Sunday, September 18, 2011

Symmetricom Expands its Ecosystem

Symmetricom has expanded its SyncWorld Ecosystem Program to include the microwave backhaul segment. Ceragon and DragonWave have joined as new members, while Alcatel-Lucent, Aviat Networks and Nokia Siemens are expanding their participation into the new backhaul segment.

Symmetricom SyncWorld was created to enable cooperation and interoperability among vendors delivering on advanced networking requirements for precise timing and synchronization.

Sprint is First Carrier to Offer Google Wallet

Sprint is the first carrier to offer Google Wallet, a new app/service that lets consumers pay using their smartphone. Sprint is initially supporting Google Wallet on the Nexus S 4G phone. The Google Wallet Android app stores virtual versions of a customer's credit cards, offers and loyalty cards right on the phone.

“Sprint is thrilled to be the first U.S. carrier to offer Google Wallet,�? said Fared Adib, vice president of Product at Sprint. “Nexus S 4G is the first to receive new versions of Android software, and today's upgrade puts the near-field communications, or NFC, chip in the phone to work so customers can have a secure virtual wallet on their phone. NFC capabilities on smartphones open the door to a new level of convenience and security.�?

NetCracker to Acquire Subex's Activation and Provisioning Business

NetCracker Technology will acquire Subex Ltd.'s activation and provisioning business for an undisclosed sum. The deal includes the Subex NetProvision, NetOptimizer, and Vector products, what was previously the Syndesis business covering the provisioning and activation domains.

NetCracker, which is a unit of NEC that specializes in telecom management systems, said the acquisition strengthens its Telecom Operations and Management Solutions suite and its Order-to-Activate capabilities.

"Service providers are looking for strategic partners who can deliver the complete, end-to-end fulfillment stack," said Andrew Feinberg, President and CEO of NetCracker Technology. "With a number of shared customers, proven technology, a near perfect product fit, and a talented team of industry experts, we expect this acquisition to fit seamlessly within our offerings and expand our ability to meet customer requirements."

Procera Lands Big Order, Expands Executive Team

Procera Networks has received a $6 million, second follow-on order from a leading North American Cable MSO. This second follow-on order comes just six months after the MSO awarded an initial $2 million follow-on order in April 2011. The Procera PacketLogic platform is being deployed in all of the MSO's geographies, replacing a leading competitor. Procera first won the operator's business in 2010 and expects further growth as the operator expands its footprint and continues the competitive replacement.

Procera also announced the creation of two new C-level positions at the company; Chief Strategy Officer to be filled by former Procera Vice President of Global Marketing, Jon Lindén, and Chief Scientist to be held by Peter Alm, a founder of Procera. At the same time, Cam Cullen, formerly Procera's Vice President of Product Management, has been appointed Vice President of Global Marketing, with an expanded marketing support team reporting to him.

AT&T Makes Quiet LTE Launch in 5 Markets

AT&T launched commercial LTE service in its initial five markets - Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. In a press release, AT&T said it plans to launch in a total of 15 or more markets by the end of the year.

AT&T said its 4G service is up to four times faster than 3G speeds. AT&T currently offers four 4G LTE-compatible devices: the HTC Jetstream tablet, the AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G, the AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G, and the AT&T USBConnect Adrenaline.

TruConnect Launches as Data MVNO on Sprint's Network

TruConnect Mobile, a Los Angeles-based nationwide mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), unveiled a low-cost 3G laptop and iPad data service delivered over the Sprint nationwide network.

Users pay a $4.99 monthly access fee and are charged only for the data they actually use at 3.9 cents per megabyte. The service is provided through a USB 3G dongle or a MiFi WiFi device that can connect up to five devices to the service with no tethering charges. There are no contracts, no activation fees, no monthly bills, no bundled data plans, no expiration of data and no overage charges.

Netronome Hires Sales Exec from Tilera

Netronome announced the appointment of Ken Way as vice president of worldwide sales. Most recently, Way was senior vice president of worldwide sales at Tilera. Previously, he held senior sales positions at PA Semi (acquired by Apple), Cavium Networks, Freescale and Motorola Semiconductor.

