Monday, September 24, 2012

ECI Announces 100G Optimized Multi-Layer Transport Deployment in Romania

RCS& RDS, a leading cable operator in Romania, is using ECI Telecom's "Apollo" Optimized Multi-Layer Transport (OMLT) platforms to deploy 100G in its network. The 100G DWDM network connects core routers between Oradea to Bucharest -- about 700 km. The operator is using ECI's LightSoft Network Management System to simplify operations and reduce training and personnel expenses. Financial terms were not disclosed. 

ECI has worked with RCS & RDS for more than ten years, supplying them with multiservice provisioning and optical equipment, including its XDM and BG platforms.

  • In November 2011, ECI Telecom announced its next step beyond packet-optical transport system (P-OTS) with a new modular platform that integrates L0 to L3 functionality with a single management system for all layers. The Apollo Optimized Multi-Layer Transport system (OMLT) addresses metro core and regional networks for carriers shifting from traditional ring-based architecture to mesh-based and OTN switching architecture. With the OMLT, ECI's aim is to address shortcomings of packet-optical transport system (P-OTS), especially the need to deploy additional Carrier Ethernet platforms with separate management systems to support advanced data services. The OMLT reduces infrastructure costs by optimizing the whole (multi-layered) architecture instead of the individual parts (layers), while simplifying the provisioning of new wavelength, private line, L2 or L3 services. The OMLT features a Universal fabric supporting OTN, Ethernet and switching between the two. The control plane uses GMPLS across the data (MPLS-TP) and optical layers. 
    The Apollo product launch includes six platforms, along with the LightSoft unified network management system. LightSoft is a graphical automated end-to-end provisioning and management across network layers and technologies. LightSoft's multi-layer interface allows the user to get multiple physical and logical views of the network, facilitating the visualization of connections and correlations between different network layers.

China Mobile Hong Kong Deploys TD-LTE with ZTE

ZTE announced the deployment of the first multi-carrier TD-LTE network with China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK). This is the first TD-LTE network in Hong Kong. The network is also the first global multi-carrier, TD-LTE network.

In July, ZTE partnered with CMHK and Ericsson to announce a deal to deploy the TD-LTE network with a coverage area of more than 70 per cent of the territory. It marked the first time ZTE adopted a multi-carrier technology with a single wireless base station to support complex wireless communication conditions in Hong Kong. The CMHK LTE network is the first dual-mode network in the Asia-Pacific region and the first commercial TD-LTE network in Hong Kong.

ZTE  noted that it deployed TD-LTE trials and commercial networks for 33 leading operators in 19 countries, and won nine large-scale LTE-TDD commercial contracts worldwide.

SimpliVity Raises $25 Million for Software defined Data Center in a Box

SimpliVity, a start-up based in Westborough, MA, raised $25 million in Series B funding for its "OmniCube" Software Defined Data Center in a Box.  SimpliVity describes its OmniCube as the world’s first truly assimilated IT infrastructure platform.  

The 2U rack-mounted box delivers the functionality of more than 10 products for the virtual machine environment. This functionality encompasses enterprise computing, storage services and network functionality, inclusive of WAN optimization, Unified Global Management, Seamless Cloud Integration, Primary Storage Deduplication, Backup Deduplication, Caching, and Global Scale Out.  Multiple OmniCubes can be deployed together to form an OmniCube Global Federation, a massively scalable pool of shared resources that enables efficient data movement, extensive scalability, and enterprise-class system availability--all managed globally from a single interface.

The new funding was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and included existing investors Accel Partners and Charles River Ventures.  The company has raised $43 million to date. 

  • SimpliVity is headed by Mr. Doron Kempel, who previously was the Founder and CEO of Diligent Technologies, a specialist in Enterprise Data Deduplication that was acquired by IBM in April 2008. Prior to Diligent, Doron served as Vice President and General Manager at EMC.

