Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Indosat Selects NSN for 3G Service Delivery Platform

Indosat, one of the leading service providers in Indonesia,

has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to implement a 3G Service Delivery Platform (SDP) in its network. Based on Nokia Siemens Networks' Service Delivery Framework ecosystem, the solution comprises content management, a video gateway, a video portal, video streaming, messaging gateway platform, charging and partner management as well as best-of-breed products from selected partners for a comprehensive solution to meet Indosat's customers' needs. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will ensure the systems integration of the platform into Indosat's network and provide maintenance and competence development and training services to the customer.

Indosat will use the platform to bring to market different types of rich content from their content partners to its customers. The full platform also has the capability to enable Indosat to migrate their existing 2G content providers, creating a dynamic 2G and 3G service delivery platform for their subscribers.http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com/

Romtelecom Deploys Cisco CRS-1

Romtelecom, the incumbent carrier in Romania, has implemented a new Cisco Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN), based on the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System. With support from Cisco's Advanced Services department, Romtelecom is proactively preparing for an increase in broadband demand and business users' requirements for new, highly secure services, such as high-availability virtual private networks (VPNs). Financial terms were not disclosed.http://www.cisco.comhttp://www.romtelecom.ro

India's Spice Telecom Deploys Veraz Controlswitch

Spice Telecom, a mobile operator in India, has deployed the Veraz ControlSwitch and I-Gate 4000 media gateways for a national and international MPLS-based long distance network. Spice Telecom currently offers mobile services in the states of Punjab and Karnataka. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Veraz's platform provides Spice with a flexible IP-based solution that helps protect and improve voice profitability via efficient network operations and a twelve fold increase in voice capacity. A single ControlSwitch is spanning sixteen sites throughout northern India, with SS7 signaling and EMS module redundancy in two sites for full disaster recovery.

Wipro Infotech deployed the turn key solution for Spice Telecom on the Veraz platform, along with interconnect billing and Lawful Interception. A comprehensive 24 x 7 NOC is setup for complete life cycle support for Spice, providing tools like network performance dashboard, network monitoring capabilities, and reports.http://www.veraznet.comhttp://spicetele.com/
  • Telecom Malaysia is a 39% stakeholder in Spice Telecom.

NEC Electronics Introduces H.264 Chips for STBs

NEC Electronics introduced two new image-processing chipsets based on its enhanced multimedia architecture (EMMA) platform and optimized for set-top boxes (STBs) and digital TVs (DTVs) supporting the H.264 video compression standard. The EMMA3SL/SD system-on-chip (SoC) supports standard-definition video broadcasts, while the EMMA3SL/HD SoC supports high-definition broadcasts. The devices are the latest additions to NEC Electronics' family of H.264-compliant EMMA3 SoCs, which have achieved market success since 2006 in blue laser DVD players and high-definition TV (HDTV) products.

In addition to having an H.264-compliant video decoder, the devices combine all of the key functions needed to receive and decode digital broadcasts, including built-in digital signal processors (DSPs) that enable systems using Dolby Digital Plus or high-efficiency advanced audio coding (HE-AAC) to play back high-quality audio streams even at low transfer rates.http://www.necel.com

Barracuda Spam Firewall Scales to 100,000 Concurrent Email Users

Barracuda Networks introduced a high-performance spam firewall appliance designed for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and other large organizations with up to 100,000 concurrent email users and 5,000 domains.

The Barracuda Spam Firewall 1000 is priced at $89,999 with no per user licensing fees. It comes in a 2U full-size form factor and includes 200 GB message log storage and 750GB storage capacity for quarantined messages. Advanced capabilities include redundant hot swap power supplies, and dual gigabit Ethernet ports. Multiple Barracuda Spam Firewall 1000 models can be clustered for both scalability and redundancy.http://www.barracuda.com

Mocana Raises $7 million for Networked Device Security

Mocana, a start-up based in San Francisco, closed $7 million in venture funding for its security software protection for networked devices.

Mocana is focused on the security threat represented by non-PC "things" connecting to the network, like PDAs, routers, DVRs, printers, iPods, and even cars or digital picture frames. Each one of these new devices represents a "soft target" for hackers and an easy way in to the rest of the network. This is because third- and fourth-generation attack techniques are being unleashed upon millions of non-PC devices armed with first-generation security, at best.

