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mobilkom austria, and fring, a mobile Internet service and community service provider, have jointly launched a partner program for internet experiences including mVoIP, instant messaging and more.

Following the adoption of the SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) telecommunications standard, fring has developed a dedicated version of its mobile client to support the functionalities of mobilkom austria's service A1 over IP, along with additional popular internet communities. This is said to be a first step of the partner program -  fring plans to expand its portfolio to include additional features of mobilkom austria's A1 over IP, providing a true convergence of residential and mobile SIP telephony, mobile community and mobile internet provision.

Hannes Ametsreiter, CMO mobilkom austria and CMO Telekom Austria TA said, explaining the objectives of the partner program: "Internet services and mobile communications will become increasingly integrated. We were among the first operators to adopt the international SIP standard. Through the partnership with fring we can demonstrate today how the two worlds will merge in the future."

Avi Shechter, fring co-founder and CEO, added: "We are delighted to be working with mobilkom austria, a network operator who is among the first to truly embrace mobile internet communication and communities and build it into their business.  The A1 over IP offering demonstrates mobilkom austria's leadership and the commercial opportunities and rich user benefits available by offering integration into fring's mobile internet community and communication service."

A1 over IP was launched by mobilkom austria in 2007, primarily as a service for the PC, offering customers the possibility to make calls via ‘Voice over IP' using their mobile phone number, accept calls to the phone number on the PC and send and receive text messages on their computer. From the start, instant messaging as well as the presence function, which signals the online availability of all call parties, were elementary components of the service.

Following the launch of the partner program, these functionalities will also be supported by fring, which will continuously expand its portfolio to support all new features of A1 over IP, just as with traditional internet communities. As a result, users of the mobile version of this VoIP application will be able to keep in contact with their friends via the same service as on the PC.

New research has forecast that over 400 million mobile subscribers worldwide will use their mobile phones for ticketing by 2013. However, the study concluded that trials and pilots are not being implemented into full mobile ticketing services as quickly as expected for several reasons including bar code reading issues, lack of reader infrastructure and availability of NFC (Near Field Communications) handsets.

The Juniper Research report found that the leading sector will be transport, followed by entertainment and then sporting events. The Far East and China region is leading the market, driven by adoption in Japan particularly amongst rail travellers. In addition airlines are beginning to offer mobile ticket purchasing. Outside the transport segment, the report identified a number of ground-breaking trials and services, such as by cinema chains in India which buys 37% of all movie tickets sold worldwide. In addition a number of football and baseball teams are beginning to offer mobile options for ticket purchase and delivery; however, many venues still require a printed ticket to gain entry.  

Juniper report author Howard Wilcox pointed out: "Mobile ticketing offers exciting new opportunities for ticket issuers to achieve increased sales including targeted last-minute sales campaigns. For example, tickets for the sporting event or movie happening ‘tomorrow' or ‘tonight' could be marketed directly to known fans."

However, Wilcox warned that whilst NFC mobile user trial results such as O2 in London and BART in San Francisco have been encouraging, market traction will be determined by the availability of NFC phones and the speed of installation of NFC readers.

TapRoot Systems, a developer of software solutions for the smartphone market, has announced that its "always-with-you" WalkingHotSpot internet connectivity solution is now available to purchase directly from www.walkinghotspot.com. 
 
With a one-time software download to a Wi-Fi enabled smartphone, WalkingHotSpot is said to transform Windows Mobile 6 and S60 3G/Wi-Fi smartphones into "walking" hotspots. Users can securely retrieve e-mails, as well as browse the Internet, on Wi-Fi enabled devices such as laptops and MP3 players.  Wireless subscribers can forget about data cards, cables, dongles and multiple service/hotspot plans, because WalkingHotSpot allows the option of consolidating connectivity subscriptions and expenses into one economical solution.
 
The WalkingHotSpot team is touring Europe this week to introduce this award-winning application. "WalkingHotSpot was launched as a beta-trial earlier this year, and Europe has proven to be one of our top markets," comments Bob Bicksler, CEO of TapRoot Systems. "Combining the proliferation of smartphones in Europe with the mature 3G infrastructure makes a strong user scenario for WalkingHotSpot. We see Europe as a significant market for this application. With WalkingHotSpot, users can feel confident they have a reliable, secure, inexpensive and readily-available internet connection wherever and whenever they need it," Bicksler continues.

