Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Russia's VimpelCom Selects Ericsson for WCDMA/HSPA

Russia's VimpelCom selected Ericsson for the supply and implementation of a WCDMA/HSPA network, plus associated services, to cover seven out of nine macro regions across Russia, including Moscow, the North Caucasus, Siberia, Volga, Northwest Russia, South Russia and the Urals.

Under the five-year agreement, Ericsson will supply a WCDMA/HSPA radio access and core network, including circuit-switching and packet-switching, and subscriber management system Home Location Register (HLR). Ericsson will also be responsible for a range of telecom services, including deployment and integration, systems integration, operation and maintenance assistance, technical support and training. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Motorola Appoints CFO

Motorola appointed Paul J. Liska as its new chief financial officer (CFO). Tom Meredith, the company's acting CFO will continue as a non-management board member.

Prior to joining Motorola, Mr. Liska served as an industrial partner for various private equity firms including MidOcean Partners, CVC Capital Holdings and Ripplewood Holdings LLC. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. Liska served as executive chairman of US Freightways until its purchase by Yellow Roadway Corporation and served in various capacities with Weekly Reader Companies, including executive chairman.

Cablevision Offers SMBs Up to 12 Lines of VoIP

Cablevision Systems, the cable operator servicing the New York metro area, is now offering small and medium-sized business customers across its entire service area up to 12 lines of its Optimum Voice phone service. Each line features flat-rate, unlimited local and long-distance calling and advanced calling features like Caller ID, call waiting and enhanced voicemail.

Cablevision is also offering SMBs its Optimum Online Internet access service at up to 30 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream, as well as static IP addresses.

Brightcove Endorses Google AdSense for Video Beta

Brightcove voiced its support for the newly announced AdSense for video beta program, Google's contextual advertising technology for online video. AdSense for video provides contextual text overlays for online videos.

Google's AdSense for video beta is currently available through Brightcove in a limited beta release with select customers. The company said they plan to make the feature generally availability to publishers in 2008.http://www.brightcove.com

Motorola Unveils DOCSIS 3.0 CPE

Motorola unveiled its line of DOCSIS 3.0-based customer premises equipment (CPE) designed to work with the Motorola DOCSIS 3.0 CMTS platform and other DOCSIS 3.0-qualified CMTS industry solutions. Motorola has announced several pre-DOCSIS 3.0 commercial deployments to date.

Motorola said it is supporting all DOCSIS 3.0 features, including channel bonding, IPv6, and advanced encryption services. The modems enable channel bonding of up to four downstream channels and four upstream channels, which allows an operator to offer their customers advanced multimedia services with data throughput approximating 160 Mbps in DOCSIS mode and 195 Mbps in Euro-DOCSIS mode -- all without upgrading the HFC plant.

The new line up includes:

  • Motorola SB6120 SURFboard Cable Modem -- supports data throughput approximating 160 Mbps in DOCSIS mode and 195 Mbps in Euro-DOCSIS mode, without the need for a hybrid fiber coax (HFC) plant upgrade. It supports all DOCSIS 3.0 standards including channel bonding, both IPv4 and IPv6, and advanced encryption services.

  • Motorola SBV6120 SURFboard Digital Voice Modem -- Builds on the SB6120 and offers up to two lines of full-featured digital voice service.

  • Motorola SBV6220 SURFboard Digital Voice Modem -- Builds on the SBV6120 and offers Lithium-ion battery backup, which can provide backup power during a power outage.

Motorola's DOCSIS 3.0 SURFboard CPE can be self-installed through the product's intuitive rear panel icon and color coding connection guide. Troubleshooting is simplified via the product's front-panel operational status LEDs. Operators can also optionally activate dual-colored LEDs for their customer to have visual verification of bonded channels and GigE link use.

Motorola's DOCSIS 3.0 CPE line is also designed for Service Assurance -- Quality of Service (QoS) at the edge of the network -- and is compatible with Motorola's NBBS Device Management Platform and with Motorola's eCare web-enabled interactive support solution.


