Monday, February 18, 2008

JDSU Releases Mini Wavelength Selective Switch (WSS)

JDSU released a new wavelength selective switch (WSS) product designed as a low cost solution for traffic management in the metro and access areas of dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) networks.

The new Mini WSS, which is half the size of typical WSS offerings, provides colorless switching, or the ability to direct wavelengths from and to any port. It is scalable from 1X2 to 1X9 applications.

The WSS switching technology is one of JDSU's three ROADM-enabling technologies. In addition, JDSU offers planar lightwave circuit (PLC) and wavelength blocker technology to address various market needs.

In the second quarter of fiscal year 2008 (October through December, 2007), JDSU shipped 2,500 ROADMs.

Telenor Picks Alvarion

Telenor Telecom Solutions AS awarded a framework agreement to Alvarion to purchase WiMAX solutions. The contract has an option for other Telenor subsidiaries and affiliates as well. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telenor has adopted WiMAX as one of several technologies for providing broadband coverage where the traditional fixed-line technologies are not suitable.

Ciena CN 5060 Platform Achieves MEF Certification

Ciena's CN 5060 Multiservice Carrier Ethernet Platform has secured Carrier Ethernet certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). The platform was tested by Iometrix in accordance with its MEF-approved "Test Plan for Ethernet Services at the UNI," receiving MEF 9 Service and MEF 14 Traffic Management certification.

The CN 5060 is the first offering in the CN 5000 Packet Services Series and key element of Ciena's FlexSelect Architecture. The platform delivers MEF-compliant services, Advanced Ethernet Interworking for Layer 2 services, MPLS functionality and support for TDM-over-packet capabilities.

Tektronix Introduces New MPEG Transport Stream Monitor

Tektronix introduced an MPEG Transport Stream Monitor to help broadcasters and network operators to detect signal degradation caused during transmission and distribution to find and diagnose errors more quickly to prevent viewers from experiencing loss of signal. Tektronix said its new MTM400A MPEG Transport Stream Monitor is the only platform in the market that provides a common measurement engine for both confidence monitoring and diagnostic monitoring, ensuring consistency in measurement results. The MTM400A also features a new FlexVuPlus user interface that leverages the deep measurement capabilities of the MTM platform to simplify DTV monitoring and diagnostics.

AMCC Announces Embedded Processor for Secure Gateways, Network Appliances

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) introduced a new embedded processor for secure gateways, network appliances, multifunction printing platforms, networking line cards and other embedded systems. Tte PowerPC 440EPr processor features up to 500MHz of processing speed, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, 32 bit PCI, USB2.0, support for 32-bit DDR2 high performance memory and an integrated Turbo Security Engine. Typical power dissipation is rated at 3.5 Watts. The PowerPC 440EPr will begin sampling in Q2 of this year.

AMCC Announces10GbE LAN/WAN PHY Device for Metro-Ethernet

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) announced a 10GbE PHY for 10GbE, 10G Fibre Channel, and WIS (OC-192/STM-64) network applications. The new S19263 represents AMCC's second device in its MEtrON (Metro Ethernet Optical Networks) product family. It is a highly integrated XAUI to XFI physical layer integrated circuit for Ethernet and Fibre Channel LAN and WAN applications based on SFP+ or XFP optical modules. It is also pin-to-pin compatible with AMCC's recently announced PEMAQUID S19258.

Significantly, the new device supports operation in a -40 degrees C to +85 degrees C industrial temperature environment, critical for Metro-Ethernet and Carrier Ethernet applications. It is also fully compliant to IEEE(R) 802.3-205 and XFP4.5 standards.

"As the convergence of Ethernet and SONET-based networks continue to accelerate, our customers have been requesting a 10GbE LAN/WAN PHY that can meet their need for a Metro-Ethernet and Carrier Grade Ethernet system and can function reliably in extreme temperature conditions," stated Neal Neslusan, Director of Transport Marketing at AMCC.

Duke Deploys 2,500 Cisco Access Points

Duke University will deploy an expansive 802.11n wireless network across its campus featuring more than 2,500 Cisco access points - the largest planned 802.11n wireless network in the world by any organization to date. The deployment will provide ubiquitous wireless coverage in academic halls, libraries, residence halls and other campus buildings.

During real-world tests, Duke experienced consistent average data throughput performance of nearly 130 Mbps per client with the Cisco Aironet 1250 Series access point, according to Cisco. In addition, tests at Duke indicated that existing 802.11g clients such as laptops connected to a Cisco Aironet 1250 Series access point obtained almost twice the data rate achieved while connected to an older wireless network, demonstrating the benefit of 802.11n to existing Wi-Fi devices.

