Tuesday, July 6, 2010

AT&T Teams with Apriva on Wireless Payments

AT&T is partnering with Apriva to offer a wireless payment application that transforms smartphones into point-of-sale devices that accept credit and debit card transactions. AT&T is the first wireless carrier to provide mobile point-of-sale solutions from Apriva.

AprivaPay is a browser-based application that enables businesses to process credit and debit transactions through the browser of their mobile phones. AprivaPay Professional is a full featured application that is downloaded directly onto a smartphone. Additionally, the service can be integrated with an optional card reader and a receipt printer, allowing businesses to obtain the financial benefits of "card present" transactions, along with printing receipts.

Alcatel-Lucent Releases Multimodal Communication App

Alcatel-Lucent released an iPhone Multimodal Communication Companion application for enterprise customers using its OmniPCX Office and the Extended Communication Server (ECS). The app extends Web 2.0 communications including multiple voice and data communication capabilities of a desk phone to an Apple iPhone, making it a fully featured unified communication client. There is a companion application designed for Apple Macs and PCs that brings this same functionality to users' laptops. The company said additional versions will be made available for other smart devices in the future.

NSN Supplies IPTV to HickoryTech

Nokia Siemens Networks is providing its multi-screen IPTV platform to HickoryTech, which an independent operator with networks in Minnesota and Iowa. NSN's new multi-screen IPTV platform includes an interactive applications toolkit based on Interactive Markup Language (IML). This toolkit enables personalized content such as live weather and stock market information to be accessed via onscreen widgets. The software facilitates faster development and roll-out of interactive applications, creating new revenue streams for the operator, and delivering a more useful service to subscribers. The contract scope also includes professional services, including care services.

ADTRAN Supplies Total Access 5000 in Alaska

Copper Valley Telephone Cooperative, dba Copper Valley Telecom (CVT), a leading provider of communications services for Alaska's Valdez/Copper River Basin, has selected ADTRAN's Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform (MSAP) and Total Access 1124P OSP DSLAM for Broadband DLC and rural broadband expansion. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"The ADTRAN Total Access 5000 and Total Access 1124P solution allows us to provide Broadband services 70 miles from the nearest office and 85 kilofeet from the nearest commercial power source," said Mitch Vieu, plant manager, CVT.

NetLogic Debuts 40 Gbps, MultiCore L2-L7 NPU

NetLogic Microsystems introduced its multi-core processing solution for advanced Layers 2-7 functions at 40Gbps wire-speed. The new NLX321103A device is aimed at complex networking functions such as deep packet content inspection, application-aware switching and routing, intrusion prevention (IPS), anti-virus/malware, network service management, packet ordering, parsing, IPv6/IPv4 forwarding, classification, IPSec/SSL encryption, ACL security, compression/decompression and QoS at 40Gbps wire-speed.

NetLogic Microsystems' 40Gbps solution incorporates 32 NXCPUs from its XLP multi-core, multi-threaded processor family, along with 128 knowledge-based processing engines, 196 Intelligent Fabric for Automata (IFA) engines from its NETL7 processor family and over 40 fully-autonomous programmable processing engines. The company said this delivers deterministic wire-speed performance and low latency, enabling next-generation switches, routers, access aggregation, metro Ethernet, service gateways, security appliances and storage appliances to perform uncompromised L2 - L7 packet processing on every packet of traffic with minimal network latency under a wide variety of Internet traffic scenarios.

"Our new L2 - L7 NLX321103A solution is a game changer for the industry as it provides customers with the unprecedented ability to develop a new class of highly differentiated networking systems that deliver deterministic line-rate throughput while supporting L2 - L7 functionality," said Chris O'Reilly, vice president of marketing at NetLogic Microsystems. "This further demonstrates our unique capabilities to drive innovations across multiple product lines and to deliver new levels of performance that are unparalleled in the industry.

The NLX321103A solution is expected to sample in the third quarter of 2010.

Mammoth Networks Builds Line Aggregation Business

Mammoth Networks, a facilities-based aggregator of fiber and data circuits, today announced that it has surpassed 21,000 DSLs on its network and now supports more than 160 Service Providers across the United States. These milestones were achieved five years after starting the business.

