Monday, March 18, 2013

Infinera's Fast Shared Mesh Protection Restores Multiple Fiber Cuts in Under 50ms

Infinera introduced a hardware-based implementation of Shared Mesh Protection, an emerging industry standard that ensures network resiliency with protection against multiple failures while simultaneously lowering costs by eliminating the need to provision backup links for every live connection.

Infinera's new FastSMP leverages a purpose-built, FastSMP acceleration processor on every line card of its DTN-X platform. This enables recovery from multiple-failures in less than 50 milliseconds (ms). This hardware chip is pre-installed on the DTN-X and can be enabled via a simple software upgrade ensuring complete investment protection for customers building their networks with the DTN-X.

Infinera has shipped more than 2,000 100G ports to date and every port shipped is ready to be upgraded to FastSMP.

Key features of FastSMP:

  • Deterministic Protection: providing recovery for multiple failures within 50ms versus software-based Shared Mesh Restoration which can take multiple seconds to recover.
  • Enhanced Availability: FastSMP leverages intelligent GMPLS control to provide multiple backups with continuous real-time path re-computation ensuring better survivability for every protected service.
  • Cost-effective Deployment: in contrast to 1+1 protection, it allows for sharing of backup resources with priority pre-emption to lower overall capex and opex costs.

Infinera said that because FastSMP utilizes the digital transport layer it provides better network economics than packet-based solutions and recovers from local as well as remote failures across thousands of nodes within 50ms.

"Pacnet’s unique position is its ability to offer true long haul submarine mesh architecture on its core network within the APAC region,” said Andy Lumsden, Pacnet Chief Technology Officer. “Our selection of the DTN-X has provided new levels of scale for our network allowing us to accommodate customer traffic and deliver high capacity services faster than our competitors. The combination of the Infinera DTN-X platform and its hardware-accelerated FastSMP™ approach will provide Pacnet with a combination of resiliency, capacity and flexibility needed to meet the highest demands of our customers."

Infinera has filed patents for its hardware-accelerated FastSMP™ and is expected to start delivering multi-failure protection and restoration capabilities in 2013.

Coriant Makes its Debut

Coriant, the new optical transport company originating with Nokia Siemens Networks' Optical Networks business unit, is making its public debut at this week's OFC/NFOEC event in Anaheim, California.

In December 2012, Marlin Equity Partners agreed to acquire and privatize the Optical Networks business unit of Nokia Siemens Networks.  The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2013.

Coriant, which will be headquartered in Munich, Germany, said its mission is to bring to market proven 100G/OTN scalability, intelligent control, and extensive automation capabilities with a software defned, end-to-end approach for more agile service creation.

“With plans to help operators manage costs and complexity as optical networks scale, Coriant is expected to enter the market with proven strengths and a compelling vision for agile, end-toend service delivery powered by software-defned intelligence,” said Herbert Merz, designated President and CEO of Coriant. “Coriant will redefne optical networks for the hypergrowth era.”

“We believe in the long-term value that Coriant can bring to its Tier 1 customer base as the optical market crosses an unprecedented infection point and industry dynamics pave the way for a new market leader,” said Patrick DiPietro, Operating Partner, Marlin Equity Partners. “We are tremendously excited to be working with a team recognized for its optical networking expertise and leadership, and we are committed to providing the fnancial strength and resources
necessary to ensure Coriant’s success.”

Vitesse’s Intellisec Extends MACsec Networkwide

Vitesse Semiconductor introduced Intellisec, a patent-pending means of extending IEEE 802.1AE MACsec encryption end-to-end over any network, including multi-operator and cloud-based networks, independent of the network’s awareness of security protocols.

Traditionally, MACsec has been implemented link by link, making it difficult to deploy in service provider networks where latency over multi-hop connections becomes an issue.

Vitesse's Intellisec solves the end-to-end problem by implementing MACsec in the PHY.

