News Analysis: WiMAX, LTE, MIDs Related Developments
By: Gary Kim
Both Xohm (News - Alert) and AT&T executives are singing from a single hymnal on one point: fourth-generation networks are not primarily about phones or voice services. Instead, fourth-generation networks, irrespective of technology, are about new applications and devices.
Mobile Internet Devices, a new category of mobile appliance, eventually will represent annual sales of 69 million units exceeding $17 billion by 2014, say analysts at Strategy Analytics. So watch developments by Intel (News - Alert), Qualcomm, ARM, AMD, TI, and Via, all of which are fighting for the allegiance of consumer device vendors.
A noteworthy development: Apple (News - Alert) is buying a boutique microprocessor design company called P.A. Semi.
The company is known for its design of sophisticated, low-power chips. Apple won’t say why it wants the firm’s capabilities, but observers speculate that Apple wants to preserve an edge for its iPhone (News - Alert) and other devices.
Interfaces can be copied. By owning its own processing capability, Apple might hope it can avoid relying too much on “commodity” processors that all of its competitors will have access to.
MIDs generally are said to have screen diagonals of between 4” and 6”and are intended to bridge the gap between web-browsing mobile phones the smaller portable computers. MIDs generally are considered to have WiFi (News - Alert), Bluetooth as well as mobile network connections. Touchscreens generally are considered MID features as well.
The two ecosystems Strategy Analytics (News - Alert) researchers say are battling for control of the MID processor market are Intel, AMD, and Via representing the PC industry, and ARM-based systems from TI, Qualcomm (News - Alert) and others, representing mobile device vendors.
Strategy Analytics think the x86 ecosystem will emerge by the end of 2009 or early 2010, in an x86 format that unfortunately will prove to be too expensive to get much traction.
Strategy Analytics believes that the proven advantages of the ARM (News - Alert) ecosystem in mobile devices will eventually outweigh those of the Intel platform and we expect ARM devices to comprise the majority of MID shipments over the forecast period.
Global sales in 2008 are predicted to reach one million units, and will grow at an average annual rate of 102 percent to reach 69.1 million units by 2014.
The point here is that MIDs and machine-to-machine applications probably are key to the ultimate financial success of fourth-generation wireless networks. IT
News Analysis: Leveraging Carrier Ethernet
By: Bob Emmerson (News - Alert)
Those performance parameters are on the cards, courtesy of Carrier Ethernet and Optical Burst Switching, but let’s back off and look at future network requirements. Traffic over IP networks is set to rise between 25- and 100-fold in around six years. Nobody knows the exact figure but it’s going to be huge. By that time around 5 billion people will have access to the Net and most of the predicted increase will come from the emerging markets, where average revenues per user (ARPUs) are going to be very low. That means that the 5 billion figure can only be realized if operating costs can be slashed dramatically.
Carrier Ethernet (CE) comes into play because it has five key attributes: (1) no need to change LAN equipment, (2) scales to millions of users and bandwidths go from 1 to 10 Gbps, (3) fast recovery times, (4) SLAs with high QoS, and (5) ability to monitor, diagnose and centrally manage the network. Moreover, unlike IP, connection-oriented layer 2 Ethernet transport can support the low latency requirements of voice and video traffic.
The ability to extend LANs over the WAN is the key application. It enables the creation of a “transparent LAN” that connects all enterprise locations, i.e. they appear as a single physical site. Latency and jitter are low because traffic is transported, not routed. This means that CE support applications whose bandwidth requirements are variable and unpredictable.
So far so good, but it gets better. Ethernet goes to 10 Gbps: going further as required the deployment of complex and expensive DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing), which is combining and transmitting multiple signals simultaneously at different wavelengths on the same fiber. The key issue is how to leverage the benefits of packet switching and obtain the bandwidth of DWDM optics while cutting capital and operation expenses.
Matisse Networks (News - Alert) (www.matissenetworks.com) says the answer is EtherBurst technology and the architecture it enables. There is an excellent white paper at their website that explains how it works and the paper is not heavy techie. As the name implies, the technology sends and receives 10 Gbps bursts of data over different wavelengths. The architecture is based on optical burst transponders that communicate directly with all destinations. There is no need for dedicated circuit transponders at the ends of every single communication path and this results in a simple ring network that is managed as a single layer 2 switch.
