Tuesday, July 16, 2013

NTT Communications Upgrades Transpacific Cable to 100G

NTT Communications announced the world’s first deployment of 100 Gbps digital coherent technology on a transpacific submarine cable system linking the U.S. and Japan.

The design capacity of the company’s PC-1 system has now been boosted by more than 2.5 times to 8.4 Tbps.

NTT Comm said the upgrade was made possible by optically optimizing the PC-1’s network architecture, including with strategically placed optical repeaters and an enhanced optical fiber layout.

By the end of 2014, 100 Gbps optical transmission technology also will be deployed in NTT Com’s Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE), which links major cities in Asia via the shortest possible route for industry leading low latency.


  • In October 2011, Infinera and Pacific Crossing, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Communications, completed a 100 Gbps trial using the PC-1 transpacific submarine cable system. The test spanned more than 9,500 kilometers from California to Japan.  Infinera said this trial demonstrates the unique ability to deliver two industry firsts. The 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) demonstration was the first transmission of a 100 GbE client service carried across the Pacific using 40 Gbps optical channels with Infinera's FlexCoherent transmission. The success of this trial was based on Infinera's commercially available 40 Gbps optical line module and 100 GbE client interface on Infinera's DTN platform.   The second demonstration was the first realization of a 100 Gbps optical channel using binary phase shift keying (BPSK) with soft decision forward error correction (SD FEC) .
  • In 2009, NTT Communications  acquired Pacific Crossing, which built the PC-1 trans-Pacific undersea cable network.  The system has landings at Harbour Pointe, Washington (near Seattle); Grover Beach, California (between San Francisco and Los Angeles); Ajigaura, Japan (near Tokyo); and Shima, Japan (near Osaka and Nagoya).
  • In March 2008, Fujitsu and Pacific Crossing completed an upgrade project that more than doubles the capacity of the 21,000-kilometer PC-1 trans-Pacific fiber optic submarine cable network. The project, which began in September 2007, involved the installation of Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE S650 submarine wavelength divisional multiplexer equipment in Pacific Crossing's cable landing stations, and the upgrade of the overall capacity to 1.98Tbps, of which 1.01Tbps is available on the two Trans-Pacific segments.

ITU-T Approves G.fast Broadband over Copper

The ITU-T Study Group 15 has granted first stage approval to G.fast (ITU-T G.9700), a new broadband over copper standard that promises up to 1 Gbps rates over copper lines at a distance of up to 250 meters.  G.fast, which is a successor to ADSL and VDSL technologies, uses 100 MHz wide channels. In addition, G.fast will enable self-installation by consumers without a technician’s assistance.

The ITU-T said the G.fast effort has attracted active participation by a large number of leading service providers, chip manufacturers, and system vendors.  Final approval of G.fast is expected in early 2014.

"G.fast is an important standard for service providers globally,” said Tom Starr, chairman of ITU-T Study Group 15, Working Party 1, which oversees the G.fast effort. “Service providers will be able to deliver fibre-like performance more quickly and more affordably than with any other approach."

"Since the early days of the World Wide Web, people around the world have accessed the vast resource that has become the Internet via ITU standards. I applaud our membership for continuing to show great leadership in the development of these specifications that bring broadband into our homes at ever increasing speeds and at ever greater efficiencies,” stated Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General, ITU.


Alcatel-Lucent Sets Optical Transmission Record - 31 Tbps over 7,200 km

Alcatel-Lucent announced a new performance/distance record for optical transmission. Researchers from Bell Labs have successfully sent 31 Terabits-per-second (Tbps) over a single fiber over a distance of 7200 km.  The test achieved with a distance between amplifiers of 100 km.

The test used 200 Gbps single-carrier data channels in a DWDM system with 155 channels in a 50 GHz frequency grid.

Details of the experiment were presented in a post-deadline paper presented earlier this month at Opto-Electronic Communication Conference (OECC) conference in Japan.


Avago's 28nm SerDes Hits 32 Gbps

Avago Technologies's new 28nm Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) core has achieved 32 Gbps performance while withstanding up to 40 dB of channel loss. The company says this level of performance will redefine the data rate feasibility for chip-to-chip, portside and backplane interfaces.

