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

s2250-s2350.gifCompany 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) 9 and 14 certified compliant and create a clear demarcation point between the provider and customer network, as well as carrier-to-carrier networks.


“Service providers are constantly looking for ways to provide more Ethernet services with SLAs, while reducing CapEx and OpEx,” said Patrick Schaber, Director of Marketing at Transition Networks. “Transition Networks continues to deliver carrier grade products that meet the CapEx and OpEx goals with the features service providers require such as; 802.3ah, 802.1ag, Y.1731, VLAN support, bandwidth allocation and remote diagnostics. Our newest products round out our extensive portfolio of network interface devices and provide service providers with cost-effective options to meet today’s demands.”


The S2250 and S3250 product families’ OAM capabilities ensure rapid detection and isolation of potential service related problems. The ability to have trouble detection and resolution from a central Network Operations Center (NOC) dramatically reduces operating expense (OpEx) and results in a quicker Mean Time to Repair (MTTR).


Product Features

With fan-less design, redundant power options and 1+1 protection the S2250 and S3250 product families are truly carrier grade products for use at customer premises, cell sites, central offices and aggregation nodes.


The S2250 and S3250 product families offer complete Ethernet OAM support including 802.1ag (CFM), Y.1731 (CFM & PM), 802.3ah (EFM) to ensure visibility across the entire network.


Service creation and traffic conditioning are easily done in the S2250 and S3250. E-Line, E-LAN and E-Tree services can be done directly at the demarcation point, including VLANs (S-Tag and C-Tag) and Class of Service (CoS) settings.


Bandwidth allocation can be used to limit all upstream and downstream traffic or by filtering criteria for the traffic. Traffic shaping in the S3250 allows for pre-conditioning of traffic to accelerate services and optimize access link bandwidth use by passing the highest priority traffic first.


The S2250 and S3250 offer a variety of intelligent loopbacks that operate at layer 1-2-3-4. These loopbacks can be defined by VLAN, MAC/IP addresses or any combination of layer 2-4 header criteria. The devices also respond to in-band loopback command from most Ethernet test sets and monitoring systems.


The S2250 and S3250 also have 10K jumbo frame support, redundant power options and SNMP V1 and V2c support.


Product Configuration

Transition Networks’ S2250 and S3250 family of Network Interface Devices are available as a standalone product. Transition Networks offers a variety of mounting options for the S2250 and S3250 family including 19 inch and 23 inch rack mount kits. The S2250 and S3250 product families are available in AC or DC power options. There are temperature hardened versions of the S3250 family with support from -40ºC to +65ºC.


The S2250 and S3250 are available in the following models:


Model Description

S2250 10/100 Mb/s Demarcation Device

http://www.transition.com/TransitionNetworks/Products2/Family.aspx?Name=S2250-S3250 10/100/1000 Mb/s Demarcation Device

http://www.transition.com/TransitionNetworks/Products2/Family.aspx?Name=S2250-S3250 10/100/1000 Mb/s Unit with enhanced multi-flow processing & statistics

S3252 10/100/1000 Mb/s Unit with advanced traffic shaping & packet processing functionality

http://www.transition.com/TransitionNetworks/Products2/Family.aspx?Name=S2250-S32504 SFP port version of the S3252


Product Availability

The S2250 and S3250 family of product lines are available now. Please contact Transition Networks at (800) 526-9267 or visit www.transition.com for the latest information.


About Transition Networks Products

Transition Networks’ conversion products are known for their ruggedness and reliability. They have a 99.4 percent customer acceptance rating, meaning that approximately one in 1,000 experience failure in the field. The S2250 and S3250 product families carry a 1 year warranty.


About Transition Networks Inc.

Transition Networks Inc. offers networking connectivity solutions that make networks perform better, faster and more reliably while helping companies leverage their existing networking infrastructure. The company’s Transition Networks brand of media converters make conversion between disparate media types possible, providing conversion technology solutions that offer the necessary adaptations without affecting the performance, nature or appearance of the network. Its complete Milan portfolio of multilayer switching products is designed to facilitate low-cost network evolution with unique solutions, easing the stress on networks caused by high-bandwidth applications. Based in Minneapolis, Transition Networks distributes hardware-based connectivity solutions exclusively through a network of resellers in 50 countries, including Ingram Micro and Tech Data. Transition Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company (NASDAQ-GM: JCS).


