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Harris Stratex Networks, a  specialist in backhaul solutions for mobility and broadband networks, today introduced Eclipse Packet Node to address the growing demands for high speed packet transport in next generation mobile backhaul networks.
Eclipse Packet Node builds upon the Eclipse platform to support Native Mixed Mode (TDM plus IP) transmission for smooth and cost-effective migration of backhaul networks. Eclipse Packet Node now adds increased nodal and radio link native packet handling capacity to meet the transport requirements expected for 4G, as well as a host of leading edge innovations that will help Operators overcome challenges in traffic management, backhaul bandwidth limitations and costs, and even timing and synchronisation in an all-IP network environment.

Eclipse Packet Node increases the packet handling capability of the Eclipse nodal design by over 1,000%, thanks to a new ‘Packet Plane' architecture. Eclipse Packet Node supports dramatically increased link throughputs with over 1Gbit/s transported in a single 56 MHz channel and over 140 Mbit/s in a single 7 MHz channel. Operators can make more use of their limited frequency resources than ever before. Innovative coding enhancements have also enabled improved RF path performance, with up to 6dB of additional system gain, resulting in longer paths, smaller antennas, and/or extended availability.

"Eclipse Packet Node represents the most comprehensive convergence solution available on the market today, that will enable our customers to transform their networks to all-IP ," said Paul Kennard, Harris Stratex Networks Chief Technology Officer, "Packet Node provides seamless support for both TDM and all-IP traffic with the same carrier-class performance, protection and network resiliency features, along with the raw IP capacity capability to meet network requirements all the way to LTE and beyond."

Alcatel-Lucent has announced the launch of a multi-industry initiative - the ng Connect Program - that is dedicated to establishing a rich and diverse ecosystem of infrastructure, devices, content and applications for both mobile and fixed broadband networks including 4G, Long Term Evolution (LTE), GPON and other ultra high bandwidth technologies. The ng Connect Program will bring the benefits of a seamless broadband experience to mobile phones, computers, cars, gaming systems and more, enabling consumers to stream more content, run more sophisticated applications on-the-go, and communicate in the most popular formats of today, and tomorrow.

One example of the possible applications resulting from this ecosystem is in the automotive sector - connecting automobiles to new services through tomorrow's broadband networks.  "QNX is excited about what LTE can bring to the next-generation connected vehicle. A reliable high-speed connection transforms the user experience: no more hard drive in the car, no more out-of-date navigation and mapping system, and no more visits to the dealer to update your software," said Dan Dodge, CEO of QNX Software Systems. "The car becomes an Internet terminal, an edge device, providing users with real-time access to the latest applications, data, and content. LTE complements our own vision of enabling cars that dynamically connect to the internet cloud, to consumer devices, and to one another."

The ng Connect Program is committed to bringing together companies, large and small, that are developing cutting edge technologies and services which will reshape the way people communicate, interact online and on-the-go, including augmented reality, mobile games and compelling social networking/entertainment experiences.  By helping bring new applications and services to market more quickly, the ng Connect Program will facilitate an expansion of the revenue base for network operators and others.  To accomplish this, ng Connect Program will promote a variety of pre-integrated solutions featuring the latest innovations in network, device and software technologies.

"As we move into the next phase of the evolution of broadband networks with the advent of ultra high bandwidth systems such as 4G and GPON, it is critical that a broad spectrum of companies - including those from industries that are not normally associated - come together in a strong ecosystem that can effectively innovate, remove business and technical barriers and define new business models to accelerate mass adoption of new services and devices," said Tim Krause, Chief Marketing Officer at Alcatel-Lucent, a founding member of the ng Connect Program. "The establishment of the ng Connect program is an important step in our strategy to create an open ecosystem so that the trusted capabilities of service providers can be combined with the innovation of the web to bring whole new classes of services to market, services that can leverage the growing capabilities of service aware IP networks, IMS and more. The ng Connect Program is dedicated to bringing this ecosystem to life."
The ng Connect Program's initial phase has three goals: accelerating deployment of new services and devices through pre-integration and validation; identifying and promoting new revenue streams through innovative business models; and broadening the wireless broadband device landscape to include consumer electronics products, industrial and consumer equipment for machine-to-machine communications, and automotive connectivity.  The ng Connect Program will showcase the next generation connected user experience through proof-of-concept solutions. 

