Tuesday, May 27, 2014

NTT DOCOMO Tests NVF with ALU, NEC & Cisco

NTT DOCOMO confirmed that it is working separately with three vendors — Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco and NEC — and has completed proof-of-concept (PoC) trials verifying the feasibility of network functions virtualization (NFV). DOCOMO said it now aims to commercially deploy services utilizing a virtualized mobile network by the fiscal year ending in March 2016.

The PoC testing covered virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC) implementations. DOCOMO and each of the three vendors verified cutting-edge network control mechanisms, such as scalable user-data processing capability that can handle concentrated user traffic efficiently and improve service delivery stability by means of fast, automatic network-recovery techniques in the event of hardware failure.

"NFV is highly expected to change the ecosystem of network industries," said Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at DOCOMO. "But without a high degree of collaboration among the players, such hopes could end up like pie in the sky. Therefore, I am delighted that we have been successfully collaborating in PoC trials with the industry's leading vendors."

Sri Reddy, VP and GM of Alcatel-Lucent's SR Product Business Unit, joined by Dor Skuler, VP and GM of Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand Business Unit, said: "It is an honor to work with DOCOMO in the development of the virtualization of core mobile technology. This project demonstrates an accelerated path to NFV commercial deployment that is leading the industry. Our CloudBand NFV Platform and virtualized EPC (vEPC) are open and multi-vendor, two characteristics that are essential in an NFV environment."

Kelly Ahuja, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobility Business Group of Cisco, said: "We would like to commend DOCOMO for their continued work on innovations in business and technology in mobile communications. We are delighted to collaborate with DOCOMO toward the realization of a virtualized mobile Internet architecture. It is exciting to see a world leader in mobile industry being fully committed to virtualization in their network architecture where and when it makes sense for their customers. "

Shunichiro Tejima, Executive Vice President of NEC, said: "NEC is honored to collaborate with DOCOMO in the trial of this virtual mobile core technology. With these tests, the companies have verified that virtualization platforms provide the functions required for NFV. NEC will continue to cooperate with DOCOMO and NFV industry partners by providing global solutions that contribute to the realization of advanced carrier networks that are flexible, fast and optimized for services."


Dimension Data Offers SDN Consulting Service

Dimension Data, the $6 billion global ICT solutions and services provider, introduced a Software-defined Networking (SDN) Development Model aimed at helping its enterprise customers update their infrastructured. Dimension Data's SDN Development Model features a consulting-led, facilitated workshop that will provide clients with a series of recommendations on how to implement an SDN program, and what specific actions to take to ensure its success.

"Software-defined networking is not just a trend, but an important shift that will drive significant changes in how networks are built and operated – and ultimately, the entire networking industry," said Rob Lopez, Dimension Data's Group Executive – Networking. "As an organization with a 31-year history of designing, architecting, deploying, maintaining and supporting network solutions and infrastructure, Dimension Data is uniquely positioned to educate our global clients about SDN. With the insights delivered through our Software-defined Networking Development Model, organizations will be in a strong position to move ahead with their SDN journey in a structured and coherent manner."


Small Cell Market Momentum, sponsored by Radisys

Small Cells offer the opportunity to radically improve the capacity of wireless networks in enterprises and urban networks.

This video,sponsored by Radisys, captures insights from leading players about what's driving the market interest in small cells. Speakers include:

Gordon Mansfield, Chairman, Small Cell Forum
Chris Kapuscinski, Marketing Manager, Small Cells, Alcatel-Lucent
Hannah Maurer Sibley, Head of Mobile Broadband, Ericsson
Chris Lee, Marketing Business Group, KT
Chuck Tato, Director, Product Marketing, Broadcom
Paul Senior, Director, Product Marketing, Airspan
Renuka Bhalerao, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Radisys

See video:  http://youtu.be/xDoBYm8OwSM

Video: Small Cell Viewpoints from Radisys

The market for small cells, led by early deployments in Korea, is now going global, says Renuka Bhalerao, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Radisys.  This video covers key trends in small cells, including:

1:07 - How will VoLTE impact the Small Cell market?
1:55 - Is it possible to support both TDD and FDD in the same Small Cell platform?
2:41 - What is the essential value proposition that Radisys delivers to its Small Cell customers?
3:44 - Do mobile operators sometimes have their own requirements for Small Cell equipment?
4:56  - Key technology partners for Small Cells?
5:40 - What can we learn from the massive Small Cell rollouts in Korea?
07:11 - Different solutions sets for Residential vs. Business Small Cells
07:47 - MWC2014 award with Airspan

See video:  http://youtu.be/2slBokkOHeQ


Successful Launch for EUTELSAT 3B by Sea Launch

The EUTELSAT 3B satellite was successfully launched from Sea Launch's ocean-based Odyssey platform using a Zenit-3SL rocket.

