Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Cable Companies and Sprint Unwind Their "Pivot" Service

Sprint Nextel is unwinding the relationship under which Comcast, Cox and Time Warner bundled its mobile service under the "Pivot" brand. According to media reports, the partners found the operational details of the jointly marketed service to be too complex and will now transfer the existing customers directly to Sprint.http://www.sprint.com

Foundry Introduces Compact Routing Switch

Foundry Networks has expanded its line of FastIron Edge X Series of compact Layer 2/3 routing switches with the introduction of the FastIron Edge XE Series routing switches featuring IPv4 and IPv6 hardware-based routing capacity in a compact 1.5 rack unit (RU) platform.

The FES-XE series is available in three models including fiber and copper configurations and port densities of 24- and 48-ports. All three models are upgradeable with a two-port 10 gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) module.

Some technical highlights include:

  • Support for up to 512,000 IPv4 and up to 64,000 IPv6 routes in hardware forwarding memory

  • Up to 1,000,000 BGP route advertisements in software for storing and processing multiple views of the full Internet routing table
  • Wire-Speed Performance and Deep Packet Buffers with up to 88 to 136 Mpps forwarding throughput and independent IPv4 and IPv6 ,hardware forwarding tables

  • 32MB ingress and 32MB egress packet buffers deliver maximum performance under high traffic loads

  • IPv4: RIPv1/v2, OSPF, BGP-4, PIM, IGMP, ECMP

  • IPv6: RIPng, OSPFv3, IPv6 Static Routing, IPv6-to-IPv4 static tunneling to facilitate network transition and a range of IPv6 edge features including IPv6 extended ACLs.

  • Advanced Layer 2 Features: Metro Ring Protocol (MRP), Virtual Switch Redundancy Protocol (VSRP), IEEE 802.1s, IEEE 802.3ad, IGMP v2/v3 snooping, MLD v1/v2 snooping, etc.

The FastIron Edge XE series will be available May 2008 with U.S. list prices starting at $14,995.http://www.foundrynet.com

Telecom Italia Completes MBMS Field Trial with Huawei, Qualcomm

Telecom Italia has completed a field trial of MBMS (Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service) technology conducted with Huawei and Qualcomm. MBMS technology is based on 3GPP standards and supports multicast and broadcast innovative services, allowing speeds of up to 256kbps on a mobile device. The trial, which was conducted by means of Huawei MBMS solution together with the handsets powered by Qualcomm's MSM7201A chipset, demonstrated MBMS service deliveries of between 128kbps and 256 kbps under various indoor and outdoor MBMS channel conditions.http://www.huawei.com

Tata Introduces Global Suite of Security Services

Tata Communications introduced suite of security services designed to protect the applications, IT systems and networks that power its customers' critical business infrastructures. The managed security solutions are backed by performance-based Service Level Agreements (SLAs). The services are overseen by an experienced, globally distributed support team using state-of-the-art systems, processes and tools. Tata Communications' wide range of supported vendors and solutions, combined with its globally consistent and efficient service delivery model, meets the security needs for businesses.

The suite of security services, which includes managed and monitored Firewalls and Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances, Intrusion Detection and Prevention systems, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Detection and Mitigation, and Penetration Testing, offers customers proactive detection and evaluation of information security threats, accompanied by swift incident response and remediation actions. Evaluation and response is based on Tata Communications' real time security incident and event analysis, which draws upon a global base of current activity and trends.http://www.tatacommunications.com

NextWave Considers Sale of Its Wireless Spectrum Holdings in the U.S.

Citing offers from several potential buyers, NextWave Wireless has retained Deutsche Bank and UBS Investment Bank to explore the sale of its extensive spectrum holdings in the United States.

NextWave's U.S. spectrum footprint covers over 251 million people, or pops, in the United States and includes major markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Denver, Houston, and Detroit. The company's holdings include licenses and lease rights for a total of 4.7 billion MHz/pops of spectrum comprised of 154 Advanced Wireless Service ("AWS") licenses in the 1.7/2.1 GHz band, 30 Wireless Communication Service ("WCS") licenses in the 2.3 GHz band, and 39 Educational Broadband Service ("EBS") and Broadband Radio Service ("BRS") licenses and spectrum leases in the 2.5 GHz band.

