Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Vietnam Telecom National to Deploy Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 7500

Hanoi-based Vietnam Telecom National will deploy Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 7500 high-speed optical wavelength division multiplexer as the transmission backbone of its next-generation network. For the new optical trunk-line network in the country's southern region, Vietnam Telecom National, which operates under Vietnam Posts and Telecommunication Group, will deploy Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 7500 wavelength division multiplexer. This trunk-line network will traverse approximately 3,000 km in Vietnam's southern region, tying together the region's 21 provincial capitals, and is scheduled to be completed in early 2009. Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • In February 2008, Fujitsu Network Communications announced several enhancements to its FLASHWAVE 7500 ROADM, including a new two-degree (2D) ROADM configuration for locations that only need two degrees of network connectivity (i.e. a single ring). The new release also includes other economical and operational enhancements, including new 19- and 23-inch shelves, an in-service upgradeable In-Line Amplifier (ILA), and a 10 Gbps Flexponder SONET ADM-on-a-card unit.

    The FLASHWAVE 7500, which is widely deployed by some of the largest MSOs and telecom companies in North America, offers 400 Gbps of total capacity, provides up to 40 wavelengths, features transmission paths exceeding 1000 km, and supports up to 24 intermediate add/drop nodes. It supports both optical mesh and network hub architectures.

    Fujitsu said that with this release, several enhancements have been made to the existing 19-inch FLASHWAVE 7500 small configuration to allow it to support 40-channel access via Wavelength Selective Switching (WSS) technology. This new configuration is designed for data center locations where 19-inch shelves are desired. Now, these customers have several alternatives to optimize cost and performance, including a 32-channel Fixed Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (FOADM), 32-channel ROADM, 40‑channel FOADM, or 40-channel WSS-based ROADM.

  • In June 2007, Fujitsu Network Communications announced 40 Gbps transmission capabilities into its FLASHWAVE 7500 Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM), enabling 10-Gbps metro DWDM networks based on the platform to grow from 400 Gbps to 1.6 Tbps of total capacity. Fujitsu has developed an advanced modulation scheme and per-wavelength variable dispersion compensation (VDC) to support the 40 Gbps rate. Optical performance requirements such as optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR), chromatic dispersion, polarization mode dispersion (PMD), and spectral width become much more stringent as bit rates increase.

Malaysia's REDtone Deploys WiMAX with Motorola

REDtone, Malaysia's leading alternative communications ervice provider, has launched East Malaysia's first WiMAX broadband services, powered by Motorola technology. The first phase of the WiMAX network covers Kota Kinabalu business district, enabling high speed Internet access as well as data applications for enterprises. Motorola is working with REDtone to supply and deploy WiMAX 2.3GHz equipment at base sites and install customer premises equipment (CPE) to provide broadband services in major business districts in the first phase of the plan. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Motorola confirmed that it now has 21 contracts for commercial WiMAX networks in 17 countries.http://www.motorola.com

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Names New Chairman, President

Chunghwa Telecom, the incumbent operator in Taiwan, named Dr. Shyue-Ching Lu as Chairman and Mr. Shaio Tung Chang as President of the company. Prior to his appointment as Chairman, Dr. Shyue-Ching Lu was President of Chunghwa Telecom, a role which he undertook in 1996.

Mr. Shaio Tung Chang was previously Senior Vice President of the Company and supervised the marketing, information technology and customer service departments. Prior to that, he served as head of CHT's Mobile Business Group and International Business Group.http://www.cht.com.tw

FCC Releases Order to Comcast to End Discriminatory Network Management Practices

The FCC released its order requiring Comcast to end discriminatory network management practices. Specifically, the FCC is requiring Comcast within 30 days to disclose the details of their unreasonable network management practices, submit a compliance plan describing how it intends to stop these unreasonable management practices by the end of the year, and disclose to both the Commission and the public the details of the
network management practices that it intends to deploy following termination of its current practices. The order is posted online.

On August 1st, the FCC ruled that Comcast's management of its broadband Internet networks contravenes federal policies that protect the vibrant and open nature of the Internet. Specifically, the FCC concluded that by monitoring the content of its customers' traffic and selectively blocking certain peer-to-peer connections, Comcast unduly interfered with Internet users' right to access the lawful Internet content and to use the applications of their choice.

