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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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Aurora Networks Outlines Five ‘Must-Have’ Components for Green Optical Network Deployments

Fiber Deep ensures green strategy success through reduced energy consumption and associated cost savings


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Aug. 31, 2009 – Cable operators have a lot to consider when assessing the environmental and financial benefits of green optical networks. To help address these questions, Aurora Networks, Inc., the only optical transport solution provider focused on delivering a cost-effective, optimized platform for next-generation cable services, has developed a checklist identifying five “must-have” components for green optical networks.


As cable operators and vendors implement strategies that aim to reduce energy usage and other environmental impacts, the cable industry can implement the most effective and green optical transport solutions to deliver today’s subscriber-demanded services.


According to the IEEE’s Energy Efficient Ethernet Committee, telecommunications network equipment alone accounts for 1 percent of all power consumption in the United States. Also, research from the International Telecommunications Union estimates that the global more

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Global-i© (Gi) Launches Gi GTMâ„¢ Suite of Go-to-Market Services for Communications and IT Clients

Herndon, VA (PRWEB) August 5, 2009 — Global-i, Inc. (www.globaliconsulting.com), a provider of technology-management consulting and project-based outsourcing services to the Communications & IT industry, announced today that it is launching its Global-i GTMâ„¢ Suite of Go-to-Market and Launch Management Services for meeting New/Enhanced Products and Services Launch needs and Infrastructure Deployment/Systems Integration Rollout needs of Converged Communications & IT Clients.


The services will benefit Communications and IT clients launching products and services through a fully-gated product lifecycle management (PLM/SDLC) process and/or rolling out its infrastructure deployment/systems integration initiative via a thorough implementation process. The company will provide the services via fixed-fee consulting and managed outsourcing. The fixed-fee service will be a custom service and will be developed per the needs of the client and delivered via Global-i GTMâ„¢ service directly from Global-i offices. The service can also be delivered as a contracted service via Global-i ExpertConsultantâ„¢ service more

ADVANCED MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES INTEGRATION DIVISION

jcm_left_angle_2.jpgDEERFIELD BEACH, FL., August 4th, 2009- AMT is proud to welcome Juan Carlos Marchesini as Director of the Systems Integration Division. Marchesini brings more than 25 years of technical and management experience to AMT, combining a broad range of technical planning, integration and field expertise with specific focus on the CATV and Telco fields. In his new role, Juan Carlos will be responsible for all aspects of the Company’s Technical Support, including engineering and installation services. “I’m very excited with the possibilities of AMT. They have concentrated their efforts on offering the best products and most advanced technologies to their customers, and I believe the Company is well positioned to take the concept of System Integration to the highest level. AMT has a group of remarkable Sales Associates, with a deep knowledge of the different products being distributed by the Company. When combined with more

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Calix and Hatteras Partner to Offer Joint Solution to Enable Broadband for Un-Served and Underserved Communities

Calix and Hatteras Partner to Offer Joint Solution to Enable Broadband for Un-Served and Underserved Communities


Rural independent operating companies to leverage joint solution as part of Broadband Stimulus grants


RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hatteras Networks, the global leader in Mid-Band Ethernet solutions for enterprise access and next-generation mobile backhaul, and Calix, the largest communications equipment supplier focused solely on access solutions for broadband service delivery, today announced their partnership, joint solution, and the certification of Hatteras Networks’ products in the Calix Compatible Solution Assurance Program. more

NGN Forum and IMS Forum Announce Plugfest 8 to Focus on Interoperability for IP Applications, BSS/OSS & Security

Plugfest to Leverage Work of Diameter/Control Plane and BSS/OSS & Security Working Groups


Denver, CO – July 29, 2009 The NGN IMS Forumâ„¢ announced today that its eighth NGN IMS PlugfestTM will be held October 5 thru October 9th, 2009 at the InterOperability Lab (UNH IOL) in Durham, NH. The NGN IMS Forum Plugfests are the industry’s only interoperability events covering converged IMS and NGN services over wireless, wireline and cable broadband. Plugfest 8 will focus on Interoperability for voice and multimedia applications, BSS/OSS and Security inter and intra network: more

Transition Networks Unveils 802.1ag/Y.1731 Network Interface Devices Specifically Designed for Mobile Backhaul and Business Ethernet Service Delivery

s2250-s2350-b.jpgCompany Adds to Network Interface Device Portfolio to Help Service Providers Reduce OpEx and CapEx When Providing Ethernet Services


