Sunday, September 27, 2009

Infonetics: Carrier Ethernet Equipment Market to Hit $34 billion in 2013

Infonetics is predicting the Carrier Ethernet equipment market will grow to $34 billion by 2013. The largest investments are expected to be in IP core and edge routers, carrier Ethernet switches, and optical gear.

"Carrier Ethernet technology is integral to service provider IP next gen network projects aimed at transforming from TDM- to packet-based networks to handle ever-growing consumer, business, mobile backhaul, and video traffic. Service provider investment in carrier Ethernet continues to defy the economic downturn and outpace overall telecom capital expenditure investments. Over the 5 years from 2009 to 2013, we expect service providers worldwide to spend a cumulative $146 billion on carrier Ethernet equipment," projects Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier and data center networks at Infonetics Research.

The forecasts are published in Infonetics new Carrier Ethernet report, which covers market size, market share, and forecasts through 2013 for carrier Ethernet switches, IP core and edge routers, SONET/SDH equipment, WDM equipment, VDSL, fiber and copper EADs, EPON, Ethernet and dual Ethernet/TDM microwave equipment, and carrier Ethernet ports by speed.

Alcatel-Lucent Sets Optical Transmission Record -- 155 X 100 Gbps

Researchers at Bell Labs have set a new WDM optical transmission record of more than 100 Petabits per second.kilometer (equivalent to 100 million Gigabits per second.kilometer). To achieve these record-breaking results researchers from the Bell Labs facility in Villarceaux, France used 155 lasers, each operating at a different frequency and carrying 100 Gbps.

The 100 Petabit per second.kilometer figure was derived by multiplying the number of lasers by their 100 Gbps transmission rate and then multiplying the aggregate 15.5 Terabit per second result by the 7,000 kilometer distance achieved. The combination of speed and distance expressed in bit per second.kilometers is a standard measure for high speed optical transmission.

Alcatel-Lucent said this record setting capacity represents sending the equivalent of 400 DVDs per second over 7,000 kilometers, roughly the distance between Paris and Chicago.

"There is no question that this record breaking transmission is a milestone in achieving the network capacity and speeds and a key step forward in satisfying the ongoing explosion in demand," said Gee Rittenhouse, head of Bell Labs Research. "This is a prime example of Bell Labs preeminent research and demonstrates the ability of our researchers to solve complex problems," he explained.

Two other notes about the demonstration:

The transmissions were accomplished over a network whose repeaters, devices used to sustain optical signal strength over long distances, were spaced 90 kilometers apart. This spacing distance is 20% greater than that commonly maintained in such networks.

The Bell Labs researchers also increased capacity by interfacing advanced digital signal processors with coherent detection, a new technology that makes it possible to acquire details for a greater number of properties of light than the direct detection method commonly applied in today's systems. Using this technique the researchers were able to effectively increase capacity by increasing the number of light sources introduced into a single fiber yet still separate the light into its constituent colors when it reached its destination.

Zhone Transfers to the NASDAQ Capital Market

NASDAQ has approved Zhone Technologies' ' application to transfer the listing of its common stock from The NASDAQ Global Market to The NASDAQ Capital Market. Zhone voluntarily filed its transfer application on September 10, 2009 and received NASDAQ approval on September 23, 2009. Zhone's common stock will continue to trade under the symbol "ZHNE."

Equinix and Japan's JPNAP Extend Interconnection and Peering

Equinix and INTERNET MULTIFEED (MF), which operates the Japan Network Access Point (JPNAP) announced an extended interconnection and peering agreement. Under the arrangement, the JPNAP peering fabric will be extended into the Equinix Tokyo-2 (TY2) International Business Exchange (IBX) data center.

As a part of the agreement, MF will establish a point-of-presence for the JPNAP service in Equinix's TY2 IBX center, enabling Equinix customers to directly exchange IP traffic, or "peer," with JPNAP's customers, including Internet Service Providers (ISPs), CATV carriers, content providers etc. Similarly, JPNAP customers will have direct access to the extensive international carrier community at Equinix's two Tokyo IBX centers.

Ciena's Modular 5400 Switch Converges Ethernet, OTN and TDM

Ciena unveiled plans for a series of performance-optimized, multi-terabit Ethernet, OTN and TDM switching systems with integrated transport functionality. Ciena said its design goals for the new product family, which will be commercially launched next year, is to create a modular platform that can be configured and reconfigured at any time for a variety of high-capacity optical, TDM or packet functions, including optical cross-connect switching, optical transport, Carrier Ethernet switching or converged packet-optical networking.

The forthcoming 5400 series will implement a broad range of network elements including a scalable optical cross-connect, feature-rich Carrier Ethernet switch, or a fully converged
packet-optical transport and switching system.

It will leverage ASICs, flexible FPGAs and Ciena's common service-aware operating software - Ciena OneOS - to enable automated service delivery, dynamic mesh restoration and massive scale. The 5400 family integrates its own patent-pending technology with control plane technology from Ciena's CoreDirector, OTN and FlexiPort technology of the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform and the True Carrier Ethernet functionality of the Carrier Ethernet Services Delivery (CESD) portfolio.

