Sunday, May 1, 2011

Aurora Networks Acquires GoBackTV

Aurora Networks, which supplies optical transport solutions provider for cable operators, has acquired GoBackTV for an undisclosed sum.

"GoBackTV fills expertise in evolving areas that represent timely opportunities for Aurora Networks to expand its technology in line with the needs of cable operators," said Guy Sucharczuk, chairman, president and CEO of Aurora Networks. "We are using this acquisition to increase our technology base enabling us to expand the breadth of our product lines, thus maintaining our lead as the cable operator's main partner to build future-proof networks."

To round out its offering, Aurora Networks will strategically integrate key technologies from GoBackTV's current product line of headend and edge solutions into its current product line. GoBackTV's product offering complements Aurora Network's strategy as its solutions are a flexible and future-proof way to deploy all-digital video services.

GoBackTV, headquartered in Menlo Park, CA, has approximately 20 current employees that will be integrated into Aurora Networks' Santa Clara campus. Aurora Networks expects the companies to be fully combined within two months.

ARRIS Launches Video Transcoding Platform

ARRIS introduced the 4000 series of its VIPr video transcoding platform, featuring MPEG-4 adaptive streaming, video fragmentation and packaging of live content for multiple screen applications for both Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) and Digital Video Broadcast (DVB), as well as MPEG-4 transcoding. The VIPr 4000 series enables operators to deliver live content in multiple encoding formats with the highest possible standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) video quality.

The new platform leverages the ARRIS VIPr 4800, a second-generation video transcoder capable of generating live multi-screen video output through adaptive bit rate streaming. As a network video processor that ingests video streams in both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (AVC H.264), the VIPr 4800 provides MPEG-4 video outputs at multiple resolutions, multiple bit rates and for multiple device types – including tablets, smartphones, personal computers and televisions.

Also available in this series is the ARRIS VIPr 4400 platform, which offers classic transcoding functionality such as MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 transcoding, and MPEG-4 re-encoding with integrated Statistical Multiplexing to ensure optimal bandwidth utilization and high quality video.

Nortel Networks' Patent Sales Process Gains Regulatory Approvals

Nortel Networks has received approvals from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for the "stalking horse" asset sale agreement with Ranger Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Google Inc. for the sale of all of Nortel's remaining patents and patent applications for a cash purchase price of US$900 million.

The court orders also established bidding procedures for an auction that allows other qualified bidders to submit higher or otherwise better offers, as required under Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Qualified bidders will be required to submit offers for the patent portfolio by June 13, 2011, subject to any permitted extensions. Competing qualified bids would then be expected to proceed to an auction, currently scheduled for June 20, 2011.

Korea's SK Broadband Deploys Procera

SK Broadband, Korea's second largest Internet Service Provider (ISP), has successfully deployed Procera Networks' PacketLogic solutions, including its flagship PacketLogic PL10014 and PacketLogic PL1420 Intelligence Center solutions to support their high data traffic volumes and provide real-time traffic information, traffic analysis capabilities, and the ability to enforce granular policies to SK Broadband's network operations. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Serving four million broadband Internet subscribers, SK Broadband selected PacketLogic in the fourth quarter of 2010 and deployed it in January of this year with the primary objective of ensuring a high-quality Internet service by leveraging the industry's most accurate Intelligent Policy Enforcement (IPE) technology.

"PacketLogic provides exceptional visibility into high-volume data traffic, which helps us predict potential issues and resolve other challenges as they occur," said Seung Seog Lee, Head of the Network Division at SK Broadband.

Verizon Wireless Adds to its LTE in Rural America Program

Illinois-based Convergence Technologies Inc (CTI) has joined Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America program. Under the program, CTI will work with Verizon Wireless to deliver 4G LTE services to rural Indiana communities within the IN-5 Cellular Market Area.

