Thursday, May 10, 2012

ADVA Tests OpenFlow for Multi-Layer Network Virtualization Appliance

ADVA Optical Networking is pioneering the use of OpenFlow technology to dynamically control wavelength-switched optical networks. Working in cooperation with the University of Essex as part of the OFELIA project, ADVA has developed an optical OpenFlow implementation based on its FSP 3000 transmission platform.

Project OFELIA provides researchers with a Software-Defined Networking (SDN) testbed to experiment with new applications using a web-services approach. The aim is to use a common OpenFlow control for both the packet and optical layers.

The SDN facility at University of Essex comprises packet switches and application servers that can be dynamically connected by optical lightpaths. External users can directly access the facility via GÉANT, a high-bandwidth pan-European backbone that interconnects national research and education networks. Web-based tools and services enable users to request network resources from OFELIA and run, control and monitor their own SDN applications.

"SDN presents a tremendous opportunity for customers to streamline and automate network infrastructure and operations,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. “While server and storage virtualization have been widely adopted, network virtualization is still in its infancy. SDN closes this gap by offering programmable network control, better scalability and faster adoption to virtual machine mobility. We have proven that SDN can seamlessly extend into the optical domain and enables network virtualization across multiple layers. The OpenFlow approach extends our existing SDN solution employing our RAYcontrol control plane."

"It has been exciting developing this OpenFlow solution with the team at ADVA Optical Networking”, commented Professor Dimitra Simeonidou, head of the High Performance Networks Group, University of Essex. “Together we have built an SDN testbed with packet and wavelength switches under a common OpenFlow control. This is something that has never been done before. Researchers can now obtain slices of network infrastructure to program their own virtual multi-layer networks. They can use optical switching alongside packet switching to adapt bandwidth, latency and power consumption to their application needs."

Infonetics: Carrier Wi-Fi Market Takes Off

Infonetics is predicting that the global carrier WiFi equipment market will grow in the high double-digit percents annually at least through 2016, when it will hit $2.1 billion. This pace is already established as Infonetics notes that global revenue for carrier WiFi equipment -- including mobile WiFi access points, WiFi hotspot access points, and WiFi hotspot controllers -- grew 35% in 2011 from 2010.

"Our many recent conversations with mobile operators and equipment vendors validate our view that mobile operators are hot for hotspots,” notes Richard Webb, directing analyst for microwave, mobile offload, and mobile broadband devices at Infonetics Research. "The carrier WiFi equipment market has grown consistently since 2007, initially driven by exploding demand from mobile operators augmenting their 3G and 4G deployments with WiFi hotspot services. The strongest new growth driver is mobile operators deploying carrier WiFi to offload a portion of their mobile data traffic."

Some notes from the Infonetics' Carrier Wi-Fi Survey:
  • Two-thirds of the service providers that Infonetics interviewed have already deployed 20,000 to over 150,000 WiFi access points (APs) in public spaces.
  • Street coverage is seen as one of the areas of greatest deficit for WiFi coverage; by 2013, the percentage of service providers planning to deploy WiFi for street coverage jumps to 79%.
  • Complementing the mobile data service by enhancing throughput is currently the top deployment driver for carrier WiFi, followed by the scarcity of licensed spectrum.
  • Nearly all respondent carriers plan to increase the number of access points deployed by 2013, so Infonetics expects significant carrier WiFi deployment over the coming year.
  • Smartphones and tablets are named by mobile operators as the top mobile broadband devices driving their 2013 deployments of public WiFi networks.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sprint Offers Extended Mobile Safety Enhancements

Sprint introduced a collection of mobile family safety and device security bundles aimed at protecting mobile users. Sprint Guardian features mobile apps from Safely and Lookout for use of Sprint Android-powered devices.

Safely provides location tracking for phone-carrying children. Parents can lock their child’s phone on demand or schedule locks – during dinner, school or late at night. They can browse the child’s contacts and apps downloaded to the phone. Safely also enforces limits on texting while driving when traveling more than 10 mph. Incoming calls are sent to voicemail and distracting alerts are suspended while a car is in motion. The service is priced at for $9.99 per month for up to five lines on an account.