“Vitesse is changing the landscape of secure network communications with Intellisec technology,” said Martin Nuss, chief technology officer for Vitesse. “End-to-end network encryption is highly complex and prohibitively expensive to implement at Layer-3, while existing Layer-2 MACsec PHY solutions need encryption and decryption at every link in the network. Because Intellisec runs over MEF CE2.0 and MPLS networks, it will work over most service provider networks with Intellisec-enabled equipment access devices or enterprise edge routers at network endpoints. This has never been done before.”

Some key features of Intellisec:

• Enables MACsec Networkwide: Intellisec extends MACsec to support secure
access to multiple cloud services, enabling delivery of MACsec-secured Layer-2 Carrier Ethernet
services, such as MEF EVCs, MPLS L2VPNs and Data Center Interconnect, across the network.
Until now, MACsec has traditionally been limited to link-based box-to-box applications primarily
within cloud services data centers;

• Simple, Low-Cost, Scalable: Intellisec scales easily with the number of interfaces. Vitesse estimates up to 75% cost savings compared to alternate solutions. Network installation involves a simple upgrade of the system’s physical layer components without impacting or upgrading the ASICs or
network processors;
• Maintains Network Synchronization: Precision synchronization is critical to network
infrastructure. Intellisec works together with Vitesse’s VeriTime™ technology to maintain
nanosecond-level IEEE 1588v2 time stamping accuracy;

• Compatible Extension to Existing Technologies: Intellisec enables network link upgrades
independent of the network’s awareness of security protocols.

Juniper Unveils PTX3000 Packet Transport Router

Juniper Networks unveiled a smaller version of its PTX packet transport router for the converged super core, which allows network operators to converge their networks from nationwide backbones down to the metro core.
Since introducing the PTX platform two years ago, Juniper said it has 20 cutomers, including the London Internet Exchange, Optus Australia, Verizon and XO Communications. The product family also includes the PTX5000, which uses a Junos Express chipset that is optimized for high capacity transport and features the on-chip traffic engineering, full delay bandwidth buffers, algorithms optimized for packet transport and embedded error detection required to support differentiated traffic types. 

The new Juniper PTX3000 Packet Transport Router offers 24 Tbps of capacity and yet measures only 10.6 inches in depth, allowing it to be installed in space and energy constrained environments. 

In addition, Juniper Networks announced an integrated packet-transport physical interface card (PIC) with two-ports of line rate 100 Gigabit forwarding for the entire PTX family, which will enable service providers to cost effectively interconnect sites more than 2000 kilometers (1243 miles) apart.

The PTX3000 packet transport router consumes 1200 watts of entry power for forwarding traffic.

"The Converged Supercore is an innovative platform that enhances service provider economics while providing greater value to their subscribers. Following on the heels of the revolutionary PTX5000, the PTX3000 extends these benefits to new markets and geographies with a solution that is tailored for their specific needs," stated Rami Rahim, executive vice president, Platform Systems Division, Juniper Networks.

Pacnet Deploys Infinera's DTN-X Platform

Pacnet, a leading provider of integrated network and technology solutions in the Asia-Pacific region, has deployed the Infinera DTN-X platform, featuring 500G long-haul super-channels.

The DTN-X platform enables Pacnet to deliver 100 Gbps services.  The deployment is believed to be the largest regional deployment of 100 Gbps technology to date. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Pacnet owns and operates EAC and C2C, Asia’s leading state-of-the-art fiber optic submarine cable networks with 21 cable landing stations extending from India to the U.S. The network spans 46,800 km and serves global customers with a comprehensive range of network and managed services.

"The Infinera DTN-X  FlexCoherent modulation capabilities, integrated control plane, and seamless subsea to terrestrial integration with the existing network further enhances our Data Center connectivity and network virtualization strategy," said Andy Lumsden, Pacnet Chief Technology Officer. "The ability to deliver and commission the DTN-X rapidly meant that our network upgrade was fully deployed within nine weeks, allowing us to deliver services to customers with a high level of confidence and resilience. The Infinera solution greatly advances our Layer 3 to Optical convergence and Network-as-a-Service initiatives."

