Monday, January 31, 2011

Cisco: 92% CAGR in Mobile Data Traffic to 2015

Cisco is predicting a 26-fold increase in worldwide mobile data traffic by 2015 due to a projected surge in mobile Internet-enabled devices delivering popular video applications and services. The newly released Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2010 to 2015 forecasts that mobile data volumes will reach 6.3 exabytes per month in 2015, or an annual run rate of 75 exabytes. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 92 percent over the same period.

The study looks at packets carried over 3G and 4G networks, but not Wi-Fi offloads either in the home or via public hotspots.

Some key findings:

  • Cisco predicts that by 2015, more than 5.6 billion personal devices will be connected to mobile networks

  • There will also be 1.5 billion machine-to-machine nodes

  • Mobile video is forecast to represent 66 percent of all mobile data traffic by 2015, increasing 35-fold from 2010 to 2015.

  • Global mobile data traffic increased 159 percent from calendar year 2009 to calendar year 2010 to 237 petabytes per month, or the equivalent of 60 million DVDs.

  • Global mobile data traffic grew 4.2 times as fast as global fixed broadband data traffic in 2010.

  • Global mobile data traffic in 2010 was three times the size of all global Internet traffic (fixed and mobile) in the year 2000.

  • The Middle East and Africa will have the highest regional mobile data traffic growth rates, with a compound annual growth rate of 129 percent (63-fold growth) over the period.

  • Latin America anticipates a 111 percent CAGR (42-fold growth), followed by Central and Eastern Europe, with a 102 percent CAGR (34-fold growth), and Asia-Pacific, with a 101 percent CAGR (33-fold growth). Western Europe is forecast to experience a 91 percent CAGR (25-fold growth); North America, an 83 percent CAGR (20-fold growth); and Japan, a 70 percent CAGR (14-fold growth).

Time Warner Cable to Acquire NaviSite and its 10 Data Center

Time Warner Cable agreed to acquire NaviSite, a provider of enterprise-class hosting, managed application, messaging and cloud services, for $5.50 per share in cash, or a total equity value of approximately $230 million. The deal represents a 33% premium to NaviSite's Tuesday's closing price.

NaviSite operates ten data centers in the United States and the United Kingdom, including two SAS 70 Type II certified data centers, and network operations centers in Gurgaon, India and Andover, Massachusetts. It employs approximately 570 people worldwide. The company has approximately 1,200 customers and reported US$126 million in revenue for fiscal year 2010 (ending 7/31/10).

"Our commercial services business is a key growth driver for the company and one in which we continue to see great opportunity," said Glenn Britt, Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable. "NaviSite provides us with a successful managed services business and a new, innovative managed cloud platform representing significant new growth opportunities. We expect to build upon NaviSite's successful enterprise-class offerings, and their operational capabilities, infrastructure and expertise to more rapidly create a robust managed services offering for small and medium sized businesses. This transaction is consistent with our capital allocation strategy - selectively investing in our business to accelerate growth while continuing to return capital to shareholders."

Canada Considers Usage-based Broadband Billing

Last week, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission decided to require usage-based billing rates for an incumbent telephone carrier's wholesale residential Gateway Access Services or equivalent services, and for an incumbent cable carrier's third-party Internet access services. These usage-based billing rates are to be established at a discount of 15 percent from the incumbent carrier's comparable usage-based billing rates for its retail Internet services.

The ruling follows a CRTC decision last October, where it by approved a proposal by Bell Canada to introduce usage-based billing for their wholesale Residence Gateway Access Services (GAS).

Several smaller ISPs have posted notices to their subscribers stating that these decisions will force them to rescind unlimited surfing plans and impose tight bandwidth usage caps.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has ordered a review of the decision.

Verizon Teams with eMeter on Cloud-based meter Management

Verizon announced a partnership with eMeter, which provides Smart Grid software for utility companies. The new service, expected to be available in the spring, will deliver eMeter's data management software to utilities as a managed service in a scalable cloud-based environment via Verizon's IP network.

Broadcom Posts Record Revenue, up 45% YoY

Broadcom reported record quarterly revenue of $1.95 billion, an increase of 7.7% compared with the $1.81 billion reported for the third quarter of 2010 and an increase of 44.9% compared with the $1.34 billion reported for the fourth quarter of 2009. Net income (GAAP) for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $266 million, or $.47 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $327 million, or $.60 per share (diluted), for the third quarter of 2010, and GAAP net income of $59 million, or $.11 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of 2009.

