Saturday, July 1, 2006

Intelsat Completes Acquisition of PanAmSat

Intelsat completed its acquisition of PanAmSat, creating the world's largest commercial fixed satellite services provider. Intelsat acquired all of the outstanding common shares of PanAmSat for approximately $3.2 billion. The deal was first announced in August 2005.

PanAmSat brings a video-centric customer base, including leading providers of cable TV programming, while Intelsat's historical strength has been in providing core telephony and advanced data services to developing and underserved regions around the world.

PanAmSat owns and operates a fleet of 25 satellites that transmit a total of 1,991 television channels worldwide, making the company a leading carrier of standard and high-definition signals. In total, the company's in-orbit fleet is capable of reaching over 98% of the world's population through cable television systems, broadcast affiliates, direct-to-home operators, Internet service providers and telecommunications companies.

Intelsat, which was established in 1964 as the first commercial satellite provider, currently operates a fleet of 27 satellites.

The combined company will operate a fleet of over 50 satellites and a large, complementary terrestrial network, including eight owned teleports, fiber connectivity and over 50 points of presence in almost 40 cities. Some other highlights on the new Intelsat:

  • Carries one out of every four television channels transmitted over fixed satellites;

  • Supports 27 DTH platforms worldwide;

  • Operates 16 satellites that are part of video neighborhoods around the world;

  • Is the number one provider of transponders for video programming worldwide;

  • Carries more high definition (HD) programming than any other FSS carrier;

  • Is the largest provider of commercial satellite services to the government sector;

  • Provides communications services to 99 percent of the world's populated regions.

  • Will be domiciled in Pembroke, Bermuda with its U.S. headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

MERA's Softswitch Supports Voice Peering Fabric's ENUM Registry Lookup

MERA Systems' next generation MVTS II (MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch II) will support various options for a carrier to send requests to ENUM registries, analyze the responses and use information received to take optimal routing decisions for each particular call.

In particular, MERA Systems is working with Stealth Communications' Voice Peering Fabric to deliver an effective routing solution with integrated ENUM lookup capabilities.

Voice Peering Fabric (VPF) functions as an exchange or meet-point and is designed as a private voice Internet, allowing its members to establish peer-to-peer connections and exchange VoIP traffic and telephony related services in a secure, quality-of-service environment. VPF ENUM Registry will make it possible for participating carriers to route VoIP calls end-to-end through IP networks, thus avoiding PSTN charges.

Located in 9 U.S. cities and London, the Voice Peering Fabric has become the preferred peering platform and marketplace for Service Providers, Enterprises, and Government Agencies. In 2005, traffic on the VPF reached over 18 billion minutes and is expected to exceed 80 billion minutes in 2006.

Alcatel to Build 320 Gbps Cable Linking France and Morocco

Maroc Telecom, the leading telecommunication operator in Morocco, selected Alcatel to build a submarine cable network linking Morocco and France. The project, named Atlas Offshore and valued at EUR 26 million, will span more than 1,600 km between Marseille in France and Asilah in Morocco. Once completed in early 2007, it will enable Maroc Telecom to handle the increasing number of DSL subscribers by leveraging enhanced connectivity and broadband access capabilities.

Furthermore, it will create a new traffic route offering an alternative path to the existing 3,200 km Eurafrica submarine system linking France, Morocco and Portugal. The 320 Gbps capacity offered by the Marseille-Asilah connection will be 570 times higher than the one delivered by the Eurafrica submarine network.

Mexico's Multimedios Redes Selects Siemens VoCable

Multimedios Redes, a leading cable TV operator in Mexico, has commissioned Siemens Communications to supply its voice-over-cable (VoCable) solution. Multimedios Redes intends to deploy the solution in the Monterrey metropolitan area, where it will provide its customers with the new applications -- video calling, online gaming and video monitoring. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Siemens "Voice-over-Cable" solution runs on the Surpass HiQ 8000 and Surpass HiQ 4200 platforms.


Redback Receives Subpoena on Option Grants

Redback Networks received a subpoena from the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California requesting documents related to the Company's historical stock option practices. Redback intends to cooperate fully with the U.S. Attorney's Office in connection with this subpoena.

