Monday, September 30, 2013

Huawei Implements Node Level Vectoring Across 896 Copper Access Lines

Huawei is rolling out a new version of its MA5600T all-in-one broadband access platform with the ability to support vectoring across 896 copper access lines -- more than twice the average line capacity of alternative vectoring systems.

The vectoring system improves line access speeds by adding reverse crosstalk noise to cancel signal noise thus boosting copper access speeds to over 100 Mbps.  Huawei said a special vectoring algorithm, powerful vectoring processing and node level vectoring (NLV) technology, enables its MA5600T to support up to 896 lines. The MA5600T could be deployed at a central office or in an outdoor FTTC cabinet to provide large-capacity vectoring access.

Huawei's MA5600T shares its vectoring service boards with the mid-size MA5603T, further improving the backplane capacity of converged optical and copper access platforms to 8.8 TB. Additionally, MA5600T is compatible with copper-based access boards (including xDSL, POTS, and Combo) and optical fiber–based access boards (including GE, GPON, 10GE, and 10 GPON).

Mr. You Yiyong, President of Huawei access product line, said, "Huawei's large-capacity vectoring system can solve the CO DSLAM access speed improvement issue and provide end to end, any node ultra-fast broadband access. Committed to resolving operators' requirements, Huawei will continue to research high-speed access technologies and, together with the industry, provide more efficient end-to-end ultra-fast broadband access solutions."

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-309758-vectoring.htm#.UkmYDoblbTp
http://www.huawei.com/en/products/fixed-access/fttx/olt/ma5600t/

Huawei Appoint Xu as CEO for 6 Month Rotation

Huawei announced the appointment of Mr. Eric Xu as it next rotating CEO.  He will serve as Acting CEO of Huawei from October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.

Huawei said its rotating CEO acts as the primary person of the company’s operations and crisis management during his tenure and is responsible for convening and chairing the meetings of Board of Directors’ Executive Committee and the company’s Executive Management Team.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-309330-ceo.htm#.UkmTM4blbTo
http://pr.huawei.com/en/executives/board-of-directors/xu-zhijun/index.htm

In April 2012, Huawei has adopted a rotating CEO model in which which a small group of executives take turns to fulfill CEO duties.   At the time, Mr. Ren Zhengfei said a group of rotating and acting CEOs should be more effective, compared to a single CEO, who is otherwise expected to handle multiple affairs each day. The rotating and acting CEOs take turns leading the company for six months. After the rotational period is over, the non-acting rotating CEOs will still be part of the company's decision-making nucleus. 

Saudi Arabia's Mobily selects Ericsson for 4G/LTE 1800

Etihad Etisalat, Mobily, has selected Ericsson to introduce 4G/LTE 1800 in the Western region of Saudi Arabia and to transform and expand its 2G, 3G network for improved coverage and speed with the delivery of end-to-end network features (radio, core and service layer charging). Financial terms were not disclosed.

"As the uptake of smartphones increases in Saudi Arabia, so does the demand on connectivity and advanced services, and it becomes increasingly important to ensure that the network performs well in order to maintain subscribers’ loyalty," said Ali Eid, Head of Ericsson, Saudi Arabia. "Mobily’s strategic business objectives have always ensured that the company deploys the most advanced technology available in order to maintain subscribers’ satisfaction. Armed with Ericsson’s scalable and innovative solutions, Mobily will not only be able to accommodate the additional pressure on the network expected during Hajj, but will also be able to provide subscribers with an enhanced mobile experience throughout the year."

http://www.ericsson.com/news/130930-mobily-selects-ericsson-to-expand-its-network-in-saudi-arabia_244129227_c

Radisys Appoints Steve Collins Vice President of Global Sales

Radisys announced the appointment of Steve Collins as Vice President of Global Sales.

Previously, Collins served as VP and GM of Americas Sales and Corporate sales strategy for Sonus Networks.

http://www.radisys.com/2013/radisys-appoints-steve-collins-vice-president-of-global-sales/



Saturday, September 28, 2013

Orange Launches LTE Signalling Wholesale Service

Orange introduced a wholesale LTE Signalling service that will allow mobile operators to provide their customers with a 4G roaming service.  The LTE Signalling is delivered through direct connectivity and peering agreements.

LTE Signalling is one of the à la carte services  available through Orange’s Multiservice IP eXchange solution which  provides a high-level of security and quality of service. Orange’s IPX  network offers a large footprint that comprises 30 points of presence  (PoPs) worldwide. It guarantees a packet-loss ratio of less than 0.05%  and jitter inferior to 5ms. LTE Signalling, based on the "Diameter”  signalling protocol, is built on dedicated platforms integrated in  Orange’s cutting-edge IPX network and provides additional security,  interoperability and enhanced routing functions.

