Sunday, September 5, 2010

Vodafone Germany Publishes LTE Pricing Info

Vodafone Germany has posted pricing information for its upcoming LTE service.

Pricing is expected to start at EUR 39.99 per month for an LTE service delivering 7.2 Mbps and a data cap of 10 GB. The high-end package at EUR 69.99 advertises up to 50 Mbps and a 30GB cap.

Vodafone Germany has previously announced the selection of Ericsson and Huawei as its main LTE equipment suppliers. The network is expected to operate in 800 MHz, pending licensing of the spectrum. Vodafone will start work on the LTE upgrade at the end of September, and by next year 1,500 base stations will incorporate LTE technology.

In addition, the company has promised to extend its network and provide high speed internet in rural regions where it isn't currently available within the framework of the German government's broadband initiative.https://www.turbo-internet.de

Reliance Drops Tower Sale Talks with GTL for other Suitor

Reliance Communications confirmed that it has ended discussions with GTL Infrastructure Ltd. about a possible sale of its tower infrastructure and that talks with another potential acquirer are under way.

Reliance Communications is exploring a possible sale of Reliance Infratel, its 95% subsidiary, as a means to significantly reduce its debt and unlock value for RCOM shareholders.

Reliance Infratel is operational in all 22 circle across India and had approximately 50,000 multi-tenancy towers as on March 31, 2010. Its primary client is its parent (Reliance Communications) although it currently has a tenancy or 1.75x across its active sites. Reliance Infratel has recently signed etisalat, S Tel, Aircell, MTS and Tata Indicom as tenants at its towers.

Arbitration Tribunal Rules Against Telekomunikacja Polska

An arbitration tribunal in Vienna (Austria) issued a ruling regarding the dispute between the Danish Polish Telecommunications Group (DPTG) and Telekomunikacja Polska S.A., a 49.79% subsidiary of France Telecom.

As a result of this arbitration decision, which covers an initial period from February 1994 to June 2004, the total amount due to DPTG is around EUR 396 million, including interest. partial arbitration decision regarding TP S.A.

The second phase of the proceedings will examine the period from July 2004 to January 2009, unless the parties come to a negotiated settlement.

France Telecom said it has already made the appropriate provisions and that the potential financial impact is excluded from the Group's organic cash flow guidance for 2010.

BT's Openreach to Test Fibre Nomination Scheme

BT's Openreach is launching a trial whereby it will allow communications providers (CPs) to nominate exchanges for fibre enablement as part of its superfast fibre roll out. Under the trial, which will run from September to December 2010, participating CPs being permitted to nominate up to six exchanges each in return for certain commercial commitments, including to guarantee that ten percent of premises will be using its fibre broadband within a year. If this doesn't happen, the CP will be liable for any costs incurred by Openreach in amending its deployment plan. The trial is only open to CPs that are already buying Openreach's Generic Ethernet Access (GEA) product.

Openreach has previously announced plans to enable fibre broadband from exchanges serving two thirds of UK premises (approximately 16.5 million premises) by 2015, but so far has only revealed phases covering approximately 6 million premises.

ZTE Passes MPLS-TP Tests at EANTC

ZTE announced that 11 of its bearer network products have successfully passed multi-vendor MPLS-TP interoperability tests conducted by the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC). These products include high-end cluster routers, Ethernet switches and the entire ZXCTN range of PTN equipment. Various tests on interoperability scenarios were conducted and all ZTE products proved to be multi-vendor interoperable.

Qtel Deploys FTTH with Huawei

Qtel has launched a three year program to deploy FTTH in Qatar. Huawei confirmed that it has been selected as technology partner for the massive undertaking.

Friday, September 3, 2010

NEC Debuts iPASOLINK Microwave for LTE Backhaul

NEC launched its next generation iPASOLINK microwave platform designed for LTE backhaul. The modular, all-in-one converged design of iPASOLINK incorporates packet, microwave and optical technologies.

