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BT is laying a new fibre optic submarine cable between Orkney and the Scottish mainland to help bring its 21st Century Network to the Northern Isles. The 70 km cable will run from Skaill Bay in Orkney under the Pentland Firth to Dunnet Bay, around five miles east of Thurso.

BT has awarded the contract to independent marine engineering company Global Marine Systems Ltd. (Global Marine), who began installing the cable on Wednesday. Weather permitting, the work should be completed in around three weeks.

Global Marine's cableship CS Sovereign is using its submersible plough and remotely operated vehicle systems to install the cable up to one metre below the seabed.

The new cable is the latest step towards bringing BT's 21 Century Network - the world's most radical next generation communications transformation programme - to the islands.

BT has already reached agreement with Faroese Telecom to share part of a new fibre optic submarine cable which has been laid between the Faroe Islands, Orkney and Shetland and the Scottish mainland.

The cable, which comes ashore at Banff, will provide connectivity to the Northern Isles alongside existing microwave radio links.

BT is making a significant investment in the new network in Scotland and will be replacing equipment in more than 1000 exchanges across the nation.

BT's 21CN programme is designed to remove duplication across the existing multiple networks and systems to create a single, converged multi-service internet protocol (IP) based network. It will allow users to customise, personalise and change a growing range of advanced new converged services in real time.

Brendan Dick, director, BT Scotland, said: "This is another major step forward in the massive amount of preparatory work we are progressing so that people living in the Northern Isles can share in the benefits that our next-generation network will bring.

"21CN is for all our customers - whether they're service providers in their own right, part of a large organisation, a smaller business or a consumer with a BT phone. Everyone will enjoy a better overall experience - from ordering a service to paying the bill.

"It's one of the biggest projects BT has ever undertaken and much more work will have to be done before 21CN comes to Orkney and Shetland.

"Nearly 60 exchanges in the islands, from the largest to the smallest, will have existing equipment removed and replaced with 21st Century kit. And it will be well worth the wait, because every exchange, no matter how remote, will have the same capability as a city centre exchange."

Gabriel Ruhan, CEO of Global Marine Systems, Ltd. said: "The new subsea cable, and 21CN in general, will enable BT's customers to meet demand from their customers for new feature-rich multimedia and multi-play services. We are very pleased to be a part of such a significant project and our longstanding relationship and past success with BT will help us as we move forward."

The project follows on from Global Marine's successful installation in May of a new cable system connecting the UK with Guernsey in the Channel Islands.

The global BWA/WiMAX subscriber base increased by 260,246 in the first quarter of 2008, reaching a total of 1,988,246 subscribers according to the 4th issue of the WiMAXCounts Quarterly Report from Maravedis ( and,

"Even with an increase of more than 19% in WiMAX subscribers in the first quarter of 2008, operators are still waiting for the tipping point that will lead to acceleration of WiMAX adoption and deployments," said Adlane Fellah, CEO and founder of Maravedis. "The key factors mainly centre on certification of mobile WiMAX equipment, a reduction in CPE pricing and the emergence of a device ecosystem."

"Many operators have held back their network expansion pending the mobile WiMAX 802.16e equipment certification, which was announced in June 2008. Mobile WiMAX is a key enabler of a wider range of value-added services and product flexibility." added Cintia Garza, co-author of the WiMAXCounts Quarterly Report.

"Of the 264 operators tracked in WiMAXCounts, approximately 50% of them are providing HIS (High Speed Internet) services only. The remaining percentage corresponds to operators that are offering different applications, such as VoIP, Video, VPN , in addition to HIS. We expect however double/triple play to become the norm in the next two years" said Robert Syputa, Maravedis Partner and Senior Analyst.


