Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Australia Sets Date for National Broadband Network Proposals

Stephen Conroy, Australia's Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, has set 26-November-2008 as the closing date for the submission of National Broadband Network proposals.

The Government issued its Request for Proposals for the National Broadband Network on 11-April-2008. The closing time has been amended to account for time taken by the Government to necessarily work with carriers to ensure that proponents have access to information about existing networks and time to consider it. The intention is that this will help them prepare robust, competitive proposals.

Key provisions of this RFP issued in April include the ability to:

  • deliver minimum download speeds of 12 Mbps to 98% of Australian homes and businesses;

  • have the network rolled out and made operational progressively over five years using fibre-to-the-node or fibre-to-the-premises technology;

  • support high quality voice, data and video services including symmetric applications such as high-definition video-conferencing;

  • earn the Commonwealth a return on its investment;

  • facilitate competition in the telecommunications sector through open access arrangements that allow all service providers access to the network on equivalent terms; and

  • enable uniform and affordable retail prices to consumers, no matter where they live.

Russia's VimpleCom Launches 3G, "Beeline" Corporate Services

VimpelCom announced the commercial launch of a 3G network in certain Russian regions, including the cities of Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara and Chelyabinsk. The networks currently cover the central and some of the most densely populated districts in these cities, and VimpelCom expects that during 2008 coverage will be extended to bedroom communities.

VimpelCom is offering seven tariff plans to accommodate a wide range of users. The company said it plans to launch 3G networks in around 40 cities by the end of 2008.

In addition, VimpelCom announced the launch of its "Beeline Business" brand for the Russian corporate market. All the products and services provided to corporate clients by Golden Telecom and Corbina Telecom will be offered under the new single brand.

"The launch of ‘Beeline Business' means that we are an integrated operator which provides its clients with a wide range of telecom solutions. Business customers will soon find it natural to receive different types of communications services from one vendor that will help to make their business more successful", said Jean-Pierre Vandromme, the Executive Vice President for Russian Operations of VimpelCom.http://www.vimpelcom.com
  • The VimpelCom Group includes companies operating in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia and Armenia, in territories with a total population of about 250 million.

RADWIN Releases WinLink 1000 5.8 GHz C

RADWIN introduced its WinLink 1000 5.8 GHz High-Power solution featuring compliance with the latest ETSI regulation [EN 302 502 V1.1.1] allowing 4 watt maximum radiated power (EIRP).

The WinLink 1000 5.8 GHz High-Power incorporates a Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) mechanism as defined by the new ETSI standard. It provides carrier-class Ethernet and E1 connectivity with longer range and higher capacity than previously available in unlicensed bands. Geared for service providers and ISPs, the WinLink 1000 5.8 GHz is aimed at a range of telecom applications including access in rural areas, cellular and WiMAX backhaul and private network connectivity.http://www.radwin.com

Verizon and Yahoo! Extend Strategic Alliance with New Multiyear Co-branded Portal Agreement

Verizon Communications and Yahoo! announced a new multiyear agreement to provide an integrated, co-branded Verizon-Yahoo! portal as a preferred starting point for new Verizon broadband subscribers. This new agreement extends the relationship between Yahoo! and Verizon that began in 2005. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the terms of the new agreement, the customizable Verizon-Yahoo! portal will be offered as the first portal choice option for all new subscribers to Verizon's FiOS Internet and High Speed Internet services. Customers who choose the Verizon-Yahoo! portal will get Yahoo! Search, and co-branded e-mail, Instant Messenger and Toolbar applications. Yahoo! also will provide search and display advertising on the co-branded portal and e-mail application, and both companies will share the search, advertising and e-commerce revenues generated by users of the co-branded portal.

Beyond news and information, the co-branded Verizon-Yahoo! portal offers access to content and tools from Yahoo!, including e-mail previews, to-do lists, sports updates, weather, finance portfolios and TV listings, as well as photos and videos from Flickr.http://www.verizon.comhttp://www.yahoo.com

Telecom New Zealand International Tests GSMA IPX with Veraz

Telecom New Zealand International (TNZI) and Veraz Networks, have completed a multi-operator global trial of the GSM Association (GSMA) IP eXchange (IPX) framework for IP-based network interconnect services.

