Tuesday, January 3, 2012

EZchip Partners with Marvell on Next Gen NPU

EZchip Semiconductor has selected Marvell to be the ASIC partner for its next generation network processor, the 200-Gigabit NP-5. EZchip, which had disclosed its NP-5 plans last year, said it already has signed a tier-1 router vendor for the forthcoming silicon. Samples are expected by the end of the year.

The companies were also partners for EZchip’s NP-4 100-Gigabit network processor, which is currently in production.

“We are very pleased that our leading tier-1 customers have selected to continue the EZchip path,�? said Eli Fruchter, EZchip’s CEO. “EZchip currently has a commanding position in the marketplace by providing our customers with significant time to market advantages. We believe that with the NP-5 we will further our market leadership. We will bring the NP-5 and its variants, similar to the NP-4 and its variants, to the market at the earliest possible time and allow our leading customers to continue to build on their success in the marketplace with EZchip.�?http://www,ezchip.com

China Telecom to Launch as MVNO with Everything Everywhere

Everything Everywhere, the joint venture that operates the networks for T-Mobile (UK) and Orange (UK), has signed China Telecom as an MVNO on its network. The partnership marks the first time that a Chinese telecom operator has launched MVNO services outside China.

"Entering the UK mobile market is a strategic move for China Telecom (Europe). We selected Everything Everywhere based on the strength of its network, and Transatel’s proven track record of getting MVNOs up and running quickly and efficiently. We are keen to launch the service in the UK as soon as possible as there is a real gap in the market for the provision of tailored mobile services and competitive tariffs aimed at the growing Chinese population in the UK," stated Yan Ou, Managing Director of China Telecom (Europe).http://everythingeverywhere.com

Cisco Terminates its ūmi Home Telepresence Product

Cisco reportedly is dropping its ūmi telepresence system for the home. The news was first reported by CRN magazine.

Cisco ūmi, which was introduced in October 2010, combined an HD video camera, a console and a remote. It was positioned as a premium home telepresence system with pristine video and audio quality delivered over a broadband connection. The system offered dynamic resolution scaling based on available bandwidth (1080p, 720p, and 480p supported).

However, Cisco priced the consumer gadget at $599 a piece and each unit required a $24.99 a month subscription service, in addition to broadband service.http://home.cisco.com/en-us/telepresence/umi/
  • In March 2011, Cisco announced interoperability between Cisco umi and its Cisco TelePresence portfolio for businesses.

Netflix: 2 Billion Hours of Streaming in Q4

Netflix streamed more than two billion hours of TV shows and movies to its members in the fourth quarter of 2011. The company said it now has more than 20 million streaming members, including international customers.

KT Kicks Off its LTE Network

KT has launched commercial LTE services in five districts in Seoul. KT is using the 1.8 GHz band ((2 X 10MHz)) and promising top theoretical downlink speeds of 75 Mbps. 2G services using this spectrum are being terminated.

Samsung's Galaxy S II LTE and the Pantech Vega LTE are among the handsets initially on offer. The carrier aims to attract 4 million LTE subscribers in 2012.

By the end of March, KT's LTE network is expected to cover 26 cities and by the end of April, the network will cover 92% of South Korea's population. Overall, KT expects to invest KRW 1.3 trillion for the nationwide LTE and the majority of this spending is expected in the first half of the year.

KT is leveraging "LTE WARP" technology to share resources among up to 144 base stations. Cloud and virtualization technologies are also being employed to improve network capacity while minimizing radio wave interference between cell units.

Acacia Research Settles Patent Dispute with NSN

Acacia Research Corporation, which acquires patents from inventors and them licenses the intellectual property to other parties, announced that is Lamba Optical Solutions subsidiary has reached a deal with Nokia Siemens Networks that resolves patent litigation currently in the courts. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fast Packet Processing -- Appliances Integrate Cloud Services


Connectivity to the cloud will become an essential element in home services and associated gateway and NAS appliances. Vinay Ravuri, Vice President and General Manager of the Processor Business Unit at AppliedMicro. http://www.apm.com/

IBM to Acquire Green Hat for Cloud Testing Software

IBM agreed to acquire Green Hat, a privately-held company developing software quality testing for the cloud, for an undisclosed sum.