Statements regarding the Company’s anticipated performance in 2009 are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: competitive products and other factors discussed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Aurora Networks To Showcase Evolving Cable Solutions at ANGA Cable 2009

Fiber to the Premises, Fiber Deep and node segmentation solutions demonstrated to help European cable operators fight competition


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 11, 2009 – Aurora Networks, Inc., the only optical transport solution provider focused on delivering a cost-effective, optimized platform for next-generation cable services, will showcase its first European-optimized node and demonstrate its evolving cable solutions at the ANGA Cable 2009 show in the Cologne Fair Grounds from 26-28 May 2009 in stand #B48.


Aurora Networks’ new node, which will be demonstrated in four configurations at the show, is specifically designed to meet European operators’ unique deployment, capacity and architecture needs to deliver today’s in-demand subscriber services. In addition to its European-optimized node, Aurora Networks will showcase its existing, industry-leading tools to help cable operators evolve in Europe’s competitive landscape:


• Industry-leading RFoG and RFPON (RFoG with a smooth migration to full PON) solutions to enable cable operators to take advantage of FTTP architectures, incorporating unique components to overcome the deployment limitations associated with traditional approaches.


• Innovative Fiber Deep solutions that deliver a passive HFC architecture and products that enable European MSOs to significantly increase network capacity per subscriber while reducing their on-going operating expenses – cable’s first green architecture.


• With a focus on enabling simple evolution to increase network capacity, Aurora Networks will showcase its “Evolution not Revolution” node display, which demonstrates the industry’s most versatile node platform available today. This display will clearly show how cable operators can build upon their existing architecture with the deployment of Aurora Networks’ node platform today and not have to “rip and replace” to support next-generation services which will be demanded by their subscribers.


• Aurora Networks’ industry-leading LcWDM® (“O”-band) analog transmitter solution enables up to eight downstream and a dozen or more upstream wavelengths on the same fiber. This solution demonstrates fiber-efficient segmentation, a key opportunity for European operators to expand network capacity to accommodate more narrowcast services with constructing new fiber links.


• Additionally, Aurora Networks’ complete line of WDM solutions, CWDM and DWDM technologies including the AT3520G transmitter introduced in February 2009, which increases narrowcast bandwidth by 50 percent. WDM solutions allow European operators to add more wavelengths to their network without expensive or interruptive construction.


“In the evolving European cable market, operators need regionally-specific solutions that help them compete effectively with satellite providers as well as regional municipalities and utility companies offering similar subscriber services,” said Glenn Miller, vice president of business development for Europe, Aurora Networks. “Given the popularity of our solutions and the increasing market demand in Europe for converged services, Aurora Networks continues to be committed to leading the evolution in the cable industry through innovative, cost-effective solutions designed specifically for cable operators. ANGA Cable presents an ideal opportunity for the cable industry to learn how to leverage our solutions to advance network capabilities.”


Additionally, Wim Mostert, director of product management for Aurora Networks, will address attendees on WDM solutions for the European market in a technical presentation titled “Tools to Quadruple the Capacity for Targeted Services without Fibre Construction.” The session will be held in Room B during the “Fibre: The Way to Handle Increasing Capacity” panel from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.


Please join Aurora Networks for demonstrations and information about its new European-optimized node and other unique solutions at ANGA Cable 2009, 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 and the Aurora logo are trademarks of and LcWDM is a registered trademark 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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Verizon Business Expands IT Consulting Services Aimed at Application Management, Storage

Verizon Business Expands IT Consulting Services Aimed at Application Management, Storage  


New Professional Services Address Continued Global Demand From Enterprises for Help Managing IT Environments  


BASKING RIDGE, N.J.  – To meet the growing demand from enterprises for help maximizing IT environments, Verizon Business is expanding its already robust portfolio of global professional consulting services.


The company announced Wednesday (May 6) seven additional IT consulting services that address the need for global enterprises to optimize the performance of applications operating on their networks and to securely store the growing volume of corporate data.  The new professional application-assessment and storage services — available in the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region — will be delivered by specially trained and experienced consultants.


Global managed and professional services — a key part of Verizon Business’ strategic services offerings — represent a significant growth area for the company.  It expects to experience continued expansion in this area throughout 2009.  Verizon Business’ strategic services — which also include fast-growing IP (Internet protocol), Ethernet and security solutions — drove revenue of $1.5 billion in the first quarter 2009, up 7.5 percent from the first quarter 2008.  


“IT performance is taking on new meaning in today’s challenging business environment,” said Kerry Bailey, senior vice president — global services, Verizon Business.  “Rather than just hoping their IT environment will perform optimally, companies need to be proactive in managing their applications and ensuring critical company data is stored appropriately for safekeeping and retrieval.  Through our expanded portfolio we are helping companies do all this securely and without missing a beat.”