Overture Appoints Mike Aquino as CEO

Overture Networks appointed Mike Aquino as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)  Co-founder and current CEO Jeff Reedy will continue with the company as Overture’s Chief Strategy Officer.
Aquino joins Overture from Ciena Corporation, where he held a number of executive positions, including Senior VP of Global Field Operations, General Manager of Global Government Solutions, and VP of Americas.  Prior to Ciena, Mr. Aquino held leadership positions at ONI Systems (acquired by Ciena), Bay Networks (acquired by Nortel Networks), and IBM Corporation.
“I’m excited to join the Overture team as President and CEO,” said Mr. Aquino. “Overture has an outstanding base of customers globally, comprised of wireline, wireless, and MSO service providers as well as government and municipality network operators. They’ve become a market leader by providing innovative Carrier Ethernet solutions. I look forward to leading Overture in continuing to broaden our customer base and enable service providers to leverage Carrier Ethernet to scale revenue, streamline operational costs, and deliver highly differentiated services to their end-user customers.”

DragonWave Cranks up Packet Microwave to 1.3 Gbps with 2048 QAM

DragonWave confirmed the functionality of higher modulation modes of up to 2048 QAM on its Horizon packet microwave products. 

In field tests conducted in Odessa, Ukraine, DragonWave's in-country partner UKRCOM and their customer, Intertelecom, demonstrated the radios’ ability to transport up to 37 percent more data through existing microwave channels. This testing was combined with dual channel operation and DragonWave’s unique Bandwidth Accelerator feature. 

DragonWave said the combination of these two features and the higher 2048 QAM modulation, offered an increase in capacity of greater than three times to more than 1.3 Gbps. This improves spectral efficiency and, correspondingly, lowers the operator’s cost per bit. 

DragonWave  noted that it has shipped over 800 Horizon links to Intertelecom through its local integration partner, UKRCOM to date.

“We explored other options for increasing link capacity such as XPIC, but we soon realized that DragonWave’s solution of coupling higher modulation modes with Hitless Automatic Adaptive Modulation allows us to meet the growing backhaul demands without needing to re-engineer existing links or purchase additional radios,” said Boris Akulov, CEO at Intertelecom.  “In effect, we have found a very cost efficient and streamlined means to triple our network capacity.”

“The successful field testing of 2048 QAM marks another milestone in DragonWave being first to market with technology and innovation that sets us apart from the competition,” said DragonWave CEO Peter Allen. “We congratulate our Ukrainian customers on their performance results and are encouraged to be expanding our market share in an important and growing region for microwave transport.”

Mavenir's Circuit Switch Fallback (CSFB) Optimizes LTE Smartphones

Until voice over LTE (VoLTE) services become available, carriers are supporting voice and SMS for the new crop of 4G LTE smartphones, such as iPhone 5, by using their legacy 3G core infrastructure.  One disadvantage, according to Mavenir Systems, is that two radios may be active on the handset -- one for LTE and one for the legacy 3G -- in order to handle the voice and SMS signalling and traffic.

Mavenir proposes a Circuit Switch Fallback (CSFB) solution that overlays the legacy infrastructure that enables delivery of circuit-switched voice services to LTE handsets by triggering "fall back" to the 3G network to complete voice calls.  With CSFB, operators can immediately support new LTE-enabled smartphones, such as the newly announced iPhone 5, for voice and SMS in advance of IMS-based VoLTE solutions that won’t be widely available until 2014.  This overlay approach does not impact the MSC core and means that the operator will not have to invest more in its legacy

Mavenir said it already has several live CSFB deployments with tier 1 operators in multiple countries. Several more are expected to go live in 2012. 

“Our value proposition is combining proven CSFB technology with our speed to market and the ease of integrating into 4G LTE networks.” said Pardeep Kohli, president and chief executive officer of Mavenir Systems. “Our IWF CSFB function helps the network economics of introducing new LTE services quickly and cost effectively. This is the first step for many operators, but they can easily leverage this Mavenir CSFB investment along the path to SRVCC and VoLTE.”

Equinix Builds Out its London Data Center

Equinix has added 4,000 square meters of data center space with capacity for 1,400 cabinets to its London LD5 International Business Exchange data center.  Once the fourth and final phase of the build-out is completed, LD5 will provide 16,000 square meters of customer space, with capacity for 5,600 cabinets in total.
The Equinix LD5 facility is located on same campus in Slough, England, as the LD4 data center.  The Equinix campus is linked by more than 1,000 diverse dark fiber links into Central London with global access to more than 900 network providers.  The location (just outside of London) provides access to transatlantic cables for low-latency connections to New York. 
The LD5 expansion also features 130 dedicated Business Continuity Trading desks, providing comprehensive connectivity-rich emergency trading capabilities for financial services firms.
“Our LD5 expansion sits in one of the largest and fastest growing data center markets in the world, with increasing customer demand for capacity. This facility allows us to offer highly resilient and secure colocation facilities and to add sector-specific enhancements and features as we go,” said Russell Poole, managing director, Equinix UK. “Financial market participants and service providers are key growth drivers currently, and they are experiencing growing regulatory pressure to put business continuity capacity in place. This is why our latest build-out features are what we believe is the most comprehensive and best-connected business continuity offering in the London market today.”

