Sunday, September 6, 2009

Ikanos and DSP Group Demo Multi-Service Residential Gateway with DECT

Ikanos Communications and DSP Group are jointly demonstrating a reference design for a multi-service residential gateway with fully integrated Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) capabilities. The design integrates a DECT/CAT-iq Module from DSP Group with Ikanos' Fusiv Vx180 integrated gateway processor. The Fusiv Vx180 device combines Ikanos' VDSL2 customer premises equipment (CPE) PHY and its widely deployed Fusiv network processor architecture into a power and space optimized chipset that supports all key types of DSL technology, including ADSL, ADSL2+ and VDSL2. The Fusiv Vx180 also combines accelerator processor (AP) engines for data path functions with a MIPS-based CPU core, resulting in the preservation of host CPU processing power for enabling value-added applications. DSP Group's DECT/CAT-iq Module enables superior voice coverage and wideband audio (HD voice).

Ikanos Debuts Latest 100/100 Mbps VDSL2 Access Chipsets

Ikanos Communications introduced its "Velocity" family of low-power, central office VDSL access chipsets for providing up to 100 Mbps symmetric bandwidth while operating at sub 1 Watt (W) per port -- the lowest power consumption of any A/VDSL device on the market.

Ikanos said its symmetrical 100/100 Mbps and asymmetrical 100/50 Mbps Velocity chipsets each provide dramatically improved long-range performance surpassing all loop conditions specified in the Broadband Forum's WT-114 VDSL2 Performance Test Plan. In addition, Ikanos' Velocity chipsets are fully compliant with the WT-115 VDSL2 Functionality Test Plan, while operating in any of the VDSL2 spectral profiles (8, 12, 17 and 30 MHz).

Significantly, the Ikanos Velocity chipsets are the first CO A/VDSL semiconductor devices compliant with European Code of Conduct (CoC) power consumption standards. The company estimates over 30 percent power savings compared to the next best A/VDSL chipset offering.

The Velocity chips also feature Ikanos' iQV -- a combination of ITU G.inp compliant retransmission and Ikanos "Rapid Rate Adaptation" (advanced ITU-T compliant SOS, SRA and Bitswap) technologies -- enables the chipset to intelligently adjust its data rate instantly to provide optimal quality in any line condition. The iQV technology enable IPTV services to stay connected without a drop in image quality even in noisy line conditions.

The Velocity chipsets are software compatible to Ikanos' prior generation of CO chipsets. In addition, the Velocity chipsets -- which support all ADSL and VDSL profiles --
complement Ikanos' line of residential gateway chipsets, including the highly integrated Fusiv Vx180. Evaluation boards and samples for both the 100/100 Mbps symmetrical (FX100100-6) and 100/50 Mbps asymmetrical (FX10050-6) Velocity chipsets are available now.

Ikanos Partners with ASSIA to Advance DSL Dynamic Spectrum Management

Ikanos Communications and ASSIA Inc., which specializes in Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM) technology, announced a partnership to accelerate the deployment of vectored DSL technology.

Under terms of the agreement, Ikanos receives a license to ASSIA's essential DSM patents and certain technology for the development of vectored DSL products -- also known as DSM Level 3 -- capable of delivering speeds of 100 Mbps and greater over existing copper loops. In addition, the two companies will co-market each others' products to the network equipment and service provider industries.

DSM enables service providers to maximize the rate and reach of their DSL services, while minimizing operating costs, through the automatic optimization of DSL networks and advanced, root-cause diagnostics analyses. DSM Level 3 (DSM 3) techniques can enhance and extend very-high-data-rate DSL (VDSL) downstream data rates in excess of 100 Mbps and upstream data rates in excess of 50 Mbps for fiber-fed DSL access multiplexers (DSLAMs) in the neighborhood, at the curb and in the building. DSM technology also enables service providers to further extend the useful life of the copper infrastructure and compete effectively from a performance and economic perspective with more expensive passive optical networking (PON) and hybrid fiber coax (HFC) services.

DSM 3 is one of the three levels of DSM defined in the ATIS DSM Technical Report (ATIS PP-0600007) for managing noise, power and crosstalk in DSL systems of all types -- ADSL1, ADSL2/2+ and VDSL -- in both single service provider and unbundled, multiple service provider environments. Complementary standardization efforts have been completed in the ITU-T and the Broadband Forum, with ongoing standardization efforts underway for advanced DSM technologies.
  • Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment (ASSIA), which is based in Redwood City, California, is headed by Dr. John Cioffi, who served as founder, CTO and Vice President of Engineering at Amati prior to its acquisition by TI in 1997. Dr. Cioffi also held a tenured endowed professorship at Stanford University in the Department of Electrical Engineering from 1985-2009, where he is now an active Professor Emeritus with small research efforts there in broadband access.