a.. 65% of Operators are already commercial, 14% are trialing, 9% are planning their launch, 10% have idle spectrum and 2% have returned/lost spectrum.
b.. Clearwire USA remains the top operator in number of subscribers, with an estimated 443,000 subscribers in the United States at the end of Q1 2008, an increase of 12.5% compared to the 394,000 subscribers reported in Q4 2007.
c.. The split by subscriber type among WiMAXCounts operators was 65% residential and 35% business.
d.. The 3.3-3.8 GHz band is the most widely deployed, with 63% of WiMAXCounts operators deploying their WiMAX networks in this band in Q1 2008, compared to 70% of the Operators deploying in this band during Q4 2007.
e.. Q1 2008 BWA/WiMAX service revenue among WiMAXCounts operators totaled US$ 366 million, as compared to $US 303.65 million during the previous quarter, an increase of 20%.
f.. Q1 2008 recorded ARPU was US$ 48 and US$ 146 for residential and business subscribers.
g.. Motorola remains the leader in equipment deployed for both BWA/WiMAX CPEs

Carrier Call, provider of integrated software solutions to solve the complex problems of the telecommunications domain is pleased to announce Versatel, one of the largest providers of Voice-, Internet- and Data- Services for Private and Business customers as a new significant customer of its fully integrated XCarrier by Carrier Call solution.

XCarrier by Carrier Call is an extensive integrated product suite based on most modern decentralized client/server technologies. The software solution supports highly complex business processes in gathering, matching, analyzing and maintaining data related to telecommunications voice carrier services. Data encompasses destination code lists (DCL), price lists and call detail records (CDR) just to name a few. Underlying data allows making informed decisions in real time and ties seamlessly into operational systems

The XCarrier solution serves as Input System by gathering data from other systems, but also as output system with capabilities including generation of sales side price list and configuration files for voice switches to support least cost routing (LCR).

The XCarrier integrated Voice Trading Platform uses a central repository as a solid base to eliminate data matching errors between external offers and internal systems, to improve and refine the quality of data and to optimize operational systems and routing. Carrier Calls solutions allow decisions-, business- and operational- support and help automating key processes.

All these factors help to increase margins, improve profitability and allow crystallizing new components in the value chain to define new sources of income.

Improved margins and new services are key issues for Telecommunications Operators to consolidate market position and secure leadership in very competitive markets.

The XCarrier Voice Trading Platform supports traditional fix-net telephony, mobile telephony and telephony using IP infrastructure (VoIP). The complete solution, as used by Versatel, builds an important part for any service provider building a NGN (Next Generation Network) of integrated services.

Moovera Networks, a developer of fixed and mobile wireless communications systems, has announced that Swebus Express AB - the dominant long-distance express bus service in Sweden - has selected the Moovbox M Series Mobile Broadband Gateway to deliver Internet connectivity on its fleet of over eighty buses that serve over two million passengers each year.

The mobile Wi-Fi hotspot deployment, which is said to be the largest of its kind in Scandinavia, will include routes with stops throughout southern and central Sweden as well as neighboring Norway and Denmark. Swebus Express, a subsidiary of Concordia Bus Nordic AB, will also utilize the Moovbox to connect ticket machines on each bus to the Internet, and provide GPS-based fleet location monitoring.

"Increased competition in the public transport sector has led Swebus to examine ways in which we can differentiate ourselves from other operators," said Joakim Palmkvist, Managing Director of Swebus Express. "Providing Internet connectivity to our entire fleet introduces a technology platform on which we can build new and innovative services that not only benefit our passengers but also improve the way our fleet operates. We chose the Moovbox from Moovera primarily as it offered the widest range of features at the most cost-effective price point."

The Moovbox M Series delivers Internet access on the Swebus Express vehicles at speeds up to 7.2 Mbps by creating a bridge between the coach and a next-generation 3G HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) cellular broadband network from Hutchinson 3. In addition to providing public Wi-Fi hotspot access, the Moovbox offers Ethernet connectivity for in-bus systems such as CCTV and telematics data, and includes built-in GPS for real-time fleet tracking. The deployment was designed and managed by Network Expertise AB of Stockholm, Moovera's Channel Partner in Sweden.

"We're delighted to have been selected by Swebus Express for this landmark roll out of in-vehicle Internet," said Jim Baker, Moovera CEO and founder. "Such a major commitment to this technology from Sweden's largest player is clear evidence that public transport is the new major market for Wi-Fi hotspots and the ancillary services that in-bus Internet connectivity enables."

