Latest News

Everything Everywhere, said to be Britain's biggest communications company, was unveiled today by Orange and T-Mobile. Everything Everywhere will run Orange and T-Mobile and has a customer base of 30 million people - over half of the UK adult population.

Orange and T-Mobile will continue as separate brands in the market, with each brand having its own shops, marketing campaigns, propositions and service centres. However, behind the scenes, the two brands will be run by one company.

Everything Everywhere will be officially integrated on July 1.

Tom Alexander, Chief Executive of Everything Everywhere, said: "Together, we are Britain's biggest communications company, with over 30 million customers.
"We are on the verge of a communications revolution. Up until a few years ago, mobile was just about voice and text - not now. Multimedia phones have already started to change the way our customers access the world - for entertainment, education, information - wherever they are, whenever they want.

"That is why, through our scale and Britain's only super-network with its unsurpassed coverage and capacity, we will be leading this revolution, giving customers instant access to everything, everywhere.

"We are Everything Everywhere - it's our name, our vision, and our ambition - and we run two of the UK's biggest brands Orange and T-Mobile. It's our vision to give our customers instant access to everything everywhere, opening up a world of endless possibilities."

Telesens, a supplier of billing systems to the telecoms industry, today announced that it has successfully completed the implementation of its interconnect billing system, Tinterconnect (T-IC), at Transtelecom JSC (Kazakhstan).

Both parties signed the acceptance certificate on the 15th of April 2010 putting the T-IC billing system into live operation between Transtelecom and the other operators it provides telecommunication services to.

Telesens already has a number of successful implementation and support projects for the T-IC system in Central Asia and Eduard Rubin, Director of Telesens, believes that the successful fulfillment of the contract with Transtelecom will help the company to strengthen its position in the Central Asian telecommunications market.

BroadSoft, a supplier of residential and business IP-based communications, is providing the platform behind the UK's latest wholesale hosted telephony company ‘thevoicefactory'.

thevoicefactory is enabled by the latest enhanced BroadWorks release from BroadSoft, providing a platform that accommodates the latest in unified communications technology, including HD-quality audio, desktop integration and video call capability.

thevoicefactory CEO, Martin Sims commented: "Our technical team has listened intently to the market, well-established resellers and business partners. Tapping into this rich vein of knowledge, we identified a need for white-labelled, robust and affordable access to a platform that satisfies and exceeds much of our future known requirements in the hosted telephony environment. The ability to integrate with emerging technologies, whilst maintaining quality of service has been a constant focus as thevoicefactory has formed."

"In choosing BroadWorks as its core IP communications platform, thevoicefactory will be supported by the same cost effective, high-quality VoIP services that more than 425 service providers around the world already rely upon," said Mark Purdom, BroadSoft vice president of Northern Europe and Middle East, ‘We are proud to have been selected by thevoicefactory for the important role of helping them bring technologically advanced communications services to the global market."

BroadWorks VoIP communications application server enables service providers to offer a comprehensive portfolio of business and consumer communications applications and value added applications from a common network platform. BroadWorks delivers communication solutions that integrate video, fax, voice and email communications for businesses and consumers worldwide whether through IP PBX/Centrex, Mobile PBX, Business Line, Trunking and consumer solutions.

Unified communications is no longer available only to the largest of large enterprises. Using BroadWorks and its tight integration with business applications from companies like Microsoft, IBM, and Google, service providers are able to offer "UC as a Service". The service provider hosts UC "in the cloud", and businesses buy UC on an as-needed basis, similar to proven Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) models. With this solution, businesses receive all the benefits of Unified Communications, without having to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars (or more) on premises-based systems.

Clarity, a provider of Unified Telecommunications Operational Management solutions, today announced that the business and assets of Omnix Software will be brought under the Clarity brand.

The merger with Omnix will enable Clarity to deliver network planning functionality, as well as infrastructure and estates management, as part of its unified OSS. Geographically, the merger also provides Clarity with a stronger foothold in the European market, while propelling the Omnix product out to Clarity's existing international customer base.

Clarity and Omnix are both part of Powerlan, a publicly listed Australian company that provides specialist information technology products and services. Omnix Software is a UK-based provider of solutions that help telecoms operators plan, launch and manage their networks.

