Sunday, February 28, 2010

Force10 Debuts 40-port Line Card, Packing 560 10 GigE Ports per Chassis

Force10 Networks announced the availability of a new 40-port line-card that increases the density of its ExaScale E1200 virtualized core switch/router to 560 10 GbE ports in a single half-rack chassis -- a new industry record.

Force10's 40-port 10 GbE line card is the latest solution based on the ExaScale suite of advanced, packet processing and switching ASICs that leverage Force10's high performance hardware and software design knowledge, patented backplane technology, and performance, reliability and flexibility.

The company said its ExaScale can be configured for both line-rate and oversubscribed 10 GbE ports, ensuring customers can support high density connectivity as well as true non-blocking operations where required. In addition, Force10's Ethernet products incorporate the Force10 Virtualization Framework technology suite, which enables data centres and service providers to build, manage and automate network and application performance and processes.

Pricing for the 40-port 10 GbE line-card starts at $97,500. The product will begin shipping in the 2nd quarter of 2010.
  • In December 2009, Force10 Networks introduced a 10-port 10 GbE line card and a 50-port GbE line card for its ExaScale E1200 and midsized ExaScale E600 chassis. The new ExaScale 10-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) line card provides support for SR, LR, ER, ZR, and CX4 interfaces using pluggable XFP transceiver modules, making them ideally suited data centers as well as in WAN and long-haul optical networks. The new ExaScale 50-port GbE line card supports pluggable SFP modules, which provide support for SX, LX, ZX and 1000Base-T interfaces. The line card's high-density design enables the ExaScale switch/router to support up to 700 line-rate GbE SFP ports in a single chassis.

CENX Introduces First Carrier Ethernet Voice Exchange Service

CENX, which operates Carrier Ethernet exchanges for Service Providers, will also offer a Carrier Ethernet neutral Voice Exchange service. Optimized for IP traffic, CENX's Voice Exchange service replaces both TDM direct connections and legacy voice tandems.

CENX said this new service provides competitive carriers with the one-to-many efficiency of a tandem design combined with the effectiveness of a direct connect (capacity-based charges, not minutes-used based charges), delivered on a Carrier Ethernet Exchange platform that scales to match traffic volumes. The CENX service will be offered in a one or ten gigabit Ethernet connection and it will feature capacity-based billing. This enables competitive carriers to reach all other competitive carriers and replace lower speed, costly T1, DS3 and SONET/SDH connections.

"This is the first deployment of Carrier Ethernet for a voice exchange application. The virtual connection and granular bandwidth characteristics of our Carrier Ethernet Neutral Exchanges make it the perfect alternative to legacy voice tandems and the multitude of inefficient, low-speed direct connections between carriers, including wireless carriers and MSOs," said Nan Chen, CENX co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. "Our new Voice Exchange service integrates seamlessly with other CENX Carrier Ethernet Exchange services. By leveraging several unique technical innovations and our years of Ethernet expertise, CENX enables profitable scalability as flat-rate calling plans increase in popularity and traffic volumes grow."

Radia Perlman Named Intel Fellow for Network and Security

Intel announced the appointment of Radia Perlman as an Intel Fellow, a position where he is responsible for ensuring Intel Labs' leadership in network and security.

Intel Fellows represent one of the highest levels of technical achievement within the company. They are selected for their technical leadership and outstanding contributions to the company and the industry.

Perlman was most recently with Sun Microsystems, where she was a Sun Fellow. Perlman is the inventor of many fundamental technology innovations in computer networking, including the spanning tree algorithm, which is at the heart of today's Ethernet; TRILL, an emerging standard for data center interconnection that can replace today's spanning tree Ethernet; and scalable and robust link state routing technology that is key to the operation of today's Internet.

Perlman has authored two networking textbooks and earned a Ph.D. from MIT in computer science. She holds approximately 100 patents in encryption, decryption and routing.

MRV's LambdaDriver WDM Surpasses Verizon's TEEER Energy Standard

MRV's LambdaDriver WDM optical transport system has surpassed the Telecommunications Equipment Energy Efficiency Ratings (TEEER) standard for energy efficient optical networking. The TEEER standard, developed by Verizon, provides a score for products that measures the direct relationship between the system's throughput capacity and its power consumption, weighted for different operation modes. Verizon's calculated TEEER value represents the system energy efficiency rating on a scale from one (least efficient) to 10 (most efficient).