A new analysis of the mobile payments opportunity forecasts that the gross transaction value of payments made via mobile phone for digital goods (such as music, tickets and games) and physical goods (typically gifts and books) will exceed $300bn globally by 2013.  

A region by region analysis by Juniper Research is said to have found that there is a significant and immediate opportunity for mobile payment services, systems, software and supporting services to underpin the processing of this value of payment transactions by 2013.  With applications and service case studies, the study explores how the mobile phone is developing into a payment tool that will be used by more and more people, more and more often in future.

Report author Howard Wilcox noted: "Merchants in North America and Western Europe are just starting to realise the potential of a mobile web presence as a fourth channel to market.   Retailers should be evaluating the benefits of the mobile web, and be mindful of the success of regular ecommerce sites in generating sales.   They need to move quickly to exploit the opportunity presented, and ensure that they maintain ease of use for their customers who are already familiar with web shopping from their PCs."

Highlights from the report include:

  • Global annual gross transaction value will grow over 5 times by 2013
  • The ticketing segment will be driven by consumer usage on rail, air and bus networks as well as sports and entertainment events This will represent over 40% of the global transaction value by 2013
  • The top 2 regions (Far East and W. Europe) will represent over 60% of the $300bn p.a. global mobile payment gross transaction value by 2013 for digital and physical goods

Western Europe is currently dominated by digital goods and services sold via SMS, whereas the Far East & China region (specifically Japan) is already well established in physical goods sales over the mobile web, and has been for a number of years.

The report provides six year regional forecasts of mobile payments for digital & physical goods, providing data on subscriber take-up, transaction sizes and volumes as well as detailed case studies from companies pioneering in this market. Juniper Research interviewed 37 senior executives across a wide range of vendors and operators.

Telecommunications operator KPN has selected the Cordys Business Process Management (BPM) platform as its basis to process online customer requests.

The Cordys platform is the link between several KPN systems for ordering, activating and invoicing new broadband services such as telecom, Internet and multimedia.

KPN began the roll out of these services in the beginning of 2008. The Cordys solution is therefore an integral part of one of its most important strategic initiatives - the All IP program of KPN, through which it is supporting its total infrastructure to IP technology.

Cordys is main contractor for the implementation as well as supplier of the Cordys BPM software. The Cordys BPM platform enables KPN to cater to the wishes of its customers and provide services to them in a far faster and more efficient way. It also allows KPN to reduce costs by enabling customer order services online - order fulfilment and invoicing is therefore almost 100% automated.

"Because of the intense time pressure we faced we were looking for a supplier who could not only provide a flexible application, but also has extensive knowledge of the subject matter so as to contribute to this strategic project," said Jan Muchez, CIO of KPN.

"Due to Cordys' commitment in managing the implementation, we have been able to complete the project quickly and flexibly. And we have maintained the correct balance between the direction of Cordys and the support of KPN co-workers and partners. The Cordys BPM platform also ensures that we can react efficiently and quickly to the ever-changing needs of our customers."

"The telecommunications industry is undergoing a swift and drastic transformation where operators no longer just offer traditional products such as speech but also a range of additional products," says Jon Pyke, MD Cordys UK.

"Operators are looking for new means and methods to offer additional services in order to strengthen customer satisfaction while reducing costs through process efficiency. The Cordys BPM platform makes this possible. We are excited that our platform will aid KPN in offering new services successfully and efficiently."

