Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cisco Expands its Service Provider Virtualization Platform

Cisco introduced an Evolved Services Platform (ESP) for Service Providers that leverages its software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) offerings.

The Cisco ESP is a unified virtualization and orchestration software platform that creates, automates and provisions services in real time, across compute, storage and network functions, to deliver desired business outcomes for applications running across multiple domains.

Cisco said the primary characteristics of this virtualization and orchestration software platform are:

  • Open: Cisco ESP is multi-vendor and based on open standards and incorporating Openstack and Open Daylight (SDN) protocol suite, it is fully compliant with ETSI NFV MANO, 3GPP and more. With interoperation of third-party software, Cisco ESP works with Cisco’s virtual functions and with other vendors’ functions and applications such as Metaswitch Networks and Openwave Mobility.
  • Extensible: Cisco ESP offers the most comprehensive broad set of capabilities with more on the way and spanning across the entire service provider architecture – cloud, video, mobile and fixed – to provide service providers greater means to optimize their networks or create, automate the creation of new services as the business needs dictate.
  • Elastic: Cisco ESP allows service providers to seamlessly and dynamically scale their existing services while also dramatically accelerating deployment of new services and network functions. Resources are harnessed in an automated way when and where they are needed to enable providers deliver “On Demand” offerings at web speed.

As part of this ESP framework, Cisco is announcing the the first two modules:

  • Video: Cisco Videoscape Cloud DVR Solution – cloud-driven video recording with capture and storage in the cloud instead of the end device. Consumers can restart shows, catch up on past programs, and play back digital video recorder-captured content from anywhere, on any screen. For the service provider, it enables new multi-screen offers. It is currently deployed in a major North American video operator.
  • Mobility: Cisco Virtualized Mobile Internet – New virtualized mobile services, such as sponsored data, where the content provider pays to deliver data to the user, provide new revenue opportunities for service providers. Such capabilities are now possible in an even broader use case with the introduction of the Cisco Quantum Virtualized Packet Core (vPC), the Cisco Virtual Gi-LAN capabilities and the Cisco Quantum Services Bus. It is currently in trials at China Mobile as well as other service providers.


Significantly, Cisco will sell these SDN + NFV solutions in four ways:

Virtual Functions: Individual virtual functions may be purchased independently as a separate module and run in a network over general computing (e.g., hardware independent and hypervisor independent).

Orchestrated: Virtualized functions and orchestration, which enables the benefits of the all the different capabilities to work in a “networked” or “service chaining” approach  to deliver expanded functionality and address even wider market opportunities.

Pod: Virtualized service functions combined with orchestration and a hardware package -- implementation in a Pod approach -- Cisco leads the deployment of the Cisco ESP and offers service level agreements and guaranteed performance, working atop of Cisco infrastructure and including Cisco integration consulting services.

“As a Service”: A model where complete service offers that include virtualized service functions combined with orchestration and delivered through a hosted or third-party cloud for faster time-to-market, using a pay-as-you-go model.

“Service providers success is dependent on providing a consistent experience, agility to roll out new services and the ease at which these services can be ordered, automated, managed and delivered,” said Pankaj Patel, executive vice president and chief development officer, Cisco. “Service providers globally view virtualization not just to reduce costs but to have it work with their infrastructure to provide even greater value by means of increased agility and elasticity. As the industry leader in networking, we are not only committed to but executing on our strategy to enable our customers through this transition.”

http://www.cisco.com

In January, as part of its recently launched Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) initiative, Cisco introduced an Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) Enterprise Module for extending high-performing applications from the data center to wide-area networks (WAN) and local access networks (LAN). The goal is to provide enterprises with complete visibility into their networks, automating network and policy configuration while managing applications across the WAN and access networks.

The Cisco APIC serves as the single point of automation and fabric element management in
both physical and virtual environments.

The Cisco APIC Enterprise Module is constructed of three elements: a consolidated network information database, policy infrastructure and automation.

To address security concerns, Cisco APIC automates network-wide rapid threat detection and mitigation by integrating and automating Cisco Sourcefire  security solutions.  For compliance management across branches and headquarters, Cisco APIC also provides network-wide Quality of Service (QoS), and accelerates Intelligent WAN (IWAN) deployments. It can also be used with third-party solutions to provide an end-to-end WAN orchestration and management.

Google Looks to Expand Fiber Rollout to 34 More U.S. Cities

The Google Fiber projects is looking to expand it rollout beyond Kansas City, Austin and Provo to include up 34 additional cities over the next few years.

