Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Chunghwa Telecom Switches to Ericsson for IPTV

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom has selected Ericsson to deploy a new IPTV system for its 900,000 subscribers. The new platform will replace Chunghwa's existing IPTV system and respond to a growing demand from consumers for content anywhere, any time on a wide range of devices including TVs, computers, smartphones and tablets. The deal also includes Ericsson Multiscreen TV and the Ericsson Media Connect (IPTV Remote) service. The new services are due to be available to subscribers in December of this year. Financial terms were not disclosed.

TI Trims Q3 Outlook

Texas Instruments narrowed and lowered its expected ranges for revenue and earnings per share (EPS) for Q3, saying it now expects revenue in the range of $3.23 – 3.37 billion, compared with the prior range of $3.40 – 3.70 billion. The company cited lower demand across a wide range of products, markets and customers.

ZTE Develops 4-Path TD-LTE with 40MHz Channels

ZTE introduced the first 4-path TD-LTE Remote Radio Unit (RRU) that operates at a bandwidth of 40MHz and transmits with a power of 80W. The new high-power, large-capacity RRU supports 2x20MHz TD-LTE carriers and 80W (20W x 4 paths) of transmission power.

ZTE said these capabilities will increase edge frequency efficiency by more than 30 percent. It also increases network coverage and reduces Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by supporting two carriers and reducing the number of base station devices needed by operators. The RRU can also be upgraded to support LTE-A in the future.

NTT Docomo Offers New LTE Billing Plans, GALAXY Tablets

NTT DOCOMO is introducing new billing plans for its Xi (read 'Crossy') LTE service beginning next month. The carrier will offer a flat-rate plan suited to heavy data users and a new two-tiered plan that allows moderate data users to pay as they go up to a set limit. Both plans will be available either with or without two-year contracts.

Specially discounted introductory rates will be offered for all plans. For example, the flat-rate data plan with a two-year contract, called the “Xi Two-Year Data Plan FLAT,�? will be available for 4,410 yen (including tax) per month through April 2012, compared to the regular rate of 5,985 yen thereafter.

Through September of next year, all downlinks will be offered at a max. 75 Mbps. From October 2012, downlink rates for users who exceed 7GB of data will be reduced to a max. 128 Kbps for the remainder of that month. Continued service at a max. 75 Mbps will be available, however, for an additional charge of 2,625 yen (including tax) per each additional 2GB of data.

In addition, NTT Docomo will begin selling its first two LTE tablets next month: the "docomo Tablet GALAXY Tab 10.1 LTE SC-01D" and the "docomo Tablet ARROWS Tab LTE F-01D". Both tablets feature large 10.1-inch displays and are powered by dual core CPUs running on Android 3.2.

Vendors Test Shortest Path Bridging (802.1aq) Interoperability

The industry's first large-scale, multi-vendor interoperability test leveraging IEEE 802.1aq Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) technology was recently completed by leading vendors, including Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Huawei, Solana Networks and Spirent Communications.

SPB allows customers to greatly simplify how they create and configure networks -- across the enterprise and for the cloud -- by requiring service provisioning only at the edge of the network. It uses Intermediate System To Intermediate System (IS-IS), a proven carrier-grade link state protocol, to dynamically build the topology between network nodes, saving network administrators time and effort, and virtually eliminating human error.

The interoperability test simulated a large network environment of almost 200 nodes and more than 400 links. It demonstrated full control plane interoperability between each vendor's equipment, native network discovery in a multi-vendor network and Layer 2 Virtual Private Network (L2VPN) interoperability

Qosmos Raises EUR 19.8 Million for DPI Network Intelligence Tools

Qosmos, a start-up based in Paris, raised EUR 19.8 million (US$28.5 million) for its Deep Packet Inspection (DPI)- based Network Intelligence (NI) technology.

Qosmos' ixEngine provides visibility into data crossing wireless networks by identifying, extracting and querying specific information. The ixEngine offers recognition for hundreds of protocols, and captures thousands of metadata and protocol attributes. The data can then be applied to lawful interception, cyber security, traffic optimization, policy management, service assurance, market research and network and data security. Qosmos' customers are Network Equipment Providers, Software Vendors and Systems Integrators in the telecom, networking and cybersecurity markets.

