Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Telekenex Selects Level 3 for Gigabit Ethernet Services

Telekenex, a San Francisco-based provider of a variety of managed IP-based voice and data communications services, selected Level 3 Communications to provide private line and Ethernet-based high-speed Internet services. Level 3's connections enable Telekenex to connect all of its locations via a private high-speed network, and also allow the company to deliver to its customers network connectivity up to 10 Gbps - enough capacity to transport 128 simultaneous high-definition video downloads per second - supported by Level 3 service level agreements.

Alcatel-Lucent Builds Network for Uzbekistan-China Gas Pipeline

Alcatel-Lucent announced a US$26 million contract with JV Asia TransGas, an Uzbek oil and gas pipeline operator, to build up a communication infrastructure for the 500-km long Uzbekistan-China gas pipeline (UCGP). Alcatel-Lucent‘s solution, which will be installed by the end of summer 2009, will provide ATG with new and enhanced functionalities for video conferencing, surveillance (CCTV) and perimeter alarm. It will also enable Uzbekistan to modernize its national gas pipeline infrastructure. Alcatel-Lucent will supply a turnkey, integrated communications solution, including radio and optical transmission, satellite-based TV system and phone devices, voice switching systems and LAN.. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide comprehensive professional services including design, integration and testing, engineering, and installation. The contract was signed through Alcatel-Lucent's Chinese flagship company, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell.

Dell'Oro: Optical Market Grows 11% in Q2

The worldwide optical market grew 11 percent quarter-over-quarter (Q/Q) in the second quarter this year, according to a newly published report by Dell'Oro Group.

The Asia Pacific region contributed most of this sequential growth and was the largest region contributing nearly 40 percent of the worldwide revenues in the quarter.

"An 11 percent growth following a near historic sequential decline in the first quarter of the year gives me confidence that the worst may be over for the optical equipment market," said Jimmy Yu, Director of Optical Transport research at Dell'Oro Group. "My only reservation is that, although each region experienced slight growth, the growth was predominantly driven by Asia Pacific which grew nearly 25 percent sequentially.  Additionally, I estimate that it was revenue from China that contributed almost all of this region's growth, so a good deal of the optical market's recovery is dependent on China's continued strength as the other regions recover," Yu added. 


Soubelet Appointed CEO of Alcatel-Lucent / Bharti Airtel JV

Arnaud Soubelet has been appointed CEO of Alcatel-Lucent Network Management Services India Ltd (ALNMSI), the joint venture between Alcatel-Lucent and Bharti Airtel. The joint venture will manage Bharti Airtel's pan India wireline broadband and telephone services. It will also support their transition to next generation networks (NGN) to offer advanced services like high-speed internet, triple play, media-rich value-added services, MPLS, virtual private networks (VPN) for both retail and business customers of Airtel. The new entity which began pan India operations on August 1st with 4,000 employees, is headquartered in NCR (National Capital Region).

Arnaud Soubelet began his career with Alcatel-Lucent in 1988. Over the last 20 years, he has held several key assignments in France, Latin America, Greece, Egypt and India across sales, enterprises and managed services.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that it currently operates more than 80 networks on behalf of service providers around the world, covering more than 180 million subscribers.

ZTE Posts 40% Annual Growth in 1H09, Driven by China's 3G Rollout

ZTE reported revenue of RMB27.7 billion in the first half year of 2009, representing an increase of 40.4% against the same period of 2008. Net profit was RMB780 million, a year-on-year growth of 40.5 %. Basic earnings per share were RMB 0.45.

ZTE said it benefited from the full-scale construction of 3G networks in China, recording operating revenue of RMB14.95 billion in the domestic Chinese market, representing a year-on-year growth of 111.7%.
ZRW's revenue from its international operations grew 0.7% to RMB12.76 billion in this time period and accounted for 46.0% of its total operating revenue. Sales were driven by 2G network construction and capacity expansion in key developing markets, coupled with the demand for bandwidth upgrades and innovative services in developed countries. The company cited traction with mainstream operators from the world's top 20 most populous countries including Indonesia, Vietnam and Turkey while also successfully forging partnerships with tier-one operators from Europe and the Americas including Verizon, TeliaSonera, Telstra and Telenor.

By product group, ZTE registered year-on-year revenue growth of 46.2% for carriers' networks, 29.8% for handset products and 29.2% for telecommunication software systems, services and other products.

