Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Telefónica UK and Vodafone UK to Integrate 18,500 Cell Sites

Telefónica UK and Vodafone UK agreed to pool the basic parts of their network infrastructure to create one national grid running each operator’s independent spectrum. Plans call for creating a 50/50 joint venture company that would take ownership of basic network infrastructure, including towers and masts. There would be a single grid of 18,500 masts representing an increase in sites of more than 40% for each operator. The joint venture will also be responsible for the building of new sites needed to extend coverage into rural and remote areas. Duplicate sites would be decommissioned. Both companies will retain complete control over their wireless spectrum, intelligent core networks and customer data. They will continue to actively compete with each other in all products and services, enabled through the 'intelligent' parts of their networks.



Responsibility for design, management and maintenance of the radio equipment as well as backhaul would be split geographically. Telefónica UK will manage and maintain these elements in the East (including Northern Ireland and most of Scotland) and Vodafone UK in the West (including Wales).



The companies said this level of cooperation will lead to indoor 2G and 3G coverage targeting 98% of the UK population by 2015, delivering mobile coverage and mobile internet services to the vast majority of UK households. It will also ensure that 4G mobile services is rolled out as widely and rapidly as possible. The companies would continue to compete at the services layer.



Ronan Dunne, CEO Telefónica UK said: “Exceptional customer demand for the mobile internet has challenged the mobile industry to consider innovative solutions to building a nationwide network that will be fit for our customers in the future and support the products and services that will truly make Britain digital. This partnership is about working smarter as an industry, so that we can focus on what really matters to our customers – delivering a superfast network up to two years faster than Ofcom envisages and to as many people as possible. One physical grid, running independent networks, will mean greater efficiency, fewer site builds, broader coverage and, crucially, investment in innovation and better competition for the customer."



Guy Laurence, CEO Vodafone UK said: “This partnership will close the digital divide for millions of people across the country and power the next phase of the smartphone revolution. It will create two stronger players who will compete with each other and with other operators to bring the benefits of mobile internet services to consumers and businesses across the country. We have learned a lot from our existing network collaboration but now it is time for it to evolve. This partnership will improve the service that customers receive today and give Britain the 4G networks that it will need tomorrow."http://www.telefonica.com http://www.vodafone.com

Intelsat Plans "EpicNG" Broadband Satellites

Intelsat unveiled its EpicNG platform -- a new approach to satellite and network architecture utilizing multiple frequency bands, wide beams, spot beams and frequency reuse technology. EpicNG will be the company's next generation of satellites, promising higher throughputs and lower cost per bit. It will be a complementary overlay to the company's existing constellation of satellites and global IntelsatONE terrestrial network.



Target markets include wireless and fixed telecommunications, enterprise, mobility, video and government applications requiring broadband infrastructure across the major continents.



Intelsat said its EpicNG platform will bring high throughput technology to its spectral rights in the C-, Ku- and Ka-bands. Customers will be able to use existing hardware and network topologies, and in many cases, define their own service characteristics, enabling them to offer customized solutions to their end users and build upon their current business success.



Initially, the Intelsat EpicNG platform will feature two next generation satellites, and Intelsat is currently evaluating proposals by several manufacturers. These first two satellites, Intelsat 29e and Intelsat 33e, have projected in-services dates in 2015 and 2016, and feature wide coverage and high throughput capacity; combined they will serve every populated region in the world.



"The Intelsat EpicNG platform represents the next generation of satellites, a progressive evolution of the Intelsat fleet," said Intelsat Chief Executive Officer Dave McGlade. "As the global demand for bandwidth surges and penetration of communications reaches ever further into developing regions and mobile applications, we are strategically investing in this platform to support our customers with a highly reliable and efficient broadband infrastructure as they launch new services and enter new geographies."



“With Intelsat EpicNG, we will deliver innovation that creates immediate value for our customers,�? said Intelsat SVP and Chief Technical Officer Thierry Guillemin. "As bandwidth demand grows, speed and throughput is critical. However, equally important is the operating environment. Our customers operate vast infrastructures, with millions of dollars invested in capital equipment and operational teams that must be managed efficiently. Intelsat EpicNG caters to this environment, with an architecture open to a wide array of network topologies and terminal technologies. Combined with multi-band frequency reuse, this is high throughput with the benefits of backward and forward compatibility. Operational excellence is core to our approach, and Intelsat EpicNG is designed to support the same in our customers’ businesses."http://www.intelsatepic.com

Citrix to Acquire Bytemobile for Mobile Optimization Platform

Citrix agreed to acquire privately held Bytemobile, which offers data and video optimization solutions for mobile operators. Financial terms were not disclosed.



