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cVidya Networks, a global provider of Revenue Intelligence solutions for telecom, media and entertainment service providers, announced today the launch of its Integrated Revenue Intelligence Solutions (IRIS) suite. With the acquisition of ECtel, cVidya says it is consolidating the product portfolios of both companies and now offers fraud management and margin analytics in addition to revenue assurance.

cVidya's IRIS is designed to help operators  maximize their margins, improve their customer experience and optimize eco-system relationships through revenue assurance, fraud and risk management, dealer management, margin analytics, and clearinghouse services. The end-to-end solution provides operators with a 360-degree view of their revenues, costs and margins.

cVidya's IRIS suite offers the following solutions, all integrated to address the entire spectrum of service operators' requirements:


·         MoneyMap - Identify and reclaim revenue leakages by reconciling OSS/BSS and networks

  • FraudView - Identify next-generation fraud patterns and perform real-time subscriber risk management
  • DealerMap - Manage relationships between service providers and their dealers
  • BusinessView Analyze and optimize price-plan margins and measure service profitability
  • EZTrust - Manage disputes and settlements for B2B partners and wholesale providers


"With the acquisition of ECtel, cVidya has taken the next step towards providing the optimum response to the market's growing need for convergent fraud management, revenue assurance and margin analytics while increasing overall market consolidation", said Alon Aginsky, Founder, President and CEO of cVidya Networks. "We see the future in adding analytical tools into products and solutions and believe that this is where the industry is heading, which is exactly what cVidya is doing now.  cVidya has always been a pioneer, breaking new ground in both technology and methodology. Following the acquisition of ECtel, we remain committed to providing innovative end-to-end solutions to our growing base of over 130 customers."

cVidya's IRIS solutions feature built-in components that address all business domains and services, including data/IP,  wholesale/retail, prepaid, mobile content, TV, cross-domain bundles, interconnect, roaming, and more.

Vodafone Global Enterprise (VGE), the business within Vodafone that manages the communication needs of its largest enterprise customers, today announced that it has won the contract to provide Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) with a fully managed MPLS network in 67 countries, connecting over 400 sites across Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Specifically, Vodafone Global Enterprise will provide DPDHL with an international Wide Area Network (WAN) across the three regions and a domestic WAN in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The solution enables DPDHL to provide improved tracking capabilities, allowing employees quicker and easier access to vital bespoke applications, as well as providing critical connectivity to DPDHL's data centres in Czech Republic and Malaysia.

Vodafone Global Enterprise consultants worked closely with DPDHL to understand its fixed data network requirements for the Express, Global Forwarding & Freight, and Supply Chain Business Units. Based on these requirements, Vodafone Global Enterprise will implement a fully integrated and managed network.

The fully managed MPLS network has been designed to provide DPDHL's key business units with a resilient, agile and flexible telecoms service to support its growth and deliver greater cost efficiencies, while enhancing the user experience. As well as providing enhanced security and improved performance levels for business-critical applications, the solution is said to demonstrate Vodafone's ability to utilise its global capabilities to deliver to specific customer requirements. It also provides DPDHL with a platform on which to build further cost-effective, converged services.

Vodafone Global Enterprise won the contract to provide the fully managed fixed data networks due to its international reach, its expertise in providing telecoms solutions across many countries with diverse operating requirements, and the broadening of its capabilities into the total communications space.

Vodacom's country businesses - Gateway Business Services and Vodacom Business South Africa - have combined with Vodafone Global Enterprise to provide complete connectivity and management between the international networks as well as comprehensive project management support throughout, ensuring that all regions benefit from its global reach and expertise. Gateway Business Services and Vodacom Business South Africa are operating divisions of Vodacom Group Limited, a Vodafone subsidiary.

"With Vodafone's MPLS solution DPDHL has access to streamlined and reliable telecoms services to improve both productivity and performance" says Ralf Weissbeck, Managing Director of IT Services at DPDHL. "Vodafone Global Enterprise will help us to deliver on these points by giving us a fully managed and converged next-generation network solution that greatly enhances service reliability and performance while effectively reducing costs."

