Sunday, July 24, 2005

Motorola Previews RAZR PDA

Motorola introduced a QWERTY mobile device based on Windows Mobile 5.0.
The forthcoming Motorola Q will be lightweight and resemble the company's RAZR line in terms of thinness. It will features electro-luminescent keys, QWERTY keyboard, thumbwheel for single-handed control, and internal antenna. Additional features include as a large, vibrant, color screen, Web surfing capabilities, a 1.3 mega pixel camera with photo lighting, video and MP3 audio capabilities, and compatible Bluetooth-enabled accessories like the new RAZRWIRE Bluetooth eyewear. The Moto Q is expected to be available in Q1 2006.
http://www.motorola.com

Photonic Bridges Selects DCL Routing Code

Photonic Bridges, an integrator of next generation network solutions, has licensed Data Connection Limited's (DCL's) for use in their MetroWave product family. DC-OSPF is part of Data Connection's IP routing software suite which includes DC-BGP, DC-ISIS, and DC-RIP, all of which can be integrated with DC-MPLS to form a complete integrated solution for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
http://www.dataconnection.com
http://www.photonicbridges.com/

New Federal/State VOIP Enhanced 911 Enforcement Task Force is Formed

The FCC and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is forming a joint Task Force on VoIP Enhanced 911 (E911) enforcement. The Task Force was created to facilitate the timely and effective enforcement of the FCC's new VoIP E911 rules. Working together, the federal and state Task Force members will look at developing educational materials to ensure that consumers understand their rights and the requirements of the FCC's VoIP E911 Order and rules and how best to expedite compliance and facilitate enforcement, where necessary. The Task Force will also compile data and share best practices.


Staff from both the FCC and State Public Utility Commissions will serve as members, working closely with representatives from the public safety community, including the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).


FCC and NARUC Task Force members will be named shortly.
http://www.fcc.gov

Narus Provides VoIP Traffic Assessment Tool

Narus introduced a VoIP traffic assessment tool based on its unified IP Management and Security platform to help global carriers understand and address the impact of VoIP traffic on their business.


The Narus IP Platform provides a total network view of all IP data in a carrier's network, including VoIP traffic. The system offers extensible capabilities to secure, analyze, monitor and mediate any traffic in an IP network, including H.323, SIP, and proprietary VoIP protocols including Skype.


Narus said it has deployed VoIP detection at several carriers already, producing startling results. One carrier determined that 15% of calls a day bypassed their traditional network causing a significant impact on revenue. Using Narus, this carrier recovered its losses by mitigating the traffic and passing information to the billing system to bill subscribers for the network usage.


As a result of several successful pilot implementations, Narus is initiating a VoIP business analysis program. The program will provide carriers with the information to determine the financial impact VoIP traffic has on the network. In addition, system integrator partners will offer a mediation implementation service, enabling carriers to realize revenue from all IP traffic.
http://www.narus.com

Vodafone Now Reaches 165 Million Customers

Vodafone reported key performance indicators for the quarter ended 30 June 2005. The main highlights are:

  • Organic growth of 8.6% in proportionate mobile revenues year on year

  • Over 4.1 million customer organic net additions, 35% higher than for the same period last year


  • Total proportionate customer base now over 165 million, representing organic growth of 12.3% year on year, and including an additional 6 million customers added in Romania and the Czech Republic through the closing of the TIW transaction


  • Additional 1.1 million registered 3G devices, including 1 million
    consumer 3G devices. Total 3G devices now at 3.3 million, with 2.9 million consumer 3G devices


  • Over 1.3 billion shares repurchased in the financial year to date at a cost of 1.9 billion pounds Sterling


  • Vodafone Germany delivered a quarter of strong customer growth with 497,000 net additions, taking the total base to 27.7 million, 8.8% higher year on year. Blended annual churn was stable compared to that at March, with a small improvement in contract offset by a slight increase in prepaid. Proportionate net customer additions were 204,000 in the quarter. The total proportionate customer base was 17.5 million at the end of June, 6.4% higher year on year on an organic basis. Blended annual ARPU increased to EUR 360 for the year to June compared to EUR 359 for the year to March. Annual churn increased slightly when compared to March.


