Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Cisco Signs MOUs with China's Ministry of Commerce, National Development Commission

At a press conference in Beijing, Cisco chairman and CEO John Chambers announced the next phase of Cisco's corporate strategy for China, marked by new public-private collaborative programs. Highlights of the announcement include:

  • a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) with a focus on next-generation Internet and green research and development (R&D) programs, leadership training, best practice sharing and business development investments

  • a MOU with China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), aimed at furthering Cisco's commitment to technology innovation and providing assistance to Chinese businesses in the development of Information Technology (IT) and business process outsource capabilities within the country

  • Strategic Cooperation with Peking University to create the 'Guanghua Cisco Leadership Institute' for leadership development

  • The establishment of the "Cisco China Strategy Board", a cross-functional executive board of senior leaders across Cisco's global business, to evolve and drive the vision and strategy for Cisco in China

  • The appointment of Jim Sherriff, Cisco senior vice president of global operations, to a newly formed position of chairman, Cisco China.


NTT Com to Offer Flat Rate Billing for Mobile Data

OCN, the Internet service provider operated by NTT Communications (NTT Com), will introduce a flat-rate billing option for wireless notebooks that connect remotely via a FOMA 3G data card or an NTT DoCoMo handset. Heavy data users will have the option of applying to NTT DoCoMo for either the "Flat-rate Data Plan HIGH-SPEED" or "Flat-rate Data Plan HIGH-SPEED Value" to download music and video content at maximum speeds of 7.2 Mbps or 3.6 Mbps, respectively.http://www.ntt.co.jp

Ericsson to supply WCDMA/HSPA to TIM Brasil

TIM Brasil, Brazil's largest GSM operator, has selected Ericsson to provide a WCDMA/HSPA network, enabling the launch of high-speed mobile broadband in eight states across Brazil. Under the agreement, Ericsson will be the sole supplier of a 2G/3G common core network and the main supplier of a radio access network in the Brazilian states of Acre, Distrito Federal, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Rondônia, São Paulo and Tocantins. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson will also provide services, including network and technology consulting, network design, network deployment and systems integration of end user service platforms and applications.http://www.ericsson.comhttp://www.tim.com.br

UK Regulator Seeks Proposals for 100 Mbps Build

Ofcom, the UK telecom regulator, is seeking proposals for rolling out next generation broadband networks capable of 100 Mbps services while promoting competition in the provision of these services. Ofcom said its proposed regulations will provide investors with certainty over how these new networks will be regulated. The proposed regulations also aim to ensure that all communications providers interested in delivering high-speed broadband have equal opportunities to invest in telecoms infrastructure for new build properties.

Ofcom is also encouraging communications providers, property developers and the utilities industries to work together to develop standards to guide the commercial success of next generation broadband to new build homes and businesses.

In addition, Ofcom will be conducting a survey of UK infrastructure to examine the scope for extending these networks elsewhere.

In 2007, the Government announced a target of three million new build homes by 2020; it is estimated that around 246,000 new residential and business premises are being built each year. A number of new build developments are already being fitted with fibre-based networks, including Ebbsfleet in Kent, where the new owners will move in this summer.

The consultation which closes on 25 June 2008 can be found on the Ofcom website.

"Given the remarkable results from recent French surveys, we need to establish what the position is here and whether or not duct access has a role to play in the development of competitive next-generation access. So, in cooperation with operators we intend to undertake a sample survey of the existing duct network. We are well aware that there are significant issues related to this in the broader telecoms market and that careful consideration will need to be given to these, alongside the results of the survey," commented Ofcom's Chief Executive, Ed Richard.http://www.ofcom.org.uk/consult/condocs/newbuild/

Lockheed Martin Opens Wireless Cyber Security Lab

Lockheed Martin has opened a new Wireless Cyber Security Center, one of only a handful of technology labs capable of testing wireless communications systems in a classified environment. The lab allows defense and intelligence agencies to test and evaluate wireless systems like 802.11 Wi-Fi or broadband satellite links on a Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) network.

Lockheed Martin said its Wireless Cyber Security Center covers a range of technologies, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 802.16 WiMAX, cell phones, and Ku and C-band satellite communications. A sealed and re-enforced test chamber ensures that signals from these systems stay within the confines of the lab, allowing for testing with classified systems.http://www.lockheedmartin.com

Optical Internetworking Forum Unveils Interface Agreements

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) unveiled a new Serial Look-Aside Interface (SLA) Implementation Agreement (IA) that gives users the ability to interface Network Processor Element (NPE) to look-aside devices such as co-processors and memories at bandwidth speeds up to 40 Gbps and up.

