Wednesday, June 16, 2010

eircom Announces FTTH Trials

eircom is preparing to launch two open access FTTH trial for up to 10,000 residential and business customers in Wexford town and Sandyford, Co. Dublin. The FTTH will offer broadband speeds of up to 150 Mbps. Open access will be provided by eircom to any other operator who wishes to participate in the project.

eircomm plans to invest up to EUR 20 million in the project. Work is already underway with tenders issued to suppliers for a number of elements of the project. It is hoped that the first customers will be connected by early Spring 2011.

Tellabs 7100 Optical Transport System Gains RUS Acceptance

The Tellabs 7100 Optical Transport System (OTS) and its smaller version, the Tellabs 7100 Nano Optical Transport System, have gained RUS (Rural Utilities Service) acceptance by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This clears the products for use on projects funded by the Rural Telecom Infrastructure and by the Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Programs. In addition to the Tellabs 7100 OTS, the Tellabs 1000 and 1100 Multiservice Access Series and the Tellabs 8800 Multiservice Router also have RUS acceptance.

Huawei Launches New Metropolitan 40/100G OTN Platform

Huawei Technologies introduced its OSN8800 T16, a next-generation metropolitan OTN system with 640 Gbps system capacity and designed for efficient wavelength utilization in the transport of bandwidth-heavy services such as data, video, and storage.

The OSN8800 T16 offers 40G/100G transport with full-service cross-connection capabilities of ODUk wavelength and packet connections. The system capacity is upgradeable to 1.6 Tbps. Maintenance and service provisioning are similar to SDH. Additionally, the OSN8800 T16 is designed with photonics integrated device (PID) technology, achieving 120 Gbps capacity per card while significantly reducing power consumption and space requirements.

Christian Chua, President of Transport Network Product Line, Huawei, said, "Operators worldwide are focusing on how to achieve fast service rollouts for metropolitan transport, while coping with the impact of high traffic on their live networks. As part of Huawei' s All-IP convergence strategy, our OSN8800 T16 addresses these challenges with its advanced features and promises long-term customer benefits with its future-proof designs."

WiMAX Forum Publishes Femtocell Standard

The WiMAX Forum and the Femto Forum have published the first WiMAX femtocell standard. The specifications incorporate a security framework that allows WiMAX networks to support a large number of access points via standard commercial IPSec based security gateways. This phase of specifications also contains simple Self Organizing Network (SON) capabilities to allow automatic configuration of large numbers of femtocells. Future revisions will further enhance the SON capabilities to standardize automatic interference management between femtocells and macro base stations.

The standard also incorporates support for three usage models to support different deployment scenarios such as residential, enterprise and outdoor environments. The 'Open Model' allows the femtocell to operate like a normal WiMAX base station by allowing anyone to use the service; 'Closed Subscriber Group (CSG) Closed' allows a limited number of pre-allocated subscribers to use the femtocell. The 'Closed Subscriber Group (CSG) Open' extends the previous model to allow the subscriber to add users themselves.

The groups said the new standard will impact all elements of the WiMAX femtocell network including: the MS (Mobile Station), WFAP (WiMAX Femtocell Access Point), Security Gateway, Femto Gateway, SON Server, AAA Server, WFAP Management Server and other Core Service Network (CSN) functions.

BridgeWave Partners with Provigent on SoC for 4G Backhaul in 70/80 GHz

BridgeWave Communications is collaborating with Provigent, a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) designer, to develop a chipset that provides increased spectral efficiencies supporting multi-gigabit rates in up to 1 GHz RF channel bandwidth.

As part of this strategic cooperation BridgeWave will pay Non Recurring Engineering (NRE) to Provigent and Provigent will grant BridgeWave favorable terms.

The companies said this partnership supports Provigent's mission to provide advanced chipsets to the broadband wireless market and BridgeWave's mission to offer a complete set of backhaul solutions including edge and aggregation, utilizing the 70/80 GHz spectrum.

RadiSys Extends Convedia Media Servers with RFC 4117 SIP

RadiSys announced support of RFC 4117, a SIP-based interface for real-time transcoding services control, for the RadiSys' Convedia Media Server product family. RFC 4117 defines transcoding services between two SIP User Agents (UAs) using Third Party Call Control (3PCC), resulting in a simple yet effective interface for rapid transcoding application development.

