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FANFARE TO INTEGRATE iTEST WITH AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES’ MULTISERVICES TEST SOLUTION

Companies to Offer Integrated Testing Solution that Boosts Productivity in Current Economic Conditions


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—March 10, 2009— Fanfare, delivering innovative testing solutions to network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and service providers (SPs), today announced it is partnering with Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A) to offer joint customers the ability to seamlessly integrate their test assets and automate complex system testing. Fanfare’s test automation solution, iTest® will be more tightly integrated with Agilent’s N2X multi-services test solution, accelerating the configuration and automation of test scenarios.


The Agilent N2X is widely used by NEMs and SPs to validate the performance and scalability characteristics of next-generation network equipment, and is designed to test IP-forwarding devices that deliver video, VoIP, data services and business VPNs. It is used in out-of-service lab environments to test at real-world scale with realistic traffic, ensuring quality of multiplay services. The N2X addresses the test challenges that multiplay services impose across the IP/MPLS core, carrier edge and broadband access networks.


Fanfare’s iTest orchestrates system testing by executing simultaneous commands to a multitude of different devices in a network to simulate real-world network testing. This enhances the quality of services that SPs offer, reduces time to market, and improves productivity across the entire service development and product development life cycle. Integrating Agilent’s N2X with iTest will ease the process of automating test assets for existing and prospective SP customers, providing a comprehensive solution for their system testing needs.


“Our customers have been telling us that they want to use Fanfare’s iTest to automate the Agilent N2X in their labs to ultimately get the best of both worlds ,” said Toni Piwonka-Corle, general manager of Agilent’s Data Networks Operation. “We’re pleased to announce that the current version of Fanfare’s iTest supports the latest Agilent N2X software release, and that we will continue the integration of our two products to boost our customers’ productivity.”


“In today’s uncertain economic conditions, productivity-enhancement tools such as iTest can play a critical role in helping carriers maintain their competitive edge,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of Fanfare. “Fanfare will continue to work with leading companies like Agilent to meet the market demand for integration between test equipment and test automation software, contributing to overall improvements in the quality chain.”


About Fanfare

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

Volubill’s Charge IT manages mobile WiMAX services

WiMAX Telecom Launches Mobile WiMax Services Throughout Croatia Using Volubill’s Charge-ITâ„¢


VoluBill Enables European WiMax Operator to Deliver Added Value and Flexible Service Options to Meet Demands of Growing Subscriber Base


London, United Kingdom, 10 February 2009, - Volubill, a leading supplier of real-time charging, and control applications for mobile data and content services, today announced that their customer, WiMAX Telecom have launched their high-speed broadband Internet service using WiMax 802.16e technology in Croatia utilizing Volubill’s Charge-ITâ„¢ Dynamic Charging Platform.


Founded in 2004, WiMAX Telecom is a leading pan European Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) service provider with operations in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland. With about 14,000 subscribers to their fixed WiMax services in Austria and Slovakia, where Volubill’s solution is already in active use, the launch of the Croatian mobile Wimax service heralds the beginning of a new mobile WiMax operation.


The Charge-ITâ„¢ Dynamic Charging Platform (DCP) offers high performance, real-time, bi-directional management of service requests between the network, service and application layers. The pre and post-paid services being managed by the product are wireless broadband access and VoIP.


The cost-effective and comprehensive solution allows operators, like WiMAX Telecom, to prepare for the next wave of challenges:


- Sharply scaling up subscribers and traffic without losing control over QoS/QoE or over operating expenditure.


- Adapting the service offer to mobility and a new breed of handheld and pocket devices.


- Moving up the value chain by introducing rich multimedia services with high stickiness.


Peter Ziegelwanger, Chief Technology Officer, WiMAX Telecom said, “The choice of Volubill’s Charge ITâ„¢ product has been key to our strategy going forward, providing us with an ‘on the network’ charging and control solution which can be used to achieve our goals of bringing lower pricing to both home and business customers whilst bringing broadband access to places where, until now, it has been economically unavailable.”


John Aalbers, Chief Executive Officer, Volubill said, “WiMax is in area within which Volubill are experiencing increasing interest. This relatively new technology requires a charging solution that will enable operators to implement sophisticated value-based charging strategies allowing them to differentiate their services through innovative packages, bundles and promotions. We are very proud that WiMAX Telecom is using our technology to push the boundaries within telecommunications, particularly now their services span three countries.


