Sunday, November 14, 2010

Cavium Scales its OCTEON II Processor Line

Cavium Networks is extending its family of OCTEON II processors with four new processor lines that integrate one to ten cnMIPS64 cores. The additions expand both low and mid range options in a fully software compatible manner with other members of the OCTEON II and OCTEON Plus family, enabling enterprise, data center and service provider equipment including routers, switches, appliances, 3G/4G wireless base stations, RNCs, xGSNs, evolved packet core, services gateways, DPI equipment, storage switches and intelligent server adapters. In addition, Cavium is introducing four new, unique technologies in Octeon II to achieve lower power, deep packet inspection, virtualization and anti-counterfeiting.

The OCTEON II family combines multiple cnMIPS64 R2 cores along with L2-L7 application and security acceleration engines, virtualization features and 100Mbps - 100Gbps of connectivity. The custom designed cnMIPS™ cores implement an enhanced MIPS64 R2 instruction-set and have been architected to deliver superior performance per area along with dedicated compute and cache resources essential for deterministic, low-latency performance.

The newly introduced OCTEON II processors and target applications include:

CN60XX (1 - 2 Cores): WLAN Access points (AP), Entry-level VPN/UTM/Firewalls, Low-cost Control Plane applications, Satellite and Broadband Gateways.

CN61XX and CN62XX (2 -- 4 Cores): Enterprise Switches & Routers with Integrated Data and Control, High-performance Control Plane, UTM & Security Appliances, Printers, Small to Medium Business (SMB) and Low to Mid-range Enterprise class NAS/iSCSI appliances.

CN66XX (6 -- 10 cores): WAN Optimization, Enterprise, Data Center and Storage applications requiring 2x10GbE performance and connectivity and High-performance 3G/4G Base Stations.

These new processors incorporate a range of hardware accelerators including L2-L7 application and security acceleration engines, TCP offload, load balancing, compression and support for virtualization.

The four new technologies in OCTEON II include:

1. Power Optimizer that dynamically adjusts power in real time depending upon the application-level processing requirement, without the need to adjust CPU voltage or clock frequency. Now application developers can specify the maximum power that a program is allowed to consume on a per core basis.

2. "Hyper Finite Automata" (HFA) provides the industry's best Deep Packet Inspection solution by combining both DFA and NFA architectures into one cohesive solution. Performance is unchanged regardless of the number of rules and number of flows that are processed.

3. "EmVisor" provides unprecedented hardware support for a complete SoC virtualization. Now OCTEON II CPUs can act like a series of Virtual SoCs, each with their own virtual memory, Ethernet ports, PCIe Bus and EmVisor also provides a virtual switch between Virtual SoCs. This also enables in-field software upgrades in customer equipment.

4. "Authentik" is a technology that allows the whole multi-core processing chip to be locked; so that OEMs that entrust third parties to assemble their systems can be assured that no rogue or counterfeit copies of their systems are also being manufactured.

F5 Positions its Service Delivery Networking for Mobile Data Tsunami

F5 Networks, which specializes in layer 7 traffic management solutions, is positioning itself as a strategic control point for the growing tsunami of mobile data traffic. Specifically, F5's Service Delivery Networking (SDN) leverages its BIG-IP appliance to offer a set of integrated solutions for service and subscriber management -- such as intelligent traffic steering, large-scale IPv4 to IPv6 translation, secure DNS traffic management, traffic optimization and acceleration, and policy enforcement.

F5's goal is to enable a Full Proxy Services Architecture that uses the high performance packet processing capabilities of its BIG-IP for subscriber services ranging from DDOS protection, SSL VPNs, geolocation, rate shaping, fast caching, compression, TCP optimization, etc. When positioned behind a GGSN, F5's BIG-IP VIPRION could deliver intelligent traffic steering for policy-based, premium mobile services. It could also be used to optimize AAA infrastructure and specifically to address the problem of server overloading due to smartphone requests. In more advanced applications, F5's SDN could be used for dynamic, personalized ad insertion in mobile data sessions.

