Monday, August 9, 2010

Cablevision Names Chief Engineer

Cablevision Systems announced the promotion of James A. Blackley to executive vice president of corporate engineering and technology. In this new position, Mr. Blackley will continue to serve as Cablevision's chief engineering executive with oversight of the company's engineering and technology, Enterprise IT and e-media departments. He continues to report to Cablevision's Chief Operating Officer Tom Rutledge.

China Telecom Upgrades CDMA Network with Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent announced a major contract with China Telecom to upgrade the service provider's CDMA network in 56 cities across nine provinces. The upgrade will be completed by the end of 2010. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent will provide its converged radio access network (RAN) solution, including its newly-designed, ultra-compact, indoor 9916 Macro Base Station, which uses a new integrated radio and amplifier multi-sector transmit/receive unit (MS-TRU) to minimize power consumption. . Alcatel-Lucent will also provide an Ethernet backhaul capable RAN solution to cost-effectively meet the ever-increasing bandwidth demands of 3G mobile services delivery.

Chile's Entel Chooses Cisco, NetApp and VMware for Data Center

Chile's Entel has chosen Cisco, NetApp and VMware as technology suppliers of its data center in Ciudad de los Valles, the biggest and most modern data center for on-demand services in the country. Specifically, the new facility in Ciudad de los Valles features an Enhanced Security Multitenancy Design Architecture for a virtualized dynamic data center, including Cisco Nexus, Cisco Unified Computing System and Cisco MDStechnology solutions integrated with the FAS storage solutions of NetApp and the virtualization software of VMware.

Netflix Lands Major Content Streaming Deal with Studios

Netflix announced an Internet streaming content deal with EPIX, which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) and Lionsgate. EPIX has subscription pay TV rights to new releases and movies from the libraries of its partners and will make these movies available to Netflix 90 days after their premium pay TV and subscription on demand debuts.

EchoStar Selects Widevine for Digital Rights Management

EchoStar has selected Widevine's DRM solution for the protection of content delivered by "SlingLoaded" consumer devices, giving added security when subscribers are watching or controlling their TV programming. Financial terms were not disclosed.

EchoStar's SlingLoaded set-top boxes provide an entertainment centerpiece combining cutting edge video and IP technologies, making it easy to watch and control home TV over the Internet from a desktop PC, Mac, laptop, or supported smartphones.

The Widevine platform is deployed by major Internet content services and large cable, satellite and telecommunication companies launching Internet-accessible pay TV services.

Lockheed Martin Shows MONAX Battlefield Broadband System

Lockheed Martin introduced its MONAX communications system for the battlefield. The MONAX communications system connects a commercial off-the-shelf smartphone to a ground or airborne 3G base station with a MONAX Lynx portable sleeve.

Lockheed Martin said its system is frequency flexible, connects hundreds of users to a single base station, and delivers superior range and link performance in voice, video and data transmission. The network uses a secure RF link, protected through exportable encryption for joint and coalition operations.

EXFO Boosts its Optical Spectrum Analyzer

EXFO announced a significant processing speed increase (10x to 20x) for its FTB-5240S Optical Spectrum Analyzer, which is designed for DWDM network commissioning and upgrades up to 40G. The processing speed increase significantly accelerates the FTB-5240S's applications. For instance, all acquisitions are now performed 10 times faster, re-analysis using different parameters is now 14 times faster, and trace loading is now 20 times faster.

Lockheed Martin Readies First Advanced Extremely High Frequency Satellite

Lockheed Martin Space Systems has encapsulated the first Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) military communications satellite into the fairing in preparation for a mid-August liftoff aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

The AEHF will deliver survivable, protected, secure links to U.S. national leaders, air, land and sea forces, providing rapid, global coverage for the nation's strategic forces, the Air Force's space warning assets and operationally deployed military forces. The AEHF constellation will also serve international partners including Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Lockheed Martin said one AEHF satellite will provide greater total capacity than the entire Milstar constellation. Individual user data rates will be five times improved. The system is expected to include three geostationary satellites, along with spares.