The Serial Look-Aside Interface IA, which was recently published by the OIF's Physical and Link Layer (PLL) Working Group, upgrades the widely adopted LA-1 look-aside Interface between NPEs and network search elements such as memory and co-processors. This interface is often used between a network processor and a Ternary Content Addressable Memory (TCAM). The SLA IA builds upon the System Packet Interface - Scalable (SPI-S) implementation agreement, making the high-speed interface available for immediate deployment.

The SPI-S is the next-generation interface developed by the OIF to take advantage of serialization of physical interconnects. SPI-S is a robust, channelized, streaming-packet interface that scales from 6 Gb/s to hundreds of Gb/s for chip-to-chip and backplane applications. A successor to the widely deployed OIF SPI 4.2 interface, SPI-S leverages the OIF's CEI-P to take advantage of high rate serial physical interconnects.

The SLA IA supports the transfer of command, date, result and maintenance traffic between host controller (ASIC, FPGA or NPE) and a look-aside co-processor. The Look-Aside Interface supports the transfer of status and maintenance information such as Credit Pool Status information or Signaling Data Transfers, in-band with commands.

"We expect the industry to benefit from the Serial Look-Aside Interface IA," said David Stauffer, of IBM and the chair of the OIF's PLL Working Group. "Currently interfaces between Network Processor Element devices and Content Addressable Memory (CAM) or other look aside elements use the Look Aside-1 (LA-1) interface, which is a parallel interface limited to 10Gb/s bandwidth. Now the industry has a standardized interface to transfer data between the NPE and CAM elements that scale to 40Gb/s and beyond to higher rates than the industry currently needs."

The OIF also released a new version of the Common Electrical Interface Protocol (CEI-P) Implementation Agreement, which includes new clauses for mapping TFI-5 and TDM-P applications over a CEI-P layer. CEI-P clauses for TFI-5/TDM-P now enable a higher level of integration that supports greater data throughput within the same physical space, resulting in more cost effective and efficient operation. The TDM Fabric-to-Framer Interface (TFI) series of interfaces and their aggregation layer, TDM-Protocol (TDM-P), are important methods of transporting SONET/SDH and OTN TDM signals between devices. The CEI-P layer, a protocol layer for the Common Electrical Interface (CEI), was defined by the OIF in early 2006 as a low-level protocol building block that uses 64B/66B block coding and supports optional Forward Error Correction (FEC). This new revision of the CEI-P IA describes a mapping of the existing TFI and TDM-P protocols over CEI-P.

In addition, OIF members have re-elected Dave Stauffer of IBM as the chair of the Physical and Link Layer Working Group. Rod Smith of Tyco Electronics has been elected co-chair of the Marketing Awareness & Education committee.http://www.oiforum.com

TV New Zealand Launches HD/SD Digital Terrestrial Service with Harmonic

Television New Zealand (TVNZ) has deployed Harmonic's DiviCom Electra 7000 high definition (HD) and Electra 5400 standard definition (SD) MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) encoders for a new Freeview digital terrestrial television (DTT) service launched this week. The new service is New Zealand's first HD digital service, and is currently available to approximately 75 percent of homes nationwide.

Harmonic's Electra 1000 MPEG-2 SD encoder is also utilized by TVNZ for its digital satellite pay TV service, launched in May 2007.TVNZ also utilizes Harmonic's ProStream 1000 stream processing platform with DiviTrackIP distributed IP statistical multiplexing to further enhance bandwidth efficiency by dynamically adjusting bit-rates based on content complexity. Magna Systems, a leading system integrator in the region, implemented the system and will provide ongoing support and maintenance.

Harmonic noted that TVNZ's Freeview service is one of the world's first live HD and SD MPEG-4 AVC DTT services.http://www.harmonicinc.comhttp://tvnz.co.nz/

Vietnam Readies Launch of VINASAT-1 Satellite

The VINASAT-1 communications satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin for Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT), is scheduled to launch this week aboard an Ariane 5-ECA rocket. VINASAT-1 features 12 operating Ku Band transponders providing coverage over Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and part of Myanmar. The spacecraft also features 8 C-Band primary transponders providing coverage over Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Southeast Asia, India, Japan and Australia. http://www.lockheedmartin.comhttp://www.vnpt.com.vn/

