Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Range Networks Expands its Executive Team

Range Networks, a start-up developing open source cellular systems, followed-up on its recent appointment of Ed Kozel as CEO, with the announcement of further members of its team:

  • Pedro Rump, vice president of engineering – Rump began his 30-year career at ROLM Corporation and has served as VP of engineering at four early stage cellular equipment and IP telephony companies, most recently as senior vice president of engineering and operations at ShoreTel.
  • Bob Fultz, vice president of products – A former VP of engineering at Aeris Communications and VP of strategic partnerships at GoBeam from its start through acquisition by Covad Communications,
  • Bobbi Frioli, vice president of sales – previously served as VP of sales or strategic alliances at five prior companies, four of which were successfully acquired. Most recently, she was vice president of global sales at Xora.
  • John Callon, director of marketing & business development – played a key role in the global service launch at mobile carrier Globalstar and subsequently founded CloudMeeting. Callon most recently worked at QMC Telecom, a Brazilian mobile infrastructure start-up.

Range Networks, which was founded by the creators of OpenBTS, uses open source software to present ordinary cellular handsets as SIP endpoints in a VoIP system. All are designed to work as a single-site network or as part of a multi-site network. The company already has a number or deployments around the world – including Indonesia, Zambia and Antarctica.


Monday, February 3, 2014

NTT Com Launches Cloud UC Service in US and Europe

NTT Communications has begun offering U.S. and Europe-based platforms for Arcstar UCaaS, its globally seamless, cloud-based unified communications service for enterprises.

NTT Com's Arcstar UCaaS uses cloud-based infrastructure to assure low-latency, highly redundant communication. It integrates VoIP phones, web and audio conferencing, instant messaging, presence and other collaboration tools in the cloud.

Arcstar UCaaS combines the expertise and experience of NTT Com and group companies including Arkadin in fields such as applications, cloud infrastructure and networks.


In 2013, NTT Communications agreed to acquire the majority stake in Arkadin, which delivers SaaS conference-related solutions covering audio, web, video conferencing and unified communications services.

Arkadin, which was launched in 2001 by CEO, Olivier de Puymorin, serves approximately 37,000 customers in 32 countries, including France, Germany, the UK, USA, Australia, China, Singapore and Japan. The company was based in Paris.  Arkadin was backed by AXA Private Equity.

Arkadin offers unified communications based on Microsoft Lync, as well as Cisco Jabber combined with WebEx. Services are delivered in the cloud.  Arkadin also offers Adobe Connect for audio/video/web conferencing and collaboration.

Australia's NBNco Picks Optus for Satellite Services

Australia's NBN Co awarded a key contract to Optus to operate two purpose-built satellites that aim to deliver high speed broadband across rural and remote Australia.

Under the contract Optus will provide tracking, telemetry and control services in connection with NBN’s Long Term Satellite Service. The two satellites currently under construction are scheduled to launch in 2015. The contract has a five year term, with options to extend for up to 15 years.

Matt Dawson, Program Director Satellite at NBN Co, said the company was committed to delivering fast broadband to Australians and it made sense to use modern satellite communications to serve around 200,000 homes, farms and businesses in rural and remote areas, including Australia’s overseas territories.


Bouygues and SFR Reach Network Sharing Agreement

Bouygues Telecom and SFR have signed a network sharing agreement.

The companies are to roll out a new, shared network in an area covering 57% of the French population (excluding the 32 biggest urban areas in France and certain blind spots). The new network of shared base stations is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

Negotiations had been underway since July.


  • Bouygues Telecom currently serves 11.1 million mobile and 1.9 million fixed broadband customers across France, which include more than 1.5 million business and corporate clients.

Italtel Introduces Virtualized Session Border Controllers

Italtel is introducing a Session Border Controller (SBC) that leverages Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies to provide greater flexibility based on the telco-in-the-cloud model.

Italtel's NetMatch-S manages and secures voice, video and multimedia IP sessions at the border of Enterprises and Service Providers' networks. It will be offered in three different models:

  • Performance Edition - based on 14-slots ATCA shelf
  • Compact Edition - based on 2-slots ATCA shelf
  • Lite Edition - the pure software edition running on COTS hardware platforms

It is designed to support different virtualization technologies, including VMware, Linux KVM and MS System Center, and can be managed by different/multiple Cloud Orchestrators.

"Our NetMatch-S is the first "cloud-inside" SBC because it was fully designed and developed in a cloud environment," said Stefano Pileri, CEO of Italtel. "Maximum flexibility, dynamic configuration and scalability to respond to customers' needs are the key features of this product which is designed for differentiating service solutions and strongly reducing OpEx."


