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Huawei selects RADVISION mobile video technology

RADVISION, a leading provider of voice and video network infrastructure and developer tools for unified visual communications over IP, 3G, and emerging next-generation networks, has announced that Huawei Technologies, a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, has selected the RADVISION SCOPIA 3G Gateway, 3G Video Communication Solutions and Interactive Video Platform, to enhance their 3G products and solution offerings.

Huawei’s selection of RADVISION 3G products, including SCOPIA Interactive Video Platform, 3G Video Communication Solutions and 3G Video Gateway, advances the adoption and widespread deployment of compelling new video-based interactive services in the 3G market. The IMS-ready Interactive Video Platform enables rapid development and deployment of multiple interactive and personalized video applications and services, allowing operators to increase network usage and Average Revenue Per User (ARPU), reduce churn and strengthen subscriber loyalty.

As the world's fastest-growing mainstream next generation network solutions supplier, Huawei serves 120 million global GSM subscribers and has established strategic partnerships with leading operators across the globe.

“As a leading 3G and digital media solution provider, Huawei offers an outstanding 3G Mobile solution for the global market”, said Zhang Guoxing, President of Digital Media Product Line, Huawei “The integration with RADVISION’s market proven, IMS ready SCOPIA Interactive Video Platform and 3G Video Gateway enables Huawei to enrich its 3G operator offering with advanced interactive video solutions.”

"Huawei’s selection underscores the added value RADVISION brings to the 3G arena,” said Alon Barnea, General Manager of RADVISION Mobility & Service Provider Business Unit. ”The industry is maturing and expects the availability of a broad variety of interactive multimedia services for the 3G market. We are confident that the availability of a variety of applications is the key to growing 3G use. We are very proud to partner with such a significant player in the market.”

Microsoft and SITRONICS Telecom Solutions Collaborate to Deliver End-to-End Billing Services to Operators

Newly formed alliance results in successful integration of Vodafone Czech’s essential line-of-business applications.

Microsoft Corp and SITRONICS Telecom Solutions Czech Republic (formerly STROM Telecom) have announced an alliance to offer operators an end-to-end billing solution that integrates with their primary line-of-business applications, customer care and billing solutions. The first customer to benefit from this collaboration is Vodafone Czech Republic, which is using the integrated managed services solution to enhance its billing, customer care and ordering processes to deliver new, more sophisticated packaged services to market faster.

SITRONICS Telecom Solutions (SITRONICS TS) is a developer and producer of high-end communications equipment and business and operations support systems (BSS/OSS). The collaboration brings together Microsoft Customer Care Framework and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 with the FORIS NG BSS/OSS real-time convergent billing system from SITRONICS TS, and the solution will be available to customers in Western, Central and Eastern Europe; the Asia Pacific region; the Middle East; and Africa.

“The increasing demand for content-intensive services is opening up new revenue streams, and operators must be able to provide a superior experience to their customers to take advantage of this,” said Rainer Grumann, executive vice president of sales and marketing from SITRONICS TS. “Working with Microsoft, we are making it easier for operators by helping them streamline processes and integrate their back-end systems so that they can focus on the most important thing: providing a good quality of service to their customers.”

Vodafone Czech Republic selected the SITRONICS TS/Microsoft solution for its focus on business processes and for its inherent scalability and flexibility in defining service bundles. In addition, it is based on industry standards. The solution is designed to help Vodafone retain its leadership position among enterprise customers by facilitating the effective creation of tailor-made fixed and mobile convergent offerings. The implementation will also include IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) platform integration. Customer Care Framework will help Vodafone’s customer care processes by simplifying and speeding up the time taken to fulfil complex orders from its corporate subscribers. Call centre agents, through a single sign-on and a user-friendly interface, will get a 360-degree view of the person they are speaking to and, as a result, can help reduce call handling times.

“Mobile operators are increasingly expected to deliver personalised services to their customers, and advances in technology have made this possible to do quickly and easily,” said Michael O’Hara, general manager for the Communications Sector at Microsoft. “We must not forget, however, that for any service to be rolled out successfully, it must be accompanied by a seamless and informed customer relations strategy. The contact centre is still the main point of interaction between an operator and its customers and is therefore a key component for any services strategy.”

The FORIS NG solution provides Vodafone Czech Republic with increased flexibility for creating unique, individually tailored offerings for corporate customers, combining both new and existing fixed and mobile services, including IMS-based services. Customers can create personalised tariff schemes and allow operators to provide numerous combinations of tariffs and special offers depending on, for example, the time of day or the region. Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0, a powerful marketing and sales tool, is also providing users with customer intelligence, within a familiar Microsoft Office environment.

The joint solution is interoperable with different types of networks, combining the benefits of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), the public switched telephone network (PSTN), Next Generation Networking (NGN) and IMS. FORIS BSS/OSS provides Vodafone with a cost-effective, dependable platform that allows for the easy and rapid deployment of new services and tariffs.

