Tuesday, September 11, 2012

GSA: 96 Operators Have Launched LTE

A total of 96 operators have launched commercial LTE services in 46 countries, according to an updated count from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA). The figure reaffirms LTE as the fastest developing mobile system technology ever.

Some additional stats:
  • 292 operators have made firm commitments to deploy commercial LTE networks in 93 countries.
  • 11 commercial LTE TDD systems have launched in Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, Oman, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and the UK.
  • 68 operators have launched commercial LTE services in the past 12 months.
  • GSA forecasts there will be 152 commercial LTE networks operating in 65 countries by December 31, 2012.
  • LTE in 1800 MHz spectrum is now launched on one third of all commercial LTE networks.

Broadcom Debuts Octal 10GbE/Dual 40GbE PHY for Data Centers

Broadcom introduced a low power octal 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), dual 40GbE physical layer transceiver (PHY) for data center switches. It includes PHY features such as line and system high-speed equalization to drive SFP+, QSFP+, or KR interfaces, PRBS pattern generators and checkers, loopback functionality, and on-chip AC coupling capacitors to satisfy requirements for higher density switch and server configurations.

Broadcom said the device lowers system costs by integrating optical module control functionality that typically reside in field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The device operates at 300mW per full duplex10GbE port -- the lowest in the industry.


Oclaro's 2nd Gen 100G Transceivers are 50% Smaller

Oclaro announced sampling of its second-generation 100G CFP (Centum Gbit/s form-factor pluggable) transceiver and first-generation CFP2 100G transceiver for 10km transmission over standard single-mode fiber.

The new transceivers are designed for 100G core, metro, access, enterprise and datacenter networks. Oclaro said its latest devices achieve new benchmarks for higher densities, lower power consumption and smaller size.

The second-generation CFP delivers a 30-percent reduction in power consumption versus existing Oclaro CFP solutions and provides interoperability with Oclaro's earlier CFP products. It is fully compliant with IEEE 100G Ethernet 802.3ba 100GBASE-LR4 and ITU-T G.959.1 4I1-9D1F standards and benefits from a CMOS gearbox IC that reduces power consumption and lowers cost relative to first-generation CFP designs. While first generation CFP delivered 24W, the second-generation CFP delivers 16W.

The new CFP2 (which is a new form factor recently specified by the CFP MSA) delivers a 50-percent reduction in size over all existing CFP solutions on the market and is the industry-first CFP2 solution to be interoperable with a first-generation CFP product. This increases system front panel port density from 4 ports to 8 ports. The smaller size of the CFP2 transceiver is achieved by reducing the number of electrical lanes from 10 to 4 by applying a 25Gbps electrical interface per channel instead of 10Gbps and hence removing the GearBox from the module.

"Today's announcement is another milestone in the advancement of 100G networks, where Oclaro continues to lead the market with the broadest set of components, modules and subsystems that offer the price, performance and power consumption that customers need for high-volume 100G deployment," said Tadayuki Kanno, Chief Operating Officer, Oclaro Japan Inc., GM, Modules & Devices Business Unit, Oclaro.

Huawei Bets Big in the UK

In a meeting with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Lord Green, Minister of State for Business, Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei, committed to investing US$1 billion (GBP650 million) and to spend another US$1 billion (GBP650 million) in procurement in the UK over the next five years.

Huawei currently employs over 800 people in the UK and has today committed to increasing its workforce to over 1,500 by 2017. As part of this commitment, Huawei will invest in a number of global centres of technical and financial excellence in the UK. The company is already working wtih all the major telecommunication operators and broadband service providers in the UK.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: "The investment announced by Huawei today demonstrates once again that the UK is open for business. I welcome this and I want to see more companies invest in the UK as we work to achieve sustainable and balanced growth within our economy. The British Government values the important relationship with China, both countries have much to offer each other and the business environment we are creating in the UK allows us to maximise this potential."

