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Icomera, a provider of cellular broadband gateways, and Arriva, one of the largest transport services organisations in Europe, have announced the installation of free Internet access and real-time vehicle tracking on the Green Line express coach service between Luton International Airport and Central London.

The fleet of buses has been equipped with Icomera's Moovbox M Series mobile broadband gateway that provides Wi-Fi connectivity on the move with actual download speeds claimed to be in excess of two megabits per second. The Green Line vehicles also leverage the Moovbox for GPS-based location, enabling Arriva staff to monitor and track the fleet's vehicles in real-time.

The Green Line airport express operates a direct 24-hour service between Britain's fourth largest airport and London's Victoria Station terminus. Luton Airport serves almost ten million passengers a year to international destinations, with a year-on-year growth rate of over 5%.

"International travelers expect Internet access at the airport and in hotels, so it was only natural for us to provide free Wi-Fi to and from the airport as well," said Brian Drury, Commercial Director at Arriva The Shires & Essex. "Icomera's Moovbox technology not only provides a cost-effective solution for passenger Internet access but also enables us to keep track of our fleet's precise location at any given moment. This helps Arriva achieve operational efficiencies as well as increasing customer satisfaction."

The Moovbox mobile broadband gateway acts as a bridge between a vehicle and high-speed cellular data networks, providing Wi-Fi access and an Ethernet-based local area network (LAN) for connecting on-board systems such as CCTV, automated announcement, and e-ticketing. The Green Line service utilizes Vodafone's 3G HSPA network which is said to have excellent coverage on the highway route between Luton and Central London. The Luton deployment follows other successful Moovbox-based passenger Wi-Fi installations by Arriva, including the Glasgow Flyer bus service between Glasgow Airport and the city centre, and Arriva Scandinavia's train services throughout Denmark.

"Equipping airport express buses and trains with Internet connectivity is a common sense decision for public transport companies such as Arriva," said Frederik Gustafsson, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Icomera. "As Wi-Fi equipped handheld and portable devices continue to proliferate, so passenger Wi-Fi will be increasingly in demand. But the operational benefits of having a vehicle connected to the Internet - such as passenger security and vehicle location - are very often the key drivers upon which a fleet operator makes that investment decision."

The Moovbox mobile gateway is a ruggedized Wi-Fi access point and cellular router, offering multiple wide area network (WAN) radios for automatic failover and bandwidth aggregation between carriers, and featuring built-in GPS for real-time positioning. Moovbox products also offer multi-port secure Ethernet for IP-CCTV, DVR and telematics equipment with remote in-bound access for device control, and supports plug-and-play upgradability to future technologies such as WiMAX and LTE. The multi-user MoovManage service provides real-time device tracking, schedule adherence monitoring, remote device configuration, and Wi-Fi portal and usage statistics.

CommuniGate Systems, a specialist in carrier-class Mobile Unified Communications, has announced it will launch a new offering called Mobile Office on 16 February 09 at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (Hall 7, booth E40). Mobile Office is said to address the market shift from fixed to mobile broadband and communications, and is designed to help mobile operators deliver Value Added Service (VAS) to the lucrative business subscriber market.

Mobile Office empowers mobile operators to deliver a "Virtualised Office" with Mobile Unified Communications as Software as a Service (SaaS) to small and medium sized businesses. Mobile Office is a fixed mobile convergence solution that includes a Flash based Web 2.0 client called Pronto! that works on PCs, Mac, or Linux laptops or computers with no installation needed. Pronto! delivers messaging, contacts and collaboration tools such as shared folders and shared calendars in a single dashboard. The mobile device access for Mobile Office is supported natively for the iPhone 3G, Nokia, and WinMobile devices.

