Tuesday, March 29, 2011

NTT: Restoration Surpasses 90%

NTT provided the following update on its efforts to restore services following the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011.

  • Over 10,000 employees are making an all-out effort to restore damaged facilities

  • More than 90 percent of the affected exchange offices and mobile base station equipment have been restored and services are gradually recovering. There are 307 disrupted base stations (excluding near the Fukushima nuclear power plant), which have not yet been restored due to destroyed or damaged buildings.

  • Going forward, NTT Group is planning to have its exchange offices and base stations almost completely restored (except for certain areas where restoration is physically difficult, such as areas surrounding the nuclear power
    plant and areas with physically damaged roads, tunnels, etc.) by the end of April through, among
    others, renewal of power supplies and equipment and re-installing relay transmission lines, repair of
    relay transmission lines to mobile base stations, and area remedies for mobile phones using large zone
    schemes where a single station covers multiple stations.

  • With regards to the remaining areas, NTT Group will endeavor to prioritize the restoration of services
    in particular areas, such as municipalities and evacuation shelters, and improve the communication
    environment by, among other things, providing even more satellite mobile phones and other
    communication means.

  • Regarding corporate data communication services, approximately 90 percent have been restored to

  • Submarine cables connecting Japan with the United States and other parts of Asia have been partially damaged, but NTT Group has been using various backup cable routes to maintain uninterrupted services, and there is currently no impact on its overseas communication services.

  • To support the affected people of the disaster, NTT Group is, among other efforts, providing its
    communication services free of charge, safety confirmation information of those affected, and
    company residences as living space for those impacted by the earthquake.

  • NTT Group is working to gather donations from its customers and has decided to donate one billion yen. NTT Group will devote its full strength to support the victims of this disaster and the recovery of the stricken areas.

  • The company deployed about 30 mobile base station trucks, 870 free satellite mobile phones ,1,440 mobile phones and 180 tablet PCs.

  • There are 9 fixed-line service buildings and 68 mobile base stations that have not been restored near the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Following the earthquake and tsunami, facilities were damaged and commercial power supply was disrupted at
exchange offices. This impacted approximately 1.5 million fixed line circuits, approximately 6,700 mobile base stations, approximately 15,000 corporate data circuits.

Infonetics: Femtocell Market Start to Take Off

Worldwide revenue from 2G and 3G femtocells sold for use in CDMA, W-CDMA/HSPA, and CDMA2000/EV-DO networks grew 121.5% and the number of units sold for revenue grew 204% in 2010 over 2009 from a small base, according to a recently released report from Infonetics Research.

"Traction is coming to the femtocell market, but slowly: with over 1.37 million units shipped in 2010 for revenue (not including non-revenue shipments for trials and soft launches), the market is now underway, but through 2011 there will still be too few operators active in this space to drive rapid acceleration. We expect this to come in 2012, when femtocell shipments should exceed 5 million worldwide, driven by a diversification from the consumer and enterprise segments to rural and public spaces," predicts Richard Webb, directing analyst for WiMAX, microwave, and mobile devices at Infonetics Research.

Some additional highlights:

  • The number of femtocell units sold doubled between 4Q09 and 4Q10

  • Quarter-over-quarter, the number of femtocell units sold increased 21% and revenue grew just 1% in 4Q10 over 3Q10, reflecting the decline in unit prices.

  • Samsung took the #1 spot in femtocell revenue market share in 4Q10, followed closely by Alcatel-Lucent and NEC.

  • As the femtocell market evolves and more operators launch services, strong fluctuations in market share and leaderboard positions are expected.

  • Femtocell average revenue per unit (ARPU) will continue to erode, with the industry focused on the magic number of US$100, expected to be reached in 2011 (some vendors have already achieved this).

  • As of early 2011, no next-generation 4G (WiMAX or LTE) femtocell services have been deployed, but tier 1 mobile operators have expressed the view that LTE and subsequent high-capacity air interfaces are most likely to be deployed through hierarchical cell structures, including femtocells.

Infonetics' quarterly 2G/3G/4G Femtocell Equipment report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts, and analysis for revenue, units, and ARPU of 2G femtocells (CDMA) and 3G femtocells (W-CDMA/HSPA and CDMA2000/EV-DO), and will include 4G femtocells when commercially available. http://www.infonetics.com

Google Picks Kansas City for Fiber Rollout

Google has picked Kansas City, Kansas for its gigabit speed fiber build-out project, which was first announced in February 2010.

Nearly 1,100 communities across the country expressed interest in participating in the Google project and nearly 200,000 individuals submitted comments.

Google has signed a development agreement with Kansas City and will be working with local organizations, businesses and universities, including Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Center to help develop the gigabit applications of the future. Google will provide free access to schools and city facilities.

