Saturday, February 23, 2008

New partnerships, GSM gateways and DSL testers

(openPR) - Ebermannstadt, Germany. February 21, 2008. Vierling’s Mobile Communication division will present its new, cost-effective Ecotel “lite” GSM gateways as well as its partnerships with PBX manufacturers at CeBIT this year. The Measurement Solutions division will focus on the VIT-A2 DSL tester for ADSL, ADSL2 and ADSL2+ as well as the VIT-V2 for VDSL2. Vierling’s research & development unit will present its portion of the Equikom research project which is working to optimize the supply of energy into the power grid. Vierling has developed a new approach for the CeBIT 2008 show: The company is working with its established distribution and technology partners to present Vierling solutions at their own booths instead of having a separate booth of its own.

Cooperation with PBX manufacturers and new GSM gateways

During recent months, the Mobile Communication division has focused on performing diverse compatibility tests and forging new technology partnerships with leading PBX manufacturers. “We have successfully completed a highly intensive test phase in cooperation with Siemens, Aastra DeTeWe, NEC Infrontia, Auerswald, Agfeo, Funkwerk and a number of other manufacturers”, noted Wolfgang Peter, managing director of Vierling. “This is our way of ensuring that our gateways work smoothly with all of the common PBX systems.” In addition, the first “lite” version of an Ecotel GSM gateway has been shipping for a few months now. It is known as Ecotel ISDN2-120 lite. Vierling is very satisfied with the feedback it has received from specialized dealers with regard to this Ecotel GSM gateway with a reduced set of functions.

DSL testers and energy-related R&D project
Vierling is also optimistic about current opportunities in the area of DSL testers. “As always, the VIT-A2 tester for ADSL, ADSL2 and ADSL2+ remains a top seller. More than 10,000 units of the different models of this device are already in use in Germany”, said Wolfgang Peter. “Now we also have a tester for VDSL2 in the form of the VIT-V2, which should further bolster our position in the area of easy-to-use testers designed for mass deployment.” Vierling is very proud of its innovative work in communications technologies. For example, the Equikom research project is focused on improving the supply of energy into the power grid. Here, Vierling is working under the banner of the “E-Energy” technology project organized by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institut fuer integrierte Schaltungen (IIS), Siemens Industry, the technology company iAd from Grosshabersdorf, Germany and other partners.

Many small appearances instead of a single booth
For CeBIT 2008, Vierling decided to rely on its established partners as opposed to running its own booth. Specialized dealers can obtain information about Vierling products at booths organized by the following Vierling distributors: Allnet (hall 13, C57), Herweck (hall 12, C30) and Komsa (pavilion P34). These distributors will be presenting Ecotel GSM gateways as well as the VIT-A2 DSL tester. An Ecotel GSM gateway will also be presented by Vierling technology partner D-Link (hall 13, booth D71). Vierling’s R&D activities in the area of energy efficiency will be on display at the E-Energy booth (hall 9, booth C75). “As always, we consider CeBIT to be an outstanding platform for meeting with business partners and entering into joint efforts”, added Wolfgang Peter. “We will have many of our employees from product management, sales and marketing onsite in order to meet with new and existing sales and technology partners.”


Friday, February 22, 2008

VDSL2 chipsets drive

Chipsets are designed to deliver the highest throughput and density with the lowest power consumption per port

Softbank BB Corp has named Ikanos as the exclusive provider of multimode VDSL2 central office (CO) and customer premises equipment (CPE) chipsets to power its new, fibre to the remote (FTTR) deployment in Japan. Softbank BB Corp selected Ikanos' Fx10050-5 CO and Fx10050S-5 CPE chipsets, which are designed to deliver the highest throughput and density with the lowest power consumption per port.

The chipsets will be used in CO and CPE platforms and will offer significantly higher bandwidth than currently deployed ADSLx technologies, thus facilitating future deployment of revenue-enhancing services such as triple play.

The new platforms are also backward compatible with deployed VDSL chipsets, thus facilitating a smoother infrastructure upgrade.

'Ikanos' VDSL2 chipsets are technically superior to other solutions on the market today', says Takenori Kobayashi, Director of the Access Technology Department at Softbank BB Corp.

'We needed a feature-rich, end-to-end solution to support our aggressive fibre to the remote (FTTR) roll-out schedule'.

'Having previously worked with Ikanos on our fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) deployments, we recognised that Ikanos' chipsets deliver the industry's best performance, density and power and can support the evolving high-value broadband services we provide our customers'.

'Japan is a very dynamic broadband market, with incredible demand from consumers for advanced communications and entertainment services', says Jeff Heynen, Directing Analyst, Broadband and IPTV at Infonetics Research.

'Ikanos is well positioned to continue increasing its technology and market leadership in Japan by delivering the industry's most powerful solution for supporting new service offerings now and into the future'.

'We are delighted that Softbank BB Corp'.

