Sunday, June 24, 2012

IP Infusion's ZebOS 7.10 Targets Software-Defined Networking Architecture

IP Infusion released its ZebOS 7.10 Layer 2 and Layer 3 network platform, adding new capabilities that set the platform foundation for building SDN-enabled networking equipment for mobile backhaul, Carrier Ethernet and data center networking.



IP Infusion said the latest release of its ZebOS fully supports the key tenets of SDN: control/data plane separation, abstraction and portability of network services, and network programmability. The modular design enables network equipment manufacturers to optimize solutions for their specific market requirements. ZebOS supports more than 200 protocols that conform to leading IEEE, IETF and MEF industry-specific standards and implementation agreements.



ZebOS 7.10 improves the bandwidth scaling capabilities of networking equipment to support large-scale virtualized data centers, accelerates the transition to LTE/Evolved 4G and supports the drive for 100 percent application service availability. It provides the abstraction, portability, and programmability required to deliver the scalability and reliability of modern networks. With new enhancements to ZebOS 7.10, IP Infusion supports the following next-generation networking requirements:



Comprehensive Bandwidth Scaling for Virtualized Networks – ZebOS 7.10 adds new technologies to drive the adoption of large-scale virtualized data centers in public/private/hybrid clouds. Included in this release are the latest drafts of the IETF Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) standard and IEEE Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) as well as advancements in IS-IS and BGP route scaling.



Faster Transition to LTE and Evolved 4G networks – ZebOS 7.10 adds enhancements that enable the seamless migration from SONET/SDH services to Ethernet for mobile backhaul and other applications. Key capabilities include technologies such as pseudowire support, linear protection and timing protocols that provide the predictability and reliability required by traditional SONET/SDN services.



Support for Seven-Nine’s Reliability – ZebOS 7.10 supports the industry transition from five-nine’s network reliability (5.26 minutes of unplanned downtime per year) to seven-nine’s (3.15 seconds per year) for traditional telecommunication and new cloud services. IP Infusion is adding a high availability framework based on OpenSAF 4.2, providing application service framework checkpointing, as well as control plane functionality to ensure graceful restart and stateful switch failover.



“Both consumers and enterprises depend on reliable and scalable networking services, which is putting exponential pressure on network equipment providers to rethink how they design and build next-generation networking equipment,�? said Sandy Orlando, Vice President of Marketing at IP Infusion. “Our latest announcement provides customers with a networking platform to build modular networking solutions with the highest levels of scalability and reliability. The ZebOS modular architecture provides a foundation for transitioning networking equipment to an SDN architecture."http://www.ipinfusion.com

SFR and Verizon Enter Business Services Alliance

Verizon has formed an alliance with SFR Business Team to provide global telecommunications solutions and support to multinational companies based or operating in France.



Under the preferred partnership, Verizon will provide global communication services, with SFR delivering the in-country network and information and communications technology elements of these services. SFR will likewise rely on Verizon to deliver global connectivity to its customers. The agreement initially covers the joint delivery of MPLS-based virtual private network services. http://www.verizon.com

Ecrio Delivers VoLTE Client Software to NTT DOCOMO

Ecrio confirmed that it has delivered VoLTE Client Software to NTT DOCOMO.



Ecrio CEO Michel Gannage said, "We are extremely proud to continue our relationship with NTT DOCOMO, a global leader in telecom technology. We look forward to supporting NTT DOCOMO and their strategic handset suppliers when it offers its customers this new VoLTE Service."



"With its FlexIMS Architecture, Ecrio brings NTT DOCOMO a flexible, low power consumption, low latency Client Software Framework that enables VoLTE to be implemented either on the LTE Baseband Processor or on the Application Processor. With that foundation and Ecrio's experience deploying millions of IMS enabled handsets globally, NTT DOCOMO extends its technology to support advanced LTE communication services," stated Mitsunobu Komori, Executive Vice President and CTO of NTT DOCOMO. http://www.ecrio.com

Gogo Gains $135 Million Credit for In-flight Internet

Gogo has closed a $135 million credit facility through Morgan Stanley and J.P Morgan to support its in-flight connectivity and digital entertainment solutions. Gogo intends to use the debt financing to fund costs associated with its international expansion plans as well as other general corporate purposes.



