Wednesday, September 26, 2007

TPACK Combines Packet Mapping and Switching

TPACK introduced its new Carrier Packet Mapper Engine, combining the
functionality of a 10 Gbps Ethernet over NG-SONET/SDH packet mapper and a carrier grade packet processor with traffic management. The device is
designed for cost-optimized MSPP and microMSPP as well as packet optical applications.

TPACK said its new TPWX3192 device takes advantage of the high logic
density and low power consumption of Altera's new line of Stratix III
FPGAs. Based on 65nm manufacturing processes, the Stratix III FPGAs
enable the TPWX3192 to accommodate the feature sets of both the TPACK TPX3100 20Gbps Carrier Packet Engine and the TPACK TPW192-S 10 Gbps NG-SONET/SDH Packet Mapper. This allows the full range of MEF defined Carrier Ethernet Services to be supported in a compact, single device solution.

Separately, TPACK announced a collaboration with Turin Networks on
Carrier Ethernet switching and transport solutions. The joint
development efforts are focused on connection-oriented Carrier Ethernet
as well as 10 Gbps layer 2 packet switching and traffic management. The
result is Turin Networks' recently introduced 10-Gigabit Ethernet
switching and transport modules for its flagship Traverse Multiservice
Transport Switch Product Family. Turin's Traverse scales from 1Mbps to
10Gbps, supporting MEF 9 and MEF 14-certified compliant Carrier Ethernet
services over SONET and SDH.

Huawei and Qualcomm See Big Gains in "VoIP over HSPA"

Huawei Technologies completed commercial technology test of "VoIP over HSPA" in Shanghai in conjunction with QUALCOMM. The companies describe the project as the first ALL IP end-to-end solution that is based on a commercial chipset and IMS-based system platform.

For the project, Huawei put IP voice into an HSPA transfer channel -- a technique it dubs "VoIP over HSPA". The testing uses Huawei's UMTS/HSPA and IMS systems, including all RNC (Radio Network Controller ) base and all IP transmission system and QUALCOMM's MSM7200 chipset solution.

Previously, Huawei has commercial tested "VoIP over CDMA", 'VoIP over WiMAX and 'VoIP over HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access)' and passed interoperability testing with IMS.

Huawei and QUALCOMM said their testing indicates that 'VoIP over HSPA' increases the traffic capability by 50% in comparison with traditional voice communications technologies. If the migration is from 'VoIP over HSPA+' the traffic capability can be increased by 100%. Enhanced features such as uplink interference cancellation will enable further gains, achieving almost three times the capacity compared to current R99 systems.

Ixia Tests 10 Gig Performance of HP ProCurve Switch

In a commissioned test, Ixia verified the performance of HP's ProCurve Networking enterprise core switch. The 8212zl switch was tested for quality and performance on both video and VoIP.

Ixia's Aptixia IxNetwork solution emulated an enterprise topology with the OSPF routing protocol to fully stress the 8212zl's control plane, and at the same time, with its 10 Gigabit Ethernet XM LAN Services Modules, used 14 Ixia ports that generated 10 GbE line-rate traffic to stress the 8212zl's data plane. The Ixia test ports emulated video on demand, VoIP and HTTP as well as FTP applications across 10,000 advertised OSPF routes from 350 OSPF neighbors to measure the end user's experience of overall service quality. This demonstrated a real converged environment running over the switch.

Overture Raises $12.3 Million for Carrier Ethernet Platforms

Overture Networks, a start-up based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, raised $12.3 million in Series C financing for its converged packet access platforms for Carrier Ethernet services.

Overture Networks develops network edge and aggregation systems that allow carriers to deploy uniform managed Carrier Ethernet services to every customer location, whether accessible over direct fiber, optical transport or copper. Overture's ISG platform is designed to deliver any mix of Ethernet and TDM service combinations. Interface options range from NxT1/E1 to Gigabit Ethernet.

Lehman Brothers Venture Partners, a new investor in Overture Networks, led the round with a total of $7 million. Current investors Morgenthaler Ventures, Intersouth Partners, TDF, Armada Ventures, Gray Ventures and other existing investors provided the remaining amount.

