Monday, July 23, 2007

Nokia Acquires Twango for Media Sharing

Nokia has acquired Twango, a start-up based in Redmond, Washington, that offers a free, media-sharing service for photos, video, audio, Microsoft Office documents and PDFs. Twango is based in Redmond, Washington.

Nokia said the acquisition of Twango enables it to offer people an easy way to share multimedia content through their desktop and mobile devices.

"The Twango acquisition is a concrete step towards our Internet services vision of providing seamless access to information, entertainment, and social networks - at anytime, anywhere, from any connected device, in any way that you choose. We have the most complete suite of connected multimedia experiences including music, navigation, games, and - with the Twango acquisition - photos, videos, and a variety of document types," said Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Multimedia, Nokia.

Canada's Research Network Deploys Nortel's Metro Ethernet Optical

CANARIE, Canada's advanced network development organization, has deployed a new optical network from Nortel to more than quadruple its previous capacity. The CANARIE network in British Columbia and Alberta, and in Ontario and Qu├ębec has been enhanced with reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexing (ROADM) technology from Nortel. CANARIE also deployed Nortel's electronic Dynamically Compensating Optics (eDCO) which simplifies networking by extending wavelengths over 2,000 km without requiring dispersion compensation modules or their associated amplifiers. The network also includes Nortel Optical Multiservice Edge 6500, an optical convergence platform that efficiently manages and transports converged TDM, data and wavelength services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

MSF Launches NGN Certification Program with Iometrix

The MultiService Forum confirmed plans to launch an NGN Certification Program and announced its selection of Iometrix as the host test lab. An initial pilot program is set to deliver results as early as Q4 2007.

The MSF said its Certification Program will focus on areas of critical interest to both vendor and service provider members of the MSF, addressing key issues necessary to deliver multi-vendor practical open architecture solutions for Next Generation Networks (NGNs).

The pilot program, scheduled for Q4 this year, will concentrate on verifying the technical components of RTCP implementations in media gateways and SIP end points, and the accuracy of the network statistics that they report. The RTP/RTCP protocol addresses the measurement and reporting of network quality for real-time applications such as VoIP, and any differences in implementation or faulty reporting between the very large number and types of nodes running these protocols would seriously degrade the network operation and damage application performance.

The NGN network components subject to certification in the pilot phase include SIP endpoints and SIP phones, residential gateways (CPE), access gateways, trunking gateways, media servers and session border gateways. The test scenarios include point-to-point calls -- initiating calls between software under test and emulated endpoint and verifying that basic RTCP jitter, delay, packet loss, packet duplication and short calls are reported correctly by the end systems -- as well as complex calls, verifying that a mixer maintains the correct RTCP statistics for each RTP sessions it supports. Also, when a destination endpoint is changed, verifying that the end-point clears the statistics for the old media path and reports the statistics accurately for the new media path.


BT appoints Sally Davis as chief executive of BT Wholesale

BT announced the appointment of Sally Davis as chief executive of BT Wholesale, replacing Dr Paul Reynolds, who leaves BT in September to take up the position of CEO of Telecom New Zealand. She reports to BT Group chief executive Ben Verwaayen. Until recently Sally was BT's Chief Portfolio Officer, leading the company's migration to new broadband and networked IT services.

BT has Europe's largest wholesale business, delivering network services and solutions to more than 700 communications companies including fixed and mobile network operators, ISP's and other service providers.

Navini Announces Commercial Availability of 802.16e Mobile WiMAX

Navini Networks announced the first commercial implementation of its 802.16e Mobile WiMAX software with beamforming. The first deployment is in Panama City, Panama, where operator Liberty Technologies has started implementing Navini's software upgrade to convert their network to 16e.

Navini said its implementation of Mobile WiMAX with beamforming technology is compliant with the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard and ready for certification.

Motorola Expands its MOTOMESH Line

Motorola has added two additional radio configurations for its MOTOMESH product series of municipal wireless networks. Motorola now offers 2.4/5.4GHz and 2.4/4.9GHz versions of MOTOMESH Duo, to expand its two radio meshed WiFi product, currently available in 2.4/5.8GHz configuration. The 5.4GHz model addresses the needs of international customers while the 4.9GHz model introduces secure and dedicated mesh networking at a price for public safety departments.

Motorola said its MOTOMESH Duo, formerly named HotZone Duo, includes the addition of several new features:

  • Flexible and adaptable internet gateways -- Gateway nodes adapt to the potential loss of backhaul by instantaneously changing into wireless routers and routing traffic to an alternate gateway in the network.