Deutsche Telekom Powers Home Gateway with Lantiq

Deutsche Telekom's flagship Speedport communications hub for in-home broadband services is powered by Lantiq silicon. The new Speedport W 921V Broadband Router is based on Lantiq chips for all its major functions including DSL, network processor, Gigabit Ethernet, 2.4 and 5G WLAN, DECT/CAT-iq, voice, and ISDN.

Features of the new broadband router include Wi-Fi streaming, ADSL/VDSL connectivity of up to 50 Mbps and DECT/Cat-iq HD-telephony. It supports dual band (2.4 GHz and 5.2 GHz) Wi-Fi for concurrent data and media streaming, including IPTV, which allows for superior video quality transmission over WLAN.

Lantiq supplied key chips and core software used in the Speedport W 921V, including:

  • the XWAY VRX288 Home DSL Gateway chipset, which acts as a system central processor to support broadband access processing, wired/wireless connectivity, digital voice processing and other features

  • the XWAY PHY11G physical layer chipset to drive wired Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to external devices

  • the WAVE 300 WLAN chipset, with full dual band (2.4 GHz and 5.2 GHz) output to support simultaneous wireless data and media stream communications across a household while providing superior video quality with zero-packet-errors across exceptionally long distances in buildings

  • the XWAY SLIC120, a dual-channel telephone line interface in a single chip

  • the COSIC Modem, a DECT/CAT-iq base station device

  • the IPAC-X, an ISDN Transceiver.

ZTE Wins GPON Contract in Uruguay

Uruguay's Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (ANTEL), the nation's incumbent operator, has selected ZTE to assist in providing 300,000 subscribers in the country with GPON. ANTEL is Uruguay's largest fixed-line operator as well as its biggest mobile carrier, with a 95.5 per cent share of the nation's broadband market as of June 2010. Under the contract, ZTE will help the operator deliver broadband speeds of 100Mbps. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ixia Unveils 40/100 Gbps G.709 OTN Test Solution

Ixia introduced an optical transport network (OTN) test solution for 40 and 100 gigabit OTU3/4 rates for validating the performance and protocol scalability of packet switched core transport platforms.

Ixia's “XOTN�? solution supports advanced MPLS and MPLS-TP protocol implementations. Ixia said its OTN solution, in conjunction with its IxNetwork test application, provides a much-needed large-scale, multi-protocol network emulation that is coupled with sophisticated line-rate traffic generation. The solution addresses service providers' requirements to validate service level agreement (SLAs) and resiliency over OTN networks, and to certify carrier-class routers with OTN interfaces. XOTN also addresses NEMs' requirements to validate new router OTN line cards using IP, MPLS, and Ethernet traffic, and to validate Ethernet data mapping over OTN transport.

Opnext Intros 2nd Generation 100G Coherent Technology

Opnext introduced a 100Gbps DWDM MSA transponder module based on second generation coherent technology, offering performance, power, size and cost advantages over first generation technologies.

The OTM-100 module is a fully-integrated, 100 Gbps optical transponder for metro, regional, long haul, ultra long haul and submarine transport solutions.

The 100G Digital Coherent Signal Processing LSI (DSP-LSI) in the digital signal processor is made by NTT Electronics Corporation and is the product of the "R&D on High Speed Optical Transport System Technologies" project which was supported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan. It leverages Soft Decision Forward Error Correction (SD-FEC) to improve reach, minimizing or eliminating the need for regeneration points, simplifies network deployment rules and reduces operating costs.

Mass production is slated for April 2012.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Netflix to Separate DVD and Streaming Businesses

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced plans to separate the company's streaming and DVD operations into distinct businesses. The DVD by mail operation will be renamed "Qwikster" and the streaming operation will retain the "Netflix" name. Each operation will have its own website and customers will need to subscribe to each service independently. Pricing remains the same. Andy Rendich has been appointed CEO of Qwikster.

Huawei Wins Contract with Telenor Global Services in 10 Countries for Five Years

Telenor Global Services (TGS) has selected Huawei as the sole partner for its Voice & IP network renovation across 10 countries. Huawei will provide TGS with a comprehensive One Network and IP Core solution and managed services for five years to countries including, Norway, Singapore, Hong Kong (China), United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Seven States Join Suit to Block AT&T-T-Mobile Deal

AT&T's bid to acquire T-Mobile faced another set-back, as seven states joined the U.S Department of Jusctice's lawsuit to block the deal. These states are California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington, which represent a sizable portion of the U.S. population.

