Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Orange Business Services Sets up in Vietnam

Orange Business Services has established direct sales & marketing operations in Vietnam.

While Orange Business Services' operations have been present in Vietnam for more than 30 years, the new sales and marketing entity, Orange Business (Vietnam) Co. Limited, will address the information and communication technology needs of local and global multinational enterprises as well as public sector organizations in the country. Orange Business (Vietnam)'s offerings will include systems integration, consultancy and project management as well as field engineering and maintenance services.

Orange Business Services already provides MPLS-based IP VPN services in Vietnam and enjoys a long-established relationship with Vietnam Datacommunication Company to deliver sophisticated integrated communications services.

Time Warner Cable Launches 50 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 in NYC

Time Warner Cable is rolling out DOCSIS 3.0-based wideband Internet service in in New York City.

Warner Cable residential customers can now get speeds up to 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream for $99.95 per month. Business Class Wideband Internet customers can subscribe to two new Internet offerings: up to 50 Mbps downstream / 5 Mbps upstream, and up to 20 Mbps downstream / 2 Mbps upstream.

Time Warner Cable Wideband Internet and Business Class Wideband Internet is now available in Manhattan (below 79th Street), Staten Island and Queens (Fresh Meadows, Forest Hills and South Flushing). It will be available throughout the company's entire NYC service area by Spring 2010.

BT Wholesale to Double its Next Gen Access Footprint

BT Wholesale announced its intent to significantly expand the availability of next generation copper broadband network, which delivers customers speeds of up to 24 Mbps.

BT now aims to double the current footprint for the service -- bringing it within reach of 20 million homes and businesses by Spring 2011. The company also revealed substantial reductions for the price it charges communications providers in order to encourage the take up of next generation broadband.

BT Wholesale current offers these services from exchanges serving more than 40 percent of UK homes and businesses. The intended expansion of the footprint will take this availability to 55 percent by Spring 2010 and then to around 75 percent depending on customer demand, by Spring 2011.

Intel Demos 10 Gbps "Light Peak" Cable for Consumer Electronics

At this week's Intel Developer's Forum in San Francisco, Intel demonstrated a new high-speed optical cable technology, expected to be ready by next year, that can be used to connect mainstream electronic devices such as laptops, HD displays, cameras, video players, iPods, docking stations and solid-state drives (SSDs) to each other using optical fiber rather than copper wires.
The Intel developed "Light Peak" cable delivers 10 Gbps of bandwidth, with the potential ability to scale to 100 Gbps over the next decade. At 10 Gbps, a user could transfer a full-length Blu-ray movie in less than 30 seconds.

Some interesting facts about Light Peak: the optical module is only12mm by 12mm and drives two optical ports using VCSELs (Vertical Cavity, Surface Emitting Laser). Intel believes the module can be produced at 1/30th the cost of traditional telecom modules. Light Peak also has the ability to run multiple protocols simultaneously over a single cable.

Intel said it will work with the industry o determine the best way to make this new technology a broadly available standard.

Intel's Upcoming "Moorestown" Targets Smartphones and MIDs

Intel detailed progress on its "Moorestown" platform, scheduled for 2010 and targeting MIDs and smartphones. The chip will leverage Distributed Power Gating technology that along with other techniques will help to achieve up to a 50x improvement in platform idle power reduction compared to Intel's first generation "Menlow" platform. Intel said these reductions are enabling it to establish new thresholds in ultra low power while making it possible to run the full Internet and media-rich applications in handheld devices.

Intel's third generation ultra-low power platform, codenamed "Medfield," will be a single-chip 32nm system-on-chip (SoC) design expected in 2011 that will enable a much smaller form factor and lower power designs than Moorestown, helping extend Intel squarely into smartphone segments.

Intel Unveils 45nm Atom Chip for STBs

Intel its CE4100 "Atom" processor designed to bring Internet content and services to digital TVs, DVD players and advanced set-top boxes.

The CE4100 processor, formerly codenamed "Sodaville," is the first 45nm-manufactured consumer electronics (CE) SoC based on Intel architecture. It supports Internet and broadcast applications on one chip, and has the processing power and audio/video components necessary to run rich media applications such as 3-D graphics.

"Traditional broadcast networks are quickly shifting from a linear model to a multi-stream, Internet-optimized model to offer consumers digital entertainment that complements the TV such as social networking, 3-D gaming and streaming video," said Eric Kim, senior vice president and general manager, Intel Digital Home Group. "At the center of the TV evolution is the CE4100 media processor, a new architecture that meets the critical requirements for connected CE devices."

