New Product Recap: November 2012

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December 10, 2012

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New Product Recap: November 2012

This report, as you've come to expect, is a recap of the some of the month's biggest product announcements in communications, organized into the following broad categories for your convenience:

For a quick view of what we have included from your favorite vendors, glance at Table 1; and if you want to see quickly what we have included under each product category, look at Table 2 As is now usual, we have indicated some of the industry shows that vendors have been using to give the first public views of their new products.

Enjoy! And don't forget that you can click here to see our list of previous long-form features and New Product Recaps.

Table 1: Vendors and products included in this Recap

Vendor

Product(s)

Shown at

Comment

Adobe Systems

MediaWeaver and Primetime Media Player

Components of Project Primetime, presented as the industry's first fully integrated video technology platform that publishes and monetizes broadcast-TV content across any web-connected device

Adva Optical Networking

Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS)

Addition to FSP 150 family

Agilent Technologies

9077A

New software release of WLAN measurement application for X-Series signal analyzers to support 802.11ac standard

Allot Communications

VideoClass

Video optimization solution for mobile-operator OTT video delivery

Anritsu

MD8475A

Addition of TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA/HSPA options

Anritsu

MS269xA/MS2830A signal analyzers and MG3710A/MG3700A vector signal generators

Addition of three software packages supporting LTE-Advanced and five packages supporting IEEE802.11ac

Anritsu

Rapid Test Designer (RTD)/MD8430A LTE Network Simulator toolset

Addition of Rich Communications Services (RCS) functional test capabilities

Apigee

Mobile Analytics

Performance and configuration tool allowing software developers in real time to detect, diagnose and fix problems with their apps running on mobile devices

ASSIA

DSL Expresse 3.1

Presented as the world�s first DSL network management system designed to manage simultaneously vectored and non-vectored lines

Aviat Networks

ODU 600T

Outdoor radio unit for ultra-high capacity microwave trunking applications

Beam Communications

RapidSat700

Portable satellite communications system that operates with the Inmarsat BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) network

Big Switch Networks

Big Switch Open SDN product suite

Includes the Big Network Controller (BNC), Big Tap and Big Virtual Switch (BVS)

Broadcom

BCM84848

Presented as the industry's smallest quad 10GBASE-T PHY

BroadSoft

BroadCloud RCS

Addition of Rich Communications Services to BroadCloud Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform

BroadSoft

UC One

Presented as a comprehensive platform that enables telecom service providers to offer a wide-range of unified-communications solutions

Calient Technologies

Application programming interface (API) for OpenFlow

Addition to S320 optical circuit switch

Compuverde

Software-defined storage (SDS) for telcos and service providers

Presented as solution providing the entire software stack for big-data storage, enabling service providers to scale linearly without incurring the costs associated with building a new storage cluster

Cyan

Blue Planet

Software-�defined networking (SDN) system

Dialog Semiconductor

DA9063

Integrated configurable power-management IC (PMIC) for ARM quad-core and dual-core application processors

Endace

EndaceAccess 100

Presented as the world's first 100G network monitoring system

Entone

Magi

SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2012

Hybrid CATV media gateway

EXFO

FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer 40G/100G Multiservice Test Modules

Enhancements to CFP testing capabilities

Extreme Networks

BlackDiamond X8 High-Density XL 100GbE and 40 GbE switch modules

Super Computing Conference SC/12 2012

For data centers and to support of new SDN applications

Hillcrest Labs

FSM-9

Fully-integrated 9-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU)

Huawei Technologies

Blade RRU Solution

Company 2012 Wireless Network User Group meeting

Blade-server-like design for seamless module assembly for building mobile-broadband cell sites

Huawei Technologies

wSight

Carrier-grade management system for WLANs

Infinera

Instant Bandwidth

Enhancement of DTN-X platform to enable software activation of 100G bandwidth increments

IPsmarx Technology

Rechargeable Calling Card Solution

Update to solution makes physical calling cards rechargeable

Jolla

Sailfish OS

Slush Conference 2012

MeeGo-based OS and user interface

Nokia Siemens Networks

Customer Experience Management (CEM) for Liquid Net

Provides insight into the experience of people using a mobile network and converts that into specific investment and network optimization projects using the company's Liquid Net software portfolio

Openwave Mobility

SUR 9.0

4G World 2012

New version of subscriber data management solution for 3G and 4G mobile networks

Overture Networks

Overture 1400 Carrier Ethernet edge platform enhancements

Include 3-port DS3 interface module and software enhancements

RAD Data Communications

Micro Network Interface Device (MiNID)