  • In Italy, proportionate net customer additions were 204,000 in the quarter. The total proportionate customer base was 17.5 million at the end of June, 6.4% higher year on year on an organic basis. Blended annual ARPU increased to EUR 360 for the year to June compared to EUR 359 for the year to March. Annual churn increased slightly when compared to March.


  • Vodafone UK regained momentum in the quarter with 165,000 net customers added, taking the total base to 15.5 million customers, an increase of 8.9% year on year. Annual churn increased slightly compared to March, driven in large part by an increase in prepaid churn. Blended annual ARPU reduced to 300 pounds from 306 pounds for the year to June compared to the year to March, principally due to the impact of the reduction in incoming call termination rates. The growth in average customers was substantially offset by the fall in ARPU resulting in service revenue growth of 0.6% for the quarter when compared to the same quarter last year.


  • In Japan, the closing proportionate customer base in Japan was 14.6 million. Vodafone Japan recorded positive net additions of 5,000 in June, but a net reduction of 72,000 for the quarter. Annual churn levels fell slightly compared to March, benefiting from the continued investment in customer retention activities and the introduction of new price plans and promotions.


  • Vodafone Spain continued to perform very strongly, adding a further 368,000 net customers in the quarter to June. At the end of June, the total customer base stood at 11.8 million customers, an increase of 18.9% year on year. The proportion of contract customers in the base continues to increase and churn has improved both quarter on quarter and year on year.
http://www.vodafone.com

ntl to Expand its On Demand Digital TV

ntl, the largest cable TV operator in the UK, plans to launch Video on Demand digital TV service to 100,000 customers over the next seven days. As a result, the number of customers with its ntl On Demand service will reach 375,000, just six months after its UK launch.


Following this stage of the roll out, ntl On Demand will be available to 1.67 million homes within ntl's network.
http://www.ntl.com

Avaya's Income Increases to $76 Million From $52 Million Sequentially

Avaya's quarterly revenue increased 21.7 percent to $1.236 billion compared to the same period last year. On a sequential basis, revenue increased 1%. Avaya reported income from continuing operations of $194 million or 40 cents per diluted share. These results include the net favorable impact of $123 million related to the settlement of certain tax matters and other deferred tax adjustments. Excluding these items, earnings per diluted share would have been 14 cents.


Avaya also retired substantially all its debt in the quarter.


Sequentially, product sales rose 4%, services revenues were essentially flat, and rental and managed services were down about $8 million.


In the U.S. , sales rose 4% sequentially, with IP line shipments rising 30%. While international revenues fell 3% sequentially, on a constant currency basis international revenues were essentially flat.

http://www.avaya.com

Atheros to Support China Netcom's WLAN Initiatives

Atheros Communications' WLAN chipset (AR5006AP-G) will be used for new access points and routers specified by China Netcom Broadband Corporation.


China Netcom has established a Broadband Wireless Industry Alliance, which brings together leading domestic and foreign equipment manufacturers, terminal vendors, service integrators and content providers to provide a full portfolio of broadband wireless services.


Atheros is also supporting CNCBB's new wireless initiative, CLAN, which will offer cellular performance using WLAN technologies to ensure complete coverage in large hotspots, buildings and enterprises. Using Atheros-enabled wireless access points and routers, CNCBB will support VoWLAN applications via dual-mode and single-mode WiFi phones. The applications require dedicated bandwidth to support voice traffic as well as advanced hand-off and quality of service (QoS) features to ensure the integrity of VoWLAN calls is the same as wired calls.
http://www.atheros.com
http://www.cncbb.com

BellSouth Sees Slower DSL Growth and Continued Decline in Wireline Access

BellSouth reported Q2 revenue of $8.52 billion, up 2.6% compared to Q1 2005. Q2 earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations were 43 cents compared to 37 cents in the first quarter of 2005 and 51 cents in the second quarter of 2004. Some highlights of the report:

  • BellSouth's Communications Group revenue in Q2 remained stable at $4.62 billion, a slight increase compared to the same quarter of 2004. Revenue growth from long distance, DSL and small business access line gains effectively offset revenue declines from residential access line loss and large business services.