Compass-EOS Names Matt Bross as Chairman and CEO

Compass-EOS named Matthew Bross as its Chairman and CEO, replacing Gadi Bahat, who had expressed his wish to pursue new challenges. He will also assume the role of Chairman of the Board, replacing Mr. Haim Shani, who will remain as a board member of Compass-EOS, as he begins managing his newly established technology private equity fund. Bross will manage the company from its US and Israel offices.

Bross previously served as CTO of Huawei, and before that he was BT Group Chief Technology Officer and CEO of BT innovate.

Compass EOS is a next-generation routing company that leverages silicon photonics to radically transform routing architectures.


In November 2013, Compass-EOS, a start-up based in Netanya, Israel, announced $42 million in new venture funding for its next-gen silicon-to-photonics-based routers.

The company's silicon-to-photonics implementation, which it calls icPhotonics, simplifies router design by bringing the entire backplane on-chip.   The on–chip optical integration ensures QoS routing at high utilization rates and congestion-free multicast packet handling.

The company's first product, r10004, is a carrier-grade, modular platform offering 800 Gbps Capacity in a 6U enclosure.  It offers 2 x 100G ports or 20 x 10G ports with full Layer 3 routing functionality for core, peering or aggregation deployments. Compass-EOS launched its r10004 router in March 2013, announcing the commercial shipment of its icPhotonics-based routers. 

Violin Memory Names Kevin DeNuccio as CEO

Violin Memory named Kevin A. DeNuccio as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately, replacing interim CEO Howard A. Bain III.

DeNuccio most recently managed Wild West Capital LLC, an angel investing, management and technology consulting firm he co-founded in 2012. From 2010 to 2012, he served as the chief executive of Metaswitch Networks, and before that he served as President and CEO of Redback Networks, a publicly-traded provider of edge routers that was acquired by Ericsson.


In December, Violin Memory fired CEO Don Basile, three months after the company raised $162 million in an IPO in September.  Since then, the price of shares declined significantly.

Service Electric Cable TV Picks Infinera

Service Electric Cable TV & Communications (Service Electric), a cable operator serving Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania and Northwestern New Jersey, has deployed the Infinera DTN platform across its new regional network.

Infinera said Service Electric selected its Intelligent Transport Network for the speed, simplicity and reliability. The Infinera DTN platform can quickly deliver services ranging from 155 Mbps) to 100 Gbps.

"We have a very busy engineering team, so we're looking for intelligent solutions that simplify network operations and accelerate new service turn-up. This allows us to focus on growing our business," said John M. Walson, President of Service Electric. "An Infinera Intelligent Network lets us do just that. With one-time optical layer engineering coupled with intelligent software that automates many provisioning operations that were previously manual, the Infinera solution allows our engineers to turn up services quickly. This gives us a competitive advantage with our customers."

Infinera's solutions for cable operators include the Infinera DTN, an Intelligent Transport platform for long-haul and metro core platform; the Infinera ATN metro edge platform designed to provide scalable optical transport for access and commercial service aggregation; and the Infinera DTN-X platform featuring 500 Gb/s long-haul super-channels. Infinera's Intelligent Transport Network solutions are widely deployed by major U.S. MSOs in national backbone, regional, and metro applications.


ALU Supplies Undersea Cable Linking Tripoli to Benghazi

The Libyan international telecommunications company (LITC) awarded a turnkey  contract to Alcatel-Lucent to build a new 1,000 km undersea cable system linking the country’s capital, Tripoli, to Benghazi, and providing the broadband connectivity needed in support of ongoing efforts to revive the Libyan economy.

Based on Alcatel-Lucent‘s 100G technology and a cable optimized with coherent submarine fiber, the system will ultimately carry capacity in excess of 10 Tbps per fiber pair and is expected to be ready for completion mid of 2015.  Financial terms were not disclosed.


Mellanox Launches Venture Arm

Mellanox Technologies has launched a global investment arm to provide equity investments in leading technology start-ups and companies worldwide.

Mellanox Capital will make investments in start-ups and technology companies that focus on innovative approaches to storage, compute, virtualization, cloud infrastructure, Big Data, enterprise application platforms, and embedded solutions.

In addition to capital, Mellanox said its portfolio companies will gain access to its broad product portfolio of data center interconnect solutions, world-class technology and process expertise and business relationships.

“As a key component of Mellanox’s innovation strategy, equity investments will provide us with access to technologies, markets, applications and key innovations influencing the data center as well as the high-performance interconnect market,” said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies. “Mellanox Capital will enhance our relationships with entrepreneurs, opening doors to new markets, customers, alliances, co-investors, and emerging technologies.”


F-Secure Announces Mobile Security Partnership with NSN

F-Secure announced a partnership with Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) to provide new solutions to protect consumers’ privacy and to keep mobile devices clean from malware incidents.

F-Secure, which offers its Internet security products through over 200 operators around the world, said rapidly developing mobile malware is growing threat to users that must be confronted by network operators.

