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March 2012 EtherNEWS – Virtualizing Performance Monitoring for Small Cells

Monday, March 5th, 2012
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Also in this issue:
Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Is Unveiled,
WEBINAR: Delivering Performance Assured Ethernet,
What Types of Backhaul for Small Cells?,
Accedian Live – Broadband MEA

Virtualizing Performance Monitoring for Small Cells Applying the best practices for Carrier Ethernet/IP service assurance to microcell backhaul networks - The exponential growth in demand for capacity in the mobile network is driving mobile carriers and backhaul providers to complement their macro cell deployments with small cell networks. Microcells offer cost-effective relief for both the bandwidth capacity and radio coverage challenges faced by many mobile operators. As mobile carriers own less and less of their backhaul infrastructure, there are important lessons that can be gleaned from the recent trend by mobile carriers to outsource the operation of mobile backhaul network to wholesale providers.

Effective outsourcing requires oversight and active management in order to ensure a high quality end-user experience. Performance assurance systems are required for the Carrier Ethernet networks that deliver the backhaul services to macro and micro cells alike. These tools provide mobile carriers with the management information they need to effectively leverage the cost advantages and extensibility of a microcell-based mobile backhaul network.

The 3 ‘V’s consisting of: circuit verification; SLA validation; and on-going visibility into the performance of the backhaul network require Carrier Ethernet/IP OAM support. Effective performance management systems include comprehensive instrumentation in the network along with complementary management tools able to summarize thousands of measured data points into concise and actionable performance information. Performance assurance is the key to successfully delivering high quality mobile service.

This short paper outlines an effective strategy that adapts the best practices for performance assurance in macro cell networks, to small cell deployments. Virtualizing the OAM instrumentation enables performance management systems to be applied cost-effectively to small cells. This provides the management oversight required to effectively leverage micro cell technology to build out additional mobile bandwidth and extend radio coverage. Download Whitepaper.

Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Is Unveiled Youtube Video
There’s a new Carrier Ethernet in town! Generationally more advanced than Carrier Ethernet 1.0—which delivered standardized Ethernet services over a single provider network—Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) goes well beyond to deliver differentiated applications over interconnected, managed networks on a global scale. The advances in 2.0 are expected to be of great benefit to both service providers and customers in an increasingly cloud-based, service-oriented world.

So what are the highlight service feature innovations in CE 2.0? To start, an increase from three to eight port- and VLAN-based services—two of each in E-Line, E-Lan, E-Tree, and E-Access. This significant increase will enable the delivery of services consistently and reliably to local, regional and global locations via multiple providers, as if through a single network.

Next, newly defined Multi-CoS extensions will standardize performance objectives across a variety of geographic ‘Performance Tiers’ and applications to improve QoS and optimize efficiency on a global scale. And there’s more. According to Nan Chen, Founder and President of the MEF during the official launch of CE 2.0 at NetEvents in February: “The Interconnect specifications (in CE 2.0) will expand the influence and reach of Carrier Ethernet worldwide, and new management specifications will provide affordable scalability and measurability not previously possible. The Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement creates a standard for efficient and reliable 4G mobile backhaul networks and services, furthermore delivering significant backhaul savings for mobile operators and revenue opportunities for access providers through Multi-CoS enabled Interconnect.”

Overall, CE 2.0 is expected to make the delivery of Internet-based services faster, more reliable, more predictable, and less expensive thanks to support for multiple classes of services, increased interconnectivity, and superior management capabilities.

Thursday, March 15th, 11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London

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Light Reading Webinar

Applications ranging from cloud-connectivity to wireless backhaul increasingly rely on high performance Ethernet services. Service Provider operations and Enterprise IT managers charged with managing the performance of these services need reliable services with accurate performance monitoring instrumentation to measure the network using standard Service OAM measurements for one-way delay, one-way delay variation and frame loss. Accurate instrumentation combined with performance management systems that collect, summarize and present network performance data in the form of actionable business intelligence are becoming required tools for high-performance services.

This webinar explores the critical service and operational requirements from the perspective of one of the industry’s leading Ethernet service providers, and key standards-based approaches for measuring and reporting Ethernet service performance in a manner that provides a common language for service providers and the end users of these services globally. It further explores key considerations for rolling up this performance assurance data in a manner that provides actionable business intelligence for service providers and the end users. Finally, this webinar explores some of the broader planning, management and end-to-end interoperability considerations for delivering performance assured Ethernet services in the reality of today’s modular, multi-vendor networks. Register.

 

Types of Backhaul for Small Cells
Small cell supplier ip.access will build an integrated LTE and 3G small cell. The new unit, codenamed the E-100, will be the first from ip.access to be based on the QorIQ Qonverge platform from U.S. chip maker Freescale.

