Thursday, December 13, 2007

Silicon Clocks Appoints VP of Engineering

Silicon Clocks, a start-up based in Fremont, California, has appointed Dr. Bahram Ghaderi as VP Engineering. He previously held several positions during the past 12 years at Exar Corporation, including: GM Network and Transmission and most recently as VP Engineering/Product Development, where he was responsible for the development of mixed-signal product families for T/E and SONET physical layer, jitter attenuation, clocking, and UARTs.

Silicon Clocks specializes in integrated timing products utilizing MEMS and IC technologies. Applications include high speed serial data, wireless communications, and consumer products.

Peermeta Names Jim Ricotta as CEO

Peermeta, a start-up based in Acton, Mass., announced the appointment of Jim Ricotta as President and CEO.

Ricotta previously was Vice President and General Manager of IBM's Appliance business unit, which developed middleware appliances for Web 2.0 / SOA applications. He joined IBM through IBM's $100M acquisition of DataPower Technology, where he was President and CEO. Prior to DataPower, Ricotta was Vice President and General Manager at Cisco Systems leading their Content Networking business unit involving Cisco's content distribution, streaming, and caching products.

Peermeta is an early stage mobile software platform developer focused on the intersection of digitized content, Web 2.0 services and mobile technologies. The Peermeta solution enables mobile access to Any Content, on Any Device, on Any Network, at Any Time. The company was founded in January 2007 and is backed by venture capital firms Sigma Partners and Kepha Partners.

Mintera Hires Pirelli Exec to Lead EMEA Sales

Mintera named Piero Matrona as Vice President, Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to support new customers of its MI 4000XM Adaptive-DPSK 40 Gbps DWDM module. Most recently, Matrona was in charge of worldwide sales for Pirelli Broadband Solutions for both Optical Components and Systems. Prior to this, Matrona was in charge of Marketing and Sales for Vivato, a developer of metropolitan WiFi systems and also Terawave Communications in the BPON/GPON arena. Matrona was also VP Brand Management for Nortel's Ultra-Long Haul Optical Transport platform following Nortel's acquisition of Qtera.

ARRIS Completes C-COR Acquisition

ARRIS completed its acquisition of C-COR. The deal combines two leading suppliers of networking equipment for cable operators. The companies said their combination:

  • Creates a leading broadband solutions company with combined sales of over $1.2 billion over the past twelve months

  • Enhances ARRIS financial profile with improved margins

  • Expands the ARRIS product portfolio and addressable market

  • Diversifies revenue across core customer relationships and enables deeper participation in network infrastructure capacity spending

  • Creates a global, technologically diverse team with a broader and stronger platform from which to drive portfolio expansion.

C-COR's product line includes a converged Headend/Hub Platform, optical nodes, and RF amplifiers; On Demand media systems (VOD) and Digital Advertising Systems; and Operations Support Systems for workforce management, service assurance, network optimization and health, and subscriber fulfillment. The company is a leading supplier of 1GHz transmission equipment. C-COR's HFC equipment products are deployed with leading operators around the world, including UPC, ONO, Virgin Media, Bright House, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Mediacom, Insight, and Time Warner Cable. The company's corporate headquarters are in State College, Pennsylvania.

ARRIS' product line includes cable telephony solutions; high-speed data network solutions for cable Internet applications; subscriber premise products that are DOCSIS 2.0 and Euro-DOCSIS 2.0-certified; and HFC infrastructure communications and networking equipment. The company is based in Atlanta and has R&D centers in Atlanta, Chicago, Cork, Ireland and Shenzhen, China.

Wi-Fi Alliance Names New Executive Director

The Wi-Fi Alliance named Edgar Figueroa as its new Executive Director. For the past several years, Mr. Figueroa has led the operations for the Alliance's certification program, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, which has grown to include a global network of labs and more than 4,000 certified products.

