Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sprint and Rogers Ink Connected Car Deal for Canada

Rogers Communications and Sprint announced a partnership to offer in-car infotainment and telematics service to Canadians.

Auto manufacturers deploying Sprint Velocity in Canada will leverage Rogers’ wireless networks to connected vehicles on the road.

Sprint Velocity is an end-to-end automotive system for vehicle manufacturers that integrates wireless connectivity, customer relationship management and wireless applications.

“Canadians want to be connected from anywhere, at any time, and with over twenty million vehicles on the road in Canada there is a strong growth opportunity for Rogers in the connected auto segment,” said Mansell Nelson, Vice-President, Advanced Business Solutions, Rogers. “Sprint Velocity will bring to Canada the ultimate connected car experience on the road, with a combination of smartphone, tablet and in-dash capabilities, while also delivering safety features and communicating vehicle maintenance information seamlessly to manufacturers.”

http://www.rogersm2mbusiness.com
http://m2m.sprint.com/m2m-solutions/velocity

Telstra Launches Network Services In India

Telstra Global is now offering International Private Line (IPL), Ethernet Private Line (EPL) and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) services via international gateways installed at Mumbai and Chennai.

Two key new product lines available to customers in India are:

IPL Services -- dedicated point-to-point links between two key business locations, ensuring security and reliability of voice, video and data communications. Telstra Global’s IPL offering enables customers to control and manage their own networking routing, protocols and security. There is a wide range of bandwidth options available for this service.

EPL Service -- Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) certified global EPL service that enables customers to expand their networks in small and cost-effective increments. Delivered over Telstra’s cable infrastructure using SDH technology, the global EPL service operates at the OSI model layer 2, enabling customers to retain control of their own networking routing and to manage their own security.

The network services will feature mesh network architecture, with Points-of-Presence (PoPs) in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and virtual PoPs in Pune and Kolkata. Both Mumbai and Chennai will act as dual international gateways out of India.

http://www.telstraglobal.com/our-solutions/network-solutions

Gogo In-flight Wi-Fi Now on 2,000 Commercial Aircraft

Gogo hit a major milestone by installing its 2000th commercial aircraft with its in-flight Internet service.

Out of the 2,000 aircraft installed with Gogo's in-flight Internet service, more than 300 have now been equipped with the company's next generation service – ATG-4 – that increases peak bandwidth to the aircraft by more than three times Gogo's original service.  The company expects to have more than 500 Gogo equipped aircraft outfitted with ATG-4 by the end of this year.

http://www.gogoair.com


  • Earlier this month, Gogo announced plans to deploy a proprietary, hybrid Ground-to-Orbit architecture by the second half of next year that would combine existing satellite technologies with its Air to Ground (ATG) cellular network.  The technology will use satellite for receive only (transmission to the plane) and Gogo's Air to Ground network for the return link (transmission to the ground).  Gogo will be utilizing a Ku antenna developed specifically for receive only functionality.


Fujitsu Boosts Energy Efficiency in Base Station Power Amplifier

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a circuit technology that enables industry-leading electrical efficiency for wireless transmission power amplifiers used in radio-frequency wireless devices, such as mobile phone base stations.

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a compact, low-loss power combining circuit along with a high-precision phase error compensation technology based on digital signal processing. These technologies enable high-efficiency transmissions across more than 95% of the transmission duration, compared with 65% for existing amplifiers. In addition, Fujitsu Laboratories succeeded at developing a prototype transmitter power amplifier with a peak output power of 100 W. This development improved average electrical efficiency during transmission, from the current rate of around 50%, to 70%(2).

Fujitsu said its new technology will help pave the way toward lower energy consumption for mobile phone base stations and other radio-frequency wireless equipment.

http://www.fujitsu.com/global/news/pr/archives/month/2013/20130926-01.html

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ericsson's Minimalist Radio Dot System Aims to Open Small Cell Market

+Ericsson is looking to open up the small cell market with the introduction of  its Radio Dot System, a disk-shaped remote antenna element about the size of a hockey puck.

