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Today, SC Magazine opened public registration and announced the preliminary agenda of events, speakers and conference tracks for the second annual SC World Congress Conference and Expo to be held in New York City on October 13-14, 2009.

 

Building on the success of last year's inaugural event, SC World Congress 2009 will feature timely keynote addresses and presentations from some of the security industry's most prominent and influential luminaries, including:

 

 

  • Bob Carr, chairman and CEO, Heartland Payment Systems

Bob Carr founded Heartland Payment Systems, the nation's fifth largest payments processor, in 1997. In this discussion, Carr details the lessons learned and the crusade he has undertaken to strengthen credit card payment data security in the wake of the Heartland Payment breach, including a huge push to mandate the use of encryption technologies in the process to benefit the industry, merchants and consumers.

 

William E. Kovacic has served on the Federal Trade Commission since January 2006, and served as chairman from March 2008 until March 2009. With the economy challenged with recession, many are turning to financial fraud and other information crimes. Kovacic will detail recent cases examples of how internet-related crime continues to increase and how it is being addressed by governing bodies like the Federal Trade Commission.

 

Since 1996, Jim Nelms has been responsible for the information security and risk management infrastructure for the Treasury as well as the security of all related financial services worldwide. In his presentation, Nelms will discuss the growing trend of the insider threat and how this danger is being amplified by the recession as organizations continue to lay off countless workers.

In addition to these and dozens of other presentations from esteemed security leaders, the conference has four information tracks designed to increase the security professionals' knowledge: Policy/Management, Emerging Threats/Risk Planning, Editor's Choice and Technical requirements and advances. Through these tracks, attendees will examine topics ranging from data theft and compliance to establishing partnerships between government and the private sector, security awareness to critical infrastructure protection, and from SCADA attacks to cyberwarfare.

 "For an entire year - since the success of our inaugural SC World Congress - we've been working to solicit input from our readers' about what they want to experience at the East Coast's largest security event, and working to build an agenda that exceeds their expectations," said Illena Armstrong, editor-in-chief, SC Magazine. "We are proud to say that for the 2009 SC World Congress, we have put together the most comprehensive and exciting roster of informative experts, special events and talk tracks to share the latest and greatest the information security world has to share."

 

A full list of speakers, a conference agenda, media partners, sponsors and participant registration can be found at http://www.scworldcongress.com/.

 

In addition to the presentation tracks and keynotes, the SC World Congress has put together two events wholly unique to international security conferences:

 

Events Unique to SC World Congress

 

  • Your Day in Court - Turning Legalize and Security-ize into Jury-ize
  • - A mock trial of a computer crime case presented by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Secret Service and Homeland Defense experts. As the jury, the audience will participate in a mock trial of a case relying heavily on electronic forensic evidence - while real prosecutors, lawyers, judges and FBI professional witnesses present the case. In today's world of cybercrime and e-discovery, this session will arm SC World Congress delegates with the facts and advice needed to find success in front of a judge and jury, in an innovative, interactive and unique format.

 

  • The Security Innovators Throwdown
  • - During which leading young companies, chosen by SC Magazine, will present their goals for their newly developed technologies or services before a judging panel of experts.

Judges will assess which vendors have the most considered business plans and most robust tools that not only could garner interest from buyers, but also possible investment from venture capitalists (VCs).

 

The ultimate goal of this event is to help find ground-breaking cybersecurity technologies and services, showcase them before the industry, and educate and gather the venture capital and investor community to support continuing innovation.

SC Magazine is looking for individuals or start-up companies that want their technologies seen, critiqued and championed through the influential power and industry reach of SC Magazine. Additional information on event details and how to apply can be found at www.scmagazineus.com/SCWCThrowdown/section/1013/.

"With the innovative agenda and superb quality of the presenters, the 2009 SC Magazine World Congress is the place for security professionals to learn more about the latest in the ever-shifting security landscape," said Jim Nelms, CISO, The World Bank, Treasury. "I am looking forward to both presenting and attending. There will be a tremendous amount of collected knowledge that will help facilitate a better and more clear understanding of today's information security challenges."

