Monday, June 2, 2008

AT&T Launches Business Encryption Services

AT&T has enhanced its managed security portfolio with a new encryption service designed to help protect companies from data loss and leakage while also addressing regulatory-compliance concerns, the non-repudiation of data and privacy issues. The new AT&T Encryption Services is focused on the protection of information by providing encryption services and management of digital signatures "in the cloud."

Some of the capabilities of AT&T Encryption Services include e-mail confidentiality to help prevent unauthorized parties from accessing critical messages and attachments, authentication of the e-mail sender, as well as non-repudiation: a validation of the integrity of the e-mail message and its contents that ensures the recipient that the message was not modified.

Key features include:

  • Encrypted Mail: Developed to encrypt e-mail messages and attachments on the personal computer, this offer supports Outlook, Lotus Notes, Outlook Express, BlackBerry and Webmail.

  • Encrypted Mail Gateway: An enterprise policy-management filter transparently determines whether e-mail should be encrypted. It features industry-trusted encryption standards such as PKI, X.509 and S/MIME and includes a message-pickup center for nonsubscribers.

  • Encrypted Mail Exchange: This enables businesses to establish groups within a message-exchange platform, which provides full encryption services for e-mail and e-mail attachments. This is designed for organizations that need to secure messaging for distinct groups within the organization, such as human resources and accounting. It features audit trail reports and compliance with Industry Auditing Rules and Regulations.

  • Encrypted Documents: This feature establishes the secure exchange of sensitive information between an individual and a user group by encrypting folder or network drives and all of the data contained within them. The Encrypted Documents feature reduces internal data leakage and theft of confidential data, as well as provides compliance with industry regulations when handling confidential information.

  • Encrypted Document Delivery: This offer provides the functionality to replace regular postal communications used for statements, invoices and notices with secure, signed and trusted e-mail messages and statement notifications. This is an end-to-end signed and encrypted document-delivery application that allows organizations to reduce operational costs and safeguard their client identities from statement theft and password interception.

ECI Telecom Adds SIP Support for its Hi-FOCuS MSAN

ECI Telecom has enhanced its Hi-FOCuS multi-service access node (MSAN) with support for SIP signaling for voice-over-IP. The added protocol support gives service providers the flexibility to choose any common industry IMS voice core as they migrate from PSTN to a next generation network (NGN).

ECI's Hi-FOCuS MSAN, which supports both xDSL and fiber access, can provide a seamless replacement for legacy Class 5 PSTN lines to IMS SIP-based or H.248-based voice services. The enhanced Hi-FOCuS MSAN voice solution, which incorporates access gateway functionality, can flexibly and openly interoperate with third party Call Session Control (also known as 'softswitch') IMS solutions for delivery of voice PSTN-replacement services.

Orange Wins EUR 160 Million Outsourcing Deal with Numonyx

Numonyx, the new company formed through the merger of the non-volatile Flash memory activities of Intel and STMicroelectronics, awarded a EUR 160 million, 7-year outsourcing agreement to Orange Business Services to implement and manage a significant part of its information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure.

Specifically, Orange Business Services is supplying Numonyx with:

  • a worldwide data center for business applications: integrated server, SAN, storage management and backup,

  • network services: LAN, WAN, Internet and partner gateways,

  • several global IT services: Active Directory, messaging, SharePoint, intranet and Internet and remote access and Service Management,

  • telecom services: fixed voice, IP Telephony, audio- and Web-conferencing.

Orange Business Services implemented the messaging and Web services infrastructure in only a few months to be ready for the company's launch and is now connecting approximately 7,000 Numonyx employees across 20-plus sites, with major locations in China, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and the U.S. Builds Forum for Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) Issues, a new organization whose mission is to be a global resource for information, discussion and collaboration on topics related to Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), announced its formation with support from founding sponsors as well as the launch of its website.'s user-driven community will serve as both a technical resource and open community forum to educate, share information, and collaborate on a wide variety of DPI related topics including the creation of common frameworks and standards.'s support comes from nine founding sponsor companies:

  • Allot Communications

  • Bivio Networks

  • Cloudshield Technologies

  • Ellacoya Networks (now part of Arbor Networks)

  • LSI Corporation

  • nPulse Networks

  • Qosmos

  • Sandvine

  • Solera Networks

Networks employ DPI to gain increased visibility and control of network traffic. Its use and impact on the Internet, corporate, and government networks is rapidly increasing in areas such as network security, traffic optimization, content filtering and law enforcement. Moreover, DPI plays an important role in both the convergence of network-based services (e.g. voice, data, VoIP) and the consolidation of features in networking devices (e.g. combining traditional switching and routing with advanced security and traffic optimization features).