The round was co-led by leading European venture firm DFJ Esprit, Fonds Stratégique d'Investissements (FSI) and Alven Capital. The deal is a combination of primary equity and debt plus a secondary purchase of former investor Sofinnova's stake in the company by the three named companies.

  • Qosmos was established in 2000 by members of the LIP6 Computer Research Laboratory in Paris.

ADVA's 100G Metro Blade is Competitive with 10x 10G

ADVA Optical Networking introduced a 100G Metro blade for its FSP 3000 DWDM platform promising competitive pricing compared with 10x 10G solutions. The new solution offers efficient 100 Gbps data transport across distances of up to 500km for service providers or large enterprises.

The foundation of ADVA's compact 100G Metro blade is in its non-coherent 4x28G technology: The company highlights four key efficiencies:

Cost Efficiency – Cost competitive with 10 lanes of 10G, the 100G Metro solution offers the lowest cost-per-bit transport available and immediately reduces network costs and expenditures from day one. This cost reduction guarantees lowest operational cost in all data center and metro network applications.

Space Efficiency – The 100G Metro solution's compact design consumes a fraction of the space of today's 10G devices, requiring less rack and floor space per bit thanestablished solutions. Since the ADVA 100G Metro solution consumes less space than 10 lanes of 10GE, users will not need to make any additional space in already overcrowded data centers when upgrading to higher spectral efficiency.

Power Efficiency – With low power consumption and miniscule heat dissipation, enterprises and carriers simultaneously reduce costs and operating expenditures while upgrading to 100G transport.

Spectral Efficiency - The 100G Metro solution outperforms the spectral efficiency ofexisting 10G solutions. Carriers and enterprises can more than double the capacity of their existing optical networks, thus protecting their network investment and extending the lifetime of their existing infrastructure.

"Today's metro networks are rapidly reaching capacity. Service providers and enterprises are struggling to transport the enormous amounts of data required and this could seriously impact business operations," commented Christoph Glingener, chief technology officer of ADVA Optical Networking. "100G is the only solution to this problem, but it needs to be developed throughout the entire network, not just in the long haul. Our 100G Metro is the first solution on the market to address this issue, enabling our customers to meet their business expectations."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Nokia Siemens Networks Global Network Operations Center in Russia

Nokia Siemens Networks has inaugurated its Global Network Operations Center (GNOC) located in Voronezh, Russia. The new center will help telecom operators across Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to improve the speed, quality and efficiency of their services. The facility is designed to manage multi-vendor networks with hundreds of thousands of network elements.

BATS and DragonWave Develop Massive-Capacity, Auto Aiming & Tracking Wireless Systems

Broadband Antenna Tracking Systems (BATS) and DragonWave announced an auto-aiming and tracking wireless system that enables high-capacity backhaul for fixed-to-mobile and mobile-to-mobile applications. The joint solution integrates BATS' automatic antenna aiming and tracking technology with DragonWave's Horizon packet microwave solutions.

BATS' auto-aiming and tracking system uses proprietary search patterns and predictive algorithms to automatically setup and allow mobility for broadband radios. When coupled with DragonWave's Horizon Compact and Horizon Compact Plus, capacity of 500 Mbps to 1 Gbps per 56-MHz channel is delivered between fixed-to-mobile or mobile-to-mobile locations. BATS automates antenna alignment and typically acquires a wireless network link within minutes, then monitors network performance to automatically reposition the antenna and maintain optimal wireless network throughput. In effect, the system enhances mobility while simplifying the installer's tasks.

Pulse Electronics Offers Vehicle Navigation Antenna with LTE

Pulse Electronics introduced a vehicular mount antenna supporting LTE, 3G, WLAN, and GPS applications. The antenna offers optimized gain over multiple frequency bands. Wider frequency bands (698-960/1710-2170/2300-2700/1575 MHz) are covered in one small, compact 3.5�? (88.3mm) tall, 4.16�? (105.7mm) diameter at base antenna. Pulse said this antenna is ideal for voice, mobile data, fixed broadband, navigation, asset tracking, fleet management, LTE, and 700 MHz public safety applications.

