Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Intel Develops Network Gateways for Internet of Things

Intel introduced several products including the Intel Atom processor E3800 product family (formerly codenamed "Bay Trail-I"), a new family of Intel-based intelligent gateway solutions featuring integrated software from McAfee and Wind River, and new features for the Intel Quark SoC X1000.

The product set supports Intel's "Internet of Things" initiative which envisions intelligent devices, end-to-end analytics and the connection of legacy devices to the cloud as the drivers of business transformation.

The new low-power, small-core Intel Quark SoC X1000 features error-correcting code (ECC), industrial temperature range and integrated security. ECC delivers a high level of data integrity, reliability and system uptime for equipment required to run at all times, while industrial temperature range helps meet the requirements for industrial control and automation applications. The Quark processor core is a 32-bit, single core, single-thread, Intel Pentium instruction set architecture (ISA) compatible CPU operating at speeds up to 400MHz.

The new Intel Atom processor E3800 product family features improved media and graphics performance, ECC, industrial temperature range, integrated security and integrated image signal processing. This product family is ideally suited for digital signage applications such as interactive kiosks, intelligent vending, ATMs and point-of-sale terminals as well as portable medical devices and in-vehicle infotainment systems.

For connecting devices, Intel is working with McAfee and Wind River on a new family of intelligent gateway solutions that provide common interfaces and seamless communication between devices and the cloud. Targeting industrial, energy and transportation markets, this system of systems helps ensure that the data generated by devices and existing infrastructure can be shared securely between the cloud and intelligent devices for analysis.

Intel;s new family of intelligent gateway solutions provides integrated and pre-validated hardware and software, including McAfee Embedded Control and the Wind River Intelligent Device Platform.  These enable users to securely aggregate, filter and share data from the edge to the cloud in areas such as monitoring high-value industrial assets, facilitating manufacturing automation, energy grid automation, and commercial fleet monitoring.

The first set of intelligent gateway solutions will feature versions based on the Intel Quark SoC X1000 and Intel Atom processor E3800 product family and will be available in the first quarter of 2014.

Intel is also developing horizontal building blocks for vertical end-to-end analytics as well as distributed analytics for edge systems and data center.  The goal here is to unlock the data intelligence from the device through the network to the cloud to enable new business models and service offerings.

"The Internet of Things consists of a wide range of Internet-connected devices, from a simple pedometer to a complex CT scanner," said Ton Steenman, vice president and general manager of Intel's Intelligent Systems Group. "The true value in the Internet of Things is realized when these intelligent devices communicate and share data with each other and the cloud, uncovering information and actionable insight that can transform business. As a leader in computing solutions from the device to the datacenter, Intel is focused on driving intelligence in new devices and gateways to help connect the billions of existing devices."





IEEE Intercloud Project Looks for Interoperability and Federation

IEEE has launched an Intercloud Testbed project with the goal of developing cloud-to-cloud interoperability and federation capabilities.

Founding members include 21 cloud and network service providers, cloud-enabling companies, and academic and industry research institutions from the United States, the Asia-Pacific region, and Europe. The members have volunteered to provide their own cloud implementations and expertise to a shared testbed environment. They will also collaborate to produce a working prototype and open-source global Intercloud.

The IEEE said results from the project will also assist in the development of the forthcoming IEEE P2302 Standard for Intercloud Interoperability and Federation, which is developing standard methodologies for cloud-to-cloud interworking

“We are immensely pleased to introduce our founding members and thank them for their lab and engineering contributions, which are the backbone of this effort,” said Steve Diamond, chair of the IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative. “The IEEE Cloud Computing Initiative is advancing an ecosystem in which clouds and cloud services can federate to enable new services and increase the value of cloud computing to industry and end users. By joining the IEEE Intercloud Testbed, these member organizations are providing the invaluable resources and capabilities needed to realize this vision. We appreciate their participation and collaboration in this fundamental and important work.

http://cloudcomputing.ieee.org/intercloud

Alcatel-Lucent Expects 10,000 Job Cuts

Alcatel-Lucent expects a net reduction plan of approximately 10,000 jobs worldwide by the end of 2015. The company presented its cost savings plan to its European works council (ECID) saying the cuts are necessary to ensure a stable financial future as envisioned in its Shift Plan.