"Since the completion of the recent 700 MHz auction, we have received multiple offers for our U.S. spectrum assets. Given our continued success in developing highly differentiated wireless broadband and multimedia-enabled products, we no longer view our spectrum holdings as critical to reaching our product sales objectives, and believe that now is the perfect time for us to sell these valuable assets while network operators are trying to finalize their band plans and spectrum holdings for their continuing 3G and planned 4G rollouts," said Allen Salmasi, chief executive officer and president of NextWave Wireless. "Monetizing the value of our substantial spectrum assets would allow us to further strengthen our balance sheet, retire debt, and continue the commercial introduction of a wide range of innovative wireless broadband and multimedia solutions such as our high-performance WiMAX and RFIC chipsets, advanced multi-mode, multi-band TD-CDMA, WiMAX and LTE enabled base station platforms, breakthrough MXtv and TDtv mobile television systems, highly advanced mobile multimedia software solutions and platforms that we are now bringing into commercial deployments globally with many of the largest mobile operators and device manufactures in the world."http://www.nextwave.comEarlier this month, NextWave Wireless announced its NW2000 Wave 2-ready family of second-generation mobile WiMAX chipsets designed for high-volume, small form-factor wireless broadband subscriber stations, including CPE modems, PC card modems, laptops, multimode/smartphone handsets and mobile multimedia terminals. Specifically, the new mobile WiMAX chipsets include:

  • NW2100: NextWave's NW2100 is a family of 802.16e-based mobile subscriber baseband System-On-a-Chip (SoC) solutions designed for Wave 2 WiMAX Forum compliance. Integrating an ARM9 processor and memory, the NW2100 provides a complete self-hosted modem, enabling designs with minimum processing load on the host processor. The chip uses 65-nanometer CMOS process and includes integrated 802.11b/g MAC/BB, SIM controller, multiple host interfaces, an embedded device security/firmware authentication engine, support for optimum data throughput, and advanced proprietary techniques that significantly reduce the overall system power consumption.

  • NW2200: Designed to be used in conjunction with NextWave's NW2100 WiMAX SoC family, NextWave's NW2200 family of single-chip, highly integrated, multi-band Radio Frequency (RF) transceivers have dual independent receive chains optimized for mobile applications. The NW2200 provides a compact, ultra low-power, high-performance solution for manufacturers of wireless broadband mobile devices, and unlike competitor RF ICs it supports all major worldwide WiMAX bands and profiles. To further decrease total system cost and chip footprint, NextWave has deployed a direct-conversion architecture, integrated low-noise amplifiers, and integrated low-dropout voltage regulators for reduced external component count.

Ixia Debuts 10 GbE Load Modules for High Density Data Center Testing

Ixia introduced a layer 2-7, 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) IP testing solution for high-density next-generation data center infrastructure.

The new 10 GbE IxYukon load module, which leverages Ixia's converged testing applications, IxLoad and IxNetwork, is aimed at testing for next generation data centers.

Ixia said the new 10 GbE IxYukon module provides four times the 10 GbE port density of its nearest competitor. When used with the Ixia XM12 chassis, the solution requires one-quarter of the laboratory space and one-half the power consumption. With the eight-port IxYukon, 96 10 GbE test ports fit in a standard 19-inch rack-mount Ixia XM12 chassis. The nearest competitor requires four fully loaded chassis to match Ixia's 96-port, single chassis 10 GbE solution.

