Sunday, April 4, 2010

Oki Develops a 43 Gbps Modulated Laser

Oki Semiconductor introduced a new Electro-Absorption Modulated Laser (EML) with 1.3 μm wavelength band capable of 43 Gbps serial transmission up to 10 km. Sampling is set for June 2010 and product launch is scheduled to take place in October 2010.

OKI Semiconductor already offers an EML with 1.55 μm wavelength band compliant with XLMD-MSA for 40 Gbps. This device has a transmission range of around 2 km.

Infinera Appoints Vice President of Architecture

Infinera has hired Michael Frendo as Vice President of Architecture to lead the development and implementation of long-term architectural direction at the company.

Mr. Frendo joins Infinera after a series of senior architectural and engineering roles at leading companies including Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, McDATA Corp and Avaya. http://www.infinera.comhttp://

New 4.8 Tbps Trans-Pacific Unity Cable Ready for Service

Unity, a consortium of six international companies, together with its suppliers NEC Corporation and TE SubCom (formerly Tyco Telecommunications), announced that the new Trans-Pacific Unity submarine cable system is ready for service.

The 9,620 km Unity cable system is architected with five fiber pairs and is designed to deliver up to 4.8 Terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth across the Pacific, with each fiber pair having a capacity of up to 960 Gbps. It provides direct connectivity between Chikura, located on the coast near Tokyo, and West Coast network Points-of-Presence in Los Angeles, Palo Alto and San Jose. At Chikura, Unity is seamlessly connected to other cable systems, further enhancing connectivity into Asia.

Members of the Unity consortium include Bharti Airtel, Global Transit (a Kuala Lumpur based telecommunications group), Google, KDDI Corporation, Pacnet (formed from the merger of Asia Netcom and Pacific Internet) and SingTel. The Unity cable system was constructed at a cost of approximately US$300 million.

"Following months of testing to ensure that the cable system meets the rigorous transmission standards specified, the Unity cable system is now ready to deliver the much anticipated capacity to meet the Trans-Pacific connectivity needs of members of the consortium," said Chris Wilson, Chairman of the Unity Executive Committee.

Separately, PacNet, which is Unity's largest investor, said its portion of the system comprises two of the five fiber pairs on the Unity cable system. EAC Pacific, which connects seamlessly to its EAC-C2C pan-Asia cable system at Chikura, provides up to 1.92 Tbps of capacity across the Pacific.
  • In December 2009, NTT Communications launched a new cable route linking Japan to the Trans-Pacific Express Cable Network (TPE), an optical fiber cable system that interconnects Mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and now Japan. TPE, which was built by a consortium comprising NTT Com, AT&T, China Telecommunications, China United Telecommunications, Chunghwa Telecom, KT Corporation and Verizon Business, began operating on September 30, 2008.

  • Also in 2009, NTT Com acquired 100% of Pacific Crossing's outstanding common shares. Pacific Crossing's PC-1 network is the second-largest trans-Pacific subsea cable system, spanning 21,000 km and connecting the U.S. and Japan. The system has landings at Harbour Pointe, Washington (near Seattle); Grover Beach, California (between San Francisco and Los Angeles); Ajigaura, Japan (near Tokyo); and Shima, Japan (near Osaka and Nagoya).

MobileIron's iPad App Monitors Corporate SmartPhones

MobileIron, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, introduced its MobileIron Sentry App for the Apple iPad. The app provides a mobile command center from which IT departments can monitor and take action on smartphones accessing enterprise email. The MobileIron Sentry App for iPad delivers real-time monitoring and response capabilities including:

  • Dashboard view of smartphone connection activity.

  • Identification of unauthorized or risky access.

  • Blocking of rogue devices.

  • Policy setting based on the device type employees are choosing.

MobileIron offers a Virtual Smartphone Platform that helps companies take control of smartphones, including for BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, iPhone, Symbian, and Android.
  • MobileIron is headed by Bob Tinker (president and CEO), who previously led the Business Development team for Cisco's wireless business units. The company was co-founded by Suresh Batchu, previously Engineering Portfolio Leader for application switching and security at Nortel Enterprise Data Network, and Ajay Mishra, who previously was a co-founder of enterprise wireless pioneer Airespace (now part of Cisco).

Fujitsu to Demo MPEG-4 Encoding Solutions, Low Latency 10Gb Ethernet

Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. will demonstrate its portfolio of high-fidelity, low-latency media solutions at the NAB Convention in Las Vegas later this month.

The exhibit includes the latest IP-9400 MPEG-4 AVC encoder, designed specifically to meet the demands of mobile live event contribution. Fujitsu said its design significantly reduces operational costs as broadcasters convert from MPEG-2 to AVC encoding in their high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) microwave, satellite and IP digital news gathering and live event capture systems.

Fujitsu will also showcase its recently announced XG2600 10Gb Ethernet solution as well as the 24-port XG0224 and 48-port XG0448 Layer 2 Ethernet switching solutions.

Gigamon Names VP of Marketing

Gigamon, which supplies Intelligent Data Access Networking solutions, announced the promotion of Kevin Jablonski to vice president of marketing and business development. Jablonski joined Gigamon in 2008. He brings nearly three decades of experience to his new role. Jablonski has cultivated and established many lucrative business relationships with large corporations such as HP, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, AT&T and EMC. Prior to Gigamon, Jablonski was the vice president of business development at Anue Systems.

Australia's NBN Picks First Partners, Issues More RFPs

NBN Co Limited (NBN Co), the consortium established to design, build and operate Australia's forthcoming wholesale-only National Broadband Network (NBN), selected three key technology partners: IBM, Oracle and Accenture.

IBM was selected for infrastructure hosting, which consists of acquiring servers, storage, operating systems, Oracle for the software platform. Accenture was picked for implementation and ongoing support services.

Portland Group provided procurement support to NBN Co for the process of selection. The contracts with IBM, Oracle and Accenture total $23 million over three years. NBN Co issued the Request for Proposal for these contracts in December 2009.

Separately, NBN Co. issued a Request for Capability Statement (RCS) seeking suitably qualified companies, joint ventures or consortia to provide design and construction services for the progressive rollout of the Fibre Access Network to 90% of Australian premises. Potential construction partners will need to show they have the capability and capacity to design and deliver telecommunications infrastructure projects of significant size and complexity. Submissions are due by 27-April-2010.

Two Minute Video: Beyond Gigabit Wireless Backhaul

Presented by Paul E. Obsitnik, Bridgewave Communications

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.