Green Hat leverages cloud computing to conduct testing on a software application prior to its delivery. Green Hat creates a virtual environment that simulates IT infrastructure elements, without the constraints of hardware or software services. The approach eliminates the need to construct a actual testing lab made up of both hardware and software. The company was founded in 1996 and is jointly headquartered in London, England and Wilmington, Delaware.

Upon the acquisition close, Green Hat will join IBM’s Rational Software business. The Green Hat software testing solutions also will be offered through IBM Global Business Services’ Application Management Services (AMS).

"This acquisition extends IBM’s leadership in driving business agility and software quality by changing the way enterprises can manage software development cost, test cycle time and risk," said Kristof Kloeckner, General Manager, IBM Rational. “Together, we offer the most complete solution available today for agile software development and testing, with flexible options such as the cloud. Green Hat’s application virtualization capabilities will help our customers accelerate their delivery of business critical software."http://www.ibm.com

Saudi Telecom Appoints Alcatel-Lucent for LTE

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has selected Alcatel-Lucent for its national LTE network. STEC plans to launch LTE services in 11 key cities in Saudi Arabia in the first phase of its rollout. Alcatel-Lucent was selected to support STC’s LTE network deployment in the Northern Region of the Kingdom, following a successful trial of the technology.

Alcatel-Lucent, through the ngConnect Program, is also helping STC build an ecosystem of leading companies to provide content, applications and innovative services to meet needs of subscribers in Saudi Arabia.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that it now has 20 LTE contracts.
  • On September 14, 2011, Saudi Telecom Company (STC) announced the launch of its LTE network. The network supports a top downlink rate of 100 Mbps.

Procera Names VP of Worldwide Sales

Procera Networks named Brian Ahearn as its Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Sales. He previously worked at 2Wire, (recently acquired by Pace plc), where he lead a team that included account management, field engineering and professional services. He also previously served at Avaya, where he led the global service provider sales force focused on growing business and market share with major carriers like AT&T and Verizon. http://ww.proceraneworks.com

Marvell Acquires Xelerated for its Programmable Switching Silicon

Marvell has acquired Xelerated, a supplier of network processing and programmable Ethernet switching silicon, for an undisclosed sum.

Xelerated, which is based in Stockholm, Sweden, features a deterministic Dataflow Architecture in its silicon designs for high-speed programmable network processing. Its target markets include Carrier Ethernet, Unified Fiber Access, Mobile Backhaul and Transport platforms. The privately-held company was founded in 2000. Investors include AP6, Accel, Atlas Venture, Alta Partners and Amadeus Capital.

Marvell said Xelerated's AX and HX family of network processor and programmable switches complements its own existing product portfolio of packet processors, ARM-based SoCs, wireless and low-power physical layer devices widely used in infrastructure, data center and enterprise networking equipment.

Marvell also confirmed that it will continue to work with EZChip on NP-4 and NP-5 processors and is committed to the long term relationship with EZChip.

"Programmable wire speed processing and advanced traffic management are two of Xelerated's strongest IP assets and are essential for Service Provider deployment of their enterprise and subscriber services," said Eva Lindqvist, CEO of Xelerated. "Joining the Marvell family is a fantastic opportunity for us to exploit the full potential of our technology and provide more comprehensive end-to-end solutions to our customers."http://www.marvell.com
  • In September 2011, Xelerated announced volume production of its HX family of 100G network processors (NPU) for packet-OTN, mobile backhaul/PTN and Carrier Ethernet Switch-Routers. The company said it now racked up 20 system design wins for the HX family of NPUs, the first will go into production later this year. The HX chip delivers wirespeed processing and advanced traffic management with deep packet buffering and can be used for pizza box and line card slot capacities of 20-200 Gbps. These line cards are designed for aggregation and transport, and support a range of interface types including GE, 10GE, 40GE, 100GE and OTU0-OTU4. In mobile backhaul, the HX family implements complete L2 and L3 switch-router applications.

