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UK businesses are primarily concerned with SaaS and cloud computing with 31 per cent saying it is driving increased use of data centre capacity, according to a national survey commissioned by Telehouse of over 100 senior IT professionals. With Gartner forecasting that the cloud computing market could reach a global value of $150 billion by 2013, it is unsurprising that 83 per cent of respondents predict that their data centre requirement will also grow in the next three years, says Telehouse. Looking further ahead, over 80 per cent of respondents thought that securing access to additional data centre capacity would be either ‘critical' or ‘important' in the next five years, it says.

Only four per cent said governance is driving increased use of data centre capacity in their organisation, suggesting that some businesses may potentially be overlooking the data demands of governance. Currently, businesses are required to retain a vast amount of electronic data for possible government inspection. Key regulatory legislation affecting UK businesses include Basle II and MiFID in banking, HIPAA for the pharmaceutical industry or Sarbanes-Oxley for companies with a US footprint.

According to a study by IDC Research, email and electronic documents, which now have to be retained legally, are a primary factor for the increase in the amount of information stored on servers. In fact, the BroadGroup estimate that storage of this data typically represents 20 - 30 per cent of a data centre's footprint. If organisations underestimate this, UK businesses could be fast be approaching a tipping point where the requirement to store data far exceeds their current data storage infrastructure.

"The results of our survey indicate that demand for data centre capacity will continue to increase over the next five years, fuelled by SaaS and cloud computing, but we should not underestimate the future impact of governance and the pressure it will put on capacity, too," commented Michelle Reid, Sales and Marketing Director, Telehouse.

"Until recently, there has not been the storage space in London to meet this demand, with many data centre vendors finding it difficult to secure planning permission within the capital. The launch of our new data centre, Telehouse West, in the heart of the capital, will provide UK businesses with the means to conform to regulations and grow to take advantage of the latest technology trends and meet the requirements of increased regulation," added Reid. 

Telehouse recently announced its Telehouse West facility, an £80 million state-of-the-art data centre in London's Docklands that will provide 19,000 square metres of secure data centre space for UK businesses; the data centre is manned 24x7 by trained security personnel. The facility will act as an extended communications hub to over 400 carriers and ISPs. Value added ICT services will also be provisioned to support compliance with the latest government legislation.

GTS Central Europe, a central European telecommunications provider, has announced the  enhancement of its IP VPN service across five countries in Europe: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. The converged GTS IP VPN service, upgraded to include many new features, is claimed to provide international customers with improved levels of security, speed and reliability, enabling more powerful data communication.

The unification of the IP VPN service follows the GTS CE strategy to offer ‘one-stop shopping' and deliver integrated services with the same value added applications across five core countries. The ability to deliver a converged IP VPN service throughout a single GTS MPLS seamless region-wide network enables our customers to extend their off-net coverage to embrace the entire central European region. This gives us a unique position in the region, and provides unrivalled solutions in terms of quality and cost-efficiency.

The latest service enhancements for GTS IP VPN include: new access possibilities for ADSL and SHDSL; additional Value Added Services; unification of the Service Level Agreement (SLA); and increased number of NNI partners throughout Europe. Business customers and international carriers receive even more benefits from the Value Added Services:

1. Performance monitoring, monitoring some of the operational service parameter values for each user line.
2. Back-up of End User Line, allowing the backing-up of primary access lines using a wide portfolio of technologies (ISDN, xDSL, Mobile etc.)
3. Remote access, enabling secure IP VPN access via any connection to the Internet. The customer uses a software client in their PC/NB that allows secure access to a company IP VPN over an encrypted IP Sec connection.

"The unification process for GTS IP VPN and its latest enhancements demonstrates our continued striving to deliver leading-edge converged IP services in the region," said Ignacio Irurita, Chief Technology Officer at GTS CE. He added: ‘Our IP VPN service not only simplifies the customer's network operations, but also provides several unique benefits, including a wide range of local loop access technologies such as DSL, FWA, professional wireless connections in licensed bands, and fibre to the buildings. GTS MPLS has unrivalled network coverage across the whole central European region, optional additional services and 24/7 Single Point of Contact to guarantee our partners receive one of the highest performing network solutions.'

Orga Systems, the provider of convergent real-time billing, has announced that it will deliver its prepaid top-up solution Virtual Voucher to a leading European mobile network operator. Orga Systems' Virtual Voucher enables mobile network operators to sell prepaid airtime and communication services in real time. The sales and distribution system is designed to support a hierarchical network of distributors and retailers, and it provides comprehensive functionality for all aspects of sales and channel management in real time.
 
