Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mavenir Supports MetroPCS's Rich Communications

Mavenir Systems confirmed that it it provided MetroPCS with its suite of application servers to support the world's first commercial launch of Rich Communication Services (RCS) on a 4G LTE network, based on the GSMA 5.0 standard.

Mavenir’s VoLTE solution, launched commercially by MetroPCS earlier this year, is a platform that helps MetroPCS leverage the investment in its 4G LTE network and quickly offer differentiated services and new value to its customers.

MetroPCS' joyn service goes beyond voice and basic messaging to provide enriched services like integrated instant messaging or chat, WiFi and video calling and simplified content sharing.

The service is deployed with Mavenir’s IMS core and application servers.

“The move to all-IP networks is really a journey for mobile carriers and opens the doors for forward thinking operators such as MetroPCS to move quickly to offer new services,” said Pardeep Kohli, president & chief executive officer of Mavenir Systems.  “Mavenir is working closely with MetroPCS and other tier 1 operators, to transform their network services and support their vision of delivering value through rich IP-based communication services.”
           
Mavenir’s suite of RCS 5.0 application servers, including the Presence Server, Content Server and Rich Messaging Server, are based on the mOne Convergence Platform which is designed to simplify carriers’ network transformations.


On October 31, MetroPCS Communications announced the commercial launch of Rich Communication Services (RCS) on its 4GLTE network under the  GSMA-licensed joyn brand. 

Based on the GSMA RCS 5.0 standard, joyn by MetroPCS will deliver an experience beyond voice and basic messaging to provide customers with a unified and intuitive way to use enriched services like integrated instant messaging or chat, WiFi and video calling and simplified content sharing.

MetroPCS will support the following RCS services at launch for customers with 4GLTE joyn-enabled smartphones:
  • Contacts Presence - joyn knows and shows how users can reach and share content with contacts at any time
    • Contact availability/status sync (online, busy, away, unavailable)
    • Calendar sync
    • Social network interaction
  • Enriched Chat - Threaded conversations keep track of who's said what and show which people and groups are available to chat and share content
    • Instant messaging and group chat
    • Conversational view
    • Delivery of read notifications and composing indications
  • Content Sharing - Bring calls and chats to life by sharing content with just one click from the address book
    • Share video, images and files while on a call and within instant messaging or chat
    • Display service capabilities
    • Geo-location
  • WiFi and Video Calling - Stay connected with voice and video calls in areas with little or no cellular coverage
    • WiFi calling and video calls over WiFi
 "As the first 4G LTE carrier in the world to offer RCS, we are excited to join the global community of operators implementing the RCS standard and we are proud of our team and partners who were critical in building this capability that will evolve and expand over the next year," said Roger Linquist, CEO and Chairman of MetroPCS.

CenturyLink Builds Presence in CoreSite Data Centers

CenturyLink is extending its full suite of voice and IP services into five additional CoreSite data centers across the U.S.  Currently, CenturyLink offers voice and IP services in multiple CoreSite facilities in Chicago; Los Angeles; San Jose; Denver; Milpitas, CA; and New York.

CenturyLink ranks as the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is a leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers.  By expanding in the CoreSite data centers, colocation customers will have in-building access to CenturyLink's Internet and MPLS, metro and long-haul private lines, 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps connections, burstable or static bandwidth, and voice and IP services.

Separately, CoreSite announced that Global Telecom & Technology (GTT) has agreed to extend its backbone network into ten CoreSite data centers. GTT provides one of the world's most extensive networks across North America, Europe, and Asia, offering Ethernet transport, nLayer IP Transit, cloud connectivity, collaborative networking, and global peering. As a result of the network upgrade into the new data centers, GTT will peer on Any2, the nation's second largest peering exchange, operated by CoreSite. GTT will also provide seamless access to CoreSite's Open Internet Exchange, including connections to AMS-IX, DE-CIX, and NYIIX through CoreSite locations.

http://coresite.com/centurylink-extends-services-into-five-additional-coresite-data-centers.php
http://coresite.com/global-telecom-technology-extends-network-footprint-into-coresite-data-centers.php

Mitsubishi Updates India-Middle East-Western Europe Cable

 Mitsubishi has upgraded the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) Cable Network with its 40 Gbps DWDM.  The upgrade involved installation of submarine line terminal equipment in eight countries.

The IMEWE Cable System spans 12,091 kilometers with 10 terminal stations owned by a consortium of nine leading telecom carriers in eight countries: India, Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Italy and France. The cable system comprises three optical fiber cable pairs with two fiber pairs on an express path, as well as a terrestrial link connecting the cities of Alexandria and Suez in Egypt.