Gogo recently announced a partnership with equipment provider AeroSat to deliver the satellite antenna, radome, antenna control and modem unit and high power transceiver. In addition to an equipment partnership with AeroSat, Gogo recently announced it has entered into a memorandum of understanding to partner with satellite operator SES that will allow Gogo to connect passengers over the U.S., Atlantic Ocean and Europe with a Ku-band system on commercial aircraft as early as the fourth quarter of 2012.



Gogo also recently announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding to be one of two global service providers of Inmarsat's Global Xpress Ka-satellite service. Working with Inmarsat, Gogo expects to begin testing of the Global Xpress Ka-aeronautical services after the launch of the first of the three Inmarsat-5 satellites, which is scheduled for mid-2013. Gogo expects to offer Global Xpress Ka-satellite service after the launch of all three I-5 satellites starting in late 2014 or early 2015. http://www.gogoair.com

Telecom Italia Establishes "Joint Open Lab" at University of Catania

Telecom Italia will establish a new research laboratory by the end the year at University of Catania. The Joint Open Lab is intended to foster new ties between industry and universities that can bring together academic research and knowledge with industrial know-how and experience. The lab will focus on next generation Mobile Internet services, such as NFC (Near Field Communication). The initiative is part of Telecom Italia's plans to set up six new research labs around the country in partnership with leading Italian universities to rebuild and transform the relationship between the worlds of business and academia in the field of technological innovation. http://www.telecomitalia.com

Cisco and Citrix Enter Marketing Partnership

Cisco and Citrix announced a marketing partnership to align the channel sales and delivery models across the two companies through a single framework to build partner competencies in enterprise mobility, desktop virtualization and device choice. The partnership combines the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) with Citrix XenDesktop solution.
http://www.cisco.com

China Telecom to Deploy ALU's IP/MPLS in Broadband China Project

China Telecom will deploy Alcatel-Lucent's IP/MPLS solution to enable high-bandwidth video and data broadband services under the "Broadband China" project , which aims to see 35 million new families connected via fiber-to-the-home, 50% of broadband customers experiencing speeds of 4 Mbps and above, and 20 million new households with access to fixed broadband. By 2015 the goal is to connect 800 million web users, including 200 million living in rural locations.



This project will leverage the Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS 7750 Service Router (SR) portfolio, including the 7750 SR-12 and 7750 SR-7, as the Broadband Network Gateway to deliver high-performance service and subscriber management capabilities. In conjunction with the 7750 SR, the Alcatel-Lucent 7705 Service Aggregation Routers (SAR) (including the 7705 SAR-M, 7705 SAR-8, and 7705 SAR-18) will deliver an optimized IP/MPLS mobile backhaul, leveraging common SR-OS software, to address China Telecom’s 2G, 3G, and future LTE mobile broadband needs.



The installation will also pave the way for China Telecom to deploy 100 GE technology for future network upgrade.



Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent said: “The application of our innovative IP/MPLS technology will be integral to the expansion of China Telecom’s network, bringing broadband access to millions of people in China. Alcatel-Lucent is proud to be making such an important contribution to China Telecom’s plans and to the 'Broadband China' strategy, a contribution which also strongly reflects the key role China plays in our own global presence."http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
  • In May 2012, China Telecom awarded a contract value at Euro 100 million to Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, for the deployment of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks across China’s 31 provinces. The rollout, which is part of China Telecom’s ambitious "Broadband China, Fiber Cities" plan, aims to serve millions of households with a wide range of high-speed services and guaranteed quality of service. Alcatel-Lucent will supply China Telecom with its 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) system, which supports GPON as well as EPON broadband technologies.

Kevin Kelly Named CEO of LGS Innovations

Kevin Kelly was named Chief Executive Officer of LGS Innovations, replacing Lt. General Ronald W. Iverson (Ret. USAF) who is retiring from the company after serving as its first and only CEO since inception in 2007. Kelly most recently served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Corporate Strategy.



