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VIRTUAL PBX AND GIZMO5 ANNOUNCE COMBINED BUSINESS-CLASS VOIP SERVICE AT AN AGGRESSIVE NEW PRICE POINT

Virtual PBX’s iVPBX Service Delivers Full-featured, End-to-End VoIP for Businesses for One-Fourth the Cost of Competing Products or Less


Virtual PBX®, the inventor and leading supplier of hosted business phone services, and Gizmo5, the leading standards-based consumer calling service, today announced a new collaboration that gives clients a complete business-class phone solution that offers the industry’s deepest feature set at a price level well below the current industry standard.


Built on an open-system VoIP peering platform, the new service combines the feature-rich products of both companies. As part of the announcement, Virtual PBX has launched iVPBX,

a new product that provides customers with unlimited inbound calling and no per-minute fees at a price of just under $10 per seat — about one-fourth to one-fifth the cost of most competing plans. Gizmo5 clients who use the new iVPBX product can send calls by IP directly to their Gizmo phones at no cost.


“This deeper relationship with Gizmo5 is a sound next step for Virtual PBX, following on its innovative open VoIP peering technology announced last November,” said Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst of the Enderle Group. “The attractive pricing for its new iVPBX product comes at an ideal time given the current economic conditions, and continues Virtual PBX’s leadership in supporting the small business market.”


Virtual PBX has been delivering calls to businesses through its hosted PBX service since 1997. Typically, companies using the service have one main business number for clients to call. Virtual PBX takes those calls, answers them with a “virtual” attendant, and then delivers them to employees using any kind of phone, in any location. This has enabled small firms and those with distributed employees to portray a professional phone image and get top-end features without the expense or maintenance hassles of purchasing their own telecommunications hardware.


Traditional Virtual PBX pricing plans include a varying number of free minutes with a price of 4.4 to 6.5 cents per minute for additional usage. With the new iVPBX product, available now, calls coming in on a local number and sent to a Gizmo5 phone will have no per-minute fee for unlimited use. For more information on iVPBX, visit www.virtualpbx.com/plans-and-prices.


Gizmo5 offers VoIP services to both consumers and businesses. Users can make and receive calls from any computer with browser access to the Internet, or use Gizmo5 to power IP phones. Gizmo adds a whole host of features like call recording, IM, file sharing, and much more. Setting up a Gizmo5 account is free, and so are inbound calls to a Gizmo client, with a small fee for outbound dialing. By adding the Virtual PBX service, business users of Gizmo5 gain all the advantages of a high-end PBX, such as an auto-attendant, transferring calls between users, and routing calls to departments though ACD queues.


“We’re very excited about this partnership,” said Paul Hammond, CEO of Virtual PBX. “Our new iVPBX product gives users a very low-cost plan with unlimited usage, and the combination of Virtual PBX and Gizmo5 delivers the best of both worlds at a fraction of the cost of typical hosted IP-PBX offerings.”


Michael Robertson, CEO of Gizmo5, commented, “For Gizmo5 business customers, Virtual PBX’s new iVPBX product adds top-flight PBX services with no hardware or software costs. This is a great example of how standards-based SIP can benefit both service providers and users.”


Both companies will be promoting the partnership. More information about the products and the partnership can be found at www.virtualpbx.com/gizmo5 and www.gizmo5.com/pc/network/virtualpbx.


About Gizmo5

Gizmo5, www.gizmo5.com, is the largest standards-based calling and IM network offering VoIP and IM. Gizmo5 serves more than six million consumer and business users with freely downloadable Microsoft Windows and Macintosh OSX software, mobile software for J2ME and Symbian phones and a Web-based IM solution with callback available at www.giz5.com.


About Virtual PBX

Virtual PBX believes you never get a second chance to make a good first impression – especially when it comes to serving your customers. Our hosted PBX phone service gives small and growing businesses a professional, fully automated call answering and routing solution that can be up and running in a matter of minutes. With Virtual PBX, your employees, whether in one location or far-flung, can focus on serving your customers while we provide the advanced features and responsiveness that give you a competitive edge. We also offer a backup phone service to ensure your business stays up and running should disaster strike. For more information on how your business can benefit from our innovation and passionate commitment to great customer service, visit us on the Web at www.virtualpbx.com.


