Monday, September 10, 2007

Verizon Business Adds Pricing Option for Wholesale IP Termination Services

Verizon Business introduced a new pricing option that provides wholesale customers with a detailed breakdown of the rates that are used to calculate the customers' monthly bills for Verizon Business' network services.

The new pricing option, Operating Company Number (OCN)-Based Billing, provides rates based on the underlying local exchange carrier (LEC) and geographic region for delivering voice and IP calls over the Verizon Business global network.

Verizon Business said this new option enables wholesale customers to better manage costs and pinpoint key markets in which to sell their services.

This new pricing choice applies to Carrier IP Termination SIP, Carrier IP Termination Transport and SIP Gateway Service long-distance calls; U.S. and non-U.S.-based toll-free calls; traditional long-distance calls; and international calls from the U.S.

With the introduction of OCN-Based Billing, Verizon Business wholesale pricing plans now include a range of options such as Transcend pricing, introduced in November 1995 as the first product to unbundle charges for long-distance transport and local exchange carrier charges; postalized Classic pricing; and Access-Based Billing pricing.

BroadLight Raises $12 Million for GPON Chipsets

BroadLight, a supplier of GPON semiconductors and software, closed a $12 million series E financing round led by Benchmark Capital.

BroadLight's portfolio includes both CPE and network PON solutions for BPON and GPON equipment.

Benchmark joins BroadLight's premier list of investors which includes Azure Capital Partners, Broadcom, Cipio Partners, Delta Ventures, Israel Seed Partners, Motorola Ventures, Star Ventures and Tellabs.
  • In June 2007, BroadLight unveiled its BL2347 chip targeted at lowering the cost of residential ONTs. The new device eliminates at least two bill of material (B.O.M.) components common on many ONTs. Key features include embedded VoIP DSP for 4 concurrent ports, 3-way calling and T.38 fax; embedded 4-port fast Ethernet switch; gigabit Ethernet port with 1 Gbps bridging throughput all packet size; and TU-T G.984 compliancy.

  • BroadLight is headed by Andy Vought, who previously served in the Office of the President of GlobespanVirata following the 2001 merger of Virata with Globespan.

Wave7 to Provide Optical Gear for SEQUANTIC Project in Paris

Wave7 Optics will supply its Trident7 Optical Access Platform for a new municipal network called SEQUANTIC outside of Paris. This new point-to-multipoint network is a project initiated by the SIPPEREC public consortium, which represents the electricity and telecommunications interests of approximately 1.7 million residential, commercial and industrial customers located in 86 municipalities around Paris.

SEQUANTIC aims to provide very high speed external and internal connectivity to all buildings in more than 147 business areas, which together comprise more than 6,500 enterprises. It will be the first public based Fiber-to-the-User (FTTU) open-access network dedicated to business areas in the Paris region.

ID-RESO, the company created to manage the SEQUANTIC network, will deploy a Trident7 OLT solution configured for the IEEE 802.3ah Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) EPON standard.

Wave 7 said its Trident7 FTTP platform can deliver standards-based EPON and GPON technologies simultaneously from one chassis, thereby allowing service providers greater flexibility.

A typical SEQUANTIC business service package will provide symmetric and guaranteed data services of up to 1 Gbps via the Trident7 platform.

SPIE Communications will provide delivery, implementation, support and maintenance services for the Trident7 solution.

Agilent Adds One-Box Test Set for Mobile WiMAX

Agilent Technologies introduced a wireless networking test set and OFDMA measurement application software, forming a one-box transmitter and receiver test solution for Mobile WiMAX devices. The test solution is designed for cell phone, ODM and CM manufacturing engineers testing WiMAX mobile subscriber devices or modules that use IEEE 802.16e-2005.

The Agilent N8300A Wireless Networking Test Set leverages Agilent's Vector Signal Analysis and Vector Signal Generator hardware.

"These new products complement Agilent's portfolio of WiMAX test solutions, which span the entire WiMAX lifecycle, from R&D through manufacturing," said C.J. Meurell, European operations general manager for Agilent's Mobile Broadband Division's WiMAX portfolio.

UTStarcom Supplies IP-Based GEPON and VoIP in Pakistan

Bell & Tell has awarded a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract to UTStarcom to supply its Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (GEPON) and VoIP technologies for a network rollout in Pakistan.

The first phase will consist of a multi-million dollar deployment of UTStarcom's GEPON, a FTTH/B platform that is designed to deliver high-speed voice, data and video services to residential and business subscribers. An iAN-08E Series VoIP Gateway will also be integrated into the network -- extending the existing phone equipment's functionality by enabling an end-to-end interconnection between legacy analog phones and voice-enabled broadband networks. Maxim Telecom, UTStarcom's local reseller, will help with the deployment of the network. The second phase, which will start in Q1 2008, involves expansion to additional regions in Pakistan.

Australia's Silk Network to Use Nortel's PBB and PBT

Silk telecom, which operates optical networks in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and key regional centers in South Australia and Victoria, has selected Nortel for its Metro Ethernet deployment.