The nine IMEWE parties which have contracted for the upgrade and are co-owners of IMEWE system are Bharti Airtel Ltd., Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, France Telecom, OGERO Telecom, Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited, Saudi Telecom Company, TATA Communications Limited, Telecom Egypt, and Telecom Italia SPARKLE S.p.A.

http://www.imewecable.com/


Netronome Keeps Growing

Netronome announced an expansion of its Boston area office to meet the demands of its rapidly growing New England operations. The Boxborough office, which is home to Netronome’s silicon design and development team, has grown from 35 to about 70 employees this year.  The team has extensive experience and roots in the Boston area, dating back to the Intel IXP Division and Digital Equipment Corporation.

“Netronome has experienced record year over year growth the past four years and 2011 surpassed our expectations. As we look to complete 2012, we see this momentum and product demand continuing,” said Howard Bubb, CEO of Netronome. “New England is a vibrant technology community and our expanded Boston-area office allows us to attract some of the best technical talent, which will help us continue to deliver innovative flow processing solutions.”

Netronome also has development labs in Santa Clara, CA and its headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA.

http://www.netronome.com


ADVA Adds G.8032v2 for Carrier Ethernet Ring Protection

ADVA Optical Networking has added Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS) to its
FSP 150 family, enabling business Ethernet and mobile backhaul service providers to aggregate subrate Gigabit Ethernet services onto Gigabit or even 10 Gigabit Ethernet protected rings using a drop-and-continue architecture.

ERPS, also known as G.8032v2,  is an ITU-T standard that provides sub 50 millisecond protection and recovery switching, ensuring highest reliability for ring-based Carrier Ethernet infrastructures.

http://www.advaoptical.com

Monday, November 5, 2012

Cyan Debuts Blue Planet SDN, NTT Comm. Deploys

Cyan introduced its Blue Planet software defined networking (SDN) platform for virtualizing service provider networks.

Blue Planet software, which is available now, consists of an open SDN platform as well as Cyan and third-party apps. The software is composed of three distinct elements: an open SDN platform, SDN apps, and element adapter apps facilitating control over a wide range of third-party network devices. The software enables Cyan and third-party apps to interrogate and control underlying network infrastructure. Blue Planet allows apps to interact not only with OpenFlow compliant network devices, but also with legacy devices deployed prior to the development of SDN.

Cyan provides element adaptors to enable control over a broad collection of third-party network elements. In addition to Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms (P-OTPs), Blue Planet interoperates with select devices from Accedian Networks, Actelis Networks, Adtran, Adva, Alcatel-Lucent, BTI Systems, Calient, Calix, Ciena, Cisco, Juniper, MRV, OneAccess Networks, Optelian, Omnitron Systems, Overture, RAD Data Communications, Telco Systems, Transition Networks, Transmode, and others.

Cyan said its goal with Blue Planet is to "obliterate legacy cost structures, make more efficient use of network assets, and radically accelerate service delivery." Blue Planet aims to build on the virtualization, service orchestration, and hardware simplification principles that have fundamentally altered the cloud data center environment.

NTT Communications is deploying Blue Planet in several geographic markets.

“We are at an important moment in the evolution of the network,” stated Cyan president Michael Hatfield. “For years, service providers and other network operators have been searching for ways to break free of expensive and restrictive legacy architectures mandated by incumbent equipment suppliers. SDN has begun to accomplish this in data center environments by virtualizing resources and flattening cost structures. Cyan is taking the next logical step by applying these principles to wide area and metro networks.”

Belgacom Launches LTE

Belgacom launched the first LTE service in Belgium.  The Proximus 4G service is now available  in eight cities: Hasselt, Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Liège, Namur, Mons, Waver and the Haasrode Industrial Park.

Residential customers with a smartphone have a choice of the following tariff plans:
  • “Smart 75” (unlimited calls & SMS and 5GB mobile internet for €75)
  • The web based prepaid offer “Generation Connect” (2GB mobile internet, 2,000 SMS and up to 80 minutes calls on every reload of €20)
Customers who want access to 4G on a smartphone can also activate the option “Internet on GSM” (as from €19,99 for 2GB).
Professional customers with a smartphone can opt for “Bizz Mobile+ All In” (unlimited calls and SMS and 5GB mobile internet for €70 excl. VAT).

Brocade Acquires Vyatta for SDN Software Expertise

 Brocade will acquire privately held Vyatta, a developer of networking software, in an all-cash transaction. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Vyatta, which is based in Belmont, California, offers a software-based network operating system that is highly relevant for multiple applications in network virtualization, software-defined networking (SDN) and private/public cloud computing platforms.

