Saturday, June 16, 2007

One Minute Video: The Road to 100G


One Minute Video

The Road to 100G -- Discussing the new dynamic in communications, in which on-demand video services are driving an insatiable need for bandwidth. With bandwidth demand expanded to soar, service providers are already bundling multiple 10 Gbps along core trunks. Many of these bundles already exceed 100 Gbps..

Presented by Chuck Gershman, CEO, Bay Microsystems

One Minute Video: What is VoIP Peering?

One Minute Video

What is VoIP Peering? -- Introducing the concept of IP peering and explaining how VoIP peering will evolve in next generation networks.

Presented by John Longo, VP of Marketing, NexTone

One Minute Video: What is an SBC?

One Minute Video

What is an SBC? -- Explaining the role of the session border controller in next generation networks.

Presented by John Longo, VP of Marketing, NexTone

Friday, June 15, 2007

One Minute Video: What is a ROADM?

One Minute Video: What is a ROADM?

Presented by ECI Telecom

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Infinera Achieves 2000 km Reach for 40G

Infinera introduced a new 40 Gbps Tributary Adapter Module (TAM) provides plug-and-go capability over any Infinera DTN network without complex optical planning. This enables carriers to deploy 40G services over most long-haul and metro fiber plants currently deployed in the field, according to the company.

Unlike other 40 Gbps solutions that employ complex modulation schemes or require expensive per-wavelength compensation to overcome optical impairments, Infinera's 40G TAM module maps a 40 Gbps service to four 10 Gbps wavelengths enabled by an Infinera 100 Gbps line card.

Infinera also highlighted a recent lab demonstration in which it successfully sent 40 Gbps services across 2,000 kilometers of fiber, exceeding the reach of most 40 Gbps systems currently available.

ILS to Launch 5th-Generation Satellite for Arabsat

Arabsat selected International Launch Services (ILS) to launch a fifth-generation satellite -- either Arabsat-5A or BADR-5 -- in the 2009-2010 timeframe on a Proton Breeze M vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. ILS partner Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center builds the Proton in Russia.

A consortium of EADS Astrium and Thales Alenia Space is building the satellites and is responsible for delivering the satellites in orbit. EADS Astrium will supply the Eurostar E3000 platforms and integrate the satellites. Thales Alenia Space will design and build the communications payloads.

ECI Telecom Confirms Reports of Financial Discussions

ECI Telecom confirmed media reports that it is currently in discussions with a group of investors led by Swarth Investments, an investment vehicle controlled by Shaul Shani, regarding a potential acquisition of all the shares of the company by the group for a consideration of $10.00 per share in cash. The company said that there can be no assurance the deal will be consummated.

FCC Maintains Feb 2008 Sunset of Cellular Analog Service

The FCC denied a petition filed by the Alarm Industry Communications Committee and ADT Security Services seeking a two-year extension of the requirement that cellular licensees provide analog service to subscribers and roamers whose equipment conforms to the Advanced Mobile Phone Service (AMPS) standard.

The ruling upholds the analog cellular sunset date of February 18, 2008, after which cellular licenses may, but will no longer be required to, provide AMPS service. The sunset date was originally set in 2002.

FTTH Council Sees No Need for "Network Neutrality" Regulation

Weighing in on the "network neutrality" debate, the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council filed papers urging the FCC not to adopt a principle of non-discrimination in the transmission of content over the Internet. To do so, said the FTTH Council, would be to respond to a problem that doesn't presently exist with regulation that would inhibit investment in and harm further development of the Internet.

From its own study of the issue, the FTTH Council concludes that "there is no evidence that network platform providers are engaging in anticompetitive behavior, harming end-users or content and applications providers. Rather, there is a complex set of forces in the market for the delivery of information from content and applications providers to consumers that are balanced."

