Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Huawei and Telefónica O2 UK Demo LTE Speeds of 150 Mbps

Telefónica O2 UK has achieved LTE downlink speeds of 150 Mbps during technology trials conducted with Huawei Technologies.


During the trial, a cell peak downlink rate of 150 Mbps was achieved in the Slough area, the headquarters of O2 in the UK.


Huawei claims to be the first of Telefonica's trial LTE vendors to have successfully implemented a live trial LTE network. Huawei's end-to-end LTE/SAE solution provides an All-IP, high speed, low latency and highly spectrum efficient mobile network, which greatly enhances the experience of mobile multimedia services.


Huawei also noted that it has now deployed 25 LTE/SAE networks with tier one operators located in Europe, North Amercia, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
http://www.huawei.com

FCC Outlines Framework of National Broadband Plan

Encouragement of competition will be a guiding principle of the FCC's forthcoming National Broadband Plan, which is scheduled for delivery to Congress in February 2010. According to an interim report released this week, the FCC plan may recommend changes in the law in some cases, but those changes are likely to be limited in number.


The interim report focused on policy recommendations in ten key areas: Universal Service, infrastructure access, spectrum, Tribal lands, set-top boxes, consumer information, media, adoption of broadband, accessibility for people with disabilities, and public safety. Other areas that are to be addressed by the plan, including education, energy, health care, civic participation and others, will be addressed further in January.


Some of the proposals being considered for the National Broadband Plan include:


USF -- Cutting inefficient spending in the High-Cost fund to free up funds for broadband while removing barriers to use of E-Rate-funded connections in schools for adoption and community use. Consider a comprehensive overhaul of USF in conjunction with other proceedings, such as intercarrier compensation and special access.


Infrastructure -- Setting uniform and fair rental rate for pole attachments. Adopting rules that reduce costs and increase speed of access to poles, ducts, conduits and rights-of way


Spectrum -- A large, new spectrum allocation is essential to improving broadband competition. Resolve pending proceedings such as Advanced Wireless Services-3 (AWS-3) and Wireless Communications Services (WCS). Apply market forces to all bands while taking into consideration other policy objectives in allocation decisions.

Set-Top Boxes -- Address current shortfalls in implementation of CableCard to help create an open device market. Require video services providers to supply a small, low-cost, network-interface device whose only function is to bridge proprietary network elements with retail navigation devices.
http://www.fcc.govhttp://www.broadband.gov

Texas A&M University Upgrades with ADVA's FSP 3000

Texas A&M University has installed a new Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) using ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 platform, replacing defunct Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM) equipment previously operated by the university. The new DWDM deployment is immediately capable of supporting 40 wavelengths and is expandable to 80 wavelengths. It can support 10 Gbps, 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps transponders as well as Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) up to 8 degrees when needed.


The MAN includes four nodes deployed in a ring connecting locations on the Texas A&M campus, within the university's data centers and elsewhere within the city. Off the ring, there are two independent spurs reaching other remote offices in the College Station area. Portions of the fiber making up the network are owned by the university while other sections belong to the city of College Station.


Texas A&M's MAN provides voice, video and data transmission in support of the university's administration along with research-related activities on and around the main campus at College Station, Texas. This includes Internet access and core campus applications. It also provides connectivity for partner organizations including local government agencies, school districts and other educational entities associated with the university.
http://www.advaoptical.com
http://www.tamu.edu/

Vietnam's CMC Selects Alcatel-Lucent for GPON

Vietnam's CMC Telecom Infrastructure Corporation (CMC TI) has selected Alcatel-Lucent for a GPON project to new residential developments and SMEs. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its 7342 Intelligent Services Access Manager Fiber-to-the-User (ISAM FTTU), the company's flagship GPON solution for the delivery of ultra-high-speed services to residential and business users. The GPON platform will be complemented by the Alcatel-Lucent 5520 Access Management System (AMS) -- Alcatel-Lucent's next-generation element management system that covers the entire ISAM product portfolio, encompassing DSL as well as fiber-based access.
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
http://www.cmc.com.vn

Bell Labs to Open Research Center in Korea

Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, will open a new facility in Korea in cooperation with the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Korea University. The facility will be called Bell Labs Seoul and is expected to focus its efforts from the outset on broadband and mobile applications and services and their enabling sciences and technologies.