The company is now encouraging cities in 8 metro regions across the U.S. to consider undertake a joint planning process to map out a Google Fiber network in detail and also assess what unique local challenges such a rollout might face.

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/

Facebook Pays Billions for Whats Apps

Facebook will pay $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in Facebook shares and an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units to acquire Whats App for its mobile messaging service.

Some key stats on Whats App:
  • Over 450 million people using the service each month;
  • 70% of those people active on a given day;
  • Messaging volume approaching the entire global telecom SMS volume; and
  • Continued strong growth, currently adding more than 1 million new registered users per day.
Facebook said WhatsApp shares its mission "to bring more connectivity and utility to the world by delivering core internet services efficiently and affordably.  The combination will help accelerate growth and user engagement across both companies. "

"WhatsApp is on a path to connect 1 billion people. The services that reach that milestone are all incredibly valuable," said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. "I've known Jan for a long time and I'm excited to partner with him and his team to make the world more open and connected."

Jan Koum, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO, said, "WhatsApp's extremely high user engagement and rapid growth are driven by the simple, powerful and instantaneous messaging capabilities we provide. We're excited and honored to partner with Mark and Facebook as we continue to bring our product to more people around the world."

What's App is based in Mountain View, California.

http://www.fb.com

http://www.whatsapp.com

Ericsson: World Reaches 6.7 Billion Mobile Lines, 92% Penetration

The total number of mobile subscriptions worldwide as of Q4 2013 reached 6.7 billion, of which 109 million
were new subscriptions added during Q4, according to Ericsson's latest Mobility Report.

Some key findings:

  • The actual number of subscribers is around 4.5 billion, since many have several subscriptions.
  • Global mobile penetration was 92 percent in Q4 2013. 
  • China and India each accounted for around 20 percent of net additions, adding approximately 20 million subscriptions.
  • Mobile subscriptions have grown around 6 percent 
  • year-on-year and 1.5 percent quarter-on-quarter.
  • In Q4 2013, mobile broadband subscriptions grew by around 150 million to 2.1 billion, reflecting a 40 percent year-on-year increase.
  • WCDMA & HSPA subscriptions grew by around 70 million and LTE subscriptions increased by 
  • approximately 40 million, reaching 200 million. 
  • The total number of subscriptions capable of using GSM grew by 100 million, while GSM-only subscriptions were flat.
  • There is continued strong growth in smartphone subscriptions globally, despite a moderating rate of growth in regions such as North America. 
  • Around 1 billion smartphones were sold in 2013. This device represented close to 60 percent of all mobile phones sold in Q4 2013, compared to around 45 percent in Q4 2012. Of all mobile phone subscriptions, around 30 percent are associated with smartphones, leaving considerable room for further uptake
  • LTE subscriptions reached 200 million in Q4 2013 

The report shows that close to 60% of all mobile phones sold in Q4 2013 were smartphones, compared to around 45 percent in Q4 2012. The report also shows that data traffic grew 70% between Q4 2012 and Q4 2013.

Brocade Signs Australia's Stargate for SDN

The Stargate Group, Australia's leading application service provider (ASP) to the mortgage finance sector, has deployed Brocade's NetIron® CER 2000 Ethernet/MPLS routers as a first step toward applying software-defined networking (SDN) to its operations.

Brocade said its networking solution includes multiple routers deployed at Stargate's two data center sites and headquarters. The sites are linked over a Gigabit Ethernet mesh and also connected to two different ISPs, giving Stargate Internet route redundancy. Stargate is running MPLS across its router mesh to increase network resiliency, load-balance its data centers and also mirror transactions between the sites. At each data center, two routers form a high-availability cluster using the Brocade Multi-Chassis Trunking (MCT) feature to create a single logical device that dynamically load-balances traffic. Each router is connected to both data center firewalls, eliminating any single point of failure. The routers themselves are highly reliable devices built to carrier-grade specifications with redundant hot-swappable power supplies and redundant fans.

The Brocade NetIron CER 2000 Series enables SDN by supporting the OpenFlow protocol, which allows direct access to and manipulation of the forwarding plane from an SDN controller. As a next stage, Stargate is currently evaluating the Brocade Virtual ADX Application Delivery Platform, which enables an on-demand service delivery model and extends application delivery service as an "elastic" network component.

