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Telekom Austria is using access equipment from RAD Data Communications to deliver its advanced "EtherLink" Ethernet services. The Austrian telecommunications provider is offering the managed Layer 2 services to enterprise and wholesale customers nationwide. Thanks to customer-located, OAM-enabled (operations, administration and maintenance) Ethernet network termination units (E-NTUs) - ETX-102 and ETX-202 devices from RAD - Telekom Austria can respond swiftly and efficiently if a network fault occurs. Their ability to provide intelligent demarcation between the customers' and operator's networks, end-to-end management of services across the entire network, and differentiation and prioritization of network applications, RAD's E-NTUs create the right basis for guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) and Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

"With ETX E-NTUs from RAD, we are able to offer sophisticated, highly flexible and scalable services inexpensively on our Layer 2 infrastructure," says Helmut Leopold, Director of Platform and Technology Management at Telekom Austria TA AG. "They not only enable our customers to implement a raft of new applications, they can also carry Layer 3 services without compromising on quality. As a core component in our EtherLink offering, RAD's E-NTUs fit perfectly with our infrastructure and interoperate problem-free with our existing equipment. Above all, they've proven their worth when it comes to monitoring, error management, and remote configuration and are helping to significantly reduce our SLA fulfillment costs."

End-to-end management up to customers' premises The ETX-102 and ETX-202 are intelligent demarcation devices owned and operated by the service provider and installed at customer premises.

With traffic engineering and remote access capabilities to enable monitoring and troubleshooting at the official transition point to the customer's network, they ensure exceptionally reliable provisioning of Ethernet services. Designed to carry Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet traffic, the ETX units also provide extensive error-detection and diagnostic functionalities that allow carriers and service providers to meet a broad range of customer requirements and to offer binding SLAs with QoS guarantees across the entire service path. RAD's ETX products are certified to the Metro Ethernet Forum's MEF-9 and MEF-14 standards and conform to the IEEE 802.1ag standard.

A key element in managed services
"With its ETX devices, RAD not only offers reliable and standards-compliant NTUs, it also supports OAM functionalities for simple point-to-point applications as well as more sophisticated multipoint services," explains Volker Bendzuweit, General Manager of RAD Data Communications for the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). "Today, OAM is a 'must have' in carrier-class Ethernet technology. It enables carriers and service providers to proactively monitor and control services and to take immediate action if a fault occurs. Telekom Austria's EtherLink services are an outstanding example of an innovative approach to managed network services, and we're proud to be playing a crucial role in the delivery of these services by providing capabilities for remote management all the way to customer premises."

"We are delighted that our expertise has helped to provide the right E-NTU solution for the EtherLink services," says Wolfgang Krones, General Manager of ITM, the local RAD partner supplying the equipment to Telekom Austria. "Having evaluated a number of different solutions, Telekom Austria decided in favor of the ETX products, because they offer the greatest number of OAM features at an affordable price."

Mobile streamed and broadcast TV services will become the most lucrative delivery channels for mobile advertising by 2010, according to a new report by Juniper Research.  The report says that total annual adspend on the mobile will exceed $1 billion for the first time in 2008, reaching $1.3 billion by the end of the year and rising to nearly $7.6 billion by 2013.

While SMS campaigns currently account for the largest proportion of mobile advertising budget, the increasing popularity of mobile TV services mean that adspend in this area will rise from just $335 million in 2008 to more than $2.5 billion in 2013.  Meanwhile, idle-screen advertising is expected to become a significant contributor to total mobile adspend in the medium term, with revenues rising from just $7m in 2008 to more than $500m in 2013.

According to report author Dr Windsor Holden, "While adspend in the mobile environment is still extremely limited when compared to the budgets allocated to media such as magazines, television, cinema and the Internet, the opportunities it offers -personalized advertising with very high response rates, delivered to a device which is always in close proximity to the individual - will make it an increasingly attractive proposition for leading brands."