The E-100 is a small cell Access Point targeted for use in enterprises and public indoor environments. The device will provide simultaneous 4G and 3G mobile phone signals with data speeds of up to 150 Mbps and 42 Mbps respectively. The product will be ready for field trials expected in the first quarter of 2013.

The E-100 is expected to be used by mobile network operators to improve mobile phone service quality and data speeds inside office buildings, shopping malls, hotels and other public indoor areas. ip.access announces plans for first LTE small cell

The small cell architecture also reshapes thinking about cell backhaul. For starters, ip.access says small cell backhaul can use un-managed DSL or cable modem “best effort” networks.

The type of backhaul also will hinge on the expected traffic to be supported. On one end, a very-small femtocell, used in a residential or small business setting might need to support four to eight simultaneous voice channels plus data services. DSL or cable modems might well be the “backhaul” in such cases. Picocells designed to support eight to 16 users might, or might not, use un-managed DSL or cable modem connections.

Picocells designed to support a public building site, serving 16 or more users will more typically require a more managed approach to backhaul.

Broadband MEA

Session: March 26th – 5:00 p.m.

If you’re attending Broadband MEA, join us in this session where we’ll explore how service providers and large enterprises can build highly scalable, low-latency, on-demand cloud networks with the latest generation of Carrier Ethernet platforms. You can also drop by our booth #5 to learn more about our solutions. More information

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Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (CECP) Prep Course

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
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Also in this issue: Fujitsu Expands its Ethernet Portfolio with AccedianMartin Lebeau Named ‘Ace of Finance’10 Gbps Wireless, 8 Tbps Fixed in 25 Years?Nokia Siemens Networks Partners with Accedian

Carrier Ethernet Professional Certification (CPEC) Prep Course

Accedian Networks is pleased to introduce a Prep Course for MEF’s Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (CECP) certification designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of Carrier Ethernet from an application perspective. This rigorous course will go beyond providing a simple overview of MEF services definitions. Rather, it will teach students how to apply Carrier Ethernet concepts and related technologies for transport and access, how to define unique differentiated services, as well as how to specify products that can deliver those services.

The course is designed to prepare candidates to successfully complete the certification process by combining lecture, interactive analysis and practical exercises to provide thorough coverage of Carrier Ethernet technical material. At the end of the course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of Carrier Ethernet concepts, MEF-defined services and interfaces, and a basis for how these services are delivered using common Carrier Ethernet data networking technologies and protocols.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction – Carrier Ethernet Professional Certification Overview
  • Module 1 – Carrier Ethernet Services
  • Module 2 – Carrier Ethernet Interfaces
  • Module 3 – Transporting Carrier Ethernet
  • Module 4 – Carrier Ethernet Access
  • Module 5 – Carrier Ethernet Applications

Independent Industry Education

Accedian Networks’ CECP Prep Course provides a technology-oriented perspective of the Carrier Ethernet industry and MEF concepts. The course is intended for professionals from any service provider or equipment vendor looking for the most comprehensive preparation in the field of Carrier Ethernet.

Click here for more details and registration.

Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe

Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd. will OEM Accedian’s full product line of MetroNID® and MetroNODE 10GE™ Ethernet demarcation devices as part of its FDX2400 family of products. This will enable Fujitsu to deliver an enhanced, end-to-end solution with the industry’s most accurate performance measurement. The agreement puts both companies in a strong position to continue leveraging the growing market for high performance Ethernet applications. “Our customers rely on us to help them build and operate the highest performing networks,” said Alan Davidson, Head of Products & Service Solutions, Fujitsu. “The Accedian demarcation equipment represents the state-of-the-art in Ethernet Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) equipment. Combining this functionality with Fujitsu’s Ethernet access product and service portfolio will enable us to deliver tremendous value to our customers.” Read Press Release

Accedian Networks' Martin Lebeau Crowned 'Ace of Finance' by FEI Canada

Ace 2011 FEI Canada

Accedian’s Vice President Finance and CFO, Martin Lebeau, was named an ‘Ace of Finance’ by the Québec Chapter of Financial Executives International Canada (FEI Canada) in its first annual The Aces of Finance contest. Martin won in the ‘Emerging Financial Executive’ category based on his professional achievements, his exceptional contributions to Accedian Networks, and his involvement in community service. In a press release issued last week by the Quebec Chapter of FEI Canada, Bertrand Lauzon, President of the contest organizing committee stated: “Over the last few years, the role of the financial executive has become increasingly more complex, and now carries greater responsibility. In such a context, it’s crucial for financial executives to be treated as business partners that can add value. This contest thus serves to recognize those financial executives and to promote the values so deeply held by members of FEI Canada.” Read Press Release

10 Gbps Wireless, 8 Tbps Fixed in 25 years
With the caveat that 25 years is a business horizon too far in the future to be meaningful for any operating executive or organization, consider some of the ways futurists think the future of bandwidth and capacity will change in 25 years.

