Wednesday, March 12, 2008

TeliaSonera to Upgrade Swedish Network with Fiber, VDSL2

TeliaSonera Sweden launched one of the largest infrastructure projects in the company's history. Over the next 5 years, TeliaSonera expects to upgrade between 1.5 to 2 million households across Sweden using either direct fiber connections for 100 Mbps services or VDSL2 copper connections for 30 ~ 70 Mbps services. The network will be upgraded selectively and based mainly on the customer structure. In some cases, Telia might collaborate with external parties, such as municipalities, building owners and housing co-operatives.

"We want to ensure high quality and a high level of service in our network and also secure future revenues. We are on our way to entering a new world. We must dare make investments and we have to start now," says Erik Hallberg, Head of Broadband Services at TeliaSonera Sweden.

AudioCodes Media Gateways Deployed by Global Crossing

Global Crossing has selected the AudioCodes Mediant 3000, Mediant 2000 and Mediant 1000 digital VoIP Media Gateways and MediaPack analog VoIP Media Gateways as trunking and enterprise access gateways in Latin America.

Global Crossing is providing telephony services to enterprises and carrier peering and has deployed the Mediant 3000 and Mediant 2000 for trunking applications to connect its VoIP network with internal and peering PSTN networks. Audiocodes said its gateway platforms provide the flexibility to be controlled by a third party softswitch using MEGACO call control. In addition, Global Crossing is using the Mediant 3000 for enterprise aggregation, whereby multiple enterprises are connected via TDM trunks to the Mediant 3000, which in turn provides SIP interworking towards the IP backbone.

The Mediant 1000 and MediaPack gateways are deployed within enterprises and connect legacy PBXs via SIP trunks to the Global Crossing VoIP network. The Mediant 1000 and MediaPack gateways provide extensive interoperability with multiple vendor PBXs, making them a natural choice for this enterprise SIP trunking application.

Bulgaria's Spectrum Net Selects Juniper for Ethernet Services

Spectrum Net AD., one of the largest telecommunications providers in Bulgaria, is deploying Juniper Networks MX960 and MX480 Ethernet Services Routers (Ears) at the core and edge of its new high-capacity Carrier Ethernet infrastructure. Spectrum Net is building the new infrastructure to accelerate the introduction of IP/MPLS-based services for businesses throughout the country, and to maintain high-speed links with international Points of Presence (PoPs). System integration has been handled by Juniper's local partner Smartcom Bulgaria. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson to Supply IPTV for Greece's OTE

Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE) has selected Ericsson to act as end-to-end IPTV systems integrator, solution provider and business consultant. The integrated IPTV solution for OTE comprises of headend systems from Tandberg Television, part of the Ericsson group, middleware application, content distribution platform and a customized and flexible consumer portal. The solution will also involve complete implementation and integration of tools for operational management. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson to Delist Shares from the London Stock Exchange

Ericsson has decided to delist its series B shares from the London Stock Exchange (LSE), where they have been traded since 1960. In recent years, trading in the company's series B shares on the LSE has corresponded to less than 1 percent of the total trade in the company's series B shares, which in Ericsson's view does not justify the costs of maintaining the listing.

Following the delisting, all trading in the Ericsson series B shares will be concentrated to OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm and Nasdaq. The Ericsson shares have previously been delisted from the stock exchanges in Paris and Z├╝rich as well as three German exchanges.

Saudi Arabia's Mobily Outsources Network Operations to Ericsson

Mobily, a Saudi Arabian mobile operator, a member of the Etisalat Group, awarded a 3-year multivendor, managed services agreement to Ericsson. Under the deal, Ericsson will be responsible for network operations, field operations and optimization as well as the spare parts management. The agreement also makes Ericsson responsible for site maintenance of Mobily's entire multi-vendor network. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • In November 2007, Huawei announced a contract to construct Mobily's nationwide IP bearer network in Saudi Arabia.

Alcatel-Lucent Supplies Submarine Cable for Equatorial Guinea

The Government of Equatorial Guinea selected Alcatel-Lucent to roll out a new, domestic submarine cable network connecting the cities of Malabo, on the northern coast of the Bioko island, to Bata, on the African continent. This new cable network, which is scheduled for completion at the end of first quarter 2009, will span 280 km delivering an ultimate capacity of 80 Gbps. Additionally, it will interconnect with existing and future cable routes.

Sonus Updates its IMS Core Architecture

Sonus Networks has enhanced its IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) core architecture with upgrades to its SRX Call Session Control Function and HSX Home Subscriber Server and bringing the platform into compliance with 3GPP Release 7 specifications. The SRX serves as an authentication engine that tells the network which services belong on any given session. Sonus' SRX 2.0 is built on the open-source Linux operating system and Service Availability Forum based middleware.

Broadcom Sees Growth in DOCSIS Downstream Channel Bonded Services

Broadcom has shipped more than one million units of its channel bonding cable modem silicon for downstream channel bonding cable modems. Compatible with existing DOCSIS 2.0 and next generation cable modem termination system (CMTS) equipment, Broadcom cable modem silicon delivers downstream data rates of up to 150 Mbps and enables multiple service operators (MSOs) to deploy downstream channel bonding functionality immediately.

Broadcom said channel bonding is often cited as the most significant feature of next generation DOCSIS 3.0 products. Whereas DOCSIS2.0 products are limited to single downstream and upstream channels, next generation products will use channel bonding to combine the bandwidth of several DOCSIS channels to significantly increase data rates.