Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Exact Ventures Tracks 40% Growth in IMS

The IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) Core market grew nearly 40 percent in the second quarter of this year compared to the same quarter last year, according to a new report from Exact Ventures.

"The total SBC market continues to be boosted by the enterprise SBC category (E-SBC), which continues to be fueled by strong adoption of hosted unified communications and SIP trunking services" said Greg Collins, Founder and Principal Analyst at Exact Ventures.

Some highlights:

  • Wireline deployments in China boosted the IMS market in the second quarter, but those deployments were not strong enough for the market to increase sequentially over the first quarter of this year, which benefited from exceptionally strong voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) deployments in North America.  
  • Huawei led the IMS Core market in the second quarter, followed by Nokia Siemens, Ericsson, and Mavenir, respectively.
  • The total NGN voice and IMS Core market grew only slightly quarter-over-quarter as seasonal strength in the wireless voice core market was barely able to offset sequential weakness in the legacy wireline NGN and IMS Core markets.
  • The service provider session border controller (SP-SBC) market has not been immune to weakness in wireline spending as it was essentially flat both sequentially and year-over-year. 

FCC Launches Mobile Broadband Performance Measurement Program

The FCC has kicked off a nationwide mobile broadband performance measurement program.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, "We know from experience: transparency on broadband speeds drives improvement in broadband speeds. Our ongoing Measuring Broadband America program has helped improve performance in wired broadband. Our new mobile broadband measurement initiative extends the program to smartphones and other wireless devices. It will empower consumers and
encourage improvements in mobile networks and programs, benefitting millions of Americans."

Poland's Polkomtel Picks NSN for Mobile Upgrade

Polkomtel, the Polish operator of the Plus network, along with its partner operator Aero2, has picked Nokia Siemens Networks for a major upgrade of its GSM infrastructure.  NSN will expand Polkomtel's mobile broadband coverage with HSPA+ in the 900 MHz and LTE initially in the 1800 MHz frequency band. The company also modernizes the existing Radio Access Network (RAN) with its Single RAN platform based on all IP solutions. The deployed products include the energy-efficient, high capacity Flexi Multiradio Base Station and the advanced Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station.

A separate agreement for care services has also been signed.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Microsoft Positions Windows Server 2012 + Azure as Cloud OS

Microsoft officially released Windows Server 2012, a major upgrade featuring significant advancements in virtualization, storage, networking and automation. In combination with Windows Azure and System Center, Microsoft is positioning Windows Server 2012 as its "Cloud OS" for running applications and services seamlessly across private, hosted and public data center infrastructure.

In a launch event, Microsoft said it built Windows Server 2012 "from the cloud up," applying its experience operating global datacenters that rely on hundreds of thousands of servers to deliver more than 200 cloud services.

"The operating system has always been the heartbeat of IT and is now undergoing a renaissance in the new world of continuous cloud services, connected devices and big data," Nadella said. "Microsoft's unique legacy in the most widely used operating systems, applications and cloud services positions us to deliver the Cloud OS, based on Windows Server and Windows Azure, helping customers achieve a datacenter without boundaries," said Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft Server and Tools Business.

Among its features:

  • Windows Server 2012 uses a common identity and management framework for more secure connectivity to public cloud services.
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in Windows Server 2012 makes it possible for users to access IT from virtually anywhere on popular devices
  • Windows Server 2012 and Virtual Machine Manager aim to be an end-to-end SDN solution for public, private, and hybrid clouds.  By building all the pieces as part of a solution — the hypervisor, the SDN control surface on the end host, and the management software — Microsoft said it can ensure a set of seamless experiences for datacenter administrators.  
  • Virtual Machine Manager plays a key role in automating configuration of SDN policies for Hyper-V Network Virtualization. 
  • VMM allows customers to unify the individual virtual switches on each Hyper-V host in the datacenter into a distributed logical switch that is dynamically programmed with SDN traffic control policies. 
  • A new Hyper-V Extensible Switch capability enable Microsoft partners to extend SDN policies within the switc, such as integrating the virtual switch with the rest of the physical network infrastructure.

Harnessing Next-Generation Network Timing and LTE

By Martin Nuss, Ph.D., Vice President, Technology and Strategy and Chief Technology Officer, Vitesse

LTE has been rapidly moving towards a packet based backhaul network, while still trying to cope with a dated and inadequate timing model based on TDM.  Timing is necessary for both 3G and 4G deployments. Today, timing is typically delivered by either a SONET/SDH-based T1/E1 line or from GPS satellites.  SONET/SDH is not only expensive, but also inadequate for next-generation wireless networks, since it can only deliver frequency synchronization, but not the time-of-day (ToD) synchronization that is mandatory for TD-LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) – the “true 4G.”

