Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Alcatel-Lucent Appoints VP of Wireless Marketing

Alcatel-Lucent has appointed Parker Moss as Vice President of Wireless Marketing, where he will be responsible for the promotion of the company's wireless products, including the lightRadio portfolio. Parker joins Alcatel-Lucent from the international GSM Association, where he was Head of Strategy. He previously served as Head of Technology & Telecom Research at Reuters and as a Telecoms Equity Analyst at Sanford C Bernstein.

House Committee Acts to Halt Any FCC Expenditures Related to LightSquared

The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee voted unanimously to prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from expending any funds related to a conditional waiver it granted to LightSquared until all concerns have been resolved about interference with Global Positioning System (GPS).

The "Coalition to Save Our GPS" noted the ongoing concern about harmful interference to GPS systems if the FCC permits LightSquared to deploy 40,000 ground stations using adjacent spectrum. The amendment was offered by U.S. Reps. Steve Austria (R-Ohio) and Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) and was part of the Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee's bill.

Verizon's Terremark Expands its Global Reach

Terremark, which was recently acquired by Verizon, announced an expansion of its cloud, security and IT capabilities in North America, Latin America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Specifically, by leveraging Verizon's network and facilities, Terremark will deliver enterprise IT capabilities through nearly 50 leading-edge data centers, greatly boosting Terremark's existing data center footprint and enabling an expansive array of IT solutions.

Terremark will deliver advanced infrastructure and managed IT and security offerings, functioning as Verizon's arm for the delivery of enterprise-class IT services to businesses and government agencies around the globe. In addition to best-of-breed IT and cloud services, the Terremark portfolio includes Verizon's managed security, risk and compliance, and identity and access management services, as well as application management services and IT and security professional services, all of which are critical enablers to the delivery of enterprise-class cloud services.

"With the assets and resources of two market leaders, we have created a unique and powerful combination of highly skilled and seasoned people, strategically located infrastructure assets and unique intellectual property in IT resources orchestration, security and compliance that will propel global business forward in ways only possible via the enterprise-class cloud," said Kerry Bailey, group president of Terremark. "Terremark's vision is to transform and secure enterprise-class IT on a global scale so that enterprises and governments can realize the full benefits of the cloud, including better economics, faster time to market and ubiquitous access to information and content sharing."
  • Verizon Communications agreed to acquire Terremark, a global provider of managed IT infrastructure and cloud services, for $19.00 per share in cash, or a total equity value of $1.4 billion.

    At the time of the acquisition, Terremark, which is headquartered in Miami, operated 13 data centers in the U.S., Europe and Latin America (Miami, Dallas, Wash. D.C., Santa Clara, Bogota, Sao Paolo, Santo Domingo, Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid and Istambul. It provides secure cloud computing, colocation, and managed hosting services. For its most recent quarter, Terremark reported revenue of $84.9 million, a 22% increase over the previous year.

    Prior to the deal, Verizon operated more than 220 data centers across 23 countries, including 19 premium centers and five smart centers.

Huawei Shows Prototype OTN Switch/Router

Huawei disclosed plans for an over-10T MS-OTN (multi-service optical transport network) platform featuring dense OTN cross-connection capacity and packet-based features such as Ethernet Layer 2 switching and MPLS-TP cross-connection.

A prototype, which was presented at the WDM & Next Generation Optical Networking 2011 event in Monaco this week, promises 10 Tbps of switching capacity. The device can be upgraded to manage capacity of over 20T.

The prototype features ultra-large capacity, uniform service switching, all-service access and 400G per slot, which fully supports the future evolution of OTN networks. Additionally, the prototype supports a uniform intelligent control plane for λ/ODUk/packet/VC services, which significantly enhances the reliability and durability of networks and reduces maintenance costs for customers.

"This achievement is Huawei's latest effort to address our customers' challenges by providing leading transport network solutions," said Christian Chua, President of Transport Network, Huawei. "We believe that this device will significantly alleviate pressure from our customers' operations and will help them tackle long-term challenges resulting from the uniformed grooming of multi-services and services with high-levels of traffic."