Virtual PBX is a trademark of VirtualPBX.com, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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IntelePeer and Tekmark Team to Add Power of Voice and Rich Media to Business Applications

Companies are Jointly Developing, Marketing and Selling Unique Microsoft Live Services Applications Enhanced Using IntelePeer AppworX Platform


SAN MATEO, CA — March 31, 2009 — IntelePeer Inc., a leader in cost-effective hosted on-demand rich media communications, today announced an agreement to integrate powerful Voice 2.0 and rich media features into business applications with Tekmark® Global Solutions LLC, one of the nation’s largest privately held providers of information technology, communications and consulting services to companies worldwide.


Using the IntelePeer AppworXâ„¢ open communications platform, IntelePeer and Tekmark are co-developing applications based on Microsoft Windows Live Services that use voice, streaming video, communication and conferencing capabilities that drive new business process efficiencies and productivity. By using the hosted AppworX platform as a foundation, Tekmark will significantly reduce the time, up-front development costs and business risks typically involved in bringing powerful new business applications to market, while reducing communications and capital costs.


The jointly developed applications will allow Tekmark’s and IntelePeer’s customers to deploy new services, such as streamed video, click-to-call connections, automatic conferences, and SMS blast or voice blast messages. With these enhanced services, vendors and service providers can drive new revenue opportunities while streamlining operations.


“We serve a wide range of global corporations that look to Tekmark to provide communications and technology applications that will enhance productivity and give them a competitive advantage,” said David Donohue, vice president of telecom applications, Tekmark Global Solutions. “By working with IntelePeer, we can blend innovative voice and rich-media services into business applications and services, while delivering carrier-grade reliability and performance that is vital for our customers. At the same time, we can offer our customers significant cost savings in their telecom expenditures.”


In addition to joint development, IntelePeer and Tekmark will also collaborate on marketing and sales of the customized Web and enterprise applications. Joint projects include a wide range of business services, such as an emergency service notification system in the public safety sector enhanced with voice blast and SMS services. The joint offering provides the marketplace with a cost-effective means of providing telecom services that reduce their current operational expenses.


“This relationship with Tekmark, a world-class systems integrator, shows the promise and value we offer for global systems integrators,” said John Hart, senior vice president of business development and marketing for IntelePeer. “With Tekmark, we see tremendous opportunities to develop, integrate and deploy high-value new business services enhanced with powerful rich media and Voice 2.0 features. By teaming together, we are creating new cost savings for our customers while building value and driving new revenue opportunities.”


About Tekmark Global Solutions


Tekmark Global Solutions, LLC (www.tekmarkinc.com) provides information technology, telecom services, and business solutions to a broad range of Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Tekmark’s client list is comprised of top companies in the telecommunications, financial services, technology, insurance, health care, pharmaceutical, and logistics industries, as well as state and city government. Tekmark’s expertise lies in developing and integrating information systems, operating and improving technology and business processes, and helping clients evolve to the next generation of technologies. As one of the largest privately held technology and telecom solutions providers, Tekmark delivers innovative, cost-effective, results-driven solutions to help clients excel in their market place.


About IntelePeer

IntelePeer, www.IntelePeer.com, a leader in hosted on-demand rich media communications, enables carriers, businesses and software vendors to easily deliver voice and multimedia capabilities to any phone or network-connected device – without incurring up-front capital costs. Through our innovative, communications-as-a-service (CaaS) platform, IntelePeer AppworXâ„¢, our SuperRegistryâ„¢ and our extensive peering grid, we provide our customers with the platform to offer high-quality interactive voice, video, SMS, data and other rich-media services while providing significant cost savings for their telecommunication expenditures. Through intuitive APIs, Web Services, and brandable widgets and applets, IntelePeer removes the complexity of telecom and opens network functions to mainstream developers who are creating voice-Web “mashups” and communications-enabled business processes embedded into enterprise, webcasting, social networking, entertainment and e-commerce applications. Business professionals who use customer relationship management (CRM) software and common desktop applications such as calendaring and contact management also rely on us for instant access to bridge-to-services, voice blast, video blast, text-to-speech, conferencing and other features that enable communications-enhanced business processes that drive efficiency and deliver cost savings. Based in San Mateo, Calif., we operate our own carrier-grade network carrying more than 6 billion minutes, with worldwide coverage delivered through an IP and TDM peering grid with over 50 leading service provider peering partners. IntelePeer is privately held and is backed by venture capital firms VantagePoint Venture Partners, Kennet Venture Partners, NorthCap Partners and EDF Ventures.