In 1H09, ZTE's CDMA base stations achieved a record high shipment volume of 75,000 units: 1.5 times greater than total shipments in 2008. Meanwhile, the Company's WiMAX products entered high-end markets including Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Japan and various European countries.

ZTE noted that its investment in R&D grew 58.2% during the first half of the year-- higher than the growth rate of revenue - - and stands at about 10% of revenue. Selling and distribution costs and administrative expenses grew 21.4% and 21.0% respectively, and financing expenses declined [8.6]%, lower than the growth rate of revenue.

Klausner Launches Visual Voicemail Suits Against Cisco, Avaya

Klausner Technologies filed lawsuits against Cisco Systems and Avaya, asserting that each of the companies' Visual Voicemail services infringe its Visual Voicemail patents. Klausner Technologies currently has 24 Visual Voicemail patent licensees, including major U.S. and European wireless service providers, cell phone manufacturers, cable/VOIP providers as well as other providers of Visual Voicemail services. The suit has been filed in federal court in the eastern district of Texas by the California law firm of Dovel & Luner. http://www.klausnertechnologies.com

JDSU Introduces 100 Gigabit Ethernet Test Suite

JDSU introduced a set of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GE) test solutions for 100GE component developers, network equipment designers and service providers. The JDSU suite evaluates and verifies components, sub-assemblies and network equipment. Additionally, it helps service providers ensure reliable performance on new network builds.

Specifically, JDSU solutions support 100GE physical layer test including photonic and electrical signal testing as well as protocol testing for layers 1, 2 and 3. The full test solution includes:
  • The JDSU ONT 100G Module for testing optical and electrical interfaces from the physical layer to Ethernet/IP, protocol testing, PCS layer validation and transponder testing.

  • The JDSU Hydra for stressed receiver sensitivity on 100GE systems, including stress generation and stress sensitivity measurement.

  • The JDSU MAP-200 for multiplexing/de-multiplexing, signal conditioning and signal access of 100GE optical signals.

Optisense Selects TI's Processing and Analog Tech

Optisense Network has selected Texas Instruments' embedded processing and analog technology as the preferred solution for its primary measuring units (PMU), which provide electricity line monitoring for utility companies.. TI's microcontroller and high-performance analog technology enables real-time visibility of primary voltage lines. The PMU can be configured for primary metering, distribution automation, outage restoration, energy efficiency and power quality. The combination of Optisense's optical sensors and PMUs provides utilities with greater grid security and reliability as well as increased visibility for faster power outage response. Additionally, utilities are able to realize optimized power flows that increase capacity and energy-efficiency, helping recover 25 percent of total load loss.


In-Stat: 54 Million Free-To-Air Analog Mobile TV Users This Year

The worldwide user base of free-to-air analog mobile TV service will surpass 54 million consumers in 2009 and this number is expected to grow 6x to 300 million users by 2013.

According to a free whitepaper released by Telegent Systems, which supplies components for mobile TV handsets, and In-Stat, more than 85% of the world's population will continue to have access to analog signals for the next several years or longer. In-Stat expects free-to-air analog mobile TV to do well in countries which have not yet formulated plans for digital TV, or if they have, in countries where analog will remain for more than five years. In-Stat also observes that there are large numbers of consumers living in geographies where the average subscriber doesn't have the resources to pay for subscription-based mobile TV or for the data services that support over-the-top video. The whitepaper highlights common global mobile TV usage trends revealed by primary research conducted by Telegent in Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia and Turkey.

"The adoption of analog mobile TV handsets has been driven by the most powerful force in the mobile industry: consumers," said Frank Dickson, vice president of research at In-Stat. "Analog mobile TV has two very fundamental and compelling advantages - cost and availability. The infrastructure is already in place, there are no new standards that need to be enacted and the service is free to consumers - a very powerful combination."

Some highlights of the report:

  • More than half of free-to-air analog mobile TV consumers surveyed reported watching mobile TV at least three times a week, with 20% of respondents in all regions watching daily. In some geographies, 40% or more watched daily.

  • Approximately two-thirds of respondents reported viewing mobile TV for thirty minutes or more on the days that they watched TV, dispelling the notion that it will ultimately be a vehicle for "TV snacking" when away from home.