Mammoth Networks, which is based in Wyoming, combines Qwest DSL with T1s, DS3, OCn and GigE from multiple carriers to serve as a one-stop shop for full-service network connectivity and outsourcing. The company said it is unique in that it interfaces with Qwest to provide reach to multiple remote DSLAMs in the field, unlike most private DSL providers who have a single DSLAM in each market. In addition, as Mammoth operates its own MUX, DACs, switches and routers, its service and engineering support team is able to fully troubleshoot connections within the Mammoth network to expedite any necessary action.

Calix Cites Broadband Stimulus Boom

Calix announced a contract to supply its Unified Access portfolio to XIT Rural Telephone Cooperative (XIT), which serves rural customers across the northwest Texas panhandle. XIT will leverage advanced fiber and copper access technologies to deliver a superior broadband services experience to underdeveloped parts of its access network.

As part of the Broadband Stimulus program, XIT has been awarded a $3.1 million grant and $3.2 million in private funds. XIT will be leveraging a combination of E5-121 and E5-111 Ethernet Service Access Nodes (ESANs) for targeted VDSL2 and ADSL2+ services, as well as the E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) for Gigabit Ethernet aggregation and 10GE transport applications. XIT has also submitted an additional application for Round Two Broadband Stimulus award consideration.

Calix noted that this vendor selection by XIT pushes the total number of Calix Broadband Stimulus award winner selections to nine, which in aggregate represent over $100 million in stimulus-related grants, loans, and private investment for plant engineering, materials, labor, and other costs, including access equipment.

Boeing to Acquire Narus for CyberSecurity Systems

Boeing has agreed to acquire Narus, a privately-held provider of real-time network traffic and analytics software, for an undisclosed sum. The company is based in Sunnyvale, California and employs approximately 150 people globally.

Narus' systems are used to protect against cyber attacks and persistent threats aimed at large Internet Protocol networks. Its NarusInsight system provides deep insight into multiple layers of IP network traffic in real time, enabling applications such as network cyber protection, traffic and application monitoring and capture for legal intercept, and traffic management via policy enforcement.

Boeing said the acquisition follows a successful partnership with Narus and advances its strategy to offer world-class, scalable, state-of-the-art cybersecurity solutions.

Once acquired, Narus will operate within Boeing's Network & Space Systems business as a wholly owned subsidiary. In addition to supporting cyber activities within Network & Space Systems, Narus' network-centric technology also will be applied to Boeing's smart grid energy work, the secure networking of Boeing's ground, air and space products, and the defense of the Boeing network.

"This acquisition is another step forward in our strategy to develop integrated solutions for better network visibility, threat detection, and cybersecurity," said Roger Krone, president of Boeing Network & Space Systems, a business within the Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) operating unit. "Narus' innovative employees and unique capabilities to secure complex networks will be a significant benefit to Boeing and our customers."

"We're excited to join Boeing and provide its customers with our proven NarusInsight system and applications, which are currently used by governments and large service providers worldwide," said Narus Chief Executive Officer and President Greg Oslan.

The acquisition is expected to close during the third quarter of 2010.
  • On June 30, Boeing announced plans to acquire Argon ST in an all cash tender offer and merger for $34.50 per share, or approximately $775 million, net of cash acquired. Argon ST is a leading developer of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) and combat systems. Boeing said the deal expands its capabilities to address the C4ISR, cyber and intelligence markets.

Bluetooth Adopts Low Energy Spec for Wireless Sensors

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has adopted low energy wireless technology within its Core Specification. This could open the market for low-energy Bluetooth wireless sensors for health care, sports and fitness, security, and home entertainment. Such sensors could be powered by long lasting coin-cell batteries that last for several years, while communicating with the millions of Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, PCs and PDAs that are shipped each year.

DragonWave Reports Quarterly Revenue of US$48.7 million

DragonWave reported revenue of US$48.7 million for its first quarter of fiscal 2011 (ended 31-May-2010), up 275% versus $13.0 million in Q1 FY2010 and $61.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010. Revenue from customers within North America was $42.9 million, compared with $10.5 million in the first quarter of the prior fiscal year. DragonWave had one major customer in the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 that generated 78% of revenue.

Net income in the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 was $9.7 million or $0.26 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $2.4 million or ($0.08) per diluted share in the first quarter of 2010. Gross margin for the first quarter was 43.6%, compared with 34.5% in the first quarter of the prior fiscal year; operating margin was 20% in the quarter.

DragonWave expects revenue for Q2 FY2011 to be approximately $25 million. DragonWave's largest customer is expected to contribute approximately 25% of Q2 FY2011 revenue.

