Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Sprint Selects DragonWave for XOHM Wireless Backhaul

Sprint has selected DragonWave's IP backhaul solutions for its XOHM-branded WiMAX mobile-broadband services in North America.

Specifically, DragonWave's Horizon Compact and Horizon Duo products will be deployed initially in the Baltimore/Washington and Chicago markets. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DragonWave's native Ethernet radios will provide Sprint's XHOM network with carrier-grade reliability, capacity, throughput and Quality of Service (QoS) for backhauling 4G traffic. The Horizon products provide software controlled scalability, ultra-low latency, wire-speed connectivity up to 1.6 Gbps full duplex, 99.999% service availability and a full suite of network management options.

"We are progressing with our deployment of the XOHM mobile broadband network using WiMAX technology and we will include wireless backhaul in our first launch markets" said Doug Smith, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Operations Officer of Sprint's XOHM business unit.http://www.dragonwaveinc.com

Sycamore Optical Switch Completes DISA Joint Interoperability Assessment Testing

Sycamore Networks' SN 9000 Intelligent Multiservice Switch has successfully completed interoperability testing with the US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC). JITC assessment and approval is required for systems intended to participate in US Department of Defense networks.

The SN 9000 joins other Sycamore optical switching solutions -- including the previously certified SN 16000, SN 3000, and SILVX Network Management System -- in successfully completing JITC interoperability testing. By reaching this milestone with the SN9000, Sycamore has strengthened its position as an established provider of JITC-approved, core-to-edge optical switching solutions.

Sycamore's SN 9000 brings important new functionality to multiservice switching -- including unique bandwidth capacity licensing, service modularity, and any-service, any-port features -- in the 80-320 Gbps bandwidth range. It is designed to cost-effectively integrate multiple functions in a single, highly-compact system that can include low-order (VT/VC) and high-order (OC-n/STM-n) switching, add-drop multiplexing, advanced Ethernet services, and integrated optical transport.


Opnext to Acquire StrataLight for 40G

Opnext agreed to acquire privately held StrataLight Communications, a supplier of 40 Gbps line-side optical subsystems and advanced dispersion compensation modules for the communications industry. StrataLight Communications has shipped more than 2,500 units to its customers so far. The company is headquartered in Los Gatos, CA and has more than 200 employees.

Under the terms of the agreement, Opnext will acquire StrataLight for a total consideration of approximately 26.55 million common shares and $30 million in cash. Based on Opnext's closing share price of $5.35 on July 8, 2008, this represents a value of approximately $172 million. Upon completion of the acquisition, StrataLight Communications' shareholders will own approximately 29 percent of the combined company.

"Through this acquisition, Opnext will provide a complete 40G solution, which we believe will make us the market leader in 40G. Opnext is known for one of the most comprehensive and best performing product portfolios in the marketplace and now, by incorporating StrataLight's leading 40G line-side products into our portfolio, we will be able to address both the line- and client-sides, significantly expanding our addressable market," said Harry Bosco, President and CEO of Opnext.http://www.opnext.comhttp://www.stratalight.com

TIA Predicts Global Telecom Revenue to Hit $5 Trillion in 2011

Global telecommunications revenue is projected to hit nearly $5 trillion by 2011, with growing demand for high-volume data applications driving both business and consumer markets, according to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).

TIA also announced today that it is working with TelecomView, a strategic analysis firm for the telecommunications industry, to create a series of forecasts for the year 2020.

In November 2008, TIA will publish the ICT2020 Brief that will define the best practices for service providers in the year 2020 and will give examples of companies today that have already made significant progress along this path. The ICT2020 Analysis will be published in February 2009 and will provide an extensive analysis of the progress being made toward the standard defined in the ICT2020 Brief. http://www.tiaonline.org

Huawei-Symantec Selects RMI's Multi-core Multi-threaded Processors

Huawei-Symantec, a joint venture formed to develop leading-edge security and storage appliances, will use RMI's multi-core multi-threaded processors for its storage and security appliances, including the USG9000 and the USG6000. Huawei-Symantec also announced the introduction of the Joint Venture's first unified security gateway device.

The Huawei-Symantec joint venture was announced in May 2007 between Huawei Technologies and Symantec to develop and distribute security and storage appliances to global telecommunications carriers and enterprises.http://www.RMICorp.com

OKI Launches “Visual Nexus�? Video Conference System

Oki Electric Industry introduced the latest version of its video conferencing system. The Visual Nexus offers enhanced functions for large-scale operation and includes a multi-tenant function that enables video conferences to be operated via application service providers. Specifically, OKI has added the following three functions to Visual Nexus ( ver3.2-3):

  • Enhancements enabling up to 5,000 users and devices to be managed on the video conference system. Up to 1000 devices to be connected simultaneously to the gatekeeper.