Ixia's IxYukon 10 GbE load modules begin shipping at the end of Q2 2008.http://www.ixiacom.com

O2 Germany Selects Huawei for Base Stations

O2 Germany has chosen Huawei Technologies for the replacement of existing base stations and the planned construction of more than 8,000 base stations by Huawei for GSM and UMTS. O2 plans to expand its GSM coverage in Germany to almost 100 percent. At the same time, the infrastructure for the use of mobile data services will be expanded. O2 has plans to increase the UMTS supply in Germany to 60 percent. In addition, the company will expand the HSDPA network and implement HSUPA. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Nokia Siemens Networks Supplies Security for China Netcom

China Netcom has contracted Nokia Siemens Networks to guarantee information security for its data communication network (DCN) covering 31 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions of China. Specifically, Nokia Siemens Networks has built a complete information security management system for China Netcom covering assessment, consulting, design, systems integration and project management. The comprehensive portfolio of solutions will reduce potential losses caused by information security risks, support the stable development of China Netcom's services and will thus reduce operational expenditures (OPEX). Financial terms were not disclosed.

Level 3 Cites Growth in Optical and IP Services

Level 3 Communications reported consolidated revenue of $1.09 billion for Q1 2008, an increase of 3 percent from $1.06 billion for the first quarter 2007. Fourth quarter 2007 consolidated revenue was $1.10 billion. The year over year growth rate for Core Communications Services revenue was 10 percent. The net loss for the first quarter 2008 was $181 million, or $0.12 per share, compared to a net loss of $647 million, or $0.44 per share for the first quarter 2007. In the first quarter 2007, excluding a loss on the extinguishment of debt of $427 million, the net loss would have been $220 million, or $0.15 per share. The net loss for the fourth quarter 2007 was $91 million, or $0.06 per share.

"Over the last several quarters, a growing number of telecommunications industry participants have noted the growth in the demand for optical and IP services," said James Q. Crowe, president and CEO of Level 3. "We certainly benefited from that trend during the quarter, driven by growth in the delivery of video and other media over the Internet. Additionally, the pricing environment for our Core Communications Services continued to be positive.

  • During Q1, Core Network Services revenue increased by 8 percent from the first quarter 2007, primarily from increased demand for IP and optical services across the business.

  • Wholesale Voice Services revenue increased by 23 percent from the first quarter 2007, primarily due to growth from cable and wireless customers.

SureWest Deploys Alcatel-Lucent IMS-based Solution

SureWest Communications has deployed Alcatel-Lucent's IMS-based VoIP for Consumers solution to support its newly launched SureWest Digital Phone VoIP service in the Northern California region. SureWest is migrating its network from a traditional Class 5 switch-based infrastructure to an IP network, including IMS, for advanced services. The Alcatel-Lucent solution deployed by SureWest consists of an IMS-based telephony application server (TAS), the Alcatel-Lucent 5420 Converged Telephony Server and Alcatel-Lucent 5420 Personal Communication Manager fully integrated with the Alcatel-Lucent IMS core architecture, which is built around Alcatel-Lucent 5450 IP Session Control. It includes the Alcatel-Lucent 5020 Media Gateway Controller-8 and Alcatel-Lucent 7520 Media Gateway. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Currently available, SureWest Digital Phone enables SureWest subscribers to use a web-based interface to customize their calling services online, including:

  • Caller ID, Call Waiting with ID, Find Me/Follow Me, sequential ringing, simultaneous ringing and Selective Call Screening, which allows customers to choose what numbers can call in, and more

  • 911/E911 and unlimited local and domestic long distance direct-dial calling from home to anywhere in the United States, with competitive international rates

  • Home alarm system compatibility

  • Ability to retain existing telephone numbers when switching from another provider

SureWest Communications provides local telephone, long-distance, Internet, wireless, digital TV and commercial high-speed data services in Northern California and in the metropolitan Kansas City area.

Qualcomm's Quarterly Revenue Reaches $2.61 billion, up 17% YoY

Qualcomm reported quarterly revenue of $2.61 billion, up 17 percent year-over-year and 7 percent sequentially. Net income was $766 million, up 6 percent year-over-year and even sequentially.

"We delivered another strong quarter as worldwide adoption of 3G CDMA- based products and services continues to accelerate," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chief executive officer of Qualcomm. "Together with our partners, our ongoing focus on innovation, execution and quality provides compelling solutions for the global wireless market. Our financial results reflect another record quarter of both MSM chipset and CDMA-based device shipments."http://www.qualcomm.com

Extreme Networks Posts Revenue Decline YoY

Extreme Networks announced net revenue of $82.0 million for its fiscal third quarter of 2008, ended March 30, 2008. This compares with $85.1 million in the year-ago quarter. Net loss on a GAAP basis was $0.2 million or a loss of $0.00 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.4 million or a loss of $0.02 per diluted share in the year-ago quarter.

