Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Nortel Supplies 40G for Mediacom, SURF, TELUS

Nortel announced a series of wins for its high-capacity optical transmission platforms.

Mediacom Communications is deploying a Nortel 40G Optical Solution in a new network that will link Chicago, Illinois, Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska. Mediacom was able to reduce the number of amplifier sites required along the 470 mile (755km) route from Chicago to Omaha thereby simplifying and reducing the overall cost of the network expansion. The Mediacom solution consists of the Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 equipped with 40G optics and the Common Photonic Layer line system. Nortel is also providing engineering, installation, test, and turn-up services for Mediacom.

SURF Telecoms, a Western Power Distribution Group based in Wales, US, is using a Nortel optical solution to unleash additional capacity on its regional optical network. SURF delivers managed services including dark optical fibre, carrier wholesale bandwidth and leased lines. The enhanced optical network from Nortel will address the growing demand for high-capacity services in the southwest of the UK. The express network upgrade, due to come into service this month, extends the efficiency of existing WDM networks and operations by aggregating more traffic onto 10G before regional transport. The SURF Telecoms express network is built with the Nortel Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500 optical convergence platform and Common Photonic Layer (CPL) line system with ROADM (Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexer), key products that enable the migration to a more agile, adaptive, all optical network.

TELUS has also confirmed plans to deploy Nortel's 40G solution. Further details were not disclosed.http://www.nortel.com

UCLA Imaging Lab Deploys Juniper in Data Center

UCLA's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI) has deployed Juniper's MX960 Ethernet services router in its network core, doubling its network performance and reducing complexity. LONI has the largest neuro-imaging database in the world with more than 25,000 unique scans and at nearly a petabyte in size. Hundreds of researchers work with datasets ranging from 20MB to several hundred gigabytes. As usage of their high-performance computing (HPC) cluster grew, the network infrastructure was straining under the demands.

LONI has also selected the Juniper EX-series Ethernet switches and Secure Access SSL VPN appliances. The EX 4200 series Ethernet switches with Virtual Chassis are deployed as top-of-rack switches in the HPC cluster. Virtual Chassis technology allows up to 10 EX 4200 series switches to be interconnected to operate and be managed as a single, logical system.http://www.juniper.net

Sunrise Debuts 40G/43G Network Test System

Sunrise Telecom introduced a 40G/43G test system designed to verify the performance of high-bandwidth synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH), optical transport networks (OTN) and SONET networks.

Sunrise said that unlike single purpose 40G testers, its STT platform allows users to test a wide range of Ethernet up to 10GbE, SONET/SDH, xWDM and ROADM technologies in a single platform. An optional 10/10.7G drop feature gives technicians the ability to drop test signals to lower rate instruments and perform complementary tests. This feature is especially valuable in lab settings where technicians often need to map lower rate signals coming from a network element, simulator, or analyzer to 40/43G links.

"As super-high-bandwidth links, like OTU3, STM-256 or OC-768 carry more user traffic, a single failure could have a catastrophic impact on a large subscriber base and create a major crisis for service or transport providers. Communications providers need powerful and comprehensive testing procedures and tools to appropriately provision these mission critical circuits," said Bahaa Moukadam, Sunrise Telecom's vice president of marketing. http://www.sunrisetelecom.com/.

Japan's KDDI Selects Hitachi + Nortel for LTE Core

KDDI, Japan's second largest cellular operator, will deploy a next-generation Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless network using a core networking solution from Hitachi in collaboration with Nortel. The tender award of KDDI's LTE core network includes the deployment of a new Evolved Packet Core (EPC) from Hitachi, featuring Nortel's new ATCA-based Access Gateway as a Mobility Management Entity (MME), as well as an evolution to KDDI's existing operation, management and provisioning system to ensure a seamless upgrade path to the new network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The new LTE network from Hitachi and Nortel will provide an overlay to the existing CDMA mobile network, enabling instant access to the bandwidth-intense multimedia content and applications.

Nortel said the network will significantly improve user experience through greatly reduced download times for music and video services as well as providing anywhere, anytime access to bandwidth-hungry applications such as video, real-time mobile games and online services.

NTT DOCOMO Deploys Voice-activated Services with HP Media Server

NTT DOCOMO has deployed the HP OpenCall Media Platform, which is designed to enhance the quality of voice-activated services. The server supports NTT DOCOMO offerings such as voice mail services, customized ringback tone services and interactive voice response services. The HP OpenCall Media Platform is designed to support many of NTT DOCOMO's multimedia services.

