Thursday, January 24, 2013

Russia's Kvant Telecom Picks Ekinops for 100G

Russia's Kvant Telecom has selected Ekinops' optical transport equipment to provide coherent 100G transmission between Moscow and the Ukrainian city of Kharkov. The 100G service is deployed over an existing DWDM system. Kvant will now be able to offer 100G services for its diverse domestic and international customers.
Kvant Telecom, founded in 2007, has more than 1,500 kilometers of fiber and more than 100 nodes throughout eastern Russia. Ekinops' flagship next-generation optical transport platform - the Ekinops 360 - provides DWDM and CWDM (dense and coarse wavelength division multiplexing) on a single platform for metro, regional, and long-haul applications. It handles service rates from 100 Mbps to 100 Gbps. It offers a broad portfolio of services, including SONET/SDH, Fibre Channel, FICON, video, Ethernet, and Infiniband. It can be configured as a 100G transponder or 100G muxponder for aggregation of 10G services into 100G.

Eutelsat Readies Ka-Band Airliner Satellite Service

Eutelsat Communications introduced its Air Access aeronautical mobile service with speeds of up to 100 Mbps per airliner in the sky over Europe. This will support top-quality Internet access, videostreaming and GSM services via tablets, smartphones and laptops for airline passengers.

Eutelsat Air Access, which will be available from mid-2013, uses ViaSat SurfBeam 2 technology and Eutelsat's KA-SAT high throughput satellite, which delivers a total capacity of 90 Gbps.  The footprint covers Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.

Eutelsat Air Access is working with LiveTV, a leading provider of live in-flight entertainment and connectivity services for commercial airlines. LiveTV will provide, integrate and maintain on-board equipment and operate Wi-Fi internet access services and video streaming for passengers. As a pioneer in the expanding market for live in-flight entertainment and connectivity, LiveTV has already equipped more than 700 aircraft around the world.

"We believe that in-flight connectivity is a strong growth market and are ready with the latest technology and strong partnerships to address this business. Over the next 10 years the number of aircraft offering in-cabin entertainment and connectivity services via passenger devices should grow by more than 50% a year in Europe and the Middle East, and more than 80% in  Asia  and the Pacific," commented Eutelsat's CEO, Michel de Rosen.

Crehan Research: Data Center Switch Market Approaches $16B by 2017

The Data Center Switch market will approach $16 billion by 2017, according to Crehan Research, as Ethernet, including Fibre Channel-over-Ethernet, becomes an ever-increasing portion of the overall market. The recently published Data Center Switch Long-Range Forecast Report, anticipates very strong growth for both 10GBASE-T switches and 40 Gigabit Ethernet-capable switches (40GbE).

Some other highlights from the report:

  • The report predicts robust increases for 100 Gigabit Ethernet Switches (100GbE), but indicates that while 100GbE will likely be an important long-term data center switch technology, prices and port densities have a way to go before it achieves a meaningful market impact.
  • Infiniband switches will continue growing at a much faster pace than the overall data center switch market. Infiniband recently enjoyed one of the fastest speed transitions seen in data center networking, with FDR (56Gbps) comprising a majority of ports about one year after initial shipments.
  • The Fibre Channel switch market is reaching a plateau. However, shipment declines are expected to be gradual as Fibre Channel remains a key datacenter storage networking technology.

“Given the mid-2012 step-function increase in 10GBASE-T server adapter and LAN-on-Motherboard shipments and subsequent introduction of numerous attractively-priced 10GBASE-T data center switches, we expect exponential growth in 10GBASE-T switch port shipments,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research.

“We believe the strong ramp in 40GbE will be driven by the following factors. First, the upgrade to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) switches in the server access layer should drive 40GbE deployments in the uplink, aggregation and core sectors of data center networks. Second, 40GbE, with its QSFP interface, also can be used as four individual 10GbE links which not only provides very high 10GbE switch port density but also gives uplink/downlink and oversubscription/wire-speed flexibility,” added Crehan.

Guavus Acquires Neuralitic for Mobile Data Intelligence

Guavus, a start-up specializing in big data analytics for carriers, has acquired Montreal-based Neuralitic Systems, which offers mobile data monetization and marketing solutions.

