Thursday, January 10, 2008

BlackBerrys Arrive in Madagascar

Telma, the main telecom operator in Madagascar,

has launched the BlackBerry wireless solution in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent and Research In Motion (RIM). Based on its distribution agreement with RIM, Alcatel-Lucent has provided global integration services to Telma with the end-to-end implementation, launch, and on-going support for delivering the BlackBerry solution to the market. Initially Telma will offer customers the BlackBerry 8800 smartphone.http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Romania's TELETRANS selects Alcatel-Lucent for IP/MPLS

TRANSELECTRICA, Romania's power transmission company, has selected Alcatel-Lucent's IP/MPLS and optical transmission solutions as the foundation of its nation-wide network expansion. TELETRANS will implement DWDM nodes in 28 locations and IP/MPLS service routing capabilities in 35 data sites. Alcatel-Lucent will also deliver this solution in a turnkey project management mode including installation, deployment, integration, testing, training and maintenance. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent's optical networking solution is based on its 1626 Light Manager (LM), managed by the existing 1350 management suite, which will provide higher bandwidth and spread interconnectivity capabilities to be offered to TELETRANS' customers. The IP/MPLS solution is based on the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router, which is optimized for the delivery of high performance data, voice and video services. The Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager will manage the end-to-end IP/MPLS solution, automating tasks while supporting the introduction and administration of new services.

Alcatel-Lucent Selected for Tahiti-to-Hawaii Cable

The French Polynesian operator Office des Postes & Télécommunications (OPT) selected Alcatel-Lucent to roll out a new, high-speed submarine cable network linking Tahiti in French Polynesia to Hawaii.

The "Honotua" network will deliver an ultimate capacity of 32 x10 Gbps. It will be composed of an international link between Tahiti and Hawaii (4,650 km) and a domestic connection (305 km) linking some of the islands in the French Polynesian archipelago. Completion is scheduled for 2010. The project is valued at EUR 72.2 million.

Honotua is a Tahitian name meaning the link towards the open sea.http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

ZTE Supplies WiMAX to Libya Telecom

ZTE recently signed a framework agreement with Libya Telecom & Technology (LTT) to help build a large scale WiMAX 802.16e commercial network covering eight cities in Libya including its capital, Tripoli.

Under the agreement, ZTE will provide a series of distributed and end-to-end IP WiMAX product solutions including compact and high-capacity base stations, access gateway, network management system, MPLS and IMS . The network is expected to be completed and ready for service by the third quarter of 2008. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Vodafone UK Offers HSUPA USB Stick from Huawei

Vodafone UK has begun offering a Mobile Broadband USB Modem Stick (E172) from Huawei Technologies boasting High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) connectivity.

The USB stick enables uplink speeds of up to 2Mbps and download rates of 7.2 Mbps within Vodafone's HSPA network. The plug-and-play featured device is compatible with Windows (Vista and XP) and Mac OSX.http://www.vodafone.com

AT&T Supplies MPLS IP VPN to Aviagen

AT&T was awarded a contract to supply an MPLS-based IP VPN to Aviagen, an international poultry-breeding company with facilities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Under the terms of the three-year contract, AT&T will serve as the primary network and data services provider for Aviagen and will Aviagen's United States facility to its facility in Brazil.

Rivulet Names Kennedy as CEO - Dynamic Synchronization Technology

Rivulet Communications, a start-up based in Herndon, Virginia, named Ed Kennedy as its new President and CEO. Kennedy previously served as the CEO, President and Co-Founder of Ocular Networks, a provider of optical networking technologies that was acquired by Tellabs in 2002 He was then promoted and served as president of Tellabs until 2004. He also previously held various executive positions at Alcatel and Newbridge Networks.

Rivulet Communications offers systems for transporting high bandwidth, mission critical and real-time applications over existing IP networks. The company's Dynamic Synchronization Technology (DST) works by synchronizing packets as they enter the IP network, virtually eliminating network resource contention and the resultant delay, packet loss and jitter, and low utilization typically associated with convergence over IP networks.

Trans-Pacific Express Cable on Schedule for August Debut

Verizon Business obtained final FCC approval including a landing license to activate and operate the Trans-Pacific Express submarine cable system in the U.S. The 17,000-kilometer TPE cable -- being built by a consortium comprised of Verizon Business, China Telecom, China Netcom, China Unicom, Korea Telecom and Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan) -- will initially provide capacity of up to 1.28 Tbps, with a design capacity of up to 5.12 Tbps to support future Internet growth and advanced applications. Customers will have access the cable system at 10 Gbps wavelengths. It also is the first major undersea system to land on the U.S. West Coast in more than seven years. The submarine communications cable will use the latest optical technology and provide greater capacity and higher speeds to meet the dramatic increase in demand for IP, data and voice communications traffic between the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific region and within the region.