The EUTELSAT 3B satellite, which weighs 5,967 kilograms, operate three commercial payloads in the C, Ku and Ka bands. The satellite will enable Eutelsat to diversify its commercial response to Internet Service Providers, telcos, government agencies and broadcasters operating in Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. EUTELSAT 3B has a designed in-orbit lifetime exceeding 15 years.

This marks Sea Launch's first mission in 2014, its third for Eutelsat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators,  and its 36th mission overall.

Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat Chairman and CEO, added “We are delighted to see EUTELSAT 3B on its way to 3 degrees East and thank Sea Launch and Energia for this flawless launch. EUTELSAT 3B will be a powerful asset to our in-orbit resources, enabling us to increase the operational flexibility and reach we provide customers in a vast service area spanning Brazil, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. ”


Oklahoma-based Bolt Fiber Optic Services Picks ALU for GPON

Oklahoma-based Bolt Fiber Optic Services has selected Alcatel-Lucent to supply an end-to-end triple-play solution for delivering up to 1 Gbps broadband connectivity as well as voice over third-party VoIP service and television services to communities in rural northeastern Oklahoma.

The 1 gigabit service is expected to launch later this year. The network will use Alcatel-Lucent's 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager, 5520 Access Management System, Triple Play Express and Video Systems Integration solutions.  Alcatel-Lucent is also the systems integrator for the project, providing end-to-end architecture, design, engineering and installation services and 3rd party solutions for the headend, OSS/BSS, fiber mapping, and Mediaroom middleware and software for IPTV services.

Bolt is a subsidiary of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, which serves 30,000 customers.


Boingo to Deliver Wi-Fi Services on Military Bases with Ruckus

Boingo Wireless is deploying thousands of Ruckus Wireless' indoor and outdoor Smart Wi-Fi access points across dozens of United States Army, Air Force and Marine Corps bases. Deployment is underway already at Marine Corps, Army and Air Force bases across the United States, with Boingo Broadband and IPTV service going live as each base installation is completed.

"With myriad obstacles and thick concrete walls within a constantly changing environment, both indoors and out, military bases can be a challenging setting for delivering reliable high-speed wireless access," said Marc Patterson, vice president, product management for Boingo Wireless. "We found Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi technology to be ideally suited for tackling these challenges by providing extended Wi-Fi coverage and signals that adapt within these changing environments."


Monday, May 26, 2014

Radisys Video: Load Balancing Innovations for SDN and NFV

Thanks to virtualization, traffic patterns are shifting rapidly and load balancing is becoming a key requirement in next generation systems, says Karl Wale, Director of Product Marketing at Radisys.

Load balancing is important because as SDN and NFV architectures are rolled out, access to virtualized pools of resources becomes critical.  Dynamic traffic patterns and service chaining will require rapid access to resources wherever they reside.

Here Karl introduces the Load Balancing capabilities of the Radisys T-Series platform.

See 2-minute video:  http://youtu.be/T_wERmQ_iiI

Google Compute Engine Adds Support for CoreOS

Google Compute Engine is now offering of CoreOS, a a new open source operating system that enables users to run their cloud applications, including applications that require Docker container support. 

Google says the clustering features in CoreOS pair perfectly with VMs that boot quickly and have a super-fast network connecting them. CoreOS integrates with Google load balancers and replica pools. This allows applications to be scaled across regions and zones.



  • CoreOS takes a minimalist coding approach, claiming to require 50% less RAM on boot than an average Linux installation. It is designed to be clustered.

NTT Develops Optical RAM

Researchers at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) have developed an optical random access memory (RAM) device that integrates ultrasmall optical memories based on photonic crystal nanocavities.

Specifically, NTT Nanophotonics Center has succeeded in large-scale integration of over-100-bit optical memories with a wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) configuration. This was enabled by novel optical nanocavities based on a photonic crystal. The scale of this integration demonstrates the feasibility of optical random access memories for optical processing.

Results of this research will be published this week in the UK science journal “Nature Photonics”.


ALU Signs Global Deal with Telenor

Telenor Group signed a global frame agreement making Alcatel-Lucent a candidate provider for 4G LTE networks to the subsidiaries in 13 countries in Europe and Asia. The agreement offers Telenor subsidiaries Alcatel-Lucent’s leading 4G LTE Overlay solution as an alternative to single RAN deployment.  Included in the scope of the agreement are Alcatel-Lucent’s 4G LTE Radio Access Network and the 5620 Service Aware Manager.


