Thursday, April 10, 2008

SingTel Offers Global VPN Performance Monitoring

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has launched a Global Delivery Platform (GDP) that provides full end-to-end network performance monitoring for corporate VPNs across multiple partners' networks.

SingTel's GDP delivers network performance assurances and faster fault restoration, as well as real-time network performance statistics via an online portal. SingTel said it is able to provide end-to-end network visibility into many Asian, European and US cities by leveraging its ConnectPlus IP VPN network's interconnections with more than 15 leading IP VPN service providers around the globe.

"Most service providers today deploy IP nodes only in a few ‘gateway cities' in a country and do not provide network visibility beyond these locations. SingTel GDP provides in-depth access like never before with coverage that includes lesser known cities. This is extremely useful for customers that have businesses in multiple cities within a large country," Bill Chang, said SingTel's Executive Vice President of Business.

Foundry Issues Preliminary Results, Cites Macroeconomics

Foundry Networks announced preliminary results for Q1 2008, saying it now expects revenue to range between $148.0 million and $150.0 million, compared to $135.8 million in the first quarter of 2007. GAAP net income is expected to range between $13.0 million and $14.0 million, or $0.08 and $0.09 per diluted share including approximately $8.5 million of tax-effected stock-based compensation, compared to $9.1 million or $0.06 per diluted share in the first quarter 2007, including $5.8 million of tax-effected stock-based compensation.

"Entering the quarter we expressed our view that Foundry would experience typical seasonality, however during the first quarter a more challenging macroeconomic environment evolved from the financial market crises which we believe led some customers to delay their purchase decisions," said Bobby Johnson, President and CEO of Foundry Networks. "While business activity remained robust, order closure rates in most geographies fell below our expectations. We believe the recent investments we've made in our sales organization have strengthened our capabilities and together with our strong product portfolio will have a potentially positive impact particularly as the macroeconomic environment becomes more settled."

Macau's CTM Selects Nortel Microsoft Alliance

Companhia de TelecomuniĆ§Ć£es de Macau (CTM), the only full telecom service provider in Macau (China), is offering a unified communications solution from the Nortel Microsoft Innovative Communications Alliance. The solution provides business customers with integrated voice, email, conferencing, video, and instant messaging .

The Nortel Microsoft unified communications solution implemented by CTM combines Nortel Communication Server 1000 (CS 1000) and Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 to provide one-click access to a broad range of collaboration capabilities

Since the formation of the alliance in July 2006, the companies said they have accumulated more than 600 wins for the unified communications solution.

Nortel Introduces SIP-centric Unified Communications for SMBs

Nortel is introducing a SIP-centric unified communications solution for small and medium businesses (SMBs) based on open source technology and complete with presence/instant messaging, IP telephony, conferencing, and other advanced applications.

The Nortel Software Communication System (SCS) 500, which targets SMBs with 30 to 500+ employees, is a software-based solution available on industry-leading hardware systems through Nortel's collaborations with IBM and Dell. These include the Dell OptiPlex 755 and later the PowerEdge R300 server, along with the IBM System i platform. Going forward, Nortel said it plans to integrate SCS500 with more of IBM's SMB server portfolio, including Power Systems, System x, and Blades.

Nortel's SCS500 was developed within the SIPfoundry project, sipXecs, and represents more than 250 contributions from Nortel leveraging its expertise in telephony, data and multimedia applications.

Huawei Signs 14 HSPA/WCDMA Contracts in Q1

Huawei Technologies announced that it won 14 HSPA/WCDMA contracts in Q1 2008, and its total number of HSPA/WCDMA contracts has exceeded 100 to date. In Q1 2008, Huawei won a number of large HSPA/WCDMA deals with carriers in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific and its GSM unit shipments increased by 20%.

Etisalat Selects Huawei for FTTH in UAE

Etisalat has selected Huawei Technologies

to build a large-scale commercial Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network using GPON in the United Arab Emirates. Huawei will supply its optical line terminal (OLT) and optical network terminals (ONT). By the end of 2008, Etisalat expects its customer base with direct access to FTTH to be in the hundreds of thousands. Financial terms were not disclosed.

