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Telenor Sweden Selects RAD to Provide High Bandwidth Ethernet Services

MAHWAH, New Jersey, June 16, 2009 – Telenor Sweden, a major European telecommunications carrier, has deployed a second access solution from RAD Data Communications to extend Ethernet services to destinations throughout Sweden that lack fiber infrastructure.

The solution was RAD’s Egate-100, a device that aggregates Ethernet traffic over channelized STM-1/OC-3 or three channelized DS3 (T3) ports for hand-off to a packet switched network (PSN), together with RAD’s RICi network Ethernet termination units (E-NTUs), which deliver Fast Ethernet and mid-band Ethernet traffic to end users over multiple bonded E1/T1 circuits. Within the past year, this combined RAD solution has been used to provide new high-bandwidth Ethernet service to 15 major corporations nationwide.

“What was also beneficial for Telenor was the knowledge that they were already using RAD’s Ethernet-over-E1 technology,” notes Peter Heikenborn, Sales Manager at Lagercrantz Communication, RAD’s Swedish partner, which provided the solution to the operator and assisted in the deployment. “But what was even more convincing was that the new RAD solution reduced CapEx because it is significantly less expensive, even when considering the cost of the SDH node.

“In addition, it significantly lowers OpEx, given that it requires 80 percent less power and space,” Heikenborn adds. “These statistics alone justified deploying the Egate.”

RAD incorporated an SDH terminal into the Egate to enable early testing and customized applications to serve as a one-click provisioning tool. “The assistance provided by RAD’s R&D and Technical Support staff has been highly valued in the process of developing and fine-tuning their provisioning system,” Heikenborn reports.

Due to the success with this provisioning tool, a custom installation now takes just a few minutes. If a customer reports a hitch with the service, the Egate’s network management provides Telenor technicians with a holistic overview of the entire connection and they can quickly fix the problem.

About RAD

Founded in 1981, privately-owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access and backhaul equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, carriers, and enterprise networks. The company’s installed base exceeds 11,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world, including AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, Hutchison, Orange, Telekom Austria, TeliaSonera, Telstra, T-Mobile, and Verizon. RAD is an active participant in industry organizations such as IETF, IP/MPLS Forum, ITU, and MEF. Its customers are supported by 22 offices and more than 300 channel partners in 164 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions.

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NWIX Chooses Cube Optics and Ekinops for ROADM-based Optical Transport Network

MAINZ/PARIS/MANCHESTER, June 16, 2009 – Cube Optics AG, an innovative vendor of passive WDM solutions together with Ekinops, a leading optical transport equipment manufacturer, have been selected by UK operator NWIX as key suppliers for its planned network expansion. The deployments provide additional capacity and reach through Ekinops’ reconfigurable add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) capabilities and support the future growth of NWIX’s high-capacity, national optical network.

NWIX, which specialises in providing Ethernet and DWDM services, was looking to increase the capacity of its regional and national network and thereby meet the growing demand for its services. The Ekinops 360 platform with ROADM capabilities offered NWIX a cost-effective means to extend the NWIX network and build a comprehensive leading edge network.

“We needed a robust and flexible technology for our core network and for interconnecting with our customers,” noted Nick Whittaker, CTO of NWIX. “Our customers demand a low latency service which necessitates aggressive re-route times. The Cube Optics/Ekinops solution will be used to ensure low latency; it also provides flexibility, due to its ability to start small but migrate to provide up to 80 channels per fibre pair when necessary.”

“The unique competencies of the Cube Optics’ network solution portfolio combined with the technologically advanced Ekinops 360 platform consistently provides winning value propositions trusted by telecom carriers, MSOs and ISPs,” stated Francis Nedvidek, CEO of Cube Optics.

“Our optical transport solutions enable telecommunications carriers to seamlessly migrate their legacy networks toward a new generation of converged, flexible, multi-protocol and ‘green’ DWDM networks.” explained Rob Adams, VP of Global Marketing for Ekinops.

“The Ekinops platform allows NWIX to invest in its network incrementally when services growth justifies the expense. The incremental approach provides the ideal ‘pay as you grow’ architecture which allows us to provide services to customers at a cost-effective price point from the outset rather than passing through a high investment cost that a ‘big bang’ approach dictates,” added Nick Whittaker CTO, NWIX.

“Among the deployment challenges were NWIX’s needs for high bandwidth, low latency and high availability,” remarked Mr. Whittaker. “The Ekinops 360, which enables optical links of several hundred kilometres without regeneration, was an ideal solution for this architecture. It allowed for minimal upfront cost and lower ongoing cost due to the elimination of the regeneration sites.

