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The GSMA,  which represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry, today announced that it has endorsed a new 3GPP standard, Integrated Mobile Broadcast (IMB), that will allow its members to accelerate the adoption of mobile data and broadcast services worldwide. IMB is a technology that enables spectrally-efficient delivery of broadcast services, based on techniques that are greatly aligned with existing FDD WCDMA but also allowing deployment in TDD spectrum. This allows for the smooth handover between IMB delivery and existing deployed technology.
 
Operators can use IMB within segments of spectrum already allocated with many 3G licenses, but which have remained unused due to a lack of appropriate technology. Since IMB meets the necessary regulatory and spectral requirements to be deployed in this spectrum, operators can now use this valuable but previously untapped asset. IMB also reuses many aspects of existing, deployed technologies such as UMTS and Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (MBMS), meaning a short development cycle for inclusion on products resulting in a faster time to market for mobile broadcast services such as mobile TV. 
 
"IMB has been created through collaborative mobile industry effort and offers mobile operators an opportunity to launch new services to their customers," said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer at the GSMA. "The GSMA is delighted to be endorsing this technology and we look forward to seeing the advanced services the mobile operator community will deploy using this flexible new mobile broadcast standard."
 
The GSMA has also collaborated with leading operators such as Orange, SingTel, Softbank, Telstra, T-Mobile and Vodafone to create a white paper on this new standard. The GSMA IMB Service Scenarios and System Requirements white paper covers the technology in greater detail, including spectral requirements for deployment of the service, capabilities that are required to be supported in the operator's network and upon devices, and a range of examples of services that could be implemented using IMB as the underlying delivery technology. In combination with 3GPP specifications, the white paper will allow infrastructure and handset manufacturers to develop common implementations of IMB, which in turn will promote mass adoption through the generation of economies of scale and an IMB ecosystem.
 
The white paper is available to download via the following link: http://www.gsmworld.com/documents/GSMA_IMB_WP_final.doc  

The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and the German Federal Association for the Digital Economy's mobile division, the BVDW Section Mobile, today announced the launch of MMA Germany as the next phase of their partnership.

MMA Germany has been established to further advance the mobile advertising and marketing industry in the country through local participation from industry stakeholders, as well as to drive the adoption of global standards, best practices and guidelines, as well as the further education of brands and agencies on the mobile opportunity.

The partnership with BVDW is said to offer members of both organizations a greater set of benefits from the increased range and depth of resources and market experience, as well as greater scope for future projects and events.

"Germany represents a major mobile market both in Europe and worldwide and as a result, it is an important area of focus for the MMA," said MMA President CEO Mike Wehrs. "The work that the MMA and BVDW Section Mobile have done so far in introducing and popularizing best practices and usage guidelines has been essential. The establishment of MMA Germany is the most recent example of the MMA creating Local Councils as a means to both support the growth of mobile marketing on a national basis and ensure delivery of benefits to members. We are now looking forward to working more closely with brands and agencies in Germany to make the path to mobile campaign implementation as easy and straightforward as possible."

Bringing together both existing MMA and BVDW Section Mobile members, the new council counts 44 founders and anticipates doubling this in the next 2 years. Members will benefit from association with both the MMA and BVDW at no extra fee; creating a vast network of industry contacts with which to explore market opportunities, share skills, research and knowledge and find new business openings.

Additionally BVDW Section Mobile members will have an accelerated opportunity to upgrade their membership to the regional or global level providing access to MMA's global scope for those companies seeking that level of leadership in the industry. 

One of the first such educational and networking opportunities will be this year's only European Mobile Marketing Forum, which opens today. Held in Berlin as a sign of the importance of the German market to the MMA, the event brings together 12 of the world's leading brand names, as well as agencies, operators, content providers and entertainment and media companies to share new ideas and discuss real world mobile marketing.

The German Local Council represents the MMA's second phase of growth in Germany after establishing a strategic partnership with BVDW Section Mobile in April 2007, and further cements the already close working relationship; building on the federal association's success in introducing and implementing MMA guidelines, and signaling more direct MMA involvement in the German mobile marketing industry.