The issue was first brought to light by Comcast subscribers who noticed that they had problems using peer-to- peer applications, such as BitTorrent, over their Comcast broadband connections. The FCC noted that when challenged on the issue Comcast recast its public position several times. Furthermore, evidence suggests that Comcast's practice of blocking traffic has been widespread and that it interferes with peer-to-peer traffic regardless of the level of overall network congestion at the time and regardless of the time of day.http://www.fcc.gov

Ericsson to Join ST-NXP Wireless Silicon Venture

Ericsson will merge its Mobile Platforms business with ST-NXP Wireless in a new 50/50 joint venture. The combined company will be a leading supplier of semiconductors and platforms for mobile applications. It will be an important supplier to Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG and Sharp. The fabless joint venture will employ almost 8,000 people with pro-forma 2007 sales of US$3.6 billion. ST is expected to exercise its option to buy NXP's 20 percent of ST-NXP Wireless before the closing of this transaction.

In the joint venture, ST contributes its multimedia and connectivity solutions as well as a 2G/EDGE platform and a 3G offering, including customer relationships with Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson.

Ericsson contributes its 3G and LTE platform technology as well as customer relationships with Sony Ericsson, LG and Sharp.

The joint venture, staffed by proven professionals across all functional areas, is designed for long-term stability in its original structure, and is set to become an industry leader in product research, as well as design, development, and the creation of cutting-edge mobile platforms and wireless semiconductors.

The companies said the scale of their businesses would provide a strategic differentiator.

"By combining the complementary strengths and product offerings of Ericsson and ST in platforms and semiconductors the joint venture is well positioned to become a world leader," said Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO of Ericsson. "The industry continues to develop at a swift pace and customers see benefits from our broad offering. This partnership is a perfect fit and secures a complete offering, as well as the necessary scale for technology leadership."

The joint venture will be headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and governance will be balanced. Each parent will appoint four directors to the board and Ericsson will designate Carl-Henric Svanberg as the Chairman of the Board while ST will appoint Carlo Bozotti as the Vice Chairman. In addition, ST will designate the Chief Executive Officer and Ericsson will appoint the Executive Vice President to the company. An integration management team, led by Alain Dutheil, has already been selected.

SEB Enskilda is acting as Ericsson's sole financial advisor in the transaction while Morgan Stanley and UBS are acting as financial advisors, respectively, to ST and its Supervisory Board.http://www.ericsson.comhttp://www.st.com
  • ST-NXP Wireless began operations on August 2 and the new entity is a global provider of platform solutions and ICs for wireless communications, offering capabilities in 2G, 2.5G (GPRS), 2.75G (EDGE) 3G, LTE, multimedia, and connectivity. The joint venture launches as a solid top-three industry player with a complete wireless product and technology portfolio and as a leading supplier to major handset manufacturers who together ship more than 80% of all handsets.

  • In June 2008, NXP Semiconductors introduced what was believed to be the world's fastest high-bandwidth cellular soft modem -- Nexperia Cellular System Solution PNX6910 -- which is capable of achieving data transfer rates of 150 Mbps downlink and 50 Mbps uplink, and supports multi-mode LTE/HSPA/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS/GSM capability. The device, which is powered by NXP's Embedded Vector Processor (EVP) DSP core, could be used in mobile devices capable of downloading an entire HD movie in less than 7 minutes -- over twenty times faster than today's HSPA Cat 8 devices at 7.2 Mbps.

  • On September 1, 2001, Ericsson formed Ericsson Mobile Platforms to offer 2.5G and 3G platforms to manufacturers of mobile phones and other wireless devices, based on Ericsson's global standardization leadership and intellectual property rights portfolio for 2.5G and 3G mobile phone systems. The rationale for the new company was the transformation of the handset industry where few companies would be able to deliver chip-sets, but many to deliver handsets. Ericsson Mobile Platforms is the supplier of 3G and HSPA platforms to Sony Ericsson, LG and Sharp. The unit is headquartered in Lund, Sweden and is a part of Business Unit Multimedia within the Ericsson Group.

Iceland's S�minn Selects Ericsson for WCDMA/HSPA Expansion

Iceland's S�minn has selected Ericsson to expand its WCDMA/HSPA network into the 900MHz band. This will enable S�minn to deliver enhanced mobile data services to remote areas across Iceland. Under the two-year agreement, Ericsson will be the sole supplier of WCDMA/HSPA radio access equipment and the GSM/WCDMA common core network. Ericsson will also expand S�minn's GSM network, upgrade its software and deliver a range of professional services, including deployment and systems integration. Financial terms were not disclosed.http://www.ericsson.comhttp://www.siminn.is/

Intel Media Processor Targets Consumer Electronics

Intel introduced the first in a new family of purpose-built System on Chips (SoCs) for Consumer Electronics devices based on the company's Intel architecture (IA) blueprint.