Mobile devices will have the power of a supercomputer, argues Donald Newell, AMD Server CTO. To be more precise, a then-current smart phone will have more processing power than today’s servers, Newell argues.

Phones will have more than a terabyte of local memory,” adds Mark Lewis, chief strategy officer at EMC. He predicts that all of our digital information will be backed up over the cloud. “If I lose my phone, I can pick up a new one, enter my code word, and it will re-identify me and push all of my information out to my new device.”

As you will immediately grasp, those developments will have immediate and direct implications for bandwidth demands. A mobile device with the processing power of a supercomputer, with a terabyte of local storage, and using cloud-based apps, will represent an end point with huge appetite for communications.

Cisco’s Dave Evans, Chief Futurist, thinks at-home consumers will have access to multi-terabit Internet connections. “I could have an 8-terabit per second connection to my home,” he says. “That’s more connectivity to my home than most countries have.”

As a result, the core networks will operate at petabit per second speeds, about 10 to the 15th power, about three orders of magnitude bigger than terabit networking according to Evans.

For wireless networks, typical speeds will be as high as 10 gigabits per second, as fast as the fastest optical core networks today. See http://www.networkworld.com/supp/2011/25thanniversary/050911-anniversary-future.html for a look at 25 ways information technology will be different in 25 years.

Bandwidth increases on that order of magnitude—at least in the wireless arena—will require more than spectrum allocation. It will require continued significant advances in signal coding and compression, with some likely changes in network architecture as well. Additional spectrum will help, but it’s hard to see typical mobile users getting 10 Gbps without robust new developments in coding.

If not, using today’s technology, cell sites would be so small they would be virtually indistinguishable from a fixed connection, in which case “mobility” wouldn’t be possible.

But 25-year horizons are not meaningful, and predictions for what the world will be like that far out are almost always incorrect. One might find more success betting against today’s 25-year predictions instead.

That’s not to say Moore’s Law is repealed, or that users will stop demanding more bandwidth. It’s just that linear projections are almost always wrong over the long term.

On a relatively immediate basis, though, some projections that can seem outlandish are directionally valid enough to support rational business planning. Netflix, for example, has supported its business by mailing DVDs to customers. It began doing so because at one point there was no way to support delivery over the Internet, even though its very name suggests that possibility.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings claims that back when even cable modems and digital subscriber line were not available, “we took out our spreadsheets and we figured we’d get 14 Mbps to the home by 2012, which turns out is about what we will get.”

“If you drag it out to 2021, we will all have a gigabit to the home,” Hastings argues.

Still, Netflix took the rational route and did not build its revenue model on bandwidth that wasn’t available; it built on what was feasible at the time. Lots of application service providers based their businesses on inadequate bandwidth and server infrastructure in the early 2000s, and most failed because of those assumptions.

Now, lots of providers are about to make a business out of cloud computing, which is the same concept, but in an infrastructure environment that has changed dramatically.

Timing might not be everything, but it’s close. For that reason, no rational executive can build a business today based on expectations of 10 Gbps consumer mobile connections. But the direction is clear enough.

Nokia Siemens Logo
Nokia Siemens Networks has integrated Accedian Networks’ MetroNID® demarcation device, and its MetroNODE 10GE™ Ethernet Operations Administration and Maintenance (OAM) aggregation platform with their solutions such as Mobile Backhaul, Carrier Ethernet Transport and Multiservice IP Backbone. “The data deluge in mobile networks is quite a challenge for mobile service providers,” said Martin Brundert, Head of Solutions Management for Network Systems at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Therefore, we made Accedian devices an integral part of our solutions with fully verified interoperability between our base stations and Accedian network elements covering the entire backhauling network. Our solutions help customers to verify and maintain the performance of packet networks. This significantly improves the Smartphone user experience.” By integrating their respective best-of-breed products for packet networks, the two companies will enable service providers to stay on top of their network performance and deliver improved end-user satisfaction. Read Press Release

LightReading LIVE

New Backhaul Opportunities for Alternative Access Vendors (AAVs)
June 21st, The Marriott Marquis, New York City

The LECs have dominated the backhaul market in the 2G and early 3G era, but AAVs and MSOs are playing a much larger role in building out backhaul capacity for the mass market 3G and 4G era. Accedian Networks will take part in this session which will look at the business models and technology solutions that alternative wholesalers are pursing and how they are positioning their capabilities to meet the increasingly demanding SLAs of the wireless carriers.