Ren Zhengfei, Huawei Founder and Chief Executive Officer, said: "The UK is one of the most important European markets in which Huawei has invested. Over the past eleven years we have found its Government to be transparent, efficient and practical. The UK is an open market, which welcomes overseas investment, I am therefore very pleased today, to be announcing the US$2 billion investment and procurement plan, promoting the development of openness and free trade."

Verizon Launches Mobile Security App for Android

Verizon Wireless is releasing a mobile security app for Android smartphones running Android 2.1 or higher that combines the security capabilities of Asurion and McAfee.  Three versions will be offered:

  • Verizon Mobile Security Basic – provides antivirus protection, powered by McAfee, to detect viruses and malware, and McAfee SiteAdvisor to identify and warn customers of suspicious websites.  There is no charge to download Verizon Mobile Security Basic, but a Verizon Wireless data plan is required and data usage will apply.
  • Verizon Mobile Security Premium – includes the security features of Verizon Mobile Security Basic, as well as McAfee App Alert, which delivers information about which apps have the ability to access, store or transmit data to or from the device.  Available for $1.99/month per line, Verizon Mobile Security Premium also provides recovery features that allow customers to remotely locate, alarm, lock or wipe data from a lost or misplaced device using their My Verizon accounts.
  • Verizon Mobile Security Premium with Total Equipment Coverage – Customers with Total Equipment Coverage can add Verizon Mobile Security Premium for $1/month per line.  Total Equipment Coverage combines the benefits of Asurion's Wireless Protection Plan for lost, stolen, and damaged devices, and Verizon Wireless' Extended Warranty for mechanical or electrical defects after the manufacturer's warranty expires.

Intel Demos SeaCliff Trail - an SDN-enabled Ethernet Switch

Intel is showing a new Ethernet switching chip designed for software defined networking.  At this week's Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, the company is showing  a top of rack switch reference design code named Seacliff Trail.  Intel notes that one of the promises of SDN is that network orchestration can be achieved without vendor lock-in, allowing data center operators to pick the best networking equipment for each part of the network.

Intel also announced that the next update to its Xeon processor E5 family, formerly codenamed "Ivy Bridge-EP," will be based on its 22nm manufacturing process that includes the world’s first production 3-D Tri-Gate transistors, and is expected to be in production in 2013.  In addition, the Intel Xeon processor E7 family, formerly codenamed "Ivy Bridge-EX," is expected to be in production in 2013.  It also uses the 22nm technology.  The additional benefits expected with this processor family include increased performance, new advanced reliability features as well as enhanced hardware-based security features such as Intel Secure Key and Intel OS Guard.


Wind River Develops M2M SDK based on Linux

Wind River, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel, introduced a software development environment for M2M applications, based on its embedded Linux operating system and middleware.

The software includes validated and supported middleware stack, including virtual machine, OMA DM, OSGi, TR-069, and home automation. Connectivity options include 3G, Bluetooth, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and Z-Wave across PAN, LAN and WAN networks.

“With the skyrocketing growth of smart connected devices, an interconnected world is becoming a reality. Applications based on systems behavior have become pervasive, and this is the crux of M2M technology,” said Santhosh Nair, general manager of intelligent systems group at Wind River. “Connectivity, security, optimization, and adherence to industry standards are required in order to successfully develop smart connected devices and services, and this is precisely the value that Wind River brings to the table. This platform maximizes the value of M2M technology by building on an integrated foundation of software, middleware, and board support packages with cutting edge tools and development environments.”


GTS Central Europe Activate Ethernet-over-Copper with Overture

GTS CE has launched Carrier Ethernet services to both retail and wholesale customers across Central and Eastern Europe using Overture Networks' Carrier Ethernet over Copper (EoC) platforms.  GTS’ services were launched simultaneously in five countries, including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Poland.  Overture’s platforms have been deployed at approximately 130 Central Offices (COs) in Central and Eastern Europe for service delivery in the first mile to some 40,000 retail customers.

