Tuesday, December 7, 2010

FTTH Council Elects Three New Board Members

The Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council elected three industry executives to seats on its Board of Directors for 2011: Kevin Bourg of Enablence Systems, Doug Dowling of Tyco Electronics and Kevin Morgan of ADTRAN to serve two year terms. Both Bourg and Morgan are first-time board members, while Dowling served on the Council's board earlier in the decade.

Mike Hill, CEO/President of On Trac, a Tennessee based company that provides turnkey installation services for the fiber to the home industry nationwide, will serve as board chairman in 2011, replacing David Russell, Solutions Marketing Director for Calix, who is stepping down from the board following the expiration of his term. Rounding out the nine-member 2011 board are John George of OFS, Steve Holt of KGP Logistics, Kyle Hollifield of Bristol Virginia Utilities, Dave Kiel of Corning Cable Systems, and George O'Neal of GVTC, all of whom were elected to two-year terms at the end of 2009.

HP Ships Energy Efficient Ethernet Switch

HP is the first to ship products based on a new energy-efficient Ethernet standard (IEEE 802.3az), which reduces power consumption of IT devices by automatically adjusting energy use based on actual network traffic between switches and other networked devices in real time.

The new HP E-Series zl modules are the first IEEE Energy Efficient Ethernet-enabled switches to automatically enter "sleep mode" as will connected EEE-devices, when no traffic is being transmitted. The connected devices are able to instantly re-engage when data transmission occurs.

HP expects the IEEE Energy Efficient Ethernet standard will be implemented across multiple devices, including servers, laptops and wireless access points. This will further reduce energy consumption and, therefore, lower IT costs across the enterprise.

China Telecom Tests 100G DWDM with Huawei and Corning

China Telecom, Huawei, and Corning completed a 100G WDM ultra long haul transmission test. The test, which set a new record for 100G WDM transmission distance by covering a terrestrial span of over 3000 km, used coherent PM-QPSK (polarization multiplexed quadrature phase-shift keying) technology and Huawei's OSN 8800 platform. The traffic was carried in the C-band with 50 GHz-spacing. It also featured hybrid transmission of 100G/40G.

Another highlight of the test was Corning's SMF-28 ULL ultra-low-loss optical fiber, an ITU-T G.652-compliant optical fiber that has ultra-low attenuation (average attenuation at 1550 nm: 0.168 dB/km) and polarization mode dispersion (PMD), empowering new-generation transmission system to achieve ultra-long span reach and ultra-high speed.

Huawei said China Telecom is looking to 100G WDM ultra-high-speed transmission technology as the successor of its backbone network based on 40G WDM transmission technology. Its OSN 8800 platform offers the ability to smoothly scale to 100G and support hybrid transmission of 100G, 40G and 10G signals.

Zhang Chengliang, deputy general engineer of China Telecom Beijing Research Institute, said, "This 100G WDM test, in collaboration with Huawei and Corning Incorporated, has demonstrated the positive outlook for 100G WDM applications. This test will help China Telecom step up efforts to provide more enriched broadband network services to users in the future."http://www.huawei.com

India's Aircel Selects Nokia Siemens Networks for 3G

Aircel has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to supply, deploy and manage its HSPA+ network in three telecom circles -- Punjab, Kolkata and the rest of West Bengal. Nokia Siemens Networks has supplied and continues to manage Aircel's GSM/EDGE network in six circles of the country. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nokia Siemens Networks will supply its compact Flexi Base Stations and Radio Network Controller that are not only easy to deploy, but also reduce energy consumption of the network. As part of the deal, Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide a mobile packet backbone network, security solutions, and its multi-vendor network management and optimization software, NetAct. Nokia Siemens Networks will operate and manage Aircel's 3G network for four years under a managed services contract.

Using its global service delivery model, it will also deliver network implementation, optimization, network management, operations and maintenance services remotely from its Global Network Solutions Center (GNSC).

EarthLink Completes ITC^DeltaCom Acquisition

EarthLink completed its previously announced acquisition of ITC^DeltaCom, a leading provider of integrated communications services to customers in the southeastern United States, in a transaction valued at approximately $524 million. Under the deal, ITC^DeltaCom (Deltacom) stockholders received $3.00 in cash per each share of Deltacom common stock in the transaction.