The AEHF team is led by the U.S. Air Force Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, Calif., is the AEHF prime contractor and system manager, with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Redondo Beach, Calif., as the payload provider.

Qualcomm Extends its Wireless Reach Initiative in Brazil

Qualcomm's Wireless Reach Initiative announced its participation in Brazil's "Fishing with 3G Nets" project, which will foster economic development and increase public safety by promoting digital and social inclusion for isolated fishermen and mariculture (oyster) cultivators. The project is also backed by Vivo, the largest mobile telecommunications company in Brazil with more than 56 million subscribers, Instituto Ambiental Brasil Sustentavel (IABS), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ZTE Brazil, a provider of telecommunications equipment, and the municipality of Santa Cruz Cabralia.

The project has created a system that integrates mobile and web-based applications and handheld devices to support business operations and deliver real-time safety information to participating fishermen in Santa Cruz Cabralia.

As part of the project, participants have been given mobile devices with mobile credit to access to Vivo's 3G HSUPA wireless network, which enables participants to directly connect from offshore to land with consumers and business partners through both voice and data. Customized software applications were built to provide them with navigation, weather, marketing, direct sales, data collection and technical support; therefore fishermen have support for their activities with real-time analysis and relevant information.

LightSquared Plans Rollout with Siterra Software

LightSquared, which recently unveiled plans for a new LTE wholesale network across the U.S., has selected Siterra's web-based software to manage the deployment, installation, operation and maintenance of its forthcoming network. Siterra's capabilities include workflow-driven project management system that coordinates all site-related activities such as site selection, build-outs, and ongoing maintenance. It also enables users to track and maintain all assets associated with an operating site and integrate asset data with their enterprise financial and other operations support systems, along with other features.

Valero Selects Spacenet for Broadband Managed Services Nationwide

Spacenet announced a contract with Valero to serve as a provider for broadband network managed services and offer connectivity to its nationwide branded wholesale locations.

Valero, the largest independent refiner in North America, operates 5,800 retail and branded wholesale gas stations in the US and the Caribbean. Valero is leveraging Spacenet's satellite and DSL broadband managed services as well as its Prysm Pro network appliance to support its retail applications. These applications include Internet/intranet access, point-of-sale and credit/debit transactions, ATM transactions, Automatic Tank Gauge (ATG), WiFi, store loyalty programs and video security. The upgraded network combines Spacenet's SkyEdge VSAT satellite platform and DSL Managed Services into a centrally managed, integrated platform that supports full PCI compliance.

Russia's FORATEC Selects Ciena's CN 4200

FORATEC, a leading Russian telecommunication operator, has selected Ciena's CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform for an optical transport network build-out in the country's Urals region. The newly deployed network was implemented by Ciena in partnership with Jet Infosystems, one of the major systems integrators in Russia and the CIS region and recent member of Ciena's BizConnect global partner program. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

MRV Adds OptiSwitch Carrier Ethernet NID

MRV Communications introduced its OptiSwitch 940 Gigabit Ethernet / 10Gigabit Ethernet (10GE) multi-port network interface device (NID) for connecting and monitoring enterprise Carrier Ethernet Services and mobile backhaul services. The small form-factor (1RU) OS940 features high-performance, non-blocking switching throughput on all four-10GE ports and 12 tri-mode (10/100/1000) GigE interfaces.

The platform targets a wide range of aggregation and multi-tenant Carrier Ethernet applications, including business broadband delivery to office parks or buildings such as multiple dwelling units or multiple tenant units, mobile backhaul applications requiring aggregation of data from multiple high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) cell sites, and NID applications supporting both Metro Ethernet and synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH)/SONET backbone connections where network failover support is required.