Beginning with its Tier 1 customers, GTS rolled out services ranging up to 10GbE concurrently throughout its expanding network footprint. The company also supplies wholesale customers with Ethernet services via External Network-Network interfaces (ENNIs) and interconnections with operators in Frankfort and Vienna, with termination points in key metropolitan areas.

Overture said its platforms were chosen for therir ability to deliver high-capacity Ethernet over unbundled copper loops and for ease-of-provisioning.

“At GTS, service delivery to our customer must be seamless in every aspect; they want to know that their service will work the same no matter location or connection type. Configuring our network for uniform service delivery in multiple markets, across an array of access technologies required finding a partner able to provide the best solution at the right cost,” said Ignacio Irurita, CTO, GTS. “The decision to go with Overture has been a very good one; the quality of the product in the field has been excellent – it’s very reliable. We’re provisioning faster, which translates into our being able to present new service offerings more quickly. As a result, our customer numbers are growing significantly day by day.”

GTS Central Europe owns and operates an extensive fiber optic and data center network throughout the region. In the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, the company combines its regional footprint with deep local networks to deliver a broad range of services.


Monday, September 10, 2012

EMC Enables VSPEX Private Cloud for Microsoft Windows Sever 2012

EMC announced broad technology support for Microsoft's new Server 2012 and its private cloud environments.

EMC said it has tested its broad portfolio of storage platforms, automated management, data protection and security software with Windows Server 2012 to help customers deploy Windows Server 2012 with flexibility and choice across their Microsoft on EMC environments.

The goal is to enable customers to leverage Windows Server 2012 functionality with EMC technology to deploy cloud infrastructures for transactional and Big Data application workloads, optimize management efficiency and ensure the highest levels of quality of service.

Palo Alto Networks Posts Sales of $75.6 Million

Palo Alto Networks recorded fiscal fourth quarter revenue of $75.6 million, compared with $40.2 million in the same period last year. GAAP net loss for the fiscal fourth quarter was $4.6 million, or $0.18 per basic and diluted share, compared with a net loss of $6.0 million, or $0.40 per basic and diluted share, in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2011.

For fiscal 2012, total revenue grew 115 percent to $255.1 million, compared with $118.6 million in fiscal 2011. GAAP net income was $0.7 million, or $0.00 per diluted share, in fiscal 2012, compared with a net loss of $12.5 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, in fiscal 2011.  Non-GAAP net income for fiscal 2012 was $14.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $7.8 million, or $0.55 per basic and diluted share, in fiscal 2011.

"The fourth quarter was a strong finish to a great year for Palo Alto Networks," said Mark McLaughlin, president and chief executive officer of Palo Alto Networks.  "In our first quarter as a public company, we achieved record revenue and grew our customer base to over 9,000 customers.  For the year, we grew revenue 115 percent, clearly outpacing the market and demonstrating the power of our technology."


Bluebird Network Deploys ADVA in Middle Mile Project

Bluebird Network, a telecom operator serving communities in Missouri and Illinois, has selected ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 for a government-stimulus-funded project that will enable the extension of broadband services to underserved regions in Missouri.

The ADVA FSP 3000 is a scalable WDM system that supports up to 40 100 Gbps secure and reliable wavelengths for multiplexing, transporting and protecting Bluebird Network’s array of high-speed data, storage, voice and video traffic. The platform offers an advanced ROADM capability and a GMPLS control plane that allows Bluebird Network to use a combination of hardware pre-provisioning, point-and-click configuration and flexible provisioning.

Bluebird’s Missouri Ultra-High Capacity Middle Mile Project is supported by a $45 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and a $10.5 million in-kind contribution from the state of Missouri, as well as private investors.


