Tuesday, October 23, 2007

DSL Forum Advances its Specification Work

The DSL Forum today unveiled its BroadbandSuite Release Plan, representing a major new phase of its work to advance broadband services.

The DSL Forum has developed approximately 150 Technical Reports (TRs) over the past 14 years that address issues that range from interoperability to remote management of the digital home. The goal of the Forum's new Release Plan is to clearly identify which TRs are associated with specific milestones of broadband development. The Release Plan also provides for the first time, a defined roadmap of Forum work in the pipeline--spelling out exactly what is the next stage of development.

BroadbandSuite Release 1.0: This initial set of specifications provided for Internet access via ADSL or SHDSL over a QoS-enabled ATM architecture. It supports VoIP transport & VoDSL.

BroadbandSuite Release 2.0 is a solution set of the DSL Forum's most recent work, defining the platform that effectively supports more complex applications such as IPTV streaming. It specifies triple-play access via ADSL2plus over a QoS-enabled Ethernet architecture. Full support for multicast.

BroadbandSuite Release 3.0 is tentatively scheduled for completion and release third quarter 2008. It will define triple-play access via VDSL2 & GPON over a QoS-enabled Ethernet architecture. Full support for multicast to enable IPTV streaming, data model and integrated remote management of Set-Top Box, performance monitoring & diagnostics, and more.


Qualcomm's Gobi Enables Notebook Connectivity to 3G, 2G, GPS

Qualcomm introduced its "Gobi" solution for providing notebook computers with access to CDMA2000 EV-DO and UMTS HSPA networks.
The embedded Gobi solution includes Qualcomm's MDM1000 chipset, associated software and API, and a reference design for a software-defined configurable data module supporting both EV-DO Rev. A and HSPA with full backward compatibility, as well as GPS functionality.

Commercial release is expected in Q2 2008.


Sweden's Com Hem Deploys IMS Network

Com Hem, which provides TV, broadband and telephony services to around 40 percent of all Swedish homes, has activated a commercial IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) platform in its network. Com Hem's IMS solution, including the IMS Core and SURPASS hiQ 8000 voice platform, has been provided and integrated by Nokia Siemens Networks. Com Hem is using IMS initially to provide VoIP. Financial terms were not disclosed.



Level 3 Delivers Multiple 10G Wavelengths to Highwinds

Level 3 Communications' Content Markets Group is supplying High Speed Internet Access and multiple 10 Gbps wavelength to provide the underlying network backbone services that power Highwinds' RollingThunder network. The Level 3 facilities are being used to link Highwinds' data centers in ten cities throughout the United States and in Europe. This business relationship also enables Highwinds to expand its network capabilities and market reach by tapping into Level 3's internationally deployed network for global content distribution. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Highwinds' RollingThunder network is capable of distributing Internet- based content to users throughout the world. The company operates strategically placed data centers, which house server and storage technology used to manage content, in Amsterdam, Ashburn, Va., Atlanta, Chicago, Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Phoenix. Currently, 12 data centers in 10 cities are connected through 10 Gbps wavelengths provided by Level 3.



Sonus Unveils IMX 2.0 Application Platform

Sonus Networks unveiled its IMX 2.0 Multimedia Applications Platform, combining the support for voice-based services delivered in the original platform with a streamlined feature and application environment for advanced multimedia and data-intensive services.

The IMX platform is part of Sonus' IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture aimed at helping network operators manage their advanced next- generation networks. The new version enables network operators to embrace a Web-based model for application development; specifically, the ability to develop new applications quickly, rollout to a test audience, and scale as consumer demand validates the application.

Cisco WebEx and Oracle Launch Collaborative CRM Solution

Cisco's WebEx group began offering Oracle's Siebel CRM On Demand Service, which is a customer relationship management (CRM) application service. The new offering is part of the WebEx Connect application ecosystem. Key capabilities of the service include:

  • Sales management tools that allow users to engage prospects at key points in the sales process

  • Sales dashboards that consolidate critical information and streamline activities for a 360-degree view of every opportunity

  • Integrated reporting to improve sales productivity by automatically tracking WebEx meetings and prospecting activity

  • Forecasting, reporting and pipeline visualization tools to analyze sales data

  • Real-time process management to optimize sales methodologies with testing and analytical feedback.