"As an application service provider, it is obviously critical to Stargate that its online services are available at all times," said Greig Guy, Brocade country manager for Australia and New Zealand. "Our partner, Mycom, designed a very elegant solution that simplifies the Stargate routing infrastructure while increasing network resiliency to make it virtually failsafe. We are also now engaging with Stargate on how to move ahead with SDN, which will bring major data center operational benefits."

http://www.brocade.com

Pertino Builds its Team for SDN-powered Cloud Networking Service

Pertino, a start-up based in Los Gatos, California, named Bharath Rangarajan as vice president of product and Ritch Haselden as vice president of inside sales.

Pertinno offers a cloud networking service that lets SMBs “unbox” their networks by replacing traditional VPN and network appliances with cloud-based services that can be deployed in a few clicks. Since launching public beta early last year, the company says more than 5,000 customers have created free or paid Pertino cloud networks.

Bharath Rangarajan previously served as senior director of product management at Citrix Systems, where he was responsible for the product strategy, roadmap, and adoption of Citrix’s enterprise mobility and end-user computing solution. He also held senior positions with WebEx (Cisco Systems), GemStone Systems (acquired by VMware in 2010), and Candle Corporation (acquired by IBM Corp in 2004).

Ritch Haselden previously served as vice president of sales at ResponseLINK, a leader in consumer healthcare-related services. Previously, he was vice president of sales and general manager at Rainmaker Systems, a leader in IT contract management, and the co-founder and president of GolfNow, a provider of golf course marketing services that was acquired by NBC Sports.

http://www.pertino.com

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Intel Positions New Xeon E7 v2 Processors for Big Data and IoT

Intel introduced its new Xeon processor E7 v2 family featuring triple the memory capacity and double the compute performance of the previous generation processor family, allowing much faster and thorough data analysis.

The Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family is built for up to 32-socket servers, with configurations supporting up to 15 processing cores and up to 1.5 terabytes (TB) of memory per socket.

To reduce data bottlenecks, the Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 family features Intel Integrated I/O, Intel Data Direct I/O and support for PCIe 3.0, achieving up to four times the I/O bandwidth over the previous generation and providing extra capacity for storage and networking connections.

Intel said Big Data analysis and Internet-of-Everything require vastly increased in-memory processing, which places and analyzes an entire data set – such as an organization's entire customer database – in the system memory rather than on traditional disk drives.

For example, eBay, handles massive data sets of more than 50 petabytes (PB) for more than 100 million users. Based on initial testing of the new Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 and SAP's HANA in-memory analytics software, eBay has seen greater performance and understanding of larger data sets that will help drive additional revenue opportunities for its customers.

"Organizations that leverage data to accelerate business insights will have a tremendous edge in this economy," said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Data Center Group. "The advanced performance, memory capacity and reliability of the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family enable IT organizations to deliver real-time analysis of large data sets to spot and capitalize on trends, create new services and deliver business efficiency."

http://www.intel.com

Freescale Unveils New Metrocell Base Station Processor

Freescale Semiconductor is unveiling its next generation QorIQ Qonverge portfolio of base station-on-chip processors. The new base station SoC integrates digital front-end (DFE) technology, which improves power amplifier (PA) efficiency and significantly reduces base station power and costs.

The QorIQ Qonverge B3421 device offers embedded CPU cores, DSP cores, baseband accelerators and DFE technology.  It also features Power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities to meet low power requirements, support for JESD204B, JESD207 and CPRI interfaces to support various antenna schemes, PCI Express for connectivity to WiFi chipsets, SATA for local content caching and Ethernet SGMII backhaul interfaces.

The B3421 device is fully optimized for concurrent LTE and WiFi operation, and supports LTE-TDD, LTE-FDD and LTE-Advanced wireless standards. Advanced 4x4 MiMO algorithms and 3GPP standard up to Release 11, advanced interference cancelling schemes, eICIC and carrier aggregation additionally improve spectral efficiency and provide future-proofing for OEMs and operators.

“Freescale pioneered the base station-on-chip market three years ago when we introduced the industry's first multimode wireless base station processor family to scale from small to large cells,” said Tareq Bustami, vice president of product management for Freescale’s Digital Networking business. “The new QorIQ Qonverge B3421 device targets the rapidly growing metro segment and reinforces our commitment to wireless networking leadership, as we continue to invest to stay ahead of market requirements.”

Sampling for the QorIQ Qonverge B3421 product is planned for Q1 2015.

http://www.freescale.com/

Infonetics: Optical gear Spending Flat in 4Q13

Worldwide optical network hardware revenue, including WDM and SONET/SDH, was essentially flat in 4Q13, totaling $3.1 billion, according to a new Optical Network Hardware report from Infonetics Research.

