Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Ericsson Shows Green Base Station + Tower Designs

Ericsson unveiled a series of towers for wireless base stations and antennas that are more environmentally friendly and better able to blend in with a community than typical communication masts.

The Ericsson Tower Tube, designed by renowned Scandinavian architect Thomas Sandell, takes a new approach to site architecture - the 5m-diameter, 40m-high flexible concrete tower encapsulates all radio base station equipment, including the antennas. The flexible concrete tower can be colored and branded to the operator's specific needs to either blend in with its surroundings or become an attractive landmark for the local community.

Diverging from standard design, the radio base station is placed at the top of the tower cutting the distance between it and the antenna. This gives capacity and coverage benefits for the cellular network and can together with the fact that no active cooling is needed reduce energy consumption up to 40 percent.

Ericsson also noted that its new design occupies less land -- 60-75 percent less than conventional sites -- making site acquisition is easier. Being a self-contained structure, operators can also avoid the need for security fences and the cost of maintaining and patrolling them.


Ixia Joins Nortel's Carrier Ethernet Ecosystem

Ixia has joined Nortel's Carrier Ethernet Ecosystem initiative as a key test solution supplier. Ixia and Nortel will cooperate to ensure cross-vendor compatibility with new protocols for Carrier Ethernet deployments including PBB (Provider Backbone Bridging) and PBB-TE (PBB-Traffic Engineering).

The promise of Carrier Ethernet is to provide high-speed, low-cost, easily managed core networks operating at Layer 2 that provide all of the services that have been performed by IP networks. Current Metro Ethernet networks allow customer-separated services, but with a catch - only 4,096 distinct customers can be supported.

Nortel's Carrier Ethernet Ecosystem provides Service Providers the ability to create and extend Carrier Ethernet using lower-cost, high-bandwidth switches. PBB and PBB-TE are key protocols that make this possible. PBB allows virtually unlimited numbers of individuated customers on a network. PBB-TE (IEEE 802.1Qay), proposed by Nortel, answers the needs for Triple-Play traffic separation and protocol-agnostic tunneling.

With its recent IxNetwork product release, Ixia introduces PBB/PBB-TE, Ethernet OAM/CFM and Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) testing support. Ixia's PBB/PBB-TE capability is part of its new comprehensive Carrier Ethernet Test Solution and it is the first to verify both PBB/PBB-TE and MPLS-based Carrier Ethernet.


OPNET Develops "Live" User Monitoring Solution

OPNET Technologies introduced a solution for passive end user experience monitoring. The new "ACE Live" will integrate with OPNET's ACE for rapid diagnosis of detected application performance problems in high-speed environments. ACE provides analytics for in-depth troubleshooting of application performance. The new offering is planned to be available in the second calendar quarter of 2008.

OPNET said its solution will offer both agent-less monitoring and optional active monitoring. These two approaches are complementary. Live monitoring tracks the actual response time that users are experiencing, with alerting and rapid diagnosis of performance problems.

In addition to announcing ACE Live, OPNET is showing major new and upcoming releases of many of their software offerings, including release 14.0 of ACE, IT Guru Network Planner and SP Guru Network Planner, SP Guru Transport Planner, IT Guru Systems Planner, IT Sentinel and SP Sentinel, IT Netcop and SP Netcop, OPNET Modeler, OPNET Panorama release 4.5, OPNET LoadScaler release 8.0, and SLA Commander release 4.5.


Microsoft Debuts Silverlight 1.0

Microsoft officially released Silverlight 1.0, its cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering video and richer user experiences on the Web. Silverlight provides enhanced Web audio and video streaming and playback using Windows Media technologies.

Microsoft said it is committed to supporting multiple Operating Systems and browsers, including the Mac. Microsoft is also working with Novell to deliver Silverlight support for Linux, called Moonlight.

In addition to the release of Silverlight 1.0, Microsoft released Expression Encoder 1.0 (formerly Expression Media Encoder), a tool for professionals to encode, enhance and publish rich media content to Silverlight.

A number of major content producers also began showing Silverlight deployments. "Entertainment Tonight," HSN and World Wrestling Entertainment as well as several Microsoft Web initiatives including the "Halo 3" preview, Tafiti.com and The Podium '08 are now showcasing Silverlight.

Microsoft is also launching Silverlight Partner Initiative, a program designed to foster collaboration among solution providers, content delivery networks, tools vendors and design agencies.

"Our expectations for compelling, immersive experiences on the Web are increasing daily," said Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect. "With today's release of Silverlight 1.0, we're making it possible for developers and designers to deliver to individuals the kind of high-def experiences they crave by integrating data and services in rich and unique ways. Silverlight will further accelerate the growth in rich interactive applications by giving developers and designers new options for delivering great experiences that span the Web, PC, phone and other devices."


