Monday, June 15, 2009

Global Broadband Installed Lines Reach 429.2 million

The installed based of broadband lines across the globe now tops 429.2 million

North America was again a major factor in the continued IPTV success story, with impressive growth of more than 15 percent over the last quarter and a huge 94.2 percent year-on-year improvement. There are now nearly 4.5 million lines of IPTV across North America.

"This report shows that despite the economic situation the world is facing, the demand for both broadband and IPTV continues at pace as people everywhere look to improve the quality and speed of their communications," said George Dobrowski, Chairman and President of the Broadband Forum.

"The Forum continues to drive broadband innovation, and with the release of BroadbandSuite 3.0, which provides new IPTV management and fiber integration tools, we continue to ensure that the industry has all the tools and specifications it needs to optimize networks and to capture the full potential of broadband worldwide. Our capability is enhanced by the recent union with the IP/MPLS Forum, which gives us a much greater end-to-end capability to serve the industry."

Qwest to Integrate DSL into Smart Grid with CURRENT Group

Qwest Communications, in partnership with CURRENT Group, are developing a framework that allows electric utilities to integrate intelligent grid sensing capabilities with DSL. This allows utilities to implement a high performance smart grid with the existing Qwest network. The companies said they already have proven the technology's interoperability by utilizing CURRENT's intelligent sensors and OpenGrid platform and Qwest's DSL network as part of Xcel Energy's SmartGridCity in Boulder, Colorado.

Zhone Announces MXK Terabit-Scale MSAP for Next Class of FTTx Services

Zhone Technologies introduced its "MXK" intelligent terabit access concentrator line featuring a non-blocking capacity of up to 3,600 100 Mbps GPON subscribers or 360 1G Active Ethernet subscribers per chassis -- while leveraging Zhone's well-proven SLMS access operating system for sophisticated service intelligence and ease of management.

Zhone said its took a clean-sheet approach toward designing its next generation access platform, following a truly scalable design for handling the vast amounts of traffic from being generated by multi-stream HD, video on demand, and immersive games.

Highlights of the MXK line include:

  • Upgradeability to 1 Terabyte switching capacity by uplink replacement alone

  • Unrivaled efficiency, supporting up to 9,216 GPON ONTs or up to 360 point-to-point Active Ethernet subscribers in each 8 RU chassis

  • A range of redundant uplink options from 4 Gbps to 56 Gbps, for optimum network design

  • Deployment flexibility, with 3 RU x 19", 8 RU x 19", and 8 RU x 23" chassis models

  • A rich complement of SLMS software features for advanced networking, quality of experience, voice, and security driven by 8 years of commercial operation and collaboration with 700+ service providers worldwide -- including EAPS, layer 3 routing, traffic policing, rate shaping, dynamic bandwidth allocation, and multicast group management

  • Smart "OMCI", a truly standards-compliant implementation of GPON ONT management that offers proven multi-vendor interoperability and, as part of the Zhone Management System, comprehensive, intuitive management for FTTx networks.

Wind River Adds Virtualization to its Multicore Software

Wind River has released a new Hypervisor capability that supports virtualization on single and multicore processors. It provides integration with Wind River's operating systems (VxWorks and Wind River Linux) and supports other operating systems. The Wind River Workbench development tools suite has been extended to support developing software that runs on the Wind River Hypervisor.

"Wind River Hypervisor brings virtualization to devices so embedded developers can achieve improved device functionality on smaller form factors," said Tomas Evensen, chief technology officer, Wind River. "We're responding to significant market demand by extending our industry-leading multicore software solution to include a high-performance hypervisor for virtualization."

Earlier this year, Wind River introduced VxWorks 6.7, which allows system designers to select the optimal multicore design configuration, AMP or SMP, to deliver next-generation devices with higher performance while maintaining or reducing power consumption. Now, Wind River Hypervisor enables systems designers to use a supervised AMP configuration that makes an AMP system easier to configure.

Separately, Wind River also announced today VxWorks MILS Platform 2.0, the latest addition to the industry-leading VxWorks product portfolio, which leverages Wind River Hypervisor technology to provide virtualization. The virtualization provided by the hypervisor, coupled with the security properties of the entire VxWorks MILS separation kernel, results in a MILS architecture designed to provide a high level of assurable security.

