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cVidya Networks, a global specialist in Telecom, Revenue Assurance and Dealer Management systems, announced today that 1&1 Internet, the Web host by known servers and a leading ISP in Germany, has deployed cVidya's revenue assurance product for partner invoice reconciliation. The software will enable 1&1 to more efficiently identify and manage disputable charges in inter-carrier invoices between their own organization and network and infrastructure owners. 

cVidya's Partner Invoice Reconciliation solution automatically recalculates invoices and verifies accuracy of inter-carrier payments for third party outsourced services such as leased lines and next generation infrastructures. This results in a major decrease in expenses for DSL access. By identifying discrepancies, the service provider is able to negotiate, prove and reclaim erroneous payments and bills.

"Due to the increasing complexity of communication networks, there is a growing demand for a solution that enables service providers to more effectively minimize and measure errors in settling accounts between operators and service providers," commented Alon Aginsky, the president and CEO of cVidya Networks. "Existing billing systems need to be updated regularly to optimally process the complicated accounting between wholesale operators and service providers. cVidya is pleased to be working with 1&1 towards the first deployment of its new Partner Invoice Reconciliation solution."

Markus Huhn, CFO of 1&1 Internet added, "We are confident that cVidya's Partner Invoice Reconciliation solution will be instrumental in enhancing 1&1's inter-carrier invoicing processes. By minimizing cost and required resources, this solution will increase efficiency of our invoice processing procedure."

Over 5,000 world leaders, foreign ambassadors and international journalists at this year's NATO summit in Strasbourg communicated using a wireless infrastructure provided by Meru Networks. 

According to Serge Hervy, responsible for events at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the most urgent requirement for the summit's wireless LAN was reliability - especially with such an unusually high density of users. The WLAN would have to support up to 4,500 simultaneous Wi-Fi connections, both on the internet and via an internal VPN. Complicating matters, only 4,000 square meters were dedicated for 2,000 journalists, and the delegations were scattered over the buildings of the summit, which created an obstacle for ubiquitous coverage.

Summit organisers had to choose between various third-generation "microcell" vendors and Meru Networks, a pioneering fourth-generation "virtual cell" vendor. Third-generation WLANs from legacy vendors use a microcell approach, which assigns different radio channels to many small, adjacent access point cells to ensure that no two APs use the same radio channel in the same place. This technique requires precise and time-consuming channel planning and AP power adjustments; it is also known to create problems with contention, co-channel interference and quality of service.

By contrast, Meru's virtual-cell architecture selects a single channel for use by all access points enterprise-wide. Additional channels can be layered as more capacity is required. This approach removes co-channel interference, even with the volatile IEEE 802.11n standard, and eliminates the need for a detailed site survey at conception and during the WLAN's lifecycle for adds/moves and changes.

"Meru's fourth-generation virtual cell technology was the only solution on the market that could match the summit's reliability and user-density needs" explained Eric Thomas, director of operations, Altius.

Meru partner Altius deployed three Meru wireless LANs comprising a total of 80 access points and six controllers rented from Léni, a company specialising in high-tech equipment rental for big events. Six engineers were able to complete the ambitious deployment in less than two weeks. To guarantee bandwidth to every Wi-Fi user, the networks built of multiple virtual cells were configured to support both 802.11a/b/g, 802.11n and to offer a bandwidth greater than 1,6Gbps, making Meru's platform the newest and fastest Wi-Fi enterprise solution on the market. Introducing slower clients can dramatically reduce the overall throughput of an access point; however, Meru's APs are embedded with an Airtime Fairness algorithm that provides equal access for all clients regardless of access methods (e.g., 802.11 a, b, g or n) or speed. In the 2009 Novarum report ("Enterprise 802.11n Wireless LAN Access Point Performance Benchmark"), both Cisco's and Aruba's airtime fairness degraded as client density increased; only Meru's improved.

David Kelly, Meru Vice President of International Sales, said, "Meru Networks via its partner Altius was honoured to facilitate wireless communication for NATO's sixtieth anniversary. We plan to continue developing upon our already cutting-edge technology in the years ahead to ensure that Meru customers will always enjoy the most peaceful, secure and hassle-free wireless experiences possible."