In addition, RadiSys also announced a new Transcoding Processor Card (TPC-I) for the RadiSys Convedia CMS-9000 media server. The new Transcoding Processor Card (TPC-I) blade is hosted in a RadiSys Convedia CMS-9000 media server, and can work side-by-side in fully redundant configurations with existing media processing cards and system control cards in a CMS-9000 chassis.

Level 3 Offers Enhanced End-to-End Service Level Agreements

Level 3 Communications is now offering enhanced end-to-end service level agreements (SLAs) that simplify the contract process and provide a more complete performance guarantee. The company said its approach addresses the complex nature of SLAs in an environment where various fiber-optic network segments are often operated by multiple.

"We have seen strong customer demand for simpler end-to-end service level agreements, and this new initiative enables us to provide a complete solution to meet this demand," said Jeff Tench, president of Business Markets for Level 3.

JDSU Adds OTN to 100GE Test Suite

JDSU has added Optical Transport Network (OTN) capabilities to its 100GE test suite. The test platform now offers OTU3 (43GE) and OTU4 (112GE) test features to help transport Ethernet over longer distances for high speed networks.

Optical Transport Networks running on OTU3/4 add the framing, management layer and forward error correction (FEC) on top of Ethernet that is needed for longer distance transmission and for OTN management in a carrier network.

JDSU's fully comprehensive OTU3/4 feature set:

  • Provides overhead and payload manipulation as well as monitoring;

  • Complements the 40GE/100GE product lines to give complete test coverage;

  • Supports comprehensive test features for the new OTL (Optical Channel Transport Lane) layer; and;

  • Aligns with JDSU's existing, industry leading OTU1/2/3 products so customers can easily migrate to the faster speeds.

BT Signs 5-Year 21CN Contract with Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent signed a major five-year agreement with BT for an evolution of its 21st Century Network (21CN) that leverages the Alcatel-Lucent High Leverage Network (HLN) architecture. Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent will provide an end-to-end transport solution which tightly integrates IP and optical transport resources along with professional services such as project management, design, installation and commissioning, repair and return and software updates. Financial terms were not disclosed.

As part of the contract, Alcatel-Lucent will enhance its existing 7750 Service Router, which has been previously supplied to BT for its Etherflow service, to provide Broadband Subscriber Management in a distributed architecture. The contract also covers the deployment of the 1830 Photonic Service Switch. Additionally, the Alcatel-Lucent 1850 Transport Service Switch will be implemented for multiple traffic aggregation. The contract also leverages Alcatel-Lucent's professional services including performance management, design, network integration, installation and commissioning, repair and return and software updates.

BT is also evolving its residential IP service delivery architecture. Broadband Network Gateways (BNGs), previously centralized and becoming an increasing bottleneck in the network, will be distributed closer to subscribers using next generation service routers. This will result in an increase in capacity and performance creating a better end-user experience. Additionally, as the BNG function runs on the same routing platform as BT's business services, operations are streamlined and simplified for the operator.

"21CN is a huge transformational programme. It's about providing a network for the future which requires a game-changing approach," said George Nazi, managing director, BT 21CN Core Convergence.
  • In September 2009, Alcatel-Lucent outlined its Converged Backbone Transformation solution aimed at relieving the strain on service providers' core networks by optimizing the routing of IP packets over optical transport. Dramatic growth in Internet video traffic, along with a growing flood of IP-based business services, are increasing the strain on core routers -- through which nearly all traffic passes. Continually adding core router capacity is expensive, and as a result the network backbone is becoming a significant cost center.

    Alcatel-Lucent said its new Converged Backbone Transformation solution solves this problem by more tightly integrating IP and optical transport resources. This integration reduces the number of required network elements, improves efficiencies in power and rack space, simplifies network provisioning and fault management, and minimizes latency. Alcatel-Lucent accomplishes this by means of an intelligent control plane between the optical and IP layers, leveraging ASON and GMPLS technologies. The goal is to handle traffic at lowest layer via flexible grooming & IP offloading options. This enables IP packets to stay at the photonic layer for as long as possible throughout the transit to their destination, rather than being processed by intermediate core routers. Management Plane Integration across IP & optical domains would enable seamless network visibility and provisioning.