"We started to see the first effects of more cautious spending late in the quarter, which directly impacted order closures, especially in the Americas," said Mark Canepa, president and CEO of Extreme Networks. "We experienced growing demand throughout most of the quarter, particularly for our newer products, but were impacted by what we believe were customer delays in purchases in the last two weeks of the period. We continue to invest for the long term as we position ourselves to take advantage of a rebound in the global economy."http://www.extremenetworks.com

Microsoft Unveils Live Mesh Software-plus-Services Platform

Microsoft unveiled a beta version of its "Live Mesh" software-plus-services platform aimed at making PCs and other devices to "come alive" by making them aware of each other through the Internet. The Live Mesh platform uses a common API to expose a number of core services, including Microsoft Live services like Storage (online and offline), Membership, Sync, Peer-to-Peer Communication and Newsfeed.

Microsoft envisions several key roles for "Live Mesh", such as:

  • "Unified Device Management" - enabling your devices to report into a common service, for status, for health, or to report their location.

  • "Unified Data Management"- or the transparent synchronization of files, folders, documents & media, the bi-directional synchronization of arbitrary feeds, of all kinds, across your devices and the web.

  • "Unified Application Management" - for centralized web-based deployment of apps across the devices you own.

  • "Centralized Management" - where you could configure and personalize your devices and remote control into them from just about anywhere.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Motorola Launches Netopia VDSL2 Gateways

Motorola launched its Netopia 7000 Series VDSL2 Gateways designed to deliver high-speed data and IPTV services. Deployment scenarios include fiber-to-the-neighborhood (FTTN) applications, the 7000 Series gateways support high-bandwidth VDSL2 over a single copper pair in the "first mile" from the subscriber's home to the fiber node.

The Motorola Netopia 7000 VDSL2 Gateways are available in three different configurations in order to address the worldwide demand for VDSL2 technology. The various configurations are powered by Broadcom with PhyR, Conexant and Ikanos Communications chipsets.

The 7000 Series gateways feature advanced QoS, VPN and IGMP implementations. All 7000 Series gateways offer comprehensive remote manageability, including centralized remote provisioning, troubleshooting, and management via TR-069 compliant ACS systems, including Motorola's NBBS device management platform. Motorola NBBS also enables the ability to manage devices, such as IPTV set-tops, connected to the gateway through support for the DSL Forum TR-069, TR-111 and TR-135 specifications.

The Motorola Netopia 7000 Series Gateways are also equipped with "3-D Reach Extreme Wi-Fi" technology, which provides extended wireless range, performance, and coverage for 802.11 b/g wireless applications. The gateways include "Wi-Fi Protected Setup" pairing technology, which enables typical users, who possess little understanding of traditional Wi-Fi configuration and security settings, to automatically configure new wireless networks, add new devices, and enable security.http://www.motorola.com

BT Invites UK businesses to Become Wi-Fi Hotspots

UK businesses subscribing to BT Business Total Broadband are being urged to turn their BT Business Hub into a BT Openzone wireless hotspot at no cost. This will allow anyone visiting their premises, be it an office, shop, restaurant or depot, to log on to a separate secure internet channel to check e-mail, surf the web, use internet-enabled applications and make VoIP calls.

The service provides Wi-Fi access to other BT Business Total Broadband customers using their inclusive BT Openzone minutes, plus BT Openzone subscribers (including roaming partners) and BT consumer Total Broadband customers who are members of the BT FON Wi-Fi community.

BT said its customer research indicates that more than a quarter (28 percent) of small businesses believe offering visitors access to telephones and desks improves relationships and ultimately, business.