Other findings from the Juniper report include:

  • Nearly 1.5 billion mobile users will receive SMS advertising in 2008
  • China and the Far East will remain the largest regional market for mobile adspend throughout the period covered by the report, with revenues rising from $414 million in 2008 to more than $2.1 billion by 2012.
  • Advertisers will refrain from committing significant budgets to mobile until issues such as lack of inventory, reach and common metrics are addressed by operators and content providers

Ultravision, a leading Mexican telecommunications company is expanding their repertoire of broadcasting offerings by adding a digital-tiered broadcasting platform. The new digital head-end platform employing content security solution, Conax CAS7, is being implemented by Conax partner, BroadCAS Inc.

Ultravision currently serves approximately 190,000 customers in 18 cities throughout Mexico over an analog MMDS network.

MMDS, a multichannel multipoint distribution service otherwise called wireless cable, is a wireless telecommunications technology used for general-purpose broadband networking or as an alternative method for cable television programming reception. MMDS is commonly used in, among others, Mexico, the United States and Canada.

"Ultravision chose a conditional access solution from Conax based on its own strict business requirements for security, reliability, scalability, and quality for a broadcasting platform - the primary elements that secure our core business and revenues. Conax CAS7 is a market-proven solution. We are confident Conax will exceed our expectations for reliability, excellent support and quality", says Patricio Zorrilla, Vice president of Ultra Telecom, the group holding Ultravision.

"We are looking to use the success of the Conax CAS7 solution at Ultravision as a benchmark for other MMDS, cable and satellite prospects in Mexico. The sheer number of smart cards and head-ends associated with this project opens up a lot of doors for Conax in the Mexican market. Additionally, the cooperation with our partners for this project has been highly successful", says Charles Little, VP of Sales, Conax North America.

Business benefits of the new solution include the services provided to users, such as basic subscription services, messaging and EPG for over 70 channels. Technical benefits of the new platform are the deployment of master head-end in Puebla with Conax CAS7 conditional access, Data playout, EPG SI and ECM/EMM servers, as well as plans for head-ends at additional locations to be deployed at a later date. The seamless integration of billing services provided by Magnaquest, DCM 9900 from Scientific Atlanta for muxing and grooming, and Arris D5 for scrambling and QAM Modulation, have together created a strong end-to-end solution.

Conax AS, a pioneer in defining the architecture used for conditional access solutions world-wide, is making waves in North America and now positioning itself to capture the North American cable market.

Conax CAS7 conditional access technology for broadcast solutions is a cost effective convergence-friendly platform supporting all networks; cable, satellite, terrestrial, MMDS and IP, and is already proven in 70 countries globally.

Already operating in over 70 countries, Conax further solidifies its position in the market with numerous new broadcasting customers in North America, product development with CableLabs, and several customer projects together with various SMS billing solutions providers such as Magnaquest and Great Lakes Data Systems, Inc.

"In North America, Conax is working closely with CableLabs (www.cablelabs.com), a non-profit research and development consortium, to develop an OpenCable specification-based multi-stream CableCARD for the US market. Conax is currently in the process of setting up a complete OCAP-based digital head-end platform at CableLabs in Louisville, Colorado. The mission is to develop a truly open standards-based, non proprietary, digital head-end platform with full support for DVB Simulcrypt," says Charles Little, VP Sales, Conax North America.

Conax CAS7 offers the content security market a robust, cross-platform solution with unlimited scalability for VOD, PushVOD, IPTV and traditional cable solutions - technology that can be easily integrated with complementary technologies from over 300 suppliers worldwide. Together with strategic partners, the Conax product suite provides an affordable, one-stop, end-to-end solution to the broadcast market, furnishing customers with local expertise and the freedom to select 3rd party technologies in their market.

Operating from three office locations in North America, Conax is focusing on small to medium broadcasters through several partners and is open for opportunities with larger providers, as already proven in other markets world-wide.

"We are confident that broadcasters recognize the benefits of choosing a conditional access solution from a well-established vendor that focuses only on developing state-of-the art content protection. We offer a niche product and are able to provide end-to-end solutions by tapping into our global network of partners," says Mr. Little.