Custom-branded mash-up interfaces are packaged with Mobile Office to enable fast setup and registration of services from mobile retail shop kiosks or directly from an operator's website. Operators will gain enhanced subscriber loyalty and dramatically reduce churn rates by hosting the core business communications and services for the company. The turnkey package is ideal for small businesses that want to virtualise communications, and consolidate telecom and data rate plans. Most SMEs cannot manage and have little desire to invest in premise-based UC solutions. Mobile Office is perfect to drive broadband access offered in a bundle with USB based 3G adapters delivering access anywhere.

A recent IDC study stated that 75% of the global workforce would be mobile by 2011. Enterprises are investing in mobile solutions that increase worker productivity and can help shed costs from operations. A survey by CommuniGate Systems among fixed-line and wireless providers found that Mobile Business Subscribers have six times less churn rates than consumer or residential subscribers and on average result in four times higher ARPU.

"We see many businesses shifting to mobile broadband services," explains Simon Paton, managing director of CommuniGate Systems UK, "Small companies want Unified Communications, but they need it delivered by SaaS as mobility is the key feature businesses want today. With Mobile Office mobile operators will be able to extract value from the huge investments they made in building out their 3G network with the highest value customer - the business subscriber."

"We see data ARPU growing at a 20-30% annual rate, and robust increases in Internet access revenues and multimedia messaging volumes, which all indicate that data will be the key catalyst for future ARPU growth" says Ronald Gruia, Program Leader of Emerging Telecoms at Frost & Sullivan, "CommuniGate Systems' Mobile Office is well positioned to enable operators to capture some of that data growth opportunity within the VAS segment."

The complete line of value added services via Mobile Office is built upon the CommuniGate Pro Unified Communications platform, the most reliable SaaS delivery platform that delivers virtualisation of domains with a modular feature set, powerful class of service provisioning, and a live rolling updates change management capability not found in other solutions. The platform's exclusive Dynamic Clustering architecture provides 99.999% uptime in a multi-tenant architecture with no single point of failure, and allows SaaS providers to add front-end or back-end nodes as needed without any downtime or service interruption. CommuniGate Pro makes it easy for service providers and operators to offer business class services with costs that decline as virtualised client volume increases. CommuniGate Pro is the only truly integrated UC platform that was built to power all forms of IP communications in one integrated platform.

Mycom, a provider of OSS Service Assurance software solutions and innovative professional services to the telecoms industry, has announced the latest release of NIMS-PrOptima, following the successful live deployment, intensive usage and benchmarking with a leading European Tier 1 network operator.

Improved functionality and performance of the software have been a result of Mycom's largest and most ambitious software development project to date. The new version of the software goes one step further in the race for performance excellence with its Next Generation event based mediation layer. The constant introduction of new telecom technologies and services combined with the ongoing evolution of telecom standards has significantly increased the number of data sources, domains and devices that need to be managed by the operator's Service Assurance solutions.

Mycom's solution allows operators to get real time access to end-to-end network and service performance.  This together with new state-of-the-art intelligent analysis modules and enhancements to existing modules enables operational teams to maintain high levels of service quality expected by customers today.

Mounir Ladki, General Manager, Product Business Unit, is delighted with the ongoing evolution and advancement of NIMS-PrOptima.  "This release is the fruit of a proactive collaboration with our customers and partners that enabled us to anticipate and deliver key capabilities required by Communication Service Providers (CSPs) as they transform their business and roll out Next Generation technologies and services. NIMS-PrOptima dramatically improves the productivity and the reactivity of CSPs organization thanks to its superior feature set. It also considerably simplifies the OSS by providing a unique central platform across the various network technologies and domains. This enables CSPs to achieve significant CAPEX and OPEX savings while offering high quality of service and optimizing their investment in network resources."

NEC's CX2600/220 and PASOLINK NEO iP products, part of NEC's mobile backhaul solution, have successfully demonstrated interoperability in a public multi-vendor MPLS and Ethernet interoperability test organized by the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) from January 12th to 23rd 2009. The event was designed to show the latest advances in MPLS and Carrier Ethernet technologies for next generation transport networks. NEC exhibited its CX2600/220 and PASOLINK NEO iP MPLS and Ethernet Radio ready products specially designed for multi-service backhaul networks.