MobiTV has announced its Media Distribution Platform is now capable of delivering live streaming and on demand video content to the iPhone.

The iPhone will be added to the 350-strong list of mobile devices that are already supported by MobiTV's technology and infrastructure. The user interface of the MobiTV service, which includes immediate session start and fast channel change functions, has been adapted to suit the features of the iPhone, and can be leveraged by service providers and content owners who wish to bring linear television to the iPhone platform.

Bruce Gilpin, Chief Operating Officer, MobiTV said: "Our new live streaming technology will open up an exciting new range of possibilities for delivering engaging media on the iPhone platform."

MobiTV is exhibiting at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Vodafone is trialling new microwave technology that is said to quadruple current backhaul capacity in channelling voice and data traffic away from base stations while enhancing performance and quality of service levels for customers.
Vodafone has carried out a series of trials investigating the potential of Ethernet microwave which is capable of greatly enhancing the performance of existing microwave backhaul technology.
Under current estimates, the upgrade from typical microwave backhaul technology to Ethernet microwave backhaul technology is capable of raising peak capacity from around 32 Mbps to around 180 Mbps using the same frequency range.
The Ethernet-based point-to-point technology is also designed to support IP based traffic from the Radio Access Network by deploying an adaptive modulation technique that increases throughput, decreases latency while improving quality of service levels for customers.
As the performance boost is based on upgrading the cheaper electronics in the cabinet rather than the more expensive microwave dish itself, the move also offers cost efficiencies.
"As Radio Access Networks are upgraded to reflect growing demand for mobile broadband services, it is important to ensure that the backhaul is able to deliver on that potential," said Andy MacLeod, Global Network Director of Vodafone. "The trials show that Microwave Ethernet technology can play a role in maintaining high levels of mobile broadband performance for our customers through adopting a holistic approach to maintaining service levels."
The technology is expected to be commercially available from the end of 2009.
The initiative forms part of Vodafone's Backhaul Evolution Programme designed to boost network efficiency and offer customers unparalleled levels of network performance. As well as replacing leased lines with more cost effective Microwave technology, the programme has seen Vodafone deploy both fibre and DSL to base stations in areas with particularly high demand for capacity.
The move comes as Vodafone continues to upgrade its Radio Access Networks to match growing demand for mobile broadband services, made more popular through the rise in sales of data dongles and attractive bundles offering more value for money.
Vodafone has already deployed hotspots offering peak theoretical speeds of 7.2 Mbps in selected countries across its global networks to ensure that customers are getting the performance they require.
Vodafone recently announced ongoing trials of HSPA+ technology achieving peak data download rates of up to 20 Mbps.

"In a recent report, ABI forecast that by 2013 more than 67% of all handsets shipped will be 3G/3G+ capable. Growing demands for mobile data services and applications are expected to significantly help wireless operators increase average revenue per user (ARPU) and improve subscriber retention. However as the battle to retain and attract new subscribers becomes more fierce, operators are under growing pressure to not only improve the quality and capacity of their 3G networks but to also ensure a good return on investment on network infrastructure.

In mid 2008, In-Stat cited indoor coverage as one of the biggest challenges facing wireless subscribers and warned operators that success of 3G services, and hence revenues will be limited until the in-building coverage issue is properly addressed. The firm pointed towards smaller and less powerful in-building wireless systems in public spaces, such as microcells, as a way to enable carriers to provide better in-door coverage without making huge capital investments.

