Wednesday, May 12, 2010

NXP Semiconductor Pursues SiGe Chips for RF/Microwave

By the end of 2010, NXP Semiconductors will offer more than 50 products based on the latest SiGe (silicon-germanium) process technology.

The company said SiGe provides high power gain and excellent dynamic range, making it well suited for high-frequency applications in the wireless, broadband communications, networking, and multimedia markets. NXP currently has about a dozen silicon germanium based products in the market, and has developed and shipped more than 25 million RF products using its QUBiC4 technology.

NXP offers three variants of the QUBiC4 technology: QUBiC4+, a silicon-based process for applications up to 5GHz such as medium power amplifiers; QUBiC4X, a 0.25µm SiGe:C process introduced about 6 years ago, typically used for applications up to 30GHz and very low noise applications such as GPS; and the most recent 0.25µm QUBiC4Xi SiGe:C process, offering on Ft in excess of 200GHz, which is particularly suited for applications above 30GHz and those requiring minimum noise figure, such as VSAT and radar.

SiGe Semiconductor Offers Wi-Fi Front End IC for Mobiles

SiGe Semiconductor introduced an RF switch/LNA Front End IC (FEIC) designed to enhance the performance and functionality of converged Bluetooth/Wi-Fi chipsets for embedded applications, such as smartphones, netbooks, personal media players and digital cameras.

SiGe developed the SE2601T to enhance Bluetooth/Wi-Fi chipsets utilizing an integrated CMOS power amplifier (PA). The company said its design improves the connectivity range of the Wi-Fi solution by placing a high-performance LNA between the antenna and the RF receiver that is part of chipsets from leading vendors such as CSR, Marvell, Broadcom and Atheros. Often the LNA function is omitted in embedded applications such as smartphones due to physical space constraints on the Wi-Fi solution, thus degrading connectivity performance. This LNA significantly increases the sensitivity of the Wi-Fi receiving system -- critical in embedded applications where physically small antennas are limited in their contribution to signal quality.

RADWIN's Wireless Backhaul Delivers 100 Mbps Full-Duplex Releases

RADWIN announced that its 2000 C-Series wireless backhaul platform now supports 200 Mbps net aggregate throughput (100 Mbps full duplex). The solution supports up to 16 E1s/T1s + Ethernet while operating at a range of up to 120km. The platform leverages MIMO and OFDM technologies together with unique proprietary protocols to ensure robustness and resiliency in operation in the sub-6 GHz bands. RADWIN said its C-Series products operate in the most challenging conditions, including non-line-of-sight, interference zones and extreme temperatures.

JDSU Boosts Mobile Service Assurance Portfolio

JDSU introduced a set of enhancements for its mobile service assurance portfolio, which was recently acquired from Agilent. These enhancements address voice and data service quality challenges faced by mobile operators as the volume of high-bandwidth traffic continues to grow. The service assurance solution enhancements include:

Managing IP data growth with 100 percent improvement in Gn data monitoring. This is fundamental for performance and scalability, and is available as a simple software upgrade for existing customers.

Managing the growth of the control plane -- the complicated transactions that set up mobile voice and data calls -- with a cutting-edge 4th generation IP Probe. The new probe enables far-better performance with much less hardware, saves up to 80 percent in operating and capital expenses and reduces power consumption by 37 percent.

Enhanced Customer Troubleshooting (ECT). ECT allows operators to quickly troubleshoot high-value customers by name and store control plane data for up to a year.

Obtaining the cell ID from network core monitoring. This capability locates problems for deeper troubleshooting with other tools such as JDSU's Drive Test Systems and Systems Analyzer Real Time (SART), helping to avoid speculative and expensive "truck rolls" to network locations where problems do not exist.

"JDSU's mobile assurance enhancements will help support operators facing the 40-100-fold increase in data traffic expected with the deployment of LTE networks, bringing dramatic improvements in performance, scalability and IP monitoring, as well as new applications that enable quick and personalized troubleshooting," said Tom Smith, senior vice president in JDSU's Communications Test and Measurement business segment.

Ciena Supplies PBB-TE Wireless Backhaul in South Africa

iBurst, a wireless broadband service provider in South Africa, has deployed Ciena's Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery (CESD) platforms for supporting wireless backhaul for 3G and 4G wireless networks.