SES AMERICOM Declares AMC-14 a Total Loss

SES declared its new AMC-14 a total loss for insurance purposes. The company said that while an initial assessment of the available options to reposition the satellite appeared encouraging, more detailed examinations by SES and Lockheed Martin engineers determined that the various scenarios could not provide a reasonable chance of success. While AMC-14 is currently in a stable orbit, SES is exploring plans to retire the satellite.

"The loss of any satellite is a disappointment, and the failure of AMC-14 means there will be no revenues to come from this programme. However, SES is fully insured for its investment, and there will be no negative P&L impact from the accelerated write-down of AMC-14. We expect to receive the insurance proceeds of approximately USD 150 million in the next few months, thereby enhancing our cash position. The rest of our business in North America and worldwide has no connection with, and is unaffected by, this launch failure," commented Mark Rigolle, Chief Financial Officer of SES.
  • On March 15, SES AMERICOM's AMC-14 satellite failed to reach its intended orbit following its launch on board a Russian Proton Breeze-M launch vehicle on March 15. An anomaly during the second burn of the fourth stage of the rocket resulted in the satellite being placed short of the planned geostationary transfer orbit. The spacecraft is entirely contracted by EchoStar.

TPACK Enhances PBB-TE/T-MPLS/VPLS Carrier Packet Engine

TPACK introduced an upgraded version of its PBB-TE/T-MPLS/VPLS Carrier Packet Engine, which is a commercial chip solution based on an Altera Stratix III FPGA, designed for Carrier Ethernet gateway devices. The TPX3103 device can provide a maximum non-blocking, full duplex switching capacity of 52 Gbps, allowing a maximum of 48x 1 Gigabit or 4x 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports. TPACK said the advantage of its chip is that it allows rapid updates in response to changes in PBB-TE, T-MPLS and VPLS standards, which are likely to occur over the coming years.

TPACK's TPX3103 device provides support for PBB-TE and T-MPLS OAM, allowing protection switching times well within the 50msec carrier grade specification. In addition, the TPX3103 provides extended security control with Access Control Lists, more RMON monitoring capabilities and enhanced ingress flow control mechanisms making the TPX3103 suitable for application in a number of platforms including Carrier Ethernet Switches, MSPPs and Packet Optical Transport Platforms.

Australia Issues National Broadband Network RFP

The government of Australia issued an invitation for proposals to build a National Broadband Network. The announcement was made by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy.

The RFP details the scope of the National Broadband Network, which will:

  • deliver minimum download speeds of 12 Mbps to 98% of Australian homes and businesses;

  • have the network rolled out and made operational progressively over five years using fibre-to-the-node or fibre-to-the-premises technology;

  • support high quality voice, data and video services including symmetric applications such as high-definition video-conferencing;
  • earn the Commonwealth a return on its investment;

  • facilitate competition in the telecommunications sector through open access arrangements that allow all service providers access to the network on equivalent terms; and

  • enable uniform and affordable retail prices to consumers, no matter where they live.

The RFP documentation is available on the AusTender website. Proposals must be received by 25-July-2008.

The government said it is prepared to invest up to $4.7 billion in the project.

Industry and public interest groups are also being encouraged to provide submissions on regulatory issues associated with the National Broadband Network.

Pingdom: Map of Google Data Centers Worldwide

Pingdom, which tracks the performance of websites and servers, published a map of what it believes are Google's primary data centers worldwide. Google does not publicly disclose the location of its facilities. According to Pingdom, Google has 19 locations in the US where they operate data centers, 12 in Europe, one in Russia, one in South America, and three in Asia.

U.S. Court of Appeals Denies EchoStar's Petition for Rehearing

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. denied EchoStar's request for a rehearing en banc in its patent dispute with TiVo.

