Monday, January 17, 2011

Infonetics Increases its Mobile Forecast -- Services at $870B in 2014

Infonetics Research has increased its mobile voice, broadband, and messaging services forecasts, and is now expecting telecom operator revenue to hit $870 billion in 2014. Mobile broadband service revenue is forecast to grow the fastest of the three primary mobile services, with a 25% 5-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2009 to 2014. The number of mobile broadband subscribers to grow to 1.8 billion worldwide in 2014 (28% of all mobile subscribers), after surpassing fixed broadband subscribers for the first time in 2010, driven by massive adoption of smartphones.

"The overall wireless industry performed above expectations during a period of economic stress -- albeit unevenly across various world regions -- and will continue to grow as macroeconomic conditions improve. Only the western European telecom services market was significantly affected by the economic crisis, and still struggles to recover as Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Portugal continue to suffer. Mobile broadband and mobile messaging service revenues are growing rapidly and will help operators offset declining voice revenues, but voice service isn't going away anytime soon; in fact, voice will still account for almost 60% of the mobile pie in 2014. Operators need to continue selling smarter phones and up selling data plans to keep pace with falling voice usage," notes Stéphane Téral, Infonetics Research's principal analyst for mobile and FMC infrastructure.

Arista Introduces 4-Slot Data Center Switch

Arista Networks introduced a 4-slot modular data center switch offering 5 Tbps of capacity and up to 192 wirespeed L2/L3 10GbE ports in only seven rack-units. The Arista 7500 4-slot chassis builds off of the company's existing 8-slot chassis, which was introduced in April 2010. The new model is built to alleviate capacity demand in the spine layer of cloud networks.

The Arista 7500 4-slot chassis leverages the same 48-port 10GbE Ethernet line cards, supervisor engines and power supplies as its bigger brother also runs the same Arista Extensible Operating System (EOS). The latest EOS 4.6 release supports the entire Arista 7000 Family from a single image delivering new features such as 32-port Multi-Chassis Link Aggregation, significant BGP and OSPF enhancements, and support for DWDM optics for metro and carrier deployments.

The manufacturer's base pricing for the Arista 7500 4-slot data center switch starts at $99,995.

"With the Arista 7500 4-slot chassis we expand the portfolio of 10GbE data center switching products delivering unmatched performance and density," stated Andy Bechtolsheim, chairman and chief development officer of Arista Networks. "The introduction of the 4-slot chassis makes modular platforms more approachable and meets the density requirements of our carrier and large enterprise customers."

Aerohive Acquires Pareto -- WLAN + Cloud Services

Aerohive Networks, which specializes in wireless LAN (WLAN) control solutions, has acquired privately-held Pareto Networks, a start-up that develops routing, VPN and cloud services technology. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Pareto Networks, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, released its cloud-based router/VPN solution in June 2010. Pareto's service uses a low-cost CPE device to securely tunnel all branch office traffic to its hosted platform in the cloud, where security and management policies are enforced. The solution eliminates the various firewall, IPS, routing and other appliances typically deployed at each branch office. The cloud-based application provides centralized control over an enterprises network and security policies, and provides visibility of critical network performance metrics across all branch offices that are enabled with the service. Enterprise data centers would also be tied into the Pareto cloud by means of a separate appliance.

Pareto's fully redundant cloud services platform is distributed globally with multiple data centers across the U.S., as well as in Europe and Singapore. Pareto also provides military-grade encryption and multiple layers of its own security to further guarantee the availability, dependability and integrity of the distributed network.

Aerohive said it will integrate Pareto's technology into its operating system (HiveOS) and Cloud Services Platform (HiveManager Online). The solution is designed for mid-size enterprises and highly distributed branch/teleworker networks.

