Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cable&Wireless Worldwide Picks Cisco's Unified Computing System

Cable&Wireless Worldwide has selected Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) as its next-generation data centre platform to deliver an enterprise cloud computing solution. Cable&Wireless Worldwide plans to launch its service later this year.

3GPP to Include RF Pattern Matching LBS in Release 10

The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards organization has technically endorsed RF Pattern Matching technology for incorporation into its 3G UMTS specifications. The endorsement was made by the Radio Access Network (RAN) Work Group 2 on UMTS during the recent 3GPP standards meeting in Madrid. RF Pattern Matching will be incorporated into Release 10 of the 3G UMTS specifications, expected to become final in late 2010 or early 2011. This will also set the stage for opportunities to incorporate RF Pattern Matching into LTE and other future air interfaces.

Polaris Wireless, which supplies high-accuracy software-based wireless location solutions using Radio Frequency (RF) Pattern Matching, said the endorsement will lead to a higher level of location-based services (LBS) accuracy and improved experiences for wireless customers compared with current Cell-ID based technologies.

"The decision to incorporate RF Pattern Matching into the 3G UMTS specifications is needed for all service providers wanting to provide the highest-SLA option for LBS as it gives them more credible options for public safety and commercial applications," said Manlio Allegra, president and chief executive officer at Polaris Wireless. "This level of LBS accuracy will create an improved user experience for wireless customers, which ultimately generates additional revenue streams for carriers and other enterprises offering LBS applications."

Polaris also noted that the FCC is currently considering new E911 Phase II regulations that would improve indoor location capabilities for first responders. Using RF Pattern Matching, Polaris' WLS software solution enables carriers and OEMs to be prepared to meet these new FCC requirements with little or no investment in new infrastructure or hardware.

ng Connect Program Builds Momentum for LTE Apps

The ng Connect Program, which was co-founded by Alcatel-Lucent to stimulate the development of network-ready applications, services, content and devices for LTE, has added 11 new members, bringing its roster to 47 companies.

ng Connect is a cross-industry effort to collaboratively develop new services, devices and business models for emerging LTE networks.

"We've just conducted our most recent ng Connect Program member meeting where members from around the world were represented and the excitement about the capabilities and opportunities presented by 4G and LTE networks was intense," said Steve West, Vice President of Emerging Technology & Media at Alcatel-Lucent. "In addition to the showcase demos that the program members have delivered, our membership sees tremendous opportunities for program expansion into high growth areas such as telematics, retail and media where smart, high capacity networks will drive a new era of innovation."

The new ng Connect Program members include:

Atrato --- a storage innovator specializing in high performance, autonomic tiered storage solutions.

BlogRadio -- a mobile media services developer working on a solution to turn written materials into cloud-based audio and video streams available anywhere, anytime.

Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc. (IMS) --- a developer of in-vehicle, voice-interactive services and turn-key, end-to-end telematics solutions.

IVOX --- an information services provider of predictive, driver-based information for Driver Risk Management.

Netsweeper -- a provider of Internet content filtering and web threat management solutions and services.

Nuance Communications -- a leader in mobile voice technology supplying solutions to the world's leading automotive manufacturers, Tier One suppliers and third-party platforms.

Skymeter --- a developer of financial-grade GPS (FGPS) applications.

STRATACACHE --- a provider of scalable and cost-effective digital signage, IP video, content distribution and enterprise video acceleration solutions.

Telepresence Tech -- a provider of advanced telepresence solutions.

VisionMAX --- a multi-platform custom applications and business system integrator.

Wcities.com --- a travel and entertainment content publisher and developer of a database of authoritative travel content.

Holland's IP2 Internet Builds Data Center with Juniper

IP2 Internet, a Dutch business Internet Service Provider, has deployed an all Juniper Networks infrastructure for its new data center. By running Junos across its routing, switching and security deployment as a single network operating system, IP2 has a centralized architecture to reduce cost and complexity in the network. The installation comprises routers, switches and security appliances that run on Junos OS, Juniper's single operating system. The companies estimate that this unified approach has reduced OPEX by as much as 20 percent. Financial terms were not disclosed.