MRV said a measured TEEER for optical or video transport equipment should be better than 7.54. In certain configurations, MRV's LambdaDriver platform achieved a score of 9.02, showing the modular WDM system to be a highly energy efficient solution for carriers. The LambdaDriver is the second MRV product to achieve high ratings under the TEEER rating system, following the Fiber Driver optical multi-service platform.

MRV's LambdaDriver is designed for enterprise access, metropolitan carrier and long haul transport networks. The LambdaDriver is a multi-functional, compact, modular WDM system that supports both DWDM and CWDM. LambdaDriver also serves as a packet optical transport system by integrating Carrier Ethernet connection-oriented services and reconfigurable OADM for automated optical mesh topologies with wavelength-level switching. The LambdaDriver series can support data rates from 8 Mbps up to 40 Gbps with future upgrades to 100 Gbps.

Dell'Oro: Access Spending Robust in Q4

Revenue from telecom infrastructure equipment capable of providing high access network bandwidth, including EPON and GPON OLTs, VDSL DSLAMs, and DOCSIS 3.0 CMTS, grew 10 percent sequentially and 18 percent over the year-ago period during the fourth quarter of 2009, according to a newly published report by Dell'Oro Group.

The report shows that Huawei was the leader for both EPON and GPON equipment sales largely due to its status as lead vendor in the China market. Alcatel-Lucent held the top spot for VDSL and second spot for GPON due to being a primary supplier for AT&T's U-verse and Verizon's FiOS services, respectively. For CMTS sales, Arris held the top spot over Cisco for the third consecutive quarter.

"Upgrade projects driven by competition, increasing Internet traffic, government incentives, and operators' desire to enable new revenue-generating services are all having a positive impact on equipment demand," said Tam Dell'Oro, President of Dell'Oro Group. "High bandwidth VDSL, PON and Cable DOCSIS 3.0 access concentrator equipment are being deployed for these upgrades. As a result, each of these products had moderate to strong year-over-year revenue growth in the fourth quarter," Dell'Oro added.

Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse Sees Wireless Opportunity for Healthcare

"Mobile wireless applications within healthcare are rapidly increasing and becoming a more common sight within the hospital environment opening a wealth of opportunities for workflow solutions and simply making information more accessible," said Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse in a keynote at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference.

Last year, 89 percent of wireless Internet users sought health information online. Hesse also noted that caregivers are using smartphones equipped with medical applications for instant, secure access to lab results, x-rays, vital signs, drug-to-drug interactions, and other vital medical records.

Sprint anticipates information transactions between healthcare providers will become more data-intense, such as live streaming video, on-demand applications and virtual office visits. Wireless networks will need a lot more bandwidth to handle these data-centric exchanges and to do it instantly. Hesse argues that 4G networks will be vital to this growth.

Bridgewater Cites Major European Customer for HSPA Policy Control

Bridgewater Systems that a European property of a major global mobile operator group has selected its Policy Controller (PCRF) to meet new EU mobile data roaming legislation that has just come into effect. Specifically, this European operator (name withheld) has selected its Policy Controller for its HSPA network to prevent mobile bill shock, comply with EU data roaming regulations, and enable new services including:

  • Setting limits and notifications while roaming. Volume-based metering is used to track data usage, set limits, and trigger notifications. When a usage threshold is reached, subscribers are notified by SMS or email and redirected to a payment portal where they can opt for a temporary bandwidth boost, a service extension, or other options.

  • Flexible quota management based on subscriber type - for example EU, non-EU and domestic subscribers.

  • Applying "Smart Caps" to ensure fair usage. Smart Caps are precise controls that adjust bandwidth levels based on real-time factors such as the subscriber's bandwidth usage during a mobile data session, roaming status, and level of network congestion.

T-Venture Makes Strategic Investment in Lantiq

T-Venture, the venture capital company of Deutsche Telekom, has made a strategic investment in Lantiq, which specializes in next-generation access and home networking technologies. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"We are pleased to announce that we have taken our relationship with Deutsche Telekom Group to the next level with this investment, and our partnership will help drive our products and technology roadmap for the benefit of our customers and the industry," stated Christian Wolff, CEO of Lantiq. "Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading carriers defining and driving the architecture of next generation networks. The investment in Lantiq demonstrates trust and enthusiasm in our business strategy and technology portfolio, and we look forward to working together."
  • In November 2009, Lantiq began operations as independent company. The new entity was created through the sale of Infineon Technologies Wireline business unit to US-based investor Golden Gate Capital. It has since acquired Metalink's WLAN division and the home networking and DSL-related assets of Aware.
  • Windstream Deploys Hatteras for Ethernet-over-Copper and Ethernet-over-TDM

    Windstream, the fifth-largest carrier in the United States with operations in 21 states, has standardized upon and deployed a Hatteras Networks solution for Ethernet service delivery over both copper (EoC) and Time Division Multiplexing (EoTDM) infrastructure. Hatteras Networks' HN6100 platform delivers up to 40 Gbps of bandwidth, enabling any Ethernet service over any media.

