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Alcatel-Lucent today announced 'significant' upgrades to its mobile packet core solution along with an approach to IP network and policy management that will, says Al-Lu, 'bring the IP capabilities of 4G networks to today's 3G subscribers'.
 
With the growth in mobile data traffic, service providers are faced with a variety of simultaneous, and often conflicting challenges including says Al-Lu: increasing network capacity while reducing the cost per bit of supporting data services; enabling new business models beyond today's ‘all you can eat' offerings; and transforming their networks to take advantage of the benefits of the shift to all-IP networks, which offer simplified operational models and reduced complexity.
 
"As mobile data traffic continues to grow, every part of the network is being strained," said Peter Jarich, Service Director with Current Analysis and author of the company's most recent mobile packet core analysis: "Mobile Packet Core: Engine of Mobile Broadband Success." "While we applauded Alcatel-Lucent's entry into the EPC space last year, we encouraged the company to expand its solution into 2G/3G operations to better serve their mobile broadband customers and best leverage their expertise in the RAN, IP core and vendor services spaces. The new solution expansion does just that.  More importantly, positioning its gateways alongside policy and analytics tools helps to deliver a fuller mobile packet core solution - and helps operators with the service differentiation they're all chasing."
 
The new products and enhancements announced today are said to deliver capabilities at every point in the network, including the 3G and LTE mobile packet core. The company says that service providers will now be able to deliver bandwidth-hungry, enriched and personalized services with enhanced subscriber quality of experience - all with reduced provisioning, operating and maintenance costs across all parts of the network, from the radio access network (RAN) to the backhaul elements and into the packet core.
 
Alcatel-Lucent's Ultimate Wireless Packet Core offering includes the following new capabilities:
 
-          2G and 3G GGSN (Gateway GPRS Support Node) functionality on Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Router-based mobile packet core gateways. Alcatel-Lucent's 4G mobile packet core gateway platform now supports GGSN for 2.5G and 3G as well as Serving Gateway and Packet Data Network Gateway for LTE, giving service providers a seamless and massively scalable solution for GPRS/EDGE, HSPA, HSPA+ and LTE. The 7750 SR delivers more than ten times the performance and scale of typical 3G packet core gateways, has been in global LTE trials since 2009 and will be available for commercial delivery of 2G, 3G and LTE services in the second half of 2010.
 
-          The new Alcatel-Lucent Wireless Mobility Manager (WMM), a high-performance and scalable solution for 2.5G/3G SGSN (Serving GPRS Support Node) and LTE MME (Mobility Management Entity) on an in-house designed and optimized, common ATCAv2 platform. This combined functionality enables operators to expand or renovate their existing packet cores to support HSPA and HSPA+ today while having the signaling and control plane performance required of an MME when they migrate to LTE.
 
To address the need for smarter bandwidth, enabling mobile operators to improve network efficiency and monetization, Alcatel-Lucent's end-to-end wireless network and policy management offering now includes:
 
-          The new Alcatel-Lucent 5780 Dynamic Services Controller (DSC), which provides the 3G and LTE PCRF (Policy Charging and Rules Function), enabling mobile operators to optimize and monetize network resources, while offering personalized choice for the subscriber in both a 3G and LTE environment. The Alcatel-Lucent 5780 DSC also provides the foundation for converged wireline/wireless policy management to enable any application on any screen, anywhere. The 5780 DSC is currently in global trials and will be available for commercial 3G and LTE service delivery in the second half of 2010.
 
-          Enhancements to the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) to include support for the Ultimate Wireless Packet Core and 5780 DSC, including unified, end-to-end management of user (data) and control planes across mobile backhaul and packet core. The 5620 SAM, deployed by more than 270 service providers to date, provides automated configuration and fault/performance management tools that decrease time to market for new mobile services and minimize downtime when problems occur.

Volex Group, a global electrical and electronic cable assemblies specialist, has been selected by global telecom solutions provider Huawei as a local cable assemblies partner for European operations. The contract will see Volex utilise its global footprint to achieve a flexible delivery model for Huawei's mobile infrastructure projects across Europe. 

