical SFP modules and copper PHYs with SMII links through fully integrated SerDes.

Sphere's IP PBX Gains DoD Certification

Sphere Communications' IP PBX has been certified by the U.S. Department of Defense under the JITC (Joint Interoperability Test Command) testing for Information Assurance. The Sphericall IP PBX is available under the APL (Approved Product List) for purchase and deployment in defense communications. This is the second accreditation for Sphericall under the JITC PBX1 program and further validates its reliability and performance.

Sphericall IP PBX is an open, software application that operates on industry standard operating systems and servers. Sphericall is compatible with standards-based IP telephony devices, runs on multi-vendor IP networks, and provides a rich set of IP PBX and unified communications services that scale to 30,000 ports on a single system.

Orange to Deploy FTTH in Slovakia

Bratislava- Orange Slovensko, a subsidiary of France Telecom, plans to deploy FTTH (Fiber To The Home) in Slovakia. Orange said it intends to invest approximately 1 bil. SKK (32 million EUR) and cover almost 200,000 household by the end of the year.

Orange has been trialing the triple play concept under the Orange Homebox service name for a few months covering 15 thousand households. Orange Homebox is a home digital entertainment center including three services for a single monthly fee: Internet with speeds up to 30 Mbps, Digital TV and fixed telephony.

Reef Point Raises $25 Million for FMC

Reef Point Systems, a start-up based in Burlington, Mass., closed $25 million in its Series 2 round of funding led by new investor One Equity Partners LLC (OEP), the private equity investment arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM).

Reef Point offers a massively-scaleable Multiservice Security Gateway for IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks extending across multiple next generation networking standards including 3GPP IMS, 3GPP2, ETSI TISPAN, and PacketCable. The design takes a multi-zoned, fully virtualized, defense-in-depth approach to security that includes individualized subscriber protection for up to 150,000 simultaneous registered users and up to a million simultaneous IMS flows, network core and element protection, as well as protection for the gateway itself. In addition, the IMS Security Gateway also supports Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) security functionality, providing operators deploying UMA today with a migration path to IMS without the need to replace installed gateways.

Returning investors in the round include American Capital Strategies, Ltd. and Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP).

Akimbo Names New CEO

Akimbo Systems named Thomas F. Frank as its new president and chief executive officer, replacing Joshua Goldman, who has served as CEO of Akimbo since its launch in 2004. Goldman will continue to be actively involved with Akimbo while maintaining his current seat on the board of directors.

Frank previously served at Real Networks, Dick Clark Productions, Leo Burnett Company and Carolco Television.

MTC Kuwait Bids US$ 6.1 Billion for Saudi Arabia's Third Mobile License

Mobile Telecommunications Company, the mobile phone operator in Kuwait, has bid 22.9 billion riyals ($6.1 billion) for Saudi Arabia's third mobile license.

On March 17th, the board of directors of Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), chaired by Mohammed Jamil Mullah, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, selected the seven consortia from nine applicants. Egypt's Orascom Telecom and Al-Shoula-MTNL consortium were out of the fray. The other bidders were Samawat - Bharti Consortium (India, Singapore), Oger Telecom (controlled by Lebanon's al-Hariri family), Kingdom Turkcel (Kingdom Holding Co., owned by billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bidding with Turkish mobile operator Turkcell), Digi cel Tawacel Consortium, MTN Saudi Arabia Consortium & Abdullah Al Rajhi Reliance Telecom (India).

The 10 consortia bidding for the fixed license are: Optical Communications Company (Verizon), Khaled Ahmed Al-Juffali Co. (WorldCall Telecom of Pakistan), Saudi Telecom Holding Co. (Qtel-Atco), Al-Mutakamilah (Hong Kong's PCCW), Electronet (Autelia of Italy), Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), Atheeb Telecom (Batelco of Bahrain), Makkah Telecom (China Telecom), Al-Shola (MTNL India) and Bayanat (Korea Telecom).

NeoPhotonics Boosts Transceiver Production Capacity

Citing rapidly growing demand for its GEPON, GPON, SFP and XFP transceivers, NeoPhotonics is ramping its transceiver production capacity in Shenzhen, China, to 250,000 units per month. These active devices represent key building blocks for today's evolving FTTx, transport and reconfigurable optical networks.