As traffic volumes for HSPA, WiMAX and upcoming LTE networks reach new levels, NEC's mobile network customers have an increasing need to transition from TDM to Packet based transport. The interoperability event provided a transparent platform to demonstrate working migration options for mobile and fixed carriers evolving to Packet transport architectures with MPLS and Ethernet Radio technologies.

In this test, 15 major telecommunications equipment vendors provided support with their products. NEC demonstrated the interoperability of its highly intelligent and flexible Mobile Backhaul Solution portfolio including PASOLINK NEO iP and Service Aggregation Switch CX2600. The systems successfully completed the packet based Mobile Backhaul interoperability test including TDM/ATM over MPLS Transport with various other vendors, and also demonstrated Performance Monitoring features based on the Ethernet OAM standard (ITU-T Y.1731).

NEC's equipment will be showcased at the MPLS & Ethernet World Congress 2009.

TM Forum, the world's premier industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, today confirmed details of its third annual Excellence Awards, to be presented during TM Forum's Management World 2009 (May 4-8, Nice, France). Recognizing operational and business excellence through the use of TM Forum best practices and standards, this year's awards focus on the business value of transformation projects.

TM Forum established the Excellence Awards program in 2007 to showcase the contributions of TM Forum member companies to best practice and improvement in the communications industry. This year, TM Forum will present Excellence Awards for two categories.

  • Best Practices Award - Service Provider: Awarded to a communications Service Provider who demonstrates the most effective use of TM Forum Interface Standards, Best Practices or Solution Frameworks within a business transformation project, delivering value to the bottom line;
  • Best Practices Award - Supplier or System Integrator: Awarded to a supplier or system integrator who demonstrates the most effective use of TM Forum Interface Standards, Best Practices or Frameworks as a part of their product offering to the market;

Once again an expert judging panel will be asked to evaluate the nominations, including respected representatives of major service providers, suppliers, analysts and the press.

This year - for the first time - the winner of the Best Practices Award for Suppliers will be decided through a combination of the judging panel and open member voting. Entries agreed by the judging panel to meet the eligibility criteria will be put to an open vote from TM Forum's Service Provider members comprising more than 200 service providers around the world, allowing the supplier's customers to decide the winner.

Nominations for both categories are open to all TM Forum members, and will close Friday, February 27, 2009. The 2009 Excellence Awards will be presented during the Management World keynote session on the morning of Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at the Acropolis Convention Center in Nice.

LogMeIn will be showing how smartphone manufacturers and mobile services providers can use LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile to provide on-demand, remote customer support for Android-based smartphones and mobile devices at Mobile World Congress (MWC).

LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile is a secure, web-based remote support tool used by IT and service provider organizations worldwide to provide customer care for smartphones, desktops, laptops, and other computing devices. With LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile, support technicians can see and control an end-user's device to quickly configure, diagnose, repair or train the customer how to use their smartphone or computer. LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile works on mobile devices running Windows

Mobile, Symbian, BlackBerry and now Android, as well as Windows-based PCs and Macs.

"The growth in smartphone technology adoption will put a significant strain on support organisations as high-level operating systems accommodate ever more advanced applications," Stephen Drake, programme vice president, Mobility & Telecom, IDC. "Enhanced remote support capabilities should be on the short list for every major carrier offering these devices in order to reduce support cost and improve customer satisfaction."

Service providers that use LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile to support their smartphone customer base have, on average, experienced a more than 35 percent boost in customer satisfaction scores with a 25 percent increase in first-call resolution and reduced average call handle times. In fact, 97 percent of mobile end-users who

experience a LogMeIn Rescue+Mobile session report a preference for remote control based help. As a result, mobile end-users who receive this enhanced support experience are more likely to recommend their service provider to a friend or family member and less likely to switch carriers.