"The addition of Pareto's technology and employees offers a unique opportunity to accelerate our entry into the broader cloud-based networking space and establish an immediate leadership position," said David Flynn, CEO, Aerohive Networks. http://
  • In Septemver 2010, Pareto Networks named Dan Ryan as CEO. Previously, he was the executive vice president and general manager for the network security business unit of McAfee. He joined McAfee in 2008 when it acquired Secure Computing (SCUR) for $465M. Ryan was president and CEO of Secure Computing.

  • Pareto Networks was founded by Matthew Palmer and Carl Mower. Until September 2007, Palmer was Vice President of Enterprise Planning and Operations at Juniper Networks. He came to Juniper via the Netscreen acquisition in 2004. Mower previously worked at DuPont, Digital, Cabletron, Nortel, SmartPipes, Symbol, and Blue Coat.

Tilera Raises $45 Million for its Multi-Core Processors

Tilera, a start-up based in San Jose, California, raised $45 million in new funding for its TILE family of many-core processors for cloud computing and communications.

Tilera's processors are based on its "iMesh" architecture that scales to hundreds of RISC-based cores on a single chip. Tilera has two product families: TILE64 processors and TILEPro processors, with its latest TILE-Gx family planned for early 2011.

The new funding was led by Artis Capital Management, that included investment from WestSummit Capital Management and Comerica Bank in addition to existing investors Walden International, Bessemer Venture Partners and Columbia Capital. Cisco Systems and Samsung Venture Investment Co. also participated, joining Tilera's previous strategic investors: Broadcom, NTT Finance, VentureTech Alliance, and Quanta Computer.

  • Tilera was founded in 2004 to bring to market the MIT research of Dr. Anant Agarwal who first created the mesh-based multicore architecture in 1996. The "Raw" project received multi-million dollar DARPA and National Science Foundation grants and spawned the development of the first tiled multicore processor prototype and associated multicore software in 2002.

  • In 2007, Tilera launched its first "TILE64" processor containing 64 full-featured, programmable cores, each capable of running Linux. The on-chip architecture is designed to scale to hundreds and even thousands of cores. Tilera claims 10X the performance and 30X the performance-per-watt of the Intel dual-core Xeon, and 40X the performance of the leading Texas Instruments DSP. At the time, the company said its initial target markets for the TILE64 processor included the embedded networking and digital multimedia markets. This could include switches and security appliances with the performance of up to 20 Gbps for L4-L7 services.

Picochip, Continuous Computing and Ixia Demo LTE Small Cells

Picochip, Continuous Computing and Ixia have demonstrated and validated an LTE femtocell solution that could accelerate time-to-market for equipment vendors. The solution uses Continuous Computing's Trillium LTE and femtocell wireless protocol software running on Picochip's picoArray hardware. Ixia's IxCatapult test platform validated the implementation.

Trillium LTE wireless protocol software from Continuous Computing supports LTE femtocells and picocells (Home eNodeB) as well as the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) Mobility Management Entity (MME), Serving Gateway (SWG), Evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG) and other EPC elements. Picochip's PC960x is a µTCA-based end-to-end LTE system. The IxCatapult test system from Ixia emulates LTE UE and generates real-world converged multiplay traffic. It is able to measure download and upload throughput, latency and voice and video quality.

Ixia Extends its IxCatapult for End-to-End Femtocell Testing with LTE

Ixia has extended its IxCatapult testing platform to provide an end-to-end femtocell ecosystem validation, including access points and gateways, for network equipment developers and service providers. Ixia's test solution can emulate any node in the femtocell ecosystem, including user equipment, home eNodeBs (HeNBs), HeNB gateways (HeNB GW), and HeNB management systems.

A number of different femtocell test scenarios are provided covering interoperability, security and scalability between the femtocells, the gateways and the packet core. As many of the home eNodeBs in LTE will not be under strict operator control, the vulnerability of the network and the performance of the IPSec tunneling must be assessed. Scalability challenges also include the need to validate user plane and control plane traffic loads between home eNodeBs and the gateways. In addition, there is a need to test and verify mobility between femtos and macrocells for devices, and there are reliability as well as quality-of-experience metrics that must be measured as the femtos aggregate voice and data traffic.