Intel confirmed that it is working with Adobe to port Adobe Flash Player 10 to the family of Intel CE media processors to optimize the playback of graphics and H.264 video.

Intel CE media processors provide a full-featured software framework called Widget Channel for the development of Internet applications, or TV widgets.

3Com Reports Quarterly Revenue of $291 Million, down 15% YoY

3Com reported quarterly revenue of $290.5 million for its fiscal 2010 first quarter, which ended August 28, 2009. This compares to revenue of $342.7 million in the corresponding period in fiscal 2009, a 15.2 percent decrease.

Net income in the quarter was $7.5 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared with net income of $79.8 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009. Fiscal year 2009 first quarter results included a $70.0 million favorable patent dispute resolution, representing a benefit of $0.17 per diluted share.

"We are pleased with 3Com's start to our new fiscal year," said Bob Mao, 3Com's Chief Executive Officer. "We had a very good quarter, delivering solid revenue performance, improving gross margin over the prior year, and continuing to generate cash from operations.

Alcatel-Lucent Selected for New CDMA/EV-DO Network in Iraq

Alcatel-Lucent has been awarded a new contract by HI LINK TELECOM LTD, the winner of Western Iraq's CDMA fixed wireless license, for the deployment of its greenfield wireless broadband network in Al Anbar province in the West of Iraq. The network will use CDMA/EV-DO wireless technology to deliver voice and broadband data services.

Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will CDMA radio access, core network elements and microwave backhaul solutions. Additionally, Alcatel-Lucent will be responsible for installation, commissioning, project management, maintenance, network optimization and end-to-end network integration for the project. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Britain's Manx Telecom selects Alcatel-Lucent for FTTx

Manx Telecom, which is the Isle of Man's largest telecommunications and Internet provider, selected
Alcatel-Lucent for its FTTx rollout. Specifically, Manx is using Alcatel-Lucent's outdoor cabinets in combination with its ISAM family of IP access nodes.

NSN Announces Executive Appointments

Nokia Siemens Networks appointed Kalevi Kostiainen as the head of its operations for Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this appointment, Kalevi headed Nokia Siemens Networks Converged Core business in Asia Pacific.

Nokia Siemens Networks also appointed Paul Tyler as its Head of Sales, Asia Pacific. Prior to this appointment Paul headed Nokia Siemens Networks business in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

NSN Integrates Carrier Ethernet with FlexiPacket Microwave for Backhaul

Nokia Siemens Networks is introducing a new Ethernet-based wireless mobile backhaul solution. The solution combines Carrier Ethernet transport (CET) in its FlexiPacket Microwave Radio in a "zero footprint" -- taking up no additional space - backhaul site solution that eliminates the need for a separate indoor unit for the microwave radio. The CET feature set allows network and transport sharing to be realized with strict guarantees for all parties -- in particular hard quality of service (QoS) and full support for next generation mobile services and applications.

NSN said its new approach provides a cost efficient, environment friendly answer for operators who need to dramatically increase capacity and switch to a simpler, packet-based transport network.

"The result of no additional shelter equipment, space and power consumption can reduce site costs by up to 25 percent, with the side effect of a high ecological value for the customer," said Tamas Major, portfolio manager for mobile backhaul at Nokia Siemens Networks. "This test revealed the interoperability of our solution in terms of synchronization which is major step for the applicability of mobile backhaul deployment based in carrier Ethernet."

The company demonstrated the solution in the interoperability test bed of the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC).

FCC Seeks Input on New Spectrum for BB Wireless

The FCC is seeking public comment on the sufficiency of current spectrum allocations, including but not limited to the prime spectrum bands below 3.7 GHz, for purposes developing its National Broadband Plan. The FCC's Public Notice asks for detailed, fact-based responses and, to the extent possible, quantitative data and analytical justification. Specifically, the FCC is seeking public input on the following subjects:

1. What is the ability of current spectrum allocations to support next-generation build-outs and
the anticipated surge in demand and throughput requirements?

