Monday, June 13, 2011

Telefónica and Orange Business Interconnect with Telepresence

Telefónica International Wholesale Services and Orange Business Services agreed to interconnect their telepresence services. The companies said the agreement is an important step forward in creating an open environment that allows customers of various telepresence providers open access to connect across a much broader business ecosystem.

Specifically, Orange Business Services and Telefónica International Wholesale Services have teamed with Polycom and other leading service providers from around the world to launch the new Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC). The OVCC will solve a key barrier to broader visual communications adoption by enabling interoperable global B2B connectivity for telepresence and video conferencing across service provider networks.

RAD Unveils Point-to-Multipoint Ethernet Radio

RAD Data Communications introduced its new Airmux-5000 carrier-class point-to-multipoint Ethernet radio system featuring 200 Mbps of aggregate throughput over unlicensed links, coupled with an ability to supply a guaranteed bandwidth SLA per subscriber.

The Airmux-5000 operates over 4.9 to 6 GHz frequencies. It leverages MIMO and OFDM, which ensures nLOS (non-line-of-sight and near-line-of-sight) deployment, to transmit more throughput over less channel bandwidth. A single Airmux-5000 base station supports up to 16 remote Subscriber Units (SUs) with guaranteed bandwidth and low latency under sector load. RAD said the Airmux-500 provides a range of up to 40 kilometers (25 miles).

Apple and Nokia Settle All Litigation

Nokia and Apple signed a patent license agreement and settled all pending litigation between the companies.

Nokia and Apple will also withdraw their respective complaints to the US International Trade Commission.

The financial structure of the agreement consists of a one-time payment payable by Apple and on-going royalties to be paid by Apple to Nokia for the term of the agreement. The specific terms of the contract are confidential.

CableLabs Defines a Converged Cable Access Platform

CableLabs issued a new technical report defining a new device that facilitates the evolution to a converged access network architecture. The report, which represents consensus requirements from Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable and other CableLabs members, consolidates core interface requirements previously referred to as CMAP and CESAR.

The Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) integrates the functions of broadcast and narrowcast quadrature amplitude modulators (QAMs), as well as DOCSIS 3.0 downstream and upstream interfaces. It also includes the option to support passive optical network (PON) termination equipment in the same chassis.

Through flexible provisioning of traditional video QAMs to DOCSIS QAMS, the CCAP will enable the efficient transition from traditional video transport to IP transport of managed video services.

CableLabs is working on specifications for configuration and management technology important for service reliability and operational efficiency.

"This blending of our two approaches will help create an industry-wide approach for access technology platforms," said Comcast Cable CTO Tony Werner. "We are engaged in this CableLabs process and are actively contributing to its efforts on CCAP," he added.

PAETEC Hails Supreme Court Ruling over AT&T

PAETEC hailed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week that AT&T must lease existing entrance facilities used for interconnection purposes to PAETEC and other competitive carriers at cost-based rates. The case involved a dispute between Talk America (recently acquired by PAETEC) and Michigan Bell Telephone Company dba AT&T Michigan. The Supreme Court held that interconnection is an independent obligation and must be available to competitive providers at cost-based rates when it is technically feasible.

"The Supreme Court decision is a significant victory for PAETEC and the competitive telecom industry, upholding the opportunity to offer consumers a truly competitive choice," said Arunas Chesonis, chairman and CEO of PAETEC on the decision.

Ericsson to acquire Telcordia, Bolstering Role in OSS

Ericsson has agreed to acquire Telcordia for US$1.15 billion in cash. The deal creates a leader in Service Fulfilment, Service Assurance and Network Optimization and gives Ericsson a leading position in real-time charging and significant capabilities to support operators end to end.

Telcordia, which is headquartered in Piscataway, New Jersey, generated revenues of US$739 million during the last fiscal year. The company supplies mobile, broadband and enterprise software and services. Its portfolio includes Next Generation OSS — with a focus on planning & engineering, fulfillment, and service assurance -- as well as Service Delivery & Charging software for mobile operators. Telcordia also serves as a global administrator of industry interconnection directories and registries, helping carriers to find, route, connect and interact for high-value voice and data services. The company employs more than 2,600 people.

