Monday, October 18, 2010

Symantec Offers Network-based Policy Control for Mobiles

Symantec is extending its mobile security and management strategy with a network-based policy control and enforcement solution that will allow communication service providers to dynamically apply user preferences in a consistent fashion to a variety of services. Such a value-added service would protect smartphone users from the growing number or online threats. It could also enforce parental controls, such as time-of-day usage or inappropriate vocabulary, on texting usage by children.

For example, a parent may choose to disable texting functionality for their child's phone during school hours or at night. Or, a corporation might disable photo sharing from mobile devices for their employee base. Symantec Next Generation Network Protection will also provide data retention capabilities to aid with regulatory requirements and usage analysis. Compliance with local regulations is simple with Symantec assisting in the archiving of mobile messaging and Web access logs, storage of content and traffic information, mobile data traffic management and an audit history.

Symantec said it will be able to provide flexible, customizable policy features from the network.

"We want to give communication service providers confidence that they are securing their customers' information and implementing customer preferences. Symantec Next Generation Network Protection provides that confidence," said Doug Havas, vice president of communications industries, Symantec. "As smart phone usage increases and mobile devices store growing volumes of valuable data, it's vital to protect the information while allowing for the flexible creation of desired controls that enhance the value of the subscribers' mobile experiences."

DragonWave Forms Joint Venture in India with HFCL

DragonWave has formed a joint venture with Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd. (HFCL), one of India's leading telecommunication equipment manufacturers and turnkey service providers, to provide packet microwave solutions to the Indian market. DragonWave will own 50.1% of the equity in the Joint Venture and the balance of the equity will be owned by HFCL. The new company will be based in Delhi and will utilize HFCL's local market knowledge and expertise to sell and market DragonWave products in India. HFCL will provide the Joint Venture with local manufacturing of DragonWave products.

Narus to Broaden its CyberSecurity Ecosystem

Narus is intensifying its efforts at building a cyber security ecosystem that will enable customers to deploy interoperable products from multiple vendors in a layered approach to cyber security, resulting in the most effective detection and mitigation.

The Narus ecosystem for cyber security, comprised of strategic alliances, technical relationships, and partnerships with leading security companies and systems integrators, provides a holistic approach to cyber security using both loose and tight integration of complementary products and technologies.

One recently announced partnership forged in the Narus ecosystem is with ArcSight. As a certified ArcSight partner, Narus developed a "connector" to ArcSight enabling seamless integration between its NarusInsight system and the ArcSight Enterprise Threat and Risk Management (ETRM) platform.

As part of the effort to build out its cyber ecosystem, Narus recruited Chee Tan as director of business development. Prior to Narus, Mr. Tan was the Director of Business Development for GFI-Sunbelt Software, where he was responsible for growing worldwide OEM revenue and forging strategic business partnerships with technology vendors. He also held senior management positions at Trend Micro, ActivCard and Novell.

TerreStar Submits its Bankruptcy Filing

TerreStar Networks filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition aimed at strengthening its financial position by lessening its debts.

The company also announced an agreement with EchoStar Corporation, its largest secured creditor, that will provide TerreStar with a $75 million debtor-in-possession financing facility. TerreStar Networks will use the debtor-in-possession financing to maintain business-as-usual operations during the restructuring process. EchoStar has agreed to support a restructuring premised on a debt for equity conversion by the Debtors' secured noteholders, and backstop a $100 million rights offering that will provide the funding for TerreStar Networks' exit from chapter 11.
  • In September 2010, AT&T has begun marketing a new Satellite Augmented Mobile Service featuring the TerreStar GENUS dual-mode cellular/satellite smartphone. The dual-mode device uses AT&T's cellular wireless network as the primary default mode and Terrestar's satellite network as a secondary option for voice, data and messaging. The TerreStar satellite network ensures coverage in remote areas for government, energy, utility, transportation and maritime users, as well as backup satellite communications capabilities for public safety agencies, first responders and disaster recovery groups. The satellite footprint covers the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and territorial waters.

Global Crossing Adds Smart Demarcation to Carrier Ethernet

Global Crossing has added smart demarcation capabilities to its "EtherSphere" services, which run over its global MPLS network. Smart demarcation uses a network interface device to provide Global Crossing with an extensive end-to-end view of the customer's EtherSphere WAN, which can help speed service turn-up and troubleshooting.

Global Crossing also has introduced two additional, fee-based optional service features: performance assurance and traffic management, as well as other service enhancements. The performance assurance service feature facilitates the collection of service and network statistics to support end-to-end service level agreement (SLA) metrics. The traffic management feature provides increased control and flexibility to meet the demands of customer applications.