EarthLink will now begin integrating its New Edge Networks and EarthLink Business Services operations with Deltacom and will market the combined services under the 'EarthLink Business' brand name.

Deltacom operates a 16,400 mile fiber optic infrastructure in the Southeast -- over 75% of which is owned or controlled under Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) agreements -- including a 14-state SONET backbone with 35 metro fiber rings, 294 collocations and 20 voice and data switches. Deltacom currently serves over 32,000 small and mid-size businesses, multi-location enterprises, government agencies and wholesale customers in the southeast with services including MPLS and IP.

Through its New Edge Networks division, EarthLink already provides business services over a nationwide MPLS network.

"With the addition of Deltacom's deep fiber assets and strong customer relationships, EarthLink is creating a leading IP infrastructure and services company. We are pleased to have gained the regulatory approvals required to close this transaction in just ten weeks. We've acquired a business that has meaningful revenue streams, strong gross margins and unlevered free cash flow that positions EarthLink for future strategic value creation," said EarthLink Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rolla P. Huff. "http://www.earthlink.net
  • In March 2006, EarthLink acquired New Edge Networks.

MobileIron Delivers Enterprise App Storefront

MobileIron announced release 4.0 of its Virtual Smartphone Platform (VSP), featuring new capabilities for helping enterprise IT groups to centralize the discovery, deployment and security of internally- and externally-developed apps for all iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Symbian devices in the company. MobileIron delivers an Enterprise App Storefront combined with a fully customizable API and policy engine that ensures secure apps get to employees and that rogue apps are kept out -- for both corporate-owned and employee-owned smartphones.

TI Boosts Performance of OMAP Processor for Mobiles - 1.5 GHz

Texas Instruments has boosted the performance of its OMAP applications processor line with a new OMAP4430 device that offers a 1.25x increase in graphics performance, a 30 percent decrease in webpage load time, a 2x increase in 1080p video playback performance and clock speeds as fast as 1.5 GHz per ARM® Cortex-A9 MPCore. The processor is targeted at Smartphone and tablet user experiences, such as 1080p stereoscopic 3D (S3D), 1080p video conferencing and gesture recognition.

"The increased performance given by the OMAP4440 applications processor illustrates TI's ability to push mobile computing possibilities with the right processor architecture enveloped in the right platform," said Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president, OMAP platform business unit, TI.

Russia's MegaFon Deploys 2G/3G in Siberia with ALU

Russia's MegaFon announced the launch of the largest 2G/3G converged network in Siberia. The network serves the 2.5 million people living in the Siberian Federal District's Altai Krai. Alcatel-Lucent supplied the converged radio access network (RAN) solution for the rollout. The converged radio access solution includes distributed base stations and macro base stations to support GSM/EDGE and W-CDMA/HSPA+ configurations, ensuring high coverage as well as high availability of 3G service.

MegaFon, with 55 million active subscriber accounts, is one of the largest mobile networks in Russia, and was the first to launch 3G services using W-CDMA, giving customers the benefits of modern mobile data services and mobile Internet access.

Sprint Signs WiMAX Roaming Agreements

Sprint has signed international 4G roaming agreements with Digicel in Jamaica and Global Mobile in Taiwan. Select Sprint devices that operate with the Sprint SmartView Connection Manager will automatically detect the Digicel and Global Mobile networks, giving customers the option to connect and roam with an unlimited 24 hour Daypass. Pricing and launch details of the agreements are still to be determined.

Russia's MegaFon Deploys 2G/3G in Siberia with ALU

Russia's MegaFon announced the launch of the largest 2G/3G converged network in Siberia. The network serves the 2.5 million people living in the Siberian Federal District's Altai Krai. Alcatel-Lucent supplied the converged radio access network (RAN) solution for the rollout. The converged radio access solution includes distributed base stations and macro base stations to support GSM/EDGE and W-CDMA/HSPA+ configurations, ensuring high coverage as well as high availability of 3G service.

MegaFon, with 55 million active subscriber accounts, is one of the largest mobile networks in Russia, and was the first to launch 3G services using W-CDMA, giving customers the benefits of modern mobile data services and mobile Internet access.