F5 has a number of ecosystem partners in the mobile arena, including Ericsson, NSN, Bridgewater Systems, bytemobile, Openwave and others.

Cisco Debuts Carrier Packet Transport with MPLS-TP

Cisco introduced its Carrier Packet Transport (CPT) System -- a metro access aggregation platform that aims to integrate the capabilities of Ethernet + TDM switching, transponders and ROADMs in order to deliver packet network efficiencies in the transport network. Essentially, CPT unifies the packet and transport layers in one compact, carrier-class platform. It integrates DWDM, OTN, Ethernet, and MPLS-TP functionality, giving service providers a P-OTS platform for next-generation transport networks.

Cisco's CPT is the first to support standards-based MPLS transport profile (MPLS-TP), which interoperates seamlessly with MPLS offered on routing products like the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers and Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System.

The platform is being introduced in a six-rack unit (Cisco CPT 600) and a two-rack unit (Cisco CPT 200) model, along with a satellite device (Cisco CPT 50). The modular CPT 600 P-OTS platform scales up to 352 Gigabit Ethernet ports, while the CPT 200 offers up to 176 Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Cisco estimates its CPT system will achieve a 60 percent reduction in rack space by combining multiple interface layers into one. This directly translates into a 65 percent power savings.

The Cisco CPT system is currently in field trials with several service providers and is scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2011.

Cisco also introduced a multivendor, Premier Integrated Network Management Experience (PRIME) software package that manages MPLS and MPLS-TP end-to-end, dramatically simplifying operations and consequently reducing operational costs. It is available as a graphical user interface on a single domain to configure, provision and manage optical and MPLS connections. It is also offered as an autonomous model that enables separate management of MPLS from that of wavelengths.

NTIA Seeks to Free up 115 MHz of Spectrum

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is recommending that 115 MHz of spectrum be reallocated for wireless broadband service within the next five years.

As part of the announcement, NTIA released two complementary reports detailing the effort to nearly double commercial wireless spectrum: a Ten-Year Plan and Timetable, as well as a Fast Track Evaluation identifying the 115 megahertz of spectrum to be made available within five years.

In the Fast Track Evaluation report, NTIA examined four spectrum bands for potential reallocation within five years: 1) 1675-1710 MHz, 2) 1755-1780 MHz, 3) 3500-3650 MHz, and 4) 4200-4220 MHz and 4380-4400 MHz. The report recommends that various portions of these bands totaling 115 megahertz be made available for wireless broadband use within five years, contingent upon the allocation of resources for necessary reallocation activities.

Specifically, NTIA recommends reallocating 1695-1710 MHz, currently used for dissemination of severe weather information and alerts via satellites operated by Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and 3550-3650 MHz, which would be shared with Department of Defense radar systems mainly on ships. NTIA recommends some geographic limitations on the availability of these bands to prevent harmful interference to government facilities in the 1695-1710 MHz band and to the proposed commercial services in the 3550-3650 MHz band.

Of the 2,200 megahertz of candidate spectrum that the Ten-Year Plan and Timetable identify, 28 percent is allocated exclusively for Federal use at present, 35 percent is allocated exclusively for commercial use, and 37 percent is shared by Federal and commercial users. The 2,200 megahertz includes 280 megahertz of commercial spectrum that the FCC recommended in its National Broadband Plan be made available for mobile broadband use within five years.

"We have identified the first steps for unlocking a significant amount of the spectrum needed to reach the President's 10-year goal," Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. "In implementing this initiative, the Obama administration is seeking to catalyze innovation and private sector investment. This complex undertaking is critical to enhance America's economic competitiveness at home and abroad and promises to improve our quality of life."http://www.ntia.doc.gov

AT&T to Offer Samsung Galaxy Tab Pay-As-You-Go Monthly Data Plans

AT&T announced two pay-as-you-go data plan options for the Samsung Galaxy Tab: a $14.99 pay-as-you-go plan for 30 days with up to 250 MB of usage and a $25 pay-as-you-go plan for 30 days with up to 2 GB of usage. If customers use all the data included in their plan before 30 days, they can purchase another pay-as-you go plan. For additional convenience, these plans can automatically renew every 30 days, when customers pay for these plans with a credit card or debit card.