The use of different wavelengths allows networks to scale to 640 Gbps and there is virtually no jitter or latency. The latter figure is 75 microseconds plus 5 microseconds per kilometer. Networks using EtherBurst technology are on trial in the U.S. and Europe. IT
News Analysis: Accelerating Device Testing to Much Fanfare (News - Alert)
By: Greg Galitzine
Fanfare came to Interop looking for an audience made primarily of the vendors they would be sharing the aisles with. And with a customer list that features some of the bigger names in our space, who could blame them.
Shameless name dropper that I am, here are just a few of Fanfare’s customers: Fujitsu, Cisco, AT&T, Juniper, Tellabs, BT, Alcatel-Lucent, Dell (News - Alert), Motorola, Vyatta, NTT, and more, totaling between 60 and 70 customers.
Not too shabby for a company that was founded just four years ago.
So what do they do, you ask?
Well, I asked David Gehringer, vice president of marketing for the Mountain View-based firm.
Fanfare provides software solutions designed to allow equipment manufacturers and carriers simplify and accelerate device testing, which enables these constituents to build and run tests, track results against various metrics, and automatically generate documentation that can be easily shared.
In essence the company produces software that is designed to simplify complex device testing, and lessen time to market for their customers.
According to Gehringer, approximately 70 percent of testing is manual today, with developers manually writing out a test plan, running the test manually, manually writing up reports, and the like. The remaining 30 percent of tests are scripted, oftentimes based on older languages such as PERL whereby testers, try to script out manual sequences to help automate and repeat their tests.
But with complexity going through the roof, manual tests and scripted tests are simply not up to the scaling being demanded by carriers. Carriers want better tests, to better prequalify devices for running on their networks.
The dirty little secret is that carriers often buy a new device for their networks, and then spend six months RE-testing it for validation, and only then does the new device go into an acceptance tank, sometimes for up to four more months of manual testing.
Fanfare traps and records the manual testing, in non scripting language, for reuse afterwards.
Fanfare helps developer to automate tests, and — as importantly — to share and proliferate these automated tests to everyone in the chain. So let’s say there is a U.S. based vendor, with product management in the U.K., and an Indian testing facility. Fanfare captures all the pertinent information and quickly and efficiently enables a very precise communication, which in turn helps to accelerate the ability to test successfully, resulting in a shorter time to market.
In fact Gehringer boasted to me of a carrier that is saving 12 man years of development and testing time simply by deploying the Fanfare solution. As the carrier told him, each new device has about 400 defects, some worse, some not so bad. But on average, each defect can cost up to two and a half days to reproduce, to understand it and for developers to remedy it. With two major releases per year and two equipment manufacturers in the carrier’s lab that amounts to 12 man years of testing saved.
Currently Fanfare is enjoying a period of growth and increasing customer demand. But that doesn’t mean they are resting on their laurels. With the threat of competition looming, from established testing vendors as well as new entrants, Gehringer told me they will continue to release newer and more powerful versions of the product in the weeks and months ahead. IT
SAP (News - Alert) and RIM Usher In a New Era for Enterprise Mobility
SAP AG and Research In Motion (RIM) announced a co-innovation designed to change the way people work, by enabling anytime, anywhere mobile access to SAP enterprise applications through the BlackBerry (News - Alert) platform. The first output expected from this new partnership is a native BlackBerry smartphone client that will merge the power of the SAP CRM application with core BlackBerry smartphone applications, including the BlackBerry Email, Address Book and Calendar applications, to deliver an indispensable tool for sales people.
HearMe (News - Alert) Releases Version 3.0
HearMe has announced an upgrade to its current offerings with the release of HearMe Version 3.0. The latest version includes the ability to present pre-recorded videos, an improved layout and user interface and enhanced audio quality. HearMe Version 3.0 includes: Video Library, which allows meeting presenters to upload and broadcast pre-recorded videos or movies to all room participants; Enhanced Presentation Mode; and document sharing capabilities that allow a presenter to have more control and flexibility over the content.
