Thursday, October 4, 2012

MegaPath's National Ethernet over Copper Rollout Reaches 693 COs

 MegaPath, the new local exchange carrier formed through the merger of Speakeasy, Covad Communications and the original MegaPath, has expanded its  Ethernet over Copper (EoC) network to the top 50 markets across the U.S.  Most recently, the company added availability in the Las Vegas, Nev.; Richmond, Va; San Antonio, Texas; Hartford, Conn; and Jacksonville and Tampa, Fla. markets.

MegaPath now offers EoC service through 693 Central Offices around the country, giving it the largest such network. EoC enables MegaPath to deliver symmetrical speeds up to 45 Mbps.

HP Integrates SDN Controller, Switches, Apps

HP introduced several innovations for delivering end-to-end software defined networking (SDN) with its Virtual Application Networks strategy.  The new capabilities span infrastructure, control software and application layers with a “single control plane” to help enterprises and cloud providers to simplify and maximize agility across data center, campus and branch networks.  HP is supporting Open Networking Foundation (ONF) standards.

Some highlights:

A new HP Virtual Application Networks SDN Controller abstracts the physical hardware from the logical deployment, providing a centralized view and automating network configuration of all devices in the infrastructure. 

HP is adding OpenFlow-enabled support to nine additional switch models, offering clients a flexible and programmable standards-based interface. This includes the new HP 3800 switch series.

At the application layer,  HP is introducing Virtual Cloud Networks software that enables cloud providers to deliver automated and scalable public cloud services to enterprises. The software helps enterprises to create an isolated virtual cloud network environment through a self-service public cloud infrastructure, providing them complete control for introducing new services and applications to their users.

Also at the application layer, HP is introducing a Sentinel Security software application that  automates network access control and intrusion prevention security for enterprise campus networks with existing OpenFlow-enabled switch hardware through HP’s controller.

“In the cloud era, clients need a single point of control for the entire network, which enables them to deploy any application or service directly to the user within minutes,” said Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking, HP.  “Only HP provides clients with a complete software-defined network solution that automates manual configuration tasks across hardware, software and applications and from data center to desktop through a single control plane.”

  • Earlier this year, HP enabled OpenFlow across its FlexNetwork enterprise switches. The new capabilities are delivered as a free software upgrade across 16 switches, including the HP 3500, 5400 and 8200 series. 

InterXion Expands Data Centers in Amsterdam and Zurich

Citing continue demand from customers for more space, Interxion announced expansions of its data centres in Amsterdam and Zurich.

  • AMS 5.4 will add 1,000 square meters of equipped space and will add an additional 2 MW of available customer power.  The capital expenditures for this expansion are expected to total approximately EUR 12 million.  AMS 5.4 is scheduled to open by the end of Q4 2012.
  • ZUR 1.3 will add 600 square meters of equipped space and will access existing customer power.  The capital expenditures for this expansion are expected to total approximately EUR 4 million. ZUR 1.3 is scheduled to open by the end of Q4  2012.

Intel Atom Targets Network Attached Storage

Intel introduced its next-generation Intel Atom processor-based storage solution.

The Intel Atom processor D2550 and Intel Atom processor D2500 provide the power needed to deliver security, back-up and multimedia capabilities in networ-attached storage arrays for consumers and small businesses.

The first platforms based on this silicon are being introduced by Asustor, QNAP, and Thecus.

Spread Networks Cuts Chicago-New York Latency to 12.98 Milliseconds Roundtrip

Spread Networks  announced further performance improvements on its low-latency Chicago-to-NYC fiber route.

Spread's flagship Ultra Low Latency Chicago-New York Dark Fiber service is now operational at a roundtrip latency of 12.98 milliseconds roundtrip, a 100 microsecond improvement from Spread's previous 13.1 millisecond offering.  

Spread's Ultra Low Latency Chicago-New York Wavelength service promises operational round-trip latency between Chicago and New York below 14.1 milliseconds roundtrip when it becomes operational on October 12th.  Spread said these latency improvements to the ULL Wavelength service follow up immediately upon its recent deployment of 100G technology on the same ULL Wavelength service.

  • Spread's 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).

Facebook hits 1 Billion

Facebook reached 1billion monthly active users on September 14.  The company 600 million users actively accessing its site via mobiles.

The top five countries (alphabetical order) are Brazil,India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. The median age of new users is 22.

Over 219 billion photos have been uploaded since launch, excluding deleted photos.

