Monday, March 3, 2014

Broadcom Announces OpenFlow Data Plane Abstraction Spec

Broadcom announced its OpenFlow Data Plane Abstraction (OF-DPA) v1.0 specification, software and API -- an openly published implementation of physical switch hardware pipeline abstraction for the Open Networking Foundation's (ONF) OpenFlow 1.3.1 Switch.

The OF-DPA v1.0 specification, software and API can be used to implement network virtualization, multi-tenant networks and traffic engineering with higher scale and performance.  The defines a pipeline that contains multiple tables, each table containing multiple flow entries. The OpenFlow pipeline processing defines how packets interact with these tables. The OF-DPA v1.0 physical switch hardware pipeline abstraction is an implementation of the OpenFlow 1.3.1 Switch optimized for Broadcom StrataXGS Ethernet Switch devices.

Broadcom said its OF-DPA v1.0 software and API enables OpenFlow 1.3.1 agents and controllers to access multiple tables implemented in Broadcom switch devices. The intent is to facilitate general availability of production-quality OpenFlow 1.3.1 switches from OEM and ODM vendors as well as provide a reference platform for use by end users and in academic and industrial research networks.

OF-DPA Version 1.0 Key Features

  • Provides an ONF OpenFlow 1.3.1 compliant switch pipeline and APIs for modifying and querying flow table (e.g., Layer 2 table, Layer 3 table, access control list table) and group table entries, as well as for configuring ports, queues, and VXLAN overlay logical ports. 
  • Includes OF-DPA v1.0 specification, API library, application development kit, and programmer's guide, all released under the Apache 2.0 license.
  • Supports SDN use cases including virtual tenant networks (VTNs), network virtualization using overlays, and traffic engineering.
  • Future OF-DPA versions are slated to support additional Broadcom switch features required in service provider and carrier class applications.  

"The openly published OF-DPA specification, software and API exposes OpenFlow compliant programming constructs over Broadcom's StrataXGS® Ethernet Switch Series," said Ram Velaga, Broadcom Senior Vice President & General Manager, Network Switch. "By mapping the OpenFlow 1.3.1 pipeline to high bandwidth and high density switch silicon like the StrataXGS Trident Series, we are enabling SDN applications to achieve high performance and scale."

http://www.broadcom.com/products/Switching/Software-Defined-Networking-Solutions/OF-DPA-Software

NEC Debuts OpenFlow-based Data center Interconnect Solution

NEC announced the commercial release of Version 5.1 of its ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite, which introduces a new OpenFlow-based, software-defined data center interconnect solution – the Unified Network Coordinator (UNC).

NEC says its new UNC significantly improves the scalability of the network controller by 10 times over previous ProgrammableFlow controllers. This enables construction and orchestration of virtual networks across multiple controllers within a data center as well as across interconnects between data centers. The UNC's capability of linking virtual networks across and between data centers gives customers the ability to link to specific policies within the UNC. In turn, users gain the ability to have an end-to-end policy across multiple controllers and multiple domains.

"We've found that our customers are looking for a policy-based approach to managing their data centers, which is now possible with NEC's UNC," said Don Clark, director of business development, NEC Corporation of America. "The ProgrammableFlow version 5.1 controller allows for better resource utilization and it simplifies data center management, both of which can increase service agility and reduce operating costs. Customers can deploy the UNC to move workloads across multiple data centers and control how traffic flows across WAN links. This allows the pooling of resources, which equates to better utilization of not only networks, but also storage and servers."

As an illustration of its 10x* scalability, each ProgrammableFlow UNC controls up to:

  • 10 controllers or 10 sites or 10 zones in a large data center
  • 2,000 switches (compared to 200 switches per controller in previous version)
  • 30,000 Virtual Tenant Networks (VTN)
  • 100,000 VLANs
  • 10 million flows


http://www.nec.com/en/press/201403/global_20140303_03.html

Infonetics: SDN Creating Hesitancy in Carrier Routing/Switching Market

SDN is leading the carrier router/switch market into a period of hesitation, according to new report from Infonetics.

“Major change is in the air as carriers of all sizes proceed cautiously with router and switch spending, in part because they are trialing SDN (software-defined networking) or just beginning to figure out how to proceed with SDN,” says Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks and co-founder of Infonetics Research. “The fourth quarter is usually an indicator for the current year and sometimes a bellwether for the future. In the most recent quarter (4Q13), North America had a double-digit sequential decline in carrier router/switch revenue rather than the usual budget flush, with weakness coming mostly from Verizon and AT&T, among the global leaders of SDN activities.”