The broader 698-960 and 1710-2170 MHz bands have a gain of 3 dBi, while 2300-2700 MHz WLAN band has a gain of 6 dBi compared to the industry standard 2 and 4 dBi. The GPS LNA gain at 3V is 5 dBic/25 dB and at 5V is 5 dBic/30 dB.

Sprint Expands Ethernet Access to 25 New Markets

Sprint announced an expansion of its Ethernet access service to 65 markets by the end of 2011, up from 40 U.S. markets today, as well as 37 countries globally.

Sprint has enhanced its service by adding new and dedicated speeds to current aggregated speeds, with ranges of 2 Mbps to 10 Gbps, subject to market availability. Businesses can now select from 18 aggregated speeds and 16 dedicated speeds, choosing the port speeds that best fit their network needs. Aggregated Ethernet access can provide a cost-effective alternative to traditional TDM access, while Dedicated Ethernet access expands easily to meet specific customer bandwidth needs, offering fixed-rate and fractional (burstable) billing.

MegaPath Targets Ethernet Services from 680 COs by June 2012


the new local exchange carrier formed through the merger of Speakeasy, Covad Communications and MegaPath, has partnered with ADTRAN for the nationwide expansion of its Ethernet network. MegaPath has over 200 central offices currently in service with plans to offer services in a total of 400 central offices by the end of 2011 and more than 680 central offices by June 2012.

ADTRAN is supplying MegaPath with its flagship Total Access 5000, along with its portfolio of customer premises equipment. Beyond the current rollout of Ethernet over Copper services, ADTRAN's optimized EFM and VDSL2 bonding solutions will enable MegaPath to deliver up to 100 Mbps symmetric services, while simultaneously offering download speeds in excess of 400 Mbps. For customer facilities that fiber cannot effectively reach, MegaPath is Ethernet-enabling its entire network with technology that scales to provide a wide range of customer applications and options. As a result of this project, MegaPath will deploy a number of business services including high-speed Internet access, MPLS networking, multi-site IP VPN and private data networking for large corporations.

Sensory Networks Releases DPI Software for Cavium's Octeon II Processors

Sensory Networks announced availability of its HyperScan engine with optimized support for the OCTEON II MIPS64 multi-core processor series from Cavium. The new release of HyperScan supports dual-core to 32-core OCTEON II processors, and when benchmarked with a database of complex regular expressions, targeted at intrusion prevention from a tier-1 equipment vendor, delivered Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) throughput of 3Gbps using just two OCTEON II cores, while also capable of delivering over 40Gbps on a 32-core OCTEON II processor with linear scalability.

HyperScan is a portable software pattern matching engine intended for integration into networking and security OEM platforms. The engine supports a wide range of applications that rely on pattern matching tasks, whether it is scanning for just a single pattern, or a large database comprising hundreds of thousands of patterns. The engine also supports a broad range of regular expression constructs and provides powerful cross-packet inspection functionality.

“We've made tremendous progress in making HyperScan agnostic to any type of CPU architecture and operating system, while ensuring solid DPI performance and scalability,�? said Sab Gosal, CEO of Sensory Networks. “While support for the OCTEON II processor series enables us to meet our customers' immediate needs, we look forward to continuing to work with Cavium on further advancing the HyperScan-OCTEON II solution.�?

“The content inspection performance and linear scalability, delivered by Sensory Networks' HyperScan, is most impressive and much needed in a market where demand for DPI-driven applications such as security, URL filtering and application recognition is growing rapidly,�? said John Bromhead, Director of Product Marketing at Cavium. “We are pleased to see Sensory optimizing their software on our market-leading OCTEON II processors for the emerging market place.�?

Eutelsat's Tooway Satellite Broadband Extends into Turkey

Eutelsat Communications and Eser Telekom announced a three-year distribution agreement valued at EUR 5 million to provide the new generation Tooway satellite broadband service in Turkey, Iraq, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Eser Telekom will use the Tooway service, delivered via Eutelsat's KA-SAT satellite, to provide high-speed broadband to enterprises and consumers beyond reach of terrestrial networks across the region. Eser Telekom is also planning KA-SAT-based solutions for public administrations. The new agreement marks the first major contract in Turkey, Iraq, Georgia and Azerbaijan to leverage the KA-SAT platform.