Mobile Streams, a global mobile content enabler, has announced the launch of the first solely advertising-funded mobile internet site which provides a range of regularly updated mobile content free of charge to users.

"We think that ad-funded mobile content is an important part of the future mobile marketing and advertising business and have therefore developed technology to support ad-funding into our Vuesia technology platform so that  it can easily be deployed on new sites and services operated by ourselves as well as third party media companies who want to rapidly develop and deploy ad-funded mobile sites," commented Simon Buckingham, CEO of Mobile Streams.

To test the features, Mobile Streams says it has chosen to initially target the savvy adult market by making hundreds of video clips available on the free site Prontube.mobi as consumers are familiar with the concept of advertising based internet sites and the options available through the site banners, links, animated features and buttons.

The site is generated by Mobile Streams' proprietary technology platform, Vuesia. In addition to full, device specific, rendering of the portal's content, Vuesia has the ability to talk to multiple ad vending servers at any one time. Glenn de Smidt, Chief Technology Officer at Mobile Streams added: "Our ad serving technology sets us apart from the competition with our advanced capability to plug several ad servers into Vuesia at once."

Juniper Networks, a leader in high-performance networking, today announced the Intelligent Services Edge, a fully integrated portfolio of new hardware and software features that address business challenges for customers building and expanding high-performance networks. Leveraging the architectural integrity of Juniper's powerful JUNOS software and advanced M- and MX-series platforms, the Intelligent Services Edge will enable providers to deliver a comprehensive range of services over a single operating system with maximum scale. The advancements facilitate intelligent convergence at the edge, which drives network monetization by speeding deployment of new services and reducing operational costs and complexity.

As providers continue to rapidly expand their service portfolios, the ability to converge services across a set of intelligent edge routing platforms will greatly enhance scale, performance and operational efficiency. Juniper continues to address customers' technical and business challenges with the Intelligent Services Edge, which leverages a single, consistent operating system and high-performance hardware to flexibly deliver many service types-including broadband routing, voice, multimedia and integrated security, as well as application-level awareness. Service providers and enterprises will be able to use these new enhancements to fuel revenue growth and operational efficiencies.

"As one of the world's leading telecommunications companies, Deutsche Telekom is always looking for innovations that help us monetize our network by enabling the delivery of fast and flexible services while improving operational efficiency and service quality," said Wolfgang Schmitz, senior vice president, Deutsche Telekom. "We are pleased to see Juniper enhance its portfolio with today's Intelligent Services Edge announcement, which can deliver a portfolio of integrated hardware and software features that enable intelligent convergence at the network edge.

"We are pleased with the new edge enhancements from Juniper Networks," said Saverio Orlando, executive director of Network Department, Telecom Italia. "The Intelligent Services Edge further demonstrates that the vision and strategy of Telecom Italia and Juniper are aligned. This is another step that will allow us to reduce the costs of building and scaling our network infrastructure, while concurrently enhancing service delivery and network flexibility.

JUNOS software is the trusted network operating system fueling Juniper's leadership in high-performance networking and is the industry's only network operating system delivering the Power of One: one software release train, one modular architecture and one operating system across multiple routing, switching and security platforms. With today's announcement, Juniper will further enhance JUNOS to address a wide range of edge services, establishing the Intelligent Services Edge as one of the industry's most versatile service delivery portfolios.

The Intelligent Services Edge will extend the power of JUNOS by adding the following advanced edge services:

  • Broadband Services Routing: extends subscriber management technology from the market-leading E-series Broadband Services Routers to the M- and MX-series platforms
  • Dynamic Application Awareness: leverages Juniper's leadership in security and policy management to provide stateful, subscriber-aware application monitoring, enabling advanced, application-specific service levels and QoS treatments
  • Intrusion Prevention: provides application layer security leveraging Juniper Networks advanced Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) technology
  • Session Border Control functionality: manages VoIP and multimedia sessions to ensure quality of service and security for VoIP and multimedia applications

These integrated features will greatly simplify the network edge for service providers by reducing the number of network elements and operating systems within the network. This simplification creates an environment where services can be implemented more rapidly since integration among network devices and with back office systems is minimized. Additionally, by decreasing the need for service-specific appliances, the Intelligent Services Edge can reduce power, space and cooling requirements.

