Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Microsoft Warns on Internet Explorer 9 Vulnerability

Microsoft issued a Security Advisory warning of vulnerability in its Internet Explorer 9 browser (and earlier versions) if a user views a website hosting malicious code. 

Microsoft said the vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.  Anti-virus firms said the bug was actively being exploited to inject the Poison Ivy Trojan.  Microsoft has not yet issued a patch, so F-Secure and others are advising not use IE 9 until the vulnerability is addressed.


Monday, September 17, 2012

NSN Hits 1.6 Gbps with TD-LTE

Nokia Siemens Networks announced a new speed record for TD-LTE -- 1.6 Gbps. The previous record -- also set by NSN - was 1.3 Gbps.

The record was set using the company's commercial Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station to receive and send data in simultaneous downlink and uplink connections, reaching an overall speed of 1.6 Gbps.  The test used 60 MHz of aggregated spectrum with an 8-pipe radio module that enables eight streams of uplink MU-MIMO.  The test was performed at the Nokia Siemens Networks lab in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

NSN also noted that the 8-pipe radio module design even exceeded the specs of LTE-Advanced, which requires only four streams of uplink MU-MIMO. 

“We have been pushing the limits in 4G technology, and this time we have done so with 1.6 Gbps data throughput and increased uplink capacity. We are proud to be enabling the commercial readiness for LTE-Advanced and beyond,” said Tommi Uitto, head of mobile broadband value creation management at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Users want to be able to upload and download huge files, which underscores the need for operators to drastically increase data throughput and capacity in their mobile networks.”

CENX Raises New Funding from Ericsson, Verizon

CENX, which specializes in Carrier Ethernet interconnect systems and services, announced new investments in the company by Ericsson, Verizon Investments, Mesirow Financial Private Equity Inc., DCM, Highland Capital Partners, and Wasatch.

“Ericsson and CENX have been working together extensively in the U.S., and we are pleased with their strategic investment,” said Nan Chen, Co-Founder & President of CENX. “This investment accelerates our existing joint efforts and opens the door to rapid global expansion together; we are excited about these new opportunities.”


DragonWave Supplies Wireless Backhaul in Nigeria

DragonWave announced deployment of its packet microwave radios with five new customers in Nigeria.

Mobitel, Netcom, MainOne, Spectranet, and Monacom have selected DragonWave’s Horizon product family to deliver high-capacity, 4G/LTE-Ready wireless backhaul networks.

“Nigeria is an important market for broadband services and DragonWave is committed to supporting the needs of carriers throughout Africa,” said Peter Allen, President and CEO, DragonWave. “We’ve prioritized Africa as a very viable market given that our technological advantage and high quality radio transmission makes wireless broadband applications both more accessible and affordable. We view these new deployments in Nigeria as a bellwether for expanding DragonWave’s footprint regionally and bringing the best and most reliable mobile wireless backhaul solutions to the continent."


Xilinx Acquires Modesat for Wireless Backhaul Expertise

Xilinx has acquired Modesat Communications, a develop based in Tallin, Estonia, for its expertise in wireless mobile backhaul. Modesat IP solutions are highly optimized algorithmic implementations designed from the ground up targeting FPGA silicon. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Xilinx said the acquisition will help its OEM customers to accelerate time-to-market for wireless mobile backhaul platforms based on Xilinx All Programmable FPGAs.

Modesat Communications was founded in 2005 in Tallinn, Estonia and has fifteen employees.

"Xilinx is the industry's leading FPGA manufacturer for the wireless communications market. Bringing our modem technology and design expertise to the Xilinx family is an ideal fit," said Tarmo Pihl, co-founder of Modesat Communications. "Xilinx currently does significant business in the wireless infrastructure backhaul segment based on their complete All Programmable FPGA offering. With the addition of Modesat backhaul solutions the opportunity in this segment will be greatly expanded and we will be better able to serve tier-1 and tier-2 wireless infrastructure customers and provide complete backhaul modem solutions."


NETGEAR Introduces First 802.11ac Router with ADSL2+

NETGEAR introduced the industry's first ADSL2+ 802.11ac integrated router.

The NETGEAR D6300 WiFi Modem Router uses 802.11ac to support combined WiFi speeds up to 1600 Mbps. The NETGEAR D6300 WiFi Modem Router also includes a separate gigabit Ethernet WAN port for connecting to either high-speed cable or fiber optic broadband. Consumers can switch between cable, fiber optic broadband or ADSL without having to reconfigure their home network or replace their router.

