Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ZTE Supplies First CDMA EV-DO Rev.B Phase 2 to India's Sistema Shyam

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd (SSTL) has awarded the world's first CDMA EV-DO Rev.B Phase 2 commercial contract to ZTE.

Compared to EV-DO Rev.B Phase1, the Phase2 technology can further enhance the BTS cell capacity, spectrum efficiency and peak rate, achieving high speed rate as high as 4.9 Mbps in single frequency carrier and 14.7 Mbps in three frequency carriers bundle.

ZTE also won a CDMA expansion contract and EV-DO upgrade contract for 10 circles of the SSTL network.

ZTE Develops "CoCloud" Operating System

ZTE is developing a proprietary 'CoCloud' cloud operating system designed to serve traditional telecom applications as well as government and enterprise markets. ZTE has established a Global Cloud Computing Center in Nanjing to spearhead this initiative.

"It is our ambition to use cloud computing to account for a third of ZTE's total revenues," said Mr. Shi Lirong, President of ZTE. The establishment of ZTE's Global Cloud Computing Center in Nanjing, is considered as a significant milestone for ZTE's cloud computing strategy. "Cloud computing has revolutionized the traditional resource provision methods as well as user application methods in most computing aspects. Under the new industrial framework, we are expecting to introduce radical changes in both IT and CT market as for open up new opportunities for industry players."

ZTE said that compared to a traditional OS, its CoCloud cloud operating system accelerates the dynamic transfer of the resources through service process displaying, intelligent resource template suggestions, good adaptation and heterogeneous management of the services.

Telenor Sweden Outsources with Ericsson

Telenor Sweden awarded a three-year contract to Ericsson for field services, including field maintenance and implementation services across its complete fixed and mobile networks. Forty-four Telenor employees will join Ericsson's Swedish service organization on July 1, 2011, as a result of the strategic managed services partnership. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson currently provides Telenor with solutions such as IMS, transmission networks and service platforms.

Acme Packet Plans Expansion

Acme Packet plans to expand its Bedford, Massachusetts global headquarters in order to meet a hiring goal of more than 180 new employees in Massachusetts this year.

As of today, 443 of Acme Packet's 679 person global workforce are employed in Bedford. The company has already hired 70 employees at this location this year and plans to add an additional 117 workers in Massachusetts by the end of 2011. All of Acme Packet's research and development, as well as the final test and assembly steps in its manufacturing processes, take place at its Bedford facility.

Ericsson Appoints Arun Bhikshesvaran as CMO

Ericsson has appointed Arun Bhikshesvaran as Head of marketing and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). He previously served as Vice President Strategy and Marketing in region North America at Ericsson. He has been with the company since 1995, serving in a variety of roles. He holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and has completed Post graduate executive programs in general management and business marketing at Columbia Business School and Kellogg respectively.

Novatel Wireless Embedded LTE Module Gets VZ Certification

Novatel Wireless received technical approval for its Expedite E362 4G LTE embedded module to run on the Verizon Wireless LTE network. This makes Novatel Wireless the first provider to have an embedded LTE solution commercially available and compatible with the Verizon Wireless network. The module could be integrated into high-speed data connectivity into notebooks, netbooks, tablets and other portable entertainment devices.

"We're proud to cross this milestone with our leading next-generation 4G LTE embedded module," says Rob Hadley, CMO of Novatel Wireless. "To meet consumers' desire to be connected anywhere, anytime, we are actively engaged in integrating our 4G embedded modules into platform launches with a number of devices and notebook manufacturers as they roll-out next-generation enabled mobile broadband devices."

Korea's LG U+ Selects Nokia Siemens Networks for LTE

LG U+ has selected Nokia Siemens Networks for its LTE network rollout in South Korea. Nokia Siemens Networks is deploying its single radio access network (RAN) including its Flexi Multiradio Base Station and NetAct management system to provide consolidated configuration, monitoring and network optimization. The company will also provide network implementation services to ensure a rapid LTE network roll out that will enable LG U+ a faster time to market, expected to provide it with a competitive advantage. Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • Earlier this month, Ericsson confirmed that LG U+, a Korean wireless service provider, has selected it for the Korean LTE network. Specifically, Ericsson will be responsible for building LTE network in Seoul and will supply Evolved Packet Core network, LTE base stations and optical repeaters for access and transmission. The project will start in May this year and be completed in 2012.

