Monday, February 13, 2006

Cisco Launches IP RAN Optimization for Mobile Operators

Cisco Systems launched an IP Radio Access Network (RAN) optimization solution designed to help mobile operators using GSM and UMTS networks to reduce up to 50% of their backhaul traffic.

The Cisco IP RAN optimization solution optimizes GSM and UMTS traffic at the cell site using IP and helps to enable end-to-end IP services. A key component to this is the Cisco MWR 1941-DC-A mobile wireless access router.

In a typical deployment, Cisco MWR 1941 mobile wireless access routers optimize and aggregate GSM and UMTS traffic at the cell site. In doing so, they reduce operator dependency on leased T1/E1 lines. The routers support traditional narrowband (T1/E1) and high-speed IP broadband (xDSL, WiMax, Metro Ethernet) RAN backhaul networks for greater scalability and network flexibility. Having an IP router at the cell site also gives operators the ability to deploy new services, such as IP cameras for surveillance, IP telephony, WiFi and WiMAX access, Internet connectivity and location-based services to reach new customers.

The Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP) provides scalable aggregation and optimization services for backhaul traffic at the base station controller/radio network controller (BSC/RNC) site. The ONS platform can connect multiple cell site mobile wireless routers to a BSC/RNC, and in doing so can enable the mobile network operator to aggregate hundreds of connections on a single platform. The Cisco ONS 15454 MSPP supports a wide range of TDM and IP features, eliminating the need for dedicated TDM cross connect and ATM platforms at the BSC/RNC site.

"A revolution is taking place right now in mobility," said Larry Lang, vice president and general manager, Mobile Wireless Group, Cisco Systems. "Customers today demand a variety of services that will allow them to live, work and play in their fast-paced, mobile world. These new services drive new packet traffic, not only across new air interfaces, but also in the transport to each cell site."

Tellabs Develops 1RU Multi-Service Provisioning Platform (MSPP)

Tellabs unveiled a fully featured MSPP that fits into one standard rack unit (size 44mm).

The Tellabs 6325 edge node is a fully redundant, carrier-class MSPP designed for deployment in access or metro network locations for both wireless and wireline applications.

MSPPs transport a mix of TDM and data traffic over a Next-Generation Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (NG-SDH) infrastructure.

Golden Telecom (Ukraine) is one of the first customers to order the 6325 node to expand its existing network, which is based on Tellabs technology.

As part of the Tellabs IntegratedMobile solution, the Tellabs 6325 node can provide capacity, redundancy and grooming at the edge of a RAN network. The Tellabs 6325 edge node also is part of the Tellabs AssuredEthernet solution and enables wireline service providers to offer triple-play services. It will provide carrier-class Ethernet using MPLS for service differentiation.

Ericsson selected by Vodafone for IMS

Vodafone Group named Ericsson as a preferred supplier of its IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will be able to supply its IMS system,
support and integration services to support Vodafone's step-by-step
evolution to an all-IP network. As Ericsson's IMS enables
interoperability between operators, network types and handsets,
Vodafone's aim is to start interoperability testing as soon as possible.

The first market implementation is planned for Vodafone KK (Japan).

"Vodafone intends to pilot the next generation of services based on
this technology", said Detlef Schultz, Head of GSCM at Vodafone
Group. "We have chosen Ericsson as a supplier for IMS because of
their technology leadership in this area, which will ensure we can
start interoperability testing as soon as possible."

MovieBeam Launches with HD Content, Future Broadband Connectivity

MovieBeam, a movies-on-demand service backed The Walt Disney Company, Cisco Systems, Intel and leading venture capital firms, launched its service in 29 major metropolitan areas across the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, reaching nearly half of all U.S. households.

The MovieBeam movies-on-demand service provides instant access to a library of protected content stored on a set-top box with a hard drive. New content is delivered via MovieBeam's exclusive, low-cost over-the-air datacasting technology. There are always 100 movies immediately available, with up to 10 new titles automatically delivered digitally each week -- including select movies in high definition (HD).

The MovieBeam player features a 160 GB hard drive and a 200 MHz central processing unit (CPU). The player easily connects to virtually any television set, with video connection ports including HDMI, component, S-video, composite and audio connection ports including digital coaxial, SP/DIF, HDMI and left/right stereo audio. MovieBeam supports advanced audio and video formats, including Windows Media 9/VC-1 and Dolby Digital 5.1.