Net revenue for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $6.82 billion. This represents an increase in net revenue of 51.8% from the $4.49 billion reported for the year ended December 31, 2009.

"I am very pleased with our record performance in 2010, as Broadcom gained significant market share and delivered record revenue, earnings per share, and cash flow from operations," said Scott A. McGregor, Broadcom's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our achievements highlight the incredible capabilities of our employees to create innovative solutions in the wired and wireless communications markets."

Broadcom's Board of Directors also approved a 12.5 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.09 cents per share ($0.36 per share on an annual basis) payable to holders of the Company's Class A and Class B common stock. The Company also announced a $300 million accelerated share repurchase plan under its existing evergreen share repurchase program.

BT launches Virtual Data Centre Private

BT introduced a Virtual Data Centre (VDC) Private service that enables customers to build dedicated private clouds.

VDC Private is a data centre infrastructure service that delivers the benefits of cloud-based services, like improved flexibility and lower cost, but also allows customers to choose a solution to meet their current business needs. The new service is aimed at customers who require a dedicated and private architecture to meet their business needs or for customers looking to refresh their data centre infrastructure but who want to continue to utilise their own data centre space. Customers can choose from a number of pre-defined and sized architectures to suit the needs of their business both now and in the future. Additional capacity can be added in a modular way quickly as the business needs require.

The new service complements BT's VDC On Demand service and can be provided within the customer data centre or hosted on one of BT's network-based datacentres. VDC On Demand delivers pre-provisioned hosted data centre infrastructure that enables customers to create, deploy, monitor and manage their own service on demand through a secure self-service portal. BT's VDC On Demand has been available in the UK since June, 2009 and subsequently rolled out in Germany, France, Italy, Benelux, Spain, Ireland and Brazil. VDC Private is available in the UK and will be rolled out in a number of EMEA countries over the next few months.

AT&T Office@Hand app Provides Mobile PBX

AT&T released an Office@Hand app for iPhone that delivers a mobile PBX for small businesses. The app works with existing mobile or fixed-line phones, offering professional phone system features such as auto-receptionist, multiple department and employee extensions, voicemail, rules for call handling, faxing, on-hold music, etc. Users can also update, configure and manage their office phone system while away from the office.

Backhauling Any Wireless Generation over Any Technology

Presented by Rafael Francis, ECI Telecom

GreenTouch Advances Goal of 1,000-Fold Network Energy Efficiency Boost

The GreenTouch Consortium, a global research initiative dedicated to dramatically improving network energy efficiency, outlined its first set of accomplishments since its founding eight months ago. GreenTouch, which was established by Bell Labs, said that although overall power usage of networks worldwide has increased in absolute terms over the past year, it is encouraged by the industry support given its energy efficiency initiatives, and that the long-term goal of a 1000-fold improvement in efficiency is an achievable target.

In an event held in London, GreenTouch demonstrated a Large-Scale Antenna System proof of concept with the potential for tremendous energy savings thanks to its novel wireless transmission techniques. Such an antenna array, consisting of dozens of individual units, would transmit only one percent of the energy transmitted by a single antenna, for the same quality of service. Instead of broadcasting signals throughout the entire coverage area as other antenna systems typically do, the Large-Scale Antenna System utilizes knowledge of the propagation channels to transmit concentrated beams of information selectively to many users at once. The greater the number of antenna elements deployed, the higher the concentration of the beams and, therefore, the lower the power that any antenna needs to send a given amount of information.

GreenTouch is focusing its efforts in a few key areas: wireline access; core switching and routing; mobile communications; core optical networking and transmission; and services, applications, and energy trends.

Representative projects include:

  • Utilizing energy-efficient electronic integration of packet router functions combined with silicon photonic technologies to minimize losses in electronic interconnections and in the optical and electronic interfaces used in high-speed optical transport networks.

  • Generating energy efficiencies in delivery of high-bandwidth services through a dynamic wavelength capability that can more closely align the energy requirements of a given service with the energy needed to support it.

  • Reducing energy consumption in wireless access networks without compromising coverage by using separate data and signaling networks to facilitate "on-demand" rather than "always on" device functionality.

