Monday, August 5, 2013

Lockheed Martin Lands $1 Billion Cloud Hosting Contract with US Dept. of Interior

Lockheed Martin announced a contract valued at up to $1 billion, with options that extend through 2023, to provide cloud services for the U.S. Department of the Interior. Lockheed Martin has a team of industry partners to fulfill the contract.

Under the Foundation Cloud Hosting Services contract, Department of Interior data and applications currently housed in more than 400 data centers, rooms and closets will be moved to the cloud to increase efficiency and meet the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative.

"Lockheed Martin offers an affordable, low-risk and user-friendly path to transition the Department of Interior from traditional to cloud-based IT," said Frank Armijo, vice president of Energy Solutions for the company's Information Systems & Global Solutions business. "We understand how to combine data center consolidation, cloud and other green IT practices to help our customers meet their mission needs and maximize the benefits of advanced technology."

NextiraOne Sees Growth in European Data Center Transformations

Paris-based NextiraOne reported a 21% year-on-year growth in its data center business during the first six months of 2013. The privately-held company said sSuccess has come from a number of exciting virtualization and data center transformation projects across Europe, with particularly high growth rates achieved in the UK, Germany, France, Belux, Poland, Hungary, Portugal, and Spain.

During the last six months NextiraOne has won many significant Data Centre projects across Europe, including a second Data Centre for Gazprom, won in the UK, the French Emergency Ambulance Services (SAMU) project on the island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean, a very prestigious Euro-Centrum Project in Poland and a Virtualised Dynamic Data Centre project for one of Austria’s key educational institutes.

"We are extremely pleased to have achieved such remarkable sales success in the first half of the year against a backdrop of continuing economic uncertainties in some European countries," stated Aman Khan, NextiraOne's Managing Director for Europe, Data Centre and Cloud Solutions.

Amdocs Wins Global Managed Services Contract with Vodafone

Amdocs and Vodafone have signed a five-year global managed services agreement for Vodafone's customer care and billing domain based on Amdocs software applications.

Specifically, Vodafone selected Amdocs to be the managed services provider to deliver application development, operations and maintenance services.  Amdocs will establish a dedicated Shared Service and Development Center for Vodafone and this center will start with servicing Vodafone's local markets in Germany, UK and the Netherlands.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

"This agreement is testament to the relationship between Amdocs and Vodafone that stretches over two decades," said Rebecca Prudhomme, vice president of product and solutions marketing at Amdocs. "Our managed services model helps Vodafone to provide a consistent customer experience across markets through standardized service-level agreements, as well as leverage Amdocs' business knowledge and expertise to deliver service excellence and innovation."

Lightower Fiber Networks Expands in Virginia

Lightower Fiber Networks, which operates a network spanning 20,000 route miles throughout the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and Chicago metro markets, announced a major 1,500-mile expansion throughout Virginia and the Washington, D.C. metro region.

In May 2012, Lightower began constructing over 1,100 route miles of high fiber-count network blanketing most of Virginia and into North Carolina. Additionally, Lightower is announcing the addition of almost 400 route miles in the Washington, D.C. metro region, including parts of northern Virginia and southern Maryland.

The company noted that its unique route between Washington, D.C. and New York is geographically diverse from the I-95 corridor.

“This expansion dramatically increases the number of customers Lightower can serve in the Washington, D.C. metro and Virginia markets,” stated Rob Shanahan, CEO of Lightower.

Infonetics: Booming Market for SMS/MMS Gateways

The SMS/MMS security gateway market worldwide totaled $41 million in 2012 and is forecast to explode to $363 million by 2017, according to a new report from Infonetics.

"With nearly 10 trillion SMS/MMS messages being generated annually worldwide, SMS spam, mobile malware and SMS-generated multi-vector threats are an ever-increasing problem," observes Jeff Wilson, principal analyst for security at Infonetics Research. "But many mobile carriers haven’t yet invested in SMS/MMS security solutions, representing a large greenfield opportunity for makers of security gateways. We’re expecting global revenue for SMS/MMS security gateways to grow at a staggering 55% CAGR from 2012 to 2017."

The crowded vendor landscape includes full mobile messaging security solutions from companies like Cloudmark and AdaptiveMobile as well as SMS firewalls from a wide range of telecom equipment vendors.

FireEye Files for IPO

FireEye, which offers cyber security solutions, filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock.

