Thursday, August 3, 2006

Ericsson Acquires Netwise AB for Presence Management

Ericsson has completed its public offer to acquire Netwise AB, a supplier of presence management technology. Shares and warrants representing 96.8% of the share capital and 98.1% of the voting rights in Netwise have been committed in Ericsson's cash offer to shareholders and holders of warrants in Netwise.

The acquisition represented a total value for Netwise of SEK 300 million.
  • Netwise's NetSwitch software application suite offers virtual PBX functionality, attendant features, and presence management. The platform has several orders from EMEA based mobile operators.

  • Earlier this year, BEA Systems announced a new partnership with Netwise to integrate Netwise NetSwitch application suite with BEA WebLogic SIP Server, the industry's first converged Java EE-SIP-IMS application server. The resulting joint solution will be designed to provide contact management functionalities in a revenue-generating virtual PBX solution for operators servicing enterprise customers.

sentitO Secures $6 Million for VoIP Gateway and Signalling Solution

sentitO Networks raised $6 million in venture financing for its intelligent voice gateway and signaling solution. The company's Open Network Xchange (ONX) architecture and distributed VoIP media and signaling gateway solutions provide media and signaling conversion between the PSTN and IP networks. sentitO's ONX solution set includes the IVG1200 Intelligent Voice Gateway, Proxy7 Signaling Gateway, and PreVision Network Manager.

The funding round was led by Columbus Nova Capital, an affiliate of Russian-based RENOVA Group of Companies, with previous investors Core Capital Partners, Inflection Point Ventures, Kodiak Venture Partners, Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds, and Technology Venture Partners also participating.

sentitO will use the funding to expand its global sales and marketing efforts and further build out its services capabilities to support large scale deployments, especially in Western and Eastern Europe; including Russia.

sentitO recently announced it has been certified to commercially deploy its VoIP infrastructure equipment in Russia by Infokom, the Center of Examination and Certification. The certification confirms mandatory quality, functionality and interoperability requirements for commercial deployment in Russian networks.

sentitO's VoIP infrastructure products are currently deployed in China, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Russia, Singapore, and the U.S., among others.

Eutelsat's HOT BIRD 8 Successfully Launched

Eutelsat's HOT BIRD 8 satellite, the largest and most powerful European Ku-band broadcast satellite to date, was successfully launched by a Proton Breeze M launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

HOT BIRD 8 will assume all broadcast traffic currently carried by the 20-transponder HOT BIRD 3 which will subsequently continue commercial service at an alternative location. The new satellite's additional capacity will contribute to raising in-orbit security at Eutelsat's HOT BIRD video neighbourhood which broadcasts 950 digital channels to over 110 million cable and satellite homes across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Mexico's Ultranet2go Launches pre WiMAX 802.16e

Ultranet2go, a division of ZOMA Telecom of Mexico, launched commercial service in Veracruz and Aguascalientes, Mexico, using pre-mobile WiMAX 802.16e wireless broadband solutions from Navini Networks. Ultranet2go already offers service in Puebla using Navini's Ripwave MX solution.

Navini said its "Smart WiMAX" solution, powered by smart beamforming, provides a powerful and wide range of coverage and with easy cellphone-like activation.

Future deployments are planned for markets such as Tampico, Matamoros, Xalapa, Coatzacoalcos, Cuernavaca, Chilpancingo and Iguala.

Ultranet2go is a new business unit of ZOMA TELECOM, an operator with wireless cable television (Ultravision), radio stations, and other communication services in Mexico.

"We are successfully bringing true personal broadband wireless access to Mexico," said Patricio Zorrilla, chief executive officer of Ultranet2go.


Verizon Readies FiOS TV for New Jersey

Verizon announced that it is ready to push ahead with a $1.5 billion upgrade over 3 years to its network in New Jersey. The announcement came after Gov. Jon Corzine signed into law legislation that streamlines the process for obtaining video franchises in the state.

Verizon expects to have its fiber-based video network available to three and-a-half million residents in New Jersey by the end of 2008. The first locations will be opened for sale by the end of this year.

Verizon currently has more than 1,000 technicians building the FTTP network around the state. As a result of New Jersey's streamlined franchise rules, the company expects the accelerated deployment will lead to hundreds of additional jobs in New Jersey.

Verizon is building a major video hub office in Freehold, New Jersey.