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Optelian Packs Four Times More Capacity onto Fiber

Contact: Louise Boyling

Tel: 1-613-688-8000 x2130 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Email: louise.boyling@optelian.com


Packs Four Times More Capacity onto Fiber


New Muxponder Aggregates 4 OC-48/STM-16/OTU-1 Systems onto 1 Fiber or C/DWDM Wavelength


Ottawa, ON/Marietta, GA March 30th, 2009


Optelian’s new 4 x 2.5 Gb/s Muxponder is a break-through for high-growth networks. Up to four OC-48/STM-16 or OTU-1 systems can now be aggregated into one 10.7 Gb/s OTU-2 signal to go onto a single fiber or onto a single wavelength of a C/DWDM system.


This economical and quick-to-deploy solution is a boon for both established network operators experiencing fiber exhaust due to growth in their networks and for new operators with limited fiber who are trying to expand their businesses.

In addition to aggregation, the muxponder converts the signal to OTU-2, adding the benefits of G.709 OTN. These include spanning longer distances with an additional 6/8.2 dB gain from GFEC/UFEC forward error correction, as well as enhanced performance monitoring paired with protection path switching.


“When used as part of Optelian’s LightGAIN optical transport system, the MPX-3GOTN is astonishingly easy to engineer, install, and turn-up,” said Ellen Warren, Optelian Product Manager. “Whether the network operator has existing OC-48/STM-16 or OTU-1 systems they want to consolidate or whether they want to add these systems but have limited fiber available, this new muxponder dramatically reduces deployment time and cost and brings in revenue faster.”


About Optelian

Optelian designs and manufactures optical transport systems for telecom, multi-service operator (MSO), utility, and enterprise customers worldwide. Since 2002, many of the world’s largest telecommunications network operators have chosen Optelian for quick delivery, custom designs, and great service. Optelian’s carrier-grade system, LightGAIN, saves power and is easy to use. Compact LightGAIN systems support a full range of optical transport applications in all segments of the network.

Optelian sales, service, and marketing are based in Marietta, Georgia; development and manufacturing are based in Ottawa, Ontario. International headquarters are in London, UK, with offices, partners, and distributors worldwide. Optelian is TL 9000-H registered.

For additional information regarding Optelian, please go to www.optelian.com.

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Edgeware and SmartLabs LLC Enter Partnership for Russian Market

SmartLabs LLC offers service delivery platforms for interactive digital television (IPTV, DVB, hybrid, satellite, Internet TV), innovative client applications and revolutionary fast and animated user interfaces for STBs to IPTV and digital TV Service Providers.


SmartLabs’ key platform – SmartTUBE SDP – a converged service delivery platform for interactive television over fixed (IPTV, DVB, hybrid) and wireless (DVB-H, 3G, Wi-Fi, WiMax, etc.) networks with TV broadcasting, PPV, PVR/nPVR, VoD/nVoD, IM, and other services.


SmartTUBE UI client applications are based on a popular animation and graphical engine and supports a wide range of client devices (STBs, mobile phones, media centers, etc.) and is integrated into SmartLabs client application framework – a powerful development environment which has all typical TV user interface objects (windows, menus, lists, etc.), animation templates (motions, movements, object behaviors, etc.) as well as typical client-server interoperability mechanisms (i.e., EPG and VoD content data exchange, available services, etc.). Once created, the UI might be easily transferred to different end-point devices. It allows to move UIs to any new device within one technology (say, IPTV), and it also allows to build hybrid solutions (IPTV, DVB, 3G, Wi-Fi, etc.) assuming that subscribers will use the same interface experience regardless ways they have to access services.


“We see that Edgeware’s newest content distribution flash memory-based network server appliances supplement our solutions for IPTV Service Providers when they need fast, reliable and cost-effective distributed video streaming platform” says Mikhail Grachev, CEO of SmartLabs LLC.

About Edgeware


Edgeware is the supplier of revolutionary server systems for on-demand TV, setting new industry standards for video streaming over IP. Edgeware enables Video On-Demand (VoD), Time Shifted TV, Web TV and Ad-insertion services, with unmatched scalability and at the lowest investment and operational cost on the market.