AT&T data plan subscribers also get access to AT&T's entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional charge.

AT&T will also sell the Galaxy tab more than 2,200 AT&T company owned stores and online beginning November 21.

Clearwire and Sprint Launch 4G in Sacramento

Clearwire has launched its WiMAX network in Sacramento, California. Regionally, service extends out to Davis to the West, to Elk Grove in the South, to Roseville/Folsom out to the East and Natomas to the North. Sprint also announced 4G commercial service availability in Sacramento.

Facebook Messaging: SMS + IM + Email + FB

Facebook unveiled its new messaging platform aimed at unifying SMS, instant messaging, email and Facebook updates. The new service, which will be rolled out to the company's 500 million subscribers, will let users send messages from within Facebook to any of the outbound channels. Incoming messages from any channels can also be seen from within Facebook and users will have the option of sharing with friends or keeping messages sorted by conversation with the single person sending you the messages.

EMC to Acquire Isilon for Big Data Storage

EMC agreed to acquire Isilon Systems, which develops "scale-out" network attached storage (NAS), for $33.85 per share in cash -- which equates to approximately $2.25 billion, net of Isilon's existing cash balance.

Isilon, which is based in Seattle, offers a highly scalable, low-cost storage infrastructure solution for managing "Big Data", such as the storage needs for new generation applications in the life sciences (e.g. gene sequencing), media and entertainment (e.g. online streaming), and oil and gas (e.g. seismic interpretation). Isilon's scale-out NAS systems are designed to begin small and scale quickly and non-disruptively up to 10 petabytes in size, with extremely high levels of performance and availability.

EMC said its Atmos object storage provides the perfect complement to Isilon for massive globally distributed environments and object access to data for usages like Web 2.0 applications.

Joe Tucci, Chairman and CEO, EMC Corporation, said, "The unmistakable waves of cloud computing and 'Big Data' are upon us. Customers are looking for new ways to store, protect, secure and add intelligence to the vast amounts of information they will accumulate over the next decade. EMC, in combination with Isilon, sits at the intersection of these trends with leading products, solutions and services to help customers get the absolute most out of what cloud computing has to offer."

Juniper's T4000 Driven by 45nm Trio Silicon

James E. Carroll

Juniper Networks unveiled its next generation T4000 core router featuring 16-slots operating at 240 Gbps and capable of supporting high-densities of 10G connections, as well as 40 and 100GE interfaces. The new platform, which continues Juniper's Junos operating system and retains existing interfaces from its T640 and T1600 core routers, addresses the scalability challenges of service provider backbone and major Internet peering points. The T4000 packs four terabits of line rate throughput in a half rack chassis. It is driven by the company's second generation ASICs, which are implemented using 45nm technology and capable of delivering 250 million packet-per-second forwarding performance per slot -- this is double the forwarding capacity of Cisco's latest CRS-3 router, according to the company.

Juniper's Trio silicon was first unveiled in October 2009 for use in its MX series edge routers. The first generation was implemented in 60nm technology and optimized for highly granular packet processing. The second generation features the smaller and more energy-efficient 45nm technology and is optimized for the high-throughput requirements of core routing. By comparison, the T1600 uses 90nm silicon.

Key design criteria for the T4000 are investment protection and evolution of existing routing, said Luc Ceuppens, vice president of product marketing, Juniper Networks. Existing T640 and T1600 routers are in-service upgradeable to T4000 status by swapping out their power entry modules, switch interface boards, fans and adding a new face panel. The upgrade process can be completed in about 90 minutes without bringing down the system -- "like changing a car's engine while the car continues in motion." The system is also designed with High Availability hardware and component level redundancy for routing engines, CBs and SIBs.

A fully loaded T4000 system can support up to 192 ports of 10GbE, or 16 ports of 100GbE interfaces.