Monday, January 2, 2012

SK Telecom Develops LTE + Wi-Fi Femtocell

South Korea-based SK Telecom has developed its own Wi-Fi Integrated LTE Femtocell to spur its 4G rollout.

The ultra-mini base station improves indoor coverage using both Wi-Fi and LTE, while significantly reduce equipment installation and operating cost. SK Telecom uses POE (Power over Ethernet) to ease installation. The company said its design also minimizes interference between the frequencies within the cellular bands.

SK Telecom plans to build LTE networks in 84 cities across the country by April 2012, eight months ahead of schedule, after which it will utilize Wi-Fi Integrated Femtocells to boost its service quality.

The carrier plans to deploy its Wi-Fi Integrated LTE Femtocells in densely populated regions, focusing primarily on central commercial areas of major cities where LTE traffic and users are concentrated, and then be expanded to areas with high data demand – i.e. indoor areas like shopping centers, offices, houses, and school, etc.

Kang Jong-Ryeol, Head of Network Technology Center of SK Telecom said, "SK Telecom has already installed over one million repeaters to expand LTE coverage including indoors and underground areas and will continue to enhance its LTE service quality by installing Wi-Fi Integrated LTE Femtocells. Furthermore, SK Telecom will keep on developing and providing femtocell technologies suitable for many different environments so as to create an optimal data communication environment for customers."http://www.sktelecom.com
  • In November 2011, SK Telecom announced an LTE Smart Cloud Access Network (SCAN) pilot deployment. SCAN separates digital signal processing from the base stations and concentrates it in one place, allowing the network to respond to traffic demands in certain locations. Additional antenna radio units can be deployed at a lower cost instead of a full base station. The smart cloud base stations also cooperate with each other to reduce interference, especially in border areas in the network.

  • SK Telecom inaugurated its 4G LTE service in Seoul on July 1, 2011. The network provides a maximum downlink speed of 75Mbps, which is five times faster than that of its 3G WCDMA network (HSUPA) and 1.9 times faster than Wibro that provides maximum downlink speed of 39.8Mbps and maximum uplink speed of 10Mbps. The network uses the 800 MHz band. The company plans to expand the frequency bandwidth for LTE from one-way 5MHz (at the time of service launch) to 10MHz by the fourth quarter of 2011 to achieve the full downlink potential.

    The LTE rollout in Seoul was accomplished by building 1,772 Radio Units (RU) and 609 Digital Units (DU). In addition to this, the company will also use its 200,000 existing 800MHz repeaters to offer seamless and flawless 4G LTE service in all areas of Seoul, including underground and indoor areas.

  • In January 2011, South Korea's SK Telecom announced the selection of Samsung Electronics, LG-Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks as key equipment suppliers for its LTE network.

Acme Packet Cuts Guidance

Citing uncertainty in the North American service provider market, Acme Packet trimmed its financial guidance for Q4 2011. Based on preliminary fourth quarter estimates which are subject to change, the company now expects
total revenues to range between $84 million to $86 million, while total revenues for 2011 are expected to range between $308 million and $310 million compared to its earlier outlook of between $315 million and $320 million.

“Our results were impacted by uncertainty in the North American service provider market,�? said Andy Ory, President and Chief Executive Officer of Acme Packet, Inc. “Outside of the North American service provider market, Acme Packet continued to perform very well – particularly in our enterprise business as well as in our Europe and Latin America businesses. Looking ahead, we believe we are very 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.�?

Australia's NBN Ends 2011 with 4,000 On-Net Customers

As of December 31, 2011, Australia’s National Broadband Network had more than 4000 homes and businesses were connected to its infrastructure. Construction is expected to ramp up in 2012.