FCC Seeks Public Input on Regulatory Framework

The FCC voted 3-to-2 to open a new proceeding to identify the legal approach it should follow in regulating broadband. The Notice of Inquiry seeks public input to the challenge created by the Comcast court case. Options include pursuing a Title I regulatory path, a full Title II path, and a middle-ground solution -- the Third Way approach proposed by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Specifically, the Notice of Inquiry asks the public to consider:

  • Whether the Commission's "information service" classification of broadband Internet service
    remains legally sound and adequate to support effective performance of the Commission's

  • The legal and practical consequences of classifying broadband Internet connectivity as a
    "telecommunications service" to which all the requirements of Title II of the Communications
    Act would apply; and

  • A "third way" under which the Commission would reaffirm that Internet content and applications
    remain generally unregulated under Title I of the Communications Act; identify the Internet
    connectivity service that is offered as part of wired broadband Internet service as a
    telecommunications service; and forbear under Section 10 of the Act from applying all provisions
    of Title II other than the small number that are needed to implement fundamental universal
    service, competition and market entry, and consumer protection policies.

The Notice also seeks comment on the appropriate classification of terrestrial wireless and satellite
broadband Internet services, as well other issues.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski stated "While the term 'Third Way' may be new to this debate, the model on which it is based is familiar. The Third Way is modeled on the highly successful deregulatory approach that the FCC has
2 used for almost 20 years for mobile voice services: application of a small number of Title II provisions,
with broad and reliable forbearance from all other provisions."

In rebuttal, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell state: "I disagree with the premise of this proceeding. Not only is the idea of classifying broadband Internet access as common carriage under Title II unnecessary, already it
has caused harm in the marketplace. As a threshold matter, classifying broadband as a Title II service is not necessary to implement the recommendations of the National Broadband Plan. The Comcast decision certainly does not affect our ability to reallocate spectrum, one of the central pillars of the Plan. Nor does the decision undermine our authority to reform our Universal Service program, the other major component of the Plan."

Telegent appoints Ford Tamer as CEO

Telegent Systems, which supplies silicon solutions for mobile TV devices, appointed Dr. Ford Tamer as its new CEO, replacing co-founder Samuel Sheng , who will resume his position of chief technology officer.

Tamer most recently has been a partner at Khosla Ventures, where he expanded the firm's cleantech efficiency practice. Prior to Khosla, Tamer served as senior vice president and general manager of Broadcom's Infrastructure Networking Group, which he grew to $1.2 billion in revenue in five years. Prior to Broadcom, Tamer was CEO and co-founder of Agere, a networking semiconductor company that was acquired by Lucent before being spun out as Agere Systems, where he served as vice president.

Telegent has shipped more than 80 million units of its mobile TV receiver for handsets since first introducing its technology in mid-2007.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Carrier IQ Raises $12 Million for Real-Time Mobile Metrics

Carrier IQ, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, raised $12 million in Series D funding for its mobile service intelligence solution. Carrier IQ's analytics platform provides real-time data to the mobile network operator directly from the source handsets of the subscribers. The platform aggregates, analyzes and delivers that data via web applications. Carrier IQ said it is now deployed on over 90 million devices from 12 leading vendors worldwide.

The latest funding round was led by Bridgescale Partners, with participation from existing investors Intel Capital, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Accel Partners, Charles River Ventures, Presidio Ventures and Nauta Capital.
  • Carrier IQ is headed by Mark Quinlivan (CEO), who previously was Chief Operating Officer of edocs (acquired in 2005 by Siebel Systems). Before edocs, Mark held senior positions at Lucent Technologies and as SVP Worldwide Consulting and Integration.

Motorola Offers WiMAX Evolution to 802.16e Enhanced, 802.16m and LTE

Motorola introduced its WiMAX Evolution solution for operators to upgrade existing WiMAX 802.16e / 802.16e Enhanced networks to 802.16m or TD-LTE or to add LTE to their existing WiMAX networks.