About Volubill (www.volubill.com)

Volubill provides innovative “on the network” charging and control solutions to telecoms operators worldwide. Volubill’s solutions enable operators to manage bandwidth based on subscriber and service centric usage policies & quotas in order to maximize revenues & service experience and eliminate churn. Transcending the boundaries between the network and IT systems, Volubill provides flexibility and unlocks the potential of real time BSS integration.


Founded in 2001, Volubill is a global company with in excess of 70 customers world-wide.

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MPLS in Mobile Backhaul Certification Program Announced


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MPLS in Mobile Backhaul Certification Program Announced



IP/MPLS Forum Announces Formal Certification Program for Mobile Backhaul Solutions Utilizing Circuit Emulation Services Over MPLS


FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The IP/MPLS Forum announced today the pilot phase of its MPLS in Mobile Backhaul Certification program. The certification program is the first of its kind in the industry, and allows vendors and operators to work together to provide a globally recognized and trusted benchmark for use by backhaul providers, mobile operators and their end-users.


The program will initially focus on certifying standards-compliant implementations of Circuit Emulation services over MPLS as defined in the IP/MPLS Forum’s MPLS Mobile Backhaul Initiative (MMBI) which defines how MPLS can be used to backhaul TDM traffic for mobile operators. The certification program introduces a set of strictly-repeatable test procedures, and will be administered through the IP/MPLS Forum’s certified lab partner, Iometrix.


“Operators require readily-deployable backhaul solutions today to resolve the bandwidth challenges associated with increasing traffic demands,” said Andrew G. Malis, Chairman and President of the IP/MPLS Forum. “The Mobile Backhaul Certification Program represents a needed step in the evolution of MPLS solutions which have already proven in lab trials to be ready to meet the needs of operators around the world.”


The certification program is backed by the numerous mobile operators who have been heavily involved in the forum in defining the MMBI offerings, and are now also involved in the certification pilot as well.


“The IP/MPLS Forum Certification program will provide assurance that technologies meet industry specifications through an independent testing service. Certification demonstrates that businesses are forming the correct partnerships to deliver an industry-accepted service,” said Christopher Mayer, Vice President - Systems Integration & Testing at Verizon Communications.


“The increase of mobile data traffic is putting a lot of challenges on mobile backhaul to provide the required capacity in a cost-effective way. We see MPLS as a viable option for meeting this challenge, and believe this certification program will advance the deployment of MPLS-based backhaul solutions in the market,” said Alain Maloberti, VP, Network Architecture & Design for Orange.


The pilot phase of the certification program will conclude in early March, and the forum will announce the first group of certified vendors at the MPLS Ethernet World Congress that will be held in Paris, France, 10-13 February 2009.


About the IP/MPLS Forum


The IP/MPLS Forum is an international, non-profit association of service providers, equipment vendors, testing centers and enterprise users. The Forum’s mission is to drive the global success of IP/MPLS-based technology, networks, and services, while focusing on application and deployment solutions. The Forum is driving network solutions based on IP/MPLS technologies in the global telecom industry through technical specifications, educational and marketing resources, and certification and interoperability programs. For Forum membership information please contact Alysia Johnson, Executive Director, at (510) 492-4057 or via e-mail at ajohnson@ipmplsforum.org. Additional information about IP/MPLS Forum is available online at http://www.ipmplsforum.org.


Additional Background:


Mobile backhaul networks have historically utilized TDM or ATM-based backhaul facilities to support revenue-generating and mission-critical services which are delay- and loss-sensitive and require a high level of network availability. Today’s Mobile Backhaul networks must support these legacy services while also supporting the high-growth in demand for data services and bandwidth by today’s mobile subscribers.


In order to meet these evolutionary requirements of operators, the IP/MPLS Forum’s MPLS Mobile Backhaul Initiative (MMBI), which was announced last year, proposes a general framework for the use of MPLS and Ethernet technology to transport RAN backhaul traffic over access, aggregation and core networks. The forum released a technical specification during 4Q08 which provides a specific framework and set of requirements for the use of MPLS in the mobile wireless access and aggregation networks across various RAN interfaces and technologies (eg: GSM, UMTS, LTE, mobile WiMAX, HSPA, etc.)