Access equipment from Occam Networks - which launched itself into the EMEA region earlier last month at the ITU World Telecom event in Geneva - is said to be at the heart of one of the most advanced Open Access Networks (OAN) in Europe.  Occam's BLC 6322 GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) FTTP blade is handling traffic to and from the business park as part of a prestige contract won by the company's UK-based value added reseller Fibre Options.

Scarborough Business Park in the United Kingdom is England's first OAN and one of the first anywhere in Europe to offer bandwidth over 100 Mbps to its customers. The availability of such high speed broadband in one of the United Kingdom's most rural and remote areas has already won the local authority for Scarborough the European Commission's award as the "most enterprising town" in the UK which was then followed up with the same accolade for the whole of Europe.

"To be involved in such an innovative and forward looking network is great news for Occam and we congratulate Fibre Options on their achievement in winning the contract and delivering such a world class network," said Russ Sharer, Marketing Vice President of Occam Networks.  "We have great confidence that our products will succeed across Europe as the region embraces the need for higher bandwidth delivery."

The pioneering OAN at Scarborough is operated by NYnet, an organisation formed by North Yorkshire County Council, with funding from the UK Government regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward and the European Union. The responsibility for providing the optical access network to, and around the site has been handled by Fibre Options.

"The Occam BLC 6322 GPON OLT is a perfect fit for the job," said Mark Trojacek of Fibre Options.  "It is a simple solution that easily scales enabling us to cope with growth and increased demand without any major service or network upheaval."

Fibre Options, a system integrator in the western European market, has been working with Occam to develop emerging FTTP broadband networks.  "We have an excellent partnership with Occam and we know its BLC 6000 MSAP product line is one Fibre Options and our service provider customers can rely on," added Mark Trojacek.

The 6322 GPON blade can provide full line-rate bandwidth on every GPON port for deployments such as Scarborough. With its ability to offer a full array of advanced services, including IPTV, it is also ideally suited to future entertainment requirements. Inside the product is the Occam Packet Engine that comprises processing designed specifically to support the massive Ethernet and IP processing demands of business and Triple Play applications at work or at home.

The Scarborough Business Park is a £9.6 million scheme involving both an existing active park and a new location directly opposite. More than 100 acres have now been developed and the local council are looking to create 1,000 new jobs during the next ten years - a significant development in such a remote location.

According to a new report from Juniper Research, the international mobile money transfer market will be worth in excess of $65bn by 2014, based on gross transaction values - driven principally from migrant workers based in developed countries.

Juniper's new report - ‘Mobile Money Transfer & Remittances: Markets, Forecasts & Strategies 2009-2014' -  however also identified a number of inhibiting factors such as rising global unemployment and increased immigration controls by governments which will hold back the market until the recession is over.  

Howard Wilcox, Senior Analyst, commented: "Our view is very clear - in the long term this market proposition is highly attractive. Mobile remittance offers a speedy, cost effective and convenient channel for people to send money regularly to friends and family at home, who themselves may not have bank accounts".   

The mobile money transfer report also revealed a new emerging sector for microcredits, saving accounts and insurance payments. Known as "sophisticated financial services" these services are entirely focused on developing countries where users do not have access to traditional banking or financial services or simply use alternative means of payment traditionally such as physically transporting cash, or storing cash savings at home. The report found that is new market for financial services on the mobile, can add to the attractiveness of mobile money services, and help to reduce mobile operator churn.

Further findings are said to include:

  • North America and Western Europe will be the main remittance sending regions in 2014
  • Typically international transfers are conducted by a smaller base of users than national or domestic transfers, but transaction values are higher, payments are more regular and less frequent.

Camiant, a provider of policy control and application assurance technology, today announced the findings of its latest study, "Rethinking Mobile Broadband Data Rate Plans" indicating that by redesigning mobile broadband data rate plans, operators will be able to help solve one of the industry's most pressing concerns - the bandwidth-value gap.  The study results are said to point to a high level of interest by consumers in alternative rate plan structures to today's traditional packages.