Pricing for the gigabit speed home service has not been disclosed, but Google said it would be "competitive."

Construction is expected to start later this year and the first services are expected to come online in 2012.

"This project represents the future of how we connect to the web, and we want it to start in Kansas City," said Milo Medin, Vice President for Access Services at Google.

  • In December 2010, Google appointed Milo Medin as Vice President, Access Services.
    Google also said that it has delayed the selection of its first fiber community. Nearly 1,100 communities across the country have sought to participate in the Google fiber project, and the company said it needs more time to make its selection. Milo Medin previously served as co-founder of Chief Technology Officer of Excite@Home, a pioneer in residential broadband service, and later at M2Z Networks.

Verizon: Ready to Roll with 100G


A discussion about the deployment of 100G technology with Verizon's Glenn Wellbrock, Director, Optical Transport Network Architecture & Design.http://www.verizon.com

Verizon Ready to Roll with 100G on U.S. Network

Verizon plans to deploy 100G on selected segments of its U.S. backbone network by the end of the second quarter of 2011, including key routes from Chicago-to-New York, Sacramento-to-Los Angeles and Minneapolis-to-Kansas City.

Verizon's rollout of 100G in the U.S. will use Juniper Networks routers and Ciena's 100G coherent optical transport solution. Verizon also used Juniper and Ciena equipment for its 100G deployment in Europe earlier this year.

Verizon said the move to 100G enables its to increase bandwidth efficiency on its existing fiber infrastructure. By installing new equipment on the network while retaining use of the current fiber system, the company can carry up to 10 times the amount of network traffic carried on a standard route. Optical efficiencies also are gained from carrying traffic on a single 100G wavelength as opposed to 10 wavelengths at 10 Gbps.

"We've already successfully deployed 100G on a portion of our European network, and now we're preparing to expand this technology to our U.S. network," said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of network planning at Verizon. "Advancing to 100G is a significant step in strengthening our global IP network to handle the bandwidth demands of our customers - whether it's large enterprises or the average consumer. Besides greater scalability and network efficiencies, we also expect 100G deployment to improve latency on a route-by-route basis."


A discussion about the deployment of 100G technology with Verizon's Glenn Wellbrock, Director, Optical Transport Network Architecture & Design.http://www.verizon.com

  • Earlier this month, Verizon activated a 100 Gigabit Ethernet link for an IP backbone on a portion of its European long-haul network between Paris and Frankfurt, a distance of 893 km. The deployment uses Juniper Networks' routers and Ciena's 100G Ethernet coherent optical transport solution.

Monday, March 28, 2011

VSS Monitoring Adds to its Team

VSS Monitoring, which provides monitoring visibility and optimization for network security, has appointed Kevin Jablonski as vice president of business development. Jablonski was formerly vice president of marketing and business development at Gigamon. He previously served with companies such as FORE Systems, Juniper Networks, Hewlett-Packard, and Hughes Communications.


NBNCo. Picks IBM for Operations and Support

has appointed IBM as the prime systems integrator of its operational and business support systems. The contract has a three year term and is valued at over $200 million. Using these systems, retail service providers (RSPs) will be able to order new services, report faults or perform service qualification checks via business-to-business interfaces and/or portals designed to allow transparent and flexible management of their own services on the national broadband network. The systems will also allow NBN Co to monitor the performance of its network and bill RSPs for the services they order and operate.

NBN Co Head of Network Operations, Steve Christian said: "As a wholesale network provider, NBN Co sells products to service providers who resell them to households and businesses. To do this efficiently and cost effectively, we need robust and highly-automated systems with extensive RSP self-management capabilities."

Implementation work has already started, and will be completed in four releases.http://www.nbnco.com.au

ZTE Scores an LTE TDD/FDD Win in Europe

Hi3G, which plans to build LTE TDD/FDD dual-mode networks in Sweden and Denmark, has selected ZTE as its LTE infrastructure partner. The delivered base stations will be based on ZTE's Uni-RAN SDR (Software Defined Radio) technology, which enables Hi3G to support all viable mobile standards and frequency bands, housing both the upgraded 3G network and the two versions of LTE: TDD and FDD. The SDR technology also makes it possible for Hi3G to perform future upgrades of its infrastructure without acquiring new base stations. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Peder Ramel, CEO at Hi3G, said, "We have chosen ZTE for additional 3G 900/2100 rollout and for LTE mobile broadband networks in Sweden and Denmark because of the possibility to house three different mobile standards in the same physical infrastructure and the low cost of ownership. Furthermore, ZTE advanced LTE dual-mode solutions and quick consignment responses really meet our requirements."