"Leading businesses require solutions and services that give them peace of mind both in terms of delivering value as well as ensuring high quality of service," said Vodafone Global Enterprise CEO, Nick Jeffery. "Vodafone Global Enterprise has worked closely with DPDHL to understand their business requirements so that we can offer them a solution that makes it easier and more cost effective to manage their communications in this fast-growing region. By managing their network needs, we enable them to continue to focus squarely on the business they know best." 

LEW TelNet, supplier of data communication solutions in southern Germany, has opted for Keymile's multi-service access systems, MileGate and UMUX. Keymile's flexibility on access technology is said to have played a pivotal role in the selection process, and the company's technology allows the development of both traditional network infrastructure and advanced fibre optic connections.

LEW TelNet operates its own telecommunications network and supplies IT services to companies and local authorities. It is modernising its network infrastructure with systems technology from Keymile. telent, the south German telecommunications company, oversaw negotiations and concluded the contract.

LEW TelNet supplies telecommunications services to both large customers and other carriers. Similar to other network operators in Germany, LEW TelNet is faced with the challenge of migrating the TDM-based network infrastructure to Ethernet/IP. In the future, this task will primarily be handled by Keymile's access technology. The network management system UNEM will be used to administer and remote-monitor all systems components from one central point.

"Particularly regional operators appreciate the benefits of multi-service network nodes in the access network, as they lead to consolidation of the different technology platforms in the network and are therefore much less complex from a business standpoint", explains Erna-Maria Trixl, CEO of LEW TelNet near Augsburg. She went on to say that "This is a huge advantage in terms of sustainable business planning". An important argument in the selection process was also the fact that MileGate is future proof as regards FTTx applications. As a result, LEW TelNet can already install systems that are equipped to cope with future demands.

Network integration specialist, Telindus, has announced the appointment of Mike Bowerman as client director of mobile.  Bowerman will head the launch of the Telindus Mobile Broadband Framework (MBF), leading a dedicated team in the delivery of solutions for the mobile broadband market. 

A well known industry figure, Bowerman is said to provide proven experience in successfully launching challenger offerings in the mobile sector, including the launch of the first mobile lifestyle brand, Orange. Heading up the Telindus Mobile Broadband Framework team, Bowerman will be responsible for leveraging the technical expertise in the fixed line mobile environment within Telindus UK and integrating it with the extensive mobile field experience of Belgacom, which includes one of the largest 3G roaming networks in the world.

During his 30 years in the mobile industry Bowerman has been responsible for launching several game changing solutions.  Bowerman created O2's first pre-pay service as a major outsource contract whilst at Brite Voice Systems, and as Business Development Director at ROK came up with the concept of extending the Virgin brand into the mobile sector.

"Bowerman's track record of driving successful launches in the UK mobile industry is unmatched, making him ideal to head Telindus' new mobile broadband framework offering," said Mark Hutchinson, UK Managing Director, Telindus. "Mike has a deep understanding of mobile business and we are confident that his insight and on the ground experience will ensure the success of Telindus Mobile Broadband Framework." 

Bowerman said, "Telindus has some of the best technical expertise in the industry, and this is an exciting challenge to integrate this intelligence with Belgacom's European presence and deliver the operator network and support services of Belgacom via Telindus to the UK. The massive growth of the mobile broadband in recent years means this fantastic opportunity to introduce a serious challenger to the UK mobile industry."

A national survey of over 100 senior IT professionals found that there are three factors driving demand in the UK data centre market sector - security, power and price. The survey, conducted by Telehouse, also showed that most organisations questioned were looking to expand their data centre requirements adding to the current capacity crunch and putting more pressure on UK data centre providers.

