Monday, September 1, 2008

ARIN Upgrades IPv6 Network Services with NTT America

NTT America has provided a dual IPv4/6 stack over a Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) connection to the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the nonprofit corporation that manages the distribution of Internet number resources, including both IPv4 and IPv6 address space, to Canada, many Caribbean and North Atlantic islands, and the United States.

The GigE connection, running both IPv4 and IPv6 or dual stack, ensures website and e-mail communications to and from ARIN are visible over both IPv4 and IPv6. Additionally, all other systems or communications ARIN operates can continue running over IPv6.

The NTT America IPv6 transit service is ARIN's 4th IPv6 deployment and the new IPv6-enabled circuit is an upgrade to an existing NTT America transit circuit. ARIN has had IPv6 deployed on its network since 2003.

NTT America and ARIN noted that only about 15% of the IPv4 address pool remains. The Regional Internet Registries (RIR) have collectively allocated about ten /8s of IPv4 address space each year, on average. If that trend continues unchanged, by mid-2012 ARIN and the other RIRs will no longer be able to allocate large new blocks of IPv4 address space. This scenario assumes that demand does not increase -- which is unlikely, given the ever increasing number of Internet-enabled devices. This scenario also assumes no industry panic (hoarding, withholding, etc.), no Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) or RIR policy changes, and no other external factors influencing address space allocations, any of which could push the IPv4 depletion date earlier. Once IPv4 address space is depleted, Internet growth cannot be sustained without adopting IPv6.

With available /8 address blocks diminishing and annual address allocations increasing, ARIN is now actively advising the Internet community that IPv6 is necessary for any applications that require ongoing availability of contiguous IP address space. Recognizing the inevitability of IPv4 depletion, on May 7, 2007, the ARIN Board of Trustees passed a "Resolution on Internet Protocol Number Resource Availability," stating that IPv6 is necessary to allow continued growth of the Internet. NTT America embraces this call to action for service providers and others that require ongoing availability of IP address space to make immediate efforts to run dual stack within their networks.

"ARIN is a major advocate for IPv6. As one of the five Regional Internet Registries, they have firsthand knowledge and experience with the depletion of IPv4 address blocks and the necessity to move to IPv6," said Michael Wheeler, vice president of Sales and Business Development for NTT America. "The Internet and engineering communities hold ARIN in high regard and this lead-by-example upgrade to IPv6 services will no doubt inspire confidence that IPv6 is important, functional and useable."


India's Sify Selects Cisco CRS-1

India's Sify has selected the Cisco CRS-1 Carrier Routing System as the foundation of its IP NGN. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sify is among the largest Managed Enterprise and Consumer Internet Services companies in India. Among its services, Sify has licenses to operate NLD (National Long Distance) and ILD (International Long Distance) services and offers VoIP back haul to long distance subscriber telephony services. The company is India's first enterprise managed services provider to launch a Security Operations Center (SOC) to deliver managed security services. Consumer services include broadband home access, dial up connectivity and the e-port cyber café chain across 180 cities and towns.

Staccato Releases 2nd Generation Ultra-Wideband IC Family

Staccato Communications released its Ripcord2 family of single-chip, all-CMOS solutions targeted for WiMedia UWB and Wireless USB applications. This second-generation family, which uses 65nm CMOS process technology, supports multiple protocols, including Wireless USB, High-Speed Bluetooth, Wireless IP and Wireless Audio/Video. In addition, several features were added to Ripcord2 including support for WiMedia Band Groups 1, 3 and 6, as well as the capability for detection and avoidance (DAA), providing a worldwide compatible solution in a single device.

UTStarcom and Aksh to Power BSNL's New iControl IPTV Service

UTStarcom announced a contract with Aksh Optifibre to deploy UTStarcom's end-to-end RollingStream IPTV solution in 20 cities on Bharat Sanchar Nigam, Ltd. (BSNL)'s ADSL 2+ network. The IPTV offering which will be made available to more than 250,000 BSNL broadband subscribers in 20 cities throughout India with Aksh's iControl service. Financial terms were not disclosed.

