Sunday, October 13, 2013

European Commission Study Urges More Deregulation of Fixed & Wholesale Telecom

The European Commission published the recommendations of a study, carried out by Ecorys Netherlands, that evaluates which sectors of the telecoms market should be could be regulated ex-ante by national telecoms regulators to address structural competition problems.

This advice will feed into the Commission's review of the 2007 Recommendation, which defines the wholesale and retail telecoms markets which are likely to require regulation of a dominant operator by National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs).

Vice President Neelie Kroes said: "The findings of the study will help us to update the list of the relevant markets, which will shape the scope of national regulatory interventions in the coming years."

Some highlights of the study:
  • The retail market for access to fixed telephony and the wholesale market for call origination on the fixed public telephone network should be removed from the list.
  • Fixed and mobile termination markets should be maintained on the on the list.
  • The boundaries of the local loop unbundling market should be refined and clarified.
  • Two separate wholesale markets for bitstream access should be defined to better respond to the different needs observed at the retail level of mass and business market.
  • The report suggests that it should be up to individual NRAs to consider whether the wholesale business bitstream market should form a single market with the terminating segments of leased lines.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Huawei Selected for Vivo's Trans-Amazon WDM Network

Huawei and Vivo, the largest telecommunications company in Brazil, jointly announced their successful deployment of the first wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) lines crossing the Amazon River and the Amazon rainforest.

The network connects two Brazilian state capitals: Amazonas' capital Manaus and Pará's capital Belém. The WDM lines are 2100 kilometers connecting over 20 cities in the Amazon rainforest including five super-long spans (200 km to 261 km). It currently supports 40G wavelengths and could be upgraded to 100G.  The companies said the deployment required overcoming many obstacles, including the rough terrain and harsh environment of the rainforest.

Ken Klein Steps Down as President of Wind River

Ken Klein resigned as President of Wind River, the Intel subsidiary that develops embedded software for intelligent connected systems.

The company appointed chief operating officer (COO) Barry Mainz as his successor as president. Mr. Klein will continue as a non-employee member of the Board.

Intel Corporation president and Wind River chairman Renée James, commented, "Ken Klein’s legacy at Wind River and contributions to the embedded industry are exceptional. The Board would like to express its deep appreciation to Ken for his invaluable contributions to the company and we look forward to continuing to receive his insight and expertise as a member of the Board.”

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Telefónica Tests Virtualized CPE with NEC in Brazil

Telefónica, in partnership with NEC, is kicking off the first field trial of virtualized customer premise equipment (CPE) in Brazil.

The trial, which gets underway this month, aims to simplify the home equipment installation process by virtualising and moving functions from the equipment installed in the customer's home to Telefónica's network. The solution, based on a prototype developed by Telefónica I+D, with contributions and integration by NEC, enables certain IP functions to be shifted away from the residential gateways (the equipment installed in the customer's home) towards the carrier's own network. As a result, end users will experience rapid service deployment and improved network operation and maintenance benefits.

Telefónica and NEC will be conducting a series of field trials in Brazil, where Telefónica provides broadband access services to millions of homes and businesses with the objective of having a solution ready for deployment by July of 2014.

"NEC is a leader in SDN and NFV solution development, having provided the world's first commercial SDN product," said Mr Kazuya Hashimoto, Executive Vice-president, Carrier Solutions EMEA, NEC Europe. "NEC's vCPE solution provides an open and flexible networking topology that simplifies network management, proactively addresses performance and contributes towards the high availability of Telefónica's services."

"Telefónica sees the implementation of SDN and NFV technologies as a factor of our network infrastructure development strategy," said Mr Enrique Algaba, Director of Network Innovation at Telefónica I+D ? Global CTO Unit. "We expect this pilot scheme will help us prove the viability of this technology and enable us to implement rollouts in a more flexible and reliable way coupled with low operating costs."

IBM Granted Patent for Dynamically Managing Network Bandwidth in a Cloud

IBM has been granted a key U.S. patent for dynamically managing network bandwidth within a cloud, which could lead to significant improvements in overall system performance, efficiency and economy.