The IP eXchange (IPX) is a global private IP network, supporting end-to-end quality of service, and the principal of cascading interconnect payments for next generation GSM and CDMA mobile operators, fixed line service providers and application service providers. In order to provide these features the IPX is service aware, unlike the Internet and the GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX). With over seven hundred mobile operators, serving three billion mobile subscribers, looking for value-added interconnect solutions to extend their service reach, IPX is expected to quickly become the dominant global peering arrangement.

TNZI's IPX trial network involved four other carriers, including Telekom Austria and MTT, connected to TNZI as IPX Provider-Service Provider pairs. The testing demonstrated the ability of the IPX architecture to provide a secure IP-based platform for interconnecting mobile and fixed operators. In addition to VoIP peering, the trial also demonstrated value-added services including transcoding, security features provided by Veraz's Network-adaptive Border Controller as well as VoIP to PSTN interworking that IPX providers can use to differentiate their offering.

Veraz said its IPX solution has been successfully tested by multiple IPX providers interested in offering IPX services. Veraz's IPX solution includes the ControlSwitch converged TDM and IP softswitch, the Network-adaptive Border Controller family of security products and the I-Gate 4000 family of media gateways.http://www.veraznetworks.comhttp://www.tnzi.com

BridgeWave Supplies Gigabit Wireless for Campuses

BridgeWave Communications announced the deployment of its gigabit wireless to three U.S. colleges: Coppin State University in Baltimore, Md., Rush University in Chicago, Ill., and California State University in Fullerton, California.

BridgeWave's point-to-point wireless links can be used to connect multiple campus buildings in place of leased lines.

BridgeWave's radios are deployed without the obstacles associated with fiber such as cost, licensing or construction needed to lay optical cables. The wireless links are capable of delivering full-rate, full-duplex gigabit Ethernet speeds with the low latency required for many bandwidth-intensive applications.http://www.bridgewave.com

Proximion Launches Single Channel Dispersion Compensation Module

Proximion Fiber Systems introduced a new, small form factor, single channel dispersion compensation module (DCM-SC). The company said its new module extends single channel SDH/SONET/GE system reach otherwise limited by the dispersion tolerance of the transceivers. The low loss of the DCM-SC enables a system solution without amplifiers in a cost effective way. Proximion also offers the option of different customized wavelengths, suitable for other applications and network solutions.

DCM-SC is currently available on volume basis.

Acme Packet Appoints Former Colubris Exec as CFO

Acme Packet announced the appointment of Peter Minihane to the position of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Minihane joins Acme Packet from Colubris Networks where he served as Chief Financial Officer. Colubris Networks is a global provider of intelligent wireless local area networks for enterprises and service providers. http://www.acmepacket.com

WildBlue Secures $50 Million in Additional Equity

WildBlue Communications has completed a $50 million equity financing to support its continued growth. Specifically, the proceeds will fund WildBlue's recently launched customer equipment leasing program, enabling the company's service to be offered to new customers throughout rural America at the lowest upfront price in the company's history. WildBlue will also expand its workforce in the areas of customer care and field service operations.

The financing was led by Liberty Media , Intelsat, the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative and the private equity firm of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers. Terms of the financing were not disclosed.http://www.wildblue.com

AT&T Offers Reward for Info in Copper Telephone-Cable Thefts

AT&T announced a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the thefts of AT&T copper telephone cables in West Virginia. AT&T said the steady rise in the price of copper has led some people to take extreme measures, including stealing copper cables from houses and telephone poles.

Jayshree Ullal, Former Cisco Exec, Joins Zscaler Board

Zscaler, a start-up offering a multi-tenant SaaS security service, has added Jayshree Ullal to its board of directors. Ullal recently left Cisco, where she was the Senior Vice President of Cisco's Data Center, Switching and Services Group. Zscaler is based in Santa Clara, California.http://www.zscaler.com

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.http://www.cisco.comhttp://www.sifycorp.com

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.http://www.clearapp.com/http://www.oracle.com

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.http://www.virginmobileusa.com

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).http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

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.http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/fresh-take-on-browser.html