Specifically, iBurst has replaced its existing Layer 2 infrastructure with Ciena's wireless backhaul solution, which leverages connection-oriented Ethernet, to provide higher performance service levels in its radio cell collection network.
The deployment uses PBB-TE to provide predictable path management and replaces a Spanning Tree-based architecture.

After evaluating several options, iBurst selected Ciena's solution for its enhanced implementation of Provider Backbone Bridging -- Traffic Engineering (PBB-TE) technology, which provides the reliability, scalability and efficiency the service provider required to support its transport network.

The Ciena CESD platforms, including the CN 5305 Service Aggregation Switch and LE 311v Service Delivery Switch, operate seamlessly within iBurst's Layer 2 environment and manage the switchover of dual microwave radio links without delays or failures.

In addition to the wireless backhaul platforms, iBurst has also deployed Ciena's CN 4200® FlexSelect® Advanced Services Platform to connect its primary and back-up data centers. The initial deployment includes multiple GbE and 2G Fibre Channel connections over DWDM carrying traffic from iBurst's Internet, VoIP, Metro Ethernet and network monitoring services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ciena worked with its South African systems integration partner, Telecom 180, to trial and deploy the Carrier Ethernet and optical transport platforms with iBurst.

BT Reduces Costs as Revenue Decline 2%

For its recently concluded FY 2010, BT's revenues fell 2% to £20,911 million, ahead of expectations, largely due to the early delivery of around £100 million of revenue, primarily due to significant contract milestones in BT Global Services, without which revenue was down 3%. During the year, BT's total underlying operating costs and capital expenditure were reduced by £1,752 million, a reduction of 9%, ahead of its goal of cutting at least £1.5 billion.

Total labour costs, on an underlying basis, decreased by 16%, reflecting reductions in direct and indirect labour and lower pensions charges. Capital expenditure reduced by £555m to £2,533m, in line with our outlook of around £2.5bn. Free cash flow more than doubled to an inflow of £1,933m, compared with £737m last year, reflecting improved profitability and working capital and lower capital expenditure. Adjusted EPS increased by 16% to 18.6p due to the improved operating profit, partially offset by the higher net finance expense. Reported EPS was 13.3p

BT Retail revenue declined by 4% in the quarter and the year largely due to a continued reduction in our calls and lines revenue, driven by the challenging market conditions, particularly in the business market. Annual consumer ARPU increased to £309, up £8 over the previous quarter.

BT's retail market share of the DSL and LLU installed base remained at 35%. Net additions were 123,000 in the quarter, the highest in two years, and BT's retail market share was 44%, having now remained above 40% for five consecutive quarters.

BT Wholesale revenue declined by 5% in the quarter and 4% in the year largely as a result of the impact of low margin transit revenue declines of £51m in the quarter and £156m for the year, primarily due to mobile termination rate reductions, which has no impact on EBITDA.

Future Plans and Fibre Rollout

BT announced an additional investment of around £200m within our EBITDA outlook for 2010/11: mainly in the areas of enhancing our TV offering, introducing other new consumer propositions, fibre roll out and building on opportunities in BT Global Services, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. Depending on "favourable" investment conditions, BT will extend its current fibre roll out to around two-thirds of UK premises by 2015 for an incremental cost of around £1bn, while maintaining annual capital expenditure levels at around £2.6bn. The roll-out is already under way with four million homes due to have access to fibre broadband by the end of 2010.

BT also announced a commercial partnership with OnLive, a Silicon Valley based cloud gaming business, to provide online gaming services in the UK. In conjunction with this commercial partnership, we have taken a 2.6% shareholding in OnLive Inc. Based on the last audited accounts of OnLive Inc., at 31 March 2009, the proportionate value of gross assets that are the subject of this transaction is US$0.5m.

Telefónica Reaches 273 million accesses, Up 4.6% year-on-year

In its quarterly financial report, Telefónica said results fell within its expectations with higher
revenue growth (+1.7% year-on-year) and positive trends in all markets, particularly Europe. Telefónica's net
profit rose 2% to 1,656 million euros. Revenue growth has picked up and risen 1.7% in reported terms (-2.1% for full year 2009) putting net revenue at 13,932 million euros. In organic terms growth was 0.9% compared to the
same period in 2009 (+2.4%, stripping out regulatory impacts), with Latin America and Europe
contributing the most to this organic growth (2.1pp and 0.4pp, respectively).