The Ericsson Radio Dot is connected via standard Category 5/6/7 Ethernet cabling to a indoor base station.  The Dot delivers 3G and 4G LTE for indoor users using 2X 100 milliwatt output power.  Up to 96 of the dots could be connected to a single base station.  The compact dots can be mounted to ceilings or walls and use Power-over-Ethernet.  As such, it serves as an alternative to distributed antenna systems (DAS) or single-element, broadband-connected femtocells.

Ericsson said its unique Radio Dot System leverages the same technology in its macro base stations, including cell coordination and self-organizing networking capabilities. The company believes that the unit's small size and simplicity of installation will make it far easier and cheaper for carriers to deploy. The design incorporates 14 patents.

Ericsson Radio Dot System supports integration with Ericsson's carrier Wi-Fi portfolio enabling features such as real-time traffic steering to ensure the best user experience across both Wi-Fi and 3GPP networks. Additional Wi-Fi capability, as well as multi-carrier / multi-frequency support are also planned.  FDD-LTE is initially supported with TD-LTE versions on the way.

Johan Wibergh, head of Ericsson Business Unit Networks, says: "With the Radio Dot System we lower the threshold to building indoor coverage. The dot is the most cost-effective, no-compromise solution to the indoor coverage challenges expressed by our customers. It is ultra-small but can scale to virtually unlimited capacity; it is easy to install, future proof and it is 100 percent integrated with existing mobile networks."

Speaking at the Ericsson Analyst Forum in Santa Clara, California, Kris Rinne, Senior Vice President, Network and Product Planning, AT&T Services, said: "Small cells are a key component of AT&T's Project VIP network enhancement program as we seek to constantly improve our customers' mobile Internet experience. Delivering a great wireless experience indoors can present both technical and logistical challenges. A solution like the Ericsson Radio Dot System gives AT&T another tool to choose from in its next-generation toolkit."

The product is expected to be commercially available in late 2014.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1731153



Ericsson: Expect 5G Network-Society Technologies by 2020

With 4G LTE rollouts now underway by dozens of operators worldwide, interest is building in what comes beyond the LTE-Advanced standards.

Speaking at the Ericsson Analyst Forum in Santa Clara, California,  Ulf Ewaldsson, Ericsson's CTO, said 5G is just a research concept at the moment and any vendor claims about having the technology in the labs is hype.  5G research projects underway in Europe and China are seeking to outline the requirements for 5G, not developing standards yet.  Spectrum constraints are a reality that limits what can be practically deployed.

So what does Ericsson think could be possible with 5G?

Ewaldsson said don't expect 5G just to be a really fast radio specification.  He envisions 5G as a suite of technologies for enabling the network society. Some things that might be achievable: 10 Gbps radios in the downlink, ultra-dense cells, extremely low latency at 1-2ms, end-to-end Quality of Experience control from the cloud to the device,  and massive scale.

Ewaldsson would also like to see 5G as complementary technologies to existing networks, especially taking advantage of the programmability and virtualization currently being built into the next wave of cloud-enabled platforms.

Ewaldsson said the timeline for 5G standardization suggests commercialization by around 2020, although many operators will want to leverage these technologies as they become available.

http://www.ericsson.com


Nuage Introduces Virtualized Services Gateway

Alcatel-Lucent's Nuage Networks venture has enhanced its Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) with a high performance gateway called the 7850 Virtualized Services Gateway (VSG) that provides an alternative for companies with a significant investment in non-virtualized assets who want to leverage automation and control across their virtualized and non-virtualized infrastructures.

Nuage said its 7850 VSG allows CIOs to establish policies to be instantiated and enforced across all of the company’s assets, within and across private and shared data center facilities, regardless of whether the servers or appliances are virtualized.

The 7850 VSG delivers a terabit of capacity in a single rack unit with full switching and routing capabilities. It provides a high-performance gateway for large multi-tenanted datacenter environments and colocation sites.

The unit is currently in trials and is expected to be commercially available later this year (Q4 2013).

