Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Verizon Posts Q1 Revenue -- 70% of Wireless Users Now on 4G

Verizon Communications reported first-quarter 2015 revenues of $32.0 billion, a 3.8 percent increase compared with first-quarter 2014. The growth rate would have been 4.2% if excluding a business that has since been sold. The company reported $1.02 in EPS in first-quarter 2015, compared with $1.15 per share in first-quarter 2014.

“Verizon is off to a strong start in 2015 with another quarter of profitable growth,” said Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam. “We expanded our base of customers seeking a premium experience, and we grew revenues, earnings and cash flow during a quarter in which we also took significant steps to sharpen our strategic focus. We are confident in our ability to maintain momentum and continue to add value for customers and shareholders.”

Some operational highlights:

Wireless Operational Highlights

  • Verizon Wireless had 565,000 retail postpaid net additions in first-quarter 2015, a 4.8 percent increase compared with first-quarter 2014. At the end of first-quarter 2015, the company had 108.6 million retail connections, a 5.1 percent year-over-year increase, and had 102.6 million retail postpaid connections.
  • The company added 621,000 4G smartphones to its customer base in first-quarter 2015. In light of a net decline in 3G smartphones, overall smartphone growth totaled 247,000. The company also added 820,000 4G tablets and reported net declines of 385,000 basic phones and 188,000 prepaid devices in first-quarter 2015.
  • 4G devices now constitute approximately 70 percent of the retail postpaid connections base, up from 49 percent a year ago – with the 4G LTE network handling about 86 percent of total wireless data traffic in first-quarter 2015.
  • Growth in 4G device adoption continues to drive increased data and video usage. Within More Everything accounts, average data usage continues to rise, up 54 percent year over year.
  • At 1.03 percent in first-quarter 2015, retail postpaid churn improved both sequentially and year over year. Retail postpaid smartphone customer churn was less than 0.9 percent.

Wireline Operational Highlights

  • In first-quarter 2015, Verizon added 133,000 net new FiOS Internet connections and 90,000 net new FiOS Video connections. Verizon had totals of 6.7 million FiOS Internet and 5.7 million FiOS Video connections at the end of the first quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 9.4 percent and 7.9 percent, respectively.
  • FiOS Internet penetration (subscribers as a percentage of potential subscribers) was 41.5 percent at the end of first-quarter 2015, compared with 39.7 percent at the end of first-quarter 2014. In the same periods, FiOS Video penetration was 36.0 percent, compared with 35.0 percent.
  • By the end of first-quarter 2015, 62 percent of consumer FiOS Internet customers subscribed to FiOS Quantum, which provides speeds ranging from 50 to 500 megabits per second, up from 59 percent at year-end 2014. The highest rate of growth is in the 75-megabit-per-second tier, to which more than 20 percent of FiOS customers subscribe.
  • Broadband connections totaled 9.2 million at the end of first-quarter 2015, a 2.4 percent year-over-year increase. Net broadband connections increased by 41,000 in first-quarter 2015, as FiOS Internet net additions more than offset declines in DSL-based High Speed Internet connections.
  • In first-quarter 2015, Verizon migrated 47,000 customers who had been using copper connections, toward a full-year goal of 200,000.
  • Verizon Enterprise Solutions helped clients around the globe improve customer experience, drive growth and business performance and manage risk in the first quarter. 


Sumitomo Electric Intros 8-Fiber QSFP-40G Splice-On Connector for 40G/100G

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave introduced an 8-fiber QSFP(Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable) -40G– SR4 MPO splice-on connector that facilitates fast and easy 40 and 100GbE data center and enterprise network connectivity. Coupled with laser optimized 0M4 8-count fiber ribbon cable, the 8-fiber MPO splice-on-connector allows real-time and on-site cable builds and permanent terminations of jumpers, trunk cables, harnesses and arrays.