  • During Q2, BellSouth added 124,000 net DSL customers, down from 253,000 DSL net customer additions in Q1. BellSouth attributed the slower growth to changes in promotional activity during the first quarter and traditional slowing in Q2. BellSouth now has a total of 2.4 million DSL subscribers.


  • Driven by DSL, network data revenue for the second quarter was $1.17 billion, an increase of 4.5 percent compared to the same quarter of 2004.


  • As of June 30, 2005, total access lines were 20.8 million, down 419,000 compared to Q1 2005. The company said the access line loss was driven by wireless substitution, competition and seasonal household moves that traditionally affect Q2.


  • UNE-P access lines resold by BellSouth competitors were down 235,000 compared to the first quarter of 2005. Residential retail access lines were down 204,000. In contrast, business retail access lines held steady, boosted by 33,000 net new access lines in the small business segment.


  • BellSouth long distance customers reached 53 percent penetration of its mass-market customer base. With many residential and small business customers choosing unlimited long distance and international calling plans, ARPU is about $17 per month.


  • An additional 80,000 customers added DIRECTV service to their communications packages during the second quarter, bringing the total number of customers with this package to 394,000.


  • Operating margin was 19.2 percent, a 190 basis point improvement compared to Q12005.


  • Operating free cash flow (defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures) was $1.3 billion for the second quarter of 2005.


"The realignment of our assets toward wireless and broadband services is starting to pay off," said Duane Ackerman, BellSouth's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
http://www.bellsouth.com

2Wire Adds FTTN and FTTP Gateways

2Wire began shipping two new lines of residential gateways aimed at high-bandwidth triple play applications such as high definition video-on-demand and IPTV over FTTN and FTTP deployments.

2Wire's HomePortal 3000 series residential gateway supports fiber to the node (FTTN) with its integrated VDSL modem, and the HomePortal 300 series supports fiber to the premises (FTTP). Both versions support multimedia coaxial networking within the home, for distribution of bandwidth-intensive HD video, over existing coaxial cables. Built-in QoS gives service providers a tool for traffic analysis and edge policy enforcement, including secure 802.1x authentication, and the ability to establish general traffic policy and priorities.

Both new gateways also feature an integrated high powered HyperG) 802.11g wireless access point, professional grade firewall, advanced automatic wireless security, and an intelligent service delivery platform with gateway remote control. The gateways are also VoIP-ready, featuring two integrated digital phone lines, and include a USB 2.0 host port, enabling the addition of powerful networking options such as network-attached storage and network printers.

The HomePortal 3000 and 300 series are compliant with the DSL Forum's TR-068 and TR-069 industry standards, which establish criteria for industrial design and remote management capabilities. The products can be remotely managed with the 2Wire Component Management System (CMS).

"The telecom subscriber's broadband experience will completely change with the build-out of high speed fiber networks," said Brian Sugar, 2Wire's VP of marketing.
http://www.2wire.com

AudioCodes Sees Revenue Rise 6% Sequentially

AudioCodes reported Q2 revenues of $28.5 million compared to $26.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2005 and $19.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2004. Second quarter revenues grew 6% sequentially and increased 49% compared to the second quarter of 2004. Net income for the second quarter of 2005 was $3.1 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to net income of $839,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the corresponding period last year.