Orga Systems' Virtual Voucher uses standard GSM mobile handsets as vending devices and provides the sales person with a convenient means for direct recharge of a subscribers' account. It allows the sale of prepaid communication services anytime and anywhere. The system supports sales and distribution channels in retail/high-street shop environments as well as in so-called street seller scenarios. Compared to other recharge and top-up systems, Virtual Voucher provides immediate ROI advantages and superior operational benefits for launching, monitoring and controlling dedicated prepaid recharge strategies. It is ideally suited to target new and existing customer segments in rural as well as in highly populated metropolitan areas, says Orga.

The solution has been awarded the TMForum's 2008 Excellence Awards and the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Awards 2008. More than 20 installations of Virtual Voucher in the Americas and in Europe underline the solution's high scalability and robustness, making it the perfect alternative to common top-up solutions, claims Orga.

The Global mobile Suppliers Association's (GSA) latest GSM/3G Market Update has highlighted the world's first LTE networks now launched in Sweden and Norway, while the number of operators committed to LTE deployments has doubled in 8 months. 66 operators have committed to HSPA+ deployments with 37 networks now launched, and the number of commercial HSPA networks has more than tripled in 3 years. HSUPA is now commercially launched in 50 countries by almost 100 operators, says the GSA, and the number of HSPA user devices is rapidly growing, reaching 1,875 from approaching 200 suppliers.

Amongst the key points reported in the Market Update, GSA confirms:

    * 315 WCDMA networks have been commercially launched in 132 countries.
WCDMA has achieved over 73% market share of commercial 3G networks with 409 million subscriptions (Q3 09 - including HSPA)
    * Over 96% of WCDMA networks have enabled HSPA
    * HSPA mobile broadband service is now commercially available on 303 networks in 130 countries
    * There are 167 million HSPA subscribers worldwide (Q2 09)
    * Over 52% of commercial HSPA networks are capable of peak downlink data speeds of 7.2 Mbps or higher
    * HSUPA is commercially available on 96 networks in 50 countries
    * 197 suppliers have launched 1,875 HSPA devices in the market
    * 66 operators have committed to HSPA Evolution (HSPA+) including 37
HSPA+ networks commercially launched in 24 countries (34 networks
HSPA+ support
peak downlink data speed of 21 Mbps, and 3 networks support 28 Mbps)
    * 51 operators have committed to LTE deployments in 24 countries
    * The world's first LTE networks were launched by TeliaSonera in Sweden and Norway on December 15, 2009
    * Up to 19 LTE networks are expected to be commercially launched by the end of 2010
    * The number of GSM and WCDMA-HSPA subscriptions passed 4 billion worldwide during October 2009, achieving another historic milestone for the mobile industry. It means that the GSM/WCDMA-HSPA family of systems has gained almost 90% market share of all mobile technologies globally, and continues to gain
    * The BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) together total over 1.38 billion subscriptions (Q3 09)
    * Spectrum re-farming in the 900 MHz band has established a strong momentum. Fourteen UMTS900 HSPA networks are commercially launched worldwide, supported by 208 user devices launched in the market
    * Political debate on the Digital Dividend has entered the mainstream in most regions of the world. An increasing number of governments have committed to using Digital Dividend spectrum for mobile broadband services, or have initiated consultations on future spectrum use.

Ubiquisys, a provider of 3G femtocells, today announced the release of Femto-Engine, said to be the world's first software femtocell, effectively separating femtocell functionality from the underlying hardware foundation. Femto-Engine software is said to deliver sophisticated self-organising intelligence, tested with hundreds of mobile devices and hardened through commercial deployments in networks such as SoftBank and SFR.

At the same time, the company announced its "Engine-Ready" hardware programme allowing manufacturers to rapidly produce low-cost devices without having to invest in costly 3G network expertise. Ubiquisys also unveiled the first product forged from this new system, the G3-mini, manufactured by SerComm, which sets new standards in price, performance, miniaturisation and energy efficiency.

For operators, Femto-Engine software is said to provide a sophisticated, proven and ready-to-deploy femtocell at a breakthrough price point for mass-market commercial adoption. It enables a wider range of hardware options for consumer, enterprise and open space applications.

For OEMs, the "Engine-Ready" programme offers a fast track to producing commercial-grade femtocell hardware. Ubiquisys provides a complete hardware blueprint certified for use with its software, and takes care of selecting the key components, including the baseband modem and RF chipsets. The 3G network complexity is encapsulated in the Femto-Engine software, allowing OEMs to focus on product variety and cost-optimisation. The programme also provides a fast track to integrating femtocell modules into a variety of home and enterprise networking appliances.
 
"This announcement from Ubiquisys is an important step forward for the femtocell industry. This evolution of the Femto concept will enable almost any electronics manufacturer to make femtocell-enabled devices," said Stuart Carlaw, Chief Research Officer, ABI Research. "This type of software based development will be crucial in realising the goal of having femtocell technology embedded in multiple device types and form factors at price points that are acceptable to OEMs, carriers and consumers alike."