Located in the Digital Media City (DMC) at Seoul's Sangam District, Bell Labs Seoul will operate using a highly collaborative open innovation model that complements the efforts of research staff by engaging partners from academia, government, and industry who will work together in solving complex problems and conceiving innovative solutions that benefit customers and society.


The opening of Bell Labs in Seoul brings to eight the number of Bell Labs research facilities maintained worldwide. Other locations include Belgium, Germany, China, India, France, Ireland, and the U.S.
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Intune Selects Aricent to Optical Burst Switching System

Intune Networks, an Ireland-based telecom company delivering next generation platforms based on ultra-fast dynamic optical technologies, has selected Aricent to co-develop a highly advanced Optical Packet Switch and Transport networking platform for next generation Metro Networks.


Intune Networks uniquely solves switching bottlenecks by virtualizing physical networks through a distributed Layer 2 switch. The company says the advantage of its collapsed layer network design is a highly simplified network with predictability and quality of performance guaranteed.


In conjunction with Aricent's Intelligent Switching Solution (ISS) software, Intune Networks' OPST technology is currently in trials as part of Ireland's Exemplar Smart Network.


Intune is leveraging Aricent's optimized ISS framework, which is a feature-rich software framework for developing a wide range of Intelligent Ethernet switching solutions. Aricent ISS key features include:

  • Advanced Layer 2 Switching

  • IPv4 and IPv6 Unicast and Multicast Routing

  • MPLS

  • VPN

  • Chassis and Redundancy Management
http://www.aricent.com/Products/IntelligentEthernetSwitching.aspxhttp://www.intunenetworks.com

Lightower Completes 100G Optical Trial with Nortel

Lightower Fiber Networks, which operates a metro fiber network in the northeastern U.S., has completed a series of 100G trials using Nortel's optical transmission platform


Over a four day period, Lightower send production network traffic error-free over a 600km 100G link from New York to Boston. As an existing Nortel optical customer with 10G and 40G already running on their network, the in-service trial demonstrated the ability of evolving from 10G to 40G to 100G with Nortel's solution. It also shows that Nortel's solution allows 10G, 40G and 100G wavelengths to be sent over the same fiber and network infrastructure. Lightower already has 2,000 km of fiber upgraded to 40G. As with Lightower's existing 40G network, the 100G trial was powered by Nortel's OME 6500 along with its 40G/100G Adaptive Optical Engine technology.
http://www.nortel.com
http://www.lightower.com

NTT Com Opens IP-VPN POP in Chennai, Enhances Service in NZ

NTT Communications is preparing to open a point of presence (POP) for its Arcstar Global IP-VPN managed network service in Chennai, India. The new POP, established in cooperation with Tata Communications, in Chennai will enable NTT Com to offer high-quality IP-VPN services at affordable prices in the area surrounding this southern Indian city, where Japanese and other multinational companies are increasingly establishing a business presence. NTT Com already offers POPs in Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi in cooperation with Tata Communications.

NTT Com is also enhancing the interconnection of Arcstar Global IP-VPN with the IP-VPN service of TNZ, New Zealand's largest telecommunications company. Previously, customers were required to use access lines from an NTT Com POP located outside of the country.
http://www.ntt.com

Quantenna Opens Taiwan Office

Quantenna Communications has opened an office in Taiwan to accelerate volume production and global delivery of its Full-11n chipsets for ultra-reliable Wi-Fi networking, including full HDTV quality with 1080p video resolution. The company plans to expand its current staff of 60, worldwide, in the coming year, including adding significant headcount in the Asia region.
http://www.quantenna.com

Sierra Wireless Releases M2M Studio Environment

Sierra Wireless announced a new major release of M2M Studio, its development environment for embedded machine-to-machine (M2M) software.


The new release includes a software redistribution feature which enables developers to create their own embedded software plug-ins and make them accessible to other M2M Studio users.


