Broadband Briefs for 2/08/10

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 7:00am

JDSU gets J-Complete
By CED staff

JDSU has announced J-Complete, a suite of test applications that simplify the complexity of installing, troubleshooting and maintaining carrier networks.

The test applications probe, discover and record the health and reliability of a network by characterizing not only the transport layers, but also the higher-layer, IP/TCP-based flows that impact applications and services, the company said. The test information is then delivered in simplified summary format.

"For service organizations committed to the continuous improvement of their network applications and services, J-Complete reduces operating expenses by expediting network fault resolution and circuit installation," said Jim Nerschook, vice president and general manager in JDSU's Communications Test and Measurement segment. "Unlike other solutions that are focused on how best to test, J-Complete uses established best practices to deliver the expert analysis needed to accelerate the efficiency of both junior and senior technicians. J-Complete further exemplifies the JDSU commitment to the reliable deployment of carrier Ethernet networks."

Exfo intros LTE monitoring solution
By CED staff

Exfo Electro-Optical Engineering’s Brix System for network service assurance now supports active and passive monitoring for wireless networks utilizing LTE standards.

Built on a distributed and scalable architecture, the LTE monitoring solution focuses on end-to-end QoS and QoE monitoring, enabling service providers to monitor their LTE network at multiple service delivery layers, including control plane, data plane and service plane. By combining this service assurance solution with Exfo’s portfolio of equipment, the company said that it can now offer a single-source solution to help service providers improve their quality of service while reducing their capital and operational expenses.

“Exfo is in a unique position to provide a fully integrated, end-to-end LTE service assurance solution that other vendors simply can’t match,” said Vivian Hudson, vice president and general manager of Exfo Service Assurance. “With this combination of extended LTE capabilities and proven service assurance platform, operators are now able to reduce their capital expenses and streamline their network operations to lower their operating costs.”

Aurora names VP of worldwide sales
By Brian Santo

Aurora Networks has hired Pirjo Tuomi as vice president of worldwide sales.

Tuomi most recently was senior vice president of worldwide sales and field operations for Vello Systems, a provider of optical transport and DWDM technologies.

Previously, Tuomi was senior vice president of worldwide sales at BigBand Networks. Tuomi came to BigBand when it acquired ADC’s cable-focused product line; Tuomi had been vice president of product marketing management at ADC. Tuomi started at BAS as vice president of worldwide sales. Tuomi also held management positions with Nortel, ICL Data/Nokia Data and Finnish Telecom, now Telia Sonera.

Aurora has customers in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Report: iPad spurs $4B semiconductor market by 2014
By Andrew Berg, Wireless Week

Research firm In-Stat says the iPad promises significant opportunities for the semiconductor market. The company said the device will energize the emerging tablet PC segment, creating a potential semiconductor opportunity of more than $4.1 billion in 2014.

“Tablets have quickly become a high priority for competitors across the value chain, including mobile operators,” says Jim McGregor, an In-Stat analyst. “Even more important is that the opportunity in tablets is complementary to other mobile devices, particularly smartphones and netbooks.”

The firm projects a potential unit total available market for tablets to reach 50 million in 2014. Based on device bill of material (BoM) estimates, initial pricing of mainstream tablets should be in the $400-$500 range.

Tablets shared the spotlight with eReaders as prominent device segments at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Hewlett Packard, Dell, ICD and Lenovo have all unveiled tablets recently, with a Microsoft offering rumored to be on the horizon. Apple and ICD are the only two tablet makers that have indicated carrier strategies, and only Apple offers an entire solution that includes content and applications.

More Broadband Direct 2/08/10:
•  CableLabs, Canoe Ventures bow new EBIF IO6 spec
•  Broadcom has integrated DTA chip
•  BelAir Networks adds DOCSIS 3.0 into Wi-Fi
•  OPEN MIC: Raising the Summit
•  Rovi to add FourthWall's EBIF widgets 
•  Pacific Northwest signs on for RCN Metro's Ethernet service
•  Dish Network, Rentrak ink TV audience agreement
•  FCC: Heavy traffic ahead
•  FairPoint plan would slash debt by two-thirds
•  Broadband Briefs for 02/08/10



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