Krish Prabhu Appointed President of AT&T Labs

Krish Prabhu has been appointed president and CEO of AT&T Labs. He replaces retiring president and CEO Keith Cambron, who has led AT&T Labs since 2005.

Prabhu most recently served as CEO of Tellabs. His telecoms industry career began in 1980 at the former AT&T Bell Laboratories. He has served in several telecoms executive positions, including as chief executive officer of Alcatel USA. He also has worked with the start-up and developer communities as a venture capitalist.

Prabhu holds a Master of Science degree in physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, where he also serves as a member of the Board of Visitors at the School of Engineering. In addition, he is a life member of the Development Board of the University of Texas at Dallas.

"Krish has a passion for innovation that fits our culture, and the right professional experience to lead AT&T Labs at a dynamic time in our innovation program," said John Donovan, AT&T Chief Technology Officer. "He'll be a key driver for AT&T's innovation strategy, which focuses on creating an open environment and bringing the best minds together to deliver the best products and services for our customers."

Freescale Teams with QNX Software Systems

Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its relationship with QNX Software Systems Limited, a developer or operating systems and middleware for connected embedded systems, to include solutions for Freescale's QorIQ and PowerQUICC processor families. The companies intend to share IP, invest jointly in product and technology roadmaps, and work together on go-to-market activities.

The companies said joint development will initially focus on the use of QNX operating system software, middleware, development tools, and engineering services to create solutions for the medical, industrial automation and general embedded markets.

ST-Ericsson Announces Restructuring

Citing recent changes in the business environment and reduced demand for legacy products at certain customers, ST-Ericsson announced a restructuring aimed at achieving about $120 million of annualized savings by the end of 2012. The plan calls for a global workforce review that may affect up to 500 employees worldwide and restructuring costs of $55 million.

The company also pushed out the predicted date to return to profitability, saying the target break-even, based on current visibility, is now seen to be later than the previously anticipated second quarter 2012.

"These actions while necessary to strengthen the financial position of the company, will not compromise the execution of our new products and delivery to our customers," said Gilles Delfassy, president and CEO of ST-Ericsson. "We continue to gain traction on our new product portfolio and remain steadfastly committed to leadership in the smartphone and tablet markets."

Optus Signs Binding Agreement with NBN Co

SingTel Optus Pty Ltd signed a binding agreement with Australia's NBN Co. to migrate its subscribers off of its HFC network and onto the new fibre-based National Broadband Network. The agreement is subject to ACCC approvals and confirmation of tax treatments.

Under the deal, Optus, Australia's second largest retail telecommunications provider, agrees to a fixed-line network preference in favour of NBN Co for residential and small business customers served by Optus' HFC network
NBN Co agrees to make progressive payments to Optus based on the actual number of customers that migrate from its HFC network to the NBN.

Optus estimates that total payments over time by NBN Co will deliver a post-tax net present value of approximately AUS $800 million.

NBN Co. said the deal brings more customers and services to the new fibre infrastructure, thereby providing an improvement in NBN Co's Internal Rate of Return when compared to the company's Corporate Plan of December 2010.

"The agreement with Optus is expected to enhance the take-up rates on the National Broadband Network, thereby improving NBN Co's revenue plan," said NBN Co Chief Executive Officer Mike Quigley.

Telstra and Australia's NBN Sign Definitive Agreement

Telstra signed a Definitive Agreements with NBN Co and the Commonwealth for its participation in the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) through the decommission of the Telstra copper network and eventual migration of traffic onto the new fibre infrastructure.

The deal provides Telstra with replacement revenue, through disconnection payments as the rollout of the NBN occurs, and new revenues, through access payments for the use of Telstra's infrastructure over an assumed average 30 year period. Telstra estimates the value of this arrangement at approximately AUS $11 billion in post-tax net present value over their long-term life.

The agreements remain subject to the satisfaction of a number of conditions, including the critical step of ACCC acceptance of Telstra's structural separation undertaking and approval of its migration plan.

