Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Covad Rolls Out Ethernet Services

Covad Communications has begun allowing wholesale partners to order its new nationwide Ethernet services. Covad Ethernet is available at speeds from 1.5 Mbps to 35 Mbps. It network reach covers over 4,000 COs and approximately 10 million businesses.

Partners can combine Covad Ethernet products with Covad's value added services such as MPLS VPNs and class of service (CoS) to gain new customers and upsell their existing customers. Covad's Ethernet services are offered with dedicated Internet access or aggregated with one of Covad's Gigabit Ethernet-based hub aggregation services.

Actelis Extends Ethernet-over-Copper with Dynamic Spectral Shaping

Actelis is leveraging newly developed Dynamic Rate Boost (DRB) and enhanced Dynamic Spectral Shaping (DSS) technologies to significantly extended the capabilities of EFM over bonded copper solutions.

The innovations significantly extend the performance and "spectral friendliness" of Actelis' Ethernet access devices and aggregation systems already deliver the best performing and most reliable Ethernet service over bonded-copper links. Both innovations are implemented in software.

Specifically, Actelis said its DRB technology optimizes transmission over multiple copper pairs, delivering more than 2x rate and reach, compared to competing EFM solutions available today. The combination of Actelis' DRB technology, along with symmetrical higher rates of up to 15Mpbs per single copper pair, provides significant performance advantages, enhanced reliability and substantial reduction of CAPEX and OPEX.

The Dynamic Spectral Shaping (DSS) capabilities enable Actelis' standards-based and spectrally compliant XR239 EFM Repeaters to support up to 15Mbps per single copper pair and more than 100Mbps using 8-pair bonded links.

The company said its DSS virtually eliminates the impact on ADSL/ADSL2+/VDSL2 without sacrificing performance of either service. This means that Actelis' XR239 EFM Repeaters, now in their fifth generation, can be deployed to provide even higher symmetrical throughput and longer reach to new and existing customers throughout the access network. This will enable service providers to deploy repeaters further into their customer serving area for delivery of advanced broadband services, including backhauling voice and data traffic from DSLAMs and mobile base stations.

Juniper Releases Secure Mobile Router with Military Specs

Juniper Networks released a new mobile secure router, the LN1000, for military, public safety, SmartGrid, Utilities/Energy and other field-based networks.

The new edge access router is packaged in a ruggedized blade format and it features the industry's first 8 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) port and provides radio router protocol support with hardware based queuing and an integrated intrusion detection and prevention system.

Juniper said this router's small size and energy efficiency enable it to be embedded in highly demanding, mobile network and sensor applications, such as military platforms, first responder and public safety vehicles, the Smart Grid, vehicular transportation systems, and a variety of oil/gas/mining exploration and energy/utility applications. The LN1000 supports secure connectivity in cars, trains, unmanned aviation vehicles and remote sensor and monitoring stations back to central command or operations centers.

Juniper first developed the LN1000 as a commercial off-the-shelf product that could support General Dynamics' efforts on the U.S. Army Warfighter Information Network Tactical (WIN-T) program.

It is compliant with both IPv4 and IPv6 protocols; and supports rigorous SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) specifications.

Taiwan's Vee TIME Deploys WiMAX with Motorola

Vee TIME Corp. has launched commercial WiMAX services in Taichung City, Taichung County and Kinmen County, Taiwan. The carrier, which has operated a cable TV service since 1997, acquired a WiMAX license last year and then selected Motorola as its lead supplier. Its WiMAX network is now the largest in southern Taiwan.

Motorola noted that it has now deployed WiMAX networks for three of the six operators who have acquired WiMAX licenses in Taiwan.

KPN Picks Cisco CRS-3 for its Core

KPN has selected the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System (CRS) as the foundation for its core IP NGN and to support the continuing growth of video transmission, mobile devices and new online services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Cisco has been a KPN supplier for many years. With this project, Cisco is working with us to anticipate the future of the Internet holds. By choosing the Cisco CRS-3, we've boosted the capacity, increased the quality and prepared for future growth of our core IP next-generation network," stated Eric Kuisch, general manager networks and services, KPN.
  • When it introduced its CRS-3 in March 2010, Cisco named AT&T as its first confirmed trial deployment.

