Sunday, December 12, 2010

IEEE Forms 100G Backplane and Twinax Cabling Study Group

The IEEE 802.3 Working Group has formed a 100Gbps Ethernet Electrical Backplane and Twinax Copper Cable Assemblies Study Group. The call-for-interest was conducted by John D'Ambrosia of Force10 Networks and former chair of the recently ratified IEEE Std 802.3ba-2010.

Supporters of the initiative see a need to develop an electrical solution for 100GbE backplanes and short reach twinax cabling that operates at greater than 10Gbps per lane. The study group will have its first meeting as part of the IEEE 802.3 Working Group interim meeting.

"The Ethernet Alliance is delighted to assist in these important developments," said Jim Theodoras, president, Ethernet Alliance. "With the successful completion of industry's first 40G and 100G Ethernet interoperability testing in September and the live demonstration of the technology at SC10 in November, the Ethernet Alliance and its members continue to provide the industry with the most up-to-date information about these technologies, standards development status and interoperability testing."

Stoke Opens in Japan

Stoke, a supplier of mobile broadband gateways, has opened a strategic subsidiary office in Tokyo, Japan and has named Dr. Ikuo Nishioka as director. Nishioka served as president of Intel Japan and vice president of the sales group of Intel Corporation. Upon leaving Intel in 1999, Nishioka established Mobile Internet Capital KK (MIC) an independent venture capital firm with co-investors NTT-DOCOMO, Mizuho Securities, and Internet Research Institute. He served as president and CEO of the company until 2010. Nishioka then became President of Innovation Research Laboratory Ltd. and President of Nishioka Academy as well as Chief Technology Adviser of MIC.

Stoke has previously announced a project win with NTT Docomo.

Stoke is based in Santa Clara, California.

Dell to acquire Compellent for Virtualized Storage

Dell agreed to acquire Compellent,which specializes in highly-virtualized storage solutions with automated data management features, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $820 million, net of Compellent's cash.

Compellent's solutions will be integrated into Dell's storage portfolio, including PowerVault, EqualLogic and Dell/EMC. Dell also plans to keep Compellent's existing operations in Eden Prairie, Minn., and will invest in engineering, support, operations and sales capability to grow this business.

Dell said the acquisition of Compellent will deliver on its commitment to provide its customers solutions that are open, capable and affordable.

Google Teams with Sonic.Net on its First FTTH Network, an ISP based in Santa Rosa, California, has been selected by Google to operate and support the trial FTTH network planned for Stanford University. This experimental project will test new fiber construction and operation methods, while delivering full gigabit speeds to approximately 850 faculty and staff owned homes on campus. Construction of the Stanford fiber network will begin in early 2011. said it will manage operation of the network, provide customer service and support and perform on-site installation and repair. currently operates an open Internet access network via copper. The company plans to deploy an FTTH network in Sebastopol, California.

Telecom NZ Continues Negotiations with Crown Fibre Holdings

Telecom New Zealand confirmed that it is in negotiations again with Crown Fibre Holdings about the nation's ultra fast broadband rollout.

"We remain firmly of the belief that a structurally separate Chorus as the cornerstone of a national framework for fibre is the most efficient and effective way to deliver the government's fibre vision and that is reflected in our proposal," stated Paul Reynolds, Telecom CEO.
  • Earlier this year, Crown Fibre Holdings had selected a number of potential partners, but not Telecom.

New Zealand Kicks Off Ultra Fast Broadband Rollout

New Zealand marked the official launch of its ultra fast broadband (UFB) rollout with the first fibre laid today at Manaia View School in Whangarei. The announcement follows confirmation of a deal between Crown Fibre Holdings - the government agency set up to manage the Crown's $1.5 billion investment in UFB - and Northpower Limited. Under this arrangement, fibre will be rolled out to nearly 52,000 people in Whangarei by 2014, including more than 2,000 business premises, over 300 healthcare services, and more than 20 schools in the region.

"This the first stage in a government plan which will see fibre enabling speeds of at least 100 Mbps rolled out to 75 per cent of New Zealanders where they live, work and study," stated Steven Joyce, New Zealand's Minister for Communications and Information.