  • The biggest use for mobile TV is in mass transit. At a minimum, over 1/3 of respondents report using mobile TV as part of commuting, regardless of the country of use.

The whitepaper can be downloaded for free.

Tata Communications to Offer HyperOffice Collaboration Suite

Tata Communications will offer the HyperOffice collaboration suite to its high-speed data and voice enterprise customers.

Tata Communications offers Internet services in India under the Tata Indicom brand name to business subscribers, including online backup, security, web conferencing, business email, hosting, high speed broadband, dial-up Internet, net telephony and Wi-Fi. Tata Communications plans to deploy a private-labeled version of HyperOffice to its subscribers in the third quarter of 2009.

Verizon Expands Encryption Services for SMBs

Verizon is expanding its encryption service to cover documents as well as e-mail. The new service, Encrypted Docs, enables the user to encrypt files and folders and determine who can access, read and write to the file or folder, enforcing privacy policies.

Encrypted Mail service, which has been available since December 2005, verifies and authenticates that the message has not been altered, allows it to be opened only by the intended recipient, and allows users to lock e-mail that they receive so it cannot be viewed by others.

Both services are based on industry-trusted and enterprise-tested encryption standards (PKI, X.509, S/MIME). The services are best suited for businesses that have to comply with government regulations, and businesses that have employees who work at remote locations.

NSN Adds Spradley to Board, Builds LTE Center in Dallas

Sue Spradley, who heads Nokia Siemens Networks' North American region, will join the company's executive board, effective immediately. Spradley will continue to report to Bosco Novak, chief of market operations.

In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks is establishing a center of competence in Dallas dedicated to Long Term Evolution (LTE). The center will employ approximately 500 people, consisting of both existing employees and new hires. The Dallas area was chosen thanks to the company's strong existing presence and its proximity to major customers.

Chelsio Announces New 10 GbE Adapters

Chelsio Communications announced six new Unified Wire 10Gb Ethernet adapters based on its T3 architecture and Terminator 3 ASIC, which enables simultaneous support of iSCSI, RDMA and TCP/IP traffic across a single device.

The new products include the first Unified Wire adapter based on the PCI Express Gen 2 8x host bus interface and both single-port and dual-port adapters based on the 10GBASE-T standard.  Additionally, Chelsio is delivering a bypass and firewall adapter, a device that features four operational modes to ensure business continuity.  All of the new adapters are now available.

Verizon Business and Akamai Enhance Online Services for QuestNet

QuestNet Limited, which provides an e-commerce platform to more than 5 million sellers of consumer goods worldwide, has selected Verizon Business and Akamai Technologies to enhance the performance and security of the company's expanding portfolio of online services. Verizon Business' professional services team conducted a full audit of the Hong Kong-based company's infrastructure.  Verizon then developed solutions in two areas: application performance and security.  To improve application performance, Akamai's Web Application Acceleration solution makes access to business-critical applications easier and more efficient. To address information security, governance, risk and compliance issues, the Verizon Security Management Programme provides QuestNet with a structured approach to optimize its overall security posture. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Tata Communications Completes 3.8 Tbps TGN-Intra Asia Cable

Tyco Telecommunications completed the installation, testing and commissioning of the TGN-Intra Asia (TGN-IA) Cable System on behalf of Tata Communications. The fully operational 6700KM TGN-IA system links Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Vietnam and the Philippines, providing route diversity throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The TGN Intra-Asia Cable System is unique in offering a direct fiber path between Singapore and Tokyo, so delivering the fastest available connectivity (RTD is 63ms).

Tata Communications noted that almost all of the region's key cable systems recently experienced simultaneous cuts, severely impacting network traffic across Asia. Most were damaged somewhere between Hong Kong and Taiwan.  TGN-IA was not disturbed as a result of Tata Communications' specific decision to route the cable system as diversely as possible, so helping to improve regional business stability and ensuring our customers remain well served."

The system, which was strategically designed and routed to avoid earthquake and hazardous areas in the Asia-Pacific region, has an initial design capacity of 3.8 Tbps on a city centre to city centre basis. When combined with the Tata Global Network TIC and Pacific cable systems, the Intra Asia cable system will complete Tata Communications' multi-Terabit capability from India to Asia and onward to the United States.

