Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ADTRAN Cranks Up its Gigabit Rollouts Initiative

ADTRAN's Gigabit services architecture is gaining momentum and by the end of the year will have reached than 50 communities implementing gigabit services.  The company forecasts this number to quadruple by the end of 2015.

“Over the past year ADTRAN has worked with hundreds of service providers to introduce Gigabit services as part of our vision to help reinvent communities around the country,” said Jay Wilson, senior vice president and general manager, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division. “ADTRAN’s Gigabit broadband platform will serve as the foundation for our partners’ community economic growth and development for years to come.”

ADTRAN is also launching a a resource site, www.GigCommunities.net, as part of its Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program for service providers looking to deploy Gigabit services in the future.

Separately, ADTRAN announced that C Spire will deploy its technology to create a new "Silicon South" in Mississippi. The deployment enables C Spire Fiber to the Home service to deliver ultra-fast broadband.

http://www.adtran.com
http://www.GigCommunities.net

Pioneer Cellular Picks ALU for LTE

Pioneer Cellular has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a complete LTE overlay network in Oklahoma and Kansas. The deployment will eventually cover Pioneer's entire customer base covering 47 counties in Oklahoma and 14 counties in Kansas.  The initial 25 sites to be deployed will be completed by the end of 2014, with an eventual plan to cover all of Pioneer’s network.

Alcatel-Lucent is providing Pioneer Cellular with an end-to-end 4G LTE overlay solution including  LTE Radio Access Network, IP Mobile Packet Core (MME, SGW/PGW, PCRF), Subscriber Data Manager, IP Mobile Backhaul (7705 SAR) and associated deployment and integration services.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SoftBank Demos Busy Hour Mobile Policy Control with Ericsson

Ericsson and SoftBank Mobile demonstrated a policy-based system aimed at improving the user experience in even the most congested network environments, such as rush-hour in Tokyo.

Ericsson's new software feature, the Mobility-based Policy creates a direct connection between Ericsson SGSN-MME and Ericsson Service-Aware Policy Controller. This connection enables mobility management information from the SGSN-MME to go directly to the Service-Aware Policy Controller, while selected policy decisions from the Service-Aware Policy Controller can then go directly to the SGSN-MME. By off-loading the gateway, Mobility-based Policy supports an enhanced, location-based mobile user experience while reducing signaling traffic in the network.

The SoftBank Mobile network includes both Ericsson LTE Radio Access Network and Evolved Packet Core. Ericsson was also selected by SoftBank Mobile to supply and integrate its end-to-end mobile network solution for VoLTE.

"To accommodate our subscribers and data traffic growth, it is critical to optimize our spectrum. By enabling us to dynamically allocate the best radio resources on a per-user, per-terminal basis, Ericsson Mobility-based Policy has the potential to increase our network flexibility while reducing signaling traffic network wide - this efficiency drives additional opportunities to improve both the user experience and network performance," said Mr. Yoichi Funabiki, Director, Mobile Network Planning Division, Core Network Department SoftBank Mobile.

"Ericsson and SoftBank Mobile work together to consistently enhance the performance and user experience on their mobile network. With this demonstration of Mobility-based Policy, an innovative feature of Ericsson's Evolved Packet Core, we continue to strengthen our strategic partnership with SoftBank Mobile," stated Jan Signell, Head of Region North East Asia, Ericsson.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1847974
http://www.softbank.jp/en/corp/

Huawei Achieves 63Mbps in 3C-HSDPA Test

Huawei achieved a peak download rate of 63 Mbps in a laboratory test of 3-Carrier-High Speed Downlink Packet Access (3C-HSDPA). The result represents an improvement of 50% increase in downlink user speeds compared with Dual Carrier-High Speed Downlink Packet Access (DC-HSDPA).

Release10 of 3GPP introduces 3C-HSDPA technology, effectively aggregating three carriers for a single downlink subscriber over one or two mainstream UMTS bands at 850-900MHz and 2100MHz.

Huawei said continuous improvement to HSDPA potentially benefits billions of users currently on UMTS networks worldwide.

