Tuesday, June 12, 2007

T-Online France Deploys Visionael's Network Resource Manager

T-Online France has selected Visionael's Network Resource Manager (NRM) to automate delivery of its triple play services to residential customers. Visionael's Network Resource Manager (NRM) provides open interfaces to T-Online France's CRM, Billing and activation systems. The NRM includes tools necessary to capture and maintain a database of the network infrastructure. Visionael's solution also enables T-Online's France customers to go directly to the website to subscribe for services. Now, T-Online France users can select IPTV or VoIP services or increase their DSL speed, and the service will be delivered without manual central office provisioning or a truck roll for on-site installation. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Wave7 Optics Adds GPON Capability

Wave7 Optics announced support for ITU-T G.984 Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Network (GPON) standard networks via its Trident7 Universal Access Platform. The Trident7 FTTP platform also supports standards-based EPON (IEEE 802.3ah Ethernet in the First Mile) It incorporates fully standards-compliant chipsets to ensure interoperability, and features a diverse selection of "ONTs" (Optical Network Terminals, or customer premise equipment) designed to fulfill the needs of both residential and business customers.

Wave7 Optics has been shipping the Trident7 platform since 2006 and the company said its products are already deployed by more than one hundred customers on six continents.


Cisco's Scientific Atlanta Previews D-PON Architecture

Cisco's Scientific Atlanta announced a new DOCSIS Passive Optical Network (D-PON) architecture designed to enable operators to deploy cable-centric/cable-friendly fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology.

The D-PON solution, which is especially designed for greenfield developments, features a 32-way split PON infrastructure. Scientific Atlanta said its design enables cable operators to create an effective optical budget in both directions. Downstream, the D-PON uses 1550nm technology to provide cost-effective forward optics to get to the side of the home. For the upstream traffic, technology developments at the optical network terminal (ONT) location will provide a cost effective way to support very long distances.

"We see the D-PON architecture as a valuable and cost-effective solution for cable operators as they respond to the fiber-to-the-premise requirements that most residential and commercial developers are defining for new planned communities and multi-use facilities," said Mark Palazzo, vice president and general manager, Transport and Access Networks for Scientific Atlanta.



Cisco Unveils Universal Edge QAM Solution

Cisco announced the first of a new RF Gateway (RFGW) series of Universal Edge QAM (U-EQAM) products for cable video on demand (VOD), switched digital video (SDV) and high-speed data (HSD) services.

The Cisco RF Gateway Series products are fully integrated and tested as part of the Scientific Atlanta Digital Broadband Delivery System (DBDS) and the Cisco Modular CMTS (M-CMTS) solution.

The Cisco RF Gateway 1, the first product offering from the Cisco RF Gateway Series, delivers up to 48 D-RFI-compliant QAM channels in a compact 1RU chassis with redundancy options to expand system availability. Frequency agile up to 1 GHz, the modular design supports eight QAM channels per field-replaceable RF module, with four QAM channels per RF output port.


Alcatel-Lucent Enhances Mobile Content Platform

Alcatel-Lucent released an enhanced Mobile Content Platform that mobile operators can use to create a personalized mobile shopping experience for targeted subscriber segments based on individual interests and behaviour. The Alcatel-Lucent 5965 Mobile Content Platform is a software platform that can be added to mobile networks without replacing existing content systems .

Alcatel-Lucent said its enhanced platform, along with an operator's existing content systems (e.g. video, music, games, etc.), can be used to drive marketing campaigns and gain the intelligence to help them sell more. For the end user, the ability of the operator to support content both on and off their network, enables the subscriber to quickly see the content and brands they care about regardless of content type or where it is hosted. In addition, the operator can track purchases and based on that intelligence send targeted advertisements or special offers for related entertainment or brand specific promotions such as buy one get one free or earn a free ringtone.

Navini Partners with ASUS for WiMAX Certified Modems

Navini Networks and ASUS will jointly develop certified Mobile WiMAX subscriber modems to be marketed under Navini's Ripwave brand. These modems will use chips from several vendors and will support key Mobile WiMAX features such as Beamforming and MIMO Matrix A (Space-Time Coding). The agreement includes a commitment to Mobile WiMAX interoperability certification by the WiMAX Forum certification test labs.

The companies said they plan to bring the initial selection of Ripwave Mobile WiMAX modems to market with desktop portable data modems in late 2007 and services -- enabled desktop modems to include VoIP in 2008.


Cedar Point Supports Cable VoIP Launch by Mexico's Grupo Hevi

Cedar Point's SAFARI C(Cubed) Multimedia Switching System has been selected for delivery of telephony services to Grupo Hevi subscribers.
Cedar Point and Grupo Hevi will work together to deploy VoIP service initially in the Zapopan, Jalisco market.