In many cases, operators use GPS satellites, rather than T1/E1, to provide both phase and frequency synchronization. However, GPS is prone to jamming and faces reception issues for small cell deployments inside a building or in urban corridors, due to the lack of direct GPS satellite visibility. With the advent of LTE-A, with support for multi-band operation, wide use of Multiple-Input/Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna systems, and increased use of micro and picocells to expand capacity and coverage, the GPS issues become intractable for many operators. For example, many picocell and microcell base stations will be deployed in locations such as lampposts and at the sides of buildings. They are positioned in urban corridors where tall buildings likely will block access to multiple GPS satellites, which would preclude meeting the LTE-A timing specifications.  The optimal solution is to deliver timing through the network, but this has challenges.

Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) offers a direct replacement for TDM-derived timing as the backhaul network converts to all-Ethernet protocols. However SyncE, like T1/E1-based TDM timing, can support only frequency synchronization, not the newly required time-of-day synchronization. The good news is that the IEEE and the ITU have worked on standardizing a packet-based timing for both frequency and ToD delivery in telecom networks – IEEE 1588v2 Precision Timing Protocol, or PTP.  IEEE 1588v2 or “1588v2” for short has now gained widespread acceptance as the de facto packet based timing protocol for mobile operators.  Market analysts predict that by 2015, Synchronous Ethernet could be used in 30 percent of timing solutions, greater than T1/E1 or GPS deployments. However, in the same timeframe, 1588v2 is expected to grow to over 50 percent of all deployments.

IEEE1588v2: Better Timing Through Time Stamp Collection

Targeted at packet-based backhaul networks, IEEE 1588v2 carries time of day information (also known as timestamps) directly within the data packets.  The packets carrying the timestamps flow along with the rest of the data traffic in the network from networking equipment that generates the timestamps (also known as primary reference clock) all the way to base station equipment where these timestamps are used to recover the original time using IEEE 1588v2. The difference between primary reference clock and recovered clock (i.e. the synchronization error) needs to be within the accuracy requirement shown in Figure 2.  This synchronization error is cumulative across every node in the network in the path between the network node generating the master clock and the base station. Meanwhile, the challenge of migration from FD-LTE to TD-LTE/LTE-A, makes the synchronization error limits even more challenging.

Providing an IEEE 1558v2 implementation with timing errors below the network requirements is paramount to a successful deployment of this technology.   The primary source of the IEEE 1588v2 synchronization error comes from the packet delay variations (PDV) that are inherent in any packet network. The key to meeting the accuracy requirements is an IEEE 1588v2 compliant solution that can compensate for the PDV in the most cost effective way.  The IEEE 1588v2 standard specifies multiple clock types.  Besides ordinary clocks at the beginning and the end of the timing chain, boundary clocks (BC) and transparent clocks (TC) are defined for network elements in between.

In general, a BC node is more complex and costly to implement than a TC node. A node that implements BC regenerates the timing based on the timestamps that it receives and a node that implements TC simply forwards the incoming timestamps after correcting for any error it may introduce. So a TC node requires only accurate time stamping and time stamp correction mechanism, while a BC node requires timestamping, time stamp correction, a reliable PDV filtering algorithm, and a IEEE 1588v2-aware timing complex that can be synchronized to the network.

The only way to meet LTE-A accuracy requirements for both BC and TC is with a well-architected time stamping architecture.  As shown by silicon vendors, such time stamping and correction mechanism can be incorporated into port-level PHY silicon that can be universally used by the equipment vendors in the datapath without any other changes to the system.  In fact, such a port-based PHY solution is completely sufficient to implement a highly accurate TC node, while any BC node also greatly benefits from port-level accurate time stamping.  Under the bottom line, the most cost effective way to upgrading the network for LTE-A and future small-cell networks is to deploy distributed TC’s everywhere, augmented with BC’s only where necessary to segment timing domains. The use of TC’s can increase timing accuracy to the nanosecond range, as shown by Vitesse in a recent submission to the ITU-T standards committee.  Silicon advances available today will insure that such solutions will carry only a nominal premium over non-IEEE 1588v2 aware systems designed for 3G networks today.