"We are committed to removing the constraints that keep networks from being as dynamic, responsive and instantaneous as cloud applications need them to be. By offering the full range of options for seamlessly integrating bare metal appliances, we allow our customers to reap the benefits of automated and template-driven deployment of applications under a common policy driven framework across all their workloads. We are excited to have removed yet another key barrier," stated Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Nuage Networks.

http://www.nuagenetworks.net

+Alcatel-Lucent
+Alcatel-Lucent Cloud

SK Telecom and NSN Test Liquid Applications over LTE

SK Telecom and Nokia Solutions and Networks are testing Liquid Applications over LTE.

NSN defines Liquid Applications as those can take advantage of a base station's close proximity to end users to enhance the overall experience.  At the heart of Liquid Applications is the Nokia Siemens Networks Radio Application Cloud Server (RACS), which integrates cloud technology and service creation capabilities, running on standard IT middleware, in the base station.

After the installation of Liquid Applications into the SK Telecom laboratories at the end of June, testing was conducted during a three-month period, with a view to showing how Liquid Applications provided greater context for personalizing services and enabling the simple subscriber tariffs that SK Telecom offers for data-centric applications and services.

NSN said successful testing was conducted with three advanced services over LTE: location-based mobile advertising, augmented reality and premium application delivery.

“We are pleased to be working closely with our longstanding partner NSN on this proof-of-concept project. With Liquid Applications, we expect to create an enriched Service Aware RAN environment that brings greater benefits to our customers through intelligent and personalized services,” said Choi Jin-sung, executive vice president and head of ICT R&D Center of SK Telecom.

“The successful testing of Liquid Applications with SK Telecom showed significant efficiency gains for service delivery. This demonstrates that our mobile edge computing capability can transform the delivery of mobile broadband content and enable an exciting responsive and customized experience for mobile subscribers,” said Dirk Lindemeier, head of Liquid Net at NSN. “We are looking forward to working with SK Telecom to deploy Liquid Applications into their commercial LTE network.”

http://www.sktelecom.com
http://www.nsn.com
http://nsn.com/portfolio/liquid-net/intelligent-broadband-management/liquid-applications


  • SK Telecom and Nokia Solutions and Networks signed an agreement on February 27, 2013 during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013, to cooperate in the testing of Liquid Applications. The aim was to evaluate how effectively Liquid Applications would deliver a unique and personalized mobile broadband experience over LTE with applications, services and content located inside a mobile base station, in close proximity to the mobile subscriber. 






Brazil's OptiTel Deploys ADVA

Brazilian carrier, OptiTel, is using +ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 platform to to gradually develop a full agile core network that will include 100G transport, ROADM technology and a GMPLS control plane. The ADVA FSP 3000 was selected for its single-fiber working (SFW), which is the ability to transmit and receive data on the same fiber. The network is being deployed by long-term partner Syncom Telecom Solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

A key competitive advantage for OptiTel is its 4000km of fiber connecting the provinces of Rio Grande Do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná and São Paulo. The focus here is on corporate customers and the delivery of services to other carriers.

“One of the most critical aspects about the development of our network is working with partners who we can trust, partners who will support us,” said Itacir Klitzke, president, OptiTel. “The team at ADVA Optical Networking understands this. They've built a business not just on technology, but on great service, on trust. It was clear after our first trip to their Meiningen campus to meet their CEO that this was a company that would support us every step of the way. And that's exactly what we're seeing. We're gradually expanding our network into new regions and scaling our services accordingly. The ADVA FSP 3000 will be key to our success here.”

http://www.advaoptical.com

AT&T Expands 45 Mbps U-verse Internet Service Footprint

AT&T announced the expansion of its copper-based U-verse service in five additional states, offering residential Internet service at speeds of up to 45 Mbps downstream and up to 6 Mbps upstream.

The new markets:

  • Fort Smith, AR
  • Austin, TX
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • Topeka, KS
  • Dallas / Fort Worth, TX
  • Wichita, KS
  • El Paso, TX
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Houston, TX
  • Springfield, MO
  • Lubbock, TX
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Midland, TX
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Tulsa, OK

The upcoming come as part of AT&T's Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment plan announced last fall to expand and enhance its IP broadband networks. AT&T plans to upgrade top tier U-verse speeds to up to 100 Mbps in the future.

http://www.att.com

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cisco Positions Network Convergence System as SuperCore Fabric

+Cisco unveiled its flagship Network Convergence System (NCS) core routing fabric designed to bring scalability, open programmability, and IP/Optical integration to power the Internet of Everything.