"The continual demand for more and more data over wireless networks is fueling HSPA+ and LTE technology roll-outs. With this growth comes an increase in femtocell use in order to provide access in places that are not suited for traditional wireless deployments and to offload congested macro cells," said Joseph Zeto, senior manager, market development at Ixia. "Ixia's IxCatapult femtocell testing allows vendors and service providers to overcome important market challenges and significantly lowers the risk of femtocell deployment issues."

Stoke Raises $17 Million for Mobile Broadband Gateways

Stoke, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, raised $17 million in Series E funding for its mobile broadband gateways.

Stoke develops carrier-class mobile broadband gateways designed for mobile data offload on 3G networks and for security aggregation on LTE networks. The Stoke Session Exchange (SSX) is a high density, ATCA-based gateway platform. The data offload function is performed without impacting untargeted traffic flows, without interfering with subscriber mobility, and without requiring any configuration changes to the mobile network elements. Stoke has shipped over 200 units of its SSX-3000 mobile broadband gateway since initiating commercial production in late 2008.

The new funding was led by new investor Focus Ventures, participation from existing investors included DAG Ventures, Integral Capital Partners, Pilot House Ventures, Net One Systems Co., DoCoMo Capital Ltd, Mobile Internet Capital, Inc, Sequoia Capital, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. This brings Stoke's total funding to date to approximately $92 million.

Stoke said the latest investment will be used to support the company's rapidly increasing installed base, plus new LTE and 3G network optimization projects with top tier carriers in Europe, Asia and the U.S.

"Stoke, together with solution partners, is delivering advanced and unique solutions for the immediate requirements of accelerating content delivery, traffic optimization service delivery cost reduction, and secure LTE deployments. Our outlook for growth in 2011 is promising, given our central role in the strong operator investment focus on optimizing current network assets and preparing for or deploying LTE," commented Vikash Varma, President and CEO at Stoke.

Comcast-NBCU Brings Conditions

In approving the Comcast-NBCU mega-merger, the FCC and the Department of Justice imposed a number of conditions and commitments which generally will remain in effect for seven years. These are aimed at preventing potential harms posed by the combination of Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator and Internet service provider, and
NBCU, which owns and develops some of the most valuable television and film content. ensuring an open market for digital content and The FCC enumerated conditions these as follows:

Ensuring Reasonable Access to Comcast-NBCU Programming for Multichannel Distribution -- rival multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) will be given an improved commercial arbitration process for resolving disputes about prices, terms, and conditions for licensing Comcast-NBCU's video programming. Comcast-NBCU is required to make available through this process its cable channels in addition to broadcast and regional sports network programming.

Protecting the Development of Online Competition -- online video distributors (OVDs) are guaranteed the ability to obtain Comcast-NBCU programming in appropriate circumstances. These conditions specifically require that Comcast-NBCU:

  • Provides to all multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), at fair market value and non-discriminatory prices, terms, and conditions, any affiliated content that Comcast makes available online
    to its own subscribers or to other MVPD subscribers.

  • Offers its video programming to legitimate OVDs on the same terms and conditions that would be available to an MVPD.

  • Makes comparable programming available on economically comparable prices, terms, and conditions to an OVD that has entered into an arrangement to distribute programming from one or more of Comcast-NBCU's peers.

  • Offers standalone broadband Internet access services at reasonable prices and of sufficient bandwidth so that customers can access online video services without the need to purchase a cable television subscription from Comcast.

  • Does not enter into agreements to unreasonably restrict online distribution of its own video programming or programming of other providers.

  • Does not disadvantage rival online video distribution through its broadband Internet access services and/or set-top boxes.

  • Does not exercise corporate control over or unreasonably withhold programming from Hulu.