The NETGEAR D6300 WiFi Modem Router also supports NETGEAR ReadySHARE Cloud service, which enables the creation of a highly secure private cloud for easily accessing and sharing files over the Internet.


Spread Networks Activates 100G on Low-Latency Chicago-NYC Route

Spread Networks, a new privately owned telecommunications provider, has now deployed 100G (un-regenerated) on its Chicago to New York fiber backbone.

The network, which is powered by ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 platform, supports a full-fill capacity of 80 wavelengths at 100Gbps, allowing up to 8 Tbps of data transfer per fiber pair. ADVA's 100G technology integrates into Spread's existing platform without service impact, even though Spread already achieves a high number deployment of in-service 10G wavelengths. 100G waves are coherent detected via transponder enablement with SD FEC (Soft Decision Forward Error Correction).

Spread Networks said the 100G technology is also available on its Low Latency Chicago-New York Wavelengths, which round-trip in 15.9 milliseconds. Spread has also certified ADVA Optical Networking's 100G technology for use on Spread's flagship private dark fiber service, which round-trips in under 13.33 milliseconds. Certifications on the new 100G technology were performed using JDSU's TBERD 8000 test set.


Apple and AT&T Confirm Record iPhone 5 Pre-orders

Apple reported that pre-orders of its iPhone 5 topped two million in just 24 hours, more than double the previous record of one million held by iPhone 4S.  The company said demand for iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply and while the majority of pre-orders will be delivered to customers on September 21, many are scheduled to be delivered in October.

AT&T also announced a sales record with the iPhone 5 over the weekend, making it the fastest-selling iPhone the company has ever offered.  AT&T did not disclose a sales number, but said customers ordered more iPhones from AT&T than any previous model both on its first day of preorders and over the weekend.

AT&T Wi-Fi Reaches Saks Department Stores Nationwide

Saks Fifth Avenue has now launched AT&T Wi-Fi at all 44 of its department stores across the U.S.. AT&T customers with select Wi-Fi enabled devices will auto-authenticate to the in-store Wi-Fi service.

The companies note that Saks shoppers average more than 19,000 connections per day to the in-store Wi-Fi network. A traffic spike is expected during the holiday shopping season.

AT&T now has more than 30,000 Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers.


Ericsson Confirms Role in Singtel LTE Upgrade

Ericsson confirmed its role in SingTel's LTE transformation.  
SingTel's 4G/LTE is using both the 1.8GHz and 2.6GHz frequency bands.  The carrier plans 80 percent coverage by the end of this year and full island wide coverage by early 2013.  SingTel will also deploy heterogeneous networks, including small cells in high-traffic areas. SingTel's 3G network has also been upgraded to peak rates of 42 Mbps, using Dual Carrier technology (DC-HSPA). 
For the SingTel network, Ericsson supplied its multi-standard RBS 6000 and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) with Evolved Packet Gateway (EPG) based on SSR 8000 Smart Services Router and SGSN-MME, together with self-organizing networks (SON) features to speed up deployment, and network management with Ericsson's Operation Support System for Radio & Core (OSS RC). 
Ericsson said the network is easily upgradeable via software to support LTE-Advanced. 
Ericsson noted that it has now signed 88 LTE/EPC contracts in 38 countries.
  • SingTel first launched commercial LTE services in December 2011.

Infinera and Verizon Test PMD Tolerance of 500G Coherent Optical Modem

Infinera published a technical paper detailing the results of a record breaking achievement for real-time polarization mode dispersion (PMD) performance of its coherent optical transmission technology.

The IEEE paper presents results of testing conducted with Verizon that measured PMD tolerance of  Infinera’s coherent optical transmission based on its 500 Gbps photonic integrated circuits (PICs).

“Our team, with Verizon, was able to demonstrate a coherent optical transmission that can handle large PMD values with our commercially available 500 Gb/s PIC,” said Dave Welch, Infinera Co-founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Infinera. “System vendors in the industry today are having a difficult time achieving this. Not all coherent systems are the same. This paper illustrates the robustness of our optical solution and is a tribute to our brilliant teams here in Sunnyvale and in our Ottawa Design Center, developing the algorithms to make this possible."

Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia Selects Alcatel-Lucent

Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia is deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s point-to-point fiber broadband access technology and a combination of optical transport and Internet Protocol (IP) routing solutions under Colombia's national broadband initiative. The networking infrastructure being deployed by Alcatel-Lucent for Azteca Comunicaciones Colombia will connect in 216 municipalities throughout the country.

