Thursday, June 11, 2009

Nominum Enhances its DHCP Server with IPv6

Nominum has enhanced its commercial-grade Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server with support for DHCPv6 and extensive new management capabilities that allow network operations staff to make the best use of precious IP addresses.


Personal computers have long used DHCP for connecting to the Internet, but now a multitude of new devices such as smart phones, VoIP devices, and netbooks also depend on it to get network access. With IPv6 gaining traction, hundreds of millions of additional devices will need connectivity and configuration parameters; and common applications such as voice over IP are not tolerant of any down time.


Nominum said most existing DHCP servers are significantly challenged supporting IPv4 networks, lacking the underlying architecture to allocate and manage IP addresses and host configuration parameters while maintaining performance at massive scale; these requirements are magnified with IPv6. Nominum developed a special in-memory database for DCS that is completely optimized to deliver high performance. A transaction log is maintained on the server's hard disk so the database can be recovered instantly in the event of a system crash. In addition, DCS has open interfaces to integrate with databases commonly used in conjunction with DHCP servers such as RADIUS, provisioning databases, or LDAP.


New features in Nominum's Dynamic Configuration System (DCS) include:

  • SNMP-based management with alerts (traps) for critical notification of events


  • Abandoned addresses to flag potential problems on the network or detect DoS attacks


  • Notification when a "remaining address" threshold is exceeded to allow high service levels to be maintained with an absolute minimum of IP addresses


  • High performance Dynamic DNS (DDNS) support for IPv4 and IPv6 allows automated updates of host information in authoritative DNS servers


  • Complete standards-based support for both DHCPv4 and DHCPv6 as well as IPv4 and IPv6 transport on a single server
http://www.nominum.com

Ericsson Secures US$625 Million Loan from Swedish Export Credit Corp.

Ericsson signed a long-term bilateral loan of USD$625 million with SEK (The Swedish Export Credit Corporation), partially backed by EKN (The Swedish Export Credit Guarantee Board) working capital guarantee. Ericsson has signed a USD denominated 625 million seven-year loan with SEK. Ericsson said it intends to use the proceeds of the offering for refinancing of bonds maturing within the current and next year and for general corporate purposes. The loan will lengthen Ericsson's average debt maturity profile and provide a more efficient capital structure.
http://www.ericsson.com

European Commission Seeks Public Input on Next Gen Access (NGA) Networks

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on its revised proposals for the regulation of Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband networks.


A previous public consultation held during the last quarter of 2008 confirmed general support for the objective of the Commission to achieve a common regulatory framework for NGA in order to foster timely investment in very high speed networks while ensuring that the competitive structure of the market is maintained. In the light of comments from stakeholders, the revised draft Recommendation includes mechanisms to allocate the investment risk between investors and operators seeking access to NGA networks.


The revised draft Recommendation would include mechanisms to allocate investment risk between investors and access seekers. In particular, to foster market-driven investment outside densely populated areas, the draft Recommendation defines conditions under which co-investment schemes could be deemed pro-competitive. Under the draft Recommendation, deployment by the dominant operator of multiple fibres could justify less stringent regulatory obligations. The competitive advantage of having multiple fibres in the ground is that it allows immediate and undistorted infrastructure competition.


In addition, the revised draft Recommendation endeavours to develop a pan-EU common regulatory approach, which telecoms regulators would adapt to national market conditions. The approach proposed by the Commission aims at driving infrastructure-based competition where it is possible and efficient, while ensuring a seamless migration from copper to fibre-based networks.


EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding said: "High speed fibre networks are the new generation of broadband infrastructures in Europe. In order to give citizens and businesses across Europe access to fast broadband Internet, very large sums of private and also public money will need to be injected in the coming years. Investors therefore need to know the rules of the game. The aim of the planned Commission Recommendation on next generation access is to provide legal certainty for all players by providing national regulators across Europe with clear guidance on the regulatory approach to be taken. I call on all stakeholders to contribute actively to the new public consultation in order to help us achieve the right balance between effective competition in the broadband market and giving the right incentives for sustainable investment in Europe's high speed networks."http://www.europa.eu

Michigan's Merit Network Deploys Juniper EX, M and MX Series

Merit Network, a Michigan-based non-profit provider of high-performance networking and services, has deployed Juniper Networks' EX Series Ethernet Switches, M Series Multiservice Edge Routers and MX Series Ethernet Services Routers. the installation more than doubled the capacity of Merit's research and education network to support new services for its Members and manage growing application demands.