The deal provides Citrix with a key strategic foothold in the core infrastructure of more than 130 mobile operators in 60 countries around the world, significantly extending the company’s market reach, and enhancing the broader Citrix strategy of powering mobile workstyles and cloud services. The acquisition builds on a strategic partnership announced earlier this year that combined the Bytemobile Smart Capacity technology with the Citrix NetScaler line of cloud networking solutions.



Bytemobile said its mobile network customers today serve more than 2 billion subscribers and process more than 20 petabytes of data traffic through customer networks daily.



Bytemobile, which is based in Santa Clara, California (near the Citrix Silicon Valley headquarters), has approximately 300 employees, including product, sales and services teams around the world.



“The cloud and mobile revolutions are rapidly converging, and mobile operators are at the heart of this convergence,�? said Klaus Oestermann, group vice president and general manager of cloud networking at Citrix. “With the integration of Bytemobile technology, products and intellectual capital, Citrix will be uniquely positioned to be a leader in the global mobile data and video infrastructure market in the LTE era."



Citrix plans to build on Bytemobile as the center of its go-to-market strategy for mobile network operators – retaining and growing its investment in the Bytemobile brand, technology, products, employees and customer relationships. Bytemobile will continue as an independent product group within the Citrix cloud networking group, leveraging clear synergies with adjacent technologies such as Citrix NetScaler.



“We are excited about the significance of this transaction for the industry, our customers, our employees, and our stockholders,�? said Chris Koopmans, chief operating officer of Bytemobile. “With the rollout of LTE and other next-generation networks, the mobile data market is poised to grow dramatically in the coming years. The addition of Bytemobile solutions to the Citrix portfolio will accelerate the fulfillment of our vision and investment in the future of the industry.�? http://www.citrix.com http://www.bytemobile.com
  • In April 2012, Bytemobile has extended its Adaptive Traffic Management System for ensuring quality of experience (QoE) in mobile networks with two new products for 3G and 4G networks.



    Introduced last year, Bytemobile's T3100 Adaptive Traffic Manager, which was the first product in the series, is an in-line platform designed to automatically adapt and manage all mobile IP traffic based on real-time network conditions. The NEBS Level 3-compliant platform integrates a combination of network elements for caching, load balancing, deep packet inspection (DPI), web and video optimization, policy control, and analytics. It is designed to be deployed in the core of mobile networks, between the RAN and the Internet.



    The new T1100 Traffic Director and the T2100 Content Accelerator provide operators with a seamless single-vendor solution for processing video and web traffic to deliver increased network efficiency and the best possible user experience under all network conditions.

    The T1100 Traffic Director is designed to deliver the intelligence and performance required to scale next-generation networks and applications. It is a flexible application delivery controller – powered by Citrix NetScaler and custom-built for deployment with Bytemobile’s Smart Capacity platforms. It provides a seamless exchange of information to intelligently distribute traffic load at all times, resulting in higher availability, greater throughput and simplified operational management. The T1100 also features advanced Citrix NetScaler TriScale technology, including new clustering capabilities that enable multiple appliances to work as a single system so overall network capacity can scale from just megabits/sec to terabits/sec.



    The T2100 Content Accelerator is an intelligent caching appliance. Because of its seamless integration with Bytemobile’s two Smart Capacity platforms, operators can add the T2100 to existing traffic management deployments and immediately begin accelerating the multimedia experience by bringing streaming video and audio closer to the subscriber.

Ciena Provides Optical Mesh for Lower Indian Ocean Network Cable

The LION (Lower Indian Ocean Network) submarine cable system has deployed Ciena’s CoreDirector FS Multiservice Optical Switch in all five landing stations of the cable system (both LION and LION2). The LION2 cable system is a 2,700 km extension of the 2009-launched LION regional cable system, connecting two new submarine stations in Mombasa on the Kenyan coast and on the French island of Mayotte to existing stations in Madagascar, La Réunion and Mauritius.



The CoreDirector FS offers intelligent mesh protection in the risk-prone submarine environment.