Mocana offers a Device Security Framework (DSF) that secures communications to and from any device connected to the network, as well as the data and applications residing on those devices. This latest round of financing will be used to enhance and expand the 20 security components that currently make up Mocana's DSF so that manufacturers and service providers can ensure that security is inherent in the device, to protect against existing and emerging threats.

The new funding was led by Southern Cross Venture Partners. Mocana's only previous institutional investor, Shasta Ventures also provided investment for this round, increasing their ownership position in the company and bringing Mocana's total capital backing to $12.1M.http://www.mocana.com

Sandvine Offers Application Agnostic "Fair Share" Traffic Management

Sandvine introduced new "FairShare" capabilities to help broadband service operators ensure fair usage in the shared access network .

Sandvine's "FairShare" works with the company's suite of Traffic Optimization solutions using an application-agnostic approach. FairShare automatically responds to the changing network environment and subscriber usage patterns in real-time. It collects subscriber usage metrics from various sources and analyzes the data according to configurable parameters. Based on the results, FairShare dynamically modifies policies to balance available bandwidth and resources among subscribers.

"Sandvine FairShare incorporates more decision factors and more policy options that enable broadband providers to ensure fair allocation of network resources and optimize network efficiency," said Don Bowman, Sandvine Chief Technology Officer. "FairShare's approach is unique because it can implement both application-aware and application-agnostic network management strategies. FairShare takes into account the three key dimensions of traffic - speed, latency and jitter -- to ensure the reliable delivery of the broadest range of applications with the highest level of overall subscriber satisfaction, especially during periods of heavy usage."http://www.sandvine.com

China Telecom Gains 650K Broadband Users, Loses 880K Fixed Lines in April

China Telecom was serving 38.36 million broadband lines as of 30-April-2008, an increase of 650,000 over the preceding month. However, the carrier continues to lose fixed access lines at an even faster pace that the broadband gain, down by 880,000 for the month.


Intelsat's Galaxy 18 Successfully Launched

Intelsat's Galaxy 18 satellite was successfully placed into orbit by a Zenit-3SL rocket that lifted off Sea Launch's Odyssey platform in the Pacific Ocean.

The satellite, built by Space Systems/Loral, will operate from 123 degrees west and serve programmers, government and corporate broadband customers in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. It carries 24 C- and 24 Ku-band transponders allowing for increased power and flexibility for video and data transmissions. This is Intelsat's first satellite launch of 2008.

Galaxy 18 will join Intelsat's Galaxy fleet which is comprised of 16 other satellites that cover North America, Central America and the Caribbean.http://www.intelsat.com/http://www.sea-launch.com

AT&T Nears Completion of HSUPA Rollout

By the end of June, AT&T expects to complete it deployment of High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) technology in the six remaining markets across its 3G network. AT&T's HSUPA enables uplink speeds between 500 and 800 Kbps. The new upload speeds complement AT&T's 3G download capabilities, which currently offer up to 1.4 Mbps across all markets for customers who have capable devices, such as AT&T's LaptopConnect wireless modems.

The AT&T 3G network is currently available in more than 275 markets. By year-end, the AT&T 3G network will be available in nearly 350 markets.
AT&T noted that between 2005 and 2008, it will have invested more than $20 billion in network improvements and upgrades -- an average of $5 billion a year. AT&T recently turned down its older TDMA network, and that will allow the company to reuse valuable 850 MHz spectrum to expand and enhance 3G markets.http://www.att.com

AT&T Adds Alternative-Fuel Vehicles to its Fleet

AT&T plans to add 105 alternative-fuel vehicles to the corporate fleet of its operating companies. The vehicles, which will roll out in more than 30 cities across the U.S. beginning in June, include three types of alternative-fuel vehicles.

The alternative-fuel vehicles consist of 25 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vans, 65 electric hybrid Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) vehicles -- Ford Escapes and Toyota Priuses -- and 15 electric hybrid conversion work trucks.

AT&T estimates that its use of these alternative-fueled and more fuel-efficient vehicles will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 124 metric tons and conserve nearly 34,395 gallons of fuel annually.

