Tuesday, June 26, 2012

FBI Undercover Operation Hits Cyber Carding Crimes

The FBI announced the arrest of 24 people in what is described as the largest coordinated international law enforcement action in history directed at “carding” crimes — offenses in which the Internet is used to traffic in and exploit the stolen credit card, bank account, and other personal identification information.

The two year undercover operation led to the arrest of individuals in 13 countries: U.S.(11 arrests), United Kingdom (6 arrests), Bosnia (2), Bulgaria (1), Norway (1), and Germany (1), Italy (1) and Japan (1). Australia, Canada, Denmark, and Macedonia conducted interviews, executed search warrants, or took other coordinated action in connection with the takedown.
http://1.usa.gov/L06tXH

Hibernia Rebrands as Global Express Platform

 Hibernia Atlantic has re-branded its Global Financial Network (GFN) as the Global Express Platform.

The Global Express Platform, which provides connectivity to 60+ global exchanges and low latency entry points in Europe and North America, serves the financial community, including global broker dealers, hedge funds, and capital markets.

Hibernia is also building "Project Express", a new cable promising the lowest latency connecting the greater New York City area with London. This transatlantic cable will be the first build of its kind in over ten years and will offer financial clients such as traders, global banks and exchanges, connectivity with sub 60 milliseconds latency between NY and London.

"Hibernia's Global Express Platform connects high frequency traders to global exchanges along the lowest latency, purpose built network," states Joe Hilt, Vice President of Sales North America for Hibernia Atlantic. "With direct access to international interconnection facilities, Hibernia provides global businesses the source for fast and secure financial connections."
http://www.hiberniaatlantic.com/
26-Jun-12

UNH-IOL Forms Home Networking Consortium

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) has launched a Home Networking Consortium to offer a one stop shop for both Broadband Forum TR-069 testing and IPv6 CPE Ready Logo testing. The UNH-IOL has been named the world’s only official laboratory for all Broadband Forum TR-069 testing and is the only approved laboratory for IPv6 CPE Ready Logo testing in North America.

Beginning the week of July 2, 2012 members of the Home Networking Consortium can pre-test CPE in compliance with the Broadband Forum TR-069 Conformance Test Suite. Non-member companies can pre-test a single CPE device using the UNH-IOL’s pay per test option. These devices include broadband gateway devices, home routers, IPTV set-top boxes, VoIP phones, femtocell access points, and network attached storage devices. The official Broadband Forum TR-069 global certification program is underway.
http://www.iol.unh.edu

AT&T Readies Enhanced Push To Talk

AT&T reports positive feedback from trial users of its forthcoming Enhanced Push to Talk (PTT) service. AT&T is now doubling the number of business PTT users who may participate in its free program. In addition, AT&T expects to offer a choice of up to five compatible smartphones, including multiple devices from Samsung, when Enhanced PTT is anticipated to be commercially available later this year.

CourierNet, an Atlanta-based courier company, is trialing AT&T Enhanced PTT with its team of more than 500 drivers and 75 dispatchers. A single CourierNet dispatcher often coordinates time-sensitive document and package deliveries with anywhere from 20 to 30 drivers at a time, so speed, prioritization and reliability are key when it comes to choosing the right technology for the job.
http://enhancedptt.com/ffa-forum/

Wi-Fi Alliance Begins Passpoint Certifications

 The Wi-Fi Alliance has begun certifying mobile devices and infrastructure equipment under its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint program.

The Passpoint program aims to make it easy for users to connect with hotspots using WPA2 security. The Passpoint certification program is based on technology defined in the Wi-Fi Alliance Hotspot 2.0 Specification. The first batch of products has just been certified.

"Product manufacturers partnered with service providers to develop the Passpoint program in the Wi-Fi Alliance," said Edgar Figueroa, CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance. "Our organization has become a key collaboration forum driving Wi-Fi's evolution in support of service providers."
http:// www.wi-fi.org/passpoint

BT Openreach Expands its Fibre Rollout

Openreach is extending its fibre rollout to a further 98 exchange areas as part of BT’s £2.5bn fibre initiative. The deployment, which will be completed by late 2013, will add nearly 800,000 homes and businesses to Openreach’s previously announced fibre plans. In total, the company aims to serve around two-thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014.

