Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Orange Launches joyn in France

Orange officially launched its joyn rich communications services in mainland France.

joyn enables Orange mobile customers equipped with a compatible phone to start a video chat, share pictures, or use instant messaging while calling. Joyn is currently available through the application "joyn by Orange," and will progressively be rolled out as an embedded app on smartphones sold by Orange.

The service is based on the GSMA's joyn standard.

Communications made or received are billed in line with the customer's mobile package and are free in Wi-Fi mode. When sharing photos or videos during a call, the call is billed independently of joyn, in line with the customer's mobile voice plan.

The "Contact et moi" application has been upgraded and renamed "joyn by Orange."  All of these functions will be available starting in October. iPhone users can already enjoy two-person chats and make video calls, while Android users can take part in multi-person chats, make video calls and share pictures during calls.  Mass market customers with an Orange package (excluding “mobicarte”) and a Sony Xperia Z, and HTC One or a Samsung Galaxy S4 can enjoy all of joyn's functions directly on their Orange smartphone, starting this summer.

joyn will be rolled out for most Android and Windows Phone devices in 2014.

  • In November 2012, Spain’s three leading mobile network operators, Movistar, Orange and Vodafone, are now offering interoperable Rich Communication Services (RCS) under the consumer-facing brand joyn.
    Movistar, Orange and Vodafone are initially offering joyn services through an application for Android, with a version for the iPhone to follow shortly. 
  • joyn is based on the GSMA's  RCS 5.0 standard, enabling mobile users  to chat and enrich messaging or voice calls by exchanging images or video simultaneously during calls, in a private and secure manner, with any member of their contact list that has joyn, regardless of the user’s network or mobile device. Additional services, such as VoIP or IP-video caling,l will be introduced in the near future.  joyn operates on both the operators’ mobile networks and on Wi-Fi networks.
  • Other operators who have launched joyn services include SK Tel,  Deutsche TelekomVodafone Germany, and MetroPCS.

Alcatel-Lucent's Shift Plan Looks to IP and Ultra-Broadband

Alcatel-Lucent outlined a "Shift Plan" aimed at transforming the company from a generalist supplier of networking solution into a specialist provider of IP Networking and Ultra-Broadband Access.  The company is targeting Euro 1 billion in reduced sales, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses over the next three years as it makes a decisive in its industrial focus toward high-value equipment and services.

Current business segments outside of this new area of focus include Terrestrial Optics, Submarine, Wireless Transmission, Network Applications, Integration Services for Strategic Industries, Consulting Businesses and OSS/BSS.

"Today we are taking comprehensive action to position Alcatel-Lucent at the heart of the digital ecosystem, a place from which we will be able properly to capitalize on our many strengths. The Shift Plan is fundamentally an industrial plan that also addresses the Group's operational and financial challenges by putting in place a strong and fully accountable leadership team with clear goals and the appropriate levers to deliver on these goals and on our commitments to all stakeholders," stated Michel Combes, Alcatel-Lucent's CEO.

Key points of the plan:

  • Grow revenues in Core Networking by more than 15%, from Euro 6.1 billion in 2012 to over Euro 7 billion in 2015,
  • Lift operating margins from 2.4% in 2012 to more than 12.5% in 2015.
  • IP, cloud and ultra-broadband portfolio at the center of operations, including WDM, 100G, IMS and customer experience product lines, as well as the 'FTTx' group of fiber-based connectivity technologies serving homes, businesses and other types of premises, vectoring, the 4G LTE mobile wireless access and small-cells.
  • Bell Labs will continue to be the company's innovation engine, with an 8% increase in R&D from 2013 through 2015. IP and Ultra-Broadband Access will represent 85% of R&D investment in 2015.
  • Alcatel-Lucent's intellectual property portfolio will become a dedicated profit center and will adopt an entrepreneurial approach to licensing in order to develop a solid revenue stream from its library of more than 30,000 patents and 16,000 applications.
  • On a cash basis, The Shift Plan is expected to be self-funding over the 2013-2015 period.  Once the company has clearly demonstrated the successful execution of the Shift plan, it plans to seek a reduction of its debt by approximately Euro 2 billion including through further asset disposals or through access to the equity markets in order to support its long-term strategic goals.
  • The company did not announce any further job cuts at this time although reductions are planned.
  • Alcatel-Lucent will reduce the number of countries in which it operates from 185+ to 145 countries.  It will go from 100+ sales offices to 75 sales offices. It will consolidate warehouse and purchasing locations.
  • The company will undertake a 40% cut in real estate and sites, reducing its footprint in non-strategic locations.
  • In Manages Services, the company will address its 15 unprofitable contracts.
The new leadership team:

Business Lines
  • Basil Alwan, IP Routing & IP Transport
  • Andrew Mcdonald, IP Platforms
  • David Geary, Wireless
  • Federico Guillen, Fixed Networks
 Transversal functions
  • Philippe Guillemot, Operations
  • Philippe Keryer, Strategy & Innovation
  • Robert Vrij, Sales
Corporate functions
  • Nicole Gionet, Human Resources
  • Tim Keller, Legal
  • Paul Tufano, CFO of Alcatel-Lucent, will step down from his role once implementation of The Shift Plan is under way.

  • In February, Alcatel-Lucent’s Board of Directors named Michel Combes as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2013.  Previously, Michel Combes (51) was CEO of Vodafone Europe and a Board member of Vodafone PLC. During his career, he has held the positions of Chairman and CEO of TDF as well as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of France Telecom.

ONF PlugFest Tests OpenFlow 1.3

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF)completed its third semi-annual PlugFest designed to drive interoperability, deployment, and commercialization of SDN and the OpenFlow protocol.

The event, which was hosted earlier this month at the Indiana Center for Network Translational Research and Education (InCNTRE), was attended by nearly 50 network engineers from 20 member companies with the common goal of ensuring that new SDN protocols work across all of their products.

Testing focused on OpenFlow versions 1.0, 1.2, and 1.3 in commercial and test controllers and hardware and virtual switches. The event also allowed member companies to work in a neutral environment to test implementations of OpenFlow-based SDN that would be commercially applied to service provider, data center, and enterprise markets.

The ONF said the addition of OpenFlow 1.3 allowed for innovative test cases that spanned into performing match actions and functions in IPv6 and MPLS.

"This PlugFest showed that ONF has successfully encouraged implementation of OpenFlow 1.3 within its membership," said Michael Haugh, senior manager market development at Ixia and chair of the ONF Testing & Interoperability Working Group. “Event participants were able to accomplish an equivalent of two months of quality assurance (QA) testing in a about week, complete unique testing that could take multiple months in a QA lab.  The breadth of participation also allowed them to resolve features and interoperability issues with different vendors.”

“ONF PlugFests are critical to fostering deployments and enhancing implementations of OpenFlow-based SDN,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “Through interoperability testing, ONF helps product developers get their implementations working properly and assures their customers of a supply of interoperable products. I was particularly happy to see the broad turnout for OpenFlow 1.3.”

“Hosting the ONF PlugFest is one example of how InCNTRE supports the SDN industry,” said Steve Wallace, InCNTRE executive director. “By providing 50 network engineers from nearly 20 companies with access to four simultaneously operating testbeds in our state-of-the-art lab, we help them make sure that the new SDN protocols work across all their products – to essentially translate the theoretical aspects of SDN to real-world, industry situations.”

INCNTRE is the first ONF certified lab for conformance testing. The next ONF PlugFest will be held at the InCNTRE lab November 2013.

Cumulus Releases Linux for Bare-Metal Data Center Networking

Cumulus Networks, a start-up based in Sunnyvale, California, emerged from stealth to unveil its Linux operating system for data center networking.

Cumulus Linux, which is already in large-scale commercial deployment with one of the world’s biggest cloud providers, aims to enable the "Linux Revolution for Networking," helping to make data center infrastructure higher capacity, less complex and affordable.  Cumulus said it implementation will enable customers to take advantage of the price-performance of so-called “industry-standard” or “bare- metal” hardware as well as the agility and automation of the new generation of “software-defined” data center software and native Linux-based toolsets. Cumulus Linux promises radically simplified orchestration, automation and monitoring of networks.

It supports tools such as Chef, Puppet, Ganglia and collectd. Cumulus also works with overlay network technologies such as network virtualization from VMware. Because it sits at the edge of the network, Cumulus Linux also allows for routing between physical and virtual servers.

The company also cited DreamHost and Fastly as early customers.

“Linux revolutionized the compute-side of the datacenter over the past 15 years. Having a common OS broke vendor lock-in, drove down server hardware cost, allowed scale-out architectures, and provided a common platform for innovations like virtualization. Meanwhile networking remained stagnant,” said JR Rivers, co-founder and CEO of Cumulus Networks. “Innovation is finally coming to the network, and we are bringing that same transformational impact that Linux has had on datacenter economics and innovation to the networking side of the house.”