Motorola said that has developed this evolutionary approach in working with WiMAX operators to plan capacity for the next five years as the best path for 4G growth.

Motorola's enhanced WiMAX offering is based on a single RAN (Radio Access Network) solution that allows operators to reuse most of the base station for various migration scenarios and reusing of up to 100 percent of other major network components such as IP/MPLS core, backhaul and device management. Motorola WiMAX access points are upgradable to 802.16m (WiMAX 2), TD-LTE, FDD LTE or LTE-Advanced.

"As consumer demand for mobile data continues its explosive growth, WiMAX operators around the world are facing 10GB to 30GB average subscriber data usage per month," said Fred Gabbard, vice president of product management, Motorola Networks. "Motorola is working closely with these operators to plan capacity for the next five years. Our WiMAX Evolution -- Single RAN solution allows operators to migrate to WiMAX 802.16m or LTE, thus reducing cost and offering the best path for 4G growth."

Juniper Releases Junos Pulse

Juniper Networks released its Junos Pulse multi-service network client for mobile networks. The Junos Pulse client allows the IT staff to enforce consistent endpoint security policies across a wide variety of notebooks, netbooks, and smart phones, regardless of whether or not they are corporate owned. It also designed to reduce the number of software agents they support, while greatly limiting the need for end users to directly interact with network connectivity and security software.

Junos Pulse leverages Juniper's SA Series SSL VPN appliances, Unified Access Control (UAC), and WXC Series Application Acceleration platform. It combines all of these capabilities.

Juniper also announced the availability of AppTrack software, part of the AppSecure suite of security software that enables application-level visibility and control for its SRX Series Services Gateways across the enterprise.

Broadsoft Completes IPO -- Nasdaq: BSFT

BroadSoft completed an initial public offering of 7,500,000 shares of its common stock, which is now being on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "BSFT."

The shares were initially priced at $9.00 per share. After the first day of trading, the share price closed at $8.30.

Nokia Trims its Outlook, Citing Smartphone Competition

Citing the competitive environment, particularly at the high-end of the market, and shifts in product mix towards somewhat lower gross margin products, Nokia trimmed its second quarter and full year 2010 outlook for Devices & Services. The recent depreciation of the Euro is also a factor.

Some highlights of the announcement:

Nokia now expects Devices & Services net sales to be at the lower end of, or slightly below, its previously expected range of EUR 6.7 billion to EUR 7.2 billion for the second quarter 2010. This update is primarily due to lower than previously expected average selling prices and mobile device volumes.

Nokia continues to expect industry mobile device volumes to be up approximately 10% in 2010, compared to 2009 (based on its revised definition of the industry mobile device market applicable beginning in 2010).

Nokia continues to target its mobile device volume market share to be flat in 2010, compared to 2009.

Nokia now expects its mobile device value market share to be slightly lower in 2010, compared to 2009. This update is primarily due to the competitive situation at the high-end of the market and shifts in product mix. This is an update to our previous target to increase our mobile device value market share slightly in 2010, compared to 2009.

Broadband Line Installations Reach 484 Million, up 12% Year-over-Year

Global broadband lines now top 484 million lines (484,788,597), representing a 3.12% growth in the quarter and 12.41% in the last 12 months to end of Q1 2010, according to new figures from Point Topic and the Broadband Forum.

Some highlights of the new report:

The number of IPTV subscribers worldwide grew to 36.3 million. The 12 months from Q109 to Q110 saw global growth of 46% in IPTV subscriber terms. This equates to 11.4 million new IPTV subscribers, the most rapid growth in any 12 month period yet recorded.

China and the USA are the top two countries for both broadband and IPTV.

Asia was responsible for more than 53% of the broadband lines added, with mainland China alone accounting for 45% of the total lines added worldwide in Q1 2010. China continues to be at the top of the table in terms of broadband with continued healthy growth at 5.67% in the quarter and 20.96% in the twelve month period, taking it to 112,594,000 subscribers. This made China the fastest growing country in both percentage and in absolute terms in the first three months of 2010.