Nortel Government Solutions Secures Unified Communications (News - Alert) for Government
Nortel Government Solutions has introduced a new unified communications platform designed specifically to meet the stringent security and service assurance requirements of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies of the U.S. Federal Government. Based on Nortel (News - Alert)’s new Applications Server 5300, the unified communications solution can enhance productivity and speed decision-making by integrating voice, instant messaging, multimedia conferencing and presence services to reduce delays in connecting people and information.
CuPhone Announces Echo Free Phone Adaptor for VoIP
CuPhone has introduced an “Echo Free” USB-to-Phone Adaptor for VoIP. When plugged into the USB port of a PC, the small adaptor is designed to allow the user to plug his regular phone into the RJ11 port on the adaptor to make and receive either Skype (News - Alert) or normal landline “echo free” calls. The “Echo Free” Phone adaptor is based on TigerJet Network’s single chip VoIP solution, the Tiger580, which has built-in Echo Cancellation hardware, SLIC/Phone interface and a 16-bit audio codec.
Report: 8 million U.S. Workers to Use VoIP by 2012
Acording to Pike & Fischer’s Broadband Advisory Services, nearly 8 million U.S. workers will use IP telephony lines by the end of 2012, according to new projections from a business publishing company. An indication of the increasingly popular technology’s reach, the figure will eclipse 5 million by the end of 2010. According to the report, more and more businesses are attracted to VoIP because it saves time and money.
BT and Siemens (News - Alert) to Deliver One-Stop Converged Communications Solution
BT and Siemens Enterprise Communications have entered into a global sales agreement to offer a converged communications solution for large multinational enterprises. The solution aims at helping large MNC reduce costs, remove complexity and risk, improve collaboration and enhance business processes, by leveraging existing investments in currently separate voice and data infrastructures and offering a transition path to a centrally managed IP-based communications platform.
WhiteHat and Breach Security Offer Powerful Web Application Security (News - Alert)
WhiteHat Security and Breach Security have partnered to offer a solution for more comprehensive Web site security. Available immediately, the solution combines WhiteHat’s intelligent web application vulnerability assessment technology with Breach Security’s automated, real-time protection against application-level threats. The companies have announced that current ModSecurity customers that also subscribe to WhiteHat Sentinel will receive the integration free-of-charge.
SERVICE PROVIDER NEWS
MERA Systems (News - Alert) Rolls out New VoIP Softswitch
MERA Systems has launched MERA VoIP Transit Softstwitch Pro (MVTS Pro). The solution is a next generation Class 4 softswitch with session border controller functionality. The MVTS Pro includes collection, switching and transcoding of VoIP traffic, management of signaling and media data streams and border access control.
Foundry Launches New Modules
Foundry Networks (News - Alert) has announced a pair of high-density interface modules to its data center switching and routing product lines, the BigIron RX Series switches and the NetIron MLX Series routers. The new modules will reportedly allow the BigIron RX Series switches and the NetIron MLX Series routers to deliver the industry’s highest 10 gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) and gigabit Ethernet (GbE) density of up to 512 ports of 10GbE and 1,536 ports of GbE in a single system. The news of the new modules came on the heels of Foundry’s announcement of a new vision for advancing the data center based upon four key pillars: performance, virtualization, convergence and efficiency.
XO Communications (News - Alert) Solution Bundles Mobility and Unified Communications Features for Mobile Workforce
XO Communications has launched XO Anywhere — a new service designed to help improve worker productivity with mobility and unified communications features. The service enables employees to turn any phone into their XO office phone, providing an ideal solution for companies with mobile and distributed workforces.
BT (News - Alert) to Launch Managed Telepresence
BT recently demonstrated inter-company telepresence connectivity at the Cisco Expo 2008 in Berlin, Germany. The demonstration showed BT’s ability to deploy the Cisco (News - Alert) telepresence capability as a service allowing communications between enterprises. Up to this point many videoconferencing systems, not to mention high-end telepresence systems, have been able to enable communication within a single deploying enterprise, but not always between different enterprises. BT expects to have the service available to customers by September 2008.
