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XConnect, a specialist in neutral Voice over IP (VoIP) and Next Generation Network (NGN) interconnection and registry services, today announced it has entered into an agreement with the GSM Association (GSMA) to enable interoperability between XConnect's ENUM Registry Services and the GSMA's PathFinder number translation service operated by Neustar.

Claimed to be an industry first, the agreement allows XConnect customers to query PathFinder for call routing information and also to allow their numbers to be published to the GSMA Carrier ENUM community. XConnect's new SuperQuery feature is said to be completely transparent and seamless for end users.

"Our agreement with the GSMA regarding its PathFinder service initiative reflects our strategy and the widely anticipated trend toward registry interoperability - and through that, universal routing of IP-based services," said Eli Katz, CEO and founder of XConnect. "With one query to the XConnect registry, service providers now have the opportunity to launch and provision rich voice and data services between fixed and mobile networks."

"The GSMA is delighted to be working with XConnect to provide customers with the ability to enable PathFinder queries via XConnect's Carrier ENUM registry," said Adrian Dodd, chief engineer at the GSMA. "This is another step forward in unlocking the revenue potential of IP-based networks by enabling them to deliver new rich and convergent services to businesses and consumers quickly and efficiently, regardless of their network or device type."

By enabling PathFinder queries via XConnect, service providers will simplify the querying, routing and interoperability process and eliminate the need for separate, complex commercial and technical agreements.

XConnect's SuperQuery feature is available as an option to XConnect customers through existing federation-based interconnection services - Global Alliance and National Federations, including the market-leading federations in the Netherlands and South Korea.

XConnect enables service providers to simplify the interconnect process and enable the deployment of revenue-generating, IP-based multimedia services across networks by more efficiently routing calls to their subscribers via ENUM registry queries. This allows service providers to leverage their number assets as they migrate away from expensive legacy SS7/C7 routing. The agreement with the GSMA extends the number of IP endpoints that can be reached by customers of both partners.

Launched in November 2008 by the GSMA and operated by Neustar, the GSMA's PathFinder service initiative is based on Carrier ENUM technology and acts as a central directory where operators can share mobile and fixed-line addresses to enable accurate and cost-effective routing of packet voice, instant messaging, multimedia services, email and video. The PathFinder service is available to mobile and fixed service providers as well as the full value chain including carriers, IPXs, hubs, ISPs, content providers and application providers. In addition, the GSMA's PathFinder initiative also encompasses an Industry Partner Programme, which is designed to ensure that next-generation infrastructure vendors around the globe have an industry vehicle with which to verify interoperability with ENUM-based routing.

Company TTK today announced the completion of a project with Delta Telecom, one of the biggest internet providers in Azerbaijan, which saw it upgrade the company's IP bandwidth access to the global Internet to 2.5Gbps. 

In a separate project, the two companies are in the final stages of construction of a10Gbps DWDM interconnection node between their two networks, which will offer greater opportunity for the international business community to access this growing CIS market.

"We are actively involved in ICT and broadband development all over Azerbaijani territory, including many distant and difficult-to-access mountainous areas.  To do this, we are increasing our co-operation and partnerships with major operators from neighbouring countries to satisfy ever-increasing customer demand for telecommunication services," said Delta Telecom CEO Ramzan Valiev. 

"Our work with TTK is a key element of this expansion strategy, and TTK has proved itself to be a valuable and flexible partner, able to respond quickly to the challenges posed by the Azerbaijani regional telecommunications market, and to provide 360-degree service and support."

"The Caspian region, central Asia and the Middle East countries play an important part in TTK's international plans," explained TTK's Valery Rostokin, VP for International Sales.  "We are systematically stepping-up our operations as the leading regional supplier of international IP-bandwidth and leased capacity, as well as voice traffic termination."

"Local economies, particularly that of Azerbaijan, are maintaining their high growth rates in the face of the global financial crisis, and this growth is closely linked to the implementation of major infrastructure projects in the energy, transportation and telecommunications industries where our partner Delta Telecom is active."