Cisco Names Two Presidents

Cisco announced two key executive appointments:  Gary B. Moore has been named President and Chief Operating Officer, and Rob Lloyd has been named President, Development and Sales.
As President and Chief Operating Officer, Moore is accountable for Cisco's end-to-end operations, and will continue to drive alignment across all parts of the company by leading the operational discipline and prioritization required to support the company's long-term strategy.  Moore has architected Cisco's transformation, and will deepen the company's focus on operational excellence while building the business capabilities and talent to enable Cisco's future growth. He is also responsible for Cisco's operations, services, IT, supply chain, marketing and communications, human resources, corporate affairs, transformation office, legal, government affairs, and corporate planning functions. Moore joined Cisco in 2001 from network consulting company Netigy, where he was CEO. Previously he had a 26-year career at Electronic Data Systems (EDS)

Loyd assumes responsibility for Cisco's development and sales efforts, as the company creates tighter connections between customer requirements and innovation, along with ensuring greater speed-to-market. Lloyd's organization will drive alignment and acceleration of Cisco's technology innovation to enable a faster response to market transitions; increased customer relevance; and growth. He previously was  Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations and Senior Vice President, U.S., Canada and JapanLloyd joined Cisco in 1994 as General Manager of Cisco's Canadian subsidiary.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Via Licensing Builds LTE Patent Pool with Major Players

Via Licensing announced an LTE patent pool that includes the contributions of some major players:  AT&T, Clearwire Corporation, DTVG Licensing, HP, KDDI Corporation, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, and ZTE Corporation.
The patent pool aims to accelerate innovation by providing efficient, transparent, and cost-effective access to LTE standard essential patents.  Participation in the LTE licensing program is open to all owners of LTE essential patents. Any party that believes they hold a patent essential to the LTE standard is encouraged to submit the patent for evaluation and, once qualified, to participate in this valuable offering.

“We are delighted to have been able to participate in a truly collaborative effort from a broad spectrum of industry players to provide one-stop shop access to LTE standard essential patents that the pool provides,” said Dr. Toru Otsu, Managing Director of Intellectual Property at NTT DOCOMO. “We feel confident that the pool will play a huge role in accelerating growth of the LTE ecosystem by meeting both the needs of licensors and licensees.”

Integra Telecom Powers Hosted Voice Service with Metaswitch

Integra Telecom has selected Metaswitch Networks as the infrastructure and application partner powering its new Hosted Voice Service.  Integra is also using Metaswitch for its SIP-based services.
The new Hosted Voice Service provides a fully managed and feature-rich integrated voice, data and equipment solution for business customers of all sizes. 
Integra owns and operates an enterprise-class network consisting of a 5,000-mile long-haul fiber-optic network, 3,000–miles of metropolitan fiber and a nationwide IP/MPLS network across the western U.S.  Its fiber network connects directly to more than 2,000 enterprise buildings and data centers.

XO's Coast-to-Coast 100G Links Equinix Data Centers

XO Communications is deploying nodes of its new, national 100G optical backbone in Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers across the United States.

XO Communications and its partners, Nokia Siemens Networks and Ciena, deployed the 100G service inside Equinix, leveraging Equinix’s Solution Validation Center.

The 100G connection already links Equinix data centers in Silicon Valley and Washington DC.

XO said 100G availability from Equinix’s data centers provides customers with:

  • High-capacity access to public, hybrid, private cloud providers
  • The ability to optimize their network for increased performance and lower latency
  • High-speed content distribution to improve end user experience
  • Access to Carrier Business Ethernet services across metros and regions

Thinking Phone Raises $16.5 Million for Cloud Services

Thinking Phone Networks, a start-up based in Cambridge. Mass., raised $16.5 million in venture funding for its enterprise cloud communication services.

Thinking Phone Networks developed a multi-tenant cloud software platform that fosters ready integration of third-party off-the-shelf and “home grown” business applications such as CRM and ERP. In addition, the platform addresses the multi-faceted needs of service providers, PBX vendors, and channel partners seeking to easily deploy and scale differentiated cloud UC services. 

Thinking Phone Networks provides extensive back office service deployment, management, and billing tools that speed time-to-market and time-to-revenue.

The new funding was led by Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV) and Bessemer Venture Partners.

MetroPCS + T-Mobile USA Looks to Accelerated LTE Rollout

MetroPCS agreed to merge with T-Mobile USA (a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom) in a deal that creates a much strengthened No.4 mobile operator in the U.S. market with deeper network coverage and the need for an accelerated path to one common LTE network.