The new Intel Media Processor CE 3100 (previously codenamed "Canmore") , which targets connected CE devices, advanced cable set top boxes and digital TVs, combines features for high-definition video support, home-theater quality audio and advanced 3-D graphics.

The solution pairs an IA processor core with multi-stream video decoding and processing hardware. It also adds a 3-channel 800 MHz DDR2 memory controller, dedicated multi-channel dual audio DSPs, a 3-D graphics engine enabling advanced UIs and EPGs, and support for multiple peripherals, including USB 2.0 and PCI Express.

The Intel Media Processor CE 3100 also features Intel Media Play Technology that combines hardware-based decoding for broadcast TV and optical media playback with software-based decode for Internet content.

When a consumer watches broadcast TV or content on optical media players, the video is encoded in standard formats, such as MPEG-2, H.264 or VC-1. Intel Media Play Technology software routes the video to the on-chip hardware decoders. When viewing Internet content, the software automatically routes the video, and audio as applicable, to a software codec running on the IA processor core.

Intel said that as the Internet becomes more omnipresent, the ability to decode multiple video and audio formats will provide the industry with greater flexibility to evolving standards and technologies, and consumers with more viewing experiences.

Intel expects to begin shipments of this product next month.http://www.intel.com

Intel and Yahoo Develop TV Application Framework

Intel and Yahoo! previewed plans for the Widget Channel, a television (TV) application framework optimized for TV and related consumer electronics (CE) devices that use the Intel Architecture.

The Widget Channel, which will be powered by the Yahoo! Widget Engine, will enable TV watchers to interact with small Internet applications designed to complement and enhance the traditional TV watching experience.

The Widget Channel will also allow developers to use JAVASCRIPT, XML, HTML and Adobe Flash technology to write TV applications for the platform, extending the power and compatibility of PC application developer programs to TV and related CE devices. In addition to supporting the Yahoo! Widget Engine, Yahoo! will also provide consumers Yahoo!-branded TV Widgets.

Intel and Yahoo! cited a number of companies that are planning on developing and deploying TV Widgets, including Blockbuster, CBS Interactive, CinemaNow, Cinequest, Comcast, Disney-ABC Television Group, eBay, GE, Group M, Joost, MTV, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Schematic, Showtime, Toshiba and Twitter.

Intel is extending the performance, headroom and connectivity of its IA into a new family of "purpose built" system-on-chip (SoC) media processors for Internet-connected CE devices, including optical media players, U.S. cable set-top-boxes, digital TVs and other connected audio visual products.

Intel's first CE IA-based SoC, the Intel Media Processor CE 3100 (formerly "Canmore"), is a highly integrated chip which includes a high-performance IA core and other functional I/O blocks to enable high definition video decode and viewing, home-theater-quality audio, 3-D graphics, and the fusion of the Internet and TV experiences.

The Widget Channel software framework is designed to work with a new generation of Internet-connected CE devices based on Intel's purpose built SoC. The hardware and software compatibility of IA also provides support for broadcast and Internet content.

Intel also plans to release the Intel Media Processor CE 3100-based hardware development system called the "Innovation Platform" which will provide the initial development and validation environment for developers of TV Widgets on the Widget Channel.http://www.intel.comhttp://www.yahoo.com

Monday, August 18, 2008

Free The Airwaves Targets TV White Spaces

Google has launched a new "Free The Airwaves"

initiative to build public support for a new federal spectrum policy favoring open access to TV "white spaces. This fall, the FCC is expected to decide whether to make this spectrum available for anyone to use.

Google argues that opening up the vast unused portion of spectrum "will enable a new generation of innovation and competition from which consumers -- especially those to whom the white spaces could soon deliver high-speed online access -- should benefit tremendously, both from a wealth of new products and services and from far lower cell phone and Internet access bills."http://www.freetheairwaves.comhttp://www.google.comhttp://www.freetheairwaves.com

Optimum Lightpath Launches Ethernet Managed Video Service

Cablevision's Optimum Lightpath group has launched a new Lightpath Managed Video service that provides connectivity as well as encoding and decoding of digital video. Optimum Lightpath said it will offer "mileage neutral", flat rate pricing for the video service.

The Carrier Ethernet-based Lightpath Managed Video service is aimed at the media sector, including production facilities, broadcasters, television stations, and content distributors, as well as non-media organizations, such as healthcare facilities, municipalities and enterprises with high-resolution "broadcast quality" video requirements, such as security surveillance and video conferencing.

