Sunday, October 31, 2010

China Unicom Connects with CENX in Los Angeles

China Unicom has established connections with CENX at its Carrier Ethernet exchange in Los Angeles. The connections with CENX's exchange in Los Angeles brings new business links between China Unicom's customers in more than 100 countries and is a driver for the buying and selling of services to and from China Unicom's network and the large number of existing CENX service provider members.

Tyco Electronics Changes Name to TE Connectivity

Tyco Electronics Lwill be changing its name to TE Connectivity Ltd., subject to shareholder approval, next spring.

"We are changing the name of our company to better reflect the products and solutions that we provide to our customers," said Chief Executive Officer Tom Lynch. "In a world that is increasingly connected, we engineer a full range of connectivity solutions. From electronic connectors under the hood of a car, to fiber optic cables under the sea, to high-voltage connections in energy systems, our products protect and connect the flow of data and power from origination to destination in the world's largest industries -- including automotive, telecommunications, energy, aerospace, industrial, white goods and consumer devices."
  • In November 2010, Tyco Electronics extended its offer to acquire ADC at a
    price of $12.75 per share in cash, to 5:00 p.m., New York City time on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010.

BT Plans Trial of 1 Gbps FTTH

BT plans to conduct a technical trial of 1 Gbps fibre broadband speeds in Kesgrave, Suffolk and the inclusion of up to 40 rural market towns in the next phase of its FTTH deployment. The 1 Gbps trial will commence in early 2011 and will demonstrate the maximum speed capabilities of its Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) product. The trial will test the delivery of broadband speeds at 1 Gbps downstream and 400 Mbps upstream.

BT said selected market towns where premises and cabinets are suitably clustered will now be eligible for fibre deployment. BT will therefore be including up to 40 rural market towns in the next phase of exchanges for fibre broadband. These areas will be able to enjoy the benefits of the technology from late 2011/early 2012. BT plans to announce the next list of exchanges in January 2011.

BT are reaffirmed its commitment to its £2.5 billion pledge to roll-out fibre broadband to two thirds of the UK by 2015 and to working with Government to find ways of delivering fibre to the remaining third of UK homes and businesses.

Level 3: Comcast Dispute Not About Peering

The dispute with Comcast is not primarily about Internet traffic peering but about the cable operator trying to defend its closed, cable TV distribution from online video alternatives, said Level 3 Communications in a statement released on Friday. Level 3 asserts that Comcast wants "to use its local access network dominance as leverage to force Level 3 to pay for traffic requested by Comcast customers that already pay Comcast for access to that same content. Having sold broadband access services to its customers, Comcast wants to sell the same service again to Level 3 and other networks connected to Comcast."

While acknowledging that Level 3 traffic going to Comcast subscribers is much greater than the traffic coming from Comcast subscribers, the company argues that this imbalance is irrelevant to the issue of whether a broadband access provider like Comcast is entitled to payment of a toll. The nature of local access network traffic implies that this traffic imbalance will exist everywhere across the Internet and so this is not a peering issue between two backbone operators.

Significantly, Level 3 believes that "Comcast also has a strong motive to discourage competition with its cable TV service. Online distribution of movies, TV shows and other content threatens Comcast's traditional 'closed' video distribution model."

Alcatel-Lucent to Integrate CASSIS Trusted Service Manager for Mobile Wallets

Alcatel-Lucent will integrate CASSIS International's Trusted Service Manager (TSM) with its own mobile payment and marketing offering. The combination will enable mobile network operators (MNOs) to provide a secure mobile application warehouse for payment, ticketing, loyalty and other applications by allowing consumers to use their mobile phones as a wallet at the point of sale.

The CASSIS Trusted Service Manager distributes, provisions and activates the applications and services of the service providers, and is considered the middle man between MNOs and third party service providers. This allows a mobile phone to act like a credit card, transport card or loyalty card. MNOs can leverage the relationship and services of the TSM to collaborate with other industry service providers and rapidly create new services for their customers, independent of handset and secure element makers, and thereby creating new revenue streams.

"This partnership completes our turnkey mobile payment and marketing offering for mobile operators and NFC consortia," said Anthony Belpaire, General Manager Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Wallet Service. "The combination of CASSIS' unique expertise on TSM with Alcatel-Lucent's Mobile Wallet Service offering, worldwide presence and integration expertise creates a unique market proposition. With this offering, we can enable our mobile carrier customers to provide a kind of "SIM app store" so payment, ticketing and lots of 3rd party applications can be provided to any NFC handset into the hands of the carriers' customers."

