Sunday, July 5, 2009

NTT Com Launches Traffic Analysis System for DDoS Attacks

NTT Communications introduced a network-type traffic-analysis system that corporate customers can use to protect servers or routers from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. The system initially is being offered to customers using NTT Com's Tier 1 Global IP Network in Japan. The new system is designed for enterprises using NTT Com's transit and collocation transit services for IPv4 traffic. The most advanced version of the system combines traffic-analysis software and mitigation devices to detect and protect against DDoS attacks. Remote installation is achieved via NTT Com's global Tier 1 backbone, resulting in lower costs and simpler operation of the system on the customer's side. The system sends an alert to the customer if network traffic suddenly exceeds a preset threshold. A dedicated screen connected to the system enables the customer to monitor the situation in real time during a suspected DDoS attack, as well as analyze traffic under normal conditions.

The advanced version, which provides traffic analysis and both DDoS attack detection and mitigation protection, costs from 682,500 yen (tax included) for installation and 420,000 yen (tax included) monthly.

NTT Com is considering offering upgraded Mitigation devices and software for more enhanced DDoS protection, as well as launching an international version of the system.

WSJ: U.S. Department of Justice Looks at Telecom Giants

The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Department of Justice is conducting an initial review of major telecom operators to assess whether their dominant positions in wireline and wireless services is leading to market abuses. The DOJ has neither confirmed nor denied the report.

Agilent and Mu Dynamics Publish Joint Template for Securing Networks

Agilent Technologies and Mu Dynamics have collaborated on an integrated solution that accelerates the design and automation of tests that are used to evaluate the impact of unexpected device/systems scenarios on network performance and reliability. The collaboration integrates Agilent's N2X multiservices test solution with Mu's Test Suite family. The testing emulates real-world scale and traffic in "out-of-service" lab environments, eliminating the need for operationally costly large test beds of network equipment. The companies coauthored a testing methodology that will enable shared customers to extend the integration to a wide variety of test scenarios.

The two companies' solutions complement each other by focusing on different challenges faced by both network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and service providers (SPs). Agilent N2X validates the functional, performance and scalability characteristics of broadband networks and next-generation network equipment, such as layer 2-3 forwarding devices that deliver video, VoIP, data and VPN services. Mu Dynamic's Test Suite focuses on identifying software weaknesses and "exception" handling capabilities of network applications and devices. Mu's Test Suite modules offer QA, developer and support teams a series of dynamically malformed or mutated packets to the application or device under test (DUT) and determine which mutation negatively affects the DUT's supported services and causes anomalous behavior in control-plane protocols. By conducting a very large number of protocol-specific tests, Mu's Test Suite characterizes the network application reliability, overall robustness and security.

The real-time integration of Mu's Test Suite concurrently with Agilent's N2X makes it possible to evaluate the impact of an exception on overall network performance and service availability under load. For example, if Mu causes a device error, N2X monitors its effect on network traffic by measuring packet loss, latency and other critical parameters. The combination of Agilent and Mu technology helps NEMs and SPs mitigate the overall impact of protocol errors, day-zero attacks and hidden vulnerabilities in network equipment, and ensures uninterrupted service delivery and maximum performance under worst-case conditions.

BT Discontinues Phorm Behavioral Web Tracking

After several trials, BT is discontinuing use of Phorm's interest based advertising and web tracking software.

In a statement, Phorm said "given our public commitment to developing next generation broadband and television services in the UK we have decided to weigh up the balance of resources devoted to other opportunities. Given these resource commitments, we don't have immediate plans to deploy Webwise today. However the interest based advertising market is extremely dynamic and we intend to monitor Phorm's progress with other ISPs and with Webwise Discover before finalising our plans."

ARIN Names New President and CEO

The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) named John Curran as its new president and chief executive officer, effective July 1, 2009. Mr. Curran will be responsible for building relationships with regional, international, governmental, and regulatory organizations, as well as spearheading education and awareness on issues facing the Internet community such as IPv4 depletion and IPv6 adoption.