With this flexible platform and PC-compatible digital movie files, the MovieBeam service can in the future be extended to other devices. As part of Intel's investment, the two companies are collaborating to develop a USB peripheral that will, in the future, bring the MovieBeam service to other devices.

The player also features Ethernet and USB 2.0 ports, which will enable broadband connectivity later this year, giving MovieBeam the ability to add even more features and content to the service. The player is co-branded with Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems and a leader in home networking devices, as part of Cisco's investment in MovieBeam. The two companies intend to explore future joint development opportunities.

Through a long-term agreement with National Datacast (and its nationwide network of PBS stations), MovieBeam's exclusive over-the-air datacasting technology provides a low-cost content distribution solution and enables the efficient, secure and simultaneous delivery of hundreds of digital movie files to millions of customers' homes across the country. The MovieBeam datacasting signal rides on top of the existing PBS broadcasting infrastructure and National Datacast's 15 years of experience provides MovieBeam with a distribution solution including network coordination, management and monitoring.

Key features of the new MovieBeam offering include:

  • Every new release and select popular favorites from virtually every major Hollywood studio, with 100 movies always instantly available and up to 10 new titles automatically delivered each week

  • Access to high-definition movies -- with specially selected titles in native HD format and an HDMI connection that up-converts standard-definition content when connected to an HD TV

  • Content rights, including select titles from a major studio day-and-date with DVD release

  • Full playback functionality, with familiar controls such as Pause, Stop, Fast-forward and Rewind

  • Intuitive user interface that sorts movies by title, genre, actor/director and rating

  • Free full-length theatrical trailers for every movie available for rental

  • Pay-as-you-go model, with no subscription fees and no annual contracts

  • Simple set-up, requiring no professional installation or special equipment

  • Personalized spending limits and parental controls

The MovieBeam System will be sold by major national consumer electronics retailers including Best Buy, CompUSA and Sears, as well as regional and independent retailers in the markets in which the service is available.

The advertised price of the MovieBeam System is $199.99 after an introductory rebate of $50. There is a one-time service activation fee of $29.99. Movie-rental prices are $3.99 for new release titles and $1.99 for library titles -- with a $1 premium for HD movies. Each rental covers a 24-hour viewing period during which customers can watch a movie as many times as they like, with full video playback functionality. There are no annual contracts or monthly subscription fees.

Axerra Appoints Gadi Tamari as CEO

Axerra Networks announced the appointment of Gadi Tamari as CEO, effective March 1. Mr. Tamari recently stepped down as the CEO of RADVISION after leading it from 2001 through 2005. Prior to joining RADVISION, he was appointed VP of international sales of Lucent Softswitch after the acquisition of Excel Switching by Lucent in 1998 for $1.7B. Tamari will also become a member of Axerra's board of directors.

Gil Biran, Founder and current CEO of Axerra, will assume the position of COO and retain his current position on Axerra's board of directors. In his capacity as COO, Mr. Biran will continue to drive Axerra's technology vision, managing day-to-day operations as well as research and product development.

Axerra Networks' Pseudo-Wire solutions enable mobile wireless operators, cable operators, competitive access providers, and incumbent carriers to extend IP plus legacy data and voice services in native format over Ethernet, IP, and MPLS networks.

Nortel Expects HSOPA to Deliver 25 Mbps Wireless Links in 2007

Nortel announced a strategy to bring some of the key advantages of OFDM and MIMO technologies into its broadband wireless systems, including High Speed OFDM Packet Access (HSOPA). The technologies could enable wireless operators to offer true "quadruple play" services: voice, high-speed interactive applications including large data transfer and feature-rich IPTV with full mobility.

In addition, HSOPA/LTE has the potential to increase ten-fold the number of users that can be served by an operator's network. Nortel estimates that by using HSOPA/LTE technology the cost per megabyte to the operator could be as low as one twentieth of the cost associated with UMTS.

In 2006, Nortel expects to deliver an HSOPA/LTE laboratory prototype solution that can provide up to 25 Mbps uplink in the 5MHz spectrum - at least 15 times faster than today's fastest mobile connectivity. Nortel's original OFDM-MIMO laboratory prototype, demonstrated in 2004, delivered 37 Mbps in downlink in the same bandwidth. These two advances mean that Nortel anticipates beginning customer HSOPA/LTE trials in 2007.