Merit will be able to support next-generation, bandwidth-intensive applications such as high-definition classroom video conferencing and virtual field trips. Additionally, the increased capacity allows Merit to grant Members full access to Internet2, the U.S. advanced networking consortium, without causing network congestion.
http://www.juniper.nethttp://www.merit.edu

Sprint Nextel to Divest iDEN Assets in Parts of Midwestern States

Sprint Nextel is seeking a buyer for certain of its Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN) assets in parts of several Midwestern states.

The sale of these assets will bring Sprint into compliance with an Illinois court ruling requiring the company to cease owning, operating or managing the Nextel National Network in markets primarily located in parts of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Nebraska. Sprint said the sale would have an minimal impact on its financial results.
http://www.sprint.com

Paul Geason appointed Group Managing Director of Telstra Wholesale

Paul Geason has been appointed to Group Managing Director, Telstra Wholesale, effective from June 30. Mr Geason has been Executive Director, Convergent Sales at Telstra Enterprise and Government (TE&G) since returning to Telstra in August 2006. In this role, he has been responsible for the marketing and sale of voice, data, mobile and unified communications to Telstra's enterprise and government customers.


Prior to re-joining Telstra in 2006, Mr Geason was Senior Vice President of Sales at Netcracker in Boston.
http://www.telstra.com

Australia's Regulatory Reform Submissions Published

A public discussion paper for Australia's National Broadband Network: Regulatory Reform for 21st Century Broadband paper have been published. The Regulatory Reform paper canvassed a range of options for reforming the critical competition and consumer-protection arrangements for the telecommunications sector. More than 120 submissions were received from a range of individuals, industry players and other stakeholders.


"There has been an extremely strong response to the Government's public consultation on the future of Australia's telecommunications regime," the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said.


"The submissions support the Government's conviction that regulatory reform is urgently required to deliver better outcomes for consumers while the National Broadband Network is being rolled out."


"The Government is giving careful consideration to the submissions put forward. We are determined to proceed with our reform agenda and we will be working hard to introduce legislation this year."


"The regulatory reforms we are now developing will improve competition and service during the transition to the National Broadband Network," Senator Conroy said.


"The National Broadband Network will form the foundation for Australia's future broadband market and our participation in the digital economy by delivering high-speed broadband to every home, workplace and school."


Submissions to the National Broadband Network: Regulatory Reform for 21st Century Broadband discussion paper are available online.
http://www.dbcde.gov.au/nationalbroadbandnetwork
  • The Australian government rejected all five bids for the next generation national broadband network and instead announced plans to build the A$43 billion (US$30.7 billion) FTTP network itself.


    Under the Rudd Government's new national broadband network every house, school and business in Australia will get access to affordable fast broadband. The plan calls for the government to set-up a new entity that would install fiber connections to ninety percent of Australian homes and businesses over an eight year period. The network will deliver wholesale services of 100 Mbps or better. Locations outside the fiber footprint would be served by high-speed (12 Mbps) wireless connections. Private investors could take a minority stake in the project and after five years the government would sell its majority stake. The Government's investment in the company will be funded through the Building Australia Fund and the issuance of Aussie Infrastructure Bonds (AIBs), which will provide an opportunity for households and institutions to invest in the national broadband network.


    Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd described the initiative as the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the Australian government.
    The project is expected to create 25,000 and possibly as many as 37,000 jobs during the peak of installation.


  • In December 2008. Telstra was excluded from any further consideration in Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Senator Stephen Conroy, Austalia's Minister for Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy, said Telstra "excluded itself" from the NBN process for failing to submit a Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Participation Plan, which is one of five mandatory requirements of the RFP. He also confirmed that the five proponents who have made public statements about their participation in the process Acacia, Axia, Optus-Terria, TransACT and the Tasmanian Government have all met the requirements and conditions for participation.

Nokia Life Tools Make Commercial Launch

After a successful pilot in the state of Maharashtra, Nokia announced the commercial launch of its pioneering Nokia Life Tools service in India. The service will be rolled out first in Maharashtra in association with the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board (MSAMB). Designed specifically for the emerging markets, Nokia Life Tools is a range of Agriculture, Education and Entertainment services sharply addressing the information gaps of target consumers.


