Wednesday, June 18, 2008

MRV Releases LambdaDriver OPN1600 MPLS Optical Packet

MRV Communications introduced a new LambdaDriver OPN1600 blade that combines packet switching with optical transport for carriers migrating to next-generation hybrid packet-optical networks.

The LambdaDriver OPN1600 is a packet optical transport network (POTN) solution that supports both multi-degree ROADM and optical-electronic-optical (OEO) cross connect functionality in the same solution. This capability is integrated with LambdaDriver's support for services ranging from T1/E1 to 40 Gbps WDM in the same wavelength-switching chassis.

In addition, the LambdaDriver supports both TDM transport and Metro Ethernet connection-oriented packet traffic simultaneously with advanced traffic management. It enables a smooth migration from SONET/SDH to Metro Ethernet optical transport networks.

The new OPN1600-8C2 module has eight Gigabit Metro Ethernet transport ports for network access connections. These ports can set any-to-any mapping policy to two 10GE LAN/WAN Metro MPLS transport uplinks. The dual 10GE uplink interfaces support IEEE802.3ae-compliant 10GE WAN mode for bi-directional 10GE transmission over SONET/SDH (OC192/STM-64). This solution provides end-to-end data transmission over local-, regional- and metropolitan-area fiber-optic networks with a direct connection to SONET/SDH using corresponding rate and framing.

The OPN1600-8C2 module offers multi-layer SLA management from physical-layer light paths to packet level QoS, ensuring end-to-end visibility for transport and packet services under the same unified control plane. This integration brings outstanding service flexibility in network design and improved SLAs for service providers.

MRV said its OPN1600 enables end-to-end optical & packet mapping with sub 50ms recovery time and 99.999% availability.

MRV Debuts Carrier Aggregation Platform with Packet-to-Optical Service Mapping

MRV Communications introduced its OptiSwitch OS9124-410G, a packet optical aggregation platform that combines reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexing (ROADM), packet switching and generalized-MPLS (GMPLS) to deliver complete packet-to-optical service mapping in a single device.

MRV's first-mile Metro Ethernet access/aggregation platform offers 10 Gbps WDM ports and can provision enhanced Ethernet/IP/MPLS services across a WDM transport using a unified control plane. The GMPLS-based control plane of the OS9124 is able to make physical-layer switching decisions based on information at layer 2, 3 or 4 of the IP stack. This platform is aimed at the carrier-class auto-reconfigurable packet optical transport network (POTN) market.

The 2RU-high OptiSwitch OS9124-410G includes 24 predefined lasers for high-speed rates of 2.5 Gbps or 1Gbps and up to four tunable lasers for 10G DWDM wavelength services. Additionally, it offers built-in signal reshaping, retiming and retransmitting functionality for increased and optimized distance, service classification and connection-oriented mapping that enable any-to-any service stitching and comprehensive mesh technology. Like all OptiSwitch devices, the OS9124-410G offers a complete suite of OAM services, including multilayer end-to-end service and advanced fiber performance monitoring.

MRV said that through the use of a converged, automated GMPLS control plane and reconfigurable multi-degree OEO-switched ROADM data plane, its platform can reduce network operations expenses. It can perform auto-discovery of network topology, advertise resource availability and establish/maintain protected and traffic-engineered optical paths with holistic view of the service from physical layer up to service layer.

Alloptic Debuts Modular ONT for Business and Backhaul

Alloptic introduced a modular ONT designed for business and backhaul applications.

The Alloptic Xgen9000 unit offers four expansion ports to deliver up to 20 T1/E1 circuits and 24 voice lines along with 17 Ethernet ports and RF video control. All modules are hot-swappable, and redundant optical network ports are available for high-availability SLA requirements.

Spirent Leads Formation of the Test Automation Alliance (TAA)

Spirent Communications announced the formation of the Test Automation Alliance (TAA), an ecosystem of testing companies focused improving productivity across the entire telecom product development and service deployment life cycle.

The alliance offers a unique framework called Automation Continuum which integrates test automation technologies such as lab management, configuration management, test authoring and test management.

Members of this Spirent led alliance include EdenTree Technologies, FanFare and MRV.

New Edge to Sell DSL-Based MPLS Via Selected Providers

New Edge Networks, the business communications unit of EarthLink plans to begin selling through selected communications network providers its service for prioritizing business data communications traffic over DSL access using up to five MPLS classes of service.

