Thursday, October 1, 2009

FCC Seeks Comments on National Broadband Clearinghouse

The FCC is seeking public comment on whether it should develop a national "Broadband Clearinghouse" of best practices across the industry. The aim of the broadband clearinghouse would be to "reduce information barriers for municipalities, agencies, businesses, and non-profits that want insights into more effectively utilizing broadband infrastructure, or into broadband deployment or adoption projects". Specifically, the FCC asks:

Should the federal government, through either the Federal Communications Commission, or through another governmental entity, initiate or create a national broadband
clearinghouse of best practices? If the federal government should not create such a clearinghouse, should a non-governmental entity create one?

Comments are due by November 16, 2009.

DOCOMO, NEC, Panasonic Mobile and Fujitsu Develop LTE Chipset

NTT DOCOMO, NEC Corporation, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Fujitsu are jointly developing an LTE-PF mobile-terminal chipset for super-fast downlinks above 100 Mbps and uplinks above 50 Mbps. The four companies have completed the first engineering sample and are now evaluating its main functions. The sample will be exhibited at the NTT Group stand at ITU Telecom World 2009 in Geneva this week.

LTE-PF is a core system comprising software for baseband processing and other basic functions in mobile communication devices. The platform's technology is expected to be licensed in mobile phone markets worldwide, where its adoption as a common platform will free manufacturers of mobile phones and chipsets from having to develop proprietary technologies for basic functions. The companies said their LTE-PF design will be capable of seamless hand-over between LTE and 3G (W-CDMA and GSM).

Telstra Activates its 100th ADSL2+ exchange in Tasmania

Telstra has upgraded its 100th telephone exchange in Tasmania to ADSL2+, extending the ADSL2+ coverage footprint to 88 percent of Tasmanian homes and businesses. The network offers downlink speeds of up to 20 Mbps depending on the customer's distance from the nearest exchange.

Kyocera Develops Crystal Etalon Filter for WDM

Kyocera has developed a new Crystal Etalon Filter technology that prevents dense wavelengths of light from interfering with each other by sensing deviations between multiple wavelengths. The new product, which was created by Kyocera Kinseki, is able to assign arbitrary figures as a wavelength temperature coefficient ranging from 5.4 to 15.7pm/˚C. The company says this enables more flexibility in designing tunable laser modules, while contributing to higher precision, and better wavelength stability and reliability.

IPtronics Develops Components for Intel's Light Peak

IPtronics confirmed that it has begun sampling a key component for Intel's Light Peak optical fiber cable technology.

Light Peak consists of a controller chip and an optical module that would be included in platforms supporting this technology. The optical module performs the conversion from electricity to light and vice versa, using miniature lasers and photo detectors. IPtronics supplies the driver and receiver silicon that goes into the optical module.

IPtronics said its silicon has been developed in close collaboration with Intel as well as optical module manufacturers to enable a fully functional solution for the end users within 2010. Sampling is underway to industry partners. The product is based on leading edge BiCMOS process technology from STMicroelectronics.

Avago's Develops Optical Engine for Intel's 10 Gbps Light Peak Cable

Avago Technologies developed the embedded optical engine technology for Intel's newly announced Light Peak optical fiber cable technology.

Light Peak is a new high-speed optical interconnect technology designed to run multiple existing I/O protocols on a single cable to connect electronic devices together. Light Peak is designed to deliver 10 Gbps with the potential ability to scale to 100 Gbps over the next decade. At 10Gbps, a full-length Blu-Ray movie can be transferred in less than 30 seconds.

"With an extra thin profile of 2mm and power consumption of 135 mW per 10G channel, this Avago embedded optical engine will fit in small confined spaces, which is an essential requirement for electronic computing and consumer electronic devices," said Philip Gadd, vice president and general manager, Fiber Optic Products Division, Avago Technologies.

Nortel to Auction its GSM/GSM-R Business

Nortel is planning an open auction to sell substantially all of its global GSM/GSM-R business. In connection with this proposed sale, the company also expects to transfer specified patents predominantly used in the GSM business and grant non-exclusive licenses of other relevant patents. Qualified bidders are required to submit their offers by 05-November-2009. Competing qualified bids are then expected to proceed to an "open auction", which, under the proposed bidding procedures, is scheduled for 09-November-2009. Any final sale agreement would be subject to approval by the U.S. and Canadian courts.