Openreach is making fibre broadband available on an open wholesale basis using a mix of fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) and fibre to the premises (FTTP) technologies.
http://www.btplc.com
26-Jun-12

Avago Releases 120 Gbps Parallel Optics for Cloud Apps

Avago Technologies announced production volumes of 120 Gbps multichannel optical transmitter and receiver modules for "inside-the-box" data-center applications and a CXP pluggable transceiver for board-edge “box-to-box" and "rack-to-rack" communications.

The stand-alone MiniPODTM transmit and receive modules—the AFBR-81uVxyZ and AFBR-82uVxyZ, respectively, each contain 12 unidirectional channels (lanes) that can each transfer data at 10.3125 Gbits/s using 64b/66b encoding for an aggregate data rate of 120 Gbps for each module. The CXP pluggable edge-mount transceiver module (AFBR-83PDZ) is an integrated solution that contains 12 transmit and 12 receive lanes that operate at the same data transfer rates as the MiniPOD modules.

The MiniPOD modules deliver the highest front panel density in the industry with 36 times the density of standard SFP+ solutions. The MiniPOD optical modules and CXP transceiver can transmit data up to 100 meters using OM3 fiber, and up to 150 meters using OM4-grade fiber. All the optical components are compliant to the 100 Gbit Ethernet specifications: 802.2ba (100GBASE-SR10 and nPPI) as well as the QDR Infiniband standard and employ Avago VCSEL laser arrays operating at 850 nm for the transmitters and the company’s PIN diode array for the receivers.

Avago said these parallel solutions are ideal for communications within data centers, server farms, network switches, telecom switching centers and many other high-performance embedded applications that require high-speed data transfers. System applications include data aggregation, backplane communications, proprietary protocol data transfers, and other high-density/high-bandwidth applications. http://www.avagotech.com

Tellabs Appoints Interim CEO

Tellabs Board of Directors has appointed Dan Kelly as acting president and CEO, stepping in for Rob Pullen who has been continuing treatment for cancer and is recuperating from surgery. http://www.tellabs.com

ZTE Captures 40% of China Telecom 2012 Broadband Equipment Project

ZTE has won a contract for 40% of China Telecom’s 2012 broadband equipment procurement project -- the largest share of any vendor participating on the project. The contract covers procurement of PON OLTs, FTTB MDUs, and broadband terminals. It includes for over 21 million units valued at approximately RMB4 billion (approximately US$629 million).



ZTE said this is the largest broadband procurement project in the world in 2012.

http://www.zte.com.cn

Sprint Confirms July 15th Launch Date for LTE

Sprint will launch its initial LTE service on July 15th in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio. More market launches are planned for later this year. By the end of 2013, Sprint expects to have largely completed the build out of its all-new 4G LTE nationwide network – with an enhanced 3G network – covering 250 million people across the United States.



Dan Hesse, Sprint's CEO, said the Network Vision program is delivering on its promise. "The performance of both the 4G LTE and improved 3G networks are exceeding our expectations and we are pleased with the progress of the entire Network Vision program," said Hesse.



Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, Anytime includes unlimited data, texting and calling to and from any mobile phone in America while on the Sprint network, is priced at just $79.99 per month for smartphones. Sprint has already launched five 4G LTE-capable devices for less than $200 – HTC EVO 4G LTE ($199.99); LG Viper 4G LTE ($99.99); Samsung Galaxy Nexus ($199.99); Samsung Galaxy S III ($199.99 for 16GB version) and Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot, the nation’s first to support 4G LTE, 4G WiMAX and 3G ($99.99).
http://www.sprint.com/4GLTE


NSN Achieves 1.3 Gbps with TD-LTE

Nokia Siemens Networks has achieved TD-LTE data speeds of 1.3 Gbps using its commercial Flexi base station hardware during a live demonstration at a recent China Information Technology show in Beijing.