Sumitomo said its 8-fiber solution optimizes not only 40/100GbE and beyond networks, but is also backward compatible with legacy networks (1G & 10G), creating a real-time, scalable, and already future-proofed network.

The transition from a 12 fiber count to 8 is already made within the ferrule of the 8-fiber MPO splice-on connector. The new connector is compatible with other QSFP-40G-SR4 connectors and 100GbE modules at 25G transmission. Insertion loss of the new connector is < 0.35dB and it is compatible with Sumitomo Electric Lightwave’s Quantum Type-M12 mass fusion splicer and other leading brands.

“ As the first company to have introduced the MPO splice-on connector, we are pleased to offer our customers further innovations in MPO and optical ribbon fiber technology,” comments Joshua Seawell, director of Lightwave Network Products at Sumitomo Electric Lightwave. “Our continued leadership in providing continuous innovations for the data center ensures that our customers stay ahead of today’s rapid technology curve in order to deploy the most advanced and cost efficient solutions possible.“


Broadcom Posts Better than Expected Q1

Broadcom reported net revenue for the first quarter of 2015 was $2.06 billion. This represents a decrease of 4.0% compared with the $2.14 billion reported for the fourth quarter of 2014 and an increase of 3.7% compared with the $1.98 billion reported for the first quarter of 2014. Net income (GAAP) for the first quarter of 2015 was $209 million, or $0.34 per share (diluted), compared with GAAP net income of $390 million, or $0.64 per share (diluted), for the fourth quarter of 2014 and GAAP net income of $165 million, or $0.28 per share (diluted), for the first quarter of 2014.

"Broadcom delivered better-than-expected results in the March quarter driven by strength in the high-end smartphone and broadband access markets," said Scott McGregor, Broadcom's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Looking to the June quarter, we see operating performance continuing to strengthen on tight operating expense discipline and strong margins, consistent with our objective of driving profitable growth."


Cavium's LiquidSecurity Targets Cryto-as-a-Service

Cavium introduced its "LiquidSecurity" Hardware Security Module (HSM) Family that provides a FIPS 140-2 level 2 and 3 partitioned, centralized and elastic key management solution with the highest transaction/sec performance.

Cavium's LiquidSecurity Solution, which is available as a PCIe adapter family as well as an appliance, addresses the high performance security requirements for private key management and administration while also addressing elastic performance per virtual / network domain for the virtualized cloud environment. Major applications for this product family include Key Management as-a-Service, Database as-a-Service, Crypto as-a-service, Secure DNS, SaaS Applications, Virtual Private Clouds in the Public Cloud and Payment systems.

Feature Highlights
  • SSL handshake offloads for 32 domains – LiquidSecurity family has 32 FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Partitions.  Each partition functions as an independent and fully secure HSM.  
  • Dual FIPS boundary - With the appliance version of the family a dual FIPS 140-2 boundary is also available that provides an added layer of security.
  • Storage for up to 1M keys is supported with multiple appliances in a scalable manner.
  • Tens of Thousands of 2048 bit RSA Ops/sec – LiquidSecurity HSM family provides market leading performance to meet the needs of multiple domains or virtual appliances.  This performance is at least 10 times higher than any other solution on the HSM market today.  This product family also supports 10 Gbps bulk encryption. In addition, multiple LiquidSecurity HSM modules can be pooled together to offer highest performance for mega data centers.
  • Hardware support for 2048 bit RSA key pair generation –robust key generation within the FIPS boundary is a critical component of the overall security this product family provides.
  • Scalability – For the most demanding applications up to 20 LiquidSecurity HSM appliances can be seamlessly connected through the native 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports.


Infinera Hits Q1 Revenue of $186.9 million

Infinera reported first quarter 2015 revenue of $186.9 million compared to $186.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $142.8 million in the first quarter of 2014. GAAP net income for the quarter was $12.4 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to net income of $8.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2014, and a net loss of $4.4 million, or $0.04 per share, in the first quarter of 2014.

