Thursday, May 13, 2010

BT to Continue Investments across Asia Pacific

BT announced plans to further increase its capabilities across the Asia Pacific region. Under the investment plan, BT will invest in additional portfolio and resource capability as an overlay on the footprint the company has already established. This will be carefully aligned to the growth plans of its multi-national customers as they continue to expand across in Asia Pacific.

BT sees the addressable market for its services in Asia Pacific at around GBP 8bn, with annual growth rates of 6%.

BT maintains regional 24/7 service centres, with a customer management centre in Pune, India and customer service help desks in Beijing, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. There is also a technology & service centre in Dalian, China. Other centres of excellence include a research centre in Malaysia, a research centre in China, a global operations centre in Gurgaon, India, and an India-UK advanced technology centre with 22 industrial and academic partners.

ZTE Builds its Engineering Team in India

ZTE Corp. announced plans to boost its resources in India with a new Indian Engineering Centre (IEC) located in Delhi.

In 2009, the company increased its Indian headcount by more than 1000 employees nationwide, only in Delhi almost 100 employees were recruited and trained during this period.

This expansion follows the establishment of the National Network Operation Center (NNOC) announced by ZTE India last year to showcase its long-term development and localization strategy.

ZTE said it remains focused on India as a key market and is committed to increasing its investment in India.

Frontier Wins Approvals in West Virginia

Frontier Communications' pending acquisition of Verizon Communications' local wireline operations in West Virginia has been approved by the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC). The parties are awaiting regulatory
approval from the FCC.

Sri Lanka's Dialog Telekom Deploys Huawei's ngHLR

Dialog Telekom, the largest mobile carrier in Sri Lanka, has deployed Huawei's next-generation Home Location Register (ngHLR), which can serve up to 10 million subscribers. Huawei replaced four traditional HLRs in Dialog' s network with one pair of Huawei ngHLRs, which were deployed in two strategic locations: Union Place and Malabe. Huawei said its solution enables seamless geographical redundancy and gives reliability of 99.9999%, thus greatly improves the stability of Dialog' s network. In addition, the deployment of Huawei' s ngHLR further simplifies Dialog's network. Huawei's ngHLR is based on the ATCA platform. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Australia's vividwireless Launches First MIMO BeamForming WiMAX

Australia's vividwireless has deployed the first WiMAX network with 4T4R (4 transmitter and 4 receiver) and Beamforming technology, delivering wireless access speeds comparable to most ADSL2+ connections.

Nokia Siemens Networks Advocates SOA Data Model for OSS/BSS

Nokia Siemens Networks is advocating a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)-based environment as common data model for carrier OSS, BSS and customer management platforms. As a step towards that goal, the company recently received TM Forum's Information Framework (SID) certification to its open, process-led OSS/BSS architecture and its business analysis application suite.

SID conformant interfaces help operators avoid time consuming point-to-point integration efforts aligning Operations Support System (OSS), Business Support System (BSS) and customer experience management processes between fixed, wireless, broadband and IP domains.

"The management and business systems of most communication service provider comprise a patchwork of multi-vendor applications and hardware platforms," says Juhani Hintikka, head of Operations Support Solutions, Nokia Siemens Networks. "Due to the inconsistency between the information and process structures of the different solutions, changing one element in the setup requires adjustments across the network. Our aim is to simplify data consolidation from different systems, enabling operators to speed up systems integration."http://www.nsn.comhttp://

Telstra Activates 40G Trunk between Melbourne and Sydney

Telstra has activated its first 40 Gbps connection between Melbourne and Sydney. The capacity upgrade was delivered by augmenting its existing DWDM system and required no changes to the underlying infrastructure. The Marconi MHL 3000 platform is capable of delivering up to 80 channels at 40Gbps per channel over a single fibre pair. Telstra has also tested Ericsson's 100Gbps system and plans to move ahead with this technology as well.

