Saturday, October 16, 2010

Video -- HSPA, HSPA+ or LTE

Presented by Dan Warren, GSMA

Thursday, October 14, 2010

ATIS Develops LTE Mobile Alert System

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) has completed a standard (ATIS-0700010) which enables the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) to be broadcast over LTE networks. When fully implemented, this will allow LTE-enabled devices to receive CMAS alerts during emergencies or natural disasters.

ATIS, which has led CMAS standards development, said the new LTE spec will benefit end users by allowing wider proliferation of CMAS' 90 character text message emergency alerts and warnings of imminent threats to life and property, Amber Alerts, and Presidential emergency messages. This standard also complements and coexists with other ATIS CMAS standards, such as those jointly developed between ATIS and TIA.

"This Commercial Mobile Alert System work builds upon ATIS' previously developed standards, and will eventually provide a vital service to hundreds of millions of wireless users," said Susan Miller, ATIS' President and CEO. "It ensures that as next-generation networks -- such as LTE -- are deployed, wireless users will continue to receive critical public-safety communications."

Huawei Shows Intelligent Optical Distribution Network

Huawei previewed an Intelligent Optical Distribution Network (iODN) prototype that aims to help network operators automatically locate and operate target optical fibers in large scale FTTH rollouts. The problem arises because the number of optical fibers being used in FTTH projects growing exponentially. This leads to a high error rate when optical fiber connection data is entered manually. There are also problems that occur when optical fibers are manually connected or optical faults are manually identified and located.

Huawei said its iODN prototype is able to address these challenges through intelligent optical fiber management, including setup and management of optical fiber connections. It automates the identification and the collection of optical fiber connections and splitters, ensures that optical faults are correctly located, improves maintenance efficiency, and simplifies and enhances operation and maintenance efficiency.

"FTTx networks are now being deployed on a massive scale all over the globe and ODN is garnering more and more attention from operators worldwide. This new prototype, along with our expertise in end-to-end ODN delivery, including planning and engineering, will pave the way for massive fiber to the home rollouts," said Wang Dexiang, Director of Huawei's ODN Service Department.

Motorola and Nokia Sign 4G Licensing Agreement

Motorola and Nokia have extended their existing intellectual property licensing agreement to include 4G cellular technologies, including LTE, WiMAX and LTE-Advanced. The deal extends to Nokia Siemens Networks as well. Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

RadiSys Unveils ATCA-based LTE Security Gateway

RadiSys introduced an ATCA-based security gateway designed for LTE networks. As an all-IP network, LTE potentially is vulnerable to security attacks. And with thousands of base stations and micro cell sites, there will be the need to secure the inter-domain links back to the network. RadiSys said its high-performance gateway provides a cost-effective solution to this challenge.

The RadiSys LTE SEG is the first 3GPP Network Domain Security (NDS) compliant security gateway. It provides IPsec tunneling and firewall stateful protection to LTE eNode B base stations, femtocells and home pico-cells. The 2U platform offers 10-15 Gbps of throughput, which is roughly a 5x performance improvement over current enterprise-class security gateways. The LTE SEG also provides a stateful firewall with robust IP filters and attack prevention mechanisms to protect Enhanced Packet Core network elements from security threats and cyber attacks. It supports more than four million concurrent IP flows with pre-defined and custom filters, consistency checks and denial-of-service (DoS) prevention mechanisms in a fully redundant 2U ATCA system.

In addition, the LTE SEG enables operators to enhance their existing 2G/3G mobile networks with secure wireless access solutions - including femtocells, I-WLAN and UMA/GAN - which use the public Internet to securely backhaul voice, data and video traffic.

RadiSys will offer the gateway as a standalone appliance or as a blade for other ATCA-based elements in the LTE network. The product will be sold through telecom equipment manufacturers. Trials are expected to start in December and commercial availability is expected in the first half of 2011.

"We have responded to our TEM customers' request for carrier grade security, and leveraged our experience as the leading standards-based ATCA solutions provider to deliver a rapid time-to-market solution," said Anthony Ambrose, vice president and general manager, communications networks, RadiSys. "The RadiSys LTE SEG is a purpose-built security gateway that can be deployed as a standalone network element, or easily integrated into existing Telecom Equipment Manufacturer products."