Some highlights of the report:

  • In 2013, worldwide service provider router and switch revenue—including IP edge and core routers and carrier Ethernet switches (CES)—was $14.5 billion, up just 2% from 2012
  • 4Q13 carrier router/switch revenue is down 4% from the same period a year ago
  • Prompted by the move to 100GE, the core router refresh is still mildly in motion: Core routers are up 3.3% for the full year 2013, but flat quarter-over-quarter (4Q13 from 3Q13)
  • There is intensifying focus on multiple content delivery networks (CDNs) and smart traffic management across routes, aimed at making routers and optical gear cooperate more closely
  • The top 4 manufacturers – Cisco, Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, and Juniper stayed in dominant positions in 2013, together taking 83% of global carrier router and switch revenue
  • Over the past 2 years, Huawei has increased its market share the most of any vendor
  • With SDN hesitation slowing router and CES spending, Infonetics now expects worldwide service provider router and switch revenue to grow at a low single-digit CAGR from 2013 to 2018, when it will reach $17.2 billion

http://www.infonetics.com

ONF Releases Educational Network Tapping Application

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) released an open-source network tapping application built on OpenFlow and designed to serve as an educational resource for programmers.

The application was developed with Wiretap Labs, a Silicon Valley-based consultancy specializing in custom development for cloud, security and SDN solutions. of March 2014. It is based on OpenFlow 1.0 and was written to run on an OpenDaylight controller. SampleTap has been tested and will be demonstrated with OpenFlow Conformance-Certified NEC switches. It was based on OpenFlow 1.0 because the recently announced OpenDaylight Hydrogen release, which supports OpenFlow 1.3, was not available at the time of the app’s writing. It was also designed for easy portability to other network operating systems and support later versions of OpenFlow. The ONF noted that a number of its member companies, including Big Switch Networks, Cisco, Gigamon, HP, IBM, Ixia (Net Optics), NEC, and NetScout, offer or plan to offer commercial-grade network tapping products.

“In evaluating potential educational applications, we selected network tapping as it is broadly understood and easily deployable by network operators,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “We see our app as an OpenFlow teaching tool that allows network operators to get experience with OpenFlow without changing how they actually do the switching and routing, since tapping doesn’t use OpenFlow for forwarding.”

"We hear tremendous interest from users who want to test OpenFlow in their networks and this app is the perfect way for them to get started," said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. "We are excited that ONF used OpenDaylight's controller for this and look forward to hearing how these open source technologies are being implemented in software-defined networks."

ONF will be demonstrating the SampleTap application at this week's Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara.

http://www.opennetworking.org

Brocade Adds Support for OpenFlow 1.3

Brocade is now support OpenFlow 1.3 across its IP portfolio of routing and switching products.

OpenFlow 1.3 is a key component of the company's comprehensive SDN strategy and the expansion of OpenFlow support from the Brocade MLXe and CER/CES product families to the Brocade ICX and VDX switch families enables customers to achieve new agility and programmability across the network -- from the data center to the campus to the wide area network (WAN).  The company said OpenFlow 1.3 delivers a richer feature set required for commercial and enterprise networks to address complex network behavior and optimize performance for dynamic SDN applications. These features include Quality of Service (QoS), Q-in-Q, Group Tables, Active-Standby Controller, IPv6, etc.

Brocade also note that it has already shipped shipped more than one million OpenFlow-enabled ports on the company's flagship router, the Brocade MLXe Core Router and its compact carrier Ethernet routers and switches, the Brocade CER and CES products.

http://www.opennetsummit.org
http://www.brodcom.com

HP and NEC Announce SDN Collaboration

HP and NEC agreed to collaborate on joint solutions that leverage software-defined networking (SDN) technology for enterprise customers.  The companies have been partners since 1995 in delivering enterprise IT systems.  With this news, HP and NEC are extending their alliance to encompass network infrastructure solutions.

HP and NEC also are working with industry-standards organizations to show continued commitment to a standards-based SDN solution. HP and NEC will build ecosystems of application vendors providing business and network applications based on products that utilize open standards to implement SDN, which in turn allows for dynamic control of the network.

http://www.nec.com/en/press/201403/global_20140304_01.html
http://www.hp.com

Rackspace Launches Digital Marketing for Major Brands

Rackspace Hosting launched is launching a new practice focusing on digital marketing infrastructure and application hosting needs.

