Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Huawei Debuts 3G/2G Software Defined Radio (SDR) Base Station

Huawei Technologies introduced a 3G / 2G Software Defined Radio (SDR) Single RAN base station. The product was developed in close cooperation with technologists from Vodafone who are exploring how to enhance the customer experience in a more cost-effective and energy efficient way. The development is one of the first products from Huawei and Vodafone's Radio Mobile Innovation Centre based in Madrid, Spain.


Using Huawei's latest Remote Radio Unit, Huawei's Single RAN solution aims to provide greater cost efficiencies for operators in the areas of power consumption, transmission expense, footprint and maintenance costs when compared with traditional BTS solutions.


The design promises CAPEX and OPEX savings because carriers would only need to deploy a single Radio Access Network base station, compared to the costs involved with two independent 2G and 3G networks. Huawei says its Single RAN Solution is also capable of seamlessly migrating to LTE.http://www.huawei.com

Huawei Introduces 1.28T OTN Optical Transport, 10 Gbps PONs

At this week's Broadband World Forum Europe in Brussels, Huawei Technologies introduced a number of optical transport products and extended its IPTIME (IP Transport Infrastructure for Multi-play Experience) solution Product introductions include the new 1.28T OTN OptiX OSN 8800, OptiX OSN 1800 and 10G GPON prototype systems.


The OptiX OSN 8800 is a 1.128 Tbps optical switch that integrates 40G/100G, ROADM, OTN Switch, ASON/GMPLS. It can provide high bandwidth transport and grooming capabilities.


The OptiX OSN 1800 system supports full service access from 2M to 10G, simplifying and unifying the multiple carrier edge networks in order to effectively reduce TCO.


Huawei's 10G GPON system is compliant with FSAN NGA and has a data rate of 10 Gbps downstream and 2.5 Gbps upstream. It coexists with current GPON and is compatible with current 2.5G optical distribution networks and platforms. The 10G GPON realizes smooth migration from current GPON and fully guarantees investment made in legacy networks through providing four times the bandwidth.


Additionally, Huawei has also extended its IPTIME solutions from mobile transport solutions to the industry's first FMC-oriented unified bearer solutions. Huawei's IPTIME solutions now provide access to both ultra broadband and 2G/3G, and support the clock synchronization of transmission, thus enabling the end--to-end provision of mobile and broadband services.http://www.huawei.com

Panama's Digicel Deploys GSM/EDGE with Ericsson

Ericsson has signed a sole-supplier agreement with Digicel Group for the nationwide deployment of a GSM/EDGE network in Panama. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Under the agreement, Ericsson will be sole supplier of a GSM/EDGE network including radio access network, Mobile Softswitch Solution, mobile backhaul solution with optical and microwave products and Convergent Charging and Billing solution. Ericsson will also be responsible for network deployment, systems integration, and learning services. Deployment has already started.


Ericsson is now supplying mobile systems to Digicel in 24 countries across the Caribbean and Central America, including: Jamaica, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Bermudas, Turks and Caicos, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, French West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, El Salvador, Honduras - and now Panama.http://www.ericsson.com

Matisse Networks Adds to Executive Team

Matisse Networks, a start-up specializing in optical burst switching (OBS) technology, announced that Craig Easley and Hank Zoeller have joined its executive management team.


Craig Easley joins Matisse as the Vice President of Marketing with global responsibility for both marketing communications and product management. Easley previously worked at Bay Networks, Nortel Networks, Extreme Networks and most recently Actelis Networks. He has served five terms on the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF) board of directors.


Hank Zoeller joins Matisse as VP of Operations. Zoeller previously worked at Nellcor, Molecular Devices, Network Appliance, and Cacheflow. Most recently he co-founded Cardiva Medical, Inc. and served as Vice President of Operations working cross functionally to transition new innovative solutions from R&D projects into viable commercially available products.http://www.matissenetworks.com

Aktino Expands Sales Team for EMEA

Aktino, a supplier of Carrier Ethernet and broadband services over bonded copper, has retained members of the same sales team previously responsible for Worldwide Packets' presence in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The team of experienced sales directors and sales engineers is led by Andy Charalambous, the former international vice president at Worldwide Packets when it was bought by Ciena in March 2008. With him on the team are Marco Berkheij and Dolf Godlieb.