2. What spectrum bands are best positioned to support mobile wireless broadband?

3. What spectrum bands are best positioned to support fixed wireless broadband?

4. What are the key issues in moving spectrum allocations toward their highest and best use in the
public interest?

5. What is the ability of current spectrum allocations to support both the fixed and mobile
wireless backhaul market?

The FCC's request for information also noted the following interesting facts and observations gathered from various sources across the industry:

  • CTIA notes that the wireless market in the United States now encompasses over 270 million subscribers.

  • Motorola notes that more than 78 percent of U.S. wireless consumers have a wireless device that is capable of accessing the Internet, and approximately 40 million American consumers are active users of mobile Internet services -- a 75 percent increase from two years ago.

  • According to Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI), a traditional handheld device, with average customer usage patterns, will consume about 30 megabytes of data in a month, a single smart phone consumes 30 times that amount, and a single connected notebook or laptop computer is consuming 450 times that amount.

  • Customers of T-Mobile's G1 smartphone use 50 times the data of an average T-Mobile customer.

  • Mobile applications, such as video, Internet gaming, and social networking typically require bandwidth between 1 and 5 Mbps, compared to 6 to 12 kbps for a mobile voice call.

  • According to CTIA, mobile carriers in the United States operate with just under 450 MHz of spectrum, which CTIA contends compares poorly with many other OECD nations .

  • CTIA further adds there is only 40 MHz of spectrum "in the pipeline" for CMRS providers.

  • WCAI suggests the need for spectrum for fixed wireless broadband could be 150 megahertz.

  • IEEE recommends the use of TV spectrum as potential spectrum available for wireless broadband Internet services.

  • UTC/Edison suggests that reallocating the 1.8 GHz band will support the operations, maintenance, and management of the electricity supply.

  • API recommends that critical infrastructure entities receive access to the 700 MHz band.

  • T-Mobile notes that the United States should follow the example of other nations that are making spectrum available for 3G service in the 1.7 to 1.9 GHz bands, 2.5 GHz, and 2.6 GHz bands.

  • AT&T stated the demand for data on its wireless networks is exploding at such a rapid rate that technological solutions alone cannot be the answer. The ability of AT&T to handle the 5,000% growth in data usage over the past three years relies upon broad contiguous bands of spectrum. To help support this growth, in 2009 AT&T plans to build add an additional 2,000 cell sites to its networks.


Aruba Networks Debuts Low Cost 802.11N AP

Aruba Networks introduced a compact, dual-radio AP-105 802.11n Access Point priced at $695 (U.S. list). The dual radio, 2x2 MIMO design delivers up to 300Mbps per radio. Software reconfiguration allows repurposing for connectivity, mesh, intrusion sensor, and remote access applications. It includes a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which securely stores network credentials and cipher keys to protect network integrity even if the access point is probed or stolen.

The company said its value pricing breaks new ground for the enterprise WLAN market, paving the way for the eventual cross-over point between wired and wireless enterprise networks.

The Aruba AP-105 aims to accelerate adoption of 802.11n by offering enterprise-grade security, high throughput, streaming video support, and other key features previously available only in more expensive devices. It can be used in conjunction with Aruba's recently introduced 600 Series Controllers.

Aruba also announced a reduction in the U.S. list price of its top-of-the-line 3x3 MIMO AP-124 and AP-125 Access Points to just $995. Both access points feature operation over standard 803.2af POE, dual gigabit Ethernet ports with Secure Jack access control, high throughput rates over long ranges, and FIPS 140-2 validation. The AP-124 includes external antenna connectors
for use with a wide range of antennas, while the AP-125 uses adjustable integrated antennas.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

T-Mobile Austria Picks NSN for 3G Upgrade

T-Mobile Austria, which serves 3.4 million mobile customers, has signed on Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize its 3G radio access network by mid-2010. As part of the project, Nokia Siemens Networks will conduct a nationwide deployment of its energy efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station. This includes the deployment of 2,500 base stations nationwide on a tight schedule and without interruption.

Alcatel-Lucent signs EU's Code of Conduct on Energy Consumption

Alcatel-Lucent has signed the European Union's Code of Conduct on Energy Consumption of Broadband Equipment, agreeing to make "all reasonable efforts to achieve the power consumption targets defined in the Code of Conduct for at least 90 percent of the total port count of new model items introduced."

"Alcatel-Lucent understands the concern our customers have about the impact their networks have on the environment, and we have taken an advanced, structured and holistic approach toward developing eco-sustainable solutions. A key component of our program is to build smarter, eco-sustainable networks for them, while helping them reduce their total cost of ownership," said James Watt, Chief Technology Officer, Alcatel-Lucent Carrier Group.

