Tuesday, October 4, 2011

BT's Openreach Expands its FTTP Ambitions to 300 Mbps

Openreach, the wholesale access division of the BT Group, launched its initial 110 Mbps Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) service and announced plans to boost this capacity to 300 Mbps starting next year. The company's first commercial FTTP connections are launching in Ashford in Middlesex, Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes, Highams Park in North London, Chester South, St Austell and York this month. Trials of 1 Gbps connections are also underway.

Openreach also revealed a third boost for broadband speeds by saying it now has approval from the relevant authorities to roughly double the speeds delivered by Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) broadband. This development will see FTTC downstream speeds roughly double from up to 40Mbps to up to 80Mbps.

The network upgrade is part of the company's £2.5 billion initiative to make fibre broadband available to two thirds of UK premises by the end of 2015. Openreach reports that more than five million premises already have access to the network.

“Today is a significant step in the UK's broadband journey. These developments will transform broadband speeds across the country and propel the UK up the broadband league tables,�? stated Openreach chief executive Liv Garfield.

Huawei Launches Enterprise Business group in the U.S.

Huawei has opened a third major division to serve the U.S. market.

The Huawei Enterprise Business group will deliver a broad product portfolio and solutions, including teleconferencing, switches and enterprise-class routers, to channel partner (VARs, Distributors, System Integrators and via Carriers as a channel.) Huawei and its channel partners will also focus on vertical segments. Solutions will include campus networks, branch access, IP backbone, Data Center and Video Conferencing.

Huawei's other two U.S. divisions are focused on Devices and telecom infrastructure.

"Huawei is uniquely positioned to combine our growing device expertise and market presence with our traditional telecommunications infrastructure products and services solutions with emerging leadership in open-application-based cloud computing and mass storage solutions," said Karen Yu, President of Huawei's Enterprise business in the U.S. "Success in our Enterprise business will focus on nurturing an open, interoperable and partner-based ecosystem to ensure long-term and maximum value for our channel partners and their enterprise customers."http://www.huawei.com

Microsoft Signs Big Players for Xbox 360 LIVE Entertainment Service

Microsoft unveiled its Xbox 360 online entertainment service boasting content and support from nearly 40 leading TV partners, including Bravo, Comcast, HBO GO, Verizon FiOS and Syfy in the U.S.; BBC in the U.K., Telefónica in Spain; Rogers On Demand in Canada; Televisa in Mexico; ZDF in Germany; and MediaSet in Italy. Content providers already on the Xbox include AT&T, Netflix and Hulu Plus in the U.S., TELUS in Canada, BSkyB in the U.K., Canal+ in France, Vodafone Portugal, VimpelCom in Russia, and FOXTEL in Australia.

Xbox 360 aims for seamless, living room entertainment integrating gaming, music, live TV and video-on-demand using a common interface and controlled by remotes, voice or Microsoft's exclusive Kinnect technology.

Xbox LIVE currently has 35 million members worldwide who spend 2.1 billion hours a month on the service. Microsof said the service has seen three times the growth in video consumption last year.

"Today's announcement is a major step toward realizing our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy,�? said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “Combining the world's leading TV and entertainment providers with the power of Kinect for Xbox 360* and the intelligence of Bing voice search will make TV and entertainment more personal, social and effortless."

"Microsoft and Verizon share a common vision to transform the ways people enjoy and interact with the entertainment they want — what Verizon calls the borderless lifestyle,�? said Eric Bruno, vice president of consumer and mass business product management for Verizon. “FiOS TV on the Xbox 360 is an excellent example of how we're working with market leaders to erase old technology borders to expand the FiOS TV experience and taking advantage of unique new features including voice- and gesture-control of live TV entertainment via Kinect. This holiday, Verizon will bring a selection of popular live TV channels to Xbox 360 and will be a leader in delivering live, multichannel streaming HD TV, integrated with Kinect, via Xbox."http://www.microsoft.com

Acme Packet Updates Financial Guidance

Acme Packet updated its financial guidance saying it now expects Q3 revenues to be approximately $70 million, with earnings per share on a non-GAAP1basis to be between $0.20 and $0.22.

The company reaffirmed its previous business outlook for 2011.

