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Nexans, the worldwide specialist in the cable industry, has signed a new two-year frame agreement with AB Stokab, the infrastructure company owned by the City of Stockholm, Sweden. The contract covers the supply of ancillary equipment, such as ODFs (Optical Distribution Frames) to support the installation of optical fibre networks as part of Stokab's project to expand the broadband infrastructure in the Stockholm area. The total value of this project is around 15 million Euros, with Nexans products forming a significant proportion.

Stokab is carrying out a major expansion of Stockholm's FTTX optical fibre infrastructure to enable it to provide high speed broadband to households. Nexans successfully fought off stiff competition to retain its position as Stokab's main supplier of fibre optic installation equipment. The new contract covers products such as pre-assembled ODFs and related components used to construct urban nodes. The existing Nexans contract for optical fibre cables, of the ribbon slotted core type, has also been extended by one year.

Crowned as the intelligent community of the year 2009 by ICF (The Intelligent Community Forum), Stockholm will be equipped with another innovation provided by Stokab. It has created a unique infrastructure in the Stockholm and Lake Mälaren Region, rolling out what is probably the world's largest open fibre optic communication network. Stokab leases fibre connections to its customers, ranging from operators and service providers to companies and public organisations. Even though the geographical coverage in the region is already very extensive, Stokab is constantly expanding and filling in the network in Stockholm. The aim is to reach every household and offer a network connection to all property owners and co-operatives.

Nexans has a long standing relationship with Stokab as a major supplier of optical fibre equipment. Between 2007 and 2009, Nexans supplied installation equipment and optical fibre cables for Stokab's "Allmännyttan" (Public Housing) project, which involved expanding the infrastructure for the City of Stockholm's Housing Service (almost 100,000 flats in total).

"Nexans has consistently met our high quality requirements, and is always very responsive to our requests for new products. Our continuing cooperation guarantees that our network will maintain its world-class status into the future," says Anders Broberg, Communication Director at Stokab.

"We are delighted that Stokab chose Nexans as their partner in this project. Stokab has played an important part in product development at Nexans over the last 15 years," says Stefan Olsson, Country Manager of Nexans Sweden. "Our renewed contract with Stokab further consolidates our close collaboration, and is proof that Stokab appreciates our reliable deliveries and innovative products".

The pre-assembled ODFs and related mechanical components are mainly manufactured at various Nexans plants in Sweden. Some of the subcomponents are manufactured by Nexans partners in Asia. The optical fibre cables are manufactured at the Nexans production facility in Grimsås. The deliveries will start immediately.

Harris Stratex Networks, a provider of wireless solutions for the evolution of next-generation fixed and mobile broadband networks, announced today that its NetBoss XT network management solution will enable Lithuania Railways (LitRail), a passenger and freight transportation in Lithuania, to manage its complete GSM-R network.

Conductors, dispatchers, train engineers and station controllers, can take advantage of the new GSM-R technology for more reliable and secure communication between railway operators. This implementation of GSM-R is the first in the entire Baltic region and will enable LitRail to comply with the European Council (EC) railway standards, while making railway travel faster and safer, says Harris Stratex.

As part of the contract with BELAM, a principal member of the consortium responsible for the LitRail GSM-R rollout, Harris Stratex will provide its state-of-the-art NetBoss XT fault and resource management platform to manage all of the elements in the GSM-R communication system spanning approximately 88% of Lithuania's rail routes. The integrated solution, which includes trouble ticketing, increases the efficiency of railway operators and improves railway safety by providing a single integrated view of the health and status of the network, in addition to automating service desk functions to free up operator's time. LitRail operators will now have real-time visibility and reporting of all the elements including ATCA based MSC, HLR, IN platforms, SGSN, GGSN, IP network, BTS, BSC, voicemail, SDH, Fixed Dispatchers System and Power Supply's allowing operators to convey critical information quickly and clearly.