Lightpath Managed Video service is the newest addition to Optimum Lightpath's Video Services Portfolio, which also includes Lightpath Video Transport, a dedicated Layer 2 point-to-point service designed for broadcast quality video transport. The new service electronically accepts, transports and delivers native compressed and uncompressed digital video in common industry formats including Asynchronous Serial Interface (ASI), Standard Definition Serial Digital Interface (SD-SDI) and High Definition Serial Digital Interface (HD-SDI). It also includes a fully redundant protected connection for unsurpassed resiliency and reliability.

Optional features for the service include Multiple ASI, which allows aggregation of up to four individual ASI feeds into a single IP-based Ethernet IP encoder; and Linear Service, which provides a dedicated linear service for uncompressed SDI 270, uncompressed HD-SDI video and ASI.http://www.optimumlightpath.com/

Netronome Scales Security Appliance Performance to 10 Gbps

At this week's Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Netronome will be demonstrating an unmodified version of an intrusion detection and prevention application (IPS) that scales in performance across several platforms from less than one Gbps, up to 10 Gbps.

Netronome specializes in highly programmable semiconductors and acceleration cards that provide intelligent flow processing in networking and communications devices.

The new solution, powered by Intel QuickAssist Technology, features Netronome's programmable, high-performance acceleration cards and the Intel EP80579 Integrated Processor, can reduce design time, complexity and cost for application developers.http://www.netronome.com

Dell'Oro Group: DSL Port Shipments Surge in Q2

Despite sharply lower DSL subscriber additions in Q2, port shipments for DSL Access Concentrators grew 17 percent sequentially to a level only surpassed in the second quarter of last year, according to a newly published report by Dell'Oro Group.

"On the surface there appears to be a disconnect between the higher port shipments and lower subscriber additions," said Tam Dell'Oro, President of Dell'Oro Group. "But further analysis indicates that much of the growth was driven by shipments to China where the government mandated limited network growth in the third quarter due to the Olympics. This resulted in 50 percent higher sequential port shipments to China in the second quarter where advanced buying occurred. We believe a correction is likely in the second half of the year driven by limited shipments to China in the third quarter and lower demand in established regions resulting from slowing subscriber additions," Dell'Oro added.

The report also shows that the three companies accounting for most shipments to China were also the market leaders. Alcatel-Lucent remains in the top spot followed by Chinese manufacturers Huawei and ZTE.http://www.DellOro.com

MRV Launches Optical Media Converter for Carrier Ethernet Demarc

MRV Communications announced a new Fiber Driver EM316EUSM media converter module that delivers managed, optical Ethernet demarcation for bookend pair applications between the central office and a customer's network.

The Ethernet Universal Service Module (EUSM) is MRV's newest addition to its industry-leading suite of intelligent media converter-based optical Ethernet solutions and maximizes network uptime by providing advanced services including full-service level control over link connectivity and WAN/LAN segment provisioning. The bookend EUSM solution uses extended OAM 802.3ah protocols to fully manage both ends of the point-to-point fiber optic link from a single manager at either end. Central office and customer premises link ports on the respective modules are controlled similarly from the managed side of the link. It offers either a fiber or copper port for 10/100/1000 Ethernet input, and dual, redundant, SFP-based output ports to a fiber WAN.

MRV said its new module performs as an end-point or intermediate-point service demarcation in transparent LAN services (TLS) or in Ethernet signal repeating applications, as part of an end-to-end managed Metro Ethernet network. The EM316EUSM includes Metro Ethernet capabilities generally available only in higher-end Metro Ethernet devices, such as VLAN-awareness, per flow policing, Q-in-Q VLAN stacking, VLAN translation and built-in hierarchical multi-layer optical link redundancy.http://www.mrv.com

Avago Demonstrates 20 Gbps Performance in 40nm CMOS

Avago Technologies has demonstrated 20 Gbps SerDes performance in 40nm CMOS technology. The 40nm cores represent Avago's seventh generation of high performance SerDes IP. The embedded SerDes technology will support a broad range of standards, such as PCI Express, Fibre Channel, XAUI, CEI-11G, XFI, 802.3ap (KR), and SFI and is suitable for chip-to-chip, board-to-board, chasis-to-chasis, and backplane implementations.

Avago noted that it has shipped over 60 million SerDes channels to date.

BBN Develops Disruption Tolerance for Military Networks

BBN Technologies has been awarded $8.9 million in funding by the Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under the third phase of its Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) program. The program seeks to develop and field network services that deliver critical information reliably even when no end-to-end path exists through the network. Traditional TCP/IP networks rely on stable end-to-end connectivity, but terrain, weather, jamming, and movement or destruction of nodes can interrupt the path and halt the flow of message traffic. BBN said its DTN system can send and receive data reliably even when no stable end-to-end paths exist.