Alcatel-Lucent said it will annually provide the European Commission with information concerning the energy consumption of the broadband equipment covered by the Code of Conduct. This is equipment primarily deployed into service providers' networks, but Alcatel-Lucent also agreed to include certain equipment typically deployed at businesses or homes, such as DSL terminals and optical networking terminals.
  • In 2008 Alcatel-Lucent committed to improving the energy efficiency of key products by at least 20 percent over the next two years, and that year Alcatel-Lucent developed eco-declarations for more than 95 percent of its product portfolio. These summarize the impact these products have on the environment, taking into account characteristics such as energy consumption, emissions, material content, packaging and disposal concerns.

Singapore's Nucleus Connect Selects Huawei and Alcatel-Lucent

Nucleus Connect, which has been appointed by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) as the operating company (OpCo) to design, build and
operate the active infrastructure for Singapore's Next Gen National Broadband Network, has selected Huawei Technologies and Alcatel-Lucent as primary vendors. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Huawei has been awarded a seven year contract to provide the end-to-end full turn-key active network solution and professional EOT (Establish, Operate, Transfer) services for the entire Next Gen NBN. The offering includes 80-Tbps IP core Clustering Router, Next Generation DWDM optical transmission, Aggregation Service Router, Terabit GPON access platform, Carrier Ethernet Switch, Multi-service ONTs and the Unified network management system for the entire active network.

Alcatel-Lucent was selected as the systems integrator for its business and operations support systems (BSS/OSS). Alcatel-Lucent's solution is built using strategic partners' off-the-shelf best of breed software products using service-oriented architecture (SOA) and data modeling is in accordance to the TM Forum SID (shared information data) model. Key functionality includes fulfillment (customer management and order handling, order management, service and network activation); Assurance (fault management, performance and QoS management, SLA management, and ITIL processes for incident, problem and change management); Billing (rating, billing, invoicing); Operations support (network and service inventory, workforce management and business intelligent reporting); and Applications enablement (SDP platform to enable on-boarding of RSP services). Alcatel-Lucent said its solution will fully support Nucleus Connect's wholesale business model.

Singapore's Next Gen NBN will be the world' s first Open Access FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) network using GPON & Active Ethernet access technology and multi-service MPLS IP Core technology. The project envisions bandwidth services ranging from 100Mbps to 1Gbps to residential users and business users. Nucleus Connect plans to commence commercial operations in Q1-2010. Actual availability of ultra high-speed broadband connectivity to homes and businesses in Singapore will depend on the roll-out schedule of the Next Gen NBN. The government of Singapore expects broadband connectivity of up to 1Gbps in 95% of homes and offices by December 2012.

The model set by the IDA is separated structurally and operationally. End-users will subscribe to services from retail service providers (RSPs), who rely on connectivity services in a wholesale model provided by the OpCo (who manages the active network). The OpCo in turn relies on the network company (NetCo) to provide access to the passive fibre network. Nucleus Connect, a wholly-owned subsidiary of StarHub, serves as the OpCo.
  • In early September 2009, OpenNet, the NetCo appointed by IDA, also selected Alcatel-Lucent's BSS/OSS and system integration expertise to manage its NetCo business operation in the frame of the Next Gen NBN.

  • In April 200, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has selected Nucleus Connect (StarHub) to serve as the Operating Company (OpCo) under the Next Generation National Broadband Network.

Symmetricom Announces IEEE 1588 Clock over Ethernet

Symmetricom introduced a GPS referenced grandmaster clock and IEEE 1588 measurement and validation tool supporting Precision Time Protocol (PTP) Version 2. The solution provides ultra-precise time and frequency synchronization over Ethernet networks.

Symmetricom's XLi IEEE 1588 Grandmaster contains a dedicated 1588 time stamp processor and functions as an IEEE 1588 slave with the ability to measure PTP client performance by assessing time transfer accuracy across a network.

IEEE Ratifies 802.11w, WLAN Specification

The IEEE has ratified IEEE 802.11w-2009, Standard for Information Technology-Telecommunications and Information Exchange between systems-Local and Metropolitan networks-Specific requirements-Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) specifications: Protected Management Frames Amendment.

This new amendment to the IEEE 802.11 base standard defines that provide enhanced protection for wireless local area networks (WLANs),

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