The new 28-nm Avago SerDes cores feature a unique decision feedback equalization (DFE) architecture, resulting in a number of key performance differentiators such as low overall power, best-in-class data latency, and best-in-class jitter and crosstalk tolerance.

"Avago has now shipped over 350 million embedded SerDes channels in high performance ASICs and ASSPs,” said Frank Ostojic, vice president and general manager of the ASIC/ASSP Products Division at Avago. “With our latest SerDes milestone, Avago continues to provide early access to IP that enables the development of products that meet today’s requirements for ever increasing bandwidth."


CloudVelocity Raises $13 Million for AWS Hybrid Cloud Migration Tool

CloudVelocity, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, raised $13 million in Series B funding for its cloud migration software.

CloudVelocity, which emerged out of stealth mode in December 2012, has just released its One Hybrid Cloud software, which makes Amazon Web Services (AWS) a secure and seamless extension of enterprise data centers.  The automated cloud migration and disaster recovery software lets enterprises run their existing and new Linux and Windows multi-tier and multi-system apps without modification in the AWS cloud.

CloudVelocity said that unlike image or template-based tools, its software automates the entire process from discovering the constituent hosts, blueprinting of system components and configuration, provisioning of cloud resources, continuous replication and synchronization of the entire app stack (including operating system, kernel, app software stack, and app data), service initiation in the cloud site to extending infrastructure services (like LDAP and Active Directory), all with a single click.

The company also said that its plans include extending its cloud migration solution to other public cloud providers.

The new funding round, which brings the total raised by the company to date to $18 million, was led by Third Point Ventures. Pelion Venture Partners and previous investor Mayfield Fund also participated.

“Today’s solutions for migrating existing apps into the cloud fall short for most enterprise apps,” said Rajeev Chawla, chief executive officer of CloudVelocity. “We automate five sets of critical processes and extend authentication and other network services into the cloud, making the cloud a seamless extension of the data center. Our goal is to accelerate the migration of enterprise apps into the cloud and to drive higher levels of agility, protection and scale for apps trapped in the data center today. We are excited to have Third Point Ventures and Pelion Venture Partners join Mayfield Fund as investors, as we work together to address the massive market opportunity in enterprise cloud computing.”


AT&T Next Expands Smartphone Financing Options

AT&T is preparing to launch a smartphone upgrade program that lets customers upgrade once per year with no down payment, no activation fee, no upgrade fee and no financing fees.

AT&T Next allows customers purchase a smartphone or tablet with no down payment and agree to pay monthly installments for the device. After 12 payments, they can trade it in and upgrade to a brand new device — again with no down payment — or they can keep using their device and have no more payments after 20 months. The interest-free monthly device installments range from $15 to $50, depending on the device selected.

"With AT&T Next, customers can get the newest smartphone or tablet every year with no down payment. That’s hard to beat, and it’s an incredible value for customers who want the latest and greatest every year," said Ralph de la Vega, president and chief executive officer of AT&T Mobility.


Zayo Builds Out Network in San Diego

Zayo is adding over 5,000 fiber miles to its metro network in the San Diego market, adding capacity on existing routes, as well as extending into the surrounding communities of Oceanside, Encinitas, Del Mar and Escondido. The new network will provide access to important carrier, healthcare, technology, energy and government locations.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Oi Sells Undersea Cable System and Thousands of Towers to Raise Cash

Brazil's Oi will sell its GlobeNet undersea cable division to BTG Pactual YS Empreendimentos e Participações S.A, an investor group, for R$1.745 billion (US$772 million).  The deal includes the 22,500 undersea cable system linking the United States, Bermuda, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil, as well as local subsidiaries located in those countries.

Oi also agreed to sell 2,113 telecommunications towers belonging to its subsidiary Telemar Norte Leste S.A. to SBA Torres Brasil Ltda. for R$686 million (US$305 million).

Oi said the sales will put it in a better financial position while ensuring continuity services at lower cost.

