Thursday, August 2, 2012

Rackspace Delivers Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack

Rackspace announced the availability of Cloud Databases and Cloud Servers powered by OpenStack. Customers can now select from private, public or hybrid offerings and have the flexibility to deploy their solutions in a Rackspace data center or another data center of their choice.

The company said this marks the first time any company has deployed a large-scale open source public cloud powered by OpenStack.

Rackspace’s open cloud portfolio includes not only Cloud Servers and Databases, but also Cloud Files object storage with a content delivery network, Cloud Sites platform as a service for .NET and PHP, load balancers, and monitoring.

“Rackspace is disrupting the current model of how IT is consumed,” said Lanham Napier, CEO of Rackspace. “We have delivered on our promise to implement OpenStack in our cloud offerings, and to free customers from the vendor lock-in that they face at other major cloud providers. We’re delivering open, high-performance, scalable and easy-to-use cloud solutions, while empowering customers to choose features, services, prices and locations based on the needs of their business. At the heart of Rackspace is Fanatical Support, which means we put our customers’ needs and wants first. Today, we are extending this approach by giving the market an open alternative, enabling them to choose how and where they use the cloud.” 01-Aug-12

NEC Enhances its ProgrammableFlow SDN Solution

NEC is enhancing its ProgrammableFlow software defined networking product family with new capabilities to automate the provisioning of high performance network services. The announcement includes the release of the UNIVERGE PF Series ProgrammableFlow Controller 3.0, an OpenFlow controller supporting end-to-end QoS and network management capabilities.

 ProgrammableFlow 3.0 expands the scalability of the ProgrammableFlow physical and virtual network fabric. Specifically, the number of switches that can be controlled is greatly expanded and operators can build networks with more than 4,096 virtual LAN (VLAN) ID configurations.

In addition, NEC said its new UNIVERGE PF Series offers integrated API capabilities, enabling third party applications, such as network management or orchestration systems to directly interact with the network through a well-defined functional approach. Third party systems can make on-demand calls to the API to create, edit, and delete virtual networks, as well as to add and remove policies.

"These enhancements to NEC's UNIVERGE PF Series meet the growing need for virtual networks using OpenFlow technologies in support of cloud data centers and business networks," said Hiroyuki Watanabe, General Manager, Global Solutions, NEC. "Additionally, they satisfy the demand for lower installation and operational costs while providing greater security and higher quality." 01-Aug-12

Amazon Web Services Offers Provisioned IOPS at 500 Mbps to 1 Gbps

Amazon Web Services introduced new features for customers looking to run high performance databases in the cloud.

The company is now offering EBS Provisioned IOPS and EBS-Optimized instances for Amazon EC2. Provisioned IOPS are a new EBS volume type designed to deliver predictable, high performance for I/O intensive workloads, such as database applications, that rely on consistent and fast response times.

AWS said customers can attach multiple volumes to an Amazon EC2 instance and stripe across them to deliver thousands of IOPS to their application. EBS-Optimized instances deliver dedicated throughput between Amazon EC2 and Amazon EBS, with options between 500 Mbps and 1,000 Mbps. 01-Aug-12

AT&T to Acquire NextWave Wireless for its Spectrum

AT&T has agreed to acquire NextWave Wireless, which holds licenses in the Wireless Communication Services (WCS) and Advanced Wireless Service (AWS) bands, for approximately $25 million plus the assumption of about $600 million in debt.

According to its 2011 annual report, Nextwave Wireless' total domestic spectrum holdings covers approximately 218.6 million total POPs, with 104.8 million POPs covered by 20 MHz or more of spectrum, and an additional 94.9 million POPs covered by at least 10 MHz of spectrum. In addition, a number of markets, including much of the New York City metropolitan region, are covered by 30 MHz or more of spectrum. Its domestic spectrum resides in the 2.3 GHz Wireless Communication Services (WCS), 2.5 GHz Broadband Radio Service (BRS)/Educational Broadband Service (EBS), and 1.7/2.1 GHz Advanced Wireless Service (AWS). Its international spectrum includes 2.3 GHz licenses in Canada with 15 million POPs covered by 30 MHz of spectrum.

In terms of spectral size, NextWave's AWS spectrum is divided into six spectrum blocks, A through F. There are three 10 MHz blocks, each consisting of paired 5 MHz channels, and three 20 MHz blocks, each consisting of paired 10 MHz channels. Nextwave hold both 20 MHz and 10 MHz licenses.