AT&T said the alternative-fuel vehicle represent one way the company is working to minimize the environmental impact of its operations. AT&T is also working to minimize energy consumption in company buildings, IT systems and networks, and the company is evaluating alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power. Thehttp://www.att.com

Ofcom Deregulates the UK's Wholesale Broadband Market

Ofcom , the official regulator and competition authority for the UK communications sector, announced the removal of regulations for wholesale broadband access in areas of the UK which are served by effective competition.

Ofcom said the regulatory environment it has put in place has resulted in significant competition which has matured at different rates across the UK. The most competitive areas tend to be those where there is high population density, in particular large towns and cities and business districts. Following a public consultation, Ofcom will deregulate almost 70 percent of the UK wholesale broadband market where there is now strong competition.

The measure will affect those parts of the country which are now served by four or more wholesale broadband providers and where no single company has significant market power. In these areas customers are protected by the disciplines of effective competition.

However, some parts of the country do not enjoy this level of competition. Where there is less competition and where a company still has significant market power, Ofcom will maintain regulation designed to promote retail competition. This requires BT and KCOM, in Hull , to provide a wholesale product to other providers on a fair and reasonable basis, thus allowing these providers to offer retail services.

"This is a major step forward in the UK broadband market reflecting the success we have had in promoting effective competition. It shows that we are determined to deregulate wherever we can do so in a way that is consistent with the broader public interest," said Ed Richards, Ofcom Chief Executive.http://www.ofcom.org.uk

Monday, May 19, 2008

Nakina Develops Multi-Vendor, Multi-Layer Carrier Ethernet Mgt Solution

Nakina Systems introduced version 7 of its Nakina Network OS featuring new capabilities for managing Carrier Ethernet networks and services. The new release offers management functionality to expedite the roll out of Carrier Ethernet services over any type of infrastructure -- optical (Layer 0/1), Ethernet (Layer 2) or IP/MPLS (Layer 3). This includes support for a logical view of Carrier Ethernet services -- providing carriers with visibility and control over their entire, end-to-end Ethernet service and network with a single solution for provisioning, configuration, fault and topology information.

Nakina said that by abstracting away the complexity of different vendors' network equipment, as well as the different technologies used at each network layer, into a common information model, its OS could significantly lower the cost and time to develop higher-level OSS applications.http://www.nakinasystems.com

Russia's Eurocabel-1 Purchases 1 Million Km of Fiber from OFS

OFS confirmed that Eurocabel-1, a leading Russian optical cable manufacturer, has purchased over 1 million kilometers of fiber from OFS to date.

"Eurocabel-1 has been using the lion's share of this large volume of OFS fiber in connection with the expansion of our manufacturing capacity undertaken to support the sharp growth in consumption of optical cable in Russia during the last 3-4 years," said Eduard Kim, General Director of Eurocabel-1.http://www.ofsoptics.comhttp://www.eurocabel-1.ru

U4EA Acquires NextHop for 802.11 software

U4EA Technologies, which offers integrated access solutions for converged communications, has acquired NextHop Technologies, a supplier of 802.11 software. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The NextHop product portfolio includes Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n controller and access point software.

U4EA said the deal adds a wealth of Wi-Fi software and expertise to its growing portfolio of communications products delivered to the small and medium business markets. Integrating the NextHop Wi-Fi software with U4EA's Multi-service Business Gateway Fusion series will address the rapidly growing SMB requirements for seamless mobility, unified communications and highly integrated and cost effective solutions.

The former NextHop Technologies will operate as U4EA Wireless, and U4EA has appointed PG Menon as vice president and general manager of the operating unit.

Wintegra and WiChorus Establish Mobile WiMAX Interoperability

Wintegra, a fabless semiconductor company providing silicon and software solutions for WiMAX 802.16e and LTE base stations, and WiChorus, which provides Intelligent Wireless Core Platforms for WiMAX and LTE networks, completed interoperability testing (IOT) between WiChorus' Intelligent ASN gateway and Wintegra's Mobile WiMAX base station technology.