" Results from our service provider customers show that Rescue+Mobile can help turn a frustrated and potentially dissatisfied smartphone user into a delighted one," said Richard Redding, Vice President and General Manager, Mobile for LogMeIn, Inc. "We believe service providers supporting Android-based devices will benefit by offering an enhanced, remote support experience for their high-value customers."

A demonstration of LogMeIn Rescue for Android will be available at the booth #1G31 during Mobile World Congress, February 16-19, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Aepona, a supplier of telecom service layer products and solutions to Telcos globally, has announced that it has been chosen by TDC, the provider of communications solutions in Denmark, for the supply of a new Network as a Service (NaaS) Enabler platform.

Aepona's Telecom Web Services solution, an integral part of the company's Universal Service Platform, will be deployed to provide streamlined third party access to TDC's core network resources, supporting mission-critical, transaction-intensive applications such as Televoting and M-Payments, and to provide a long-term architecture for the multi-service Web/Telco 2.0 applications envisaged for the near future.

"TDC's strategy is to leverage 3rd party applications to the maximum extent in order to drive data traffic, increase revenues, and enhance customer loyalty", said Flemming Hynkemejer, CTO of TDC's Nordic Mobile operations. "To do this with high cost efficiency whilst maintaining a positive customer experience, a new platform was required that provided a single point of control, simplified partner access to our network resources, and extremely high throughput and reliability for the demanding environment in which we operate."

To realize this new platform, TDC went through a rigorous evaluation process involving both IT-centric and Telco-centric vendors. "In the end, we decided that the solution from Aepona was the best and most appropriate. The company has the required combination of a fully productized solution, Telco-grade credibility and market vision to meet our needs, both today and for the future," continued Mr Hynkemejer.

"We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract by TDC", said Al Snyder, CEO of Aepona. "With this project, TDC have demonstrated that they are a European pioneer of the NaaS (Network as a Service) business model that is set to become the major trend for telecoms operators globally over the coming years. Aepona has been investing heavily in the convergence of Web 2.0 and Telecoms, and it is extremely gratifying to receive such a strong endorsement for our strategy and product capabilities from a leading visionary operator such as TDC".

Aepona will be demonstrating its Universal Service Platform together with several  Web/Telco 2.0 applications at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Feb 16-19 - Hall 2, Stand 2F08.

TDC Mobile A/S, said to be Denmark's largest mobile operator, and NEC have announced today that they are working together on the potential roll-out of the NEC Femtocell solution in late 2009. The scope of engagement includes a user trial involving several Femtocell Access Points deployed in consumer locations and connected to TDC's commercial core network system.

The Femtocell roll-out will offer TDC customers a small low-power plug-and-play consumer device (Femtocell Access Point) that will enable the provision of localised 3G coverage and dedicated capacity in their home while using their broadband connection as a backhaul.

NEC is among the first providers to offer a complete solution which includes the Femtocell access point for direct subscriber use, together with the Femtocell gateway and the Femtocell access point management and provisioning systems.

Flemming Hynkemejer, CTO of TDC Mobile A/S says, "We look forward to evaluating the results of the Femtocell trial. Femtocell technology promises to provide our customers with a number of advantages, primarily improved 3G coverage and capacity indoors. This will give them an even better experience and access to more services. This is TDC's first Femtocell trial in Denmark and we are excited to be leading the field."

Hynkemejer continues, "NEC has a great deal of experience in rolling out similar international Femtocell trials, making them the obvious partner for us."

Fredrik Tumegård, CEO of NEC Scandinavia AB says, "We are very pleased that TDC has chosen us for its Femtocell trials. Femtocell is a very interesting area in which we see great potential for many operators, especially with regards to relieving the pressure on the 3G networks. It will facilitate the delivery of new services and features to customers, producing new revenue streams. Moreover, the technology is of great advantage to the end-user who will benefit from perfect reception for both voice calls and data traffic in their own homes. This technology is set to change the way we use our mobile handsets."