In 2006 Edgeware pioneered using flash memory by launching a fully solid state flash memory based network appliance, for truly distributed deployment. By combining solid-state flash memory and hardware accelerated streaming, Edgeware offers the most integrated, reliable and power efficient appliances in the industry. The systems solution includes dynamic asset propagation and management to enable highly scalable and resilient architectures with central clusters in combination with caches distributed deep into the network. Caching popular content close to the viewers means substantial savings on network infrastructure and shortened time to market. Edgeware´s server systems have been deployed around the globe by leading Telcos and cable MSOs, and more recently by over the top service providers.


The company is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with a U.S.-based office in San Jose, California.


Edgeware is nominated for the 2009 IPTV World Series Awards in two categories:

“Best On-Demand Technology for IPTV” and “Best Internet TV Technology/Solution”.

These solutions will be showcased at IPTV World Forum in London, March 25-27, Booth 226.


www.edgeware.tv


About SmartLabs LLC


SmartLabs LLC is a leader in service delivery platform (SDP) for interactive digital television (IPTV, DVB, hybrid, satellite, Internet TV), innovative client applications and user interfaces for STBs. SmartLabs LLC is a part of ITG group of companies.


www.smartlabs.tv

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Rundfunk-Anstalt Südtirol enhances Digital Terrestrial TV network with Net Insight’s Nimbra platform

Stockholm, Sweden - RAS expand and upgrade Nimbra- based DTT network in Südtirol, Italy.

 

RAS (Rundfunk-Anstalt Südtirol) is the public broadcasting company in Südtirol and distributes all the German speaking TV and radio broadcasts in this North Italian region. In the beginning of 2007, RAS selected Net Insight’s Nimbra platform for a small initial phase of its DTT network rollout and continued to expand during 2008.

 

Besides the main requirement for cost-efficient transport of ASI video streams and digital radio (DAB) with guaranteed quality of service, RAS was challenged with the topographical conditions of the mountainous region. Reliability was another crucial network design factor, which made RAS to deploy a fully redundant network with Nimbra 360 units.

 

RAS is now upgrading and extending the network with additional transmitter sites, now reaching about 30 transmitters in the area of Südtriol. Net Insight’s Nimbra Vision is also implemented for efficient network management and the unique Time Transfer feature for GPS-free time synchronization is installed in the network.

 

“The Nimbra platform enables us to easily and cost-efficiently transport multiple services in our network at the highest possible quality levels,” says Johann Silbernagl at RAS. “With the new Time Transfer feature we can also implement a Single Frequency Network. SFN networks are mandatory after the analog TV switch-off which is scheduled by the Italian Authority within November 2009 for the area Trentino-Südtirol.”

 

The Nimbra 360 was especially designed for digital terrestrial media networks and its unique multicast capabilities make it easy to distribute both digital TV and radio. DTT networks often require a Single Frequency Network (SFN) where the transmitter stations must be fully synchronized. The integrated Time Transfer feature of the Nimbra platform allows highly accurate distribution of real time over the same network that carries the video signals.

 

“We are delighted to support RAS in their continued network evolution,” says Fredrik TrägÃ¥rdh, CEO of Net Insight. “Our Time Transfer feature reduces the total network investment since GPS receivers are no longer needed at the transmitter sites improving the operating efficiency and reducing operating costs thanks to more reliable and secure operation.”

 


About Net Insight

Net Insight delivers the world’s most efficient and scalable optical transport solution for Broadcast and Media, Digital Terrestrial TV, Mobile TV and IPTV/CATV networks.


Net Insight products truly deliver 100 percent Quality of Service with three times improvement in utilization of bandwidth for a converged transport infrastructure. Net Insight’s Nimbra(TM) platform is the industry solution for video, voice and data, reducing operational costs by 50 percent and enhancing competitiveness in delivery of existing and new media services.


World class customers run mission critical video services over Net Insight products for more than 100 million people in more than 30 countries. Net Insight is quoted on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.netinsight.net

 

About Rundfunk-Anstalt Südtirol

For more information, please visit www.ras.bz.it.

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IXIA CHANGES THE ECONOMICS OF SERVICE VERIFICATION WITH CENTRALIZED SOLUTION FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS

Innovative IxRave solution eliminates need for costly probes while attaining broad network and service visibility


Calabasas, CA – (March 24, 2009) – Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) today announced the expansion of its award-winning IxRave IP Service Verification solution to include Carrier Ethernet and Mobile Backhaul. These capabilities extend IxRave’s VoIP, IPTV, MSO and Enterprise VPN services verification offerings. Service providers can now actively monitor, measure and troubleshoot their converged networks and services using a unified, affordable, centralized solution.