  • Cumulus Networks was founded by veteran networking engineers from Cisco and VMware in 2010.
  • The company has raised over $15 million in venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Peter Wagner and four of the original VMware founders.

Motorola Mobility Signs R&D Pact with Eight Leading U.S. Universities

Motorola Mobility’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group announced a collaboration agreement with eight top U.S. research universities to streamline new joint research projects and the development of fundamental new technologies.

The signatories include Motorola, California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Texas A&M University, and Virginia Tech.

“The multi-university agreement is really the first of its kind,” said Kaigham J. Gabriel, vice president and deputy director of ATAP. “Such an agreement has the potential to be a national model for how companies and universities work together to speed innovation and US competitiveness, while staying true to their individual missions and cultures.”

“When we started six months ago, people told us we were crazy… that this couldn’t be done. But we found power in the similarity of our goal – to do great work, faster, and with fewer barriers – and a group of committed individuals made it so,” said Regina E. Dugan, senior vice president and director of ATAP.

RAD Brings Distributed Grandmaster Sync to LTE Backhaul

RAD introduced distributed Grandmaster functionality in its Service Assured Access solution for mobile backhaul networks.

The company said distributed GM is an elegant solution for LTE compared to existing solutions that use GPS at each base station, or for architectures that deploy a Grandmaster clock with IEEE 1588 functionality at a central site to transmit timing across the entire backhaul network to all remote base stations.

RAD’s ETX-2 Advanced Carrier Ethernet device supports 1588 Grandmaster and is also equipped with a built-in GPS receiver.

"Since the ETX-2 is designed to be deployed at the first aggregation point, closest to the cell-site or a cluster of small cells, it will not overcrowd base stations, and since it will typically be situated much closer to base stations than a Grandmaster clock would be, it can provide an accurate reference clock for the base stations with no network upgrade," said Ilan Tevet, Service Provider Line of Business head at RAD.

Tektronix Communications Launches LTE Professional Services

Tektronix Communications has begun offering professional consulting services to help carriers optimize the rollout of LTE networks.

Tektronix said LTE rollouts are complex due to the increase in traffic and signalling of data rich applications, and the challenges of circuit switch fall back (CSFB), success rate and setup time, and inter-radio access technology issues for data services. Furthermore, management of multiple network equipment vendors is another source of concern where potentially one manufacturer provides the eNodeBs, the MMEs and a third the core elements. Tektronix Communications’ new Technology Consulting service will provide NEM-agnostic, strategic end-to-end consulting to address such issues.

"With the increasing competitive environment, there has never been a greater need for deep end-to-end insight and optimisation without losing control over OPEX and CAPEX. As LTE networks are being rapidly deployed, operators need to quickly identify and resolve customer experience issues to support adoption of LTE services, avoid churn and prevent negative brand impact," stated Ken Pecot, Tektronix Communications VP of Professional Services.

VimpelCom Goes Live with the NetCracker OSS

VimpelCom has deployed NetCracker OSS for a single view of its fixed and mobile networks. The project was delivered as part of VimpleCom’s initiative, aimed at increasing operational efficiency through consolidation of IT systems and optimization of IT infrastructure. The companies said the deployment has enabled VimpelCom to achieve a dramatic decrease of the number of inventory systems.

NetCracker’s OSS solution provides VimpelCom with an up-to-date, end-to-end view of over 500,000 interconnected equipment units located on the company’s 45,000 sites and 85,000 customer premises as well as a deep insight into the entire network topology. In addition, NetCracker OSS allows for deeper integration with the company’s other support systems. This enhanced functionality greatly increases the efficiency of VimpelCom’s fulfillment and assurance processes and reduces OpEx and operational complexity. With this implementation, NetCracker’s OSS solution is planned to be the core platform for inventory and fulfillment.

NetCracker is a division of NEC.

Marlin Equity Adds Sycamore to Coriant

Marlin Equity Partners will combine Sycamore Networks Solutions with Coriant. Sycamore supplies optical switching and multiservice access platforms.
Marlin Equity acquired Sycamore from its public shareholders in January 2013.  The business will become Coriant America Inc., and will remain headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Sycamore will also adopt the Coriant brand for all of its product and service offerings.

Coriant's full portfolio now includes 100G+ optical transport, OTN switching, and software-defined service control and management solutions for Tier 1 service providers worldwide. 