As part of its growth strategy and to provide a faster service to customers in Europe, Huawei has recently invested in a local logistics centre in Hungary. With an established local presence, and the use of European contract manufacturers to perform the final assembly process, Huawei has achieved significant improvement on product turnaround times leading to lower unit costs and shorter lead times.

Following the opening of the local logistics centre, however, the challenges surrounding cable assemblies and site installation still remained. In order to answer to the growing demand for sufficient 3G and 4G coverage throughout Europe, Huawei is installing its products over a vast number of base-station sites. During the installation process Huawei typically has only a short window to put the product in place with the appropriate cabling and interconnects; and with some of the interconnect requirements being site-specific, this can present a significant logistical challenge for the installation team as well as the cable supplier.

Conway Hui, General Manager, Volex China, comments, "With the need to deliver bespoke cable assemblies at very short notice and at the lowest cost possible, Huawei has engaged with Volex as partner for Europe. Volex has already established manufacturing and installation operations in this region, and is capable of offering a flexible delivery model for telecoms cable assemblies - so is the natural choice for this challenge."

Volex is supplying interconnect products to Huawei's European telecoms installations in an annual contract worth several million pounds. The interconnects will be applied as both standard and bespoke assemblies.

Hui continues, "Volex has been selected on its global credentials. Europe is the first collaboration, but importantly the company has the capability to support Huawei across many regions, which would simplify its supplier relationships and achieve consistency of supply; bringing all important costs down."

Jeff Bierman, Senior VP, Volex Group, comments, "The partnership with Huawei in Europe is evidence of Volex's drive to expand the business in the Telecoms arena. This is grounded in our product-design expertise and manufacturing know-how, as well the ability to supply flexible supply-chain solutions using our global footprint. By ensuring its involvement throughout the design, development and manufacturing process, Volex is able to contribute to solving industry issues, such as shipping, logistics and installation challenges, by bringing products to market faster and more efficiently."

Amdocs, the provider of customer experience systems, today announced that Telenet will deploy the Amdocs Enterprise Product Catalog. As a result, Telenet will be able to unify product data management across different lines of business and reduce the time required to launch new product bundles and promotions. Telenet will also be able to achieve total cost of ownership savings by reducing the number of systems it operates, says Amdocs.

Telenet is a provider of broadband cable television, telephony and Internet services in Belgium, and a Liberty Global company. The Amdocs Enterprise Product Catalog, part of the Amdocs CES 8 product portfolio, will help Telenet to modernise and automate product lifecycle management processes by establishing a single product information catalog where it can quickly define, blend, price, bundle, maintain and retire new offerings. The Amdocs Enterprise Product Catalog will centralise all the product information that is currently dispersed across Telenet's different legacy billing, ordering and provisioning systems.

Amdocs recently announced Amdocs CES 8, a portfolio of business support systems (BSS), operational support systems (OSS) and service delivery platforms (SDP).

Telmap, a specialist in mobile location solutions, and BlueSky Positioning, enabler of A-GPS for the SIM card industry, jointly announced today a cooperation to bring for the first time, real-time search, mapping and navigation to mobiles, with A-GPS SIM. The cooperation is said to show the ability of BlueSky Positioning's A-GPS technology to incorporate navigation onto mobile phones which lack integral GPS capabilities.

BlueSky Positioning's A-GPS technology, embedded into a phone's SIM card, together with Telmap's search, mapping and navigation solution enable, for example, in-car navigation sessions with 3D moving maps, multi-lingual turn-by-turn directions with street names using text-to-speech, as well as traffic and speed camera information (where available). Telmap's solution also includes pedestrian navigation, guiding users through pedestrian-only areas such as parks, squares, passages, and stairs, tracking user's progress as they walk. The Telmap - BlueSky Positioning cooperation allows smart and mid-range phone users to access real-time location information without the need to invest in location-aware hardware.  The full, comprehensive set of LBS features provided by Telmap's Location Companion works seamlessly with BlueSky Positioning's A-GPS location technology to provide accurate, instant location data and information.    