Sprint Updates Network Rollout Status in 100 More Cities

Sprint confirmed that its LTE network rollout is under way in more than 100 additional cities within its existing nationwide 3G footprint.  Key markets as part of this expansion include Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.  The LTE network is currently up and running in 19 markets.
“We are committed to delivering a cutting-edge network as quickly as possible, one that provides a greater level of reliability and speed to our 3G and 4G customers,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “We know our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We want to deliver a network that delivers mobile access, productivity and entertainment at a highly competitive price point.”

Riverbed Scales its Optimized Cloud Storage to 32TB

Riverbed has expanded its Whitewater cloud storage gateway portfolio with a larger model with four times the storage capacity and twice the RAM for larger backup data sets headed for cloud storage.

The Whitewater platform ingests back-up data into its local data cache that scales to multiple terabytes in size. Whitewater performs deduplication, compression, encryption and other optimization techniques before delivering the back-up traffic over the WAN to a cloud-based storage service. Riverbed said its clients often achieve 10-30x reduction in backup traffic over the WAN, thereby making cloud-based back-ups a faster, easier and lower-cost alternative to tape with offsite warehousing. Data restoration is much faster too since the local cache typically stores a majority of the previous 30 days of backed up data.

The new Whitewater 3010 model appliance supports up to 32 TB of deduplicated local storage and 160 TB of deduplicated cloud storage. This capacity increase represents total source data of 1.6 PB to 4.8 PB.·
Riverbed supports a range of cloud storage services, including Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Windows Azure, Rackspace Cloud Files, HP Cloud Services, EMC Atmos-based cloud storage solutions and Nirvanix Cloud Delivery Network (CDN), OpenStack Object Storage (Swift) etc.  

Riverbed is also introducing Whitewater Operating System (WWOS) version 2.0, which was built for enterprise-grade performance, high scalability and simplified administration. Whitewater appliances 


Go Daddy Downed by @AnonymousOwn3r

Go Daddy, which ranks as the world's largest domain name registrar and Web hosting provider with more than 53 million domain names under management, suffered a serious outage on Monday impacting all of its hosted sites.  The company operates out of 9 data centers, including facilities in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago, Ashburn (VA), Amsterdam and Singapore..

A Twitter user called @AnonymousOwn3r claimed responsibility.

Small businesses that rely on Go Daddy for hosting their sites were impacted by the attack.

By the end of the day, Go Daddy confirmed that most sites were back online and that no customer data had been lost.


Alcatel-Lucent's Restructuring Seeks to Simply Operating Model

Alcatel Lucent announced the next steps in its on-going restructuring with the goal of focusing on profitable markets and customers around the world.

"In today's markets it makes sense to play to your strengths. Alcatel-Lucent’s leadership in core networking, reflects our innovation excellence and long-standing customer relationships.   The objective of the new operating structure is to strengthen Alcatel-Lucent’s presence in key telecommunications products and services through a unified business group," stated Ben Verwaayen, Chief Executive Officer.

The following changes were announced:

  • Paul Tufano becomes Chief Operating Officer, with worldwide responsibility for Supply Chain, Procurement and three individual focused businesses (Enterprise, Strategic Industries and Submarine), in addition to his current role as Chief Financial Officer.
  • Robert Vrij becomes President Global Sales & Marketing, leading a single global sales organization to oversee and manage all customer-facing commercial relationships.
  • Stephen A. Carter becomes President Managed Services & EVP Corporate Restructuring; overseeing the Performance Program and Corporate Marketing & Corporate Communications.
  • Philippe Keryer becomes President of Networks & Platforms. This worldwide business group will replace the existing regional operating structure with four global product & services business units, each with full P&L responsibility, comprising:
  • i. Core Networks, leveraging global leadership in IP and Optics; IP and Optics will be placed under the management of Basil Alwan leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s leadership position in both of these fast growing markets.
  • ii.  Fixed Networks, investing further in the Company’s leadership position in this market and the synergies with Small Cell deployment.
  • iii. Wireless, focusing customers in North America, China and EMEA.
  • iv.  Platforms, evolving the company’s High Leverage Network capabilities into unified software platforms for control, optimization and network analytics.
  • George Nazi remains President of the previously created Global Customer Delivery division.
  • Jeong Kim remains President of Bell Labs and Chief Strategy Officer and will be responsible for the Company’s patents assets/portfolio.
  • In July 2012, Alcatel-Lucent announced 5,000 job cuts as part of an accelerated restructuring program.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Singapore's M1 Readies LTE Launch

Singapore's M1 is preparing to launch its LTE service this week.  The carrier is promising download speeds of up to 75 Mbps and uplinks of up to 37 Mbps.