"We are pleased to report yet another quarter of growth for AudioCodes, our fifteenth consecutive quarter of revenue growth," stated Shabtai Adlersberg, President, Chairman and CEO of AudioCodes.
http://www.audiocodes.com/

Beijing Telecom Selects Tut Systems Digital Video Solution

Tut Systems will supply its Astria platform as a key part of Beijing Telecom's video transport service for China CentralTelevision (CCTV).


Tut Systems worked closely with China-based distributor Beijing WeiFan Communication Equipment Co., Ltd to create an end-to-end video distribution network connecting 10 provinces to the central facilities of CCTV. The digital video transport network includes encoding/decoding platforms from Tut Systems, audio/video routers, and optical fiber transport networks.


At each of the 10 provinces, Tut Systems' Astria platform will digitally encode and deliver video over China Telecom's fiber optic network to centralized Astria decoders that will reside in the CCTV studios in Beijing. CCTV will use this content for its national news coverage that is distributed to both TV viewers and Internet users throughout China. Financial terms were not disclosed.
http://www.tutsys.com/

TCS Provides Emergency Call Center Service for Vonage

TeleCommunication Systems will provide emergency VoIP call center service for Vonage customers in order to comply with the recently published FCC VoIP E9-1-1 Order. The TCS Response Center, which supplements TCS' E9-1-1 VoIP solution that has been selected by Vonage, handles calls from all Vonage subscribers which cannot be routed directly to the nearest Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). It is operator-staffed, 24 hours per day, seven days a week, 365 days per year.

http://www.telecomsys.com
http://www.vonage.com

MSNBC.com to Link Video News with MSN Messenger

MSNBC.com, which claims the largest viewership for its online video clips according to Nielsen//NetRatings, announced plans to expand its video distribution reach through a partnership with MSN Messenger.


MSN Messenger will offer links to MSNBC.com video directly from the main MSN Messenger window.


MSN Messenger currently has 170 million active users worldwide.

http://www.msnbc.com

Verizon Wireless and Sprint Establish MMS Exchange

Verizon Wireless and Sprint announced an inter- carrier Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) agreement that enables their 70 million wireless customers to exchange picture and video messages through their camera equipped phones.


Mobile 365 will provide the interoperability service for Verizon Wireless customers and VeriSign will provide the service for Sprint customers. Mobile 365 and VeriSign support the CDMA2000 1X network standard used by the two carriers.


Sprint customers currently can exchange multimedia messages with Verizon Wireless, Cingular, T-Mobile USA and Bell Mobility customers.


Verizon Wireless customers currently can exchange multimedia messages with customers of Sprint, Cingular Wireless, Leap Wireless and U.S. Cellular.
http://www.verizonwireless.com/http://www.sprint.com/mr

Tata's VSNL to Acquire Teleglobe for $239 Million

India's Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) agreed to acquire Teleglobe International in a deal valued at $239 million. The acquisition would significantly expand VSNL's ownership interests in undersea cable networks and provide it with more than 200 direct and bilateral agreements with leading voice carriers, many of which are the incumbent carriers within their countries or large international wireless service providers.


Telegloge, which was once the international carrier for Bell Canada, currently has ownership in 100 worldwide cable and satellite networks. Following a split from Bell Canada Enterprises in 2002 and a subsequent bankruptcy, Teleglobe was relaunched in June 2003 as a provider of international voice, wireless roaming, data and Internet services. Teleglobe later acquired ITXC, one of the largest providers of international VoIP wholesale services with direct relationships with carriers in more than 175 countries. Teleglobe is currently headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda with a large operating center in Montreal. The company claims more than 1,400 wholesale customers and expects to carry over 13 billion minutes of voice traffic globally this year.


VSNL, which is part of India's $17 billion Tata Group, has a strong pan-India domestic Long Distance network. It is also a leading player in the Corporate Data Market in India, offering Frame relay, ATM and MPLS based IP-VPN services. VSNL also has a rapidly growing retail presence under the Tata Indicom brand through its products like high speed broadband, dial-up Internet, net telephony and calling cards.