FireEye provides real-time, dynamic threat protection without the use of signatures to protect an organization across the primary threat vectors, including Web, email, and files and across the different stages of an attack life cycle. The core of the FireEye platform is a virtual execution engine, complemented by dynamic threat intelligence, to identify and block cyber attacks in real time. FireEye has over 1,000 customers across more than 40 countries, including over one-third of the Fortune 100. The company is based in Milpitas, California.

ST-Ericsson Split Completed

Ericsson and STMicroelectronics completed the previously announced break-up of their joint venture, ST-Ericsson.

Effective August 2, 2013 Ericsson has taken on the design, development and sales of the LTE multimode thin modem solutions, including 2G, 3G and 4G interoperability. In total, approximately 1,800 employees and contractors have joined Ericsson.

ST has taken on the existing ST-Ericsson products, other than LTE multimode thin modems, and the GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) connectivity solution sold to a third party, and related business as well as certain assembly and test facilities. In total, approximately 1,000 employees have joined STMicroelectronics.

Friday, August 2, 2013

ACG Research: Mobile Data Traffic Dominated by Google, Facebook, YouTube

Data published by ACG Research reveals that Google, Facebook and YouTube dominate in terms of mobile traffic carried by a Tier 2 mobile operator in North America. Traffic analysis was provided by Vistapointe, which specializes in cloud-based and business intelligence solutions for mobile and enterprise Wi-Fi operators.

Some key findings:

  • Consumption of multimedia applications (YouTube, Netflix, and ESPN) is approximately 70% of total usage; capping of unlimited data plans has led consumers to consciously move toward using multimedia apps, mostly smartphones, while on Wi-Fi coverage.
  • Utilities traffic is approximately 25% of the total data: Signaling (GTP attach, detach messages & PDP context activations) and IP control plane & session establishment traffic, initiated by smartphones; mobile carriers have been inaccurately complaining about smartphone control and signaling traffic, claiming that it is huge.
  • Apple, Google &Microsoft are emerging as the smartphone OS app store leaders: Google dominates in the mobile application ecosystem, both from data traffic consumption and percentage of users; Facebook is second in data traffic consumption and percentage of users.
Vistapointe, which is a start-up based in San Ramon, California, offers a Mobile Analytics and Business Intelligence solution for 3G and 4G networks. It non-intrusively taps into data and signaling layer interfaces to offer actionable insights that can be leveraged to profile mobile data customers dynamically, optimize the RAN and packet core backbone to enhance QoE, and identify opportunities to drive marketing programs and create innovative new service plans.

Brazilian Network Information Center Deploys Cisco 100G IP/DWDM

The Brazilian Network Information Center ( has deployed Cisco 100 Gbps IP and IP/DWDM technologies to expand the Internet Exchange’s largest facility.  The deployment features the Cisco ASR 9000 Series router and covers Sao Paulo and other major cities.  The network will include VPLS (virtual private LAN services) and IP over DWDM at 100 Gbps.

The Sao backbone, which connects more than 400 autonomous systems from Brazilian states and other countries, has seen a significant increase in bandwidth requirements driven by the growing high-speed Internet service and the number of subscribers in the Brazilian market.  Cisco said its upgrade ensures can meet its growing Internet Protocol capacity needs without forcing an upgrade to any existing fiber infrastructure.

NTT DOCOMO Tops 15 Million LTE Subscribers

NTT DOCOMO passed the 15 million subscriber milestone for its Xi LTE service on July 30.

DOCOMO first launched its commercial LTE service on December 24, 2010. Subscribers reached one million in December 2011, 10 million in February this year and now, just five months later, 15 million. The company said growth had accelerated thanks to successful promotions for its new summer lineup, including special discounts introduced in May for the extra-popular Xperia A SO-04E and GALAXY S4 SC-04E models.

In July, NTT DOCOMO announced plans to push its LTE service to 150 Mbps maximum downlink rates, roughly double today's top performance.  The 150 Mbps service is currently being verified in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. 

NTT DOCOMO expects to launch 150 Mbps commercial service this October, starting in parts of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

DOCOMO, in addition to steadily improving the quality of its LTE network for increased reliability, continues to upgrade LTE coverage and data transmission speeds, most recently by expanding 112.5 Mbps downlink service to more than 130 cities as of July 2013.

