Monday, November 5, 2012

EC Approves 1920-1980 MHz paired with 2110-2170 MH for LTE


The European Commission approved plans to make available another 120 MHz of spectrum for LTE.

The paired terrestrial 2 GHz band (1920-1980 MHz paired with 2110-2170 MHz) has been traditionally used by UMTS.

The new rule makes it mandatory for Member States to open the relevant spectrum by 30 June 2014 at the latest, and lays down harmonised technical conditions to allow coexistence between different technologies.

The European Commission notes that its policy means that the EU will enjoy up to twice the amount of spectrum for high speed wireless broadband as in the United States, namely around 1000 MHz.

European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: "This extra spectrum for 4G in Europe means we can better meet the changing and growing demand for broadband. I want to see Member States acting swiftly to change existing licenses. We all win from faster wireless connections in Europe."

http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/telecoms-internet/telecoms/blogs

ISC8 Buys Bivio's NetFalcon CyberSecurityto ISC8

Bivio Networks has sold its NetFalcon and NCCS product and business assets to ISC8 for an undisclosed sum.

ISC8 said the acquisition brings advanced products and technologies for Security Intelligence, Incident Response, Content Control and mitigation of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) in enterprise, service provider and government networks. ISC8 purchased the NetFalcon and Network Content Control System business units of Bivio Networks, including all related intellectual property, sales, engineering, managerial, and other operational resources. In addition, ISC8 will acquire an installed base consisting of nine accounts including leading Tier 1 service providers, enterprises and government agencies worldwide. 

Bivio said it will continue to focus on its DPI Application Platform for government and commercial customers.

“It is clear from both market and customer feedback that Advanced Persistent Threats, or Targeted Cyber Attacks, are the biggest Cybersecurity menace that governments, militaries and corporations face today,” said Bill Joll, president and CEO of ISC8. “With the close of the Bivio transaction, we now have a complete suite of products and technologies for helping these organizations with this most pressing cybersecurity problem, specifically the ability to detect these threats while the attack is ongoing. We also provide the supporting forensic evidence for these threats, which have typically remained undetected for a period of months to more than a year."

"Bivio has an established 12-year track record on providing leading cyber security solutions in the most challenging and mission critical environments," said Dr. Elan Amir, president and CEO of Bivio Networks. "Now that this transaction is complete, Bivio can continue to focus on delivering the DPI Application Platform to our government and commercial customers looking to deploy world-class cyber security solutions."

Telkom South Africa's CEO Steps Down

Ms Nombulelo Moholi announced her resignation as CEO of Telkom SA.  She was appointed as the Group Chief Executive Officer and as an executive director in April 2011.  Before that, she was the Managing Director of the Telkom SA business unit since 1 May 2009. 

http://www.telkom.co.za

Sunday, November 4, 2012

KT Reaches 2.49 Million LTE Subscribers, 15% of Mobile Users

KT has signed up over 2.49 million LTE subscribers as of the end of Q3, representing about 15% of its mobile customer base.  Meanwhile, the number of smartphone subscribers reached 9.79 million, representing 59.4% of KT's total mobile subscribers.


Financially. KT's operating revenue for the quarter rose to 6,519.4 billion won, up 30% compared to a year ago, thanks largely to disposal of certain real estate and copper line assets.  Net profit reached 372.3 billion won (US$341 million).

Some other notes:

  • KT now has 8 million broadband subscribers.
  • Due to decrease in telephony and line lease revenue, total wireline revenue fell 2.7% QoQ.
  • KT's total CAPEX for Q3 amounted to 592.3 billion won, including LTE CAPEX of 168.9 billion won.
  • The carrier is planning to rollout multi-carrier LTE soon.

Verizon: Full Restoration in NY May Take till Nov 9

On Saturday night, Verizon restored service to a key New York City facility to generator power, re-establishing services for large multinational clients.  Full customer restoration in NewYork in some locations remains dependent on restoration of commercial power, which may take until November 9 according to the latest estimates.