Sunrise Telecom Enhances its Cable Plant Maintenance Analyzers

Sunrise Telecom announced the addition of several key new features to its CM3 Series of plant maintenance analyzers. These new features include full DOCSIS 3.0 capability and a unique, one-button proof-of-performance (POP) feature for assuring a simple and seamless validation of required network compliance to stringent FCC standards .

The CM3 Series updates incorporate a broad array of gated measurements including composite carrier noise (CCN), composite second order (CSO), composite triple beat (CTB) as well as advanced HUM and the company's new i-QAMTM feature. These newly introduced gated measurements provide unique visibility into analog distortions, while the new i-QAM option allows analysis and troubleshooting under a QAM signal – all without service disruption. The CM3 Series also features a premium portable spectrum analyzer, digital video QAM analyzer, non-interfering sweep system, DOCSIS 3.0 network analyzer, advanced SLM and PC emulation. The new features and enhancements provide the tools to complete the required FCC Proof-of-Performance measurements and facilitate troubleshooting.

Sunrise Telecom said its CM3 Series offers plant maintenance personnel the most comprehensive tool for performing preventative maintenance and troubleshooting the distribution network from the head-end to the home, ensuring the highest levels of quality to get the job done right the first time.

Service Interoperability for EPON (IEEE P1904.1) Reaches Milestone

A draft IEEE P1904.1 Service Interoperability in Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (SIEPON) standard has reached Working Group ballot stage, representing a significant milestone for multi-vendor, "plug-and-play" interoperability in EPON systems. The IEEE P1904.1 SIEPON draft standard covers both 1G-EPON and 10G-EPON and describes the transport, service, and control planes.

IEEE P1904.1 SIEPON offers clear-cut guidance to component manufacturers, system manufacturers, network operators, and testing laboratories.

The IEEE said it expects the current document to be published as a final standard in 2012 pending further review.

AT&T Launches Wi-Fi Hotzone in Palo Alto

AT&T activated a Wi-Fi Hot Zone n Palo Alto's University Avenue, the heart of the city's popular retail, entertainment and restaurants near Stanford University. The Wi-Fi hot zone covers the 300 block to the 500 block of University Avenue, which consistently sees high customer traffic and mobile data use.

Palo Alto is the sixth major market where AT&T has launched Wi-Fi hotzones, following locations in San Francisco, New York City, Charlotte, N.C., Chicago, and Austin.

  • In May, AT&T announced an agreement with Stanford University Athletics to provide Wi-Fi across nine Stanford Athletics venues, offering fans expanded wireless and broadband connectivity to enhance the game-day experience.

NetLogic's 28nm XLP Packs up to 80 Cores, Scales to 640 Core System

NetLogic Microsystems unveiled its next generation of XLP II family of processors based on 28nm process technology, packing up to 80 high-performance NXCPUs per chip, and promising 5-7x performance enhancement over the existing XLP processors. Target applications for the new multi-core devices include next-generation LTE mobile infrastructure, data center, enterprise networking, storage and security platforms.

NetLogic said its XLP II processor family is designed to deliver over 100 Gbps of network processing performance per device and over 800 Gbps in a clustered, fully-coherent system. The devices integrate up to 80 high-performance NXCPUs per chip, featuring an enhanced quad-issue, quad-threaded, superscalar out-of-order processor architecture capable of operating at up to 2.5 GHz to provide unmatched control and data plane processing and low-power profile.

NetLogic is adding innovations that improve pre-fetch performance, branch mis-predict penalties and cache access latencies. The family also significantly expands the tri-level cache architecture to over 32MB of fully coherent on-chip cache which represents over 260MB of on-chip cache in the maximum clustered configuration of 8 fully-coherent XLP II processors.