“Ekinops’ advanced DynaFEC (Dynamic Forward Error Correction) and DynaMux (Dynamic Multiplexing) technologies also allow for reduced initial cost. DynaFEC, a leading FEC technology, uses software techniques to eliminate errors and extend to longer distances rather than utilizing more expensive electro-optic means to achieve the required distances. DynaMux allows for the multiplexing of any mix of service types over a single wavelength, reducing the required number of wavelengths in converged networks.”

In addition, NWIX was looking for equipment occupying minimal space while consuming as little power as possible in each of its network sites. The Cube Optics Network Solution incorporating the Ekinops 360 platform are amongst the lowest power consuming systems in the industry.

About NWIX

NWIX provide high-availability networking solutions for businesses demanding a performance environment. Our network interconnects data centres across the UK and Europe providing a platform on which systems integrators, services providers and corporate businesses can build services. The NWIX network provides both Ethernet and DWDM services to customers across the UK.

Hosting an Internet Exchange has also enabled NWIX to develop the concept of the peering LAN which allows the exchange of traffic between all customers as if they were on a single network. Our diverse network combined with the Peering LAN ensures NWIX is a smart and cost-effective alternative to standard carrier services for both content and access provision.

About Cube Optics

Cube Optics designs, fabricates and sells a family of ultra-compact optical components and modules tailored to the demands of the access network. Its innovative active/passive opti¬cal packaging platforms enables the Company to provide outside-plant Telcor¬dia approved, bandwidth enhancing solutions at compelling price points. This ruggedized miniature packaging platform leverages advanced micro-injection molding techniques and enables network operators to realize low-cost, high-performance architectures for both large and small network deployments including legacy infrastructure upgrades. Cube Optics’ products have been deployed in a wide variety of architectures and applications including local loop unbundling, ISP network enhancements, HFC/MSO capa¬city upgrades and FTTX roll-outs as well as with equipment used in the test and measure¬ment of access networks. The Company is based in Mainz, Germany, and includes among its main investors: The Carlyle Group, Sevin Rosen Funds, Star Ventures and Target Partners.

About Ekinops

Ekinops is a leading designer and supplier of next generation optical transport equipment for service providers and enterprise customers. The Ekinops 360 Dynamic, Multi-Reach Transport System provides DWDM and CWDM on a single platform that addresses Metro, Regional, and Long Haul applications. The Ekinops 360 system relies on the innovative, programmable Ekinops T-Chip® (TRANSPORT ON-A-CHIP TECHNOLOGY) that enables Fast, Flexible, and Cost-effective service delivery for building high speed optical networks. Using the Ekinops 360 carrier-grade system, operators can increase transport capacity of their networks – CWDM, DWDM, Ethernet, ESCON, Fiber Channel, SONET/SDH, and uncompressed video (HD-SDI, SD-SDI, ASI) – through the industry’s most efficient aggregation of services. The company is headquartered in Lannion, France, with offices in Europe, the USA and Asia.

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Net Insight Receives Expansion Order from Large North American Sports Broadcaster For High-Demand Network

Nimbra 680 implementation increases bandwidth flexibility for high-quality sports content

STOCKHOLM, Sweden – 6/16/2009 - Insight, a leading developer of efficient and scalable optical transport solutions for media, IP and broadcast networks, today announced its expansion order from a large North American sports broadcasters to incorporate additional Nimbra 680 platform into its high-traffic production and distribution networks for the delivery of in-demand sports content.

With Net Insight’s Nimbra 680 platform, the expansion enables the broadcaster to accommodate explosive demand from subscribers for access to high-definition, global sports content. The Nimbra 680 also future-proofs the network to accommodate potential expansion for future projects and high-profile sporting events. The equipment will be delivered in June 2009.

“The Nimbra platform provides unmatched benefits to global sports broadcasters and network operators, allowing them to effectively offer network services that their customers expect,” said Fredrik TrägÃ¥rdh, CEO of Net Insight.

Like other products in the Nimbra 600 series, the Nimbra 680 is a next generation media, multiservice switch designed to meet current and future needs of the professional media industry. The Nimbra 680 provides the industry’s lowest cost-per-bit switching, while including high switching capacity, end-to-end provisioning and restoration, full topology support and unique multicast support. By combining high capacity, the lowest cost per bit transport and guaranteed 100 percent QoS, the Nimbra 680 provides an economical solution for service providers looking to provide advanced video, voice and data services demanded by today´s market. Most importantly, as part of the Nimbra platform, the Nimbra 680 offers 97 percent bandwidth utilization making it the most capable switching platform on the market.