Ronen Soffer, CTO at Telmap, commented, "In utilizing BlueSky's innovation, Telmap can introduce its LBS and Navigation solution to a larger addressable market, which now includes new consumer segments and a multitude of mid-range mobile phones. This helps further realizing Telmap's strategy of mass market reach for its services, while boosting Operators' business case as well as control over distribution and customer ownership of such services."

Velipekka Kuoppala, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at BlueSky Positioning, added, "The collaboration with market leader Telmap strengthens the confidence in our A-GPS technology for SIM cards, and proves that GPS is not only suitable for high-end phones, but can be made available to all consumer segments with both basic and enhanced phones.  Most importantly, this SIM centric solution gives value chain control to mobile operators and opens up wider opportunities for their marketing teams to create location based services."

The TM Forum today announced the launch of Frameworx, an integrated business architecture blueprint for service providers in the communications and digital services markets. Frameworx will enable service providers to significantly reduce their operational costs and improve business agility by providing an industry agreed approach for rationalizing their operational IT, processes, and systems.

Frameworx expands and integrates the Forum's existing NGOSS standard Business Process (eTOM), Information (SID), and Application (TAM) Frameworks into a full enterprise IT and process architecture that also embraces major IT industry standards such as ITIL and TOGAF. The addition of the new Integration Framework to the suite provides a service oriented integration approach with standardized interfaces and support tools. Another major step forward with Frameworx is the introduction of product certification, certified training, a certified TM Forum partner program, and extensive implementation support that will help service providers implement practical solutions based on Frameworx.

"Frameworx comes at a critical time for the market," said Keith Willetts, Chairman and CEO, TM Forum. "With significant pressure on operating costs, service providers need an enterprise architecture that enables them to move much more quickly; to rapidly integrate new technologies and third party services; to deliver consistent services across the world; and most of all, to significantly cut operating costs. Frameworx provides the blueprint for that agile enterprise-out of the box."

TM Forum Frameworx gives service providers and their suppliers an independent, industry-supported and standardized platform to guide new procurements and migrate their existing myriad of incompatible and fragmented processes and systems, which today often deliver poor business efficiency and delay the introduction of new services.

Albert Hitchcock, Group CIO at Vodafone, said "In today's market we need to offer consistent services to our customers across the world, moving ever faster and delivering more to our customers at ever lower costs. A common, industry supported reference architecture, tailored to meet the particular needs of service providers is very important to us and we welcome this move by the TM Forum."

Phil Dance, Managing Director at BT echoed these sentiments: "We encourage common industry approaches that help us build a vibrant market delivering innovative software at realistic prices. We welcome Frameworx, the TM Forum's move to a SOE-based approach, as it future-proofs investments as the market changes. We especially welcome the ability to build systems and processes tailored to our specific business needs using a common set of standard building blocks."

Frameworx, scheduled for full release in June 2010, is the result of a multi-year TM Forum effort and the substantial contributions of its members. A preview of Frameworx is available now at http://www.tmforum.org/frameworx and includes these new features as well as early versions of the Integration Framework:

  • Telecom and IT integration, incorporating ITIL processes
  • "Getting Started Guides" to enable new users to grasp quickly the information and tools available and to understand the steps needed to apply Frameworks into their environment
  • Managers' Guide overviews of Frameworx and key benefits

Frameworx is the result of extensive collaboration by the Forum's 700-strong corporate membership through TM Forum's collaborative R&D programs. The architecture-built for the industry, by the industry-will consist of:

  • Information Framework version 9
  • Business Process Framework version 8
  • Application Framework version 4
  • Integration Framework version 2
  • A platform architecture approach to facilitate collaboration and management of value chain and outsourcing partners
  • Frameworx Roadmap release 1, showing the release strategy and content for the next 12 months

In addition Frameworx will be supported by software tooling for rapid implementation; identified Business Services developed from business, information, and application framework mappings; plus certified product, training, and support services.