Ethernet Expo Americas 2012

Ethernet-demarcation SFP form-factor solution

Riverbed Technology

Cascade 10.0 release

Update to application-aware network performance management (NPM) solution to handle virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI), server virtualization, and fully virtualized data centers using VXLAN software-defined networks (SDNs)

Roke Manor Research

SmartSwitch iOS version

Subscriber engagement and connection management app

Sandvine

Routing Efficiency Dashboard

Provides a detailed look into the routing and transit links and interconnect relationships that affect operational expenses on fixed and mobile networks

Sorenson Media

Squeeze Server 2.0

Faster version of the company's high-volume enterprise-grade video transcoding and encoding solution

SpiderCloud Wireless

SCRN-210

Addition of LTE to E-RAN system - presented as forming the first true multimode access system with 3G, LTE/4G and dual-band Wi-Fi for reliable mobile services indoors for enterprise customers of any size

Telco Systems

T-Marc 3312SC

Next generation mobile-backhaul carrier-Ethernet/MPLS demarcation device

Telit Communications

LE920

LTE module for European and North American OEM automotive and aftermarket segments

TokBox

OpenTok on WebRTC

Presented as the first solution for developers for high-quality face-to-face video to Google Chrome 23 and the first to support WebRTC on iOS

Vitesse Semiconductor

VSC7416

Six-port Serval Lite switch engine presented as the industry's first Ethernet-optimized networking solution for 4G/LTE small cells

WebNMS

Carrier Ethernet OAM solution

Provides a unified console from which service providers can manage all their carrier-Ethernet equipment, regardless of vendor

ZTE

Energy Saving Solution

Presented as technologies to reduce power consumption in LTE base stations -- includes the industry's first integrated system for automatic/dynamic PA bias voltage control and intelligent OFDM signaling shutdown without affecting performance



Table 2: Contents of product categories in this Recap

Category

Vendor

Product(s)

Broadband/Cable Access & Applications

Adobe Systems

MediaWeaver and Primetime Media Player

Entone

Magi

Sorenson Media

Squeeze Server 2.0

Carrier Transport & Optical Networking

Adva Optical Networking

Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS)

Infinera

Instant Bandwidth

Components & Devices

Dialog Semiconductor

DA9063

Hillcrest Labs

FSM-9

Mobile Devices & Software

Apigee

Mobile Analytics

Beam Communications

RapidSat700

Jolla

Sailfish OS

Roke Manor Research

SmartSwitch iOS version

Telit Communications

LE920

TokBox

OpenTok on WebRTC

Switching, Routing & Network Platforms

Broadcom

BCM84848

Calient Technologies

Application programming interface (API) for OpenFlow

Extreme Networks

BlackDiamond X8 High-Density XL 100GbE and 40 GbE switch modules

Overture Networks

Overture 1400 Carrier Ethernet edge platform enhancements

RAD Data Communications

Micro Network Interface Device (MiNID)

Vitesse Semiconductor

VSC7416

Telecom Software & Service Provider IT

Allot Communications

VideoClass

ASSIA

DSL Expresse 3.1

Big Switch Networks

Big Switch Open SDN product suite

BroadSoft

BroadCloud RCS

BroadSoft

UC One

Compuverde

Software-defined storage (SDS) for telcos and service providers

Cyan

Blue Planet

Huawei Technologies

wSight

IPsmarx Technology

Rechargeable Calling Card Solution

Nokia Siemens Networks

Customer Experience Management (CEM) for Liquid Net

Openwave Mobility

SUR 9.0

Riverbed Technology

Cascade 10.0 release

Sandvine

Routing Efficiency Dashboard

WebNMS

Carrier Ethernet OAM solution

Test & Measurement

Agilent Technologies

9077A

Anritsu

MD8475A

Anritsu

MS269xA/MS2830A signal analyzers and MG3710A/MG3700A vector signal generators

Anritsu

Rapid Test Designer (RTD)/MD8430A LTE Network Simulator toolset

Endace

EndaceAccess 100

EXFO

FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer 40G/100G Multiservice Test Modules

Wireless Infrastructure

Aviat Networks

ODU 600T

Huawei Technologies

Blade RRU Solution

SpiderCloud Wireless

SCRN-210

Telco Systems

T-Marc 3312SC

ZTE

Energy Saving Solution



— Tim Hills is a freelance telecommunications writer and journalist. He's a regular author of Light Reading reports.