“We are pleased to partner with NSN, the world leader in mobile networks,” said Samu Konttinen, executive vice president, Customer and Market Operations at F-Secure. “We’re glad to join with them in proactively attacking the problems that mobile malware create for both the consumer and Internet service providers.”


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Connectem Envisions a Simplified, Virtualized LTE Packet Core

Connectem, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, is adopting an overlay strategy for its Virtualized LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC), betting that mobile operators will implement its NFV-powered solution first for specific business applications while continuing with their current LTE infrastructure rollouts.  Once the Connectem virtual EPC has proven effective as an overlay delivering specialized services, carriers would then cap the investments in the first generation EPC boxes from the traditional vendors and move more critical packet core functionality into the Connectem solution running on low cost x86 servers.

Connectem, which was founded in 2011, is betting that virtualized EPC software will prove more cost effective and scalable in addressing signaling and data throughput in LTE networks.

While the incumbent EPC suppliers are also pursuing NFV implementations, Connectem argues that they are going about it in the wrong way by essentially re-creating virtual machines in the cloud for each of the nodes that exist in the current networks.  In other words, the traditional equipment suppliers will likely supply NFV solutions with separate VMs for existing MME, HHS, PCRF, S-Gateway and P-Gateway node. A great deal of complexity will be inherent in building scalable interfaces between each of these VM nodes.  Connectem, on the other hand, proposes to dismantle the idea of a separate VM node for each function in the packet core.  Its model removes the encode/decode layers at the interface between each node, thereby simplifying the entire evolved packet core.

Connectem conducted its first virtual EPC live network trial with Singtel/Optus in December 2012 and now cites numerous trials around the world.  In terms of interoperability, the company says it has been tested alongside solutions from NSN and Huawei for delivering services to iOS and Android devices.

In November, Connectem signed a distribution agreement Macnica Networks, an integration company serving  mobile network operators in Japan.  In terms of other industry partnerships, Connectem has demonstrated its VCM software running on the IBM PureFlex platform, although it could leverage the entire x86 ecosystem.  The company is also working with Cyan to tie is virtual EPC into Cyan's blueplanet SDN framework.


  • Connectem is led by Nishi Kant (CEO), who previously worked at Stoke and Azaire Networks, as well ast Hughes Networks and Nortel Networks.

Qwilt Enables Transparent Caching for Live Video Streaming

Qwilt, a start-up based in Redwood City, California, introduced a  transparent caching solution for live-streamed events online.

The Qwilt Live Stream Cache, which is a software upgrade for the company's QB-Series Video Fabric Controllers, detects trending and popular live OTT video streams, enabling the QB-Series to instantly direct those streams into the controller's FastCache, a dedicated control and storage path optimized for quick delivery of live streams. The Qwilt Live Stream Cache then establishes a local live video transmission point in each neighborhood that can serve a very large population of nearby subscribers using a single seed stream, offloading significant strain on operator network infrastructures.

Qwilt's QB-Series Video Fabric Controllers are deployed by cable operators and broadband carriers close to subscribers, typically next to a B-RAS or CMTS.  The company says its solution can deliver a 50% reduction in traffic while improving average video bit rates during times of peak network utilization. The QB-Series Video Fabric controller is 100% software running on COTS. A 2U form factor offers 10 Gbps of video delivery capability, 20 Gbps of analysis, and 20 TB of onboard storage.

Qwilt said this innovation will prove especially effective for live event, such as the Super Bowl, Olympics or World Cup, as

"High quality live event streaming is the 'holy grail' of online video. However, until now, the required infrastructure from the origin server, through CDN, via operator last mile network, was not designed to deal with the scale and capacity required to deliver a high quality experience to the consumers. As consumers increasingly look to access live and VOD content from connected devices, network operators and content providers must keep pace with demand," said Alon Maor, CEO and Co-Founder of Qwilt.


  • Qwilt was founded in 2010 and is backed by over $40 million in funding from Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, Marker and Redpoint Ventures. 

Telstra Tests 300 Mbps LTE Carrier Aggregation with Ericsson + Qualcomm

Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies have conducted the first inter-vendor interoperability testing of LTE Category 6, which promises potential speeds of up to 300 Mbps.

The final stages of testing, which were completed in collaboration with Telstra, was based on ready-to-release versions of Ericsson's L14A software release. Ericsson said its L14A software leverages load balancing for better spectrum efficiency and improved user experience during high-load situations. It supports all bandwidth and frequency combinations for up to 40MHz Carrier Aggregation, providing users with speeds of up to 300 Mbps.  The test also used Qualcomm;s fourth-generation 3G/LTE multimode modem, the Qualcomm Gobi 9x35 chipset.