Equinix, a provider of global data centre services, today announced the opening of the first phase of its second International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Geneva, Switzerland. The purpose-built GV2 IBX data centre, Equinix's fifth in the country, will accommodate demand for premium colocation and data centre services from both local and global corporations and banking organisations. The first phase adds 380 cabinets to Equinix's data centre capacity in Geneva and, when fully built out, will total 48,400 gross square feet (4,500 gross square metres) with capacity for 760 cabinet equivalents. The addition more than doubles Equinix's footprint in the city, making it Equinix's largest IBX in Switzerland. Further phases will open during 2010 and will be timed to reflect market demand.

Located west of Geneva's city centre, the new high specification GV2 IBX is located to transport and airport links and is already well-connected to both metro and regional networks, providing Equinix customers with a variety of options to access the data centre. Customers in the Equinix GV2 IBX can access the Equinix GV1 IBX through diverse fibre paths from multiple providers, reaching more than 40 additional carriers and service providers which in turn offer network connectivity to the remainder of Switzerland and the rest of the world.

In addition to providing high-end services to corporations with operations in the city, the data centre will also enable Equinix to continue the expansion of its interconnect business as Geneva is a key location between the Mediterranean fiber landing sites of Marseille, France and Palermo, Italy and the major metropolitan regions of Northern Europe. With 11 carriers, including 022 Télégenève SA - naxoo, Belgacom ICS (International Carrier Services), Cablecom, Cogent, Global Crossing, Level 3 Communications, SIG, Sunrise, Via Numerica and VTLWaveNet - part of the Viatel Group, already extending their networks to the new data centre, Equinix GV2 IBX is on track to become a major carrier hub for the region. In addition, the Equinix GV2 data centre will also provide access to the CIXP (CERN Internet Exchange Point) which is co-operated by Equinix and CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.

"Geneva is a very strategic market for Equinix," said Eric Schwartz, president of Equinix in Europe. "Not only is there growing local demand for high specification data centre services - particularly from the city's financial sector - the city's location between Northern and Southern Europe means it is a key peering point for a increasing number of network operators. Our high specification, high capacity and network-rich GV2 data centre more than doubles our capacity in Geneva, providing our existing and prospective customers with the space to support both their current and future data centre operations."

The GV2 IBX data centre is part of Equinix's $1.4 billion 2007-2010 global expansion plan. The company has also announced plans to open a fourth IBX data centre in Zurich, expected to open in Q2 2010.

NextiraOne, European specialist in communications services, has implemented a wireless data network for Steinbach's logistics centre in Schwertberg, Upper Austria. The solution, based on Mesh Wireless LAN technology, will help improve operations in the company's 15,000 m² warehousing facilities, with space for some 9,000 pallets.

In addition to its core business in the processing of wool, Steinbach also specialises in a wide variety of leisure activities and has a comprehensive range of products for outdoor pools and swimming baths.  Sales throughout Austria are handled from the Schwertberg site, the company's logistics centre. Modern, highly efficient warehouse management allows this traditional, family-owned company to locate and access the different products quickly and deliver them promptly.

In order to optimise its logistics operations, Steinbach decided to refresh its existing data network by implementing a completely mobile solution, integrating all its data devices, including laptops and scanners. Information on incoming and outgoing goods is captured through these mobile devices and data is processed in real time.

NextiraOne conducted a site survey in order to specify the coverage needed, data rates, network capacity, accessibility and quality of service (QoS). The company then planned and designed a mixed wireless LAN infrastructure, taking into account the limitations of the building.  The solution was able to ensure an optimum cost efficiency combined with the best network performance for Steinbach.

The warehouse halls were equipped with the new Mesh WLAN technology, as installing cabling would have been extremely disruptive in halls filled with products. Meshed networks are particularly suitable for older or existing buildings where laying new cabling would be very costly or even impossible. The access points of a Mesh WLAN communicate with one another via radio signal and therefore need only an electrical supply. With the implementation of 802.11n transmission rates additional data volumes of up to 300 Megabits can be carried. Standard Wireless LAN networking is installed in the office buildings.