"This is a timely and important milestone in a fast expanding world of smart phones, growing mobile video demand and real-time large file download expectations," said Wang Yixiang, President of UMTS Domain in Huawei. "The relevance of higher speed downlink is also of significance for a growing number of multi-carrier networks, especially 3G 900 MHz and 2100 MHz band network deployments where improving download speeds through multi-carrier aggregation technology is critical for maintaining user experience and retention."

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-361277-3c-hsdpa.htm#.U-rhb_ldX5w

ShoreTel Continues to Innovate with Mobile Video, Virtualized Router

ShoreTel released a major update to its premises-based mobility solution, adding seamless mobile-enabled video conferencing over Wi-Fi or cellular networks.

ShoreTel Mobility 8 has integration with the ShoreTel Communicator desktop call-control suite. Employees can communicate via video between iOS and Android smartphones and tablets using the ShoreTel Mobility Client, with single touch video calling from the keypad. Users can participate in multi-party video sessions from mobile devices to room-based video communication systems. ShoreTel Mobility 8 also supports video communication from the user’s Windows desktop using ShoreTel Communicator.

The new software also introduces a virtualized ShoreTel Mobility Router.

“We’re making mobile collaboration simple and ubiquitous,” said Pej Roshan, vice president of product management at ShoreTel. “End users want consistency of capabilities regardless of which device they use. Now teams can stay connected and collaborate using the ShoreTel Mobility Client as well as the ShoreTel Communicator desktop client, on any device, and from anywhere.”

http://www.shoretel.com/about/newsroom/press_releases/ShoreTel_Delivers_Brilliantly_Simple_Mobile_Video_Collaboration__with_ShoreTel_Mobility_8.html

Huawei Inks Partnership with Telekom Malaysia

Huawei and Telekom Malaysia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-develop next generation access technologies for both fixed-line and wireless connectivity in Malaysia.

The partnership will see Huawei and Telekom Malaysia's Research & Development arm jointly research the most suitable, customized copper access and 4G solutions for Malaysia’s fixed and broadband landscapes. Through this collaboration, both parties will share research facilities and encourage knowledge transferring, as well as establish a joint lab within the TM Innovation Center, in Cyberjaya within the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) of Malaysia.

"Being a part of Malaysia’s digital transformation has been an exciting experience for us at Huawei. TM’s High Speed Broadband (HSBB) project has become a global reference point of future-oriented smart networks. By jointly developing technologies that utilize TM’s existing copper wires, TM can make efficient use of resources, quickly implement bandwidth strategies, and launch additional new services, including IPTV and HDTV based on the fast broadband to score more commercial success," stated Mr. Mike Wang, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Malaysia.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-361282-tm.htm#.U-rf3fldX5w

Singtel Adds 2GB Wi-Fi Allowance to Mobile Plans

SingTel will begin offering a 2GB monthly Wi-Fi allowance to many of its 4G mobile plans.

SingTel Wi-Fi connectivity is available at many crowded locations around Singapore including underground MRT stations. Users will be able to access the Wi-Fi network seamlessly without having to input a manual password.

http://info.singtel.com/personal/phones-plans/mobile/postpaid/standard/singtel-wifi

Vodafone India Picks Ericsson's Charging System

Vodafone India will use Ericsson's Charging System in a deployment supporting 75 million prepaid users. The Ericsson Charging System enables a host of new services like flexible refill, community charging and real time balance notifications among several other different voice and data offerings.

As a part of the five-year agreement, Ericsson will be replacing legacy infrastructure with its new Charging System across five new circles of Uttar Pradesh (W), Uttar Pradesh (E), Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, in addition to Mumbai and Maharashtra circles where it was already deployed. The deployment will enable convergence across payment methodologies and devices, and enable Vodafone to activate enhanced data charging via mobile broadband charging in the future. Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://www.ericsson.com

Cyan Posts Q2 Revenue of $24 Million

Cyan reported Q2 revenue of $24.4 million, exceeding its previously issued financial guidance.  The result compares with $19.0 million for the first quarter of 2014 and $31.7 million in the second quarter of 2013. GAAP net loss for the second quarter was $14.7 million, or $0.31 per share, compared to a net loss of $17.8 million, or $0.38 per share, in the first quarter of 2014 and $9.1 million, or $0.33 per share, in the same period last year.

