Monday, July 9, 2007

Intellon Releases Second-Generation HomePlug AV Chip

Intellon released its second-generation HomePlug AV powerline communications (PLC) IC. Based on the 200 Mbps-PHY-rate HomePlug AV specification, the new device features architectural and design improvements to deliver enhanced performance at a lower cost compared to first generation HomePlug AV ICs.

Intellon said its new chip design offers a faster processor, reconfigured internal bus structure, faster memory bus and a multi-chip module package that includes both a MAC/PHY transceiver and an analog front-end. It also offers simple push-button security for retail product applications, so that a personal computer (PC) is not required to secure a home network. The IC has MII (Ethernet) and PCI host interfaces, and does not require external flash memory for boot-from-host applications.

snom Releases IP Phone Featuring VPN Security

snom technology AG launched an IP business phone, the snom 370, capable of acting as a VPN client -- enabling encrypted tunnels for all voice traffic between the snom phones and the company IP PBX. The new VPN feature also eliminates all Network Address Translation (NAT)-traversal issues often experienced with Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).

The snom 370 allows users to customize the display with images to show the status of contacts. It can support several audio devices simultaneously, such as the handset, headset and loudspeaker. The multicast paging mode makes it possible to use the phone for large-scale public announcements. This is in addition to providing the ability to broadcast text messages to all snom phones in an installation. With its broadcast capabilities, snom phones can now be part of security solutions fit for public emergency situations. MSRP is US$299.

Sumitomo Electric Networks Launches into China's FTTH Market

Sumitomo Electric Networks announced a $25 million investment in Wuhan Yangtze Optical Technology Co., Ltd, a manufacturer of FTTH equipment based in the city of Wuhan, giving Sumitomo an 18.9% stake in the company. Sumitomo said the most promising market for FTTH equipment outside Japan is China, where further construction and expansion of information infrastructure is expected following such large-scale events as the Beijing Olympics and Shanghai World Expo. The number of FTTH subscriber lines in China is prospected to reach 20 million by 2011.

Sumitomo Electric Networks is a leading supplier of GE-PON equipment. In June 2007, Sumitomo received orders from Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. for GE-PON equipment.

Ericsson and Samsung Sign Telecom Cross License Deal

Ericsson and Samsung announced a significant patent cross licensing deal.

Under the terms of the worldwide royalty bearing agreement, Ericsson has granted Samsung a non-exclusive license under Ericsson's patent portfolio for the 2G and 3G mobile telephony standards, to develop, manufacture and sell 2G and 3G subscriber and infrastructure equipment.

In return, Samsung provides a royalty payment and a reciprocal license under Samsung's valuable patent portfolio to Ericsson.

Telecom Italia Selects Huawei for HSPA Expansion

Telecom Italia selected Huawei Technologies to expand and upgrade its HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) networks covering Southern Italy, including Palermo, the capital of Sicily. Huawei will supply its new generation Node B solution, which supports full-performance HSDPA, HSUPA (High-Speed Uplink Packet Access), and IP RAN (IP-based Radio Access Network). Financial terms were not disclosed.

AT&T Enhances Optical Ethernet Metro (OPT-E-MAN) service

AT&T is expanding its switched Optical Ethernet Metropolitan Area Network (OPT-E-MAN) service to include 150 Mbps and 600 Mbps Committed Information Rate (CIR) for its wholesale customers. The new option is available in California, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Connecticut.

AT&T's OPT-E-MAN service uses switched optical Ethernet to transport data traffic within a metropolitan service area (MSA) or to access wholesale customers' WAN applications. It provides a Layer 2 switched metro Ethernet service, enabling customers to connect any two or more locations together as access within a metro service area.

The service offers virtual point-to-point, point-to-multipoint and multipoint-to-multipoint data configurations. With OPT-E-MAN service, customers can create a scalable optical service that provides flexible bandwidth options from 5 Mbps to 1 Gbps.

AT&T said the expansion comes on the heels of a recent FCC decision that allows it to negotiate individual OPT-E-MAN service arrangements in areas where it has received Phase I pricing flexibility.

AT&T also offers OPT-E-MAN service for business customers. Designed for broadband connections across a local area, OPT-E-MAN service can be a simple and economical high-bandwidth solution for business customers by offering state-to-state links when connected to a company's virtual private network.

AT&T Supplies 79-site Global VPN for Norgren

AT&T announced a $4 million contract with Norgen to provide an IP VPN linking 79 sites in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas over a period of three years. Norgren, an engineering firm, has developed an information technology strategy to deliver a global standard in network applications and security across its business around the world by using reliable, secure and managed network services.

Motorola to Acquire Leapstone for IMS Software

Motorola agreed to acquire privately-held Leapstone Systems, a developer of communications software for service providers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Leapstone's flagship Communications Convergence Engine (CCE) product suite is a real-time service delivery platform that enables fixed and mobile network operators to expand and evolve their service offerings through its Service Broker and Content Manager software products.

Leapstone's service brokering approach acknowledges that services will be developed by multiple vendors, run on different platforms and require various protocol interfaces. CCE serviceBROKER is not tightly coupled with any particular application creation technology.

The Leapstone platform is aligned with the IMS architectural framework and has been licensed by AT&T and Verizon Wireless, among others.

"Leapstone will contribute its leading intelligent service delivery and content management platform to Motorola, which will serve as our new engine for enabling seamless mobility experiences across applications, devices and domains," said Dan Moloney, President, Motorola Home & Networks Mobility.
  • In May 2007, Leapstone released version 8.0 of its flagship Communications Convergence Engine (CCE) software, adding new capabilities aimed at IPTV providers. This includes a set of advanced blackout functions for regional sports events, as required by content owners. With this feature, enabled by Leapstone's Microsoft Windows-based middleware, IPTV providers can selectively allow content suppliers to automatically schedule, monitor and manage events for regional blackouts.

  • Leapstone was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in New Jersey.

  • Leapstone investors include Accel Partners, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Oak Investment Partners, Mayfield, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Partners, and Redwood Venture Partners.

  • Motorola's recent acquisitions have included: Terayon, digital video grooming platforms; Tut Systems, encoding platforms; Netopia, telco broadband CPE; TTPCom, GPRS, EDGE and 3G protocol stack software; Orthogon Systems, intelligent OFDM-based, wireless IP, point-to-point transmission solutions; and Kreatel, for Linux-based STBs and IPTV middleware.

Motorola and Microsoft Extend Partnership

Motorola and Microsoft agreed to develop Microsoft Dynamics-based applications for select Motorola mobile computers. The extended relationship enables Motorola PartnerSelect members globally to port their existing enterprise mobility solutions to the Microsoft Dynamics platform.

Microsoft Dynamics has tested and certified the Motorola MC70 Windows Mobile 5.0 Mobile Computer and MC35 Windows Mobile 5.0 Enterprise Digital Assistant solutions with the Microsoft Dynamics Mobile Sales and Microsoft Dynamics Development Tools.

ARRIS Mobility Application Server Interoperates with Cedar Point

ARRIS' Mobility Application Server (MAS) has completed interoperability testing with Cedar Point Communications' SAFARI C3 Multimedia Switching System. The solution enables operators to deploy a scalable Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solution that utilizes an existing or yet to be deployed Cedar Point SAFARI C3 switching infrastructure.

The ARRIS Mobility Application Server converges existing switching infrastructure while providing a seamless evolution to tomorrow's PacketCable 2.0 and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks.

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.