DOCOMO and Partners Target Value-Added IMS Network Services

NTT DOCOMO and leading network equipment vendors announced the joint development and successful testing of common technical specifications for value-added IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) network services. Partners include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, and NSN. The technical specifications recently demonstrated by the six companies support deployment of data processing functions, such as image conversion, on the IMS network.

The companies said their new specifications will make it easier for telecom operators to develop value-added network functions. Examples of network based services could include the capability for a user to edit a picture on the network and share it, or a subscriber who converts a Japanese text message to English on the network before delivering it to the receiver.
successfully completed a demonstration test in August.

The six companies are committed to gaining adoption of the specifications by the Rich Communication Suite (RCS) project, a collaborative effort supervised by the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSM Association) that seeks to pave the way for the introduction of commercial IMS-based rich communication services over mobile and, eventually, fixed networks.

LSI and Aricent Announce Strategic Collaboration for NGNs

LSI and Aricent are expanding their strategic collaboration to accelerate the deployment of wireless and wireline networking infrastructure and enterprise networking systems to the global marketplace. The companies currently offer pre-integrated software stacks for multi-service business gateways that run on LSI APP communications processors and have co-developed broadband networking software with IPv6 capabilities. Aricent and LSI have now extended their collaboration to wireless and additional wireline infrastructure applications.

LSI and Aricent expect that pre-integration of their products will enable OEMs to reduce product development cost and time to market by as much as 50 percent.

"Demand for next-generation rich media services continues to escalate, and the pace of innovation is causing product development intervals to shrink," said Charlie Kawwas, vice president of marketing, Networking Components Division, LSI. "A key element of our strategy is to partner with global providers like Aricent who can provide standard products and custom software services so OEMs can rapidly develop next-generation solutions at significantly lower cost."

AT&T Picks Ericsson as Key Wireline Supplier

Ericsson confirmed that it has been selected as one of two suppliers for AT&T's Wireline Access products and services. The deal is a breakthrough win for Ericsson's wireline business in North America.

Ericsson said it will offer AT&T full end-to-end system solutions. Wireline Access Suppliers will compete with each other for AT&T capital spending on all Wireline Access applications and products, including collaborating with third-party suppliers to provide technologically leading solutions to AT&T.

Having already approved Ericsson's GPON Fiber to the Home (FTTH) solution for general deployment, AT&T will now embark on integrating Ericsson's DSL portfolio for Fiber to the Node (FTTN) and IP DSLAM solutions to support AT&T's U-verse offerings, such as IPTV, High Speed Internet and VoIP over an all IP network infrastructure.

Ericsson's Vestberg Calls for Greater ICT Use in Climate Talks

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) must play a greater role in creating a low-carbon 21st century infrastructure, said Ericsson CFO and incoming CEO Hans Vestberg in a keynote address at the Broadband World Forum in Paris.

Studies show that ICT can reduce global CO2emissions by 15% by 2020. Vestberg argued that what is needed is to move away from incremental emission reductions to more transformative ones which can deliver measurable savings and "smarter" ways of doing things.

"For too long the need for CO2 reductions has been seen as a trade off between economic development and care for the planet. This does not have to be the case. Because the ICT sector can reduce CO2emissions substantially, government representatives have an opportunity to bring ICT onto the agenda for the upcoming United Nations framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen (COP15) in December," said Vestberg.

Alcatel-Lucent Shows 10G GPON-based LTE Backhaul

At this week's Broadband World Forum Europe show in Paris, Alcatel-Lucent is demonstrating a high-capacity 10G GPON backhaul solution for LTE. The company said that even though the 10G GPON standards are still being ratified, it is ready to meet the request for higher capacities in its customers' access networks.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that it is engaged in over 95 FTTH projects around the world, over 80 of which are with GPON.

"Introducing our 10G GPON technology, we want to show that Alcatel-Lucent continues to be a pioneer in broadband, uniquely positioned to be the partner of choice along our customers' transformation process," says Philippe Keryer, President of Alcatel-Lucent's carrier activities. "At the same time, we want to put a particular focus on 10G GPON's co-existence with its 2.5G predecessor. After all, approximately 60%-70% of a PON investment relates to the service provider's outside plant - so it is extremely important that the evolution to 10G GPON does not jeopardize today's investments. Deploying GPON today clearly continues to be a safe bet, a smooth migration path having been secured."

In addition, Alcatel-Lucent confirmed that it will be opening its GPON platform to third-party optical network terminals. This will allow service providers to benefit from a more competitive supply of third-party optical network terminals (ONTs). For ONT vendors, this will mean new business opportunities.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Telefónica and China Unicom Expand Alliance

Telefónica and China Unicom announced plans to increase their financial stakes in each other's companies by investing $1 billion each.

