Wednesday, July 11, 2012

BT Ireland Offers IP VPNs with Alcatel-Lucent's 7750

BT Ireland will use Alcatel-Lucent’s 7750 Service Router and 5620 Service Aware Manager to underpin its recently launched IP Connect Ireland service as part of its extensive network infrastructure in Ireland.

BT Ireland already uses the Alcatel-Lucent platform to deliver Ethernet services. The same platform will now be used to deliver IP services for BT’s business customers.

Telefónica Tests Automated, Multi-Layer Control Plane with Juniper/ADVA

 Telefónica I+D has tested an automated multi-layer, packet/optical network using ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 and Juniper Networks' MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers.

The trial, which was conducted in northern Germany as part of the IST project ONE funded by the European Union, tested the use of ROADM technology, RAYcontrol GMPLS control plane software and multi-layer configuration mechanisms to enable multi-layer restoration and automated DWDM service provisioning between IP/MPLS routers.

The trial enabled Telefonica to verify the significant potential for reduced operational and capital expenditures while driving new levels of speed and efficiency. According to Telefonica I+D analysis, multi-layer restoration led to over 37% reductions in capital expenditures in IP/DWDM networks. In addition, mean time to repair can be extended by a factor of 20 while keeping 99.999% availability, which translates to significant reductions in operating costs. However, the biggest impact was seen in the provisioning of new services.

Telefonica discovered that new services could be activated in less than 50 seconds. Previously this could take hours and was both costly and time intensive.

“The network is undergoing a huge transformation,” commented Christoph Glingener, CTO at ADVA Optical Networking. “This trial perfectly underlines the opportunities available to service providers to balance customer demand for bandwidth while at the same driving increased profitability and new business opportunities. Network automation is critical to this process and Telefonica has shown just how simple and effective unified multi-layer operations can be.”

Eurofiber Offers 100 GigE in Netherlands & Belgium with Infinera

Eurofiber has begun offering 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100 GbE) services across the Netherlands and Belgium using Infinera's DTN platform.

"About eight years ago, the first 10 GbE services entered the market,” said Bart Oskam, Managing Director of Eurofiber. “At that time, 10 Gb/s was a lot of bandwidth, even for Internet exchanges.

Today, given the pace in which the demand for bandwidth is increasing, the demand for 100 GbE connections will grow much faster. Rather than aggregating multiple 10 GbE links to increase capacity, it is often more efficient to simply deploy a single 100 GbE connection. The Infinera DTN enables these new 100 GbE services from our existing network.”

Eurofiber operates a fiber optic network that extends through the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The network spans across 13,000 kilometers with more than 5,400 connection sites and 590 industrial estates. Eurofiber offers managed dark fiber connections, Ethernet services and DWDM-based optical transmission.

Eurofiber first deployed the Infinera DTN platform in 2009.

Level 3 Data Center in London Knocked Offline by Power Failure

Level 3 suffered a power failure at its data center in east London (Braham Street). The disruption lasted for nearly 5 hours and is reported to have taken dozens of companies with servers at the facility offline.

MikroTik Selects Tilera for 36-Core Branch Office Cloud Router

MikroTik, a developer of routing platforms based in Latvia, has selected Tilera’s 64-bit TILE-Gx processor to power its new flagship Cloud Core Router (CCR) family.

Tilera's highly integrated 64-bit TILE-Gx processor includes SGMII, PCIe, multiple integrated 10GbE interfaces, a high speed encryption engine, and several other modules.

The initial device in MikroTik's Cloud Core Router family, the CCR-1036-12G-4S, features 36-cores, 12 Gigabit Ethernet ports and four SFP fiber module ports. Future members of the family will support multiple 10Gbit SFP+ fiber ports and tens of gigabits of network throughput.

"The MikroTik Cloud Core Router family demonstrates how the TILE-Gx processor is being used by our customers to create differentiated solutions which leverage their unique IP,” said Devesh Garg, founder, president and CEO, Tilera. “We expect the disruption in the enterprise market to accelerate, and features such as video/voice processing, security and other application-aware services to become integral aspects of branch office and mid-range routers. Our unique value proposition of delivering the highest performance at the lowest power, ease of programming and high levels of integration makes us an ideal solution for this market," added Garg.

SingTel Launches Cloud Service in Hong Kong

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has launched its "PowerON" cloud computing service from a state-of-the-art data center in Hong Kong. PowerON Compute is powered by VMWare. As with the PowerON Compute cloud services in Singapore and Australia, PowerON Compute Hong Kong is a hybrid enterprise-class cloud service which provides computing resources that can be accessed by either a public internet connection or through a private secured network. The launch of PowerON Compute Hong Kong is part of SingTel’s initiative to roll out a federated cloud network linking Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong in the third quarter of 2012. With data centres in Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong, the federated cloud network will enlarge SingTel’s cloud footprint in Asia Pacific. This will offer customers a greater choice of locations from which to host their data so that they can be located closer to their regional operations.