Reliance on mobile devices as a business tool for corporate and enterprises is rising, and putting more and more pressure on operators to provide ubiquitous coverage for wireless services whether indoors or out. One example of this can be seen through the recent forecast from Gartner that in North America the number of enterprise mobile phones will overtake the number of fixed access lines, and desktop phones by 2011. In bustling city centres, networks are fast reaching breaking point with too many subscribers placing demands at any given time, and users are becoming increasingly frustrated with reduced data rates and loss of signals caused by obstructions by large buildings.  Gartner recommends for enterprises to increase coverage for mobile phones through distributed antenna systems (DAS), repeaters, microcells and wireless LANs.

There are multiple competing technologies designed to address the demand for wireless data and Mobile Broadband, however with so much uncertainly in the market over what technology to support from UMTS to Wi-Fi, or WiMAX etc, how can wireless operators possibly protect new investments in network infrastructure whilst simultaneously addressing end user needs? For example technologies such as femtocells are expected to offer huge potential in this area but are severely limited in that they are only optimised for 3G and are also reliant on subscribers to dig deep into their pockets.

Active distributed antenna systems (DAS) are forecast to have the most significant impact on in-building wireless.  In the current uncertain economic climate, operators are far better off focussing on improving in-building coverage by investing in service-independent active DAS to help future proof their investments in new infrastructure and ensure increased coverage and capacity of their networks for today with 2G and 3G, and for tomorrow with 4G and LTE and beyond.

Active wideband DAS is the only solution on the market today capable of providing simultaneous distribution inside buildings for any number or combination of wireless services, independent of frequency, technology, or protocol. Users can therefore be guaranteed improved indoor coverage (whether in public or work spaces), and have the ubiquity and continuity of service connectivity that they desire, whatever wireless technology is used to provide them with it."

Volubill, a leading supplier of real-time charging and control applications for mobile data and content services, has reported another year of stellar revenue growth. The company's CHARGE-ITTM family of products have proven to be instrumental in helping service providers, especially those within emerging markets, charge for data services and manage bandwidth across fixed and mobile broadband networks-and ultimately increase revenue and advanced service options.

Volubill's revenues grew by 84% in 2008, with Q4 (October through December) representing the best in the company's history. Volubill was recognized as one of the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 in EMEA having now achieved over 500% percent revenue growth over the past three years. In 2008, the company's growth was realized through significant repeat business with existing customers as well as major wins with new customers, including DIGICEL in Honduras and Panama, Excelcomindo in Indonesia, Globacom in Ghana and Zain group in the Middle East. Volubill's CHARGE-IT solutions are now being used within 15 ORANGE markets worldwide.

This year, Volubill has provided its solutions to more than 250 million subscribers through its five largest mobile operator customers. The company predicts that these five accounts will experience 200 to 500% growth in data volumes over the next 12 months.

"Due in large part to the capabilities, power and relevance of our solutions to the mobile data revolution, Volubill has made significant strides within the competitive telecom marketplace during uncertain economic times," said John Aalbers, Chief Executive Officer, Volubill. "We provide solutions that are seen as "must have" by operators as they directly lead to increased revenues and reduced costs. In 2009 we expect to continue delivering rapid value to our customers. Our unique Usage Policy Management solution enables operators to defer costly network upgrades, which is a major issue for mobile operators today as they struggle to keep up with the demand for bandwidth."

Volubill is exhibiting at Mobile World Congress in Hall 1 Stand 181B.

Comarch, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, has announced the newest versions Comarch Interconnect Billing and Comarch Wholesale Billing with IPX billing modules - the solutions for modern providers of telecommunication services that conduct settlements according to GSMA recommendations for network and IPX services.

Functionalities that are included in the new Comarch solutions include, among others, the full support of inter-operator settlements required for IPX as well as short implementation time of bilateral and multilateral agreements. These solutions, containing the IPX billing module, are dedicated for all providers of telecommunications services, including wholesale departments, as well as HUBs integrating the IP and traditional telecommunication worlds. The IP services market is a new and essential source of revenue for providers of telecommunication services. Comarch's tools are designed to assist the development of new and existing leaders in this market.