"While we remain confident in our second half growth plans, our third quarter results were adversely impacted by a very large opportunity at one of the two largest service providers in North America.�? said Andy Ory, President and Chief Executive Officer of Acme Packet, Inc. “We now expect this opportunity to close in the first half of the fourth quarter and we remain confident in our ability to execute on our full year business outlook. I continue to believe we are well positioned to leverage the broad, multi-year, secular growth drivers associated with the global transition from TDM to IP for real time communications like voice and video."

Acme Packet was recently selected as the session border controller supplier for a major universal voice platform at this Tier-1 service provider in the United States. This platform is initially designed to support the existing customer's "over-the-top" and wireline service offerings and will become a key infrastructure component to their Voice over LTE offering. http://www.acmepacket.com

Bridgewater Wins LTE Policy Project in Puerto Rico

Open Mobile, a leading mobile operator in Puerto Rico, has selected the Bridgewater policy and subscriber network control solution, for its new LTE network. The Bridgewater solution will enable Open Mobile, a Bridgewater customer since 2007, to rapidly launch new LTE data services such as the creation of volume-based packages with pre-set quotas, real-time subscriber redirection to top-up service quotas, and roaming controls to manage data usage and prevent mobile bill shock. The solution will also allow Open Mobile to manage and monetize mobile data with real-time policy control and improve subscriber transparency with dynamic notifications when service quotas are reached.

Bridgewater is now a division of Amdocs. http://www.amdocs.com http://www.openmobilepr.com

IBM and Crocus Develop Next Generation Magnetic Memory Technology

IBM and Crocus Technology have entered into a cross licensing agreement to spur the development of magnetic memory technology.
The partnership brings together Crocus' thermally assisted next generation Magnetic-Logic-Unit (MLU) technology with IBM's magneto-resistive random access memory (MRAM) technology and processing capabilities.

Crocus' MLU, which was first announced by Crocus in June 2011, is based on a self-reference architecture and enables practical implementation of advanced magnetic logic and memory capabilities, a first for the industry.

IBM's MRAM technology promises significant advantages over competing memory technologies including low power usage, high speed, unlimited endurance (read and write cycles), and inherent non-volatility meaning data can be retained even if power is discontinued. MRAM has the potential to enable "instant-on" computers and longer battery life for mobile computing devices. http://www.ibm.com http://www.crocus-technology.com

  • In June 2009, Crocus Technology, a start-up with offices in Grenoble, France and Sunnyvale, California, announced a major milestone in its efforts to develop Magnetic Random Access Memory (MRAM). Tower Semiconductor will port Crocus' MRAM process technology into its CMOS manufacturing environment. As part of the exclusive agreement, Tower will perform all manufacturing steps required for Crocus' next-generation MRAM technology in its state-of-the-art 200mm Fab2 facility. Tower and Crocus will each dedicate specific equipment in Tower's factory to the manufacture of Crocus' MRAMs.

    Crocus' co-founder and CEO, Jean-Pierre Braun, said MRAM is particularly suitable for telecommunication, networking, computing and handheld applications that currently use SRAM and/or flash memory technology. MRAM provides non-volatile, unlimited-write-endurance, high-density, and symmetrical high-speed read & write.

    Crocus has developed a robust, reliable and scalable MRAM process based on its patented technology. It has seen improving yield and performance on its full-functionality 130nm MRAM test vehicle and is ready for the transition to commercial manufacturing. The integration into Tower's copper 130nm logic process sets the stage for bringing to market leading edge single chip memory products as well as for embedding MRAM into complex SOCs for market segments such as microcontrollers , automotive and communications.

Gigamon Shows Inline Switch for Monitoring 10G Networks

Gigamon introduced a new switch that enables intelligent distribution and management of traffic within Enterprise DMZs.

The G-SECURE-0216 Inline Traffic Distribution Switch is able to receive traffic at up to 10 Gb and intelligently distributes it to different 1 Gb security tools (up to 8 in parallel), such as IPS, firewall, DPI devices, NACs or Web Filters. Integration of both session-based and application-based intelligence allows security teams to distribute traffic loads based upon IP or MAC addresses, as well as by application port number. http://www.gigamon.com

Monday, October 3, 2011

Quantenna Collaborates with Samsung Electronics on 4x4 MIMO Wi-Fi

Quantenna Communications, a start-up based in Fremont, California, announced a partnership with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. to develop products based on Quantenna's 4x4 MIMO Wi-Fi technology.