    Hatteras said its solution supports all MEF service models, extending Windstream the flexibility to swiftly roll out virtually any service including Windstream's business data services, transparent local area networks (LANs), wholesale offerings and VoIP.

    In addition to the HN6100, the Hatteras Networks products deployed by Windstream include the following:

    • HN4000, a purpose-built Ethernet switching and labeling platform capable of delivering up to 100 Mbps of symmetrical Ethernet services over a single bonded-copper infrastructure;

    • HN400 series of Ethernet over Copper CPE;

    • HN500 series of demarcation devices for Ethernet over TDM and Ethernet over NxT1/E1, and

    • HN 239Repeaters, enabling interconnection of enterprises or mobile towers over longer loop lengths.

    Windstream's portfolio of next-generation Ethernet Business Services, including advanced Internet access and virtual private networks (VPNs), is available in more than 1,000 Windstream exchanges covering approximately 98 percent of its ILEC territory.

    Netronome's SSL Inspection Appliance Packs 10 Gbps

    Netronome introduced an SSL inspection appliance that can be deployed in 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps networks without negatively impacting network throughput or latency. The appliance is designed to accurately detect and decrypt 100% of encrypted communications for inspection.

    Netronome said its SSL could be used to detect the type of attack on encrypted SSL traffic that were recently experienced by some Fortune 1000 companies, global Internet search providers and U.S. government agencies.

    Key features of Netronome's SSL Inspector Appliance include:

    • Hardware acceleration - that can actively search for SSL traffic, guaranteeing that all encrypted communications are detected and optionally inspected while maintaining gigabits of network throughput.

    • Integration into existing infrastructure - protecting investments in existing networking equipment without requiring wholesale replacements to add SSL inspection.

    • Improved enterprise security and compliance - with regulations such as PCI, SOX and HIPPA by seamlessly connecting to existing intrusion detection and prevention, forensics and data loss prevention systems

    • Transparency -- unlike other traditional proxy devices, the SSL Inspector Appliance is fully transparent requiring no client configuration.

    Additionally, Netronome's SSL Inspector Appliance provides an operator-configurable policy control engine for white- and black-list inspection. The system provides granular logging, reporting and statistics for operators to gain visibility into the often unknown extent of encryption use in their networks. The appliances also support numerous configurations for in-line and passive deployments, providing the ability to inspect both inbound and outbound SSL flows. For in-line deployments, the SSL Inspector Appliances offer network resiliency features including fail-to-open and fail-to-close wire and fiber options.

    JDSU Expands Enterprise Troubleshooting for its T-BERD

    JDSU introduced an Enterprise Services Application Module (ESAM) for its T-BERD/MTS-4000. The ESAM provides physical media tests including speed-certification of electrical Ethernet cabling, network connectivity tests, discovery, wire-speed deep-packet statistics, and wire-speed protocol capture and expert analysis using unique, in-depth JDSU J-Mentor capabilities. In addition, the ESAM is part of the modular JDSU T-BERD/MTS-4000 platform allowing additional test capability that includes fiber and copper cable certification, WiFi testing, VoIP emulation, IP video testing, optical power measurements, visual fault location and fiber connector inspection to IEC standards.

    Netgear Announces Wireless-N HD Home Theater Kit

    NETGEAR announced a High-Performance Wireless-N HD Home Theater Kit designed for wirelessly playing multiple jitter-free 1080p HD video and audio streams to every room in a house. The company said its product has been tested to provide sustained throughput of HD streams in excess of 40 Mbps 99.9 percent of the time, through multiple walls, throughout an above-average single family home.

