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KPN and Narrowstep join forces to offer 'world's first' end to end wholesale Internet TV solution

KPN Global Carrier Services has teamed up with Narrowstep, the leading European provider of TV over the Internet solutions, to provide a wholesale Internet TV offering to mobile and fixed network operators, ISPs and content parties.

Narrowstep has developed the most comprehensive Internet TV platform that can deliver the highest quality, long-form programming available, giving audiences a true TV-like viewing experience over the Internet.

"We have looked long and hard at this market before deciding to work with Narrowstep," comments Gert-Jan Huizer, VP Portfolio Management within KPN Global Carrier Services. "The combination of their leading edge technology, and our international IP network and global customer base will enable us to offer the first comprehensive, end to end, wholesale Internet TV service on the market."

KPN will offer a bundled service to international wholesale customers that will enable them to monetize video content and decommoditize bandwidth sales. The new service will launch in October 2007, and as part of the deal, Narrowstep will use KPN's global network infrastructure to extend its Content Distribution Network.

"By continuing to develop and invest in our Internet TV platform, we can deliver the most comprehensive and scalable solution to world-class carriers like KPN," said, David C. McCourt, Chairman and CEO of Narrowstep. "Our relationship with KPN will allow us to offer our platform to customers in new markets who are serious about managing and monetizing professionally produced video content over the Internet."

Swisscom Mobile signs Wi-Fi hotspot roaming agreement with Trustive

Trustive, Europe's leading wireless hotspot access provider, has announced that it has signed a bilateral roaming agreement with Swisscom Mobile, Switzerland's leading mobile provider.

The agreement means that Swisscom Mobile's customers will be able to access Trustive's global network, which already covers most major European airports and many other prime locations.  In addition, Swisscom Mobile's hotspot network of more than 1,000 high-quality hotspots in Switzerland, including Geneva airport and many major hotels, will be integrated into the Trustive network. This now includes over 32,000 hotspots, of which 25,000 hotspots are already available, with the remainder becoming accessible within 30 days.

Swisscom Mobile customers will be able to gain seamless access to the extended hotspots offering through a Swisscom Mobile branded web login by entering their mobile number and a password received via SMS. Via this login users will be able to use the Trustive network wherever they are in the world and have the convenience of being billed for the hotspot usage to their Swisscom Mobile invoice.

Gavin Dresselhuis, co-founder and managing director of Trustive, said: "Swisscom Mobile is a key mobile operator in the European WiFi space, so we are delighted to be working with them.  This furthers Trustive's position as leaders in the European WiFi access market and is great news for both our retail and wholesale customers."

Tommy Bertling, senior product manager at Swisscom Mobile, said: "We are continually looking to provide innovative WiFi services to our customers. This agreement with Trustive means that we can offer access to an expanded hi-quality network all under the Swisscom brand."

3G operator, DNA Finland, deploys Comptel Provisioning and Activation Solution to support VNOs

Comptel Corporation, a leading vendor of dynamic Operations Support System (OSS) software, has announced today that Finnish mobile operator DNA Finland is using the Comptel Provisioning and Activation Solution to support service providers and MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators). The Comptel solution allows DNA Finland to meet its service providers and MVNOs individual service activation needs, providing faster time-to-market as well as efficiencies.

DNA Finland is a 3G mobile operator, with over 1 million prepaid and post-paid customers. It also provides the network for approximately 10 service providers and MVNOs. DNA Finland needed a way to provision its customers fast and cost effectively, and also enable its partners to do the same with their customers.

Mrs Riitta Tiuraniemi, DNA's CEO explains: "DNA offers the most price-competitive products in Europe, according to a study by the Ministries of Transport and Communications of 17 EU countries. DNA really believes in value for money through innovation. Comptel's flexible end-to-end solution enables design, tracing and migration of services used by the VNO's subscribers which is prerequisite for efficient product management. We now have a very streamlined organisation to support not only the DNA provisioning and activation but also the various MVNOs in our network."

Comptel Provisioning and Activation Solution is a complete solution that is designed to cover all the processes from accepting an order to activating a billable service. At DNA, the solution includes authentication and authorisation, enabling service providers and MVNOs to activate their own services directly.