Specifically, the CoreDirector FS nodes are meshed together and used as intelligent SDH Interconnection Equipment (SIE) aggregating local traffic into 10 Gbps submarine wavelengths. The solution allows for efficient and granular distribution of the submarine network bandwidth to all members of the LION2 consortium, ensuring that the parties involved can maximize their investment in the project.



In addition, Ciena’s OneConnect Intelligent Optical Control Plane enables a self-healing capability by dynamically rerouting services around failures caused by natural disaster or unexpected fiber cuts.


The LION2 consortium includes France Telecom and three partners of the Orange Group – Mauritius Telecom, Orange Madagascar and Telkom Kenya – as well as the African carrier Emtel Ltd. and Société Réunionnaise du Radiotéléphone, a subsidiary of the French telecommunications group SFR. http://www.ciena.com

Sandvine: YouTube and Netflix are Biggest IPv6 Sites in N.America

Netflix and Facebook enabled some IPv6 functionality in late May, which has helped to more than double the share of IPv6 traffic in just the past two weeks, according to new data published by Sandvine. IPv6 only represents roughly 0.45% of downstream traffic on fixed access networks in North America. YouTube is biggest IPv6 site, accounting for more than half of all native IPv6 traffic measured, followed by Netflix.



http://www.betterbroadbandblog.com/2012/06/world-ipv6-daywe-have-liftoff/

Telefónica UK and Vodafone UK to Integrate 18,500 Cell Sites

Telefónica UK and Vodafone UK agreed to pool the basic parts of their network infrastructure to create one national grid running each operator’s independent spectrum. Plans call for creating a 50/50 joint venture company that would take ownership of basic network infrastructure, including towers and masts. There would be a single grid of 18,500 masts representing an increase in sites of more than 40% for each operator. The joint venture will also be responsible for the building of new sites needed to extend coverage into rural and remote areas. Duplicate sites would be decommissioned. Both companies will retain complete control over their wireless spectrum, intelligent core networks and customer data. They will continue to actively compete with each other in all products and services, enabled through the 'intelligent' parts of their networks.



Responsibility for design, management and maintenance of the radio equipment as well as backhaul would be split geographically. Telefónica UK will manage and maintain these elements in the East (including Northern Ireland and most of Scotland) and Vodafone UK in the West (including Wales).



The companies said this level of cooperation will lead to indoor 2G and 3G coverage targeting 98% of the UK population by 2015, delivering mobile coverage and mobile internet services to the vast majority of UK households. It will also ensure that 4G mobile services is rolled out as widely and rapidly as possible. The companies would continue to compete at the services layer.



Ronan Dunne, CEO Telefónica UK said: “Exceptional customer demand for the mobile internet has challenged the mobile industry to consider innovative solutions to building a nationwide network that will be fit for our customers in the future and support the products and services that will truly make Britain digital. This partnership is about working smarter as an industry, so that we can focus on what really matters to our customers – delivering a superfast network up to two years faster than Ofcom envisages and to as many people as possible. One physical grid, running independent networks, will mean greater efficiency, fewer site builds, broader coverage and, crucially, investment in innovation and better competition for the customer."



Guy Laurence, CEO Vodafone UK said: “This partnership will close the digital divide for millions of people across the country and power the next phase of the smartphone revolution. It will create two stronger players who will compete with each other and with other operators to bring the benefits of mobile internet services to consumers and businesses across the country. We have learned a lot from our existing network collaboration but now it is time for it to evolve. This partnership will improve the service that customers receive today and give Britain the 4G networks that it will need tomorrow."http://www.telefonica.com http://www.vodafone.com

Intelsat Plans "EpicNG" Broadband Satellites

Intelsat unveiled its EpicNG platform -- a new approach to satellite and network architecture utilizing multiple frequency bands, wide beams, spot beams and frequency reuse technology. EpicNG will be the company's next generation of satellites, promising higher throughputs and lower cost per bit. It will be a complementary overlay to the company's existing constellation of satellites and global IntelsatONE terrestrial network.



Target markets include wireless and fixed telecommunications, enterprise, mobility, video and government applications requiring broadband infrastructure across the major continents.



Intelsat said its EpicNG platform will bring high throughput technology to its spectral rights in the C-, Ku- and Ka-bands. Customers will be able to use existing hardware and network topologies, and in many cases, define their own service characteristics, enabling them to offer customized solutions to their end users and build upon their current business success.



