Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Verizon Works with SAP for Cloud Enterprise Application Delivery

Verizon will host the SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) rapid-deployment solution for enterprise customers using its flagship cloud offering, Computing as a Service.

The SAP CRM rapid-deployment solution, the first in a series of SAP solutions deployed in the cloud by Verizon, can help enhance the productivity of enterprise sales, marketing and service professionals. By accessing SAP CRM and subsequent applications in the cloud, enterprises can benefit from easier and faster deployments. The SAP rapid-deployment solution offers enterprises a ready-to-use combination of software, pre-defined services and pre-configured content at a pre-defined price that can be deployed much more quickly, sometimes in as little as eight weeks.

Additionally, enterprises can now integrate their SAP applications with Verizon's Managed Mobility platform by leveraging the Sybase Unwired Platform to mobilize applications including the Mobile Sales for SAP CRM application. http://www.verizon.com

Cortina Files for IPO

Cortina Systems filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined.

Cortina Systems supplies communications semiconductor solutions enabling next generation network connectivity and efficient bandwidth from the core network to the home network. The portfolio includes carrier-class semiconductor devices for next generation optical transport and passive optical network systems, as well as data center connectivity and digital home solutions.

Japan: Update on Communications Outages

Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications provided the following update on the effort to restore communications services (as of 16-March-2011)

NTT East landlines: 569,000 telephone subscriber lines remain out of services, 59,000 ISDN lines out of service, 148,000 FLET optical lines out of service.

Emergency messaging service remains in operation for Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi
Prefecture, Yamagata Prefecture, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture and Tokyo, Kanagawa.

NTT West: no damage and no communication restrictions.

KDDI: 42,000 lines are not available. Submarine cables have been restored or rerouted.

Softbank: about 7,000 ISDN and analog phone lines are not available

NTT DoCoMo: 1,930 base stations remain out of service.

KDDI (au): 1,110 base stations remain out of service.

Softbank Mobile: 819 base stations remain out of service.

EMobile: 109 base stations remain out of service.

Willcom: 2,500 PHS base stations remain out of service.

The carriers have also extended fee payment deadlines.

Dell'Oro: Carrier IP Telephony Report


Actelis Debuts ADSL Loop Extenders

Actelis Networks unveiled a new line of Broadband Accelerators (BBAs) for extending the rate and reach of ADSL services without the high cost of deploying remote DSLAMs.

Actelis' family of BBAs are line powered by the existing POTS infrastructure and require no additional equipment. Actelis said its fully standards-based ADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+ loop extenders can cost effectively enable the delivery of broadband services to virtually every location throughout a carrier's footprint.

The Actelis BBA portfolio marks the company's entrée into the residential marketplace. The company is a leading develop of EFM over copper solutions based on SHDSL technology for SMBs/SMEs and municipalities.

"The recent investment in further developing Actelis' broadband solutions for the residential market is another step forward in the company's continued growth strategy," said Vivek Ragavan, president and CEO of Actelis. "By further expanding our portfolio to include ADSL-based solutions for residential broadband services, we believe that Actelis is well positioned to be the clear worldwide leader in enabling broadband services over copper plant."http://www.actelis.com

Broadband Forum Names New President, Completes EPON Technical Report

The Broadband Forum named Kevin Foster, Head of Access Platform Design at BT, as its new President. He joins Tom Starr (AT&T), who continues as Chairman, Marcin Drzymala (Telekomunikacja Polska) and Andrew Malis (Verizon
Communications) who continue as Vice Presidents, David Sinicrope (Ericsson) who continues
as Secretary and Frank Van der Putten (Alcatel-Lucent) who continues as Treasurer.