Ericsson said the deal will enhance its role in building, integrating and managing carrier networks. Ericsson's position in global services and systems integration is also expected to bolster Telcordia's OSS/BSS portfolio to expand and support more operators around the world.

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to be accretive to Ericsson earnings per share within 12 months after closing.

"The importance of operations and business support systems will continue to grow as more and more devices are connected, services become mobile and new business models for mobile broadband are introduced. In this context, Telcordia brings very skilled people and knowledge, a large business in North America and other markets, as well as a good multi vendor product portfolio," stated Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson.

Telia and Telenor Enter Network Sharing Deal

Telia and Telenor announced a network infrastructure sharing deal in Denmark. The agreement is expected to result in lower cost for both operators and faster rollout of 4G.

"The decision to merge our network investments and network competencies is a real milestone. Together, we will create Denmark's best mobile network and thereby provide the best customer experience within smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband," say Søren Abildgaard, CEO, Telia, and Jon Erik Haug, CEO, Telenor.

The deal provides each carrier with access to the other's tower. The sharing covers the radio access network, i.e. the antennas, towers and transmission equipment that establish connections to mobile units. The partnership does not involve the two companies' core networks where their services are produced - the core networks will continue to be operated separately.

Telia and Telenor will continue as two independent providers. The companies will continue to compete aggressively for customers through different products, services and prices.

Telenor and Telia will report the establishment of the new joint network company to the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority.

Polaris Wireless Discusses Privacy and Reliability in its OmniLocate Platform

Polaris Wireless, which supplies high-accuracy, software-based wireless location solutions, highlighted the carrier-grade reliability and privacy safeguards of its OmniLocate universal location platform.

OmniLocate is a universal wireless location platform, providing location capabilities across 2G (GSM/CDMA), 3G (UMTS/WCDMA), and LTE air interfaces, as well as indoor technologies such as Wi-Fi, DAS, and Femtocells.
It is used by network operators and government agencies to enable public safety, surveillance, and other location-based services.

The company stated that "it has always been the policy of Polaris Wireless to protect user location information behind the security of the mobile operator's wireless network. The OmniLocate solution does not now, and has never, enabled location information to be retained within the mobile device, where it is subject to hacking and other potential compromise."

Polaris issued the statement to address recent industry speculation following the revelation that Apple and Google have tracked user location information, and those companies' subsequent appearance (alongside Facebook) last month at a hearing of the Senate Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance Subcommittee focusing on "industry practices with respect to online mobile data collection and usage." Media and consumer advocacy groups have expressed concerns that the practice of storing mobile subscriber location information within a file residing on the device jeopardizes subscriber privacy and exposes this information to hacking.

"Because OmniLocate is network-based and does not rely on any device-generated location method, all sensitive subscriber location information resides in the wireless operator network, where it is protected by carrier-grade security using standards-based technology," said Jan Johansson, Polaris Wireless director of product management. "Polaris Wireless has worked diligently to gain the trust of our customers in the telecommunications industry and in government, and boasts a 100% security record for subscriber mobile location information we produce."

Procera Reports Follow-On Order from European Mobile Operator

Procera Networks announced a $2.2 million follow-on order for its PacketLogic platform from a European mobile operator. The additional systems will support the operator's capacity expansion and subscriber growth. Procera expects to recognize the majority of the revenue from this follow-on order in its 2011 second quarter, which ends June 30, 2011.

Procera's PacketLogic enables service providers to get visibility into the behavior of their subscribers, the applications they use, and the adoption of new services to ensure good Quality of Experience (QOE) for their customers.

NETASQ Selects IP Infusion for Network Security

NETASQ has selected IP Infusion's ZebOS software to expand the capabilities of its full range of security products. This includes adding Layer 2 and 3 routing support for Routing Information Protocol (RIP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) and Border Gateway Protection (BGP) for IPv4/IPv6.

Ekinops Debuts Ethernet Switching and Routing Products

Ekinops has expanded its optical transport solution with the introduction of a line of integrated, highly scalable Layer 1, 2 and 3 Ethernet switching and routing solutions that span the network edge to the core. The products are being offered in partnership with a leading supplier of Ethernet switching and routing technology (name not disclosed).

