Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cavium's OCTEON Sees Small Cell LTE Traction in Korea

Cavium announced that its OCTEON Fusion base-station-on-a-chip solution will be powering the 4G/LTE small cell deployment for SK Telecom, the largest mobile service provider in Korea.

Cavium also confirmed that KT has the OCTEON Fusion platform for the first stage of commercial deployment of LTE small cells.

The OCTEON Fusion processors combine OCTEON's L2-L7 multi-core technology, along with purpose-built, highly programmable L1 baseband DSP cores and extensive 3G/4G hardware accelerators, and front end (DFE) functionality in a single chip. These components are connected through a high performance interconnect to enable low-latency data processing between protocol layers. The OCTEON Fusion family consists of two software compatible product lines: CNF71XX and CNF72XX, which enable small cell base stations supporting from 32 to 300+ users on both LTE and 3G platforms. The Fusion platform is also designed to support a range of wireless and wired backhaul technologies including Wireless LAN, Microwave, Gigabit Ethernet and Fiber. The OCTEON Fusion CNF71XX, Fusion Stack™ and SDK have been sampling since April 2012. 01-Aug-12

Pacific Fibre Ceases Operations Due to Lack of Funding

Pacific Fibre, which was planning the longest and most technically advanced undersea cable systems linking Australia, New Zealand and USA, has ceased operations after failing to raise the NZ$400m required to fund the cable build. The company had been planning a two-cable system linking Australia and New Zealand via a trans-Tasman cable, and another cable connecting New Zealand to the United States.

“The global investment market is undoubtedly difficult at the moment but we knew this was always going to be hard, regardless of our timing. We started Pacific Fibre because we know how important it is to connect New Zealanders to global markets. The high cost of broadband in New Zealand makes it hard to connect globally and it is this market failure, not a technical failure, that we tried hard to solve” said co-founder and director Rod Drury.

“We still cannot see how the government’s investment in UFB makes sense until the price of international bandwidth is greatly reduced” said Mr Drury.

The company noted that the cost of bandwidth to the U.S. from New Zealand as 5.8 times greater than the price paid by Australians, according to a 2011 study from the Australian telecommunication research company Market Clarity. 01-Aug-12

  • In July 2011, Pacific Fibre awarded a supply contract to TE SubCom for its forthcoming 12,750km trans-Pacific cable.

Extreme Networks Post Revenue of $87.6 Million

Extreme Networks reported quarterly net revenue of $87.6 million as compared to $73.4 million in the previous fiscal quarter and $89.8 million for the same period last year. GAAP net income was $7.8 million or $0.08 per diluted share.

"Q4 results were in-line with our targets and we are encouraged by the progress we have made in our financial results," said Oscar Rodriguez, President and CEO of Extreme Networks. "Over the last fiscal year, we have transformed Extreme Networks to take a leading technology position among networking vendors. This coming year we are looking forward to building revenue from our new data center, campus and mobile backhaul product portfolios by leveraging our increased investments in key areas including Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) applications." 01-Aug-12

Japanese Companies Form Mobile Semiconductor Joint Venture

Fujitsu, NTT DOCOMO, NEC and Fujitsu Semiconductor will form a joint venture to focus on the development and sales of semiconductors with built-in modem functions for use in communications equipment. The companies have previously collaborated on various designs. The joint venture aims to leverage this work, along with technologies individually held by the companies, to gain a competitive advantage in smartphones.

The new Access Network Technology Limited will begin operations this month with 85 employees. The ownership of th JV is as follows: Fujitsu 52.8%; DOCOMO 19.9%; NEC 17.8%; Fujitsu Semiconductor 9.5%. 01-Aug-12

Verizon Wireless in Consent Decree Concerning Tethering Apps

Verizon Wireless has accepted an FCC consent decree and agreed to pay a $1.25 million penalty after an investigation found that the company sought to block its LTE customers from accessing tethering apps.

One of the conditions of licensing the 700-MHz C-block was that licensees offering service on C Block spectrum “shall not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice on the licensee’s C Block network.”

Verizon Wireless was planning to require all customers who wanted to use their phones for tethering to subscribe to the company’s Mobile Broadband Connect service, at an additional charge.