 

Registration for the conference is currently open. To register for the conference, please visit http://www.scworldcongress.com/.

Icomera, a provider of cellular broadband gateways, has announced that UK-based Excel Passenger Logistics has selected Icomera's Moovbox M200 Mobile Broadband Gateway to provide Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS tracking on buses and coaches serving British airports.

Passengers travelling on Excel ground transport connections to Stansted, Liverpool and Manchester airports will benefit from free hotspot Internet access at broadband speeds up to several megabits per second.

The Moovbox gateways will also provide real-time GPS tracking of the vehicles, helping Excel monitor schedule adherence and improve overall service performance. Excel's ‘airportbycoach' service offers luxury road transport from Ipswich to Stansted Airport, and between Manchester and Liverpool Airports, the latter operating every hour, 24 hours a day.

"Coach and bus services play an extremely important role in providing travelers with fast and cost effective connections to and from British airports," said Graham Hayden, Managing Director at Excel Passenger Logistics. "We want passengers to enjoy the very highest level of service and the installation of free Wi-Fi on our fleet is a major part of our offering. For international passengers, the presence of free Wi-Fi avoids expensive data roaming fees that make using 3G connections aboard so unattractive. In terms of reliability, feature set, price point and return on investment, the Icomera product ticked all our boxes when we were researching an on-board Internet solution."

The Moovbox M200 Mobile Broadband Gateway acts as a bridge between a vehicle and high-speed cellular data networks including 3G/HSPA, EV-DO and WiMAX, providing Wi-Fi access and an Ethernet-based local area network (LAN) for connecting on-board systems such as CCTV and passenger information systems. The M200 also has integrated GPS receiver for real-time automatic vehicle location (AVL) via the web-based MoovManage service.

"Air travelers are used to Wi-Fi hotspots in airports around the world, and Excel have taken this one step further with their decision to deploy free Wi-Fi on their coaches," said Dave Palmer, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Icomera. "Manchester Airport alone serves over one million passengers every year, and by 2030 it's hoped that coach connections like those run by Excel will attract up to 10% of passenger traffic. Free in-vehicle Wi-Fi service is a great way to encourage people to catch the bus rather than drive by car, and make best use of their journey time by sitting back in comfort and catching up on email, browsing the web and participating in the all-important social networking sites."

With the proliferation of Wi-Fi enabled portable devices such as the iPhone, iPod Touch and Blackberry, free on-board Wi-Fi is rapidly becoming expected by passengers, especially on commuter routes and inter-city transport services. All five major UK transport operators - Stagecoach, Arriva, FirstGroup, National Express and Go-Ahead - have deployed Icomera Internet systems on key routes favoured by commuters, students and international travelers, serving over 50,000 Internet connections every week.

Subscribers of T-Mobile in the Czech Republic can expect advanced 3G data and multimedia services as a result of a faster mobile broadband network. The upgraded 3G network is based on the energy-efficient Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Multiradio Base Stations and HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) technology. It is expected to be launched in Prague by the end of the year.

The agreement between T-Mobile and Nokia Siemens Networks signed this month will offer a number of benefits to customers, but in particular the availability of high-speed mobile data services. HSPA technology is one of the latest developments in 3G mobile networks. The main advantage it provides to customers is high-speed data transfers with download and upload peak rates of up to 14.4 Mbps and 5.7 Mbps respectively. Such performance will create a DSL-like user experience.

Moreover, the technology to be installed, will prepare the ground for the roll-out of the next generation of mobile networks.

"The demand for data services in the Czech Republic has been growing continually. Therefore building a 3G network is one of our priorities even in these economically more challenging times," says Roland Mahler, Managing Director of T-Mobile Czech Republic.

"Nokia Siemens Networks is one of the companies that supplies technology for the entire mobile division of the Deutsche Telekom Group, which is a guarantee that we will be able to offer the top quality services to our customers. "

"We are very pleased to extend our partnership with this important agreement," said Ralph Griewing of Nokia Siemens Networks, in charge of business relations with Deutsche Telekom. "We are also glad that our innovative solutions, like the Flexi Base Station and HSPA, will provide the Czech consumers with a fast, reliable broadband experience, offering at the same time an energy-efficient platform to T-Mobile."