"Transitioning Lithuania Railways network to GSM-R was a vital step for the company in creating a more efficient and reliable method of communication for railway operators. We selected the Harris Stratex NetBoss XT platform because of its comprehensive GSM-R management capabilities and multi-vendor support, which includes the latest interface protocol technologies," said Kastytis Zilinskas, Director of BELAM telekomunikacijos. "It was important for us to find a product that not only allows for seamless and secure integration with all elements and OSS, but also adheres to the latest standards."

Over 20 different signaling systems currently coexist on railway lines in Europe. Having multiple systems increases the risk of railway breakdowns and extra costs. The goal of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) is to create a single Europe-wide standard for train control and command systems by the end of 2012, which will enhance interoperability across all railways. The two main components of ERTMS are the European Train Control System (ETCS), a standard for on-board train control, and GSM-R, the GSM mobile communications standard for railway usage. The NetBoss XT implementation of GSM-R is the first of its kind in the Baltic region and will accelerate the adoption of ERTMS standards in Lithuania. NetBoss XT will be deployed in a high availability cluster configuration, ensuring availability of critical information.

"The European Council has recognized the need for creating a unified railway system that can span geographical boundaries. We understand how critical it is for railway companies to be able to make this transition without interruption to daily operations. It is important that the new system is easier to use, faster and safer than the previous," said Keith Donahue, VP Global Network Services at Harris Stratex. "We're thrilled that NetBoss XT was chosen as the GSM-R network management to Lithuania Railways and we look forward to continuing our strong history with railroads throughout the world."

This installation is expected to be completed in 2010, and includes the use of various interface types including ASCII, SNMP, OSSI and 3GPP CORBA, which is also part of a key focus of GSM-R networks for Harris Stratex.

Easynet Global Services has today announced major new customer wins with financial services firm Charles Stanley and commercial property company Multi Corporation.

Easynet Global Services' consultancy-led approach and focus on customer services is said to have led to some significant contracts signed in the real estate sector. The industry requires a large amount of mobile and remote working, with a need to connect multiple sites and widely dispersed users.  As part of a 3.2 million euro, three-year contract with Multi Corporation, the leading commercial developer of inner-city retail space, Easynet is supplying MPLS to 50 sites across Europe.  In addition, Multi Corporation is also using Easynet's EtherStream solution to provide flexible, high speed access for employees to IT applications at its different office locations. 

In the financial services industry there is a need for robust security, resilience and quality of service, while the need to streamline operations and make real-time transactions is critical. Easynet Global Services claims to have a strong track record in this sector, and an understanding of the data requirements specific to this industry. As a result, it has secured a five-year contract with Charles Stanley, one of the UK's leading independently owned stock broking and investment management groups. The deal will see the implementation of a Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network solution across 34 sites in the UK, bringing high quality and fast network services with significant cost benefits.

Denis Planat, Chief Operating Officer for Easynet Global Services said: "It has been a challenging year for many businesses and particularly for the financial and commercial property sector.  Now more than ever, companies such as Charles Stanley and Multi Corporation are great examples of how innovative technology can help streamline operations and improve efficiency."  

He continued, "Easynet has been consistently focusing on delivering high quality and services with strong customer engagement.  This has allowed us to grow our business significantly - by 16% - in times where our competitors have major challenges delivering flexibility and innovation".

TM Forum, the world industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, today confirmed that executives Roberto Nobile, COO, Cablevision Argentina, Tom Vari, CIO & SVP, Application Delivery, Rogers Communications, Inc., and Rodrigo Duclos, CTO, Net Serviços, will be featured in an Executive Debate discussing "Where does Cable go Next?" at TM Forum's Management World Americas 2009 (8-10 December, Orlando FL).

Cable leaders including Tony Centi, Senior Director, Comcast, Ala Awad, Director, OSS Enterprise Architecture & Systems Integration, Comcast, Tariq Chowdhury, Principal Architect - Wireless, Comcast, Jeffrey Finkelstein, Director of Access Architecture, Cox Communications, Robert O'Shea, Director, Network Operations, Cox Communications, Ron Iannetta, ATG OSS Architect, Time Warner Cable, will engage the industry on topics such as interactive advertising & personalization, bandwidth management, services-oriented ecosystems, end-to-end services management, managing services with IPDR, and the challenges of managing the combination of femtocells, MVNOs, and cable.