Security (28%) and price (26%) were the two factors most organisations most look for when choosing a data centre, followed by power (16%). Although the demand for data centre space is at a premium the survey showed that if a data centre provider can not offer a service with a suitable level of security and power, and at a competitive price point, organisations will look elsewhere. 

83 per cent of respondents stated that access to additional data centre capacity before 2012 is either critical or important to their business. For years sectors like finance have required huge amounts of data centre space to meet legislative guidelines but, according to the BroadGroup this demand is increasing as new sectors introduce new services.

62 per cent of media companies surveyed by the analyst agency stated that new online media services such as on-demand TV meant that their data centre is ‘a lot more' important to their business than it had been two years previously. This new demand is also driving power requirements in the sector as these new services require significantly more power - up to 20kW per rack than traditional services.

"The findings mirror the feedback we have received from our customers. London has for a long time come under scrutiny regarding power and data centre space. Many rival European cities cite more flexible government legislation over power consumption to be a key reason for attracting data centre vendors and organisations alike. With the average UK power prices increasing and data centre space at a premium, it is critical that organisations chose to partner with a vendor that can meet their needs now and into the future," said By Bob Harris, Technical Director, Telehouse.

"Although power was regarded as critical, surprisingly only a small per cent of respondents stated that green credentials were a defining factor when choosing a data centre. We expect this to dramatically increase in importance as the UK Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme comes to fruition next year and organisations have to balance their carbon footprint," concluded Harris.

Data resilience (16%) and accessibility (11%) were also regarded as important to the respondents.

Telehouse recently announced its Telehouse West facility, an £80 million datacentre in London's Docklands that will provide 19,000 square metres of secure data centre space for UK businesses.

Zinwave, a specialist in next generation in-building cellular and wireless technology, has announced a new distribution agreement with Hutton Communications for the US market. Hutton is the leading distributor of in-building wireless solutions in the US and serves wireless carriers, value added resellers (VARs) and Government agencies.
 
"Our customers have been looking for that one solution that provides ubiquitous wireless coverage inside buildings for multiple simultaneous services and technologies for a long time. Zinwave's Active Wideband in-building solution addresses key coverage challenges in a simple and cost-effective manner and we see great potential for mainstream implementation," John Walker, CEO and President of Hutton Communications stated. 

Zinwave is said to provide the industry's only true Wideband Distributed Antenna System (DAS) solution which removes many of the traditional issues and considerations associated with delivering multiple RF services in buildings. It provides simultaneous support for any number or combination of cellular and other wireless services in one unified solution, enabling the addition of new services on demand without the need for costly and disruptive upgrades.  

"Hutton Communications is the premier distributor of in-building solutions in the US market and we're very pleased to broaden our market reach and customer support though this partnership," said Jeffery L. Fuller, President of Zinwave Americas.  "Hutton's reputation as a leading supplier to the carriers, VARs and public safety markets will benefit our customers through excellent customer support and is a great foundation for the rapid growth we're seeing for our solution in the market place right now," Fuller added.
 

GTS Novera has selected OneAccess Networks as its CPE platform for its new services targeted at SMEs in the Czech Republic. The services will include IPVPN, Internet Access and combined voice and data offers. GTS Novera will use the One20 data router for Novera Internet and IP-VPN services, and the One100 voice-enabled router for the Novera IP Komplet service.

GTS Novera felt that OneAccess provides the perfect blend of reliability, cost and functionality to enable it to standardise on the OneAccess range of ‘OneOS' powered devices. OneAccess developed software features to specifically support unique aspects of GTS' services.

Pavel Brabenc, Product & Project Management Division Director of GTS Novera said, "The Czech telecommunications market has become one of the most competitive in Central Europe. OneAccess provides us with an access router family which combines excellent price/performance, alongside leading edge features, to build sustainable competitive advantage in the Czech Republic."

Alan Brazier, Chief Sales Officer of OneAccess said; "GTS Novera is a very innovative service provider, and we are proud to have been selected as their CPE partner. GTS is the latest Telco to have recognised that OneAccess is the right choice to drive managed services innovation and cost-effective growth."