Initially, the Intelsat EpicNG platform will feature two next generation satellites, and Intelsat is currently evaluating proposals by several manufacturers. These first two satellites, Intelsat 29e and Intelsat 33e, have projected in-services dates in 2015 and 2016, and feature wide coverage and high throughput capacity; combined they will serve every populated region in the world.



"The Intelsat EpicNG platform represents the next generation of satellites, a progressive evolution of the Intelsat fleet," said Intelsat Chief Executive Officer Dave McGlade. "As the global demand for bandwidth surges and penetration of communications reaches ever further into developing regions and mobile applications, we are strategically investing in this platform to support our customers with a highly reliable and efficient broadband infrastructure as they launch new services and enter new geographies."



“With Intelsat EpicNG, we will deliver innovation that creates immediate value for our customers,�? said Intelsat SVP and Chief Technical Officer Thierry Guillemin. "As bandwidth demand grows, speed and throughput is critical. However, equally important is the operating environment. Our customers operate vast infrastructures, with millions of dollars invested in capital equipment and operational teams that must be managed efficiently. Intelsat EpicNG caters to this environment, with an architecture open to a wide array of network topologies and terminal technologies. Combined with multi-band frequency reuse, this is high throughput with the benefits of backward and forward compatibility. Operational excellence is core to our approach, and Intelsat EpicNG is designed to support the same in our customers’ businesses."http://www.intelsatepic.com

Citrix to Acquire Bytemobile for Mobile Optimization Platform

Citrix agreed to acquire privately held Bytemobile, which offers data and video optimization solutions for mobile operators. Financial terms were not disclosed.



The deal provides Citrix with a key strategic foothold in the core infrastructure of more than 130 mobile operators in 60 countries around the world, significantly extending the company’s market reach, and enhancing the broader Citrix strategy of powering mobile workstyles and cloud services. The acquisition builds on a strategic partnership announced earlier this year that combined the Bytemobile Smart Capacity technology with the Citrix NetScaler line of cloud networking solutions.



Bytemobile said its mobile network customers today serve more than 2 billion subscribers and process more than 20 petabytes of data traffic through customer networks daily.



Bytemobile, which is based in Santa Clara, California (near the Citrix Silicon Valley headquarters), has approximately 300 employees, including product, sales and services teams around the world.



“The cloud and mobile revolutions are rapidly converging, and mobile operators are at the heart of this convergence,�? said Klaus Oestermann, group vice president and general manager of cloud networking at Citrix. “With the integration of Bytemobile technology, products and intellectual capital, Citrix will be uniquely positioned to be a leader in the global mobile data and video infrastructure market in the LTE era."



Citrix plans to build on Bytemobile as the center of its go-to-market strategy for mobile network operators – retaining and growing its investment in the Bytemobile brand, technology, products, employees and customer relationships. Bytemobile will continue as an independent product group within the Citrix cloud networking group, leveraging clear synergies with adjacent technologies such as Citrix NetScaler.



“We are excited about the significance of this transaction for the industry, our customers, our employees, and our stockholders,�? said Chris Koopmans, chief operating officer of Bytemobile. “With the rollout of LTE and other next-generation networks, the mobile data market is poised to grow dramatically in the coming years. The addition of Bytemobile solutions to the Citrix portfolio will accelerate the fulfillment of our vision and investment in the future of the industry.�? http://www.citrix.com http://www.bytemobile.com
  • In April 2012, Bytemobile has extended its Adaptive Traffic Management System for ensuring quality of experience (QoE) in mobile networks with two new products for 3G and 4G networks.



    Introduced last year, Bytemobile's T3100 Adaptive Traffic Manager, which was the first product in the series, is an in-line platform designed to automatically adapt and manage all mobile IP traffic based on real-time network conditions. The NEBS Level 3-compliant platform integrates a combination of network elements for caching, load balancing, deep packet inspection (DPI), web and video optimization, policy control, and analytics. It is designed to be deployed in the core of mobile networks, between the RAN and the Internet.



    The new T1100 Traffic Director and the T2100 Content Accelerator provide operators with a seamless single-vendor solution for processing video and web traffic to deliver increased network efficiency and the best possible user experience under all network conditions.

