Sunday, July 15, 2007

One Minute Video: What is CWDM?

One Minute Video: What is CWDM?

Presented by Rich Moran


One Minute Video: What is HD Voice?

One Minute Video: What is HD Voice?

Presented by Tom Flanagan

Texas Instruments

One Minute Video: Enabling Legacy Applications in IMS

One Minute Video: Enabling Legacy Applications in IMS

Presented by Patrick Fitzgerald


Qwest Upgrades National Backbone with Ultra-long-haul (ULH) Tech

Qwest Communications has upgraded its nationwide fiber optic network with software-configurable, ultra-long-haul (ULH) technology, enabling end-to-end speeds scalable from 1 to 40 Gigabits per second.

Qwest said its upgraded national network is capable of providing:

  • A dedicated broadband transport network without the capital investment and expense of owning and operating network infrastructure.

  • Full availability of ultra-high-speed services with access points in all major U.S. business centers and extensive global connectivity.

  • Faster service provisioning and increased agility with the ability to deploy, activate, reconfigure and manage traffic remotely.

  • The ability to aggregate and transport traffic over standard communications interfaces including Ethernet and SONET.

Customers for Qwest "QWave" services provided via the high-capacity ULH network include U.S. Bancorp and Telefonica.

The ULH upgrade also supports continued scalability of Qwest IP services nationwide, and further augments ultra-high-bandwidth connectivity for customers to Qwest hosting centers.

India's Reliance Acquire Yipes

India's Reliance Communications will acquire Yipes Holdings, a leading provider of managed Ethernet services in the U.S., in an all-cash transaction valued at US$300 million. This constitutes Reliance Communications largest acquisition to date. Yipes will operate as a strategic business unit integrated within FLAG Telecom, the global undersea fiber network owned by Reliance.

Yipes, which is based in San Francisco, has a strategic network presence in the top 14 U.S. metros. The company claims nearly 1,000 enterprise customers.

Reliance describes the acquisition of Yipes as a key step in its plan to move up the value chain and closer to its customers in the Global Data business. It significantly increases Reliance's revenues from the enterprise segment internationally.

"The acquisition of Yipes will place Reliance Communications among the top three Global Ethernet service providers in the world. Reliance Communications with FLAG has a strong foothold in India, the Middle East and Asia, including China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. We plan to leverage the significant headstart of Yipes in Ethernet services, double the coverage in the US domestic market, and rollout Yipes services over the FLAG Global Network. We are fully committed to bringing Ethernet services to nearly 40 new countries," commented Punit Garg, President, Global Business, Reliance Communications.

Video Interview: Yipes -- Keao Caindec on Why Managed Ethernet Services are Hot

Key Questions Covered:

Why is Metro Ethernet hot?

What is the primary driver for Metro Ethernet?

The Menu of Ethernet Services

What types of Ethernet services are currently available?

The Yipes Network

The physical topology and key elements of the Yipes Network

Dark Fiber Trends

Is the availability of dark fiber a key factor for the business?

Key Technology Suppliers

Who are your key technology suppliers and what technical advantage do they provide?


How do you compete against ILECs?

Multicast Applications

How is multicasting used in an Ethernet service deployment?

MPLS vs. Ethernet

Why choose an Ethernet service over an MPLS-based VPN?

Network Architecture Issues

Is Yipes considering the use of PBT or T-MPLS as a network architecture?

A Need for 100G?

Does Yipes see a need to upgrade to 100 Gig Ethernet?

Coming Service Innovations

How will Ethernet continue to evolve at Yipes?

Yipes' Growth and Strategic Vision

How big is Yipes? Is an IPO coming soon? What is the company's long term vision?

Nokia Launches Mobile Application Development Contest for S60

Nokia announced the first 'Open C Challenge', a global contest for mobile application development for S60 on Symbian OS smartphones. It is aimed at encouraging open source and freeware developers to use Nokia's Open C environment, to create innovative mobile applications for the S60.

