Monday, September 29, 2008

One Minute Video: Real-Time Traffic Intelligence

One Minute Video presented by Greg Oslan, Narus, Real-Time Traffic Intelligence

Alloptic Gains Traction for its RFoG Solution

Alloptic cited growing customer traction for its RF over glass (RFoG) and passive optical networking (PON) solutions for CATV, telecom, and private network operators worldwide. The company has added 15 new RFoG customers this year. This brings Alloptic's base of tier 1 through tier 3 MSO customers to 44. Listed among their new customers are Midcontinent Communications in North and South Dakota, NPG Cable in Missouri, and Allen's TV Cable Service in Morgan City, Louisiana.

"Over the past six months, we have seen rapid growth in demand for our RFoG products," said Shane Eleniak, VP of Marketing and Business Development for Alloptic. "The MSO market is increasingly interested in deep fiber solutions because of their low operating expenses and moreover, the strategic role of a single all-fiber network enabling additional residential and business services. Our customers are benefiting from years of field-proven RFoG expertise to reduce costs and improve network performance."

PMC-Sierra Expands WiMAX Silicon for Global Spectrum Coverage

PMC-Sierra has added four new multi-band devices to its WiZIRD family of highly integrated WiMAX RF IC solutions for broadband wireless subscriber equipment.

The new silicon enables equipment suppliers to leverage a single radio design to provide Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) and Network Interface Cards (NICs) for all popular broadband wireless radio bands (450-928 MHz, 2.3-2.7 GHz, 2.7-2.9 GHz, 3.3-3.8 GHz and 4.9-5.95 GHz) for worldwide WiMAX deployments.

PMC-Sierra said the lack of a cohesive global spectrum policy has added complexity for system vendors and carriers. For example, the Government of India recently announced its policy and guidelines for a WiMAX spectrum, establishing plans for an auction in the 2.3 and 2.5 GHz bands for broadband wireless data services and provisions for future auctions of the 700 MHz and 3.3-3.6 GHz bands when available. In addition, the existing 2.7-2.9GHz spectrum is being selected for WiMAX services. The WiZIRD devices offer multi-band support, enabling WiMAX equipment to be developed for global markets.

The new products include:

  • PM8850 - Two transmit and two receive branches (2Tx/2Rx) with multi-band support for 2.3-2.9 GHz, 3.3-3.8 GHz and 4.9-5.95 GHz..

  • PM8851 - One transmit and two receive branches (1Tx/2Rx), with multi-band support for 2.3-2.9 GHz, 3.3-3.8 GHz and 4.9-5.95 GHz.

  • PM8870 - 2Tx/2Rx with multi-band support for 2.3-2.9 GHz, 3.3-3.8 GHz and 450-928 MHz .

  • PM8871 - 1Tx/2Rx with multi-band support for 2.3-2.9 GHz, 3.3-3.8 GHz and 450-928 MHz.

PMC-Sierra's WiZIRD RF chips integrate ZIF RF transceiver, analog and digital converters, and an industry-standard JEDEC JESD207 compliant baseband digital interface. The devices use a harmonic canceling technique to achieve extremely linear output at high power levels and deliver up to 64QAM modulation for Tx paths at 0dBm output power level with an EVM rating that addresses a complete spectrum of WiMAX solutions, from base station applications to mobile subscriber solutions.

PMC-Sierra Announces 2nd Gen GPON Devices

PMC-Sierra announced the availability of its second generation GPON devices for Fiber to the Home (FTTH) deployments. The devices support the company's GigaPASS architecture, which integrates multiple hardware-based packet processing engine subsystems to deliver wire-speed packet processing at all packet sizes for gigabit connectivity.

PMC-Sierra's new GPON System-On-Chip (SoC) solutions include the PAS7401 GPON ONT, the MSP7162 GPON Gateway and the PAS5211 four-port GPON OLT. The company is also offering reference designs and software.