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Bristol, notable Omnix customers include Vodafone, Orange and O2/Telefonica. Meanwhile, Clarity manages over 250 million subscribers globally, simplifying the operational complexity of Telecom companies by delivering a unified, yet modularly open, system that supports industry best practice customers self-serve, unified catalogue, order management, revenue management, inventory, fulfilment and assurance. This enables real-time visibility of the network's impact on revenues and customer experience. Established in 1994, Clarity has offices in worldwide.

Jon Newbery, CEO of Clarity, commented: "Strong synergies exist between Clarity and Omnix and we're very excited to be moving both organisations forward as a consolidated entity. Bringing the Omnix-branded product portfolio under the Clarity banner will allow us to dovetail both of our unique technologies, allowing us to offer an OSS that can manage the whole spectrum of an operator's needs - from infrastructure planning and network rollout to customer experience management and billing. In addition, we will continue to market Omnix-branded products to our existing customers and business partners."

Centile, a European leading provider of next generation corporate voice and unified communication platforms for service providers and Dialogic, a global provider of  products and technologies for multimedia and signal processing, announced today the successful integration of Dialogic Distributed Signaling Interface Protocol Stacks and the Dialogic IMG 1010 Integrated Media Gateway as components of Centile Istra Mobile platform.

The combination allows MNOs and MVNEs to deliver 'advanced' PBX features directly to the mobile handsets of their business subscribers with a 'Pay as You Grow' pricing model.

Following market and customers' demands to optimize Istra Mobile interconnection to the legacy CAMEL and ISUP signaling, Centile is said to have selected Dialogic SIU and IMG products for their proven reliability, IN interoperability, scalability and cost-effectiveness in order to meet the stringent robustness and economic requirements of the mobile corporate unified communication market segment.

Splitting the Mobile Network Interconnection Gateway into two modular and clearly separated components i.e. the R-IMSSF which leverages Dialogic SIU CAMEL support via both E1 links or Sigtran and the IMG 1010 as SIP-ISUP Gateway, provides great flexibility in configuration and price for Centile Istra Mobile Platform to fit any Mobile Network constraints.

Bertrand Pourcelot, Managing Director of Centile said, "This successful integration enables Centile to address the growing needs of Mobile and Intelligent Network Operators for business services by offering a powerful, scalable and cost-effective platform. MNOs and MVNEs can quickly add business subscribers with increases in ARPU driven by both this 'PBX add-on service' to the business tariffs and the associated mobile call traffic".

Harold Klett, Vice President and General Manager of Dialogic's Service Provider Market Group said, "Centile's successful deployment of their Istra Mobile solution in conjunction with the Dialogic IMG 1010 and SIU products is an example of Dialogic's commitment to helping our customers deliver next generation enhanced services to mobile subscribers by providing flexible and cost-effective connectivity options between the SIP and SS7 networks."

LogNet Systems, a global provider of customer management and billing solutions for multiple play service providers, today announced that the company has been selected by DsTs, a company belonging to Mailtec Holding and a subsidiary of CTT Correios de Portugal, the national postal administration service of Portugal, to deploy a managed customer management and billing platform throughout Portugal.

LogNet Systems will deploy a managed solution for DsTs to provide a customer management and billing platform to manage and bill a variety of entities across Portugal. The deployed solution will include LogNet Systems' MaxBill product suite with modules for customer relationship management, metering, invoicing and product catalog as well as the Account Manager Suite (AMS) with web-based modules for customers to access account information (self care) and pay invoices (e-Billing) on the Internet. LogNet Systems will provide a multi-tenant architecture enabling DsTs to independently configure the deployed solution to the specific customer management processes, order management workflows and billing configurations of each entity from a single instance of the managed platform.

"For our customers, we are rolling out an novel service platform based on the LogNet solution that will expand their revenue collection capacity, while removing expensive IT and operational costs," explained Luis Filipe Santos, board member at DsTs. "The flexibility of the LogNet technology uniquely positions us to satisfy the immediate needs out current customer base easily adapt the solution to meet future deployment requirements."

"We are excited that DsTs has chosen to work with LogNet," said Kirill Rechter, CEO of LogNet Billing. "This innovative implementation typifies the strong growth we are experiencing as a company based on our unique flexibility to support the customer management and billing requirements of service providers across all types of vertical markets."

The solution will initially be deployed by LogNet Systems across Portugal. A follow up deployment is also planned to extend the managed customer management and billing platform throughout the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (PALOP), which includes a number of countries in Africa and South East Asia as well as Brazil.

