Tuesday, July 13, 2010

ECI Telecom Announces End-to-End 1Net Wireless Backhaul Solution

ECI Telecom introduced its end-to-end solution for packet evolution of wireless backhaul networks.
The company said its key differentiators are the ability to provide a graceful migration from pure TDM to pure packet networks while offering a fully-integrated solution from the RAN through the transport network and into the core over any medium (copper, fiber or microwave). ECI's transport options span DSL, PON, WDM, SDH/SONET, microwave, Ethernet/MPLS-TP and MPLS/IP. ECI will offer seamless interworking fore wireless backhaul across these domains and technologies, including common timing and synchronization for TDM across all its platforms.

As part of the rollout, ECI is announcing various enhancements to its existing gateway and transport platforms, new products in its Carrier Ethernet Switch Router (CESR) line, a microwave backhaul solution, and additional wireless backhaul consulting services.

Key elements of ECI's 1Net wireless backhaul solution includes:

  • 9000 Family of Carrier Ethernet Switch Router: ECI is introducing the SR9600 Series of metro aggregation and the BG9300 Series of cell-site access platforms for providing a converged L2-L3 approach. These offer a bridging functionality for dual support of IP/MPLS and MPLS-TP standards, in addition to a variety of synchronization schemes, circuit emulation for TDM traffic services, and end-to-end management to support both pure-packet and existing TDM services.

  • XDM and BroadGate families of multi-service and packet-optical platforms: ECI is enhancing these platforms with a Hybrid+ suite for native and independent handling of both Ethernet and TDM traffic. The Hybrid+ add-on suite includes independent and native Ethernet switching capabilities, end-to-end MPLS-TP support, end-to-end Ethernet synchronization support, circuit emulation support (CES) and carrier grade management for both TDM and Ethernet services.

  • BG-Wave Series of native packet and hybrid microwave platforms: ECI is introducing new LTE-ready platforms that incorporate microwave radio with full networking and multiservice capabilities, including Ethernet/MPLS switching, Add-Drop Multiplexer (ADM), Digital Cross Connect (DXC) and Circuit Emulation Service (CES) within the same platform. BG-Wave capabilities include packet payload rates up to 1 Gbps, low latency and packet delay variation, and comprehensive synchronization capabilities. The BG-Wave supports native TDM and Ethernet, TDM over Ethernet (circuit emulation), pure packet, and both fiber and microwave in the same platform.

    ECI said it developed the BG-Wave platforms in-house and that it will continue to offer microwave solutions from Ceragon.

  • Hi-FOCuS family of multi-service access nodes (MSAN), enabling operators to leverage last-mile backhaul through DSL and GPON networks over multiple E1 or Ethernet lines.

  • LightSoft unified network management system for graphical automated end-to-end provisioning and management across network layers (microwave radio, MSPP, CESR) and technologies (MPLS, Ethernet, DWDM, Sonet/SDH and PDH). LightSoft's multi-layer interface allows the user to get multiple physical and logical views of the network, facilitating the visualization of connections and correlations between different network layers.

  • 1NET consultancy services, planning services, and network design to assist operators in the charting of their specific migration path, through building the business cases, network design, network audit and traffic analysis and optimization.

"ECI's 1Net WBH approach is to address the main pain points for service providers such as the lack of fiber all the way to cell sites, the need for IP/Ethernet synchronization, the complexity of packet operations, cost-efficient handling of legacy services, and the need for transport-grade packet networks," Alon Moshes, Head of Marketing, Network Solutions Division, ECI Telecom.

Calix E7 Reaches 100 Customer Milestone

Calix announced that its E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) has been deployed by more than 100 communications service providers (CSPs) across North and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform is a modular, 1 RU Ethernet box with a 100 Gbps backplane. The E7's two slot chassis supports any mix of GPON, point-to-point gigabit Ethernet (GE) or Active Ethernet (AE), and 10GE transport for business and residential services.