Since January 1, 2009, Mr. Curran has served as acting president and CEO of ARIN. He is a founding member of the ARIN Board of Trustees and served as chairman from August 1997 to December 2008.

Bell Labs Scientists Win 2009 Marconi Prize

Two scientists from Bell Labs, Andrew Chraplyvy and Robert Tkach, have been awarded the prestigious 2009 Marconi Fellowship and Prize for their insights into how information is transmitted over optical networks and for finding innovative ways to significantly increase the speed and capacity of optical fiber communications systems.

Chraplyvy and Tkach recognized that demand for network capacity was growing exponentially and that nonlinearities inherent in optical transmission would make it virtually impossible to achieve the speeds required to meet that demand. The two scientists realized that previous approaches for increasing transmission efficiency were not sufficient and this realization motivated them to develop novel techniques that would overcome these limitations.

Robert Lucky, chairman of the Marconi Society explained, "Andy and Bob developed the concept of dispersion management -- and also conceived a new optical fiber type. The effect of these innovations was to enable wavelength-division-multiplexed (WDM) fiber transmission systems with capacities beyond one Terabit/second per fiber -- a 100-fold capacity increase in a mere ten years."

AT&T Selected for Project in Oman

AT&T has been selected to deliver the design for advanced communications services and related infrastructure for Al Madina A'Zarqa, a major infrastructure project in Oman that will house 200,000 people. Under this agreement, Blue City Company 1 will work with AT&T to develop telecommunications services that will be rolled out to residential customers and businesses in the development, a 32 square kilometer city being constructed in Al Sawadi, a 60-minute drive from Oman's capital Muscat.

AT&T will provide expertise in areas such as product development, business modeling and technical support for advanced technologies as IPTV, Video on Demand, and other Internet Protocol based services, as well as communications infrastructure design and network management.

Metaswitch Signs Systems Integrator for Latin America

MetaSwitch announced a strategic alliance with Technology Bureau, one of the foremost systems integrators in Argentina with experience managing telecommunication projects throughout Latin America. The companies will join forces to enable local operators to benefit from the operational efficiencies of IP infrastructure as well as offer advanced voice services to residential and business subscribers. Technology Bureau will handle provisioning, installation, maintenance and support, as well as a range of professional services from network engineering and training to turn-key solution deployment.

MetaSwitch and Technology Bureau held a seminar earlier this month in Buenos Aires entitled "VoIP -- Carrier Class, Next Generation Converged Solutions".

DOCOMO Acquires 45% Stake in PacketVideo

NTT DOCOMO has acquired a 35-percent stake in San Diego-based PacketVideo (a subsidiary of NextWave Wireless) for $45.5 million in cash. The companies have enjoyed a productive partnership since 1998, enabling PacketVideo's technologies to be incorporated in multimedia applications for DOCOMO's FOMA 3G mobile network services. To date, PacketVideo's popular CORE multimedia player, pvPlayer, has been installed in more than 90 DOCOMO handset models.

DOCOMO has the next phase of this strategic alliance will enable it to enhance its music and video service offerings. In particular, the strengthened partnership will facilitate the efficient joint development of PacketVideo's new technologies, ensuring a stable supply of increasingly advanced mobile applications technologies to DOCOMO.

ZTE and Qualcomm Boost UMTS Uplink by up to 60%

Qualcomm and ZTE have collaborated to significantly enhance the capacity and performance of UMTS systems with the integration of Qualcomm's Uplink Interference Cancellation (ULIC) technology into ZTE's next-generation UMTS base station products.

The companies claim this technology will enable operators can boost their UMTS data throughput by up to 60 percent and deliver a user experience that is comparable to LTE in a similar channel bandwidth. The technology also enables UMTS operators to increase voice capacity by up to 45 percent.

Specifically, ULIC technology can deliver improved system capacity by eliminating interference from multiple uplink data streams. Enabled by the increased level of integration possible in today's commercial chips, ULIC brings the performance of CDMA-based modems close to their theoretical limits. The design is scalable and supports cancellation for a large number of simultaneous users and transmissions on the uplink.

