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Bridgewater Systems, the mobile personalization company, today announced that the company has been recognized as the global policy server market share leader in 2008 by Infonetics Research in its April 2009 report "Policy Servers Market Share, Size, and Forecasts."

The Infonetics report noted that Bridgewater's position as the #1 global policy server market share leader is due to the company's success in the 3G and 4G market. The report further states that the policy server market will continue to grow annually in the high double-digit percents over the next five years, reaching US$1.3 billion in 2013. 

Service providers are implementing policy servers to manage the explosive growth in mobile data, personalize applications, and enforce quality of service across applications and content. The adoption of 3G and 4G LTE and WiMAX networks is expected to further increase demand as multimedia applications grow in popularity and as mobile devices become more specialized and sophisticated. 

The Bridgewater Policy Controller with Smart Caps is a PCRF-compliant policy control function that provides real-time network, application, and subscriber policies to manage mobile data growth, ensure fair usage, prevent mobile ‘bill shock,' and deliver personalized services.

Shira Levine, Directing Analyst, Next Gen OSS and Policy, Infonetics Research said: "Bridgewater recognized the importance of the mobile segment of the policy server market early on and is benefiting from the continued rapid growth in this market. The company's global policy server market share leadership is based on its extensive 3G and 4G deployments. " 

David Sharpley, Senior Vice President, Bridgewater Systems added: "The Infonetics report validates Bridgewater's unique network, application and subscriber policy approach to managing mobile data growth, personalizing applications such as on-demand videos and social networking, ensuring fair usage, and preventing mobile bill shock. We are delighted to be recognized as both the 2008 global policy server market leader and the leader in the mobile segment by Infonetics."

MTS Belarus and over-the-air Device and SIM management specialist Sicap have today announced the imminent marketing of a new credit screening service for MTS prepaid customers.

Sicap credit screening gives mobile users a zero-touch, always-on glance at their pre-paid balance. Real time information is enabled by connecting a Sicap over the air SIM applet to the MTS call billing server. As such, each call is immediately debited from the account balance and the updated remaining credit displayed.

MTS Belarus can roll out the service very quickly. The confirmed partners will demonstrate the credit-screening service and be committed to providing the best customer care and self-care in Belarus, market leader MTS can leverage the power of its Sicap-implemented Dynamic SIM tool kit (D STK), a flexible information delivery platform which has been in service since 2008 in the MTS Belarus network. With over 50% market shares, the leading operator MTS consistently relies on Sicap technology to sustain loyalty building and to retain custom through service differentiation. Perhaps the greatest competitive advantage of the D STK platform for MTS is the extremely quick conception to roll-out times for the new services, enabling them to be positioned as the sole operator on the market to propose credit screening.

MTS and Sicap will explore a number of similar SIM-based service opportunities which could include dynamic screening of preferential call rates, special offers or credit top-up alerts.

Benefits for the operator are not limited to accrued customer loyalty. Because real time information screened directly on the mobile device is perceived by mobile users as a great way of simplifying their mobile experience, a large number of them are prepared to pay a nominal fee for these services. As services grow on the D STK platform, the financial gain curve will quickly be exponential.

Sicap's confirmed over-the-air expertise means that they can guarantee usability of screening services in the Belarus market context on at least 80% of devices, whether on the home network or in a roaming context.

According to Simon Hofer, Managing Director of Sicap Eastern Europe, "The Sicap SIM DSTK implementation has opened up a myriad of opportunities for MTS to get to market quickly with sticky services which customers really want. We will proudly demonstrate credit screening with MTS at the 2009 TIBO congress in the Belarus capital and share with them our experience of dynamic services on two other continents."

COLT, a leading European provider of business communications, has extended the reach of its Ethernet services right across the UK in response to fast growing demand from SMEs as well as large organisations for higher speed and lower cost data networks. This is part of an ongoing programme to extend the reach and capabilities of COLT-grade Ethernet services in the UK and globally. 

Building on its long-standing reputation as a quality Ethernet services provider to businesses in London, Manchester and Birmingham, COLT can now offer highly secure and competitively priced Ethernet connections for branch offices and headquarters anywhere in the country, thanks to new interconnect arrangements (Ethernet NNI). Customers can now benefit from the same quality they are used to with COLT Ethernet on a nationwide basis. 

