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The mobile video market is set for rapid expansion in the next few years, with revenues expected to roughly triple between 2009 and 2014, rising from $436 million to $1.34 billion, according to new research from eMarketer.

Mobile video revenues, including direct downloads, subscriptions and ad-supported video, are expected to reach $548 million in 2010 as the population of mobile video viewers in the US grows to 23.9 million, the firm reports.
"Video is in many ways the most fragmented of the three primary mobile content categories," said Noah Elkin, eMarketer senior analyst. "Video consumption on mobile phones can take place through various channels, including paid and free applications, mobile websites, pay-per-view downloads and subscriptions through mobile carriers."

Of these three primary revenue streams for mobile video, the ad-supported component will be the fastest growing. Ad-supported mobile video revenues will post a 60% CAGR between 2009 and 2014.

The number of mobile video viewers, which includes people of any age who watch video content on mobile phones through mobile browser, subscriptions, downloads or applications at least once per month, will continue growing in the double digits for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.8% from 2009 through 2014.

A new study has found that disappointing adoption levels of existing mobile TV services, allied to competition both from streamed mobile services facilitated by the growing prevalence of WiFi and from mobile reception of free-to-air terrestrial networks, has lead to growing disillusionment within the industry.

The Juniper Research report found that the number of paying subscribers to networks based on standards such as DVB-H, DMB, CMMB and MediaFLO were not expected to exceed 10 million globally until 2013 (reaching only 5% of 190m paid mobile TV users) at the earliest - by which time more than 180 million mobile customers will be subscribing to 3G/4G/WiFi enabled mobile TV services.

According to mobile TV report author Dr Windsor Holden, Qualcomm's recent announcement that it is seeking to sell mobile TV subsidiary MediaFLO is understandable: "MediaFLO has been hamstrung by various factors, many of which have been outside its control. The delay in analogue switch off prevented it from gaining national coverage; its partners set the service price at too high a level which put off potential customers. When you factor in likely free to air competition over ATSC-M/H in the medium term, then clearly MediaFLO faces a difficult future in the US."

However, the Juniper Report argues that MediaFLO may have better long-term prospects in Asian markets such as Japan and Taiwan, and that its networks - and those of other mobile broadcast service providers - may be better served focusing on delivering a wide range of data services rather than as acting as pure mobile TV distributors. It also identifies a further revenue stream for mobile TV delivered to in-vehicle entertainment systems.

The gradual deployment of cloud-based services by enterprises means that outsourced services will complement traditional in-house deployments in the early phases of cloud computing, say analysts.

It's been the most-hyped development in telecoms for years, but while cloud computing is expected to present some exciting new revenue opportunities for telcos, analysts note that enterprise users will not be rushing to hand over all their applications and IT infrastructure just yet.

According to Cesar Bachelet, senior analyst at Analysys Mason, worldwide revenue from outsourced enterprise cloud-based services will almost treble between 2010 and 2015, growing from US$12.1 billion to $35.6 billion.

"This makes it one of the biggest growth opportunities in the ICT industry," says Bachelet.

Certainly during the recent difficult economic times, enterprises have been looking at ways of reducing IT costs. Outsourcing their internal network operations to others, such as telecoms providers or systems integrators, is one approach they can take to reduce capex and also benefit from the greater flexibility that managed services can offer.

Despite this, says Bachelet, "enterprises are unlikely to migrate en masse from traditional IT infrastructure to cloud-based solutions."

He says concerns relating to issues such as vendor lock-in and data security are preventing organisations from fully embracing outsourced cloud-based services.

Instead, enterprises and organisations are currently adopting cloud services in a modest and restrained way in order to benefit from some of the advantages such services are able to provide.

For example, they are using outsourced cloud-based services to provide on-demand computing services when they need the additional capacity. One example provided by Bachelet is Steria's Infrastructure On Command, which deliver services through an online self-provisioning portal, and can be available 20 minutes after the order is placed. "This eliminates the need to adjust the scale of in-house IT infrastructure to meet peak-time requirements," notes Bachelet.

