Wednesday, October 8, 2014

TIM Brasil Picks Coriant for Long Haul DWDM

Telecom Italia Mobile Brasil (TIM) will deploy the Coriant hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform. Coriant said its hiT 7300 was selected due to its flexibility, stability and per-channel transmission capacities. TIM ranks as the second largest mobile telecommunications provider in Brazil covering 94 percent of urban geographies with over 74 million customers.

"Our Coriant team has been working with TIM Brazil since 2008 and we are pleased to continue to strengthen our relationship. In the near future we expect that the network will carry as much traffic as a small city at times. Our hiT 7300 solution will enable virtually unlimited capacity growth with seamless scalability," stated Roberto Cepparotti, Vice President, Customer Operations Telecom Italia Global for Coriant.

Truecaller Raises $60 Million for Verified Global Directory

Truecaller, a start-up based in Stockholm, Sweden, raised US$60 million in new funding for its verified mobile phone community.

Truecaller manages a global database of verified telephone numbers.  Users of its app can search for business or friends. Truecaller users will be notified when someone requests their number, and have the option to approve any request that comes through.  The system filters out spammers and unwanted callers.

The new funding came from Atomico, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and Sequoia Capital.

  • Truecaller was founded in 2009 by Nami Zarringhalam and Alan Mamedi, both of whom were studying at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.

Infonetics: Carrier Spending on OTN Switching and P-OTS Jump 35% YoY

The global optical transport network (OTN) market totaled $4.3 billion in the first half of 2014 (1H14), an increase of 9% from the first half of 2013 (1H13), however sales of OTN switching gear jumped 35% in the period, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.

“The dramatic growth of OTN switching we saw last year carried over into the first half of 2014 (1H14), with revenue soaring 35% from the same period a year ago as deployment is catalyzed by service providers continuing rollouts of 100G coherent technology,” notes Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for carrier transport networking at Infonetics Research. “Most of the growth in OTN switching is coming from North America as spending trends stagnate again in EMEA. The P-OTS market is also up 35% in 1H14, as providers continue to favor packet optical systems that combine OTN and Ethernet switching over more complex and expensive carrier Ethernet systems.”

Some highlights of the report:

  • Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, and Infinera are the key beneficiaries as service providers adopt integrated WDM and OTN switching and deploy 100G coherent technology in the core
  • Meanwhile, Chinese carriers continue to expand deployments of OTN switching, benefitting both Huawei and ZTE
  • Incumbent vendors Ciena, Cisco, Coriant, Fujitsu, and Huawei (listed in alphabetical order) are the P-OTS market leaders, and new players BTI, Cyan, and Transmode are challenging with pure-play P-OTS platforms
  • The OTN market is forecast by Infonetics to grow at a 12% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2013 to 2018, slightly faster than the wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) segment

Televõrgu Deploys ADVA 100G Core over 3,000km

Televõrgu AS, which is part of the Tele2 Group, has deployed the ADVA Optical Networking's 100G Core to connect Northern and Eastern Europe.

The network uses the ADVA FSP 3000 with coherent detection technology and RAMAN amplification to transport up to 9.6 Tbps of data across 3,000km of fiber without regeneration and without any dispersion compensation. Together with flexgrid reconfigurable add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) technology, this system is ready to carry future bandwidth services, such as 400 Gbps, across the whole fiber route that stretches from Frankfurt, Germany to Tallinn, Estonia.

"Our new route has been extremely well received by customers, and almost 20% of the whole capacity is already in use" said Ove Ant, CEO, Televõrgu. "This network provides a lot of new opportunities in means of features, future deployments and services. This definitely sets us on a lead position on a transmission services market."

"Televõrgu is a company that is continually pushing the boundaries of what's possible," commented Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. "This is what excites our team. With Televõrgu's trans-European network, we were able to showcase what our ADVA 100G Core can do.