“Our excellent first quarter performance reflects a continuation of the momentum we have built over the past few years. We continue to grow profitability as our broad customer base experiences the value of our differentiated products and superior service,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera’s Chief Executive Officer. “I believe we are in an optimal position with customers that are building the largest networks the fastest. In 2015 and beyond, we intend to continue growing our business profitably, as we expand our total available market across optical transport.”


Monday, April 20, 2015

Boingo - Building a S.M.A.R.T.er Network

Derek Peterson, CTO of Boingo Networks, discussed his company's evolution to a S.M.A.R.T. infrastructure powered by NFV.  The acronym stands for Secure, Multiplatform, Analytics-driven, Responsive and Tiered.

Underlying the network is deep packet inspection technology that enables Boingo to deliver an enhanced experience for its users.

The video is presented by Procera Networks.

See video:  https://youtu.be/7uJzgEcrpGo

Broadcom Optimizes Trident-II+ Switching Silicon for 10GbE Virtualized Data Centers

Broadcom has begun sampling the next-generation of its StrataXGS Trident Ethernet switching silicon, which has been optimized to meet the bandwidth, scalability and efficiency demands of 10GbE virtualized data centers.  The new silicon offers 1.28 terabit per second (Tbps) switching performance, 30 percent lower power and double the performance for data center virtualization overlays, such as VXLAN.

The 28 nanometer (nm) Trident-II+ Series, which provides a drop-in power and efficiency improvement over the previous version, brings a number of features for network virtualization, including single-pass VXLAN routing that doubles gateway performance in all network topologies, as well as support for pre-standard GENEVE overlays.

As a complement to Broadcom's latest StrataXGS Tomahawk and StrataDNX switch SoCs, the Trident II+ Series provides 100GbE connections to the spine layer and between racks, while supporting 10GbE connections to the servers in enterprise and private cloud deployments.

StrataXGS Trident-II+ (BCM56860) Series Key Features

  • Standards-compliant high-density 10GbE/40GbE/100GbE switch SoC
  • Single-pass routing in/out of tunnels (RIOT) at 1.28 Tbps
  • High-performance tunneling support for VXLAN, NVGRE, MPLS, SPB, and pre-standard Geneve
  • 128 low-power optimized 10Gbps serial interfaces with up to 8 ports of 100GbE
  • Broadview instrumentation featuring buffer statistics tracking (BST) and flex counters
  • Enhanced ContentAware engines with 4x larger ACL rule databases versus previous generation devices
  • OpenFlow 1.3.1+ support scaling to several 10,000's of flows using OF-DPA and third-party controllers
  • Configurable SmartTable technology to maximize L2 MAC,L3 Host, LPM forwarding database capacities
  • Full IPv4 and IPv6 unicast and multicast routing support
  • Integrated SmartBuffer for optimal burst absorption, dynamic thresholding and lossless service
  • SmartHash flexible engine featuring highly scalable ECMP load balancing and network resiliency
  • FlexPort technology enables dynamically configurable ports/MACs
  • Ethernet Port Multiplier technology supports fine-grained channelization over Ethernet and enterprise fabrics

"Over the past five years, multiple StrataXGS Trident generations have helped drive the adoption of 10GbE in cloud and mega scale data centers with standard, cost-efficient, merchant silicon based platforms," said Ram Velaga, Broadcom Senior Vice President & General Manager, Network Switch. "Our latest Trident-II+ series offers the economics, performance and virtualization capabilities required to lead a similar transition across enterprise data centers worldwide."

"The collaboration between Broadcom and VMware to define and build robust underlay-overlay technologies allows customers today to deploy fully virtualized networks for greater operational efficiency," said Hatem Naguib, vice president, Networking and Security at VMware. "Mainstream enterprises using our VMware NSX™ network virtualization platform on top of a StrataXGS Trident-II+ based physical network get first-class VXLAN support as well as future support for Geneve - enabling efficient, secure and agile data center networks."


