Monday, September 28, 2009

NTT Com to Launch Services Subsidiary in Philippines

NTT Communications has established a wholly-owned subsidiary in Manila to provide system integration, security solutions and other ICT services. NTT Com Philippines will provide local multinational companies with one-stop global-quality communication systems and ICT environments, from design and implementation to operation and support, as well as system consulting, PBX/LAN/server installation and security services, including both staff education and solutions for protection against information leaks.

China Mobile Deploys First ATCA-Based Mobile Softswitch with Huawei

China Mobile has deployed its first ATCA-based mobile softswitch in Guangdong province using Huawei's platform. The companies claim the deployment holds the record for the single largest user-supported service by any vendor, serving 1.7 million subscribers in Dongguan City. Huawei said its ATCA mobile softswitch system can support 12 million subscribers with one device.

Hitachi Node+Zero Single-Fiber RFoG Gains USDA RUS

Hitachi Communication Technologies America's Node+Zero RFoG module has been accepted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) for use on projects funded by the Rural Telecom Infrastructure and by the Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Programs.

The Node+Zero joins Hitachi's AMN 1200 BPON and AMN1220 GPON systems on the RUS List of Materials Acceptable for Use on RUS Financed Projects in category "ae", "Access Equipment". RUS listing also means that the Node+Zero module can be deployed under the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act).

Japan's JPIX Internet Exchange Installs Force10 for 10 GbE

Japan Internet Exchange Co. Ltd. (JPIX) has selected Force10 Networks' ExaScale E-Series family of switch/routers to provide high-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) services for its growing network. With support for 140 line-rate 10 GbE SFP+ ports per chassis, the ExaScale E-Series delivers 100 Gbps of useable data capacity per slot. In addition to capacity, the E1200 delivers total throughput of more than two billion packets per second across a switching fabric capacity of 3.5 Tbps or 250 Gbps full duplex per slot.

Level 3 to Deliver Services to Cypress in 29 U.S. Markets

Cypress Communications, a provider of managed voice, data and Internet solutions for more than 6,000 companies across the U.S., selected Level 3 Communications to provide colocation, voice and a variety of Ethernet-based and dedicated high-bandwidth services (e.g., Ethernet private line, Ethernet virtual private line, high-speed dedicated Internet access, etc.).

"Level 3 is an appealing strategic partner for us because of the company's nationwide backbone and fiber assets in our target metro markets," said Jorge Rosado, executive vice president of engineering and network operations for Cypress Communications. "The Level 3 network will help us accommodate the growth we're seeing from the popularity of our C4 IP hosted VoIP and unified communications solution."

Taiwan's Chief Telecom Selects Acme Packet for IMS

Chief Telecom, a subsidiary of Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom, has deployed the Acme Packet Net-Net session border controllers (SBCs) to offer advanced, IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) based enterprise VoIP services throughout the island. Specifically, Chief Telecom is using Acme Packet's Net-Net SBCs for their IMS-based, enterprise solution, which includes SIP trunking, IP-Centrex, audio conferencing, video telephony, voice mail and messaging services. Acme Packet's SBCs also secure and connect Chief Telecom's Microsoft MSN VoIP service for consumers with its international peering network. Chief's Telecom's parent company, CHT, has used Acme Packet's SBCs for more than four years as part of its IMS-based, fixed-line residential and mobile VoIP, and international SIP peering services.

CipherOptics Appoints Tom Gill as CEO

CipherOptics, which offers network encryption technologies, has appointed Thomas J. Gill as its new Chairman and CEO. Gill is the former CEO and President of FORE Systems. Several other former FORE Systems executives have also joined CipherOptics including Gary Brunner as Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Nigh as Senior Vice President of Engineering, and Kirk Wrigley as Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Jim Doherty will continue in his role as Chief Marketing Officer.

Xelerated Enhances its Processors and Programmable Ethernet Switches

Xelerated released version 5.0 of its Software Development Kit (SDK) for its new generation of HX Carrier Ethernet network processors (NPUs) and AX Programmable Ethernet Switches. Enhancements enable system vendors to develop and customize data plane software for their unified fiber access and next generation Metro Ethernet platforms. The SDK 5.0 instruction set and programming model are compatible with previous NPU generations, thus easing reuse of existing applications and migration of code for existing X11 customers that are looking to optimize their data planes with the capabilities of new generation Carrier Ethernet devices.

Verizon CTO: All-Fiber is a Game Changer

"The real opportunity of a fiber-access network is created by the seamless interconnection with our wireless broadband and global IP networks," said Dick Lynch, Verizon executive vice president and chief technology officer, speaking at the Fiber to the Home Conference and Expo in Houston.

In the five years since beginning its FiOS rollout in Keller, Texas, Verizon's FTTH network has grown to where it will pass 15 million homes and businesses by year-end. The network delivers access for all its customers to Internet service at up to 50 Mbps downstream and 20 Mbps upstream, and TV service with about 120 high-definition (HD) channels.

Lynch said sales penetration rates for FiOS Internet and TV are already 28 percent and 25 percent, respectively. More than 300,000 new customers signed on to each of the services in the second quarter, bringing the totals to 3.1 million customers for FiOS Internet and 2.5 million for FiOS TV.