Other ways in which enterprises are using cloud computing include moving non-critical applications to outsourced cloud services, as well as trying out new applications via the cloud. Both of these approaches can help reduce the burden on corporate IT departments and minimise the risk of investing in new applications.

As has already been noted by a number of telcos that plan to make cloud one of their biggest areas of investment going forward, enterprises are unlikely to start outsourcing major mission-critical applications for some time to come (see the face-to-face interview with Orange Business Services CEO Vivek Badrinath in the summer 2010 issue of European Communications magazine).

Bachelet says the market will be driven by the partial and selective adoption of outsourced cloud-based services in order to meet specific needs. "This will result in a prevalence of hybrid computing environments, in which outsourced services complement traditional in-house deployments," he adds.

He also notes that many organisations are either considering or implementing private clouds in an attempt to exploit both approaches. For example, they are using cloud technologies such as virtualisation, which enables organisations to optimise their IT infrastructure and introduce new business models for the provision of internal IT services. "Bringing the cloud in-house enables organisations to address the two key concerns about outsourced services: vendor lock-in and data security," Bachelet adds.

In view of the expected co-existence of different computing environments, integration will be extremely complex and is best left to the systems integrators, advises Bachelet.

So where do the network and cable operators fit in?

"Network and cable operators that are moving up the value chain should focus on the SME market, because SMEs will typically opt for standalone or pre-integrated applications," says Bachelet.

* The next issue of European Communications will feature a special focus on cloud computing, and will take a look at all aspects from what's in it for telcos through to security and standards.

New research released today by Vodafone UK says CIOs agree that developing business applications is a priority for 2010.

Of the 200 CIOs surveyed, 46 per cent said they are currently developing their CRM applications, while data collection is the priority for 45 per cent. Database management applications are close behind (44 per cent). In a further sign that maintaining customer service is a major motivation for UK businesses, 33 per cent of CIOs said they are evolving their e-commerce applications, while 21 per cent are developing apps for download by their organisation's customers.

Encouragingly, says Vodafone, end users from the 1200 surveyed across 500 companies agreed that improving access to existing corporate systems - such as job scheduling and mobile stock checking - was most likely to help them work more productively, and provide a better service for customers.

"From the front line to the boardroom, apps that can improve customer service are the killer ‘apps' for business" said Jonathan Rutherford, Head of Large Business Marketing, Vodafone UK. "Across the UK, we see that mobile communications, including user friendly applications, are being used to develop new ways of working that enhance employee satisfaction, increase productivity and improve customer service."

End users all agree that what they want most is the tools necessary to do their job. When asked for an open response, the most frequently cited ‘apps' employees wanted to see were: the availability of flexible and collaborative working tools such as remote access, apps to locate colleagues and the ability to contact the team at the press of a button. For end users, business applications are more important to get things done at work than introducing the use of their own mobile device.

Redknee Solutions, a provider of business-critical software and services for communications service providers, including end-to-end converged billing, real-time charging, rating and personalization, today announced it intends to acquire privately-held Spanish-based Nimbus Systems, S.L. under an agreement between Redknee and Nimbus Systems. The acquisition is expected to close before September 30, 2010, subject to certain terms and conditions being met.

According to Redknee, the acquisition of Nimbus Systems will further strengthen its operating model and market share, particularly in global group operators, including Telefonica, Orange and Vodafone, while providing future opportunities to expand into the Latin American markets.

Established in 2001, Nimbus Systems has been engaged in analysis, control and management solutions, with a particular focus on customer relationship management systems and billing, rating and partner relationship management.  Nimbus Systems currently supports more than 10 customers, including group operators Telefonica and Telia Sonera, and non-telecommunications clients, such as Santander, Spain's largest bank, and First Data, one of the world's leading transaction credit and loyalty card infrastructure companies. Following the acquisition, Nimbus Systems' customers and employees will be integrated into Redknee's existing business with a view to leveraging Nimbus Systems' customer base, partner network and employees. The two co-founders of Nimbus Systems will assume leadership roles in business line management with Redknee.

