Monday, August 11, 2008

China's Ministry of Railways Deploys Juniper's ISG

China's Ministry of Railways is protecting its nationwide communications infrastructure, encompassing the Ministry's headquarters and 18 bureaux, with the Juniper Networks Integrated Security Gateway (ISG) 2000 firewall/VPN with integrated Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP).

The Juniper Networks ISG 2000 is a high-performance integrated security gateway that provides firewall and IPSec VPN performance for Internet applications and multimedia content. It supports security zones and offers various virtualization capabilities. The Ministry of Railways is also leveraging the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) capability of ISG 2000 with the optional Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) security modules. In addition to providing full IPS security protection from all the latest network attacks and threats, the tight integration of the security modules with the FW/VPN capability enables seamless and simple management of the entire gateway.

NetXen Debuts Upgradeable QuadG/10G Architecture

NetXen, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, released its third generation NX3031 silicon and Intelligent NIC boards for volume blade and rack server platforms migrating to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE). NetXen NX3031 chips and boards are specifically designed to address both current and future go-to-market needs of volume server OEMs. The company has previously announced HP and IBM as major customers.

NetXen said its NetXen's NX3031-based Intelligent NICs deliver a quantum leap in network I/O performance. According to a new Tolly Group Up to Spec Certified test, NetXen achieves 22 Gbps of bi-directional throughput and greater than 14 Gbps receive throughput for 1500-byte packets. This represents a near doubling of previous industry benchmarks.

By using a 25-cent connector and a small riser card that incorporates the customer's choice of physical layer interface, servers can be ready for the transition from Gigabit to 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The solution enables server OEMs to commit 10 Gigabit Ethernet to the motherboard without worrying about a specific connectivity variant, such as SPF+, CX4 or the emerging 10GBASE-T. This "above-board" connectivity option future-proofs their servers while removing risk for both the OEM and the end user.

"Our third-generation Intelligent NIC solutions harness the power of the FlexLOM architecture to provide server OEMs and board manufacturers with an effortless, affordable and high-volume transition from Gigabit to 10 Gigabit Ethernet," said Govind Kizhepat, CEO and founder, NetXen.

Key features of NetXen's third-generation Intelligent NICs include:

  • Programmability that allows features to be added over time via firmware upgrades

  • Performance with the 2x bandwidth gains provided by PCIe 2.0

  • Energy efficiency through Dynamic Power Management, a capability that can reduce power consumption by up to 40%

  • New levels of SLA enforcement for virtualized environments via NetXen's Quality of Virtualization (QoV) features, including SR-IOV, NetQueue, rate limiting and bandwidth allocation control

  • A single chip solution supporting full offload of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) that will continue to drive storage and network convergence.

NetXen is now shipping its third-generation NX3031 Intelligent NIC solution, which is the foundation for its new series of intelligent network adapters:

  • NX3-20GxR: Dual-port 10GbE low-profile PCI Express 2.0 cards with pluggable SFP+ optical interconnect modules

  • NX3-20GCU: Dual-port 10GbE low-profile PCI Express 2.0 card with direct attach twinax copper wiring for in-rack connectivity

  • NX3-4GBT: Low-profile PCI Express 2.0 card with four Gigabit Ethernet ports for maximum flexibility in mixed 1G/10G environments.

Bookham Demos 40G Tunable Transmitter

Bookham has demonstrated its 40 Gbps ODQPSK tunable transmitter capability to its Tier 1 customers.

The company said its tunable transmitter assembly (TTA) will meet price points that enable cost-effective deployment of 40Gbps transmission in metro networks. The TTA has been demonstrated in the Bookham Caswell, UK, facility using cascaded DWDM nodes to reproduce real network conditions, and will be sampled into customer premises next month.

The Bookham 40 Gbps portfolio of products utilizes the Optical Differential Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (ODQPSK) modulation scheme for 40 Gbps.

Verizon Business Offers NAC for Enterprise Security

Verizon Business is using its worldwide professional and managed service capabilities to help customers deploy and manage Network Access Control (NAC). The technology helps boost network security by allowing only authorized users and compliant devices to access a company's extended network. With intelligence residing in the network, NAC checks endpoints across all access methods, including local area and wide area networks, wireless connectivity, remote access, unmanaged device access and guest access. If devices are noncompliant with the company's security policy, then NAC can deny or restrict those devices from gaining access to the network.