Nortel aims to demonstrate that UMTS operators can evolve to HSOPA/LTE with minimal additional investment. On the radio access side, Nortel's Base Transceiver Station (BTS) platforms enable a smooth evolution to HSOPA as well as supporting GSM, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA and HSOPA/LTE.

By 2008, HSOPA/LTE would also benefit from the expected evolution of the converged core network. This converged core would terminate traffic from any fixed or wireless access technology to provide greater service continuity, improved quality of service and embedded security.

Nortel to Adopt ATCA Architecture for Carrier-Class Platforms

Nortel announced plans to evolve its wireless and wireline platforms to the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA). Nortel is working closely with Motorola's Embedded Communications Computing division and Intel to incorporate modular communications server building blocks into its ATCA system architecture.

Nortel's Call Session Control Function (CSCF), which is in multiple global customer trials, will be the first IMS product delivered on the VSE platform, with planned commercial availability in the second quarter of 2006. Nortel said it intend to introduce additional IMS and core products such as the IMS Home Subscriber Server (HSS), wireline/wireless call servers (MSC) and Home Location Registers (HLR) on the VSE in 2006 and 2007, enabling significant operational savings for service providers as these ATCA-based platforms are deployed within one common environment.

The VSE delivers an extensive set of carrier class features that give service providers a 50 percent increase in shelf density, significant circuit pack commonality between platforms and "flight recorder" capabilities that enable system restoration without data loss.

Standardizing Nortel's core IMS components on the ATCA-based VSE ensures solutions are delivered with robust commercially available components. The value of ATCA-based IMS architecture will become even more compelling as wireline and wireless core networks begin to converge. The new Nortel IMS release is not only designed to bring operators the openness of ATCA standardization but also give service providers access to empowered services such as converged mobility that enable subscribers to transparently move across cellular and WiFi domains with voice and multimedia services.

Cingular Awards 3 Year Contract to Nortel for 3GPP Release 4

Cingular Wireless awarded a three-year contract with Nortel to provide wireless network services and equipment. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Specifically, Nortel will deploy its 2G/3G 3GPP Release 4 compliant MSC (Mobile Switching Center) Server and Media Gateway products to support Cingular's UMTS/HSDPA network deployment. These products are compliant with 3GPP Bearer Independent Core Network standards. Nortel's R4 technology will help provide a significant increase in call handling capacity - up to 300% according to Nortel estimates.

Nortel has already deployed more than two million ports of its MSC solution to support Cingular's national 2G/GSM network in major markets across the United States. According to Nortel estimates, this is believed to be the industry's largest in-service R4 core network installation to date. Nortel has been a supplier of wireless infrastructure equipment in the Cingular Wireless network since 1995.

Alcatel's "Unlimited Mobile TV for Mass Market" Combines DVB-H with Satellite Broadcast

At the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Alcatel launched its "Unlimited Mobile TV for Mass Market" project, an initiative that will use a unique combination of DVB-H-based terrestrial and satellite broadcast delivery in the S-Band, complementing existing 3G/UMTS networks.

Alcatel said its idea is to help operators protect and leverage their 3G investments while offering unlimited coverage, unlimited audience, unlimited number of TV channels and maximum interactivity.

The combination of DVB-H-based terrestrial and satellite broadcast for mobile TV would offer optimized quality coverage in urban indoor environments, access to an available telecommunications frequency band (S-Band) homogenized at the European level, and instant multi-country nationwide geographical coverage.

For the broadcast of a significant number of mainstream TV channels, Alcatel proposes to reuse 3G radio sites and antennas and to extend them with S-Band repeater capability. The solution would be integrated with existing mobile sites and antennas, whether based on Alcatel's infrastructure or other vendors. Furthermore, in the case of sites using an Alcatel infrastructure, operators will be able to reuse the Alcatel Node Bs themselves thanks to Alcatel's Software Defined Radio (SDR) approach.