    The Universal WiFi Internet Adapter for Home Theater Devices and Gaming Consoles (WNCE2001)delivers Wireless-N performance of up to 300 Mbps through the Ethernet port of consumer electronic (CE) devices such as Internet TVs, game consoles, Blu-ray players, etc. It is designed to overcome the common problems -- wireless signal strength, quality and reliability --associated with interference, frequently changing WiFi environments, and areas of the home that are notoriously difficult to reach. The kit combines 4x4 multiple-input, multiple-out (MIMO) antenna signal processing, real-time spectrum analysis and dynamic digital beamforming with the industry's highest performance IEEE 802.11a/n 5GHz wireless LAN chipset, providing an unprecedented level of reliability and wireless performance in terms of data rates and range.

    NETGEAR's kit is pre-configured with security, so a single touch of a push-button securely connects additional adapters.

    NETGEAR is also introducing a USB-powered Universal WiFi Internet Adapter that works with Internet TVs, game consoles and Blu-ray players.

    Qualcomm Increases Quarterly Dividend by 12%

    Qualcomm announced a 12% increase in its quarterly cash dividend, which will increase from $0.17 to $0.19 per share of common stock and will be effective for quarterly dividends payable after March 28, 2010. This dividend increase will raise the annualized dividend payout to $0.76 per share of common stock.

    The company also announced a new $3.0 billion stock repurchase program to replace a $2.0 billion stock repurchase program, which was recently completed with $1.7 billion of repurchase activity.

    Two Minute Video: Ethernet Access Evolution

    Presented by: M. Vijay Raman, Vice President of Marketing & Product Management, Hatteras Networks

    Australia Invests $100 Million into Tasmania NBN Project

    The Rudd Government plans to make an equity injection of $100 million into the National Broadband Network (NBN) project in Tasmania to facilitate the further roll out of FTTH in the state. The first two stages of the rollout are focused on extending the Tasmanian optical backbone network and delivering better telecommunication services into regional Tasmanian communities.

    Stage 3 of the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout would extend to 90,000 premises in the major population centres of Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.

    "In total, the first three stages of the NBN will target 100,000 premises in Tasmania, including homes, businesses, schools and hospitals, which will receive high speed broadband," said Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

    "Detailed design work is now underway for Stage 3 with 40,000 premises in Hobart, 30,000 in Launceston and 10,000 in each of Burnie and Devonport to have access to superfast broadband via optic fibre."

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    Crossbeam's X-Series Delivers 18 Million PPS Firewall for Mobile Operators

    Crossbeam Systems disclosed new performance testing data that shows its X-Series security platform delivers 18 million packet per second firewall security for smartphone traffic typically carried by mobile operators.

    Crossbeam stress tested the Check Point R70 Security Gateway firewall running on a fully loaded X-Series using BreakingPoint Elite, a cyber simulation product for verifying the resiliency of network and security equipment.

    The tests simulated the heavy traffic environment of a mobile operator, using HTTP traffic and 96-byte packets, the typical type and size generated by smartphones. Crossbeam said the data confirmed that the X-Series can process 18 million packets per second under the worst traffic conditions, providing full firewall protection to secure millions of simultaneous connections.

    "We're entering the age of mobile broadband, where smartphones and other wireless devices offer affordable, high-speed technology for surfing the Web and downloading video. Demand will only increase," said Nikos Koutsoukos, director of product management at Crossbeam. "Mobile operators need to think in terms of real-world conditions, not just performance claims in white papers and data sheets. Crossbeam stands up to the most rigorous tests, and we continue to push the envelope to help customers achieve real-world, high-performance security."

    Crossbeam's X-Series security platform virtualizes best-in-class, third-party security applications on a highly scalable, carrier-class chassis.

    EXFO Simplifies its Corporate Name/Brand

    EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering has officially shortened its name to "EXFO Inc." The company said it opted to change its name for simplicity's sake.

    EXFO's mission is to supply test and service assurance solutions for network operators and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. Its Telecom Division, which accounts for almost 90% of the company's revenues, offers a wide range of innovative solutions to assess optical networks, from the core to access, as well as next-generation IP infrastructures and related triple-play services. The company also has a Life Sciences and Industrial Division.

    TeliaSonera Moves from ADSL to VDSL2 with Ericsson

    TeliaSonera has selected Ericsson to assist with a migration of its fixed broadband networks from ADSL to VDSL2. Specifically, Ericsson has been chosen as sole supplier of one million access lines. Under the agreement Ericsson will deliver EDA 1200 based on VDSL2 technology and related installation services. The contract includes Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Deployment starts in Sweden and will run over the next 12 months. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    South Korea Leads in FTTH/B Penetration

    South Korea is the first country in the world where more than 50% of households are using FTTH/B connections, according to new figures from the FTTH Council. The top five global economies in terms of the total number of subscribers are Japan, China, South Korea, USA and Taiwan. These five countries represent more than 90% of all FTTH/B subscribers in the Global Ranking.