The Vyatta Network OS delivers advanced routing and security functionality for physical, virtual and cloud networks.  It includes dynamic routing, stateful firewall, VPN support, traffic management, etc. and runs on multicore x86 processors, common hypervisor platforms and emerging cloud architectures.  Vyatta has recently expanded the platform to include Policy-Based Routing (PBR), BGP Multipath, IPsec for IPv6 and other advanced capabilities.

Brocade said it plans to utilize Vyatta technology and expertise to offer an end-to-end architecture built on a highly virtualized, dynamic network infrastructure.

"This acquisition complements our R&D investments in Ethernet fabrics and SDN, as well as our broad industry and solutions-level partnerships that enable Brocade to pursue new market opportunities in data center virtualization, public cloud, enterprise virtual private cloud, and managed services," said Mike Klayko, CEO of Brocade. "We are now bolstering these 'build and partner' efforts with this strategic acquisition with the goal of being the innovation and thought leader in the software networking category."

"There are many significant developments happening today that are redefining data center architectures and industry landscapes," said Ken Cheng, vice president of the Routing, Application Delivery and Software Networking Group at Brocade. "The Vyatta acquisition brings in considerably more software networking technology and expertise to Brocade. We believe software networking to be a critical component in the next phase of network virtualization as enterprises are becoming increasingly virtualized and actively moving workloads to the cloud."

http://www.brocade.com
http://www.vyatta.co


  • In August, Vyatta introduced its "Empowering SDN initiative" to help enterprises and service providers build an enduring software-defined networking (SDN) strategy.
    Vyatta said the significance of its Empowering SDN program is the ability to take steps now, using established protocols like OSPF and BGP, to create agile, capacity-on-demand networks for the future.
     
    In data centers, SDN could allow users to allocate groups of servers on-the-fly . Vyatta's software based routers, firewalls and VPNs enables enterprises to connect and securing these groups. Vyatta's code can be operated as virtual machines (VMs). This approach removes the constraints of a fixed device with a finite, predetermined amount of physical ports and other resources. The Vyatta VM can be replicated and positioned where needed, avoiding network congestion due to unneeded trips out to a central router. Additionally, software-based networks can provide significant savings over a large, proprietary router – leveraging the economies of the x86 architecture.

    Vyatta also noted that its software-based networks are built on open source projects, resulting in code that has been downloaded more than a million times and tested extensively in production networks worldwide. Its code has demonstrated interoperability with a wide range of network gear and continues to extend its capabilities, adding to the management and API with a roadmap to include OpenStack, CloudStack and other emerging cloud provisioning tools.


Procera Land Another Tier-1 for Intelligent Policy Enforcement

Procera Networks announced a new multi-million dollar contract to provide a Western European Tier 1 incumbent service provider with Intelligent Policy Enforcement (IPE) solutions based on its PacketLogic platforms.

"This is a very significant win for our company and validates the need for high performance as service providers move to 100 Gbps in their core,” said James Brear, CEO of Procera. “The PacketLogic PL20000 is the ideal choice to meet their business analytics needs and enable innovative policy-based services. Because of the PL20000’s industry leading throughput density, our solution makes it possible for this expansive customer to deploy the extensive network coverage needed with a fraction of the number of systems competitive offerings proposed.”

http://www.proceranetworks.com


Telco Systems Intros High-Density MPLS/Ethernet Demarc for Mobile Backhaul

 Telco Systems introduced its next generation mobile backhaul Carrier-Ethernet/MPLS demarcation device packing 12x1G ports and 8xE1/T1 Circuit Emulation Services (CES) into a compact format (1RU by half shelf width) suitable for small cell deployments.

The new T-Marc 3312SC demarc device supports the extension of MPLS to the cell site, enabling mobile operators to take full advantage of their MPLS networks for engineering and managing their backhaul infrastructure. . It supports IEEE 802.1ag Connectivity Fault Management (CFM), ITU-T Y.1731, IEEE 802.3ah, EFM-OAM, RFC 2544-based embedded test heads and Y.1564.  Telco Systems’ operating system also supports Hierarchal QoS (HQoS) and offers a suite of resiliency protocols.

In addition, Telco Systems said its  T-Marc 3312SC prepares the provider’s network for Software Defined Networks (SDN), as it supports a wide range of management protocols including NETCONF, which is mandatory to support OpenFlow standard. It is also integrated in the company’s service management system, EdgeGenie, to allow dynamic elastic service management and control plane separation.


http://www.telco.com/index.php?page=press-releases&article=85

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.

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