Verizon to Pay $250 Million to TiVO to Resolve Patent Dispute

Verizon Communications has agreed to pay at least $250.4 million to TiVo under a mutual patent licensing deal.
The payments from Verizon to TiVo will include a $100 million initial cash payment followed by recurring quarterly payments totaling an additional $150.4 million through July 2018. 
Verizon will also pay monthly license fees through July 2018 for each Verizon DVR subscriber in excess of certain pre-determined levels.
In addition to the cash payments described above, Verizon and TiVo are exploring, among other things, a future distribution partnership.
"We are pleased to reach an agreement with Verizon which underscores the significant value our distribution partners derive from TiVo's technological innovations and our shareholders derive from our investments in protecting TiVo's intellectual property," said Tom Rogers, CEO and President of TiVo. "We also look forward to working together on a variety of future opportunities as we continue to expand the content choices available to TiVo subscribers."

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Case for the Big GEs... and IP-over-DWDM

by Sultan Dawood, Solutions Marketing Manager, SP Marketing Cisco Systems

No one knows better than the readers of this publication about the importance of Gigabit networks. The emergence of 10 Gigabit (10 G) links in big networks began more than 10 years ago, and seemed like enough capacity, for a long time.

But that was then. In today’s optical conversations, talk tends to center on 40/100 Gig links, all the way up to Terabit advancements. Why? The volume of consumer and business usage of bandwidth is astounding, on fixed and mobile networks. Upwards of 50% CAGR per year, on some portions of the “big” Internet, like last-mile access networks.

If history is any indicator, doomed is the man or woman who publicly wonders why on earth so much capacity is needed. In the 1960s, cable television providers wondered why they’d ever need to build for more than 12 (analog!) channels. Back in the early days of dial-up data connections, some wondered why we’d ever need to go beyond 56 kbps. We’ve seen this “I’ll eat my hat” scenario over and over, in the course of network expansion.

Because the majority of today’s transport networks are conveying data using 10 Gig networks, and at the same time are facing unprecedented volumes of usage, decisions about expansion tend to center on three known options:

1) Add more 10 Gig links
2) Go straight to 100 Gig
3) Find a stepping stone path to 100 Gig via 40 Gig

What is perhaps lesser known are the decision sets and resultant economic impacts of getting to 40/100 GigE, using existing routers, minus the provisioning and maintenance of electrical-to-optical-to-electrical conversion transponders, minus the operational expenses involved with maintaining what is essentially two disparate transport networks.

If you remember one thing about this article, please make it be this: by converging the optical and IP layers of the network, capex and opex costs can be trimmed by 25-30%, according to our ongoing and live research with service providers. Path identification (traditionally handled within the “transport silo”) happens much more quickly; apps and services (handled within the “data services silo”) move more securely.

Consider: What if you could turn up a link to a customer in minutes -- not months?

IP over DWDM is an innovative option (we’d argue the option) that economically justifies 40/100 Gig adoption, by reducing additional unnecessary equipment and associated interfaces including optics – thus lowering requirements for additional power, cooling and space. It’s been proven that integrating optical intelligence into a router makes it cognizant of any optical path degradation. That means routers can proactively ensure that any apps and services in transit are protected from degradation or failure.

Why: The forward error correction (FEC) intelligence as a result of integration of optical into the routers will provide awareness to automatically switch to a secondary, safer path, before any optical impairments impact any app or service performance.

So we won’t venture into questions of whether 40/100 Gig networks are necessary. Instead we’ll look at what’s driving the world’s data capacity needs, then examine the options in getting into “the big GEs,” including the substantial economic benefits associated with converging the optical and IP layers.

The Capacity Drivers

At least three factors are driving the world’s explicit and implicit obsession with network capacity: Device proliferation, video as an app, and the data centers fueling cloud computing.