Minneapolis, MN — May 13, 2009 — Transition Networks Inc., the fiber access technology expert, a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ-GM: JCS), today announced the introduction of the S2250 and S3250 Network Interface Devices (NIDs). The S2250 and S3250 product families are specifically designed to help telecoms and cable providers to generate and preserve revenues when delivering Ethernet services. With the growing demand for business Ethernet services and mobile backhaul, these new NIDs enable service providers to offer tiered services with end-to-end Service Level Agreements (SLAs), while increasing customer satisfaction and keeping capital expenses (CapEx) to a minimum. The S2250 and S3250 product families are Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) more

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SUREWEST TO LAUNCH NEW TV SERVICE PROMISING AN UNPARALLELED VIEWING EXPERIENCE

SUREWEST TO LAUNCH NEW TV SERVICE PROMISING

AN UNPARALLELED VIEWING EXPERIENCE


Microsoft Mediaroom and Network Improvements Extend Video Offerings to

25,000 Homes While Laying Groundwork for Future Technologies


ROSEVILLE, CA – July 28, 2009 – Leading independent communications holding company SureWest Communications (NASDAQ: SURW) today announced it will deploy the award-winning Microsoft Mediaroom Internet Protocol television (IPTV) software platform to deliver an advanced TV service over its existing IP-based fiber-to-the-home and copper networks in the greater Sacramento, CA region. more

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Broadstripe Integrates Aurora Networks’ GEPON Solution to Deliver Scalable Commercial Services Network

Flexible, cost-effective GEPON solution powers business park for revenue-generating opportunities


Santa Clara, Calif. – June 15, 2009 – Aurora Networks, Inc., the only optical transport solution provider focused on delivering a cost-effective, optimized platform for next-generation cable services, today announced that Broadstripe, LLC, a leading provider of integrated video, broadband and home phone services, deployed Aurora Networks’ GEPON solution for its commercial services offering. The flexibility of Aurora Networks’ GEPON solution, including its Node PONâ„¢, VHubâ„¢ and SMART Media Converterâ„¢ products, enable Broadstripe to offer faster services at lower prices to fit the unique and individual needs of its business customers.


Aurora Networks’ GEPON solution provides Broadstripe with a manageable and scalable system that allows the company to serve business customers without the need for an active OTN location. By reducing the overall cost, but still supplying fiber to the premises to meet bandwidth needs, Aurora Networks enables Broadstripe to service businesses within their footprint – an important sector for company growth.


“For Broadstripe’s commercial services offering, we set out to serve a combination of T1, high-speed and dial-up customers, including Brooks Industrial Park in Marshall, Michigan, an established business park that was previously receiving its business service from a competing provider. With Aurora Networks’ GEPON solution, we are the only provider able to offer 10-100 Mbps of dedicated fiber services to each of Brooks Industrial Park’s current customers,” said Dave Harwood, regional vice president and general manager of Broadstripe. “With Aurora Networks, we can now take advantage of the huge growth opportunities available in business services by competitively delivering what customers are demanding.”


The Aurora Networks’ GEPON implementation includes the installation of a Virtual Hub (VHub) equipped with Node PON technology on Broadstripe’s existing fiber infrastructure from its main headend to Brooks Industrial Park, approximately 40 miles. New fiber was laid to the streetside curb of each business with a SMART Media Converter installed directly in the premises to connect business subscribers to Broadstripe’s core network.


“Broadstripe’s implementation of Aurora Networks’ GEPON solution demonstrates the reach, flexibility and cost-effectiveness of our product offerings, which enable cable operators to easily migrate their existing infrastructure to accommodate business services,” said John Dahlquist, vice president of marketing, Aurora Networks. “With a sole focus on the cable industry, Aurora Networks devotes 100 percent of its resources to making better quality transport solutions for its customers. We value the services that Broadstripe delivers and are proud to be a part of this successful business services implementation.”


As an innovator in the cable marketplace, Aurora Networks’ GEPON solution is designed to optimize revenue-generating services in both residential and commercial services settings. The company’s award-winning Node PON solution, combined with its unique VHub bring the highest level of flexibility and utilization that can be found in a PON architecture today. The SMART Media Converter was specifically designed to increase bandwidth capacity and Ethernet specifically for high-speed data services, allowing Broadstripe, and other cable operators, to capitalize on business opportunities.


About Broadstripe, LLC

Broadstripe LLC was created in 2007 by a group of cable and telecommunications veterans. As a leading provider of integrated video, broadband and home phone services, Broadstripe is dedicated to providing residential and business customers superior entertainment, communication products and outstanding customer service. The company is among the 25 largest cable operators in the United States. For additional information visit www.broadstripe.com.