Some highlights:

  • For the full year 2013, the overall optical network hardware market is down 3%
  • On a positive note, the WDM segment posted a 6th consecutive quarter of growth in 4Q13 and ended the full year 2013 up 11% as 100G deployments hit the ground
  • Though the traditional 4Q capex flush was in full effect in EMEA, the region recorded a 5th straight year of spending declines; Infonetics expects EMEA to revert back to being a third of global spending within 1-2 years
  • The Chinese optical market closed 2013 up only 6%, but performance is anticipated to improve in 2014 as 100G rollouts pick up steam
  • EMEA optical heavyweights Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, Coriant, and Huawei all had a big 4Q13.

"Optical spending flattened in the fourth quarter of 2013, though it wasn't distributed evenly around the world or by vendor. Weakness was concentrated in North America, but a year-end capex surge in EMEA evened things up," notes Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for optical at Infonetics Research.

Schmitt adds: "All indications are that an all-clear from Verizon and AT&T is forthcoming and the Q4 drop was a pause rather than a reversal - and this is in line with our forecasts."

http://www.infonetics.com

F5 Enhances its Path to Software Defined Application Services

F5 Networks announced a number of enhancements to its recently-launched Synthesis architecture for building elastic, software-defined application services (SDAS).  F5's goal is to provide a high-performance services fabric across all types of systems and environments, including software defined networks (SDN), virtual infrastructures, and cloud.

F5 introduced its Synthesis architecture in November 2013.  The new enhancements provide optimization, security, reliability, and management capabilities for all applications across data center or cloud infrastructure.

Specifically, F5 is announcing:


  • New BIG-IP version 11.5 software for enhanced application delivery services and security
  • Virtual solutions now offer throughput levels of 25 Mbps to 10 Gbps to support hybrid and virtual appliance deployments across a broad set of hypervisors
  • Expanded VIPRION offerings, with the new 2250 performance blade providing the highest multi-tenant density in its class, efficient consolidation of application services, and dynamic resource scaling with no operational disruption
  • BIG-IQ version 4.2 software for simplified management and comprehensive orchestration, and the new BIG-IQ Device solution that provides enhanced configuration capabilities for physical and virtual BIG-IP devices
  • Network virtualization capabilities that give F5 the broadest range of support for SDN technologies in the Application Delivery Controller (ADC) market, including full traffic management and gateway support for Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV), and others
  • Updated licensing and pricing options, including an expanded presence in the AWS Marketplace for enhanced deployment flexibility.

"With enhancements across our portfolio, we’re making it easier for organizations to deliver seamless application services without relying on point solutions or isolated resources to support the applications that drive business results. Because F5’s integrated security, acceleration, and availability capabilities can be implemented across a flexible services fabric, customers can orchestrate and tailor their systems to efficiently support all types of IT deployments," stated Manny Rivelo, EVP of Strategic Solutions, F5.

http://www.f5.com

GENBAND to Acquire uReach for Carrier Communications Suite

GENBAND agreed to acquire uReach Technologies, a privately-held supplier of carrier-class voice, video and unified messaging solutions and services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

uReach’s unique messaging software also offers innovative business applications designed to dramatically enhance productivity and improve communications. The uReach solution suite includes Advanced VoiceMail, VideoMail, VisionMail and VirtualReceptionist. These solutions are mobile, social and visual, offering carriers the latest voicemail, auto-attendant, fax, unified messaging, mobile fax, and mobile visual voicemail capabilities based on an IMS-compliant platform.

The company cites deployments by some of the world’s largest and most demanding service providers including tier 1 carriers in North America and their millions of subscribers.

GENBAND said the enhances its offerings with a comprehensive messaging portfolio designed to be deployed by global service providers via distributed, Internet-scale cloud or in-network models.

“uReach has earned the trust of the service provider community, enabling today’s leading tier 1 carriers to modernize legacy voicemail systems with transformative mobile messaging and calling solutions,” said David Walsh, CEO of GENBAND. “Their technology aligns with our software-driven, open standards-based approach to network transformation – enabling a graceful migration away from expensive and aging voicemail technologies to real-time communications solutions of the future. We are pleased to welcome their team to GENBAND and look forward to bringing this proven technology to our global customer base.”