PMC-Sierra's ONT, Single-Family Unit (SFU), Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU) and gateway reference designs are available for a range of user interfaces, including Gigabit Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, MoCA, POTS, USB and WiFi. The designs implement advanced power saving techniques that enable the use of smaller batteries in deployments where lifeline service is required, and reduce ONT power consumption to a minimum when not in use, reducing the cost and increasing the energy efficiency of GPON networks.

The GPON OLT reference design provides complete line card functionality and implements a very low-latency upstream Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation (DBA) algorithm, as well as optical supervision features, enabling higher network efficiency and lower maintenance costs.

Key Features of PMC-Sierra's GPON Solutions

  • The PAS7401 integrates a GPON MAC, a VoIP subsystem, an embedded controller and GigaPASS bridge performing advanced classification, queuing and filtering, with wire-speed throughput at all packet sizes. Advanced power saving modes can lower PON deployment costs by reducing battery backup unit expenses. The reference designs come with complete GPON ONT software, featuring GPON functions, QoS bridging, VoIP, SIP and OMCI.

  • The MSP7162 leverages the PAS7401 features and adds gigabit-per-second IPv4 or IPv6 routing, Network Address Translation (NAT) and Quality of Service (QoS) features (see Figure 7). The reference design includes complete GPON gateway software featuring an RG management application, GPON functions, bridging, routing, NAT and QoS, WiFi, VoIP and SIP, and OMCI.

  • The PAS5211 integrates four GPON MACs, a backplane interface of either one 10Gbps port or four 2.5Gbps ports, an embedded controller and a GigaPASS bridge performing advanced classification, queuing and filtering at line-rate. DBA accelerators and embedded optical supervision cores can lower the network deployment and maintenance costs. Its high-density OLT line card reference design comes with complete software, including GPON link management protocols, DBA algorithm and an API layer that are portable to a variety of operating system and host processors.

BT Launches Inter-company TelePresence Global Video Exchange

BT introduced a new service that enables Cisco TelePresence connections between companies. Both parties need to have Cisco TelePresence systems. BT recently became the first service provider to complete the Cisco TelePresence Global Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) program.

BT Global Video Exchange offers:

  • Full conferencing services, including set-up, live call monitoring and assistance and 24-hour help-desk support

  • A high level of multi-layered security

  • Global reach. BT Global Video Exchange is available now in the United States, UK and EMEA. Asia Pacific service will be available in the second half of 2009.

Initially, BT Global Video Exchange will offer three levels of service:

  • Producer-assisted offers full conferencing services with in-call monitoring and assistance available.

  • Automated self-service provides call assistance with no live call monitoring.

  • Direct Dial scheduling allows for reservation-less, point-to-point connections. In-call assistance is available on demand, with no call monitoring.

Ross Fowler, vice president, service provider, European Markets, Cisco, commented: "The cost, efficiency and environmental arguments for Cisco TelePresence are now just too strong to ignore, and we see strong growth opportunities for video communication across a range of sectors."
  • In July 2008, BT also announced that it has earned Cisco's Global Certification status by expanding the geographical scope of its existing Cisco specializations in unified communications, routing and switching, security and wireless. Additionally, BT announced in June 2007 that it had earned the Cisco Powered TelePresence Connection certification.

OIF Marks 10th Anniversary -- Starts 100G FEC Technical Work

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) marks the 10th anniversary of its founding next month.

The Forum is gearing up to launch a new 100G Forward Error Correction (FEC) technical project. This follows close on the heels of the OIF's 100G Long Distance DWDM Integrated Photonic Components project announced in August.

The FEC project addresses the propagation challenges facing the optical networking industry in the long-distance application for OTU4 transport. The OIF's goal for the project is to develop a common error correction code that can be implemented cost-effectively in the near term while helping to meet the demanding propagation targets for 100G long-haul transmission in an interoperable way.

