Sunday, October 2, 2011

Juniper Offers Cloud-based Network Simulation with Junosphere

Juniper Networks introduced a cloud-based, virtual network simulation laboratory that enables service providers and large enterprises to accurately model their networks prior to real-world changes or deployments.

Junosphere Lab is a virtual environment that allows network operators to create and run networks on-demand, enabling network modeling, testing and planning at a scale that is practically impossible to achieve with physical equipment. Network operators can use Junosphere to speed service introduction, plan more effectively and reduce the risk of network changes.

Using Junosphere Lab, network personnel can create and model virtual networks running the Junos operating system as a substitute for or supplement to physical test labs, eliminating significant power, cooling and space requirements. Companies can upload an existing network topology to Junosphere and then simulate traffic and applications.

"Junosphere Lab leverages the power of cloud networking to help customers plan and operate their networks more efficiently," said Manoj Leelanivas, executive vice president, Junos Application Software Business Group, Juniper Networks. "The economic and operational benefits of cloud-based network modeling are astounding, and the innovation of Junosphere Lab brings these benefits to our customers so they can shape and scale their next generation networks with agility."

BroadLight Releases its XGPON Silicon

BroadLight announced commercial availability of standard compliant ITU-T G.987 XGPON OLT and ONT silicon.

XGPON supports 10Gbps downstream and 2.5Gbps upstream rates. Broadlight is the first in the market with a commercial standard compliant (ITU-T G.987) XGPON OLT and ONT solution.

“XGPON enables carriers a robust continuity of their ITU-T PON networks, meeting their evolving service deployments demands by scaling bandwidth, subscriber count and lowering power consumption profiles,�? says Doron Tal, BroadLight's VP of Business Development and Product Marketing. “We continue executing on our commitment to lead the PON processors market through enabling our customers with XGPON solutions."

Sharp to Build Smartphones and Tablets for Lightsquared

LightSquared has selected Sharp as its first manufacturer to provide advanced smartphones and tablets which will operate on its 4G-LTE network. The devices will leverage Sharp's extensive selection of unique device components, such as Sharp's advanced LCD panel and camera module. LightSquared said the agreement underscores how its open network and growing ecosystem can help manufacturers expand their wireless offerings and develop innovative products without restrictions.

XO to Launch as MVNO on Sprint's Network

Sprint will deliver MVNO wireless services to XO Communications, a provider of advanced communications solutions for businesses and service providers.

XO will leverage Sprint's Wholesale Mobile Integration (WMI) services to converge wireline and wireless services into one conjoined solution. Pricing and provisions are also included in the deal that would enable XO Communications to deploy 4G products and services for its small- and medium-sized business (SMB) customers.

XO Communications plans to offer a fixed mobile convergence (FMC) solution that enables businesses to integrate mobile access with VoIP, SIP trunking and in-building Wi-Fi networks.

"We are excited to enter this relationship with XO Communications and arm them with an attractive mobility solution as part of their services portfolio,�? said Matt Carter, president-Sprint Wholesale Solutions and New Ventures. “Sprint will help XO Communications eliminate the line between wireline and wireless to efficiently deliver on both, allowing their customers to reduce costs and increase productivity and reliability. We are enabling improved business flexibility and worker mobility."

European Commission Looks into Wholesale Broadband Access

The European Commission has launched two public consultations related to access for alternative operators to the fixed telephone and broadband networks of established operators.

"We need regulatory consistency in all Member States to ensure a level playing field for telecoms across the whole EU, in which competition and investment can thrive. This will reassure markets that putting money into fibre networks is a safe and profitable investment," stated Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda.

The first consultation concerns non-discriminatory access for alternative operators to the infrastructure and services of dominant telecom operators.

The second concerns the way national regulators calculate prices that operators have to pay for this wholesale access (cost-orientation remedies). The results will help the Commission to draft Recommendations for a consistent, investment-friendly application of non-discrimination and price control remedies.

WSJ: Sprint Bets Big -- 30 Million iPhones

The Wall Street Journal reports that Sprint is ready to "bet the company" on the new iPhone, reportedly committing up to $20 billion over four years to purchase 30.5 million of the devices from Apple.

Sprint is expected to discuss its next generation, "Vision" network architecture on October 7.

