Tuesday, September 18, 2012

NTT to Acquire Centerstance for Cloud Integration Expertise

NTT will acquire Centerstance, a U.S.-based consulting company specializing in cloud integration projects, for an undisclosed sum.
Centerstance is a platinum cloud alliance partner for Salesforce.com.  The company is based in Portland, Oregon.  The company helps clients to identify and move key business processes to the cloud leveraging the Salesforce.com platform. Centerstance has completed over 2,000 deployments for clients of all sizes, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
NTT said the acquisition fits into its strategic focues on Cloud Computing.
“NTT is focused on becoming the leading partner of choice to help clients transform their business as they move to the Cloud. Through this M&A, NTT will be able to strengthen its consulting capability and migration capability which are necessary to achieve a cloud migration supporting customer needs.” commented President and CEO of NTT, Mr. Hiroo Unoura. “Additionally, it will be a driving power for NTT to approach global cloud business especially overseas as a pioneer providing cloud service immediately taking in leading edge technologies without being bounded by existing systems and technologies.”

PMC Delivers Tri-speed Carrier Ethernet/OTN Converged Framer

PMC introduced its META 120G -- a Converged Carrier Ethernet/OTN Framer for 10G, 40G and 100G interface cards.

As part of PMC’s powerful portfolio of Metro OTN solutions, the PM5442 META 120G enables high-density Carrier Ethernet and OTN line-cards and IPoDWDM integration on service provider switches and routers, P-OTPs, and PTN equipment.

The new device delivers Carrier Ethernet MAC/PHY, comprehensive OTN framing/mapping in conjunction with multiple FEC protocols, including PMC’s innovative high gain Swizzle enhanced-FEC and fully integrated packet timing engine, including clock recovery that exceeds the IEEE 1588v2 telecom profile for every port.

“Equipment manufacturers are challenged to bring to market high density 10G, 40G and 100G interface line-cards variants demanded by service providers today said Babak Samimi, vice president of marketing and applications for PMC's Communications Products Division., “With our META 120G's Tri-Speed Converged Carrier Ethernet/OTN architecture, our customers can deliver on multiple SKUs with investment in a single, flexible silicon platform and accelerating time to market.”

META 120G is the industry’s first Tri-speed Carrier Ethernet/OTN converged framer device supporting:

  • Converged Rates: Innovative rate-agile SERDES enable a single META 120G device to deliver up to 12x10GE/OTU2, up to 3x40GE/OTU3 or a single 100GE/OTU4 connection
  • Converged Protocols: Per-port configurable Carrier Ethernet or OTN interfaces
  • Converged FEC: High performance 9.45dB Swizzle enhanced-FEC for OTU3 and OTU4 capable of improving 100G Ethernet optical reach by 50%, and comprehensive G.709 Reed-Solomon and industry compliant eFEC for OTU2 and OTU3 protocols
  • Converged Intelligence: Integrated IEEE 1588v2 Precision Timing Protocol (PTP) and Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) delivers timing performance and accuracy required for packet wireless infrastructure

The PM5442 META 120G is sampling now.


BT and Cisco Test 100G IPoDWDM

BT and Cisco have completed an IP-over-DWDM trial that integrated coherent 100G optical interfaces with the Cisco CRS-3 Carrier Routing System (CRS-3).

The trial used Cisco's CRS-3 core router generating a standards-compliant 100G "alien wavelength" directly into BT's existing network over a 770 kilometer span consisting of DWDM systems from multiple vendors. The test was completed this past summer.

Integrating the DWDM components into the router eliminated the need for a costly external transponder.

Cisco said its coherent technology eliminated the need for additional dispersion compensation units and electrical and optical regeneration equipment, providing a path for BT to further reduce capital and operational expenses.

"Using an IPoDWDM and alien wavelength solution whilst leveraging our existing DWDM investment allows BT to scale its network to a new level. Fulfilling demand for Fibre  Broadband and reducing the unit cost for bandwidth at the same time allows us to invest for the future and is key to BT's strategy. Working with Cisco on this trial has been highly productive in demonstrating the viability of this approach" said Neil McRae, BT's Chief Network Architect.