As of Sunday afternoon, Verizon Enterprise Solutions reported pumping approximately 1 million gallons of floodwater out of its headquarters building in Lower Manhattan.  

The company said the corrosive nature of salt water is likely have caused unseen damage to copper and fiber at many facilities in New York City.


http://www.verizonbusiness.com/about/news/pr-26011-en-Hurricane+Sandy+Updates.xml

Windstream: 75 Broad St. Still on Backup Power on Sunday

As of Sunday afternoon (04-Nov-2012), Windstream advised that its switching equipment located in the 75 Broad Street data center was still operating on back-up power.  The switches were first restored on Friday after going offline during Monday's storm.  Service disruptions due to lack of commercial power at this site are still a possibility.  However, Windstream's overall capacity in the NYC region is now back to pre-storm levels.

http://news.windstream.com/

Amazon Web Services Raises the Roof on Storage I/O Performance

Amazon is now allowing customers of its Elastic Beanstalk Service (EBS) to provision up to 2,000 IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per second) per EBS volume, double the previous performance limit.  The company notes this is an order of magnitude more IOPS than a high-end 15,000 RPM disk drive.

It is also possible to achieve higher performance by striping multiple Provisioned IOPS volumes together, yielding thousands of IOPS per logical volume to an EC2-powered application.

AWS Elastic Beanstalk is a quick way to deploy and manage applications in the AWS cloud.  The service automatically handles the deployment details of capacity provisioning, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring.  EBS leverages AWS services such as Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS), Elastic Load Balancing, and Auto Scaling.  

http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2012/11/raising-the-roof-more-provisioned-iops-for-ebs.html

Friday, November 2, 2012

TIM Brazil Picks Ericsson for LTE


TIM Brazil has selected Ericsson to deploy LTE in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Sergipe, Goiás and the Federal District.  Ericsson will supply RBS 6000 base stations.  The contract also includes network rollout services.  Financial terms were not disclosed.
The deeal extends the long-standing partnership that together implemented TIM’s 2G and 3G in Brazil.  It also marks Ericsson's fourth  4G/LTE contract in Brazil,
TIM Brazil is a subsidiary of Telecom Italia.

Alcatel-Lucent: Gains in IP and Wireline Offset by Declines in Optics, Wireless

Alcatel-Lucent reported Q3 revenue of Euro 3,599 million, up 1.5% quarter-over-quarter but down 2.8% year-over-year on a reported basis as gains in the IP business were offset by double digit declines in Wireless and in Optics.

Gross margin came in at 27.9% of revenue for the quarter, compared to 35.3% in the year ago quarter and 31.7% in the second quarter 2012. There was a reported net loss (group share) of Euro (146) million or Euro (0.06) per share.

North America witnessed a 10% revenue decline, whilst Central and Latin America recorded its eighth quarter of double digit growth, driven by Brazil. In Asia Pacific, which declined 10%, the continuous good traction in Japan and Australia partially offset the still low activity in China. Driven by good growth in Russia, Eastern Europe declined at a smaller pace than Western Europe, where low spending from service providers still prevail (adjusted for constant currency and compared to the year ago period).

"Our third quarter results are reflective of the significant transformation we are undertaking both in terms of scope and timing. In addition, our revenue growth and gross margin were impacted by overall carrier spending dynamics and product mix, especially in wireless.  During this transition period we are very focused on insulating our core operating business by maintaining our commitment to innovation and our investment levels in R&D. Our recent significant wins in the U.S, China and Brazil as well as the 20% growth in the order book for our HLN products have emphasized our relevance with the leading carriers as they roll-out their next generation networks," stated Ben Verwaayen, CEO Alcatel-Lucent.

Some highlights:

NETWORKS

Revenues for the IP division were Euro 490 million, a 30.3% increase from the year-ago quarter. The company reported strong growth for IP edge routers, especially in Japan, China, the US and Latin America, reflecting all-IP network transformation, as well as strong demand for trials of the new 7950 XRS core router in all regions.

