Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Deutsche Telekom Laboratories Expands

Deutsche Telekom Laboratories (T-Labs), Deutsche Telekom's central research and development institute affiliated to TU Berlin, has added three more professors to its staff. The company announced the following appointments:

Dr. Axel Küpper (40) assumes responsibility for Service-centric Networking at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories and will head TU Berlin's department for the same field. His aim is to study and develop new methods, technologies and platforms for provision, operation and networking of future services, both within a global, ubiquitous Internet and in other communications networks (such as ad-hoc networks). Axel Küpper's work will focus on developing new application scenarios for services-centric networking and on enhancing various services concepts, such as cloud computing and location-based services. In addition, it will concentrate on integrating and evaluating relevant service platforms and their functions in line with need, with the aim of gaining new findings about their practical applications.

Dr. Tansu Alpcan (34) has been appointed to a post in the area of Autonomous Security at TU Berlin and Deutsche Telekom Laboratories. He develops mathematical models for enhancing protection of IT networks against attacks.

Dr. Alexander Raake (38) will focus on technical quality aspects of voice, audio and video transmission in modern telecommunications systems, including such applications as Internet telephony and Internet TV. His work will be aimed at developing user-friendly multimedia services that fulfill users' quality expectations.

Continuous Computing Offers TDD-LTE Source Code

Continuous Computing released an upgraded version of its "Trillium" Long Term Evolution (LTE) eNodeB protocol software, which now includes support for the Time Division Duplex (TDD) variant of LTE, known as TD-LTE.

Continuous Computing said a TDD version of LTE is not exclusively aimed at China. WiMAX operators are also expected to leverage TD-LTE. Unlike in the 3G market where TDD variants of the WCDMA standard are being deployed only in certain regions, TD-LTE is expected to have broad applicability due to the availability of unpaired spectrum around the globe. While FDD requires paired spectrum (one carrier for downlink and one for uplink), TDD employs unpaired or shared spectrum using time slots to manage interference.

Concurrently, the company is now offering its Trillium Advanced LTE Media Access Control (MAC) Schedulers suite, a set of six optimized schedulers, as well as an upgrade to the MAC scheduler interface, which helps network equipment providers (NEPs) to meet growing scalability requirements by creating their own scheduler implementations and running MAC and the MAC scheduler as independent execution modules.

Continuous Computing said one of the key breakthroughs in achieving LTE's promised data rate performance is the MAC scheduler, which permits efficient and optimal allocation of resources on the air interface. Resources are scheduled once per millisecond and on a per-user basis, making this function both processor-intensive and time-restrictive. By providing six proven implementations of different scheduling algorithms and allowing NEPs to define their own unique algorithms, Continuous Computing is accelerating time-to-market and enabling product differentiation. De-coupling the LTE MAC and MAC scheduler functions also enables NEPs to scale the scheduler independently as the number of users increase.

"With 13 LTE design wins and counting, Continuous Computing is focused on maintaining its leadership position in LTE through consistent investment in product evolution, including performance optimization, compliance upgrades and feature enhancements," said Manish Singh, VP Product Line Management at Continuous Computing.

BelAir Networks Hires AT&T Wi-Fi Exec

BelAir Networks, which supplies Wi-Fi systems for service providers, has hired Greg Williams as its senior vice president, corporate and business development. Greg will focus on BelAir Networks tier 1 service provider customers worldwide, supporting integration of the company's licensed and license-free wireless products into customers' networks and businesses.

Recently, as executive vice president, business development at AT&T's Wi-Fi subsidiary, Williams' responsibilities included deploying new Wi-Fi networks for 3G offload. Greg has also served as Chairman of two key wireless industry associations: UWCC (now 3G Americas) and the WAP Forum (now the Open Mobile Alliance). Greg's service provider career spans more than two decades and includes senior management positions focused on wireless and internet services, technology, operations, and business development at AT&T, Wayport, SBC and Prodigy.

Vodafone Qatar Installs Alcatel-Lucent's Solar/Wind Mobile Base Station

Vodafone Qatar has deployed a "green" mobile base station from Alcatel-Lucent that integrates solar and wind energy.