Nokia Siemens Networks also noted that it is the first vendor to complete Phase 1 and 2 of China Mobile’s (CMCC) TD-LTE field tests and that it leads the industry with its TD-LTE key performance indicators (KPIs).

"Our record-breaking mobile broadband speeds, coupled with the successful completion of CMCC’s TD-LTE field tests, clearly underline Nokia Siemens Networks’ commitment to strengthen the TD-LTE ecosystem in China," said Markus Borchert, president at Nokia Siemens Networks Greater China. "As the world’s specialist in mobile broadband, we will continue to drive TD-LTE innovations and commercial deployments across the globe."http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

Google I/O Highlights Ambition as Premium Content Aggregator

The Google I/O event in San Francisco drew a capacity crowd of app developers as the company updated its Android road map and rollout two key products. Some highlights:

  • Google announced several Android milestones -- 400 million devices have been activated so far and there are now 1 million new activations per day.


  • The Google Play store is of strategic importance to the company. Google Play has just added TV shows and magazines. The Google Play catalog also includes thousands of movies, millions of apps, millions of songs, games and 4 million e-books. Google+ is building social networking tie-ins to this content, including with recommendation engines. The company continues to build partnership with content creators.


  • Google launched its Nexus 7 tablet, built by Asus and designed for Google Play. The tablet offers a 7" 1280x800 HD display, a Tegra-3 chipset with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU. The unit is optimized for Google applications, including Gmail and Google+ Hangouts. The units are Wi-Fi only (no 3G or LTE). The price is $199.


  • Google introduced the Nexus Q sphere -- an Android appliance that is all about social and cloud. The streaming device pulls content from Google Play for viewing/listening on home TVs and stereos. The New York Times reported that Google has chosen to manufacture this unit itself in California rather than outsourcing to Taiwan or China. The Nexus Q is priced at $299.


  • Google introduced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which will be released in July for certain Android smartphones and tablets. Key improvements include better syncing between devices; better message notifications; auto-resizable widgets; better predictive keyboard; offline voice typing; better search results using the Google "Knowledge Graph" and a new concept of search result cards; a new service called Google Now that delivers real-time information, such as traffic info, when the device knows that you are commuting; a better camera app that makes it easier to view and organize photos.


  • Google's Sergey Brin hosted a dramatic preview of Google Glass, the information eyeglasses project. Capturing and sharing real-time video will be a key feature. Developers will be able to purchase prototypes in early 2013. The company has not discussed product plans, specs or price points for a consumer product.


  • YouTube is releasing a new version of its Android app that pre-caches favorite channels, thereby avoiding buffering where possible


  • A new release of Google Earth for Android adds 3D maps in select cities.
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SEC Charges for Philip A. Falcone and Harbinger

The Securities and Exchange Commission filed fraud charges against New York-based hedge fund adviser Philip A. Falcone and his advisory firm, Harbinger Capital Partners for illicit conduct that included misappropriation of client assets, market manipulation, and betraying clients.



In the networking industry, Falcone is best known for the LightSquared initiative, which was ultimately blocked in its attempt to build a nationwide LTE + satellite wholesale network.

http://www.sec.gov

MPEG Industry Forum Concludes its Work

The MPEG Industry Forum declared victory and is now winding down its work. By the end of this month, all remaining assets will be put into the hands of the Open IPTV Forum.

The MPEG Industry Forum was initiated in June 2000 with mission to educate and evangelize an emerging standards based solution that became known as MPEG-4 Part 10, aka AVC, aka H.264. At the time, there was considerable industry fragmentation as to the future of video compression. Slowly but surely H.264 gained mind share and then market share and today is clearly the dominant codec of choice replacing MPEG-2 around the world. Hence, the MPEG Forum has declared victory.
http://www.mpegif.org

IceHook Acquires RouteNGN Call Routing Software

IceHook Systems, which supplies data management applications for telecommunications service providers, has acquired Covista Communications' RouteNGN call routing software, including all intellectual property, service and trademarks. Financial terms were not disclosed.