The new Rackspace Digital service delivers expertise to help companies more effectively engage with customers via a website, portal/extranet, mobile app or online store.

Rackspace Digital’s dedicated team specializes in support for web content management systems (WCMS), e-commerce solutions and mobile services, while offering advice based on years of working with demanding workloads for the world’s top digital agencies.

“As a company of specialists, Rackspace provides hybrid cloud solutions to achieve the best fit for each customer’s specific workloads. The depth of our experience with ecommerce, digital marketing, and content management — coupled with our Fanatical Support —makes us the partner of choice for global brands looking to strengthen their digital efforts,” said Taylor Rhodes, president of Rackspace. “Most other cloud providers are generalists, offering solutions for a broad audience, while significantly limiting the value they deliver to customers with unique business needs.”

http://www.rackspace.com/digital/


Toshiba and NTT Com Announce Global Cloud Alliance

Toshiba and NTT Communications announced a multifaceted alliance under which Toshiba's data-center and cloud-computing services will be provided to global customers by NTT Com's Enterprise Cloud, a self-manageable, full-layer virtual private cloud reaching 196 countries and a footprint of 150 secure data centers worldwide. Services will be provided in North America and Asia from April, and then expanded to Europe thereafter.

Toshiba, which has provided data-center and cloud-computing services primarily to domestic companies in Japan, will now use Enterprise Cloud to provide global-scale data-center and cloud-computing services that enable enterprise customers to expand and manage their operations within a common cloud network environment accessible from anywhere in the world.

Also under the alliance, Toshiba has begun supplying NTT Com with high-quality, high-performance storage systems that are now being used in selected parts of the Enterprise Cloud environment. NTT Com intends to further strengthen its cloud services with Toshiba's advanced technologies for storage and related storage services.

http://www.ntt.com/aboutus_e/news/data/20140227.html

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Optus Exceeds 2.3 Gbps Mobile Downlink with Carrier Aggregation

Australia's Optus has exceeded a downlink rate of 2.3 Gbps from a live mobile tower by combining its various spectrum bands.

The company's two "Gigasite" towers were built by Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) and Huawei. One site has been built at St Marys in Sydney’s western suburbs, and the other built at Lambton in Newcastle, approximately 160 km north of Sydney. To measure performance, Optus and its vendor partners mobilised a total of 16 test drive vehicles, 21 engineers, 58 devices (smartphones and dongles) and 31 laptops in order to load up the two sites with data traffic.

Highlights:

  • Highest total throughput (capacity) achieved on a live network site: a total of 1.65 to 2.32 Gbps^.
  • Most spectrum ever on a live network site: a total of 286.8 MHz, across seven spectrum bands.
  • Greatest number of LTE (4G) layers on a single site: five.
  • The Gigasites also represent Australia’s first LTE 3500 network trial. 
  • Two Gigasites built, each consisting of three sectors.
  • One Gigasite comprised seven spectrum layers and eight band/technology combinations: 4G (FDD) 700 MHz, 2G 900 MHz, 3G 900 MHz, 4G (FDD) 1800 MHz, 3G 2100 MHz, 4G (TDD) 2300 MHz, 4G (FDD) 2600 MHz, 4G (TDD) 3500 MHz. The other gigasite excluded 3500 MHz.
  • The total capacity measured ranged from 1.65 Gbps total site throughput over six spectrum bands (226.8 MHz total spectrum), to 2.32 Gbps over seven spectrum bands (286.8 MHz total spectrum).
  • The highest site throughput achieved on a single spectrum layer was 1.11 Gbps for 4G (TDD) on the 2300 MHz layer.
  • The highest speed achieved to any single user device was 165 Mbps for 4G (TDD) on 3500 MHz.
  • The Gigasites were connected to the live Optus mobile core network, as used by all Optus mobile customers.
  • Multi-band 10 and 12 port antennas were used on the Gigasites, spanning 700 to 2600 MHz. Separate antennas were used for 3500 MHz.
  • Optus owns licences to all the spectrum layers used. 700 MHz and 2600 MHz spectrum was acquired at auction in 2013, however trial licences were obtained for 700 and 2600 MHz for the Gigasites ahead of the spectrum licences being issued in these bands.
  • The radio equipment for each Gigasite comprised up to 26 radio modules, weighing up to 400kg in total.
  • The most spectrum used for any single layer was 80 MHz, for 4G (TDD) 2300 MHz.
  • 16 test drive vehicles, 21 engineers, 58 devices and 31 laptops were used to load the Gigasites in the field.
  • Total site throughput was measured at a dedicated content server connected to the Optus live core network, and represents the aggregate of all data throughput across all network layers at a ‘gigasite’ at a given instant in time.
  • 1.65 Gbps was achieved using 226.8 MHz spectrum, 2.32 Gbps was achieved using 286.8 MHz spectrum.