Open Interconnect Consortium Gets Underway

A new Open Interconnect Consortium has begun work to define the connectivity requirements to improve interoperability between the billions of devices making up the Internet of Things (IoT).  The group recently appointed its leadership:

  • President: Jong-Deok Choi, executive vice president and deputy head of Software R&D Center, Samsung Electronics
  • Vice President: Imad Sousou, vice president, Software and Services Group and general manager, Intel Open Source Technology Center, Intel Corporation
  • Secretary: Bernard Shung, general manager, new business development, MediaTek
  • Treasurer: Kip Compton, vice president, IoT Systems and Software Group, Cisco

The goal of the Open Interconnect Consortium is to develop an open specification and connectivity framework to enable application developers and device manufacturers to deliver interoperable products across Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, Tizen, etc.

The standard will include IP protection & branding for certified devices (via compliance testing) and service-level interoperability.

Twenty-seven companies have joined the consortium, including Acer, ActnerLab, Allion, Aepona, Cisco, Cryptosoft Ltd, Eyeball Networks, Global Channel Resource, Gluu, IIOT Foundation, InFocus, Laplink Software, Mashery, McAfee, MediaTek, Metago, NewAer, Nitero, OSS Nokalva Inc., Realtek Semiconductor Corp., Remo Software, Roost, SmartThings, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Thug Design, VMC and Zula.

DragonWave's Revenue Jumps 32% over Previous Quarter

DragonWave reported revenue of $37.9 million, for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015, ended August 31, 2014. This compares with $28.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 and $25.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2014. Revenue from the Nokia channel represented 60% of revenue in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015, versus 61% in both the first quarter of this fiscal year and the second quarter of fiscal year 2014. DragonWave had one other customer that contributed greater than 10% of revenue in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Net loss applicable to shareholders in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015 was $8.9 million or ($0.14) per basic and diluted share. This compares to a net loss applicable to shareholders of $6.6 million or ($0.11) per basic and diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 and a net loss applicable to shareholders of $10.5 million or ($0.28) per basic and diluted share in the second quarter of fiscal year 2014.

“We delivered another quarter of strong sequential growth,” said DragonWave President and CEO Peter Allen. “Our product leadership together with strong global capex cycles underpin the business momentum we are experiencing. We anticipate fiscal third-quarter revenue to grow between 20% and 30% compared to our fiscal second quarter.”

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

SingTel Hits 260 Mbps with FDD / TDD Carrier Aggregation

SingTel achieved data rates of up to 260 Mbps using LTE Advanced FDD / TDD Carrier Aggregation on commercial hardware and software.

In tests, which took place at the SingTel office in Singapore on October 3, 2014, utilizing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and Ericsson's LTE software designed to support the company's multi-standard RBS6000 family of base stations for macro and small-cell networks. In the demonstration, Ericsson aggregated 20 MHz of LTE FDD spectrum with 20 MHz of LTE TDD spectrum, supporting peak data rates up to 260 Mbps.

Ericsson said FDD / TDD Carrier Aggregation enables operators to complement their FDD networks with a cost-efficient deployment of TDD. For operators using TDD bands, the TDD uplink coverage can be a constraint. By combining TDD and FDD spectrum through Carrier Aggregation, low band FDD can deliver good uplink coverage while the TDD band can be leveraged for higher downlink capacity. LTE FDD / TDD Carrier Aggregation enables spectrum from both LTE FDD and LTE TDD to be combined to deliver higher peak data speeds and improve app coverage across the network. It increases the effective TDD coverage area by up to 70%, reducing the cost of providing TDD coverage. It also ensures efficient utilization of spectrum, increasing both the combined FDD / TDD coverage area and capacity of the network.

Commercial devices supporting FDD / TDD Carrier Aggregation are expected in 2015.

Tay Yeow Lian, Managing Director for Networks, SingTel says: "We are already using dual-layers of LTE FDD with LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation, and we know the performance of our mobile network is critical to ensuring that our customers have a great experience on their smartphones and tablets. Therefore, we will continue to explore the future option of bundling even TDD spectrum into the LTE carrier aggregation to expand network capacity, allowing our customers to enjoy consistent high data speed download even at high traffic areas."

In June 2014, SingTel is launching a 4G mobile broadband service boasting data speeds of up to 300Mbps, double the speeds of currently available 4G services in Singapore.