Next Page: Broadband/Cable Access & ApplicationAdobe Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ADBE)
MediaWeaver and Primetime Media Player
These are components of Project Primetime, presented as the industry's first fully integrated video technology platform that publishes and monetizes broadcast-TV content across any Web-connected device. MediaWeaver is an ad insertion service that places ads into live, linear and VoD content with a high degree of control, flexibility and resulting user experiences. The system, which is currently available as a beta, enables dynamic ad executions for video content in browsers and apps on any Web-connected device, creating an engaging buffer-free ad and content experience for consumers, according to the company. Primetime Media Player allows TV-content owners and distributors to rely on a single workflow for content preparation, rights management and streaming to eliminate platform fragmentation and maximize reach.

Entone Inc.
Magi
The hybrid CATV media gateway enables cable operators to deliver an integrated hybrid TV service that combines live TV, DVR and cloud-based (OTT) services over analog, digital or hybrid cable systems. It has multiple tuners and flexible DVR options, together with an integrated Docsis 3.0 modem for supporting video over IP streaming and interactive applications, and MoCA and Wi-Fi support.

Sorenson Media
Squeeze Server 2.0
This is a faster version of the company's high-volume enterprise-grade video transcoding and encoding solution. It includes full optimization for all four leading adaptive bitrate streaming protocols, including the newly added MPEG Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH); Adobe Flash Dynamic Streaming (FDS); Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS); and Microsoft Smooth Streaming. Squeeze Server automatically transcodes individual video files into chunked segments categorized by bitrate, organizes the segments into folders and delivers them to every specified destination for playback.

Next Page: Carrier Transport & Optical NetworkingADVA Optical Networking
Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS)
The company has added this capability to its FSP 150 family. The ITU-T standard, also known as G.8032v2, provides sub-50ms protection and recovery switching, ensuring high reliability for ring-based Carrier Ethernet infrastructures. Fully configured to support IEEE Connectivity Fault Management (802.1ag), the FSP 150 family now features robust fast failure detection, protection and advanced multivendor interoperability, the company says.

Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN)
Instant Bandwidth
This is an enhancement to the DTN-X platform to enable software activation of 100G bandwidth increments. Activation is a one-click process, and without the typical long wait times associated with provisioning equipment, as well as engineering and activating services, according to the company. The Instant Bandwidth solution is a combination of new hardware, software and operational innovation -- the hardware includes new line cards supporting 500G long-haul super-channels with 100G activated initially.

Next Page: Components & DevicesDialog Semiconductor plc
DA9063
Integrated configurable power-management IC (PMIC) for ARM quad-core and dual-core application processors can deliver up to 12A from its six DC/DC converters, 24 percent more than its nearest rivals, the company says. It simultaneously powers the processor (the core at up to 5A plus other processor supplies), external memories, wireless communications (WLAN and Bluetooth), GPS and FM receivers, and data modems. The DC/DC converters can be paralleled to provide 3 and 5A rails, so that the PMIC is scalable and adaptable for different system requirements in smartphones, tablets and embedded applications. It comes in an 8mm-by-8mm BGA package that facilitates simple routing, allowing low-cost, two-layer PCBs to be used for some designs.

Hillcrest Labs
FSM-9
The fully integrated nine-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) is a turnkey solution that combines MEMS sensor hardware with company's Freespace MotionEngine Universal sensor fusion software and a 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) in a compact surface-mount package. The FSM-9 is designed to enable fast development of high-quality motion controlled products. Features include: configurable sampling rates for motion output up to 250Hz; contextual smoothing for jitterfree visualization; proprietary calibration methods to reduce gyro drift; automated calibration; and magnetic-field-interference tracking and filtering to improve performance in various environmental settings. Motion data communication is through either USB or SPI, and the module is supported by the company's libfreespace open-source motion control API, enabling straightforward integration into existing applications.

Next Page: Mobile Devices & SoftwareApigee Corp.
Mobile Analytics
This is a performance and configuration tool allowing software developers in real time to detect, diagnose and fix problems with their apps running on mobile devices. It allows developers to:

  • Monitor and search through mobile application logs

  • Detect application crashes and capture stack traces

  • Determine network performance bottlenecks

  • Push critical configuration fixes in production to reduce bugs and improve performance without the need for code pushes to the app store

  • Undertake A/B testing of mobile features

Beam Communications Pty Ltd.
RapidSat700
The portable satellite communications system operates with the Inmarsat BGAN (Broadband Global Area Network) network. It is a portable all-in-one-case device for satellite-communication deployment in emergency situations, first-responder and disaster-recovery work, but is also suitable for a rapid setup providing easy access to voice and higher-speed satellite data/Internet access in remote areas. It supports data rates up to 492kbit/s, provides Wi-Fi connection up to 45ms outdoors, 10/100Mbit/s LAN ports, RJ11 voice/fax and handset, voice/data connectivity, and integrated power management with status indicators and fan-forced cooling. The RapidSat700 contains an inbuilt lithium-battery backup of 538Wh, delivering 24 hours of nonstop transmit time. There is also an integral EXPLORER 700 BGAN terminal.