BigBand Trims Financial Guidance for Q3

Citing several technical and sales cycle factors, BigBand Networks revised downward its revenue outlook for the third quarter ending September 30, 2007. The company now expects to report revenue for the third quarter in the range of $35 to $39 million, which is below the company's previous guidance of $54 to $58 million.

Factos cited for the decline include a delay in revenue recognition for some switched digital video deployments due to a need for more software customization and integration than originally expected.

BigBand also experienced slowdown in Telco-TV revenue, as its major customer worked through some previously purchased inventory. Finally, the company experienced continued softness in its data business. As a result of lower revenue expectations, BigBand expects to report an operating loss for the third quarter of fiscal year 2007.

"While we believe the market for our video solutions continues to be strong and are confident in our roadmap for the long term, we are clearly disappointed in our execution this quarter," said Amir Bassan-Eskenazi, BigBand's chief executive officer.

Occam to Acquire Assets of Terawave -- GPON

Occam Networks agreed to acquire certain assets and to assume certain liabilities of Terawave Communications, an early developer of fiber to the business and fiber to the home technology. The transaction is expected to include:

  • FSAN ITU G.984 GPON interoperable technology,

  • Technology focused on GPON physical interfaces,

  • Products and technology directed towards Metro Ethernet, and

  • Technology license agreements to two leading silicon manufacturers: Ikanos Communications, Inc. and Mindspeed Technologies

Occam will pay Terawave $3.4 million in cash, forgive bridge financing of up to approximately $1.9 million and assume certain liabilities and purchase commitments.

Following the closing of the acquisition, Occam also intends to make employment offers to certain employees of Terawave , including members of Terawave's team of optical development and systems engineers, who have broad experience in fiber network products and deployments.

Microsoft and Partners Offer Extenders for Windows Media Center

Microsoft and partners launch plans for new "Extenders for Windows Media Center -- devices that enable access to premium cable, high-definition TV, popular video formats including DivX, music, paid movies, photos and more from any TV in the house, with a wired or wireless network connection. These new devices, which are expected to ship in time for the holiday shopping season, include:

  • The Media Center Extender with DVD Player (DMA2200) from Linksys. It combines an upscaling DVD player with a dual-band Wireless-N Extender for Windows Media Center. For consumers seeking a smaller form factor, Linksys will also offer the Media Center Extender (DMA2100), which delivers all the appealing features of Extender for Windows Media Center in a compact dual-band Wireless-N solution.

  • The D-Link DSM-750 MediaLounge HD Media Center Extender -- which connects to the home network using Ethernet or dual-band draft Wireless-N networking. The DSM-750 supports HD videos with resolutions of up to 1080i; supports Windows Media Video (WMV), DivX, and XVid formats; and includes a USB 2.0 port for access to music, photos and videos stored on removable USB flash drives or hard drives.

  • The HP MediaSmart LCD HDTV, currently available in 42-inch and 47-inch sizes, will support Extender for Windows Media Center technology through an optional software download, expected to be available in early 2008. The MediaSmart TVs support 1080p video, 802.11n wireless, and DivX, XVid, WMV and other video formats.

Microsoft also launched a beta test of Windows Media Center Internet TV, which will offer more than 100 hours of ad-supported entertainment from MSN(R) Video, including full-length shows, music concerts and movie trailers.

Warid Telecom Uganda Selects Motorola for WiMAX

Warid Telecom Uganda selected Motorola to design and deploy an 802.16e WiMAX network in Uganda. Initial deployment is due for completion by the end of 2007, enabling residential and enterprise voice and data connectivity services, including VoIP and VPNs. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • Motorola is currently working with Warid International's subsidiary Wateen Telecom in Pakistan on the deployment and management of a nationwide end-to-end 802.16e WiMAX network.

  • Warid Telecom International is owned by the Abu Dhabi Group led by Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan.

Quellan Raises $20 Million for Analog Signal Processing and RF Noise Cancellation

Quellan, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, closed $20 million in its Series C round of venture financing for its work in analog signal processing and RF noise cancellation.