The solution is provided by Alcatel-Lucent's Alternative Energy Program. The wind turbine at the Qatar site has been mounted at the top of the existing mast to leverage higher winds. The energy controller brings intelligent control to simultaneously draw power from both the photovoltaic panels and wind turbine, based on solar intensity and wind speed, making the most -- at every second -- of the two sources' fluctuating availability. The system also carefully monitors battery charging cycles and diesel generator maintenance runs so as to maximize their lifespan. A full monitoring system enables real-time tracking of all weather and energy parameters; a key component to enabling large scale deployments.

This initiative is part of a wider green technology program led by Vodafone Group to deploy green energy sources in all of its affiliates worldwide.

Microsoft Proposes "The Cloud Computing Advancement Act"

Microsoft is urging the U.S. Congress and the information technology industry to act now to ensure that the burgeoning era of cloud computing is guided by an international commitment to privacy, security and transparency for consumers, businesses and government.

During a keynote speech to the Brookings Institution policy forum, Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel at Microsoft, called for a national conversation about how to build confidence in the cloud and proposed the Cloud Computing Advancement Act to promote innovation, protect consumers and provide government with new tools to address the critical issues of data privacy and security. Smith also called for an international dialogue on data sovereignty to guarantee to users that their data is subject to the same rules and regulations, regardless of where the data resides.

Microsoft's proposed legislation calls for the following:

  • Improvements in privacy protection and data access rules to ensure users' privacy, starting with reforming and strengthening the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to clearly define and provide stronger protections for consumers and businesses;

  • Modernization of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act so law enforcement has the tools it needs to go after malicious hackers and deter instances of online-based crimes;

  • Truth-in-cloud-computing principles to ensure that consumers and businesses will know whether and how their information will be accessed and used by service providers and how it will be protected online;

  • Pursuit of a new multilateral framework to address data access issues globally.

Verizon Applauds FCC Video Programming Ruling

Verizon applauded the new FCC video distribution decision.

"This is a big-time victory for television sports fans. The FCC's decision to make must-see regional sports programming, including high-definition feeds, presumptively available to competitors, puts viewers in the driver's seat. This ruling means that consumers will no longer have to stick with their incumbent cable provider in order to watch local teams in high definition," stated Kathleen Grillo, Verizon senior vice president of Federal Regulatory Affairs.

Department of Commerce Awards $63 Million in Broadband Grants

The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced grants totaling $63 million to expand broadband access and adoption in Massachusetts, Michigan and North Carolina.

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, NTIA's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) provides grants to support the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas, enhance and expand public computer centers, and encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service. These investments will help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth and create jobs.

New grant recipient include:

  • Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts-Lowell: $780,000 broadband adoption grant with an additional $196,000 in applicant-provided matching funds to promote broadband awareness and computer literacy among vulnerable populations, including the nation's second largest Cambodian population, low-income and at-risk youth, the unemployed, residents without college degrees, and seniors in Lowell and Merrimack Valley. As part of the program, University of Massachusetts--Lowell students will work in local computer centers with at-risk youth and seniors to develop appropriate training and outreach materials.

  • Michigan, Merit Network.: $33.3 million infrastructure grant with an additional $8.3 million in matching funds to build a 955-mile advanced fiber-optic network through 32 counties in Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The project also intends to directly connect 44 community anchor institutions and will serve an area covering 886,000 households, 45,800 businesses, and an additional 378 anchor institutions.

  • Michigan, Michigan State University: $895,000 public computer center grant with an additional $235,000 in matching funds to expand 84 existing library computer centers and establish four new computer centers. Computer center sites were selected by targeting underserved and high-unemployment population areas and then focusing on those libraries with the greatest need for additional computing capacity. The project will add 500 new workstations at these targeted public computer centers throughout the state and serve nearly 13,000 additional users per week.

  • North Carolina, MCNC: $28.2 million infrastructure grant with an additional $11.7 million in matching funds and in-kind contributions to build a 494-mile middle-mile broadband network passing almost half the population of North Carolina in 37 counties. The network will build new rings in the western and eastern regions of the state, which will connect to 685 miles of existing infrastructure in the urbanized central region, expanding the reach of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), an established broadband service for community anchor institutions in the state.

NTIA received nearly 1,800 applications during the first BTOP funding round and is currently awarding grants on a rolling basis. Including today's announcement, NTIA has now awarded 15 grants totaling approximately $200 million under the program. A second round of BTOP applications will be accepted through March 15, 2010.

