Monday, March 3, 2008

T-Mobile Venture Fund Invests in Ubiquisys for Femtocells

The T-Mobile Venture Fund has made a strategic investment in Ubiquisys, a supplier of 3G femtocells, joining Google and original investors Accel Partners, Atlas Venture and Advent Venture Partners. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Ubiquisys femtocell is currently in mass production with Sony Technium. These units are being used by Ubiquisys' partners such as Nokia Siemens Networks and NEC, to satisfy operator trials worldwide including T-Mobile. This strategic investment supports the drive towards the first commercial launches, anticipated towards the end of 2008.
  • In January 2008, Nokia Siemens Networks announced a collaboration agreement with Ubiquisys to provide mobile network operators with femtocell solutions that offer greatly improved 3G network coverage and quality of mobile services at home. Under the agreement, Nokia Siemens Networks and Ubiquisys will cooperate in the marketing and sales of the joint solution to mobile operators worldwide.

  • In July 2007, Ubiquisys, a start-up based in Swindon, England, raised US$25 million in Series B funding. The company's first round investors, including Accel Partners, Atlas Venture and Advent Venture Partners, were joined by Google. The Ubiquisys ZoneGate femtocell offers mobile users high-quality mobile coverage in the home using their usual 3G cell phones. The device plugs into an existing home broadband gateway or is built into a gateway product that includes WiFi, DSL, Ethernet, phone ports and USB.

Nokia to Support Microsoft Silverlight

Nokia announced plans to make Microsoft Silverlight available

for S60 on Symbian OS as well as for Series 40 devices and Nokia Internet tablets. The deal will substantially extend the reach of Silverlight by making the platform available for hundreds of millions of devices.

Microsoft's Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering next-generation media experiences and rich interactive applications. The companies plan to make Silverlight available to S60 developers later this year with initial service delivery anticipated shortly thereafter for all S60 licensees.

Huawei Launches Mobile TV capable 3.5G Datacard

Huawei Technologies introduced a mobile TV capable 3.5G datacard.

The E510 is a small and slim 2M HSUPA stick equipped with mobile TV functionality. The device integrates mobile TV and mobile broadband, can be used for PCs and laptops.

Huawei's terminal sales, which includes handsets, datacards, fixed wireless terminals and gateways, totaled 40 million units in 2007, and US$2.5 billion in contact sales.htp://

Firetide Supplies Wireless Mesh Nodes for Seoul Cities

Firetide has supplied its wireless mesh solution for Seoul City's Cheonggye waterway, a major urban renewal project in Korea. The Cheonggye waterway restoration project, which was completed in 2005, was a major undertaking as decades of neglect and development left the steam dry, diminishing its status to that of underground sewer. The elevated highway that covered the stream since 1968 also had to be removed. Now the restored six kilometer waterway is the site of an eco-friendly urban park in the heart of the downtown.

The new public access network serving this park was designed and installed by Samsung SDS, Korea's largest IT systems integrator. The project includes a total of 22 Firetide HotPort mesh nodes and 11 Firetide HotPoint access points.

The Firetide wireless network supports diverse applications including visitor information beamed on to rented PDAs, public video surveillance and underwater video cameras for monitoring wildlife in the stream.

Pulse Offers in-line xDSL filter for VDSL2

Shenzhen-based Pulse, a Technitrol company, introduced its Excelsus brand Z-301LS in-line xDSL filter. The Z-301LS is compatible with VDSL2 and can filter frequencies up to 30 megahertz. It improves the performance of DSL and home phoneline network (HPN) services by filtering all telephone sets, facsimile machines, answering machines, and other phoneline services through a single line while providing optimal voice band performance. It is specifically suited for telephone networks in Asia, Europe, and South America.

Sensorlogic Hires TI Executive

Sensorlogic, which is developing a new platform targeting machine-to-machine (M2M) market, announced the appointment of Greg Jones as its new vice president of marketing and business development. Previously, Jones served as general manager of TI's Service Provider Strategic Marketing organization within the DSP Systems organization. He also previously served as the general manager of DSL Business Unit with the company's broadband communications group. Prior to TI, Jones was founder, chairman, president and CEO of Broadband Gateways Inc., a company focused on technologies in the broadband edge device marketplace.