Gigamon Automates Network Traffic Visibility for Rapid Response to Security Threats

Gigamon outlined its framework for leveraging software-defined intelligent traffic visibility to automatically detect threats and then programmatically adapt security policies.

“Software Defined Visibility is a first of its kind breakthrough. It enables security tools, such as IPSs, WAFs, Secure Web Gateways, Sandboxes and other in-line or out-of-band security appliances to program the Gigamon Visibility Fabric to automatically update traffic Flow Maps and GigaSMART operations based on real-time conditions,” said Shehzad Merchant, chief technology officer at Gigamon.  “By enabling the programmability of our Visibility Fabric, customers gain the ability to dynamically adjust and enhance their visibility posture thereby improving security, while reducing costs and network complexities.”

Software Defined Visibility is a framework that allows customers, security and network equipment vendors, as well as managed service providers, to control and program Gigamon’s Visibility Fabric via REST-based Application Program Interfaces (APIs).  By writing programs that utilize Gigamon’s APIs, critical functions previously requiring manual intervention can be automated to improve responsiveness, enhance analysis and increase protection of key resources and information assets. Potential use case examples include:

  • Improve Security Efficiencies – Security administrators can develop applications to improve network detection, reaction and response by automating NetFlow generation and SSL decryption so that current security appliances are not overtaxed when performing deep packet inspection. For example, administrators can use the APIs that program the Visibility Fabric to dynamically change the traffic forwarding policies in response to threats or anomalous network traffic changes. 
  • Automate Policy Management – As new virtual machines are spun up, administrators can write policy management programs that utilize Gigamon’s APIs to automatically follow new changes within virtual and physical networks.
  • Simplify Provisioning and Ticketing – For many organizations, IT Operations Management (ITOM) groups are burdened to manually perform common tasks, such as provisioning and ticketing of network port configurations, monitoring of new IP subnets and VLANs, and upgrading software images. With Software Defined Visibility, ITOM groups can develop programs to automate these processes.

The new capabilities are enabled in GigaVUE-FM 3.0 Fabric Manager, which delivers a single pane-of-glass view of physical and virtual nodes across the Visibility Fabric.  A single instance of GigaVUE-FM can manage hundreds of visibility nodes across multiple locations, containing more than a quarter of a million physical ports in addition to managing virtual infrastructures.

Flow Mapping technology helps reduce traffic and improve analyzer performance. Flow Mapping is a patented technology at the heart of Gigamon’s GigaVUE Visibility Fabric nodes that takes line-rate traffic at 1Gb, 10Gb, 40Gb or 100Gb from a network TAP or a SPAN/mirror port (physical or virtual) and then optimizes flows based on individual traffic profiles of the tools and applications that secure, monitor, and analyze the network infrastructure.


Japan Internet Exchange Deploys Infinera Cloud Xpress

Japan Internet Exchange (JPIX) has deployed the Infinera Cloud Xpress to help accommodate bandwidth growth in its network in the metropolitan Tokyo area in Japan.

Infinera's Cloud Xpress isa compact, high-density, optical system optimized for interconnecting multiple data centers within a metro area. It leverages existing Infinera technologies, including its Photonic Integrated Circuit (PICs) and super-channel aggregation, to provide massive bandwidth in a form factor that data center operators can rack-n-stack.

JPIX is Japan's first commercial IX provider, established in 1997, offering a set of neutral locations that allows telecom, Cloud and wholesale service providers to exchange traffic as well as interconnect with enterprise users. The JPIX IX service is a significant exchange point for major service and content providers in Japan and plays an important role in powering the Japanese Internet backbone. With the IX service delivered by JPIX, Internet service providers (ISPs) and content providers are able to respond to continuous increases in Internet traffic as demand increases from their customers.