"The dynamic evolution of interactive and multimedia Web applications is driving further broadband deployments, both in fixed networks as well as mobile," said Ed Chang, head of IP Connectivity Business Line, Nokia Siemens Networks. "As a leading global enabler of communications services, we are confident that Juniper's Intelligence Service Edge portfolio will enable our service provider customers to deliver new, exciting and profitable services to consumers with reduced operational expenditure.

To ensure investment protection of its edge routing portfolio and provide the performance and scale necessary to support advanced applications, Juniper is also delivering a range of new hardware for its M- and MX-series portfolio as part of the Intelligent Services Edge. The new hardware improves the performance, scalability and efficiency of these widely deployed platforms, and can be added non-disruptively to existing systems.

For the MX-series Ethernet Services Routers, Juniper is introducing the MultiServices DPC, a high performance, purpose-built processing engine that will enable customers to run the new JUNOS services announced today without impacting the routers' forwarding performance. The MultiServices DPC will provide a flexible and dedicated services engine that drives revenue by enabling the rapid deployment of new revenue generating services, and ensures consistent, high performance for these advanced services. With the MultiServices DPC, customers will also be able to deploy security features such as stateful firewall, NAT and IPSec directly on the MX-series router, as well as routing and switching capabilities.

In addition to powering the new JUNOS services listed above, the MultiServices DPC can also host innovative applications developed by customers and partners through Juniper's Open IP Solution Development Program (OSDP). Through the OSDP, Juniper Networks provides access to the Partner Solution Development Platform (PSDP) that enables customers and partners to develop specialized applications on its best-in-class JUNOS software. The PSDP continues to grow with new partners and customers developing innovative applications, such as the video monitoring application under development by Triveni Digital announced separately today.

The MX-series will also be enhanced with the addition of a new Flexible PIC Concentrator that provides packet over SONET capabilities, leveraging the same OC-48 and OC-192 Physical Interface Cards (PICs) used for M- and T-series platforms. This will enable providers to use the MX-series to connect to traditional, non-Ethernet-based networks for the first time, providing maximum investment protection and reducing sparing costs by leveraging M- and T-series PICs.

Juniper will also enhance the scale and performance of its M-series multiservice routers by extending next generation packet processing hardware to its M7i and M10i systems. Available on a new forwarding engine board, which can be purchased separately and added non-disruptively to existing chassis, the new hardware will enable customers to leverage existing investments to keep costs at a minimum. With the upgraded processing board, the M7i and M10i can deliver up to 68 percent more capacity, while using 57 percent less power per Gigabit, when compared with competitively sized systems.

"JUNOS has long been a key differentiator for Juniper, and with the Intelligent Services Edge, we are further extending our leadership by leveraging JUNOS as the foundation for many more advanced edge services such as application awareness, broadband routing, security, voice and multimedia," said Manoj Leelanivas, senior vice president and general manager of the Edge and Aggregation Business Unit, Juniper Networks. "Our customers will continue to benefit from the operational efficiency and simplicity of a single network operating system in additional parts of their network and, together with the Partner Solution Development Platform, can create and deploy a virtually limitless number of services on JUNOS. This will enable service providers to monetize their networks by improving service flexibility and velocity, while also delivering maximum scale to meet increasing demand for new services."

Juniper Networks, a leader in high-performance networking, today announced that Triveni Digital, Inc., a leading provider of digital signal monitoring and analysis solutions and subsidiary of LG Electronics (LGE), has joined the Juniper Networks Open IP Solution Development Program (OSDP). As a member of the OSDP, Juniper Networks provides Triveni Digital with access to the Partner Solution Development Platform (PSDP) that enables customers and partners to develop specialized applications on its best-in-class JUNOS software.

The PSDP provides Triveni Digital with a powerful set of resources, including a software development kit (SDK) with intelligent and secure interfaces to JUNOS routing and service functions, and technical and business support. The SDK allows applications to utilize JUNOS features to create a more compelling integrated solution.  By building on top of JUNOS software, customers and partners can save time and expenses in application development, deployment and in on-going operation costs.