Neuralitic provides deep-dive analysis into mobile data, enabling Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to generate new revenue streams by improving decision-making aimed at subscriber acquisition, conversion and retention.

Guavus’s applications provide insights across network, device, content and subscriber analytics.  Neuralitic’s application for mobile marketing adds key insights into subscribers’ mobile data consumption for marketing decision makers.

Guavus said the combination of Neuralitic’s applications for mobile marketing with its own network and customer care applications would help CSPs to attain timely and actionable insights that optimize business operations.

"In today’s fast paced environment where new smartphones come and go in a quarter, businesses cannot afford to wait to integrate disparate tools or invest in expensive BI projects to get access to valuable insights,” said Anukool Lakhina, Founder and CEO, Guavus. "With the addition of Neuralitic, Guavus now has a holistic data fabric that provides integrated decision- making across network, marketing, and customer care, and enables the creation of data-driven business processes to deliver and optimize the right service at the right time.”

  • Earlier this month, Guavus closed a $30 million round of new funding to support its big data analytics solutions.  Guavus claims two of the top three mobile operators and backbone carriers in the United States utilize Guavus Big Data analytics solutions. The company is based in San Mateo, California with R&D in India. The funding round was led by Investor Growth Capital (IGC) with participation from QuestMark Partners and previous investors Artiman Ventures, Sofinnova Ventures and Intel Capital.

Juniper Posts Revenue of $1.14 Billion, up 2%

Juniper Networks'  net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 2% sequentially and on a year-over-year basis to $1,141 million. Operating margin for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased to 11.5% on a GAAP basis from 3.8% in the third quarter of 2012, and decreased from 11.9% in the fourth quarter of 2011. GAAP net income was $96 million, or $0.19 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2012.

"Juniper finished 2012 on a good note, setting the stage for growth in 2013," said Kevin Johnson, chief executive officer of Juniper Networks. "During the past year we strengthened our product portfolio, took key steps to drive operational execution, and allocated capital in a balanced way. We believe Juniper is entering 2013 in a strong position, with good opportunities in routing and switching and a greatly improved Enterprise security portfolio as we continue to deliver on the promise of the high performance network."

Polaris Wireless Posts 79% Growth in 2012 for its High-Accuracy Wireless Location

Polaris Wireless, a privately-held company that supplies high-accuracy, software-based wireless location solutions to wireless operators, law enforcement/government agencies and location-based application companies, announced a record increase in revenue and profitability in 2012, where revenue grew 79 percent year-over-year, and profitability (as measured by EBITDA) increased six-fold.

Polaris Wireless said its strong results reflect sustained returns on new sales bookings starting in 2011. Twenty-four U.S. wireless carriers, six managed services partners, and fifteen international deployments now rely on Polaris Wireless location solutions to enable emergency call applications, lawful and mass location surveillance, and other location-based services.

"In 2012 Polaris Wireless continued its upward trajectory as it solidified its position as the foremost provider of high-accuracy wireless location solutions for mission critical applications," said Manlio Allegra, president, CEO and co-founder of Polaris Wireless. "We have been recognized by law enforcement and other government agencies, as well as by business media and industry analysts, as the leader in our field, a role we intend to continue to occupy in 2013 and beyond."

Anuta Networks Targets SDN Automation

Anuta Networks, a start-up based in Milpitas, California, with R&D in Bangalore, India, announced its plans for network service virtualization for delivering on-demand, anytime, anywhere network services for cloud.

Anuta Networks is developing a "nCloudX" platform to simplify and automate services in complex, heterogeneous, multi-vendor, multi-hypervisor and multi-device networks, including physical and virtual infrastructures in both private and public cloud deployments. The goal is to reduce delivery time for deploying multi-tenant networks and services.

  • Anuta Networks is headed by Chandu Guntakala, who previously co-founded Jahi Networks, which was acquired by Cisco in 2004, co-founded Nipun Net Solutions in 2002 and was responsible for establishing the first wireless business partner in South India for Cisco. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Vodafone and Huawei Test 2 Tbps WDM

Vodafone and Huawei have successfully tested 2 Terabit per second optical transmission over a 3,325km span on Vodafone's live network. The field trial achieved a capacity 20-times higher than current commercially deployed 100 Gbps systems.