The patent (U.S. #8,352,953: Dynamically Provisioning Virtual Machines) -- provides a method for automatically deciding the best way for users to access a cloud computing system based on availability of network bandwidth. IBM's innovation allows the system to automatically and dynamically reassign work from one system node to another based on networking bandwidth requirements and availability, ensuring that the system and VMs can run efficiently.

Specifically, the invention "calls for network resource management to be completed using software to obtain data from the management information database of the network switch to determine the amount of bandwidth being used by each IP address assigned to each VM within the compute node. As network bandwidth rises and becomes constrained in one node, the system will automatically reassign some of the VMs to another node with network bandwidth capacity available. "

IBM said dynamic provisioning of network bandwidth across a cloud computing system provides the foundation for Software Defined Networking, which is defined as requiring dynamic management of network resources through automated programs.

“This is the type of investment in invention and innovation that is needed to be a leader in the competitive cloud computing market,” said Dennis Quan, vice president of strategy, IBM cloud services. “IBM inventors are focused on researching and developing new cloud computing technologies and techniques that will pave the way to leadership for IBM and its clients.”

"Today's consumers using all kinds of devices expect their apps and Web experience to always work -- they have zero tolerance for network bandwidth bottlenecks,” said Ed Suffern, IBM systems engineer and the lead inventor on the patent. “IBM's patented dynamic provisioning invention will help cloud service providers increase network performance and improve customer satisfaction."

Amazon Web Services Targets Start-Ups with Credits, Training, Support

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now offering a package of resources for start-ups, including AWS credits, training, developer support, a special start-up community forum and special offers from third parties.

The company said the goal of its AWS Activate bundles is to enable start-ups to get started with AWS and successfully use the AWS platform to help grow their businesses.

AWS Activate is organized into two packages - a self-starter package, which any start-up can apply for, and a portfolio package, which can be applied for by start-ups in select accelerator, incubator, venture capital seed funds or entrepreneur organizations. Each package includes varied levels of resources to help fit customers' needs.

Start-ups receiving either package get access to the Start-up Forum, where AWS experts and other start-up customers can share best practices. The Start-up Forum gives start-ups a way to learn from and interact with a community of peers building world-changing apps on AWS. In addition, start-ups accepted into AWS Activate may have access to special offers, such as product discounts, from select third-party companies in the AWS ecosystem, providing start-ups with additional valuable technologies and tools.

NSN Advances its Customer Experience Management

Nokia Solutions and Networks continues to build it advanced Customer Experience Management (CEM) capabilities, which help mobile operators understand what is happening on their networks from the subscriber perspective and take proactive measures to build customer loyalty.

NSN is offering a step-by-step approach for mobile operators to prepare for, integrate and adopt the CEM capabilities:

  • Prepare for CEM: Helps operators understand and prepare for specific applications of CEM to meet their needs. The services evaluate the best ways to use CEM, enable decision-making, assess required changes to existing processes, and model the targeted quality of experience.
  • Integrate CEM: Helps operators customize and integrate CEM into their existing processes.
  • Use CEM: Enables operators to act on customer insights and transform to experience-driven operations.

NSN is extending its portfolio with a CEM on Demand content pack to drill down into trends and identify business opportunities with over-the-top (OTT) services. NSN’s new Big Data CEM engine has a unique telco-specific data-processing architecture that helps provide rapid insight into the customer experience.

NSN is also extending CEM on Demand with a new content pack that focuses on fresh marketing opportunities by monitoring and analyzing how people are using OTT services in mobile networks. With detailed insight on the devices used, adoption rates, data volumes and other trends, mobile operators can identify business opportunities from partnering with an OTT provider or creating a competitive offer.

“CEM has developed rapidly in recent years and now offers a wide range of powerful capabilities to help operators improve customer satisfaction, build customer loyalty, win new revenue, reduce churn and raise profitability,“ said Santeri Jussila, head of Customer Insight and Experience at NSN.“Our new CEM Service Suite is an end-to-end approach to navigating the many options and technologies available and to identifying and implementing the right solution for the operator’s current needs. Operators can now choose CEM solutions that will grow with their strategy and evolving subscriber demands.”

