Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bubble Motion Raises $14 Million for its "Voice SMS"

Bubble Motion, a start-up based in Mountain View, California raised $14 million in new funding for its "voice SMS" technology.

The company's BubbleTALK provides a "click, talk, and send" short voice messaging service that works on any mobile phone. Operators can limit the messages to 30 seconds in length.

The new funding came from existing investors Sequoia Capital US and Sequoia Capital India, as well as new investors Comcast Interactive Capital and NCD Investors.

Ericsson Demos HSPA at 42 Mbps

Ericsson plans to demonstrate end-to-end HSPA Evolution technology with speeds of up to 42 Mbps at this week's CTIA Wireless 2008 in Las Vegas. The 42 Mbps speed is achieved by combining new higher order modulation technology (64QAM), together with 2x2 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology. The demonstration will be made using a handheld form-factor device based on Ericsson Mobile Platforms access technology. Ericsson plans to introduce the first step of its HSPA evolution in 2008.

Ericsson's RBS 3000 family of base stations offer support for both HSPA Evolution and LTE. Ericsson's recently launched next-generation radio base station family, the RBS 6000 series, offers a enhanced multi-standard solution that supports GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA Evolution and LTE, all in a single package.

China Mobile Begins Commercial Deployment of TD-SCDMA

China Mobile (CMCC) will begin commercial deployment of TD-SCDMA in April. TD-SCDMA is a 3G wireless network standard developed by the China Academy of Telecommunications Technology (CATT) in collaboration with Datang and Siemens and endorsed by the Chinese government.

Spreadtrum welcomed the news and said it was already seeing TD-SCDMA silicon orders from handset manufacturers. Two of its customers received over 50% of the initial round of 60,000 handset order from China Mobile in January.

Spreadtrum developed the first single-chip dual-mode TD-SCDMA/GSM baseband (the SC8800D) in 2004 and the first multi-mode HSDPA/TD-SCDMA/GSM/GPRS baseband (the SC8800H) in 2007. The company also offers a single-chip TD-SCDMA/HSDPA solution optimized for data cards (the SC8800S) and its Quorum subsidiary announced a TD-SCDMA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE RF transceiver.http://www.spreadtrum.com
  • In February 2008, it was announced that China Mobile has joined LTE (Long Term Evolution) trials already being carried out by Vodafone and Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone. The resultant three-way operator trials focus on LTE FDD (the Frequency Division Duplex version of LTE) for use with paired spectrum allocations and TD-LTE (the Time Division Duplex version of LTE) as an evolution of current TD-SCDMA technology to enable the exploitation of unpaired spectrum globally. The three carriers said their trials are designed to explore the performance of LTE with different spectrum types as a potential next generation mobile technology. They will provide an opportunity to adopt a harmonized access platform with global scale and high performance inter-working with the existing technologies of all three companies.

Verizon Wireless Offers Loopt's Social-Mapping Service

Verizon Wireless will begin offering Loopt's social-mapping service on select mobile phones.

With Loopt, Verizon Wireless customers can leverage their phones' location-based services capabilities to share location information, status messages and geo-tagged photos with their community of friends. Loopt users can view where friends in their private network are located via a map displayed on their mobile phones and connect and share their locations with anyone in their address books or AIM buddy lists. Detailed Loopt maps that show Verizon Wireless users where friends are, what they are doing, and how to meet up with them, transform their Verizon Wireless phones into active social tools to connect, share and explore the real world.

Loopt is permission-based. Users can turn location-sharing on or off at any time on a friend-by-friend basis or for all friends at once.
  • Loopt has previously announced support from Sprint and Boost Mobile.

  • Loopt, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, is backed by venture capital firms Sequoia Capital and New Enterprise Associates.

Lockheed Martin Team Awarded $766 Million Contract for Joint Tactical Radio System

A team led by Lockheed Martin has been awarded an initial system development and demonstration contract valued at $766 million for a Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) for the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and other users. The Lockheed Martin Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Stations (AMF) JTRS team will design, develop, integrate, test and deliver advanced, reliable, tactical networked communications solutions providing joint interoperability with secure information flow.

AMF JTRS is an essential element in the Tactical Global Information Grid strategy to provide secure data, voice, and video to the right people, in the right place, at the right time. The initial System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract value is $766 million.