Juniper Supplies IP/MPLS for Russia's Synterra

Synterra, one of Russia's largest independent wholesale service providers, is building a new high-performance IP/MPLS network infrastructure based upon Juniper Networks M- and T-series routing platforms. Specifically, Synterra is deploying the M-series multiservice edge routers, including the M120, at smaller points of presence throughout the country. Juniper's T640 core routing platform, which delivers 640Gbps throughput, can be upgraded in-service to a multi-terabit T1600. Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • Synterra was formed in autumn 2005 through the merger of "Komet", "RTComm.RU" and "Telecom-Centre".

Alcatel-Lucent to Supply Moscow Net for Multyservisnaya radioset

Alcatel-Lucent will supply a multifunctional broadband wireless data network in Moscow and the Moscow region for "Multyservisnaya radioset" (MRS), an emerging telecommunications service provider. The company said it is working with MRS to identify its access and core networking requirements and provide MRS with a turn-key wireless broadband network infrastructure. Financial terms were not disclosed.


D-Link Touts "Green Ethernet" Technology

D-Link has trade marked the term "Green Ethernet" and introduced a series of environmentally-friendly small office/home office (SOHO) Gigabit switches that decrease energy costs by reducing power consumption without sacrificing operational performance and functionality. The company estimates power savings of between 20 and 80%.

The introduction of the D-Link DGS-2200 series multi-port desktop switches is part of an ongoing company-wide "Green" computing initiative.

The company said it is optimizing its devices for ENERGY STAR certification and providing consumer education and recycling programs.

In November, D-Link will broaden the program by adding its energy- efficient DGS-1016D 16-port and DGS-1024 24-port high performance rack mountable switches to its 'Green' technology lineup.

D-Link is also promoting a white paper highlight energy-saving initiatives.


ONEMAX Launches 3.5 GHz WiMAX Rev-e with Alcatel-Lucent

ONEMAX, a new wireless access provider serving the Dominican Republic, has launched a WiMAX 802.16e-2005 (Rev-e) network using Alcatel-Lucent's platform. The companies said the WiMAX Rev-e deployment is the first in the world using the 3.5 Gigahertz (GHz) spectrum band.

ONEMAX is offering subscribers and visitors wireless high-speed broadband Internet, multimedia and VoIP services.


  • In May 2007, Veraz Networks announced that ONEMAX had selected its IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) solution. ONEMAX chose Veraz's User Services Core to offer its subscribers VoIP and IP-based multimedia services while Veraz's ControlSwitch and I-Gate 4000 series of media gateways will enable ONEMAX to connect to other operators.
    In more technical terms, the solution that Veraz has delivered to ONEMAX is based upon 3GPP IMS release 7. It includes core IMS functionalities, for routing (Call Session & Call Control Function) and customer identification (Home Subscriber Server), plus key IMS service delivery components such as Application Server Function and SCIM (Service Capability Interaction Manager); as well as interconnect functions (PSTN) such as Signaling Gateway Function, and Media Gateway Control Function.

Alcatel-Lucent Launches University Innovations Program

Alcatel-Lucent is launching a program to team with leading U.S. universities on the research, development and testing of new ultra-high bandwidth applications for fixed and mobile networks.

The program will focus on emerging technologies and trends, such as convergence for blended and personalized services based on the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and a carrier-grade service delivery environment. The program also will emphasize developments involving mobile ultra-high bandwidth applications including 4G and multimedia services; and the evolution in broadband enabling the "connected home," interactive TV, and hyper-speed optical technology.