Alcatel-Lucent confirmed that it is supplying its 7330 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) FTTN supporting point-to-point fiber access, its IP/MPLS solution, based on its 7750 Service Router (SR) and 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR), and its 100G next-generation coherent technology, supported by the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS).  In addition, Alcatel-Lucent will provide services such as installation, project management and technical support for 2 years as well as operation and maintenance of the network. Financial terms were not disclosed.


ZyXEL Offers LTE Home Gateway

ZyXEL Communications unveiled its LTE512x gateway offering 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, VoIP ports and support for smart home services like home automation and monitoring.

ZyXEL's LTE512x uses a high performance LTE module and a MIMO antenna array to support up to 100 Mbps (downlink) and 50 Mbps (uplink) connectivity.  The LTE512x series includes the LTE5121 supporting Band 4/17 and the LTE5122 supporting Band 13.  The unit is targeted for North America.


Tekelec Takes Policy “Everywhere” with Three New Products

Tekelec is introducing a "Policy Everywhere" framework that enables network operators to support  subsidized or “toll-free” data, opt-in mobile advertising, customer loyalty/rewards programs, and application-based service plans.  These capabilities are supported through three new Tekelec products: Mobile Policy Gateway, Application Manager, and Policy Analytics Platform.

Tekelec said its goal is to extend the reach of policy management to smart devices.  The framework could also be used to provide intelligent Wi-Fi offload, manage chatty applications, improve device security, and give subscribers greater control over their applications.

  • Mobile Policy Gateway (MPG) -- extends policy directly to the device. The MPG combines a standards-compliant Access Network Discovery and Selection Function (ANDSF) with dynamic network and subscriber aware policy management. It turns smart devices into policy enforcement points, reducing the need for costly deep packet inspection (DPI) and policy enforcement (PCEF) functions in the network core.
  • Application Manager -- allows service providers to securely expose network APIs, policies and subscriber data to OTT, on-deck, and service delivery platforms (SDPs). By converting web-based protocols (LDAP, SOAP, XML, HTTP, etc.) to Diameter, it creates a single point of control for two-sided business models with application providers.
  • Policy Analytics Platform - unlocks network intelligence buried in millions of policy event records. The data give network operations, IT and marketing departments granular business and network insight about how subscribers use and access services and applications.This allows service providers to see how policies impact subscribers’ behavior and network resource allocation so they can create targeted tariff plans based on subscribers’ usage, pricing and quality of service preferences. 
“Policy is the ‘everywhere’ technology that will transform service provider business models,” said Houck Reed, vice president of product management and marketing at Tekelec. “As billions of smart devices become policy enforcement points and new features extend policy and analytics to over-the-top applications and mobile advertisers, new business models will emerge that match subscribers to the relevant, timely content they want.”

Tekelec noted that is currently has 58 policy customers, including 43 Tier 1 service providers, in 33 countries.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

U.S. Intelligence Committee Investigates Huawei and ZTE

The U.S. House of Representatives'  Committee on Intelligence held an open hearing in Washington, D.C. to question Huawei and ZTE about possible threats they pose to national security.

Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said he called the hearing because "Huawei and ZTE provide a wealth of opportunities for Chinese intelligence agencies to insert malicious hardware or software implants into critical telecommunications components and systems.  And under Chinese law, ZTE and Huawei would likely be required to cooperate with any request by the Chinese government to use their systems or access for malicious purposes."

Charles Ding, Corporate Senior Vice President, Huawei, said that cyber security is a global issue for the the whole industry and denied any involvement from the Chinese government in Huawei's products or operations.

Zhu Jinyun, ZTE’s Senior Vice President for North America and Europe, also testified that China's government has never made a request to access ZTE's telecom infrastructure equipment for a cyber attack, and that the operations of ZTE USA are bound by U.S. law.

Prepared testimony is online.



NeoPhotonics Optimizes GPON Transceiver for 1:128 Split

NeoPhotonics introduced a multiport Mode Coupling Receiver (MCR) optical line terminal (OLT) transceiver for gigabit passive optical networks (GPON) in an SFP form factor and for use in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks.  The new devices allows FTTH operators to optimize GPON bandwidth utilization.