Key elements of the signed deal include:

  • Telstra has agreed to disconnect, progressively, copper-based Customer Access Network services and broadband services on its HFC cable network (but not Pay TV services on the HFC) that are provided to premises in the NBN fibre footprint, and will migrate its services onto NBN-based services, over the expected 10 year build period of the NBN;

  • Telstra will provide NBN Co with large scale access to certain infrastructure – dark fibre, exchange space, lead-in-conduits and ducts - at prices based on committed large volume levels of usage and availability. The term of the infrastructure agreement will be between 35 and 40 years (the precise term depends on a number of factors including NBN Co's rollout schedule) from commencement, plus two 10 year options to extend exercisable by NBN Co.

  • The infrastructure will be taken over the course of the NBN rollout and payments made for an assumed average period of 30 years. In order to maximise the availability of this infrastructure, Telstra will undertake necessary work on the infrastructure. Telstra retains ownership of all infrastructure assets, except for those lead-in-conduits used by NBN Co which will become NBN Co property once used;

  • The Government has agreed to a package which includes increased funding for the delivery of the Universal Service Obligation (USO), clarification of Telstra's USO responsibilities for the supply of infrastructure in new developments in the NBN environment, and the avoidance of certain costs to Telstra through various funding measures such as funding of a public information campaign, and for employee retraining; and

  • Telstra and NBN Co have also agreed to key product feature and price commitments relating to NBN Co's basic voice and data offering. These will be addressed in NBN Co's full product terms, which remain subject to further development and industry consultation.

Telstra Chairman Catherine Livingstone said "The Government's commitment to the NBN and other related policy changes meant that the Telstra Board had to decide whether the company should participate in the NBN rollout or pursue other options. The decision to participate was made on the basis that the proposed transaction is expected to provide us with the ability to recover more value for the business than the available alternatives, given the loss of value after the NBN policy announcements.

"After rigorously assessing the options before it, including the regulatory and commercial implications of each, the Telstra Board expects to recommend that shareholders approve a proposal to participate in the NBN rollout, subject to the conditions precedent being satisfied."

Lulz Releases Classified Data from Arizona Police Agencies

The hackers at Lulz Security continued their campaign with a targeted attack on police agencies in Arizona. The attack includes the posting of classified documents related to immigration and narcotics enforcement.

Meanwhile, key websites of the Brazilian government remained offline, including the Presidential website and the Ministry of Sports.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Actelis Supplies Ethernet-over-Copper in Canada's Northwest Territories

Actelis Networks announced the deployment of its broadband solutions across a 440-thousand-square-mile region in the Northwest Territories of Canada. The rollout across the sparsely populated region connects a community of more than 40 thousand people to schools, health care centers and other public services. The network leverages existing copper-based infrastructure coupled with Actelis' EFMplus technology. Actelis' EFMplus technology served as the foundation for the aggregation switches and Ethernet Access Devices (EADs), which have been engineered to provide high bandwidth and reliable connectivity at very long distances over the copper network. This enabled the Northwest Territories to deliver services reliably and economically to every location almost immediately, regardless of distance.

"In order to construct a network that can provide the necessary bandwidth, reliability and access in such remote locations, satellite, line-of-sight microwave systems or a fiber-based network are often considered to be the only alternatives," said Joe Manuele, executive vice president of worldwide sales and customer service at Actelis. "However, a fiber-based buildout typically require millions of dollars in investment to lay new fiber, plus months, if not years, of effort involving digging trenches, negotiating rights-of-way agreements and so on."

Meraki: iPad's Generate 400% More Wi-Fi Traffic

iPads use significantly more Wi-Fi data than the average mobile device -- in fact, over 400% more Wi-Fi data than the average Android, iPod, and iPhone -- according to a new study from Meraki, which has over 17,000 Wi-Fi networks in operation.

Meraki anonymously surveyed over 100,000 randomly selected devices accessing general use, public, and educational Wi-Fi networks across the US. The survey looked at bandwidth usage and operating system popularity over selected periods in 2010 and 2011.

Some of the survey results:

  • Between 2010 and 2011, mobile platforms overtook desktop platforms in percentage of Wi-Fi devices.

  • The average iPad consumes over 400% more Wi-Fi data than the average Android, iPod, and iPhone.

  • iOS and Android together now account for 58% of Wi-Fi devices, compared to 33% just one year ago.