3.0, Raising the Standard

DOCSIS 3.0 ushers in an era of
breathtakingly faster line speeds supporting new applications that hold
the promise of expanded revenue streams for operators. At a minimum,
DOCSIS 3.0 starts by increasing a subscriber�s bandwidth up to 160
Mbps downstream and 120 Mbps upstream. Here is a look at the enabling

Ran Senderovitz and
Etai Zaltsman

ABA Net Employs Global Crossing VoIP Pseudo Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Service

ABA Net, a long-distance telecommunications service provider, is using a new complementary capability to Global Crossing Carrier Outbound VoIP Service to provide voice service for ABA Net's customers in the United States.

This new capability, called Global Crossing VoIP Pseudo Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Service, improves the hand-off of switched access calls that are transported on the Global Crossing network. This is done by using a Session Internet Protocol (SIP)-based interconnection. Once a VoIP Pseudo CIC call is received, customers have the option to use Global Crossing Carrier VoIP Outbound Service to deliver the call to its destination.http://www.globalcrossing.com

ChinaCache Adds Support for Microsoft Silverlight


which operates a leading content delivery network (CDN) in China, announced support for Microsoft Silverlight, a cross-platform and cross-browser plug-in for delivering next generation applications for the Web. The support for Silverlight will further enhance ChinaCache's ability to offer high quality streaming of rich media and interactive applications.

Bookham Introduces Ultra Small 40 Gbps Mach Zehnder Modulator Chip

Bookham announced a 40 Gbps Optical Differential Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (ODQPSK) modulator chip implemented through proprietary indium phosphide Mach Zehnder (InP MZ) technology. Bookham plans to combine this functionality with its tunable laser in new products specifically for use in the growing 40 Gbps market.

Bookham said the reduced size InP MZ platform (5mm) will allow it to offer 40 Gbps products in smaller footprints compared to existing 40 Gbps offerings employing larger optics.

Eutelsat/ SES ASTRA Joint Venture Appoints CEO

Eutelsat Communications and SES ASTRA have appointed Steve Maine as CEO of their jointly-owned venture offering Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) in S-Band. Maine previously led the expansion of Kingston Communications from a local UK telephone company into a major player in voice, data, television and Internet services. He began his career at British Telecom (BT) where his posts included Director of Visual and Broadcast Services, which pioneered a strong and lasting satellite broadcasting business across Europe. He has also served on the board of Scottish Media Group, Scotland's main television and radio broadcaster.

The Joint Venture, known under the name "Solaris", will commercialize the first satellite infrastructure in Europe for broadcasting video, radio and data to mobile devices and vehicle receivers as well as a range of interactive mobile services.

Eutelsat`s W2A satellite carrying the S-Band payload is scheduled for launch in early 2009.

Corning and Infinera to Demo Unamplified Reach of 320km

Corning and Infinera will co-host two long-haul network demonstrations at next week's OFC/NFOEC conference in San Diego.

The first demonstration will show how to significantly reduce amplification requirements and the expenses associated with building and maintaining amplifier huts. In the demonstration, Infinera's Digital Optical Networks technology will transmit and receive data over 320 kilometers (km) of Corning SMF-8 ULL fiber to demonstrate extended network reach that can eliminate two or three amplification sites traditionally required in a network with 80 or 100 kilometer spans. The long-reach capability results from the combined benefits of Infinera's Raman amplification and the ultra-low attenuation of SMF-28 ULL fiber.

Corning and Infinera will also demonstrate lower-cost dispersion compensation equipment. The Infinera DTN will transmit over six 100 kilometer spans of Corning LEAF fiber with no in-line dispersion compensation. Link dispersion compensation is achieved through a single dispersion compensation module and advanced electronic dispersion compensation in the receiver terminal on the Infinera line card. Due to the optimized dispersion of LEAF fiber, in-line dispersion compensation is not required.http://www.corning.com

BigBand Deployments Across Motorola STBs Pass More Than 1 Million Households

BigBand Networks announced a milestone for its switched digital video (SDV) systems. The company is in the process of deploying across three Motorola cable systems with two different cable operators that collectively pass more than 1 million households.