Cablevision Loses Legal Fight to Offer Networked DVR Service

A U.S. District court ruled against Cablevision in a copyright infringement case involving network-based DVR service. The judge ruled that network-based DVRs inherently infringe the copyrights of content owners who have not given their permission to have their material stored on Cablevision's hard disk drives for later use by its subscribers. Cablevision's position was that network-based DVRs provide the same functionality as set-up DVR boxes and should be given the same legal status.

The lawsuit was brought by Time Warner, News Corp., Viacom and the Walt Disney Company.

Vonage Receives Injunction Barring Use of Verizon's VoIP

A U.S. District Court issued an injunction barring Vonage from continuing to use the patented VoIP technology from Verizon that is the subject of their ongoing legal dispute. A permanent injunction is expected to be issued on April 6, but Vonage is expected to seek a stay of the order while the full patent case is appealed.

"We are confident Vonage customers will not experience service interruptions or other changes as a result of this litigation," said Mike Snyder, Vonage's chief executive officer.

Earlier this month, Verizon prevailed on two counts in patent infringement case against Vonage. Jurors for the U.S. District Court for the Virginia Eastern District ordered Vonage to pay $58 million in damages to Verizon for infringement of three U.S. covering methods of offering commercial-quality VoIP services, including wireless access to VoIP.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Ixia Enables IMS Control Plane and Load Testing

Ixia announced new VoIP and IMS testing capabilities that enable equipment manufacturers and operators to qualify IMS infrastructure as well as conduct more extensive VoIP interoperability testing.

The new IxVoice 4.10 release adds the capability to emulate the HSS (Home Subscriber Server) as well as support for SIP Sigcomp for testing Call Service Control Functions (CSCF). CSCFs are the core of the IMS control structure and ensuring their functionality is critical to the overall adoption of the IMS architecture. IxVoice can now be used to test the functionality of the CSCFs independently or together as a system by emulating the surrounding network elements, including the HSS.

Ixia said its IxVoice test solution can validate the key IMS subsystems for interoperability, functionality and performance. It supports the dynamic architecture requirements inherent in large-scale IMS networks.

IxVoice 4.10 also adds significant improvements to the IxVoice H.323 protocol support for testing VoIP communications systems including call managers, softswitches and IP PBXs. H.323 is a key protocol used in VoIP telephony. The new H.323 functionality with allows users to test interoperability with a wider range of devices.

World Wide Packets Announces LightningEdge

World Wide Packets introduced its LightningEdge 135B (LE-135B), an Ethernet access platform with integrated VoIP technology from Mediatrix.

The LE-135B leverages World Wide Packets' LightningEdge Operating System (LE-OS) as well as the Mediatrix 0124 for enhanced VoIP services. It supports advanced carrier class features such as guaranteed and explicit Quality of Service ("hard" QoS) and rapid restoration of services in case of network or equipment problems. It also has advanced security to protect the edge of the network and the ability to interoperate with core network security protocols.

CyOptics to Acquire Apogee Photonics for 10/40 Gbps Lasers

CyOptics agreed to acquire Apogee Photonics, a leading supplier of laser sources for the 10 Gbps and emerging 40 Gbps markets. Terms of the transaction are not disclosed.

The acquisition extends CyOptics' high-speed source laser capabilities and positions CyOptics an extensive portfolio of InP-based transmit and receive optical chips and components for telecommunications and data communications applications.

Apogee Photonics manufacturers high-speed lasers and offers a broad portfolio of short and long reach products. Apogee Photonics' 10 Gbps and 40 Gbps 1550nm LIM supports optical link distances up to 110km and incorporates integrated InP lasers, modulators and optical amplifiers in a standard 7-pin EML-compatible package while providing higher output power and better dispersion performance than standard, monolithic EMLs. The Apogee Photonics uncooled 1310nm 10Gb/s EML supports both 10 Gbps Ethernet and SONET links up to 10km and delivers the highest mask margin and bit error rate performance available today.