MCNC Awarded $28.2 Million in Broadband Recovery Funds

MCNC, which operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), one of the nation's first statewide education and research networks, has been awarded $28.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Recovery Funds. NCREN provides broadband communications technology services and support to K-12 school districts, higher education campuses, academic research institutions, and public health facilities across the state.

MCNC raised $11.7 million in matching funds for its successful application through private sources, including $4 million from the MCNC endowment, making the total project a $40 million investment in North Carolina's broadband infrastructure.

MCNC will begin immediately to undertake the work of planning and building the new middle-mile fiber. Construction is expected to last up to three years. The new fiber build will be an essential element in North Carolina's plans to reach citizens and community anchor institutions that currently have limited broadband access.

Within the next 60 days, MCNC will issue several requests for proposal (RFP) for the design, construction and operation of the network. These RFPs have the potential to create more than 230 engineering/construction jobs.

The new fiber build will traverse 37 counties in southeastern and western North Carolina.

"We are pleased to learn of the BTOP award to MCNC," said Mike Murphy, chairman of the MCNC Board of Directors. "The 480 miles of new fiber throughout the western and southeastern part of North Carolina will ensure that our K-12 schools, universities, community colleges, university hospitals, and other community anchor institutions (libraries, public health) will have access to unlimited amounts of bandwidth now and into the future. All North Carolinians will benefit from the public/private partnership that created this application."https://www.mcnc.org/http://

FCC Establishes New Rules for Video Distribution

The FCC is establishing new rules to allow DBS providers, telcos and other competitors to obtain more of the "must have" programming they need to offer viable alternative video packages to consumers and an opportunity to file complaints if the programming is withheld.

Previously, a loophole in the Program Access rules enabled cable-TV operators to lock up local sports events and other popular programming and withhold them from rival providers.

The FCC said its new Order promotes competition, fosters innovation and empowers consumers, all while creating a fair process for the commission to handle pending and new claims in a speedy and just manner.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski stated: "Today's action represents a major step toward realizing the promise of a competitive marketplace for video services -- while also supporting innovation in the video marketplace. Our new rules are structured to preserve incentives for cable operators to develop innovative programming such as local news networks. The new rules also create a fair process for the Commission to adjudicate claims."http://www.fcc.gov

FCC Launches Consumer Task Force

The FCC has launched a Consumer Task Force to ensure that commission proceedings take
account of consumer interests and that consumer protection and empowerment policies apply
consistently and reasonably across technologies and bureaus at the FCC. The Consumer Task Force will also ensure that the public is able to engage fully in FCC processes.

China Begins Censoring SMS, Service Resumes in Xinjiang

China Mobile and China Unicom has begun censoring text messages of its users, according to the People's Daily Online. Government departments have issued to the mobile operators a list of 13 standards for "vulgar content" and provocative messages.

In addition, China Daily newspaper reported that SMS has been restored in Xinjiang Province. All Internet, SMS and international telephone service in Xinjiang were suspended in July 2009 following the riots there.http://english.peopledaily.com.cnhttp://www.chinadaily.com.cn

Baidu Sues Register.com Over DNS Cyber-Attack

Baidu, China's leading search engine, filed a lawsuit in New York against Register.com, the domain name registrar for its site. Baidu alleges that gross negligence by Registrar.com enabled a cyber-attacker on January 12 to re-direct traffic from its site to a hacker site on which a political statement was posted by the "Iranian Cyber Army." Baidu is seeking monetary damages.

u²t Photonics Samples 100G Receiver

u²t Photonics AG has begun sampling a 100 Gbps coherent photoreceiver for long-haul 100 Gbps transport platforms. The new receiver uses the DP-QPSK (Dual-Polarization Quadrature Phase Shift Keying) modulation format.

u²t confirmed that both sub-system and equipment manufacturers are currently testing the product.