The company also confirmed that it received an informal request from the Securities and Exchange Commission for information on historical stock option grant practices.

Italy's Fastweb Selects Alcatel Optical Gear

Alcatel was awarded a multi million EUR contract by Italy's Fastweb to supply its convergent Optical Multi-Service Node (OMSN) systems and 1678 Metro Core Connect (MCC). The new equipment will be managed by the existing Alcatel 1350 management suite, a portfolio of applications to manage packet, TDM and wavelength connectivity services.

Fastweb was selected by Consip as provider for fixed voice services and IP connectivity for the Italian public administration. Alcatel's solution will enable Fastweb to dramatically enhance its network capacity and support the increased traffic loads driven by this new project for central and local public administration.

Space Systems/Loral Selected to Build New Satellite for EchoStar

EchoStar Communications selected Space Systems/Loral to build a 1300-series satellite. This new order from EchoStar is one of four satellite contracts awarded to Space Systems/Loral to date in 2006.

EchoStar currently serves more than 12.2 million satellite TV customers through its DISH Network.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Alcatel and SaskTel Form R&D Alliance

SaskTel, the incumbent operator in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will Alcatel to conduct joint research and development. Once finalized, the agreement will lead to the creation of approximately twenty new R&D positions to be based in Saskatchewan and jointly funded by Alcatel and SaskTel.

R&D activity resulting from the MOU will focus on the development of advanced software applications to address global market needs. Products and services resulting from the collaboration will be distributed worldwide utilizing the extensive market reach of Alcatel's global sales presence in conjunction with SaskTel Internati

EarthLink Launches Anaheim Municipal Wireless Network

EarthLink officially launched its first municipal Wi-Fi broadband network in the City of Anaheim. EarthLink has deployed Tropos Networks' MetroMesh Wi-Fi routers on light poles throughout the city. The full city-wide deployment is expected by the end of the year.

The network operates under an 'open access' business model, so that multiple, competing providers can offer their services to consumers and businesses along with EarthLink's products and services. Several paid tiers of service are available. For Anaheim-based small businesses, EarthLink's wireless network promises speeds comparable to existing T-1 solutions.

In conjunction with its commitment to open access, EarthLink today announced its first national wholesale partners that will offer service to their customers on EarthLink's municipal Wi-Fi network. These partners are PeoplePC (EarthLink's wholly-owned subsidiary) and DirecTV. In addition, EarthLink has reached a non-binding agreement with AOL and is discussing ways to offer its content and Web assets on EarthLink's municipal network.

NTT Com Expands its Ethernet "Global Super Link" Service

NTT Communications is expanding its Global Super Link Ethernet service to England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong in addition to the U.S. and Japan. The expanded reach will be available in July.

NTT Com is also introducing a more flexible fee structure. Currently, users can choose between two transmission speeds of 45Mbps, for a flat rate, or 100Mbps with a fee depending on data traffic. Under the new flexible fee, users can choose transmission speeds in increments of 10Mbps from 10Mbps to 100Mbps for a flat rate, although 100Mbps subscribers can also opt for a variable rate.

The Global Super Link Ethernet service runs over NTT Com's Global IP/MPLS backbone. Enterprise users can create a global LAN environment using their existing equipment, which saves the cost of having to purchase special devices.

Canada's Rogers Communications Selects Amdocs CRM

Rogers Communications will implement Amdocs CRM across its cable, wireless and telecom lines of business. This implementation is part of Rogers' integrated customer management (ICM) strategy rollout which is designed to provide a consistent customer experience to its more than 10 million subscribers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Customers receive a variety of communications services from Rogers, including cable TV, high-speed Internet, wireline and wireless. Rogers strives to ensure a consistent customer experience across all those services. Providing a single view of the customer is part of an ICM strategy, which helps achieve that. ICM provides a framework to organize a company's infrastructure and resources around customer needs and the customer experience.

Rogers is also using Amdocs billing software to support its various lines of business.


Vonage Offers Softphone on a USB Drive

Vonage introduced its V-Phone, a portable and multifunctional 256 MB USB device with a pre-loaded softphone.

The V-phone comes with a standard 2.5 mm stereo earpiece microphone, which is compatible with many cell phone headsets.