A copy of the technical specification can be downloaded from http://www.ipmplsforum.org/tech/IPMPLSForum20.0.0.pdf. Additional information on the forum’s MMBI work can be found here: http://www.ipmplsforum.org/tech/IPMPLSBackhaulWhitePaper.pdf more

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Verizon Business Helps IT Leaders Set Sights for 2009

Global Communications and IT Solutions Leader Identifies Top Technology Trends to Help Businesses Reach New Heights in Year Ahead  


BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – The global economy is front and center, and enterprises worldwide are looking to get the biggest bang for their buck in 2009.  With that in mind, Verizon Business has identified 10 business technology trends to help corporate and government information technology (IT) leaders do more with less.“These challenging times present IT leaders with an opportunity to make technology work harder and smarter to get the job done,” said Nancy Gofus, senior vice president of global business products for Verizon.  “We’re at a crossroads, where cost-cutting and technological innovation can actually unite to create new business capabilities in spite of the economic climate.  Verizon Business stands ready to help large businesses and government agencies worldwide make the most of communications and IT to propel their enterprises forward.”


Here’s Verizon Business’ list of 10 hot trends for 2009:


Enterprise 2.0 


The workplace is ever-changing and yesterday’s work style is being replaced with a more interactive exchange of ideas inspired by social networking tools such as Facebook, Wikis, Mash-ups, Twitter and Digg-it. Web 2.0 is quickly evolving into Enterprise 2.0 as these rich capabilities are creating new business models for some companies and empowering new strategies for others.  Removing traditional barriers of walls, wires, time and distance — reflective of today’s often globally dispersed enterprises — in favor of new social networking tools will enable workers to connect to their extended network of customers, suppliers, vendors and employees in new and exciting ways. Look for Enterprise 2.0 to help organizations take their game to the next level through enhanced collaboration, communications and sharing ideas.   


Work as Activity Versus Place 


Organizations want their employees to get their jobs done no matter where they are.  For that reason, teleworking is becoming a strategic imperative.   Companies will continue to recognize the productivity-boosting benefits of enabling mobile teleworkers or at-home teleworkers to remain securely connected to corporate resources.  The environment will also benefit as more businesses, government agencies and municipalities recognize the energy savings that can result from teleworking and “hoteling” (using office space on an as- needed basis, like a hotel room). Telework, including new high-definition virtual meetings, will create an increased focus on work as an activity versus a physical location, and companies will be able to hire and retain professional talent regardless of where they are located.  Managed mobility offerings will help businesses track, monitor, secure and manage the plethora of mobile devices accessing corporate networks. 


Doing More with Less


Businesses and governments everywhere are looking for ways to do more with less.  That holds true whether it means using managed services or tuning up existing networks instead of building new ones. IT organizations are also looking for the right technologies, such as sophisticated automated speech systems, to better serve customers.  In 2009, it’s all about productivity. Companies can choose which functions to keep in-house and which to hand off to a third party. Flexibility, the need for specific skill-sets and globalization are making selective out-tasking the preferred model. With managed services, companies can focus on what they do best and leave some of the highly specialized work such as IT, security, networks and call centers, to experts. 


Visual Communications 


Video will continue to play a starring role, as companies make the most of their IP connections to create a culture of collaboration.  From the boardroom to the desktop to the laptop to the mobile phone, more collaboration will take place, as companies increasingly embrace the cost-savings, productivity and environmental benefits of virtual meetings versus business travel.   High-definition video will begin to pay off for extended enterprise communications between employees, customers, suppliers and partners.  In addition to interactive video collaboration, video functions will be incorporated in the enterprise for on-demand content distribution, including on-the-job training.  As high-definition video equipment becomes more affordable and interoperable, the opportunity to video-enable corporate IP network endpoints will allow companies to rev-up their existing networks with minimal investment.