Verizon Prepares to Launch Health Information Exchange

Verizon is preparing to launch a cloud-based Health Information Exchange to help health care providers share patient information electronically.

The Verizon Health Information Exchange, one of the first services of its kind in the U.S., will consolidate clinical patient data from providers and translate it into a standardized format that can be securely accessed over the Web. Participating exchange providers across communities, states and regions will be able to request patient data via a secure online portal, regardless of the IT systems and specific protocols the providers use.

The Exchange will be delivered via Verizon's cloud computing platform. To build out the solution, Verizon named several partners -- including MEDfx, MedVirginia and Oracle -- to deliver key features of the service including: clinical dashboard , record locator service, cross-enterprise patient index and secure clinical messaging.

BT Wins EUR 173 million with Unilever

Unilever awarded a outsourcing contract extension to BT valued at an additional €173 million. The new deal will see BT accelerate services such as unified communications, messaging, supply chain, wireless technology and agile working in over 100 countries over the next four years.

The original contract, announced in November 2002 and worth around EUR 1 billion was the first comprehensive global telecommunications outsource contract ever undertaken by BT and is one of BT's largest global deals. By working in partnership, BT and Unilever are in the process of transforming Unilever's infrastructure into one of the most modern corporate networks in the world. When the original contract was signed it was one of the largest telecommunications outsourcing contract in UK corporate history.

ADTRAN Posts Record Q2 Sales of $150 Million, Up 24%

ADTRAN reported record Q2 2010 sales of $150,361,000, up 24% compared to $121,528,000 for the second quarter of 2009. Operating income increased 48% to $38,617,000 for the quarter compared to $26,135,000 for the second quarter of 2009. Net income increased 47% to $27,751,000 for the quarter, compared to $18,839,000 for the second quarter of 2009. Earnings per share, assuming dilution, increased 47% to $0.44 for the quarter, compared to $0.30 for the second quarter of 2009.

ADTRAN Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, "Strong demand for high speed connectivity coupled with increasing demand for Ethernet services led to our record revenue performance. Our Broadband Access category led this increase achieving 43% growth over the prior year and setting a new record level. This was followed by our Internetworking category which posted 37% year over year growth, also achieving a record level. With this quarter showing growth across all our carrier segments and all our enterprise channels, we feel confident that our industry leading product portfolio will continue to see benefit from carriers and enterprises as they upgrade their infrastructure to take advantage of the capabilities and savings offered by network convergence." http://www.adtran.com

Australian Sports Broadcaster Deploys Juniper

Premier Media Group (PMG), Australia's leading sports producer and broadcaster, has upgraded its infrastructure with Juniper Networks. PMG's FOX SPORTS broadcasts an average of 20 hours of live sports per day to 2.2 million Australian homes through the FOXTEL, AUSTAR and Optus subscription television services.

PMG's mobile production units are running Juniper's EX4200 Ethernet Switches while MX240 Universal Edge Routers are located at its production center to support high-capacity, low-latency IP connections that reduce transmission costs and enable back-end production processes to be streamlined. PMG is using Juniper's Virtual Chassis fabric technology on the EX4200 Ethernet Switches, which eliminates the need for an aggregation layer -- a primary source of complexity in the network. This enables up to 10 interconnected switches to operate as a single logical device.

AT&T Wins Global VPN Deal with Henkel

Henkel, a leading product distribution company based in Düsseldorf, Germany, has selected AT&T as its lead global communications provider. Under the five-year, multi-million dollar agreement, AT&T will manage the worldwide global network infrastructure supporting Henkel's 50,000 employees in more than 100 countries. AT&T is providing Henkel with a bespoke integrated eBonding solution for Ticketing and Ordering, which is geared at providing improved productivity, flexibility, as well as an increase in the speed and accuracy of their network transactions. In addition to this core networking agreement, Henkel will also have the benefits of AT&T's wireless services in the U.S.