Until now, service providers were frequently limited to multiple, disconnected niche service monitoring tools that could only provide coverage for a portion of the network or service offerings. IxRave actively test all customers’ individual paths with the same type of traffic that they use, ensuring high quality of experience (QoE) and SLA conformance. The IxRave solution empowers service providers to cost effectively achieve broad network layer 2-7 visibility:


- Across IP service types (data, VoIP, IPTV, L3VPN)

- Across network types (DSL, FTTx, Cable/MSO, MPLS, Ethernet Backhaul)

- Across the service life cycle (service activation to proactive monitoring to fault isolation)

- Across demarcation points (customer premise to network edge to the service delivery

platform) and across all subscriber paths


Ixia was recognized by Frost & Sullivan as the market leader for Triple Play Test & Monitoring systems in 2009. IxRave leverages Ixia’s recognized technical leadership and proven test products for routers, switches and integrated multiplay systems. Through a unique architecture that combines Ixia’s centralized test engine, industry-standard embedded software agents, and low-cost appliances, IxRave provides broad end-to-end visibility with QoE metrics.


IxRave is an excellent solution for carriers offering video services because of its unique ability to measure customers’ QoE against pre-defined, objective metrics, including MOS-V and channel zap time. Using centralized test equipment, IxRave is able to access any video channel at any point across the access network, isolating problems to specific network segments. This helps service providers’ call centers often achieve first call resolution on technical issues.


“As access network elements are moved further into the field. (e.g. FTTx) it becomes even more important for carriers to have a cost efficient verification solution that provides full end-to-end coverage,” said Walker Colston, VP of Converged Monitoring. “Prior solutions in the service verification market either were narrowly focused or required a huge investment in test hardware for the access network elements—often resulting in insufficient network coverage. IxRave addresses these requirements in an integrated, scalable solution.”


Most competing products are complex and require IP experts to operate. IxRave’s advanced fault isolation capabilities are built into an intuitive user interface and tightly integrated with existing OSS data—empowering use by tier one call center agents while providing the details needed by tier two and three technicians.


“The blending of digital media and telecommunication services is creating highly sophisticated networks,” said Patrick Kelly of Analysys Mason. “CSPs are demanding fully functional assurance systems capable of supporting multi-service operations. Ixia IxRave provides both multi-service testing capabilities and does it across different technology domains.”


IxRave’s Carrier Ethernet solution leverages the carriers existing OSS system to provide 24×7 monitoring of both network and service quality (QoS and QoE). IxRave’s Mobile Backhaul solution provides service assurance for voice and data backhaul networks to help ensure better service level specification. IxRave offers a “save as you grow” pricing model that enables service providers to quickly deploy effective service verification and achieve tangible results for a modest up front investment with predictable growth.


For more information or to request a demonstration of IxRave, please go to the IxRave web site or visit us at IPTV World Forum, London, March 25-27 Stand # 34 or at the Frost & Sullivan OSS/BSS Summit in Singapore March 25-26. To view a video on IxRave and service verification, please go to http://www.youtube.com/user/IPTVmonitoring.


About Ixia

Ixia is a leading supplier of test, measurement and service verification solutions to Internet equipment manufacturers, carriers, service providers, government agencies and enterprises. Ixia’s platform is used to test IP networking equipment of all types and sizes, with powerful and flexible test applications that handle the widest range of Internet usage – from routing and switching to converged applications traffic to validating the service quality of live networks and services. Ixia’s multiplay test solutions are acknowledged as the market leader – addressing the growing need to test voice, video, and data services and network capability under real-world conditions.


For product image, please go to: www.ixiacom.com/news_and_events/press_kit/images.php


IxRave, Ixia, and the Ixia four-petal logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Ixia. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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Director of Public Relations

Dir: 818-444-2957

kmaloit@ixiacom.com


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Vantage Communications for Ixia

Dir: 415-984-1970 x112

jkutz@pr-vantage.com

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Managment World 2009: Forumville To Spotlight Six Key Strategies

Forumville Sets Strategy for Success at TM Forum’s Management World 2009


TM Forum Innovation Zone to spotlight six key strategies to drive business solutions for today and prepare the industry for the future


MORRISTOWN, NJ, March 26, 2009 –TM Forum, the world’s premier industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, revealed today six key strategies to combat the economic downturn and prepare the industry for the future. The set of practical strategies and tactics will be unveiled at the Forum’s flagship Management World conference (4-8 May 2009, Nice, France), showcased within the exclusive Forumville innovation zone.