Equinix, a provider of global data centre services, today announced it has opened its fourth International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Zurich, Switzerland, more than doubling its capacity in the city. The new 2,300 gross square metre IBX data centre, called ZH4, has been built to meet the rising demand for premium colocation and interconnection data centre services in the region, particularly from global and local network service providers and financial services firms. The $13.5m investment in the ZH4 IBX data centre is part of Equinix's $2.0 billion expansion programme to grow data centre operations globally between 2007 and 2010.

The addition of Equinix's fourth IBX data centre in Zurich provides extra capacity for approximately 500 cabinet equivalents, increasing the company's overall data centre space in this strategic market to a total of 4,760 square metres.

Located in central Zurich on the same campus as Equinix's ZH1 and ZH2 IBX data centres and just 1.5 km from the nearby ZH3 IBX data centre, the new ZH4 IBX data centre builds on the rich network density at Equinix's existing facilities, providing customers with a wide range of connectivity options and immediate access to more than 70 networks. Carriers operating within the Zurich campus include Belgacom ICS (International Carrier Services), Cablecom, Cogent Communications, Gas&Com, Global Crossing, Level 3 Communications, Sunrise, and VTLWaveNet, part of the Viatel Group.

The ZH4 IBX data centre also offers a variety of other premium data centre services including colocation, interconnection and peering, direct cross-connects between networks, and access to the Equinix Exchange central switching fabric. To ensure resilient dual-site solutions, all four of Equinix IBX data centres in Zurich are connected via redundant networks.

"At a time when demand for data centre space in Switzerland is at an all time high, we are delighted to offer our customers and prospects a new IBX data centre which provides increased capacity, security and resilience to meet the critical needs of their operations," said Frits van der Graaff, general manager for Equinix in Switzerland. "Based in central Zurich, the ZH4 IBX data centre will be able to support the established telecommunications and financial industries, as well as attract customers from other growth sectors."

The ZH4 IBX data centre provides customers with a highly resilient yet energy efficient data centre infrastructure, providing industry leading uptime with a standard provision of two N+1 Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) to each cabinet. Alongside Equinix's three other Zurich based IBX data centres, ZH4 operates entirely on ecologically produced energy generated from solar and hydro power, as certified by Naturemade Star, the Swiss label for green power production and green electricity products.

"Our investment within Switzerland marks our ongoing commitment to expanding operations not only within Europe, but globally," said Eric Schwartz, president, Equinix Europe. "Our global reach means that customers looking to expand their operations can confidently grow with us knowing that we can support their business needs now and in the future."

Today's wireless networks are becoming increasingly congested thanks to a perfect storm of higher network speeds, attractive devices and more compelling services and applications. The challenge for network operators is not only to deal with the growing data traffic, but also to find ways to improve indoor coverage as smartphone usage increases both at home and in the office.

As smartphone usage increases, wireless networks are coming under growing pressure to deal with higher levels of mobile data traffic. And the situation is not about to get any easier: Analysys Mason has predicted that users of smartphones such as the iPhone, HTC Desire and Microsoft Kin will reach 1.7 billion by 2014, growing at an annual rate of 32% by then and accounting for 26% of all handsets in four years' time.

In addition, IDC predicted that the worldwide mobile phone market grew 21.7% in the first quarter of 2010 due largely to increasing demand for smartphones and the global economic recovery. The research company said vendors shipped 294.9 million units in the first quarter of 2010 compared to 242.4 million units Q1 2009.

As a result, it's time for operators and vendors to rethink how they manage and implement wireless coverage and capacity if they are to deal with smartphone proliferation in future.

Indeed O2 UK's experience in late 2009, when iPhone users encountered network problems in London, is a clear indication that measures will need to be taken. Speaking at the time, Telefonica O2 UK CEO Ronan Dunne said the mobile operator "had some isolated, but specific, issues in London in relation to [coverage and capacity]."

The company immediately implemented an upgrade, spending an additional £30 million on improving network capability. "But the bigger picture there is that trend in data isn't going to slow down," said Dunne.

An important issue in future will be improving indoor wireless networks both for consumers and enterprise users. Mobile operators continue to look at ways to offload data traffic using hardware such as femtocells. At the same time, other solutions are emerging that promise to help operators better optimise existing structures to deal more effectively with growing data traffic.

Indoor networks based on 2G and 3G mobile technology are often extremely poor. Yet according to Canadian-based iBwave, citing general industry figures, around 70% of mobile calls originate from indoors. Companies such as Airvana, SpiderCloud and iBwave are all stepping up to the challenge to improve indoor wireless networks both for enterprise users and consumers.

