Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Allot Lands $4.5 million Tier-1 Contract for Service Gateway

Allot Communications announced a contract valued at $4.5 million to supply its flagship Service Gateway to a Tier-1 fixed network operator (name not disclosed). This multi-site deployment is intended to initially handle more than 1 terabit of traffic.


Allot's SG-Sigma is a deep packet inspection (DPI) platform that integrates network intelligence, policy control, and revenue-generating services in a single platform. It facilitates value-added network and subscriber services , including TierManager, Quota Manager, NetPolicy Provisioner, CellWise, MediaSwift, WebSafe and ServiceProtector .
http://www.allot.com
  • Tests conducted in December 2009 by the Tolly Group confirmed that a single fully loaded SG-Sigma can deliver throughput of over 75 Gbps with less than 16 microsecond latency. According to Allot, performance can scale up to 360 Gbps with a clustered configuration of SG-Sigma platforms.

Stoke Validates Mobile Data Offload with Ixia

Stoke is using IxNetwork and Ixia hardware to demonstrate that its Stoke Session Exchange mobile broadband gateway device processes high volumes of Generic Packet Radio Service (GPRS) Tunneling Protocol (GTP) traffic quickly and accurately. GTP specifies a tunnel control and management protocol required for communications between network elements in 3G packet core networks and LTE evolved packet core networks.


The Stoke Session Exchange (SSX) is a highly reliable, high density gateway platform designed and developed to deliver a wide range of network gateway functions that meet the challenges of rapidly growing mobile broadband data services for 3G and LTE network deployments. Ixia's IxNetwork test solution enables Stoke to validate its ability to reliably process GTP for mobile data offload deployments today, while paving the way for expanding the SSX's role in LTE's evolved packet core tomorrow. Ixia's IxNetwork works with its test platform to transmit and receive control and data traffic to the device under test. It can simulate IPv4 and IPv6 traffic over millions of GTP tunnels while applying dynamic traffic profile control and real-time per-flow analysis across hundreds of test ports at full-line rate.
http://www.ixiacom.com

Ralink Intros 2x2 MIMO Dual-band 802.11n and Bluetooth Chipset

Ralink Technology introduced a chipset capable of simultaneous 300 Mbps 2x2 MIMO dual band 802.11n and Bluetooth 3.0+HS operation. The half MiniCard, which is designed for PCs, notebooks, netbooks and connected mobile devices, provides concurrent operation of dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth's highest performance modes. Peer-to-peer gaming, shared and tethered connections can now be initiated via Bluetooth 3.0+HS detection and setup while 2x2 MIMO 802.11n dual-band Wi-Fi boosts data rates to 300Mpbs. The company said its chipset eliminates interference by allowing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth components to coexist in the same band or to function in separate frequency bands. It dynamically adjusts WLAN and Bluetooth transmission parameters to reduce interference, maximize performance, and automatically adjust to the presence and operating characteristics of nearby Wi-Fi networks.


Ralink Technology also introduced its two next generation xDSL2+ 11n Wi-Fi IAD (Integrated Access Device) solutions/ The ADSL2+ and 802.11n CPE solution, which is applicable for ADSL single-port 1T1R/2T2R and four-port 1T1R/2T2R 802.11n Wi-Fi gateways, also supports a variety of peripherals via USB2.0 host interface to meet customer demand for digital home peripherals and applications such as connecting media server disk drives and optional 3G connections.
http://www.ralinktech.com
  • Earlier this year, Ralink Technology, a leading supplier of WiFi silicon solutions, acquired TrendChip Technologies Corporation, a leading supplier of DSL chipsets. Both companies are listed on the listed on Taiwan's TAIEX exchange.

Brocade Shows Three New Blades

Brocade unveiled three new blades for its flagship NetIron MLX Series and the Brocade DCX Backbone platforms.