Thailand's True Picks Huawei's Core Router

True, a communication service provider in Thailand, has selected Huawei's 5000E core router for its 3G IP core network.   The NE5000E supports flexible networking of 100GE ports, 40GE ports, and 10GE ports for backbone networks.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Traffic on the backbone network increases explosively as mobile broadband services and video services develop dramatically. It's time for the 400G technology to apply to live networks. Huawei leads the 400G technology and provides solutions that facilitate network capacity expansion and remove bandwidth bottlenecks, helping carriers construct Future-oriented backbone networks," said Mr. Gai Gang, President of Huawei Carrier IP Product Line.

CommScope Files for IPO

CommScope filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. 

CommScope is a leading global provider of connectivity and essential infrastructure solutions for wireless, business enterprise and residential broadband networks.

  • In July 2013, CommScope acquired Redwood Systems, a start-up offering LED lighting solutions and integrated sensor networks for data centers and buildings.  Financial terms were not disclosed.  Redwood Systems, which was based in Fremont, California, developed what is believed to be the world’s first smart building platform that powers and controls lights with a high-density sensor grid. This platform provides granular monitoring of space utilization, temperature and power consumption.  CommScope said the acquisition advances its position in intelligent building infrastructure solutions.  

  • In 2007, CommScope acquired Andrew Corp. in a deal valued at $2.6 billion at the time.  Andrew provided wireless solutions for antennas, cable products, base station subsystems, in-building and distributed coverage, geolocation systems and satellite communications.

Endurance Hit by Hardware Failure in Utah Data Center

Endurance suffered a network outage at its datacenter in Provo, Utah that impacted many of its Bluehost, HostGator, HostMonster and Just Host throught the day on Friday, August 2nd.  The company said a hard failure during routine server maintenance quickly cascaded throughout the network.

Multicore Association Targets Better Development Tools

The Multicore Association, which develops standards for products with multicore processors, has formed a new working group called the Software-Hardware Interface for Multi-Many Core (SHIM) to provide a common interface to abstract the hardware properties for multicore tools.

The association said better development tools are needed to support the virtually unlimited number of processor configurations coming to market.

"Unlike the IEEE IP-XACT standard that defines and describes electronic components for hardware design, the primary goal of the SHIM working group is to define an architecture description standard useful for software design. For example, the processor cores, the inter-core communication channels (in support of message passing protocols such as the Multicore Association’s MCAPI), the memory system (including hierarchy, topology, coherency, memory size, latency), the network-on-chip (NoC) and routing protocol, and hardware virtualization features are among the architectural features that SHIM will either directly or indirectly describe. The SHIM standard will be flexible enough to allow vendor-specific, non-standard architectural information for customized tools. And, while the SHIM standard itself will be publicly available, the vendor-specific information can remain confidential between a processor vendor and its development tool partners."

SingTel teams with Visa for mCash in Singapore and Australia

SingTel and Visa announced a deal to link Visa prepaid accounts to mCash, SingTel’s mobile money solution.

The forthcoming service will allow SingTel mCash customers to wave and pay with their NFC-enabled smartphones for daily necessities such as coffee, fast food, groceries and movie tickets at Visa payWave acceptance points. There are currently more than 12,000 Visa payWave acceptance points in Singapore and over 100,000 across Australia.  Service launch is planned for early 2014.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Mobile Operators Agree to Network Infrastructure Sharing in Spain

Telefónica’s subsidiary Movistar and TeliaSonera’s Spanish subsidiary Yoigo agreed to a network infrastructure sharing in Spain.

Under the deal, the current national roaming contract for Yoigo to use Telefónica's 2G and 3G networks, signed in 2008, has been extended to 2016. This allows Yoigo to continue to offer mobile voice services throughout all Spain.

Telefónica will gain access to Yoigo’s 4G network. Yoigo was the first operator in Spain to announce the launch of 4G services -- beginning with Madrid in July.  Telefónica will be able to use Yoigo’s access network over 1800 MHz, allowing it to offer its customers ultra-fast 4G mobile broadband services under its Movistar brand.

Yoigo's 4G networkuses 2x10 MHz in 1800 MHz.  The rollout is expected to reach 48% of the population by the end of the year, which means bringing 4G to all cities with more than 70,000 inhabitants, making it the largest 4G network announced to date in Spain. To reach the speed permitted by 4G access, the agreement includes the use of Telefónica's transport network. To do this, Yoigo will contract new transmission capabilities from Telefónica, extending the agreement previously signed by the two companies.