Think about the number of IP-connectable devices in your home or business, 10 years ago, compared to now. All of them want Internet connectivity – some more so than others.

Plus, most gadgets in the device ecosystem are mobile. Not long ago, we connected to the Internet when we went to the office, or were at home. Fixed connections – personal computers, tower computers, laptops to some extent. Internet wasn’t an option when outdoors, or when driving, to navigate via GPS, or find a restaurant, or locate friends.

Our ongoing VNI (Visual Networking Index) research indicates that by 2016, there will exist nearly 19 billion global network connections – enough for 2.5 per person, in the world. (Click here for more VNI information:

Capacity Driver #2: Video

Driver number two dovetails with the first one: Video. With more and more powerful, HD video-capable screens fetching and tossing big streams of data in and out of whomever’s data cloud, the question of how and when to scale the network is more relevant than ever.

Beyond the 50+% compound annual growth in broadband usage – wired and wireless – new pressure points are arriving into the consumer and business marketplaces with alarming regularity.

Consider the spate of recent announcements from consumer electronics and PC makers about putting high-resolution screens into handhelds, tablets, laptops and televisions. High-rez screens means high-rez streams.

Indeed, smart phones and tablets impact real-time network capacity in a big way, because most include still and video cameras, capturing images and sound in SD and HD. Video eats up capacity like nothing else (so far.) Already, and again according to our ongoing VNI research, more streamed video is done in HD than SD.

At the high end of the video spectrum, the 2012 trade show scene is producing regular headlines about the pursuit of 4K resolution.

Even using the best compression on the market today (which goes variously by H.264, AVC and MPEG-4), a 4K stream “weighs” as much as 17 Mbps. Compare that to today’s 1-3 Mbps carrying capacity, for “regular” HD video compressed with H.264/AVC.

Yes, H.265 compression is on the way, which will do for H.264 what it did for MPEG-2 – but still. The point is that network bandwidth is under enormous strain right now, with no signs of easing up.

Capacity Driver #3: Clouds and Data Centers

Consider: Networks used to move static web pages, or haul 64 kbps telephone conversations, or broadcast (in a one-to-many sense) SD video. These days, they do all that plus stream HD, (unicast and multicast) video to high resolution displays. They haul video phone conversations. They carry adaptive bit rate video, which by its nature behaves like a gas, filling all available space.

Plus, big networks traditionally were “silo’ed,” with transport and data departments and people operating largely independent of one another. Not so anymore. Why: The fetching of a web page is one thing – simple, isochronous, not a huge strain on the network.

Today’s emerging applications are another story entirely, segueing into transport-heavy fare like the shipping or storing of enormous amounts of digital stuff – think digital pictures, videos, and cloud-based storage in general . Transport-heavy networks needs require mutual and simultaneous attention, from both “data” and “path/transport” departments in the organization.

“The cloud,” in all its iterations, then, is capacity driver number 3. Clouds, and the data centers that enable them, are both sourcing more network traffic -- and struggling under its weight. Anyone building a cloud designed to service big geographic areas will need multiple data centers that are interconnected – preferably intelligently.

Today’s data centers are connected via a combination of routers and transport networks. Connecting Router A in Data Center A to Router B in Data Center B, for instance, requires transport infrastructure. Traditionally and so far, that transport has been 10 Gig.

However, as bandwidth demands increase, with routers leveraging 100 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and data centers moving large volumes of content, it would make sense to increase the transport network capacity and transition from 10G to 100G DWDM. To add further to that thought, it is also possible to integrate optical interfaces directly into routers, thus offering an innovative and green approach as well as a truly integrated solution that in turn justifies a faster and more cohesive transition to 40/100 G links.

The Meaning and Importance of Coherence in Optical Transmission Systems

In optical terms, “coherence” refers to the ability of a lightwave to produce interference patterns that work in favor of the intended signal. Coherent optical communications products arrived in the marketplace roughly coincident with 40/100 Gig networks, because they are intrinsically suited for very long-haul networks – upwards of 500 km and higher.

Any time signals are distributed over very long distances, however, two things can happen that compromise performance. First is plant anomolies, which cause signal strength to lag. That necessitates amplification, but amplifiers boost both the intended signal, and any noise that is present. Dispersion compensation is then required, to compensate for impairments.

