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Broadband Briefs for 9/09/08

Tue, 09/09/2008 - 8:00am

NTT upgrades backbone with Juniper routers
By Brian Santo

NTT America has installed Juniper Networks’ T1600 core multi-terabit routers in its IP Global Network.

NTT did so to support increasing traffic from bandwidth-consuming applications such as IPTV and multi-play services. The company also cited “green” concerns.

“The T1600 provides us with a competitive advantage by improving network performance and creating more value for our customers, as well as meeting our commitment to protect the environment,” said Kazuhiro Gomi, CTO of NTT America and vice president of the NTT Com Global IP Network. “We were able to cut power consumption by as much as 20 percent and doubled the network capacity without any increase in datacenter space requirements.”

Exfo unleashes new software features for InterWatch R14 platform
By Traci Patterson

Exfo Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. has released new software features for its InterWatch R14 Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)/Next-Generation Network (NGN) test platform. Release 7.2 on the InterWatch R14 platform simulates up to 256,000 unique IPv6 subscriber addresses per chassis to support the migration of voice and video applications to the IPv6 addressing scheme, the company said.

Exfo said that the software release also expands the company’s list of supported codecs to include the Enhanced Variable Rate Codec (EVRC) family used in Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) networks, as well as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Internet Key Exchange version 1 protocol (IKEv1) for security testing. The release also adds DHCP support to Exfo’s Border Gateway Function (BGF) test application.

“Market demand for these new features is growing rapidly due to the growth in high-speed mobile access networks, growing shortage of IPv4 addresses and the migration to IMS core networks,” said Joe Sutherland, vice president of Exfo’s Navtel Product Group. “The integration of session management functions into routers and the high growth in home networking has driven the need to incorporate default gateway and DHCP functions per subscriber in our solutions in order to improve test coverage. The new capabilities within this software release highlight Exfo’s ongoing commitment toward providing the industry’s most comprehensive IMS/NGN test solutions.”

SureWest promotes Oberg, Herrick
By Traci Patterson

SureWest Communications’ vice president of human resources, Marsha Young, is set to retire in February, and Karlyn Oberg is being promoted to vice president of administration, where she will oversee the company’s human resources and external relations functions.

SureWest also announced the appointment of David Herrick to controller, effective immediately. Herrick previously served as the company’s director of accounting and reporting.

Herrick will be responsible for the corporate accounting function, including accounting, financial reporting, internal controls, SEC compliance and certain treasury functions for all SureWest business units.

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