  • Advanced management tools for web-based device configuration.

  • Dual-meshing capability -- Each 2.4/4.9GHz MOTOMESH Duo unit equipped with two, single-radio mesh devices that provide both access and backhaul capabilities. Spectrum in the 4.9 GHz band can be dedicated to public safety access and backhaul using one radio, while
    public access and backhaul are provided by the second, 2.4 GHz radio.
    Additionally, Motorola's dual band 2.4 GHz/4.9 GHz PCMCIA card delivers the capabilities of private, dedicated 4.9 GHz spectrum and designated 2.4 GHz spectrum for public access -- all in a single client access card.

Tellabs Report Q2 Revenue of $535 million, down 3%

Tellabs reported Q2 revenue of $535 million, down 3% from $549 million in the second quarter of 2006. Tellabs earned $30 million or 7 cents per share in the second quarter of 2007 on a GAAP basis, down 45% from $54 million or 12 cents per share in the second quarter of 2006. Some highlights:

  • Broadband -- Second-quarter 2007 revenue from the broadband segment totaled $246 million, down 17% from $298 million in the second quarter of 2006. Within the broadband segment, second-quarter access revenue was $135 million, down 29% from $190 million in the second quarter of 2006. Second-quarter managed access revenue was $77 million, down 11% from $86 million in the second quarter of 2006. Second-quarter data revenue was a record $35 million, up 56% from $22 million in the year-ago quarter.

  • Transport -- Second-quarter 2007 transport revenue totaled $223 million, including deferred revenue from two prior quarters, up 10% from $202 million in the second quarter of 2006.

  • Services -- Second-quarter 2007 services revenue was $66 million, including deferred revenue from two prior quarters, up 34% from $49 million in the second quarter of 2006.

Comcast, Sprint Expand Pivot Wireless Service

Comcast and Sprint are now offering their "Pivot" wireless service in Oregon and Southwest Washington, enabling consumers to link their wireless phone with their Comcast digital cable, high-speed Internet and digital voice products.

With Pivot, customers can watch mobile television, view television listings using a programming guide similar to the one they use at home, check email and voicemail, search the Internet, make unlimited calls between their digital voice and wireless phones without using wireless plan minutes and receive one consolidated monthly bill for all their services. Calling plans for Pivot start at $33 a month with multimedia plans offering television content and online access starting at an extra $15 a month. Supported handsets include the Fusic II by LG, Motorazr V3m by Motorola, 8500 Katana DLX by Sanyo, Sanyo 6500 (Katana II) and Samsung M510.

Sycamore Opens R&D Center in Shanghai

Sycamore Networks has opened an R&D center in Shanghai's Caohejing Hi-Tech Park. The facility, which currently employs over 30 networking engineers, will focus on advanced features for existing products as well as new product development. The company said these R&D initiatives include products that support intelligent multiservice switching, ASON control plane technology, and advanced IP/Ethernet interworking. Sycamore expects to more than double its Shanghai-based R&D resources by this time next year, and also expects to see significant growth in the center over the next several years.

KT Deploys Strix Systems for NESPOT WiFi Hotspots

KT is deploying Strix Systems' Access/One Network Outdoor Wireless Systems (OWS) in a wireless mesh network to support seamless mobile access to its NESPOT Wi-Fi internet service. KT's NESPOT integrates fixed-line and wireless services, offering wireless internet access to laptops, PDAs, and homes.

In this first wave of deployments, Strix distributor Broadwave, Inc., of Korea installed the Strix network in cooperation with its sales partner, Hyundai HDS, at the award-winning Westin Chosun Hotel Busan beachfront hotel in Busan, Korea. In addition to installing Strix OWS mesh networks at hotels, airports, and major metro areas such as Seoul, Incheon, and Dangjin that KT serves, Broadwave expects to install the Strix networks for many customers in factories, on islands, in coastal areas, and in any other areas that can benefit from a wireless mesh network.

Since launching the NESPOT service in February 2002, KT has deployed about 27,000 access points at 12,000 sites, including universities, banks, airports, and transportation terminals, and has gained more than 440,000 subscribers.
  • In February 2007, Strix announced a strategic investment from Samsung Ventures. Samsung Electronics is a leading supplier of WiMAX equipment worldwide. Financial terms were not disclosed.