    The T1100 Traffic Director is designed to deliver the intelligence and performance required to scale next-generation networks and applications. It is a flexible application delivery controller – powered by Citrix NetScaler and custom-built for deployment with Bytemobile’s Smart Capacity platforms. It provides a seamless exchange of information to intelligently distribute traffic load at all times, resulting in higher availability, greater throughput and simplified operational management. The T1100 also features advanced Citrix NetScaler TriScale technology, including new clustering capabilities that enable multiple appliances to work as a single system so overall network capacity can scale from just megabits/sec to terabits/sec.



    The T2100 Content Accelerator is an intelligent caching appliance. Because of its seamless integration with Bytemobile’s two Smart Capacity platforms, operators can add the T2100 to existing traffic management deployments and immediately begin accelerating the multimedia experience by bringing streaming video and audio closer to the subscriber.

Sandvine: YouTube and Netflix are Biggest IPv6 Sites in N.America

Netflix and Facebook enabled some IPv6 functionality in late May, which has helped to more than double the share of IPv6 traffic in just the past two weeks, according to new data published by Sandvine. IPv6 only represents roughly 0.45% of downstream traffic on fixed access networks in North America. YouTube is biggest IPv6 site, accounting for more than half of all native IPv6 traffic measured, followed by Netflix.



http://www.betterbroadbandblog.com/2012/06/world-ipv6-daywe-have-liftoff/

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Procera Offers DPI-based Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation (CGN) and Advanced Traffic Steering

Procera Networks
introduced new Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation (CGN) and Advanced Traffic Steering capabilities that leverage the subscriber, service, and application awareness of the company's PacketLogic solutions.



This marks Procera’s entry into the Application Delivery market, which represented a $2.6 billion market in 2011, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).



Procera said its PacketLogic products simplify large-scale subscriber deployments for network and cloud service providers.



Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation (CGN): Network operators are increasingly using CGN to combat IPv4 address exhaustion. CGN is also commonly implemented on router platforms that were not designed to have subscriber or stateful awareness. The PacketLogic CGN uniquely provides these capabilities due to tight integration with the PacketLogic Subscriber Manager, which is used to simplify address management for operators, maintain subscriber visibility and service awareness, and ensure a transparent experience for subscribers.



The PacketLogic CGN solution offers asymmetric traffic handling using FlowSync, providing operators with more flexibility in CGN deployments and maintaining flow state – even in geographically diverse deployments. A CGN deployment with PacketLogic ensures that an operator maintains complete capability to leverage 3GPP policy and charging as well as full analytics and network visibility, which can be lost when deploying CGN solutions not based on IPE.



Application and Subscriber-Aware Traffic Steering: Unlike traditional load-balancing systems, intelligent policy enforcement-based traffic steering solutions can make policy decisions based on subscriber service plans and applications without complicated configurations or integrations. The PacketLogic Advanced Traffic Steering can steer traffic at any point in the flow setup process, using Procera’s unique DRDL technology to surgically send only the exact application traffic to Value Added Services solutions (VAS). This technology enables flexibility for value-added services that require full TCP-state visibility, such as video optimization or parental control, and saves significant capital and operational expense by drastically reducing the amount of hardware needed to offer VAS. Cloud operators can take advantage of the traffic steering capabilities while providing detailed charging and analytics to their customers using a single system, thereby reducing the cost, overhead, and complexity of multi-system deployments.



Advanced Traffic Steering and CGN are both available for customer trials immediately, and will ship in the third quarter of 2012. http://www.proceranetworks.com

Verizon 4G Venture Forum for Connected Cars

Verizon is backing a new 4G Venture Forum for Connected Cars whose members already include BMW, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors and Toyota Motor Sales. The group will collaborate and explore ways to deliver connectivity to vehicles of all types, by leveraging open standards and discussing ways to accelerate development of the 4G LTE ecosystem across automotive OEMs, suppliers, device manufacturers, application developers and content publishers.



Verizon said its goal is to accelerate the pace of innovation across the automotive and telematics 4G LTE ecosystem.



"There are many challenges to designing next generation telematics and infotainment solutions, including supporting safe and responsible driving, advancing vehicle-to-vehicle solutions and improving sustainability, among others," said Tami Erwin, chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "As an innovator in the technology industry, Verizon is a natural impetus for this collaboration, which we all expect will include other companies and spur results that will benefit not only the industry, but millions of consumers around the world."