  • Functions to disperse server load. This averages out overall system load by identifying, from among multiple servers, the one with the least connection load and automatically allocates connections for individual devices.

  • Multi-tenant function to enable ASP operations. The number of service providers offering application services, including Saas, is expected to increase going forward. Application service providers need to minimize their capex and system management load by sharing a system with multiple tenants (companies). With the multi-tenant function, providers can set dedicated tenants for each user on a single system, which can then be managed independently. The system can thus be shared while maintaining security among tenants.

Digitel Philippines Selects Ceragon for Wireless Backhaul

Digitel Mobile Philippines has again selected Ceragon Networks' FibeAir wireless backhaul solutions as part of its network upgrade to provide 3G data and multimedia services based on IP technology. This order totaling over $3.5 million, follows several successful deployments of Ceragon's wireless backhaul solution for DMPI over the past years.http://www.ceragon.com

ShoreTel Granted Two Patents in Unified Communications

ShoreTel has been granted two new U.S. patents in the area of unified communications.

The first, (US Patent 7,379,540) covers server backup capabilities across distributed IP telephony systems, increasing the survivability and fault tolerance of managing and routing voice calls over the IP network (LAN/WAN).

The second (US Patent 7,386,114) covers techniques for collecting and sharing information when multiple switches or servers are involved in a call.

ShoreTel said the patented technologies are part of its integrated system that scales seamlessly from 10 to tens of thousands of users. ShoreTel's unique architecture, which allows call processing to be distributed across multiple sites, switches, and servers, pulls information together from many sources to present call details for applications such as call accounting. Independent of device or location.http://www.shoretel.com

Xeround Secures $16 Million for Intelligent Data Grid

Xeround, a start-up based in Bellevue, Washington, closed $16 million in Series B funding for its development of a distributed data grid with virtualization capabilities. The company has R&D operations in Israel.

Xeround has developed a live, scalable Intelligent Data Grid, which is a cloud computing database with data virtualization capabilities. With Xeround's offerings, applications no longer need to know where data resides or if it is being managed with relational, hierarchical or object models. Now, applications get access to data in whatever format is needed -- wherever it's needed.

The new funding was led by Ignition Partners and Trilogy Partnership. Also participating in the round were existing investors Benchmark Capital and Giza Venture Capital.


Corvil Secures $12 Million for Network Latency Mgt for Financials

Corvil, a start-up based in Dublin, Ireland, secured $12 million in a new round of funding for its work in latency management systems aimed at the financial community. Corvil will use the new financing to expand its capabilities to meet the demands of global investment banks, hedge funds, ECNs, exchanges, and network service providers seeking the lowest possible latency for high performance trading.

Corvil was founded in 2000 to address difficult challenges in network performance and optimization brought about by increasing sensitivity of modern networked applications to latency. These challenges included microburst detection and real-time determination of the bandwidth required to meet pre-specified service quality levels for networked applications.

In the new funding round, Vesbridge Partners joined existing investors ACT Ventures and APAX Partners.http://www.corvil.com
  • In October 2007 Corvil announced that the London Stock Exchange had deployed the CorvilNet solution to help achieve low-latency in LSE's access network and record performance levels for its new trading system, called TradElect. In November, 2007 Corvil announced that Deutsche Borse Systems deployed CorvilNet to ensure the success of Deutsche Borse Group's Eurex market data service to significantly enhance support of algorithmic trading. In June, 2008 Corvil announced that Credit Suisse has selected CorvilNet(TM) for a global network deployment. Corvil teamed with BT to deliver a best-in-class solution for latency management and optimization of the Credit Suisse network.

Verizon Signs Big Ten Network for FiOS TV

Verizon will make Big Ten Network available in both standard definition and high definition over its FiOS TV service. The Big Ten is the nation's oldest major athletic conference, and its universities boast more than 4 million alumni nationwide.
Big Ten Network produces sports video content and covered more than 400 live events in its first year.

Since launching FiOS TV in September 2005, Verizon has signed up more than 1.2 million customers. The company said it now ranks as the nation's ninth-largest video distributor.

WildBlue Upgrades Its Satellite Internet Network

WildBlue Communications has completed a series of hardware and software system upgrades that have increased its total network capacity by more than 150,000 additional customers since the beginning of 2008. The upgrades bring WildBlue's total network capacity to over 640,000 customers, with capacity available throughout the entire country.