Juniper Wins Bid with Allied Wireless Communications

Allied Wireless Communications Corporation (AWCC) selected Juniper Networks to build a high-performance mobile infrastructure to deliver an enhanced, secure user experience for mobile applications.

As part of the network upgrade, AWCC will deploy a combination of mobile network edge services, including Juniper's MX 3D Series Universal Edge Routers to offload traffic directly to the Internet, lowering network operating costs and latencies. In addition to the MX Series, AWCC will deliver carrier Ethernet transport with the EX Series Ethernet Switches, and multiservice transport services with the M Series Multiservice Edge Routers, along with SRX Series Services Gateways for integrated security. The complete solution is based on Junos OS.

AWCC was formed in connection with Atlantic Tele-Network's agreement to purchase wireless properties, licenses and network assets from Verizon Wireless. The sale of assets to ATN is expected to close in the second quarter of 2010.

Juniper Supplies Core-to-edge Net for U.S. Joint Forces Command

Juniper Networks is supplying a core-to-edge network that provides real-time joint training to U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force personnel around the globe. The U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) Next-Generation Joint Training and Experimentation Network (NextGen JTEN) is powered by Juniper routers, switches, firewalls and network security and event management solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The network, which now supports up to 30,000 concurrent multicast streams featuring a mix of live video and virtual battle simulations for multiple users and events around the world, is used to train combatant commands and services via a spectrum of live, virtual and constructive training environments.

Juniper confirmed that JFCOM is utilizing features of the MX Series, EX Series and ISG Series to deliver, segregate and secure multiple multicast events for their multiple customers. This includes multicast features of the Juniper Networks Junos operating system. The deployment includes MX240 Ethernet Services Routers, MX240 Ethernet Services Routers, and ISG2000 Integrated Services Gateways.

Telefónica O2 Germany Extends Services Contract with NSN

Telefónica O2 Germany awarded a large services contract to Nokia Siemens Networks to expand its network capacity across Germany to further prepare for future increases in traffic growth.

The contract provides for a range of services, including network implementation, project management and logistics in those areas of Germany where Nokia Siemens Networks has previously deployed network infrastructure. In addition the two companies are extending an existing supplier contract for 2G/3G technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.

France's SFR Tests 28 Mbps HSPA+ with NSN

France's SFR, in collaboration with Nokia Siemens Networks, will showcase HSPA+ download speeds of up to 28 Mbps on a live 3G network in a trial Marseille. The cornerstone of the HSPA+ trial with SFR is Nokia Siemens Networks' Flexi Multiradio base station.

SFR began deploying 14.4 Mbps HSPA+ with NSN 2009.
  • In February 2010, it was announced that SFR had selected Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks for a major network upgrade and an LTE trial. Alcatel-Lucent said it would provide an end-to-end LTE solution including base stations (eNodeBs), Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and associated management systems enabling SFR to evaluate the performance of LTE services. Nokia Siemens Networks said it was upgrading SFR's radio network and would provide, operate and maintain new all-IP packet core technology ready to support 4G LTE services.

Verizon Enhances On-Demand Cloud Computing

Verizon Computing as a Service, or CaaS, has been upgraded to include the following features:

  • Server Cloning - Provides IT administrators with the option to customize the configuration of a CaaS virtual server and then create a golden, or reference, server image. This eliminates the need to manually create the same server image multiple times and enables the rapid deployment of server clones supporting the same corporate application.

  • Application and Operating System Expansion - The SUSE Linux operating system is now supported on the Verizon CaaS platform as a standard service offering. Linux software is used with commonly deployed enterprise resource planning packages. In addition, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 has been added as a "click-to-provision" database server option.

  • Expanded Networking Flexibility - Enterprises now have expanded and streamlined networking options - virtual router and shared virtual private networks, including Verizon Private IP - for connecting back-end systems to Verizon CaaS via the online portal. In addition, customers can purchase metered, burstable bandwidth up to 1Gbps to meet immediate requirements for temporary computing capacity.