Vodafone to Acquire New Zealand's TelstraClear

Vodafone has agreed to acquire TelstraClear from Telstra Corporation for NZ$840 million (£430 million, US$664 million) in cash. The deal includes TelstraClear’s voice and data-based services, network infrastructure and New Zealand customer base.

Vodafone New Zealand is already the country’s largest mobile operator with more than 2.4 million customers. TelstraClear owns New Zealand’s second largest fixed infrastructure, which includes a 6,600km fibre backbone connecting 19 of the country’s largest cities. It also includes an extensive local access network with 2,000km of fibre and 4,500km of copper as well as a cable TV and broadband access network passing 150,000 homes in Wellington and Christchurch. Its customer base includes government and large corporations, small and medium enterprises as well as consumers.

Vittorio Colao, Vodafone Group Chief Executive, said: “The proposed transaction offers significant benefits for New Zealand businesses, consumers and the country as a whole. TelstraClear’s infrastructure and capabilities are highly complementary to those of Vodafone New Zealand. The combined business will have the breadth and depth of resources and skills to meet our customers' long-term integrated communications needs."

Telstra Chief Executive Officer, David Thodey, says the deal is a natural one, bringing together TelstraClear’s fixed telecommunications and data products and corporate client base with Vodafone New Zealand’s substantial wireless offering and retail customer base.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

AT&T Prices Motorola's LTE-enabled ATRIX HD Phone at $99.99

AT&T has begun marketing the new Motorola ATRIX HD for $99.99 with a two-year agreement.

The Motorola ATRIX HD offers LTE connectivity and features Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, a 4.5-inch HD ColorBoost display, a nano-coating that acts as a splash guard, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording capabilities, a front-facing 720p HD camera.

The ATRIX HD is the first phone equipped with Motorola's Circle Widget on the home screen, which connects directly with the user's AT&T account and displays data usage since the last bill.

Leading Mobile Operators Enter M2M Alliance with Jasper

 KPN, NTT Docomo, Rogers Communications, SingTel, Telefónica, through its Telefónica Digital unit, Telstra and Vimpelcom established an alliance to support a single, global platform that multinational businesses will leverage to enable connected devices in multiple countries.

The alliance aims to create greater efficiencies for M2M by enabling delivery of a global product with a single SIM, eliminating roaming costs in the countries of participating operators. The centralized management of SIM status and performance of M2M devices across the globe will be managed from a single web interface with Jasper Wireless' Control Center.

Novatel Wireless Granted Key Patent for Mobile Hotspots

Novatel Wireless has been granted a key patent used in Intelligent Mobile Hotspot products, home automation gateway devices, fixed mobile convergence routers and general machine-to-machine solutions involving wireless gateway implementation.

U.S. Patent No. 8,208,517, entitled "Systems and methods for multi-mode wireless modem," was issued on June 26, 2012.

Intel and ASML Aim to Accelerate Transition from 300 to 450mm Wafers

Intel has entered into a strategic pact with ASML targeting next generation silicon manufacturing technologies. Among the agreements, Intel commits EUR829 million (approximately $1.0 billion) to ASML's research and development programs to help accelerate deployment of new technologies for 450-millimeter (mm) wafers and extreme ultra-violet (EUV) lithography by as much as two years.

Intel also agreed to purchase 10 percent of pre-transaction issued shares of ASML for EUR1.7 billion (approximately $2.1 billion) and commit to purchase an additional 5 percent of post-transaction issued shares as part of ASML's program to enable minority investments of up to a 25 percent equity stake to its largest customers R&D funding and equity investment agreements totaling EUR3.3 billion (approximately $4.1 billion).

"Productivity improvements driven by enhanced wafer manufacturing technologies, especially larger silicon wafers and enhanced lithography technologies with EUV are direct enablers of Moore's Law, which delivers significant economic benefits to consumers," said Brian Krzanich, Intel senior vice president and chief operating officer. "The transition from one wafer size to the next has historically delivered a 30 to 40 percent reduction in die cost and we expect the shift from today's standard 300-mm wafers to larger 450-mm wafers to offer similar benefits. The faster we do this, the sooner we can gain the benefit of productivity improvements, which creates tremendous value for customers and shareholders."

Qualcomm Elects MIT's Dr. Susan Hockfield to Board

Dr. Susan Hockfield has been elected to Qualcomm's Board of Directors. Dr. Hockfield's previously served as president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) until July 2012, where she also holds a faculty appointment as professor of neuroscience.

"We are fortunate to welcome Dr. Hockfield as a member of Qualcomm's Board of Directors," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm. "Her leadership experience in exploring new horizons in biomedical and energy research adds a unique perspective to our Board and complements Qualcomm's efforts to apply wireless technologies in fields such as healthcare and education."