Telefónica will increase its stake in China Unicom to 8.06%, from 5.38%. Meanwhile China Unicom will hold about 0.9% of Telefónica.

The companies are also working on ways to share infrastructure and strengthen their marketing alliance.
  • In February 2009, Telefónica and China Unicom agreed to develop integrated and mobile and 3G services.
    In addition, the agreement coverd a wide number of areas of collaboration such as developing innovative services, international business, joint procurement of network equipment, devices and handsets , platforms for innovative and advanced services, and services to corporate customers, among others.

Friday, September 4, 2009

AT&T Outlines New "Domain Supplier" Program

AT&T outlined a new "Domain Supplier" program aimed at transforming the way it purchases network equipment. As a key part of the program, the company has established a number of "domains" -- areas of the future network bounded by a particular technology set, such as wireline access. Within each of these domains are target technologies. For example, the wireline access domain includes technologies such as IP/DSLAM and FTTx.

Each domain will have two suppliers selected and pre-qualified by AT&T.

AT&T said it will work closely with selected suppliers over a multi-year period in order to define solutions that meet current and future needs. This includes sharing timelines, project roadmaps and other information, enabling suppliers to more quickly realize revenue due to expedited deployment of their hardware or software. In addition, regardless of the size of the initial business award from AT&T, each supplier within a domain will have an opportunity to expand the award beyond its initial scope. Suppliers selected for each domain will be responsible for the integration, testing, support and delivery of the complete end-to-end solution for the equipment or software in the domain that they have been awarded. If a selected domain supplier chooses to work with a third party to deliver the technology within their domain, they will be expected to completely integrate, test and support the third party provider's technology into the end-to-end solution.

AT&T said it expects its Domain Supplier program to:

  • Accelerate spend on future-oriented equipment categories, while reducing expenditures on legacy systems.

  • Achieve competitive cost and highest performance by increasing supplier competition within a domain.

  • Take advantage of the latest technologies and R&D efforts.

  • Focus development on collaboration around system capabilities versus component purchasing.

  • Stay in tune with innovations and the evolving market place.

  • Expand its best-in-class sustainability and supplier diversity programs.

"Customer expectations for network reliability have increased, and they are demanding speed to market for new technologies to satisfy today's ever-changing landscape," said Tim Harden, president, Supply Chain and Fleet Operations, AT&T. "We must continually challenge and collaborate with our equipment and software suppliers to improve their quality and step up to a higher level of performance. Our goal is to ensure that each investment in network infrastructure accelerates our move towards a network that enables the full promise of the Internet and other game-changing technologies."

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Verizon Developer Attracts 1,000 Mobile App Developers

One month after hosting its first Verizon Developer Community (VDC) Conference, Verizon Wireless reported that more than 1,000 developers have signed-up.

Verizon Raises Quarterly Dividend 3.3%

The Board of Directors of Verizon Communications declared a quarterly dividend of 47.5 cents per outstanding share, an increase of 1.5 cents per share, or 3.3 percent, from the previous quarter. On an annual basis, this increases Verizon's dividend 6 cents per share, from $1.84 to $1.90 per share.

"This increase reflects the strength of our cash flow and balance sheet," said Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon chairman and chief executive officer.

Verizon's COO Dennis F. Strigl to Retire

Dennis F. Strigl, Verizon Communications' President and Chief Operating Officer, confirmed plans to retire to from the company by the end of 2009. Strigl is responsible for the operations of Verizon's network-based businesses - Verizon Wireless, Verizon Telecom and Verizon Business -- as well as Verizon Services Operations, which provides financial, real estate and other services to all of the company's operations. He is widely recognized as a key architect of the wireless industry, and of Verizon Wireless, where he served as president and chief executive officer until assuming his current role in 2007.

Ciena's Quarterly Revenues Rise 14% Sequentially to $165 Million

Ciena's revenue for its fiscal third quarter ended July 31, 2009 totaled $164.8 million, representing a 14% sequential improvement compared to fiscal second quarter 2009 revenue of $144.2 million. Ciena's net loss (GAAP) was $(26.5) million, or $(0.29) per common share.

"We delivered significant sequential improvement in our fiscal third quarter across all major financial performance metrics, including revenue, gross margin and operating results," said Gary Smith, Ciena's CEO and president. "Through the challenging environment of the last 12 months, we've managed the business with the objective of balancing operating performance with a disciplined approach to strategic investment."

Force10 Sees Spike in Revenue from Data Center Build outs

Force10 Networks reported that revenues for the period ending June 30, 2009 increased 24% from the previous quarter thanks to increasing momentum behind the company's Ethernet switch/router products with both data center and carrier customers.