The first two announced participants in the Alcatel-Lucent University Innovations Program are the Stevens Institute of Technology, which will offer a mobile networking course in which students propose applications for future cellular networks, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, which plans to establish a Center of Excellence on ultra-high bandwidth applications.


ARRIS Expects Q3 Revenues of $254 Million

ARRIS announced the following preliminary financial results for the third quarter 2007: revenues of $254.7 million, up 11% as compared to $228.6 million in the third quarter 2006. Net income is expected to be $27.9 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, and compares to net income of $26.6 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2006.

Some other highlights:

  • Broadband product revenues were $72.6 million in the third quarter 2007 as compared to $87.6 million in the third quarter 2006 and $77.4 million in the second quarter 2007.

  • Supplies & CPE product revenues were $182.1 million in the third quarter 2007, as compared to $141.0 million in the third quarter 2006 and $175.3 million in the second quarter 2007.

  • International sales were $60.7 million in the third quarter 2007 and compare to $54.4 million in the third quarter 2006 and $67.8 million in the second quarter 2007.

  • Backlog at the end of the third quarter 2007 was $94.0 million as compared to $136.2 million at the end of the second quarter 2007. Bookings in the third quarter 2007 were $212.5 million as compared to $219.3 million in the second quarter 2007.

Cablevision Shareholders Reject Privatization Bid

Shareholders in Cablevision Systems, which serves 3.1 million households in the New York metropolitan area, rejected a $10.6 billion bid from the Dolan Family to privatize the company. The Dolan family founded Cablevision nearly 35 years ago. Their bid, which was initially announced in May, was backed by Merrill Lynch & Co., Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., and Bank of America.


Facebook Claims 49 Million Active Users, 250K New Users per Day

Microsoft will take a $240 million equity stake in Facebook's next round of financing at a $15 billion valuation, and the companies will expand their existing advertising partnership.

Facebook claims to have 49 million active users, making it one of the most-trafficked sites on the Internet. The company says 59 percent of its users are outside the U.S. and that it has an average of 250,000 new users registering each day.



Monday, October 22, 2007

Spreadtrum and ZTE Demonstrate TD-MBMS Wireless Packet Service

Spreadtrum Communications and ZTE's R&D Centre (Shanghai) demonstrated TD-MBMS network services using Spreadtrum's TD-SCDMA/GSM/GPRS dual-mode chipset solution.

MBMS, Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Service, is a packet based broadcast service for mobile communication networks that allows a single broadcasted frequency to carry multiple channels of content.

TD-MBMS was created as an easy and fast deployment mobile multimedia solution for MBMS on TD-SCDMA networks, since it requires relatively small changes to the underlying 3GPP standard, which should enable carriers to deploy these multimedia services with a comparatively low network deployment cost.


Motorola Invests in Siimpel for Silicon MEMS Mobile Imaging

Motorola Ventures has made an equity investment in Siimpel Corporation, a start-up based in Arcadia, California that is developing silicon MICROELECTROMECHANICAL System (MEMS) based solutions for mobile imaging applications. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.

The companies said traditional technologies incorporated into stand-alone digital cameras have not been successful in meeting the size, power, performance, reliability and cost requirements of the mobile phone market. Siimpel's MEMS solution will allow devices such as cell phones to provide features such as auto-focus, shutter and zoom in a low-cost, micro-scale system.

Siimpel's investor base includes the strategic venture investment arms of Motorola, Qualcomm, and Micron, as well as SunAmerica Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Global Catalyst Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Zone Ventures, Flextronics International and Portage Ventures.



Verizon Offers 20 Mbps Synchronous Service

Verizon introduced a residential FiOS Internet service featuring a symmetric upload and download speed of up to 20 Mbps and priced at $64.99 a month. The service is initially available in parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Verizon plans to offer similar symmetrical services soon in the 13 other states where the company offers FiOS Internet service, and to introduce a similar small-business offer.

The symmetrical FiOS service includes a comprehensive Internet security suite plus 1 GB of network-based backup at no additional charge. Customers who subscribe to the new Internet service can upgrade their backup to as much as 50 GB.