Internet2 Completes 100 Gbps Coast-to-Coast Span

Internet2 has completed deployment of the first East to West Coast span on its new nationwide 100 Gbps network and is providing production IP and circuit services to the research and education community in the United States. Internet2 is now working to transition traffic from the Abilene Network onto the new platform.

In April 2007, Internet2 announced that the first major phase of the deployment was complete which included nodes in the Northeast and Midwest regions. With today's announcement, Internet2 and Level 3 have now completed deployment of important nodes across the northern span of the network including those in Washington DC, Chicago, IL, Kansas City, MO, Salt Lake City, UT, and Seattle, WA. Additionally, network rings have been completed from the Washington DC to Atlanta as well as from Kansas City to Atlanta.

Participants in the rollout include Level 3 Communications, the Global Research Network Operations Center (GRNOC) at Indiana University, and the regional network connectors.

Level 3 is deploying Infinera's Digital Optical Networking equipment across the dedicated high capacity backbone to enable dynamic optical circuit provisioning for the Internet2 community. Internet2 has also partnered with Ciena Corporation to deploy their CoreDirector Multiservice Switch for switching and sub-wavelength grooming services which allows members to customize their connections from 10 Gbps down to 51 Mbps to meet their institutional networking needs. Internet2 will deploy its current Juniper T640 routers to provide advanced IP capabilities.

  • In November 2006, A demonstration conducted by Finisar, Infinera, Internet2, Level 3 Communications, and University of California at Santa Cruz successfully transmitted a 100GbE signal from Tampa, Florida to Houston, Texas, and back again, over ten 10 Gbps channels through the Level 3 network. The transmission used an Infinera-proposed specification for 100GbE across multiple links. A single Xilinx FPGA implemented this packet numbering scheme and electrically transmitted all ten signals to ten of Finisar's 10 Gbps XFP optical transceivers, which in turn converted the signals to optics. These signals were then transmitted to an Infinera DTN DWDM system and handed off to Infinera systems within the Level 3 network where it was transmitted across the Level 3 network to Houston and back. The pre-standard specification for 100GbE guaranteed the ordering of the packets and quality of the signal across 10 Gbps wavelengths. Infinera, which is showcasing the technology at this week's SC06 International Conference in Tampa, said the experiment demonstrated that it is possible for carriers to offer 100GbE services across today's 10 Gbps infrastructure.

Motorola Debuts 10Gbps AdvancedTCA Blade Based on Multi-core Cavium Processor

Motorola introduced an AdvancedTCA (ATCA) blade that leverages two sixteen-core processors with built-in hardware acceleration engines to deliver 10Gbps packet forwarding throughput. The blade uses Cavium Networks' Octeon processors and Wind River's Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition (PNE-LE) operating system. The many-core processor with a standard Carrier Grade Linux programming environment allows both conventional programs and packet processing tasks to be handled on the same hardware.

Target applications include data plane elements that employ deep packet inspection, such as network gateway and edge functions for 4G wireless and IPTV.

Key ATCA-9301 blade features include:

  • Dual Cavium OCTEON CN5860 Many-Core Processing Units (MPUs) with sixteen cores each

  • Hardware acceleration for security, de-/compression, packet queuing, and scheduling functions

  • Wind River PNE-LE Carrier Grade Linux operating environment 10-port Gigabit Ethernet Network Interfaces for operational flexibility

"The ATCA-9301 blade's Cavium-based architecture permits packet processing tasks such as forwarding, packet inspection, and security functions to be done in parallel with control plane tasks at a lower total cost of ownership. This will help providers to spend more time developing the broadest set of applications on a single platform and less time dealing with the power and cooling challenges of conventional communications processors," said Jorge Magalhaes, Director of Marketing, Embedded Communications Computing, Motorola.

The ATCA-9301 is available as standalone product or as part of Motorola's Centellis 4000 series of ATCA-based communications servers.


Monday, June 11, 2007

Crossbeam Delivers 40 Gbps of UTM Security Performance

Crossbeam Systems announced the availability of its next-generation X-Series line of security service switches featuring up to 40 Gbps of unified threat management (UTM) security processing throughput in a single chassis.

The new X-Series represents an architectural refresh of Crossbeam's core network and security service processing capabilities. It is designed to serve as an open and extensible platform, purpose built for security, upon which best-in-class, certified interoperable applications can be integrated and exchanged as needed to respond to new and evolving threats.