By linking network-based security with identity and access management and endpoint security technologies (including anti-virus, host intrusion prevention and patch management), NAC can greatly limit potential damage to the critical resources from known and unknown security threats that expose vulnerabilities.

Verizon Business said it supports all aspects of NAC -- from design to strategy to implementation, and to management and maintenance. It is immediately available globally to enterprise customers throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific, including Australia, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Verizon Business works with various NAC vendors, including Cisco, Juniper Networks, ForeScout Technologies and TippingPoint.

For customers already using Verizon Business' MSS, the log data collected from the NAC infrastructure is aggregated with data from other managed security devices to provide a more complete view of the customer's security posture. To date, Verizon Business has integrated Cisco Network Admission Control into its MSS platform, with plans to support additional NAC technologies.

AT&T Earns Primary Carrier Status at Boeing

The Boeing Company has selected AT&T to be its primary telecommunications provider. The contract , which is valued at more than $400 million over five years, calls for AT&T to provide advanced network and wireless services to help Boeing enhance its business processes and increase productivity.

AT&T will consolidate existing, disparate telecommunications networks into one ubiquitous, Internet Protocol (IP)-enabled voice and data network for Boeing. Once the contract with Boeing has been fully implemented, AT&T will deliver wide area network services, voice services, audio conferencing, AT&T Managed Internet Service and wireless voice and data services.

AT&T said the Boeing contract follows a series of other large and strategic wins, including Royal Dutch Shell, Starbucks, IBM, General Motors and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.http://www.att.com

GSA Migrates from IPv4 to IPv6 with Level 3

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has migrated its IPv4 network, to IPv6 with the help of Level 3 Communications. GSA is the first civilian agency to be in compliance with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandate to utilize the next generation IPv6 network.

"Due to the size and scale of the Level 3 network, our company has been a leader in the development, adoption and deployment of new standards, and we intend to follow a similar path with regard to IPv6," said Edward Morche, general manager of Level 3's Federal segment. "We are pleased to build upon our long-standing relationship with the GSA and to have played an instrumental role in the GSA's transition to the next generation of technology."

British Prime Minister's Office to Use Brightcove for Video Distribution

Te British Prime Minster's Office will use Brightcove's online video platform to increase the availability of video content through the official government website,

As part of this initiative 10 Downing Street will also launch a new website channel, Number10TV, which will provide public access to exclusive video of the Prime Minster's speeches, press conferences, media appearances, and news archives.

Cisco Completes Acquisition of Pure Networks

Cisco completed its acquisition of Pure Networks, a Seattle-based start-up specializing in home networking-management software. The deal was valued at approximately $120 million.

Cisco said the acquisition provides it with a fully integrated line of home-networking-management solutions that will also serve as the foundation for the development of new multimedia-enabled applications, tools and capabilities for consumers to use in an increasingly "connected life" at home, at work and on the go. The acquisition further advances Cisco's consumer strategy by enhancing the development of the existing Linksys Easy Link Advisor (LELA) platform, which enables a consumer to more easily set up, organize, manage, secure and use a home network.

Ericsson Backs "Enlightened Bangladesh" Wireless Project

Ericsson is launching a pilot project called "Enlightened Bangladesh" to demonstrate how to improve productivity and quality of life in the country with the use of high-speed internet services through 3G/HSPA technology. Bangladesh currently has an estimated 43 million mobile subscribers.

The pioneering project, called Alokito Bangladesh (Enlightened Bangladesh), will demonstrate high-speed internet access and a range of advanced services - including mobile health and mobile learning - in the region of the capital, Dhaka, from early August to the end of October this year.

Ericsson said it is seeking to showcase how the technology can be a major catalyst for social and economic empowerment by bridging the digital divide in this developing market. The pilot will demonstrate m-learning through interactive long-distance classes led by remote teachers, while mobile health will demonstrate the potential of distance health care in the country, highlighting the potential benefits of bringing basic services to communities that lack them today. Other services included in the pilot are m-surveillance, video calling and entertainment.

