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With the support from 7 layers, a specialist in wireless communications testing, LG Electronics has enlarged its in-house test capacities. It took LG only a short time to become an officially recognized Bluetooth Test Facility (BRTF). 7 layers set-up an InterLab Bluetooth RF Test Solution in the laboratories of LG and provided information and training to speed up the accreditation process.

LG uses the InterLab Bluetooth RF Test Solution, which is based on the InterLab System Software with integrated Rohde & Schwarz instruments. "We mainly chose this system because of its high automation level", says Jagon Lee at Q&R Center of LG Electronics. "Full automation, as ensured by this Bluetooth test solution, is a must for us, since testing is becoming both faster and more reliable at the same time. The additional training sessions and the valuable information we got from 7 layers, helped us considerably in order to quickly achieve the accreditation status. Since both quality and speed are important to our success, the services from 7 layers suited us perfectly."

"Working with LG on this project was a great pleasure for us, says Tom Wellner from 7 layers. "The experienced engineers from LG were well prepared and cooperative. It only took a short time to set-up the new system in their already extensive laboratories, which they can now use, both for development and qualification test processes. Should any questions arise, we are very happy to further support them via our Bluetooth service centers in Korea or Irvine."

In order to cover its continuously growing test demands, LG had already set-up an in-house test laboratory based on software-tools and services from 7 layers. The Bluetooth RF Test Solution, they have now implemented, covers all RF tests defined by the Bluetooth Specification version 2.1+EDR, which are necessary for qualifying modern Bluetooth products with enhanced data rate throughput. It is an ideal tool for the efficient qualification of such modern high tech products as LG is developing and manufacturing.

Genexis, a specialist in the development, manufacturing and marketing of active CPEs (Customer Premises Equipment) for FTTH projects, has announced the availability of a Gigabit FTTH gateway with 10 times more bandwidth.

"This unit that can now be delivered to our customers and provides each user with a connection of 1000 megabits per second for triple play services including broadband internet, HDTV, IPTV, telephony, and more," says Gerlas van den Hoven, managing director of Genexis. "We have developed this new model because network operators are continuously demanding higher bandwidth for their customers. With this bandwidth our customers can build super-fast and future-proof networks. Moreover, this new unit is fully compliant with industry standards such as IEEE 1000Base-BX10 and 802.3ah, and is designed to be used in open access networks whereby multiple service providers deliver their services over a single fiber infrastructure."

The new Gigabit version as well as the existing 100 Megabit version that is also available will be supplied with a new and modern housing. Both models offer a combination of multi-services broadband, simple but powerful network management, ease of installation and the possibility to install the passive fiber network first and install the active part of the CPE at a later stage. They are also equipped with 4 active Ethernet ports that can be individually provisioned and managed and can be used for data, IPTV, HDTV and VoIP. Optional are 2 analog voice ports as well as a CATV port. It is also possible to supply the units in a 'single fiber' version, whereby the analog TV signal is combined with the digital data signal over a single fiber. All versions, including the Gigabit version, are available for immediate shipping.

"This Gigabit version is a great extension of our product portfolio and offers, besides the higher bandwidth, also smart fiber management with modular active components" says Gerlas van den Hoven. "The introduction of this Gigabit model as well as our growing customer base that includes KPN, Reggefiber and the City of Amsterdam, confirms our leading position in the FTTH market."

Trance Telecom has announced the launch of new hosted softswitch service for VoIP operators which is called ColloBOX. The service was introduced after an international transit VoIP operator Trance Telecom had applied MVTS II, the award-winning product developed by MERA Systems.

ColloBox hosted softswitch-based services open up a whole new world of opportunities for business development. They allow to effectively carry out all functions necessary for work and stable growth of operators' network ensuring the concentration and switching of VoIP traffic with billing and call routing based on quality and route profitability.  The service also implies a convenient analytics and reporting system as well as integrated mechanism of profitability control.

Today the leading telecommunication providers are vividly discussing a rapid development and growth of VoIP services market. With due regard for unrivaled quality of MERA Systems' products combined with the cost, speed and simplicity of ColloBOX deployment, the cooperation with Trance Telecom considerably lowers initial investments into the equipment as well as operational costs and network maintenance service costs, thereby providing competitive advantage to the operator.

Trance Telecom and MERA Systems are going to present their updated product portfolios at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK held on October, 19-23 in Dubai. There the leading international operators will have an opportunity to get acquainted with products and services of MERA Systems and Trance Telecom.