Alcatel-Lucent, 3 Italia and RAI Test DVB-SH

Alcatel-Lucent, 3 Italia (a mobile operator owned by Hutchison Whampoa) and Italian public broadcaster RAI are launching a trial of Mobile TV trial in Italy. The network will be based on the DVB-SH (Digital Video Broadcasting -- Satellite services to Handhelds) standard.

The trial, based on Alcatel-Lucent's Unlimited Mobile TV solution, uses for the first time in the world a multi-layer DVB-SH terrestrial network blending low-power transmitters from a mobile operator and medium-power transmitters from a broadcaster.

The trial will take place in Torino and it will be overseen by RAI Technological Strategies Dept., Raiway SpA and RAI Research and Technology Innovation Centre, providing their three-year-old experience in mobile-TV field tests.

Cellular sites provided by 3 Italia will allow the indoor coverage of Torino's downtown, while broadcast towers provided by RAI and Raiway will allow outdoor and vehicular coverage of the entire town of Torino.

Alcatel-Lucent will provide the DVB-SH equipment, the network planning, the network integration and the technical support required for the good execution of the trial. Alcatel-Lucent's DVB-SH low-power repeaters will be co-localized with the live UMTS sites of 3 Italia and connected to the UMTS antennas.

The first phase of this trial, taking place from December 2007 to March 2008, will consist in a technology trial to validate the capability of DVB-SH to make available a large number of high-quality mobile TV channels, in various usage conditions. Alcatel-Lucent said several innovative technical characteristics of the DVB-SH will be evaluated during this trial, which in this first phase of the trial will be only terrestrial.

In a second phase of this trial, the broadcast signal from a satellite will be emulated by a transmitter located in a high-altitude helicopter; in order to study a real business situation, a sample panel of customers will be provided with commercial DVB-SH handsets. In a longer term perspective, tests with satellites in operation will be carried out in cooperation with a major satellite operator.
  • In August 2007, the European Commission adopted a proposal to select systems for mobile satellite services at European level. If adopted by the European Parliament and the EU Council, this new selection mechanism will allow Mobile TV based on DVB-SH in the S-Band to develop across Europe beginning in 2009.

  • In September 2007, Alcatel-Lucent and Samsung Electronics demonstrated live broadcast mobile TV in S-Band using a Samsung SGH-P930 handset. Users were able to interact with the content of all the 3G/unicast and broadcast mobile TV channels available on the handset.
    The specifications of the DVB-SH standard were approved by the DVB Project on February 14, 2007. The commercial availability of Samsung's DVB-SH models is expected in Q1 2008.

Korea's Hanaro Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent's GPON FTTH

Hanaro Telecom selected Alcatel-Lucent to supply its Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) solution. Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy the 7342 Intelligent Services Access Manager Fiber-to-the-Home (ISAM FTTU) solution which leverages GPON to deliver any mix of voice, video or data.

Alcatel-Lucent is partnering with Sandeul Networks, which will provide installation and integration. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that is engaged in more than 70 FTTx projects around the world, more than 55 of which are with GPON. More than 180 customers have adopted the ISAM product family globally -- including 80% of the top 20 DSL operators.
  • In October 2007, Cisco announced that Hanaro Telecom selected is cable channel-bonding technology to deliver 100 Mbps residential services over its hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) networks. Cisco's platform is designed based on the downstream channel-bonding specifications defined in CableLabs' Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS) 3.0 specification. The network capacity is used to deliver HanaTV, Hanaro's video-on-demand IPTV service.

Alcatel-Lucent Chosen for China's e-government Backbone

Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent's flagship Chinese company, has been chosen as the sole supplier of China's largest high-speed e-government backbone network. The project, which is part of an initiative network transformation led by the Information Industry Office of the State Council of China, in cooperation with China Netcom and China Telecom, will help enhance information access and availability between government bodies throughout the nation. The new high-speed network will support voice, data, and multimedia services with QoS and a high degree of reliability.