Cable will be a highlight of Forumville, which features five zones showcasing live multi-member Catalyst demonstrations, as well as opportunities to learn how use of TM Forum best practices and standards and programs can improve your bottom line. The Cable kiosk will be in the Digital Media and Advertising zone.

A number of invitation-only events are being held for attending MSOs, including a Service Provider Roundtable on Monday, a Cable Breakfast and Cable Interest Group meeting on Wednesday. MSOs interested in attending should contact ccoffey@tmforum.org.

"We're very encouraged to have so many MSOs from around the world participating in the conference at Management World Americas," said Nik Willetts, vice president of communications, TM Forum. "As competition in the cable market broadens with HDTV and satellite services expanding their reach, the demand for more over-the-top and on-demand services is growing rapidly. The resulting opportunities and challenges will be key discussion points at this year's event."

Derdack, provider of mobile messaging platforms and notification workflow software, today announced that HIS-IZZ Hospitals, a network of four hospitals based in Brussels, has implemented a centralised notification workflow hub using message master Enterprise Alert from Derdack.  This, says Derdack, has automated the management of critical alerts and warnings, resulting in improved business continuity and a lower risk of unexpected business interruption.

Mr. Brocken, Prevention Advisor, HIS-IZZ Hospitals said, "We had a basic paging system in place and could see that message master Enterprise Alert offered a proven solution that provided all of the notification functionality and the centralisation capabilities we were looking for.  It has given us greater control over notifications and reduced the risk of interruption to our business continuity.  We have eliminated the need for staff to carry both pagers and mobile phones.  Together with the low maintenance associated with message master Enterprise Alert, we have also reduced our ongoing monitoring costs."

HIS-IZZ Hospitals' four hospitals use a number of internal monitoring systems.  Previously if an alarm was detected alerts were sent from the monitoring software to pager devices carried by a team of technical staff.  However a 16 character message limit meant that a complex series of codes was used to indicate the nature and source of the alert.

Derdack's integration partner M2MCOM has implemented a pair of message master Enterprise Alert servers each of which acts as a centralised notification hub for two HIS-IZZ Hospitals.  Each server also provides reciprocal backup, and in the event of a problem affecting normal operation all alerts can be seamlessly switched to the other server thus ensuring continual monitoring.

If a critical event is detected, for example a fire alarm is triggered, an email is immediately sent to the message master Enterprise Alert server.  Derdack's software intelligently analyses the content of the email to determine the precise location of the alarm and nature of the problem.  It then creates and sends an SMS message to the technical team that supports the particular building affected by the alert.

message master Enterprise Alert also manages the notification workflow for non-urgent warnings such as where a fire door has been left open or a smoke detector is no longer responding.  Alerts are sent from message master Enterprise Alert via SMS to the relevant technical team responsible for that hospital.

Mr.Brocken, HIS-IZZ Hospitals concluded, "Intelligent translation of the codes contained within the email alerts by message master Enterprise Alert ensures that we are now sending detailed and meaningful information using plain language to the technical team.  The project has been a complete success and we are now investigating connecting other technical systems to the notification hub."

Matthes Derdack, Managing Director of Derdack added, "The strength of message master Enterprise Alert's integration capabilities ensures that additional systems can be connected to the hub with minimal effort thus allowing the hospital to gain maximum benefit from its investment in notification workflow software. Centralisation and consolidation leads to significantly reduced total cost of ownership and ultimately, message master Enterprise Alert is an important element not only for business continuity but for the health and security of the hospital's patients."