Verizon Business completed the landing work for the cable in Nedonna Beach, Oregon on Nov. 14, 2007. Verizon Business also is building out network facilities in Oregon to connect the TPE cable to Verizon Business' U.S. domestic network. In addition to the U.S. West Coast landing, the TPE cable will land on the China mainland at Qingdao and Chongming. Additional landing points include Tanshui, Taiwan and Keoje, South Korea.

Manufacturing and construction to complete the TPE submarine cable is well under way. The first cable was placed into the water near the Korean coast on Sept. 21, 2007, and the first 55 kilometers of TPE cable was placed off the U.S. West Coast in late November. Numerous cable-laying ships are current in the Pacific Ocean. The TPE system is scheduled to be completed and in service by August, in advance of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Mexico's Axtel Selects Motorola WiMAX Base Stations and CPE

Axtel, a fixed-line telecom competitor in Mexico,
selected Motorola as the first vendor to provide access points, core network equipment, associated services and customer devices for its initial WiMAX deployment. Specifically, AXTEL will purchase Motorola's 802.16e WiMAX radiobase stations (access points), voice and data customer premise equipment (CPE) and PCMCIA cards. Indoor CPE's with WiFi functionality and USB dongles will also be available. Deployment has begun in Monterrey, Puebla and Guadalajara, with more cities to follow. Full mobile voice and data WiMAX solutions are expected to become available by year-end 2008 or beginning 2009.http://www.motorola.com

One Minute Video: What is Ethernet OAM?

One Minute Video presented by Ananth Nagarajan, Juniper Networks -- What is Ethernet OAM?

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

SingTel Offers MEF-certified Carrier Ethernet services

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) announced Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) certification of its suite of business Ethernet services.

Services that have been certified include SingTel's local connectivity service MetroEthernet and international connectivity services ConnectPlus E-VPN and E-line. To comply with MEF specifications, SingTel had to undergo three stages of certification. This included a detailed analysis of SingTel's Ethernet offerings, as well as more than 300 stringent lab and field tests. These tests verify compliance with key Carrier Ethernet criteria: scalability, reliability, ability to support multiple applications, robust service level agreements and global interoperability.

SingTel's business Ethernet services include:

  • MetroEthernet -- a dedicated Layer-2 Ethernet service that offers granular and scalable private data connections within Singapore. With island-wide coverage, SingTel MetroEthernet Service provides customers with a cost-effective way to connect sites via secure, private and dedicated network infrastructure, with the flexibility to upgrade its bandwidth without disruption.

  • ConnectPlus E-Line -- a highly secure and reliable international point-to-point Ethernet service deployed over SingTel's global next generation SDH network. Delivered with an Ethernet interface, the ConnectPlus E-Line service simplifies global network management and facilitates seamless network upgrades, making it a highly scalable solution for all businesses.

  • ConnectPlus E-VPN -- a Layer-2 VPN based on Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) technology using Ethernet Interface as a standard access interface. Deployed over SingTel's MPLS network, it provides a scalable, reliable and secured network-based Ethernet VPN solution.

SingTel's MEF Certification is the first of its kind in ASEAN, and is poised to set new standards for the delivery of carrier grade Ethernet services in the region.

Microsoft Hires Former Juniper COO

Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft Business Division (MBD), will retire from the company in September following a nine-month transition to ensure a smooth transfer of his daily responsibilities and management of the division. Microsoft named Stephen Elop, formerly chief operating officer (COO) at Juniper Networks, as the new president of the Microsoft Business Division. Under Raikes, the Microsoft Business Division has grown to include a broad range of business productivity offerings including the Microsoft Office system, Microsoft Dynamics and Microsoft Exchange Server. During this same period, the MBD business has nearly doubled, to more than $16 billion (U.S.) in annual revenue.

Huawei Supplies WiMAX in Bulgaria

TransTelecom, a telecom operator in Bulgaria,

has selected Huawei Technologies to deploy a commercial WiMAX network covering central business districts and hot spots in the country's major cities, including its capital, Sofia, and Varna, Bulgaria's largest harbor city. Under the contract, Huawei will supply an end-to-end WiMAX solution working on 3.5GHz frequency band, including terminals, as well as a major upgrade of the TransTelecom central exchange equipment for the operation of a fully mobile WiMAX network in 2008.

