Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Raytheon to Embed the Narus CyberSecurity into its Government Solutions

Raytheon Company and Narus have formed a partnership in which Raytheon will embed NarusInsight to monitor IP traffic and provide critical knowledge to help manage and protect sensitive government networks. The companies said their joint solution for protecting and monitoring government networks aligns with renewed government efforts to adopt a more strategic approach to cybersecurity. Raytheon provides a full spectrum of robust cybersecurity capabilities, including vulnerability and security assessments, enterprise information assurance services, monitoring and traffic analysis, information services and information operations.

Narus' real-time traffic intelligence technology allows for total visibility into IP traffic, from the network layer through services. Narus has developed algorithms to detect network anomalies and zero-day attacks, and manage unwanted IP traffic. Additionally, Narus has the ability to precision target and fully reconstruct all types of IP traffic, including VoIP, e-mail, Web mail and instant messages.

"With this partnership, Raytheon and Narus will provide the best possible solution to ensure our government's sensitive networks remain protected, while also providing capabilities to identify attackers," said Steve Hawkins, vice president of Raytheon Information Security Solutions. "This is the most comprehensive and robust dynamic defense solution available for government networks."

"We are proud to be selected by Raytheon as part of Narus' broader strategy to work with the best companies to meet government requirements around the world," said Greg Oslan, Narus president and CEO. "As the foundation for the industry's most advanced real-time cyber protection, intercept and traffic management solutions, NarusInsight is critical to help meet today's national security challenges."

New Service Broker Forum Targets IN-NGN Orchestration

A new Service Broker Forum has been established with a mission to educate the industry about interdependencies between the Service Layer and Network Layer of next generation networks. Founding members include Aepona, AppTrigger, Convergin and jNetx.

In today's dynamic and evolving landscapes, operators are seeking ways to accelerate new service creation and delivery of telecom products from reusable service components in both IN and NGN networks. Over the last 24 months the Service Broker Product Category has developed as a result of the broadening 3GPP discussion around SCIM and the need to address operators requirements for a flexible, efficient and future proof application to network connectivity solution.

A Service Broker is defined as a network element that efficiently manages service interaction and service composition and resides between the service layer and the converging network and is traditionally decoupled from the core switch and the service execution or service creation environment. Key functionality encompassed by such elements include SCIM, IM-SSF, IN-IN Trigger Management, Protocol/Call Flow Management, and Subscriber Data Management Interaction.

The new Service Broker Forum aims to promote thought leadership and bring an industry voice to the innovation being delivered by Service Broker solutions to the dynamic and evolving telecom landscape.

Sycamore Selected by NTT Comm for Multiservice Access

NTT Communications (NTT Com) has selected Sycamore's DNX-11/88 and ENvision Plus multiservice access and network management platforms to perform key service access and delivery roles in NTT Com's global multiservice network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The DNX multiservice access platform aggregates, grooms, and enhances a wide variety of network services -- ranging from traditional leased lines to dynamic IP VPNs -- while providing automated protection mechanisms for specific service types. DNX systems also provide strong monitoring and diagnostic capabilities that support remote management and unattended operation while maintaining a high level of network availability. ENvision Plus network management software works with DNX platforms to automate and simplify provisioning, streamline event and alarm management processes through filtering tools, and provide visual test access and line diagnostics. Other capabilities include multi-level topology views, advanced bandwidth reporting utilities for switch fabric management, and an architecture that simplifies integration into NTT Com's existing operational support systems.

IBM and Partners Develop 28-nm High-k CMOS Technology

IBM and key technology partners announced a 28-nanometer (nm), high-k metal gate (HKMG), low-power bulk complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process technology with the potential to increase the performance and battery life of a broad range of power-sensitive mobile and consumer electronics, including the fast-growing mobile Internet device market segment. The favorable leakage characteristics of the HKMG technology result in optimized battery life for the next generation of mobile products. IBM's partners in this development include Chartered Semiconductor, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Infineon Technologies, Samsung Electronics, and STMicroelectronics.

The companies had previously announced joint development work in 32nm HKMG technology.

A 28nm low-power technology evaluation kit was previously made available in December 2008 to early access clients, followed by release in March 2009 of an evaluation kit for open access to the general marketplace. Early risk production is anticipated in the second half of 2010.

Orange and Nokia Offer Mobile Email Service

Orange and Nokia will extend their partnership with a new email service for consumers. This extension to their multi-country agreement will deliver and launch a co-branded solution, Nokia Messaging by Orange, on a range of Orange Signature devices, aiming to bring mobile email to everyone with a phone, as well as working professionals.