The Nokia Life Tools Agriculture service offers consumers a choice of 2 plans. The basic plan, available across India at Rs 30/month, provides daily weather updates and relevant agriculture-related news, advice and tips. The premium plan, at Rs 60/month, will be available in 10 states, including Maharashtra, and provides the closest market prices for three crops chosen by the subscriber, as well as weather, news, advice and tips.


The Nokia Life Tools Education service, available throughout India, offers three components: Learn English, with basic, intermediate and advanced levels; Exam preparation, which offers students tips and advice for ICSE, CBSE and State Board-level exams mapped to the relevant curriculum; and General Knowledge, which gives subscribers useful information about the world around them. Each of the Education services will be offered at Rs 30/month. Information and content from multiple local and international companies will be aggregated and delivered to Nokia Life Tools by EnableM.


The Nokia Life Tools Entertainment service at launch will include Astrology, News, Jokes, Cricket and ringtones, offered at existing market prices. The content is aggregated and brought to Life Tools by OnMobile. The complete Nokia Life Tools solution will be available on the newly launched Nokia 2323 classic and Nokia 2330 classic devices, and will be later expanded to other Nokia devices.


Nokia Life Tools service will be expanded to select countries across Asia and Africa later in 2009 and beyond.
http://www.nokia.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Avaya and IBM Expand Relationship With Focus on Unified Communications

Avaya and IBM announced an expansion of their alliance to deliver unified communications solutions backed by newly Avaya certified security products for enterprise clients and government organizations worldwide.
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The two companies also plan to focus support on Avaya Aura -- Avaya's new unified communications architecture -- by incorporating Avaya Aura into existing IBM converged communications services.


In addition, Avaya has certified the IBM Internet Security Systems' Proventia GX 5208 and Proventia Management SiteProtector SP1001 as compliant with IP telephony solutions from Avaya, enabling IBM to offer comprehensive intrusion protection for Avaya Aura's communication system.


"As more and more companies move toward unified communications, it's important that they take a holistic approach to security that encompasses multi-vendor applications in mobile and virtual environments," said Dan Powers, vice president of brand, strategy, marketing and business development at IBM ISS. "Individual workers will assume security comes from the core, but they can be one of the most vulnerable points of entry if it does not. IBM has created solutions in our Intrusion Prevention Systems designed to help prevent current and emerging threats and help keep unified communications deployments secure."


"IBM and Avaya have had a strong alliance for more than eight years, and with this expansion, we can offer a breadth of business communications solutions and truly complimentary portfolios designed to meet client demands around the globe," said Laurence Guihard-Joly, vice-president of Integrated Communications Services, IBM. "Together, IBM and Avaya offer robust and security rich mission critical solutions while adopting industry protocols and open standards."http://www.ibm.com
http://www.avaya.com

U.S. Completes Historic Transition to DTV

On June 11, the United States completed its technological transition from analog to digital television. On June 12, all full-power television stations in the United States are required to stop analog TV broadcast service and transmit only digital signals.


The digital TV (DTV) transition, which was first proposed and mapped out two decades ago, clears valuable airwaves for new advanced wireless services, including first-responder radio.


Earlier this week, the Nielsen Company reported that 2.8 million U.S. households, or 2.5% of the television market, are completely unready for the transition. That represents about a 50%
improvement in readiness levels since the decision was made in February to delay the DTV transition.


"In any change this big, there are going to be disruptions," said FCC Acting Chairman Michael J. Copps. "We are trying our best to provide people, especially those who are most at risk,
with the help they need to make the switch as smoothly as possible. And we're going to keep offering it after June 12, so people should call us at 1-888-CALL-FCC."http://www.fcc.gov

UTStarcom Cuts Jobs by 50%, Narrows Focus to China, India

UTStarcom announced a broad corporate restructuring under which it will reduce employment levels by 50% and focus its remaining resources on the products and regions likely to drive revenue growth and where it holds a competitive advantage. The company's initiatives will bring its annualized operating expenses below $100 million representing a greater than 50% reduction from current levels.


By the end of this year, UTStarcom will reduce the employee headcount to less than 2,000 marking a greater than 50% reduction from the current level. The company expects the majority of these measures will be initiated in the third quarter of 2009 and will be completed by the end of the fourth quarter 2009.