KDDI Deploys Bytemobile for Wireless Downlink Optimization

KDDI Corporation has deployed Bytemobile's Unison Optimization Services Node (OSN) solution for the acceleration of its new Kaisoku (High-Speed) CDMA Packet Access (CPA) service. Bytemobile said its technology accelerates website access and file transfer for CPA service on laptops by up to 5x.

The in-network deployment was managed by NEC Corporation, Bytemobile's new reseller partner in Japan.

Bytemobile's Unison OSN Monaco Edition uses proprietary data reduction, protocol acceleration and content caching techniques for the dynamic optimization of data traffic. In addition to optimization, the Unison portfolio of integrated IP services includes: "Web Fidelity" Service for open web browsing and "Media Fidelity" Service for internet video play on feature phones and smartphones; "ACCESS Mobile" Content Filtering Service for parental and operator content controls; and WAP Gateway Service for portal access on Wireless Application Protocol handsets.


AT&T U-verse TV Reaches 100,000 Customer Milestone

AT&T now has surpassed the 100,000 customer milestone for its "U-verse" TV service, making it the largest IPTV deployment in the U.S. AT&T also announced a couple new features for the service, including:

  • AT&T U-bar, which brings Internet-like content to the television screen in the form of customized weather, stock, traffic and sports information.

  • YELLOWPAGES.COM TV, an intuitive new way to search for local businesses and other information using http://www.yellowpages.com/

  • AT&T Yahoo! Games, available on the television screen, including Sudoku, Solitaire, JT's Blocks, Mah-Jongg Tiles and Chess.
  • In Q2,

    Verizon Communications added 167,000 net new FiOS TV customers. FiOS TV uses an RF-overlay architecture, rather than IPTV. This gave Verizon 515,000 total FiOS TV customers.

JDSU's Photonic Integrated Circuit Combines Tunable Laser + Optical Modulator

JDSU has demonstrated a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) that combines a tunable laser and optical modulator, using a technology known as the Integrated Laser Mach Zehnder (ILMZ). The company said this paves the way for smaller, higher performance and more cost-effective tunable solutions that support faster network speeds.

The new PIC includes a widely tunable laser and Mach Zehnder modulator on a single chip that is small enough to fit on the tip of a finger. It will be incorporated into full-band tunable transponders and transceivers within compact packages, such as the 300-PIN small form factor (SFF) and pluggable small form factors (XFP) starting in 2008. The new technology also enables JDSU to support transmission speeds greater than 11.3 Gbps and is scalable to support 40G networks.

  • In May 2007, JDSU completed its acquisition of Picolight, a leading designer and manufacturer of optical pluggable transceivers. Picolight was a pioneer in developing the vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL), a key technology used in high-speed and short-to-medium distance optical interconnects.

TerreStar Selects Nokia Siemens Networks' Internet-HSPA

TerreStar Networks, which is planning to build North America's first 4G integrated mobile satellite and terrestrial communications network, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks' Internet-HSPA solution. This will be Nokia Siemens Networks' first commercial I-HSPA network deployment, a significant milestone for a standardized technology for which Nokia Siemens Networks has been a pioneer. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Specifically, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its Flexi WCDMA Base Station as an integrated part of an Internet-High Speed Packet Access (I-HSPA) flat architecture solution, as well as a full suite of engineering, design, and optimization services for the TerreStar North American network deployment.

"Today's announcement marks a series of firsts for Nokia Siemens Networks: we're deploying the first I-HSPA network, we're delivering the first satellite band Flexi, and we're deploying the first direct tunnel packet core," said Sue Spradley, Head of North America, Nokia Siemens Networks. http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

  • In July 2007, Alcatel-Lucent announced plans to supply a next-generation solution for a significant test as TerreStar prepares to build an integrated mobile satellite and land-based communications network in North America, believed to be the first of its kind using the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) to deliver universal access and personalized services over standard wireless devices, such as mobile phones and PDAs.

  • TerreStar, which has begun deploying its network for commercial launch in 2008 expects to operate as a carrier's carrier, providing integrated next generation terrestrial and satellite mobility services to communications services providers -- such as wireless carriers, satellite vendors, wireless operators, and electric and telephony cooperatives -- and also providing services directly to companies and government entities.

LSI to Acquire Tarari for Content Processor

LSI agreed to acquire Tarari, a developer of content processors, for $85 million.
Tarari's silicon solutions are designed to offload and accelerate compute-intensive, complex algorithms used for content inspection in XML/Web services, network security and digital media environments. These content-aware networking applications could include anti-virus, anti-spam, intrusion detection and prevention, XML security and advanced network control. Additional services include compression, cryptography and encoding for a wide variety of applications.

Tarari is based in San Diego and has approximately 45 employees.