Jolla
Sailfish OS
This is a MeeGo-based OS and user interface. Details were still meager when this Recap entry was created, but Light Reading's Michelle Donnegan reports (see Jolla to Take on Apple & Android With OS Launch ):

  • Sailfish is not exactly MeeGo, but based on MeeGo. It builds on the work of open-source programs including the Qt Project and Mer Core. Sailfish is not just for smartphones; the OS is also designed for set-top boxes, TVs and tablets.

Roke Manor Research Ltd.
SmartSwitch iOS version
The subscriber engagement and connection management app supports Apple's mobile operating system, providing the capability to extend policy rules from the core mobile network to iPhone and iPad devices. The SmartSwitch Policy on the Device client provides a flexible framework for mobile operators to deliver an enhanced subscriber mobile data experience, the company says, and, by integrating awareness of real-time device conditions into network decisions, operators can deliver new models of personalization and monetization. Capabilities include improved performance of data connectivity, device battery life and network-balancing quality of service and utilization, and the minimizing of both bill shock and the impact of harmful apps that can otherwise damage device performance and cause network outages.

Telit
LE920
This is an LTE module for European and North American OEM automotive and aftermarket segments. The new 920 form factor measures 34 by 40 by 2.8mm on a 198-pad LGA automotive-grade package. The module delivers 100Mbit/s downstream and 50Mbit/s upstream data rates on LTE networks and is fully fallback compatible with DC-HSPA+, delivering up to 42/5.76Mbit/s down/up where available. The company says that quad-band GSM/GPRS and EDGE performance ensure the module connects even in remote areas devoid of 3G or 4G coverage, and that the high-performance multiconstellation GPS plus GLONASS receiver provides superior navigation coverage even in harsh environments and challenging urban canyons with fast and accurate position fixes, making it suited for full-featured integrated navigation systems and location-based services delivered through the car's infotainment system.

TokBox Inc.
OpenTok on WebRTC
This is presented as the first solution for developers for high-quality face-to-face video to Google Chrome 23 and the first to support WebRTC on iOS. According to the company, the new release of OpenTok uses WebRTC and native websockets, and combines high-quality audio/video with its own high-performance and highly scalable Rumor messaging framework, also reducing client weight and driving faster connection startup times.

Next Page: Switching, Routing Network PlatformsBroadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM)
BCM84848
Presented as the industry's smallest quad 10GBASE-T PHY, the second-generation 40nm 10GBASE-T PHY delivers 50 percent lower power in the industry's smallest footprint to enable next-generation 10GBASE-T top-of-rack switch platforms, according to the company. Designed as a companion device to the StrataXGS Trident Switch Series, the highly integrated BCM84848 PHY allows OEMs to implement top-of-rack switches with 48 ports of 10GBASE-T and four 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) QSFP uplinks while maintaining minimal depth of the platform, thus avoiding the dual row layout required with larger PHY packages. The package has a footprint of 23 x 23mm.

Calient Technologies Inc.
Application programming interface (API) for OpenFlow
An addition to the S320 optical circuit switch, together with an OpenFlow controller, the new API allows the S320 to reconfigure datacenter networks to optimize high-capacity data flows at the optical layer and to function as part of an integrated packet-circuit switched software-defined network (SDN).

Extreme Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR)
BlackDiamond X8 High-Density XL 100GbE and 40 GbE switch modules
For data centers and to support new SDN applications, these modules help to scale the network for a variety of highly virtualized multitenant cloud data centers, Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) and data center core deployments. The new 4-port 100GbE and 12-port 40GbE modules offer nonblocking, wire-speed performance of Layer 2/3 services, Layer 2/3 ACLs and flow flexibility with support for 100G-SR (100m) and 100G-OR (10km) optics, a boost in scale of tables supported via an upgraded TCAM, and fault tolerance and redundancy with N+1 power support.