Nortel has worked with more than 100 operators in over 65 countries. Nortel supplies GSM access and core network solutions and recently introduced its Smart Power Management (SPM) software, a feature which, when, combined with other enhancements made to Nortel's GSM technology, make Nortel GSM portfolio up to 50% more energy efficient than it was five years ago. Also based on GSM technology is GSM-R (GSM for Railways) which provides a secure communications system for railways operators. Nortel claims to be the leading GSM-R provider.

NEC Debuts its ATCA-based Evolved Packet Core for LTE

NEC Corporation unveiled an ATCA-based Evolved Packet Core (EPC) system for controlling user sessions across LTE base stations.

The platform incorporates Mobility Management Entity (MME) and Serving-GW)/PDN-GW functionality into 5U AdvancedTCA, chassis that fits a standard 19-inch rack. MME manages the location and paging process of LTE systems. Serving-GW processes users' voice and data packets for 2G/3G and LTE systems, while the PDN-GW functionality manages the interface between EPC and external networks (Internet and IMS etc.).

NEC said its compact EPC system is capable of simultaneously accommodating nearly 300,000 subscribers while controlling more than 1,000 LTE base stations. The system can support LTE trials and small scale LTE commercial services. When the number of subscribers increases, large scale network expansion can easily be implemented by adding more blades.

"We have seen caution surrounding LTE in today's market, but NEC is fully committed to providing cost effective LTE solutions that cause minimal disruption," said Dr Shahram Niri, Director of Global LTE/SAE Strategy & Solutions, NEC Europe. "Our new EPC aims to provide a flexible platform that offers operators a smooth, simple and seamless evolution from their existing networks at the lowest total cost of ownership possible. NEC was the first end to end solution vendor offering EPC in Japan and is contributing to the early momentum of LTE by providing radio access, core and terminal elements of LTE networks. As a consequence we have learned many valuable lessons that allow us to meet operators' needs. NEC's new EPC enables a variety of options, such as centralized or distributed deployment, as well as different degrees of EPC node integration (MME, S-GW and P-GW) from a compact all in one package," he added.

BT Openreach to Test FTTP at Brownfield Sites

BT's Openreach local access network division will begin testing FTTP in "brownfield" sites for the first time in January 2010. Two locations - Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes and Highams Park, London - have been selected for the trial, which will see speeds of up to 100 Mbps delivered to up to 20,000 homes and businesses in each area by March 2010. The trial products will be available to all UK communications providers on an open, wholesale basis.

Openreach is already using FTTP in certain "greenfield" housing projects. The company believes FTTC will continue to be the most widely deployed technology in its broadband rollout.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Telegent Appoints CEO as Mobile TV Chip Shipments Top 50 Million

Telegent Systems, which supplies single-chip mobile TV solutions, appointed Dr. Samuel Sheng as its new CEO. Sheng has served as Telegent's Chief Technology Officer and executive Chairman of the Board since co-founding the company. In tandem with Sheng's appointment, Dr. Weijie Yun, the driving force behind Telegent since co-founding the company with Sheng in 2004, will take up Sheng's prior post of executive Chairman of the Board and carry operational responsibility for key strategic initiatives.

Sheng's appointment coincides with a new milestone for the company which has realized significant uptake of its free-to-air analog mobile TV products, shipping a record 50 million mobile TV receivers since mid-2007.Telegent's products deliver a quality mobile TV viewing experience for analog broadcast standards, providing consumers around the world with mobile access to the same, live free-to-air programming that they receive on conventional TV sets.

ViaSat to Acquire WildBlue for Satellite Broadband

ViaSat agreed to acquire privately-held WildBlue Communications, which operates Ka-band satellite broadband service across the U.S., in a cash and stock transaction valued at $568 million.

In less than five years since launching its residential broadband satellite service, WildBlue has grown to over 400,000 customers, making it one of the top ISPs in the country.

WildBlue, which is powered exclusively by the ViaSat SurfBeam networking system, pioneered the use of "unprocessed" Ka-band spot beam technology to increase capacity and lower bandwidth costs.

The companies said their merger sets the stage for accelerated growth and expansion of the WildBlue broadband service using ViaSat next generation network technology, which will use a new higher-capacity ViaSat-1 satellite scheduled to launch in early 2011.