Verizon: Low Latency is Key Driver for LTE

Low latency is what makes new LTE customers say "Wow" -- perhaps even more so than the fast downlink rates, said Tony Melone, EVP and CTO of Verizon, in a keynote address at Telecommunications Industry Association's Inside the Net show in Dallas. Verizon is expanding its LTE network at an aggressive pace and is dedicated to taking a leadership role in the industry through early and large-scale deployments, standards development, and work with device manufacturers. Melone's speech, and follow-up press briefing, touched on network ambitions in both the wireless, FiOs and business domains, as well as where these overlap.

Some highlights:

Verizon Wireless expects to among the first to deploy voice over LTE (VoLTE). A rollout is expected in second half of 2012. Investment in the CDMA network continues and this will serve as a back-up to VoLTE. Melone expects that voLTE will not be positioned as just another voice service, but something clearly beyond current offerings. It will be HD voice and it will integrate new capabilities, such as video and social features.

The recent LTE outage was due to a software error affecting the IMS core. The error condition spiraled out of control taking other systems with it. 3G subscribers were not impacted because they do not register with the IMS core, but 4G subscribers were not able to fallback onto the EVDO network because they do register with the IMS core. Working with its vendors, Verizon implemented a temporary fix and then later a permanent upgrade that solves this issue. Melone described the event as a learning experience that is better to have when they are early in the network rollout rather than when tens of millions of users are on-board.

Verizon Wireless will have 10 LTE devices in its portfolio shortly and this continues to expand.

Verizon Wireless will use Wi-Fi offload opportunistically. In the home, Wi-Fi easily relieves traffic over the 3G/4G network. The company has an ongoing partnership with Boingo. It will also use Wi-Fi in high-traffic areas, such as stadiums, where spectrum is simply not enough.

Verizon Wireless has an LTE Innovation Lab in Massachusetts where device vendors can tune their offerings for LTE. New ideas include an LTE enabled media feed for broadcaster, LTE-enabled kiosks for banks and retailers, and an LTE-enable HD camera for field operations, such as utility personnel. Verizon Wireless will open a new LTE Innovation Lab in San Francisco.

Verizon's FiOS offering is available in 15 million homes and this will expand to 18 million. The top tier service is 150 Mbps downstream and the company is testing 1 Gbps over the same fiber plant.

euNetworks to Acquire LambdaNet Deutschland

euNetworks GmbH will acquire LambdaNet Communications Deutschland AG for €25 million in cash (subject to adjustment) plus a payment of principal of €2m on an existing intercompany loan as well as an assumption of certain financial guarantees.

LambdaNet's service portfolio includes Ethernet, Wavelength, Colocation, Internet Protocol (IP) based data services and other transmission services. These are delivered to both carriers and enterprises, primarily throughout Germany. LambdaNet operates in Germany and has network and subsidiaries in the Czech Republic and Austria. The business offers services out of 25 data centres across Germany. According to LambdaNet's audited financial results for 2010, the business generated total revenues of €36.8m and EBITDA of €9.7m in the financial year ended 31 December 2010.

euNetworks owns and operates 13 fibre based metropolitan networks across Europe connected with a high capacity intercity backbone. The company offers a portfolio of metro and longhaul Ethernet and Internet Protocol services including Dark Fibre, Dedicated Fibre, Wavelengths, Ethernet, and Internet.

Verizon Wireless Expands LTE Network

Verizon Wireless activated its LTE network in nine additional metropolitan areas, as well as expanding the 4G LTE network in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans and Philadelphia. The new metro areas are: Mobile and Montgomery Ala.; Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn.; Gainesville, Pensacola and Tallahassee, Fla.; Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.; and Bryan-College Station and Temple-Killeen, Texas.