The Broadband Forum also announced the approval of three new Technical Reports and two new Marketing Reports:

  • TR-200, using EPON in the context of TR-101

  • TR-115 Corrigendum 2 - VDSL functionality test plan

  • TR-181 – Issue 2, Amendment 2 – IPv6 Device Data Model for TR-069

  • MR-244 (IPv6 tutorial)

  • MR-229 Next Generation Wholesale Access

Mu Dynamics Builds its Packet Capture Repository

Mu Dynamics has built the world's largest depository of packet captures (pcaps) of actual network traffic that are critical to the testing of products and services.

Mu's pcapr.net is a crowd-sourced depository that now holds more than 60 million pcaps. The company said that by offering so many different types of pcaps in a single location, it has created an entirely new type of resource for testers and developers that wish to share and leverage the industry's communal knowledge to test new products and services.

Registered users are from all over the world. They include experts from Tier-1 network operators like AT&T, France Telecom and Verizon Wireless, as well as network OEMs like Cisco Systems, Ericsson-Redback, Alcatel-Lucent, F5 Networks, Huawei Technologies, Juniper Networks, McAfee and Motorola along with a number of large federal organizations.

"Since its inception in 2009, the pcapr community has grown virally to become, by far, the largest online community for testing professionals worldwide," said Simon Berman, vice president of products with Mu Dynamics. "In just the last calendar year, the growth of the community has accelerated at an increasingly rapid pace – and registered users have more than doubled."http://www.mudynamics.com http://www.pcapr.net

Malaysia-based Tenaga Deploys Juniper IP/MPLS

Malaysia-based Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Southeast Asia's largest power utility, has deployed a new IP/MPLS backbone based on Juniper Networks' MX Series Universal Edge Routers. Previously, Tenaga used a frame relay service to carry applications such as telemetering, ERP, VoIP telephony, Internet access, customer information and billing, email and video conferencing. Real-time point-to-point traffic for critical operational applications — such as teleprotection, operational voice and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) — is carried over the company's own SDH/optical fiber infrastructure. Tenaga is now using Ethernet-over-SDH as the transport for its new IP/MPLS backbone, enabling it to carry all operational and corporate traffic over its own infrastructure. Financial terms were not disclosed.http://www.juniper.net

Dell'Oro: Wireline Voice Core Market Stabilizes

Wireline voice core market revenues stabilized in 2010, falling only 1 percent last year after double digit declines the prior two years, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. During 2010, strength in newer segments focusing primarily on all-IP networks and telephony applications (namely, session border controllers (SBC) and voice application servers) failed to offset declines in softswitches and media gateways, which focus on providing services in a mixed TDM and IP environment.

"The wireline voice core market declined slightly in 2010 as consumers increasingly opted for wireless and over-the-top Internet-based services like Skype and Google Voice," said Greg Collins, Vice President at Dell'Oro Group. "There are some bright spots, however, including business VoIP services, such as hosted unified communications, hosted PBX, and SIP trunk services, that have seen strong growth and are key drivers of the impressive increase in the SBC and voice application server markets," he added.

According to the report, Acme Packet gained market share in the SBC segment during 2010, and Broadsoft gained market share in the voice application server segment.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Amazon Improves its Virtual Private Cloud

The Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) has been improved with new functionality that opens up virtual networking capabilities to a much broader set of use cases.

Amazon is now supporting direct Internet access into a Virtual Private Cloud. Previously, you needed it was only accessible via an IPsec Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection to your corporate datacenter.

Amazon is now making it possible to define a virtual network topology that closely resembles a traditional network that you might operate in your own datacenter. The customer can control the selection of IP address range, creation of subnets, and configuration of route tables and network gateways.http://aws.amazon.com/

National Cable & Telecom Assoc. Appoints Michael Powell as Head

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), which lobbies on behalf of the cable television industry, has appointed Michael Powell as its new President & Chief Executive Officer.

Michael Powell previously served as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2001 to 2005. He currently is a senior advisor with Providence Equity Partners and Honorary Co-Chair of Broadband for America. He is also the son of General Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State.

Michael Powell was nominated as a member of the FCC by President Bill Clinton and sworn in on November 3, 1997. He was designated by President George W. Bush as FCC Chairman in January 2001, serving in that role until April 2005.

