Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bell Canada Launches 21 Mbps HSPA

Bell Canada launched HSPA service offering mobile speeds as high as 21 Mbps. The new network covers 1.2 million square kilometers, reaching approximately
20,000 Canadian towns and cities and 93% of the population. The new network also supports international roaming in more than 200 countries around the
globe and across the United States too, thanks to a roaming agreement with AT&T.

Nokia Siemens Networks supplied its HSPA solution for the network upgrade. The deployment included some of NSN's most advanced solutions to enable HSPA through an end-to-end approach that includes the Flexi Base Station and radio network controller, Direct Tunnel enabled packet core, subscriber data management and the NetAct operations support system.

Separately, Huawei confirmed that it supplied its SingleRAN solution and base stations for the Bell upgrade.


NSN Launches Energy Solutions for Telecom Operators

Nokia Siemens Networks launched a range of Energy Solutions for telecoms operators. The are six elements to this portfolio:

  • Energy Modernization;

  • Off-Grid Site Solution;

  • Bad-Grid Site Solution;

  • Energy Efficiency Consulting;

  • Green Energy Control and

  • Energy OPEX Management.

Each element targets a specific area of telecoms network energy consumption, management or sourcing. Among the key technologies within the elements of the portfolio are an intelligent energy control system, with remote monitoring capabilities of all power sources. This system manages battery charging and discharging to drive increased fuel savings. It also enables remote data collection and control.

"This marks an important milestone in our journey towards enabling the efficient and sustainable growth of our industry," said Ashish Chowdhary, head of Services, Nokia Siemens Networks. "What we have launched today is the first complete offering of its kind for operators of new and legacy telecommunications networks. It comprises all the ingredients necessary for substantially reducing telecoms energy use and a shift towards renewable energy."

NSN calculates that in mature markets energy consumption accounts for up to 10 percent of OPEX, while in developing markets it can range from 15 up to 30 percent.

The company has deployed more than 390 sites running on renewable energy in 25 countries in Asia-Pacific, China, Europe, Middle East Africa and Latin America.

One Voice Initiative Targets Voice-over-LTE using IMS

Leading global telecom players have formed a "One Voice" initiative to push for a standards-based solution for voice and SMS over LTE networks. The companies have jointly developed a technical profile for LTE voice and SMS services. This profile defines an optimal set of existing 3GPP-specified functionalities that all industry stakeholders, including network vendors, service providers and handset manufacturers, can use to offer compatible LTE voice solutions.

Specifically, the technical profile document defines a minimum mandatory set of features a wireless device (the UE) and network are required to implement in order to guarantee an interoperable, high quality IMS-based telephony service over LTE radio access. 3GPP Release 8, which is the first release supporting LTE, is taken as a basis for the profile. An annex to the main profile has also been drafted to deal with scenarios where IMS voice service must coexist with the current circuit
switched infrastructure.

Companies backing the initiative include AT&T, Orange, Telefonica, TeliaSonera, Verizon, Vodafone, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nokia, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., and Sony Ericsson.

The companies are proposing an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) based solution, as defined by 3GPP, as the most applicable approach for voice services running over the packet-based architecture of LTE. This approach will also open the path to service convergence, as IMS is able to simultaneously serve broadband wireline and LTE wireless networks.

In addition, the companies hope to ensure the widest possible ecosystem for LTE and to avoid fragmentation of technical solutions.

The profile for the initial solution has been finalized and is available online.

Verizon Business to Build IT Platform for Medical Transcription

Verizon Business has been selected by a newly-formed Medical Transcription Service Consortium (MTSC) to build a new IT platform for the secure exchange of digitized transcriptions of physician-dictated patient notes.

The MTSC - of which Verizon is a founding member - will develop a common framework for the digitization of transcribed dictated records, including interoperability standards for the seamless and secure exchange of data among health care providers. The new IT platform is a key part of this initiative. The platform, which is expected to be available later this year, will leverage Verizon Business' broad portfolio of advanced IT, hosting and security solutions, as well as the company's global IP network.