David Small, chief technical officer for Verizon Wireless, noted, "We're now offering consumers and businesses in 55 metropolitan areas the most advanced 4G wireless network on the planet, while continuing to offer the nation's most reliable 3G network coast to coast. We plan to bring 4G LTE mobile broadband to our entire 3G coverage area by the end of 2013."

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Zain Kuwait Focuses on Customer Experience with NSN

Zain Kuwait is using live network monitoring, reporting and analytics software from Nokia Siemens Networks to focus on the customer experience. Nokia Siemens Networks has developed two new platforms, Serve atOnce Traffica and Serve atOnce Intelligence, to provide improvements in mobile network quality by monitoring network traffic.

Nokia Siemens Networks' Serve atOnce Traffica is used to monitor end-to-end network performance for each service in real time, improving the quality of every voice call and SMS. Switching from traditional network-based alarms to subscriber-based alarms, Zain can prioritize customer problems with its operations department and proactively solve them even before the customer notices that there's an issue. This will help to speed up request and complaint resolution in customer care, boosting operational efficiency.

Zain Kuwait is also deploying Nokia Siemens Networks' reporting and analytics platform, Serve atOnce Intelligence (SAI). Integrated with the existing Nokia Siemens Networks' subscriber data management and device management platforms, SAI draws data from multiple sources and reflects real-time user patterns in dynamic and flexible dashboards that show mobile terminal performance in the network, roaming, international call performance as well as Service Level Agreement reporting for Zain's corporate customers. It is expected to allow Zain to segment customers on the basis of terminal, service, value and use of the platform as well its customer experience, allowing it to sharpen the focus of its marketing campaigns.

The roll-out marks the region's first such extensive customer experience management deployments.

"Improving customer experience is the best way to differentiate from the competition," added Mounzer El-Achmar, head of the Zain Kuwait customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks. "In that respect, Zain has shown great foresight in not just focusing on reactive problem solving in customer care but emphasizing the delivery of an improved customer experience at each stage in the customer journey."

Clearwire Outsources to Ericsson

Clearwire will transfer the day-to-day management of its 4G network to Ericsson under a seven year managed services agreement.

Ericsson will be responsible for network engineering, operations and maintenance, including field services, 24X7 network monitoring, end-to-end engineering, provisioning and routine maintenance. Clearwire will retain ownership of all network assets and full responsibility for future technology and strategy decisions.

Approximately 700 Clearwire employees are expected to begin performing their network functions as Ericsson employees in locations around the United States before mid-year 2011.
  • Clearwire currently operates a nationwide WiMAX network but has been testing LTE. Specifically, Clearwire has conducted trials with Huawei Technologies and with Samsung Electronics to test multiple coexistence scenarios between LTE and WiMAX radio technologies. Trials in Phoenix used both Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) configurations using 40 MHz of spectrum paired in 2 x 20 MHz contiguous channels ("LTE 2X"), and Time Division Duplex (TDD) configurations using 20 MHz of spectrum. The tests confirmed that the company's LTE 2X trial network achieved peak download speeds on commercially available equipment and devices in excess of 90 Mbps and upload speeds of more than 30 Mbps. Clearwire expects to conclude the tests in Q1 2011.

  • In 2009, Ericsson entered into a similar network management partnership with Sprint.

Mellanox Sets New Low-Latency Record

Mellanox Technologies a new record in low-latency messaging performance for Ethernet networks based on the latest STAC-M2 benchmark test conducted by Mellanox on IBM systems. The record was achieved using Mellanox ConnectX-2 EN 10GbE NICs with RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), the IBM BNT RackSwitch G8264 10GbE switch, and IBM x3550 servers running IBM's WebSphere MQ Low Latency Messaging (LLM) technology.

The companies cited a 30% imimprovement over results that were announced just two months ago by a competitor with a comparable configuration.

"Financial organizations require performance-leading, low-latency solutions to drive competitiveness and growth," said Dan Tuchler, vice president of strategy and product management for IBM System Networking. "This STAC benchmark demonstrates that Mellanox and IBM are addressing the performance requirements of the financial services industry by providing financial services enterprises with innovative server, storage, software and networking solutions that meet their customers' needs for fast transactions and value-added services."