Revenues for the Optics division were Euro 480 million, a decrease of 17.5% from the year-ago quarter. Despite continued declines in legacy equipment, WDM returned to growth in the third quarter, resulting in overall low double digit decline in terrestrial optics.  The company cited the success of its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), which was selected in the third quarter by China Telecom as part of their nationwide broadband expansion. There was continued weakness for the submarine optics business.

Revenues for the Wireless division was Euro 837 million, a decrease of 18.9% from the year-ago quarter. The company reported overall cautious spending from service providers.

Revenues in the Wireline division increased 26.3% from their year-ago level, to Euro 389 million. This quarter marked the second consecutive quarter that fiber-based access revenues surpassed copper-based access revenues. The IPDSLAM equipment grew at double digit rate, while the fiber access equipment grew 80% year-over-year, confirming particular strength in Asia-Pacific, driven mainly by China, immediately followed by the Americas and then by EMEA with PON technology.

Sales of  next-generation Networks products increased 20% from the year-ago quarter, reaching Euro 1,162 million in the third quarter 2012. At constant currency rates, sales of our next-generation Networks products increased 10% compared to the year ago quarter. This accounts for 53% of Networks sales, compared to 43% a year-ago.

S3 (SOFTWARE, SERVICES and SOLUTIONS)

Revenues for the S3 segment were Euro 1,155 million, an increase of 5.0% compared to Euro 1,100  million in the year-ago quarter and an increase of 9.7% compared to Euro 1,053 million in the second quarter 2012. At constant currency exchange rates, S3 revenues decreased 0.7% year-over-year and increased 8.3% sequentially.

Services revenues were Euro 1,058 million, a 6.2% increase compared to the year-ago quarter.   Network Applications revenues declined 6.7% from their year-ago level, to Euro 97 million in the third quarter. "Strategic Industries" Services business (including transportation, energy, and the public sector) had a strong sequential growth, driven by the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions.

ENTERPRISE

Revenues in the Enterprise business were Euro 188 million, a decrease of -13.8% compared to Euro 218 million in the year-ago quarter and a decrease of -1.6% compared to Euro 191  million in the second quarter 2012. At constant currency exchange rates, our Enterprise business declined 16.5% compared to the year-ago quarter and decreased 2.6% sequentially. Excluding an OEM re-sale activity that was terminated in the third quarter of 2011, and one-time items, the data business would have increased 5%.

In a conference call, Alcatel-Lucent's CEO said the company's restructuring program will cut two layers in the organization, reducing the number of executives by 30%.  More than 60% of cuts will be in Europe.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Gigamon Showcases 100 Gigabit Ethernet Traffic Visibility Fabric

Gigamon will showcase a 100 Gigabit Ethernet Traffic Visibility Fabric at next week's Supercomputing 2012.

The Gigamon Visibility Fabric is capable of intelligently forwarding network traffic at full line rate between nodes on 100GbE network connections, offering the ability to connect to 100GbE networks and to deliver intelligently aggregated 10GbE connections into a single 100GbE uplink to network monitoring, management and analytic tools.

Gigamon said it has demonstrated the capability to receive, filter, modify and deliver traffic at 100GbE rates on network segments with throughput that expands beyond 2.5 Terabits due to the unique architecture of the GigaVUE-HD8 chassis.

“Since inception of the company, Gigamon’s innovative culture continues to deliver regular industry firsts that address real challenges faced by real customers. With 48 of the top 100 Mobile Service Providers using the Gigamon Visibility Fabric, we are in lockstep with our customer base in understanding the challenges they face deploying 4G, LTE-Advanced & VoLTE architectures,” said Paul Hooper, VP of marketing and product management at Gigamon. “We realized that the move from 10Gb to 40Gb was a short-term step in the upgrading of the core, and that 100Gb was the ultimate medium-term objective for architects and engineers of the most advanced global networks. Our customers will be able to take advantage of our intelligent 100Gb network Visibility Fabric to enable effective monitoring, management and analysis of superior performance carrier-grade networks.”

http://www.gigamon.com/traffic-visibility-fabric


LINARO -- a Software Ecosystems for ARM Servers

Linaro, a not-for-profit engineering organization developing open source software for the ARM architecture, announced the addition of AMD, Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, Calxeda, Canonical, Cavium, Facebook, HP, Marvell and Red Hat as members. Existing members include ARM, Samsung and ST-Ericsson.