Infinera said JPIX chose its Cloud Xpress for its small form factor, low power consumption and its ability to easily scale bandwidth in 100 Gbps increments without any changes in hardware. The Cloud Xpress provides JPIX up to one terabit per second (Tbps) of input and output capacity in just two rack units. Further, the Cloud Xpress simplifies operations with a single fiber to deliver a 500 Gb/s super-channel of line-side capacity, a highly-reliable photonic integrated circuit, the flexibility of 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 40 GbE today, and 100 GbE client side interfaces with Cloud Xpress product family in the future.

"The tremendous demand for bandwidth globally puts immense pressure on the Cloud," said Stu Elby, senior vice president of Cloud network strategy and technology at Infinera. "JPIX's deployment of Cloud Xpress further underscores the need for simple, highly scalable interconnect solutions across a variety of markets."


Ericsson and Intel Security Target Managed Security for Telcos

Ericsson and Intel Security (formerly McAfee) are working together to make managed security solutions available for telecom operators to bundle with the existing services they provide to enterprises.

The alliance combines Ericsson's managed services expertise, global delivery capability and network security expertise with Intel Security's broad portfolio of consumer and enterprise security solutions will enable enterprises to strengthen their security posture.

Chris Young, Senior Vice President and GM of Intel Security, says: "Telecommunications networks are a critical component of the economic and social infrastructures that we rely upon. Together, Intel Security and Ericsson are working to keep the well over three billion people across the globe that use these systems safe and secure."

Jean-Claude Geha, Vice President and Head of Managed Services at Ericsson, says: "Intel Security has an exceptional, end-to-end consumer and enterprise security product portfolio. Ericsson is the leader in telecom managed services with the scale, skills and people required to make Intel's security solutions available to telecom operators around the world. Together, we will be able to provide exceptional managed security solutions to telecom operators."


CenturyLink Acquires Orchestrate - a Managed Database Service Company

CenturyLink has acquired Orchestrate, a company that offers a fully managed database service. Financial terms were not disclosed.

CenturyLink said the acquisition brings a new Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) to its Cloud platform.  Earlier this year, Orchestrate's service became deployable via CenturyLink Cloud.

"CenturyLink's customers, like most enterprises, are expressing interest in solutions that help them meet the performance, scalability and agile development needs of large-scale big data analytics," said Glen F. Post, III, chief executive officer and president of CenturyLink. "The Orchestrate database service's ease of use and ability to support multiple database technologies have emerged as key differentiators that we are eager to offer our customers through the CenturyLink Cloud platform."

Orchestrate co-founders Antony Falco, chief executive officer, and Ian Plosker, chief technology officer, as well as Dave Smith, vice president of engineering, are among those joining CenturyLink.


  • CenturyLink's other recent big data analytics moves include the acquisition of Cognilytics, a leading provider of advanced predictive analytics and big data solutions; the launch of Hyperscale high-performance cloud server instances designed for web-scale workloads, big data and cloud-native applications; and the availability of automated cloud-based Hadoop solutions. Other recent additions to the CenturyLink Cloud ecosystem include the acquisition of DataGardens for disaster recovery services. 

Korea-Japan Cable Upgrades to 100G with Ciena

The Korea-Japan Cable Network (KJCN) has selected Ciena's GeoMesh submarine solution for a 100G network upgrade.  KJCN has deployed Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, powered by WaveLogic coherent optics. The network will utilize high-powered Raman amplification to enable very high capacity transmission over long unrepeatered cable spans to increase the ultimate capacity of the system.

The KJCN network is owned by the global consortium of communications companies, including KT (Korea Telecom), SoftBank Mobile, QTNet (Kyushu Telecommunication Network) and others. KJCN is comprised of two 250 km repeater-less submarine cables with diverse routes connecting Korea and Japan. The KJCN network is used by traditional carrier customers, as well as web-scale operators and content delivery providers to transfer of a plethora of on-demand service and applications between Japan and South Korea.