Amy DeCarlo, principal analyst – managed IT services, Current Analysis, said: “Enterprises are looking for flexible options when making decisions about enhancing their IT and network environments.  The fact that Verizon Business is vendor- and technology-neutral gives customers more alternatives to choose from to ensure they have access to solutions tailored to fit their particular needs.”


Helping Enterprises Address LAN and WAN Performance Challenges


Through the company’s new standardized suite of Network Application Assessment professional services, customers can easily address periodic local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) performance issues that can slow down the delivery of applications to corporate users. This suite also can help companies plan for long-term growth needs.


These new application-assessment services, which offer customers the ability to reactively or proactively review the health of their applications and networks and identify potential areas for remediation, are:


Critical Business Problem Resolution:  For organizations needing to immediately address critical business issues, Verizon Business can help them to investigate and identify root cause of network issues and facilitate troubleshooting as well as provide recommendations on how to resolve WAN and LAN issues contributing to the degradation of application delivery.  Areas of focus include analysis on multiple aspects of the network, including how applications are utilized and end-to-end performance between end users and applications.


Application Infrastructure Analysis:  Provides a proactive analysis of the customer’s existing network, application infrastructure and architecture with a focus on application performance, including the network’s ability to support new applications such as VoIP and SAP.  Results of this analysis can be used by the customer for current or future IT planning, as well as IT budget planning; documentation of existing network infrastructure; business continuity planning; capacity analysis, including peak season performance analysis and end-of-life network and application infrastructure redundancy and/or scalability.


Network Health Assessment: For organizations proactive in their approach, Verizon Business experts can provide a Network Health Assessment service that examines a customer’s existing network infrastructure and architecture.  Results can be used for current or future IT planning, as well as IT budget planning; network re-architecture; end-of-life network hardware analysis; network improvements, including WAN acceleration options; or identification or analysis of any latency issues. Service is ideal for organizations wishing to establish a reference design to address known areas of concern; identify traffic flow; baseline the current network performance by device and by link, as well as document and review critical business process that include applications.


 Storage Considerations Key Among Enterprises


 More and more enterprises need ways to manage and store data in an increasingly information-driven world. Verizon Business industry experts can help organizations assess existing storage configurations as well as design and build new storage solutions that help them meet their IT requirements and data storage regulations.  The four new consulting services are:   


Storage Assessment: Assess current storage solutions and recommend improvements based on the customer’s technical and business requirements.


Database Assessment and Design: Examine existing database solution and recommend improvements based on the customer’s IT and business environment.  


Database Backup/Replication Assessment: Assess current data backup and/or data replication strategies and recommend improvements for either data retention or backup policies.


Storage Integration: Implement a new storage solution and migrate data for storage area network (SAN)-based applications.


With these capabilities in addition to extensive managed service offerings, Verizon Business is able to offer and support the entire lifecycle of data and storage solutions as part of an overall infrastructure management engagement. Enterprises can turn to Verizon Business to find the right solution to meet their specific needs — whether it’s moving to virtualization; or the need to augment a company’s data replication strategy or improve its database configuration; or address whether an organization wants to transition from a distributed data configuration to a SAN architecture.


All Verizon Business storage consulting and management services are delivered by professionals certified and trained in storage technologies, including EMC-certified engineers, who can implement and develop infrastructure and tools for management.              


Delivering Solutions Through Key Practice Areas


Verizon Business excels in delivering solutions across key practice areas that address a wide range of business and technology issues for today’s extended enterprise, which includes employees, customers, partners and suppliers.


 The professional services team is able to provide guidance and recommendations for accelerating the transition to new technologies, applications and delivery methods, as well as address data storage and security compliance requirements.  


Verizon Business delivers a standardized set of more than 50 professional-service capabilities in four key practice areas: Security Solutions, IT Solutions, Network Engineering and Integration Services, and Communications Solutions.


The company provides a complementary set of managed network, managed hosting and managed security offerings, and manages and maintains more than 4,000 customer networks and more than 270,000 communications devices around the globe. Its global infrastructure, including one of the most expansive and the most connected global IP networks in the world, provides a unique foundation from which to serve multinational customers.


For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com/solutions/professional.


 About Verizon Business Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with the world’s most connected IP network to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions.  We securely connect today’s extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees – enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment.  Many of the world’s largest businesses and governments – including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions – rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com.

