Sunday, July 6, 2008

NTT America: An Update on IPv6

Christman, NTT America

1. What is
driving IPv6 in the U.S.?

2. What
IPv6 services are currently offered?

What does a typical IPv4-to-IPv6 migration look like?

Are there significant security concerns with IPv6?

What are the regional differences for IPv6

6. What
consumer applications will benefit from IPv6?

Peering Forum
2008, San Francisco

Qwest: Key Trends Driving Metro Ethernet

Bozich, VP of National Services, Qwest

1. What is
driving Metro Ethernet?

2. What
Ethernet services are hot?

3. Traffic
-- What level of IP traffic growth are you seeing
across the Qwest backbone and across your customers'

4. PBT,
PBB-TE and Ethernet/MPLS Architectures

The 40G / 100G Roadmap -- Will these networking technologies
be driven by capacity concerns or econoics?

1. What is
driving Metro Ethernet?

2. What
Ethernet services are hot?

3. Traffic
-- What level of IP traffic growth are you seeing
across the Qwest backbone and across your customers'

4. PBT,
PBB-TE and Ethernet/MPLS Architectures

The 40G / 100G Roadmap -- Will these networking technologies
be driven by capacity concerns or ecomonics?

2008, Las Vegas


Comcast Chooses Thomson's Digital-to-Analog Adapters

Thomson announced a purchase agreement with Comcast covering the supply of digital-to-analog (DTA) adapters. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The DTA adapter is a one-way device that enables cable operators to move quickly and cost-efficiently to all-digital infrastructures by delivering digital-quality video and audio service to existing analog cable customers. In addition, following the February 17, 2009 broadcast digital transition, cable operators will provide analog, standard- and high-definition digital broadcast signals to their customers.
  • In July 2007, Comcast awarded a contract to Thomson for VoIP cable modems (eMTAs modems) to support the continued rollout of its Comcast Digital Voice service. Comcast will use Thomson's DHG535 eMTA to connect its customers to both Comcast Digital Voice and Comcast High-Speed Internet through one integrated device.
    Thomson has been a long-term supplier of data-only cable modems to Comcast.

NEC Acquires Hungarian Engineering Company

NEC Europe has acquired Linecom Kft., a Hungarian engineering company that has assisted NEC for more than 15 years, as part of reinforcing PASOLINK services and wireless business in Eastern Europe. NEC's product customization, engineering, maintenance and support for Eastern Europe were formerly outsourced to Linecom.
Financial terms were not disclosed.

NEC said its Eastern European PASOLINK business is continuing to expand year on year and now constitutes approximately 50% of PASOLINK's total European sales.

NTT DOCOMO to Launch BlackBerry Internet Service

NTT DOCOMO will begin offering its BlackBerry Internet Service on August 1. The service , which offers direct connection to the Internet without the need for a dedicated server, is aimed at individuals as well as small to midsize businesses who want a low-cost system for Web browsing and e-mail with their BlackBerry 8707h smartphones in Japan.

The BlackBerry 8707h will be sold through the company's Online Shop, Corporate Business Division and DOCOMO Shops' corporate business sections on August 1.

Sangoma Agrees to Acquire Paraxip

Sangoma Technologies agreed to acquire all of the shares of Paraxip Technologies Inc. for $4.8 million, payable as to $1.9 million in cash and 2.3 million Sangoma common shares.

Paraxip is a developer of IP connectivity software for IP telephony applications. Founded in 2003, Paraxip's customers include IBM, Genesys (a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent), First Data Corporation and the State of California.

Sangoma Technologies supplies PC-based hardware and software for proprietary and open source data and telephony transport solutions.

Sangoma said the integration of Paraxip's SIP based NetBorder suite into its product line provides a growth path that includes the Unified Communications market, IP contact centers, commercial interactive voice response solutions and other SIP-based telephony markets. The combined products and channels of the two companies considerably extend Sangoma's current addressable market range by providing support for all software-based telephony applications.

Avaya Appoints CFO

Avaya announced the appointment of Thomas Manley as Chief Financial Officer. Manley comes to Avaya from Cognos, an IBM company, where he was Chief Financial Officer and senior vice president, Administration. Before joining Cognos, Manley held increasingly responsible general management and finance positions with Nortel Networks, including chief financial officer, High Performance Optical Component Solutions; senior vice president, finance, Service Provider and e-Business; and vice president, finance, Enterprise Systems.