First announced in February 2008, this three-year agreement was formed by Nokia and Orange to meet growing demand for multimedia on the mobile. It combines and integrates the best available services from both companies in the areas of music, games and maps across a range of Nokia devices. The successful alliance will expand the portfolio to eight countries and will include up to 30 Nokia devices in the Orange Signature range in 2009.

Launching first in the UK from this summer, followed by France and Spain, Orange customers will be able to take advantage of built-in push email on the forthcoming Nokia E75 and a range of Nokia devices.

Verizon Introduces Small Businesses Portal Powered by Cisco WebEx

Verizon activated a new Small Business Center Web site -now featuring online collaboration tools, Web-based business software applications and interactive professional networking for small businesses across America.

The centerpiece of the new business portal is the Verizon Collaboration Center, powered by Cisco WebEx technology, with voice and Web conferencing that enables users to collaborate with peers, clients and vendors in a virtual environment that works like an Intranet. Licensed users can share documents and calendars, discuss ideas, set goals, and manage projects and business operations. With the Verizon Web Meeting add-on, users can meet online - in real time - with co-workers, partners, suppliers and customers.

The Verizon Collaboration Center is a hosted service available anytime there is Internet access. It does not require any hardware or software investment. There is also no need for in-house IT support, which helps small businesses save even more. Since the service is Web-based, all that is required is a computer (PC or Mac), an Internet connection and a Web browser. A Verizon Collaboration Center user pack for one to five employees costs $24.99 per month, with other discounted rates available when even more users are added.

IBM Establishes Cloud Computing Laboratory in Hong Kong

IBM is establishing a cloud computing laboratory in Hong Kong. The new facility will provide a global hub for Web-based messaging services to support IBM's emerging LotusLive ( cloud service portfolio, which offers company-to-company social networking and online collaboration tools.

IBM also announced the closing of the acquisition of Outblaze Limited's messaging assets. Privately-held Outblaze operates one of the largest online service platforms for the provision of secure, private-label email, collaboration and social media services to other service providers, telecommunications operators, corporations, academia, media and publishing companies. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Sweden's Banverket Tests Nortel's 40G/100G On Live Fiber Network

Banverket ICT, a Swedish network operator, has completed a live field trial running 10G/40G/100G simultaneously on its existing fiber network between Sundsvall and Stockholm. The trial used a Nortel optical solution over a total fiber distance of 810km. The live 100G trial used Nortel's 40G/100G Adaptive Optics Engine to test a mix of 10G, 40G and 100G wavelengths over an existing 10G engineered link of five spans without regenerators or external fibre compensators. The tests showed successful 100G operation under fiber stress conditions that would occur under normal operations, without using adaptive optics. Banverket ICT already delivers 10G services in Sweden and the trial has shown that their optical network can be scaled simply and cost effectively from 10G to 40G and 100G.

Banverket ICT is a subsidiary of Banverket, the authority responsible for Sweden's railways. The company operates a transport and communications network running alongside the country's 13,000 km rail network.

"A 100G upgrade positions Banverket ICT to offer customers the secure wavelength capacity they need, when they need it on the network," said Thomas Sjöstrand, manager, Technical and Network Strategy, Banverket ICT. "Also, in Sweden's rural areas, access to low cost transport which is future proofed with 100G per wavelength can have a major impact because with 100G we can eventually offer universal broadband access across Sweden at speeds that are currently only available in metropolitan areas."

South Africa's Telkom and AT&T Announce Strategic Agreement

South Africa-based Telkom and AT&T announced a strategic partnership to provide global seamless communication and technology solutions and services to multinational customers (MNCs), either based in or seeking to extend their operations in sub-Saharan Africa. Under the terms of the MOU, the two companies will begin work towards definitive agreements that would:

  • Directly connect the Telkom regional network and the AT&T global network.

  • Deliver a wider geographic footprint of telecommunications services, both in Sub-Saharan Africa and other global points.

  • Enhance mobile service capabilities for corporate customers in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Extend global VPN (Virtual Private Network) services for customers either headquartered in or seeking to expand sites in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Explore other potential opportunities in areas such as Telepresence, hosting and professional services.

  • Expand the existing global wholesale voice services relationship between Telkom Group and AT&T.