"Since its initial release in January 2009, M2M Studio has proved its appeal to developers of a wide range of innovative M2M applications, including home security systems, asset tracking devices, in-vehicle fleet management, smart utility meters, and fixed wireless telephones," says Didier Dutronc, Senior Vice President, Marketing at Sierra Wireless. "This new release of M2M Studio enables even more creativity and freedom to users when developing and customizing embedded software applications."http://sierrawireless.com
http://www.wavecom.com/m2mstudio

JDSU Adds Capture/Decode Features for 10 Gbps Ethernet Testing

JDSU has added a T-BERD/MTS capture/decode feature set to capture traffic on 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps Ethernet interfaces, J-Mentor utilizes standard .pcap formatted capture files to identify common problems that impact SLAs such as half duplex ports, excessive TCP retransmissions and top IP talkers that may excessively use network bandwidth.


JDSU said its J-Mentor expedites Carrier Ethernet troubleshooting in the network by building on the capture/decode feature set. Traditionally, a technician with advanced IP troubleshooting skill is dispatched to a location with test equipment and a PC for analysis in order to resolve a problem. With JDSU capture/decode, the same technician can perform a packet capture and then analyze the file on the test set itself.
http://www.jdsu.com

IBM Builds Cloud Computing Platform for SK Telecom

IBM has build a Cloud Computing platform for SK Telecom, which serves 24 million mobile customers in South Korea. The cloud environment provides developers with the necessary software and hardware to develop applications that will allow SK Telecom to offer up to 20 new services to their customers by the end of 2009, such as sports news feeds and a photo service.


IBM said that putting all the servers, storage and middleware required for application development into a secure cloud environment lowers the risk and the cost of new application development for the network operator.


For this project IBM Korea worked jointly with SK Telecom to develop the entire cloud environment - from concept planning to hardware and software selection and implementation. The cloud includes 80 systems, comprised of both System x and blade servers, Xen virtualization technology and IBM middleware and service management technology. Service management is performed using IBM's Tivoli Service Automation Manager to enable software to be leased and installed seamlessly, and virtual machines provisioned accordingly. In planning the cloud architecture, SK Telecom also utilized implementation services and operation process consulting from IBM Global Technology Services. through to implementation services and operation process consulting.
http://www.ibm.com

Atheros Completes Acquisition of Intellon for Powerline Chips

Atheros Communications completed its acquisition of Intellon Corporation. With this acquisition, Atheros enhances its networking technology portfolio to include Intellon's powerline communications (PLC) solutions for home networking, networked entertainment, broadband-over-powerline (BPL) access, Ethernet-over- Coax (EoC) and smart grid management applications.


Intellon, which is based in Orlando, Florida, specializes in powerline communications, providing HomePlug compliant and other powerline integrated circuits for home networking, networked entertainment, BPL access, Ethernet-over-Coax (EoC), smart grid management and other commercial applications. Intellon created and patented the baseline technology for HomePlug 1.0, and is a major contributor to the baseline technology for the 200-Mbps PHY-rate HomePlug AV powerline standard and the draft IEEE P1901 powerline standard. The company has sold more than 34 million HomePlug-based ICs to date.
http://www.atheros.com

Monday, December 14, 2009

BLOCKBUSTER Deploys Widevine for Internet Movie Service

Widevine announced a deal to supply its DRM and video optimization for the BLOCKBUSTER On Demand Service, which enable U.S. customers to browse and rent movie titles directly through an connected device such as Samsung's Blu-ray players and televisions.


Widevine said its multiplatform, multiformat DRM solution enables Blockbuster to deliver content to any device, in any format for the widest audience possible. Its video optimization tools are optimized for content streamed over the Internet. This includes instant startups, no buffering and trick play capabilities such as rewind, fast-forward and bookmarking for multi-location viewing.
http://www.widevine.com

Russia's Yota Builds Mobile WiMAX Network in Nicaragua

Yota, which operates mobile WiMAX networks in Moscow, ST. Petersburg and other Russian cities, is also deploying mobile WiMAX in Managua, Nicaragua. The Yota network was rolled out in record time - in three months since the beginning of construction.


In July 2009, the public international tender for 2.5-2.7 GHz spectrum was announced in order to provide the whole territory of Nicaragua with communications services based upon the Mobile WiMAX standard. Yota became the winner of the tender.