Mexico's Telcel Deploys 3G in Several Cities

Mexico's Telcel has launched its third-generation (3G) high speed broadband network in several cities, bringing the power of the wireless internet to customers. Nokia Siemens Networks, one of Telcel's preferred vendors, providing a solution combining infrastructure and services based on High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) standards built on its Flexi BTS platform. HSDPA will allow Telcel to deliver broadband speeds of up to 2 Mbps during peak times, as well as expanded voice capacity.http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

NXP Announces Management Changes

NXP Semiconductors announced that Theo Claasen, Executive Vice President responsible for Business Development, will retire from the company with effect from August 1, 2008. Mark Hamersma, currently head of strategy, will assume Theo's responsibility for business development and strategy at NXP.

In addition, Hein van der Zeeuw, Executive Vice President, responsible for Operations, has decided to resign from his duties per July 7 and will leave the company per October 1, 2008. Chris Belden, currently responsible for global manufacturing, is appointed as Senior Vice President Operations.

Global Crossing Expands Network Management Services in Latin America

Global Crossing is expanding its Network Management Services in Latin America. Currently, Global Crossing offers these services to several large enterprises in Colombia, supporting more than 2,500 monitored end points in the country. Global Crossing recently expanded the services to Brazil and will offer them in Argentina soon.

Through its Network Management Services, Global Crossing can manage part or all of customers' communications infrastructure, based on their preference. Additionally, by utilizing Network Management Services, enterprises can also benefit from the best practices of the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and Project Management Institute (PMI), adopted by Global Crossing for its customers in Latin America. ITIL is the world's most widely accepted approach to IT service management, while PMI is the leading membership association for project management professionals.

Verizon Business Enhances Calling Detail for Wholesale Customers

Verizon Business will begin offering greater call information granularity to its wholesale customers. Wholesale customers can gain additional detail about the costs of a call for their international termination services, enabling added control over expenses.

Wholesale customers also can take advantage of added information in the call-detail record (CDR) as well as improved CDR layout. Changes include expanded field lengths as well as new fields for additional detail that, in turn, increase the wholesale customers' ability to manage their e-billing activity, track costs, and match their daily CDRs to their monthly invoice. As a result of these CDR refinements, wholesale customers will have the ability to increase their competitive edge.

Later this summer, Verizon Business said it will also begin providing consolidated invoice reports for wholesale international termination services, allowing customers to view, monitor and audit call information -- all from one report. This report will be consolidated for both traditional voice and VoIP calls, saving wholesale customers valuable time by streamlining their call analysis process.

Dilithium Reaches 100 Deployment Milestone for Multimedia Gateway

Dilithium announced the 100th deployment of its DTG multimedia gateway. Indosat, the second largest operator in Indonesia, has chosen the DTG multimedia gateway for deployment of advanced mobile video services.

The DTG multimedia gateway family enables a range of converged video value-added services such as live TV, video portals, video surveillance, video blogging, video push and video ring back tones. The DTG product family is also used as a combined IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) video gateway and more specifically as a MGCF/IMS-GW (Media Gateway Control Function and IMS media gateway).

ConSentry Names Joe Golden as CEO

ConSentry Networks named Joe Golden as its new CEO and a member of the board of directors. Prior to joining ConSentry, Golden was a general partner and co-founder of Accel Partners London and served on the boards of 16 companies, including P-Cube, Kagoor, Icera, Gigle, and Ubidyne. Prior to Accel, he was a vice president at Cisco Systems.

ConSentry, which supplies LAN security solutions, is backed by Accel Partners, DAG Ventures, INVESCO Private Capital, and Sequoia Capital and is headquartered in Milpitas, California.

Covergence Appoints James M. Moran as CEO

Covergence, which supplies Session Border Control and Session Management solutions for the enterprise market, named James M. Moran as its president and chief executive officer. Moran previously was a co-founder and EVP, of Massachusetts-based edocs, a web-based service that was acquired by Siebel Systems in 2005. He also served with Virtusa Corporation and CheckFree Corporation.