AT&T Cites Progress in Conversion to Cleaner Fleet Vehicles

AT&T has deployed its 2,000th alternative fuel vehicle and 1,500th compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle in its corporate vehicle fleet, giving it one of the largest CNG vehicle fleets in the U.S.

These milestones are part of a $565 million planned investment announced in March 2009 to replace more than 15,000 fleet vehicles with alternative fuel models through 2018. Currently, the AT&T corporate fleet includes more than 75,900 vehicles.

Atheros and Wilocity Build Tri-Band Wi-Fi + WiGig

Atheros Communications is working with Wilocity, a developer of 60 GHz multi-gigabit wireless chipsets, to build tri-band wireless solutions (2.4, 5 and 60 GHz bands) for the home.

The plan is to combine the ubiquity and coverage of Wi-Fi with the multi-gigabit performance of the Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) Alliance's 60 GHz technology for in-room connectivity. Wilocity's Wireless PCI Express (wPCIe) technology aims to eliminate all data cabling between devices.

OIF Finalizes IAs for 100G Modules and Control Plane Logging/Auditing

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) finalized two implementation agreements (IAs) addressing the key electro-mechanical aspects of a 100G long-haul transmission module and control plane logging and auditing.

The OIF 100G Long-Haul DWDM Transmission Module IA provides component and system suppliers with a modular interface approach. Key aspects include; module mechanical dimensions, electrical connector and pin assignment, module hardware signaling pins, high-speed electrical characteristics, power supply, power dissipation, and management interface.

"We expect this to be the industry successor for the 300 pin MSA," said Karl Gass, the OIF's Physical and Link Layer Working Group vice chair. "This design provides for higher density placement on host line cards with a higher speed data and advanced management interface."

The OIF Control Plane Logging and Auditing with Syslog IA defines the protocols, record types, data structures, and fields for log files generated by a Network Element (NE). It also addresses controlling and securing the generation, transport, and storage of log data to provide a flexible logging capability for the OIF's User Network Interface (UNI) and External Network to Network Interface (E-NNI). Version 1.1 of the IA fully conforms to the IETF standards for Syslog and precisely defines a general set of log messages for the OIF's control plane protocols.

"The ability to log signaling and routing messages as they traverse multiple UNI or E-NNI interfaces adds a useful and effective way to help assure correct and secure operation of the signaling and routing entities," said Doug Zuckerman, of Telcordia Technologies and the OIF's OAM&P Working Group chair. "This is an important tool to help carriers deploy and operate control plane technology in their networks."

Both IAs are on the OIF's website.
  • In June 2010, the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) kicked off two new 100G projects. The first addresses the interoperable processing of Optical Transport Network (OTN) streams over a packet switch fabric.
    The second project addresses the important issue of thermal management at the faceplate of an optical communication system given the trend towards ever increasing port density coupled with the increased power consumption necessary to support higher data rates.

HP TippingPoint Wins Security Contract with HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has selected the HP TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention System® (IPS) platform to protect its network from viruses, malware and other security attacks. The HP TippingPoint IPS can inspect network traffic against signatures -- or characteristics -- for known attacks. The appliance also offers vulnerability-specific filters that examine where a particular application is susceptible to compromise, and then blocks all attacks from exploiting those weaknesses. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Monday, July 12, 2010

M.A.D. Offers Enterprise Security for iPhones, iPads

M.A.D. Partners released a cloud-based, enterprise mobile security solution that forces all iPhone, iPad and iTouch traffic through a fully managed firewall. Mobile Active Defense Enterprise UTM (Unified Threat Management) provides email security, anti-virus, spam and malware detection and removal, encryption, VPN, a granular policy driven firewall, inventory control, provisioning, compliance filtering and extensive reporting.

Internet2 and NOAA to Build New Climate Research Network

Internet2 and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced plans for a new high capacity research network called "NWave" that will be built using 10 Gbps dedicated waves on the national Internet2 Network.