Force10 Selected for China's Magic Cube Supercomputer

Tianjin Dawning Computer Industry Co. has deployed Force10 Networks' C-Series switches and S2410 access switch as the high performance foundation for China's new Magic Cube Supercomputer at the Shanghai Supercomputer Center (SSC). Magic Cube (previously known as the Dawning 5000A) ranked as one of the top 10 fastest supercomputers in the world when it was put into operation on June 15th, 2009. Magic Cube maintains 180 teraflop/s (trillions of floating-point operations per second) of computing speed. Force10's C300 switch provides 5 microsecond switching latency under full load for 64 byte frames.

Motorola Provides Proactive Wireless LAN Security Testing

Motorola's Enterprise Mobility Solutions introduced an AirDefense Wireless Vulnerability Assessment solution designed for proactively assessing the security posture of wireless networks. The solution provides active wireless testing capable of evaluating every deployed wireless access point. Motorola said that by simulating active attacks from a hacker's point-of-view, its AirDefense Wireless Vulnerability Assessment solution allows administrators to proactively assess the security of sensitive systems on the wireless network, such as cardholder data systems. The automated Wireless Vulnerability Assessment technology avoids the need to send personnel or consultants to remote offices and stores to manually conduct testing required for PCI DSS 1.2 compliance.

EU to Invest EUR 18 Million in LTE Advanced Technology Project

The European Commission will invest EUR 18 million on Long Term Evolution (LTE) Advanced technology research.

In September, the Commission will start to negotiate the details with project consortia, including the flagship ARTIST4G that builds on the achievements of the WINNER projects and unites 4G industry and researchers from Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The new projects are expected to start in January 2010.

"With LTE technologies, Europe's research 'know-how' will continue to set the tone for the development of mobile services and devices around the globe, just as we did in the past decades with the GSM standard," said Viviane Reding, the EU's Commissioner for Telecoms and Media. "LTE technologies will turn mobile phones into powerful mobile computers. Millions of new users will get ultra high-speed internet access on their portable devices, wherever they are. This will create tremendous opportunities and plenty of space for growing the digital economy."

Between 2004 and 2007, the EU supported research on optimisation and standardisation of LTE (the WINNER I and II projects, run by a consortium of 41 leading European companies and universities) with € 25 million. This led to the development of the first concept for a LTE-based network infrastructure.

Accanto Launches IMS X-Ray for Customer Service Assurance

Helsinki-based Accanto Systems has launched its IMS X-Ray for providing customer service assurance over IMS.

Accanto System's IMS X-Ray is an Oracle-based application that pulls correlated IMS xDR information from Accanto's Traffic Analysis and Monitoring System (TAMS) as well as its advanced converged network probes (3GMaster, NeTracker, MSA-QX) to present intelligent and customizable views of an operator's IMS network. It supports the latest converged network technology, including 3GPP Release 7 and protocol coverage for SIP, SIP-T, SIP-M, RTP, H.323, MGCP, H.248 (MEGACO), COPS and Diameter (DBP). Of high interest to Accanto's customers is its ability to also support Diameter KPIs and SIP IMS analysis over mobile interfaces.

"While we have experienced the hype and overpromise of IMS like everyone else in our market, we are now heavily involved in helping Tier 1 and Tier 2 providers implement critical portions of the IMS signaling, protocols and interfaces that have strong payback," said Michele Campriani, CEO of Accanto Systems. "They are asking us to help them bring up, troubleshoot, and optimize relatively immature IMS technology to better enable new IP-based services. IMS X-Ray is a practical product that provides the signaling and protocol drill-down functionality as well as KPI monitoring support to ensure that we can deliver on that promise."http://www.accantosystems.com

ABI Research: One Billion Wi-Fi Chipsets to Ship in 2011

ABI Research is forecasting that Wi-Fi chipset vendors will ship one billion units in 2011 alone. By the end of the following year a cumulative five billion such chipsets will have shipped since the firm began tracking Wi-Fi chipsets in 2000. Wi-Fi is penetrating an ever-widening array of devices. Wi-Fi chipset shipments will total well over 100 million just for smartphones this year, and smartphones, netbooks, and a wide variety of consumer electronics devices such as portable media players, TVs, and cameras will become increasingly important market segments.

In the near term, says research practice director Philip Solis, "802.11n will be the dominant protocol shipped during 2010, and there will be no looking back as single stream 11n chipsets (those not employing MIMO technologies) increasingly replace 802.11g products."http://www.abiresearch.com