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Verimatrix, a provider of content security technologies that enhance the value of pay-TV networks, today announced the deployment of the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) for IPTV with Beltelecom, a National Telecommunications Operator of the Republic of Belarus. VCAS for IPTV is the integrated content security solution for ZTE's ZXBIV IPTV Eyewill platform that enables the delivery of Beltelecom's Premiere service available in all Belarus cities.

VCAS for IPTV secures a wide range of interactive services offered on Premiere, including time-shift TV, video on demand (VOD) and parental controls, along with broadcast channels, delivered over the 10 Gbps network. Verimatrix's solution was a natural choice for Beltelecom because of its IP-centric, software-based advantages and dominant leadership position in Eastern Europe. ZTE's end-to-end multimedia solution has gained significant traction in IPTV deployments worldwide.

"Our partnership with Verimatrix offers a formidable IPTV solution for telecommunications operators to extend their networks. Beltelecom has invested in a first-class network for voice and data services, and we are able to extend its network to deliver highly-competitive video services to subscribers," said Mr. Fang Hui, general manager of ZTE Multimedia and Terminal Product Lines.

"Beltelecom reinforces our global leadership position in software-based content security and revenue protection. VCAS for IPTV addresses the operator's need for world-class protection techniques and system flexibility, while delivering on our high standard of customer service," said Steve Oetegenn, chief sales and marketing officer at Verimatrix. 

Conax, a global player within the broadcast industry, is well established as one of the top three security providers for digital TV and content distribution world-wide. The Conax global footprint includes more than 300 customer platforms in over 80 countries and a strategic network of technology and solution partners. Conax is also market leader in the rapidly evolving global security market within terrestrial broadcast, with 40% of the market.

"Digital terrestrial television, DTT, enables the potential for large volume operations and Conax provides state-of-the-art content protection for DTT platform investments. A global provider of security for content distribution, Conax is trusted by 13 national DTT platforms. Conax technology is well-suited for both vertical and horizontal DTT models," says Geir Bjørndal, EVP Sales & Marketing, Conax.

Free-to-air and pay TV operators benefit from shared DTT platforms  

DTT added-value includes additional space for channels within the same spectrum, the ability to offer a wider selection of channels and the benefits of sharing equipment. Adding pay-TV content to a public broadcasting DTT operation increases platform and consumer value and provides a competitive edge towards satellite and cable platforms. Once pay-TV content is made available, a security solution is critical to protecting operator content revenue streams.

"Conax recommends that DTT operators select a content security solution during the initial planning phase of the platform to enable a smooth introduction of pay-TV to the platform at a later stage, says Bjørndal. Conax secures the value of content and operator revenues."

A broader selection of channels is possible with DTT

DTT creates the ability to offer more channels within one platform - the potential for a wider selection of free-to-air, pay-TV and radio channels. MPEG-2 coding of the content provides good quality, while utilizing MPEG-4 content coding can support a multitude of channels in excellent picture quality.  DTT has proven to be highly successful in existing markets where cable penetration is already close to 100%. 

Secure set-top-boxes provide good DTT business benefits

Deploying Conax enabled set-top boxes capable of accessing both free-to-air and pay-TV channels makes it possible to reduce subscriber acquisition costs while at the same time deploying high quality set-top boxes. Utilizing Conax' proven pairing technology ensures quality, secures content and provides regulators and broadcasters with the freedom to choose the best and most secure set-top boxes for their platforms. Conax provides "freedom of choice" with a broad network of licensed set-top box and chipset partners offering a range of pricing models.

Telenor Sweden, a major European telecommunications carrier, has deployed a second access solution from RAD Data Communications to extend Ethernet services to destinations throughout Sweden that lack fiber infrastructure.

The solution was RAD's Egate-100, a device that aggregates Ethernet traffic over channelized STM-1/OC-3 or three channelized DS3 (T3) ports for hand-off to a packet switched network (PSN), together with RAD's RICi network Ethernet termination units (E-NTUs), which deliver Fast Ethernet and mid-band Ethernet traffic to end users over multiple bonded E1/T1 circuits. Within the past year, this combined RAD solution has been used to provide new high-bandwidth Ethernet service to 15 major corporations nationwide.