TTK and Delta Telecom have a two-year history of co-operation in infrastructure build-out and international voice and data traffic routing.  In August 2008, TTK began provisioning IP Access services along the Russo-Azerbaijani border at the Samu-Yaloma trans-border interconnection node.  Simultaneously, talks are underway to secure transit capacity that will allow TTK to access the countries of the Middle East via secure, redundant and speedy terrestrial networks.

A new analysis from Juniper Research of the NFC opportunity forecasts that the application of NFC as a mobile retail marketing tool via coupons and smart posters will support the growth of NFC mobile payment transaction values from $8bn in 2009 to $30bn within three years. 

Such is the excitement about the potential of NFC, says Juniper, vendors are developing and launching a variety of interim solutions such as stickers and SD cards to get NFC to market faster on existing phones rather than new NFC enabled phones.

NFC report author Howard Wilcox stated: "Many people focus on the use of NFC for payments but in fact it is poised to revolutionise the way many people shop too. The ability to tap smart posters and receive coupons and product information also presents new channels to market for merchants. Whilst vendors see widespread availability of NFC phones in future, the jury is out as whether interim solutions will attract users or actually have a detrimental effect."

Further findings from the NFC research include:
      

       • First NFC devices will be shipped commercially later in 2009 and the market will ramp up from 2011. 

       * NFC/Felica payments are already established in Japan but by 2014 North America and Western Europe will be experiencing high growth.

       • By 2012, NFC global gross transaction value will exceed $30bn.

 

The Juniper Research report examines the opportunities available in both the mobile payments market and the mobile retail market (smart posters and coupons), as well as newly emerging interim solutions such as stickers & SD cards. This report features detailed six year forecasts across eight regions of the world, for shipments of NFC enabled devices and interim NFC solutions, NFC devices in use for payments, transactions traffic, NFC transaction value and coupons and smart poster ARPU until 2014.

Juniper Research conducted primary research interviews with CxO level management from key industry players.

Rajeev Suri named as successor
 
Nokia Siemens Networks has appointed Rajeev Suri (pictured) as Chief Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2009. Suri succeeds Simon Beresford-Wylie, who will support Suri during a transition period through November 1, 2009 before leaving the company. Beresford-Wylie will leave the Nokia Group Executive Board as of September 30, 2009. Suri will be based at Nokia Siemens Networks' headquarters in Espoo, Finland.
 
"I am extremely pleased to announce Rajeev's appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Nokia Siemens Networks," said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, Nokia CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia Siemens Networks. "We began a comprehensive succession process when Simon shared his desire to depart at the appropriate time. That process has made it clear that Rajeev brings the right values, experience and industry expertise to take Nokia Siemens Networks forward."
 
Suri, who currently leads the Services business of Nokia Siemens Networks, brings 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Previous positions have included leading the Asia-Pacific region during a time of significant growth in both product and service sales; overseeing teams for important customers such as Hutchison; and managing products, such as the early cellular transmission portfolio of Nokia. In previous roles, he has been based in various locations including India, Finland, the United Kingdom, West Africa and Singapore. Suri, 41, is an Indian citizen and is married with two children.
 
"I would also like to thank Simon for his many contributions to Nokia Siemens Networks and to Nokia before that," said Kallasvuo. "I respect his decision to pursue opportunities in a new industry after 27 years in the telecommunications infrastructure sector. He leaves a remarkable legacy as the architect of Nokia Siemens Networks and as a close friend."
 
Beresford-Wylie joined Nokia in 1998 and held several positions in Asia and Europe before his appointment to head Nokia's infrastructure business group in February 2005. He was one of the leading drivers behind the creation of Nokia Siemens Networks and assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer of the company when it commenced operations on April 1, 2007. He has been a member of the Nokia Group Executive Board since 2005.
 
"Simon leaves with our deep appreciation for completing the successful integration of Nokia Siemens Networks," said Rudi Lamprecht, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia Siemens Networks. "Rajeev takes on the role of CEO as a proven leader who has most recently demonstrated his abilities with the transformation of Nokia Siemens Networks' Services business. His deep experience in customer-facing and product-related roles makes him an ideal leader for the company."