  • Last year, M1 awarded a five year contract valued at S$280 million to Huawei to provide the turnkey LTE solution , including installation of macro base stations, distributed base stations and Evolved Packet Core (EPC), for M1’s island-wide next generation network.

Sequans Gains LTE Baseband Chip Approval from China’s MIIT

Sequans Communications' 2nd gen LTE baseband chip has been officially approved by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) for use in China. Sequans’ first generation LTE technology was approved by MIIT last year.

Sequans said this clears the way for it to participate in the phase 2 large-scale LTE trials of MIIT now being deployed by China Mobile. The trials demonstrate the operation of LTE Release 9 and dual-mode TD-SCDMA and LTE as required in China.


FCC Targets First Spectrum Incentive Auction

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski circulated a proposal to his fellow commissioners regarding the first incentive auction aimed at freeing up significant spectrum for mobile broadband.

Genachowski said his proposal would also free up a significant amount of unlicensed spectrum for innovative WiFi-like uses, and create the first uniform, national low-band unlicensed spectrum in any country.

“As smartphones and tablets proliferate, the opportunities to benefit consumers and businesses become clearer every day. In freeing up licensed and unlicensed spectrum for wireless broadband, incentive auctions will drive faster speeds, greater capacity, and ubiquitous mobile coverage. The mobile experience for millions of consumers and small business owners will improve as a result of successful incentive auctions. These are essential ingredients for innovation and leadership in the 21st century economy where smartphones and tablets powered by 4G LTE and Wi-Fi networks are proliferating, and the mobile Internet becomes more important every day. Over the last few years, the U.S. has regained global leadership in mobile innovation – and we must not let up now," stated FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

A vote on the proposal is expected on September 28.


Intelsat Connects Gogo’s International In-flight Wi-Fi Service

Intelsat will provide broadband satellite capacity for Gogo's in-flight Internet access service on transoceanic air routes and other areas around the globe starting in early 2013.

Specifically, Gogo signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract to use Ku-band satellite capacity on Intelsat 19, Intelsat 21, Intelsat 22 and Intelsat 27. These satellites cover portions of the Atlantic and northern Pacific oceans, as well as routes over South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. Intelsat 22 and Intelsat 19 are currently in service. Intelsat 21 was launched on August 19, 2012 and will operate at 302° East. Intelsat 27 is planned for launch in early 2013 and will be positioned at 304° East.

"We believe Intelsat brings to the table a long term commitment to providing Aero solutions for the aviation market, including the recently announced Intelsat EpicNG, which we expect will allow us to provide the reliable and seamless satellite coverage our current and prospective airline partners must have to meet passenger demand for high-speed Internet access on transoceanic and other international flights,” said Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO. “This agreement is expected to enable Gogo to provide a broad range of aircraft with a variety of technology solutions. Whether it’s our exclusive air to ground and ATG-4 technologies, or advanced satellite technologies, we expect to offer a full range of connectivity solutions for any aircraft type or mission."


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Google Acquires VirusTotal

Google has acquired VirusTotal, a start-up offering a free virus scanning service for an undisclosed sum. The company allows anyone to upload files to the site to check for the presence of malware. VirusTotal describes its service as a "second opinion" and not a substitute for full anti-malware suites.

VirusTotal said it plans to continue to operate independently, maintaining partnerships with other antivirus companies and security experts.

VirusTotal is based in Málaga, Spain.