Triveni Digital plans to use the SDK to integrate its StreamScope video monitoring solution with Juniper Networks JUNOS software to enable deep MPEG analysis for application on Juniper Networks high-performance edge routers.  The aim is to help service providers quickly identify video quality issues at multiple packet layers in both IPTV and RF video networks. The embedded real-time network application is expected to simplify operations, while delivering an enhanced level of customer satisfaction through improved responsiveness and service quality. The StreamScope JUNOS application will be designed to work seamlessly with existing standalone StreamScope deployments, bringing all the benefits of Triveni Digital's system-wide monitoring and troubleshooting architecture.

"Coming from a heritage of innovation, we pride ourselves in partnering with companies who share the same objectives of providing flexible, scalable and best-in-class solutions that give customers a strong competitive advantage," said Mark Simpson, president and CEO, Triveni Digital, Inc. "By integrating our StreamScope technology and JUNOS software using the PSDP, Juniper and Triveni Digital will enable our common customers to provide the highest quality of video services more reliably and with a higher scalability."

The inherent security and stability of JUNOS software, combined with its modular architecture and single-source code, provides a proven foundation for delivering best-in-class performance, with an attractive total cost of ownership. With continuous systems availability, intelligence and automated operations efficiency, JUNOS software offers providers a unique view of the services and network availability their customers require, which helps them to deliver an enhanced user experience.

"We're pleased to be partnering with Triveni Digital, who offers an extensive array of video experience and video signal management solutions, which when integrated with JUNOS, will enable our customers to deliver the highest quality video experience," said Manoj Leelanivas, senior vice president and general manager of the Edge Aggregation Business Unit, Juniper Networks. "The powerful combination of our customers' and partners' unique expertise with the high-performance JUNOS software will continue to accelerate the pace of innovation in our industry and our customers' business models."

Cisco announced today that Broadcast Service Danmark A/S (BSD) has selected a Cisco MPEG encoding and Internet Protocol (IP) video system platform to enhance terrestrial distribution for national and regional TV broadcasters in Denmark. The Cisco solution will help BSD optimize its current MPEG-2 digital terrestrial television (DTT) multiplex and meet the upcoming requirements of four new MPEG-4 nationwide DTT multiplexes in Denmark.

Broadcast Service Danmark A/S is the prime provider of terrestrial transmission services in Denmark. The company also provides antenna and equipment leasing, construction, and maintenance for terrestrial broadcast networks, as well as operating and technical support services to the national broadcasters.  BSD has chosen the Cisco encoding platform for its comprehensive video networks because of the system's versatility and superb video quality.

"We have come to rely upon Cisco as a trusted advisor for collaboration on architectures that meet the needs of BSD and our broadcast customers," said Finn Søndergaard Pedersen, chief executive officer of Broadcast Service Danmark A/S. "The Cisco Digital Media and Broadcast team and our technical staff have created the right encoding and IP statistical multiplexing solution for our customers and created a final design that meets our critical business plan goals."

Highlights of the system include local and distributed IP statistical multiplexing, IP-based aggregation of services using cost-effective IP-based video transport within the BSD encoding and video processing facility. This reduces the need for multiple ASI routers and ASI aggregation multiplexers and minimizes cabling. The IP video signals from the MPEG-4 AVC encoders are delivered to the Cisco Digital Content Manager (DCM) (Model D9900) for creation of nationwide DTT multiplexes. The MPEG-4 AVC video channel bouquets are transmitted to the re-multiplexing facilities in Denmark, where each DTT multiplex will be completed by the insertion of correct Service Information (SI). The SI is produced by the ROSA SI Manager. In addition to handling the statistical multiplexing operations, the Cisco Digital Content Manager also introduces third-party conditional access to protect valuable programming. BSD is planning to install Cisco headends at a number of locations in preparation for the analogue switch-off in Denmark in November 2009.

Additional key Cisco components in the BSD system include the ROSA Network Management System, which coordinates encoder backup via the ROSA Element Manager back-up task and provides overall system monitoring. Cisco Catalyst Layer 3 switches handle the IP aggregation of the encoders, and Cisco switches connect each piece of equipment to the management system.

