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Nortel CVAS and Sigma Systems Supports Delivery of Advanced IP Services to Subscribers

Bell Aliant Subscribers Across Atlantic Canada to Enjoy Advanced IP-based Residential, Business Communication Services and Applications


TORONTO — Continuing its efforts to boost service provider revenue potential and ability to deliver the latest business voice and multimedia IP solutions to end users, Nortel* [OTC: NRTLQ] Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions (CVAS) and Sigma Systems announced a new agreement to supply technology and services for Bell Aliant’s network across Atlantic Canada. Nortel’s market-leading CVAS solutions combined with Sigma Systems’ Service Management Portfolio of fulfillment solutions will allow Bell Aliant to deliver advanced VoIP, high-speed data and video/IPTV services to residential and business subscribers.


“We’re pleased to be collaborating with Nortel and Sigma Systems,” said Ivan Toner, VP of Engineering and CIO, Bell Aliant. “This positions us well in the delivery of next-generation services to our customers.”


Bell Aliant serves customers in six Canadian provinces and is one of more

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Calix Delivers New E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform to Address Accelerating Broadband Demand in Access Networks

Modular, extensible E7 introduces flexible new high-capacity option to Calix Unified Access portfolio


November 9, 2009, ORLANDO, FL (TelcoTV)— Calix, the largest communications equipment supplier focused solely on access solutions for broadband service delivery, today unveiled a revolutionary new approach to access networks: the E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP), a modular, chassis-based pure Ethernet platform architected for carrier class performance, deployment flexibility and management simplicity. Marrying an advanced 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) backplane with a one rack unit (RU), two slot chassis, the E7 can deploy any mix of GPON, point-to-point gigabit Ethernet (GE) or Active Ethernet (AE), and 10GE transport for business and residential services, allowing communications service providers (CSPs) to combine multiple E7 platforms as a single, manageable network element.


The E7 is a highly extensible standards-based, Ethernet platform that offers CSPs the flexibility needed to address the bandwidth more

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Sigma Systems Signs Global Reseller Agreement with Leading Telecom Supplier

Service Management Portfolio to Bring Advanced OSS Solutions to Telecom Operators for Triple-play Services


MIAMI – EVOLVE 2009 – November 2, 2009 — Sigma Systems, an industry leader in Advanced IP Service Fulfillment solutions, today announced a global reseller agreement with leading telecom supplier Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) that will provide next-generation order management and fulfillment solutions to telecom operators worldwide. The agreement enables Ericsson to resell Sigma Systems’ Service Management Platform, a carrier-grade platform that allows rapid service creation, advanced order management and automated provisioning, and Sigma’s service management solutions for triple-play—including high-speed data, and IMS-based IPTV and VoIP—to its hundreds of telco customers.


The combination of Ericsson’s extensive expertise in delivering world-class technology, solutions and services to telecom operators and Sigma Systems’ powerful Service Management Portfolio— will bring the following benefits to the Next-Generation Operator (NGO):


• Increased profitability and accelerated time-to-revenue by deploying more

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Portugal Operator ZON Multimedia Extends its Relationship with Sigma Systems for Multi-play Fulfillment

OSS solutions to include fulfillment of FTTH and MVNO services


TORONTO and LISBON, Portugal, September 15, 2009 — Sigma Systems, an industry leader in Advanced IP Service Fulfillment solutions, and next-generation operator ZON Multimedia, Portugal’s leading provider of triple-play solutions, announced today the extension of their working relationship through 2013. While ZON already utilizes Sigma’s Service Management Portfolio for fulfillment of its triple-play offerings in Portugal, the agreement extension also includes OSS support for ZON’s new mobile and Fiber-to-the-Home services.