TM Forum Membership Up 25% As Comms Industry Seeks Guidance in Tough Times

TM Forum takes pole position to help industry tackle recession


MORRISTOWN, NJ, May 5, 2009 – TM Forum, the world’s premier industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, today announced results for the financial year ending March 31, 2009. For the fifth consecutive year, the international not-for-profit organization has achieved revenue and membership growth of more than 25%. The results show an organization well placed to weather the current global recession, and reinforce the Forum’s leading position in helping its global membership tackle the effects of the economic crisis.


TM Forum exists to help its 737 member companies – which include service providers and suppliers in the telecom, mobile, cable, defense and media sectors across 185 countries – by providing leadership, guidance and practical solutions that improve their business effectiveness. In the current economic climate as service providers seek to reduce operating costs, the Forum’s extensive set of best practices and standards provide a stable, low-risk roadmap for cost-base transformation. In addition, the Forum is leading the way for delivery and monetization of new services, exploring new business models and opportunities with partners in an extended value-chain of content and media players.


According to Keith Willetts, chairman and CEO, TM Forum, “Very few of the countries where TM Forum has active members have escaped the effects of the global financial crisis. For a long time we have been saying that – sooner or later- service providers everywhere will need to radically change the way they do business or their cost base will sink them. The global downturn has brought this line of thinking into very sharp focus.”


The Forum’s flagship Management World conference being held this week in Nice, France, will tackle these key issues head on. The conference – which has proven itself as the communication industry’s conference of choice for 2009 – exposes the value of the Forum’s best practices and standards through more than 100 service provider led presentations and case studies. “Moving onwards through 2009, the Forum is well placed to help its members triumph in these difficult times,” added Willetts.


About TM Forum

With 737 member companies across 185 countries, TM Forum is the world’s leading industry association focused on improving business effectiveness for service providers and their suppliers. Serving the information, communications and entertainment industries, the Forum provides practical solutions, guidance and leadership to transform the way that digital services are created, delivered and charged. Members include the world’s largest service providers, cable and network operators, software suppliers, equipment suppliers and systems integrators.


TM Forum provides a wide range of information and support to help its members reduce the costs and risks associated with creating and delivering profitable services. These include industry research and benchmarks, technology roadmaps, best practice guidebooks, software standards and interfaces, as well as certified training, conferences and publications. The Forum also provides its member community with extensive marketing and networking opportunities, enabling business with new customers and partners.

To learn more please visit www.tmforum.org.

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Business Transformation Takes Forumville Center Stage at Management World 2009

Forumville Highlights Business Transformation at TM Forum’s Management World 2009


Innovative Business Solutions Drive Communications Service Provider Success


MORRISTOWN, NJ, April 28, 2009 –TM Forum, the world’s premier industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, revealed today the ground-breaking business transformation solutions that will be demonstrated in the exclusive Forumville innovation zone at the Forum’s flagship Management World conference (4-8 May 2009, Nice, France).


Business Transformation is one of six key strategies to combat the economic downturn and prepare the industry for the future. In a world where communications service providers face the continual challenge of maintaining profitability for increasingly competitive and diverse services, TM Forum is leading the way in improving business effectiveness. Through leadership and collaboration, the Forum is delivering the standards and best practices that underpin automation, reduce OpEx and customer churn, and allow service providers to adapt to new business models.


According to Martin Creaner, President and COO, TM Forum, “Forumville brings together leading industry experts in a series of live Technology Catalyst and Content Encounter demos, providing examples of the innovation and rapid solution development only possible through collaboration. Together with business and technical presentations focused on implementation of TM Forum standards, Forumville will offer conference delegates a one-stop-shop for essential transformation tools.”


Business Transformation — Tuning Business for the Road Ahead

The Business Transformation innovation area looks at the big picture of how the TM Forum best practices, business programs, and executive communities can help businesses become more efficient, automated, agile, and customer-centric. Visitors will see how TM Forum Solution Frameworks have already helped hundreds of companies around the world save millions of dollars by shortening return on development investment, getting new services to market faster and driving down operational costs through a multitude of business process and IT transformation projects.


One of the highlights of the Business Transformation zone is TM Forum’s Business Benchmarking Program, which boasts more than 100 service provider participants. The program allows service providers to assess metrics, ranging from operations to finance, and to see how they compare to best in class providers around the world. The data support business decision-making — a crucial need as companies undergo massive operational transformations to support new converged, media-rich services, reduce costs, and provide outstanding customer experience with low levels of customer churn.