LightSquared Donates Satellite Access to Tribal Communities

LightSquared, which recently unveiled plans to build a wholesale LTE network across the U.S., signed an agreement with Indian Health Service (IHS), the lead federal agency to serve health needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) persons, to donate satellite phones and associated service for use in AI/AN communities. All satellite phones will come with service provided free of charge through 2020 to address the lack of reliable telecommunications connectivity which often plagues Tribal communities.

LightSquared includes the satellite services assets of the former SkyTerra Communications. LightSquared will provide up to 2,000 satellite phones and service to this project, depending on the requirements of IHS.

"The lack of ubiquitous telephone connectivity, let alone broadband, for residents of these Tribal communities is highly regrettable, and we commend FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski for shining the spotlight on this serious issue," said Sanjiv Ahuja, chief executive officer of LightSquared. "Our goal is to deliver the benefits of modern communications to people who have little or no access and bolster their ability to provide potentially lifesaving services to their fellow citizens."http://www.LightSquared.com

Ericsson's First Live LTE Network in North America

Ericsson confirmed that it is the primary supplier of LTE infrastructure for MetroPCS and its equipment is being used in the company's Dallas/Fort Worth network. This is Ericsson's first commercial LTE deployment in North America.

Ericsson's full end-to-end LTE solution for MetroPCS includes:

RBS 6000 Base Station -- along with LTE, the software-upgradeable base station supports Wideband CDMA (WCDMA), GSM and GPRS/EDGE.

IP-RAN -- makes it possible for MetroPCS to be the world's first operator to run both CDMA and LTE over a common connection. This simplifies network management and lowers operating costs by allowing MetroPCS to leverage its CDMA and LTE assets and reduces power consumption.

Evolved Packet Core -- Ericsson's Evolved Packet Core solution for MetroPCS includes the Serving GPRS Support Node - Mobility Management Entity (SGSN-MME) and the Converged Packet Gateway (CPG) products. The SGSN-MME is an evolution of Ericsson's SGSN product, upgradeable by software-only means, and providing pooled and triple-access operation. The CPG provides high-quality broadband services for mobile and fixed traffic in the packet core network, and permits consolidated mobile gateway and aggregation router capabilities in a compact platform.

Network Services -- Ericsson has provided MetroPCS with LTE network design, optimization, engineering, implementation, integration and customer support services for the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area.

MetroPCS Launches LTE in Dallas/Fort Worth

MetroPCS Communications launched commercial LTE service in its second market -- the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW). LTE service in Las Vegas began earlier this month.

The MetroPCS LTE network in Dallas was supplied by Ericsson.

MetroPCS is selling the Samsung Craft 4G handset as its first LTE device. MetroPCS offers monthly 4G LTE service plans for $55 or $60, which include talk, text and a 4G Web experience initially on an unlimited basis.

"MetroPCS will continue to expand 4G LTE network coverage into all of our markets through 2011 to offer unmatched value in 4G LTE services on a no-contract basis for all of our customers," said Roger D. Linquist, president, CEO and chairman of MetroPCS. "The launch of our 4G LTE network in the metroplex is yet another milestone in our expansion and our vision of the Internet going mobile."http://www.metropcs.com

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sandvine's Usage Management Enables Accurate Usage-Based Billing

Sandvine released a new version of its Usage Management product that addresses usage-based billing and unified charging for converged networks. Specifically, Sandvine Usage Management release 3.1 introduces a new Record Generator license that adds the following capabilities to the Usage Management product and complements the support for mobile data pre-paid charging, announced earlier this year:

  • Supports detailed and accurate charging requirements for post-paid service plans using an interface to Offline Charging Systems (OFCS)

  • Provides customizable, policy-based usage data records based on highly flexible network policy rules, triggered by time or volume

  • Supports a variety of use cases, such as usage record transfer to Operational Support Systems (OSS) for customer bill auditing, or for back-up of Online Charging Systems (OCS)

  • Seamlessly interoperates with 3rd party billing network elements within mobile, fixed and converged networks using customizable data record formats

  • Integrates into legacy and 3G mobile networks and offers seamless migration into future 4G networks.

Fujitsu Launches Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in Japan

Fujitsu will begin offering a pay-as-you-go Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in Japan starting October 1, 2010. The IaaS public cloud service delivers bundled virtualized ICT infrastructure from Fujitsu's datacenters, providing resources on a metered-use billing system that is based on customer usage. This includes server and storage functionality as well as network and security features. Over 200 companies have participated in a trial service since May.