Global Crossing Integrates Siemens for Unified Communication Solutions

Global Crossing is launching a Unified Communications service for UK government departments that is based on the HiPath 8000 softswitch from Siemens Enterprise Communications.

Global Crossing Unified Communications provides customers with fully managed hosted IP Telephony, collaboration, and messaging solutions over a single, converged IP network. The service is available via a secure Government Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN).

This service is one of the first deliverables of an agreement between the two companies that ultimately will create a range of hosted services based on Siemens' award-winning HiPath 8000 softswitch platform. The debut of the new service also complements Global Crossing's recent confirmation of the Managed Telephony Service (Mts) four-year contract extension delivered through

D-Link Passes 500,000 Shipments for Draft 802.11n Products

D-Link has passed the 500,000 milestone for shipments of its Draft 802.11n products.

D-Link also reported the strongest quarter over quarter growth for Draft 802.11n product shipments among leading vendors, according to research firm In-Stat. D-Link Draft 802.11n product sales increased over 61% from Q4/06 to Q1/07.

Avaya Offers FMC Solution for Nokia Eseries Devices

Avaya announced a new FMC solution that provides users of Nokia Eseries business devices with one number access and advanced enterprise telephony capabilities as they travel across private Wi-Fi and public cellular networks.

The solution -- Avaya one-X Mobile Dual Mode -- combines Avaya's IP-based applications with Nokia Eseries business devices (Nokia E60, Nokia E61 and Nokia E70 models). Security benefits include the ability to authenticate the Nokia Eseries device to a PBX, giving businesses greater control over wireless communications by allowing only authorized users to access company systems.

Verizon Business Offers Dedicated Optical Network for Large Enterprises and Govt Agencies

Verizon Business introduced a new service for large enterprises and government agencies that provides a dedicated optical network integrating optical technologies such as DWDM and synchronous optical network (SONET), in addition to Ethernet, onto a single "ring" platform.

The Verizon Integrated Optical Service, which is the first such commercial offering from a U.S.-based Tier One provider, employs reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs).

The new service is immediately available to customers nationwide within Verizon territories, including major metropolitan areas such as New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Washington, Tampa, Dallas-Ft.Worth, Newark, Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham, Portland and Seattle.

Verizon said its new service is suitable for a wide array of customers, such as those in the financial, health care, government and education sectors; have large bandwidth requirements within a metro area (total overall bandwidth capability of 440 Gbps); manage various applications; and need a versatile and cost-effective solution for addressing connectivity requirements between locations.

Verizon Integrated Optical Service is backed by service level agreements (SLAs), including competitive availability and mean-time-to-repair commitments customers expect from a carrier-class wide area network (WAN) service.

In addition, the new service can connect to Verizon Business' ultra long haul network for high-bandwidth transport between regional and remote backup data centers for asynchronous data replication. Finally, the service also allows for access to many other Verizon services and solutions, such as Private IP (Verizon's MPLS network) and the public Internet.

Verizon Names Dick Lynch to Oversee Network Architecture

Verizon Communications appointed Dick Lynch to the newly created position of executive vice president and chief technology officer, where he will be responsible for establishing and managing the overall direction, technology and planning of all of Verizon's networks -- Verizon Wireless, Verizon Telecom and Verizon Business. He will report to Verizon President and Chief Operating Officer Denny Strigl.

Lynch was formerly executive vice president and chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless since that company's founding in 2000. In his prior assignment, Lynch was executive vice president and chief technical officer for Bell Atlantic Mobile. He led the industry to advance code division multiple access (CDMA) into a commercial wireless offering, launching the nation's first commercial CDMA service.

Pulvermedia Schedules FMC Conference for Sept 5-7 in Chicago

Pulvermedia is organizing a Fixed Mobile Convergence Conference on September 5-7, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. More than 30 presenters are participating, including IBM's Brice Anthony, Avaya's Geoff Baird, Qualcomm's John Hannan, and others.