 Despite operating incompatible legacy networks (CDMA and GSM), the companies said rapid handset turnover (60% - 65% per year) will make for a relatively quick migration of MetroPCS customers to LTE.   MetroPCS customers will also benefit from T-Mobile's much more extensive network.

The basis for the merger will be to re-farm MetroPCS spectrum to create capacity services.  Specifically, the spectrum migration plan for the merged company will be:

  1. GSM will become the merged company's “universal” technology for roaming, M2M and legacy device
  2. MetroPCS PCS spectrum will be migrated to HSPA+
  3. T-Mobile AWS will be repurposed from HSPA+ to LTE over time
  4. Available MetroPCS AWS spectrum will be migrated to LTE
  5. AWS will become NewCo's primary LTE band across Americas

Some other key points of the deal:
  • The merged company will use the T-Mobile name and brand.  It will be traded on the NYSE.
  • The combined company is projected to have 2012 Pro Forma Revenue of $24.8 billion
  • The combined company will have 42.5 million subscribers

  • The annual CAPEX budget for the combined company would be approximately $4.2 billion at current level
  • Deutsche Telekom will receive a 74% stake
  • MetroPCS Shareholders will receive $1.5 billion in cash and 26% ownership in the combined company
  • The new company will continue to position itself as "the best value in wireless" in the U.S. market
  • The combined company will have ~70,000 total points of distribution, including 50,000 retailers
  • The cost synergies are projected $6 - $7 billion over 5 years, including both CAPEX and OPEX on network infrastructure
  • The company’s headquarters will be in Bellevue, Washington and it will retain a significant presence in Dallas, Texas.

“The combination with MetroPCS is another logical and significant step that will accelerate our Challenger Strategy and enable us to deliver amazing, affordable and trusted 4G services, while providing opportunities to expand geographic territories and serve more customers. Our enhanced spectrum position will be the foundation for a faster and more reliable network, and will allow us to deploy a deeper and more robust LTE rollout, particularly in major metropolitan areas. We will be a stronger, value-focused competitor, providing customers with offerings such as our Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data and ‘bring your own device’ plans," stated John Legere, President and Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Cisco's nLight Converges IP and 100G Optical

Cisco introduced its "nLight" technology for converging IP and optical transport networks while introducing programmability.

Cisco's nLight silicon enables coherent 100 Gbps transport services over distances of up to 3,000 km without the need for signal regeneration.  The IPoDWDM technology in Cisco CRS-3 routers lets service providers introduce 100 Gbps technology in their networks and deliver ultra-long-haul, high-speed transport services. Cisco also claims that nLight silicon enables 100 Gbps over existing fiber plant, delivering maximum performance, especially on marginal or impaired fiber segments.  

With the nLight IPoDWDM, the Cisco CRS can converge IP and optical layers at 10 Gbps, 40 Gbps, and now coherent 100 Gbps speeds.

CESNET, the national research and education network which connects close to 100 science, research and education institutions in the Czech Republic, is now seamlessly transitioning to the Cisco CRS with 100 Gbps coherent IPoDWDM solution, using Cisco's nLight technology.

Sentinel Builds Mega Data Center in North Carolina

Sentinel Data Centers has begun construction on  a 420,000 square foot (39,000m2) wholesale data center in Durham, North Carolina.

The Sentinel NC-1 multi-tenant facility will be available for occupancy in early 2013 upon completion and commissioning of an initial 120,000 square foot (11,000m2) phase.  The company expects its mega facility will ultimately yield approximately 200,000 square feet of net computer room space, divisible into autonomous, turnkey suites of multiple sizes and configurations.

Juniper Expands Edge Routing Possibilities

Juniper Networks unveiled a set of enhancements for its MX Series 3D Universal Edge Router, including a content caching line card and new virtualization capabilities. 

The new features  help operators to deliver new consumer and business value-added services, such as multi-screen video and digital advertising, by moving more functionality into the edge router.

The MX Series 3D Universal Edge Router, which  is powered by Juniper's Junos  Trio chipset, now supports a content streaming via an  MX Application Services Modular Line Card with multi-terabytes of storage.  Juniper's content caching, which has been renamed Junos Content Encore offers the capacity to stream up to 80,000 videos simultaneously.

Other enhancements include:

·         Junos Web Aware, which uses processing power in the edge router for new monetization possibilities by providing parental control services and enabling targeted advertising.
·         JunosV Firefly, which enables service providers to quickly deploy new virtualized managed services, such as virtualized security.  Service providers can ensure that traffic for each customer is completely isolated and secure from other users within the cloud.

