Sunday, June 13, 2010

BTI Systems Debuts Low Latency Dual 10G Transponder

BTI Systems introduced its Low Latency Dual 10G Transponder optimized to ensure rapid system processing and transparent transmission for 10GE, 10G Fibre Channel and wavelength services. The 10G DTPR-L, along with EDFA amplifiers and FBG Dispersion Compensation Modules provides an optimized, engineered approach to low latency networking for campus, metro and regional applications.

Validated through customer network testing, BTI Systems said its 10G transponder adds a mere 20-30 nanosecond delay in transmission. This value is equivalent to 6 meters of fiber cable, adding virtually no latency into the network.

Cablevision Acquires Bresnan for $1.4 Billion

Cablevision Systems, which serves the NYC metropolitan market, will acquire Bresnan in a transaction valued at $1.365 billion. Bresnan is the nation's thirteenth largest MSO with cable operating systems in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah that pass more than 630,000 homes and serve more than 300,000 basic subscribers.

Cablevision's Chief Operating Officer Tom Rutledge will oversee the Bresnan properties.
  • Bresnan was founded in 1984 by William J. Bresnan, a cable industry pioneer who, for more than 40 years until his passing in late 2009, was widely acknowledged as one of the cable industry's most admired and influential executives. Bresnan served for over 35 years on the Board of Directors of the National Cable Telecommunications Association. He served on the Board of Directors of The Cable Center in Denver since its inception and was Chairman of the Executive Committee and member of the Board of Directors of C-SPAN. He was a Board member of Cable Television Laboratories and the Cable TV Pioneers.

HomePlug Powerline Alliance's Green PHY Spec for Smart Grid Published

The HomePlug Powerline Alliance announced the approval and publication of the HomePlug Green PHY (HomePlug GP) specification for Smart Grid applications.

HomePlug GP is a low power, highly reliable, cost-optimized powerline networking specification targeting Smart Grid connectivity for home energy management to devices such as HVAC, smart meters, appliances and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles. The spec was developed with direct input from major utility companies and appliance manufacturers including Consumers Energy, Duke Energy, GE, Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison.

HomePlug GP is a key component of the HomePlug technology portfolio that includes the current HomePlug AV broadband powerline technology, and will include HomePlug AV2, the Gigabit-class next-generation powerline technology specification, due for completion in early 2011. All three specifications are fully interoperable with each other and with the IEEE's 1901 powerline standard, now completing ratification. HomePlug AV is baseline technology for the IEEE 1901 powerline standard. The HomePlug Powerline Alliance will serve as the compliance and certification body for IEEE 1901, much as the Wi-Fi Alliance certifies 802.11 products.

picoChip Secures New Funding for Femtocell Silicon

picoChip, a start-up based in Bath, UK, has secured $20m of additional equity funding to support its s femtocell silicon products. As part of its growth plans, picoChip is adding engineers at its development centers in Bath and Beijing, and will move to a new headquarters in Bath, UK. The plans also include accelerated product development in key areas such as LTE, HSPA+ and self-organizing networks.

picoChip's femtocell solutions cover all the major 3G standards (WCDMA/HSPA+, TD-SCDMA and cdma2000/EvDO), as well as 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) and LTE.

picoChip has secured over twenty-five femtocell customers including Alcatel Lucent, Sagem, Ubiquisys and ip.access.

The company also announced that it has passed the milestone of one million chips sold and is on track to achieve over 50% quarter-on-quarter sequential revenue growth this calendar quarter.

JDSU Launches Managed Roaming Test Service

JDSU is launching a global managed roaming testing service for mobile operators. Specifically, the JDSU RoamerNet MaxG Service supports testing of advanced roaming services including video telephony and video streaming as well as existing tests for voice, data and Simple Messaging Service (SMS). The managed service also supports the testing of web applications, downloads and content verification.

The service enables operators to validate roaming Service Level Agreements and investigate any performance issues while assuring continued revenue streams from roaming. The service offers higher test throughput and capacity, improved reporting, dashboards and diagnostics.