With the support from 7 layers, a specialist in wireless communications testing, LG Electronics has enlarged its in-house test capacities. It took LG only a short time to become an officially recognized Bluetooth Test Facility (BRTF). 7 layers set-up an InterLab Bluetooth RF Test Solution in the laboratories of LG and provided information and training to speed up the accreditation process.

LG uses the InterLab Bluetooth RF Test Solution, which is based on the InterLab System Software with integrated Rohde & Schwarz instruments. "We mainly chose this system because of its high automation level", says Jagon Lee at Q&R Center of LG Electronics. "Full automation, as ensured by this Bluetooth test solution, is a must for us, since testing is becoming both faster and more reliable at the same time. The additional training sessions and the valuable information we got from 7 layers, helped us considerably in order to quickly achieve the accreditation status. Since both quality and speed are important to our success, the services from 7 layers suited us perfectly."

"Working with LG on this project was a great pleasure for us, says Tom Wellner from 7 layers. "The experienced engineers from LG were well prepared and cooperative. It only took a short time to set-up the new system in their already extensive laboratories, which they can now use, both for development and qualification test processes. Should any questions arise, we are very happy to further support them via our Bluetooth service centers in Korea or Irvine."

In order to cover its continuously growing test demands, LG had already set-up an in-house test laboratory based on software-tools and services from 7 layers. The Bluetooth RF Test Solution, they have now implemented, covers all RF tests defined by the Bluetooth Specification version 2.1+EDR, which are necessary for qualifying modern Bluetooth products with enhanced data rate throughput. It is an ideal tool for the efficient qualification of such modern high tech products as LG is developing and manufacturing.

Genexis, a specialist in the development, manufacturing and marketing of active CPEs (Customer Premises Equipment) for FTTH projects, has announced the availability of a Gigabit FTTH gateway with 10 times more bandwidth.

"This unit that can now be delivered to our customers and provides each user with a connection of 1000 megabits per second for triple play services including broadband internet, HDTV, IPTV, telephony, and more," says Gerlas van den Hoven, managing director of Genexis. "We have developed this new model because network operators are continuously demanding higher bandwidth for their customers. With this bandwidth our customers can build super-fast and future-proof networks. Moreover, this new unit is fully compliant with industry standards such as IEEE 1000Base-BX10 and 802.3ah, and is designed to be used in open access networks whereby multiple service providers deliver their services over a single fiber infrastructure."

The new Gigabit version as well as the existing 100 Megabit version that is also available will be supplied with a new and modern housing. Both models offer a combination of multi-services broadband, simple but powerful network management, ease of installation and the possibility to install the passive fiber network first and install the active part of the CPE at a later stage. They are also equipped with 4 active Ethernet ports that can be individually provisioned and managed and can be used for data, IPTV, HDTV and VoIP. Optional are 2 analog voice ports as well as a CATV port. It is also possible to supply the units in a 'single fiber' version, whereby the analog TV signal is combined with the digital data signal over a single fiber. All versions, including the Gigabit version, are available for immediate shipping.

"This Gigabit version is a great extension of our product portfolio and offers, besides the higher bandwidth, also smart fiber management with modular active components" says Gerlas van den Hoven. "The introduction of this Gigabit model as well as our growing customer base that includes KPN, Reggefiber and the City of Amsterdam, confirms our leading position in the FTTH market."

Trance Telecom has announced the launch of new hosted softswitch service for VoIP operators which is called ColloBOX. The service was introduced after an international transit VoIP operator Trance Telecom had applied MVTS II, the award-winning product developed by MERA Systems.

ColloBox hosted softswitch-based services open up a whole new world of opportunities for business development. They allow to effectively carry out all functions necessary for work and stable growth of operators' network ensuring the concentration and switching of VoIP traffic with billing and call routing based on quality and route profitability.  The service also implies a convenient analytics and reporting system as well as integrated mechanism of profitability control.