Toshiba Unveils New IP Telephones

Toshiba America Information Systems unveiled its new line of IP5000-series IP telephones, featuring backlit displays and a built-in Gigabit Ethernet switch that supports high-speed network connections directly to the desktop.

The new IP telephones are compatible with the Toshiba Strata CIX family of IP business communications systems.

Key features include:

  • A low profile design (less than one inch thick) with stylish tilt stand offering eight adjustable positions and integrated headset interface.

  • Large, easy-to-read backlit LCD screen

  • Built-in dual Gigabit Ethernet ports support high-speed network connections directly to the desktop, providing enhanced VoIP performance and sound quality. This is a standard feature on all the IP5000 models.

  • Mobility -- Toshiba's IP5000 telephones can be moved around the office or taken home for use virtually anywhere there is Internet access.

  • Remote Use -- When used remotely, Toshiba's IP5000 telephones deliver all the features as if they were being used at the office, including both incoming and outgoing Caller ID, direct extension calling and more.

Sumitomo Electric Milestone --10 Million Optical Transmitters/Receivers/Transceivers

Sumitomo Electric Industries announced a company milestones -- the shipment of more than 10 million optical transmitters/receivers/transceivers since it entered the market in the 1980s.

Sumitomo Electric started volume production of FDDI transceivers at its Yokohama Works in 1985. FDDI was an optical LAN technology that operated at up to 125 Mbps.

In 1988, Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) was standardized by the International Telecommunication Unit (ITU), Sumitomo Electric started development of Distributed FeedBack Laser Diode (DFB-LD) and Fabry-Perot Laser Diode (FP-LD) for use in single mode optical applications. The volume production of 156 Mbps and 622 Mbps optical transmitters/receivers started in 1993 and the volume production of 2.5 Gbps devices started in 1994 followed by 10 Gbps transceivers in 2000.

Some other milestones: Sumitomo Electric established Sumitomo Electric Photo-Electronics Components (Suzhou), Ltd. (SPEC) in China in April 2007 in order to expand production capacity and shorten the lead time. SPEC started production of optical devices and transceivers in April 2008.

NTT DOCOMO to Use InnoPath' OMA-DM Solution

InnoPath Software will deliver to NTT DOCOMO an OMA-DM compliant Server Simulator. Based on OMA-DM (Open Mobile Alliance -- Device Management) standards, the Server Simulator will be used by DOCOMO to evaluate OMA-DM service. This simulator will be used in conjunction with their handset vendors to accelerate the market introduction of DM-capable handsets.

InnoPath's Server Simulator, which is optimized for automated testing, scripting and running unusual test cases, leverages InnoPath's DM Engine. The DM Engine is the core of InnoPath's iMDM Server, powering MDM implementations at some of the world's leading operators, including AT&T, China Unicom, KDDI and Verizon Wireless. The InnoPath client has been adopted by leading handset manufacturers including Nokia, Samsung and LG.


China Telecom and Sprint Partner on MPLS Services

China Telecom Americas and Sprint agreed to interconnect their data networks to offer global MPLS-based VPN services. China Telecom Americas, a wholly-owned US-based subsidiary of China Telecom, is an international telecom provider to multinational companies, organizations and international carriers requiring China domestic services and International access to China & Asia Pacific.

This relationship gives China Telecom Americas' customers access to the full range of capabilities inherent in Sprint's global Tier 1 IP network with multiple access solutions, enabling Class of Service for data, voice and video. China Telecom Americas' MPLS VPN network is connected directly to Sprint's network via network-to-network interfaces (NNI).