Open Mobile OS company Azingo today announced that Vodafone has selected Azingo as a partner to develop applications for mobile phones based on the LiMo platform.

"We are excited to partner with Azingo to develop cutting edge applications for our mobile phones based on the LiMo platform," said Guido Arnone, Director of Terminals Technology at Vodafone. "We're looking forward to working with Azingo's agile development teams to develop and deliver innovative communications solutions for our customers."

Both Azingo and Vodafone are core members of the LiMo Foundation, a dedicated consortium of mobile industry leaders working together within an open and transparent governance model -- with shared leadership and shared decision making -- to deliver an open and globally consistent handset
software platform based upon Mobile Linux for use by the whole mobile industry.

"We are pleased that we were selected by Vodafone to develop innovative, customized applications for LiMo platform based mobile phones," said Mahesh Veerina, President and CEO of Azingo. "Together with Vodafone, we're committed to delivering a range of exciting, appealing experiences for
mobile phone users."

Syniverse Technologies has today announced a revolutionary portfolio of business intelligence solutions that enables mobile operators to optimise roaming services based on a real-time view of subscriber roaming behavior and network performance. Syniverse RoamWise forecasting tool is the first solution to be launched from the portfolio.

According to Syniverse, while traditional operator-to-consumer communication relies on outdated methods to understand user behavior, the analytics-driven framework of RoamWise takes into consideration specific history and preferences. As a result, operators are able to truly understand and predict subscribers' usage patterns. By fine tuning subscriber segmentation and forecasting future user behavior, operators then have the opportunity to protect and maximise their customer base.

RoamWise examines GSM roaming activity in three ways: It enables operators to analyse historical data, manage and optimise ongoing roaming activity in near real time, and predict future roaming traffic.

This end-to-end, comprehensive forecasting tool simplifies the management of roaming information and increases the efficiency of operator roaming departments by bringing together data from across diverse networks. The tool centralises the analysis of historical and real-time roaming data, and builds a comprehensive picture of future roaming trends so that business decisions can be made rapidly and effectively.

"This innovative solution not only increases roaming efficiency, it also helps operators maximise future roaming revenues and subscriber stickiness," said Tony Holcombe, President and CEO, Syniverse. "By using proven forecasting and optimisation algorithms through a unified dashboard, RoamWise is unlike any other tool in the industry."

RoamWise is the only solution available today that precisely provides monitoring and forecasting of all functions that impact operators' roaming revenues, including how traffic is routed and what tariffs are applied. Currently up to 33 functions can be viewed on a single unified dashboard screen, and additional customisable options will be available in the future.

Syniverse also will be introducing three additional business intelligence solutions that provide a number of operator benefits, including optimisation of network performance and an improved user experience for mobile subscribers. Designed to be deployed individually or together, the tools in this new suite of solutions can be bundled with the portfolio's innovative business rules engine for maximum performance.

RoamAdvisory will enable operators to proactively send tariff information and roaming rates to subscribers worldwide on their devices the moment the subscriber enters a new market. This solution will improve the subscriber experience of roaming worldwide, and is being designed to enable operators in Europe to conform to new E.U. roaming regulations by the July 1, 2010, deadline.

RoamMonitor will be an advanced alerting and rating service to enable operators to keep tabs on their roaming subscribers and ensure subscribers are aware of the costs associated with mobile data roaming. RoamMonitor will collect data usage from the home operator's network in near real time, and allow both operators and their subscribers to set spending and/or usage thresholds based on pre-established policies.

Enhanced Visibility Servicesl proactively alert operators of signaling and testing data based on roaming usage, positioning them to optimise associated revenues. This extension of our current Visibility Services solution will offer continuous testing and network monitoring services to ensure a consistently high quality of service for subscribers.

"Syniverse business intelligence solutions are designed to provide operators with powerful information they can use to make critical operating decisions," Holcombe said. "In these tools we have combined our 20-plus years of roaming experience with leading-edge business intelligence innovations. The result is a set means for operators to simplify the complexities of roaming data, all while delivering a positive user experience and realising associated customer growth and retention."

