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Are We Ready for The Exabyte Tsunami? Not Without Network Enhancements and Standards, Industry Leaders Say

The consensus of more than 30 telecom industry executives participating in an executive roundtable hosted by DSM is that today’s broadband network infrastructure is not prepared for future bandwidth demands and that substantial performance enhancements and new standards are necessary to support the next generation of bandwidth-hungry applications.


Participants in the Designed for the Future Executive Roundtable – representing communications service providers, infrastructure vendors, fiber optic cable and optical fiber makers, industry association leaders, academics and media – addressed the ability of incumbent networks to support future bandwidth demand, what is and will be creating that demand, and the risks associated with not embracing industry standards. Designed for the Future was held Sept. 29th during the FTTH 2009 Conference in Houston, Texas.


“It is no secret that the network infrastructure in the U.S. is aging while applications are evolving beyond what the basic design network can ultimately support,” more

Verizon Pushing Ahead With Integrated Transcoding in IP Core, Speeding Path to Convergence

Verizon Pushing Ahead With Integrated Transcoding in IP Core, Speeding Path to Convergence


Design Eliminates ‘Double Transcoding’ for Multimedia Content, Regardless of User Gear


CHICAGO – Verizon has committed to delivering all of its next-generation network multimedia content over its IP-based core network, facilitating the convergence of wireless and landline services, the company confirmed Wednesday (Oct. 21). more

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NGN Forum and IMS Forum Announces Plugfest 8 Results

ngn-forum-logo.jpgEighth Plugfest Focused on IMS/NGN Internetwork testing, IP Applications, BSS/OSS & Security

The Forum to Hold Board Meeting, Present, & Participate as a Judge of EOS Awards


Chicago, IL– Oct. 21, 2009 The NGN IMS Forumâ„¢ announced at Supercomm today that it will present the results today from its eighth NGN IMS PlugfestTM. This IMS/NGN interoperability event which was held at the UNH InterOperability Lab (UNH IOL) in Durham, NH was completed on October 9th. Plugfest 8 focused on Interoperability for voice and multimedia applications, BSS/OSS and Security, inter and intra network. The Forum also announced that it will hold its Member/Working Groups Meeting today at Supercomm from 12:30pm-1:005pm at the Exploration Theater on the Show Floor. This meeting is open to the public.


“The NGN IMS Forum Plugfests are the industry’s only interoperability events covering converged IMS and NGN services more

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MU DYNAMICS DELIVERS NEW TEST SUITE SOLVING THE COMPLEX CHALLENGES OF TESTING IP SERVICES

mu-logo.jpgDelivers Radically Faster, Higher Quality and Lower Cost IP Service Testing to Tier 1 Operators, Juniper, and other customers


SUNNYVALE, CA – October 21, 2009 – Mu Dynamics, the leading provider of IP services testing, today announced a significant expansion to its award-winning Mu Test Suite solution including many new capabilities. Customers are already finding Mu’s newest solution delivers a 10-fold productivity improvement over traditional testing solutions. Mu’s solution is proven to help customers deliver higher quality IP services faster and cheaper across the Network Infrastructure, Wired & Mobile services, Cloud Computing services, Government services, and Smart Grid ecosystems.


“Juniper, as the leader in high performance network, counts on the innovation in testing that Mu consistently delivers to our teams,” said Avishai Avivi, Sr. Director of Engineering Operations, High-end Security Systems at Juniper Networks. “Mu enables our development teams to rigorously test more

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NeoPhotonics Ranked 25th Fastest Growing Company in North America

NeoPhotonics Ranked 25th Fastest Growing Company in North America

on Deloitte’s 2009 Technology Fast 500â„¢


San Jose, CA – October 21, 2009 – NeoPhotonics today announced that the company ranked number 25 on the Technology Fast 500â„¢, Deloitte LLP’s ranking of 500 of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Rankings are based on percentage of fiscal year revenue growth during the five-year period from 2004 to 2008. NeoPhotonics grew 9464 percent during this period.


Deloitte announced their list of the last night at an event held at the headquarters of Tesla Motors in Menlo Park, California.


