Monday, December 17, 2007

Nokia Siemens Networks and RadioFrame Team on 3G Femtocells

Nokia Siemens Networks and RadioFrame Networks have signed a contract for cooperation on 3G Femto Home Access. The solution is targeted at 3G operators who wish to extend their coverage and service offerings.

The collaboration matches Nokia Siemens Networks' Femto Gateway and RadioFrame Networks' OmniRadio customer premises equipment (CPE). RadioFrame Networks will deliver the Femto CPE directly to operators, while Nokia Siemens Networks will deliver the Femto Gateway as well as required services.

Launched in July 2007, the Femto Home Access Solution from Nokia Siemens Networks introduces open interfaces, boosting the femtocell ecosystem and enabling operators to further enhance their 3G service offering and coverage.


U4EA Introduces Fusion 1000 Series Signaling Gateways

U4EA Technologies introduced its Fusion 1000 Series Signaling Gateways designed to support legacy ISDN and CAS signaling as well as the next generation suite of IP signaling protocols.

U4EA said is still a large base of subscribers using legacy CAS and ISDN signaling protocols that need to access next generation networks that use the new suite of IP protocols. Its Fusion 1000 Signaling Gateways support the full range of protocol conversion including:

  • Legacy protocol to legacy protocol conversion

  • NGN protocol to NGN protocol conversion

  • Legacy protocol to NGN protocol conversion

The Fusion 1000 Series is built on industry standard blade server hardware and operating systems, and scales from an entry level 1U Fusion 1001 supporting up to 900 DS0s through the 8 blade Fusion 1008 to multiple 16 blade Fusion 1016s supporting several million DS0s. The key features and benefits of the Fusion 1000 Series include:

  • Comprehensive range of ISDN, CAS and NGN signaling protocols (e.g., SIGTRAN)

  • Standard industry X86 hardware platform spanning small one blade deployments to multi-blade, multi-system deployments

  • Protocol analysis tools for centralized monitoring of signaling protocols and built-in protocol analyzer

  • Element Manager including a wide range of carrier class of diagnostic tools including visibility all of the way to subscriber interfaces

BelAir Raises $17.5 Million for Metro Wireless Mesh

BelAir Networks, a start-up based in Kanata, Ontario, announced $17.5 million in financing for its mobile wireless broadband mesh network solutions.

BelAir Networks said it now has more than 300 deployments worldwide, in leading cities such as New York, Minneapolis, the City of London and Toronto, and high-profile venues including Dolphin Stadium and Lincoln Center.

BelAir's portfolio supports Wi-Fi, WiMAX, 4.9 GHz Public Safety and cellular backhaul, and includes its flagship four-radio BelAir200 Wireless Multi-service Switch Router, the three-radio BelAir100T wireless mesh node, the dual-radio BelAir100 Multi-service Node, the single- or dual-radio BelAir100C Multi-service Node featuring point-to-multipoint backhaul, and the strand-mounted BelAir100S.

BelAir also offers the BelAir300 Converged Multi-service Wireless Node, combining cellular, Wi-Fi and wireless mesh on a converged platform.

The new funding was led by new investors Export Development Canada (EDC) and Wellington Financial. Existing investors Comcast Interactive Capital, T-Mobile Venture Fund, Trilogy Equity Partners, Panorama Capital (formerly JPMorgan Partners), VenGrowth Capital Partners Inc., BDC Venture Capital, Ventures West Management, McLean Watson and MMV Financial also participated in this round.

http://www.belairnetworks.comIn Oct

BelAir Networks outlined its strategy and product roadmap for its WiMAX mesh portfolio. The company currently utilizes 802.16d WiMAX radio modules operating in the 2.3GHz and 2.5GHz bands. These modules fit in its BelAir100 and BelAir200 mesh nodes and have been deployed by current spectrum holders for mesh backhaul between nodes. In June of this year, BelAir's module became the first and only FCC-certified WiMAX mesh product.

BelAir now plans to expand its WiMAX portfolio to include 802.16e. The company will deliver 802.16e radio modules for use in both backhaul and access applications. BelAir plans to use Intel's latest 802.16e technology to deliver 802.16e mobile WiMAX basestations. The new 802.16e modules, operating in the 2.3GHz, 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz bands, will fit in the BelAir100 and BelAir200 mesh nodes as card upgrades. Carrier trials are slated for mid 2007 and general availability is expected in the second half of 2007, in line with widespread adoption of WiMAX-based devices.