Nokia Siemens Networks is also providing T-Mobile with network integration services, the NetAct network management system to monitor, manage and optimize the network and an upgrade of the core network to support advanced 3G services. The pilot operation of T-Mobile's 3G network will start in the autumn in Prague.

COLT, a European provider of business communications, has completed the rollout of its next generation Ethernet platform, which offers customers across Europe higher bandwidth and improved performance from their data services. 

COLT launched the initial phase of its Carrier Ethernet-based Multi-Service Platform (MSP) in London, Paris and Frankfurt in 2008 and has now extended it to a further 31 cities. COLT's platform is used to deliver metro Ethernet services, national and international Ethernet, IP VPN and Internet Access services. 

"COLT has always placed Ethernet at the heart of our next generation solutions strategy and this new network extends our leadership of carrier Ethernet and will help our customers improve the way they deliver their applications across Europe", said Alireza Mahmoodshahi, COLT's Chief Technology Officer.

COLT has more than 15 years experience providing Ethernet services to business customers and has used that knowledge to build a platform that meets their exacting needs. The new platform delivers dedicated bandwidth, provides enhanced resilience and minimises latency so customers get the best performance from the applications on which their business relies. 

"Market conditions have changed quite dramatically this year and, more than ever, our customers are looking for greater efficiency, savings and performance from any IT investment they make," said Detlef Spang, Managing Director, Major Enterprise, COLT. "Our next generation network is designed specifically to cater for our business community, using the very latest technology on the market. We have had a hugely positive response to the functionality we can now offer and we are delighted to offer it to customers across Europe." 

COLT's MSP is designed to offer customers high bandwidth services with lower latency, lower jitter and improved resilience. The carrier Ethernet transport solution and services are centrally managed and monitored, allowing COLT to simplify the delivery and management of end-to-end Ethernet services to its customers. The technology, supplied by Nokia Siemens Networks, uses a single box capable of delivering up to 16 services at speeds of up to 1Gbps. This single box saves space and power at the customer premises and means additional services or upgrades can be delivered without the need for hardware changes.

Andy Tempest, Account Director for UK operators at Nokia Siemens Networks, commented, "The MSP solution will enable COLT to make the highest levels of service performance available to their customers by reaping the benefits of carrier Ethernet transport with enhanced flexibility, scalability and reliability."

COLT's MSP builds on the company's long-standing expertise in Ethernet services. 80 percent of COLT's top 500 customers already use its Ethernet services and it has won the Metro Ethernet Forum's European Ethernet Service Provider of the Year award for four years running and was awarded Light Reading's Ethernet Expo Europe award for Service Provider of the Year - Best Product Portfolio. MSP is one of a number of investments COLT is making in its next generation solutions strategy in 2009. In addition, in their recent 'Ethernet Services: Global Market Drivers & Winning Portfolios' report, Current Analysis identified COLT as the leading provider of Ethernet services in Europe.

TTK today announced it has concluded an agreement with UniCredit Bank CJSC (the Russian branch of UniCredit Group) that approves the provision of a bi-currency loan of US$83 million to the operator of Russia's largest fibre-optic network.  Under the terms of the agreement, which is made up of two separate amounts of US$35.5m and 1.545bn Russian Roubles, TTK has three years to pay back the loan.

TTK plans to use these resources to help finance its massive investment in its new retail programme as set out within the framework of the company's corporate retail strategy.  The goals of this strategy include the development and roll-out of retail broadband access, local and long-distance telephony, and a range of value-added services throughout all Russian territories.  Over the course of the next five years, TTK plans to invest US$1.5bn in the development of its retail broadband infrastructure.

As one of the key players on the Russian telecoms market, TTK has been in close cooperation with UniCredit Bank since 2005, and is ranked among the bank's largest clients in the Russian domestic telecommunications sector.