Etisalat Misr Selects Ericsson for GSM/WCDMA/HSPA in Egypt

Ericsson announced a contract to deliver a complete turnkey buildout of the mobile network of Etisalat Egypt

, including GSM and WCDMA/HSPA radio access equipment, microwave transmission and a core network including Mobile Softswitch. The contract also covers Ericsson's Convergent Charging and Billing solution. The project includes site acquisition, civil works, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and integration services. This expansion brings Etisalat Misr's total investment with Ericsson equipment and services to more than EUR 200 million to date.

Alcatel-Lucent Expands Services Agreement with NCR

Alcatel-Lucent has signed a global services agreement with NCR Corporation to provide standardized welcome center, help desk and network operations center services to distribution channels and enterprise customers. Under the agreement, NCR will provide service under the Alcatel-Lucent brand, creating a support organization covering more than 130 countries with a network of more than 10,000 service professionals.

This expands the existing North America level one services agreement between the companies.

"Phase one of our relationship with NCR has already led to successfully closing business in the influential North American market during 2007," said Tom Burns, Chief Operating Officer of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise activities. "As we expand our addressable market globally with this important announcement, we are confident that our customers, partners and NCR will continue to benefit along with us."http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
  • In July 2007, Alcatel-Lucent and NCR announced a services agreement for North America.

Veraz Posts Q4 Revenue of $35.0 million, up 21% YoY

Veraz Networks reported Q4 2007 revenues of $35.0 million, which represents a year-over-year increase of 21% from the fourth quarter of last year. Fourth quarter IP product revenues were $20.9 million, an increase of 36% over the fourth quarter of 2006. Total revenues for year ended December 31, 2007, were $125.8 million, a 26% increase over total revenues for the prior year. IP product revenues for year ended December 31, 2007, were $79.4 million, a 68% increase over IP product revenues for the prior year.

For the fourth quarter of 2007, Veraz recorded net income of $2.1 million, including $0.7 million in stock-based compensation expense, as compared to the fourth quarter of last year with a net loss of $0.6 million, including $0.4 million in stock-based compensation expense. Veraz reported net income of $3.4 million for 2007, including $2.3 million in stock-based compensation expense, as compared to a net loss of $13.7 million, including $1.2 million in stock based compensation expense for 2006.

"For each of the three quarters since becoming a public company, we have been profitable, and as we end the fourth quarter of 2007, we are pleased to report that we have also achieved profitability for the full year in our first year as a public company," said Doug Sabella, president and chief executive officer. "This was accomplished through a combination of revenue growth, strong gross margins and disciplined expense management."

AT&T Offers Palm's Centro for $99.99

AT&T has begun selling the Palm Centro device for $99.99 with a two-year contract. Featuring a color touch-screen and full QWERTY keyboard, Centro is the first Palm OS product to launch with AT&T services, such as XM Radio Mobile, Push to Talk and MusicID. The Palm Centro operates on AT&T's EDGE network.

Centro's text-messaging application displays text and multimedia messages in Palm's chat-style view, just like PC-based instant messaging. IM compatibility includes AIM, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger. E-mail supports Xpress Mail, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, and Good Mobile Messaging.http:/www.att.com

U.S. Mobile Operators Offer $99.99 Unlimited Wireless Plans

AT&T announced a $99.99 per month wireless plan or unlimited U.S. calling on all devices with no domestic roaming or long distance charges. The plans can be combined with any current wireless data plan to give customers the ultimate in wireless freedom. Existing customers can choose unlimited calling without extending their contract. New customers have the option of a month-to-month, 12 or 24 month contract. Data plan options include $5 for 200 text, picture, video and instant messages or $35 for unlimited messaging and MEdia Net access.

Verizon Wireless introduced a new Nationwide Unlimited Anytime Minute Plan at a flat rate of $99.99 per month. The carrier's BroadbandAccess Plans are also being enhanced with two new choices for Internet browsing, e-mail access and downloading files: 50 MB data usage for $39.99 monthly access or 5 GB data usage for $59.99 monthly access. BroadbandAccess, the company's flagship data service, allows customers to experience average download speeds of 600 kbps to 1.4 Mbps and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps.

T-Mobile USA announced an unlimited nationwide wireless calling and unlimited nationwide messaging for $99.99 per month. Domestic roaming and long distance charges are included. Unlimited messaging includes text messages (SMS), picture messages (MMS) and instant messages (IM).

Sunday, February 17, 2008

MSF Outlines Scope and Activity in 2008

In 2008, the MultiService Forum (MSF) is expanding its interoperability focus beyond its Global MSF Interoperability (GMI) event with the addition of two new programs: a permanent NGN Interoperability Test Bed focused on emerging NGN interfaces and the MSF Certification Program, which provides vendor independent certification of critical NGN functionality.