Under the agreement, Verizon Wireless will lease to CTI its 700 MHz upper C block wireless spectrum in the CTI service area where Verizon Wireless has not already constructed a network. This project will leverage portions of CTI's recent $18 million Broadband Stimulus Project to bring advanced 4G wireless services to underserved rural communities throughout Illinois and Indiana. CTI expects 4G LTE speeds of up to 12 Mbps for downloads and up to 5 Mbps for uploads.

Charles Wu, Convergence Technologies CEO stated "This partnership with Verizon Wireless creates a regional powerhouse that combines CTI's existing network and spectrum assets with a data-roaming agreement from the leading wireless network company. CTI 4G LTE customers will be able to roam on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network throughout the country and Verizon Wireless customers will be able to roam on the CTI 4G LTE network. These added LTE lease areas will increase CTI's 4G mobile wireless coverage to over 750,000 POPs across Illinois and Indiana."

China's FiberHome Picks PMC-Sierra's HyPHY for OTN

FiberHome, one of China's network equipment providers, has selected PMC-Sierra's HyPHY chipset for its FONST Series family of WDM optical transmission solutions.

FiberHome's FONST Series is an intelligent WDM offering based on OTN technology with scalability up to 3.85 Tbps capacity. In conjunction with enhanced switching technology for both optical and electrical layers, the product line will now offer a uniform capability to flexibly aggregate, cross-connect and transport a wide range of protocols from SONET/SDH, Ethernet, Fiber Channel/SAN and video over converged OTN networks.

"FiberHome's FONST WDM solutions address the Carriers' requirements for multi-service agility and high-capacity adaptability with increased power efficiency," said Fan Zhiwen, vice-general manager of FiberHome's Transport Business Unit. "We standardized on PMC-Sierra's HyPHY products because they enabled us to significantly reduce our development costs by eliminating multiple designs, in addition to offering uniform functionality across our platforms. By achieving this design breakthrough at 50 percent lower power, we are confident that our best-in-class WDM product line will enable FiberHome to offer OTN solutions to Carriers around the world."

"Regardless of geography or service mix, our HyPHY chipset solves the complex service aggregation over OTN problem in Carriers' access and metro networks. We are pleased to bring such architecture innovation to the market in collaboration with FiberHome and to expand our participation in the worldwide OTN network build-out," said Babak Samimi, vice president of marketing and applications of PMC-Sierra's Communication Products Division.

PMC-Sierra's HyPHY family delivers high-capacity framing, mapping, switching and multiplexing of carrier Ethernet, SAN, OTN, transparent bit services such as video, and SONET/SDH to allow Carriers to reduce the number of line cards and network elements, and adapt to a changing service mix without costly replacement of equipment. The platform provides client-agnostic, rate-agile Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) and 10 Gigabit pluggable (XFP or SFP+) interfaces and a set of OTN and Packet system interfaces for networking to a variety of switch fabric architectures and network processors.

NetLogic Debuts Multi-Core Control-Plane Processor for LTE

NetLogic Microsystems introduced its XLP316 multi-core processor featuring a quad-core, 16-issue, 16-threaded, superscalar architecture with out-of-order execution and an L3 cache for control plane processing requirements.

The processor, which runs at up to 2.0GHz, is aimed at communications, networking, storage and security applications. It integrates 16 NXCPUs which are fully cache and memory coherent for software applications to seamlessly run in Symmetric Multi Processing (SMP) or Asymmetric Multi Processing (AMP) modes. The 16 NXCPUs are efficiently interconnected via NetLogic Microsystems' high-speed, low-latency Enhanced Fast Messaging Network to support billions of in-flight messages and packet descriptors between all on-chip elements. The XLP316 multi-core processor offers a tri-level cache architecture with 4 Mbytes of L3 cache and over 6 Mbytes of fully coherent on-chip cache which delivers 40 Tbps of extremely high-speed on-chip memory bandwidth. The XLP316 processor also incorporates one channel of 72-bit DDR3 interconnect that yields over 100 Gbps of off-chip memory bandwidth.