UniCredit Bank is one of the most active supporters of Russian enterprises from non-financial sectors: with a diversified corporate loan portfolio, the bank offers resources to companies from the transport, energy, mining and telecommunications industries, among others.

"The agreement of a long-term loan of this size with UniCredit Bank confirms the financial stability and high credibility of our company and our business model," commented Alexander Mazharov, CFO of TTK.

Deutsche Telekom International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS) has launched ICSS Mobile World. ICSS says it is offering a "competitive set of mobile products combining basic and new aspiring services".

Within the set data, roaming, and messaging services, customers can choose to bundle four, three, or two services.

Customers can select the following offers:

- IP eXchange service, a premium-quality solution based on GSMA standards that promises reliable delivery of traffic while offering the flexibility to apply an appropriate level of quality. The solution includes a completely managed connection with quality of service, high flexibility, and scalability, including CPE (customer premise equipment) for fixed network access up to 2.5 Gbps or IPsec access up to 30 Mbps.

- SMS eXchange, an SMS hubbing service that provides seamless, worldwide termination of high-quality SMS messages regardless of the network and destination country. SMX offers a "one-stop shopping, one hub, one contract, one bill" solution with extended international connectivity and without additional investment to MNOs and MVNOs but also to SMS aggregators through a single interface.

- Signaling for International Roaming provides the customer with a high-quality, low-cost solution for all signaling for international roaming needs.

- MMX allows interconnection to a large number of partners and provides collection, mediation, rating, reporting, invoicing, and interworking negotiation.

In February 2009, ICSS launched SMS eXchange. In July 2009, ICSS then entered the market with the new IPX platform.

The IPX (IP eXchange) platform enables seamless convergence between different provider networks and thus interoperability among mobile network operators (MNOs), fixed network operators (FNOs), ISPs, and content and application providers. GRX traffic is supported on the ICSS IPX platform and GRX customers can be seamlessly migrated to IPX. The MMX service can be easily activated as existing service on the platform, as well.

"We are continuing to enhance our comprehensive portfolio of mobile products and offering our products and services in flexible, cost-effective bundles," Helmut Angst, Senior Vice President at Deutsche Telekom ICSS, says. "This lets our customers provide their own customers with more, new mobile services at attractive prices and thus improves competitiveness."

O2 has announced an agreement with Telmap which will see its personal navigation and mapping service made available to O2 customers on the majority of GPS-enabled handsets sold by O2.

O2 is said to have worked closely with Telmap to optimize the application for use on the O2 network and will be providing first level customer support and billing support.

Telmap's Navigator offers mapping and GPS navigation with features including in-car 3D maps with text-to-speech technology, traffic alerts with alternative route options and turn by turn directions while walking. O2 customers will also benefit from access to relevant content including places and businesses, event ticketing, restaurant listings and reviews amongst other premium services. O2 will also incorporate points of interest such as O2 Academy venues and Wi-Fi hotspots.

In addition to providing customer service, O2 will make it easy for customers to pay for the Telmap service by integrating the subscription charge onto their mobile phone bill. O2 will also offer the chance for customers to try the service for 14 days before they decide to buy.

"This is a pioneering agreement between operator and application developer which we believe will set a benchmark for future agreements," said Peter Rampling, O2's Marketing Director. "We have worked closely with Telmap to build a service wrap around the application which we believe will offer the best customer experience. Navigation is fast becoming one of the most popular mobile services and we look forward to bringing this leading application to our customers."

"This is a very important agreement for Telmap and we are excited to be starting this relationship with O2", said Oren Nissim, CEO of Telmap. "There is a strong synergy between O2, a leading, innovative operator and Telmap's innovative technology and vast experience; we believe this collaboration will allow us to deliver the best in class solution to O2 customers and for O2 to create a winning location strategy in the marketplace".   

The first new handsets from O2 with the application embedded will appear on the market in the autumn. There will be a range of subscription packages available, starting from £3.50 per month. Existing customers will also be able to download the application if they have a compatible handset. The agreement with O2 in the UK will form a framework for future agreements between Telmap and Telefónica operations globally. 