ARRIS Boosts C4 CMTS, Enabling 300-400 Mbps Downlinks

ARRIS introduced a new module that significantly increases the downstream density of its DOCSIS 3.0 C4 CMTS. The module will provide higher speed service tiers, especially for eight channel bonded services -- enabling speeds up to 304 Mbps for North American DOCSIS (Annex B) and 400 Mbps for European DOCSIS (Annex A).

DOCSIS 3.0 was initially introduced in 2008 on the C4 CMTS with a 16 downstream channel single slot Cable Access Module (CAM). With this second generation DOCSIS 3.0 capability, the capacity of the 16D CAMs can be increased to 32 Annex B or 24 Annex A downstream channels.

ARRIS is also announcing C4 software release 7.4, which provides IPv6 support as well as support for DOCSIS 3.0 Multicast traffic. All these new features build on the highly reliable C4 architecture with its industry-leading redundancy.

Juniper's Q3 Revenue Tops $1 Billion, up 23% year-over-year

Juniper Networks reported the following preliminary financial results for Q3 2010: net revenue increased 23% on a year-over-year basis, and increased 3% sequentially, to $1,012.4 million. GAAP net income is expected to be $134.5 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, and non-GAAP net income of $171.5 million, or $0.32 per diluted share.

"Juniper's results reflect our ability to deliver on the promise of the New Network with cost effective solutions that scale to meet growing network demand," said Kevin Johnson, Juniper's chief executive officer. "We anticipate customer demand to remain healthy and are well-positioned to drive further gains as we enable the deployment of secure, scalable wireless networks and deliver solutions to the growing cloud computing market."

AT&T Opens 3G Access Program for M2M Manufacturers

AT&T has kicked off a program aimed at lowering the barrier to 3G adoption for connected device developers.

The 3G Access Program expands AT&T's lineup of Network Ready 3G modules to include lower cost, high performance options, offering next generation consumer electronics and machine to machine device makers access to a more efficient path to production.

AT&T said it is working with Ericsson, Huawei and ZTE to certify a total of 11 mobile broadband modules for the 3G Access Program. The modules will be compatible with a range of applications, including consumer electronics, M2M and computing devices. Ericsson and Huawei each offer an AT&T certified 3G data module through this program today. Additional modules will be certified throughout the next 12 months and will include data only and voice and data options.

"We feel strongly about providing consumer electronics and M2M device makers cost efficient alternatives, and that includes optimized module pricing with world class support to help them get to market as quickly as possible," said Glenn Lurie, president of emerging device, resale and partnerships, AT&T. "From start ups to established brands, our new suite of 3G modules will fill a void in the ecosystem today -- the option to wirelessly connect a product and get it into the hands of customers with fewer barriers."

Boeing Ships SkyTerra 1 Satellite for LightSquared

Boeing has shipped the SkyTerra 1 next generation satellite for launch next month aboard an International Launch Services Proton vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The satellite is based on the Boeing 702HP design and it will combine with four gateway ground stations and ground-based beam-forming equipment to create the first of two Space-Based Networks (SBN) that Boeing is building for LightSquared (formerly SkyTerra). The satellite features a 22-meter L-band reflector-based antenna -- the largest commercial antenna reflector to be put into service. The active phased-array antenna will offer state-of-the-art digital signal processing, channel formation and switching.

LightSquared recently announced plans for a new wholesale-only nationwide 4G-LTE wireless broadband network integrated with satellite coverage across the United States.

NSN and Qualcomm Work on Fast Dormancy for Devices

Nokia Siemens Networks and Qualcomm have conducted the industry's first interoperability test of the new 3GPP standardized Release 8 Fast Dormancy feature. This new standard allows operators to take advantage of smart network features such as Cell_PCH without worrying that individual handset settings will ignore network controls. The test was conducted at Nokia Siemens Networks' Smart Lab in Dallas using the company's Flexi Multiradio Base Station and Radio Network Controller and Qualcomm's QSC7230TM smartphone optimized chipset.

Fast dormancy capabilities are being developed to address network signaling overload issues. Because smartphones are often always-on", the proprietary approach to preserving battery life has been for devices to rapidly disconnect from the network once information is sent or received. This is Fast Dormancy. The problem for operators is that the constant making and breaking of connections causes a huge increase in signaling traffic, which wastes network resources and can mean fewer smartphones are able to connect.

Nokia Siemens Networks said Cell_PCH solves this problem by putting phones into a battery-preserving idle state, but maintaining a connection identity on the network. Up until now using Cell_PCH in multivendor networks has been a challenge as no other vendor employs the standard technique, despite all smartphones having built-in Cell_PCH capability. This test shows how smartphones can act dynamically, exploiting Cell_PCH on Nokia Siemens Networks' smart networks or adjusting to Fast Dormancy on other vendors' traditional networks.