·         Junos Node Unifier, which combines MX routers and Juniper top-of rack switches into a single virtualized element to simplify management of multiple nodes. This innovation enables service providers to streamline operations and ultimately reduce operational expenditures.

·         Juniper Business Cloud CPE, which enables service providers’ enterprise customers to offload complex monitoring and Layer 3 routing intelligence from their on-site premises and onto the service provider’s MX router. 

ADVA Powers PIONIER’s GMPLS-Controlled Network in Poland

 PIONIER, one of Europe’s largest research and education networks, has chosen ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 platform to link five supercomputing centers in Poland, including Poznan, Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw and Krakow, and 21 academic Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) at speeds up to 100 Gbps.

The network, which is owned and managed by the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), uses the FSP300's embedded, multi-layer GMPLS-based control plane and ROADM technology to allocate bandwidth-on-demand resulting in true network automation, dynamic routing and restoration capabilities.

"We have worked with ADVA Optical Networking for many years now so they understand the unique needs of a long-haul research and education network,” said Maciej Stroinski, technical director of PSNC. “We needed a cost-effective way to deliver more bandwidth to the researchers and scientists. Having a small team and limited resources, it was imperative that we have a high level of automation without operational complexity. Using the FSP Service Manager, we are now able to set-up high speed services on demand, offering network users throughout Poland access to the content and applications they need, at any time and from anywhere on all-optical links of distances up to 3,000 kilometers.”

Shares in MetroPCS Rise 18% on T-Mo Rumor

Shares in MetroPCS climbed 17.8% on Tuesday to close at $13.57.  Unconfirmed reports state that Deutsche Telekom is in talks to merge its T-Mobile USA business with MetroPCS.

MetroPCS operates a CDMA network while T-Mobile USA operates a GSM network.  MetroPCS launched LTE in January 2011 while T-Mobile USA is preparing to launch LTE next year.

As of June 2012, MetroPCS passed 700,000 LTE subscribers, representing 8% of its customer base.

In August,  MetroPCS launched its commercial Voice-over-LTE service. The first sale of a VoLTE-capable handset occurred at one of the company's Dallas/Fort Worth store locations.

Radisys Appoints New CEO, Updates Q3 Guidance

Radisys named Brian Bronson as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Michel Dagenais, who has left the company and resigned as a member of the Radisys Board of Directors.  Mr. Bronson joined Radisys in 1999, has been an officer of the company since 2000, Chief Financial Officer since 2006 and President since 2011.

Radisys has appointed Allen Muhich as CFO and Corporate Secretary. Mr. Muhich joined Radisys in 2011 as Vice President of Finance.

In addition, Radisys trimmed its Q3 guidance.  The company now expects third quarter revenue to range from $63 million to $65 million which compares to earlier expectations of $66 million to $72 million.
“We are disappointed in our preliminary third quarter revenue levels,” commented Brian Bronson, Radisys President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our revenue, primarily in our higher margin products, is slightly below the expectations set at the beginning of the quarter and is expected to result in a third quarter Non-GAAP EPS loss. We continue to believe we are not losing market share, but rather are seeing softer customer demand in a challenging telecommunications spending environment. 

AT&T Expands Deployments of Bloom Fuel Cells

AT&T will deploy an additional 9.6 MW of fuel cell power from Bloom Energy.   This follows  last year's order for 7.5 MW of "Bloom Boxes" at 11 AT&T sites in California including data centers.  The companies calculated that once fully operational, all of AT&T's Bloom Box installations are expected to produce more than 149 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually.

The new installations will make AT&T the largest non-utility customer for Bloom Energy.

"A key differentiator for fuel cells compared to other forms of alternative power is that fuel cell electricity production is virtually constant," explained John Schinter, AT&T's Senior Energy Director. "They provide steady recurring electricity production at a relatively predictable cost, replacing the traditional electricity bill, which can be volatile."

SOASTA Acquires LogNormal for User Metrics Tools

 SOASTA, a start-up offering cloud and mobile testing, has acquired LogNormal, a developer of real user measurement and monitoring tools for mobile and web applications. The acquisition extends SOASTA’s platform to deliver actionable intelligence for both marketing and operations executives on real user behavior.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

SOASTA said the acquisition extends its vision of delivering the full life cycle of development, testing and measurement solutions.

SOASTA is based in Mountain View, California.  LogNormal is based in Menlo Park, California.