The new Brocade 8×10G-M Series Blade for Carrier Ethernet networks and 8×10G-D Series Blade for the data center double the wire-speed 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) density for the NetIron MLX to 256 ports on a single chassis. The new Brocade 8×10G-M Series blade provides full IPv4/IPv6 functionality, MPLS, VPLS and 512K forwarding information base (FIB) capacity. The new Brocade 8×10G-D Series blade for the NetIron MLX also supports IPv4/IPv6 functionality with a FIB capacity of up to 256K IPv4 routes. The company said these blades also help deliver a 45 percent reduction in power and cooling over Brocade's current offering.


Brocade also unveiled the new 64-port 8 Gbps Fibre Channel blade for the Brocade DCX, enabling a density of up to 512 ports per chassis. The new blade increases port density by more than 33 percent to 512 ports per chassis.


The 8×10G-M Series for Carrier Ethernet customers is currently available with pricing starting at US$39,995. The 8×10G-D Series for data center customers will be available in mid 2010 and will start at US$27,995. The Brocade FC8-64 blade for SAN customers will be available through Brocade OEM and channel partners.
http://www.brocade.com

Ceragon Cuts Power Consumption with Latest Long Haul Radio

Ceragon Networks introduced the newest member of its FibeAir RFU (Radio Frequency Unit) solutions family -- a Green Mode RFU-HP model offering for 1 Gbps IP trunks. The new RFU-HP can reduce radio link power consumption by as much as 30% compared with existing solutions.



Ceragon said its Green Mode RFU-HP offers automatic control of both the power consumption as well as the transmission power, ensuring that no excess energy is used while the network operates in "steady state." Under fading conditions the power is automatically increased to compensate for signal loss and to ensure the link continues to meet the required performance level. Additional capabilities include:

  • Transmit power of up to 32dBm, both in split and all indoor configurations. The Green Mode RFU-HP feature also allows carriers to use smaller, less costly antennas without compromising the link's reach or performance.

  • High capacity -- Operating in any standard channel bandwidth up to 56 MHz, Green Mode RFU-HP delivers up to 500Mbps on a single channel, and up to 1Gbps using cross polarization Interference Canceller (XPIC).

  • All-outdoor Trunk IP Networks -- RFU-HP can be deployed in combination with Ceragon's FibeAir IP-10 solutions family in all-outdoor configurations.

  • Support for asymmetric transmission -- the RFU-HP can be used in asymmetric mode (higher bandwidths downstream, lower bandwidths upstream).

  • Adaptive Transmit Power & Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) -- Ensuring that each microwave radio is automatically optimized to provide the best performance under changing weather conditions. Adaptive transmit power is used to lower the signal output power when environmental conditions are good in order to reduce power consumption and network interference.
http://www.ceragon.com

AboveNet Launches Core Wave Services

AboveNet has expanded its Metro portfolio with the launch of Core Wave services, enabling 1Gbps and higher connectivity over a dedicated wavelength between key data centers and/or enterprise locations within a metro area.


AboveNet's Core Wave uses ROADMs (Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers) on a metro fiber ring. The ROADMs provide dynamic wavelength Add/Drops and inter-ring connectivity with flexible traffic routing. The technology is scalable, with the ability to grow to 40G and 100G. Some of the features of Core Wave services include:

  • Multi-protocol capability: Ethernet, TDM, Storage and Video

  • Protection options and transparency advantages

  • Dedicated fiber access to enterprise locations

  • Faster turn-up of services

  • Space and power savings

  • Latency guarantee via AboveNet's Agility Guarantee program


Core Wave is currently available in the Washington DC and Los Angeles metro areas, with additional markets to be announced shortly.
http://www.abovenet.com

Tata Communications Opens Public TelePresence Room in Singapore

Tata Communications has opened a public Cisco Telepresence room at The Rendezvous Hotel in Singapore. The facility is located next to the Singapore Management University and in between the renowned shopping district, Orchard Road, and Singapore's economic hub, Raffles Place CBD. It is the latest addition to Tata Communications', and their community of partners', existing network of 13 public Telepresence rooms worldwide. An additional 25 new public Telepresence rooms are planned for 2010. Scheduled locations include Hong Kong and Malaysia.
http://www.cisco.com

NSN's New GSM base station + antenna Promises Double Capacity

Nokia Siemens Networks announced a new base station and antenna combination doubles GSM network capacity by improving spectrum efficiency and network performance.