Aktino has been recently building a presence in Europe, and its bonded copper systems have been in trials at three Tier 1 carries there. With the addition of this team, the company is now placing as much emphasis on the global market as it does in North America.


Aktino systems can provide up to 100 Mbps of bandwidth over existing copper infrastructure to a distance of 12,000 feet (3.7 km) from the central office, with fiber-like reliability. This enables symmetric or asymmetric Ethernet services. The reach can also be doubled using the company's latest repeater solutions. http://www.aktino.com

Verizon Business Examines the Problem of Data-Breaches

Enterprises should assess their security strategies knowing that the challenges differ significantly by industry and that a one-size-fits-all approach is rarely effective, according to a newly released study from Verizon Business.
The study is based on the 2008 Verizon Business Data Breach Investigations Report, issued in June. This report analyzed breaches spanning four years and more than 500 forensic investigations involving 230 million compromised records including three of the five largest breaches ever reported.


Some key findings:


Financial Services

  • Financial services face a greater risk from insiders, whereas partners represent the chief source of risk for other industries analyzed.


  • A blend of attack types is used against financial services, with deceit and misuse as the most common attacks.


  • On average, attacks take longer and tend to be more sophisticated. Discovery often takes weeks, although financial services organizations generally learn of breaches more quickly than other types of organizations.


  • Relative to other industries, financial organizations demonstrated a higher level of asset awareness. Breaches associated with unknown or lost systems, data, connections and privileges occurred far less frequently.


High-Tech Services

  • The picture in high-tech services is complex. More than any other industry, errors were a contributing factor and attacks were fairly sophisticated. Though presumably tech-savvy, high-tech organizations had a difficult time keeping track of information assets and system configurations.


  • Malicious insiders are a big issue. Insider misuse, which refers to using granted resources or privileges, or both, for any unauthorized purpose, is much higher in high-tech. Such behavior is inherently difficult to control in a culture where workers often have high levels of access to many systems.


  • Hacking is significant. Tech firms tend to do a better job on basic system and application configurations, forcing attackers to rely on vulnerabilities to compromise systems. A consistent and comprehensive approach to patch deployment is often lacking.


  • Attacking Web applications represents the most common method of intrusion. Additionally, the percentage of breaches involving intellectual property is higher in the high-tech community.


  • Retail

    • Retail represents the largest portion of the overall cases analyzed.


    • Many attacks exploit remote access connections, but Web applications are also frequently targeted. Attacks on wireless networks are growing and are significantly higher than in any other industry.


    • Simple attacks are prevalent, but a considerable number of more difficult attacks were employed against retail establishments.


    • Retail is highly reliant on third-parties to discover breaches. Typically, discovery happens more quickly than in food and beverage but lags behind both the finance and high-tech industries.


    • Overall, attacks against this industry are largely opportunistic, seeking quick payloads of data that can easily be used for fraudulent purposes.


    Food and Beverage

    • Most breaches originate from external sources but leverage a partner's trusted remote access connection as the point of entry into online repositories of payment card data.


    • These attacks rely on poor security configurations rather than application or software vulnerabilities, are quickly executed and are highly repeatable.


    • Many attacks exploited point-of-sale systems that criminals use to stage additional attacks and spread malware (corrupt software) throughout food and beverage chain establishments.


    • It takes food and beverage organizations a considerable amount of time to learn of a breach. When they do, the discovery is almost always made by a third party.
    http://securityblog.verizonbusiness.com/

    FCC Appoints Jon Peha as Chief Technologist

    Dr. Jon M. Peha has been named Chief Technologist of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where he will serve as a senior advisor on communications technology in the FCC's Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis.


    Currently, Dr. Peha is a Professor in the Departments of Engineering and Public Policy, and Electrical & Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He also serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Wireless and Broadband Networking at CMU. Prior to joining CMU's Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Dr. Peha served as the Chief Technical Officer of three high-tech start-ups and as a member of the technical staff at SRI
    International, AT&T Bell Laboratories and Microsoft.http://www.fcc.gov

    Jungo Offers IPTV Fast Channel Switching Solution

    Jungo's "OpenRG" residential gateway software now supports a fast channel-switching feature. This solution enables service providers to enhance consumers' IPTV experience by improving the channel-switching performance of broadband access equipment.


    Jungo said subscribers expect switching between hundreds of channels to be smooth and fast. However, in reality, IPTV users often experience slow response times, and sub-standard picture quality, further affected by pixelation. These problems tend to increase in homes with multiple STBs. A channel switching delay of under two seconds is considered acceptable to users.