BSNL is also using UTStarcom-built multiplay infrastructure that currently supports more than 75 percent of the active wirelines in India.
  • Last month, UTStarcom and Aksh announced their collaboration to deliver high-quality IPTV services to subscribers of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) in Mumbai, India, extending the reach of the operator's service area following its initial commercial IPTV deployment in Delhi.

  • In 2007, UTStarcom partnered with BSNL to supply 1.3 million lines of its Metro Ethernet Forum-certified NetRing 10000i STM-64 optical transport solution and iAN-8000 multiservice access node (MSAN) solution to build and launch new multiplay broadband Internet services.

Bookham Announces 20W Fiber Laser Pump Module

Bookham introduced a single emitter-based pump laser module capable of delivering 20W of fiber coupled power into a 105um, 0.15NA fiber. The product is designed to target fiber laser and direct systems for material processing applications, and will allow laser manufacturers to optimize their dollar per watt ratio.

Bookham said the increased power output of its pump module enables customers to generate greater power levels for fiber laser pumping with fewer modules, allowing for more compact pump configurations, greater pump block efficiency and simplification of packaging.

Oracle to Acquire ClearApp for Application Management

Oracle has agreed to acquire ClearApp, a start-up based in Mountain View, California that specializes in application management solutions, for an undisclosed sum.

ClearApp addresses the increasingly difficult task of managing composite applications built on SOA platforms by providing visibility of business services across all related application components.

Oracle said the ClearApp technology in combination with its Enterprise Manager would provide customers with a comprehensive application management solution providing enhanced service levels, reduced system down-time and improved return on SOA investments.

Virgin Mobile USA Names CIO/CTO

Virgin Mobile USA named Daniel A. Acton as its new Chief Information and Technology Officer (CIO/CTO). In this role, Acton will assume management responsibilities for the present Virgin Mobile USA IT and product development operations. He will focus on integrating key business and technology processes, to move Virgin Mobile USA ahead as a full service wireless provider.

Acton has previously held a variety of executive management roles in engineering, strategy, M&A, and delivery capacities with General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Unisys, Corning and IBM. He also served as a chief operating executive of multiple fiber optic engineering firms, including taking a telecom equipment company public in 2000.

Alcatel-Lucent Names Camus as Chairman and Verwaayen as CEO

Alcatel-Lucent's Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Philippe Camus as the company's non-executive Chairman as of October 1st, 2008. Ben Verwaayen is appointed as the company's chief executive officer. Ben will also join the company's Board of Directors.

Philippe Camus has previously served as the Co-CEO at European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS) and managed a large, global business in the high-tech industry. He is Co-Managing Partner of Lagardère, an international media group, and a partner of Evercore Partners, a New York based investment and advisory firm.

Ben Verwaayen served as CEO of BT from February 2002 to June 1, 2008. He was formerly vice-chairman of the management board of Lucent Technologies in the US, which he joined in September 1997. Prior to that, he worked with KPN in the Netherlands for nine years as president and managing director of its telecom subsidiary, PTT telecom. Before that, Ben worked for ITT, a predecessor of Alcatel.

Ben Verwaayen's office will be in the company's headquarters in Paris.

Philippe Camus' pay package includes a yearly fixed compensation of EUR 200,000 and a 100,000 restricted shares grant in September 2008 (to be earned upon performance criteria).

Ben Verwaayen's pay package as Alcatel-Lucent Chief Executive Officer includes a yearly fixed compensation of EUR 1,200,000, a target annual bonus of 150% of fixed salary (payout can range between 0% to 200% of that target based on agreed performance yearly criteria), and a grant of 1,000,000 share options in the first quarter of 2009. Ben Verwaayen will receive an initial option grant of 250,000 shares in September 2008. Options will vest upon performance criteria. In addition, there is a 250,000 restricted shares grant in September 2008 (to be earned upon performance criteria).