The Silk network, valued in excess of US$1million, will feature Nortel's Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB) and Provider Backbone Transport (PBT) technology. Nortel said PBT makes it simple for service providers like Silk to use Ethernet as the fundamental carrier-grade transport technology.

Nortel's Metro Ethernet Networks solution for Silk includes its Metro Ethernet Routing Switch 8600s at the network core and aggregation layers, Metro Ethernet Services Unit 1850s at the access layer, with PBB/PBT technologies enabled for carrier-grade point-to-point and point-to-multipoint Ethernet transport.

DIRECTV to Use IP-Based Transmission in MDUs

DIRECTV announced its first planned deployment of its MFH3 (Multi-Family Housing version 3) technology for the delivery of all its satellite-delivered content and services using existing in-building distribution wiring. The IP-based MFH3 technology is a distribution platform that extends from a private "on-property" headend facility to each customer dwelling in a multi-dwelling complex.

The first deployment will be the Liberty Harbor project, a $1.5 billion waterfront development under construction in Brunswick, Georgia. In addition to a long list of resort style amenities, Liberty Harbor will feature a community based Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network that will deliver bundled communications, security and entertainment services to each of the 1,200 condos and 300 single family homes.

DSI Technologies, a division of Direct Satellite Installation - a leading DIRECTV dealer, will be the network operator and has selected AFL Telecommunications, a leading product supplier and Fiber-to-the-Home systems integrator, to provide the end-to-end solution.

BT Expands MPLS Network in India

BT has activated a number of new MPLS nodes in India, bringing the number to 14 in India. Six cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Pune will have multiple nodes plus an additional one in Kolkatta.

BT said its regional network capabilities will be further extended with Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka receiving independent nodes by the end of April 2008.

Tennessee's North Central Telephone Deploys Occam

North Central Telephone Cooperative (NCTC), which is based in Macon County, Tennessee., has purchased components of Occam's Broadband Loop Carrier system to provide its customers with advanced services, including Triple Play and IP video. Specifically, the telco has purchased Occam's BLC 6252-02 ADSL2Plus blade. When NCTC's upgrade is complete, the telco will manage a hybrid network with video over copper lines out to 5,000 feet and active FTTH to subscriber areas beyond that. The deployment allows for multiple streams of high definition video as well as significant amounts of data bandwidth for subscribers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

TI Updates Financial Outlook

Texas Instruments its business outlook for the third quarter of 2007, . The company now expects:

  • Total revenue between $3.56 billion and $3.72 billion, compared with the prior range of $3.49 billion to $3.79 billion;

  • Semiconductor revenue between $3.36 billion and $3.50 billion, compared with the prior range of $3.29 billion to $3.57 billion; and

  • Education Technology revenue between $200 million and $220 million, consistent with the prior range.

TI expects EPS from continuing operations between $0.49 and $0.53, compared with the previous range of $0.46 to $0.52. The revised EPS range includes about $0.02 from the gain on the sale of TI's semiconductor product line associated with DSL customer-premises equipment. The sale closed in July.


Jungo and Atheros Offer 802.11n Reference Designs

Atheros Communications and Jungo, which develops broadband gateway middleware, released a reference design for residential triple-play gateways and business gateways. The new platforms consist of Atheros' 802.11n chipsets with Jungo's OpenRG (residential) and OpenSMB (small business) gateway software.

Verizon Names FBI Official as Chief Security Officer

Verizon Communications named Michael A. Mason, currently the executive assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to be the company's new chief security officer. In his current position at the FBI, Mason is in charge of the Bureau's Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch -- the largest unit in the FBI. The appointment will be effective in January following Mason's planned retirement from the FBI. He will replace Jim Trainor, who announced his intention to retire from Verizon at the end of this year.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

RadiSys to Acquire Intel's Modular Communications Platforms

RadiSys will acquire certain assets of Intel's modular communications platforms business, including its ATCA platforms and certain PCI products, for $25 million plus $6.75 million of inventory and other considerations. RadiSys expects the transaction to add at least $50 million of ongoing revenue per year once integrated into RadiSys' operations. The deal is expected to close this month.

The acquisition extends RadiSys "Promentum" AdvancedTCA (ATCA) product family. Products associated with the sale include ATCA compute and packet processing blades, ATCA chassis, and Chassis Management Hardware and Software Modules, AMC module as well as cPCI blades, cPCI chassis, and other legacy systems products. A significant number of the employees associated with these product lines, including engineering, product testing/validation, operations and marketing personnel are expected to accept offers from RadiSys and transition with the product lines.

"RadiSys is pleased to add the Intel modular communications platform assets to our product portfolio and is committed to ensuring our new customers needs are well serviced both in the short and long term," said Scott Grout, RadiSys president and CEO.

Intel said the sale sharpens its focus on communications and embedded market segments that are aligned with its core businesses, which include processors and other silicon components for telecom. The planned sale does not impact Intel's carrier-grade rack mount servers product lines.
  • In June 2007, RadiSys introduced an Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) Digital Signal Processing (DSP) blade that hosts up to 20 multi-core MSC8144 DSPs from Freescale Semiconductor, providing a major boost in processing power required in next-generation VoIP, media processing and media gateway solutions. The new Promentum ATCA-9100 Media Resource Module features a mezzanine design to host a farm of up 20 of these quad-core, Freescale DSPs. This reduces the hardware footprint of such next-gen telecom systems by over 50 percent while attaining the same media processing capacity. The mezzanine design also allows telecommunications equipment manufacturers to upgrade over time from one generation of DSP to another without a complete overhaul of the blade.