'has selected Ikanos for their next broadband access network deployments', says Michael A Ricci, president and CEO of Ikanos.

'Ikanos is an established leader in the VDSL2 market'.

'Our fifth-generation VDSL2 CO and CPE chipsets strengthen this lead by delivering highly differentiated features to support cutting-edge services, such as IPTV and triple play'.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

3M Develops New Module to Test xDSL Services

A new full-featured, triple-play modem module from 3M allows the 3M Dynatel Advanced Modular System 965AMS to test the latest xDSL services. The compact 3M Dynatel All-in-One Modem Module VDSL2 attaches to the back of the 965AMS, is field-swappable, and can be shared between individual base units.
This modem module can be attached directly to an xDSL circuit pair for connection to the DSLAM. It supports many DSL service types, including VDSL2, ADSL2+, ADSL2, and ADSL. With it, technicians can measure and display connection statistics, link to the server, ping through the server to an IP destination or browse the Internet.
The new 3M ITU-compliant VDSL2 Modem Module is compatible with all primary DSL service and WAN internet protocol variants. According to David L. Senum, 3M Communication Markets Division, users can conduct xDSL testing for an entire network using this device alone.
“A single modular 3M test set handles copper, DSL and IP testing to validate triple-play services at xDSL access ports and subscriber networks,” Senum explains. “With this new module, an operator can browse the Internet on the 965AMS test set screen to confirm a working Internet connection.” The new module works in concert with the 965AMS software inference engine for expert system analysis of test results and helpful guidance to field technicians performing fault identification and location of many different types of faults.
Systems managers who face training challenges related to changing workforce demographics will appreciate the knowledge-based, expert-pair test capabilities of the Dynatel Advanced Modular System 965AMS system. Tests are easy to use, require minimal operator training and provide automatic testing of active and inactive pairs with pass/fail limits.
For more information about the 3M Dynatel All-in-One Modem Module VDSL2 and the Dynatel Advanced Modular System 965AMS, contact the 3M Communication Markets Division, A130-2N-14, 6801 River Place Blvd., Austin, Texas 78726-9000, USA, or call 800-426-8688. For more information about 3M communication products, go to
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CHT to spend NT$3.3 billion on VDSL2 and EPON equipment in 2008

Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) plans to invest NT$3.3 billion (US$104 million) to expand its optical communications networks during 2008, with an aim to increase the number of subscribers by 400,000 this year, according sources at CHT.
Under the expansion project, CHT plans to purchase 683,000 units of VDSL2 equipment and 55,000 units of EPON (Ethernet passive optical network) equipment, the sources stated.
About 60% of the needed VDSL2 equipment is expected to be purchased from Taiwan makers, and CHT plans to hold an open bid in the second quarter of the year to finalize contracts, the sources noted.
A number of Taiwan network-equipment makers, including D-Link, Zyxel Communications, Asustek Computer and Tecom, are expected to participate in the bidding, according to market sources.
On the other hand, CHT is expected to purchase EPON equipment from suppliers in Japan, said CHT sources.

FTTH/FTTB Business Models Mainly Pushed by Alternative Carriers

Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, 02/20/2008 - According to InfoCom’s latest report FTTX — EXPERIENCES AND STRATEGIES — Filling the pipe of the NGN, it results that in worldwide, fibre deployments are mainly pushed by alternative players.

Altnets push own FTTH connections as with such a strategy they generate higher margins, saving ULL costs to pay to the incumbent. In some countries, fibre deployment from the side of the incumbent put further pressure on altents to push their own connection. In Germany, for instance, more and more city carriers have launched fibre projects in late 2007 to react on Deutsche Telekom’s FTTC/VDSL deployment. Still, the majority of German alternatives, plan rather to invest in VDSL2.

The report presents various business models: “Open platform” business model, “Partnership” model, and “Proprietary” offers, where the chosen business model depends on the background of the infrastructure owner, local regulation and competition context. And different “levels” of players needed to provide telecom or media services to the end-user: Passive Infrastructure Owner (PIO), Active Infrastructure Owner (AIO) and Service & Content Providers.

The analysis of the different business models shows that incumbents’ main drivers to invest into fibre are actually a handful. First of all, pressure by competitors: in France and in the US, alternative carriers, fixed and CaTV, offer high-speed connections and TV/video content. Second, government programmes and subsidies, for instance in Japan and South Korea. A third driver is OPEX implications: cost cuts by reducing number of local exchange sites, related workforce and maintenance expenditures. As of economic drivers, many incumbents prefer investments into FTTC/VDSL2 instead of FTTH/B: incumbents, especially European ones, face relevant investments into NGN (next generation network) infrastructure and have a tight limit for further investments like FTTx. In new build areas for instance, FTTH/FTTB might be deployed, although the incumbent follows a FTTC strategy otherwise, as in the case of KPN, Telecom Italia and Telia.