The GMI event will tie it all together by validating products in the latest standards based architectural framework using realistic global network deployment scenarios meaningful to major carriers. GMI 2008 will be the MSF's highest profile interoperability event ever, according to Roger Ward, Office of the CTO, BT Group and President of the MSF, who expects the event will expand beyond the foundations for global IMS implementations to include new services that can be build on an NGN -- notably IPTV and other high value services that can ride on IMS.

The MSF plans to test IMS based IPTV service integration and interoperability during GMI 2008 to help assess the maturity of IPTV solutions and identify gaps in the current industry standards. In addition, other key areas announced for GMI 2008 include: testing of QoS control for multi-service IP networks serving both fixed and mobile clients; demonstration of important service enablers such as "location" information; and the interoperability of a Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) gateway with the core IMS capability.

The MSF permanent NGN Interoperability Test Bed at the UNH InterOperability Lab provides MSF members with a permanent environment to conduct focused interoperability testing of MSF Implementation Agreements. The inaugural event, entitled the "Open Mc Interface Interoperability Event," will test the MSF "Mc Interface" Implementation Agreement based on 3GPP Release 7 specification of the MSC-Server / Media Gateway interface. Open implementation of this key interface is seen as essential to the successful cost effective evolution of the mobile circuit switched domain to IP.

The MSF Certification Program was launched in the third quarter of 2007 and the first certifications will be announced shortly. The MSF's official certification laboratory, Iometrix, is testing and certifying compliance to the Forum's technical specifications. The initial program includes certifications of RTCP implementations of NGN networking components such as SIP end-points, SIP phones, residential gateways (CPE), access gateways, trunking gateways, media servers and session border gateways. RTCP is a protocol that allows the sender of a media stream to receive information, in the form of reports certified by both sender and receiver, about the packet loss, delay and jitter that were encountered by the RTP stream as seen by the recipient. This information is subsequently passed up to the management domain of the operator's network.

Comarco Adds HSUPA Testing Support

Comarco has added High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) support to its evolving Symphony range of products.

"The addition of HSUPA support represents another step forward for our Symphony-Multi Platform and for the expanding alliance with our European partner, Ascom," said Mark Chapman, senior vice president and general manager of Comarco. "The Symphony-Multi already supports GSM/EDGE, HSDPA, CDMA1x and EVDO Rev A technologies, amongst others. With the addition of HSUPA, our collective expertise in the measurement of multiple diverse wireless systems now spans all major 3G and advanced air interfaces."

HSUPA currently supports up-link speeds up to 5.76 Mbps, and with speed of up to 11.5 Mbps expected with 3GPP release 7.

Comarco's Symphony supports a growing range of HSUPA data cards including Huawei and Sierra Wireless devices offering up to 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 2.0 Mbps HSUPA. The Symphony Multi post-processing system, QVP, has also been upgraded to support HSUPA data. QVP Network Analyzer and QVP Map provide full support for HSUPA functionality and operators can view Ec/Io, RSCP, and scrambling codes of the HSUPA serving and non-serving radio links amongst other parameters. Reports include an IP and FTP throughput summary with measurements grouped according to the radio technology.

Comarco's Symphony Multi can support any combination of test phones, data cards and scanning receivers -- up to a total of 24 devices.

AT&T Opens Nordics Sales Office

AT&T has opened a new sales center for the Nordic countries. Anders Juhlin, formerly director of Sales, AT&T Nordics, will take on the new position of sales center vice president, Nordic countries. He will be responsible for bolstering AT&T's success in the region. Juhlin will be based in Stockholm and will report directly to Tom Regent, AT&T's head of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

AT&T's operations in the Nordics include MPLS infrastructure in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, connecting to the AT&T global network. AT&T can provide resilient gigabit Ethernet connections to the voice, video and data network, hosting and security solutions available on more than 1,500 MPLS service nodes in the Nordics, with a DSL alternative in 438 cities and access to almost 1,000 Wi-Fi hot spots.

Net Insight Selected for North American Video Transport Network

Net Insight has received an order from a new North American video transport service provider for its Nimbra optical transport platform. The company said this new customer (name not disclosed) will use the platform to carry real-time traffic for professional media companies across the U.S. The company is building out the first phase of its network in 17 of North America's largest cities.

Net Insight's Nimbra 680 is a next generation switch offering 80Gbps fully non-blocking connectivity between all ports.

The order value is above SEK 10 million and the customer will officially launch its services in April 2008.

