Sunday, December 18, 2011

Charter Names New CEO

Charter Communications named Thomas M. Rutledge as President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Michael J. Lovett, who announced in October his plan to step down as President and Chief Executive Officer of Charter on the earlier of April 30, 2012 or when a successor was appointed. Rutledge joins Charter from Cablevision Systems, where he served as Chief Operating Officer from April 2004 until December 2011. He began his career in 1977 at American Television and Communications (ATC), a predecessor company of Time Warner Cable. Mr. Rutledge currently serves on the board of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), and served as Chairman of the NCTA from 2008-2010.
http://www.charter.com

KT Deploys Allot Gateways

Korea Telecom (KT) has deployed multiple Allot Service Gateway Sigma E and Allot NetEnforcer AC-10000 platforms to analyze data consumption and optimize bandwidth in the South Korean Ministry of Education's network.


Allot's scalable bandwidth management and analytics solution is designed to provide centralized real-time monitoring and visibility of application usage and user behavior, and additionally guarantee the delivery of IPTV and educational multimedia applications such as the Education Broadcasting System (EBS).


Allot Service Gateway Sigma E is Allot's newest series of carrier-grade, highly scalable DPI-based platforms for broadband optimization and revenue generation in fixed and mobile networks. It provides built in compatibility with 3G, 4G/LTE and converged network environments.
http://www.allot.com

Broadcom Prevails in Emulex Patent Infringement Suit

Broadcom has prevailed in a patent infringement case with Emulex concerning Fibre Channel and 110 GbE controller technology.


The United States District Court for the Central District of California has found that Emulex infringed two Broadcom patents: U.S. Patent Nos. 7,058,150 and 7,471,691. The infringing products include Emulex's BladeEngine 2 (BE2), BladeEngine 3 (BE3) and Lancer (XE201) chips and four of Emulex's Fibre Channel switch products. The BE2 and BE3 are 10 Gigabit Ethernet controllers, which are sold as Ethernet controllers and used in Emulex's OneConnect™ Converged Network Adapters.


Broadcom has requested that the Court enter a permanent injunction prohibiting Emulex from manufacturing, using, selling or supporting the infringing products in the United States.
http://www.broadcom.com

Level 3 Powers California Central Valley Broadband Project

Level 3 will provide IP capacity for the Central Valley Next Generation Broadband Infrastructure project, a $66.6 million total cost project that is being partly funded with $46.6 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The project will bring advanced communications to rural, underserved areas by creating a 1,300 mile, high-capacity fiber-based infrastructure throughout 18 counties in California's Central Valley. Level 3 is providing over 300 route miles of fiber for the project.
http://www.level3.com
http://www.cvin.com

VSS Monitoring Releases Line-Rate Packet Reassembly

VSS Monitoring introduced a packet fragment reassembly feature for greater utilization and network intelligence within analytic tools.


VSS Monitoring provides session-based/flow-aware monitoring solutions to reassemble packets from Gigabit and 10GigE networks to ensure a reliable and efficient session. By prioritizing bandwidth with premium data, the network's QoS can be assured. This latest offering is compatible with IPv4 and IPv6, as well as networks of all maximum transmission unit (MTU) sizes.


The company said the new feature enables enterprises and service providers to realize the full value of their existing investments while improving performance and accuracy from network analytic and security monitoring tools.


"Enterprises and service providers have spent millions of dollars on monitoring tools that have gone unchecked for a decade; many have inefficiencies that impact network visibility, security and uptime," said Martin Breslin, CEO of VSS Monitoring. "Our new solution improves the effectiveness of existing tools and provides clarity on network blind spots and redundancies. With VSS, organizations can meet or exceed existing Service Level Agreements and lower network Total Cost of Ownership."http://www.vssmonitoring.com
http://www.vssmonitoring.com/customers/packet_fragment_reassembly.asp

Vodacom Tanzania Upgrades with NSN

Vodacom Tanzania is implementing Nokia Siemens Networks' Single RAN (radio access network) platform to upgrade and modernize its network.