Six of the top ten countries improved their performance in Q1 2010 compared to Q4 2009; China, the USA, Germany, the UK, South Korea and Brazil all grew more quickly in the first quarter of 2010 against Q4 2009.

DSL continues to be the most popular access technology for broadband. Fiber continues to grow quickly, and the figures for Q1 2010 show that Asia now has over 50 million fibre subscribers. The growth in fibre is expected to be the dominant theme over the next few years although DSL still has its place particularly in the second wave broadband countries like Indonesia and the Philippines, as does wireless particularly where the geography of a country makes fixed connections more difficult.ttp://www.broadband-forum.org

Dell'Oro: Wireless Packet Core Market Grow Forecast

The wireless packet core market contracted 30 percent sequentially during the first quarter this year due to seasonal factors, an extraordinarily strong previous quarter, and order and revenue volatility, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. However, the market is forecast to grow in the remainder of 2010.

The report indicates that Huawei surpassed both Ericsson and Nokia Siemens in the first quarter to capture the top spot in the market with more than 25 percent revenue share. Given a very strong fourth quarter in 2009 in North America for GGSN and SGSN equipment, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens both saw very large sequential declines in the first quarter this year due to order volatility. With the anticipated growth in wireless data and signaling needs, it is likely that both of these vendors will rebound in the coming quarters.

"First quarter results were only a bump-in-the-road for the wireless packet core market this year," said Greg Collins, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "Data usage and smartphone penetration continue to increase and will drive the need for more signaling and bandwidth capacity. Because of these strong demand drivers and despite lower than expected first quarter results, our forecast for 2010 remains essentially unchanged at $2.1 billion, or almost 10 percent growth versus 2009."

T-Mobile USA Extends its HSPA+ Network

T-Mobile USA has extended its HSPA+ footprint in 25 major metropolitan areas across the U.S. and now expects to cover more than 75 million Americans with HSPA+ by the end of June. The company expects to continue this rollout pace 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.

The HSPA+ network includes Los Angeles; Dallas; Atlanta; Houston; Seattle; Tampa and Orlando, Fla.; Pittsburgh; Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem, N.C.; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; New Orleans; and Charleston, S.C. In addition, HSPA+ has been expanded to Bentonville, Ark.; Anderson, S.C.; and Fayetteville, N.C. T-Mobile's HSPA+ mobile broadband service is already live in New York; Philadelphia; Las Vegas; Memphis; Upstate New York; Connecticut; Providence, R.I.; and the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

IBM Expands is Mobile Offerings

IBM is expanding in the mobile market with a new range of software, services and research offerings. Highlights of the announcement:

  • New analytics software and services for real-time management of remote cell towers and sites to detect problems and manage maintenance before outages can occur. The company notes that in the U.S. alone, there are more than 143,000 cellular sites that need to be managed, increasing the time and money spent on maintenance. For example, technicians need to monitor a range of components that keep the network operating such as antennas, electricity and power, air conditioning and heating, and back-up batteries. IBM's Intelligent Site Operations integrates the passive cell tower infrastructure with an organization's active network for end-to-end, continuous monitoring, management and control of all physical and digital assets and operations for improved network availability and service quality.

  • New software that bridges voice and Web communications to speed up business processes; and new collaboration software for Android-based mobile devices. IBM WebSphere CEA Mobile Widgets provide businesses and consumers with the benefits of sharing their Web experiences on handheld devices to make buying, selling, browsing, shopping and many other types of mobile transactions more efficient.IBM is also extending its collaboration software for the Android platform to Lotus Notes clients.

  • Made in IBM Labs: New R&D innovations that add intelligence to 4th generation mobile networks and devices to improve service and quality; and a new email prototype to help mobile device users more effectively identify what needs immediate action and what can be handled later in their mobile mail. The new prototype, called Mail Triage, rethinks the mobile email experience, helping users more effectively manage their email and tasks across their different devices. Mail Triage allows users to quickly assess their email and identify what needs immediate action and what can be handled later.

IBM also opened a new software development laboratory, the IBM Mass Lab - IBM's largest software development lab in North America - that will be dedicated to mobile solutions.