Hi3G will utilize its spectrum resources by rolling out Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and Time Division Duplex (TDD) versions of LTE. The main benefit of the TDD version is that it can make full use of TDD spectrums to maximize data throughput and enhance user experience. Hi3G has acquired 50MHz of TDD spectrum in Sweden and 25 MHz of TDD spectrum in Denmark.

Hi3G expects to develop its Swedish and Danish networks for mobile broadband during 2011.http://www.zte.com.cn

Verizon Wireless Releases LTE Modem from Novatel

Verizon Wireless has begun marketing an LTE modem made by Novatel Wireless.

The Verizon USB551L 4G LTE modem is a high-performing USB modem. Customers who travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, will stay connected on the Verizon Wireless 3G network. It is priced at $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a 4G Mobile Broadband plan

Discera Releases New MEMS Programmable Oscillators

Discera announced the availability of its high performance DSC21XX I2C and DSC22XX SPI application programmable MEMS oscillators. The devices are available in single and dual-output configurations with fully programmable output frequencies and drive strength. They feature 300 femtosecond RMS phase jitter and 10 ppm frequency stability.

"With this new line of ultra-flexible low-jitter oscillators, we make another leap forward in reducing development and lead times across the electronics industry," said Discera CEO Bruce Diamond, "The DSC21XX and DSC22XX oscillators use MEMS technology to deliver better performance than fixed frequency oscillators with an unprecedented level of flexibility and reliability."http://www.discera.com

Australia's NBNCo. Readies First Mainland Sites

Australia's National Broadband Network will soon enter its trial phase as the first mainland sites come online, according to NBNCo's Mike Quigley, who provided an update at the Commsday Summit in Sydney. Negotiations with Telstra are on track. A powerpoint presentation is online.


Alcatel-Lucent Supplies Mobile Network Intelligence in China

Alcatel-Lucent cited growing traction for its 9900 Wireless Network Guardian (WNG) platform in China, including deployments with Jiangsu Mobile, a subsidiary of China Mobile, and Ningxia Telecom, a subsidiary of China Telecom.

The Alcatel-Lucent 9900 Wireless Network Guardian (WNG) provides the operators with in-depth knowledge of how their subscriber devices, applications and 3G networks are performing in real time.

The Alcatel-Lucent 9900 WNG will provide Jiangsu Mobile and Ningxia Telecom with valuable intelligence into the This includes detailed understanding of the complex relationship between application traffic, network performance and subscriber experience.

"The 9900 WNG makes it possible for carriers to monitor and engineer their wireless data network with the level of granularity needed to understand how subscribers, applications and network elements interact and their impact on every area, including the radio access network. As such, it fully aligns with our High Leverage Network vision and network transformation strategy," said Rajeev Singh-Molares, president of Alcatel-Lucent's activities in Asia-Pacific.http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Cisco to Acquire newScale for Self-Service Portal Software

Cisco agreed to acquire privately-held newScale, a developer of software that delivers a service catalog and self-service portal for IT organizations to select and quickly deploy cloud services within their businesses. Financial terms were not disclosed.

newScale is based in San Mateo, California. Its software helps IT organizations and service providers offer a self-service "storefront" for both desktop and data center services - across physical, virtual and cloud environments. The newScale team will report into Cisco's Advanced Services organization.

"Cloud computing represents a major shift in the evolution of the Internet, and as more customers migrate from traditional IT infrastructures, the need for rapid self-provisioning and efficient management becomes increasingly critical," said Parvesh Sethi, senior vice president of Cisco Services. "With the acquisition of newScale, Cisco will be able to accelerate the deployment of cloud services through a service catalog and self-service portal that allows customers to easily manage their IT infrastructures."

http://www.cisco.com http://www.newscale.com/

Altera Targets Optical Interconnect Programmable Devices

Altera outlined plans for optically interconnected programmable devices to serve as chip-to-chip and chip-to-backplane bridges.

The company is leveraging its knowledge of system interconnect technologies to enable direct optical interfaces in future device packages and break through the bandwidth and signal integrity barriers inherent in copper technology. The idea is to embed optical interface technology into an FPGA. Specifically, an FPGA could be integrated with optics, such as a transmitter optical sub-assembly (TOSA) and transceiver optical sub-assembly (ROSA), providing direct optical signal transmitting and receiving without the need for a discrete optical module.
This could potentially reduce system power requirements by 70 percent to 80 percent while increasing port density and bandwidth.

"Altera has a strong history of delivering industry-leading technologies for today's design challenges, while at the same time developing breakthrough technologies that unlock new possibilities for the future," said Bradley Howe, vice president of IC engineering at Altera. "These direct optical interfaces have the potential to future-proof backplanes and deliver the vast quantity of available bandwidth long sought by application and content developers."