The HP media server is Integrated within a core network node. It consolidates a variety of services onto a single platform. With its 20,000 audio ports, the HP OpenCall Media Platform handles existing demand -- and can be scaled up to meet future needs.

As a software-based IP media server, the HP OpenCall Media Platform leverages VoiceXML and Session Initiation Protocol. As a result, NTT DOCOMO is able to significantly reduce the complexity of developing new applications -- and reduce the time needed to bring new services to market.

HP noted that is OpenCall Media Platform is deployed by more than 150 operators in 52 countries.http://www.hp.com/go/opencall/ocmp

Multiven Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Cisco

Multiven, a supplier of premium multivendor IP network services based in Redwood City, California, has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Cisco Systems in an effort to open up the network maintenance services marketplace for Cisco equipment..

Multiven's complaint alleges that Cisco harmed Multiven and consumers by bundling and tying bug fixes/patches and updates for its operating system software to its maintenance services ("SMARTnet"). Multiven further alleges that Cisco engages in other illegal exclusionary and anticompetitive acts designed to maintain a monopoly in the network maintenance services market for Cisco networking equipment.http://www.multiven.com/

Huawei Supplies 40G Network for China Unicom

China Unicom has selected Huawei Technologies to supply its 40 Gbps WDM transmission platform. The network will cover five major cities in north China. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Telecom New Zealand Selects Alcatel-Lucent for IP/MPLS Mobile Backhaul

Telecom New Zealand has selected Alcatel-Lucent's IP/MPLS-based mobile backhaul solution. The deployment will enable Telecom to accommodate its growing W-CDMA and High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) traffic needs and to cost effectively scale its mobile services across a unified network infrastructure. Alcatel-Lucent's IP/MPLS solution is being rolled out across Telecom nationwide and supports its strategic transition to all-IP network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent said its solution features pseudowire technology, which adapts various traffic and media types from the W-CDMA base stations into IP/MPLS. Telecom's mobile backhaul network will also leverage the existing IP/MPLS aggregation network already provided by Alcatel-Lucent for residential and business services.

Alcatel-Lucent's pseudowire solution includes the 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR) which is deployed in cellular base station sites to consolidate and aggregate traffic. The Alcatel-Lucent 7705 SAR allows service providers to scale traffic and simultaneously flatten their cost-curves for leased bandwidth, therefore improving their competitiveness. The 7705 SAR inherits its software architecture from the widely deployed IP/MPLS Service Router product line, retaining and building on its qualities but at a price and form factor appropriate to the cell site and hubs.

In addition to the Alcatel-Lucent 7705 SAR, TNZ has already deployed a Carrier Ethernet network based on Alcatel-Lucent's 7450 Ethernet Services Switch and an IP/MPLS infrastructure for residential services based on the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router - all managed end-to-end by the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager.http://www.alcatel-lucent.comhttp://www.telecom.co.nz

Pirelli Broadband to Offer Airvana's Femtocells

Pirelli Broadband Solutions, the broadband access company within the Pirelli Group, will resell Airvana's HubBub UMTS femtocell as part of its portfolio for fixed-mobile convergence.

Airvana and Pirelli both cooperate in Nokia Siemens Networks' 3G Femto Home Access Solution, an ecosystem that uses a standards-ready open architecture for femto-to-core network interaction. Adherence to these important industry standard initiatives, plus the TR-069 standard for device management, will make it easier to incorporate Pirelli's HubBub-powered broadband access devices into existing operator networks.

Over the past three years Pirelli has become one of the leading suppliers of CPEs for quad-play service providers in Europe, with a portfolio comprising IPTV Set Top Boxes and home and office access gateways for xDSL and FTTx networks.http://www.airvana.comhttp://www.pirellibroadband.com

MobiTV Surpasses Five Million Subscribers

MobiTV has surpassed the five million subscriber mark. The mobile TV service is now available on more than 350 handsets across 20 carrier networks including AT&T, Sprint and Alltel in the U.S.

"With the addition of over a million new subscribers in less than five months, MobiTV is widening its lead in the mobile media delivery industry," said Charlie Nooney, chairman and CEO, MobiTV.http://www.mobitv.com

AT&T and ChaCha Announce Strategic Relationship

AT&T announced a strategic relationship with ChaCha, a provider of text messaging mobile search services. As part of the agreement, ChaCha will use a co-branded greeting and promote AT&T when consumers call 1-800 number.