"When we launched the GreenTouch Consortium last year, we set ambitious goals for ourselves," said Gee Rittenhouse, GreenTouch Consortium chairman and vice president of research at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. "This initial technology demonstration and the research projects we've undertaken show that GreenTouch is on track to meet its objectives and position us squarely on the cutting edge of sustainable technology development."

A webcast presentation is online.

360networks Upgrades with Juniper and ALU

360networks, which provides wholesale provider of Private Line Transport, Ethernet, IP, VoIP and Local Access services, completed a series of IP network upgrades, including:

  • Integration of Juniper's MX series Routers in the company's IP core, enabling 360networks to scale its IP network to meet customers' higher bandwidth needs.

  • Expansion of bandwidth and service capabilities by deploying Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 Photonic Service Switches covering over 8,000 route miles, enhancing the transport layer and improving flexibility, with 100Gig-capable interfaces.

  • Enhancement to access capabilities by integrating Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Routers (SR), 7450 Ethernet Service Switches (ESS), and 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM), enabling highly efficient network administration and service activation, while supporting the company's Layer 2 Ethernet (L2E) platform and 100Gig interfaces.

  • Expansion of Internet exchange coverage and capacity to provide customers with broader reach and enhance the company's public and private peering capabilities.

  • Upgrading transit connections to peer the majority of the company's IP Transit with the remainder utilizing only the highest performing IP transit networks.

Alcatel-Lucent and Ciena Supply SEA-ME-WE 40G Upgrade

Alcatel-Lucent was selected for an upgrade to 40G transmission of all the submarine segments of the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4) system. Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its 1620 Light Manager upgraded to 40G with coherent technology, and also upgrade part of the already installed 1678 Metro Core Connect on the terrestrial SDH side.

Ciena was selected to supply optical switching equipment for all 16 cable landing sites as well as for 100G transport for an upgrade of the terrestrial link connecting Alexandria to Suez in Egypt. Ciena will provide its ActivFlex 5430 with multi-terabit switching scalability and network resiliency Ciena will also provide its ActivFlex 6500 with coherent 100G optics, electronic dispersion compensation, and directionless and colorless ROADM functionality -- which has been operating in live networks since Dec 2009.

BT Adds Stoke to LTE and Infrastructure Sharing Trial

Stoke is to participate in a new, consolidated multi-vendor LTE lab test to be undertaken by BT's Advanced Research Mobility Team.

Specifically, Stoke's multi-access platform, the Stoke Session Exchange 3000 (SSX-3000), will anchor tests demonstrating BT's capabilities in consolidating three or more different mobile network operators' networks within a combined, highly scalable and cost effective, core infrastructure.

BT has commissioned a research exercise to investigate key aspects of flat IP architectures for mobile networks, including LTE SAE (Long Term Evolution/Service Architecture Evolution). One goal is to identify new revenue generating opportunities to connect multiple service providers access networks into BT's future intelligent backhaul and transport network to carry traffic from a range of wired and wireless broadband devices.

FiberTower and BridgeWave Develop Gigabit Wireless for 24 GHz

FiberTower, a wireless backhaul services provider operating in 13 U.S. markets, and BridgeWave Communications have collaborated to develop an ultra-high capacity multi-channel reconfigurable radio (MCRR) designed to operate in FiberTower's 24 GHz licensed spectrum holdings.

Based on BridgeWave'sFlexPort microwave platform, the MCRR is a single, all-outdoor radio capable of delivering full-duplex gigabit Ethernet transport with very low latency at standard and jumbo packet sizes, while providing advanced carrier-Ethernet features such as Quality of Service, VLAN and Ethernet OAM support.

FiberTower has already carried out field trials.

FiberTower and BridgeWave are also working to develop and market a packaged solution that combines BridgeWave's MCRR with FiberTower's 24 GHz spectrum on a link-specific basis for customers seeking to deploy gigabit wireless solutions for high-capacity broadband backhaul and transport. This product will provide an additional source of revenue from FiberTower's broad 24 GHz spectrum holdings.