For 3G/4G LTE equipment, NetLogic said control-plane processing is growing challenge due to the significant growth in signaling traffic from smartphones and tablets. Always-on mobile broadband applications that run on these data-centric devices make frequent connections to the network to check for updates to emails and social networking sites, as well as to perform other background processes. The accumulation of these frequent bursts of signaling traffic is placing an unprecedented burden on control-plane processing that requires new levels of processing horsepower while maximizing energy efficiency in next-generation mobile infrastructure equipment.

Likewise the move to IPv6 is seen as leading to significantly higher control-plane processing requirements. Because IPv6 generates over 28 orders of magnitude more Internet addresses than its predecessor, this dramatically increases the burden on control-plane processing to manage and update the complex IPv6 databases.

To meet these requirements, NetLogic's new processor offers a high-performance floating point unit and a low latency tri-level cache architecture. When compared to competing quad-core processors with dual-issue and single-threading per core, in-order execution and missing L3 cache, the company calculates that its XLP316 delivers up to 400% higher control-plane processing performance, which enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to develop advanced, scalable systems for next-generation LTE and IPv6 networks.

Cisco Shows Containerized Data Center Solution

Cisco introduced a Containerized Data Center solution designed and manufactured in the U.S. and aimed at both public and private sector organizations. The modular solution uses a weatherized ISO container that offers an open architecture and transportable platform coupled with a unique management platform for cost-effective data center deployments.

Cisco said this data center solution is optimized for mobile rapid deployment, disaster recovery, support in remote areas, and better cost utilization.

Technology partners for this offering include VMware, EMC and NetApp to deliver cloud computing, storage, virtualization and Cisco data center capabilities based on the Cisco Unified Computing System.

Internap to Open High Performance Data Center in L.A.

Internap Network Services Corporation will open a new data center in Los Angeles to serve increased demand for premium colocation. Internap's new Los Angeles data center will include 55,000 square feet of premium net sellable data center footprint over time.

The new facility will be Internap's eleventh company-controlled facility in its eighth North American market and continues the company's strategy to build a geographically diversified platform of premium data centers serving customers' high-performance IT Infrastructure needs.

"According to Tier 1 Research, the utilization of colocation space available in the Los Angeles area exceeds 90%," said Mike Higgins, senior vice president of data center services at Internap. "Explosive growth in demand from the city's media and entertainment, aerospace, technology, petroleum and finance industries has outstripped limited data center supply. With the addition of Los Angeles to our portfolio, Internap is able to provide these growing enterprises with data center space that can be tailored to their specific IT Infrastructure needs – from colocation, managed hosting and cloud services to high-performance enterprise IP and Content Delivery Network services – and can quickly scale to support their business growth requirements."

Juniper's Universal WAN Spans Edge and Branch Routers

Juniper Networks introduced its Universal WAN solution designed to support distributed enterprises that run business-critical applications across varied locations, including data centers, campuses and branches. Juniper Networks Universal WAN is composed of new additions to the MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routing portfolio, including the compact MX5, MX10 and MX40 as well as configuration updates to the SRX Series Services Gateways.

The vision of Juniper's Universal WAN is to complement the recently introduce QFabric data center architecture with exponential improvements in the WAN, including data center-to-data center connectivity.

With the new additions extend the MX Series from an entry point of 20 Gbps in the MX5 up to 2.6 Tbps in the MX960. The new MX Series routers also support a wide range of interfaces, from DS3 to 10 GigE. Juniper is also adding the first non-Ethernet modular line cards that can be deployed across the entire MX Series family, including two clear channel and channelized line cards at OC3, OC12 and OC48 rates with command line configurability in a single module for maximum investment protection.

Juniper's newly enhanced SRX100, SRX650 and SRX200 line of Services Gateways integrate branch routing capabilities and security simultaneously.

Both the MX Series and SRX Series feature Junos Space Service Now to simplify and automate technical support by eliminating most manual support operations. Both routers also feature Juniper Networks J-Web, a Web-based application that enables seamless connectivity and management of the branch devices and further reduces onsite support requirements. The combined Junos software tools, along with a comprehensive library of Day One how-to books, enable the complete establishment of branch connectivity in less than 10 minutes.