In its 76-page filing, the Council also said "that because congestion on the Internet is becoming a problem due to the proliferation of video and other high-bandwidth applications, some differentiation of content is necessary - and, in fact, healthy - to assure reasonable bandwidth management, network security, quality of service and the proper functioning of certain applications such as VoIP." At the same time, it noted that networks with increased bandwidth "are far less prone to congestion and thus have little need to prioritize transmissions. In essence, greater capacity makes the non-discrimination debate recede."
  • In March 2007, The Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council is calling on the U.S. government to adopt a "100 Megabit Nation" policy aimed at ensuring that next-generation broadband connections are universally available by 2015. Specifically, the FTTH Council proposed that Congress and the President act by the end of 2007 to adopt a strategy and timetable for clearing the way for all Americans to gain access to communication services at transmission speeds in excess of 100 Mbps. The recommendation included the goal of extending, through both private and public sector initiatives, affordable next-generation broadband to a majority of Americans by 2010, with universal availability by 2015.

InPhase Demos Holographic Storage for Video -- 300GB on 5" Disk

InPhase Technologies will demonstrate its Tapestry holographic recording system at an event this week in Studio City, California. Its holographic storage product, the InPhase Tapestry 300r, holds 300 GB in a write-once read-only (WORM) configuration. The drive stores the data on a single 5 ¼-inch disc, at a transfer rate of 20 megabytes per second (MB/s), or 160 megabits per second (Mb/s). InPhase is quoting a 50-year media archive life.

AT&T Trims DSL Price in Southeast

AT&T announced a new broadband offer for new residential broadband customers in the company's Southeast region -- a monthly price of $19.95 for FastAccess DSL Lite. This is a $5 difference from the previous $24.95 monthly charge. New customers will also receive faster downstream speed -- moving from up to 256 Kilobits per second (Kbps) to now up to 768 Kbps. AT&T will also offer $75 cash back to new broadband customers. The promotion runs through the end of the month.

RadiSys Extends COM Express Leadership With New Module

RadiSys introduced a COM Express module designed for embedded telecom applications that require a standard processor module and Error Correcting Code (ECC) memory.

When incorporated with the RadiSys Promentum ATCA-2210, system designers gain a switch and control module suited for Radio Network Controller, Media Gateway, IMS and IPTV applications. The CE3100 utilizes a Core 2 Duo L7400 processor and offers flexible storage options with Serial ATA (SATA) and Serial Attached Small Computer System Interface (SAS) configurations. The module also provides dual gigabit Ethernet capabilities to maximize IO bandwidth.

Procelerant CE products are based on COM Express, a standard that provides a bridge from legacy interfaces such as PCI and IDE to new serial differential signaling technologies such as PCI Express, Serial ATA, USB 2.0, LVDS, and Serial DVO.

Because they are modular and standards-based, RadiSys COM Express products help equipment manufacturers shorten their time to market and reduce development costs. By removing the processor, chipset and memory from the rest of the design, manufacturers can focus engineering resources on developing differentiating features and avoid the design churn that comes with implementing new processor generations.

AT&T Selects Vendors for Greenfield GPON Deployments

AT&T has selected Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson to provide equipment for the planned deployment of GPON in "new build," or greenfield areas, as part of its overall U-verse network strategy. Financial terms of the awards were not disclosed.

AT&T is deploying fiber-to-the-home technology, including PON, in new-build residential areas throughout the local communications service territories and will deploy a fiber-to-the-node network infrastructure in existing neighborhoods.

The Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson GPON solutions consist of several passive optical network-based elements, including equipment for the central office and home terminals. Both suppliers will soon begin lab testing and certification by AT&T Labs before field testing, which will include configurations for general deployment in single-family residences, apartment and condominium complexes.

Orange Signs Content Partnership with French National Olympics

The French National Olympics and Sports Committee has chosen Orange for a "New Media Partnership". The project will initially consist of programmes lasting around one to two hours a day, renewed daily. Orange will deliver multimedia of live or near-live events, magazines, short programmes, programmes on the preparation of French teams for the Peking Olympics, VoD (Video-on-Demand) content, interactive services and text and photo format information.

VeriSign Enables First Text Message Based Police Tip Line in the U.S.

The Boston Police Department is launching what is believed to be the first text message based tip line in the U.s. VeriSign powers the Boston Crime Stoppers text messaging platform, provisioned the C-R-I-M-E short code, and manages the system's user interface. Citizens can text crime tips to the police at C-R-I-M-E (27463).

Common IMS to be Centered in the 3GPP

The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)announced an agreement on how to proceed with Common IMS meeting the needs of the fixed, mobile, cable and broadband wireless communities.

