Thursday, February 21, 2013

Video: BridgeWave's 80 GHz Multi-gigabit Backhaul for 4G/LTE

BridgeWave Debuts 80 GHz Multi-Gigabit Backhaul for LTE

BridgeWave Communications introduced a multi-gigabit capable, millimeter wave backhaul solution designed for LTE networks.

The BridgeWave Flex4G leverages exclusive Silicon Germanium RF technology to deliver line-rate, full-duplex 1Gbps in an ETSI-standard, single 250 MHz channel using only 32QAM modulation, with improved link budgets compared to other solutions using 64QAM.  The product offers a built-in low-latency switch and supports Carrier-Ethernet functionality with flexible Quality of Service, VLAN awareness, Provider Bridging, Congestion Management and Ring Protection. Carrier-Ethernet capabilities are further enhanced by comprehensive Ethernet OAM management and advanced timing through support of SyncE and 1588v2.

“The holy grail in MMW backhaul has been the combination of high capacity in a lightly utilized and licensed frequency band with a cost structure comparable to that of traditional microwave products”, said Amir Makleff, president and CEO of BridgeWave Communications. “Flex4G achieves this mission based on BridgeWave’s highly integrated Silicon Germanium, mQFN packaging and digital signal processing technologies.”

Orange Tests L-Band Supplemental Downlinks

Orange, Ericsson and Qualcomm have demonstrated the use of  L-band frequencies (1452-1492 MHz) as a supplemental downlink technology on a mobile network.

The European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administration has decided to harmonize use of the L-band, reserving it specifically for supplemental downlink technology.

The demonstration was carried out on Orange's network in Toulouse, France, on 21 February 2013.  The trial system, which uses L-band frequencies for testing, was authorized by the French telecoms regulator, Arcep, in June 2012. The system combines L-band frequencies in the downlink mode with traditional 2.1 GHz frequencies owned by Orange to boost downlink capacity. The trial network uses radio base stations supplied by Ericsson and devices equipped with Qualcomm chipsets.

Ericsson said supplemental downlink technology represents a significant step forward in traditional spectrum aggregation systems that are already used for HSPA+ and LTE networks by the 3GPP standardization group. 

Gigamon Targets Big Visibility for Big Data

Gigamon announced a holistic approach for ensuring visibility across mobile operator networks being deluged by big packet flows. Whereas conventional networking monitoring and test approaches are struggling to keep up with the rising traffic volumes, Gigamon's Visibility Fabric architecture promises the volume, port density and scale for the biggest networks.  Gigamon recently introduced 100 Gbps and 40 Gbps line cards for its GigaVUE H Series platform.

Gigamon deploys highly port-dense 1Gb, 10Gb, 40Gb and 100Gb solutions, facilitating connections with all processing taking place over the built-in backplane. This design allows for enhanced tool integration features, filtering and load balancing across tool

“Big Data is no a longer a problem unique to enterprise data centers. Mobile carriers are now facing a deluge of traffic in their pipes, from an increasingly mobile workforce and the proliferation of smart devices and applications. Mobile carriers must have the capacity to connect pipes to individual analytics tools at the network core and concentration points, to ensure accurate data processing and analysis, as they have already invested a tremendous amount into their existing tools. Gigamon’s technology uniquely provides the necessary volume, port density and scale that enables each tool to function at maximum efficiency whilst keeping monitored traffic off the production network, saving the carrier significant costs that translate into cost savings for the subscriber,” said Andy Huckridge, director of Service Provider Solutions at Gigamon.

NTT Docomo Develops LTE-A C-RAN Architecture

NTT DOCOMO will begin developing high-capacity base stations built with advanced Centralized Radio Access Network (C-RAN) architecture for its next-generation LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) mobile system.

The carrier is looking to accelerate the deployment of base stations, especially in high-traffic areas such as train stations and large commercial facilities, for significantly improved data capacity and throughput.

The new C-RAN architecture will enable small "add-on" cells for localized coverage to cooperate with macro cells that provide wider area coverage. This will be achieved with carrier aggregation technology, one of the main LTE-Advanced technologies standardized by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).