Under a five-year contract, Nokia Siemens Networks is supplying its Flexi Multiradio Base Station to replace Vodacom’s existing GSM and 3G base stations. This multi-technology platform is able to run GSM, High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and LTE, and can be defined to roll out a particular technology with a simple software update. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks provides its Orthogonal Sub Channel (OSC-Half Rate) and Dynamic Frequency and Channel Allocation (DFCA) GSM software features to increase the network capacity and efficiency.


"It’s our key priority to constantly improve the quality of service for our customers by increasing our network capacity, performance and coverage across the country,�? said Dana Bakker, manager of executive operations, Vodacom Tanzania. “To achieve this, we selected Nokia Siemens Networks to be our long term partner based on its technology capability and efficient services support. We awarded managed services contract to the company previously. We believe it is the right approach to make one partner responsible for both managed services, and network upgrade and expansion."http://www.nsn.com

AT&T Drops Bid to Acquire T-Mobile USA

AT&T officially abandoned its effort to acquire T-Mobile USA. The break-up of the deal requires AT&T to pay Deutsche Telekom $4 billion, which AT&T will recognize as a pre-tax accounting charge this quarter.


“AT&T will continue to be aggressive in leading the mobile Internet revolution,�? said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “To meet the needs of our customers, we will continue to invest. However, adding capacity to meet these needs will require policymakers to do two things. First, in the near term, they should allow the free markets to work so that additional spectrum is available to meet the immediate needs of the U.S. wireless industry, including expeditiously approving our acquisition of unused Qualcomm spectrum currently pending before the FCC. Second, policymakers should enact legislation to meet our nation’s longer-term spectrum needs.


AT&T as also entered into a roaming agreement with Deutsche Telekom.
http://www.att.comAT&T first announced its $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile USA on March 21, 2011.

Charter Names New CEO

Charter Communications named Thomas M. Rutledge as President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Michael J. Lovett, who announced in October his plan to step down as President and Chief Executive Officer of Charter on the earlier of April 30, 2012 or when a successor was appointed. Rutledge joins Charter from Cablevision Systems, where he served as Chief Operating Officer from April 2004 until December 2011. He began his career in 1977 at American Television and Communications (ATC), a predecessor company of Time Warner Cable. Mr. Rutledge currently serves on the board of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), and served as Chairman of the NCTA from 2008-2010.
http://www.charter.com

KT Deploys Allot Gateways

Korea Telecom (KT) has deployed multiple Allot Service Gateway Sigma E and Allot NetEnforcer AC-10000 platforms to analyze data consumption and optimize bandwidth in the South Korean Ministry of Education's network.


Allot's scalable bandwidth management and analytics solution is designed to provide centralized real-time monitoring and visibility of application usage and user behavior, and additionally guarantee the delivery of IPTV and educational multimedia applications such as the Education Broadcasting System (EBS).


Allot Service Gateway Sigma E is Allot's newest series of carrier-grade, highly scalable DPI-based platforms for broadband optimization and revenue generation in fixed and mobile networks. It provides built in compatibility with 3G, 4G/LTE and converged network environments.
http://www.allot.com

Broadcom Prevails in Emulex Patent Infringement Suit

Broadcom has prevailed in a patent infringement case with Emulex concerning Fibre Channel and 110 GbE controller technology.


The United States District Court for the Central District of California has found that Emulex infringed two Broadcom patents: U.S. Patent Nos. 7,058,150 and 7,471,691. The infringing products include Emulex's BladeEngine 2 (BE2), BladeEngine 3 (BE3) and Lancer (XE201) chips and four of Emulex's Fibre Channel switch products. The BE2 and BE3 are 10 Gigabit Ethernet controllers, which are sold as Ethernet controllers and used in Emulex's OneConnect™ Converged Network Adapters.