 "We are pleased to announce this important milestone in the execution of Redknee's growth strategy. The acquisition of Nimbus Systems meets all of our key acquisition criteria: increasing our access to customers; adding skilled employees in key areas to support our growth; and expanding our existing product lines with complementary offerings in post-paid billing, billing tools and customer experience management," commented Lucas Skoczkowski, Redknee's CEO. "The market, product and cultural synergies between the two companies will elevate our capabilities and market presence to better serve our customers, create cross selling opportunities for joint product and service portfolio, while positioning us to engage and win new customers."

João Gonçalves and Jose Martull, co-founders of Nimbus Systems commented: "We are very excited to join Redknee. Redknee's global presence, strong reputation in the real-time billing space and its commitment to its customers make it an ideal combination to extend the power of next generation customer care and billing. Our shared vision of bringing together network and business intelligence will give service providers unrivalled next generation billing, settlement and customer experience management solutions to drive revenue and maximize their investments."

Nimbus Systems is headquartered in Madrid, Spain with offices in Lisbon, Portugal.  To complete the acquisition, and subject to certain terms and conditions contained in the purchase agreement, Redknee will acquire all of Nimbus Systems' issued and outstanding shares and will pay approximately €11,250,000 consisting of cash in the approximate amount of €7,000,000 and the balance in common shares of Redknee.

Alcatel-Lucent and Ixia today announced that Isocore, a provider of networking technology validation services, tested and verified the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router's 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100 GE) performance, using Ixia's K2 100 GE test solution. The results are said to validate the Service Router's ability to handle the broad range of capabilities needed to support the scaling of high-touch service connections at 100 Gbps line-rate speeds. The test results also demonstrate the viability of 100 GE for broad deployment throughout carrier networks, extending beyond the IP core and into the service edge and metro, where services meet the network.

100 GE represents a ten-fold leap forward in capacity for service providers who need to scale their networks efficiently and with minimal risk to support traffic growth in their business, residential and mobile services. With 100 GE, an entire Blu-Ray DVD can be transmitted in just two seconds on a single link.

This test is the first 100 GE demonstration of line-rate, loss-less transmission using a diverse mix of service traffic types with thousands of queues and service attributes, which are critical for service assurance. Ixia's K2 and IxNetwork were used to emulate the Ethernet and IP traffic seen on business VPN services offered to corporate customers who have stringent performance and service level agreement (SLA) expectations. The results confirmed that the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 SR's 100 GE interfaces supported and sustained 100Gbps speeds while delivering residential broadband, subscriber management, business Ethernet and virtual private networks (VPNs), and wireless 3G/LTE services .

In the test, Isocore and Ixia tested configurations that emulated large-scale connection and service attributes in service provider networks which offer high-touch IP and Ethernet VPN services. Isocore used Ixia's K2 100 GE test solution to transmit, capture and perform real-time analysis with full line-rate 100 GE Internet mix (IMIX) traffic in conjunction with layer 3 Virtual Private Networks (L3VPN), layer 2 VPNs, QinQ double tagging at the customer edge, and Ethernet Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS).

Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 SR 100GE solutions are claimed to be the industry's only 100 GE products available today that support full edge services as well as full IP routing and Ethernet switching. The test emulated both customer edge (CE) and provider edge (PE) routers with OSPF (Open Shortest Path First), LDP (Label Distribution Protocol) and MP-iBGP (multiprotocol-Interior Border Gateway Protocol) sessions. The Alcatel-Lucent 7750 SR was configured with 8,000 IP-VPNs, 4,000 Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) links, and 20,000 layer 2 VPNs. The 7750 SR maintained comprehensive quality of service (QoS) on each flow while operating at 100 Gbps line rate.