Specifically, WiChorus and Wintegra demonstrated seamless end-to-end connectivity between Wintegra's base station technology platform and WiChorus' Intelligent ASN Gateway, based on the R6 interface within the WiMAX Forum's NWG Specification.

WiChorus provides a new class of intelligent wireless core platform that enables service providers to deploy large scale, profitable WiMAX and LTE (long term evolution) networks. The WiChorus intelligent ASN Gateway sits in the heart of the wireless network, with visibility across all subscribers and packet flows

Wintegra said it plans to continue to invest in WiMAX technology to develop new "cutting-edge" WiMAX features. Wintegra is planning a follow up WiMAX 1.1 production release during the second half of this year that will add to the feature set already supported. WiChorus and Wintegra will continue to work together on a joint IOT program to ensure that the mobile WiMAX experience is simplified and seamless for partners, vendors, and mobile operators. In addition, the two companies are collaborating on a similar initiative for LTE.http://www.wichorus.comhttp://www.wintegra.com

Sonus Networks Appoints Dr. Richard Nottenburg as CEO

Sonus Networks appointed Richard N. Nottenburg as its new President and CEO, replacing Hassan Ahmed. Nottenburg, former executive vice president chief strategy and technology officer of Motorola, will join the company in mid-June. Prior to joining Motorola in 2004, Dr. Nottenburg was vice president and general manager of Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation after its merger in 2003 with Multilink Technology Corporation, a publicly traded provider of advanced mixed-signal and VLSI solutions for optical networks. Nottenburg was the co- founder and chief executive officer of Multilink. Nottenburg had previously worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Hassan Ahmed will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sonus Networks and additionally serves on the Board of Directors of Airvan.http://www.sonusnet.com

JDSU Offers Control software for Raman Optical Amplification

JDSU has integrated control software for Raman amplification within its AON Embedded Operating System, which is used in circuit packs by network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and service providers to manage optical functions as part of their dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) network infrastructures.

JDSU said its new Raman control software helps to extend the transmission distances of optical signals between data centers up to 250 kilometers or more without the need for mid-span optical amplifiers. Extending transmission distances may lower the chance of data loss from unexpected events such as power outages and can also simplify ongoing operations and reduce costs for NEMs and service providers by removing the need to manage and house mid-span optical gear.


Alcatel Shanghai Bell Responds to Earthquake

Alcatel Shanghai Bell, which has about 500 employees in Chengdu ( about 159km from the epicenter of last week's massive earthquake), said it is actively involved in repair efforts for communications infrastructure. In the Sichuan province -- the hardest-hit region -- the transmission networks for several operators were seriously damaged and one of the first steps employees took was to transfer transmission equipment into tents to better protect them against aftershocks.

As soon as the news about the earthquake broke, Alcatel Shanghai Bell said it established a 24-hour emergency response team to support customers with disaster response and network recovery efforts. Employees have focused on urgent repair work to restore the communication infrastructure, which should further aid other relief efforts.

On May 15, Alcatel Shanghai Bell helped one service provider repair the first fixed line into the city of Deyang, within a day after the main road into the city was cleared. Alcatel Shanghai Bell was able to restore service to nearly 3,100 lines, helping improve communications capabilities at the earthquake's epicenter.

Close to 100 Alcatel Shanghai Bell employees have been devoted full time to the restoration work. The first batch of equipment needed to restore communications, such as base stations, optical transmission, ADSL and routers, weighing some 35 tons in total, was shipped to the epicenter by the end of last week by Alcatel Shanghai Bell.http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/

Alcatel-Lucent Teams with Convergys on Billing and Customer Care

Alcatel-Lucent and Convergys have signed a multi-year non-exclusive agreement that integrates Convergys Infinys applications into Alcatel-Lucent's Business Support System (BSS) solution. It includes a convergent billing solution combining Convergys and Alcatel-Lucent's leading product portfolios in the prepaid and postpaid segments, and Alcatel-Lucent's BSS integration services. The deal extends Alcatel-Lucent's portfolio of partners, providing pre-integrated solutions simplifying integration and deployment. It helps Convergys extend the available market reach of Infinys through Alcatel-Lucent's global presence.http://www.alcatel-lucent.comhttp://www.convergys.com