  • The iPhone is now the single most popular Wi-Fi device with 32% share.

Tilera Pushes 64-bit Cloud Processors with 36, 64 or 100 cores @ 1.5G

Tilera, a start-up based in San Jose, California, introduced its "TILE-Gx" 3000 processor family specifically designed to take on Intel's Sandy Bridge as the workhorse for common cloud computing applications.

Tilera's TILE-Gx 3000 processors are optimized for cloud datacenters and promise a "10-fold performance-per-watt advantage over Intel's SandyBridge processor family."

The TILEGx-3000 series includes three processors to address different market segments: 36, 64 or 100 cores. The processors are implemented using the 40 nanometer TSMC fabrication process. Each core features a powerful three-issue, 64-bit ALU with an advanced virtual memory system. Each core includes 32 kilobytes (kB) of L1 I-cache, 32 kB of L1 D-cache and 256 kB L2 cache, with up to 32 megabytes L3 coherent cache across the device.

The first of the TILE-Gx family of processors, the 36-cores device, will be sampling in July of 2011, with the 64 and 100-core devices available early in 2012.
  • In January 2011, Tilera raised $45 million in new funding for its TILE family of many-core processors for cloud computing and communications.

    Tilera's processors are based on its "iMesh" architecture that scales to hundreds of RISC-based cores on a single chip. Tilera has two product families: TILE64 processors and TILEPro processors, with its latest TILE-Gx family planned for early 2011.

    The new funding was led by Artis Capital Management, that included investment from WestSummit Capital Management and Comerica Bank in addition to existing investors Walden International, Bessemer Venture Partners and Columbia Capital. Cisco Systems and Samsung Venture Investment Co. also participated, joining Tilera's previous strategic investors: Broadcom, NTT Finance, VentureTech Alliance, and Quanta Computer.

  • Tilera was founded in 2004 to bring to market the MIT research of Dr. Anant Agarwal who first created the mesh-based multicore architecture in 1996. The "Raw" project received multi-million dollar DARPA and National Science Foundation grants and spawned the development of the first tiled multicore processor prototype and associated multicore software in 2002.

SITA and Orange Business to Build a Global Cloud Computing

SITA, the air transport industry IT specialist, and Orange Business Services announced plans to build a global, high performance, managed cloud computing infrastructure. Each partner will use this infrastructure to deliver their cloud services portfolio to their markets with added global reach, reliability and minimum latency.

The cloud computing infrastructure will be based on six seamlessly interconnected Tier III+ and Tier IV data centers in five continents, in Atlanta, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney. Each data center will cover their regional hemispheres and will be interconnected via Orange's high-speed MPLS network.

Orange Business Services and SITA plan to offer their individual portfolio of cloud computing services, encompassing infrastructure as-a-service, platform as-a-service, desktop as-a-service, and software as-a-service. Both Orange Business Services and SITA will continue to own the service relationships with their end customers.

Rollout of the infrastructure has already started with the data centers of Atlanta, Frankfurt and Singapore being fully operational in Q1 2012 and all six data centers in Q3 2012.

Telefonica I+D Tests IP Optical Supercore with Juniper

Telefonica's Research and Development division (Investigaci├│n y Desarrollo, I+D) has tested a dynamic IP Optical Multilayer network architecture with Juniper Networks. The aim of the GMPLS-based IP Optical infrastructure is to reduce complexity in the service provider network while improving the economics of supporting the increasingly unpredictable traffic patterns driven by new and emerging network applications.

Telefonica has developed this solution leveraging the Junos control plane running on Juniper Networks core and edge routers and had previously demonstrated this capability at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC) 2011 in Los Angeles.

"We are working on defining how networks should be built in the next five to ten years, and the coordination of the IP and Optical layers is a fundamental pillar of this next generation architecture," said Enrique Algaba, technology director, Telefonica I+D. "Our collaboration with Juniper Networks to test this architecture model has been very fruitful in demonstrating what the new network of the future could achieve."