Saudi Arabia Awards License to OCC Consortium

A new Optical Communications Company ("OCC") consortium's application for license was approved by the Saudi Arabian Council of Ministers and was officially announced and signed by royal decree by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The OCC consortium, which is backed by a group of prominent Saudi investors, will receive management and operational support through an exclusive management services agreement with Verizon Business. It will be responsible for providing, hosting and managing both business and residential voice and data services.

Qwest Announces VoIP Upgrades

Qwest Communications announced several VoIP enhancements to its OneFlex product suite. These enhancements include:

  • Compression -- allows customers to maximize their existing bandwidth to place more calls and send data.

  • Escape to Operator -- enables inbound callers to access an operator from their voice mail simply by pressing ‘0' for assistance.

  • Sub Office Administrator Portals -- provides more flexibility for office administrators to manage their systems whether employees are in the office or working remotely.

The Qwest OneFlex product portfolio are OneFlex Hosted VoIP and OneFlex Integrated Access products.

India's Tata Communications Rolls Out WiMAX with Telsima

Tata Communications has begun serving commercial clients on its new WiMAX network. Telsima Corporation is supplying equipment for the project. Already over 5,000 enterprise and retail customers are up in ten cities. Bangalore has over 600 base station sectors deployed and radiating. Tata plans to roll out WiMAX in 110 cities for enterprise customers and 15 cities for the retail segment during 2008.

Telsima said its WiMAX solutions have been selected for the largest deployment in the Tata network, this includes some 3,000 base station sectors.
  • In February 2008, Tata Communications launched as a commercial carrier with world-scale ambitions. The new company integrates the former VSNL, VSNL International, Teleglobe, Tata Indicom Enterprise Business Unit (TIEBU), and CIPRIS brands and represents the culmination of recent major international investments that expanded the company's global reach and ability to deliver IP-leveraged communications solutions to businesses and consumers worldwide.

Ericsson Supplies IMS to Beijing Netcom for Olympic Games

Ericsson will supply Beijing Netcom, a division of China Netcom, with a Command Supporting System based on Ericsson's IMS solution for the Beijing Olympic Games. China Netcom is the official fixed-telecom service partner for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will be the sole supplier and systems integrator for an IMS platform to enable personal multimedia communication. Deployment and systems integration has started and is set to be completed by March 2008. It will span the six Olympic Games cities in China.

The agreement is an extension of a contract signed between Ericsson and Beijing Netcom in April 2007 to build the first commercial IMS network in China. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Brocade to Acquire Strategic Business Systems

Brocade agreed to acquire Strategic Business Systems (SBS), a privately held provider of IT professional services for medium-size and large enterprises in both the commercial and federal government sectors. Founded in 2000, and headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, SBS provides data center-focused professional services and has established partnerships with many of the industry's largest providers of IT systems. SBS has a team of skilled consultants who provide technical expertise across a wide range of professional services practices, including storage, servers, security, networking, and virtualization services that address the requirements of enterprise data centers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Lancope Offers NetFlow Event Logging from new Cisco ASR 1000 Routers

Lancope introduced its "NetFlow" Event Logging (NEL) Gateway appliance supporting the newly introduced Cisco(R) ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers's high speed firewall. The appliance can log all firewall events for the ASR 1000 Series. Designed to generate syslog for the Cisco ASR 1000 Series' IOS-embedded high-speed firewall, Lancope's NEL Gateway delivers the following key benefits:

  • Saves ASR 1000 Series system resources

  • Generates syslog reliably at extreme speeds

  • Scales to 10G networks

  • Facilitates compliance initiatives through syslog fault tolerance and destination management

  • Reports event volume and overall health of the NEL-exporting router

Lancope said that unlike traditional syslog logging which can stress and degrade router performance, the NEL Gateway optimizes performance for the Cisco ASR 1000 Series by utilizing Cisco's NEL to enable scalable, high-speed binary logging of firewall event data at multi-gigabit speeds. Specifically, Cisco's NEL uses the NetFlow v9 messaging protocol to send network address translations, identity information, firewall pass/fail records, alerts and other firewall event data to the NEL Gateway, which centrally receives multiple NEL event streams and redistributes events based on type and source.

Deutsche Telekom Trims Prices

Deutsche Telekom announced tariff reductions for somes of its fixed-line and mobile services, including up to 17% cut for certain "Entertain" IPTV packages and new new flat rates for voice telephony and mobile Internet from T-Mobile.