In addition to adding new features, Verizon has successfully completed the first annual SAS 70 Type II examination of controls for its CaaS data centers.

Verizon said its long term strategy is to move to an "everything-as-a-service" (EaaS) model, where cloud-based converged solutions are securely delivered through managed and professional services over the company's global IP network.

FCC's Blair Levin to Become Fellow at the Aspen Institute

Blair Levin, Executive Director of the Omnibus Broadband Initiative at the Federal Communications Commission, will become a Communications and Society Fellow at the Aspen Institute upon his departure from the Commission early next month.

Prior to his leading the creation of the National Broadband Plan, Levin co-headed the Technology, Innovation & Government Reform Policy Working Group of President Obama's Technology Transition Team along with current FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Levin, an attorney, served as chief of staff to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt from 1993 to 1997, where he oversaw the implementation of the 1996 Telecommunications Reform Act, and as a managing director at the investment firm Stifel Nicolaus.

Levin follows in the footsteps of four FCC Chairmen who took fellowships with the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program upon leaving the Commission. This tradition began with Democrats Reed Hundt (1993-97) and William Kennard (1997-2001) and continued with Republicans Michael Powell (2001-05) and Kevin Martin (2005-2009).

Next Phase of Covad Expansion - Ethernet Services

Presented by Aamir Hussain, Chief Technical Officer, Covad

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NTT Com to Offer Dual-stack Global IP-VPN Service Worldwide

NTT Com is rolling out a worldwide commercial IPv6-compatible IP-VPN service based on MPLS. The service will provide dual-stack connectivity for NTT Com's Arcstar Global IP-VPN via synchronous transfer mode (STM), Ethernet or cross-connect access lines. The service is now available in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Launches in other markets will follow.

NTT Com said that by allowing both protocols to be used on the same network, its VPN service enables enterprises to retain existing IPv4 architecture while gradually transitioning to IPv6 in a relatively smooth, low-cost manner. Most Arcstar Global IP-VPN optional services will be available, including quality of service, load sharing and traffic reporting. Service-level agreements will assure reliable, high-quality IP-VPN performance.

"Deploying an IPv6-compatible system can require time, so now is the time for enterprises to begin preparing for the transition, starting by consider just how badly the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses could impact the company's overall ICT system," said Dr. Shin Miyakawa, Director of IP Core Technology, Innovative IP Architecture Center. "The new dual-stack service will enable companies to smoothly transition from IPv4 to IPv6 via a fully managed, high-quality global network, backed by the unmatched know-how and experience of NTT Com, operator of the world's first commercial global IPv6 backbone since 2001."

The company launched a Japan-only dual-stack Arcstar IP-VPN service in March 2009.

Level 3 Tightens Latency SLAs from NYC-Chicago for Financial Apps

Level 3 Communications has begun offering two new ultra-low-latency options backed by service level guarantees on its fiber network between New York and Chicago. Circuits are available at speeds up to 10 Gbps for the low-latency services. The primary targets are financial institutions.

Verizon Wins $100 Million Agreement with Mitsui

Verizon Business announced an agreement valued at $100 million to help Mitsui build a new, fully managed global communications and IT platform. Specifically, Verizon Business will deploy and manage an integrated global IT, communications, data center and networking solution, supported by comprehensive managed services, security and IT consulting offerings.

Mitsui had previously worked with regional carriers around the globe, leading to duplicate platforms, processes and costs.

Verizon Business will provide a scalable, high-capacity global managed Private IP network for the company's voice and data communications that will serve as the foundation for new collaboration services such as audio, net and video conferencing. Verizon Business will manage Mitsui's key business applications in both Mitsui's own data centers and Verizon Business's fully redundant, secure data centers, and will also manage the company's IP PBX services, helping Mitsui transition its telephony services to a secure and resilient voice-over-IP platform. This will be realized in conjunction with Mitsui's existing information technology partners -- Fujitsu, Hitachi, MKI and NEC. Additionally, Verizon Business will provide managed e-mail, managed network security services and comprehensive desktop support.