QuickPlay Media, a provider of mobile TV and video solutions, today revealed the findings of its latest quarterly consumer consumption analysis.  The results-aggregate usage statistics from 15 representative QuickPlay-enabled services over the fourth quarter of 2008- are said to demonstrate that mobile users continue to show 'tremendous interest' in streaming and downloading mobile TV and video content.

The findings, compiled from 1st October through 31st December, 2008, revealed that the number of streams viewed in the fourth quarter of 2008 more than doubled from the previous quarter.  Downloads also experienced momentum over this timeframe, with the average number of downloads per user increasing by approximately 50 per cent.

The growth in consumption of streams can be largely attributed to the launch of popular new services, in particular YouTube content available on Telus Mobility.  A decline in streams per user, which occurred over this same period, can be linked to the growing adoption of live TV services that tend to generate longer views but fewer streams.

Video Streams

 *   Total live TV and video streams viewed grew 118% from Q3 to Q4 2008, compared with a 27% increase from Q2 to Q3
 *   Total streams per user dropped slightly to 17.4 in Q4 from 19.3 in Q3
 *   Average stream duration in Q4 2008 was slightly longer at two minutes and 48 seconds when compared to two minutes and 47 seconds in Q3

Video Downloads

 *   Average download per user experienced its best quarter of 2008 with an average of 6 per user vs. 4.1 per user in Q3
 *   Total video downloads showed an increase of 73% from Q3 to Q4 vs. 87% from Q2 to Q3

In addition to the figures above, consumers continued to show preferences in the types of content they stream and download, says QuickPlay.  Popular live TV streaming genres were news, music video, most-watched television programs and weather, while video streaming favourites included music and movie previews.  For downloads, music, sports and comedy represented some of the top categories.

"The positive results show mobile entertainment continues to be one of the bright spots in the current economy," said Wayne Purboo, president and CEO, QuickPlay Media.  "Consumers remain willing to pay for high-quality entertainment services.  In 2009, we expect to see mobile operators continuing to focus on mobile data services as it gives them an effective way to protect ARPU by delivering added value to their cost-conscious subscribers.  For mobile TV and video services, this should result in increased promotional activity and more attractive pricing options that stimulate service trial and adoption."

"While the downturn is expected to have a negative impact on wireless content and entertainment spending, we do anticipate that the industry will still experience growth-- but at a slower pace," said Lewis Ward, research manager, wireless communications research at IDC.  "To remain profitable, providers will not only increase their efforts to collaborate with technology partners to deliver engaging data, but they will also adjust their pricing and business models to encourage consumer take up."

Spb Software, world's top Windows Mobile applications developer will offer a sneak preview of the new Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 at Mobile World Congress 2009.  Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 sets a new standard in handset user interfaces and goes far beyond what is available on any phone today.  The new software is fitted with a flexible engine for 3D animation, clever Facebook integration, kinetic scrolling, widgets, and multiple usability innovations.  Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 has gained a thrilling 'wow' factor and preserved the speed and clarity of device navigation.

First presented to Beta users back in 2006, then to the open market in February of next year, Spb Mobile Shell became the world's #1 bestselling software for Windows Mobile touch-screen phones in 2007 and 2008.  While the software quickly gained recognition among end-users and media, the shipment of customized versions of Spb Mobile Shell by many OEMs and carriers further inspired the mobile community. Designed to be highly flexible, with not just the end-users, but also the device manufacturers in mind, Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 offers many different levels of customization, and is a viable basis for a new generation of world-class smartphones on Windows Mobile platform.

Spb Mobile Shell 3.0 is scheduled to release to manufacturers in late February of 2009, with release to the consumer market expected to follow in late March.  According to Spb Software upgrades policy all end-users, who purchase software within 90 days of a new version's release, are eligible for free upgrades.