Verizon and Google Announce Joint Net Neutrality Proposal

Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg announced a joint proposal on how Internet traffic should be managed and regulated. Verizon agreed to support a wide range of Net Neutrality principles for wireline networks, and Google conceded that these principles need not apply to wireless networks.

Key points of agreement include:

1. The FCC's current wireline broadband openness principles should be maintained, ensuring that consumers have access to all legal content on the Internet, and that they can use whatever applications, services, and devices they choose.

2. Wireline broadband providers should not be able to discriminate against or prioritize lawful Internet content, applications or services in a way that causes harm to users or competition. In addition to not blocking or degrading of Internet content and applications, wireline broadband providers also could not favor particular Internet traffic over other traffic.

3. The consumer should be fully informed about their Internet experiences and there should be enforceable transparency rules for both wireline and wireless services.

4. The FCC should be provided with a new enforcement mechanism. Specifically, the FCC would enforce these openness policies on a case-by-case basis, using a complaint-driven process. Penalties of up to $2 million could be imposed.

5. The broadband infrastructure should be a platform for innovation and broadband providers should be allowed to offer additional, differentiated online services, in addition to the Internet access and video services (such as Verizon's FIOS TV) offered today. There should be safeguards that ensure that new online services be distinguishable from traditional broadband Internet access services and are not designed to circumvent the rules.

6. Most of these principles WOULD NOT apply to wireless broadband, except for the transparency requirement. In addition, the Government Accountability Office would be required to report to Congress annually on developments in the wireless broadband marketplace, and whether or not current policies are working to protect consumers.

7. The federal Universal Service Fund should be reformed and re-focused on deploying broadband in areas where it is not now available.

AT&T Launches U-verse Mobile App

AT&T released an iPhone application that lets its U-verse subscribers download and watch popular TV content on their iPhone. The app also provides the ability to browse the U-verse TV program guide, view program descriptions, and manage the home DVR.

EU's BIANCHO Project Targets Energy Efficient Photonic Components

A three year research and development initiative known as the BIANCHO project (BIsmide And Nitride Components for High temperature Operation) is seeking to develop radically more energy-efficient photonic components.

The project, which has the financial backing of the EU Framework 7 programme, will develop new semiconductor materials to allow lasers and other photonic components to become more energy efficient and also more tolerant of high operating temperatures.

The researchers note that current photonic components have major intrinsic losses, with around 80% of the electrical power used by a laser chip being emitted as waste heat, for example. The presence of this waste heat necessitates the use of thermo-electric coolers and an air-conditioned environment in order to control the device temperature, cascading the energy requirements by more than an order of magnitude.

The project brings together five leading European partners with complementary expertise in epitaxy, structural characterization of materials, device physics, band structure modelling, advanced device fabrication, packaging and commercialisation. The Tyndall National Institute (Ireland) is coordinating the initiative. Other academic partners are Philipps Universitaet Marburg (Germany), Semiconductor Research Institute (Lithuania), the University of Surrey (UK). Commercialization of the project results will be led by CIP Technologies (UK).

ADTRAN Supplies its Total Access 5000 in Maine

Oxford Networks, a telecom company operating across the state of Maine, has selected ADTRAN's flagship Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform (MSAP). Oxford Networks has one of the largest fiber investments in northern New England and is aggressively modernizing its network to bring next-generation services to market using the 10 Gigabit Ethernet transport of the Total Access 5000. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Orckit-Corrigent Gains TSEC for GPON in India

Orckit Communications' CM-4000 products have received Technical Specification Evaluation Certificate (TSEC).
by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Quality Assurance (QA) organization, which validates that a vendor's networking equipment conforms to all of the technical specifications and requirements specified by Telecom Engineering Center's Generic Requirements (GR) and ensures that the products meet the highest quality and environmental standards including extensive field trials.