Mexico's Cablevision Employs SeaChange Flash Memory Servers for VOD

SeaChange announced that CABLEVISION Mexico has become the world's first digital cable television operator to deploy its flash memory storage and streaming technology. Last month, Mexico's largest digital cable operator switched on SeaChange's MediaServer Flash Memory Streamers, which is a 100-percent flash memory-based solution that completely decouples on-demand streaming from disk-based content storage.

The deployment enables CABLEVISION Mexico to push its streaming resources to the network edge, helping meet its goal of growing its centralized content library to 14,000 hours of movies and television programs.

The platform uses non-volatile flash memory (no spinning disks) and takes advantage of SeaChange's MediaCluster server architecture. SeaChange said its platform MediaCluster stripes content files across flash modules in a server and across servers in an InfiniBand connected cluster, ensuring service fault-resilience and cost-efficient scalability since only one copy of a video is ever required at a server location. Overall, flash memory runs on one-tenth the power that disks require.

SeaGate also claims its MediaCluster technology is able to extend flash memory's life expectancy by a factor of five to at least 10 years. Whereas content "write" hot spots would dramatically reduce life expectancy in any other architecture, SeaChange's MediaCluster eliminates write hot spots by load-balancing content "writes" across all flash modules in a server, and across all servers in a cluster.http://www.schange.com

Aastra Technologies to Acquire Ericsson's Enterprise PBX Business

Ericsson will divest its enterprise PBX solutions business to Aastra Technologies for SEK 650 million, excluding net of assets and liabilities. Ericsson expects a capital gain of approximately SEK 200 million on the transaction. Aastra believes that the acquired business, under its management, will require net working capital of CAD$57 million resulting in a total investment by Aastra of approximately CAD$160 million.

Ericsson's enterprise PBX solutions business supplies IP PBX, converged PBX systems and branch office solutions. The product portfolio includes communications solutions for enterprises of all sizes, mobility solutions, telephone terminals and services. Sales in 2007 amounted to approximately SEK 3 billion.

The agreement involves transfer of approximately 630 employees of which some 360 are based in Sweden. The transaction is expected to close in April 2008.

Ericsson said the deal enables it to focus on providing its broad portfolio of enterprise applications directly to operators and service providers.

Executing on the strategy for the multimedia business, Ericsson will focus on providing its broad portfolio of enterprise applications directly to operators and service providers. Strategic products from the acquisition of Netwise will also remain within Ericsson.http://www.aastra.com

Zayo Buys Citynet Fiber Network -- its 6th Acquisition

Zayo Group closed its previously announced acquisition of Citynet Fiber Network (CFN), the wholesale division of integrated communications provider Citynet. The deal doubles Zayo's metro and regional fiber route miles to 17,000, serving more than 1,400 on-net building locations in 12 states. The sale affects only the wholesale operations of Citynet. Financial terms were not released. The deal was first announced in December 2007.

The CFN network has 8,500 route miles of fiber covering 57 Tier I, II and III markets in 10 states. CFN now becomes part of Zayo Bandwidth, Zayo Group's fiber-based bandwidth business unit that provides private line, wavelength, Ethernet, Internet and colocation.

Zayo said the acquisition connects its network to more local exchange carrier central offices and carrier hotels as well as wireless mobile switching centers. The new network footprint unites Zayo's strength in various metro markets with CFN's regional long-haul routes.

CFN is Zayo's sixth acquisition since spring of 2007.http://www.zayo.com
  • Since early 2007, Zayo Group has announced a series of acquisitions, including: VoicePipe Communications (a provider of retail VoIP services that originated as a hosted PBX service offering of ICG Communications), Onvoy (a 1,400-mile fiber network serving Minnesota), Indiana Fiber Works (a 2,200 fiber-route-mile network serving Indiana), PPL Telcom (a 4,600 fiber-route-mile network based in Allentown, Penn. serving areas in the Northeast), and Memphis Networx (a 200 fiber-route-mile network serving the greater Memphis, Tenn. area) .

Thursday, February 14, 2008

agami Systems Raises $45 Million

Agami Systems, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, closed $45 million in Series C financing for its enterprise-class unified storage systems.

Agami's Information Server improves the performance of geographically distributed business-critical applications by unlocking NAS performance bottlenecks. The platform includes a full range of enterprise-class reliability features, from monitoring and self-checking, to RAID-5/ES, to replication and high availability for recovering from system failures and data center disasters.

The funding was led by Advanced Equities, Inc. with participation from current investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Kleiner Perkins, APEX Venture Partners, Alta Partners, TIF Ventures and Duff Ackerman Goodrich, with new investments from ITOCHU Corporation and David Stiles (CEO).