Avanex Fires its President and CEO, CFO Resigns

Citing an inability to work together effectively, the Board of Directors of Avanex Corporation has terminated Dr. Jo Major from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer. In addition, Avanex announced the resignation of Ms. Marla Sanchez from her position as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Avanex also announced the appointment of Dr. Giovanni Barbarossa as Interim Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Barbarossa has worked at Avanex since February 2000 and has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer since May 2002. Previously he ran the Active Component Business Unit.

The company reconfirmed its fiscal fourth quarter revenue guidance of between $50.0 million and $53.0 million, noting that the departure of Dr. Major and Ms. Sanchez is not related to the company's operational performance or financial condition. In addition, the company anticipates positive cash flow for its fiscal fourth quarter.

Juniper Names Executive Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations

Juniper Networks appointed John Morris to the position of executive vice president of worldwide field operations, with responsibility for heading Juniper's global sales, services and channel organizations. Mr. Morris joins Juniper Networks from San Francisco-based pioneer of biometric payments Pay By Touch, where he served as president and chief executive officer. Mr. Morris joined Pay By Touch following a 23 year career with the IBM.

Ignis Awarded EU Grant for WDM-PON development

Ignis Photonyx had been awarded an R&D grant by the European Commission's ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Program for their next-generation WDM-PON technology. Together with other European telecom system providers, including Ericsson, Ignis Photonyx will lead a joint development effort called GigaWaM. The project is being funded by the European Commission for approximately US$4.7 million.

The project was initiated by Ignis Photonyx and will be technically-lead from the Ignis PLC-fab in Birkeröd, Denmark.

ignis Photonyx is a leading supplier of fiber optical components. It has operations in Norway, Denmark, Canada and China.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

NTT Offers VoIP "Safe" Number to all Subscribers

NTT Com began offering a static VoIP phone number for receiving calls and having them transferred automatically to the customer's fixed or mobile phone to all owners of domestic phones, both fixed and mobile. Having a secondary VoIP number for transferring calls enables the customer to keep their personal fixed/mobile phone number confidential.

The service, known as "050 Anshin (Safe) Number," also allows calls to be routed directly to a voice mail server without being transferred to the customer's personal phone. In this case, the customer is notified via e-mail to call the message center when they receive voice mail.

The option of routing calls to one's personal phone or the message center can be changed via a website. Also, nonregistered phone numbers can be blocked.

NTT Com launched 050 Anshin (Safe) Number, initially for customers of its OCN ISP service, in September 2007. The service works only for incoming, not outgoing, calls and the user must have an account with an ISP.

The monthly fee is 525 yen (including tax). Customers using NTT Com's "PLATINUM LINE" discount telephone service receive a 52.5 yen off of the month fee.

Digicel Suriname Installs Solar-Powered Base Station with Ericsson

Digicel Group,

the largest mobile telecommunications operator in the Caribbean, has deployed a solar-powered base station site in remote areas of Suriname.

The solution is based on Ericsson's main remote GSM base station RBS 2111, which is one in a series of energy-optimized, base stations from Ericsson. It has a smaller environmental footprint than a standard base station, consuming up to 50 percent less energy. As part of the agreement, Ericsson will also supply MINI-LINK TN all-outdoor transmission, solar panels and battery back-up solutions. Ericsson will also be responsible for network deployment and systems integration.

Ericsson said the deployment marks a first in South America.

Ericsson's solar radio-site solution allows autonomous sites to be deployed in remote areas that have limited access to the electricity grid. It helps reduce total cost of ownership by cutting energy-related operating and maintenance costs. It also improves the environmental performance of mobile networks.

Ericsson Wins Systems Integration Role for Cable & Wireless Jamaica

Cable & Wireless Jamaica has named Ericsson as its long-term strategic business partner to upgrade and expand its network. Under the three-year agreement, Ericsson will be the Systems Integrator to transform Cable & Wireless' core network to a next-generation IP network, deploying Ericsson Mobile Softswitch and Mobile Packet Backbone Network solutions, as well as Ericsson Multi Mediation platform. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ericsson will provide Cable & Wireless with systems integration services while facilitating the launch of a wide range of new and innovative next-generation broadband multimedia services, underpinning Cable & Wireless' subscriber demands.

Ericsson noted that its Systems Integration organization delivers more than 1000 systems-integration projects per year in multivendor and multi-technology environments. Projects range from single-solution integration projects to end-to-end solution transformation projects.