"As we're seeing from the growing brand adoption of the mobile channel and the response rates being achieved, the climate and conditions are now right for German mobile marketing and advertising efforts to take off," said MMA Germany and BVDW Section Mobile Chairman Mark Wächter. "The industry collaboration and innovation that the MMA's work in Germany engenders will help to move the market on, building its size and potential to benefit the entire ecosystem."

mobilkom austria, the domestic mobile subsidiary of the Telekom Austria Group, has launched jointly with Visa Europe and its wholly-owned A1 Bank a credit card with mobile services in the Austrian market. Starting from today, the A1 Visa Card will be exclusively available for selected mobilkom austria customers. It will be initially offered free-of-charge during a 6 month promotional campaign and will then cost EUR 4 per month.

The A1 Visa Card is designed in line with the A1 brand (the product brand of mobilkom austria) and combines the features of a conventional Visa Card with special A1 mobile services such as A1 mobile points, transaction confirmation by text message for more security, paybox (the Austrian mobile cashless payment system) and a mobile insurance package. Based on the new generation of NFC-capable handsets, A1 Visa Card will also function as contactless payment tool via the mobile phone.
 
"In 1999 mobilkom austria was the first mobile provider worldwide to launch an m-commerce service, turning the mobile phone into a mobile payment terminal. Today, 10 years later, we are opening up a new business area with A1 Visa Card, combining for the first time the benefits of a financial product with mobilkom austria's innovative service portfolio," commented Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO Telekom Austria Group.
 
Two-thirds of Austrians do not have a credit card and with mobilkom austria's customer base of 4.6 million, there is strong growth potential for the new product. The A1 Visa Card will only be issued to mobilkom austria customers through registration and a copy of an identification document sent to the A1 Bank. A1 Visa Card will allow payment transactions at over 24 million POS-terminals and at roughly 1.4 million ATMs worldwide.  
 
Kurt Tojner, Country Manager for Visa Europe in Austria, added: "Mobile phones are nowadays not only a lifestyle tool but an indispensable commodity in every-day life just like the Visa card. We are delighted to be able to offer an innovative payment solution jointly with A1 and provide card owners with a combination of state-of-the-art mobile technology and the extensive Visa acceptance network. This step will pave the way for the further development of mobile payment services such as, for instance, the contactless technology Visa payWave."
 
SMS Security Package & Mobile Points
An additional service - a SMS security package - will allow card owners to monitor the payment transactions they have made: customers will be informed about the amount and the recipient of the payment by text message and will be able to pro-actively retrieve their account balance any time. A1 Visa Card owners will also profit from a mobile insurance package including theft, purchase protection and travel insurance. Moreover, with each purchase made with the A1 Visa Card, customers will be granted mobile points that will be added to other loyalty points for the purchase of a new handset. 
 
The collaboration between the leading mobile provider in the domestic market and the largest electronic payment retail network creates unparalleled potential synergy. "Going forward, we plan to bring A1 Visa Card as a contactless payment solution to the next generation of NFC-capable handsets with a view to allowing our customers a completely new breed of convenient, cashless, mobile and secure payment services," said Hannes Ametsreiter highlighting the area's development potential.
 

The Broadband Forum today announced the latest broadband and IPTV statistics in a press conference at Broadband World Forum-Europe. Based on data provided for the Forum by industry analysts Point Topic, global broadband grew by 12.9 million lines in the second quarter of 2009 to reach 445 million, while IPTV growth remained strong at 11 per cent - reaching 26.9 million.

In the past twelve months, broadband subscription in Europe grew 13 per cent overall, to reach 135 million, which included an impressive growth of 29 per cent in the Eastern European territories.  Europe is the second largest broadband region in the world, and holds four of the top 10 country spots as detailed below.

Top 10 broadband countries

 

Country

2008Q2

2009Q2

Total

Total

China

75,768,350

93,549,000

USA

74,440,195

86,227,582

Japan

29,584,700

31,085,500

Germany

21,420,702

24,086,250

France

16,601,286

18,324,300

UK

16,718,400

17,838,200

South Korea

15,061,659

15,876,992

Italy

11,534,230

12,855,463

Brazil

8,490,400

10,469,755

Canada

9,005,181

9,618,107

                        Source: Data provided for the Broadband Forum by Point Topic

 

Europe continues to lead the IPTV success story with 13,631,074 subscribers, a 51 per cent growth over the twelve months leading up to July 2009.  In the second quarter 2009, there was a healthy six per cent growth in Western Europe - where France remains the "champion" IPTV country with more than seven million subscribers - and 12 per cent in Eastern Europe, where new services in countries such as Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Russia are in demand.