WildBlue said its most recent upgrade involves the addition of enhanced transmission link hardware and software technologies that enable transmission of 50 percent more information bits through the same existing radio link. As a result, an increase of nearly 50 percent in capacity is realized in beams that were previously upstream (return path) constrained.

WildBlue estimates that there are over 11 million households in areas throughout the United States where DSL or cable broadband services are not available and that over 7.5 million of these households are still accessing the Internet through a traditional dial-up connection.http://www.wildblue.com

Monday, July 7, 2008

Nielsen Reports Rise in TV, Internet and Mobile Video Usage

The average American is watching more traditional TV than ever before (127 hrs, 15 min per month), while also spending 9% more time using the Internet (26 hrs, 26 min per month) compared to last year, according to a new report from The Nielsen Company. At the same time, a small but growing number of Internet and mobile phone users are watching video online (2 hrs, 19 min per month), as well as using their cell phones to watch video (3 hrs, 15 min per month).

Some other highlights from the report:

  • As of May 2008, more than 65% of U.S. homes receive digital cable and satellite combined. These digital TV homes receive nearly 160 channels. In addition, 25% and 35% of U.S. homes have DVR and Video on Demand respectively.

  • Two hundred twenty million Americans have Internet access at home and/or work and 73%, or 162 million went online in May.

  • A total of 119 million unique viewers watcjed 7.5 billion video streams in May 2008. In addition, as of Q1 2008, 91 million Americans (36% of all mobile phone subscribers in the U.S.) owned a video-capable phone.

  • As of Q1 2008, 91 million (36% of all mobile phone subscribers in the U.S.) owned a video-capable phone.

  • As of Q1 2008, there were already 13.9 million persons (6% of U.S. mobile subscribers) paying for a mobile video
    plan, up from 8.4.

Microsoft Unveils Pricing and Partner Model for Web-Based Collaboration Services

Microsoft announced new pricing, packaging and partner compensation details for Microsoft Online Services. Specifically, the is introducing two new suites of subscription services as part of the Microsoft Online Services family: Exchange Online Deskless Worker and SharePoint Online Deskless Worker. A Deskless Worker Suite, including Exchange Online Deskless Worker and SharePoint Online Deskless Worker, will be available for $3 (U.S.) per user, per month. Customers can also subscribe to each service independently.

Exchange Online Deskless Worker will provide e-mail, calendars, global address lists, anti-virus and anti-spam filters, as well as Outlook Web Access Light for access to company e-mail.

SharePoint Online Deskless Worker will provide easy access to SharePoint portal and team sites and search functionality, giving employees read-only access to important information such as company policies, training and benefits.

Microsoft Online Services is open to resale partners, who will will receive a recurring revenue stream for as long as their customer subscribes to the services. Partners that sell the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite, Deskless Worker Suite or any of their components receive 12 percent of the first-year contract price and 6 percent of the subscription fee ongoing. This can translate into 18 percent of the subscription value in the first year of the partner's relationship with the customer.

Microsoft announced a number of partners who have already become authorized resellers of Microsoft Online Services, including Accenture, Ascentium , Atos Origin. BT Group, CDW, Evolve Partners, , Getronics, HCL Technologies, K2, M3 Technology Group, Mamut Software Ltd., Neudesic, PointBridge, Susquehanna Technologies, ThoughtBridge and Unisys Corp. http://www.microsoft.comhttp://www.quickstartonlineservices.com/

Juniper Appoints VP of Corporate Development

Juniper Networks has appointed Luis Avila-Marco to the position of senior vice president of corporate development, with responsibility for corporate strategic planning, as well as the development of key strategic relationships for the company. Mr. Avila-Marco joins Juniper Networks from Scientific-Atlanta, a Cisco Systems, company, where he served as vice president of corporate strategic planning.

Mr. Avila-Marco succeeds Spencer Greene who has taken on a new assignment, serving as the company's senior vice president of customer advocacy. http://www.juniper.net

NTT Plala Selects A10 Server Load Balancers for 'Hikari-TV' Service

A10 Networks will supply its AX Series server load balancers for "Hikari-TV," a video-to-television distribution service provided by NTT Plala Inc. The company said its AX Series was selected because it meets the IPv6 and high performance requirements for accommodating anticipated growth in the number of users. The load balancers feature an Advanced Core Operating System (ACOS) tuned for multi-core CPUs and offer Layer 4-7 capabilities, RAM caches, and SSL.

Consolidating "OCN Theater," "OnDemand TV" and "4th MEDIA," which were previously operated by the NTT group as its three main video distribution service brands for TV, NTT Plala's "Hikari-TV" provides services to deliver various video content for home TV. "Hikari-TV's" services include those for video-on-demand and multi-channel broadcasting via NTT East and West's "B FLET'S," NGN commercial service "FLET'S Hikari Next," and NTT West's "FLET'S Hikari Premium."

