Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Telstra Calls for Regulatory Change in Australia

Telstra is calling for a new regulatory framework to underpin the rollout of a new open access, high-speed national broadband network (NBN). Specifically, Telstra believes new legislation is needed to lock in an agreement on the terms of core wholesale access to the NBN to provide certainty for investors and wholesale customers and attract the multi-billion dollar investment required.

"If this network is going to be built, the builder needs up-front certainty that its investment will not be undermined or given away by regulatory changes once a decision to invest is made," said Kate McKenzie, Group Managing Director of Telstra Wholesale.

Telstra's legislative recommendations include:

  • Maintaining the integrity of the network, which means the Government should not try to slice up the network and give different elements to different providers and the Government should not force the network operator to accommodate old and new technologies, which are not compatible;

  • Given the critical importance of telecommunications to public safety and national security, bidders must be able to demonstrate how their plan will provide for emergency services, particularly during the migration phase;

  • Unnecessary regulation aimed at legacy networks should be removed;

  • Land access arrangements need to be streamlined to facilitate the deployment of more than 50,000 nodes; and

  • Important consumer protection and social policy objectives must be properly identified and funded.

NTT to Implement 30 GB Upload Cap for Fiber Access Users

NTT Communications (NTT Com) will begin restricting network access by individual customers who upload more than 30 gigabytes (GB) of data per day. NTT Com said it will introduce the new bandwidth cap on August 1 "to help ensure stable, trouble-free access to the Internet for all customers." The company noted that although it continues to expand its OCN optical network to accommodate increasing data traffic, a small number of individual users have been monopolizing substantial network resources by uploading massive amounts of data, which can slow the speed of the network and lower communication quality for other users.

NTT Com will begin to implement the policy by first notifying any individual that exceeds the 30 GB daily limit. The user will be asked to observe the limit. If they do not, OCN will suspend their access to the network and possibly terminate their service contract.

Downlink traffic, such as browsing, receiving e-mails and data downloading, will not be subject to the 30GB limitation.http://www.ntt.com
  • In May, NTT reported that the number of FLET'S Hikari optical access subscriptions reached 8.78 million as of March 31, 2008, up from 3.2 million a year earlier. Meanwhile, the number of ADSL subscribers fell to 4.6 million from 5.3 million a year earlier. Likewise, the number of conventional telephone lines fell to 39.2 million from 43.3 million last year.

BSkyB Signs Wholesale Voice Agreement with BT

BT will provide BSkyB with a wholesale voice service to support call services to its 1.1 million Sky Talk customers. The 3-year deal will support the further expansion of Sky Talk, the UK's fastest growing residential telephony service. Over the next few months, Sky Talk customers and their calls will be migrated to the BT Wholesale platform.http://www.btplc.comhttp://www.sky.com

Riverbed and OPNET Partner

OPNET Technologiesis working with Riverbed Technology on advanced capabilities for real-time monitoring and troubleshooting of wide area network (WAN) applications accelerated by Riverbed's Steelhead appliances. Specifically, OPNET's ACE solutions for application performance management will provide enhanced visibility into applications accelerated by Riverbed. The combination of OPNET's intelligent analytics and reporting with Riverbed WDS will allow customers to maximize bandwidth allocation, plan server/storage deployments and ensure SLAs are met.

The two companies also said they are engaging in joint sales and marketing efforts.http://www.riverbed.comhttp://www.opnet.com

Euro Disney Upgrades 15,000 phone lines to VoIP

Euro Disney Associés, which operates the Disneyland Resort Paris, has selected Orange Business Services to replace its entire PABX infrastructure, which represents a total of 15,000 phone lines. This will involve the financing, integration, operation and maintenance of the infrastructure by a dedicated team over a 6-year period. Orange has been one of Euro Disney Associés S.C.A.'s twelve strategic partners since 1992.http://www.orange-business.com

Motorola Expands its Fiber Access Portfolio

At this week's SCTE's Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia, Motorola is expanding its Motorola's hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) platform with new "Fiber Deep" capabilities New capabilities enable cable operators (MSOs) to convert amplifiers to optical nodes for direct migration to fiber. This approach allows operators to reduce the outage time and installation costs that impact video, voice and data service delivery during a typical fiber migration. The portfolio also takes a high-density approach by doubling the receiver density at the fiber optic headend, saving valuable space for the operators as they add equipment to segment node serving areas.