Catbird Intros Discovery Tool for Virtual Fabrics

Catbird, a start-up based in Scotts Valley, California, introduced a software tool to help organizations discover, organize and analyze their virtual fabric to reduce security risks.

Catbird Insight works by first automatically discovering all assets within an organization’s virtual fabric.  It then allows grouping of these virtual assets into logical Catbird TrustZones (micro-segments) that can be monitored and analyzed for appropriate interactions, relationships and/or compliance based on network flow data. For example, all e-commerce applications might be grouped into one Catbird TrustZone so that security and compliance teams can validate whether the security policies associated within that Catbird TrustZone work effectively based on visualizing actual traffic flows.  From there, the solution provides visibility into all flows in and out of Catbird TrustZones with customized detailed reporting of traffic.

“Companies today want to adopt micro-segmentation to improve their security posture, yet find themselves lacking a good understanding of all the assets within their virtual fabric and missing insight into the baseline connectivity of those assets,” said David Keasey, CEO of Catbird. “With Catbird Insight, we easily and quickly eliminate these issues by providing a perfect inventory of assets and real-time network traffic and visualization, so organizations can easily define micro-segments and the fine-grained application-centric security policies protecting them.”


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Blueprint: How Mobile Operators Can Benefit From WebRTC

by Arvind Rangarajan, BroadSoft

WebRTC is one of the most discussed communications technologies today, as it enables enterprises to conduct real time voice and video calls with customers, partners and suppliers via a Web browser. By 2019, there will be more than 6 billion WebRTC devices and up to 2.5 billion active users of “embedded” communications worldwide, according Disruptive Analysis’ 2014 WebRTC Market Status & Forecasts Report. Even today, WebRTC is already enabled on more than a billion browsers, which indicates a very real and immediate opportunity for mobile operators and telcos.

Moderating a WebRTC session at Enterprise Connect 2015, one industry analyst estimated there to be approximately 200 WebRTC vendor solutions commercially available (or at least announced) at this moment. The sheer volume of WebRTC products, platforms, and applications is particularly remarkable given that most have been launched over just the past few months.

For mobile operators and service providers eyeing WebRTC but unsure how to move forward, the good news is that it doesn’t take years, months, or even weeks to benefit from WebRTC-enabled applications. A growing set of WebRTC-enabling tools simplify the process for service providers seeking to design and customize their own unified communications (UC) offers, which can increase service provider revenue opportunities, enhance the customer experience, future proof investments as the technology evolves, and deliver several additional key benefits.

Extend Unified Communications Beyond Enterprise

Most of the initial WebRTC-enabled technologies focus on delivering more enhanced customer support and a superior customer experience through capabilities such as click-to-call. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that businesses view WebRTC as a way to extend real-time unified communications beyond the confines of an enterprise – to any customer, partner or supplier with a WebRTC-enabled browser.

By extending the benefits of UC to an enterprise's entire ecosystem, external company communications are as simple and efficient as internal communications, in turn lowering enterprise costs by enabling users to take advantage of UC without the need for expensive client software or hardware.  This is significant for mobile operators and telcos attempting to determine where the most immediate and tangible WebRTC business opportunity lie.

WebRTC Can Power Mobile Applications

WebRTC adoption in the mobile world has been slow largely due to the challenges with the use of browsers; for example, it is difficult to notify a subscriber using a mobile browser about an incoming WebRTC call if the browser is not open. That is among a handful of reasons that, initially, apps may be used more than browsers in this context, and until browser enhancements are made, WebRTC can serve as the underlying technology for mobile apps for real-time communications.

The fact is that there are several factors positioning 2015 as the year when the explosion of WebRTC offerings will be matched by a growing user base and tangible revenues for service providers. First, telcos around the world are moving from traditional circuit-switched networks to full IP-based 4G networks to reduce costs as well as offer rich new mobile communications services.