Access to Comcast's Distribution Systems. Comcast may not discriminate in video programming distribution on the basis of affiliation or nonaffiliation with Comcast-NBCU. Moreover, if Comcast "neighborhoods" its news
(including business news) channels, it must include all unaffiliated news (or business news) channels in that neighborhood. The Commission also adopts as a condition of the transaction Comcast's voluntary commitment to provide 10 new independent channels within eight years on its digital tier.

Protecting Diversity, Localism, Broadcast and Other Public Interest Concerns. The Commission is also imposing conditions and accepting voluntary commitments concerning a numbers of other public interest issues, including diversity, localism, and broadcasting, among others.

Comcast-NBCU also made a number of additional voluntary commitments, including:

Broadband Adoption and Deployment. Comcast will make available to approximately 2.5 million low income households: (i) high-speed Internet access service for less than $10 per month; (ii) personal computers, netbooks, or other computer equipment at a purchase price below $150; and (iii) an array of digital literacy education opportunities.

Comcast will also expand its existing broadband networks to reach approximately 400,000 additional homes, provide broadband Internet access service in six additional rural communities, and provide free video and high-speed Internet service to 600 new anchor institutions, such as schools and libraries, in underserved, low-income areas.

Localism. To further broadcast localism, Comcast-NBCU will maintain at least the current level of news and information programming on NBC's and Telemundo's owned-and-operated broadcast stations, and in some cases expand news and other local content.

Children's Programming. Comcast-NBCU will increase the availability of children's programming on its NBC and Telemundo broadcast stations, and add at least 1,500 more choices to Comcast's on-demand offerings for children.

Programming Diversity. Building on Comcast's voluntary commitments in this area,
we require Comcast-NBCU to increase programming diversity by expanding its over the-air programming to the Spanish language-speaking community, and by making NBCU's Spanish-language broadcast programming available via Comcast's on demand and online platforms.

Public, Educational, and Governmental Programming. Comcast will safeguard the continued accessibility and signal quality of PEG channels on its cable television systems and introduce new on demand and online platforms for PEG content.

CoreSite to Offer CENX Ethernet Exchange in its Data Centers

CoreSite Realty Corporation which operates eleven data centers across the U.S. including One Wilshire in Los Angeles, will offer the CENX Carrier Ethernet Exchange services. CENX will own and operate its Carrier Ethernet Exchange services, with CoreSite's network-dense data centers providing national access points. The agreement supports CENX expansion to new markets, including the Bay Area, Boston, Northern Virginia and Washington, DC as well as additional data centers in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.

The carrier-neutral CoreSite data centers private data centers and suites, cage-to-cabinet colocation, and interconnection services, such as Any2, CoreSite's Internet exchange. The company's portfolio comprises more than two million square feet and access to over 200 network service providers.

CENX Carrier Ethernet Exchanges offer access to more than 15 million Ethernet Service Locations (ESLs), the most of any Carrier Ethernet Exchange provider (based on published data). CENX Exchange members benefit from extended network reach, route optimization and diversification, and cost savings. At full deployment, CENX Carrier Ethernet Exchange services are expected to be available to all of CoreSite's 600+ data center customers.

Verizon Global Wholesale Enhances Processes for Private IP Services

Verizon Global Wholesale added new tools to help customers with its Private IP services. These enhancements add monitoring options that give wholesale customers an improved view into statistics that reflect the health of their network, including view of network traffic from the circuit connection to the provider edge. New speeds and new interconnection choices have also been added. Verizon also offers service-level metrics that are measured on each "hop" (segments on the network route) as opposed to a network average.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sprint Provides M2M for ECOtality Electric Car Charging Stations

Sprint has been chosen to provide machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity for ECOtality Blink electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

ECOtality is planning to install Blink electric vehicle charging stations across the U.S., including 15,000 Level 2 chargers at residential and commercial locations, and over 300 DC Fast Charging ports at public and commercial sites throughout 2011. Sprint will provide the wireless network that will allow ECOtality to monitor and manage the Blink Network.