The new solutions, all MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) certified, offer operational simplicity. Their flexibility allows customers to choose the exact switching, routing, and transport capacity needed, as well as the necessary types, rates, and numbers of physical interfaces. Wireless Backhaul, Business Ethernet services, Carrier Ethernet, and triple or quad play are just some of the Layer 1, 2 or 3 customer applications that the switching, routing, and transport solutions address.

The Layer 2 and 3 capabilities include MPLS, VPLS, IP routing, Carrier Ethernet, and Ethernet switching. The solution set includes an integrated management capability focusing on FCAPS (Fault, Configuration, Accounting, Performance, Security) and end-to-end service monitoring and provisioning.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Aruba Delivers 1 Mbps Video Simultaneously to 100 iPads

Aruba Networks, in collaboration with the University of Ottawa, demonstrated the delivery of six multimedia educational applications 100 iPads concurrently located in a single auditorium. Each of the applications was delivered simultaneously to all 100 iPads with the highest quality and without any noticeable jitter, delay or frame loss. Aruba reports that 100 percent of the iPads passed the multimedia Service Level Agreement (SLA), as measured by VeriWave WaveInsite, which was also used to objectively verify sustained performance of 1Mbps of multimedia streaming to each iPad.

ARRIS Shows 4.5 Gbps Downstream DOCSIS

At this week's NCTA Cable Show in Chicago, ARRIS will demonstrate DOCSIS downstream file transfer throughput of 4.5 Gbps. This is achieved by transmitting over 128 DOCSIS downstream channels into a single Fiber Node. In the demo, an ARRIS C4 CMTS will be configured using four newly-released 32 Downstream Cable Access Modules (32D CAMs) to source the 128 DOCSIS downstream channels into the Fiber Node. The Bandwidth Monitor will illustrate that the total downstream bandwidth sent into the Fiber Node remains fairly constant at about 4.5 Gbps.

ARRIS is also demonstrating a proof-of-concept implementation of a 5-200 MHz high-split DOCSIS upstream system with 575 Mbps of DOCSIS upstream bandwidth being transmitted over 24 DOCSIS Upstream channels out of a single Fiber Node. This demo uses a single ARRIS 24U CAM to receive the high-split 5-200 MHz upstream spectrum from a Fiber Node. This record-breaking upstream bandwidth is intended to help the industry explore the future frequency allocations of HFC to protect its value and viability for many years to come.

GSA: 37 Vendors with Announced LTE Consumer Devices

A new "Status of the LTE Ecosystem" report published by the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) finds that 42 manufacturers have announced 137 LTE-enabled user devices, signalling 40% growth in the number of products launched in the past 3 months. The breakdown of LTE devices by form factor is as follows (March 2011 figures in brackets):

Modules = 27 (22)

M-Tablets = 8 (7)

Notebooks/netbooks = 7 (6)

PC Cards = 2 (1)

Smartphones = 9 (6)

Routers (including personal hotspots) = 45 (28)

USB modems/dongles = 39 (28).

ECI Telecom Appoints Shimon Bart as President and CEO

ECI Telecom has appointed Mr. Shimon Bart as its new President and CEO, replacing Rafi Maor, who will now serve as Chairman of the Board.

Bart was most recently the CEO of Keter Plastic Ltd. - IPG, one of the world's leading global manufacturers and marketers of resin-based home consumer products, with hundreds of millions of dollars in sales and an employer of nearly 1,500 people worldwide. Prior to that, he served as the General Manager of one of Keter's Strategic Business Units. Before joining Keter, he was founder and CEO of VLScom, a start-up company focused on video technologies.

Verizon Wireless to Offer Mobile Payments via Payfone

Verizon Wireless is preparing to launch a new service that will allow customers to make online purchases from their smartphones, tablets and PCs using numerous payment methods, including charging purchases to their monthly wireless statements or using traditional payment methods through financial institution partners. The service will be powered by Payfone.

"Our relationship with Payfone complements the part of the mobile payments equation we're already working on with our Isis joint venture," said Greg Haller, marketing vice president, Verizon Wireless. "We approach the mobile payments arena from a customer's perspective. As we move forward, the most important goals will be security, privacy and simplicity. Through our relationship with Payfone, we will be able to quickly offer value to our customers by offering them greater choice and a simple, safe and secure purchasing experience when shopping online from their smartphones, tablets and PCs."

