Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Telstra Plans LTE Trials with Ericsson, Huawei and NSN

Telstra unveiled plans to begin LTE trials in May. The Australian carrier will spend the next three to six months testing the feasibility and technical capability of LTE. Three vendors were named for the LTE trials: Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks. Ericsson has been the lead supplier of Telstra's Next G HSPA+ network.

In Hong Kong, Telstra's subsidiary company CSL is already testing LTE equipment from ZTE.

Telstra said its LTE tests will examine a variety of LTE's attributes including radio access characteristics, coverage, performance, signal propagation and various enhanced packet core features. In addition to lab evaluations, the trials will be conducted in both urban and rural areas.

"We're already achieving speeds and capacity that are among the best in the world and there's plenty left in the tank, so while LTE will be an important evolution for the Next G network, it won't be a revolution because HSPA+ is already setting the benchmark for our customers' experience," stated Michael Rocca, Telstra's Chief Operations Officer (Acting).
  • Telstra has completed the upgrade of its "Next G" HSPA+ network with Dual Carrier technology, providing peak network downlink speeds of 42Mbps. Actual customer rates will be below the theoretical peak.

    The first HSPA+ dual-carrier device will be a modem from Sierra Wireless. It goes on sale in Australia later this year and Telstra expects customers using the device will experience typical speeds in selected locations around double those seen currently with the fastest 3G devices on its network.

    The upgrade of Telstra's network to HSPA+ Dual Carrier was achieved in conjunction with network partner Ericsson, with Qualcomm and Sierra Wireless joining the team to deliver a HSPA+ Dual Carrier chipset and device.

Indonesia's ICON+ Deploys NSN's Optical Transport

PT Indonesia Comnets Plus (ICON+), a subsidiary of the National Electricity Company, is expanding its backbone network to Sumatra using hiT 7300 DWDM optical transport platform. Nokia Siemens Networks' managed services business is implementing and managing the network. The DWDM roll-out undertaken by Nokia Siemens Networks started in January 2010 and is expected to be completed in April 2010, covering most of Sumatra.

Fujitsu Adds 40 Gbps to FLASHWAVE 7500 ROADM

Fujitsu has added third generation 40 Gbps optical interfaces to its FLASHWAVE 7500 Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) platform. The new 40 Gbps coherent interfaces for the FLASHWAVE 7500 ROADM include individual transponder, muxponder, and regenerator units. Combining advanced coherent detection technology with dual polarization quadrature phase shift keying (DP-QPSK) modulation, these new units enable enhanced performance on ultra-high speed 40 Gbps wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) networks.

The second generation 40 Gbps interface cards, which are based on Adaptive Differential Phase Shift Keying (ADPSK) modulation, are still available and will continue to be offered and supported for applications that do not require the enhanced DP-QPSK / coherent performance.

Fujitsu said its new coherent receivers offer many advantages, including improved optical performance, which allows for larger geographic networks with longer optical spans. Utilizing all-electronic compensation, coherent optics eliminate the need for dispersion compensation modules and improve operational flexibility.

Broadcom Pushes Ethernet Switching Silicon to 64x 10GbE

Broadcom introduced a new series of multi-layer Ethernet devices providing up to 64-ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) with the flexibility to also support 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE). The BCM56840 series supports Layer 2 / Layer 3 (L2 / L3) switching with dynamic access control lists (ACLs). It also support Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) IEEE P802.3az draft standard. Sampling is underway.

The new Broadcom BCM56840 series, which represents the eighth generation of the company's StrataXGS switch architecture, is aimed at data centers requiring sub-microsecond latency and ultra low power per single chip.

Designed in 40 nanometer (nm) process technology, the BCM56840 offers integrated SerDes. The series can be used as a foundation element to build next generation top-of-rack switches, blade switches and modular switches. These switches can be tied together to deliver a highly scalable network, interconnecting thousands of servers for enterprise, as well as cloud provider data centers.

Broadcom also has complementary silicon and software solutions for the data center market segment including a quad-port 10GBASE-T PHY, a 10GbE dual-port converged network interface controller (C-NIC), a 10GbE SFP+ PHY and software.

PT. Telkom Indonesia Selects Level 3 for US Services

PT. Telkom Indonesia International (TII) will use Level 3's landing station connectivity at the Asia America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable system. Level 3's services provide a diverse and scalable extension of TII's network to data and Internet traffic in the United States. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Level 3 is providing TII with U.S. wavelength and high-speed IP services. TII will use Level 3 wavelength transport services to backhaul data and Internet traffic between the AAG cable landing station and the Level 3 gateway in Los Angeles. From the Level 3 gateway, Level 3 high-speed IP transit services will provide nationwide connectivity for TII. The combination of Level 3 wavelength and high-speed IP services with direct connectivity to AAG offers Telkom Group more efficient and cost-effective delivery of global communications for more than 100 million end-user customers.