The 80 Steinbach employees now work using their mobile devices connected via around 50 access points throughout the warehouses and across the site. The management of this high performance Alcatel-Lucent technology is handled via the central Wireless LAN controller, which controls and manages all the functionality of the WLAN network and the access points. The controller is managed directly by Steinbach's IT team.

"Technology must adapt to the conditions and requirements of the individual company, not the other way around. Our aim as the solutions integrator is to plan and implement the best customised solutions for our customers," explains Margarete Schramböck, Vice President NextiraOne Germany & Austria.

Peter Steinbach, General Manager of Steinbach GmbH, is convinced of the value of the new technology: "Our warehouses are amongst the most modern in Austria and are at the heart of our operational activity. We needed a highly flexible solution that would optimise our operations without affecting the day-to-day running of our full warehouses. The implementation of a mixed mesh WLAN and wireless LAN solution shows the flexibility of the technology and of our partner, NextiraOne, in adapting to our requirements."

Occam Networks,  a broadband access supplier offering multi-service access platform (MSAP) solutions based on pure packet technologies, announced today that it has expanded its EMEA reseller network by signing one of Hungary's leading systems integrators and resellers, Ring-NET of Budapest.

Ring-NET, which covers the whole of Hungary, was established in 1996, and is a successful systems integrator throughout the Central and Eastern European telecommunications market. Its areas of design and operational expertise include IP systems, VoIP systems and IP based video transmission systems, as well as numerous Cable IP networks at leading enterprises and carriers including MATAV (Magyar telephone company, Hungary), Antenna Hungaria, British Telecom Hungary and the BME Technical University.

"The Hungarian market is developing rapidly, in most cases much faster than those of its neighbours, and there is a real demand for high performance broadband access and new services such as IPTV," said Ring-NET CEO Tibor Orban.  "Occam's FTTP and DSL solutions give us flexible, reliable tools to meet these needs."

"As one of the leaders in our market we are looking to constantly bring world class levels of service delivery and reliability and we are delighted to be teaming up with Occam Networks, who have vast experience in telecommunications and entertainment service delivery.  Combined with our attention to customer needs, we offer a compelling solution to broadband network operators." 

The signing of Ring-NET follows the recent partnership with Maribor, Slovenia, based Optisis d.o.o. as a system integrator and reseller for Slovenia and the Adriatic countries including Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania and Hungary.

"As demand for increased bandwidth from both residential and enterprise users escalates, European network operators of all sizes are selecting fibre technologies such as Ethernet and GPON as the infrastructure solution of choice," said Russ Sharer, VP of Marketing at Occam Networks. 

"This fits ideally with our range of products and I'm absolutely delighted to have Ring-NET join our growing base of strategic reseller partners to satisfy the broadband needs of the Hungarian market."

7 layers, an international provider of test, certification and type approval services for products with integrated wireless technologies, and Spectrum Design Solutions, a wireless design engineering services company, are announcing their new partnership and will be exhibiting together at the International CTIA Wireless 2010 in Las Vegas from March 23-25. Visitors to booth 2035 in hall C3 will find out how their time to market issues can benefit from the combined experience and expertise of these two companies.

Spectrum Design Solutions, working together with 7 layers can offer customers who are integrating a wireless design the quickest time to market, starting with system analysis and requirements definition through all the steps of a design, testing and certification process. This partnership is the result of the long-standing working relationship between the two companies.

Today, it has become increasingly more difficult for developers to successfully launch a product. As products have become technically more complex and the market more competitive navigating these challenges has become even more important.

Many wireless module and chipset providers are referring their customers to 7 layers and to Spectrum. Their combined services can help developers handle the complicated design and integration processes with the obligatory test and certification processes in mind. This way, product development - including integration processes - becomes more efficient and the subsequent certification and type approval procedures more straightforward.

"This is especially true of M2M device manufacturers, whose products do not originate from the wireless world and who are looking to add wireless capability to augment their product portfolio and features sets. These companies can leverage our combined experience and benefit from support during the design, testing and certification process," explains Bruce York, business development manager of 7 layers, "It can be extremely valuable for them to have a center of excellence such as Spectrum acting as an extension of their own R&D team to assist manufacturers before they come to the stage of final product certification."