NTT DOCOMO Considers Offering an E-book Service

NTT DOCOMO will conduct a trial e-book distribution service that will deliver content via DOCOMO smartphones, such as the Android™-powered Xperia™ and Galaxy S models. The trial is expected to run from late October till the end of the year, and the carrier is planning to start of a full-scale e-book retail service with Dai Nippon Publishing early next year.

NTT DOCOMO said it trial will offer about 50 titles, including electronic books, manga comics, magazines and photo books, some linked with supplementary videos and maps. The e-books will be available at "docomo market," a mobile portal created by DOCOMO to provide users with easy access to smartphone apps and content from around the world. All titles and content viewers for the trial will be provided for free, other than packet transmission charges.

The full commercial service is expected to launch with more than 100,000 titles.

Trusted Computing Group Announces Integration of Security Protocols

Trusted Computing Group (TCG), which develops industry standards for security, announced that its Trusted Network Connect (TNC) standards have been integrated with the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) standards developed by the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

SCAP-validated scanners can now be used with TNC network security gear to identify and quarantine unhealthy devices. This will improve compliance with less cost by automating compliance checking and network enforcement on millions of PCs and other systems.

"To address the information security threats of the 21st century, we must integrate and automate our defenses - especially the way that information flows across the defensive enterprise," said Tony Sager, Chief of the Vulnerability Analysis and Operations Group at the National Security Agency (NSA). "Using the TNC and SCAP standards together is a great step forward in this integration effort, and this also demonstrates the power of public-private collaboration."http://www.trustedcomputinggroup.org/

Bridgewater and Sandvine Partner for Mobile Policy Control

Bridgewater Systems and Sandvine completed integration and interoperability testing of their respective platforms for enabling intelligent policy control solutions for 3G and 4G mobile operators.

The tests involved Sandvine's Policy Traffic Switch (PTS), which detects network conditions, counts usage and enforces network, and subscriber policy decisions defined by the Bridgewater Policy Controller (PCRF). The testing included the PCRF Gx and Gy usage metering interfaces for 3GPP-compliant Policy Control Enforcement Points.

The companies said their joint policy solutions enable mobile operators to deliver tiered services by applying policies that, for example, give Bronze subscribers 500 megabytes per month of data, with no peer-to-peer services or parental controls, while providing Gold subscribers with one gigabyte per month of data including peer-to-peer services and parental controls. The solution could also be used to personalize applications usage by applying policies such as allowing unlimited social networking for a fixed monthly fee and offering usage restrictions during school hours. It could also ensure fair usage by applying policies based on subscriber service plans and real-time network congestion levels.

Brocade Backs New 16 Gbps Fibre Channel Standard

Brocade announced its endorsement of FC-PI-5 -- the next generation Fibre Channel (FC) industry standard, which will offer 16 Gbps performance. Over the years, the FC technology cycle has progressed from 1, 2, 4, 8 and now 16 Gbps rates.

Brocade said it expects to offer the industry's first end-to-end 16 Gbps FC product portfolio in the first half of 2011.

Brocade noted that it currently represents 67.5 percent of the FC switch and director market share. As a result, the company's endorsement of the standard is a key element of widespread adoption. 16 Gbps FC is a key technology to support increasing data center scale and solid state storage, and it will be critical to scaling new virtualized workloads based on its proven performance, reliability and simplicity.

New Zealand's Orcon selects Alcatel-Lucent's Velocix

Orcon, which provides calling and Internet services to both residential, business and wholesale customers around New Zealand, will deploy Alcatel-Lucent's Velocix Digital Media Delivery Platform in key centres across New Zealand. The network will allow Orcon to offer broadcasters, content distributors and web-site owners a faster and more efficient connection to broadband users across multiple networks and devices.