Initial products in the 5400 family will include the 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System and the 5410 Reconfigurable Switching System. The first release of the 5430 is a 44 RU, 30-slot system with 3.6 Terabits per second (Tbps) of capacity, while the 5410 is a 22 RU, 10-slot system with 1.2 Tbps
of capacity. Both platforms are designed to scale beyond the initial capacities, up to 7.2 Tbps, as market demand evolves. All members of the 5400 family will share modules and software so customers can optimize each switch for the application, bandwidth, space, power and cost requirements of specific locations in their network. Initial 5400 Reconfigurable Switching Systems will be in lab trials with customers later this year with general availability in the first half of 2010. Additional enhancements and platforms are expected to be available later in 2010.

Ciena Upgrades its CoreDirector with OTN, FlexiPorts, 1,000 Node Scale

Ciena rolled out a number of key hardware and software enhancements to its flagship CoreDirector FS Multiservice Optical Switch to support the transition from SONET/SDH architectures to next-generation Ethernet/OTN-based networks.

Ciena's CoreDirector, which is deployed in both terrestrial and submarine networks at some of the world's largest operators, was originally designed to automate the core of SONET/SDH networks via intelligent software-based automation and control plane- managed resiliency.

CoreDirector FS retains those same capabilities while consolidating SONET/SDH, OTN and Ethernet functionality in a single, high-capacity multiservice optical switch, thereby giving customers a simplified network architecture approach, reduced operational costs and a flexible option to help migrate their network architectures from SONET/SDH to Ethernet and OTN to alleviate the strain of increased bandwidth demand from high-speed optical private line and packet services.

New hardware modules and software features for the CoreDirector FS enable transparent service delivery with OTN switching, scalability up to 1000 nodes in a single control plane domain, and full C-band tunable, pluggable ULH DWDM interfaces. Ciena is adding its "FlexSelect" Line Modules with programmable ports to the platform and providing tighter integration with its CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform.

Ciena said the introduction of OTN networking on CoreDirector FS extends the service flexibility and wavelength efficiency of CN 4200 beyond the metro, creating a highly-reliable, automated and efficient regional, national or global mesh core. The OTN capabilities in both the CoreDirector FS and CN 4200 provide an end-to-end software-automated optical layer to optimize the router layer. In addition, the platform's multi-protocol fabric and SONET/SDH-to-OTN gateway features enables CoreDirector FS to optimize and cost-reduce metro hub offices by eliminating standalone SONET/SDH, OTN and back-to-back DWDM muxponder equipment. These capabilities are now commercially available.

Key applications including differentiated bandwidth wholesaling, resilient submarine cable landing networks, digital video and content distribution, and MEF-compliant ELINE services, among others.

Carriers employing the CoreDirector include AT&T, BT, Cable & Wireless, Sprint, Tata Communications, Telmex and Verizon Business. Approved by NIST for SmartGrid

The National Institute Standards Technologies (NIST) has been approved technology for use in Smart Grid applications. is the next-generation wired networking standard developed by the United Nation's ITU-T that supports high-speed communication over power lines, phone lines, and coaxial cable. Most devices that consume or monitor energy and that are connected to AC power can benefit from technology. Examples include smart electricity meters, heating and air conditioning systems, electrical appliances, lightning systems, TVs, and other devices. can also be used to establish a secure communication channel between Plug-in Electrical Vehicles (PEV) and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) found in distributed charging stations.

HomeGrid Forum, which promotes standardization efforts for next-generation wired home networking, is forming a working group within the organization to focus on Smart Grid applications. By working with its member companies, HomeGrid Forum will help bring a range of devices to market that are compliant with the requirements for deployment in Smart Grid and home energy management applications.

" is a next generation wired networking standard and as such it delivers higher performance, seamless connectivity and power efficiency," said Matt Theall, president of HomeGrid Forum. "The standard includes significant provisions for power management, including sleep modes that will enable devices based on technology to meet power efficiency standards such as the European Code of Conduct on ‘Energy Consumption of Broadband Communication Equipment,' regulations such as the European Commission Regulation 1275/2008 and other requirements of the Smart Grid industry."

Occam Networks Expands into Europe with FTTP

Occam Networks announced its expansion into European FTTP access markets. Occam offers a wide range of Gigabit Ethernet and GPON optical line terminals (OLTs), including its BLC 6000 multi service access platform (MSAP), optical network terminals (ONTs) and service management solutions.

The company said it is building a network of value added resellers throughout Europe as it ramps up efforts to support the region. This initiative started with the relationships it gained through the acquisition of certain Terawave assets in October 2007. These relationships included a reseller network that covers key geographies and provides local customer support. The result is a fully operational, trained channel capable of equipping and supporting in region sales and marketing activities.