The bandwidth-value gap is the growing disconnect between bandwidth demand and revenue growth.  Estimates from Heavy Reading indicate that bandwidth on 3G mobile networks is growing by approximately 400% annually while the associated revenue from data services is only growing approximately 40% per year.  Camiant's study has found that mobile data consumers were more interested in rate plans designed to control bandwidth and afford incremental revenue add-ons than they were in traditional "Cap + Overage" rate plans with strict usage caps with steep overage penalties.

The study was commissioned by Camiant and conducted by Heavy Reading in September and October 2009.  263 mobile broadband dongle users throughout Europe including UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden were polled regarding their preferences for various forms of rate plans.

 Key findings are:

 Consumers have concerns with "Cap + Overage" style rate plans

--  62% didn't know what their usage cap was
--  76% didn't know how much bandwidth they actually used
--  39% didn't know what happened if they went over the usage cap
--  45% were very/moderately concerned about exceeding the cap
When presented with four alternative rate plan structures and asked their preference -- "Cap + Overage" was least preferred by consumers.  A plan that includes the same base package, charging the same effective rate for overage with the understanding that service speed would be low for any data over the monthly limit during peak hours -- generated more than twice the interest level:

-- EUR 20 for 3GB + EUR 20/GB overage                                          16%
-- EUR 20 for 3GB + EUR 7/GB overage + peak bandwidth limit        35%
-- EUR 20 for unlimited low speed service                                        23%
-- EUR 50 for unlimited high speed service                                       26%

 Many users were willing to pay additional fees beyond the base subscription for potential "extras":

--  43% of all respondents would pay EUR 5 in addition to base plan for
    unlimited usage of one specific application.  Of those that were
    interested, 90% said it was important that they select the application.
--  45% of respondents interested in a service that might provide lower
    speed at some point said they would be willing to pay between EUR 1 and EUR
    3 for on-demand higher speed "for a short duration (e.g. 1 hour)."
Other findings included results regarding casual use, application limitations and usage controls.

"The prospect that network growth could consume revenue faster than operators can generate it marks a new phase in the industry's maturation," said Randy Fuller, vice president of Business Development at Camiant. "Our study clearly indicates that there are definite opportunities for mobile operators to use rate plan structures to help solve this problem and that users are receptive to creative alternatives."

By rethinking mobile data rate plans, says Camiant, operators can enable users to make value decisions based more in line with operator cost as well as directly address peak bandwidth utilization and the true cost of marginal network growth.  Also, since operators can offer variable and ARPU-expanding options in search of market share growth rather than simple discounts, the potential occurrence of a profit-destroying price war should be reduced.

"It's becoming very clear that network operators need to offer a wider range of package options to users of mobile data users," said Graham Finnie, Chief Analyst at Heavy Reading. "This study provides strong evidence that end users are willing to consider a range of alternatives to conventional usage management schemes."

Vodafone and Huawei have opened up a laboratory in Italy to 'drive innovation in the core network in order to benefit customers'.

The Core Network Innovation Centre (CIC) in Milan is equipped with the latest Huawei mobile and core network equipment and technologies to boost innovation in core network solutions. The collaborative research will aim to give both Vodafone and Huawei a competitive edge in core network areas, such as mobile broadband, IMS (IP Multimedia Sub-system) and FMC (Fixed Mobile Convergence), eventually bringing new ideas to fruition, enabling timely market launches.

The CIC represents Huawei's primary investment in core network technologies in Europe, with the project underscoring the company's close collaboration with the operator community.

Livio Borgogno, director of Vodafone's global core network competence centre, and Cai Liqun, president of Huawei's core network product line, today inaugurated the Core Network Innovation Centre in Milan.

"The CIC will ensure that Vodafone is able to maintain its position as an innovation leader within the core network, so that our customers will continue to benefit from the latest technology to improve and enhance their communications," said Livio Borgogno of Vodafone. 

Research released today by enterprise ICT solutions and service provider, Damovo UK, is said to reveal that UK enterprises could potentially be wasting up to £264m per annum on mobile call costs.  The research showed that on average large enterprises were spending £209,150 each year on mobile calls, yet the IT directors surveyed estimated that 42% of their employees' mobile calls were being made from within the office. 