Mr. Kari Pasonen, Comptel's Senior Vice President, Provisioning Business, concludes: "There is no doubt innovative service providers like DNA Finland help Comptel maintain its position as a leading-edge provider of provisioning and activation solutions. This project demonstrates once again that Comptel can help deliver real value for money not only to our customers, but also to their own customers, which in the case of DNA Finland includes other service providers such as MVNOs."

Cable & Wireless introduces fixed cost Secure Mobility service

Cable & Wireless Europe, Asia & US is now offering customers Secure Mobility, a fully managed service enabling secure, fixed cost WiFi access anywhere around the world. 

The new service is claimed to mark a number of industry firsts, such as: first to market with a fixed, per seat cost model for mobility; first to offer a combined managed secure network admission solution; first to combine these with SSL Quick Deployment VPN within a single managed service.

The new Secure Mobility managed service is designed to enable business customers to efficiently roll out "all inclusive" WiFi, 3G and voice mobile network access with internet roaming to the workforce, on a fixed cost, per seat basis.

Secure Mobility enables simple cost-benefit analysis for the business to add mobility quickly and transparently without introducing additional security threats. Customers also benefit from inherent disaster recovery capability through Cable & Wireless' dual site resilience, improved business continuity planning ability, reduced office real estate requirement as well as the human elements of increased productivity through flexible working, improved staff retention and morale.

Tim Ryan, Global Roaming Product Manager for Security and Secure Mobility for Cable & Wireless said: "Customers now expect to conduct business through any device, at any time and from any location at home or abroad.  Secure Mobility removes the remaining barriers for businesses to making this happen, namely the unknown costs associated with traditional access minutes, intermittent security and the complexity of managing a mobile workforce.

"To keep our promise of delivering excellent customer service, we have designed a complete managed solution to address these issues, which creates a service precedent customers find very compelling."

Ryan continues: "Mobility is increasingly business critical for enterprise organisations. Secure Mobility is a market defining service bringing together all of the critical elements underpinning mobile internet and VPN access into a bitesize managed service for customers to easily roll out to the workforce and justify to the board. It's another great example of Cable & Wireless' commitment to delivering genuinely excellent customer service."

Carrier Call and Kabel Deutschland agree on broad strategic collaboration

Carrier Call, manufacturer of complex software solutions for the telecommunications industry, has added Kabel Deutschland, Germany's largest cable net operator to the list of clients for its integrated solution XCarrier. XCarrier by Carrier Call is an integrated product suite based on most modern 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 for a 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 Kabel Deutschland, builds an important part for any service provider building a NGN (Next Generation Network) of integrated services.

Colibria launches Internet Community Mobile Instant Messaging solution

Colibria, the  Mobile Instant Messaging (MIM) provider, has announced a new fully managed Windows Live Messenger solution for Operators and Service Providers. The new client-server solution will provide an end-to-end MIM implementation.
 
Developed by Colibria's in-house team, and incorporating a new J2ME/Symbian compatible Client and Windows Live Messenger Gateway, the solution provides an extensive feature set. This includes the ability to receive ‘nudges', send pictures, sound and video, join in multi-party conversations across internet and mobile IM, as well as enabling users to set and receive Presence information.
 
Colibria already has extensive expertise in deploying Internet Community IM solutions, having implemented the Windows Live Messenger service for 11 million TeliaSonera subscribers across Estonia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden (TeliaSonera Sweden and Halebop) and Norway (NetCom). In combination with the company's extensive experience in Operator Community IM solutions, Colibria now powers new generation mobile communities throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America with an addressable subscriber base in excess 300m users.
 
Lars Kristian Roland, CTO Colibria, commented: "Both Operator-owned and Internet-based Mobile Instant Messaging services have a crucial role to play in driving consumer adoption of MIM. These two models will grow side by side. For instance, Strategy Analytics predicts that Internet based services will smash $1.2 billion a year by 2011 - around 25% of the global MIM market. This is a huge potential industry and ensuring a compelling user experience through the most advanced solutions is vital to realise this."
 
Colibria's Internet Community IM solutions work seamlessly with its modular portfolio of Subscription and Download Manager server products. To give the most effective service for Operators, the Subscription Manager module supports marketing campaigns and multiple subscription charging models. The Download Manager allows Operators to create push and pull models for download and upgrade of device client software.
 