The job cuts would include a reduction of 4,100 positions in Europe, Middle East and Africa, 3,800 in Asia Pacific and 2,100 in Americas. By the end of 2015, Alcatel-Lucent will halve the number of its business hubs globally.

In France, Alcatel-Lucent plans to cut approximately 900 positions in 2014 primarily in support, administrative and sales functions (via a legally-compliant program know in France as Plan de Sauvegarde pour l’Emploi), as well as recruiting 200 engineers and technicians with new technical competencies. By the end of 2015, the company transformation program could also result in internal mobility, transfers to partners and redeployments for approximately 900 employees whose jobs will be retained, inside or outside the company.

Alcatel-Lucent said its R&D activities in France will focus on 4G and IP platforms, in particular with the creation of a new small cells competency center, an area of particular interest for the company. In terms of research, France will keep its focus on  optics and strengthen it in mathematics, at the heart of next-generation network software.

Business activities in France dealing with service providers will be concentrated in two main sites – Villarceaux, south of Paris, which will become Alcatel-Lucent’s primary R&D center in Europe and one of the world’s largest R&D campuses, and Lannion, which will specialize in ultra-broadband mobile access and subscriber data management (SDM) technologies.

Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent said: "We launched The Shift Plan in June to give Alcatel-Lucent an industrially sustainable future. The strategic choices we made have been validated by our customers. To carry out this plan we must make difficult decisions and we will make them with open and transparent dialogue with our employees and their representatives. The Shift Plan is about the company regaining control of its destiny."

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com


  • In June 2013, Alcatel-Lucent outlined a "Shift Plan" aimed at transforming the company from a generalist supplier of networking solution into a specialist provider of IP Networking and Ultra-Broadband Access.  The company is targeting Euro 1 billion in reduced sales, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses over the next three years as it makes a decisive in its industrial focus toward high-value equipment and services. 

Current business segments outside of this new area of focus include Terrestrial Optics, Submarine, Wireless Transmission, Network Applications, Integration Services for Strategic Industries, Consulting Businesses and OSS/BSS.


"Today we are taking comprehensive action to position Alcatel-Lucent at the heart of the digital ecosystem, a place from which we will be able properly to capitalize on our many strengths. The Shift Plan is fundamentally an industrial plan that also addresses the Group's operational and financial challenges by putting in place a strong and fully accountable leadership team with clear goals and the appropriate levers to deliver on these goals and on our commitments to all stakeholders," stated Michel Combes, Alcatel-Lucent's CEO.

Key points of the plan:

  • Grow revenues in Core Networking by more than 15%, from Euro 6.1 billion in 2012 to over Euro 7 billion in 2015,
  • Lift operating margins from 2.4% in 2012 to more than 12.5% in 2015.
  • IP, cloud and ultra-broadband portfolio at the center of operations, including WDM, 100G, IMS and customer experience product lines, as well as the 'FTTx' group of fiber-based connectivity technologies serving homes, businesses and other types of premises, vectoring, the 4G LTE mobile wireless access and small-cells.
  • Bell Labs will continue to be the company's innovation engine, with an 8% increase in R&D from 2013 through 2015. IP and Ultra-Broadband Access will represent 85% of R&D investment in 2015.
  • Alcatel-Lucent's intellectual property portfolio will become a dedicated profit center and will adopt an entrepreneurial approach to licensing in order to develop a solid revenue stream from its library of more than 30,000 patents and 16,000 applications.
  • On a cash basis, The Shift Plan is expected to be self-funding over the 2013-2015 period.  Once the company has clearly demonstrated the successful execution of the Shift plan, it plans to seek a reduction of its debt by approximately Euro 2 billion including through further asset disposals or through access to the equity markets in order to support its long-term strategic goals.
  • The company did not announce any further job cuts at this time although reductions are planned.
  • Alcatel-Lucent will reduce the number of countries in which it operates from 185+ to 145 countries.  It will go from 100+ sales offices to 75 sales offices. It will consolidate warehouse and purchasing locations.
  • The company will undertake a 40% cut in real estate and sites, reducing its footprint in non-strategic locations.
  • In Manages Services, the company will address its 15 unprofitable contracts.