In addition, ECOtality is planning on offering advertising. Each Blink DC Fast Charger is equipped with a daylight readable, 42-inch color LCD display, and a 7-inch LCD touchscreen display on the Pedestal unit. Media content can be both tailored to specific markets and broadcast nationally across Blink Network charger locations. This will be delivered wireless to each unit.

"With the Sprint Command Center technology, our Blink EV charging stations are provided with the reliable wireless connectivity necessary to power the advanced capabilities of the Blink Network and ensure customer satisfaction," said Jonathan Read, CEO of ECOtality. "In addition, we are able to conduct a variety of business services, from monitoring to electronic payments. EV drivers will be able to depend on our chargers for smart operation, intuitive features, and reliable connectivity."

CableLabs and Cable Europe Extend Collaboration

Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs) and Cable Europe Labs signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that establishes a one-year trial program by which the two cable research and development organizations might develop longer-term joint cooperation. In the past, the two organizations have collaborated on EuroDOCSIS 3.0 and EuroPacketCable, as well as alignment in certification programs and standards initiatives. Under the terms of the MOU, CableLabs and Cable Europe Labs will each identify certain technical initiatives in which the other organization can more directly participate and contribute.

Canada's Videotron Signs Tata for International Voice Termination

Videotron, one of Canada's largest integrated communications companies, will route 100% of its international voice traffic through Tata Communications network. In addition, Videotron will continue to be one of Tata Communications' key suppliers of telecommunication services in Canada.

IBM and ARM Sign Agreement for Mobile Electronics

IBM and ARM announced an deal to extend their collaboration to enable the rapid development of next generation mobile products optimized for performance and power efficiency. The collaboration combines optimized physical and processor IP by ARM tuned to IBM's advanced manufacturing process down to 14nm; providing streamlined development and earlier introduction of advanced consumer electronics into the marketplace. The companies said this partnership helps minimize the risk and barriers to migrating to smaller geometries while enabling optimized density, performance, power and yield in advanced SoC designs; accelerating the introduction of advanced electronics into the marketplace.

"The ARM Cortex processor family has become the leadership platform for the majority of smart phones and many other emerging mobile devices," said Michael Cadigan, general manager, IBM Microelectronics. "We plan to continue working closely with ARM and our foundry customers to speed the momentum of ARM technology by delivering highly advanced, low-power semiconductor technology for a variety of new communications and computing devices."

NetLogic Tapes-Out in TSMC's Advanced 28nm Process

NetLogic Microsystems has taped out its next-generation silicon in TSMC's advanced 28nm process, which offers up to 50 percent higher speed, 40 percent lower power and 100 percent higher gate density compared to the 40nm node, and up to 120 percent higher speed, 60 percent lower power and over 300 percent higher gate density compared to the 65nm node.

NetLogic Microsystems confirmed that it is migrating its next-generation multi-core processing, knowledge-based processing and 10/40/100 Gigabit PHY product lines to the advanced process node. These 28nm products are targeted at next-generation LTE (Long Term Evolution), IPv6, data center and security markets.

NetLogic Microsystems will be introducing multiple new products in 28nm throughout 2011.

Discera Ships MEMS Oscillators with Femtosecond Jitter

Discera announced the volume availability of MEMS oscillators designed for networking, server, storage and video applications. The DSC11XX silicon oscillators are available at accuracies up to 10 ppm, and temperature ranges up to 125 degrees Celsius. Discera said its new silicon-based MEMS oscillators offer 300 femtosecond RMS phase jitter in CMOS, LVPECL, LVDS, and HCSL output versions.