These impairment compensation activities do not come for free – especially when the distance in question is measured in thousands of kilometers. That’s why service providers considering the shift to 40/100G seek ways to do so without adding additional equipment for signal impairment compensation.

Service providers seek the most economical, yet best performing signals that can exist on their network as a way to control total cost of ownership, by adding 40/100 Gig capabilities to existing routers and over existing infrastructure – even if the fiber plant is marginal in places.

This is where coherent optical systems really shine. We’ve seen (because we built) 100 Gbps connectivity over a 3,000 km link, on top of existing 10 Gbps fiber infrastructure, that is vendor-independent. (More here:

Here’s a real-world example: You’re running a video connection to a customer. It’s an MPLS tunnel mapped onto an optical wavelength. Let’s say that fiber degrades. With the forward error correction (FEC) techniques within IP-DWDM, thresholds can be set ahead of time, to default to another optical path.

Maybe the pre-FEC value is 10-17 , but at 10-19 the router knows to switch the video connection to a cleaner path – proactively. Having ways to set thresholds and interact between layers ensures that the video connection stays solid – and your customer has no idea that a problem almost occurred.

Now What? Harmonizing Optical and Packet Transport

We’ve talked about capacity drivers, and the benefits of IP-DWDM as a way to get to 40/100 Gig- without stranding prior investments in routers or optics. The fact is that the dominant type of traffic on broadband networks today is packet-based; existing optical networks aren’t as well suited for packet-based delivery than other types of traffic.

This is how IP-DWDM began, for what it’s worth. Service providers asked how to bulk up capacity without disrupting capital or operational spending. How to save money in a packet environment led to the need to do certain things differently, which led to the development of IP-DWDM.

Because of that, the drumbeat toward converging the optical and IP domains began, as a way to reduce capital and operational costs, as well as to have a better handle on network controls. Equally relevant: The ability to launch new services/apps more quickly, and more securely. IP over DWDM is one example of this convergence, which provides between 25-35% in capital and opex spending, combined.

Perhaps some day it will seem quaint, that at one time network architects were debating the convergence of the optical and IP layers in long-haul transport. But for now, the decision to go with IP-DWDM is still a bit maverick, for those going through it.

Why? Because getting there involves cutting across people and organizational domains. Never easy to do. Despite ongoing proof that a) 100 Gig gear exists that works over distances of 3,000 km, without need for signal compensation, and b) IP-DWDM is a cleaner solution, because it eliminates excess optical equipment and interfaces, and c) its pre-FEC can proactively re-route mission-critical data before signal paths become impaired, IP-DWDM is still in the “crawl” portion of any “crawl-walk-run” technological evolution.

We’ll end with this: Service providers will continue to sprint to keep up with capacity, and to compete with new, over-the-top providers. A more integrated and converged network lends itself better to the packet-based traffic loads of today. It scales for the future, and it saves capital and operational costs. Because one thing is certain: Data loads are not letting up anytime soon.

Sultan Dawood holds the position of Senior Marketing Manager for Core Routing and Transport Solutions at Cisco Systems. He has spent the last 18 years of his career focused on data networking and telecommunication systems working closely with both Enterprise and Service Provider customers. Prior to Cisco, Sultan held senior marketing and engineering positions at Hammerhead Systems, Motorola, 3COM, ADC Telecommunications and Litton Systems.

Sultan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He is also a Board member and the Vice President of Marketing for the Broadband Forum.

Researchers Demonstrate 1,000 Terabits per Second over 50km of Fiber

Researchers from NTT, Fujikura, Hokkaido University and Technical University of Denmark demonstrated ultra-large capacity transmission at 1 petabit (1000 terabits) per second over a 52.4 km length of 12-core (light paths) optical fiber -- a new record for transmission over a single strand of fiber. One petabit per second would carry 5,000 HDTV movies of two hours in a single second.

NTT said the breakthrough leverages spatial multiplexing optical communications and new  multicore optical fiber (MCF).  The two companies and two universities combined their expertise to develop multicore optical fiber designs, fabrication techniques, and spectrally-efficient transmission technologies to carry out this experiment.

