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.
http://www.att.com

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.http://www.ecitele.com

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.http://www.orange-business.comhttp://www.numonyx.com

dPacket.org Builds Forum for Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) Issues

dPacket.org, 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. dPacket.org'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.


dPacket.org'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).http://www.dpacket.org

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.
http://www.telecom.toshiba.com

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.http://www.sei.co.jp

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.

.http://www.innopath.com

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.comhttp://www.ctamericas.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.http://www.microsoft.comhttp://www.singtel.com

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.http://www.btplc.com

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).http://www.verizonbusiness.com

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.
http://www.verizon.com

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Telenor Deploys Ixia's IP Service Verification Platform

Telenor has deployed Ixia's IxRave IP service verification platform to measure the end-to-end performance of its enterprise layer 3 VPN (L3 VPN) networks and services in Scandinavia. IxRave permits Telenor to remotely perform end-to-end application testing to verify its customers' quality of service (QoS) and quality of experience (QoE). Inexpensive probes and virtual endpoints enable Telenor to quickly identify any issues and determine if a fault is in the network (edge and core) or in the access segment (edge to customer premises), and then verify that corrective action has resolved an issue. Ixia said its solution also enables Telenor to quickly and remotely measure complex service level agreement (SLA) metrics and verify SLA commitments on demand -- even before those services are turned up. Financial terms were not disclosed.http://www.ixiacom.com

Veraz Introduces I-Gate 4000 Session Bandwidth Optimizer

Veraz Networks introduced its I-Gate 4000 Session Bandwidth Optimizer (SBO) for helping service providers to reduce the bandwidth required for VoIP trunks by up to 67% while maintaining toll quality and high reliability. The I-Gate 4000 SBO is currently in trial with several service providers.


Veraz said that in many cases, IP transport costs represent the single largest expense for operators offering VoIP services. The platform helps service providers and large enterprises to minimize the cost of bandwidth as they extend the reach of their VoIP networks and migrate from TDM to next generation all-IP networks.


The I-Gate 4000 SBO, which is built on the company's I-Gate 4000 platform, uses RTP multiplexing technology. It leverages the TDM-IP compression technology already available on the I-Gate 4000 platform without reducing the quality or reliability of VoIP services. A limited version of the bandwidth optimization technology used in the SBO is also available on Veraz's recently announced Network-adaptive Border Controller product family.


The I-Gate 4000 PRO is a toll-quality, high quality VoIP media gateway for TDM-to-TDM and TDM-to-VoIP.http://www.veraznetworks.com

BT Plans 80% CO2 Reduction by 2020

BT announced a goal to cut its carbon emissions intensity by 80 percent across the globe by 2020 , setting one of the most aggressive corporate carbon reduction targets worldwide.


The company also published a new model for measuring and tracking carbon emissions -- backed by the Carbon Disclosure Project. This represents an important step in measuring carbon emissions in a consistent way across the globe.


BT said it intends to meet the 80 percent reduction target through a continued combination of energy efficiency, on-site renewable generation (aiming for 25 per cent of its UK electricity to come from dedicated wind turbines by 2016) and purchased low-carbon electricity.


BT estimated that it has already reduced emissions in the UK by nearly 60 percent between 1996 and 2008.


The majority of worldwide CO2 emissions result from activities in the corporate sector, but up until now it has not been clear what targets an individual corporation needs to achieve to make its contribution to the international challenge.http://www.btplc.com
  • In October 2007, BT announced plans to develop wind farms aimed at generating up to 25% of its existing UK electricity requirements by 2016. The company expects to invest up to £250m in the project.


    BT is one of Britain's biggest consumers of electricity, with an annual requirement of around 0.7% of the UK's entire consumption. The company said its wind farms could generate a total of 250MW of electricity – enough to meet the power needs of 122,000 homes or a city the size of Coventry.


    BT is currently identifying high wind-yield sites on or adjacent to BT-owned land for development with the aim of generating power from 2012 onwards.

Bridgewater Selected for Sprint's XOHM WiMAX Network

Sprint has selected Bridgewater Systems as the network access control vendor for its forthcoming nationwide XOHM WiMAX Network. Bridgewater is the incumbent supplier of Authentication, Authorization and Accounting (AAA) services to Sprint's existing CDMA 3G network and will now extend its solution to support XOHM as well. Within Sprint, Bridgewater will provide concurrent support for 3G and 4G networks from a common infrastructure as Sprint begins to commercially deploy the XOHM WiMAX network in 2008. Financial terms were not disclosed.