“In the second quarter we remained focused on our key initiatives, announced several new customer and partner collaborations and launched Planet Orchestrate, a significant new addition to our Blue Planet SDN and NFV platform,” said Mark Floyd, Cyan’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are pleased with our execution this quarter and with the momentum we see in the market.

http://www.cyaninc.com

Monday, August 11, 2014

Intel Brings its 14 nm Tri-Gate Technology to Production

Intel's 14 nm technology is now qualified and in volume production. Yields of the 14 nm Broadwell chips are now in the healthy range and the further yield improvements are expected as volume ramps up. Intel has three fabs manufacturing or soon to be manufacturing at 14nm: Oregon (2014), Arizona (2014) and Ireland (2015).

Intel also disclosed technical details of its new Broadwell microarchitecture for the first time, including specifications on fin pitch, gate pitch, interconnect pitch and the latest Tri-gate transistors. The 2nd generation Tri-gate transistors offer significantly improved low voltage performance and lower leakage. Intel estimates a better than 2x improvement in performance per watt compared with its current 22 nm technology.

Broadwell, which will be the first of multiple design implemented in 14 nm, will be used for a variety of ultra thin notebooks and tablets expected to hit the market at the end of this year.

"Intel's integrated model – the combination of our design expertise with the best manufacturing process – makes it possible to deliver better performance and lower power to our customers and to consumers," said Rani Borkar, Intel vice president and general manager of product development. "This new microarchitecture is more than a remarkable technical achievement. It is a demonstration of the importance of our outside-in design philosophy that matches our design to customer requirements."

http://download.intel.com/newsroom/kits/14nm/pdfs/Intel_14nm_New_uArch.pdf

Initial Capacity of FASTER Trans-Pacific Cable: 100G x 100 Wavelengths x 6 Fiber Pairs

NEC has been selected as the systems supplier for a new Trans-Pacific cable that will boast an initial design capacity of 60 Tbps: 100G x 100 wavelengths x 6 fiber pairs. It is believed to be the largest design capacity on this route.

The FASTER cable will connect the west coast of the United States with two landing stations in Japan.  The US$300 million cable is targeted to enter service in Q2 2016.

The project is backed by a consortium of six companies: China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and SingTel.

http://www.nec.com/en/press/201408/global_20140811_01.html


In March 2014, Global Cloud Xchange (formerly Reliance Globalcom) unveiled plans for a new trans-Pacific submarine cable linking California and Japan and designed for flexible access options.

The Pacific Cloud Xchange (PCX) cable will be a four fiber pair system with initial design capacity per fiber pair at 100 x 100 Gbps using next generation Coherent Submarine Fiber. The new system will be ready for service in 2015.

Global Cloud Xchange is currently finalizing its submarine cable vendors and additional partners.  Global Cloud Xchange will announce the awarding of the PCX supply contract in second quarter 2014 and expects to bring the system into commercial service in 2015.

Telstra to Acquire Ooyala for Video Streaming/Analytics

Telstra will acquire Ooyala, a Silicon Valley-based provider of video streaming and analytics. Under the deal, Telstra will pay US$270 million to increase its ownership in Ooyala from 23% (fully diluted) to 98%.  Telstra had previously invested US$61 million in Ooyala over the past two years.

Ooyala harnesses the power of big data to help broadcasters, operators and media companies build more engaged audiences and monetize video with personalized, interactive experiences for every screen. The analytics helps determine exactly which content should be presented to individual views. The streaming platform provides content management tools, fast transcoding and adaptive bit rate delivery to customized players. The company, which was founded in 2007 and is based in Mountain View, California, is forecasting revenue of US$65m for CY2014. The company has more than 330 employees worldwide and a global footprint of 135 million unique users in nearly 240 countries.  Its customers include Telstra, ESPN, Univision, Telegraph Media Group, Dell, Sephora, Foxtel, NBC Universal, Comedy Central, News Corp and The Washington Post.

