Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Transition Networks Accelerates Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Services with Converge EMS

Transition Networks launched its integrated Carrier Ethernet 2.0 + software defined services (SDS) orchestration solution designed to automate the entire service lifecycle, accelerate the rollout of MEF CE 2.0 services while supporting stringent performance SLAs.

The rollout includes CE 2.0 demarcation devices, access switches and a "Converge EMS" service and resource manager that automates the complete service lifecycle. The Converge EMS features a RESTful API that allows for integration with SDN and other 3rd party applications for truly programmable networks. It open architecture, based on the Amartus Chameleon SDS platform, supports next-generation service delivery workflows.

Transition Networks said its solution offers a unique template-based automated provisioning solution that enables rapid service activation with quicker time to revenue.

“Transition Networks’ integrated CE 2.0 platform delivers unmatched value for service providers, enabling simplified deployment and robust centralized management,” said Kevin Faulds, Director of Product Management at Transition Networks. “A single vendor solution from access to edge goes a long way toward making the management of the service provider network more simple and cost effective.”

Transistion's demarcation devices feature advanced Service OAM (IEEE 802.1ag and ITU Y.1731) Performance and Fault Management for strong performance assurance in business, mobile backhaul and cloud services while reducing operational expenses.

The S4140 demarcation device enables service providers to address growing bandwidth needs for next-generation services. The company’s two new Carrier Ethernet switches, S4212 and S4224, aggregate traffic from demarcation devices for efficient transport to the core network.

For mobile backhaul, Transition also features a unique capability to convert between Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE 1588v2 synchronization methods while maintaining clock accuracy. Additional features include service activation capabilities to assist with circuit turn-up and maintenance and linear and ring protection capabilities for sub-50 millisecond failover providing service redundancy.

http://www.transition.com/TransitionNetworks/About/NewsEvents/News/News_100113.aspx


FCC Shuts Down Website, Suspends Filings

As part of the government shutdown, the FCC closed its offices and deactivated its website. During the shutdown, the FCC expects to have 38 essential employees on-duty and safeguarding operations -- about 2% of its staff.

The FCC said its main filing window, mail room, and all electronic filing systems, with the exception of the Network Outage Reporting System (NORS), will remain closed until further notice. Private delivery mailings will be returned.

http://www.fcc.gov/shutdown-page.html

Maxim Acquires Volterra for Power Management

Maxim Integrated Products completed its previously announced acquisition of Volterra Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ:VLTR) for $23 per share.

Volterra supplies high-current, high-performance, and high-density power management solutions. The company develops highly integrated solutions primarily for the enterprise, cloud computing, communications, and networking markets. Volterra's portfolio of highly integrated products enables better performance, smaller form factors, enhanced scalability, improved system management, and lower total cost of ownership.

http://www.maximintegrated.com/investor
http://www.volterra.com/


Monday, September 30, 2013

Deutsche Telekom's TeraStream Shows Multivendor 100GbE / DWDM

Deutsche Telekom confirmed multi-vendor interoperability on a 100 Gigabit Ethernet long haul link on TeraStream pilot network in Croatia.

The tests, which were a joint effort between Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco Systems, Hrvatski Telekom and Deutsche Telekom, represent an important milestone towards the future of generally available 100GbE networking.

The actual link, the industry’s first of its kind, consisted of 600 km of Standard Single Mode Fiber (SMF) between the cities of Split and Varazdin using leveraging the TeraStream colorless, open spectrum, passive network. The 100 Gbps signal, carrying live production traffic, used ITU standard 50GHz spacing via a high gain forward error correction algorithm capable of achieving 10Gbps comparable distances. The implementation in this test used pre-standards, aligned in ITU Study Group 15.  Multi-vendor interoperability on the 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) long-haul DWDM links was established between IP routers from Cisco Systems and Alcatel-Lucent. Cortina Systems also provided technology for the tests.

"The need for bandwidth is constantly growing. This milestone is another important step towards the future of generally available 100GbE networking. Leveraging the TeraStream passive network and the jointly developed standard, we can achieve drastic cost savings in the area of optical transport. We envision that this will also be the most cost efficient optical interconnect for datacenter applications. We are pleased with the latest advancements from the vendors," stated Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Group Chief Technology Officer, Deutsche Telekom AG.

"In order for us as a company to achieve success in the future, we need to have networks that can support the most advanced communications and services,” said Ivica Mudrinić, President of the Management Board of Hrvatski Telekom. “I am especially proud of two things: Firstly, that Croatia with Hrvatski Telekom is the first country in the world to install this innovative technology which will become key to our future success, to the development and competitiveness of the economy and will improve the lives of individuals. I am also proud of our Croatian experts who, together with colleagues from Deutsche Telekom, are implementing this highly demanding, innovative network concept."

http://www.telekom.com/innovation/201860

In December 2012, Deutsche Telekom AG together with Hrvatski Telekom (HT), Deutsche Telekom AG’s subsidiary in Croatia, launched its TeraStream pilot network in Croatia. TeraStream is an industry leading network concept, based on a cloud enabled IP architecture. The pilot features 100 Gbps links over a filter-less DWDM system.

