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Swedish media operator Teracom expands media contribution network with Net Insight’s Nimbra platform

18 June, 2009 Stockholm, Sweden – Net Insight, a leading provider of efficient optical transport solutions for media, broadcast and IP networks has received an order for delivery of additional Nimbra equipment to Teracom’s media contribution network. In 2008, Teracom deployed a core network interconnecting its media contribution networks in Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö. The network handles simultaneous transport of uncompressed and compressed video (HD-SDI, SD-SDI and ASI) based on Net Insight’s Nimbra 680 and the eight-port Video Access Module, which allows for a wide variety of configurations and a mix of service content.

Teracom is Sweden’s first media operator, providing services within radio, TV, broadband and digital communications. The company consists of Teracom and the subsidiary Boxer TV-Access, which offers pay TV services distributed to households through Teracom’s network. Teracom is owned by the Swedish government and operates Sweden’s broadcasting infrastructure. Teracom is now expanding its media contribution network with an additional site in Copenhagen to cater for transport of multiple TV-feeds to the Danish digital terrestrial TV network. The equipment will be delivered in the second quarter 2009.

“Our Nimbra based contribution network enables us to deliver a flexible mix of highly reliable media services in support of our growing business operations,” said Magnus Sjöberg, Manager Network Design at Teracom. ”We are pleased to see that important customers continue to invest and expand their networks,” said Fredrik TrägÃ¥rdh, CEO of Net Insight. “The strong media transport capabilities of our Nimbra platform prove its ability to deliver value for our customer’s mission critical services.”

The Nimbra 680 is a next generation multi-service switch designed to meet the rigorous rich media and data service needs of the carrier and service provider markets including high switching capacity, end-to-end provisioning and restoration, full topology support, unique multicast support and 100 percent quality of service guaranteed. Equipped with the 8 x Video Access Module, it offers extensive flexibility for studio, contribution and distribution networks. Each of the module’s eight ports can be individually configured as ASI In or ASI Out, as well as standard definition (SD) or high definition (HD) SDI. Seven blades can be added per Nimbra 680 switch, delivering up to 56 universal video ports for optimal transport customization.

About Net Insight

Net Insight delivers the world’s most efficient and scaleable 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 35 countries. Net Insight is quoted on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. For more information, visit

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Fanfare Supports APAC Growth With New VP of Operations

Fanfare Appoints New Vice President of APAC Operations To Meet Intensifying Global Demand

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—June 18, 2009Fanfare, delivering innovative testing solutions to service providers (SPs), network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), and enterprises, today announced the appointment of David May to vice president of Asia Pacific (APAC) operations. May will oversee Fanfare’s operations from the Tokyo, Japan office, as the company continues its dramatic growth in the region, and around the world.

“I am excited to be joining Fanfare as it continues to expand its global reach into this region, where there is vast potential for growth,” said May. “A physical presence in APAC will enable us to work more closely with our partners and resellers in the area to ensure that we continue to exceed our customers’ needs and expectations.”

Most recently, May was the country manager for Cable & Wireless International in Japan. He also held the position of regional director of global accounts, and was the strategic account director for Exodus Communication when the data center-hosting company was acquired by Cable & Wireless.

“We are pleased to welcome David to the Fanfare team,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of Fanfare. “His experience and proven track record of driving sustained growth in the APAC region will be invaluable as Fanfare continues its global expansion. Having such a strong local team will further demonstrate our commitment to the NEMs and SPs we partner with in the region, as we to continue to meet the demands of our global customers for innovative testing solutions.”

About Fanfare

Fanfare provides automated testing solutions that enable service providers, network equipment manufacturers, and enterprises to enhance productivity throughout the quality workflow by streamlining system and device testing, reducing product cycles, and lowering costs. Using Fanfare, quality assurance teams and developers can leverage a common testing platform to deliver quality services and products to market faster and more efficiently. For more information, please visit

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Value-Added Feature Displays Caller’s Name and Number on TV Screen

ROSEVILLE, CA – June 17, 2009 – Leading independent communications holding company SureWest Communications (NASDAQ: SURW) today announced the launch of Caller ID on TV, a value-added feature which provides an option for immediate, on-screen notification each time the phone rings. Sacramento area customers can now decide whether to ignore incoming calls that may be an interruption to their television program or to get up from the couch and answer important phone calls.