"Integrating long-haul transport interfaces such as coherent 100Gb/s IPoDWDM into routers to reduce cost while addressing bandwidth demands on service provider core networks is a key step forward for the industry," said Surya Panditi, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Service Provider Group. "In addition, as service providers increase the capacity of their core networks to 100G and beyond, the CRS-3 ensures continued growth and investment protection with its ability to manage 400 Gbps per slot."

Sprint's Nextel Migration Hits 1 Million - 60% Recapture Rate

One year after launching its next generation push-to-talk service, Sprint has passed the 1 million customer milestone as customers migrate off of the old Nextel network and onto its CDMA network.

“One million customers in less than a year is an important achievement and reflects well on the permanence of push-to-talk as a communications solution,” said Paget Alves, Sprint’s chief sales officer. “Sprint Direct Connect has clearly met the increasing demand for faster data speeds and better and broader coverage on push-to-talk devices.”

Sprint has previously announced plans to cease service on its iDEN Nextel National Network as early as June 30, 2013.   The Nextel network operates in the 800MHz Specialized Mobile Radio band and uses iDEN technology developed by Motorola. The majority of iDen site have now been taken off air as the company implements its Network Vision plan.

Sprint confirmed that in Q2 60 percent of total subscribers who left the postpaid Nextel platform were recaptured on the postpaid Sprint platform – up from 46 percent in the first quarter. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is one customer to recently migrate to Sprint Direct Connect from its legacy Nextel service. Sprint will provide FEMA with 2,000 Sprint Direct Connect handsets equipped with an Actsoft GPS tracking and navigation solution to support FEMA’s nationwide Mass Evacuation Program.

Sprint noted that its Direct Connect service has triple the square miles of coverage compared to the company’s legacy Nextel National Network.


O2 Plans 15,000 Free Wi-Fi Hotspots in UK

O2 has selected Cisco to be a key technology provider for its public Wi-Fi network across the UK.  

Rollout of the network has already begun using Cisco Aironet 3500 Series Access Points with "CleanAir" capability, which detects interference, identifyies and locates its source and then makes automatic adjustments to help ensure a high-quality service.  The network will also use the Cisco 887 Integrated Services Router.  The Cisco Wireless LAN Controller will monitor and manage the high volume of wireless access points. 
O2 Wifi is expected cover 15,000 UK locations over the next two years.  The service is available free of charge to customers on any mobile network. The business model is supported by sponsored landing pages and O2 has already signed Unilever as an initial backer.
 Telefónica O2 UK Limited is a leading communications company for consumers and businesses in the UK, with 22.2 million mobile customers and over 700,000 fixed broadband customers as at 31 December 2011.

Telefónica Upgrades SAm-1 Undersea Cable with Infinera's DTN-X

Telefónica International Wholesale Services (TIWS) is deploying Infinera's DTN-X platform to upgrade the SAm-1 submarine Cable Network, which links North and South America. 

SAM-1 spans 20,000 fiber kilometers and has landing stations in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Florida.

Infinera’s DTN-X enables Telefonica to deploy 500 Gbps long-haul FlexCoherent super-channels integrated with 5 Terabits per second (Tbps) of Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching per bay.  Infinera also supports multiple software-programmable modulation formats for optimization of the network. Integrated OTN switching is coupled with a GMPLS control plane to deliver wavelength flexibility.

TIWS designs and manages the international communications infrastructure of the Telefónica Group, offering an integrated voice, video and data network, with more than 100 points of presence distributed across 60 cities and 40 countries.  The company has been using the Infinera DTN platform, based on 100 Gbps PICs and 40Gbps coherent modulation, since 2009, to upgrade its submarine network throughout South America. 

“The Infinera DTN-X platform gives Telefónica the flexibility to efficiently accommodate their network demands, allowing them to deploy 500G long-haul super-channels,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. “The DTN-X offers integrated DWDM transport and OTN switching without compromise coupled with industry leading 500G photonic integrated circuits, together enabling Telefónica to deploy services quickly to improve their competitive position in the marketplace.”

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.