Lookout is a service that protects mobile devices from loss and malware for $4.99 per month for up to five lines on an account.

Sprint customers also have the option to purchase both bundles for a single monthly fee of $14.98.

"With Sprint Guardian, we’re helping to make it easy for individuals and families to manage how their children are using their mobile phone and giving them the tools they need to protect their wireless devices from theft, loss and malware," said Fared Adib, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Sprint is pleased to be the first in the industry to unify innovative safety and security applications from Safely and Lookout in two simple bundles at a great value for our customers." 

Huawei Achieves 150 Mbps in European LTE Cat 4 Field Trial

Huawei has achieved data rates of 150 Mbps in an LTE Category 4 field trial on a commercial LTE network in Europe.

The trial was based on an LTE Category 4 device powered by the first Hisilicon LTE multi-mode chipset to support LTE R9. 

Ericsson Debuts Smaller Smart Services Router, Adds Akamai CDN Sharing

Ericsson has expanded its Smart Services Router 8000 portfolio with a smaller 10-slot model operators to deploy the SSR family in different parts of the network: IP Edge and aggregation. A 20-slot version of the SSR debuted last year.

The 10-slot SSR 8010 consumes only 3.3 watts per gigabit of traffic throughput and offers a smaller footprint while using the same universal slots, hosting the same hardware and software components, and using a common management system as the larger chassis.

Jan Häglund, Head of Product Area IP & Broadband, Ericsson, says: "The introduction of the SSR 8010 highlights Ericsson's ongoing focus on developing 4th-generation IP solutions that can scale in multiple dimensions - data, control and service. Given we anticipate that the traffic between data centers and end users will quadruple to close to 1,000 exabytes annually by 2016, demand for smart solutions of this type is expected to be strong."

The SSR 8010 will be commercially available in Q3 2012.

Separately, Ericsson announced its Smart Cloud Accelerator solution for providing a unified caching solution for content delivery.  It optimizes over-the-top traffic and monetizes cloud content for operators, adding Akamai capabilities to Ericsson's SSR 8000 family of routing gateways. This allow operators to manage and deliver both their own content and that provided by third parties.

Ericsson confirmed that is using unified caching technology from Akamai to provide for dynamic capacity sharing between operators and their CDN customers, as well as over-the-top Internet traffic.

Polaris Wireless Develops High-Accuracy Mobile Location Surveillance App

Polaris Wireless introduced a mobile location surveillance application for providing accurate mass location of all mobile devices operating on a cellular network, on-demand location, subscriber device tracking, and geo-fence capabilities to field agents on their mobile devices.

Altus Mobile is powered by Polaris Wireless Location Signatures technology and is the latest feature of Altus, the company's intelligent surveillance application suite for law enforcement and intelligence agencies worldwide.   Altus is the industry's only software-based surveillance solution that enables accurate mass location - providing users the ability to simultaneously locate all subscriber devices in a wireless network in real time and on a historical basis. The Wireless Location Signatures (WLS) technology identifies the location of a wireless device to within 50 meters, even in tough urban and indoor environments.

Altus Mobile allows field agents to simultaneously track suspects on a Smartphone or tablet, and make life-or-death decisions in real time by receiving up-to-date intelligence from headquarters, such as:

  • Past and current locations of suspects

  • Locations where two or more suspects meet

  • Occasions where suspects enter/exit a restricted area

  • Visualization of suspects' surroundings by augmented reality

  • Nearby locations of authorities (police, military, etc.)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

BT's Wholesale Fibre Footprint Passes Ten Million Premises

BT's wholesale fibre broadband service is now available to ten million premises across the UK. The company was due to pass that milestone by the end of 2012 so it is several months ahead of schedule.

BT is investing £2.5 billion to make fibre broadband available to around two thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014 and has recruited hundreds of extra engineers in the past year to help with the roll-out.

