Sunday, June 1, 2008

Telenor Deploys Ixia's IP Service Verification Platform

Telenor has deployed Ixia's IxRave IP service verification platform to measure the end-to-end performance of its enterprise layer 3 VPN (L3 VPN) networks and services in Scandinavia. IxRave permits Telenor to remotely perform end-to-end application testing to verify its customers' quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE). Inexpensive probes and virtual endpoints enable Telenor to quickly identify any issues and determine if a fault is in the network (edge and core) or in the access segment (edge to customer premises), and then verify that corrective action has resolved an issue. Ixia said its solution also enables Telenor to quickly and remotely measure complex service level agreement (SLA) metrics and verify SLA commitments on demand -- even before those services are turned up. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Veraz Introduces I-Gate 4000 Session Bandwidth Optimizer

Veraz Networks introduced its I-Gate 4000 Session Bandwidth Optimizer (SBO) for helping service providers to reduce the bandwidth required for VoIP trunks by up to 67% while maintaining toll quality and high reliability. The I-Gate 4000 SBO is currently in trial with several service providers.

Veraz said that in many cases, IP transport costs represent the single largest expense for operators offering VoIP services. The platform helps service providers and large enterprises to minimize the cost of bandwidth as they extend the reach of their VoIP networks and migrate from TDM to next generation all-IP networks.

The I-Gate 4000 SBO, which is built on the company's I-Gate 4000 platform, uses RTP multiplexing technology. It leverages the TDM-IP compression technology already available on the I-Gate 4000 platform without reducing the quality or reliability of VoIP services. A limited version of the bandwidth optimization technology used in the SBO is also available on Veraz's recently announced Network-adaptive Border Controller product family.

The I-Gate 4000 PRO is a toll-quality, high quality VoIP media gateway for TDM-to-TDM and TDM-to-VoIP.

BT Plans 80% CO2 Reduction by 2020

BT announced a goal to cut its carbon emissions intensity by 80 percent across the globe by 2020 , setting one of the most aggressive corporate carbon reduction targets worldwide.

The company also published a new model for measuring and tracking carbon emissions -- backed by the Carbon Disclosure Project. This represents an important step in measuring carbon emissions in a consistent way across the globe.

BT said it intends to meet the 80 percent reduction target through a continued combination of energy efficiency, on-site renewable generation (aiming for 25 per cent of its UK electricity to come from dedicated wind turbines by 2016) and purchased low-carbon electricity.

BT estimated that it has already reduced emissions in the UK by nearly 60 percent between 1996 and 2008.

The majority of worldwide CO2 emissions result from activities in the corporate sector, but up until now it has not been clear what targets an individual corporation needs to achieve to make its contribution to the international challenge.
  • In October 2007, BT announced plans to develop wind farms aimed at generating up to 25% of its existing UK electricity requirements by 2016. The company expects to invest up to £250m in the project.

    BT is one of Britain's biggest consumers of electricity, with an annual requirement of around 0.7% of the UK's entire consumption. The company said its wind farms could generate a total of 250MW of electricity – enough to meet the power needs of 122,000 homes or a city the size of Coventry.

    BT is currently identifying high wind-yield sites on or adjacent to BT-owned land for development with the aim of generating power from 2012 onwards.

Bridgewater Selected for Sprint's XOHM WiMAX Network

Sprint has selected Bridgewater Systems as the network access control vendor for its forthcoming nationwide XOHM WiMAX Network. Bridgewater is the incumbent supplier of Authentication, Authorization and Accounting (AAA) services to Sprint's existing CDMA 3G network and will now extend its solution to support XOHM as well. Within Sprint, Bridgewater will provide concurrent support for 3G and 4G networks from a common infrastructure as Sprint begins to commercially deploy the XOHM WiMAX network in 2008. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Bridgewater Systems AAA Service Controller provides extensive mobile WiMAX support often not supported on legacy AAA servers such as device authentication and mobile IP. The AAA Service Controller also features concurrent support for RADIUS and Diameter, as well as broad supplemental authentication protocols such as EAP-TLS and EAP-TTLS. With a common policy and subscriber profile repository that serves all access networks, service providers can create a unified view of subscribers, and realize operational efficiencies by eliminating the need to re-provision subscribers as new access technologies such as WiMAX are introduced.

