Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ciena Unveils its Multi-layer, OpenDaylight SDN Controller

Ciena introduced a multilayer SDN controller for the WAN based on the OpenDaylight framework, along with an initial set of three new software applications for enabling virtualized, on-demand network services and functions.

Ciena said its new Agility software portfolio leverages real-time analytics to help network operators provision multi-vendor networks, ensure maximum efficiency and resiliency, and rapidly create and deploy new, differentiated virtualized services at lower cost.  The OpenDaylight support lets the network operator choose from open source, self-developed and vendor components, thereby avoiding single vendor lock-in.  The use of real-time analytics for provisioning high-bandwidth services and applications lets operators monetize and optimize their networks.

Some highlights of the announcement:

  • Ciena’s new Agility Multilayer WAN Controller enables agile allocation of network resources at the packet, circuit and wave layers.
  • Ciena's controller supports the vendor-neutral OpenDaylight ecosystem.
  • Ciena's controller is a focal point of joint development with Ericsson and further development will leverage contributions from both companies to expand its capabilities.
  • The new suite of SDN applications use advanced real-time analytics to provide greater network assurance, efficiency, monetization and application-driven agility. These applications include:

    Navigate – a multilayer path computation engine that combines a global view of all network resources and service demands with advanced analytics-based algorithms to automatically determine the best possible route through the network to establish a connection.

    Protect – a centralized global restoration calculator that speeds and increases resiliency and minimizes restoration bandwidth by pre-computing and distributing an optimal set of contention-free restoration paths for distributed execution in case of any failure.

    Optimize – a multilayer network optimizer that defragments the network to free up stranded bandwidth by reallocating raw capacity and fine-tuning connection routing.

    V-WAN – a network resource broker and scheduling application that offers immediate or scheduled bandwidth-on-demand to customers through an end-user portal or applications such as cloud and NFV orchestration systems via its open northbound API. 
V-WAN is available today, while the rest of Ciena’s Agility software portfolio is entering field trials with multiple service providers. 


Ciena also noted that its V-WAN network resource broker and scheduling application as well as its network management capabilities lay the foundation for multilayer SDN control. Equinix will use these capabilities to rapidly create and provision high-speed connections with greater agility and lower costs.

http://www.ciena.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/Ciena-Unveils-Agility-Software-Portfolio-to-Enable-Virtualized-Network-Capabilities.html

ALU Achieves 10G over Copper Phone Lines at 30m

Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, demonstrated the ability to carry 10Gbps over traditional copper telephone lines over a distance of 30 meters.  Bell Labs also announced a prototype technology that can achieve 1Gbps symmetrical over existing copper access networks.

The Bell Labs tests used a prototype technology called XG-FAST, which is an extension of the G.fast standard being finalized by the ITU. When it becomes commercially available in 2015, G.fast will use a frequency range for data transmission of 106 MHz, giving broadband speeds up to 500 Mbps over a distance of 100 meters.

Bell Labs said XG-FAST uses an increased frequency range up to 500 MHz to achieve higher speeds but over shorter distances. Bell Labs achieved 1 Gbps symmetrical over 70 meters on a single copper pair. 10 Gbps was achieved over a distance of 30 meters by using two pairs of lines (bonding). Both tests used standard copper cable provided by a European operator.

Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs: “Our constant aim is to push the limits of what is possible to ‘invent the future’, with breakthroughs that are 10 times better than are possible today. Our demonstration of 10 Gbps over copper is a prime example: by pushing broadband technology to its limits, operators can determine how they could deliver gigabit services over their existing networks, ensuring the availability of ultra-broadband access as widely and as economically as possible.”

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2014/alcatel-lucent-sets-new-world-record-broadband-speed-10-gbps-transmission-data-over-traditional

Qualcomm Supports Docomo's VoLTE Launch in Japan

Qualcomm Technologies announced that NTT Docomo's newly launched VoLTE service in Japan is leveraging a VoLTE solution based on its Snapdragon 800 processor with a fully featured multimode integrated VoLTE modem and IMS software.  The Qualcomm implementation supports SMS, HD voice, video telephony (VT), and single radio voice call continuity (SRVCC), which can be found in a wide variety of smartphone devices available on NTT DOCOMO’s network.

The VoLTE solution is also designed to deliver higher quality voice calls, faster voice connections with low call set-up times and simultaneous voice and Cat4 data rates up to 150 Mbps over LTE.

“We are pleased to work with NTT DOCOMO on the first large-scale commercial VoLTE launch, which is designed to provide their customers in Japan with faster, more consistent user experiences,” said Serge Willenegger, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “From improved voice call quality to faster data access, users will recognize the many benefits provided by the Snapdragon 800 processor VoLTE solution.”