"ZTE serves the world's top mobile operators based on our ability to consistently deliver high-quality and high-capacity network performance," said Zhang Jianguo, general manager of ZTE's UMTS products. "Our ongoing relationship with Qualcomm has enabled us to commercialize leading edge technologies that bring value to the entire wireless ecosystem. Using ULIC technology, we are providing operators with a highly efficient means to optimize their system performance while also extending the lives of their existing networks."

"Interference cancellation is helping to redefine the performance characteristics of UMTS by improving system capacity and delivering data throughput that is on par with LTE networks," said Jing Wang, executive vice president, Qualcomm Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. "It not only provides faster speeds, but also creates a better experience for the growing number of people using mobile devices to upload and share data-intensive content, such as photographs and videos. We are pleased to work with ZTE in their efforts to bring ULIC-enhanced base stations to market."

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Ericsson Confirms GPON Contracts with Chinese Operators

Ericsson has been awarded contracts with China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom to provide GPON broadband access solutions. The deployments will cover millions of access lines in nine Chinese provinces. For these projects, Ericsson is to roll out GPON implementations. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Alcatel-Lucent Appoints Vice-President of EMEA

Alcatel-Lucent announced the appointment of Alan Mottram as EMEA Vice-President Solutions & Marketing, replacing Dirk Van den Berghen, who will pursue new opportunities in Alcatel-Lucent. Prior to his new appointment, Alan Mottram was the Leader of the North Europe Customer Unit (UK, Ireland and Nordics) and the British Telecom Global Account. He has been with the company since 1991 where he held a number of Managing Director roles.

Orange Business Services Enhances its Telepresence Services

Orange Business Services has enhanced its Telepresence offer with two new services: Personalized Concierge System and Telepresence Community.

To improve the Telepresence solution, Orange Business Services offers a new 24/7 personalized concierge help-desk service. Businesses and their employees have a personal assistant in charge of reservations, the technical setup and management of the service.

To allow businesses to visually communicate with external entities, Orange Business Services offers Telepresence Community. This solution is compatible with all Telepresence-related solutions offered to businesses anywhere in the world, on the Orange network. By integrating their customers, partners or even service providers into the Telepresence user community, businesses drastically increase their productivity and speed up decision-making processes.

Inmarsat Completes Investment in Canada's SkyWave Mobile

Inmarsat completed its previously announced strategic investment, long term global distribution agreement and new product development agreement with SkyWave Mobile Communications Inc. of Ottawa, Canada.

Concurrent with this investment, SkyWave has acquired assets relating to the GlobalWave satellite low data rate (SLDR) products and services business from TransCore and entered into a sales distribution relationship with TransCore focusing on the North American trucking and rail segments of the SLDR market, designed to leverage TransCore's substantial presence in those segments.

Inmarsat has acquired 19% in the privately held SkyWave. In addition, Inmarsat and SkyWave have entered into a direct distribution agreement for the supply of satellite capacity to SkyWave on a global basis.

GSMA: 177.8 Million AWS Subscribers by 2014 in Americas

The licensing of the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) band will put the Americas on a par with Asia and Europe in terms of 3G reach according to new research conducted by Global View Partners, a US-based research firm, in partnership with the GSMA, which represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry.

AWS auctions have already occurred in the U.S. and Canada, with many Latin America markets planning to license the spectrum throughout 2009. The research found that prices paid for AWS spectrum in the US and Canada revealed high market demand.

Growth in AWS subscribers and device volumes is also projected for the Americas according to the research. Additional licensing across the region should bring total subscribers with AWS-enabled devices from an estimated 12.4 million at the end of 2009 to an estimated 177.8 million at the end of 2013, a growth rate of 94 per cent each year. As the subscriber base increases, the research suggests that device sales will also grow from an estimated 10.9 million in 2009 to an estimated 114.5 million in 2013, representing a growth rate of 80 per cent each year.