BT chief executive Ian Livingston added: "Our engineers have worked tirelessly this past year and BT has made a real commitment to the UK’s infrastructure. Rolling out fibre is no easy task and so to have passed ten million premises in such a short time is fantastic. Our roll-out is one of the fastest in the world and our engineers deserve lots of credit. The UK is making great progress with fibre broadband. There are more than half a million customers already using the service and more than 60 ISPs trialling or offering services."

Symantec Tightens Enterprise Mobility Security

Symantec introduced a number of enterprise mobile security features aimed at the "Bring Your Own Device" crowd.

Symantec now offers tools to help organizations containerize corporate applications and protect sensitive data. The app and data protection capabilities, which are offered in both SaaS and on-prem models, enables enterprises to distribute, secure and control applications and data without requiring them to manage the complete devices. The MAM offers an ability to natively protect and control iOS, Android and HTML5 apps.

Symantec is preparing to launch a Data Loss Prevention for Mobile solution that will help CIOs to monitor and control the transmission of confidential data from mobile devices without restricting users’ access to applications.

Symantec Certificate Intelligence Center (CIC) for Mobile, an extension of Symantec Certificate Intelligence Center, helps manage SSL certificates across large and complex networks.

In addition, Symantec is introducing a Code Signing for Android tool that allows developers to digitally sign their .APK files for the Android platform. This cloud-based service also allows developers to securely manage their certificate keys and store their signed applications, all from a single intuitive cloud-based console. Symantec Code Signing for Android also has the first ever dedicated Android Root certificate from a security vendor.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sprint Awarded $2 Billion Contract

The Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA), a purchasing consortium composed of 15 states, has awarded Sprint a four-year, $2 billion contract to serve as one of its wireless products and services providers. The contract with WSCA, a national public sector purchasing consortium, represents one of the largest for Sprint in 2012.

WSCA participants will be able to take advantage of the full suite of Sprint wireless products and services, including devices, unlimited data plans, accessories, applications and end-to-end solutions.

SiTime Hits MEMS Milestone: 100 Million Timing Devices Shipped

SiTime Corporation, which specializes in silicon MEMS timing solutions, announced a major milestone: cumulative shipments of its MEMS oscillators, clock generators and resonators have exceeded 100 million units.

Over 800 electronics companies have adopted SiTime’s Silicon MEMS timing solutions in more than 100 unique applications.

“SiTime’s unique MEMS and analog technology is transforming the decades-old timing industry with revolutionary products that offer unsurpassed performance, flexibility and reliability,�? said Rajesh Vashist, CEO of SiTime. “Our silicon-based technology has enabled dramatic advances in performance that have not been replicated by the quartz industry. Today, our products are 250 times better in stability and jitter than our first product in 2007, and we continue to innovate at this accelerated pace. In addition, SiTime’s MEMS timing products are up to 500 times more reliable than quartz oscillators. Almost every major electronics company has either shipped product with our MEMS solutions or is evaluating them and it is only a matter of time before volumes of MEMS oscillators will exceed that of legacy quartz oscillators."

Broadcom Unveils 100 GE Switching Silicon with L2-4 Classification

Broadcom unveiled its 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switching solution designed for next gen data center switching platforms with densities up to 4,000 100GbE ports.

Broadcom said a key innovation in its highly integrated BCM88650 system on chip (SoC) is that the features and functionality of a complete line card have been combined into a single chip. The chip can process a single stream of 200Gbps traffic at Layer 2-Layer 4 with integrated advanced packet classification and deep-buffer traffic management features to support data center, carrier Ethernet and packet transport requirements.

The new BCM88650 works with Broadcom's FE1600 (BCM88750) fabric for highly scalable systems a few hundred Gbps of aggregate capacity A chassis with a total capacity of 25Tbps can be designed for the core of the data center or the carrier core network. Multiple chassis of different capacities can be interconnected to create a scalable core platform and deliver up to 4,000 wire-speed ports of 100GbE or their 40GbE/10GbE equivalent.