BT Connects First 50 SuperFast Broadband Customers in Cornwall

BT has activated its first 50 customers for its Super-fast broadband in Cornwall. The rollout is part of the £132 million super-fast broadband scheme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The company said about six months after the signing of the contract, its Openreach local network business has already installed more than 150 kilometres of optical fibre cable – equivalent to more than the length of Cornwall.http://www.btplc.com

Hong Kong's New World Deploys Juniper's Metro Ethernet

New World Telecom has selected Juniper Networks to provide the foundation for its next-generation of Metro Ethernet services. The deployment includes MX960 and MX480 3D Universal Edge Routers. Modular Port Concentrators (MPC), Juniper's advanced line modules based on the Junos Trio chipset that will enable New World Telecom to mix-and-match interfaces to create customized, service-specific chassis configurations. Nokia Siemens Networks serves as technology partner.ging the point-to-point, any-to-any connection network.

Over the last 15 years, New World Telecommunications has established a strong presence in the Hong Kong market for its Metro Ethernet and International Ethernet Private Line services.

"Backhaul is a very important segment of our Metro Ethernet market and Hong Kong's mobile operators are already planning their network migration to LTE," said Johnny Cheung, Executive Vice President, Networks and IT of New World Telecom. "Our next-generation of Metro Ethernet provides high bandwidth and clocking synchronization features compliant for LTE build outs, and Juniper's MX Series proved to be highly efficient and the highest http://www.juniper.net

Verizon Wireless Releases Samsung's LTE Hotspot

Verizon Wireless began selling the Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot in its retail stories and online.

The device enables customers to share 4G LTE internet connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices at the same time. Customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in Verizon's 4G Mobile Broadband coverage areas. It is backward compatible with the Verizon Wireless 3G network.

It is priced at $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a 4G Mobile Broadband plan. The 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot will be available in stores on March 31.

Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE mobile broadband data packages starts at $50 monthly for 5GB.

FiberTower Implements Packet Microwave Backhaul with DragonWave

FiberTower, which provide alternative backhaul services in markets across the U.S., is deploying DragonWave's Horizon Compact to support its microwave-based packet backhaul services.

FiberTower maintains an extensive footprint in 24 GHz and 39 GHz radio spectrum bands, carrier-class fiber and microwave networks in major markets nationwide to serve the needs of the major wireless carriers.

DragonWave products are installed in FiberTower's networks in Ohio and Texas.

"Our customers include nine US wireless carriers, and increasingly they are demanding pure packet backhaul to ensure optimal performance for their service offerings. DragonWave offers a family of solutions that is clearly head of the class—in terms of both scalability and flexibility—for pure packet backhaul," said Dave Jones, Senior Vice President of Network Services with FiberTower. "Furthermore, the DragonWave solution is engineered with valuable attributes that enable us to enter new markets quickly and cost-effectively. One of the things that impressed us during our trial of the Horizon Compact, for example, was its innovative, zero-footprint configuration."http://www.dragonwaveinc.com http://www.fibertower.com

Level 3: Mobile Backhaul Progression


Amanda Tierney, VP, Wholesale Market Management, Level 3 Communicationshttp://www.level3.com

Sunday, March 27, 2011

NetScout to Acquire Psytechnics for UC Assurance

NetScout Systems will acquire privately held Psytechnics, which offers performance management technology for unified communications services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Psytechnics, which is based in Ipswich, United Kingdom, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, offers a range of active and passive software solutions for both Enterprises and Service Providers markets. These software solutions are used to demonstrably improve the performance of real-time communications, including the most advanced unified communications applications and networks designs. Its Experience Manager is a software suite that delivers user QoE-based service management for IP voice, video conferencing and Telepresence services. Real-time, objective call analysis details the actual user experience and streamlines both pro-active and reactive processes to remediate. The company claims more than 300 equipment and service provider customers worldwide for its active test solutions. Psytechnics has been backed by leading institutional investors DFJ Esprit, Gimv and New Venture Partners.

NetScout said the acquisition will strengthen its Unified Service Delivery Management strategy by providing more comprehensive management of the quality of IP Voice, Video and Telepresence service delivery along with all other application and data services. The Psytechnics team will be integrated into NetScout's ongoing operations.

"Addressing the quality and reliability of Voice, Video and Telepresence services continues to be a top concern for IT organizations. To proactively manage these services, the IT organization needs application-specific details as well as IP transmission characteristics for voice and video traffic to understand what impacts user service quality and address performance issues," said Anil Singhal, president and CEO of NetScout. "With the acquisition of Psytechnics, NetScout will gain critical technology and expertise that will help us continue to build on our foundation strategy of Packet-Flow intelligence and accelerate our innovation to address our customers' growing Unified Communications footprint."http://www.netscout.com http://www.psytechnics.com