Comverse wins Best Innovation and Best Project Implementation awards from BillingChina

Comverse, a leading supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication and billing services, has announced the receipt of two prestigious awards from BillingChina. Comverse won the Best Innovation award for its Converged Billing Solution and the Best Project Implementation award for a billing deployment at Zhejiang Telecom.

The awards were organized and conferred by BillingChina and representatives of other industry media in recognition of outstanding contributions made by vendors and operators in China. The panel of judges included industry leaders as well as representatives from carriers, universities and the Communications Ministry. The award ceremony was held in the Minzu Hotel, Beijing. “BillingChina's Best Innovation award cites Comverse's Converged Billing Solution as the ideal answer to an essential need as the industry moves towards convergence and operators transform into full service communication providers,” said Howard Woolf, Group President, Converged Billing Solutions at Comverse. “Our billing services reach more than 50 million users in China alone. It is clear that our years of experience in billing, together with our worldwide footprint, have enabled us to understand the diverse and evolving needs of our customers.”

“The Best Project Implementation award for Comverse's billing deployment at Zhejiang Telecom, a large subsidiary of China Telecom, makes note of successful localization, seamless scalability and the wide range of features and functionality provided by our robust billing solution,” said Eitan Achlow, President of the Asia Pacific Division at Comverse. “We succeeded in converging all Zhejiang Telecom's Comverse Wins Best Innovation and Best Project Implementation Awards from BillingChina billing systems into one system that can issue single bills for each multi-service customer with an extremely short processing window. This advanced billing solution gives Zhejiang Telecom the flexibility to creatively package and sell existing and next-generation services.”

Airwide and Colibria combine SMS, MMS and mobile IM for integrated subscriber service

Airwide Solutions, a leading provider of next-generation mobile messaging infrastructure, has teamed with mobile instant messaging (MIM) leader, Colibria, to provide a messaging solution that seamlessly integrates SMS, MMS and mobile IM. The solution claims to deliver on the promise of next-generation networks by helping operators quickly and cost-effectively deploy new revenue- enhancing services. 

The interoperable technologies offer mobile operators a flexible way to provide subscribers with enhanced messaging services that work across 2.5 and 3G networks, as well as IMS enabled networks. The integrated set of technologies is designed to provide subscribers with a richer messaging experience regardless of the network or messaging technology, while offering operators significant savings in operating expenses and integration efforts.

While the $60 billion global SMS market is still a major revenue earner, operators also want to offer new services such as MIM to drive additional future revenue growth. MIM solutions like this offer subscribers enhanced SMS services with better interactivity, functionality and features. The growing demand for social networking and multimedia content on mobile networks is also driving operators to a range of messaging options based on subscriber preferences, device type, messaging recipient, message type, network and service.     

Next-generation networks break down silos of messaging and accelerate operators’ ability to implement best of breed, multi-use products.  With Airwide’s Fusion architecture, operators can separate application, delivery, storage and policy management network elements, for a higher degree of flexibility and control of independently scalable network components. 

“SMS services continue to drive substantial revenues for the mobile operators,” said Kevin Wiant, vice president of business development, Airwide Solutions.  “Operators are looking to build on this foundation by integrating other messaging options that appeal to the diversity of subscriber preferences and handsets.  With Colibria, we can provide operators an easy way to implement Mobile IM services that can communicate with their SMS community. This service acceleration is possible due to the next generation messaging approach being taken by Airwide and Colibria.”

Using Airwide and Colibria technologies, operators can deploy a messaging environment in which subscribers are confident that their messages will be delivered regardless of their handset or network. In particular, new Mobile IM subscribers will be able to communicate with the large existing base of SMS subscribers and growing numbers of MMS users.  This messaging interaction can also be extended to SIP clients on mobile and fixed phones.

“Addressing subscribers’ needs must be at the core of every mobile service. For MIM to be successful, existing SMS and MMS users must be able to communicate with MIM users and vice versa,” said Matt Hooper, EVP of Marketing, Colibria. “This means that operators and technology providers are critical in building compelling, mobile IM and converged messaging services and ensuring their interoperability. Our partnership with Airwide helps operators easily overcome the challenges of implementing a next generation messaging solution that embraces existing messaging services and supports the important evolution to MIM.”

The integrated Airwide/Colibria system will be available in Q3 of 2007.

TENNET NGN platform connects AMT customers

SITRONICS Telecom Solutions, has signed a contract with Russian operator AMT for delivery of elements of the company’s TENNET NGN solution. SITRONICS TS will deploy core elements of its new TENNET NGN communications platform based on Advanced TCA technology to connect ATM’s customers to the public phone network through an ISDN (PRA) interface. The commercial launch of the new solution for AMT is scheduled for Q2 2007

“Over the past 12 months, SITRONICS TS has gathered considerable experience operating the TENNET next generation network solution in network environments," said Nihad Hurem, General Director of SITRONICS Telecom Solutions, Czech Republic. "This experience is valued by our new customers who seek a modern and cost-effective way to modernize their infrastructure and service offering."