Broadcom has requested that the Court enter a permanent injunction prohibiting Emulex from manufacturing, using, selling or supporting the infringing products in the United States.
http://www.broadcom.com

Level 3 Powers California Central Valley Broadband Project

Level 3 will provide IP capacity for the Central Valley Next Generation Broadband Infrastructure project, a $66.6 million total cost project that is being partly funded with $46.6 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The project will bring advanced communications to rural, underserved areas by creating a 1,300 mile, high-capacity fiber-based infrastructure throughout 18 counties in California's Central Valley. Level 3 is providing over 300 route miles of fiber for the project.
http://www.level3.com
http://www.cvin.com

VSS Monitoring Releases Line-Rate Packet Reassembly

VSS Monitoring introduced a packet fragment reassembly feature for greater utilization and network intelligence within analytic tools.


VSS Monitoring provides session-based/flow-aware monitoring solutions to reassemble packets from Gigabit and 10GigE networks to ensure a reliable and efficient session. By prioritizing bandwidth with premium data, the network's QoS can be assured. This latest offering is compatible with IPv4 and IPv6, as well as networks of all maximum transmission unit (MTU) sizes.


The company said the new feature enables enterprises and service providers to realize the full value of their existing investments while improving performance and accuracy from network analytic and security monitoring tools.


"Enterprises and service providers have spent millions of dollars on monitoring tools that have gone unchecked for a decade; many have inefficiencies that impact network visibility, security and uptime," said Martin Breslin, CEO of VSS Monitoring. "Our new solution improves the effectiveness of existing tools and provides clarity on network blind spots and redundancies. With VSS, organizations can meet or exceed existing Service Level Agreements and lower network Total Cost of Ownership."http://www.vssmonitoring.com
http://www.vssmonitoring.com/customers/packet_fragment_reassembly.asp

Vodacom Tanzania Upgrades with NSN

Vodacom Tanzania is implementing Nokia Siemens Networks' Single RAN (radio access network) platform to upgrade and modernize its network.


Under a five-year contract, Nokia Siemens Networks is supplying its Flexi Multiradio Base Station to replace Vodacom’s existing GSM and 3G base stations. This multi-technology platform is able to run GSM, High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and LTE, and can be defined to roll out a particular technology with a simple software update. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks provides its Orthogonal Sub Channel (OSC-Half Rate) and Dynamic Frequency and Channel Allocation (DFCA) GSM software features to increase the network capacity and efficiency.


"It’s our key priority to constantly improve the quality of service for our customers by increasing our network capacity, performance and coverage across the country,�? said Dana Bakker, manager of executive operations, Vodacom Tanzania. “To achieve this, we selected Nokia Siemens Networks to be our long term partner based on its technology capability and efficient services support. We awarded managed services contract to the company previously. We believe it is the right approach to make one partner responsible for both managed services, and network upgrade and expansion."http://www.nsn.com

AT&T Drops Bid to Acquire T-Mobile USA

AT&T officially abandoned its effort to acquire T-Mobile USA. The break-up of the deal requires AT&T to pay Deutsche Telekom $4 billion, which AT&T will recognize as a pre-tax accounting charge this quarter.


“AT&T will continue to be aggressive in leading the mobile Internet revolution,�? said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “To meet the needs of our customers, we will continue to invest. However, adding capacity to meet these needs will require policymakers to do two things. First, in the near term, they should allow the free markets to work so that additional spectrum is available to meet the immediate needs of the U.S. wireless industry, including expeditiously approving our acquisition of unused Qualcomm spectrum currently pending before the FCC. Second, policymakers should enact legislation to meet our nation’s longer-term spectrum needs.


AT&T as also entered into a roaming agreement with Deutsche Telekom.
http://www.att.comAT&T first announced its $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile USA on March 21, 2011.

EXFO Introduces Optical Spectrum Analyzer

EXFO introduced a new Optical Spectrum Analyzer test module for its Windows-based IQS-600 platform. The module leverages EXFO’s unique OSNR measurement approach, which enables lab researchers and technicians to achieve accurate in-band OSNR measurements of a ROADM or 40 Gbps system. It can be used to analyze WDMs and EDFAs, to measure drift and spectral transmittance, and to easily control DFB lasers from a remote location via Ethernet or GPIB using provided SCPI commands. http://www.exfo.com

Optimum Lightpath Reaches 5,000 Buildings On-Net

Cablevision's Optimum Lightpath now has more than 5,000 buildings in the New York metropolitan area connected directly to its fiber network, which now boasts more than 4,700 fiber route miles across the region.


