Sunday, July 8, 2007

Porto Digital Deploys Alcatel-Lucent for Metro Ethernet

Porto Digital, a public/private partnership between the Portuguese municipality of Porto, the University of Porto and the Enterprises Association of Portugal, selected Alcatel-Lucent to supply a metro Ethernet solution. Porto Digital plans to deliver a new wave of residential and business services, while interconnecting and providing low-cost broadband access to some 50 institutions.

Alcatel-Lucent's solution includes a carrier class multi-service edge router and new market standard Ethernet Service Switches, managed by a comprehensive carrier grade Service Aware Manager.

DIRECTV 10 HD Satellite Successfully Launched

The DIRECTV 10 satellite was successfully launched last weekend aboard an International Launch Services (ILS) Russian-built Proton Breeze M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

DIRECTV 10 is expected to begin operations in early September, delivering the first of up to 100 national HD channels by year-end.

An additional satellite, DIRECTV 11, will be launched early next year to support further HD expansion in 2008. Between the two satellites, DIRECTV will be capable of delivering more than 1,500 local HD channels and 150 national HD channels

JANET UK Deploys 40 Gbps Wavelength with Ciena

JANET, the high-capacity research network in the UK, has implemented what is believed to be Europe's first 40 Gbps wavelength service. The deployment uses the new 40 Gbps capabilities of Ciena's CoreStream Agility Optical Transport System.

The Ciena-enabled 40 Gbps service was delivered across a dedicated optical fiber link connecting the Canary Wharf and Kings Cross points of presence (PoP) in London, one of the busiest parts of the JANET network. Cienna's CoreStream Agility platform forms the foundation of the JANET backbone transmission infrastructure to deliver high-speed connectivity for end-users. Additionally, Ciena's FlexSelect CN 4200 Advanced Services Platform connects 19 UK regional networks to the JANET backbone. Both Ciena solutions offer the upgrade path to 40 Gbps per wavelength.

With the first 40 Gbps connectivity now in service between two PoPs, JANET plans to migrate its entire CoreStream Agility-based transport infrastructure to 40 Gbps interfaces during the course of 2008, dependent on network traffic growth.

Ciena noted that its solution enables new 40 Gbps wavelengths to be intermixed with existing 10 Gbps wavelengths on the same fiber system.

Sprint Offers 3G Wireless WAN Gear from Cisco

Sprint is now offering a wireless wide area network (WAN) solution that can link a customer's MPLS VPN-based network via its EV-DO Rev. A network.

The Cisco 3G Wireless WAN High-Speed WAN Interface Card (HWIC), which is now available from Sprint via its business sales channels, can be used with applicable Cisco Integrated Services Routers (ISRs). The wireless connectivity can provide a remote location with primary access to an IP/MPLS network or the wireless connectivity can be use to provide redundancy for high-availability corporate requirements.

Sprint said it expects that a vast majority of its mobile broadband network will be upgraded to faster EV-DO Rev. A by year-end. The solution is also backwards compatible with EV-DO Rev. 0 and 1XRTT networks in areas where Sprint EV-DO Rev. A coverage might not be available.

Kodiak Networks Names CEO

Kodiak Networks, a supplier of service intelligence platforms for mobile operators, named John Vice as its new president and CEO. Vice is a former Nortel senior executive and Geyser Networks, an optical start-up.

Vice succeeds F. Craig Farrill, who co-founded Kodiak Networks in 2001 and has led the company since that time. Farrill will continue as a member of the Kodiak Networks board of directors.

Kodiak Networks noted that it has completed 19 commercial deployments with wireless network operators. Its Kodiak RTX is a flexible, multigenerational IMS platform.

Juniper Debuts E120 Broadband Services Router for Targeted Subscriber Awareness

Juniper Networks has expanded its E-series family with the introduction of the E120 Broadband Services Router (BSR), a compact edge router designed for IPTV and multiplay services. The new E120 mirrors the feature set of Juniper's E320 BSR, but in a smaller, compact factor. It delivers 120 Gbps of capacity and supports up to 64,000 individual subscribers. The new platform uses the JUNOSe operating system and existing line cards and interface modules of the E320.