"What was also beneficial for Telenor was the knowledge that they were already using RAD's Ethernet-over-E1 technology," notes Peter Heikenborn, Sales Manager at Lagercrantz Communication, RAD's Swedish partner, which provided the solution to the operator and assisted in the deployment. "But what was even more convincing was that the new RAD solution reduced CapEx because it is significantly less expensive, even when considering the cost of the SDH node," he continues. "In addition, it significantly lowers OpEx, given that it requires 80 percent less power and space," Heikenborn adds. "These statistics alone justified deploying the Egate."

One-Click Provisioning Tool Facilitates Deployment

RAD incorporated an SDH terminal into the Egate to enable early testing and customized applications to serve as a one-click provisioning tool. "The assistance provided by RAD's R&D and Technical Support staff has been highly valued in the process of developing and fine tuning their provisioning system," Heikenborn reports.

Due to the success with this provisioning tool, a custom installation now takes just a few minutes. If a customer reports a hitch with the service, the Egate's network management provides Telenor technicians with a holistic overview of the entire connection and they can quickly fix the problem.

TM Forum, the world industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, today announced availability of its latest Business Benchmarking performance study report. One of the Revenue Assurance Maturity Model Survey's major findings is that Mobile operators are the most mature in their approaches to revenue assurance. In addition, the report finds that Service Providers around the world are rapidly adopting the TM Forum Revenue Assurance Maturity Model and its principles.

The Revenue Assurance Maturity Model Study, conducted by TM Forum, assessed the penetration of revenue assurance concepts by geographic regions and markets, including mobile and fixed line. Data was contributed by 33 Communications Service Providers from 26 countries, with subscriber bases ranging from less than 500,000 to more than 10 million. Participants responded to 53 questions that characterized the maturity of their approaches to revenue assurance. The report was supported through sponsorship by cVidya Networks.

As a group, the 19 mobile operators survey participants scored 36% higher than fixed line operators across all the measured dimensions, with an average score of 3.55 out of 5. Mobile operators' rapid adoption of revenue assurance principles has been driven by their need to generate increasing revenues while rapidly introducing new services and technologies.

"We see strong adoption of the TM Forum Revenue Assurance work in general and of the Revenue Assurance Maturity Model in particular, especially in Europe and Latin America," said Martin Creaner, TM Forum President and COO. "The study findings demonstrate the growing traction worldwide of Revenue Assurance principles and TM Forum best practices, but also highlight there is still significant room for improvement in service provider's revenue assurance strategies."

TM Forum's Revenue Assurance Maturity Model defines a consistent framework for assessing the maturity of a Service Provider's revenue assurance business, determine their revenue assurance business priorities, and identify a strategic path to improve their delivery of revenue assurance.

The study focused on 5 dimensions of revenue assurance: Organization, People, Influence, Tools, and Process. Service Provider responses were mapped to the 5-step Maturity Model that ranges from Initial, in which revenue assurance processes are dominated by individual, chaotic efforts, to Optimizing, in which the Service Provider takes a holistic approach with continuous improvement feedback.

Tonia Graham, TM Forum Business Benchmarking program manager added, "The industry as a whole scored roughly 3.5 out of 5 overall in the Revenue Assurance Maturity Model. Strong correlation between the scores in all 5 study dimensions indicates the industry is maturing along all 5 simultaneously, which is consistent with TM Forum best practice."

The Revenue Assurance Maturity Model Study is the latest in a series of TM Forum Business Benchmarking studies that provide detailed insights into specific topics. The Revenue Assurance Maturity Model Study report complements the ongoing work of TM Forum's Revenue Management Initiative, which drives the TM Forum's extensive billing, revenue, and customer management efforts.