AMF JTRS will network enable and provide interoperable communications for more than 160 platform types including fixed and rotary wing aircraft, submarines and surface ships, and fixed stations world-wide.

Lockheed Martin said its Network Centric Operations Live Flight Demonstration at the end of the Pre-SDD Phase of the Program showed a glimpse of the future with improved situational awareness, tactical voice, video and data interoperability, and communications automation.

The Lockheed Martin AMF JTRS team includes BAE Systems, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon. Work will be conducted at locations in Scottsdale, Ariz.; San Diego, Calif.; Tampa, Fla.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Gaithersburg, Md.; St. Paul, Minn.; Wayne, N.J.; Charleston, S.C.; and Chantilly and Reston, Va.

Jean-Pierre Vandromme to Remain as CEO of Golden Telecom

Jean-Pierre Vandromme, the Chief Executive Officer of Golden Telecom has agreed to extend his contract term until December 31, 2009. Golden Telecom was recently acquired by a subsidiary of VimpelCom.

The VimpelCom Group includes companies operating in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia and Armenia. The VimpelCom Group's GSM and 3G license portfolio covers a territory with a population of about 250 million across Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia and Armenia.

Golden Telecom, is a facilities-based provider of integrated telecommunications and Internet services in major population centers throughout Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States. It operates metropolitan overlay networks in major cities including Moscow, Kiev, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Almaty, and Tashkent, and intercity fiber optic and satellite-based networks.

China Unicom Deploys Motorola's Service Delivery Platform

Shanghai Unicom, a branch of China Unicom, is building a Value-Added Service Platform (VASP) using Motorola's GAMA (Global Applications Management Architecture) Service Delivery Platform (SDP) for mobile data applications.

Shanghai Unicom aims to simplify the current integration and future delivery of data applications through combination services, automated governance, value chain management and consistent user identity. End-user experience will be enhanced through single sign-on across all data services, and with the fast roll out of a wide range of value-added services and applications by leveraging existing service capabilities (messaging, location, browsing and push services, etc.).

As part of the contract, Motorola will provide servers, network equipment and GAMA software customized for Shanghai Unicom. Motorola Global Services professionals will support the modification of its legacy systems such as content downloading system, WAP and LBS (Location Based Service) platforms and the integration of VASP with Shanghai Unicom's existing network environment and its BSS (Business Support Systems). Financial terms were not disclosed.http://www.motorola.com

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Solera Raises $5 Million for its Deep Packet Capture

Solera Networks, a start-up based in Lindon, Utah, raised $5 million in Series B funding for its deep packet capture and stream-to-storage technology. Solera Networks' DS Series is a line of high-performance appliances, including software-only virtual appliances, which capture, record, and archive 100% of network traffic at speeds up to 10Gbps. The captured data is then accessible instantly via Solera Networks' search, alert and archive interfaces, or via any standards-based security, forensics, compliance, analytics or network management application. The new funding was led by Canopy Ventures, which also led the company's Series A round in 2006. Solera

Solera Networks also announced the appointment of three key executives. James Brown was named the company's Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer; Paal Tveit was promoted to the position of Vice President of Engineering; and Fumiya Minagawa was named President of Solera Networks Japan.

Mr. Brown joins Solera Networks' management team after recently serving on the company's Board of Directors. Over the past few years, he has advised several technology companies, including Solera Networks, on strategy, fundraising and operational matters. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and General Manager at OpenTV, where he played a key role in the company's successful IPO and was responsible for the company's applications business unit and its worldwide business development and corporate development activities. Prior to OpenTV, he was a Partner at the law firm of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro in San Francisco.

Mr. Tveit is a 20-year veteran of software and hardware engineering, having most recently served as Director of Engineering at SonicWALL in charge of their SSL, VPN and Common Criteria initiatives. Tveit has also held senior engineering positions at Mainstream Data, Philips/BTS and Unisys. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematical sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in political economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Fumiya Minagawa, named as President of Solera Networks Japan, began his relationship with the company as a distributor more than three years ago. He has more than 20 years of experience in engineering consulting, technology sales, product development, and corporate IT management, including five years as Chief Information Officer at Kokusai Kogyo. Mr. Minagawa also served as senior education manager for four years at Sun Microsystems in Japan, where he received the Sun President's Award in 2002. He has also held senior manager positions at Bearing Point and received the coveted Nikkei Publications Grand Prix award for a large-scale deployment of SAP.