JDSU said a chief advantage of its service is that mobile operators can avoid the CAPEX and time required to implement a testing program with all its roaming partners. JDSU claims a footprint in 100+ countries served by 200+ mobile network operators.

"Mobile operators need to continue managing the critical revenue streams they derive from roaming customers," said David Opsahl, vice president in JDSU's Communications Test and Measurement business segment. "As the mobile customer base moves beyond simple voice roaming to advanced data services and video communications, our RoamerNet MaxG managed service addresses this need head-on."

Dell'Oro: Rapid Growth in WLAN Market in Q1

The worldwide wireless LAN (WLAN) market grew 20 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2010, driven in large part by the continued strength of the enterprise market that achieved its highest quarterly revenue level in the first quarter of this year, according to a new report by Dell'Oro Group.

According to the report, each of the following WLAN vendors posted record quarterly revenues in the first quarter of this year: Alcatel-Lucent, Aruba, Meru, Motorola, NETGEAR, and Trapeze.

"Enterprise market revenues grew at twice the rate of the overall market and have now risen 5 straight quarters, showing that WLAN continues to grow in importance to businesses," stated Loren Shalinsky, Senior Analyst of Wireless LAN research at Dell'Oro Group. "First quarter enterprise WLAN revenues are traditionally the low point of the year, as we have seen every year since we started tracking this market in 2002. We forecast that the record enterprise revenues during the first quarter will help propel the overall market to over $5 billion this year, easily surpassing the previous annual high in 2008," added Shalinsky.

Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems Interconnects Data Centers at 100 Gbps

T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom's corporate customer arm, has interconnected the data centers of the Dresden and Bergakademie Freiberg technical universities with a 60 km link using commercial 100 Gbps IP and optical technologies. The link uses a single 100G wavelength across Alcatel-Lucent's optical transport systems and IP Service routers.

Core elements of the 100G solution deployed between the technical universities of Dresden and Bergakademie Freiberg are the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch, featuring 100G next-generation coherent technology, and the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router with 100G Ethernet interfaces.

In addition, Ixia assisted Deutsche Telekom in testing a pre-deployment 100 Gbps network link. Deutsche Telekom used Ixia's higher speed Ethernet (HSE) K2 test platform to generate and analyze full 100 Gbps line rate traffic. K2's routing and MPLS protocol emulation allows testing of control plane performance in parallel with layer 2-3 metrics such as real-time latency, inter-arrival time, packet loss, data integrity, and sequence checking. Ixia's K2 modules support unframed bit error ratio testing (BERT), allowing individual PCS lane BER test and error injection over a wide range of PRBS patterns, including support for PMD's in IEEE802.3ba draft standard.

The 100G technology is expected to improve the cooperation between research facilities and will be used to facilitate more advanced cloud service delivery options and pave the way for proliferation of collaborative multimedia applications. Researchers of both universities are using the installation to study the resource requirements of clustered virtual servers, Lustre wide-area file systems, network-attached storage and real-time video conferencing applications under heavy load.

"Research data centers, with their exceptional computing power and bandwidth demands, are excellent early adopters for this technological innovation", says Adolfo Hernandez, President of Alcatel-Lucent EMEA. "With Alcatel-Lucent's considerable experience in IP routing and optical technologies, and the timely availability of their commercial offerings, we are uniquely positioned to provide 100G across the IP and optical network for seamless, end-to-end high performance, even for the most advanced collaborative and cloud-based applications currently being developed."

SingTel Picks ADVA FSP 3000 WDM

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has appointed ADVA Optical Networking as a vendor for its high-speed managed metropolitan optical network service known as GigaWaveLite (GWL).

SingTel's GigaWaveLite is a managed high-speed, point-to-point optical service for enterprise customers needing to connect two or more sites. It uses WDM to ensure that an enterprise's mission-critical data remains secure throughout transport at speeds of up to 10 Gbps. SingTel offers its GWL service to the banking, finance, healthcare, education, manufacturing and logistics industries, as well as to media content and other information technology solution providers.

