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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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TM Forum teams with USC’s ETC

TM Forum and The Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at USC to sweep away barriers to new revenues for content and communication services providers


Newly-established liaison will significantly improve collaboration between content owners and media industry suppliers


MORRISTOWN, NJ April 27, 2009 – TM Forum, the world’s premier industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, and the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC)@USC in Hollywood have established a liaison with the goal of rapidly eliminating the barriers to new distribution revenues for content and communication services providers, it was announced today.


The liaison follows more than two years of informal cross-industry collaboration on content distribution between TM Forum and ETC@USC, who bring together the entertainment, consumer electronics, technology, and services industries to collaborate on opportunities for new consumer entertainment offerings today and into the future. Together with mutual member companies including Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco and TCS, the new partnership will significantly enhance the dialog and collaboration between content owners, media industry suppliers, and communications service providers. Initial joint projects plan to address content metadata and identification schemes to advance interoperability across digital distribution value chains.


According to Jim Warner, vice chairman and head of content media and advertising, TM Forum, “The liaison with ETC is a perfect fit for both parties and is related very much to our highly-successful content sector and value chains initiative. Initial work will focus on the interactions between content owners and communications providers in order to radically simplify the creation, distribution and monetization of digital media services. Aligning the major players from these two key industries not only sends a powerful message, it will eliminate much of the ‘friction’ in today’s distribution chain - driving down operating costs while improving time to market.”


KC Blake, director of business development ETC@USC said “We look forward to working with TM Forum in the effort to streamline the delivery of content across platforms. We feel that this collaboration is a valuable step in ensuring that consumers have access to their content anytime and anywhere.”


Following the announcement, over the next three months the two organizations plan to create a roadmap that spells out the specific deliverables, milestones and actions needed to achieve the shared goal of enabling seamless and profitable Digital Media services. This will include looking at digital video distribution value chains model issues, standards gaps, and solution trends in the current content metadata landscape, particularly in identification and descriptive areas and the monetization and profitability implications to both content owners and service providers.


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 TM 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.


About the Entertainment Technology Center at USC


The Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) @ USC, founded in 1993 with the help of George Lucas, brings together senior executives from the entertainment, consumer electronics, and technology industries to collaborate on issues related to the creation, distribution, and consumption of entertainment content. The ETC studies how technology impacts the next-generation consumer, and works with member companies to improve the consumer experience and uncover new revenue streams for entertainment-related products. Current ETC members include Disney, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Lucasfilm, TATA Consultancy Services, Thomson, Dolby, LG Electronics, Singapore IDA, and Volkswagen of America. For more information, email: info@etcenter.org

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Orange Business Services receives World Record Award in customer satisfaction

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Paris, April 23, 2009

Orange Business Services received the World Record Award from Telemark as the operator that has contributed the most to “raising the bar,” driving up customer satisfaction to levels that exceed the previous record which Orange Business Services previously set last year. In addition, Orange Business Services is recognized by Telemark with the Personal Best Award, setting an industry-leading 15 New Personal Bests, and receiving 12 Gold Awards for outstanding levels of customer satisfaction.

In the latest Telemark Global Data VPN “Raising the Bar” report, Orange Business Services sets World Records and New Personal Bests in the following seven categories:

*Secure Date Transfer / Network Reliability / Network Availability / Network Operation / Adequate Data Throughput / Single Point of Contract / 3rd Party Equipment Integration.

Orange Business Services receives the Personal Best Award for raising its personal bar by the highest factor of any operator. New Personal Bests were set in the seven World Record categories as well as eight additional categories:

*Geographical Reach End to End / No Hidden Extras in Bill / Long term Relationship / Understanding requirements / Meeting Requirements / Accurate Bills / Billing/ Understanding Tariffs.

In addition, Orange Business Services achieves Gold Awards in six World Record categories (except for 3rd party equipment integration) as well as in six additional categories:

*Installation Guarantees / Indispensable to Customers / Installation Not Disrupting / Long Term Relationship / Operational Guarantees / Geographical Reach End to End.

According to Janet Watkin, director at Telemark, said: “We define the World Bar as the highest ever recorded Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) score on each of the 41 events we measure in the customer data VPN service experience. Each time a service provider exceeds the historical best ever score, by the highest margin, a New World Record is set. The Service Provider, who raises the bar the most, across all events, receives the World Record Award. We encourage all the global service providers to set new standards in satisfaction levels and we congratulate Orange Business Services on its remarkable achievements in this area.”

