Wind Mobile expanding to five new markets next quarter

Canadian cellco Globalive Wireless (Wind Mobile) has announced details of its network expansion programme, revealing that it will launch in five additional markets in the next quarter, extending coverage to an additional 600,000 Canadians, and bringing total population coverage to over 13.1 million. Wind also said it now boasts over 1,140 active network sites, 225 branded retail locations and over 400 points of distribution across 16 key markets throughout Canada, whilst HSPA+ upgrades have been implemented over the past eight months, bringing 21Mbps (theoretical downlink) data coverage to 34% of Wind’s network. The company currently claims 430,000 mobile customers. It added that some network locations including Kitchener and London have been offering customers high speed (HSPA+) data service from inception, and plans to broaden coverage nationally are underway.

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Candela LANforge – Wireless IP Scalable Network Emulator

Wireless Networks in a Box

One of the challenges in testing and deploying mobile wireless networks and applications is the inherent limitation of traditional simulation tools.   Scalable network emulation offers a superior approach to evaluate the system’s end-to-end

WISER enables the development and testing of real-world software applications,  middleware and advanced networking features

Candela Technologies has partnered with Telcordia to address the challenges of development and testing of real-world software applications, middleware and advanced networking features in a mobile wireless environment.

Key Features

  • Scalability by Virtualization
  • Effective Tactical Waveform Fidelity
  • Emulation of RF, MAC, Routing and QoS
  • Realistic Real-world Scenarios
  • Simple GUI-based Control
  • Extensive Reporting Capability
  • Easily Connects to Networks either in the Lab or in the Field

You can find more information here on the WISER 50


MTS selects Ericsson for LTE rollout

Canada’s MTS Allstream has selected Ericsson as an exclusive partner to supply it with an LTE-based 4G mobile network that the Manitoban telco says will be launched commercially by the end of this year. Under the deal – of undisclosed value – Ericsson is providing an LTE radio network and Evolved Packet Core network, as well as policy control and subscriber management systems. The Swedish vendor announced that it will enable MTS to provide LTE to existing HSPA Evolution (HSPA+) customers in Manitoba while ensuring their devices still work in areas where LTE coverage is not present. Mark Henderson, CEO of Ericsson Canada, said: ‘By deploying dual access HSPA Evolution and LTE services, MTS is demonstrating the smooth path operators can take to upgrade their existing infrastructure more effectively. The evolution of existing packet core nodes to Evolved Packet Core will make new capabilities available through software upgrades, minimising the need for operators to deploy and integrate new network equipment.’

Article Supplied by TeleGeography

Spectracom Awarded €600KContract for Synchronization of Digital TV Broadcast Networks

GPS Clocks to Precisely Synchronize Time and Frequency Signals

Paris, June 7, 2012 – Spectracom, a business of the Orolia Group (NYSE Alternext Paris – FR0010501015 – ALORO) and the leading supplier of synchronization for digital broadcast applications, today announced a contract worth nearly 600 k€ from a leading global supplier of broadcast equipment. They will use Spectracom’s GPS Clock synchronization systems for new digital broadcast network infrastructure in Bulgaria.

Synchronization is critical for reliable operation of digital broadcast systems particularly those operating in single frequency mode (SFN). The trend in the industry is to use SFN for digital broadcast since it effectively utilizes the limited availability of radio frequency spectrum. Precisely synchronized time and frequency signals are necessary so digital signals do not interfere with each other to ensure optimum reception by televisions in areas covered by multiple transmitters.

The delivery of Spectracom’s GPS Clocks will be spread throughout the next quarter.


MTS Allstream focusing on finding US investor

Canadian newspaper The Globe & Mail writes that regional telco Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) is focusing on finding a US-based investor for its national MTS Allstream division, after failing to line up a likely Canadian investor. MTS is working with Morgan Stanley and investment bankers from CIBC to redouble its search for a foreign suitor, particularly in the US, people familiar with the situation were quoted as saying. The Canadian government recently decided to scrap foreign investment restrictions for telecoms network operators with a sub-10% revenue market share – which applies to all except the three largest groups Bell, Rogers and Telus – and the legal amendments, which are included in the federal budget bill, will take effect upon royal assent, which is expected this month.

Supplied by TeleGeography


Managing Your Application Performance

Are you are planning to implement new IT projects such as data center consolidation, server virtualization, cloud computing, or perhaps adding new applications on the network? Do you understand exactly how these upgrades will affect the existing applications and the user experience? What strategy are you going to use to ensure application performance is not compromised? It is imperative that you understand how each of the components can affect overall application performance.

A Strategy you can use to Manage Application Performance (APM)

Most companies have some sort of visibility of their network systems via the network elements, but healthy infrastructure does not necessarily mean that your applications are running efficiently because they do nothing to monitor the actual transaction. There a many different components to APM, so what capabilities do you need to accurately monitor, measure, and troubleshoot?

6 Components of Application Monitoring

Monitoring the End user Experience, is quite different from Infrastructure Monitoring. We actually measure the end user experience so we see what they see.

APM - End User Experience Monitoring

Application Mapping is a separate dimension to APM this takes the different bits about applications and maps them together so you can trace an application and it’s dependencies/relationships across the network.

APM - Application Mapping

Transaction Following/Tracing is a critical component is being able to trace transactions on the network through multiple servers that all communicate to make up an application.

APM - Transaction Followiing/Tracing

Deep Application Component Monitoring – deep inside the system that runs the code allows you to get to the fine detail, and why there may be application issues.

APM - Deep Application Component Monitoring

Network Aware APM – is another form of data collection because the network is where applications travel, and the network team usually gets called to solve problems first.

APM -Network Aware APM

Analytics – There is a tremendous amount of information as you collect data across 100’s of applications and perhaps millions of transactions. You need to collect and store that data efficiently to be able to trend, analyze, and solve problems with it

APM - Analytics

With these 6 elements covered you will have complete visibility and will be able to effectively manage application performance and minimize user impact going forward.

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Net Optics Phantom Tap Extends Across Multiple Hypervisors

Net Optics’ Phantom Virtualization Tap™ Now Extends Support across Multiple Hypervisors—Xen, Oracle VM, vSphere 5, KVM and more—for Unprecedented Visibility

Net Optics Phantom Virtualization Tap increases network visibility across both the physical and virtual world. The virtual Tap helps organizations maintain auditing compliance, cost-efficiency and security. And now the Phantom Tap’s ability to address both physical and virtual environments across diverse hypervisor families is critical to highly regulated industries such as financials, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. Unique scalability—plus the simplicity and ease of management enabled by Net Optics’ versatile Indigo Pro™ Management Platform—make this Tap ideal for mid-tier to large enterprises and hosting providers.

Now that the Phantom tap extends its support across all best of breed hypervisors, Enterprises with large deployments of Citrix Xen, Oracle VM or other Xen-based virtualization solutions can capture virtual traffic of interest at the kernel layer and deliver it to tools in the physical instrumentation layer—optimizing that investment. In contrast to other tool-specific approaches, the Phantom Virtualization Tap is purpose-built for smooth integration into customers’ existing infrastructures.

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