Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Qualcomm Atheros and Mindspeed Partner on Video-Over-Wi-Fi

Qualcomm Atheros and Mindspeed Technologies unveiled a joint embedded video-over-Wi-Fi solution and an integrated board using Qualcomm Atheros' new three-stream 802.11n chip and Mindspeed's Comcerto 1000 broadband packet processors. The embedded solution is aimed at next-generation media gateways and systems performing the media resource function processing (MRFP) for IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) networks. Key applications include video and voice content conversion in support of telephony, multimedia messaging services (MMS) and video ad insertion.

Huawei Shows New ONT

At this week's Fiber To The Home (FTTH) Conference and Expo 2011 in Orlando, Huawei is showing its new Optical Network Terminal (ONT) and Intelligent Optical Distribution Network (iODN). The ONT design allows a single ONT type to be used for indoor, just-inside, and outdoor applications. It will simplify network operation and reduce deployment costs. The unit – with 2 POTS and 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports – can be deployed indoor for desk or wall mounting use. The same ONT can also be placed in an outdoor enclosure or just-inside enclosure depending upon the network application.

Huawei's iODN brings intelligence to the fiber management system while maintaining the passive nature of the ODN network. The iODN uses eIDs to automatically identify and manage fiber connections, intelligently determine fiber connection operations, and accurately manage optical splitters. With iODN, operators can automatically search the target optical fiber and appropriately operate it, paving the way for efficient Fiber To The Premises (FTTP) rollouts and accurate isolation and identification of fiber faults.

ZTE Supplies Symmetrical Commercial 10G EPON Network

ZTE announced the deployment of the first symmetrical commercial 10 Gigabit Ethernet passive optical network (EPON) network with Qoncert, a technology provider based in Tampa Bay, Florida.

The network features a 10 gigabit Ethernet (10GE) User Network Interface (UNI) that enables Qoncert to increase network access speeds for business customers. The network combines 10G EPON and MPLS for service flexibility.

Amazon Silk Introduces "Silk" Cloud-Accelerated Web Browser

Amazon's new Kindle "Fire" tablet introduces "Silk" -- a radical new "split browser" that accelerates the power of the mobile device hardware by using the computing speed and power of the Amazon Web Services cloud (AWS).

The Silk browser software resides both on Kindle Fire and on the massive server fleet that comprises the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). With each page request, Silk dynamically determines a division of labor between the mobile hardware and Amazon EC2 (i.e. which browser sub-components run where) that takes into consideration factors like network conditions, page complexity and the location of any cached content. The result is a faster web browsing experience, and it's available exclusively on Kindle Fire, Amazon's new Kindle for movies, music, books, magazines, apps, games, and web browsing.

Some other unique aspects of the split-architecture browser:

Lower Latency-- Amazon EC2 is always connected to the backbone of the internet where round-trip latency is 5 milliseconds or less to most web sites rather than the 100 milliseconds seen over wireless connections.

Reduced Transit time --AWS has peering relationships with major internet service providers, and many top sites are hosted on EC2.

Persistent TCP connections -- Silk keeps a persistent connection open to EC2 so that there is always a connection at the ready to start loading the next page. Silk also uses EC2 to maintain a persistent connection to the top sites on the web.

Collaborative filtering techniques and machine learning algorithms -- By observing the aggregate traffic patterns on various web sites, Amazon refines its heuristics, allowing for accurate predictions of the next page request.

Motorola Releases XOOM 4G LTE Upgrade

Motorola Mobility is releasing a software upgrade enables of customers of its XOOM tablet to access the Verizon Wireless LTE network. http://www.motorola.com

MetroPCS Debuts LTE Android Smartphone from LG

MetroPCS Communications introduced the LTE-enabled LG Esteem smartphone featuring music and multimedia applications like Rhapsody Unlimited Music and MetroSTUDIO.

The LG Esteem is powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). It offers a front-facing camera and 5MP rear camera with flash, 720p HD video recording, a 4.3�? WVGA screen, a micro-HDMI port and DLNA streaming capability to transmit HD content directly to home entertainment units, and face-to-face video calling using the pre-loaded Google Talk Application. In addition, LG Esteem is equipped with a 1GHz processor, 8GB of internal memory and Dolby Mobile Surround 7.1 and a Corning Gorilla Glass Screen Protector.

The device is available with MetroPCS' $50 and $60 4GLTE plans, which include all applicable taxes and regulatory fees. The $60 lets consumers choose between unlimited music with Rhapsody or video entertainment with MetroSTUDIO – on top of unlimited Internet access, voice and texting services.

