Sunday, October 18, 2009

PMC-Sierra Advances IP-over-OTN Architecture with META 20G

PMC-Sierra announced the latest step in its IP-over-OTN architecture with the unveiling of its PM5422 META 20G device. The META 20G devices enable Carrier Ethernet Switch and Router (CESR) equipment to seamlessly connect to emerging Metro Optical Transport Networks (ITU-T G.709 OTN) with unified end-to-end network management.

The The META 20G device integrates Carrier Ethernet mapping and framing of 10GE LAN and WAN, and OTN mapping of IP-services such as Storage Area Networks (SAN) and video protocols, while maintaining support for deployed technologies such as Packet over SONET/SDH (POS).

META 20G's concurrent framing and mapping of Carrier Ethernet, OTN and SONET/SDH reduces line card variants and simplifies carrier supply chain operations. Flexible system-side interfaces allow for seamless integration onto new and existing line cards with direct-connect to network processors and packet processing engines. Specific capabilities include:

  • Broad support of optical modules: Independent, rate-agile SERDES for direct-connect to 10G SFP+ and XFP modules for dense multi-port configurations;

  • Any-Service over OTN: Support for 10G LAN, WAN, SAN, Video and POS;

  • Carrier Grade 10GE capabilities: Integrated Timing over Packet (IEEE 1588 and SynchE) and Ethernet Link OAM required in latency sensitive applications such as mobile backhaul.

The META 20G is the latest addition to PMC-Sierra's OTN product portfolio. In July, PMC-Sierra introduced its HyPHY 20G and HyPHY 10G devices, which deliver high capacity framing, mapping and multiplexing of Carrier Ethernet, SAN, OTN, transparent bit services such as video, and SONET/SDH. These devices offer client-agnostic, rate-agile Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) and 10 Gigabit pluggable (XFP or SFP+) interfaces and a set of flexible system interfaces for networking to a variety of switch fabric architectures. HyPHY 10G provides a lower density option for optical platforms, while the HyPHY 20G is aimed at higher end platforms.

Target applications include Packet Optical Transport Platforms (P-OTP) such as Carrier Ethernet Switch Routers and Multi-Service Provisioning Platforms (MSPP).

Sprint Nextel to Acquire iPCS for $831 Million

Sprint Nextel agreed to acquire iPCS for approximately $831 million, including the assumption of $405 million of net debt. The deal provides Sprint with more than 700,000 PCS wireless users and 270,000 wholesale customers. iPCS's services are currently sold under the Sprint brand name and in Sprint-branded stores.

As part of the agreement, Sprint Nextel and iPCS will seek an immediate stay of all pending litigation between the parties with a final resolution to become effective upon closing of the acquisition. As a result, Sprint will no longer be required to divest its iDEN network in certain iPCS territories and will terminate its previously announced divestiture process pending closing of the transaction.

Under the terms of the agreement, Sprint Nextel will commence a cash tender offer to acquire all of iPCS' outstanding common shares for $24.00 per share. This price per share represents a 34 percent premium to iPCS' closing stock price as of October 16, 2009.

Sony Ericsson Outsources Infrastructure Services with HP

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications has signed a five-year technology outsourcing services agreement with HP. Under the new agreement, HP will provide infrastructure management services that include Sony Ericsson's global server and storage environments. Additionally, HP will continue to provide global service desk for employee technology and application support. HP also will continue to host and operate Sony Ericsson's SAP enterprise landscape and databases. HP will deliver these services from a combination of Sony Ericsson locations and HP global delivery centers.

Force10 Reports 25% Sequential Growth

Force10 Networks reported that its quarterly bookings increased 25% from the previous quarter for the period ending September 30, 2009.

The company said its ExaScale E-Series virtualized core switch/router, which was introduced in March 2009, made significant contributions to the company's continued momentum. The platform is optimized for deployments in high-performance data centers, computing clusters and service provider carrier Ethernet core markets. Over the past two quarters, Force10 also experienced significant growth in 10 GbE shipments.

In addition the company said its Force10 C-Series and E-Series switch/routers received "Buy American" status by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS).

Alloptic Releases MDU MicroNode RFoG ONUs

Alloptic released a new range of MicroNode RFoG optical networking units (ONU) optimized for deployments in multiple dwelling and multiple tenant (MDU/MTU) buildings and other applications with demanding distribution wiring.

Alloptic's' 500 series MDU MicroNode RFoG ONU expands core RF over Glass (RFoG) benefits by eliminating the requirement for a distribution amplifier, saving both equipment and installation costs while also reducing overall noise in the network. It provides configurable RF gain and slope settings, allowing a single unit type to be used for different applications with varied distribution coax cable environments.