NetLogic is also introducing a second-generation high-speed Inter-chip Coherency Interface (ICI) that will enable systems designs with eight sockets of XLP II processors for scalability of up to 640 NXCPUs. Full processor and memory coherency are enabled across all 640 NXCPUs, allowing software applications to run in Symmetric Multi Processing (SMP) or Asymmetric Multi Processing (AMP) modes.

For the high-end of the XLP II family, to complement the 80 NXCPUs per chip, the XLP II multi-core processors include fully-autonomous hardware processing engines to accelerate a variety of networking, security and storage functions, such as:

  • CPU Virtualization Engines supporting full-virtualization and para-virtualization modes

  • Network Acceleration Engines for ingress/egress packet parsing and management

  • Packet Ordering Engines

  • Deep Packet Inspection Engines for Layer 7 application processing, intrusion prevention, malware detection and regular expression search acceleration

  • Security Acceleration Engines for encryption, decryption and authentication protocols

  • Compression/Decompression Engines

  • TCP Segmentation Offload Engines

  • RAID-5/RAID-6 Acceleration Engines

  • Storage De-Duplication Acceleration Engines

  • IEEE 1588 Hardware Time Stamping

"Building upon the performance leadership and strong design win momentum of our industry-leading XLP processor family, we are pleased to announce our revolutionary XLP II processor family featuring numerous innovations that put us a full generation ahead of competing communications multi-core solutions. We believe our highly differentiated XLP II processor is a true game-changer that will give us a significant competitive advantage in the communications infrastructure market," said Ron Jankov, president and chief executive officer at NetLogic Microsystems. "The XLP II multi-core processor family is the result of our intensive R&D development in the advanced 28nm process over the past 24 months, and our uniquely close partnership with TSMC. I congratulate our team for once again out-executing and out-innovating the communications processing industry to further extend our performance leadership and separate ourselves from the competition."

Monday, September 5, 2011

NTT Com Expands Cloud-based Traffic Analysis System for DDoS Attacks

NTT Communications is enhancing its overseas Global IP Network Service with cloud-based traffic analysis for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS).

The Global IP Network Service will be offered as an optional service via a dedicated web portal. Traffic on the customer's network is monitored 24/7 for DDoS detection and analysis. Any DDoS attack is reported promptly to the customer. The service also enhances network security by analyzing DDoS attacks to help the customer to protect their servers and routers against DDoS attacks. Trials conducted by NTT Com and volunteer companies found that this service can reduce the customer's DDoS monitoring and analysis operations by 75%.

The Global IP Network Service also analyzes traffic in terms of autonomous systems, IP addresses, ports, etc. Detailed reporting is available in graphical display format to help customers visualize their network traffic situation to better understand their needs for additional network enhancement. Trials conducted by NTT Com and volunteer companies found that this service can reduce related traffic analysis and reporting operations by 90% for customers.

NTT Com has been offering this service since 2009 in Japan. It will now be offered in Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

NTT Com also announced that it has upgraded its Equinix data center POP in Tokyo, and plans to launch a new PoP in @Tokyo data center on September 26.
  • NTT Com's Global Tier-1 IP backbone currently boasts 520 Gbps for U.S.-Japan traffic, 421 Gbps for Asia-Oceania, 77 Gbps for Japan-Europe and 100 Gbps for Europe-U.S.

Mindspeed Introduces Burst-Mode Transimpedance Amplifier for GEPON

Mindspeed Technologies introduced a 1.25 Gbps complement to its 10 Gbps Ethernet Passive Optical Network (10G-EPON) burst-mode receiver chipset that delivers a complete solution for GEPON/10G-EPON optical line termination (OLT) receiver equipment used in central office (CO) locations. The new 1.25 Gbps transimpedance amplifier (TIA) for CO-side OLT equipment can be used with the company's previously announced continuous-mode 1.25 Gbps TIA for subscriber-side Optical Networking Units (ONU) equipment, which creates an end-to-end solution for GEPON applications. Mindspeed also offers a receiver solution for next generation higher-speed 10G-EPON applications, consisting of its 10Gbps burst-mode TIA for OLT equipment. Each of Mindspeed's end-to-end solutions is also complemented by ONU and OLT laser drivers and post amplifiers to create complete solutions on each side of the link.