Spb Software, a leading Windows Mobile applications developer, has released Spb Brain Evolution - the world's number one bestselling game for Windows Mobile touch-screen devices - now for Symbian S60 smartphones.  Spb Brain Evolution is an intellectual game that helps to improve memory, logic, arithmetic, and puzzle-solving skills.  The application is an intriguing suit of addictive 10 mini-games, which have to be played in sequence: only good results in a game unlock the next one.

Spb Brain Evolution supports two independent game modes: Brain Marking and Brain Training, for evaluating the current level of skill and for improving the result, respectively.  Logic, orientation and patterns, memory and calculation, facts and statistics - all can be worked on while playing Arithmetics, Balltracker, Encyclopedia, Guess Who, Matches, Memorics, Minesweeper, Numbers, Quadronica, and Sudoku.  Spb Brain Evolution maintains game statistics, progress reports, and profiles for multiple players.  The game rewards high scores with special achievement certificates for excellent play, and cites an interesting fact at the end of every completed training.

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Spb Brain Evolution Features:

* 10 mini-games (Sudoku included)
* Brain Marking and Brain Training modes
* Game statistics & progress reports
* Multiple user profiles
* Interesting facts knowledgebase
* Rewards for better play
* Addictive sequential game play

Aculab, a leading provider of enabling technology for the global communications market, today announced that the ApplianX IP Gateway will now support Diversion, Transfer, Message Waiting Indicator and Route Optimisation over SIP, Q.SIG and DPNSS.  ApplianX is the first gateway targeted at the SMB and enterprise markets to support these features. Furthermore the ApplianX IP Gateway can be enjoyed at a highly competitive price - helping make the migration path to VoIP more cost effective.

By design, the ApplianX IP Gateway aims to help enterprises reduce operational costs, extend the life of existing TDM based equipment and take advantage of new IP-based services and endpoints by being a resilient, single purpose, ‘plug & play' network appliance.

The ApplianX IP Gateway supports a wide variety of E1 and T1 protocols and approvals so that it can be deployed worldwide and connected to globally dispersed remote offices and service networks.  Protocols include ISDN, NI2, AT&T, CAS and R2.  In addition to basic call control, a number of key supplementary services are supported including: Diversion (Immediate, On Busy, On No Reply); Route Optimisation; Message Waiting Indicator and Transfer.  These services can be converted between SIP, Q.SIG and DPNSS.  Support for such features allows investment in legacy equipment such as PBXs to be protected - they can remain in service while enterprises take advantage of new IP-based services and endpoints.

Further enhancements include a wider range of routing options for SIP-to-TDM or SIP-to-SIP.  In addition, for integration with SIP systems supporting redundancy, the gateway provides load balancing between endpoints on a round robin basis, so that calls can be automatically routed away from unresponsive endpoints.  Coupled with the gateway's ability to fallback to TDM should the SIP network fail, means that calls can still be made and received even if there is a problem with the IP network.

Faye McClenahan, Head of Strategic Marketing at Aculab commented "We are very excited about the new features to be included in the ApplianX IP Gateway.  All have been added as a direct result to customer feedback and demand." Faye continued "Our expertise in network protocols has enabled Aculab to support supplementary services over SIP, DPNSS and Q.SIG. This breadth of support simply hasn't been available in a low cost ‘plug and play' gateway appliance before."

The ability to support 1, 2, 4 or 8 E1/T1 trunks makes the ApplianX IP Gateway a good fit for a range of deployment scenarios in both enterprise and service provider networks.  The ApplianX IP Gateway is easily configured and administered via a web HTML interface.  The completion of a five step wizard is all that is required to have the ApplianX IP Gateway ready to accept calls.  A range of ApplianX tools are available to further assist with the configuration of the gateway - the ApplianX Search Tool, to help find ApplianX devices on the network and the ApplianX Trace Tool that captures previous or live protocol trace and decodes and/or displays it.



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