"With mobile and particularly ‘smartphones' becoming the device of choice and replacing the office desk phone as the primary business tool, many organisations are facing escalating mobile bills," said Glyn Owen, portfolio manager at Damovo UK.  "It is clear that organisations require greater control over their mobile costs whilst allowing end users the freedom to use their mobile phones where ever they chose.  This should form part of an overall mobility management strategy, including device, service and security management, which are ever important for today's mobile deployments."

According to Damovo, one way for organisations to start reducing mobile costs is to better utilise WiFi infrastructure. In combination with dual-mode smartphones and enterprise fixed mobile convergence (FMC) solutions mobile handsets can operate as extensions of the corporate PBX with the same call costs and functionality as desk phones. However, despite most organisations having some form of WiFi network, the research showed that only 14% were utilising WiFi for voice calls.

"Many organisations have under-utilised fixed line and WiFi networks. With the research revealing that nearly half (48%) of mobile calls are employees calling colleagues or the office, organisations should look to ensure that calls are being made using the most cost-effective method. With the latest FMC technology enabling mobile calls to be routed free over existing public and private WLAN networks (including home WiFi) and at the same time providing enterprise PBX functionality organisations can start to significantly reduce their call costs and also increase the productivity of their workforce," added Glyn Owen.

In order to start reducing their mobile costs, many organisations need to have better visibility over their mobile usage.  This can be easier said than done, as many organisations often receive mobile services from a number of service providers meaning that carrying out a full monthly analysis of mobile expenditure can be a time-consuming task. Over a third (37%) of the IT directors surveyed said that didn't even look at their organisation's mobile bill each month.  While just under three quarters (74%) admitted that they turned a blind eye towards employees making personal and international / premium rate calls on their work mobiles.

The research also highlighted the lack control many organisations have when it comes to mobile usage. 31% of the IT directors surveyed believed that too much important customer data was kept on employees mobile phones, posing both potential CRM and security risks. "Ensuring that employees also store important customer data on a central directory or CRM system, is often an oversight when it comes to implementing mobile usage policies. While having this information on a mobile phone may be quick and convenient, it can mean that important customer data is more prone to theft or it simply leaves an organisation when employees changes jobs.  Often employers only realise this when it is too late," concluded Glyn Owen.

The survey of 100 IT directors at UK organisations, with more than 1,000 employees, was commissioned by Damovo and conducted by independent research company Vanson Bourne.

Comstar-UTS, said to be Russia's largest broadband Internet provider, has chosen MiriATE, the set-top box testing system from Mirifice, for all its future IPTV service and set-top box deployments.

MiriATE is an automated testing system, which is claimed to enable Comstar to achieve far superior results in the reliability and robustness of both its IPTV services and set-top boxes.  This is achieved by enabling an increased volume and depth of testing.

Victor Belov, Director of Business Development, Service Platforms and Networks, at Comstar-UTS, says " MiriATE will allow Comstar-UTS to track the state of subscriber set-top boxes in order to update the software on time and ensure that services work correctly. MiriATE in combination with MiriMON, which was introduced by Comstar-UTS in 2008 for real-time monitoring of service quality and customer service levels, will enable the operator to obtain an effective quality management system of customer service (CEM) throughout the service deployment life cycle."

Niall Buckingham, Director and Founder at Mirifice, says, "I am delighted that Comstar has chosen MiriATE for its test automation.  MiriATE enables extensive, accurate tests to be run 24 hours a day.  The resulting improvements in service quality and reliability will provide in a reduction in the total cost of ownership of devices and improved customer satisfaction with the service."

MiriATE provides Comstar with the ability to automatically drive large numbers of STBs through suites of stringent tests, including realistic endurance testing.

MiriATE offers advanced features such as video analysis, motion detection, region comparison and optical character recognition (OCR); these are critical in automating the majority of tests, as they replace the need for manual recognition and verification.

Additional benefits include multiple concurrency and test scheduling on a platform which offers 24/7 availability, resulting in reduced costs and improved time-to-market.

The MiriATE system can scale from a solution for four set-top boxes to very large systems for hundreds of set-top boxes.

