Thursday, April 1, 2010

Solarflare Expands 10GbE Offerings

Solarflare Communications has expanded its family of branded 10GbE products with a new 10GbE dual-port server adapter and Enterprise OpenOnload. The new SFN5122F adapter is especially designed for virtualization, cloud computing and high-performance computing in financial services. Enterprise OpenOnload is an application acceleration product ideal for high-performance computing in financial services and other vertical markets that require low-latency and high message rate application acceleration.

Solarflare noted that multiple high-density 10GbE data center switches are now available from such vendors as Arista, BNT, Brocade, Cisco and Force10. These switches drive the need for high-performance, dual-port 10GbE server adapters. To fully utilize the increased processing power delivered by multi-core CPUs, enterprises and data centers require native 10GbE network connections.

Featuring hypervisor bypass and SR-IOV, the SFN5122F alleviates network I/O bottlenecks and allows IT managers to allocate server I/O network resources directly to applications. Solarflare's scalable, hardware-assisted virtualized architecture supports thousands of vNICs for accelerated application networking. When combined with Enterprise OpenOnload, the SFN5122F can deliver sub-5 microsecond UDP/TCP application latencies, while supporting message rates in the millions. It also significantly reduces latency jitter, making it ideal for high-frequency trading.

Recently, Solarflare also published the results of testing this adapter with the Intel Xeon Processor 7500 Series Server, the next-generation server processor previously codenamed Nehalem-EX. The company equipped four Solarstorm SFN5122F dual-port 10GbE NICs on a four processor Intel Xeon Processor 7500 Series Server, achieving a new LAN speed record at 118 Gbps network throughput.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Vidyo Secures $25 Million for Videoconferencing

Vidyo, a start-up based in Hackensack, New Jersey, announced a $25 million Series C round of financing to support is personal telepresence solutions.

Vidyo enables multi-point videoconferences on desktop computers and room systems over the Internet and wireless networks Its patented VidyoRouter architecture delivers H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) that eliminates an MCU while delivering high error resilience and low latency.

The new funding brings the total amount of capital raised by the company to $63 million since its founding in 2005. All existing investors, Menlo Ventures, Rho Ventures, Seven-Rosen Funds and Star Ventures, participated in the round, which was led by Four Rivers Group.
  • Vidyo is headed by Ofer Shapiro (CEO and co-founder), who previously spent eight years at RADVISION where he was responsible for the development of the first IP video conferencing bridge and gatekeeper technology. Ofer was also a contributor and one of the editors of the H.323 standard. Vidyo's other co-founder is Dr. Alex Eleftheriadis (Chief Scientist), who was an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. He holds 12 patents, has served as the Editor of the MPEG-4 Systems specification, and is currently co-editor of the H.264 SVC Conformance specification.

Telarix Raises $20 Million for OSS/BSS Solutions

Telarix, a privately-held company based in Vienna, Virginia, secured $20 million in venture capital for its business information exchange and interconnect OSS/BSS solutions for content providers, IP service providers and global fixed and mobile operators. The company's software tools enable service providers to gather, analyze, and act upon interconnect business events and service transactions in near real-time.

The new money will be used to support the continued growth of iXLink, a global business information exchange service for the telecom community. Telarix said it now has over 625 members now using the service to automatically exchange business information with their trading partners. iXLink recently added three new services: Price List Receipt with Dial Code Mapping to simplify and automate their purchasing process; a next generation CLI monitoring service which provides mobile, fixed-lined and VoIP carriers the ability to accurately verify Calling Line Identification (CLI) for mobile and landline destinations worldwide; and a Benchmarking service for tracking pricing and quality data related to the international wholesale telecommunication market.

The new funding came from Brown Brothers Harriman Capital Partners III (BBH Capital Partners), a private equity fund sponsored by Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and Edison Venture Fund.

Zain Bahrain Measures LTE Download at 70 Mbps with NSN

Zain Bahrain has achieved an LTE download speed of 70 Mbps in a field trial conducted with Nokia Siemens Networks. The trial involved Nokia Siemens Networks' Flexi base stations, installed in separate buildings, as well as its NetAct network management solution.

Zain's network has achieved a minimum latency of 15 milliseconds --- the smallest ever in any public LTE call, according to the companies. The LTE call highlights applications such as multi-video streaming, high-resolution video conferencing, voice over LTE, and LTE terminal mobility within an office environment.

Zain Bahrain anticipates completing its LTE network later this year, proving a showcase for all of Zain Group's operations across the Middle East and Africa.