Ericsson is conducting the 3G trial by using the site and transmission networks of three telecom operators - Warid Telecom International Bangladesh, Grameenphone, and Telecom Malaysia International (Bangladesh), which operates under the brand name AKTEL. Ericsson is using partners for m-learning and for mobile health.

Tektronix Joins LSTI for Trial Testing in LTE Mobile Broadband Systems

Tektronix Communications announced its participation in the Long Term Evolution/System Architecture Evolution (LTE/SAE) Trial Initiative (LSTI), a global, collaborative technology trial initiative focused on accelerating the availability of commercial and interoperable next generation LTE mobile broadband systems. The LSTI brings together major telecom equipment vendors and operators to drive the development of next-generation, high-performance, mobile broadband networks and 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) LTE and SAE technologies.

Tektronix' LTE solution portfolio includes the G35 Functional and Load Test Platform and the NSA Monitoring Platform.
  • In May 2007, a group of world leading telecom technology manufacturers and network operators comprised of Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, France Telecom/Orange, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, T-Mobile, and Vodafone, launched a joint initiative aimed at driving high performance mobile broadband networks based on 3GPP Release 8 "Long Term Evolution / System Architecture Evolution" (LTE/SAE) specifications.

  • The LTE/SAE Trial Initiative targets mobile broadband peak data rates exceeding 100 Mbps. In line with 3GPP requirements, LTE/SAE aims to provide a mobile broadband service that outperforms both 3GPP Release 6 HSPA, as well as current fixed line DSL data rates while maintaining and extending the highly successful mobility and coverage benefits of 3GPP networks such as GSM.

Bezeq Awards Expansion Order to Veraz

Bezeq, the leading domestic, international telecommunications provider in Israel, awarded an expansion order to Veraz Networks for continued migration of voice traffic off its legacy TDM tandem network and onto an IP backbone. The order builds upon an existing deployment of Veraz's ControlSwitch and the I-Gate 4000 family of media gateways. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bezeq initially deployed Veraz's ControlSwitch to support local number portability (LNP) and mobile number portability (MNP) services. Now, Bezeq will expand the use of the ControlSwitch along with Veraz's I-Gate 4000 family of media gateways to migrate traffic off of Bezeq's existing TDM tandem switches onto a national IP backbone, greatly reducing their on-going operating and capital costs and in particular their real estate costs.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Orange Business Services launches Network Boost

Orange Business Services is launching Network Boost, a network-based application performance management solution, fully integrated with the Orange IP VPN. Network Boost prioritizes, accelerates and optimizes customers' applications and guarantees uptime through stringent network-based application service level agreements and proactive performance monitoring.

Orange is partnering with Ipanema Technologies, which develops solutions for application traffic management.

Orange said its Network Boost would give businesses a clear understanding of how their networks are used -- by application, site and user group. Orange proposes multiple options depending on customer need, including:

  • acceleration that compresses data and minimizes network delays,

  • application monitoring that anticipates network performance degradation, and

  • self management that allows customers to change their own application service quality.

The service is available in 220 countries and territories.

RAD Supports Olympic Coverage for China Radio International

China Radio International (CRI) is using RAD Data Communications to enable it to transmit video on demand (VOD) from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. CRI, which maintains a video server at the Olympics, recommended RAD's RIC-155GE Gigabit Ethernet over STM-1 network termination unit (NTU) to China Telecom as a reliable gateway for transmitting its Ethernet-based video feed over existing SDH lines to various provincial capitals, including Chengdu (in Sichuan), Xian (in Shaanxi) and Changsha (in Hunan).

Using virtual concatenation technology, the RIC-155GE maps the video streams into VC-4 containers for transport across long-haul fiber connections. CRI first deployed RAD's RIC-155GE in 2006 to run Ethernet-based video over traditional STM-1 circuits.

Bharti Airtel Selects Oracle to Optimize Fiber Network

India's Bharti Airtel has selected Oracle Communications Network Integrity to help optimize the use of its extensive national fiber-optic network. Specifically, Oracle Communications Network Integrity will give Airtel enterprise-wide visibility of its network assets by enabling the constant auditing of inventory data quality and providing a user-friendly mechanism to identify and reconcile data discrepancies. This automated solution will replace Airtel's burdensome manual processes for assessing and reconciling its network assets and capacity to help streamline business operations. Financial terms were not disclosed.