Highlights include:

  • Integrates advanced packet classification, deep-buffer traffic manager, and cell based fabric interface

  • Integrated 1/10/40/100GbE network interfaces eliminates the need for additional components

  • Programmable packet classification engine with built-in support for data center, metro Ethernet
    and transport applications

  • Large on-chip classification databases can be extended using a companion Broadcom/NetLogic processor

  • Deep buffers with distributed scheduling scheme allowing state of the art hierarchical QOS, transmission scheduling and flow control schemes

  • Fully compatible with Broadcom's XLP multi-core processors and NL8865x knowledge-based processors for best-in-class control plane and expanded L2-4 header processing performance

  • Fully supported by Broadcom's common Application Programming Interface (API).

Broadcom plans to offer different versions of the BCM88650 series for data center, enterprise, carrier access, metro Ethernet, and transport designs. Sampling is underway and production volume is slated for the second half of 2012.

Verizon to Market FIPS-140-2 Encrypted Mobile Voice Services to U.S. Government

Verizon will begin selling secure mobile voice services to the U.S. government using technology from Cellcrypt, a provider of government-grade encrypted voice-calling software. The two companies will jointly market Cellcrypt's mobile voice-encryption solution to military, intelligence and civilian agencies.

Cellcrypt helps address the potential risks of interception of sensitive voice communications. The technology is
currently undergoing trial testing with several government agencies. The yet-to-be named co-branded service will be available for sale this fall. When launched, the Verizon-Cellcrypt service will be supported on smartphones and tablets running on the widely used Android, BlackBerry and iOS mobile operating systems. The downloadable software application, which supports federal information processing standard 140-2, will work across cellular, Wi-Fi and satellite networks, including Verizon's wireless networks.

"The threats posed by cyberattacks are real and increasingly focused on U.S. national security interests," said Janet Schijns, vice president of vertical solutions, Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "By leveraging our combined strengths, Verizon and Cellcrypt will provide government agencies with an easy-to-deploy and interoperable mobile voice-encryption solution designed to maintain the security and integrity of sensitive communications."

FIPS 140-2, created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is a U.S. government computer-security standard used to accredit cryptographic hardware and software.
  • Cellcrypt leverages Encrypted Mobile Content Protocol (EMCP), an Internet Protocol (IP) based technology that optimizes delivery of encrypted data between mobile devices over wireless networks.

Comcast and Verizon Wireless Extend Co-Marketing

Comcast and Verizon Wireless are moving ahead with their co-marketing agreement with special bundled offers in a number of markets.

Depending on the package chosen, new and existing customers of both Comcast and Verizon Wireless could qualify for cash incentive between $50 and $300, and/or a "double your data package" on the Comcast Xfinity Internet service and a doubling of a 4G LTE data plan from Verizon Wireless.

"Because mobility is a top priority of the consumer, we co-developed an offering that provides a terrific wireless, entertainment and communications experience in one spot," said Jonathan Lecompton, president, Verizon Wireless Georgia-Alabama Region. "Comcast continues to deliver exceptional entertainment and communications services and the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is the ideal complement to complete the package."

In addition to Atlanta, Comcast and Verizon Wireless are expanding the offer to five additional markets today: Chicago; Colorado; Kansas City, Mo.; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; and Salt Lake City. Earlier this year, Verizon Wireless and Comcast launched in Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; and Seattle.

IBM Outlines its New Foundation for Mobile Computing

IBM outlined its strategy for building an extensive portfolio of software and services that delivers enterprise-ready mobility for clients. The company believes this sector represents a $22 billion market, potentially growing to $36 billion in 2012 as companies increasing adopt mobile technologies to improve their productivity. The plan is to extend unified capabilities extend from servers and laptops, to smartphones and tablets.

The new IBM Mobile Foundation offers organizations the following core capabilities:

Connect Cloud & Mobile Environments: As the adoption of mobile computing continues to create increased demands for cloud services, IBM WebSphere Cast Iron is a crucial element of the new foundation. Now, clients will be able to easily connect mobile applications to a variety of Cloud and back-end systems.