"Setting standards and raising the bar on excellence have always been a Zain Bahrain prerogative," said Mohammed Zainalabedin, general manager, Zain Bahrain. "This first ever live call is a taste of the excellence our customers can expect when our entire network upgrade is unveiled by the end of this year. It is part of the continuous effort at Zain Bahrain to keep our promise to our customers that we will always deliver a world-class mobile user experience."
  • In October 2009, Zain Bahrain selected Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize its radio and core network as well as the prepaid charging system. This begins the transition to a flat, all-IP network supporting Internet High Speed Packet Access (I-HSPA) and Long Term Evolution (LTE). Financial terms were not disclosed. Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will replace the existing legacy core network with the latest Mobile Softswitching (MSS) solution. In addition, charging system will be upgraded to the Nokia Siemens Networks prepaid solution, based on charge@once select. NSN's Flexi Multiradio Base Stations are capable of supporting WCDMA, HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE via a software upgrade. Zain Bahrain will be in a position to launch I-HSPA functionality within the year. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy a full end-to-end offering for LTE, providing LTE radio, Evolved Packet Core for LTE, subscriber data management, network management and services.

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom Complete UK Merger

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom completed their UK merger transaction, combining T-Mobile UK and Orange into the UK's leading mobile operator. It will have a combined mobile customer base of around 28.4 million, representing approximately 37 percent of UK mobile subscribers. A new name for the venture has not yet been announced, so the existing brands will be kept in place for now.

In November 2009, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom signed the final agreement to combine their UK operations, T-Mobile and Orange, into a 50:50 joint venture company. The deal was first announced on 8 September 2009.

Tom Alexander, former CEO of Orange UK serves as CEO of the new Joint Venture, and Richard Moat, the former CEO of T-Mobile UK is Chief Financial Officer and Deputy CEO. A Board of Directors has also been formed, on which Tom Alexander and Richard Moat will serve as executive directors. Tim Höttges, CFO of Deutsche Telekom, will lead the board as non-executive chairman for two years. After this time, the leadership will rotate to Gervais Pellissier, Deputy CEO and CFO of France Telecom, for two years.

Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs Describes Single-Carrier 224 Gbps

Researchers from Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs demonstrated a range of technology advances at last month's Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) in San Diego, California, including higher-order modulation techniques, use of multi-stage algorithms and increased spectral efficiencies that enable the transmission of significantly higher bit rates over increasingly longer distances. The optical transmission technologies demonstrated by Bell Labs were presented in a series of juried research papers reviewed in rigorous evaluation process and accepted by the OFC program committee. Alcatel-Lucent highlighted the following items:

Field transmission of optical OFDM1 signals carrying greater than 100 Gbps -- A key step forward in the evolution of new modulation formats over existing fiber infrastructure. Involves transmission of 3x253Gb/s OFDM-Superchannels over 764 km field deployed single mode fibers. Employs ten G.652 fiber spans, provided by Deutsche Telekom AG and makes use of OFDM channels spaced 100GHz apart that cover a bandwidth of 90GHz and result in a configuration compatible with a 100GHz grid.

Next-Generation 400 Gigabit per second transmission -- Generation and detection of a novel spectrally-efficient format occupying a bandwidth of only 60 GHz. Involves 448-Gbps Reduced-Guard-Interval CO-OFDM Signal with 7 bit-per second-Hz channel spectral efficiency and transmission over 2000-km of ULAF and five 80-GHz-Grid optical add-drop multiplexers.

40% increase of single-carrier bit rate, up to 224-Gbps -- An improvement over the highest previous 20 Gbaud (160 Gbps) single-carrier line rate demonstrated in PDM 16-QAM transmission. Single-carrier multilevel modulation at high symbol rates enables a simpler transmitter structure. Involves a 10 × 224-Gb/s WDM Transmission of 28-Gbaud PDM2 16-QAM on a 50-GHz Grid over 1,200 km of fiber.

NTT America to Deploy Cisco ASR 9000

NTT America will deploy the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Router to scale its Next-Generation Internet Protocol Network infrastructure for leading capacity, nonstop video, power efficiency, robust IPv6 support and integrated video monitoring intelligence. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Among its criteria in selecting this platform, NTT America also set a requirement for carrier-grade IPv6 capability, as its global IP network has been running both IPv4 and IPv6 worldwide since 2001. The Cisco ASR 9000 supports both IPv4 and IPv6 protocol stacks for service growth.

The companies noted that global IP traffic is expected to increase fivefold from 2008 to 2013, approaching 56 exabytes per month in 2013, up from approximately 9 exabytes per month in 2008. IP traffic in Asia Pacific will lead this growth worldwide. It is forecast to reach 21 exabytes per month in 2013, accounting for more than one-third of the global traffic. (Source: Cisco Visual Networking Index IP traffic growth forecast 2008--2013.)