Overture Networks Inc.
Overture 1400 Carrier Ethernet edge platform enhancements
These include a 3-port DS3 interface module and software enhancements. The 3-port DS3 linecard supports Generic Framing Procedure (GFP) and Virtual Concatenation (VCAT) bonding using Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (LCAS). The 3xDS3 module is supported by Overture's Release 12.1, which introduces additional performance enhancements and upgrades, including: (a) Dynamic p-bit remarking -- allows traffic that exceeds the committed information rate (excess information rate or EIR) to be marked with a priority bit valued for special handling by upstream networks; (b) Zero-touch provisioning -- allows the Overture 1400 to be installed at the customer site and automatically configured remotely with no local on-site intervention; (c) Y.1731 synthetic frame loss (ETH-SLM) -- provides accurate one-way measurements of frame loss by injecting specialized test traffic alongside live user traffic; (d) MLPPP support on the existing 8-port T1/E1 interface module -- provides an alternative industry-standard encapsulation and bonding technique for use with edge routers and aggregation switches; previously, the module supported only GFP encapsulation with PDH-VCAT bonding.

RAD Data Communications Ltd.
Micro Network Interface Device (MiNID)
The Ethernet-demarcation SFP form-factor solution plugs into the SFP cage of a manufacturer's host unit, so that, when an SFP device is inserted into the sleeve, it is transformed into a carrier-Ethernet demarcation and SLA verification device for remote service monitoring and fault isolation. Its compact size makes the MiNID suitable for small-cell backhaul applications, as well as virtual private networks and carrier-wholesale provider network termination. According to the company, the solution works with any SFP unit, made by any manufacturer. The same MiNID can be used with various fiber types (single mode, multimode, and also electrical SFPs) and up to distances of 10/40/80km, depending on the SFP. Also, it fits SFPs already installed in existing equipment.

Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. (Nasdaq: VTSS)
VSC7416
The six-port Serval Lite switch engine is presented as the industry's first Ethernet-optimized networking solution for 4G/LTE small cells. The company says that this latest Serval device is optimized for small-cell applications, delivering rich carrier-Ethernet features at 75 percent lower power and 50 percent lower bill-of-materials cost than competing options.

Next Page: Telecom Software & Service Provider ITAllot Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALLT)
VideoClass
This is a video optimization solution for mobile-operator OTT video delivery. According to the company, the solution employs optimization techniques that enable service providers to: (a) Reduce the load on RAN and backhaul bandwidth by 30 percent to 50 percent; (b) Reduce capital and operating expenditure; (c) Prevent video stalls and buffering for a consistently high OTT video experience, even under highly variable and unpredictable network conditions; (d) Create new revenue opportunities through service packages designed for video consumers; (e) Gain insight into consumer behavior through detailed analytics on video usage.

Assia Inc.
DSL Expresse 3.1
Presented as the world’s first DSL network management system designed to manage simultaneously vectored and non-vectored lines, its features and capabilities include: (a) A vectoring predictor that analyzes each line in a network and assists a service provider with determining the optimal and/or most cost-effective vectoring deployment strategy; (b) The ability to identify customer premises equipment (CPE) remotely as capable of supporting vectoring, requiring a software upgrade, or in need of replacement; (c) Spectrum management of nonvectored lines to minimize the impact on vectored lines' performance; (d) PHY retransmission management that supports G.INP standard PHY retransmission and Broadcom proprietary PHY-R technology for enhanced protection against impulse noise; (e) ClearView expert system that provides clear and concise recommendations to a contact center agent or field technician to resolve a customer DSL issue. It has a user-friendly graphical interface that integrates with the company's Expresse Wi-Fi and allows the service provider to identify the source of performance problems, whether DSL or Wi-Fi.

Big Switch Networks
Big Switch Open SDN product suite
This includes the Big Network Controller (BNC), Big Tap and Big Virtual Switch (BVS). Big Network Controller (BNC) is an Open SDN platform for network applications which scales to more than a thousand switches and 250,000 new host connections per second. Big Tap is a unified network monitoring application which, according to the company, provides cost-effective enterprise-wide network visibility. Big Virtual Switch (BVS)is a data-center network virtualization application to make the data-center network agile and dynamic in the manner of cloud compute resources. It supports up to 32,000 virtual network segments, enabling multitenancy and workload dynamism, and offers integration into popular orchestration systems, including OpenStack, CloudStack, Microsoft System Center and VMware vCenter.

BroadSoft Inc.
BroadCloud RCS
Addition of Rich Communications Services to the BroadCloud Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform provides mobile operators with managed service delivery of converged messaging, presence, media sharing, voice and video calling.