Andrew Smith, Optus Vice President of Mobile Engineering, said, “Our Gigasite project is about demonstrating our network of the future, and how Optus will be able to provide our customers with unparalleled capacity to meet their ever increasing appetite for data, and deliver a faster, more consistent network experience. As 4G continues to evolve, being able to optimally leverage a multi-band network strategy is increasingly important. Optus, in partnership with our vendors, expects to lead the world in its ability to plan, design,optimise and manage mobile network data traffic across multiple spectrum layers.”

“The beauty of this trial with Optus is that it uses equipment and technologies already deployed in today’s commercial networks,” said Stephen McFeeley, head of Australia and New Zealand at NSN. “This is an important step because we foresee that networks will need to be readied to profitably deliver 1 Gigabyte of data per user per day on average by 2020.”

https://media.optus.com.au/media-releases/2014/optus-gigasite-trials-exceed-2-3-gbps-on-the-worlds-biggest-and-fastest-mobile-sites/

NEC Deploys an SDN at Tokyo Station

NEC is deploying a "common station network" utilizing SDN at Tokyo Station, one of the world’s busiest train stations, for the East Japan Railway Company.

The SDN, which is scheduled to be complete in March of this year, will provide flexible connectivity for a variety of applications and data management systems.

Key features of the common station network at Tokyo Station:

  • The common station network utilizes NEC’s UNIVERGE PF Series, the world’s first commercial product to support OpenFlow.
  • Virtualizing the network with SDN makes it possible to integrate the transmissions of individually constructed networks, including train scheduling, platform image and ticket gate networks, to transmit to the common station network.
  • The network must be able to respond flexibly and quickly to new services and changes in the station environment.

NEC said the SDN implementation makes it possible to quickly conduct network construction, updates and maintenance without touching the physical networks.

http://www.nec.com/en/press/201402/global_20140224_01.html

IBM Launches Watson Mobile Developer Challenge

At Mobile World Congress, IBM kicked off a Watson Mobile Developer Challenge.  Over the next three months, the global challenge invites mobile developers and entrepreneurs to share their best ideas to build and develop mobile apps into prototypes.

The program, being driven by the newly formed IBM Watson Group, aims to encourage developers to spread cognitive computing apps into the marketplace.

"The power of Watson in the palm of your hand is a game-changing proposition, so we're calling on mobile developers around the world to start building cognitive computing apps infused with Watson's intelligence," said Mike Rhodin, Senior Vice President, IBM Watson Group. "Imagine a new class of apps that deliver deep insights to consumers and business users instantly -- wherever they are -- over the cloud. It's about changing the essence of decision making from 'information at your fingertips' to actual insights."

http://www.ibmwatson.com

Saturday, March 1, 2014

AT&T Picks Alabama for All-IP Transition Trial

AT&T is proposing to select Carbon Hill, Alabama as one of two sites to test a complete transition to IP and subsequent decommissioning of its PSTN infrastructure.

The multi-year trial, which will be overseen by the Federal Communications Commission, would serve as a model for an eventual rollout of AT&T's Internet-based network nationally.

"We believe all consumers and businesses deserve the opportunity to be connected by the best network technology available," said Fred McCallum, President of AT&T Alabama. "This trial is going to help the entire country learn how to make that happen while assuring that consumers stay safe and connected. We look forward to strengthening America's communications future with our customers in Carbon Hill, and to preserving the values of universal service, competition, public safety, reliability and consumer protection."

http://www.att.com

Axell Wireless Develops Interface for BaseStation-to-DAS

Axell Wireless launched an Active Point of Interface (APOI) system to manage the interface from base stations to the DAS system for optimum performance for both single and multiple operator deployments.

Currently, such interfaces are passive in nature and require manual on-site intervention to ensure optimum performance of the DAS system.