"DragonWave delivered strong year-over-year growth in the first quarter," said DragonWave President and CEO Peter Allen. "We are focused on achieving our key strategic objectives of broadening and deepening our global market presence, expanding our customer base and continuing to deliver innovative solutions. The global mobile broadband Internet is unstoppable, which will drive the growth for DragonWave solutions in markets throughout the world."http://www.dragonwaveinc.com

WSJ: NSA's "Perfect Citizen" CyberSecurity Program

The National Security Agency is launching a program called "Perfect Citizen" aimed at detecting large scale cyber attacks on key infrastructure across the country, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. Raytheon is named as a key supplier for the program.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Level 3 implements Low-Latency Fiber from London to Frankfurt

Level 3 Communications has upgraded its fiber-optic network from London to Frankfurt to improve latency on this route as well as the Frankfurt-to-New York and Frankfurt-to-Chicago routes. Low network latency is a key advantage for financial exchanges and other trading venues.

Level 3 is now offering customers two grades of performance for ultra-low-latency routes, with access to circuit speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second. These two grades, Premier and Advanced, will allow customers to choose between two latency route speeds based on their specific requirements. Premier customers will have access to the faster ultra-low-latency route. Both of these levels are then backed by Level 3's latency service level agreement (SLA).

Telefónica Chooses Verizon Global Wholesale for Domestic U.S. Wireless

Telefónica, which serves more than 800 multinational corporations, has selected Verizon Global Wholesale to provide a white-label wireless services in the U.S.

Verizon Global Wholesale's Mobility Service includes wireless voice, text messaging and broadband packages. It provides a choice between per minute and per megabyte bulk pricing, as well as bundled voice and data plan pricing options.

The agreement was signed by Telefónica International Wholesale Services (TIWS) on behalf of the Telefónica Group.

Time Warner Cable 4G Mobile Hotspot

Time Warner Cable introduced a new dual mode mobile hotspot device from Sierra Wireless that connects up to 5 Wi-Fi devices on its 4G network, which delivers speeds up to 6 Mbps.

Time Warner Cable 4G Network, featuring Road Runner Mobile is available in Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin, Texas; Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro, N.C.; Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii; and Kansas City, MO. Road Runner Mobile customers will also be able to access the 4G network in additional cities outside the Time Warner Cable footprint including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Seattle. Additional 4G networks planned for launch in 2010 include New York, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Zayo Bandwidth Lands $13.4M Federal Stimulus Award

Zayo Bandwidth has been awarded $13.4 million from the federal Recovery Act Broadband Opportunity Program to enable broadband services in Anoka County, Minnesota. The "Connect Anoka County Community Broadband Network" project is a partnership between Zayo Bandwidth and Anoka County who, collectively, will make a $5.7M match to the project. 145 local anchor institutions and other local broadband service providers will be connected with 286 miles of fiber with speeds between 100 Mbps and 10 Gbps. The network will enable access to Ethernet service, Direct Internet Access, Private Line, Wavelengths and Dark Fiber.

This is Zayo Bandwidth's second major broadband grant; its first federal award was $25 million to extend the fiber-based network infrastructure to 80 rural communities in 21 higher education institutions in Indiana.

Hong Kong Broadband Offers Symmetric 1 Gbps for US$26/Month

Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited (HKBN) has launched a symmetric 1 Gbps residential broadband service priced at HK$199 (US$26 per month). The carrier reports that demand for bandwidth in Hong Kong is growing at an exponential rate - driven by the popularity of cloud computing applications and high-definition, interactive multimedia services such as HD IPTV and online gaming. According to the latest figures from the Office of the Telecommunications Authority in Hong Kong, residential broadband penetration in Hong Kong has reached 81.4%, amongst the highest in the world.

The 1 Gbps residential service is powered by Alcatel-Lucent's GPON platform and its High Leverage Network (HLN) architecture. Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent has deployed its 7342 Intelligent Services Access Manager Fiber-to-the-User (ISAM FTTU) platform.

Hong Kong Broadband Network, which is a subsidiary of City Telecom (H.K.), claims over 1,027,000 subscriptions for its broadband, local telephony and IP-TV services.

Japan's EMOBILE Upgrades to 42Mbps HSDPA with Ericsson

Japan's EMOBILE is upgrading its mobile broadband network based on Ericsson's HSPA Evolution to enable peak data rates of 42 Mbps. The full launch of the network will take place by the end of the year. Ericsson is supplying 42Mbps HSPA Evolution functionality to Japan's metropolitan areas, such as Tokyo, Tokai and Osaka.