CenturyLink Deploys 100G with Ciena

CenturyLink is deploying Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform with WaveLogic coherent optical technology to modernize and upgrade its network that spans more than 50 metropolitan locations across the United States.

The upgrade allows CenturyLink to offer 1GE, 10GE, 100GE and equivalent wavelengths.  The 6500 platform will also offer integrated packet switching which gives CenturyLink agility in the delivery of groomed Ethernet services to its enterprise customers.

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the U.S. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson and STMicroelectronics to Split Up Joint Venture

Ericsson and STMicroelectronics agreed to split up their joint venture, ST-Ericsson. Key points:

  • Ericsson will take on the design, development and sales of the LTE multimode thin modem products, including 2G, 3G and 4G multimode
  • ST will take on the existing ST-Ericsson products, other than LTE multimode thin modems, and related business as well as certain assembly and test facilities
  • Starting the close down of the remaining parts of ST-Ericsson
  • The formal transfer of the relevant parts of ST-Ericsson to the parent companies is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2013, subject to regulatory approvals.
  • After the split up it is proposed that Ericsson will assume approximately 1,800 employees and contractors, with the largest concentrations in Sweden, Germany, India and China.
  • It is also proposed that ST will assume approximately 950 employees, primarily in France and in Italy, to support ongoing business and new products development within ST.
  • Approximately 1,600 employees worldwide will lose their jobs in the restructuring.  This includes about 500-700 positions in Europe, including 400 to 600 positions in Sweden and 50 to 80 positions in Germany.
  • Carlo Ferro has been appointed President and CEO of ST-Ericsson to carry out the transition phase.
"Ericsson continues to believe that the thin modems hold a strategic value to the wireless industry. With this move Ericsson will create a highly focused "thin modem only" operation - an area in which both parents have invested significant amounts to establish industry leading technology and Intellectual Property," said Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson and Chairman of the Board of Directors.

AppliedMicro Intros Standalone OTN Processor with Encryption

AppliedMicro introduced a standalone OTN processor that can be used to enable 10 x 10G line cards for OTN cross connect and Packet-Optical Transport System (P-OTS) applications.

The new TPO215 processor delivers advanced framing, mapping and multiplexing, while supporting 10 x 10G channels for a total capacity of 100G.  The device, which is part of the company's portfolio of "SoftSilicon" OTN processors, makes use of the partial reconfiguration function of Altera's Stratix V field-programmable gate array (FPGA) silicon in a way that is completely seamless to the user and effectively quadruples the size of the silicon.

The TPO215 provides optical data unit (ODU) mapping. The device can map any 8-10G client signal to ODUflex/ODU2, in compliance with all ITU standardized mapping methods. The device can also perform hierarchical (de)multiplexing between ODU2 and ODU0/ODU1/ODUflex containers.

In addition, AppliedMicro noted that its TPO125 device also features OTNsec encryption, a new security feature developed by AppliedMicro to ensure comprehensive security during transport of information over "shared" networks. Unlike traditional encryption methods that only encrypt packets or client payloads, OTNsec security encrypts the entire container for transport across an OTN network and provides secure transport of any OTN client, including Fibre Channel, SONET and Ethernet.

Westell to Acquire Kentrox for $30 Million

Westell Technologies agreed to acquire and Kentrox for $30 million in cash.

Kentrox provides monitoring, management and control of remote sites, such as cell sites and towers. Its customers include major wireless and fixed-line telecommunications carriers, tower providers, cable and broadband network providers, utility companies, and enterprises. The company had revenues of approximately $29 million for the 12 months ended December 31, 2012.

"Kentrox is a perfect fit with our growth strategy,” said Rick Gilbert, Westell’s chairman and chief executive officer. “The company is a leader in providing intelligent site management solutions with a wireless focus, significant software content, and global reach. Kentrox has outstanding customers and solutions that complement Westell’s. In addition, it has an impressive team, excellent capabilities and real sales momentum. We expect the acquisition to propel us to about $80 million in annual revenue and add to earnings in fiscal 2014, which starts on April 1."

