Thursday, May 21, 2009

Etisalat and Saudi Telecom Select Dilithium for Range of Video Services

Etisalat, one of the world's leading telecommunications companies, has selected Dilithium's end-to-end video solutions for deployment in UAE, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. Specifically, Mobily (Etisalat subsidiary in KSA) has already deployed an advanced 3G Live TV and Video on Demand Portal powered by the Dilithium ViVAS solution. Etisalat's additional new multimedia services will vary by region and include Video Portal, VCCV (Video Call Completion to Voice), Video Blogging, Video Push and Video Karaoke. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Separately, Dilithium announced that Saudi Telecom Company (STC), the largest telecom provider in the Middle East, has selected Dilithium to provide mobile video solutions to its customer base. STC will provide new services to its customers using the latest interactive technologies such as 3G video and web communications, while at the same time integrating mobile communication through cell phones and Flash based internet and PC applications. New video value added services will include Video Portal and Video Conferencing.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Huawei Launches its Next-Gen Mobile Softswitch

Huawei Technologies announced its latest Mobile Softswitch Solution (MSS) with enhanced capabilities in network security, maintenance and operating expenses reduction. The platform is based on industry-standard blade technology and can scale to support up to 10 million subscribers. Compared with Huawei' s previous mobile softswitch, the new design reduces the physical space requirement by up to 70 percent and energy consumption by up to 75 percent. The system provides real-time monitoring and can automatically locate and recover from faults. compared with Huawei' s previous solution for mobile softswitch.

In addition, the cluster-distributed computing network architecture of the new MSS allows operators to share network resources rapidly and upgrade the overall network capacity by 30 percent without any additional investment. Functions such as real-time user data backup and automatic service recovery also raise the reliability rate significantly. Huawei claims up to 99.9999% reliability for the whole system.

Ericsson and Zain Back U.N. Telecom Project in Nigeria

Ericsson and Zain have joined the Millennium Villages Project, which is run by the Earth Institute at Columbia University, Millennium Promise and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project has deployed communications services to fight poverty in a largely rural area of Nigeria, pushing some of the poorest regions of the country towards achieving the nationally endorsed UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The installation of mobile technology is part of the Millennium Villages Project which is a community-based initiative designed to empower the people of Pampaida in Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna State of Nigeria. It is helping to improve agricultural production, a foundation of the region's economy, thus reducing poverty. Additional benefits include improving access to health, education and infrastructure, all under the umbrella of achieving the MDGs by 2015.

With the aim of bridging the digital divide and breaking the isolation that hampers development in rural Africa, the Millennium Village Project has a set objective of bringing mobile communication and the internet service to more than half a million people in select villages in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Limelight Acquires Kiptronic for Mobility and Monetization Expertise

Limelight Networks has acquired Kiptronic, a privately-held provider of dynamic solutions for device-optimized content delivery and monetization.
Kiptronic's services enable content publishers to deliver content and dynamic advertisements tailored to the mobile or connected device without making changes to their existing publishing, hosting, trafficking, or reporting platforms. Kiptronic's web-based tools help advertisers dynamically detect and serve dynamic video ads to connected devices with the same ease and functionality as when they are served to web browsers. Kiptronic's open-platform approach includes integration with DoubleClick DART for Publishers and Microsoft Atlas AdManager, part of the Atlas Publisher Suite. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Verizon Business Offers Emergency Response Mobile Communications Service

Verizon Business introduced a n new service for enterprise and government customers that uses specially equipped vehicles to deliver satellite links to Verizon's Global IP Network from anywhere in North America. The new Emergency Response Mobile Communications Service (ERMCS) aims to quickly restore critical communications in the event of a disaster.

Each self-sufficient vehicle is equipped with wired VoIP telephones and wired and wireless Ethernet access for laptops. Several vehicle configurations are available, including 40-foot and 53-foot vehicles that offer up to 24 individual work stations, each with its own telephone jack, Ethernet port and electrical outlet. These vehicles provide local, long-distance and international calling, along with Internet access and fax service.

"Obviously, the faster a company can overcome an unplanned communication disruption, the faster it can get back to business," said Diane McCarthy, senior vice president, network field operations. "But to be most effective, ERMCS needs to be incorporated into a larger business continuity plan. We can help on that score as well by providing professional consulting services that can include developing, assessing and testing response plans."