Espial, a specialist in the delivery of digital and IP TV (Internet Protocol Television) software, today announced that Tele2 Netherlands has selected Espial's IPTV middleware for its IPTV service. Tele2 Netherlands will use the Evo TV Service Platform to launch its next generation television platform. With this platform Tele2 provides advanced services including linear TV, Video-on-demand, High Definition, PVR (Personal Video Recorder) and interactive services.

Tele2 Netherlands has emerged as one of the largest telecommunications operators in the Netherlands since they began business 12 years ago. They started their business with fixed telephony services and over time have become a multi-play provider with the addition of mobile services, Internet services and television services. As the first operator to offer IPTV services in the Netherlands, they have gained deep knowledge and experience in pay TV services. 

"It is essential for Tele2 to provide a rich set of high performance, interactive television services to our consumers. We evaluated several middleware products during a rigorous evaluation process and chose Espial's IPTV middleware. It met our selection criteria for its scalability, rapid service creation capabilities and ease of portability to set-top boxes" stated Günther Vogelpoel, Managing Director Consumer of Tele2 Netherlands. "Espial's middleware is a critical element of our next generation television strategy. We are counting on Espial's platform to deliver innovative new services, differentiate our brand experience and to provide a highly responsive user experience."

"Tele2 Netherlands is one of the IPTV pioneers in Europe and we're honoured to be chosen for their next generation digital television platform. Their evaluation process was based on stringent requirements from lessons they've learned from years of delivering IPTV services" stated Jaison Dolvane, CEO of Espial. "The selection of our IPTV middleware testifies to the scalability, robustness and rich capabilities of our IPTV middleware, Evo TV Service Platform. We look forward to working with Tele2 to launch their advanced interactive television services."

Espial's IPTV middleware is purpose-built to serve millions of subscribers with a minimal capital investment, a highly responsive user experience and a powerful service creation environment. With sub-second response times for Electronic Program Guide, Video-On-Demand, Time-shift TV and other interactive applications, the Evo TV Service Platform delivers a near-instant user response. This level of performance is expected by today's Internet generation. For operational ease, it is designed to fit into IPTV and cable back-office architectures. Cable and telco operators can quickly build and rapidly roll out services such as personalized user interface advertising, Time-Shift TV services and Multiple Dwelling Unit (or Campus) services.

Hurricane Electric, an Internet backbone and IPv6 Internet Service Provider, and Equinix, a provider of global data centre services, today announced that Hurricane Electric will extend its points-of-presence to additional Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres outside of the United States. The expansion to Equinix's Toyko-2 (TY2), Hong Kong-1 (HK1) and Zurich-1 (ZH1) centres will enable Hurricane Electric to improve fault tolerance, load balancing and congestion management infrastructure capabilities for the delivery of next-generation IP access services. It will also enable Equinix customers to directly exchange IP traffic, or "peer," with Hurricane Electric's global Internet backbone which is interconnected with more than 500 associated IPv6 backbones.

The increasing demand for IPv6 content in Asia and Europe has led to Hurricane Electric's global expansion into these markets. By leveraging Equinix's data centres to deploy network nodes, Hurricane Electric says it will provide next-generation and reliable IP access services for its customers.

"We are delighted to further expand our relationship with Equinix," said Martin Levy, director of IPv6 strategy at Hurricane Electric. "Our growing global footprint through Equinix will give our customers the geographic reach and extended IPv6 functionality they are demanding."

Hurricane Electric first deployed IPv6 on its global backbone in 2001. It is one of the few global Internet backbones that is IPv6-native and does not rely on internal tunnels for its IPv6 connectivity. IPv6 is offered as a core service and every customer is provided IPv6 connectivity, as well as classic IPv4 connectivity.

"Our relationship with Hurricane Electric, a well respected IPv6 player, further demonstrates our leadership role in operating robust data centre infrastructure with operational excellence," said Jarrett Appleby, chief marketing officer of Equinix. "Operating also within our TY2, HK1 and ZH1 centres will put Hurricane Electric in the middle of an existing community of international and local networks and carriers for its next generation IP access service."


Comverse has enabled Cherry, the mobile brand of service provider Mondial Telecom, to launch voice services in Belgium by using fixed-mobile converged (FMC), dual cellular/WiFi technology. 