Under the settlement, Verizon Wireless will notify app store operators that it no longer objects to the availability of the tethering applications to C-Block network customers in the operator’s online market. 01-Aug-12

Cavium Licenses ARMv8

Cavium confirmed that it is an architecture licensee for the ARMv8 architecture.

The ARMv8 architecture features 64-bit execution, enabling processors based on the architecture to be able to combine 64-bit execution with 32-bit execution. It also bring the energy-efficient heritage of ARM processor technology to 64-bit computing. 01-Aug-12

Amdocs Wins 5 Year Deal with TIM Brasil

Amdocs announced a five-year managed services agreement with TIM Brasil across its wireless, wireline and broadband lines of business. Specifically, Amdocs will manage TIM Brasil's operational support systems (OSS) across all lines of business, providing application development and maintenance as well as assuming responsibility for legacy systems and all third-party OSS vendor contracts. On the business support systems (BSS) side, Amdocs will manage its products deployed across TIM's businesses, including the end-to-end "order to cash" solution suite at TIM Brasil's new fiber optic residential broadband service. Amdocs' new Sao Carlos Operations Center will play a key role in providing the managed services for TIM Brasil. http://www.amdocs.com01-Aug-12

SiTime Signs Investment and Sales Deal with Vectron & Knowles Electronics

SiTime, which offers MEMS-based silicon timing solutions that replace legacy quartz products, announced a strategic partnership with Vectron International and Knowles Electronics. The partnership brings a cash investment by Vectron and Knowles. 

In addition, both Vectron International and Knowles Electronics will sell MEMS timing products through their own direct sales channels, as well as support SiTime with future product developments. 01-Aug-12

Cavium Posts Q2 Sales of $55 Million, up 4% Sequentially

Cavium posted Q2 sales of $55.3 million, a 4.8% sequential increase from the $52.7 million reported in the first quarter of 2012. Net loss (GAAP) was $11.8 million, or $(0.24) per diluted share, compared to $13.8 million, or $(0.28) per diluted share in the first quarter of 2012. Gross margins were 55.2% in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 46.9% in the first quarter of 2012. Total cash and cash equivalents were $61.4 million at June 30, 2012. 01-Aug-12

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

TeliaSonera IC Deploys 100G+ with NSN

TeliaSonera International Carrier has deployed a new 100G overlay network across Europe.

Specifically, the carrier has deployed a new 100G DWDM network based on Nokia Siemens Networks' hiT7300 platform that is operating with coherent CP-QPSK technology. The CP-QPSK modulation format is also used for TeliaSonera’s existing network to improve performance. Nokia Siemens Networks also provides a full set of care services including software maintenance, help desk as well as spare part management services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“The new overlay network with our latest technology is fully integrated with Juniper routers to offer a seamless service portfolio to TeliaSonera’s subscribers. It will initially have 40 and 100GE (gigabit Ethernet) capacity with the potential to be upgraded to 400G and beyond,” stated Mikko Lavanti, head of optical networks customer sales and support at Nokia Siemens Networks.

“The increased adoption of bandwidth-hungry applications requires capacity upgrades,” said Mattias Fridstr√∂m, vice president, head of technology, TeliaSonera International Carrier. “We share a long-standing relationship with Nokia Siemens Networks and are very satisfied with its installed base in 10G and 40G wavelengths across the European segment of our global network. Its leading technology for high capacity networks is exactly what we required for this major transition in our network." 

PureWave Selects Tail-f for Small Cell LTE

PureWave Networks has selected Tail-f Systems' ConfD software to build the on-device management system for its Constellation family of LTE small cell base stations.

ConfD auto-renders all critical northbound interfaces (CLI, Web UI, NETCONF, SNMP and a RESTFul API) from a single data model. It includes an embedded database, transaction management, and support for high-availability deployments.

PureWave’s Constellation small cell LTE base stations promise peak data rates of up to 1Gbps of LTE capacity and offer an array of advanced options, including multi-channel and multi-frequency support, advanced SON and traffic shaping. 31-Jul-12

Procera Tracks Streaming from London 2012

After a slow start, streaming of Olympic events picked up on Sunday, according to Procera Networks. 

The company cited significant spikes in streaming traffic in the U.S. and the UK that is tied to Olympic events. The company notes that the iPhone 4 reigns as the king of usage, significantly ahead of Android competitors in amount of streaming traffic consumed. 