About Orange

Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. With 123 million customers, the Orange brand now covers Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates. At the end of 2008, France Telecom had consolidated sales of 53.5 billion euros and a customer base of more than 182 million customers in 30 countries. These include 122 million mobile customers worldwide and 13 million broadband Internet (ADSL) customers in Europe. Orange is the number three mobile operator and the number one provider of broadband Internet services in Europe and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.

The Group’s strategy, which is characterized by a strong focus on innovation, convergence and effective cost management, aims to establish Orange as an integrated operator and benchmark for new telecommunications services in Europe. Today the Group remains focused on its core activities as a network operator, while working to develop its position in new growth activities. To meet customer expectations, the Group strives to provide products and services that are simple and user-friendly, while maintaining a sustainable and responsible business model that can be adapted to the requirements of a fast-paced and changing eco-system.

France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.

For more information: www.orange.com, www.francetelecom.com, www.orange-business.com

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange Personal Communications Services Limited, Orange France or France Telecom.


Press contact:

Orange Business Services - Global, Europe and Asia Pacific

Frédéric Gielec

+33 1 46 46 2189

frederic.gielec@orange-ftgroup.com

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Net Insight Selected For TeliaSonera International Carrier’s Sports Contribution Network

Stockholm, Sweden - Net Insight, leading developer of efficient and scalable optical transport solutions for media, IP and broadcast networks, today announced its Nimbra platform has been selected by TeliaSonera International Carrier to support live sport broadcast transmissions of Sweden’s premier football league, Allsvenskan.


TeliaSonera is incorporating Net Insight’s Nimbra platform into its contribution network to transport uncompressed standard-definition video from all 16 arenas in the Swedish league to a central production and editing facility in Stockholm.


“Sweden’s largest football league and its fan base rely on us to provide an optimal viewing experience for all televised games. We wouldn’t trust this transport task to anyone other than Net Insight,” said Jonathan Wood, head of media services at TeliaSonera International Carrier. “Since 2006, we have trusted our most rigorous and important media network transport to Net Insight based on the unmatched quality and flexibility that the Nimbra platform offers for live, uncompressed video to exceed the most stringent customer demand.”


TeliaSonera International Carrier has added both the Nimbra 360 and Nimbra 680 switches to the network, designed for the transmission of digital video and offer a flexible and cost-effective solution for delivering advanced multimedia services in broadcast and media networks. With the highest network utilization, multicasting of all types of services, guaranteed quality of service and the possibility of extending the network entirely in pace with customer growth, Net Insight’s Nimbra platform offers the most efficient, reliable and cost-effective network solutions available today.


“Our Nimbra platform has proven to be the top choice for many demanding contribution networks responsible for transporting live sports footage in many professional sports venues including the U.S. and Sweden as well as global events such as the Beijing Olympics,” said Fredrik TrägÃ¥rdh, CEO of Net Insight. “Working with TeliaSonera International Carrier for such a high caliber live sports opportunity in Sweden gives Net Insight another excellent opportunity to increase the standard for sports viewing experiences. Our unsurpassed technology and dedication to our partners is the reason Net Insight has been selected to support TeliaSonera’s continued business expansion.”


Net Insight’s Nimbra platform offers advanced multimedia services in media networks with integrated video and audio interfaces such as ASI, SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, AES/EBU and strong support for IP/Ethernet and SDH/Sonet. In addition, it is a versatile transport and distribution solution with several unique characteristics for DTT and mobile TV networks such as the Time Transfer feature for GPS-free time synchronization.


Net Insight’s Nimbra equipment was delivered during the first quarter of 2009 and the network was fully operational in March 2009 in preparation for the 2009 season.

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Ceragon Wireless Backhaul Ethernet Solutions Selected by a Leading Carrier in North America


Ceragon Wireless Backhaul Ethernet Solutions Selected by a Leading Carrier in North America



Leading national wireless communications carrier to deploy Ceragon’s FibeAir® IP-10 in a multi-million dollar deal


Ceragon LogoTEL AVIV, Israel, April 1, 2009 - Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: CRNT), a leading provider of high-capacity LTE-ready wireless backhaul solutions, today announced that  a leading North American wireless communications carrier, has selected its advanced wireless Ethernet solutions. Ceragon’s FibeAir® IP-10 systems in combination with Ceragon’s High Power RF units will be deployed by the carrier to provide long-haul transport for high-speed data and voice services. This deployment will support the carrier’s geographical expansion and network capacity enhancement. Initial orders are valued at over US$6 million, of which $5 million has been recorded as revenue.