Verizon Wireless' FLO TV Goes Live in San Diego

Verizon Wireless and MediaFLO USA are launching the "FLO TV" mobile service this week in San Diego. The mobile TV service -- developed by San Diego-based Qualcomm subsidiary MediaFLO USA -- is now on select Verizon Wireless cell phones. Local subscribers can now watch popular, full-length TV shows, breaking news and live sports.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

JDSU Intros 10 GigE Field Tester

JDSU introduced a compact 10 GigE multi-function tester for the installation and maintenance of Carrier Ethernet and IP services. Technical capabilities of the new T-BERD/MTS-6000A Multi-Services Application Module include 10 GigE, IP Video, TCP/UDP, FTP test and support for Ethernet and SONET/SDH up to 10GigE/10G on the same physical port.http://www.jdsu.com

Verizon Business Debuts SONET-for-Metro Ethernet Service

Verizon Business introduced its "Next Generation SONET for Metro Ethernet" service primarily targeted to its Ethernet LAN (E-LAN) or Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) customers as a means of linking their far-flung business locations. The new NG SONET enhancements enables customers that can be served by Verizon's fiber-optic network in 53 metro markets to link directly to new locations via Ethernet, eliminating certain costly connection charges. Customers also benefit from reliability and security built in to SONET ring networking and flexible bandwidth configuration of Ethernet at each location.

Verizon Business also offers networking flexibility through its Ethernet Packet Ring Service (EPRS), which combines optical networking reliability with the multipoint capabilities of Ethernet switching. The service is designed to avoid a single point of failure and also provides flexible and scalable Ethernet handoffs at each location connected to the link.

Verizon Business also offers 24 x 7 monitoring and support, and competitive network service level agreements (SLAs). The full Ethernet portfolio now includes:

  • Metro Ethernet Services (E-LAN and EVPL) - available within 53 metro markets in the United States.

  • Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) - available virtually anywhere nationwide.

  • Ethernet Private Line (EPL) - available within 145 U.S. metro markets and in many locations in 21 European countries.

  • Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) - available virtually anywhere nationwide and in many locations in six Asia-Pacific countries and territories, as well as between the United States and six Asia-Pacific regions, and between the United States and 21 European countries.

  • Ethernet Access for Private IP and the public Internet - available virtually anywhere nationwide, within 21 European countries, 13 countries in Asia-Pacific, four countries in Latin America and in Canada.

Sigma Introduces its Latest IPTV Media Processor

Sigma Designs has begun sampling its new SMP8654 media processor SoC, designed for next gen IPTV set-top boxes. The new design, which provides a 50% improvement in performance along with lower overall system costs, integrates multiple on-chip CPUs.
From a media processing standpoint, it offers a full complement of advanced decoder engines with high definition video decoding, including of H.264 (MPEG-4 part 10), Windows Media Video 9, VC-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (part 2), and the new AVS standard. High-performance graphics acceleration, multi-standard audio decoding, advanced display processing capabilities, and HDMI 1.3 output round out its multimedia core.

The new chip also features content security through a dedicated secure processor, on-chip flash memory, and a range of digital rights management (DRM) engines for high-speed payload decryption. It also features a full complement of system peripherals, including a dual Gigabit Ethernet controller, dual USB 2.0 controller, NAND flash controller, IR controller, and SATA controller.

Novatel Wireless Misses Q1 Forecast

Novatel Wireless, which supplies wireless broadband access cards, reported preliminary Q1 financial results saying it now expects revenue to be approximately $91 million, lower than the company's prior guidance of $110 million. GAAP earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $0.13 to $0.15 and non-GAAP EPS is expected to be between $0.16 and $0.18 per share.

Novatel Wireless also announced the appointment of Peter V. Leparulo, the company's current chairman of the board, as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Mr. Leparulo previously served as the company's CEO from January 2003 to November 2006.

"We are very disappointed with our first quarter results," said Peter Leparulo. "Approximately $10 million of the shortfall was attributable to a delayed launch of the MC930D with a major European carrier customer. Additionally, we had lower than expected sales of our enterprise-class MC727 USB products to one major customer. We are between product launch cycles for our USB devices and demand in the current environment has shifted toward lower end products. We continue to see solid demand for our first generation MCD3000 USB products selling into this market shift, and we expect our second generation USB products to become the low end promotional offering as we introduce our third generation products mid-year."http://www.novatelwireless.com

ECI Telecom Selected for Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport

Schiphol Telematics (ST), the telecom operator at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, has selected ECI Telecom to provide a three-year managed service contract for its next-generation networks (NGN). ECI was selected to build-operate and manage this new network, providing ST with expertise, management tools and leading operations capabilities.