Empirix, a specialist in service quality assurance solutions for new IP communications, has announced the immediate availability of Hammer SIP Trunk Tester, the industry's only tool for automated testing and verification of enterprise SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) trunking services. The system offers service providers an easy-to-use, automated tool that cost-effectively verifies media quality, provisioned capacity and other Quality-of-Service (QoS) metrics during service turn-up.

 

SIP trunking services are expected to be one of the largest growth areas for Internet and telephony service providers this year, as enterprises look for ways to reduce costs and enhance Voice-over-IP and multimedia communications capabilities for their SIP-based IP-PBXs and contact centers.

 

SIP trunks are an increasingly popular replacement for legacy, and expensive, ISDN trunk lines that are typically used to interconnect IP-PBXs to the public network today. SIP trunks help organizations save money by offering flexible bandwidth that matches demand more closely, while enabling multiple voice, data and video services to be run over the same trunk. They will also offer more advanced capabilities in areas such as unified communications and improved integration with enterprise applications, such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems.

 

"SIP trunking has emerged as a critical business solution for enterprises and service providers to reduce costs, improve quality and gain access to services. In order to ensure its adoption and the benefits are realized, it is essential to verify the quality, reliability and scalability of SIP Trunks prior to turn-up," said Frost and Sullivan Analyst Olga Yashkova.  "Empirix has once again proven its market leadership and innovation by developing a first-to-market test solution that is specifically designed to ensure superior service quality over SIP/IP infrastructure."

Designed specifically for field engineers, network pre-deployment and service installation teams, the Hammer SIP Trunk Tester is a software-based test application that measures connectivity, voice quality and other QoS metrics, while isolating the SIP trunks from the enterprise infrastructure.  As a result, it provides a fast, cost-effective turn-up for SIP trunks - improving time-to-revenue, reducing late penalties, and eliminating potential issues around the ownership of network problems.

 

Gordon Eddy, director of product management at Empirix, comments, "Confidence is key to the success of SIP trunking services, and Hammer SIP Trunk Tester gives both service providers and enterprise customers the assurance that their SIP-based services are running exactly as they should be before service is turned up. Service providers can measure and verify baseline QoS metrics to establish cast iron Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with their enterprise customers." 

 

Hammer SIP Trunk Tester is an easy-to-use, go/no-go tool that verifies SIP trunking in a matter of minutes. Its fully automated test environment ensures thorough testing and repeatable results that cannot be delivered by manual tests and network infrastructure metrics-based solutions. Hammer SIP Trunk Tester is also fully scalable and can verify everything from a single SIP call to the provisioned bandwidth capacity for an enterprise dial plan - unlike handheld VoIP test solutions. It can also fully emulate real-world scenarios, including enterprise-to-enterprise tests, different traffic profiles and looping multiple test cases in parallel.

The Broadband Forum today announced the latest broadband and IPTV statistics, which show impressive growth in the face of the global economic downturn. Its report, prepared for the Forum by industry analysts Point Topic, shows that global broadband grew by 16.6 million lines in the first quarter 2009 alone, while IPTV subscribers approach 24 million, with expansion mainly in Europe and also North America.

Regional broadband growth chart

Region

2008Q1

2008Q4

2009Q1

Total

Growth

Total

Growth

Total

Qtr Growth

Q108-Q109 Growth

Western Europe

97,573,673

4.11%

105,304,090

3.05%

108,074,172

2.63%

10.76%

South and East Asia

78,565,614

7.17%

93,397,395

3.55%

99,027,699

6.03%

26.04%

North America

81,441,788

3.62%

90,018,369

4.05%

93,502,047

3.87%

14.81%

Asia-Pacific

59,139,527

2.32%

63,237,665

2.09%

64,388,702

1.82%

8.88%

Latin America

20,528,000

8.27%

26,228,985

7.81%

27,952,833

6.57%

36.17%

Eastern Europe

18,158,103

10.06%

22,328,286

7.90%

23,613,159

5.75%

30.04%

Middle East and Africa

10,314,972

8.94%

12,076,810

5.71%

12,608,289

4.40%

22.23%

Other

18,509

17.02%

27,635

5.46%

28,500

3.13%

53.98%

Source: Data provided for the Broadband Forum by Point Topic

Broadband lines in the world now top 429.2 million and the last quarter shows growth slightly higher than the previous three month period.  Twenty countries grew by 10 percent or more in that time. Of the total figure, Western Europe grew 2.63 percent to just over 108 million lines, while Eastern Europe showed a 5.75 percent improvement to reach well over 23.5 million.