NWave, which is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will provide dedicated, high speed, and high capacity connection between climate and weather researchers and NOAA's key high performance computing sites across the nation.

Indiana University Global Research Network Operations Center (GRNOC) will provide 24x7x365 professional network support as it does for the Internet2 Network and other advanced research and education networks in the country.

"The Internet2 community is excited to be an enabler of NOAA's critical climate and weather research. The Internet2 Network will connect researchers across the country to the high-performance computing resources that are an absolute requirement for the kinds of distributed, collaborative environmental observations and analyses that will unleash the next wave of discoveries about our natural world," said Rob Vietzke, Internet2 executive director of network services.

Harmonic Milestone: One Million QAMs Shipped

Harmonic announced a company milestone -- the shipment of more than one million QAMs to cable service providers worldwide.

Harmonic's edgeQAM technology powers video-on-demand (VOD), broadcast, switched digital video (SDV), modular cable modem termination system (M-CMTS) and cable IPTV services that serve more than 50 million cable TV subscribers around the world. The company said eighteen of the 20 largest MSOs in the United States, in addition to Tier 1 MSOs in Europe and Asia, have deployed Harmonic's NSG edgeQAMs.

Level 3 Connects at Equinix London

Level 3 Communications has activated a new access node in Equinix's International Business Exchange (IBX) London 4/London5 (LD4/5) data center campus located on the outskirts of London. The access node will link the Equinix LD4/5 IBX campus directly with three of Level 3's transatlantic routes to New York, improving diversity and lowering the latency on the route between the UK and North America. Specifically, the new access node provides direct connectivity to three transatlantic routes; Yellow, AC-1 and Apollo North.

Amazon Debuts High-performance Computing (HPC) Cloud Service

Amazon.com is launching a high-performance computing (HPC) cloud service that enables applications to run up to 8.5X faster than its existing cloud computing offering.

Cluster Compute Instances for Amazon EC2 is designed for high-performance computing (HPC) applications and other demanding network-bound applications. Amazon said it is able to deliver the same high compute and networking performance provided by custom-built infrastructure while benefiting from the elasticity, flexibility and cost advantages of Amazon EC2.

"Businesses and researchers have long been utilizing Amazon EC2 to run highly parallel workloads ranging from genomics sequence analysis and automotive design to financial modeling. At the same time, these customers have told us that many of their largest, most complex workloads required additional network performance," said Peter De Santis, General Manager of Amazon EC2. "Cluster Compute Instances provide network latency and bandwidth that previously could only be obtained with expensive, capital intensive, custom-built compute clusters. For perspective, in one of our pre-production tests, an 880 server sub-cluster achieved 41.82 TFlops on a LINPACK test run - we're very excited that Amazon EC2 customers now have access to this type of HPC performance with the low per-hour pricing, elasticity, and functionality they have come to expect from Amazon EC2."http://aws.amazon.com

BridgeWave Cites Growing Adoption of Millimeter Wave Backhaul

The overall 60-70-80 GHz market increased 46 percent globally from 2008 to 2009 even as the overall point-to-point (PTP) microwave radio market declined almost 11 percent, according to a new market report from EJL Wireless Research. In addition, FCC registration data in 2010 for 70/80 GHz installations increased over 400 percent compared to 2009.

BridgeWave Communications, which is listed in the report as the leading global supplier of 60-70-80 GHz millimeter wave systems for 2009, said the growth in millimeter deployments is coming from both etwork operators and enterprise companies.

"The evolution of mobile networks is a key driver for millimeter wave high capacity radios as operators and service providers look to enhance their networks to manage consumer demand for more bandwidth," said Amir Makleff, president and CEO of BridgeWave. "Data-hungry devices such as smart phones and netbooks have highlighted the importance of high capacity backhaul as operators look to alleviate network congestion."

"We noted in our report that the overall point-to-point (PTP) microwave radio market declined by 10.9 percent in 2009, however a bright spot in this segment was that shipments of 60-70-80 GHz millimeter wave radios increased by 46 percent, with BridgeWave leading that segment of the market for the third year in a row," said Earl Lum, founder and president of EJL Wireless Research.

