Saturday, February 23, 2008

One Minute Video: What is an IPSec VPN?

One Minute Video presented by Glenn Gibson, Juniper Networks -- What is an IPSec VPN?

Jargon Buster

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Arieso Raises £5million for Self Optimizing Wireless Networks

Arieso, a start-up based in Newbury, UK, secured £5 million in a Series B funding for its software for optimizing the quality of service for mobile cell phone users. By simulating network use, Arieso specifies the optimal setup for individual base stations to improve performance from the existing network, and can assess the return on investment of any additional sites. O2 Group, Telefonica, AT&T Mobility, Sprint, Vodafone and Qualcomm are among the organizations already using Arieso's products.

The new investment was led by Oxford Capital Partners and Qualcomm Ventures. Existing shareholders, Add Partners and Top Technology, also participated in the Series B round.

BaySpec Offers 10/40Gbps Optical Channel Performance Monitor

BaySpec announced commercial availability of its 40 Gbps "IntelliGuard" Optical Channel Performance Monitor (OCPM) with enhanced 10/40Gbps modulation discernment capability. With over 8,000 units in the field, devices offer proven performance with built-in flexibility for the future. Devices are Telcordia GR-1209/1221-CORE qualified. The company said its 10/40G discernable OCPMs enable significant operating cost reduction in the price sensitive Metro Core market where current demand is strongest.

Ericsson's Board Proposes 1:5 Reverse Stock Split

Ericsson's Board of Directors is a 1:5 reverse stock split, implying that five A shares and five B shares respectively will be consolidated into one A share and one B share respectively. The issue is to be considered at the shareholders annual meeting in April.

Ericsson noted that as a result of the rights issue in 2002, the number of shares in the company increased from approximately 8 billion shares to more than 16 billion shares. Further, the ratio between the B share and an American Depositary Share (ADS), traded on NASDAQ, was changed from 1:1 to 10:1. In connection with the reverse split, the ratio will be changed back to 1:1.

Alcatel-Lucent Installs 200th Solar-powered Radio Site in Senegal

Alcatel-Lucent announced the commissioning of its 200th radio site powered by solar energy. The site in Senegal - including base station, microwave and all other electrical components - is completely powered by the sun, providing telecom services to remote communities on the island of Bettenty and surrounding Saloum islands that previously had no access to wireless communications services. Alcatel-Lucent said its GSM solution can operate with power consumption levels up to 40% less compared to other vendors with no decrease in traffic flow or extent of coverage.

Infinera's Photonic IC Roadmap Predicts Capacity Doubling Every 3 Years

Infinera announced a product roadmap for its Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC), predicting that its capacity will continue to double every three years -- a phenomenon the company is referring to as Kish's law, after Dr. Fred Kish, one of the developers of the PIC and Infinera's VP of PIC development and manufacturing.

Infinera current PICs offer a capacity per chip of 100 Gbps and serves as the heart of the Infinera DTN Digital ROADM and Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) platform. These PICs consolidate more than 60 optical components integrating ten wavelengths operating at 10 Gbps per wavelength.

From this starting point, Infinera anticipates PIC capacity per chip to double every three years and plans to produce PICs capable of 400 Gbps per chip in 2009. This growth path is expected to continue for at least ten years, leading to the commercialization of PICs with 4 Terabits/second per chip within ten years.

At this week's OFCNFOEC 2008 conference in San Diego, Infinera is announcing the results of two lab demonstrations with significant implications for the future development path of photonic integration and high-capacity optical networks.

In the first demonstration, Infinera successfully developed and tested a photonic integrated circuit (PIC) that integrates ten wavelengths of data at 40 Gbps per wavelength, using Differential Quadrature Phase-Shift Keying (DQPSK) modulation, for an aggregate data rate of 400 Gbps. The implementation of DQPSK modulators on an Infinera PIC will enable the commercial production of the next generation of PICs, with a capacity per chip of 400 Gbps. This PIC integrates more than 100 optical devices on a single chip, more than double that of today's 100 Gbps PIC.
Infinera uses DQPSK modulation for increasing the data rate on each DWDM channel as it offers high spectral efficiency, high tolerance to impairments including dispersion, and superior optical signal-to-noise tolerance.