"This research commissioned by the GSMA highlights that the AWS band will bring new opportunities in markets with pent-up demand for broadband services," said Ricardo Tavares, Senior Vice President at the GSMA. "The AWS band will unleash a new range of spectrum that will greatly benefit consumers and increase economic productivity due to the accessibility of mobile broadband. Regulators should move quickly and not delay in making this valuable and viable spectrum available to meet the rapidly growing broadband needs of consumers and businesses across the Americas."

The full report is available at

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

CenturyLink Begins Operations

CenturyTel and Embarq completed their merger. The combined company, which will be known as CenturyLink, serves more than 2.1 million broadband customers, more than 440,000 video subscribers and approximately 7.5 million access lines in 33 states, based on operating results as of March 31, 2009.

"The completion of this merger is a significant event for our customers, communities, investors and employees," said Glen F. Post III, president and chief executive officer. "CenturyLink has the advanced networks, the people and the financial stability to deliver the reliable and innovative services that our customers want and need. We look forward to this exciting new chapter in our company's history."

CenturyLink expects to generate annual full run-rate operating and capital synergies of approximately $400 million by 2011. Based on this synergy level and operating results of the two companies for the twelve months ended Dec. 31, 2008, CenturyTel would have had combined revenue of more than $8 billion, combined operating cash flow of over $4.2 billion and combined free cash flow of approximately $1.9 billion.

AT&T, BT and Tata Complete Mulit-carrier Cisco TelePresence Call

AT&T, BT, and Tata Communications completed the industry's first multipoint, intercompany Cisco TelePresence meeting across multiple carrier networks. AT&T, BT and Tata, together with Cisco, demonstrated the technical ability for a Cisco TelePresence user to call others on any carrier network with high levels of security and reliability.

The demonstration, which occurred at the Cisco Live 2009 event, connected the following sites on AT&T, BT, and Tata Communication's networks:

  • AT&T Telepresence Solution sites in Bedminster and Morristown, N.J., and Chicago, Ill.

  • A BT site in Colorado Springs, Colorado

  • A Cisco site at Cisco Live in San Francisco

  • Tata sites in Boston and London

Cisco noted that more than 350 organizations to date have selected Cisco TelePresence for more than 2,300 rooms. Cisco has also installed more than 500 Cisco TelePresence rooms on its own internal network.

"Inter-carrier connectivity is the next step in building out telepresence for improved collaboration for businesses throughout the world. With the AT&T Telepresence Solution we are providing companies today with the ability to interact with customers or other key businesses in a highly-secure environment. Looking to the future, AT&T is committed to working with other network service providers to bring this proof of concept to market as soon as possible," stated Bill Archer, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business Solutions.

MAGPI Deploys Ciena to Link Federal Research Labs

The Mid-Atlantic Gigapop for Internet2 (MAGPI), an Information Systems and Computing organization based at the University of Pennsylvania, has deployed Ciena's CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform. The network delivers high performance connectivity among multiple research labs located at Princeton University's Forrestal Campus and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Sciences Network 4 (ESnet4), which operates over Internet2's nationwide infrastructure. ESnet4 provides the DOE with a dynamic and reliable communications infrastructure and leading-edge network services to foster greater scientific collaboration to support the agency's research projects and goals.

Ciena's CN 4200 is supporting new 10 GbE service, replacing the previous generation of 155 Mbps links. Ciena's CN 4200 enables high-performance optical transport with rapid provisioning, no packet loss and low, deterministic latency.

The State of Utah Connects with Qwest Ethernet

The State of Utah has chosen Qwest Communications to deliver a cost-saving, converged voice and data network.

Qwest has begun connecting 300 locations in Salt Lake City and along Utah's Wasatch Front using Qwest's Metro Optical Ethernet (QMOE) data networking platform. Thirty government sites have already been connected as part of the 3-year, $7.2 million agreement. Qwest's network delivers up to 1 Gbps per site.

AT&T Unveils Embedded 3G Netbook and Laptop

AT&T is now offering Acer, HP and Panasonic netbooks and laptops featuring embedded 3G wireless connectivity. The products are being