Canada Blocks Sale of MTS Allstream to Egyptian Billionaire

The federal government of Canada has rejected the proposed acquisition of MTS Allstream by Accelero Capital Holdings S.a.r.l. ("Accelero"), citing national security grounds.

MTS Allstream said it is extremely surprised and disappointed by this decision. The company continues to argue that the sale is in Canada's net benefit and not injurious to national security.

In May, anitoba Telecom Services (MTS) agreed to sell its Allstream division to Accelero Capital Holdings , an investment and management group, for $520 million, subject to certain customary adjustments.  The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2013, subject to receipt of Investment Canada approval and customary closing conditions.

Allstream provides enterprise communications services acress Canada and counts more than 65,000 businesses - large, mid-sized, and small - among its national customer base.  Allstream operates an IP network spanning 30,000 route kms across Canada, including 18,000 route kms of inter-city fiber and 8 cross border connections to the U.S.

Accelero is an investment and management group focused on telecommunication, digital media and technology. Accelero is controlled by Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, Non-Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, is a renowned telecom entrepreneur.

http://www.mts.ca/mts/about+mts+allstream/news+room/news+releases/government+of+canada+rejects+mts+sale+of+allstream

Polaris Wireless Trials Police Force Tracking Application

The Mountain View, California, Police Department (MVPD) is testing a mobile phone tracking application from Polaris Wireless to provide commanding officers with visibility of where on-duty officers are located.

The Polaris Wireless Altus blue force tracking application has already been used to augment police safety measures at a recent area concert. Altus was used to locate and track over twenty uniformed and plain-clothes police officers during the two-day concert, during which the MVPD conducted approximately 100 arrests. During this pilot deployment, some officers were equipped with department-provided mobile phones, which were monitored using Polaris Wireless Altus from a command post set up in the event grounds.

Altus blue force tracking provides police departments and other law enforcement organizations with the ability to track police and other field officers (such as firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) technicians), specifically when they are out of reach of their patrol vehicles, which typically contain separate location and tracking capabilities. San Francisco-based Locaid, the world’s largest LaaS (Location-as-a-Service) company, provided the officers’ location information, which was then displayed on the Altus tracking application. As a result, MVPD commanders were able to track officers’ movements during the concert. Altus provides a more efficient and less obvious way of tracking an officer’s location than traditional 2-way radio and verbal alerts.

“In an ongoing effort to ensure the safety of the citizens of Mountain View, we continually seek out industry-leading technology that enables us to do our jobs more safely and efficiently,” said Lieutenant Chris Hsiung of the Mountain View Police Department. “The power of the Polaris Wireless Altus application to locate officers via mobile devices presents us with many exciting opportunities.”

http://www.polariswireless.com

Xilinx Releases Virtex-7 FPGA Kit for 40GbE Designs

Xilinx released its Virtex-7 FPGA VC709 Connectivity Kit for high-bandwidth and high-performance applications, such as network interface cards for security, network monitoring, and high frequency trading appliances.

The Virtex-7 FPGA kit is aimed at developers needing to prototype their low power, high performance, single-chip PCIe Gen3, 40Gbps Ethernet applications.  The kit provides a fully validated and supported targeted reference design that integrates the entire PCIe Gen3, AXI, Ethernet and DDR3 subsystem with both the HDL and the entire software stack.  An evaluation license of the Northwest Logic DMA IP core is also included in the connectivity kit.

http://www.xilinx.com/vc709

Brocade Develops Compact PoE Switch for the Federal Market

Brocade introduced a campus switch meeting the security, certification and supply-chain procurement requirements for the U.S. federal market and public sector agencies.

The Brocade ICX 6450-C Switch, which supports the simplification and automation provided by the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture, is specifically designed for U.S. Federal agencies and public sector organizations.

