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Emerson Network Power

July 29, 2007

The embedded computing market is one on in which it is difficult to differentiate one’s self as the market is based on open interfaces and architectures. But still, vendors are not sitting still and a market where differentiation is difficult, companies continuously up the ante on performance for the proverbial buck.   Case is point is Emerson Network Power Embedded Computing who recently announced a new high-performance, quad-core AdvancedTCA blade for communications infrastructure applications. Known as the KAT6200, the new field replaceable ATCA server blade features a pair of dual-core, Intel Xeon processors, a high-speed ATCA switched fabric, a mid-size AdvancedMC expansion bay, redundant IPMI system management, and an optional 2.5-inch SAS hard drive.   In a conversation with Jeff Durst, program director for Emerson’s Embedded Computing business I had a chance to learn about the new blade and what makes it different. One area is persistent memory.

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.

ECI Telecom

July 29, 2007

There is no doubt the broadband revolution is rolling right along and events like Live Earth where millions stream video simultaneously show how IP communications is doing it’s part to ensure broadband pipes are as clogged as possible. As this revolution of faster pipes takes place, companies like ECI Telecom are benefiting by rolling out new products in the areas of the market where there is a need for ever more fiber.   Specifically the company has enhanced its XDM Multi-Service Transport Platform allowing it to have the reach of long-haul DWDM systems. How? Well they use more powerful amplifiers and this means the tremendous expense required in adding transponders between cities 2,000 kilometers apart is no longer needed.   Part of the upgrade includes doubling channel capacity allowing 800 Gbps per a single fiber pair.   As you might expect emerging markets like Asia, India and Russia are at the top of the list of growth for the company and providing fiber solutions to wireless service providers – among other providers has proven to be a great business in these markets.   Anther area of growth is the ROADM space which company executives tell me is very hot in European metro markets.

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

VoIP News July 20, 2007

July 20, 2007

Here is the VoIP/IP communications new of the week. We start with the terrible news of SunRocket closing down without notifying customers. Not well done at all. As you can see below Nuvio would love to get these customers.

700MHZ Spectrum

July 12, 2007

Google and others are looking to ensure some of the 700MHZ spectrum is allocated for broadband wireless and moreover available at wholesale rates in order to help foster new and innovative services. For more on this story see this USA Today article.   Interestingly I also read a Telephony article where CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent called the proposed rules “Silicon Valley welfare.”   What I find interesting is this portion of the Telephony article:   -----   Verizon Wireless vice president and general counsel Steve Zipperstein testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, urging Congress to ignore Google and other Internet companies’ calls for open-access requirements to the 700 MHz bands, which are scheduled for auction in early 2008. Zipperstein said the results of such rules would favor the Internet companies over the wireless industry, effectively pre-determining the winners of the auctions in advance.

“The wireless industry has produced a steady stream of innovations -- from devices, to applications, to features -- that have given American consumers myriad choices about how they use their wireless service,” said Zipperstein in a statement.

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