One of the first UK customers to take advantage of COLT's extended reach is leading intellectual property firm, Marks & Clerk. COLT has connected its 13 offices across the UK and in Luxembourg using its Ethernet Private Network solution.

Tim Roche, IT director at Marks & Clerk LLP, said, "We have expanded rapidly over the last few years and have centralised our IT applications so that we can operate more easily as a single brand. We needed one technology partner who could connect together all our offices and data centres, providing the technical expertise we don't have inhouse and a robust disaster recovery solution. COLT's Ethernet solution is the best choice for us because it is so simple to manage and easy to scale the bandwidth up and down as we grow the business further." 

Andy Horn, head of SME, COLT UK added, "Ethernet is increasingly recognised as the de facto technology for data networks because it is the simplest, most flexible and lowest cost way to deliver IT applications across a business - as IT budgets get squeezed, it's increasingly relevant.

"Ethernet has traditionally been used by larger organisations only for wide area networks, but we are now seeing real demand amongst SMEs as the number of applications and volume of data they need for their business is growing exponentially. As businesses look to increase video-conferencing, centralise IT applications and use software as a service, demand for Ethernet networks will only increase further. It's essential that businesses across the UK have access to choice and value for money when it comes to new data services." 

Recent forecasts by IDC support this growth trend. According to IDC's latest European WAN Managers survey 2008, there will be an 18% increase in companies using Ethernet in 2009. 

Ontology Systems will showcase its Service Management application, OSS/CAD, at Management World 2009 in Nice to show how service providers can achieve overall BSS/OSS data integrity and alignment, service impact and fault prioritization, and SLA impact analysis using a semantic approach to virtual Unified Service Modeling.

Launched at last year's conference, Ontology Systems' OSS/CAD simplifies the way in which service providers manage and understand their operational systems by providing customer and service transparency across the OSS/BSS infrastructure and networks. OSS/CAD enables the virtual unification of existing systems to solve the problem of siloed infrastructure data.

With version 2.0 ready for launch at this year's conference, OSS/CAD remains at the very forefront of applying ontologies and semantics - technologies originally developed in military and intelligence applications - to deliver a breakthrough approach to reinterpreting business, operational and infrastructural data as a single virtual Unified Service Model.

Over the past year fixed line, mobile and next generation carriers have used OSS/CAD to rapidly build and deliver OSS Service Management applications in a matter of weeks - not months. These deployments include: 

  • Service Impact and Fault Prioritization  
  • Overall OSS/BSS Data Integrity and Alignment
  • SLA Impact Analysis
  • Stranded Asset Identification
  • Revenue Assurance
  • 360 degree Customer View
  • Legacy Migration and Transformation
  • Unified Topology and Inventory Views
  • Change Management and Customer Notification.

Ontology will be showcasing OSS/CAD 2.0 at Booth 111 in Hall 1 and demonstrating the breakthrough innovation achieved with existing customers and projects.

DiBcom, a fabless semiconductor company and specialist in mobile TV solutions,  has announced that it has entered into a cooperation agreement with the satellite-based service Solaris Mobile which recently sucessfully launched its W2A satellite payload. Solaris Mobile will provide mobile television and in-vehicle entertainment, information and communication services across Europe. DiBcom supplies DVB-SH broadcast receiver solutions to enable mobile devices to have access to the multimedia content transmitted by satellite and terrestrial repeater.

Solaris Mobile is one of four operators that submitted an application to the European Commission last October for the rollout of mobile satellite services over dedicated S-Band spectrum. This took place under a single European selection procedure and on behalf of the 27 Member States of the EU. With a state-of-the-art satellite in orbit, Solaris Mobile is in the unique position of immediately being able to offer mobile services that utilise next generation mobile hybrid networks and enable the provision of innovative services to consumers across Europe.

The Eutelsat W2A satellite carries Europe's first S-Band payload owned by Solaris Mobile. It will offer Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) such as the broadcasting of video, radio and data to mobile devices and vehicle receivers as well as a range of interactive mobile services. Using the DVB-SH hybrid satellite and terrestrial standard, Solaris Mobile will provide mobile television coverage across Europe.