According to new research from Informa Telecoms & Media, music subscription services and online storage provide fixed-operators with an opportunity to reduce churn and increase customer loyalty, at a time of intense competition. According to Informa, the decline in broadband prices and increase in bandwidth means that operators need to look beyond the core triple-play offer of telephony, TV and broadband in order to boost revenues and reduce churn in saturated markets. Despite concerns about the health of the music industry in general, music subscription services offer huge potential in terms of reducing churn and increasing stickiness.

Informa Telecoms & Media selected ten service groups, considered to be either the most prevalent services that broadband operators are now offering, or ones in which high levels of interest are being shown. Services were scored against 22 different criteria, based on the benefits that they could bring to an operator and the advantages operators could have in offering the services over other providers.

"It may be surprising that music subscription services are at the top of the list, given the relative lack of success that such ventures have seen to date. However a new wave of subscription services - such as Virgin Media's proposed subscription service, and Telenor's Wimp - are likely to resemble a much more attractive alternative to piracy for consumers. Third party subscription providers will also turn to operators for partnerships, as Spotify has done with Telia in Sweden. Operators are well-positioned to offer these services," comments Giles Cottle, Senior Analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media and author of the ‘Beyond Triple Play: Value added services for broadband operators' report.

"In addition to music subscriptions, online storage represents a major opportunity for operators with many already earning millions of Euros from this service. It could deliver even more value as the next-generation broadband rollouts progress and the service becomes more practical for users," concludes Cottle.

Vyke Communications has announced that Vyke Business, previously Vyke Enterprise, has gone live with an initial roll-out of its VoIP calling service.

The initial phase of Vyke Business is focused on a selected number of corporates and resellers in the UK and Norway and is scheduled for a full launch during December 2009.  The initial phase includes 20 corporates and 10 resellers in the UK and Norway.

Vyke Business builds upon the Company's leading paid mobile VoIP services offering with additional unique products and services, specifically designed for the business community.

Vyke Business provides businesses the opportunity to reduce significantly the cost of calling internationally:

* Free Vyke-to-Vyke calls and texts within a WiFi zone
* Up to 98% savings on international calls from within a WiFi zone
* Up to 95% savings on international calls when outside a WiFi zone
* Up to 95% savings on international SMS, in and out of a WiFi zone

Vyke Business has been designed to support multiple sales channels and sizes of businesses, and will be targeted to both SME's and large businesses through our existing network of distributors and resellers with an initial focus on Western Europe.
Kim Berknov, CEO, commented:

"We are pleased that Vyke Business is now being rolled out for full commercial deployment as it represents a significant opportunity that we intend to pursue aggressively. Vyke Business was specifically designed to enable SME's and other corporates to reduce and manage the costs of international mobile calling. The initial feedback from businesses in the UK and Scandinavia has been very positive and I believe that this has the potential to make a very positive contribution to the Company."

Interxion, a European operator of carrier-neutral data centres, today announced that Telecom Italia Sparkle has extended its relationship with Interxion by locating equipment in the company's recently completed Frankfurt 5 data centre. The company already has a presence in Interxion's Frankfurt 2, Dusseldorf, Brussels, Paris and Vienna data centres.

Telecom Italia Sparkle network continues to expand both in footprint and capacity in order to support its full-fledge, wholesale connectivity services portfolio. Seabone, its Internet backbone, is said to be ranked within the worldwide "Top 10 backbones" and currently supports approximately 12% of the international connectivity needs of the German broadband community. Seabone is now available for more service providers and Web companies that want to experience a 'superior IP transit service'.

Interxion's Frankfurt data centres make up Germany's largest data hub, providing Telecom Italia Sparkle with exceptional opportunities to meet new customers and peering partners. The hub offers direct connectivity to over 150 carriers and Internet Service Providers as well as 80% of the members of DE-CIX, the Frankfurt-based German Internet exchange. The Frankfurt 5 facility can supply up to 30 kW of power per cabinet to meet power requirements for the latest high-density server configurations and features free air cooling as standard to optimise energy efficiency.