The Force10 ExaScale E-Series virtualized core switch/router, which was introduced in March 2009 and first began to ship in volume during Force10's Q3, was a significant contributor to the company's quarterly growth.

The company said new wins at mid-sized data centers and carrier points of presence (POPs) also supported ExaScale's sales momentum during the quarter.

Dell'Oro: 10 GigE NIC Market Posts Double-Digit Growth

The 10 Gigabit (10GB) Ethernet Network Adapter market saw double-digit sequential growth in both port shipments and revenue during the second quarter of 2009, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. The report also indicates that market average selling prices fell steeply during the quarter.

"Numerous factors are falling into place to drive steep 10GB Ethernet Network Adapter price declines," said Seamus Crehan, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "These include the migration from single- to dual-port cards, as well as a mix shift to copper-based technologies," Crehan added.

Japan's EMOBILE Launches HSPA with Ericsson

Ericsson confirmed its role in the recent launch of HSPA services in Japan by EMOBILE. Services with peak rates up to 21 Mbps were launched Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama and Nagoya on July 24.

Under the agreement, Ericsson is the sole supplier of the core network and core systems integration services. Ericsson is also the main supplier for upgrading the existing WCDMA/HSPA radio access network with HSPA Evolution, including network deployment services.

EMOBILE is a leader in mobile broadband in Japan and has been working closely with Ericsson since 2006. As of July 31, 2009, EMOBILE's subscribers numbered more than 1.74 million.
  • Last month, Huawei announced that it provided EMOBILE with its end-to-end solution including the advanced distributed base station (DBS), as well as its HSPA+ data card (D31HW).

Sprint to Offer HTC's Android-based Hero with Google

Sprint will begin selling HTC's Android-based Hero handset over its EVDO Rev. A. network.

HTC Hero offers synchronization for built-in Google mobile services, including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, and YouTube as well as access to other Android applications.

"The arrival of HTC Hero and the Android platform to Sprint's network is an important milestone for our customers and the U.S. wireless industry," said Kevin Packingham, senior vice president of product development for Sprint.

Sprint said it is actively engaged with the Android community and is committed to an open Internet approach.

HTC Hero is the first U.S. device to feature HTC Sense, which features a seven-panel wide home screen that can be populated with customizable widgets.

Users can switch between "Scenes", such as work, social, travel and play. For example, a work Scene can be easily set up to include stock updates, work email and calendar, a play Scene could have music, weather, and a Twitter feed or a travel Scene could offer instant access to the local time, weather and maps.

HTC Hero also features an integrated 5.0 MP camera, camcorder, integrated GPS navigation, and trackball navigation. Additional features include:
  • Stereo Bluetooth 2.0 Wireless technology

  • Accelerometer, light sensor and home screen widgets for improved usability

  • Multimedia capable with microSD slot (32GB capable, 2GB included)

  • Sprint TV with live and on-demand programming

  • NFL Mobile Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile

  • Access to social networking sites, including Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter

  • Visual voice mail for quick and easy access to specific voice mail messages

Hong Kong's CSL Confirms LTE Rollout and UMTS 900 MHz, Picks ZTE

Hong Kong-based CSL, which is a subsidiary of Telstra, unveiled its plans for the roll-out of UMTS in the 900 Mhz band and the building of a 4G or Long
Term Evolution (LTE) network. CSL has selected ZTE as its strategic vendor.

At a jointly-held event, themed "Long Term Evolution -- Imagine Life Now", the companies presented a live demonstration of LTE technology in action. The joint demonstration featured peak download speeds in excess of 100 Mbps.

CSL's deployment of UMTS 900 is the first instance of spectrum re-farming seen in Hong Kong. "Deployment of mobile services using UMTS in the 900 spectrum range is
designed to increase outdoor coverage and in-building penetration rates; something that is vitally important in Hong Kong with its high density urban environment" said CSL's Chief Technology Officer, Mr Christian Daigneault.

"We have devoted major investment to build one of the world's most advanced networks in Next G with more than 2,200 sites throughout Hong Kong all operating with HSPA+ which provides a peak throughput of 21Mbps. We are now expanding our coverage even further with UMTS 900, and we will continue to invest in 4G LTE through our strategic partnership with ZTE Corporation. We believe that these initiatives play a crucial role in consolidating our network leadership and enabling new wireless uses for consumers and enterprises alike," stated Tarek Robbiati, Chief Executive Officer of CSL

Alcatel-Lucent Builds Optical Backbone in Mozambique

Telecomunicacoes de Mocambique (TDM) has awarded a EUR 21 million contract to Alcatel-Lucent to deploy the third phase of Mozambique's national transmission network. Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will lay 2,585 km of optical fiber and deploy its optical transmission solutions to connect any remaining geographic areas. Alcatel-Lucent recently finished the two first phases, laying 2,970 km of optical fiber across the country.