T-Mobile Launches Unlimited Data/Text Worldwide

T-Mobile US announced unlimited global data at no extra charge in 100+ countries, effectively ending its international roaming charges.

In effect, T-Mobile is expanding the home data coverage for most of its U.S. customers on the Simple Choice plan so as to include more than 100 countries, at no extra charge. The company said that, Starting Oct. 31, these Simple Choice individual and business customers automatically get unlimited data and texting in more than 100 Simple Global countries worldwide, and they will pay a global flat rate of 20 cents per minute for voice calls when roaming in the same countries.

"The cost of staying connected across borders is completely crazy," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile US, Inc. "Today's phones are designed to work around the world, but we're forced to pay insanely inflated international connectivity fees to actually use them. You can't leave the country without coming home to bill shock. So we're making the world your network - at no extra cost."

The company announced tonight its new Stateside International Talk & Text feature for discounted calling and texting from the U.S. to all Simple Global countries. Customers never pay more than 20 cents a minute to any number in any Simple Global country, including mobile to mobile. Calls to landlines in more than 70 of these countries are unlimited and included at no extra cost. Unlimited texting is also included to all countries. Stateside International Talk & Text is available to most Simple Choice customers for $10 a month.

T-Mobile also announced that its 4G LTE network now reaches over 200 million people in 233 metros across the United States.

"We've not only delivered nationwide 4G LTE months ahead of schedule," said Neville Ray, chief technology officer for T-Mobile. "Our nationwide 4G LTE is right on top of our already nationwide 4G HSPA+ network - which translates to one wicked-fast combined 4G network experience."

T-Mobile Signs Shakira for Multi-Year Contract

T-Mobile has signed international singer, songwriter and Grammy Award-winning music icon, Shakira, for a multiyear contract.

Shakira and T-Mobile officially kicked off the partnership with an event in New York's Bryant Park, where Shakira performed to an estimated crowd of 7,500 people, celebrating T-Mobile's announcement that it is offering unlimited global data and texting in over 100 countries to qualifying Simple Choice customers at no extra charge.

T-Mobile said it will work with Shakira to promote and market her upcoming single and album releases, and to create and distribute unique content.

Oclaro to Sell Amplifier & Micro-Optics Business, CFO Resigns

Oclaro agreed to sell its Amplifier and Micro-Optics business (the Business) to II-VI Incorporated for $88.6 million.

The deal includes intellectual property, inventory and equipment.  II-VI will also hire approximately 145 employees of Oclaro, primarily located in Horseheads, NY, San Jose, CA and Shanghai, China. Revenues for the Business were approximately $94 million for the fiscal year ended June 29, 2013.

"The sale of our amplifier business to II-VI is another important milestone in Oclaro's reinvention and return to financial stability," said Greg Dougherty, Oclaro CEO. "This transaction is another validation of the value of our technology, intellectual property and, most importantly, our people. The infusion of cash from our recent transactions with II-VI are critical catalysts to further our restructuring and turnaround plans."

Separately, Oclaro announced that its chief financial officer, Jerry Turin, plans to resign from Oclaro on November 8, 2013, to pursue other opportunities. The company expects to name Mr. Turin's successor on or before November 8.

Trend Micro Acquires Taiwan's Broadweb for Threat Mitigation

Trend Micro has acquired Broadweb, a Taiwan-based provider of advanced network security solutions, for an undisclosed sum.

Broadweb offers a branded network security service in Asia that provides deep packet inspection and real-time blocking of malicious packets.

"As attacks evolve, conventional network security is no longer sufficient to keep digitized data, intellectual property and communications safe," said Kevin Simzer, senior vice president, marketing and business development, Trend Micro. "Our Custom Defense solution is unlike anything on the market. It enables organizations to detect, analyze, adapt and respond to targeted attacks and advanced threats. Integrating Broadweb's proven capabilities into our Custom Defense Solution enhances our ability to provide customers with the most comprehensive solution for targeted attacks available today."