National LambdaRail & CENIC on Healthcare

National LambdaRail (NLR) and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) announced that they will partner in the delivery of ultra-high bandwidth services to healthcare organizations in California and Arizona.

Last week, NLR announced a partnership with AT&T on communication services for healthcare organizations, first in California and ultimately across the United States. The addition of CENIC to the partnership creates very comprehensive connectivity within the California and Arizona healthcare community.

"This is another vital step towards an integrated health information infrastructure for the United States,” said NLR Chairman and CEO Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. “These key partnerships for high volume, high speed data services to all medical institutions, put us well on the way towards making genomically-informed, evidence-based medical care a reality. Whole genome sequencing data can be deployed quickly to the service of clinical decision making at the point of care." 31-Jul-12

  • Earlier this year, National LambdaRail transferred its Network Operations Center (NOC) to the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC). In addition to optical layer services, CENIC will now be responsible for switch, router and engineering support desk NOC services and, in a recently expanded agreement, CENIC will deliver network design engineering capabilities for NLR.

IEEE 802.11 Adds QoS for Audio/Video Streaming, Prioritized Mgt Frames

The IEEE announced two significant improvements to 802.11 standards.

IEEE 802.11aa-20121 supports more robust audio and video streaming for IEEE 802.11 applications. The new spec adds several QoS features, including group-addressed transmission service, stream classification service, management of overlapping networks and support for the IEEE 802.1Q Stream Reservation Protocol. The IEEE said these enhancements for the 802.11 MAC (Medium Access Control) layer are intended to deliver a host of benefits, including improved management of audio/video stream quality, link reliability and application performance in instances such as when channel capacity is insufficient or when WLANs overlap on the same radio channel. IEEE 802.11aa is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store.

IEEE 802.11ae-20122 improves network performance by prioritizing management frames sent on an IEEE 802.11 wireless link. This new spec defines a mechanism for prioritizing management frames and a protocol for communicating prioritization policy. IEEE 802.11ae enables a more sophisticated prioritization capability that balances the need to move both network management information and data traffic and yields improved performance of IEEE 802.11 networks and the applications that use them. IEEE 802.11ae is available for purchase at the IEEE Standards Store. 31-Jul-12

Australia's Optus Picks NSN for 4G Modernization

Optus, one of the leading mobile operators in Australia, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks as a partner for its key network modernization, including refarming the 900 MHz GSM frequency band, and providing infrastructure and services for LTE in Sydney and Perth. In addition, as part of this agreement, Nokia Siemens Networks is the sole LTE core provider for Optus. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nokia Siemens Networks is providing its Single RAN platform, based on its compact, energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station. The company is also providing its Evolved Packet Core platform including Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway). Optus’ LTE, GSM and 3G networks will be monitored, managed and optimized by Nokia Siemens Networks’ unified network management system, NetAct.

In addition to Optus’ in-house services capability, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide Optus with a range of services, including network implementation, spectrum refarming, radio planning, optimization, project management, and care including spare part management, software maintenance, third-party software support and training.

"Spectrum is a scarce resource, so operators are seeking ways to make the best use of it. With this deal, Optus will re-use its existing spectrum to modernize its radio network and also offer 4G services cost-efficiently in one of the largest spectrum migration programs globally,” said Stephen McFeeley, head of Australia and New Zealand at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Our mobile broadband offering, based on the Liquid Core and Liquid Radio architectures, will assist Optus in managing the dynamic capacity and technology demands in one of the most advanced mobile broadband markets."

"Our major mobile network initiatives, including network enhancements, U900 MHz spectrum migration program and 4G services rollout aim to provide the best possible experience for our customers,” added G√ľnther Ottendorfer, Managing Director, Networks at Optus. "Nokia Siemens Networks is a key network partner in supporting these initiatives." 31-Jul-12

IBM Introduces Next Gen Intrusion Protection Appliance

IBM introduced a network security appliance that delivers a more granular view of a company's security posture and a simplified security management interface.