Careful TC planning can allow for picocell synchronization in an outdoor environment, and synchronization down to the femtocell in large indoor multi-floor installations.  In the former case, TCs can even be carried over microwave and millimeter-wave links and still meeting TD-LTE and LTE-A specifications while eliminating the requirement for GPS signals or fiber links at the small cell.  In an indoor environment, the access network itself can generate IEEE1588v2 timing, or a GPS antenna on the roof of the building can generate time packets for synchronization of services inside the building, using IEEE 1588v2 to distribute timing within the building.

Upgrading Via a Painless Path

IEEE 1588v2 promises a simple, low-cost option for packet network timing upgrades and an ideal alternative and backup to GPS for TD-LTE and LTE-A networks. In many instances, full IEEE 1588v2 awareness is only needed right at the base station or cell site where timing needs to be provided to the cell.  Within the many hops in the network along the way, Transparent Clocks provide the most cost effective way to upgrade the network to LTE and LTE-Advanced simply by replacing port-level PHYs with new devices such as the ones from Vitesse, that can implement a nanosecond-accurate and highly stable time-of-day forwarding architecture, while fully compensating for transit time and PDV.

About the Author

Martin Nuss joined Vitesse in November 2007 as Vice President, Technology and Strategy and Chief Technical Officer. With more than 20 years of technical and management experience, Mr. Nuss was most recently, chief technology officer of Ciena's Optical Ethernet group where he led the successful integration of the products and technology acquired from Internet Photonics. Prior to Ciena's acquisition of the company, he was founder and CTO of Internet Photonics. He also served 15 years at Bell Labs in various technical and management roles including director of the Optical Data Networks Research Department, where he was responsible for research on Lucent's 10 Gigabit Multimode Fiber and innovations in the 10 GbE Metro Networking space. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and a member of IEEE. Mr. Nuss holds a doctorate in applied physics from the Technical University in Munich, Germany.

Russia's VimpelCom Picks Ciena for National Optical Network

VimpelCom has selected Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform for the upgrade and expansion of its national optical network. The upgraded network spans over approximately 10,700 km, including major routes from Moscow - Urals and Urals - Siberia and the southern part of the Western Russia network (the ‘Big European Ring’), as well as the construction of a 100G network in the far eastern part of the country.

The core network will support the roll-out of VimpelCom’s LTE network in Russia.

The upgrade will use Ciena’s 40G/100G coherent technology.

Ciena noted that its 6500 Packet-Optical Platform can operate over existing fiber and amplifier chains, reducing the need for regeneration, and enabling scalability of up to 8.8 Terabits per second on a single fiber pair.


Intelsat Picks Boeing for its EpicNG Satellite

Intelsat has selected Boeing's 702MP platform for its first EpicNG high-performance satellite

Scheduled for launch in 2015, Intelsat 29e will offer high-performance communications coverage spanning North and South America, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, and the North Atlantic aeronautical route connecting North America and Europe.

Intelsat's recently unveiled EpicNG platform promises a new approach to satellite and network architecture utilizing multiple frequency bands, wide beams, spot beams and frequency reuse technology. EpicNG will be the company's next generation of satellites, promising higher throughputs and lower cost per bit. It will be a complementary overlay to the company's existing constellation of satellites and global IntelsatONE terrestrial network. In Junee, Intelsat said its EpicNG platform will bring high throughput technology to its spectral rights in the C-, Ku- and Ka-bands. Customers will be able to use existing hardware and network topologies, and in many cases, define their own service characteristics, enabling them to offer customized solutions to their end users and build upon their current business success.

“Our customers require an advanced architecture specially designed to meet their fixed and mobile communications needs,” said Intelsat SVP and chief technical officer Thierry Guillemin. “With higher throughput, strong economics and a degree of control that meets our customers’ business requirements, Intelsat EpicNG caters to this environment. Its architecture combines multi-band frequency reuse with the benefits of backward and forward compatibility, resulting in a high-performance solution not previously available in the commercial satellite sector. We selected Boeing because they were able to meet this challenge.”

With Intelsat 29e, the first Intelsat EpicNG satellite, Intelsat completes its four-satellite order with Boeing. The first satellite in the order, Intelsat 22, is nearing six months of flawless operations in geostationary orbit. Intelsat 21, recently launched by a Sea Launch rocket, is now fully deployed and undergoing in-orbit testing. The third satellite, Intelsat 27, is set for launch in the first quarter of 2013.