MRV Suspended from Trading on Nasdaq

Trading of MRV COMMUNICATIONS' (Nasdaq:MRVC) common stock on the NASDAQ Stock Market has been suspended. Trading of MRV's common stock will be available for quotation on the Pink OTC Markets, Inc. (the "Pink Sheets") under the symbol "MRVC". MRV said it is committed to the goal of completing its financial restatement, regaining compliance with Nasdaq's listing requirements and focusing on the needs of its customers.

Clearwire Launches in Atlanta with Motorola WiMAX

Clearwire launched its Clear 4G mobile WiMAX service in Atlanta, Georgia using devices and infrastructure provided by Motorola, the end-to-end system provider for this deployment. Atlanta is the second city where Clearwire is using Motorola's WiMAX solution.

In addition to its WiMAX networks and devices, Motorola has been supplying Clearwire with its pre-WiMAX Expedience devices and infrastructure giving Clearwire customers in 46 markets throughout the US access to wireless broadband service.

Aricent Reports Record Revenue, Significant Customer Wins

Aricent, a global innovation, technology and services company focused exclusively on communications, reported record business results in its fiscal year ending March 31, 2009. Highlights include:

  • Exceeded $460 million in revenue, the highest annual revenue in the company's history;

  • Launched the award-winning Celltop, a mobile client framework that enables the delivery of next-generation content, commerce and communication services;

  • Received additional strategic funding from KKR and The Family Office;

  • Appointed ex-Wipro executive Sudip Nandy as CEO;

  • Announced ex-Accenture CEO Joe Forehand as Chairman of the Board;

  • Released new products for Long Term Evolution (LTE), Home Gateways and Metro Ethernet;

  • Announced several new customers, including Sprint, Sony Ericsson, and TDC;

  • Selected to multiple top business lists, including Global Services Magazine's selection of Aricent as a Top 100 Global Services Company.

Verizon Business Extends Dedicated Internet Services to Malaysia

Verizon Business is now offering its Internet Dedicated Access and Internet Dedicated Ethernet services in Malaysia. The services enhance access options to Verizon Business' global IP network. The connectivity is made possible thanks a new Malaysian IP node, jointly established with Telekom Malaysia (TM) to support the delivery of advanced data services in the country.

JDSU Adds Line-Rate 10GigE Capture/Decode Test

JDSU has enhanced its T-BERD/MTS-6000A platform, making it the first portable test instrument to include line-rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GigE) capture and decode, dual-GigE port packet capture and decode, and packet capture and decode of emulated application layer traffic (TCP, FTP, and HTTP).

Tektronix Extends Mobile Network Monitoring Capability for Femtocells

Tektronix Communications introduced a femtocell monitoring solution based upon its GeoProbe network monitoring platform.

Tektronix Communications' GeoProbe Femtocell solution provides real time, end-to-end network visibility and trouble-shooting capability for operators deploying femtocell access networks alongside their UTRAN mobile access networks. Adoption of femtocell networks is projected to continue into 4G as the need increases for more cost-efficient capacity and bandwidth growth. As part of the Unified Assurance portfolio, the GeoProbe platform of monitoring solutions will support both standards 3GPP release 8 and vendor proprietary versions of the femtocell interfaces.

Femtocell networks rely on a new architecture that leverages existing 3G network elements (MSC, SGSN) but also includes new network interfaces (Iuh) and new network elements (HNB, HNB-GW, Security-GW, etc.) that are unproven in a mobile network environment where the expectations for quality are very high.

Tektronix said that for operators deploying femtocell networks, this represents a significant quality assurance risk, especially given the fact that the HNB located at the customer premise will be exposed to external factors unforeseen by traditional network elements that are typically housed at the central office or in a secure location.

"Tektronix Communications' femtocell monitoring solution enables operators adopting femtocells to ensure the same level of QoS in their femtocell networks as they have come to expect in their mobile network with the ability to monitor and troubleshoot customer impacting problems all the way to the femto home node B," said Mark Driedger, vice president and general manager of Network Monitoring for Tektronix Communications. "In addition, operators now have the flexibility to scale their network monitoring needs as they adopt new broadband technologies such as HSPA and LTE."