GreenWave Reality Raises $19 Million for Home2Cloud Platform

GreenWave Reality, a start-up based in Irvine, California, raised $19 million in Series B funding to accelerate the rollout of its Home2Cloud platform through its global partners and scale up the company's operations.

GreenWave's Home2Cloud platform allows consumers to connect and manage all of their "things" that are or will be connected to the Internet such as smartphones, TVs, routers and smart appliances enabling them to access rich cloud based applications and services.  GreenWave is working with service providers and utility companies to enable an optimized in-home consumer experience delivering personalized information and entertainment, enhanced comfort and savings with leading cloud-based services.

The new funding was led by The Westly Group including follow-on investment from Craton Equity Partners. The company has raised  $31 million to date.

"Today's consumers are overwhelmed with technology. Therefore, they want easy-to-use products that help them live smarter, healthier and more efficient lives," said Greg Memo, CEO of GreenWave Reality.  "Our Home2Cloud platform securely and intelligently connects these smart devices to the Internet, unlocking new applications that will greatly enhance consumers' lives so they will better benefit from all the technology around them.  Securing this new funding, and gaining the experience of Steve Westly on the GreenWave board, will allow us to accelerate our rollouts with service provider and utility partners who are deploying innovative products and services based on our Home2Cloud platform."

WD Introduces Xeon-based Network Storage Servers for SMBs

WD introduced its new WD Sentinel DS5100 and WD Sentinel DS6100 (S-series) ultra-compact network storage plus servers based on high-performance Intel Xeon processors and pre-installed with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. The 4-bay Sentinel servers feature WD enterprise-class hard drives for up to 16 TB of raw storage.

Additionally, unlike traditional NAS systems, the WD Sentinel S-series allows small businesses to run line-of-business applications on their network storage platform.

"WD is using enterprise-class components to build a new family of network appliances for small businesses," said Bill Evans, general manager of WD's business storage solutions group. "The WD Sentinel S-series network appliances are engineered with Intel Xeon processors, pre-populated with WD Se® datacenter 3.5-inch hard drives for rapid deployment, and feature dedicated 2.5-inch boot drives for maximum reliability. No other vendor offers a comparable network storage plus server in an equally small form factor. With a small footprint and quiet fan, an S-series appliance can be deployed anywhere."

Five models of WD Sentinel S-series appliances are available. MSRP starts at $2,560.00 USD for the WD Sentinel DS5100 4 TB network storage plus server.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

IBM Expand its Cloud Ambitions

IBM is rolling out new systems and solutions to help enterprises and managed service providers (MSPs) to build  private and hybrid clouds .

Building on its recent acquisition of SoftLayer, IBM said its is bringing new integrated capabilities to accelerate cloud adoption for business transformation.  The rollout includes new PureSystems, Power Systems, Smarter Storage Systems, System x, and Technical Computing offerings that provide the flexibility clients need to quickly deploy clouds. IBM noted that its now has more than 100 cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions and a network of more than 25 global cloud delivery centers. Since 2007, IBM has invested more than $6 billion in acquisitions to accelerate its cloud initiatives.

"IBM is uniquely positioned to compete aggressively for public, private and hybrid cloud computing opportunities," said Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President, IBM Systems & Technology Group and Integrated Supply Chain. "The new IBM Systems and solutions provide superior efficiency and agility to help clients quickly deploy the right cloud infrastructure that best meet their needs."

Some highlights:

  • IBM PureSystems --  including two updated PureFlex configurations - PureFlex System - Express and PureFlex System - Enterprise.  The PureFlex System - Express, available as a single chassis configuration, offers an affordable entry price point suitable for SMBs and departmental deployments in larger enterprises. The PureFlex System - Enterprise with highly available multi-chassis configurations is designed for scalable cloud deployments with built-in redundancy for resilient operation. Both systems support choice of POWER processor and x86-based compute nodes. The PureApplication System for simplifying and accelerating cloud applications is now available in smaller, 32 or 64-core configurations on POWER7+ with enhanced performance, density and resiliency. Since its launch last year, IBM has shipped more than 6,000 Pure Systems in over 100 countries, including to many managed service providers who are using the systems to deliver cloud infrastructures for their clients.