Telefónica said it goal remain to build its own 4G network once the 800 MHz frequencies it was awarded in 2011, along with 2600 MHz and 900 MHz, are available, which represented an investment of around €900 million.

The agreement includes the commercial distribution of Telefónica’s fixed services by Yoigo. This enables Yoigo to offer its customers an integrated fixed mobile service - a service package of voice and fixed broadband with one or more mobile lines, including the subscription fee, at a fixed price and with one invoice only. The integrated product, which Yoigo will be able to commercialize in all its sales channels, will include its own mobile services and Telefonica’s fixed services of voice and broadband, both ADSL and fiber.

In addition, Yoigo and Telefónica will sell mobile towers to Abertis Telecom.  The agreement is expected to be carried out in the fourth quarter of 2013.  Abertis acquiring at least 4,227 passive infrastructures from these operators for €385 million.  Albertis will upgrade most and dismantle those that overlap.
After this acquisition, Telefónica and Yoigo's equipment will be hosted on the same infrastructures. Yoigo expects to generate EUR 60-70 million, helping it to reduce future operating costs.

O2 Set to Launch LTE this Month in London

Telefónica's O2 outlined plans to launch 4G in London, Leeds and Bradford later this month. The network will be extended to 10 more cities across the UK by end of year.

O2 is launching a range of tariffs starting at £26 a month, along with a 30 day "Happiness Guarantee" for customers who sign up direct from O2.

Some other notes:

  • Data usage on O2's 3G network has more than doubled in the past 12 months.
  • O2 has invested £550m for 800Mhz spectrum, which was released to O2 at the end of May and was fully cleared by Ofcom this week.
  • O2's network includes some 9,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots.

NFV Video Series -- Full Set

00:12 - What is NFV?
01:41 - What is the vision of NFV?
02:29 - Is NFV the same as SDN? How does NFV bring an Open Paradigm to Networking?
03:48 - Who is developing NFV? Will it be standardized?
04:32 - What are some basic NFV concepts?
05:04 - How can I learn more about NFV?

NFV will be truly transformative, enabling far better subscriber-aware services, says James F. Brear, President and CEO of Procera. First mover advantage will be a competitive weapon for network operators that capitalize on this innovation.

1:15 - What is network virtualization?
1:50 - Why NFV?
3:34 - Major Carriers Back NFV
4:08 - Virtualization Targets
4:30 - Procera's NFV Strategy
5:16 - ETSI and ONF participation
5:40 - Procera's PacketLogic solutions running on NFV-compliant hypervisor systems
7:28 - Virtualization is on the path to Smarter Services
8:18 - Three phase approach - Intelligent Networks, NFV, SDN
8:40 - Evolution from vanilla networks to virtualized infrastructure
11:05 - Deployment opportunities - Intelligence drives True SDNs
11:50 - Network Intelligence is the foundation of the Software-defined revolution

Presented by Cam Cullen, Vice President of Global Marketing, Procera Networks.

    SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Hits 10 Gbps

    The newly completed USB 3.1 specification adds enhancements to enable operation at at up to 10 Gbps.

    SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps uses a more efficient data encoding and will deliver more than twice the effective data through-put performance of existing SuperSpeed USB over enhanced, fully backward compatible USB connectors and cables. Compatibility is assured with existing USB 3.0 software stacks and device class protocols as well as with existing 5 Gbps hubs and devices and USB 2.0 products.

    The latest release of the specification is now available for download from the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) website.

    Obama Nominates Mike O'Reilly for FCC

    President Obama nominated Michael P. O'Rielly of New York to serve as a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission, replacing Robert McDowell who stepped down earlier this year. If confirmed by the Senate, O'Rielly would serve for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2014, previously held by McDowell.

    O'Rielly is a congressional staffer for Senator John Cornyn, a Republican for Texas.

    The U.S. Senate has not yet voted on the confirmation of Tom Wheeler for Chairman of the FCC. Wheeler is a Democrat.

    Verizon issued the following statement: "Verizon congratulates Mike O'Rielly on his nomination to serve as commissioner at the FCC.  His experience and public service are tremendous assets that will prove invaluable as the commission addresses pressing needs, including the availability of spectrum, the transition to IP-based services and the need to modernize the country's outdated policy framework for communications technology.