The company said this new GSM base station allows network operators to increase capacity by up to 100% within their existing spectrum to support drastically increasing subscriber numbers and provide a better mobile experience.


The new GSM base station site offering - a combination of a compact base station and latest dual beam antennas - follows the launch of Nokia Siemens Networks' High-Performance Site Solution for WCDMA/HSPA/HSPA+ and Internet-HSPA (I-HSPA) networks last year. It enables a six-sector site, instead of the traditional three-sector site used in most network rollouts today, to improve network capacity and coverage. The new offering also increases the signaling capacity that is crucial to support applications like push email, Facebook, Twitter, etc for smartphone users and added subscriber base in the existing network resources.


"Our base station site innovation helps operators across the world to significantly increase their network coverage, and enhance customer experience and loyalty," said Prashant Agnihotri, head of Product Management for GSM/EDGE, Nokia Siemens Networks. "We are already deploying this technology in India, and it marks our commitment to constantly improve network efficiency. Our software increases network capacity and optimizes spectral efficiency in all markets where spectrum is scarce."http://www.nsn.com

Cisco Forecast: 4X Internet Traffic by 2014

Global Internet traffic will increase more than fourfold to 767 exabytes, or more than 3/4 of a Zettabyte, by 2014, according to the latest Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast issued by Cisco. This amount is 100 exabytes higher than the projected level in 2013, or an increase the equivalent of 10 times all the traffic traversing Internet Protocol networks in 2008.


Cisco said this growth in traffic will continue to be dominated by video, exceeding 91 percent of global consumer IP traffic by 2014 -- especially HDTV and 3DTV. By 2014, 3-D is forecast to comprise 4 percent of total consumer Internet video traffic, while HDTV will account for 38 percent. The total global audience for online video is expected to be over one billion by this date, and the sum of all forms of video (TV, VoD, Internet video, and peer-to-peer) will continue to exceed 91 percent of global consumer traffic.


Some other highlights:

  • Global file sharing traffic is projected to reach 11 exabytes per month in 2014, 22 percent CAGR from 2009-2014.


  • P2P will grow at a CAGR of 16 percent, while web-based and other file sharing will grow at CAGR of 47 percent from 2009-2014.


  • By 2014, global P2P traffic will be 17 percent of global consumer Internet traffic, down from 36 percent in 2009.


  • Global business IP Traffic is forecast to reach 7.7 exabytes per month in 2014, more than tripling from 2009-2014.


  • Business video conferencing is projected grow ten-fold over the forecast period, growing almost three times as fast as overall business IP traffic, at a CAGR of 57 percent from 2009-2014.


  • Web-based video conferencing is the fastest growing sub-category, growing 180-fold from 2009-2014 (183 percent CAGR from 2009-2014).


  • Global mobile data traffic will increase 39 times from 2009 to 2014.


  • By 2014, annual global mobile data traffic will reach 3.5 exabytes per month (or a run rate of more than 42 exabytes annually).


  • Consumer IP traffic is projected to grow faster than business: For 2009, consumer IP traffic represented 79 percent of monthly total global IP traffic and business IP traffic was 21 percent of monthly total global IP traffic. By 2014, consumer IP traffic (web surfing, instant messaging, user-generated videos, etc.) will represent 87 percent of monthly total global IP traffic; while business IP traffic (email, voice, Internet, HD and web-based video conferencing, etc.) will represent 13 percent of monthly total global IP traffic.
http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2010/prod_060210.html

AT&T Updates Mobile Data Pricing, Eliminating Unlimited Plan

AT&T updated its mobile data pricing plans to eliminate the option of unlimited data, including for iPhone users, while lowering the monthly cost for the majority of users. Current smartphone customers are not required to switch to the new plans, but can choose to do so without a contract extension. AT&T is also providing unlimited access at no additional charge to more than 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots in the U.S. Customers can also use unlimited Wi-Fi at home, in the office or elsewhere if available.