Fujitsu Enables 100G on FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP

Fujitsu introduced their new 100G Transponder and 100G Muxponder cards for the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP).

The new 100G cards, which are designed for use on metro, regional, and long-haul networks, support up to 88 channels, enabling the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP to deliver up to 8.8 Terabits of network capacity. Both units utilize DP-QPSK modulation and 100G coherent receiver technology, per applicable industry standards. Fujitsu has incorporated a number of second generation enhancements to the FLASHWAVE 9500 100G units, including advanced soft-decision Forward Error Correction (FEC) and sophisticated optical impairment algorithms to substantially improve performance over industry norms. As with all FLASHWAVE 9500 transponders, the Fujitsu 100G units are full band tunable across 88–channels at 50 GHz spacing.

Fujitsu said its new 100G Transponder and Muxponder products are designed to meet the exponential bandwidth growth in core WDM networks. The Fujitsu 100G Transponder and Muxponder units can be deployed to expand network capacity by 10x, eliminating the need for expensive, overlay networks. The Fujitsu 100G units can also be used with existing FLASHWAVE 7500 ROADM networks, extending the lifespan and capacity of these systems up to 4 Terabits.

"As a leader in the photonics and DWDM industry, Fujitsu has developed an entire 100G ecosystem of photonics research, technology, 100G optical components, 100G sub-modules, 100G Transponders and Muxponders", said Bill Erickson, senior vice president, product planning, Fujitsu Network Communications. "While there has been significant industry interest in 100G for several years, we see the majority of 100G deployments beginning in 2012 and have been working closely with our major carrier customers on our 100G program."

The Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP is a modular architecture, incorporating Packet, TDM, and OTN aggregation along with 88-channel ROADM for scalability. The modularity and flexibility of the FLASHWAVE 9500 platform allows carriers to utilize the features required by their specific network or application, whether it be Packet aggregation only, or a combination of Packet, TDM, and ROADM. The FLASHWAVE 9500 platform is designed for today's multiprotocol environment, while reducing the cost and complexity of optical transport networks.

Fujitsu professional services assist carriers in planning, deploying and managing their networks. These services include consulting, auditing and fiber prequalification to assess where 100 Gbps can be added to a network; test/turn up services for installation; and numerous on-going maintenance services including advance hardware replacement, on-site maintenance, and managed network solutions for network fault and performance monitoring. Fujitsu also offers network migration services to develop a migration plan for existing 10 Gbps and 40 Gbps wavelengths onto the new 100 Gbps wavelengths.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Nokia Siemens Networks Completes Acquisition of Motorola Solutions Assets

Nokia Siemens Networks completed its previously-announced acquisition of Motorola Solutions' Networks assets for US$975 million in cash.

As of April 30 2011, Nokia Siemens Networks has assumed responsibility for supporting customers of Motorola Solutions' GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, WiMAX and LTE products and services. As part of the deal, responsibility for supporting 50 operators across 52 countries, as well as approximately 6900 employees, will transfer to Nokia Siemens Networks. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks is acquiring a number of research and development facilities including sites in the United States, China, Russia, India and the UK.

NSN said the deal strengthens its position in key regions, particularly North America and Japan, as well as with some of the world's major service providers. Based on revenue, the addition of Motorola Solutions' Networks assets makes Nokia Siemens Networks the third largest wireless infrastructure vendor in the United States and the leading non-Japanese wireless vendor in Japan. In addition, the acquisition reinforces Nokia Siemens Networks' position as the world's second largest wireless infrastructure and services provider.

"The people, customers and technology we've acquired greatly complement our existing business by taking us into new markets and broadening our market share," said Rajeev Suri, chief executive officer, Nokia Siemens Networks. "Our combined knowledge and experience will provide our newly expanded customer base with the means to grow by providing greater value to their subscribers."
  • Nokia Siemens Networks originally announced plans to acquire Motorola Solutions’ Networks assets on July 19, 2010 for US$1.2 billion in cash. The deal was held up a lengthy regulatory approvals process, and a spat between Motorola and Huawei, which ended earlier this month with a settlement.