IP Infusion (News - Alert) Successfully Integrates ZebOS with Media Global Links’ MD 10000 IP Video Router
IP Infusion has announced the successful integration of its ZebOS Advanced Routing Suite with Media Global Links’ MD 10000 IP Video Router. This integration will provide Layer 2 switching for a first-of-its-kind video routing solution to be installed at Fuji TV’s new network operations center in Tokyo, Japan. This new center will make Fuji TV the world’s first television station to deploy a fully IP-based internal and external video routing solution.
March Networks and Sun Microsystems (News - Alert) Offer IP Video Surveillance Solutions
March Networks, a provider of intelligent IP video and business analysis applications, has announced that it entered into a collaboration agreement with Sun Microsystems to market scalable, end-to-end IP video surveillance solutions to enterprises in North America. The solutions will include intelligent video management software and systems from March Networks VideoSphere portfolio along with Sun Fire x64 servers. These allow organizations to deploy surveillance applications like video analytics besides managing the convergence of IP video technologies with optimum IT infrastructure.
VTN Implements First Cisco TelePresence Systems in Vietnam
Vietnam National Telecoms (VTN) has brought Cisco TelePresence to the country for the first time and is showcasing it in two new information and communications technology demonstration centers, which the national service provider has established in Hanoi and Hochihminh City. The Cisco TelePresence systems are among a range of advanced communications technologies that will be showcased in the two centers. The Cisco solutions are designed to enable staff and visitors at each location to participate in face-to-face meetings across a virtual table, using life-size, ultra-high-definition 1080p video.
NMS Communications Brings Mobile TV to the Philippines
The Philippines’ second-largest mobile operator, Glob Telecom, is offering its subscribers Mobile TV programming (live and/or made-for-mobile TV) on 3G wireless phones, a service built on NMS Communications’ technology. Globe Telecom (News - Alert) subscribers can now use their 3G capable phones to make a video call to a dial-in number and initiate their mobile TV activities. Subscribers have six channels to choose from where they can watch live feeds of CNN, three local broadcast television channels, sporting events, as well as made-for-mobile looped videos of news, cartoons and entertainment content.
3G Mobile Phone Hits the Market
An international mobile device maker has announced the launch of a new touch-screen cell phone that can run Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows Mobile 6.1. HTC’s so-called “Touch Diamond” is among the first third-generation, or “3G,” mobile telecommunications devices of its kind, according to the company’s CEO, Peter Chou. The new phone includes a 2.8-inch screen and 640-by-480-pixel displayas well as a more appropriate Web browser for the size of the screen and will accommodate users who want to use the Internet for popular uses such as Google searches, YouTube (News - Alert) videos and MapQuest navigation.
Tektronix and LitePoint Offer Collaborative Solution for LTE Product Development
Tektronix and LitePoint Corporation (News - Alert) have developed a collaborative solution for Long Term Evolution (LTE) product development. LitePoint’s RSALTE software has been designed to run on Tektronix RSA3000A/B (News - Alert) and RSA6100A real-time spectrum analyzers, and offer 3.9G compliance support for designers of UMTS LTE systems. The software enables customers to analyze the latest LTE (News - Alert) signals with both our mid-range and high-performance RTSAs.
Headset Makers Jump As States Ban Handheld Phone Use For Drivers
Seizing on a chance to sell hands-free devices as two West Coast states adopt laws for drivers, a headset manufacturer today launched a Web site designed to steer residents toward a suitable product. As of July 1, California and Washington’s two state legislators will enact laws preventing cell phone use while operating motor vehicles. As that date approaches, Plantronics (News - Alert) is encouraging drivers to buy a headset from them. California and Washington follow a handful of states that are passing laws designed to prevent accidents by allowing drivers to use all their limbs when operating a car. The laws reflect the nation’s rapidly growing market for handheld telecommunications devices. More states are expected to follow.
