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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.


Editorial Contact

Kelly Maloit

Director of Public Relations

Dir: 818-444-2957

kmaloit@ixiacom.com


Editorial Contact

Jennifer Kutz

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.

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