Telenor Awards 5-Year Radio Deal to Nokia

Telenor has selected Nokia as a candidate supplier for radio access equipment and professional services over a period of five years. The deal covers upgrades to Telenor networks across Europe and Asia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“We continue to invest in the modernization of our network to provide excellent end-user experience as part of our vision of Internet for all,” said Hilde Tonne, EVP, Group Industrial Development Telenor Group. “For this important radio access technology area, we have selected Nokia as a partner due to our excellent working relationship and the company’s proven expertise in mobile broadband and services.”

“This project is another important milestone in our long-standing collaboration with Telenor Group which dates back to the 1990s, and we are currently supplier to several of Telenor’s business units across Europe and Asia”, said René Svendsen-Tune, EVP, Europe and Latin America, Nokia. “We are committed to support Telenor in developing a high-capacity mobile broadband infrastructure that will meet its subscribers’ needs today and tomorrow as well as those of new markets.”


Bouygues Telecom Picks Ericsson for VoLTE/IMS in France

Bouygues Telecom has selected Ericsson to provide key components of the IMS solution for VoLTE including the Ericsson Multimedia Telephony Application Server Ericsson Session Border Gateway, Ericsson Home Subscriber Server and Ericsson User Profile Gateway, as well as software upgrades to the installed base of Ericsson LTE radio access network and Ericsson Evolved Packet Core.

Bouygues Telecom is preparing to introduce VoLTE services to its live, commercial 4G/LTE network in France.  The service will bring major benefits, including HD voice, shorter call set-up times and enriched IP-based communication services such as video calling over LTE. Customers will have the flexibility to make HD voice calls and use 4G/LTE mobile data services at the same time.

Jean-Paul Arzel, Head of the Networks Division, Bouygues Telecom, says: "Bouygues Telecom is proving the capabilities of its 4G/LTE network to support the latest advanced technologies and services. Commercial service roll-out is scheduled for 2015 and our network will be carrying the first voice and video calls over LTE later this year."

Franck Bouétard, Head of Ericsson France, says: "Ericsson has been a partner of Bouygues Telecom for many years, in particular for 4G/LTE technology. With the combination of our leadership in both technology and services we are now supporting Bouygues Telecom in its latest move to improve network and service quality for French customers."


Verizon Demos LTE Multicast at Indy 500

Verizon Wireless tested LTE Multicast services over a commercial 4G LTE network using Ericsson’s LTE Broadcast solution at the Indy Motor Speedway in the weeks leading up to the Indy 500.

During the race, Verizon LTE Multicast capabilities were demonstrated via a series of cameras deployed both trackside and in-car providing IndyCar teams with real time race visibility.

"Verizon has taken the lead by being first in the US to deliver video multicast services over its commercial LTE network in such a challenging environment. Ericsson’s LTE Broadcast solution is designed to deliver the high performance and great video experience that Verizon’s LTE Multicast Service demands at events like the Indy 500," stated Johan Wibergh, Head of Business Unit Networks at Ericsson.

Level 3 Names James Ellis as Chairman of the Board

Level 3 Communications has appointed James O. Ellis, Jr., as Chairman of the Board at its Board of Directors, replacing Walter Scott, Jr.

Ellis has been a member of the Board since March 2005. Since November 2013, he has served as an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. From May 2005 until May 2012, Ellis was the president and CEO of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Lockheed Martin and Dominion Resources, and served on the Board of directors of Inmarsat PLC until March 2014. Ellis is former commander of the United States Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, where he had global responsibility for strategic warning systems, integrated missile defense, space operations and other critical national defense functions.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Video: VoLTE Market Momentum, sponsored by Radisys

With commercial VoLTE launches underway or soon to be launched by the likes of AT&T, NTT DOCOMO, T-Mobile and Verizon, it's clear that advanced voice/video capabilities are going mainstream on LTE networks.

In this video, we hear market perspectives from leading VoLTE vendors, including:

  • Ian Maclean, Vice President, Strategy & Marketing, Mavenir
  • Cassidy Shield, Chief Marketing Officer, VP Platforms, Alcatel-Lucent 
  • Hannah Maurer Sibley, Head of Mobile Broadband, Ericsson
  • Jane Rygaard, Head of CEM, Core and OSS Marketing, Nokia
  • Ray Adensamer, Interim Director of Marketing, Radisys

See video:  http://youtu.be/Vk_xT-7Lcq8

T-Mobile Activates VoLTE in Seattle

T-Mobile activated Voice over LTE (VoLTE) in the Seattle area for customers using LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Light devices.