"Taking under consideration the development of IP technology, we decided to pre-configure and support the agreements resulting from IPX services in our 2 solutions: Comarch Interconnect Billing and Comarch Wholesale Billing. These handle Cascade Billing settlements in the "bilateral", "bilateral service hub" and "multilateral" modes, management of complex settlement agreements, based on SLA agreements yet also paying attention to various QoS's (Quality of Services) and the creation of new business scenarios for providers of telecommunication services and partners," explains Piotr Machnik, Business Development Center Director, Comarch SA.

From the point of view of telecommunication service providers, IPX is a service delivered to another provider or bought from them. It is also the network infrastructure which forms the basis for the delivery of the services. IPX solves many problems such as availability for Mobile, Fixed, Carriers and ISP Providers as well as the delivery of services according to the set QoS level. On the business level, it helps in the execution of different types of agreements based on "bilateral", "bilateral service hub" and "multilateral" Cascade Billing.

Comarch and T-Systems announced today they have agreed to begin cooperation in order to market a common integrated suite of OSS products. Comarch will incorporate PegaPlan, a T-Systems planning solution, into its OSS Suite. The product resulting from this cooperation will offer clients a closed loop, full-blown OSS environment of deluxe functionalities.

The combined solution will fully support mobile operator operations in planning access and backbone networks. The present OSS functionalities of Comarch OSS Suite will be enriched by the following functions: new equipment planning based on geographical and coverage maps, building and bringing new sites into the operation, planning radio parameters (NE components, neighboring, handovers) and frequency planning for RAN including the latest LTE technologies as well as the planning of new backbone capacity.

"By cooperating with Comarch we will continue and extend the success story of PegaPlan. The integration of PegaPlan with a world class solution like the Comarch OSS Suite will create additional value for our customers," said Mr Ulrich Kriszun, Vice-President of Export Sales of T-Systems.

The newly enriched Comarch OSS Suite is bound to be a powerful tool for increasing the market position of its users through improved resource planning and usage. As one of the first on the market, our solution will fully support change management processes through the planning, execution and reconciliation of network changes. The solution improves operations by improving the management of network resources and maintaining up-to-date information about the network throughout the entire planning and fulfillment process. This integration allows operators to close the gap between planning and operational processes which helps close the loop, and shorten the flow from planning, through execution, monitoring, optimization, and back to planning.

"By integrating T-Systems' successful PegaPlan with the Comarch OSS Suite, we can extend our current product portfolio and reach, targeting new regions and operators, building on the established and trusted reputation of both our companies' products. We are delighted to enter into this cooperation with T-Systems to offer operators the greatest flexibility of solution design" explains Mr. Piotr Piatosa, Vice-President of the Telecommunications Business Unit, Comarch SA.

Telsis today unveiled the world's first and only complete solution for the rapid creation, roll-out and management of custom advanced SMS services throughout their entire life cycle.

Surveys carried out for Telsis in three major European cities showed up to half of phone users want to do more with SMS and would use and pay for advanced services.

The Telsis new era SMS solution gives mobile operators a low-risk, low impact way to meet and grow this demand, exploiting a complete technology and services model to build, roll out and manage advanced SMS services that create differentiation and generate new revenues - and do it in days, rather than months or years.

The Telsis model has four-tiers, first of which is the proven foundation of SMS Routing, pioneered by Telsis and now acknowledged globally as the gold standard in next-generation messaging network technology.

Tier two, which Telsis debuted at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last year, is Telsis Advanced Services, an application-hosting platform pre-loaded with a suite of core SMS services and able to run many more.

Today, the two final tiers of the Telsis solution are unveiled - ServiceCentral, a service creation platform, and FrontRunner, a complete consultancy and technical assistance programme.