BridgeWave Adds QoS to its 80 GHz FlexPort Mobile Backhaul

BridgeWave Communications has added QoS capabilities to its FlexPort family of high-capacity 80 GHz radios for mobile backhaul. The gigabit backhaul solution now natively supports both legacy TDM traffic along with IP-based 4G traffic.

As more and more real-time applications appear on consumer mobile devices, carriers must ensure subscribers get the right application performance at the right time, even in times of network strain. Bridgewave said its FlexPort can now prioritize real-time application traffic to ensure these applications are given necessary network priority.

FlexPort does so by leveraging an integral five port Ethernet switch that applies Quality of Service rules to incoming traffic to prioritize data. FlexPort allows for up to eight queues for enhanced QoS performance and supports strict priority queuing or shaped deficit weighted round robin (SDWRR) queuing.

Another enhancement -- FlexPort now incorporates Ethernet Operation, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM) functionality. This facilitates automated end-to-end network management and monitoring that validates connections, detects faults and alarms, and monitors link performance.

In addition, Bridgewave is now support 1+1 configurations. This brings the same system redundancy found in traditional microwave systems to the millimeter wave spectrum with 1+1 Monitored Hot Standby (MHSB) configurations. FlexPort MHSB configurations allow for two outdoor units to be coupled to one antenna via the use of a millimeter wave MHSB Coupler, invented by BridgeWave.

CoreOptics and EXFO Demo 40G on CP-QPSK Transponder

CoreOptics and EXFO will jointly demonstrate the interworking of a 40G coherent transponder module from CoreOptics and EXFO's FTB-8140 Transport Blazer test module. This live demonstration achieves 40G error-free traffic on a next-generation multihaul DWDM line card, using EXFO's 40G Transport Blazer client-side test module with CoreOptics' 40G CP-QPSK line-side transponder, which includes advanced dual polarization, DQPSK modulation and coherent detection with digital signal processing (DSP) technologies.

The live demo will comprise a test setup of EXFO's FTB-8140 Transport Blazer (40G/43G) generating an OC-768/STM-256 signal with PRBS (pseudo-random bit stream) test patterns into a next-generation multihaul DWDM platform's line card with its integrated client 40G VSR module, FEC ASIC and line-side 40G CP-QPSK DWDM module. The transmitted output from the CoreOptics module will connect to a line system with EDFAs and 2000 km of singlemode fiber, back to the receiver end.

Alcatel-Lucent Unveils Ultimate Wireless Packet Core

Alcatel-Lucent unveiled the "Ultimate Wireless Packet Core" -- its key product set to help mobile service providers address the explosion in mobile data services on 3G networks and coming LTE networks. The solution leverages the flagship Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router and the company's "High Leverage Network" strategy.

Significantly, Alcatel-Lucent is positioning its evolved packet core solution alongside policy and DPI analytics tools to bring advanced network management capabilities to both 3G and 4G networks. This will enable bandwidth-hungry, enriched and personalized services with enhanced subscriber quality of experience, while delivering improved provisioning, operating and maintenance from the radio access network (RAN) to the backhaul elements and into the packet core.

Key elements of Alcatel-Lucent's Ultimate Wireless Packet Core and end-to-end wireless network and policy management include:

  • 2G and 3G GGSN (Gateway GPRS Support Node) functionality on Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Router-based mobile packet core gateways. Alcatel-Lucent's 4G mobile packet core gateway platform now supports GGSN for 2.5G and 3G as well as Serving Gateway and Packet Data Network Gateway for LTE, giving service providers a seamless and massively scalable solution for GPRS/EDGE, HSPA, HSPA+ and LTE. The 7750 SR delivers more than ten times the performance and scale of typical 3G packet core gateways, has been in global LTE trials since 2009 and will be available for commercial delivery of 2G, 3G and LTE services in the second half of 2010.

  • The new Alcatel-Lucent Wireless Mobility Manager (WMM), a high-performance and scalable solution for 2.5G/3G SGSN (Serving GPRS Support Node) and LTE MME (Mobility Management Entity) on an in-house designed and optimized, common ATCAv2 platform. This combined functionality enables operators to expand or renovate their existing
    packet cores to support HSPA and HSPA+ while having the signaling and control plane performance required of an MME when they migrate to LTE.

  • The new Alcatel-Lucent 5780 Dynamic Services Controller (DSC), which provides the 3G and LTE PCRF (Policy Charging and Rules Function), enabling mobile operators to optimize and monetize network resources, while offering personalized choice for the subscriber in both a 3G and LTE environment. The Alcatel-Lucent 5780 DSC also provides the foundation for converged wireline/wireless policy management to enable any application on any screen, anywhere. The 5780 DSC is currently in global trials and will be available for commercial 3G and LTE service delivery in the second half of 2010.