When subscribing to Cherry's mobile service, customers receive a dual-mode mobile handset that operates over WiFi within its coverage zone and switches seamlessly to GSM technology when leaving the WiFi coverage zone. The communication between GSM and VoIP over WiFi is enabled by Comverse Netcentrex IP Communications.

Deployed as a Software as a Service (SaaS) service model at the Comverse Netcentrex hosting center, this has allowed Cherry to launch service in the Belgium market without a mobile infrastructure.  As a Mobile Virtual Network Operator, Cherry also does not have its own licensed frequency allocation of radio spectrum.

"Comverse has been a valuable partner in this innovative project by enhancing the intelligence of the network to offer affordable mobile services over a unified network with user transparency," said Bernard Noël de Burlin, CEO of Mondial Telecom.

"Comverse Netcentrex hosted services is at the heart of our strategy to innovate into the mobile market and by doing so, become a differentiating mobile service provider," de Burlin said. "Both our business model and the technical know-how of Comverse were critical success factors for this launch."

Comverse's technology, for instance, complemented Mondial Telecom's experience in all customer facing aspects, including back-office operations and agreements with a wide range of operators, such as global hotspots, WiFi providers, and mobile and fixed network providers.

"This innovative technical FMC solution is an excellent example of how IP Communications expands the telecommunications business model," said Lionel Chmilewsky, CEO of Netcentrex IP Communications at Comverse, the world's leading supplier of software and systems enabling value-added messaging and content services, converged billing and active customer management, and IP communications.

"Our hosted IP Communications model, together with the robust, high-quality Comverse Netcentrex solution, lowers the technical and financial risk and the high entry cost for service providers to provide voice services," he said.

Cherry envisions launching a similar service in other countries with various Internet Service Providers (ISP) and fixed and/or mobile operators. "This model that we developed with Comverse and some other partners has high potential," said José Zurstrassen, Chairman of Mondial Telecom and the founder of Skynet, the largest ISP in Belgium. 

Comverse's hosting facilities provide a full range of IP communications services for the enterprise and consumer markets with carrier-grade service quality and availability. Comverse Netcentrex Hosted IP Communications is the ideal solution for rapid, cost-effective deployment of innovative and attractive value-added services.

Continued growth of Europe's largest next generation network transforms business to self-funding enterprise

Interoute Communications, owner operator of Europe's largest next-generation network, today announced EBITDA of €22.7m for the first six months of 2009, a 155% increase over 2008.  Despite the deep recession that has seen a decline in growth for many operators in the telecommunications industry, Interoute has increased its revenues by eleven per cent during January to June 2009 to report €129m.  By accelerating at this rate, Interoute says it has become operationally cash-flow positive and is now a self-funding enterprise. 

Since completing the largest pan-European fibre optic network in 2003 to provide enterprises and the wholesale carrier market with a portfolio of services and next generation connectivity, Interoute's revenues have increased at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 57%, making today's revenues 15 times greater than six years ago.  Despite a 400% growth in the number of lit fibre kilometres across the network to meet customer demand, Interoute's operating costs have only doubled and network costs have remained flat since 2003.

Commenting on the results Gareth Williams, Interoute CEO (pictured above), said, "We are particularly proud to have taken Interoute to operational profitability during this global recession at a time when other operators are seeing their growth rate stagnate or decline.  More broadly, to have built a successful communications company following the collapse of the telecoms boom at the beginning of this decade, proves that our unique approach to building a pan-European fibre backbone has paid off."

Interoute is the only next generation network covering the European Union, from London to Warsaw, Stockholm to Sicily and beyond into the emerging economies of Southeastern Europe as well as linking to North America's major telecoms hub through its transatlantic capacity. The network serves as a global bridge between the North and South and East and West. With seven subsea landing stations ringing the edge of Europe, Interoute acts as the European link for operators from the Middle East, Africa and North America. 

Interoute's network also reaches deep into the heart of Europe's metropolitan networks, with a presence in 21 urban hubs, as well as being connected to the Arab world's most dynamic international hub, Dubai, via a fully operational Point of Presence. And with the Company's 59 data centres located across the European footprint, Interoute is a leader in the deployment and hosting of Cloud computing applications for industry.