"Utilizing one gigabit-per-second radios in place of traditional OC3 or lower capacity Ethernet radios enables us to deploy our backhaul solutions more cost-efficiently, mitigating initial capital expenditures and reducing the need for future upgrades," stated Kurt Van Wagenen, FiberTower's president and CEO. "This jointly developed state-of-the-art MCRR provides a fiber-quality solution for further capitalizing on our exclusive 24 GHz spectrum licenses which cover the top 75 markets across the US."

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dell'Oro: 40 / 100 GE to Propel Market towards $25 Billion in 2015

The L2-3 Ethernet Switch market is forecast to approach $25 billion in 2015, with the future growth being driven primarily from sales of Ethernet switches optimized for larger data center deployments, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. By 2015, it is expected that over half the revenue in this market will be comprised by speeds greater than 1000 Mbps.

The report also shows that within the Modular segment, 40 GE is anticipated to account for more then 10 percent of Modular revenue by 2015. Vendors such as Alcatel-Lucent, Arista, Avaya, Brocade, Cisco, Enterasys, Extreme, Force 10, HP, and Juniper all have current or announced Ethernet Switch offerings that are capable of supporting 40 GE on Modular platforms.

"40 GE and 100 GE switches will be an important growth driver for the Ethernet switch market for the rest of the decade," said Alan Weckel, Director of Dell'Oro Group. "In the outer years of our forecast, we believe 40 GE will not only be used in the aggregation layer, but will begin to penetrate the server access market as well," stated Weckel.

Avago Debuts 28nm Embedded SerDes at 30 Gbps

Avago Technologies announced a new Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) core in 28-nm process technology featuring 30 Gbps performance.

The company also announced it has shipped over 150 million embedded SerDes channels integrated in Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) used for data communication in networking, computing and storage applications. The milestones reflect the growing demand for increased bandwidth for servers, routers and other data center equipment.
  • In November 2010, Avago announced it was first to demonstrate 28-Gbps SerDes performance in 40-nm Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor (CMOS) process technology.

Sprint Activates WiMAX Roaming with Digicel Jamaica and Global Mobile Taiwan

Sprint began supporting 4G roaming for its customers with Digicel in Jamaica and Global Mobile in Taiwan. Select Sprint 4G 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 for $14.99 excluding surcharges and taxes.

Ruckus Wireless Supplies Muni Wi-Fi for

Chongqing Telecom, a unit of China Telecom, has selected Ruckus Wireless' Smart Wi-Fi products and technology for a large-scale, citywide deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots supporting an innovative new service called Tianyi Broadband.

Chongqing Telecom has now deployed over 4,000 Ruckus ZoneFlex indoor and outdoor Smart Wi-Fi access points (APs) along with ZoneDirector WLAN controllers across the city. The Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi APs now cover hundreds of hot zones within five districts and have been installed in a wide range of locations spanning from universities to restaurants, office buildings to shopping centers and public venues.

"It's very clear that smarter Wi-Fi has now become a strategic imperative by Tier 1 carriers around the world to deal with the Mobile Internet," said Selina Lo, president and CEO of Ruckus Wireless. "Chongqing Telecom is widely viewed as a leader in their use and deployment of Smart Wi-Fi to deal with the explosion of dual-band devices that are consuming and generating huge amounts of data traffic. Operators like Chongqing are quickly recognizing the need for carrier-class Wi-Fi solutions designed for this specific purpose."

Corning to Acquire MobileAccess for In-Building Wireless

Corning agreed to acquire MobileAccess, a supplier of in-building wireless access solutions, for an undisclosed sum.

MobileAccess provides distributed antenna system (DAS) solutions for flexible wireless coverage in the rapidly growing wireless market. The company has established wireless technical expertise in radio frequency design, engineering, and software development. MobileAccess is based in Vienna, Virginia with R&D in Tel Aviv.

Corning said the acquisition will expand its line of innovative telecommunications solutions beyond its Fiber to the Home (FTTH) and Enterprise Optical solutions. Upon closing, MobileAccess will be integrated into Corning Cable Systems, headquartered in Hickory, N.C., and part of Corning's telecommunications business segment.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to expand Corning's presence in the rapidly growing DAS wireless segment," said Clark S. Kinlin, president and chief executive officer, Corning Cable Systems. "MobileAccess has a proven history of delivering customer-driven innovative solutions with superior customer service. We look forward to building a bright future in wireless networks when the talented team from MobileAccess joins us."