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Ixia

July 29, 2007

As Ethernet gets more complicated, so must the test systems needed to accurately ensure carriers are providing the best quality of experience for their metro Ethernet solutions. A few weeks back I had a chance to sit down with the team at Ixia and discuss their Carrier Ethernet solutions based on Provider Backbone Transport (PBT) and Provider Backbone Bridge (PBB). The company’s Ixia’s test products for PBT/PBB, along with those for Ethernet OAM/CFM provide network equipment manufacturers and carriers with all the tools needed to test the latest Carrier Ethernet solutions.   Ixia announced the above functionality as well as Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) as part of it’s IxNetwork 5.30 release, which is part of its Aptixia test framework.   Many of the largest service providers have adopted PBT/PBB as it reduces the cost and complexity of Ethernet transport while providing mechanisms for enhanced QoS.   “PBT/PBB is an important new part of the Carrier Ethernet solution over switched Ethernet,” said Michael Howard, principal at Infonetics Research. “Many service providers are evaluating PBT/PBB as a cost effective mechanism to leverage their switched metro Ethernet network and offer back haul for access networks, extend L2/L3 VPNs, and point-to-point (ELINE) services.

Radisys

July 29, 2007

One of the hottest areas of telecom is the open standards building block area, especially the ATCA and more recently MicroTCA spaces. The reason for the growth in open standards components is obvious. As technology markets move more rapidly and become commoditized at the same time, many equipment manufacturers are realizing they would rather be in the software business and not hardware.   So a company who once spent millions developing proprietary transcoding hardware will likely decide it makes sense to write transcoding solutions which run on ATCA-based systems instead. Why?

Spirent’s Testing 2.0

July 29, 2007

There seems to be an evolution in the testing market as these companies focus on delivering products and services enabling network equipment providers and carriers to test more services in less time. As networks become more commoditized and the competition to provide services continues to increase, quality of service is becoming more important than ever.   In a recent conversation with the new President and COO of Spirent, Rob Piconi, I had a chance to get Rob’s take on the future of testing and moreover learn about the company’s new testing offerings.   Rob’s message to customers is you need to deliver products and services as rapidly as possible and his company is best positioned to allow you to test these products and services before they are rolled out. Spirent he says has the deepest and broadest [testing] portfolio.   He points out how critical it is to work with the leading testing company when deploying FMC. And he has a point as in the world of fixed mobile convergence; you are dealing with wireless, wireline and potentially IMS.

Acision

July 29, 2007

When a single US phone company, Verizon reports that in one month, they were responsible for sending 10 billion text messages, you may want to stand up and take notice.   In order to learn more about the SMS space I decided to take a trip down to Plano, Texas where the UK-based Acision has one of it’s four US offices. The company was formerly named Logica CMG and is one of those companies most people never heard of but is responsible for providing technology many of us frequently use.   In short, the company is an enabler of various types of service provider messaging from SMS to voice and video. This month in fact the company celebrated it’s 15th anniversary of supplying the industry with Short Message Service Centers or SMSCs.   Thanks to Moore’s law and clever design, the capability of Acision’s SMSCs has dramatically increased over the years. In 1992 SMSC version 1.0 had a capacity of 10 messages per second.

Mavenir Systems

July 29, 2007

Instant IMS: No IMS Required   When I decided on the sub headline for this article I realized it might be viewed as potentially controversial. How, you may be asking can one have IMS without IMS? Well there is an answer to this question and it may or may not be what you are expecting.   You see the benefits of IMS are great. We all realize this fact and moreover service providers understand if they aren’t able to provide the benefits of IMS to their customers soon they risk losing revenue.

700 MHz

July 29, 2007

Joseph Nacchio

July 29, 2007

Ex-Qwest Chief Nacchio Gets 6 Years for Inside Trades   In case you missed it, Joseph Nacchio, former chief executive officer of Qwest Communications International Inc., was sentenced to six years in prison for trading $52 million in company shares based on inside information about falling revenue.   As you may recall, in a post titled SEC vs. Nacchio over two years ago I said the following:   The WSJ reports civil charges are about to be filed against Quest’s Joe Nacchio the former CEO. The charges are expected to be cooking the books otherwise known as fraud. The area of interest is “capacity sales,” that Nacchio has said in the past are legit while the SEC says they were “Sham transactions.” We’ll have to see who wins.   This case is actually a different one and Nacchio still faces a lawsuit from the U.S.

Lease a Phone for $2,917.20

July 29, 2007

This story is just too good not to share and it is far from unique. A man has been leasing a phone from AT&T since 1952 and has been paying $4.42 per month for it. Now I am not sure if this price has stayed the same over the years and I would imagine there is some additional tax on this figure. But for simplicities sake let’s do the basic math on this keeping the cost constant.   55 years = 660 months 660 months * $4.42 = $2,917.20   This is a pretty staggering amount.

Accela Inc.

July 28, 2007

The hosting and VoIP services market continues to do well. Providing VoIP service to companies is a much easier proposition than the residential space as the pure-play market leader Vonage charges so little, even they struggle to make money.   Thankfully Vonage has not decided to aggressively pursue the business market with unsustainable prices. By not doing this, they have allowed a slew of companies to focus on the mom and pop business space by providing reasonable pricing and excellent service levels.   8x8’s Packet8 service is an example of a company having great success on the low end of the SMB space. More recently I met with Tom Keffer CEO of Accela Inc. whose company is targeting larger companies and call centers with a hosted IP communications solution.

Iwatsu

July 28, 2007

As part of a recent whirlwind Dallas, Texas tour I had a chance to catch up with Iwatsu’s Don Gant and discuss what his company is up to. He tells me sales of the company’s EMA Enhanced Messaging Application service are strong and have accelerated after the tragic Virginia Tech shooting. The system allows e-mails and calls to be made at a rate of 1,000 calls per minute in order to notify family members or workers in an emergency situation.   One of the benefits of the system is the ability to allow called parties to interact with the emergency notification system. For example if you receive an evacuation notice by phone you can set the system to allow the called party to press a button to get the best evacuation route from different parts of a campus.
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