BT Business Total Broadband customers currently receive an inclusive number of BT Openzone wireless minutes, ranging from 50 to 500 a month depending on the option and contract. These can be used at more than 2,500 BT Openzone Premier hotspots at locations such as hotels, airports and railway stations, the 12 UK wireless city centres, including Newcastle, Liverpool and Westminster, the hotspots provided by the BT FON Wi-Fi community, now with more than 70,000 members, and at any of the new BT Business Total Broadband enabled hotspots.http://www.bt.com

BT Openreach to Launch Ethernet Backhaul Direct

Openreach will begin offering an Ethernet Backhaul Direct service in May. Using Ethernet, Openreach will be able to offer a new, improved pricing structure for backhaul. The company said communications providers should expect to see savings of up to 50 per cent for the majority of Ethernet Backhaul Direct circuits, when compared with existing prices for backhaul services. The use of the 21st Century Network as a delivery mechanism for Ethernet Backhaul Direct will also enable Openreach to offer higher bandwidths.

Openreach said this new product demonstrates its ongoing commitment to further stimulate competition in the UK broadband market.

Andrew Jones, Managing Director, Business Transformation, Openreach said, "Ethernet Backhaul Direct is a highly efficient and competitively priced, backhaul product. This demonstrates our commitment to the market and to our Communications Provider customers, and builds on our investment in LLU. Our aim is to ensure that the UK continues to have one of the most innovative and competitive telecommunications industries in the world, benefiting both businesses and consumers alike."http://www.openreach.co.uk

Cisco Webex Announces Tree Planting Challenge

Cisco announced a challenge as a part of its 'Plant-A-Tree with WebEx' program. From April 21 through May 31, in addition to planting a tree for each free trial, for every 100 free trials taken Cisco WebEx will plant an additional 100 trees. The challenge is part of Cisco WebEx's ongoing efforts to help business reduce their impact on the environment by reducing the need for travel.

Cisco calculates that replacing business trips with web meeting can dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions. For example:

  • Using WebEx instead of one person flying from New York to London for a team meeting would save 2,690 pounds of carbon dioxide

  • Using WebEx instead of two people traveling from Chicago to San Francisco for a sales presentation would save 4,696 pounds of carbon dioxide

  • Using WebEx for a training session with 12 participants flying from Dallas to San Francisco would save 22,377 pounds of carbon dioxide.


Portugal's Sonaecom selects Cisco Carrier Ethernet

Portugal's Sonaecom has selected Cisco Carrier Ethernet solutions to provide the aggregation infrastructure to deliver a high quality of experience to its business and residential customers. The new network is also designed to scale significantly to support Sonaecom's future growth plans, which will include new services such as high-speed fixed and mobile broadband, enhanced virtual private networks (VPNs) for enterprises and residential multi-play services that integrate data, voice, video and mobility. Technologies deployed by Sonaecom include the end-to-end Cisco Carrier Ethernet product family: Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series and ME 6524 Ethernet Switches, 7600 Series Routers and ME 3400 Series Ethernet Access switches. Financial terms were not disclosed.http://www.cisco.comhttp://www.sonae.com

Pirelli's IPTV STBs Use Sigma Media Processors

Pirelli Broadband Solutions is using Sigma Designs' integrated SMP8634 media processor to power their line of IPTV set-top boxes, which are currently being deployed by two major European operators. Pirelli's portfolio of hybrid set-top boxes brings together IPTV and digital terrestrial TV in one multimedia platform, enabling a wide range of content bundles to be secured through a variety of conditional access system standards and digital rights management technologies. Pirelli's set-top boxes are based on Sigma's single-chip technology and support legacy and new encoding standards such as H.264 and VC-1 at both standard and high definition.http://www.sigmadesigns.com

Riverbed Supplies WDS for Australian Trade Commission

The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) has selected and deployed Riverbed Technology's WDS solutions, including its Steelhead Mobile client software and Steelhead appliances, for deployment across its 119 international office to accelerate application exchanges, better share information between offices and improve client services. So far, Austrade has installed the Steelhead appliances in approximately half of its offices, including Sydney, Canberra, and all of the Americas (USA, Canada and South America), with the remainder expected to be deployed by June 2008. It has also purchased 250 licenses for the Steelhead Mobile client software for those staff who travel frequently or do not have permanent offices.