    Jungo's new technology removes channel-switching overheads by employing a mix of tactics, including an enhancement of the regular IGMP Leave and Fast-Leave operations - otherwise known as ‘Aggressive Leave' -- the monitoring of available resources such as bandwidth and virtual circuits (VCs), and intelligent bandwidth usage assumptions. The new solution from Jungo can be used on any off-the-shelf STB.http://www.jungo.com

    Jungo Offers IPTV Fast Channel Switching Solution

    Jungo's "OpenRG" residential gateway software now supports a fast channel-switching feature. This solution enables service providers to enhance consumers' IPTV experience by improving the channel-switching performance of broadband access equipment.


    Jungo said subscribers expect switching between hundreds of channels to be smooth and fast. However, in reality, IPTV users often experience slow response times, and sub-standard picture quality, further affected by pixelation. These problems tend to increase in homes with multiple STBs. A channel switching delay of under two seconds is considered acceptable to users.


    Jungo's new technology removes channel-switching overheads by employing a mix of tactics, including an enhancement of the regular IGMP Leave and Fast-Leave operations - otherwise known as ‘Aggressive Leave' -- the monitoring of available resources such as bandwidth and virtual circuits (VCs), and intelligent bandwidth usage assumptions. The new solution from Jungo can be used on any off-the-shelf STB.http://www.jungo.com

    Bandwidth.com Selects Sonus

    Sonus Networks has completed the first phase implementation of a next-generation network (NGN) deployment with Bandwidth.com. The new all IP network at Bandwidth.com will deliver secure, advanced business communications services to small and medium businesses across the United States. Bandwidth.com is introducing a complete Sonus IP-based session control network as part of the company's business plan to become a nation-wide competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC). The first services on the Sonus-based network are already live, providing integrated access services in 300 metropolitan markets. The services include unlimited calling, Internet service and the capability to work with most enterprise phone systems at flat-rate price points.


    Bandwidth.com will deploy the complete, end-to-end Sonus solution, including the ASX Access Server, GSX9000 Media Gateway, PSX Call Routing Server, SGX Signaling Gateway, the NBS Network Border Switch as the Session border controller for IP Access and Trunking and the Sonus Insight Management System. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    http://www.bandwidth.com/

    Ixia Offers 40 GE and 100 GE Testing Capability

    At this week's Broadband World Forum Europe in Brussels, Ixia is showing 40 GE and 100 GE testing technology. The Ixia 40 GE proof-of-concept demonstration includes an implementation of and testing facility for the 40/100 GE physical coding sublayer (PCS) layer approved as the baseline proposal by the IEEE P802.3ba task force, with its underlying multilane distribution (MLD) architecture. MLD enables network providers to bond multiple 10 GE or higher-speed lanes into a single logical 40/100 GE link. MLD provides a means of "striping" a 40 Gbps flow into multiple "virtual" lanes.


    Ixia said it plans to ship the industry's first 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) Development Accelerator System in mid November. The 100 GE Development Accelerator System a unique implementation for and testing of the 100 GE physical coding sublayer (PCS) layer approved as the baseline proposal in May 2008 by the IEEE 802.3ba task force, with the underlying multilane distribution (MLD) architecture.http://www.ixiacom.com

    Moonblink Adds to Team

    Moonblink Communications, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, announced the appointment of Gordon Poole as VP of Business Development. Before joining Moonblink, Mr. Poole served as Vice President of Strategic Accounts for Proxim Wireless, where he was responsible for sales to OEMs and government entities. Prior to that, he held senior management roles at YDI Wireless and Terabeam Wireless.


    Moonblink is a value-added distributor providing WiFi, WiMAX, VoIP, surveillance camera systems, license-free and licensed broadband wireless solutions to VARs and Integrators that service enterprise, government, education, and security markets.
    http://www.moonblink.com

    Belgacom Selects Ipanema for Application-centric Network Management

    Belgacom will use Ipanema Technologies' Autonomic Networking System to develop a new application-centric service. The Ipanema element provides Belgacom's customers with real-time visibility and control of what is happening on their Virtual Private Network (VPN). Customers using the Ipanema system will also be able to dynamically manage, accelerate and prioritize traffic to meet their individual business needs.http://www.ipanematech.com

    Tuesday, September 30, 2008

    SonicWALL Introduces DPI-based UTM Appliance for Branch Offices

    SonicWALL introduced its next generation of Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliance designed specifically to address the challenges of application management and bandwidth growth. The new SonicWALL NSA 240 accelerates and prioritizes business critical network traffic, while attacking network threats, misuse of network resources and unreliable or unavailable Internet connectivity.