"Telefonica I+D has clearly identified a key capability required to build and maintain economical and more efficient core transport networks, namely the intelligence to coordinate resources in the IP and Optical layers," said Luc Ceuppens, vice president of product marketing, Platform Systems Group, Juniper Networks. "The ability to dynamically adapt the network to actual traffic patterns and identify where traffic should be aggregated is essential for service providers to minimize network resource consumption, without compromising service reliability or reducing quality of experience for their end users. This is the philosophy behind Juniper's new Converged Supercore architecture which combines the inherent efficiency of MPLS with the simplicity of switching and integrated optics to deliver unmatched network scale with fewer network elements without compromising service reliability."http://
  • In March 2011, Juniper outlined a new architecture that calls for a single network management system for the entire transport network -- Junos -- for both the optical layer and the packet layer. The aim is to combine the efficiency of MPLS, the simplicity of switching and integrated optics to deliver network scale with fewer network elements.

    By collapsing the packet and transport network layers, the Converged Supercore would help carriers save money in network management and operations, while taking uncertainty and cost out of core network provisioning. Juniper is forecasting network CAPEX cost savings of 40 to 65 percent compared to traditional architectures and a 35 percent savings versus a pure IP routing solution.

    The new Converged Supercore switches are based on a new Junos Express chipset that is optimized for high capacity transport and features the on-chip traffic engineering, full delay bandwidth buffers, algorithms optimized for packet transport and embedded error detection required to support differentiated traffic types and patterns without disruption. Junos Express is built in 40 nanometer technology with 3.55 billion transistors. It represent an R&D investment of $40 million. Junos Express is the second chipset in the Junos One family of processors, which the company developed in-house.


Presented by Luc Ceuppenns, VP, Product Marketing, Juniper Networks

AppliedMicro's Home Networking Chip Offers USB 3.0, SATA-II, QoS, Support for 802.11ac

AppliedMicro introduced a high-performance System-on-a-Chip (SoC) featuring a 1.2GHz PowerPC 465 processing core for advanced Network Attached Storage (NAS), Wireless Access Point (WAP) and media gateway systems for the connected home market.

AppliedMicro's APM86491 offers two USB 3.0 ports, two PCI Express Gen 2 ports, up to two SATA-II ports and two 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports on a single device. It supports line-rate throughput simultaneously on all high-speed interfaces, and it also supports next-generation 802.11ac and advanced 802.11n WLAN compatibility.

AppliedMicro is also providing a hardware-based Queue Manager with Traffic Manager (QM/TM). The QM/TM implements QoS to enable a richer video experience while unaffecting voice and web traffic. The device also implements inline packet acceleration technologies such as statefull TCP offload, hardware NAT and security features. These offloads enable applications such as firewalls, next-generation wireless access points and other connected home appliances such as NAS platforms.

Samples of AppliedMicro's APM86491 will be available in the third quarter and high-volume production pricing is under $20.

ZTE to Build BSS/OSS for Singapore's National Broadband Network

Nucleus Connect, the Operating Company (OpCo) of Singapore's Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN) has selected ZTE to build the BSS (Business Support System) and OSS (Operational Support System) platforms to support various end-to-end services such as business operations, billing, fault management, network management and maintenance.

ZTE said its BSS/OSS solution allows customized configurations which work well with an open access environment. It is expected to provide Nucleus Connect with fast and reliable service provisioning, multi-mode billing and effective network operation. In addition, the BSS/OSS delivers maintenance through flexible process management, overlapped resource modeling, powerful SOA structure and easy-to-scale interfacing models. Financial terms were not disclosed.

  • Nucleus Connect is responsible for designing, building and operating the active infrastructure of Singapore's Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN).

  • In September 2009, Nucleus Connect selected Huawei Technologies and Alcatel-Lucent as primary vendors.
    Huawei was awarded a seven year contract to provide the end-to-end full turn-key active network solution and professional EOT (Establish, Operate, Transfer) services for the entire Next Gen NBN. The offering includes 80-Tbps IP core Clustering Router, Next Generation DWDM optical transmission, Aggregation Service Router, Terabit GPON access platform, Carrier Ethernet Switch, Multi-service ONTs and the Unified network management system for the entire active network. Alcatel-Lucent was selected as the systems integrator for its business and operations support systems (BSS/OSS). Alcatel-Lucent's solution is built using strategic partners' off-the-shelf best of breed software products using service-oriented architecture (SOA) and data modeling is in accordance to the TM Forum SID (shared information data) model.