Unified Communications Integrated Into Business Processes 


If voice over IP (VoIP) is thought to be the first return on an IP network investment, unified communications (UC) will be the gift that keeps on giving.  Unified communications uses Internet protocol networks to integrate various systems, media, devices and applications to help streamline business processes, accelerate decision-making, and reduce costs. With UC now at the forefront of business communications strategies, companies are making decisions about voice telephony that will help them achieve greater collaboration and productivity.  Workers leveraging presence capabilities in a UC environment can gain more control over work flow and time management as well as expedited communications.  What’s next: UC integrated into automated business processes, where human and machine intelligence commingle in an IP world to drive even greater business growth.


 


Ready, Set Go IPv6            


The number of IP-addressable devices and systems is skyrocketing within enterprises and few organizations have current documented data on what those IP assets are, how they are being used and which ones are most critical to their operations.  Knowing which IP addressable elements are linked to which business needs will enable IT leaders to prioritize the data and applications that will need to be future-proofed with IPv6 capabilities while phasing out those that are idle or counter productive to operations.  IPv6 will be a necessity for companies to achieve mobility and scalability with increased efficiency and ultimately move their businesses forward.   


Getting SaaSy


The network becomes king once again in 2009 making it the perfect platform for software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery. Serving content, applications and security in a centralized online environment will become the rage.  Buying computing resources a la carte will help companies control costs while attaining the security, performance, scalability and reliability required for the enterprise.  Consuming IT resources (connectivity, server and storage) on an as-needed basis will keep IT costs in control and eliminate the need, time and effort to outfit every desktop. Centralization will keep IT departments on top of their game in 2009.    360 Security  


Professionals will need to be security-conscious in and out of the office. Whether at home or on-the-go, security needs to be considered every step of the way.  Three hundred sixty-degree security, mandatory on any IT checklist, requires that the flow of data be protected in and out of the corporate network and through the extended enterprise of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees. Security will touch every endpoint, every device and every situation, both physical and logical. Home and office require equal protection as boundaries continue to blur.


Eco-Responsibility as Sound Business Strategy 


Companies will evaluate eco-responsibility along with their technology investments as part of an overall business strategy.  Corporate social responsibility is becoming increasingly important in how companies are viewed by their employees, customers and investors.  What’s good for the environment also happens to make good business sense.  According to “Smart 2020: Enabling the low carbon economy in the information age” published by The Climate Group, information communication technology (ICT) can reduce total global carbon emissions by 15 percent by the year 2020. If companies can reduce their energy consumption, they can also reduce their energy costs to gain a competitive advantage.  What’s more, savvy companies today are embracing the green initiative to get ahead of government and business mandates that will eventually force the issue.


Cutting Through the Compliance Clutter 


Compliance and regulatory oversight are here to stay. In 2009, expect more, not less, with IT in the hot seat for ensuring IT systems are fully compliant and all the right controls are in place. Enterprises should be prepared to be strategic, think innovatively and act decisively.  Professional services and Web-based dashboards that help track, monitor and enable controls for compliance will provide the foundation for companies looking to get it right.  These “smart” tools also will allow an organization to quickly review whether its partners, customers and suppliers, which form an extended network, are complying with relevant standards and regulations, a critical consideration in today’s increasingly connected world. 


“To these predictions,” concluded Gofus, “we will add one more: Businesses worldwide will need to be quick and nimble in the coming year. Those that leverage the benefits of technology to power their business objectives will weather the storm and become even stronger in the long run. Our expert staff is trained to help companies navigate these turbulent waters and deliver a comprehensive suite of integrated, secure communications and IT solutions, including managed and professional services that enable companies to focus on their core business.”     


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. 


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Alaska Power and Telephone Uses Optelian CWDM

Alaska Power and Telephone Uses Optelian CWDM

Alaska Power and Telephone (AP&T) has deployed Optelian’s LightGAIN CWDM system to optimize fiber and tie DSL platforms together on a 22-mile point-to-point fiber link between Skagway and Haines, Alaska.


Dave Vogel, Skagway Manager, AP&T commented that the LightGAIN system “is very easy to install and turn up”. While always available to customers, Optelian’s installation and support service was not required; installation and turn-up were completed entirely by AP&T. The system has been up and running for several months.


General Manager, Telephone Operations, Eric Logan stated, “Optelian was easy to work with and equipment delivery was timely.” He also noted “the LightGAIN equipment is simple, transparent, and has very low power consumption.”