The Business Transformation zone will also feature a defense industry Technology Catalyst demonstration on Managing Future Satellite Communications. The Catalyst focuses on operational agility and the real-time management of complex space networks. The defense industry is transforming its management strategies using TM Forum-based standards to create a solution framework that manages across operator boundaries.


As Service Providers implement business transformation projects, one of the complex issues they face is how to migrate key customer data and other records into their new systems. The data must be verified, rationalized, cleansed, formatted and then moved. The Application Data Migration Technology Catalyst addresses the industry challenges resulting from current migration practices and strategies to overcome those challenges. It demonstrates the principles and recommendations using a real-world case study.


Forumville will include two theaters, offering in-depth technology demonstrations, case studies of real-world implementations, and educational presentations. Attendees will also receive free registration to the Forum’s new online community, where members can connect to their peers and gain access to the latest industry topics and thought leadership.


The strategies and tactics unveiled in Forumville will be mirrored throughout the Management World 2009 conference, which opens with an impressive keynote lineup on Wednesday, May 6. “Forumville, along with the entire Management World conference this year, focuses on the strategies and tactics service providers need to embrace to survive. The current economic situation presents an opportunity for service providers to transform themselves to support the new business models that will prove to be essential to future growth and profitability for service providers,” added Creaner.


The full conference agenda, keynote and speaker details, as well as information surrounding certified training courses available in Nice are available now at http://www.tmforum.org/ManagementWorld2009/


Press and analysts are invited to contact Geoff Devlin, gdevlin@tmforum.org, to apply for press access to the conference.


To learn more please visit www.tmforum.org http://www.tmforum.org


About TM Forum

With more than 700 member companies in 75 countries, TM Forum is the world’s leading industry association focused on improving business effectiveness for service providers and their suppliers. Serving the information, communications and entertainment industries, the Forum provides practical solutions, guidance and leadership to transform the way that digital services are created, delivered and charged. Members include the world’s largest service providers, cable and network operators, software suppliers, equipment suppliers and systems integrators.


TM Forum provides a wide range of information and support to help its members reduce the costs and risks associated with creating and delivering profitable services. These include industry research and benchmarks, technology roadmaps, best practice guidebooks, software standards and interfaces, as well as certified training, conferences and publications. The Forum also provides its member community with extensive marketing and networking opportunities, enabling business with new customers and partners.


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Managment World 2009: Forumville To Spotlight Six Key Strategies

Forumville Sets Strategy for Success at TM Forum’s Management World 2009


TM Forum Innovation Zone to spotlight six key strategies to drive business solutions for today and prepare the industry for the future


MORRISTOWN, NJ, March 26, 2009 –TM Forum, the world’s premier industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, revealed today six key strategies to combat the economic downturn and prepare the industry for the future. The set of practical strategies and tactics will be unveiled at the Forum’s flagship Management World conference (4-8 May 2009, Nice, France), showcased within the exclusive Forumville innovation zone.


In a world where communications service providers face the continual challenge of maintaining profitability for increasingly competitive and diverse services, TM Forum is leading the way in improving business effectiveness. Through leadership and collaboration, the Forum is delivering the standards and best practices that underpin automation, reduce OpEx and customer churn, and allow service providers to adapt to new business models.


According to Martin Creaner, President and CTO, TM Forum, “Forumville brings together leading industry experts in a series of live Technology Catalyst and Content Encounter demos, providing examples of the innovation and rapid solution development only possible through collaboration. Together with business and technical presentations focused on implementation of TM Forum standards, Forumville will offer conference delegates a one stop shop for essential transformation tools.”


The six key strategy areas will cover:


·Business Transformation — Tuning business for the road ahead

Looking at the big picture of how the TM Forum best practices, business programs and executive communities can help with business strategies for becoming ever more efficient, automated, agile, and customer-centric;


·Software Development — Reducing development cost and risk

IT solutions are the backbone of any business transformation. Attendees will learn how TM Forum standards and best practices are enabling a wide range of service providers and their suppliers to save millions of dollars through standards-based implementation;


·Service Innovation — Getting new services to market faster

Three live Technology Catalyst demonstrations will showcase multi-vendor solutions that enable new services to be created quickly and cost effectively across service provider and business partner environments;


·Revenue Management — Ensuring profitability in a complex service environment

Billing, Charging and Revenue Assurance all have direct impact on the bottom line. Revenue management systems need to be able to handle the demands of the ever increasing service loads and payment choices. Attendees will learn how TM Forum is focusing on business process and proven revenue assurance techniques to make a difference in this straight-to-the-bottom line area;


·Customer Experience — Proactively managing customer loyalty

Keeping customers is generally more cost effective than acquiring new customers – so focus on customer experience paramount. Forum members are leading the way in reducing customer churn by enabling integrated customer care systems;


·Digital Media Value Chain — Enabling business models for the new digital marketplace

Now is the time to prepare for new business models which will rely new services and partnerships. Attendees will see how TM Forum is driving the creation of end-to-end management solutions in the multi-player extended value chain that includes content owners, advertisers, and service providers of all kinds;


Forumville will include two theaters, offering in-depth technology demonstrations, case studies of real-world implementations and educational presentations. Attendees will also receive free registration to the Forum’s new online community, where members can connect to their peers and gain access to the latest industry topics and thought leadership.