NSN Develops Tools for Mobile User Data Analysis

Nokia Siemens Networks introduced new "charge@once" business analytics software helps to measure whether an operator is genuinely improving the experience for its customers and enhancing the business value of its customer relations. The software provides a set of predefined reports and dashboards for revenue analysis, customer segmentation, service and product use. The dashboards can be customized and personalized providing a user-friendly presentation of information and metrics. Extensive charging data analysis capabilities complement vendor's recently launched Insight & Experience Framework.

NSN said its new software will help operators assess the revenue potential of offers, compare the impact of marketing campaigns across revenue, usage, and subscriptions, gain a clear view on figures such as how often customers recharged their prepaid account per offer and provide insights into customer churn, how often subscribers bought a voucher to recharge their accounts, and usage of specific services.

"Telco operators can only develop sound marketing strategies based on comprehensive, up-to-date insight into what their customers are doing," said Rick Centeno, head of Charging, Billing and Care at Nokia Siemens Networks. "This software helps operators develop effective strategies to optimize and adapt their market offerings and business propositions and then measure the effects of those changes." According to Nokia Siemens Networks research operators worldwide consider the improvement of their subscribers' experience as their most important business goal for 2012.

Corning Introduces Ultra-Low-Loss Submarine Optical Fiber

Corning introduced an ultra-low-loss, large-effective-area fiber that is optimized for the next-generation, high-data-rate submarine networks.

Corning's "Vascade" EX2000 optical fiber has a typical effective area of 112 square microns (┬Ám2) and average attenuation of 0.162 decibel of loss per kilometer (dB/km) at 1550 nanometers (nm). This enables extended system reach with fewer amplifiers in repeatered submarine networks. In unrepeatered submarine networks, Vascade EX2000 fiber can accommodate higher optical launch power and increased system span length.

Corning said it plans to use this new optical fiber to develop its next-generation dispersion-managed fiber solution, Vascade R2000 fiber, which enables 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps systems to reach transoceanic distances.

"Today, we face the first deployment of 40 Gb/s systems in submarine networks, and we expect that Vascade R2000 fiber and Vascade EX2000 fiber will play a critical role," said Barry Linchuck, director, worldwide marketing, Corning Optical Fiber.

Vascade EX2000 optical fiber is fully qualified and is being sampled and tested by submarine-system vendors around the world.

Radvision selects Freescale DSP for Video conference Server

Radvision has selected Freescale Semiconductor's MSC8144 multicore digital signal processor (DSP) for use in its latest high-definition SCOPIA Elite 5000 Unified Communications Video Infrastructure Multiparty Conferencing Unit. The platform delivers multi-channel 1080p processing, telepresence connectivity, dynamic resource allocation and individual video layouts per participant.

Freescale's MSC8144 combines four high-performance 1 GHz DSP cores based on SC3400 StarCore technology with 10 MB internal memory and high-speed interconnects such as Serial RapidIO and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.

tw telecom Teams with Cisco and BT on TelePresence

tw telecom is collaborating with Cisco and BT Conferencing to deliver high-definition business videoconferencing in the U.S. This solution will help enable companies with the Cisco TelePresence equipment to communicate and collaborate within and between companies.

Under this arrangement, tw telecom is provisioning its nation-wide business broadband Ethernet and MPLS IP VPN services to connect the enterprise customer to BT's Global Video Exchange conferencing platform, while Cisco and several of its key VAR partners, including BT, deliver and install the required Cisco TelePresence equipment at those enterprise customer locations.

Cox Business Expands With Phoenix NAP

Cox Business and Phoenix NAP, a new, next generation datacenter and network access point, announced an alliance focused on small and medium-sized businesses across Arizona.

Phoenix NAP features 148,000 square feet of raised-floor datacenter space supported by divergent network feeds and extensive physical security systems. Cox Business built dual fiber entries into the building, supported by redundant network switching centers. The connections reside on multiple OC-192 fiber rings, the highest network bandwidth available. Cox Business can serve as the primary and back-up network for all datacenter customers to meet their business continuity requirements.