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February EtherNEWS – The $$$ Value of a Microsecond in Financial Trading, High Performance Service Assurance Summit in Barcelona, Accedian On Tour, the Launch of Accedian’s Release 5.1

Monday, January 31st, 2011
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The $$$ Value of a Microsecond in Financial Trading

One millionth of a second is a microsecond, and 1,000 of those is a millisecond. How fast is that? Three hundred milliseconds is the time it takes for a human eye to blink. That’s how fast! Now consider this. According to estimates by Tabb Group, if a broker’s electronic trading platform is 5 milliseconds behind its competition, it could lose 1% of its order flow. At 10 milliseconds, the loss grows to 10%.

While not the case for all verticals, delay and delay variation performance is obviously vital for the financial services segment, and more important than bandwidth or physical redundancy when adopting Ethernet-based bandwidth services.

In the trading world, information delayed is money lost. Missing a transaction that can result in the purchase of thousands or hundreds of thousands of shares by just a nano-second could cost the financial institution big bucks. Ultra-low delay and delay variation is therefore a high priority feature that’s directly tied to the core business process of trading.

Algorithmic trading has been one of the biggest catalysts for low delay response over the past decade. Computer code is now responsible for most of the activity on Wall Street. By some estimates, computer-aided high-frequency trading now accounts for about 70 percent of total trade volume. Increasingly, the market’s ups and downs are determined not by traders competing to see who has the best information or sharpest business mind, but by algorithms feverishly scanning for faint signals of potential profit. The delay factor then becomes a huge driver of how fast a computer can identify a market anomaly and respond before the anomaly is corrected.

Financial customers are unusual in other ways. Moves, adds and changes are an area where competitive advantage can be gained. Say a firm moves its traders to a new floor in the same building and circuits go down for a week during a move. The damage there is that the trading relationship is lost, not simply that there is an interruption of service. While delay is an issue, delay variation can be an even bigger issue. Delay variation causes packets to arrive unpredictably, killing real-time applications.

Another market vertical that’s a natural candidate for ultra-low delay Ethernet service is health care, followed by the legal community. The difference from the financial vertical is that legal customers require resiliency and availability as well as delay and delay-variation performance.

The main take-away is that ultra-low delay and delay variation, as well as robust physical route diversity, are what drive these verticals, and not necessarily bandwidth or the price of that bandwidth.

High Performance Service Assurance Summit



February 14 – 17, 2011
Barcelona, Spain

Accedian is hosting a High Performance Service Assurance Summit at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. If you’ll be at the event, please join us for lunch and presentations by senior Accedian executives and invited guests as they discuss best practices and techniques for delivering assured high performance Ethernet backhaul services for next generation 4G/LTE systems. This executive summit will take place at Barcelona’s renowned Oleum Restaurant (located in the Museu Nacional D’Art De Catalunya) on Wednesday, February 16th. Space is limited, so RSVP today to reserve your place.

Accedian on Tour :

Mobile World Congress is only one of the stops we’re making as we take to the road once again this year. We’ll be attending and speaking at a number of important industry events and we invite you to join us live. Over the next couple of months, we’ll be presenting on a variety of topical subjects including The Long-Term Growth Opportunities in Wireless Backhaul, Successful Business Models for Mobile Backhaul, and a case study on how Accedian ‘Etherization’ of 40,000 cell sites in 2010. Here are some of the events we’ll be attending in the first three months of the year.

February 22 & 23, 2011
Miami, Florida
March 6 & 8, 2011
Toronto, Ontario
March 15 & 16, 2011
Munich, Germany
March 20 – 22, 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada
March 22 – 24, 2011
Orlando, Florida
 
   
Product News


January ushered in the launch of Release 5.1 of Accedian’s High Performance Service Assurance™ platform for the MetroNID® and MetroNODE 10GE™ demarcation units. The release includes enhanced resolution on 1-way delay and delay variation measurements, through more accurate synchronization between MetroNIDs in the network using GPS. The release also includes support for a Synchronous Ethernet interface option in the MetroNID. The MetroNID GPS unit works with both indoor and outdoor antennas, tracks up to 12 satellites, and raises alarms if the GPS signal is lost. The SyncE option enables the deployment of the MetroNID with Synchronous Ethernet-enabled equipment to distribute synchronization and timing information across the network. For the MetroNODE 10GE, Release 5.1 features a 4-port CE model, RFC 2544 test suite and environmental alarms. Both MetroNODE 10GE and MetroNID also now include RADIUS authentication enhancement and unified firmware. Read More.

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