The NTT Communications Global IP Network has reached 300 Gbps of available capacity on the transpacific portion of the network, the highest available capacity of any global Tier 1 network, serving growing international customer bases and providing a cost-effective solution to meet the demand for bandwidth speed and capacity. By utilizing three cable systems - PC-1, Tyco Global Network (TGN) and Japan-US (JP-US) -- NTT America provides a short, low-latency path for transpacific Internet traffic, allowing customers fast, reliable and cost-effective access to financial and international markets.

AT&T Wins $29 Million MPLS Project with US EPA

AT&T Government Solutions will supply an MPLS-based network for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

As the primary provider under the WAN 2010 Project will also provide Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Services (MTIPS) to enhance the security of the EPA network. AT&T will use MTIPS to secure the EPA's Internet traffic with services such as Intrusion Detection Services, Intrusion Protection Services, Incident Response, Managed Firewall Services, and Anti-Virus Management. AT&T will also provide Managed Network services such as Project Management Office (PMO), operations, site deployment, network engineering and design, on-site installation, maintenance, training and proactive network management and reporting. AT&T will deliver these services at EPA locations supporting systems and applications for the EPA workforce.

The task order, which was awarded under the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Networx Enterprise contract vehicle, is valued at up to $29 million, if all options are exercised.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Covad and MegaPath to Merge

Covad and MegaPath announced plans to merge into a single company. Pending federal and state regulatory approvals, the transaction will create one of the largest managed service local exchange carriers (MSLEC) in the U.S. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Covad provides a wide range of access and hub aggregation services, including Ethernet, DSL, and T1. It operates a nationwide IP/MPLS network and its network footprint encompasses some 4,400 central offices (COs) in 45 states and 240 metropolitan statistical areas. Covad wholesale partners include leading providers such as AT&T, Verizon Business, and Sprint. The company is based in San Jose, California.

MegaPath provides managed IP communications services across North America. It also operates a nation-wide MPLS backbone with POPs in 30 major cities MegaPath is based in Costa Mesa, California.

"We will continue to provide innovative services and superior automation to our wholesale partners, and by adding MegaPath's leading managed service offerings, we will further enhance the value we deliver to the market," said Pat Bennett, CEO of Covad , who will continue as Chief Executive Officer.

The combined businesses will be owned by Platinum and MegaPath investors.

China Mobile and ZTE Test TD-LTE indoor MIMO

China Mobile and ZTE have completed a TD-LTE indoor MIMO networking performance test in Beijing. The test yielded TD-LTE performance evaluation data on indoor single/dual path cell throughput. The testing also produced data for indoor multi-UE circumstances. Performance results were not disclosed.

ZTE said the goal of this experiment was to evaluate construction of indoor LTE distribution systems, including whether a two-path system can achieve significantly better performance than a single path system under different scenarios and user distributions. The testing found that, under diversified testing circumstances, a TD-LTE two-path indoor distribution system downlink throughput does show dramatic improvements compared with single path indoor distribution system.

ZTE and China Mobile plan to jointly deploy a TD-LTE network for the Expo News Centre at the World Expo Shanghai 2010.

NTT Com and Boingo Set Wi-Fi Roaming Agreement

NTT Communications Corporation and Boingo have enacted a reciprocal Wi-Fi roaming agreement that takes effect today. NTT Com HOTSPOT customers are able to use some 70 Boingo wireless local area network (WLAN) access points for data roaming in airports and other locations of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, while Boingo retail customers visiting Japan gain access to NTT Com HOTSPOT WLAN access points, both beginning April 1. In Japan, Boingo retail customers can roam NTT Com's broad nationwide WLAN network covering hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, airports, train stations and even selected railcars on major business routes.

Tranzeo Wireless to Acquire Aperto Networks

Tranzeo Wireless Technologies Inc. (TSX:TZT) has agreed to acquire Aperto Networks. Under the deal, Tranzeo will issue common shares to the stockholders of Aperto based on a US$5 million base consideration amount, as adjusted for liabilities and cash of Aperto at closing. Both companies are suppliers of wireless broadband and WiMAX communication systems. Tranzeo is based in British Columbia, Canada, while Aperto is located in Milpitas, California.

"Acquiring Aperto immediately transforms Tranzeo into a market leading complete solutions provider for major telecommunications operators while still supplying product to Tranzeo's existing wireless Internet service providers," said Jim Tocher, President and CEO of Tranzeo.

The companies said Aperto's current backlog of all purchase orders is US$8.3 million. This will be added to Tranzeo's current backlog of US$32.7M.http://
  • Founded in 1999, Aperto Networks was an initial lead contributor to IEEE 802.16 and the ETSI-BRAN standards.

Verizon and IBM Offer Cloud-Based Managed Data Protection

Verizon and IBM have teamed up to deliver the Managed Data Vault - a new private cloud service that provides secure, quick and reliable daily backups, and fast recovery of enterprise information. The service will automatically transfer data from a client location to a specially designed off-site data center via Verizon's secure high-speed private network. IBM supplies backup infrastructure and management capabilities. The service is aimed at the financial, retail and health care services markets.