As of 31-March-2010, Telefónica was serving 273 million accesses worldwide (+4.6%, 2.6 percentage points
more than at 31 December 2009).

The number of adds grew 16.9% year-on-year which, combined with customer loyalty initiatives, saw net adds nearly multiplying by 2.6 times the figure of the same period in 2009. Excluding accesses at Hansenet and Medi Telecom in both periods, net adds in the first quarter of 2010 totaled 4.3 million accesses in organic terms.

By regions, of particular note is the increase in the number of Telefónica Europa (+6.7% year-on-year organic growth) and Telefónica Latinoamérica (+8.1% year-on-year) customers. By segments, we would highlight the growth in wireless accesses (+8.7%), fixed broadband (+8.7% in organic terms) and pay-TV (+9.3% in organic terms).

The broadband businesses (wholesale+retail) totaled 35 million accesses at 31 March. The retail fixed broadband business increased 25.2% (+8.7% year-on-year in organic terms) while the mobile broadband business advanced 97.5%.

Telefónica Group wireless accesses advanced 4.4 million in the first quarter to 206 million. The contract segment increased to 2.3 million accesses, contributing 53% to total net adds in the 3
quarter and accounting for 30% of total wireless accesses at 31 March.

Also worth highlighting is the performance of wireless net adds in Spain (189,000 accesses in the quarter vs. 10,000 in the same period in 2009) and Latin America (+3.7M Accesses).

Mobile broadband accesses increased to 16 million in the quarter.

In Spain 89% of retail broadband accesses are bundled as part of either a dual or triple service package, while in Latin America 57% of broadband accesses are bundled as part of a dual or triple package.

Pay TV accesses stood at 2.6 million at 31 March 2010 (+9.3% year-on-year in organic terms). It is also worth mentioning that the company now has pay TV operations up and running in Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina.

SingTel Sees Strong Growth

Singapore Telecommunications
reported strong growth across its operating units as net profit for its fourth quarter of FY 2010, ended 31-March-2010, rose 12 percent to S$1.02 billion. The Group's revenue grew 25 per cent to S$4.47 billion. Revenue from Singapore recorded double-digit increase of 13 per cent to S$1.64 billion, with strong performance in Mobile and IT & Engineering. In Australia, revenue rose 6 per cent to A$2.23 billion, reflecting strong results in Mobile.

Looking ahead, SingTel cited global macro-economic trends. As the global economic recovery gathers pace, the economies of Singapore, Australia and the region are expected to improve in 2010. The latest 2010 Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) forecast for Singapore is a growth of 7.0 to 9.0 per cent, following a contraction of 2.0 per cent in 2009. In Australia, the GDP growth is expected to accelerate to around 3.5 per cent for the year ending June 2011, from 2.3 per cent in the prior year. India and Indonesia are expected to register GDP growth of 6 to 8 per cent.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

ZTE Readies 10G EPON platform for U.S. Market

At last week's Cable Show in Los Angeles, ZTE introduced a 10G Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) solution for U.S. multiple system operator (MSO). The solution provides a network overlay solution for MSOs to offer business Ethernet services cost effectively. The system, which has already undergone testing by one major U.S. operator,

In order to meet growing demand to support services that require much higher bandwidth such as 3DTV, virtual meetings and new cloud computing based applications, MSOs will be required to upgrade their infrastructure to next-generation access network equipment. The successful testing of ZTE's 10G EPON solution sets the stage for MSOs to deliver services to business users that require a 1 Gigabit per second speed connection as well as home users that require a 100Megabit per second speed connection. The test used the ZXA10 C300 optical line terminal (OLT) in a central office and leveraged a customer's optical network terminals (ONTs) which were made up of 10G EPON and EPON ONTs. The results demonstrated that the 10G EPON solution was able to deliver 10G and 1G over the same fibre and optical distribution network (ODN) and more importantly, that MSOs could provide 10G and 1G on the same PON platform.