Ixia's Higher Speed Ethernet (HSE) solutions are claimed to be the only full-production test products available today that validate IEEE 802.3ba standards-based network elements. Ixia's K2 modules generate and analyze 40 GE and 100 GE BERT and layer 2-7 line-rate traffic, with up to one million distinct flows. K2 modules are compatible with Ixia's testing applications, which allowed Isocore to initially develop its configurations using 10 GE interfaces and then to quickly adapt as needed to support Alcatel-Lucent's 100 Gbps service routing interfaces.

"With a keen focus on enabling innovative IP and Ethernet-based service offerings, and in support of our High Leverage Network architecture, Alcatel-Lucent has extended the reach of 100GE to the service edge and metro, where services meet the network," said Basil Alwan, President, IP Division. "By going far beyond faster transport in the core and enabling services at speed, Alcatel-Lucent paves the way for service providers to deploy 100 GE wherever they need it to efficiently grow their services, and to minimize risk and complexity by doing so on existing Service Router platforms deployed in their networks."

"The observed results of this testing confirm the ability of Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router with 100 GE interfaces to sustain line-rate traffic, while supporting a mix of thousands of  layer 2 and layer 3 service instances at 100 Gbps throughput," said Dr. Bijan Jabbari, president of Isocore. "The test results also validate the Service Router's comprehensive QoS on 100 GE modules, confirming the solution based on the Service Router portfolio can be deployed beyond core scenarios, into the metro and service edge of service provider networks."

"Ixia's proven, first-to-market, HSE test solutions accelerate network equipment manufacturers' and carriers' time to market with 100 GE devices and networks. K2 is part of Ixia's single-platform solution that covers the full range of Ethernet speeds, from 10 Mbps to 100 Gbps," said Errol Ginsberg, Chief Innovation Officer at Ixia. "Alcatel-Lucent's successful test, using Ixia's HSE test solution, validates 100 GE's ability to handle complex routing traffic in diverse mixes that represent the needs of the evolving converged data center."

Few would claim that the banking sector was at imminent risk of winning any popularity contests with the great British public. Negative headlines abound following the credit crunch and subsequent Government bailouts however, the times really could be changing for the UK's high street banks. As the market opens up, a raft of new entrants are expected to challenge the stronghold of the traditional high street banks.

One such new entrant is expected to open its doors for the first time today. Metro Bank's first branch will be based in Holborn and will aim to take on some of the bigger players by addressing some of the regular customer service pain points. For example, it will cater to its metropolitan audience by extending opening hours from 0800 to 2200 during the week and opening at weekends too - much handier for your average employee. The bank also claims that staff bonuses will be linked to customer satisfaction rather than the number of products sold. And this could be just the start as new banks look to tailor their approach to anticipate and meet the needs of their customers.

In response to these changes, Phil Grannum, Managing Director, Enterprise at Cable&Wireless Worldwide said:

"Today's launch of Metro Bank heralds a new era in the UK banking sector. The increase in competition brings consequences for the existing high street banks who must address their own issues with regards to customer service when faced with the launch of a bank that is so clearly customer-centric.

These banks must improve customer service and increase access and availability for consumers. Customers want a joined-up way to interact with their bank using a variety of channels including email, phone, SMS and a secure web portal for online banking services. Systems such as integrated multimedia platforms that enable a bank to personalise communications for every single recipient and be proactive, or respond quickly, through their preferred channels are imperative. These platforms unite all inbound and outbound contact channels into a single, fully integrated system that links into a company's databases ensuring that customers will enjoy a more persuasive, unified experience - strengthening their loyalty, increasing sales and reducing customer churn to new competitors.