"We will look back on 2011 as a pivotal year for the NBN which saw us move from planning and designing the network to ramping up the rollout of a key piece of telecommunications infrastructure that over the next decade will reach every Australian. Indeed, the biggest challenge we face is managing the expectations of communities who want the NBN – and want it now. The key question we hear is not ‘Why do we need the NBN?’ but ‘When am I going to get it?’ A crucial task for 2012 will be to educate and inform Australians about the principles that dictate the rollout," stated NBN Co’s Head of Product Development and Industry Relations, Jim Hassell.

Qatar's Qtel Offers WaveLink Services up to 100G

Qatar-based Qtel launched a WaveLink WDM service for corporate and government customers. Qtel’s WaveLink provides a complete end-to-end solution offering bandwidths of 1Gbps, 2.5Gbps or 10Gbps, 40Gps going all the way up to 100Gbps. WaveLink can be used to supply Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH), Ethernet, or other protocols such as Fibre Connection (FICON) or Enterprise Systems Connection (ESCON).

WaveLink’s supporting applications range from basic voice and data services to virtualization and storage area network applications, allowing customers to manage traffic over one network.

Zayo Acquires MarquisNet - a Las Vegas Data Center

The Zayo Group has acquired MarquisNet’s data-center business in Las Vegas, Nevada. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 28,000 square foot data center, located at 7185 Pollock Drive, will be the twelfth zColo Colocation facility.

Zayo noted that the deal represents its 18th acquisition since its inception. The company recently completed the acquisition of 360Networks on December 1, 2011. With the Las Vegas facility, zColo operates 12 data centers across 11 markets, including Los Angeles and three facilities in key Carrier Gateway locations in New York and New Jersey. The company is the exclusive manager and operator of the 60 Hudson St. “Meet-Me-Room�? in New York City, one of the world’s most connected buildings. zColo reported $38.7M in annualized adjusted revenue and $13.5 in annualized adjusted EBITDA in 3Q11.

Rambus Boosts Q4 Guidance

Rambus increased its revenue guidance for Q4 2011, saying it now expects revenue to be approximately $83 million. Rambus initially provided revenue guidance for the quarter in the range of $66 million to $71 million.

LightSquared Appoints Marc Montagner as CFO

LightSquared has appointed Marc Montagner as its new chief financial officer. He previously served as executive vice president, sales, marketing and strategy for SkyTerra, LightSquared’s predecessor company, where he worked on the regulatory, technical and business issues associated with re-purposing SkyTerra’s satellite spectrum for terrestrial use. His nearly 25 years of experience also includes working for companies such as France Telecom, Morgan Stanley, Sprint Nextel and Banc of America Securities.

Prior to joining LightSquared, in addition to his role at SkyTerra, Montagner was managing partner of Dupont Circle Partners, a mergers and acquisitions advisory firm specializing in the media, technology and telecommunications industries. Previously, he was managing director and co-head of the Global Telecom, Media and Technology Merger and Acquisition Group of Banc of America Securities where he advised a number of companies during acquisitions.

Montagner was also senior vice president, corporate development and mergers and acquisitions for Sprint Nextel Corporation, where he was responsible for all M&A activities for the company, including the $70 billion merger between Sprint and Nextel. Prior to Sprint Nextel, Montagner was a managing director in the Telecom and Media Group at Morgan Stanley. Montagner started his career in the telecom industry at France Telecom.

Taipei to Launch FTTH Project

The City of Taipei is launching a municipal FTTH project that aims to install 3,000 km of lines over the next four years. The project will deliver wholesale access to service providers. Five contractors have been selected.http://english.taipei.gov.tw/

BT Expands Ethernet Service in U.S. and Canada

BT has expanded its global Ethernet virtual private network (VPN) service in the U.S. and Canada with new nodes added in Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Newark, N.J. and Toronto. In addition to the new nodes, three access resilience options are now available:

  • Standard: Offers a single physical connection from the BT point of presence (POP) to the customer site.

  • Diverse: Offers two accesses that are delivered to the same BT POP.

  • Diverse+: Offers two accesses that are delivered to different POPs.