BigBand said its Motorola deployments build upon the company's expanding SDV deployment experience in more than 20 cable systems across North America. BigBand is currently deploying its fifth-generation SDV solution across four electronic programming guide environments.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

XO Communications Deploys Cisco Ethernet over SONET/SDH (EoS)

XO Communications is deploying new Cisco Ethernet over SONET/SDH (EoS) technology on many of the more than 4,000 Cisco ONS 15454 Multi-service Provisioning Platforms (MSPPs) currently deployed in its network.

Cisco said that as part of this transition, XO Communications is evaluating two innovations to streamline its network transformation:

  • Cisco Multilayer, Multi-rate, 10-Port Line Card, with 10 Gbps Ethernet over SONET/SDH (EoS) capacity (ML-MR-10) enabling a wide range of Ethernet services with Layer 2 switching, RPR, and advanced QoS capabilities. Cisco ML-MR-10 cards can be used for any Ethernet service type by changing the SFP module plugged into the Ethernet port.

  • Cisco Carrier Ethernet, Multi-rate, 10-Port Line Card, with 10 Gbps Ethernet over SONET/SDH (EoS) capacity (CE-MR-10), a next-generation version of the Carrier Ethernet blade for the 15454, enabling private line Ethernet services.

Both of these platforms quadruple the capacity of previous cards in the same line from 2.5 Gpbs to 10 Gbps on a single blade, while still supporting a wide range of protocols. They also provide 10-client ports, each of which is soft form factor pluggable (SFP).

XO Communications offers a broad range of IP-based services, including Metro Ethernet for Dedicated Internet Access (DIA), private line (point-to-point) services, VoIP, IP Telephony and IP-VPN, which are available in 75 U.S. metropolitan markets. The XO network has a large SONET infrastructure and associated services, making Cisco Ethernet over SONET/SDH (EoS) technology well-suited to scaling the network.

"Soft At Home" Venture Aims for Digital/Broadband Interoperability

Orange, Thomson and Sagem Communications have joined forces to create a joint venture aimed at creating a standard for the interconnection of equipment within the multimedia ecosystem.

The new "Soft At Home" joint venture seeks to facilitate the deployment and interoperability of digital equipment in the home and make it possible to combine it with enhanced and innovative services. Soft At Home plans to harness technologies and experiences of its founding shareholders. The resulting software will be offered to players in this sector, such as telecommunications operators, third-party developers, OEMs and manufacturers. For instance, Thomson and Sagem Communications both will be incorporating the Soft At Home software into their offerings.

The companies said their initiative will enable operators to launch new innovative services more quickly, tailored more effectively to their differentiation requirements. In this way, the next generation of residential gateways and TV decoders that will be used by Orange in 2008 will be equipped with Soft At Home software.

Orange already is already serving over 6 million Liveboxes and has over 1 million subscribers for its IPTV package.http://www.softathome.com

ECI Telecom Debuts XDM-300with SONET for North America

ECI Telecom has expanded its XDM Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP) family with an XDM-300 model with SONET capabilities for North America. The XDM-300 is a compact packet optical platform offering 60 Gbps of switching capacity for converging Carrier Ethernet, SONET and WDM functionalities for metro access and metro edge applications. It accepts range of CWDM/DWDM SDH, PDH, and Ethernet interfaces with a high-density fan-out for metro aggregation.

ECI said its XDM-300 enables optimal transition to 10 Gbps and Carrier Ethernet and MPLS support for residential and business services. The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) has certified the XDM product suite for MEF 9 and 14 test specification compliance for Carrier Ethernet.
  • In December 2007, ECI Telecom 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).

  • In September 2007, ECI Telecom introduced MPLS line cards for its XDM Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP), enabling support for real-time services such as triple play for residential customers, VPNs for businesses, and Ethernet-based 3G cellular backhauling. By adding MPLS line cards to new and/or deployed XDM-based SONET/SDH networks, ECI said service providers can efficiently migrate their networks. The new MPLS line cards are compliant with the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) requirements for Carrier Ethernet. They are fully interoperable with existing ECI Carrier Ethernet solutions and with MEF-compliant third-party equipment, complementing ECI's end-to-end (E2E) Carrier Ethernet offerings.