"We believe that Samsung will impact the industry in a number of important ways,�? said Sam Heidari, chief executive officer for Quantenna. “Combining our expertise in high performance 4x4 MIMO Wi-Fi with Samsung's products enhances Quantenna's leadership in whole-home wireless video distribution."http://www.quantenna.com
  • Quantenna's current family of Full-11n chipsets uses the company's cost-optimized, third-generation 4x4 MIMO technology to deliver up to 600 Mbps of bandwidth. The chipsets enable manufacturers to build products for delivering IPTV and other video streaming and data distribution services throughout the home over an ultra-reliable, high-performance Wi-Fi connection.

  • In September 2010, Quantenna Communications, a start-up based in Fremont, California, raised $21 million in a Series E round of financing for its 4X4 MIMO 802.11n chipsets designed for next gen home networking applications. The funding was led by new investor DAG Ventures, with participation by each of the company's largest investors including Sequoia Capital, Sigma Partners, Southern Cross, and Venrock Associates.

  • Quantenna leverages dynamic digital beamforming to deliver very high-speed wireless coverage throughout the whole home for sharing high definition (HD) video and multimedia content between home gateways and TVs. Quantenna's silicon is targeted at devices such as home residential gateways, set-top boxes, routers, HDTVs and consumer electronic devices, which all require high bandwidth and reliability to support whole home HD video distribution and networking over standard Wi-Fi networks.

India's BSNL Disconnects Rivals

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the largest telecom operator in India, disconnected lines serving mobile rivals Airtel, Vodafone and Idea in Haryana circle, leading to disruption in landline and mobile services, according to Press Trust of India. The disconnections, which affect other areas across the country, has resulted in landlines customers being up able to complete calls to the mobile operators. BSNL has cited unpaid dues from other operations as the reason for its actions.

State-owned BSNL has over 90 million mobile customers of its own, and is the largest land line telephone provider in India.

HP Names Bethany Mayer to Lead Networking Business

HP appointed Bethany Mayer to serve as senior vice president and general manager of the HP Networking business unit. She has served as the unit's interim leader for the past four months, overseeing HP Networking's worldwide operations, reporting to Dave Donatelli, executive vice president and general manager of Enterprise Servers, Storage, Networking and Technology Services at HP. Previously, Mayer was vice president of Marketing for Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking at HP.

Apple's iPhone 4s -- iMessage Eats into SMS/MMS Revenues

Here is a wrap-up of network related news from Apple's big iPhone event:

  • iPhone 5 was not introduced.

  • Sprint is a confirmed carrier for the iPhone.

  • iPhone 4S uses the dual-core A5 chip for faster processing and 7X faster graphics than predecessor.

  • iPhone 4S supports both CDMA and GSM in same device. It does not offer LTE.

  • iPhone 4S supports 14.4 Mbps HSPA downlinks, versus 7.2 Mbps in the iPhone 4. In the U.S. market, this provides a speed boost for AT&T, but not for Verizon or Sprint

  • iPhone 4S intelligently switches between two antennas for transmit and receive.

  • The new Siri personal assistant is a major selling point and will require 3G or Wi-Fi network connectivity. Siri is not supported on earlier iPhones, nor on iPads or iTouches.

  • In the U.S.., iPhone 4s is priced at $199 for a 16GB version, $299 for a 32 GB version and $399 for a 64 GB version -- 2 year contract required with AT&T, Verizon Wireless or Sprint.

  • iOS 5 is coming October 12

  • iOS 5 introduces iMessage, which is a free and unlimited service delivering text messages, photos, videos and contacts between fellow iPhone, iPad and iTouch users with iOS 5. Group messaging is supported. Delivery receipts are provided. It shows when the other party is typing a message to you. iMessages are encrypted. iMessage can reach non iOS 5 users via standard MMS.

  • iOS 5 offers integration with Twitter

  • Apple will offer a free Find My Friends services for iOS users. This is in addition to Find My Devices.

  • iPod Touch is positioned as a communications device with free and unlimited messaging over Wi-Fi

  • iCloud launches October 12 with 5GB of free storage, with the option to buy more (pricing not yet disclosed).

Level 3 Completes Acquisition of Global Crossing

Level 3 Communications completed its previously announced acquisition of Global Crossing Limited. The merger combines Level 3's U.S. and European footprint with Global Crossing's extensive international, intercity network.