UTStarcom will also outsource its manufacturing operation to benefit from a variable cost business model and improve the company's cash flow cycles.


The company plans to optimize its R&D spending by focusing on selected products. R&D remains a strategic priority for UTStarcom and it will continue to invest in products with technological differentiation likely to drive revenue growth and improved gross margins.


The company plans to aggressively rationalize its facility locations and general administrative costs while maintaining a strategic presence in the most attractive markets.


"Today's announcement represents a significant change in our business model. Collectively, these initiatives are aimed at returning UTStarcom to profitability as quickly as possible," said Peter Blackmore, UTStarcom's CEO and president. "However, it does not fundamentally change our strategy which continues to focus on IP-based products in our major markets of China and India. We remain committed to maintaining our essential R&D and sales capabilities to help us achieve growth in our IP-based infrastructure products."http://www.utstar.com

Fujitsu Develops 10 Gbps Impulse-Radio Millimeter-band Transceiver

Researchers at Fujitsu Laboratories have developed an impulse radio-based high-capacity wireless transmission system based on millimeter-band transmissions in the 70-100 gigahertz (70-100 GHz) range band. The technology has been demonstrated in kilometer-range wireless transmissions. Fujitsu claims the technology can achieve throughput exceeding 10 Gbps.


Potential applications include ultra-fast wireless LANs and for high-capacity trunk lines in places where fiber lines would be difficult to lay, such as last mile connections.


Fujitsu said its innovation dispenses with the oscillators and other components that have been required in conventional wireless transmission technologies, enabling compact and inexpensive millimeter-band transmission equipment.


This research was conducted as part of the Research and Development Project for Expansion of Radio Spectrum Resources sponsored by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
http://www.fujitsu.com

Huawei Offers WiMAX Distributed Base Station

Huawei Technologies introduced the first commercial WiMAX distributed base station (DBS) with 4T4R (four transmitters and four receivers).


The technology enables operators will to reduce the number of base station sites in certain areas while increasing operator efficiency by supporting multi-standard convergence. The design, which can also be configured into two 2T2R base stations, is based on Huawei' s fourth-generation base station platform, and also incorporates green technologies such as natural cooling and a high efficiency power amplifier. .


As of the first quarter of 2009, Huawei has been awarded 41 commercial WiMAX 802.16e contracts worldwide including Globe in the Philippines, STC in Saudi Arabia, Mobilink and Augere in Pakistan, and M├ęditel in Morocco.
http://www.huawei.com

Deutsche Telekom to offer Microsoft Office on a Monthly Plan

Deutsche Telekom will become the first telecommunications provider to offer Microsoft Office to customers on monthly payment plan.


T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom's business division will offer the latest version of Microsoft Office on a monthly payment plan to their customers. The PC-based offer will be available to T-Mobile Austria mobile broadband customers and fixed broadband business customers in Germany from Q3 2009. The offering will extend to other countries -- including the UK -- in the future.


"We are excited to be the first telecommunications provider to offer our customers Microsoft Office on a monthly payment plan." said Rainer Deutschmann, Senior Vice-President Mobile Internet ofhttp://www.telekom.de

Monster Introduces “SuperThin Cable" for HDMI

Monster, which supplies cables, AV accessories, and power conditioning products, introduced new line of "Powered" SuperThin Cables for HDMI. The cables are designed for use with a wide variety of electronics devices, ranging from super-slim flat-panel TVs to digital video cameras, home theater systems, gaming systems or portable computers.


The new products are the first fruits of a recently announced collaboration with RedMere, a leader in advanced silicon chip development. The key innovation that made the thin cables possible is the RedMere MagnifEye Active technology. Requiring no external power supply the technology enables high data speeds by boosting the HD signals directly in the SuperThin cable itself. This eliminates the need for heavy-gauge copper, making the cables extremely light, thin and portable. SuperThin cables measure 3.5 mm in diameter, approximately 65% thinner than normal HDMI cables.