ADVA's FSP 3000 supports a range of data center protocols, including multiple Fibre Channel line speeds, 10Gigabit Ethernet, FICON, ESCON and others, and has been qualified interoperable with most of the industry's major storage solution vendors.
  • In February 2010, ADVA Optical Networking released a new version of its flagship FSP 3000 product optimized for cloud computing applications. With cloud computing, data center operators must deliver reliable storage and compute resources at often very short notice. The new capabilities are designed to help operators provide ultra-high bandwidth between data centers and remote backup locations.

    ADVA's FSP 3000 is a multi-service metro and regional transport platform supporting optical access, backhaul and wavelength services. It is also used private enterprise networks over dark fiber. As a WDM system, it offers up to 80 protected wavelength carried over various topologies.

    ADVA said its enhanced FSP 3000 empowers an operator to choose any transport protocol at any rate and transport it over a fully tunable long-haul DWDM channel. Specifically, the FSP 3000 can deliver speeds that range from 1, 2, 4, 8 to 10 Gbps, while addressing all storage interfaces currently in use in today's data centers, including Fibre Channel, InfiniBand and Ethernet, among others.

Dell'Oro: Wireless LAN Market Report - June 2010

Presented by Loren Shalinsky, Senior Analyst, Dell'Oro Group

FCC Launches Universal Service Working Group

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski launched a Universal Service Working Group that will provide a comprehensive, collaborative approach to the FCC's reform of universal service programs to better support broadband.

The working group will be led by Sharon Gillett, Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau, and will include participation by the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, the International Bureau, the Office of General Counsel, the Office of Managing Director, the Office of Strategic Planning, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and the Wireline Competition Bureau. Smaller inter-bureau and inter-office working groups will work
collectively to propose concrete solutions to realize the universal service vision set forth in the
National Broadband Plan.

NetLogic's Multi-Core Processors Power Equipment in NTT DOCOMO's LTE Network

NetLogic Microsystems is supplying its multi-core, multi-threaded processors in multiple equipment designs, from eNodeB base stations to Gateways, that are deployed in NTT DOCOMO's LTE mobile network in Japan.

NTT DOCOMO's 2GHz network system comprises dual-mode WCDMA and LTE base stations, LTE core network equipment and LTE-enabled mobile devices. Compatibility with W-CDMA will enable seamless handover for devices as they move between LTE and W-CDMA service areas in the network.

DOCOMO expects to confirm 5MHz-bandwidth throughput for 37.5 Mbps downlinks and 12.5 Mbps uplinks, followed by 10MHz-bandwidth throughput for maximum 75 Mbps downlinks and 25 Mbps uplinks in selected test areas.

NetLogic Microsystems' multi-core, multi-threaded processors integrate up to eight high-performance MIPS64 cores, each with four-way simultaneous multi-threading, for a total of 32 fine-grain processor threads to mitigate latency, improve computational efficiency and throughput for network data plane and control plane processing in base stations, eNodeB, RNCs, gateways, switches, routers, ATCA and AMC service cards. The processors also offer a packet management, packet distribution and network accelerator engine, an intelligent Fast Messaging Network to maximize on-chip communications bandwidth, a superior memory sub-system, high-speed interconnects, and a broad set of acceleration engines.
  • Earlier this month, NTT DOCOMO confirmed that it has begun verification of its new commercial mobile network system based on the LTE protocol in the Tokyo area, and is expected to enter full-scale launch of the extra-high-speed LTE commercial service in December 2010.

Orange Business Services joins VMware vCloud Initiative

Orange Business Services has joined the VMware "vCloud" initiative, an industry program enabling cloud computing providers to develop a common platform based on VMware vSphere for cloud interoperability and portability.

Orange noted that it already manages some 12,000 servers for its enterprise customers.