High-capacity base stations utilizing advanced C-RAN architecture will serve as master base stations both for multiple macro cells covering broad areas and for add-on cells in smaller, high-traffic areas. The base stations will accommodate up to 48 macro and add-on cells at launch and even more later. Carrier aggregation will be supported for cells served by the same base station, enabling the flexible deployment of add-on cells. In addition, maximum downlink throughput will be extendible to 3Gbps, as specified by 3GPP standards.

Docomo estimates that the small add-on cells will significantly increase throughput and system capacity while maintaining mobility performance provided by the macro cell.

NTT Docomo Tests Active Antennas for LTE-A

NTT DOCOMO successfully connected an active antenna to a commercially operational LTE base station.

Active antennas are expected to be widely used in LTE and LTE-Advanced base stations to improve range and lower power consumption.

The antenna, jointly developed by Tokyo-based Nihon Dengyo Kosaku Co., Ltd. and Ubidyne GmbH of Germany, was connected to a DOCOMO LTE base station via an ORI-standard interface.

The base station used in the experiment is a remote installation-type base station comprising one master station and multiple secondary stations. A conventional secondary station is equipped with an antenna and separate remote radio heads (RRH) for sending and receiving signals. An active antenna, however, has a built-in RRH, allowing the secondary station to be smaller in size and installed in more confined spaces, resulting in denser LTE coverage and reduced installation costs.

DOCOMO said the experiment indicates that it eventually will be able to install active antennas quickly and inexpensively without having to set up new base stations. DOCOMO already operates base stations that use the ORI interface, a specification of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.

Internap: Interest Grows for “Cloudy Colo” Services

IT organizations are seeking to transform their traditional colocation environments with “cloudy colo” capabilities that deliver hybridization with cloud services as well as cloud-like visibility and control, according to a survey conducted by Internap Network Services.

Internap polled more than 100 IT decision makers in the U.S. responsible for purchasing a range of IT Infrastructure services from colocation to cloud and hosting.  Internap said the results reveal strong interest in accessing the following cloud-like colocation services:

  • 88% – Bandwidth monitoring: gain insight into IP bandwidth utilization and trends, enhancing network capacity planning
  • 85% – Power utilization: view circuit-level power usage trends and logs of all initiated power cycle actions, improving planning for future power requirements
  • 77% – Equipment reboot: reboot or power down any configured device without incurring the expense of remote hands services or visiting the data center
  • 76% – Server health monitoring: check device power status and create alerts, helping to ensure equipment uptime
  • 72% – Hybridization with cloud and other IT Infrastructure services: procure cloud and hosting services and hybridize with colocation environment, more efficiently meeting diverse application needs
  • 67% – Inventory management: create and view colocation equipment for device-level inventory management and tracking

In addition, the survey showed that 57% of respondents are interested in a hybrid IT Infrastructure environment that includes a mix of colocation, cloud and hosting services to meet a range of application and use case requirements.

“Colocation, with its capex model, security, control and customization advantages, continues to be a critical infrastructure choice for many organizations. While cloud services are another important option, an all-cloud strategy isn’t appropriate for every situation. As a result, there’s growing interest not only in hybrid infrastructure solutions but in redefining the limitations of traditional colocation services by integrating the benefits of the cloud,” said Raj Dutt, senior vice president of technology at Internap.

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Mexico's Metrored Picks Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform

Metrored has selected Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors to support a new international long-haul link between Mexico and the United States.

The upgraded connection will operate at 40 Gbps with seamless evolution to 100G when needed. This additional capacity will allow Metrored to support the delivery of high-bandwidth applications like high-speed Internet, IPTV, HD programming and mobile video phones.

Metrored, which owns and manages one of the largest networks in Mexico, has been a Ciena customer for many years.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

AT&T Partner Exchange Opens APIs for IT Solution Providers

AT&T is opening up its application programming interfaces (APIs) to allow solution providers to develop their own customized solutions for a differentiated experience.

A newly launched AT&T Partner Exchange promises visibility into certain AT&T systems, processes, and tools.  By opening up certain APIs to partners, AT&T said it can accelerate its delivery of mobility managed services, cloud and networking solutions to the tens of thousands of businesses.  Solution providers will be able to develop customized solutions that fully integrate with AT&T's IP network.