Thailand's True Tests 100 GigE with Alcatel-Lucent

True, a telecom operator based in Thailand, has conducted a field trial of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GE) traffic using Alcatel-Lucent's service routing technology. The trial leveraged Alcatel-Lucent's existing 7750 Service Routers, 7450 Ethernet Service Switches, and the 5620 Service Aware Manager, which together form the base of True's converged IP/MPLS network.

"The 100GE trial will help us prepare for the future and meet the need for increasing bandwidth. As can been seen around the world, the demand is driven by trends such as wireless carriers using Ethernet backhaul to stay ahead of the rising requirement for high-bandwidth wireless services," said Vichaow Rakphongphairoj, managing director and Group chief operating officer, Network and Technology, True Corporation PCL. February, True selected Alcatel-Lucent’s IP/MPLS solution to support a converged network transformation.

UAE Selects Alcatel-Lucent's Small Cell Technology

du, which is based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will deploy Alcatel-Lucent's small cells technology to help its customers overcome indoor mobile coverage issues. du operates both an FTTH fixed network and an HSDPA+ mobile network.

Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent will provide its end-to-end Femto-based 9360 Small Cell portfolio - consisting of the 9361 Home Cell, the 9362 Enterprise Cell, the 9366 Small Cell Gateway, and Small Cell Management & Customer Care systems. Alcatel-Lucent's small cells automatically come into service without requiring any manual configuration by the end-user.

Moreover, du will benefit from the power of Bell Labs' innovative self-organizing network (SON) innovation, reducing handover failures by as much as 80 percent while bringing important operational efficiency savings.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that it now has more than 20 ongoing Femtocell trials and 14 commercial deployment agreements. Commercial contracts include the selection of Alcatel-Lucent by Etisalat and du in the UAE and by Vodafone Group as its preferred vendor for the deployment of a nationwide Femtocell service in the UK.

Dell'Oro: Service Provider Edge Router Market Surges to Record

The worldwide Service Provider Edge Router market attained a record level in the third quarter of 2010, expanding by more than 25 percent compared with the same prior year period, and surpassing $1.5 billion, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Cisco Systems improved their market share lead in the third quarter, while Alcatel-Lucent overtook Juniper Networks for the second position.

"The demand for edge routers in mobile backhaul networks in North America has picked up significantly this year," said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "Wireless service providers are beefing up their network capacity with IP/MPLS technologies as they race to roll out new high-speed data services and plan for the growth of mobile data traffic," added Umeda.

Mobixell Raises $10 Million for Mobile Optimization

Mobixell Networks raised $10 million in new funding led by Azini Capital and existing investors Escalate Capital, Intel Capital, and smac partners.

Mobixell Networks, which is based in San Jose, California, is a global provider of rich media, mobile internet and broadband solutions. Its flagship product, Mobixell Seamless Access, helps mobile operators to improve network efficiency and monetize data services. Seamless Access provides intelligent optimization techniques for media and video, including behavioral based optimization, caching, content aware transcoding, and network aware optimization (dynamic bit rate adaptation and automatic cell congestion detection).

"The funding strengthens Mobixell's financial stability assisting us in penetrating and realizing the growing markets of mobile Internet, mobile traffic management and mobile data optimization, as well as in furthering our commercial deployment worldwide," said Amir Aharoni, CEO and Founder of Mobixell. "Securing funding from our existing leading partners is a vote of confidence in the company's business, products, technology and its management."

ShoreTel Appoints Peter Blackmore as CEO

ShoreTel named Peter Blackmore as its new president and CEO. Don Girskis, who served as interim CEO, will resume his position as senior vice president of worldwide sales. Blackmore was most recently president, CEO and a member of the board of directors of UTStarcom. Before UTStarcom, Blackmore was executive vice president in charge of worldwide sales, marketing and technology at Unisys Corporation.