SingTel's 300 Mbps uses LTE-Advanced technology from Ericsson.

SingTel is using LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation to combine 20 MHz bandwidth each of its 1800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum bands. 

 The first live site at Singapore Expo is now ready for service.  By the end of the year, more than half of the island will be covered, including areas such as the CBD, Changi Airport and popular shopping malls. Customers can look forward to nationwide coverage by the end of 2015.

SolidFire Raises $82 Million for Flash Storage

SolidFire, a start-up based in Boulder, Colorado, closed $82 million in Series D funding for its all-flash storage systems.

SolidFire said its revenue grew over 700 percent in 2013 and has increased over 50 percent quarter over quarter in 2014. Its customer base is approximately a 50:50 service provider/enterprise.

SolidFire also announced the expansion of its flagship SF Series product line, unveiling two new storage nodes that represent the third generation of SolidFire hardware to be released since the platform became generally available in November 2012.

The latest investments bring the company's total funding to $150 million. New investor Greenspring Associates led the round along with a major sovereign wealth fund, with participation from current investors NEA, Novak Biddle, Samsung Ventures and Valhalla Partners.

“Just as flash has disrupted the legacy disk storage market, SolidFire continues to disrupt the all-flash array market by delivering a storage platform that goes far beyond the basics of raw flash performance,” commented SolidFire’s Founder and CEO Dave Wright. “Additional funding allows us to continue to extend SolidFire’s technical advantages over the competition and will deepen our sales, marketing and channel enablement to meet the growing global demand for SolidFire’s leading all-flash storage architecture.”

OVH Installs Nuage SDN for OpenStack as a Service

OVH, the number one hosting provider in Europe, has selected the Nuage Networks' SDN Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) for deployment within and across its data centers in order to enable dedicated cloud services.

OVH chose to implement the Nuage Networks VSP to deliver an "OpenStack as a Service", through which customers can access dedicated servers in the OVH Private Cloud Computing infrastructure while leveraging OpenStack to define both network and data center resources for a better performing, more programmable, and operationally efficient cloud environment.

“We are pleased to implement Nuage Networks with OpenStack in our cloud infrastructure. The Nuage Networks SDN technology allows us to offer our customers cloud services in a more dynamic way, giving them the capability to reduce their time-to-market with a programmable and automated networking environment,”said Octave Klaba, CEO of OVH.

“We are excited to work with OVH in support of their dedicated cloud initiative, which will allow them to deliver attractive and innovative cloud services to theirEuropean and international customers, while making their infrastructure more agile, responsive, and cost effective,”added Matthieu Bourguignon, Country Sales Officer for Alcatel-Lucent France.

Integra Activates Low-Latency, Dedicated 100G Express Routes

Integra, which operates a long-haul fiber network spanning 6,400 miles across 11 Western states, has established dedicated Express Routes for its Wavelength services. The Express Routes offer low-latency, high-bandwidth backbone connectivity throughout Integra’s network footprint.

Integra has established Express Routes for dedicated, point-to-point 100G connectivity between metro areas across the Western U.S. including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Sacramento, Salt Lake City and Seattle.

"Integra’s 100G Express Routes further extend the benefits of our Wavelength services, providing cost-efficient, low-latency connectivity for carriers, multi-location enterprise networks and content providers who require secure, dedicated bandwidth for data transport between long-haul locations,” said Joseph Harding, Integra’s chief marketing officer. "For customers who see network performance and business performance as inextricably linked, our Express Routes are the quickest path to success."

  • In April 2014, Integra announced deployment of Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, including WaveLogic 3 Coherent Optical Processors and Smart Raman with PinPoint advanced fiber analytics software  on a route that connects Salt Lake City to Sacramento.

AT&T Adds Blue Jeans Video Collaboration

AT&T announced a partnership with Blue Jeans Network, a start-up based in Mountain View, California that offers cloud-based video collaboration services.