The company noted that DP-QPSK applications has proven advantages in terms of reach and spectral efficiency, and is widely accepted as the technology of choice for the next generation 100 Gbps transmission systems.

u²t has been a significant contributor for the development of the Implementation Agreement on 100G long-distance integrated photonics receivers within the Optical Internetworking Forum.

u²t is based in Berlin, Germany.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Procera Confirms Two New Major Carrier Wins

Procera Networks confirmed that two major carriers selected its high-end PacketLogic PL10000 80 Gbps platform. These initial orders, placed in the fourth quarter of 2009, were a culmination of almost a year of lab and field trials. Significant reasons for selection were strong customer references along with proven performance and scalability advantages.

Procera stressed the need for cable MSOs and mobile operators to grow their business by offering more differentiated and personalized services with combinations of cable, Internet and phone for residential and business customers. One method for differentiation is to provide the highest level of customer satisfaction, and understanding what applications are driving bandwidth needs of their users is a key business need for these carriers. The company believes that the need to identify and manage the network with the most accurate data will continue to be an area of investment in 2010.

"Once again large carriers confirm the robustness and advanced technology of the Procera solution, "said James F. Brear, president and CEO of Procera Networks."http://www.proceranetworks.comhttp://

ADVA Teams with Hatteras Networks on Ethernet Access

ADVA Optical Networking is enhancing its FSP 150 family of Ethernet access devices with the addition of Hatteras Networks' Ethernet-over-copper solutions. Hatteras Networks' solutions are fully integrated with ADVA Optical Networking's FSP Network Manager, and the integrated solution has been proven in global deployments.

The FSP 150 family provides devices for Ethernet demarcation, extension and aggregation to support the delivery of intelligent Ethernet services both in-region and out-of-region. The family enables providers to deliver profitable and differentiated Ethernet services over a wide range of transport options. Hatteras Networks' components deliver increased broadband over existing copper facilities.

"We are excited about our existing partnership with ADVA Optical Networking," said Kevin Sheehan, chief executive officer of Hatteras Networks. "They have strong relationships with many tier one carriers, a long and successful history and a world-renowned reputation for delivering value to these carriers. Together, we offer a true, end-to-end carrier Ethernet access solution."http://www.advaoptical.com

EZchip Samples 100 Gbps Processor for Carrier Ethernet

EZchip Semiconductor has begun sampling its NP-4 100-Gigabit network processor (NPU) for Carrier Ethernet equipment. The NP-4 is designed for the next generation of high-density switch/router line cards that feature 200-400 Gbps throughput and 20-40 10-Gigabit ports.

EZchip confirmed that its NP-4 has already been selected for use by multiple customers, including Tier-1 vendors, in a variety of applications.

NP-4 highlights include:

  • 100 Gbps throughput for building 40-400 Gigabit line-cards and pizza boxes

  • Integrated traffic management providing granular bandwidth control

  • Enhanced support for video streams and IPTV

  • On-chip control CPU for host CPU offload

  • Power management for minimizing line card and system power dissipation

  • Operations, Administration and Management (OAM) processing offload

  • Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE1588v2 offload for Circuit Emulation Services

  • IP reassembly for advanced packet processing offload

  • Integrated serial ports with support for 1, 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet

  • On-chip Fabric Interface Controller for interfacing to Ethernet-based as well as proprietary switch-fabric solutions

  • Utilizing DDR3 DRAM memory chips for minimizing power and cost

  • Software compatible with EZchip's NP-2, NP-3 and NPA network processors

Huawei SynchE 1588v2-Compliant xDSL Backhaul Prototype

Huawei announced a 1588v2-compliant DSL prototype with nanosecond-level time synchronization accuracy. This could support the Ethernet synchronization requirements in mobile backhaul applications for 3G/4G networks.

Huawei said its prototype leverages its proprietary high-accuracy time synchronization algorithm and complies with the IEEE 1588v2 standard.

1588v2, also known as Precision Time Protocol (PTP), is a packet-based time synchronization technology standardized by the IEEE. The 1588v2 time synchronization algorithm is originally designed on the basis of symmetric models, and asymmetric transmission technologies such as ADSL cannot effectively support the 1588v2 protocol.

"DSL remains the world's most widely used broadband access technology. Technical breakthroughs such as this one will enable operators optimally utilize their abundant copper wire resources, as well as achieve quick provisioning of their 3G/4G services. The leading xDSL time synchronization prototype reflects Huawei' s commitment to deliver a powerful and unique value proposition to its customer," stated Yang Zhirong, president of Huawei's Access Network Product Line.