    The NSA 240 combines multiple technologies into a single appliance, protecting networks against an array of network security and content attacks, delivering granular inspection and control over a variety of networked applications and accelerating overall network performance. The design leverages a "Reassembly-free Deep Packet Inspection" (RFDPI) engine, which incorporates object-based contextual controls over user identity and access, application identity and access, data leakage, and network optimization, as well as granular reporting, auditing and forensics.


    The NSA 240 also enhances resiliency through the integration of an add-on high speed 3G or Modem card, providing continual network operation when hard line connections are disrupted.


    The NSA 240 is priced at $1,195 and the NSA 240 Total Secure is priced $1,770.
    http://www.sonicwall.com/nsa240

    NSN to Acquire ELEKTROBIT's WiMAX Baseband Assets

    Elektrobit Corp. (EB) has agreed to sell its WiMAX baseband software asset to Nokia Siemens Networks. The parties have agreed to continue the WiMAX baseband software related product development together, with Nokia Siemens Networks purchasing WiMAX product development work from EB as a service. According to the agreement, EB will in the future have the license to use the WiMAX baseband software and its subsequent versions when developing demanding customer solutions based on WiMAX technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.http://www.elektrobit.com/http://www.nsn.com

    Nortel and LG-Nortel Introduce WDM-PON Ethernet Access

    Nortel and LG-Nortel (the joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel) introduced an Ethernet Access solution that uses a WDM-PON architecture.


    Nortel said the advantage of this approach is the assurance of dedicated bandwidth and more security over connections which are always available, and never stalled or slowed down by other traffic on the network. The solution starts with speeds of 100 Mbps and easily scalable to add more bandwidth.


    Products in the Nortel Ethernet Access Portfolio include:

    • Ethernet Access Business Unit (Indoor) 1111 -- the Ethernet Access Business Unit (EABU) 1111 is a colorless termination unit that resides at the business location and can accommodate various types of services through the Ethernet (100Base-TX) port.


    • Ethernet Access Business Unit (Indoor) 1112 -- the Ethernet Access Business Unit (EABU) 1112 is a colorless termination unit that resides at the business location and can accommodate various types of services through the Ethernet (100Base-TX) port.


    • Ethernet Access Residential Unit (Indoor) 1112-- the Ethernet Access Residential Unit (EARU) 1112 is a colorless indoor termination unit that resides at the subscriber location and can accommodate various types of services through the Ethernet (100Base-TX) port.


    • Ethernet Access Service Terminal 1100-- the Ethernet Access Service Terminal 1100 offers simple, scalable and secure point-to-point or point to multi-point Ethernet access to end-users. It surpasses traditional FTTx /ETTx solutions by offering Ethernet point-to-point and Ethernet over Wavelength Division Multiplexing-Passive Optical Networks (WDM PON) technology for both business and residential solutions.


    • Wavelength Passive Unit 1132 -- the Wavelength Passive Filter (WPF) is an Arrayed Waveguide Grated (AWG) filter that takes in colored light from the Ethernet Access Service Terminal 1100 and splits the wavelengths out towards the Ethernet Access Business and Residential Units.


    http://www.nortel.com

    Nokia and NSN enter Patent License Agreement with Huawei

    Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks have entered into a patent license agreement with Huawei and its affiliates for standards essential patents. The comprehensive agreement covers the worldwide use of all standards essential patents of all parties, including GSM, WCDMA, CDMA2000, optical networking, datacom and WiMAX in mobile devices, infrastructure and services.http://www.nokia.comhttp://www.nsn.com

    Nokia and NSN enter Patent License Agreement with Huawei

    Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks have entered into a patent license agreement with Huawei and its affiliates for standards essential patents. The comprehensive agreement covers the worldwide use of all standards essential patents of all parties, including GSM, WCDMA, CDMA2000, optical networking, datacom and WiMAX in mobile devices, infrastructure and services.http://www.nokia.comhttp://www.nsn.com

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