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Google Set to Launch "Chrome" Web Browser Beta

A beta version of Google Chrome, an open source web browser for Windows, will be released on September 2 in over 100 countries.
Google said it developed the browser to better enable media-rich web applications. The browser is powered by a customized JavaScript engine.

Ericsson Lands US$450 Million Upgrade/Outsourcing Contract with Hanoi Telecom

Ericsson announced the signing of a USD 450 million contract to develop and modernize Hanoi Telecom's nationwide mobile network. The win is described as "the largest single contract in Vietnam" for networking to date.

The strategic partnership, a first in Vietnam, will also see Ericsson managing and operating the network under a full-scope managed services contract.

Under the three-year managed services agreement, Ericsson will be responsible for the management, operation and network design of Hanoi Telecom's mobile network, including field operations and support services. Ericsson will also provide a comprehensive range of professional services, such as network deployment and systems integration.

Ericsson will be responsible for the nationwide migration of Hanoi Telecom's network from CDMA to GSM/EDGE technology, supplying radio access network equipment, optical and microwave transmission, and will be the sole supplier of the all-IP circuit and packet core network. The contract also includes solutions from Ericsson Multimedia portfolio. Deployment has started and commercial launch is set for the end of 2008.

To provide technical support and network operation, Ericsson will expand its operations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and set up a new office in Danang City.
  • The HT Mobile network was launched in February 2005 under a business cooperation contract signed in July 2004 between the Hanoi Telecom Joint Stock Company and Hutchison Telecom Vietnam, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hutchison Telecom.

  • In March 2008, HT Mobile obtained government approval to convert from CDMA technology to GSM.

Huawei Deploys Home Location Register for Telenor Pakistan

Huawei announced the deployment of "the world' s largest next generation Home Location Register (HLR)" for Telenor Pakistan. The next generation HLR which will serve 40 million subscribers enables Telenor Pakistan to improve its network efficiency, simplify its operations, and enhance its customer' s service experience. Huawei' s HLR solution is fully-distributed and has been deployed in the country' s three major cities of Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore. As a result, Telenor Pakistan is able to unify the management of subscriber information such as number resources and simplify the maintenance of its network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Huawei next generation HLR adopts carrier-grade Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA) platform and a distributed architecture design.. The company claims system reliability of up to 99.9999%. The design also allows the evolution to Home Subscriber Server (HSS) and Authorization, Authentication and Accounting (AAA) capabilities.

Millicom Activates 3G Services in Guatemala, Honduras and Bolivia

Millicom International Cellular S.A. announced the launch of 3G services in Guatemala (Comcel), Honduras (Celtel) and Bolivia (Telecel). Further 3 G launches are scheduled for this month in Paraguay (Telecel), El Salvador (Telemovil) and Colombia (Colombia Movil). Millicom said it is providing a full portfolio of 3G services including high speed mobile broadband, internet access for mobile customers via laptop, TV on mobile handsets, music and video downloads and video calling.

Runcom Raises US$10M for OFDMA Silicon

Runcom Technologies, a start-up based in Israel, secured a US$10 million Series C investment for its OFDMA based silicon solutions for user terminals and base stations that comply with the IEEE802.16e-2005 standard for WiBro and Mobile WiMAX applications.

Runcom's products include PHY and MAC communication layer silicon. In April 2008 Runcom Technologies received the WiMAX Forum Certified Seal of Approval for its products. The company said it has sold more than 250,000 units of its RNA200 ASIC for user terminals.

The funding was raised by TLcom Capital LLP. This is only the second round of financing of Runcom. The previous investment round currently hold by SMAC Partners from Germany and Concord from Israel was executed in the year 2000.

Deutsche Telekom selects Motorola's IPTV set-tops

Deutsche Telekom will use Motorola's High Definition (HD)-ready IPTV set-tops for its "T-Home Entertain" services. The STBs will enable T-Home customers to access a variety of multimedia applications in addition to standard TV offerings.