Spread Networks Guarantees 15.75ms Latency for NYC-Chicago

Spread Networks, a new a privately owned telecommunications provider, has introduced low latency Ethernet wave services connecting New York and Chicago in under 15.75 milliseconds - the lowest latency of any commercially available wavelength services between these financial centers.

Each customer gets a dedicated 10 Gbps wavelength with a guaranteed round-trip latency of 15.75 milliseconds. The connectivity links Chicago and Carteret, New Jersey which is where the NASDAQ's data center is located.

"Offering the lowest-latency wave services available between these two critical financial centers reaffirms Spread Networks' commitment to providing enterprise customers of all kinds the new network standard for low latency, security and diversity between New York and Chicago," said David Barksdale, CEO of Spread Networks. "Spread Networks is offering customers a dedicated wavelength on our technologically advanced network, providing the utmost in speed, reliability and connectivity."
  • In August, Spread Networks unveiled its network, which operates along a completely new 825 mile route. The company cited round-trip latency of 13.33 milliseconds for its tests. Most connections between these financial centers have operated along railroad rights of way that avoided mountainous construction ducts in central Pennsylvania.

    Spread Networks is headed by Jim Barksdale (Chairman), who also is Chairman and President of Barksdale Management Corporation and former CEO of Netscape and AT&T Wireless, and David Barksdale (CEO). Its technical team includes Michael Strickland (Senior Vice President, Technology and Engineering), who previously was Director of Network Architecture, Engineering and Deployment at Level 3.

    Spread Networks cited several network equipment partners, including ADVA Optical Networking, Ciena, Infinera and JDSU. ADVA confirmed that its FSP 3000 WDM low-latency optical transport solution has been certified by Spread Networks and is achieving speeds of 13.33 milliseconds on the New York-Chicago route. Infinera also noted that its optical networking solution is designed to reduce the equipment drag on Spread's dark fiber by more than 80%, when compared to conventional DWDM solutions, thanks to new technical innovations ultra-fast transponders , latency-optimized optical amplifiers, low latency FBG dispersion compensation, and its flexible Forward Error Correction (FEC) modes.

IBM Pitches Cloud Service Provider Platform

IBM is launching a set of hardware/software consulting services to help telecom operators enter the cloud-services business.

The IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform includes carrier-grade technology with all the essential security and service management capabilities to ensure reliability essential to their own customers. It could be used to deliver "as-a-service" offerings such as collaboration applications, customer relationship management services, data storage, back up and recovery, and industry-specific applications.

"IBM is using its cloud expertise to help the world's service providers capture new market opportunities and expand the value of their networks in new ways," said Scott Stainken, general manager, IBM global telecommunications industry. "IBM is the only one to offer proven, carrier-grade reliability and the only one of its kind that can deliver scalable and secure cloud computing over heterogeneous networks. Today's news goes beyond just providing the infrastructure, we're also bringing together partners and expertise to help providers grow cloud services into a profitable new business."

IBM noted that pilot projects are underway with Orange, Shanghai Telecom and SK Telecom.

Companies supporting IBM's platform include Broadsoft, Corent Technology, deCarta, Jamcracker, Juniper Networks, NetApp, Openet, RightScale and Wavemaker.

NSN to Acquire Engineering Firm in Turkey

Nokia Siemens Networks has agreed to acquire IRIS Telecom, a telecom and engineering services firm headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.

IRIS Telecom's multi-vendor network planning and pptimization business will be integrated with Nokia Siemens Networks' global telecom services capabilities. IRIS Telecom has more than 630 employees and its existing customers include Turkcell, Avea and Ucell. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

FCC Proposes Mobility Fund to Close Gap in Mobile Access

The FCC is proposing to create a new Mobility Fund as a one-time boost to help close gaps in mobile wireless service. The Mobility und would use some of the USF funding voluntarily relinquished by Verizon Wireless and Sprint. Those funds had been helping support service in areas that, at least in some cases, were being served by other mobile carriers. Under the Mobility Fund, a portion of these funds will instead be distributed on a one-time basis using a market-based mechanism to target consumers in areas without 3G services. The Mobility Fund may also include 4G mobile broadband service.

Specifically, the FCC is proposing to use $100 million to $300 million from the USF to create the Mobility Fund. It would then conduct a reverse auction -- in which the potential providers of services in identified areas without 3G service compete for support from the Mobility Fund by proposing the lowest amount of USF support they would require to serve areas that are currently unserved -- to determine which providers get support, which specific geographic areas will receive support, and at what levels.