CASSIS currently supports all of Visa's major NFC project launches in the Asia Pacific region and is a key member of Visa's International Mobile Payment Platform Consortium for mobile payments and services. With headquarters in Singapore and operations in Singapore, Malaysia, China, South Korea and France,http://www.alcatel-lucent.cm

Level 3 Adds 1.65 Tbps of CDN Capacity

Level 3 Communications added 1.65 Terabits per second (Tbps) of globally available capacity and five new network locations to its content delivery network (CDN) in Q3. The new facilities include Toronto, Montreal, Brussels, Munich and Hamburg.

Level 3 said it has seen an uptick this year in event and steady-state demand from the media, entertainment and gaming industries. The company has seen traffic rise for its high-quality adaptive streaming deployments (Microsoft IIS Smooth Streaming, Adobe Flash Media Server 3.5 and Apple HTTP live) and a rapid adoption of its end-to-end Internet Broadcast service offering.

"Level 3 has had the privilege of serving some of the largest consumers of bandwidth for a number of years. We play very close attention to their needs to build delivery solutions that take account of the way our customers' businesses are changing and adapting," said Mark Taylor, vice president of Content and Media at Level 3. "We have seen a significant increase in demand for our CDN services this year. With this rate of growth and with customer needs in mind, Level 3 will continue to develop CDN capabilities, add capacity and improve performance for all of our customers."

Tellabs Signs Russian Partner

Tellabs announced a partnership agreement with SITRONICS Information Technologies, one of the largest systems integrators in Eastern Europe and the CIS. SITRONICS Information Technologies is authorized to supply and provide services for installation and commissioning of Tellabs equipment. SITRONICS IT will focus on introducing a new line of Tellabs solutions for mobile communications.

ConteXtream Virtualizes and Optimizes Application Flows

ConteXtream, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California with R&D in Petach Tikva, Israel, unveiled a new platform that virtualizes how network operators connect subscribers to content and services.

The goal is to leverage a cloud-based network virtualization framework to optimize every subscriber-application flow across wireline or wireless networks. Essentially, a network operator would leverage real-time awareness of subscribers and network conditions to link applications to the most-available servers across the network. The ConteXtream paradigm uses subscriber, network and application "context" to match subscriber and applications. This creates network-aware load distribution where each subscriber is matched to the best application server.

The idea requires precise state-flow data on all subscriber sessions. To meet this challenge, ConteXtream leverages industry-standard servers that are distributed and meshed together across any transport network. Each server is able to handle the virtualization and session processing for up to 7 million subscriber-application "sessions" and 40Gbps of traffic.

ConteXtream's Service Delivery Grid also optimizes content delivery on a per session by optimizing packet sizes, window sizes and by employing congestion control methods. The company claims this subscriber-aware session tuning can eliminate up to 50% of the packets transmitter per stream for some applications. ConteXsteam also sees its framework as a means by which network operators will be able to monetize over-the-top services.

Investors in ConteXtream include Comcast Interactive Capital and Verizon Ventures.

ConteXtream is headed by Dr. Yaron Simler (CEO), who previously was CEO of Scopus Video Networks.
The company was co-founded by Sharon Barkai (previously Founder & CEO of Xeround Systems) and Eldad Bar-Eli (previously with Cisco).

Verizon Appoints President of Global Business Unit

Verizon Communications appointed Bob Toohey as president-global enterprise. Toohey most recently served as senior vice president of global customer care and services for Verizon Business, responsible for customer service, delivery and ongoing management of the company's large-business, mid-tier, government, education and wholesale customers worldwide. Prior to that, he was the senior vice president of human resources and communications for Verizon Business.

Overture Adds Carrier Ethernet Edge Platform

Overture Networks introduced its ISG 400 Carrier Ethernet edge platform -- a modular system aimed at simplifying the transition from traditional TDM infrastructure to an all-optical Ethernet network.

Overture's ISG 400 supports a wide range of network interfaces for delivering Carrier Ethernet services over existing DS3 or SONET/SDH infrastructure/ It support hierarchical quality-of-service and up to eight classes of service for each Ethernet Virtual Circuit. The ISG 400 can also help service providers troubleshoot and report on their service performance with link level Ethernet OAM (802.3ah), service level Ethernet OAM (802.1ag and Y.1731), and support for the latest MEF UNI 2.2 E-LMI specifications. Transition to all-optical Ethernet are enabled by a simple connection change from the TDM interface module to the built-in Ethernet network interfaces.

Fulcrum Microsystems Debuts 10/40 Gbps Ethernet Switch Chips

Fulcrum Microsystems introduced its FocalPoint FM6000 series of fully integrated wire-speed 10G and 40G Ethernet switch chips. The new devices, which incorporate the company's Alta high-speed Ethernet switching architecture,
feature a "FlexPipe" low-latency packet-processing pipeline, which can parse, modify and apply multiple rules to traffic at more than 1 Billion packets per second in a deterministic manner.