Specifically, Huawei reported a test achieving 2 Tbps with transmission distance of 1500 km using a super-channel PDM-16QAM-based high spectral efficiency solution.

A second test achieved a transmission distance of 3325 km using a super-channel Nyquist PDM-QPSK-based ultra-long-haul solution. Both transmissions were on a link with G.652 fibers and erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) without electrical regeneration. The link used in the trial was on Vodafone's backbone network, passing through a few cities in Germany.

"We are at the forefront of global 100G deployments, and have taken the lead in delivering key breakthroughs in technologies beyond 100G. Through collaboration with Vodafone and other leading international operators and customer-centric R&D, Huawei is always ready to build advanced optical networks for customers," said Jack Wang, president of Huawei's transport network product line.

  • In July 2012, Huawei announced a prototype WDM platform capable of delivering 2 Tbps per-channel -- a 20–fold increase over the 100G channels available today. Huawei has previously demonstrated 400 Gbps technology at trade shows earlier this year.
  • The 2 Tbps channel rate is achieved by using intelligent digital signal processing and high performance adaptive-SD FEC technologies. Huawei claims that the 2T signals with 300GHz spectral width can transmit over a distance of 1,000 km without electrical regeneration when using G.652 fiber and common EDFAs.
  • The use of 2 Tbps channels expands the prototype WDM system capacity to 56 Tbps when utilizing wavelengths in both the C and L bands.
  • At the time, Huawei said it was also planning to use flex transceiver technology on this prototype WDM platform. This will enable software-defined OTN, allowing a programmable network controller to configure parameters such as the number of subcarriers, subcarrier spacing, modulation codes and FEC modes, thereby achieving flexible adjustments in areas including line rates, transmission distances and transmission capacity. Huawei describes this as programmable "resilient tunnels".

Akamai State of the Internet Report: Global Average Connection at 2.8 Mbps

The global average connection speed decreased by approximately seven percent between the second and third quarters of 2012 to 2.8 Mbps, according to Akamai's newly released Third Quarter, 2012 State of the Internet report.

The Akamai report, which uses data collected from its platforms deployed worldwide, provides insight into key global statistics including connection speeds, attack traffic, and network connectivity and availability, among many others.  This edition provides additional analysis on the Operation Ababil DDoS attacks against the banking industry in the United States and an examination of mobile browser usage by network connection type.

Some highlights:

  • Akamai connected with more than 680 million IPv4 addresses from 243 countries/regions during Q3 2012, up 11 percent increase year over year.
  • Akamai estimates that over one billion unique web users connected to its platform during the quarter.
  • China remained the single largest volume source of observed attack traffic at 33%, followed by United States at 13%, and Russia at 4.7%.
  • "Operation Ababil", the DDoS attack against U.S. banks that occurred in September 2012, generated up to 65 Gbps of total attack traffic that varied in target and technique. A significant portion (nearly 23 Gbps) of the attack traffic was aimed at the Domain Name System (DNS) servers that are used for Akamai's Enhanced DNS services.
  • Akamai observed global broadband (>4 Mbps) and high broadband (>10 Mbps) adoption showing solid gains in the quarter. The global high broadband adoption rate grew by 8.8 percent quarter over quarter, reaching 11 percent, while the global broadband adoption rate increased 4.8 percent, growing to 41 percent.

The full report is available online.

Procera Networks Digs Deeper with Content Intelligence

 Procera Networks is enhancing its Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology with a PacketLogic Content Intelligence solution that is capable of correlating the categories of content consumed by broadband subscribers for up to 100 million URLs.

The content categorization occurs with minimal performance impact to any of the PacketLogic Real-Time Enforcement systems.

Procera Networks said a single one of its PL20000 platforms can replace several racks of competing content categorization or filtering solutions, in addition to performing Intelligent Policy Enforcement.

PacketLogic Content Intelligence solutions are currently in trials worldwide, and will be generally available in Q2 2013.

“From the service provider perspective, Procera is delivering the final piece of the puzzle in understanding and responding to what is happening on their networks,” said Jim Brear, president and CEO for Procera Networks. “In adding content categorization intelligence to location, subscriber and application intelligence, operators now have even greater control in delivering the highest quality of experience to consumers. This adds the dimension of content to our understanding of user context which is truly differentiating.”