“We are excited to harness a deeper pool of optical networking expertise as we leverage the combined strengths of 
these exceptional teams to advance Coriant’s global market position,” said Pat DiPietro, an operating partner at 
Marlin. “With an expanded solutions portfolio and greater operational scale, we will be well-positioned for 
continued growth and innovation.” 

F5 Networks Delivers Service Provider Firewall for 3G/4G

F5 Networks introduced a full-proxy network firewall for Service Providers that can be deployed as a hardware- or software-based solution.

The S/Gi firewall, which is offered with F5’s BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager, serves an important function within a mobile service provider’s network infrastructure. Sitting at the Gi interface of a 3G network and the SGi interface of a 4G network, F5’s new offering is situated on the perimeter between a service provider’s mobile network and the Internet.

F5 Networks said this placement is ideal to protect both subscribers and networks from targeted attacks—such as DDoS threats—from a variety of sources (Internet-to-mobile, Internet-to-infrastructure, mobile-to-mobile, etc.). The firewall is fully extensible and can respond to threats in real-time with F5’s programmable iRules technology.

Key performance specs include: up to 8 million connections per second, up to 576 million concurrent connections, up to 640 Gbps firewall throughput.

In addition, F5’s new BIG-IQ™ Security offering streamlines firewall policy management for multiple devices for enterprise and service provider deployments.

"As service and cloud providers update their infrastructures to better serve customers, advantages in flexibility and efficiency can have the unintended consequence of opening up new security vectors to emerging threats,” said Mark Vondemkamp, VP of Security Product Management and Marketing at F5.

Overture Appoints Chris Swan as Sr. VP of Global Sales

Overture named Christopher Swan as senior vice president of Global Sales and Services, where he will be responsible for leading Overture’s worldwide sales force and overseeing customer solution delivery and
support. Previously, Swan held senior executive positions at Spirent, Syndesis, and Narus.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Coriant Presents its SDN-based Intelligent Optical Control

Coriant introduced its Intelligent Optical Control (IOC) for optimizing the optical layer using Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology.

Coriant is presenting the solution for the first time at this week's WDM & Next Generation Optical Networks conference in Monaco.

Coriant said its IOC is a fully integrated solution for the operation and planning of multilayer networks: TNMS, TransNet, and TransConnect. The company claims operators can now implement new services up to 90 percent faster.  Its testing showed that the set-up time for a 100G data center service dropped from hours to minutes using the automation provided by IOC.

Key aims of Coriant's IOC solution include:
  • Maximum optical layer ability, flexibility and performance
  • Fully automated end-to-end workflows
  • Easy integration with business applications and standard SDN architectures
  • Fast and efficient operational procedures from planning to maintenance
  • Optimized multi-layer routing and resource utilization

"We are proud to present IOC today as the industry-first solution that successfully overcomes the complexities of managing the optical layer and offers its advantages and potential for our customers," said Uwe Fischer, CTO and SVP Product Management, Coriant. "Our long-term investment in R&D as well as our experience with complex and sophisticated meshed optical networks has paid off: Accessing the optical layer via IOC adds significant performance and increases the utilization of the existing infrastructure. IOC is interoperable with third party network elements and controllers due to its modular architecture and standardized external interfaces, thereby being able to control multi-domain networks while protecting operator’s investment."

  • In May 2013, Coriant, the former optical networking division of Nokia Siemens Networks, began operations as an independent company following completion of the deal by Marlin Equity Partners.

    Coriant mission is to be a global supplier of leading optical transport solutions and software-defined, optical layer intelligence to Tier 1 networks. The company operates worldwide in more than 48 countries and is headquartered in Munich, Germany. Coriant has R&D centers in Asia, Germany, Portugal and the U.S., as well as a production center in Berlin, Germany.

ADVA Adds Timing Synchronization Features to FSP 150

ADVA Optical Networking has added an IEEE 1588v2 mini-Grandmaster (miniGM) clock and Boundary Clock functionality to its FSP 150 family of mobile backhaul products. The new capabilities ensure precise frequency and time synchronization at the network edge and is specifically designed to support the large-scale rollout of small cells for LTE-Advanced and radio access networks operating in unpaired spectrum.

ADVA said the deployment of the miniGM as close as possible to the cell site enables the utilization of existing networks for backhaul services connecting LTE-Advanced radio access networks and supporting unpaired spectrum operation. Since GPS is considered being not reliable enough when used as an exclusive clock source, the PTP fallback capability significantly enhances the stability of the synchronization architecture compared to a traditional GPS-only solution.