Top 10 broadband countries

Country

2008Q1

2009Q1

China

71,034,820

88,088,000

USA

72,581,920

83,968,547

Japan

28,836,100

30,631,900

Germany

21,077,450

24,144,350

France

16,186,996

18,009,500

UK

16,318,300

17,661,100

South Korea

14,970,775

15,709,771

Italy

11,300,077

12,447,533

Brazil

7,949,000

10,065,200

Canada

8,859,868

9,533,500

Global Total

269,115,306

310,259,401

Source: Data provided for the Broadband Forum by Point Topic

Europe headed the continued IPTV success story with almost 10 percent growth over the last quarter and a 56.2 percent year-on-year improvement.   Eastern Europe is aggressively rolling out IPTV with new services across the region, including in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Russia.

IPTV subscriptions per region

Region

2008Q1

2008Q4

2009Q1

 

 

Total

Total

Total

Quarterly Growth

Yearly Growth

Latin America

11,183

21,495

23,467

9.17%

109.85%

Eastern Europe

553,394

955,234

1,158,673

21.30%

109.38%

North America

2,283,601

3,830,507

4,435,102

15.78%

94.22%

South and East Asia

2,086,000

3,618,000

3,990,000

10.28%

91.28%

Western Europe

7,799,449

10,367,586

11,375,200

9.72%

45.85%

Asia-Pacific

2,619,035

3,058,182

3,005,015

-1.74%

14.74%

Middle East and Africa

10,000

10,000

10,000

0.00%

0.00%

Source: Data provided for the Broadband Forum by Point Topic

"Growth is high in Eastern Europe because IPTV take up is still relatively low when compared to other regions such as North America and Asia Pacific," said John Bonsell, a Senior Analyst with Point Topic.  "This is good news for operators and subscribers, because there is plenty of potential for growth coupled with a wide range of IPTV services, so cost should remain low."

In terms of technology, DSL continues to be the most popular broadband access technology, although fiber grew by more than three million lines to reflect a 12.4 percent share of the market, while wireless showed a healthy proportionate increase over one million lines to a total of 5.58 million.

"This report shows that despite the economic situation the world is facing, the demand for both broadband and IPTV continues at pace as people everywhere look to improve the quality and speed of their communications," said George Dobrowski, Chairman and President of the Broadband Forum.

"The Forum continues to drive broadband innovation, and with the release of BroadbandSuite 3.0, which provides new IPTV management and fiber integration tools, we continue to ensure that the industry has all the tools and specifications it needs to optimize networks and to capture the full potential of broadband worldwide. Our capability has been enhanced by the recent union with the IP/MPLS Forum, which gives us a much greater end-to-end capability to serve the industry."

Connect has today launched an upgraded version of its Email Continuity service that enables users to send and receive email through mobile phones and PDAs. Connect's Email Continuity, launched last year, was developed to provide SMEs with 24/7 access to their email, if their Exchange server was out of action.  However, at the time, the only way to access emails was via a web browser which made it too slow to run on most PDAs.   Now the upgraded Email Continuity service allows the service to be used on mobile phones, including iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Google's Android.  Prices start from £43 a month for up to 10 users.

With the current economic climate, small businesses are reluctant to replace aging servers so making them vulnerable to server failure.  Most of these enterprises are also hugely reliant on ensuring 24/7 access to email - according to recent research by Connect, 42% of IT directors at small to medium sized businesses, said that they would face redundancy if their company had no access to email for more than 24 hours.