Ooyala Chief Executive, Jay Fulcher will continue in his current role and Ooyala will become a subsidiary of Telstra and operate as an independent business, retaining its brand, structure and management under the Global Applications and Platforms group.

Telstra Chief Executive Officer, Mr David Thodey, said Telstra’s investment and controlling stake in Ooyala would help build it into a world leading personalised video platform company.

“Ooyala enables broadcasters, operators and media organisations to deliver digital TV and video content, across any device to mass audiences, using analytics to provide recommendations, personalised content and advertising to the end user,” Mr Thodey said.

http://www.ooyala.com
http://www.telstra.com


  • Ooyala is headed by Jay Fulcher, who previously was CEO of Agile Software (acquired by Oracle) and served in executive roles at SAP and PeopleSoft.

IBM Acquire Lighthouse Security Group for Cloud-based Protection

IBM acquired the operations of Lighthouse Security Group, a provider of cloud security services provider. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Lighthouse Security, which is based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, offers an identity management solution that will be integrated into IBM's managed security services. The Lighthouse platform protects identity and data in an increasingly complex IT environment where more company information is being stored in the cloud and accessed from mobile devices.

The deal follows IBM’s acquisition of CrossIdeas, a privately held provider of security software that governs user access to applications and data across on-premise and cloud environments. CrossIdeas combines business-driven governance and analytics capabilities to give customers greater control for securing enterprises. By integrating the businesses of Lighthouse Security Group and CrossIdeas with IBM’s identity and access management offering, IBM will offer a full suite of security software and services that protect and manage a user’s identity.

http://www.ibm.com
http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/en/it-services/gts-it-service-home-page-1.html



XO Expands AWS Direct Connect Capabilities

XO Communications (XO) will begin offering AWS Direct Connect to enterprises at speeds ranging from 50 to 500 Mbps. This expansion of the AWS Direct Connect relationship  is an enhancement to existing direct connections at speeds of 1 and 10 Gbps.  The dedicated connections are provided over an IP-VPN.

"XO is pleased to be providing services that support its customers' connections to AWS Direct Connect," said Nicola Jackson, vice president, product and marketing at XO Communications. "Companies of all sizes are now looking for reliable, more secure access to cloud resources through direct connections to AWS. Toward achieving that for our customers, XO is helping companies maximize their network investments with cost-effective connections to the cloud."  

http://www.xo.com

Gigamon Appoints Senior VP of WW Sales

Gigamonannounced the appointment of Helmut Wilke as senior vice president of worldwide sales.  Prior to Gigamon, Wilke led worldwide sales, partner and operations for Ixia's Network Visibility Solutions as vice president of worldwide sales. Before that, Wilke was the vice president of the US Western Region
Enterprise and Partner Group for Microsoft where he delivered business critical technology solutions to enterprise customers.  Wilke also held senior sales positions at Extreme Networks and Sun Microsystems.

http://www.gigamon.com

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Facebook's Load Balancer Achieves 27% Power Savings at Midnight

Facebook's engineering team posted details on its "Autoscale" load balancing technology, which is now yielding significant energy savings as traffic on the site rises and falls during the course of a day.

In a blog posting, Facebook engineers describe how the Autoscale load balancer dynamically adjusts the size of virtual pools of web servers such that each active server will get at least medium-level CPU utilization regardless of the overall workload level.

https://code.facebook.com/posts/816473015039157/making-facebook-s-software-infrastructure-more-energy-efficient-with-autoscale/

Gemalto + SafeNet Merger Combines Edge + Core Security

Gemalto, which specializes in digital security, agreed to acquire SafeNet from Vector Capital for US$890 million in cash.