The solution being implemented at ATM is based on the MGC 9800 softswitch and TGX 6800 trunk gateway which features 6,000 transit ports to support several tens of thousands of customers in commercial operation. Implementation and systems support will be managed by SITRONICS TS’ Moscow branch.

The TENNET platform enables operators to converge voice, data and content services in a unified IP-based communication network. The open architecture of Advanced TCA facilitates implementation of new IP-based solutions and services. The TENNET NGN solution enables operators to manage their networks and business processes far more effectively, deliver new revenue generating IP-based services, and significantly reduce overall operating costs.   

BT launches 'Out-of-a-Box' VoIP service for communication providers

BT has announced the launch of a global service that will enable Internet service providers (ISPs), cable providers and other resellers to deliver flexible voice over IP (VoIP)-based services to their subscribers. The new offering is targeted at global communication providers outside of the UK and allows entrants to the market to become a communication provider overnight, without the cost and complexity of having to invest in expensive IT and network infrastructure.

Using a fully redundant globally distributed IP network, BT's IP Voice Managed Service offers a reliable and secure service with a flexible pricing model. The system features advanced multi-layered security, including session border controller (SBC) functionality and VoIP firewall capabilities. A single web-based interface gives the user an efficient tool to monitor call flow and control expenses. The IP Voice Managed Service is one of a range of 21C operator services, which take advantage of BT's global experience to provide a new generation of richer and more customized services to enable 21C communication providers.

Karsten Lereuth, president BT Global Telecom Markets, said: "In this changing world, the main challenges for network operators and service providers are to handle new technologies, to avoid high and hazardous investments and to reduce their operational expenditure. Next generation networks and systems enable communication providers to deliver innovative services, increase speed-to-market and improve customer service while benefiting from significant cost savings.

"BT IP Voice Managed Service offers communication providers a straightforward and easy-to-use platform -- an 'out-of-the-box' solution -- that simplifies the delivery of IP telephony services without huge investments or technology knowledge. We have kept this offering as simple to use as possible -- any person who can work with Microsoft Windows can use BT IP Voice Managed Service. The whole solution is Microsoft-enabled to provide both new entrants and existing telecoms providers access to an exciting and expanding market," he said.

MEDIAN Telecom, headquartered in Bochum, Germany, specialises in developing and providing leading edge telecommunications and VoIP technologies. It already receives termination and transit services from BT Global Telecom Markets and has been intensively testing the new IP Voice Managed Service. Stefan Voigt, Chief Operations Officer at MEDIAN Telecom said: "BT develops new services in close cooperation with customers to ensure that these propositions meet market requirements. With the new IP Voice Managed Service, BT Global Telecom Markets has proven its flexibility to recognize market trends and to deliver compelling solutions."

Tech Mahindra and SITRONICS TS Partner to Deliver Innovative IT Solutions for Next Generation Networks (NGN)

Tech Mahindra Limited (TechM), a global leader in providing end-to-end IT services and solutions to the telecommunications sector, and SITRONICS Telecom Solutions Czech Republic (formerly STROM telecom), a developer and producer of high-end communications equipment and BSS/OSS headquartered in the Czech Republic, are pleased to announce a partnership to jointly address fixed line, mobile operators and WiMAX players across Europe, Asia Pacific and MEA.

SITRONICS Telecom Solutions (SITRONICS TS) is an established vendor of communications equipment with multiple installations of its FORIS (BSS/OSS) solutions and the TENNET NGN products and solutions across Central & Eastern European & CIS markets. Tech Mahindra will harness SITRONICS TS’ strong position in the region to enter this market. SITRONICS TS, on the other hand, will leverage Tech Mahindra’s presence in Asia Pacific, India and MEA to bring its FORIS BSS/OSS solutions and cutting edge TENNET NGN products to communications service providers in this region.

This unique partnership will enable telecom service providers to migrate from legacy to NGN networks across IT stack & network elements, under one roof. TechM with its telecom domain knowledge and SITRONICS TS with its mature solution offerings for the BSS/OSS and Next generation networks will enable Telecom service providers to launch new revenue generating services using this cutting edge technology.

“The Telecom industry continues to transform. By keeping pace with the changing scenario, Tech Mahindra is proud to be in a position to offer complete end-to-end Telecom solutions to its customers.” said CP Gurnani, President International Operations. “We have discovered that partnering with SITRONICS TS will enable us to work with highly specialised product development teams and collaborate very closely. This will enable us to work towards more innovative ways of leveraging existing infrastructure, and also introduce new services.