Intel Acquires TelMap for Location-based Services

Intel has acquired TelMap, a provider of location based services, in a deal reportedly valued at $300 - 350 million dollars.

TelMap, which is based in Israel, provides mobile operators with white label, hosted and managed location-based services. Telmap's flagship product is a personalized Mobile Location Companion that runs on mobile devices and caters to the users' needs .

TelMap also encompasses the Location Platform on the server side. Telmap's content technology allows adding new content on the server side and exposing it to users without requiring any upgrade on the mobile client. The company features an open architecture with extensive APIs both on the client side and on the server side for third party developers.

TelMap has announced deployments with O2 Germany, Orange France, SFR and other major carriers.

Cavium's OCTEON Fusion Puts Small Cell Base Station on a Chip

Cavium introduced its small cell "Base Station-on-a-chip" family for LTE and 3G networks.

The new OCTEON Fusion series, which builds on the company's established L2-L7 presence in existing wireless infrastructure, combines Octeon's MIPS64 based multi-core architecture with purpose-built Baseband DSP cores, extensive LTE/3G hardware accelerators and digital front end (DFE) functionality into a single chip. This enables very small footprint designs, including picocell and micro base stations, with a minimal bill-of-materials (BOM) and power envelopes.

Significantly, the new OCTEON Fusion can be used for small cell LTE base stations scaling from 32 users to 300+ users and up to dual 20MHz carriers, making it a more powerful small cell base station solution than its competitors.

Cavium currently supplies its Octeon processors for 3G/4G platforms used by 8 out of the top ten telecom equipment manufacturers (TEM). The new OCTEON Fusion uses the same FusionStack L1-L3 software used in these systems. OCTEON Fusion and FusionStack Software have been developed in close partnership with a Tier-1 TEM and have been designed into their next gen LTE small cell base stations. PHY (L1) layer software includes complete user-plane and control plane components for FDD-LTE, TDD-LTE and 3G, along with protocol processing libraries that take advantage of the in-built hardware acceleration.

The OCTEON Fusion packs from two to six 64 bit cnMIPS cores operating at up to 2GHz with up to two to eight highly optimized baseband DSPs operating up to 1GHz and several carefully designed hardware accelerator blocks for security, packet processing and scheduling. Octeon uses a proprietary high-speed interconnect between cores, accelerators and memory for ultra low latency. Cavium also supports full C-programmability, Authentik secure boot functionality to eliminate the possibility of cloned or grey market base stations, and the ability to use portions of the LTE spectrum for the base stations own wireless backhaul.

Sampling is expected in Q1 2012.

White Paper on Session Border Controllers: Addressing Tomorrow's Requirements

Although the session border controller has established itself as a critical component of next generation fixed and mobile networks, future growth will require innovations in scalability and security, according a whitepaper by Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading. The 14-page paper, which was commissioned by Metaswitch, examines six use case scenarios for session-border controller: IP peering, Hosted VoIP, IPv6 interworking, VoLTE, RSCe, and third-party applications.

Free download, no registration required (14-page PDF).

Verizon Wireless Deploys First 4G LTE C.O.W.

Verizon Wireless has accepted delivery of its first 4G LTE C.O.W. (Cell On Wheels) at its "super-switch" facility in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

The new 4G LTE C.O.W. weighs in at a healthy 24,000 pounds and measures 1,080 inches, including its telescoping antenna tower. The mobile unit will be deployed to targeted locations across the state when demand for wireless coverage and services spikes, including championship sports events, tourist destinations or large festivals. It also will be available to reinforce the most advanced 4G LTE wireless services for emergency responders and to the public in areas hit hard by a hurricane or other crisis.

"With so many 4G LTE markets here in Florida, and with the frequent special events we have here, it's natural that we deliver the first 4G LTE C.O.W.," said Frank Wise, executive network director for Verizon Wireless. "We're very proud of this new baby, and glowing about our 4G LTE services around the state."

Verizon Wireless already has launched 4G LTE high-speed services in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tampa Bay, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Sarasota-Bradenton, Daytona Beach and Lakeland. Fort Myers will initiate the service later this month, and Verizon Wireless plans to upgrade 100 percent of its wireless network to 4G LTE by the end of 2013.