Earlier this month, VSNL completed its acquisition of the Tyco Global Network (TGN), a state-of-the-art undersea cable network that spans 60,000 km (37,280 miles) and the continents of North America, Europe and Asia. With the acquisition of TGN, VSNL is now one of the world's largest providers of submarine cable bandwidth. VSNL acquired the network for $130 million (not including the assumption of certain liabilities). In addition to the submarine cables, the Tyco acquisition gave VSNL 30 Points of Presence in 12 countries in North America, Europe and Asia. VSNL also has business operations in Sri Lanka and Nepal and is soon entering South Africa.


"VSNL's vision is to become a leading global player in wholesale voice and bandwidth and enterprise data services," said Mr. N Srinath, Director on the Board of VSNL. "This agreement, coupled with the TGN acquisition and recently announced plans to expand into new markets, will move us closer to the size and network breadth needed to achieve this goal."http://www.vsnl.inhttp://www.teleglobe.com

Motorola Launches Bluetooth Enabled Sunglasses

Motorola is teaming up with Oakley, a provider of premium sunglasses and apparel, to launch "RAZRWIRE" Bluetooth-enabled sunglasses. Cingular Wireless expects to be the first carrier to offer RAZRWIRE.


RAZRWIRE is armed with Motorola's third generation Bluetooth technology and supports Bluetooth RF protocol 1.1 and 1.2 for compatibility with most Bluetooth-enabled cellular phones and other Bluetooth devices. The controls include two volume buttons and a single button used to handle incoming and outgoing calls. The module uses a wall charger or a USB port using an optional cable.


Bluetooth Sniff Mode technology increases the battery life, offering continuous talk time of more than five hours and standby time of up to approximately 100 hours.


Availability is expected in early August at a price of $294.99.http://oakley.motorola.com

Motorola Launches Bluetooth Enabled Sunglasses

Motorola is teaming up with Oakley, a provider of premium sunglasses and apparel, to launch "RAZRWIRE" Bluetooth-enabled sunglasses. Cingular Wireless expects to be the first carrier to offer RAZRWIRE.


RAZRWIRE is armed with Motorola's third generation Bluetooth technology and supports Bluetooth RF protocol 1.1 and 1.2 for compatibility with most Bluetooth-enabled cellular phones and other Bluetooth devices. The controls include two volume buttons and a single button used to handle incoming and outgoing calls. The module uses a wall charger or a USB port using an optional cable.


Bluetooth Sniff Mode technology increases the battery life, offering continuous talk time of more than five hours and standby time of up to approximately 100 hours.


Availability is expected in early August at a price of $294.99.http://oakley.motorola.com

ATIS and MSF To Collaborate on Packet-Based Carrier Interconnection

ATIS and the MultiService Forum (MSF) have agreed to establish a collaborative relationship that will speed the development of secure, robust, carrier-grade packet-based interconnection and end-to-end QoS for next-generation networks.


The two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that enables MSF and ATIS committees and working groups to better align work efforts and unite areas of relevant expertise towards the development of critical industry.


ATIS is a technical planning and standards development organization. Participants from more than 350 communications companies are active in ATIS' 22 industry committees and Incubator Solutions Program.


The MultiService Forum is a global association of service providers and system suppliers committed to developing and promoting open-architecture, multiservice switching systems. Its activities include developing Implementation Agreements, promoting worldwide compatibility and interoperability, and encouraging input to appropriate national and international standards bodies. http://www.atis.orghttp://www.msforum.org/

Portugal's TV Cabo Selects SupportSoft for Broadband Customer Service

TV Cabo, the cable subsidiary of Portugal Multimedia, has selected SupportSoft's SmartAccess software and Service Automation Suite to help in providing customer service for its high-speed data subscribers throughout Portugal. Specifically, TV Cabo selected SupportSoft software to automate the installation of NetCabo broadband Internet access and further provide ongoing, multi-channel customer support via self-service and assisted service solutions.

http://www.supportsoft.com

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