Tuesday, January 29, 2013

SFR Launches LTE in Paris La Défense with NSN

SFR launched its commercial LTE service in Paris La Défense. 4G service packages start at EUR 29 per month for 3GB. SFR currently offers LTE in six cities and four additional cities are slated open during the first half of 2013: Lille, Marseille, Strasbourg and Toulouse.

Nokia Siemens Networks has been selected by SFR as radio supplier to implement its 4G LTE network and upgrade its existing GSM and 3G networks in major French cities. NSN will supply its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station as well as its Self-Organizing Networks (SON) solution.  The contract also includes Nokia Siemens Networks’ NetAct network management system and a suite of associated software tools for consolidated configuration, monitoring, and network optimization across technologies.


Russia's MTS Deploys ECI Telecom's Apollo Multi-Layer Transport for 100G

MTS, the leading mobile operator in Russia, has deployed ECI Telecom's Apollo Optimized Multi-Layer Transport (OMLT) platforms to extend the existing ECI’s DWDM backbone, enabling all advanced services, including 100G.

The project links Moscow and Saint Petersburg.  With more than 1,000 km, it has been operational since 2003, with both 2.5G and 10G.  By adding Apollo OMLT shelves with 100G cards in add/drop points, MTS can leverage the already installed XDM shelves.

Specifically, MTS has deployed the Apollo OPT9624 to expand its cross-country DWDM backbone based on ECI optical platforms. The new Apollo DWDM network will enable MTS to provide advanced high capacity, long reach 100G services. It includes connection between core routers with 100G link.

"According to our forecast the penetration of smartphones in our network will reach 60% by the end of 2015; launches of LTE networks in Russian regions will force the mobile traffic growth; implementation of fixed line internet and its usage growth will increase the volume of data traffic in our backbones at 6-10 times. At the moment the volume of everyday traffic exchange between Moscow and Saint Petersburg is over 1 Petabyte and we are building the high-performance system of backbone lines sequentially enhancing its capacity to supply the demand in data exchange in long-term perspective," stated Andrey Ushatskiy, Vice-president, Group CTO, MTS

VMware up 22% in '12 but Forecasts Slower Growth in '13

VMware reported Q4 2012 revenue of $1.29 billion, an increase of 22% from the fourth quarter of 2011, and net income of $206 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, compared to $200 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011.

Revenues for all of 2012 were $4.61 billion, an increase of 22% from 2011. U.S.revenues for 2012 grew 22% to $2.23 billion from 2011.  International revenues grew 22% to $2.38 billion from 2011.

Looking ahead, VMware is forecasting annual 2013 total revenues to be in the range of $5.230 billion to $5.350 billion, an increase of approximately 14 to 16 percent from 2012, and annual license revenues are expected to grow between 8 and 11 percent. First quarter 2013 total revenues are expected to be in the range of $1.170 billion to $1.190 billion, an increase of approximately 11 to 13 percent from the first quarter 2012.

“2012 was a strong year for VMware, with solid Q4 results despite a tough economic environment,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. “We see a tremendous market opportunity in 2013 and beyond, as we focus on what our customers value most: VMware’s role as a pioneer of virtualization technologies that radically simplify IT infrastructure from the data center to the virtual workspace.”


Mavenir Opens VoLTE/RCS Centre in Cologne, Germany.

Mavenir Systems has opened a VoLTE/RCS Centre of Excellence in Cologne, Germany to support European mobile operators implementing new technologies based on the 4G LTE standards.  Mavenir already operates an EMEA headquarters in Reading, UK.

"2012 was an eventful year for the mobile industry with the commercial launch of VoLTE and the very latest version of RCS.  These developments herald the dawn of a new era in mobile communications and mark the beginning of a major phase of network investment and transformation as we move towards an all-IP infrastructure," said Pardeep Kohli, president and CEO Mavenir Systems. "The challenge for operators implementing LTE is being able to deliver services seamlessly to their customers using both 3G and 4G without affecting the consumer experience."