NetLogic Supplies SerDes for Arista's Low-Latency Switch

NetLogic Microsystems supplied several key innovations in high-speed physical layer SerDes development that resulted in the world's lowest latency 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) PHY solution used in Arista's next-generation data centers switch.

NetLogic Microsystems' new dual-channel AEL2020-LL PHY with integrated SerDes features an ultra low-latency of 70 nanoseconds (ns), which is nearly a half of existing solutions. In addition to the ultra low-latency, the AEL2020-LL PHY device offers the industry's lowest power consumption and supports multiple protocols and multiple media types – single-mode fiber (10GBASE-LR), multi-mode fiber (10GBASE-SR and 10GBASE-LRM), direct-attached copper (10GBASE-CR) and extended reach optics (10GBASE-ER).

"As the leading provider of ultra-low latency 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches for clouds and data centers, we are very pleased with NetLogic Microsystems' continued technical leadership in reducing PHY latency," said Andy Bechtolsheim, chairman and chief development officer at Arista Networks. "Our close collaboration with NetLogic Microsystems has been key to achieve the lowest Ethernet switch latency in the industry."http://www.netlogicmicro.com

CommScope Launches Rebranding Following Privatization

CommScope introduced a new corporate identity and branding. The move follows the recent privatization by The Carlyle Group, which acquired all of the outstanding shares of CommScope for $31.50 per share in cash -- a transaction valued at approximately $3.9 billion.

CommScope, which is based in Hickory, North Carolina, began as a small provider of cabling to the nascent cable TV market in the 1970s. It is now a multi-billion dollar, global infrastructure leader with solutions for wireless, wireline, enterprise and cable television networks.

The brand makeover is the first for CommScope since the mid-1990s and follows the acquisitions of Avaya's Connectivity Solutions division in 2003 and Andrew Corporation in 2007.

CommScope said its new logo portrays a more dynamic company with a contemporary look and feel and a more structured hierarchy of product and solution brands serving the telecom carrier, cable television, business enterprise and government markets.

Arista Debuts Sub 500 Nanosecond Latency Switch

Arista Networks introduced a new data center switch boasting sub-500 nanosecond latency. The Arista 7124SX, which is aimed at financial trading and ultra low latency applications, serves as a leaf or access top-of-rack 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch. The Arista 7124SX is a wire-speed, 24-port, L2/L3 switch supporting 100Mb, 1GbE and 10 GbE SFP+ based optics and cables in one rack unit.

Arista also introduced Latency Analyzer (LANZ), a new software capability to monitor and analyze network performance, generate early warning of pending congestion events, and track sources of bottlenecks. In addition, a Solid State Disk (SSD) is available as a factory-option and can be used to store packet data captures, LANZ generated historical data, and take full advantage of the Linux based Arista Extensible Operating System (EOS).

GE Announces Thermal Heat Dissipation Substrate for Electronics

GE's Global Research Center is developing an advanced thermal substrate with better heat dissipation properties than copper.

The development of GE's prototype substrate, which utilizes phase-change-based heat transfer, is part of a four year, $6 million program funded by the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA).

Dr. Tao Deng, a senior scientist at GE Global Research and the project leader, said, "As electronics become more advanced, we are approaching the point where conventional materials like copper can't take the heat. For computing to go faster and electronics systems to become more capable, better cooling solutions such as GE's prototype substrate will be required to allow this to happen."

GE said its phase-change based prototype substrate can be applied to computer chips and a variety of different electronic components. It acts as a cooling mechanism that spreads or dissipates the heat generated in electronic systems to keep components cool. Tests have shown at least twice the thermal conductivity as copper at only one–fourth of its weight. In addition, the prototype successfully operated in a condition that was more than 10 times normal gravity.