"Our customers want more entertainment services and multimedia, and the LG Esteem delivers all of the multimedia they desire right at their fingertips with the easy access afforded by our 4GLTE network,�? said Tom Keys, president and chief operating officer of MetroPCS. “By pairing a premium handset with the latest features and our unbeatable service offerings, we are providing our customers with a tremendous value. We're the only no-annual contract, pay-in-advance carrier providing 4G LTE service today, and with our latest 4G LTE smartphone, consumers can take full advantage of our network and the exploding array of Android market applications available today."

Pricing starts at $249 plus tax, after mail-in rebate, through January 1, 2012.

Juniper Offers "Simply Connected" for Enterprise Switching, Security and WLAN

Juniper Networks introduced its "Simply Connected" portfolio of enterprise switching, security and wireless products designed to simplify the management of mobile and desktop devices. The portfolio brings together Juniper's existing EX Series Ethernet Switches with Virtual Chassis technology, its SRX Series security products, its Junos Pulse mobile security paradigm, and wireless LAN controllers and access points through its recent acquisition of Trapeze Networks.

As part of the new networking portfolio, Juniper announced the availability of three new switching products, wireless LAN (WLAN) product innovations, and a set of updated Apple iOS and Google Android mobile device security capabilities.

Juniper said its vision with "Simply Connected" is to provide user-centric security and management independent of mobile device brand or type; and the opportunity to re-architect and reduce the network footprint in facilities where the mix of wireless and wired network access is changing. The Virtual Chassis technology, for example, enables multiple switches across a campus to act as a single switch. The goal is not only fewer network elements to manage but to implement a single system for wired and wireless access.

The new products in this set include:

EX6200 Ethernet Switches: The modular, chassis-based EX6200 delivers a scalable, resilient, high-performance wiring closet solution designed to provide extremely high port densities in a space-optimized form factor. The EX6200 will be shipping in Q4 2011.

EX3300 Ethernet Switches: Available now, The EX3300 line offers a compact, cost-effective, highly scalable solution for supporting the most demanding converged enterprise access environments via Virtual Chassis fabric technology.

EX2200-C Ethernet Switches: Available now, the fan less, wall-mountable EX2200-C is designed for micro-branch, conference room, or classroom deployments, giving customers the flexibility to deploy a compact, cost effective, switch in their open-space environments.

WLC880 Wireless LAN Controller: Designed for mainstream wireless deployments at medium to large sites, the WLC880 enables the extension of secure WLAN services to branch offices. Supporting up to 256 access points, the new controller is supported by new system software capabilities, including Juniper Networks Spectrum Management. Ensures over the air reliability on mainstream 802.11n APs including the WLA-522 AP and advanced spectrum planning capability built into the Ringmaster lifecycle management tool set. The WLC880 will be available in October.

Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite: Enables a secure wireless workforce with an integrated and centrally managed solution for secure network access, anti-malware, anti-theft and remote management features for a wide range of mobile devices. Newly available is the ability for enterprises and service providers with Apple iPhones, iPod touch and iPads to remotely lock and wipe lost or stolen devices, set and enforce security and passcode policies, provision and remove Microsoft Exchange profiles, provision VPN and Wi-Fi settings, inventory device applications and restrict specific apps for iOS devices. Also newly available are full layer 3 SSL VPN as well as automatic application revocation and malware removal without user interaction, for select Google Android-based smartphones and tablets. http://www.juniper.net

  • In November 2010, Juniper Networks agreed to acquire Trapeze Networks for approximately $152 million in cash. Trapeze specializes in enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) systems and management software. Trapeze's "Smart Mobile" WLAN solution combines the advantages of both centralized and distributed approaches to networking or "intelligent switching." This architecture allows organizations to adopt 802.11n networks, deliver high-quality voice for hundreds of users, and scale their WLANs across the enterprise indoors and outdoors without compromising security or manageability. Its product line includes Mobility System Software, a full line of Mobility Exchange controllers, Mobility Point access points, an advanced access control product, SmartPass, the RingMaster wireless management suite, antennas and accessories, and location-based software and appliances. In addition, Trapeze is also partnered with Avaya/Nortel, NEC and D-Link, who market Trapeze products or technology under their own brand name. Trapeze is based in Pleasanton, California. Trapeze Networks was acquired by Belden Inc. in July 2008 for $133 million in cash.

ADTRAN Doubles Capacity of Total Access 5000 to 5,376 GPON Subs

ADTRAN has doubled the capacity of its flagship Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform enabling to support 5,376 GPON subscribers and 504 Active Ethernet subscribers per chassis. The higher density helps network operators to scale Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) service offerings.