Sun Rocket Apparently Shutting Down

SunRocket, a U.S.-based provider of consumer VoIP services, laid off all of its customer service representatives amid a shut-down of commercial operations, according to media sources and blog postings. Calls to the company are not being returned, although the service is still running as of Monday, 16-July-2007.

SunRocket serves an estimated 200,000 residential VoIP subscribers and is known for its pre-paid annual plan -- unlimited VoIP calling to U.S. and Canadian numbers for $199.
  • In August 2006, SunRocket secured $33 million for its Series C round of institutional financing, bringing the firm's total venture capital raised to approximately $80 million. The Series C includes participation from all of SunRocket's existing investors: BlueRun Ventures, Mayfield Fund, DCM and Anthem Capital Management.

  • Nokia Venture Partners was among the early investors in SunRocket.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

NXP Supplies UMA for Samsung's T409 Dual-mode Handset

NXP Semiconductors' Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) cell-phone solution is being deployed in the first nationwide, commercial rollout of a UMA-based service in North America -- the T-Mobile HotSpot @Home service. NXP's chips are used in Samsung Electronics T409 dual-mode handset, which is one of the two devices initially supported by the T-Mobile service. NXP's UMA-enabled Nexperia cellular system solution enables the Samsung phone to seamlessly switch between conventional cellular networks and Wi-Fi hotspots at home, in the office and other public areas for voice, data and multimedia calls.

Israel's SatLink Deploys Harmonic's Digital Video Headend

SatLink Communications, a leading teleport operator based in Israel, has expanded its channel capacity with a new transport using Harmonic's DiviCom Electra 1000 multi-channel MPEG-2 encoders, the ProStream 1000 with DiviTrackIP statistical multiplexing and NMX Digital Service Manager.

SatLink provides world-class global content distribution services to content providers, broadcasters and governments, including satellite downlink, uplink, turnaround, fiber and IP transmission services, and is backed by shareholders including the Eurocom Group, Barak013 and Globecast.

HomePlug Powerline Alliance Hosts AV Certification "Plugfest"

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance will host a HomePlug AV compliance and interoperability (C&I) product certification "Plugfest" this week. The event, which includes testing performed by an independent laboratory in France, consists of two parts -- compliance testing and interoperability testing. HomePlug member companies will submit products to be tested at the "Plugfest" event to qualify for the "HomePlug AV Certified" logo, which promotes interoperability of products incorporating powerline communications standards and ensures a seamless consumer experience.

Conexant Awards Equity Grants to New CEO

Conexant Systems has granted stock options, performance restricted stock units and restricted stock units to Daniel A. Artusi, its new president and chief executive officer, as an inducement material to his entering into employment with the company. Artusi's stock option grant covers 3,000,000 shares of Conexant common stock that will vest in equal annual installments beginning one year from the date of grant over a three-year period. The options have a maximum exercise life of eight years and have an exercise price of $1.53, which was the closing price of Conexant's common stock on the date of grant.

He also received a performance restricted stock unit award of 1,000,000 shares of common stock that will vest based on the company's independent Compensation Committee's determination that the following performance goals have been achieved: one-third if Conexant's common stock sustains an average closing price of $3.00 over a 60 calendar-day period; one-third if the common stock sustains an average closing price of $4.50 over a 60 calendar-day period; and one-third if the common stock sustains an average closing price of $6.00 over a 60 calendar-day period. Any unvested portion of the performance restricted stock units will be forfeited five years after the grant.

In addition, he was awarded 1,500,000 restricted stock units, of which 1,000,000 will vest in equal installments on the first, second, and third anniversaries of the grant date and 500,000 will vest on the first anniversary of the grant date.