ServiceCentral uses the same Intelligent Network service creation technology that Telsis has widely deployed in voice networks throughout the world. It enables Telsis or its partners to rapidly build the most complex of fully custom service flows, then edit them to smoothly transition applications from live service trials to full roll-outs. Usability is a key element in new service acceptance by subscribers, so ServiceCentral enables a range of options for phone-user control including SMS and Web interfaces, plus dedicated control by external systems for enterprise applications.

The FrontRunner programme lets operators supplement on an as-needed basis their own in-house marketing, engineering and operations teams with Telsis specialists. Together, they conceive, market-test, build, roll out and manage any number of advanced SMS services, exploiting to maximum advantage, lowest risk and lowest cost the power of the model's technology layers.

"For some time operators have been telling us that they see the revenue growth and churn reduction opportunities offered by advanced SMS, but are fearful of the perceived risk to the stability of their networks and frustrated by the competing demands on in-house resource," says Telsis CEO Simon Brown. "With our new era solution we're showing a practical, affordable and low-risk route to achieving major competitive and bottom line pay-backs through advanced SMS."

Says Declan Lonergan, vice president of Yankee Group's consumer research group: "SMS is a core element in what subscribers look for when choosing a mobile service, but until now operators have only had one lever to pull to make their offer more attractive, and that's price. This is a sure sign of a commoditising product. The net result is that in some markets SMS revenues are flattening off despite volumes continuing to climb. The emergence of more advanced SMS schemes gives operators the opportunity to compete on service, utility and innovation."

Bridgewater Systems, the mobile personalization company, today announced the Subscriber Data Broker.

Bridgewater's Subscriber Data Broker is a subscriber data management product that brings together rich, dynamic subscriber data with the sophisticated tools to broker that data to multiple systems and applications. It allows service providers to: 

o Open the mobile ecosystem. Flexible application policy rules securely broker subscriber data to third-party applications such as mobile advertising to generate new revenues, while respecting subscriber privacy preferences.

o Rapidly create and deliver personalized services.  New streaming media, social networking, and location-based services can be provisioned, modified, and personalized in a live network environment in minutes. Offers can be customized for individuals or groups of subscribers. 

o Reduce operating costs by federating subscriber data from existing data stores, eliminating outdated or duplicate data, and easily provisioning new subscribers and services without custom integration. 

Subscriber Data Broker has ‘out of the box' service creation tools that enrich the Internet experience with mobility features. It federates and brokers dynamic ‘state' data such as location, context, and presence, as well as traditional profile and service usage data from existing stores (e.g. Home Location Registers, Authorization, Authentication and Accounting systems, and application servers). By combining an advanced business rules engine with application policy controls, it brokers subscriber data to third-party applications using standard Application Protocol Interfaces, making it easy to create and personalize services on-line and in real-time.  

Annual mobile data revenues will more than double from $148 billion in 2007 to $347 billion in 2013, according to Informa Telecoms and Media. Bridgewater's Subscriber Data Broker enables service provider to deliver personalized mobile applications that will drive this revenue growth. 

Ari Banerjee, Director, Anywhere Network, Yankee Group said: "Subscriber data is the crown jewel of mobile service providers. By bringing together subscriber data with the tools to broker that data to any application, Bridgewater's Subscriber Data Broker has taken a unique approach that is key for service providers who want to attract and retain subscribers by opening their mobile ecosystem."   

David Sharpley, Senior Vice President, Bridgewater Systems added:
"Bridgewater's service creation approach to subscriber data management is a major advancement over legacy LDAP-based models that require costly development and integration for each new application. By federating dynamic subscriber data from existing data stores and using sophisticated tools to broker this data to third-party applications, it enables service providers to rapidly create and deliver personalized applications such as mobile advertising."

Keynote SIGOS, a specialist in active testing of mobile networks, services and components, is showcasing its latest products for mobile operators and service providers at Mobile World Congress.