Telecom Union Supports AT&T + T-Mobile USA Deal

CWA and ver.di, which are unions representing telecom workers in the U.S. and Germany, announced their support of AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

In a statement, CWA President Larry Cohen said:

"Today's announcement of the acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T is a victory for broadband proponents in both the U.S. and Germany. For the U.S., it means that T-Mobile customers will get quick access to the AT&T network, soon to include LTE or data speeds of at least 10 megabits down stream. More important, as part of the deal, AT&T is committing to build out to nearly every part of the U.S. within six years. Both AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM technology so there will be the immediate benefit of shared spectrum. Other reported deals involving T-Mobile would have joined incompatible networks; not only would that have forced a rebuild but would have required new phones for T- Mobile customers."

The unions believe that T-Mobile USA workers will gain better employment security and that AT&T has a good track record in working with unions. Some 42,000 ATT mobility employees are union represented.

From the German perspective, the unions expect that the cash deal will enable Deutsche Telekom to increase investment in its own fiber network.http://www.cwa-union.orghttp://www.t-mobileunion.org/
  • In April 2010, ver.di, the union representing workers at Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile operations in Germany, the Communications Workers of America and UNI Global Union held a press conference to denounce a double standard they see in the way the Deutsche Telekom treats its Germany and American workers. Specifically, the unions accuse T-Mobile USA of engaging in an anti-union behavior.

    Lothar Schröder, an executive board member of ver.di, pointed out that "in Germany and many countries, DT complies with its Social Charter which directs the company to adhere to internationally recognized norms, directives and standards. DT also respects the human rights standards of the International Labor Organization and upholds the labor principles of the United Nations Global Compact regarding freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.

    "But when it comes to U.S. operations, which employs about 40,000 workers and produces about 25 percent of DT's revenue, DT's Social Charter is no where to be found," Schroeder said.

  • The Communications Workers of America and ver.di, Germany's largest union, established a separate organization to unite and represent workers in the U.S. and Europe. The new T-Union, which is a joint affiliate of both organizations, will support T-Mobile workers who want a union voice and collective bargaining rights in the United States and other countries, and German union members who work for T-Mobile in the U.S.

Tellabs 7100 Optical Transport System Boosts OTN Capabilities

Tellabs announced new OTN switching capabilities on its 7100 Optical Transport System, enabling service providers to aggregate and encapsulate a variety of traffic, including native Ethernet and SONET/SDH, and transport it as an aggregated traffic bundle across backbone networks.

Tellabs said the new OTN offering improves traffic delivery by reducing the service provider's overall cost per bit of transport by as much as 80%, as multiple customers' traffic can ride on the same wavelength.

"With dynamic optical networking, packet switching and OTN technology on one platform, service providers can rely on unparalleled flexibility and resiliency in their optical networks," said Dan Kelly, executive vice president, Tellabs global products. "With OTN on the Tellabs 7100 system, providers can scale as their networks grow and cost-efficiently aggregate all services to create a truly converged transport network."http://www.tellabs.com

Ikanos Fusiv Processors Leverage G.Vector for 100 Mbps

Ikanos Communications introduced its Fusiv Vx185 and Vx183 communications processors supporting the ITU G.Vector standard and bonding for increased rate and reach. The new chipsets, which are aimed at advanced services gateways and integrated access devices, also feature ultra-low power for meeting the requirements of European Code of Conduct and Home Gateway Initiative.

The new Fusiv family offers full ADSL and VDSL2 support, including for all VDSL2 profiles and band plans for Asia, Europe, and North America. The chipsets exceed Broadband Forum performance requirements (TR-67, TR-100, and WT- 114) and support for all wired or wireless networking technologies including Wi-Fi (single or dual-band concurrent modes), HomePNA, HomePlug, Multi-media Over Coax, and ITU G.hn.

Some of the key capabilities include:

G.Vector Compliance: By employing industry-standard G.Vector (ITU-T G.993.5), Ikanos' Fusiv products are designed to enable 100 Mbps service over traditional copper lines. The new devices add to Ikanos' NodeScale Vectoring architecture, which spans the central office, remote cabinets in fiber to the node (FTTN) networks, and now the customer premises.