Vonage said its phone offers added convenience because phone call history and contacts travel with the V-Phone if customers insert it into different PCs.

Vonage worked with Ubistar and SJ Labs to collaboratively develop its new product. The device is not compatible with Macs nor with Linux.

Overture Receives Patent on Ethernet Status Indicator

Overture Networks was awarded its seventh patent, No 7,069,512 on "Command Line Interface with Indication of Network Element Status", which enables operators of Overture Networks' ISG family of products to quickly ascertain the operational status of nodes in their networks. Other patents held by Overture Networks are in the pseudo- wire and protected switching ring fields.

Overture said its patented Command Line Interface (CLI) status indicator provides a simple, unobtrusive visual indication of an issue requiring attention. Operators can determine at a glance the severity of the issue based on Overture Networks' unique fault classification identifications, making problem isolation and resolution faster and simpler.

UTStarcom to Supply 300,000 QBOX Terminals to China Telecom

UTStarcom has signed a contract with China Telecom Group to supply 300,000 QBOX terminals. China Telecom will sell the QBOX for use with its Homebox fixed-line/PAS convergence service, which is available in 24 cities in China.

The Homebox service is designed to allow iPAS users to seamlessly roam between the public PAS network and their private iPAS connections at home, which are provided by the QBOX terminal. The QBOX thus enables fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) by allowing subscribers to use their iPAS devices as digital cordless phones. In addition, existing fixed-line users can use the UTStarcom terminal to enjoy the value-added services that PAS provides. The QBOX can also be configured to integrate ADSL CPE and WiFi access point functions, enabling China Telecom to offer wireless data access in the home computing environment.

China Telecom is the largest PAS and fixed-line operator in China, with approximately 60 million PAS subscribers. The operator first launched the Homebox service in six cities in the second half of 2005. To date, about 300,000 users have signed up, and the service will ultimately extend to 24 cities.

MTV Networks' TV Programming Added to iTunes

MTV Networks' new television programming from Spike TV, Nick at Nite, TV Land, Logo, MTV and The N is now available on the iTunes Music Store.

The iTunes Music Store features a selection of over 9,000 music videos, Pixar and Disney short films, a variety of hit TV shows, and more than three million songs from the major music companies and over 1,000 independent labels.

Axiom and TierOne OSS Technologies Announce Partnership

Axiom Systems, which supplies Service Fulfillment software for communications service providers, announced a strategic partnership with TierOne OSS Technologies, a leading North American Operations Support System (OSS) consultancy and systems integrator.

The integration of Axiom's AXIOSS with TierOne's enSEMBLE results in an integrated Service Fulfillment solution that addresses the provisioning and activation requirements across Layer 1 (Optical, Photonic), Layer 2 (Carrier Ethernet, DSL, Broadband) and Layer 3 (VoIP, IPTV) networks.

AXIOSS is a unique component-based platform that enables Service Provider's to design, create and deliver next generation services such as IPTV and VoIP over agnostic broadband and IP networks.

TierOne enSEMBLE is an integrated solution suite for comprehensive transport network management supporting last-gen, this-gen and next-generation services. The TierOne enSEMBLE solution includes a suite of software component applications designed and developed to address specific network operations requirements. One component, TierOne enVISION, provides Fortune 500 companies with a robust customer service management application that enables them to view and manage their own 'virtual' network and services.

Strato Medien Deploys Cisco CRS-1 for Web Hosting

that European Web hosting provider Strato Medien AG has deployed the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS-1) to handle its increasing traffic load. From its data centers in Berlin and Karlsruhe, Strato Medien currently hosts more than 2 million domains and 1 million customer contracts. The company recently announced the introduction of its Web hosting services in France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain.

Force10 Networks Names CFO

Force10 Networks named Karen Blasing as chief financial officer. Blasing joins Force10 from, where she had responsibility for worldwide accounting, finance, tax and treasury functions as well as real estate, facilities and procurement. Prior to, she served as chief financial officer at Nuance Communications, where she was instrumental in negotiating the 2005 merger with ScanSoft, Inc. Ms. Blasing also served as chief financial officer for Counterpane Internet Security and has held senior finance positions with Informix, Oracle and Syntex Corporation.