Cable & Wireless Deploys NSN in the Channel Islands

Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has upgraded and expanded its 3G network in the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey with Nokia Siemens Networks. Nokia Siemens Networks is deploying its Single Radio Access Network (Single RAN) platform, which serves a variety of wireless access technologies by using the same Flexi Multiradio base station. Single RAN removes the need to deploy separate equipment for 2G, 3G and LTE networks, providing operators with a cost-efficient and future-proof approach to building their radio networks.

360networks Enhances Wholesale VoIP Service

360networks, a facilities-based full service wholesaler operator, has enhanced its VoIP Origination service to include support for short message service/multimedia message service (SMS/MMS) and a new metered inbound pricing model. The new SMS/MMS feature utilizes the same carrier grade SMS platform as wireless-to-wireless SMS, providing accurate routing of messages using real-time updates from the industry Local Number Portability database. 360networks delivers real-time processing of messages and message tracking via online reporting tools.

"As communications converge, we continue to see requirements from our customers to support applications such as SMS and MMS," said Rick Coma, senior vice president of 360networks. "As a wholesaler of next-generation communication services we will continue to work closely with our customers and deliver on their requirements."

Dell and Telefónica Enter Alliance

Dell and Telefónica announced a strategic alliance to develop future products and services designed around enhanced data-first experiences, enabling customers to interact with family, friends and businesses whenever and wherever they choose. The alliance with Telefónica is part of Dell's continued focus on developing smart mobile products
and services through value-added relationships.

"The demand for pervasive, instant-on, web-connected devices is everywhere," said Ron Garriques,
president, Dell Communication Solutions Group. "We are excited to align with Telefónica and
leverage our combined strengths to create products and services that provide a simple and seamless
experience for our customers."

"The new digital ecosystem, under construction, creates huge opportunities and advantages for all
industries that transform and adapt to the digital world, and not only in terms of productivity, but
also in terms of new lines of initiative, new applications and new business opportunities,"
said Vivek Dev, Director of Innovation at Telefónica. "And we are very excited to work with Dell to
develop these solutions."

Verizon's Content Delivery Carries Half Terabyte per Second

Verizon's content delivery service is now carrying up to half a terabyte of data per second over its IP backbone.

The company said much of the increased traffic attracted over the past year has been via its Partner Port Program, which provides faster connections and delivery of content when compared with traditional peering-based delivery systems.

The program, launched just over a year ago and offered in the U.S., is a concentrated effort to draw content onto the Verizon network via direct connections with content owners' servers at content delivery access points located around the country. The direct links allow content owners and aggregators to bypass the traditional "peering" delivery system that involves multiple connections, or "hops," over several networks and causes latency and quality issues for data delivery to end users.

The direct link between content servers and the Verizon global IP network means that Internet content directed to the homes of Verizon's and other ISPs' customers is quickly delivered, improving the performance quality of the delivery network and the customer experience.

"We have active plans to scale this infrastructure with a 100 gigabit Ethernet backbone in the very near future. We also are expanding these capabilities to the Verizon IP networks in Europe and Asia to provide a truly global offering for content delivery via the highly interconnected Verizon global IP network, and expect to make an announcement about an international opportunity soon," said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global network planning for Verizon.

Dilithium Launches iPad Live and On-Demand Video Streaming

Dilithium has added live streaming video and Video-On-Demand (VOD) streaming for the iPad utilizing the Dilithium Content Adapter (DCA). This includes Adobe Flash video delivered through the standard iPad Safari browser.

The company said its DCA is unique in its ability to deliver live video and VOD to all iPads and iPhones (OS2 and OS3), using their built-in Safari browser. It supports all popular video formats, and performs on-the-fly and on-demand media formatting and codec adaptation. iPad users do not need to install any special applications to stream video to their device, which may be connected over wireless networks.

"The iPad has a larger screen which requires special adaptation and bitrate configurations to meet customer's viewing expectations in varying wireless network conditions," said Marwan Jabri, Founder and CTO of Dilithium Networks. "As with the iPhone, the iPad does not support Adobe Flash video."