Atheros (News - Alert) Adds to Chip Family with GPS Combo for Mobile Devices
Atheros Communications announced the launch of a new addition to its Radio-on-Chip for Mobile (ROCm) family of GPS solutions. This will be a hardware and software GPS combination suitable for mobile phones, personal navigation devices (PNDs) and personal media players (PMPs). The new solution includes a second-generation, single-chip GPS receiver, the AR1511, and a companion ORION 3.0 software suite.
TellMe Provides Voice Recognition Search Feature for BlackBerry
TellMe, a Microsoft subsidiary, has decided to provide BlackBerry mobile users with a voice recognition feature for searching functions specifically focused on finding local services such as a restaurant, movie or other business listing as well as traffic and weather conditions and driving directions. The ‘Just Say it, See it’ feature will enable users who have TellMe on their mobile devices to simply speak searches. For example BlackBerry users can just say ‘Coffee’ and find the nearest businesses based on their GPS location and also get maps, directions, and traffic information right into their screen.
M3 Wireless Standardizes on DragonWave (News - Alert) for Voice and Data Backhaul
Global supplier of next-generation wireless networks DragonWave recently announced M3 Wireless is converging its WiMAX (News - Alert) data and GSM voice services for business and residential customers on a DragonWave IP backhaul solution. DragonWave’s AirPair product interlinks 27 sites across M3’s meshed Ethernet network spanning Bermuda.
OTHER INDUSTRY NEWS
Octasic (News - Alert)’s Vocallo Multi-Core Media Gateway DSP Leading with Innovation
Octasic’s Vocallo Multi-Core Media Gateway DSP solution has been getting a lot of attention in the multi-core processor for voice, video and data over IP space of late. The multi-core processor for voice, video and data over IP enables a new business model and offers optimal pricing flexibility for media gateways in enterprise and converged fixed-mobile carrier networks. Among the specific features, capacity and I/Os are designed to meet user specifications, with the ability to add software in the Vocallo framework to set products apart with unique features.
BroadSoft (News - Alert) Announces Carrier-Grade Voice Mashups Program
BroadSoft has launched the BroadSoft Xtended Developers Program designed to allow software developers to integrate BroadSoft’s carrier-grade voice applications with unified communications solutions and leading web-based business and consumer applications such as Facebook and Salesforce.com (News - Alert). The BroadSoft Xtended Developers Program provides an application development portal that houses application programming interfaces (APIs), sample code and documentation, along with social networking features such as forums and blogs to facilitate interaction within the Xtended developers community.
Companies Turning to Genesys (News - Alert) SIP Implementations in Droves
Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories announced at its G-Force event that it has successfully reached more than 100 major enterprise customers that have begun SIP implementations using its customer service software. This milestone for Genesys is proof that a key IP telephony standard is quickly gaining momentum. Enterprises are swiftly moving to leverage the SIP standard in their contact centers. As a result, the demand for Genesys solutions is quickly growing.
Communicado and Logix Group Sign Pan-European Distribution Agreement
Communicado, formerly known as SyncVoice (News - Alert) Communications, announced a pan-European distribution deal with Logix Group to offer the new Communicado Streamline Management as a Service Platform that equips VARs and MSPs to remotely manage customers converged communication networks supporting real-time person-to-person communications. Under the terms of the deal, Logix will promote Streamline through its network of resellers to help businesses adopt converged communication’s mobility benefits without the associated risks and management pain.
ADTRAN (News - Alert) Announces New Opportunities for SMB Resellers
ADTRAN announced it has enhanced its ADTRAN ADvantage Partner Program in a bid to strengthen relationships with mid-tier ADvantage partners. The enhancements are expected to help partners benefit from access to additional product lines, increased revenue incentives and certification training programs for ADTRAN’s family of NetVanta routers, switches and IP Telephony (IPT) solutions.
IP CONTACT CENTER
SugarCRM (News - Alert) Delivers Enhanced Enterprise Reporting and Wireless Features
Open source CRM provider, SugarCRM, has announced the beta release of new reporting and wireless capabilities for SugarCRM. For SugarCRM users, this means more insight into sales effectiveness and customer behavior and with new wireless capabilities, a feature-rich SugarCRM user experience on mobile phones, including BlackBerry and iPhone mobile handsets. As part of the new enhancements, SugarCRM has said it also “strengthened data import features, enhanced the ability to create custom objects and modules with Sugar Module Builder, and introduced new tracking functionality which allows SugarCRM administrators to get a better view into system usage and performance.”