Procera Confirms ILEC Order

Procera Networks confirmed the receipt an initial order for its PacketLogicTM 8920s from a large, US-based Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC). Financial terms were not disclosed.

Procera said these systems will support detailed subscriber-aware traffic analysis and reporting across much of the carrier’s fixed-line broadband network. The carrier selected Procera’s Intelligent Policy Enforcement systems due to their ability to develop fine-grained subscriber usage profiles in real-time for a large number of active subscribers generating very high data traffic volumes.

Zayo Completes Acquisition of FiberGate

Zayo completed its previously announced acquisition of FiberGate, which delivers dark fiber connectivity in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The acquisition adds 399 new route miles and 130,000 fiber miles in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, Baltimore, and suburban Maryland to Zayo’s network.

Zayo plans to continue to offer Dark Fiber and expand the service portfolio to include lit bandwidth infrastructure services like Wavelengths, Ethernet, IP and SONET.

The $117M transaction closed August 31 and was funded from available cash.

Telefónica Amérigo €300m Venture Fund Looks Outside Silicon Valley

Telefónica is launching Amérigo, an international venture capital fund that will develop digital opportunities outside of Silicon Valley and London.

Promoted by Telefónica Digital, this initiative lays the foundation to attract and create a global network of innovation funds which will work as a platform, open to the participation of other companies and institutions, both public and private. New creative and technological projects will be promoted from this network through direct funding managed by professionals in the venture capital sector.

The Amérigo program, which is promoted by Telefónica Digital, will be a global network of innovation funds which will work as a platform, open to the participation of other companies and institutions, both public and private.  Amérigo starts its activity with a capital of about EUR 300 million, provided by its promoting entities - in particular Telefónica has undertaken initially investments of EUR 68 million for the next five years- and the funds subscribed to the program. This initial capital will allow managing business projects with an aggregated estimated value of €1 billion.

In a first stage, the programme is focused on four countries, Spain, Colombia, Chile and Brazil, where Amérigo already has the support of governments and public financial institutions and also from other private partners.

  • In July, Telefónica Digital, the company's new business division focused on cloud computing, mobile advertising, M2M and eHealth, reiterated its commitment to driving openness in mobile ecosystems and support for Mozilla’s HTML5 platform.
  • Telefónica Digital now has global framework agreements with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Research In Motion (RIM). In addition, Telefónica will offer Direct to Bill payments as a means of driving the monetisation of mobile content. Telefónica has started to roll out Direct to Bill in Europe, where it is already proving popular with customers. In Germany, 400,000 customers per month on average are now making payments for a variety of products and services across different platforms. Telefónica plans to have the capability live in 14 markets globally by year end.

Equinix Tightens Focus on Key Markets and Platform

Equinix is selling 16 data centers across the U.S. to an investment group consisting of 365 Main, Crosslink Capital and Housatonic Partners, as part of a strategic plan to focus on key facilities and partner ecosystems in major markets.

The deal, which is valued at about $75 million, includes approximately 280,000 total gross square feet of data center space in 16 facilities.  Revenue from these data centers represents about 2 percent of Equinix's annual turnover. The transaction is exexpected to close in Q4.

Nine of the 16 data centers are in markets Equinix will exit with the close of the sale. Those markets include Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Nashville, Phoenix, Pittsburg, St. Louis and Tampa. The remaining seven data centers are in markets where Equinix will retain a presence and currently has sufficient capacity to meet customer demand. These sites include CH6 (427 La Salle, Chicago), DC9 (11513-19 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA), DA5 (4101 Bryan St., Dallas), NY10 (65 Broadway, New York), PH2 (3701 Market St., Philadelphia), SE1 (1914 Third Ave., Seattle), and SV7 (534 Stockton Ave., San Jose).

“As we sharpen our focus on developing business ecosystems, we are prioritizing the largest global markets required by our targeted customers and applications that are driving growth across Platform Equinix,” said Charles Meyers, president of the Americas for Equinix. “We believe the divestiture of these assets will allow us to focus our capital and energy on our most productive data centers and will ensure that customers at these sites will be supported by an experienced data center operator that will continue to invest in these locations. We are excited to partner with 365 Main to make this transaction a success.”

Infonetics: Strong Wireless LAN Sales in Q2

Global wireless LAN equipment and WiFi phone sales grew 16% sequentially in 2Q12, to $993 million, driven by strong demand in North America and the education and retail verticals, according to a new Infonetics report, which tracks 802.11 a/b/g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac access points (APs), wireless LAN (WLAN) controllers, and WiFi phones for the enterprise.