"The main point of cloud computing is to bring more flexibility to enterprises, enabling them to use what they need, when they need it, at optimized and variable costs," said Didier Jaubert, senior vice president, Global Services, Orange Business Services.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

ITU Approves as Global Standard for Wired Home Networking

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T) formally approved the standard for next-generation wired home networks. All three components of the new standard --- the Data Link Layer (G.9961), Physical Layer (G.9960) and coexistence protocol (G.9972) --- are now complete. The first products based on this standard are expected to reach the market later this year. is expected to simplify the home networking market, which has until now been cluttered with many competing technologies and upgrade variations. A global standard, when implemented by service providers, could lead to better and cheaper home gateways and IPTV set-top boxes.
Consumer electronics manufacturers will be able to provide powerful devices for connecting all types of entertainment, home automation, and security products throughout the house. Smart Grid devices such as electricity meters, heating and air conditioning systems, electrical appliances, electrical vehicles, and lighting systems will also benefit from the reliability, security, and low-power consumption provided by the Recommendation.

"In an industry cluttered with a host of incompatible technologies, we congratulate the ITU-T for championing one standard that truly delivers anywire connectivity and next-generation performance," said Matt Theall, president of HomeGrid Forum and technology strategist at Intel Corporation. " is the only technology platform that supports every wire in the home. We believe that consumer electronics manufacturers, PC companies, and service providers--and every group that works within these markets--will benefit from the commercial availability of this technology as it rolls out later this year."http://

Eight Silicon Vendors Back

Eight silicon vendors have announced their support of the new ITU-T and G.hnem technologies for wired home networking and energy management. Kawasaki Microelectronics America and TangoTec are the newest members of HomeGrid Forum, joining leading semiconductor suppliers DS2, Ikanos, Intel, Lantiq, Sigma Designs, and Texas Instruments as backers of the recently approved standard.

"Silicon providers are lining up in support of because they see the advantage and opportunity made available through one truly global standard technology for multimedia networking in the home," said Matt Theall, president of HomeGrid Forum and technology strategist at Intel Corporation. "These silicon companies are working to deliver next-generation technology that will enable their customers to better service their markets with future-generation products that are efficient, simpler to deploy, and works over all three wires--coax, phone, and power lines."

Ekinops Signs Resell Agreement with Japan's Marubeni

Marubeni Information Systems (MSYS), a solution provider of high value-added solutions and services, has agreed to sell, support, and maintain Ekinops' optical transmission equipment in the Japanese telecom service provider market.

Under the agreement, Ekinops and MSYS are working together to bring the Ekinops 360 metro, regional, and long haul DWDM platform to market in Japan.

The Ekinops 360 platform, with its T-Chip (Transport on a Chip) technology, transports a wide variety of traffic types, including SONET, video, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel. The Ekinops 360 Dynamic Multi-Reach Transport System provides DWDM and CWDM in a single solution that addresses metro, regional, and long haul applications. It offers features such as DynaMux, dynamic multiplexing functionality that allows multiplexing of any mix of protocols over a single wavelength and over any protocol on that wavelength; forward error correction, the innovative "DynaFEC", which eliminates errors in transmission and enables longer reach using software instead of expensive hardware; and WaveBonding, a low-cost, long-reach 40G technology.

India's Hot BWA Auction Announces Winners

India's Ministry of Communications & Information Technology concluded its auction for broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum after 117 rounds over 16 days of online bidding. This new BWA auction is offering 2 blocks of 20MHz in the 2.3GHz band across the same 22 service areas. All the 44 blocks that were put up for auction across the 22 service areas in the country were sold, leaving no unsold lots.

The auction raised total government revenues of Rs 38,543.31 crore. Infotel won BWA spectrum for all 22 circles and has an obligation to pay Rs 12,847.77 crore. Other winners include Aircel, Bharti Airtel, Qualcomm and Tikona Digital Networks. BSNL/MTNL, which did not participate in auction because they were granted spectrum prior to the auction, will now be obliged to pay the auction price for their BWA holdings.

Full results are posted online.

Cisco Quad Integrates Voice, Video and Social into one Workspace

Cisco introduced a "Quad" immersive platform for enterprise collaboration that integrates voice, video and social networking into one workspace.