AT&T Rolls Out More U-verse Enhancements, Bandwidth Boost

AT&T announced a series of enhancements for its U-verse service, including upgraded DVR capabilities and user interface enhancements for all customers, increased downstream speeds for broadband customers, and a new On Demand Top Picks application for customers in select markets.

Exclusive new AT&T U-verse Total Home DVR feature. AT&T U-verse Total Home DVR capabilities will be expanded market-by-market in the upcoming weeks to add the ability to schedule and manage recordings from any U-verse receiver. The feature allows customers to set or delete recordings from any room in their home, instead of from the DVR receiver room only. The enhancement follows the launch of Total Home DVR in 2008, which allows all U-verse DVR customers to watch standard and High Definition recorded shows on up to eight connected TVs in the home -- all from a single DVR.

All AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet Max customers have been given increased downstream speeds from up to 10 Mbps to up to 12 Mbps -- a 20 percent increase in speed at no extra cost.

New On Demand Top Picks application. The new application will enable U-verse TV customers to view On Demand recommendations based on their past video rental history and view a list of the top ten On Demand titles U-verse TV customers are renting. The app will also give customers the ability to rate a movie they have previously rented, which will be averaged into other U-verse TV customer ratings and displayed next to the title in the On Demand recommendations list. On Demand Top Picks will be available to customers in Los Angeles, Cleveland, Hartford, St. Louis, Atlanta, Sacramento, San Antonio and Austin within the next few weeks. AT&T plans to make the app available to all U-verse TV customers next year.

TerreStar Launch Set for July 1

TerreStar Networks announced a launch date of July 1 for its flagship satellite, TerreStar-1. Arianespace, TerreStar-1's launch services provider, has confirmed this launch date.

Hughes to Launch 100 Gbps High Throughput Satellite in 2012

Hughes Network Systems unveiled plans to launch a next-generation, high throughput satellite in the first quarter 2012 to expand its HughesNet broadband Internet service across North America. The new satellite is being designed to deliver over 100 Gbps of aggregate throughput and use an enhanced version of the IPoS standard. It will also employ a multi-spot beam, bent pipe Ka-band architecture.

Space Systems/Loral has been selected to manufacture the new Hughes satellite, based on its SSL 1300 platform, which has the proven flexibility for a broad range of applications and is expected to provide service for 15 years or more.

The new geostationary satellite will augment the SPACEWAY 3 satellite system, the world's first with on-board switching and routing, which Hughes put into commercial service in April 2008.

"This is a very exciting time for Hughes," said Pradman Kaul, chairman and CEO of Hughes. "In a little over a year since successfully launching HughesNet service on SPACEWAY 3, we are once again poised to push the envelope and bring a sophisticated, high throughput satellite to market -- based on cutting-edge industry standards, and with capabilities that position us well into the future as a successful integrated satellite service provider."

Verizon Wins Managed Trusted IP Contract from General Services Administration

Verizon Business was awarded a contract by the U.S. General Services Administration to provide Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Services (MTIPS) under the federal Networx Universal program. The GSA developed MTIPS to help agencies comply with the Office of Management and Budget's Trusted Internet Connections initiative, which mandates that agencies use fewer and more secure Internet connections.

Verizon Business is a prime contactor under Networx Universal, which is scheduled to run through 2017.

MTIPS is designed to significantly enhance the security of federal agency IP traffic. Verizon Business said its offering uses secure IP portals meeting Federal Informational Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) requirements for highly secure environments, providing a full suite of embedded security services such as managed firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention, anti-virus and e-mail scanning services, along with connections to the public Internet that are redundant, highly available and scalable.

Verizon Business Private IP service, which is physically separate infrastructure from the public Internet, securely connects federal agencies to the TIC portals. In addition, Verizon Business has incorporated within the MTIPS offering the flexibility for agencies to design and add custom solutions around the basic services.

Verizon Business will manage its MTIPS solution through its Government Network Operations and Security Centers (GNOSCs) so that the MTIPS clients are assured that positive and secure operational oversight is maintained 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The GNOSCs -- state-of-the-art facilities in Northern Virginia and Cary, N.C. -- were built to government security specifications and are dedicated to supporting the unique security and operational requirements of federal government customers.