Fulcrum's Alta switch architecture also features flexible 10G and 40G Ethernet port logic and third-generation RapidArray output-queued shared-memory. The company said its FocalPoint devices achieve unprecedented performance with cut-through packet latencies of less than 300nS, regardless of configuration or features enabled.

There are nine devices in the FM6000 series, each offering a different port configuration and total bandwidth, ranging from 160Gbps to 720Gbps. The devices are targeted at very high port-count top-of-rack or end-of-row data center switches.

Nokia Siemens Networks Introduces Smart GSM Functionality

Nokia Siemens Networks introduced new functionality that enables simultaneous voice and data calls over GSM for smart device users. The new GSM network functionality also allows operators to manage up to four times more GSM devices on the existing networks.

The new functionality addresses the problem of signaling traffic generated by smart devices that automatically connect far more frequently to the network. Nokia Siemens Networks said its Smart GSM network functionality quadruples signaling channel capacity, allowing operators to handle up to four times as many devices in a single cell site. In addition, it improves GSM network efficiency by ensuring that traffic channel capacity is not wasted due to signaling congestion.

The capability enables users to receive or initiate voice calls while a data connection is active. Without support for the concurrent use of voice and data, incoming voice calls are currently diverted to the voicemail, when there is an active data connection, for instance, when the handset is downloading emails.

The new functionality can be introduced to Nokia Siemens Networks' radio networks via simple software upgrades and is available for deployment now.

"A steady decline in prices has led to an increasing use of smart phones even in markets that are yet to move to 3G," said Prashant Agnihotri, head of GSM/EDGE product management, Nokia Siemens Networks. "It is natural for smart device users to desire round the clock connectivity and demand high data and voice service quality, when they are in a GSM coverage area. Our new functionality will ensure that operators can meet these demands in their GSM networks without making heavy investments or affecting the experience of other users."

Swisscom Selects Motorola's VDSL2 Gateways

Motorola Mobility announced a contract to supply its VDSL2 gateways to Swisscom. The new Motorola 7600 Series of ultra-broadband VDSL2 gateways will be used to deliver advanced services including HD video, high-speed data and VoIP to its subscribers. The 7600 gateways are based on the latest VDSL2 technology with integrated ADSL2+ fallback, featuring an integrated high-performance network processor and DMT-based VDSL2 modem. The 7600 series gateways also provide the advanced routing, quality of service (QoS), and TR-069 remote management capabilities. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mindspeed Reports Revenu of %58 Million, up 29% YoY

Mindspeed reported quarterly revenues of $57.6 million for its fourth fiscal quarter. Excluding patent sales of $12.8 million, product revenues were $44.8 million and increased sequentially by 3.6 percent from product revenues of $43.3 million in the prior fiscal quarter and increased year-over-year by 29 percent from revenues of $34.7 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2009.

Product revenues from communications convergence processing solutions, formerly known as multiservice access, contributed 43 percent of fiscal fourth quarter of 2010 product revenues and increased 6 percent sequentially from the prior fiscal quarter. Product revenues from high-performance analog products increased 4 percent sequentially from the prior fiscal quarter and represented 33 percent of product revenues. Wide area networking communications product revenues contributed the remaining 24 percent of fiscal fourth quarter of 2010 product revenues and decreased 1 percent sequentially from the prior fiscal quarter.

"The fiscal fourth quarter was another great quarter of execution for Mindspeed. It marked the sixth quarter of sequential revenue growth and concluded a fiscal year for Mindspeed in which we grew product revenue 36 percent and delivered record profitability. Looking forward to fiscal 2011, we expect to continue expanding our market leading positions in fiber optic access and high-performance analog, as well as to continue our design win traction with our newest initiative into the fast growing 3G/4G wireless infrastructure market," said Raouf Y. Halim, Mindspeed's chief executive officer.

Etisalat Tests 10G GPON with Huawei

Etisalat has completed a 10G GPON full-service test over its existing network using Huawei's 10G GPON solution. During this test, Etisalat & Huawei verified the co-existance of GPON and 10G GPON over the current OLT platform, passing all of the required tests for successful co-existence of GPON and 10G GPON in an established ODN.

Global Crossing Acquires Genesis Networks

Global Crossing acquired Genesis Networks, a global video services provider, for approximately $27 million, including $15 million in connection with the repayment of existing debt.

Genesis Networks, which was founded in 2001, specializes in broadcast video over IP and satellite solutions. Its purpose-built network stretches across 70 cities on five continents and links important international media centers through 225 on-net locations.

Global Crossing said this acquisition provides opportunities to attract new customers and expand service offerings into vertical markets that require high-performance, rich-media, video-based delivery, such as healthcare, cinema, music, gaming, government and distance learning.