We are pleased to be working with Verizon Wireless to deliver a new level of convenience, security and flexibility to their customers and to boost revenue and conversion for operators, merchants and publishers," states Rodger Desai, chief executive officer, Payfone. "This underscores Verizon Wireless' dedication to cutting-edge innovation as it stays ahead of the mobile payments curve."
  • Payfone is a member of the GSMA and is based in New York, NY. The company was founded in March 2008 and is backed by American Express, Verizon Investments, Rogers Ventures, BlackBerry Partners Fund, Opus Capital, and RRE Ventures.

Devicescape -- The Easy WiFi Mobile Data Offload Network

  • Motivated by cost savings and spectrum limitations, carriers are looking at alternative options such as Wi-Fi to accommodate the rapid growth of mobile data traffic. However, the Wi-Fi offloading solution must be seamless and reliable for the subscriber and provide clear benefits to the carrier. In this video, Devicescape highlights the benefits of using Wi-Fi as the offloading technology.

Telco Systems Embeds Symmetricom in Packet Backhaul

Telco Systems has partnered with Symmetricom to embed IEEE1588v2 technology into its mobile backhaul solution. The combined solution ensures the delivery of precise timing and synchronization over packet-based networks.

Telco Systems' mobile backhaul edge solution uses Carrier Ethernet and IP/MPLS as transport technologies. It supports a variety of synchronization technologies (1588v2, SyncE, ACR) and synchronization interworking to provide optimized and flexible support of different customer networks.

Broadcom's 3rd Gen DOCSIS 3.0 Chips Optimize 1GHz Downstream Spectrum

Broadcom introduced its third generation DOCSIS 3.0 system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution featuring Full-Band Capture (FBC) technology, dual-band concurrent Wi-Fi and a custom applications processor. The FBC digital tuning technology directly samples and digitizes the entire 1GHz downstream spectrum of a cable plant, providing access to any channel anywhere. Advanced signal processing techniques enables finer digital tuning and supports DOCSIS and digital video on any frequency, eliminating limitations of "block" tuners.

When combined with Broadcom's set-top box SoC with fast acquisition technology, video channels can be pre-tuned and users can enjoy the experience of Broadcom's FastRTV™ fast channel change technology. The new chip support simultaneous 2.4 and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11 band streams. It also provides a multi-threaded 500MHz processor, a 50 percent increase in CPU speed.

Motorola Televation Offers CableCard Programming, Transcoding, Wi-Fi

Motorola Mobility introduced its "Televation" broadband device for distributing live TV via Wi-Fi to any IP-enable screen around the home.

Televation employs a 1GHz digital tuner and CableCard to access broadcast TV channels directly from a coax outlet. The device has a high-performance transcoder that translates programming in real-time from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4, as well as changing resolution and bit rate to match the capabilities of the consumer's viewing device.

Televation uses Motorola's SecureMedia IPRM-HN technology to keep the programming secure while it is being streamed, and to preserve the digital rights associated with the program. IPRM-HN has been approved by both CableLabs and the DTLA (Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator), giving content owners peace of mind that their valuable asset remains safe.

Motorola is providing Software Development Kits (SDKs) for both Android and iOS development environments. The company is also providing a reference client application for tablet devices that can be easily branded by cable providers.

"Motorola shares our focus on developing innovative consumer entertainment experiences, and we're pleased to have been able to work with them on Televation," said Tony Werner, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Comcast. "As the digital home continues to evolve, Televation is one of many tools that MSOs can use to give consumers a more portable TV experience in the home so they can watch anytime and anywhere."

"Consumers love entertainment, and want easy access to TV no matter where they are in the home. Coupled with the explosive popularity of tablet devices, this represents a terrific opportunity for MSOs to increase customer satisfaction while generating new revenue," said John Burke, senior vice president and general manager, Converged Experiences, Motorola Mobility. "Televation gives our customers the ability to launch a new service that puts innovation back into TV, enabling their subscribers to enjoy TV beyond the TV."