TeliaSonera Goes International with 100G

 TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) announced the activation of 100G across its North American network, connecting 23 cities across the continent.  This add to the company's 100G European network, which stretches from Madrid to Moscow.

“We own and operate our own global fiber backbone. This lets us deploy the technology required to build a future-enabled network. For our wholesale customers, 100G means the ability to scale up capacity without scaling up complexity – and doing so cost-efficiently”, says Erik Hallberg, President of TeliaSonera International Carrier.

TSIC is also looking at options to upgrade its trans-Atlantic connection to 100G. This will create a seamless 100G enabled network encompassing Europe and North America.

TSIS is using NSN’s hiT 7300 platform for 100G in Europe and has deployed Infinera’s DTN-X platform for 100G in North America.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Telstra Tests 1 Tbps with Ericsson

Telstra has conducted the first trial of 1 Tbps technology in Australia over 995km of an existing optical fiber network using Ericsson's equipment.

Ericsson recently announced it will provide Telstra with the SPO 1400, the latest packet optical transport platform (POTP) for the metro and the MHL 3000 for long-haul applications with 100Gbps service support. The trial tested a 1Tbps line card in the MHL 3000.

The companies said this successful test over the 995 kilometer optical link between Sydney and Melbourne in Australia shows it is possible to deploy 1 Tbps technology in a real network environment.  Furthermore, when 1 Tbps is commercialized, operators will be in a position to deploy it to meet their capacity requirements.

"The trial has proven that our existing optical cable plant can support Tbps channels along with 40Gbps and 100 Gbps channels simultaneously on the same fibre, verifying that we have the ability to increase capacity on our existing fiber cables when required." Alessandro Pane, Head of Ericsson R&D Optical Transmission, says: "Like so many developed countries, Australia is a very technologically advanced market and Australians are sophisticated users of broadband and mobile technology. In addition, there is widespread smart phone, tablet, IPTV and HDTV take-up. Supporting all these services requires an ever-growing capacity in backhaul and inter-city transmission.

OneChip Photonics Intros 100G PIC in Indium Phosphide

OneChip Photonics introduced a Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC)-based 100 Gbps device that monolithically integrates all of the optical functions required for an optical transceiver into a single Indium Phosphide (InP)-based chip. All of the active components (Distributed Feedback “DFB” laser, Electro-Absorption Modulator “EAM,” and Waveguide Photodetector “WPD”) and passive components (Wavelength Division Multiplexing “WDM” combiner, splitter and Spot-Size Converter “SSC”) of the chip are, uniquely, integrated in one epitaxial growth step – without re-growth or post-growth modification of the epitaxial material.

The company said its Multi-Guide Vertical Integration (MGVI)-based PICs will enable transceiver manufacturers to produce high-speed, low-power and small-size modules for Data Center Interconnect (DCI) applications.

The MGVI platform in Indium Phosphide is based on the same process that inherently produces the best and fastest Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors (HBTs) used in Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFICs). As such, the company also will be able to integrate electronics, such as Transimpedance Amplifiers (TIAs) and modulator drivers, within a commercially available and volume-scalable process. The silicon photonics dream of leveraging high-volume electronic chip production, while combining photonics and electronics onto the same substrate, is ironically best realized in Indium Phosphide.

NeoPhotonics Announces 100G Variable Power Intradyne Coherent Receiver

NeoPhotonics announced a new 100G Variable Power Intradyne Coherent Receiver (VICR) that integrates a variable optical attenuator (VOA) on the signal path and is designed to increase dynamic range and improve the optical signal to noise ratio (OSNR) for both single channel and multiple coincident signals.

NeoPhotonics said this capability is designed to enable service providers to better manage network capacity in colorless coherent networks.  The company is currently sampling the VICR and expects to enter general availability with this product in the second half of 2013.