The strategies and tactics unveiled in Forumville will be mirrored throughout the Management World 2009 conference, which opens with an impressive keynote lineup on Wednesday, May 6. “Forumville, along with the entire Management World conference this year, focuses on the strategies and tactics service providers need to embrace to survive. The current economic situation presents an opportunity for service providers to transform themselves to support the new business models that will prove to be essential to future growth and profitability for service providers,” added Creaner.


The full conference agenda, keynote and speaker details as well as information surrounding certified training courses available in Nice are available now at http://www.tmforum.org/ManagementWorld2009/


Press and analysts are invited to contact Geoff Devlin, gdevlin@tmforum.org, to apply for press access to the conference.


About TM Forum


With more than 700 member companies in 75 countries, TM Forum is the world’s leading industry association focused on improving business effectiveness for service providers and their suppliers. Serving the information, communications and entertainment industries, the Forum provides practical solutions, guidance and leadership to transform the way that digital services are created, delivered and charged. Members include the world’s largest service providers, cable and network operators, software suppliers, equipment suppliers and systems integrators.


TM Forum provides a wide range of information and support to help its members reduce the costs and risks associated with creating and delivering profitable services. These include industry research and benchmarks, technology roadmaps, best practice guidebooks, software standards and interfaces, as well as certified training, conferences and publications. The Forum also provides its member community with extensive marketing and networking opportunities, enabling business with new customers and partners.


To learn more please visit www.tmforum.org.

Regional Growth Drives Aurora Networks’ Expanded Presence in China

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – March 18, 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 its Chinese expansion supported by regional growth and new Fiber Deep opportunity. Due to increasing demand for its optical transport solutions among the Chinese cable community, Aurora Networks’ has added a Shanghai office, led by industry veteran Eugene Lee, and a major regional distributor, Faithpower Ltd. in Beijing to extend product line deployments, field service and support capabilities.


“Aurora Networks is experiencing continued strong customer demand and sales success of its Fiber Deep solution, as announced in January, in addition to a growing demand in the Asia-Pacific region, including China, for our evolving cable solutions,” said Guy Sucharczuk, chairman, president and CEO of Aurora Networks.  “Regardless of their regional location, MSOs who need cost-effective, reliable, bandwidth-scalable transport products rely on Aurora Networks’ optical transport solutions to accommodate revenue-generating subscriber services with additional bandwidth.”


Eugene Lee, recently named the Chinese country manager, will lead all business, promotion and sales opportunities from Aurora Networks’ new Shanghai office location. Lee brings more than 10 years of cable and telecom industry experience to the company.  Prior to joining Aurora Networks, Lee worked with U.S-based Ripley Tools, provider of professional tools for the cable and telecom industries. Lee was also with Japan-based Fujikura, a major manufacturer of optical fiber and cable to China.


“Fiber’s benefits to the cable industry are strongly realized as operators seek infrastructure changes to better service their subscribers,” said Lee. “Fiber Deep, Aurora Networks’ efficient next-generation service launching pad, has received high demand in this region as the cost-effective way to enhance existing HFC networks and achieve fiber’s benefits without full fiber deployment. “


In addition, Faithpower, a strategic Aurora Networks’ distributor in the region, worked to successfully certify Aurora Networks’ products with the Chinese State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT). To date, Faithpower has deployed Aurora Networks’ products and solutions in five major cities and provinces in China.


Lee will be representing Aurora Networks at the company’s booth #2304 at the China Content Broadcasting Network (CCBN) convention at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing from March 21-23, 2009. Detailed information on Aurora Networks’ Shanghai location can be found at www.aurora.com.  For sales inquiries in the Chinese regions, please contact Eugene Lee directly at elee@aurora.com or 021-5306-9118.