  • New PureSystems configurations for big data and analytics --  PureData System for Analytics has a new cost-effective entry model, powered by IBM Netezza technology that enables business to gain insights on ever growing volumes of data. PureData System for Hadoop enables big data exploration in areas like social and text analytics.
  • New Power Systems Solution Edition for Service Providers -- a pre-built, pre-installed cloud solution that is based on OpenStack support for SmartCloud Entry and PowerVC. The Power Virtualization Center product, IBM PowerVC , offers virtualization and management capabilities that can improve system resource efficiency and agility for virtual workload implementations. The new IBM PowerVP is a virtualization performance tool that helps clients respond to business needs faster by providing real-time insight through a graphical display. It enables further optimization of virtualized systems and helps identify potential performance bottlenecks.
  • New Power Integrated Facility for Linux  -- each Power IFL is comprised of four processor activations, memory activations and PowerVM license entitlements. With Power IFLs, clients can quickly activate capacity for Linux applications without interruption. And with PowerVM included, clients can accelerate response to changing priorities without incurring extra virtualization software licensing fees.
  • New IBM BLU Acceleration Solution -- exploits POWER7+ processor-based technology for 8x to 25x faster reporting and analytics and 10x storage space savings. The solution combines IBM DB2 software with BLU Acceleration with dynamic in-memory columnar technology and Power Systems.
  • New Storwize V5000  -- help SMBs tackle the data storage challenge. Positioned in the middle of the Storwize portfolio, the Storwize V5000 provides SMBs a flexible entry into the advanced management capabilities and performance of the Storwize family. The system can be configured with disk and flash, and supports IBM Easy Tier capabilities that automatically place data in the most cost-effective tier.  The cloud-ready system, which comes with built-in support for OpenStack, can help clients build private and hybrid cloud storage architectures, while virtualization and clustering capabilities help them take advantage of true Software Defined Storage that grows and adapts with their changing businesses.
  • New IBM System x3250 M5 -- designed for smaller business workloads and applications such as email, file/print and Web serving, and suitable for hybrid cloud environments. The compact uni-processor rack server offers double the storage capacity, twice the data throughput, 18 percent better energy efficiency and 10 percent memory power savings over the previous generation on the same size chassis. With the server's simple and flexible interface, clients can use IBM's Feature on Demand function to easily and remotely upgrade key features on the x3250 M5, without costly server downtime.
  • New NeXtScale System -- a flexible computing platform with three times as many cores as previous one-unit rack servers. This new system incorporates up to 84 x86-based systems and 2,016 processing cores in a standard EIA 19-inch rack, allowing easy integration into any data center and uses industry standard components including I/O cards and top-of-rack networking switches for flexibility of choice and ease of adoption.
  • New IBM Application Ready Solutions -- updaded high performance cluster based solutions for high performance scale-out applications and can be used to create a dynamic private HPC cloud depending upon user needs. New and enhanced ISV support includes ANSYS, Dassault Systemes, MSC Software, mpiBLAST, and Schlumberger.
  • New IBM InfoSphere BigInsights -- Big Data solutions for telecommunications, financial services, and other industry clients requiring real-time analytics.

IBM Global Financing is offering 0% financing for customers choosing PureFlex Systems, Power Systems, Storage Systems, and System x technology.

Earlier this summer, IBM acquired SoftLayer Technologies, which operates 13 data centers in the United States, Asia and Europe.  Financial terms were not disclosed but Bloomberg valued the deal at about $2 billion.

SoftLayer allows clients to buy enterprise-class cloud services on dedicated or shared servers, offering clients a choice of where to deploy their applications. The company is based in Dallas, Texas, and serves approximately 21,000 customers. SoftLayer's majority shareholder is GI Partners of Menlo Park, California.