The new AT&T plans are:

  • DataPlus. Provides 200 megabytes (MB) of data for $15 per month. This plan, which can save customers up to 50 percent off their wireless data charges. If customers exceed 200 MB in a monthly billing cycle, they will receive an additional 200 MB of data usage for $15 for use in the cycle. Currently, 65 percent of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 200 MB of data per month on average.


  • DataPro. Provides 2 gigabytes (GB) of data for $25 per month. Should a customer exceed 2 GB during a billing cycle, they will receive an additional 1 GB of data for $10 for use in the cycle. Currently, 98 percent of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 2 GB of data a month on average.


  • Tethering. Smartphone customers -- including iPhone customers -- who choose the DataPro plan have the option to add tethering for an additional $20 per month. Tethering lets customers use their smartphones as a modem to provide a broadband connection for laptop computers, netbooks or other computing devices. Tethering for iPhones will be available when Apple releases iPhone OS 4 this summer.


  • iPad. A new $25 per month 2 GB plan will replace the existing $29.99 unlimited plan. iPad customers will continue to pre-pay for their wireless data plan and no contract is required. Existing iPad customers who have the $29.99 per month unlimited plan can keep that plan or switch to the new $25 per month plan with 2 GB of data.


  • Customer Text Notifications On Data Usage. When customers begin to approach their monthly usage limit, AT&T will send three text notifications -- after they reach 65 percent, 90 percent and 100 percent of the threshold. Customers will also be sent emails if AT&T has their email address.
http://www.att.com

Monday, May 31, 2010

IDC: Strong Growth in Ethernet Switch and Router Sales in Q2

In the second quarter of 2010, the enterprise Ethernet switching business grew 32.7% compared to a year earlier and the Ethernet router market expanded 11.0% year-over-year, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Networks Tracker. The strong performance was seen across all regions and key product segments.


From a vendor perspective, Cisco's Ethernet switch market share increased to 65.8% in 2Q10 from 62.8% in 2Q09, but was down from 68.3% in the exceptionally strong 1Q10. Cisco performed on par with the Service Provider router market and now accounts for 46.1% of Service Provider router revenue (same as in 2Q09).


"The second quarter performance was very good, following on the heels of exceptional first quarter results for the Ethernet switch market," said Rohit Mehra, director, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure at IDC. "As seen in previous years, the second calendar quarter builds on the performance of the first, which is what the market delivered, showing strong year-over-year growth from the slowdown the market witnessed in 2009. The continued adoption of PoE (Power over Ethernet) and gigabit ethernet is also being helped by the underlying networking drivers -- the growth of voice and video over IP applications, network-attached devices, virtualization, and cloud computing."



IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Networks Tracker provides global Ethernet switch coverage, including manufacturer revenue and port shipments by vendor, layer, speed, form factor, power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities, and average pricing. The router coverage shows manufacturing revenue and unit shipments by vendor, product class, deployment, connectivity, and average pricing. Ethernet switch and router market results are delivered in a pivot table seven weeks after the close of the calendar quarter.

"The second quarter performance was very good, following on the heels of exceptional first quarter results for the Ethernet switch market," said Rohit Mehra, director, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure at IDC. "As seen in previous years, the second calendar quarter builds on the performance of the first, which is what the market delivered, showing strong year-over-year growth from the slowdown the market witnessed in 2009. The continued adoption of PoE (Power over Ethernet) and gigabit ethernet is also being helped by the underlying networking drivers -- the growth of voice and video over IP applications, network-attached devices, virtualization, and cloud computing."

IDC's update report found that the worldwide router market showed moderate strength in 2Q10. The enterprise router market was marginally lower compared to 1Q10, but had an 8.0% year-over-year gain. This segment continues to be soft and off by around 25% from the record levels seen in 2007 and 2008. Service provider router revenue now accounts for 73.9% of the router market and includes both core and edge routers.