Ceragon was selected for this important build due to its ability to deliver a high performance IP-based solution that supports multiple radio configurations. With superior system gain, Ceragon can provide its new customer the ability to extend its network reach while using smaller antennas. This particular feature alone helps achieve significant cost savings without compromising the quality of the service.


 “This is an important strategic win for Ceragon as it delivers our most advanced platform into a new and prestigious customer” said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon. “The decision to choose our solutions for its high-speed, long haul IP network is a ringing endorsement of our technology and strategy.”


Ceragon’s FibeAir IP-10 is a unique migration-ready platform that supports native Ethernet and Native2 (hybrid) TDM/Ethernet over a single platform. The combination with Ceragon’s advanced high power RF unit, the FibeAir RFU-HP, provides a unique solution for long haul IP and TDM applications. The solution utilizes advanced Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) for unmatched link optimization, ensuring the highest available capacities under any weather conditions.  The solution can be deployed in both split-mount and all indoor configurations.


FibeAir IP-10 and FibeAir RFU-HP will be showcased at CTIA Wireless, Booth #6406, April 1-3, 2009, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas.


Ceragon SystemsAbout Ceragon Networks Ltd.


Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: CRNT) is a leading provider of high capacity wireless backhaul solutions that enable wireless service providers to deliver voice and premium data services, such as Internet browsing, music and video applications. Ceragon’s wireless backhaul solutions use microwave technology to transfer large amounts of network traffic between base stations and the infrastructure at the core of the mobile network. Ceragon designs solutions to provide fiber-like connectivity for circuit-switched, or SONET/SDH, networks, next generation Ethernet/Internet Protocol, or IP-based, networks, and hybrid networks that combine circuit-switched and IP-based networks. Ceragon’s solutions support all wireless access technologies, including GSM, CDMA, EV-DO and WiMAX. These solutions address wireless service providers’ need to cost-effectively build-out and scale their infrastructure to meet the increasing demands placed on their networks by growing numbers of subscribers and the increasing demand for premium data services. Ceragon also provides its solutions to businesses and public institutions that operate their own private communications networks. Ceragon’s solutions are deployed by more than 150 service providers of all sizes, as well as in hundreds of private networks, in nearly 100 countries. More information is available at www.ceragon.com

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Edgeware and SmartLabs LLC Enter Partnership for Russian Market

SmartLabs LLC offers service delivery platforms for interactive digital television (IPTV, DVB, hybrid, satellite, Internet TV), innovative client applications and revolutionary fast and animated user interfaces for STBs to IPTV and digital TV Service Providers.


SmartLabs’ key platform – SmartTUBE SDP – a converged service delivery platform for interactive television over fixed (IPTV, DVB, hybrid) and wireless (DVB-H, 3G, Wi-Fi, WiMax, etc.) networks with TV broadcasting, PPV, PVR/nPVR, VoD/nVoD, IM, and other services.


SmartTUBE UI client applications are based on a popular animation and graphical engine and supports a wide range of client devices (STBs, mobile phones, media centers, etc.) and is integrated into SmartLabs client application framework – a powerful development environment which has all typical TV user interface objects (windows, menus, lists, etc.), animation templates (motions, movements, object behaviors, etc.) as well as typical client-server interoperability mechanisms (i.e., EPG and VoD content data exchange, available services, etc.). Once created, the UI might be easily transferred to different end-point devices. It allows to move UIs to any new device within one technology (say, IPTV), and it also allows to build hybrid solutions (IPTV, DVB, 3G, Wi-Fi, etc.) assuming that subscribers will use the same interface experience regardless ways they have to access services.


“We see that Edgeware’s newest content distribution flash memory-based network server appliances supplement our solutions for IPTV Service Providers when they need fast, reliable and cost-effective distributed video streaming platform” says Mikhail Grachev, CEO of SmartLabs LLC.

About Edgeware


Edgeware is the supplier of revolutionary server systems for on-demand TV, setting new industry standards for video streaming over IP. Edgeware enables Video On-Demand (VoD), Time Shifted TV, Web TV and Ad-insertion services, with unmatched scalability and at the lowest investment and operational cost on the market.