In a world where communications service providers face the continual challenge of maintaining profitability for increasingly competitive and diverse services, TM Forum is leading the way in improving business effectiveness. Through leadership and collaboration, the Forum is delivering the standards and best practices that underpin automation, reduce OpEx and customer churn, and allow service providers to adapt to new business models.


According to Martin Creaner, President and CTO, TM Forum, “Forumville brings together leading industry experts in a series of live Technology Catalyst and Content Encounter demos, providing examples of the innovation and rapid solution development only possible through collaboration. Together with business and technical presentations focused on implementation of TM Forum standards, Forumville will offer conference delegates a one stop shop for essential transformation tools.”


The six key strategy areas will cover:


·Business Transformation — Tuning business for the road ahead

Looking at the big picture of how the TM Forum best practices, business programs and executive communities can help with business strategies for becoming ever more efficient, automated, agile, and customer-centric;


·Software Development — Reducing development cost and risk

IT solutions are the backbone of any business transformation. Attendees will learn how TM Forum standards and best practices are enabling a wide range of service providers and their suppliers to save millions of dollars through standards-based implementation;


·Service Innovation — Getting new services to market faster

Three live Technology Catalyst demonstrations will showcase multi-vendor solutions that enable new services to be created quickly and cost effectively across service provider and business partner environments;


·Revenue Management — Ensuring profitability in a complex service environment

Billing, Charging and Revenue Assurance all have direct impact on the bottom line. Revenue management systems need to be able to handle the demands of the ever increasing service loads and payment choices. Attendees will learn how TM Forum is focusing on business process and proven revenue assurance techniques to make a difference in this straight-to-the-bottom line area;


·Customer Experience — Proactively managing customer loyalty

Keeping customers is generally more cost effective than acquiring new customers – so focus on customer experience paramount. Forum members are leading the way in reducing customer churn by enabling integrated customer care systems;


·Digital Media Value Chain — Enabling business models for the new digital marketplace

Now is the time to prepare for new business models which will rely new services and partnerships. Attendees will see how TM Forum is driving the creation of end-to-end management solutions in the multi-player extended value chain that includes content owners, advertisers, and service providers of all kinds;


Forumville will include two theaters, offering in-depth technology demonstrations, case studies of real-world implementations and educational presentations. Attendees will also receive free registration to the Forum’s new online community, where members can connect to their peers and gain access to the latest industry topics and thought leadership.


The strategies and tactics unveiled in Forumville will be mirrored throughout the Management World 2009 conference, which opens with an impressive keynote lineup on Wednesday, May 6. “Forumville, along with the entire Management World conference this year, focuses on the strategies and tactics service providers need to embrace to survive. The current economic situation presents an opportunity for service providers to transform themselves to support the new business models that will prove to be essential to future growth and profitability for service providers,” added Creaner.


The full conference agenda, keynote and speaker details as well as information surrounding certified training courses available in Nice are available now at http://www.tmforum.org/ManagementWorld2009/


Press and analysts are invited to contact Geoff Devlin, gdevlin@tmforum.org, to apply for press access to the conference.


About TM Forum


With more than 700 member companies in 75 countries, TM Forum is the world’s leading industry association focused on improving business effectiveness for service providers and their suppliers. Serving the information, communications and entertainment industries, the Forum provides practical solutions, guidance and leadership to transform the way that digital services are created, delivered and charged. Members include the world’s largest service providers, cable and network operators, software suppliers, equipment suppliers and systems integrators.


TM Forum provides a wide range of information and support to help its members reduce the costs and risks associated with creating and delivering profitable services. These include industry research and benchmarks, technology roadmaps, best practice guidebooks, software standards and interfaces, as well as certified training, conferences and publications. The Forum also provides its member community with extensive marketing and networking opportunities, enabling business with new customers and partners.


To learn more please visit www.tmforum.org.

InnoPath Adds LTE Support to ActiveCare MDM Platform

This news lays the basis for true next-generation over-the-air management infrastructure. We’re excited about it. Before we dive further into our news, if you’re going to CTIA, we are too! In fact, InnoPath has been selected as a finalist in the 4G Service Management category for the 2009 CTIA E-Tech Awards. We’ll also be demonstrating our end-to-end ActiveCare solution at Booth 1090 on the 2 nd floor of the South Hall.