  • Enhancements to the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) include unified, end-to-end management of user (data) and control planes across mobile backhaul and packet core.

  • The Alcatel-Lucent 9900 Wireless Network Guardian (WNG) provides real-time visibility into the relationship between network element performance and end-user quality of experience (QoE) across the entire wireless data network.

"Our High Leverage Network strategy has enabled service providers to deliver large-scale, real-time, residential triple play services (Internet, Voice and IPTV) over the past five years and now we're bringing that strategy to mobile operators as they deal with tremendous growth in data and video applications,"said Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent's IP activities and head of carrier strategy.

Network Test Automation Forum Names VZ Exec as President

The newly formed Network Test Automation Forum named Verizon's Keith Kidd as its president.

Kidd, who is a director in Verizon's Network and Technology Labs, said "Automated testing is no longer a luxury. Every organization engaged in defining, developing and delivering new services must automate as much as possible to improve the speed to market and reduce the overhead of delivering their product or service. That's what the forum will promote."

The Network Test Automation Forum (NTAF) was founded by Breaking Point Systems, BT, Cisco, Ericsson, EXFO, Empirix, Fanfare Software, Ixia Communications, JDSU, Spirent Communications and Verizon.

China Mobile Reaches 460,000 Base Stations, 96% Fiber-fed

China Mobile now has over 460,000 base stations and a population coverage rate of 98%. Over 96% of China Mobile's base stations are now served by fiber. In 2009, China Mobile has completed the upgrading of its core network to be fully IP-based.

In 2009, China Mobile's 3G network was extended to include 238 cities across the country, with
a 70% coverage rate among prefecture-level cities.

China Mobile's total customer base at the end of 2009 reached 522 million, of which 65.03 million were net additions. Revenue from value-added business increased 16.0% over last year, a contribution of 29.1% to the Group's total operating revenue, thanks to service offerings such as SMS, Color Ring, MMS, Handset Internet Access and Mobile Paper. The company also cited growth in new wireless services, such as Wireless Music Club, Fetion, 12580 Info Service Line, 139 Mailbox and Mobile Gaming.

Future services in the China Mobile product pipeline include Mobile Video, Mobile Reading and Mobile

Financially, China Mobile's annual turnover reached RMB452.1 billion for 2009, up by 9.8% compared to a year earlier. EBITDA reached RMB229.0 billion, up by 5.9%.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

ZigBee and Wi-Fi Alliances Team on Smart Grid Wireless

The ZigBee Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance will collaborate on wireless home area networks (HAN) for Smart Grid applications. The initial focus of the collaboration will be ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0, which is the next-generation energy management protocol for Smart Grid-enabled homes based on today's ZigBee Smart Energy Profile. The ZigBee Smart Energy 2.0 is expected to operate over Wi-Fi technology as a result of the collaboration. The technology could be integrated into devices ranging from utility meters, thermostats, and appliances to home entertainment, computing systems, and automobiles.

EXFO Extends OTN Test Capabilities to 100G Ethernet Testing

EXFO has added optical transport network (OTN) testing capabilities to its FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer 100G/40G Ethernet Test Modules. These include OTU4 (111.81 Gbps) and OTU3 (43.018 Gbps) full-line-rate testing, as well as framing and forward error correction (FEC) testing as per ITU-T G.709, enabling breakthrough-level qualification of 100G Ethernet transmission over OTN. These added capabilities are available through a software option for existing 85100G Packet Blazer modules, requiring no additional hardware and maximizing customers' return on investment. EXFO will demonstrate these capabilities at the upcoming OFC event (booth 1134, March 23-25).

Lockheed Martin Opens Second Security Intelligence Center In Denver

Lockheed Martin officially opened its second Security Intelligence Center (SIC) in Denver. The first center was opened in Gaithersburg, Md. in May 2008.The facilities serve as Lockheed Martin's focal points for computer network defense including detection, identification and response to all information security incidents. Both facilities were built to secure government and Department of Defense (DoD) specifications, and feature classified systems that are connected to information sharing networks such as the DoD Cyber Crime Center's DIBNet. The centers include an operations floor, digital forensics area, secure evidence storage room, classified workspace, executive conference room and server room.

Acme Packet Confirms 134 Service Providers Customers for Enterprise SIP Trunking

SIP trunking is poised for substantial growth in 2010, according to Acme Packet, as service providers look to meet enterprise demand for more cost-efficient means of delivering IP connections.

A total of 134 service providers in 43 countries are currently delivering SIP trunking services using Acme Packet's Net-Net session border controllers (SBCs). The company said these service providers are currently in the early stages of their SIP trunking service delivery and they expect more significant enterprise adoption in 2010.