HP Builds an SDN Ecosystem

HP is building an enterprise-class SDN open ecosystem with the upcoming release of an HP SDN Developer Kit (coming November 2013) and followed by an HP SDN App Store (opening first half of 2014).  The company said it goal is to create new business opportunities for partners while providing a simple way for customers to purchase and deploy network services.

The HP SDN Developer Kit provides developers the essential tools to create, test and validate SDN applications, leveraging HP’s SDN infrastructure and full complement of support services. The SDK supports HP VAN SDN controller with API documentation, developer guide and sample code.

Current SDN ecosystem partners registered for the HP SDN Developer Kit include Aastra, Blue Coat Systems, BlueCat, Citrix Systems, Ecode Networks, F5, Infoblox, Infranics, Intel, KT Cloud, Microsoft, MIMOS, Mitel, NTT, PwC, Qosmos, Radware, Real Status, Riverbed, RMIT University, ShoreTel Inc., Samsung, SAP, Tech Mahindra, VMware, Versatile and Websense.

The planned HP SDN App Store will let customers browse, search, purchase and directly download SDN applications onto their Virtual Application Networks SDN controller, creating a new business model for how network services are purchased and implemented.  The SDN App Store will include applications developed by HP, applications jointly-developed with partners, and partner-certified and community-created applications.

“With SDN the networking industry has an opportunity to disruptively innovate and is now primed for a monumental leap forward,” said Bethany Mayer, senior vice president and general manager, Networking, HP. “HP has created the industry’s most comprehensive SDN product portfolio as well as an open SDN ecosystem, which offers an environment for enterprises and partners to rapidly tune the network to their business and application needs.”

To complement this open SDN ecosystem, HP has added OpenFlow support to 10 new routers in the HP FlexNetwork portfolio, including the HP MSR2000, 3000, 4000 and HP Virtual Services Router (VSR) Series routers. These additions build on the existing OpenFlow enabled portfolio of 50 switches, representing more than 25 million installed ports. View the full list of partners on the HP SDN Ecosystem Partners web page.

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1495044#.UkpHL4blZ8H

AT&T Rolls All Fiber 1 Gig Broadband Network to Austin

AT&T has begun deployment of a 100 percent fiber Internet broadband network in Austin, Texas, promising download speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second.

AT&T expects to being delivering its first "U-verse with GigaPower" in Austin in December. The company expects initially reach tens of thousands of customer locations throughout Austin and the surrounding areas this year, with additional local expansion planned in 2014

"Austin embodies innovation and social consciousness, and is the heart of a vibrant, ever-evolving tech culture and entrepreneurial spirit," said Dave Nichols, President – AT&T Texas.  "With our all-fiber U-verse services, we are building the foundation for a new wave of innovation for Austin's consumers, businesses, and civic and educational institutions.  It's about engaging the full community and empowering the city and its people with all that technology can offer us. This investment will help attract new business and new jobs to Austin."


  • In April 2013, Google selected Austin as the second rollout city for its Google Fiber project.

Alcatel-Lucent Wins Share of China Mobile TD-LTE Rollout

China Mobile has selected Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio  4G TD-LTE overlay for its nationwide rollout.

Alcatel-Lucent said this award represents 11% of CMCC’s strategic plan to deploy more than 207,000 TD-LTE base stations in China by the end of 2013.  

Alcatel-Lucent noted that it has been closely involved with China Mobile in developing TD-LTE from the inception of the technology, and successfully demonstrated the first call using the platform more than five years ago, demonstrating HD video delivery over it three years ago. Alcatel-Lucent also showcased TD-LTE to the world during the Shanghai World Expo, another highlight in the journey of TD-LTE from prospect to reality.

"This is an extremely significant win for Alcatel-Lucent and we look forward to helping China Mobile rapidly deploy the largest mobile broadband network in the world.  By leveraging the ultra-broadband capabilities of our innovative TD-LTE lightRadio solution, China Mobile will have the ability to greatly expand mobile broadband coverage with a consistent, high quality subscriber experience, including challenging environments such as inside commercial and residential buildings," stated Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent.


Intel to Acquire Sensory Networks for DPI Pattern Matching

Intel agreed to acquire Sensory Networks, a start-up which specializes in pattern matching and acceleration software technology, for approximately US$20 million.

Sensory Networks developed "HyperScan" high-speed, L4-L7 pattern matching software that accelerates deep packet inspection applications running on Intel processors.  The company was founded in Sydney Australia and is headed by Sab Gosal.

In 2012, Sensory reported that its HyperScan library delivers DPI throughput of 160Gbps with linear scalability, based on an intensive benchmark of HyperScan on a dual-socket platform (8-core, 16 threads per socket) using the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 family and Intel C604 chipset, scanning against a tier-1 commercial IPS signature set. HyperScan fully scales across Intel architecture, extending from the Intel Atom processor to the highest performing Intel Xeon processor.

http://www.sensorynetworks.com
http://www.intel.com

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