Like the previous generations of the T-series, the T4000 has multichassis capability designed into the architecture. The multi-chassis support, which will come after the initial release, will tie together up to four T4000s using the company's TX Matrix Plus.

Juniper said its T4000 also breaks new ground in power efficiency in terms of watt per bit processed -- 2.7 watts of power per Gigabit of processed traffic -- which is more than three times as efficient as the T1600.

The T4000 is being shown at the Supercomputing 2010 show in New Orleans. Commercial availability is expected in the second half of 2011.

Currently, there are about 6,000 Juniper T-series routers in deployment around the world.
  • Juniper Networks first unveiled its T1600 core router in June 2007.

Brocade Delivers Virtual Cluster Switching

Brocade introduced the first two products in a new line of 10 GigE data center switched specifically build for highly virtualized and cloud-optimized data centers. The switches eliminate the need for Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), collapsing the access and aggregation networking layers to create a flat, multipath, deterministic network. Brocade believes this approach is ideal for virtualized environments because it provides virtual machines (VMs) a greater sphere of mobility, increases network utilization, creates more resilient networks and simplifies the management of data center networks.

Brocade is initially introducing one- or two-rack-unit (1U or 2U) switches based on its sixth generation Ethernet switching ASIC and virtual cluster switching (VCS) technology. The switches have the ability to scale from 16 to 60 ports with pay-as-you-grow Ports on Demand (POD) licensing. The switches provide full 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) wire-speed performance from any port to any port, with latency of 600 nanoseconds (ns). The fabric uses low-latency, lossless, 10 Gbps Data Center Bridging (DCB) technology and is capable of running all types of data and storage traffic --including traditional IP, iSCSI, CIFS, NFS and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).

"Today's infrastructure is not sufficient to handle new applications, and not flexible enough for a world where applications are mobile. It's clear that data center networks need to be upgraded to increase performance, reduce latency and eliminate downtime. They also need to be designed specifically to support highly virtualized and cloud-optimized data centers," said Dave Stevens, Brocade CTO. "We are delivering upon our Brocade One unified network strategy and vision by dramatically simplifying networks and increasing scalability without adding complexity. Today, the Brocade VDX 6720 switches, featuring Brocade VCS technology, deliver true cloud-optimized networking for the first time."

Thursday, November 11, 2010

LightSquared Next Gen SkyTerra 1 Satellite Launched

LightSquared's SkyTerra 1 satellite was successfully launched into orbit on an ILS Proton rocket from Kazakhstan. The SkyTerra 1 satellite, weighing over 5.3 metric tons, was placed into geostationary transfer orbit. It was the first satellite launch for LightSquared.

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.

"At LightSquared, our goal is to revolutionize wireless communications and our timeline to do that is very aggressive. We knew we could count on ILS and ILS Proton to help us maintain a steady pace with an on-time launch. The ILS Proton launch of the SkyTerra 1 satellite is an important step toward bringing mobile wireless services that are accessible anytime, anywhere, throughout the United States. We are grateful to the entire team of dedicated professionals who worked on the SkyTerra 1 launch," said Sanjiv Ahuja, Chairman and CEO of LightSquared.

MBNL Completes Network Consolidation Project in UK

Mobile Broadband Network Ltd (MBNL), the network joint-venture between Three and Everything Everywhere, has completed a network sharing and consolidation project across the UK. The project, which is managed by Ericsson, consolidates more than 12,000 sites of the two operators into a common infrastructure. Everything Everywhere is the new company that runs Orange and T-Mobile in the UK.

Thanks to this active network consolidation project, all 3G sites, transmitters, base station equipment and backhaul connected to the operator's core networks are now fully configured for high speed mobile broadband access. Alongside the customer benefits, Three and Everything Everywhere will see significant savings and environment benefits because of network sharing. This has included the switching off of more than 5,000 sites - more than 2,000 of which have already been fully decommissioned - as part of a project recognized as the largest and most successful integration of two live networks to have occurred anywhere in the world.

