Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Australia Sets Date for National Broadband Network Proposals

Stephen Conroy, Australia's Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, has set 26-November-2008 as the closing date for the submission of National Broadband Network proposals.

The Government issued its Request for Proposals for the National Broadband Network on 11-April-2008. The closing time has been amended to account for time taken by the Government to necessarily work with carriers to ensure that proponents have access to information about existing networks and time to consider it. The intention is that this will help them prepare robust, competitive proposals.

Key provisions of this RFP issued in April include the ability to:

  • deliver minimum download speeds of 12 Mbps to 98% of Australian homes and businesses;

  • have the network rolled out and made operational progressively over five years using fibre-to-the-node or fibre-to-the-premises technology;

  • support high quality voice, data and video services including symmetric applications such as high-definition video-conferencing;

  • earn the Commonwealth a return on its investment;

  • facilitate competition in the telecommunications sector through open access arrangements that allow all service providers access to the network on equivalent terms; and

  • enable uniform and affordable retail prices to consumers, no matter where they live.

Russia's VimpleCom Launches 3G, "Beeline" Corporate Services

VimpelCom announced the commercial launch of a 3G network in certain Russian regions, including the cities of Saint Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara and Chelyabinsk. The networks currently cover the central and some of the most densely populated districts in these cities, and VimpelCom expects that during 2008 coverage will be extended to bedroom communities.

VimpelCom is offering seven tariff plans to accommodate a wide range of users. The company said it plans to launch 3G networks in around 40 cities by the end of 2008.

In addition, VimpelCom announced the launch of its "Beeline Business" brand for the Russian corporate market. All the products and services provided to corporate clients by Golden Telecom and Corbina Telecom will be offered under the new single brand.

"The launch of ‘Beeline Business' means that we are an integrated operator which provides its clients with a wide range of telecom solutions. Business customers will soon find it natural to receive different types of communications services from one vendor that will help to make their business more successful", said Jean-Pierre Vandromme, the Executive Vice President for Russian Operations of VimpelCom.http://www.vimpelcom.com
  • The VimpelCom Group includes companies operating in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia and Armenia, in territories with a total population of about 250 million.

RADWIN Releases WinLink 1000 5.8 GHz C

RADWIN introduced its WinLink 1000 5.8 GHz High-Power solution featuring compliance with the latest ETSI regulation [EN 302 502 V1.1.1] allowing 4 watt maximum radiated power (EIRP).

The WinLink 1000 5.8 GHz High-Power incorporates a Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) mechanism as defined by the new ETSI standard. It provides carrier-class Ethernet and E1 connectivity with longer range and higher capacity than previously available in unlicensed bands. Geared for service providers and ISPs, the WinLink 1000 5.8 GHz is aimed at a range of telecom applications including access in rural areas, cellular and WiMAX backhaul and private network connectivity.http://www.radwin.com

Verizon and Yahoo! Extend Strategic Alliance with New Multiyear Co-branded Portal Agreement

Verizon Communications and Yahoo! announced a new multiyear agreement to provide an integrated, co-branded Verizon-Yahoo! portal as a preferred starting point for new Verizon broadband subscribers. This new agreement extends the relationship between Yahoo! and Verizon that began in 2005. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the terms of the new agreement, the customizable Verizon-Yahoo! portal will be offered as the first portal choice option for all new subscribers to Verizon's FiOS Internet and High Speed Internet services. Customers who choose the Verizon-Yahoo! portal will get Yahoo! Search, and co-branded e-mail, Instant Messenger and Toolbar applications. Yahoo! also will provide search and display advertising on the co-branded portal and e-mail application, and both companies will share the search, advertising and e-commerce revenues generated by users of the co-branded portal.

Beyond news and information, the co-branded Verizon-Yahoo! portal offers access to content and tools from Yahoo!, including e-mail previews, to-do lists, sports updates, weather, finance portfolios and TV listings, as well as photos and videos from Flickr.http://www.verizon.comhttp://www.yahoo.com

Telecom New Zealand International Tests GSMA IPX with Veraz

Telecom New Zealand International (TNZI) and Veraz Networks, have completed a multi-operator global trial of the GSM Association (GSMA) IP eXchange (IPX) framework for IP-based network interconnect services.