Monster Super Thin Cable for HDMI products will be available in 4-, 8-, and 16-foot versions.
http://www.monstercable.com
http://www.redmere.comNew capabilities are being built into the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) specification, including networking capabilities with Ethernet connectivity and an Audio Return Channel to enable upstream audio connections via the HDMI cable. Specifically, these enhancements will include:


HDMI Ethernet Channel -- the HDMI 1.4 specification will add a data channel to the HDMI cable and will enable high-speed bi-directional communication. Connected devices that include this feature will be able to send and receive data via 100 Mb/sec Ethernet, making them instantly ready for any IP-based application. The HDMI Ethernet Channel will allow an Internet-enabled HDMI device to share its Internet connection with other HDMI devices without the need for a separate Ethernet cable. The new feature will also provide the connection platform to allow HDMI-enabled devices to share content between devices.

Mformation Publishes Survey Finds Mobile Users Worried about Loss and Mobile Fraud

A survey of 4,000 mobile users in the U.S. and the U.K. has found that 40% of people would rather lose their wallet than their mobile device. A significant amount of information is now stored on mobile devices. 94% of users surveyed store telephone numbers while 65% also store address and other contact information on their phones; 83% have digital photos,51% have videos, 48% have calendar information and 40% have music downloads. With ever-increasing phone and network capabilities, this trend of using the phone to store valuable and sensitive data from every aspect of life is set to continue.


Mformation, which supplies mobile device management (MDM) solutions for network operators, said that one consequence of using the phone as a method for creating and storing data and information is that people must now worry about this material if the phone is lost or stolen -- 82% of people fear that if their phones were lost or stolen, someone would use the information stored on them for fraudulent means. 90% of those questioned are worried about the loss of their personal data if a mobile device were to go missing, with 72% admitting that the personal information stored on their devices would be difficult to replace. In addition, 40% of respondents even said that losing a mobile would be worse than losing their wallet.


"Operators need to step up to the mark to make sure that their customers are getting the service they expect in terms of security, data recovery and phone setup," said Matt Bancroft, Vice President, Mformation. "As people continue to increase their reliance on mobile phones for everyday actions, operators have to make sure that they are ready to support this increased commitment by the user. More extensive use of the device is great, but the mobile operators need to underpin this activity by offering capabilities to protect and manage users' data if things go wrong."


The research was undertaken by independent research house Coleman Parkes, which asked 4,000 people in the UK and US about problems related to mobile usage.
http://www.mformation.com

Empirix Launches Hammer SIP Trunk Tester

Empirix released a tool for automated testing and verification of enterprise SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) trunking services. The Hammer SIP Trunk Tester system offers service providers an automated tool that verifies media quality, provisioned capacity and other Quality-of-Service (QoS) metrics during service turn-up. The Hammer SIP Trunk Tester is a software-based test application that measures connectivity, voice quality and other QoS metrics, while isolating the SIP trunks from the enterprise infrastructure. It is also fully scalable and can verify everything from a single SIP call to the provisioned bandwidth capacity for an enterprise dial plan -- unlike handheld VoIP test solutions. It can also fully emulate real-world scenarios, including enterprise-to-enterprise tests, different traffic profiles and looping multiple test cases in parallel.
http://www.empirix.com/hammersiptt

Qualcomm Raises Financial Guidance Citing Increased Demand for High-End Chipsets

Qualcomm raised its financial guidance for the third fiscal quarter ending June 28, 2009. The new outlook includes:

  • Revenues: estimated to be $2.67 to $2.77 billion compared to a prior guidance range of $2.40 to $2.60 billion.


  • Operating income: estimated to be $1.06 to $1.11 billion pro forma, compared to our prior guidance range of $800 to $900 million; and estimated to be $830 to $880 million (GAAP), compared to prior guidance range of $550 to $650 million.


  • CDMA-based Mobile Station Modem (MSM) shipments: estimated to be 94 to 95 million units compared to our prior guidance range of 87 to 92 million units.


  • March quarter CDMA-based device shipments: estimated to be 109 to 111 million CDMA units (CDMA2000 and WCDMA), compared to our prior guidance of range of 107 to 112 million units; the CDMA unit average selling price is now estimated to be approximately $191, compared to our prior estimate of approximately $196.


"We are very pleased to raise our fiscal third quarter guidance, reflecting the strong worldwide demand for wireless broadband powered by 3G CDMA," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "Our increased guidance reflects stronger than expected demand for more data-capable chipsets and increased licensing revenues driven in part by advanced 3G network upgrades. While some chipset demand for developing markets has shifted to the fourth fiscal quarter and demand remains generally strong, due to the current economic environment we remain cautious and currently project a modest sequential decrease in chipset shipments."http://www.qualcomm.com

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