Conax's success world-wide has been based on providing customers with the flexibility to choose their own Head-ends, STBs and conditional access technology. This opens the doors for cable operators in North America to choose their own head-end equipment, their own security platform and most particularly select from the wide choice of open standards- based digital STBs.

"North America is a solutions-oriented market and as such we have focused on delivering end-to- end solutions together with partners offering system design, integration and support, and multiple vendors providing set-tops. The customer benefit is one-stop shopping for all digital solution needs," says Mr. Little.

Vodafone UK and BT have today announced a new managed network solutions agreement that will see BT Wholesale provide and manage high speed connectivity between Vodafone's UK base stations and its core national network. Under the terms of the five-year agreement, BT will deliver a cost-efficient and flexible solution that enables Vodafone UK to manage the predicted growth in traffic and bandwidth requirements from its range of new bandwidth-intensive mobile applications, such as web browsing, video streaming and music downloads, without the need to invest significant capital in self-build technology.

The five-year contract deploys BT's new 21st Century Network-enabled Ethernet service, offering backhaul speeds of up to 60 Mbit/s. The new next-generation, carrier class service provides customers with flexible and scalable bandwidth to meet increased demand, with costs that match actual traffic and revenue increases. This agreement allows Vodafone UK to avoid capital investment risk, while benefiting from the economies of scale and national reach BT Wholesale offers.

"By working with BT Wholesale, we are able to realise immediate cost efficiencies and focus on our customers while BT provides a managed service for our growing access and backhaul needs," said Jeni Mundy, Chief Technology Officer of Vodafone UK. "This agreement supports us in our continued drive to expand our market-leading position in sales of mobile internet and broadband products and services, and positions us to meet growing demand from our customers."

Sally Davis, chief executive of BT Wholesale, said, "Communications providers want to drive revenue growth from new services while closely managing their capital and operational investments. Choosing to outsource the requirement to BT means the customer gets the benefits of scalability, flexibility and our expertise to deliver capacity where and when it's needed, efficiently and profitably. Vodafone and its customers will also benefit from cutting edge Ethernet connectivity on 21CN."

Consumers are increasingly using mobile devices to access and send data such as photos, video and gaming and high speed web browsing.  These high-bandwidth applications put an additional load on backhaul networks. BT is able to manage this access network and flex it to cope with the demands that Vodafone's customers put on it.

TTI Team Telecom, a  supplier of Operations Support Systems to communications service providers, has announced that it has been selected and certified by France Telecom group as the resource and service supervision solution Group Core Component (GCC) standard for the strategic NExT program. TTI Telecom has accordingly become the recommended provider of resource and service supervision solutions for new projects across the entire France Telecom group - present in more than 220 countries and territories, serving over 170 million customers - providing the solution over fixed, mobile and Internet networks, service platforms and IT resources.

TTI Telecom has also announced the successful implementation of two supervision systems within France Telecom over environmental equipment and within Orange France over a 3G network, and is looking forward to additional implementations within France Telecom group.

"We are extremely proud of our selection by France Telecom group after a long, extensive technical evaluation," said Shachar Ebel, CTO of TTI Telecom. "This selection demonstrates our solution's quality, superiority and unique innovative functionality providing powerful and flexible products and solutions to create a competitive edge for our customers in managing their next generation converged networks."

"We found in TTI Telecom a technologically leading solution that will allow us to have a unified system across France Telecom group and yet provide the specific needs for all different affiliates," said Luc Henri Pampagnin, OSS domain manager at France Telecom. "TTI Telecom's solution will enable us to streamline our operations and improve our service quality to our customers."

In addition, TTI Telecom announced the successful implementation of a performance management project within Orange Spain and is looking forward to obtaining a similar certification over the performance management domain.