    In September 2007, ECI also announced a new version of its multi-layer network management system, the LightSoft, to support E2E Ethernet service management. LightSoft Version 4 now enables MPLS tunnels and Ethernet service provisioning, delivering the same operational capabilities already available in previous versions to Ethernet Services, and providing one management solution for all platforms and technologies.

Fujitsu Enhances FLASHWAVE 7500 with 2D ROADM,

Fujitsu Network Communications announced several enhancements to its FLASHWAVE 7500 ROADM, including a new two-degree (2D) ROADM configuration for locations that only need two degrees of network connectivity (i.e. a single ring). The new release also includes other economical and operational enhancements, including new 19- and 23-inch shelves, an in-service upgradeable In-Line Amplifier (ILA), and a 10 Gbps Flexponder SONET ADM-on-a-card unit.

The FLASHWAVE 7500, which is widely deployed by some of the largest MSOs and telecom companies in North America, offers 400 Gbps of total capacity, provides up to 40 wavelengths, features transmission paths exceeding 1000 km, and supports up to 24 intermediate add/drop nodes. It supports both optical mesh and network hub architectures.

Fujitsu said that with this release, several enhancements have been made to the existing 19-inch FLASHWAVE 7500 small configuration to allow it to support 40-channel access via Wavelength Selective Switching (WSS) technology. This new configuration is designed for data center locations where 19-inch shelves are desired. Now, these customers have several alternatives to optimize cost and performance, including a 32-channel Fixed Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (FOADM), 32-channel ROADM, 40‑channel FOADM, or 40-channel WSS-based ROADM.

The new FLASHWAVE 7500 2D ROADM configuration provides an economical solution for locations that require full add/drop and pass-through capabilities for up to 40 Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) channels, but only have two degrees of network connectivity. The 2D ROADM system can be deployed in protected or unprotected point-to-point, linear, and ring applications across distances up to 1000 km with no regeneration required. Additionally, the 23‑inch 2D ROADM can interoperate in existing networks with the 23-inch standard configuration and the 19‑inch small configuration systems with access to all wavelengths.

The FLASHWAVE 7500 Extension configuration allows a remote tributary shelf to be placed away from a 23-inch standard configuration or 19-inch small configuration while supporting access to all 40 wavelengths. With the addition of a new bidirectional single channel amplifier unit, the FLASHWAVE 7500 Extension configuration can be located further from hub nodes (now up to 65 km away).

A new 10 Gbps Flexponder unit provides flexible interface and multiplexing/demultiplexing for up to eight client signals in the 23-inch standard configuration, 19-inch small configuration, 2D ROADM configuration, and Extension configuration. The unit supports advanced traffic management features, including non-blocking time-slot assignment (STS-1/STS-3c/STS-12c/STS-48c), ADM on a wavelength, VCAT, and hairpinning. The 10 Gbps Flexponder unit multiplexes up to eight Gigabit Ethernet, OC‑3, OC‑12, and OC‑48 signals into a single 10.7 Gbps optical signal with digital wrapper. ITU-T compliant narrowband optics allow the signal to be mapped to any of 40 channels.

Enhanced amplifiers available in this new release provide greater flexibility for uncertain traffic patterns. Existing ILA nodes, which provide in-line amplification of DWDM signals and extend the distance the signal can travel before regeneration is required, can now be upgraded in-service to full-featured ROADM nodes.
  • In June 2007, Fujitsu Network Communications announced 40 Gbps transmission capabilities into its FLASHWAVE 7500 Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM), enabling 10-Gbps metro DWDM networks based on the platform to grow from 400 Gbps to 1.6 Tbps of total capacity. Fujitsu has developed an advanced modulation scheme and per-wavelength variable dispersion compensation (VDC) to support the 40 Gbps rate. Optical performance requirements such as optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR), chromatic dispersion, polarization mode dispersion (PMD), and spectral width become much more stringent as bit rates increase.