UC One
Presented as a comprehensive platform that enables telecom service providers to offer a wide-range of unified-communications solutions, its capabilities and features include a single end-user interface, full mobility, open APIs and defined market offerings, such as for microbusinesses, small and medium businesses and large enterprises.

Compuverde AB
Software-defined storage (SDS) for telcos and service providers
This is presented as a solution providing the entire software stack for big-data storage, enabling service providers to scale linearly without incurring the costs associated with building a new storage cluster. Capabilities and features according to the company include: (a) Linear scaling -- Customers can add more nodes to a cluster while simultaneously boosting the capacity of each node, realizing substantial gains in ROI and virtual machine performance; (b) Hardware agnostic -- Jettisons the need for expensive hardware, allowing telcos and service providers to choose lower-energy, lower-cost commodity hardware without sacrificing speed; (c) Scales to thousands of virtual machines in the same cluster, eliminating the cost and hassle of building a new cluster to accommodate scaling.

Cyan Inc.
Blue Planet
The software­defined networking (SDN) system is composed of three distinct elements: (a) an open SDN platform, (b) SDN apps, and (c) element adapter apps facilitating control over a range of third-­party network devices. Blue Planet allows apps to interact not only with OpenFlow compliant network devices but also with legacy devices deployed prior to the development of SDN.

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
wSight
The carrier-grade management system for WLANs serves the same functions as standard management systems for telecom networks by providing operators with integrated reports and featuring a smart configuration tool and web-designed infrastructure. The integrated reports display network status and network KPIs during a certain period. The smart configuration tool is used to mass-manage network equipment and configure other-vendor equipment according to operator requirements. The web-designed infrastructure allows O&M engineers to easily and conveniently manage networks through a Web browser, the company says.

IPsmarx Technology Inc.
Rechargeable Calling Card Solution
This update to the company’s solution makes physical calling cards rechargeable. Other new capabilities and features include E-commerce integration, the ability to offer $1 free to new users and the simplification of and PINl-ess account creation.

Nokia Networks
Customer Experience Management (CEM) for Liquid Net
This provides insight into the experience of people using a mobile network and converts that into specific investment and network optimization projects using the company's Liquid Net software portfolio. CEM links capacity-optimization related investments to customer experience, enabling operators to decide when and where to optimize network performance to improve user experience and protect and grow revenue. According to the company, the approach extends traditional network and operational approaches by directly linking customer and revenue insights to improving network performance.

Openwave Mobility Inc.
SUR 9.0
A version of the subscriber data management solution for 3G and 4G mobile networks, its features and capabilities include: highly-distributed processes design; optimum in-memory and SSD storage and compression techniques; handling more than 80,000 read operations per second and 25,000 write operations per second; and reduced hardware footprint of just two nodes running on standard Linux-based hardware.

Riverbed Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: RVBD)
Cascade 10.0 release
This update to the application-aware network performance management (NPM) solution to handles virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI), server virtualization, and fully virtualized data centers using VXLAN software-defined networks (SDNs). According to the company, Cascade 10.0 provides detailed monitoring into the performance of virtualized environments, including the most popular VDI protocols, and is a NPM solution to provide visibility for VMware View (PCoIP protocol) for actions such as screen refresh, print, type etc. Also supported is monitoring of the Common Internet File Systems (CIFS) protocol to ensure the performance of file sharing and collaboration applications such as Microsoft SharePoint. Cascade 10.0 also provides performance monitoring of VXLAN SDNs by providing visibility into the UDP-encapsulated traffic and virtual tunnel endpoints. With these VXLAN capabilities, Cascade products provide network operations teams with the ability to: (a) Control and understand VXLAN virtual overlay network performance; (b) Monitor and troubleshoot software-defined data centers (SDDC) and the physical network in a single, easy-to-use solution; (c) Provide SDDC owners a singular view into their data center's performance and service-level agreements (SLAs).

Sandvine Inc.
Routing Efficiency Dashboard
This provides a detailed look into the routing and transit links and interconnect relationships that affect operational expenses on fixed and mobile networks. It highlights high-demand traffic using high-cost transit links, allowing communication service providers to reroute traffic toward more appropriate routes such as private peering, the company says. Identifying the most efficient links for high-demand traffic creates immediate cost savings and helps ensure a consistent quality of experience for subscribers. Operators can also measure the quality of links based on their ability to carry rich media, and consequently can make routing decisions based on quality.