Huawei Introduces IP + Transport Backbone Planning Tool

Huawei introduced a backbone network planning solution with a multi-layer tool that enables synergy between the IP and transport layers. The company said this multi-layer approach enables its iManager MDS6600 tool to ensure highly efficient network resource utilization, greater reliability, and lower operations and maintenance (OM) costs.

Enhanced network resource utilization is achieved by managing bandwidth resources based on traffic. This interaction between the IP layer and transport layer eliminates repetitive protection when an issue occurs, reduces wasted resources, and offers highly efficient protection and enhanced network reliability.

Amdocs Releases its Latest Tools for Service Providers

Amdocs unveiled CES 8, its latest tool set to help service providers evolve and expand quickly by exposing network, IT and data assets to a growing ecosystem of content and developer partners.

The company said its goal is to drive personalized and simple customer experiences by concealing the complexities of new applications and devices from the end user, all while ensuring that service providers can run lean and agile operations.

New capabilities in Amdocs CES 8 include:

  • Improve network planning with mobile backhaul capacity management operational product pack: This pre-packaged solution provides the mobile network planning and design tools required to address the specific needs of 3G and 4G/LTE Radio Access Networks.

  • Innovate and profit with new services: jNetX, recently acquired by Amdocs, provides a Java-based convergent service platform that synchronizes network services across legacy and IP network elements for rich communication applications in a standardized development environment. Amdocs jNetX is the service control point for Amdocs' prepaid solutions, managing real-time credit authorization and account deduction, integrating with Amdocs Convergent Charging real-time rating and account balance management.

  • Enhance product lifecycle management: This new offering includes an information-driven approach to product lifecycle management, combining the Amdocs Enterprise Product Catalog with a workflow engine to enable service providers to rapidly define and launch new products. The offering addresses all aspects of a product's lifecycle, from inception through design, deployment, maintenance and retirement.

  • One e-commerce experience for all goods and services - from devices and accessories to pricing plans, ring tones and video: Amdocs Universal Storefront hides the complexity of service providers' different offerings and configurations, allowing consumers to experience a familiar, simple shopping experience.

  • Resolve device problems more quickly: Integrating Amdocs CRM products with a mobile device management partner, this solution allows customer care agents to resolve smart device issues more efficiently. Customer service agents can see who the customer is, what device he or she has, what applications may need to be updated or
    configured, and immediately run diagnostics on the device.

  • Personalize and monetize customer interaction: Amdocs ChangingWorlds' mobile internet portal delivers personalization for quick and easy access to relevant content based on users' specific interests. The technology also delivers prioritized portal menus based on users' previous searched content, thus reducing the number of clicks to relevant content.

  • Reduce hardware and maintenance costs with small machine architecture - Amdocs Convergent Charging (Turbo Charging): Amdocs' real-time charging product supports the Linux/x86 operating system, and can now run on multiple servers based on the Intel Xeon family of processors, or on other x86 processors. As a result, service
    providers can support surging prepaid subscriber bases and data services proliferation by adding low-cost servers, and maintaining efficient charging operations.

  • Maximize network and IT utilization: Amdocs has introduced a new configuration management solution to support both IT and network components of their service provision infrastructure called the Amdocs Configuration Management Database (CMDB) Service Operational Product Pack. The CMDB manages the configuration of both IT and
    network resources for next generation network environments in a single database to ITIL standards.

Swisscom Picks Verizon Business Professional Security Services

Swisscom has chosen the Verizon Business Professional Security Services team to help it boost its security offer for companies headquartered in Switzerland. Specifically, Verizon Business will help Swisscom develop a new security operations center and a new security management center. The facilities, which will be located in Zurich, are due to become operational in January.

The new operations center will further enhance the security services Swisscom is able to offer its local customers by providing a local facility to handle security incidents and alerts -- a regulatory requirement for some market sectors. The management center will provide data center capabilities to support the delivery of Swisscom's comprehensive portfolio of fully integrated communications security services, which is designed to meet the needs of today's extended global enterprises.

The new initiative is in addition to the Swisscom and Verizon Business alliance, established in May 2008. The alliance offers Swisscom customers with multinational operations seamless access to Verizon Business' expansive global network and solutions.