3Com Private Equity Deal Stalls on Huawei Ownership Concerns

3Com, along with affiliates of Bain Capital Partners and Huawei Technologies, have withdrawn their joint filing to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) concerning the parties' proposed merger transaction. The parties said they remain committed to continuing discussions.

"We are very disappointed that we were unable to reach a mitigation agreement with CFIUS for this transaction," said Edgar Masri, President and CEO of 3Com Corporation. "While we work closely with Bain Capital Partners and Huawei to construct alternatives that would address CFIUS' concerns, we will continue to execute our strategy to build a global networking leader. We remain focused on serving our growing base of worldwide customers and providing them with innovative solutions that deliver long-term investment for their network infrastructure and offer them a lower total cost of ownership."
  • In September 2007, 3Com announced a deal under which the company would be acquired by affiliates of Bain Capital Partners for approximately $2.2 billion in cash. The parties voluntarily submitted the proposed transaction, which included a minority ownership stake by Huawei Technologies, to CFIUS review.

Cisco's John Chambers Addresses Global Climate Change Challenge

In a keynote address at the first Connected Urban Development (CUD) Global Conference in San Francisco, Cisco's Chairman and CEO John Chambers made the case that the network could serve as a "green" platform for addressing global climate change. Specifically, Chambers called on industry and government to work together to develop technologies that address the world's pressing environmental concerns.

"It is our responsibility as global citizens to help address the challenges of climate change. As a technology company, we are approaching this by not only reducing our own company's carbon output, but also by helping our customers and partners use the network as a 'green' platform for sustainable business and government progress. If we are innovative and collaborative in our approach, ICT can dramatically improve how we manage our global environmental footprint and climate concerns," Chambers said.

Cisco cited a recent study by the American Council for an Energy- Efficient Economy, for every extra kilowatt-hour of electricity demanded by ICT, the U.S. economy increases its overall energy savings by a factor of 10.

Cisco's Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), which provides consulting services, is collaborating with a number of cities on the development of best practices in the areas of smart transportation, energy management and environmentally friendly, alternative work arrangements. Highlights include:

  • The Connected Bus" -- a prototype hybrid bus developed by Cisco and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) that has a mobile hot spot that allows citizens to work while they ride. GPS gives commuters updated status of bus routes and connections. LED displays provide information on emissions saved through public transit; and an automated system reduces the environmental impact of the bus through better maintenance.

  • "Personal Travel Assistant (PTA)" -- a service being developed by Cisco with input from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Currently being considered by the city of Seoul for pilot testing, PTA improves the transit experience within urban environments by empowering citizens to make more informed decisions on day-to-day transportation options based on schedule, financial and environmental implications. Accessible from any Web-based interface such as a mobile phone, PTA is the first service of its kind that provides green route options, integrates with other communication needs such as calendaring, and enables city agencies to predict and manage evolving citizen transportation needs more effectively.

  • "Smart Work Centers" -- an approach developed by Cisco and embraced by the city of Amsterdam that enables local residents to work in remote stations without having to travel into the heart of the city.

The Connected Urban Development (CUD) Global Conference is hosted by Cisco and the city and county of San Francisco.

T-Systems to Offer Alcatel-Lucent BiCS for Mid-Market Managed Voice

T-Systems, the business customer unit of Deutsche Telekom, has selected Alcatel-Lucent's Business integrated Communications Solution (BiCS) server as one of the platforms for its mid-market managed voice services. Specifically, T-Systems will offer the BiCS platform as part of its Octopus EP product line, focusing on integrating services and BiCS for German enterprises with between 100-500 employees initially, expanding to enterprises with 1,000 employees in the last quarter of 2008. Customers can purchase and own the system, or use the equipment as part of a managed service that combines phone system, maintenance and system upgrades for a fixed monthly price per user.

Alcatel-Lucent is a strategic partner of T-Systems. This is the second innovative voice solution agreement between the two companies.

The Alcatel-Lucent Business integrated Communication Solution is a multi-service, single-server communication solution for enterprises with up to 500 users.