The CM-4000 metro aggregation switches are based on RPR and MPLS standards and include innovative QoS, OAM and protection technologies for end-to-end triple play and enterprise VPN services. The solution perfectly fits for broadband and FTTX deployments incorporating high density 10GE ports that are the common practice in fiber-based broadband services. It further supports synchronous Ethernet, thereby carries STM-1,4,16, 64 and TDM E1s' on unified transport with end to end MPLS over RPR, thus provides ideal next generation transport for mobile backhaul for 2G,3G and LTE applications.
  • In September 2009, Orckit-Corrigent announced its CM-4000 product selection by a Tier-1 telecommunication service provider in India for the delivery of next generation triple play network based on GPON.

  • At February 2010 the company announced its Indian presence, including the appointment of industry veteran Mr. VK Aggarwal as Managing Director for India.

CALIENT and Freeport Offer Govt Teleconferencing

CALIENT Technologies, which supplies MEMS-based photonic switching systems, is working with Freeport Technologies to deliver a video teleconference solution that can accommodate multiple government security domains without breeching network security. The new solution combines CALIENT's FiberConnect 320X adaptive photonic switch and Freeport's Enterprise Video Network Switch (VNS) to enable a single CODEC to be used for up to five network security domains without breaching a security domain, making it ideal for government agency video teleconferencing (VTC) and other multi-domain applications.

Previous VTC solutions required duplicate VTC systems and fiber-optic network connections in each conference room or desktop for each domain supported. Most defense or intelligence agency applications require at least two or more domains to cover various top secret, secret and unclassified video conferences.

Freeport's patent-pending VNS allows users to change the security level of its CODEC in a way that flushes the CODEC of any residual data and returns it to its original state. Similarly, the FiberConnect 320X photonic switch works within security domains because it's an all-optical switch that switches only photons with no common data plane or management plane where data could cross domains.

Vitesse Expands its 10G Ethernet SerDes Line

Vitesse Semiconductor will begin sampling its latest 10G Ethernet physical-layer SerDes designed for high-density 10G aggregation in emerging 40G/100G Ethernet backbones, mobile backhaul/transport, and enterprise applications. The roll out includes dual and quad Ethernet PHYs supporting Synchronous Ethernet and other precision timing capabilities, along with working and protection failover capability for Carrier Ethernet resiliency.

Vitesse said its new PHYs deliver insertion loss and crosstalk compensation capabilities well in excess of the 10GBASE-KR backplane standard, enabling the devices to support new KR backplane applications along with upgrading older legacy backplanes. The insertion loss compensation ability of 35 dB and insertion loss to crosstalk ratio (ICR) support down to 6 dB exceed KR requirements. In addition to supporting signal degradations in excess of the KR link requirements, the devices sustain full KR compliant rate auto-negotiation and link optimization.

Some key features of the new VSC8488 and VSC8484 devices:

  • Both devices include a crosspoint switch, enabling easier design of redundant failover systems;

  • Vitesse's analog Electronic Dispersion Compensation (EDC) implementation results in a total path latency of 1 ns, compared to DSP-based latencies measuring hundreds of ns, thus enabling low latency system design;

  • Both devices support 40GBASE-KR4, 40GBASE-CR4, 40GBASE-CR10, nAUI, and nPPI high-speed I/O requirements allowing systems designed today to be ready for upgrade to 40G/100G; and

  • Superior receiver performance and low jitter SONET compliant transmit path allows the user to support a broad array of module formats including all of the present XFP, SFP+, QSFP+, and CFP host applications with high system link margin.

"Across the network, from the initial access points at Mobile Backhaul/Transport and Broadband to the core, system needs demand rapid and accelerating bandwidth expansion. Additionally, the bandwidth is being added during a transition period in network implementation from SONET/TDM to Ethernet," said Gary Paules, product marketing manager at Vitesse. "Because the VSC8488 and VSC8484 dual and quad 10G PHYs uniquely address these expansion and transition challenges, designers can accelerate development of 40G/100G Ethernet backbones, Mobile Backhaul/Transport, and Ethernet networks by leveraging the unique capabilities of these new Vitesse devices."