AT&T and ChaCha also will work together to further enhance ChaCha's free mobile-answers service and explore opportunities in both text and voice ad-based services. ChaCha will continue to provide free answers to any question -- anytime, anywhere -- to and from any activated wireless phone. Questions can cover any topic, from science to culture to sports and more.http://www.att.comhttp://www.chacha.com

Washington Post: New Coalition Lobbies for Broadband in Obama Stimulus Plan

A new industry coalition that includes heavy-hitters such as AT&T, Google, the Telecommunications Industry Associations, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and others, is pushing to include nationwide broadband access as part of the economic stimulus plan being developed by the incoming Obama administration, according to The Washington Post. Potential ideas being discussed include tax breaks, low-interest loans, subsidies and public-private partnerships aimed at broadband access.http://www.washingtonpost.com

Nortel Selects Verizon IP Trunking Service

Nortel has selected Verizon IP Trunking service with Burstable Enterprise Shared Trunks (BEST), which will enable Nortel to consolidate its U.S. corporate voice infrastructure. Under a new three-year agreement, Nortel will evolve its traditional voice system to Verizon IP Trunking VoIP service, which is based on SIP. In addition, Verizon Business will manage Nortel's existing Verizon Private IP network, enabling Nortel to benefit from expanded managed network service capabilities and industry-leading service level agreements. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The BEST feature, which Verizon Business introduced earlier this year, is an on-demand networking capability that enables customers to use idle trunk capacity from one or more locations to dynamically accommodate increases in traffic at other locations, providing more design flexibility and reducing the total number of trunks required across the enterprise. Two key Verizon IP Trunking features that enable the Nortel solution include DID (direct inward dial) transport to a Nortel central access point, and E911 support.

The centralized SIP-based trunking solution that Nortel is implementing marries two key elements: Nortel's Communications Server (CS) 2100, which is a carrier-grade, centralized call server, and Verizon IP Trunking with BEST. http://www.nortel.com

Verizon Pitches FiOS TV to Philadelphia

Verizon made a pitch to the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Property and Public Works to install its all-fiber-optic network and bring real TV choice to more than 600,000 households throughout the city. The company is seeking franchise agreement from the city.

Key points of Verizon's proposal:

  • Verizon plans to bring fiber optics directly to every Philadelphian's home. More than 600,000 households will have access to FiOS TV, including households in multiple dwelling units.

  • The full deployment of Verizon's FTTP network throughout the entire city will occur within seven years of the franchise ordinance's effective date.

  • The network will deliver an all-digital FiOS TV lineup, including VOD.

  • Payment of franchise fees equivalent to 5 per cent of gross revenues on cable TV service.

  • Payment to the city of $2 million for a technology and education fund.

  • Payment of $9.2 million in grants to support the city's public, education and government access channels.

  • Up to 15 all-digital public, educational and governmental access channels for use by the city or its Public Access Corporation over the life of the agreement.

  • An extensive and appropriate set of customer service provisions.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Alcatel-Lucent's Motive Offers Management of WiMAX Devices

Alcatel-Lucent's Motive group, which provides management software for broadband and mobile data services, introduced a solution that manages fixed, nomadic, mobile and embedded WiMAX devices.

Motive's solution complies with both TR-069 and OMA-DM standards-based protocols, which should help network operators to automate and manage key digital life processes such as service provisioning, problem diagnosis and resolution, and on-going maintenance across a myriad of WiMAX devices.

TR-069 is a DSL Forum technical specification entitled CPE WAN Management Protocol (CWMP). It defines an application layer protocol for remote management of end-user devices. OMA-DM is a device management (DM) protocol specified by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), a standards body which develops open standards for the mobile phone industry.

Motive has demonstrated the interoperability of its WiMAX Service Management Solution on a ZyXEL MIMO MAX-206M2 residential gateway. Testing between Motive's and ZyXEL's solutions was conducted via the MotiveSmart Verification Program, an initiative that uses standards-based verification testing, such as TR-069 and OMA-DM, to confirm the interoperability of CPE and mobile devices with Motive's products and solutions.

Marvell Posts Q3 Revenue of $791 Million, up 4% Year-on-Year

Marvell Technology Group posted net revenue for its third quarter of fiscal 2009 of $791.0 million, an increase of 4 percent over $758.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2008, ended October 27, 2007, and a 6 percent sequential decrease from $842.6 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2009, ended August 2, 2008.

GAAP net income was $70.9 million, or $0.11 per share (diluted), for the third quarter of fiscal 2009, compared with a GAAP net loss of $6.4 million, or a loss of $0.01 per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2008. In the second quarter of fiscal 2009 GAAP net income was $71.4 million, or $0.11 per share (diluted).