Apogee Photonics is headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania. CyOptics' wafer/chip fabrication operations are located in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and its planar automated packaging and testing operations are located in Matamoros, Mexico.

NexTone, Cantata, Pactolus Offer SIP-Based Prepaid Solution

NexTone, Cantata and Pactolus are offering a Calling Card and Voice over Broadband (VoBB) service solution that combines Pactolus' SIPWare Calling Card and VoBB service offerings, NexTone's Multiprotocol Session Exchange (MSX) product with integrated SBC functionality, and Cantata's IMG 1010 Media Gateway.

NexTone's Lab confirms that the solution has established end-to-end interoperability for Pactolus' prepaid SIPware application and its BBTel application with NexTone products.

The companies said they are working jointly with several IP carrier customers, such as LatiNode -- one of the world's largest IP solutions providers in the international VoIP industry -- that are taking advantage of the high-growth market for prepaid VoIP services.

Verso and Navini Team on Voice-over-WiMAX

Verso Technologies and Navini Networks have formed a partnership to globally market VoIP solutions to the Mobile WiMAX sector by introducing Class 5 telephony features to WiMAX networks. The alliance will provide both companies with mutual visibility and access to emerging VoIP over WiMAX opportunities in their respective niches.

The Navini and Verso alliance will bring the Verso MetroNet VoIP Overlay solution (an open standards, cost-effective next generation softswitch platform) to WiMAX access infrastructure enabled by Navini.

The combined solution was recently rolled out by joint customer, Direct on PC Ltd (DOPC), the leading ISP in West Africa, on their pre-mobile WiMAX network. DOPC is deploying in the 2.3 GHz band in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.

MetaSwitch Supplies Distributed Softswitch in Dominican Republic

Tricom, which serves over 600,000 lines and operates the largest cable system in the Dominican Republic, selected MetaSwitch's distributed softswitch solution -- including the CA9020 call agent, UC9000 application server, and several MG3510 media gateways -- to update its infrastructure across the Caribbean and the United States.

Mediterranean Nautilus Selects Alcatel-Lucent

Mediterranean Nautilus, a broadband network service provider owned by Telecom Italia Sparkle, selected Alcatel-Lucent for a DWDM submarine project in the Mediterranean Sea. Under the terms of a turnkey, multi-million EURcontract, Alcatel-Lucent will upgrade and extend the existing submarine network which began service in 2001. The network links Italy, Greece, Turkey and Israel.

AT&T U-verse Extends MobiTV Programming to Customer PCs

AT&T announced the availability of AT&T U-verse OnTheGo, a new premium service that will allow its U-verse customers to view live television on a PC using any broadband Internet connection.

AT&T U-verse OnTheGo is delivered under an existing agreement between AT&T and MobiTV.

AT&T U-verse OnTheGo subscribers can access nearly 30 channels, several of which feature live programming -- including The Weather Channel and Bloomberg Television, among others. In the future, AT&T U-verse OnTheGo will also feature U-verse content such as movie trailers for Video-on-Demand (VOD) content, and AT&T plans to add more channels and content.

The service is available for $10 a month.

AT&T said OnTheGo will eventually be available using an AT&T wireless device, such as a mobile phone.

Ikanos Supplies its Fusiv Processors for Innomedia's Residential Gateways

InnoMedia, a leading supplier broadband access and telephony gear, will use Ikanos Communications' Fusiv Vx150 network processors in its next generation VoIP-enabled residential gateways. The Fusiv Vx150 is designed to integrate full chain voice processing, signaling and network protocol processing on a single chip to support development of VoIP-enabled residential gateways.

JDSU Offers Optical Component Environmental Test System for FTTx

JDSU introduced its Optical Component Environmental Test System (OCETS) Plus for optical component qualification testing, including the a large-scale automated test system capable of repeatable return loss measurements up to 70dB. The solution can be used for system production and qualification of FTTx components.

With over 420 test ports now supported (more than double earlier versions), OCETS Plus runs on JDSU EasyOCETS software that enables streamlined test set-up, monitoring, graphing, and database interfacing of up to twelve 32-port PON splitters.