Sunday, October 10, 2010

CENX Expands to 9 Exchanges on 3 Continents

CENX announced the opening of four new Carrier Ethernet Exchanges -- in London, Hong Kong, Miami and New Jersey -- bringing its total to nine on three continents. Earlier this year, CENX announced that over 10 million Carrier Ethernet points were accessible via its exchanges partners. Since then, the company said market acceptance of Carrier Ethernet has continued to grow and it anticipates further geographic expansion.

"The marketplace acceptance of the CENX has been tremendous, with 9 exchanges deployed in less than 12 months" said Nan, Chen, president of CENX. "We believe that this acceptance has been driven by the pent-up demand for our groundbreaking Carrier Ethernet Exchange services that supports all attributes of Carrier Ethernet, including sophisticated service integration and monitoring as well as carrier-neutrality, which reflects our focus on serving (not competing with) our members."

Megafon Builds 40 Gbps IP/MPLS Backbone with Huawei

MegaFon has selected Huawei's NE5000E routers to construct a 40 Gbps IP/MPLS network linking Russia's largest cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg. The network will support Megafon's surging 3G data services.

Israel's Bezeq Deploys VDSL2 with NSN

Bezeq, Israel's leading telecommunications service provider, has deployed VDSL capable of delivering up to 200 Mbps downstream over existing copper cables. Nokia Siemens Networks provided the end-to-end VDSL solution, encompassing hardware, software and services such as planning and network roll out. The platform comprises Multi Service Access Nodes (MSAN) supporting narrow and broadband services such as POTS, xDSL, and Ethernet. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Comcast Launches Thousands of WiFi Hotspots

Comcast announced the launch of "Xfinity WiFi", enabling its cable modem customers to access thousands of outdoor and indoor WiFi hotspots for no additional fee. The first Xfinity WiFi hotspots have been launched throughout the greater Philadelphia area and its suburbs, in New Jersey towns from Union to Cape May and in northern Delaware. Hotspots are located in areas where customers spend time working, commuting, relaxing, shopping and socializing.

Earlier this year, Comcast announced a roaming agreement with Cablevision and Time Warner Cable, whereby Xfinity Internet customers can also enjoy thousands of Xfinity WiFi hotspots in the Greater New York Tri-State area, also for no additional fee.

Megafon's State-of-the-Art Data Center in Samara, Russia

, the second-ranked national mobile service provider in Russia, opened a state-of-the-art, Tier 3 data center in Samara. The brand-new, flagship facility will be the backbone of Megafon's national data center network.
The new data center represents an investment of 900 million Rubles ($30 million) and covers 6,912 square meters (74,400 square feet). Megafon boasts the highest standards of reliability and the strongest security features in Russia, as well as multiple diverse fiber-optic connections.

"This is the first time a brand new, state-of-the-art data storage and transmission facility of this size has been built in Russia for commercial use," said Valeriy Ermakov, MegaFon's Chief Operations Officer.

Stanford University Deploys BridgeWave Gigabit Links

Stanford University has deployed several gigabit wireless links from BridgeWave Communications to link Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (JRBP) with its main campus. JRBP is a 1,189 acre natural refuge that has been the subject of numerous scientific studies since the opening of Stanford University. Throughout the preserve, JPRB utilizes wireless data collection instrumentation that automatically uploads research data to the main campus.

Microsoft Claims 60 Mobile Carriers for Windows Phone 7 Launch

Microsoft unveiled its Windows Phone 7, claiming that over 60 mobile operators in 30 countries have committed to bringing Windows Phones to market. Windows Phone 7 will be available from at least four manufacturers initially -- Dell, HTC Corp., LG and Samsung -- all of which are using Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor. Key mobile operators offering Windows Phone 7 include America Movil, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Movistar, O2, Orange, SFR, SingTel, Telstra, TELUS, T-Mobile USA and Vodafone. The phones will be sold by carrier partners as well as in Microsoft Store locations and from Amazon.

Microsoft confirmed that CDMA versions of Windows Phone 7 will be arriving in 2011, including from Sprint and Verizon Wireless.

Microsoft said Windows Phone 7 will be distinguished by the integrated experiences it offers, built from its experience with Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Office Mobile, Zune, Windows Live, Bing and other Microsoft products.

AT&T to Carry Windows Phones from HTC, LG and Samsung

AT&T will carry an exclusive line of Windows Phone 7 smartphones from HTC, LG and Samsung in time for this holiday season. Each of the three smartphones sports a capacitive glass touch screen, 5-megapixel camera and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor.

Marvell Debuts 802.11n 4x4 Wi-Fi with BeamForming

Marvell introduced its Avastar 802.11n, 4x4 single-die solution for enterprise access points, service provider gateways, high performance home routers, media and mobile servers, Digital TVs (DTVs), and Set-Top-Boxes (STBs).