At IBC 2009, Advanced Digital Broadcast will show how it is helping its customers to meet the challenges of delivering an enhanced consumer TV experience with linear and on-demand entertainment services across hybrid networks. Operators are challenged to bring together more content from more places, making programs and services easy to find, and presenting multimedia in new and exciting ways. In its booth at IBC, ADB will show a number of demonstrations of how it is enabling television, Internet and personal content to converge and be accessible where consumers enjoy it most: on their flat screen TV.

"We expect content convergence to be a major theme of IBC 2009, particularly addressing how network operators handle the inevitable interaction between TV, other CE devices and the Internet. Trends in multimedia consumption and consumer tastes mean it is now time to start preparing for a new consumer TV experience in every home. This concept requires set-top boxes that interact with the television network, the broadband Internet and all local devices including PCs, games consoles and mobile phones, enabling people to access all the content they want on the TV and home theatre system," says François Pogodalla, Chief Executive Officer of ADB.

"At IBC 2009, we will show how our high performance and hybrid set-top boxes enhance the consumer TV experience and reduce total cost of ownership to enable operators to deliver this new television experience while minimising capital and operating costs. We'll demonstrate how our proven software expertise delivers the combination of performance, stability and user-friendly interfaces that ensure content convergence remains a television experience, and not a ‘techie' PC endurance.

TV/PC content convergence - a reality
ADB has a well-earned reputation for harnessing the latest silicon technologies to enhance set-top box performance and features. At IBC the company will highlight its latest generation devices including its powerful DVR and multi-room DVR solutions. Visitors to Stand 5.B48 can also see demonstrations of what TV and PC convergence means for consumers and operators.

ADB will demonstrate DivX® encoded content on the ADB-3810TW hybrid DVB-T/IPTV set-top box. Consumers can access DivX files from their PC and play them on television, and Pay TV operators can enhance their VOD offering with DivX content, which includes old and niche movies that are not always available in other formats.

ADB will also show how a full range of Web services can be brought to the TV screen. In partnership with the Stream Group, the company will demonstrate the Solocoo applications including access to YouTubeTM and TwitterTM, and the ability to chat on FaceBookTM and recommend TV programs to friends.

To enable the consumer TV experience, the Consumer Electronics devices need to complement each other. To illustrate the point, ADB will show how its set-top boxes and multi-room DVR applications enable content sharing around the customer home using DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) and UPnPTM (Universal Plug and Play) home networking.

Enhanced navigation and user interface
The user interface is central to the consumer TV experience and ADB's enhanced 3D graphics engine enables network operators to deliver easy to navigate content libraries and EPGs. Thanks to this  innovative graphics engine, ADB can support interactive TV graphics, fluid motion, and a full suite of 3D animation effects on platforms that were previously limited to the 2D world.

"Consumers have grown accustomed to watching professional and user-generated video on the Internet, and to chatting with friends through social networking sites. They are familiar with elegant user interfaces on popular media players and phones, and enjoy ever-improving graphics on game consoles. Not surprisingly, expectations of what television should look like are changing - and there is a huge opportunity for platform operators that meet these expectations," continues Mr. Pogodalla.

ADB's 3D effects can be seen on the ADB-5810TX high definition DVR for digital terrestrial, a product that illustrates how the user experience is evolving in digital TV. The ADB-5810TX supports a wide range of multimedia interactive applications like photo editor, MP3 download and player, and games.

This product also features push-VOD capabilities to support the vision of on-demand services available on all television platforms. In the consumer TV experience, network operators can deliver true VOD even without the need for a high-bandwidth return channel.

Re-thinking the user interface for a better TV experience also involves the physical form of set-top boxes. ADB will showcase its ‘set-back box', for the US cable market, which mounts to the back of a flat panel TV, hidden from consumers altogether, and operates with the TV remote control.

Hybrid solutions
Service providers who give consumers the choice to enjoy linear and time-shifted TV, Internet video, social networking and personal content on the TV will be pioneering the next major trend in television. By enabling content convergence in the home they will open the way to brand new services that appeal to all generations but especially younger consumers.