“Combining uReach’s technology with GENBAND’s global reach, engineering expertise and complementary communications offerings changes the game for service providers,” said Krishnamurty Kambhampati, CEO of uReach Technologies. “GENBAND has the capabilities to give our best-in-class technology even broader reach and we couldn’t be happier about the opportunity to deliver our solutions to more tier 1 service providers around the globe. Like GENBAND, uReach builds applications taking a mobile first approach rather than mimicking legacy premise solutions, enabling carriers to effectively compete with OTT threats.”

http://www.ureachtech.com
http://www.genband.com


  • uReach was founded in 1998 by Krishnamurty Kambhampati and David Ittner, who were colleagues at AT&T Bell Laboratories.  The company is based in Holmdel, NJ.

Enea Demos Open OS Base on on Broadcom XLP Architecture

Enea, which specializes in operating system solutions for telecom infrastructure equipment, will demo a version of its Open Event Machine (Open EM) based on Broadcom's XLP Multi-core, Multi-Threaded Processor Series. The implementation is designed for multi-core applications demanding high performance in data plane/fast path packet processing.

Enea's Open EM is designed as a high performance networking data plane software engine for multicore devices that provides optimal scalability and load balancing characteristics for maximum packet throughput.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Enea in the development of high performance operating system solutions for multicore devices based on our XLP Series processors,” said Eric Hayes, Vice President of Platform Marketing, Processors and Wireless Infrastructure at Broadcom. “Enea’s optimized implementation helps us highlight the significant processing power and advantages of the XLP architecture for communications and networking applications.”

http://www.enea.com

Broadcom unveiled its ARMv8-A architecture for a new generation of multicore processors designed to deliver server-class performance for network functions virtualisation (NFV).

The new design is built around a 64-bit ARM core with virtualized accelerators for networking, communications, big data, storage and security applications. The design also features a quad-issue, quad-threaded 64-bit ARMv8-A core with superscalar out-of-order execution. The core enables 3-GHz performance in the advanced 16-nm FINFET process node.

“By offering the industry’s highest performance ARM-based multi-core processor architecture, Broadcom is expanding its technical leadership in multiple generations of multi-core processing,” said Ron Jankov, Broadcom Senior Vice President and General Manager, Processor and Wireless Infrastructure. “Our innovations in the CPU core and comprehensive virtualization, along with our adoption of 16-nm FINFET technology, will further separate us from our competitors.”

Broadcom and ARM announced a partnership to define and develop an open, standards-based NFV software environment for the ARM ecosystem. The companies said they will work with members of the Linaro Networking Group and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to standardize the environment’s programming model, tool chains, application programming model, tool chains, application programming interfaces and networking-specific libraries across the industry.

“ARM and Broadcom have enjoyed a close and long-standing partnership. We are now pleased to see Broadcom leverage the ARMv8-A architecture and push the envelope with a very high-performance processing solution for the communications market,” said Tom Cronk, executive vice president and general manager, Processor Division, ARM. “Broadcom is taking a leadership role in helping us to drive an open, standards-based NFV software environment. This environment will enable the efficient and intelligent technology needed by businesses and consumers in our increasingly connected and data-hungry world.”

Transmode Debuts All-pluggable, 100G Packet-Optical Metro

Transmode introduced a CFP-based, all-pluggable 100G Solution for metro networks with support for coherent optics.  The solution supports both Layer 1 WDM transport and Layer 2 packet-optical applications.

Transmode's new Metro 100G Solution includes three highly flexible plug-in units for the widely deployed TM-Series. The range of new units includes a 100G Transponder, a 100G Muxponder and a 220G Layer 2 Ethernet Muxponder (EMXP). The new EMXP is part of the company's popular family of EMXP units that support Ethernet switching in the Native Packet Optical 2.0 architecture with a common Ethernet feature set from 1G or 10G CPE access nodes to a 100G core network.

Sten Nordell, Transmode's Chief Technology Officer, said, "This is a significant development milestone for Transmode and we are delighted to be bringing this kind of new solution to the industry. Not only is quick implementation of the new coherent CFP units important but extending their use to both Layer 1 and Layer 2 applications is greatly significant. The Metro P-OTS market is the fastest growing segment of the optical networking industry and one that Transmode already serves well. We are the largest vendor of Metro Edge P-OTS in EMEA and we support customers across the globe with highly sophisticated packet-optical networks. We can now extend these to 100G while also extending our existing TM-2000 based Layer 1 100G capabilities deeper into metro networks."

http://www.transmode.com

Monday, February 17, 2014

Frontier Adds 10G Optical Transport Service in 25 States

Frontier Communications launched a an Optical Transport Service in its markets in 25 state, offering point-to-point, transparent fiber paths.