LGS Innovations is an independent subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent. The company focuses on the most complex networking and communications challenges facing the U.S. Federal Government. http://www.lgsinnovations.com

CENX Lands $9.5 Million Investment in its Carrier Ethernet Exchanges

Verizon Investments LLC, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications Inc., and Mesirow Financial Private Equity have led a $9.5m investment in CENX, which provides Carrier Ethernet interconnect systems and services for mobile backhaul and enterprise off-net access.



Current CENX investors DCM, Highland Capital Partners, and Wasatch also participated in the investment. Verizon’s Investments is an affiliate of Verizon Ventures, the strategic venture capital arm for Verizon. CENX will use the funds to meet the requirements and opportunities associated with its growing list of tier-1 wireless & wireline operator customers through increased system, engineering and support resources.



“CENX is poised to grow significantly after winning business at multiple tier-one operators in North America,�? said Nan Chen, Co-Founder & President of CENX. “We are very pleased that Verizon and Mesirow co-led the financing to fuel our next stage of growth.�?

http://www.cenx.com

Japan-U.S. Cable Upgrades to 100G with Ciena

The Japan-U.S. Cable Network is upgrading its trans-Pacific submarine network, which spans close to 23,000 kilometers from the U.S. to Japan, with Ciena’s coherent 100G technology. The deployment will use Ciena’s 6500 Packet Optical platform with WaveLogic 3 coherent optical processors.



The upgrade, which is expected to be in service in early 2013, will bring 5 Tbps of additional capacity to a crucial global network route connecting North America and northern Asia. This is expected to be the first direct coast-to-coast 100G trans-Pacific submarine network.



The Japan-U.S. Cable is made up of more than 26 consortium members, including leading global service providers such as: Verizon Business, AT&T, BT, Sprint, CenturyLink, KDDI, NTT, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Tata Communications, SingTel, Softbank Telecom, France Telecom, Level(3), AboveNet, KT, Starhub, PCCW, and Telstra. http://www.ciena.com

T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless Sign Spectrum Agreement

T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless announced a sale and exchange deal covering certain Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum licenses in 218 markets across the U.S.



Some of the spectrum T-Mobile is acquiring in this transaction include licenses that Verizon is purchasing from SpectrumCo, Cox and Leap, and the agreement is contingent on the closing of those transactions and is subject to regulatory approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice.



Verizon Wireless believes the deal would help it gain regulatory approval for its SpectrumCo transaction.



The deal would provide improve T-Mobile’s spectrum position in 15 of the top 25 markets in the U.S. by providing an opportunity for T-Mobile both to acquire additional AWS spectrum and to realign its existing spectrum holdings. -Mobile will gain spectrum covering 60 million people — notably in Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Detroit; Minneapolis; Seattle; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Milwaukee; Charlotte, N.C.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Greensboro, N.C.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Rochester, N.Y. — in exchange for spectrum covering 22 million people and certain cash consideration. The agreement also includes exchanges in a number of markets in which the companies will swap licenses to create more contiguous blocks of spectrum and re-align spectrum in adjacent markets.



"This agreement will provide T-Mobile with critical AWS spectrum, enhancing both network capacity and performance and allowing us to meet the growing consumer demand for 4G mobile broadband,�? T-Mobile CEO and President Philipp Humm said. “This is good for T-Mobile and good for consumers because it will enable T-Mobile to compete even more vigorously with other wireless carriers. We anticipate FCC approval later this summer, in time for us to incorporate this new spectrum into our network modernization and the rollout of LTE services next year."http://www.tmobile.com http://www.verizon.com
  • In December 2011, Verizon Wireless announced a deal to acquire 122 Advanced Wireless Services spectrum licenses from SpectrumCo, a joint venture between Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks, for $3.6 billion. The transfer of licenses will require approval from the FCC and review from the Department of Justice.



    The companies also announced several agreements to resell each others' services. The cable companies will have the option of selling Verizon Wireless' service on a wholesale basis. Furthermore, the companies will form an innovation technology joint venture to develop technology that better integrates wireline and wireless products and services.