Professor Sanjay Sarma of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also joins the Forum, providing members a link to track important advancements in related academic research. http://www.verizonwireless.com

Tanzania's Smile Deploys 800 MHz LTE with Alcatel-Lucent

Smile Telecom Holdings Ltd (Smile) has launched LTE in the 800 MHz band in Dar es Salaam using Alcatel-Lucent's solution. So far, the network has been rolled out in several districts of Dar es Salaam, including Mikocheni, Massani Peninsula, Oysterbay and Sinza. Smile plans to extend coverage through Tanzania in 2012, followed by the launch of similar services in the other three countries where Smile currently operates. http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Alvarion Announces Downsizing

Alvarion will be streamlining its operations and implementing certain cost reduction initiatives intended to help achieve profitability. Plans call for a global wage reduction for all employees, along with adjustments to headcount.



“We believe that the new initiatives will enable the company to move towards stability, while we continue to invest in its growth engines, and develop new product innovations. We believe that the new organizational structure will be managed effectively and profitably to serve the needs of our customers.�?http://www.alvarion.com

BT Employs F5 for Dual Stack IPv4

BT has implemented F5 Networks' BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) to allow complete translation between IPv4 and IPv6 addresses in its existing network. F5 said the deployment went from last testing to commercial rollout in a matter of months and is now part of BT's live network.



“We knew we needed to become more accessible to everyone using the Internet, whether they’re an IPv6 user or an IPv4 user, and the F5 solution has allowed us to do that without substantial re-engineering,�? said David Osborne, IPv6 Programme Director, BT. “BIG-IP LTM sits in front of the web servers and handles the IPv6 configuration. In addition, the F5 team was very responsive and was able to turn the project around in short order."http://www.f5.com/news-press-events/world-ipv6-day.html

Big Switch Builds OpenFlow-based Overlays

Big Switch Networks is now supporting OpenFlow Overlay technology into the latest release of its Big Virtual Switch application, the company’s flagship SDN application for network virtualization built on the Big Switch Controller Platform.



OpenFlow Overlays allow for virtual OpenFlow networks to be overlaid on top of traditional, non-OpenFlow physical networks. The company said the key benefit is in placing any VM anywhere in the data center to reclaim stranded compute capacity. Beta testing is underway.



“OpenFlow Overlays are a great way to get started with SDN vision – getting subnets and vlans out of the way. This approach to Overlays is both backward-compatible with networking hardware already in place and forward-compatible with OpenFlow hardware for a smooth migration path to SDN,�? says Omar Baldonado, Head of Product Management at Big Switch Networks. “Our vision is that OpenFlow Overlays aren’t the end goal, but they let enterprises get started with an Open SDN architecture that works on top of the network they have today.�?http://www.bigswitch.com

Terremark to Standardize its Private Cloud on EMC

Verizon's Terremark data center division intends to standardize its private cloud business on EMC infrastructure technologies and offer EMC-based public and hybrid cloud deployments for their customers. The strategic partnership covers core EMC storage, back up, and replication technologies.



Through this strategic initiative, EMC will provide the infrastructure for Terremark’s Enterprise Cloud Private Edition offering as well as public and hybrid deployments.



"EMC, Verizon and Terremark have been working in the market for nearly a decade. Today, we’re extending our well-established, highly successful alliance and taking our strategic partnership to the next level to help customers more rapidly realize the true benefits of cloud computing. This announcement symbolizes the dramatic customer value that can be derived through joint collaboration and will help customers transform their business operations and ultimately deliver IT as a service," stated Bill Scannell, Executive Vice President, Americas and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) EMC Corp. http://www.emc.comhttp:/www.terremark.com

Huawei Announces Wins in Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland

Portugal Telecom has selected Huawei's SingleRAN LTE solution to launch commercial LTE services. Portugal Telecom will integrate existing GSM networks and new LTE networks on a single platform, offering data speeds up to 150 Mbps and providing end users with seamless mobile services.



Telkom South Africa has selected Huawei's SingleFAN solution for its next gen access network supporting voice, data, and IPTV over downlinks of up to 100 Mbps. Deployment of the countrywide network will involve four million users. Telkom, Africa plans to migrate its fixed network to a fiber-based ultra-broadband network. Huawei will supply a highly integrated COMBO board that combines voice and VDSL2 modules on one service port.