Orange confirmed that it has already set-up interconnection agreements with the other major carriers.

“Orange has developed LTE Signalling for operators to  allow them to build a high-quality 4G roaming service that is fully  compliant with GSMA guidelines. The Group’s Open Connectivity policy and  extensive peering agreements allow us to provide wholesale clients with  the opportunity to benefit from a large coverage. LTE Signalling is a  must-have service that offers both differentiation and the ability to  generate additional revenues in an increasingly evolutive market,” says  Alexandre Pébereau, EVP International Carriers, Orange.

http://wholesalesolutions.orange.com/

HP Intros Data Center Management Tool

HP introduced a management tool for the HP BladeSystem, HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) and HP ProLiant Generation 7 servers.

HP OneView provides an intuitive user interface and automated intelligence for common data center processes, such as deployment, updating, migrating and troubleshooting.  The company said its tool makes it possible to migrate workloads up to five times faster than with manual operations.

For example, provisioning hypervisors across 16 servers with traditional tools requires two hours and 50 minutes of administrative time, compared to just 14 minutes with HP OneView. The process of retiring a virtual local area network (vLAN) requires only four steps and 30 seconds of administrative time with HP OneView, compared to 480 steps and more than two hours with a traditional tool.(2)

“Social media, the consumerization of IT and changing demographics are altering how work gets done, forcing organizations to address a widening gap between enterprise demands and traditional IT supply,” said Tom Joyce, senior vice president and general manager, Converged Systems, HP. “The current infrastructure management model is stuck in the past and HP OneView is the first step in fundamentally rethinking the entire approach to infrastructure management in the data center.”

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1491630&mtxs=rss-corp-news#.Ukjkh4blZ8E

Equinix Opens Second Rio de Janeiro Data Center

Equinix opened a second International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Rio de Janeiro under its subsidiary, ALOG Data Centers of Brazil S.A.

RJ2 its a Tier III data center with a current capacity for 320 cabinets.  Equinix plans to invest an additional $36 million in the next two phases of construction, which will increase capacity to 1,170 cabinets.

Equinix noted that over the last four years it has lined up all the major subsea cable operators including Level 3 and Telefonica, and telecommunications companies serving Brazil. Now these customers are poised to deliver a seamless stream of global data traffic in and out of the country.

In May, Equinix announced GlobeNet's expansion into its Miami data center (MI3) which opened the fastest IP traffic route from the United States to Brazil. MI3 offers a number of benefits to customers, including direct connectivity to the leading Latin American network operators for reduced latency, and close proximity for serving Latin American markets while maintaining infrastructure within the U.S.

http://www.equinix.com/locations/brazil-colocation/brazil-data-centers

NTT Electronics and Acacia Assure 100G Coherent Interoperability

NTT Electronics (NEL) and and Acacia Communications have successfully established an interoperability mode of operation between their next-generation Coherent Digital Signal Processing ASIC's.

"Carriers and service providers require cost-effective pluggable transceivers even beyond the Ethernet reach (~30km) where de-facto 10GBASE-ZR is being used today," said Haruhiko Ichino, NEL Vice President and General Manager of Electronics Device & Systems. "The similar interoperability mode of operation at 100Gbps by using the established modulation format DP-QPSK and the standard Forward Error Correction GFEC, is indispensable for emerging digital coherent technologies to penetrate new markets including shorter-reach pluggable applications."

"The successful interoperability of the two market-leading Coherent Digital Signal Processing ASIC's provides optimal flexibility to service providers as they expand their networks," said Acacia Co-Founder and Director of DSP & Optics, Christian Rasmussen. "NEL and Acacia have both independently established significant market momentum in the fast-growing long-haul coherent 100G market. Service providers and equipment suppliers have encouraged Acacia and NEL to work in closer collaboration to drive standards and increase the level of interoperability. Acacia is delighted to have worked with NEL to collaborate in this groundbreaking effort to meet customers' 100G product expectations."

http://www.ntt-electronics.com/en/news/2013/09/100gdsplsi.html
http://www.acacia-inc.com/

Violin Memory Hits Bumps with IPO

Violin Memory raised $162 million in an initial public offering (IPO) of 18 million shares priced at $9 on Friday.

Trading of VMEM on the NYSE closed at $7.02, down 22% for the day.

Violin Memory, which was founded in 2005 and is based in Santa Clara, California, specializes in flash memory arrays for enterprise data centers.

http://www.violin-memory.com/

Earlier this month, Violin Memory released a Memory Services software suite for acceleration, tiering, migration and protection of application data in the enterprise data center. 