DiBcom claims to be the first company in the world to manufacture and market DVB-SH receivers. This multi-band and multi-mode solution featuring dual RF tuners supports DVB-SH, DVB-H and DVB-T in S-Band and UHF frequencies which is ideal for the European Digital TV deployments and in continuity with the European Commission's strategy. DiBcom's involvement in this ground-breaking mobile satellite launch was both a logical and strategic choice. The Agreement between Solaris Mobile and DiBcom will provide an enabling force to the mobile television markets in Europe by providing distribution technology for mass market consumption in the most economic way. Live trials using DVB-SH are currently underway in France, Spain and Italy.

Commenting on the trail-blazing initiative, Yannick Levy, CEO of DiBcom said: "First, we congratulate Solaris Mobile on the successful launch of its satellite capacity. We are witnessing the dawn of a whole new era for Mobile TV services with truely universal continental coverage. There is no doubt that Solaris Mobile will leverage the industry-leading knowledge and experience of its founding companies towards a new set of mobile applications of real value to end users throughout Europe."

Steve Maine, President and CEO of Solaris Mobile added, "We are convinced that this is the most innovative opportunity in Europe's telecommunications and media marketplaces and are extremely pleased that DiBcom is a leading participant in one of our major strategic mobile satellite service initiatives. As a major player of the DVB-SH ecosystem their technology will enable the deployment of a fully-fledged TV experience on mobile devices, anytime, anywhere and enable us to begin a new chapter in satellite communications in Europe."

Derdack, a provider of mobile messaging platforms and notification workflow software, has announced that MTN Cyprus has become the first customer to sign up for the beta program for message master nx, the mobile messaging SDP. According to Derdack, the new product will enable operators to consolidate, optimise and better manage existing messaging services whilst providing a platform for greater innovation.

MTN Cyprus, one of the largest telecommunications providers in Cyprus, is a current user of Derdack's message master xsp software, and will gain early access to the  platform that has been designed specifically to meet the needs of mobile operators.

Ioannis Michaelides, VAS Manager, MTN Cyprus said, "We were impressed with the innovative concept of Derdack's new product, as it addresses perfectly most of the messaging needs of mobile operators in fast evolving markets.  It further extends the wide range of messaging capabilities of the previous product version and bundles everything in a very well designed user interface.  I am looking forward to seeing how it will assist us even more in the development of new services for our clients."

The beta program will allow users to test and experience the powerful new service centric functionality within message master nx. Users will provide valuable feedback allowing Derdack to further develop the service delivery platform and also to fix potential bugs.  The program will result in structured and direct feedback from those who have evaluated the new product.

Matthes Derdack, Managing Director, of Derdack said, "The early innovators that we have spoken to are excited by the opportunity to consolidate multiple VAS services onto a single platform.  Once we explained the concept there were a number of operators who immediately recognised how message master nx offers something new and were interested in joining the program.  Feedback from the beta evaluation will give us validation that the concept and business model are correct and the functionality can deliver the promised benefits and we will shortly be issuing additional invites to selected operators as we expand the program."

message master nx is said to be a complementary product to Derdack's message master xsp, the established product which enables businesses such as application service providers, media companies and financial institutions to design and roll out mobile messaging services. message master nx has been specifically developed to meet the requirements faced by operators, delivers greater business agility and more cost effective operational performance.

TM Forum, the world's premier industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, today confirmed details of a new defense-related Technology Catalyst project. Key players from the global defense industry - including Booz Allen Hamilton, QinetiQ Ltd, NATO C3 Agency, DAX Technologies, Thales Communications, John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab and Progress Software - will converge at Management World 2009 to demonstrate the results of this collaborative project, which focuses on improving the operational agility and real-time management of complex space networks.