"Wireless LAN has had a very good run over the last couple of years, even outperforming wired LAN, and the WLAN market is now approaching the $1-billion-per-quarter mark," notes Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.  "The world is going wireless, and users expect fast, always-on connectivity no matter where they are. Enterprises need to keep pace with ever-increasing bandwidth demands, and next-gen WLAN gear based on fast 802.11n and soon 802.11ac technologies gives them a reason to upgrade."

Some additional highlights:

WLAN equipment revenue in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) is up by more than 1/3 year-over-year

Revenue for outdoor access points rose 45% from the year-ago 2nd quarter due to increasing deployments of WiFi by service providers

Cisco, the perennial leader in the wireless LAN equipment market, gained about 4 market share points year-over-year in 2Q12; Aruba again took the #2 spot; HP leapfrogged Motorola to take 3rd

Vocera widened its lead over Polycom and Cisco in the race for enterprise WiFi phone market share in 2Q12

Infonetics: Ethernet switch sales top $5 billion in 2Q12

Global Ethernet switch revenue topped $5 billion in 2Q12, up 9% from the previous quarter, and up 13% year-over-year, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.  Sales were driven by strong performance in North America.

"All the negative economic news in the world didn't keep Ethernet switch buyers from propelling the market past $5 billion in sales this quarter," reports Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research.  "Sales in North America, the largest Ethernet switch market, did especially well, providing an important boost to the overall market," Machowinski adds. "As usual, demand for 10G switches was strong, almost doubling from a year ago, and the 40G Ethernet market is taking off, as vendors round out their 40G solution portfolio."

Some additional highlights:

  • Revenue for 1G ports, the largest segment of the Ethernet switch market, is up year-over-year in 2Q12, a positive sign for the overall switching market
  • For the 2nd straight quarter, 40G Ethernet sales grew 50%
  • Market share leaders Cisco, HP, and Juniper posted revenue gains in 2Q12, although Cisco and HP lost market share on a year-over-year basis
  • Dell's Ethernet switch revenue is up by double-digit percentages from the year-ago 2nd quarter, driven in part by its acquisition of Force10.

Monday, September 3, 2012

GSA: HD Voice Launched on 45 Mobile Networks

Mobile HD Voice services based on Adaptive Multi Rate Wideband technology (W-AMR, standardized by 3GPP) are now commercially launched in almost 60% of EU member countries, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

Altogether,  HD Voice services are commercially launched on 45 GSM, 3G/HSPA and LTE mobile networks in 35 countries and territories: Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong S.A.R., India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Moldova, The Netherlands, Poland, Réunion, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda, and UK.

Mobile HD Voice services are offered by competing operators in 10 markets – Austria, Canada, Croatia, France, Poland, Slovenia, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey and UK,

More than 80 HD Voice enabled mobile phones are launched by many leading manufacturers, including products for professional broadcasters. Many new phone models are delivered with HD Voice (W-AMR) activated as default. Demand for HD Voice is increasing and many operators are working to maximize HD voice handset availability.

"The number of operators offering commercial HD Voice service has increased by 40% in under a year. Initially HD voice service was offered on HSPA networks, followed by GSM. HD voice is now market reality on LTE systems with the first wave of commercial VoLTE service launches announced in South Korea," stated Alan Hadden, President of GSA.

Windstream Responds to Bribery Charges

Windstream denied bribery and conspiracy allegations contained in an indictment returned by an Oklahoma grand jury. The allegations stem from a customer event that Windstream hosted at the 2007 NCAA Final Four men’s basketball championship for business customers, including the Broken Arrow School District.

Russia's MTS Faces Seizure of Network in Uzbekistan

Russia's Mobile TeleSystems is facing confiscation of its assets in Uzbekistan as a result of a tax dispute with local authorities.  According to news reports, MTS company officials have been arrested and the company's networks have been seized.  In a statement, MTS said these actions are occurring in breach of international legal norms.

Riverbed Tunes for VMware's vCloud

Riverbed is continuing to advance its work in cloud optimization. In May 2012, Riverbed and VMware joined forces to improve performance and flexibility for moving workloads between clouds by integrating Riverbed WAN optimization with VMware vCloud Connector.

The goal is to standardize WAN optimization deployments in virtual environment by using VMware vCloud Director and vCloud Networking & Security (vCNS).  The companies said this integration will automate the deployment and management of the Steelhead Cloud Edition while vCNS Edge integration ensures traffic redirection to the Steelhead Cloud Edition for fully automated optimization.