The experimental system used a new 12-core MCF structure with the cores arranged in a nearly concentric pattern.  A novel fan-in fan-out device employed a digital coherent optical transmission scheme for transmitting DWDM signals in each core. The researchers said the 12-core MCF reduced signal leakage (crosstalk) between adjacent cores, which had been a problem with conventional MCF designs. The systems achieved a transmission capacity of 84.5 terabits per second for each core (= 380 Gbps capacity per wavelength X 222 wavelength channels), for a total capacity of 1.01 petabit (= 12 X 84.5 terabit) per second for the 12-core optical MCF through 52.4 km of fiber.

The result was reported in a postdeadline paper at the European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communications (ECOC 2012).

Dubai Builds UAE-IX Internet Exchange Modeled on Frankfurt's DE-CIX

Frankfurt/Main and Dubai, 18 September 2012 - October 1, 2012 marks the start of

DE-CIX, Frankfurt's massive Internet Exchang, has provided know-how and support for UAE-IX, an Internet exchange in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

UAE-IX is a neutral Internet traffic exchange platform that interconnects global networks and, above all, network operators and content providers in the Gulf region. UAE-IX is using a fully redundant switching platform located in a neutral secure datacenter in Dubai. The new Internet Exchange will reduce latency times by up to 80 per cent and costs by up to 70 per cent for Gulf providers.

The companies noted that many Internet service providers in the region have had to exchange their traffic via Europe, Asia or North America, leading to high latency rates. Initiated by the UAE’s Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) and supported by DE-CIX, UAE-IX delivers a highly available local alternative for regional traffic exchange, localizing Internet content.

“Across continents, data traffic is on the rise,” says Harald A. Summa, Managing Director of DE-CIX Management GmbH in Frankfurt. “The Internet’s global infrastructure must grow with it so that data travel shorter distances to get to users. As the operator of the largest Internet exchange in the world, we have drawn on our long-standing expertise to help design UAE-IX. UAE-IX will turn the GCC into an independent international hub for the digital economy and will no doubt attract Internet service providers from Europe, Africa and even India, Pakistan and China.”

Frankfurt's DE-CIX Internet Exchange Hits 2 Tbps Peak

DE-CIX, the Internet exchange located in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), hit a new data throughput record last week  as Internet traffic across its switching fabric exceeded the 2 Tbps (terabits per second) mark for the first time.

DE-CIX currently servers over 480 Internet service providers from over 50 countries.  At DE-CIX, more than 12 petabytes of data are exchanged per day.

"Although the traffic peak of over 2 Tbps marks a new high,” says Harald A. Summa, CEO at DE-CIX Management GmbH, “we do not see an end to data traffic growth on the horizon. We assume that Internet traffic will continue to grow by about 80 per cent per year in the future”. At DE-CIX, HD-TV, video and multimedia content, online gaming and cloud computing are considered the main drivers behind the continuing increase in data traffic."

The switching fabric of DE-CIX has the potential to scale to 40 Tbps, according to Arnold Nipper, Technical Manager at DE-CIX. "The DE-CIX peering infrastructurehas a star-shaped topology and is spread out over a total of twelve data centers operated by different providers in the Frankfurt metropolitan area.  The center of the DE-CIX peering star is composed of two redundant core switch clusters, one active and the other in hot standby mode.  If there are any problems with the operative switch cluster, data traffic is immediately and automatically, in other words within milliseconds, routed to the other switch cluster so that data streams can flow continually without interruption.  The central core switch clusters are redundantly connected to 14 other switches which are in turn connected to the ISPs."

  • Equipment deployed in the DE-CIX distributed fabric includes Force10 Networks' Terascale platform.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Australia's NBN Co Opens National Contact Centre

Australia's NBN Co opened its Gold Coast National Contact Centre.  The facility will handle queries from all over Australia as the company ramps up the construction of its fibre optic broadband network.  The contact centre expects is forecast to eventually house more than 100 workers. NBN Co is already handling over 8,000 inbound and outbound calls, emails, letters and web enquiries about the NBN each month.

BlackBerry Outage Hits Europe and Africa

Research in Motion (RIM) suffered a widespread outage of its BlackBerry service for customers across Europe and Africa.  Messages were delayed by up to 3 hours.

Thorsten Heins, RIM President and CEO, apologized for the disruption and said an investigation is underway.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

T-Systems Wins EUR 400M Outsoursing Deal in Spain

Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems has been awarded an oursourcing contract worth more than EUR 400 million in total by the government of Catalan.