With each call that comes in while the TV is on, a small pop-up window will appear at the bottom of the TV screen displaying the caller name and phone number of all unblocked calls. Customers choose whether to answer the call, ignore it or inform the proper person in the house of the call. The Caller ID on TV feature is included free of charge for triple-play customers who subscribe to SureWest TV, phone and Internet, and $9.99 per month for other qualifying customers.

“Caller ID on TV is another example of SureWest’s commitment to new and innovative features that integrate our TV, Internet and telephone services,” said Peter Drozdoff, vice president of marketing for SureWest. “This feature allows people to take control of their phone, reducing unwanted interruptions and receiving immediate notification of truly important calls. To provide an exceptional customer experience, we must continually offer new features like Caller ID on TV that bring value and convenience to our customers’ lives.”

New SureWest triple-play customers will automatically receive the Caller ID on TV feature free of charge. SureWest currently offers Caller ID on TV in its Kansas City market, where the feature’s ease of use and interactive control helps increase customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Customers have the option to turn the Caller ID on TV feature on or off and customize it to suit their preferences. It keeps track of calls while the TV is off and the call log displays the 20 most recent incoming calls with the caller’s name, number, date and time of call.

The Caller ID on TV menu and logs can be accessed by tuning to SureWest channel 701. No additional equipment is necessary to use Caller ID on TV.

About SureWest

SureWest Communications ( is one of the nation’s leading integrated communications providers and is the bandwidth leader in the markets it serves. Headquartered in Northern California for 95 years, the company expanded into the Kansas City region in February 2008 with the acquisition of Everest Broadband, Inc. and offers bundled residential and commercial services that include IP-based digital and high-definition television, high-speed Internet, Voice over IP, and local and long distance telephone. SureWest was the nation’s first provider to launch residential HDTV over an IP network and offers one of the nation’s fastest symmetrical Internet services with speeds of up to 50 Mbps in each direction on its fiber-to-the-home network.

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HP and Alcatel-Lucent to form Global Alliance

HP and Alcatel-Lucent to form Global Alliance

Strategic alliance to deliver integrated IT/telecom solutions for service providers and enterprises, and for HP to transform and manage Alcatel-Lucent IT infrastructure

New Delhi, and Paris, June 18, 2009 – HP (NYSE: HPQ) and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced they have signed a relationship agreement establishing both parties’ intent to form a 10-year global alliance to help customers leverage the convergence of telecommunication and IT.

Once the definitive agreement has been executed, the companies will jointly market solutions and capabilities that enable end-to-end transformation for service providers and enterprises.

The companies plan to launch a global go-to-market program to transform communication networks into converged, next-generation infrastructures. As a result of this transformation, service providers will be able to efficiently deliver new, revenue-generating services. HP and Alcatel-Lucent also plan to offer services to manage the new and existing infrastructures for customers looking for flexible sourcing options.

HP and Alcatel-Lucent also plan to create a joint go-to-market initiative to provide communications solutions to mid- and large-size enterprises and public sector organizations. Alcatel-Lucent products in areas such as IP telephony, unified communications, mobility, security and contact centers will be integrated with HP IT solutions. These joint solutions are planned to be offered to enterprises through HP resellers or as managed services.

Furthermore, the alliance will create new end-to-end customer solutions that take advantage of both companies’ product portfolios for the enterprise and telecom markets.

With a binding agreement, the go-to-market program will include all required investment and will be supported by dedicated business development and sales resources. Once implemented, the program could generate multi-billion euros in net revenues for HP and Alcatel-Lucent over a 10-year period.

The companies also plan for HP to transform and manage a large part of Alcatel-Lucent’s IT infrastructure, taking advantage of HP technologies and experience in IT transformation. Alcatel-Lucent will be able to accelerate the evolution of its operations toward the highest standard of performance, quality, efficiency and costs. HP has been selected for its advanced data center technologies and its managed services leadership.

“We expect customers will be able to create new business opportunities and greater efficiencies from this alliance,” said Mark Hurd, HP chairman and chief executive officer. “By combining our deep expertise in IT and communications, HP and Alcatel-Lucent will help customers transform their technology needs into a competitive edge.”