New Edge said it is evaluating strategic partnerships based on sales volume commitments, distribution models and market focus.

To introduce MPLS over DSL, New Edge installed carrier-class gateway switches at various regional aggregation points around the country. The multi-million-dollar network infrastructure investment also helps New Edge expand network capacity, improve service and add traffic routing diversity.

Harmonic's Universal EdgeQAM Deployed by Korea's Hanaro Telecom

Korea's Hanaro Telecom has deployed Harmonic's Narrowcast Services Gateway (NSG) 9000 universal edgeQAMs to increase bandwidth offered to cable subscribers. Hanaro's wideband DOCSIS 2.0B modular cable modem termination system (M-CMTS) service with channel bonding, capable of delivering 150 Mbps or more, is fully operational.

Harmonic said the NSG 9000's integrated DOCSIS 3.0 timing interface (DTI), which maximizes channel capacity by enabling clock synchronization in M-CMTS applications, was a critical factor in Hanaro's decision.

Sun Microsystems Enhances Open Source Database Platform for Telcos

Sun Microsystems released MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition 6.3, the latest version of its high-availability open source database, especially designed and certified for use in carrier grade telecom environments, such as Subscriber Data Management systems (HLR, HSS) and in Service Delivery Platforms. This new release enables Service Providers and Network Equipment Providers to deploy larger database applications and provide data availability across geographies in case of site-level failure.

MySQL Cluster is available under the open source GPL license for a range of popular operating systems, including Solaris, RHEL and SUSE Linux, and Mac OS X.

Verizon Landline Network Weathering Floods in Midwest

Verizon's landline telecommunications network in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin has held up well throughout the storms, according to the company. Customer repair reports to Verizon have been running from two to six times normal as customers in the five-state region return to their homes and businesses and assess the damage.

iTunes Store Renting & Selling Over 50,000 Movies Per Day

Apple's iTunes Store has sold over 5 billion songs to date. iTunes now has a music catalog with over eight million songs. Also, iTunes customers are now renting and purchasing over 50,000 movies every day, making iTunes the world's most popular online movie store, according to the company.

iTunes currently offers over 20,000 TV episodes and over 2,000 films, including over 350 in HD.

Polycom selects TI's VoIP technology

Polycom has selected Texas Instuments' digital signal processing (DSP) technology to power its new SoundPoint IP 670 desktop phone.

Polycom's SoundPoint IP 670 is an application-enabled desktop SIP phone with a high-performance color display, HD voice technology and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

Greek Parliament approves Deutsche Telekom's OTE Deal

The Greek Parliament in Athens has approved the agreement between the Greek State and Deutsche Telekom. The agreement is still subject to the necessary regulatory and antitrust approvals. The Greek Inter-Ministerial Privatization Committee and the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom AG had already approved the transaction. The closing of the transaction is expected during the second half of the year.

Former Nortel Execs Charged with Fraud

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) filed criminal charges against Frank Dunn, the former CEO of Nortel; Douglas Beatty, the former CFO of Nortel; and Michael Gollogly, the former Corporate Controller of Nortel.

The RCMP allege that Dunn, Beatty and Gollogly fraudulently misstated the financial results of Nortel. The RCMP further alleges that Dunn, Beatty and Gollogly made false entries and omitted materials particular in the books and documents in regards to the financial results of Nortel. The charges also allege that Dunn, Beatty and Gollogly circulated or published a statement or an account whether or not it was written or oral, knowing that it was false in a material particular, with the intent to deceive or defraud the members, shareholders or creditors of Nortel Networks Corporation. All of the charges pertain to the fiscal time period between January 1, 2002 and June 30, 2003, and allege that the financial statements of Nortel during this time period were misstated.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Fulcrum Microsystems Releases Next Gen 10GE Switch/router Chips

Fulcrum Microsystems released its next generation of 10-Gigabit Ethernet switch/router chips, the FocalPoint FM3000 series, featuring a lossless fabric and security capabilities.

Continuous Computing has chosen the FocalPoint FM3000 series for its FlexCore ATCA-FM40 base / fabric switch blade. Continuous Computing's FM40 provides full 10GE line-rate switching for 16 slots and eight external links with a 240 Gbps non-blocking fabric switch. The backplane interface supports 10GE links for applications demanding maximum performance, but is also backward compatible with GE links for legacy products.