Metaswitch CommPortal Unifies Wireline and Mobile

Metaswitch Networks introduced a customizable unified communications client for PCs, smartphones and tablet computers.

The Metaswitch CommPortal Communicator, which can be private labeled by service providers, is a UC client that bridges wireline and mobile handsets. It presents a suite of hosted PBX services to a classic enterprise desk phone, a mobile handset and a PC. Support is offered for Windows PC, Apple iOS and Android mobile devices. It implements wideband HD voice quality and high definition video calls and conferencing, along with a standards-based instant messaging and presence that can integrate business and social contacts, such as Outlook or LDAP/Active Directory and Facebook, on a single interface.

The CommPortal Communicator is the first UC client to leverage Metaswitch SIP Service Provisioning and Assurance Server platforms, which simplify the wide-scale deployment of telephony endpoints for the carrier, the enterprise customer and end user.

"With the advent of the always-on workplace, employees are increasingly leveraging their mobile phones and walled-garden instant messenger networks to communicate with colleagues and partners" said Steve Gleave, vice president of marketing at Metaswitch. "With CommPortal Communicator, service providers can complement hosted VoIP with IT-approved enterprise telephony features delivering high definition voice and video plus presence and IM, regardless of location."

Taqua Introduces New High-Capacity IP eXchange Peering Applications

Taqua introduced a new high-capacity IP peering application for its flagship Taqua T7000 Intelligent Switching System (T7000). Taqua's IP eXchange (IPX) is designed to provide fixed, mobile, and enterprise network operators a high-capacity, secure, low-cost peering solution for IP interconnect.

Taqua said its T7000 multi-media gateway and controller enables operators to converge voice, data, and video traffic onto a common IP infrastructure to deliver improved margins and interconnect traffic across multilateral interconnects. Configured for IP peering applications, the T7000's session densities can exceed over 60,000 concurrent SIP sessions, equivalent to 120,000 G.711 ports.

"Taqua combines high session densities, security, and CODEC diversity all within a carrier grade platform that has been deployed by hundreds of carriers for over a decade," said Scott Weidenfeller, chief marketing officer at Taqua, LLC. "Now deployed in high density IPX peering applications, the T7000's unique architecture has allowed Taqua to change the economics of high-capacity switching applications and carriers can benefit dramatically via reduced session costs."

Taqua's T7000 Intelligent Switching System is a high-density media gateway, Class 4, Class 5, and/or wireless media gateway and wireless media gateway controller in a single chassis. As a high-density media gateway, the Taqua T7000 can provide the necessary high capacity IP-IP and IP-TDM media gateway (MG) and media processing/server function (MRF). With a comprehensive set of fixed and mobile voice and video codecs and transcoding functionality, the T7000 enables a smooth evolution of the next generation IMS-based network to support real-time services over 4G/LTE with interworking capability with legacy networks. The flexibility of the T7000 architecture allows for per-channel allocation of each resource for transcoding or gateway on a per-session basis.

Taqua also announced that that IntelePeer has chosen its T7000 Intelligent Switching System (T7000) for high-capacity peering applications. IntelePeer provides on-demand, cloud-based communications services to service providers, contact centers and enterprises. These services provide high quality voice and multimodal communications to any phone or network-connected device. The company's "SuperRegistry" directory, with more than 400 million telephone numbers and end point identifying addresses, enables an intelligent Media Peering Grid that directly transports over 20 billion minutes annually between wireless and wireline phones, and IP devices.

Bridgewater Cites Another HSS LTE Customer in U.S.

Bridgewater Systems has signed another mobile operator customer for its Bridgewater Home Subscriber Server (HSS) for an LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) deployment. The unnamed customer serves 35 states in the U.S. and has been a Bridgewater customer since 2005. With this new implementation, Bridgewater extends its footprint to support the new 4G network.

The Bridgewater HSS will manage LTE service control functions, such as authentication and authorization, which ensure secure subscriber access to LTE data services. As part of this deployment, the HSS will integrate with the existing subscriber data management system using open, standards-based interfaces.