Today the leading telecommunication providers are vividly discussing a rapid development and growth of VoIP services market. With due regard for unrivaled quality of MERA Systems' products combined with the cost, speed and simplicity of ColloBOX deployment, the cooperation with Trance Telecom considerably lowers initial investments into the equipment as well as operational costs and network maintenance service costs, thereby providing competitive advantage to the operator.

Trance Telecom and MERA Systems are going to present their updated product portfolios at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK held on October, 19-23 in Dubai. There the leading international operators will have an opportunity to get acquainted with products and services of MERA Systems and Trance Telecom.

 

 

Nokia Siemens Networks has started to provide its customers with Long Term Evolution (LTE) compatible Flexi Multimode Base Station hardware which offers a smooth path to the future ultra-high speed wireless broadband. Only a software upgrade needed to achieve full LTE functionality.

By the end of 2008, Nokia Siemens Networks will be delivering the new LTE-ready hardware to more than 10 major mobile operators in Europe, Asia and North America, reinforcing its position as the frontrunner in LTE with a scalable, flat architecture. Nokia Siemens Networks' shipments of fully LTE-compatible Flexi Base Station hardware indicate a major milestone on the journey towards LTE technology which is the next step in mobile network evolution for both the GSM/WCDMA/HSPA and CDMA operators.

LTE networks will transform the user experience, taking mobile broadband services to a new level where browsing, email, video sharing, music downloads and many more applications will be immediately available, without any noticeable delay. This will be enabled by faster response times and improved throughput, with latency - the responsiveness of the network - down to 10-20 ms and peak rates of up to 173/58 Mbps (downlink/uplink, 20MHz, MIMO). By evolving its Flexi Multimode Base Station hardware to support LTE, Nokia Siemens Networks provides a future-proof, easy and cost-efficient path to LTE via a software upgrade. This capability of Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Base Stations is unmatched in the industry. The software upgrade will be available from the second half of 2009.

Matthias Reiss, head of LTE Radio of Nokia Siemens Networks, said: "LTE promises an exciting and radical transformation of the wireless experience with rich and fast multimedia services of incredible quality. And with the start of this LTE-compatible hardware, Nokia Siemens Networks promises its customers the smoothest migration to LTE possible. With only a software upgrade needed, the evolution to LTE radio network cannot be easier than this."

THUS has today announced that it has won a contract to supply the Healthcare Commission with a next-generation communications network worth up to £17m.  The network will initially carry data, voice and Internet traffic and provide a platform for further upgrades including managed, hosted Unified Communications services to be deployed in the future.

The Healthcare Commission is the independent watchdog for healthcare in England promoting continuous improvement in the services provided by the NHS and independent healthcare organisations. The Commission will use the fully managed solution supplied by THUS to carry IP traffic to its sites across the country.   The Commission selected THUS as the solution best met its requirement for a secure and reliable network, with capability to take on additional IP communications services at the appropriate time. Further roll-outs could include a hosted IP Communications solution to combine voice and video conferencing, PSTN voice break out and mobile voice and data.

Mike Holderness, IT Service Manager at The Healthcare Commission, commented:  "During the tendering process THUS was attentive to our requirements and have delivered an excellent solution tailored to the Commission's needs and aspirations. We were impressed by the technology behind THUS's advanced converged network and are confident that THUS has the skills and experience to operate and manage the network and importantly to deliver high quality customer service.  THUS has provided us with a network that will deliver efficiencies this year while at the same time establishing a platform able to absorb future services and network growth."

David Crawford, Director at THUS, a Cable&Wireless business, commented:  "THUS has significant experience in the public sector and a track record of delivering best of class managed solutions with a strong focus on customer service.  Delivering on our promises to provide the highest quality in terms of both network performance and consultancy will continue under the new Cable&Wireless ownership along with a commitment to provide only the best levels of service to all customers."

THUS will provide The Healthcare Commission with a fully managed solution covering voice and data services, support, maintenance, consultancy, network monitoring and disaster recovery.  THUS will have operational responsibility for the network and is committed to clearly defined service levels for network availability and fault management times. THUS's Customer Management Centre monitors networks 24 hours a day and provides the expertise to analyse and manage the fault resolution process. 