"We have grown with Interxion because they provide the high level of availability, scalability and connectivity we need to guarantee the best possible service to our customers," said Pier Giorgio M. Regini, in charge of Vendor Management at Telecom Italia Sparkle. "From the beginning, Interxion has made every effort to meet Telecom Italia Sparkle's challenging and stringent requirements associated with superior quality of service that it is committed to provide to our customers."

"We are extremely pleased that Telecom Italia Sparkle has again expanded in Frankfurt, and we are dedicated to building on our successful relationship with them," said Anthony Foy, Interxion Group MD. "There is currently no other data centre in the region that can provide such high levels of connectivity, power, energy efficiency and service. We are continuously striving to extend and enhance these offerings, not just in Germany but in all 25 of our data centres across Europe." 

In a six year, £60 million telephony transformation contract, Cable&Wireless Worldwide is to take on the management of the entire AXA UK telephony estate.

The estate spans 30 sites around the UK, with 3,000 telephone agents and 12,000 users in total. The managed solution provided by Cable&Wireless is said to deliver a consistent telephony infrastructure, and has the flexibility to apply applications such as multimedia, which allows for the integration of email with telephony for call operators, and workforce management solutions to provide sophisticated forecasting, scheduling and analytics tools that enable effective planning of the agent workforce.

David Hynam, Group Chief Operating Officer, AXA UK, commented: "We recognised that a critical success factor in achieving our overarching corporate goal to redefine standards for customer service would be our communications infrastructure; which is why we have taken the decision to outsource our telephony management to Cable&Wireless Worldwide."

Jim Marsh, Chief Executive Officer, Cable&Wireless Worldwide added: "To AXA, ensuring its customers can phone a call agent and receive a quick and efficient response each and every time is business critical. This is why we have been chosen to run its UK telephony estate. We're providing an end-to-end managed service, which will significantly increase network availability and reliability. Redefining standards is at the heart of AXA UK's strategy, and service is our top priority; the flexible nature of our solutions will ensure AXA UK and its customers will receive the very best service experience."

Telesens International, a European provider of billing systems and end-to-end customized solutions with development center in Ukraine, has signed an outsourcing contract with Bestence GmbH (Germany).

Under the contract, Telesens Int. will provide a team for remote Web portal testing. The portal is said to belong to an unamed telecommunication company.

Director of Telesens Int. Eduard Rubin said that, to get the order, Telesens Int. has a proven, high level of data security, as dealing with any customer data in Germany requires compliance with stringent laws on data protection and advanced confidentiality level for the project.

He also said that the successful implementation of the project has required understanding of the telecommunications business and experience in web application testing, as well as a profound knowledge of German language the portal is made in.

"This is not the first German-language project for our company, and we have used the experience and knowledge accumulated by our engineers in the previous projects for Deutsche Telekom and T-Systems," says Mr. Rubin.

Rubin said that the order marked the start of a long-lasting cooperation between the two companies.

"The project is important for both parties as in the course of it we set up the ways of remote collaboration and communication of several geographically distributed teams. The successful performance of our testing team will gradually result in further transfer of projects on software systems' development and support to Ukraine with significantly lower pre-operation costs and thus even higher efficiency for Bestence," says Mr. Rubin.

Thales, a specialist in information systems and communications security, has announced SafeSign Mobile Authentication which is said to enable strong authentication using a mobile device.

Said to be suitable for many online applications including financial services and government, SafeSign Mobile Authentication provides security against man-in-the-middle attacks, while also giving users the freedom of secure banking anywhere, anytime with the convenience of using their own mobile device.

The solution, developed in partnership with Salt Group, global specialist in the development of high assurance mobile authentication solutions, offers a choice of mobile authentication solutions for secure log on, transaction signing and payment authorisation. Organisations can choose from SMS or Java-based solutions to ensure that the most appropriate level of security is applied to transactions.