BroadSoft to Acquire Casabi for Family Communications App

BroadSoft agreed to acquire Casabi, a privately-held developer of cloud-based, personalized content and messaging applications for approximately $1.95 million.

Casabi offers a "CasaCenter" hosted application to help families keep organized. Family members can send group text messages to any phone number (fixed-line or mobile), access voicemail, make real-time updates to a family calendar, and share a network address book. Casabi is based in Campbell, California.

Broadsoft said the acquisition will build upon its software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings, which began with the acquisition of PacketSmart in late 2009.

"Comcast has worked closely with Casabi to develop and deliver consumer-friendly communication and information features that create a richer, more compelling experience for our Xfinity customers," said Cathy Avgiris, Comcast Cable's senior vice president and general manager of Comcast Communications and Data Services. "With our longstanding relationship with BroadSoft, and our work with Casabi, we are excited about this acquisition."

FCC Offers Tools to Avoid "Bill Shock".

The FCC proposed new rules to help consumers avoid "bill shock" with their monthly wireless bill. These rules would require:

Over-the-Limit Alerts: The FCC's proposed rules would require customer notification, such as voice or text alerts, when the customer approaches and reaches monthly limits that will result in overage charges.

of-the-Country Alerts: The FCC's proposed rules would require mobile providers to notify customers when they are about to incur international or other roaming charges that are not covered by their monthly plans, and if they will be charged at higher-than-normal rates.

Easy-to-Find Tools: The FCC's proposed rules would require clear disclosure of any tools offered by mobile providers to set usage limits or review usage balances. The FCC is also asking for comment on whether all carriers should be required to offer the option of capping usage based on limits set by the consumer.

DragonWave to Acquire Axerra Networks for Pseudowire

DragonWave has acquired Axerra Networks, a supplier of pseudowire technology for mobile backhaul solutions, for $9.5 Million on a debt free basis. An additional sales performance based earn out phase over the next 16 months could potentially raise the value of the transaction by up to $15.5 Million should Axerra meet certain
revenue growth targets.

Axerra offers a portfolio of AXN Pseudowire Gateways and Access Devices for the backhaul of any combination of 2G, 2.5G, and 3G voice and data traffic, including GSM with GPRS, UMTS, and HSxPA, and/or CDMA1x/CDMA2000 with 1xRTT and 1xEV-DO, all over a single packet RAN. In particular, the Axerra products address the need to carry legacy TDM traffic over a packet based network.

DragonWave said the Axerra pseudowire products will strengthen and complement its own packet microwave products, resulting in a robust converged solution for delivering TDM and packet services over a single packet network that can operate over both microwave and fiber backhaul.

Axerra was founded in 1999 and is based in Hartford, Conn., with offices in Tel Aviv, Hong Kong and Moscow.

"This acquisition represents a key step in our customer and portfolio diversification strategy," said Peter Allen, President and CEO of DragonWave. "The unique technology differentiators of Dragonwave and Axerra are totally aligned and complement each other to meet the backhaul requirements of next generation 3G/4G networks. This will also strengthen our customer diversification as it brings a significant position with a Tier 1 US MSO."

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Broadcom Acquires Beceem for Multimode LTE/WiMAX Chipsets

Broadcom will acquire Beceem Communications , a privately-held developer of 4G chipsets, for approximately $316 million in cash.

Beceem has been a developer of WiMAX silicon solutions, but earlier this year announced plans for chipset that address both LTE and WiMAX. The company claims its silicon technology supports peak broadband download speeds of up to 200Mbps. Its existing WiMAX chip has been seen major deployment in the Clearwire/Sprint ecosystem through leading OEMs and ODMs.

Broadcom said the deal accelerates its entry into the 4G market. Beceem's technology will be combined with Broadcom's 2G/3G cellular solutions, wireless LAN, Bluetooth, GPS, Ethernet switching and other associated IP.

Beceem's Chief Executive Officer, Surendra Babu Mandava, said: "When combined with Broadcom's 2G and 3G cellular solutions and broader wired and wireless communications portfolio, our 4G products will enable operators to roll out next generation wireless broadband solutions while providing support for existing networks. Our combined offering will be one of the most extensive and formidable in the industry."