The Spanish operator Jazztel and Huawei have announced today the signature of a framework agreement for the expansion of the operator's network. Huawei will provide and deploy new network technologies that are said to allow the operator to face the expected strong increase in the number of customers, while at the same time, Huawei will also deal with the integral management of its network.

The agreement signed between the two companies, which comes into force immediately, contemplates both the expansion of the network capacity and the modernisation of the services. This way, Jazztel will increase the capacity of its network, so that it will be able to provide first class services to more than one million customers, both in broadband and other emerging communication services.

As a result of the contract, the company will increase its current access network with new DSLAM, allowing Jazztel to offer new services such as VDSL2 and ADSL2+ Bonding. These technologies will help the company to duplicate the speeds that it is currently offering to its customers. This equipment will have integrated voice cards, which will represent relevant cost reductions for the operator both in space and in electricity use. The agreement also contemplates data network and transmission network expansion, as well as the deployment of softswitch equipment.

Jazztel has also awarded Huawei an outsourcing contract for the management and operation of its network. The renewable five-year contract will allow Jazztel to reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of its network and focus on the business development and value-added services. This new model will ease the process to detect and solve incidents as the provider of the technology will be directly involved in Jazztel's network operation. This contract includes strict quality of service indicators and commitments that will strengthen Jazztel's network together with a world leader.

Under the terms of the agreement, Huawei will assume full responsibility of network operation activities such as 24x7 network monitoring and operation, field maintenance, multivendor network technical support, and spare parts management. This way, Huawei assumes end-to-end network operations, incorporating into its own organization Jazztel's network operation and maintenance departments.

According to José Miguel García, CEO of Jazztel, "this agreement will allow us to sustain the continuous growth of our business and maintain our leadership in terms of innovation and quality of service. We renovate our confidence in Huawei not only as our main technology provider, but as a partner in one of the main pillars of our business".

"This agreement represents a new milestone in our strategy to support our customers in Europe with value added solutions and services", says Yu Chendong, EU President of Huawei. "We are very much satisfied to support Jazztel in its technology development and, at the same time, this is an opportunity for Huawei to demonstrate how the unmatched reliability of our technology together with our knowledge on network management can help our customers reach new levels of excellence in the market".

"This contract represents a step ahead in Huawei's corporate strategy to provide professional network outsourcing service in Europe", comments Adriana Boersma-Rodríguez, Services Sales Vice President EU, Huawei. "Besides, it guarantees the implementation of our localization strategy in the services area in Europe".

The relationship between Jazztel and Huawei dates back to year 2005, when Jazztel awarded Huawei the deployment of the first functional NGN network in Spain. The agreement signed today is said to reinforce the strategic relationship between the two companies and reflects the commitment of the operator to be an innovation leader the Spanish telecommunications market.

Huawei has announced the launch of its IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) based High-Definition (HD) video conference solution, which can enable enterprise users to participate in virtual meetings across a broader range of access methods via a carrier's existing network.

The new convergent, high definition solution is capable of supporting almost all conferencing devices such as HD and standard definition (SD) video in fixed and/or mobile phones, desktop soft-clients and facilities with tele-presence, while also offering more functions for enterprise users, including multiple access methods and open media capabilities.  Beyond the traditional voice and video connections, the new solution will allow enterprises to take full advantage of additional services such as desktop sharing, high definition video, and virtual reality. The solution can also bring applications like video calls to end users by integrating IPTV and ICT services.

"Partnering with operators from around the world, Huawei is committed to supporting customers in All-IP network transformation and we are excited to launch the new IMS-based HD conference solution, which is going to enhance the capabilities of operators' existing networks," said Jin Huang, Vice President of Huawei Core Network. "With these new features, enterprise users will be able to experience virtual meetings at a higher quality and with more services than ever before."

Huawei's state-of-the-art solution is equipped with the industry's largest capacity and highest carrier-grade reliability.  It can be deployed via an operator's existing network, which allows operators to remarkably protect their network investment and rapidly expand their business in SME (small and medium enterprises) markets by matching the increasing demand for diversified conference services.