Onto the news… InnoPath announced yesterday that it is partnering with its Tier-1 operators globally as part of their planned LTE deployments. This game-changing technology lays the basis for a new mobile landscape, a true next-generation, over-the-air management infrastructure in support of activation and care, and provides a clean break from OMA-CP vendors and their now obsolete platforms. Recently, the GSMA has stated that more than 26 operators worldwide have committed to LTE, with more than 10 expected to launch commercial services by the end of 2010.


Pressures placed on operators with regard to bandwidth, service availability, device procurement and application/device stability, become front-and-center with mobile broadband. Many subscribers, both casual and business, will ‘un-tether,’ using their mobile devices or laptop data cards as their primary means of communication in a mobile broadband environment. They expect that applications will work as advertised, that their phone or laptop is properly configured, and that if they call in with a support problem, the frontline care agent is able to quickly troubleshoot the device, determine what is wrong, and take corrective action.


InnoPath’s ActiveCare server simultaneously supports CDMA, GSM, WiMAX and now LTE, effectively tying the circuit/SMS world with IP. This support leverages the extensibility of the platform as well as the company’s deep understanding of OMA-DM standards evolution and the deployment plans of its Tier-1 customers. Key elements of the company’s LTE support include:


- Activation – The InnoPath solution offers operators the ability to effectively detect, provision and customize devices over an IP-centric LTE network. It supports extensibility customized for a specific operator deployment, such as gathering the current SIP or IP address for client-server interaction.

- Device Support – The InnoPath solution supports both LTE-only devices as well as ‘dual-mode’ devices used in phased operator deployments. InnoPath only requires an OMA-DM client on the device which can be either pre-loaded or post-loaded into the mobile device. InnoPath ActiveCare is compatible with both planned FDD and TDD LTE (TD-LTE) deployments.

- Standards Evolution – InnoPath, drawing on its strong track record of innovation, is helping to drive the completion of DM 1.3 within OMA-DM. DM 1.3 provides for provisioning and management of native IP devices over-the-air by supporting non-SMS based bootstrap. Looking to the future, InnoPath is helping drive the definition of DM 2.0.

- Care – InnoPath’s complete ActiveCare capability set and Smart Client are deployable within LTE with a goal of reducing client – server network bandwidth, average call time and increasing customer satisfaction.

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BSkyB Integrates ConceptWave’s Catalog Management Product to Accelerate Convergent Service Delivery

Strategic solution utilizes innovative product and service catalog to create next generation platform for business transformation


DENVER - March 18, 2009 - ConceptWave Software Inc., a leading provider of order automation and catalog management solutions, today announced BSkyB (Sky) in the UK as a new customer. ConceptWave® will enable Sky’s strategic initiative to streamline its sales and fulfillment process, reducing time-to-market and cost-of-sale of convergent services offerings including Internet, telephony and television.


The ConceptWave Order Care® suite will enable a centralized enterprise-wide catalog management platform for all products and services for Sky.  The catalog management solution leverages an existing web-based order entry system, billing system and other operational support platforms with a core central reference data model for all product related information. Sky will be better able to consolidate the sales and fulfillment processes in order to accelerate the roll-out of broadband offerings. ConceptWave’s Product Catalog, with its open interface structure, will support Sky in addressing legacy integration and migration challenges as part of the larger business and systems transformation initiative.


“ConceptWave will enable us to better meet customer demands through a product catalog platform which helps support our business objectives,” said Graham Calder, Director of core systems for BSkyB. “As Sky continues to deliver innovative entertainment and communications services to its customers, we are confident that ConceptWave will be able to support our evolving requirements.”


With ConceptWave’s Order Care suite, Sky will utilize a business rules engine to model Sky specific business requirements and accelerate deployments. Utilizing web services, ConceptWave Order Care integrates easily within Sky’s current system architecture to achieve transparent integration with existing processes and applications and provides an evolving platform for future enhancements.


“Sky’s implementation of ConceptWave’s Product Catalog will demonstrate the modular nature of our product offerings which enable service providers to easily integrate a new application in the midst of their current BSS/OSS architecture,” said Zarar Rana, CEO and President of ConceptWave. “Our implementation at Sky enables us to highlight our strength as a provider of catalog management solutions for companies seeking to consolidate, simplify and accelerate deployment of advanced communication services.”