The study provides also a detailed analysis of bandwidth needs for the different services to be delivered through the “pipe”, with factors influencing the service/bundle offer and services launched by advanced European and Asian players. A separate section illustrates in details online gaming applications. Market scenarios are provided by country through market dashboards in excel format. A closing technological section provides an assessment of FTTH/FTTB versus FTTC.

FTTX — EXPERIENCES AND STRATEGIES — Filling the pipe of the NGN is one of the latest InfoCom’s reports. With more than 100 pages of text and data market models, e, condensed pages, the study illustrates the different business models of players around the world, innovative providers and applications, service bundle offers, bandwidth needs of future applications and market drivers and obstacles, with potential assessment and forecasts.
FTTX — EXPERIENCES AND STRATEGIES — Filling the pipe of the NGN is only one of several reports that InfoCom provides. To know more, please contact us.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Sunrise Telecom(R) Launches Highly Integrated MTT(R) Products

Sunrise Telecom(R) Launches Highly Integrated MTT(R) Products for Access Infrastructure, In-Home Wiring and Triple Play Services Testing
First test system to deliver xDSL and triple play services testing in a
single, intuitive handheld unit.
SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sunrise Telecom(R)
Incorporated (OTC: SRTI), a leader in test and measurement solutions for
today's telecom, wireless and cable networks, announced its MTT(R) Triple
Play Series test package -- the industry's first comprehensive access
infrastructure, in-home wiring and triple play services test set. This
ground-breaking test system meets the urgent need for both access
infrastructure and services testing in a single, handheld test set,
enabling technicians to drive new standards in the customer quality of
experience (QoE) by ensuring that the physical infrastructure and video,
voice and data services are turned up right the first time.
"This triple play services test set is another proof-point that clearly
demonstrates Sunrise Telecom's commitment to bringing new technologies and
leading-edge test systems to market," said Olga Yashkova, industry analyst,
Communication Test & Measurement, Frost & Sullivan.
While the telecommunication industry is still in the early stages of
triple play bundles, the benefits can be significant for subscribers:
substantial savings for choosing a single provider and a single bill. In
response to the anticipated demand, the integrated triple play test
equipment market is poised for tremendous growth. This market, which
registered revenues of $91.7 million in 2006, is expected to hit revenues
of $697.9 million by 2013 with the CAGR of 33.6 percent from 2006 to 2013,
according to Frost & Sullivan.
Sunrise Telecom's new MTT Triple Play Series is ideal for installation
and maintenance technicians testing the performance and QoE of an xDSL
infrastructure. With this new test suite, technicians can test the physical
plant, in-home wiring and IP-based services (IPTV, video on demand (VOD),
VoIP, and data) with a single test set to ensure the high level of QoE
customers demand.
"In today's highly competitive market, QoE determines the success of
new services and significantly impacts bottom-line performance. Sunrise
Telecom's innovative approach helps service providers enhance QoE, increase
customer retention, and reduce operating expenses that would be driven
higher by the need for multiple, single-purpose test sets and numerous
truck rolls," said Bahaa Moukadam, vice president of marketing for Sunrise
Telecom's Telecom Products Group. "Our customers tell us that the MTT
Triple Play Series test set delivers a superior value and is unmatched in
portability, functionality and ease of use."
The breakthrough MTT Triple Play Series features:
* Copper, Fiber and xDSL testing: Full suite of outside plant copper
assessment tests covering the voice to VDSL2 frequency range; Fiber
OTDR and power meter; and xDSL CPE Emulation allowing the technician
to verify achievable data rate, SNR Margin, and error counter metrics
against Pass/Fail thresholds
* In-home wiring: Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HPNA) Device
Emulation critical for assessing the in-home wiring capability to
support IPTV signals by running HPNA diagnostic tests
* Services testing including IPTV Set Top Box emulation with MPEG video
stream analysis, Voice and Data over IP test suite. Unlike alternatives, which test only Layer 1 or individual services,
the MTT Triple Play Series integrates comprehensive functionality into a
single, easy-to-use test set, increasing technicians' effectiveness and
shortening the time required to turn up services and complete customers'
service requests. By eliminating the need for multiple test tools for
infrastructure and services testing, Sunrise Telecom's MTT Triple Play
Series reduces the number of truck rolls required for proper installation
and maintenance and helps service providers realize a higher, faster return
on their triple play investments.
The Triple Play Series is part of the MTT modular handheld platform.
With over 43,000 units deployed, the MTT solution provides field
technicians the industry's broadest range of testing capabilities for
installation, troubleshooting and maintenance. Additionally, the unit's
modular design supports Gigabit Ethernet, 1, 2 and 4 Gbps Fibre Channel,
and Transport Infrastructure testing.
The MTT(R) Triple Play Series test package is immediately available
from Sunrise Telecom. For sales information contact the company at