Fulcrum Microsystems believes the service provider network is increasingly resembling that of a large enterprise data center as they shift to an IP-based network and expand server and storage farms to deliver data services ranging from IPTV to "cloud computing" to email to data security and others.

The FM3000 series of L2+ switches features a variety of port configurations - up to 24 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GE) ports. The devices have a shared memory, output-queued architecture that makes efficient use of frame memory and enables fully provisioned multicast replication. A sophisticated set of congestion and traffic management mechanisms including class-based pause, link-level flow control and congestion notification enable lossless data transmissions while maintaining ultra-low (300ns) latency. A built-in policy engine allows designers to establish fully configurable access control lists and other types of policy-based frame forwarding - all of which can operate at full line rate with no performance degradation.

Additionally, this latest generation of switches couples the ultra-low latency with highly efficient load balancing through Pearson's-based hashing to enable extensible "fat-tree" architectures to be built within a chassis.

Verizon Selects Fujitsu Packet Optical Networking Platform for Transport Infrastructure

Verizon has selected Fujitsu Network Communications' FLASHWAVE 9500 platform

to enhance the metro transport infrastructure within Verizon markets in the United States. The deployment will support and consolidate SONET, Ethernet, and wavelength services traffic in a variety of applications. In the FiOS network this infrastructure will facilitate deployment of packet-based services for Verizon customers, including high-definition video on demand, higher-speed Internet access, and advanced voice services. The contract is the result of the Verizon Packet OTP RFP process. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Verizon will be utilizing several NETSMART management software tools that are common to Fujitsu optical networking products to capitalize on the operational familiarity among personnel in the Verizon regions. The Fujitsu NETSMART 1500 Element Management System (EMS) will allow Verizon to support inventory flow-back, provisioning flow-through and fault management for their entire network of Fujitsu network elements. The NETSMART 2000 optical network design tool, which removes the complexity of creating DWDM/ROADM optical network designs, will be used to expedite deployment of the FLASHWAVE 9500 platform.

"We are extremely excited to continue our 25-year relationship with Verizon as a trusted supplier that is committed to Verizon's success," said George Chase, group president and chief operating officer at Fujitsu Network Communications.
  • Earlier this month, Fujitsu Network Communications announced Provider Backbone Bridging with Traffic Engineering (PBB-TE) support for their newly announced FLASHWAVE CDS and existing FLASHWAVE 9500 packet optical networking platforms. PBB-TE fits into the metro aggregation network where it serves the critical need of collecting and backhauling Ethernet circuits from access locations back to the multi-service edge, which is the gateway to the backbone IP/MPLS network. The Fujitsu packet optical networking platforms allow service providers to create a distributed, connection-oriented Ethernet aggregation and transport infrastructure that natively delivers Ethernet private line and virtual private line services, and backhauls Ethernet traffic to the IP service edge.

MetaSwitch and TI Collaborate on Enhanced VoIP Monitoring

MetaSwitch has selected standards-based voice quality analysis technology from Texas Instruments (TI) for its media gateway products. This analysis technology will enhance the network monitoring capabilities of its MetaView network management system.

With the addition of this proactive monitoring and reporting feature across MetaSwitch's entire media gateway product line, service provider networks will be alerted to potential call quality issues -- even while the call is still connected. This real-time feature will allow service providers to more dynamically address a wide range of network problems, resulting in users experiencing greater overall satisfaction with their voice service.

Introduced in January 2008, the MetaView network management system enabled carriers to monitor the health of the entire VoIP network, with real-time statistics superimposed on a graphical display of the network topology. In that first release, these statistics included packet loss, delay, and jitter. The addition of TI's quality management technology in every MetaSwitch gateway will enable additional standards-based statistics such as estimated mean opinion score (MOS) to be provided.

Real-time VoIP quality monitoring is a key element of TI's PIQUA software, and leverages the IETF RFC 3611, Real Time Control Protocol Extended Reports (RTCP-XR) standard, providing a call by call, standards-based quality metric calculation and reporting mechanism. In addition, PIQUA software interoperates with other devices on the network complying with this standard, allowing widespread use across disparate service provider networks.