NTT Communications Integrates Juniper's Junos Pulse for BYOD

NTT Communications has integrated Juniper Networks security and remote access technologies into Mobile Connect, a new "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) security service offered to corporate customers.

The carrier is using Juniper's MAG Series Junos Pulse Gateways and Junos Pulse multi-function, multi-platform mobile security software. The MAG Series Junos Pulse Gateways deliver secure, remote and mobile SSL VPN connectivity, network access control, and application acceleration. Junos Pulse is an endpoint software platform and mobile app that provides consistent end-point and mobile security while removing the complexity from network connectivity and access control.

NTT Communications deployed the same solution for its own BYOD program for its employees.

London Internet Exchange Builds SuperCore with Juniper PTX

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has deployed Juniper Networks' PTX Series Packet Transport Switch to create a new "SuperCore" network at the heart of one of the world's largest Internet Exchanges. The deployment, which went live in May, will be the second phase of a project announced by LINX in October 2011 to create a new network designed to meet current and future levels of customer demand for online activity.

Telindus serves as integrator for the project.

LINX’s 10 Points of Presence (PoPs) across London are connected by Juniper Networks MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers, the first phase of LINX’s new network deployment which went live in late 2011. Both the PTX Series and MX Series run on Juniper’s Junos operating system.
LINX interconnects over 400 networks, including service providers and content owners from 50 countries, providing data, video and voice connectivity to hundreds of millions of customers using mobile and fixed connections. LINX’s infrastructure provides connectivity for high-profile events streamed online, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Euro 2012 soccer championships, The Wimbledon Championships, and The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in addition to everyday rich content upload and download demand.
  • In June, Verizon confirmed plans to deploy the Juniper Networks' PTX Series packet transport switches in major markets in the U.S. and Europe by the end of this year. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deployment marked the first major announced customer for the new packet transport platform. The companies cited an initial capacity of eight terabits per second for the high-density MPLS platform, which underpins an upgrade of the Verizon global IP backbone to 100G Ethernet, supports customer access speeds of 10G and above and enables growth for FiOS, wireless and cloud services.

New Asia Pacific Gateway Cable Slated for Q3 2014

Malaysia's TIME dotCom announced a construction and maintenance agreement for an Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) submarine cable system connecting Malaysia to Korea and Japan.
APG will have seven branches to other Asian countries, including Singapore, VietNam, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. The cable system is scheduled to be ready in quarter three of 2014.

Gartner Predicts Public Cloud Services to Grow $200 Billion by 2016

Gartner is forecasting that worldwide IT spending will reach $3.6 trillion in 2012, a 3 percent increase from 2011 spending of $3.5 trillion -- a slightly faster growth pace than the 2.5 percent projection last quarter.

"While the challenges facing global economic growth persist — the eurozone crisis, weaker U.S. recovery, a slowdown in China — the outlook has at least stabilized," said Richard Gordon, research vice president at Gartner. "There has been little change in either business confidence or consumer sentiment in the past quarter, so the short-term outlook is for continued caution in IT spending."
Some bright spots: Enterprise spending on public cloud services to grow from $91 billion worldwide in 2011 to $109 billion in 2012. By 2016, enterprise public cloud services spending will reach $207 billion. The vast majority of this is for business process as a service (BPaaS), although platform as a service (PaaS), software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) are growing faster.

Worldwide IT services spending is forecast to reach $864 billion in 2012, a 2.3 percent increase from 2011.

Global telecom services is the largest IT spending market.

Eutelsat and Arianespace Sign Launch Contract

Eutelsat Communications signed a new launch contract with Arianespace for a future Eutelsat satellite. The contract is for an Ariane 5 launch from the Guiana Space Centre. Eutelsat's expansion programme envisions six satellites to be launched by end-2014.

CenturyLink to Expand Campus in Monroe, Louisiana

CenturyLink will expand its headquarters campus in Monroe, Louisiana. The carrier plans to add up to 225,000 square feet to accommodate an additional 600-800 employees. Groundbreaking for the new facility is planned for early 2013.

LG U+ Employs Spirent TestCenter for Terabit Router Testing

LG U+ is using Spirent's TestCenter to verify the performance of a leading vendor’s 100G Ethernet core network router and its ability to support more than 2.0 Tbps bandwidth. As it moves to an LTE network, LG U+ is planning to deploy 100G routers.

LG U+ used Spirent TestCenter with 10G and 100G Spirent HyperMetrics neXt modules to emulate several routing protocols including Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Protocol-Independent Multicast (PIM) and MPLS for IPv4 and IPv6, while generating a wide range of traffic patterns at full line rate for routing emulation. The tests validated the high-speed router’s ability to support QoS and IPv4/IPv6 routing capacity and data forwarding performance of 2.0 Tbps. Suffers Cloud Outage reported service disruption on its NA1/NA5/NA6/CS0,CS3,CS1,CS12 instances. The company blamed a power issue. Hosted CRM applications were reported down for a number of hours on Tuesday.