"WildBlue and ViaSat have been close partners for nearly a decade and today's announcement is the logical next step," said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of ViaSat. "By integrating ViaSat-1 and its ground network technology into the WildBlue operational and distribution platform, we believe we can meaningfully reduce our operational execution risks. Joining forces with ViaSat provides fast and efficient access to next-generation capacity for the WildBlue business and its subscribers. This synergy, coupled with the improved free cash flow profile WildBlue has attained in the last year, has enabled us to structure what we believe is a highly capital efficient transaction that offers immediate financial benefits to ViaSat. In our view, it's exceptional to be able to make an acquisition with so many strategic benefits under such favorable financial terms."

"Our new satellite," Dankberg continues, "will have nearly all of its capacity aimed at those areas where WildBlue growth is constrained by lack of cost-effective bandwidth. The planned launch of ViaSat-1 in early 2011 is expected to multiply WildBlue total network capacity by more than tenfold, and by a factor of over 20 in those areas with the highest demand at a fraction of its current bandwidth costs. The increased bandwidth coupled with next generation ViaSat network technology is expected to enable WildBlue to increase upstream and downstream user speeds by factors of 3 to 5 times in those high-demand areas at current subscription prices, substantially raising the value to consumers."

GSMA Launches Global Number Portability Registry Service

The GSMA launched a PathFinder Number Portability Discovery managed service that serves as a state-of-the-art solution for global number portability. The new service, which is operated by Neustar, encompasses 2.2 billion telephone numbers that are impacted by number portability worldwide, a figure which is expected to rise rapidly.

Number portability is currently implemented in over 52 countries globally, with many more, including China and India, expected to launch by the end of 2010. The service will also aggregate numbering plan data from virtually every country in the world, including those with high number portability penetration.

"The GSMA's PathFinder Number Portability Discovery service provides critical numbering plan and number portability information that dynamically enables service providers to identify the true destination network for accurate routing," said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer at the GSMA. "The service will help eliminate incremental fees, reduce costs, optimise rates in commercial agreements, improve traffic delivery and pave the way for new feature-rich IP-based services. With their leading credentials in Number Portability, we are pleased to extend our relationship with Neustar, who will operate the service."

The GSMA said it created the service to provide an interoperable, industry-wide solution that enables the routing of global IP service interconnect traffic. The new Number Portability Discovery service will make use of PathFinder's extensive number portability database, which provides access to all national numbering plans and number portability information, where available, throughout the world. With adaptable and extensible interfaces, the service can rapidly incorporate new number portability data for countries coming on line or that plan to implement number portability in the future.

Furthermore, Pulse Networks, Veraz Networks and TransNexus have been certified as PathFinder Partners to enable access to IP-based ENUM services from both next generation networks and C7 legacy networks. T

AT&T to Manage Global Network Services for MEI

AT&T won a new three-year contract to provide an array of managed network services to MEI, one of the leading manufacturers of electronic bill acceptors, coin mechanisms and other unattended transaction systems. MEI's global network links is headquarters in West Chester, Pa., U.S. distribution centers and other operations in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia and China.

AT&T Completes Acquisition of VeriSign's Global Security Consulting Business

AT&T completed its acquisition of VeriSign's global security consulting business. The transaction aligns VeriSign's security consulting experience in comprehensive risk assessment with AT&T's suite of network-based cybersecurity services.

Tyco Tests 10/40 Gbps over Same Undersea Fiber

Tyco Telecommunications demonstrated 40 Gbps transmission capabilities using an existing 2,500 km undersea system originally designed for 10 Gbps transmission. In-field testing on a live network demonstrated the capability for simultaneous transmission of 40 Gbps and 10 Gbps traffic. Tyco was able to transmit 64 wavelengths of 40 Gbps traffic, which increases system capacity to 2.56 terabits on a single fiber pair.

Verizon Provides Free Wi-Fi to its Small-Business Broadband Customers

Verizon is now offering free Wi-Fi hot spot access at more than 14,000 locations nationwide to its small business broadband customers. Free Verizon Wi-Fi hot spot locations include hotels, airports, restaurants, coffee shops, retailers, convention centers and public locations across the U.S.