The companies will collaborate on the development of foundational software for ARM Server Linux.  Linaro uses a unique business model where multiple companies jointly invest in a software engineering team that creates core open source software in a collaborative and transparent environment.
“As power and energy become increasing costs to business, there continues to be a need to drive down costs and this means a total reinvention of the server space. There will be a range of server solutions based on ARM technology as the entire business community looks to reduce cost of ownership and achieve energy efficiency. Ultimately, it is the partnership approach which is vital to encourage innovation in this space and we are delighted to see LEG shares this vision. By changing the way we process data, the opportunity for a smarter, more connected future can be truly realized," stated ARM CEO Warren East.



Equinix Posts Q3 Revenue of $489 Million


Equinix reported revenues from continuing operations of $488.7 million for the third quarter, a 7% increase over the previous quarter and a 20% increase over the same quarter last year.  This result included $16.1 million in revenues from the Company’s Asia Tone and ancotel acquisitions for the quarter and excluded $8.8 million of revenues from discontinued operations.  Recurring revenues, consisting primarily of colocation, interconnection and managed services were $462.8 million for the third quarter, a 7% increase over the previous quarter and a 19% increase over the same quarter last year.  Non-recurring revenues were $25.9 million in the quarter.   
Net income attributable to Equinix for the third quarter was $28.8 million.  This represents a basic net income per share attributable to Equinix of $0.60 and a diluted net income per share attributable to Equinix of $0.58 based on a weighted average share count of 48.4 million and 52.7 million, respectively, for the third quarter of 2012.  
“We delivered solid financial results in the third quarter, driven by continued demand for our services across all three regions,” said Steve Smith, president and CEO of Equinix. “We are executing with discipline and remain focused on profitable growth.  We believe the value of our global interconnection platform and further development of our business ecosystems will underpin our competitive position in support of our long-term opportunity.” 

Softbank Completes First CSFB Between LTE TDD and UMTS with Huawei


SOFTBANK Japan has completed the first circuit switch fall back (CSFB) voice call between a LTE TDD compatible network and a UMTS network using Huawei's solutions for commercial LTE TDD.

The CSFB voice call was made through Huawei's STREAM 201HW smartphone.  To complete the call, the AXGP (Advanced eXtended Global Platform) network was connected with the UMTS network of SOFTBANK MOBILE. AXGP is a network compatible with the LTE TDD of Wireless City Planning Inc., a SoftBank Group company.  Huawei's STREAM 201HW smartphone, which is currently available through SOFTBANK MOBILE in Japan, uses a customized Qualcomm chip supporting both LTE TDD (AXGP) and UMTS.

Mr. Deng Taihua, Huawei President for LTE TDD/WiMAX/TDS Networks, said: "Huawei is honored to provide SOFTBANK MOBILE with this CSFB solution. Interoperation between GSM/UMTS/LTE networks is always a concern for operators. During trials in India August last year, Huawei completed the world's first multiple live handover scenarios across GSM/UMTS/LTE. We are committed to commercializing LTE TDD key solutions for our customers."

http://www.huawei.com/en/about-huawei/newsroom/press-release/hw-195764-csfblte.htm

NetScout Acquires ONPATH for Network Monitoring at 10/40/100G

NetScout Systems has acquired privately held ONPATH Technologies, a supplier of calable connectivity and monitoring solutions for an undisclosed sum.

ONPATH, which is based in Marlton, New Jersey, offers a Universal Connectivity System and HorizON Software platform that automates and secures data center and test infrastructure.  The tools help network managers to conserve time, increase utilization, and save money compared to manual patching, static TAPs, SPAN ports, or complex mesh switching architectures. ONPATH claims over one million installed ports throughout Fortune 1,000 and Government customers.