  • GlobeNet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oi (formerly Brasil Telecom), recently completed construction on its new high capacity subsea cable system (Segment 5), which connects Bermuda to New Jersey.  The new subsea cable system has a total design capacity of 30 Tbps.  It is designed to support 150 wavelengths per fiber-pair at 100 Gbps per wavelength.  The Segment 5 system includes the use of TE SubCom Submarine Line Terminating Equipment (SLTE), which allows transmission of multiple high-quality, high-bandwidth optical signals over ultra-long distances.

NSN Teams with CDNetworks on Mobile Content Acceleration

Nokia Siemens Networks and CDNetworks announced a partnership around transforming the delivery of content from the base station.

Nokia Siemens Networks said its Liquid Applications fundamentally changes the role of base stations in the mobile network by turning them into local hubs of service creation and delivery. Processing and storage capabilities are provided with integrated IT cloud servers, together with the ability to collect real-time network data such as radio conditions, subscriber location, direction of travel and more. Specifically, NSN's Radio Applications Cloud Server (RACS) provides localized processing, content storage, and access to real-time radio and network information inside the base station. These capabilities facilitate new CDN-based services that can be served directly from the base station.

CDNetworks enables Global Cloud Acceleration for more than 17,500 global websites and cloud services from over 140 PoPs worldwide.

Under this partnership, Nokia Siemens Networks and CDNetworks will together create a set of new technologies that fully deploy these capabilities to drive a step change in the mobile broadband experience and open up new revenue opportunities for operators.

“Liquid Applications, which is one of the three pillars of our Liquid Broadband portfolio, is set to fundamentally change the definition of personalized services. Operators are in a unique position with their deep customer relationships and insight into their customers’ service preferences and usage. This vantage point, combined with the mobile edge computing capabilities of Liquid Applications, will enable them to create new and exciting content, applications and services,” said Dirk Lindemeier, head of Liquid Net at Nokia Siemens Networks.


Riverbed Enhances its Server and Data Consolidation Solution

Riverbed Technology introduced an enhanced update to its Granite product family, which enables businesses to remove servers and data from branch offices and centralize them in the secure data center.

Riverbed said the solution has especially gained traction where enterprise branches are in high-risk locations, where there is real threat the company facilities could be tampered with.  In such cases, Riverbed can ensure that data is consolidated in a secure data center and only streamed to the branch offices as needed. This also enables organizations to eliminate branch backup and recovery systems.

The latest version of Riverbed Granite delivers expanded capacity and higher performance. New Granite 2.5 software adds support for Fibre Channel to its existing iSCSI support. Granite 2.5 also improves data protection with automated snapshots and simplified support for existing data-center class backup and recovery software. This news builds upon EMC E-Lab qualifying Granite with EMC VMAX in 2012 and the recently completed EMC E-Lab qualification of Granite with EMC VNX in June 2013.

Riverbed is also introducing a new purpose-built Steelhead EX 1360 model appliance on which Granite can be hosted. The Steelhead EX 1360 model appliance offers enterprises greater capacity and performance for consolidating larger data stores back to the data center.  In addition, the new Steelhead appliance also enables organizations with larger data workloads to increase the amount of data it can lock within the appliance cache, increasing the ability of branch offices with larger data sets to maintain productivity, even during WAN outages.

Granite 2.5 and Steelhead EX 1360 model appliances are expected to be generally available in Q3 2013.


Huawei Unveils New LTE TDD Small Cell

Huawei introduced an LTE TDD small cell micro solution for offloading excess hotspot traffic in macro cells and providing better coverage in blind spot and weak coverage areas.

Huawei said its small cell LTE TDD micro BTS offers an output power for coverage up to 100 meters.  Its small size enables deployment on walls, poles or other "zero site space" locations.  Each micro BTS also features a flexible transmission mode to more easily leverage existing transmission resources, and an innovative dock design that supports multiple types of both wired and wireless backhaul to provide 100 Mbps levels of broadband connectivity.

The micro BTS supports Huawei's SingleSON solution for macro-micro cell coordination, network self-planning and self-configuration. LTE-A features like eICIC (Enhanced Inter-Cell Interference Coordination) for eliminating inter-cell interference are also supported.


U.S. Marine Corps Picks Harris to Upgrade 1st Responder Communications

The United States Marine Corps selected Harris Corp. to replace its existing radio systems throughout Eastern Region U.S. Marine Corps bases and other locations.