Subex, a provider of Operations Support Systems (OSS) solutions for communications service providers, has announced that it has won a contract from Fintur Group, a major mobile operator consortium located across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, to deliver Fraud Management solutions across all its group companies. The project is being integrated by Gantek Technologies. Gantek acts as the turnkey solution provider for the whole deployment. The deployments will initially start with Moldcell (Moldova), Geocell (Georgia), Azercell (Azerbaijan) and Kcell (Kazakhstan).

Subex was selected to deploy its Nikira Fraud Management system, a key component of the strategic Revenue Operations Center (ROC), across the four operators, with a further three to follow during the course of the coming months.  The implementation will be done by Gantek who is a leading ICT provider in the region. Subex and Gantek have been partnering together in several projects especially in the Revenue Management domain.

Ms. Olga Pavlic, Head of Customer Relations in Moldcell and Program Manager for the FMS project on behalf of Fintur Group, said, "GSM operators are continuously improving business support systems in order to maintain their edge in a competitive environment. We were impressed with the market feedback we received on the Subex Nikira Fraud Management system. Whilst choosing Subex Nikira Fraud Management Solution, we have found that it provides the best fit for our requirements, ensuring a proven solution amongst GSM operators".

Sudeesh Yezhuvath, COO, Subex Ltd said, "We look forward to working closely with the Fintur Group to deploy the Nikira system across its companies to provide better efficiency for agile operations for a consortium of this size and magnitude."

Selda Bagdat Bahadir, General Manager, Gantek, added: "We are keen to work with Subex over the coming months to deploy the Nikira system across the Fintur group."

Gantek is positioning itself as the technology and solution provider and providing competitive advantages for customers through value added services as their business partner.
 

According to a new report from telecom research firm Berg Insight, more than 100 million mobile subscribers in Europe will use location-based services by 2012. Mapping, navigation and search are believed to become the top applications, followed by social networking and tracking. "All the pieces needed for successful LBS are more or less in place now", said André Malm, telecom analyst, Berg Insight.

"GPS is about to become a standard feature in mass-market handsets which are highly advanced and support third party applications. Many will try and a few players will most likely succeed in creating location-enabled mobile applications that will have the same impact on the mobile industry as MySpace and Facebook had on the Internet."

High adoption rates will however not immediately translate into high revenues. LBS providers are going to have to depend on advertising sales in the same way as other online players. The mobile advertising eco-system is still undeveloped and needs many more years to become mature. "First there must be a critical mass of active users to work with, then someone must create a successful model for reaching out to these individuals via their handsets and after that the mobile media must be embraced by the top spenders in the advertising industry", said André.

MERA Systems announces it has joined forces with Technology Marketing Corporation to launch the VoIP Transit Softswitch Channel as the newest addition to the TMCnet channel program.

The VoIP Transit Softswitch channel promotes VoIP switching platforms and applications, as well as value added and revenue-generating opportunities to carriers globally. The channel also provides industry analysis and facilitated on-line access to MERA trial versions.

The VoIP Softswitch channel can be found at: http://www.tmcnet.com/channels/voip-transit-softswitch/

TMCnet's channels are micro-targeted information portals where readers can find topic-specific news, articles, feature stories and product reviews. TMCnet has over 70 channels covering important topics in the IP Communications, VoIP, IP Telephony, CRM, Call Center and Information Technology industries.

"MERA Systems is pleased to join forces with TMC, the leader of communications and technology media," said Konstantin Nikashov, CEO of MERA Systems. "Taking advantage of TMCnet's credibility and expertise in driving traffic will reinforce our branding and distinguish MERA Systems' position as a leading provider of VoIP softswitches."

"Efficient marketing activities play a key role in taking up a considerable market share and we are excited to work with TMC on strengthening our marketing strategies. We see the VoIP Transit Softswitch channel as our top press priority for fresh company news and new product descriptions," adds Mr. Nikashov.