Lynch called on the networking industry to keep optical technologies moving forward. He said development of standards for emerging services must be expedited, citing the need to reduce the standards for 3D video from about a dozen to one. He said energy efficiency must be another priority. Verizon is migrating its networks to IMS and he called on the industry's assistance in developing a robust set of complementary CPE. Lynch also called for new PON systems capable of delivering strong signals out to 40 kilometers and beyond. This requires the use of better PON cards with improved optics as well as other innovations.

Cavalier Upgrades its Legacy Switches with Metaswitch

Cavalier, a full-service competitive telecom operator serving markets in the eastern United States, selected MetaSwitch to transform its network. Cavalier is leveraging its investment in MetaSwitch to launch hosted PBX and unified communications services under the "IPeer" brand. Specifically, the MetaSphere Enhanced Application Server is deployed in a central data center and is complemented by nine MetaSwitch MG3510 media gateways deployed throughout the Cavalier service territory. This allows Cavalier's business customers to have immediate access to new features and applications without the need to update any software or hardware on-site, avoiding the high capital expenditure of premises-based equipment.

MPEG LA Cites Progress in Sorting Out LTE Essential Patents Owners

The MPEG LA, which administers patent pools, held its first meeting of essential LTE patent owners in September in Tokyo, Japan. At the meeting, 12 patent owners from five countries on three continents discussed the specific structure and terms of a patent pool for licensing patents that are essential to the LTE standards developed by 3GPP. The patent owners represent a broad spectrum of the LTE marketplace, including handset manufacturers, network equipment manufacturers, wireless carriers, chipmakers, and research institutions.

"The wireless industry desires a reasonable LTE patent pool license that includes the essential patents of major industry participants," said MPEG LA President and CEO Larry Horn. "We were impressed with the desire of LTE essential patent owners to deliver a broad, marketable and innovative license as evidenced by their openness to discuss and reach consensus on fundamental licensing issues."

FCC's Broadband Task Force Delivers Initial Assessment

With 141 days remaining before the FCC must deliver a National Broadband Plan to Congress, the task force issued a preliminary report on the state of broadband in the United States.

The FCC's forthcoming plan, which was mandated by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will address broadband deployment, adoption, affordability, and the use of broadband to advance solutions to national priorities, including health care, education, energy, public safety, job creation, investment, and others. The plan will provide concrete recommendations on how to successfully deliver on the infrastructure challenge of our time: provision and adoption of universal broadband.

This initial report provides data to the five FCC commissioners for developing the plan. Key findings includes:

The Framework: Congress required the Commission to craft a strategy for delivery of universal, affordable, widely adopted broadband to serve vital national purposes. The report states that subsidy mechanisms must be considered as a means to universal adoption, but current mechanisms, such as Universal Service and stimulus grants, are insufficient to achieve national purposes. The FCC might also help reduce costs with new policies on spectrum, rights of way, backhaul, and fiber.

Applications: The report finds that applications require different broadband speeds, with the most demanding being high-definition streamed video. But actual broadband speeds lag advertised speeds by as much as 50% to 80%. Peak usage hours, typically 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., create network congestion and speed degradation. About 1% of users drive 20% of traffic, while 20% of users drive up to 80% of traffic. A constrained network dictates investment needs in infrastructure.

Deployment: Preliminary analysis indicates that approximately three to six million people are unserved by basic broadband (speeds of 768 Kbps or less). The number of unserved increases as the definition of minimum broadband speed increases.

The incremental cost to universal availability varies significantly depending on the speed of service, with preliminary estimates showing that the total investment required ranging from $20 billion for 768 Mbps-3Mbps service to $350 billion for 100 Mbps or faster.

The cost of providing consumers with a choice of infrastructure providers, and/or ensuring that all consumers have access to both fixed and mobile broadband would be significantly higher than these initial estimates. The cost to provide service in rural areas is significantly higher than in urban areas, and is driven not only by higher capital expenditures, but also significantly higher recurring operating expenses largely driven by transport and transit. Universal Service Fund recipients have made progress bringing broadband to rural America, but the fund faces systemic and structural problems.

Adoption: Nearly 2/3 of Americans have adopted broadband at home, while 33% have access but have not adopted it, and another 4% say they have no access where they live. But large segments of the population have much lower penetration rates, and adoption levels vary across demographic groups. The cost of digital exclusion is large and growing for non-adopters, as resources for employment, education, news, healthcare and shopping for goods and services increasingly move on line.

Spectrum: Bandwidth-hungry devices, applications and users are buffeting existing network capacity and driving many to cite the need for additional spectrum. Some models suggest a need for more than 1 GHz of total allocated spectrum. The task force is actively assessing the long-term spectrum needs of the country for mobile broadband services, but after decades of new allocations, concedes that the spectrum pipeline is drying up.

International Broadband Plans: The driving force behind national broadband plans in other nations has been competitiveness, job creation and innovation. Successful plans need four or more years of continuous effort and consistent funding sources.

National Purposes: Broadband can be part of the solution to many of the nation's challenges, creating economic and social benefits.

The FCC noted that it has received nearly 41,000 pages of written comments so far in response to its National Broadband Plan Notice of Inquiry.

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.