"The continued market recovery in 2010 is very encouraging with all regions and market segments making a contribution," said Cindy Borovick, vice president, Enterprise Communications Infrastructure and Datacenter Networks. "IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Networks Tracker shows a strong 87.9% year-over-year increase in 10GbE switch revenue in 2Q10 and for the first time there were more than 1 million 10GbE ports shipped in the quarter. The 10Gb adoption was driven by datacenter, cloud, and campus buildouts."

From a vendor perspective, Cisco's Ethernet switch market share increased to 65.8% in 2Q10 from 62.8% in 2Q09, but was down from 68.3% in the exceptionally strong 1Q10. Cisco performed on par with the Service Provider router market and now accounts for 46.1% of Service Provider router revenue (same as in 2Q09).

IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Networks Tracker provides global Ethernet switch coverage, including manufacturer revenue and port shipments by vendor, layer, speed, form factor, power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities, and average pricing. The router coverage shows manufacturing revenue and unit shipments by vendor, product class, deployment, connectivity, and average pricing. Ethernet switch and router market results are delivered in a pivot table seven weeks after the close of the calendar quarter.
http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS22463310http://www.idc.com

Vodafone Returns to Growth with Smartphones and Mobile Data

For the three months ended 30-June-2010, the Vodafone Group reported revenue increased by 4.8% to £11.3 billion and Group service revenue increased by 4.9% to £10.6 billion. On an organic basis, service revenue increased by 1.1% -- an improvement of 1.7 percentage points on the previous quarter -- as each of the regions delivered improved service revenue trends.


"These are the first quarterly results to show service revenue growth since the global recession impacted. We have achieved these results through our continuing commercial approach in key European markets, focusing especially on data, and from strong growth in emerging markets, with India now cash positive at an operating level and our highest ever quarterly revenue in Turkey. The financial outlook for the current year is confirmed," stated Vittorio Colao, CEO.


Some highlights:


  • In Europe service revenue fell by 1.7%, a 0.7 percentage point improvement on the previous quarter. Northern European businesses experienced an improvement in economic conditions, but southern European businesses continued to experience a weaker economic environment and poor consumer sentiment.


  • Both Germany and the UK delivered a third successive quarterly improvement in organic service revenue trends and returned to positive service revenue growth, with each generating faster data revenue growth rates as a result of our focus on smartphones and data plans and, in Germany, on netbooks.


  • Spain delivered a small improvement in organic service revenue trends, despite an increasingly competitive market.


  • In Italy, significant price competition led to organic service revenue declined.


  • Enterprise revenue returned to growth in Europe, increasing by 0.2% with improved roaming activity and customer wins by Vodafone Global Enterprise.


  • In Asia Pacific and Middle East, service revenue increased by 10.5%, a 5.5 percentage point improvement on the previous quarter. The improvement was driven by continued strong customer growth and better usage trends in India where there have been no recent significant price reductions by market leaders.


  • Capital expenditure was £1,041 million reflecting continued European network investment, enhancement of the network in Turkey and continued network rollout in India, albeit at a slower rate than in the first quarter last year. In addition, the Group invested £3.0 billion in spectrum licences in India and Germany.


  • Free cash flow was £1,767 million and was broadly stable year on year after adjusting for foreign exchange.
http://www.vodafone.com

T-Mobile's HSPA+ Network Operational in 50 Markets

T-Mobile USA announced that its HSPA+ network is now operational in 50 markets across the country and that the company is on track to deliver HSPA+ speeds in 100 major metropolitan areas with backhaul in place, covering 185 million people in the U.S. by the end of this year.


In addition, 16 of T-Mobile's current 3G devices, including more than a dozen smartphones, can benefit from the HSPA+ network, including the newest smartphone available from T-Mobile--the Samsung Vibrant. And later this summer, T-Mobile will unveil its first HSPA+-capable smartphone.
http://www.t-mobile.com

Video: Network Monitoring for 4G





http://www.vssmonitoring.com

VSS Monitoring Targets 4G/LTE Monitoring

VSS Monitoring unveiled a new framework for monitoring traffic and services across 4G/LTE networks.