The Snapdragon 800 processor supports all key VoLTE features such as CDRX, RoHC, SPS, and TTI Bundling that are designed to improve call quality and lower power consumption. The Qualcomm Technologies modem centric IMS solution is designed to adapt to radio conditions for superior mobility performance, lower power consumption and optimized call latency. This enables wider-bandwidth, high-quality HD voice and low latency voice and video telephony. The VoLTE solution has been performance optimized for diverse radio conditions and its Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC) is designed to support a smooth handover from LTE to 3G without dropping voice calls. It also incorporates robust inter-technology working with 2G, 3G and WLAN, all of which has been extensively tested across major infrastructure vendors and operator networks.

“NTT DOCOMO has launched the leading edge voice and video service, allowing VoLTE service to be available commercially nationwide in Japan as of June” said Kazuaki Terunuma, vice president and managing director of communication device development department, NTT DOCOMO, INC. “We have successfully worked with Qualcomm Technologies in LTE technology for many years, which is why we chose to work with them for VoLTE technology as well. With this comprehensive, stable and extensively tested chipset with IMS software solution, we are able to provide leading edge VoLTE services on mobile phones from several manufacturers to our customers.”

http://www.qualcomm.com/

  • In May 2014, NTT DOCOMO confirmed the pending launch of Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) in its home market in late June -- the first such launch in Japan.
    Four smartphones and two tablets in DOCOMO's summer lineup will become compatible with the new service after a software update scheduled in or after late June.

    The carrier said its VoLTE service will newly enable users to receive Area Mail disaster-information notifications while making VoLTE voice/video calls. Also, users will be able to experience data rate of up to 150 Mbps during VoLTE voice calls.

    DOCOMO's new VoLTE service will require a subscription to Xi. Existing Xi billing plans, packet flat-rate services, discounts and dialing charges will be applicable to VoLTE voice calls, including the new Kake-hodai & Pake-aeru billing plans for flat-rate voice and data, as well as data sharing with family members.

    Packet communication charges for VoLTE video calls will be offered free of charge until September 2015, after which video calls will incur both voice and packet communication charges.
    https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2014/0514_00.html

IBM Kicks off $3 Billion Silicon Research Initiative

IBM announced a $3 billion research initiative that aims to advance silicon technologies to the 7nm threshold or below.  Over the next 5 years, IBM will conduct two broad research and early stage development programs.

The first is aimed at so-called “7 nanometer and beyond” silicon technology and the second is focused on developing alternative technologies for post-silicon era chips using entirely different approaches.

IBM said its research teams will be able to leverage work it already has underway in area such as carbon nanoelectronics, silicon photonics, new memory technologies, and architectures that support quantum and cognitive computing.

"The question is not if we will introduce 7 nanometer technology into manufacturing, but rather how, when, and at what cost?" said John Kelly, senior vice president, IBM Research. "IBM engineers and scientists, along with our partners, are well suited for this challenge and are already working on the materials science and device engineering required to meet the demands of the emerging system requirements for cloud, big data, and cognitive systems. This new investment will ensure that we produce the necessary innovations to meet these challenges."

https://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44357.wss

Colombia's UNE EPM Deploys 100G with ALU

Colombia’s UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones has deplooyed a 100G core supporting both mobile and fixed-line customers in urban area using the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS).

The DWDM/OTN network includes the main fiber rings in Colombia’s national backbone network to connect submarine landing points in Cartagena, Barranquilla and Tolu with the main capital cities including Bogota, Medellin, Bucaramanga, Cucuta, Cali, Ibague, Neiva and Popayan.

The network, which boasts 8.8 Tbps of capacity, became operational in time to deliver video services for the World Cup.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/

América Móvil to Sell Majority Share of Mexican Assets

América Móvil announced plans to sell the majority interest (over 50%) of its operations in Mexico in order to cease being a "preponderant economic agent" as defined by new laws intended to break up the telecom monopolies in the nation.

The intended sales concern América Móvil's fixed line business, TelMex, and its mobile network, Telcel.  Carlos Slim is the largest stakeholder in América Móvil.

As part of the plan, all cellular cites (base stations), including towers and related passive infrastructure, will be separated from Telcel so that they may serve on a wholesale basis to all interested parties.

América Móvil's TelMex division also ratified a commercial agreement with Dish México in anticipation of offering pay television service once its regulated status as preponderant economic agent is cleared.

http://www.americamovil.com/amx/en/cm/news/2014/08072014.pdf


DragonWave Posts 61% Revenue Rise

DragonWave reported revenue of $28.8 million for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2015, compared with $17.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 and $24.5 million in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2014.