Max tariffs allow T-Mobile customers to talk on the phone as much as they want with flat rates. Max L is the first tariff to offer a 79.95-euro monthly flat rate to call any German fixed-line or mobile network. For 14.95 euros, the Max S tariff offers customers a flat rate for the German fixed-line network. A flat rate for unlimited mobile surfing rounds out the range of tariffs: The web'n'walk HandyFlat tariff costs 9.95 euros per month. web'n'walk L, the equivalent product for surfing with a laptop has a monthly fee of 34.95 euros.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Tzero Raises $18M for UWB

Tzero Technologies, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, raised $18 million in third round funding for its Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology and wireless video products.

The investment was led by the CID Group with full participation from Tzero's current investors: August Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, OVP, U.S. Venture Partners, and VentureTech Alliance.

Tzero recently announced that Hitachi has selected its ultra wideband (UWB) technology to enable wireless HD video for its forthcoming "Ultra Thin" (UT) HDTV series.

Siemens Launches OpenScape Unified Communications Server, Video

Following its strategic realignment last week aimed at transforming itself into a software-oriented company, Siemens Communications launched a new unified communications software platform called "OpenScape" Unified Communications (UC) Server. The OpenScape UC Server suite initially includes OpenScape Voice Application (HiPath 8000 V3.1 R2, enterprise grade voice and IP least cost routing), OpenScape Video (integrated HD, desktop and client video conferencing) and OpenScape UC Application V3 (role-based UC).

Siemens said its approach is designed with openness in mind. Its OpenScape UC Server can operate in virtually any existing IT or telephony environment, including IP telephony or legacy PBX telephony environments from Siemens or any other vendor.

The OpenScape UC Server uses a SIP foundation to enable presence, administration, session control and other shared services for the current and planned family of OpenScape UC suite of applications. New modular capabilities are enabled by simply activating the desired license keys on a user-by-user basis. The existing HiPath 8000 and HiPath OpenExchange applications (OpenScape Voice) have been redesigned to run natively on the OpenScape UC Server for enterprise voice and IP least cost routing. The OpenScape UC suite of applications operate in multi-vendor environments and integrate with complementary offerings including IBM Sametime, Microsoft Office Communication Server and various others.

OpenScape UC Server will be available in three versions.

The Medium Edition (ME) configuration is a single server solution with optional redundancy for up to 1,000 users.

The Large Edition (LE) is a multi-server configuration for up to 100,000 users (with full UC functionality for up to 20,000 users and basic UC functionality for up to 100,000 users).

The Hosted Edition (HE) contains additional application components to support the unique requirements of service providers and hosting organizations.

Siemens is introducing a new, redesigned version of its OpenScape UC Application as one of the licensable offerings for the Siemens OpenScape UC Server. The enhanced OpenScape UC Application V3 can now be deployed on virtually any telephony or IT environment, works with any vendor's IP or legacy telephony platform, and integrates with nearly any IT and IM environment.

Siemens also announced OpenScape Video, a unified video conferencing solution integrating high-definition (HD) video, desktop PC video, voice and presence into a single powerful communication environment. OpenScape Video can be integrated with the OpenScape UC Server enabling video and voice endpoints to easily participate in the same conference calls and use the same directory and call numbering plans. The video conferencing solution also functions on a standalone basis, offering enterprises a migration to HD Video over IP.

The new OpenScape Video portfolio includes three HD systems and a PC soft clien. VHD 600 includes an HD camera, a CD-quality conference phone and a codec that can bridge up to six parties on a video conference call. VHD 400 includes the same components as the VHD 600, but for bridging four parties, and VHD 100 is a single, point-to-point solution to enable one-to-one calls or for the user to join a conference hosted on a VHD 600, VHD 400 or a third-party video bridge. The OpenScape UC application desktop client is a video-enabled soft client.

Cisco Debuts New Aggregation Services Routers

Cisco introduced a new aggregation platform powered by its 40-core "QuantumFlow" processor and designed for massive scalability in packet intelligence in both service provider and enterprise networks. The new Cisco Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 1000 is the company's most significant new product since the CRS-1 debuted in 2004.

The Cisco Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 1000 series, which was developed over more than five years at a cost in excess of a $250 million, packs up to 20 million packet per second (PPS) forwarding rate performance in a compact single router platform. As such, the ASR 1000 could be used to consolidate a number of networking appliances, including firewall, IPSec VPNs, deep-packet inspection (DPI) and Session Border Controllers (SBC). Over 42 patents were filed on the Cisco Aggregation Services Router 1000 Series.