  • In August 2007, LSI agreed to sell its mobility products business to Infineon Technologies for $450 million in cash, plus a performance-based payment of up to $50 million payable in the first quarter of 2009. The division, which originally belonged to Agere Systems, designs semiconductors and software for cellular telephone handsets and complete chip-level solutions for satellite digital audio radio applications. It has about 700 employees.

ARRIS Supplies CMTS for WOW!

WOW!, an MSO serving communities in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, has selected the ARRIS C4 CMTS to provide primary-line voice and High Speed Data service to subscribers in its regional systems. WOW! is also an ARRIS Touchstone Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter (E-MTA) customer and has been using Touchstone E-MTAs to provide voice service since it began offering VoIP. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Itatel Names Bertolina as CEO

Italtel, which designs, develops and implements next generation multiservice integrated network systems, named Giorgio Bertolina as its new CEO.

Born in Ivrea in 1960, and with a degree in Economics from Turin University, in 1985 Bertolina began his career in Olivetti where he held several roles, finally becoming Area Manager for Northern Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. At the end of the 1990s Bertolina joined the Marconi Group where he covered various important managerial assignments in Italy and abroad, until his appointment in 2001 as Country Manager for Italy and subsequently as chairman and chief executive officer of Marconi Communications S.p.A. From 2005 until the company's acquisition by Ericsson, he was a member of the Executive Committee of Marconi Corporation. More recently he joined as chief executive officer Enterprise Digital Architects, an Italian ICT company.


Tiscali International Network Buys Capacity on Hibernia Atlantic Cables

Tiscali International Network (TINet), which specializes in wholesale IP-MPLS services, selected Hibernia Atlantic to deliver multiple 10 Gbps wavelengths of capacity to and from Dublin, New York and other major metro areas on Hibernia's private network. Hibernia Atlantic operates the only undersea cable crossing directly from Ireland to Canada and the U.S., thereby avoiding single points of failures, landing points and backhaul routes, such as the U.K.'s Bude, Bristol and Whitesands areas.



India's Bharti Airtel Selects ECI for Optical Expansion

Bharti Airtel has selected ECI Telecom to supply equipment for their nationwide optical network expansion. The one-year contract covers deployment of ECI's XDM Converged Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP). These expansions allow Bharti to add new services, such as broadband data, voice and leased lines, while supporting more subscribers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Airtel recently became the first Indian mobile service provider joining the exclusive club of global service providers with more than 40 million customers from a single-country. In order to manage and handle this continual growth, Bharti Airtel selected ECI's optical solutions to increase their network capacity from 2.5G to 10G and to Metro DWDM, and to expand their current network beyond the existing footprint.

  • In July 2007, India's Bharti Airtel awarded a contracted valued at US$2 billion to Ericsson. The deal is described as one of the world's largest network expansion projects. It is Ericsson's largest deal to date. The two-year contract covers an expansion of Bharti Airtel's GSM/EDGE network as well as capacity management. Specifically, Ericsson will design, plan, deploy, optimize and manage Bharti Airtel's GSM network across 15 circles in India as well as for its pan-India pre-paid platform across 23 circles. In addition, Ericsson will also deliver pan-India integrated device management solutions, enabling usage of advanced data services by all mobile customers across retail and enterprise segments.

  • Also in July 2007, Bharti Airtel Limited awarded a contract valued at approximately US$900 million to Nokia Siemens Networks for an expansion of its mobile, fixed and Intelligent Network platforms. Specifically, Nokia Siemens Networks will expand Airtel's GSM network in eight circles; its National Long Distance and International Long Distance network with 1.8 million Next Generation Network (NGN) ports -- the largest ever NGN contract in the country -- and its International Calling Card prepaid service capacity by 4.5 million news users. The GSM and NGN expansions are planned over two years and the International calling cards expansion over three years.

AT&T Deploys Thales SONET Datacryptors for DoD Network

AT&T Government Solutions will deploy the Thales SONET Datacryptors on the Joint Hawaii Information Transfer System (JHITS) network.

AT&T Government Solutions was awarded the contract by Defense Information Technology Office (DITCO), which is a part of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), a division of the Department of Defense (DoD). The JHITS contract has an estimate contract value of $250 million.


Ixia Appoints Former Nortel Exec as President, COO

Ixia has appointed Atul Bhatnagar to the new position of President and Chief Operating Officer. He will also join Ixia's Board of Directors in the third quarter of 2007. Bhatnagar most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of the Enterprise Data Networks Division of Nortel. Mr. Bhatnagar will report to Errol Ginsberg who remains actively involved in the Company as its Chief Executive Officer and a member of its Board of Directors.