The vehicles were used during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, in New York City following the September 11, 2001, attacks and during the 2003 and 2007 Southern California wildfires. The vehicles also have been deployed to provide communication services to thousands of U.S. soldiers.

Motorola Launches New EMEA Channel Program

Motorola introduced a new channel program focused on video solutions, as well as wireline and wireless broadband solutions for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Motorola Home & Networks Mobility EMEA Channel Program will enable resellers and distributors to deliver differentiated solutions for a wide range of businesses including Internet Service Providers (ISPs), alternative carriers and regional service providers. It will use a selective distribution model, including value-added distributors; partners; premier partners and authorized resellers. Each tier offers increasing levels of access to Motorola products, tools and training.

3G Rollouts in China Drive WCDMA and CDMA Growth

The worldwide mobile infrastructure market revenue contracted 9 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2009 despite a record number of 3G base station shipments, according to a recently published report by Dell'Oro Group. The GSM market experienced its largest year-over-year decline as Chinese mobile operators focused on 3G network deployments.

"The three Chinese mobile operators plan to spend over $20 billion this year on rolling out the initial phases of their 3G deployments," stated Scott Siegler, Senior Analyst at Dell'Oro Group. "China Unicom's WCDMA deployment is shaping up to be the single largest 3G deployment in history and was the primary contributor to the most ever -- 100 thousand -- Node B shipments in the quarter. With the CDMA market declining elsewhere around the world, China Telecom's spending resulted in the most CDMA base station shipments in over four years. As the two GSM operators, China Mobile and China Telecom focused their spending on the rapid deployment of their 3G networks, spending on their GSM networks significantly declined. We expect this spending to accelerate in the second half of the year," finished Siegler.

During the quarter, Huawei and ZTE experienced the greatest rate of growth, almost doubling their combined share of the total infrastructure market to over 20 percent compared to the same quarter last year.

Telecommunications Industry Association Predicts First Ever Decline in Overall ICT in 2009

For the first time in its 23 years of forecasting for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is projecting a 3.1 percent decline in revenue for the overall global ICT market in 2009 due to global economic conditions. In the U.S., revenue will suffer a 5.5 percent decline in 2009.

The TIA forecast is calling for continued weak conditions in 2010, with a modest 1.2 percent increase. However, the longer-term outlook is much brighter. Globally, TIA projects a strong rebound for the ICT industry after 2010, citing a 6.4 percent revenue growth in 2011 and a 7.9 percent increase in 2012.

For the U.S., telecommunications revenue is expected to decrease by 6.4 percent in the next two years, but rebound by 14.4 percent during 2011-12. The effects of the current Stimulus Package, which carves out investment dollars for broadband, will enable growth throughout the ICT industry and beyond.

"Broadband will be a driver for recovery in all areas, from healthcare IT to smart grid technology, public safety networks to education, as well as for businesses and consumers," said Grant Seiffert, TIA President. "While TIA was instrumental in obtaining the $7.2 billion for broadband, other funding for energy, health IT and R&D will also spur recovery, especially in reviving some of the hundreds of thousands of jobs lost recently. The sum of increased productivity and revenue amongst all other industry segments whose growth broadband deployment contributes to is often underrated and perhaps immeasurable."

Growing demand for high-volume data applications is driving all segments, say the independent, unbiased analysts at Wilkofsky Gruen Associates who help to develop the Market Review & Forecast. Despite the recession, TIA predicts that wireless and business data revenue will grow by 73 percent during the next four years to $110 billion in 2012 from $64 billion in 2008.

Further analysis shows that economic recovery during 2011-12 will be driven by pent-up demand for equipment upgrades. Growth in data traffic will strain network capacity and stimulate investment; availability of financing will fuel investment; and broadband growth will expand the platform for VoIP and IPTV.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

VZ Business Launches Cloud-Based Network Management, Monitoring and Reporting

Verizon Business introduced several new "cloud-based" capabilities for global enterprises. The new capabilities are:

Asset Assurance -- a new suite of fault management and monitoring tools and reporting capabilities that provide a cost-effective solution for global network device management. The service is available immediately to Verizon Private IP customers in the U.S., with plans to expand availability to a number of countries around the world by the end of 2009.