Bridgewater's platform provides high performance network access control while supporting open network access services, such as over the air provisioning of devices, subscribers and on-demand service models, and lawful intercept services. By being agnostic to various access technologies as well as vendor-specific solutions, the Bridgewater solution is able to support a wide array of access networks and interoperate with multiple network vendor equipment types from a single platform.

Bridgewater noted that it has now been selected by nine WiMAX service providers to provide a range of service control solutions.

AT&T Study: One in Five U.S. Businesses Does Not Have a Business Continuity Plan

One in five U.S. businesses does not have a business continuity plan in place to maintain operations in the event of man-made and natural disasters, according to an annual study by AT&T.

For the seventh consecutive year, AT&T's Business Continuity Study surveyed IT executives from companies throughout the United States that have at least $25 million in annual revenue to get their views on disaster planning and business continuity trends.

To ensure its own business, AT&T conducts Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) exercises several times a year and has invested more than $500 million over the past decade in the program. By simulating large-scale disasters and network service disruptions, AT&T can apply and refine best practices for rapidly restoring communications to government and business customers. Its disaster response team includes specially trained managers, engineers and technicians from across the United States, as well as a fleet of more than 150 self-contained equipment trailers and support vehicles that house the same equipment and components as an AT&T data-routing or voice-switching center.

Some key findings from the 2008 AT&T Business Continuity Study include:

  • Security continues to be key. Even though organizations have learned how to better recognize and even deal with worms, viruses and other threats, there's no question that security remains a critical concern. Two-thirds of IT executives predict that hacking will emerge as the most significant threat to cybersecurity in the next five years. The next most frequently mentioned threats are internal, including accidents (56 percent), sabotage (47 percent) and remote workers (44 percent).

  • Organizations may evolve, but business continuity plans are left untouched. Six out of 10 companies have made some type of business change in the past year that would warrant updating their business continuity plans. However, only 28 percent updated the plans because of any of the changes. Business changes cited by respondents include initiated new or expanded marketing efforts, expanded office space or a moved office, initiated new or expanded online or digital customer service or ordering capabilities, or the company made an acquisition or merged.

  • Simplicity is important with hosted solutions. Even though a hosted environment can provide a company with the resources it needs to continue its business operations, businesses have concerns. Sixty percent of IT executives view security, reliability and cost as their top concerns when thinking about using a hosted environment, and 37 percent are concerned about complexity.

  • Too much information, not enough space to store it. More than one-fourth (28 percent) of IT executives have experienced problems in the past year with insufficient storage space on their company's computers or servers for virtual records.

  • Employee communication is critical. The vast majority (79 percent) of companies surveyed have special arrangements for communicating with key executives during a natural disaster. Although 80 percent of companies have automated text messaging or e-mail capabilities to reach employees outside of work, only 39 percent of companies have automated calling systems to reach those employees by telephone or mobile phone.

Tatung Selects Alcatel-Lucent for WiMAX Deployment in Penghu

Taiwan's Tatung InfoComm has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a commercial WiMAX 802.16e-2005 (Rev-e) network in Penghu County, a rural area of Taiwan. For Tatung, which holds one of the commercial WiMAX licenses for Taiwan's southern regions, the initial deployment focuses on reducing the digital divide, with WiMAX providing most of the wireless broadband data and voice services across 70% of the county's territory.

"Penghu County is one of the initial locations to benefit from our massive WiMAX deployment plan for Taiwan as we move to offer this advanced mobile service to people and businesses throughout the country," said Peter Yen, President of Tatung InfoComm, a subsidiary of Tatung Co. for WiMAX business.

Extreme Networks Prevails in Patent Litigation Against Enterasys

Extreme Networks prevailed in a patent case filed against Enterasys Networks. The jury found that Enterasys Networks had infringed all three of Extreme Networks' asserted patents. Extreme Networks also defeated Enterasys' challenge to the validity of the company's patents.

Extreme Networks said these successful results followed Extreme Networks earlier defeat of Enterasys' claims for damages when the judge determined that the company did not infringe any of the Enterasys patents in the lawsuit.