Slic Selects Occam for GPON Deployment

Slic Network Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nicholville Telephone, has chosen Occam Networks' BLC 6000 multiservice access platform (MSAP) to deliver advanced broadband services to more than 700 households and 39 businesses and anchor institutions in remote western Franklin County, NY.

As part of a $5.2 million broadband stimulus fiber project, Slic will offer triple play services including three tiers of high-speed Internet and IPTV. The project will be funded through a combination of Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) grants and loans and will extend communication options to a region that is currently unserved.

Slic, which has already begun working on the Franklin County project, will deploy a 100 percent fiber optic-based network over 136 miles of cable across five townships and the surrounding areas. Slic will utilize GPON technologies on Occam's BLC 6000 MSAP for the deployment, including the BLC 6322 GPON Optical Line Termination. Residential, business and community organization environments will be supported by the ON 2541 Optical Network Terminal (ONT).

Sycamore Targets Adaptive Content Optimization for the RAN

Sycamore Networks is developing mobile broadband optimization solution aimed at dramatically reducing congestion in the radio access network caused by rising demand for Internet video and other rich media applications. The goal is to reduce the traffic traveling across the RAN by looking into the user content flows and optimally delivering the content.

Sycamore said its forthcoming IQstream mobile broadband optimization solution will dynamically adapt to changing traffic patterns, including during peak usage periods and flash events, while maintaining full transparency to 3GPP radio network protocols and operations including critical core-based functions such as billing, policy control, and lawful intercept. The solution can be selectively deployed to parts of the RAN with the highest loads. The company claims its algorithms can deliver burst savings performance during peak usage periods as high as 90%. Other product specifics have not yet been disclosed.

"IQstream takes a unique approach to optimizing video and other rich media content traversing the RAN, employing sophisticated adaptive algorithms that self-tune in response to dynamic traffic behavior to ensure consistent service performance as mobile broadband usage patterns, applications, and devices evolve," said Kevin Oye, vice president of systems and technology, Sycamore Networks.

Sycamore anticipates that IQstream will be available in Q4 2010.

Alvarion to Support TDD-LTE

Alvarion will support the forthcoming TD-LTE standard as part of its flagship 4Motion WiMAX platform, which encompasses its BreezeMAX family of base stations and antennas, ASN-GW
gateways, and OSS/BSS solutions.

Alvarion's strategy is to continue to actively drive WiMAX standardization activities, ecosystem development and WiMAX products. However, the company will also extend support for 4G networks that use TDD (Time Division Duplexing) spectrum, enabling these operators to take advantage of an expanding device ecosystem based on LTE in relevant frequencies as it develops.

The company said the trend in wireless spectrum availability around the globe supports the fact that unpaired TDD spectrum will have an even greater role to play for broadband wireless deployments in the future. TDD spectrum uses unpaired channels that combine the uplink and downlink, and split resources on the basis of real-time demand. TDD spectrum is relatively plentiful, cost effective and creates attractive opportunities for broadband applications over this spectrum.

Alvarion expects to engage in TD-LTE field trials in the first quarter of 2011.

Alvarion noted that it was first to offer a 4G platform using TDD spectrum in early 2006, and its 4Motion solution was designed to optimize networks using this spectrum.

"Our primary aim is to offer tailored broadband wireless solutions which can also evolve along with customers' needs. Our development effort over the past two years has been designed to accommodate the support for TD-LTE as a natural extension of our existing solution," said Eran Gorev, president and CEO of Alvarion. "We are moving full speed ahead both with our ongoing WiMAX development to bring the latest 802.16e enhancements, as well as incorporating TD-LTE into our platform. This approach allows our customers to offer the latest 4G features currently available and will also enable them to leverage the LTE device ecosystem as it evolves."http://www.alvarion.com