Sunrise, the largest private telecommunications provider in Switzerland, named Huawei as its sole managed services partner for its fixed and mobile network. The Five year multi-technology agreement is one of the largest managed services contracts for Huawei in Europe and includes the transfer of staff from the previous technology partner as well as from Sunrise. Huawei will be responsible for managing Sunrise's mobile and fixed network including internet and IPTV. Huawei will provide design and planning, network build and integration network performance management, field operations, network operations, and spare parts management.
http://www.huawei.com

Zain Saudi Arabia to Refarm 1800 MHz GSM

Zain KSA has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as its LTE infrastructure and services vendor for Jeddah, the country’s second largest city. The operator will be refarming its 1800 MHz GSM frequency band to offer 4G services. As part of the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will also manage Zain KSA's 4G network in Jeddah, in addition to the operator’s existing GSM and 3G networks in the city.



Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its Flexi Multiradio Base Station for 4G deployment and 3G network modernization. Optimized backhaul will be provided by FlexiPacket Microwave platform. NSN will also upgrade and expand Zain’s legacy Home Location Register (HLR) to the latest, One NDS subscriber data management solution, supporting a total of 25 million subscribers’ mobile services, including 4G. Nokia Siemens Networks will also provide its NetAct platform for efficient monitoring, management and optimization of Zain KSA’s LTE network. http://www.nsn.com

Procera Offers DPI-based Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation (CGN) and Advanced Traffic Steering

Procera Networks
introduced new Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation (CGN) and Advanced Traffic Steering capabilities that leverage the subscriber, service, and application awareness of the company's PacketLogic solutions.



This marks Procera’s entry into the Application Delivery market, which represented a $2.6 billion market in 2011, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).



Procera said its PacketLogic products simplify large-scale subscriber deployments for network and cloud service providers.



Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation (CGN): Network operators are increasingly using CGN to combat IPv4 address exhaustion. CGN is also commonly implemented on router platforms that were not designed to have subscriber or stateful awareness. The PacketLogic CGN uniquely provides these capabilities due to tight integration with the PacketLogic Subscriber Manager, which is used to simplify address management for operators, maintain subscriber visibility and service awareness, and ensure a transparent experience for subscribers.



The PacketLogic CGN solution offers asymmetric traffic handling using FlowSync, providing operators with more flexibility in CGN deployments and maintaining flow state – even in geographically diverse deployments. A CGN deployment with PacketLogic ensures that an operator maintains complete capability to leverage 3GPP policy and charging as well as full analytics and network visibility, which can be lost when deploying CGN solutions not based on IPE.



Application and Subscriber-Aware Traffic Steering: Unlike traditional load-balancing systems, intelligent policy enforcement-based traffic steering solutions can make policy decisions based on subscriber service plans and applications without complicated configurations or integrations. The PacketLogic Advanced Traffic Steering can steer traffic at any point in the flow setup process, using Procera’s unique DRDL technology to surgically send only the exact application traffic to Value Added Services solutions (VAS). This technology enables flexibility for value-added services that require full TCP-state visibility, such as video optimization or parental control, and saves significant capital and operational expense by drastically reducing the amount of hardware needed to offer VAS. Cloud operators can take advantage of the traffic steering capabilities while providing detailed charging and analytics to their customers using a single system, thereby reducing the cost, overhead, and complexity of multi-system deployments.



Advanced Traffic Steering and CGN are both available for customer trials immediately, and will ship in the third quarter of 2012. http://www.proceranetworks.com

Verizon 4G Venture Forum for Connected Cars

Verizon is backing a new 4G Venture Forum for Connected Cars whose members already include BMW, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors and Toyota Motor Sales. The group will collaborate and explore ways to deliver connectivity to vehicles of all types, by leveraging open standards and discussing ways to accelerate development of the 4G LTE ecosystem across automotive OEMs, suppliers, device manufacturers, application developers and content publishers.



Verizon said its goal is to accelerate the pace of innovation across the automotive and telematics 4G LTE ecosystem.



"There are many challenges to designing next generation telematics and infotainment solutions, including supporting safe and responsible driving, advancing vehicle-to-vehicle solutions and improving sustainability, among others," said Tami Erwin, chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "As an innovator in the technology industry, Verizon is a natural impetus for this collaboration, which we all expect will include other companies and spur results that will benefit not only the industry, but millions of consumers around the world."



Professor Sanjay Sarma of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also joins the Forum, providing members a link to track important advancements in related academic research. http://www.verizonwireless.com