The test showed that operators with multivendor networks can benefit from Nokia Siemens Networks' uniquely deployed Cell_PCH functionality that prolongs mobile device battery life and handles signaling up to 50% more efficiently. Nearly 100 operators worldwide have already deployed Nokia Siemens Networks' Cell_PCH functionality.

Nokia Siemens Networks Demos TD-LTE for India

Nokia Siemens Networks has demonstrated the Time Division Duplex version of LTE (TD-LTE) using broadband wireless access (BWA) spectrum in India.

The first video call, which was conducted at the Nokia Siemens Networks' Bengaluru R&D facility, showcased a peak throughput speed of 110 Mbps and low latency in the range of 10-20 milliseconds. The test used interoperable TD-LTE dongles from Samsung and Nokia Siemens Networks' LTE equipment and software. These include the company's Flexi Multiradio Base Station and Evolved Packet Core -- which comprises Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway) -- and standard-compliant software.

"Today's demo reiterates our leadership and commitment to getting TD-LTE into new market. It also demonstrates our regional and global progress in this area," said Juha Lappalainen, head of mobile broadband sales at Nokia Siemens Networks. "Our TD-LTE trials across the globe prove our capability in driving rapid commercial TD-LTE network deployments aimed at facilitating a new wave of advanced mobile broadband services."

Video -- LTE TD and LTE FD Spectrum Considerations

Presented by Dan Warren, GSMA

SiTime Provides Programmable MEMS Timing for Xilinx FPGA

SiTime' programmable MEMS oscillators are being used by Xilinx on their Virtex-6 FPGA based ML605 FPGA
Evaluation Kit as well as the Spartan-6 FPGA Evaluation Kits. The companies said SiTime's programmable, MEMS-based silicon timing solutions are complementary to Xilinx products as they are highly configurable, are 100% drop in replacements for quartz solutions.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

BelAir Simplifies Metro Pico Cell Networks, Adds CDMA

BelAir Networks is introducing several tools for managing metropolitan pico cells -- the small cell network architecture often used in large-scale and multi-location Wi-Fi networks but which is now being adopted in the licensed band space for 3G/4G deployments. BelAir also announced that its BelAir100SP Strand Picocell now supports CDMA2000. The BelAir100SP is a small cell base station that can be deployed from aerial strand, and in pedestals, cabinets or vaults to augment or extend existing mobile broadband coverage. It supports a range of licensed 3G radios, with a migration to LTE, along with dual 802.11n Wi-Fi radios. It also includes a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, plant power supply, and power protection/splitter.

The new management capabilities are enabled by BelAir's BelView 6 Network Management System (NMS), along with TR-069 support on BelAir Networks entire portfolio of indoor access points and outdoor picocell base stations.
Key features of BelView 6 include:

  • Real-time Business Intelligence: Web-based monitoring and dashboard tools provide real-time network statistics to remote devices including iPhone TM and Android-based Smartphones.

  • Scalability: The number of base stations supported in a single network, both for monitoring and provisioning, increases from 25,000 to 50,000.

  • Provisioning: BelView 6 makes it faster and easier to operationalize and modify the network. Changes (such as channel allocation or new SSID activation) can be automatically activated on individual base stations, groups or the entire network.

"With data capacity requirements increasing exponentially, small cells, deployed using Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE -- or a combination of these -- are key to delivering a true mobile broadband experience. But, to ensure cost effective deployment, operation and expansion, these small cell networks must be easy for operators to provision, monitor and integrate with their existing network, back office and management systems," said Stephen Rayment, Chief Technology Officer, BelAir Networks. "With BelView 6 and TR-069 support, BelAir Networks addresses the management, operation and integration challenges inherent in large-scale small cell networks."

Proxim Re-Enters Licensed Wireless Market with 622 Mbps Backhaul

Proxim Wireless, which was a pioneer of the point-to-point microwave market, has re-entered the licensed wireless backhaul market with the introduction of its Tsunami GX800 licensed point-to-point microwave backhaul radios.

Proxim's IP-centric GX800 is a compact form factor radio delivering up to 622 Mbps of out-of-the-box aggregate capacity with a wide range of frequency band support from 6-38 GHz. Channel bandwidths are configurable from 7-56 MHz, enabling the very high data rates. Proxim claims extremely low latency at less than 100us -- enabling the platform to be used for voice and video backhaul in carrier, enterprise, video surveillance and other deployment scenarios. The GX800 can transmit at 6-28 dBm for greater distance and coverage.

The GX800 utilizes advanced modulation techniques -- including adaptive code modulation (ACM) with modulation rates of QPSK to 256 QAM. Proxim is also introducing a priority-based packet transport system to ensure proper TDM and data handling. The GX800 features extensive Layer 3 protocol support including 802.1q VLAN and 802.1p QoS.