"SITRONICS TS has the experience of delivering BSS and NGN solutions to some of the leading service providers in Europe. We are confident that forging the strong partnership with TechM will enable both companies to participate in the next wave of technology deployments on the European, Asia Pacific and MEA markets,” said Nihad Hurem, the CEO of SITRONICS TS. “Asia Pacific is the most rapidly growing market where customers are always looking for innovative implementations of technology; SITRONICS TS’ solutions can enable the region's operators to launch new revenue generating services on a flexible and scalable platform to meet the present and future demands of the market," Hurem added.

SITRONICS TS to Deliver NGN Network for Russia

TENNET platform will enable Moscow operator MGTS to offer a wide range of new services

SITRONICS Telecom Solutions, has won an important contract for the delivery of a next generation network (NGN) solution to the largest municipal fixed-line operator in Russia. SITRONICS TS will deploy its TENNET NGN platform in the network of MGTS (Moscow Municipal Telephone Network), establishing a new high capacity IP-based network. At the same time, legacy infrastructure will be integrated into the new solution during the transformation stage in order to harness previous investments and minimise costs. The new project follows extensive testing of the TENNET in a pilot project in the MGTS network which was launched in Q2 2006.

“MGTS has chosen TENNET because of the company’s positive experience with our system during the six month pilot project," said Nihad Hurem, General Manager of SITRONICS Telecom Solutions. "When the deployment is completed, more than 4 million MGTS customers will be able to enjoy new services and billing options. This is the best reference we could have ever asked for."

The migration of the MGTS network towards a next generation network is one of the largest projects of its kind. The solution to be deployed will enable more than 70,000 transit ports to be integrated with high-capacity TGX 6800 transit gateways controlled by the MGC softswitch based on the AdvancedTCA architecture. The TENNET platform will enable MGTS to broaden its services portfolio with triple-play based services and at the same time will while provide full interconnection with the networks of other telecommunication operators with industry standard interfaces. Thanks to the solution’s centralised network management architecture, the TENNET solution is far more economical to operate than traditional networks. The TENNET solution is fully compatible with the new IMS/TISPAN norms.

Thomson SoftSwitches enter German cable operator market with envia TEL

Thomson’s Cirpack VoIP platform to drive Triple Play and IP Centrex services in south-eastern Germany

Thomson has announced that envia TEL, a major carrier and telecommunications service provider in the south east of Germany, has selected the Cirpack VoIP platform to launch a range of advanced telephony services over Cable and DSL local loops. Using the Thomson platform, envia TEL will now be able to offer packaged double and triple play services to its partner carriers and end user customers throughout the region.

Cirpack softswiches are already installed with eight operators throughout the country and Gartner’s Dataquest report published in October 2006, showed that Thomson’s Cirpack softswitches was the most successful VoIP platform taking 24% of the market in EMEA. The German cable market is very large compared to rest of Europe with, according to the German Cable Association (Deutscher Kabelverband e.V.), 26 million households currently connected to the cable network. The GBA also predicts a density of 90% of them to be triple-play enabled by end of 2008. This represents a huge potential for cable telephony and packaged triple play solutions in Germany.

envia TEL, a subsidiary of one of the biggest power companies in Germany, enviaM, is a regionally focused telecoms operator in the south-east of Germany offering telephony services via its own DSL infrastructure. Leveraging the advanced telephony services managed in the network by Thomson’s Cirpack softswitches, envia TEL’s cable operators partners will now be able to easily add voice solutions and launch their own complete triple play offers. In the future, envia TEL will also use Thomson’s Cirpack platform for connection to the network of  Deutsche Telekom and other carriers to enable even more advanced services. The operator also plans to target the enterprise market with hosted IP Centrex solutions in the near future. 

The General Manager of envia TEL, Mr Thomas Wellhausen commented “We needed a future proof solution which could offer new VoIP services over both DSL and Cable but would also be able to operate with our existing legacy equipment. Cirpack was selected due to its impressive range of features, even in its minimum configuration. This allows us to complete our service portfolio at a very competitive cost and to deliver a unique service mix, independent from the access technology, whether cable or DSL.”

The implementation was completed within four weeks of delivery. Mr Naif Kiy, Product Manager from Quante Netzwerke GmbH, the integrator responsible for the project planning and implementation, expanded “For the envia TEL implementation we had challenging targets to meet with respect to technological requirements and timeframe. Thanks to Cirpack’s open architecture, we managed to complete the project within a very short time -  to the great satisfaction of the customer.”

Jean-Pierre Dumolard, General Manager of Thomson’s Network Intelligence Solutions said “envia TEL is a major operator in Germany, helping many cable operators to deliver telephony services. We are looking forward to helping them grow their share of the cable telephony market as our solutions are gaining momentum in Germany.”