China Telecom has deployed 200+ PEs in Asia and has hundreds of access PoPs worldwide.http://www.sprint.com

Microsoft Launches Accelerator Program for Windows Mobile Services

Microsoft announced a Connected Services Accelerator Program, a series of projects designed to incubate, and ultimately commercialize, new types of consumer, business and mobile services through collaboration with independent software vendors (ISVs), developers and operators.

Microsoft will collaborate with SingTel on the program's first project, the Mobile Connected Services Accelerator. All Accelerator projects will utilize Microsoft Connected Services Sandbox as the platform for the creation, development and testing of these innovative new services.

Microsoft said the objective of the Mobile Connected Services Accelerator is to develop a new, cutting-edge mobile application for a vertical industry, which can be supported on Windows Mobile-based devices as well as Windows Vista-enabled mobile broadband PCs. Examples of such applications include the collection of patient data in healthcare, telemetry and fleet-management solutions, real-time financial services, equipment and property management, and utilities management. SingTel will make its state-of-the-art infrastructure and resources available to participants for development and testing purposes.

BT Launches Wholesale Ethernet Service over 21CN

BT announced the launch of Wholesale Ethernet service over its 21st Century Network (21CN) platform.

Wholesale Ethernet offers fixed communications providers a high-bandwidth service for linking up multiple sites across the UK for their large enterprise and business customers. Mobile operators can use the Wholesale Ethernet to better support bandwidth hungry services based on 3G and HSPDA technology. BT said it has a number of customers already confirmed for the service.

The service delivers core bandwidth speeds of up to 1 Gbps at launch, with a flexible range of options from 1 Mbps to 1 Gbps. Access speed ranges will also increase from the current offer of 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps to include 10 Gbps. At launch, the service will be available from over 100 Ethernet nodes across the UK, progressively rising to more than 600 by spring 2009.

BT said Wholesale Ethernet will become a key service underpinning its Wholesale's Managed Customer Network portfolio, whereby major UK operators are choosing to outsource some or all of their network management to BT Wholesale. Ethernet is forecast to be the UK's fastest growing access technology in terms of spend between now and 2012.

Verizon Business Expands Ultra-Long-Haul (ULH) Network to Asia-Pacific

Verizon Business will deploy 155 kilometers of ultra-long-haul (ULH) network capability in Japan between Tokyo and Maruyama. The latest ULH expansion, part of Verizon Business' planned 2008 investment, is its first in the Asia Pacific region and complements its ULH deployments in the United States and Europe.

ULH offers the ability to transmit signals up to 2,000 kilometers (approximately four times farther than traditional technology) without regeneration. This allows the elimination of thousands of pieces of equipment and physical connections among network elements. The Verizon Business ULH system is capable of delivering both 10 Gbps and 40 Gbps signals. The company said that as it deploys 40 Gbps on selected routes, customers benefit from enhanced overall performance and responsiveness on those routes.

Verizon Business already has deployed and activated more than 51,500 kilometers (32,000 miles) of ULH in the U.S. and plans to add 6,437 kilometers (4,000 miles) by year-end. New key routes are Seattle to Portland, Ore.; Denver to Dallas; New York City to Baltimore; St. Louis to Memphis, Tenn.; Indianapolis to Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta to Mobile, Ala.; Buffalo, N.Y., to New York City; Portland, Ore., to Sacramento, Calif.; and Boston to New York City.

In Europe, Verizon Business completed 3,100 kilometers (1,926 miles) of ULH network in late 2007 on the core backbone network and turned up service in April of this year. Main network hubs are located in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris and Brussels.

When completed, the ULH network will extend 80,467 kilometers (50,000 miles).

Verizon to Offer Free Parental Controls for BB Customers

Verizon has decided to provide free online parental controls to its consumer broadband customers. Among the parental tools that Verizon will soon make available are:

  • A content blocker that will allow parents to prevent children from viewing selected topics on the Internet.

  • Application filters that will allow parents to limit access to applications they do not want their children to use.

  • The ability for parents to designate specific time periods when the Internet or certain functions cannot be used.