Under this latest award, BBN scientists and engineers will integrate the DTN system into fielded military networks that may combine several different types of nodes, including wireless, satellite, and vehicle-mounted. In addition, BBN will implement a longer term military application; investigate approaches to building large scale networks that self-organize in response to mission needs, and develop methods to maintain both the security and controlled availability of persistent data.

This latest award follows BBN's successful completion of Phases One and Two, which resulted in a working prototype system.http://www.bbn.com
  • In March 2008, BBN Technologies has been awarded $5.7 million in funding by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the Dynamic Multi-Terabit Core Optical Networks: Architecture, Protocols, Control and Management (CORONET) program. The researchers aim to revolutionize the operation, performance, survivability, and security of the United States' global IP-based inter-networking infrastructure through improved network architecture, protocols, and control and management software. As envisioned, the target CORONET optical network will enable ultra-fast service set-up/tear-down and very fast and efficient recovery from multiple network failures. An important goal of the program is to transition the CORONET technology to commercial telecommunications carriers, as well as to Department of Defense and other US government global networks.

  • BBN was founded in 1948 by MIT professors Richard Bolt and Leo Beranek, along with Robert Newman, with a vision of starting a small, acoustical consulting firm. The company is best know for its pioneering work with the ARPANET (the forerunner of today's Internet) in 1969. It is also credited with the first implementation of packet switching (1969), the first router (1976), and the first network e-mail (1971), which established the @ sign as an icon for the digital age. BBN is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • In 2004, two prominent venture capital firms (General Catalyst Partners and Accel Partners) acquired the legendary BBN development labs from Verizon. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Veraz Networks Offers Sun Netra T2000 Softswitch

Veraz Networks has begun deploying its ControlSwitch and iMN Multimedia Delivery Platform softswitch and IMS solutions on Sun Microsystems' Sun Netra T2000 server powered by the UltraSPARC T1 processor. Veraz has been collaborating with Sun for several years deploying its solutions on earlier versions of Sun's industry leading telecom grade servers including the Sun Netra 240.

The Netra T2000 server's multi-core, multi-threaded processing architecture when combined with the virtualization capabilities of the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) offers 3 to 5 times the performance of the Netra 240.

Veraz said a Sun Netra T2000 implementation substantially reduces the required number of servers for a given deployment, dramatically lowering a service provider's capital and operating costs. For example, a deployment scaled to support 72,000 concurrent sessions, which would have required at least 25 Netra 240 servers, can now be built using just 4 Netra T2000 servers. This reduces the rack space required by 84%, reduces the power required by 87% and reduces the number of Ethernet ports by over 70%.http://www.veraznetworks.com

Sagem Integrates Ikanos Silicon into Residential Gateway for Major European Carriers

Sagem Communications has integrated Ikanos Communications' silicon -- including the Fusiv Vx160 processor, VoIP engine and multi-mode VDSL2/ADSL2+ chipsets -- into its residential gateway.

The Sagem F@st 3464 is being used as the customer premises equipment (CPE) for a major European carrier's next-generation VDSL2 access network, which is capable of delivering HD IPTV.

Ikanos' multi-mode VDSL2/ADSL2+ capability allows residential gateways to be deployed independent of the underlying central office (CO) technology, enabling a seamless upgrade from ADSL2+ to VDSL2 without the added expense of a future truck roll. Ikanos' Fusiv gateway processors feature a distributed Accelerator Processor (AP) architecture for supporting advanced triple play services. The on-chip APs offload broadband wireless local area network (WLAN) bridging, routing, switching and firewall functions from the host central processing unit (CPU), which is then available to perform advanced triple play and quality of service functions.http://www.ikanos.com

Fanfare Enhances its Test Automation product

Fanfare released the latest version of iTest, its flagship test automation product.

iTest 3.2, which is a testing solution for device and heterogeneous system testing, enables users to integrate test assets and automate complex system testing using hardware and software from a variety of different vendors.

New features in release 3.2 include:

  • In-Grid Analysis providing intuitive pass / fail capabilities

  • Testbed Revolver for improved transferability

  • Support of Java Swing, Syslog, and Wireshark applications

  • Enhancements to Agilent's N2X and Spirent's SmartBits and TestCenter integrations

  • Support of Ixia's IxNetwork and IxLoad test equipment software.