To hear more about the challenges being faced by operators, vendors and systems integrators, and to learn more about the possible solutions, join iBwave and European Communications for our webinar, Optimize indoor networks to support 4G, on 8th June 2010. 

Ixia, a global provider of converged IP network test solutions, today announced the introduction of a complete end-to-end testing solution for converged mobile backhaul networks - from the radio base station to the mobile packet core. Ixia now offers full testing solutions, including measurement for conformance validation, interoperability, precision and performance of devices and networks used for mobile backhaul, including IEEE 1588v2 and ITU-T Sync-E-based time synchronization standards.

The explosive growth in the number of wireless subscribers using data-intensive smart phones has resulted in unanticipated bandwidth demands on wireless service providers. Traditional time-division multiplexing (TDM) circuits connecting base stations to regional network controllers have become overloaded and are unable to keep up with the uptick in wireless traffic growth. Instead, service providers are now rolling out wireless backhaul services over Carrier Ethernet and MPLS using IP as a cost-effective solution to accommodate increased bandwidth loads.

TDM circuits provide ultra-high reliability, superior voice quality of service (QoS), and acutely accurate timing. Replacing TDM circuits with Ethernet technology requires attention to accurate timing - on the order of parts per million (ppm). The IEEE 1588v2 Precision Timing Protocol (PTP) and ITU-T Synchronous Ethernet (Sync-E) using Ethernet Synchronization Messaging Channel (ESMC) protocols address this issue.

"The hurdle facing most mobile backhaul network operators is reproducing the stability and reliability of TDM on Ethernet-based services," said Bob Mandeville, president and founder of Iometrix. "Full end-to-end compliance testing of timing protocols such as 1588v2 - demonstrating reliability on par with TDM - is key for equipment manufacturers helping carriers to make the transition."

The new IEEE 1588v2 and ITU-T Sync-E synchronization protocol support enables NEMs and service providers to ensure the functionality, scale, and performance of their timing protocol implementation, which are needed for wireless mobile backhaul. Ixia's solutions cover a full spectrum of Carrier Ethernet testing needs, including standardized Metro Ethernet Forum tests standardized such as MEF 9, 14, 21, 24, and 25.

"With the increase in data, video, and voice traffic from mobile devices and skyrocketing numbers of mobile broadband subscribers, mobile network operators are choosing IP and Ethernet to stay ahead of bandwidth demands. This effectively is unifying the wired and wireless services over a common technology infrastructure," said Joe Zeto, Ixia Senior Marketing Evangelist. "Ixia's converged IP platform and test solution allows our customers to completely validate their deployments and upgrades before going live, guaranteeing that their networks are properly provisioned and ready for prime-time."

Intec, a provider of Business Support System (BSS) solutions, has announced the general availability of version 7 of Singl.eView, its real-time, convergent customer care, charging and billing solution.

With th release, says Intec, the Singl.eView product is now available on low-cost commodity hardware. Communications Service Providers (CSP's) installing Intec's upgraded product will immediately benefit from lower cost of ownership, improved price performance and, by taking advantage of Singl.eView's inherent flexibility and rules-based approach, will be able to launch even more new services, at a more rapid pace, claims Intec.

Existing Singl.eView customers will also benefit from its architectural separation of core and configuration layer.   While most billing system upgrades require changes to be retrofitted, often resulting in lengthy upgrade timeframes, Singl.eView requires only a straightforward upgrade of the core software leaving the business rule configuration untouched. A number of major customers, across the Americas and Europe, are already said to be underway with programmes to move to the new release of Singl.eView v7.

"Our customers demand demonstrable ROI and operational excellence for mission-critical billing applications" commented Andrew Taylor, CEO of Intec.  "We have built on outstanding foundations to ensure that Singl.eView 7 delivers cost advantage and operational superiority, unrivalled by competitive billing systems."

Alcatel-Lucent today announced it has signed a major five-year agreement with BT for an evolution of its 21st Century Network (21CN), the foundation of BT's IP transformation to enhance customer experience and accelerate time-to-market for next generation services.

Using Alcatel-Lucent's High Leverage NetworkTM (HLN) architecture and transformational services, the project, says A-L, will further evolve BT's infrastructure, enabling the company to expedite network convergence, increase capacity and deliver content cost effectively as it prepares to introduce new video-rich services to an expanded base of wholesale and retail subscribers.