“Today, people expect convenient and effective ways to work together whether they are in the office, at home, or on the road,” said Abhi Ingle, senior vice president, Advanced Solutions, AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions. “We’re taking complexity out of the equation. From mobile to desktop to the conference room, AT&T Video Meetings with Blue Jeans gives people the tools they need to collaborate over video, virtually whenever and wherever.”

Nokia Supplies VoLTE to du

Nokia Networks has supplied its VoLTE solution to du, the Middle East region’s fastest growing telecommunications service provider.

Nokia said its VoLTE solution successfully enabled VoLTE functionality in a most complex multi-vendor LTE network. The key to a successful voice service implementation in LTE network is the ability to execute a verified end-to-end VoLTE solution. Nokia’s VoLTE experts designed, tested and integrated VoLTE into du’s multi-vendor LTE network and achieved this Middle East-first VoLTE implementation in just 80 days, marking this as the world’s fastest implementation. VoLTE compatible handsets successfully connected high-definition (HD) voice calls with faster call setup time, in just 1-2 seconds, while simultaneously accessing 4G data services over the LTE network.

“With Nokia’s VoLTE solution, we will be able to use the full potential of LTE mobile broadband technology by ensuring seamless HD voice calls and video over our LTE network,” said Saleem Al Balooshi, Executive Vice President, Network Development and Operations, du. “We are committed to providing the best mobile broadband experience for our customers, and this has been reconfirmed with this fastest installation and testing of VoLTE services. With our longtime partner Nokia Networks, we will soon be able to provide HD multimedia services including browser-based apps for video conferencing, chat, file sharing and other services for our customers.”

Infomart Extends Data Center Fleet with Merger - Dallas, SJ, Portland, Ashburn

Infomart and Fortune Data Centers announced a merger that brings together the huge Infomart facility with Fortune's colocation facilities in San Jose, Hillsborough (OR) and soon Ashburn (Virginia).

The new Infomart Data Centers with have over 2.2 million square feet of wholesale data center and office space.  The namesake Infomart building is Dallas is one of the most connected buildings in the Southwestern U.S., serving as host to all major carriers, leading financial institutions, Equinix, etc.  The Fortune Data Centers in San Jose and Hillsborough are modern, LEED certified, low-PUE facilities serving the fast growing tech sector.  In addition, the company is the process of retrofitting an previous AOL facility in the data center alley of Ashburn, Virginia. Infomart Data Centers is financed by a $5 billion Real Estate Fund from ASB.

“We’re thrilled to increase our footprint to establish a national presence.  We are now better positioned to serve the dynamic needs of our existing and future customers, who are often looking for extended location options, in addition to a capable and trusted provider,” stated John Sheputis, CEO of Infomart Data Centers. “As we expand to new geographic locations, our customers can continue to depend on our consistent excellence and reliable, responsible, best-in-class management that they have come to expect.”

Spirent Sees Weaker Demand in Q3

Spirent trimmed its financial guidance for Q3 saying demand levels dipped sharply as a result of merger activity and delays in capital expenditure.  The weakened demand primarily impacted its Networks and Applications business.

Spirent now expects revenues for the third quarter to be slightly below $110.0 million compared to $107.7 million last year.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Encompasses Cloud Opportunity

Hewlett-Packard confirmed the planned split of PC and printing businesses from its server, storage, networking and services group.

HP Inc. will consist of the the personal systems and printing markets.  It will pursue new opportunities such as 3D printing. Dion Weisler will be CEO of HP Inc. and Meg Whitman will be Chairman of its Board of Directors.

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will pursue opportunities presented by cloud, big data, security and mobility in the "new style of IT." It will leverage the new HP Helion initiative as its model for integrated, OpenStack-enabled cloud services. HP Financial Services will provide financing and support for new business models enabled by technology. Meg Whitmans will serve as CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Cathie Lesjak will be CFO.  Pat Russo will be Chairman on Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

“Over the past three years, we have reignited our innovation engine with breakthrough offerings for the enterprise like Apollo, Gen 9 and Moonshot servers, our 3PAR storage platform, our HP OneView management platform, our HP Helion Cloud and a host of software and services offerings in security, analytics and application transformation,” continued Whitman. “Hewlett-Packard Enterprise will accelerate innovation across key next-generation areas of the portfolio.”

  • Patricia Russo previously was CEO of Lucent Technologies and led its historic merger with Alcatel.  She subsequently led the combined Alcatel-Lucent as CEO until resigning in 2008.
  • In June 2014, HP introduced its Helion Network, a global, open network that promises a portfolio of services for enterprise customers and the ability to create a secure hybrid IT environment.
    The HP Helion Network will feature an OpenStack-based distributed cloud computing model. It will be hardware agnostic and HP promises that it will provide a unique commercial and operating model for service providers. HP hopes to attract a wide ecosystem of independent software vendors, developers, system integrators and value-added resellers.  It will also build on the HP CloudAgile Service Provider program, which has more than 115 service providers worldwide and 1,500 private cloud deployments. HP said its Helion Network will include companies such as AT&T, HKT, Intel and Synapsis.  HP expects to launch a pilot version of the Helion Network in Q4 2014.  General availability for HP Helion OpenStack and the HP Helion Development Platform is planned for the same time frame.

Cox Readies Gigabit Internet Service in Phoenix

Cox Communications is preparing to launch its gigabit internet service for residential customers in Phoenix later this month.

The service will be marketed under the brand name “G1GABLAST.”

“We are excited to deliver the choice of gigabit speeds to our customers,”said Cox Communications President Pat Esser. “Coupled with our 2,300 employees in the Valley and more than 20,000 nationwide, our latest investments and the deployment of the fastest speeds available are powering economic growth and development for businesses and residents of the communities we serve.”

G1GABLAST will be available in the Phoenix market for $69.99 per month when combined with Cox’s most popular service bundles.

VCE Ships All-Flash Vblock Systems

VCE introduced new and updated Vblock Systems, including the first all Flash-based model.

VCE provides pre-integrated, pre-tested and pre-validated converged infrastructure solutions that are delivered and supported by VCE as a single product.

The new Vblock System 740 is powered by next-generation Cisco Unified Computing, Cisco Nexus ACI-Ready networking and EMC VMAX 3 storage.  The new Vblock System 540 is the industry’s first all-flash-based converged infrastructure system for consolidating mixed workloads like private clouds, databases and related business applications. The Vblock System 540 is powered by EMC’s XtremIO all-flash arrays and next-generation Cisco Unified Computing, Cisco Nexus ACI-Ready networking. It delivers breakthrough consolidation and agility benefits like instant, space-efficient, full-performance copy services for applications like SAP with many instances across multiple application landscapes.

“The IT industry continues to shift toward hybrid cloud computing models, which requires organizations to re-evaluate their approach for how to deliver IT services,” said Todd Pavone, executive vice president, product strategy and development, VCE. “Our new Vblock Systems, integrated solutions and technology extensions are a significant step forward in helping VCE customers prepare for the hybrid world, providing new options that help them simplify how they deploy and manage infrastructure while enabling innovation and operational efficiencies that can drive value back into their businesses.”

Marriott Strikes Back at FCC Fine for Wi-Fi Blocking

Marriott International issued a statement criticizing the $600,000 fine imposed by the FCC for blocking personal hotspot Wi-Fi signals at its Gaylord Opryland hotel.  Marriott argues that it has the right and responsibility to block rogue access point on its property because the could represent a security threat to its operations and to its customers.

Here's the statement:

"Marriott has a strong interest in ensuring that when our guests use our Wi-Fi service, they will be protected from rogue wireless hotspots that can cause degraded service, insidious cyber-attacks and identity theft. Like many other institutions and companies in a wide variety of industries, including hospitals and universities, the Gaylord Opryland protected its Wi-Fi network by using FCC-authorized equipment provided by well-known, reputable manufacturers.  We believe that the Gaylord Opryland's actions were lawful.  We will continue to encourage the FCC to pursue a rulemaking in order to eliminate the ongoing confusion resulting from today's action and to assess the merits of its underlying policy."

Last week, the FCC imposed a $600,000 fine on Marriott Hotel Services for blocking customers' own Wi-Fi signals at the conference facilities of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The FCC said its investigation revealed that Marriott employees had used containment features of a Wi-Fi monitoring system at the Gaylord Opryland to prevent individuals from connecting to the Internet via their own personal Wi-Fi networks, while at the same time charging consumers, small businesses, and exhibitors as much as $1,000 per device to access Marriott’s Wi-Fi network. This action was determined to be a violation of Section 333 of the Communications Act. The FCC investigation was prompted by a consumer complaint in March 2013.

“Consumers who purchase cellular data plans should be able to use them without fear that their personalInternet connection will be blocked by their hotel or conference center,” said Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc. “It is unacceptable for any hotel to intentionally disable personal hotspots while also charging consumers and small businesses high fees to use the hotel’s own Wi-Fi network. This practice puts consumers in the untenable position of either paying twice for the same service or forgoing Internet access altogether,” he added.

Broadcom Intros 40GbE gearbox PHY

Broadcom introduced the first quad port 40GbE gearbox PHY supporting 20 Gbps input/output (IO) designs and engineered for high density switch environments..

The new 28nm device (BCM82764), which is optimized as a companion device to Broadcom's new StrataXGS Tomahawk Switch Series, is a high density gearbox physical layer transceiver (PHY) that converts 20 Gbps signals to multiple lanes running at 10 Gbps. Using Broadcom's companion PHY, customers have the option to provide legacy 40GbE ports while taking advantage of the full bandwidth of the switch.
Key Features

  • 19 x 19mm small form factor package specifically designed to interconnect with QSFP modules
  • Ultra low-power dissipation under 1 watt per port
  • Features four 2 x 20 Gbps to 4 x 10 Gbps bidirectional SerDes
  • Three-dimensional internal eye mapper on each line-side and system-side receiver
  • Supports standard Ethernet and HiGig data rates
  • 10G Ethernet pass through mode
  • Sampling is underway

"The introduction of Broadcom's StrataXGS Tomahawk Switch Series and companion quad-port gearbox PHY once again demonstrates our ability to bring a cohesive solution to market," said Rajiv Ramaswami, Broadcom Executive Vice President and General Manager, Infrastructure & Networking Group. "Our new 40G Ethernet gearbox facilitates extremely large switch radixes while using minimal power and real estate, providing a very attractive option for system designers developing next generation cloud scale networking equipment."

In September, Broadcom introduced its next-generation, StrataXGS "Tomahawk" switch, packing 2 Tbps of switching performance in a single chip that is capable of supporting 32 ports of 100 Gigabit Ethernet, 64 ports of 40GE/50GE or 128 ports of 25GE.

The new chip, which represents the 7th generation of Broadcom Ethernet switching silicon, is designed for the programmable fabrics needed in next-gen, cloud-scale data centers. 

The StrataXGS Tomahawk Series is powered by more than 7 billion integrated transistors in 28nm. It supports new 25GE and 50GE protocol standards, and is the first chip to scale to 32-ports of 100G on a single device.

Significantly, Tomahawk implements Broadcom's FLEXGS and Smart-Flow technology, enabling the switch to be software configured for specific policies while preserving deterministic latency. The new design brings a 12X increase in application policy scale compared to previous generation switches, along with increased flexibility of packet lookups and key generation, and rich load balancing and traffic redirection controls. This supports an extensive suite of user configurable functions for flow processing, security, network virtualization, measurement/monitoring, congestion management and traffic engineering.

CenturyLink Bundles Microsoft Office 365 with Voice/Data Services

CenturyLink is now offering cloud-enabled Microsoft Office 365 for businesses at no extra charge with its business voice and data bundles and managed services bundles for new small and midsized business customers.

"CenturyLink has transformed from a traditional network communications provider to an integrated provider of end-to-end, fully managed information technology and cloud solutions for businesses of all sizes," said Thuy Ha, director, business marketing, CenturyLink. "Businesses already trust us for ultra-fast, fiber-based Internet and advanced voice service, and now CenturyLink is a one-stop-shop for the mission-critical productivity applications in Office 365."