NetScout said the acquisition of ONPATH is a strategic move that expands its position in the network monitoring switch market. NetScout said it will leverage ONPATH’s next generation technology to deliver an extensible modular chassis-based switching product portfolio supporting more than 500 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) per chassis along with market-leading densities for 40 GbE, and future support for 100 GbE interfaces.

“As enterprise and service provider organizations continue to face the challenges of monitoring large, distributed and high volume IP network environments, they need greater density and flexibility to scale their access to packet-flow intelligence,” said Anil Singhal, president and CEO, NetScout.  “Our acquisition of ONPATH significantly extends NetScout’s network monitoring switch position and will enable us to establish ourselves as the technology leader in this segment. We intend to quickly integrate this technology into our packet flow switch product offering to deliver a comprehensive, ultra low latency switch portfolio with industry-leading performance and port densities that will be easier to integrate and simpler to manage. This will enable enterprise and service provider organizations to address a diverse range of deployment requirements to improve the efficiency, control and distribution of valuable network traffic flows and reduce the overall total cost of ownership for network-based monitoring deployments.”

NetScout acquired Simena in November 2011 for its low-latency IP packet flow-based network monitoring switching technology.

http://www.netscout.com
http://live.onpathtech.com

AT&T Offers 5GB of Consumer Cloud Storage

AT&T introduced a free, consumer cloud service that lets users upload images and video to secure online storage and quickly share on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or e-mail.

AT&T Locker is offering 5 GB of storage for free – enough for up to 5,000 average sized photos, along with apps for iPhone and Android.  Users can choose to upload new photos and video via Wi-Fi, wireless or both.

"Customers use smartphones to capture special moments in their lives.  That's why we designed AT&T Locker to help you store those memories," said Mark Collins, senior vice president, Data and Voice Products, AT&T Mobility. "With Easy Upload, every photo and video is uploaded directly to AT&T's cloud, which can be accessed safely and securely anytime from a customer's smartphone or the Web."

http://www.att.com/locker


OIF Approves Security IAs and Elects Leaders


The Optical Internetworking Forum approved three security implementation agreements (IAs) and elected several new directors and committee chairs. 

The newly approved IAs include:

Security for Management Interfaces to Network Elements 2.0
Network elements have OAM&P interfaces used for network management, billing andaccounting, configuration, error logging, maintenance and other administrative activities unprotected. This IA defines improved mechanisms for securing and protecting OAM&P interfaces to a network element. 

Security Extension for UNI and E-NNI 2.1
This IA defines and updates common Security Extensions for securing the protocols used in the OIF’s UNI and E-NNI which calls for a complete, unified and simplified approach to security.

OIF Control Plane Logging and Auditing with Syslog Version 1.1
This IA addresses updates for controlling and securing the generation, transport and storage of log data to enable an auditing capability for the OIF’s UNI and E-NNI.

Newly elected to the board of directors are John McDonough of NEC, who will serve a one-year term as vice president of marketing, and David Stauffer of IBM and Hans-Martin Foisel of Deutsche Telekom who will each serve a two-year term as a board member.  

Also newly elected is Joe Whitehouse of Metaswitch Networks, who will serve a one-year term as the Market Awareness& Education co-chair, Networking.

Re-elected to the OIF board of directors are the following;

Ghani Abbas of Ericsson, who will serve a two-year term, was appointed Secretary/Treasurer, and Vishnu Shukla of Verizon, who will extend his term as vice president for one-year.

Re-elected as OIF officers and committee chairs are the following;
Jonathan Sadler of Tellabs as Technical Committee chair, 
Nathan Tracy of TE Connectivity as Technical Committee vice-chair, 
Rod Smith of TE Connectivity as Market Awareness & Education co-chair, PLL, and 
Torsten Wuth of Nokia Siemens Networks as the Physical Layer User Group chair.