Quellan recently announced a wide range of new product offerings including it's flagship QNx RF Noise Canceller product line for consumer and mobile product applications, the QHx Harmonic Suppressor for digital harmonic noise suppression, and the QLx product line for enterprise and data center applications.

"The noise cancellation opportunity has expanded to include consumer electronics, enterprise, mobile wireless, computing and automotive," said D. Tony Stelliga, President and CEO of Quellan.

New investors include W.L. Gore & Associates, Harbinger Venture Management, JAFCO, and Glynn Capital Management. These new investors join Menlo Ventures, Yamacraw Capital Seed Fund, Cordova Ventures, Samsung Ventures America, and VentureTech Alliance.

The company also announced that Robert C. Dobkin has made an investment in the company and has joined its Advisory Board. Mr. Dobkin is a veteran of the analog semiconductor industry and the Founder of Linear Technologies, a world leader in analog IC's, and currently serves as its Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering.

Separately, Quellan announced a strategic alliance with W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore), a global leader in electronic signal transmission. The companies are collaborating on high performance data center interconnects that reduce power, extend reach and increase speed. The companies will integrate Quellan's Q:ACTIVE semiconductors with Gore's advanced cabling to deliver dramatically lighter, thinner and further reaching cabling to data centers.

Navini Integrates Beceem Chips in new WiMAX CPE

Navini Networks is using Beceem's Mobile WiMAX chipsets in a new "Surfer" line for Mobile WiMAX. The Surfer modems feature Beamforming and MIMO capabilities. Under a partnership deal, the companies agreed to work together to accelerate the incorporation of Beceem's Mobile WiMAX chips, which are used by several vendors of Mobile WiMAX subscriber devices. Navini will also resell USB Mobile WiMAX modem developed by Beceem, to be marketed as part of the Surfer 3000 product line of Wave 2 subscriber devices.

Verizon Offers Novatel EV-DO Rev A Modem Stick

Verizon Wireless began offering Novatel Wireless' USB Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revolution A (Rev. A) modem stick. The USB727 features an integrated microSD slot, allowing for the seamless storage and transport of up to 4 GB of files, photos or videos. The unit is priced at $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and new two- year agreement.

Disney Mobile to Cease Operations

Disney Mobile it will cease its wireless operations as of December 31, 2007. The company said it will be providing a reimbursement program covering handsets as well as accessories and content purchased directly through Disney Mobile.
  • Disney Mobile runs over the Sprint Nationwide PCS Network. The service was first launched in April 2006, featuring tools to help parents to manage their children's phone use, including spending allowances, call lists and tracking capabilities.

Cisco to Acquire Latigent for Web 2.0-based Contact Center

Cisco agreed to acquire Latigent, a provider of web-based business intelligence and analytics reporting for contact centers, for an undisclosed sum.

Latigent's product line consists of two main products: BlueVue is a Web-based business intelligence and analytics tool, and Archiver is an engine for integrating data from the entire enterprise into a consolidated and normalized repository. The products are designed to leverage Web 2.0 principles.

Cisco said Latigent's products will complement and enhance its Unified Customer Contact solutions.

Latigent was co-founded in 2002 by CEO Chris Crosby and CTO Jason Kolb, who will both join Cisco after the close of the acquisition. The company is based in Chicago.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sprint Readies "Xohm" WiMAX Rollout

Sprint said it is on-track with its "Xohm" WiMAX mobile broadband initiative, citing new access device developments, simplified network connectivity and an international operator alliance. In a keynote address at WiMAX World tradeshow in Chicago, Barry West, Sprint Nextel CTO and president, Xohm business unit, confirmed that pre-commercial WiMAX service will be active in the Chicago, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas by year-end 2007. Commercial service is expected to be available in a number of markets starting April 2008 and anticipated to cover 100 million people by year-end 2008 in conjunction with a planned partnership with Clearwire.