Entitled "Collaborated End-to-End Operation and Service Management in Space Communications," the project looks at the end-to-end operation and multiple aspects of services that enable Network-Centric Operations with IP-based space communications management systems. The demonstration - part of the Forum's Technology Innovation Zone at Management World - will illustrate how policy-based management and TM Forum Solution Frameworks can be applied and extended to create a comprehensive operational solution to dynamically manage multi-operator space technologies.  Use of the Forum's standards has enabled the solution to be deployed repeatedly in a multi-vendor environment with extensive reuse, significantly reducing overall deployment cost, while the application of policy enables operational agility needed to support defense missions.

TM Forum's Technology Catalyst program delivers the environment for companies to work together, tackling management challenges in an environment that fosters an accelerated process for identifying deployable, cost-effective solutions. According to Martin Creaner, President and CTO, TM Forum, "One of the key benefits that TM Forum provides to its members is enabling a truly collaborative environment for the ongoing research and development of technology, standards and business processes.  Traditionally collaboration is difficult for members of the Defense Industry; however, under the auspices of the TM Forum, and leveraging the TM Forum's expertise in fostering multi-company collaboration, the participants saw a tremendous value in making it work to participate in this Catalyst project."

Technical Lead for the Technology Catalyst Project William Chang, Technical Fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton, commented, "Network-centric operations require information sharing and situational awareness, which in turn require seamless collaboration among service providers and operations in a coalition environment.  These cross-operational-domain offerings, both mission planning and service management, require a much higher degree of flexibility than do traditional management frameworks.  By incorporating TM Forum standard frameworks into this first defense-focused Catalyst project, the team has successfully created a new direction for industry leaders to explore for their mutual benefit. It is foreseeable that this exercise will eventually drive a greater adaptation of these standards in the defense industry."

Christy Coffey, TM Forum Defense Sector Head, added, "This team has put together a forward-thinking demonstration for our Management World 2009 conference in Nice.  With defense budgets under increasing scrutiny, the members who are participating in this project are finding the use of the TM Forum frameworks and interfaces invaluable for defining solutions that meet their cost goals.   Not only do our members benefit, but the TM Forum benefits, as well, with some of the world's foremost experts feeding their collaborative learning on Policy Based Management back into the TM Forum's Solutions Frameworks."

The project represents one of seven individual Technology Catalysts to be demonstrated within the Forumville Technology Innovation Zone at Management World 2009.

NEC has announced the creation of NEC Eastern Europe, headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. The new company will target 15 per cent revenue growth with a significant focus on the fast developing Eastern European Enterprise business with converged IT-Network solutions.

NEC has already been extremely successful with telecommunications and broadcast infrastructure in Eastern Europe, including its PASOLINK product, an ultra compact microwave communications system for mobile backhaul. The acquisition of Linecom KFT in April 2008 further enhanced the resources and experience of the organization and will now support the planned growth into the Eastern European Enterprise market..

Furthermore, having local staff, who understand the culture, language and regional business markets puts NEC Eastern Europe in a position to offer the most effective business and technological adjustments tailored to each country's and customer's specific situation.

Construction of communications infrastructure and the provision of digital broadcast networks are expected to contribute significantly to the growth of Eastern Europe's business opportunities, allowing it to compete on a level playing field with its European neighbours and globally. In addition, as companies come to relying more and more on their voice and data communications networks there is a clear need for a reliable, faster, more secure network infrastructure. NEC will provide its Eastern European customers with the equipment critical for economic success in the region, designed to facilitate optimum performance at no environmental cost.

"Over the past 30 years, NEC has gained unrivalled experience of Eastern European markets. Although we foresee that Eastern European economic growth is going to slow down due to the serious impact of the financial crisis, we also believe that demand for innovative services that include first-class communications and IT solutions remains strong. NEC provides these innovative and environmentally sensitive solutions, for example virtualization and low power consumption servers, that contribute to further growth in the region. The time is right for NEC to set up a new company and Eastern Europe represents a strong opportunity for us. We have had great success in the field of telecommunication and broadcasting, and we are sure to see this success replicated in other business areas of ours, such as IT solutions," says Toru Koishi, CEO of NEC Eastern Europe.

"NEC Eastern Europe will provide total solutions in IT and network technologies through customized products and a variety of engineering and professional services which meet the specific needs of our regional customers," he continued.