Trans-Pacific Express (TPE) Cable Nears Completion

China Telecom expects the Trans-Pacific Express (TPE) cable to be completed in Q3. TPE is the first major undersea system to land on the U.S. West coast in more than seven years. It will be more than 60 times the overall capacity of the existing cable directly linking the United States and China, and, thus, will be a major enhancement to the current cable systems between the two nations. The five landing points for the TPE cable include two in China, Chongming in Shanghai, Qingdao in Shandong Province and one in the United States, Nedonna Beach in Oregon.

China Telecom Americas is now pre-selling capacity on the Trans-Pacific Express system.

Virtela Launches Secure Video Extranet Service

Virtela introduced a Secure Video Extranet service that enables businesses to privately connect to video endpoints outside of their corporate perimeter to support telepresence and other videoconferencing applications with partners worldwide.

Virtela said its Secure Video Extranet service overcomes the challenges typically associated with videoconferencing between partner communities, where endpoints often reside on different carriers and Internet peering to connect them adds jitter, latency and packet loss that can severely impact video quality. Virtela optimizes video calls between partners via a multi-carrier network that exchanges video traffic between locations while bypassing public and private peering points and their inherent performance issues.

Virtela currently provides managed extranet services to many leading multinational corporations, and is applying that network and security expertise to video extranet requirements. By setting up and maintaining security policies between partners, for example, Virtela ensures security posture as trusted and untrusted environments become linked.

Cedar Point Names New CEO

Cedar Point Communications, which supplies carrier VoIP switching technologies, named John (J.C.) Murphy as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Curt Hockemeier, who was named Interim CEO in January. Hockemeier will remain on the Company's board of directors. Murphy joined Cedar Point in October, 2007 as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales.
  • In January, Cedar Point Communications announced that Curt Hockemeier, a member of the company's board of directors and a veteran telecommunications executive, has been named interim CEO following the departure of Andy Paff as President and CEO.

Brocade Settles Federal Securities Class-Action Suit for $160 Million

Brocade Communications reached an agreement in principle with lead plaintiffs to settle the federal securities class-action lawsuit originally filed in May 2005 in relation to the company's restatement of certain financial results in 2005 due to stock-based compensation accounting issues.

Under the terms of the preliminary settlement, Brocade will pay $160 million to the plaintiff class in exchange for the dismissal with prejudice of all claims against all defendants in the litigation. The settlement is subject to final documentation and approval by the federal district court.

AudioCodes Introduces Multi-Service Business Gateway

AudioCodes introduced its Mediant 1000 Multi-Service Business Gateway (MSBG) - a modular, all-in-one, networking device that combines a Media Gateway, enterprise class Session Border Controller, Data Router & Firewall, LAN Switch, WAN access, Stand Alone Survivability (SAS) and an on-board general purpose server. The platform enables secured SIP trunking using IP to IP session mediation, an integrated SBC and media transcoding.

AudioCodes said its Mediant 1000 MSBG is designed to address the needs of Service Providers and Cable Operators when offering IP-Centrex and SIP Trunking services, as well as the needs of distributed Enterprises.

The Mediant 1000 MSBG is an evolutionary extension of AudioCodes Mediant gateway family, enabling it to be used with a wide range of both IP-PBXs and TDM PBXs.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Ozmo Develops Low-Power Wi-Fi Personal Area Network

Ozmo Devices, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, unveiled its low-power silicon + software solution for Wi-Fi Personal Area Networks (Wi-Fi PANs). The technology extends the existing Wi-Fi ecosystem while providing an alternative to Bluetooth or other short range wireless technologies.

The company aims to bring native low-power peripheral connectivity to Wi-Fi platforms. With an estimated 100 million Wi-Fi-enabled notebooks expected to ship in 2008, Ozmo's low-power Wi-Fi chip could enable connected mice, headsets and other personal electronics. Ozmo Devices' approach does not require an additional radio inside the platform or a dongle to communicate with the peripheral. The technology achieves a data rate of up to 9 Mbps and a latency significantly below standard Wi-Fi. Ozmo achieves this using a TDMA-like overlay protocol, however it uses standard 802.11-based packets for native coexistence with Wi-Fi networks. The implementation also supports 802.11-compliant security

Ozmo's PAN technology includes a software driver that delivers native low-power peripheral connectivity to the platform and an highly integrated, ultra-low-power IC in the wireless peripheral that seamlessly communicates with the platform. The solution is currently sampling and production-ready development efforts are underway at key peripheral product OEMs.