NEC said the core of its iPASOLINK platform is a powerful traffic switch which delivers efficient aggregation, advanced Quality of Service (QoS) features and low latency. The new platform leverages NEC's high-capacity microwave transmission technology, which is capable of Gigabits-per-second of throughput using high modulation and a Cross Polarization Interface Canceller (XPIC) technology. In future releases, iPASOLINK will support multiple 10Gbps optical WDM interfaces. Hardware functionality can be tailored to each network application with the use of plug-and-play modules, while advanced traffic management features can be added through non-service-affecting, pay-as-you-grow software upgrades.

"The NEC iPASOLINK is a game changer: it is designed to support the evolution from today's hybrid TDM and Ethernet backhaul towards the full IP transport required by LTE, while significantly reducing the cost of ownership thanks to its all-in-one converged design," said Hiroyasu Ishii, General Manager of the Global Network Division, Global Carrier Solutions Operations Unit, NEC Corporation.

NEC noted that since the launch of its PASOLINK products in the early 1980s, PASOLINK has been widely adopted as a microwave communications system for mobile backhaul, with shipments of approximately 1.5 million units throughout 141 countries.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

AT&T Extends Uverse with Pair Bonding, Vectoring

AT&T is extending its U-verse reach with technologies including pair bonding, "G-vectoring" and micronodes, writes John Donovan, AT&T's Chief Technology Officer, in a company blog.

Pair bonding uses two copper wire pairs (instead of one) for each customer. An iNID device is installed outside the home to connect these wires and improve the signal.

G-vectoring predicts interference over the copper wire and helps mitigate crosstalk that can degrade the signal.

Micronodes bring fiber closer to the home, reducing the distance required for copper and enhancing the effectiveness of other technologies. Donovan says this strategy also helps with "spectrum expansion," which broadens the useful range of the communications channel to create even more capacity.

Force10 Networks Opens New Innovation Center in Chennai, India

Force10 Networks, which is based in San Jose, California, formally unveiled its new Innovation Center, a 44,000-square-foot facility that houses its India headquarters, development lab and data center in The company has expanded its R&D and support teams in India some 50 percent since April 2010. Moreover, the company's India-based strategic partners, which have been engaged to augment the skill sets of Force10's Chennai team, have hired 80 engineers to carry out Force10's development work in India. As part of its ongoing growth strategy, Force10 expects to nearly double its engineering team again by 2011.

Participating in the traditional "lamp-lighting" inauguration ceremony were U.S. Consulate General Andrew Simkin, executives from high-tech firms Aricent Networks, Tata Communications, and Ixia, and Force10's Chennai employees.

China Telecom Americas Joins CENX Carrier Ethernet Exchange

China Telecom's North American subsidiary has joined the CENX Carrier Ethernet exchange. The initial connections are in CENX's New York and Los Angeles exchanges.

Interconnecting with other carriers via CENX brings seamless delivery of China Telecom's services and enables the creation of new business relationships. The CENX connection also enables US based service providers to efficiently reach businesses based in the US, China and the 73 other countries served by China Telecom.

FCC Advances USF Reform with NPRM

The FCC took another step toward reforming the Universal Service Fund (USF) by issuing an order and notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to facilitate the use of reclaimed excess high-cost support for the National Broadband Plan

Verizon Wireless and Sprint had previously agreed to relinquish certain high-cost USF payments as part of merger agreement approvals negotiated with the FCC. The proposed changes to the USF's E-rate program, which will be voted on later this month, would tap into these funds. The FCC said this will expand broadband opportunities for schools and libraries, providing more access and flexibility for these anchor institutions to empower teachers, and serve children and their communities..

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Alcatel-Lucent Selected for Submarine Cable Linking Angola to Brazil

eFive Telecoms, a South African telecommunications company, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to build a new submarine cable network linking the west coast of Africa to South America. The system will be composed of two trunks - the first one connecting South Africa to Angola and Nigeria, and the second trunk linking Angola to Brazil.