Asset Assurance is powered by CA Spectrum Infrastructure Manager, which is a SaaS-based service that employs a combination of device monitoring, alarming, fault isolation, root-cause analysis, service-level reporting and IT service management to pinpoint the cause of incidents. This new cloud-based capability is offered to Verizon Business customers via a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model and is offered with the Verizon Private IP -- Layer 2 and Layer 3 network services.

An enhanced Internet Security Assessment service, available globally, to provide expert analysis of potentially harmful traffic that could undermine the network connecting an extended enterprise.

The Internet Security Assessment includes Virtual Discovery & Classification and External Risk Assessment, supported by professional services. Virtual Discovery & Classification helps enterprises understand emerging threat activity and other related network issues. This service combines Verizon Business' security intelligence with data captured through Verizon's expansive backbone to provide customers with an unparalleled view of their network security.

The External Risk Assessment service, a component of Verizon's proprietary Security Management Program, utilizes intelligent vulnerability scanning and identifies potential threats to a network's health such as historically vulnerable software, unnecessary services and unusual use, as well as devices that have atypical characteristics that may indicate risks.

New managed security capabilities for Verizon Secure Gateway-Firewall -- also available globally, aimed at protecting customer networks from harmful traffic as enterprises move data, voice and video traffic between public and private networks. Specifically, Private IP customers can now take advantage of a fully managed offering that enables them to offload the management and administration of the network-based firewall.

Huawei Deploy WiMAX 802.16e in Italy for Retelit Group

Retelit S.p.A has selected Huawei to deploy its commercial WiMAX 802.16e network covering north and central parts of Italy where it owns a BWA 3.5 Ghz frequency license. Under this agreement, Huawei will provide an end-to-end WiMAX 802.16e mobile solution including Base Station, Access Service Network (ASN) Gateway, Hybrid TDM-IP Microwave equipment and Network Management Systems. Huawei has also delivered the first batches of its WiMAX terminals, which are already in use in the areas where the network has been activated.

Huawei Builds Optical-Layer ASON Network for VietNam's VNPT

Huawei Technologies has deployed an optical-layer Automatic Switch Optical Network (ASON) network for Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT), covering Hanoi and the northern provinces. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Huawei describes the project as the largest of its kind in the world, involving installation of hundreds of Huawei ASON products across Northern Vietnam. The network is able to ensure high carrier-class reliability of services even in the case of multi-point failures. The service level agreement (SLA) is also supported, which enables VNPT to define different service reliability levels and priority levels for different customers. In addition, the ROADM and tunable OTU technologies realize the fast provisioning of services and the decrease of maintenance difficulty and maintenance cost.

Alcatel-Lucent Teams with 1020 Placecast for Hosted Location-based Mobile Advertising

Alcatel-Lucent is working with 1020 Placecast, a start-up based in San Francisco specializing in location-based advertising, to launch a hosted location-based service for wireless network operators.

As part of this service, 1020 Placecast leverages its unique ad engine to weave location information into highly relevant SMS or MMS messages delivered on an opt-in basis to mobile users. Alcatel-Lucent, leveraging its Geographic Messaging Services Platform (GMSP) as a hosted service, tracks opt-in subscribers' locations on behalf of the service provider and pushes mobile content to the subscriber when and where is appropriate - based on the advertising campaign developed and managed by the 1020 Placecast platform.

Alcatel-Lucent's GMSP leverages algorithms developed at Bell Labs to create a "geo-fence" around a particular mobile user or physical location. This enables messages, promotions and ads to reach subscribers at the most appropriate time and place. When a mobile phone user crosses a given "fence," it triggers the delivery of an SMS text message or multimedia message that is relevant to that individual and that location, such as a promotion for a particular store, or the presence of a friend or associate in the area.

The companies said their network service can support millions of subscribers tracked within millions of geo fences. For example, mobile service providers could offer consumers an opt-in service where they will receive a mobile message offering a discount at a consumer's favorite retailer around the corner on their way to work. The message could include the store address, phone number, proximity to the customer, and other brand and carrier developed content. For subscribers, receiving messages and advertising from brands subscribers care about -- at the time and place they are most interested in getting them -- enhances the mobile experience. By maximizing advertising effectiveness in reaching brands' target audiences, it generates increased advertising spend with service providers.

The companies expect that nationally known retail chains will be among the first advertisers using the service.

For the network operator, Alcatel-Lucent said its hosted service provides a rapid path to enter a lucrative market with minimal upfront capital costs.