  • Motorola's networks infrastructure business provides products and services for wireless networks, including GSM, CDMA, WCDMA, WiMAX and LTE. This business is a market leader in WiMAX, with 41 contracts in 21 countries; has a strong global footprint in CDMA with 30 active networks in 22 countries; and a robust GSM installed base, with more than 80 active networks in 66 countries; and traction with LTE early adopters.

    Motorola retains the iDEN business, substantially all the patents related to its wireless network infrastructure business and other selected assets. NSN gains cross-license to the IPR portfolio. Approximately 7,500 employees are expected to transfer to Nokia Siemens Networks from Motorola's wireless network infrastructure business when the transaction closes, including large research and development sites in the United States, China and India.

Outage at Amazon Web Services Caused by Network Configuration Error

In the early hours of April 21st, a configuration error during a network upgrade at its US East Region data center led to a cascading series of failures that ultimately brought down the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).
The trigger event was a configuration change meant to upgrade the capacity of the facility's primary network.

Instead of temporarily re-routing traffic to a redundant router in the primary network, the configuration change shifted traffic onto a lower capacity, redundant Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) network. The secondary network couldn't handle the traffic level and many EBS nodes in the affected Availability Zone were completely isolated from other EBS nodes in its cluster.

Amazon Web Services has published a lengthy memo on the incident. The company has also issued credits for affected customers and apologized for outage.

Going forward, AWS said it would make it easier for companies to its geographically distributed Availability Zones, which are completely isolated and independent of each other. The company also plans to invest in increasing its visibility, control, and automation to recover volumes in the event of another disaster.

India's Tulip Telecom Expands Data Center Ambition

New Delhi-based Tulip Telecom Limited (Tulip) announced plans to build what is described as the world's third largest data center in Bengaluru (Karnataka). The company has acquired an existing facility in Bengaluru from SADA IT Parks Private Limited (SADA) and now intends to increase its square footage by 9-fold to approximately 900,000 square feet.

The company anticipates a total investment of Rs 900 crore spread over a period of 3 years.

Tulip Telecom has picked IBM to set-up the new eco-friendly Data Center with state-of-the-art infrastructure. It will be able to house up to 16,000 racks, backed by up to 100 MW in power supply.

The Bengaluru Data Center will serve the hosting, co-location, storage and connectivity needs of large
enterprises and small and medium businesses in the region, while also serving as a disaster recovery
facility for enterprises that are present in other key business centers across India or nearby countries.

Commenting on the acquisition, Sanjay Jain, CEO, Tulip Telecom Ltd. said, "Our new Data Center will help meet the rising customer requirements for Co-location, Managed Hosting & Data Storage and a suite of other complementary services including Managed Security Services and storage requirements of our customers from across the globe. This, we believe will provide further impetus towards strengthening our foothold in the Enterprise Data Services market place."

Tulip Telecom already has four operational data centers (two in Mumbai, and one each in Delhi and Bengaluru) with ISO 20000-1 & ISO 27001 certifications to ensure reliable and high quality service delivery. The company is also a leading provider of MPLS VPN services in India.

Greenpacket Offers Enhanced Wi-Fi Offload Solution

Greenpacket has enhanced its Intouch Connection Management Platform (ICMP) to enable mobile operators to dynamically offload subscribers from congested cellular networks to Wi-Fi networks using intelligent switching rules based on operator's network management policies and controls.

The new capabilities comply with the 3GPP-defined standard for networking connectivity function, namely the Access Network Discovery and Selection Function (ANDSF).

Greenpacket said it has fully tested its ICMP with leading Policy Charging and Rules Function (PCRF) systems and that it will work universally with any 3GPP compliant PCRF node on mobile operator's networks.

Kelvin Lee, Senior General Manager of Greenpacket said "As the ANDSF-ICMP is embedded into the subscriber's devices, mobile operators can now collect real-time information about the subscriber's network conditions, including WiFi networks. Without ANDSF, mobile operators would have lost visibility of their subscriber's activity once they switch to Wi-Fi."

