Friday, July 9, 2010

EchoStar XV Satellite Successfully Launched

International Launch Services (ILS) successfully launched the EchoStar XV satellite aboard a Proton rocket. The EchoStar XV launch was the 24th successful consecutive Proton launch in 24 months, and the second ILS Proton launch of a DISH Network satellite this year.

The satellite was built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) on the flight-proven 1300 platform, weighing 5,521 kg at separation. EchoStar XV, located at 61.5 degrees West, is poised to provide expanded services, including HD programming, for DISH Network's more than 14 million direct-to-home television subscribers in the U.S.

EchoStar Satellite Services, which manages DISH Network's space programs and will begin in-orbit testing of the satellite later this month.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Aviat Networks Cites Component Shortages

Aviat Networks updated its revenue guidance for the fiscal fourth quarter ending July 2, 2010, saying it now expects revenue to be in the range of $115 - $120 million. The company attributed the revenue shortfall from previous expectations primarily to component shortages and unexpected delays during the transition from in-house to contract manufacturing.

Chuck Kissner, Chairman and CEO of Aviat Networks, commented, "The Board of Directors and I are not satisfied with the Company's operational and financial performance in recent quarters. Since being appointed as CEO two weeks ago, I have initiated a comprehensive review of our business in order to develop a focused strategic and operational plan. With this in place, we plan to move promptly and decisively to put Aviat Networks on track to restore profitability and establish a platform to drive sustainable revenue growth."

BT Announces Union Agreement

BT announced an agreement with the CWU labour union specifying a new pay package for team members. This package, which has been agreed by the union's executive, will now be recommended to union members in a consultative ballot. This ballot will take place within the next few weeks.

Having failed to reach agreement on a one or two year deal, the two sides have instead agreed on an unprecedented thirty nine month deal that will take both sides through until March 2013. This deal will provide BT with wage stability for several years.

The agreement will see team members receive pensionable pay rises worth 3 per cent each financial year from April 2010 to March 2013 with the rise being backdated to January 2010. The union had previously demanded a 5 per cent rise for 2010/11 alone.

BT had previously offered a 2 per cent pensionable pay rise from April 2010 and a 3 per cent rise from January 2011. The company had also offered lump sum payments worth up to £500 for each team member but these have now been removed given the revised terms over thirty nine months.

Broadvox Partner with Grandstream on SMB IP Communications

Broadvox, which delivers SIP Trunking, SIP origination and termination services, and hosted communications for SMBs, is now supporting Grandstream Networks' new GXV3140 IP Multimedia CPE device with its Broadvox GO! SIP Trunking service.

This enables Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs) and enterprises to easily add video and telepresence throughout their organization. With a 4.3" digital color LCD screen, the "always-on" GXV3140 has an integrated web browser which gives convenient, one-touch
access to personalized RSS feeds of real-time online information services (news updates, stock updates, weather forecasts, directory searches, etc.), and thousands of Internet radio stations. This device also lets the user IM with Yahoo, MSN, and Google, and gives access Yahoo Flicker web photo albums. It comes equipped with an alarm clock, calendar, games, and music ringtones.

Japan's OKI Develops GPS+Twitter Emergency Response Network Service

OKI Consulting Solutions has launched a "TweetLine@saigai" an application and service for the Japanese market intended for use during disasters (Saigai means "disaster" in Japanese). The application provides timely disaster and evacuation information to residents and disaster victims based on a smartphone's GPS data and Twitter.

To use the service, residents download the TweetLine@saigai application from the application stores for compatible smartphones. They can then confirm disaster information on their smartphones using the timeline and take various other actions, including sending images of the area affected by the disaster.

TweetLine@saigai runs on the cloud-based TweetLine platform, a disaster information management database that stores information on hazards provided by local governments, including evacuation areas and geographical information. Compatible with TweetLine, OKI's USB Safario allows local government staff to operate the disaster information management database from remote areas.
Moreover, OKI's FSE (Face Sensing Engine) makes it possible to acquire information on disaster victims, including gender and age group, to make aid requirements as specific as possible.