Alloptic Releases 802.3av-compliant 10Gbps EPON

Alloptic announced availability of its 802.3av compliant 10G EPON edge10 optical line terminal (OLT).

Alloptic's OLT solution delivers 10Gbps EPON, now 802.3av-compliant, with seamless support for both 1G and 10G on the same box. This allows a common fiber infrastructure to concurrently support 1G, 10G and RFoG architectures.

The 160 Gbps switching and aggregation platform supports up to 64 GE-PONs, up to 16 x 10G-EPON per shelf, or a combination of the two. It offers up to 64 GbE or 8 10GE uplinks per shelf. The 10G PON offer the same split ratios as with 1 Gbps. Alloptic's OLT also support multi-vendor ONT interoperability.

In addition, Alloptic's 10G-EPON supports a "‘virtual PON" concept, allowing network operators to deploy a single 10G PON's bandwidth across multiple 1G PONs, lowering costs while provide 10G services whenever and wherever needed.

The Alloptic 10G EPON solution is currently available for trial.

Mu Dynamics Offers Automated Paradigm for Testing IP Services

Mu Dynamics announced a significant expansion to its Mu Test Suite solution with new capabilities that leverage an adaptive testing approach. Compared to traditional test methodologies that require users to build test cases manually, Mu's adaptive testing system:

  • Emulates the logic of the IP Service to provide thorough testing of the actual service not just individually testing the underlying components

  • Drives multiple types of data by sampling IP service traffic including customer content, Mu content and/or third-party content (e.g. Mu's Pcapr site. in order to accurately simulate end user behavior,

  • Enables multiple aspects of testing including functional, interoperability, security and resilience in a single platform so work done by customers can be leveraged across testing types.

Mu said its approach allows the logic of complex IP services to be accurately modeled. Its system can quickly and automatically generate thousands of unique test cases that fully exercise the specific IP service under test. The testing can be based on captured real-world IP service traffic from a lab environment or a production network.

This allows network operators and vendor quality assurance (QA) teams to quickly test IP services across the development and deployment lifecycles.

"Juniper, as the leader in high performance networking, counts on the innovation in testing that Mu consistently delivers to our teams," said Avishai Avivi, Sr. Director of Engineering Operations, High-end Security Systems at Juniper Networks. "Mu enables our development teams to rigorously test wide variations of IP service-level traffic in order to produce high-quality releases that our customers depend on to run the most secure and reliable networks in the world."

Mu's customer base includes service providers and vendors, such as Alcatel/Genesys, BT, Cox Communications, F5 Networks, Honeywell - Process Control, Juniper Networks, Motorola, Redback/Ericsson, Starent Networks, and Veraz Networks. Other customers include leading service providers, Network Equipment Manufacturers (NEMs), Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Government agencies, and smart grid providers.

Infinera Extends its Digital Optical Reach into Metro Networks

Infinera is extending its digital optical transmission paradigm from the network core into metro markets with the introduction of a new ATN metro WDM edge platform.

With the introduction of this new compact platform and the Infinera submarine solution announced last month, Infinera now provides optical transmission across all segments of the DWDM market: metro, regional/long-haul, and submarine. All systems leverage Infinera's integrated digital bandwidth management.

The ATN is designed to offer seamless integration with an Infinera DTN network with a common network management system, enabling end-to-end service provisioning and visibility.

Infinera said its ATN network, in combination with a DTN network, can offer end-to-end integrated OTN bandwidth management for traffic transiting the network. The Infinera ATN is a compact, metro optical transport platform delivering up to 40 DWDM or 8 CWDM wavelengths on a single fiber pair. Implementing flexible Service Interface Modules (SIMs) with all line-side and client-side interfaces pluggable, the ATN offers flexible configurations to simplify and accelerate network deployment. It supports all metro transport services, including Ethernet, SAN, SONET/SDH, OTN and video services.

Infinera has already won six customers for the new ATN platform, including wins in the US and overseas. These ATN customers represent a broad range of optical network operators, including telecom carriers, cable operators, and Internet content providers.

TI's Revenue Rises 17% in Q3 over Q2

Texas Instruments reported Q3 2009 revenue of$2.88 billion, net income of $538 million and earnings per share (EPS) of $0.42.

TI's revenue declined 15 percent compared with the third quarter of 2008 and increased 17 percent compared with the second quarter of 2009. The decline from a year ago was the result of declines across all segments, particularly the Wireless segment. The increase from the prior quarter was due to growth in all segments, particularly the Analog segment.