IBM said the acquisition will strengthen its position in cloud computing and will help speed business adoption of public and private cloud solutions. Already one of the world’s leading cloud providers, IBM expects to reach $7 billion annually in cloud revenue by the end of 2015.

IBM also announced the formation of a new Cloud Services division. The new division will provide a broad range of choices to both IBM and SoftLayer clients, ISVs, channel partners and technology partners. SoftLayer’s services will complement the existing portfolio with its focus, simplicity and speed. The division will report to Erich Clementi, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Technology Services. IBM plans to expand SoftLayer cloud offerings to include OpenStack capabilities.

AT&T and GE Sign Global Alliance for "Industrial Internet" M2M

AT&T and GE announced a global alliance agreement to allow GE machines to connect to the AT&T network and cloud, creating the first highly-secure wireless communications system for GE's "Industrial Internet."

The companies expect their machine-to-machine (M2M) communications system will allow customers to benefit from increased productivity. Workers using the system will be able to remotely track, monitor, record and operate GE machinery, virtually anywhere in the world.

The companies are developing solutions that combine AT&T network technologies, single Global SIM (subscriber identity module), device expertise, security, and cloud access for industrial products like electric vehicle chargers, lighting and engines.  The companies also plan to collaborate in the AT&T Foundry innovation center to build M2M solutions for GE's Predix platform for proactively maintaining and remotely controling industrial machines.

"Imagine a world where an airline for example can remotely monitor, diagnose and resolve issues with its fleet engines virtually anywhere in the world," said Andy Geisse, Chief Executive Officer, AT&T Business Solutions. "GE's vision of the Industrial Internet combined with our global network and leadership in machine-to-machine solutions are a powerful combination to help businesses realize the benefits of connected machines."

"GE's collaboration with AT&T validates our shared and common vision for the Industrial Internet," said Bill Ruh, Vice President and Corporate Officer, GE Software. "Together, we see a future where the intersection of people, data and brilliant machines will have an enormous impact on the productivity and efficiency of industries around the world. By connecting machines to the network and the cloud, we are taking an important step to enable workers all around the world to track, monitor, and operate our machinery wirelessly and remotely through highly secure and machine-to-machine communications."    

Russia's Rostelecom Selects Infinera DTN-X

Rostelecom, the largest nationwide telecommunications operator in Russia, has selected Infinera's DTN-X platform based on 500 Gbps coherent super-channel technology to extend the reach of its transport IP/MPLS network. Deployments are underway.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Rostelecom serves more than 100 million subscribers in 80 regions throughout Russia, offering cutting-edge fixed and mobile telephony, broadband access, television, and cloud solutions to consumers and businesses.

Infinera said its Intelligent Transport Network technology gives Rostelecom the flexibility to offer a wide range of 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services.  Infinera’s 500 Gbps super-channel technology provides high-speed service delivery and high scalability for the multi-terabit transport network. The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network, featuring the DTN-X with photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology, also allows Rostelecom to reduce operating costs by offering network automation capabilities, multi-layer convergence and high reliability.

“Being the largest telecommunications provider in Russia, Rostelecom sees the need to respond to immense growth of traffic volumes in a quick and proactive manner,” says Ivan Zima, Senior Vice-President for network development at Rostelecom, OJSC. “We are happy to embrace the challenge of the dynamic and ever-growing market together with Infinera.”

"We are seeing ever increasing demand for our Intelligent Transport Network solution globally," said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. "Our innovative 100G solution, uniquely delivering 500 Gbps super-channels, provides operators like Rostelecom a solution that delivers on scale, speed and flexibility, allowing them to use time as a weapon to differentiate in their market."

Cisco's ISR-AX Routers to Integrate Akamai Technology

Cisco plans to integrate Akamai Unified Performance technology into its ISR-AX routers.  The companies have agree to co-develop enterprise network offerings that are optimized for delivering public and private cloud applications to remote offices.