"European service providers, especially alternative providers such as municipalities and utilities, are selecting Ethernet and GPON as the broadband infrastructure solutions of choice as they focus on building standards based, open networks for delivery of bandwidth intensive entertainment and communication services," said Bob Howard-Anderson, Occam's President and CEO.

Video Interview: ZTE on 3G/4G for North America

Dr. Li Mo, Chief Architect, ZTE USA

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Brazil's Ativas Data Center Deploys Cisco Nexus 5000

Ativas Data Center, an Asamar Group company, has invested in a Cisco Nexus 5000 Series switch-based solution to underpin its next-generation data center architecture. The facility, which is planned to start operations in early 2010 in the state of Minas Gerais, will employ the latest data center virtualization techniques.

ZTE Launches Multiservice Ethernet Switches

ZTE unveiled new multi-service switches designed for the service edge layer of metro networks or the edge layer of enterprise networks. The new ZXR10 3900E and 5900E series switches leverage an ASIC that was developed in-house.

The ZXR10 scales to support 1,776 GE and 296 XGE ports. The ZXR10 3900E and 5900E can monitor 8K links per 3.3 ms to provide 50ms carrier-class Ethernet and MPLS switchover.

"The ZTE data product R&D Team designed the ZxR10 series according to the growing requirements from European and new markets," said Mr. Zhao Qiang, Deputy General Manager of ZTE Bearer Networks.

NTT and NTT DOCOMO to Showcase LTE in Geneva

NTT and NTT DOCOMO announced plans to showcase their LTE endeavours at the upcoming ITU Telecom World 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland, from October 5 to 9.

The NTT Group stand will showcase wide-ranging exhibits and demonstrations of the latest services and technologies offered in Japan, as well as highly advanced services to be offered over Next-Generation Network (NGN) and super-fast Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network.

NTT will show optical access technologies supporting NGN, including GE-PON, low-friction indoor optical fiber.

NTT DOCOMO will be showing LTE handsets and services, including the summer 2009 lineup, mobile concierge service, intuitive mobile search and navigation, etc.

Vodafone Readies Mobile App Store, Unveils "Keeper"

Vodafone is preparing to launch its Mobile App store, called Vodafone360, in time for the holidays.The service will be launched on two new phones from Samsung and several hundred additional handsets.

Included in this launch will be the popular password and data storage app, Keeper Mobile by Callpod. Keeper allows users to quickly and easily store passwords, account numbers, website logins, notes, lists and other business or personal information on their Smartphone, mobile device, laptop or desktop computer using 128-bit encryption. Keeper will be available on handsets utilizing the Vodafone360 platform for over 100 million subscribers.

AT&T Criticizes Google on Net Neutrality

AT&T filed a letter with the FCC reiterating its support for a vibrant, open Internet, while also criticizing Google for its own disregard for Net Neutrality. Specifically, AT&T said Google is systematically blocking telephone calls from consumers that use Google Voice to call phone numbers in certain rural communities and, as a result, is reducing its access expenses.

A June 2007 FCC decision prohibits other providers, including those with which Google Voice competes, from taking such action. Google has dismissed the Commission's order, claiming that Google Voice "isn't a traditional phone service and shouldn't be regulated like other common carriers."

AT&T's Senior Vice President-Federal Regulatory Robert Quinn, said:

"Google Voice has claimed for itself a significant advantage over providers offering competing services. By openly flaunting the call blocking prohibition that applies to its competitors, Google is acting in a manner inconsistent with the spirit, if not the letter, of the FCC's fourth principle contained in its Internet Policy Statement. Ironically, Google is also flouting the so-called ‘fifth principle of non-discrimination' for which Google has so fervently advocated..."

"AT&T strongly emphasizes that the existing Internet principles are serving consumers well in their current form and there is no sound reason to radically expand and codify those principles. But if the Commission nonetheless embarks on such a course as it apparently plans to do in an upcoming rulemaking, it absolutely must ensure that any such rules apply evenly -- not just to network operators but also to providers of Internet applications, content and services. Anything less would be ineffective, legally suspect and, in all events, a direct repudiation of President Obama's call for a ‘level playing field.'

DragonWave Files for U.S. IPO and NASDAQ Listing

DragonWave has filed for an initial public offering of common shares in the United States (the "U.S. IPO"), proposing to ffer 7,454,050 common shares while certain selling shareholders propose to offer 5,518,250 common shares (the "Offering"). In connection with its U.S. IPO, DragonWave has received conditional approval to list its common shares on the NASDAQ Global Market.

DragonWave expects to use the net proceeds from the Offering (excluding any net proceeds to the selling shareholders) primarily:

  • to strengthen the company's balance sheet in preparation for new mobile broadband network deployments and to better position DragonWave to be selected as an equipment vendor for large network service providers;

  • to fund working capital requirements associated with accelerating sales and production of DragonWave's products, and

  • to continue to fund efforts to increase sales penetration in regions outside North America.

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.