Rep. Eschoo Proposes 4G Consumer Disclosure Bill

U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto), top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, introduced a "Next Generation Wireless Disclosure Act" that would require mobile operators to disclose accurate information about the performance of their 4G services.

"Consumers deserve to know exactly what they're getting for their money when they sign-up for a 4G data plan," said Rep. Eshoo. "The wireless industry has invested billions to improve service coverage, reliability and data speeds, and consumers demand for 4G is expected to explode. But consumers need to know the truth about the speeds they're actually getting. My legislation is simple – it will establish guidelines for understanding what 4G speed really is, and ensure that consumers have all the information they need to make an informed decision."

Specifically, the legislation would provide consumers with the following information at the point of sale and in all billing materials:

  • Guaranteed minimum data speed

  • Network reliability

  • Coverage area maps

  • Pricing

  • Technology used to provide 4G service

  • Network conditions that can impact the speed of applications and services used on the network.

In response, CTIA-The Wireless Association issued the following statement:

"We are concerned that the bill proposes to add a new layer of regulation to a new and exciting set of services, while ignoring the fact that wireless is an inherently complex and dynamic environment in which network speeds can vary depending on a wide variety of factors. Congress should resist calls to impose new regulations and instead focus on the real issue, which is making sure that America's wireless carriers have sufficient spectrum to lead the world in the race to deploy 4G services."

AT&T Promotes New Cloud-based CDN

AT&T announced a new, cloud-based Content Delivery Network (CDN) platform to help businesses ensure "lightning like" fast delivery of digital content, such as videos and graphics, on their websites.

The new AT&T Content Delivery Network is now being offered to customers on a limited basis and is expected to be generally available by the end of 3Q 2011. It includes a set of sophisticated analytics and tools designed to help companies understand what their Web audiences are looking for in an online retail or service experience.

"More and more businesses are relying on video, pictures and animation to get consumers excited about their products and services," said Sam Farraj, Assistant Vice President of AT&T Digital Media Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. "Our CDN technology not only delivers videos and other attention grabbers at 'lightning like' speed, but it delivers them efficiently and at low cost."
  • In April 2011, Cotendo confirmed that AT&T is leveraging its newly announced "Cloudlet" capabilities in the AT&T Content Acceleration suite, which provides for the faster delivery of dynamic content, such as social media and shopping cart data. Specifically, AT&T is teaming with Cotendo to add their Search Engine Optimization and Cloudlet offerings to the AT&T Content Acceleration suite. Cotendo said its Cloudlet paradigm will solve the challenge of quickly and efficiently delivering personalized web pages and device-specific content. This type of highly customized content typically cannot leverage the power of traditional content delivery network and site acceleration feature because each page must be generated individually.

    Cotendo's Cloudlet offers the capability to generate and deliver intelligent and real-time adaptive locally cached dynamic assets that can be content-aware (e.g. cookies), device specific, and selective by context (e.g. user's location). This includes the ability for granular authentication and contextual, personalized application delivery, which enterprises could leverage for serving content to employees and partners around the globe.

China Telecom Deploys Huawei's 100 Gbps DWDM

China Telecom has installed an end-to-end 100G WDM system linking the cities of Nanjing and Wuxi in the Jiangsu province. The deployment uses Huawei's optical transport platform.

Huawei noted that its solution enables bandwidth pooling and hybrid 100G and 40G services to be transmitted from Nanjing to Wuxi over hundreds of kilometers without having to use an electrical regenerator. Huawei's 80-channel system with 40 Gbps per channel solution and Tbit-level OptiX OSN 8800 are adopted in this OTN network.

"The successful deployment of this 100G system with our strategic partner China Telecom has launched China into the ultra-broadband era," said Christian Chua, President of Transport, Huawei. "100G is key to satisfying the growing demand for high-bandwidth services and enabling rapid telecommunications development to continue in China and around the world. We look forward to working with our global partners to continue providing high-quality, cost-effective solutions for the ultra-broadband era."