A Sigma Systems customer since 2003, ZON Multimedia is one of Europe’s most progressive operators, offering the following services to Portugal residents:


• Digital video and satellite TV

• Video on demand (VOD)

• Voice over IP (VoIP)

• Broadband via cable and DSL

• ISP services

Recently, ZON added mobile services by becoming a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). ZON also plans to introduce more

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Nominum’s Intelligent DNS Gives Service Providers Commanding Advantage In Fight Against Internet Threats

Automatic Propagation of Threat Data across Networks for Instantaneous Enforcement 


Redwood City, Calif. – August 18, 2009 — Nominum, the leader in intelligent network naming and addressing solutions, today announced delivery of the third generation of its Trusted Response and Universal Enforcement (TRUE) ArchitectureTM, which allows service providers to provide instant and automatic protection to end users against a wide range of Internet threats as soon as they are discovered.  These threats include botnets, phishing, illegal content, and many other forms of malware.  By leveraging Intelligent DNS systems, the TRUE Architecture ensures Internet users have a safe, secure and efficient Internet experience and represents a new era for the DNS and its critical role in the Internet. 


Today, Internet threats are increasing in number and magnitude.  For example a report just released by The Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) shows 25 percent of more

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LIME Selects Calix to Expand Broadband Deployment across Jamaica

July 13, 2009, PETALUMA, CACalix, the largest communications equipment supplier focused solely on access solutions for broadband service delivery, today announced that LIME, the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications company and a regional business unit within the Cable & Wireless plc portfolio, has selected Calix to deliver broadband services throughout the island of Jamaica.  The Calix C7 Multiservice Access Platform (MSAP) gives LIME the flexibility to quickly roll out advanced broadband services to its residential, business, and government customers. This expansion of Calix access solutions into Jamaica also extends the relationship between LIME and Calix, as the Calix Unified Access Infrastructure has already been deployed at other LIME operations in the Caribbean, including the islands of Barbados and St. Kitts and Nevis.


According to Dave Newbold, executive vice president, Technology at LIME, “By teaming with Calix to expand LIME’s broadband service area to reach communities  across Jamaica, we are continuing to deliver on our promise to bring the best technologies to this region and build products and services that make Caribbean people’s lives better. The Calix C7 allows us to provide our customers across Jamaica with even faster and more reliable broadband services now and gives us the flexibility to evolve our network to continue to bring more world-class capabilities in the future.”


The Calix C7 offers a number of benefits to LIME:



  • The flexibility and cost-effectiveness of the C7 allows LIME to initially deliver advanced broadband services to a new set of customers throughout greater Kingston and Montego Bay.

  • As part of the Calix Unified Access Infrastructure, the C7 supports any type of delivery media, from copper to fiber, and will allow LIME to seamlessly upgrade its network in the future to support voice and video requirements, without forklift upgrade.

  • The C7 is fully managed by the Calix Management System (CMS), which provides a single network view and a common user experience independent of media type, protocol or service.


“After working with LIME in Barbados and St. Kitts and Nevis, Calix is looking forward to expanding its relationship with the Company,” said Mark Dressler, vice president, major account sales at Calix. ”We are seeing increased interest across our Caribbean customers to extend and enrich the broadband offerings available to subscribers in the region.  As LIME continues to deploy new services and technologies across its entire footprint, Calix is committed to providing the company with solutions that span any media type, any topology, and any speed.”


LIME currently serves 13 countries across the Caribbean, with landline, Internet, mobile, and entertainment services. 


Editorial Note: Calix will also be exhibiting at the CANTO 25th Annual Conference and Trade Exhibition this week at the Hyatt Regency, Trinidad and Tobago.  The complete line of Calix solutions will be on display at Booth #49/#60 through out the show.


About Calix


Calix is the largest communications equipment supplier focused solely on access solutions for broadband service delivery. Service providers deploy Calix access systems to enable a rich set of information, communication, and entertainment services and to expand their revenue base beyond connectivity. Calix access innovation helps service providers transform their networks from circuit to packet, narrowband to broadband, and copper to fiber. Calix has deployed millions of ports and tens of thousands of systems into hundreds of service provider networks throughout North America. For more information, visit the Calix website at www.calix.com.


This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are based upon management’s current expectations and are inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us as of the date of this release and we assume no obligation to revise or update any such forward-looking statement to reflect any event or circumstance after the date of this release. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from current expectations.


About LIME


LIME (Landline, Internet, Mobile, Entertainment) is the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications company, focused on building products and services that make Caribbean people’s lives better. LIME’s aim is to deliver the best communication services across the board, full stop. LIME is part of Cable & Wireless, one of the world’s leading international communications companies.