Under the five-year managed service contract announced in February 2009, Ericsson is the primary service provider for the project and was responsible for network design and deployment, building of sites, capacity management, equipment swaps and vital upgrades. Ericsson said the consolidation work started in February 2009 and was completed in October 2010. This was done while keeping the two networks running smoothly during the project, which also saw Ericsson deliver the all-important cost and efficiency savings.

Magnus Mandersson, Head of Business Unit Global Services, Ericsson, said: "This was an unparalleled and quite complex managed services and systems integration consolidation project. Its success shows the benefits to partners of network sharing and reflects a new business model that the industry can learn a great deal from. All the partners involved in this network sharing project - not least T-Mobile and Three customers - have all emerged as winners. I'm proud of our success and look forward to supporting and advising MBNL as their managed services partner."
  • Earlier this month, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom completed their UK merger transaction, combining T-Mobile UK and Orange into the UK's leading mobile operator. It will have a combined mobile customer base of around 28.4 million, representing approximately 37 percent of UK mobile subscribers.

  • In November 2008, Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL), the 50:50 joint venture formed by 3UK and T-Mobile UK to manage the integration of both operators' 3G radio access networks (RAN), has awarded Ericsson a four-year managed services contract for the operation and maintenance of the consolidated network. Under the deal, Ericsson has responsibility for the operation and performance management of both parent companies' 3G networks and T-Mobile's 2G RAN infrastructure.

  • In December 2007, T-Mobile UK and 3 UK pooled their 3G network infrastructure in a 50:50 joint venture company, Mobile Broadband Network Ltd. (MBNL). The network sharing requires fewer masts, consumes less energy and provides customers with greater mobile broadband coverage.

TeliaSonera Readies LTE Rollout in Finland

TeliaSonera confirmed the commercial rollout of its LTE service in Finland before the end of this year. The initial launch will occur in Turku, followed by Helsinki.

Telia's LTE network in Finland will use two frequencies: 1.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz. In the first phase, only modems for the 2.6 GHz band will be available, although the carrier expects multiple modems operating in both frequencies by spring 2011.

Telia's 4G network boasts a top theoretical downlink speed of 100 Mbps and under normal circumstances 20-80 Mbps.

NTT Develops GMPLS Virtual IP-Optical Architecture

NTT is developing an IP-optical virtual network architecture to enable the efficient sharing of infrastructure by multiple service providers. With this architecture, the physical network infrastructure consists or IP routers, OXCs (optical cross connects) and optical fibers. The resources are virtually sliced and allocated to service operators. Using the allocated resources, service operators are allowed to setup optical paths between the router pairs in order to form IP links.

NTT said its architecture ensure resource isolation in the physical layer and enables virtual networks to be operated with high degree of autonomy compared to current virtual IP networks that are managed only in the IP layer.

In an experiment, researchers at NTT implemented multiple virtual networks over a wide-area network constructed upon the national testbed network, JGN2plus2. The virtual networks transmitted ultra-high density video at up to about 6 Gbps. The virtual network was also able to reconfigures its topology dynamically by setting up and tearing down the optical paths.

NTT has developed a physical network manager that triggers the setup of the optical path between a router pair, and configures it as an active IP link. For the given source-destination pair of the IP link, path computation for the optical path is done considering the available resources. As soon as the optical path is set up, physical network manager configures the IP routers so that the optical path can be used as an IP link. Such integrated control of IP and optical paths enables to provide virtual networks in a very short term. The architecture is leveraging GMPLS for the network management and control. It means that our virtual network architecture can be implemented using ordinary products that support GMPLS available now in the market.

SES Gains Role in Europe's Galileo Project

ASTRA TechCom Services, an SES company, has signed a contract with Spaceopal, the company providing ground-based services required to operate the Galileo constellation until it has been fully deployed. The agreement secures a role for SES in Europe's Galileo project.