About Alaska Power and Telephone

Alaska Power and Telephone is one of the most progressive communications and energy providers in the State of Alaska. For 50+ years, employee owned AP&T has served over 30 communities stretching from the Arctic Circle to the southernmost tip of SE Alaska. Serving over 12,000 households and business customers, AP&T offers an array of services to Alaskans, from energy to cutting-edge voice, video and data communications built on a foundation of fiber-optic, landline and wireless technologies.


About Optelian:

Optelian provides optical transport systems for telecom, multi-service operator (MSO), utility, and enterprise customers worldwide. Since 2002, the world’s largest telecommunications network operators have been choosing Optelian for product reliability, 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, with offices, partners, and resellers worldwide.

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

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Optelian Establishes Strong Presence in Japan

Optelian is pleased to announce an agreement with JTS Corporation to sell and support Optelian’s LightGAIN optical transport systems and LightPRO test and turn-up tools. JTS is based in Tokyo and has clients throughout Japan.


“JTS is the perfect distribution partner for this market. Japan is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, and as such will have a very high demand for Optelian’s products. With its technical proficiency and wide array of contacts, JTS is ideally placed to make this arrangement an extraordinary success” said Clifford Watson, Managing Director, Optelian International Corporation.


“The Japanese never settle for second best. With a sleek system that is designed for maximum efficiency and durability, from the highest quality Japanese and North American components, we are confident that Optelian’s equipment will be extremely popular in Japan” said Tomoji Kojima, CEO of JTS.


About JTS Corporation

JTS Corporation is an importer and distributor of telecommunications and networking products. Established in 2004, JTS has become the supplier of choice for telecommunications companies seeking the latest in products for triple-play broadband services.


JTS is a distributor for many high tech companies, including Omnitron Systems Technology, Compunetix, and Patton Electronics, with products ranging from media converters and xDSL through to Video/Audio conferencing systems. For all its products, JTS offers comprehensive technical support and maintenance.


For additional information regarding JTS, please go to http://www.j-ts.com/.


About Optelian: Optelian provides optical transport systems for telecom, multi-service operator (MSO), utility, and enterprise customers worldwide. Since 2002, the world’s largest telecommunications network operators have been choosing Optelian for product reliability, 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, with offices, partners, and resellers worldwide.

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

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I-Tracing and Qosmos Partner to Protect Sensitive Operator Data

 I-Tracing integrates Qosmos network intelligence technology to deliver a network-centric solution protecting access to personal data in telecom operator databases 


Paris, November 24th, 2008 - Qosmos, the industry leader in network information extraction, and I-Tracing, a major IT consulting and engineering company specialized in data traceability, have joined forces to protect access to telecom operators’ sensitive data.


Qosmos and I-Tracing’s joint Data Theft Prevention solution enables telecom operators’ information security, regulatory compliance and anti-fraud departments to collect, analyze and store database access records in real time, and generate reliable reports and alerts for effective protection of sensitive subscriber data. The ready-to-use solution combines Qosmos’ ixMachine range of network-based information extraction appliances with I-Tracing’s information processing and management applications.


Telecom operators’ databases contain private customer information of a highly sensitive nature, ranging from subscriber phone numbers and addresses, to private bank details, call history and geo-localization data. Preventing the theft or misuse of this confidential information is critical both financially and legally, but also in terms of reputation. Data protection represents, therefore both a strategic and technical challenge for operators, who must implement a secure and comprehensive tracking system across the various access points to their subscriber databases: from internal customer relations and technical support teams, to outsourced customer care services.


We have chosen to integrate Qosmos’ information extraction technology in our Data Protection and Security solution portfolio for its unique ability to collect detailed and reliable database access records directly from operator networks. This network-based approach offers carriers complete visibility – in real time – into who is accessing what, when and how, guaranteeing immediate detection and response in the case of a breach. It also complies with legal obligations to track access to personal data,” explained Théodore-Michel Vrangos, Co-Founder and President of I-Tracing.


Installed in passive transparent mode on the operator network, the Qosmos/I-Tracing solution monitors network traffic in real time, and extracts complete and detailed access records for all intranet and web-based applications, whether they be standard or custom, and whatever network protocol is used (Telnet, http, etc.). The solution is entirely configurable by the operator to meet specific data protection and regulatory compliance requirements, and can be easily integrated into the operator’s network without impacting existing applications or subscriber service platforms.