HP Agreed to Acquire Colubris for WLAN Solutions

HP agreed to acquire Colubris Networks, a privately-held provider of intelligent wireless networks for enterprises and service providers. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Colubris supplies an Intelligent Mobility Solution that delivers wireless integrated access, management and security products as well as 802.11n capability.

HP said it plans to integrate Colubris' extensive product line into its ProCurve Networking product portfolio. This will expand HP ProCurve's reach into vertical markets such as hospitality, transportation, healthcare, manufacturing, service provider and education.

Colubris Networks, which is based in Waltham, Mass., was founded in 2000.http://www.hp.com

SingTel Group's Combined mobile Customer base Reaches 198 million

Singapore Telecommunications Group's operating revenue increased 5.9 per cent to S$3.78 billion, driven by the double-digit growth in data and IT businesses in Singapore and Optus' strong focus on mobile and fixed on-net businesses. Net underlying profit for the first quarter was flat at S$865 million but would have increased 6.0 per cent if the regional currencies had remained stable from a year ago. Net profit declined 5.3 per cent to S$878 million after including a one-off S$84 million exceptional currency translation gain recognized in the first quarter a year ago.

Some highlights:

  • The Group's combined mobile customer base in the region has reached 197.71 million as at 30 June 2008. Compared to a year ago, the Group's mobile customer base in the eight markets -- Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand -- grew 45% from 136.35 million customers. On a quarterly basis, the increase was 6.7%.

  • In India, Bharti added another record 7.40 million new customers to bring its total mobile customer base to 69.38 million. Bharti's customers constituted 35% of the Group's combined mobile base.

  • In Indonesia, Telkomsel attracted 1.11 million new mobile customers during the quarter. With a customer base of 52.44 million customers, it remained Indonesia's leading cellular company.

  • In Thailand, AIS attracted more than 877,000 new customers. Its total base of 25.96 million customers represented about 46% share of the Thai market.

  • In the Philippines, Globe added 1.46 million mobile customers to bring its total base to 22.74 million as at 30 June 2008.

  • In Pakistan, Warid increased its base by 1.10 million customers to reach 15.49 million mobile customers while in Bangladesh, PBTL saw its total CDMA base growing to 1.70 million customers.

  • In Australia, Optus' total customer base reached 7.24 million as at 30 June 2008. During the quarter, it added 101,000 new mobile subscribers, of which 87,000 were in postpaid.

  • In Singapore, SingTel added 182,000 subscribers in the first quarter , bringing its total mobile customer base in Singapore to 2.75 million -- a market share of 44.7 per cent. In the prepaid segment, 151,000 customers were added in the first quarter, bringing total subscribers to 1.34 million and a market share of 44.6 per cent. SingTel added 31,000 postpaid customers and held a market share of 44.8 per cent.

  • SingTel's Revenue from Data & Internet grew 11 per cent to S$370 million in the first quarter boosted by strong demand for managed services and fixed broadband service.

  • SingTel added 13,000 fixed broadband customers in the quarter and retained leadership position with a 54.1 per cent market share.

  • Customer base for mio TV, which started a year ago, grew nearly 2,000 to more than 45,000 at the end of 30 June 2008 from a quarter ago. Customer additions in the quarter were offset partly by the termination of inactive subscribers following the expiry of the waiver periods introduced during the initial launch period.

Sonus Networks Reports Q2 Revenue of $87.9 million

Sonus Networks reported Q2 revenues of $87.9 million, compared to $74.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2008 and $75.5 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2007, an increase of 16% year over year. Net income on a GAAP basis for the second quarter of 2008 was $0.1 million, or $0.00 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $0.6 million, or $0.00 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2008, and a GAAP net loss of $7.0 million, or $0.03 per share, for the second quarter of 2007.

Extreme Networks Announces $100 Million Stock Repurchase

Extreme Networks announced a "modified Dutch auction" tender offer to purchase $100 million worth of its common stock at a price per share not less than $3.30 and not greater than $3.70. Goldman, Sachs & Co. will serve as dealer manager for the stock tender offer.