The traffic landscape on the Internet is dramatically changing, with streaming video driving usage, social networks dominating consumer on-line activities, and traffic often secured using SSL.

UK's 4G Spectrum Auction Gets Underway

Bidding has begun in the UK's 4G mobile spectrum auction. 

Bidders are competing for spectrum in two separate bands – 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz.

The following companies were qualified for the auction:

  • Everything Everywhere Limited (UK)
  • HKT (UK) Company Limited (a subsidiary of PCCW Limited)
  • Hutchison 3G UK Limited
  • MLL Telecom Ltd
  • Niche Spectrum Ventures Limited (a subsidiary of BT Group plc)
  • Telef√≥nica UK Limited
  • Vodafone Limited

    Cisco to Acquire Intucell for Self-Optimizing Network (SON) Software

    Cisco agreed to acquire Intucell, a developer of self-optimizing network (SON) software for mobile operators, for approximately $475 million in cash and retention-based incentives.

    Intucell, which is based in Ra'anana, Israel,  offers a multi-technology and multi-vendor SON solution that provides real time RF visibility of the entire Radio Access Network, using OSS data to automatically manage and synchronize the network elements centrally.  The platform uses a "Virtual Drive Test" to automatically tune the network to actual conditions as they develop and change.

    "The mobile network of the future must be able to scale intelligently to address growing and often unpredictable traffic patterns, while also enabling carriers to generate incremental revenue streams," said Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Service Provider Mobility Group. "Through the addition of Intucell's industry-leading SON technology, Cisco's service provider mobility portfolio provides operators with unparalleled network intelligence and the unique ability to not only accommodate exploding network traffic, but to profit from it."

    • Investors in Intucell include Bessemer Partners.
    • Intucell is headed by co-founder Rani Wellingstein (CEO), who previously was a founder and vice president of Celltick Technologies, a developer of mobile broadcast. Prior to that he was the general manager and a founding member of NKO, a pioneer in IP telephony, and led its sale to ECI Telecom in 1998.

    SiTime Adds +125C MEMS Oscillators High Reliability

    SiTime introduced a MEMS oscillator offering a wide temperature range of-55°C to +125°C for industrial and high reliability applications.

    Due to its unique silicon MEMS and analog architecture, the new SiT8920 outperforms quartz oscillators in every major performance category. It consumes half the power of quartz oscillators, is twice as stable, 20 times more reliable and 30 times more robust to shock and vibration.

    SiTime also noted that its MEMS oscillators incorporate unique features that are  not available from quartz products, such as a unique "SoftEdgeT" rise/fall time control that reduces system EMI without additional components, expensive shielding or PCB re-design.

    SiTime is also introducing two additional devices that are well suited for replacing quartz oscillators and crystal resonators.

    SiT1618 – a fixed-frequency oscillator that operates over -40°C to +125°C

    SiT8918 – a programmable oscillator that operates over the same temperature range and supports any frequency between 1 and 110 MHz as well as 1.8V and 2.5 to 3.3V operation

    All three of the new MEMS oscillators are sampling now with mass production scheduled for April 2013.

    "SiTime’s MEMS and analog expertise allows us to deliver unique, leadership products with performance that is far beyond what is available in the market today,” said Piyush Sevalia, executive vice president of marketing at SiTime. “The SiT8920 is a win-win for customers developing industrial and high-reliability applications. They benefit from dramatically better robustness and reliability, while simultaneously improving system performance.

    Equinix Provides London Hosting for NASDAQ OMX NL

    NASDAQ OMX NL has selected Equinix’s London, Slough LD4/LD5 International Business Exchange data center campus to host short-term and long-term interest rate euro- and sterling-based listed derivative products, pending Financial Services Authority approval.

    Equinix said its Slough data center campus puts NLX next to over 170 interconnected financial services customers, including a significant proportion of prospective trading participants.

    Internationally, Equinix also provides access to an ecosystem of more than 700 trading venues, market participants, specialized networks and technology service providers operating in the world’s top 16 financial markets.