"By encapsulating femtocell complexity in our Femto-Engine software we are enabling a more effective femtocell ecosystem. OEMs can follow the DSL and WiFi model to cost-optimise the production of femtocell hardware and quickly integrate the technology into more and more products.

Operators and their customers benefit from a wider choice of femto devices at much lower prices, all powered by the proven sophistication of Ubiquisys Femto-Engine software," said Chris Gilbert, Ubiquisys CEO.

"SerComm has already demonstrated the potential of this new model with the G3-mini, which breaks new ground in terms of performance, price and time-to-market."

The low-cost G3-mini consumer femtocell from SerComm is the first Femto-Engine powered femtocell. It stands just 8cm tall, consumes less than 5W of power, yet it features performance of up to 8 simultaneous calls and HSPA+. 

The USA entity of the global 7 layers group is the first accredited laboratory in North America offering both HSPA+ and LTE test services. 7 layers has selected test equipment vendor Rohde & Schwarz to upgrade its laboratory.

By expanding their already extensive portfolio of test solutions with HSPA+ and LTE, 7 layers once again demonstrates its commitment to its customers by investing in leading edge technologies and providing them with market leading test services.

"Rohde & Schwarz platforms are ideal for early adopters of HSPA+ and LTE technologies. We used Rohde & Schwarz test systems for over a decade in our laboratories and we are very satisfied with their technology leadership, reliability and performance. As a leading accredited laboratory, we strive to maintain our market leadership by offering our customers with services and solutions in the most advanced technologies. Our customers will be able to use these new test services for development and certification. We are ensuring our readiness to support the development of chipsets, modules and subscriber equipment in preparation for the upcoming carrier deployments," explains David Bissonette, CEO, from 7 layers in Irvine.

Additionally, 7 layers integrates the new test systems into its InterLab software system thereby enhancing its operational and service value.  This will include automatic test plan generation, automated test execution and test report generation.

"The Rohde & Schwarz HSPA+ and LTE test systems will address the complete test needs from development through production. It covers RF and protocol capabilities per industry technical standards and customer specific test scenarios", explains Scott Bausback, COO, Rohde & Schwarz, Inc. "We are pleased to announce that 7 layers has chosen our new test solutions for both their entities in the USA and Germany. We are confident that pairing 7 layers technology expertise with our leading test solutions will greatly benefit early adopters in the market."

Interxion, a European operator of carrier-neutral data centres, has announced its support for France-IX, a new, independent, Internet exchange initiative. The first core switches for the exchange have been installed in Interxion's recently opened data centre, PAR 5, with interconnects to switches in Interxion's PAR 1 and PAR 2 data centres. The Force 10 Terascale E-series Ethernet switches are capable of supporting 1.68 Tb of traffic per switch.

The France-IX initiative is supported by a wide range of leading ICT firms, including Google, Akamai, Jaguar Network and Neo Telecoms. The exchange will consolidate a wide array of public peering-point activity in the Paris region, providing the Internet community with reliable, cost-effective opportunities for interconnection. Its PoPs will be located in a range of carrier-neutral data centres across the Paris region.

The installation of the switches in Interxion's PAR 5 data centre will allow all of Interxion's Paris customers to reduce latency and transit costs by peering directly across the new switch, while the exchange's first members will be able to expand their applications infrastructure in the security of Interxion's brand new 8,000 m2 facility. PAR 5, located in Saint Denis, was officially opened this month. It provides over 4,000 m2 of equipped space and has a redundant 16 MVA grid connection that allows for high-density-power configurations to be provided to customers as standard. Through existing dark fibre links, PAR 5 customers can also gain direct access to more than 50 carriers housed across Interxion's Paris footprint, and customers located at Interxion's other Paris data centres can connect directly to the France-IX peering fabric.

"The fact that the first core switch is now live in Interxion's PAR 5 data centre brings the successful launch of France-IX even closer," said Raphael Maunier, Technical Director at Neo Telecoms, one of the key movers behind the development of the new exchange. "The Interxion facility will provide the space, power and quality of infrastructure the new exchange needs to succeed."

"The timing of the France-IX initiative could not be better for prospective customers of our new state-of-the-art Paris data centre," said Fabrice Coquio, Managing Director Interxion France. "On top of the many attractions of housing applications infrastructure in our new data centre, this agreement will extend what is already an exceptional range of connectivity and peering opportunities."

"In our role as a patron of the European Internet Exchange Association, we are active promoters of public Internet peering-points across Europe, and we are pleased to be supporters of this broad-based and popular initiative," said Anthony Foy, Interxion Group Managing Director.