The broadcast and electronic media industry is turning its attention to IBC2009, looking forward to a lively and successful event. IBC is the world's most important industry meeting place, combining a comprehensive exhibition, thought leadership in its conference and unrivalled networking opportunities. IBC2009 is set to be no exception.

"After the financial challenges of the last year, now is definitely the time to invest in the knowledge that will help you run your businesses better in the future," said Michael Crimp, IBC's chief operating officer. "IBC is still the best place to make that investment in knowledge, and, with advance visitor registrations looking good, I believe that we will see a strong attendance from those organisations who are ready to break out of the recession and move forward."

The exhibition will welcome more than 1000 exhibitors, including more than 100 companies who have never appeared at IBC before, filling 12 halls plus outdoor exhibits. The new conference structure tackles three key issues: advances in technology, creative innovation and the business of broadcasting. Keynote addresses will come from some of the world's leading authorities including Rory Sutherland of Ogilvy Group, Gary Morse of 20th Century Fox, Arnaud Simon from Eurosport and Marty Pompadur, late of News Corp, who has recently founded a new consultancy.

Innovations this year include the Production Village (Hall 9), which combines unrivalled opportunities to compare cameras, free technical and production training, demonstrations and a networking bar. The IBC Big Screen once more presents the state of the art in digital cinema and stereoscopic 3D presentation, including the chance to enjoy a couple of movies such as Monsters Vs Aliens in 3D (courtesy of Dreamworks animation).

The IBC conference runs from 10 to 14 September, the exhibition from 11 to 15 September, at the RAI in Amsterdam. http://www.ibc.org/.

 

 

 

A survey by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has found there are now 39 LTE network commitments worldwide. This is an increase of 50% compared to a similar survey undertaken by GSA in March 2009.

LTE standardization is complete and approved by 3GPP within Release 8, and is the basis for initial LTE deployments worldwide. The LTE standard supports both FDD and TDD modes with the same specification and hardware components.

The Evolution to LTE Information Paper published by GSA on August 26, 2009
confirms:

  • 39 LTE network commitments in 19 countries
  • 14 LTE networks anticipated to be in service by end 2010
  • 31 LTE networks anticipated to be in service by end 2012

Harris Stratex Networks has  introduced what it said is a unique synchronisation feature for its Eclipse Packet Node high-speed IP wireless backhaul platform. This new feature enables operators to cross the ‘sync divide’ by providing a key component for the efficient migration of existing TDM infrastructure to an all-IP transport network.

The patent-pending Distributed Sync will be supported by a new plug-in network sync module for the Eclipse Packet Node intelligent nodal indoor unit. Distributed Sync offers a smooth synchronisation migration path for operators planning to evolve their transport network to all-IP, enabling them to introduce all-packet transport, while at the same time maintaining the comfort, reliability and security of their proven TDM-based synchronisation.

Distributed Sync complements standards-based solutions such as Synchronous Ethernet or IEEE 1588v2, and enables operators to delay moving to these IP-based schemes until after their network migration to IP transport is well progressed or complete. Distributed Sync offers a standard, primary reference clock traceable for 2.048/1.544 MHz clock output at the base station over a multi-hop, nodal backhaul network without having to use valuable payload capacity, even in an all-IP environment where no TDM transport capability is available.

“This new distributed timing capability will be of significant interest to operators who are looking for a solution to their network synchronisation challenges as they start to introduce Ethernet transport in the backhaul,” said Paul Kennard, Harris Stratex chief technology officer. “Unlike other solutions currently being considered, Distributed Sync will enable operators to take a low-risk evolutionary approach to network timing.”

Harris Stratex’ Eclipse Packet Node solution, featuring the new Distributed Sync feature, will be part of the multi-vendor Carrier Ethernet Interoperability test being conducted by the European Advanced Networking Test Centre (EANTC) in Berlin  from Aug. 24 – Sept. 4, 2009. It also will be part of the Multi-Vendor Interoperability showcase at the IIR Carrier Ethernet World Congress in Berlin, Sept. 22–24, 2009.