Revenue from the Nokia channel (formerly called Nokia Solutions and Networks) represented 61% of revenue in the first quarter of this fiscal year, versus 68% in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 and 57% in first quarter of fiscal year 2014. There was a net loss of $6.6 million or ($0.11) per basic and diluted share. This compares to a net loss applicable to shareholders of $11.6 million or ($0.20) per basic and diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 and a net loss applicable to shareholders of $6.6 million or ($0.17) per basic and diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014.

Gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 was 20.5%, compared with 14.5% in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 and 11.5% in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014.

“We are pleased that the increased demand that we observed in Q1 2015 is continuing into our second quarter.  Momentum is such that we anticipate revenue growth between 25% and 40% relative to Q1,” said DragonWave President and CEO Peter Allen.

http://investor.dragonwaveinc.com


Beijing Internet Harbor Picks Coriant for Packet Optical

Beijing Internet Harbor, an Internet service provider in China, has selected Coriant's 7100 Nano solution to support the creation of high-performance metro networks in Beijing and Shanghai. In addition, Beijing Internet Harbor is using Coriant's 8000 Intelligent Network Manager (INM), a single network management system that offers service providers full, end-to-end support for commissioning and monitoring services.

Coriant's 7100 Nano, part of the 7100 Packet Optical Transport Platform family, combines advanced optical networking technology with a full-featured integrated services layer. Coriant also creates flexibility in Beijing Internet Harbor's network using advanced multi-degree ROADM technology.

http://www.coriant.com/company/press_release.asp?id=1135

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Metaswitch Aims Project Calico's Layer 3 Routing at Cloud Data Centers

Metaswitch Networks announced Project Calico -  an open source solution for virtual networking in hyper-scale, cloud data centers.

Unlike networking alternatives such as VXLAN, GRE and SDN-controlled flows, Project Calico aims to leverage Internet core routing and route discovery techniques, namely the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), to scale data center networks. Calico promises tight integration with cloud operating systems, such as OpenStack, thereby providing the framework for orchestrated IP routing in between virtual machines (VMs) and host machines, along with intra and inter-data center interconnects.

Metaswitch is contributing the initial code base for Project Calico. Technology partners include 6Wind, Canonical and Flynn.

“The largest Internet-based companies in the world are building hyper-scale data centers that are virtualizing at Layer 3, and that approach makes a lot of sense,” says Martin Taylor, Metaswitch’s chief technical officer. “With Project Calico, we’ve made it possible to build cloud connectivity so that it looks a lot like Internet connectivity. Project Calico integrates seamlessly with the cloud orchestration system, such as OpenStack, to enable secure IP communication between virtual machines and, in doing so, it provides an approach to virtual networking that is scalable, efficient and simple.”

“While we focus on data plane acceleration to enable NFV, the scalability of virtual network control plane solutions must also be addressed. Project Calico appears to address this scalability, enabling [virtualized network functions] VNFs to communicate without the complexity and limitations of VLANs or overlay schemes,” says Eric Carmès, founder and CEO of 6WIND. "Our 6WINDGate packet processing software complements Project Calico by accelerating Layer 3 forwarding so as to deliver the highest data plane performance, adding another dimension of scalability to the solution."

http://www.metaswitch.com/news/press-releases/2014/metaswitch-networks-announces-project-calico
http://projectcalico.org

Open Interconnect Consortium Promises Open Source IoT

A new Open Interconnect Consortium backed by Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, Samsung and Wind River is promising to deliver a specification, an open source implementation, and a certification program for wirelessly connecting devices. The consortium is seeking to ensure interoperability for the billions of devices that will make up the Internet of Things (IoT).

The OIC specifications and open source implementations will help companies design products that intelligently, reliably and securely manage and exchange information under changing conditions, power and bandwidth, and even without an Internet connection.  The companies said the first OIC open source code will target the specific requirements of smart home and office solutions.

The rise and ultimate success of the Internet of Things depends on the ability for devices and systems to securely and reliably interconnect and share information," said Doug Fisher, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group. "This requires common frameworks, based on truly open, industry standards. Our goal in founding this new consortium is to solve the challenge of interoperable connectivity for the Internet of Things without tying the ecosystem to one company's solution."

http://www.openinterconnect.org/

Ericsson Hits 63 Mbps with 3G HSDPA

Ericsson and Turkcell demonstrated 3-carrier High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (3C-HSDPA) with a top speed of 63 Mbps. The demo was carried out in the 2.1GHz band in a WCDMA commercial network using three 5 MHz carriers for downlink and two 5MHz carriers for uplink, which were all within the 2.1GHz frequency band that is owned by Turkcell. The demo used Enhanced Uplink Multi-carrier (EUL-MC) to achieve an 11.5 Mbps uplink. The trial used core network and radio access network nodes supplied by Ericsson.