The performing of early development testing and pre-screening are a great way to assess a project's readiness. With the experience of testing many devices in different disciplines such as Global Regulatory, RF and Protocol compliance, Application Enabler, and Field & Interoperability (FIT), 7 layers in combination with Spectrum can advise customers early in the development process on the pros and cons of their technology choices.

"Spectrum and 7 layers are working closely together and our combined experience has been a great benefit to our mutual customers. We know each other's processes and lab facilities which helps work through issues quickly," comments Mike Fette, Spectrum VP of business development: "Our partnership is of great value to customers who come to us early in their design. We can also help those who have already started the certification process on their own. By interpreting the data taken in the (pre-) certification process and offering alternative options we help customers pass certification without further delay".

Celona, a specialist in business-centric application data migration software, together with Logica, an IT and business services company, today announced the ‘go-live' of a major OSS network inventory application data migration.  This latest customer deployment combines the Celona Evolve zero downtime application data migration software platform with Logica's ability to deploy complex programmes for major organisations. The combined expertise of Logica with Celona's software is said to have enabled KPN to run a business-centric migration with minimal disruption and risk to their business and ensure multi million euro cost savings.

Without need for any downtime and consequences for the daily business, KPN has been able to migrate business process specific network inventory management (NIM) data from their existing live NIM system, copy that data in real-time to their new live NIM system and keep the two instances in real-time synchronisation for as long as needed to support KPN's business processes.

Data migration has been a long standing problem area for telecoms providers who are undertaking OSS/BSS application transformation, consolidation or upgrade. Application areas spanning Billing, Network Inventory, CRM, Order Management and others have grown increasingly complex, with business processes that cannot be disrupted without a severe impact on the business. Therefore the need for software tools purpose built for application data migration that can be successfully utilised at a business control level to de-risk and remove enterprise migration costs, has never been so high.

Aging tools and methods which have their roots in data warehousing are not suited to OSS/BSS critical business application migration. This has created a clear requirement for new generation software that can provide the technical and business level agility to meet today's needs in the changing Telecoms landscape.

Sicco Wiersma, Manager Innovation Networks of KPN commented, "Simply consolidating everything into a single instance of a COTS application isn't always something you can realise easily in the OSS world. KPN is constantly looking to optimise its business processes and increase automated provisioning. This creates better customer service, lower costs and more revenue for KPN. Because Celona Evolve enables us to copy the data to the new platform and enable new automated processes, while allowing us to still keep the old system fully synchronised, we can realise the business benefits without needing to make a large investment to consolidate the two platforms. This allows us to transform by moving business processes and be ROI driven rather than being forced to do ‘big bang' consolidations that require huge upfront investment and are high risk for our daily business."

Charles Andrews, CEO of Celona, commented, "Application data migration is now arguably the key success factor in the deployment of new OSS/BSS applications and we are delighted to support KPN in this key OSS application data migration in partnership with Logica. The long associated risks, disruption and costs of migration can now be removed and our software is achieving that for Telecoms providers such as KPN, giving control and agility to the business."

Rob Leijn, Managing Director Energy, Utilities & Telecoms Logica The Netherlands, said, "Understandably Telecoms companies want to be in control of their operations, especially when undertaking a critical application data migration. Enabling business agility when it comes to the migration process, rather than having it determined by IT capabilities, allows this to happen. Logica's alliance with Celona now offers clients the opportunity to dramatically reduce business risks and project timeframes in OSS/BSS application migrations.

cVidya Networks, a global provider of Revenue Intelligence solutions for telecom, media and entertainment service providers, announced today the launch of its Integrated Revenue Intelligence Solutions (IRIS) suite. With the acquisition of ECtel, cVidya says it is consolidating the product portfolios of both companies and now offers fraud management and margin analytics in addition to revenue assurance.