About Beceem
  • In February 2010, Beceem Communications announced plans for a single chip that integrates both LTE and WiMAX technology. The BCS500 multi-mode chip will support the latest revisions of the IEEE 802.16 standard, namely 16e and 16m, as well as the 3GPP-LTE standard, based on Release 8 specifications. It is the only device chip to support UE Class 4 capabilities. In addition, it will support both TDD and FDD configurations for LTE and IEEE 802.16m, even enabling real-time band/channel reconfiguration through a unique multi-mode "autosense" feature that automatically detects the network type. Beceem expects to begin sampling in Q4 2010 with mass production in Q2 2011.

  • Beceem was founded in October 2003 and is based in Santa Clara, California with engineering offices in Irvine and Bangalore.

  • Beceem is headed by Babu Mandava, who previously was a co-founder of Centillium Communications, a semiconductor company well known for product innovations in ADSL and VOIP. Beceem was also co-founded by Dr. Arogyaswami Paulraj, a professor at Stanford where he supervises the Smart Antennas Research Group. Prior to Beceem, Paulraj founded Iospan Wireless Inc., which was later acquired by Intel.

Qualcomm Acquires iSkoot for Mobile Processing Offload

Qualcomm Innovation Center has acquired iSkoot Technologies Inc., a San Francisco-based start-up offering mobile optimization software. Financial terms were not disclosed.

iSkoot works with device manufacturers and U.S. mobile operators to bring popular social networks and new Internet services to mobile handsets in an intelligent manner that reduces data bandwidth usage on the network and saves battery life on phones. The company's Kalaida Platform moves data-intensive tasks through iSkoot-managed proxy servers. The proxy servers intelligently transcode and aggregate the traffic such that the actual frequency and size (number of megabytes transmitted) of data transmissions is greatly reduced. The idea is to bring the power of cloud computing to consumer mobile devices.

As past of Qualcomm, iSkoot will now focus on three areas: continued support of its current customers; integrating its offerings with Qualcomm's products; ,and developing open source data management contributions for mobile devices.
  • In early 2009 AT&T tapped iSkoot to develop AT&T Social Net - a free mobile app that combines access to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and customizable news feeds within a single application.

  • iSkoot is headed by Mark Jacobstein (CEO), who previously served as EVP at Silicon Valley-based loopt, a social mapping startup. Before joining loopt, Jacobstein was the founding President for Digital Chocolate, a publisher of mobile games.

Researchers Demonstrate Long-haul 40 Gigabit Ethernet

Ciena, Mellanox Technologies, SURFnet and the University of Amsterdam have demonstrated long-haul 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) network connections at the Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF)'s 10th annual Global LambdaGrid Workshop at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.

For the demonstration, the organizations created a network using an existing 1650 km production-quality SURFnet link, connecting an experimental high-performance computer cluster equipped with a Mellanox ConnectX-2 EN 40GbE NIC at the University of Amsterdam to a remote data processing unit with a corresponding interface at the GLIF meeting venue. The demonstration pushed 26 Gbps (the practical limit of the PCIe bus) from the processor in Amsterdam to the processor at CERN through a single optical wave lambda. The network infrastructure was based on Ciena's Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500 equipped with 40GbE interfaces, which was seamlessly upgraded from a 10 Gbps optical lambda to a 40 Gbps optical lambda with no added signal regeneration or modifications to the existing infrastructure.

"The novelty of this work is the new unobstructed 40 Gbps single channel bandwidth between compute nodes implemented directly on a lambda network. This marks the next step in the growth of long-haul communication capacity for distributed data processing," said Cees de Laat, professor in system and network engineering at the University of Amsterdam. "These capacities are essential not only for data intensive e-Science but also, for example, in high-resolution 3D digital cinema and movie processing. The photonic network vision and technology as developed by Ciena integrates the communication building blocks seamlessly with the rest of the e-Infrastructure."

EMC Introduces Greenplum for Big Data Clouds

EMC introduced a new "Greenplum" Data Computing Appliance that features a massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture to handle the massive amounts of data being generated from various sources such as always-on networks, the Web, consumers, surveillance systems and sensors.

EMC's Greenplum delivers data loading performance of 10 terabytes (TB) an hour, twice as fast as Oracle Exadata systems and five times as fast as systems from Netezza and Teradata. It integrates database, compute, storage and network into an enterprise class, easy-to-implement system and is available in flexible half-rack, full-rack, and multiple-rack appliance configurations for terabyte to petabyte-scale requirements. It is integrated with EMC's replication, backup and recovery and deduplication technologies for information protection.