To make this consumer TV experience work there is a need to merge networks into hybrid platforms that enable true two-way interaction with the home. Set-top boxes must give consumers access to the content they want from the Wide Area Network (managed TV networks and the broadband Internet) and enable content transfer around the Local Area Network (the connected customer home). This convergence must be seamless. Consumers want the simplicity and reliability of the TV, and therefore the technology and network complexity must be hidden from them.

Hybrid technology is complex from a software management perspective and adding new applications must be achieved without compromising the overall service reliability. The IP software stack has to be implemented in parallel with other software such as MHP middleware, DRMs and DLNA implementation of home networking. One of ADB's strengths is managing this complex group of software components to ensure the set-top-box is optimized for the growing range of tasks it has to perform.

Set-top devices also need to take account of environmental expectations. With more applications running simultaneously in consumer homes, the emphasis will be on minimizing power consumption and consumer power bills (and of course, carbon footprint). This is a function of a highly optimized software/hardware implementation and innovative applications. 

ADB's ability to vertically integrate the software solution, based on open standards, is the key to delivering the stability and high performance that consumers expect from their TV experience.

Telefonica, the Spanish mobile operator, has selected Olista's mobile user-experience platform to improve its customers' experience when using Telefonica's data services.

With social media content and value-added services as key strategic tools for driving revenue and reducing churn, Telefonica chose Olista's technology to promote increased subscriber usage of its mobile internet premium services, both encouraging customers to successfully use the services and ensuring that the services work every time on any device.

Telefonica needed a platform that would identify users' behavior patterns as well as technical and operational barriers and automatically suggest ways to enhance their experiences.

"We are excited to be working with Olista, which shares our commitment to improving customer satisfaction within mobile data services," says Ms. Cristina Alvarez, General Director of Service Development at Telefonica. "Thanks to Olista, we can use this highly granular insight into usage to make informed decisions and better target user experience and quality improvements, offerings and campaigns."

By deploying solutions such as Olista's mobile user-experience platform, Telefonica can uncover usage patterns, revealing precisely where individual users and segments are most active; review price sensitivity data; and eliminate technical barriers and trigger actions via various channels.

"Olista is proud to partner with Telefonica and to have the opportunity to help its customers benefit from our innovative technology," explains Olista CEO, Mr. Gadi Bahat. "Our mobile user-experience platform is designed to improve the customer experience as it helps increase operator revenues. We are confident Olista will prove to be an instrumental tool in achieving Telefonica's goals of increased customer satisfaction and ARPU."

Interoute, owner operator of Europe's largest next-generation network, has announced the launch of Interoute Fast Trade, said to be a high quality bandwidth service designed specifically for finance customers who require low latency and dedicated bandwidth. Interoute Fast Trade takes the fastest most direct route between the 24 countries in Europe, giving customers in the financial sector an edge over their competitors where speed of trades is a key factor.  Taking advantage of Interoute's pan European fibre optic data network, Interoute Fast Trade guarantees round trip delay times, such as London to Frankfurt for as little as 10.8 milliseconds.

Financial trading is increasingly dependent on algorithmic trading or high frequency trading, where algorithms are automatically set to buy and sell if shares rise or drop to a certain price.  As even a fraction of a millisecond can have a significant impact on success, it is imperative that financial institutions have the fastest connection available. The Interoute Fast Trade service has already received orders from six major European banks.

The Fast Trade service runs over Interoute's network which covers nine Equinix exchanges and 200 points of presence (PoPs), guaranteeing a high level of bandwidth and low latency in 24 countries. The purchased circuits provide bandwidth that is dedicated entirely to the customer and Interoute guarantees that these will not be re-routed at any point during the contract, to ensure that latency does not vary.

Matthew Finnie, CTO Interoute, commented: "For financial trading speed isn't the only thing, it's everything. The ability to shave a millisecond of time off the round trip delay can be the difference between losing or winning a deal. Interoute Fast Trade provides a guaranteed low level latency, making it an ideal solution for any financial business looking for fast reliable bandwidth."