"In 2009, ZTE's fixed access port shipments reached 38 million lines worldwide, serving more than 102 operators in Asia, Europe and Latin America and by the end of 2010, Chinese operators will have deployed more than 1 million lines based on 10G EPON technology," said Mr. Xu Ming, general manager of fixed network product line and VP of ZTE Corporation. "Today's successful test validates the U.S. market is ready for 10G EPON solution and we are pleased to bring our global experience to help U.S. MSOs maintain a competitive stake in the cable market by building competitive fibre access networks."

Cavium's OCTEON II Leverage 8 to 32-cores for L3-L7 Processing

Cavium Networks introduced its latest generation technology integrating 8 to 32 enhanced MIPS64 cores with up to 48GHz of 64 bit compute power in a single chip combined with over 85 L3-L7 application and security acceleration engines, virtualization features, 100Gbps of connectivity, and a new "Real Time Power Optimizer" that dynamically adjusts power depending upon the application-level processing requirement.

This level of processing power enables network platforms with very low latency and power consumption at up to 40Gbps using a single OCTEON II chip and up to 100Gbps using multiple chips.
The new OCTEON II processors also deliver up to 4x higher performance over the current OCTEON Plus processors in a fully software compatible fashion, enabling OEM customers to re-use existing software and system designs.

Target applications include routers, switches, appliances, 3G/4G wireless base stations, RNCs, xGSNs, evolved packet core, services gateways, DPI equipment, storage switches and intelligent server adapters.

Rapid adoption of data center and cloud computing initiatives coupled with dramatic traffic growth in both wired and mobile
Key features of the Octeon IIs include:

  • New cnMIPS64 v2 Cores with up to 48GHz of Compute -- 8, 16, 24, or 32 superscalar MIPS64 cores, each with 37KB I-cache, 32KB D-cache operating at up to 1.5GHz for up to 48GHz of standard-ISA based processing. This level of processing is 3x to 4x of that available in highest-end alternative next gen solutions and is a new record. The cnMIPS v2 cores also deliver up to 2.5x control plane performance per-core vs. OCTEON Plus, significantly increasing applicability in high-end control plane applications.

  • HyperConnect Cross-Bar with Independent I/O and Coprocessor Networks: The OCTEON II cores are coupled with up to 4MB partition-able, low latency L2 cache using a HyperConnect cross-bar with over 6Tbps throughput. The overall architecture is optimized to deliver lower-latency and deterministic performance compared to ring or mesh architectures. Independent I/O and Coprocessor networks enable superior performance for a wide range of application workloads.

  • 40+ Gbps of Packet processing and TCP performance.

  • 40+ Gbps IPsec, SSL Security performance. OCTEON II adds WAPI support in encryption/ decryption engines to support China-specific WLAN deployments. Additionally, it includes Snow3G hardware acceleration, to address security requirements of 4G mobile networks.

  • Enhanced Compression/decompression acceleration -- Up to 20Gbps.

  • Third generation HFA Deep Packet Inspection engines deliver deterministic throughput up to 15Gbps independent of number of rules and number of flows, a new and essential capability not available in existing solutions.

  • Multicore hardware load balancing, scaling and packet ordering allowing linear performance scalability across 32 cores.

  • Interfaces include up to four 72-bit ECC-protected DDR3 interfaces with 400+Gbps of bandwidth

  • SGMII, RXAUI, XAUI and double-rate XAUI interfaces for up to 12x GbE, 4x 10GbE and 2x 20GbE Ethernet connectivity

  • Interlaken or Interlaken-LA controller with up to x8 lane widths, providing a channelized interface up to 40Gbps or coprocessor connectivity

  • Two PCIe Gen2 controllers, width up to x8 lanes

  • New Real Time Power Optimizer provides the ability to dynamically adjust per-core effective - frequency resulting in lower power consumption on a real time basis based on application or network-level workload. Additionally fine-grained auto power-down capability for unutilized coprocessors and I/O interfaces.

Cavium also noted that its OCTEON II product line is supported by over 50 partners providing operating systems and tools, software applications and stacks, debuggers, complementary silicon, ATCA and hardware appliances, hardware and software consulting, and other products and services.