    The latest update to the FTTH/B Global Ranking, jointly issued by the three FTTH Councils of Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, was presented at last week's FTTH Conference in Lisbon.

    "We welcome the latest update of the Global Ranking with mixed feelings", commented Karel Helsen, President of the FTTH Council Europe. "On one hand, we are happy to see European newcomers like Portugal, Bulgaria and Czech Republic in the Ranking, and of course France, one of the European G-20 states. On the other hand, the new G-20 Ranking shows that countries such as Germany and UK, and of course the European Union as a whole are still lagging behind. Although too slow, Europe is heading in the right direction and the FTTH Council Europe will pursue its efforts to accelerate FTTH deployment in Europe."

    Telefónica Reaches 265 Million Accesses, up 5.1%

    As of the beginning of 2010, Telefónica was serving 265 million accesses worldwide (+5.1%) thanks to the expansion of the mobile business (+7.4%), fixed broadband (+8.2%) and pay TV (+9.8%). Net adds in the mobile telephony business grew by multiples in all regions in the second half while the mobile broadband business reached 15 million accesses at year end compared to 9 million a year earlier.

    By region, the growth rates reported by Telefónica Europa were 6.9% year-on-year, while and Telefónica Latinoamérica grew by 6.5% year-on-year.

    For 2009, Telefónica met all its financial guidance despite the global economic conditions. In absolute terms, Telefónica Latinoamérica contributed 40.5% to total Group revenues (+1.8 percentage points compared to 2008, excluding the impact from hyperinflation accounting), whilst Telefónica España and Telefónica Europe contributed 34.7% and 23.9% to Group revenue respectively.

    Operating income before depreciation and amortisation (OIBDA), which totaled 22,603 million euros in 2009 (-1.4% in reported terms). In organic terms, OIBDA grew 0.9% year-on-year, underpinned by Telefónica Latinoamérica (+3.8 percentage points) and Telefónica Europa (+0.7 percentage points), which offset Telefónica España's lower
    contribution (-3.3 percentage points).

    Some highlights from the report:

    • By type of access, the Telefónica Group had over 202 million wireless accesses at the
      end of 2009.

    • The main drivers of wireless net adds to December 2009 were Brazil (6.8 million), Mexico (2.1 million), Germany (1.5 million), Argentina (1.1 million) and UK (1 million). The main contributors in the fourth quarter were Brazil (2.9 million), Mexico (0.9 million), Argentina (0.5 million) and Germany (0.6 million).

    • In Spain nearly 88% of retail broadband accesses are bundled as part of some kind of dual or triple play package, whilst in Latin America almost 56% of broadband accesses are bundled as part of Duos or Trios. In 2009 net adds exceeded 1.0 million accesses (0.3 million in the fourth quarter), mostly from Argentina and UK.

    • Pay TV accesses stood at around 2.5 million at the end of 2009, 9.8% up from a year earlier. It is worth mentioning that the Company already offers Pay-TV services in Spain, the Czech Republic, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina.

    • CAPEX for 2010 is expected to be in the range of EUR 7,450 t0 7,650 million. For comparison, CapEx in 2009 reached EUR 7,257 million.

    • In 2009, Spanish wireline access market continued affected by an adverse economic climate, and showed an estimated year-on-year decrease of 0.8%. Against this backdrop, the company's total number of wireline accesses in service (retail wireline telephony accesses, wholesale line rental, fully unbundled loops, and nked wholesale ADSL) was down 2.4% in 2009 (-386,465 wireline accesses in the year).

    • In wireless telephony, estimated market penetration in Latin America stood at 90%, an increase of 8 percentage points from December 2008. Telefónica managed 134.7 million wireless accesses in the region, yielding year-on-year growth of 9.2% after reporting net adds of 11.4 million accesses in the full year.

    • The number of broadband accesses in Latin America for the company exceeded 6.4 million, and is still recording
      significant growth rates (+5.9% year-on-year) as a result of solid growth in Argentina (+14.4% year-on-year), Peru (+10.0% year-on-year) and Chile (+9.3% year-on-year). Pay TV customers reached 1.6 million (up 7% year-on-year), with 179,556 accesses added since the start of the year. Wireline accesses remained affected by fixed-mobile substitution and fell by 4.2% on 2008.