“As mobile operators gradually introduce LTE-Advanced, they're finding network synchronization increasingly complex,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. “This is all due to the necessary rollout of interference coordination and radio spectrum control techniques. Base station clocks now need to operate in phase within tolerances of less than a micro-second. This is a considerable challenge. But by deploying the miniGM functionality at the edge of the backhaul network and introducing our Syncjack™ timing assurance technology, mobile operators and their mobile backhaul service providers can meet these synchronization demands while improving their customer’s quality of experience.”

Transmode Intros iAccess Carrier Ethernet NID

Transmode introduced an "iAccess" solution for delivering business Ethernet and mobile backhaul services.

Transmode's iAccess solution combines a new compact low cost Network Interface Device (NID) with the company's iWDM-PON and Enlighten multi-layer management suite to provide a low cost, simple to install/configure/manage and highly scalable solution. The solution uses a "remote port" architecture which makes all NIDs into extensions of the Ethernet Muxponder that they are connected to. With the remote port architecture the NID automatically takes device and service configuration from the network when it is connected. This removes the need for a separate IP address for each NID, saving these valuable and sometimes scarce resources.

Transmode said its new solution is ideally suited to Ethernet based services that need to scale to large volumes or where simplicity is key.

Sten Nordell, Transmode's Chief Technology Officer, said  "The new iAccess solution is a great step forward in terms of simplifying and scaling Ethernet access networks while also enabling network operators to hit the right price points for these high volume services. We have created a real plug-and-play solution where the WDM-PON enabled NID is simply connected to the access fiber, powered up and then services are automatically created. This enables operators to quickly roll out new services with the right level of carrier class functionality such as MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services."

Openet Acquires Forkstream for PCRF Android Control

Openet, which specializes in real-time transaction management software and services (B/OSS), has acquired Forkstream, a start-up working on technology to define policies for routing mobile data streams within and between different access networks while ensuring a seamless user experience. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Forkstream, which was spun out of University College Dublin and supported by Enterprise Ireland, helps enable consumer devices to discover and communicate with non-3GPP networks such as Wi-Fi or WiMAX. Its ANDSF-compliant client for Android devices interacts with the network core via Openet Interaction Gateway, enabling operators to manage network access policies using their Policy Controls Rules Function (PCRF). The technology is fully compliant with 3GPP Access Network Discovery and Selection Function (ANDSF) standards.

Openet's portfolio combines policy and charging control with device and third party interaction to enable innovative charging models, to control operating cost and to personalize services.

"Integrating Forkstream into the Openet PCC ecosystem enables our customers to overcome many challenges related to seamlessly integrating multiple access networks with cellular services," said Openet CTO Joe Hogan. "They developed an elegant solution to ensure cross-network session continuity and flow management, which is key to a quality user experience."
Forkstream technologies extend the functionality defined within the 3GPP standards to include dynamic network selection as well as analytics and monitoring.

"We are thrilled to join the world's leading PCC vendor at a time when Operators are investing heavily in multi-access networks and cross-network services," said Forkstream co-founder John Fitzpatrick. "Supporting network access decisions within the policy and charging infrastructure makes it easy for operators to deliver more to their customers."
By interacting with the PCC infrastructure through Openet Interaction Gateway, Forkstream technology enables a mobile device to direct data flows across multiple networks simultaneously depending on defined PCRF policies. This provides granular control of traffic offload policies and enables new business models that include service options specific to an access network.

Broadband Forum Offers Test Plans for GPON Deployments

The Broadband Forum released new test plans aimed at accelerating G-PON deployments.

The BroadbandSuite 6.2 release includes:

  • IR-247: GPON ONU Conformance Test Plan (detailed version, available to members only)
  • ATP-247: Abstract GPON ONU Conformance Test Plan (summary of IR-247, publicly available) 
  • TR-255: G-PON Interoperability Test Plan
  • WT-309: XG-PON1 Physical layer Interoperability Test Plan (in final development)
  • WT-287: PON Optical Layer Management (in final development)

"Service providers need world class, market-ready ONUs and network interoperability," said Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum. "To reduce the cost of fiber rollouts, providers want standards-verified fiber products. With a reliable certification program, testing burdens decrease, and more vendors can ship interoperable products, which means a reduced time to market."