The Bridgewater Home Subscriber Server (HSS) is the master repository in the LTE Evolved Packet Core that contains subscriber and device profile and state information, and supports authentication, authorization and mobility management functions in LTE. The Bridgewater HSS supports broad multi-vendor interoperability using standards-based interfaces with all major network equipment vendors. Fully compliant with 3GPP Release 8 standards, with interfaces and performance requirements designed and tested for multi-vendor environments, it supports standardized LTE and IMS interfaces.

Pioneer Deploys Actelis' Broadband Accelerators

Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, which serves more than 140,000 lines in Oklahoma and southern Kansas, is deploying Actelis Networks' Broadband Accelerators (BBAs) to deliver broadband services with greater coverage area to residential subscribers who typically have been underserved or unserved.

The Actelis BBA helps deliver broadband to residences that are too far from a central office or remote DSLAM. The environmentally unit is line powered by the existing POTS infrastructure and can be used on any ADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+ line. The unit can boost broadband rates by as much as 100% on typical loops and more than 400% on long loops. This is sufficient for delivering broadband at 4 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream.

"BBAs have enabled Pioneer to deliver broadband services to a greater number of customers across a geographically challenging serving area," said Lloyd Green, department manager of new technologies at PTC. "BBAs provide an extremely effective, low-cost solution that has helped Pioneer meet increasing customer demand for broadband, while staying ahead of our competitors by providing the necessary broadband rates, reach and reliability."

Actelis also noted that it has been recognized by Infonetics Research as the #1 global supplier of Ethernet over bonded-copper Ethernet Access Devices (EADs). . This marks the third consecutive year Actelis has been recognized by Infonetics Research as the number one global market leader for Ethernet over bonded-copper products. According to the Infonetics report, Actelis led with a market share of 40%.

CloudShield Shows its Next Gen Cyber Platform

CloudShield Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), unveiled its CS-4000 next generation trusted network security platform for protecting critical carrier and enterprise infrastructure.

The CS-4000 deep packet inspection platform allows carriers and enterprise customers to integrate a variety of subscriber data privacy products. It also brings significant improvements to data rates and network security while reducing the total cost of ownership of the network architecture.

CS-4000's multi-faceted architecture combines the power of CloudShield's fourth-generation deep packet inspection (DPI) capabilities with the most advanced multi-core, general-purpose processing in a single converged platform for scalable, active network solutions. The system is hardened both at the operating system and with physical security countermeasures protecting the system itself.

"The CS-4000 provides network visibility and cyber control to commercial organizations and telecommunications providers with the advanced technology needed to enable the real-time protection of critical infrastructure and data against today's more sophisticated and prevalent cyber network attacks," said Matt Jones, president of CloudShield.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Alcatel-Lucent's 100G Optical Switch Gains Russian Certification

The Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) has successfully passed testing within the Russian telecom certification body. The Certificate of Conformance confirms that the Alcatel-Lucent solution fully complies with the requirements of the Russian telecommunications authorities and can be deployed in Russian networks.

Sandvine: Netflix now 29.7% of North American Peak Downstream Traffic

In North America, Netflix is now 29.7% of peak downstream traffic and has become the largest source of Internet traffic overall, according to Sandvine's newly released Global Internet Phenomena Report.

Sandvine's study is based on anonymous data, aggregated from fixed and mobile service provider networks spanning Europe, Latin America and North America. The company said its latest report aggregates data from over
220 service provider customers spanning more than 85 countries.

Some highlights:

Currently, Real-Time Entertainment applications consume 49.2% of peak aggregate traffic, up from 29.5% in 2009 – a 60% increase.

Sandvine forecasts that the Real-Time Entertainment category will represent 55-60% of peak aggregate traffic by the end of 2011.

In Latin America, Social Networking (overwhelmingly Facebook) is a bigger source of traffic than YouTube, representing almost 14% of network traffic. [Figure 4] Real-Time Entertainment represents 27.5% of peak aggregate traffic, still the largest contributor of traffic in that region.

In Europe, Real-Time Entertainment continues a steady climb, rising to 33.2% of peak aggregate traffic, up from 31.9% last fall. BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing protocol, is the largest single component of both upstream (59.7%) and downstream (21.6%) Internet traffic during peak periods.