"We're throwing open the doors to our center of innovation - the AT&T Foundry and inviting solution providers to work directly with us to create more choices for business customers," said Brooks McCorcle, president of AT&T's new Emerging Business Markets organization. The organization was established within AT&T Business Solutions.

"Through this new approach and collaboration with solution providers, we expect to rapidly expand our market reach and deliver more tailor-made cloud, mobility managed services and networking solutions to companies across a number of industries," she added.

AT&T Partner Exchange Benefits for Solution Providers:

  • Ability to bundle solutions from one of the leading worldwide providers of IP-based communications to businesses, including cloud solutions, mobility managed services and virtual private networking services 
  • Business growth with a new recurring revenue stream for AT&T and solution providers
  • Attractive financial rewards such as market development funds and a simple, straightforward rate structure
  • Easy-to-use portal with resources, tools and visibility into certain AT&T systems – automated and customized support structure that provides cost efficiencies 
  • Ability to customize solutions and client experience with open APIs
  • Speed to market: emphasis on ordering, delivery and support
  • Robust 360° support and access to a dedicated account team, 24x7 online ticketing, live chat and more.

IBM's MobileFirst Combines Security, Analytics, App Development

IBM outlined a MobileFirst product initiative that combines  security, analytics and app development software, with cloud-based services and deep mobile expertise. The goal is to provide enterprises with solutions for managing employee mobile devices, as well as tools for developing mobile apps.

"To date, mobile computing has been dominated by discussions of new smartphones, operating systems, games and apps," said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, middleware software, IBM. "But enterprises have yet to tap into the potential of mobile business. Just as the Internet transformed the way we bank, book vacations and manage our healthcare, mobile computing is also transforming industries. As these devices become ingrained in everything that we do, businesses are now in the palms of their customers' hands. IBM MobileFirst is designed to make the transformation to becoming a mobile enterprise a reality."

IBM MobileFirst includes:
  • IBM MobileFirst Platform – New updates include expanded capabilities of IBM Worklight to simplify deployment. It also features single sign-on capabilities for multiple applications. A new beta of the Rational Test Workbench for mobile helps to improve the quality and reliability of mobile apps.
  • IBM MobileFirst Security – IBM extends its context-based mobile access control solutions and expands mobile application vulnerability testing with support for Apple iOS apps with the latest release of AppScan.
  • IBM MobileFirst Management – New updates to IBM Endpoint Manager include enhanced support for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs and increased security standards that are critical to governments and regulated environments.
  • IBM MobileFirst Analytics – IBM is expanding its Tealeaf CX Mobile solution to give enterprises more visual insight into mobile behaviors so they can better understand where improvements are needed and create exceptional and consistent consumer experiences across mobile devices.

  • IBM MobileFirst Strategy and Design Services – Clients can tap into IBM expertise to map out a mobile strategy for employees and customers, and key experience design skills from IBM Interactive to build compelling mobile experiences.
  • IBM's new Mobile Maturity Model can assess how a business is progressing towards becoming a mobile enterprise, while new Mobile Workshops help clients develop applications, architect infrastructure and accelerate their mobile progress.
  • IBM MobileFirst Development and Integration Services – IBM offers services that help organizations roll out a mobile infrastructure and manage mobile application portfolios and BYOD environments. Enhanced Network Infrastructure Services for Mobile provide IT network strategy, optimization, integration and management. Mobile Enterprise Services for Managed Mobility help manage and secure smartphones, tablets and devices across a business. Mobile Application Platform Management helps speed deployment of mobile infrastructure to develop mobile applications more easily and quickly.
IBM is also announcing a relationship with AT&T that will enable developers to enhance mobile apps by using IBM Worklight to access AT&T's APIs in the cloud. Now, developers have another tool with AT&T to quickly and easily create apps with rich features such as speech recognition and rapid payment.

NTT Expands its SDN-enabled Enterprise Cloud Internationally

NTT Communications is expanding the geographic availability of its Enterprise Cloud virtualized Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)to data centers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia Pacific.

NTT Com first launched its Software-Defined Networking (SDN)-based Enterprise Cloud via data centers in Japan and Hong Kong in June 2012.