In addition, providing A-grade infrastructure will ensure a faster payments initiative. Banks must offer a solution that will run across a global, high-speed next-generation network, designed with flexibility and scalability in mind which will allow them to introduce new sites and contact centres as their banking services grow.

Standing out from the new crowd of options could have a significant impact on the network, meaning that there will be more pressure than ever for banks to invest in more capacity while more intelligently using their existing networks."

Ofcom's analysis this week of broadband speeds in the UK shows that, for certain services, 97 percent of consumers do not get the advertised speed. Viatel argues that this is a problem also experienced by businesses using contended (bandwidth sharing) broadband networks, but that it is not going to be resolved until changes are made at wholesale level.

Steve Powell, product manager for connectivity at Viatel, believes that many stories covering this issue so far have been trivialising what is a complex issue: "Line speed is not the same as data throughput, unfortunately the two are often being conflated confusing the issue further still. Line speed sets the maximum possible speed for a particular end user while data throughput is the amount of useable information able to traverse the entire end-to-end link - a variable figure that on any service provided via a shared network changes dramatically depending on the time of day and patterns of usage by the users online at the time measurement was taken."

Viatel points out that on newer UK ADSL lines the line speed is always set to be ‘Rate Adaptive', in other words the underlying systems will auto negotiate the maximum speed depending on line quality and line length. ADSL is technically capable of a maximum of 8Mbps, whilst ADSL2+ can achieve a maximum of 24Mbps, but since all lines in the UK are owned and operated by BT, and since BT Wholesale and other wholesale providers only offer a one size fits all ‘Rate Adaptive' ADSL product, there is no way an ISP using newer lines can offer anything but a ‘Rate Adaptive' service. This means that they are all tied into offering the kind of ‘up to' product that Ofcom is complaining about.

"If Ofcom wants this ‘up to' figure to be changed it should be forcing the wholesale suppliers to offer stepped fixed rate services where users might pay a cheaper fee when they cannot obtain a higher line speed, as is the case in many other countries. Until this happens, and for as long as ‘Rate Adaptive' DSL is the technology in use, Ofcom will be fighting a battle the end user cannot win. The reason Virgin Media came out on top in Ofcom's assessment is simply because the Coax/Fibre Hybrid Cable service it provides has a fixed line rate and this is not really comparable with ‘Rate Adaptive' DSL offerings. However when the percentage of throughput was taken into account it was found Virgin cable services were more highly contended with more noticeable throughput speed swings during times of high activity.

"Any service based on a ‘Rate Adaptive' technology should be taken to mean ‘in all likelihood less than the maximum speed mentioned. Until BT and other wholesale providers offer fixed speed DSL products where users can choose to buy a 1, 2, 3, 4, 5Mbps etc. service providers have no choice but to state ‘up to' in their descriptions as that is what they are given to sell.

"It is vital business and end users do not lose sight of the fact most broadband is provided over massively shared infrastructure and is therefore often subject to throughput issues during periods of high demand.  For the time being, if businesses need to be sure of the delivered speed for business critical applications or use, 'Rate Adaptive' or any contended service should not be used in place of services such as leased lines, Ethernet or even dedicated broadband lines - not shared.

"Until end to end Quality of Service is available on shared broadband to mitigate against the effects of contention, users should take into account they have purchased the right to participate in the sharing of the network they are using.  Bandwidth dedicated to an end user is still too expensive for consumers but is often exactly what businesses need," continued Powell.

Bridgewater Systems, a mobile personalization company, today announced the availability of the Bridgewater Policy Controller (PCRF) and Home Subscriber Server (HSS) on the Cisco Unified Computing System.

The Bridgewater Policy Controller and Home Subscriber Server are on the Cisco Unified Computing System for 3G and 4G mobile packet core networks, enabling operators to obtain greater cost/performance from their mobile packet core.

The Cisco Unified Computing System unites computational, network, storage access, and virtualization resources in a single energy efficient system that reduces IT infrastructure costs and complexity, helps extend capital assets and improves business agility productivity for the next generation data center.