Level 3 now will operate a services platform for medium to large enterprise, wholesale, content and government customers, anchored by extensive owned fiber networks on three continents in more than 45 countries as well as substantial undersea facilities. The combined business had pro forma 2010 revenues of $6.2 billion and pro forma 2010 Adjusted EBITDA of $1.3 billion before synergies and $1.6 billion after expected synergies. Corporate headquarters will remain in Broomfield, Colorado. James Q. Crowe is CEO of the company.

The deal was structured as a tax-free, stock-for-stock exchange. The combined business had pro forma 2010 revenues of $6.2 billion and pro forma 2010 Adjusted EBITDA of $1.3 billion before synergies and $1.6 billion after expected synergies. Total synergies are expected to be approximately $300 million of run-rate EBITDA, of which the company expects to realize the substantial majority within 18 months.

The company also announced plans to transfer the listing of its common stock to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and expects to begin trading on the NYSE on Oct. 20, 2011, under its current ticker symbol "LVLT". The company will continue to trade on the NASDAQ Global Select Market until the transfer is completed. In conjunction with listing on NYSE, the company will affect a 1-for-15 reverse stock split of the Level 3 common stock.

"The integration planning effort has been very productive, and we are ready to begin integrating our operations today," said Jeff Storey, president and chief operating officer of Level 3. "Business remains strong, and we continue to feel confident about the synergy targets we identified when we announced this transaction. Our number one objective is to maintain our focus on providing an industry-leading customer experience, while also achieving our expected synergies."http://www.level3.com/

Avaya Acquires Sipera for Securing Unified Communications

Avaya has acquired Sipera Systems, a privately-held supplier of Unified Communications (UC) enablement and security solutions, for an undisclosed sum.

Sipera supplies set of fit-for-purpose, enterprise-class SBC capabilities for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking that offers customers and channel partners flexibility, security and value. Sipera provides application-layer security. Security features include a patent-pending remote worker solution that helps deploy VPN-less solutions and advanced toll fraud protection.

"Sipera's broad portfolio of open, enterprise-focused security technologies strongly align with our own Avaya Aura unified communications architecture. Together, we will help customers simplify deployment, management and maintenance of secure, multi-vendor UC and contact center environments while providing them with greater flexibility to support remote and mobile employees using the device that best suits their needs," stated Dr. Alan Baratz, Senior Vice President and President, Global Communications Solutions, Avaya. http://www.avaya.com http://www.sipera.com

  • In May 2010, Sipera Systems raised $10 million in venture funding for its real-time Unified Communications (UC) enablement and security solutions. he new funding was led by S3 Ventures, and includes participation by prior investors Austin Ventures, Duchossois Technology Partners (DTEC), Sequoia Capital, and STAR Ventures. This brings Sipera's total funding to $48 million. The company was founded in 2003.

    Sipera's "Borderless UC" architecture enables enterprise managers to safely extend UC over any network to any device, including office phones, home office phones, remote call center agents, video devices, soft-phones, collaboration tools, and smartphones. The company's portfolio includes its smartphone UC security solutions and UC-Sec enterprise UC security product family. Its UC security appliance protects against signaling and media vulnerabilities while maintaining the highest quality of service (QoS). It terminates encrypted UC traffic, offers fine-grained policy enforcement to apply different security and call routing rules, and solves firewall/NAT traversal among other UC deployment issues.

AiNET Builds High-Density Fiber Net in Washington D.C.

AiNET has begun constructions of a new state-of-the-art 3-ring, 9,600 fiber-route mile DWDM fiber in Washington, D.C. Areas served by this extensive fiber rollout include: Georgetown, the lower Wisconsin Avenue district, the West End, Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle, the K Street corridor, Penn Quarter, and the Central Business District (CBD) – with special focus on high concentrations of Federal office buildings, surrounding the Capital, and south of the National Mall. Notably, the network will be completed underground and offer a high degree of diversity from the fiber routes already in place. http://www.ai.net/

UNH-IOL Offers Data Center Bridging (DCB) Testing

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) is now offering testing of Data Center Bridging (DCB) in accordance with the finalization of all IEEE Data Center Bridging (DCB) standards.

The UNH-IOL notes that membership in its DCB Consortium has doubled over the past 12 months. By providing members with access to the latest DCB testing services, the UNH-IOL is helping members prepare for the next-generation of data center networks.