Keynote SIGOS brings 20 years of expertise and innovation in dealing with the testing and monitoring needs of the mobile world, which it has used to develop and extend the reach of its flagship product SITE (SIGOS Interactive Testing Environment). SITE is now capable of calculating KPIs for moving subscribers performing end-to-end services in addition to static subscriber probes. These mobility tests are geared for vehicles like taxis, trucks or trains and test the real subscribers' experience on the move.  The information is processed to KPIs and displayed on a brightly coloured geographic map.

Key to a global perspective on roaming quality is the consistency of measurements and thus comparability between home network and visited networks, regardless of the monitoring and testing methods used.  This has driven the development of newly defined GRQ (Global Roaming Quality) / IR.81 standards - developed by the GSMA in co-operation with selected partners like Keynote SIGOS.  The new standards will provide a conclusive framework for pro-active testing and reactive monitoring whilst assuring the quality of end-to-end roaming services.  As an additional service, Keynote SIGOS will now be offering special managed service packages on its GlobalRoamer product, in line with the SLA monitoring approach of GSMA.

In addition to these services and products, Keynote SIGOS is attempting to tackle the worldwide issue of the fraudulent use of SIMboxes which continues to impact the revenue of network operators around the world.  Typically roaming calls are intercepted, redirected and terminated whilst being re-conducted via the fraudulent SIMbox, creating a cost / revenue shift along the way.  The revenue leakage caused often goes unnoticed, therefore usually no or only little action is taken, but SIMboxes can result in significant revenue leakage for operators and roaming hub providers and poor quality service for customers, resulting in overall damage to the brand.  With GlobalRoamer, Keynote SIGOS' sophisticated testing infrastructure for roaming calls, SIMboxes can be detected and their negative effects eliminated.

"The quality of a subscriber's experience is not only driven by static service usage but also by service deployment on the move. Mobility truly represents a real end user experience in the network and it is important that operators fully understand how their service is working at all stages," said Joachim Bamberger, head of sales at Keynote SIGOS.  "In addition to this, it is imperative that operators secure any possible revenue leakage, particularly in the current economic climate.  We aim to arm operators with the tools to do this allowing them to combat threats such as SIMbox fraud, which is an ever increasing problem across the world."

Keynote SIGOS expects to see increased demand in testing of Iu Interfaces over IP in the future due to replacements in network infrastructure with a shift towards IP based technology, as a result, the company now offers the possibility to test circuit and packet switched core network components, like MSC and SGSN with Iu Interfaces over IP.

Anite has announced a forward leap in the implementation of next generation mobile broadband, with an advanced LTE demonstration incorporating the LG Electronics (LG) LTE UE and Anite SAT LTE protocol tester.

The demonstration at Mobile World Congress 2009 is the culmination of more than a year of collaborative working between Anite and LG on a range of LTE mobile development and testing initiatives.

Highlighting the super low latency of LTE, the demonstration is built on Anite's Development Toolset, managing UL / DL datastreams incorporating dual antenna operation and a fully featured protocol stack.

"Working with our long-term test and measurement partner, Agilent Technologies, we are committed to providing the industry with a market leading portfolio of test solutions to accelerate the commercialization of LTE and the mobile broadband experience," said Daniel Oosthuizen, Managing Director, Anite. "We are delighted to have achieved this significant milestone with our partner LG and as a result are now so much closer to helping the industry realize this goal."

The Anite SAT LTE Development Toolset provides a suite of development tools for UE designers. It is the first of the Anite/Agilent portfolio of test solutions designed around a common protocol stack and test environment, enabling rapid development and debug cycles.  Based on the Agilent E6620A the portfolio provides a consistent approach to testing throughout all stages of the handset development lifecycle, reducing risk in customer deliverables and speeding time to market.

"LG is committed to providing the latest innovations in telecommunication networks and advanced technologies like LTE." said Jin-Sung Choi, Vice President and Head of Mobile Communication Technology Research Lab, LG Electronics. "We are pleased to work with Anite to improve LG's 4G LTE network devices of a technology that will be available for end-users soon."

Anite is introducing its latest LTE developments at Mobile World Congress.