Second, there is also significant demand from enterprises and consumers to have the ability to access all of their communications services on multiple devices. More specifically, data indicate customer interaction will increasingly be mobile-centric. By 2017, research firm IDC projects 87% of the worldwide smart connected device markets will be smartphones and tablets, while only 13% of the devices will be desktops and laptops. At the same time, 2014 research by ThinkJar finds 78% of organizations indicate mobile customer service is valuable to them (up from 31% the prior year).

Mobile smart phone data usage is very different compared to traditional browsing with laptops and tablets. There has been consistent data showing app usage dominating the overall mobile data consumption. For that reason, mobile operators should start by building apps that use WebRTC technology on the back end or even integrating WebRTC into existing apps. By creating a more compelling customer experience on mobile devices, mobile operators will drive more mobile access network usage. For example, adding voice or video capability into an app provided by a mobile operator that gives account details like usage would be of tremendous value. The capability could help the subscriber reach a representative for more personalized support.

Improve user experience for the future

Through WebRTC, enterprises can improve the customer experience by adding a rich media communication experience within their Website, email communications and mobile apps as the solution enables real-time, browser-based video and voice calling. This will prove especially critical for mobile devices, as research firm Gartner recently indicated that weak mobile customer service is harming customer engagement. For this reason, the ability of organizations to leverage WebRTC across all devices – of note given Gartner’s projection that one-third of all customer service interactions will still require the support of a human intermediary by 2017 – will go a long way in creating a superior customer experience.

Beyond mobile specifically, service providers are able to leverage WebRTC to customize their UC offers for a particular business need; enabling innovative services that address business issues and current market trends, including an increasingly disparate workforce, the growing share of millennials in the workforce, and a growing desire to access communications applications across a broad array of connected devices.

WebRTC is a true enabling technology; one with all the ingredients to improve the user experience, spark innovation and unlock new customer and revenue opportunities for mobile operators able to rapidly, cost-effectively and efficiently bring compelling solutions to market.

About the Author

Arvind Rangarajan is Director, Product Marketing at BroadSoft, a leading provider of cloud-based unified communications and collaboration solutions.

About BroadSoft 

BroadSoft is the leading provider of software and services that enable mobile, fixed-line and cable service providers to offer Unified Communications over their Internet Protocol networks. The Company’s core communications platform enables the delivery of a range of enterprise and consumer calling, messaging and collaboration communication services, including private branch exchanges, video calling, text messaging and converged mobile and fixed-line services. For additional information, visit http://www.BroadSoft.com

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Ericssson: LTE Release 13 Brings Improvements

LTE release 13, currently under standardization in 3GPP,  will significantly increase user data
rates and overall capacity, as well as support new use cases and further strengthen LTE as a vital
part of future radio access, according to a new white paper published by Ericsson.

Some of the big improvements in LTE release 13 will include:

  • Licensed assisted access (LAA) -- which used unlicense spectrum to boost overall LTE network capacity. LAA targets operator-deployed small cells in the 5GHz band.  Initially, it will support downlink traffic although a later extension is planned for uplink traffic.
  • Carrier-aggregation enhancements -up to 32 carriers in both the uplink and downlink, compared to five with LTE Release 10.
  • Multi-antenna enhancements - two-dimensional base station antenna arrays with up to 64 antenna ports are being studied for exploitation of both the azimuth and elevation domain. 
  • Latency reduction

The Ericsson white paper also touches on machine-to-machine use case for LTE.


Comcast Readies 2 Gbps Residential Service in California

Comcast will roll out its residential multi-gigabit broadband service to nearly three million California homes starting in June.  Gigabit Pro is a symmetrical, 2 Gigabit-per-second service that will be delivered via a fiber-to-the-home solution and offered to customers in the Chico, Fresno, Marysville/Yuba City, Merced, Modesto, Monterey, Sacramento, Salinas, San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Barbara County, Stockton and Visalia metro areas.