The Violin Maestro suite of Memory Services, which runs on memory-optimized, hardware-accelerated Violin Memory Appliances, provides non-disruptive migration of data off legacy storage to high performance Violin Memory Arrays. The company said its software transparently learns application I/O patterns and accelerates performance.  The software provides dynamic tiering of application data between Memory Tier and disk storage.

France's Bouygues Telecom Offers fring OTT Service for Voice+SMS over Wi-Fi

Bouygues Telecom is using the fring Over the Top (OTT) service to provide Bouygues customers with free phone calls and SMS on Wi-Fi while abroad.

“Our customers expect high quality, low cost mobile service which, thanks to the fring service, we can now extend beyond local French cellular coverage, allowing subscribers to enjoy international communication as if they were calling from within France,” said Benoît Torloting, Head of digital & B&YOU at Bouygues Telecom. “Leveraging the fring OTT solution, we eliminate cellular network roaming charges and deliver our commitment to quality-cost competitive advantage even when our customers are travelling worldwide.”  Benoît Torloting continued, “Our World & YOU launch was a great success, with an increase in new users and substantial interest from the French market.”

“This successful offering with Bouygues Telecom demonstrates market demand for the fring Telco OTT solution, which enables telecom operators to provide their subscribers with cost-saving communications, a rich user experience and reduced churn to independent applications,” said Roy Timor-Rousso, former CEO of fring and current senior executive in GENBAND’s Multimedia Business Unit.”


Earlier this month, GENBAND announced its acquisition of fring’s Over-the-Top (OTT) mobile IP communications service for consumers. Financial terms were not disclosed. not disclosed.

The fring app, which is available for both iOS and Android, provides free mobile group video chat, 2-way video chat, voice-only calls and text chat over IP.  GENBAND will offer a white label version that will let service providers and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) compete with OTT solutions. fring reduces roaming costs for subscribers by moving voice and video sessions away from radio access networks and routing them over the Internet.

GENBAND said fring white-label solution for the consumer OTT market segment complements its NUViA white-label Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) offering.

China Mobile Tops 750 Million Accesses

China Mobile added over 5 million customers in August, bringing it total base to over 750 million accesses for this first time.

http://www.chinamobileltd.com/en/ir/operation.php

AT&T Appoints Beth Mooney to Board

AT&T appointed Beth Mooney to its board of directors. Mooney is chairman and chief executive officer of KeyCorp.

She will serve on the Corporate Development and Finance Committee of AT&T’s board of directors. She joined KeyCorp in 2006 as vice chairman and head of Key Community Bank and served as president, chief operating officer and executive director from 2010 to 2011. KeyCorp is one of the 30 largest U.S. banks, based on assets.

http://www.att.com

Thursday, September 26, 2013

NSN Sees 5G Viability in Authorized Shared Access (ASA) with TD-LTE Spectrum

Nokia Solutions and Networks demonstrated the viability of Authorized Shared Access (ASA) -- a new technology that enables dynamic access to underutilized spectrum frequencies.

NSN describes ASA and spectrum sharing as enabling technology for 5G. The idea is for mobile operators to share frequency bands from other types of incumbent systems, such as government agencies or TV broadcast networks, while guaranteeing quality of service for both.

Earlier this year, NSN and CORE+ consortium took a giant leap forward with the worlds’ first spectrum sharing trial of ASA on a live 2.3GHz TD-LTE network. For the live trial, NSN deployed its network elements in three Finnish cities: commercial Single RAN Flexi MultiRadio 10 Base Stations in Ylivieska, commercial Core Network in Oulu and commercial NetAct network management system in Tampere.

“The benefit of ASA is that it provides both the technology and regulatory framework for sharing spectrum”, said Marc Rouanne, executive vice president, Mobile Broadband at NSN. “Our trial showed that operators can get up to 18% extra bandwidth for mobile broadband networks cost effectively. This technology works with existing LTE and TD-LTE networks and does not require specific software for the end-user devices, making it easy to deploy and transfer the benefit directly to the mobile customers.”

http://blogs.nsn.com/mobile-networks/2013/05/30/nokia-siemens-networks-accelerates-worlds-first-td-lte-spectrum-sharing-trial-of-asa/

Presentation here:
http://core.willab.fi/?q=node/69


In June 2013, a U.S. Spectrum Policy Team was formed to accelerate spectrum sharing policies and technologies. The Spectrum Policy Team will draft recommendations on how NTIA and FCC can incorporate spectrum sharing into their spectrum management practices to enable more productive uses of spectrum throughout our economy and society and protect the current and future mission capabilities of federal agencies. The team consists of the Chief Technology Officer and the Director of the National Economic Council, along with representatives from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the National Security Staff, and the Council of Economic Advisers.


In July 2012, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report identifying 1,000 MHz of federal spectrum for sharing with the private sector.