HÃ¥kan Eriksson, CEO, Australia and New Zealand at Ericsson, says: "We are pleased to see 300Mbps achieved and we're excited about the superior broadband experience this will enable. With the introduction of Category 6, adoption of LTE Advanced is expected to accelerate, with a key factor being the availability of commercial infrastructure and global chipsets for smartphones."


Telstra Conducts Stadium Trial of LTE Broadcast

Telstra conducted a trial of Long Term Evolution Broadcast (LTE-B) technology during the T20 International cricket match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Lab trials were conducted last October.

The trial streamed three channels of dedicated content to selected participants using specialised LTE-B enabled smartphones with specialised device firmware been provided by Samsung.  Network equipment was supplied by Ericsson.

“When a large number of people gather in one place we often see a huge spike in the demand for data, which can stretch the capabilities of our network and affect our customers’ experience. This is particularly evident during sporting events with a lot of our customers looking to enhance the live event by accessing commentary or stats online,” said Mike Wright, Telstra Executive Director Networks.


NEC Lands SDN Order from Toyo Seikan Group for Pooled Firewalls

NEC Corporation was awarded an order by Toyo Seikan Group to integrated the networks of its subsidiary companies using Software-Defined Networking technology.  The systems, which will come into operation starting from February 2014, will be deployed in the companies' data centers to pool the corporate firewalls into a common resource.

Toyo Seikan GHD is considering the use of SDN for the Group's common virtual server infrastructure, for integration of the Group LAN through virtualization, business continuity measures and other purposes in the future. NEC is also providing consulting services for planning this project.

NEC's UNIVERGE PF Series is an OpenFlow product.

NEC also noted that it has delivered SDN-based systems to more than 100 companies in Japan and abroad.


NTT Com Launches "Compute (VPC Type)" Service

NTT Communications launched a "Compute (VPC Type)" service, which can be used by customers of NTT Com’s Cloudn public cloud service to build virtual server environments connected to VPNs and other secure networks.

The "Compute (VPC Type)" service enables a virtual server to be established on a private network connected to a high-quality Internet virtual private network (VPN) or an IP-VPN such as NTT Com's Arcstar Universal One.  The virtual service offers instant connections and expansion to various networks. The service rate is fixed, regardless of bandwidth or traffic volume.

NTT Com will intitially offer the service from its data centers in Japan, but applications will be accepted from users overseas.

Going forward, Cloudn will be enhanced with other seamless, secure services, including from data centers in the US and other locations within APAC, and security options such as antivirus for virtual servers.


NTT DOCOMO to Delist from the London Stock Exchange

NTT DOCOMO will  request the cancellation of the standard listing of its Shares of Common Stock from the Official List of the UK Listing Authority and the cancellation of the admission to trading of the shares on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange (the "LSE").

The company cited the low trading volume of the Shares on the LSE, saying there to be no significant benefit in maintaining the listing.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Level 3's Vyvx Venuenet+ Delivers Super Bowl Coverage

For the 25th consecutive year, Level 3 Communications delivered television broadcast video services for the Super Bowl using its Vyvx network. Special requirement for this year's event included builiding a separate broadcast location in Times Square for FOX Sports. The Times Square remote location included 4,500-square-feet of temporary office space, using more than 200,000 feet of cable.

MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. is connected directly to Level 3's advanced fiber-optic network, enabling the TV broadcast of the event. Level 3's equipment and connectivity into the venue provided FOX with fully diverse, end-to-end on-net service to ensure better reliability and control over the delivery process.

As part of the service, FOX also used Level 3's JPEG 2000 compression services, which the broadcaster employed at all NFL venues during the 2013 season. In total, more than 5,000 hours of video content was acquired, encoded and transported across Level 3's Vyvx VenueNet+ platform as part of the Super Bowl coverage. In addition to delivering the game, Level 3 also carried the pre-game and post-game feeds to all NFL operations centers; NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, NJ and NFL Network studios in Culver City, CA, NFL Network Master Control in Atlanta, as well as other broadcast networks and satellite teleport sites for global distribution.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Time Warner Cable Boosts Performance in NYC and LA

Time Warner Cable boosted its consumer Internet and TV services in New York City and Los Angeles with faster speeds.

Under the initiative, TWC will upgrade network connection sites (referred to as hubs) in NYC and LA to ensure optimum service levels are delivered to every neighborhood. Each TWC hub serves thousands of customers with phone, video and data services. The first four hubs to receive upgrades are those that service customers in West Hollywood and Costa Mesa in California, and portions of Woodside (in Queens) and Staten Island in New York.

Additionally, TWC will begin to convert its network in Los Angeles to “all-digital” by removing all remaining analog TV channels. This process opens up new bandwidth in the network to be redeployed for faster broadband speeds and other enhanced services. In 2013, TWC completed an all-digital network conversion in New York City.