In addition, Comcast announced its 15th speed increase in 13 years for its other broadband Internet tiers. The company will increase its Performance tier from 50 Mbps to 75 Mbps and its Blast tier from 105 Mbps to 150 Mbps, both at no additional cost to customers.

Comcast noted that it has been doubling the capacity of its network every 18 months.  Additionally, the company has been delivering multi-gig (up to 10 Gbps) Ethernet service to businesses in California since 2011.


ARM Acquires Two Bluetooth Companies

ARM announced the acquisitions of Wicentric, a Bluetooth Smart stack and profile provider, and Sunrise Micro Devices (SMD), a provider of sub-one volt Bluetooth radio intellectual property (IP).  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Wicentric is a privately held provider of Bluetooth Smart software solutions focused on enabling the development of low-power wireless products. Their product line includes Bluetooth protocol stack and profiles for creating interoperable smart products and the link layer for silicon integration.

SMD is a privately held provider of radio IP solutions including a pre-qualified, self-contained radio block and related firmware to simplify radio deployment. Central to all SMD radios is native sub-one volt operation. Operating below one volt enables the radio to run much longer on batteries or harvested energy.

ARM said it will incorporate the intellectual property of both companies into a new ARM Cordio portfolio. This portfolio will complement ARM’s existing processor and physical IP targeting end markets requiring low-power wireless communications such as the Internet of Things (IoT).


@Napatech Video: Accelerating Time-to-Market with Dell OEM

The Napatech Acceleration Platform is a pre-integrated hardware platform suitable for development of high-performance network management and security appliance products.

Based on Napatech accelerators for network analysis, the Napatech Acceleration Platform enables vendors of appliances to significantly reduce time-to-market with a reliable, pre-tested and pre-integrated product that can meet the most challenging analysis requirements.

See video: https://youtu.be/i9CV61UtpIU

Integra Announces Milestones, Executive Appointments

Integra's fiber-based network infrastructure now connects more than 3,000 buildings throughout its 11-state network footprint.  The facilities-based carrier cited significant growth in the Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City and Seattle markets.

“Integra’s fiber networks comprise a blend of diverse network routes, direct access along key corridors and built-in reliability, scalability and security that together provide a valuable and differentiated solution for our customers,” said Dan Stoll, president, Electric Lightwave. “With 3,000 locations now on-net, our infrastructure is more flexible, powerful and enterprise-ready than ever, and we look forward to continuing to lay new fiber connections to businesses whose needs align with our network’s unique set of capabilities.”

Integra announced tha appointment of Christopher Camut as president. Camut most recently served as CEO of Ajubeo, a Boulder-based IaaS provider, and holds degrees from the University of Toledo.

In addition, Scot Oslund has joined Electric Lightwave as vice president, premier channel. Oslund will report to Dan Stoll, who was named president of Electric Lightwave in January after 15 years with Integra where he most recently served as the company’s senior vice president of strategy and development. Also, Integra has promoted Jason Koenders to the newly formed office of chief technology officer.


Cloud Raxak Intros Security Compliance Service based on HP CSA

Cloud Raxak, a start-up based in Los Gatos, California, introduced its Cloud Raxak Protect, a cloud-based security compliance service for helping IT organizations and application development teams to secure and ensure compliance of their compute infrastructures, starting with their environment provisioning process and through the lifecycle, for both public and private clouds.

Cloud Raxak Protect leverages HP’s Cloud Service Automation (CSA) solution, which provides open, extensible enterprise-grade hybrid cloud service management for businesses.

Prasanna Mulgaonkar, Cloud Raxak CEO and founder, said, “Cloud Raxak Protect™ enables application teams and enterprise IT to apply security profiles such as DISA and NIST approved technical security controls across private and public cloud infrastructures. Cloud Raxak Protect™ makes it as simple to apply security compliance profiles to a set of virtual machines, as it is to provision them. We are very pleased to have partnered closely with HP and their industry leading CSA solution to bring this service to market.”