cVidya's IRIS is designed to help operators  maximize their margins, improve their customer experience and optimize eco-system relationships through revenue assurance, fraud and risk management, dealer management, margin analytics, and clearinghouse services. The end-to-end solution provides operators with a 360-degree view of their revenues, costs and margins.

cVidya's IRIS suite offers the following solutions, all integrated to address the entire spectrum of service operators' requirements:


·         MoneyMap - Identify and reclaim revenue leakages by reconciling OSS/BSS and networks

  • FraudView - Identify next-generation fraud patterns and perform real-time subscriber risk management
  • DealerMap - Manage relationships between service providers and their dealers
  • BusinessView Analyze and optimize price-plan margins and measure service profitability
  • EZTrust - Manage disputes and settlements for B2B partners and wholesale providers


"With the acquisition of ECtel, cVidya has taken the next step towards providing the optimum response to the market's growing need for convergent fraud management, revenue assurance and margin analytics while increasing overall market consolidation", said Alon Aginsky, Founder, President and CEO of cVidya Networks. "We see the future in adding analytical tools into products and solutions and believe that this is where the industry is heading, which is exactly what cVidya is doing now.  cVidya has always been a pioneer, breaking new ground in both technology and methodology. Following the acquisition of ECtel, we remain committed to providing innovative end-to-end solutions to our growing base of over 130 customers."

cVidya's IRIS solutions feature built-in components that address all business domains and services, including data/IP,  wholesale/retail, prepaid, mobile content, TV, cross-domain bundles, interconnect, roaming, and more.

Vodafone Global Enterprise (VGE), the business within Vodafone that manages the communication needs of its largest enterprise customers, today announced that it has won the contract to provide Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) with a fully managed MPLS network in 67 countries, connecting over 400 sites across Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Specifically, Vodafone Global Enterprise will provide DPDHL with an international Wide Area Network (WAN) across the three regions and a domestic WAN in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The solution enables DPDHL to provide improved tracking capabilities, allowing employees quicker and easier access to vital bespoke applications, as well as providing critical connectivity to DPDHL's data centres in Czech Republic and Malaysia.

Vodafone Global Enterprise consultants worked closely with DPDHL to understand its fixed data network requirements for the Express, Global Forwarding & Freight, and Supply Chain Business Units. Based on these requirements, Vodafone Global Enterprise will implement a fully integrated and managed network.

The fully managed MPLS network has been designed to provide DPDHL's key business units with a resilient, agile and flexible telecoms service to support its growth and deliver greater cost efficiencies, while enhancing the user experience. As well as providing enhanced security and improved performance levels for business-critical applications, the solution is said to demonstrate Vodafone's ability to utilise its global capabilities to deliver to specific customer requirements. It also provides DPDHL with a platform on which to build further cost-effective, converged services.

Vodafone Global Enterprise won the contract to provide the fully managed fixed data networks due to its international reach, its expertise in providing telecoms solutions across many countries with diverse operating requirements, and the broadening of its capabilities into the total communications space.

Vodacom's country businesses - Gateway Business Services and Vodacom Business South Africa - have combined with Vodafone Global Enterprise to provide complete connectivity and management between the international networks as well as comprehensive project management support throughout, ensuring that all regions benefit from its global reach and expertise. Gateway Business Services and Vodacom Business South Africa are operating divisions of Vodacom Group Limited, a Vodafone subsidiary.

"With Vodafone's MPLS solution DPDHL has access to streamlined and reliable telecoms services to improve both productivity and performance" says Ralf Weissbeck, Managing Director of IT Services at DPDHL. "Vodafone Global Enterprise will help us to deliver on these points by giving us a fully managed and converged next-generation network solution that greatly enhances service reliability and performance while effectively reducing costs."

"Leading businesses require solutions and services that give them peace of mind both in terms of delivering value as well as ensuring high quality of service," said Vodafone Global Enterprise CEO, Nick Jeffery. "Vodafone Global Enterprise has worked closely with DPDHL to understand their business requirements so that we can offer them a solution that makes it easier and more cost effective to manage their communications in this fast-growing region. By managing their network needs, we enable them to continue to focus squarely on the business they know best." 

    

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