"UNH-IOL's knowledge of both of the Ethernet and Fibre Channel technologies and how they relate to each other makes UNH-IOL an ideal lab for Fibre Channel plugfests. As noted this is our 7th FCoE plugfest, but UNH-IOL has been handling our Fibre Channel plugfests for years now." http://www.iol.unh.edu/services/testing/dcb

McAfee to Acquire NitroSecurity for Cyber Situational Awareness

Intel's McAfee division plans to acquire NitroSecurity, a privately-held company focused on security information and event management (SIEM) solutions that provide visibility and situational awareness to protect critical information and infrastructure. Financial terms were not disclosed.

NitroSecurity identifies, correlates and remediates threats to the network. NitroSecurity's SIEM management, which has already passed integration testing with McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO), gives customers a single security platform for event analysis and management across the environment. The integration expands the capability of the McAfee ePO platform to view events, activity and logs created by networks, databases and applications.

McAfee said NitroSecurity's technology, combined with its own security management capabilities, will give organizations greater visibility into their endpoint assets, underlying network infrastructure, specific security threats and risks and system vulnerabilities across their entire IT environment. http://www.mcafee.com

  • NitroSecurity was founded in 1999 and based in Portsmouth, NH.

IBM Acquires Q1 Labs for Security Analytics

IBM agreed to acquire privately held Q1 Labs, a developer of security intelligence software, for an undisclosed sum.

Q1 Labs, which is based in Waltham, Massachusetts, provides software that collects and analyzes information from hundreds of sources across an organization, such as the network, applications, user activity, mobile endpoints, and physical security devices such as badge readers - including both cloud-based and on-premise sources. Its security information and event management (SIEM) software also helps IT staff and auditors manage the tracking of security incidents and model risk to better protect customers, while giving executives insight into the security and risk posture of the organization. The company cites more than 1,800 clients globally, including healthcare providers, energy firms, retail organizations, utility companies, financial institutions, government agencies, educational institutions, and wireless service providers.

Q1 Labs' advanced analytics and correlation capabilities can automatically detect and flag actions across an enterprise that deviate from prescribed policies and typical behavior to help prevent breaches, such as an employee accessing unauthorized information.

IBM Managed Security Services is already making available to clients a cloud-based service of Q1 Labs' security information and event management offering.

IBM said the acquisition accelerates its efforts to help clients more intelligently secure their enterprises by applying analytics to correlate information from key security domains and creating security dashboards for their organizations. Following the close of the acquisition, Q1 Labs will join the newly-formed IBM Security Systems division. The new division will be led by Brendan Hannigan, the current CEO of Q1 Labs.

IBM sees a $94 billion opportunity in security software and services with a nearly 12 percent compound annual growth rate. Q1 Labs will join the more than 10 strategic security acquisitions IBM has made in the last decade and the more than 25 analytics-related purchases, including the recently announced acquisition of security analytics software firm, i2.

"Since perimeter defense alone is no longer capable of thwarting all threats, IBM is in a unique position to shift security thinking to an integrated, predictive approach," said Brendan Hannigan , CEO of Q1 Labs. "Q1 Labs' security analytics will add greater intelligence to IBM's security portfolio and continue to distinguish IBM from competitors."

IBM's new Security Systems division integrates IBM's Tivoli, Rational and Information Management security software, appliances, lab offerings and services. IBM plans to apply Q1 Labs' analytics to drive greater security intelligence capabilities across its security products and services such as identity and access management, database security, application security, enterprise risk management, intrusion prevention, endpoint management and network security. http://www.ibm.com/securityhttp://q1labs.com/

  • Q1 Labs has significant, strategic OEM partnerships with a number of network infrastructure companies, including Juniper Networks and Enterasys.
  • In February 2008, Q1 Labs announced $9 million in Series D funding, bringing total equity investment in the company to $43 million. The funding round was led by Globespan Capital Partners and included other existing investors Menlo Ventures, BDC Venture Capital, Polaris Venture Partners, New Brunswick Investment Management Corporation as well as individual investors.
  • Q1 Labs was founded in 2001.

  • Last year, HP acquired ArcSight, a provider of network security and compliance management company, in a deal valued at $1.5 billion. ArcSight, which is based in Cupertino, California, provides a platform for gaining visibility and critical insights into IT infrastructure across all users, networks, data centers and applications. The company has over 1,000 corporate and government customers.

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."http://www.juniper.net