Crossbeam said its new X-Series couples the consolidation benefits of Crossbeam UTM with high levels of scale, performance and virtualization to support next-generation requirements. The X-Series will also serve as the foundation for a number of security advances to be introduced over the next year that will enable a new level of "inter-application intelligence."

Key features of the platform include:

  • Extreme performance -- Provides five times the performance over traditional appliances available today, enabling multiple applications to run simultaneously at up to 40 Gbps throughput in a single chassis, including firewall, IPS and anti-virus applications.

  • Fully 10 GE enabled -- With the ability to support up to four NPM-8600 network processor modules per X-Series chassis, this architecture can provide up to 8 10 GE ports and 40 1 GE ports to satisfy the most demanding connectivity requirements for next generation networks.

  • Application serialization -- Enables operators to manage how the data flows from ingress through various best-of-breed applications, one after the other, until egress. This unique technology enables custom flow management and can also actively manage transitions between Layer 2 and Layer 3 applications.

  • Flexible, scalable platform -- Hardware architecture consists of the chassis (X40, X45, X80) and three hardened components -- Network Processor Module (NPM-8600), Control Processor Module (CPM-8600), and Application Processor Module (APM-8600).

The new X-Series is available immediately worldwide.


Verizon Business Continues Building National Optical ULH Net

Verizon Business will add 6,000 more miles to its ultra long haul (ULH) network this year, surpassing the halfway point in the company's multiyear plan to deploy a 50,000-mile all-optical transport network across the United States. More than 15 new ULH routes connecting dozens of cities will be added.

Verizon said its ULH network supports integrated optical transport and enables photonic switching of wavelengths for network restoration and shorter customer provisioning intervals. The ULH strategy also allows Verizon Business to extend the signal reach beyond 1,200 miles without regeneration equipment, reducing operational expenses as well as the number of active components in the network. The use of ULH allows large-business and government customer traffic on the ULH network to receive a higher level of resiliency, better network performance, reduced latency and increased network availability, with measurements up to 99.999 percent.

The Verizon Business ULH network supports an OC-768 core capacity , with transmission speeds up to 40 Gbps for robust performance of IP, MPLS, SONET and SDH services. The network platform also has the capability of supporting a mixture of 10 Gbps and 40 Gbps signals on a single fiber.

  • Earlier this year, Verizon Business boosted the capacity of its ultra long haul (ULH) all-optical network from 10 Gbps line rate to 40 Gbps in the high-traffic corridor between New York and Washington, D.C. As the company began its 40 Gbps commercial deployment, it also confirmed that it already has 100 Gbps technology in its sights.

  • In June 2004, MCI (VZ Business predecessor), working in collaboration with CIENA and Mintera Corp., established a 40 Gbps connection across a long haul route spanning 1,200 km. The technology trial took place over MCI's ultra long haul DWDM route between Sacramento, California and Salt Lake City, Utah.

CableLabs Issues CALEA Spec for Broadband Surveillance

CableLabs issued its Cable Broadband Intercept Specification (CBIS) to assist cable operators and law enforcement agencies in meeting legal mandates under the federal Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA).

CableLabs is positioning its CBIS as a "safe harbor under CALEA, meaning that cable operators who are compliant with CBIS are, therefore, deemed to be CALEA compliant.

Under CALEA, if a voice or broadband provider is not in compliance with the law, the provider could be subject to a daily fine of $10,000 until compliance is reached.

CALEA, enacted in 1994, mandates that providers of communications services, which now include VoIP and broadband services, be able to isolate, pursuant to a court order or other lawful authorization, the content of a communication as well as call identifying information.

The CableLabs CBIS initiative is cable's second CALEA safe harbor. In July 2004, CableLabs issued a similar specification creating a safe harbor for PacketCable digital voice. This latest broadband surveillance effort began after the Federal Communications Commission May 2006 order that broadband service providers comply with the CALEA mandate.


Zhone Introduces GPON Home Gateway

Zhone Technologies unveiled its standards-based Optical Line Terminal/Optical Network Terminal (OLT/ONT) Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Gateway featuring Layer 3 intelligence for remote monitoring and traffic prioritization of QoS sensitive media applications.

Service changes or upgrades are managed remotely via a TR-069 Automatic Configuration Server, the same management standard already used for millions of DSL installations worldwide. In addition to remote management and diagnostics, zNID supports HomePNAv3 home networking using standard coax cable and ordinary twisted pair phone line.

Zhone said its zNID is also the first gateway to derive its power from the existing phone lines in the home, further eliminating the risks and costs of hiring technicians to drill and run in-home cable.

zNID's resilient thermal enclosure mounts on the outside of the house with a separate fiber tray so the electronic panel can be added upon service activation. Remote Broadband Access (RBA) provides the end-user anywhere-connectivity to their home network via a password protected Virtual Private Network (VPN) that can be accessed by mobile phone or remote web browser.