Service providers have traditionally employed a flat architecture of probes and testers for monitoring their 2G and 3G network traffic locally. To handle more complex 4G networks, VSS Monitoring is developing a hierarchical framework capable of providing a network-wide view of traffic in real-time as well as packet-level visibility at any network node. The company said its "Network Monitoring 2.0" adopts a systems approach with no single point of failure. The system promises low-latency and scales to a worldwide distributed network.


Essentially, by decoupling the monitoring infrastructure from the core network, the traffic capture system can act as a universal access layer for all monitoring tools. The traffic capture layer is possible because the network taps are distributed and intelligent.


"Mobile operators clearly need a solution optimized for 4G monitoring," said Andy Huckridge, VSS Director of Marketing.


VSS Monitoring's Optimizer 2016 is an intelligent traffic capture device for networks from 10 Mbps to 10 GigE. It provides session-aware load balancing, a technology that maintains network session integrity to the monitoring infrastructure, allowing users to deploy multiple one Gigabit analytical tools to monitor a 10 GigE line, ensuring full coverage and maximizing monitor ROI. Hardware-based filtering allows users to filter traffic at line rate by address and protocols; users can also create custom filters. It supports VSS' intelligent stacking technology, "vStack+", which enables traffic capture devices to be deployed in a redundant, low-latency mesh for total, dynamic, fault-tolerant visibility that scales to even the largest networks.
http://www.vssmonitoring.com

Clearwire Expands 4G in 3 More Markets: Wash DC, Baltimore, Kansas City

Clearwire Communications launched its 4G service in parts of the Washington metro market with expanded coverage to surrounding areas expected in the months ahead. Within this central D.C. area, CLEAR covers nearly 1 million people in communities as far north as Chevy Chase and Silver Spring MD, south to Alexandria VA, west to Falls Church, VA, and east to College Park MD.


Clearwire announced the launch of service in Kansas City, Kansas, and the expansion of its 4G network in Baltimore. CLEAR now covers 725 square miles and approximately 1.7 million people in the Baltimore metro area. Regionally, service extends as far north as Bel Air, as far south as Annapolis and southwest as Columbia, west to Owings Mills, and east to Dundalk and Essex. In Kansas City, CLEAR covers 670 square miles and more than 1.1 million people in areas extending as far north as the Kansas City International Airport, south to Belton, west to the Kansas Speedway, and east to Blue Springs.
http://www.clearwire.com

Qualcomm Debuts Dual-CPU Snapdragon Chip

Qualcomm has begun sampling its first dual-CPU Snapdragon chipsets designed for smartphones, tablets and smartbook devices. This represents Qualcomm's third generation in the Snapdragon series.


The MSM8260 for HSPA+ and MSM8660 for multi-mode HSPA+/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. B feature two enhanced CPU cores running at up to 1.2GHz for high levels of Web application and multimedia performance, including a powerful GPU with 3D/2D acceleration engines for Open GLES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1 acceleration, 1080p video encode/decode, dedicated low power audio engine, integrated low power GPS, and support for 24-bit WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution displays.


"Qualcomm's first-generation Snapdragon chipsets set a new standard for advanced smartphones and smartbook devices, and our second-generation solutions are already shipping in volume," said Steve Mollenkopf, executive vice president of Qualcomm and president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.
http://www.qualcomm.com

Windstream Completes acquisition of Iowa Telecom

Windstream completed its acquisition of Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc. in a transaction valued at approximately $1.2 billion.

As of March 31, 2010, Iowa Telecom provided service to approximately 249,000 access lines, 96,000 high-speed Internet customers and 27,500 digital TV customers in Iowa and Minnesota.

Windstream said the deal will provide it with increased scale and annual synergies of approximately $35 million in operating expenses and capital expenditure savings. The transaction also includes tax assets with an estimated net present value of approximately $130 million.

Iowa Telecom Chairman and CEO Alan Wells was appointed to the Windstream board of directors effective with the closing of the transaction.
http://www.windstream.com29062

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