Nokia Siemens Networks has started to provide its customers with Long Term Evolution (LTE) compatible Flexi Multimode Base Station hardware which offers a smooth path to the future ultra-high speed wireless broadband. Only a software upgrade needed to achieve full LTE functionality.

By the end of 2008, Nokia Siemens Networks will be delivering the new LTE-ready hardware to more than 10 major mobile operators in Europe, Asia and North America, reinforcing its position as the frontrunner in LTE with a scalable, flat architecture. Nokia Siemens Networks' shipments of fully LTE-compatible Flexi Base Station hardware indicate a major milestone on the journey towards LTE technology which is the next step in mobile network evolution for both the GSM/WCDMA/HSPA and CDMA operators.

LTE networks will transform the user experience, taking mobile broadband services to a new level where browsing, email, video sharing, music downloads and many more applications will be immediately available, without any noticeable delay. This will be enabled by faster response times and improved throughput, with latency - the responsiveness of the network - down to 10-20 ms and peak rates of up to 173/58 Mbps (downlink/uplink, 20MHz, MIMO). By evolving its Flexi Multimode Base Station hardware to support LTE, Nokia Siemens Networks provides a future-proof, easy and cost-efficient path to LTE via a software upgrade. This capability of Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Base Stations is unmatched in the industry. The software upgrade will be available from the second half of 2009.

Matthias Reiss, head of LTE Radio of Nokia Siemens Networks, said: "LTE promises an exciting and radical transformation of the wireless experience with rich and fast multimedia services of incredible quality. And with the start of this LTE-compatible hardware, Nokia Siemens Networks promises its customers the smoothest migration to LTE possible. With only a software upgrade needed, the evolution to LTE radio network cannot be easier than this."

THUS has today announced that it has won a contract to supply the Healthcare Commission with a next-generation communications network worth up to £17m.  The network will initially carry data, voice and Internet traffic and provide a platform for further upgrades including managed, hosted Unified Communications services to be deployed in the future.

The Healthcare Commission is the independent watchdog for healthcare in England promoting continuous improvement in the services provided by the NHS and independent healthcare organisations. The Commission will use the fully managed solution supplied by THUS to carry IP traffic to its sites across the country.   The Commission selected THUS as the solution best met its requirement for a secure and reliable network, with capability to take on additional IP communications services at the appropriate time. Further roll-outs could include a hosted IP Communications solution to combine voice and video conferencing, PSTN voice break out and mobile voice and data.

Mike Holderness, IT Service Manager at The Healthcare Commission, commented:  "During the tendering process THUS was attentive to our requirements and have delivered an excellent solution tailored to the Commission's needs and aspirations. We were impressed by the technology behind THUS's advanced converged network and are confident that THUS has the skills and experience to operate and manage the network and importantly to deliver high quality customer service.  THUS has provided us with a network that will deliver efficiencies this year while at the same time establishing a platform able to absorb future services and network growth."

David Crawford, Director at THUS, a Cable&Wireless business, commented:  "THUS has significant experience in the public sector and a track record of delivering best of class managed solutions with a strong focus on customer service.  Delivering on our promises to provide the highest quality in terms of both network performance and consultancy will continue under the new Cable&Wireless ownership along with a commitment to provide only the best levels of service to all customers."

THUS will provide The Healthcare Commission with a fully managed solution covering voice and data services, support, maintenance, consultancy, network monitoring and disaster recovery.  THUS will have operational responsibility for the network and is committed to clearly defined service levels for network availability and fault management times. THUS's Customer Management Centre monitors networks 24 hours a day and provides the expertise to analyse and manage the fault resolution process. 

MERA Systems will be showcasing its comprehensive VoIP product portfolio at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK 2008 on October 19-23, 2008 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

As one of the world's leading technology events, GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK has been instrumental in supporting and facilitating the tremendous growth in the region's ICT industry for 28 years, with 2008 set to be the most spectacular in its history. This year's GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK will incorporate a powerful week of dedicated trade events, including GITEX Business Solutions, GULFCOMMS and Consumer Electronics, as well as targeted networking initiatives designed to ensure the event covers the entire technology spectrum. The event is to provide one of the most effective platforms for many of the leading brands in the ICT Industry to meet existing clients, attract new customers, launch new products and services, heighten brand awareness and meet a comprehensive list of worldwide press.

At the exhibition MERA Systems will proudly present a family of best-in-class VoIP softswitches: MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch II (MVTS II), MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch Pro (MVTS Pro) and MERA IP Centrex.

MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch II represents a next-generation switching platform with a geographically distributed architecture targeted towards carriers running 3+ million minutes of VoIP calls per month.The solution is enhanced with flexible routing and billing capabilities and features native support of SIP, H.323 and their variants, along with advanced transcoding and partitioning capabilities.

Another product in a family of VoIP softswitches is MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch Pro. Being a high-performance class 4 softswitch with session border controller functionality and distributed modular architecture that supports SIP and H.323, MVTS Pro easily integrates into the existing network and a RADIUS API allows interaction with external billing applications and billing management systems.

MERA Systems has also developed a full-featured class 5 softswitch MERA IP Centrex which allows VoIP providers to offer hosted PBX services over IP. MERA IP Centrex delivers 20+ value added services and allows carriers to implement various deployment scenarios.

MERA Systems is pleased to invite you to visit the company's stand # Z-11(Zabeel hall) that will be staffed with qualified managers who are always ready to provide expert advice on the company's products.

KEYMILE's MileGate Next-Generation access platform now features integrated CESoP functionality to transmit TDM services via packet networks, which makes network migration to All-IP significantly easier. SHDSL-EFM functions have also been extended to implement symmetrical Ethernet fixed line network connections for business customer services.

KEYMILE, a leading manufacturer and supplier of Next-Generation access systems, has given the functionality of its MileGate multi-service access platform another major boost. The first innovation concerns the transmission of TDM voice and data services via packet networks (CESoP = Circuit Emulation Services over Packet.) To network operators this function means that they can now for the first time carry out a complete migration of the access network to an All-IP network, not just for voice, but also for data services. Even if data transmission in the core network is carried out via Ethernet/IP, operators can in the future provide existing TDM services to end customers in the usual quality and at the same level of reliability.

CESoP packages the continuous TDM data stream in packets, adds a suitable header containing timing information, and transmits the packets over the network. On the receiving end, the packets are converted back to the original TDM data stream and can as a result be processed with traditional TDM technology such as voice exchanges. The correct, precise and stable timing recovery of the TDM signal during regeneration is vital to maintaining the same service quality as a native TDM transmission. This capability is the special strength of the MileGate solution. CESoP functions are for example suitable for the following applications: PABX coupling, 2Mbps TDM leased lines, V.35 or X.21 leased lines and connecting GSM/UMTS base stations via packet networks.

The second new development in the MileGate platform is an SHDSL EFM line card. With the EFM card (Ethernet in the First Mile,) network operators can now use Ethernet from the exchange to the end customer. The EFM card uses Ethernet on the subscriber line and therefore standardises the transmission between subscriber and core network. This saves operating costs and makes launching new services more economical. SHDSL-EFM transmission means that services like symmetrical Ethernet fixed line network connections, broadband Internet and video conferencing can be provided. Business networks can also be linked with each other at high speeds as layer 2 VPM. Because of the greater transmission range and the ability to bundle several transmission wires (pair bonding), SHDSL-EFM is particularly interesting when providing business customer services.

The MileGate access platform has also benefited from numerous further enhancements, for instance in expanded multicasting for IPTV and improved QoS functionality for triple-play applications. Ethernet LAN services for business users now encompass transparent LAN services for multipoint-to-multipoint connections, as well as private-line services for point-to-point connections.

With the functional enhancements of the Next-Generation access platform MileGate, KEYMILE is supporting network operators in building future-proof infrastructure.

The German telecommunications provider, EWE TEL (from Oldenburg), is updating its voice services infrastructure with KEYMILE's Multi-Service Access platform MileGate. By choosing the compact and very versatile system, EWE TEL can make better use of its technical centres and offer its customers new services. 

With its own network infrastructure, EWE TEL can supply first-rate telecommunications services to the region between the Ems and Elbe and parts of Brandenburg. EWE TEL has had its own constantly updated network since the telecommunications market was opened up on 1 January 1998.  In view of the dynamic development and growth of the wholly-owned subsidiary of EWE AG, its voice services infrastructure needed updating. The company chose KEYMILE's MileGate. 

Exceptional features of the MileGate-2500 system, used by EWE TEL, are above all its high level of flexibility and reliability.  

EWE TEL operates MileGate in its technical centres.  Thanks to the system's outstanding integration density, EWE TEL can make ideal use of the space available. The subrack has 21 slots, of which 20 can be fitted with line cards, enabling up to 2,400 ADSL2plus interfaces in one 19" rack. 

As early as December 2000, EWE TEL launched high speed DSL Internet technology in Bremen.  Today, DSL is available in all of EWE TEL's 362 local networks.  In many local rural networks, the regional telecommunications specialist has even become something of a pioneer in providing broadband Internet access.  