  • In September 2006, RadiSys completed its acquisition of Convedia, a leading supplier of IP media processing technologies and IP media server products. RadiSys paid $105 million in cash at closing.

AT&T Wins $6 Million Contract With Ericsson to Provide VPN in the Middle East

Ericsson selected AT&T to provide a VPN linking its facilities across the Middle East. Under the $6 million contract, AT&T will provide VPN services to support Ericsson's growing business activities in Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. AT&T already provides network services to Ericsson's business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the Americas.

MINO Wireless Appoints Former Groove Exec as CEO

MINO Wireless, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, appointed Dr. Bathsheba J. Malsheen as president and chief executive officer. Dr. Malsheen joins MINO Wireless from Groove Mobile, a mobile music service provider, where she served as CEO. Prior to Groove, Dr. Malsheen served as president and chief executive officer of Voxware, a global provider of mobile voice-based enterprise solutions for distribution and warehouse operations. Earlier, she served as general manager of Centigram Communications Corporation's Speech Business Unit.

MINO Wireless helps enterprise firms manage and control their international mobile calling costs. MINO's service blends cellular and VOIP infrastructure with thin-client/server applications and management tools to provide total control and cost management of international mobile services. MINO Wireless' growing customer list includes large enterprises and small-to-medium businesses.

GotVoice Offers Automated Voicemail Transcription Service

GotVoice, a start-up based in Kirkland, Washington, has enhanced its web-based voicemail service with a new transcription capability that automatically checks voice messages from a user's mobile, home and office phones and then sends an SMS and/or email with the transcribed text. The transcribed message, along with the associated voicemail audio file, can be reviewed and searched via the service's web interface.

Unlike services that require a new number or call forwarding, GotVoice does not require a change in consumer behavior and works with major U.S. mobile and home phone carriers. Key capabilities include visual voicemail, allowing the user to see a list of new voicemails via the web interface and then choose which to hear first. An MP3 file of the incoming message can be forwarded to your email account. The GotVoice service can also be used to broadcast user-recorded voice messages to a list of recipients.

GotVoice is offering a free, advertising-supported basic service. The new transcription service is available as part of a Premium tier that is priced at $9.95 per month. Corporate service is also available.

AT&T Kicks Off New Marketing Campaign

AT&T kicked off a new "Your Seamless World" corporate ad campaign designed to underscore that AT&T is now "a mobility-centric company capable of meeting the needs of today's mobile lifestyles."

AT&T said its new ads will convey a younger, edgier and more contemporary style -- all attributes closely associated with wireless.

Borrowing from its wireless group, AT&T has also embraced orange as the primary color in its palette; blue will remain the color of the corporate logo and function as a color in a secondary, complementary color palette. Ads, company signage and even the company's Web site are all undergoing a color makeover.

Matisse Raises $45 Million for Optical Burst Switching

Matisse Networks, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, raised $45 million in Series C funding for its "EtherBurst" optical switching technology, which employs optical burst transponders that switch packet traffic in bursts at different wavelengths.

Merrill Lynch PCG invested $35M in the round, which included all existing investors including Menlo Ventures, Monitor Ventures, Walden International and Woodside Fund. To date, Matisse Networks has raised total financing of $80 million.

The company argues that the worldwide installed base of over 400,000 SONET/SDH optical rings are incapable of meeting the bandwidth demand for packet services created by both the consumer's appetite for high bandwidth applications such as IPTV, and the enterprise's migration to high speed carrier Ethernet services.

Unlike current Ethernet-over-DWDM metro architectures, which rely on pre-provisioned point-to-point optical circuits, Matisse Networks is developing a system that applies the principles of packet switching to the optical layer. Instead of dedicated optical circuits, the goal is a more highly efficient, layer 2 packet-switched photonic layer.

Etherburst relies on Matisse's patented 10 Gbps "Tango" optical burst transponder, which is capable of tuning and locking to any wavelength in the ITU C-band in nanoseconds. Matisse is using off-the-shelf, commercially available tunable lasers along with its own silicon and intellectual property. Burst scheduling, collision avoidance and quality of service (802.1 p and DiffServ) enforcement are provided by Matisse Network's patented "MeshWave" packet processor.

Matisse Networks also announced the following key additions to its team-- Doug Stewart, vice president of sales for North America Europe, Middle East; Shigeru Ota, vice president sales for Asia Pacific; and Gouri Shankar, head of the Matisse Networks design center in Hyderabad, India.
  • Matisse Networks is headed by Sam Mathan (chairman and CEO), who previously was President and CEO of Amber Networks, which was acquired by Nokia for $421 million in July 2001. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Telco Marketing & Sales at Ascend Communications. Matisse was founded by Claude Hamou, who previously was Executive VP and General Manager of Terayon Communications' Data Cable Division.