In 2006, TransTelecom deployed a 16d-based WiMAX network to meet the country's increasing broadband needs, and the operator has chosen Huawei to deliver an upgraded 16e-based network.http://www.huawei.com

Sandvine Launches 10-GigE DPI Platform for Wireless

Sandvine introduced a 10-Gigabit Ethernet deep packet inspection (DPI) platform for mobile data and wireless providers. Sandvine's PTS 14000 is meant to give mobile data and wireless providers visibility into their network traffic, enabling them to fairly allocate network resources and enhance quality of service for multimedia IP-based applications. Sandvine offers a suite of applications including traffic management, network integrity and service creation.

Sandvine also announced two carrier wins: one with a national property of a pan-European mobile and DSL operator and another with a North American WiMAX carrier. The European win is a national property of a pan-European provider that has over a half-million DSL subscribers and approximately 5 million mobile subscribers. The North American WiMAX customer has over 200,000 subscribers. These customers commenced deployment of the 10-Gbps PTS 14000 platform in Q4 2007.

Redline to Supply WiMAX network in Tunisia

Redline Communications will supply its standards-based WiMAX infrastructure products to Divona Telecom for a five-city WiMAX network in Tunisia. The deployment includes Redline's RedMAX AN100U base stations and indoor and outdoor subscriber units. Redline said the US$1 million network buildout will take place in several phases over the next two years, and will connect five major cities in Tunisia, including Tunis, Nabeul, Souse, Monastir and Sfax. Divona Telecom is already serving several hundred corporations on its WiMAX network.

AT&T Deliver Metro Ethernet to Wisconsin School District

AT&T announced a new five-year optical networking services contract with the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), which serves approximately 25,000 students across southern Wisconsin, to provide OPT-E-MAN service to more than 40 schools throughout the district.

AT&T OPT-E-MAN solution provides a flexible fiber-optic, point-to-multipoint Ethernet service that connects multiple local area networks (LANs) within a regional area. For MMSD, all district schools can now access this high speed network.

Amdocs Signs Contract Extension with AT&T

Amdocs signed an agreement with AT&T Services Inc. to provide application management services in support of AT&T's legacy customer care and billing platforms beginning later this year. The company described the deal as a significant expansion of an existing seven-year agreement signed in April 2007 under which Amdocs manages the provider's legacy ordering and wholesale platforms. This AT&T agreement is one of the significant deals anticipated by the Company for fiscal 2008. Financial terms were not disclosed.

BT to Launch 100 Mbps FTTH Greenfield in Kent

BT's local access network business announced a greenfield FTTH deployment scheduled for this August in Ebbsfleet Valley in Kent. The deployment will encompass Land Securities' 1,000 acre new build project with approximately 10,000 new homes planned. BT plans to offer data speeds of up to 100 Mbps, enabling multiple HDTV channels to be watched simultaneously, HDTV gaming, and near instant music downloads. Openreach will offer all its products on a wholesale basis to all UK communication providers allowing for competition at a retail level. BT already provides some 120,000 businesses across the country with fiber connections.

BT said it is also committed to increasing broadband speeds over copper, introducing services of up to 24 Mbps from Spring 2008.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

SeaChange Lands a Top Five U.S. MSO

SeaChange International was awarded signed a Master Purchase Agreement with one of the five largest cable television companies in the U.S. The name of the cable operator was not disclosed.

This agreement includes the purchase of SeaChange's VOD software and hardware, advertising insertion solutions, as well as associated support services. SeaChange becomes the exclusive provider of VOD software and hardware for this customer under this one-year agreement with automatic one-year renewal provisions subject to certain conditions maintained by SeaChange.

With the execution of this contract, SeaChange has completed Master Purchase Agreements over the last two months with two of the largest service providers in North America. SeaChange said it expects to finalize two more similar announcements in the near future.

Verizon Business Launches UTM Security Service

Verizon Business is launching a unified threat management (UTM) security service in the U.S. and in many countries in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. UTM is aimed at mid-sized businesses and remote locations within an enterprise. It provides companies with a multifaceted defense against a range of network security threats and includes firewall protection, detection and elimination of viruses and spam, content filtering, intrusion prevention and intrusion detection.

Verizon Business will initially deploy two UTM platforms -- Cisco ASA (Adaptive Security Appliances) and the Juniper Networks Secure Services Gateway (SSG) Family. Verizon Business said it will work with enterprise customers to identify where UTM devices fit into their overall security architecture and which capabilities will best protect their businesses. Customers can also elect to have Verizon Business monitor and/or manage selected UTM services.