NTT Com anticipates opening three more data centers in Australia, Malaysia and Thailand in March 2013, to further enhance global coverage.

“NTT Com understands the enterprise client, their struggles, goals and needs," said Mr. Motoo Tanaka, Senior Vice President of Cloud Services at NTT Com. “Being truly enterprise class is what makes NTT Com the leading partner of choice for client cloud transformation through comprehensive cloud lifecycle services, and is what has led us to develop this real-world cloud, built on a foundation of advisory, migration, operational and management services." To illustrate the benefits, Mr. Tanaka spoke about four clients already using the Enterprise Cloud platform:

Cyan Ships 100G Coherent Transponder

Cyan introduced a single-slot 100G coherent transponder for its Z-Series family of packet-optical transport platforms (P-OTPs). The single-slot design enables a high-density of 100G modules within a single chassis.

It also offers integrated support for short, medium, long, and extended reach C form-factor pluggable (CFP) client interfaces. Key features include:

  • Ability to support 100 Gigabit Ethernet and G.709 OTU4 regeneration.
  • Higher network capacity due to greater spectral efficiency of 100G vs. 40G or 10G.
  • Support for client SR10 (100 meter), LR10 (2 kilometer), LR4 (10 kilometer), and ER4 (40 kilometer) interfaces with flexible, pluggable CFP optics.
  • C-band tunable DWDM interface.
  • Integrated dispersion compensation to mitigate the need for fiber-based compensation.
  • Compatible with the Cyan Z22, Z33 and Z77 platforms for investment protection.
  • Leverages hitless upgrade capabilities of the Z-series platforms.
  • Complements Z-Series LAD and WSS modules.
  • Ability to mix 10G and 100G channels.
  • 1+1 optical protection using Cyan's Optical Protection Switch module.

The DTM-100G can be matched with Cyan's Blue Planet software-defined network (SDN) system.  The company said this solution will eventually allow virtual machines to be spun up in large data centers to dynamically create 100G data center interconnect (DCI) circuits for large scale backup and disaster recovery.

UK Announces 4G Auction Winners

Ofcom announced the following winners of its 4G mobile spectrum auction:  Everything Everywhere, Hutchison 3G UK, Niche Spectrum Ventures (a subsidiary of BT Group plc), Telefónica UK and Vodafone.

A total of 250 MHz of spectrum was auctioned in two separate bands – 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz. This is equivalent to two-thirds of the radio frequencies currently used by wireless devices such as tablets, smartphones and laptops.

The lower-frequency 800 MHz band is part of the "digital dividend" previously used by analogue terrestrial TV.

Ed Richards, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: “This is a positive outcome for competition in the UK, which will lead to faster and more widespread mobile broadband, and substantial benefits for consumers and businesses across the country. We are confident that the UK will be among the most competitive markets in the world for 4G services.

FCC Sets Rules for Consumer & Industrial Signal Boosters

The FCC will implement new rules allowing the use of consumer and industrial signal boosters in order to improve mobile voice and mobile broadband coverage.  The four leading wireless operators in the country are supporting the initiative.

Consumer signal boosters must be designed to be used "out of the box" by individuals to improve their wireless coverage within a limited area such as a home, car, boat, or recreational vehicle.  Consumers will need to register the booster with their wireless provider.  Consumers will also be required to de-activate their boost if any operator detects interference.

The new rules also cover Industrial Signal Boosters designed to cover larger areas such as stadiums, airports, office buildings, hospitals, tunnels, and educational campuses. Industrial Signal Boosters sold and marketed starting on March 1, 2014 must meet new FCC requirements.

FCC Proposes Wi-Fi Boost with 195 MHz in 5 GHz Band

The FCC is proposing to make up to 195 MHz of additional spectrum in the 5 GHz band (a 35% increase) available to unlicensed wireless devices.  The proposed modifications would provide access to additional contiguous spectrum with consistent technical requirements, allowing unlicensed devices to use wider bandwidth channels, leading to faster speeds.

Specifically, the FCC is looking at adding the  5.35-5.47 GHz and 5.85-5.925 GHz bands for Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) use.

In 1997, the Commission made available 300 megahertz of spectrum at 5.15-5.25 GHz, 5.25-5.35 GHz, and 5.725-5.825 GHz available for unlicensed use.