GENI Solicits Proposals for NSF-Funded Network Research Facility

GENI, the Global Environment for Network Innovations, has begun soliciting proposals from the research community.

GENI is envisioned as a national facility for experiments on a wide variety of advanced research in communications, networking, distributed systems, cyber-security, and networked services and applications. It is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and managed by BBN Technologies in Cambridge, Mass.

"The core challenge for GENI is how to engineer this sophisticated research facility in a way that maximizes the value and potential for the research experiments it will support," said Chip Elliott, GENI Project Director. "This solicitation is the GPO's call to the academic and industrial research community to help with GENI's design and early prototypes and integrations."

The GPO plans to issue two (2) solicitations per year with a total award over $7M and anticipates issuing additional solicitations with similar levels of funding in 2009, 2010, 2011, and perhaps beyond.

Proposals for most activities are due by February 15, 2008. Proposals will be reviewed by third-party reviewers, with final funding decisions made by the GPO.


Sprint Nextel Names Dan Hesse as President and CEO

Sprint Nextel named Daniel R. Hesse, as its new president and CEO, , effective immediately. He previously was chairman, president and CEO of Embarq, which was previously Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division.

Hesse had been chairman and CEO since Embarq's inception in 2006. Prior to the formation of Embarq, he served as CEO of Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division for one year before the spin-off that created Embarq. Hesse previously has spent 23 years at AT&T, including serving between 1997 and 2000 as the president and CEO of AT&T Wireless Services, which was then the United States' largest wireless operator.

Hesse also has joined Sprint Nextel's board of directors.
  • On October 8, Gary Forsee resigned as Sprint Nextel's chairman, president and CEO. In the interim, James Hance, Jr., a member of the Board of Directors, assumed the role of acting non-executive chairman of the Board and Paul Saleh, current CFO, served as acting CEO. Forsee was named CEO of Sprint in 2003, replacing Bill Esrey. Forsee previously served as vice chairman of BellSouth, where he had responsibility for the company's domestic operations.

Vivendi's SFR Considers Acquisition of Neuf Cegetel

Neuf Cegetel confirmed ongoing acquisition discussions between its two main shareholders, SFR and the Louis Dreyfus group, and requested the suspension of trading on its shares, pending further developments on these discussions.

SFR, the second-largest mobile phone operator in France, is a subsidiary of French media and telecommunications group Vivendi SA. Neuf Cegetel is the second largest broadband operator in France.


I.T.U. Develops IPTV Standards

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) announced a set of global standards for IPTV.

The new standards, which were developed by the Focus Group on IPTV (FG IPTV) in ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T), include high-level architecture and frameworks needed by service providers in order to rollout IPTV services.

Twenty-one documents covering IPTV requirements, architecture, quality of service (QoS), security, digital rights management (DRM), unicast and multicast, protocols, metadata, middleware and home networks will be submitted to the ITU-T Study Group charged with progressing and distributing the work.

The Focus Group on IPTV said it benefited from collaboration with all ITU-T Study Groups and other forums and regional standards bodies, including ATIS IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF), DSL Forum, the DVB project, ETSI TISPAN and the Home Gateway Initiative (HGI).

ITU's next phase of IPTV work -- IPTV-GSI (global standards initiative) -- will centre on the speedy preparation of standards based on documents produced by FG IPTV as well as on the detailed protocols required. The first meeting of IPTV-GSI will convene in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 15 to 22 January 2008.

FCC Adopts Rules To Promote Video Programming Diversity

The FCC adopted rules aimed at promoting video programming diversity by ensuring new video programmers can enter and compete in the video market. Specifically, the FCC is setting the number of subscribers a cable operator may serve at 30 percent nationwide. The FCC is also seeking comment on vertical ownership limits and cable and broadcast attribution rules.

Under the 1992 Cable Act, the FCC was directed to conduct proceedings to establish reasonable limits on the number of subscribers a cable operator may serve -- a "horizontal limit" -- and the number of channels a cable operator may devote to its affiliated programming networks -- a "vertical" or "channel occupancy" limit.

The 30 percent limit, set first in 1993 and modified in 1999, was challenged by Time Warner in 2001. The DC Circuit Court then remanded it back to the FCC seeking further justification. That remand has been pending six years at the Commission.

The FCC said the 30 percent cable horizontal ownership limit will ensure that no single cable operator can create a barrier to a video programming network's entry into the market or cause a video programming network to exit the market simply by declining to carry the network. In devising a limit to achieve this goal, the Commission first determined the minimum number of subscribers a network needs in order to survive in the marketplace, and then estimated the percentage of subscribers a network is likely to serve once it secures a carriage contract.