The test utilized a feature that will be included in Ericsson's software release 15A and was conducted on a smartphone powered by a Qualcomm processor with its integrated Qualcomm modem.

Turkcell currently operates a Dual-Carrier HSDPA network supporting speeds of up to 43.2 Mbps in downlink and 5.76 Mbps in uplink.

Bulent Elonu, Chief Network Technology Officer, Turkcell, says, "At Turkcell, Turkey's leading telecommunications and technology company, we are following global advancements closely to provide the latest technology to our customers as quickly as possible and to ensure excellent customer experience. We have been following three carrier development plans as the next step from two carrier technology for a long time. In the past, we have offered our customers a number of innovative solutions with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies. Today, this successful demonstration enabled us to introduce another groundbreaking innovation. Data download using three carrier has been tested for the first time on a network globally. We are proud that Turkcell has successfully hosted the first global testing of this promising future technology."

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.turkcell.com.tr/

Vitesse Samples Next Gen Ethernet Switching Silicon for 802.11ac Networks

Vitesse Semiconductor unveiled its next generation SparX-IV Ethernet switching silicon optimized for 802.11ac WLAN enterprise deployments.

The new SparX-IV Ethernet switches are designed for Gigabit Wi-Fi access and aggregation, and are also suited for industrial Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The new 802.11ac access point deployments enable WLAN connections in the gigabit range.  However, to ensure this performance, uplinks and aggregation switches must be upgraded as well. Vitesse said its new SparX-IV Ethernet switches were designed to answer this need by providing the ability to aggregate from 8 to 24 access ports at 2.5 Gbps. Significantly, the switch design also adds Layer 3 routing and IEEE 1588 timing and synchronization capabilities.

“Wave 2 .11ac deployments will be all about 2.5G uplinks,” said Larry O’Connell, product marketing director for Vitesse. “There’s a sizeable price and power penalty by going to 10G uplinks, requiring Enterprises to install new cabling to enable the higher total bandwidth. Vitesse’s new SparX-IV Ethernet switch family optimizes the aggregation switch bandwidth and port counts to actual deployment scenarios."

Some SparX-IV highlights.

• High Density Port Configurations: The SparX-IV Ethernet switches can be configured based on connectivity needs for 1G or 2.5G Ethernet uplinks;

• Sophisticated Traffic Classification: Featuring a highly optimized TCAM architecture with more classification capabilities than the competition, the SparX-IV family readily enables

• Expanded Routing & Layer 3 Support: With added Layer 3 routing support, the SparX-IV Ethernet switches offer larger routing tables than comparable options, giving customers flexibility in Quality of Service (QoS) and IPv4/IPv6 routes; and

• Ruggedized For Industrial Environments: The SparX-IV family is industrial-hardened for rugged environments: industrial temperature range support for operating temperatures of -40°C to 125°C; VeriTimeTM IEEE 1588 timing and synchronization; and hardware-based

The SparX-IV family includes a range of configurations and is sampling now.

http://www.vitesse.com/gigabit-wifi

Sprint to Power Pre-Paid Personalized Services with ItsOn

ItsOn, a start-up based in Redwood City, California, confirmed that Sprint will use the ItsOn cloud-based virtual network platform to offer personalized service experiences for no-contract customers with a key differentiation in the marketplace beyond price. Specifically, the Sprint Prepaid Group will repurpose the Zact Mobile cloud-based virtual network platform to power a new no-contract service – to launch later this summer-- that will supersede Zact, which is an MVNO service that ItsOn launched last year.

Last month, ItsOn announced that Sprint had selected its Smart Services Platform to enhance capabilities on its existing network architecture and that the ItsOn Smart Services device software would be embedded in all new Sprint Android devices sold through all distribution channels going forward.

Under this new agreement, ItsOn's technology will power future Sprint prepaid mobile data, voice and messaging service offers.

The ItsOn platform enables:

  • On-device service experience, including purchase, account creation, contextual marketing, real-time international and roaming upsells, group plan sharing and remote app-level device controls
  • Rapid service creation, including cloud-based service experience design, and plan and catalog management that can be instantly deployed to targeted demographic groups
  • Sponsored plans, including mobile operator or third-party sponsorship of customer usage for application and content services
  • Automated OSS/BSS and network functions, including policy orchestration, charging, rating, billing and on-device customer care

"We are thrilled to close this major agreement with Sprint to power the next generation of intuitive, convenient and personally relevant mobile service offers for no-contract wireless customers," said Greg Raleigh, Founder and CEO of ItsOn. "Sprint will be the first major mobile operator in the world to commercially launch a virtual, end-to-end, automated mobile network policy design and management platform. We are proud to help Sprint usher in the next wave of engaging, customer-centric mobile experiences."