While allowing its customers in more than 170 countries to benefit from the development of 21CN, the contract will specifically help BT to build up its infrastructure to continue to play a leading role in strengthening the UK's leadership in communications by increasing performance, capacity and bandwidth to a broader customer base, says A-L.

"21CN is a huge transformational programme. It's about providing a network for the future which requires a game-changing approach." said George Nazi, managing director, BT 21CN Core Convergence. "Alcatel-Lucent came up with an innovative solution that will help us keep 21CN at the forefront of innovation and radical change."

With video-rich content consumption booming, it has become critical to accelerate the transition to a unified smart IP network and to an open application environment that enables new business models. With this network evolution, BT is striving to increase revenues and reduce costs while migrating to new and more profitable business models.

"BT's 21CN is one of the most complete, exciting and ambitious business transformation programmes anywhere in the global telecommunications industry," said Lakh Jemmett, Vice President, Alcatel-Lucent North Europe. "We are proud that our High Leverage Network architecture is enabling BT to transform their business, transform their networks, and deliver powerful new services in a scalable, cost-effective way."

In support of its HLN vision, and in alignment with BT's business drivers, Alcatel-Lucent will provide an end-to-end transport solution which tightly integrates IP and optical transport resources along with professional services such as project management, design, installation and commissioning, repair and return and software updates which will help BT manage the rapid growth in network traffic, while substantially cutting operational and maintenance costs.

As BT's residential subscriber base and associated bandwidth demands continue to grow, and in preparation for new rich-media services, BT is also evolving its residential IP service delivery architecture. Broadband Network Gateways (BNGs), previously centralized and becoming an increasing bottleneck in the network, will be distributed closer to subscribers using next generation service routers. This will result in an increase in capacity and performance creating a better end-user experience. Additionally, as the BNG function runs on the same routing platform as BT's business services, operations are streamlined and simplified for the operator.

Aeroflex Test Solutions and 7 layers have signed an agreement to provide LTE (long term evolution) testing services in support of the commercialization of LTE mobile phone networks in Japan. Aeroflex will install its 7100 Digital Radio Test Set in 7 layers' laboratory in Yokohama, Japan, greatly expanding 7 layers' LTE regulatory compliance testing services.

With advanced LTE test equipment and services conveniently located, Japanese UE (user equipment) manufacturers and network operators can speed up testing in advance of LTE rollout. Starting next month, 7 layers will offer LTE testing services in three areas: regulatory compliance, certification, and operator-specific test cases.

The first Japanese LTE networks are scheduled to launch later in 2010. Prior to LTE rollout, both operators and handset manufacturers must ensure that LTE devices meet regulatory requirements and work reliably. 7 layers, using the proven Aeroflex 7100 LTE Digital Radio Test Set, will provide equipment and services to aid developers in proving that their devices are ready for commercial launch. The Aeroflex 7100 LTE Digital Radio Test Set simulates an entire LTE network. It allows a range of RF, protocol, and performance measurements to be made on User Equipments.

"The combination of Aeroflex' advanced roadmap, versatile test capability, and pricing allows us to offer a range of services to the industry that will help accelerate the successful rollout of LTE," said Tadatsune Takei, representative director, 7 layers Japan. "7 layers extensive LTE experience includes LTE testing in a number of our laboratories as well as LTE test case validation."

"Handset manufacturers have a legal obligation to perform regulatory testing. They also need to prove to operators that they fully comply with LTE specifications and meet the demanding data throughput requirements that are crucial to the success of LTE," said Masahiro Okabe, country manager, Aeroflex Test Solutions, Japan. "Our agreement with 7 layers can help speed up LTE commercialization in Japan by providing local access to the most advanced LTE test equipment."

The Aeroflex 7100 LTE Digital Radio Test Set provides key tools required during the design, development, and test stages of UE chip sets and terminals. Measurements are provided for the characterization of the performance of LTE mobile devices, both at the radio interface, and throughout the protocol stack, including PCDP and IMS layers. End-to-end performance can be accurately accessed, along with correct idle mode and connected mode behavior with the 7100's Network Simulation mode.

Typical users of the 7100 LTE Digital Radio Test Set include RF developers, protocol stack teams, integration test groups, and pre-conformance labs that are developing sub-systems and integrated designs that meet the requirements of LTE standards. The 7100 Digital Radio Test Set offers ease of use, comprehensive test capability, speed, and low cost of ownership relative to other competing solutions.