Alcatel-Lucent Boosts its IP Routing Portfolio to Terabit Capacity

Alcatel-Lucent unveiled extensive enhancements to its IP service routing portfolio that leverage a new high-performance chipset for packet processing and traffic management. The new silicon boosts performance of the company's 7750 Service Router (SR) and 7450 Ethernet Service Switch (ESS) to terabit performance levels, enabling more speed for mass-market video-based services and applications; more services, including secure IPSec VPNs, Ethernet VPNs and MPLS-based IP VPNs; and more availability, including support for non-stop routing, non-stop services and In-Service Software Upgrades (ISSU).

Alcatel-Lucent said its new custom FP2 chipset, which took three years to develop, is capable of sophisticated and optimized network processing and traffic management at speeds up to 100 Gbps. The upgrades to the current products include more than double the density of Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as supporting up to 10 times the number of services per router. The FP2 chipset also provides a path to 100 Gigabit Ethernet. It also enables densities of up to 1,200 Gigabit Ethernet ports per rack, while delivering sophisticated services to each port at line rate.

The following enhancements to the Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS service router portfolio will be available in Q3 2008:

Next Generation Silicon

  • the 100 Gbps FP2 chipset integrates 112 array cores for 95,000 MIPs performance and is implemented in 90nm process technology. The silicon was developed in house.

7750 Service Router Platform

  • Up to 1 Tb/s capacity

  • 50Gb/s (full-duplex) Input/Output Module3-XP (IOM3-XP)

  • 20-port Gigabit Ethernet MDA-XP (SFP-Fiber)

  • 20-Port 10/100/1000 Ethernet MDA-XP (Copper)

  • 2-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet MDA-XP (XFP)

  • 4-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet MDA-XP (XFP)

  • Application Assurance Integrated Services Adaptor (AA-ISA) with DPI technology

  • IPSec Integrated Services Adaptor (IPSec-ISA)

7450 Ethernet Service Switch Platform

  • Up to 1 Tb/s capacity

  • 50Gb/s (full-duplex) IOM3-XP

  • 20-port Gigabit Ethernet MDA-XP (SFP-Fiber)

  • 20-Port 10/100/1000 Ethernet MDA-XP (Copper)

  • 2-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet MDA-XP (XFP)

  • 4-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet MDA-XP (XFP)

  • Application Assurance Integrated Services Adaptor (AA-ISA) with DPI technology

Alcatel-Lucent noted that it has shipped more than 20,000 IP/MPLS systems since 2004.

Aircell Announces Operational Readiness of its In-Flight Broadband Service

Aircell announced the completion and full

operational readiness of its first wireless network for broadband services to commercial and business airline passengers while flying over the U.S. The Aircell network can now provide air travelers with seamless connectivity when using their in-flight mobile broadband Internet service.

American Airlines and Virgin America have already signed agreements with Aircell to deploy its service in 2008.

"We are open for business and ready to help our airline partners deliver a service that three quarters of a billion passengers can use while flying over the U.S. each year," said Jack Blumenstein, CEO of Aircell.
  • In January 2008, Aircell completed its nationwide wireless Air-To-Ground (ATG) network. As part of this build-out, the company constructed cell sites throughout the country. Placement of cell sites ranged from windy, snow topped mountain peaks at 12,000 feet to remote desert terrain below sea level. The company said network completion was accomplished far ahead of time requirements set by the company's FCC license agreement. The first site was activated on August 25, 2007 and the final site, which finalized the nationwide network, went live on January 29th, just five months later.

Verizon Business Manages Juniper J-Series Routers as Outsourced Service

Verizon Business announced a new managed services option for large-business and government customers with remote locations or for smaller networks. Specifically, Verizon Business is now the first U.S.-based service provider offering management of a customer's Juniper Networks J-series services router. The new managed service offering is available immediately to U.S.-based medium- and large-sized business and government customers. It has been certified with a variety of Verizon Business networking services, including company's flagship Private IP, an MPLS-based virtual private network service, as well as the company's private line and Frame Relay services.

Verizon Business offers three levels of service to support customers deploying the managed Juniper Networks J-series services router. The company's multi-tiered approach to network management enables it to help enterprises reduce the complexity associated with an IP environment. Verizon Business' IMPACT management platform supports its industry-leading service level commitments and enables the company to offer customer with the fully managed service option an actual time-to-repair commitment as low as 3.5 hours in the U.S.; the majority of Verizon Business' competitors still offer a mean time-to-repair commitment.