Significantly, Juniper's E-series now supports service and subscriber-awareness, enabling service providers to determine on a second-by-second basis which IPTV or Video-on-Demand channels viewers watched. By translating Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) traffic into detailed program data, providers can gather real-time viewing statistics that can invaluable to national, regional and local advertisers constantly striving for more reliable metrics and greater accountability.

Juniper said this ability to deliver highly-targeted advertisements based on geographic, demographic, and usage-based patterns will enable advertisers to develop localized, highly-targeted ad campaigns. Highly accurate subscriber data can assure more valuable and effective ad placements, while opening up a significant new revenue opportunity for IPTV service providers.

To help service providers leverage this advertising opportunity, Juniper Networks is working with an initial set of partners, including

  • HP: Centralized business intelligence system collects, analyzes, and reports viewing data; makes ad placement decisions

  • Packet Vision: Targeted, addressable advertising service embracing the accountability and interactivity of IPTV

  • NebuAd: Targeted browser-based ad insertions for high-speed internet users

  • SeaChange International: Linear and advanced advertising solutions
  • Juniper's E320 Broadband Services Router is available with a 320 Gbps switch fabric and capable of scaling up to 128,000 subscribers per platform.

BT Selected Blue Coat's ProxySG Appliances for NHS

BT has selected Blue Coat's ProxySG appliances to accelerate Internet content to the broadband network that it is rolling out for the National Health Service (NHS) in England. The network, known as N3, replaces the NHSnet and forms part of what is believed to be the world's largest civilian IT project, the National Programme for IT in the NHS.

The N3 operations center routes Internet traffic to and from health care provider offices and Primary Care Trust groups through its Internet gateway. Blue Coat ProxySG appliances are deployed in-line at this primary gateway to speed content delivery and decrease bandwidth consumption. The N3 Internet gateway has a current capacity of 1 Gbps, but it is expected to scale to 2.5 Gbps as demand increases.

Intel Invests in VMware for its Virtualization

Intel Capital will invest $218.5 million in VMware's Class A common stock. VMware, which is a business unit of EMC, develops software for virtualization solutions, including a platform that virtualizes the Intel architecture. Intel microprocessors comprise the majority of the systems on which VMware's virtualization products are deployed.

VMware is based in Palo Alto, California.

NETGEAR Ships Consumer SAN Solution

NETGEAR began shipping an upgraded version of its consumer mass storage product featuring Gigabit speeds, faster SATA disk drives, greater flexibility and secure mirrored data protection. The Storage Central Turbo (SC101T) is the next generation of NETGEAR's Storage Area Network (SAN) product line for sharing and protecting digital assets such as music, photos, videos, HD movies, and data files. It uses Zetera's Z-SAN technology and supports up to two 3.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives of any capacity (not included).

Users are able to upgrade their SATA drives, or expand storage capacity indefinitely by adding extra Storage Central Turbo devices to their network.

Google to Acquire Postini for Corporate Email Security Services

Google agreed to acquire Postini, a provider of corporate email security and spam filtering services, for $625 million in cash. Postini's services -- which include message security, archiving, encryption, and policy enforcement -- can be used to protect a company's email, instant messaging, and other web-based communications. The company's customer base includes 35,000 businesses and 10 million users worldwide.

Postini claims to handle over 1 billion messages per day.

Google said it plans to expand its portfolio of hosted business services by integrating Google Apps and Postini solutions. Google Apps, which includes Gmail, Calendar, Talk, Docs & Spreadsheets, and Personal Start Page, has been adopted by more than 100,000 businesses already.

"With this transaction, we're reinforcing our commitment to delivering compelling hosted applications to businesses of all sizes. With the addition of Postini, our apps are not just simple and appealing to users -- they can also streamline the complex information security mandates within these organizations," said Eric Schmidt, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Google.
  • Postini is headed by Quentin Gallivan, who joined as CEO in 2005. Postini, Quentin spent eight years with VeriSign, as executive vice president of worldwide sales and service.