The Cisco NCS family serves as network fabric and orchestration system uniting the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS) and Aggregation Services Router (ASR) product lines.  It can be deployed as part of the Cisco ONE Service Provider Architecture, which embraces and extends SDN/NFV. The NCS family leverages several innovations:

Programmable Silicon: The NCS features the recently announced Cisco nPower X1 integrated network processor, which is also used in the CRS-X.  The nPower X1 packs 336 cores and 4 billion transistors on a single chip.  It also features new memory technology , the nPower X1 implementation achieves
unprecedented levels of performance, functionality, programmability and scale for a network processor.

Intelligent Convergence for Optimization and Simplification: The Cisco NCS converges IP and optical networks and is designed to seamlessly integrate with the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) and the Dynamic Fabric Automation capabilities supported by Cisco's data center innovations. This convergence capability enables the NCS to act as a flexible foundational network fabric for an evolved programmable network, able to shift and redirect data center, core, edge and optical resources spontaneously and in real time, allowing service providers to accelerate service velocity while reducing overall complexity and operating costs.

Advanced Virtualization Capabilities: The NCS's element, system and architectural virtualization capabilities converge to enable the system to orchestrate services and resources across disparate physical, virtual and geographical elements as if they are part of a single unified system using Cisco Prime and Cisco Quantum solutions. The system's advanced virtualization features enable service providers to elastically scale up and down both network and compute resources, utilizing scalable multichassis configurations that can be managed as a single entity. If system scale is exceeded in one part of the network, the NCS moves control plane functions onto UCS servers in the data center, creating virtually unlimited control plane scale by capitalizing on the blade servers' processing.

The Cisco NCS family consists of three key components that can be managed as a single integrated system for business agility and simplified operations:

NCS 6000 -- the flagship router boasts the ability to transport up to 5 Tbps per slot and 1.2 Pbps per system.  By using its 100 Gbps,CMOS-based CPAK transceivers Cisco is delivering the first 1 Tbps line card. Each line card runs up to 1 Tbps throughput, using a mix of 10, 40, or 100 Gbps interfaces per card.  Significantly, the NCS 6000 will run virtualized IOS-XR instances while supporting hardware-enabled true zero-packet, zero-topology loss (ZPL/ZTL) In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU).  This will enable lossless software image updates.  Thanks to the CMOS silicon photonics and new network processor, Cisco said the NCS 6000 will achieve the lowest carbon footprint in service provider routing . The NCS 6000 is currently shipping.

NCS 4000 --  bridges the gap between the IP and optical layers with time division multiplexing (TDM), packet switching, and integrated DWDM functionality. It will support 400 Gbps per slot and 6.4 Terabits per system and be available in single, back-to-back, and multi-chassis configurations.  It will offer full optical channel data unit (ODU-0) level switching, with ports supporting SONET/SDH, Ethernet, and channelized OTN Full IP, MPLS, MPLS-Transport Profile (TP), and Carrier Ethernet switching, supporting 10 Gb, 40 Gb, and 100 Gb Ethernet interfaces with the option of OTN encapsulation. The NCS 4000 will be available in the first half of 2014.

NCS 2000 -- a DWDM transport platform that evolves the Cisco ROADM portfolio by introducing 96-channel nLight ROADM technology.  It offers touchless re-configurability through colorless, omni-directional, and contention-less add/drop, networks.  The NCS 2000 introduces hybrid Raman-EDFA amplifiers known as erbium doped Raman amplifiers (EDRA).  The NCS 2000 is currently shipping.

The three platforms are designed to work as a single, integrated system.

"The Cisco NCS was engineered with the programmability, intelligence and scalability to meet the demands of today and tomorrow.  The NCS delivers an evolved programmable network that will enable service providers to generate new revenue streams and business models, while delivering exciting new experiences to their customers," stated Surya Panditi, SVP and GM, Cisco's Service Provider Networking Group.