    "Spectrum is the raw material on which wireless networks are built, and buying the AWS spectrum now solidifies our network leadership into the future, and will enable us to bring even better 4G LTE products and services to our customers," stated Dan Mead, President and CEO of Verizon Wireless.

IP Infusion's ZebOS 7.10 Targets Software-Defined Networking Architecture

IP Infusion released its ZebOS 7.10 Layer 2 and Layer 3 network platform, adding new capabilities that set the platform foundation for building SDN-enabled networking equipment for mobile backhaul, Carrier Ethernet and data center networking.



IP Infusion said the latest release of its ZebOS fully supports the key tenets of SDN: control/data plane separation, abstraction and portability of network services, and network programmability. The modular design enables network equipment manufacturers to optimize solutions for their specific market requirements. ZebOS supports more than 200 protocols that conform to leading IEEE, IETF and MEF industry-specific standards and implementation agreements.



ZebOS 7.10 improves the bandwidth scaling capabilities of networking equipment to support large-scale virtualized data centers, accelerates the transition to LTE/Evolved 4G and supports the drive for 100 percent application service availability. It provides the abstraction, portability, and programmability required to deliver the scalability and reliability of modern networks. With new enhancements to ZebOS 7.10, IP Infusion supports the following next-generation networking requirements:



Comprehensive Bandwidth Scaling for Virtualized Networks – ZebOS 7.10 adds new technologies to drive the adoption of large-scale virtualized data centers in public/private/hybrid clouds. Included in this release are the latest drafts of the IETF Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) standard and IEEE Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) as well as advancements in IS-IS and BGP route scaling.



Faster Transition to LTE and Evolved 4G networks – ZebOS 7.10 adds enhancements that enable the seamless migration from SONET/SDH services to Ethernet for mobile backhaul and other applications. Key capabilities include technologies such as pseudowire support, linear protection and timing protocols that provide the predictability and reliability required by traditional SONET/SDN services.



Support for Seven-Nine’s Reliability – ZebOS 7.10 supports the industry transition from five-nine’s network reliability (5.26 minutes of unplanned downtime per year) to seven-nine’s (3.15 seconds per year) for traditional telecommunication and new cloud services. IP Infusion is adding a high availability framework based on OpenSAF 4.2, providing application service framework checkpointing, as well as control plane functionality to ensure graceful restart and stateful switch failover.



“Both consumers and enterprises depend on reliable and scalable networking services, which is putting exponential pressure on network equipment providers to rethink how they design and build next-generation networking equipment,�? said Sandy Orlando, Vice President of Marketing at IP Infusion. “Our latest announcement provides customers with a networking platform to build modular networking solutions with the highest levels of scalability and reliability. The ZebOS modular architecture provides a foundation for transitioning networking equipment to an SDN architecture."http://www.ipinfusion.com

SFR and Verizon Enter Business Services Alliance

Verizon has formed an alliance with SFR Business Team to provide global telecommunications solutions and support to multinational companies based or operating in France.



Under the preferred partnership, Verizon will provide global communication services, with SFR delivering the in-country network and information and communications technology elements of these services. SFR will likewise rely on Verizon to deliver global connectivity to its customers. The agreement initially covers the joint delivery of MPLS-based virtual private network services. http://www.verizon.com

Ecrio Delivers VoLTE Client Software to NTT DOCOMO

Ecrio confirmed that it has delivered VoLTE Client Software to NTT DOCOMO.



Ecrio CEO Michel Gannage said, "We are extremely proud to continue our relationship with NTT DOCOMO, a global leader in telecom technology. We look forward to supporting NTT DOCOMO and their strategic handset suppliers when it offers its customers this new VoLTE Service."