NeoPhotonics said its platform PIC technology enables an economical SFP form factor, which is compatible with the installed base of GPON OLT line cards.  The first version is a 4-port MCR GPON Class B+ OLT in a pluggable SFP form factor, which is designed to increase the split ratio in a standard PON from 1:32 to 1:128 while maintaining the original link budget and reach. This module features a connector with 4 fiber outputs where each individual fiber corresponds to the output of a conventional GPON OLT SFP compliant with ITU-T 984 standards.


Huawei Updates its SingleFAN Access Platform for 10G PON, Copper Vectoring

Huawei announced its new generation multi-mode & dual-core MxU with support for PON/10G-PON multi-mode uplink and Vectoring downlinks over copper access at up to 100 Mbps.  Huawei's MxU is the key processing module in its SingleFAN solution, which is the company's unified platform for PON, P2P, DSL, coax, E1, and other network access infrastructure.

The upgraded MxU now leverages dual-core CPUs to improves processing speed and enable better system reliability, as timely protection switching will occur when a CPU subsystem is faulty.  Huawei's new MxU also features dual-BIOS technology, enabling automatic restoration should an error occur because of an upgrade failure or similar fault.  The MxU adopts an intelligent architecture that integrates path protection, remote monitoring, web-based management, VPN functions, and hardware support for Y.1731. This simplifies network performance monitoring and better caters to the needs of various service scenarios. The MxU also supports intelligent fault detection over PONs and real-time fault detection for voice services, shortening troubleshooting time.


Huawei Wins Big Managed Services Deal with VimpelCom Russia

VimpelCom Russia, one of the world's largest integrated telecom operators, awarded a five year contract to Huawei to manage its integrated telecommunications network. VimpelCom will transfer an estimated 1,300 employees to Huawei, which will then take complete responsibility for the multi-vendor, multi-technology fixed and mobile networks, which cover the Volga and the Far East. The scope of work includes end-to-end network management, including multi-vendor operations and maintenance, field operations, 24/7 network assurance and spare parts management. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"By transferring the network operation and exploitation to the Huawei, with its considerable experience and expertise, VimpelCom will achieve several important targets. The first is increasing efficiency and quality of network management, which will improve the service level for end-users in the mass market, as well as in the business segment. The second is optimizing business-processes and cost savings through the realization of the projects such as this partnership with Huawei, part of our strategic program to increase operational efficiency. The business-model of transferring network operation and exploitation to a third party is a common global trend today and we are glad that we are leading the Russian market in this sphere. We are certain that this large-scale cooperation with Huawei will strengthen our position and help us to achieve our targets," said Anton Kudryashov, Head of the Russia business unit and General Director of OJSC VimpelCom.

Huawei described the contract as a important milestone on the development of its Managed Services business.  The company noted other recent Managed Services contracts it was won across many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Indonesia, and Singapore. Huawei now has more than 240 managed services contracts in over 60 countries around the world, with a compound growth rate of more than 70% for the past six consecutive years.


Huawei's Ren Zhengfei Meets with the President of the European Council

Huawei CEO and Founder, Mr. RenZhengfei met with the President of the European Council, Mr. Herman Van Rompuy at the council's headquarters in Brussels to discuss the development of the economy and the ICT industry in both China and Europe.

Mr. Ren said that mutual trust-based collaboration and investment between China and Europe in the ICT industry will drive the acceleration of technological innovation and support the openness of the markets.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

AEPONyX Unveils 40-Channel Metro Ethernet DWDM-PON

AEPONyX will be unveiling the world's first single fiber 40-channel Metro Ethernet Access WDM-PON platform. The AEPONyX platform enables the wholesale of Metro Access and Metro Transport through the cross-connection of Dense and Coarse WDM-PON wavelengths at the Ethernet level. The company claims a reach of 60 km.

AEPONyX's flagship MxC-80 product contains 80 SFP ports in a single 3U carrier class -48V DC shelf, and is designed to enable 40 wirespeed Active Ethernet Passive Optical Network (AEPON) channels. Each AEPON channel contains a DWDM-side outside plant access component and a CWDM-side network-to-network interface (NNI) and enables 40 circuits to be multiplexed onto one outside plant fiber and 16 circuits to be multiplexed onto one NNI fiber.

Francois Menard, CTO & Co-Founder of AEPONyX, explains, "Our customers are welcoming our solution because they can multiplex 40 circuits onto a single fiber, yet retain the robustness of a dedicated port with the full functionality of a Carrier Ethernet network-to-network interface for each circuit they wholesale." Further, they can bridge any customer premise to any datacenter across their metro markets, all from a single location, leveraging an entirely passive 60 km outside plant," he adds.