Cisco named three early adopters for NCS:  BSkyB (Sky), KDDI and Telstra.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1268183


Earlier this month, +Cisco unveiled its nPower X1 integrated network processor -- the first generation of a new line of custom-developed silicon designed for programmatically handling high volumes of transactions at high data rates.

Cisco said its nPower X1 is purpose-built for software-defined networking (SDN), enabling on-the-fly reprogramming for new levels of service agility and simplified network operation.  


Key features include:
  • 400 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) throughput to enable multi-terabit network performance.  All packet processing, traffic management and input/output functions are integrated on a single nPower X1 and operate at high performance and scale.
  • Highest-performing programmable control designed to seamlessly handle hundreds of millions of unique transactions per second.  The nPower's industry-leading processing architecture is purpose built for machine-driven events and ultra-high-definition video applications.
  • 4 billion transistors on a single chip for performance, functionality, programmability, and scale.
  • Enables solutions with eight times the throughput and one quarter the power per bit compared with Cisco's previous industry-leading network processor. 
In March 2013, Cisco introduced its 100 Gbps, CMOS-based transceiver technology  -- describing it as a breakthrough for the rollout of 100G services.
By integrating advanced optics in complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology, Cisco is able to significantly increase face-plate density for 100G pluggable optics.

The Cisco "CPAK" transceiver reduces space and power requirements by over 70 percent compared with alternative transceiver form factors, such as CFP. Future routing and switching line cards will also incorporate CPAK technology.




AT&T Plans an LTE-Broadcast Service

One year after the launch of its Project VIP network upgrade program, the network is hitting "best-in-class" performance levels for reliability, speed and wireless network coverage, said Randall Stephenson, +AT&T 's Chairman, CEO and President, speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.

Some notes from the presentation:
  • The consumer fixed line business is growing steadily at 2-3% and will soon hit 10 million broadband IP subscribers.
  • U-verse is now a $1 billion per month revenue stream and it's growing nearly 30% year-over-year.
  • Small business IP broadband is also growing well.
  • In NYC, more that half of mobile traffic is already on the LTE network.
  • AT&T is seeing great sales growth for tablets.
  • Strategic business services is now an $8 billion per year revenue stream.
  • Digital Life, which is automating the home and providing security services, has seen the use of video cameras to be the No.1 attachment.
  • The Connected Car is a key area of interest and relationships are being signed by the major manufacturers.
  • AT&T is close to signing a deal for the sale of tower assets. The deal could include about 10,000 towers out of about 70,000 towers in its portfolio. The sale is an opportunity to monetize some assets, much like selling the company's administrative real estate.
  • AT&T will continue to Cricket brand for pre-paid mobile service.
  • AT&T's pension plans are close to being fully funded.
  • The video opportunity is significant. Over 50% of traffic on the IP network is now video.  OTT is a key player for AT&T too. AT&T's network focus is now about delivering video.
  • AT&T is preparing to launch an LTE-Broadcast service that will use 700 MHz licenses that were acquired from Qualcomm.  No timeline was provided.
http://www.att.com
  • In 2012, AT&T acquired 11 of Qualcomm’s D and E Block licenses in the Lower 700 MHz band for $1.9 billion. Qualcomm originally planned to use this spectrum for its Media FLO mobile TV service, which was launched in 2009 and then cancelled in early 2011 after failing to catch on in the market.


New Consortium Targets 400 Gbps Hot Pluggable Modules

A new consortium has been formed to define specifications and promote the adoption of interoperable 400 Gbps hot pluggable modules.

Founding members of the CDFP MSA include: Avago Technologies, Brocade, IBM, JDSU, Juniper Networks, Molex Incorporated and TE Connectivity.

The companies said the project scope will be to specify electrical interfaces, mechanical interfaces, and software interfaces, which may include optical connector and mating fiber optic cable plug, electrical connector, guide rail, front panel and host PCB layout requirements. Additionally, the CDFP MSA specification is expected to include thermal, electromagnetic and electrostatic discharge design recommendations, all significant factors when creating standards.