Ozmo Devices was founded as H-Stream Wireless in December 2004. The company is privately held and funded by Granite Ventures, Intel Capital, and Tallwood Venture Capital.
  • Ozmo Devices is headed by Dave Timm, who previously spent 15 years at Maxim Integrated Products, where he was Managing Director of the Notebook Power Business Unit. The company was co-founded by Dr. Katelijn Vleugels (CTO), who previously was with Atheros and who served as a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford, and Roel Peeters (Vice President of Marketing), who previously was a senior member of the solutions marketing group at Actuate, a business intelligence software company.

Atheros Introduces Dual-radio 802.11n Router Platform

Atheros Communications introduced its XSPAN single-board, dual-radio router platform featuring single-chip 802.11n technology. The AR9002AP platform provides up to 600 Mbps of wireless networking capacity to support the growing number of devices on the home network-simultaneously.

Atheros said its new AR9002AP platform leverages the efficiencies of single-chip 11n technologies to significantly reduce the cost of dual-radio networking products. It features the AR9220 and AR9223 11n single-chip radio/MAC/BB designs to support the 5 and 2.4 GHz bands, respectively. At the core of the AR9002AP platform is Atheros' AR7161 high-performance, 680MHz wireless networking CPU-engineered to maximize 802.11n performance. The platform also offers Atheros ETHOS AR8216 Fast Ethernet or AR8316 Gigabit Ethernet switch options. The system has been integrated on a single, compact circuit board that requires up to 50 percent fewer components than competitive solutions on the market.

With simultaneous operation in both bands, the router can rely on the relatively interference-free 5GHz band to support latency-sensitive, high-bandwidth applications like HD video streaming, while off-loading latency-tolerant data transmissions such as email and Internet browsing to the more interference-prone 2.4GHz band. This delegation of applications also allows the 2.4GHz band to support legacy 802.11g Wi-Fi devices, which can slow down 11n networks, leaving the 5GHz band free to provide the optimized 11n performance required for smooth media transmissions.

The AR9002AP solutions is currently sampling to key customers.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Hammerhead Systems Appoints Rob Keil President and CEO

Hammerhead Systems announced the appointment of Rob Keil as President and CEO, replacing Peter Savage, who is leaving the company.

Hammerhead offers a Layer 2.5 solution supporting multiservice MPLS and Carrier Ethernet in a single box. The HSX 6000 provides dense Ethernet aggregation for E-Line, E-LAN and E-Tree Services, MPLS Pseudowire termination, VPLS, Leased Line IP Aggregation, Multilink PPP/Frame Relay/ATM support, Any-to-Any Service Interworking, and a PBB-TE Service Gateway.

Rob Keil co-founded Hammerhead in 2002, raised the Series A, served as VP of Marketing and Business Development and took the HSX 6000 from visionary concept, through development and testing with tier 1 service providers, and into general availability and network deployment. Rob replaces

Prior to founding Hammerhead Systems, Rob was the Vice President of Marketing at optical networking company Zaffire, spent 4 years at Cisco as a Senior Group Manager in product management where he launched the MGX 8800 series, and was a Group Manager, Product Planning at StrataCom.

Hammerhead also announced the appointment of Houman Modarres as VP of Marketing. Houman was most recently VP of Product Management at Hammerhead Systems. Prior to Hammerhead, Houman was Director of the Softswitch and IP Telephony business line at 3Com Corporation. I
  • In July 2007, Hammerhead Systems secured $18 million Series D round of funding for its traffic aggregation and switching platform. Hammerhead said its HSX 6000 answers the need for traffic aggregation in a market in which Ethernet services are taking off and in which legacy services are also continuing to grow. Its single box solution offers dense Ethernet aggregation for both E-Line and E-LAN services, MPLS Pseudowire termination, VPLS, Leased Line IP Aggregation, Frame Relay and ATM/IMA support, and Any-to-Any Service Inter-working. The new funding round was led by Foundation Capital and joined by all existing investors including Mayfield Fund, Enterprise Partners Venture Capital, Pequot Ventures, Silver Creek Ventures and Apex Venture Partners. Hammerhead Systems has raised $98 million in total capital to date.