Some highlights:

  • Small, fan-less and completely silent.
  • Can be deployed outside the wiring closet without interfering with work activity in areas.
  • Runs the same software as the rest of the Brocade ICX and Brocade FCX switch families.
  • Enterprise-class CLI and management features for full functionality, enabling advanced management through Brocade Network Advisor.
  • Offers Layer 3 dynamic routing with GRE tunnel support
  • Using Power over Ethernet (PoE) is can be powered by powered by an upstream switch.
  • Manufactured in the US to meet federal regulations. 
  • 12 × 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports
  • 4 × 1 GbE Uplinks (2x RJ45 + 2x SFP)
  • 4 × PoE/PoE+ ports
  • Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) hardware-ready
  • sFlow-enabled for high-performance network monitoring
  • List pricing of the Brocade ICX 6450-C Switch is $1595 with the first customer shipment on October 11, 2013 and general availability on October 31,2013. 

http://www.brocade.com


Monday, October 7, 2013

Cambium Launches 5 GHz ePMP Wireless Access for Rural Broadband

Cambium Networks unveiled its ePMP wireless access platform for connecting underserved and unconnected global communities.

ePMP is a point-to-multipoint (PMP) fixed wireless access solution that operates in the 5GHz frequency band and can deliver over 200 Mbps throughput using 2x2 MIMO-OFDM technologies and 20/40 MHz channel bandwidth. Using sectored antennas, ePMP can cover a range of up to 21km.  Up to 120 units can be configured for point-to-multipoint.

Cambium employs intelligent bandwidth algorithms to direct the bandwidth where it’s needed and GPS synchronization for frequency use without interference.  The GPS synchronization significantly improves UDP/TCP performance.  The system uses a commercial 802.11n system on a chip (SoC) that has been modified to create a deterministic TDMA system.  Cambium has also employed a modified, high performance and noise resistant MAC and PHY. The design also features surge protection against lightning strikes.

Compared to Google's Project Loon or Facebook's Internet.org initiative, Cambium said its 5 GHz point-to-multipoint radio is a practical solution for extending broadband to rural or municipal locations.  It could also be deployed in point-to-point configurations for enterprise LAN extension links, or for video surveillance backhaul. Subscriber modules are estimated to cost under US$100.

ePMP incorporates several of Cambium Networks’ innovations:

  • GPS Synchronization for Scalability and Quality of Service (QoS) – GPS sync provides the scalability and reliability service providers need to expand their networks, enabling them to take advantage of growth opportunities and create sustainable business models. ePMP is able to handle up to 120 subscribers per unit without service degradation due in part to the spectral efficiency achieved through GPS sync.
  •  Prioritization for Quality of Service (QoS) - ePMP provides superior QoS with three levels of support for VoIP, high-speed data and video applications. The auto VoIP feature on the GUI enables automatic voice prioritization, delivering clear and uninterrupted audio. Prioritization ensures maximum performance, consistently delivering high data quality and guarding against garbled speech and choppy video transmissions.
  • Robust Security – ePMP assures integrity of critical information transmitted over the network with 128-bit AES encryption and L2 and L3 firewall settings.
     
  •  Durability, Ease of Deployment and Maintenance - With a decade of experience in outdoor installation, Cambium Networks’ hardware is designed to ensure consistently high performance and resiliency in the outdoor environment regardless of temperature, humidity or altitude, and requires few tools to install. Its GUI is intuitive with real-time dashboard support, and companies can also use call center support with toll-free or local telephone access in 22 countries.

The company is introducing two ePMP modules: the ePMP 1000 Integrated Radio and the ePMP 1000 GPS Sync Radio. Both can be configured in GPS synchronized networks as synchronization is a necessity in any environment, regardless of spectral competition.

“It is Cambium Networks’ vision to connect the unconnected and make a difference without sacrificing any modicum of quality – we have taken the first step in realizing our dream with ePMP,” said Atul Bhatnagar, president and CEO, Cambium Networks. “The "e" in ePMP stands for ‘equalize,’ and we consider it our call to action. This platform levels the global economic playing field by facilitating Internet connections in places where connectivity was once impossible.”

http://www.cambiumnetworks.com
http://www.connectingtheunconnected.org


  • Cambium Networks was previously Motorola Solutions' Point-to-Point (PTP or Orthogon) and Point-to-Multipoint (PMP or Canopy) Wireless Broadband Networks division.  The company spun-out in 2011 as an independent company owned by Vector Capital. The company is based in Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
  • In February 2013, Cambium Networks named Atul Bhatnagar as President & CEO.  He previously served as President and CEO of Ixia, and, before that, as VP & GM of Nortel's Enterprise Data Networks group. 