WebNMS
Carrier Ethernet OAM solution
This provides a unified console from which service providers can manage all their carrier-Ethernet equipment, regardless of vendor. The new solution includes: (a) Auto-Discovery -- Automatically discovers switches, ports and E-line/E-LAN services; logical elements like services, UNIs, endpoints and profiles are also captured by the discovery filter; (b) Provisioning -- The user interface enables point-and-click provisioning of Ethernet services and OAM profiles; logical elements like services, endpoints, UNIs, NNIs and Ports can be added; (c) Class of Service (CoS) -- Flows allow for testing of throughput, latency and jitter; the network can be engineered for different traffic priorities; (d) Performance -- Monitoring and health checking include real-time reporting on service and network performance metrics, port and EVC utilization, transmission errors, and QoS thresholds; (e) Fault Management -- Carrier Ethernet traps from multiple vendors such as RFC2544FdAlarm and RFC2544JitterAlarm are parsed and correlated into meaningful events and alarms; (f) Northbound OSS Integration -- Attributes and object models can exposed to an OSS interface via SOAP/XML, SNMP or CORBA; (g) Cloud-based Customer Portal -- Customizable reporting framework on the cloud to help improve the end customer experience, and giving end customers visibility of their service monitoring, performance metrics and SLAs.

Next Page: Test & MeasurementAgilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A)
9077A
The new software release of WLAN measurement application for X-Series signal analyzers supports the 802.11ac standard. In addition to supporting 802.11 a/b/g/n, the N9077A WLAN measurement application now offers one-button 802.11ac testing with a new option (4FP), enabling design verification and validation early in the product-development process.

Anritsu Corp.
MD8475A
The addition of TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA/HSPA options extends the signaling tester's capability to test UE functions, including voice calls, browsing, streaming, SMS, and MMS, to these new formats. They enable the tester to simulate multiple types of calls, including voice, data, and video, with data rates up to 2.8Mbit/s in the downlink. Likewise, the new TD-LTE option enables data calls with flexible uplink/downlink configurations, with data rates up to 87Mbit/s using Configuration 5. This added coverage complements the MD8475A's existing capability for FDD LTE, GSM/(E)-GPRS, and other standards.

MS269xA/MS2830A signal analyzers and MG3710A/MG3700A vector signal generators
The company has added three software packages supporting LTE-Advanced and five packages supporting IEEE802.11ac. The MX269020A-001 software package, developed for the MS269xA series and MS2830A, can be used to evaluate the characteristics of components and devices used for LTE-Advanced FDD base stations. According to the company, it simplifies modulation analysis of the multiple carrier waves comprising LTE-Advanced signals by providing a single-measurement operation. The MX269908A-001 waveform generation package provides a straightforward graphical interface (GUI) for generating LTE-Advanced signal waveform patterns. The MX269028A-002/001 software package that allows developers and manufacturers to use the MS269xA/MS2830A to evaluate signal characteristics of WLAN IEEE802.11ac devices. The MS269xA series can measure signal bandwidths up to 160MHz in the IEEE802.11ac signal bandwidth specification, while the lower-cost MS2830A can measure signal bandwidths up to 80MHz.

Rapid Test Designer (RTD)/MD8430A LTE Network Simulator toolset
The addition of Rich Communications Services (RCS) functional test capabilities include simulation of network elements and protocols required for testing Enhanced Phonebook and Enhanced Messaging functionality, including presence, capability discovery and chat, as well as Supplementary Services, such as call waiting, call forwarding, and identification presentation/restriction. These additions build on the existing RTD VoLTE-IMS Solution for audio and video calls with Mean Opinion Scoring (MOS) and SMS/IMS, furthering the toolset for IMS client, and device verification and performance testing.

Endace Ltd. (London: EDA)
EndaceAccess 100
Presented as the world's first 100G network monitoring system, this is a 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100G)-capable network-visibility headend that gives organizations the network access to monitor, analyze, protect and troubleshoot 100G network segments. The system can be configured to support LAN or WAN protocols, making it practical for deployment in both the data center and WAN environments, and enables organizations to continue using their existing 10G monitoring and security tools, which helps ease the transition from 10G to 100G, according to the company. The system provides support for two 100G or 40G monitoring ports, that are configured to capture traffic from both sides of a bidirectional link, in two rack-units. Traffic from each monitoring port is distributed in a flow-safe way across 12 ports of 10G, enabling the system to scale to support full-linerate 100G. The load-balancing algorithm used enables captured traffic to be directed to specific egress ports by flow and guarantees accuracy at 100G.