Taiwan's Chunghwa Renews TDM Maintenance with Alcatel-Lucent

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom, has renewed a major maintenance contract with Alcatel-Lucent for a second four-year term. Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent will provide maintenance services on the Alcatel-Lucent 5ESS and S12 switches that make up Chunghwa Telecom's Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM) network, which serves some 12 million subscriber lines. The full suite of service support includes technical support, trouble shooting as well as repairs and return (services. This maintenance contract will help Chunghwa Telecom better manage and maintain its 14 million ports in more than 700 switches distributed across the island. These switches have been in operation at Chunghwa Telecom's network for more than a decade. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telekom Austria Enhances IPTV with Alcatel-Lucent

In time for the European soccer championship (EURO 2008), Telekom Austria is enhancing its aonTV with Time shift TV and HDTV capabilities. aonTV customers will be able to stop live broadcasts, take a break, and then continue to watch the transmission of the program. Telekom Austria selected Alcatel-Lucent for the project.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that it now has over 50 service providers worldwide deploying its Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA).

Blueslice Expands its Home Subscriber Server (HSS) Portfolio

Montreal-based Blueslice Networks introduced a compact version of its Home Subscriber Server platform. The new HSS 1000 product offering, offers all the technical benefits and capabilities of existing HSS 3000 counterpart but is designed for smaller, cost-constrained deployments.

The Home Subscriber Server (HSS) is the central subscriber database in IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks. The Blueslice's HSS 3000 provides control and intelligence within mobile and fixed networks and the management of multiple profiles per subscription.

Blueslice has integrated its HLR and HSS with its ngHLR, SIP-AS, and AAA server. This allows each component to be enabled on the same platform via a simple software license and resolves the issue of migrating subscriber information from legacy HLR to new HSS environments. The Blueslice Home Subscriber Server is compliant to 3GPP IMS specifications, fixed TISPAN specifications, and PCMM for cable devices.

Ericsson Finalizes Reverse Split 1:5

Ericsson will undertake a reverse split 1:5 of the company's shares. The reverse split has the effect that five shares of series A and five shares of series B, respectively, are consolidated into one share of series A and one share of series B, respectively. The first day of trading in the company's A and B shares after the reverse split is June 2, 2008. The record date for the reverse split is June 4, 2008.

Sorrento Acquires Redfern Broadband Networks

Sorrento Networks has acquired Redfern Broadband Networks (RBN), a developer of optical networking equipment. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal includes RBN's products, customer contracts, channel partner relationships, test equipment, etc.

RBN's GigaEdge Optical Services Provisioning Platforms (OSPP) aggregate the many different services found at the edge of the network and solve the high-capacity optical upgrade needs of customers. Its portfolio includes the RBNi GigaEdge 8200 CWDM OEO ROADM, which is OSP hardened and deployed in North America, Europe and Asia; the RBNi GigaEdge 2300 Programmable Optical Transport Platform, which is configurable as a xWDM Port Expander or Transponder/Muxponder (GigaEdge 2320) or SONET/SDH Mini-MSPP (GigaEdge 2330); and the RBNi GigaEdge 6000 series passive, OSP hardened CWDM filter modules.s the GigaCraft 1200. RBN is based in NSW, Australia.

Sorrento said the acquisition expands its metro optical access product portfolio. The companies' products are similarly designed to help telecommunications carriers and enterprises increase the bandwidth of their existing networks and lower the cost of providing next-generation broadband services.

In addition, Sorrento will enhance its global reach via acquired channel relationships and service provider customers. RBN's strategic partners include companies such as Embarq and Ericsson, and its customer base includes global leaders such as Alltel, PCCW Hong Kong and Siminn Telecom Iceland.

"Sorrento's focus is to grow our worldwide footprint by providing reliable products that address changing customer requirements, maintaining a low-cost structure and exceeding customer service expectations," said Jim Nevelle, CEO of Sorrento Networks. "By acquiring RBN's assets, we gain new, global customers, valuable channel partnerships in Europe and Asia and complementary optical platforms. The acquisition of RBN's proven optical technology strengthens our competitive edge."