AT&T Supplies MPLS-VPN for Canada's Dorel

AT&T has been selected by Dorel Industries to connect more than 40 offices and integrate its worldwide operations and multiple divisions. AT&T will interconnect sites in North America, Europe and Asia through AT&T MPLS-enabled Virtual Private Network (VPN) to enhance employee collaboration and productivity, providing access to shared resources across the organization. 

Dorel is based in Montreal, Canada. Its branded products include Safety 1st, Quinny, Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and Bebe Confort in Juvenile, as well as Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, IronHorse and SUGOI in Recreational/Leisure.

AT&T's network is also helping Dorel converge its three operating segments worldwide – Juvenile, Recreational/Leisure and Home Furnishings – offering a secure and reliable environment for voice and data applications.


Taiwan's Chunghwa Forecast Lower Revenue in 2013

Citing the likelihood of less construction revenue from its property development subsidiary, a continued decline in voice revenue, mandated tariff reductions as well as the mobile interconnection rate reduction imposed by Taiwan's regulatory authority, Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom expects its overall revenue for 2013 to fall by NT$2.46 billion, or 1.1%, to NT$217.82 billion compared to the unaudited consolidated revenue for 2012. Electricity rates for the year are also forecast to rise.

Growth areas offsetting some of these negative factors include mobile internet, Fiber broadband and ICT including cloud services.

Capex for 2013 is budgeted to increase by NT$3.89 billion from 2012, to NT$37.15 billion, primarily related to the fiber broadband, mobile network, and cloud infrastructure build-outs.


Spirent Intros Axon Network and App Testing Box

Spirent Communications introduced its "Axon" network and application testing platform for validating the performance of applications, network devices and IT services.

Spirent's Axon can be used to generate and model realistic traffic scenarios that benchmark and validate the performance of applications and network infrastructure.  For example, now when rolling out new services such as VoIP, video conferencing or email upgrades, the IT team can deal with bandwidth bottlenecks, incorrect ACL (access control list) configurations or performance choke points prior to deployment avoiding extensive post-rollout  troubleshoot and problem solving.  IT managers and network engineers now can have confidence that their new services perform seamlessly from the start. Axon changes the face of testing in many unique ways:

Spirent's Axon includes a pre-built library of test cases.  This enables the user to build a “playlist” of the traffic types to be tested.

“IT teams know they need to incorporate proactive validation into their daily activities, however sophisticated professional testing platforms are typically out of reach for all but the largest IT organizations,” said Tim Jefferson, general manager for Enterprise Solutions at Spirent.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Lyatiss Targets Application-defined Networking

Lyatiss, a start-up based in Mountain View, California with R&D in Lyon, France, unveiled its CloudWeaver network intelligence tool for optimizing application performance in public clouds.

The Lyatiss CloudWeaver is an orchestration tool that gathers intelligence on cloud performance and network resources to help users optimize their application performance.  Lyatiss is currently launching a public beta for Amazon Web Services users.

Lyattis sees a growing need for understanding and controlling the rapidly growing pool of virtualized network resources. Application-defined networking (ADN) aims to accelerate and streamline movement of data throughout the entire virtual infrastructure of each application.  Unlike SDN, which focuses on controlling the forwarding of individual packets within the network infrastructure, ADN orchestrates application flows – or the actual sequences of information exchanged. Lyattis levergages APIs so that application delivery and performance across public and private cloud networks are optimized, without compromising application portability or security.

"As cloud applications incorporate rich services – video, gaming, real-time collaboration and big data – businesses deploying these mission-critical applications will run into a variety of issues, including unpredictable latencies and potentially disastrous cascading effects from bottlenecks, failures and cloud outages. In addition, they'll experience wasted capacity and spiraling costs resulting from overprovisioning," said Pascale Vicat-Blanc, CEO of Lyatiss. "Software defined networking (SDN) is not sufficient to address the predictability and performance issues encountered in current cloud applications, nor can it meet the need for infrastructure differentiation and software control. Instead, evolving to a complementary ADN solution, like CloudWeaver, will be required."