A global survey conducted by Nokia Siemens Networks, is said to have found that the strategies of the world's leading telecoms operators are dominated by the challenges arising from providing transparent and open mobile internet services. Improving network performance to increase customer satisfaction, while coping with the mobile data surge caused by social networking, mobile app stores, TV services and voice over IP, top their business needs, says NSN.  

The study involved one-to-one interviews with the business leaders of 70 communications service providers from 42 countries. Its aim was to provide a comprehensive overview of these telecoms operators' business needs through 2012.

"The boundary between mobile telecoms and the internet has all but disappeared," said Frederic Astier, head of customer operations marketing, Nokia Siemens Networks.

"This study tells us that telecoms operators increasingly see their value, and competitive differentiation, in increasing customer satisfaction through improving network quality, while acting as a content broker for social networks, mobile app stores, TV and voice over IP services."  

The study showed that communications service providers are much clearer than they were a year ago about their future role in a combined telecoms and internet ecosystem. While voice calls remain at the core of their business, about 78 percent said they plan to open their network as an intelligent bit pipe for new solutions, by while 69 percent said they intend to bundle voice with other content.

More than half the respondents said that improving customer satisfaction was their most important strategic goal over the next three years. This was followed by targeting a reduction in operating costs. In addition, respondents recognized the need to transform their businesses from telecom- and network-driven organizations into efficient customer-centric, IT organizations. The study is an important contribution to the current debate on net-neutrality, claims NSN.

While this debate has mainly been focused on open internet access in relation to fixed broadband, the onset of truly mobile internet services demands that telecoms consumers, regulators and service providers also consider the implications for net neutrality in relation to mobility. According to NSN, the study highlights the unique challenges and opportunities that truly transparent, open, mobile internet access creates in relation to quality of service and the additional network capacity and performance challenges for wireless communications.

Huawei today announced a successful live trial of LTE with Telefónica O2 UK, the first fully operational operator LTE trial in the UK. During the trial, a cell peak downlink rate of 150Mbps is said to have been achieved in the Slough area, the headquarters of O2 in the UK. A recent showcase is also said to have demonstrated real life case studies of future consumer demands on a mobile broadband LTE network, including high definition video streaming, mobile gaming, high speed file transfer and video conferencing. 

Following the recent announcement made by Telefónica, O2's parent company, to commence trials of the new 4G LTE/SAE (System Architecture Evolution) technology, Huawei is said to be the first of Telefonica's trial LTE vendors to have successfully implemented a live trial LTE network. Huawei's end-to-end LTE/SAE solution is claimed to provide an all-IP, high speed, low latency and highly spectrum efficient mobile network.

Derek McManus, CTO of O2 UK, commented "We are pleased to collaborate with Huawei on this LTE trial, which will allow us to better understand this emerging technology and prepare us in offering our customers next generation mobile broadband services in the future."

Samuel Sun, Managing Director of Huawei UK, said "Huawei is very keen to be involved with the Telefónica O2 UK trials for LTE/SAE technology. We have demonstrated our state-of-the-art mobile technologies and capability to deliver on our promise. These trials will give an excellent reference to Telefónica O2 for the evaluation of LTE technology."

TeliaSonera and Ericsson have launched 4G services commercially to customers in Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway.
 
Kenneth Karlberg, President and Head of Mobility Services, TeliaSonera said: "We are very proud to be the first operator in the world to offer our customers 4G services. Thanks to the successful cooperation with Ericsson we can offer 4G to our customers in Stockholm earlier than originally planned."

Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO of Ericsson added: "The new era of mobile broadband has just begun today. With LTE, so-called 4G, your mobile broadband experience is moving to unequalled levels. The LTE speed gives you an absolutely effortless feeling of broadband access."

"Being first out with new technology gives us unique experience that we can use on all our markets. We will continue the roll-out to offer our customers new communication services for the future," continued Karlberg.
 
Downtown Stockholm is covered with the Ericsson LTE network, making it the largest LTE deployment to date. TeliaSonera's customers are the first to have access to the LTE service by commercially available Samsung LTE dongles.

The two 4G city networks cover the central city areas of Stockholm and Oslo and will be used for mobile data. 4G is the fastest mobile technology available on the market, with claimed speeds up to ten times higher than today's 'turbo' 3G. 
 
TeliaSonera has three nationwide 4G/LTE licenses; in Sweden, Norway and also recently in Finland. The network roll out is in progress to offer 4G to Sweden's and Norway's largest cities.
 
Ericsson has completed commercialization of its LTE products and larger production is ready for further deployment. Interoperability is also said to be tested thoroughly with many different devices in different operators' networks.
 

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