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Nominum Leapfrogs Industry Response to DNS Vulnerability with New Security Package

Nominum, the leading provider of network naming and addressing technologies, today announced the availability of a comprehensive new security release for its Vantio caching DNS server platform.  The latest Vantio software release provides multi-layer intelligent defenses that defeat DNS cache poisoning and other attacks, including the recently publicized Kaminsky vulnerability.  By offering built-in defense-in-depth, the Nominum solution far surpasses the recently released industry standard UDP Source Port Randomization (UDP SPR).  In fact, Vantio’s new defenses negate the brute force advantage attackers gained with the latest DNS cache poisoning vulnerability.   “Literally one day after details of the Kaminsky cache poisoning attack were revealed, UDP Source Port Randomization was defeated in 10 hours by security researchers using brute-force spoofed responses,” said Dr. Paul Mockapetris, Chairman and Chief Scientist at Nominum and inventor of the DNS.  “Nominum’s multi-layered approach eliminates the risk of a successful attack.” Key benefits of new Vantio DNS security features:



  • Resists and stops all forms of cache poisoning attacks

  • Defends automatically against query response spoofing and takes attackers out of loop

  • Prevents hijacking of subscriber traffic, or “pharming” attacks

  • Identifies perpetrators and records attack attempts

  • Provides protection in Enterprise and Service Provider networks that use network address translation (NAT), which can undermine UDP SPR (NAT devices include server load balancers and firewalls)

  • Reduces the chance of poisoning answers for valuable domains (www.mybank.com) to zero


 Protection Well Beyond the Industry Response


Nominum and its customers were instrumental in implementing and deploying UDP SPR as part of an industry-wide response to the cache poisoning threat. This feature offered immediate protection to over 120 million broadband subscribers supported by Nominum DNS servers at nearly one hundred carriers and ISPs (click here for a partial list of Nominum’s key customers). UDP source port randomization is only a first-step response to the new vulnerability, and network operators need additional deterministic defenses to address important exploits. Cache poisoning attacks rely on many techniques, and response spoofing is only one of them. UDP source port randomization is designed to mitigate risk of spoofing, but is not effective against a determined attacker or other forms of attacks. Response spoofing can be easily subverted when more network resources are available to an attacker that allow for sending many spoofed responses.  Nominum’s new defenses are critical to ensuring the attacker does not succeed.  ”Layered defenses in the DNS system are an effective way to address serious attack scenarios that aren’t covered by UDP Source Port Randomization alone,” said Dan Kaminsky, the security researcher who discovered the latest DNS vulnerability. “As new DNS vulnerabilities are discovered, a layered approach such as Nominum’s will help in ensuring ongoing Internet security.” Vantio features the following four security layers with key security features highlighted: 



  • Deterrence Layer: Includes Nominum’s leading UDP Source Port Randomization implementation, the recommended industry response to the Kaminsky threat

  • Defense Layer: Incorporates Nominum’s “Detect and Defend” capability to detect spoofing attempts and automatically switch the resolution to a secure connection in response to an attack attempt.

  • Resistance Layer: Employs Query Response Screening with a set of features that intelligently screen DNS answers to ensure malicious data in DNS responses is not used to answer valid user queries

  • Remediation Layer: Sends alerts when an attack is under way and incorporates a new feature that records the attack, allowing the attacker to be identified, and real-time remedial action to be taken by the network operator. 


 “Layered security is the only way to defend against the emerging threats to the Internet,” said Tom Tovar, CEO of Nominum. “Our customers, the largest networks in the world, have an obligation to deliver the highest-level of security in delivering Internet service to consumer, enterprise and government users. Nominum’s new software release ensures that our customers can meet that obligation immediately and completely.”


 Pricing and Availability


The new Vantio release is generally available as standard software purchase for carriers, large enterprise and government customers.  For more information regarding Nominum’s DNS platforms and background on the company, visit www.nominum.com.  


Chelsea Irwin, Engage PR for Nominum


 +1.510.748.8200, x203


cirwin@engagepr.com

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