MERA Systems will be showcasing its comprehensive VoIP product portfolio at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK 2008 on October 19-23, 2008 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

As one of the world's leading technology events, GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK has been instrumental in supporting and facilitating the tremendous growth in the region's ICT industry for 28 years, with 2008 set to be the most spectacular in its history. This year's GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK will incorporate a powerful week of dedicated trade events, including GITEX Business Solutions, GULFCOMMS and Consumer Electronics, as well as targeted networking initiatives designed to ensure the event covers the entire technology spectrum. The event is to provide one of the most effective platforms for many of the leading brands in the ICT Industry to meet existing clients, attract new customers, launch new products and services, heighten brand awareness and meet a comprehensive list of worldwide press.

At the exhibition MERA Systems will proudly present a family of best-in-class VoIP softswitches: MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch II (MVTS II), MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch Pro (MVTS Pro) and MERA IP Centrex.

MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch II represents a next-generation switching platform with a geographically distributed architecture targeted towards carriers running 3+ million minutes of VoIP calls per month.The solution is enhanced with flexible routing and billing capabilities and features native support of SIP, H.323 and their variants, along with advanced transcoding and partitioning capabilities.

Another product in a family of VoIP softswitches is MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch Pro. Being a high-performance class 4 softswitch with session border controller functionality and distributed modular architecture that supports SIP and H.323, MVTS Pro easily integrates into the existing network and a RADIUS API allows interaction with external billing applications and billing management systems.

MERA Systems has also developed a full-featured class 5 softswitch MERA IP Centrex which allows VoIP providers to offer hosted PBX services over IP. MERA IP Centrex delivers 20+ value added services and allows carriers to implement various deployment scenarios.

MERA Systems is pleased to invite you to visit the company's stand # Z-11(Zabeel hall) that will be staffed with qualified managers who are always ready to provide expert advice on the company's products.

KEYMILE's MileGate Next-Generation access platform now features integrated CESoP functionality to transmit TDM services via packet networks, which makes network migration to All-IP significantly easier. SHDSL-EFM functions have also been extended to implement symmetrical Ethernet fixed line network connections for business customer services.

KEYMILE, a leading manufacturer and supplier of Next-Generation access systems, has given the functionality of its MileGate multi-service access platform another major boost. The first innovation concerns the transmission of TDM voice and data services via packet networks (CESoP = Circuit Emulation Services over Packet.) To network operators this function means that they can now for the first time carry out a complete migration of the access network to an All-IP network, not just for voice, but also for data services. Even if data transmission in the core network is carried out via Ethernet/IP, operators can in the future provide existing TDM services to end customers in the usual quality and at the same level of reliability.

CESoP packages the continuous TDM data stream in packets, adds a suitable header containing timing information, and transmits the packets over the network. On the receiving end, the packets are converted back to the original TDM data stream and can as a result be processed with traditional TDM technology such as voice exchanges. The correct, precise and stable timing recovery of the TDM signal during regeneration is vital to maintaining the same service quality as a native TDM transmission. This capability is the special strength of the MileGate solution. CESoP functions are for example suitable for the following applications: PABX coupling, 2Mbps TDM leased lines, V.35 or X.21 leased lines and connecting GSM/UMTS base stations via packet networks.

The second new development in the MileGate platform is an SHDSL EFM line card. With the EFM card (Ethernet in the First Mile,) network operators can now use Ethernet from the exchange to the end customer. The EFM card uses Ethernet on the subscriber line and therefore standardises the transmission between subscriber and core network. This saves operating costs and makes launching new services more economical. SHDSL-EFM transmission means that services like symmetrical Ethernet fixed line network connections, broadband Internet and video conferencing can be provided. Business networks can also be linked with each other at high speeds as layer 2 VPM. Because of the greater transmission range and the ability to bundle several transmission wires (pair bonding), SHDSL-EFM is particularly interesting when providing business customer services.

The MileGate access platform has also benefited from numerous further enhancements, for instance in expanded multicasting for IPTV and improved QoS functionality for triple-play applications. Ethernet LAN services for business users now encompass transparent LAN services for multipoint-to-multipoint connections, as well as private-line services for point-to-point connections.

With the functional enhancements of the Next-Generation access platform MileGate, KEYMILE is supporting network operators in building future-proof infrastructure.

    

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