ADTRAN's ONE Architecture Integrates Access and Packet Optical Transport

ADTRAN unveiled its Optical Networking Edge (ONE) strategy for integrating network access and aggregation with optical edge metro transport in a single platform.

ADTRAN's blueprint is to enhance its widely-deployed Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform (MSAP) with a mini-ROADM transport module with advanced network management capabilities. The initial release supports high bit rate Carrier Ethernet aggregation, SONET/SDH Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP) on a card, CWDM and DWDM networking scalable from a single wavelength to 400Gbps on a single fiber pair.

Whereas metro core transport platforms deliver multi-degree capabilities for up to 80 wavelengths, ADTRAN's metro edge transport approach uses a low-power, single card in its flagship TA-5000 platform for cost efficiency. The Total Access 5000 is a carrier-class multiservice access and aggregation platform with an Ethernet core. In addition to integrated packet optical transport, it enable the TA-5000 to support a range of business optical access services, including GPON, active Ethernet, GigE, SONET/SDH and wavelenghts.

ADTRAN said its ONE portfolio enables service providers to bridge the gap between network access and transport,
leverage their installed base and extend the bandwidth efficiencies of the core all the way to
the optical edge.

"The Total Access 5000 offers the broadest set of access, aggregation and transport capabilities on the market today," said Mano Nachum, product line manager, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division. "Service providers can now depend on a trusted vendor with a proven all-Ethernet platform to extend the transport network to the edge and connect to their core optical network more efficiently."http://www.adtran.com/ONE

New Video: Converged Edge Routing

Service Providers worldwide are now converging their IP infrastructure so as to deliver Carrier Ethernet business services, residential broadband services and mobile backhaul over a common network.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Polaris Wireless Opens Regional HQ in Dubai

Polaris Wireless, which supplies high-accuracy, software-based wireless location solutions, has opened a regional headquarters in Dubai Internet City, Dubai, U.A.E. to serve the growing demand from customers in the Middle East and Africa.

The company enables real-time, high-accuracy location to assist authorized law enforcement agencies (LEA's) in criminal investigations and antiterrorist activities. The easy to deploy, easy to maintain, Polaris Wireless Location Signatures (Polaris WLS™) solution identifies the location of a wireless device to within 50 meters and delivers the best software-based location in dense urban and indoor environments.

Cisco Unveils IP NGN Video Optimized Transport

Cisco outlined its approach for a zero-loss video-optimized transport architecture for service providers and broadcasters. The need for the solution is driven by the explosive growth in video traffic over IP backbones, which Cisco forecasts will grow more than 500 percent to almost half a zettabyte over the next five years. This represents more than half of all IP traffic and by 2014 will generate an estimated $250 billion in revenue.

The Cisco Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) Video Optimized Transport promises to monitor, detect and isolate video-quality impairments over standards-based carrier-grade Ethernet infrastructure.

It accomplishes this using three Cisco technologies for optimizing medianets, specifically Cisco Multicast-Only Fast Reroute (MoFRR), which provides a simple and efficient method for transport of reliable video streams in secondary distribution video applications; hitless switchover or Cisco Live-Live, which provides spatial redundancy for video streams and is useful in contribution video applications; and inline video monitoring (Cisco VidMon), which provides a network-based mechanism for monitoring of video quality.

To handle packet loss for high-quality IP video transport, Cisco is proposing Multicast-Only Fast Reroute (MoFRR), which it claims will ensure sub-50-msec multicast video convergence time with minimal configuration or operational overhead. This will provide video path protection from the video source to the receiver router during both link and node failure. Cisco said MoFRR needs to be enabled only on the last-hop receiver router and does not require any configuration or protocol-level interaction with other routers.

To provide efficient, inline video monitoring, Cisco is proposing network-based monitoring through the router transport line card. This approach is cheaper and more scalable than blade-based network monitoring solutions, according to the company, and if a video anomaly is detected it can automatically switch over to the backup path automatically and instantly, without any manual intervention.

A whitepaper is available on the Cisco website.

Cisco Internet Router in Space Completes Update

Cisco completed the first-ever
software upgrade of an IP router aboard a commercial satellite while in orbit.
The IOS software upgrade involved the Cisco 18400 Space Router, a radiation-tolerant IP router, on-board Intelsat 14, a geostationary communications satellite. The capability to upgrade the software of the Cisco router and onboard modem from the ground increases the flexibility of the system to implement future capabilities and the lifespan of the communications system.