TiVo expressed its satisfaction with the decision saying it hoped the decision brings a resolution to the case, along with full award of damages and an order for the injunction to be reinstated.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Telstra Completes ADSL 2+ Upgrades Ahead of Schedule

Telstra has completed an ADSL 2+ upgrade to 907 communities across Australia four months ahead of schedule. These 907 exchanges serve 2.4 million homes and businesses. The upgrade program was first announced in February. Telstra said more than 1,400 exchanges in its network, serving 16.6 million people, have now been upgraded to ADSL 2+, providing download speeds of up to 20Mbps.

FCC Increases ATC Spectrum for the Globalstar Mobile Satellite Network

The FCC adopted an order that increases the amount of spectrum in which CDMA operators of Mobile-Satellite Service (MSS) low-earth orbit satellite systems in the 1.6/2.4 GHz bands (the Big LEO bands) may provide ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) service. Specifically, the FCC increased the spectrum available for ATC in the Big LEO L-band from 1610-1615.5 MHz to 1610-1617.775 MHz, and in the Big LEO S-band from 2487.5-2493 MHz to 2483.5-2495 MHz. At the same time, the FCC adopted rules to ensure that ATC operations will not cause harmful interference to other services in these or adjacent bands.

The FCC proposes to modify the ATC authority of Globalstar to allow greater capacity and flexibility for MSS/ATC, and will allow CDMA Big LEO MSS/ATC systems to provide improved service to customers, particularly in urban and underserved rural areas of the United States.

PMC-Sierra Announces RAID Development Agreement with IBM

PMC-Sierra announced a multi-year joint development agreement with IBM for RAID technology. The partnership combines PMC-Sierra's 6 Gbps SAS and 8 Gbps Fibre Channel storage protocol controller family and IBM's extensive RAID technology. The companies said the agreement will accelerate the development and industry availability of innovative RAID chipset and software solutions.

"PMC-Sierra is committed to providing our customers with innovative, industry-leading storage chipset solutions," said Bob Bailey, President and CEO of PMC-Sierra. "Our joint technology development program with IBM combines the strengths of two industry leaders to accelerate RAID product solutions for broad customer and industry benefit."

Ixia Expects Q1 Revenues at Low-end of Guidance

Ixia expects its preliminary financial Q1 2008 revenues to be in the range of $41.0 to $42.0 million, slightly below the low end of the company's previous guidance of $42.0 to $46.0 million. The company said sales to its largest account, Cisco Systems, were up more than 20 percent sequentially from the 2007 fourth quarter to approximately $10.5 million, and sales in the Asia Pacific region remained strong. First quarter 2008 revenues were impacted by larger than anticipated decreases in Europe and Canada as compared to the fourth quarter of 2007. Lower than expected revenues from carriers in North America and Europe also contributed to the shortfall.

Earnings per diluted share on a GAAP basis for the first quarter of 2008 are expected to be between a loss of $0.01 to breakeven as compared to the company's guidance of between a loss of $0.01 to a profit of $0.02.

Level 3 Introduces Content Delivery for Extended Libraries

Level 3 Communications introduced a Content Delivery for Extended Libraries (CDXL) service that it hopes will allow publishers to more easily host online and monetize their long-tail content (archived audio and video files that are less frequently accessed). The service is aimed at content owners/aggregators, sports leagues, broadcasters and user generated content sites with large digital libraries.

The new service, which is offered by Level 3's Content Markets Group, leverages the company's Content Delivery Network and its highly scalable origin storage solution, Level 3 has introduced proprietary intelligence into its infrastructure which enables content to be delivered dynamically on the optimal path to end users. The dynamic intelligence built into Level 3's CDXL solution automatically positions customer content on the Level 3 infrastructure based on popularity and removes the need for customer guesswork about which assets will be popular in certain regions at any given time.

"Our customers with large content libraries have been looking for an economic solution to enable them to monetize their substantial digital assets," said Grant van Rooyen, president of Level 3's Content Markets Group. "We believe that the business of providing a solution for the efficient delivery of entire libraries of content, not just the most popular titles, will be increasingly important as online content distribution matures. Level 3 is excited to deliver a solution that enables customers like Libsyn to build a viable business model for monetizing their long-tail content."