TweetLine@saigai currently runs on Google's Android and Apple's iPhone. The application will be sold to Japanese local governments as an ASP service. Moving forward, OKI will work to expand compatibility with smartphones from other manufactures.

Ericsson: 5 Billion Mobile Subscriptions, +2M per Day

There are now more than 5 billion mobile subscriptions in service and the world is adding about 2 million new mobile users per day, according to the latest market analysis from Ericsson.

According to Ericsson estimates based on industry information, the 5 billionth subscription was added Thursday, July 8.

Some other notes:

  • In the year 2000, about 720 million people had mobile subscriptions, less than the amount of users China alone has today.

  • Mobile broadband subscriptions are growing at similar pace and are expected to amount to more than 3.4 billion by 2015 (from 360 million in 2009). Studies show that soon 80 percent of all people accessing the internet will be doing so using their mobile device.

  • In December 2009, Ericsson calculated that the amount of data traffic carried over mobile networks exceeded the amount of traffic generated from voice calls for the first time.

Main One Cable Goes Live with Terabit Capacity for W. Africa

Main One Cable has activated commercial service on its new 7,000 km undersea cable connecting West Africa to Europe. The terabit capacity cable has landing stations in Nigeria and Ghana and branching units in Morocco, Canary Islands, Senegal and Ivory Coast. The company, which is wholly African, calculates that its cable offer more than ten times the bandwidth of what was previously available. Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications (SubCom) was the lead contractor on the project.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

ADVA Joins C3PO Project Developing Next Gen Optical Components

ADVA Optical announced its participation in C3PO, a project co-funded by the European Commission that aims to design and develop a new generation of energy-efficient photonic and electronic components.

The C-3PO project is working on silica-based integrated components that are not wavelength-specific (e.g., colorless) but that have high performance for DWDM applications.

The deliverables at the end of the three-year project will include low-cost, photonic-integrated transceivers, which obviate the need for expensive, thermoelectrically cooled tunable lasers. An additional outcome will be an approach to electronics/photonics integration via novel electronic chip devices that are performance-optimized for low-power consumption and that imitate integration with the arrays of integrated optical devices. These new components are projected to deliver large savings on equipment in any given year, even into the hundreds of millions of dollars from data and switching-center applications alone.

"The components that result from C-3PO will be integrated into our FSP 3000 platform, which will enable our customers to automatically benefit from lower power consumption and operational expenses (OPEX)," said Christoph Glingener, ADVA Optical Networking's chief technology officer.

In addition to ADVA Optical Networking, other participants in the project include:

  • University College Cork/Tyndall National Institute (Ireland)

  • CIP Technologies (United Kingdom)

  • Interuniversitair Micro-Elektronica Centrum (IMEC) (Belgium)

  • POLATIS (United Kingdom)

  • CONSTELEX (Greece)

Zarlink Intros OTN Timing Chip

Zarlink Semiconductor introduced two new single-chip ClockCenter universal clock translator products for multiservice platforms targeting optical transport network (OTN) expansion.

Zarlink's ClockCenter universal clock translator provide translation from any input frequency to any output clock frequency with jitter performance that can directly drive 10G PHY devices. The devices synchronize "any rate, any port, all the time", meaning a single-chip ClockCenter solution accepts and generates any frequency (1 kHz to 720 MHz) required to support all different traffic types over a single high-speed optical or Ethernet connection.

Zarlink named Ciena Corporation and Tejas Networks as lead customers for its ClockCenter technology.

Global Crossing Supplies IP-VPN for Major League Baseball

Global Crossing has provided an IP-VPN linking all 30 Major League Baseball ballparks and the servers in New York City. The network enables live streaming video on Global Crossing installed 155Mbps fiber optic access loops at each ballpark and a 2.5 Gbps access loop in New York. The VPN runs over Global Crossing's global, IP-based MPLS network.

"Adopting managed services allows us to focus our internal resources on core competencies while servicing day-to-day requirements through technology delivered as a service," said Joe Choti, chief technology officer, "We selected Global Crossing because they were able to deliver the bandwidth and scalability we needed while being continuously accessible and meeting a number of significant challenges."