Vitesse Trims Quarterly Guidance

Vitesse Semiconductor trimmed its financial guidance for its fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, which ended on September 30, 2011, saying it now expects the following ranges for guidance: revenues $29.0 to $30.5 million; product margins 57 to 59 percent; and GAAP operating expenses $24.1 to $24.7 million.

The previous outlook for the period was for revenues of $35.0 to $38.0 million; product margins 59 to 61 percent; and GAAP operating expenses of $21.5 to $23.0 million.

"We continue to see softening of global demand as a number of customers manage through existing inventories and curtail purchases due to economic conditions that are impacting performance broadly across our sector, particularly in the Asia Pacific region," said Chris Gardner, CEO of Vitesse. "A delay in an intellectual property contract also contributed to our reduced revenue expectation. In the quarter, we took actions to further reduce our operating expenses. These measures will reduce 2012 operating expenses by approximately $10 million as compared to 2011."

Russia's OJSC Rostelecom Deploys 100G with Alcatel-Lucent

Russia's OJSC Rostelecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent's 100G optical coherent technology for its backbone network, which moves vast amounts of data from Europe through Russia to the Middle East. The deployment includes the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), which brings together optical transport network (OTN) and wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technology onto a single platform. Rostelecom will be able to support a mixture of 10G, 40G and 100G channels on the same fiber pair, which means it can reuse its existing optical infrastructure and then upgrade and expand capacity on the network as needed to meet growing service demand.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Verizon Files Legal Challenge to Net Neutrality Rules

Verizon Communications filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit. seeking to block Net Neutrality rules that are expected to go into effect on November 20th. The FCC approved the Net Neutrality rules in December 2010, but they were only published in the Federal Register in late September. Verizon had already challenged the regulations in court but could not proceed with its appeal under the rules were officially published by the Federal government.

"Verizon is fully committed to an open Internet. We are deeply concerned by the FCC's assertion of broad authority to impose potentially sweeping and unneeded regulations on broadband networks and services and on the Internet itself. We believe this assertion of authority is inconsistent with the statute and will create uncertainty for the communications industry, innovators, investors and consumers," stated Michael E. Glover, Verizon senior vice president and deputy general counsel.
  • On 21-December-2010, The FCC approved new rules governing the management of Internet traffic, with the three Democrats on the commission voting in favor of the measure and the two Republicans voting against.

    Key elements of the new Order include:

    Rule 1: Transparency -- A person engaged in the provision of broadband Internet access service shall publicly disclose accurate information regarding the network management practices, performance, and commercial terms of its broadband Internet access services sufficient for consumers to make informed choices regarding use of such services and for content, application, service, and device providers to develop, market, and maintain Internet offerings.

    Rule 2: No Blocking -- A person engaged in the provision of fixed broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices, subject to reasonable network management. A person engaged in the provision of mobile broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not block consumers from accessing lawful websites, subject to reasonable network management; nor shall such person block applications that compete with the provider's voice or video telephony services, subject to reasonable network

    Rule 3: No Unreasonable Discrimination -- A person engaged in the provision of fixed broadband Internet access service, insofar as such person is so engaged, shall not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic over a consumer's broadband Internet access service. Reasonable network management shall not constitute unreasonable discrimination.

    Significantly, "reasonable network management" is defined as follows: "A network management practice is reasonable if it is appropriate and tailored to achieving a legitimate network management purpose, taking into account the particular network architecture and technology of the broadband Internet access service. Legitimate network management purposes include: ensuring network security and integrity, including by addressing traffic that is harmful to the network; addressing traffic that is unwanted by users (including by premise operators), such as by providing services or capabilities consistent with a user's choices regarding parental controls or security capabilities; and by reducing or mitigating the effects of congestion on the network."

    The FCC rules go on to say that "Pay for Priority" delivery of packets on wireline broadband networks is likely to run afoul of the "no unreasonable discrimination" clause because it would represent a significant departure from current practices.

    Mobile broadband is largely exempt from the "reasonable network management" clause, as the document acknowledges that this market is an earlier-stage platform than fixed broadband, and it is rapidly evolving.