Build and Connect Mobile Applications: A new set of development and integration tools from IBM Worklight will enable clients for the first time to develop mobile applications and their supporting infrastructures for a variety of platforms just once and run them on any mobile platform - including Apple iOS and Google Android, and RIM Blackberry.

Manage and Secure Mobile Environments: In an effort to help organizations manage the Bring Your Own Device or "BYOD" trend, the foundation includes new software from IBM Endpoint Manager to help customers deliver a single solution that effectively manages and secures all endpoints.

IBM noted that it has been steadily investing in the mobile space for more than a decade, both organically and through acquisitions.

"It's no secret that throughout the last decade, the most successful organizations have been quick to leverage new technology for business advantage," said Marie Wieck, General Manager, IBM Application and Integration Middleware. "Over this time, we have evolved our market-leading portfolio to meet our client's needs to extend their reach through new channels like mobile and cloud computing. Our latest offerings are yet another step in this direction and will provide customers with everything they need to support mobile devices in their business and use them to transform the way they interact with customers, partners and employees."

IBM is hosting its IMPACT conference this week.

Mindspeed Powers LTE + Wi-Fi Femtocell for SK Telesys

Mindspeed Technologies has supplied its Transcede wireless baseband processors for an LTE + Wi-Fi femtocell from SK Telesys, the wireless system manufacturer in SK Group Korea.

The Wi-Fi integrated LTE femtocells will be first deployed in densely populated regions in South Korea, focusing primarily on the commercial centers of major cities. The rollout will then be expanded to areas with high data demand – i.e. indoor areas like shopping centers, offices, houses and schools – based on an analysis of LTE service usage patterns.

Mindspeed's Transcede family of processors are complete NodeB and eNodeB SoC solutions that support concurrent 3G and LTE processing in a single device, including time division synchronous code division multiple access (TD-SCDMA), W-CDMA/HSPA+ and both frequency division duplexing LTE (FDD-LTE) and time division duplexing LTE (TDD-LTE).

Shenick Network Systems Tests VoLTE with Leading Operator

Shenick Network Systems is supplying per-flow IP and 4G communication test systems for measuring quality of experience (QoE) of 4G networks for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and streaming video.

Shenick’s diversifEye tests 4G networks for next generation VoLTE, IP video and other data services over both regular and secure mobile VPN’s such as SSL and IPsec; right down to each individual application flow. diversifEye can also stress test mobile VPNs to breaking point by scaling to tens of Gigabits-per-second of stateful traffic, pinpointing potential issues all the way down to each network, application and end-user flow on physical and virtualized networks. diversifEye also enables carriers to identify 4G performance bottlenecks and fully understand end user QoE limitations particularly for new voice, video and data services coming on to the market.

“High bandwidth LTE deployments carrying VoLTE calls, streaming video and data services, together with increased demand for secure enterprise VPN connections pushes the LTE network to its limits. In all of this, there are serious considerations for quality, scale, performance and integration,�? says Robert Winters, chief marketing officer at Shenick Network Systems. “Shenick is helping SP’s and NEM’s to address the real quality challenge in moving mobile voice services from what used to be dedicated voice handling infrastructure to VoLTE which utilizes the shared medium of IP with bandwidth hungry video and data applications.�?

Fujitsu Builds Optical Backbone for National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has selected Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 7420 Metro/Enterprise WDM Platform to implement a multi-node regional fiber optic network linking remote data centers. The deployment will also use Fujitsu's NETSMART 1500 Management System and its professional services.

The network is designed for tunable bandwidths reaching 40 Gbps, sub-microsecond latency, multi-protocol, multi-application support and remote monitoring and management.

NIAID conducts and supports research to study the causes of infectious and immune-mediated diseases, and to develop better means of preventing, diagnosing and treating these illnesses.