Harris Stratex introduced the Eclipse Packet Node product earlier this year Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.


When it comes to managed services for mobile operators, Europe leads the world’s most active regions this year. ABI Research forecasts indicate that the European managed mobile services market will total nearly $9 billion in 2009. The Asia-Pacific region follows a distant second, with a market size of about $5.7 billion. Total managed services revenue for 2009 is forecast to reach $22.2 billion.
 
“Just a few large companies account for the lion’s share of the network-related managed services market,” says senior analyst Nadine Manjaro. “Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent are the leaders in this space with both vendors recently announcing new managed services contracts and agreements. Among them: Ericsson’s $5 billion contract with Sprint – the first major penetration in North America. The company also signed a seven-year contract with Vodafone UK.”
 
In 2008 Alcatel-Lucent concluded a three-year managed services deal with Saudi mobile operator Mobily.
 
Nokia Siemens ranks third in the world in terms of market share, and recently announced managed services contracts with the Brazilian operator Oi valued at $1.57 billion.
 
Meanwhile the major managed services providers are working to extend their IT capabilities through partnerships or on their own; Alcatel-Lucent, for example, has established a global alliance with HP. The company also entered a managed service joint venture with Bharti Airtel in India.
 
ABI Research's study “Managed Services for Mobile Operators” addresses the global market for managed services and provides regional breakdowns of each market, including global data, market share data and regional managed services data

Nortel and LG Electronics say they have demonstrated the world’s first 3GPP standards compliant active handover of a data transmission between a LTE network and a CDMA network. The demonstration showed that online activities like video downloads, web surfing, and VoIP calls can be maintained when a mobile data user moves between LTE and CDMA coverage zones.

 Nortel’s CDMA business and LTE Access assets are the subject of an asset sale agreement with Ericsson, set to close in the fall of 2009.

LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications, has contributed to this demonstration by developing its CDMA/LTE device, the M13. LG has focused on developing CDMA/LTE devices and equipment since 2006 to drive the next generation of mobile technology, and achieved prominence by unveiling the world’s first modem chipset for 4G LTE devices in December 2008.

Operators around the world are preparing to launch LTE with major deployments expected as early as 2010. Initial LTE networks will co-exist with today’s CDMA networks until, over time, they expand to provide wide scale 4G mobile broadband coverage. Inter-technology handover allows mobile users to move between a LTE and a CDMA network without losing their data connectivity. This means that operators can run these networks concurrently without impacting services. This will help to ensure that users have full network coverage while taking advantage of LTE speeds, wherever initially available.

“Nortel innovation will help CDMA operators enjoy a smooth migration to LTE,” said Larry Murat, vice president of LTE R&D, Nortel. “Although CDMA networks will remain the primary networks for many years to come, LTE will become a key piece of the networking puzzle as early as next year. With interoperability between LTE and CDMA networks on a single device, Nortel and LG are enabling operators to provide their subscribers with the speed of LTE wherever it is available backed up by the far-reaching reliability of CDMA. This is important to operators who want to provide robust and consistent service throughout their evolutions to 4G.”

“The 2010 LTE commercial launch for CDMA operators represents a milestone. LG’s new M13 terminal technology is the key to enabling CDMA network operators an incremental LTE network deployment over a national CDMA network,” said In-Kyung Kim, vice president of 4G Development, LG Electronics. The test by Nortel and LG Electronics successfully demonstrates standards-compliant CDMA-LTE interworking. This enables idle mode handover between CDMA and LTE, and active mode handover from LTE to CDMA leveraging device assisted, network controlled functionality. The demonstration was conducted over 700MHz spectrum using Nortel CDMA Evolved High-Rate Packet Data (eHRPD) 1xEV-DO and Nortel Long Term Evolution (LTE) solution with LG Electronics’ dual-mode CDMA-LTE M13 terminal. The M13 terminal is a test device created with commercial grade components that will form the basis for a consumer device which is expected to be available in 2010.