"Our review of the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile has led me to conclude that it would hinder competition and reduce consumer choice. Today we joined the United States Department of Justice in filing suit to prevent this merger. Enforcement of antitrust law is the responsibility of the Attorney General and is vital to protecting our state's economic strength and tradition of innovation for the betterment of all Californians. I look forward to working with the parties involved to resolve this matter in a way that will create jobs in our state, encourage a vibrant technology sector, and protect competition in the marketplace," stated California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris.

Poland's Aero2 Picks Huawei for LTE TDD/FD

Aero2, a mobile broadband operator in Poland, has selected to launch the world's first LTE TDD/FDD converged commercial telecommunications network. The deployment will use Huawei's SingleRAN LTE solution. The LTE TDD/FDD network will boast downlink data speeds of 134 Mbps and uplink speeds of 124.8 Mbps.

"We are thrilled to partner with Huawei on a further breakthrough in network deployment by launching the world's first LTE TDD/FDD network, which will enhance user experience with improved data speeds and create a more compact and efficient network infrastructure," said Adam Kuriański, President of Aero2. "Using Huawei's technology, we plan to expand TDD/FDD network coverage to 25 percent of the population and bring mobile broadband services to over 200 urban and rural communities in Poland by the end of 2012."

  • In November 2010, Aero2, a wholesale mobile broadband operator in Poland, has selected Huawei to deploy a commercial LTE TDD network. The contract covers Huawei's end-to-end LTE TDD/EPC (Evolved Packet Core) solution. This network was activated in May 2011. Aero 2 has 900 MHz and 2.5 GHz spectrum licenses.

Alcatel-Lucent and Telecom New Zealand launch LTE Showcase

Alcatel-Lucent, in conjunction with Telecom, launched New Zealand's first LTE Showcase – featuring applications from ng Connect Program partners. Founded by Alcatel-Lucent, this is a unique alliance of global infrastructure, device, application and content companies working together to help develop next generation mobile services and applications. These solution concepts include: Connected Camera, Connected Video, Virtual Venue, Augmented Reality, Virtual Concierge, GameTime Media Table, Media Hot Spot and Next-generation signage.

Partners, customers, media and members of New Zealand's innovation community will be hosted at the LTE Showcase at Telecom Place in Auckland during September and October.

P&TLuxembourg Activates 100G with Alcatel-Lucent

P&TLuxembourg has activated a 100 Gbps IP between Frankfurt and Luxembourg, enabling very high-bandwidth, low latency, secure and reliable data services to the financial sector, European institutions and organizations as well as to all businesses and consumers throughout the country. Alcatel-Lucent has provided P&TLuxembourg with its Converged Backbone Transformation (CBT) solution, a distinctive combination of IP and optical technologies that will help the operator to improve the performance, reliability and operational efficiency of its network, while reducing costs. The deployment includes the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) with 100G optical coherent technology and the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router (SR) with 100G Ethernet (100GE) interfaces.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

BroadLight Partners with Korea's ETRI on XGPON

BroadLight is collaborating with Korea's National Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) to develop and promote XGPON technology. The partnership aims to ensure a fully standardized XGPON (ITU-T G.987) initial deployment in Korea. BroadLight and ETRI are using their existing XGPON OLT and ONT technology for end to end interoperability testing. The test plan is based on efforts by FSAN to launch the first worldwide XGPON interoperability event. BroadLight plays an instrumental role in preparing this test plan as part of its active role with FSAN.

Infinera Unveils Next Step in Photonic Integrated Circuits -- 500 Gbps

Infinera introduced its third generation, 500 Gbps photonic integrated circuit (PIC) -- the foundation for its new DTN-X multi-terabit switching platform designed for scaling core networks. The 500 Gbps PIC integrates more than 600 optical functions and works by converting light waves into electrical circuits, which can then be switched and groomed with digital signal processing.