The availability of Bridgewater's control plane portfolio on the Cisco Unified Computing System platform enables service providers to: optimize 3G networks using intelligent policy controls to alleviate radio access network congestion, ensure fair usage, and give subscribers greater control over their mobile data usage; offload mobile data traffic from 3G networks to Wi-Fi, femtocells, or 4G networks; transform to 4G and control subscribers, devices, and applications to ensure  service portability across 3G and 4G networks; and deliver services such as usage and application based models using flexible policy controls, real-time subscriber information, and dynamic metering capabilities.

Bridgewater is part of Cisco's Developer Network, a community of businesses and individuals who develop applications, devices, and/or services using Cisco technologies. Customers benefit by having access to a broad ecosystem of developers offering tested products and solutions that can securely extend the capabilities and management of their Cisco investment.

David Sharpley, Senior Vice President, Bridgewater Systems said: "Supporting Cisco's Unified Computing System reflects Bridgewater's portfolio strategy to ensure service providers can deploy our complete and pre-integrated control plane portfolio to increase scalability and business agility, and to reduce total cost of ownership."

Telesens, an independent software vendor of products and services to the telecommunications market, headquartered in London with a development centre in the Ukraine, today announced that it has increased its turnover by 21% compared with the same period last year. During the first half of 2010, the company completed 28 contracts for additional functionality to its own product line, the Telesens Interconnect Business Suite (TIBS), and for development, integration, support and maintenance services.

Commenting on the results Eduard Rubin, the CEO of Telesens International, noted that the key reasons for the company's success in international markets has been a customer-centric strategy based on the 'highest level of technical support and agile product customization delivered to a minimum timescale and to a guaranteed level of quality'.

"We help our customers to meet their business and market challenges, to reduce their costs as they introduce newer and more creative services to their own customers", E. Rubin declared.

During this period, Telesens consolidated its position in the CIS region, particularly in Kazakhstan and Belarus, where two telecommunication service providers, Transtelecom (Kazakhstan) and life:) (Belarus) implemented the Telesens Interconnect Management System (Tinterconnect).

The global market trend of falling voice revenue and an increase in data transfer, content services, traffic trade, etc. was answered by Telesens with the development and promotion of its Content Partnership Management system (T-CPM), which provides a comprehensive and complete life cycle solution for content settlement management and operation. In particular, during the reporting period, Telesens solutions for content settlement were implemented for the following major telecom operators: UCELL (Uzbekistan) and Kyivstar (Ukraine).

In the custom solutions market, in the first half of 2010, Telesens continued working as an integration partner for Nokia Siemens Networks and completed several projects integrating CDR processing platforms and provisioning in Uzbekistan, Turkey, Kazakhstan and other countries.

It is noteworthy that, in addition to new projects, the number of recurring orders also grew confirming that customers are satisfied with the quality of work Telesens delivers as a systems integrator.

In addition, the volume of technical support work, both for Telesens products and for solutions supplied by other companies, has significantly increased this year. New technical support agreements were signed with NSN, acoreus AG (Germany) and MTC-Ukraine.

The partnership with AVOlogic (USA) and the development of the ING New York City Marathon portal goes on. This year, for the first time, a system developed by Telesens will allow ING New York City Marathon participants to complete their applications using mobile devices.

Martin Browne, President of Telesens International, has enhanced the company's sales and marketing activity. Telesens has taken part in a number of international business forums in the billing and telecommunications space. He also announced that Hugh Christey, who has broad experience of the telecommunications industry, joined the Telesens team in London from April. "Hugh's arrival will help us to expand into Europe and other markets in line with the company's development strategy", said Browne.

Seventy four percent of smartphone-with-Wi-Fi owners would be interested in an application that uses Wi-Fi to improve indoor 3G coverage at home or in the office, according to a YouGov online omnibus survey of nearly 2,200 respondents in the United Kingdom.  The survey also showed 80 percent of these users would be interested in a service from their mobile operator that would give discounted calling when the phone was connected to Wi-Fi.