At the 3GPP Plenary meeting in Busan, Korea (29th May to 7th June) it was agreed to include Common IMS developments as part of 3GPP Release 8, which is expected to be functionally frozen by end 2007.

"ETSI TISPAN has taken the first steps in migrating fixed IMS requirements to 3GPP in a co-operation that will prevent fragmentation of IMS standards. A Common IMS, developed in one place, is a big step forward and will bring enormous economies of scale and reductions in capital and operational costs," commented Dr. Walter Weigel, ETSI Director-General.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Clearwire Signs Distribution Deals with DirecTV, Echostar

Clearwire announced distribution agreements with DIRECTV and EchoStar Communications, enabling each of the satellite companies to offer Clearwire's high-speed Internet service to their customers. Clearwire will also be able to offer the video services of one or both satellite companies to its customers. The launch is planned for later this year.

"We're pleased to partner with these two satellite companies as they both share our commitment to offering a superior customer experience by enabling customers to enjoy the benefits of unwired services," said Perry Satterlee, Clearwire president and chief operating officer.
  • In May, AOL agreed to offer Clearwire's high-speed wireless broadband service to AOL users throughout Clearwire markets in the U.S. Previously, AOL and Clearwire had a joint distribution agreement that covered four Clearwire markets – Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, Fla.; and Stockton and Modesto, California.

  • Earlier this year, Clearwire, the broadband wireless services provider founded by Craig McCaw, raised $600 million in an initial public offering (IPO).

  • In February, Clearwire agreed to acquire all 2.5 GHz spectrum currently licensed to, or leased by, BellSouth, now AT&T. The sale price is $300 million in cash. For AT&T, the deal follows through on a commitment of the AT&T-BellSouth merger.

  • In January 2007, Clearwire named Scott Richardson as the company's new chief strategy officer. Richardson previously served as vice president of Intel's Mobility Group and general manager of the company's Service Provider Business Group. In these roles, Richardson led Intel's broadband wireless efforts from its inception and was responsible for driving the company's 802.16 silicon products for WiMax Certified wireless equipment and access devices.

  • In July 2006, Clearwire secured $900 million in funding to accelerate its development and deployment of portable and mobile WiMAX networks based on the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard. The deal included a $600 million investment from Intel Capital, its largest to date, and Motorola's acquisition of Clearwire's subsidiary NextNet Wireless, which supplies OFDM-based non-line-of-sight (NLOS) wireless broadband infrastructure equipment.

American Fiber Systems Deploys Atrica's Carrier Ethernet

American Fiber Systems (AFS), which operates metropolitan fiber networks and offers wholesale transport services, has deployed Atrica's Carrier Ethernet platform. AFS has over 1,200,000 miles of its own metro fiber deployed. It provides Ethernet, wavelength, and TDM private line services, as well as dark fiber infrastructure, to operators and large enterprises in nine U.S. metro markets, including Atlanta, Cleveland, Kansas City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Reno, and Boise. Financial terms were not disclosed.

AFS selected the Atrica Carrier Ethernet platform for its ability to deliver end-to-end 50ms protection, flexible bandwidths for both Committed Information Rate (CIR) and Excess Information Rate (EIR) services, and differentiated service offerings based on Quality of Service (QoS).

The Atrica gear is used to deliver Ethernet Transport Services, including Ethernet Private Line Service (EPL - a dedicated, point-to-point service with capacity from 50 Mbps to 1 Gbps, in increments of 1 Mbps), Ethernet Virtual Private Line Service (EVPL - which also provides point-to-point connectivity. A switched service, EVPL allows management of bandwidth, traffic handling characteristics and route destination), and Ethernet Virtual LAN Service (EVLAN - like virtual private line, only providing multi-point connectivity. This switched service enables management of bandwidth, traffic handling characteristics and route destination.).

Atrica Announces Multi-port Carrier Ethernet Demarcation Device

Atrica introduced a Multi-port Carrier Ethernet Demarcation Device designed to enable end-to-end service delivery across third-party networks - as well as Atrica-based networks - with Quality of Service (QoS) control for each individual service.