ADTRAN is also introducing a new family of universal ONTs which bring auto-sensing support for both Active Ethernet and GPON, simplifying deployments with a single ONT for both technologies.

"ADTRAN's new additions to their FTTH portfolio and ability to support us long term were key deciding factors in our evaluation of solutions available in the market today," said Richard Cavin, senior network manager, Valley Telephone (VTCI). "The added scalability and density of the Total Access 5000 with the new 24-port Active Ethernet module made it a perfect fit for our project, allowing VTCI to reach twice as many customers from a single chassis without adding any additional complexity to our network." http://www.adtran.com

Monday, September 26, 2011

Global Broadband Lines Top 558 Million

The total number of broadband subscriber lines topped 557.8 million at the end of June 2011, up by over 29 million lines since the start of this year, according to figures from Point Topic released by the Broadband Forum. The second quarter outperformed the same period last year, continuing the trend of stronger growth set in the first quarter's results announced in June.

"Globally broadband continues to grow strongly and all indications are that as an industry it has weathered the financial uncertainties of the last two years very well. Increased competition, new markets and market sectors being developed and the recognition of broadband as a vital part of any household or business have all contributed to the continued expansion of the industry," said Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum.

Some highlights:

  • DSL alone, as distinct from the part copper plays in many hybrid deployments, was responsible for over 50% (52.65%) of the net broadband lines added in the twelve months to end June 2011.

  • France still leads the IPTV market with 11.05M subscribers, 50% of Broadband lines, BBF.

  • China has 10.5 million IPTV subscribers, about 7.6% of broadband lines.

  • China accounted for about 46% of all newly deployed broadband lines last quarter.

Belgacom to Deploy VDSL2 Vectoring for 50 Mbps Services

Belgium's Belgacom will deploy Alcatel-Lucent's new VDSL2 Vectoring technology to boost performance over its national triple-play network to provide guaranteed speeds of 50 Mbps and above.

Belgacom and Alcatel-Lucent have a long history of working together. Thirteen years ago, Belgacom was first to activate ADSL lines with Alcatel-Lucent. Eight years ago, the operator was first in Europe to invest in a nationwide fiber-rich network, representing more than 16,500 km of fiber and 19.000 neighbourhood street cabinets powered by Alcatel-Lucent's technology.

Belgacom is currently serving more than one million customers with television and high speed internet. It boasts 78.9% national VDSL2 coverage, progressing to 85% by end 2013.

Picochip: London Needs 70,000 Small Cells

London will need 70,000 pico cell base stations to deliver the world class level of LTE service that users expect, according to Picochip, which develops silicon for small cell base stations. The company calculates that almost 12,000 outdoor metropolitan small cells will be needed across the city along with 1,772 covering London underground stations and walkways. The remaining picocells will be needed in indoor retail locations and other venues.

"For London to offer its residents high speed LTE mobile Internet in 2015, it needs 70,000 small cells and this will also deliver minimal traffic congestion," said Dr Doug Pulley, Picochip's CTO. "With the Olympics just around the corner and the Mayor of London admitting that the networks will struggle to cope, the need for small cells to deliver added coverage and capacity is greater than ever. While Wi-Fi will offer some respite to the network, ultimately London's population density means that small cells, deployed in the most congested areas, are the only way for the mobile networks to cope with the traffic."

Telstra Goes Live with 2G/3G/4G Combined Core

Telstra is the first carrier worldwide to operate a combined core network for its 2G, 3G and 4G traffic. The triple-access Evolved Packet Core is now in commercial service, enabling seamless handover of 2G, 3G and 4G traffic.

Ericsson supplied the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) that enables the mobile broadband traffic carried in Telstra GSM, WCDMA/HSPA and LTE access networks to be seamlessly handled by the same core network nodes.

Mike Wright, Telstra's Executive Director of Network and Access Technologies, says: "Through implementing the Evolved Packet Core, we can smoothly integrate and transition 2G, 3G and 4G traffic seamlessly for our customers. This is the complete network solution that we envisioned over 5 years ago: a common and efficient core network supporting traffic from any source across our evolving GSM, WCDMA and LTE access networks.

Ericsson noted that it has signed 30 commercial EPC contracts to date.

Nokia Siemens Uses Radio Network Controller Cloning To Speed Upgrades

Nokia Siemens Networks introduced a first-of-its-kind Network Cloning service for faster radio network controller upgrades, promising network performance upgrades that can now occur in days instead of months using the conventional manual configuration process.