PMC-Sierra Launches 6Gb/s Unified Serial RAID Controller

PMC-Sierra introduced the first 6Gb/s Unified Serial RAID controllers aimed at high I/O transaction and high bandwidth processing applications. Based on PMC-Sierra's multi-core SRC 8x6G RAID-on-Chip (RoC) controller, the Adaptec by PMC Series 6 family is the industry's first 6Gb/s Unified Serial RAID controller channel solution with Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection which eliminates the need to replace Lithium Ion batteries used for cache maintenance.

The cards deliver support for up to 256 SATA/SAS devices using SAS expanders and an eight lane PCIe Gen 2 host interface bus connection. This enables scalability up to 600TB using 3TB SATA drives. The Series 6 delivers up to 2GB/s sustained data transfer rate to a host of applications that require high sequential bandwidth. At peak performance, this solution offers 4.8GB/s through the SAS 2.0 interfaces and 4GB/s through the PCIe Gen 2 host interface delivering enough bandwidth for high streaming applications, such as editing and broadcasting uncompressed 3D video streams. Using this solution, a 14TB array used as a virtual tape library can be filled in less than two hours compared to previous generation interfaces that take more than three hours.

"Since the acquisition of the Adaptec channel storage business in June, we have been focused on leveraging PMC-Sierra's SRC RoC technology to bring a 6Gb/s SAS controller to the channel," said Jared Peters, vice president and general manager of PMC-Sierra's Channel Storage Division. "We're launching our Series 6 solutions just as the market and ecosystem for 6Gb/s channel storage products has begun to emerge. With our industry-proven SRC RoC as the core, our feature-rich Series 6 family of storage controllers goes beyond RAID with Zero-Maintenance Cache Protection and intelligent power management for maximum reliability, lower power consumption and reduced costs."
  • Earlier this year, PMC-Sierra acquired Adaptec's channel storage business, which included its RAID storage product line, a well-established global value added reseller customer base, board logistics capabilities, and SSD cache performance solutions. The deal was valued at approximately $34 million in cash when it was first announced in May.

ADTRAN Enhances NetVanta Product Line

ADTRAN introduced two new switch platforms and a number of new security features for its NetVanta routers and switches designed for vertical markets such as health care, hospitality and retail. The new switch platforms offer 25 watt per port, 802.3at - Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) capability for security applications such as next-generation pan/zoom/tilt IP cameras or other PoE-enabled security endpoints.

The new suite of features includes Security audit tools, desktop audits, Denial of Service (DoS) protection, DHCP network diagnostics, and Cable/Small Form Factor Pluggable (SFP) diagnostics.

Video: Dell'Oro on Record Quarter for Service Provider Routing

Dell'Oro's Shin Umeda discusses the record quarter for the Service Provider Edge router market. Mobile operators are fueling some of this growth. Vendor shares are also shifting -- Cisco turned in a strong performance and Alcatel-Lucent captured the No.2 position from Juniper. Also, with 100G and next gen-platforms like the Cisco CRS-3 and Juniper T4000 on the horizon, what is the outlook for 2011.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Picochip and Wavesat Achieve LTE Interoperability

Picochip and Wavesat completed interoperability testing (IOT) between Picochip's PC960x LTE small cell base station solution and Wavesat's Odyssey 9000 family of UE chipsets. The first Wavesat Odyssey 9000 chipsets offer performance of 100 Mbps downlink and 50 Mbps uplink for user equipment such as USB dongles, data cards, mobile handsets and tablets/MIDs. These were tested with Picochip's PC9608/9 "small cell" basestation development platform developed jointly with Continuous Computing (CCPU), connecting to both network test and commercial EPC gateway products.

Bouygues Telecom and SFR Agree to Share FTTH Infrastructure

In France, Bouygues Telecom and SFR agreed to share the costs of deploying FTTH infrastructure in dense municipalities. The companies will share the passive elements of the GPON network, but will compete at the services level. The accord is expected to cover some three million homes in 20 municipalities across France.

SFR already has commercial FTTH services in several communities. Bouygues Telecom plans to launch its first FTTH in the second half of 2011.
  • SFR has previously announced a fiber line share deal with Numericable.