The Bridgewater Systems AAA Service Controller provides extensive mobile WiMAX support often not supported on legacy AAA servers such as device authentication and mobile IP. The AAA Service Controller also features concurrent support for RADIUS and Diameter, as well as broad supplemental authentication protocols such as EAP-TLS and EAP-TTLS. With a common policy and subscriber profile repository that serves all access networks, service providers can create a unified view of subscribers, and realize operational efficiencies by eliminating the need to re-provision subscribers as new access technologies such as WiMAX are introduced.


Bridgewater's platform provides high performance network access control while supporting open network access services, such as over the air provisioning of devices, subscribers and on-demand service models, and lawful intercept services. By being agnostic to various access technologies as well as vendor-specific solutions, the Bridgewater solution is able to support a wide array of access networks and interoperate with multiple network vendor equipment types from a single platform.


Bridgewater noted that it has now been selected by nine WiMAX service providers to provide a range of service control solutions.http://www.bridgewatersystems.com

AT&T Study: One in Five U.S. Businesses Does Not Have a Business Continuity Plan

One in five U.S. businesses does not have a business continuity plan in place to maintain operations in the event of man-made and natural disasters, according to an annual study by AT&T.


For the seventh consecutive year, AT&T's Business Continuity Study surveyed IT executives from companies throughout the United States that have at least $25 million in annual revenue to get their views on disaster planning and business continuity trends.


To ensure its own business, AT&T conducts Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) exercises several times a year and has invested more than $500 million over the past decade in the program. By simulating large-scale disasters and network service disruptions, AT&T can apply and refine best practices for rapidly restoring communications to government and business customers. Its disaster response team includes specially trained managers, engineers and technicians from across the United States, as well as a fleet of more than 150 self-contained equipment trailers and support vehicles that house the same equipment and components as an AT&T data-routing or voice-switching center.


Some key findings from the 2008 AT&T Business Continuity Study include:

  • Security continues to be key. Even though organizations have learned how to better recognize and even deal with worms, viruses and other threats, there's no question that security remains a critical concern. Two-thirds of IT executives predict that hacking will emerge as the most significant threat to cybersecurity in the next five years. The next most frequently mentioned threats are internal, including accidents (56 percent), sabotage (47 percent) and remote workers (44 percent).

  • Organizations may evolve, but business continuity plans are left untouched. Six out of 10 companies have made some type of business change in the past year that would warrant updating their business continuity plans. However, only 28 percent updated the plans because of any of the changes. Business changes cited by respondents include initiated new or expanded marketing efforts, expanded office space or a moved office, initiated new or expanded online or digital customer service or ordering capabilities, or the company made an acquisition or merged.

  • Simplicity is important with hosted solutions. Even though a hosted environment can provide a company with the resources it needs to continue its business operations, businesses have concerns. Sixty percent of IT executives view security, reliability and cost as their top concerns when thinking about using a hosted environment, and 37 percent are concerned about complexity.

  • Too much information, not enough space to store it. More than one-fourth (28 percent) of IT executives have experienced problems in the past year with insufficient storage space on their company's computers or servers for virtual records.

  • Employee communication is critical. The vast majority (79 percent) of companies surveyed have special arrangements for communicating with key executives during a natural disaster. Although 80 percent of companies have automated text messaging or e-mail capabilities to reach employees outside of work, only 39 percent of companies have automated calling systems to reach those employees by telephone or mobile phone.
http://www.att.com

Tatung Selects Alcatel-Lucent for WiMAX Deployment in Penghu

Taiwan's Tatung InfoComm has selected Alcatel-Lucent to deploy a commercial WiMAX 802.16e-2005 (Rev-e) network in Penghu County, a rural area of Taiwan. For Tatung, which holds one of the commercial WiMAX licenses for Taiwan's southern regions, the initial deployment focuses on reducing the digital divide, with WiMAX providing most of the wireless broadband data and voice services across 70% of the county's territory.


"Penghu County is one of the initial locations to benefit from our massive WiMAX deployment plan for Taiwan as we move to offer this advanced mobile service to people and businesses throughout the country," said Peter Yen, President of Tatung InfoComm, a subsidiary of Tatung Co. for WiMAX business. http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

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