The new system was developed and is shipping just 75 days following EMC's acquisition of Greenplum. EMC also announced consulting, professional services, support and training for data warehousing and business analytics. EMC Global Services professionals will help customers deploy and optimize the new EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance and use extensive "big data" expertise to design an environment for complex correlation across massive data sets. In addition, EMC will help customers migrate and consolidate from their Oracle, Teradata and other existing database systems onto the EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance.

LightSquared Targets Emergency Rapid Response Communications

LightSquared, which is building a nationwide LTE + satellite wholesale network, has formed an Emergency Rapid Response Communications Team (ERRT), which can provide on-call mobile satellite communications services, personnel and equipment for emergency support to federal, state and local first responders and public safety agencies.

"LightSquared, through its SkyTerra communications services, has a strong track record of assisting the first responder/public safety community during disasters by providing reliable and easy-to-use mobile satellite services to federal, state and local agencies," said Sanjiv Ahuja, chairman and Chief Executive officer of LightSquared. "Now LightSquared is taking an additional step to provide support to first responder/public safety users by establishing the Emergency Preparedness Program with its Rapid Response Team. This program will help public safety organizations prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies by providing a rapid on-site support capability to ensure that emergency service providers have satellite communications in case terrestrial capability is reduced or lost."

Monday, October 11, 2010

Bivio Introduces Data Retention System

Bivio Networks, a leading supplier of deep packet inspection (DPI) network systems, has introduced a high-performance Data Retention System for network operators and government agencies. The Bivio Data Retention System provides tracking of user applications, networks and devices across wireline and mobile network infrastructures.

The Bivio Data Retention System uses proprietary record correlation technology combined with deep packet inspection (DPI) network probing to enable contextualized multi-source data collection and retention. The system links together disparate pieces of data to form a single record that represents the full context of the collected information. This information enables rich data mining for powerful cyber investigative operations.

Bivio said this approach differs from existing data retention solutions, which have traditionally focused on collecting data from a specific source, for example call data records (CDRs), IP data records (IPDRs) or server activity logs.

"Existing cyber investigative data collection and retention tools focus primarily on data recording rather than efficiently capturing and generating actionable information," said Dr. Elan Amir, president and CEO of Bivio Networks. "The Bivio Data Retention System advances the state of the art by delivering data-rich, contextualized information, enabling cyber analysts to detect and respond to complex security threats."http://www.bivio.net

Ixia Scales IP Testing to Terabit Levels

Ixia introduced its "Xcellon" next-generation architecture for scaling IP traffic generation and testing to the terabit level. This class of testing is aimed at carriers, enterprises and equipment manufacturers who are building networks with complex traffic patterns from millions of mobile and fixed subscribers. Requirements includes stress testing and traffic emulation on the highest performance routers, switches, web application servers, application-aware firewalls, application delivery controllers, and security platforms.

Ixia's Xcellon leverages multi-core CPUs, hardware encryption coprocessors and a unique memory sharing design to deliver up to 12 times the per-port packet testing performance of the nearest competitor, while offering full layer 2-7 core network testing. It simulates 4 times the connections per second rate currently available. A fully loaded system is capable of transmitting over 1.2 Tbps of line-rate data. In addition, Ixia said its new Xcellon uses 30% less power than previous generations of 10 GE test ports.

The product launch includes:

Xcellon-Flex load module -- offering 16 10 GE ports per card with multi-core processors and substantial memory. The module has the unique ability to aggregate the processing power of four ports onto a single port to match the capacity of high-scale networking devices. Aggregation of all 16 ports on a card provides the unprecedented levels of network emulation and traffic generation.

Xcellon-Ultra -- featuring extreme capacity and security acceleration for 10 GE application performance testing. It and can generate up to 80 Gbps of line-rate stateful traffic and 40 Gbps of IPsec encrypted traffic, which is sufficient for emulating up to 24 million concurrent Internet video streams. An Xcellon-Ultra XT80 model provides an unprecedented 3 million connections per second to address the testing requirements of the largest application-aware DPI and network security devices. An Xcellon-Ultra XTS40 model provides 4,000 tunnels per second and 40 Gbps of IPsec encrypted traffic to test the highest performing security gateways.