Broadcom Gains Both EuroDOCSIS 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.0 Certifications

Broadcom's BCM3380 family of channel bonding cable modem silicon solutions has received EuroDOCSIS 3.0 certification in EuroCertWave 34 and DOCSIS 3.0 certification in CertWave 65 with customer submitted data and voice modems. With the Euro certification, Broadcom said its the BCM3380 family has become the first and only silicon solution certified as both EuroDOCSIS and DOCSIS 3.0 compliant.

Nokia and NSN Expect 2009 Infrastructure Sales Decline of 10%

Nokia reported net sales of EUR 9.3 billion, down 27% year on year and sequentially. Reported operating profit decreased 96% to EUR 55 million, compared with EUR 1.5 billion in the first quarter 2008. Looking ahead, Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks now expect the mobile infrastructure and fixed infrastructure and related services market to decline approximately 10% in Euro terms in 2009, from 2008 levels. This is an update to Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks' earlier estimate that the mobile infrastructure and fixed infrastructure and related services market would decline 5% or more in Euro terms in 2009, from 2008 levels.

"In what has been an exceptionally tough environment, we continue to invest in a focused manner in consumer Internet services delivered across our broad portfolio of mobile devices. Combined, these solutions will drive our future growth. As an example in Q1, I am especially pleased with the performance of our first mass market touch product, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. Together with Comes With Music, it is a great example of Nokia providing solutions that consumers value.

Regarding the health of the overall mobile device market, the inventory already in the sales channels decreased substantially during Q1 due to extensive destocking by operators and distributors. This adversely impacted our sales volumes in the quarter. However, it has also resulted in the demand picture becoming more predictable as we enter the second quarter."

Some highlights for Q1:

  • Devices & Services net sales of EUR 6.2 billion, down 33% year on year and down 24% sequentially (down 31% and down 23% at constant currency).

  • Services net sales of EUR 150 million (billings of EUR 166 million), up 79% year on year and down 5% sequentially.

  • Estimated industry mobile device volumes of 255 million units, down 14% year on year and down 16% sequentially.

  • Nokia mobile device volumes of 93.2 million units, down 19% year on year and down 18% sequentially.

  • Nokia 5800 XpressMusic volumes of 2.6 million units, with cumulative shipments of more than 3 million units since the smartphone's launch in late November 2008.

  • Nokia estimated mobile device market share of 37% in Q1 2009, down from 39% in Q1 2008 and unchanged from Q4 2008.

  • Nokia mobile device ASP of EUR 65, down from EUR 71 in Q4 2008.

  • Devices & Services gross margin of 33.8%, unchanged from Q4 2008.

  • NAVTEQ net sales of EUR 132 million, down 36% sequentially from EUR 205 million, and non-IFRS operating margin of 3.7% (25.7% in Q4 2008)

  • Nokia Siemens Networks net sales of EUR 3.0 billion, down 12% year on year and down 31% sequentially (down 9% and down 30% at constant currency).

  • In the first quarter 2009, the total mobile device volumes for Nokia's Devices & Services group were 93.2 million units, representing a decline of 19% year on year and 18% sequentially. The overall industry mobile device volumes for the same period were 255 million units based on Nokia's preliminary estimate, representing a 14% year on year decrease and a 16% sequential decrease. The lower sales volumes for Nokia and the industry, both year on year and sequentially, were primarily driven by the negative impact of the rapidly deteriorating global economic conditions, including weaker consumer and corporate spending, severely constrained credit availability and unprecedented currency market volatility. The sequential volume decline also reflected typical seasonal decreases in the first quarter. In addition, extensive destocking by operators and distributors of their mobile device inventories adversely affected sales volumes by manufacturers, including Nokia, during the first quarter 2009.

Harris Acquires Crucial Security for Law Enforcement Cyberspace Solutions

Harris Corporation has acquired privately held Crucial Security, Inc., expanding its capabilities and customer footprint in the cyber security market. Crucial Security offers an array of mission-enabling engineering solutions that address both offensive and defensive IT security challenges. Its customers include federal law enforcement and other U.S. government agencies. Crucial Security has approximately 110 employees located primarily in Chantilly, Virginia.

"Crucial Security's deep understanding of both offensive and defensive cyber security, unparalleled software engineering domain expertise, and immensely talented employees -- most of whom have high-level security clearances -- add significantly to our current initiatives in the fast-growing cyber security market," said Howard L. Lance, chairman, president and CEO of Harris.