OPNET Introduces IPv6 Network Planning and Operations

OPNET Technologies released an IPv6 Planning and Operations module for its "IT Guru" Network Planner and "SP Guru" Network Planner Version 12.0.
Key functionality of the IPv6 Planning and Operations module includes:

  • An automated Network Readiness Assessment to determine if devices in the current production network are compatible with IPv6, including operating system version, routing, QoS, multicast, and security;
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  • A design wizard that recommends various mechanisms for migration, such as tunneling IPv6 traffic through the IPv4 backbone, and leveraging dual-stack devices;
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  • Analytics that develop capacity and configuration recommendations to preserve network performance after migration.

Mexico's Cablemas Deploys Allot's DPI

Mexico's Cablemas has selected Allot's carrier-grade NetEnforcer bandwidth management devices to manage network traffic and improve overall QoS for subscribers. Cablemas selected Allot's NetEnforcer AC-2520 to deliver 5 Gbps throughput devices, which rely on DPI technology and QoS enforcement capabilities to provide customers with superior Quality of Experience.

Allot said its solution enables Cablemas to pinpoint top bandwidth consumers and create policies to allocate bandwidth on a per-application basis.

AT&T Sees Strong Wireless Growth

Citing strong growth in wireless services, AT&T reported Q2 revenues of $29.5 billion, up from $15.8 billion in the year-earlier quarter, prior to AT&T's acquisition of BellSouth and the accompanying consolidation of wireless results. AT&T's second-quarter 2007 reported earnings per diluted share were $0.47 versus $0.46 in the year-earlier quarter. Adjusted earnings per share, which exclude costs and accounting effects related to major acquisitions, were $0.70, up 20.7 percent versus adjusted earnings per share of $0.58 in the year-earlier quarter. Some highlights for the quarter:

  • AT&T had 63.7 million wireless subscribers at the end of Q2,up by 1.5 million in the quarter.

  • Wireless service revenues grew 14.9 percent versus the year-earlier quarter to $9.5 billion. Total wireless revenues, which in addition to services include revenues from sales of handsets and accessories, were up 12.7 percent to $10.4 billion.

  • Wireless data revenues increased 66.9 percent versus the year-earlier quarter to $1.7 billion -- driven by strong increases in both consumer and business data usage including messaging, downloads, media bundles, laptop connectivity, smart phone connectivity and enterprise vertical market solutions. At the end of second quarter, AT&T's wireless operations had nearly 37 million active data users, up 39 percent over the past year.

  • Total service ARPU in the second quarter was $50.63, up 3.6 percent.

  • During the first two days of iPhone availability in late June, AT&T activated 146,000 iPhone subscribers, more than 40 percent of them new subscribers.

  • AT&T's enterprise revenues were $4.8 billion, up 2.0 percent sequentially and down 2.1 percent versus the year-earlier quarter. This represents an improvement from declines in the first quarter of this year of 4.1 percent sequentially and 4.0 percent versus the year-earlier quarter.

  • Regional business revenues increased 4.5 percent versus the year-earlier second quarter with growth in both voice and data services. Regional business revenues from small and midsized firms increased more than 6 percent, consistent with year-over-year growth in the first quarter of this year.

  • Regional consumer revenues increased 0.4 percent, driven by a net gain of 946,000 regional consumer connections (retail access lines, high speed Internet plus video connections) over the past year.

  • Consumer primary lines declined by 193,000 in the second quarter versus a pro forma decline of 528,000 for the year-earlier quarter.

  • U-verseAt the end of the second quarter, AT&T had 51,000 U-verse video subscribers, up from 13,000 three months earlier. Total video connections, which include AT&T U-verse service and bundled satellite television service, increased by 200,000 in the second quarter to 1.9 million. At the end of the second quarter, 5.9 percent of AT&T's primary consumer lines also had a video solution from AT&T, up from 3.8 percent a year earlier. AT&T U-verse services are now available in parts of 23 metro areas, and sales and installations have ramped significantly.

  • AT&T's high speed Internet connections, which include DSL, AT&T U-verse high speed Internet and satellite broadband services, increased by 400,000 in the quarter, reflecting typical seasonality due to end-of-school-year disconnects. At the end of the quarter, AT&T had 13.3 million consumer and business high speed Internet connections, up 2.2 million, or 20.0 percent, versus pro forma totals a year earlier. Across AT&T's regional operations, 35.0 percent of its consumer primary lines now have the company's broadband service, up from 27.8 percent one year earlier.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Corning Announces Bendable "nanoStructures" Optical Fiber

Corning Incorporated announced a "nanoStructures" optical fiber design that allows the cabled fiber to be bent around very tight corners with virtually no signal loss. This is especially useful in FTTH deployments in apartment building because exiting optical fiber installations lose signal strength and effectiveness when bent around corners and routed through a building.