Limelight Launches HD Service over the Web

Limelight Networks introduced a service for the delivery of high-definition (HD) media and digital content over the Internet to Internet-connected televisions, game consoles and PCs.

Technology partners supporting the LimelightHD initiative include Adobe Systems, Microsoft, Move Networks and Veoh Networks. LimelightHD will be available immediately on over 700 broadband access networks worldwide. LimelightHD will deliver video content in all HD formats including 1080p resolution supporting popular Internet formats and players including Adobe Flash Player software, Microsoft Windows Media, Microsoft Silverlight and Move Media Player.

Early customers include Brightcove and key media entities, including Fox Interactive Media, MSN Video and Rajshri.com.

Limelight's content delivery network bypasses the public Internet and delivers content directly to last-mile broadband access networks. The company operates thousands of high-performance content servers distributed worldwide.


Deutsche Telekom Outsources Managed Services to Nokia Siemens Networks

Deutsche Telekom awarded a 5-year, managed services contract valued at nearly EUR 300 million to Nokia Siemens Networks. Under the deal, Nokia Siemens Networks will assume control of Vivento Technical Services (VTS) -- a division of Vivento, Deutsche Telekom's personnel service provider.

In addition, Deutsche Telekom has also selected Nokia Siemens Networks to deliver a range of capital expenditure projects for several T Mobile affiliates in Europe, including next-generation IN (Intelligent Network), valued at up to EUR 150 million.

With the addition of VTS, Nokia Siemens Networks has the increased ability to address the multi-vendor maintenance, installation and commissioning services market within Deutsche Telekom and with other customers across Germany.

  • In September 2007, Nokia Siemens Networks was awarded a long-term contract to deliver maintenance services for Juniper Networks E-, M- and T-series routers in the IP backbone and broadband access network of Deutsche Telekom in Germany. The network is monitored around the clock by dedicated service specialists at the Nokia Siemens Network Care Center. Among the services included are ticket handling, incident processing and troubleshooting, software maintenance and service and the exchange and repair of defective network components.

France Telecom Offers to Open its Fiber Ducts to Competitors

France Telecom announced a public proposal to open its ducts to its competitors on a wholesale basis. Access to France Telecom's existing civil engineering structures would include all information relevant to operators (maps, chamber locations, etc.), enabling them to install their own FTTH network by applying appropriate engineering rules. These rules will be designed to optimize the use of the ducts by managing the resources efficiently and avoiding saturation.

France Telecom's was officially made to ARCEP, the French Authority on Telecoms Regulation. France Telecom has also asked ARCEP that the same principle of fair competition be applied to other owners of infrastructures needed to deploy optical fiber.

France Telecom said a reciprocal opening will allow a fair and regulated framework to be defined based on the principle of non-discrimination between operators, while enabling the emergence of real platform competition and new user experiences.

  • In December 2006, France Telecom completed early pilot testing of FTTH and announced plans to move ahead with phase two of its rollout -- with the aim of having 150,000 to 200,000 customers connected by the end of 2008 out of a potential client base of 1 million. At the time, France Telecom said it had 100,000 km of fiber installed, agreements signed with 650 tenant associations, 11,500 homes that can now be connected, and 500 customers. The carrier has selected the GPON architecture for its rollout.

  • In September 2006, The Iliad Group's Free division, unveiled plans for a wide scale rollout of FTTH in Paris. The company said the new network will give it true independence from the incumbent operator, France Telecom. At the time, the company said the project would take 24 months to reach 2.1 million people. Free committed to invest EUR 1 billion in the project through 2012. The company initially will target areas were its Freebox installation density is greatest. The Freebox HD's ADSL2+ terminal will be replaced by an optical box. Draka Comteq was selected to supply the FTTH network. The deployment will include two million kilometers of fiber and cable designed to resist the adverse conditions of sewers, through which many of the fiber lines will be deployed.