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 and the Aurora logo 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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CSSA to Offer Optelian Optical Transport Systems

Contact: Louise Boyling

Tel: 1-613-688-8000 x2130 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Email: louise.boyling@optelian.com


CSSA to Offer Optelian Optical Transport Systems

Ottawa, ON/Marietta, GA March 17, 2009


CSSA (Communications Supply Service Association) is now offering Optelian’s LightGAIN optical transport system and LightPRO optical test and turn-up portfolio to its independent telephone company members, bringing them access to top quality bandwidth provisioning at affordable prices.


LightGAIN CWDM and WDM systems are a perfect fit for independent carriers facing fiber constraints in their networks; LightGAIN’s low cost and flexibility allow these carriers to address applications from inter-office to remote terminal cabinets. ROI from new revenue-generating services is also achieved more quickly when Optelian’s FTTx/PON products are used to provide the required bandwidth.


“Partnering with Optelian demonstrates CCSA’s commitment to helping rural telephone companies enhance their competitiveness in delivering broadband and advanced services to their customers,” said Scott Davison, Vice President of Strategic Product Development for CSSA. “The Optelian LightGAIN system, with its low power consumption, ease-of-use, and outstanding reliability, is ideally suited to provide high-bandwidth transport in rural areas.”

The LightGAIN CWDM system is RUS listed.


“We are delighted to be working with CSSA,” said Charlie Hancock, Director of Business Development at Optelian. “They not only have broad reach with 200 members in 40 states, but they also have top-quality technical support services to assist with engineering, installation and support.”


About Optelian

Optelian designs and manufactures optical transport systems for telecom, multi-service operator (MSO), utility, and enterprise customers worldwide. Since 2002, many of the world’s largest telecommunications network operators have chosen Optelian for quick delivery, custom designs, and great service.


Optelian sales, service, and marketing are based in Marietta, Georgia; development and manufacturing are based in Ottawa, Ontario. International headquarters are in London, UK, with offices, partners, and distributors worldwide. Optelian is TL 9000-H registered.

For additional information regarding Optelian, please go to www.optelian.com.


About CSSA

CSSA was developed over 30 years ago as a strategic alliance of independent telephone companies to promote the development of rural telephone companies in the U.S.

The Association’s mission is to deliver technology solutions that will enhance each member’s competitiveness. Through service excellence and continuous member involvement, CSSA has developed beyond traditional product distribution and now offers benefits to members such as centralized professional support services and technology training programs.


For more information, visit www.cssa.net.

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EMBARQ Logistics to Distribute Optelian Optical Transport Systems

Contact: Louise Boyling

Tel: 1-613-688-8000 x2130

Email: louise.boyling@optelian.com


EMBARQ Logistics to Distribute Optelian Optical Transport Systems


Ottawa, ON/Marietta, GA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


EMBARQ Logistics is building strength in its optical transport portfolio with Optelian’s LightGAIN optical transport and LightPRO optical test and turn-up products. EMBARQ Logistics has earned the trust and respect of a majority of telecom providers in North America through decades of dedicated service. Optelian will be working with EMBARQ Logistics to focus on promoting WDM, CWDM, FTTx and PON products into Tier 2, 3 and 4 telecommunications companies.


Optelian’s LightGAIN CWDM products are a perfect fit for smaller carriers facing fiber constraints in their networks. With this agreement, EMBARQ Logistics can now offer a CWDM optical transport platform that is intuitively designed for these companies. LightGAIN’s low cost and flexibility allow these carriers to address applications from inter-office to remote terminal cabinets.


EMBARQ Logistics also offers engineering, installation, and training services which will be useful for larger projects sold through either EMBARQ Logistics or Optelian’s direct sales force when additional project resources are required.


“Given their geographic coverage and broad range of relationships with target Tier 2, 3 and 4 customers, EMBARQ Logistics will be invaluable for expanding distribution of Optelian products,” said Charlie Hancock, Director of Business Development at Optelian.


About Optelian

Optelian designs and manufactures optical transport systems for telecom, multi-service operator (MSO), utility, and enterprise customers worldwide. Since 2002, many of the world’s largest telecommunications network operators have chosen Optelian for quick delivery, custom designs, and great service. Optelian’s carrier-grade system, LightGAIN, saves power and is easy to use. Compact LightGAIN systems support a full range of optical transport applications in all segments of the network.


Optelian sales, service, and marketing are based in Marietta, Georgia; development and manufacturing are based in Ottawa, Ontario. International headquarters are in London, UK, with offices, partners, and distributors worldwide. Optelian is TL 9000-H registered.

For additional information regarding Optelian, please go to www.optelian.com.