T-Mobile Selects Alcatel for mobile TV in Europe

T-Mobile International selected Alcatel to provide its affiliated companies in Germany, the UK and Austria with a fully integrated interactive mobile TV solution. This solution will enable T-Mobile's innovative "TV in Your Pocket" service, allowing the operator to address the booming mobile TV market, while enhancing its subscribers' experience with interactive and personalized mobile TV programs. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel will provide T-Mobile International with an end-to-end integrated solution, including comprehensive customer care facilities and full flexibility in implementation of tariff schemes. Moreover, based on a joint T-Mobile and Alcatel Content Governance Model, T-Mobile has granted Alcatel responsibility for aggregating live TV content, as well as "made for mobile" channels.

In the first phase of the project, Alcatel will also host and technically operate the complete service platform for all three countries from its centre in Stuttgart, Germany.


Amino to Supply its IPTV Set-Tops for French Hospitals

Amino has been selected by EONA and La Communication Hospitaliere, technology providers and integrators respectively of on-demand digital solutions for hospitality, corporate and education markets, to enable its delivery of interactive IPTV services to patients of the Centre Hospitalier of Valenciennes, in France.

The deployment will include several thousand units. Amino said its set-tops will allow patients to take full advantage of the hospital's IP network, offering high-speed Internet access, multicast IPTV and true video-on-demand straight to their bedside.

World Wide Packets Hires Marconi Exec for EMEA

World Wide Packets announced the appointment of Andy Charalambous as vice president of EMEA. Most recently, he served as Vice President of EMEA for Marconi's Data Networks Division, where he was responsible for leading Marconi into next generation data networking. In this position, he worked to maintain several strategic partnerships for Marconi, drove revenues and signed many significant contracts, including Kingston Communications and British Telecom. Prior to Marconi, he served as Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Services at Orchestream Holdings.

Vativ Supplies 10 GigE Copper Transceiver for Occam's BLC 6000

Vativ Technologies, a fabless semiconductor company based in San Diego, will supply its 10Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) copper transceiver for Occam Networks' next generation Intelligent Blade Interconnect Architecture. Using Vativ's transceiver device, Occam's BLC 6000 Broadband Loop Carrier System is able to offer flexible, low-cost, blade interconnect solutions operating at 10 Gbps over copper cabling.

The addition of Vativ's V10LAN-based VTV1110 transceiver device to Occam's broadband loop carrier enables blade-to-blade and rack-to-rack 10Gbps connections across CAT-5 cabling.


LSI Logic Announces New DSP Cores Featuring Cached Memory

LSI Logic introduced three additions to its family of "ZSP" licensable digital signal processor (DSP) cores. Featuring cached memory, the new cores provide greater flexibility in choosing how to distribute instructions and data between on-chip and external memory, enabling more robust ASICs and System-on-Chip (SoC) designs.

LSI Logic said for applications such as IP phones, ATA modules, portable media players and 2/2.5/3G handsets, large programs can be managed with greater efficiency by storing most of the program code and data off-chip providing additional benefit in the form of chip cost savings.

The new ZSP cores are also supported by a broad selection of applications software, including all of the popular G.7XX Codecs, as well as algorithms for functions such as echo cancellation, tone detection and caller ID generation. Multiple audio and video standards are supported as well, such as H.264, MP3, AACPlus, WMA and AC3.

TI's OMAP 3 Architecture Targets Next-Gen Mobile Phones with HD Video Capabilities

Texas Instruments introduced its new OMAP 3 architecture and application processors designed to power a new class of mobile phones with improved entertainment and productivity features.

TI's first OMAP 3-based device, the OMAP3430 processor, will be the industry's highest-performing application processor and is believed to be the first wireless processor to use 65-nanometer (nm) process technology. The OMAP3430 processor will sample this year.

TI said OMAP 3 will the industry's first application processor platform to be based on the new ARM Cortex-A8 superscalar microprocessor core, which delivers 3X more performance than the ARM11 core used in OMAP 2 processors. Combined with TI's DSP technology, the increased ARM performance boosts productivity and entertainment applications on the mobile phone, while maintaining power efficiencies expected in a handset.

This new OMAP 3 processor will offer the first high-definition (HD)- quality player in a mobile phone processor, allowing users to download movies onto their phone and watch them on an HD monitor.