A new report from Juniper Research has found that one-to-one marketing allied to the rapid proliferation of smartphones will be among the key drivers of a mobile retail market which is anticipated to exceed $12 billion by 2014.

The mobile marketing and retail strategies report found that the mobile retail sector - defined by Juniper as comprising mobile coupon redemption values, smart poster fees and advertising expenditure - would initially be dominated by coupons. However, it noted that mobile advertising expenditure would exceed coupon redemption values by 2013 as digital adspend is increasingly transferred into the mobile space.

Increasingly the retailing industry and brands are becoming aware of, and implementing the mobile device into, the retail cycle. According to report co-author Howard Wilcox, "Retailers have recognised that, even ahead of their wallets, people will usually make sure they do not leave home without their mobile device. The mobile channel offers merchants the opportunity to differentiate from their competition and acquire customers that become loyal."

Meanwhile, additional factors such as the growth of the mobile web, the availability of high speed mobile broadband networks, and the ever-growing usage of SMS were offering retailers, brands and merchants new opportunities to communicate with customers and potential customers and to offer the ability for them to shop by mobile.

Other findings from the Juniper report include:

  • For brands and retailers, mobile offers the ability to change campaigns quickly (for example by time of day), and crucially the ability to track the success and customer acquisition rates.
  • Usage of the mobile in a live shopping situation can be particularly effective - for example for product price comparisons
  • While the mobile will be an effective channel for younger users who organise their lives around their mobile phones, older demographic groups are likely to be less receptive to using their mobiles in a retail situation

Interxion, a European operator of carrier-neutral data centres, today announced that Bezeq International, an Israeli Internet and international telecommunications provider, has expanded its colocation requirements, taking space in Interxion's FRA 5 data centre. The new agreement, which significantly expands the long-standing relationship between the companies, has been made in response to growing demand from Bezeq International's customers for its growing range of international hosting and data services.

Bezeq International took space in Interxion's FRA 3 facility in 2006 for termination of their European traffic and as a base for provision and expansion of their international services. Since then a strong working relationship has developed, and Bezeq has successfully developed a broad portfolio of telecom solutions as well as high-end network and security services for multinationals.

"We have developed an excellent working partnership with Interxion, and it was a natural next step to expand our European capacity with them as the Interxion facility became a core part of our backbone," said Benny Pinhas, Operations Director, Professional Services, Bezeq International.  "Our relationship with Interxion creates value for our customers and generates revenue for us. We have other providers in Europe, but Interxion is far and away the most important to our business model."

Interxion's five interconnected Frankfurt data centres provide highly reliable infrastructure and direct access to over 70 carriers and 80 ISPs - one of the highest carrier and network provider densities in Europe. In addition to secure, high-availability and connected infrastructure with up to 2N power backup and redundant cooling, Interxion provides customers with a wide range of optional monitoring and maintenance services and turnkey managed services.

"Our productive and growing relationship with Bezeq International underlines the added value we can bring to ambitious global service providers," said Peter Knapp, Interxion Germany MD. "As Bezeq continues to grow, we look forward to continuing to work with them to provide an industry leading pan European connectivity solution to meet their needs."

Viatel, a business communications provider, today announced that while 93 percent of medium sized UK organisations are currently using a VPN, two thirds are reliant on solutions that are more than two years old, and therefore based on legacy technology such as first generation DSL and leased lines.  When asked about upgrading, 58 percent of respondents cited greater flexibility as the biggest driver, while six in ten were concerned about the associated cost and management overheads. The survey of IT decision-makers at 200 UK organisations with between 250 and 999 employees was conducted by Vanson Bourne in February 2010.

The widespread availability of next generation technologies like ADSL 2+ and Ethernet in the First Mile is driving down the cost of these services so businesses can benefit from significant increases over existing bandwidth with no increase in price.  With the ability to upgrade to FTTC and FTTP as they become more widely available too, Viatel notes that organisations that implement an IP VPN would quickly see the benefits in terms of increased network performance and improved staff efficiency.