About Sky


Sky is the UK’s leading entertainment and communications company, operating the most comprehensive multi-channel television service. Over 9.2 million homes - a third of households across the UK and Ireland - enjoy the very best entertainment, movies, news and sports channels on Sky Digital.  In delivering entertainment through the TV, PC and mobile, customers have more control and flexibility over what, how and when they watch. 


Over 4.6 million customers now choose Sky+, Sky’s digital video recorder, to record and store their favourite programmes and over three quarters of a million homes enjoy the unprecedented picture and sound quality of Sky+ HD, which offers 31 dedicated HD channels.  Sky is also the UK’s fastest growing broadband and fixed-telephony provider with over 1.9 million customers taking Sky Broadband and over 1.5 million customers taking Sky Talk.


About ConceptWave Software, Inc.

ConceptWave Software Inc. develops and markets order and catalogue management solutions that improve operational efficiencies and facilitate the rapid delivery of new services for the Communications Service Provider market. ConceptWave Order Care is a highly configurable order handling and product management platform that supports end-to-end flow-through order capture, order management and product lifecycle management through a fully-integrated J2EE/SOA product platform. ConceptWave solutions have been proven in the marketplace with over 20 successful deployments worldwide. ConceptWave Order Care is also sold through OEMs and global system integrator partners.  ConceptWave can be reached at 905-405-2188, or on the Web at www.conceptwave.com.


ConceptWave® and ConceptWave Order Care® are registered trademarks of ConceptWave Software Inc.

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Net Insight signs reseller agreement with Nera Telecommunications Ltd in South East Asia

25 March, 2009

 

Stockholm, Sweden - Net Insight today announced a partnership with Nera Telecommunications Ltd (”NeraTel”), one of the leading premier solutions providers for Transmission, Satellite Communications and Infocommunications.

 

Under the non-exclusive business partner agreement, NeraTel will distribute Net Insight’s Nimbra products in the South East Asian market. NeraTel will be actively promoting Net Insight’s multi-service media transport products as part of turnkey solutions for IP and Media applications for broadcasters and service providers in the region.

 

“Being a leading system integrator for digital TV and mobile TV networks in the region, we find that Net Insight’s Nimbra state-of-the-art technology is a good complement to our existing product offering in the broadcast and media distribution markets” said Samuel Ang, President & CEO of Nera Telecommunications Ltd. ” We believe the partnership with Net Insight will increase our business opportunities in the Broadcast and Media segment with our existing Telecommunications and Infocomm product offering through an efficient multi-service transport platform.”

 

“The Asian market is very important to us and we are delighted to see NeraTel teaming up with us to further extend our reach in the region and enabling more competitive and comprehensive turnkey solutions,” said Bengt Hellström, Director Business Development APAC, Net Insight

 

Headquartered in Singapore, Nera Telecommunications has twelve offices in ten countries and more than 500 employees in the region. Initially the joint Net Insight and NeraTel solutions will be marketed in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

 

About Net Insight

Net Insight delivers the world’s most efficient and scalable optical transport solution for Broadcast and Media, Digital Terrestrial TV, Mobile TV and IPTV/CATV networks.


Net Insight products truly deliver 100 percent Quality of Service with three times improvement in utilization of bandwidth for a converged transport infrastructure. Net Insight’s Nimbra(TM) platform is the industry solution for video, voice and data, reducing operational costs by 50 percent and enhancing competitiveness in delivery of existing and new media services.


World class customers run mission critical video services over Net Insight products for more than 100 million people in more than 30 countries. Net Insight is quoted on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.netinsight.net

About Nera Telecommunications Ltd

Nera Telecommunications Ltd, established in 1978, is a public company listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Ltd (”SGX-ST”). NeraTel plays an important role in realizing the global needs of communication. A premier solutions provider, NeraTel offers a comprehensive range of products and services from

Transmission, Satellite Communications to Infocommunications. NeraTel has twelve offices in ten countries in Asia Pacific, serving an established network of customers for more than thirty years.

 

With communications technology opening gateways to increasing possibilities, NeraTel is well-positioned to provide its customers with exciting solutions from the convergence of telecommunications, info-communications and broadcasting industries.

 

For more information, visit www.neratel.com.sg

 

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