Verizon Business said this service will help enterprise customers take full advantage of the Juniper platform by reducing the day-to-day management burden so that the customer's technical staff can focus on critical business initiatives. The company plans to build on this announcement by offering a powerful branch office services delivery platform based on the Juniper Networks J-series services routers and that integrates managed routing, security and other services, including IP telephony.

Verizon Business noted that it currently manages 260,000-plus devices on more than 4,200 customer networks in 142 countries and territories, overseeing non-Verizon connections from more than 60 network providers around the world.

Comcast Teams BitTorrent, Dropping Previous Traffic Management Policy

In a policy turnaround, Comcast announced a partnership with BitTorrent and with the broader Internet and ISP community to more effectively address issues associated with rich media content and network capacity management. Some key points:

  • By year-end 2008, Comcast will migrate to a capacity management technique that is protocol agnostic. Comcast said the result will be "a traffic management technique that is more appropriate for today's emerging Internet trends."

  • BitTorrent acknowledged the need of ISPs to manage their networks, especially during times of peak congestion.

  • Both companies have agreed that these technical issues can be worked out through private business discussions without the need for government intervention.

  • BitTorrent and Comcast have also agreed to work with other ISPs, other technology companies, and the Internet Engineering Task Force, to explore and develop a new distribution architecture for the efficient delivery of rich media content.

"This new architecture would enable many new and emerging applications and will be based upon an open, non-discriminatory framework that could interface with or support multiple technologies. We believe that P2P technology has matured as an enabler for legal content distribution, so we need to have an architecture that can support it with techniques that work over all networks," said Tony Werner, Comcast Cable's Chief Technology Officer.
  • Earlier this month, Verizon said it no longer regarded P2P as a "dark-alley distribution system for unauthorized file sharing." Specifically,
    Verizon announced plans to begin using a peer-to-peer (P2P) file transfer system from Pando Networks to aid with the distribution of large media files to its broadband users. When deployed, the new system will move material authorized by the content owners -- such as movies, TV programs, software or large data bases -- faster for consumers and more efficiently for network operators, including Verizon.

Motorola Introduces New CDMA EV-DO Base Site Controller

Motorola introduced its new IP-BSC-DO, a scalable EV-DO Base Site Controller (BSC) platform that enables CDMA operators to quickly and cost effectively upgrade the DO broadband data capacity. The new IP BSC provides 12 times the site capacity and IP data session capacity compared to the first generation DO BSC, while using significantly less floor space.

The new IP-BSC-DO, which is expected to be available for commercial shipment in Q2 2008, is built using a modular ATCA hardware platform.
It combines EV-DO packet controller functions (PCF) with the operations and maintenance controller in a single Motorola platform for CDMA2000 EV-DO. The functions of the IP-BSC-DO include CDMA2000 EV-DO traffic and signaling control and routing between a Radio Access Network (RAN) and the Packet Data Serving Node (PDSN), authentication of users attempting to access the EV-DO system, and operator management of the IP-BSC-DO.

Verizon Wireless Updates on V CAST Mobile TV Service

Verizon Wireless released an update on its V CAST Mobile TV offering, noting that one year after launch the service is now available in 50 markets across the U.S. Verizon Wireless currently has more than 150 broadcast-quality programs available and recently announced exclusive deals with MTV Tr3s and ESPN Radio. In addition, the company noted that four phones currently support V CAST Mobile TV, including the popular Voyager by LG, MOTORIZR Z6tv, Samsung SCH-u620, and the LG VX9400.

V CAST Mobile TV from Verizon Wireless is powered on the FLO TV service from MediaFLO USA Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm MediaFLO USA operates a dedicated multicast network that delivers programming in a linear format.

Corning Introduces High-Temperature/Harsh-Environment Specialty Fibers

Corning introduced a suite of Corning High-Temperature/Harsh-Environment Specialty Fibers, designed to exceed the requirements for high-temperature sensor applications, which include a high resistance to hydrogen permeation, excellent fiber fatigue performance and high usable strength. The new products include single-mode and multimode fibers with polyimide coatings in both hermetic and non-hermetic formats.