Actelis Launches New Ethernet-over-Copper for Mobile Backhaul

Actelis Networks introduced a new Ethernet-over-Copper solution aimed at mobile backhaul. The new ML650 EAD, one of the first products to receive MEF 18 certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum, delivers TDM and broadband services over a converged packet network.

Actelis said that as mobile networks evolve to pure packet-based networks, they will still require the support of TDM circuits and precise network synchronization. Its new ML650 EAD product family offers pseudowire capabilities (PWEEE) with clocking accuracy and resiliency. The company's pseudowire guarantees synchronization equal to, and even better than, that provided by traditional T1 and E1 circuits.

The platform offers up to 100 Mbps of symmetrical Ethernet over existing copper using up to 8 copper pairs per unit. It features a built-in Ethernet switch with 2.8 Gbps of non-blocking capacity.

Verizon Extends 50/20 Mbps FiOS Internet Service

Speaking at the NXTcomm conference in Las Vegas,

Verizon President and Chief Operating Officer Denny Strigl announced that the company is expanding its FiOS Internet connections of 50/20, 20/20, 20/5 and 10/2 Mbps across all of Verizon's FiOS Internet service footprint in 16 states. The new service tiers replace the previous offerings of 30/15 Mbps and 15/15 Mbps services, respectively.

The FiOS network currently passes 10 million homes and business.

At the end of the first quarter 2008, 1.8 million Verizon customers received their broadband service over Verizon's all-fiber network, and more than 1.2 million customers had subscribed to FiOS TV.

Chilean Service Provider Selects Ciena's Multi-degree ROADM

VTR Global Com (VTR), a leading communications service provider in Chile, has deployed Ciena's CN 4200 RS FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform throughout its Santiago network. The operator is utilizing the CN 4200's reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) functionality in its metro network infrastructure to enhance the delivery of its triple play offering. The Ciena solution was implemented by ADEXUS, Chile's largest systems integrator and a strategic resale partner in Ciena's BizConnect program. Financial terms were not disclosed.

VTR, majority-owned by North American company Liberty Global, is Chile's largest multi-channel television and residential broadband Internet provider and Chile's second largest provider of residential telephony services, reaching 1.1 million subscribers.

Ciena Targets Software-enabled, Service-driven Networks

Ciena unveiled plans for creating software-enabled, service-driven networks that turn seemingly disparate network elements into an intelligent, cohesive platform that can be controlled on-demand.

Through its "FlexSelect" Architecture, Ciena aims to transform networks into programmable service delivery engines. Service providers would be able to adapt and scale their networks to address emerging services, turn unpredictability in service demand into business opportunities and eliminate barriers between creating and monetizing new services.

Ciena's FlexSelect Architecture initially has been focused on capacity and cost reductions for optical transport using the company's with "any service on any port". It hase been expanded to focus on network efficiency using OTN, sub-wavelength grooming and performance-grade Ethernet. The company is now further evolving its FlexSelect Architecture with a focus on creating agile, software-enabled networks running across efficient IP/Ethernet and intelligent optical platforms that can cost-effectively enable new revenue-generating services.

Ciena said key benefits of its software-driven approach include the ability to :

  • Increase service awareness in access and metro networks to enable new service creation, activation and assurance;

  • Dynamically allocate, increase or decrease network capacity with zero to low touch via programmability/automation to respond to unpredictable demand;

  • Optimize wireless and wireline networks for ubiquitous connectivity and seamless service delivery; and,

  • Distribute integrated service-aware data, control and management plane features across platforms from customer edge to service provider core.

Alcatel-Lucent Introduces Smart Metering Solution

Alcatel-Lucent introduced a smart metering solution targeted at the utility market. The solution will make it possible for utilities to provide consumers with detailed, near real-time information about their personal energy consumption.

As a part of the solution, Alcatel-Lucent is delivering a real-time data processing system based on its Open Service Platform (OSP), offering meter reading, meter management, infrastructure and data management. Alcatel-Lucent's OSP is widely deployed by hundreds of telecommunications operators. The solution is scalable and field proven in gathering call data on hundreds of millions of telephone calls. The smart metering release of the OSP adapts the system to the requirements of the utility providers, counting kilowatt hours or gallons per minute instead of call minutes.

Alcatel-Lucent said its solution is not limited to monitoring only electrical energy and can be adapted to intelligently monitor any electronic meter, including water and gas meters.