The GX800 utilizes a split-mount architecture consisting of a compact indoor unit (IDU) and outdoor unit (ODU). The product has an extremely small footprint, with the ability to install two IDUs in a single 1U rack. The compact IDU features a universal modem, is frequency independent, includes a Gigabit IP interface, a second 10/100 Ethernet port, USB port, and in/out of band management. Furthermore, it also includes simple plug-in modules for SDH/PDH interface expansion. The ODU is also simple to deploy, with both direct mount and remote mount antenna options.

The GX800 also includes a free link design and optimization tool to optimize the planning and deployment of every link.

NSN Unveils Energy efficient Flexi Network Server

Nokia Siemens Networks introduced its Flexi NS (Network Server) designed to serve both as SGSN (Serving GPRS Support Node) for 2G/3G/HSPA networks and as MME (Mobility Management Entity) for LTE. The Flexi NS is an ATCA-based platform for the packet core. NSN said that by using the latest hardware technology advancements it has been able to achieve the lowest power consumption on the market for this type of equipment -- only 59 watts per 100,000 subscribers. Flexi NS also allows operators to serve more smart device users, thanks to its market-leading signal handling capacity. The new Flexi NS will be available for commercial deployment by the end of 2010.

Nokia Siemens Networks noted that it is the leading SGSN vendor with an installed base serving more than 750 million subscribers across the world.

"With the increasing adoption of smart devices, operators are required to reduce power consumption and handle an ever growing signaling load, while still providing an enhanced user experience," said Petri Pöyhönen, head of converged internet connectivity at Nokia Siemens Networks. "Our new Flexi NS not only addresses these issues, but also helps operators lower investment, as a single network server allows them to serve more smart device users."

CableLabs Develops DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON Specifications

CableLabs is developing new specifications for DPoE (DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON) for Business Services that will give cable operators a common method of using DOCSIS back office specifications and service concepts to provision and operate EPON-based (Ethernet Passive Optical Network) products when delivering IP and Ethernet services. Future versions of the DPoE specifications will add support of a greater variety of data and voice services in the commercial space.

In addition to CableLabs participation in this initiative, Broadcom, Hitachi-CTA, ZTE and Finisar (formerly Broadway Networks) served as vendor members of the development team, and were also directly involved in writing the DPoE specifications.

WCAI Announces 3.65 GHz Channel Plan for U.S. Market

The Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) has adopted and released the 3.65 GHz Channel Plan to minimize harmful interference among operators in the band.

"This channel plan was finalized after multiple iterations and was the result of collaboration among some of the leading vendors, engineers and operators both in the U.S. and abroad," said Jason Lazar of KeyOn Communications, who chairs the WCAI 3.65 GHz Working Group. "We offer special appreciation to those who participated in the process. More importantly, we feel that this channel plan is an example of the type of work that can be accomplished through collective efforts and within the WCAI to facilitate future commercial successes in the band."

"We initially focused on developing the channel plan, because we saw it as a critical component of the best practices that are essential to the full utilization of the 3.65 GHz band in the U.S. and around the globe," said WCAI President Fred Campbell, who played an instrumental role in developing the rules for the 3.65 GHz band in his previous position as an FCC Wireless Bureau Chief. "As we continue to work on best practices, we will consider whether regulatory changes are also required to unlock the band's potential for the benefit of the industry and consumers alike."

Clearwire's Upcoming 4G Launches in NYC, LA, SF

Clearwire will launch its 4G WiMAX service in New York City on November 1 in partnership with Sprint and Time Warner Cable. Each of the companies will offer 4G services under their own 4G brand.

Clearwire and Sprint will both launch commercial 4G service in Los Angeles on December 1 with official launch events and retail store openings to follow.

Clearwire also confirmed pland to launch in the San Francisco Bay Area in late December. Sprint and Comcast will also launch 4G services under their own 4G brands.

ABI Research Forecasts 297 Million Cellular M2M Connections in 2015

ABI Research is forecasting that cellular M2M (machine-to-machine) connections will exceed 297 million in 2015. Europe is predicted to account for the largest regional share with 110 million connections in 2015; North America will rank second with 79 million and the Asia-Pacific region third with almost 66 million.

According to ABI Research practice director Sam Lucero, "The major world regions show different drivers for cellular M2M markets. The European market is the most diversified and has the most mature deployments. The EU benefits from regulatory mandates surrounding eCall and smart energy. In North America the focus has traditionally been more on telematics, although M2M is now growing strongly in other areas including smart energy. Both telematics and energy are providing impetus in Asia-Pac, but the markets are less mature, outside of key countries such as Japan."