The CN68XX will sample in Q4 2010. The CN68XX will be offered in 16, 24, and 32-core options and is software compatible with the OCTEON II CN63XX 2 to 6 core processors.

Ukraine's ETHER Demos DVB-SH with Alcatel-Lucent

The Ukrainian Television and Radio Company ETHER has successfully completed field tests of the DVB-SH format (Digital Video Broadcasting - Satellite services on Handhelds) using the UHF band -- a band typically used for residential television broadcasting and mobile broadcasting DVB-H. This test, which was conducted with Alcatel-Lucent, showed an increase of coverage by DVB-SH through the UHF band compared with legacy DVB-H networks and technologies.

ETHER is Ukrainian telecommunication operator with a license for digital broadcasting in the DVB-H standard.

The DVB-SH standard, part of the DVB family and adopted by ETSI since 2008, is an evolution of DVB-T and DVB-H. As a hybrid system DVB-SH enables direct reception of multimedia broadcast content both via terrestrial repeaters and also to complement distribution via satellite. It also enables hybrid terrestrial broadcasting to both mobile and fixed TV services in the same multiplex. DVB-SH is increasingly seen as the technology of choice for mass broadcasting of television to a broad number of user devices simultaneously.

Fanfare Enhances its Flagship Test Automation

Fanfare rolled out a series of enhancements for its flagship test automation product, which is used by service providers (SPs), network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), and enterprises to accelerate the testing of new systems and services. Fanfare's iTest provides a unified approach for rapidly developing, automating, and maintaining test cases.

Among the new features in iTest 4.0 is an Activity-Based User Interface (UI), which streamlines controls around a set of common activities, allowing users to focus on common tasks for rapid testing and automation.

Fanfare has added a Centralized Reporting Database, which tracks key testing data, and a Graphical Topology component which provides testers with a visual testbed. This drag and drop-enabled graphical representation, combined with the ability to connect instantly to any device, provides a simple way to run the same test case by a different team or against different equipment. In addition, iTest 4.adds support for Adobe Flash technology.

Existing Fanfare customers with current maintenance or subscription licenses are able to upgrade to iTest 4.0.

Alcatel-Lucent and Aruba Networks Collaborate in China

Aruba Networks will collaborate with Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell to deliver secure mobility solutions to enterprises, vertical markets, service providers and government agencies throughout China. Under the deal, Alcatel-Lucent will deliver to carriers and enterprises in China complete Wi-Fi solutions, remote access, and network management solutions sourced from Aruba.

Verizon Business Pushes Ahead with Security-as-a-Service

Verizon Business introduced its new global, cloud-based security-as-a-service portfolio that offers enterprises the ability to quickly add security services without deploying premises-based equipment. Thee Security-as-a-Service is enabled and delivered via the company's global IP network.

Verizon Business will continue to offer on-premise managed security, as well as a hybrid of the new cloud-based service and traditional security appliances.

"Our new security platform represents a significant shift in how we are delivering security services to large and mid-size clients," said Peter Tippett, vice president of technology and innovation at Verizon Business. "By offering security-as-a-service, enterprises can tailor their security solutions to meet the unique needs of their business with the ability to strengthen their security protection at a moment's notice."

New cloud-based security services will be rolled out in three phases:

  • Beginning in June, Verizon public IP, as well as Private IP customers with Secure Gateway, can leverage the new cloud-based MSS to gain anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-malware and URL filtering services. These "clean pipe" services will be integrated into Verizon's networking offerings at no additional charge to customers.

  • Beginning this fall, Verizon will offer cloud-based support for network firewalls and intrusion detection and prevention systems. These services will be available separately and can be used to protect Verizon networking offerings as well as connections from other providers.

  • Beginning early next year, Verizon will make its enterprise-level Denial of Service (DOS) detection and mitigation services available in the cloud. This will offer mid-to-large organizations more control and flexibility via the company's online portal.

Verizon said these new offering continue its drive toward an "everything-as-a-service" (EaaS) model.

Veraz Networks and Dialogic to Merge

Veraz Networks and Dialogic will merge into a single company focused on communications products and services for the telecommunications service provider and enterprise markets. Under the deal, Veraz will issue shares of its common stock to each Dialogic shareholder so that following the closing of the transaction, Dialogic shareholders will own approximately 70% and Veraz shareholders will own approximately 30% of the merged company.