Mark O'Dell, Director of New Technology at Connect, said: "As the use of mobile devices in the commercial world gathers pace, it is important that SMEs ensure that their staff can have 24/7 access to email and other key applications.  This is likely to be even more critical for employees who are based outside their offices. That is why this new, upgraded version of our Email Continuity enables employees to carry on working if the unforeseen happens - from a short term email server failure to a major disaster.

"In the past, this kind of technology was only available to very large organisations that had the resources to have a comprehensive business continuity solution in place.  However, it is now possible for the smallest of enterprises at a fraction of the cost."

3, the mobile and broadband operator, and Nokia Siemens Networks have demonstrated the I-HSPA technology and announced that the upgrade of the radio technology to enable higher broadband speeds has been completed in Ireland.
 
Nokia Siemens Networks' I-HSPA (Internet High-Speed Packet Access) technology is currently being rolled out as part of the National Broadband Scheme, and will be extended to 3's existing network in Ireland. It is the first commercial deployment of I-HSPA in Ireland.
 
The strategic agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks, will see 3 offering consumers and businesses in the NBS coverage areas and their existing network, access to high-speed and high capacity broadband services, operating on 7.2Mbps technology, upgraded during 2010 to operate on technology of 14.4Mbps. The project uses I-HSPA, the innovative flat network architecture optimized to carry huge volumes of data traffic, with its all-Internet Protocol (IP) backhaul.  
 
To prepare for I-HSPA technology and the National Broadband Scheme 3's WCDMA network has been totally replaced with Flexi base station technology by Nokia Siemens Networks in just one year - nearly 2 years quicker than the original estimate.
 
The new broadband network will build on 3's new WCDMA/HSPA radio and packet core networks, allowing the service provider to build on the existing investments. I-HSPA also provides greater scalability and a smooth evolution path to the future mobile architectures "Long Term Evolution" (LTE).
 
Commenting on the demonstration, David Hennessy, Chief Technical Officer of 3 said: "With our demonstration today, 3 and Nokia Siemens Networks are bringing this cutting edge technology to Irish consumers in what is a world first, helping to build Ireland's leadership credentials in the knowledge economy. 3 are the network which continues to drive change and address the growing demand in the Irish broadband marketplace.  
 
"For a contract such as this, it was essential that we have an easy to implement, cost effective, and highly scalable wireless technology platform - as that would not only address our immediate needs, but also serve as a strong foundation for future expansion. I-HSPA made the most sense, since it offers, and is also extremely cost effective, and offers a path to future upgrades."
 
"Across the world, wireless technologies are helping service providers break through traditional access barriers in rural areas to bring consumers in these areas into the digital fold. I-HSPA allows the benefits of broadband and wireless access to be combined and extended as a robust service," said Richard Kitts, customer business team head Hutchison global at Nokia Siemens Networks. "It also brings significant operational benefits to service providers and is thus the right choice for initiatives such as this."

Leading OSS/BSS vendor of sophisticated state-of-the-art telecom management service and revenue assurance solutions, Nexus Telecom has announced that it will launch NexusVERIFIER at CommunicAsia 2009. NexusVERIFIER is an active test solution for simultaneous execution of numerous test campaigns across a multitude of network technologies and service applications from a single point in your core network.

CommunicAsia, Asia's largest Communications & IT event, is scheduled to be held at Singapore Expo in the Republic of Singapore from 16-19 June 2009. With the continuous roll-out of new mobile-based applications and content services, customer service expectations are also increasing. Nobody wants to trade on the service quality they've come to expect, and with the introduction of innovative market strategies such as flat rates, maintenance and service level agreements, subscribers sooner change providers than compromise coverage, accessibility or audio quality.

NexusVERIFIER continuously and proactively analyzes service performance, so service providers can find and solve service issues before their customers even notice any service or quality degradation. Executing multiple simultaneous test campaigns across all locations in your network from a central location, NexusVERIFIER's unique configuration focuses on your network service quality and performance - not coverage - utilizing its full resources to test your services without consuming valuable air time.

Whether assuring Roaming, IVR, VoIP, Mobile Data or Mobile Voice services or stabilizing revenue streams, NexusVERIFIER helps ensure your Quality of Service, prevent operator hopping and secure your venues. Moreover, Nexus Telecom maintains the launch of NexusVERIFIER provides a comprehensive test solution at a reduced total cost of ownership.