 T-Systems will be responsible for operating workstation computers and applications, and providing user support. In addition, the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary is to network the public administration sites and provide telecommunications services and the data center infrastructure. 

"The deal with Catalonia is one of the biggest deals we have won outside Germany so far," said Deutsche Telekom Board of Management member and CEO of T-Systems Reinhard Clemens. "The economic situation in European countries is creating a favorable climate for big deals. When longer-term contracts come up for renewal, more and more large enterprises are looking to move partly over to cloud computing. And in Europe we are among the top players in this area."

CohesiveFT Joins ONF

CohesiveFT, a start-up providing enterprise application-to-cloud migration solutions, has joined the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

CohesiveFT, which was founded in 2006 and is based in Chicago, supplies an application-controlled SDN product that provides control of addressing, topology, protocols, and encrypted communications for devices deployed to virtual infrastructure or cloud computing centers.

"Enabling enterprises to run business operations via the cloud is rapidly becoming an imperative for every organization. We have been working with OpenFlow and SDNs since 2008 and joined ONF to share our knowledge with the community of developers dedicated to creating the next generation enterprise network,” said CohesiveFT CEO Patrick Kerpan.

JDSU to Support RCS VoLTE Interoperability Test

JDSU announced its participation in the RCS VoLTE Interoperability Test (IOT) Event 2012 organized by the MultiService Forum (MSF), ETSI, and GSMA.

The event will be hosted by Telecom Slovenia Group in Sintesio, Kranj, Slovenia and by China Mobile in China Mobile Research Institute Laboratory in Beijing, China, from September 24 to October 12, 2012.

MSF will publish a whitepaper following the event to share the results and findings.

"JDSU is excited to again be part of such a pivotal series of interoperability test events critical to enabling the future of LTE and 4G technologies," said William Vink, a practice leader in JDSU’s Communications Test and Measurement business segment. "

Zayo Says AboveNet National Network Integration Complete

Two months after completing its acquisition of AboveNet, Zayo reported that integration of the two networks is complete.  The resulting combined network nearly doubles Zayo’s national network reach, and provides connectivity that spans over 65,000 route miles in 45 states and 7 countries.

Some key points

  • Previously separate DWDM (Wavelengths), Ethernet and IP systems have been linked with high bandwidth connectivity between markets.
  • The interconnection involved deploying new network equipment to link the fiber networks
  • Ethernet and IP networks allow customers to access Zayo’s Tier 1 IP network by extending across and into Metro markets shared by Zayo and AboveNet.
  • Network management and customer support have been consolidated into a single Network Control Center. Customers will receive support on all services through a single point of contact that can access all their service records as well as related network elements across the combined network.
  • Customers can now access Zayo’s national and dense metro networks across points-of-presence in over 200 markets, spanning 18 of the 20 largest markets in the US as well as smaller markets.

The integration also brings access to major cities across Europe including London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam through Zayo’s transatlantic capacity and European fiber networks.

Web Giants Back New Lobby Group -- The Internet Association

Fourteen of the largest web companies have joined forces to create  The Internet Association, a new public policy organization dedicated to strengthening and protecting a free and innovative Internet.  The Internet Association said its goal is to ensure " that the Internet will always have a voice in Washington and a seat at the table."

Member companies include, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace,, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga.

“A free and innovative Internet is vital to our nation’s economic growth,” said Michael Beckerman, President and CEO of The Internet Association.  “These companies are all fierce competitors in the market place, but they recognize the Internet needs a unified voice in Washington.  They understand the future of the Internet is at stake and that we must work together to protect it.”

Ericsson Opens R&D Lab in Nanjing, China

Ericsson inaugurated a new Nanjing R&D Center building covering a total area of 11,700 m2.  The Nanjing R&D Center, one of 5 such facilities worldwide, currently employs about 500 R&D engineers who are working on software and hardware for various communication standards, including GSM, WCDMA, LTE FDD and TDD (TD-LTE). The radio network controllers and radio base stations developed by the center have been deployed by major operators in more than 100 networks around the world.

Ericsson also marked the 20th anniversary of  Nanjing Ericsson Panda Communications Co. Ltd., which has grown to become Ericsson's largest production supply centers.