Qualcomm Reports Quarterly Revenue of $2.69 Billion

Qualcomm reported quarterly revenue of $2.69 billion, down 19 percent year-over-year and 2 percent sequentially. Net income (GAAP) was $803 million, down 9 percent year-over-year and up 9 percent sequentially. For its full fiscal 2009, revenues were $10.42 billion, down 7 percent year-over-year Net income was $1.59 billion, down 50 percent year-over-year. Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled approximately $17.7 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, compared to $15.7 billion at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2009 and $11.3 billion a year ago.

"We continue to forecast growth for 3G CDMA in 2009, despite industry forecasts of a decline in the total handset market. We anticipate accelerated CDMA device growth in calendar year 2010 as the global migration to 3G continues. Our broad chipset portfolio continues to expand, including additional low-cost single-chip solutions to further enable the 3G migration as well as increased investments in software and application processors to strengthen our leadership position in supporting higher-end, feature-rich devices. We remain well positioned to drive innovation given our strong balance sheet and operating cash flow while maintaining our focus on overall operating expenses," stated Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm.


Cisco Sees Improving Financial Trends

Reporting "strong sequential growth trends that meet or exceed expectations", Cisco posted quarterly sales of $9.0 billion, down 13% compared to the same period last year, and net income (GAAP) of $1.8 billion or $0.30 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.1 billion or $0.36 per share. The period marked Cisco's second sequential quarter of revenue growth. Cash flows from operations were $1.5 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2010, compared with $2.7 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2009, and compared with $2.0 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. At the end of the quarter, Cisco had $35.4 billion in cash and cash equivalents.

Based on its order momentum, Cisco executives said an economic upturn was underway.

"We view the improving economic outlook, combined with solid execution on our growth strategy, as creating unparalleled opportunity to drive more value into the core of the network. Simply said, we believe that key market transitions across collaboration, virtualization and video will drive productivity and growth in network loads for the next decade, and are evolving even faster than expected," stated John Chambers, Cisco's Chairman and CEO.

Altair Semiconductor Releases LTE USB ExpressCard

Altair Semiconductor announced the immediate availability of its FourGee LTE USB ExpressCard UE (User Equipment). The early availability of the product gives carriers, system vendors, and terminal manufacturers the unique opportunity to use small form UEs for FourGee product trials and development. The company's ExpressCard launch comes on the heels of the commercial availability of Altair's recently announced LTE baseband processor and LTE RF transceiver.

Altair's FourGee LTE USB ExpressCard UE features include:

  • Category 3 speeds of 100Mbps download and 50Mbps upload

  • Power consumption within the USB specification power budget (<2.5W)

  • ExpressCard34 form factor with a USB2.0 HS host interface

  • Available in select FDD/TDD bands in the range of 700M-2700MHz

Amdocs Reports Quarterly Revenue Up Sequentially and Above Guidance

Amdocs reported that for its fiscal fourth quarter ended September 30, 2009, revenue was $707.4 million, a decrease of 14.3% from last year's fourth quarter and up 2.5% sequentially. Net income on a non-GAAP basis was $109.2 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $117.2 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008.

The revenue figure was above the $670-$690 million guidance range provided by the company.

"After experiencing a challenging fiscal year, we are pleased that our fourth quarter results demonstrated stronger-than-expected performance across our four key financial metrics: revenue, profitability, earnings and free cash flow. We believe this reflects positively on the value of Amdocs' market leading offerings and strategic position against the backdrop of steadying economic conditions. While indicators are still mixed across our market and the global economy, we are cautiously optimistic that our business is stabilizing to slightly improving, as reflected in our fiscal first quarter guidance for 2010," said Dov Baharav, chief executive officer of Amdocs Management Limited.

ng Connect Partners Develop LTE Connected Car Concept

Alcatel-Lucent, in partnership with Toyota, QNX and other members of the ng Connect Program, unveiled an LTE Connected Car designed to demonstrate the potential of mobile broadband.