IBM and Deutsche Telekom Launch Mobile App Cloud Service

+IBM and +Deutsche Telekom AG announced a collaboration to provide the IBM MobileFirst platform in the cloud to small and medium sized (SMB) customers in Europe.

Deutsche Telekom's developer platform - Developer Garden - has launched the new cloud service, Developer Garden powered IBM Worklight, which allows developers to cost-effectively and quickly create apps for all mobile platforms and bring them to market faster. The new service provides developers with access to Deutsche Telekom's Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and communication services and expertise. Developer Garden users will be able to quickly access IBM Worklight capabilities to develop, run and manage HTML5, hybrid and native apps that combine Deutsche Telekom's communication features such as speech-driven Interactive Voice Response (IVR), voice mashups and Short Message Service (SMS).   

Some examples: 
  • A retailer can increase customer retention by integrating geo-location capabilities from IBM Worklight and Deutsche Telekom's SMS API into its mobile app.
  • A customer can opt in for retailers to be notified when they are in close proximity to a physical store and receive customized promotions for same-day in-store purchases.
  • A hotel can improve customer service by using these same opt in capabilities to be alerted when premium guests are nearby. This mobile feature can minimize a guest's time waiting in long check-in lines, ensure their room is ready and specific requests are met to enhance their experience with the brand.
"The collaboration between IBM and Deutsche Telekom Developer Garden enables us to offer new business models in the area of mobile app development and to unlock new value for our customers," said Rainer Deutschmann, senior vice president, Core Telco Products of Deutsche Telekom. "In addition, the data will be securely hosted on Deutsche Telekom's servers in Germany and thus be subject to the strict German data protection provisions adding a layer of security and assurance to developers and enterprises working in the cloud."

Telx Expands Data Center at 60 Hudson in NYC

Telx has leased an additional 69,000 gross square feet at 60 Hudson Street in New York City, expanding its NYC1 data center in the building by 71%.   Telx operates the largest critical interconnection area in the building with greatest density of active cross-connects under management.  NYC1 leverages Telx’s dense connectivity environments at both the NYC2 data center (111 8th Ave)  and the newly established NYC3 data center (32 Avenues of the Americas) offering the collective Telx customer base access to over 600+ network alternatives.

Highlights of Telx’s NYC1 facility include:

  • Access to over 400 carriers, ISP’s and enterprise networks
  • Access to over 60 financial networks via financial ecosystems at 111 8th Avenue
  • Leverage a massive interconnected regional business ecosystem via NYC2 (111 8th Ave) , NYC3 (32 Ave of the Americas), NJR1 and the datacenters NJR2 and NJR3 on the gated Clifton Campus
  • Direct access to SFTI Network via 111 8th Avenue connectivity
  • Direct access to Telx’s Financial Business Exchange via 111 8th Avenue connectivity
  • Telx now encompasses 620,000 gross square feet across 6 facilities in the greater NY/NJ metro area.

“We have experienced tremendous growth this year in the greater New York/New Jersey metro area. Earlier this year we opened our NJR3 data center on our new highly secure Clifton Datacenter Campus; we followed that momentous event with the recent establishment of our third data center in New York City, NYC3 at 32 Avenue of the Americas; and now we continue our investment in Telx’s backyard with the strategic expansion of our NYC1 facility in the heart of the financial district. The extensive expansion of NYC1 at 60 Hudson Street provides Telx’s clients and prospects with robust connectivity and data center solutions in New York City that is unmatched in the region,” said Chris Downie, CEO of Telx.

http://www.telx.com/news/telx-expands-data-center-in-new-york-city/

+Telx

Overture Extends its Multiservice EAD and Ethernet-Over-Copper Platforms

Overture released expansive software updates for Overture 1400 and Ethernet over Copper (EoC) product lines that add significant feature and functionality improvements, extend overall product life, and protect network infrastructure investment.