IPWireless and Altair Show Multi-Band, Multi-Mode LTE Modem

IPWireless and Altair Semiconductor announced an LTE USB modem that will support multiple frequency bands including the 800MHz digital dividend band, 1800 MHz and 2.5 GHz. Subsequent devices will also support the entire US 700MHz and AWS frequency. Samples of the device will be available by September, 2010, with commercial availability before the end of the year.

IPWireless' LTE device will incorporate Altair's FourGee-3100 baseband and FourGee-6200 RFIC chipsets as well as IPWireless' own technology solutions and software. The FourGee-3100 is a 3GPP LTE baseband processor that supports LTE category 3 (CAT-3) throughputs (100Mbps/50Mbps DL/UL respectively). The chip implements a 20MHz MIMO receiver and is based on a proprietary Software Defined Radio (SDR) processor which offers performance which significantly exceeds traditional communications DSP cores, yet consumes a fraction of the power. The chipset supports FDD as well as TDD versions of the LTE standard and has undergone extensive interoperability testing (IOT) with major infrastructure vendors, allowing IPWireless to accelerate time to market for its LTE USB device product and ensure full compatibility with future LTE networks. The FourGee-6200 is a high-performance, wideband FDD/TDD radio IC which covers any 3GPP LTE frequency band in the range between 700-2700MHz.

In addition to Altair's chipsets, IPWireless' LTE devices will use a custom designed multi-band MIMO antenna that will improve both cell edge and peak rate performance. The RF transceiver chains have been highly optimized to provide superior receiver sensitivity. The devices will support Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, and will have the facility to support over-the-air (OTA) software updates without disruption to the user.

"By partnering with Altair Semiconductor to develop LTE modem devices, we are providing mobile operators and their customers with a high performance, low power solution that will satisfy the needs of consumers as LTE networks are deployed globally. Altair's flexible chipset architecture enables us to rapidly develop devices that meet mobile operators' growing demand for high quality LTE devices that support multiple spectrum bands, including the newly released 800MHz digital dividend spectrum band," said Malcolm Gordon, Chief Operating Officer of IPWireless.

Roke Develops 3G Wide Area Coverage Femtocell

Roke Manor Research announced a small form factor 3G Wide Area Coverage Femtocell with a 40km range.
The product supports up to twelve simultaneous users, with Release 5 HSDPA, and a software upgrade to Release 6 HSUPA. It is based on picoChip's silicon.

Roke said its solution could be used to cost-effectively serve sparsely-populated rural areas that are conventionally thought of as uneconomic, or to quickly deploy cellular coverage, for example as 'instant infrastructure' to help emergency services after a natural disaster.

Prasid Shah, Business Sector Manager at Roke, said: "Previously the best range femtocell technology could deliver was two kilometres, useful for wireless services on a campus, but uneconomic for network operators that would have to deploy large numbers in order to fill signal black holes in the countryside."

Sagem Wireless and ST-Ericsson Partner on LTE

ST-Ericsson and Sagem Wireless are collaborating on the development of multimode LTE/HSPA+ reference designs, devices and modules. Specifically, the companies are working on a multimode platform, which can connect to LTE, HSPA+, 3G and GSM networks, to develop a mobile broadband modem to be launched before the end of 2010.

Supporting downlink speeds of up to 100 Mbps via LTE and 21 Mbps via HSPA+, Sagem Wireless' dongle modems will enable Internet Gateways to offer ultra high speed wireless access.

Sagem Wireless also plans to use the multimode platform to produce versatile modules that can bring high-speed mobile connectivity to laptops, netbooks, tablet computers, machine-to-machine (M2M) applications and other devices.

Zayo Forms Dark Fiber Solutions Group

The Zayo Group has formed a new Fiber Solutions business unit to design, build, and manage unlit fiber-optic networks (or dark fiber services) for wholesale, enterprise, and government customers.

On July 1, 2010, Zayo completed its acquisition of AGL Networks (AGL). Dark fiber based services made up 100% of AGL's revenue. On June 30, 2010, Zayo announced it signed a definitive agreement to acquire American Fiber Systems Holding Corporation (AFS). A significant portion of AFS' revenue comes from dark fiber services. In addition to continuing to provide dark fiber services in the AGL and AFS markets (pending completion of the AFS acquisition), ZFS will offer dark fiber services across much of Zayo Group's fiber footprint. ZFS will also provide custom built fiber networks in markets that Zayo does not currently serve.