The Avastar 88W8764 leverages 4x4 technology (four independent transmit-receive RF chains) to support three Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO) spatial streams, thereby delivering the highest throughput, best wireless coverage and most robust link quality for media streaming and other high bandwidth data applications.
Marvell rates this performance at up to 450 Mbps. Data can be steered towards the client using its Tx beamforming capacity. The four RF chains guarantees the most stable and robust high order 802.11n Modulation and Coding Scheme (MCS) data rates. Additionally, it supports the national Chinese standard for Wireless LANs (WAPI), Wi-Fi Direct, Tunnel Direct Link Setup (TDLS), and Space Time Block Coding (STBC).

"Wi-Fi has become the critical common link in today's mobile communications as users now expect and demand seamless, high-performance, robust and secure connectivity, zero latency and crystal clear communication between all their connected devices no matter where they go," said Weili Dai, Co-Founder of Marvell. "Marvell has a proven track record as the world leader in Wi-Fi for enterprise, consumer and mobile applications delivering robust, high performance and high bandwidth, highly secure and seamless wireless connectivity. I believe Marvell's groundbreaking 802.11n 4x4 Wi-Fi solution will fundamentally change the wireless landscape and truly enable the entire spectrum of always-on consumer products."

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Stoke Pumps its Session Exchange for LTE

Stoke has boosted the capacity of its Session Exchange (SSX) mobile broadband gateway with a new packet processing card targeting LTE deployments. The new line card provides a 5X increase in throughput. Specifically, he XGLC20 extends Stoke's signature line rate session management, encryption/decryption, and visibility and control, with enhanced capabilities, including five times the throughput and up to four times the session management capacity. Enhanced capacity and capabilities for evolved packet core gateway applications delivered by the Stoke Session Exchange now include:

  • All packet operations function at line rate inclusively (i.e. L4-L7 traffic classification; encryption and decryption; policy enforcement, QoS, and accounting);

  • 20 Gbps (full duplex) line rate processing per line card;

  • Up to 240k active concurrent sessions and 3.8M active service classes per card; and

  • 4 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports (active and standby) per line card.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Dr Hamadoun Touré Re-elected Secretary-General of ITU

Dr Hamadoun Touré of Mali has been re-elected as Secretary-General of ITU for a second four-year term. The election took place in Guadalajara, Mexico during the morning Plenary session of the 18th ITU Plenipotentiary Conference. Dr Touré won the position with 151 votes, with 157 countries present and voting. He contested the position unopposed.

During the same morning Plenary session, Houlin Zhao of China was re-elected Deputy Secretary-General with 155 votes. His election was also unopposed.

Ford Opens its SYNC In-Vehicle System for Wireless Apps

Ford is enhancing its SYNC in-vehicle communications, information and entertainment system with text-to-voice capability to read aloud incoming SMS messages. The system now enables drivers to reply to text messages via voice commands using 15 preset responses that can be personalized.

Ford has adopted the latest Bluetooth standard -- Message Access Profile (MAP) -- so SYNC can stream text messages from a larger population of smartphones. The company is also urging phone makers to adopt this standard as a step toward safer in-vehicle communications.

Certain cell phone functions are locked out when the vehicle is in motion. Examples include pairing a Bluetooth-capable phone, manually adding individual contacts into the phone book, viewing received text messages on screen, playing video or browsing photos on screen.

Ford intends to bring other smartphone apps into the car in a similar way. The company is releasing an application programming interface (API) that gives developers the ability to use the same voice features of the SYNC system. Pandora Internet radio, Stitcher smart radio and Orangatame's OpenBeak are the first apps to incorporate the SYNC API, with more on the way in coming months. Other examples of driving apps could include location-based services incorporating navigation, traffic and business searches. Ford noted that it is already reviewing more than 1,000 submissions made on the SYNC Developer website for future SDK releases.

"More and more drivers will find a way to use their devices and their apps while in the car," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development. "They can do it unsafely, or they can do it through safer voice-activated solutions such as Ford SYNC -- keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel."

TISCALI Deploys FTTH in Sardinia with ZTE

Tiscali signed a strategic framework agreement with ZTE for the deployment of an FTTH network in Sardinia. The contract was signed in the presence of the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who is visiting Italy.

In the first phase of the project, the FTTH deployment will leverage ongoing work for the local gas network in the extended Cagliari area. This will include over 50 thousand lines of LLU (Local Loop unbundling) coverage.

Obama Signs 21st Century Comm. & Video Accessibility Act of 2010

President Obama signed Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 into law, providing an update to the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

The bill requires that VoIP equipment be compatible with hearing aids and it requires that Internet-based voice communication service providers contribute to the Interstate Relay Service Fund. Likewise, providers of advanced communications equipment and services, including smartphones, must make their products accessible to individuals with disabilities. Furthermore, the bill provides up to $10 million per year from the Interstate Relay Service Fund for equipment used by individuals who are deaf-blind.