Alcatel-Lucent will manage the project end-to-end, including the system design, manufacturing, installation and commissioning. The system will also be maintained by Alcatel-Lucent through its Atlantic Private Maintenance Agreement (APMA) which currently covers over 100,000 km of critical submarine cable infrastructure from the west coast of Africa to the Caribbean and as far north as Greenland. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Yota Deploys 4G in Kazan

Russia's Yota has deployed a 4G network in Kazan, capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan. The citywide network was installed in just two months and a trial underway has shown speeds of up to 100 Mbps. Yota said it has invested $20 million in building the Kazan network, which covers the city's whole population of over one million people with 147 base stations.

Cisco to Acquire Arch Rock for Wireless Energy Sensors

Cisco agreed to acquire privately-held Arch Rock Corporation, a start-up based in San Francisco that develops IP wireless network sensors for smart-grid applications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Arch Rock's HiNet architecture is a foundation for turning wireless sensing or metering points into IP- and web-enabled devices. The technology is designed to enable utilities to connect smart meters and other distributed intelligent devices over a scalable, highly secure, multi-way wireless mesh network based on IP standards. The company has been a lead contributor to the IETF 6LoWPAN (now RFC 4944) working group, which addresses wireless IPv6 communication over IEEE 802.15.4 low-power radios. Arch Rock was also the first company to launch the first product based on the standard.

Cisco said the deal will enable it to offer a highly secure advanced metering infrastructure solution based completely on IP standards.

"The acquisition of Arch Rock enhances Cisco's end-to-end smart-grid offerings and further positions Cisco as a strategic partner to utilities that want to better manage power supply and demand, improve the security and reliability of energy delivery, and optimize operational costs," said Laura Ipsen, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Smart Grid business unit. "Cisco's solutions, incorporating the Arch Rock technology, will help enable a more efficient and sustainable energy future that is based on an open, highly secure and reliable smart-grid infrastructure."

Arch Rock will become part of Cisco's industry-leading Smart Grid business unit.
  • Arch Rock was founded in 2006 and has received approximately $15 million in funding from NEA, Shasta Ventures and Intel Capital.

  • Arch Rock is headed by Roland Acra (President and CEO), who previously was President and CEO of Procket Networks, a high-end Core Internet Router manufacturer, which he successfully led to an acquisition by Cisco Systems in 2004.

  • Arch Rock's technical team includes Dr. David E. Culler (Co-Founder and CTO), who is a professor at UC Berkeley and the Principal Investigator of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's Network Embedded Systems Technology project (DARPA NEST), which created an open platform for wireless sensor networks based on TinyOS; and Dr. Wei Hong (Co-Founder and VP Engineering), who previously was Senior Researcher and Principal Investigator at Intel Research Berkeley, where he led the sensor network project.

euNetworks Extends Low-Latency Net from London to Frankfurt

euNetworks launched a new ultra low latency route from London to Frankfurt. The company route is optimized for connectivity into Multilateral Trading Facilities (MTFs) and key data centers to support the bandwidth needs of financial clients.

euNetworks' euTrade service portfolio delivers connectivity between all major Stock Exchanges and clearing houses across Europe. Services within this portfolio range from dedicated fiber, to wavelengths and Ethernet based services.

Huawei Debuts "IDEOS" Android Phone with $150 Price

Huawei launched an entry-level, IDEOS smartphone powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo) and featuring a price point of between US$100 and US$200, depending on the market.

The phone features WCDMA + WiFi dual network support, and functions as a WiFi hotspot router for up to eight other devices. It boasts a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, and a microSD slot. Huawei will offer several bright colors.

"We are proud to have already achieved our goal from early 2010 of developing a US$150 smartphone with an excellent user experience. The IDEOS is an affordable option, designed to lower barriers to entry to allow easy mobile Internet access."

BT Launches SIP Trunking Option

The BT Onevoice converged communications platform has been enhanced with SIP trunking in a number of countries, providing full connectivity between domestic country voice services and BT's Onevoice global VPN.