CenturyLink to Power Data Center with Fuel Cells

CenturyLink will install Bloom Energy fuel cells to generate up to 500 kilowatts of clean, reliable power for one of its California data centers.

The fuel cells, expected to produce nearly 4.4 million kilowatt-hours of annual electricity, will help power cloud, managed hosting and colocation services housed within the data center, located in Irvine, California, and operated by Savvis, a CenturyLink company. The Bloom system will be fully operational in early to mid-2014.

“We must explore our energy alternatives to support advancements in technology and the escalating demand for network and IT infrastructure,” said David Meredith, senior vice president and global general manager for Savvis. “Bloom’s clean fuel cells offer a way for businesses like CenturyLink to promote the continuing evolution of technology without sacrificing their sustainability commitments.”

http://www.centurylink.com/Pages/AboutUs/Community/Environment/
http://www.Bloomenergy.com

Zayo Acquires Chicago-to-Denver Fiber Network

Zayo Group has acquired FiberLink, which operates a 1,200-mile route fiber network running between downtown Chicago through Des Moines and Omaha to downtown Denver. With this acquisition, Zayo now offers approximately 26,000 routes miles of dark fiber with associated colocation and technical support services.

Financial terms were not disclosed but Zayo said that, in conjunction with the transaction, it drew funds from its previously undrawn $250 million revolving credit facility.

“FiberLink’s assets strengthen our ability to provide a broad range of end-to-end solutions to our customers,” says Matt Erickson, president of Zayo’s fiber, transport and infrastructure division. “Des Moines is a growing data center market that will now have greater access to Zayo’s network footprint.”

http://www.zayo.com

Level 3 Launches "Voice Complete" SIP Platform

Level 3 Communications launched a new SIP-based (session initiation protocol) platform that enables enterprises to securely connect more sites with greater operating and cost efficiency, incorporating a fully native PRI (primary rate interface)-handoff capability and other new performance-enhancing features.

Level 3 said its Voice Complete solution achieves higher overall efficiency and savings when compared to existing service offerings by including built-in options for disaster recovery, emergency 911 and the ability to connect legacy TDM office sites more easily without  the need for equipment upgrades.

Key features include:

  • A fully native PRI-handoff option, allowing customers to receive a SIP handoff directly to a TDM (time division multiplexing) private branch exchange (PBX) without the need to purchase or configure additional equipment.
  • Geographically independent telephone numbers, simplifying the management of telephone numbers across mobile workforces and providing virtual presence.
  • A combination of dedicated long distance and local services, SIP services and ISDN-PRI (integrated services digital network) services.

http://www.level3.com/en/products-and-services/voice/enterprise-voice/sip-services/sip-provider-trunking/

Time Warner Cable to Acquire DukeNet for $600 Million

Time Warner Cable has agreed to acquire DukeNet Communications for $600 million in cash, including the repayment of debt.

DukeNet Communications, which is a subsidiary of Duke Energy Corporation, operates a regional fiber optic network company serving customers in North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as five other states in the Southeast.  Its fiber network spans over 8,700 miles and provides high-capacity services to wireless carrier, data center, government, and enterprise customers. Duke Energy owns 50 percent of DukeNet. The Alinda investment funds own the remaining 50 percent.

"Business Services is a key growth area for Time Warner Cable and this acquisition will greatly enhance our already growing fiber network to better serve customers, particularly those in key markets in the Carolinas," said Phil Meeks, Executive Vice President and COO of Business Services for Time Warner Cable. "This acquisition will help us expand our fiber footprint at a price that is consistent with our disciplined approach to M&A, accounting for expected synergies and tax benefits."

http://www.twc.com
http://www.dukenet.com/

Altera Collaborates on China Mobile's C-RAN Architecture

Altera is collaborating with China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) on its Centralized Radio Access Network (C-RAN) architecture. The cloud-based C-RAN architecture aims to use cloud technology to centralize the baseband processing across a large-scale area. China Mobile is actively developing the C-RAN architecture in order to cost-effectively optimize its network based on various wireless standards including GSM (2G), TD-SCDMA (3G) and LTE (4G).