Colibria, the provider of new generation mobile instant messaging (MIM) and Presence-enabled solutions, has announced the availability of its SIP IM Server. Designed to enable the convergence of voice, media and text based communication across mobile, fixed and converged networks in both IMS and pre-IMS networks, the product offering is said to include many of the features of Colibria's MIM solutions.
According to Colibria, the SIP IM Server is said to plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the concept of ‘rich communication', as set out in the Rich Communication Suite (RCS) initiative, becomes a reality for communication service providers (CSPs) and end-users alike. RCS is a joint effort of key telecom industry players to speed up the evolution of mobile phone communication towards ‘rich communication', including features such as a Presence-enabled address book, with the introduction of new IMS-based interoperable services.
Colibria's SIP IM Server provides a base upon which CSPs can introduce new service packages and deploy integrated communication services that not only greatly enhance the consumer experience, but also open up new revenue opportunities. For example, by deploying the Colibria SIP IM Server new ‘Communicator' solutions can be created which are access type independent and combine MIM, VoIP, file and video sharing within a single package.
Colibria's SIP IM Server supports Session Mode Messaging with MSRP (Message Session Relay Protocol) reducing signalling network load when transporting media whilst simultaneously increasing reliability and allowing tighter integration of services. In addition, a deferred messaging capability ensures that whilst the user is offline all messages are captured, with the option of waiting MIM alerts for the user via SMS.
As a fundamental element of the IMS framework, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is perceived to be an emerging market technology, but the potential for future growth is already being heralded, with analysis firm ABI Research predicting that SIP services will generate $150 billion in annual revenue by 20121.
Lars Kristian Roland, Chief Technology Officer at Colibria, commented, "Previously SIP IM products have originated from the fixed environment, bringing with them poor interworking across platforms. With our heritage and expertise in the mobile instant messaging market, we have developed a ‘best-in-breed' SIP IM solution that boasts SMS, MMS and IMPS interworking and ultimately enables CSPs to offer their customers a truly converged communication service."
The Colibria SIP IM Server complies with IETF, 3GPP and OMA standards, and has proven interoperability with major IMS vendors, where it performs as an IMS application server, and is ideally placed to be deployed in multi-vendor IMS and pre-IMS environments. It will interface to any SIP compliant 3rd party client enabling the CSP to choose the best solution to support their mobile and fixed terminal requirements. As a key component of the Colibria Evolve Solution, Colibria SIP IM Server can be deployed with Colibria's SIP Presence and XDM Server offerings, or with 3rd party Presence products.

Telcordia Technologies, a specialist in the development of IP, wireline and mobile telecommunications software and services, today announced that it has opened a research center in Poznan, Poland. The Poznan Technology Research Center will play a critical role in extending Telcordia's research and collaboration capabilities across a wide range of government and commercial partnerships in Europe.

The foundation behind Telcordia's industry-leading software and services comes from its globally recognized research organization. With more than 1,800 patents issued to the company, Telcordia consistently leads technology and business transformation to allow communication service providers, government entities and enterprises worldwide to differentiate their offerings and drive revenue through growth and service innovation.

The research center further extends the company's reach and innovation by leveraging the local talent pool of highly qualified and motivated scientists and engineers in Poland.

"This is a very important development for the science and technology community in Poland, creating opportunities for the next generations of engineers and innovators in our region," said Professor Wojciech Cellary, Head of the Information Technology Department at the Poznan University of Economics. "Telcordia is a leading American communications software and services company that has invented many of the core technologies that enable communications today and continues to create the communications technologies of the future."

The official opening for the research center was held at the University of Poznan and distinguished guests included Poland's Vice Minister of Research, Marshal and Governor of Province Wielkopolska, the President of Poznan City, and the presidents of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan University of Economic and Poznan University of Technology.

"Telcordia is in an enviable position to build collaborative relationships with local universities, R&D institutions and communications providers, governments and enterprises eager to embrace a path of network evolution and discover new services and features for their customers," said Mark Greenquist, CEO of Telcordia. "Telcordia will continue to extend its footprint in Europe to further our reach, leverage our experience and help carriers succeed."

Digital Rapids - a leading developer of solutions for bringing television, video and film content to the latest generation of viewing devices - has been short-listed for an IBC2008 Innovation Award in the Content Management category for the company's contribution to the multi-format digital media production workflow at a leading U.S.-based media and entertainment company.


The IBC Innovation Awards ( celebrate the partnership between technology companies and users, with short-listed nominees having demonstrated an innovative and cost-effective solution to a technical, commercial or creative challenge. The winners will be announced at the Awards ceremony September 14 during the annual IBC Conference and Exhibition in Amsterdam.