Fujitsu’s FLASHWAVE 7420 is a scalable Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM)-based transport solution engineered for high-performance, low-latency networks. The platform, which includes Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) technology, supports Ethernet, SONET/SDH, G.709 OTN, ATM, video and SAN protocols in fixed and reconfigurable point-to-point, linear add/drop and ring topologies.

PMC-Sierra Posts Q1 Revenue of $132 Million

PMC-Sierra reported Q1 revenue of $132.1 million, a decrease of 13% compared to $152.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, and 16% lower than net revenues of $157.4 million in the first quarter of 2011. GAAP net loss in the first quarter of 2012 was $96.3 million, or $0.41 per share, including $85.4 million income tax provision related to an intercompany dividend made in preparation for funding a share repurchase program.

“Despite a challenging first quarter, we continued to execute well, making key product announcements and winning designs in all of our business segments,�? said Greg Lang, president and chief executive officer of PMC. “We expect sequential improvement in our business in Q2 and a stronger second half of 2012.�?

Taiwan'ss Chunghwa Migrates 55% of Broadband Users to FTTx

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom saw its Q1 consolidated revenue increase by 5.6% to NT$55.4 billion over a year ago, although net income fell 20% to NT$9.5 billion.

Dr. Shyue-Ching Lu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We began 2012 with a solid market leadership for all of our major business segments. For the first quarter, our growth was driven primarily by mobile business such as value-added services, increase of mobile internet subscribers, and innovative mobile service marketing. In addition, our MOD/IPTV is also gaining traction due to both increased ARPU and market share. We have executed well against the interim set-backs from the various business and regulatory environment.

Some highlights:

Mobile communications revenue increased by 12.0% to NT$25.6 billion; mobile value-added services (VAS) revenue increased by 29.2% to NT$4.6 billion.

Internet revenue increased by 1.7% to NT$6.2 billion; internet VAS revenue increased by 1.6% to NT$0.6 billion.

Domestic fixed communications revenue decreased by 1.1% to NT$19.0 billion.

International fixed communications revenue decreased by 4.0% to NT$3.6 billion.

Total operating costs and expenses increased by 14.4% to NT$44.1 billion.

Q1 CAPEX amounted to NT$6.7 billion, representing a 52.9% year-over-year increase. Of the NT$6.7 billion capex figure, 49.8% was used for the domestic fixed communications business, 29.7% was for the mobile business, 11.9% was for the internet business, 7.2% was for the international fixed communications business, and the remainder was for other uses.

Broadband access revenue, including ADSL and Fiber to the x ("FTTx"), decreased by 9.2% year-over-year to NT$4.7 billion, primarily due to the Company's voluntary broadband tariff reductions, as well as the mandated the National Communication Committee ("NCC") tariff reduction.

As of the end of the first quarter 2012, FTTx subscribers had reached 2.5 million, accounting for 55.8% of total broadband users. The company is continuing to push for FTTx migration from ADSL.

HiNet broadband subscribers totaled 3.7 million at the end of March 2012, a year-over-year rise of 3.2%.

As of the end of March 2012, Chunghwa had 10.1 million mobile subscribers, an increase of 3.1% compared to 9.8 million a year ago.

As of the end of March 2012, Chunghwa had 1.8 million mobile internet subscribers compared to 1.5 million subscribers as of the end of 2011, demonstrating the strong growth momentum that the Company has achieved. As a result, Chunghwa enhanced its target number for mobile internet subscriber to 2.35 million by the end of 2012.

Chunghwa's Multimedia-on-demand (IPTV) service now has 1.1 million subscribers. MOD ARPU also increased significantly to NT$145 in the first quarter, representing a growth of 15.7% compared to the same period of 2011.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Aware to Sell Wi-Fi, LTE and Home Networking Patents to Intel

Aware will sell selected patents and patent applications to Intel for approximately $75 million. The patents and patent applications relate to WiFi (802.11n/ac), LTE and Wireline Home Networking.

Global IP Law Group, LLC represented Aware in this transaction.