The Forward Error Correction for 100G DP-QPSK Long Distance Communication IA will study and seek to reach agreement on an FEC algorithm suitable for long-haul 100G applications. Defining a common basis for a FEC encoder, interleaving and overhead rate will add to the scope of the 100G Long Distance DWDM Transmission Framework IA, creating common building blocks for the long haul communication space. The agreement will complement and support the work already underway defining 100G Ethernet in the IEEE, and the OTU4 of the Optical Transport Hierarchy (OTH) in the ITU-T.

Nokia Media Network Offers Targeted Advertising in 10 U.S. Metro Markets

Nokia is introducing a service that lets advertisers target mobile campaigns to consumers in 10 major metro areas of the United States on the Nokia Media Network.

The Nokia Media Network is a premium mobile advertising network. Nokia said it has the support of publishers such as Hearst and TV Guide, operator partners such as Sprint, and Nokia services such as

The service is being launched in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Ft.Worth, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York, San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, Seattle-Tacoma, and Washington, D.C.

Nokia Re-focuses its Enterprise Mobility Strategy

Nokia announced a re-alignment of its business mobility strategy, saying it intends to focus on bringing best-in-class devices and solutions to market by further strengthening strategic relationships with leading enterprise technology vendors.

Nokia will cease developing or marketing its own behind-the-firewall business mobility solutions. These resources will be reallocated to Nokia's new consumer push e-mail service. Going forward, Nokia plans to form its enterprise solutions offering by combining Nokia devices and applications with software solutions from industry leading enterprise vendors such as Microsoft, IBM, Cisco and others.

Nokia also confirmed it is in the advanced stages of discussions for the potential sale of its security appliances business to a financial investor.

Harris Stratex Networks Targets End-to-End WiMAX, Partners with Telsima

Harris Stratex Networks introduced its end-to-end network solution for WiMAX networks, including a set of services and integrated network management solutions designed to give service providers a single source for all their WiMAX network requirements. The company also announced a new partnership with Telsima to provide a full portfolio of WiMAX 802.16e products.

Harris Stratex Networks is targeting mobile operators in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America that need to augment their mobile cellular services with fixed, nomadic and mobile broadband services, and have the opportunity to use WiMAX today while other standards remain in development. A key demographic is Tier 2 and 3 service providers that are starting to plan and build out networks targeting residential and business users with data, voice over IP and video-on-demand services.

The cornerstone is the new 7000 Series WiMAX platform, which supports IEEE 802.16e-2005 WiMAX standards for both mobile and fixed subscriber applications respectively. The 7000 Series supports flexible base station architectures and a large range of subscriber units, and also supports 450/700MHz for cost effective deployments in sparsely populated rural areas. The solution also includes Harris Stratex's Eclipse platform for wireless IP backhaul and best-in-class core network services elements (ASN and CSN), all encompassed under an integrated umbrella network management system provided by the company's NetBoss Service Assurance platform. Service providers will also benefit from the range of turnkey services provided by Harris Stratex, which includes everything from business planning, network design and optimization, IP transmission network design, installation and maintenance through to a complete managed network service.

Also, under a new partnership, Telsima will provide Harris Stratex with base station, CPE, and management/provisioning systems featuring Wave II-certified multi-sector base stations, high power base station radios and CPE products including outdoor, indoor and PC client adapters. http://www.HarrisStratex.com

Nokia to Acquire OZ Communications for Consumer Email and IM

Nokia agreed to acquire OZ Communications, a privately held company based in Montreal, for its consumer mobile messaging solution, including instant messaging and email services on mobile devices. Financial terms were not disclosed.

OZ can enable access to leading instant messaging and email services, including AOL, Gmail, ICQ, Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo!. With more than 5.5 million monthly paid users, OZ's solutions have been deployed by leading mobile operators on a wide array of mobile device platforms. Its customer base includes 3 Scandinavia, Alcatel Lucent, Alltel, AOL(R), Bell Mobility, Boost Mobile, AT&T, Dobson, HTC, ICQ, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Orange France Telecom, Palm, Pantech & Curitel, Rogers Wireless, Samsung, SonyEricsson, Sprint Nextel, TCL & Alcatel Mobile Phones, TDC, Telefonica Moviles Espana, Telenor Group, TeliaSonera, Telus Mobility, T-Mobile USA,T-Mobile International, UTStarcomm, Verizon Wireless, Virgin Mobile USA and Yahoo!.