Telenor Srbija chooses Nokia Siemens Networks for 3G

Telenor Srbija awarded a contract to Nokia Siemens Networks to build a nationwide 3G radio network across Serbia. Under the agreement, Nokia Siemens Networks will build a WCDMA network across Serbia within four years and it will provide Telenor with a broad range of supplementary services. The deliveries have already begun and the first parts of the new network will start operation in the first quarter of 2008. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Pulse~LINK's UWB Delivers 890 Mbps Peak Application Throughput


recently released CWave UWB chipset achieved a 1.35 Gbps over-the-air signaling rate and delivered 890 Mbps application layer throughput at short distances in independent testing conducted by octoScope. The results were published in EE Times and Wireless Net DesignLine.

Pulse~LINK said its CWave throughput held at around 500 Mbps at up to 8 feet of wireless range and 115 Mbps at up to 40 feet, significantly higher than competing vendors. The CWave chipset also measured sustained TCP/IP throughputs of 500Mbps across 450 feet of coaxial cable.

BT Selects Ciena's CN 3000 Ethernet Access for 21CN

BT has selected Ciena's CN 3000 Ethernet Access Series as one of its preferred Network Termination Equipment (NTE) platforms for its 21st Century Network (21CN). Ciena is supplying the CN 3000 Series through an OEM agreement with ANDA Networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The CN 3000 Series encompasses a range of copper and fiber-based NTE platforms and complementary NTE aggregators fully compliant with Metro Ethernet Forum specifications. It includes both carrier-to-carrier network demarcation devices as well as customer-located Ethernet access devices, designed specifically to allow service providers to extend homogeneous coverage of managed Ethernet services.

The CN 3000 also features Ethernet Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) functionality that is integrated with Ciena's ON-Center Network and Services Management Suite. These capabilities enable service management, Quality of Service (QoS) guarantees and end-to-end SLA verification, while ensuring operational savings, as Ethernet services can be remotely provisioned and monitored without site visits. Additionally, the flexibility of the CN 3000 Series means that devices can be upgraded remotely using software.

The agreement extends BT's partnership with Ciena, which already supplies optical Ethernet transport and switching solutions for the 21CN transmission domain, by enabling BT to provide Ethernet access in the last mile to support the roll-out of new 21CN services and applications.
  • In February 2007, ADVA Optical Networking announced that BT had selected it as a supplier of Ethernet last mile access products for its 21st Century Network (21CN). Specifically, BT's 21CN will deploy the ADVA FSP 150 as the Network Termination Equipment (NTE) throughout the network. The ADVA FSP 150 portfolio provides Ethernet demarcation, extension and aggregation.

NewStep Enhances its Enterprise FMC Capabilities

NewStep Networks unveiled the latest version of its convergence platform, CSN 3.5, with features aimed at enterprises looking to mobilize their business applications as part of an overall unified communications strategy.

CSN 3.5 adds advanced presence capabilities and integration with enterprise applications, including Microsoft's Office Communication Server 2007. These include:

  • A broadened range of IP PBX support including the Nortel CS1K, and additional support for Cisco Call Manager, Avaya Communications Manager and the Asterisk IP PBX, including the ability to use typical desk phone features from the dual-mode phone while in WiFi

  • Enhanced enterprise seamless roaming client for Windows Mobile 6 devices, including automatic reconfiguration and optimal call routing based on location

  • Support for SIP Presence integration

  • Third-party call-control interface for integration with other business applications

  • Access to thousands of Wi-Fi hot spots to the dual-mode handset

  • Flexible user configurations for users to develop ringing profiles, including options for sequential ringing, simultaneous ring, and staggered ringing.

  • Time-of-day/day-of-week call routing, which provides the user with more flexibility and control over when and where they can be reached, as well as the creation of profiles for network selection of voice and data call delivery.