“We are pleased to add the VICR to our extensive line of PIC based intradyne coherent receivers,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. “The VICR illustrates the power of photonic integration to provide additional functionality to our existing products, which are designed to benefit our customers with improved performance in the same form factor and simplified board layouts.”

Menara Announces Metro 100G Tunable DWDM Transceiver with OTN and FEC

Menara Networks introduced a 100G "System-in-a-Module" that integrates OTU4 framing, ultra FEC, full C-band tunability and 100GE performance monitoring in a 100% MSA compliant CFP form factor with a standard CAUI interface.

"Menara Networks continues on its march to simplify the optical network and help carriers and data center operators bridge the gap between the growing network cost and the declining revenue per bit," said Siraj Nour ElAhmadi, Menara Co-Founder and CEO. "We continue to believe that WDM transmission is a cost and not a revenue center to service providers. Our latest DWDM 100G "System-in-a-module" OTN CFP brings the same level of disruption to the economics, size and power of 100G WDM transmission as our OTN XFP did to 10G transmission."

Menara's patented "System-in-a-Module"  maps a 100GE payload into an ITU G.709 compliant OTU4 frame while offering non-intrusive monitoring of the Ethernet frame statistics. ITU G.975.1 compliant forward error correction is supported with configurable coding gain up to 9.4dB for use over amplified DWDM systems. The OTU4 signal is then transmitted using optical duo-binary signal (ODB) dispersion tolerant modulation over 4 optical channels on the ITU 50 GHz grid. Each of the four channels can be independently tuned over any of the 102 channels supported on ITU 50 GHz grid.

Furthermore, Menara offers a PRBS line performance checker/generator, an extensive set of OTU4 Performance monitoring pints and alarms and has a built-in OTN SNMP MIB accessible through the front Ethernet face plate for ease of configuration and management.

Menara confirmed that it has received an order from a Tier-1 system vendor for this product.

Menara is also announcing the Armada 1000-GM, a 1RU 100G WDM transport solution that offers 100G transponder and 10G/40G muxponder functions into a tunable CFP based OTU4 100G uplink. The compact Armada 1000-GM also includes integrated EDFA optical amplifiers and dispersion compensating modules offering a complete 100G DWDM transmission solution for metro and data center interconnection applications in a compact 1 RU footprint.

Menara Selected for New DWDM Network in Iraq

IQ Networks, a leading facility-based fiber Internet Service Provider in Iraq, has selected Menara Networks transponder-less DWDM solution to build a state-of-the-art national 10 Gbps IP over DWDM network in Iraq.

Specifically, IQ Networks will use Menara Networks' "System-in-a-Module" Tunable OTN XFP transceivers for complete DWDM transponder replacement. The small form factor MSA compliant pluggable modules offer high performance optical networking functions including integrated ITU-T G.709 OTU-2 framing, OTN alarms and performance monitoring processing, Forward Error Correction for OSNR gain, automatic receiver threshold adaptation and SBS suppression for up to 2,000 km transmission.

NTT Electronics Ships Single-Chip 100G OTN Framer

NTT Electronics (NEL) released a 100G Optical Transport Network (OTN) Framer with very low power dissipation. The new OTN Framer can be used alongside NEL's 100G Digital Coherent Signal Processor (DSP) and is capable of operation in multiple modes including 100G Transponder, 10 x 10G Muxponder, and 100G Regenerator.

NEL said its new OTN Framer employs advanced CMOS technology to provide framing solutions, fully compliant with the ITU-T G.709 standard, with low power dissipation in the 10 W to 20 W range depending on the selected mode of operation. It also incorporates high-performance Hard-Decision (HD) FEC within a standard 7% OTN overhead. It supports a unique Enhanced FEC, in addition to the Standard GFEC, to provide the improved net coding gain by more than 3 dB. The OTN Framer achieves ultimate performance of the SD-FEC when operated in conjunction with NEL's flagship 100G DSP.