WPM Market Expected to Reach $2.5 Billion by 2012
The market for workforce performance management, while still maturing, has a bright future, according to the latest forecast from market intelligence provider IDC (News - Alert). The research firm notes that the workforce performance management (WPM) software and services market is expected to reach $2.55 billion by 2012, increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.1 percent.
CRM’s Salesforce.com Certifies Hot Banana for AppEx
Lyris has announced that Hot Banana Software, a web content management product that’s part of the Lyris HQ integrated marketing platform, has been certified on Salesforce.com’s AppExchange enabling customers to deploy Hot Banana via the AppExchange to build multi-level web forms with CAPTCHA validation on basic Web pages or on advanced landing pages. The product can also be used to set up web analytics, lead source, and conversion tracking and transfer the captured lead-generation data from the Web form to Salesforce.
TELECOM EXPENSE MANAGEMENT NEWS
Mobile Management Helps Organizations Save Time and Money
Organizations looking for ways to both embrace mobile communications and keep expenses under control can choose among several different management models. Some of these work better than others. In a white paper, Mobile Management Models, telecom expense management solutions company Amtel (News - Alert) outlined some of the most frequently employed techniques for keeping track of wireless expenses, and outlined the pros and cons of each.
Business Leaders Stress Growing Need For Telecom Expense Management
Saying the ability to track information technology expenses can save time, money and aggravation, the head of a Rutherford, New Jersey-based company is touting a new inventory system designed to solve problems faced by many large corporations. With Control Point Solutions (News - Alert) Inc.’s Telecom Inventory Services, companies can unearth and separate the often muddled and elusive costs of internal telecommunications services.
ETeleSolv Enhances TEM Capabilities with New TeleManager Release
To help businesses further assess and manage their telecom spend, telecom management and Web services company ETeleSolv announced the launch of version 2.1 of its TeleManager, a telecom resource management application. TeleManager offers additional features that provide enterprises with better financial control over wireless and internal chargeback. Some of the new features include manual invoice capture, cellular optimization with number portability, a more flexible chargeback module, and a detailed invoice/contract reconciliation upgrade.
Tangoe (News - Alert) Partners with Avalon to Support Wireless TEM Initiative
Tangoe has announced a new partnership with mobile computing and communications provider Avalon Technology to offer support for wireless TEM services within the federal government. Avalon Technology recently won a Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) Telecommunications Expense Management (TEM) contract along with three other companies to offer support for mobile TEM initiatives within federal agencies. By partnering with Avalon, Tangoe is able to help provide government agencies with full visibility over the mobile enterprise.
Averox Announces Enhancement Plan for Provisus
Averox plc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Averox Inc., has announced plans for major enhancements to its licensed Provisus provisioning and activation solutions portfolio to support the provisioning and activation of next generation services mainly based on Internet Protocol (IP) and in particular, support for IPTV (News - Alert). “These further enhancements will enable communication service providers to quickly deploy revenue generating next generation services. We believe IPTV is a major part of next generation services,” Salman Mahmood, President and CEO of Averox Inc. said.
Avotus (News - Alert) Intros Adaptive Communications Model
Avotus Corporation has announced a first-in-market model, dubbed Avotus Adaptive Communications. This model aims to provide clients strategic leverage of their communications infrastructure. According to Avotus’ officials, the model’s strategic set of services are Communications Assessment capabilities, Advisory Services, Managed Services, and Outsourcing Services.
Ruckus Wireless (News - Alert) Implements Arena PLM
Ruckus Wireless has implemented on-demand Arena PLM (product lifecycle management) after evaluating other competitive PLM applications. With this implementation, Ruckus Wireless will look to accelerate its efforts to speed products to market, innovate quickly, manage costs, maximize efficiency and meet quality and regulatory compliance requirements. With this agreement, it will be easier for Ruckus to efficiently and accurately document its activities for compliance.
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