Broadcom Declares Quarterly Dividend

Broadcom will pay its next quarterly cash dividend of $0.08 per share to holders of the Company's common stock. The dividend was declared by the Board of Directors on November 11 and will be paid on December 13, 2010 to holders of record of the Company's Class A and Class B common stock at the close of business on November 26, 2010. The dividend so declared will be paid from U.S. domestic sources other than the company's retained earnings and will be treated for accounting purposes as a reduction of shareholders' equity.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Telefónica Sees Strength in Diversification -- 67% Revenues Outside of Spain

Despite weakness in its home market of Spain, the Telefónica Group's revenues rose to 44,280 million euros
in the first nine months of 2010, up 6.0% year-on-year in the first nine months of the year and at 7.3% year-on-year in the quarter. Telefónica continues to further increase revenue diversification, and Telefónica España now accounts for just 32% of Group revenues, with 67% coming from Telefónica Latinoamérica (42%) and Telefónica Europe (25%).

The company reported that total number of accesses across all its divisions rose to 281.8 million, which represents organic growth of 7.1% versus the end of September 2009 (reported growth of 4.9%). By region, of particular note are the expansion of the customer base at Telefónica Latinoamérica (+9.4% year-on-year) and Telefónica Europe (+5.8% year-on-year organic; +13.8% reported).

Mobile accesses at the Telefónica Group stood at 214.9 million at the end of September, a year-on-year organic growth of 9.2% (+4.4% reported). Organic net additions since the beginning of the year reached 12.7 million accesses (+3.9 million accesses in the third quarter).

Telefónica noted a strong take-up of smartphones and dongles, as the number of mobile broadband accesses rose to more than 19 million by the end of September 2010 (+73.4% year-on-year), a figure that represents
a penetration over the total mobile access base of 9%.

Retail fixed broadband accesses reached a total of 16.7 million, with organic net additions of 1.1 million accesses since the beginning of the year (3.2 million reported). This represents an organic year-on-year increase of 10.7% (+26.5% reported), a significant acceleration versus the growth rate recorded at the end of June (+9.2%), driven by the improvement in quarterly net additions in Latin America and the growing activity in Germany (net additions were 3.6 times greater than in the previous quarter) and Spain (net additions rose 24.4%
quarter-on-quarter). The number of pay-TV accesses stood at 2.7 million at the end of September, a 7% increase in organic terms on September 2009 (+9.8% reported).

BT's Fibre roll out Passes Three Million Premises

BT Groups reported quarterly adjusted revenue of 4,977m pounds, down 3% compared to a year earlier, however, adjusted EBITDA came in at 1,452m pounds, up 3% year-over-year. Free cash flow improved as well, reaching 535m pounds for the quarter and 950m pounds in the half year, up 63%.

Ian Livingston, Chief Executive, stated: "We have made significant progress in improving profitability and cash flow, enabling us to invest in building the foundations for revenue growth in 2012/13. "We have increased our EBITDA outlook for the year and now expect to hit our 2bn pounds free cash flow target two years early.

"Global Services order intake was up 50% at 2.1bn pounds. Our fibre roll out has passed three million premises and BT Infinity orders are now running at over 4,000 per week. BT Vision customers now stand at more than half a million, with more developments planned to enhance our offering. Our share of DSL broadband net additions was 45%, one of our highest shares ever."

Spirent Supplies TD-LTE Test Solution

Spirent Communications has supplied its SR5500 Wireless Channel Emulator for testing beamforming capabilities of Time Domain-Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) base stations to a major network equipment supplier for use at its laboratories in Shanghai, China.

TD-LTE uses a single shared frequency band for both uplink and downlink. Beamforming is an adaptive antenna technique used to maximize the performance of wireless systems. It typically makes use of eight antennas on the base station and two on the mobile device (8x2).

"Between ongoing work in China and probable deployment in India's Broadband Wireless Access bands, TD-LTE may well be the wireless technology of choice for hundreds of millions of subscribers," said Rob VanBrunt, vice president of Spirent's Wireless business. "While the complexities of advanced antenna techniques require careful design and testing, the reward is very high data throughput capability. We look forward to seeing the results of the industry's hard work, and are delighted to be a part of enabling it."