"We have now gained initial, operational experience with MileGate and are delighted with its reliability. In KEYMILE, we have found a partner that we can implement our own ideas and technical developments with. And this in turn will benefit our customers too," comments Dr Norbert Schulz, Technical Director of EWE TEL. And Frank Krause, Chief Sales Officer at KEYMILE, adds: "We're proud that we've gained EWE TEL as a customer. The company is an innovative and successful German regional network operator and we look forward to working together."

Danish mobile and ISP service provider company Sonofon has improved its capacity and service offering with the first installation of 10G CWDM single fiber equipment from Transmode, a leading provider of optical networking solutions.

Sonofon is one of the largest mobile telecoms and ISP companies in Denmark with a staff of about 1,400. The company, which has been a long-time customer of Transmode solutions, is owned by Telenor, one of the major telcos in Scandinavia with mobile operations in 12 countries worldwide.

Sonofon started using Transmode's TM-Series of WDM equipment in 2005, when Transmode was awarded a Telenor contract in Norway, which was extended across the whole of Scandinavia. More recently, when Sonofon was planning to increase network capacity to 10G in 2008, the company quickly decided to select Transmode's 10G CWDM solution. Sonofon employs both single fiber and fiber pair configurations of Transmode's TM-Series, giving it the widest possible range of network topology options.

Sonofon is one of the first customers to introduce and operate Transmode's bi-directional 10G CWDM single fiber configuration - a key advantage of the Transmode TM-Series. The TM-Series is a family of carrier-grade optical transport products that provide the transport of any service between 100Mb/s and 10Gb/s in multi-reach transport applications.

Transmode continues to lead the industry's developments based on pluggable optics. Prior to 2006 CWDM was restricted to a transmission rate of 2.5G while 10G was only available over DWDM. In early 2006, Transmode was the first company to introduce CWDM optics operating at 4G, and in December 2007, 10G CWDM channels. Therefore it is now possible simply to upgrade a CWDM network to 4G or 10G by the addition of the relevant muxponder or transponder.

"This development by Transmode enables the development of a network based on the most economical CWDM setup while still allowing an upgrade path to 10Gb/s," said Björn Andersson, Vice President Sales at Transmode. "Previously you would have needed to deploy a more expensive DWDM solution to have this upgrade path. So we believe this development is a real killer app.

"As well as benefiting from a dedicated Transmode network for its mobile backhaul services, Sonofon is now also migrating the Internet traffic of its Cybercity sister company onto this newly enhanced network," he added. "Sonofon's parent company Telenor has also applied a similar approach using Transmode equipment for its mobile and Internet activities on its networks in other countries."

Sonofon's Operations Manager Michael Danielsen added, "We are very pleased with the newly installed Transmode technology and dedicated network backbone. Our choice of Transmode - and particularly for the new single fiber 10G CWDM - reflects both Sonofon's and Telenor's confidence in Transmode as a forward-thinking and reliable supplier."






Transmode, a leading provider of optical network solutions today announced that ntl:Telewest Business, the business division of Virgin Media Group, has installed a new optical backhaul system from Transmode at key points across its UK network.

ntl:Telewest Business has installed the new optical backhaul system from Transmode at key points across its UK network to enable a bespoke network for a UK carrier customer. The system will keep pace with the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth due to customers' pushing for high-speed Internet access.

Demand for a resilient infrastructure to enhance Service Level Agreements (SLAs), requires a protected and scalable architecture.  This new approach, using Transmode TM-Series of WDM-based systems, will enable ntl:Telewest Business to meet the growing needs of its service provider and ISP customers who are now bundling high-speed Internet access with fixed-line and TV services, together known as "triple-play".

"The ability to take our customers on a journey from 10 to 100Mbps to 1Gbps and beyond is essential," said David Green, ntl:Telewest Business' High Capacity Services Product Manager, "and only optical networks provide the scalable capacity required to support these escalating backhaul bandwidth demands."

ntl:Telewest Business understands that a state-of-the-art WDM (wavelength division multiplexing) system is the ideal solution.  This will provide cost-efficient backhaul for customers requiring high availability bandwidth from exchanges where the local loop has been unbundled. The ideal architecture must combine economy with an unlimited scalability and operational simplicity.

Transmode's TM-Series is a range of carrier grade optical transport products that will transport any service between 100Mbps and 10Gbps for multi-reach transport applications. The platform has the widest range of functionality available on any single WDM platform. It supports vital carrier infrastructure applications such as: triple-play backhaul networks, mobile transmission networks, carrier's carrier services, SDH/SONET transport and capacity expansion.