Axell said its new APOI ensures that BTS (base station) RF signals feeding the DAS are “managed” to pre-set criteria, thus minimising the need for regular on-site operational maintenance and ensuring optimum signal-to-noise ratio and thus data throughput within the system. The APOI is fully manageable remotely via a web server intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) and supports SNMP allowing alarms to be reported to a mobile operator’s NOC (network operations centre).

The APOI supports up to 8 frequency band modules in one compact 3U chassis. All major global cellular frequencies are supported as are all wireless technologies. Each band module supports two separate BTS connections (with internal combining if required) thus allowing up to 16 BTS connections per chassis. APOIs can be cascaded together to support larger BTS deployments. Additional band modules can be easily installed in the field allowing for easy expansion of the system.

“With in-building wireless deployments rapidly growing, both mobile operators and systems integrators need a simpler and cost-effective way of installing distributed antenna systems and managing the interface with connected base stations. Such systems have historically had to be tailored to each situation and are not easily expandable. Our new APOI now solves that problem and provides many features that aid both the rapid deployment and ongoing management of the DAS in-building system, thus bringing mobile operators significant cost savings in their in-building systems,” said Ian Brown, CEO, Axell Wireless.

http://www.axellwireless.com

CenturyLink to Implement Ericsson's Next Gen OSS/BSS

CenturyLink has selected Ericsson's next-generation OSS/BSS solution to simplify its business processes.  Ericsson's Service Agility solution will support CenturyLink's next-generation products such as Global Ethernet, Internet, Virtual Private Network and Optical Wavelength services to its enterprise customers. As part of this effort, CenturyLink will implement an open Application Program Interface (API) structure, allowing quicker delivery of new products and features. Rollout will begin at the end of 2014 and continue through 2015. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Ericsson's Service Agility will help support our goals to simplify our business and better serve our customers by enabling faster product delivery, enhancing service capabilities and providing back office support for the software-defined network and virtualized environment we are creating," said James Feger, CenturyLink Vice President of Network Strategy and Development. "We recognize the value of Ericsson's thought leadership and innovation and are excited that our collaboration on this new OSS/BSS solution will provide our customers with an enhanced service experience."

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.centurylink.com

MWC Demo: Qualcomm and Partners Show 300 Mbps Downloads

Qualcomm, Samsung, SK Telecom and KT held live demonstrations of LTE Advanced Category 6 connectivity with download speeds of up to 300Mbps on a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone.

The demo was conducted using a specially modified Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 processor and Qualcomm Gobi™ 9x35 modem.

"We're excited to be working with Samsung across products and technologies to break new ground in enabling customers with the fastest mobile broadband connections worldwide," said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. "From enabling the world's first LTE Advanced Category 6 demo in a leading commercial smartphone form factor, to driving LTE in high-volume smartphones, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. continues to lead the industry's transition to next-generation network mobile connectivity."

The demonstrated solution supports global carrier aggregation deployments up to 40 MHz for both LTE TDD and FDD, and is backwards compatible to support all other major cellular technologies, including WCDMA /MC-HSPA, CDMA 1x/EVDO Rev. B, GSM/EDGE and TD-SCDMA.

http://www.qualcomm.com

GENBAND and NetNumber Partner on Service Enablement

GENBAND and NetNumber announced a partnership to integrate NetNumber's TITAN centralized Signaling, Routing and Database (SRD) services platform into GENBAND’s portfolio to offer advanced interconnect and IMS solutions.

This joint solution architecture will evolve core telecommunications networks to new levels of scalability, efficiency and profitability for service providers and
wholesale carriers around the globe.

The partnership between GENBAND and NetNumber builds on a joint deployment by BT, which is using the combined solutionin its Global IP Interconnect network for UK and global wholesale customers.

GENBAND’s interconnect solutions seamlessly interface with NetNumber’s TITAN centralized routing and protocol interworking solutions in both IMS and non-IMS networks to enable optimal route decisions and to apply policies to ensure route quality and profitability.

“Carriers face the dual challenge of transitioning from legacy technologies to next-generation IP networks, while dealing with an ever-increasing signaling load brought on by new devices and new services on the network,” said Brad Boston, NetNumber President and CEO. “NetNumber and GENBAND are working together to deliver a robust and flexible framework for interworking legacy and next-generation IP network services. The strategic integration of NetNumber’s TITAN platform with GENBAND’s broad range of SMART solutions will foster new levels of innovation for carriers to leverage.”


http://www.netnumber.com
http://www.genband.com

Good to Acquire Boxtone for Mobile Service Management

Good Technology agreed to acquire BoxTone, a privately held supplier of mobile service management solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The BoxTone mobility management platform for enterprises will be integrated into Good's portfolio to deliver a comprehensive end-to-end secure mobility solution.