Despite revenue that was $507 million lower compared with the year-ago quarter, TI's operating profit grew $17 million primarily due to lower operating expenses, as well as lower manufacturing costs.

"Our performance in the quarter exceeded our expectations and was led by a second consecutive quarter of 20-percent growth in Analog," said Rich Templeton, TI chairman, president and CEO. "We are encouraged with the strong sequential increase in demand for our products over the past two quarters as our customers are winding down their inventory corrections and have begun to increase production levels in their factories.

Apple: 7.4 Million iPhone Sales in Q3, up 7% YoY

Apple sold 7.4 million iPhones in Q3 2009, representing seven percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. A year earlier, during the first quarter of iPhone 3G availability ended September 27, 2008, 6.9 million units were sold, exceeding the 6.1 million first-generation iPhone units sold in the prior five quarters combined.

Verizon Launches its First "Quad-Play" Consumer Bundle

Verizon announced its s first "quad-play" of wireless calling, home phone, broadband Internet and TV services. Verizon customers in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets can get all four services on one bill, with discounts from $59 to $179 per year depending on the package. Verizon is also offering similar packages without traditional home phone service.

The basic Verizon quad-play FiOS bundle consists of the national Verizon Wireless calling plan of 450 minutes, Freedom Essentials voice service, FiOS Internet service with downstream/upstream connection speeds of up to 15/5 Mbps and FiOS TV Essentials service for $134.99 per month with a one-year agreement.

For customers served by Verizon's copper network, the lead quad-play bundle consists of the national Verizon Wireless calling plan of 450 minutes, a Freedom Essentials calling plan, HSI service with downstream connection of up to 3 Mbps and the DIRECTV® PLUS DVR package for $124.99 per month. A one-year Verizon commitment and a two-year DIRECTV commitment with hardware lease are required

Cable & Wireless Panama Selects Ciena

Cable & Wireless Panama has upgraded its nationwide backbone network using Ciena's CN 4200® FlexSelect Advanced Services Platforms. The new network provides efficient transport for a variety of TDM and transparent Ethernet services using advanced Optical Transport Network (OTN) and software-programmable port technologies that maximize the operator's flexibility for offering multiple services to its residential and enterprise customers. Cable & Wireless Panama has initially selected the CN 4200 for a specific application -- a transport network that connects Ethernet-based security cameras mounted in streets and public areas throughout the metropolitan area for the Panama City police department. Financial terms were not disclosed.

NSN Adds Mintera's 40 Gbps DWDM module to hiT 7300

Nokia Siemens Networks has incorporated Mintera's 40 Gbps MI 4000XM Adaptive-DPSK module into the NSN hiT 7300 optical transport platform. The adaptive-DPSK technology incorporated in the MI 4000XM DWDM module enables 40 Gbps transport on 50GHz channel-spaced systems and transmission over agile ROADM networks without compromising ULH reach. The unit conforms to the industry standard footprint and incorporates an electrical Mux/Demux for compatibility with any 40 Gbps framer. The module has a 300-pin MSA connector with support for the appropriate I2C commands, thus enabling simple hardware and software integration.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Orange Business Services Partners with Cisco in Latin America

Orange Business Services is working together with Cisco to offer managed unified communications and collaboration services to companies in Latin America. Specifically, Orange supports enterprise customers in the region with three managed services for Cisco Collaboration solutions: Cisco Unified Communications, based on Cisco Unified IP telephony solutions, including a managed LAN service; a managed end-to-end Cisco TelePresence offer; and a Web collaboration service via Cisco WebEx.

Orange's Cisco Certified TelePresence now spans 44 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela.

Sony Ericsson's Handset Shipments Up 2% in Q3 but Down 45% Year-over-Year

Sony Ericsson shipped 14.1 million mobile phones in Q3 2009, an increase of 2% quarter-on-quarter and a decrease of 45% year-on-year. Sales for the quarter were Euro 1,619 million, a sequential decrease of 4% and a year-on-year decrease of 42%. The sequential decline in ASP (Average Selling Price) was due to product mix and continued challenging market conditions.

Sony Ericsson forecasts that the global handset market for 2009 will contract by approximately 10% from around 1,190 million units in 2008. Sony Ericsson estimates that its market share in units was about 5% in the third quarter.

As of October 15, 2009; Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO and President of Sony Corporation and a member of the Sony Ericsson board, became Chairman of the Sony Ericsson board succeeding Carl-Henric Svanberg. At the same time, Bert Nordberg became President of Sony Ericsson succeeding Dick Komiyama, who remains as Executive Advisor until the end of 2009.