 

IPTV subscriptions per territory in thousands

Region

2008Q2

2009Q2

Western Europe, Middle East and Africa

8428

12416

North America

2718

5018

South and East Asia

2512

4375

Asia Pacific

2817

3835

Eastern Europe

655

1215

Latin America

14

53

 

Source: Data provided for the Broadband Forum by Point Topic

In terms of technology, fiber and wireless broadband continue to gain access technology market share.   Consumer demand for IPTV seems to be driving the rollout of higher bandwidth options.

"This report shows that, while broadband adoption is not immune from the state of the world economy, the technology continues to move forward and I believe this year has shown that broadband expansion is not limited to the top industrialized countries, but is a key factor in assisting developing nations to gain a foothold in today's tough market," said George Dobrowski, Chairman and President of the Broadband Forum.

"The Forum continues to drive broadband innovation, and with our latest work around IPTV network and service assurance, we continue to ensure that the industry has all the tools and specifications it needs to optimize networks and to capture the full potential of broadband and IPTV worldwide. We have also undertaken several initiatives in areas such as energy efficiency this year, which will help facilitate network energy savings as broadband growth continues across the world."

 

Icomera, provider of cellular broadband gateways, has announced that Greyhound has  selected Icomera's Moovbox M200 Mobile Broadband Gateway to provide Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS tracking on inter-city coach services in the United Kingdom.

Greyhound, owned by Scotland-based transport giant FirstGroup plc, launched direct services from London to Southampton and London to Portsmouth with forty journeys each way, each day. The free Wi-Fi hotspot service will provide passengers with Internet access at speeds up to several megabits per second, using a 3G HSPA network connection from Vodafone. In addition to free Wi-Fi, passengers will benefit from at-seat power sockets, reclining leather seats and complimentary newspapers. Fares start at just £1 plus 50p booking fee. FirstGroup is evaluating plans to roll out new Greyhound UK services from 2010.

"Despite our low fare prices we want to offer our customer the very highest level of amenities on board the new Greyhound services," said Alex Warner, Managing Director of Greyhound UK. "Wi-Fi is becoming increasingly popular on public transport - indeed our research suggests that that Internet connectivity is a high priority for our customers. FirstGroup has installed Icomera's mobile Wi-Fi hotspot technology on many other UK routes, and it has proved popular as well as reliable."

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

"We're delighted that FirstGroup has selected Icomera to provide the on-board Internet technology for its new Greyhound UK services," said Dave Palmer, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Icomera. "Despite the growth of 3G coverage, passengers will take advantage of free Wi-Fi where it's available, to avoid eating into monthly bandwidth allowances and to reduce the very high costs of data roaming outside the home cellular network."

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

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and GlobalPlatform have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance their joint initiatives in an official framework.  The agreement will allow the organizations to share industry and technical knowledge, and synchronize specification development that will advance mobile services across a range of industries.

GlobalPlatform, the international specification body for smart card infrastructure, and ETSI's Smart Card Platform (SCP) committee, the standardization body which provided the core specifications for more than 3 billion smart cards in the past year alone, have maintained a general liaison relationship for a number of years, to harmonize their respective activities in the fields of over-the-air (OTA) application download and management of applications.  As a result of this previous collaboration, over two billion SIM cards worldwide are estimated to use the technology defined by the organizations to enable OTA application downloads for 3G and GSM mobile networks.

By signing the MoU the two parties have formally strengthened their collaboration efforts, and plan to replicate the achievements of their joint initiatives into other areas of their respective offerings.  Initial activity will focus on developing technology that will facilitate the delivery through the SIM of contactless services which ‘connect' multiple sectors such as mobile, healthcare, banking and transit, with a simple model that will enable end users to manage their active contactless services in a mobile handset.

Sebastien Tormos, GlobalPlatform Chairman and Director of Marketing at Datacard Group, comments: "The on-going relationship between our associations will ensure the delivery of a consistent and interoperable SIM infrastructure.  GlobalPlatform looks forward to extending the usage of its technology inside ETSI's framework, which will increase adoption of GlobalPlatform's neutral specifications, and sharing our diverse market knowledge with ETSI to advance the joint work initiatives."    

Dr Klaus Vedder, Chairman of ETSI's Smart Card Platform committee and Group Senior Vice President and Head of the Telecommunications Division at Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), said: "Both organizations will mutually benefit from GlobalPlatform's cross-industry expertise and ETSI's leading role in the telecommunications industry.  The combined knowledge and experience will provide the means to establish a worldwide harmonized infrastructure required for the sustainable advancement of SIM-based contactless services across industry sectors, bringing many benefits to the end-user."