Among new features and functionality introduced for the Overture 1400 multi-service EAD are:

  • Enhanced remote fault management
  • RFC 2544 service activation testing
  • Zero touch provisioning and operations
  • Enhanced performance assurance

Among the upgrades and enhancements to Overture’s EoC product line unveiled as part of the new software releases are:

  • Enhanced Y.1564 service activation testing   
  • VLAN loopback on all user ports
  • Enhanced performance assurance
  • Up to 24 bonding groups on 4000cp
  • 24-hour OAM test result storage


Additionally, the releases enable a new generation of innovation based on the company’s Ensemble Open Service Architecture™ for software-defined services at the Metro Edge.

“Across the globe, Carrier Ethernet continues to grow at an aggressive rate and has service providers looking for new ways to maximize the value of their legacy network investments in new architectures. Concurrently, they are embracing nascent cloud technologies to help deliver software defined services at the metro edge,” said Vijay Raman, vice president of product management and marketing, Overture.

http://www.overturenetworks.com

+Overture

Alcatel-Lucent Provides Backhaul for SK Telecom's LTE-Advanced Service

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy an IP-based mobile backhaul network to support LTE-Advanced services for SK Telecom. The IP/MPLS mobile backhaul solution, which is to be deployed in October, will link SK Telecom cell sites supporting LTE-Advanced, LTE, WiBro (WiMAX), and Wi-Fi mobile data traffic.  The backhaul network will also support the carrier's mobile IPTV service.

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its 7750 Service Router (SR)and 5650 Control Plane Assurance Manager along with the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM).

Alcatel-Lucent noted it has shipped 300,000 service router platforms (7750 SR) to more than 500 service providers, including KT, LG U+, SK Broadband Korea, as well as globally to customers including AT&T, Verizon, BT and NTT Docomo.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

RANOVUS Raises $11 Million for Multi-Terabit Interconnects

RANOVUS, a start-up based in Ottawa, Ontario, announced $11 million in venture funding for its multi-terabit interconnect solutions for data center and communications networks.

RANOVUS’ platform is enabled by the company’s iQuantum Dot Multi-Wavelength Laser technology combined with advanced digital and photonics integrated circuit technologies. The company says its technology delivers significant reduction in power dissipation, size and cost of interconnects, enabling a much higher degree of distortion tolerance compared to traditional solutions. The company has not yet announced any products.

Investors include Azure Capital Partners, T-Venture, BDC Venture Capital, OMERS Ventures and MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund.

”We started RANOVUS with a world-class team of technologists and marketers to address the ever increasing challenge of cost-effectively scaling Data Center networks. Our platform technology enables Data Center operators to achieve cost-effective, power efficient and low latency connectivity from 100Gbps to multi Tbps,” said Hamid Arabzadeh, RANOVUS’ Chairman, President and CEO. “We are delighted to have such reputable global investors as Azure Capital Partners, T-Venture, BDC Venture Capital, and OMERS Ventures sharing our vision and investing in RANOVUS as we enter the market validation phase of our disruptive product portfolio.”

http://www.ranovus.com


  • RANOVUS was founded in February 2012

AT&T and Fon Sign Global Wi-Fi Roaming Deal

+AT&T and Fon have signed a global Wi-Fi roaming agreement.

Customers can use the +AT&T Wi-Fi International App providing access to hundreds of thousands of Fon international hotspots. In turn, Fon network members will gain access to AT&T’s Wi-Fi network, which includes more than 30,000 hotspots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers throughout the United States.  The agreement covers smartphones and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, which will connect seamlessly to select hotspots in both the AT&T and Fon networks.

“Our agreement with Fon further expands our international Wi-Fi footprint making it easier for AT&T customers to stay connected to what matters most during their travels abroad,” said JR Wilson, Vice President, Partnerships and Alliances, AT&T Mobility.

http://www.att.com
http://www.fon.com

  • Fon's telco partners also include Belgacom, BT, DT, KPN, MTC, Netia, Oi, SFR, Softbank and Zon.


Ericsson Appoints CIO

Ericsson announced the appointment of Anders Thulin as Senior Vice President Business Excellence and CIO.  He will head the newly formed unit, Group Function Business Excellence & Common Functions.
Thulin most recently served as a senior partner at McKinsey & Company.  He holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics, including MBA studies at the Western University, Ivey Business School.