About Aurora Networks

Aurora Networks is evolving cable by focusing on innovative solutions that build future-proof networks to accommodate the cable subscriber services of today and tomorrow. Aurora Networks is the only pure-play optical transport solution provider that is focused solely on cable MSOs. Using its proven understanding of cable networks, Aurora Networks delivers unique solutions - such as its Fiber Deep architecture and digital return technology - to address specific issues of the cable industry. A technology leader driven by innovation and industry-firsts, Aurora Networks enables leading MSOs across the globe to compete with a cost-effective, optimized launch pad for next-generation cable services. To learn more about Aurora Networks’ core cable solutions, please call 408-235-7000 or visit www.aurora.com.


Aurora, Aurora Networks, the Aurora logo, VHub, SMART Media Converter and Node PON are trademarks of Aurora Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other marks are the property of their respective owners and are used here only for identification purposes.

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Aurora Networks Launches Node Optimized for Europe to Evolve Regional Cable Market

NC2000 2×2 node brings Aurora Networks’ innovative technology and expertise

to maximize European HFC, Fiber Deep and RFoG deployments


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 19, 2009 – Aurora Networks, Inc., the only optical transport solution provider focused on delivering a cost-effective, optimized platform for next-generation cable services, announces the debut of its NC2000 optical node, Aurora Networks’ first 2×2 segmentable, wall or cabinet mounting node platform intended specifically for the European cable market. By incorporating Aurora Networks’ field-proven digital return and virtual hub (VHubâ„¢) technologies, the NC2000 enables operators to maximize the bandwidth of existing hybrid fiber coax (HFC), Fiber Deep and RF over Glass (RFoG) deployments while simultaneously providing an optimal migration path to future network architectures with support for next-generation access modules, Node PONâ„¢, BitCoaxâ„¢ and Fiber on Demandâ„¢.


With three high-level outputs and full 2×2 segmentation, the NC2000 enables European operators to effectively double targeted bandwidth capacities for subscriber services such as VoD, high-speed data and HDTV, without the need for additional nodes or other hardware upgrades. When used within Aurora Networks’ Fiber Deep architecture, cable’s first truly green architecture, the high output NC2000 eliminates the need for RF amplifiers after the node, reducing active network components by up to 75 percent, cutting power and maintenance costs by 65 percent and enabling fiber connections to be brought within a few hundred meters of each customer.


“The NC2000 gives European operators the ability to immediately and dramatically expand their bandwidth, and thereby their service offerings, without incurring major infrastructure construction costs,” said John Dahlquist, vice president of marketing at Aurora Networks. “Aurora Networks is committed to supporting the evolution of the European cable industry to deliver a richer set of services to the home while enabling them to transition to next-generation, cost-effective network technologies.”


By incorporating Aurora Networks’ “plug–and-play” digital return technology, the NC2000 enables European operators to improve efficiency by concentrating up to 16 nodes on one return fiber for reduced noise, increased bandwidth and greatly improved network return balancing. Cable operators can also realize additional savings by configuring the NC2000 as a virtual hub, using Aurora Networks’ field-proven and widely deployed VHub technology, allowing cable operators to easily deploy new hubs where needed, extend network reach, cut installation costs and quickly bring new services to market.


As narrowcast services increase in popularity with subscribers, providers are faced with an ever-increasing need for bandwidth. Aurora Networks’ NC2000 gives European operators a low-cost, flexible solution in both HFC and Fiber Deep architectures to better compete with satellite providers as well as regional municipalities and utility companies for subscribers, while supporting future network evolution.


Additional information, including technical product details and visuals for Aurora Networks’ Europe-specific NC2000 node, can be found at www.aurora.com. The NC2000 is now shipping and will be on display at ANGA Cable 2009 in the Cologne Fair Grounds from 26-28 May 2009 at stand #B48.


About Aurora Networks

Aurora Networks is evolving cable by focusing on innovative solutions that build future-proof networks to accommodate the cable subscriber services of today and tomorrow. Aurora Networks is the only pure-play optical transport solution provider that is focused solely on cable MSOs. Using its proven understanding of cable networks, Aurora Networks delivers unique solutions - such as its Fiber Deep architecture and digital return technology - to address specific issues of the cable industry. A technology leader driven by innovation and industry-firsts, Aurora Networks enables leading MSOs across the globe to compete with a cost-effective, optimized launch pad for next-generation cable services. To learn more about Aurora Networks’ core cable solutions, please call 408-235-7000 or visit www.aurora.com.


Aurora, Aurora Networks, the Aurora logo, Node PON, BitCoax, Fiber on Demand and VHub are trademarks of Aurora Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other marks are the property of their respective owners and are used here only for identification purposes.


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