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Comptel OSS Sets Record For Charging, Mediation Performance

Comptel Dynamic OSS Sets New Benchmark for Mediation and Real-Time Charging Performance


IBM benchmark highlights Comptel’s ability to protect Communications Service Providers against the growing mediation and charging requirements that ‘lifestyle’ services demand


Comptel Corporation (OMX Helsinki: CTL1V), the leading vendor of dynamic Operations Support System (OSS) software, today announced the results of an extensive scalability and performance benchmarking study undertaken in conjunction with IBM.


The study demonstrates the unique capability of the newest versions of Comptel’s Convergent Mediation and Charging Solutions to address the scalability issue that ‘lifestyle’ services present for Communication Service Providers (CSPs). As these content and bandwidth-heavy lifestyle services are packaged and billed to end-customers in increasingly diverse ways, service providers will require systems that are able to scale to the corresponding exponential increase in mediation and charging support within OSS systems.


“Lifestyle services require CSPs to improve their real-time control and management of services as customers will expect more flexibility in the way these services are packaged together and charged to them.” said Simo Sääskilahti, Comptel SVP Products and Solutions. “In a service provider’s production environment, this translates into a dramatic increase in the number of mediation and charging events that the OSS must be able to handle.”


In this benchmarking exercise, Comptel was able to achieve near linear scaling to over 1.9 billion events per hour on a single IBM Power 595 server with a 64-way POWER6 microprocessor.


“Scalability of this magnitude is critical to meeting the dynamic needs of tier-one service providers and those looking to consolidate multiple billing back-office components into a convergent platform,” continued Sääskilahti. “Comptel is comfortable to deliver our solutions on IBM technology for our largest customers, some quickly approaching 100 million subscribers.”


“The combination of Comptel’s Convergent Mediation and Charging software and the IBM technology is a great cost effective option for customers that require the highest levels of performance and scalability,” said Pierre Perdaems, IBM Telecommunication Servers - EMEA CTO. “By achieving nearly two billion events per hour with Comptel Convergent Mediation and Charging, the IBM Power series server family has again demonstrated why it is proving to be the architecture of choice for CSPs worldwide.”


Today, Comptel has 16 customers on Power series servers supporting over 200 million subscribers, including Airtel, DTAC, Idea Cellular, Telefónica Móviles Argentina and Vodafone Essar. IBM Power series servers are the servers of choice for tier one service providers, with Power 6 servers providing PowerVM – IBM’s industry-leading virtualisation technology – to allow optimal flexibility, server consolidation and cost reduction.


Benchmark Details

* Conducted at IBM Telecommunications Infrastructure Center for BSS in Montpellier France, the benchmark included various workloads such as offline streams, online streams, charging, rating, and customer balance management activities using a variety of conditions modeled after real-life communications service providers. Several joint customers provided validated test scenarios.


* Convergent scenarios covered modeled conditions equal to 1.5 billion subscribers in a developing economy prepaid/postpaid business model. Specific test scenarios for GGSNs and other network components generating high record volumes requiring complex stream aggregation were defined and tested by IBM Global Services.


* The results verified Comptel Convergent Mediation Solution 6.1 and Comptel Charging Solution 6.1 core components’ near linear scalability utilising in-memory data storage. Memory usage correlates to core functionalities, such as aggregation, correlation, duplicate checking, and rating which dynamically drives how many parallel sessions to hold against the data store.


* The benchmark tested Comptel’s solutions running on a single IBM POWER6 processor-based Power 595 server, with IBM AIX version 6.1 operating system and IBM PowerVM virtualisation technology, hosted by an IBM DS8300 storage subsystem.


Additionally, Comptel also ported Comptel Convergent Mediation Solution 6.1 and Comptel Charging Solution 6.1 to support IBM solidDB in-memory database and IBM BladeCenter, for more performance, scalability, and reliability options required for varying emerging and Greenfield market conditions. Comptel plans to make the Comptel Convergent Mediation and Charging Solutions generally available leveraging the high performance of IBM solidDB in-memory database. Comptel Charging Solution 6.1 is also being integrated by IBM into Aritel applying IBM SOA best practices.


About Comptel Corporation

Comptel provides Comptel Dynamic OSS solutions, enabling telecom service providers to deliver services flexibly and charge them effectively. Comptel’s expertise in inventory, provisioning and activation, mediation and charging empowers service providers to focus on delivering the innovative services. Comptel has provided solutions to 280 customers with 800 million subscribers in 85 countries. Net sales were EUR 85 million in 2008. The Group has about 600 employees in 18 countries. http://www.comptel.com

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