Panasonic Avionics Licenses iDirect's Satellite IP Router

Panasonic Avionics, the leading supplier of in-flight entertainment (IFE) and communication systems, will license iDirect's satellite IP router technology as a core component of the Panasonic eXConnect in-flight satellite transmission platform. Panasonic eXConnect provides two-way broadband connectivity for a broad range of passenger and crew applications, including Internet access as well as live video programming, telemedicine and the ability to monitor and report critical flight information in real time.

Panasonic eXConnect features significantly lighter airborne electronics equipment, an ultra-small satellite antenna, iDirect's highly efficient spread spectrum mobile waveform and Intelsat's global Ku-band broadband coverage. In addition, Panasonic eXConnect leverages iDirect's "Group Quality of Service" bandwidth management technology, which enables airlines to integrate and deliver a wide range of services beyond basic Internet access. These include live and premium in-flight entertainment services as well as voice applications, and allow airlines to capture additional pay-per-use and advertising revenues.

iDirect said its satellite IP router technology enables Panasonic to reduce the operating cost and complexity of supporting in-flight broadband connectivity and offer the service for both continental and inter-continental flights. iDirect's spread spectrum mobile waveform diffuses the transmission of satellite bandwidth while maintaining a high data rate. Through the iDirect satellite router, the eXConnect system leverages Intelsat's global fleet of 53 in-orbit satellites and on-the-ground teleport facilities. In addition, iDirect's Global Network Management System allows Panasonic to manage and track each satellite router from a single network management system, instead of using multiple systems typically required to manage a global, hybrid network. iDirect's Automatic Beam Switching feature enables the antenna to automatically transfer connectivity from one satellite to the next as an aircraft travels across satellite footprints.http://www.idirect.nethttp://www.panasonic.aero/

Aircell Announces Completion of Third Phase of $265 Million Financing

Aircell closed on the third tranche of a package of equity and debt financing now totaling $265 million. The latest step is the closing of a $35 million senior secured term loan facility arranged by Scotia Capital, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, which rounds out the prior two-stage equity investment led by Ripplewood Holdings, a major private equity group, Blumenstein/Thorne Information Partners and other investment entities associated with investor/entrepreneur Oakleigh Thorne.

In early 2008, Aircell completed its nationwide wireless Air-To-Ground (ATG) network, which provides coast-to-coast, mobile broadband coverage for commercial airlines and business aircraft. Aircell has announced that its Gogo service will launch initially on American Airlines and Virgin America, with other airlines anticipated to follow within the coming months.http://www.aircell.com/
  • In April 2008, Aircell received two critical FAA approvals, clearing the way to launch its in-flight mobile broadband service over the U.S. Aircell is now the first and only communications operator to receive approvals from the FAA to provide air-to-ground (ATG) in-flight mobile broadband for U.S. domestic flights. The two FAA approvals received include a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), permitting installation and operation of the company's ATG network on commercially operated Boeing 767-200 aircraft.

  • In January 2008, Aircell completed its nationwide wireless Air-To-Ground (ATG) network. As part of this build-out, the company constructed cell sites throughout the country. Placement of cell sites ranged from windy, snow topped mountain peaks at 12,000 feet to remote desert terrain below sea level. The company said network completion was accomplished far ahead of time requirements set by the company's FCC license agreement. The first site was activated on August 25, 2007 and the final site, which finalized the nationwide network, went live on January 29th, just five months later.

DataPipe Secures $75 Million for Managed IT Services

DataPipe, a global provider of managed IT services,secured $75 million dollars in combined credit and equity financing led by Goldman Sachs.

DataPipe provides application management, hosting, professional services, and security services for mid to large-sized organizations in a range of vertical industries. The company has over 1500 customers in six data centers and eight office locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, and China. DataPipe was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey.http://www.datapipe.com

AT&T to Provide Network Services for Muzak

AT&T was awarded a three-year, $6.4 million contract to provide network services to Muzak, a provider of music and professional sound systems for retailers. The contract will provide services to 40 Muzak locations across the U.S. and support Muzak's nationwide service network of more than 1,300 employees.

AT&T is installing AT&T IP Flexible Reach, which combines network-based data services with local and long distance voice capabilities. The solution from AT&T also includes an Avaya IP Telephony (IPT) system, which will streamline the way Muzak handles customer calls and will give field representatives the ability to route calls to any Muzak site at any time.

This contract also extends Muzak's mobility services with AT&T, delivering BlackBerry wireless service to more than 700 employees.http://www.att.com