Nokia said OZ's expertise and technology is complementary to its own existing portfolio of messaging solutions and will provide a complete portfolio of mobile messaging solutions for Series 40 and S60 devices. Nokia will continue to work closely with OZ's existing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and mobile operator customers. After the closing, OZ will become part of Nokia's Services & Software operative unit.

Tunisian WiMAX provider Deploys Juniper's MX-series for Ethernet Backhaul

Divona Telecom, a satellite and WiMAX operator based in Tunisia, has selected Juniper Networks MX-series Ethernet Services Routers to create a backhaul network to meet growing demand for its wireless broadband services portfolio.

The deployment is designed to address Divona's requirement to increase network capacity, reduce operational costs and accelerate the delivery of advanced fixed and mobile wireless broadband services to the operator's premium corporate customers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Since its creation in 2003, Divona Telecom has expanded operations into Algeria, sub-Sahara Africa and territories in Europe and Asia. Its services include broadband Internet, call center, hosting and international leased line services.

LG Electronics Selects Ericsson for HSPA Modules

LG Electronics has selected Ericsson to provide mobile broadband modules based on HSPA. LG Electronics notebooks and netbooks will include mobile broadband modules from Ericsson in Q3 2008.

HSPA provides a DSL-like experience wirelessly with true mobility and there are currently more than 207 commercially deployed HSPA networks globally, serving more than one billion subscribers.

Market projections indicate that in 2011, approximately 200 million notebooks will ship annually and Ericsson anticipates that 50 percent of those notebooks will feature a built-in HSPA mobile broadband module.

Alcatel-Lucent Enhances IPTV Network Analyzer

Alcatel-Lucent announced enhancements to its 5530 Network Analyzer (NA) for testing solution for DSL-based broadband access networks. Enhancements include a customer care interface that enables service provider staff to provide immediate support when facing end-user issues, while the Dynamic Line Management (DLM) feature automatically sets DSL to work with their optimal parameters, resulting in a dramatic increase in stability and service quality.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that is 5530 Network Analyzer, which was launched in May 2004 for the ETSI market and in June 2006 for the North American market, now has more than 25 million digital subscriber lines under management. It has been successfully introduced at more than 50 service providers around the world -- publicly announced references which include KPN, Telstra, SingTel, TNZ, Iceland Telecom, Algeria Telecom, Kazakhtelecom, Tunisie Telecom, and Shaanxi Telecom. The 5530 Network Analyzer supports both Alcatel-Lucent and third party DSLAMs.

Alcatel-Lucent Evolves its IP Access Platform -- ISAM

Alcatel-Lucent introduced enhancements to its Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) portfolio of IP broadband access products, which have now been adopted by more than 200 service providers worldwide. Since its launch four years ago, the ISAM family - a major building block of Alcatel-Lucent's Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA) - has continuously evolved to support a flexible mix of future-proof access technologies (xDSL, VDSL2, GPON, P2P Ethernet) and a variety of network topologies (central office as well as remote architectures).

Alcatel-Lucent said recent enhancements to its ISAM product family include its Smart DSL technology, as well as its distributed DSLAM and virtual ONT concepts.

Lead customers include AT&T, Belgacom, Hanaro Telecom, Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited, KPN, NeufCegetel, NTELOS, Swisscom and Telstra), as well as a considerable number of utility companies and municipalities and regions around the world.

"Since its launch four years ago, the ISAM family has been adopted by at least one customer per week, consolidating our undisputed number one position in IP broadband access," said Luis Martinez Amago, President of Alcatel-Lucent's fixed access activities.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Telecom Italia Selects Cisco + Adobe Flash Streaming for 'Web TV' Services

Telecom Italia has deployed the Cisco Content Delivery System with Internet Streaming (CDS-IS) platform along with Adobe Flash streaming technology to deliver live television channels and on-demand content through its Web portal, Yalp!