"TMCnet welcomes MERA Systems' channel to our program," said Dave Rodriguez, vice president of Publications and Conferences at TMC. "They are a well-respected leader in the VoIP switching market that shares our vision in the advancement of new technologies. Our channel program is a community-building vehicle assisting our partners in building their brand, while contributing to the vast array of valuable content which drives traffic to TMCnet, the most-visited communications and technology Web site in the world."

TMCnet is the leading site Web launched by Technology Marketing Corporation for communications and technology professionals.  It is one of the most flexible, useful and fastest growing b-to-b technology sites on the Internet. Providing news, features and commentary covering VoIP, IP communications, CRM, contact center and information technology topics, TMCnet achieved a record breaking 3 million visitors and 30 million page views in July 2007 according to Webtrends.

Prime Carrier, a specialist in the provision of ‘On Demand' solutions for the global telecommunications and media industries, has today announced that, UPC Broadband has selected Prime Carrier's MOST products to support their international call traffic business.

UPC Broadband division is active in 10 countries in Europe offering video, broadband Internet access and telephony services to nearly 10 million customers. UPC Broadband operates cable networks in Western Europe (the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, and Ireland) and Central and Eastern Europe (Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia).

Prime Carrier's MOST products enable organizations to cost-effectively and efficiently manage interconnect trading relationships. Real-time processing of traffic data provides quality, cost and margin information enabling the production of an ‘actual vs. forecast' analysis. This fundamentality reduces costs, improves margins and measures call and carrier quality through a range of metrics.

This solution will be delivered through Prime Carrier's ‘On Demand' hosted environment, thus minimizing the operational & IT impact and accelerating the delivery of the solution's benefits.

"Prime Carrier is delighted to add UPC as the latest addition to over 70 ‘On Demand' hosted Customers worldwide. We are delighted that UPC has seen the significant benefits our software solution can deliver to carrier." stated Geoff Butcher, CEO Prime Carrier. "We believe that benefits of our market leading products are magnified when delivered as an ‘On Demand' hosted service because this significantly reduces implementation timescales and risks, delivers organizations accelerated margin benefits and saves significant manpower. The Real-Time traffic processing functionality provided in the MOST product suite, where UDRs are collected from the network and processed to provide timely quality, cost, quality and margin metrics, gives organizations vital up-to-minute business information to enable them to make much more informed decisions."

The Telekom Austria Group has today announced that its mobile subsidiary, mobilkom austria, is the first mobile provider worldwide to launch a network-based security solution, A1 Internet Security, which can detect and remove viruses before they reach the computer. The service has been jointly realized with the Austrian IKARUS Security Software, a pioneering antivirus software developer.

A1 Internet Security offers a twofold antivirus protection at both the network and computer level. This centrally-managed application is able to detect and block all kinds of viruses, trojans and spyware circulating the net, and constantly adjusts to the evolving threat scenario. When users land on a website affected by viruses, they receive an instant alert from A1, which makes sure they never get in touch with the affected data. In addition to providing antivirus network security, the A1 solution also encompasses a client software for the protection of the computer, which offers a full scan of emails, hard disk and other data carriers on an ongoing basis and, when required, activates the firewall of the Windows operating system. Moreover, automatic and free-of-charge updates, also in case of roaming, guarantee permanent protection against the latest developments in terms of viruses, spyware and trojans.

Hannes Ametsreiter, CMO mobilkom austria and CMO Telekom Austria TA, explains the reasons behind the introduction of A1 Internet Security: "Mobile broadband has become a mass market phenomenon. That's why it is increasingly more important to offer our customers a high degree of security, so that they do not need to actively worry about it and can permanently rely on their provider for their security management."

mobilkom austria  is claimed to be the first  provider worldwide to introduce such a solution into its network. The Institute for Information Science and Economic Informatics of the University of Graz has stated in an independent and comprehensive benchmark study that based on this new network security solution, mobilkom austria's A1 network is not only the best but also the most secure network.

China's ZTE, a provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, has signed a network equipment Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with Vodafone spanning ZTE's complete telecoms infrastructure equipment portfolio. The GFA represents a contract framework that can be used if Vodafone decides to contract ZTE for network equipment in the future.