JDSU Launches Digital Video Service Quality Test Solution

JDSU introduced its latest digital video test solution, the DTS MVP-200, a dynamic new MPEG video analyzer that performs monitoring and troubleshooting functions at the network edge. These test processes at the edge include those for Digital Program Insertion (DPI), ad splicing, rate shaping, grooming, MPEG remuxing, encryption and modulation. Additional capabilities include IGMPv3 support, GigE and QAM Channel Scanning, SNMP for real-time alarming, and MS-RTP to allow users to recognize, parse and display MPEG streams embedded in a Microsoft RTP1.1 stream.

Cisco Opens its Integrated Services Router for 3rd Party Apps

Cisco is opening its Integrated Services Router (ISR) and Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) platforms to customers and third-party application developers. Cisco also introduced an array of new security, wireless and unified communication products and service innovations that elevate branch-office worker productivity and deliver information technology (IT) operational efficiencies.

Highlights of the new offerings include:

  • Cisco Application eXtension Platform. The Cisco AXP consists of open, Linux-based Cisco ISR hardware modules for application development and hosting to support a tighter integration of the network and applications. Multiple off-the-shelf and custom applications are now available, along with a development and support ecosystem that includes a downloadable software development kit (SDK) and application programming interface (API) for application developers.

  • Cisco WAAS WAE-674 Wide Area Application Engine with Virtual Blade Technology. Further opening the branch to third-party applications, the newest Cisco wide-area network (WAN) optimization platform, the Cisco WAE-674, offer a "virtual blade" technology to host third-party applications, beginning with Microsoft Windows Server 2008.

  • Cisco 880 and 860 Series ISR. These are the first fixed-configuration routers to provide integrated lightweight access points supporting Cisco Unified Wireless and IEEE 802.11n WLAN technology, 3G wireless WAN support for improved high availability, and specialized support for managed services.

  • Enhanced Unified Communications and manageability. Cisco also introduced enhancements to Cisco Unified Border Element and integrated management of voice, security and data services with new Cisco Configuration Professional Management Software.

Regarding the 3rd party applications, the Cisco AXP, which is based on an open Linux architecture with an open interface to Cisco IOS,
is delivered via network modules and Advanced Integration Modules (AIMs) on the Cisco ISR. Multiple applications can be supported on a single AXP module concurrently, optimizing the footprint in branch offices.


ARRIS announced the availability of its 1 GHz CHP CORWave 'closely spaced' CWDM downstream optics for enabling delivery of HD SDV, On Demand and business services on existing MSO fiber networks. CORWave is an extension of the broadly-deployed, field proven CHP CWDM optics that deliver more capacity over longer-link distances on existing fiber. When deployed with the ARRIS OptiMax4100 4x4 segmentable nodes, it enables multiplexing of twelve wavelengths: four forward, four return and four bidirectional all on one fiber with a link length of up to 25 kilometers.

The bidirectional wavelengths are ideally suited for business service applications. When deployed with any of the ARRIS OptiMax segmentable nodes in a 2x2 configuration, CORWave enables longer link lengths of up to 30 kilometers.

ARRIS said its CORWave was recently certified by a top 3 U.S. cable operator and is scheduled to be deployed by them this quarter.

Orange Teams with Eutelsat, Adding Satellite TV Component to its Livebox

Orange will use Eutelsat's HOT BIRD and ATLANTIC BIRD 3 satellites to broadcast the TV component of its triple play offer to households not accessible via ADSL. Orange will supply a new decoder interfacing with its livebox to enable the satellite-delivered Orange TV signal to be bundled with Internet access and telephony.

Satellite broadcasting of Orange TV's programmes will be launched simultaneously in summer 2008 from Eutelsat's HOT BIRD and ATLANTIC BIRD 3 satellites located at 13 degrees East and 5 degrees West respectively. In terms of the French market, these two neighbourhoods already reach an installed base of 4.8 million DTH antennas.