This release also includes two pending technical reports:  a new test plan for XG-PON1 (WT-309), as well as a new PON Optical Layer management report (WT-287).  WT-287 looks at how to optimize a multi-service PON network catering to both business and residential customers.  It covers system architecture, use cases, functional requirements and interoperability requirements. The specifications in WT-287 apply to both ITU-T and IEEE PON systems.

The Broadband Forum has approved an independent testing laboratory to conduct BBF.247 ONU certification.  The approved lab is LAN Laboratories, based in France and China.

Senate Confirmation Hearing for Thomas Wheeler as FCC Chairman

Thomas Wheeler appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee for a confirmation hearing to be the Chairman of the FCC.

In his prepared remarks, Wheeler expressed his deep commitment to competition, saying that the FCC role must evolve to encourage and protect competition. He also spoke of the need to ensure that American values and technology are in sync, such as extending Universal Service for broadband, protecting consumers, assisting the disabled and ensuring that first responders have the communications equipment they need.

Wheeler said that if confirmed he will move expeditiously on spectrum auctions. He also vowed support for the E-Rate program for broadband in schools and libraries.

An archive of the hearing is available on C-SPAN.

AT&T Expands Mobile Access to VPNs

AT&T has begun offering expanded Virtual Private Network (VPN) bundles that provide free Mobile Remote Access that allow users mobile access from virtually any device.

The new VPN value bundle enables customers to connect up to 100 mobile devices with mobile remote access and global WiFi, as well as VoIP calling options and security services. Mobile Remote Access Services enables customers to extend their VPN connection to their mobile devices. 

"The need to mobilize business has never been more important," said S. Dale McHenry, VP, Enterprise Networks at AT&T. "We are pairing our expertise in mobility and virtual private networking to deliver a truly game-changing combination of features and services to our customers.

C Spire Picks Devicescape for Wi-Fi Hotspot Connection Service

C Spire Wireless has selected Devicescape's Curator Service to help its mobile customers to better manage data usage and ensure superior connectivity.

The Devicescape Curator Service allows users to gain automatic access to the company's growing Curated Virtual Network (CVN) of over 12 million high-quality, public Wi-Fi hotspots, which are continuously QoE tested in real-time to ensure they meet C Spire's requirements for a carrier-grade quality experience. Devicescape's Curator Client, working together with the Curator Service Platform in the cloud, identifies the best available connection at any given time and connects to it, resulting in simplified connectivity and increased overall Wi-Fi usage.

C Spire customers can download the free WiFi On app from the Google Play store on any Android-powered smartphone with the 2.2 (Froyo) or later mobile operating system. The app also will come preloaded on new C Spire Android-powered smartphones, including two that will be arriving soon on the company’s 4G LTE network - the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One.  The app prompts users to add their own home Wi-Fi networks, automatically connects to public hotspots when available and saves battery power on smartphones and tablets by turning the device’s Wi-Fi radio signal off when it isn’t available or strong enough to provide a quality experience.

C Spire Wireless offers a suite of personalized wireless services and premier mobile communications devices to nearly one million subscribers. The carrier is based in Ridgeland, Mississippi.

"Our priority is to deliver a personalized, high quality wireless experience to our customers and offer services that anticipate their needs," said Kevin Hankins, chief operating officer for C Spire Wireless. "As customers use their devices for more services and applications that require data, implementing Devicescape's service will help them better manage data while improving the quality and speed of their total data experience. We've been an industry leader for over two decades by introducing new services that help customers get the most value and benefit from their wireless plan. Selecting Devicescape's service will allow us to continue that trend."

Infonetics: WDM ROADM Sales Rose 10% Last Year

The global WDM ROADM equipment market (not components) reached $4 billion in 2012, up 10% year-over-year, according to a new report from Infonetics that tracks the reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) optical network equipment market and the wavelength selective switch (WSS) components within it, measured by spacing technology and degree count.

Some highlights of the report:

  • ROADM WSS component revenue declined more than a quarter in 2012
  • In the 2nd half of 2012, sales of ROADM WSS components stabilized while recording healthy unit growth
  • The leading vendors in the WDM ROADM optical hardware market in 2012 include Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Ciena, and Fujitsu.

"It’s been a tough road for WSS components these past couple of years, with quarterly revenue down nearly 50% from the highs two years ago," notes Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for optical at Infonetics Research. “But we believe there’s some modest growth ahead tied to the deployment of new 100G coherent systems and the rollout of colorless, directionless and contentionless (CDC) ROADMs. While the level of interest in CDC ROADMs is very high from vendors, the current pricing premium given to this architecture by equipment vendors will slow adoption."