The rich streaming media content is delivered to viewers on laptops and PCs, accelerating the fusion of TV and the Internet. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mobile Broadband Initiative Sets Charter

A new Mobile Broadband Initiative backed by the GSM Association has been formed by 16 leading IT and mobile companies with the goal of creating a new category of always-connected Mobile Broadband devices, delivering a compelling alternative to WiFi.

In the first phase of this unprecedented initiative, mobile operators, PC manufacturers and chipset providers are uniting to pre-install Mobile Broadband into a range of notebook PCs that will be ready to switch on and surf straight out of the box in 91 countries across the world.

Launch participants include 3 Group, Asus, Dell, ECS, Ericsson, Gemalto, Lenovo, Microsoft, Orange, Qualcomm, Telefonica Europe, Telecom Italia, TeliaSonera, T-Mobile, Toshiba and Vodafone -- some of the world's largest technology brands and operators.

To support this initiative, the GSMA has created the Mobile Broadband service mark, a new global identifier which will help consumers easily identify the array of 'ready to run' Mobile Broadband devices.

The Mobile Broadband mark promises a superior customer experience based on the latest technology available to deliver the highest standard of fully mobile connectivity. Products work out of the box and are fully integrated for maximum simplicity and supported by leading PC manufacturers such as Lenovo and Toshiba.

Tata Communications Extends MPLS Reach in Middle East with Batelco

Tata Communications announced a major expansion of its MPLS network into the Middle East through a partnership with Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco).

Batelco is Bahrain's leading integrated communications provider, providing end-to-end telecommunications solutions to retail and enterprise customers in the Middle East region. This partnership enables Tata Communications to offer MPLS VPN services into Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan and other locations within the region for its customers in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.

Sprint XOHM WiMAX Goes Live in Baltimore

Sprint announced the commercial launch of its XOHM WiMAX network in Baltimore. The company expects average downlink speeds of 2-4 Mbps. Sprint is offering both daily and month-to-month service options. At launch, mobile WiMAX service plans include a $10 Day pass, $25 monthly Home Internet service and $30 monthly On-the-go service. Special launch pricing includes a $50 "Pick 2 for Life" monthly service option covering two different WiMAX devices. A single monthly charge covers service for multiple WiMAX access devices. WiMAX devices can purchased like other computing/consumer electronic devices. In addition. the XOHM broadband service is self-activated and includes future updates capability.

Customers in Baltimore can now purchase XOHM-branded Samsung Express air cards for $59.99 and ZyXEL modems for $79.99 via XOHM web, telesales or select Baltimore-area independent retailers. Additional WiMAX devices such as a ZTE USB modem, Intel Centrino 2 WiMAX notebook PCs and the Nokia N810 WiMAX Edition are expected in market later this year.

Sprint also noted that its Baltimore XOHM service launch comes approximately two years after its selection of WiMAX IEEE 802.16e as a technology standard and the formation of a charter WiMAX ecosystem with Intel, Samsung and Motorola.

The XOHM WiMAX network utilizes the 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings that were combined in the Sprint and Nextel merger. XOHM uses WiMAX infrastructure developed by Samsung Electronics Corporation Ltd. and has worked with them in deployment and buildout of the Baltimore-area WiMAX network. Additional markets are in various stages of infrastructure development for commercial readiness.

Sprint also confirmed that it is on target with Clearwire to complete the anticipated combination of its XOHM WiMAX business assets with Clearwire to form a new company in the fourth quarter. This new company, to be called Clearwire, will continue to expedite the deployment of a nationwide mobile WiMAX network.

Sprint said it looks forward to becoming the first and only national wireless carrier to offer customers a dual-mode 3G - 4G device that extends the power of Sprint's NOW network. Expected to launch in the fourth quarter, this Sprint device will operate on the nation's largest 3G mobile broadband network and the 4G network in Baltimore and other markets as WiMAX service becomes available.http://www.sprint.com

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