"From the beginning, Optimum Lightpath has focused on providing a highly reliable, flexible, 100 percent fiber network that could deliver the services that meet the current and future needs of our diverse customer base," said Dave Pistacchio, President, Optimum Lightpath. "With 5,000 connected buildings, our focus remains the same. We are committed to delivering the Ethernet-based services, products, pricing and performance that help our customers advance." http://optimumlightpath.com

CenturyLink Wins $250M Department of Defense Contract

CenturyLink won a multi-year contract valued at more than $250 million from the Defense Information Systems Agency/Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DISA/DITCO) to provide private line services for dedicated high-speed connections between military installations. Under the terms of the 5-year order by DISA/DITCO, CenturyLink Government will provide private line services to the DOD as it migrates to Networx, the largest global communications contract program ever developed for the federal government by the U.S. General Services Administration. CenturyLink Government will provide private line services to all DOD agencies, including the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy.




http://www.centurylink.com

  • In April 2011, CenturyLink completed its merger with Qwest Communications and became a major provider of communications services to the military through other DISA/DITCO contract programs, including Internet Protocol Services and the DISN (Defense Information Systems Network) Access Transport Services.

France Telecom-Orange Implements 100G with Alcatel-Lucent

France Telecom-Orange is upgrading its optical fiber network linking Paris and London using 100G technology from Alcatel-Lucent. The deployment follows a field trial in the autumn on the 720 km Paris-London route, which was already supporting 10 Gbps channels. For this trial, Alcatel-Lucent enhanced its existing 1626 Light Manager with 100G next-generation coherent technology through the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS).


Didier Duriez, Senior Vice President International and Backbone Networks Factory at France Telecom-Orange said: "the deployment of a 100G optical transmission demonstrates our Group’s commitment to improve the performance of our networks on a long-term basis in order to address the exponential bandwidth needs of our customers. 100G technologies can expand the data capacity of our existing fiber links to the multi-terabit capacity necessary to handle exploding traffic growth over longer distances, with an optimized investment."
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

  • Earlier this month, Alcatel-Lucent announced a series of improvements to its single-carrier, 100G coherent technology that enables optical waves to travel up to 30% farther, even over poor quality fiber, while opening up many more use cases for 100G optical transport links.


    The gains, which are achieved using improved signal processing algorithms developed by Bell Labs for overcoming impairments in the fiber, are being delivered in a 100G eXtended Reach (XR) card for the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS). The platform is now able to transmit a combination of 10G, 40G and 100G rates on different wavelengths of an optical fiber for up to 2000 kilometers and beyond -- representing up to a 30 percent increase in reach.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

AT&T Boosts its Quarterly Dividend

AT&T announced a 2.3 percent increase in its quarterly dividend paid to stockholders -- from $0.43 to $0.44 a share on a quarterly basis, which would be an increase from $1.72 to $1.76 a share on an annualized basis.


“Throughout the economic downturn, we’ve been very disciplined financially, which has given us strong cash flows and an ability to pay down debt while investing about $20 billion this year to support more customer usage,�? said Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T. “As a result, we’re pleased to be able to increase our stockholders’ quarterly dividend for an industry-leading 28th consecutive year. We know millions of our owners are individuals and they count on their AT&T dividend each quarter. It’s a responsibility to our owners that we take seriously.�?http://www.att.com

Global Business Exchange for Telekom

A new global consortium of telecom carriers has been formed with the aim of establishing standards for the electronic exchange of data in international wholesale services.


GBET was started by Deutsche Telekom’s wholesale arm ICSS and other major players of the industry, including Verizon, TeliaSonera, PCCW, iBasis, and Telarix, in June 2011. The organization has now launched its website to draw attention to the activities of the organization and find new members.


GBET said its member companies will have a unique opportunity to participate in an industry-wide effort to simplify and create best practices for the electronic exchange of business information amongst the international wholesale carrier community. http://www.gbetcommunity.com/