To compliment Motorola's enhanced coarse wave division multiplexing (E-CWDM) solution, a 1GHz dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) narrowcast transmitter adds significant wavelength capability to segment the optical node serving areas over existing fiber resources.

Motorola's Broadband Access Network new product portfolio includes:

  • MBN100 1 GHz MiniBridger Optical Node, BLN100 1 GHz Optical Node -- allow existing Motorola MB and BLE amplifiers to be easily converted to optical nodes.

  • MBV3 1GHz MiniBridger Amplifier -- equipped with three active RF outputs and backward compatible to all existing MiniBridger housings.

  • The SG4-ITU-TX DWDM Transmitter -- adds up to 40 wavelength return capability to Motorola's SG4000 scalable optical node platform.

  • SG4 DOCSIS Transponder -- provides standards based status monitoring and Ethernet capability to the SG4000 platform.

  • The GX2-RX200BX4 High Density Receiver -- doubles the receiver density for Motorola's widely deployed GX2 fiber optic headend platform.

  • The GX2-DM1000B10 1 GHz DWDM Narrowcast Transmitter -- provides up to 40 wavelengths for additional VOD, Internet and telephony services.

Ericsson Extends IT Outsourcing Contracts with HP, IBM

Ericsson has signed a five-year IT outsourcing contract with HP including infrastructure services, application hosting platform, helpdesk, desktop support and output services for Ericsson. The new contract is an extension of a contract signed in 2003 and which ends in fall 2008.

Carl-Magnus Månsson, CIO and Head of Group IT at Ericsson, says: "We gain significant benefits by outsourcing our IT operations. It helps lower overall IT spending, reduces total cost of ownership and makes our IS/IT structure more efficient. It also ensures we are flexible and able to adapt to changing IT demands. Our supplier has demonstrated it is the best-in-class provider and we are pleased to enter this long-term partnership."

Separately, Ericsson signed a five-year IT outsourcing contract with IBM including application maintenance and development for Ericsson.
The new contract is also an extension of a contract signed in 2003. The responsibility for Ericsson's internal, global, corporate voice and data network is not included in the outsourcing contract. This will be managed by Ericsson's business unit Global Services, who will also handle delivery of some business-critical applications and infrastructure services from its own Global Service Delivery Center.http://www.ericsson.com

Ericsson Extends IT Outsourcing Contract with HP

Ericsson has signed a five-year IT outsourcing contract with HP including infrastructure services, application hosting platform, helpdesk, desktop support and output services for Ericsson. The new contract is an extension of a contract signed in 2003 and which ends in fall 2008.

Carl-Magnus Månsson, CIO and Head of Group IT at Ericsson, says: "We gain significant benefits by outsourcing our IT operations. It helps lower overall IT spending, reduces total cost of ownership and makes our IS/IT structure more efficient. It also ensures we are flexible and able to adapt to changing IT demands. Our supplier has demonstrated it is the best-in-class provider and we are pleased to enter this long-term partnership."

U.S. Defense Information System Agency Selects Alcatel-Lucent's WiMAX

The U.S. Defense Information System Agency (DISA) has chosen Alcatel-Lucent's WiMAX platform for a project that aims to demonstrate potential war fighting applications and the usefulness of a hybrid communications architecture. The project will combine emerging standards-based, COTS (commercial off-the-shelf), satellite communications and wireless technology to extend global, wideband communications and services in a mobile tactical environment.

The system will be supplied by LGS, a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent dedicated to serving the U.S. government community. Through LGS, Alcatel-Lucent will provide a turnkey WiMAX radio access network that includes a WiMAX base station, WiMAX Access Controller, and WiMAX Operation and Maintenance Center that will support the latest WiMAX standard, 802.16e-2005 (Rev-e). Financial terms were not disclosed.

The next phase of the project will include live demonstrations in the field and over-the-air transmission verification of further interoperability testing to validate the equipment capabilities and any unforeseen limitations.http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/

Isocore validates Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS Mobile Backhaul

Isocore Internetworking Lab has validated the scalability and resilience of Alcatel-Lucent's IP/MPLS portfolio for mobile backhaul.

The independent performance verification conducted by Isocore was commissioned by Alcatel-Lucent to confirm the scalability and resilience of its end-to-end IP/MPLS RAN aggregation and backhaul solutions within the Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Evolution Transport Architecture (META). Multiple iterations of each test were conducted with special emphasis being placed on resilience mechanisms.