All Colibria's Internet Community IM solutions are fully managed by Colibria's data centre, offering secure and robust hosting and management services. This solution will support Microsoft's protocol MSP 3.0.

Interoute doubles business in Sweden with acquisition of hosting and managed services company, pi.se

Interoute, owner of Europe's most advanced next-generation voice and data network has more than doubled its business in Sweden with the acquisition of Swedish Internet communications and services specialist pi.se. This move adds hundreds of new customers to Interoute's business and increases the number of employees in Sweden to 40. pi.se was founded in 1994 and has 27 employees and hundreds of business clients including Volvo, BMW Group Sverige, Expressen, SBAB, Svenska McDonalds and Vasakronan.

Gareth Williams Interoute's CEO said "We have been searching for a company that could strengthen our offering in Managed Services, which is a rapidly growing part of Interoute's business in Europe today. We have previously been able to handle the management of Scandinavian business systems and services through other sites in Europe but with our increased presence and specialist competency we will be able to intensify our work within this area"

Interoute also gain the pi.se data centre in Stockholm. This will be integrated into Interoute's pan-European next generation network, along with Interoute's existing data centres in Amsterdam, Berlin, Geneva, Madrid, Munich, Paris, London.

LogicaCMG and Axiom Systems partner to target service providers in the Middle East

Axiom Systems, the leader in Service Fulfillment software for communications service providers, today announced a partnership with LogicaCMG that will see the companies develop and deliver joint solutions tailored to the specific needs of service providers in the Middle East.  

LogicaCMG will act as a Value Added Reseller for Axiom Systems' market-leading AXIOSS Suite and Active Catalog, which speed the design and delivery of wireline and wireless services for SPs, providing faster time to market.  LogicaCMG and Axiom Systems have also invested in a joint deployment team that will ensure the optimized delivery of and support for new and existing customers.  

"The Middle East is a unique telecoms market and one that will benefit from a more targeted and regionally-focused approach," said Nik Soheili, VP Strategic Business Development at Axiom Systems. "Axiom Systems' partnership with LogicaCMG enables the development of a set of regionally tailored solutions underpinned by a specialized local deployment and support team."  

"The LogicaCMG and Axiom Systems partnership combines best-in-breed technologies with many years of practical worldwide telecom experience," said Mohsen Mohseninia, Managing Director for Telecom and Media in Middle East and Africa, at LogicCMG. "We believe that combining these strengths with a locally oriented approach will enable the particular needs and challenges faced by Middle East service providers to be better addressed."  

The AXIOSS Suite provides customers with advanced solutions for new services including IPTV, VoIP, IP VPN and Triple Play, and includes modules for Order Management, Service Inventory, Service Activation as well as a Designer Tool.   

LogicaCMG provides business consulting, systems integration and IT and business process outsourcing across diverse markets including telecoms.  LogicaCMG is the leading supplier of Operational Support Systems solutions such as Flow-Through Provisioning, Inventory Management and Service Assurance solutions for telecom customers. Highlights include end to end service provisioning for Slovak Telecom, OSS design and implementation for one of UK's leading mobile operator; the design, build and integration of a ground-breaking content-management system for Australia's leading telecoms operator; and the implementation of the first hosted MVNO service in Switzerland in only 6 weeks. 

Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom enter managed services deal for microwave network

Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom, one of the world's largest incumbents, have entered a six-year managed services partnership. The strategically important contract covers the operation and maintenance of Deutsche Telekom's microwave network in Germany.

As part of the transaction, roughly 200 employees will be transferred from T-Com to Ericsson, the world's leading telecom vendor and service provider. T-Com will transfer its microwave assets and related operation activities to Ericsson. Ericsson will thereby take over full responsibility for the realization and operation of Deutsche Telekom AG's microwave based links in Germany, including planning, deployment, operation and field services.

T-Com will buy capacity from Ericsson as part of an ongoing managed services contract.

Hans Vestberg, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Unit Global Services at Ericsson says: "We are confident that we not only can maintain the high quality of the network while helping reduce costs for our customer, but that we can also improve profitability in the operation of microwave networks over coming years by adding new customers. This agreement will also lay the foundation for our strategy to make managed services a growth area and success story in Germany as well. We welcome the highly qualified new employees from T-Com, whom we will offer attractive career paths in an international environment of a true global player."