Cisco recently teamed up with Astrium to study the applications of space-based routers. In October, Cisco and Astrium successfully demonstrated IRIS services such as multicasting, which enables the delivery of information to a group of destination computers simultaneously in a single transmission.

In addition, Cisco completed the industry's first VoIP call made without the use of any terrestrial infrastructure to route the call. The call was completed using Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express.
  • In January 2010, Cisco announced the first successful in-orbit test of its Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) technology. The test was conducted on-board Intelsat's new IS-14 GEO satellite, which was launched on Nov. 23, 2009

    Cisco IRIS is a program to build a radiation-tolerant IP router for satellite and related spacecraft. The IRIS payload will support network services for voice, video and data communications, helping enable government agencies, military units and allied forces to communicate with one another using Internet Protocol and existing ground equipment.

    The company noted that IRIS can route data to multiple ground receivers in a single step, eliminating the need to double-hop to a teleport and therefore reducing latency and increasing transponder utilization. The software on the Cisco router and onboard modem can be upgraded in orbit, which increases flexibility.

    The IRIS program is a Department of Defense Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) managed by Cisco and Intelsat General Corp. The IRIS payload will convert to commercial use following the three-month JCTD ending in April 2010.

Vodafone Qatar selects Alcatel-Lucent for FTTH

Vodafone Qatar has named Alcatel-Lucent as its sole supplier for its expansion into the fixed broadband market with an entirely new FTTH network based on GPON and point-to-point Gigabit Ethernet technology. Alcatel-Lucent's IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) solution will then be used to link the new infrastructure with Vodafone Qatar's existing mobile network.

Vodafone Qatar is also working with Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its mobile network. A total of 50 new sites have been deployed in 2010 (reaching more than 410) to handle this year's 35% increase in voice traffic and the five fold increase in data usage. Through the network expansion Vodafone Qatar is ready to support 1 million 2G and 3G subscribers.

DOCOMO Enters Ebook Venture

NTT DOCOMO is entering a joint venture with Dai Nippon Printing Co. and CHI Group Co. to sell e-books to its wireless customers. The joint-venture firm, named 2Dfacto, will begin selling electronic books online from early January 2011. DNP will invest 51%, DOCOMO 40% and CHI 9%. 2Dfacto will use DNP's existing online "honto" bookstore for electronic books, and will be enhanced with mobile data-distribution and payment systems from DOCOMO. Seven of the latest mobile devices offered by DOCOMO already support the coming service: Xperia, GALAXY S, REGZA Phone, LYNX 3D, Optimus chat, GALAXY Tab and SH-07C.

10X10 MSA Targets Low-Cost 100 Gbps Transceivers

A new 10x10 Multi-Source Agreement industry group has been formed to establish compatible sources of low-cost, low-power, pluggable 100G optical transceivers based on 10 optical lanes at 10G. Initial backers include Brocade, Google, JDSU, and Santur.

The 10x10 MSA is targeting a 2km reach to bridge the gap between 100m multi-mode and 10km single-mode solutions.
Unlike 100m multi-mode based on ribbons of fiber, the 10x10 MSA operates on a conventional Single Mode Fiber (SMF) enabling extended reach of 2Km. Compared with other single-mode 100G implementations, this approach does not require 25G electronics such as gearbox ICs to convert 10G data streams to intermediate 25G lanes.

Scott Kipp, Brocade standards representative and Chair of the 10X10 MSA, said: "The 10X10 MSA is ready to define a new price and performance trajectory for 100GbE that will significantly accelerate the adoption and economics of 100G deployment. Leveraging 10G technology helps the 10X10 MSA provide the lowest cost solution in terms of bandwidth per meter and bandwidth per Watt."

Santur CTO Milind Gokhale said, "The 10X10 MSA is exciting because it provides a roadmap for cost reduction of 100G optical interconnects. Using parallel optics that runs at the same rate as electrical lanes avoids the excess cost and power associated with gearbox devices and brings significant cost relief to 100G equipment."http://www.10x10msa.org