  • Postini is based in San Carlos, California.

LG-Nortel Licenses Global IP Solutions' VoiceEngine

Global IP Solutions (GIPS) VoiceEngine PC Advanced and VoiceEngine Mobile softphone applications have been selected by LG-Nortel in Korea to power its new UCS (Unified Communication Solution) and Phontage PDA and desktop PC telephony offerings. Phontage turns the PDA or desktop PC into a complete IP terminal, and incorporates both a softphone and videophone. It also enables multimedia collaboration based on real-time presence information.

GIPS said its VoiceEngine Mobile will provide users of LG Nortel's Phontage PDA with an on-the-move extension of their office phone system that works in the office or in the field using a built-in wireless LAN interface. The Phontage PDA includes GIPS' iLBC and wideband codec support.

AT&T Rolls Out Metro Wi-Fi in Riverside, California

AT&T launched its first Metro Wi-Fi network in Riverside, California. The citywide, Wi-Fi access service covers a 3-square-mile portion of the city, including downtown Riverside, Hunter Technology Park and the Adams Auto Center.

AT&T Metro Wi-Fi offers users a subscription-based high speed Internet access service at $7.99 for a daily (24 hours) pass and $15.99 for a weekly pass. Also included is a free, ad-supported broadband service offered through an AT&T relationship with MetroFi, a leading provider of free wireless Internet access.

In addition to other municipal applications, the city of Riverside is testing the service to run video to and from police department patrol cars. Officers also will use the public safety network for computer-aided dispatch, automated vehicle location and high-speed communications for queries to integrated justice databases to provide detailed information previously unavailable in the field.

Additional applications available with AT&T Metro Wi-Fi include traffic monitoring and coordination, video surveillance to minimize graffiti and illegal dumping and facility security.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Video Interview: Towerstream's Jeff Thompson on the Developing WiMAX Market

Key Questions Covered:

Why is are WiMAX services hot?

Who is Towerstream? What markets does it serve?

The Towerstream network -- how is it built? What services does it support?

WiMAX line-of-sight. Do you need line-of-sight to deliver your fixed wireless services?

How good are Voice-over-WiMAX services?

Competition -- Who does Towerstream compete against?

Licensed versus Unlicensed spectrum. What is Towerstream's spectrum strategy?

WiMAX suppliers -- Who are Towerstream's strategic suppliers?

Thomson and Nokia Siemens Networks Partner on 3G Femto Home Access Box

Thomson and Nokia Siemens Networks announced a partnership to develop 3G femto cell home access solution. Specifically, Thomson's femto cell-enabled residential gateway will be coupled with the newly announced 3G Femto Home Access network solution from Nokia Siemens Networks.
The solution will allow operators to deliver 3G multimedia services such as music downloads and video available in the home on any WCDMA 3G handset.

Trials of the 3G Femto Home Access solution including Thomson's residential gateway will start at the beginning of 2008, and commercial deployments are planned for the third quarter of 2008.
  • Earlier this month, Nokia Siemens Networks announced plans for a new Femto Gateway network element that will not require changes in the operators' existing core network, as it will connect to the core network over a standard interface. Mounted in a standard telco rack, it serves as the grooming point for cellular traffic to multiple Femto CPE. The Femto Gateway will also connect via an open interface to Femto Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) in homes, allowing Femto customer equipment from multiple vendors to be connected to it. The Femto Gateway will support any Femto CPE certified by Nokia Siemens Networks to conform with the interface. Nokia Siemens Networks said it will co-operate with Femto CPE vendors to ensure interoperability of their equipment to the Nokia Siemens Networks interface.

BT to Acquire Brightview, an ISP with 62,000 BB Users

BT agreed to acquire Brightview Group Limited, a consumer ISP serving about 62,000 subscribers, for approximately £15.8m in cash. Brightview operates the ISP brands Madasafish and Global Internet, as well as the Which?-award-winning Waitrose ISP. Brightview is also working with John Lewis Partnership to launch its new ISP and telephony service under the "GreenBee" brand.