"Zayo Group's mission is to provide essential infrastructure to carriers and service providers as they cope with the ongoing explosive growth of the Internet," said Dan Caruso, President and CEO of Zayo Group. "The addition of ZFS and its singular focus on dark fiber adds to our capabilities to provide these core infrastructure services."

Fujitsu Adds Syringa to STAR Program

Syringa Networks, which operates a fiber optic network across Idaho, has joined the Fujitsu Strategic Authorized Reseller (STAR) program. This reseller partnership combines marketing and educational support from Fujitsu with distribution expertise from Syringa Networks. The Fujitsu STAR program aligns business objectives with program components such as direct marketing campaigns, demonstration equipment, training, certifications and sales lead generation.

Orange Business Services Establishes Telepresence Community

Orange Business Services announced several new enhancements to its Telepresence portfolio aimed at encouraging enterprise adoption. These include the addition of a Telepresence Community that provides direct access to Cisco's 800 Telepresence rooms.

Orange Business Services is currently working on pooling Telepresence infrastructure in hosted and managed modes, ultimately offering Telepresence as a cloud service. A launch is expected in the near future.

Orange is also reaching out to other global operators to provide Telepresence interconnections. Orange Business Services aims to have at least three major interconnections in place before the end of the year.

Qwest Offers IPv6 to Government and Corporate Customers

Qwest Communications is offering public and private IPv6 addresses to its government and business customers. Key functionality includes the ability to use the next generation of addressing protocol to run both IPv4 and/or IPv6 addresses via either a Dual Stack approach -- which offers the ability to run both IPv4 and IPv6 -- or Native IPv6 -- which allows Qwest customers to adapt to the next-generation IP protocol as they build new locations and bring on new sites and devices. With native IPv6, Qwest business and government customers no longer need to use Network Address Translation (NAT), making configuration of complex networks simpler while providing simpler connectivity between peer-to-peer networks for highly secure end-to-end connectivity. Qwest is providing a control dashboard for customers to view their new IPv6 addresses, take advantage of trouble ticketing and repair functions and create reports.

NEC to Upgrade APCN2 Cable to 40 Gbps DWDM

NEC was awarded a multi million-dollar contract to upgrade the existing APCN2 (Asia Pacific Cable Network 2) with 40 Gbps DWDM technology.

APCN2, which spans over 19,000km and connects 10 landing stations in the Asia Pacific region, was originally supplied by NEC in 2001 with a 10 Gbps DWDM system design. In response to the rising transmission demands in the region, NEC proposed its 40 Gbps DWDM technology to expand capacity. NEC estimates that by adding 40 Gbps wavelengths the cable's capacity can be enlarged by as much as 4 times its original ultimate design capacity of 2.56 Tbps.

The upgrade is scheduled to be completed by 2Q of 2011. NEC's NS Series T640SW Line Terminal Equipment supports a combination of 10 Gbps and 40 Gbps wavelengths. Size and power consumption are reduced by 50% as compared to previous models, and it offers tunable wavelength light sources (Tunable LD) and Tunable Dispersion Compensation per wavelength (TDCM).

APCN2 is operated by fourteen purchasing consortium members: AT&T, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, C&W, KDDI, KT, NTTCom, PLDT, Reach, SingTel, Softbank Telecom, StarHub and TM.

Internet2 Appoints Dave Lambert as CEO

Internet2 has appointed H. David (Dave) Lambert as its new president and CEO, replacing Douglas Van Houweling. Lambert currently serves as the Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer at Georgetown University. He is a founding member of the Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX), a regional advanced Internet consortium, which provides critical connectivity for the research and education community and for many government agencies in the Greater Washington D.C. region.

The announcement of Lambert's appointment comes on the heels of the news last week that Internet2 and several partners have been awarded a $62.5 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The grant will provide funding to construct a national infrastructure called the United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) that will, in partnership with regional and state research and education networks, connect America's community anchor institutions to enable the use of life-changing applications not possible with today's typical Internet service.

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.