The handover between LTE to CDMA networks was completed in a Live-Air Drive Test at Nortel’s Research and Development centre in Ottawa, Canada.

Provides updated customer coverage maps 

Vodafone UK has said it will enhance its HSPA network  to 14.4Mbps where it sees areas of highest demand across the UK.
 
"Sites with the greatest demand will be upgraded first with the 14.4Mbps capability. Busy areas of London, Birmingham and Liverpool have already received upgraded sites and the roll out will continue across the UK on an ongoing basis," a statement from the operator said.
 
The operator also said that over 80% of all Vodafone datacards/dongles and 3G handsets are compatible with the 14.4 Mbps service.
 
“Customers trust us to deliver a mobile network that they can rely on – wherever they are and whether they are individuals, or a small, medium or large business,” says Jeni Mundy, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone UK. “Today’s network upgrade means customers can be reassured we’re consistently enhancing the quality of our network in response to demand.”
 
Customers’ average speeds will vary depending on the strength of signal they have and the number of people using the same cell site. Whilst 14.4 Mbps is the theoretical peak rate, customers can expect to see typical speeds of anything between 1 and 4 Mbps with a practical maximum speed of 10.8 Mbps.
 
Vodafone UK has also made changed its online Mobile Broadband coverage viewer. Customers will be able to see both indoor and outdoor coverage; typical industry coverage maps just display outdoor coverage. The coverage maps will be updated weekly and also show planned coverage improvements within a 12 month window. In addition, there is a feedback tool to allow customers to directly feed into Vodafone’s future coverage plans.
 
Last month (July) Vodafone UK introduced is femtocell product, the Vodafone Access Gateway. Later this year Vodafone UK will add additional devices to its Mobile Broadband portfolio which are designed to maximise the benefits of 14.4 Mbps and future Mobile Broadband network enhancements.
 
The emphasis on coverage suggests that Vodafone still thinks that it is an important factor in customer retention and attraction. Showing the level of indoor coverage will also help some users see where the femtocell product might be of use.

 

The Kudelski Group, a provider of media content protection and value-added service technology, has announced its half year 2009 results. During this period, the Group said it started to reap the fruits of the migration of a significant share of its digital TV conditional access deployed base to the service model. In 2008, the Group delivered over 25 million new generation upgrade smartcards to key operators including Dish (Echostar), Bell and Sogecable. In the first months of this year, the migration was completed. Moreover, since June of this year, the cards deployed at Echostar started to yield the full monthly service fee.

With the completion of the transition to the service model, the Digital TV division has materially improved its operating profitability in this first half and is expected to further recover in the second half. Together with a strong resilience of our Public Access division and with substantially stable economics in Middleware and Advertising, this results in a growing revenue base and a material improvement of the Group operating profit.

Total revenues and other operating income are 7% higher than in the first half of 2008, reaching CHF 454 million. The “Margin after cost of material” (a pro forma non-IFRS item) is CHF 18.2 million higher, due to new agreements with strategic partners. With an operating income of CHF 8.5 million, the Group reversed the loss of last year’s period, improving its operating margin by CHF 27 million. Compared to the same period of last year, personnel expenses grew by CHF 8.3 million reaching CHF 185.2 million, while net income for the first half year was marginally positive at CHF 0.5 million

Digital TV Momentum

The Digital TV segment generated sales of CHF 301.3 million, delivering a strong 12.2%, growth rate. Profitability recovered with operating profit improving by CHF 33.2 million to reach CHF 20.9 million.

European net sales increased by 7.9% to CHF 168 million. Among the highlights of this first half, the Group Italian business did particularly well, both due to a strong growth of Mediaset Premium cards as well as increasing sales of SmarDTV Common Interface modules. Furthermore, Canal+ and TVCabo experienced high double digit growth rates compared to the same period of last year.

American net sales soared with a plus of 42.7%, as the final delivery of upgrade smart cards at Echostar more than compensated slower sales in Latin America.