The LTE Connected Car is a virtual "smartphone on wheels." Alcatel-Lucent combined an LTE broadband radio link - which brings cloud-based multimedia services into the car - with an in-vehicle WiFi environment to support integration with traditional home-based services. Alcatel-Lucent also helped manage the integration of the car's wireless networks with the on-board operating system provided by QNX Software Systems, a leading provider of embedded systems. Additionally, the company managed the end-to-end integration of the multimedia services - including mobile, multiplayer video gaming, video on demand and more - that are available in the vehicle. Combined, these capabilities enable this networked concept vehicle to offer a wide range of navigation, personal security, vehicle wellness, and "infotainment" services to drivers and passengers alike.

"The LTE Connected Car concept vehicle highlights just one of the exciting new ways that mobile service providers can potentially expand the range of connected experiences available to their subscribers," said Derek Kuhn, Vice President for Emerging Technology and Media with Alcatel-Lucent. "As we move into the 4G era, where very high-bandwidth, IP-based wireless connections will be widely available, service providers and their customers will be looking for interesting and creative ways to take advantage of the new capabilities these networks offer. Alcatel-Lucent has the vision of what is truly possible, and is dedicated to harnessing the strengths of the most creative companies in every industry to help make this vision a reality in the future."

Some of the services enabled by the LTE connection include:

  • Local search and location based services

  • GPS augmented by real-time data

  • Network-based voice-services

  • Vehicle tracking and maintenance services

  • Vehicle software downloads for on-board systems

  • On-demand entertainment, including video programs for passengers

  • Access and remote control of home security systems

  • On-demand gaming and social networking for passengers

The LTE Connected Car showcase was developed through collaboration between Alcatel-Lucent, Atlantic Records, QNX Software Systems, Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., chumby and Kabillion.

AT&T Announces 2010 Developer Summit

An AT&T Developer Summit has been scheduled for January 6 in conjunction with the 2010 Consumer Electronics. This full-day technical and business event will provide developers the opportunity to learn how to build and monetize their applications for AT&T's 81.6 million wireless customers. http://www.attdevsummit.com/

Monday, November 2, 2009

Video Interview: CENX

Presented by Nan Chen.

Video Interview: MEF's Global Carrier Interconnect

Presented by Nan Chenhttp://www.convergedigest.com

ANDA Networks Adds Ethernet Mobile Backhaul Box

ANDA Networks introduced a new EtherEdge 4300 Ethernet-based mobile backhaul device designed for deployment at mobile base-station towers. The EtherEdge 4300 incorporates ANDA's EtherProbe real-time performance monitoring verification, with new EtherStream sub-flow monitoring for on-demand WAN optimization and management of high-growth, multi-service mobile data traffic flows. This enables the device to load balance, perform WAN optimization and reallocate bandwidth without the need for additional devices or deep-packet inspection, which can be intrusive and tax the bandwidth of the access links.

The EtherEdge 4300 is a compact, temperature hardened 1RU (half pizza-box footprint) optimized for collocation at remote base stations where space and power may be at a premium. It supports pseudowire-based circuit emulation for voice via CESoPSN, SAToP support and ATM based 3G GSM traffic, timing and synchronization via traditional BITS clock and new ITU-T G.8261 Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE 1588 v2 standards. With two modular slots for "pay as you grow" personality card upgrades, the EtherEdge 4300 can be integrated for use with 2G/3G or 4G LTE and WiMAX base stations. Optional cards for Ethernet-over-T1/E1, DS3/E3 or OCx/STMx legacy interface cards and/or additional high-speed Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP pluggable cards provide optimal flexibility as operators migrate to higher speed 4G LTE and WiMAX deployments.

The EtherEdge 4300 is currently in trials with 4G/WiMAX base station equipment partners and will be generally available Q1 2010.

CENX Opens Carrier Ethernet Exchanges in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago

CENX (Carrier Ethernet Neutral eXchange), a start-up headed by MEF President Nan Chen, opened three Carrier Ethernet Exchanges in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The carrier neutral, co-location/data-center neutral CENX Carrier Ethernet Exchanges aim to streamline the problem of interconnecting various Carrier Ethernet services.