Alcatel-Lucent said the tests confirmed that voice calls can be maintained by the Alcatel-Lucent MBH solution even in catastrophic node failure scenarios because the recovery mechanisms and features were able to successfully preserve the integrity of calls.

Isocore's evaluation focused on the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router and Alcatel-Lucent 7705 Service Aggregation Router as Systems Under Test (SUT) for CDMA/EVDO and GSM/UMTS/HSPA backhaul as well as for transport of Circuit Emulated Services (CES) and timing distribution over IP/MPLS. These tests certify that IP / MPLS solutions to the cell site fully support today's 2G and 3G technologies and that the solution satisfies and exceeds the requirements for resilient voice services, network timing, and high availability mobile backhaul transport. The tests also verify the readiness of the IP/MPLS mobile backhaul solution to support tomorrow's 4G, LTE, and enhanced packet core solutions as they move to complete end to end IP.http://www.alcatel-lucent.comhttp://www.isocore.com/

Nokia Siemens Networks Supplies Data Management Solution for T-Mobile Austria

T-Mobile Austria has deployed a single, consolidated database platform from Nokia Siemens Networks to power personalized services, such as "MyFaves" social networking, to its customers. The recently-implemented Nokia Siemens Networks subscriber data management solution enables T-mobile Austria to introduce new services and applications much faster than before, for instance by delivering targeted advertising and information services or community services like "MyFaves".

Nokia Siemens Networks said its implementation replaced a number of separate databases used for different applications and services. The single, shared platform provides real-time access to all subscriber data -- a complete view of each customer profile. This allows T-Mobile to provide profiled voice, data or multimedia services to its subscribers, based on their needs or preferences. The Nokia Siemens Networks solution based on the open, real-time One-NDS (Network Directory Server) platform also means greater reliability, availability and security of all services.http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

Nokia Siemens Networks signs 2G Expansion Contract for Iraq

Asiacell Communication, a GSM network operator in Iraq, awarded a multi-million frame-contract to Nokia Siemens Networks to expand its 2G network. Nokia Siemens Networks will also extend the local support needed to run Asiacell's operations in Iraq. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its Flexi Base Station, which will enable Asiacell to minimize network deployment and operational costs. In addition Asiacell's staff will receive competence development services to meet rapid network expansion and the advent of new technologies.http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

Ceragon Receives $5 Million Follow-on Order from Mexico

Ceragon Networks was awarded a $5 million follow-on equipment order from one of the leading mobile operators in Mexico. Ceragon said its equipment will be used as part of a large-scale infrastructure expansion that includes capacity upgrades for an existing 2.5G network as well as preparation to support advanced 3G services in the near future. Specifically, Ceragon's FibeAir solutions will be used to deliver high capacity mobile backhauling in a 2xSTM-1 configuration. The advanced microwave systems are capable of operating in the 6 to 38 GHz frequency bands. http://www.ceragon.com

Loopt Available on Verizon Wireless for $3.99/Month

Loopt's location-based service is now available to Verizon Wireless customers for $3.99 per month. Loopt allows friends who opt in to be located by other friends to show where the friends are located and what they are doing via detailed, interactive maps on their mobile phones.http://www.verizonwireless.comhttp://www.loopt.com

AT&T Teams with for Wi-Fi in 600 U.S. Hotels

AT&T was awarded a three-year, $9 million contract by Accor North America (NA) and its Motel 6 brand to provide Managed Internet Service (MIS) and firewall and router implementation services. The new services enable hotel guests to have Wi-Fi connectivity at a low price.

China Telecom Americas Selects Cisco IP NGN

China Telecom Americas will base its network on the Cisco IP NGN architecture and has become a Cisco Powered Program member with service designations in MPLS-based IP virtual private network (VPN) and Carrier Ethernet. Financial terms were not disclosed.

China Telecom Americas currently operates multiple super points of presence (PoPs) that aggregate traffic across North America. China Telecom America's backbone expansion includes three new Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing Systems. These join existing Cisco XR 12000 Series Routers for the network core infrastructure, which ties into the Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP) for TDM service aggregation. The Cisco 15454 MSPP is used in the role of international TDM gateway platform supporting SONET for traffic bound for CTA's U.S. markets and supporting SDH for traffic bound for CTA's China and other international markets.