Espial, a specialist in the delivery of TV software, today announced that Com Hem AB, Sweden's largest cable operator, has choosen Espial IPTV middleware for its next generation digital TV and VOD services, named Com Hem On Demand. The Evo TV Service Platform enables the Swedish operator's recently launched on-demand TV services. These advanced, interactive services include movies on demand (Videobutik), several catch-up TV programmes (Play) and a music on-demand service (Musik).

Com Hem will be actively rolling out and marketing the services and, by December 2009, 500,000 Swedish households are expected to be able to use the services.

Com Hem AB provides cable television, digital television, HD television, broadband, and IP telephony services to approximately two million households in Sweden.

"Espial IPTV middleware provides us with a powerful, high performance platform to deliver a superior user experience and the possibility to rapidly add new innovative services. With it, we've developed and launched a range of on-demand and interactive TV services including VOD, Start-Over TV, Catch-Up TV, Landlord-Tenant management portals and other interactive services, based on a hybrid DVB & IP approach" stated Martin Kull, Chief Technology Officer of Com Hem.

"We are privileged to be part of Com Hem's new on-demand services roll-out.  This is one of the leading deployments of a hybrid-IP TV service by a major cable operator in Europe.  Com Hem's service offers consumers an excellent range of compelling on-demand services" stated Jaison Dolvane, CEO, Espial. "This deployment clearly highlights the openness, performance and scalability of Espial's IPTV middleware and demonstrates our ability to meet the stringent requirements of leading TV service providers."

Espial's digital TV middleware is said to be purpose-built to serve millions of subscribers with a minimal capex investment, to provide a highly responsive user experience and to offer a powerful service creation environment. With sub-second response times for EPG, VOD, Timeshift TV, DVR and other interactive applications, the Evo TV Service Platform  delivers an instant user response. It is designed to fit into current and future IPTV and cable back-office architectures, allowing Cable operators, Telcos and Internet Service Providers quickly build and deliver new services to their subscribers - rapidly rolling out services such as personalized UI advertising, Time-Shift TV services and MDU (or Campus) services.

Ixia has announced that Telekom Slovenije has begun deployment of Ixia's IxRave service verification solution to comprehensively verify and manage the customer quality of experience (QoE) of its multiplay subscribers. Using IxRave's Carrier Multiplay solution, Telekom Slovenije will assure network reliability for customers from end-to-end with proactive testing of services and applications via the network core.

With IxRave, Telekom Slovenije's front-line customer service technicians can launch subscriber experience tests from the call center in order to isolate and troubleshoot core network issues.  This allows Telekom Slovenije to send field technicians to only those subscriber homes that IxRave has identified as troubled sites, thereby reducing unwarranted field dispatches and significantly reducing operating expenses.

With an initial roll-out to 60,000 of its installed triple-play customer base, Telekom Slovenije expects to reduce its call center volume and truck deployments by at least one-third. This should translate to savings of over $100K per month, while increasing customer satisfaction and reducing churn. Telekom Slovenije also plans to see additional savings in a reduction of unnecessary customer equipment returns.

"We explored many options to help us ensure a high-level of customer satisfaction as we finalized our multiplay roll-out with IPTV service," said Simon Furlan, Marketing Director at Telekom Slovenije. "IxRave, using a unique centralized test head and embedded software agents, was the only solution that let us cost-effectively monitor every customer endpoint on our network. This enabled us to avoid the costly alternative of deploying hardware probes on selective DSLAMs in the network."

IxRave uses a single test head in the network core to connect to customer premise embedded test agents, providing an accurate and non-intrusive monitoring of the customer experience. Working with Iskratel, Telekom Slovenije's supplier of home gateway devices for xDSL residential customers, each customer home gateway will have an embedded IxRave software agent that allow the centralized test head to get a ground-level view of customers' QoE.

"Iskratel welcomed the opportunity to work with two innovative companies like Telekom Slovenije and Ixia," said Gregor Smolej, CPE Product Manager at Iskratel.  "Deploying software agents on home gateways already installed at the customer premise allows a higher level of service quality monitoring on a carrier network than ever before, an impressive feat."

Huawei today announced large-scale deployment of its Metro Ethernet solution for Telefónica Spain, with more than 100 sets of Huawei's CX600 Metro Services Platform (MSP) installed.