Actus Networks Debuts G.8032 Ethernet Ring Protection for Carrier Ethernet

Korea-based Actus Networks debuted an access ring Ethernet protection solution compliant to G.8032 Recommendation version 1 and version 2, which enables 50 ms protection switching for packet transport in a ring network.

The company said its products open a new market window for PBB-TE, OAM (802.3ah, 802.1ag, Y.1731), MEF E-LINE and E-LAN, and PWE3 services on mobile backhaul and access rings.

In comparison with the IEEE802.17 Resilient Packet Ring Standard, Actus notes the following benefits:

  • 50 ms protection switching using generic standards of IEEE802.1 and IEEE802.3

  • Flexible topology with a single ring and interconnected multi-rings

  • All Ethernet Speed (1/10/40/100GbE MAC)

  • Support for multiple Ethernet services

Actus Networks developed the solution in collaboration with ETRI, an R&D subsidy of the Korean government, and KAIST, a globally renowned research university of Korea.,

Nokia Joins Wireless Power Consortium

Nokia has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, an industry group whose mission is to create and promote wide market adoption of Qi (pronounced "chee") as the international wireless power standard for interoperability across rechargeable electronic devices. Members include ConvenientPower, Duracell, Hosiden, Fulton Innovation, Leggett & Platt, National Semiconductor, Nokia, Olympus, Philips, Samsung, Sanyo, Shenzhen Sangfei Consumer Communications, ST-Ericsson, and Texas Instruments.

"As the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer and leader in mobile telecommunications, Nokia brings a new dimension to the Consortium. This significantly expands the potential market traction of the Qi wireless charging standard," said Menno Treffers, Chairman, Wireless Power Consortium.

Cisco + TANDBERG See $34 Billion Collaboration Market

In a bid to consolidate its position in telepresence and teleconferencing, Cisco launched a cash tender offer to purchase all the outstanding shares of TANDBERG for 153.5 Norwegian Kroner per share for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $3.0 billion. This represents an 11.0% premium to the previous day closing price of TANDBERG's stock, and a 25.2% premium to the 3-month volume weighted average closing price for TANDBERG's stock.

TANDBERG's Board of Directors is supporting the Cisco bid. Cisco expects the acquisition to be accretive to its non-GAAP earnings in fiscal year 2011.

TANDBERG's video endpoints and network infrastructure solution will be integrated into Cisco's collaboration architecture. This will enable intercompany and multi-vendor interoperability and ease of use across the full product portfolio -- from desktop to immersive, multi-screen TelePresence.

Cisco plans to position TANDBERG's Norway operations as a European center of video excellence alongside its own Service Provider video team in Kortrijk, Belgium.

"Cisco and TANDBERG have remarkably similar cultures and a shared vision to change the way the world works through collaboration and video communications technologies," said Cisco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Chambers. "Collaboration is a $34 billion market and is growing rapidly -- enabled by networked Web 2.0 technologies. This acquisition showcases Cisco's financial strength and ability to quickly capture key market transitions for growth."

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Huawei Launches its 100G Router + WDM Solution

Huawei rolled out its 100 Gbps core networking solution. Product offerings include 100GE cards (1x100GE and 10x10GE) for routers and a 100G OTU for its WDM platform. These capabilities are provided via Huawei's in-house developed "Solar 2.0" 100G chipsets.

The T100GE cards (1x100GE and 10x10GE) for routers will increase switching capacity of the Huawei NE5000E router cluster system to 200 Tbps. The 100GE cards for routers will increase switching capacity of the NE5000E router cluster system to 200T, allowing operators to meet network capacity expansion requirements. The new router cards will offer wire-speed forwarding capability and guaranteed services at 100G wire-speed.

A 100GE port-based NE5000E router cluster system can be plugged into Huawei's OSN6800/8800 OTN system, which will now support "40/80 wavelengths at 100 Gbps. This will increase transport capacity over a single optical fiber to 8 Tbps.

The WDM 100G OTU, which is compatible with both advanced coding modulation and coherent detection techniques, leverages Huawei' s 100G optical/electrical module and core chips. It provides hybrid transport speeds of 100G and 10G/40G, enabling 40/80-channel 1500 km transport. In addition, 100G OTU helps the overall evolution of the WDM transport network by utilizing advanced, large-capacity OTN switching and ASON technologies.