Hughes Accepts Handover of Spaceway 3 Satellite from Boeing

Hughes Network Systems announced the successful on-orbit handover of the Spaceway 3 commercial communications satellite from Boeing. Hughes will utilize the Boeing-built satellite to provide HughesNet broadband satellite services throughout North America.

The Ka-band SPACEWAY 3 satellite is the world's first commercial satellite featuring an on-board traffic switching and routing capability. This ability to switch and route IP packets on board, enabling single-hop communications between any two satellite terminals and eliminating the need for the traffic to be routed through a central hub earth station.

Hughes has said that combined with a 10 Gbps overall capacity, fast packet switching, and dynamic beam forming, its SPACEWAY 3 satellite will usher in a new world of bandwidth-on-demand satellite services with true site-to-site, single-hop networking of high-performance ground terminals. As a full IP-based system, SPACEWAY supports a large variety of web, data, voice, and video services for both unicast and multicast applications in a standards-compliant fashion. SPACEWAY terminals also implement custom enhancement proxies for application acceleration using TCP and HTTP protocols.

SPACEWAY 3 was built by Boeing and is based on the company's 702 satellite platform.

"We are excited to accept the handover of Spaceway 3 and to begin our pre- commercial service testing," said Pradman Kaul, chairman and CEO of Hughes.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Turin to Acquire Carrier Access for $93 Million

Turin Networks agreed to acquire Carrier Access Corporation for approximately $92.7 million in cash.

The Carrier Access product portfolio includes solutions that span the wireless backhaul network from the cell-site to the network edge, as well as converged access technologies that enable service providers and enterprise customers to deliver carrier-quality IP voice and data services. The company has facilities in Boulder, Colorado and Shanghai, China. It claims a base of over 100 customers which includes major Tier 1 wireless and wireline carriers, cable operators, enterprises and government agencies.

Turin Networks is a provider of metro transport and switching solutions for wireline, wireless, MSO and private networks. Its "iConnect"-based solutions facilitate migration to end-to-end Carrier Ethernet over any media for all types of network operators. Turin is headquartered in Petaluma, California with R&D facilities in Petaluma, Dallas and Boston.

Under the terms of the agreement, stockholders will receive $2.60 for each outstanding share of Carrier Access' common stock, subject to adjustment. This represents a premium of 14.7% over Carrier Access' 20 day average stock price of $2.27 through December 14th, 2007.

The transaction is subject to the approval of Carrier Access stockholders and certain other customary closing conditions.

ECI Adds ASON Capabilities to its Multi-Service Provisioning Platform

ECI Telecom has added Automatically Switched Optical Network (ASON) capabilities to its XDM Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP) family of products.

Advanced control plane architecture offers new protection schemes to assure service continuation. The ITU ASON architecture, along with the GMPLS common signaling and routing protocol, enables the introduction of an extra layer of virtual management plane for differentiated service support based on Class of Service (CoS).

ECI said differential services can be implemented in existing and new transport networks by adding a control plane card to the XDM platform and using its unified LightSoft end-to-end network management system. Successful dealing with multiple network failures is enabled by full auto discovery package, new protection schemes and automatic prioritized restoration.

Mexico's Iusacell Deploys Starent Platform

Iusacell, a mobile operator in Mexico, is using Starent Networks' ST16 Multimedia Core Platform to deliver multimedia applications, such as streaming video, over its CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A network.

Starent's ST16 delivers throughput, call transaction rates and packet processing, along with subscriber and network intelligence. For the Iusacell deployment, Starent Networks will provide the Packet Data Serving Node (PDSN) and Home Agent (HA) network elements along with geographic redundancy, Intelligent Traffic Control and Enhanced Lawful Intercept.

Germany's NeckarCom Launches VoIP over WiMAX with Motorola

NeckarCom Telekommunikation GmbH

has launched its commercial VoIP service following the successful implementation earlier this year of a WiMAX network in the Ulm region of Germany by Motorola. NeckarCom has integrate all of its current standard voice services across the WiMAX network and is offering a new combined voice and data solution.

NeckarCom's integrated voice and data service was the first 802.16e WiMAX-based offering in Germany and is based on Motorola's WiMAX technology.

NeckarCom is a subsidiary of EnBW Regional AG, part of the third-largest energy supply company in Germany.