U.S. federal policy should shift in favor "Shared-Use Spectrum Superhighways" instead the current plan which is to first clear federal users from specific bands and then auction this spectrum for the exclusive use of the highest bidder, according to a new report issued by 

A Presidential memorandum issued in June 2010 requires that 500 MHz of spectrum to be made available for commercial use within 10 years.  However, a recent NTIA Study found that clearing just one 95 MHz band will take 10 years, cost $18 billion, and cause significant disruption. Moreover, the net revenue for the Treasury from the last successful auction of 45 MHz realized a net income of just a few hundred million a year ($5.3 billion total).

The PCAST report said its vision of shared spectrum is viable using existing technologies and is not dependent on cognitive or "smart" radios. Instead, a geo-location database could be used the share spectrum much like how the FCC is using managing TV bands. The TV Whitespaces system could be used as a model. Technical standards would need to be implemented for coexistence of transmitters and receivers to enable flexible sharing.

FCC Reviews Wireless Infrastructure Policies for Small Cells and DAS

The FCC will undertake a review of its wireless infrastructure policies with a goal to reduce obstacles to obtaining access to rights-of-way and locations for wireless facilities.

Specifically, the FCC is seeking comment on:


  • Streamlining the environmental and historic preservation review processes for newer technologies, including small cells and distributed antenna systems;

  • Removing barriers to the deployment of temporary towers, that are used in cases of emergencies or to add capacity during short term events;
  • The meaning of terms included in a provision of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 which states "a State or local government may not deny, and shall approve, any eligible facilities request for a modification of an existing wireless tower or base station that does not substantially change the physical dimensions of such tower or base station;" and
  • Clarification of issues addressed in the Commission's "shot clock" order which set time periods for state and local governments to complete review of wireless siting applications. 

The FCC said increasing certainty in its processes and removing barriers to infrastructure deployment will spur public and private investment, while expanding wireless coverage and capacity.

FCC Acting Chairwoman Mignon L. Clyburn stated: "Today, we seek comment on how we can change our processes to encourage greater deployment of new technologies such as small cells and Distributed Antenna Systems. These innovative solutions multiply wireless capacity within existing spectrum resources and can be deployed relatively easily and inexpensively by consumers, enterprise users, and service providers. These newer technologies can be deployed on utility poles, street lamps, water towers, or rooftops -- a big reason why they are becoming more common. The time is ripe for the Commission to look at updating our rules for these new technologies."

http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-proposes-remove-barriers-wireless-infrastructure

FCC to Require Mobile Operators to Disclose Network Availability after Disasters

The FCC is proposing new rules that would require wireless service providers to publicly disclose the
percentage of cell sites within their networks that are operational during and immediately after disasters. 

The FCC said its goal is to provide consumers with a yardstick for comparing wireless performance in emergencies. The rules also seek to encourage competition in the wireless industry to improve network reliability. 

The FCC's proposal would require wireless service providers to submit to the FCC, for public disclosure on 
a daily basis during and immediately after disasters, the percentage of operational cell sites for each county 
within a designated disaster area.

Broadcom Intros 802.11ac/Bluetooth Chips for Connected Car

Broadcom introduced a new line of wireless chips for automotive infotainment applications.

The new product line, which initially consists of two chips, use use IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Smart Ready technology to allow drivers and passengers to sync and stream content from mobile devices to the car's infotainment system and rear-seat displays. The new chips also enable high-speed connectivity beyond the vehicle, serving Internet and cloud content via LTE telematics or directly from a Hot Spot connection.

Key Features:

  • 5G WiFi system including MAC, PHY, RF and Bluetooth Smart Ready on a single chip
  • Integrated Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Miracast and Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint support
  • Resolves interference challenges in systems with both 4G LTE cellular radios and wireless connectivity
  • Advanced beamforming, Low-Density Parity Check and Space-Time Block support for better coverage

"Car connectivity is the new battleground for product differentiation and the next frontier for Broadcom," said Rahul Patel, Broadcom Vice President of Wireless Connectivity. "Broadcom is delivering our proven expertise and leadership in wireless connectivity to the automotive market. By providing the same technology and roadmap associated with the fast-moving mobile ecosystem, the possibilities enabled by our new wireless automotive chips are endless."

http://www.broadcom.com

Broadcom has also been a pioneering developer of automotive Ethernet solutions aimed at connecting multiple in-vehicle systems, such as infotainment, on-board diagnostics and automated driver assistance over unshielded single twisted pair cable. 

Broadcom's BroadR-Reach automotive portfolio aims to reduce in-vehicle connectivity complexity, cost and cabling weight using familiar Ethernet. The company is introducing the first five devices in this portfolio, including three highly integrated switches with embedded PHYs, and two stand-alone PHY solutions. The devices meet in-car EMC requirements and extre

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