The agreement builds on agreements previously signed by the two companies making ZTE a Vodafone Qualified Global Supplier in April 2006, and a terminal GFA announced in February 2007.

"As a major global telecoms equipment supplier, ZTE is an important potential network equipment supplier to Vodafone worldwide," said Detlef Schultz, Vodafone Global Supply Chain Management Director. "This GFA ensures that when Vodafone companies want to work with ZTE, the structure is in place to enable that to happen quickly and efficiently for both parties."

"This GFA gives Vodafone companies access to ZTE's comprehensive range of network equipment that covers every possible equipment need for every global mobile communications standard," said Mr Lin Cheng, President of ZTE West Europe. "We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Vodafone as a strategic global partner in the telecoms infrastructure equipment area."

The terminal GFA signed by Vodafone and ZTE in 2007 led to the launch of Vodafone's first ZTE-made ultra low cost handset (ULCH) GSM handset in May 2007. ZTE has now shipped over eight million units of Vodafone branded GSM handsets to over 30 Vodafone operating companies and partner networks worldwide.

Speaking at the 2008 Mobile Internet Conference in Berlin, Professor Barry Smyth, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder of leading mobile personalization company ChangingWorlds, highlighted the necessity of intelligent off portal personalization to ensure the success of the Mobile Internet.

According to Prof. Smyth, "As in the case of 'on-portal' browsing, the promise of open internet browsing on the mobile device, with restricted user interface and limited screen size, also presents significant content discovery and usability challenges for end-users. Off Portal Personalization, that takes account of a users' context, behaviour and content interests, is essential to enhance usability of the Mobile Internet and to ensure the uptake of Mobile Internet data services." 

Throughout his presentation Prof. Smyth concentrated on the challenge of mobile content discovery on the Mobile Internet and the importance of using a highly advanced personalization and mobile subscriber intelligence solution to drive Mobile Internet usage and revenues. Drawing on ChangingWorlds' expertise in this area, Prof. Smyth described how in-depth subscriber intelligence and real, granular personalization is essential in order to deliver Mobile Internet content that is relevant and that closely corresponds with an individual's context and interests.

Prof. Smyth emphasized that off portal personalization enables mobile operators to intelligently personalize the 'invisible' 90% of off-portal content, including content catalogues, content partner sites, networked content applications and freely available Mobile Internet content.

SwissQual, an independent Swiss network quality measurement company, has announced that it's Diversity Network Optimisation and Benchmarking system now supports WiMAX technology. The Diversity platform offers the monitoring and analysis of data, video and voice, including VoIP, services using proven SwissQual voice and video quality algorithms.

Diversity is designed to help service providers identify interference issues and cell site configuration problems enabling a rapid deployment and smooth on going maintenance of the network. More importantly, it can also show a direct comparison of the quality delivered by a new WiMAX network versus that available from existing networks running other technologies.

Said Pero Juric, SwissQual VP of Product Management: "With SwissQual's Diversity platform, WiMAX service providers will not only be able to efficiently roll out a new network, but will also be able to directly see how the service delivered by their WiMAX network compares with the service from existing networks using alternative technologies such as 3G. Diversity can show how the "human centric" quality measures such as service coverage, service drop rates, clarity, download speed and latency vary for different networks based on a wide range of technologies. These measurements are informed by our original research into human perceptions of quality and allow service providers to achieve the optimum balance between network cost and service quality."

SwissQual Diversity is a quality measurement platform that provides simultaneous, end-to-end testing for voice, data and video. It is a highly scalable drive test solution offering network benchmarking, optimization and service monitoring. SwissQual Diversity is already in use with more than 70 customers in 50 countries.

The Diversity test platform provides the ability to test WiMAX data cards, network elements and services from the early stages of development through final operation. This allows design, optimization and quality assurance engineers faster and more cost efficient work. The test types supported include FTP, UDP, HTTP, Video streaming, Email, VoIP call and many others.

    

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