In the second lab demonstration, Infinera demonstrated successful transmission of data with a 100 Gbps PIC using on-chip semiconductor amplifiers (SOAs) in the S-band over a distance of 320 kilometers. Infinera contends that current DWDM networks are limited by EDFA (erbium-doped fiber amplifier) technology, which can only amplify effectively over a very limited range of the optical spectrum. Known as the C-band, this range accounts for just 4.4 TeraHertz (THz), out of a full fiber spectrum of 55 THz. Amplification by SOAs can allow transmission in spectral regions inaccessible in systems reliant upon EDFA amplification, opening up the full fiber spectrum for data transmission. In this demonstration, a ten-channel PIC with integrated SOAs successfully transmitted error-free data in the 1490 nanometer range of the S-band without external dispersion compensation.

NeoPhotonics Announces 40 mW Widely Tunable Laser for 40 Gbps systems

NeoPhotonics introduced a new high power tunable laser for DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) networks that has an output power of 40 mW and other features ideal for DQPSK coding and 40 Gbps systems. The 40 mW rating is twice the output power of a standard ITLA, Special coding used in some 40 Gbps transmission requires higher optical power to overcome higher loss from additional optical components. In addition, 40 Gbps systems are much more sensitive to dispersion than 10 Gbps systems and require narrower linewidths and higher Side Mode Suppression Ratios (SMSR).

NeoPhotonics said the external cavity design and output power of its new NTL 2040 laser results in a narrow linewidth, low noise, high SMSR and high 40 mW power. The NTL2040 laser can address all commonly used wavelengths in DWDM systems in the C, C+, L and XL bands, with channel spacing based on the "ITU-T" specified 50 GHz grid. Thus, one NTL2000 series tunable laser can replace any of 120 single wavelength lasers in the C+ or XL bands.

CoreOptics introduces Optical Distortion Equalization Technology

CoreOptics, which supplies 40 Gbps and 10 Gbps optical networking subsystems, announced availability of the second generation of its Maximum Likelihood Sequence Estimation (MLSE) technology for deployment in metro/regional optical networks.

CoreOptics currently offers 10 Gbps DWDM, 40 Gbps Single Channel Short Reach and 40/43G DWDM transponder modules. The company's product portfolio also includes 43 Gb/s Ultra-FEC, 40G Mux/DeMux for 4x10G client signals and Interface Converter supporting SFI-5s, SFI-4, XFI to enable building of next generation Open Tolerant Networks.

"CoreOptics has been in the forefront of delivering 10/40 Gbps product innovations to advance the transformation to packet-oriented optical networking and increase the efficiency of existing network infrastructure," said Dr. Christoph Schulien, chief technology officer of CoreOptics. "Our company's 10G MLSE equalization technology, is a fundamental building block in CoreOptics' long-term strategy to advance utilization of optical networks by broadly applying digital signal processing to optical transport at 10, 40 and 100 Gbps."

Japan Launches "KIZUNA" Broadband Satellite

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), in conjunction with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, successfully launched the "KIZUNA" broadband Internet satellite from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.

The KIZUNA geostationary satellite, which is also designated as the Wideband Internetworking Engineering test and Demonstration Satellite (WINDS), is designed to deliver residential services in remote areas of Japan at a maximum speed of 155Mbps (receiving) / 6Mbps (transmitting) using 45-centimetre aperture antennas. The satellite is further capable of ultra-high speed downlinks of up to 1.2 Gbps to locations using five-meter antennas. The satellite leverages an on-board ATM switch and Ka-band transmitters.

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.

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