Verizon Rolls out Fleet Management Solution

Verizon is rolling out Networkfleet management solution over the Verizon Wireless network using technology from Hughes Telematics, which Verizon acquired last year.  Networkfleet will debut in Verizon's U.S. service fleet for improved monitoring, management and route optimization capabilities.

The Networkfleet telematics solution combines in-vehicle hardware and a Web-based application to store, view and analyze data on specific vehicles as well as overall fleet performance. Vehicles are equipped with a GPS device that sends information to the Networkfleet Data Center over a secure wireless network. Key features include GPS fleet tracking, asset tracking, fleet maps, vehicle diagnostics with alerts, roadside assistance, preventative maintenance and other fleet management tools.

Verizon is deploying Networkfleet to an initial 18,000 company vehicles in its fleet this year to expedite customer service, while increasing productivity and cost efficiencies.

"As one of the largest commercial fleet operators in the United States, Verizon recognizes the challenges and opportunities associated with managing fleets, and we continue to shape our offerings to help customers turn rolling assets into a competitive business advantage," said David Small, senior vice president and chief platform officer for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "We see the fleet management space as a tremendous opportunity. We will continue to work with our ecosystem to serve this growing market, and we are committed to innovating in the machine-to-machine space."

Verion said its Networkfleet solution could be used in many industries, such as transportation, energy & utilities, government, retail, construction, etc.

Telefónica I+D Tests NSN's FlexGrid Optical

Telefónica I+D, the R&D labs of Telefónica, has successfully tested the integration of Nokia Siemens Networks’  FlexiGrid technology with a standards-based control system for optical networks.

NSN's FlexiGrid is based on the company's hiT 7300 DWDM platform. To increase network efficiency, Nokia Siemens Networks integrated its FlexiGrid technology as well as its 100G technology with an optical transport control system based on GMPLS. The company said its architecture increased spectral efficiency by 50 percent. The implementation enables the automated operation of the network and increases the reliability of service delivery as well as the flexibility of service provisioning. The test also reduced the fragmentation of the optical transport network.

The trial was conducted as part of Telefónica’s Innovation Program which focuses on network evolution, and its being implemented by the Research and Development team together with the Global Chief Technology Office.

“We have successfully tested Nokia Siemens Networks’ FlexiGrid transport architecture in our labs and demonstrated that Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) based FlexiGrid networks are technically feasible. This is a key step to increase the efficiency and performance of our core transport networks,” said Juan Fernandez-Palacios, head of Core Network Evolution at Telefónica I+D Global Chief Technology Office unit.”

On December 3, 2012, Nokia Siemens Networks and Marlin Equity Partners announced that they had reached an agreement for Nokia Siemens Networks to sell its Optical Networks business unit to Marlin Equity Partners. The announcement outlined that the deal would result in the unit being established as an independent company with the goal of becoming a leading provider in the optical market.

Polatis Cites Growing Demand for Photonic Cross-Connects in Data Centers

Polatis reported strong and growing demand for their latest Series 6000 192x192 optical switch, which was launched last year at OFC/NFOEC, leading the company to triple capacity at its European manufacturing plants.

"Our customers are telling us that traditional data center aggregation solutions cannot keep up with growing capacity demands" said Gerald Wesel, CEO Polatis, Inc. "The advent of optical circuit switch elements that integrate seamlessly with Software-Defined Network (SDN) control planes is poised to transform data centers by enabling new approaches that enhance performance while reducing costs. Polatis switches are ideally suited for the data center market as they have the best performance in the industry with exceptionally low loss and latency, fast switching and low power consumption."

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Covers Six LTE Bands

Samsung unveiled its GALAXY S 4 smartphone featuring a larger screen size and battery, quad core and octo core processors, better camera sensors and a number of distinguishing software enhancements.  Key specs includes:

  • 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
  • 1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor, depending on market
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 13 megapixel rear camera
  • 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
  • 4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps): up to 6 different band sets, depending on market
  • Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark, HEVC
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)
  • NFC,  Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)
  • IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0
  • 2,600 mAh battery.