Some key features of Lyatiss CloudWeaver:

•  Map.  Users can see where their virtual resources are located and how they are organized, how devices are talking to each other, and where hot spots and bottlenecks are being built up.

•  Build. Users can locate resources by selecting a provider and a region, provision and configure network services, interconnect easily and orchestrate heterogeneous resources. As a result, users can optimize and accelerate their cloud sourcing and avoid over or under-provisioning, as well as misconfigurations.

•  Operate. Users can have a better understanding of end-to-end performance and follow up on activities in terms of throughput and latency, and set up alerts to signal failures and path capacity limitations.

•  Analyze. Users can determine if and where the cloud network is inadequately provisioned or congested, if resources are properly located and configured, if jobs are well placed, and identify which component is responsible for increased latency. CloudWeaver also can anticipate problems, such as bottlenecks or cascading effect of undetected failures.

•  Fix. Users can fix failures, as well as provisioning or configuration issues, in minutes and activate the appropriate remediation workflows in a single click.

•    Program. Users can automatically capture the cloud network code in an XML-based virtual infrastructure description language (VXDL) so they can reuse or modify it offline. CloudWeaver also enables users to intuitively define minimum and maximum performance standards, program and enforce action plans for when those standards are not met.


China Mobile Transmits 1st Live TV broadcast via TD-LTE

China Mobile transmitted a live video stream of the Xiamen International Marathon over its trial TD-LTE on January 5th to TV centers of China Central TV and Xiamen TV for live broadcasting. It was the first such live TV broadcast over TD-LTE.

Nokia Siemenes Networks, which is the sole supplier of China Mobile's TD-LTE in Xiamen, said the high-definition (HD) video were transmitted with zero bit rate errors throughout the entire event from cameras on the move. Despite exceptional traffic and load conditions, there was no degradation in network performance, no packet loss and no delay during the two and a half hour live transmission.stable uplink throughput of 5 Mbps was maintained.

For the TD-LTE network, Nokia Siemens Networks deployed its Single RAN Advanced platform, based on its high-capacity Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, to China Mobile’s TD-LTE pre-commercial trial network in Xiamen. The company also provided its Liquid Core-based Evolved Packet Core (EPC) platform, including Flexi NS (Network Server) and Flexi NG (Network Gateway). In addition, the company provided its NetAct network management system, enabling consolidated monitoring, management and operation of China Mobile’s networks.

“This world-first is yet another proof point for us as a leader in driving the TD-LTE innovation, globalization and commercialization,” said Markus Borchert, president of Nokia Siemens Networks Greater China Region. “With our advanced TD-LTE technology, we ensured optimal network performance with ultra high-quality and reliability for China Mobile to support such a mega international event with very high data traffic.”



OVH Interconnects its Cloud Data Centers with Infinera's 500G Super-Channels

OVH, the leading web hosting in Europe with more than 140,000 physical servers online, will deploy the Infinera DTN-X platform to interconnect its data centers via its pan-European network. The OVH pan-Eureopan network links data centers throughout 10 major European cities in seven countries.

Infinera said its platform was selected for its ability to provision large amounts of bandwidth very quickly.  The Infinera DTN-X enables long-haul 500 Gbps super-channels across the optical transmission network.  I also offers integrated OTN switching, enabling efficient utilization of long-haul capacity while at the same time enabling OVH to rapidly deploy large amounts of optical bandwidth for customer services.


  • OVH first selected Infinera’s Digital Optical Network in 2007, deploying the DTN platform for an international expansion across Europe. OVH is based in Roubaix, France.
  • OVH is also expanding to Canada and the U.S., including a massive new facility on the outskirts of Montreal with a record capacity of 360,000 physical servers. The Montreal BHS data center is powered by a hydro-electric dam located just 300 meters from the building.
  • OVH is known for building its own data centers and for building its own water-cooled servers. Key technology partners include Infinera, Cisco, Intel, vmWare, Kingston, Seagate, Level 3, T-Systems and tata.