WCS spectrum was first auctioned in 1997, but has not been utilized for mobile Internet usage due to technical rules designed to avoid possible interference to satellite radio users in adjacent spectrum bands.

In June, AT&T and Sirius XM filed a joint proposal with the FCC that would protect the adjacent satellite radio spectrum from interference and enable WCS spectrum — for the first time — to be used for mobile Internet service. This proposed solution on WCS spectrum, which is still under review by the FCC, effectively creates much-needed new spectrum capacity. 02-Aug-12
  • The old NextWave Wireless was formed in 1996 as a wholly owned operating subsidiary of NextWave Telecom Inc., which sought to develop a nationwide CDMA-based PCS network. In 1998, NTI and its subsidiaries, including Old NextWave Wireless, filed for Chapter 11, and the case took seven years to resolve. Substantially all of the assets related to the PCS build-out, except PCS licenses, were abandoned when NTI was sold to finance the plan of reorganization of the NextWave Telecom group.

BT Deploys 500,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots for London 2012

BT has deployed 500,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the capital for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The latest Wi-Fi hotspots are along 44km (27 miles) of the River Thames. BT Wi-Fi is also currently live on the Olympic Park.

Hotspots sites also include high street brands, hotel chains, thousands of independent businesses and homes, plus outdoor hotspots across Westminster and Waltham Forest.

BT now has over 4 million Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK and Ireland, plus an extra 2 million international hotspots through BT’s partner Fon. 02-Aug-12

ADTRAN Adds Four-Degree ROADM

ADTRAN introduced a new four-degree, scalable, compact Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (mini-ROADM) system-on-a-blade enables greater flexibility for service providers to respond to shifts in traffic and capacity demands in their residential, business, wholesale and mobile backhaul networks. ADTRAN's Optical Networking Edge (ONE) blade solution integrates into its flagship Total Access 5000/5006 platform.

ADTRAN said the flexibility of the four-degree, gridless mini-ROADM design reduces complexity in the network compared to alternative ROADM architectures that typically require a multi-blade implementation and a separate service delivery platform. The mini-ROADM design also simplifies agile optical network deployments by uniquely integrating into a single card the typical distributed and over-sized ROADM sub-elements, such as the amplifiers required to adjust for optical losses. These new features allow service providers to rapidly respond to customer requirements in dynamic markets like residential broadband, carrier Ethernet and 4G backhaul.

In addition, ADTRAN has doubled the transmission capacity of its ONE portfolio for up to 88 wavelengths of 10 Gbps. Future upgrade to 100Gbps networking and services will also be supported.

"ADTRAN has been working closely with customers to deliver a solution that allows them to merge multi-service access, aggregation and packet optical transport for increased network flexibility and scalability,” said Mano Nachum, packet optical networking product line manager, ADTRAN’s Carrier Networks Division. "The new ONE capabilities allow service providers to take full advantage of the benefits of agile photonics in response to the ever growing traffic and capacity demands on their metro, middle-mile and access edge networks." 01-Aug-12

Cisco Appoints Marc Benioff and Kristina Johnson To Board

Cisco announced the appointment of Marc Benioff, co-founder and CEO of, and Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, CEO of Enduring Hydro, LLC and former Under Secretary of Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, to its board of directors.

With the appointment of Benioff and Johnson, Cisco's board now consists of 14 members, including Carol A. Bartz, former CEO, Yahoo! Inc.; M. Michele Burns, former chairman and CEO, Mercer LLC; Michael D. Capellas, former CEO, VCE Company, LLC; Larry R. Carter, former SVP, Office of the Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems, Inc.; John T. Chambers, chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems, Inc.; Brian L. Halla, former chairman and CEO, National Semiconductor Corporation; John L. Hennessy, Ph.D., president, Stanford University; Richard M. Kovacevich, retired chairman and CEO, Wells Fargo & Company; Roderick C. McGeary, chairman, Tegile Systems, Inc.; Arun Sarin, KBE, senior advisor, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and former CEO of Vodafone Group Plc; Steven M. West, founder and partner, Emerging Company Partners LLC; and Jerry Yang, co-founder and former chief Yahoo!, Yahoo! Inc.

FCC Sees Savings from Reforms to Lifeline Program

Reforms to the Lifeline program, which were implemented in January of this year, have yielded $43 million in savings so far and are on track to save at least $200 million by the end of the year, according to a progress report issued by the FCC.

The Lifeline program provides financial assistance to low-income Americans to get phone service. Reform implemented in January help to cut duplicative subscriptions, and required better proof of eligibility. 01-Aug-12

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 Fridström, 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.