Within the scope of the contract, Motorola will provide T-Home with its VIP1616E set-top -- known to T-Home customers as Media Receiver 300 Typ A. With the device, subscribers to T-Home's Entertain service will be able to view premium sporting content in full HD. Moreover, T-Home viewers can use the device's electronic program guide to plan, record, and store what they want to watch. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The HD-ready Motorola VIP1616E set-top with digital video recording (DVR) also supports standard definition high-quality digital video. Its two-way IP capability allows it to be used in multiple applications, including broadcast television, time-shifted television, multicast and video on demand. The VIP1616E is fully compliant with Microsoft Mediaroom.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sumitomo Electric Develops Coaxial Laser Diode Module for Base Stations

Sumitomo Electric Industries has developed a new coaxial laser diode module capable of supporting high frequency bandwidth applications.

Sumitomo Electric said that with the addition of the newly-designed model, its family of coaxial laser diode modules will be capable of supporting a broader frequency range, from 2GHz to 5GHz. The modules are used in mobile base station systems.

WiMAX supports three frequency bands (2.5GHz, 3.5GHz and 5.8GHz), as is defined in the IEEE 802.16-2004 specifications. The new coaxial laser module can support both the 3.5GHz and 5.8GHz bands.

One of the key features of the new module is its capability to achieve a 5GHz bandwidth. The new coaxial laser diode module will be available for sampling in Q3 2008 and for sale by the end of CY2008.

OKI Develops Gigabit Network Processor

Oki Electric Industry Co. has developed a low power consumption gigabit high-speed network processor for the Home/SOHO router market. The ML7240 device includes a RISC-type CPU, IP protocol engine, QoS accelerator, IPsec accelerator, voice engine, Gigabit Ether MAC (2ch), and other peripherals. In addition to the LSI, OKI plans to offer the drivers necessary to configure network equipment, and other software. Sampling is underway and initial volume shipment is scheduled to start in March 2009. OKI said it is developing other products for this market too.

UTStarcom Announces Management Changes

UTStarcom's CFO and executive vice president, Fran Barton, is retiring and has also vacated his seat on the UTStarcom board of directors. Viraj Patel, UTStarcom's vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer, will serve as Interim CFO until the company appoints a permanent CFO.

Additionally, David King, senior vice president, international sales and marketing, has resigned from the company.

Also, Craig Samuel has joined UTStarcom in the newly-created position of senior vice president, business strategy and innovation. In this visionary role, Samuel will lead company-wide product portfolio alignment and business development strategy. Prior to joining UTStarcom, Craig was worldwide VP of business innovation at Unisys Corporation.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sprint Signs Partners for XOHM WiMAX Location-Based Services

Sprint announced a set of partners for launching location-based services (LBS) over its forthcoming XOHM WiMAX networks.

Sprint said its XOHM location-enabled mobile experience will span a range of devices such as laptops, mobile Internet devices, media players, cameras and car navigation. Specifically, XOHM is enabling web services application programming interfaces (APIs) so a broad collection of service developers and device partners can use location to offer increased utility for XOHM members. XOHM will offer these location capabilities with a corresponding privacy policy to make sure XOHM members are informed about how XOHM will handle their data. At launch, a XOHM portal will offer location-based content from leading brands including:

  • uLocate Communications, which is the primary partner in building XOHM's location enabled mobile experience, is providing its WHERE platform and leading friend finding application Buddy Beacon to connect XOHM customers with their favorite people, places and things. Through WHERE, XOHM users will have access to local information including restaurant reviews, news, events, weather and much more. Select launch partners on the WHERE platform include Yelp, Eventful, Topix, NAVTEQ and Accuweather.

  • Yelp, a Web site for local business reviews, will provide relevant user reviews and ratings for anything local, from restaurants to doctors and more. The reviews can be searched and sorted by category or shown in a map view, with access to for details on any of the three million local reviews.