The MSP CX600 is part of Huawei's IP Transport Infrastructure for Multi-play Experience (IPTime) frame, featuring carrier-class multi-service transport, future-proof IP/MPLS capability and investment-preserving evolution path. Huawei's metro Ethernet solution enables Telefónica to provide multi-play services on a converged, scalable, and reliable network, and to support mobile services seamlessly in the near future.

"We are very pleased to strengthen our cooperation with Telefónica," said Zha Jun, vice president of Huawei Network Product Line. "As a partner to fully support All-IP network transformation of operators, we will continue to increase investment in the IP field and deliver converged network solutions to meet carriers' requirements of future network development."

ASC, a leading global provider of innovative solutions to record, analyze and evaluate communications, today announced the release of EVOip Server Software 9.0, its new VoIP recording solution.

Available for both Windows and Linux operating systems, EVOip 9.0 now offers post-compression of recorded calls and recording of screen activities. It provides new and enhanced integrations with IP phone systems while reducing overall complexity and employing new user-friendly graphical interfaces with supplementary ASC products such as WEBplay and INSTANTplay.  

Guenther Mueller, CEO & Chairman of ASC, said, "It's truly exciting to see the impact of EVOip 9.0 on the market for VoIP recording solutions. I'm particularly proud of the way is revolutionizing the whole process, both in terms of new features and customer convenience."

Guenther Mueller went on to describe improved protection of customer data by meeting stringent Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standards. He also noted new flexible licensing possibilities including the ability to use systems without a hardware dongle by connecting to a central license server.

In terms of features, Guenther Mueller expanded on the impact of post-compression. He described it as a way to reduce bandwidth requirements and increase channel hour capacity while providing significant savings in power and storage costs by avoiding operation at peak hours.

EVOip 9.0 provides the ability to record screen activities independent of the company's quality monitoring solution, INSPIRATIONpro. The screen capability is triggered by audio recording, and search-and-replay is executed in conjunction with POWERplay.

EVOip 9.0 is now compatible with Avaya Integral Enterprise, Aastra Solidus eCare and Thales Norumat TIP and offers enhanced integration with Siemens, Avaya, Mitel and Innovaphone. 

EVOip captures telephone calls from the network and enables storage, playback and archiving of the entire interaction. It is entirely software-based and designed for maximum flexibility, scaleability, and ease of integration and installation. It records encrypted calls and provides adjustable modes for individual, bulk or selective recording.

The product can record up to 280 channels simultaneously and also works with the common SIP protocol. Many functions may be accessed directly through the IP phone, such as record-on-demand, start/stop, keep/delete and search-and-replay for recorded calls. CTIntegration facilitates this search by tagging calls with comprehensive index data.

NEC, a provider of microwave and optical solutions, today announced that Pannon, the second largest mobile operator in Hungary and a subsidiary of Telenor, has chosen NEC to build a national optical transport network. The contract will see NEC providing Metro WDM equipment from Transmode to Pannon's national network in Hungary and supplying design and operational support services.

In the last 2 years, Pannon has seen a rapid increase in data traffic on its network from bandwidth hungry mobile services and applications. NEC's optical solution is optimized for data traffic and can also handle important legacy voice traffic. The new optical network across the country maximizes the capacity of existing infrastructure and can be upgraded from coarse WDM to dense WDM working on either a single fibre or a fibre pair. This can accommodate capacity from STM-4, STM-16, up to Gigabit Ethernet channels using the iWDM solutions from NEC's partner, Transmode.

NEC has been a strategic supplier to Pannon for over a decade, providing various technologies including a network platform. NEC was chosen because of its leadership in network design and strong service capabilities, recognized track record of quality and reliability and the scalability and modularity of the TM-Series in conjunction with the industry leading functionality included in the iWDM solutions.

"In a competitive marketplace, telecom operators like us must invest in the most cost-effective and reliable network infrastructure to meet increasing bandwidth demand both now and in the future," said Gyorgy Koller, CTO of Pannon. "We have therefore recognized that NEC, along with Transmode's iWDM solution, saves us operational costs, scales well and allows us to future proof our network. NEC and Pannon have worked successfully together in the past and NEC has the ability to provide transmission for access and core over both fibre and wireless under one simplified management platform. We are very pleased with our relationship and hope it continues to thrive."