EXFO (Nasdaq: EXFO; Toronto: EXF)
FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer 40G/100G Multiservice Test Modules
These offer enhancements to CFP testing capabilities. The company says that the new CFP health check offers up-to-date, advanced and simple field commissioning and troubleshooting testing capabilities for individual optical channels supported on different types of 40G/100G CFPs. These include laser control, frequency, color-coded power measurements and CFP tracking information to address customers' concerns about CFP insertion and extraction. In addition, the FTB/IQS-85100G Packet Blazer modules support the CFP advanced-testing capabilities needed for lab qualification and to address interoperability issues. These capabilities include the newly introduced 40G/100G automated stress-testing capabilities with clear pass/fail verdicts, per-lane bit error rate (BER), signal conditioning, skew measurements and full management data input/output (MDIO) read/write access.

Next Page: Wireless InfrastructureAviat Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: AVNW)
ODU 600T
This is an outdoor radio unit for ultra-high capacity microwave trunking. The ODU 600T, together with the new Outdoor Branching Unit (OBU), allows for up to eight parallel radio channels on a single microwave antenna, creating aggregate link capacities in excess of 3.5Gbit/s. According to the company, the combined system of ODU 600T and OBU is significantly smaller and lighter than competing solutions, enabling it to be lifted and installed at high tower elevations more easily, while also decreasing tower space and loading requirements. The ODU 600T is available in the 6, 7, 8 and 11GHz frequency bands and is fully compatible with the Eclipse Packet Node platform, which supports advanced carrier Ethernet functionality, including multichannel radio-link bonding and ITU-T G.8032 Ethernet Ring Protection (ERP).

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
Blade RRU Solution
This offers a blade-server-like design for seamless module assembly for building mobile-broadband cell sites. The modules can be assembled into flexible combinations of different bands, modes and sectors. This, according to the company, saves site space and reduces site rental costs to meet operator demands for network capacity for the different stages of a network's development. Each Blade RRU module is 12L / 14kg and can be installed in minutes. Each module can transmit up to 2 x 60W, and complies with 3GPP MSR standards, and supports mode migration via software configurations and also optimizing configurations for coverage, capacity, multiple network standards, and frequency resources.

SpiderCloud Wireless
SCRN-210
This addition of LTE to the E-RAN system is presented as forming the first true multimode access system with 3G, LTE/4G and dual-band Wi-Fi for reliable mobile services indoors for enterprise customers of any size. The E-RAN system consists of a Services Node (SCSN) that can control more than 100 self-organizing and multi-access 3G, Wi-Fi and LTE/4G small cells that can be installed in days by using an enterprise-Ethernet LAN. One E-RAN delivers high capacity and coverage to more than 10,000 connected smartphones and tablets, with only one connection to the mobile operator’s core network. The company says that the scalable system architecture simplifies deployment and overall network configuration for mobile operators as they address demand for reliable mobile services from enterprise and large-venue customers. The portfolio of highly integrated Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) capable enterprise small cells with transmit power options of 100 - 250mW now comprises: (a) SCRN-200 -- 16/32 channels 3G Small Cell; (b) SCRN-300 -- 16/32 3G channels and dual-radio Wi-Fi Small Cell; (c) SCRN-210 -- 64 4G/LTE channels with 2x2 MIMO Small Cell.

Telco Systems (BATM)
T-Marc 3312SC
The next generation mobile-backhaul carrier-Ethernet/MPLS demarcation device offers, according to the company, one of the densest demarcation devices on the market, incorporating high capacity in a compact size (1RU by half-shelf width), with nonblocking architecture 12 x 1G ports and 8 x E1/T1 Circuit Emulation Services (CES) ports for TDM over Ethernet at cell sites with legacy mobile technology. It also supports extending the core IP/MPLS to the cell site to utilize MPLS as a transport technology and enables providers to benefit from scalability, resiliency, traffic engineering and easier third party integration and interoperability. The T-Marc 3312SC has the company's BiNOX operating system and supports Hierarchal QoS (HQoS), a large suite of resiliency protocols and high service scalability.

ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763)
Energy Saving Solution
Presented as technologies to reduce power consumption in LTE base stations, it includes the industry's first integrated system for automatic/dynamic PA bias voltage control and intelligent OFDM signaling shutdown without affecting performance, the company says. According to the company, test results, show that the solution can generate energy savings of as much as 32 percent on a single site. Annual reduction of as much as 5,200kwh can be achieved on a typical 1,500W base station. For a network comprising 1,000 base stations, the annual reduction would amount to 5.2 million kwh, representing 4500t of carbon-dioxide emission. When combined with the deployment of renewable energy sources such as solar energy, wind energy or bio-energy, energy savings of more than 50 percent for the entire network can be achieved.

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