Akamai said its Unified Performance technology caches and delivers content in-branch behind the firewall through a connection to the Akamai Intelligent Platform.  This may be an enterprise's own digital content or other content delivered by Akamai. The Akamai solution is also capable of transparently caching other third-party content from top domains.

The two companies intend to combine the power of Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN), which includes Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) and Application Visibility and Control (AVC), with Akamai Unified Performance to extend the corporate data center and the Akamai Intelligent Platform into the branch, specifically to offload existing network links and improve performance for web and business critical applications.

"With the proliferation of public and hybrid cloud architectures, Cisco and Akamai customers face the need to increase bandwidth and deliver business critical applications utilizing the Internet as a fast, secure, and cost effective WAN option," said Rob Soderbery, SVP and GM, Cisco Enterprise Networking Group.  "We are looking forward to integrating Akamai's exciting new branch capabilities into the industry leading application delivery platform, the Cisco® ISR-AX. With our joint product development plan, Cisco and Akamai have taken a big step toward delivering the optimal branch experience."

"Akamai and Cisco share a common vision of improving the speed and reliability of the Internet to provide enterprises with a very cost-effective way to meet the bandwidth and performance needs of branch offices," said Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai.  "Our ultimate goal is to integrate best of breed technology from the two industry leaders in networking and application delivery and enable customers to extend the strength of our platform behind their firewall."

Accedian Intros SDN for Fixed-Wireless Networks

Accedian Networks introduced a "Wireless-Aware" SDN product line that optimizes performance in real-time on fixed-wireless networks by dynamically shaping traffic when link capacity changes due to real-world conditions, such as adverse weather and RF interference.

The "R-FLO" solution, is compatible with mixed RF, fiber and copper topologies and complements existing networks by bringing unified high-availability and optimized performance network-wide by using all available links, all the time  ̶  including standby and slow segments.  The company said its link capacity monitoring allows R-FLO to dynamically groom traffic and maintain QoS even when links fade.

“We are excited to introduce a disruptive new way for fixed-mobile operators to make considerable efficiency gains in their wireless backhaul bandwidth,” said Patrick Ostiguy, President & CEO of Accedian Networks.  “The R-FLO solution combines proven industry standards with real-time, technology-agnostic wireless awareness and delivers an advanced and centralized expert-system control plane.  This unique combination means wireless backhaul can be as reliable and seamless as fiber, without time consuming and expensive investments.  Simply put, R-FLO makes operator networks better.”

Lantiq and KEYMILE Announce VDSL System Level Vectoring

Lantiq and KEYMILE announced volume shipments of system level vectoring equipped VDSL Linecards to a major telecommunications carrier. The company said the deployment will surpass 1.5 million vectored lines in 2013. A majority of these VDSL Linecards is already deployed in the field and vectoring based broadband services are expected to be offered to consumers by the end of 2013.

The joint Lantiq/KEYMILE system level vectoring solution supports 192 channels.

Bjeorn Claassen, CEO of KEYMILE: "Our joint vectoring solution is a great example of the ongoing strong and valuable collaboration between Lantiq and KEYMILE. Due to this close collaboration we were able to ship a market-ready and market leading vectoring product to our customers, only 1.5 years after official approval of the vectoring standard. We highly value Lantiq as a reliable and flexible partner. The Lantiq solution plays an essential role in our cutting-edge vectoring offering."

Dan Artusi, CEO of Lantiq: "Lantiq has a large footprint in VDSL for central office and CPE and is rapidly gaining market share. VDSL, including vectoring and bonded lines, is worldwide becoming the key technology for superfast internet. By shipping the first field deployed System Level Vectoring solution for mass deployment, we reinforce our leading role in VDSL and enable millions of customers to get connected to ultra-fast Internet services."

Thailand's Stock Exchange Deploys ADVA FSP 3000

The Stock Exchange of Thailand has deployed the ADVA FSP 3000 for mission-critical storage area network (SAN) connectivity.

The network enables the Thailand Stock Exchange to transport information between data centers with low latency, high availability and robust security. The ADVA FSP 3000 was installed and will be maintained by Stream I.T. Consulting.