The significant synergy between I-Tracing’s technical expertise and Qosmos technology offers telecom operators a very fine-grained understanding of the information in transit on their networks, and provides them with network-centric tools specially designed to protect access to their sensitive data,” commented Thibaut Bechetoille, CEO of Qosmos.


 About Qosmos


Qosmos provides software and hardware platforms that identify and extract information traveling over networks in real time with unparalleled precision and depth. The technology has been designed for use across a wide range of applications such as lawful interception, data retention, regulatory compliance, content-based billing, audience measurement and network optimization. Using Qosmos technology, Network Equipment Manufacturers, Software Vendors and System Integrators can enhance their solutions with detailed network intelligence to better monetize, optimize or protect networked information. www.qosmos.com


 About I-TracingBased in Paris, I-Tracing is a major IT consulting and engineering company specialized in data tracing, security and electronic evidence. I-Tracing brings an added-value service approach from Consulting, Audit & Investigation, to turn-key Solution Integration & Engineering, and Managed Services and Operations. Specialized in log and trace management, deep packet inspection and IT security governance, the main application areas are: data tracking & traceability, fraud management, permanent control, e-discovery, data evidence, lawful inspection & data retention, digital signature, PKI, security log management, SIEM (Security Incident Event Monitoring), IDU - Information Data Usage for marketing and sales, data warehouse & business intelligence, IT legal compliance (Sarbanes-Oxley, ISO2700x, ITIL, Basel II, Sovency, MiFID, etc.). 


I-Tracing has delivered several major IT engineering and consultancy projects for financial groups, telecom operators, industry and services, retail, government agencies, etc. www.i-tracing.com


 


 


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Debby Stefaniak / Full Circle Communications


dstefaniak@fullcirclecomm.com / Ph: +1-215-712-2490  


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Top Telecoms Consultant Joins Martin Dawes Systems

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Cato Rasmussen Takes on New Solutions Strategy Role  


WARRINGTON, UK-November 21, 2008–Martin Dawes Systems, international BSS solutions provider, today announces the appointment of Cato Rasmussen as its new head of solution strategy.  


This senior level appointment builds on the company’s commitment to delivering relevant, business-focused solutions to international telecommunications clients.  This has seen the organization launch a next generation edition of its core technology and win major new business from clients as diverse as AOL Broadband and Aircell.  


Cato Rasmussen brings to Martin Dawes Systems over 20 years experience working at senior levels in the telecommunications industry including Alltel, BT and Telenor.  


He joins Martin Dawes Systems from HP.  Previously he was a senior consultant at Logan Orviss where he advised on BSS systems for clients throughout Western Europe and the Middle East.  Cato began his telecommunications career working at Digital Equipment.


In his new role, Cato will take charge of how Martin Dawes Systems continues its evolution as a solutions provider.  He will be working cross-functionally to coordinate the way in which the business engages with clients and prospects.


Dewi Thomas, managing director, Martin Dawes Systems, said: “Cato brings into the business a unique combination of strategic insight and leadership skills at the highest levels.  This is further demonstration of our commitment to supporting the business imperatives of our international service provider clients.”


Commenting on his new position, Cato Rasmussen said: “Martin Dawes Systems has a tremendous reputation within the industry for technical and service excellence.  There is a great opportunity here to marshal the company’s rich resources and processes to build on our success in delivering meaningful and effective solutions for our clients’ complex and critical challenges.”


About Martin Dawes Systems

Martin Dawes Systems specializes in delivering advanced billing, customer management and data analytics solutions to the convergent communications market.  We consistently deliver complex projects on time and to budget.  


Combining process innovation with robust and proven systems, Martin Dawes Systems offers attractive propositions that help build customer loyalty, improve efficiency and increase revenue for telecommunications, media and web players.  Choosing our Managed Service also streamlines implementation, reduces operational impact and helps control CAPEX and OPEX. 


Headquartered in the UK, we have offices in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific from which we support customers, including Vodafone, O2 and BT, internationally. For more information please visit our website: www.MartinDawesSystems.com


Press contact:


Jaime Tero

GBC

jaimet@gbc-usa.com

(415) 989-9803

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