With Cisco Quad, workers have the ability to search across all content within their organization, as well as locate people and expertise. Specifically, Quad integrates with content management systems such as Microsoft SharePoint and Documentum, as well as with voice and video business communications solutions including Cisco Unified Communications, Cisco WebEx conferencing, Cisco Unified Presence and Cisco Show and Share.

Cisco will also offer Mobile Quad applications optimized for the Apple iPad and iPhone.

Cisco Quad is currently in trials and is expected to be available on a limited basis, beginning in Cisco's first quarter of fiscal year 2011.

In addition, Cisco is releasing a new WebEx Connect IM app that lets users access their contact lists and send instant messages via a browser-based IM client, making the solution accessible from any computer, with any operating system, without the need for a client download. There is also a business-class four-hour Flip MinoPRO camcorder.

Nielsen's Three Screen Report Shows Flat Internet Video Trend in Q1

While the overall amount of video that Americans watch continues to rise, the amount of time spent watching online video decreased slightly in Q1 2010 compared to Q4 2009, according to the latest edition of The Nielsen Company's Three Screen Report.

Q1 2010 data shows that 138 million people watching video on the Internet spent on average 3 hours, 10 minutes during the month doing so. As of 1Q10 the 20.3 million people who watch mobile video in the US spend on average 3 hrs, 37 minutes each month watching video on a mobile phone.

Nielsen noted that high-speed broadband Internet access, now in 63.5% of homes, has created a better user experience for watching online videos. They are also continuing to simultaneously use the Internet while watching TV, with the average time spent doing both activities up 9.8% to 3 hours and 41 minutes.

Nielsen's latest Three Screen Report is available for download.

Cincinnati Bell Acquires CyrusOne Data Centers for $525 Million

Cincinnati Bell has acquired CyrusOne, one of the largest data center colocation operators in Texas, for approximately $525 million in cash. The deal was first announced in May.

The acquisition includes seven data centers in Houston, Dallas, and Austin with a total of 174,000 square feet of data center capacity. As a result, Cincinnati Bell's Technology Solutions segment will have a combined total of 620,000 square feet of data center capacity in 17 facilities, and, based on annualized first quarter 2010 results, combined operating income of approximately $56 million and adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA1) of approximately $93 million.

"The acquisition of CyrusOne is an important step in our long-term strategy of becoming the preferred global data center colocation provider to Fortune 1000 companies," said Jack Cassidy, president and chief executive officer of Cincinnati Bell. "With more than 600,000 square feet of high quality data center space and almost $100 million of Adjusted EBITDA, we believe the combined data center business of Cincinnati Bell and CyrusOne makes us one of the largest data center companies in the U.S. and strongly positions us to help large enterprise customers manage their global data center requirements with highly cost-efficient and flexible solutions."

O2 Upgrades London Network with NSN

O2 has undertaken an upgrade of its network across London in partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks.

NSN said that it monitored and analyzed the data and signaling behavior of different smart devices connected to the O2 mobile network in order to gauge the impact of these devices on different network elements. This insight, combined with traffic growth forecasts, was used to establish a capacity improvement project, upgrading only the network elements and modules identified as bottlenecks for current and future performance within O2's London network.

The upgrade included enhancing the signaling capacity of the network as well as modernizing the network with Nokia Siemens Networks' Flexi Multiradio Base Stations. The companies said this recent deployment of 3G six-sector sites was recognized by Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards 2010. The six-sector site deployment provides improved capacity resulting in the ability to carry significantly more voice and data calls in O2's network.
  • In February 2010, BT Wholesale was awarded a five year contract to consolidate O2's mobile and fixed core networks in the UK into one network running on top of BT's 21st Century Network (21CN) infrastructure. BT Wholesale already provides a range of services to O2 including core network management support for O2's mobile customers as well as a managed network service that is enabling O2 to serve the UK business market with fixed and broadband services. This new agreement will further ties between the companies. O2 is a division of Telefónica.

  • Telefónica O2 UK has 21.4 million mobile customers and over 600,000 fixed broadband customers as at 31 March 2010.