In a blog post, Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer at T-Mobile, said the rollout uses Enhanced Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (eSRVCC), a new LTE Advanced function.  T-Mobile is the first to deploy it in the U.S.

T-Mobile is working on rolling out VoLTE in other markets nationwide. It also plans to launch a host of rich communication services and additional innovations around Wi-Fi calling over the coming months.

He also noted that MetroPCS was the first to launch VoLTE in the U.S. back in 2012.


F5 Networks Acquires Defense.Net for DDos Mitigation Service

F5 Networks (has acquired Defense.Net, Inc., a privately-held provider of cloud-based security services for protecting data centers and Internet applications from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Defense.Net was founded by Barrett Lyon, one of the pioneers of DDoS mitigation.  The company operates a massive, cloud-based service designed to absorb even the largest DDoS attacks. The Defense.Net network supports multiple protocols and provides features for remediation and control to safeguard customers from unforeseen threat vectors, while maintaining application performance.

F5 said Defense.Net’s high-capacity cloud service is complementary to its own on-premise DDoS Protection capabilities. The advanced technologies and operational experience shared between the two companies will expand F5’s portfolio of security solutions for defense against Internet-based DDoS attacks on networks, data centers, and applications.

“F5’s DDoS product engineering shows a comparable focus on scale and performance to how Defense.Net has built its mitigation capability in the cloud,” said Barrett Lyon, Founder and CTO of Defense.Net. “Customers of all sizes will be able to ensure that business-critical applications and networks are protected and available under the most demanding conditions regardless of the volume, type, or source of DDoS attack. Wherever it makes the most sense to stop an attack, F5 will provide the customer with the right defense.”


  • Defense.Net is based in Belmont, California.  It has data centers in San Jose, California and Ashburn, Virginia.

AMD’s SeaMicro Server Sets OpenStack Record: 168,000 Virtual Machines​​

AMD has achieved record scalability of 168,000 virtual machines on 576 physical hosts, all provisioned on its SeaMicro SM15000 server. AMD said the first 75,000 virtual machines were deployed in six hours and thirty minutes.  The record demonstration was achieved in collaboration with Canonical using the Ubuntu OpenStack (Icehouse) distribution. MaaS (Metal as a Service), part of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu OpenStack, was used to deliver the bare metal servers, storage and networking.

AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000 is a high-density, 10 rack unit system that links 512 compute cores, 160 gigabits of I/O networking and more than five petabytes of storage with a 1.28 terabyte high-performance supercompute fabric.  The SM15000 server design eliminates top-of-rack switches, terminal servers and hundreds of cables.  It currently supports the next-generation AMD Opteron (Piledriver core) processor, Intel Xeon E3-1260L (Sandy Bridge), E3-1265Lv2 (Ivy Bridge), E3-1265Lv3 (Haswell) and Intel Atom N570 processors.

“This record validates that the SeaMicro SM15000 is well suited for massive OpenStack deployments,” said Dhiraj Mallick, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Data Center Server Solutions. “The combination of Ubuntu OpenStack and the SeaMicro SM15000 server provides the industry’s leading solution to build cloud infrastructure that is highly responsive and ideal for on-demand services.”


Telstra Demos LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation at 450 Mbps

Telstra has demonstrated downlink speeds of 450 Mbps using LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation across a trial combination of 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands over its live network.

Telstra worked with Ericsson to install equipment for two new 4G Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) channels of 20MHz bandwidth each on the 2600MHz spectrum band (40MHz FDD), aggregated with live 20MHz of 4G on the 1800MHz band. The result was three simultaneous side-by-side paths for the data to travel through to the operational core network. Telstra also used an advanced prototype Cat 9 engineering device that could combine the three channels to achieve these speeds.

"Conducting this type of test is a significant step in the network engineering and development process. It is essential for us to see how this type of technology works in the live network and understand what needs to be done to continue to absorb the exploding demand in mobile broadband and offer an exceptional customer experience,” Mike Wright, Group Managing Director Telstra Networks.

”Telstra has the largest holding of APT700MHz and 2600MHz spectrum in Australia and we expect we will eventually be able to offer this service across much if not most of our mobile network footprint, allowing more of our customers to benefit from improved capacity and faster speeds,” said Mr Wright.


In February 2014, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies 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.