“Today’s global alliance represents a major transformational deal that will deliver great benefits to our customers. IT and telecom are coming together in an unprecedented way and I am delighted to see how we can speed up innovation in our industry,” said Ben Verwaayen, Alcatel-Lucent chief executive officer. “I am also confident that HP will deliver Alcatel-Lucent best-in-class solutions in terms of performance and cost for our IT needs.”

Joint market offerings

The world’s service providers and enterprises are adapting to new consumer and business requirements, new competitors and changing business models. As telecom and IT converge, many businesses are beginning to modernize or outsource their infrastructures.

Through the alignment of their offerings and common solutions, HP and Alcatel-Lucent plan to create a “one-stop shop,” relieving service providers of the burden and complexity of coordinating the transformation of IT and telecom infrastructures. Similarly, the companies plan to empower enterprises to effectively create and manage truly integrated communication environments.

For its next generation platform architecture, Alcatel-Lucent would take advantage of HP IT and telecom technologies as well as HP supply chain efficiencies. Alcatel-Lucent will be able to offer service providers sophisticated solutions that are based on common technologies for carrier-grade and IT applications. This approach will help service providers exploit the advantages of standards-based server, processor and operating system technologies.

HP managed services for Alcatel-Lucent

As part of the agreement, HP would be entrusted with a large part of Alcatel-Lucent’s IT operations. By taking advantage of HP technologies and transformation expertise, Alcatel-Lucent plans to migrate more quickly to advanced IT infrastructure and services that deliver higher performance and greater efficiency. Throughout the 10-year agreement, Alcatel-Lucent targets significant aggregate savings along with material cash-flow improvements.

About HP

HP, the world’s largest technology company, simplifies the technology experience for consumers and businesses with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at

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About Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet:

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SAC Wireless and Open Range Partner to Bring WiMax to Midwest


U.S. Schaumburg, Ill. – June 17, 2009 – SAC Wireless, LLC signed a five-year contract to build wireless network infrastructure for leading wireless broadband service provider Open Range Communications (ORC), headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo. 

Over the next five years, Open Range Communications is building a 17-state network under the Department of Agriculture’s RUS program covering un-served and under-served communities in more than 500 markets across the country. 

According to the contract, SAC Wireless will join Alvarion in deploying the Open Range network in Colorado, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. SAC Wireless will deploy the 4G WiMAX network, taking charge of all aspects including site selection, installation and service. 

“Not only is 4G WiMAX leading edge technology, it is the best way to rapidly build and deploy a high-speed broadband network in areas of limited infrastructure,” said Keith Paglusch, executive vice president of Open Range Communications. “This partnership with SAC Wireless enables Open Range to deploy high-speed broadband Internet to millions of Americans in nearly 200 communities in the six states where SAC will support us.”  

In January 2009, Open Range Communications received a $100 million investment from JPMorgan’s private equity arm, One Equity Partners (OEP).  This investment was a prerequisite to a $267 million Broadband Access Loan from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Utilities Program (RDUP). Within the next five years, Open Range, through the use of WiMAX technology, plans to deliver wireless broadband to more than 500 un-served and underserved communities within the United States. 

“Working with Open Range provides SAC Wireless the opportunity to leverage our assets and realize the full benefit of our regional presence and abilities to self-perform the breadth of services required to provide a fully outsourced solution,” said Joseph Sanzo, COO at SAC Wireless.   “We are excited to be partnered with the Open Range team as it undertakes this important endeavor to bring WiMAX services to rural communities across the US.”  

About SAC Wireless SAC Wireless develops and implements network infrastructure for telecommunications companies.  SAC Wireless has been serving the wireless community since 1996.  Today, the company self-performs site acquisition, architectural engineering design, construction, equipment installation and commissioning services and is recognized for its quality, commitment and professionalism. SAC Wireless is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois.  For more information, visit 

About Open Range CommunicationsOpen Range is a broadband wireless provider using WiMAX technology to deliver wireless broadband to un-served and underserved American communities. Open Range plans to deliver portable and eventually mobile voice and Internet services to customers within its robust WiMAX footprint. In January 2009, Open Range announced a $100 million investment by One Equity Partners, the private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase and the closing of a Broadband Access Loan previously approved by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Utilities Program (RDUP) for $267 million. The combined funding will allow Open Range to build 4G WiMAX networks in 546 communities in 17 states where the Company will offer high-speed Internet and voice services to approximately six million people. For more information, visit