Veraz Networks, which trades on NASDAQ, supplies application, control, and bandwidth optimization products for service providers. The Veraz MGN separates the control, media, and application layers while unifying management of the network, thereby increasing service provider operating efficiency. The portfolio also includes its ControlSwitch, Network-adaptive Border Controller, I-Gate 4000 Media Gateways, the VerazView Management System, and a set of prepackaged applications.

Dialogic, which traces its origins back to 1984 and the beginning of computer telephony integration (CTI), currently supplies a range of media and signaling products for network equipment manufacturers providing video, voice, conferencing, and fax, along with network-edge infrastructure products. These products include TDM-IP voice and video gateways; SS7 and SIGTRAN signaling; and IP-to-IP border elements with security services, such as SIP mediation.

The companies cited a number of synergies driving the merger, including opportunities for video delivery solutions for service providers. Following completion of the merger, the new company, which will be called Dialogic, will have annual revenues greater than $250 million with gross margins of 60-65% and EBITDA of 10-15% of revenues.

"While the capability of mobile networks around the world has been steadily expanding, the future will bring even greater demands on the networks due to the unprecedented growth in global mobile data and video traffic," said Nick Jensen, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Dialogic. "By combining Dialogic's proven expertise in application enablement for voice and video with Veraz's leadership in voice, data, session control, security, and transport, we will be creating a company with innovative products that will enable our customers to unleash the profit of video, voice and data for 3G/4G networks."

Separately, Veraz Networks reported Q1 2010 revenue of $16.1 million, a 14% decrease over the preceding quarter and a 23% decrease over the first quarter of 2009. On a GAAP basis, net loss was $(5.2 million) or $(0.12) loss per share, as compared to a $(4.1 million) or $(0.09) loss per share in the preceding quarter and a $(3.0 million) or $(0.07) loss per share reported in the first quarter of 2009. At the end of the first quarter 2010, the company had cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments of $31.2 million and no debt.

WiMAX Forum Selects Mformation Service Manager

The WiMAX Forum has selected Mformation Service Manager for its OMA DM certification platform for 4G WiMAX devices. The Mformation solution is the central reference point as part of the WiMAX Forum's comprehensive Open Retail Initiative that tests and certifies WiMAX devices for service activation and remote management.

Mformation's solutions for OMA DM device management, as specified by the Open Mobile Alliance, allow operators to automatically configure and manage devices.

Boingo Wi-Fi Integrated in Samsung Digital Camera

Samsung plans to introduce Wi-Fi enabled digital cameras that are pre-loaded with Boingo software. This will allow customers to connect to 125,000 Boingo Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide for on-the-go photo and video sharing. Customers receive the first three months of Boingo free and after that, they will have to subscribe to Boingo Mobile, a $7.95 monthly plan for unlimited Wi-Fi access to 125,000 locations worldwide.

Verizon Prepares for Europe India Gateway Submarine Cable

Verizon Business confirmed plans to expand its converged packet architecture (CPA) network in Europe this year, adding locations in Germany (Hamburg and Munich) and in the Netherlands (Rotterdam) to the 127 sites already on the global CPA network. An ULH expansion has already been completed throughout France, and the company is focused on a 1,300-kilometer ULH expansion project in the United Kingdom and a new diverse link between Europe and the U.K.

One of the most significant network enhancements to the European network during 2010 will be the activation of the 15,000-kilometer Europe India Gateway cable system, which is now about 93 percent in terns of marine installations.

This new undersea optical cable system will link 12 countries/territories and connect Europe, the Middle East and India. Verizon Business is one of 16 companies building this cable. The cable has a design capacity of up to 3.84 Tbps and will provide Verizon Business a second, diverse connection into the company's Marseille cable terminal. The Southeast Asia-Middle East-West Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4) submarine cable also lands at the Marseille site, and has diverse fiber routes and equipment rooms at the facility. Verizon Business is the only U.S.-based founding member of SEA-ME-WE 4.
http://www.verizonbusiness.comInvestors in the Europe India Gateway cable system include AT&T; Bharti Airtel; BT; C&W; Djibouti Telecom; Du; Gibtelecom; IAM; Libyan Post, Telecom and Information Technology Company; MTN Group Ltd; Omantel; PT Comunica��es, S.A.; Saudi Telecom Company; Telecom Egypt; Telkom SA Ltd; and Verizon Business. Landings are planned in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Gibraltar, Morocco, Monaco, France, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and India.