The comprehensive combined solution provides unmatched functionality:

  • Secure email, contacts, calendar both on premise as well as in the cloud
  • Secure browsing
  • Secure instant messaging and presence,
  • Secure Sharepoint, network file and cloud storage access
  • Mobile device management
  • Mobile application management and analytics
  • Mobile content management
  • Mobile service management including BlackBerry migration tools
  • Custom secure app development tools: wrapping, SDK and hybrid support
  • Broad coverage across Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Windows Mobile, Samsung, BlackBerry Enterprise Server and Exchange ActiveSync

In addition, BoxTone has significant market presence in Japan through partnerships with leading carriers. Consistent with Good's continued expansion in other regions, Good sees strong opportunity for the integrated solutions to generate more value for customers in Japan and across global markets and multi-national corporations.

http://www.good.com

MediaTek Positions 64-bit LTE SOC for "Super-mid Market"

MediaTek introduced a 64-bit LTE SOC MT6732 at Mobile World Congress 2014 consisting of a coherent 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 cluster and Mali-T760 GPU.

Key specs for the Super-mid Smartphone market:

  • 64-bit
  • Quad-core, 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A53 processor system
  • Mali-T760 GPU with support for the Open GL ES 3.0 and Open CL 1.2 APIs and premium graphics for gaming and UI effects
  • Low-power, 1080p, 30fps video playback supporting H.265 and legacy H.264 and 1080p, 30fps H.264 video recording
  • Integrated 13MP camera image signal processor with support for unique features like PIP (Picture-in-Picture), VIV (Video in Video) and Video Face Beautifier
  • MediaTek ClearMotion technology eliminates motion jitter and ensures smooth video playback at 60fps on mobile devices
  • MediaTek MiraVision™ technology for DTV-grade picture quality
  • Integrated Multi-mode 4G LTE Modem
  • Rel. 9, Category 4 FDD and TDD LTE (150 Mb/s downlink, 50 Mb/s uplink)
  • 3GPP Rel. 8, DC-HSPA+ (42 Mb/s downlink, 11 Mb/s uplink), TD-SCDMA and EDGE are supported for legacy 2G/3G networks
  • Integrated Connectivity Solutions
  • Supports dual-band Wi-Fi to effortlessly connect to a wide array of wireless routers and enable new applications like video sharing over Miracast
  • Bluetooth 4.0, supporting low-power connection to fitness gadgets, wearables and other accessories such as Bluetooth headsets

"Following the launch of the world's first 4G LTE Octa-core smartphone SOC - MT6595 - earlier this month, we are quickly expanding our LTE offering across a range of performance points to meet the growing demand for smartphone devices across all markets. The MT6732 provides excellent performance and a very comprehensive feature set," added Jeffrey Ju, General Manager of the MediaTek Smartphone Business Unit.

http://www.mediatek.com

Asia NFC Alliance Gets Underway

Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), HKT (Hong Kong), KDDI (Japan), and SK Planet (South Korea) haved formed an alliance seeking to extend existing NFC services beyond national borders to further accelerate the adoption of convenient and compatible NFC services worldwide. Mobile NFC services are already being offered independently in several countries.

“We hope that this alliance will be an open organization for the expansion of overseas cooperation services. We aim to actively promote collaboration with telecommunications carriers not only in Asia but in Europe and America, and create a world in which users in every country can avail themselves of NFC services,” stated Takashi Tanaka, President of KDDI.

www.global.kddi.com

Swisscom Picks ALU for 1 Gbps FTTH

Swisscom has selected Alcatel-Lucent to bring ultra-broadband access speeds of up to 1 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) to one million households in metropolitan areas of Switzerland.

Specifically, Swisscom is using Alcatel-Lucent’s 7302 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) using point-to-point gigabit Ethernet technology to offer fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) residential broadband services up to 1 Gbps – the fastest in Switzerland.

The deployment is part of Swisscom’s strategy to bring the benefits of ultra-broadband to 85 percent of the country’s households and businesses by 2020, using both optical fiber and existing copper infrastructure.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com