"The combined benefit of conducting numerous test campaigns from a central point in the network without utilizing valuable air resources constitutes a significant savings in test resources," says Christoph Kupper, VP of Marketing at Nexus Telecom, Switzerland. "but the continuous active testing of services clearly shows which transactions succeed - and which don't - providing a real competitive advantage is so far as you can extrapolate the quality of service and both better prioritize and direct traffic. With operators everywhere having to deal with new and unknown service providers, NexusVERIFIER test results can be used to select preferred partners and applications to get that extra edge."

A study run by online business networking service meettheboss.com shows that telecom executives are spending an extra 11 hours a month online sharing their professional experiences and learning from their peers.  

MeettheBoss surveyed 15,000 of its 200,000 executive members to understand more about what effect Web 2.0 has had on the business world. The survey asked its executive users what direct value they gained from spending time running blogs, writing tweets and connecting with other executives on sites such as Linked-In, Xing, MeettheBoss, Ryze, Facebook and Twitter.  

The answers revealed that the telecom executives proficient with online activities are spending an average of 11 hours more per month online than this time last year - and over 90% of respondents said they felt their time online was ‘very valuable' to their daily role.   Professionals are rushing to the Web for immediate answers to their most pressing questions.

"I find online business hugely beneficial," says MeettheBoss member Jacob Lee, Project Director at Vodafone. "It allows me to create or join active discussions and get immediate answers and experiences from colleagues and like-minded professionals on a range of issues." Finding answers for your business is one thing, but most executives have spotted more ‘individual' advantages to this new phenomenon.  

"Everyone knows that building contacts in the industry can strengthen your career prospects, but sharing your knowledge with the world is a very effective personal branding exercise," says Adam Burns, Editor-in-Chief of online business channel, MeettheBoss.TV    Many thought leaders agree with him. Ed Candy - Group CTO for Hutchison 3G and Dr Felix Wunderer - SVP Fixed Mobile Convergence for Deutsche Telekom, have all shared their expertise on the site. "Sites like MeettheBoss are as great as networking and information platforms that aggregate all the information needed to start my working day," says MeettheBoss member, Joseph Perry, Communications Director at E.ON UK.  

Though most of these executives agree there is no substitute for face-to-face networking, using social media tools correctly can bring substantial return on your time investment. You can become a thought leader in your niche environment overnight and even pull business to your door. The challenge is finding the best one for you.

Telenity, a leading provider of next generation converged services platforms and applications for communications networks, today announced that Ahmet Ozalp has been named Chief Executive Officer effective June 8, 2009. Ozalp brings nearly two decades of experience in telecommunications, wireless and digital media industries, as an executive, technologist and venture capitalist.

"I am pleased to welcome Ahmet Ozalp to Telenity. Ahmet's broad experience with leading technology companies and his technical expertise in the telecommunications and wireless space will complement our management team as we continue to offer new, innovative value added services (VAS) solutions into the global marketplace," said Ilhan Bagoren, Chairman and Board Member at Telenity. "Ahmet's vision and great perspective on achieving operating efficiencies will assure continued momentum for Telenity's sustained growth and global expansion."

"With hundreds of its systems deployed globally, Telenity has already established itself as an emerging leader in value added services, integrated messaging applications, location-based services and service delivery solutions for telecommunications operators," said Ahmet Ozalp, CEO at Telenity. "Going forward I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead Telenity's exceptional team and help our existing and future customers grow their revenues with innovative value added services while maximizing their return on investment."  

With over 15 years of industry experience, Akif Arsoy also joins Telenity effective June 8th, 2009 as Vice President of Product Management reporting directly to the CEO. Arsoy brings vast industry experience in product development and management and he will further improve the product life-cycle, planning, product launch and go-to-market processes for Telenity's product portfolio globally, and drive its profitable growth.