The service offers local numbering for both outgoing and incoming call traffic that can be delivered anywhere on a user's network. Already available in the UK, the services will be rolled out to the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and the US in the coming months, with further regions, including Spain, to follow. In addition, by utilizing SIP trunking, customers can reduce rental for access lines, reduce call costs, and improve collaboration for users, whether they be office based, on the move or based remotely.

In addition, BT OneVoice has gained global qualification for connecting directly to Office Communications Server 2007 R2. Office Communications Server 2007 R2 users can now streamline communications by combining presence and instant messaging interoperability with BT Onevoice conferencing, and software-powered voice over IP in a single, unified platform globally.

"SIP trunking gives customers the capability to introduce collaboration applications which increase productivity and save cost. The Microsoft qualification will open the door to further developments within the combined BT and Microsoft portfolio, creating a platform for innovation inside BT Onevoice all in a security-enhanced global environment," says Neil Sutton, Vice President, Global Portfolio, BT Global Services.

Tata Deploys Huawei's Mobile Softswitch in Mumbai

Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) has deployed Huawei's MSC Pool solution in Mumbai to improve the performance, reliability and disaster resilience of network. The solution transformed three existing sets of CDMA mobile softswitches into one MSC Pool without having to make any modifications to other parts of the network.

In addition to gains in reliability, Huawei said its operator-controllable load balancing addresses the problem of unevenly distributed traffic loads in geographical areas, adjusting the ratio of subscriber quantity to traffic volume between the three MSC. This approach can reduce total network capacity demands by up to 20% and significantly reduce CAPEX.

Tata serves 1.5 million mobile subscribers in Mumbai.

XO Tests Infinera's Coherent 100G Transmission

Infinera and XO Communication have completed a field trial of 100 100G coherent transmission technology.

The tests, which ran over a 1348km route between Denver and Dallas on XO's network, used Infinera's new 500 Gigabit per second (500G) photonic integrated circuits (PICs), which each integrate five 100G channels. The fiber route is built with Infinera's 100G-ready ILS WDM line system, which provides scalable fiber capacity up to 8 Tbps.

During the field trial the ILS system was carrying 10G and 100G channels simultaneously. The 100G channel was transmitted using PM-QPSK modulation and coherent detection to enable error-free unrepeatered transmission over ultra-long haul distances.

Infinera believes this to be the world's first demonstration of 100G coherent transmission using fully integrated optical 500G PICs at both transmitter and receiver, including the use of integrated local oscillators in the PIC receiver.

"We are pleased to support development of Infinera's PIC-based 100G-based systems," said XO Communications Chief Technology Officer Randy Nicklas. "XO Communications looks forward to the increased capacity and superior efficiency we anticipate these 100G systems will deliver, as we work to meet growing bandwidth demands from our enterprise and wholesale service provider and mobile wireless customers."

"This trial marks an important milestone in our plan to deliver 100G communications and the next generation of multi-Terabit per second Digital Optical Networks based on 500G PICs," said Infinera CEO Tom Fallon. "We are confident that these new systems will become a disruptive force in the optical market, just as our 10G systems were when we introduced them in 2004."

Indonesia's TELKOM Converges IP and Optical Nets with ALU

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (TELKOM) is deploying Alcatel-Lucent's Converged Backbone Transformation (CBT) solution to simplify its network and upgrade its capacity. The Indonesian carrier has experienced a spike in broadband subscribers and traffic. Between the first quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010, TELKOM saw the number of its fixed broadband subscribers grow by 79% and that of its mobile broadband users grow by 607%.

Under the project, Alcatel-Lucent will supply its next-generation 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) powered with Wavelength Tracker and GMPLS control plane functionalities. This will be combined with Alcatel-Lucent Service Router IP/MPLS platform swith integrated Tuneable DWDM interfaces. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide TELKOM with technical supervision and training across the solution. Financial terms were not disclosed.