The ASR 1000 features IOS XE software, a virtualized IOS implementation optimized for compact routers at the edge to deliver in-service upgrades. In addition to the rich IOS edge feature set, IOS XE provides IOS command line control, to provide a familiar look and feel for IOS users. Cisco also highlighted the green credentials of the new platform, saying that the elimination of multi-device, multi-vendor elements in the network dramatically lessens both the architectural complexity for service providers and enterprises as well as their carbon footprints.

Cisco is announcing three versions: a 3-slot chassis with up to 15MPPS performance, an 8-slot version with up to 20MMPS, and a 12-slot version with up to 20MMPS. The two larger systems are 40G ready.

Cisco also named several early customers of the ASR 1000, including NTT, Lufthansa Systems, and Wachovia.

SeaChange Unveils Flash Memory Video Server for Broadcast TV

SeaChange International introduced its Broadcast Flash Memory Library FML200, a flash memory-based ingest and play-to-air solution, which the company says is 100 times more reliable and consumes 10 times less power than spinning disk-based counterparts. Combining the FML200 with SeaChange's MediaCluster technology eliminates the need for expensive mirroring and duplicate files. Occupying a compact 2RU footprint, the FML200 includes an array of 24 flash memory drives available in either 32GB or 64GB configurations. At full capacity, a six-node FML200 cluster puts 144 flash memory drives online, delivering more than 6.6TB of clustered RAID-5 protected storage.

"The availability of a flash-based broadcast server represents a seismic shift at the heart of television operations," said Chris West, vice president of broadcast, SeaChange International.

SeaChange has previously announced Flash Memory and MediaCluster pairing for video-on-demand television operations.

TippingPoint Introduces Core 10 Gigabit Intrusion Prevention

TippingPoint introduced an in-line, network-based appliance that enables 10 Gbps of bi-directional traffic inspection by TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) to protect network resources, operating systems and critical applications from malicious threats.

The new TippingPoint Core Controller can be deployed as a "bump-in-the-wire" network element for up to three 10 Gbps network links. Traffic entering the Core Controller is intelligently flow balanced to a bank of TippingPoint IPS's where traffic inspection and enforcement are performed. Malicious and unwanted traffic is blocked and clean traffic is returned to the Core Controller for distribution to the appropriate 10Gbps egress link, allowing organizations to economically scale security traffic inspection and enforcement.

TippingPoint said its Core Controller enables 10 Gbps links to be protected by the TippingPoint IPS while ensuring high availability, performance, low latency and security accuracy. The Core Controller's high availability features include redundant configurability, built-in zero power bypass (Smart ZPHA), IPS heartbeat monitoring, link down synchronization and hardware watchdogs, allow an unprecedented level of redundancy configuration to eliminate single points of failure.

The TippingPoint Core Controller is now available and starts at $59,995 USD list.

Calix Supplies GPON ONTs across Minnesota

Calix announced the wide deployment of Calix 700G GPON Optical Network Terminals (ONTs) by three service providers in Minnesota, including Paul Bunyan Telephone Cooperative, Garden Valley Telephone Co., and Consolidated Telecommunications Co. (CTC).

Paul Bunyan Telephone Cooperative serves some 30,000 access lines and 14,000 video subscribers. Paul Bunyan is now using GPON to vie in highly competitive areas within its service region.

The Garden Valley Telephone Co. serves a base of more than 12,000 members and over 15,000 access lines in 24 exchanges.

CTC, a long time Calix FTTP customer serving more than 15,000 subscribers around the Brainerd area, delivers advanced voice, data, and IPTV services.

Data Connection Boosts Availability for IP Routing and MPLS Platforms

Data Connection Limited (DCL) introduced a software package for developers of switching and routing equipment that allows them to enhance the availability of the systems they develop while reducing software development time and costs.

The new Configuration Safe Store (DC-CSS) source code and toolkit is tightly coupled with Data Connection's IP routing and MPLS portable protocol solutions. It allows users to store multiple revisions of system configuration information to file, from where they can be manually or automatically retrieved. The user may select the automatic retrieval of a known configuration in the event of restarts, failures, or upgrades. In-service software upgrades and downgrades are handled seamlessly. Switchovers to a saved configuration file are handled gracefully, and only the affected system resources are restarted as necessary. DC-CSS also includes error handling and offline functions such as file type and version conversion.