NETGEAR to Acquire Sierra Wireless' AirCard Business

NETGEAR agreed to acquire Sierra Wireless' AirCard business, including customer relationships, certain intellectual property, inventory and fixed assets, for approximately $138 million in cash. Sierra Wireless expects to net about $100 million from the asset sale, after related liabilities, taxes, expenses, and funds held in escrow.

Sierra Wireless' AirCard business supplies a range of data cards, dongles, and hotspots for 3G and 4G networks. The business has a 12 month trailing net revenue run rate of approximately $247 million through December 2012.  Approximately 160 Sierra Wireless employees located primarily in Carlsbad, California and Richmond, British Columbia are expected to be integrated into NETGEAR's service provider business under Michael Clegg, Senior Vice President and General Manager of NETGEAR's service provider business unit.

After the sale, Sierra Wireless’s retained business will include its AirPrime embedded modules for M2M and Mobile Computing, AirLink intelligent gateways and routers, and AirVantage M2M cloud product lines.

Patrick Lo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NETGEAR, commented, "We are excited to announce that we have entered into an agreement to acquire select assets of the Sierra Wireless AirCard business. We expect this acquisition will accelerate the mobile initiative of our service provider business unit to become a global leader in providing the latest in LTE data networking access devices. We believe that LTE network technology represents a huge market opportunity, especially in emerging markets and rural areas where high speed broadband Internet access is currently limited. This asset acquisition reinforces NETGEAR's commitment to develop innovative products for the next generation of Internet service providers"

“This transaction is the next step in our transformation into a company focused on enabling the ‘Internet of Things’ – a strategy we have been pursuing with great success since 2007,” said Jason Cohenour, President and CEO of Sierra Wireless. “We are the world leader in this dynamic market, with the industry’s broadest product lineup, solutions across the value chain and an extensive, blue-chip customer base. In addition to realizing a solid return for the AirCard business, this transaction will provide significant financial resources and capacity to accelerate our growth in M2M and connected device solutions.”

NETGEAR also updated its financial guidance for Q4 2012, saying it now expects net revenue of $305 million to $310 million and non-GAAP operating margin within the 11% to 11.5% range, both of which are within the previous guidance.


NEC Builds Submarine Cable in Taiwan

Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom has selected NEC to construct the Taiwan Penghu Kinmen Matsu No.3 (TPKM3) Submarine Cable system, a high-bandwidth non-repeater optical submarine cable that will link Taoyan (North Taiwan) with Matsu and Tainan (South Taiwan) with Kinmen through Penghu.

The TPKM3 cable system will span 510 km.

Gigamon Scales Data Center Traffic Visibility with 40Gb Blade

Gigamon is introducing a new high density 40Gb blade, the GigaPORT-Q08, for the GigaVUE H Series Chassis.

Gigamon's flagship GigaVUE H Series can handle up to 2.5 Tbps of monitored traffic, delivering it intelligently to the appropriate application, security, or performance management systems. The new GigaPORT-Q08 blade enables 40Gb scalability in dense data center network architectures, whether end-of-row (EoR) or top-of-rack (ToR) deployments.

Gigamon said its new GigaPORT-Q08 blade offers line rate performance and connectivity with eight 40Gb ports. This allows the new blade to quadruple the 40Gb connectivity density of the GigaVUE H Series while providing high-speed traffic ingress from SPAN ports, inter-node stacking and aggregation uplinks at up to 40Gb. The blade also supports direct-connection to monitoring, management and security tools.  It can also aggregate multiple links with a GigaVUE-TA1 traffic aggregation node, which consolidates multiple low utilization links into "gateway" ports. This aggregation takes place at the top of each rack and then sends the traffic through the 40Gb ports into the GigaPORT-Q08 blade in a GigaVUE H Series Node at the end of the row, resulting in a consolidated and efficient visibility architecture.