"Today's mobile ecosystem requires operators to respond quickly to fast changing demands. Consumers expect better services and a ‘killer' experience, and operators need their networks to perform. Having a cost effective and reliable network infrastructure will also help operators stabilize and increase ARPU. We are delighted to have been chosen by Pannon to provide the technology and expertise to support its evolving network needs and pleased that our partnership with Transmode has contributed to this," said Richard Hanscott, Vice President, Network Solutions, NEC Europe. "We have forged an extremely successful relationship with Pannon and hope to continue this into the future."

Karl Thedéen, CEO at Transmode, added, "Winning the contract from Pannon is a good example of how well the partnership between NEC and Transmode is working in the Eastern European market. Pannon is now ready not only to meet the current customer demand but also the increased bandwidth demands from high speed access technologies like HSPA and LTE in the most cost efficient way."

Viatel, a business communications provider, has announced the availability of its new ADSL 2+ services, to deliver speeds of up to three times existing bandwidth with no increase in price.  In conjunction, Viatel has also launched a new guide to Next Generation Access, providing jargon-busting guidance on the latest access technologies.

The most recent broadband technology, ADSL 2+, gives services offering line speeds of up to 24Mbps, depending on the quality of individual PSTN lines.  Viatel is now proactively moving customers onto the new service as it becomes available with an expectation that more than 40% of all Viatel shared broadband customers will be using an ADSL 2+ service by the end of 2009.  60% will be transitioned by March 2010 and the remainder - as the BT exchange upgrade rollout allows - by 2012.

In addition to its ADSL 2+ service, Viatel is also offering dedicated, symmetric bandwidth using Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) for businesses that need higher throughput and more predictable performance.  A recent innovation, this uses equipment at the customer site to bond multiple copper pairs together and present this to the customer on a standard Ethernet port.  Bandwidth options can be purchased from 1Mbps up to 10Mbps in 1Mbp increments.

Viatel says it is continually developing its infrastructure, allowing the delivery of Next Generation Access technologies such as ADSL2+ and EFM now, as well as offering customers new services such as Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC/VDSL2) and Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) as they become available and without further upheaval.  With an ever-increasing range of applications, from web access to voice and video communications, technologies are evolving to keep pace.  Successful businesses therefore need to be well positioned to take advantage of the latest technology.

"People have been talking about next generation services for some time, but it is only now that it is becoming a reality, said Michael Davies, head of product management at Viatel.  "We're delighted to be able to offer improved services to our customers, preparing them for the rollout of next generation technologies.  Crucially, businesses can now get significantly faster access with no increase in price."

ASC, a global provider of solutions to record, analyze and evaluate communications, today announced the release of EVOip Server Software 9.0, its new VoIP recording solution.

Available for both Windows and Linux operating systems, EVOip 9.0 now offers post-compression of recorded calls and recording of screen activities. It provides new and enhanced integrations with IP phone systems while reducing overall complexity and employing new user-friendly graphical interfaces with supplementary ASC products such as WEBplay and INSTANTplay.  

Guenther Mueller, CEO & Chairman of ASC, said, "It's truly exciting to see the impact of EVOip 9.0 on the market for VoIP recording solutions. I'm particularly proud of the way is revolutionizing the whole process, both in terms of new features and customer convenience."

Guenther Mueller went on to describe improved protection of customer data by meeting stringent Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standards. He also noted new flexible licensing possibilities including the ability to use systems without a hardware dongle by connecting to a central license server.

In terms of features, Guenther Mueller expanded on the impact of post-compression. He described it as a way to reduce bandwidth requirements and increase channel hour capacity while providing significant savings in power and storage costs by avoiding operation at peak hours.

EVOip 9.0 provides the ability to record screen activities independent of the company's quality monitoring solution, INSPIRATIONpro. The screen capability is triggered by audio recording, and search-and-replay is executed in conjunction with POWERplay.

EVOip 9.0 is now compatible with Avaya Integral Enterprise, Aastra Solidus eCare and Thales Norumat TIP and offers enhanced integration with Siemens, Avaya, Mitel and Innovaphone. 

EVOip captures telephone calls from the network and enables storage, playback and archiving of the entire interaction. It is entirely software-based and designed for maximum flexibility, scaleability, and ease of integration and installation. It records encrypted calls and provides adjustable modes for individual, bulk or selective recording.

The product can record up to 280 channels simultaneously and also works with the common SIP protocol. Many functions may be accessed directly through the IP phone, such as record-on-demand, start/stop, keep/delete and search-and-replay for recorded calls. CTIntegration facilitates this search by tagging calls with comprehensive index data.

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