The deal allows IceHook to build upon its current product portfolio that includes Call Detail Record (CDR) and Rate Management while allowing Covista to continue offering the RouteNGN as a service to its existing carrier customers through its General Telecom division. IceHook plans to continue to build upon the RouteNGN’s call handling prowess by incorporating advanced rate management and call-reporting capabilities.
http://www.icehook.com
http://www.covista.com

Alcatel-Lucent Expands R&D with Russia's Rostechnologi

Alcatel-Lucent announced a major expansion of its partnership with Rostechnologii (SC Rostechnologii), Russia’s largest high-technology corporation, with an aim of accelerating the development of LTE and ground-breaking transmission technologies. The two companies will create a new research and development center in Moscow, expected to employ several hundred highly-skilled engineers drawn from both organizations. The joint venture will be set-up with Rostechnologii’s holding company – RusElectronics. The center will be managed by Alcatel-Lucent and will be fully integrated into Alcatel-Lucent’s global network of R&D centers. http://www.alcatel-lucent.com http://www.rostechnologii.ru

Philipp Humm Resigns as CEO of T-Mobile USA

Philipp Humm has resigned as CEO of T-Mobile USA. Humm joined Deutsche Telekom in 2005, and was initially responsible for the company’s mobile business in Germany. In 2008 he took on the responsibility of managing the sales and service activities of the European mobile companies within Deutsche Telekom Group. In May 2010 he moved to T-Mobile USA., taking over as CEO in November of that year.



AT&T first announced its $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile USA on March 21, 2011. The deal was officially called off on December 19, 2011.



Jim Alling, Chief Operating Officer of T-Mobile USA, will take over the duties of CEO on an interim basis while a search is underway.http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/articles/t-mobile-appoints-interim-ceo
  • Earlier this week, 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.


  • In May, T-Mobile USA announced multi-year agreements with Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks to support its $4 billion 4G network evolution plan.



    T-Mobile USA, which acquired AWS spectrum from AT&T as part of the failed merger deal, aims to launch LTE in 2013. This new spectrum, in addition to the refarming effort, enables the launch of LTE in AWS spectrum and up to 20 MHz of LTE in 75% of the top 25 markets. As part of the agreements, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks will provide and install state of the art, Release 10 capable equipment at 37,000 cell sites across T-Mobile's 4G network this year. T-Mobile also expects to be the first carrier in North America to broadly deploy antenna integrated radios, enabling accelerated deployment and reduced site loading.



    T-Mobile also plans to launch 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz band in a large number of markets by the end of the year, thereby supporting the iPhone.

Avago Releases 120 Gbps Parallel Optics for Cloud Apps

Avago Technologies announced production volumes of 120 Gbps multichannel optical transmitter and receiver modules for "inside-the-box" data-center applications and a CXP pluggable transceiver for board-edge “box-to-box�? and �?rack-to-rack�? communications.



The stand-alone MiniPODTM transmit and receive modules—the AFBR-81uVxyZ and AFBR-82uVxyZ, respectively, each contain 12 unidirectional channels (lanes) that can each transfer data at 10.3125 Gbits/s using 64b/66b encoding for an aggregate data rate of 120 Gbps for each module. The CXP pluggable edge-mount transceiver module (AFBR-83PDZ) is an integrated solution that contains 12 transmit and 12 receive lanes that operate at the same data transfer rates as the MiniPOD modules.



The MiniPOD modules deliver the highest front panel density in the industry with 36 times the density of standard SFP+ solutions. The MiniPOD optical modules and CXP transceiver can transmit data up to 100 meters using OM3 fiber, and up to 150 meters using OM4-grade fiber. All the optical components are compliant to the 100 Gbit Ethernet specifications: 802.2ba (100GBASE-SR10 and nPPI) as well as the QDR Infiniband standard and employ Avago VCSEL laser arrays operating at 850 nm for the transmitters and the company’s PIN diode array for the receivers.



Avago said these parallel solutions are ideal for communications within data centers, server farms, network switches, telecom switching centers and many other high-performance embedded applications that require high-speed data transfers. System applications include data aggregation, backplane communications, proprietary protocol data transfers, and other high-density/high-bandwidth applications. http://www.avagotech.com

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