Interoute offers customers fully provisioned test circuits for any route to demonstrate and measure the round trip delay of the circuit before ordering. This provides the basis of its premium service level agreement (SLA) which allows the customer to cancel if the service level guarantee is breached during the contract term.

As profits dwindle, telecom giants join forces at the Next Generation Telecom Summit to cash-in on the new 4G world.

The last five years has seen unprecedented change in communications. The European consumer has a plethora of handset choices and packages.  The average handset has evolved from the humble voice-box, to the total media centre. As a result thousands of start-up companies are profiting out of the sector's advances, supplying the various add-ons which inevitably accompany any new wave of technology.

Such innovations were used by the operators to supplement the pricey voice packages as values-add-ons. However, the operators are now finding themselves in the hands of the ever-creative software/hardware companies; they are having to include their own meal ticket - Voice minutes - within the set packages in order to build new custom, which is clearly hurting them. iPhone appstore and Nokia's Ovi have been the first to take advantage and make millions from the operators' customer, creating a financial redistribution within the mobile industry. With the telecom giants left to maintain the costly infrastructure that supports this ever growing new-media industry, the outlook for today's communication service providers is set to get worse in a new 4G world where broadband is everywhere (LTE, WiMax, FTTX and cloud services). How can the giants sustain such costs and avoid being relegated to the sidelines as bit-pipe providers?

Undeterred, the industry has decided to take action. Vodafone have announced the launch of their Appstore which will charge pay-monthly customers for all bought downloads. T-Mobile, Orange and many fixed line/mobile operators across Europe are set to follow suit and will be attending a meeting to discuss such technology strategy and new business models at the influential Next Generation Telecom (NGT) Summit in Portugal next month.

Harri Koponen President and CEO of Tele2, Ugo Benzi, Global Chief Client Integration for Telecom Italia and Morten Karlsen Sorby, EVP & COO of Telenor Mobile are amongst 50 other visionary leaders to have confirmed attendance, and are set to take a lead in the debate to find a consensus in the new 4G world. They will be joined by impresarios such as Jens Backes, VP of Mobile Broadband for T-Mobile, Ger Coolen, CTO of Vodafone Netherlands, and Pierre Marin, Group IT COO for Orange.

"We are in exciting times for the Telecom industry in Europe, as advances have allowed for diversification into other revenue streams," says Fraser Jameson - NGT Summit Director. "Transformation to a low-cost operating model isn't enough to ensure survival for the larger operator, it merely provides an entry ticket to the new digital economy. The real value will be created by continuous innovation and becoming highly customer centric."

The European Telecom industry awaits with baited breath the results of the summit. Will this redistribution of wealth continue, or can the industry find a solution? If so, what kind of market and business transformation will this unleash?

For more information www.ngtsummit.com

Sonaecom and Huawei have announced the launch of Soanecom's HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access Evolution) services in Portugal. The new mobile broadband service is said to allow Sonaecom to offer an improved user experience to customers with lower latency and much higher speed. Via 64 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) in the air interface, Sonaecom's HSPA+ network supports downlink data rate of up to 21.6 Mbps.

"Due to Huawei's smooth introduction of HSPA+ on our existing network, the new technology can help us maintain our leading position in the Portuguese competitive market," said Mr. José Pinto Correia, CTO of Sonaecom. "This new technology will enable our customers to enjoy higher speed and higher quality mobile broadband services, while delivering more capacity to our network."

To enhance Sonaecom's existing UMTS network, Huawei provided an end-to-end solution with state-of-the-art HSPA+ networks and customised mobile broadband modems.

"We are pleased to contribute towards Sonaecom's growing market leadership," said James Xie, Managing Director of Huawei, Portugal.  "Huawei's proven All-IP fixed mobile convergence solutions enable consistent delivery of compelling and differentiated services anytime, anywhere, via any terminal that extends market leadership of operators worldwide."

Sonaecom launched HSPA+ services after a successful technology trial carried out in June 2009, in which the maturity of the technology was proven. The trial phase has been supported by Huawei and Qualcomm and uses terminal equipment featuring Qualcomm's MDM8200 HSPA+ chipset.