ST serves business customers in and around Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. It also operates the telecom network for the Amsterdam national airport, including one of the largest Wi-Fi networks in Europe, and cellular backhaul lines for other carriers.http://www.ecitele.comhttp://www.st.nl

Platinum Equity Completes Acquisition of Covad

Platinum Equity completed its acquisition of Covad Communications for approximately $470 million. The acquisition was a public-to-private transaction in which an affiliate of Platinum Equity acquired all outstanding shares of Covad stock for $1.02 per share in cash. The company previously traded on the American Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DVW.

U4EA Certified by Siemens Enterprise Communications for Telefónica

U4EA Technologies' Fusion 200 has been certified by Siemens Enterprise Communications for interoperability with Siemens' HiPath 8000 V3.1 IP-based SIP softswitch and subsequent use by Telefónica.

U4EA's Multi-Service Business Gateways (MSBGs) combine the functions of a SIP session controller, router, switch, firewall, IDS, VoIP gateway, QoS and OA&M into a single device for the delivery of converged VoIP, data, and video communications.

The HiPath 8000 V3.1 is a native SIP real-time IP system designed to provide enterprises with a service creation and delivery infrastructure. It scales from just a few hundred to as many as 100,000 users per single system and can be deployed and managed as a typical enterprise solution or as a hosted service managed by either the customer, a managed service provider (MSP), or by Siemens. Siemens has certified the Fusion 200 for use in Telefonica installations with the HiPath 8000.http://www.u4eatech.com

SOFTBANK Upgrades POP in Palo Alto

SOFTBANK TELECOM has upgraded its main U.S. point of presence (POP), located at Switch and Data's Palo Alto site, to accommodate a doubling of its Internet traffic with North American Internet service providers (ISPs). The carrier is preparing for traffic with North America to increase by 100% within the next year due to continued growth in its broadband subscriber base. SOFTBANK TELECOM utilizes Switch and Data's Palo Alto Internet exchange and data center as its main hub in North America.

Switch and Data said its Palo Alto site is one of the world's most densely interconnected Internet exchanges.http://www.switchanddata.com

Akamai Forecasts Near Term Demand for Online HD

There is substantial near-term interest in launching HD broadband video, according to a survey broadcasters according to market intelligence firm Broadband Directions and commissioned by Akamai Technologies. Nearly 75 percent of respondents said they have plans to offer HD video content to their online audiences. In terms of timing, more than 80 percent of respondents with plans to offer HD content said they either already offered HD broadband video or intend to introduce it within the next 24 months. Fully half of respondents said they already offer it or intend to do so within the next 12 months.

While short-form (e.g. previews, news clips) HD content was being offered by close to half of respondents, long-form (e.g. movies, TV episodes, sporting events) was not far behind at 35 percent.

Akamai said that one way to interpret the relatively strong interest in long-form is that rights-holders of high-quality video programming (mainly TV networks and film studios), which tend to be highly focused on the user experience, are only now being drawn into broadband because HD is becoming economically and technically possible.

"Even six months ago, a 500 or 700 kilobit per second bitrate was pushing it," said Tim Napoleon, chief strategist, Media & Entertainment, at Akamai. "Now while 500-700 kbps is more of the norm, we're seeing companies really pushing the envelope with 1.5 -- 2 megabits per second and HD, in the ranges of up to 6 megabits per second bit rates, across our network. This is clearly an indication of consumer desire to experience higher quality content, and of content producers' efforts to meet those needs quickly."http://www.akamai.comhttp://www.thehdweb.com

IP-PRIME Signs HD Agreements with Telcos

IP-PRIME, which offers a turnkey IP-based video service for telcos in North America, announced the addition of 12 new High Definition programming agreements with local telephone operators. IP-PRIME's technology and extensive programming roster allow operators to overlay the more efficient MPEG-4 service atop their existing MPEG-2 service, which would otherwise not have been able to provide HD channels.

IP-PRIME will begin delivering a 32-channel lineup of news, entertainment & sports programming in HD-4 featuring content from ESPN, Disney, Discovery, CNN, Fox News, MTV, and others. Among the twelve operators who recently signed IP-PRIME HD-4 contracts are Chibardun Telephone Cooperative in Wisconsin, Home Town Cable in Florida and Manti Telephone in Utah.http://www.ip-prime.tvhttp://www.ses-americom.com