"By choosing Transmode's TM-Series, our network architecture can now give us the confidence to guarantee 99.95% availability in our service level agreements," added David Green. "This solution enables us to differentiate ourselves from our competitors on the basis of maximum bandwidth reliability."

This Transmode installation has created an additional benefit for ntl:Telewest Business's major Local Loop Unbundling clients within the UK. The new system requires a significantly lower power draw than its competitors. This energy saving enables an additional 50 broadband customers (or approximately 12% increase) to be connected to the DSLAM at each UK Unbundled site at no extra cost to the operator.

"We are extremely pleased to be ntl:Telewest Business' technology partner for their very successful Optical Backhaul Solutions portfolio," said Karl Thedéen, Transmode's CEO. "By providing a solution to the market that has higher reliability, lower power draw and superb scalability, ntl:Telewest Business is well placed to continue to grow in this demanding market."






Transmode, a leading provider of optical networking solutions, today announced that Gerd Tenzer, formerly a member of the Executive Management Team of Deutsche Telekom, has joined Transmode's Board of Directors.

"I am proud to welcome such an experienced industry professional as Gerd Tenzer to the Transmode Board," said Rune Hurtig, Chairman. "Mr. Tenzer brings extensive expertise in the telecom area and a global network of industry contacts."

Gerd Tenzer joins the Transmode Board of Directors as an independent board member and brings more than 35 years of telecommunications industry experience to the company. Mr. Tenzer was CTO and member of the Executive Management Team of Deutsche Telekom AG from January 1990 to November 2002, and was appointed Deputy Chairman in 2002. Prior to joining Deutsche Telecom, Mr. Tenzer held several leading positions at the German Federal Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.

At present Mr. Tenzer is a member of the board of SES, the Global Satellite provider in Luxembourg, a board member at VascoDe in Israel, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Sutter Verzeichnisverlag GmbH & Co. KG, Germany.

Mr. Tenzer studied telecommunications at the Technical University in Aachen, Germany, and holds a Master of Science in Communications Engineering.

"I am delighted to be joining the Board of Transmode," said Gerd Tenzer. "The telecommunication industry is undergoing a rapid evolution, fuelled by the increased requirements for bandwidth by business and residential users. The outlook is very promising, in particular for the Metro Networks where Transmode is focused. I look forward to contribute to the advancement of the organization."

Gerd Tenzer joins the existing Transmode Board members; Rune Hurtig (Chairman), Simon Cornwell (Amadeus Capital Partners), Eva Lindqvist (Independent), Tom Nyman (Pod Venture Partners), and Karl Thedéen (CEO, Transmode). In addition, Alex Rogers (HarbourVest) rejoined the board.

The increasing availability of mobile handsets capable of receiving free-to-air analogue and digital terrestrial TV signals will adversely impact the prospects for dedicated mobile broadcast TV networks, according to a new report from Juniper Research.
While the report says that more than 330m mobile users worldwide will own broadcast TV-enabled handsets by 2013, less than 14% will opt for mobile pay TV services. Although mobile broadcast TV will generate global annual end-user revenues of $2.7 billion by 2013, this level is markedly lower than previously forecast.
According to report author Dr Windsor Holden, "The development of terrestrial TV-capable receivers with comparatively low power consumption, and the availability of these receivers in mass market handsets, throws into question the business case for the deployment of a dedicated network in many markets."
The report notes that operator decisions to offer DVB-T handsets in Germany has effectively closed the door for DVB-H in Germany, and argues that the strong take-up of analogue TV handsets in China - and of one-seg handsets in Japan - indicates that free-to-air services will continue to predominate.
However, the report also notes that this trend in turn has created a further opportunity for streamed TV services.
Holden continued: "There will always be a market for some form of premium TV service on the mobile handset, and with broadcast TV in many markets likely to consist simply of the free-to-air terrestrial signals, the gap in the market is likely to be filled by streamed video-on-demand services over the 3G network."
Juniper Research assesses the current and future status of the mobile TV market based on interviews, case studies and analysis from representatives of some of the leading organisations in the growing mobile TV industry.
Other findings from the report include:
 -  In terms of end-user revenues, the US will be the largest single
    market for mobile broadcast TV services in 2013, followed by South Korea
    and China.
 -  MediaFLO services are likely to be deployed in parts of Asia and in
    the UK by the end of 2010.
 -  Adoption levels for streamed TV packages are higher than previously
    envisaged, reflecting the reduction in anticipated deployment of dedicated
    mobile broadcast TV networks.

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