Nokia Shuffles Management Team

Following its earnings report last week, Nokia announced two senior management changes.

Rick Simonson, currently Nokia Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed to head of the Mobile Phones entity within the Devices unit. He will also head strategic sourcing for the whole of the Devices unit. Simonson joined Nokia in 2001 and has been CFO since 2004. He will continue to be a member of the Group Executive Board.

Timo Ihamuotila, currently global head of sales, will transfer to the role of CFO. Ihamuotila first joined Nokia in 1993 and has held the position of Nokia Corporate Treasurer as well as several other senior positions in, for example, portfolio management of devices and most recently global sales of devices and services. Timo Ihamuotila will also continue to be a member of the Group Executive Board.

Beceem Selects Mindspeed's Gateway Processor

Beceem Communications, a leading provider of mobile WiMAX chips, has selected Mindspeed's Comcerto 100 broadband gateway processor for use within its BCS5200 customer premise equipment (CPE) chip for residential, small office/home office (SOHO), small-to-midsize businesses (SMB) and enterprise applications.

Beceem's BCS5200 is a single-chip WiMAX device with integrated voice and gateway router functionality. Mindspeed's Comcerto 100 processor combines a high-performance virtual private network (VPN)/wide area network (WAN) router platform with a guaranteed low-latency voice subsystem.

Charter's Bankruptcy Case Advances in Court

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has indicated that it intends to confirm Charter Communications' pre-arranged Joint Plan of Reorganization and issue a confirmation order within the next several weeks. Charter expects to emerge from Chapter 11 shortly thereafter.

Charter Communications ranks as the fourth-largest cable operator in the United States.

Insider Trading Case Implicates a Managing Director at Intel Capital

The Securities and Exchange Commission formally charged billionaire Raj Rajaratnam and his New York-based hedge fund advisory firm Galleon Management LP with engaging in a massive insider trading scheme. Charges were also brought against senior executives at major companies IBM, Intel and McKinsey & Company.

Rajiv Goel, a managing director at Intel Capital, allegedly provided inside information to Rajaratnam about certain Intel quarterly earnings and a pending joint venture concerning Clearwire Corp., in which Intel had invested. One of the insider tips reportedly disclosed Intel's plans to invest $500 million in the Clearwire venture.

Ekinops Introduces a Multi-Protocol ADM Solution

Ekinops has expanded its optical transport portfolio with a multi-protocol/multi-rate ADM (add/drop multiplexing) for aggregating converged traffic in business Ethernet, triple-play, wireless backhaul, and broadband backhaul applications.

The new capability allows for many different protocols (uncompressed video, Fibre Channel, Ethernet, SONET/SDH) and many different rates (ranging from as low as 10/100 or OC-3/STM-1) to be aggregated over a single 10G wavelength from multiple sites. In addition, this capability can utilize Ekinops' high-density single fiber capability to cut infrastructure costs in half. The solution supports both ring and linear configurations.

Ekinops said that while alternative transport solutions require as much as an additional wavelength for each service type, its "DynaMux" dynamic multiplexing capability can accommodate a broad range of service types and rates, and do it all over a single wavelength to keep transport costs to a minimum. Alternative solutions without ADM capabilities require service cards to both add and drop traffic at remote sites. With the use of a multi-protocol/multi-rate drop and continue capability, Ekinops is able to reduce the hardware necessary to aggregate traffic at remote sites to a single service card.

In addition, most transport platforms rely n two fibers to transport services bi-directionally, assigning one fiber to each direction. Ekinops also allows for the option to transport in both directions over a single fiber. In addition to transporting as many as 160 10G services over two fibers, the Ekinops 360 offers the option of transporting up to 32 10G or lower-rate services over a single fiber bi-directionally. Ekinops plans to expand this capability to as many as 64 bi-directional 10G services over a single fiber using its WaveBonding 40G/100G technology.

Ekinops noted that its multi-protocol/multi-rate ADM solution has already been chosen by a European service provider.
  • Ekinops is based in Lannion, France.

  • Ekinops has previously disclosed deployments by Mediaserv in overseas French territories, UK operator NWIX, Nepal's Subisu CableNet Pvt. Ltd., FiberNet Telecom Group, Altitude Telecom, Belgacom, amongst others.

  • Ekinops' technical team is led by Jean-Luc Pamart, an FEC expert who has been awarded 7 patents in optical transmission. Before joining Ekinops, Mr. Pamart was Director of Hardware Development at Corvis-Algety in Lannion, France. Previous to that, he held various R&D positions at Alcatel within its Submarine and Terrestrial Division, and Optical Network Transmission business unit.