China Telecom Americas offers services in the United States and Canada, and is expanding into South America. The services are designed to expand the MPLS-based IP VPN access reach via ChinaNet and CN2, a next-generation carrier network.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Shenick and Ciena Optimize Full Two-Way Active Measurement Protocol Testing

Ciena is using Shenick Network Systems' diversifEye platform to test full two-way active measurement protocol (TWAMP) compliance for its customers.

The TWAMP protocol defines a flexible method for measuring round-trip IP performance among any two devices in a network that supports the standard, such as measuring time delay on a call. Full/complete TWAMP testing enables carriers to go one step further and TWAMP test each node in the network for ultimate end user quality of service (QoS).

Shenick said its full TWAMP testing solution enables Ciena's engineers to perform a network "health check" by measuring the complete IP performance of underlying transport, right down to an individual flow basis, through cooperation between network elements that have already been deployed.http://www.shenick.com

Orange Business Services Receives License in India

Orange Business Services, the enterprise communications arm of France Telecom, has received a license from India's Department of Telecommunications to provide national and international long distance telecommunications services across the country. The company will be immediately rolling out services through its joint venture company ‘Equant Network Services India Private Limited'. Services will include IP VPNs, MPLS, network- related managed services and adaptive network solutions for enterprises.www.orange-business.com

AT&T Announces Content Delivery Network (CDN)

AT&T debuted a suite of content delivery and digital media solutions to help companies package, deliver and distribute video and rich multimedia Web content across their networks to the three screens that are core to AT&T's multimedia strategy -- the computer, the television and mobile computing devices such as the iPhone and the BlackBerry. The rollout includes content distribution and management, broadcast video and digital signage services.

AT&T has struck strategic agreements with ExtendMedia, Qumu and Stratacache, which are software companies that specialize in formatting and packaging content that is suitable for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer applications, such as streaming video, live and on-demand webcasting, e-learning and virtual trade shows, as well as the delivery of advertising over emerging media networks. The goal is to offer a turnkey solution to encode, deliver, manage and support video and multimedia files. Businesses will also be able to combine these services with AT&T's security capabilities, hosting, applications and professional services to address their most pressing needs with complete and reliable solutions.

Furthermore, AT&T plans to complete deployment of nearly $70 million in network infrastructure and development investment by year-end to support its digital media capabilities across the U.S., Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.

AT&T is creating a new unit to accelerate the company's activities in the content space, and it named Cathy Martine, executive vice president-Content Distribution, to lead AT&T's enterprise digital media efforts.

Available today, AT&T Digital Media Solutions features the following capabilities:

  • AT&T Intelligent Content Distribution Service -- A network-based Content Delivery Network (CDN) service that replicates information across the Internet, such as Web page content, large files for download, live video and video-on-demand. At the heart of the service is the ability of the AT&T global network to deliver content closer to the end-user by determining the optimal distribution path based on factors such as server load capacity and user proximity. Because the content is sent from the nearest and best caching node, CDN customers are able to distribute files to end-users more efficiently.

  • Content Ecosystem -- AT&T is creating an ecosystem of software providers that it is working to simplify indexing, tagging and encoding services that are required to format content for delivery.

  • AT&T Digital Signage -- An end-to-end managed service that enables businesses to distribute their own customized video and other multimedia content to both employees and customers. The AT&T service is scalable and typically delivered on High Definition LCD monitors displayed in high-traffic areas, such as retail outlets,
    employee lunch rooms, airport terminals, hotel lobbies and office reception areas.

  • Broadcast Video -- A host of full-motion video transport services that deliver high-quality video images and stereo-quality audio over a fiber-optic network.

LSI Introduces First 12 Gbps Tarari Content Processing Board

LSI introduced its Tarari 8400 series of PCI Express "plug-and-play" content processor boards designed to meet the high-performance needs of network security and telecom OEMs. The company said the new Tarari 8400 offers scalable performance up to 12 Gbps at half the price per Gbps and one-fourth the power of current solutions. LSI's Tarari can automatically detect and load balance up to four of the boards, providing up to 48 Gbps total throughput.

The LSI Tarari content processor family can be used for providing security, quality of service, content-based billing and bandwidth management functions. These solutions support common industry interfaces and a common application programming interface. The Tarari 8400 series consists of four boards offering performance levels of 3 Gbps, 6 Gbps, 9 Gbps and 12 Gbps and supporting PCIe 8 lane interfaces from a wide range of multi-core processors including Intel Xeon, AMD Opteron, Cavium Octeon Plus or RMI XLS. Samples are expected to be available in September.http://www.lsi.com