Frontier's Optical Transport Service's point-to-point dedicated wavelength uses a shared infrastructure with protocol support and protection configurations. The 10 gigabit service in now available within Frontier's exchanges in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

http://investor.frontier.com/releases.cfm

Alcatel-Lucent: VoLTE Subscriber Licenses Pass 88 Million Milestone

Alcatel-Lucent provided an interesting metric for VoIP and VoLTE:  the company has now shipped more than 125 million Voice over IP subscriber licenses to  service providers, including more than 88 million licenses issued for VoLTE subscriber lines.

Alcatel-Lucent notes that VoLTE will help operators reduce operational costs by moving to an all IP network, free up precious spectrum to meet increasing demand for mobile broadband, and combine HD voice, video conferencing and data with the lightning speed of 4G LTE networks.

“Alcatel-Lucent provides an end-to-end VoLTE solution that includes IMS, Evolved Packet Core and RAN. This is important because VoLTE resets the bar for today’s new mobile voice by leveraging tight integration across the device and network. NAR operators will lead the deployment of VoLTE, but it is essential to mobile innovation around the globe," stated Andrew McDonald, President, IP Platforms, Alcatel-Lucent.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

NSN Enhances its Single RAN

Nokia Solutions and Networks announced six enhancements for its Single RAN (radio access network) Advanced portfolio:

  • Single RAN releases will support GSM, WCDMA and LTE deployments. The New Single RAN Advanced will align availability of three separate software releases, making it easy to build, operate and maintain NSN Single RAN Advanced networks.
  • Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station 6 x 60W radio frequency module enables a compact three-sector site with LTE MIMO 2x2 using just one radio frequency (RF) hardware unit instead of two 3-pipe modules. It provides 360W total RF output power, the highest in market, for better end user experience. With this, operators can now deploy 1800 MHz LTE/GSM refarming and RF sharing using half the number of modules.
  • Expansion sub-module for increasing RF connectivity of the Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station. This new sub-module supports three times more RF ports compared to earlier models, enabling operators to meet their refarming and RF sharing needs with less hardware.
  • Smart Dual Beam (SDB) application software for Liquid Radio GSM Software Suite brings an intelligent new way to build three-sector GSM sites. This enables operators to either benefit from 50% more GSM capacity in their existing spectrum and base station sites, or provide 20% more spectrum for HSPA/LTE deployments.
  • Common Base Station Operations, Administration and Maintenance entity, supported by NSN’s NetAct 8, for sites with GSM, WCDMA and LTE base stations. It replaces three separate entities with one, making it simpler to build, operate and maintain base station sites.
  • Improved common IP backhaul solution with a new single transport function to support single site deployments. On the transport layer, GSM, WCDMA and LTE base station sites can now appear as one IP host, which improves flexibility in IP addressing, QoS and IP security, and simplifies the IP transport backhaul implementation and maintenance process.

“Radio access networks are becoming increasingly complex with LTE services provided alongside GSM and WCDMA services, and new frequency bands, as well as IP-based transport for LTE being added to existing backhaul network,” said Kimmo Virkki, vice president, Single RAN Business Product Management at NSN. “Running three different networks simultaneously often means rising costs, and compromised performance given the increased risk of error. NSN’s Single RAN Advanced cuts through this complexity by running GSM, HSPA and LTE technologies on shared multi-purpose hardware. Our latest features simplify base station sites and their operations, slashing costs and freeing up 55% of the spectrum for HSPA/LTE refarming.”

http://www.nsn.com

Huawei Develops TWDM-PON Prototype

Huawei announced a prototype TWDM-PON system based on stacked XG-PONs with 4 or 8 wavelengths. The design required developing a new colorless ONU transceiver module, integrated transceiver module at the OLT, and a multi-wavelength management and control protocol. The system is a successor to a 40G TWDM-PON prototype previously announced.

Huawei said the chief advantages of TWDM is that it allows operators to scale capacity while reusing the existing ODN.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-326491-twdmpon.htm#.UwLvhvmWWSo

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Tabula Releases New 100G Reference Designs

Tabula released an updated version of its Stylus compiler, offering new 3 × 40G-to-100G low-latency Ethernet bridge reference design, as well as a high-performance search engine soft IP core developed in collaboration with Algo-Logic Systems. The designed are aimed at next-generation 100G networking equipment.

The Tabula Stylus compiler provides a synthesis, placement, and routing flow familiar to FPGA designers, using industry-standard RTL inputs and design constraints. The suite automatically exploits Tabula’s 3D Spacetime architecture.


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