TeliaSonera Searches for New Leadership

Anders Igel will step down from his role as President and CEO of TeliaSonera AB at the end of July. The announcement follows a Board of Directors meeting. The board concluded that the company is entering a new phase and will benefit from a new leadership.

The Executive Vice President and CFO, Kim Ignatius, will take charge as acting President and CEO at that time. The board has initiated a search process for a new President and CEO.
  • Anders Igel became the President and CEO of TeliaSonera in 2002 in connection with the merger between Telia AB and Sonera Corporation.

Nokia Growth Partners Invests in kyte.tv

kyte.tv. a San Francisco-based start-up focused on user-generated content, social networks, and mobile services, received a financial investment from Nokia Growth Partners.

kyte.tv's service enables users to create interactive TV channels online and on the go, which are instantly broadcast to any website, blog, social network, and mobile phone.

The investment from Nokia Growth Partners follows kyte.tv's recent announcement that it had received an investment from a leading service provider and a media company, Swisscom and Holtzbrinck Ventures, that will provide the company with key distribution channels across Europe.


BEA WebLogic Network Gatekeeper 3.0 for Enhanced Web Services

BEA announced the release of its WebLogic Network Gatekeeper 3.0, which is a Telecom Web Services and Service Access Gateway solution for next-generation service delivery platforms (SDP). System enhancements are aimed at helping operators maximize their investment in existing networks, as well as generate additional revenue from new SDP and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) network capabilities. In particular, the new features focused on enhanced Telecom Web Services capabilities, IMS and Java EE integration, enhanced policy enforcement and Service Creation Environment (SCE). This includes:

  • Enhanced Telecom Web Services -- Delivers simple Web service interfaces for telecom capabilities such as Short Message Service (SMS), Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Push, terminal location, terminal status, third-party call control, call notification, audio calls, call handling, presence and payments. Also supports event-triggered notifications for user status and location.

  • IMS and Java EE Integration -- Native support for Java EE, Java Web Services, SIP and IMS. Based on the Java EE application platform, BEA WebLogic Server, and the converged SIP-IMS application server, BEA WebLogic SIP Server.

  • Enhanced Policy Enforcement -- Provides ability to enforce SLA policies across geographically distributed data centers. Also supports callable policy interfaces that allow policy enforcement to be extended to external applications and services.

  • Service Creation Environment -- Includes the Software Developer Kit (SDK) and Extension Toolkit -- both of which support integration with Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environments (IDE) and enable developers to easily create and test applications using Telecom Web Services, as well as create custom Telecom Web Services and network plug-ins.

BEA claims 36% of the overall market for middleware used in the telecommunications industry, according to a recent report from OSS Observer. BEA's share of the market for middleware for the telecommunications industry grew 29% from the previous year, while the next closest competitor grew at a rate of 20%. Furthermore, OSS Observer estimates that spending on IT middleware in the telecommunications industry will grow from $836 million in 2006 to $1.8 billion in 2011 at a 16% CAGR.


Global IP Solutions (GIPS) Enhances Softphone

Global IP Solutions (GIPS) release a new version of their enterprise softphone, Remote Extension 5.0. The improved softphone incorporates GIPS industry recognized wideband codec iSAC, which is an adaptive VoIP codec that delivers full, robust audio in both high and low-bit rate applications. In addition the new version of Remote Extension supports such advanced features as PC to PC voicemail, call recording and now operates on a wider array of hand held devices.

GIPS Remote Extension allows a remote or mobile worker to securely connect to any corporate phone system, without having to establish a VPN.

SonicWALL to Acquire Aventail for SSL VPN Remote Access Solutions

SonicWALL agree to acquire Aventail Corporation, a Seattle-based, privately-held provider of SSL VPN remote access solutions, for approximately $25 million in cash.

SonicWALL already offers a complementary SSL VPN solution. Aventail specializes in higher-end SSL VPN enterprise control deployments, while SonicWALL offer a suite of appliances designed for small and mid-sized organizations.

"This is an exciting move for Aventail, and we look forward to serving an expanding customer base even more effectively as a result of the acquisition," said Evan Kaplan, president and chief executive officer at Aventail.

SonicWALL said it will continue to rely on its worldwide channel network and two-tier distribution model. SonicWALL plans not only to sustain but also grow the current feature sets of both companies' products and will additionally pursue opportunities for cross pollination of technologies across both product lines as well as synergistic opportunities to enter new and separate product areas.



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