PAETEC to Acquire Billing Company for $13 Million

PAETEC agreed to acquire Formula Telecom Solutions in a $13 million all-cash transaction.

FTS' Leap RevChain has been PAETEC's primary billing system since its inception in 1998. Upon the closing of this transaction, the Leap RevChain billing system will be the heart of the new RevChain Solutions division of PAETEC Software. The RevChain Solutions division expects to continue investing in the development of high performance invoicing solutions for businesses, institutions and carriers. The employees of the RevChain Solutions division of PAETEC Software will continue to be based primarily out of Boca Raton, Florida.

Public Interest Groups Criticize Genachowski's Proposal

More than 80 public interest groups published an open letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski that criticizes his Internet government policy statement, which is headed to a vote later this month. Specifically, the groups argue that the proposed Order falls short in five areas:

1. Paid Prioritization: "Paid prioritization is the antithesis of openness. Any framework that does not prohibit such economic discrimination arrangements is not real Net Neutrality. Without a clear ban on such practices, ISPs will move forward with their oft-stated plans to exploit their dominant position and favor their own content and services and those of a few select paying partners through faster delivery, relegating everyone else to the proverbial dirt road."

2. Adequate Protections for Wireless: "Unfortunately, the draft Order apparently leaves wireless users vulnerable to application blocking and discrimination. The draft order reportedly would only prohibit outright blocking of websites and competing voice and video telephony applications, but would not restrict other blocking, degrading or
prioritization. This incomplete protection would destroy innovation in the mobile apps and content space, permanently enshrining Verizon and AT&T as the gatekeepers for all new uses of the wireless Web.... if bandwidth constraints are the supposed justification for disparate treatment, 4G wireless networks should receive greater Net Neutrality protections, as they should be far less capacity-constrained than some existing DSL

3. Loophole-Free Definitions: "The draft Order's definition of Broadband Internet Access Service could easily be exploited by ISPs seeking to evade or exempt themselves from the rules. The Commission should not adopt unnecessarily broad definitions that will erode the protections the rule seeks to provide. The FCC should adopt the definition of Broadband Internet Access Service suggested in the October 2009 NPRM."

4. Specialized Services Cannot Undermine the Open Internet: "While some highly sensitive and truly specialized services might not be best provided over the open Internet, there is no reason for the FCC to create a specialized services loophole that would undermine Net Neutrality. Unfortunately, the draft Order apparently opens the door to specialized services without any safeguards."

5. FCC Broadband Policy Must Be Based on Sound Legal Footing: "The FCC must restore its unquestionable authority to protect consumers, promote adoption and deployment, and serve the public interest in the broadband

The signers include Free Press, New America Foundation, Media Access Project, Reporters without Borders, Daily Kos, Common Cause, Entertainment Consumers Association, Nonprofit Technology Network,, Center for Media Justice, National Hispanic Media Coalition and Public Knowledge.http://http://www.mediaaccess.org
  • FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is moving forward with a new set of Internet traffic rules that will be brought to a commission vote on December 21. The proposal would resolve that statutory uncertainty that currently exists regarding Net Neutrality by granting the FCC new powers to enforce Internet traffic management rules. Genachowski said the framework would establish "basic rules of the road to preserve the open Internet as a platform for innovation, investment, competition, and free expression." Three of the FCC commissioners are Democrats and two are Republicans, implying that the proposal should pass if the vote splits along partisan lines.

Opnext's CEO Steps Down

Gilles Bouchard resigned his position as Opnext's CEO and President as well as from his seat on the company's Board of Directors. Harry Bosco, currently the non-executive Chairman of Board of Directors, will assume the position of CEO and President on an interim basis.

Prior to assuming the position of Chairman in April of 2009, Mr. Bosco served as the CEO and President of Opnext since the formation of the company in November of 2000. Mr. Bosco will continue in his role as Chairman.

Bahrain's Batelco Picks ZTE for 2G/3G

Bahrain-based Batelco has signed a group framework agreement with ZTE for 2G/3G wireless solutions. As of Q3, Batelco serves 7.5 million mobile subscribers and 233,000 broadband customers across Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and India.