The new company's range of services includes broadcasting and IT network enterprises. NEC's broadcasting experience, in particular, covers more than 80 years of development highlighted by services for broadcasters and telecommunications carriers in 110 countries, including worldwide provision of more than 1,700 digital broadcasting devices. NEC's experience with these devices includes the provision of broadcasting equipment for the world's first commercial terrestrial digital broadcasting service, produced through England's Arqiva in 1997. Today, the spread of digital broadcasting in Europe continues, with Eastern Europe and Russia representing the most promising regional growth markets.

Looking forward, NEC aims to capitalize on its industry achievements to prepare a framework for providing digital broadcasting equipment and video solutions that drive the expansion of next generation networks (NGN) for broadcasters and telecommunications carriers alike.

Until recently, NEC Europe had operated through branch offices in Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic in order to drive the rapid expansion of its Eastern European business, which now consists of activities throughout 17 Central-Eastern-European countries.

MTS has launched the first UMTS / HSPA 3G network in Armenia in the three largest cities of the country: Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, Guymri and Vanadzor. The network will be expanded to additional cities during 2009. The next-generation network will deliver faster data download speeds through the advanced UMTS / HSPA technology, enabling services such as video calling, and increase capacity to handle usage growth.

"By introducing 3G technology in Armenia, we are keen on playing our part in developing the telecommunications infrastructure in the country and offering consumers new products and services as well as enhanced quality," commented Mr. Oleg Raspopov, Vice President for Foreign Subsidiaries at MTS. "We view our 3G network as an ideal vehicle to meet the growing mobile broadband demand in Armenia and help stimulate further uptake in data and content services."

Development of UMTS networks is a cornerstone of MTS' strategy to provide mobile broadband in the CIS. As these markets demonstrate relatively low levels of fixed-line penetration and historic underinvestment in infrastructure, MTS views its networks as an ideal vehicle to meet the growing broadband Internet needs of its subscribers through attractive data products and services.

MTS already operates pan-regional 3G networks in Russia and Uzbekistan and offers high-speed data access through its proprietary CDMA-450 network in Ukraine.

Conax, a provider of content security solutions globally, has made its debut in the Caribbean, where broadcasters have long been plagued by a high degree of piracy and previous technologies have been unsuccessful at blocking impending threats.

Already providing security technology to over 300 broadcasters world-wide, Conax is focusing on the Caribbean and Mexican broadcasting markets vulnerable to a high level of piracy. Conax USA is cooperating closely with local partners, building regional partnerships to provide local implementation and support in the Caribbean, Mexico and America. Conax has secured content protection contracts with 5 new customers in the Caribbean in the last year.

"The Caribbean is a vast and varied market that we believe provides a host of opportunities in the future, comments Geir Bjørndal, EVP Sales & Marketing, Conax. Conax has several new contracts with operators that have been forced to change security solutions due to piracy issues. Our focus will be to provide the rock-solid protection necessary to battle pirates."

Caribbean operators, varied in size by the respective island populations, commonly employ MMDS technology due to unpredictable weather and hurricanes. Dynamic local markets include highly transient customer-base with readily available resources during different seasons of the year, high-end hotel customers, and a large population of local customers.

Veronigue Leander, General Manager, TDS, Curacao, "TDS is implementing content security technology from Conax, after experiencing a number of issues with our previous solution.  We are confident that Conax's focus on high-level security will provide us with the tools to block pirates and non-paying viewers. As we expand our operations into neighboring islands, we are keen to have a content protection solution we can trust."

"TDS chose Conax content security due to its strong track record in the world market, open standards and partnering policy and experience with complementary technologies," confirms Veronigue Leander.

Digital Rapids -  provider of tools and solutions for bringing television, film and web content to wider audiences - has launched a new version of the Stream software for Digital Rapids' ingest, encoding and streaming systems. New features in version 3.0 include significantly expanded compression and container format support (including Avid DNxHD, enhanced H.264 and more); new audio plug-in capabilities and third-party plug-in compatibility; enhanced Closed Caption support and more.