BridgeWave Supplies Gigabit Backhaul for Kulacom in Jordan, Bahrain

BridgeWave Communications has supplied a gigabit wireless backhaul solution for Kulacom's WiMAX network. Specifically, Kulacom's Jordan and Bahrain operations are using BridgeWave's AdaptRate 80 GHz product, AR80X, for a reliable carrier-class backhaul solution to provide high-capacity WiMAX connectivity to support VoIP and data services.

Kulacom, established in 2006, provides voice and Internet services to emerging markets. Kulacom Jordan secured a 3.6 GHz frequency license in January 2008. Their services include point-to-point IP connectivity, VoIP and data hosting. Recently, the Jordan operation expanded its services to include WiMAX Internet, providing uninterrupted, fast and reliable connections to Kulacom customers.

Additional gear has been deployed in Bahrain. BridgeWave said that despite the harsh climactic conditions of the region including severe heat, high winds and heavy rainfall, the AR80X wireless links continue to perform flawlessly. Since BridgeWave's links operate in the uncluttered 80 GHz band, BridgeWave's backhaul solution accommodates their present data and will support future applications as Kulacom continues to expand their presence in additional markets.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

IBM Wins 7-Year Services Deal with Canada's Rogers Comm

Canada-based Rogers Communications has awarded a seven-year contract to IBM for information technology (IT) services and support. Specifically, IBM will support Rogers' ongoing information technology transformation with a stable and highly available IT environment. To accommodate future growth, Rogers will have immediate access to IBM's state-of-the-art data center located outside Toronto. This will be linked to Rogers' existing data center facility using Rogers Business Services networking technology. IBM will also upgrade Rogers' existing data center facilities and storage capabilities over the next several years. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • Earlier this month, IBM announced an outsourcing deal with Telstra.

Britain's Ocado Supermarket Deploying Juniper Edge Routers

Ocado, an online supermarket in the U.K., is building a hosting environment for its online retail operation with Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet Switches, M Series Multiservice Edge Routers and ISG Series Integrated Security Gateways with IPS. The Juniper gear link's Ocado's data center and the Internet. Ocado expects the Juniper solution is expected to deliver significant cost savings via simplified infrastructure and decreased operational overhead, optimized performance and long-term investment protection through scalability.

Ocado is deploying Juniper Networks M Series Multiservice Edge Routers together with EX Series Ethernet Switches and ISG1000 Integrated Security Gateways with IPS. Fundamental to the connection of the data center to the Internet, the M7i Multiservice Edge Routers will be deployed at the network edge to control application paths, provide Quality of Service (QoS) functionality, and identify and discard Denial of Service (DoS) traffic, while the EX 4200 line of switches will deliver DMZ switching. The EX Series switches provide carrier-class reliability, security risk management, and the scalability to meet Ocado s future web traffic requirements.

To ensure the highest level of data security, the ISG1000s are also being deployed. These purpose-built, high-performance security gateways integrate intrusion prevention with proven firewall and IPSec VPN technology to facilitate application-level security at up to 1 Gbps of IDP throughput. IDP protects critical high-speed networks against the penetration and proliferation of existing and emerging application level threats such as worms, Trojans, Spyware and Malware.

Vitesse Announces Settlement With KPMG

Vitesse Semiconductor has reached a settlement with its former auditing firm KPMG LLP. Under the settlement, KPMG has agreed to pay Vitesse $22.5 million and forgive all past indebtedness. Additionally, the parties agreed to execute mutual general releases of all claims.

In June 2007, the company filed suit against KPMG alleging that KPMG was negligent in auditing the company's stock option grants and financial statements during the years 1994 to 2000. The Company later amended its Complaint to include the years 2001 to 2004.

Brocade's Net Iron Products See Growth Among Independent U.S. Telcos

Brocade's NetIron MLX MPLS routers and FastIron 10 GbE switches have been installed by approximately 90 U.S.-based regional Independent Operating Companies (IOCs) . This list of customers now includes West Carolina Rural Telephone Cooperative (South Carolina), Rural Telephone (Kansas), and Etex Communications (Texas).