Qualcomm Acquires SoftMax for Noise Reduction

Qualcomm has acquired San Diego-based SoftMax Inc.,

a developer of noise reduction technology for mobile devices, for an undisclosed sum.
SoftMax offers voice algorithms for signal separation, echo cancellation and signal processing. The technology, which is currently in wireless devices on the market, can separate a speaker's voice from various background noises. The result is a dramatic improvement in voice quality, providing significant differentiation for the end product. The company said it has several key partnerships and implementations with industry-leading handset and Bluetooth headset OEMs using dual-microphone designs.

Qualcomm said SoftMax's multi-microphone noise suppression and echo cancellation expertise will broaden the audio and voice capabilities of its product portfolio. The technology can be integrated into devices such as mobile handsets, Bluetooth headsets, VoIP phones and notebook PCs.

http://www.softmax.comSoftMax was founded in 1998 by scientists from The Salk Institute and The University of California, San Diego

AT&T U-verse TV Expands HD Channel Lineup

AT&T announced the addition of eight HD channels to its U-verse TV

channel lineup, bringing the HD lineup to more than 40 HD channels in most markets. HD service is available for $10 a month with any U-verse TV programming package. All U-verse TV packages include HD-ready equipment, and most include an HD-capable DVR.

Atheros Debuts Single-Chip 802.11n for Home Gateways

Atheros Communications introduced two single-chip 802.11n solutions designed for the carrier gateway market. The new dual-band, 2.4GHz/5GHz, AR9220 and single-band, 2.4GHz AR9223 PCI designs are part of the Atheros XSPAN family of draft 802.11n solutions. Routers based on these new XSPAN PCI solutions will deliver 10 times the throughput and nearly twice the range of legacy 802.11g and 802.11a/g networks.

The AR9220 dual-band, 2x2 MIMO, PCI design is designed for high-end, multiplay gateways and set-top boxes supporting IPTV, HD video streaming, VoIP calls and multi-player online gaming on the 5GHz channel-while using the 2.4GHz band for simple data networking. This solution provides leading 802.11a/g/n performance, supporting up to 300 Mbps physical data rates and 200 Mbps of actual user throughput on both the uplink and the downlink.

The AR9223 single-band, 2x2 MIMO PCI design is aimed at basic home gateways with up to 300 Mbps physical data rates. The single-band option offers carriers a natural migration path from 11g to 11n in the 2.4GHz band, and is suited for applications less sensitive to bandwidth limitations and interference, such as web surfing, VoIP calls, audio streaming and wireless printing.

The PCI interface allows for direct integration on DSL motherboards, easing carrier manufacturers' design cycles to accelerate time-to-market. The chips also feature advanced power efficiencies for greener gateways that reduce energy consumption.

Atheros said it has targeted the performance and price points that carriers need to broadly deploy home gateways capable of supporting data, voice and video on a single wireless network.

McAfee Renews VPN Contract with AT&T

McAfee awarded a multimillion dollar, three-year contract to AT&T to provide long distance voice, enhanced toll-free and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services for McAfee's 30 domestic and global sites. The deal builds renews and expands a long-standing relationship between the two companies that spans more than four years.

Sprint Readies IPv6 MPLS Trial

Sprint announced that it is ready to deploy IPv6 and is nearing initial beta testing of IPv6 MPLS VPNs on its Peerless IP (PIP) network, which provides a platform that is physically and logically isolated from the public Internet. Customer trials are expected to begin in January 2008, with general availability in the second quarter of 2008.

IPv6 will greatly expand IP addressing space, thereby accommodating the rapidly growing number of Internet devices and applications. IPv6 is also expected to make significant improvements in areas such as routing and auto configuration resulting in better functionality and enhanced security.

Sprint offers a variety of IP-based services and will continue to expand them in parallel with IPv6 evolution. These services will include Dedicated IP, MPLS VPN, Managed Network Services, and Consulting services. Federal agencies are expected to be the first to benefit from IPv6, as support for IPv6 is a requirement per the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The primary IPv6 vehicle for Sprint federal customers is the Networx Enterprise contract. Sprint will add IPv6 services to the Federal Networx Enterprise contract as they become available for IPv6 planning and transition support.

"Since 1997, Sprint has been actively involved in the standardization, testing, and deployment of IPv6," said Iyad Tarazi, VP of network development at Sprint. "As an early adopter of IPv6 in an experimental capacity, we've been testing IPv6 applications with our customers for more than a decade, and our involvement has provided Sprint the expertise that is needed to develop solutions for the emerging addressing constraints and for the general market."

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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.