"As enterprises and data centers respond to the ever-increasing volume of network traffic and the need to effectively and efficiently manage their environment, they look to Gigamon for a scalable, pervasive, and intelligent monitoring infrastructure.  The new 40Gb solution delivers the next wave in higher density deployments, while also enabling pervasive traffic visibility for monitoring, management and security tools for both physical and virtual networks," said Huy Nguyen, Sr. Director of Product Management at Gigamon.


Altera Supplies 28nm FPGA to Power JDSU's Optical Network Test

Altera has supplied its 28nm Stratix V GT FPGA to JDSU for volume production of the company's next-generation Optical Network Tester (ONT) solutions.  JDSU's ONT-600 platform is a multifunctional and multiport solution for testing OTN environments. The interchangeable Stratix V GT FPGA-based plug-in modules within the ONT-600 family provide customers flexibility by enabling a single platform to support multiple technologies, including Ethernet, OTN, jitter/wander, SDH/SONET, VCat, GFP, Fibre Channel and 40G/100G CFP.

Altera's Stratix V GT FPGA integrates 28.05 Gbps transceivers monolithically.  The FPGA supports backplane, optical module and chip-to-chip applications through four 28.05 Gbps transceivers and 32 full-duplex, 14.1 Gbps transceivers.


ITU Approves High Efficiency Video Coding -- H.265

The ITU-T’s Study Group 16 has agreed first-stage approval (consent) of H.265 or ISO/IEC 23008-2, also known as ‘High Efficiency Video Coding’ (HEVC).  The new video codec uses about half the bit rate of its predecessor, ITU-T H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 and is suitable for use in a range of applications, from mobile devices to Ultra-High Definition TV.

The specification was developed by the ITU Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG) and the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG). The new standard is designed to take account of advancing screen resolutions and is expected to be phased in as high-end products and services outgrow the limits of current network and display technology.

Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General, ITU: “ITU-T H.264 underpinned rapid progression and expansion of the video ecosystem, with many adopting it to replace their own proprietary compression codecs. The industry continues to look to ITU and its partners as the global benchmark for video compression, and I have no doubt that this new standard will be as effective as its predecessor in enabling the next wave of innovation in this fast-paced industry.”

Companies including ATEME, Broadcom, Cyberlink, Ericsson, Fraunhofer HHI, Mitsubishi, NHK, NTT DOCOMO and Qualcomm have already showcased implementations of HEVC. The new standard  includes a ‘Main’ profile that supports 8-bit 4:2:0 video, a ‘Main 10’ profile with 10-bit support, and a ‘Main Still Picture’ profile for still image coding that employs the same coding tools as a video ‘intra’ picture.

Broadcom Advances its Switching Silicon for SMBs

Broadcom introduced the latest version of its StrataConnect Series of switch system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for small-to-medium business (SMB) networks, combining Layer 2 and Layer 3 (L2/L3) switching, 16 GbE physical layer transceivers (PHYs), 10 GbE and high-performance central processing unit (CPU) onto a single piece of silicon.

Broadcom said its latest StrataConnect silicon is designed for SMBs adopting cloud services and application requiring high-bandwidth and stringent security.

The new StrataConnect Series includes advanced features for tighter security and application-based prioritization. The integrated CPU can scale processing power as necessary and includes added intelligence to enable cloud-based network management. In addition, advanced power management features deliver power savings that go beyond Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) to reduce energy costs.

Four versions of the StrataConnect Series of switch SoCs are now sampling with volume production slated for 1H 2013.


Crehan Research: Five-Fold Increase in Server Networking Bandwidth by 2017

Server-class networking bandwidth will see a five-fold increase by 2017, exceeding 900 terabits in that year as data centers continue to increase network capacity to keep up with traffic demand, according to Crehan Research’s latest Server-class Adapter & LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) Long-Range  Forecast Report.