Asian sales declined by 12.9% reaching CHF 43.6 million, as some large operators slowed down investments in new operations and for subscriber acquisition due to the economic downturn.

Public access

While the economic downturn affected the Public Access business, the impact was restricted, as the decline of net sales was limited to CHF 4.2 million and operating income was down CHF 3.2 million. The careful management of the Division’s cost base was the key driver enabling the satisfying profitability development.

Public Access performed particularly well in Europe, with sales increasing by 2.1% compared to the first half 2008, while extra-European sales declined to an absolute level comparable to the first half 2007’s.

In light of the customary seasonality of this business, Public Access is well in line to maintain a satisfactory profitability for the full year.

The Middleware and Advertising top line growth for the first half was at 1.3%, with net sales reaching CHF 65.4 million. Asia/Pacific and Africa were the largest sales contributor at CHF 23.4 million, representing a strong growth of 22.6% compared to the first half 2008. On the other hand, both Europe and Americas were down by close to 8% compared to the previous half year, reflecting a slow down in set-top box shipments observed at selected customers.

Middleware and Advertising segment contribution is regressing compared to the first half of last year, with an operating income at CHF 5.4 million, representing a decline of CHF 1.9 million compared to the first half 2008.

During the first half of 2009, the Digital TV division has continued to win new contracts in both traditional and new business areas. In addition to the already announced contracts, the following deals are communicated in this press release:


Nagravision expands set-top box integration and certification program to insure multiple HD+ set-top boxes availability at commercial launch. Nagravision proven retail model combines smart cards with set-top boxes for pre-paid viewing. HD+ is a subsidiary of the satellite operator SES ASTRA, the leading direct-to-home (DTH) system in Europe. HD+ is a new and additional program offerings in HD via satellite for the German market bringing attractive TV offerings in high-resolution. The first commercial channels to be carried by the HD+ service are RTL and VOX, which will start to broadcast their HD programmes in autumn this year. In January 2010, the channels Sat.1, ProSieben and Kabel eins will follow.

Nagravision has consolidated its clear conditional access solutions leadership in Spain by having been selected by Abertis Telecom - the leading technology operator in Spain offering PayTV retail services to broadcasters – to protect its “TDT Premium” white brand horizontal retail platform. Nagravision delivered for Abertis Telecom an end-to-end ecosystem ensuring a retail market of devices (STBs, iDTVs and CAMs) closely collaborating with leading manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, Philips, Panasonic, Vestel, Pace, Sagem, Siemens-Gigaset, Zinwell, ADB and more.

Through a competitive tendering process Nagravision has been selected as Vietnam Satellite Digital Television’s (VSTV) sole provider of conditional access technology. VSTV is a joint venture between the Canal+ Group and Vietnam Cable Television, a subsidiary of Vietnam’s public service broadcaster VTV, which aims to bring satellite pay television to Vietnam

DISH Mexico, a partnership between Telmex, MVS and Echostar, has launched end of 2008 a satellite offering in 15 cities of Mexico using NAGRA Media ACCESS. In July this year, DISH Mexico reached 530.000 subscribers expecting to double its current subscriber base by year end.

Several additional contracts were signed in the first half of the year:
                      
In Panama, American Movil selected NAGRA Media ACCESS to protect their 6th deployment in the region
Claro Puerto Rico DTH will launch this year a NAGRA Media DTT end-to-end solution including conditional access, middleware and DVRs
Oi Brazil a major Brazilian telecommunications company selected NAGRA Media DTH solution for its DTH platform
Cable Magico Peru will deploy more than 100 000  STBs with NAGRA Media Livewire OS ecosystem to address the growing need of providing cost effective solutions for cable subscribers
Brazil second largest telecommunications company, Embratel, is deploying NAGRA Media ACCESS solution to secure the content and provide access to over 100’000 subscribers over its DTH platform
In the US, Globecast has launched NAGRA Media Livewire OS for their new STB
 