Further extending Digital Rapids' renowned format flexibility, version 3.0 features new or enhanced support for compression and container formats including Avid DNxHD, MXF, LXF, GXF, DVCPro, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus and more. The expanded format support enables Digital Rapids' ingest and encoding systems to integrate seamlessly with a broader array of broadcast servers, acquisition devices and editing systems. New H.264 encoding optimizations deliver enhanced performance and quality with the existing DRC Studio AVC Encoder and AVC for Adobe Flash option modules.

Stream 3.0 incorporates a significantly enhanced plug-in architecture, including all-new audio processing capabilities, additional video processing plug-ins, and support for third-party DirectShow and DMO plug-ins. Optional Civolution Teletrax support embeds watermarks for content tracking and monitoring. Extended Closed Captioning capabilities include full CEA-608 and 708 support in multiple encoding formats; 608 to 708 translation when encoding from 608-only sources; caption retiming during Inverse Telecine; and VC-1 Closed Captioning in script streams.

"With our earlier 2.5 upgrade, we extended our leadership in distribution format flexibility to connect broadcast-oriented workflows to new distribution opportunities. Stream 3.0 extends that versatility to a whole new level, as our expanded formats and extended Closed Caption support move us from the edges of broadcast and production workflows into the core of their operations," said Brian Stevenson, Director of Product Management at Digital Rapids Corporation. "At the same time, our new open plug-in architecture for video and audio processing allows users unlimited flexibility in refining the source content as they prepare it for distribution or archive."

The Stream 3.0 software is available in two software configurations - the base-level Stream LE and the advanced Stream FE, adding expanded workflow automation, integration capabilities and format support. A comparison of new feature availability between the two levels is available on our website. Stream LE is included with DRC-Stream board-and-software bundles. Stream FE is included with StreamZ and StreamZHD encoding servers and is available as an option for DRC-Stream. Existing users can purchase upgrades to the version 3.0 software. Optional codec and container format modules are available individually or in select bundles for easy ordering.

Digital Rapids' StreamZ, StreamZHD and DRC-Stream encoding solutions deliver multi-format video ingest, encoding, transcoding and live streaming in versatile configurations that integrate easily into any media environment. Combining the quality and performance advantages of hardware-based preprocessing with the format flexibility of software codecs and a feature-rich software application, Digital Rapids systems seamlessly support multi-platform distribution opportunities and multi-format workflows with real-time, simultaneous encoding to multiple output formats.

Spanish provider of location based services for mobile units, Genasys, and German WiFi positioning software and service provider, Spotigo, have reached an agreement to create common offer for the LBS market that is said to combine the specialties of both companies. 

The integration of Spotigo's WiFi Positioning Solution (WiPS) with Genasys' positioning platform will allow Genasys to improve its LBS quality and coverage by upgrading the company's location solution offer with WiFi-based positioning. On the other hand, Spotigo sees this cooperation as a great opportunity of expanding its market penetration by working with one of the leading companies on the LBS scenario.

According to Alberto Nicoletti, Vicepresident Sales & Marketing of Genasys, "We are very pleased about this alliance with Spotigo. I consider this agreement a very important step in extending the capabilities of our LBS solutions to be able to better respond to our clients demands and expand to new markets .

The integration of our location platform with the WiFi Positioning solution of Spotigo will allow Genasys to offer increased location precision in urban areas and a more flexible and competitive overall LBS solution to the market"

According to Darío Alonso, Head of Product Management of Spotigo, "we strongly believe that our positioning technology will bring customers many more possibilities to find their positions where GPS has problems, which will provide with improvements to existing LBS and opening the scope for many new ones. The possibilities of WiPS are just unpredictable and we are very keen on helping Genasys to provide its LBS wherever we have coverage, which is growing very rapidly".

Spotigo's WiFi-based positioning technology identifies the user's position on the basis of the received WiFi signal patterns. It is the perfect complement to GPS since it compensates the limitations of satellite-based positioning: especially in urban areas with high buildings and narrow streets, WiPS usually generates a faster fix, and very reliable accurate results. Another important advantage of this new technology is the indoor functionality.

Since it also works as a standalone positioning solution, Spotigo's WiPS now makes it possible to offer location-aware content on all mobile devices without GPS module. As a B2B company, Spotigo offers WiPS to companies, municipalities and organizations interested in offering high quality location-based services or location-based advertising.