This solution will initially be available to Verizon and IBM clients in the New York City metropolitan area.

Verizon Provides Mobile Device Mgt for Government Agencies

Verizon has begun providing a carrier-neutral Mobility Management for Government (MMG) service to help federal agencies protect physical and intellectual assets for mobile users.

Specific components of the hosted MMG solution include:

  • Mobile Security Shield - Anti-virus and spam security protection for mobile PDAs and mobile operating systems.

  • Mobile Virtual Private Network - The VPN is compliant with FIPS 140-2 and provides secure connectivity back to agency applications.

  • Mobile Infrastructure and Device Management - Manages mobile devices for the agency, delivering tools, applications and data to employees, where and when required, while creating and enforcing flexible mobile policies across the agency.

  • Wireless Expense and Asset Management System - Tracks mobile assets, usage and spending, delivering consolidated and departmental reports.

Verizon MMG, which is an expansion of the company's Managed Mobility portfolio for enterprises, is available immediately under the U.S. General Services Administration's Washington Interagency Telecommunications System (WITS 3) contract and as an IT solution using the Alliant contract. The solution complies with the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 140-2 and applicable Security Technical Implementation Guide security guidelines for federal agencies.

Cisco Releases "Valet" Home Wireless Gear

Cisco introduced a new line of home WiFi routers aimed at simplifying the set-up of home networks. A USB thumb drive is provided to automate the configuration of the network. Valet also provides new levels of parental controls, as well as guest access. Pricing starts at $99.

Huawei Reports 19% Sales Growth for 2009

Huawei Technologies Co. reported sales revenue of CNY 149.1 billion (approx. US$21.82 billion) worldwide for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, with a 19% rise year on year. Net profit was CNY 18.3 billion, with a net profit margin of 12.2%; it had CNY 21.7 billion net cash flow from operating activities. The company held CNY 29.2 billion (approx US$427 billion) in cash as of December 31, 2009.

Huawei is forecasting a 20% growth in sales revenue in 2010, driven by global broadband, particularly, mobile broadband.

Bharti Airtel Awards US$1.3 Billion Deal to Ericsson

Bharti Airtel has awarded a US$1.3 billion network expansion contract to Ericsson. Ericsson will expand and upgrade Airtel's network in 15 of India's 22 telecom circles. Under the deal, Ericsson will supply its 2G/2.5G radio base stations, circuit and packet core, microwave transmission and Intelligent Network. In addition, Ericsson will ensure that Bharti Airtel's core and transport network is 3G-ready in order to reduce time to market and enable the fast rollout of 3G services at a later date.

Ericsson Completes Acquisition of Nortel's GSM Business

Ericsson completed its acquisition of Nortel's North American GSM business. The acquisition includes the transfer of important GSM business with North American operators and further strengthens Ericsson's ability to serve North America's leading wireless operators. More than 350 employees from Nortel will be integrated in the Ericsson group over the coming months. The deal was first announced in November 2009.

Ericsson's bid for Nortel's GSM assets was made together with Kapsch CarrierCom AG of Austria. Under the two transactions Ericsson is acquiring certain assets of Nortel's GSM business in North America and Kapsch is acquiring certain assets outside North America.

"The addition of Nortel's skilled GSM experts adds additional depth to Ericsson's newest business unit," said Rima Qureshi, head of Ericsson's CDMA unit. "The CDMA team acquired from Nortel late last year has built a strong foundation already, and this new acquisition places us in a great position to support our growing list of North American and International customers."
  • In 2009, Ericsson also acquired Nortel's CDMA and LTE assets in North America.

MERU Soars in IPO

Shares in Meru Networks, which specializes in enterprise wireless LAN solutions, soared 28% in their first day of trading on Nasdaq (MERU). The company offered 4,386,784 common shares at a price to the public of $15.00 per share. Trading on Wednesday closed at $19.17.

Altera's FPGAs Interoperate Directly with 40G Avago Optical Modules

Altera Corporation announced the interoperability of its Stratix IV GT FPGAs with 40G Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (QSFP) optical modules from Avago Technologies providing 40 Gbps data rates across a single link of fiber-optic cable.

QSFP is the next-generation hot-pluggable interface for high-performance switches, routers, servers and host bus adapters used in computing and telecommunication applications. The interface is currently the industry's most compact, 4-high-speed-channel, Z-axis pluggable interface supporting data rates up to 40 Gbps (4 lanes x 10 Gbps).

Altera's Stratix IV GT FPGA's 11.3-Gbps transceivers connect directly to the 40G QSFP optical module without the need of bridging chips.