Alcatel-Lucent Holds 26% Cumulative Share of IP DSLAM Market

Alcatel-Lucent continues to hold a 26% cumulative market share of the IP DSLAM market for the second consecutive quarter, according to the latest figures from Dell'Oro. For general DSL shipments, Alcatel-Lucent holds a cumulative market share of 41%, significantly more than double that of the second ranked competitor.

In the first quarter of 2007, Alcatel-Lucent had shipped over 7.3 million DSL lines, resulting in a total of more than 133 million DSL lines shipped.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that more than 150 customers are deploying its ISAM product portfolio, including 80% of the top 20 DSL operators in the world.

Alcatel-Lucent Demos Femto Base Station Router with Softbank

Alcatel-Lucent is collaborating with Softbank Mobile on a series of demonstrations of its 3G wireless in-building solutions in Japan. The technology demonstrations highlight Alcatel-Lucent's Femto Base Station Router (BSR), which combines W-CDMA/HSPA radio access and core network elements into one compact unit. The demos include the completion of circuit-switched voice calls and the delivery of high-speed data services using Softbank handsets, and High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology using laptops equipped with HSDPA PC cards.

Alcatel-Lucent's Femto BSR can be offered with integrated radio network controller (RNC) functionality, router functionality or both, depending on the needs of the operator and the network architecture they have in place.

Clearwire Secures New $1 Billion in Financing

Last week, Clearwire closed and funded its first tranche of a fully committed $1 billion senior secured term loan, the remainder of which will be funded on a delayed draw basis in approximately 45 days. The money will be used for the company's expansion and to refinance Clearwire's existing debt .

The transaction was led by Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and Citigroup. By refinancing its existing debt, virtually all of Clearwire's debt is extended to a five year maturity.
  • Clearwire launched its first market in August 2004 and now offers service in 40 markets in more than 400 municipalities in 13 states across the U.S. Clearwire's international markets include Ireland and Belgium, and the company also offers wireless high-speed Internet services in Mexico and Denmark through its partners, MVS Net and Danske Telecom.

Silicon Valley Considers Ways to Improve its Broadband Connectivity Issues

Leading San Francisco Bay Area employers -- including Apple, AT&T, Cisco, Comcast, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Nortel, Oracle and Verizon Wireless -- plus the region's largest municipal governments, are slated to meet on Monday to discuss ways of improving the region's broadband situation.

These company and city leaders will discuss how to overcome current regional challenges to building a telecommunications system worthy of the region many consider the technology capital of the world. The meeting will be guided by a keynote presentation by Scott McNealy, Chairman and Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems, plus a report by the Bay Area Council, prepared by Bonocore Technology Partners, that reviews what other countries or regions have done to improve their infrastructure, and recommends Bay Area actions.

"The Bay Area's telecommunications infrastructure has not kept pace with that of other regions, such as Korea and Japan," said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. "Many of the next-generation technology companies require graphically-intense applications, like video, remote health-care, multi-media or even videoconferencing, and need ubiquitous and much higher broadband speeds. If we can't build a better telecommunications backbone in the Bay Area, these new companies will start somewhere else. We also risk losing our current clusters of technology companies, plus financial services and others, who are increasingly locating their operations at superior worldwide telecommunications hubs."

Terabeam Sells Two Patents for $2.5 Million

Terabeam, which develops mesh, WiMAX, Wi-Fi and millimeter wave wireless products, has sold two of its patents for $2.5 million. As part of the sale, Terabeam and its subsidiaries received a license to continue to make and sell its products generally in the ordinary course of business, subject to certain limitations. The purchaser was not named.

Terabeam has two primary subsidiaries Proxim Wireless Corporation and Ricochet Networks. Proxim Wireless offers WiMAX, Wi-Fi, and other broadband wireless solutions. Ricochet Networks is a portable Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) with operational markets in Denver, Colorado and San Diego, California.