The DTN-X combines three core functions-- a) a DWDM transmission system, offering 500 Gig super-channels based upon 100 Gig coherent channels, b) an OTN switch that scales from 5 Tbps non-blocking at ODU 0 today to 100-terabit non-blocking in the future; and c) a platform that can be upgraded to MPLS in the future.

Infinera believes that these key innovations will lead to the next economic disruption in the network, as very large pools of bandwidth can now be easily created, directed and managed across a fiber network. The 500 Gbps super-channel capability is unique in the industry and Infinera plans to support 1 Tbps super-channels in the future with another new PIC which is already in the lab.

The DTN-X combines PICs, custom ASICs and GMPLS software to deliver 5 Tbps of non-blocking, ITU G.709 Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching in a single bay for grooming traffic onto larger 100 Gbps and 500 Gbps pipes to maximize network utilization. Future iterations of the platform will be upgradeable to resilient multi-bay configurations providing 100 Tbps of non-blocking OTN and MPLS switching.

The embedded GMPLS software provides automatic topology discovery an inventory management. It also enables point and click end-to-end service provisioning, as well as <50ms hardware based protection for mesh & ring configurations.

The new DTN-X is interoperable with Infinera's existing DTN platform and is planned to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE), 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40 GbE), 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100 GbE), 10 Gbps SONET/SDH/OTN, 40 Gbps SONET/SDH/OTN, 100 Gbps OTN, 8/10 Gbps Fibre Channel, and multiple bit rate clear-channel interfaces.

Infinera also announced the availability of new capabilities on the DTN platform, including:

  • new 40 GbE and 100 GbE service interfaces to support high-bandwidth data services

  • new DWDM line-cards supporting 40 Gbps per wavelength coherent optical transmission, enabling the DTN platform to scale up to 6.4 Tbps of transmission capacity per fiber.

  • Infinera introduced its 100 Gig PIC and DTN platform in 2004.

  • Infinera currently claims 85 customers in 50 countries who have deployed over 8,000 DTN chassis systems.

  • Last month Infinera and SEACOM, a leading pan-African telecommunications provider, has completed testing of five 100 Gigabit per second (100 Gbps) coherent optical signals transmitted over 1732 km. The 500 Gbps trial ran over and was looped back across SEACOM’s newly built 930 km Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) fiber route which links the SEACOM Mtunzini cable landing station in KwaZulu Natal to the Teraco data center in Johannesburg.

    The trial used Infinera’s 500 Gbps Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), each of which integrates five 100 Gbps coherent channels onto a single chip. The PICs were used for both transmitting and receiving the five 100 Gbps signals during the trial, the first time the PICs have been used to transmit and provide real time coherent processing for all 500 Gbps simultaneously on a production network. The trial also demonstrated Infinera’s FlexCoherent functionality by switching between QPSK and BPSK modulation.

    Infinera said it plans to deliver the 500 Gbps PICs as part of a system which integrates 5 Terabit per second (Tbps) OTN switching and 100 Gbps coherent optical transmission in early 2012.

Verizon Wireless Launches LTE In 26 New Markets

Verizon Wireless announced the launch of its LTE service in 26 additional cities and the expansion of its network in San Francisco, Indianapolis and Cleveland/Akron.

Verizon Wireless is now delivering LTE in a total of 143 markets across the United States. The carrier is currently offering 11 4G LTE-enabled device, including the new DROID BIONIC by Motorola which is the first Verizon Wireless smartphone to combine 4G LTE with the power of dual-core 1 GHz processors, 1 GB of RAM and a stunning 4.3-inch qHD display.

"We've followed an aggressive roll out plan for our 4G LTE network, and consumers and businesses can connect today to the fastest 4G LTE network in the country with nearly a dozen devices,�? said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Wireless also noted that it now has 11 rural operators that have announced their participation in its LTE in Rural America program and have leased spectrum covering, in total, more than 2.1 million people in rural communities and nearly 62,000 square miles. These companies include: Bluegrass Cellular, Carolina West/Clear Stream, Cellcom, Chariton Valley, Convergence Technologies, Cross Telephone, Custer Telephone Cooperative, Pioneer Cellular, S&R Communications, Strata Networks and Thumb Cellular.