'Alcatel-Lucent's technology allows us to trigger the delivery of a tailored marketing message to a subscriber who has opted into the service when they enter a specific zone," said Alistair Goodman, CEO of 1020 Placecast. 'This enables a direct connection from mobile to the physical world. We're excited to partner with such an established solutions provider and offer carriers the best targeting and delivery in location-based mobile advertising and marketing."http://www.placecast.net

Zain Trials HSPA+ with NSN

Zain Saudi Arabia has completed an HSPA+ trial with Nokia Siemens Networks, paving the way for an all-IP flat architecture network of the future along with significantly improved data throughput speeds.

The trial introduced a simple, flat architecture demonstrating how traffic can bypass the Radio Network Controller (RNC) and the Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN), to deliver improved data transmission speeds. Because of the re-routing, there is no need to build in additional capacity, in effect reducing the OPEX and CAPEX. Moreover, with flat architecture the operator is well prepared for the eventual move to Long Term Evolution (LTE). I-HSPA solution also shortens the network latency rates to 45ms enabling quicker response times and enhances the overall user experience availability of data services

BH Telecom Selects NSN for Next Generation Network

BH Telecom, Bosnia and Herzegovina's biggest operator of mobile and fixed networks, has deployed Nokia Siemens Networks switching and broadband access solutions to optimize its legacy assets. The carrier is moving towards an all-IP network of the future.

Specifically, NSN is providing efficient call switching and broadband access, and enabling "Triple play" services (Fast Internet, IPTV and VoIP services) for BH Telecom subscribers across the whole network. The solution consists of the softswitch (hiE9200), Media Gateway, Multi Service Access Nodes (MSAN) along with the network management system and allows the operator to retain full control of its traditional voice business. In addition, the Nokia Siemens Networks Services team is handling the implementation as well as software maintenance. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Orange Business Services Builds Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Center with Mobistar

Orange Business Services has established an international machine-to-machine business center with Belgium-based Mobistar. The facility is aimed at developing real-time communication solutions to serve multinational businesses. On an international-scale, the IMC is aimed at both original equipment manufacturers (OEM), that include M2M technology with their products and services, and at national and multinational companies.

Orange Business Services currently supports over a million active M2M SIM cards in Europe and connects mobile networks in 29 countries. Currently, M2M applications cover fields as diverse as fleet management, telemetry and remote maintenance.

Qwest Ensures Disaster Recovery for Sterling Savings Bank

Qwest Communications announced a three year agreement to provide disaster recovery capabilities and hosting space in its state-of-the-art Seattle CyberCenter to Sterling Savings Bank Service is backed by an industry-leading service level agreement. Spokane-based Sterling is the leading commercial bank headquartered in Washington and provides complete personal, small business, commercial and institutional financial services.

Hibernia Atlantic Established POP in Equinix London Data Center

Hibernia Atlantic has expanded its network into Equinix's LD4 London Slough International Business eXchange (IBX) data center. This new Point of Presence (POP) reiterates the company's commitment to providing redundant, reliable connectivity solutions by-passing major congestion points generally located within major metro city centers. This POP also extends Hibernia's Global Financial Network (GFN), into Equinix Financial eXchange, a neutral electronic marketplace consisting of active financial market participants, which is located within the LD4 center.htpp://

Empirix Releases Hammer Edge Emulation Tool

Empirix introduced a high performance realistic behavior emulation tool that network equipment manufacturers, service providers and large enterprises can use to emulate complex, unpredictable user behavior and multidimensional data traffic prior to network rollouts. The new Hammer Edge tool can emulate the realistic behavior of users, devices and network topology configurations; test realistic security scenarios; and predict user experience of data, video and voice applications, as an aggregate, in the pre-deployment phase. It emulates the behavior of users and devices required to test elements at the network edge, including border controllers, firewalls and deep packet inspection devices, as well as security and application level gateways -- in both secure and unsecure network topologies. In addition, Hammer Edge predicts the users' experience within these environments.

AT&T Offers 3G Mini Laptops

AT&T is expanding its portfolio of embedded 3G mini laptops to its 2,200 stores nationwide. The expanded embedded device lineup will include Acer, Dell and Lenovo mini laptops. Pricing and availability of the new devices will be announced at a later date. Mini laptops embedded with AT&T 3G service are also available through other national retailers.