"SDNs will bring to enterprises, service providers, and systems integrators the next evolution of the virtualized IT environment, with benefits that include the ability to create complete virtual data centers in minutes and deliver quickly hybrid cloud solutions," said Eric Wolford, executive vice president at Riverbed. "Our partnership with VMware will help deliver on the promise of SDNs by providing the needed management and performance solutions to operate and deliver IT services at the infrastructure level."

Riverbed Partners with Vmware for SDN Performance Management

Riverbed Technology, in partnership with Vmware, is developing a performance management solution for software-defined networks (SDN) and the ability to provision wide area network (WAN) optimization for virtual data centers (VDC).  The planned Riverbed solutions will ensure the operational viability and performance of VMware-based SDNs and VDCs.

Specifically, Riverbed is adding VXLAN support to its Cascade product family support to deliver a application-aware network performance management (NPM) solution for SDN performance management.

In addition, Riverbed Steelhead Cloud Edition will be further integrated with VMware vCloud Director® to simplify deployment, configuration, and management of wide area network (WAN) optimization-as-a-service for the VDC.  VXLAN enables the quick and dynamic configuration of virtual networks that can span physical boundaries. However, with virtual overlay networks, traffic is encapsulated in tunnels across the physical network, which creates blind spots for the understanding and troubleshooting of performance issues. Riverbed and VMware are collaborating in the development of a new VXLAN-aware Internet Protocol Flow Information Export (IPFIX) format. This functionality would enable network and application performance monitoring, troubleshooting, and reporting, allowing organizations to embrace SDNs without sacrificing operational control.

Riverbed also plans to release a Cascade Profiler Virtual Edition and Cascade Gateway Virtual Edition.

Riverbed  said its Cascade product family, which is an application-aware NPM solution, can leverage this performance information about overlay network and UDP-encapsulated traffic to provide comprehensive and unified visibility across the WAN, LAN, virtual overlay networks and data centers in the cloud. This visibility enables network and virtualization teams to find and fix network and application performance problems.

"Our partnership with Riverbed was founded on the goal to help enterprises accelerate their journey to the cloud and enable businesses to increase efficiency and improve productivity while reducing costs. Rigid networking and security architectures based on purpose-built hardware and fragmented management interfaces pose a barrier to achieving the promise of the software-defined data center," said Allwyn Sequeira, vice president and CTO, networking and security, at VMware. "This latest collaboration with Riverbed brings the needed visibility and performance to address the challenges associated with the next evolution of virtualization, and enables customers to embrace SDNs."

Portugal's Optimus Selects Huawei to Launch LTE

Huawei confirmed its selection to launch commercial LTE services for Optimus in Portugal.   

Optimus’ implementation of Huawei's SingleRAN LTE solution will offer theoretical data speeds of up to 150 Mbps. The network will support seamless mobile services both from the existing GSM/UMTS and new LTE build.

“Our successful partnership with Optimus on Wireless, from GSM, UMTS and now LTE, demonstrates the effectiveness of Huawei’s SingleRAN LTE solution in helping operators cope with the challenges of operating multiple networks and meeting the demands of mobile broadband simultaneously," said Ying Weimin, President of GSM&UMTS&LTE Network, Huawei. "

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Russia's MTS Signs LTE MVNO Deal with Yota Networks

 Mobile TeleSystems announced an agreement with Scartel LLC (Yota Networks) to launch an LTE MVNO on Scartel’s network in Kazan.  A commercial launch is already underway.

Scartel’s LTE FDD (frequency division duplexing) network in the 2500-2530/2620-2650 MHz range. Scartel’s network consists of 118 base stations, covers 80% of Kazan’s territory and enables speeds up 100 Mbps.

“Demand for data services is constantly rising in our markets. MTS is focused on making state-of-the-art mobile Internet technologies available to its subscribers both by upgrading its own infrastructure and partnering with other operators. MVNO partnerships allow MTS to quickly launch LTE networks and optimize CAPEX on network roll-out. Kazan is the first city in Russia where MTS will begin offering 4G services under the MVNO model. Going forward, the experience gained in this region can be used nationwide,” commented Aleksander Popovskiy. MTS Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

On September 01, 2012, MTS will launch its own LTE TDD (time division duplexing) network in Moscow and the Moscow region. Sales of 4G modems began in early August.