Lee added "Operators are riding on the rapid growth of mobile data market and are increasingly aware that enforcing policy control is crucial in managing and optimizing network bandwidth and usage. It is fundamental for Greenpacket to integrate the ANDSF into the ICMP to meet mobile operator's WiFi data offload strategy."

Technical notes:

ANDSF is a module within an Evolved Packet Core of the System Architecture Evolution for 3GPP mobile networks. ANDSF enables consumer-level devices such as notebooks, modems and mobile phones to discover and communicate with non-3GPP networks such as WiFi or WiMAX and enforce network policy controls. Greenpacket's ANDSF in ICM is compliant to the 3GPP TS 24.312, TS 22.278 and TS 23.402 standards.

PCRF, a node that operates at the network core, plays a central role to enforce policies in next-generation networks. In the context of data offloading, the PCRF data offload module functions to provide configurable discoveries and mobility policy to the UE, this dictates the trigger of when offload should happen.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Canada's Rogers Picks Ericsson for LTE

Ericsson has been named sole supplier for Roger's LTE network. Ericsson will deploy all 4G/LTE radio sites with its new multi-standard radio base station, RBS 6000, and upgrade and expand Rogers' existing packet core network into an Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network, supporting the new LTE network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson noted it has now signed commercial LTE contracts with six of seven of the top ranked operators by 2010 global revenue.

NETGEAR's Q1 Revenue Tops $279 Million, up 32% YoY

NETGEAR reported Q1 net revenue of $278.8 million, as compared to $211.6 million for the first quarter ended March 28, 2010, and as compared to $258.5 million in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010. Net income (GAAP) was $21.2 million, or $0.57 per diluted share.

Patrick Lo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NETGEAR, commented, "We are extremely pleased with our first quarter 2011 performance, another quarter of record revenue and profit. We were carrying tremendous momentum out of a very strong fourth quarter, and our new products continue to exceed our expectations and enable us to gain market share. "Our impressive first quarter growth was driven by new products introduced in recent quarters. Particularly encouraging is the market's reception to our products in TV and mobile connectivity, Docsis 3.0 cable gateways, and business network storage. To continue the new product momentum, we introduced another 20 new products in Q1 2011, beefing up our portfolios in the areas of TV connectivity, Docsis 3.0 cable gateways, and security appliances."

Verizon Wireless Restores LTE Service -- No Cause Stated

Verizon Wireless restored service on its national LTE network on Thursday morning, roughly 24 hours after the outage began. The company has not yet commented on the cause of the problem nor whether subscribers would be compensated. Verizon Wireless has an estimated 560,000 LTE subscribers, including about 260,000 Thunderbolt smartphones.

Calix Reports Q1 Revenue of $71.5 Million

Calix reported Q1 revenue of $71.5 million, an increase of 48.3% compared to $48.2 million for the first quarter of 2010. GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2011 was $22.8 million, or $(0.55) per basic and diluted share.

"Q1 was a record-setting quarter for Calix, and represented a strong start to fiscal year 2011," said Carl Russo, Calix president and CEO. "We executed well across all segments of our business, and reported results that were ahead of expectations. Our integration of Occam Networks is progressing quickly and smoothly, resulting in accelerating innovation across our Unified Access portfolio and deeper relationships with our over 900 customers."

Huawei Sues ZTE for Patent and Trademark Infringement

Huawei filed lawsuits in Germany, France, and Hungary against ZTE for patent and trade mark infringement.

Huawei alleges that ZTE is infringing a series of its patents relating to data card and LTE (Long Term Evolution) technologies and illegally used a Huawei-registered trademark on some of its data card products.

Huawei said it has invited ZTE on numerous occasions to enter into cross-patent licensing negotiations but was equally unsuccessful.

In response, ZTE said it is astonished that Huawei has taken this action because it "respects and adheres to international intellectual property laws and regulations without reservation, and absolutely rejects that there has been any patent and trademark infringement."