"With its FlexIMS Architecture, Ecrio brings NTT DOCOMO a flexible, low power consumption, low latency Client Software Framework that enables VoLTE to be implemented either on the LTE Baseband Processor or on the Application Processor. With that foundation and Ecrio's experience deploying millions of IMS enabled handsets globally, NTT DOCOMO extends its technology to support advanced LTE communication services," stated Mitsunobu Komori, Executive Vice President and CTO of NTT DOCOMO. http://www.ecrio.com

Gogo Gains $135 Million Credit for In-flight Internet

Gogo has closed a $135 million credit facility through Morgan Stanley and J.P Morgan to support its in-flight connectivity and digital entertainment solutions. Gogo intends to use the debt financing to fund costs associated with its international expansion plans as well as other general corporate purposes.



Gogo recently announced a partnership with equipment provider AeroSat to deliver the satellite antenna, radome, antenna control and modem unit and high power transceiver. In addition to an equipment partnership with AeroSat, Gogo recently announced it has entered into a memorandum of understanding to partner with satellite operator SES that will allow Gogo to connect passengers over the U.S., Atlantic Ocean and Europe with a Ku-band system on commercial aircraft as early as the fourth quarter of 2012.



Gogo also recently announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding to be one of two global service providers of Inmarsat's Global Xpress Ka-satellite service. Working with Inmarsat, Gogo expects to begin testing of the Global Xpress Ka-aeronautical services after the launch of the first of the three Inmarsat-5 satellites, which is scheduled for mid-2013. Gogo expects to offer Global Xpress Ka-satellite service after the launch of all three I-5 satellites starting in late 2014 or early 2015. http://www.gogoair.com

Telecom Italia Establishes "Joint Open Lab" at University of Catania

Telecom Italia will establish a new research laboratory by the end the year at University of Catania. The Joint Open Lab is intended to foster new ties between industry and universities that can bring together academic research and knowledge with industrial know-how and experience. The lab will focus on next generation Mobile Internet services, such as NFC (Near Field Communication). The initiative is part of Telecom Italia's plans to set up six new research labs around the country in partnership with leading Italian universities to rebuild and transform the relationship between the worlds of business and academia in the field of technological innovation. http://www.telecomitalia.com

Cisco and Citrix Enter Marketing Partnership

Cisco and Citrix announced a marketing partnership to align the channel sales and delivery models across the two companies through a single framework to build partner competencies in enterprise mobility, desktop virtualization and device choice. The partnership combines the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) with Citrix XenDesktop solution.
http://www.cisco.com

China Telecom to Deploy ALU's IP/MPLS in Broadband China Project

China Telecom will deploy Alcatel-Lucent's IP/MPLS solution to enable high-bandwidth video and data broadband services under the "Broadband China" project , which aims to see 35 million new families connected via fiber-to-the-home, 50% of broadband customers experiencing speeds of 4 Mbps and above, and 20 million new households with access to fixed broadband. By 2015 the goal is to connect 800 million web users, including 200 million living in rural locations.



This project will leverage the Alcatel-Lucent IP/MPLS 7750 Service Router (SR) portfolio, including the 7750 SR-12 and 7750 SR-7, as the Broadband Network Gateway to deliver high-performance service and subscriber management capabilities. In conjunction with the 7750 SR, the Alcatel-Lucent 7705 Service Aggregation Routers (SAR) (including the 7705 SAR-M, 7705 SAR-8, and 7705 SAR-18) will deliver an optimized IP/MPLS mobile backhaul, leveraging common SR-OS software, to address China Telecom’s 2G, 3G, and future LTE mobile broadband needs.



The installation will also pave the way for China Telecom to deploy 100 GE technology for future network upgrade.



Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent said: “The application of our innovative IP/MPLS technology will be integral to the expansion of China Telecom’s network, bringing broadband access to millions of people in China. Alcatel-Lucent is proud to be making such an important contribution to China Telecom’s plans and to the 'Broadband China' strategy, a contribution which also strongly reflects the key role China plays in our own global presence."http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
  • In May 2012, China Telecom awarded a contract value at Euro 100 million to Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, for the deployment of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks across China’s 31 provinces. The rollout, which is part of China Telecom’s ambitious "Broadband China, Fiber Cities" plan, aims to serve millions of households with a wide range of high-speed services and guaranteed quality of service. Alcatel-Lucent will supply China Telecom with its 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) system, which supports GPON as well as EPON broadband technologies.

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