The A-1180 Multi-port Carrier Ethernet Demarcation Device has eight 10/100Base-T Ethernet interfaces on the customer network side, each of which provisions an Ethernet Virtual Circuit (EVC) that corresponds to a service. It has an uplink slot on the service provider network side, which supports both Fast Ethernet (FE) and Gigabit Ethernet (GE) uplink modules. The FE and GE uplink modules utilize pluggable SFP transceivers, using either dual strands or single strand fiber of various distances. This allows service providers to cost effectively connect the A-1180 to fiber local loop.

The A-1180 could be deployed by Service Providers at the customer premise to provide a clear demarcation point between the customer and the service provider network. Besides delivering managed services to customers via MEF-UNI with QoS control for each service, the A-1180 provides carrier-class management and OAM functions. Supported services include:

  • Ethernet UNI for E-Line and E-LAN Services in an Atrica Environment: The A-1180 functions as UNI for E-Line and E-LAN services. Operators can provision E-Line and E-LAN services in a point-and-click manner. Hard QoS is ensured for each service, and 50ms protection can be guaranteed within Atrica's edge and core network. The A-1180 supports Connection Admission Control (CAC) and allows service providers to provision CIR/EIR and delay/jitter bound for their SLA.

  • Ethernet UNI for E-Line and E-LAN Services in Any Existing Edge/Core Network: The A-1180 is an ideal demarcation device for operators who want to deliver high-value Ethernet services to business customers. The A-1180 can be connected directly to the existing provider network via its FE or GE uplink interface and it can be managed, either in-band or out-of-band, from a central location.

  • Ethernet UNI for E-Line and E-LAN Services in Off-Net: Carriers who want to offer Ethernet services outside their own regions may use off-net from a third-party service provider. The A-1180 can be used to connect the end customers on the access side and the off-net on the network side. The modular uplink provides the most convenient way to connect to the off-net.

Acme Packet Enhances its Net-Net Session Border Controllers

Acme Packet announced over 40 new features and enhancements that further extend the capabilities of its Net-Net session border controllers (SBCs) for controlling access to IP voice (VoIP), video and multimedia networks. The enhancements include new capabilities in the areas of security, service reach maximization, SLA assurance, revenue and profit protection and regulatory compliance.

The new access border control features in Net-Net OS Release 5.0 enhance the advanced signaling and media control required by service providers, enterprises and contact centers at their access borders.

Some highlights:

  • Security -- several new enhancements improve the SBC's denial of service (DoS) and distributed DoS (DDoS) self-protection capabilities for session initiation protocol (SIP), transport layer security (TLS), media gateway control protocol (MGCP) and address resolution protocol (ARP) attacks or overloads. The SIP enhancement enables the Net-Net SBC to differentiate between a massive endpoint re-registration event and a malicious registration flood attack. TLS performance is optimized via TLS session caching and reuse. A collection of new SIP, H.323, SIP-H.323 interworking (IWF) and session description protocol (SDP) control features improve the ability of the SBC to deliver trusted services.

  • Signaling and media control -- new features in Net-Net OS 5.0 further augment service/application support and maximize reach. Because session content is moving beyond just interactive voice and video, Acme Packet's control capabilities have been extended to the data, text, image and application content of multimedia sessions, such as gaming and multimedia collaboration. Admission control, quality of service (QoS) marking or mapping and bandwidth policing is now provided for these media types. Many new SIP, H.323, SIP-H.323 interworking and SDP enhancements facilitate greater interoperability to extend service reach.

  • Overload and admission control -- new features assure service level agreements (SLAs) for incoming traffic and police network usage. Overloads on core signaling softswitches or IMS CSCF elements can be controlled by selective call rejection or diversion based upon telephone number, IP address or domain. Aggregate signaling constraints are now supported by individual SIP interfaces. Limits on individual SIP users in terms of the number of active calls or bandwidth being used can be enforced.

  • Regulatory compliance For emergency (E911) service within IMS architectures, an ETSI TISPAN-compliant DIAMETER e2 interface to an external location server is now supported. This interface enables the SBC to add location information to SIP message headers and assists in routing to the appropriate emergency service center (PSAP). In the area of lawful intercept, Net-Net OS 5.0 supports the ETSI TISPAN interfaces--X1_1 for target provisioning, X2 for call data delivery and X3 for call content delivery.