Additional highlights from the online survey conducted in June 2010, include:

  • 50 percent of people in the United Kingdom who own smartphones with Wi-Fi capabilities use the Wi-Fi every day;
  • 40 percent of smartphone owners who use the Wi-Fi say they do so because it is faster for accessing the internet; 50 percent say because it is easier;
  • One in five respondents (22%) say the most annoying aspect of Wi-Fi is that it only works in some locations, reflecting a desire to use Wi-Fi more broadly.
•           The most widely owned smartphone (with or without Wi-Fi) in the UK is the iPhone (33 percent) followed by Nokia (20 percent).


"Consumers in the UK are clearly interested in taking more advantage of the Wi-Fi on their smartphones in order to improve mobile service and save them money," said Mark Powell, vice president and general manager of Kineto's Client Business Unit.  "Mobile operators have distinct market opportunities to reduce churn, improve service quality and keep customers satisfied by enhancing their use of Wi-Fi."

These survey numbers are in line with a January 2009 survey of more than 2,700 Wi-Fi users in the UK and Europe conducted by Decipher, Inc. on behalf of Devicescape.  According to those reported results, the overwhelming majority of smartphone users (81 percent) prefer using Wi-Fi over 3G for browsing Web sites, downloading data, Google searches and sending e-mail; and 82 percent of respondents want their service provider to provide an overall 3G/Wi-Fi data package.

Cedar Point Communications, a global specialist in integrated Voice over IP (VoIP) switching technologies for service providers, today announced that it has reached an agreement with Multimedia Polska for the deployment of Cedar Point communication solutions throughout Poland.

Under the agreement, Multimedia Polska will deploy Cedar Point's SAFARI C3 Multimedia Switching System to enable availability of SIP-based voice services to Multimedia Polska's current and new customers.  In addition, Multimedia Polska will be able to leverage core capabilities of SAFARI C3 to expedite evolution to next-generation PacketCable 2.0/IMS services.

After an exhaustive vendor selection and intensive verification process Cedar Point was chosen to be the exclusive main provider for VoIP and advanced communications services.  Under terms of the agreement, Multimedia Polska will be migrating their existing TDM and VoIP subscribers from existing platforms to the SAFARI C3 with the goal being to simplify service delivery, optimize operational cost and provide more reliable, IMS and PacketCable 2.0 based services for residential and business customers on a single infrastructure.

"As the telephony market has grown, we've recognized the long-term need for solutions that can enable both the rapid deployment of the best possible service and a clear migration path to the future," said Krzysztof Jaskolski, Chief Technical Officer for Multimedia Polska.  "Cedar Point's established international success with SAFARI C3, its track record of technical excellence and strong customer support, and its clear vision of the potential for fused digital services made them a strong fit for our needs."

"Multimedia Polska historically has been among the most innovative cable system operators in Eastern Europe," said Michael Brunsveld, managing director for Cedar Point Communications Europe, GmbH.  "We're pleased to be able to meet their current need for simpler, more cost-effective voice switching solutions, and look forward to working with them to deploy the converged services that will attract customers and drive revenue growth in the future."

The Multimedia Polska deployment continues the expansion of Cedar Point's market footprint in Europe.  The company has previously announced deployment relationships with Kabel Deutschland, which services approximately nine million subscribers in Germany, and NetCologne, a regional, fixed-network operator servicing Cologne, Bonn and Aachen.

Cedar Point's approach to VoIP and multimedia communications services has driven the deployment of more than six and a half million voice lines for customers in the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe. Through its flagship products - the SafariFusion Application Platform and the SAFARI C3 Multimedia Switching System - the company supports residential and business services to a diverse customer base that includes Cable System Operators, CLECs, Wireless Operators and Universities.