    Goto Tops 400 Orders for Aircraft Ku-band Satellite

    Gogo confirmed that so far it has been selected to outfit more than 400 aircraft with its Ku-band satellite connectivity services across several major airlines operating in the U.S. and internationally.

    Currently, Gogo has its Air to Ground (ATG) solution installed on more than 1,700 aircraft and its next generation ATG technology – ATG-4 – installed on more than 100 aircraft, bringing its total number of installed aircraft to more than 1,800 across nine major airlines.

    Japan Tests 802.22 TV White Space Network

    Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc. and ISB Corp. are testing a TV White Space Network based on the IEEE 802.22 standard operating at 470 MHz - 710 MHz.

    The prototypes TV White Space base station (BS) and consumer premise equipment (CPE) were developed by NICT and Hitachi Kokusai Electric.

    The PHY part, which was provided by Hitachi Kokusai Electric, allows the devices to use vacant TV bands over the frequency range from 470-710MHz.  The MAC layer part, which was provided by NICT, ensures point-to-multipoint access with various QoS levels.  It also offers interference estimation, geo-location and white space data base (WSDB) access over the IP.  ISB Corporation provided the white spaces database to avoid interference with incumbent TV broadcasters.

    The organizations are optimistic that these prototypes could provide broadband wireless access to underserved and unserved regional areas around the world as well as bringing reliable backup broadband communications in an emergency.

    Ciena's WAN Decision Tree -- Build or Buy

    Ciena published a WAN infrastructure decision tree to help enterprises choose what type of network they need either for interconnecting data centers or connecting corporate sites.

    The infographic helps decide between private infrastructure and a telco service. The decision tree paths lead to (1) OTN mesh, (2) Traditional leased line (OTN, SONET/SDH, DWDM), (3) Layer 2 point-to-point VPN or, (4) Layer 3 VPN.

    JDSU Offers Cloud Management Tool for Field Testers

    JDSU introduced a cloud-based system to provide network operators with a centralized way to manage and analyze data from thousands of deployed JDSU test instruments in the field.

    The new StrataSync application consolidates data from individual test instruments for improved network and workforce visibility.  It provides automated tracking, management and reporting of test instruments.  It also provides network technicians with access to critical data to help them pinpoint and resolve any issues to optimize network performance.

    StrataSync will be available in March 2013 and will initially support several JDSU test instruments that include the DSAM, DSAM-6300, HST-3000, T-BERD/MTS-2000, T-BERD/MTS-5800, T-BERD/MTS-6000/6000A and the MTS-8000 products. Future phases of StrataSync support an even broader range of network test instruments and will offer more customizable features.

    LSI's Revenues Hit $600 Million, Up 15% YoY

    LSI reported Q4 2012 revenues from continuing operations of $600 million, compared to $523 million generated from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2011, and compared to $624 million generated from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2012. GAAP income from continuing operations for Q4 was $29 million or $0.05 per diluted share, compared to fourth quarter 2011 GAAP income from continuing operations of $11 million or $0.02 per diluted share.

    "2012 was a year of exciting progress for LSI as we delivered 23% revenue growth, strong expansion in operating margin and earnings per share from continuing operations, and record design wins. We introduced several important new products, and customers are increasingly looking to new LSI solutions for mega datacenters, mobile networks and flash," said Abhi Talwalkar, LSI's president and CEO. "LSI's intelligent silicon offers proven solutions as businesses turn to the cloud and look for new ways to accelerate their ability to quickly analyze, store, share and protect data. While there is uncertainty in the macro environment and softness in some end markets, we are centered in dynamic new growth cycles that are expected to drive long-term growth in our flash, server and networking businesses."

    Symmetricom Sales Drop 15% on Lower Wireline Spending

    Citing lower U.S. government spending and lower communications service provider spending on wireline-related equipment, Symmetricom reported revenue of $49.2 million for its second quarter of fiscal 2013, down $9.1 million, or 15.6%, compared to the $58.3 million reported for the second quarter of fiscal 2012.  Symmetricom reported a net loss of $1.8 million, or $0.04 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, compared to net income of $2.4 million, or $0.06 per share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

    Symmetricom also announced 20 job cuts as a means of controlling its costs.  The company will also reduce the size of its facility in Santa Rosa, California.