Yota will start to operate in Nicaragua with its wireless broadband Internet access service. Later the company plans to increase the number of services and will concentrate on the high-quality voice services demanded in the market.


Yota also plans further WiMAX rollouts in Latin America, CIS as well as other countries in Asia and Africa.
http://www.yota.ru/en

Comcast Launches On Demand Online Fancast Service

Comcast announced nationwide availability of its Fancast XFINITY TV online service in in beta at no additional cost to customers. The new service gives customers an "anytime anywhere" entertainment experience -- at home and on-the-go - and expands the video content customers can watch online by giving them quick and easy access to thousands of hours of cable TV shows, movies and independently produced content.


Both Comcast customers and non-Comcast customers across the nation currently have access to over 12,000 hours of great online content through Fancast.com -- the company's online TV site and a top TV destination on the web -- for free. Comcast cable customers gain access to thousands of additional titles from the cable channels in their subscription packages.


"This is a beta product only, but the consumer feedback has been great so far. We look forward to more feedback as we make it available to even more customers" said Amy Banse, President of Comcast Interactive Media. "We think Fancast XFINITY TV gets us one step closer to our multiplatform goal and is just the beginning of delivering an entirely new TV viewing experience."http://www.comcast.com

Sandvine and Optenet Develop Network-based Parental Controls

Sandvine and Optenet announced a strategic partnership to launch optimized parental controls for broadband subscribers worldwide. The integrated solution leverages OpenNet's content filtering and threat analysis technology and Sandvine's application- and subscriber-awareness platform.



The companies said their joint solution provides real-time classification of Web content, with the capability for subscribers to configure preferences at an individual and household level to determine what content is acceptable. It allows operators to provide an integrated residential broadband service, including enhanced parental control capability. End-users do not have to seek additional protection from a third-party security vendor.


The joint parental controls solution has been successfully integrated in a third-party lab environment, demonstrating readiness for deployment in service provider networks.
http://www.sandvine.com
http://www.optenet.com

HDBaseT Alliance Targets Whole-home Video Distribution

A new cross-industry HDBaseT Alliance has been established to promote and standardize "HDBaseT" technology for whole-home distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content. Founding members of the group include LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Valens Semiconductor.


HDBaseT aims to provide a way to connect TVs and other display equipment with entertainment devices, such as a Blu-ray DVD player, for in-home converged distribution of HD multimedia content. A single LAN cable supports uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals.
http://hdbaset.org/http://www.valens-semi.com/

SK Telecom Selects Alcatel-Lucent's Packet Optical Transport

SK Telecom, which serves over 24 million mobile subscribers in Korea, awarded a new contract to Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a mobile backhaul network and assist SK Telecom's Packet Transport System (PTS) business in its network evolution.


Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its 1850 Transport Service Switch (TSS) implementing innovative features like T-MPLS with alignment with MPLS-TP, to optimize traffic transport and aggregation from the base stations to the core networks. As multiple traffic types -- from TDM to Ethernet to packet -- are handled onto the same platform, SK Telecom is taking a significant step in network simplification for minimized operational expenditures. Financial terms were not disclosed.
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
http://www.sktelecom.com

Hibernia Acquires MediaXstream for HD Video Transport

Hibernia Atlantic, which operates a trans-Atlantic undersea cable system, has acquired MediaXstream Inc., a provider of transport and managed network services for the media production and broadcast industries.


MediaXstream is currently operational in 20 major markets in the U.S. and Europe, serving the increasingly growing demand for High Definition video networking and production services by TV and film production, sports, news, mobile content and IPTV.


Hibernia Atlantic said that by adding MediaXstream's high quality transport services to its financial and carrier-focused network, the combined reach, performance and product offering will add significant marketplace opportunities, technological innovation and customer value. In particular, the deal significantly expands the network reach of MediaXstream into more than 10 key European markets while MediaXstream expands Hibernia's North American network to 17 additional key Points of Presence in 14 new cities in the South and West, including Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Tampa, Miami, Atlanta, Washington DC, Baltimore, San Diego and Las Vegas.
http://www.hiberniaatlantic.com
http://mediaxstream.tv/