Global Automakers Concerned About Expanded Wi-Fi in 5 GHz

The Association of Global Automakers (Global Automakers), which is an industry group representing car manufacturers, expressed concern that the FCC's proposal to open 195 MHz of spectrum in the 5 GHz band for unlicensed Wi-Fi could compromise the integrity of new vehicle-to vehicle (V2V) accident-prevention systems using the 5.9 GHz band.

"Automakers are expending significant resources and effort to develop V2V safety technologies because of the potential to significantly reduce automobile crash fatalities, injuries, and congestion on our highways," said Michael Cammisa, Global Automakers' Director of Safety.   "There is no room for error when it comes to motor vehicle safety and we want to make sure that the FCC initiative will not interfere with the anticipated benefits that V2V communication systems could deliver."

The Association noted that ten major automakers and numerous technology providers have participated in a V2V pilot study in Ann Arbor, Michigan based by the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Connected Vehicle Research Program.

DragonWave Intros Sub-6 GHz Microwave System for Urban Small Cells

DragonWave introduced Avenue Link Lite -- a sub-6 GHz point-to-point microwave radio that supports both licensed and unlicensed spectrum and suited for non-line-of-sight(NLOS) scenarios where obstructions are found between link endpoints.

The compact unit, which measures only 7.5 in square including antenna, can be configured and monitored remotely.

It offers low power consumption (under 15W), PoE compatibility,reduced cabling requirements and in-band synchronization which eliminates the need for anexternal synchronization source. The high capacity and low latency capabilities of the AvenueLink Lite make it one of the first LTE-ready NLOS system.

Avenue Link Lite can be deployed using a tree topology, with macrocell traffic aggregation points on rooftops, or with tail, chain or small hub microsites at street level, which reduces interference and offers more flexible network connectivity, as well as simplifying network expansion and helping to ensure protected network architectures.

Sprint and Telefónica Form Global Advertising Alliance

Sprint and Telefónica announced a mobile advertising alliance with the potential to reach 370 million mobile customers across the United States, Europe and Latin America with targeted advertising.

Under the agreement, Telefónica Digital and Pinsight Media+, powered by Sprint will collaborate on advertising campaigns for global brands.

"Telefónica Digital has led the way in Europe and Latin America in mobile advertising, championing consumer privacy, innovative targeting and impactful formats to create a fresh approach for brands to reach their most relevant customers with the right message at the optimal time,” said Simon Birkenhead, director of Global Advertising Sales at Telefónica Digital. “Joining forces with Pinsight Media+ extends Telefónica’s geographic reach and builds on our ongoing strategy to make it easier for global brands to gain access to global audiences, no matter where they reside.”

“This agreement fulfills a need in the advertising market for meeting the mobile advertising requirements of global brands,” said Mike Cooley, vice president of New Ventures at Sprint. “Through this alliance, we are seeking to efficiently expand our capabilities to deliver mobile marketing solutions for U.S.-based advertisers into Europe and Latin America, while Telefónica Digital aims to do the same for their regional customers in the United States."

Altair's Latest Silicon Supports LTE Release 10

Altair Semiconductor unveiled a new family of chipsets, including two new baseband processors - the FourGee-3800 and FourGee-3802 - and a new radio chip - the FourGee-6300.

Key features of the new chipset family include:
  • Support for LTE Release-10 features
  • Based on Altair's 3rd generation SDR architecture, software upgradable to future Release-11
  • Category 4 throughput 150 Mbps DL / 50 Mbps UL
  • Support for Carrier Aggregation (CA)
  • High performance 700MHz network processor subsystem
  • Wide frequency band span of 400-3800MHz with 6 concurrent LTE bands for both primary and diversity antennas, enabling global band combinations
  • Integrated IMS/VoLTE with support for HD-Voice
  • Incorporates Altair's proprietary interference cancellation (INCA™) technology
  • Incorporates Envelope Tracking (ET) technology
  • Supports enhanced Inter-cell Interference Coordination (eICIC)  
  • Ultra low Active and Idle power consumption
  • Rich set of host and peripheral interfaces to support a variety of applications including smartphones, tablets, mobile hotspots, routers and M2M.