The nominated project combines the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager® enterprise-class transcoding solution and Digital Rapids' StreamZTM ingest and encoding systems with the customer's proprietary in-house software applications and third-party distribution software. The result is a uniquely powerful, high-quality and scalable ingest, encoding and transcoding workflow. Spanning geographically dispersed operations, the system maximizes quality and throughput for the timely availability of media assets in multiple formats, while eliminating the time-consuming manual interactions previously required at multiple points in the content production and distribution chain. The system's high level of automation is essential for efficiently repurposing and managing the substantial volume being processed daily.


"The IBC Innovation Awards have quickly become one of the industry's premier recognitions of both outstanding technology and the impact of vendors' technology on their customers' success," said Brick Eksten, President of Digital Rapids Corporation. "With a high caliber of worthy nominations, simply being short-listed for the Awards is an honor, and we're thrilled that our world-class team has been recognized for our innovative work."

MERA Systems, industry-leading developer of tandem softswitches and session border controllers for VoIP, has announced the release of  MVTS II v.1.2.0.

MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch II (MVTS II) is a softswitch with fully distributed modular architecture and highly intelligent traffic handling options. MVTS II is specifically designed to increase the efficiency of VoIP traffic management on large scale networks.

The new release of MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch II is focused on the improvement of the system's billing capabilities. The innovations make invoicing more convenient and allow now adding calculable fields to the invoices. The invoicing functionality was revised and optimized. Now it is possible to:


  • Generate invoices according to predefined schedule;
  • Generate  .pdf invoices in one step;
  • Calculate taxes and include the resulting tax amounts into the total invoice amount;
  • Upload currency exchange rates to the Database from external servers.

MVTS II v. 1.2.0 includes new mechanisms of Database replication and management node redundancy. Earlier, replication was provided by means of database management system (DB), now it is fully ensured by intrinsic algorithms of Traffic Manager. The improvement has not only increased the solution's reliability but has also simplified the problem analysis. For maximum fault tolerance all Traffic Switch nodes including the management node are now backed up by launching additional nodes of the same type on separate servers.

A new node called "synchro" was introduced into Traffic Switch. The synchro node ensures synchronization of the System processes and control over the used resources. The synchro node interoperates with the signaling and Traffic Manager nodes. To enhance the System performance the newly-introduced synchro node stores current statistics and provides efficient access to statistic counters. The synchro node allows for absolute accuracy when applying equipment capacity restrictions (database storage limits of statistics on active calls could exceed the threshold earlier).

Some most serious issues of the previous releases were also fixed in the new version of MVTS II.  

Flint Telecom, a fast growing, technology and services company that provides "turnkey' telecom services to the global telecom and media industry, announced that it has acquired Prime Carrier, the market leader in the provision of ‘On Demand' solutions for the global telecommunications industry. Financial deals of the transaction were not disclosed.

Under the acquisition agreement, Prime Carrier now becomes a 100% owned subsidiary of Flint Telecom, remaining as a separate, autonomous company and will continue to trade as Prime Carrier. The market leading MOST solution, established as the industry standard platform for supporting inter-carrier trading and uniquely delivered as an ‘On-Demand' service will continued to be offered to global Telecommunication Carriers, Operators and Service Providers alongside Flint Telecom's technology and service offerings.

Prime Carrier staff will be retained to continue the on-going software development, marketing, customer deployment & support. Prime Carrier's existing customers include: Alltel, Arbinet, Bellsouth, Bite, BT Ireland, KPN, KVH, Ono, Orbitel, Romtelecom, Samitel, Tele2 UK, Telenet, Telecom Egypt, Telstra UK, Vivodi, Vox Mundi Telecom and UPC.

The acquisition strengthens and accelerates the respective market positioning and product strategies, resulting from strong product technologies, consolidated operations and ‘Go-to-Market' synergies into overlapping target markets. In addition, Flint Telecom provides a strong presence in the North American market and provides additional in-region resources, along with improved financial security through a broader range of technology and service offerings.

The acquisition was fully supported by Prime Carrier's former principal shareholders - ACT Venture Capital and Advent Venture Partners, as well as Enterprise Ireland.


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