"The results for our third quarter were in-line with our revised expectations, however we continue to experience limited visibility into the near-term demand for our products," said Dr. Sehat Sutardja, Marvell Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are taking the appropriate steps to better align our operating expenses to reflect the challenging business environment we face. Our results in our third quarter demonstrate initial progress toward these goals."http://www.marvell.com

Nokia Closes Acquisition of Symbian

Nokia completed its previously announced acquisition of acquire Symbian Limited. Symbian is the software company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the market-leading open operating system for mobile devices.

The closing of the offer is a fundamental step in the establishment of the Symbian Foundation, announced on June 24, 2008 by Nokia, together with AT&T, LG Electronics, Motorola, NTT DOCOMO, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, ST-NXP Wireless, Texas Instruments and Vodafone. More information about the planned foundation can be found at www.symbianfoundation.org.http://www.nokia.com

Nokia Unveils N97 Mobile Computer

Nokia unveiled its Nokia N97 mobile computer -- its new flagship mobile device -- along with new Ovi services, including Maps on Ovi and Mail on Ovi.

The Nokia N97 packs a 3.5" touch display, full QWERTY keyboard, integrated A-GPS sensors and an electronic compass for enabling location-based services. The Nokia N97 makes it easy to update social networks automatically with real-time information, giving approved friends the ability to update their 'status' and share their 'social location' as well as related pictures or videos. The Nokia N97 supports up to 48 GB of storage, including 32 GB of on-board memory, expandable with a 16 GB microSD card. The Nokia N97 also has a 5-Megapixel camera with high-quality Carl Zeiss optics, 16:9 and DVD quality video capture, and support for services like Share on Ovi for immediate sharing over HSDPA and WLAN.

The Nokia N97 is expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2009 at an estimated retail price of EUR 550 before taxes or subsidies.

Nokia also previewed Maps on Ovi, a free service that allows people to pre-plan their journey at home on their PC and synchronize with their mobile.

Other Nokia services include Mail on Ovi an Nokia Messaging. With Mail on Ovi, users will be able to create and access email online portal as well as on their mobile device. Nokia Messaging, on the other hand, will give consumers access to their existing email and instant messaging accounts from Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail and Google Talk, and AOL Mail as well as email solutions from thousands of ISPs around the world on the majority of Nokia devices. Nokia has shipped about 200 million devices that immediately enable the launch of its messaging solutions, including Mail on Ovi, Nokia Messaging and corporate mobile email (Microsoft Exchange Activesync and Lotus Traveler).http://www.nokia.com

Axis Adds HDTV Network Camera

Axis Communications introduced an HDTV network camera in compliance with the SMPTE standard in resolution, color representation and frame rate. The AXIS Q1755 Network Camera, which is designed for securing areas such as airports, passport controls and casinos, delivers HDTV 1080i or 720 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio and supports both H.264 and Motion JPEG in full frame rate. It offers day & night functionality and progressive output, along with 10x optical zoom and 12x digital zoom paired with auto focus deliver the desired field of view in perfect focus.

For optional storage of video and further flexibility, the camera has a built-in slot for an SD/SDHC memory card, making it possible to store days of recording without external equipment. Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af) supplies power to the cameras via the network, eliminating the need for power cables and reducing installation costs.

The AXIS Q1755 includes video intelligence such as enhanced video motion detection, audio detection and detection of camera tampering such as blocking or spray-painting. In addition, the AXIS Q1755 incorporates the new Gatekeeper functionality, which automatically zooms in when there is activity in the scene and then zooms out after a preset time interval. Security capabilities include HTTPS encryption, IEEE 802.1X authentication, IPv4/IPv6 and Quality of Service.http://www.axis.com

Dell Launches Data Center Optimization Services

Dell is launching a consultation service to help enterprises adopt best practices in data center design, layout and configuration. Specifically, Dell Data Center Optimization Services aims to help customers find their "Hidden Data Center" -- unused capacity in their existing facilities that can be leveraged to avoid the significant capital expenditures required for building a new data center.

Dell's service will address the energy, capacity and cooling issues facing customers with practical, expert advice on how to bring efficiency to the current data center environment. Dell provides customers with specific actions designed to simplify and save in the data center. The service also includes a program to help refit and optimize an existing facility, or design a new data center to meet an organization's growing needs.

A majority of data centers were built during the dot-com boom and are reaching their 10-year lifespan, so it's no surprise that many companies are hitting a wall when it comes to data center capacity," said Dr. Albert Esser, vice president of Power and Infrastructure Solutions at Dellhttp://www.dell.com