Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Third MUOS Satellite Successfully Launched

The third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite was successfully launched on January 20 from the Naval Satellite Operations Center (Point Mugu, California) aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve beyond-line-of-sight communications for U.S. forces on the move. MUOS will provide military users 10 times more communications capacity over the existing system by leveraging 3G mobile communications technology, and will provide simultaneous voice and data capability. Lockheed Martin, which the prime contractor and integrator for MUOS, said the satellite-based, smart-phone cell network will enable IP-based terminals to transmit and receive clear voice calls and data from almost anywhere in the world.

“Thanks to the Atlas team for the safe delivery of MUOS-3 into our Geosynchronous Transfer orbit,” said Iris Bombelyn, vice president of Narrowband Communications at Lockheed Martin. “We look forward to completing our on-orbit health checks and delivering this important asset to the U.S. Navy. The addition of this satellite will give the MUOS constellation coverage over more than three-quarters of the globe, further extending the reach of the advanced communications capabilities MUOS will provide our mobile warfighters.”


Equinix Acquires Nimbo for Hybrid Cloud Professional Services

Equinix has acquired Nimbo, a professional services company focused primarily on helping enterprises develop and implement hybrid cloud IT architectures. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nimbo, which is a certified AWS and Microsoft Azure partner, specializes in migrating business applications to the cloud.  The company has extensive experience moving legacy applications into a hybrid cloud architecture, and connecting legacy data centers to the cloud.

Equinix said the acquisition represents an important step in its larger initiative to build its professional services capabilities to support data center migrations,WAN optimization and the creation of scalable, high performing hybrid cloud solutions.

The company had revenue of less than $10 million in 2014, and recently earned position #480 on the 2014 Inc. 500 list of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. Nimbo has offices in NYC, Houston and Seattle.

"Nimbo has a thriving practice, advising many of the Fortune 100 on their cloud strategies, winning awards for growth and innovation in this space. With our acquisition of Nimbo, we have expanded our ability to help customers leverage our unique cloud-density and Cloud Exchange value propositions and assist with the design and deployment of hybrid cloud solutions," stated Pete Hayes, chief sales officer, Equinix.


Tropo Launches on Apcera for Real-Time Telco APIs

Apcera, a start-up backed by Ericsson that offers a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that deploys, orchestrates and governs workloads on premise and in the cloud, announced a partnership with Tropo to provide telcos and developers a platform for building and delivering mission-critical communications apps.  Tropo specializes in real-time telco APIs.  These will now be offered running on Apcera's Continuum policy-driven platform-as-a-service (PaaS).  The planned joint solution will be deployed by a Tier 1 carrier in 2015.

Tropo's APIs allow telcos, developers and enterprises to quickly create and deploy real-time voice, video and messaging apps.

“Apcera is a young, agile company that is leveraging its innovative technology to reinvent the PaaS market, much like Tropo has done in the communications-as-a-service space,” said Jason Goecke, CEO and president of Tropo. “Our solutions are perfect complements to each other, and bringing them together will give our customers a great opportunity to leverage a leading-edge PaaS to speed new cloud-based communications apps to market, while ensuring a high level of security.”

Apcera's Continuum PaaS++ ensures reserved capacity and more fine-grained control over resources, including network and service access.

“Tropo shares our vision for delivering the platform and solutions telcos require to develop new offerings to differentiate themselves in a competitive market,” said Derek Collison, founder and CEO of Apcera. “We look forward to working with Tropo to showcase the ease with which new, high-performance communications apps can be quickly developed and securely deployed with our respective offerings.”


  • In September 2014, Ericsson announced its acquisition of a majority stake in Apcera, a San Francisco-based start-up developing an IT platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that enables enterprises to securely and transparently control the allocation and consumption of IT resources on premise and in the cloud. Financial terms were not disclosed.  Apcera's Continuum PaaS works across cloud, on premise and hybrid environments. Ericsson said the addition of Apcera's technology enables it to provide cloud automation to run all workloads and use cases, while providing complete control for infrastructure.
  • Apcera was founded in 2012 with investment from True Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Rakuten, Andreessen Horowitz and Data Collective. The cinoabt was started by former Google and VMware executive Derek Collison with the intent of bridging the divide between developers and ops organizations with an enterprise-class platform that integrates policy and security from the start.

VMware Adds Advanced Networking Capabilities

VMware introduced enhanced disaster recovery and advanced networking services for VMware vCloud Air and announced the general availability of vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand, which provides customers a quick online sign-up to pay for only those resources that are used.

The new capabilities for VMware vCloud Air include:

  • Native failback support - an easier way to resume normal data center operations in a primary data center following a failover to vCloud Air. Customers will be able to replicate workloads back from vCloud Air to the primary customer environment over the network to resume normal operations.
  • Multiple recovery points - Customers will have the option to roll back to multiple earlier snapshots of their data center environment. This is vital to recover from outages caused by data corruption, viruses or hacking attacks that compromise the most recent recovery point.
  • Self-service automation - Customers will be able to define and deploy recovery playbooks to streamline failover operations using a new vRealize Orchestrator DR plug-in, open source DR Command Line Interface (CLI) and an expanded REST API.

Highlights of VMware vCloud Air advanced networking services, powered by the VMware NSX network virtualization platform, include:

  • Fine-grained network security groups and isolation - Customers can define security groups that provide stateful network traffic isolation without requiring multiple virtual networks. Unique to the public cloud market, this enables a "zero trust" security model designed to prevent insiders and intruders from gaining full network access if an application or virtual machine is compromised. It also dramatically simplifies network configuration and is implemented as a distributed firewall, so there is no network traffic bottleneck.
  • Dynamic Routing - VMware vCloud Air will support both Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) based routing to simplify network integration between on-premises and cloud-based environments, allowing for redundancy and continuity in cloud-hosted application deployment. It drives down networking and administration costs.
  • Additional vCloud Advanced Networking Services - Expanded network scalability up to 200 endpoints, enhanced VPN support for point to site connectivity and enhanced load balancing with support for HTTPS.


Brocade Offers SDN Controller Trial License

To help enterprises and service providers explore and vet their SDN use cases, Brocade has begun by offering a free one-year license for its recently released Brocade Vyatta Controller. The free license provides management of up to five physical or virtual network nodes in a non-production environment and includes 60 days of free 24x7 worldwide access to the Brocade Technical Assistance Center. A production license for the Brocade Vyatta Controller is priced at $100 per attached node per year including support.

Brocade said its SDN controller is a fully tested, documented and quality-assured edition of the OpenDaylight platform. The company plans to contribute any enhancements made to the Brocade Vyatta Controller back to the community to ensure interoperability with other OpenDaylight-based controllers on an ongoing basis.

The company is also announcing the Brocade Vyatta Controller Developer Edition, which provides templates, libraries, and testing environments -- to help developers quickly write and test SDN applications and easily deploy them into service. The Brocade Vyatta Controller is free of proprietary extensions, so developers can be assured that their applications will run on any other OpenDaylight-based controller. In addition, developers retain full intellectual property rights to the applications they build.

"Today's announcement further distinguishes Brocade in our deep commitment to helping customers accelerate their transition to the New IP by delivering a truly open SDN solution based on the Brocade Vyatta Controller," said Kelly Herrell, senior vice president and general manager, Software Networking, Brocade. "Our free license model, new services that cater to both users and developers, as well as ongoing allegiance to OpenDaylight, not only remove significant barriers to implementing SDN solutions but also accelerate the time from proof-of-concept to production."

A10 Networks Outlines Harmony Application Architecture

A10 Networks introduced its "Harmony" service integration architecture for enterprise, cloud, and service provider networks.  The idea is to integrate intelligent application networking services more easily with its A10 Thunder Series Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs). A10 said its Harmony framework will accelerate service integration and manageability through open and standards-based programmability.

A10 also released its latest ACOS 4.0 software, bringing brings new features and capabilities such as Secure Interconnect IPsec VPNs, SSL Insight, Application Access Management (AAM) and Web Application Firewall (WAF).

The company is also releasing a new A10 Harmony Policy Engine and an expanded aXAPI SDK and RESTful APIs. The ACOS 4.0 policy engine enable A10 to swiftly create consistent API, CLI and web management interfaces supported by advanced telemetry. A10 customers and partners will be able to take advantage of ACOS 4.0 and A10 Harmony architecture to integrate their own advanced networking, security, and management services.

"ACOS 4.0 is our most significant release since the launch of the 64-bit version of ACOS," said Lee Chen, CEO of A10 Networks. "ACOS 4.0 with A10 Harmony ushers in a new era of SDN and cloud computing; it lays the foundation for next-generation SDN ADC and paves the way for programmable intelligent application and security services."

"Integration with leading SDN and Cloud Orchestration vendors is important as we address emerging cloud frameworks," said Raj Jalan, CTO of A10 Networks. "A10 Harmony provides L4-L7 policy enforcement in Cisco ACI and VMware NSX networks."


Procera Confirms Orders from Tier 1s for Mobile Analytics

Procera Networks confirmed that it has received two orders that total several million dollars from two Tier 1 mobile operators to deliver Mobile Subscriber Experience Assurance.

The operators will use PacketLogic products solely for the mobile network and for the subscriber analytics that are visualized via its multiple mobile-centric Perspectives solutions. The revenue from these orders is expected to be recognized in the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.

Procera's Subscriber Experience analytics solutions offer operators both real-time and historical visibility into the metrics that can have the greatest impact on their customers' experience such as insight into the cause of video stalls, slow page load times, social networking feeds not loading, or slow sync times for cloud services. The intelligence gathered from Procera's Perspectives (RAN, Video, Subscriber, Device, Routing, Traffic, Content, and Topology) is displayed in real-time using Dynamic LiveView or streamed using IPFix, and then stored in the PacketLogic Intelligence Center for visualization in the Insights Product family (Engineering Customer Care, and Marketing) or in an external Big Data solution.

"Mobile operators are desperate to collect meaningful subscriber experience metrics so that they can deliver a superior broadband service for their customers," said Andy Lovit, senior vice president of global sales and services at Procera. "Procera's unique ability to correlate subscriber-based intelligence coupled with our extensive broadband experience delivers significant value to engineering, marketing, and customer care teams at mobile operators."


Hitachi Data Systems Adds Cloud Capabilities to Content Platform

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS) announced major enhancements to its Content Platform portfolio, featuring integrated solutions for private and hybrid cloud, Openstack, elastic scale backup-free cloud gateways, file sync and share, and mobile access to enterprise NAS file shares from a single architecture.

HDS said its new Content Platform capabilities support cost-optimized cloud services for elastic scalability across onsite and offsite storage environments. Organizations will be able to integrate the Hitachi Content Platform into their OpenStack environment.

The company also updated Hitachi Data Ingestor and HCP Anywhere to enable secure – and unified – mobile access to both cloud and enterprise data.

HDS also is enhancing mobile access to its content platform, so users have secure access to cloud and enterprise data from anywhere, on any device, at any time.

“With Hitachi Content Platform cloud storage solution from Hitachi Data Systems, Xinhua News Agency will become the first news agency to adopt disks for streaming media asset storage in China,” said, Jiao Lu, leader of cloud media asset project team, audio-visual data division, technology department, Xinhua News Agency. “The object storage technology and customized metadata function of HCP provides self-description capabilities that are independent of the database and application system for streaming media files. At the same time, the standard HTTP-based access protocol offered by HCP can not only eliminate the waiting time of tape export, but also provide service for users from external networks. This can improve the read and write response speed of streaming files significantly. Upon the completion of the system implementation, HCP cloud storage will become the core data platform for TV service of Xinhua News Agency.”


Anuta Enhances Its Orchestration System for OpenStack, NFV, YANG

Anuta Networks, a start-up developing network orchestration systems, announced support for OpenStack, NFV and YANG modeling.

Anuta Networks NCX is an industry leading software solution designed to deliver complete network service orchestration for campus, branch, and data center networks by leveraging both physical and virtual devices across multi-vendor network infrastructures.

NCX 4.0 enhancements include:

  • OpenStack Support - Anuta NCX provides the ability to provision end-to-end L2-L7 network services on multi-vendor physical, virtual and software defined network devices. NCX ML2 plugin makes these network services available to OpenStack users by converting OpenStack Neutron requests into NCX network service APIs. Anuta ML2 plug-in allows customers to integrate their legacy as well as new infrastructures with OpenStack self-service frameworks.
  • NFV Support - NCX 4.0 introduces support for ETSI NFV (Network Function Virtualization) use-cases such as Virtual CPE, Virtual MPLS backbone and Edge networks, Virtual Data Center etc. NCX delivers the MANO functionality in the ETSI NFV architecture and supports on-demand service chaining of L4-L7 VNFs including Brocade, Vyatta, Cisco CSR1000V, Cisco Nexus 1000V, VMware DVS, Citrix NetScaler VPX, F5 BIG-IP, Juniper vSRX, Juniper Firefly, Radware ADC-VX and Riverbed Steelhead WAN Optimization. NCX also includes VNF Manager to customize the VNF configuration, scale on-demand and monitor the VNF performance and availability.
  • YANG Modeling Support - NCX 4.0 supports IETF YANG based data models. IETF standard YANG specified by RFC 6020 is a data modeling language used to model configuration and state data manipulated by the network configuration protocol (NETCONF). Customers and partners can extend the YANG based device and service models to rapidly customize the NCX deployments.
  • New Device Support - NCX 4.0 introduces support for Brocade, Vyatta 5400, 5600 series, Cisco XRV, Ericsson SSR 8000 series, Fortigate 3140, 3140B, Juniper MX-80 series, Alaxala AX-3650, AX1240, AX2530 and Apresia 15000 series.


IEEE Addresses Coexistence in Unlicensed Frequency Bands

IEEE has formed a new Study Group to explore radio technology independent methods for enabling wireless networks operating in unlicensed frequency bands to coexist.

The IEEE 802.19 Coexistence in Unlicensed frequency Bands (CUB) Study Group was established to address the growing demand for mitigating interference over unlicensed frequency bands stems from various types of wireless systems including IEEE 802 and non IEEE 802 systems, and aims to:

  • Develop coexistence scenarios and use cases
  • Define necessary information to be exchanged between different systems to mitigate coexistence problems
  • Study how to exchange messages among entities
  • Study methods for improving coexistence among dissimilar wireless systems in unlicensed bands
  • Demonstrate potential coexistence improvements from shared information
  • Investigate other issues related to enhance coexistence in unlicensed bands.


Trans Pacific Express Selects Ciena for 100G

The Trans Pacific Express cable network (TPE) consortium has selected Ciena to upgrade capacity on its 17,968 km international submarine cable system.

Ciena is providing TPE with a multi-terabit upgrade using its GeoMesh submarine solution, including its new WaveLogic coherent optical processors’ capabilities, to more than triple the capacity of TPE, as compared to the original design capacity when it first went into service in 2008.

TPE is a submarine telecommunications cable linking Mainland of China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and the United States. The system is a joint venture originated between multiple telecommunications companies—China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, Korea Telecom, NTT Communications and Verizon.


SpaceX Raises $1Billion from Google and Fidelity

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) raised $1 billion in funding from new investors, Google and Fidelity.  The funding will support SpaceX's continued innovation in the areas of space transport, reusability, and satellite manufacturing.

Existing investors include Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Valor Equity Partners and Capricorn. Google and Fidelity will collectively own just under 10% of the company.


Tata to Take Significant Capacity on Seaborn's US-Brazil Cable

Tata Communications will purchase of significant capacity in Seaborn Networks' cable system between Brazil and U.S.

Larry Schwartz, Chief Executive Office, Seaborn Networks says, "With bandwidth and connectivity growth demand in Latin America at unprecedented levels, we are delighted to have Tata Communications as a strategic partner on Seabras-1. Tata Communications' investment for significant capacity purchase in Seabras-1 is a clear indication of high demand in the market for an express submarine cable route between the US and São Paulo and seamless extension to other geographies in the world."


  • In September 2014, Alcatel-Lucent kicked off construction of US-Brazil subsea cable for Seaborn Networks.  A turnkey installation agreement is in force for the six-fiber pair Seabras-1 system, which will boast an initial maximum design capacity of 60 Terabits per second. The Alcatel-Lucent solution to be deployed for this project includes an integrated 100G wet plant of cable and high bandwidth repeaters, power feed equipment, and its 1620 Light Manager (LM) submarine line terminal equipped with advanced coherent technology and offering unique flexibility to increase direct connectivity between countries.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Blueprint: 2015 - The Year of Voice

by Phil Twist, Vice President of Networks Portfolio Marketing, Nokia

Look around the room you're in right now. Chances are you see technology that has only been around for a short time. You may be reading this on a tablet or smartphone that is less than two years old. And while your phone calls may not sound much different than they did decades ago on a landline, the technology behind it all has been rapidly evolving. And with developments such as 4G and ubiquitous Wi-Fi setting the stage, we’re rapidly approaching the next iteration of voice.

The past several years have seen the development of underlying technologies that stand to redefine telecommunications, and in 2015 some of these innovations will begin to bear fruit. Here are a few key developments to look for in 2015 that will have a profound impact on the telco industry.

The Next Stage of the Telco Cloud

It starts with the next phase of something that has been around for more than a decade. By now we’re familiar with the cloud and how it can benefit us as consumers and as businesses by increasing flexibility in a variety of ways. Internet companies, for example, have the agility within their infrastructure to rapidly develop and deploy new services to attract customers and generate revenue. Up to this point, we have not seen this within the telco industry. Now, however, operators are taking the next big step by actually deploying commercial clouds within their infrastructure that will be responsible for providing traditional network services and delivering new innovative services to customers.

Cloud-based infrastructure will provide major benefits when it comes to flexibility in the product development cycle. Rather than develop a product and slowly integrate it into a legacy infrastructure with lengthy testing, operators will enjoy a much shorter innovation cycle, and the freedom to rapidly adopt new ideas – and discard those that prove untenable. The result for operators is increased capacity and new opportunities to generate revenue. For customers, the benefit is greater choices when it comes to the services and providers they use. But it’s also something more fundamental – simply better communication.

Voice over LTE

With LTE now available all over the world and the almost ubiquitous availability of Wi-Fi, the path has been cleared for two major developments in the way voice services are delivered and consumed. One of these is Voice over LTE (VoLTE). We have seen the first deployments of this in 2014, and it will become more mainstream in the coming year as more providers roll it out to customers.

VoLTE is a transformational technology that brings voice communications into the 21st century. Anyone who has ever had to say “D as in Delta” during a phone call knows the limits of clarity, as traditional networks limit the audio frequencies that are transmitted in order to save bandwidth. VoLTE, however, provides true high-definition audio that delivers the full spectrum of sound to the user for crystal-clear communications to greatly improve the user experience.

Not only does this benefit the customer, but telco operators experience dramatically improved efficiency in the use of the network. As one of the first services based on cloud technology to be deployed, VoLTE delivers 15 times the efficiency of traditional network architecture, allowing call volumes to expand while reducing total bandwidth demands. This frees up more resources for carrying data, which is still seeing an explosion in demand. And the provider that can deliver such improved service to customers is likely to be rewarded with improved customer loyalty.


The innovation will continue in 2015 with the rise of Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWifi). Like VoLTE, VoWifi takes advantage of improved network infrastructure for new means of providing voice service – in this case, extending the use of Wi-Fi to complement 4G networks. With cell towers being outdoors and potentially far from the user, some wireless customers suffer from poor indoor reception. But while their 3G or 4G connection might be weak, wireless networks have popped up nearly everywhere.

VoWifi takes advantage of this ubiquity by delivering seamless voice communications over the wireless network to complement the provider’s network. With cell and Wi-Fi coverage working together, poor signal strength becomes a thing of the past. VoWifi also means that by connecting to Wi-Fi when it’s available, the customer can make local calls without worrying about roaming charges. And with better service, tools that have suffered from poor performance – such as video calling – become true communication tools that can be used anywhere. The end result – operators providing better service and customers enjoying more productive communications.

The innovations coming to service providers and customers in 2015 all begin with significant network improvements that break through the impediments to innovation, yielding new services including VoLTE and VoWifi. And as operators’ infrastructure becomes more powerful and dynamic, watch as more tools are developed to increase the power of communication. The future of voice communication is bright – watch as it all begins unfolding in 2015.

About the Author

Phil is VP of Networks Portfolio Marketing for Nokia, covering forthcoming technologies, radio and core infrastructure for GSM, WCDMA, FDD-LTE and TD-LTE, as well packet core, subscriber data management, packet networks, industry-leading OSS and Customer Experience Management software and the full suite of Global Services including network planning and optimization services, system integration, implementation, care and managed services.

Phil has been active in the telecoms industry since 1984 and has extensive experience working with operators to implement innovative solutions and achieve business success. In his earlier positions at Nokia Siemens Networks and Nokia Networks, which he joined in 1999, he was global Sales Director for Vodafone, head of the Customer Team responsible for Hutchison's business in the UK, and head of a Business Development team. Phil has a Masters degree in Electrical Sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA. He is married, has three daughters and lives in Hampshire, UK.

About Nokia Networks

Nokia Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly. www.networks.nokia.com  // http://company.nokia.com

ZTE's 2014 Sales Hit US$13 Billion, up 8%

ZTE updated its financial guidance, saying it now expects net profit attributable to shareholders to be RMB 2.64 billion (US$424 million) in 2014, compared with RMB 1.36 billion a year earlier, according to preliminary unaudited results.

Full-year revenue is forecast to be RMB 81.24 billion, 8% higher than in 2013.

ZTE posted growth in its 4G TD-LTE and FDD-LTE systems business in China, as well as its 3G and 4G smartphone operations internationally.


AT&T's Acquisition on Iusacell Provides Access to Mexico

AT&T completed its previously announced acquisition of  Iusacell, a leading Mexican mobile operator, from Grupo Salinas for US$2.5 billion, inclusive of Iusacell debt. 

The deal includes all of Iusacell’s wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 8.6 million subscribers.

“The quick approval of this deal is one more example of why Mexico is an attractive place to invest,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “We look forward to bringing more wireless competition to Mexico along with an improved mobile Internet experience for customers. Expanding and enhancing Iusacell’s mobile network to cover millions of additional consumers and businesses is our top priority.”

 With its acquisition of Iusacell, AT&T plans to create the first-ever North American Mobile Service area covering more than 400 million consumers and businesses in Mexico and the United States. “It won’t matter which country you’re in or which country you’re calling – it will all be one network, one customer experience,” said Stephenson.

Iusacell offers wireless service under both the Iusacell and Unefón brand names with a network that today covers about 70 percent of Mexico’s approximately 120 million people. AT&T plans to expand Iusacell’s network to cover millions of additional consumers and businesses in Mexico.

Iusacell operates a 3G  GSM/UMTS network based on the same technology that AT&T uses in the United States. Iusacell owns between 20 and 25 MHz of 800 MHz spectrum, primarily in the southern half of the country, including Mexico City and Guadalajara, and an average of 39MHz of PCS spectrum nationwide.

Iusacell will continue to be headquartered in Mexico City. F. Thaddeus Arroyo, a 19-year AT&T executive, has been named to lead Iusacell as its Chief Executive Officer.


Telstra launches 100G Wavelengths on Submarine Cables

Telstra launched new 100G Wavelength services across multiple ultra-long haul submarine cable routes globally.

The new 100G Wavelength service is delivered via Telstra's Asia America Gateway (AAG Dedicated Fiber Pair), Reach North Asia Loop (RNAL), Telstra Endeavour, Australia-Japan Cable (AJC) and UNITY cable systems,

These cables reach Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Australia and the United States.

"As the volume of data generated and consumed worldwide continues to increase exponentially, it's critical the infrastructure responsible for delivering it can cater to this need. Our job, as a trusted network partner, is to adapt and ensure there is capacity where it is required most by our customers. However the move to 100G is much more than just raw capacity. Alongside enhanced efficiency, 100G can help customers reduce operational expenditure and simplify network maintenance thanks to the service's ability to consolidate bandwidths. It is also flexible enough to meet the requirements of most cable companies by offering landing station and point of presence options too," stated Darrin Webb, Chief Operating Officer, Telstra Global Enterprise & Services


Infinera Supplies DTN-X for MENA's trans-Egypt Terrestrial Network

Infinera announced the deployment of its DTN-X platform across Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Submarine Cable System's trans-Egypt terrestrial network.  The installation will allow MENA to provide wholesale carriers with a range of connectivity services from STM-1 to 100 Gbps and terabit capacity.

MENA, a subsidiary of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology, owns and operates a submarine telecommunications system connecting Europe to the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

“We deployed the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network on this crucial phase of our network because we were looking for a solution with features that meet MENA’s standards of highly reliable and advanced networks solutions," said Ahmed Khalaf, managing director of MENA. "The solution’s OTN switching capability provides the ability to offer our customers terabit capacity immediately upon deployment and the scalability realized from this network enables MENA to use time as a weapon to offer wholesale customers top-notch services.”


ALU Tests 300G/400G on Africa-to-Europe Cable

Alcatel-Lucent has tested 300 Gbps and 400 Gbps transmission technology on the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable system, which connects France to the west coast of Africa.  The tests achieved 12.6 terabits-per-second (Tbps) per fiber pair using the Alcatel-Lucent 1620 Light Manager submarine line terminal using optical coherent technology.

Alcatel-Lucent said the field trial demonstrated  more than a fivefold increase in the system’s initial  design capability, setting a new record for capacity upgrades. Ultimate capacity upgrade is optimized through different wavelength bit rate for regional (400G) and transoceanic (300G) distances.

Yves Ruggeri, Chairman of the ACE Management Committee said: “This field trial demonstrates the ability to support higher speeds and capacity in a seamless way, meeting the needs for optimizing the total cost of network ownership and without impacting the system performance. The scalability up to 400G offered by Alcatel-Lucent in a single board show the adaptability of the solution for addressing the need for expanding system capabilities on any distance.”


Telstra Launches Global Video Delivery Platform

Telstra is launching a Global Media Switch that allows broadcasters and content creators to schedule, manage and distribute video in real-time across the world.

The IP-based professional video delivery platform provides customers with codec-level connectivity directly from the originating content source all the way to the broadcast destination. Global Media Switch can also be combined with Telstra's Satellite Media Services.

Jim Clarke, Director of Marketing, Products and Pricing, Telstra Global Enterprise & Services, said Global Media Switch accommodates the significant transformation that the media landscape is experiencing, by offering greater control over media assets and 'Codecs as a Service' through a zero-capex pricing model.

"With new models of on-demand consumption and audience fragmentation, media companies have had to make some substantial changes to the way they acquire, distribute and manage media assets. In this new era, staying profitable requires fresh thinking and adaptive approaches to technology. With the Global Media Switch web portal, video contributors can take direct control of service booking, scheduling and delivery to broadcasters themselves in a cost effective way, and even advertise content to other media providers to further maximise revenues."

In 2014, Telstra acquired 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.