Eric Gan, President of EMOBILE said: "Deploying the first 42Mbps dual cell HSDPA (DC-HSPA) network in Japan is an important milestone for EMOBILE. Ericsson's DC-HSPA technology provides EMOBILE with a cost effective way to secure the fastest level, most advanced mobile broadband network in the country and gives our customers a true mobile broadband experience."http://www.ericsson.com
  • EMOBILE launched 21 Mbps HSPA+ service in September 2009.

BT Openreach Selects ECI Telecom for Fiber Access

BT's Openreach division has selected ECI Telecom as one of its strategic partners for its Super-Fast Fibre Access project. Under a multi-year agreement, ECI will provide its Hi-FOCuS Multi-Service Access Node (MSAN) to roll-out a FTTP and FTTC network countrywide. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Openreach has recently announced plans to invest a further £1bn (£2.5bn in total) to extend deployment of fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) and fiber-to-the- cabinet (FTTC) to around two-thirds of the UK by 2015. The network displays a first-of-its-kind architecture, based on FTTP GPON and fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) VDSL2 technologies.

ECI's Hi-FOCuS MSAN supports multiple telecom providers through the same access fiber loop and enables Openreach to deliver equivalence to each Communications Provider for their individual and evolving bandwidth needs. The platform offers unique Ethernet aggregation capabilities that ensures true physical separation of each communication provider's network. ECI will also provide Openreach with customer premise equipment, street cabinets, and the appropriate service integration and commissioning.

"With ECI as a strategic partner for this very advanced carrier-of-carriers architecture, we are able to upgrade our infrastructure offerings to Communications Providers and guarantee the provision of equivalency to all our customers. ECI's offerings are in line with our vision of a straightforward, more integrated and competitive network, simplifying management and supporting the optimization of our next-generation access network in an environmentally-friendly and responsible way," said Steve Robertson, Openreach's CEO.

TelstraClear Tests Ciena's 100G

TelstraClear has successfully tested Ciena's 100 Gbps optical transmission technology in its core fiber network between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Next-generation optical equipment has been installed to enable its intercity transmission network to carry multiple light signals at speeds up to 100 Gbps.

TelstraClear's existing network leverages Ciena's coherent solutions at speeds up to 40 Gbps. The network includes Ciena's Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500 platform. By simply inserting 100G cards into the OME 6500, TelstraClear is able to deploy 100G wavelengths alongside existing 40G and 10G wavelengths and thereby carry live customer traffic without needing to re-engineer any fibre routes or wavelengths.

"The trials prove that now we can now go up to 100 Gbps and begin engineering solutions for customers based on the availability of those speeds on the core network," said TelstraClear Chief Technologist William Lee.
"We might not need them at this stage, but the capacity is there as more customers look for ultra fast downloading or when network congestion becomes an issue due to current sustained rates of data volume growth."http://www.ciena.com

Nokia Sells Wireless Modem Business to Renesas

Renesas Electronics will acquire Nokia's wireless modem business for approximately USD 200 million. The companies are also forming an alliance for long-term joint research cooperation on HSPA+, LTE and future radio technologies.

The wireless modem business to be transferred to Renesas Electronics includes Nokia's wireless modem technologies for LTE, HSPA and GSM standards, which have been used for billions of handsets in the global market over the years. Further, Nokia transfers Renesas Electronics certain patents related to the transferred technology asset. The planned transfer would also include approximately 1,100 Nokia R&D professionals, the vast majority of whom are located in Finland, India, the UK and Denmark.

Renesas said the acquisition of Nokia's wireless modem business complements its own line-up of application processors, RF transceiver ICs, high power amplifiers, and power management devices, making it one of the leading chipset vendors in the 3G and LTE market that is capable of providing one-stop mobile platform solution.

"The agreement with Nokia demonstrates our long-standing commitment to shape the future of advanced mobile platforms and will serve as an important step for us to become a leading mobile platform vendor in the global market. Our collaboration with Nokia will enable consumers to enjoy true mobile cloud computing experiences through our advanced high-speed mobile devices," said Yasushi Akao, President of Renesas Electronics Corporation. "In line with our ongoing efforts to strengthen our business structure, the transferring wireless modem technology and the innovation power and expertise of Nokia's employees will perfectly complement our core competences and serve as the key driving forces in growing our mobile business in the global market."http://www.nokia.com