SafeSign Mobile Authentication provides users with a more convenient token-based solution for both secure log-on and the signing, verification and authorisation of transaction details. Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong has already adopted the solution for transaction authorisation in its corporate internet banking system, while the State Government of Victoria in Australia has selected SafeSign Mobile Authentication for secure log-on to government services.

According to Thales, mobile authentication is attractive to customers as it represents a more cost-effective security solution since there are no distribution costs. Furthermore, as the solution relies on a ubiquitous device - the mobile telephone - as the secure channel to generate or exchange security information, it is cheaper and simpler than setting up a public key infrastructure or providing and managing specialised tokens.

Ross Oakley, Managing Director of Salt Group, comments, "Seventy per cent of today's global population already carries a mobile phone, so extending its use to authentication and transaction authorisation seems a natural development and one that users should readily accept. With a choice of mobile authentication mechanisms, customers can choose the most appropriate level of security for their business. However, regardless of the token chosen, mobile authentication offers significant operational, cost and deployment benefits while also maintaining the high assurance characteristics associated with more traditional devices."

Franck Greverie, Vice President, Managing Director for the information systems security activities of Thales, adds, "With the addition of mobile authentication, our SafeSign solution supports an unequalled range of contemporary authentication mechanisms from the world's leading providers including specialised tokens, EMV CAP, PKI and smart cards. Financial institutions and governments can deploy a single enterprise authentication hub, supporting various authentication mechanisms geared to the needs and preferences of their customers and to the security requirements of their services.  This single authentication infrastructure results in lower capital and operating costs, improved governance and shorter time to market."

Migration of traditional telephony to Voice over IP (VoIP) is currently top of all network operators' agendas. However, the circuit-switched telephone network cannot be replaced by a packet Next-Generation Network overnight. Keymile has defined five steps that highlight how to make migration to VoIP successful.

Today, many network operators still have circuit-switched telephone networks (TDM networks) in their exchanges. Due to the high level of investment and long periods of depreciation, this technology will still be in operation for some years to come. But in the medium term, a Next-Generation Network (NGN) is inevitable. Circuit-switched networks will be replaced by packet-switched network infrastructures. An NGN is therefore a multi-purpose network that combines all services required by business and residential customers, today and in the foreseeable future. One of the most important benefits for network operators: they will have to administer and operate just one single, instead of several infrastructures. By enhancing operation and maintenance, running costs will decrease.

Key to successful migration of the existing telephone network to VoIP is that the investments made must be protected as far as possible. From the operators' standpoints, this also includes continuing to use the existing copper lines and not having to exchange subscriber equipment like private branch exchange and telephones, at least in the initial phase anyway. Even if there is no standard procedure for handling the demands of each telecommunication supplier, five basic steps do apply:

Step 1: preliminary work on the access network. First of all, in the access network, the public telephone network's infrastructure must be simplified. An IP-Multi-Service Access Node (IP-MSAN) in the access point combines technology for providing telephone and DSL connections. In an IP-MSAN, TDM voice transmission can be easily migrated to VoIP by switching the V5 interface used towards to the core network to packet-based transmission. The basis for VoIP in the core network is then created.

Step 2: VoIP in the core network. The trunk exchanges in the public telephone network's core must be replaced by exchanges for VoIP data (soft switch) and gateways to the previous telephone network. The benefit: the core network can be steadily switched to just a packet network. The periphery of the telephone network, and therefore the local exchanges, remain unaffected.

Step 3: VoIP in the home network. Where broadband access networks already exist, IP-compatible equipment for voice and multimedia data transmission must be installed for the subscribers. A subscriber that uses IP-compatible equipment, or has already connected a conventional telephone to a residential gateway (DSL router with telephony functions), receives just IP access to the telecommunications network. The subscriber can be connected to a DSL Access Multiplexer (DSLAM) or a Multi-Service Access Platform. While the DSLM only processes IP data, a Multi-Service access platform like KEYMILE's MileGate also offers traditional telephony. The advantage to the network operators: they can opt for a straightforward IP network from the access point and still offer the familiar telephony services (to subscribers without broadband access).