The bandwidth increase is enabled by technology upgrades from 1 Gbps Ethernet (GbE) to 10Gbps Ethernet (10GbE), from 8Gbps Fibre Channel to 16Gbps Fibre Channel, and from QDR Infiniband to FDR Infiniband.

The transition to 10GbE is expected to account for more than 60 percent of the total bandwidth by 2014  – the year  in which  Crehan Research forecasts that 10GbE server-class adapter and LOM shipments should overtake GbE.  

"Even without a very high attach rate of 10GbE  LOMs  on volume enterprise rack servers due to the current high 10GbE Modular LOM end-customer price premiums, there is enough volume on alternative server platforms such as Cloud, Blade and High-end servers to drive the 10GbE transition within a couple of years,” said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research.   “Furthermore, with the default inclusion of a four-port GbE Modular LOM on many Romley-based volume enterprise servers, the native Ethernet networking bandwidth (and number of ports) on these servers has been doubled at no additional price to customers," Crehan added. As a result, the Crehan report shows GbE has continued to grow while 10GbE has grown much more rapidly, leading to very healthy combined Ethernet port growth.


Dell'Oro: WDM Market to Hit $13 Billion in 2017

The total worldwide wavelength division multiplexer (WDM) market revenue is forecast to grow at a ten percent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years, reaching $13 billion in 2017, according to a newly released Optical Transport forecast report by Dell'Oro Group.

"Forty and 100 Gigabit is really where the growth is going forward," said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Optical Transport Market Research at Dell'Oro Group.  "Demand for 40 and 100 Gbps WDM wavelengths will drive the optical market's growth for the next five-years.  We are finding that the demand for 100 Gbps wavelengths is especially strong as service providers continue to expand their network capacity.  We currently predict 100 Gbps wavelength shipments to grow at a 75 percent CAGR over the next five years, and that by 2017 approximately 60 percent of the WDM capacity shipments will be with 100 Gbps wavelengths," added Yu.


Sunday, January 27, 2013

NTT Looks to Network Virtualization for Faster Disaster Recovery

NTT, along with Osaka University and The University of Electro-Communications, are developing virtualized network control technology to provide rapid recovery from unexpected disaster or severe network congestion.

As cloud computing gains traction, it is increasingly the case that multiple network services share the same physical infrastructure. In order to ensure business continuity in the event of a widespread outage or sudden spike in traffic, network operators need the ability to rapidly and autonomously reconfigure routing and topology.

NTT and its university partners have developed a biologically-inspired "Yuragi" (fluctuations) algorithm for virtual network control.  The technology will be demonstrated in February at an event sponsored by Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT).


Saturday, January 26, 2013

FCC Streamlines Mobile Infrastructure Rules

The FCC announced new actions as part of its Broadband Acceleration Initiative to remove barriers to broadband build-out, including streamlining the deployment of mobile broadband infrastructure, such as towers, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells.

The actions include the clarification of rules regarding local review of requests to modify an existing wireless tower or base station.  The FCC said this new provision will help to accelerate deployments and create greater certainty and predictability for network operators. The FCC is also clarifying rules regarding the placement of temporary cell towers – cells on wheels (COWs) and cells on light trucks (COLTs).  

In the coming months, the FCC will consider ways to further streamline DAS and
small cell deployment; examine whether current application of the tower siting shot clock offers sufficient clarity to industry and municipalities; and begin developing model facility siting rules for localities.

"Providing more certainty to industry and municipalities, and more flexibility to carriers to meet extraordinary, short-term service needs will accelerate private and public investment to strengthen our nation’s communications networks. Just as is the case for our nation’s roads and bridges, we must continue to invest in improvements to cell towers and transmission equipment, in order to ensure ubiquitous, high-speed Internet for all Americans. To keep pace with technological advances, such as the advent of small cells, and to lay the groundwork for new developments, our policies
must continue to adapt," stated FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.