  • Alcatel-Lucent is providing turnkey work for a portion of the EIG system. Alcatel-Lucent has responsibility for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of the Atlantic-Mediterranean submarine segment, which spans 7,100 km. The company will also use the 1678 Metro Core Connect, and deploy its latest generation 1626 Light Manager DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) transmission equipment to provide seamless connectivity across the two terrestrial links in the UK and Egypt at 40 Gbps.

  • Verizon Business Launches FMC in Europe, Leverages BroadSoft

    Verizon Business has rolled out a Global Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) service in Europe that helps businesses to improve the efficiency of their employees by enabling them to be accessible via one phone number for both their mobile and fixed phone.

    Verizon Business has extended its use of BroadSoft's BroadWorks Mobility Suite to help power the new service. Software from MobileMax determines cost-effective routing for mobile calls. The service dynamically directs calls to either Verizon's cloud-based global voice-over-IP communications platform, powered by BroadWorkst, or to the customer's mobile network service if that is the more cost-effective option.

    Verizon's Global FMC also provides mobile phones with the functionality of stationary office desk phones, giving access to communication messaging and familiar office phone features. Employees can also switch from a mobile phone to a desktop phone while engaged in a conversation without needing to forward the call. Employees can also have calls sent to the office desktop and mobile phones simultaneously.

    Verizon Business has begun offering the service in nine European countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. In addition, U.S. and Asia Pacific-headquartered enterprises can also take advantage of the offering for employees based in this initial service area. The carrier is supporting an array of mobile devices across most GSM-based mobile operator networks located throughout the initial service area.

    Verizon Global FMC will be integrated next month with the company's VoIP platform, enabling more advanced capabilities afforded by PBX office phone systems and cost savings opportunities for Verizon Global FMC customers who are also Verizon VoIP customers.

    BroadSoft's BroadWorks Mobility Suite provides a range of advanced communications and multimedia applications, including Hosted Unified Communications, Hosted Video Communications, Mobile PBX, Business Trunking, and broadband services fully integrated into a single VoIP application platform. Powered by BroadWorks, Verizon's Global FMC business customers will be able to make and receive calls on their both mobile and desktop phones using just one phone number, regardless of who is their mobile network operator.

    McAfee Restructures Around End-to-End Protection with Multiple Delivery Options

    McAfee announced a new alignment of its business units and their solutions to better deliver end-to-end protection. The new solutions will consist of unified products that include a combination of on-premise software, gateway appliances and cloud-based Security-as-a-Service.

    McAfee core technologies, including the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator platform, and its Global Threat Intelligence, will play a key role in each business solution. Key areas of focus include:

    Endpoint security -- including anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam, web security, desktop firewall, intrusion prevention, network access control (NAC), policy auditing and encryption. Candace Worley will lead the Endpoint Security business unit.

    Network Security -- intrusion prevention solutions including a Next Generation Firewall. The company's complete suite of network defense products, including firewall, network behavioral analysis, IPS, and NAC hooks into the McAfee unique Global Threat Intelligence network. Rees Johnson, who drove the McAfee IPS business to the market leading position, will lead the Network Security business unit.

    Content Security -- McAfee is focused on providing customers with email, Web and data loss prevention solutions that span all delivery platforms including on-premise software, gateway appliances, cloud-based offerings. Integrated delivery will enable customers to choose hybrid delivery options to meet the rapidly changing needs of their business. Marc Olesen, who leads the McAfee Cloud-based Security-as-a-Service business will lead the Content Security business and continue to drive the company's overall Cloud Security Strategy.

    Risk and Compliance -- Customers struggle to unify security and compliance activities under a single set of policies and processes because of increased threat level and regulations. Stuart McClure who currently leads the McAfee Risk and Compliance business unit will continue to drive innovation in this area.