West also predicted that we are about to experience a seismic shift in the way wireless devices get into customer hands. In the traditional telecom model, the carrier subsidizes the device in exchange for a lengthy contract and manages the supply chain. In that scenario, the device is the customer. In the Mobile Internet world, West predicts a WiMAX embedded model that enables devices well beyond the cell phone to be optimized for a particular use. Customers buy them in retail outlets at non-subsidized prices. Sprint recognizes that customers have multiple devices they may want to connect and pay once for the privilege instead of individual contracts. Therefore, Sprint will follow a business model that leverages the embedding of WiMAX-capable chipsets in traditional telecom devices and in consumer electronic products - many of which could not previously justify connectivity.

In addition, West announced that Korea Telecom has entered into a memo of understanding with Sprint for cooperation on the promotion of WiMAX to drive roaming, manufacturing scale and ecosystem development in support of global WiMAX adoption.

China's Henan MCC Awards EUR 180 Million Deal to Nokia Siemens

China's Henan Mobile Communications Company (Henan MCC) awarded a contract valued at to RMB 2 billion (EUR 180 million) to Nokia Siemens Networks to become its sole supplier of EDGE equipment. Nokia Siemens Networks is addition to already the leading supplier of its GSM networks.

Under the deal, the company will provide Henan MCC with its GSM and EDGE core and radio networks equipment, mobile soft switching solution including MSC (Mobile Switching Center) Servers, MGW (Media Gateway) and HLR (Home Location Register), as well as system integration, network planning, rollout and support services for Henan MCC's GSM and EDGE network.

Maven Networks Signs Fox News for Internet TV

Fox News, has selected Maven Networks to power all of its online video channels for its global news network. Maven's Internet TV platform streamlines the delivery and monetization of ad-supported news videos across Fox's online network and affiliate websites. Maven makes the content available for syndication to a network of online media outlets, while maintaining full control of the content and advertising.

Trellia Networks to Provide Enterprise Mobility Mgt for Sprint's Xohm

Trellia Networks, a Montreal-based developer of intelligent mobility solutions, has been awarded a management contract to deliver connectivity and enterprise mobility management solutions for Sprint's Xohm WiMax devices.

Trellia said its Nomad Mobility Platform will provide zero-click seamless roaming to Sprint's Xohm customers and extensive mobile workforce management to Sprint's Xohm enterprise customers. Nomad's intelligent connectivity engine provides access to WiMAX, Wi-Fi, local area and other networks, while Nomad's powerful policy management capabilities empower IT managers to regain control over their mobile workforce.

China's Deploys TeraScale E-Series Switch/routers, a leading Chinese portal, has deployed Force10 Networks' TeraScale E-Series family of switch/routers to increase the performance of its leading search engine and portal. The Force10 TeraScale E-Series are deployed at the core of its data center.

The Force10 three CPU architecture distributes switching, routing and management functions between multiple processors, each with dedicated memory to protect the system against denial of service attacks. Additionally, the modularity of the Force10 Operating System (FTOS) software provides another layer of reliability to guarantee high quality service for Sina users.

UK's HIPCOM Selects NexTone for IP Carrier Peering

HIPCOM, a provider of white-label hosted IP telephony, deployed NexTone's IntelliConnect System consisting of its Session Border Controller (SBC), Multi-protocol Session Exchange (MSX), and Real-time Session Manager (RSM) platforms. The system is used to interconnect with leading UK carrier networks such as BT Wholesale, Band-X, Gamma Telecom, and Primus Telecom.

Verizon Business Extends its Managed IP PBX Service to Europe

Verizon Business is extending its Managed IP PBX service for the European market. The offering, immediately available in 15 countries, enable corporate customers to outsource the design, implementation and management of their premises-based IP telephony systems to Verizon Business. Professional consultancy services including readiness assessment, asset discovery and migration planning are also available.

Verizon Managed IP PBX forms part of Verizon Business' full VoIP and Managed Network Solutions portfolios and offers continuous IP PBX management and optimization including fault management, configuration, accounting, performance and security. The service encompasses all elements of customer PBX connectivity, including Verizon-managed LAN and WAN network services, Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Cisco IP phones, voice connectivity and gateways.