At Nortel, Mr. Bhatnagar's business unit was responsible for the design and marketing of a full range of Ethernet switches, security solutions, WLAN mobility solutions, Metro Ethernet technologies and enterprise routers. Bhatnagar came to Nortel through its acquisition of Alteon Web Systems in October 2000, where he was Vice President of Advanced WebSwitching Products, creating next generation WebSwitches and security acceleration products. Prior to joining Alteon Web Systems, Bhatnagar worked at Hewlett-Packard for close to 15 years.


In Memoriam: Steve Byars

Axerra Networks marked the passing of Steve Byars, who died unexpectedly from a diabetes-related complication at age 50.

Steve Byars served for six years as Vice President of Marketing at Axerra Networks, where he was instrumental in building the company's market presence as a leader in Pseudo-Wire circuit emulation and service emulation solutions over packet networks. He held a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering degree from Stanford University. Steve also is also known for his work at Current Analysis, and was previously the CTO at Netrix Corporation, where he was responsible for the company's VoIP business strategy. His experience also includes product development for Bell Laboratories and GTE Communications Systems

In a tribute, Axerra Networks remembered Steve Byars not only as a hard-working colleague and talented marketing executive, but also as a valued friend.


Riverbed Expands Executive Team

Riverbed Technology announced the appointments of Peter Elsey as director, service provider alliances, Asia Pacific and Richard Gray as director, systems integrator alliances, Asia Pacific.

Elsey joins Riverbed from British Telecom where he most recently was Asia-Pacific head of sales for managed ICT services. Prior to that, he was a senior member of BT's regional outsourcing deal-making team.

Gray joins Riverbed after 10 years at Cisco developing and managing channel and partner relationships in Asia. Prior to Cisco, he worked with IBM and Siemens on large accounts, including Nomura, Schroders and Credit Suisse First Boston.


Eutelsat and ViaSat to Launch "Tooway" Satellite Service in Germany

Eutelsat Communications and ViaSat are preparing to launch a satellite-based, consumer broadband service in Germany beginning at the end of this month. Additional European markets will be added later this year.

The new "Tooway" service is being delivered using the Ka-band spot beam capacity on Eutelsat's HOT BIRD 6 satellite at 13 degrees East. It will also be available via Ku-band capacity on the EUROBIRD 3 satellite. The Ka and Ku-band hubs with equipment supplied by ViaSat to manage Tooway are now fully commissioned and ready for service at Skylogic's SkyPark teleport in Turin, Italy.

Three different service grades will be provided in Ka-band and Ku-band with the initial offer delivering maximum downlink speeds of up to 2.048 Mbps and maximum uplink speeds of up to 384 kbps. Consumer tariffs and hardware prices will be defined by local service providers partnering in the distribution of the Tooway service.

Tooway's first distribution partners and service providers in Germany are Internetagentur Schott and Teles.

The companies said they will offer access equipment a fraction the cost of existing enterprise-focused satellite services. The Tooway consumer satellite terminal comprises an Outdoor Unit (ODU) and an Indoor Un it (IDU) or modem that interfaces to a PC or home network via a standard Ethernet connection (10/100 Mbps). The ODU consists of a 67cm Ka-band dish or a 96cm Ku-band dish. The Ku-band ODU includes a Low Noise Block (LNB) converter with linear polarization able to receive at speeds up to 4 Mbps. It is also equipped with a 2 Watt amplifier for transmission to the satellite by the consumer at speeds exceeding 1 Mbps. In Ka-band, both the LNB and amplifier are integrated in a high-tech transceiver.

The new service is based on ViaSat's "SurfBeam" DOCSIS two-way broadband satellite system that is already used by more than 250,000 homes in North America. To adapt the DOCSIS standard to satellite, ViaSat has developed a satellite air interface that is seamlessly integrated into DOCSIS headend termination systems. It leverages low cost DOCSIS customer premises chips and software.

  • In 2010, Eutelsat expects to extend its Tooway service offering in partnership with ViaSat by deploying a new, high capacity dedicated Ka-band satellite to 13 East with multiple spotbeams across Europe. It is anticipated that the new satellite will enable much higher speed services.

Atheros Teams TI's DaVinci Processor

Atheros Communications' single-chip AR6001GL and AR6001XL Radio-on-Chip for Mobile (ROCm) WLAN designs have been selected by Texas Instruments to support wireless connectivity with its new TMS320DM355 processor based on DaVinci technology.

The resulting combination is a low-cost, low-power, high-performance platform that delivers quality video wirelessly for Portable Media Players (PMPs), IP security cameras and other portable digital video products.


Sony Chooses Limelight CDN for PLAYSTATION 3 and PSP Delivery

Sony Computer Entertainment selected Limelight Networks to deliver system software updates to PLAYSTATION3 (PS3) and PSP (PlayStation Portable) users. With Limelight's CDN technology, SCE is able to ensure fast and stable delivery of its latest system software to PS3 and PSP users, with updates ranging in size up to 150 MB, direct to the entertainment systems.