Corning described the nano fiber design as a breakthrough technology because it changes the way light travels through a fiber. The result is fiber that is 100 times more bendable that existing single-mode fiber. The new fiber also enables simpler and more aesthetically pleasing designs for the cable, hardware and equipment used in the deployment.

"This is a game-changing technology for telecommunications applications," said Peter F. Volanakis, president and chief operating officer at Corning. "We have developed an optical fiber cable that is as rugged as copper cable but with all of the bandwidth benefits of fiber. By making fundamental changes in the way light travels in the fiber, we were able to create a new optical fiber that is over 100 times more bendable than standard fibers."

Corning said it has been collaborating with Verizon Communications on this technology. In February of this year, Corning and Verizon commissioned a joint working team to solve the problems of multiple dwelling unit installation using this new fiber solution.

Corning plans to introduce a full suite of optical fiber, cable and hardware and equipment solutions based on its nanoStructures technology this fall.

IEEE 802.3 Working Group Targets 40 Gbps Ethernet, 100 Gbps Ethernet, Energy-Efficient Ethernet

The Ethernet Alliance reported that the IEEE 802.3 working group has accepted project authorization requests (PARs) for the next generation of Ethernet technologies, including 40 Gigabit Ethernet, 100 Gigabit Ethernet and Energy-Efficient Ethernet.

The Higher Speed Study Group (HSSG) was formed in July 2006, and its proposal envisions a single project encompassing a 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) rate for server and storage applications and a 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) rate for network aggregation. The Energy-Efficient Ethernet Study Group (EEESG) was formed in November 2006, and its proposal envisions a protocol to permit power savings in Ethernet networking equipment.

The HSSG investigated the needs and requirements for the next speed of Ethernet technology. A key finding was a divergence in bandwidth demand between the networking and computing industries. It was discovered 100GbE would likely best meet the demands of the next generation Internet backbone and network aggregation points. In enterprise computing, 40GbE better matches the bandwidth demand driven by server technologies such as host bus interfaces, memory speeds, and multi-core processing.

The HSSG has established a set of objectives including copper and optical physical layer (PHY) interfaces tailored for the intended applications. The 40GbE rate includes PHY solutions to cover distances up to 100 meters, and the 100GbE rate includes PHY solutions to cover distances up to 40 kilometers.

Other design objectives include preserving the 802.3 / Ethernet frame by utilizing the 802.3 Ethernet MAC;

The EEESG investigated the technical feasibility and market potential for a protocol to change the link speed on-the-fly to realize power savings in under-utilized links. The EEESG has established a set of objectives to include unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) copper cabling links and backplane Ethernet links.

The Ethernet Alliance is an industry group whose mission is to accelerate industry adoption and remove barriers to market entry by providing a cohesive, market-responsive industry voice on IEEE 802 Ethernet projects.


Plato Networks Secures $20 Million for low-power 10Gbps Ethernet Chips

Plato Networks, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, raised $20 million in second round funding to accelerate development of its ultra low-power 10Gbps Ethernet products. The funding round was led by Granite Ventures, who was joined by STIC International and founding investor Crosslink Capital. http;//

TI Reports Q2 Revenue of $3.42 Billion

Texas Instruments reported Q2 revenue of $3.42 billion, up 7 percent compared with the prior quarter as demand for the company's semiconductor products began to rebound following an inventory correction in the semiconductor market, but down 7 percent compared to a year earlier.
Earnings per share (EPS) were $0.42. This was a $0.07, or 20 percent, increase from the prior quarter and a $0.05 decrease from the year-ago quarter.

Ericsson and TI Co-develop 3G Solutions for Handset Manufacturers

Ericsson and Texas Instruments (TI) will work together to develop custom solutions for new Open OS enabled 3G devices. The partnership combines 3G modems from Ericsson Mobile Platforms with high-performance OMAP applications processors from TI. Solutions from the joint engagement will include OMAP, custom basebands and connectivity technologies and will be capable of supporting the major Open OS. The result of this joint effort will enable all device manufacturers to offer advanced Open OS handsets for both the high-end and the rapidly growing mid-range market.

The companies said handsets based on these solutions are expected to be available on the market in the second half of 2008.