A traditional RNC upgrade requires multiple parameter changes as each of the hundreds of base stations connected to the controller need to be manually migrated to the new RNC. The manual upgrade not only takes months to complete, but can also cause interruptions in the mobile service. In addition, these manual changes increase network complexity as new and old RNC need to co-exist until the upgrade is completed.

Nokia Siemens Networks said it's new Network Cloning service involves configuring the new RNC offline by replicating the existing one and then carrying out a one-time swap with minimum disruption to the rest of the network. This service eliminates the risk of error arising from the conventional, manual approach. The service is available to all operators using Nokia Siemens Networks RNCs.

"To tap the data opportunity created by the growing demand for smart devices, operators need to go beyond incremental changes, such as adding more base stations or software upgrades, and bring about a step change in network performance. Our Network Cloning service helps them achieve this goal quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively," said Armando Almeida, head of Global Services at Nokia Siemens Networks. "The Network Cloning Service for RNC uses Nokia Siemens Networks' robust RNC platform as well as our deep technical product expertise and experience in delivering complex projects as a service to operators."http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

NSN Previews 8 pipes" Remote Radio Head for TD-LTE

Nokia Siemens Networks announced an "8 pipes" remote radio head that provides more flexibility than alternative "path"-based approaches, allowing for the flexible allocation of sectors, carriers and transmit and receive channels by a base station.

The company said its 8 pipes TD-LTE remote radio head significantly increases coverage and capacity and offers up to four times the cost savings as compared to the existing remote radio heads. The new product can drive up to four sectors of TD-LTE in a "2 transmit 2 receive" configuration for up to 50% lower total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to competitor radio heads. It supports 40MHz of channel bandwidth and scales up to 96 watts of transmit power. Moreover, it allows advanced beamforming to deliver exceptionally high downlink capacity.

The company also recently launched a TD-LTE Smart Lab in Taiwan, in collaboration with National Chiao Tung University (NCTU). The lab is also part of Nokia Siemens Networks' TD-LTE co-operation program with China Mobile.

Telstra Launches LTE

Telstra officially launched its 4G LTE service in capital city CBDs and more than 30 regional and metropolitan centres. Telstra also announced that it would launch 4G services in more than 50 additional locations by year's end.

Typical download speeds range from 2Mbps to 40Mbps – up to ten times faster than 3G speeds currently claimed by other Australian telecommunications companies. Typical upload speeds range from 1Mbps to 10Mbps – three times faster than previous generations of mobile broadband in Australia.

The BigPond USB 4G can be purchased by consumer customers for $0 (after rebate) on a range of new 24 month plans – including on a $59.95 per month plan with 8GB of data included each month over 24 months (min cost $1,438.80).

The Telstra USB 4G can be purchased by business customers on a range of plans including $0 upfront on the $39 Telstra Mobile Broadband Standard Plan over 24 months (min total cost $936) with 4GB included data. http://www.telstra.com

Tellabs Packs Content Aware Routing in SmartCore 9200 Series

Tellabs introduced a new family of content-aware SmartCore 9200 edge routers featuring a massive 1 terabit per slot capacity for up to 11.2 Tbps per chassis. The new platforms, which build on the Tellabs 8800 MSR series as a carrier-class edge routing platform for IP/MPLS and Ethernet, leverage a "SmartCard" architecture where the service intelligence is placed on each interface card, providing fine grained visibility and DPI-based traffic management on the card, instead of requiring separate Ethernet cards, Mobile Packet Core cards and DPI cards in each chassis.

Tellabs said its goal in developing its next generation edge routers was to enable traffic engineering optimization where application flows can be identified and policies enforced based on the fluctuating loads on the network. For instance, application flows can be identified for Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, BitTorrent, etc. This would allow the network operators to respond to surges in over the top traffic while ensuring a quality of user experience.

A central feature of the platform is the new Tellabs "GeniOS" Operating System, an open system that enables the operator to manage traffic on an application basis. Tellabs "GeniOS" can provide distributed and virtualized capabilities for the Layer 3-7 infrastructure as well as subscriber management and other third-party applications, such as security and malware programs. A single services control layer enables control of IP/Ethernet, Mobile Packet Core, Analytics and PCEF, Video Services and Security.

Tellabs said it is using a combination of merchant silicon and its own programmable logic devices.

Three versions are initially being introduced: the 11 Tbps SmartCore 9280 Platform, the 4 Tbps SmartCore 9240 Platform with an embedded switch fabric, and the 2 Tbps SmartCore 9220 Platform with an embedded switch fabric. The first interface cards include: SmartCard 1x100G, SmartCard 10x10G, SmartCard 40x1G, and a Centralized Switch Fabric Card.