NeoPhotonics® Chairman and CEO Tim Jenks credits the company’s continued growth to a broad product portfolio backed by a strong commitment to customer service and funding for ongoing research and development. As a result, the Company has developed strong relationships with more

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ADVA Optical Networking’s FSP Service Manager Takes Network Efficiency To New Heights

New solution enables quick and easy management of end-to-end network services 


Norcross, Georgia, USA and Martinsried/Munich, Germany. October 21, 2009. ADVA Optical Networking is adding speed and simplicity to the operation of optical transport networks with the introduction of the new FSP Service Manager.


Designed for seamless integration with ADVA Optical Networking’s FSP Network Manager, the FSP Service Manager provides network operators with a comprehensive solution for the end-to-end delivery of high-quality services across networks built upon ADVA Optical Networking’s trusted FSP product family.


Utilizing an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), the FSP Service Manager provides operators with service-level provisioning and control across the entire network. This makes the creation, provisioning, monitoring and maintenance of services quicker and easier than ever before.


Thanks to an intelligent service-provisioning wizard, the FSP Service Manager enables network operators to create end-to-end services more

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ECI Telecom Introduces a Suite of Network Design and Optimization Services, Underscoring the 1Net Proposition

– Network transformation is important; meeting your unique requirements is essential –


“Service providers face many challenges from all points of the compass, such as how to pursue a smooth next-generation IP/Ethernet transformation; how to respond to competitive threats against other carriers; and how to identify and execute successful service strategies,” says Joel Stradling, Senior Analyst at Current Analysis. “By distilling vast experience and innovation into a suite of network design, audit, optimization and migration planning tools, ECI’s Global Services Division has made a positive step forward to help customers navigate these complex waters.”


PETAH TIKVA, ISRAEL – October 20, 2009 – ECI Telecom, global provider of networking infrastructure solutions optimized for next-generation network (NGN) migration, once again responds to customer demands, bringing a suite of new services and tools to optimize network planning, maintenance and operation. Supported by innovative software tools, the new services include Network more

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Glowpoint Selected by Atlantic 10 Basketball Conference to Provide Managed Video Services for Media Day Coverage

Coaches at 14 team locations to discuss upcoming season, preseason all-conference teams to be announced via live video webcast


HILLSIDE, N.J. Oct. 21, 2009 - Glowpoint, Inc. (OTCBB: GLOW), a leading provider of advanced video communications solutions, today announced it will provide managed video services to enable live video webcasts of the Atlantic 10 Conference’s basketball media days on October 21 and 22.


The women’s and men’s media days will feature coaches discussing their teams and the upcoming season, captured using Glowpoint’s high-quality IP-video service and distributed over the Internet. The 2009-10 preseason all-conference teams, and predicted order of finish, will also be announced at the start of each webcast.


“We selected Glowpoint based on their previous successes in working with us and with leading broadcasters, such as the NFL Network and Comcast’s Mountain West Network. Glowpoint’s high-quality service continues to provide an exciting experience for more

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Cavalier Awarded Contract with Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh

Cavalier Awarded Contract with Housing Authority of the City of PittsburghMPLS Network Provides Improved Security Management RICHMOND, VA – October 21, 2009 – Cavalier, a leading provider of competitive telecommunications services throughout the eastern United States, today announced it has been awarded the Internet services and data communications contract for the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP). Under the agreement, security cameras located within the HACP’s 26 housing developments will stream live video over Cavalier’s network to the HACP’s security command center, providing the communities with greater safety and security.  “The visual access that Cavalier enables will allow our locations to share surveillance images instantly, empowering our security guards and decreasing emergency response times,” said Will McDanel, procurement director, Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh.  “The mesh network we designed for the HACP using Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) provides exceptionally reliable connectivity for this critical more

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Strategy Analytics: Broadband Operator Profits Threatened by Price Cutting

Strategy Analytics: Broadband Operator Profits Threatened by Price Cutting


Tariff Cuts Need Precise Targets


Boston, MA - October 20, 2009 – Broadband operators stand to lose revenues and profits, unless they precisely target new tariff and service bundles by market segment. Research from the new Strategy Analytics Tariff & Revenue Strategies Service (TRS) warns service providers to be wary of commodity pricing as competition heats up. more

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Related Topics: Independent, Connected homes, FTTX, Access, IPTV, Broadband, Other |

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