In addition, new requirements for video programmers have been added concerning closed captioning and programming guides and menus.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

DragonWave Posts Revenue of $27.2 Million

DragonWave reported revenue of US$27.2 million for its second quarter fiscal year 2011, ended August 31, 2010, compared with $32.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2010. Net income was $1.2 million or $0.03 per diluted share, compared with net income of $5.7 million or $0.19 per diluted share in the second quarter of fiscal year 2010. Gross margin for the second quarter was 44%, compared with 42% in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year; operating margin was 4% in the quarter, compared with 17% in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year.

Revenue from customers within North America was $20.3 million, compared with $29.1 million in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year. Revenue from customers outside North America was $6.9 million, compared with $3.3 million in the second quarter of the prior fiscal year. DragonWave had two customers that each contributed more than 10% of revenue in the second quarter of fiscal year 2011.

"I am satisfied with our progress in the second quarter in meeting key objectives to strengthen our global market presence, expand our customer and partner base, and to continue to deliver innovative solutions," said DragonWave President and CEO Peter Allen.

NTT Com Builds Premium Data Center in Hong Kong

NTT Communications will open a new premium data center in Hong Kong. The Tseung Kwan O Data Center, which occupies 30,000 square meters of land, will become NTT Com's biggest data center outside of Japan, and located in the eastern side of Kowloon.

UK Regulator Issues Wholesale Fibre Access Rules

Ofcom, the official telecom regulator in the UK, published new rules designed to promote competition and investment in super-fast broadband services across the UK. The plan calls for "virtual unbundling/; -- allowing competitors to have access to a dedicated virtual link over new fibre lines laid by BT. Ofcom will permit BT to set prices for these new wholesale products. These prices would be constrained by market forces given the highly competitive wider broadband market, while enabling BT to make a fair rate of return reflecting commercial risk. Ofcom would still enforce rules to prevent anti-competitive pricing. BT has already started offering its "Generic Ethernet Access" and has agreed to develop it further in line with the requirements outlined today.

Key elements of Ofcom's Wholesale Local Access (WLA) regulatory model include:

  • Virtual Unbundled Local Access ("VULA"), which will allow competitors to deliver services over BT's new NGA network, with a degree of control that is similar to that achieved when taking over the physical line to the customer;

  • Physical Infrastructure Access ("PIA"), which will allow competitors to deploy their own NGA infrastructure between the customer and the local exchange, using BT's duct and pole infrastructure, to provide broadband and telephony; and

  • Local Loop Unbundling ("LLU") which will continue to provide a basis for competition in current generation services, allowing competitors to physically take over (or share) BT's copper lines between the customer and the local exchange.

Force10 Adds 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet Top-of-Rack Switch

Force10 Networks is extending its S-Series family with a new S55 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) top-of-rack (ToR) access switch fore data centers.

The 1 RU unit delivers non-blocking, line-rate switching performance as well as support for the Force10 Open Automation Framework to make virtualized data center environments more responsive and manageable. It provides 48 GbE access ports and up to four optional 10 GbE uplinks.

TELUS deploys Alcatel-Lucent's Digital Media Store

TELUS has deployed Alcatel-Lucent's Digital Media Store (DMS) to offer ringtone, image and mobile game services to its more than 7.9 million mobile and broadband Internet customers across Canada.

Alcatel-Lucent is providing the digital store front for TELUS as an end-to-end managed and hosted service. The DMS is driven by a configurable merchandizing and analytics engine that enables focused marketing programs, such as bundles, subscriptions, personal locker, gifting, sharing of games, videos, music, applications, etc. To boost the store, Alcatel-Lucent is also providing relationships with leading content producers and aggregators focused on mobile applications, games, music and electronic publishing.

Alex Giosa, President of Alcatel-Lucent Canada added: "The DMS service builds upon Alcatel-Lucent's Application Enablement vision combining the capabilities of TELUS' network with the innovation of the Web to provide TELUS' customers with an enriched experience."

AT&T Builds Innovation Centers in Palo Alto, Plano and Ra'anana

AT&T will build innovation centers in Palo Alto, California, Plano, Texas, and Ra'anana, near Tel Aviv, Israel to accelerate new networking technologies and applications. Alcatel-Lucent, Amdocs and Ericsson are initial participants. Cisco and Juniper also plan to contribute to the centers. The centers will provide an environment for developers to collaborate with AT&T and its innovators, its host suppliers and other developers.

The centers will provide a semi-autonomous environment for developers to conduct live testing on the AT&T network. The program will also include an online portal that will give developers the tools, support and customer access to help build, test and certify applications across a range of broadband platforms.

Peter Hill, who previously had responsibility for the technology behind AT&T U-verse service, has been tapped to lead AT&T's innovation center initiative as vice president, ecosystems and innovation.

"The innovation centers will help us enhance collaboration and dramatically accelerate the velocity of innovation, taking ideas from concept to reality in mere months as opposed to years," said John Donovan, AT&T's chief technology officer. "We're tapping into cutting-edge design expertise in Silicon Valley, prototyping industry applications -- from automotive to education services -- in Plano and the deep skills in communications protocols and innovation that reside in Israel. Working across centers, innovation can follow the sun with a near 24-hour cycle time for agile development."