Opnext and Ixia Demo 100 Gigabit Ethernet

Opnext and Ixia have successfully demonstrated 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) interoperability of both the CFP MSA standard and the IEEE 802.3ba draft standard across multiple products and platforms. Ixia and Opnext previously verified their 100 GbE CFP MSA products, successfully transmitting and receiving 100 GbE packets at a demonstration hosted by Juniper Networks.

The traffic was created and measured using the Ixia K2 traffic generator and analyzer and Opnext's 100GBASE-LR4 CFP Multi-Source Agreement (CFP MSA)-compliant optical module.

"In alignment with our vision for The New Network, Juniper is leading the development and testing of 100 GbE hardware for high performance networks, supported by an open, flexible and secure infrastructure," said Unmesh Agarwala, vice president of engineering, Core Business Unit, Juniper Networks.

Google Apps Reaches 25 Million Users

Google reported that more than 25 million people have "gone Google", or adopted Google Apps for business usage. The company also released a Google Apps Migration tool for Microsoft® Exchange. This new server-side tool migrates a company's email, calendar and contact data from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps.

Proximion Offers FBG-based Tunable Dispersion Compensation for 10/40 Gbps

Proximion Fiber Systems AB introduced two new versions of its Tunable Dispersion Compensation Module (TDCM) based on its proprietary Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBG) technology.

The new TDCM module offers a tunable range of +/-1400 ps/nm at a bandwidth operation of 45 GHz. Operating at the same 45 GHz bandwidth, Proximion's second new module version enables customers to achieve full flexibility while reaching truly colorless tuning over +/- 1200 ps/nm. With a low power consumption of 1.5 watts, low loss and wide bandwidth, Proximion's newest TDCM modules easily support the growing need for high performance dispersion compensation for 10G and 40G applications.

Netronome Samples 40-Core Network Flow Processors for 40 and 100 Gbps Designs

Netronome has begun sampling its NFP-3240 processor to major network equipment suppliers. Netronome's Network Flow Processor packs an array of 40 1.4GHz microengine RISC cores and is designed for tight coupling with multicore Intel processors. Target applications include network, security and content processing platforms operating at 40 and 100 Gbps rates. Customer designs include shared service blades in switches and routers, 3G and LTE wireless infrastructure, security appliances and virtualized servers. The first commercial network boxes based on the processor are expected to reach production in the second half of 2010.

"We are pleased that the companies designing-in the NFP-3240 are among the world's largest network equipment manufacturers," said Niel Viljoen, founder and CEO of Netronome."Netronome is in its third year of record revenues and as the market for network flow processors continues to expand, we expect our growth to accelerate."

Highlights of the new NFP-32xx network flow processors include:

High-Performance: Up to 40 multi-threaded programmable networking cores running at 1.4GHz enable the NFP to deliver over 56 billion instructions per second with 320 hardware threads that optimize memory utilization. This yields 1800 instructions per packet at 30 million packets per second, enabling 20Gbps of L2-L7 deep packet processing with line-rate security and I/O virtualization for millions of simultaneous flows.

Power Efficiency: Operating at only 15 to 35 watts, the NFP-32xx delivers more than four times the power efficiency of its closest competitor.

Software-Defined I/O: Unlike fixed-function ASICs and configurable NPUs, Netronome's NFPs are fully programmable processors. Software-defined I/O supports both L2-L3 packet processing and L4-L7 application- and content-aware deep packet inspection. This programmability, coupled with line rate packet processing, provides the highest level of inspection and throughput available in the industry for traditional NPU applications such as high-performance line cards.

Network Virtualization in Silicon: Virtualized multicore CPUs are increasingly used in switches, routers, and network appliances for control, data plane, security and other networking applications. To scale network performance to 10Gbps and beyond the NFP-32xx offers a PCIe v2.0 implementation including extended SR-IOV with 256 queues to provide guaranteed bandwidth and low latency access to shared I/O devices. Netronome's SR-IOV drivers include configurable algorithms for load balancing to virtualized multicore CPUs and efficient zero-copy mechanisms that significantly improve CPU, memory and system bandwidth utilization. In addition to eight PCIe lanes, the NFP supports a wide range of popular high-speed network interfaces including dual 25Gbps Interlaken, SPI-4.2 and dual 10Gbps XAUI.

Integrated Hardware Acceleration for Security, Content and Parallel Processing: Unified computing architectures place extensive security requirements on the network. Ranging from coarse policy enforcement using IEEE 802.1AE LinkSec to granular and stateful flow-based applications such as IPsec and SSL, security processing is now required for the majority of network traffic. The NFP provides 20Gbps of line rate security processing by embedding hardware acceleration in a programmable dataplane, including cryptography engines, PKI engines, dedicated hardware for true random number generation, and support for in-line and look-aside security processing designs.