TV 2.0:
Nagravision will disclose at the  IBC 2009 (September 10-14, 2009) its new NAGRA Media widget publishing platform. A widget is a smart, intuitive, easy-to-use software application that lets consumers play with graphics and information online. It creates a targeted and familiar environment with recommendation of relevant data for users. Delivering personalised services to the users increases the usage rate which translates to direct revenue, ads revenue, cross selling opportunities for the operator. Embracing widgets as the starting point for Internet-enabled TVs allows operators to attract new subscribers, retain existing ones, and utilize Internet social networks and content for viral promotions. The platform allows operators to jointly develop with content partners, advanced Widgets services in relation to live or on-demand content for pay TV subscribers. Additionally, operators can incorporate Internet ad serving services to complement traditional broadcast media revenues. 

With the completion of the migration of over 30 million active devices to the service model early this year, the profitability of the our Digital TV division has started to recover during the first half of 2009. In the second half-year, the division’s operating performance will further improve, as it will fully benefit from the revenues generated  by the installed base of cards / devices in the service model.

OUTLOOK
The Public Access and the Middleware and Advertising divisions have shown an overall bottom line stability in this first half, with a performance substantially in line with the previous year. While we do not anticipate a short-term reversion to historical market growth rates, we expect both divisions to maintain their respective momentum in this second half.

In spite of the slower than expected top line development in some areas, the successful management of the mass transition to the service model and the tight control over the Group cost base result in an improvement of the operating income outlook for the full year.
 
As announced on February 27, 2009, the management guidance for total revenues remains between CHF 1.07 billion and 1.1 billion, while the operating profit is reviewed upwards between CHF 60 million and 70 million.

3Com has announced the implementation of a complete network infrastructure which has allowed the States of Jersey to save money and boost the efficiency of its services.  The island's hospitals, schools, police, fire and rescue services are now connected by a reliable, resilient, cost-effective communications system which reduces costs, increases employee productivity, and accommodates future growth.

The end-to-end 3Com network is based around dual 3Com Switch 8800s at the core and a distribution layer of 3Com Switch 5500Gs with enhanced QoS to support two 3Com VCX V7000 IP Telephony solutions.  These dual redundant carrier-class IP telephony solutions provide non-stop telephony services.  One is located in Cyril Le Marquand House, which has taken on the role of "one-stop-shop" for everything from IT to judiciary and taxation, and the other in St Helier General Hospital, which has the largest voice and data requirements.  The 3Com VCX VoIP systems connect seamlessly to the 3Com Gigabit network infrastructure, which supports email, web access and shared applications, and to five 3Com NBX 100 IP telephony platforms, which deliver premium quality voice services to the island's library and schools. 

"We were primarily looking for value for money when we began this project," says Paul Carpenter, Senior Manager of the Business Support Group in the Chief Minister's Department, States of Jersey's Information Services. "I would judge the project to have been very technically demanding, but overall an outstanding success that has met all our objectives and enabled us to exceed our financial aims."

Telephony costs have been cut by $1.5m per year by reducing line leases, equipment servicing and replacement, and charges for long-distance and inter-departmental calls.  The scalable, expandable 3Com solution also allows for future growth and the addition of new technologies such as wireless and audio/video conferencing.

3Com Global Services provided project management, system design and implementation training and support throughout the project.  Another key to success was the excellent technical and engineering support and project management provided by specialist local partner Jersey Telecom.

In a new Insights Business Intelligence Report, "Winning in a Shrinking World: Seizing the Opportunities," TM Forum revealed today that Communications Service Providers (CSPs) implemented cost reduction measures early and are now producing positive revenue growth. Total revenue growth ranges from slightly negative to double-digit positive depending on market and region, with Developing and Emerging Markets outperforming the Developed Markets, says the report.

Available today, TM Forum's new business intelligence report analyzes revenue growth by region and steps to assure successful completion of transformation initiatives. It combines Analysys Mason's 2008 through 2012 revenue growth expectations with TM Forum's Q1 2009 year-to-year performance data.