While flexibility was the most important reason for upgrading to a new IP VPN, 41 percent also stated that increasing bandwidth required for existing applications was a key factor.

"Clearly most UK businesses are currently making do with their existing VPN solutions.  These solutions may not be delivering the speeds necessary to support an increasing number of IP-based business-critical applications, to give companies the flexibility to grow and change or allow employees to work from home," said Michael Davies, head of product management at Viatel.  "Businesses are often restricted because they are reliant on expensive solutions like leased lines, or consumer packages that simply share available bandwidth between all subscribers, resulting in potential loss of connectivity and slow download speeds.  Medium sized businesses need flexible, cost effective bandwidth solutions that will ensure continuous uptime even during peak hours."

Just 30 percent of businesses cited cost savings as a reason to upgrade, but 60 percent were concerned about the potential financial impact such a decision might have.  Viatel notes that reliance on legacy technologies can actually be more expensive in the long run as next generation access technologies cost less to run and offer increased performance.

To get the best return on investment, Viatel says it advises businesses to look for a supplier that is highly responsive to the needs of medium sized organisations to ensure they get a bespoke solution that specifically meet their individual requirements, and that will also scale to meet future needs.  For example, some organisations will require access to applications like CRM, order management and billing, whereas others will want to run voice and video over the network, with the option to add extra remote sites.

Equally, with a dedicated solution that has been designed with the individual organisation in mind, businesses will not have to worry about further stretching their IT teams with additional management burdens - a concern for 59 percent of respondents.

"Many mid-sized organisations are tempted to go with big-brand names or the cheapest option, but the real consideration should be: will this VPN meet my individual company's needs?" continued Davies.  "If the answer is yes, then the solution should tie in seamlessly with the organisation's existing communications and IT infrastructure, requiring minimal management as compared to a solution that has to be forced to fit the business' individual requirements."

Lantiq Deutschland has filed suit in the German District Court of Düsseldorf against Billion Electric Co. Ltd., Taiwan, for patent infringement. Lantiq asserts that some of Billion's ADSL2/ADSL2+ modem products infringe upon Lantiq's intellectual property, where these products contain a communications semiconductor from Taiwanese chipset supplier Trendchip.

Lantiq has requested that Billion Electric disclose past and current revenue from product sales in order to determine compensation for damages that Lantiq suffered due to the patent infringement. Furthermore, Lantiq has asked that the sale and distribution of Billion's modem products infringing upon Lantiq's patents should be enjoined in Germany.

The lawsuit was delivered to Billion Electric at the industry tradeshow CeBit 2010 in Hannover, Germany.

Juniper Networks has been recognized with SC Magazine's 2010 Reader Trust Award as the company with the Best Endpoint Security Solution. The announcement was made at the SC Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the annual RSA Conference in San Francisco.

Juniper Networks Unified Access Control was chosen as the Best Endpoint Security Solution by the Reader Trust Voting Panel - comprised of security and technology experts from large, medium and small enterprises from all major vertical markets - representing the wide distribution of SC Magazine readers. With an unprecedented number of entries submitted, the 2010 SC Awards was the most competitive in the program's history.

"Being honored with a Reader Trust Award is further validation that Juniper's best-in-class security solutions remain the preferred choice for high-performance businesses," said Mark Bauhaus, executive vice president and general manager of Service Layer Technologies at Juniper Networks. "Our security products enable organizations to deploy industry-best economics and simpler integrated protection, thereby extending the value of this decade's networks. We're honored to be recognized for our product innovation, as well as the customer service and support we provide to help customers drive a sustainable competitive advantage."