"Telenity will benefit greatly from Akif's excellent track record and in-depth knowledge of the telecommunications industry," said Ahmet Ozalp.

"I believe that these two significant appointments will further support Telenity's growth, and help continue its success globally," said Ilhan Bagoren. "The telecom industry is facing a dynamic future, especially in emerging markets and Telenity is in the right place, at the right time with the right product portfolio and management team to take full advantage of the potential."

Ericsson has confirmed its network IP edge and metro platforms deliver the industry's lowest energy consumption based on new metrics that measure how efficiently they can provide subscriber services, such as residential Triple Play. The new metrics, which go beyond how much power a platform or port consumes, are more in line with how service providers monetize their business and plan infrastructure investments.

With energy usage accounting for up to 50 percent of an operator's operating expenses, energy costs continuing to rise, and IP technology delivering new bandwidth-intensive services to an ever-growing number of fixed and mobile subscribers, service providers need greater insight into how specific platforms use energy and where to find efficiencies without impacting service. Since the IP edge and metro Ethernet platforms are responsible for aligning, shaping and monitoring subscriber traffic and the circuits that deliver that traffic, they are the logical hot spots for service providers to target.

Based on the functions performed by each platform, Ericsson's new metrics provide practical views into energy efficiency, mapping energy usage granularly by subscriber and circuit. The new metrics are the latest sustainability effort from Ericsson, which in 2008 committed to providing up to a 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions per subscriber across its product portfolio within five years. In addition to the focus on the IP edge and metro Ethernet, Ericsson has reported significant reductions in energy usage for its WCDMA radio base stations (an 80 percent improvement in energy efficiency from 2001 to 2008), for its mobile softswitch solution (60 percent more efficiency per subscriber), and for site power management.

Iometrix, a well-known network testing authority, was commissioned to test and verify the results of the SmartEdge Multi Service Edge Router and SM 480 metro Ethernet platform using the new metrics. Iometrix reported both platforms became more efficient the higher the subscriber or circuit load.

For the IP edge, Iometrix tested the power needed to deliver multimedia-enabled subscriber services for varying subscriber traffic loads of up to 256,000 subscribers. The SmartEdge consumed 5.16 milliwatts per subscriber at the 256,000 level. According to Ericsson, this represents a 53-280 percent power savings per subscriber as derived from publically available competitive data. For the metro, Iometrix evaluated the watts per circuit for point to point Ethernet-Line services as well as the watts per circuit for multipoint Ethernet-LAN services. The SM 480 consumed 5.375 milliwatts per circuit per Virtual Leased Line (VLL) at the 256,000 level. According to Ericsson, this represents a 60-80 percent power savings per circuit as derived from publically available competitive data.

"Power consumption at the edge and metro has always been important to carriers and a critical factor in OpEx," said Glen Hunt, principal analyst at Current Analysis.  "As the leading provider of telecom equipment and services, Ericsson is leading the way in providing more relevant and practical metrics for determining the efficiency of carrier IP networking equipment. This is particularly important as carriers transform their infrastructure to IP and next generation service delivery. We welcome Ericsson's approach and anticipate strong traction from the carrier community and recognized standards bodies."

The Iometrix test results are in line with the Telecommunications Energy Efficiency Ratio (TEER) methodology and standards set by ATIS, an industry standards body providing technical and operations standards for information, entertainment and communications technologies. As a member of ATIS, Ericsson has supported the creation of energy efficiency standard measurement methods and metrics. The TEER calculation for the Ericsson SmartEdge for 256,000 subscribers is 196 subscribers per watt (5.0 milliwatts per subscriber). The TEER calculation for the Ericsson SM 480 is 193 circuits per watt (5.2 milliwatts per circuit).

"IP Edge and metro Ethernet networks are measured in large part by subscriber and circuit densities and the efficiency with which services can be created and delivered," said Simon Williams, SVP Strategy, Products, Marketing for Ericsson Packet Networks.  "Metrics that build linkages between service creation and energy consumption are inherently more pragmatic in helping carriers optimize their networks for maximum service delivery and efficiency."