CENX is offering a web-based member-tailored marketplace for service providers to interconnect Carrier Ethernet around the world. The graphic driven CENX Market is powered by CENX System -- a resilient, distributed, highly integrated system consisting of hardware switching & transport, as well as software backend & applications.

CENX Services are: Resilient Virtual Interconnect; Unique Service Alignment; Flexible Service Inquiry/Ordering; and Real-time Portal/Management.

"CENX's goal is to accelerate our service provider members' revenue opportunities while providing significant time/cost savings, and to make Carrier Ethernet global ubiquity a reality." said Nan Chen, CENX co-founder & CEO. "Our team's years of experience in delivering Carrier Ethernet equipment/management/services as well as telecom interconnection have enabled us to develop a differentiated technology and business approach to address Carrier Ethernet interconnectivity."

"The MEF Ethernet Exchange Committee -- consisting of: Verizon, ATT, Level 3, Orange, Tata, Cablevision and Cox -- worked for a year to identify the need and provide a framework to the complex technical and business issues around interconnection, and concluded that the initiative was best served by the formation of independent companies." explains Dennis Kruse, MEF Chairman of the Board and Vice President, Network Solutions, Orange Business Services. "CENX, the first such company to address the Carrier Ethernet interconnection market, is poised for growth."http://www.cenx.com

EANTC and Ixia Verify Juniper's MX Series 3D Routers

The European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC), which was commissioned by Juniper Networks to validate the performance, services scale, and power efficiency of the new 16-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (16x10GbE) MPC line card and Juniper Networks MX80 3D Universal Edge Router, stated that it has verified that the Junos Trio-based MX 3D routers delivered the performance and scalability claimed by Juniper:

  • Density and scale: 1.44 Tbps (unidirectional) throughput at one billion packets per second in 1/6 rack; 240 Gbps (unidirectional) IPv4 and IPv6 forwarding on a single line card

  • Unicast routing performance: 2.4 million IPv4 and 2.4 million IPv6 active prefixes; 60,000 multicast groups and 660,000 multicast receivers on a single line card

  • Service scale: 6,000 Layer 3 VPNs and 6,000 VPLS instances

  • Power consumption testing per ATIS standards, showing 25.3 watts per 10GbE port at wire speed (2,433 watts for a fully loaded MX480 3D chassis)

Ixia Ixnetwork equipment was used to conduct the tests in Sunnyvale, Calif. in September 2009. Specifically, Ixia's XM12 chassis, 96 IxYukon 10Gig ports, and IxNetwork version 5.40 were used in the test. Ixia's technology experts partnered with EANTC to plan and implement the test process. The test equipment measured the MX 3D's ability to deliver the high-bandwidth services demanded by next-generation networks by generating peak traffic volumes.

Verizon Business Expands VPLS Service Internationally

Verizon Business announced the expansion of its Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) to its network POPs in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America. The expanded footprint reaches 31 international locations, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, India, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea. Verizon Business leverages its extensive network of interconnection agreements with other in-region Ethernet providers to offer this expansive coverage.

Verizon VPLS is an advanced MPLS-based layer 2 virtual private network delivered via Verizon Business' global-provisioning Ethernet platform. VPLS is protocol-independent, supporting both IP and non-IP applications, which allows customers to retain complete control of their own routing. In addition, VPLS allows customers to access Verizon's extensive portfolio of Ethernet services and other data networking services offered by the company.

In addition, VPLS allows for prioritization of applications via multiple classes of services (CoS). An organization can customize prioritization to ensure that business-critical applications receive the highest priority across the network. VPLS also enables customers to provision their network bandwidth from 1 Mbps to 1 Gbps and is backed by robust service level agreements (SLAs).