Bonding: The Fusiv Vx185 integrates cost-effective support for bonding (ITU-T G.998.1 andG.998.2) by natively interfacing directly to two integrated analog front-end devices. This built-in support is designed to allow service providers to extend the reach of their advanced broadband services by coupling two pair of copper wires together. Bonding can also be used to increase the data rate over shorter distances. Together, bonding and vectoring can be combined to push aggregate data rates up to 300Mbps.

Green / Ultra-Low Power: With the Vx185/183, Ikanos introduces key advancements in dynamic power management.

Gigabit Line Rate Performance: Ikanos' accelerator processor architecture enables reliable Quality of Service (QoS) and optimal packet processing performance. This 4th generation of accelerator processor implementation comes with advancements in packet handling which raises the performance bar for this class of service gateway. The new accelerator processor implementation enables bi-directional Gigabit routing performance while consuming less than 5% of the host application processor.

"Ikanos is focused on delivering next-generation products that provide very high performance coupled with extreme energy efficiency. That's what we built into our latest Fusiv Vx183 and Vx185 – gigahertz of processing horsepower and dynamic power management for operation that beats European Code of Conduct requirements. Add to that support for vectoring and bonding, and we have an innovative product that delivers the power-performance and differentiating value required by service providers around the world," stated John Quigley, president and CEO, of Ikanos.http://www.ikanos.com

SiTime Launches Low-power, High Frequency Oscillator

SiTime introduced the industry's lowest power high frequency oscillator, which reduces oscillator power consumption by up to 66% and is ideally suited for high performance networking, video, computing and storage applications.

The SiT8004 MEMS-based programmable oscillator features 6.7mA of typical current consumption at 125MHz, which is up to 66% lower than that of a standard crystal oscillator. In addition to supporting any frequency between 125 MHz and 150 MHz, it is also available in popular, pre-configured options such as:

  • 125 MHz and 125.00375 MHz for GPON, EPON and Gigabit Ethernet

  • 133 MHz and 133.33333 MHz for MEMORY (DDR) and PCI

  • 148.5 MHz and 148.35164 MHz for HDMI and Pixel clocks

  • 150 MHz for SATA/SAS

"Reducing energy usage is a key goal of electronics manufacturers," said Piyush Sevalia, vice president of marketing for SiTime. "Typically, quartz oscillator suppliers do not have analog circuit expertise as they buy their oscillator die from semiconductor providers. Therefore, they have not been able to deliver low power devices for high frequency applications. SiTime uniquely has both resonator and analog circuit expertise, enabling us to integrate and deliver compelling features to our customers. The SiT8004 is an excellent example of this expertise: not only does it reduce oscillator power consumption by up to 66%, but it is also a drop-in replacement for quartz oscillators, which allows system vendors to reduce energy usage with zero design effort."http://www.sitime.com

Verizon Wireless to Sell First 4G LTE Smartphone on March 17th

Verizon Wireless will begin sales of its first LTE smartphone -- the ThunderBolt by HTC, on March 17 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online for $249.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

The ThunderBolt is powered by Android 2.2 and is equipped with support for Google Mobile Services, including Gmail, YouTube and Android Market. Additionally, the ThunderBolt by HTC will feature 4G LTE optimized apps such as EA's Rock Band, Gameloft's Let's Golf, Tunewiki and Bitbop.

Additional features:

  • 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage area

  • 4.3" WVGA display

  • 8- megapixel rear facing camera and HD (720p) video recording

  • 1.3- megapixel front facing camera with video chatting capabilities

  • Newest generation of the 1GHz Snapdragon processor

  • Mobile Hotspot capability – share 4G connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices

  • 8 GB of onboard memory and a pre-installed 32 GB microSD card (Actual formatted capacity will be less)

  • Built-in kickstand for easy media viewing