Tiscali Acquires Pipex Broadband for GBP 210 Million

Tiscali S.p.A. has agreed to acquire Pipex Communications' consumer broadband and voice division for a total consideration of approximately £210 million, on a debt-free basis, before adjustments. The corporate broadband customers will remain within the Pipex Group. The subsidiaries being sold to Tiscali are: Switch2 Telecoms Limited, Pipex Homecall Limited, Toucan Residential Limited, Pipex Internet Limited and Toucan Residential Ireland Limited. As of 31-December-2006, these subsidiaries had approximately 570,000 Broadband customers and 480,000 Voice customers.

Pipex's Broadband and Voice division is a leading provider of telecommunications and Internet services in the UK market, reporting revenues of £231.7 million and profit before tax of £13.9 million, excluding amortization of goodwill and inter-company interest, in the year ended 31 December 2006.

Following the sale, Pipex will consist of 3 divisions namely Web Hosting, Business Services and Pipex Wireless (WiMAX). In hosting, Pipex is now one of the two largest hosting providers by subscriptions in Europe (based upon SW-Soft statistics). Pipex's domain name market share has also increased by 25% over the last year, to 2 million domains. More than one in every five domains in the UK is registered through Pipex hosting. Pipex Business Services also reports strong growth, with new contracts from companies including T-Mobile, Servista, Cost Cutter, Red Bull Racing, Rosebys, British Museum and British Library. Pipex Wireless has launched WiMAX services using licensed spectrum in trials in Milton Keynes, Warwick and Leamington Spa. In addition to partners Intel, National Grid Wireless and Ericsson, the division has announced a strategic partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks which covers network infrastructure, services and software. Together, Pipex Wireless and Intel will launch wireless services across the UK.
  • In August 2006, Tiscali and Video Networks International agreed to integrate their UK market operations. Under the deal, Video Networks International Ltd (VNIL) would contribute 100% of their UK operations - Video Networks Ltd (VNL) - into Tiscali UK Ltd, fully owned subsidiary of Tiscali SpA, in exchange for an interest in Tiscali UK. As a result, Tiscali SpA would control 88.5% of Tiscali UK, while VNIL would own 11.5%.

NTT DoCoMo's "Super 3G" Tests 300 Mbps Wireless Downlinks

NTT DoCoMo began testing an experimental "Super 3G" system for mobile communications that aims to deliver a downlink transmission rate of 300 Mbps. The company said its Super 3G features low-latency data transmission and improved spectrum efficiency based on a highly advanced version of High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) and High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA), both of which have evolved from W-CDMA packet transmission technologies standardized by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). The 3GPP, a telecommunications standards organization, is currently discussing standardization of Super 3G under the name Long Term Evolution (LTE).

DoCoMo is conduction an indoor experiment to test transmission speed using one transmitting and one receiving antenna. The company will then expand the experiment to examine downlink transmission by employing up to four Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antennas for both the base station (transmission side) and mobile station (receiving side); the goal is to achieve a downlink transmission speed of 300Mbps. MIMO is an antenna technology for wireless communications in which different data streams are spatially multiplexed using multiple antennas for both transmission and reception on the same frequency. Also to be examined is the "handover function" -- switching of the connection between two base stations.

DoCoMo will also examine the functionality of applications for voice and image transmission, games and the like, key capabilities impacting the Super 3G system's marketability.

DoCoMo, aiming to achieve sustainable, efficient use of 3G spectrum resources, is leading the discussion over LTE. DoCoMo believes Super 3G will allow the company to make a smooth transition to 4G in the future.
  • In July 2006, DoCoMo began accepting proposals from suppliers seeking to develop Super 3G equipment and expects to complete development of Super 3G technology by 2009.

Nokia Siemens Networks Outlines Job Cuts in Germany

Nokia Siemens Networks GmbH and its employee representative have negotiated a restructuring that calls for the reduction of 2,290 jobs in a socially acceptable manner. Focus is on three locations in Munich with job reductions totaling 1,500 and about 450 in Berlin. The job reductions result from overlaps in different areas and functions of the new merged company, adjustments in the product portfolio and in Sales as well as from more efficient processes.