The IP eXchange (IPX) is a global private IP network, supporting end-to-end quality of service, and the principal of cascading interconnect payments for next generation GSM and CDMA mobile operators, fixed line service providers and application service providers. In order to provide these features the IPX is service aware, unlike the Internet and the GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX). With over seven hundred mobile operators, serving three billion mobile subscribers, looking for value-added interconnect solutions to extend their service reach, IPX is expected to quickly become the dominant global peering arrangement.

TNZI's IPX trial network involved four other carriers, including Telekom Austria and MTT, connected to TNZI as IPX Provider-Service Provider pairs. The testing demonstrated the ability of the IPX architecture to provide a secure IP-based platform for interconnecting mobile and fixed operators. In addition to VoIP peering, the trial also demonstrated value-added services including transcoding, security features provided by Veraz's Network-adaptive Border Controller as well as VoIP to PSTN interworking that IPX providers can use to differentiate their offering.

Veraz said its IPX solution has been successfully tested by multiple IPX providers interested in offering IPX services. Veraz's IPX solution includes the ControlSwitch converged TDM and IP softswitch, the Network-adaptive Border Controller family of security products and the I-Gate 4000 family of media gateways.http://www.veraznetworks.comhttp://www.tnzi.com

BridgeWave Supplies Gigabit Wireless for Campuses

BridgeWave Communications announced the deployment of its gigabit wireless to three U.S. colleges: Coppin State University in Baltimore, Md., Rush University in Chicago, Ill., and California State University in Fullerton, California.

BridgeWave's point-to-point wireless links can be used to connect multiple campus buildings in place of leased lines.

BridgeWave's radios are deployed without the obstacles associated with fiber such as cost, licensing or construction needed to lay optical cables. The wireless links are capable of delivering full-rate, full-duplex gigabit Ethernet speeds with the low latency required for many bandwidth-intensive applications.http://www.bridgewave.com

Proximion Launches Single Channel Dispersion Compensation Module

Proximion Fiber Systems introduced a new, small form factor, single channel dispersion compensation module (DCM-SC). The company said its new module extends single channel SDH/SONET/GE system reach otherwise limited by the dispersion tolerance of the transceivers. The low loss of the DCM-SC enables a system solution without amplifiers in a cost effective way. Proximion also offers the option of different customized wavelengths, suitable for other applications and network solutions.

DCM-SC is currently available on volume basis.

Acme Packet Appoints Former Colubris Exec as CFO

Acme Packet announced the appointment of Peter Minihane to the position of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Minihane joins Acme Packet from Colubris Networks where he served as Chief Financial Officer. Colubris Networks is a global provider of intelligent wireless local area networks for enterprises and service providers. http://www.acmepacket.com

WildBlue Secures $50 Million in Additional Equity

WildBlue Communications has completed a $50 million equity financing to support its continued growth. Specifically, the proceeds will fund WildBlue's recently launched customer equipment leasing program, enabling the company's service to be offered to new customers throughout rural America at the lowest upfront price in the company's history. WildBlue will also expand its workforce in the areas of customer care and field service operations.

The financing was led by Liberty Media , Intelsat, the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative and the private equity firm of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers. Terms of the financing were not disclosed.http://www.wildblue.com

AT&T Offers Reward for Info in Copper Telephone-Cable Thefts

AT&T announced a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the thefts of AT&T copper telephone cables in West Virginia. AT&T said the steady rise in the price of copper has led some people to take extreme measures, including stealing copper cables from houses and telephone poles.

Jayshree Ullal, Former Cisco Exec, Joins Zscaler Board

Zscaler, a start-up offering a multi-tenant SaaS security service, has added Jayshree Ullal to its board of directors. Ullal recently left Cisco, where she was the Senior Vice President of Cisco's Data Center, Switching and Services Group. Zscaler is based in Santa Clara, California.http://www.zscaler.com