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 Nimbraâ„¢ 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

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CURRENT, Qwest to Integrate DSL into Smart Grid

CURRENT, Qwest to Integrate DSL into Smart Grid

Use of DSL Network Reduces Costs, Speeds Smart Grid Deployment

GERMANTOWN, Md. & DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CURRENT Group, LLC and Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced a new framework that allows electric utilities to integrate intelligent grid sensing with Qwest’s existing low latency, secure, high capacity DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) network to implement a Smart Grid. This allows utilities to implement a high performance smart grid rapidly, cost-effectively and modularly with the speed, reliability and scalability of the existing Qwest network. CURRENT and Qwest already have proven the technology’s interoperability by utilizing CURRENT’s intelligent sensors and OpenGridâ„¢ platform and Qwest’s DSL network as part of Xcel Energy’s SmartGridCity â„¢ in Boulder, Colo.

The CURRENT Smart Gridâ„¢ solution converts the traditional electric grid into an intelligent network by adding sensing, low latency communications and analytic software to the electric distribution system. Smart Grid systems have the potential to be the single largest contributor to a solution for global warming available today, as the International Energy Agency reports that electric power generation produces 41 percent of total worldwide energy related CO2 emissions. It is estimated that a Smart Grid could reduce CO2 emissions from electric power by up to 20 percent and a recent report from The Climate Group estimated that a Smart Grid provides the largest CO2 reduction of any IT technology investment in the world.

“Working with Qwest’s robust IP network, we have further reduced the cost of a Smart Grid and today, we introduce an attractive option for utilities interested in using the stimulus funding to implement a Smart Grid and manage the two-way power flow of the future,” said Tom Casey, Chief Executive Officer of CURRENT. “We are committed to providing utilities the most open, cost-effective and standards-based Smart Grid with options to achieve the optimal cost and performance under various conditions.”

“Our work to date proves that Qwest’s broadband network offers a cost–effective, rapidly deployable means of transporting the intelligence of the CURRENT Smart Grid solution,” said Neil Cox, Qwest’s executive vice president of Product Development and IT. “The CURRENT/Qwest model is an inherently green and ‘smart’ approach.”

Xcel Energy’s SmartGridCityâ„¢ in Boulder, Colo., is the nation’s first fully integrated Smart Grid community.

CURRENT and Qwest will offer similar solutions to additional utilities and municipalities.


CURRENT provides electric utilities a Smart Grid solution that increases the efficiency and reliability of the electric grid while reducing the environmental impact of electric usage. CURRENT’s scalable solution combines advanced sensing technology, two-way low latency communications and enterprise analysis software and related services to provide location-specific, real-time actionable data that is easily integrated into a utility’s existing IT infrastructure.

CURRENT is a member of the Xcel Energy SmartGridCityâ„¢ consortium that also includes Xcel Energy, Accenture, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Ventyx, GridPoint, OSIsoft and SmartSynch. Xcel Energy’s SmartGridCityâ„¢ is utilizing the fully integrated CURRENT Smart Gridâ„¢ solution that combines advanced sensing technology with two-way real-time communications, 24/7 monitoring and enterprise analysis software and related services to provide Xcel Energy with location-specific, actionable intelligence on its electric distribution grid.

CURRENT, a private company, was founded in 2000 and has blue chip investors including EnerTech Capital, Google Inc., Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Liberty Associated Partners (an investment partnership between Liberty Media Corporation and the Berkman family) among others. CURRENT’s progress has been recognized by numerous awards including the World Economic Forum 2009 Technology Pioneer, the GoingGreen East 50 Top GreenTech Companies, Dow Jones 2008 Ten Most Innovative Clean Tech Companies in Europe, 2006 Platts’ “Global Energy Commercial Technology of the Year” for its technology in relation to emissions reduction, practicality, reliability and overall commercial success, and Red Herring’s 2006 “Top 100 North America.”

About Qwest

Customers coast to coast turn to Qwest’s industry-leading national fiber-optic network and world-class customer service to meet their communications and entertainment needs. For residential customers, Qwest offers a new generation of fiber-optic high-speed Internet service, as well as digital home phone, Verizon Wireless, and DIRECTV® services. Qwest is also the choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a full suite of network, data and voice services for small businesses, large businesses, government agencies and wholesale customers. Additionally, Qwest participates in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by a leading technology industry analyst firm.

The marks that comprise the Qwest logo and products are registered trademarks of Qwest Communications International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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NetEx Accelerates Disaster Recovery for VMware with Support for vCenter Site Recovery Manager

NetEx Accelerates Disaster Recovery for VMware with Support for vCenter Site Recovery Manager

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, June 16th, 2009 –NetEx®, the leader in high-speed WAN optimization software, today announced an extension of its support for the VMware virtual environments by qualifying VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager on its award-winning HyperIP® for VMware WAN optimization software.

The HyperIP-Site Recovery Manager solution automates and accelerates disaster recovery operations to minimize down time and ensure that enterprise users can meet their Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO).

VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager accelerates recovery processes by automating the execution of failover and simplifies the creation and management of recovery plans. The DR plans become an integrated part of the VMware virtual environment. In the event of a failure, Site Recovery Manager automatically executes the recovery plan while administrators retain full control with the ability to pause or stop the execution at any point.

HyperIP for VMware is a software-only implementation of NetEx’s award-winning WAN optimization software for disaster recovery optimization of backup, recovery and data replication applications, enabling unmatched flexibility in deployment and performance scalability on virtual machines. HyperIP delivers unmatched performance in accelerating DR operations by moving TCP data more efficiently using patent-pending technology. It accelerates and optimizes industry-leading VMware-enabled data replication and file transfer applications – including VMware VMotion, Veeam replicator, IBM TSM, Data Domain replication, DataCore AIM, and others — by aggregating multiple data replication applications over a shared connection while minimizing the effects of network latency and network disruption. This makes HyperIP for VMware an ideal complement to vCenter Site Recovery Manager for optimizing enterprise DR processes.

“vCenter Site Recovery Manager is a must-have tool for enterprise VMware deployments and now HyperIP for VMware is a must-have application to ensure that Site Recovery Manager can perform at optimal speed to help customers achieve increasingly difficult RTOs,” said Robert MacIntyre, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing at NetEx.

The innovative scalable software design at the core of HyperIP enables customers to choose from a variety of scalable configurations, based upon bandwidth required, with data rates ranging from 1 Mb/s up to 800 Mb/s. If a customer’s transfer requirements change they can re-enable HyperIP for higher data rates via a simple software key upgrade, eliminating the cost and complexity of competitive products that are designed with hardware-enforced speed limitations that require forklift hardware upgrades — both at the local data center and remote site – to achieve higher data rates.

HyperIP for VMware supporting vCenter Site Recovery Manager is currently available with pricing starting at $1,700 per license.

About NetEx

Formed in 1999 as a spin-off of Storage Technology Corporation (StorageTek®), privately-held NetEx has provided the world’s fastest data transport in the industry, along with guaranteed data delivery, for over 20 years to more than 100 of the world’s largest and most sophisticated organizations, including some of the most prestigious providers of financial, transportation and telecommunications services and government entities. Customers include BP, Telstra, NTT, Verizon, BellSouth, Qwest, Royal Bank of Scotland Group, LloydsTSB, NDC Health, IRS, American, Lufthansa, Northwest, United Airlines and Kellogg. For more information about NetEx, NetEx/IP or HyperIP, visit or call +1-763-694-4300.

To request free evaluation copies of HyperIP for testing purposes, click the following link:

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NetEx is a registered trademark; NetEx/IP and HyperIP are trademarks of NetEx. All other trademarks herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Infonetics Research: Burgeoning enterprise SBC market set to grow an average of 49% annually through 2013


Matthias Machowinski

Directing Analyst, Enterprise Voice and Data Infonetics Research


Infonetics Research: Burgeoning enterprise SBC market set to grow an average of 49% annually through 2013

WOBURN, Massachusetts, June 16, 2009–Communications market research firm Infonetics Research today released a new Enterprise SBC Market Outlook report, which tracks enterprise session border controller manufacturer revenue and the number of sessions sold in North America, Asia Pacific, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), and Central and Latin America. Highlights follow.

“Unlike many of the other equipment markets we track, we expect the enterprise session border controller (SBC) market to be somewhat immune from the economic malaise in 2009. The enterprise SBC market is driven by the general adoption of SIP trunking services, and more specifically by large enterprises looking to SIP trunking services as a way of consolidating, centralizing, and increasing the utilization of their trunking infrastructure, which carries a powerful ROI,” said Matthias Machowinski, Infonetics Research’s Directing Analyst for Enterprise Voice and Data.


- The relatively small enterprise SBC market took off in 2008, and is forecast to grow at a 49% compound annual growth rate from 2008 to 2013

- The market is tilted heavily toward North America, with 68% of all enterprise SBC revenue coming from this region in 2008

- The enterprise SBC market is strongest in North America due to higher SIP trunking adoption in this region, and to the fact that the 2 dominant vendors, Cisco and Acme Packet, are based in North America

- SBCs have been deployed by service providers for years, and are finally starting to be used by enterprises for IP to IP networking connectivity, handling networking issues like NAT, firewall traversal, interworking between different protocols and vendor implementation of standards, and VoIP security


Members: New to Infonetics’ online portal:

Once on the portal, go to RESEARCH, then ENTERPRISE VOICE AND UC.


- Larry Howard, Vice President:, +1 (408) 583-3335

- Scott Coyne, Senior Account Director, Eastern North America, Europe, Middle East:, +1 408.583.3395

Infonetics Research is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.

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