The OMAP3430 processor also offers the first DVD-quality camcorder capability in a phone -- a 4X improvement from the OMAP2430 processor -- enabled by IVA 2+, a second- generation, power-optimized version of TI's imaging, video and audio accelerator used in TI's DaVinci technology. Leveraging the increased capabilities of the IVA 2+ accelerator, the chip will enable mobile phones to record and play movies at DVD quality for all popular standards, such as MPEG4, Windows Media Video 9 (VC-1), H.264 and RealVideo(R) 10, in addition to videoconferencing.

The OMAP3430 processor will support all known mobile DTV decode standards worldwide, making it a perfect companion for TI's Hollywood mobile DTV chip. The OMAP3430 processor will also include S-video output support for higher quality video display on an external TV monitor or projector, enabling easy sharing of multimedia presentations. By leveraging the combination of ARM performance and 2D/3D graphics core, the OMAP3430 processor will further accelerate the rapid momentum of gaming applications in mobile phones.

Capturing images at 12 megapixels with less than one second shot-to-shot delay, the OMAP3430 processor enables capabilities of today's highest performance point-and-shoot digital still cameras, a 2X improvement over the OMAP2430 processor. This is accomplished through the integration of a camera Image Signal Processor (ISP) to lower system cost and offer handset manufacturers differentiation in image quality.

In addition to being manufactured in 65-nm process technology for low power consumption, the OMAP3430 processor leverages TI's SmartReflex technologies to dynamically control voltage, frequency and power based on device activity, modes of operation, process technology and temperature variation, saving power.

"Cool consumer electronics products are migrating to the cellular platform, enabling consumers and business travelers to experience mobile entertainment and workplace productivity on the road," said Gilles Delfassy, senior vice president of TI's Wireless Terminals Business Unit. "New OMAP 3 processors will enable a radical change in how the mobile phone will be used, making it an indispensable work/life tool."

Hifn Develops Pattern Matching Software for Network Edge Security

Hifn introduced new high-performance, Pattern Matching content processing software that accelerates compute-intensive pattern and signature recognition tasks for enterprise and carrier-class networks, as well as content inspection of packets traveling through the network.

Hifn Pattern Matching (HPM), contains "rule compression" technology that creates a highly compact rules database format. The database, along with HPM's small code footprint, resides in a microprocessor cache enabling runtime performance.

Hifn said network edge security devices and Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances all have the same fundamental limitation: they can only process packets at the speed they can detect signatures.

The new Hifn Pattern Matching performance advantages significantly improve the overall throughput of these security systems.

The ability to perform content inspection at line rate and across multiple packets and flows is essential to enabling the next generation of application- layer switches, routers, and network security equipment. Typical applications for HPM content processor software include unified threat management (UTM) appliances, intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS), anti-virus (AV) gateways, anti-spam appliances, and deep packet inspection (DPI) firewalls.

HPM scans payload content of selected packets for worms, viruses, and other malware and operates at gigabit speeds on GHz CPUs. HPM content processing software is compatible with and optimized for all general-purpose CPUs (Intel and AMD) and embedded processors (MIPS and PowerPC).

"Memory speed is the primary bottleneck to Regular Expression content processing performance. As a result, HPM enables content inspection software to out-perform hardware," said Robert Friend, director of product marketing at Hifn.

Hifn Unveils Security Processors for VoIP

Hifn introduced a family of security processors designed specifically to protect VoIP traffic.

The Hifn 7870- and 8170-security processors offer security processing for both signaling and media channels. When added to session border controllers, media gateways, packet switches and other VoIP network devices these processors protect against a wide spectrum of threats to both media and signaling. Hifn's Secure VoIP processors offer low latency, high bandwidth, mixed protocols and a very large number of concurrent sessions. The processors support random intermixing of Secure Real-Time Protocol (SRTP), IPsec, SSL/TLS and PK operations.

The 8170 Secure VoIP Processor features convenient industry standard hardware interfaces that enable straightforward integration with a wide variety of network and host processors. A 64-bit/133MHz PCI-X interface and a 32-bit, 104MHz POS-PHY level 3 compatible streaming bus interface provide a high degree of flexibility and throughput. The PCI-X interface is also backwards compatible to the PCI rev 2.2 64-bit/66MHz interface. The device supports up to 1 Million cryptographic sessions.

The 7870 Secure VoIP Processor interfaces to the host system through a 64-bit/66MHz PCI bus and supports up to 512 thousand cryptographic sessions.