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AVI-SPL joins Polycom and Glowpoint in Creating the “TEN Alliance”

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AVI-SPL joins Polycom and Glowpoint in Creating the “TEN Alliance”

Companies join forces to promote B2B video communications services

TAMPA, FL, June 17, 2009 – Leading audio and video communications provider AVI-SPL has joined Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) and Glowpoint (OTCBB: GLOW) to promote and provide Business to Business (b2b) video communications, in what is being called the “TEN Alliance.”

In collaboration with Glowpoint’s Telepresence interExchange Network (”TEN”), AVI-SPL will support the “network effect” benefits of increasing demand and adoption by rapidly expanding the number of businesses and users to communicate with on video. By enabling telepresence and traditional video conferencing users to seamlessly place calls across different networks, as well as connect to standards-based telepresence and video conferencing systems, TEN provides and supports a large ecosystem with easy, secure calling capabilities between organizations.

“The TEN Alliance is essentially a unique eco system of players in the video communications industry,” said Michael Brandofino, executive vice president of video and unified collaborations for AVI-SPL. “In recognizing the complexity of customer needs for advanced technology, we’re interested in pushing video communications to the tipping point to reach the level of adoption achieved with many other communications technologies.”

In April 2009, AVI-SPL launched ConferencePointâ„¢, providing AVI-SPL customers with an end- to-end comprehensive managed video service. ConferencePointâ„¢ services cover all of the various video communications technologies, from Telepresence to desktop.

“As one of the largest audio and video communications solutions providers in the world, we believe this is a great endorsement of the TEN model,” said Joe Laezza, President and co-CEO of Glowpoint. “Teamed with AVI-SPL’s vast client roster, we can significantly expand the global video community to hundreds of more companies and thousands of additional video systems and rooms around the world.”

In addition to the partnership with Glowpoint, AVI-SPL serves as a platinum reseller of Polycom’s immersive, room and personal telepresence solutions and video conferencing systems, designed to utilize a wide range of solutions, from desktop video systems to sophisticated and fully integrated meeting rooms.

“Our customers have increasingly sought options for solutions to the challenge of b2b telepresence capabilities across carrier networks, and for managing their ever growing video infrastructure,” said Geno Alissi, senior vice president and general manager, Global Services, Polycom. “It is important to have major players like AVI-SPL promote and support b2b solutions. Combined with their recent launch of ConferencePointâ„¢ managed conferencing services, AVI-SPL becomes an excellent single source provider for our customers’ video communications needs.”

“In order to reach the tipping point where successful and productive video communications is part of everyday life, customers need high-quality video equipment, secure reliable network connectivity and a video service fabric to pull it all together,” added Brandofino. “TEN is really the last piece of the puzzle, fully enabling AVI-SPL to provide a complete end-to-end solution that will help our customers communicate by video across the globe.”


Headquartered in Tampa, FL, AVI-SPL is the result of a merger between Audio Visual Innovations (AVI) and Signal Perfection, Ltd. (SPL). With more than 40 years of aggregate experience in the industry, AVI and SPL bring together strong traditions of providing innovative audio and video communications solutions. As the industry’s largest global integrator, AVI-SPL delivers the most comprehensive line-up of systems and services, including: systems integration, sales and rentals, complete staging productions, managed conferencing, IP integration and event management. For more about AVI-SPL, visit

About Glowpoint

Glowpoint, Inc. (OTCBB: GLOW), is a leading provider of advanced video communications solutions. Glowpoint’s advanced and robust suite of telepresence and video communications solutions enable organizations to communicate with each other over disparate networks and technology platforms. Glowpoint supports thousands of video communications systems, in 35 countries, with its 24/7 video management services. Glowpoint also supports major broadcasters, Fortune 500 companies, as well as global carriers and video equipment manufacturers - and their customers - worldwide. To learn more, visit

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM) is the global leader in telepresence, video, and voice solutions and a visionary in communications that empower people to connect and collaborate everywhere. Please visit for more information.