The analysis concludes that the Developed Markets of North America, Western Europe, and Asia/Pacific have the softest performance. Some negative growth was seen for the recent 12-month period, but the majority of the Developed Market is delivering flat to low double-digit growth. On the other hand, Developing and Emerging Markets show stronger overall performance with total revenue growth averaging 10-20%.

The Business Intelligence report concludes that:

  • The economic downturn is real
  • Cost reduction is a primary driver
  • Strategic initiatives continue
  • Hot services are still hot.

"Successful CSPs are focusing on how they can turn the current economic malaise to their advantage," said Martin Creaner, president and COO, TM Forum. "Playing it safe by just cutting costs will miss today's and tomorrow's opportunities. The winners will be the companies that combine fiscal caution with focused aggression along a strategic path."

"Most services are growing in alignment with our earlier forecasts, but some are exceeding expectations," added Tonia Graham, TM Forum Business Benchmarking program manager. "Strategies that include investment in growth services or expansion into high growth regions will be positioned to succeed as the economic climate turns positive."

"Winning in a Shrinking World: Seizing the Opportunities" is the latest in a series of TM Forum Insights Business Intelligence reports, exclusively available to the Forum's membership of more than 700 companies, addressing strategic Service Provider issues. TM Forum members can download the report now at http://www.tmforum.org/ResearchPublications/Summer2009Insights/7713/Home.html

Advanced Digital Broadcast, a leading supplier of technology to the global digital television industry, announced today the launch of an interactive digital satellite set-top box, the i-CAN1110SH designed for the Italian Tivù Sat offering. The product, marketed under the i-CAN brand, will be distributed in retail outlets throughout the country via ADB's distribution partner ZAP. This will be ADB's first satellite product deployed in Italy.

Tivù Sat is a free-to-air satellite service, and is jointly owned by the Italian broadcasters RAI, Mediaset and Telecom Italia Media. The objective of the joint venture is to reflect or the current digital terrestrial free channel offering over satellite (Hot Bird 13° East). Hence, households unable to receive DTT signals will obtain the same channels via satellite. The Tivù Sat service, which launched on July 31st last, has its own dedicated Tivù Sat digital set-top box which can be purchased in retail outlets. The service is also offering added-value services such as Electronic Programme Guide and MHP interactivity.

"This is a very exciting time for us at Tivù Sat and we are happy that ADB is part of this adventure", comments Alberto Sigismondi CEO at Tivù Sat. "The i-CAN brand is well known and trusted by Italian consumers, and therefore we are sure that this new satellite solution will be welcomed by the market. ADB's product will be amongst the first products on the shelves and comes with the Tivù Sat smart card so that viewers can receive content straight away".   
 
The i-CAN1110SH is an interactive digital satellite set-top box and is delivered with two smart card slots. The product, with its attractive cosmetic design, offers high quality images. It supports interactive applications via its embedded MHP middleware and provides a parental control application together with HDMI connectivity among other features which will give consumers a comfortable and personal television experience. The installation is automatic, and the menus are easy to use and intuitive to ensure that consumers start enjoying their new Digital TV service immediately. The i-CAN1110SH also provides Tivù Sat's official, fully-fledged 7 day Electronic Program Guide. This provides the essential and up-to-date channel and programme information consumers need to fully enjoy the digital TV service.

The product delivers all of the above features with minimum energy consumption, a significant benefit both to the environment and the consumer's electricity spending. Not only is it certified compliant with the European Code of Conduct version 7, but ADB raises the bar further by making its product more efficient than the standards expected by 2013. The i-CAN1110SH provides sub-1W automatic passive stand-by mode, and sub-6W active stand-by. Under usage modes specified by the Code of Conduct, the i-CAN 1110SH is capable of providing its owner savings of around 18kWh per year.

"Tivù Sat is really a great initiative to ensure that all Italian citizens can benefit from receiving the free-to-air digital TV offering whether from terrestrial or satellite signals," comments Jim Lomax, Executive VP Worldwide Sales. "ADB has been at the forefront of the Italian DTT market since it launched at the end of 2003. Over the years we have continued to show our commitment to this market, and are very happy to be able to now offer a new platform for this new digital satellite service".