XO Expects Recovery from Sandy to Take a Week

XO Communications reported on Thursday morning (November 1) that full restoration of network services post Hurricane Sandy should be complete within a week due to ongoing commercial power issues.  In a damage report, the company noted the following activity:



  • 111 8th Avenue, New York – Power has been restored via generator and all systems are operational. Fuel is being delivered twice daily and it is estimated that commercial power will be restored in 3-4 days. XO continues to monitor fuel and generator levels at this site.  On Thursday, the air conditioning system was turned off due to a fuel pumping problem.  Temperatures inside the data center quickly exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.78 C ).  Cooling infrastructure  was restored at around 7pm EST. ConEdison is estimating 3-4 days before full power is restored to the building.
  • 75 N Broad Street, New York – Although this Central Office (“CO”) was impacted by significant flooding it is now operational, running on generator power. XO continues to monitor fuel and generator levels at this site.
  • 60 Hudson, New York & 165 Halsey, New Jersey – These XO sites and all other XO sites in New York City, except as described above, are operating and are fully accessible; all power via generator has been restored in these sites. XO continues to monitor fuel and generator levels at this site. It is estimated that commercial power will be restored in 3-4 days.
  • 974 Marcon (Philadelphia) – Running on generator power. All equipment at the site is operational. XO continues to monitor fuel and generator levels at this site. ETR for commercial power is Sunday.
  • Philadelphia, PA Fiber Event – XO has determined that there is a fiber cut in the Philadelphia area that is impacting customers. XO dispatched a crew and has determined the area of the cut. XO is waiting on commercial power to be restored prior to repairing damaged fiber. Unfortunately the fiber cut is in a rural area and commercial power may be a lower priority for the power company than other areas.
  • Cleveland, OH – Recently declared at State of Emergency because of the extent of storm damage. XO will continue to focus on restoration efforts in this area as determined by State of Emergency conditions

  • http://www.xo.com/information/Pages/Hurricane-Sandy.aspx

    China Unicom Awards B-RAS contract to ZTE

    China Unicom  has selected ZTE’s ZXR10 M6000 equipment for new network construction across 15 provinces, including Liaoning, Shandong, Hebei, Tianjin, Shanxi, Henan, Guangdong and Zhejiang. ZTE has won about 45% share in this part of the project. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    http://www.zte.com.cn

    Fujitsu Extends MEF Carrier Ethernet in FLASHWAVE 9500

    Fujitsu announced support for MEF CE 2.0-compliant E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree and E-Access services on its flagship FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP),  positioning the platform for unified CE 2.0 Ethernet service deliveryover any type of access network. The FLASHWAVE 9500 is widely deployed by major North American carriers.

    The FLASHWAVE 9500  integrates Connectionless Ethernet (CLE) capabilities with current Connection-oriented Ethernet (COE), ROADM, DWDM and SONET/SDH technologies.  Fujitsu said its key advantage for Communications Service Providers is enabling legacy traffic to be transported with newer, packet-centric communications over the same network infrastructure. Fujitsu’s customers can realize new revenue generation opportunities of MEF E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree and E-Access services by leveraging the products’ unique capability to deliver these services over their existing SONET/SDH, T1/T3, copper local loop and fiber infrastructure.  Service providers can deliver wholesale MEF E-Access services on the same infrastructure as their retail MEF Ethernet services.

    “The FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP has integrated the many transport technologies deployed in our customers’ networks into one software re-configurable MEF-centric services delivery platform” said James Anthony, Principal Solutions Architect, Packet Optical Networking, Fujitsu Network Communications.  “This unified networking solution is packaged in a single system with a single Element Management System that can provision new Ethernet services in as little as a minute.  With the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP customers can count on flexibility, reliability and scalability that keep the platform’s total cost of ownership well below the revenue curve.”

    http://www.fujitsu.com/us/services/telecom/technologies/packet-optical-networking.html

    WSJ: Outages Expose Wireless Carriers' Backup Plans

    Many people are struggling to get wireless signals in Manhattan three days after the hurricane, according to The Wall Street Journal, in part because cell sites lack sufficient backup generator power for an extended electrical outage and part because of damage to the backhaul network.  On Thursday, the FCC estimated that 19% of cell sites in effected areas still face outages.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203707604578093220126444306.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTWhatsNewsCollection