Tuesday, March 3, 2015

#MWC15 - @Gigamon on De-risking VoLTE Deployments

Lots of interest for VoLTE and Video-over-LTE at this year's Mobile World Congress. Andy Huckridge previews Gigamon's approach to de-risking deployments.

@SAP Teams with T-Systems on Cloud-Based IoT Service

SAP and T-Systems introduced a connected logistics platform for processing large volumes of data from Internet of Things (#IoT) deployments.

The smartPORT logistics networking solution combines SAP Connected Logistics software and the Connected Car solution from T-Systems.

The Hamburg Port Authority is using the solution to provide traffic information and services relating to the port using mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones. The objective was to optimize traffic and logistics processes in order to handle large volumes of goods in the port.

SAP said its smartPORT logistics offering could be used at other logistics hubs such as airports, parcel distribution centers and production sites. Both companies are committed to work to extend the ongoing cooperation for cloud services in the domain of telematics services and real-time information for logistics solutions.

“Today, the logistics industry is frequently faced with the challenge of having to optimize flows of goods in a limited area,” said Horst Leonberger, head of the Connected Car business unit of Deutsche Telekom. “With smartPORT logistics, we enable our customers to manage their flows of goods in real time and therefore make optimum use of the limited space.”


Monday, March 2, 2015

#MWC 2015 - Unlocking the Value of Context with @SAP_Telco

The next trend in mobile transformation is unlocking the value of context by getting the right information to the right user at the right time, says Rick Costanzo, Exec. VP and GM, Telecommunication Industry & Global Mobility Solutions.

Blueprint: Rethinking Mobile Infrastructures for IoT

by Don DeLoach, CEO of Infobright

The sheer magnitude of machine-to-machine (M2M) data currently being generated by the Internet of Things (IoT) is mind-blowing. Global mobile data traffic grew 69 percent in 2014 according to a recent Cisco report, and that data is expected to increase nearly tenfold with 11.5 billion mobile-connected “smart” devices (including M2M modules) estimated to be in existence by 2019.

The report’s researchers say that growth in mobile data traffic can be traced to the rapid growth of M2M applications and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones as the IoT – which delivers this data through M2M interfaces such as surveillance video systems, utility meters and GPS devices – is only expected to grow from its 109 million figure in the current market to 578 million by 2019. Each year, according to the report, several new devices in different forms such as smartwatches or tablets along with increased capabilities and intelligence are introduced to the market, accounting for nearly half a billion mobile connections and devices added in 2014.

What this all boils down to is that the implementation of the Internet of Things over the next few years will create a powerful, vast amount of M2M data in the hands of mobile network operators looking to glean actionable business insights from it. The problem is, not all that data is essential to the business’ bottom line. If a network operator needs to find out how many end-users are women between 18-35 years old, then end-users who are men, or outside of that age range, would not be practical for the immediate business need at hand.

The IoT is about analyzing the true value, or the utility value, of the data that will effect real change to improve whatever end result is desired by a company, such as product development, marketing campaigns, customer support resolution or SLA root cause monitoring. This is the real “Holy Grail” of the Internet of Things. This means that in order to gain the most out of their bottom line, telecoms and their service providers need to take a hard look at where their current infrastructures are falling short in collecting, storing and analyzing this wealth of data and identify the areas in which they need updating so that they can quickly and efficiently decipher the true data sets specific to their needs. Innovative companies must rethink legacy systems in order to address the sheer volume and velocity of data sets never before seen prior to the IoT explosion.

So let’s take a look at exactly how telecoms should be rethinking their infrastructures to meet these new data demands.  For starters, they should implement an explore and exploit approach to collecting, ingesting, storing, and querying new sets of data. With the explore side of the equation, it is essential for telecoms to keep a close watch on the interesting pieces of information within the data (and only the interesting pieces) that will enable them to yield the exact results they are looking for.  If they wouldn’t expend time and/or money on useless details that won’t add anything to their bottom line, why waste resources in the beginning looking for them? Once telecoms have identified those interesting data sets, they are then able to move to the exploit side of the coin, where they can reproduce that valuable insight so that they can continue to use it to change how their business works.

But in order for telecoms to even start approaching this vital explore and exploit approach to data collecting, they must ensure that their infrastructures are able to hold an enormous volume of data, held over a long period of time, and received as close to real-time as possible. This is a very different proposition from traditional analytics, which deals with this volume in a monolithic relational database and, in a lot of cases, sacrifices some functionality for the ability to load that data quickly as possible. For telecoms to gain and maintain a competitive edge, they must embed within their infrastructures real-time investigative or ad-hoc analytics solutions to provide value-added and customized services to their end-customers. One way of doing so lies with Hadoop, which has grown in popularity as a cost-effective and highly scalable way to store and manage big data. Data typically stored with Hadoop is complex, from multiple data sources, and includes structured and unstructured data. However, companies are realizing that they may not be extracting the full value of their data with Hadoop due to a lack of high-performance ad-hoc query capabilities.

To fully address the influx of M2M data generated by the IoT, telecoms can deploy a range of technologies to leverage distributed processing frameworks like Hadoop and NoSQL and improve performance of their analytics, including enterprise data warehouses, analytic databases, data visualization, and business intelligence tools. These can be deployed in any combination of on-premise software, appliance, or in the cloud.

The reality is that there is no single silver bullet to address the entire analytics infrastructure stack. Specific business requirements will determine where each of these elements plays its role. The key is to think about how business requirements are changing and move the conversation from questions like, “How did my network perform?” to time-critical, high-value-add questions such as, “How can I improve my network’s performance?”

The ability to compete based on analytical maturity, coupled with the overwhelming contribution of new data coming from the multitude of IoT devices and sensors, means conventional ways of storing and analyzing data will need to adapt. By maximizing insight into the data, mobile network operators can make better decisions at the speed of business, thereby reducing costs, identifying new revenue streams, and gaining a competitive edge.

About the Author

Don DeLoach is CEO and president of Infobright. Don has more than 30 years of software industry experience, with demonstrated success building software companies with extensive sales, marketing, and international experience. Don joined Infobright after serving as CEO of Aleri, the complex event processing company, which was acquired by Sybase in February 2010. Prior to Aleri, Don served as President and CEO of YOUcentric, a CRM software company, where he led the growth of the company before being acquired by JD Edwards in 2001. Prior to YOUcentric, Don spent five years in senior roles at Sybase.  He has also served as a Director at Broadbeam Corporation and Chairman of the Board at Apropos Inc. Don currently also serves on the Board of the Illinois Technology Association as well as the Board of the Juvenile Protective Association.

About Infobright

Infobright delivers a high performance analytic database platform that serves as a key underlying infrastructure for The Internet of Things. Specifically focused on enabling the rapid analysis of machine generated data, Infobright powers applications to perform interactive, complex queries resulting in better, faster business decisions enabling companies to decrease costs, increase revenue and improve market share. With offices around the globe, Infobright’s platform is used by market-leading companies such as Mavenir, Yahoo! Bango, JDSU and Polystar. For more information on Infobright’s customers and solutions please visit www.infobright.com

HP Brings in Aruba to Manage its Networking Business

HP agreed to acquire Aruba Networks for $24.67 per share in cash, reflecting an equity value of approximately $2.7 billion net of cash and debt.

Aruba, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, is a leading supplier of WLAN solutions for enterprises.  The company had revenues of $729 million in fiscal 2014, and has reported compound annual revenue growth of 30 percent over the last five years. It has approximately 1,800 employees.  Aruba has made rapid progress in 802.11ac Wi-Fi upgrades.  It offers integrated solutions for many vertical market segments, such as retail or healthcare.

HP said Aruba's marketing and channel model will complement its own networking business and go-to-market breadth.  Together, the companies will focus on next-generation converged campus solutions, leveraging the strong Aruba brand.  This new combined organization will be led by Aruba’s Chief Executive Officer Dominic Orr, and Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, Keerti Melkote, reporting to Antonio Neri, leader of HP Enterprise Group.  With this move, HP will be uniquely positioned to deliver both the innovation and global delivery and services offerings to meet customer needs worldwide.

“Enterprises are facing a mobile-first world and are looking for solutions that help them transition legacy investments to the new style of IT,” said Meg Whitman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of HP.  “By combining Aruba’s world-class wireless mobility solutions with HP’s leading switching portfolio, HP will offer the simplest, most secure networking solutions to help enterprises easily deploy next-generation mobile networks.”

“Together with HP, we have a tremendous opportunity to become an even greater force in enterprise mobility and networking,” said Mr. Orr.  “This transaction brings together Aruba’s best-of-breed mobility hardware and software solutions with HP’s leading switching portfolio.  In addition, Aruba’s channel partners will have the opportunity to expand their businesses with HP offerings.  Together, we will build on Aruba’s proven ‘customer first, customer last’ culture, creating an innovative, agile networking leader ideally positioned to solve our customers’ most pressing mobility, security and networking challenges.”


Nokia Rolls Out Radio Enhancements

At this week’s Mobile World Congress, Nokia Networks is rolling out enhancements across its radio portfolio.  Some highlights:
  • Extending the unique macro parity Small Cells offering with dual band LTE pico cells and a Flexi Zone 3G/Wi-Fi base station.
  • Significant LTE-Advanced enhancements across all dimensions, with Carrier Aggregation launches for TDD-FDD, Small Cells and between sites.
  • Capitalizing on new radio spectrum thanks to a new 8-pipe TD-LTE-Advanced 3.5GHz radio and future expansion to unlicensed bands with LTE-U technology; both demonstrated at MWC.
  • Improving spectral efficiency with enhancements in both LTE- and TD-LTE-Advanced, including MIMO 4x4 and Downlink CoMP (Coordinated Multipoint).
  • Single RAN Advanced portfolio now enables carbon neutral base station sites, with several launches including the launch of a new Radio Antenna System and advanced energy saving software .
  • Consulting services to guide operators to the best and most cost efficient network evolution strategies, and a new Multi-layer Optimization service that can reduce unnecessary handovers by up to 20%.
“Operators are preparing for the huge data growth that is coming with 5G and ultra-dense networks. We help them plan ahead to evolve their networks, making the most of their existing equipment as well as deploying the newest technologies to provide a seamless experience for mobile users across all access technologies and network layers,” said Marc Rouanne,  Executive Vice President, Mobile Broadband at Nokia Networks.


NXP to Acquire Freescale for $11.8 Billion

NXP Semiconductor agreed to acquire Freescale for $6.25 per share in cash and 0.3521 of an NXP ordinary share for each Freescale common share, implying a total equity value for Freescale of approximately $11.8 billion (based on NXP's closing stock price as of February 27, 2015) and a total enterprise value of approximately $16.7 billion including Freescale's net debt.

The deal creates the largest supplier of semiconductors for the automotive industry and the No.1 supplier of general microcontrollers (MCUs).

The combined company will capitalize on the growing opportunities created by the accelerating demand for security, connectivity and processing. NXP estimates annual cost synergies of $500 million.

"Today's announcement is a transformative step in our objective to become the industry leader in high performance mixed signal solutions. The combination of NXP and Freescale creates an industry powerhouse focused on the high growth opportunities in the Smarter World. We fully expect to continue to significantly out-grow the overall market, drive world-class profitability and generate even more cash, which taken together will maximize value for both Freescale and NXP shareholders," said Richard Clemmer, NXP Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Clemmer will continue to be the President and Chief Executive Officer of the merged company.

"We believe this merger, which combines two highly successful and complementary companies, will create significant value for Freescale's and NXP's shareholders, customers and employees. Both companies have built leadership positions and have a sharp focus on delivering superior value to customers. Our combined scale, size and global reach will position our new company to deliver sustainable above market growth. It will also serve to accelerate the strategic plans both companies have invested in, enabling us to deliver more complete solutions to customers," said Gregg Lowe, Freescale Semiconductor President and Chief Executive Officer.


Mitel to Acquire Mavenir for $560 million

Mitel agreed to acquire Mavenir Systems (NYSE:MVNR) in a cash and stock deal valued at approximately $560 million.

Mitel specializes in enterprise and mobile IP unified communications.  Mavenir prrovides software-based mobile networking solutions, including a portfolio of voice/video, messaging and mobile core products that include IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Session Border Controllers (SBCs). Mavenir was the supplier for the world’s first live network deployments of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and RCS5 with MetroPCS (now T-Mobile); the first mobile network deployment of IMS-based VoWi-Fi (Wi-Fi calling) with T-Mobile US; and the first implementation of Virtualized RCSe with Deutsche Telekom.

Mavenir said the deal provides it with the financial and operational footprint to drive further market expansion.

“Mitel is a leader in enterprise and cloud communications, markets in which mobility is becoming increasingly influential. With wireless adoption of IP and 4G LTE and demand for next gen mobile services ramping quickly, we see a compelling opportunity to capitalize on a major market transition to add a high-growth mobile business to Mitel,” said Rich McBee, President and CEO of Mitel. “We believe the combination of Mitel and Mavenir creates a powerful new value proposition for enterprises and mobile service providers, using a common IP technology layer as the foundation for convergence, growth and competitive differentiation.”

“The move to all-IP LTE mobile networks has created a unique opportunity for service providers to leverage a converged all-IP network to offer feature-rich business and consumer communication services to any device, anywhere, on any access network,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO, of Mavenir. “We believe that the combined company is ideally positioned to capitalize on the trends within the communications industry today; namely, the convergence across enterprise and mobile networks to all-IP technologies, and the transition to cloud-based unified communications telephony and software-defined virtualized infrastructure.”


Juniper and Amdocs Showcase vCPE

At this week's Mobile World Congress, Juniper Networks and Amdocs will showcase an automated virtualized customer premises equipment (vCPE) solution that leverages Juniper's vMX router and vSRX firewall.The joint offering also utilizes Juniper's Contrail Networking framework.

The Amdocs Network Cloud Service Orchestrator allows provisioning and rapid fulfillment of both virtual and physical network functions services. As part of the joint offering, Juniper and Amdocs are also providing a user portal for self-service selection, a service catalog and service creation capability, and a wide range of delivery and managed services options to help service providers transition to an IT cloud operating model.

“Service providers recognize the business value of software-powered service chaining as they seek to make their networks more dynamic and better able to adapt to rapid change,” said Gabriel Brown, senior analyst at Heavy Reading. “Virtual CPE is one of the primary use-cases for NFV and there is clear evidence that service providers will invest in the technology if they have the software solutions they need to achieve true service agility.”


Telefónica Demos LTE-A at 375 Mbps

Telefónica hosted a demonstration of LTE Advanced 3 band carrier aggregation over a live network at #MWC15.

Telefónica demonstration used Ericsson network equipment and all of its available spectrum to combine 3 component carriers (20MHz in 2600+20MHz in 1800 +10MHz in 800).  The test showed up to 375 Mbps in the downlink and up to 50 Mbps in the uplink in two different Hot-Spots in Barcelona.

In Spain, Telefónica is currently deploying LTE in the 800 MHz frequency band.


Xilinx and BEEcube Launch 5G Massive MIMO Prototyping Platform

Xilinx and BEEcube announced a highly scalable prototyping platform for 5G massive MIMO antenna systems.

The new MegaBEE prototyping platform supports up to 256x256 antennas and provides all the elements necessary to put a massive MIMO system on the air within LTE bands and without external hardware.  The platform uses Xilinx’s Zynq All Programmable SoC.

MegaBEE said its clocking structure paves the way for antenna modules to be dispersed over a three mile radius while maintaining phase coherence, enabling the system to be used for distributed MIMO as well as massive MIMO systems with greater coverage and capacity.

"Xilinx devices have long been used in wireless infrastructure equipment due to their unique properties of being fully programmable and high performance. MegaBEE's Linux cluster for distributed control is one of the most innovative uses of Zynq's dual ARM cores that I have seen," said Ivo Bolsens, Xilinx CTO and senior vice president.

"The MegaBEE platform delivers all the required elements for 5G massive MIMO prototyping in one box, greatly simplifying the task of building a system and freeing designers up to focus on algorithms instead of the interfaces around the periphery of their design," said Chen Chang, BEEcube founder and CEO. "Our tier one customers have pushed us hard to create an easy-to-use yet powerful MIMO prototyping platform and together with Xilinx, we've done just that."



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Procera #MWC15 - Virtualization, Performance, Subscriber Experience

Virtualization is all theoretical until you can deliver performance. Jim Brear, CEO of Procera, highlights Mobile World Congress 2015, including a game changing performance benchmark achieved in partnership with Intel as well as an ETSI Proof-of-Concept demonstration.

"Enhancing the subscriber experience" is a big theme at this year's Mobile World Congress and the mission of Procera Networks. Jim Brear previews the upcoming week in Barcelona.

Broadcom Targets Virtual Customer Premise Equipment

Broadcom introduced a system-on-a-chip (SoC) for the virtual customer premise equipment (vCPE) market.

Broadcom’s BCM88312 is an integrated and programmable device that can be connected to the operator's network to deliver vCPE services.  It can be managed over OpenFlow, based on Broadcom's OpenFlow-Data Plane Abstraction (OF-DPA) layer framework, thereby extending OF-DPA from the infrastructure core all the way to the business CPE access.

By offering this remote management and virtualization capability, Broadcom said network operators will gain the ability to decouple services from the physical hardware and run them on standard compute infrastructure, thus facilitating faster time-to-market and enabling customers to customize their equipment based on evolving requirements.

"One of the greatest challenges facing service providers is how to offer new services to their business customers rapidly and more cost effectively," said Ed Redmond, Broadcom Vice President, Compute and Connectivity Group. "By decoupling service delivery and activation from the physical infrastructure, Broadcom's integrated and programmable device enables carriers to turn-up services as virtual network functions (VNFs) without the need for manual provisioning and expensive truck rolls.”

Key features:

  • Scalable, Integrated and Programmable
  • Integrated Dual Cortex A9 cores @ 1.2GHZ
  • Integrated 8-port GE Switch, Serdes, and copper PHYs
  • Programmable Processor Forwarding Engine
  • Support for 1588v2 / SyncE
  • Low-power at 3.5W typical

The Broadcom BCM88312 is sampling with production-ready carrier-class reference code, including support for:

  • MEF-Compliant E-Line Service, based on MPLS/MPLS-TP Forwarding
  • ETY OAM (802.3ah), Ethernet OAM (Y1731), BHH / MPLS-TP Fast OAM(G.8113.1)
  • G.8131 MPLS Linear Protection 


  • In March 2014, Broadcom first announced its OpenFlow Data Plane Abstraction (OF-DPA) v1.0 specification, software and API -- an openly published implementation of physical switch hardware pipeline abstraction for the Open Networking Foundation's (ONF) OpenFlow 1.3.1 Switch. The OF-DPA v1.0 specification, software and API can be used to implement network virtualization, multi-tenant networks and traffic engineering with higher scale and performance.  The software defines a pipeline that contains multiple tables, each table containing multiple flow entries. The OpenFlow pipeline processing defines how packets interact with these tables. The OF-DPA v1.0 physical switch hardware pipeline abstraction is an implementation of the OpenFlow 1.3.1 Switch optimized for Broadcom StrataXGS Ethernet Switch devices.

Brocade to Acquire Connectem for LTE virtual Evolved Packet Core

Brocade has agreed to acquire Connectem, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California developing an LTE virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) solution.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Connectem, which was founded in 2011, has been pursuing an overlay strategy for its Virtualized LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC), betting that mobile operators will implement its NFV-powered solution first for specific business applications while continuing with their current LTE infrastructure rollouts.  Connectem's solution leverages cloud computing, network virtualization, and software networking technologies to deliver higher scale and efficiency on industry-standard x86-based servers. Connectem software focuses on mapping mobile workloads to cloud resources, eliminating the constraints of physical equipment boundaries yet still maintaining the capablity to integrate with traditional node-based EPC architectures.

Brocade said the acquisition of Connectem extends its portfolion in software networking and virtualized network functions, by enabling service providers and enterprises to offer ubiquitous connectivity between mobile and IoT devices, data centers, as well as public and private clouds.  Connectem’s vEPC solutions integrate seamlessly with Brocade’s software and physical networking product portfolios.

“This acquisition strengthens Brocade’s position in the networking industry as the adoption of software-centric networking continues to accelerate,” said Lloyd Carney, CEO of Brocade. “I am very pleased to bring this technology into our portfolio as we invest strategically in New IP across NFV and SDN to provide seemless data center and cloud solutions.”

“There is a step-function in scalability required to connect the billions of new devices joining the Internet of Things,” said Nishi Kant, CEO of Connectem.  “As an early strategic investor in our company, Brocade recognized that a new architectural approach would be required to meet these demands.  Connectem’s pioneering technology dramatically improves the flexibility, scalability, and total cost of ownership of mobile vEPC solutions. We are excited to realize the full extent of this vision as part of Brocade, a widely recognized leader and innovator in software networking.”


Citrix Intros 160 Gbps NetScaler Application Delivery Controller

Citrix introduced its next generation NetScaler MPX 25000 series, a carrier-grade application delivery controller (ADC) for communications service providers.  The new NetScaler is a two rack-unit (2RU) 160 gigabit-per-second appliance that enables operators to scale mobile S/Gi-LAN data plane capacity to 3.5 Tbps while preserving earlier capacity investments.

Significantly, the NetScaler MPX 25000 series can enable the transition to NFV by converting to a multi-tenant platform supporting dozens of virtual ADC instances. The company said it is able to capture cloud-scale efficiencies and economics in the NetScaler MPX 25000 series by using merchant silicon rather than the custom ASICs common to competing ADC products.

Key benefits of the NetScaler MPX 25000:

  • Scale mobile S/Gi-LAN services – Enables operators to scale any network use case, including optimization and gateway load balancing, CGNAT and traffic-steering in the data plane; and LTE DNS, SMPP, SIP, and Diameter load-balancing in the control plane.
  • Consolidate multiple use cases on a single platform – Allows operators to reduce use case-specific deployments that add complexity and inefficiency to the S/Gi-LAN environment. The most impactful consolidated scenario is that of carrier-grade network address translation (CGNAT) and data-plane load balancing and, optionally, traffic steering.
  • Minimize stranded investments – Helps operators protect their network infrastructure investment through Citrix TriScale scale-out clustering, which enables multiple appliances to be treated as a single logical and functional unit. As operators look to minimize up-front investment and scale capacity with new hardware, they can continue to make use of the original hardware.
  • Bridge the NFV gap – Helps operators protect and transition their network infrastructure to multi-tenant appliances supporting up to eighty virtual ADC instances with Citrix TriScale scale-in multi-tenancy.

“The NFV-driven discontinuity in the mobile industry is challenging operators to re-architect and rethink their delivery networks. Drawing on our experience from deployments in more than 140 mobile networks and in the world’s largest public clouds, Citrix continues to deliver the technology innovation to help mobile operators transform their networks. This is made possible by NetScaler - the industry’s only fully software-defined ADC," stated Klaus Oestermann, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Delivery Networks, Citrix.


Altair Offers Optimized LTE Chipset for IoT

Altair Semiconductor has begun sampling its new FourGee-1160 and FourGee-1150 Category-1 and Category-0 LTE chipsets targeting the Internet of Things (IoT) market.

CAT-1 and CAT-0 are lower speed and power versions of the LTE standard which dramatically extend the addressable market for carriers and chip makers alike. The chipsets are optimized for long-term battery operation in small devices, such as wearables, sensors, etc.

"While chipsets supporting these lower categories are essential for numerous applications, including wearable devices, smart home and smart metering, there has been an industry development gap that we had anticipated two years ago," said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Altair. "We've worked hard to address this gap by being first to market with true CAT-1 and 0 chipsets featuring a power/size/cost combination that is a massive game-changer."

Key features:

  • Extremely low power consumption enabling between weeks and years of operation, based on the use case scenario
  • Highly integrated chipset with embedded power management and direct battery connection
  • Embedded MCU subsystem with virtualized, customizable application layer and a robust security framework
  • Rich set of host, peripheral and sensor interfaces typical to IoT and M2M applications
  • Supports VoLTE, OTDOA positioning and seamless integration with industry standard GPS and A-GNSS chipsets
  • SDR-based, software upgradeable to support 3GPP Release 12 and 13 features
  • Miniature footprint, available in both BGA package and as bumped dies


SK Telecom Deploys LTE Small Cells with Carrier Aggregation

SK Telecom, Korea's largest telecommunications company, has selected Broadcom's latest small cell system-on-chip (SoC) devices with carrier aggregation technology to enhance its high-speed 4G LTE services.  SK Telecom aims to be the first carrier to deploy LTE small cells capable of aggregating two non-contiguous bands, thus increasing bandwidth and data throughout its LTE network.

"SK Telecom is making constant efforts to enhance our LTE network and offer a wider range of value added services to our mobile customers," said Park Jin-hyo, SK Telecom Senior Vice President and Head of the Network Technology R&D Center.  "As a result of Broadcom's superior capabilities in small cell chipset innovation, we can deliver the seamless mobile experience our subscribers have come to expect."

Broadcom’s BCM61765 SoC supports both inter-band and intra-band Carrier Aggregation services in both TD-LTE and FD-LTE concurrently.


Gigamon and Empirix Enable Data Filtering for Service Providers

Gigamon has teamed up with Empirix to extend the analytical capabilities of the Empirix IntelliSight customer experience and performance management platform.

The solution combines the advanced traffic intelligence of the Gigamon Visibility Fabric with the Empirix IntelliSight to transform volumes of data into real-time understanding of user experiences.

Empirix IntelliSight can ingest vast quantities of data leveraging intelligent optimization to better understand customer experience, application and performance management, as well as enhance the ability to make strategic business decisions.

"Carriers are constantly exploring new paths to monetization, and that journey begins with having clear insight into how their own infrastructure is being utilized by their subscribers," said Shehzad Merchant, Chief Technology Officer at Gigamon. "As the carrier infrastructure evolves to a converged 4G/LTE infrastructure with new applications running over that infrastructure, Gigamon's Visibility Fabric solutions provide pertinent, correlated, de-duplicated, and highly optimized traffic feeds to Empirix's IntelliSight platform. This provides carriers with a deeper insight into their infrastructure, which in turn results in the ability to pinpoint issues and resolve problems faster in order to meet service level agreements while also offering the ability to create new and innovative premium services."


Avaya Unveils SDN Fabric for Connecting "Anything" to Virtual Network

Avaya introduced its Open SDN Fx architecture for enabling automation and programmability from the core to the edge of enterprise networks.

Avaya said the aim of its SDN Fx architecture is “connect anything, anywhere” simplicity by allowing devices and users at the network edge to be added easily to the network.  The goal is to leverage an automated core that takes advantage of a single, network-wide Ethernet fabric to remove the need for manual configuration at each network hop; thus, reducing the potential for error and accelerating time to service.

Avaya’s SDN implementation is targeting environments such as those found in hospitals, manufacturing floors and casinos, which are blanketed with devices that require a more secure, mobile connection to the network, and may also require that the rest of the network is better protected from potential threats that could be triggered by them.

The Avaya SDN Fx architecture includes the following new products and features for Avaya Fabric Networking Technology:

  • Open Networking Adapter (ONA) - provides a plug-n-play network connection for any device with an Ethernet port including medical devices, manufacturing machines, and branch office switches. Targeted for non-IT personnel, this card deck-sized appliance automatically provisions a QoS-customized virtual path across the network that mitigates security risks, allowing simple, powerful management of thousands of devices.  
  • Fabric Orchestrator – an SDN controller embedded in a unified management instance. This appliance manages and orchestrates the Ethernet fabric as well as provides SDN Control to north and south bound interfaces. SDN capabilities include OpenFlow, OpenDaylight and OpenStack.
  • Fabric Extend – a new capability in Avaya Fabric Connect enables the extensibility of Fabric networking across any IP based network without loss of functionality. Investments in existing networking technologies are preserved while interconnecting strategic deployments of Fabric Connect across data centers, campuses and branches.

“CIOs are unnecessarily overburdened by archaic networks and frustrated by the disparity between the promised results of new technologies and the reality that most vendors deliver.  There’s a better way: Avaya Fabric Connect already relieves 75i percent of the top network issues identified by IT departments, and we’re building on that with SDN Fx. This is the foundation that accelerates deployment and improves performance of customer and team engagement solution and that the industry has been demanding. Avaya can deliver it today,” stated  Marc Randall, SVP and GM, Avaya Networking.


MagnaCom Demos its Multi-Carrier, OFDM Modulation

MagnaCom announced the release of its “WAM” technology for multi-carer OFDM to strategic partners. The company claims WAM enables an unprecedented 50% throughput gain and up to a 50% reduction in power, while remaining fully backwards compatible with QAM modulation.

The company said carriers can achieve substantially more data transmitted over the same spectrum, resulting in networks that deliver much higher speeds, have longer reach (coverage), and consume far less power. Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) is a method of digital modulation in which a signal is split into several narrowband channels at different frequencies. OFDM is used in all modern cellular (LTE ) and WiFi (802.11n, 802.11ac).

“By extending our WAM technology into multi-carrier networks, MagnaCom continues to innovate with performance gains that were once thought impossible," said Yossi Cohen, co-founder and CEO of MagnaCom. “We have a vision of helping the mobile industry solve the 1000x mobile data by enabling carriers get much more out of their spectrum assets, dramatically lowering power consumption, and relentlessly challenging old assumptions. With the emergence of IoT and small wearable devices – the industry’s ability to miniaturize network devices, reduce power and increase distance will be paramount.”


MagnaCom is based in Petach-Tikvah, Israel.