The Hifn family of secure VoIP processors are sampling now to early engagement customers with general availability expected in June.

"Security processing for VoIP is multi-faceted and complex," said Hifn's Chief Technology Officer, Russell Dietz. "Real time, low latency processing must be performed for multiple security protocols and Hifn's Secure VoIP Processors are the first products developed specifically for this multi-protocol application. Furthermore the security requirements are rapidly evolving as more people are focusing on the vulnerabilities around delivering VoIP services. These processors offer strong security solutions for all phases of the VoIP connection," Dietz added.

Quintum Offers VoIP Applications Bundle with Intel Host Media Processing

Quintum Technologies has established a new bundled offer that will feature a fully tested and interoperable solution utilizing the Quintum Tenor AS and BX lines of VoIP switches and gateways and Intel NetStructure Host Media Processing (HMP) Software.

This offering, which will be available from Paracon, is targeted towards Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs.

HMP software from Intel performs media processing tasks on general-purpose servers based on Intel architecture without the use of specialized hardware. When installed on a system, the software looks like an Intel Dialogic board with DM3 architecture to the customer application, but all media processing takes place on the host processor. The addition of Intel HMP software to Quintum's Switches and Gateways solution set helps to complete the available line of network access solutions.

Quintum said ISVs and OEMs who are looking to develop converged communications solutions will benefit from using Quintum's Switches and Gateways with Intel Host Media Processing software by allowing them to rapidly develop products for new and existing markets with solutions including: IP-PBX, Contact/Call Center Applications, Messaging, IVR Services, Conferencing, and SMS Services.

JDSU Sells Ottawa Manufacturing Facilities

JDSU agreed to sell its manufacturing operations located in Ottawa, Canada to Fabrinet, its contract manufacturing partner. Financial terms were not disclosed. Upon close, Fabrinet will manage ongoing production and the Asian transfer activities currently performed by the Ottawa site. Non-manufacturing activities at the Ottawa site are unaffected by this agreement.

"This transaction marks the final phase of our plan to transition all Optical Communications assembly manufacturing to Asia," said Debbie Shoquist, vice president of global operations for JDSU. "We believe that with additional resources from Fabrinet and a cohesive transfer team, we will ensure a smooth transition for our employees and our customers."

Vodafone Awards Global Contract to Nokia for IMS

Vodafone Group named Nokia as a preferred IMS supplier for its affiliates worldwide. The first deployments are expected during 2006.

Under the agreement, Nokia becomes a preferred supplier of Vodafone's IMS network architecture and the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) technology that will enable Vodafone to pilot next generation services and start interoperability testing. Nokia is also deploying its OMA-compliant Presence and List Management solutions. IMS is an essential element of the Nokia Unified Core Network solution and a key enabler of multi-access methods.

"Vodafone is excited by the enormous possibilities that are emerging with IP Multimedia," says Detlef Schultz, Head of Global Supply Chain Management at Vodafone. "IMS is going to play a strategic role in our future service delivery. We intend to pilot the next generation of services using this technology and will start interoperability testing with other operators as soon as possible."

Lucent to Resell Ubiquity's SIP Application Server

Lucent Technologies will resell Ubiquity's SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) Application Server and applications as part of its IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem)-based solution portfolio.

Lucent said Ubiquity's applications portfolio, including mobile conferencing, IP multi-media conferencing, push-to-conference and mobile music sharing, complements its own IMS-based solution that enables the delivery of "blended lifestyle" services -- resulting from interworking voice, data and video capabilities -- to subscribers anytime, anywhere.

Lucent also will resell Ubiquity's carrier-grade SIP application server and accompanying applications to customers requiring application creation and customization, with full support from Lucent Worldwide Services (LWS). In addition to the current joint selling into targeted carriers and enterprise accounts worldwide, Lucent and Ubiquity have been engaged in product and platform development activities focused on integration, interoperability and manageability to ensure readiness for commercial deployment.


BellSouth Signs 5 Year Marketing Deal with DIRECTV

BellSouth signed a five-year exclusive marketing alliance with DIRECTV, allowing it to offer digital satellite entertainment service to its customers. This agreement extends an existing contract and also creates a new sales channel for BellSouth FastAccess DSL services.

More than 523,000 customers have added DIRECTV service to their BellSouth Answers bundle since 2004.