Corning said its polyimide-coated fiber has an engineered high-temperature polymer that exhibits thermal stability up to 300 degrees Celsius. The multimode fiber is useful for Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) applications and the single-mode fiber can be utilized for Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) point sensing, such as engine or pipeline monitoring.

AT&T to Provide Connectivity for Corning

AT&T was awarded a two-year contract to provide global voice services to Corning. The services will include international voice, video and teleconferencing, calling-card and toll-free services to more than 120 Corning locations worldwide.

AT&T to Launch Mobile TV with FLO

AT&T will launch a Mobile TV with FLO,

a mobile television service delivered MediaFLO USA, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm.
The mobile TV service will launch in May 2008 on two new exclusive handsets, the LG Vu and the Samsung Access. AT&T Mobile TV will also feature two exclusive channels, which will be announced soon.

FLO technology is a new air interface originally developed by QUALCOMM with multicasting capabilities designed to increase capacity and reduce content delivery costs to mobile handsets.

MediaFLO's content partners include CBS Mobile, Comedy Central, ESPN Mobile TV, FOX Mobile, MTV, NBC 2GO, NBC News2Go and Nickelodeon.http://www.att.com
  • Since launching FLO TV service in March 2007, MediaFLO USA has announced collaborations with Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

  • The service is currently available in more than 50 major metropolitan areas nationwide, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

  • In February 2007, Cingular Wireless (now AT&T) announced plans to use MediaFLO.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

One Minute Video: What is Packet Optical Convergence?

One Minute Video: What is a Carrier Ethernet Switch Router?

Presented by Rafael Francis

ECI Telecom

NTT DoCoMo Achieves "Super 3G" 250 Mbps Downlink

NTT DoCoMo has demonstrated a downlink transmission rate of 250 Mbps

over a high-speed wireless network in an outdoor test of an experimental Super 3G system for mobile communications. The "Super 3G" system trial has been underway using an actual wireless environment near its R&D labs in Yokosuka, just south of Tokyo, since February. The test involves four Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antennas for base-station transmission and mobile-station reception in the 20MHz bandwidth, the maximum under new Super 3G standards.

DoCoMo said it is continuing to test connection handover from one base station to another, and the functionality of applications in indoor and outdoor environments.

Super 3G, which features low-latency data transmission and high spectrum efficiency, is an evolution beyond the High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) and High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) protocols of W-CDMA, an original technology for 3G packet transmissions. Super 3G, also known as Long Term Evolution (LTE), is being standardized by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and core specifications have been approved already.
  • In September 2007, NTT DoCoMo announced a milestone of the way to "Super 3G" wireless, also known as Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) -- the company has developed and successfully tested a trial large-scale-integration (LSI) chip incorporating advanced power-saving signal-processing technologies that enable the chip to work at a sufficiently low power consumption and to be made small enough to fit into forthcoming Super 3G handsets and beyond.

    DoCoMo reports that its LSI achieved a transmission rate of 200Mbps with high precision over a high-speed wireless network, while power consumption did not exceed 0.1W thanks to its proprietary signal-processing technology.

    The company said its LSI demodulates and separates MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output)-multiplexed OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) signals transmitted in the 20MHz bandwidth from four antennas. Signal processing is based on MLD (maximum likelihood detection) technology that DoCoMo has originally developed for 4G wireless access. Redundant circuits have been eliminated in the experimental chip, which was made with 65 nanometer processing.

    DoCoMo plans to continue to develop Super 3G and 4G technologies in combination with its LSI technology, as well as cooperate in the establishment of related international standards.

mimoOn GmbH Demos 3GPP LTE on Software Defined Radio Platforms

mimoOn GmbH announced the implementation of an end-to-end LTE software solution. The company said its platforms offer the high processing power required for LTE, but instead of using high clock frequencies, use parallel processing technology in order to keep power consumption low. The software solution also offers key features such as reconfigurability, which is key for supporting legacy mobile standards such as 3G and 2G whilst LTE evolves. The mimoOn SDR LTE platform supports the optional features of LTE, and it is future-proof and scalable to meet the processing requirements of future releases such as Advanced LTE and MIMO in the uplink.

mimoOn offers two versions of its SDR LTE product: one customized for base stations, picocells, and femtocells; and the other for client devices such as data cards, mobile phones, wireless modules and wireless modems.