  • Eventful will provide users with listings of local events displayed in a map view. Customers can select sub-categories of interest, search for events and click through to to get more event information and purchase tickets.

  • Topix will provide local news based on current location as a summary, with an option to read full stories and others at its site.

  • NAVTEQ will offer XOHM customers NAVTEQ Traffic real-time local traffic and commuter updates with links to the Web site for additional detailed construction, incident and drive time information.

  • AccuWeather will provide three-day forecasts based on users' current locations. An easy link to mobile Web site gives more forecast details, radar/satellite images, and more.

  • Google will contribute Local Search capability along with additional features and functionality from Google Maps.

  • Openwave Systems will provide the location platform that enables XOHM partners to use location to provide valuable services.

  • Autodesk will provide a standards-based interface and geospatial services, such as addresses, ZIP code and city/state information, to enhance location within the XOHM network.
  • Sprint has selected Mformation Technologies' mobile device management (MDM) solution to provide seamless device management capabilities for new WiMAX-capable mobile devices as part of the XOHM WiMAX mobile broadband initiative.

  • 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.

  • Sprint has selected Bridgewater Systems as the network access control vendor for its forthcoming nationwide XOHM WiMAX Network. Bridgewater is the incumbent supplier of Authentication, Authorization and Accounting (AAA) services to Sprint's existing CDMA 3G network and will now extend its solution to support XOHM as well. Within Sprint, Bridgewater will provide concurrent support for 3G and 4G networks from a common infrastructure as Sprint begins to commercially deploy the XOHM WiMAX network in 2008.

  • Nokia Siemens Networks is supplying its Subscriber Data Management (SDM) solution for deployment in Sprint's XOHM WiMAX Broadband Network. The solution, which includes the Apertio One-NDS (Network Directory Server), will enable Sprint to operate a Subscriber Profile System (SPS) based on a single, real-time common subscriber database, eliminating the inefficiencies of multiple databases and reducing administration and cost.

EU Roaming Rates to Fall

As of the end of August, it will become cheaper to make or receive calls while travelling in the European Union.

The price ceiling for roaming calls (the Eurotariff) introduced by the EU in 2007 will fall from €0.49 to €0.46 per minute (excluding VAT) for making a call and from €0.24 to €0.22 per minute (excluding VAT) for receiving a call while in another EU country.

Under the present EU Roaming Regulation prices for roaming calls will go down a last time on 30 August 2009 to €0.43 per minute for making calls and to €0.19 per minute for receiving calls while in another EU country.

The European Commission noted that these price reductions are the result of the EU Roaming Regulation, proposed by the EC in 2006 to curb the excessive roaming charges consumers had to pay for roaming calls (on average €1.15 per minute at the time.

The EU Roaming Regulation which will expire in 2010, is currently under review.

Deutsche Telekom Reaches 10 Million DSL Customers

Deutsche Telekom T-Home division welcomed its ten millionth DSL retail customer. With resale customers included, the company now has a broadband customer base with over 13 million lines.

In its domestic broadband market, T-Home took a share of over 40 percent of the new broadband customer market for the seventh consecutive quarter -- winning around 340,000 net new retail DSL customers.

Deutsche Telekom also announced plans to expand domestic broadband network, including further rollouts of VDSL. Deutsche Telekom has already upgraded over forty cities to the VDSL network. During a second phase of rollouts, another ten cities will be joining them this year. The company said it will soon be able to provide broadband coverage across 96% of Germany, including rural areas.

"Deutsche Telekom is aware of its responsibility for Germany, and is equipping virtually the whole country with fast Internet lines. At the end of 2008, we will be supplying 96 percent of all households with DSL, in over eighty percent of them with lines featuring speeds in excess of 2 Mbit/s. In concrete figures, this means that 400,000 more households will be connected to the high-speed network in 2008 -- a good 140,000 of them in areas that were previously without the service," Timotheus Höttges, member of the Board of Management responsible for T-Home Sales & Service at Deutsche Telekom.