NEC Forms LTE Partnership with China's Wuhan Research Institute

NEC and Wuhan Research Institute of Post and Telecommunications (WRI) have agreed to collaborate in the development, manufacturing, sales and field support of 3GPP compliant LTE wireless access systems, including wireless base stations (eNodeB), Operation and Maintenance Sub-systems and Self Organizing Network (SON). The jointly developed systems support both TD-LTE and FD-LTE standards, and will be commercially available within 2011.

NEC boasts LTE capabilities that include advanced RF technology, base station control and management technology, and optimized radio access area design technology. NEC has provided LTE solution to NTT DOCOMO, who launched commercial LTE services in December 2010.

WRI is a leading telecommunications vendor in China and has been participating in TD-LTE tests conducted by the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology utilizing prototype system.

Australia's NBN Picks Corning for Passive Optical

Corning has been selected as a primary NBN Co supplier of optical fiber cable and hardware for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) initiative. Corning and NBN Co have signed a contract for the supply of optical cable and hardware that could be valued at up to AUS $1.2 billion over the contract period with an initial purchase commitment of AUS $400 million. An additional tender will be issued for the second half of the deployment at a later date.

NBN intends to pass 93 percent of Australian homes and businesses (roughly 10 million) with an open-access network providing download speeds of 100 Mbps within the next 10 years.

Corning will supply its FlexNAP terminal distribution system with RPX™ ribbon cable for aerial installations and ALTOS ribbon cable featuring an enhanced low-loss ITU-T G.652.D compliant SMF-28e+ LL fiber for underground installations. The company said its solution has been adapted for the harshness of the Australian landscape.

"Corning is delighted to have been selected as a major strategic partner for NBN Co. The size and scope of the NBN project will enable Corning to invest in both new equipment and technologies for our Australian facility," said Rainer Dittrich, managing director of Corning Cable Systems Pty. Ltd. "We look forward to supporting Australia's vision and leadership in broadband deployment."

Global Crossing Uses 40 Gbps Wavelength Service

Global Crossing has upgraded the terrestrial capacity of its Wavelength Service to 40 Gbps and begun offering new benchmark-setting network performance service level agreements (SLAs) and a new route diversity planning service. The capacity upgrade, which is being implemented on terrestrial routes in North America, Europe and the UK, is designed to deliver 40 Gbps services in both core and edge sites.

The new network performance SLAs cover "propagation delay" on wavelengths. Propagation delay is the round-trip time required for a signal to travel the distance between two Global Crossing points of presence. Global Crossing said these network performance SLAs are important to customers because they give them a measurable assurance that their business-critical data is delivered in a timely manner. They also raise the bar for industry practices, which do not typically offer SLAs for propagation delay on wavelength services.

In addition, Global Crossing now provides a diversity planning service to give customers the ability to assign alternate, redundant routes by wavelength. This enables customers to stipulate a specific route for wavelength circuits. It also provides assurances that routing will not be changed without a customer's agreement and allows customers to create multiple diversity scenarios that include circuits provided by other service providers, as well as Global Crossing.

Verizon Global Wholesale Sharpens its Transparent LAN Service

Verizon Global Wholesale announced a set of enhancements to its Transparent LAN Service, which is its wholesale metro switched Ethernet service. Applications supported over TLS include wireless backhaul, LAN-to-LAN connections and Ethernet exchanges. These enhancements include:

  • Expanded bandwidth option for network connections that will allow wholesale customers to stay ahead of their users' ever-increasing demand for bandwidth.

  • The ability to combine both point-to-point and multipoint-to-multipoint virtual connections across a single network interface.

  • The opportunity to specify a unique virtual circuit prior to ordering, allowing customers to pre-configure their premises equipment and speed up the process.

  • New interface options with the inclusion of single mode or multimode fiber, in addition to the existing electrical interface.

  • The option to provision network transport over a synchronous optical network (SONET) so customers gain the power and flexibility of TLS with the redundancy and reliability of SONET.

TLS is a fiber-based, metropolitan area LAN service that connects customer locations at native LAN speeds using Ethernet interfaces. It is offered in parts of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.