The IBM Security Network Protection XGS 5000 is described as a next-generation intrusion protection system designed to defend against evolving security threats, including those posed by social media sites and malicious websites. It builds on the core security features found in IBM Security Network Intrusion Prevention System, including helping protect against "zero-day" exploits, by adding new levels of visibility and control over the network, applications, data and users to help improve security by helping prevent misuse and identify previously undetectable threats.

IBM is also incorporating global threat intelligence from X-Force, including a Web filter database of over 15 billion URLs – capable of monitoring and categorizing millions of Web servers and applications each day to provide protection against the changing threat landscape.

The appliance allows customers to:
  • Discover which applications and Web sites are being accessed
  • Identify misuse by application, Website, and user
  • Enforce security policies with granular, intelligent application-level controls.
This visibility is increased via integration with IBM's Advanced Threat Protection Platform, which utilizes anomaly detection and event correlation capabilities to better address more complex attacks such as Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). 

"The escalation of targeted attacks and rapid adoption of mobility, cloud and social media requires companies to take a new approach to securing the enterprise," said Brendan Hannigan, General Manager, IBM Security Systems Division. 

Telecom Argentina Posts Steady Growth

As of the end of June 2012, Telecom Argentina had 20,965,000 mobile customers, up 8% YoY, including roughly 18.7 million in Argentina and 2.2 million in Paraguay (including WiMAX). The overall subscriber base mix continued to improve with 32% being postpaid (+14% vs. 1H11). The company had 1,594,000 broadband access lines, up 9% over a year earlier.

Telecom Argentina reported a Net Income of P$1,294 million for the six months period ended June 30, 2012, or +1% when compared to the same period last year. Net income attributable to Telecom Argentina amounted to P$1,275 million (+1% vs. 1H11).

During 1H12, consolidated Revenues increased by 21% to P$10,380 million (+P$1,796 million vs. 1H11), mainly fueled by the Mobile Services, Broadband business and Fixed Data. Moreover, Operating Profit amounted P$1,882 million (-P$47 million vs. 1H11).

During 1H12, the overall traffic of voice minutes increased by 8% vs. 1H11. SMS traffic (incoming and outgoing charged messages) continued to increase, although at a slower pace of growth, due to other Internet alternatives provided by Personal. The traffic climbed to a monthly average of 5,401 million in 1H12 from 5,291 million messages in 1H11 (+2% vs. 1H11). Due to this increase in traffic and VAS usage, Average Monthly Revenue per User ("ARPU") increased to P$54,6 during 1H12 (+13% vs. 1H11).

In 1H12 Telecom Argentina launched cloud computing services for corporate ICT allowing virtual access to data center resources. 

isco, EMC and VMware Deliver Virtualized Data Center for Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport, which handles more than 21 million passengers each year, has implemented a virtualized data center using technology from Cisco, EMC and VMware.

The private cloud is built on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS), Cisco Nexus® switches, EMC VNX storage system and VMware vSphere server virtualization software.

By centralizing and virtualizing different projects and applications to create virtual network resources, the airport expects to reduce its energy consumption and cooling costs by approximately 20 percent. So far, approximately 80 percent of its environment has been reduced which is estimated to reflect the removal of 70 physical servers from operation. 31-Jul-12

HomeGrid Forum Describes Interference Mitigation Techniques

The HomeGrid Forum published a whitepaper describing Interference Mitigation Techniques from neighboring PLC (Power Line Communications) networks in high-density environments such as Multiple Dwelling Unit (MDU) buildings. Such interference causes significant quality issues including IPTV freezing or failure, VOIP call interruptions, loss of data or even complete loss of network connectivity.’s Neighboring Domain Interference Mitigation (NDIM) technology automatically mitigates interference between PLC networks using a range of measures, enabling near 100% network capacity for each network regardless of the number of nearby networks.

The White Paper, entitled: “PLC Neighboring Networks – How solves PLC’s Neighboring Networks Problem,” - explains the problems of both low and high level interference in neighboring networks, particularly in MDU environments where many PLC networks are installed nearby.

The whitepaper is posted online. 

Level 3 Extends Voice Services to Alaska and Hawaii

Level 3 Communications has expanded its voice service portfolio to Alaska and Hawaii. This brings Level 3's U.S. coverage to all 50 states. Level 3 currently offers local telephone number coverage to 87 percent of the U.S. population, more than any other domestic carrier. 31-Jul-12