The digital radio system will support military first responders at Eastern Region U.S. Marine Corps bases and locations. The deployment includes equipment, managed services, support and other options.

Harris received an initial $6 million order in the third quarter of the company’s fiscal year 2013 to design and deploy radio systems at four bases in North Carolina and Georgia. The full contract has a potential value of more than $16 million.

Harris said the new system is based upon Project 25 technology standards and the Harris VIDA IP networking technology.


Numecent Offers Native as a Service (NaaS) on AWS

Numecent, a start-up based in Irvine, California with offices in the UK, introduced a "Native as a Service" that uses Amazon Web Services to optimize the delivery of native Windows-based applications.  The idea is to enable independent software vendors to deliver their applications from the cloud with optional subscription billing without any changes to their source code.

Numecent said its NaaS is to cloud-delivered native applications, what SaaS is to Web-applications. The solution aims to reduce or eliminate the revenue loss attributed to piracy as there is never an unencrypted or persistent executable to 'crack' on the client device.

"As the delivery of digital goods moves unstoppably towards the Cloud, companies offering SaaS have been reaping enormous economic benefits with their Web applications," said Osman Kent, co-founder and CEO of Numecent. "However, until the advent of NaaS, most ISVs with native applications have been unable to participate in this new economy due to technical, financial and resourcing barriers. NaaS changes all that – it is an instant enabler for ISVs, large and small, who want to monetize their inventory now – with or without subscription. NaaS is an effortless on-ramp to the Cloud economy for ISVs."

Numecent is offering its NaaS as a white-label offering hosted on AWS.


Telefónica Deploys Juniper MX Edge Routers in Spain

Telefónica has deployed Juniper Networks' MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers in Spain.

The project, known as Telefónica's "Next Generation Access Center" and built around a fiber optic deployment, will provide high-speed residential and business services throughout Spain. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Juniper said its platform was selected for its flexible architecture and rich feature set which enable optimized functionality of Telefónica Spain's network edge.


PMCS Completes Acquisition of IDT's Flash Controller Business

PMC completed its acquisition of Integrated Device Technology's Enterprise Flash Controller business for approximately $96 million.

The deal, which includes the world’s first NVM Express (NVMe) flash controller, was first announced on May 29, 2013.

“Customer response to the announcement has been very positive due to the leading technology we’re acquiring and the many benefits of working with a single supplier for PCIe and SAS flash solutions,” said Greg Lang, president and chief executive officer of PMC. “With this acquisition, we accelerate our time-to-market by approximately two years with early product leadership and a robust design win pipeline, including wins spanning tier one datacenter, original equipment manufacturer (OEM), and solid-state drive (SSD) customers.”

Flash-based storage is causing a major disruption in enterprise storage due to the dramatic performance advantages of solid-state drives over traditional hard disk drives. IDT’s award-

Approximately 50 IDT employees in California, New Jersey, and Italy have joined PMC’s Enterprise Storage division.


AirTight Raises$10 Million for Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi

AirTight Networks, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, raised $10 million in Series D financing for its secure cloud-managed Wi-Fi solutions.

AirTight offers a controllerless Wi-Fi architecture that eliminates the cost and complexity of legacy WLAN solutions.

The new funding was led by existing investors Trident Capital and CMEA Capital.  This brings the total capital invested in AirTight to $48.75 million.

"We are gratified by this vote of confidence from our current investors in providing additional operating capital to fuel our rapidly accelerating growth," said David King, AirTight Networks Chairman and CEO.  "AirTight has developed the industry's most compelling Cloud Wi-Fi solution at an unprecedented pace based on customer demand from major enterprises seeking to deploy Wi-Fi across a huge number of geographically distributed locations.  Our technology team has once again delivered a highly differentiated solution by leveraging our carrier-class cloud architecture and patented location-based administration and enhancing it with Wi-Fi industry breakthroughs in ease-of-deployment, user interface design and integrated analytics.