WIND Awarded 800MHz and 2600MHz Spectrum in Italy

WIND Telecomunicazioni S.p.A., which is a division of VimpleCom, successfully bid for spectrum in the 800MHz and 2600MHz frequencies following the completion of the competitive spectrum auction initiated by the Italian government on August 29, 2011.

Specifically, WIND has been awarded two blocks FDD (5+5 MHZ paired each) of spectrum in the 800MHz frequency range and four FDD (5+5 MHz paired) blocks in the 2,600MHz frequency range for a total consideration of EUR 1,120 million. WIND will be required to pay an amount of approximately EUR 682 million within 30 days from the completion of the auction while the remaining amount of approximately EUR 438 million will be payable over five yearly installments.

The first spectrum payment will be funded by a combination of cash on hand and draw down under a EUR 600 million bridge loan facility available to WIND and provided by a group of leading international banks.

The 2,600MHz spectrum will be available immediately whereas the 800MHz spectrum will be available for use by the awardees at the beginning of 2013 and both will have a validity until 2029.

WIND said it is planning to launch LTE service.

Intel Labs Opens Center for Pervasive Computing at U of Washington

Intel has opened its latest Science and Technology Center to focus on pervasive computing. The new facility, which is hosted by the University of Washington, will bring together researchers from five other universities as well. will focus on developing applications that are organized into the following themes: low-power sensing and communication; understanding human state and activities; and personalization and adaptation.

"The next generation of pervasive computing systems will continuously learn environments, objects, schedules and preferences of their users," said Limor Fix, Intel's director of academic programs and research. "These future apps will be capable of supporting complex tasks such as cooking a soufflé or building a complicated piece of furniture. Consumers will have a far richer experience than the technologies of today can offer and will be able to spend far more time achieving their goals than figuring out how to make the technology work."

The new Intel ISTC for pervasive computing is the fifth center to open this year.

US DoD Certifies Terremark's Infrastructure-as-a-Service

Verizon's Terremark hosting division announced that its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution has been certified for compliance with Department of Defense (DoD) security requirements, as tested and verified by the DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP). Terremark works with URS Corporation's information technology business URS-Apptis.

DIACAP certification verifies that the information systems the DoD utilizes for its critical applications are highly secure and reliable.

SOFTBANK MOBILE selects Ericsson for Packet Core

SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. is implementing Ericsson's Evolved Packet Core (EPC) for its next generation mobile broadband network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson noted that its all-IP mobile core network solution also supports various types of access, including both fixed and mobile networks. For example, it supports the operator's existing HSPA, WCDMA and next-generation LTE access networks, as well other network technologies, such as Wi-Fi.

SOFTBANK MOBILE currently has more than 26 million subscribers in Japan.

SOFTBANK's Wireless City Planning Pick Alcatel-Lucent for Backhaul

Wireless City Planning, a new wholesale mobile network operator in Japan led by SOFTBANK, is preparing the launch of its AXGP Mobile Broadband network, which is based on technology developed in Japan that is highly compatible with TD-LTE. Alcatel-Lucent confirmed that it is supplying the IP networking technology to create high-capacity links between base stations throughout the operator's new network. Specifically, the network will use the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router and 7210 Service Access Switch.

Wireless City Planning will launch its mobile broadband service on November 1 in parts of Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka. The service uses the 2.5 GHz band and promises downlinks of up to 110 Mbps and uplinks of 15 Mbps.

Colt Partners with Ciena on Enterprise Managed Services

Ciena announced a partnership with Colt focused on enterprise managed services. The two companies will enrich the performance, reliability and security of Colt's managed High Speed Services portfolio with sophisticated, integrated wire-speed encryption capabilities from Ciena's Packet-Optical Transport portfolio.

Colt is deploying solutions from Ciena's 5000 Series throughout its regional managed metro networks to power its assured encryption data connectivity services, in 14 major European markets – including Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

LightSquared Signs YourTel America

LightSquared announced a wholesale agreement with YourTel America, which provides telecommunications services through 14 branded retail outlets, call centers and network operations in Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Washington. YourTel America is an approved Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) for unserved and underserved low-income customers. This allows the carrier to deliver voice services to low-income customers through Lifeline, the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Universal Service Program for Low-Income Consumers. Using the LightSquared network, YourTel America can now offer high-speed wireless devices at affordable prices to its Lifeline and other low-income customers.