Step 4: VoIP in the access network. The local exchanges on the periphery of the public telephone network will also have to be replaced by soft switches and media gateways at the network transmission point. As a result, the packet network, with all its many applications and services such as VoIP, gets one step closer to the customers. The media gateways' primary function is to change the traditional telephony data that has to be transmitted to VoIP.

Step 5: the circuit-switched fixed line network will become superfluous. The last step towards a standard IP-based infrastructure, from the individual subscribers via the access to the core network, will be to replace the remaining circuit-switched equipment. For example, the remaining subscriber equipment for circuit-switched telephony will be swapped for equipment that supports packet services. The aim is to replace out-of-date systems as soon as they have reached the end of their useful lives.

"The circuit-switched telephone network will not be replaced by VoIP overnight. Therefore, an IP-based Multi-Service access platform such as MileGate from Keymile will be required in the access network that supports both worlds - the traditional telephony and the VoIP one", explains Klaus Pollak, Head of Consulting and Projects at Keymile in Hanover. "Network operators are gradually replacing out-of-date telephone network equipment by new VoIP components and migrating the access platform step by step. This includes gateways that support both V5 and VoIP and consequently enable easy implementation of the subscriber technology to VoIP. It is important that the switch is made progressively and without impacting ongoing operations".

TM Forum, the world industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, today announced that the growing risks of Cyber Security  will be addressed through a dedicated Security Management  conference session, at the Forum's 10th annual Management World Americas  conference next month (8-10 December, Orlando FL). 

Forming part of the new  Defense Spotlight at Management World Americas, Manuel Hermosilla (DISA DISN OSS) will lead a session entitled  "High Level Security Management for Defense" - which will focus on critical strategies to beat the growing threat of cyber security.  The conference session will include interactive presentations and discussions from an impressive line-up of leading figures in the defense industry including: 

  • Larry Huffman (DISA GIG Ops) - High Level Security Management Policy
  • LtCol Joe Wolfkeil (Air Force/NSA) - Data Models for Network Defense
  • Henry Sienkeiwicz (DISA CSD) - The Changing Nature of Data Center Security

TM Forum's Security Management Initiative, lead by Bob Natale of MITRE, will deliver a whitepaper on Cyber Security which proposes a clear way forward for incorporating Security Management topics into the TM Forum collaborative projects and programs as a first step.

Cyberspace is the operating domain realized most prominently over communications networks, the services they enable, and the data conveyed by those services is now a nearly universal mandate across the globe.

The need to secure "cyberspace" is absolutely vital to our everyday lives and for doing business, but takes on even more importance when we are talking about the security of a nation.

With growing dependence on information technology and increasing threats against it, President Barack Obama declared October to be National Cybersecurity Month. The U.S. Defense Department is one of the largest computer users in the world, and security has to be in the forefront of all users no matter what computer you use, officials say.

New and existing Communications Services Providers, applications developers, and solution integrators recognize their expanding responsibility to implement best practices in all aspects of network and data security. These organizations, which are looking at new profitable business models such as Cloud- based services, need to understand cyber security and its ramifications.

"The  ongoing protection of cyberspace is now seen as a critical global issue as our dependence on IT continues to rise," said Martin Creaner, President and COO TM Forum. "Through our Defense Industry Group we are continually looking at the issue of security management and cyber security, and our Defense Industry Spotlight at Management World Americas will provide the perfect opportunity engage with industry leaders and find out how the industry is collaborating through the TM Forum to protect cyberspace."
 

Ericsson engaged Iometrix to test and validate the power consumption of its SM 480 Metro Ethernet Service Transport platform and its SmartEdge® 1200 Multi-Service Edge Router with fully configured services and traffic loads to reproduce conditions of use typical of an operational network.

This series of lab tests assesses power consumption under simulated operational conditions and levels of service delivery and provides strong evidence that energy efficient design can significantly impact the amount of energy required to support large numbers of subscribers in highly scaled networking environments.

    

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