Firewire Now Reaches 3.2 Gigabits per Second Speed -- 4X

The 1394 Trade Association announced a new specification to quadruple the speed of FireWire to reach 3.2 gigabits per second. The new electrical specification, known as S3200, builds upon the IEEE 1394b standard, preserving FireWire backwards compatibility and using the same cables and connectors already deployed for FireWire 800 products. The 1394 arbitration, data, and service protocols were not modified for S3200. The specification is expected to be ratified by early February.

FireWire 800 operates without polling, without idle times, and without continuous software management, enabling it to deliver more than 97 percent of its bit rate as payload -- not overhead. FireWire 800 hard drives can move over 90 MB per second. S3200 preserves this efficiency and its expected to deliver payload speeds reaching nearly 400 MB per second.

The 1394 Trade Association said that S3200 makes FireWire so fast that users will see no advantage from eSATA. Both interfaces are much faster than any modern hard drive mechanism, but eSATA does not provide electrical power to operate a drive.

"The S3200 standard will sustain the position of IEEE 1394 as the absolute performance leader in multi-purpose I/O ports for consumer applications in computer and CE devices," said James Snider, executive director, 1394 Trade Association. "There is a very clear migration path from 800 Megabits/second to 3.2 Gigabits/second, with no need for modifications to the standard and no requirement for new cables or connectors."

Peter Kiewit Institute Supercomputer Employs Force10

The Peter Kiewit Institute's (PKI) Holland Computing Center at the University of Nebraska has deployed Force10 Networks' TeraScale E-Series family of switch/routers and S50 access switches in its newest supercomputer, which ranks 43 on the list of the world's fastest supercomputers.

The Force10 TeraScale E-Series is supporting 52 Ten Gigabit and 900 Gigabit Ethernet ports to form the reliable foundation researchers at the Center require to optimize the performance of the supercomputer.

Force10 said the high Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet densities of its TeraScale E-Series and S50 enables PKI to build a high performance core that interconnects more than 1,100 nodes. The TeraScale E-Series supports 90 Gigabit Ethernet ports on a single line card or 1,260 per system, enabling the Center to interconnect its supercomputer with a single switch while also supporting the 52 Ten Gigabit Ethernet ports required to build the high performance core.

Zeugma Systems Raises US$22.5 Million

Zeugma Systems, a start-up based in Vancouver, announced US$22.5 million Series B financing. for its technology developments for next generation high speed broadband network. Product plans have not been announced.

The new financing was led by new investor Vertex Venture Capital, and included returning investors Granite Ventures, Ventures West, Yaletown Venture Partners, GrowthWorks Capital Ltd. and BDC Venture Capital, as well as new investors GTD Capital and BC Advantage Funds.

Zeugma Systems is led by Andrew Harries, co-founder, President and CEO and who previously co-founded Sierra Wireless Inc.; Siegfried Luft, founder, CTO and formerly a senior development executive at Redback Networks; Jeff Dillabough, VP Engineering, formerly at PMC-Sierra; Tom Meehan, VP product management, previously at Redback Networks; Wayne Shackelford, SVP Worldwide Sales who formerly led sales at several startups and at Newbridge Networks USA; and Justin Currie, VP Finance, who joined the company from Creation Technologies Inc.

Dutch Government Selects Mitel for 52,000 Lines over 4 Years

The government of the Netherlands has selected Mitel for a large-scale IP deployment as part of the OverheidsTelecom 2006 (OT2006) program, under which telecom services are tendered in one master agreement by ministries and other government authorities and subdivided into clusters. The OT2006 cluster covered by this contract will, amongst others, see eight ministries, seven provincial authorities, 30 municipalities and 51 administrative bodies and advisory boards totalling more than 52,000 lines move to a Mitel platform over the next four years. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Mitel 3300 IP Communications Platform (ICP) is designed to support networks ranging from 10 to 65,000 users and provides standard IP-PBX capability plus a range of embedded unified communications applications including standard unified messaging, auto attendant, ACD and wireless. The 3300 ICP also supports a suite of applications including multimedia collaboration, customer relationship management, and unified messaging.