"The proliferation of HD and 3D video will soon outstrip the capacities of legacy technologies, making media-centric global fiber optic networks like ours the most viable option for broadcasters, producers and distributors," said John Legere, chief executive officer of Global Crossing. "By acquiring Genesis Networks, Global Crossing takes an ambitious step towards providing new and differentiated value-added solutions to address specialized video requirements across multiple industries."

ZTE Completes First CDMA2000 1x Advanced Call

ZTE successfully completed the world's first CDMA2000 1x Advanced call based on CDMA2000 1x system. The call features a four-fold increase in voice capacity and follows the specifications of CDMA2000 1x Advanced technology published by Third Generation Partnership Project 2 (3GPP2).

The CDMA2000 1x Advanced technology incorporates multi-technologies such as the 4th Generation Vocoder (4GV), Interference Cancellation, Mobile Receive Diversity and Radio Link Enhancements (including Smart Blanking, Efficient Power Control, Frame Early Termination and Quasi Orthogonal Function), to quadruple the voice capacity while ensuring excellent voice quality.

ZTE said it plans to launch the industry's first commercial version supporting 1x Advanced features in Q1 2011. The company notes that it currently holds the No. 1 position in the global CDMA market with a 30.3% share. ZTE has shipped over 250,000 CDMA base-stations to date.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Softbank Proposes Fiber Broadband Highway for Japan

Softbank's Masayoshi Son outlined a bold initiative to create a far reaching fiber strategy for Japan under which NTT's access network would be divested into a new company in which Softbank and other competitors would invest. The plan follows the model of Singapore, where a single network access provider deploys and operates a fiber access network while providing equal access to competing ISPs. Under the Softbank plan, FTTH would be deployed rapidly to 100% of Japanese homes using no public funds.

Under the plan, NTT East and NTT West would spin off their fiber access businesses into a new company. NTT, the Government of Japan, Softbank, KDDI would be shareholders in the new access utility company. The government would become a 40% stakeholder by selling its other shares in NTT and investing 200 billion yen. Softbank and KDDI would each invest 100 billion yen in the company for a 20% stake each. NTT would also contribute 100 billion yen. The new venture would also need to absorb some of NTT's long term debt, but would have 500 billion yen to spend for a rapid fiber rollout across the country.

Softbank reckons that by moving to a 100% fiber architecture, the new company would reap significant long term savings compared to maintaining the current metallic infrastructure. Maintenance savings are estimated at 60% over ten years. Significantly, it calculates that the cost of optics broadband could be reduced from 5000 yen to 1150 yen. Moreover, a single access utility company for all of Japan would also become a profitable enterprise, according to the Softbank numbers, whereas the current access divisions are loss makers.

NTT DATA to Acquire Keane for IT Services Business

NTT DATA CORPORATION has agreed to acquire Keane, a U.S.-based IT services firm, for an undisclosed sum. Keane is majority owned by Citigroup Venture Capital International Technology Holdings.

Keane, which is based in Boston, provides a broad range of IT services related to custom application development and management, enterprise application services, infrastructure solutions, and business process outsourcing. The company has approximately 12,000 professionals, including 5,000 across North America and 7,000 professionals in Europe, India, Asia-Pacific

NTT DATA said the acquisition is part of its strategy to accelerate its globalization and boost its global portfolio and overseas presence. NTT DATA will also gain enhanced operational know-how regarding global delivery, which will support its IT services business and enable the provision of vertically focused IT solutions in the U.S. and abroad.

"This transaction with Keane will allow us to provide comprehensive IT services including system development and management of mission critical systems in North America. Keane has a superior reputation in the area of application and infrastructure services, as well as deep industry expertise. I believe that this, combined with their unique global delivery model and our global scale, offers more cost-effective and higher value solutions to our customers," stated Toru Yamashita, President and Chief Executive Officer of NTT DATA.

Hawaiian Telcom Exits Chapter 11, Reduces Debt by $850M

Hawaiian Telcom Communications completed its reorganization and has emerged from its Chapter 11 proceedings. Through its reorganization, Hawaiian Telcom has reduced its debt by over $850 million, or approximately 74 percent, and has emerged with $300 million of debt. The process began in December 2008.

"Thanks to the dedication of each of our employees statewide, the ongoing support of our customers and suppliers, and the cooperation of our lenders, we have successfully completed our reorganization which marks a new beginning for the Company," said Eric K. Yeaman, Hawaiian Telcom's president and CEO. "As was our goal, we have significantly reduced our debt through the Chapter 11 process and have emerged a much stronger, more financially secure company better positioned to address the growth opportunities as the leading communications provider in the Hawaii marketplace."