Altera announced that its FPGAs and intellectual property (IP) are being used as a development platform.  Altera is also providing technical support to verify future wireless architectures used in the cellular network of China Mobile.

“A C-RAN architecture addresses many of the challenges that carriers like China Mobile must deal with in this mobile internet era,” said Scott Bibaud,senior vice president and general manager of Altera’s Communications and Broadcast Division.

http://www.altera.com

AT&T's U-verse Mobile App Extends Some Live TV for Tablets/Mobiles

AT&T launched more than 100 live channels on its U-verse App for smartphone and tablets.

However, due to restricted broadcast rights, the mobile app, which is available only for customers of the residential AT&T U-verse TV service, currently allows about 20 of the channels to be watched outside the home.

 AT&T said it will be adding more live channels and expanding the live channels to more devices on an ongoing basis.

"By making live TV content available across devices we're enabling our customers to watch TV on their terms when and where they want it," said Mel Coker, Chief Marketing Officer, AT&T Home Solutions. "U-verse has always been about delivering a TV experience built around our customers, and this enhancement gives them even more flexibility and control."

In addition to live channels, the U-verse App also offers remote control features, a channel guide, thousands of on-demand shows, extra content about the programming, and advanced search.

http://www.att.com/u-verse
http://uverseonline.att.net/uverse/uvtablet

HickoryTech Changes Name to Enventis

HickoryTech, which serves the upper mid-West with fiber network spanning more than 4,100 route miles, changed its name to Enventis.

HickoryTech currently operates under the Enventis brand in the Twin Cities, northern Minnesota, Rochester, Minn., Fargo, North Dakota and Des Moines, Iowa areas where the company has offices and local employees.  This announcement extends the Enventis brand to the company’s operations in southern Minnesota and northwest Iowa where the company provides residential and business communication solutions in 34 communities.

http://www.enventis.com/


LINX Picks CoreSite for North American Peering Exchange

The London Internet Exchange (LINX) has chosen CoreSite's Northern Virginia data center campus as one of the locations for its first North American peering exchange, LINX NoVA.

LINX, one of the world's largest Internet exchanges, recently announced plans to bring it distributed peering model to North America.

"We are delighted to be expanding into North America," said John Souter, CEO at LINX. "We believe that our deployment in CoreSite's Northern Virginia campus will contribute to us being able to create a successful new exchange in the US. To demonstrate our commitment to building a world leading Internet Exchange in North America we will be subsidizing it by providing free 10G ports to any networks who join."

In addition to being able to peer in the Northern Virginia area at LINX NoVA, CoreSite's Open Internet Exchange Hub currently provides direct connections to multiple exchanges including remote access to peering in Europe at the London Internet Exchange (LINX), Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), German Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX), and peering elsewhere in the US with New York International Internet Exchange (NYIIX) and CoreSite's Any2 Internet Exchange.

"The addition of LINX NoVA to our group of peering partners will further enhance the existing network density inherent in CoreSite's Northern Virginia community and support the development of a more robust Internet peering ecosystem in the important Northern Virginia market," said Brian Warren, VP Product Management at CoreSite. "As reflected by the introduction of our Open Internet Exchange Hub last year, we believe in the importance of neutral Internet exchanges and our relationship with LINX NoVA in Virginia further strengthens our platform’s value in providing our customers additional opportunities for both connectivity and community."

http://coresite.com/press-releases/london-internet-exchange-selects-coresite-data-center-for-first-north-american-peering-exchange.php

  • In August, The London Internet Exchange (LINX) announced plans to establish a new, neutral, multi-site Internet Exchange in EvoSwitch's new WDC1 data center in Manassas, Virginia.  The Exchange, called LINX USA, will be run by LINX and be closely modeled after their Exchange in London, currently one of the largest exchanges for Internet traffic worldwide.