Atheros Acquires u-Nav Microelectronics for GPS Silicon

Atheros Communications agreed to acquire the assets and certain liabilities of u-Nav Microelectronics, a privately held fabless semiconductor company specializing in global positioning system (GPS) chipsets and software that enable mobile location-based products and services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

u-Nav's silicon is designed for embedded GPS applications for the wireless handset, personal navigation device, personal computing, consumer and mobile telemetry markets. Its flagship product, the uN3010, is a single-chip GPS receiver that integrates the company's CMOS high-performance RFIC core with its third-generation baseband IC core. u-Nav's product portfolio also includes single-die solutions, several baseband chips and RFICs, and complete GPS system software solutions providing signal acquisition, tracking, data extraction and GPS navigation.

Upon closing the transaction, Atheros will also take assignment of the patent cross-license agreement already in place between u-Nav and SiRF Technology.

Atheros said the addition of u-Nav's shipping GPS products and technologies to Atheros' Radio-on-Chip for Mobile (ROCm) portfolio enables the company to deliver high-performance, cost-efficient combinations of mobile solutions featuring WLAN, Bluetooth and GPS technologies.

Atheros said its goal is to provide optimized wireless coexistence, supporting multiple radios in a single device for local area networking, personal area networking and mobile location-based services.

u-Nav Microelectronics is based in Irvine, California, with offices in Tampere, Finland. u-Nav has 54 employees.

Zayo to Acquire Citynet's Wholesale Division

Zayo Group, a regional provider of bandwidth and telecom services, agreed to acquire Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Citynet Fiber Network (CFN), the wholesale division of communications provider, Citynet. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The CFN network has 8,500 route miles of fiber covering 57 Tier I-III markets in 10 states. The company's on-net buildings encompass many major carrier locations like local exchange carrier central offices, carrier hotels and wireless mobile switching centers. Upon completion of the acquisition, Zayo will have doubled its metro and regional fiber route miles to 17,000 serving more than 1,000 on-net building locations.

The deal is the sixth acquisition by Zayo since May 2007. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2008.

"CFN's network compliments our existing metro and regional networks by increasing our fiber footprint in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions," explained Dan Caruso, CEO of Zayo Group.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tiscali TV Combines IP and Digital Terrestrial TV

TISCALI TV has made its commercial debut in Italy. The service combines IP and DTT (Digital Terrestrial Television) television programming. It is initially available in the Cagliari, Milan and Rome areas and will be free until 31-March-2008. Tiscali plans to gradually expanded across Italy over the coming year.

Tiscali also announced a video programming deal with Sky Italia, the Italian digital pay TV service. Tiscali TV users will be able to activate Sky packages on Tiscali's TV platform, experiencing an even richer TV offering together with linear and on-demand channels.

European Commission Approves Amsterdam's Municipal Fiber Network

The European Commission has approved the investment by the municipality of Amsterdam and other shareholders to be build an FTTH network. After a year of investigation and deliberation, the Commission concluded that the municipality participates in the project on the same terms as would a market investor. Therefore the Commission has concluded that no state aid is involved.

Under EU state aid rules, investments by public authorities in companies carrying out economic activities can be considered free of aid, if they are made on terms that a private investor operating under market conditions would have accepted (the market economy investor principle).

The City of Amsterdam is investing in a company building a FTTH network connecting 37,000 households within its city limits. The total equity investment in the project is EUR 18 million. The Amsterdam municipality owns one third of the shares, two private investors, ING Real Estate and Reggefiber together another third, while five housing corporations own the remaining third. The wholesale operator of the new fibre network was selected through a tender procedure and will provide open, non-discriminatory access to retail operators which offer TV, broadband and telephony services.