The Tellabs 8000 Intelligent Network Manager, which already manages all Tellabs products, will manage the Tellabs SmartCore 9200 Series.

Telstra, which has a large installed base Tellabs 8800 MSRs, plans to deploy the new SmartCore 9200 edge routers beginning in 2012. Initially, Telstra plans to deploy the Tellabs SmartCore 9200 series in high-density parts of the network, where scale is needed or where it is looking to drive new services, such as DPI-based services.

Tellabs is also introducing a new "Insight Analytics" Services Network, which will pull data from its SmartCore platforms, mobile backhaul systems and third party probes to deliver deep network intelligence. The solution helps both identify and address network pain points, so operators can improve users' mobile Internet and wireline experiences. Tellabs Insight Analytics Services is in trials with operators and will be generally available in the first quarter of 2012. The Tellabs SmartCore 9100 Probe is available now. http://www.tellabs.com

Broadcom Debuts Central Office VDSL2 Chipset with G.Vector

Broadcom introduced a Central Office (CO) VDSL2 SoC that integrates vectoring technology for increasing broadband reach and performance by removing crosstalk interference.

Broadcom's new BCM65300 VDSL2 G.vector Central Office SoC, which represents the company's third generation of standards compliant VDSL2 technology, uses G.vector (ITU-T G.993.5) technology to reduce the interference from subscriber lines located in the same cable binder. It provides vectored services with integrated ATM and PTM channel bonding capability. The new chip also supports all bands ADSL2+ through 30Mhz VDSL2, building on the industry's largest ADSL2+/VDSL2 central office footprint.


IP Infusion's ZebOS 7.9 Adds Data Center, Mobile Backhaul & Carrier Ethernet Features

IP Infusion released the latest version of its ZebOS software for network equipment manufacturers, adding a host of capabilities for data center networking, mobile backhaul and Carrier Ethernet. Some of the top enhancements to ZebOS 7.9 include:

Data Center Networking – ZebOS 7.9 implements the data center bridging extensions to accelerate the transition from Fibre Channel to FCoE in Storage Area Networks (SANs). New capabilities include Priority-based flow control (IEEE 802.1Qbb), enhanced transmission selection (IEEE 802.1az), congestion notification (IEEE 802.1Qau), and Data Center Bridging Exchange (DCBX) protocol, which allows the autoexchange of Ethernet parameters.IP Infusion is also delivering TRILL (Transparent Interconnect of Lots of Links), which eliminates the problems associated with using the Spanning Tree Protocol in a data center network. TRILL enables optimization and load balancing of over-subscribed data center switches and network paths. Network equipment providers can create a fully meshed network where all links are available on all paths, eliminating the need to over provision links and improving the utilization of data center networking equipment. IP Infusion also supports split-control plane architecture.

Mobile Backhaul – ZebOS 7.9 provides the Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement for Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)—MBH IA. The software now supports a variety of circuit emulation methods, including pseudo-wire support for ATM/HDLC emulation. With the addition of IEEE 1588v2 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) support, network equipment providers can deliver sub-microsecond clock accuracy. IP Infusion has also implemented IEEE 802.1ak to enable mobile backhaul providers to dynamically provision VLANs.

Carrier Ethernet – ZebOS 7.9 offers new capabilities to accelerate the transformation to Carrier Ethernet. This includes implementation of the MEF 13 and MEF 20 specifications that define standard services, and open the door to interoperability of networking equipment. To improve manageability, ZebOS implements new service management capabilities, including support for MPLS-TP, providing a reliable packet-based technology for transport networks. Specific protocols implemented: Service management: MPLS-TP—5654, 5960, RFC 5586 (OAM), RFC 5921; Quality of service: MEF 13 and MEF 20.

IP Infusion believes the networking industry is rapidly moving away from the hardware dominated solutions of the early 21st century to a network defined by software platforms. Its ZebOS routing and switching software enables network equipment to rapidly add features to their telco-grade products, as well easily port these products to new platforms that leverage the latest merchant silicon.

“The future of networking is software, and IP Infusion is the de facto standard for software-based routing and switching software platforms,�? said Koichi Narasaki, president and CEO of IP Infusion. “For more than a decade IP Infusion has provided a software platform used in mission-critical networks in mobile backhaul, carrier transport, and data center networks. The latest additions to our ZebOS software will help customers stay ahead of the innovation curve, enabling them to quickly adapt to changing market requirements.�?http://www.ipinfusion.com