"As video-on-demand and streaming TV web sites grow in popularity, the amount of online video watched by broadband users is growing at an incredible rate," said Charlie Boyd, Head of Wholesale at Orcon. "By leveraging Alcatel-Lucent's Velocix infrastructure, we can offer content providers a local content delivery network (CDN) solution that meets their specific requirements, with the assurance of knowing its technology and services are proven by telcos and broadcasters around the world."http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Etisalat Sri Lanka Upgrades Mobile Network with ALU

Etisalat Lanka has awarded a multimillion dollar contract to Alcatel-Lucent to boost its GSM/EDGE network capacity and coverage and build its first 3G HPSA+ all-IP broadband network. As sole supplier, Alcatel-Lucent will deliver converged radio access, a new all-IP mobile packet core network capable of supporting 2G, 3G and LTE (including next-generation subscriber data management and end-to-end policy control), a full end-to-end IP transport solution and related professional services. In total, 480 GSM/EDGE sites and 515 3G HPSA+ sites will be deployed as part of the contract. Alcatel-Lucent's solution also includes a "MiTV" application that will enable Etisalat Lanka to offer advanced mobile broadband and multimedia services such as mobile interactive television and video to over 3 million subscribers and businesses in Sri Lanka.

Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 9500 Sets Energy Efficiency

Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) has met energy efficiency standards under the Telecommunications Energy Efficiency Ratio (TEER) metric released by ATIS.

The TEER standard provides a comprehensive methodology for measuring and reporting energy consumption as well as quantifying a network component's ratio of work performed to energy consumed.

"Today's announcement fulfills a pledge we announced just two months ago to ensure the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP met the standards defined by the TEER metric," said Bill Erickson, senior vice president of planning and development at Fujitsu Network Communications. "With the testing process complete we once again prove our dedication to producing communications technologies that not only are the most advanced in terms of capability, but also environmental responsibility."http://us.fujitsu.com/telecom
  • Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 4500 MSPP has also met the TEER energy efficiency standards.

McAfee and Riverbed Push for Integrated Security and WAN Optimization

McAfee and Riverbed Technology have expanded their partnership to deliver Web 2.0 security capabilities on the Riverbed Services Platform (RSP). This integrates the McAfee Web Gateway solution with Riverbed Steelhead appliance, providing branch offices with proactive security protection in the Riverbed appliance and avoiding the need to deploy separate security and WAN optimization boxes.

Riverbed's RSP is a virtualized, extensible data services platform that runs on the Steelhead hardware. McAfee Web Gateway Security can now run on the virtualized machine. Riverbed said there is no performance degradation and various redundancy features have been included to avoid a single point of failure. McAfee Firewall Enterprise software has previously been offered on the RSP.

NETGEAR Ups its Game with Network Mgt and 10GE Managed Switch

NETGEAR announced its first centralized network management console for its business products, and a 10 Gbps managed switch.

The new NETGEAR ProSafe Network Management System (NMS200) gives customers a way to discover, configure, monitor and manage all NETGEAR Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches on their network from a single interface. It can provide customers control across NETGEAR switching, wireless, storage and security products on the network. The ProSafe Network Management System (NMS200) will be available in October 2010 with several license options that support the number of devices a business may have on their network.

The ProSafe 24-port 10 GE Managed L2+ Switch (XSM7224S) provides 10 Gbps server performance and scalability across the network. The ProSafe Network Management System will be expanded in future releases to manage other NETGEAR products. Available in December 2010, the ProSafe 24-port 10GE Managed L2+ Switch (XSM7224S) has a list price of $11,700 and a Layer 3 license upgrade (XSM7224L) will also be available for an additional $2,900.

Ceragon Supplies Backhaul for Nigeria's Glo

Globacom Nigeria (Glo) will utilize Ceragon's advanced FibeAir IP-10 solution for backhauling voice and data services as part of its broadband access solutions portfolio for enterprise users. Glo is also deploying Ceragon's comprehensive management software and installation services.

Glo offers a variety of services including mobile broadband access and voice/data access. The company has over 25 million subscribers in Nigeria and owns network assets in other African markets including Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Gambia.

Taiwan VIBO Buys 3,500 3G Base Stations from ZTE

ZTE will supply more than 3,500 3G base-stations to VIBO Telecom to replace its current 3G network around Taiwan over the coming year. The base-stations to be provided for VIBO are based on ZTE's SDR (Software Defined Radio) technology. This will enable VIBO to roll out 21.6 Mbps HSPA+ mobile broadband services across the entire island of Taiwan. Financial terms were not disclosed. http://www.zte.com.cn