Tyco Electronics to Sell Wireless Systems Business to Harris for $675 Million

Tyco Electronics agreed to sell its Wireless Systems business to Harris Corporation for $675 million in cash, subject to final working capital adjustments. Tyco Electronics Wireless Systems, a business segment of Tyco Electronics Ltd. (NYSE:TEL) , was formed in 1999 and grew through the acquisition of ComNet Ericsson in 2001 to create Tyco Electronics Wireless Systems ("Wireless Systems"). The group develops large-scale IP communications systems for customers in the public safety, utility, transit and public service industries. End-to-end solutions include network systems and software solutions; mobile and portable radio equipment; broadband WiMAX products for high speed-data applications; and operations, service and maintenance. The group is headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, with product development and manufacturing facilities in Lynchburg, Virginia. It has approximately 1,150 employees, including 500 engineers and scientists. The business generated sales of $461 million in fiscal 2008.

Wireless Systems will be combined with the Harris RF Communications business segment, creating a dynamic new organization that will provide end-to-end wireless network solutions to the growing $9 billion global land mobile radio systems market.

"The combination of RF Communications and Wireless Systems creates a powerful supplier in the global land mobile radio systems market," said Howard L. Lance, chairman, president and CEO of Harris. "With an 80-year heritage in providing communications for the public safety market, Wireless Systems has established a large installed customer base, extensive domain knowledge, and well-developed sales channels, which serve the federal, state, and local public safety markets. Wireless Systems provides complete end-to-end infrastructure solutions, including IP-based voice and data networks, which support multiple platforms and provide interoperability among disparate systems. Harris RF Communications offers industry-leading radio technology, including the latest in software-defined multiband radios for interoperability and upgradeability, high-level encryption capable of supporting top secret communications, and digital waveform technology. In addition, Harris brings to the new partnership access to well-established business channels for the Department of Defense, U.S. federal agencies, and international customers."

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Alcatel-Lucent's LGS Wins Prime Contractor Spot on GSA's Alliant Contract

LGS, the subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent dedicated to serving the U.S. government community, has won a prime contractor spot on the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Alliant Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC). LGS was one of 59 companies selected to compete for projects under the Alliant contract, which has a ceiling of US$50 billion.

As a government-wide acquisition contract, Alliant offers a way for both civilian and Department of Defense agencies worldwide to purchase all components of integrated Information Technology (IT) solutions in three major areas including Infrastructure, Application Services and IT Management. LGS will compete for government projects over a five-year base period, which may be extended for one five-year period.

Hurricane Electric Interconnects with 400+ IPv6 Networks

Hurricane Electric, which provides colocation and IPv6 Internet backbone services, announced that its network now connects with over 400 IPv6 networks. The company said it has quickly surpassed its Q3 2008 IPv6 peering milestone, increasing its number of connected networks by 33%.

"It's only a matter of time before IPv4 address space runs out completely," said Mike Leber, president of Hurricane Electric. "We're doing our part to ensure the smooth transition to the inevitable IPv6 Internet."

In addition to their network growth, Hurricane Electric is known for its services to the industry. IPv6 Self Certification and the free IPv6 tunnel broker service, located at, allow network engineers, system administrators, and end users to participate in the future of the Internet.

Solera Networks Raises $7 Million for Network Forensics

Solera Networks, a start-up based in Utah, has raised an additional $7 million in Series B venture funding for its network forensics software solutions.

Solera Networks has made significant advancements in high-speed network forensics solutions for both virtual and physical networks, including technology to capture, index, search, and replay all network traffic. Solera Networks' flagship product is the DS Series, a line of high-performance network forensics appliances, including software-only virtual appliances that capture, record, search and archive 100% of network traffic at speeds up to 10Gbps. DS appliances sit passively on the network, undetected, not impacting the performance of the network in any way. Captured traffic is written to an adaptive replacement cache and presented in multiple industry-standard formats, including PCAP, or as regenerated traffic delivered at recorded, throttled or accelerated playback speeds. Regenerated traffic appears to other devices or segments as normal network traffic with all original metadata.

The new funding was led by new investor Allegis Capital. Solera Networks' existing investor, Canopy Ventures, is also participating in the round. Proceeds from the funding will be used to accelerate growth in sales and marketing activities, including opening the company's new office in Washington, DC and expansion of its Japanese operations.

Solera Networks president and CEO, Steve Shillingford said, "We've always believed that today's information assurance strategies are missing a fundamental component - the ability to go back in time to quickly find the source of a breach, remediate the failure, and fortify the network. We see this funding as validation for the need to shift toward planning for these inevitable failures by investing in network forensics solutions like those from Solera Networks."