The annual SC Awards highlight and showcase the best solutions, services and professionals, while recognizing achievement and technical excellence in the information security industry. As the industry's preeminent awards program, the annual SC Awards has acclaimed security's key contributors and outstanding products for more than a decade. Individuals, brands and solutions recognized in the program address not only the security challenges prominent today, but also the emerging threat landscape of tomorrow. For more information and a detailed list of categories and winners, please visit www.scmagazineus.com/awards.

"SC Magazine's panel of judges in the Reader Trust category has voted for Juniper as Best Endpoint Security Solution from among hundreds of high quality, competitive entries," said Illena Armstrong, editor in chief, SC Magazine. "The Reader Trust Award is a true recognition of the leadership and success of Juniper in IT security."

Interxion, a European operator of carrier-neutral data centres, today announced that FibreSpan, a network carrier specialising in dark fibre and ultra-high-bandwidth services, has successfully connected its network to Interxion's London City data centre. The addition of FibreSpan's dedicated dark fibre network to Interxion's London City data centre brings its total portfolio of carriers to 32.

FibreSpan specialises in the design, construction, and maintenance of bespoke dark fibre and ultra-high-bandwidth managed networks. It was one of the first to introduce the delivery of dedicated dark fibre to multiple customers - consisting of digital media post production houses, financial organisations, local authorities, hospitals and universities - connected to its bespoke point-to-point networks.

Interxion's data centre, located in the heart of the City, offers some of the lowest latency on the market and provides a highly secure physical location with advanced infrastructure for mission-critical applications. High-density power configurations from 5 kW up to 30 kW are available as standard, with industry-leading service levels and availability and 24x7 secure access to equipment.

"Interxion's central City location was a critical factor in our decision-making process because everything we do is focused on low latency", said Robert Bicket, Chief Executive Officer at FibreSpan. "All of our financial and digital media customers look to us to provide them with the lowest latency possible, so we always ensure our networks are designed to deliver just that."

"FibreSpan is another excellent example of the successful execution of our segment strategy which focuses on bringing together communities of interest that can benefit from close proximity to one another," said Kevin Dean, Chief Marketing Officer Interxion. "With the addition of FibreSpan to our roster of connectivity partners, we are particularly excited about being able to enhance the low-latency connectivity options available to financial services and digital media customers," concludes Dean.

NTT Communications, a global ICT solutions provider, and TTK, the operator of Russia’s largest fiber-optic network, announced today the interconnection of NTT Com’s Arcstar Global IP-VPN and TTK’s IP-VPN services in Russia, and the availability of Arcstar Global IP-VPN service nationwide.

As Japanese and other multinational companies expand their operations beyond Moscow and Saint Petersburg into the Russian Far East and other regions, their needs for efficient ICT networks are growing. By interconnecting their two networks and harmonizing basic specifications and procedures, NTT Com and TTK will provide multinational customers with reliable, seamless, low-cost access between offices worldwide and throughout Russia.

“NTT Communications has been working aggressively to support the global expansion of multinational enterprises by providing them with a growing range of high-quality services,” said NTT Com’s Yosuke Seki, Vice President of Service Development in the Global Business Division. Russia is a key emerging market for our customers, a main reason why we established NTT Communications Russia in January 2009. TTK, of course, has been a strategic partner of ours since 2006, when we began collaborating on the Hokkaido-Sakhalin Cable System. The interconnection of our IP-VPN services now enables us to provide fully managed ICT services throughout Russia in support of our customer’s ICT optimization initiatives.”

“With our Russia-wide network NTT Com will be able to secure good service coverage in the Russian Federation for its Global IP-VPN network. For us it is another important step forward in our cooperation,” said Igor Kelshev, TTK Senior Vice President for International Sales and Marketing.

The strategic partnership between NTT Com and TTK began with a memorandum of understanding signed in 2006 to develop data networks, which resulted in the construction and launch of the Hokkaido-Sakhalin Cable System, a 570 km, 640 gigabit/second undersea fiber-optical cable linking Ishikari, Hokkaido and Nevelsk, Sakhalin, the shortest route between Japan and Russia.
    

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