  • EvoSwitch's WDC1 data center in northern Virginia is the first of three data centers in the region to reach an agreement with LINX for its initial footprint as a multi-site Internet Exchange (IXP).


Stream Builds Another Big Data Center in Texas

Stream Data Centers will build a state-of-the-art, 75,840-square-foot data center in San Antonio, Texas.

The greenfield facility will deliver 7.2 MW of critical-load power. It will include dual-feed power from two separate substations, and Stream will utilize its standard 2N electrical / N+1 mechanical configuration for the project.

Stream plans to divide the data center into three 10,000-square-foot PDC Suites, which can be further divided in 200 KW increments to meet multiple size requirements in the market. The facility will also feature redundant telecommunication rooms with access to the multiple fiber providers serving the site. Each suite will also provide 4,500 square feet of private, dedicated office space for disaster recovery.

“San Antonio’s central location, reliable infrastructure and stable cost of electricity make it a great choice for national enterprise users to locate and operate their mission-critical infrastructure,” said Rob Kennedy, co-managing partner, Stream Data Centers. “We’re looking forward to completing construction to help meet the growing demand for IT infrastructure in San Antonio and Central Texas.”

The Stream PDC in San Antonio will be fully commissioned and ready for occupancy in May 2014. The company also has data center facilities in Dallas, Denver, Houston and Minneapolis.

http://www.streamdatacenters.com

Sunday, October 6, 2013

China Telecom's IMS Deployment Covers 3 Million

ZTE announced commercial activation of the full-service IMS network it built for China Telecom.

The network, which ZTE describes as the world’s-largest IMS project under construction, is already serving approximately 3 million users in China’s Jiangsu and Fujian provinces. In Jiangsu, user numbers have reached 1.5 million, and in Fujian, the network has approximately 1.4 million users.

ZTE provided large-capacity core network services to China Telecom. Further, its fixed-network transformation solution fully interconnects with all existing access modes, including PRA, BRA, H.248, MGCP, H.323 and others. ZTE supports the most access types of any vendor, helping ensure smooth network evolution. To ensure future multimedia service development, ZTE also has created convergence between intelligent services and new multimedia services.

ZTE also provides complete network security solution in levels of board, NE and regional disaster redundancy, as well as perfect bypass mechanisms. The company has been given a top performance rating following security tests by China Telecom.

“ZTE is dedicated to building a full-service IMS network for China Telecom,” said CEO of ZTE’s Core Network Product Line Mr. Liu Jianhua. The continued growth of this commercial development in Jiangsu and Fujian is evidence of this. We highly value our relationship with China Telecom.”

ZTE also noted that it has signed more than 150 commercial/trial contracts globally for its IMS solutions.

http://wwwen.zte.com.cn/en/press_center/news/201309/t20130926_406176.html

Anite Launches LTE-A Carrier Aggregation Network Testing Solution

Anite announced the commercial release of an LTE-A and carrier aggregation ("CA") testing solution for mobile network operators and network infrastructure vendors.

Anite said LTE-A CA measurements with its Nemo Outdoor provide detailed information about the primary and secondary component carriers, including physical cell ID, signal levels and quality. Also link adaptation and radio resource allocation can be monitored among many other detailed LTE parameters.

"Staying ahead in a fast-changing competitive environment means being first to deliver new functionality. The launch of LTE-A carrier aggregation testing with Nemo Outdoor underlines Anite's leadership in cutting-edge technologies" says Petri Toljamo, Managing Director at Anite's Network

Testing business. He continues, "Key industry players are already preparing for LTE-A and carrier aggregation deployments. With our help operators can make sure their networks are optimised for providing the high data rates their customers are demanding."

http://www.anite.com/nemo

AT&T Comments on Potential U.S. Government Default

AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson issued the following statement:

"It is unthinkable that the United States could default on its financial commitments, and it would be the height of irresponsibility for any public official to consider such a course.  In fact, even the discussion of default poses great risk to our economy and to our country.  It is imperative to our Nation that the overwhelming majority of our public officials who recognize this reality unite their efforts, regardless of party, to bring a responsible solution forward."

http://www.att.com/aboutus