Aruba Announces $100M Stock Repurchase Plan

Aruba Networks' Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $100 million of its outstanding common stock under its existing share repurchase program. The company recently completed its repurchase of the initial $100 million of common stock under the program, which was originally authorized in June 2012.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

OVH.com Picks Cisco Aggregation Services Routers for its Data Centers

OVH.com, which claims to be the world's third-largest hosting provider, has selected Cisco's Aggregation Services Routers to expand its cloud and hosted services.

OVH.com operates data centers in Europe and Canada, with more than 150,000 physical servers and 500,000 virtual machines serving more than 700,00 customers.  With a dedicated fiber optic network, OVH.com is able to provide speeds of up to 2 Tbps in Europe and 8 Tbps in North America, crossing 33 global peering points, which ensures superior customer experiences when accessing its servers from anywhere in the world.  The company is based in Roubaix, France.

The expansion will use the Cisco ASR 9922 Router, part of the ASR 9000 Series, to enable highly resilient IP connectivity and robust support for both IPv4 and IPv6 across the OVH.com network.

Cisco said the platform was selected largely due to its ability to support such capacity with an extensive number of 10 Gbps and 100 Gbps connections. In addition, the Cisco IOS XR modular software operating system and full compliance with IPv6 enables OVH.com to meet customer demand for IPv6 based services.

"OVH.com has sought to deploy one of the most advanced networks in the world. By leveraging our own data center technology for our servers and our IP network from Cisco, we're able to deliver a faster, lower latency solution for our costumers while minimizing our power consumption and carbon footprint. No other Cloud and hosting company has our combination of flexible service offerings and global reach to so many Internet service providers," stated Octave Klaba, C(E/T)O of OVH.com.

  • Earlier this year, Infinera confirmed that OVH.com had selected its 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.
  • 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.

AT&T Gains Nationwide AWS Spectrum with Acquision of Leap Wireless

AT&T announced a bid to acquire Leap Wireless for $15 per share in cash -- a deal that values the San Diego-based carrier at about $1.2 billion.

Leap currently operates a 3G CDMA network, as well as a 4G LTE network covering 21 million people across 35 states. The company serves about 5 million prepaid mobile users under the Cricket brand. It currently ranks as the fifth largest mobile operator in the U.S.

Some operating stats for Leap Wireless:
  • Over 9,500 company-owned stores, dealers, national retailers
  • Cricket’s Muve Music service has more than 1.4 customers
  • 71% of handsets sold in 1Q13 were smartphones
  • $43.72 ARPU
  • 3G average download speeds of ~600 kbps
  • 4G average download speeds of ~2.5 Mbps

The deal would include all of Leap’s stock and wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 5 million subscribers. As of April 15, 2013, Leap had $2.8 billion of net debt. Leap shareholders will also receive a contingent right entitling them to the net proceeds received on the sale of Leap’s 700 Mhz “A Block” spectrum in Chicago, which Leap purchased for $204 million in August 2012.

AT&T said its bid is driven by Leap's spectrum in the PCS and AWS bands, which covers 137 million people and is largely complementary to AT&T’s existing spectrum licenses. AT&T would add Leap’s unutilized spectrum – which covers 41 million people – to its 4G LTE network, providing additional capacity and enhanced network performance for customers’ growing mobile Internet usage.

AT&T also said it would retain the Cricket brand name, provide Cricket customers with access to the AT&T 4G LTE mobile network, utilize Cricket’s distribution channels, and expand Cricket’s presence to additional U.S. cities.

The deal requires approval by the FCC and the the Department of Justice. AT&T expects the transaction to close in six to nine months.


  • Leap Wireless was founded in 1998 as a spin-off from Qualcomm.
  • In 2007, MetroPCS offered to acquire Leap Wireless but the deal ultimately was called off.

Horsebridge Picks ECI's GPON for City of Westminster

Horsebridge Network Systems, a UK-based international network and security infrastructure supplier, has selected ECI Telecom as their technology partners in the rollout of an advanced fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project in the City of Westminster, London, UK.

Horsebridge have setup a new company called Community Fiber Ltd that will provide TV, Broadband and telephony services to Westminster’s residents. Plans call for the installation of GPON in more than 22,000 homes in the City of Westminster over the next three years.  The project will use ECI's I-OLT platform, which is optimized for any FTTx architecture and supports GPON, active Ethernet and full traffic aggregation capabilities.