"Verizon Business was the first major U.S. service provider to introduce VPLS, and continues to be a leader in the Ethernet space by now providing one of the most geographically diverse and technologically advanced solutions in the marketplace today," said Tom Vitale, vice president of Verizon network solutions marketing. "Our expanded offering is bolstered by an award-winning Ethernet portfolio of services offering world-class levels of coverage, consistency and performance."http://www.verizonbusiness.com

Equinix Builds Carrier Ethernet Exchange with Major Carriers

Equinix has signed up a number of major players for its newly launched Carrier Ethernet Exchange platform, including AboveNet, Exponential-e, Hibernia Atlantic, Level 3, PCCW Global, Reliance Globalcom and Tinet, among others.

The Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange development program consists of a platform for multi-provider carrier Ethernet interconnection that meets Metro Ethernet Forum standards. The program is reviewing a variety of solutions including Ethernet Network to Network Interconnection (NNI) and additional services that leverage the density and breadth of networks operating within Equinix's centers. The platform is available at Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers globally using Alcatel-Lucent's service routing portfolio.

"Demand for AboveNet's Ethernet services continues to grow," said Philip Olivero, vice president of Engineering for AboveNet. "The current process for extending our Ethernet service offering outside of our service area requires the establishment of multiple, complex interconnection relationships with other carriers. A multi-carrier Ethernet exchange platform would simplify interconnection, reduce costs and speed delivery of Ethernet services to off-net customer locations."http://www.equinix.com

Cisco Cites TelePresence Adoption at 35 Universities

More than 35 higher education institutions
have purchased Cisco TelePresence to scale expertise, foster more open innovation between academic and private industry researchers and develop innovative distance learning programs that benefit from in-person collaboration. Among these are Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, Purdue University and Stanford University.

Cisco, EMC and VMware Form Private Cloud Coalition

Cisco, EMC and VMware have formed a Virtual Computing Environment coalition aimed at pervasive data center virtualization and a transition path to private cloud infrastructures.

A private cloud is a virtual IT infrastructure that is securely controlled and operated solely for one organization. It can be managed either by that organization or a third party, and it can exist on or off premises or in combination. The companies said their private cloud computing vision will deliver the controls and security of today's data center with the agility required for business innovation at substantially lower costs.

The first deliverables from the coalition are a set of "Vblock Infrastructure Packages." These are engineered, integrated and validated IT infrastructure packages for virtual machines, such as Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS), Nexus 1000v and Multilayer Directional Switches (MDS), EMC's Symmetrix V-Max storage (secured by RSA), and the VMware vSphere platform.

In unveiling the Virtual Computing Environment coalition, Cisco and EMC also introduced Acadia, a joint venture focused on accelerating customer build-outs of private cloud infrastructures through an end-to-end enablement of service providers and large enterprise customers. Acadia expects to begin customer operations in the first calendar quarter of calendar year 2010.

Atheros' XSPAN with 3-Stream MIMO Delivers 450 Mbps

Atheros Communications introduced its AR9300 family of 11n solutions, featuring XSPAN with Signal Sustain Technology-3, or SST3, which provides 450 Mbps PHY rates derived from a 3-stream 11n MIMO configuration. Atheros said this design ensures robust bandwidth and energy efficiencies for latency-free media connectivity for personal computers, digital home networking equipment from retail vendors, carriers and consumer electronics manufacturers, and enterprise/small medium business (SMB) networking equipment.

Atheros' new implementation of 11n leverages a variety of range enhancement options to ensure that the high throughput levels achieved with the 3x3 MIMO configuration are maintained across the entire WLAN link.

  • Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) guards against packet loss at every point on the link.

  • Maximum Likelihood Demodulation (MLD) optimizes MIMO demodulation to boost signal strength at close range.

  • Transmit Beamforming (TxBF) focuses transmit signals to the receiver to enhance the link rate at mid-range on the link continuum.

  • Maximal Ratio Combining (MRC) enables the receiver to optimally combine the MIMO signal paths, aligning time and phase of the signal receive to extend link reliability at longer range.

Atheros calculates that this combination of features results in a median rate-over-range improvement across the entire link of approximately 50 percent versus conventional 2x2 MIMO 11n solutions. Performance is maximized when products on both ends of the link are based on XSPAN with SST3, however the technology provides performance benefits when connected to all 11n solutions, and offers backward compatibility with 11g- and 11a/g-based devices.