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CTI Group Partners with CommPartners Connect to offer Hosted VoIP Call Recording to SMBs

CTI Group Partners with CommPartners Connect to offer Hosted VoIP Call Recording to SMBs

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - June 16, 2009 CTI Group (Holdings), Inc. (OTCBB:CTIG), an international provider of electronic invoice processing and management (EIM), enterprise communications management software and services solutions, and carrier class VoIP management applications, announces today their partnership with CommPartners Connect to bring hosted VoIP call recording, via SmartRecord IP, to the small and medium sized business (SMB) markets.

As a nationwide CLEC certified network operator, CommPartners Connect is focused on bringing high quality IP communications solutions to the SMB market. As the VoIP market continues to grow, the competition to have the highest quality, most robust VoIP offerings is growing as well. By layering IP-based applications on their network that is already engineered for business quality VoIP service, they are able to provide their customers with business tools that can make their transition to VoIP even more compelling. By transitioning to hosted VoIP service, small and medium sized businesses are not only able to realize the ROI benefits of VoIP, but are also able to utilize the tools that large businesses use to increase efficiency and more effectively monitor and manage their workforce. Hosted VoIP service eliminates the cost barriers often associated with these applications on a traditional system and, therefore, makes these applications more accessible to every business.

“SmartRecord IP is a shining example of how IP communications can deliver feature-rich, fully integrated, and value-added services to the SMB market that are unmatched by the traditional phone company,” says Mark Peterson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CommPartners Connect. “Our resellers are proving each day that not only does the value proposition of VoIP sell services, but applications like SmartRecord IP have great appeal to important segments of the SMB market and increase overall demand for VoIP. By responding to the demand for these value-added features and applications, we are enabling our resellers to meet customer needs and win more deals while driving growth of their VoIP business portfolio.”

SmartRecord IP is a hosted VoIP call recording application. With geographic redun dan cy and infinite scalability, it offers network operators, like CommPartners Connect, the ability to offer call recording directly from the switch, rather than as an afterthought. This integration with the CommPartners Connect BroadSoft applications platform allows SmartRecord IP to be more failsafe and secure than other add-on call recording solutions. SmartRecord IP also makes all recordings available on the internet through the use of a point-and-click web-interface, requiring very little training or support to implement this system into daily business processes.

“By partnering with industry leaders like CommPartners Connect, we believe we are providing our solution, SmartRecord IP, with the very best backbone possible to reach the VoIP market. Our hope is to make the solutions that have previously only been available to the biggest companies available to every company. The benefit that tools like SmartRecord IP can have to smaller businesses is astronomical and gives those smaller companies the ability to be competitive with their larger competitors. CTI Group hopes to level the playing field by offering all businesses equal access to monitoring and management tools like SmartRecord IP.” Sid Rao , Chief Technology Officer, CTI Group, Inc.

About CTI Group

CTI Group (Holdings) Inc. is an international provider of electronic invoice processing and management, enterprise communications management software and services solutions, and carrier class voice over internet protocol (VoIP) management applications. CTI Group’s SmartBill®, SmartRecord® and Proteus® product suites offer a full array of solutions for traffic analysis, post-billing call analysis, customer care and call recording. CTI Group’s products are used by some of the top service providers in North America and the United Kingdom , and play a trusted role in managing telephony costs at major corporations internationally. Headquartered in Indianapolis , CTI Group maintains overseas offices in London and Blackburn , UK . For more information, please visit CTI Group’s website at

About CommPartners Connect

CommPartners Connect is a nationwide CLEC certified, facilities based network operator providing VoIP and TDM services to carriers as well as enhanced Hosted Applications to Small and Medium sized businesses through a network of strategic partners and resellers. CommPartners Connect’s IP network has been engineered to provide business-grade, IP-based voice and other value-added services. With nationwide IP network coverage, CommPartners Connect delivers reliable, high-quality, and competitively priced carrier and wholesale hosted IP services for business including IP PBX, IPTrunkingâ„¢, and hosted contact center. CommPartners Connect’s wholesale services are supported by CommPartners Management System (CMS), a scalable and automated OSS platform for multi-tiered billing and account management. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas , Nevada and is privately held. For more information, call (877)677-5485 or visit CommPartners Connect’s website at

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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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