"With ItsOn's technology, Sprint sees an opportunity to give no-contract consumers greater choice and real-time control of their mobile service," said Dow Draper, president, Sprint Prepaid Group (SPG). "ItsOn's cloud-based solution enables a unique user experience and could help reduce our timelines for designing and launching distinctly new service offers.  These new capabilities provide a very personalized on-device customer experience– both for individuals and families."

http://www.itsoninc.com
http://www.zact.com/education

Etisalat Tests Huawei's 400G

Etisalat is conduction a trial of Huawei's 400G OTN on its commercial network in the United Arab Emirates. In addition, Etisalat has been testing advanced mobile broadband technologies and 40 Gbps GPON from Huawei.

"With Huawei’s 400G technology, Etisalat’s existing network asset has proven its capability of supporting future, next-generation transmission technology, and are fully committed to enhancing our ability to support traffic growth demand from our customers," said Esmaeel Alhammadi, Vice President of Network Development, Etisalat.

"Both Huawei and Etisalat share a vision of enabling a better connected world for our regional customers. Through our latest partnership on the 400G OTN trial, we have set the stage for increasing access to the modern information society with intelligent management capabilities," added Alan Wang, President of Huawei Etisalat Global Key Account.

http://www.huawei.com

VI Systems, UCSB and DTU Demo 1060nm VCSEL Link

The first vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) at 1060nm has been demonstrated by VI Systems, University of California Santa Barbara and the Technical University of Denmark.  The tests established a data rate of 30 Gbps.

The 1060nm VCSEL light source is a bottom emitting, highly-strained 1060 nm quantum well VCSEL developed by Professor Larry Coldren’s group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The receiver tested was designed for data rates of up to 40 Gbps and included VI Systems’ transimpedance amplifier T40-150C080 packaged in fiber coupled receiver optical subassembly (ROSA).

http://www.v-i-systems.com/presse_e/detail.php?rubric=Presse_en&nr=1258

http://www.ece.ucsb.edu/Faculty/Coldren/OTC/


Ericsson Opens its Fourth Network Operations Center in India

Ericsson opened a Global Network Operations Center in Kolkata, India -- its fourth such facility in the nation.  It also operates NOCs in Noida, Gurgaon and Bangalore.

The new Global Network Operations Center provides managed services that help operators in 49 countries around the world reduce capital expenditure, improve network performance and promote end-user loyalty. The managed services provided include service and resource fulfillment, proactive and reactive maintenance, alarm and network fault handling, restoration and repair of network faults, problem management and change management, customer problem management, help desks, network planning, design and optimization, application development and support, and operations management.

Amitabh Ray, Managing Director of Ericsson India Global Services, says: "India’s large ICT talent pool and fast-growing economy makes it the ideal place to base a Global Network Operations Center to serve Ericsson’s customers. Kolkata’s standing as a center of commercial and educational excellence makes it a great location for Ericsson’s newest Global Network Operations Center site."

http://www.ericsson.com/news/140708-ericsson-opens-fourth-global-network-operations-center-site-in-india_244099436_c

Bluebird Network Deploys ADVA 100G Core

Bluebird Network has deployed the ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 to connect major urban areas within Missouri with a 100G core. The deployment extends a seven-year partnership for the companies.

Fully integrated into the ADVA FSP 3000, the ADVA 100G Core is built on coherent receivers, low-noise amplification and increased non-liner optical tolerance.

http://www.advaoptical.com
http://www.BluebirdNetwork.com

TeliaSonera Acquires Tele2’s Norwegian Operations

TeliaSonera will acquire Tele2’s operations in Norway for SEK 5.1 billion (US$750 million). Tele2 has approximately 1.1 million mobile customers in Norway.

TeliaSonera said the deal adds to its base of 1.6 million users in Norway, giving it a 40% share of the market. The company has also committed itself to a 98 percent population coverage for 4G by 2016, two years ahead of its obligations.

“I am delighted that we have reached an agreement to acquire Tele2 in Norway. This is a great strategic fit for TeliaSonera and in line with our ambition to strengthen our position in our core markets. At the same time it enables us to both faster and further invest and deliver best in class services to the benefit of Norwegian customers and society,” says Johan Dennelind, President and CEO.

http://www.teliasonera.com

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