SafeNet, which is based in Belcamp, Maryland,  provides an extensive portfolio of data protection solutions including HSM advanced cryptographic key management systems, encryption technologies for civilian applications, authentication servers and authentication as a service, as well as sophisticated software license management and monetization solutions. The company estimates its technology protects over 80% of the world’s intra-bank fund transfers. Its 1,500+ employees, including 550 cryptographic engineers, serve more than 25,000 customers, both corporations and government agencies, in over 100 countries. In 2013, SafeNet recorded revenues of US$337 million and profit from operations of US$35 million and expects revenues of US$370 million and profit from operations of US$51 million for 2014.

Gemalto develops secure embedded software for personal mobile services, payment security, authenticated Cloud access, identity and privacy protection, etc.



  • Gemalto was formed in June 2006 through the combination of Axalto Holding N.V. and Gemplus International S.A.. Axalto was an IPO spin-off of Schlumberger in 2004. Schlumberger began making making SIM cards in the early 1990s with the arrival of GSM. It first began making secure chip cards in 1979.

LG Uplus and Huawei Open 5G Research Center in Seoul

Huawei and LG Uplus, a leading mobile operator in South Korea, have established a Mobile Innovation Center (MIC) in Seoul to focus on LTE-A and 5G technologies.

"LG Uplus selected Huawei as its preferred LTE technology partner to build a nation-wide LTE network and we are thrilled to see South Korean people now enjoying superior mobile experiences as a result. Huawei is committed to bringing the world’s most advanced mobile broadband services to more people worldwide, and industry cooperation, such as the one we have with LG Uplus, makes it even easier for us to do so." said Mr. Yang Chaobin, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Wireless Networks.

http://www.huawei.com

In July 2013, South Korea's LG U + officially launched its LTE-Advanced service, promising download speeds of 75 Mbps to 150 Mbps -- roughly twice the performance of its standard LTE service.  The LTE-A network is using carrier aggregation of 800 MHz and 2.1 GHz spectrum.  LG U+ said its network will offer pure LTE connectivity between compatible handsets, where voice is carried by VoLTE rather than falling back to CDMA. Vendors on the network included  LG, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Samsung.

Arista and VMware Expand Partnership

Arista Networks and VMware announced a strategic relationship focused on network virtualization in the software-defined data center (SDDC).  This is the third phase of an ongoing collaboration between the two companies:

  • Phase 1 2010+: ESX and vSphere/VMware vCloud Integration
  • Phase 2 2012+: VXLAN specification and interoperability across physical/virtual networks
  • Phase 3 2014+: VMware NSX integration and Arista Networks support for VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite and VMware vCenter Log Insight

The companies said they will undertake joint marketing of the generally available Arista and VMware integrated networking solution for VMware NSX.

“With multiple years of joint engineering and customer deployments, this announcement highlights our growing relationship with VMware. Arista is committed to working with VMware products and architectures to optimally combine the VMware network virtualization platform and Arista programmable physical networks for the best network-wide virtualization deployments,” stated Jayshree Ullal, President and CEO, Arista Networks.

http://www.arista.com/en/company/news/press-release/984-pr-20140808

FCC Adopts Text-to-911 Rules

Building on commitments made by America’s four largest wireless carriers to provide text-to-911 service, the FCC adopted rules to ensure that all remaining wireless carriers and certain IP-based text application providers are prepared to support text-to-911 by the end of the year.  Currently, more one hundred 911 call centers in the U.S. are serving portions of 16 states and two entire states (Vermont and Maine) are now accepting emergency texts.

The FCC said its new text-to-911 requirements apply to wireless carriers and “interconnected” text messaging providers (i.e., those which enable consumers to send text messages to and from U.S. phone numbers). This includes providers of “over the top” applications that support texting to and from phone numbers but not, for example, messaging apps that only support communications among users of games or social media.

The FCC also adopted a Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks comment on the continued evolution of text-to-911, including the delivery of location information and support for text-to-911 when roaming.

The FCC previously adopted rules requiring text messaging providers to send an automatic “bounce-back” text message to consumers who try to text 911 where the service is not available.

http://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-adopts-rules-promote-widespread-text-911-availability