In 2006 Edgeware pioneered using flash memory by launching a fully solid state flash memory based network appliance, for truly distributed deployment. By combining solid-state flash memory and hardware accelerated streaming, Edgeware offers the most integrated, reliable and power efficient appliances in the industry. The systems solution includes dynamic asset propagation and management to enable highly scalable and resilient architectures with central clusters in combination with caches distributed deep into the network. Caching popular content close to the viewers means substantial savings on network infrastructure and shortened time to market. Edgeware´s server systems have been deployed around the globe by leading Telcos and cable MSOs, and more recently by over the top service providers.


The company is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with a U.S.-based office in San Jose, California.


Edgeware is nominated for the 2009 IPTV World Series Awards in two categories:

“Best On-Demand Technology for IPTV” and “Best Internet TV Technology/Solution”.

These solutions will be showcased at IPTV World Forum in London, March 25-27, Booth 226.


www.edgeware.tv


About SmartLabs LLC


SmartLabs LLC is a leader in service delivery platform (SDP) for interactive digital television (IPTV, DVB, hybrid, satellite, Internet TV), innovative client applications and user interfaces for STBs. SmartLabs LLC is a part of ITG group of companies.


www.smartlabs.tv

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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.

Net Insight signs reseller agreement with Nera Telecommunications Ltd in South East Asia

25 March, 2009

 

Stockholm, Sweden - Net Insight today announced a partnership with Nera Telecommunications Ltd (”NeraTel”), one of the leading premier solutions providers for Transmission, Satellite Communications and Infocommunications.

 

Under the non-exclusive business partner agreement, NeraTel will distribute Net Insight’s Nimbra products in the South East Asian market. NeraTel will be actively promoting Net Insight’s multi-service media transport products as part of turnkey solutions for IP and Media applications for broadcasters and service providers in the region.

 

“Being a leading system integrator for digital TV and mobile TV networks in the region, we find that Net Insight’s Nimbra state-of-the-art technology is a good complement to our existing product offering in the broadcast and media distribution markets” said Samuel Ang, President & CEO of Nera Telecommunications Ltd. ” We believe the partnership with Net Insight will increase our business opportunities in the Broadcast and Media segment with our existing Telecommunications and Infocomm product offering through an efficient multi-service transport platform.”

 

“The Asian market is very important to us and we are delighted to see NeraTel teaming up with us to further extend our reach in the region and enabling more competitive and comprehensive turnkey solutions,” said Bengt Hellström, Director Business Development APAC, Net Insight

 

Headquartered in Singapore, Nera Telecommunications has twelve offices in ten countries and more than 500 employees in the region. Initially the joint Net Insight and NeraTel solutions will be marketed in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

 

About Net Insight

Net Insight delivers the world’s most efficient and scalable optical transport solution for Broadcast and Media, Digital Terrestrial TV, Mobile TV and IPTV/CATV networks.


Net Insight products truly deliver 100 percent Quality of Service with three times improvement in utilization of bandwidth for a converged transport infrastructure. Net Insight’s Nimbra(TM) platform is the industry solution for video, voice and data, reducing operational costs by 50 percent and enhancing competitiveness in delivery of existing and new media services.


World class customers run mission critical video services over Net Insight products for more than 100 million people in more than 30 countries. Net Insight is quoted on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.netinsight.net

About Nera Telecommunications Ltd

Nera Telecommunications Ltd, established in 1978, is a public company listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Ltd (”SGX-ST”). NeraTel plays an important role in realizing the global needs of communication. A premier solutions provider, NeraTel offers a comprehensive range of products and services from

Transmission, Satellite Communications to Infocommunications. NeraTel has twelve offices in ten countries in Asia Pacific, serving an established network of customers for more than thirty years.

 

With communications technology opening gateways to increasing possibilities, NeraTel is well-positioned to provide its customers with exciting solutions from the convergence of telecommunications, info-communications and broadcasting industries.

 

For more information, visit www.neratel.com.sg

 

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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.


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BSO Communication Selects the Ekinops 360 Dynamic Multi-Reach Transport platform to reinforce its service offering

Paris – 17 March 2009 – Ekinops, a leading provider of next generation solutions for metro, regional and long-haul optical transport and aggregation, has been chosen by next generation operator BSO Communication to provide optimized optical transport solutions for their network.


In addition to typical transport applications, BSO Communication was interested in a capability that would allow it to differentiate its service offerings to customers from those offered by other service providers. Upon BSO Communication’s request, Ekinops was able to deliver the capability to offer rate-managed 10Gig (10 gigabit per second) services and full rate GigE (Gigabit Ethernet) services over the same 10Gig wavelength. This enables BSO Communication to offer tailored services, while utilizing network bandwidth efficiently.


Thanks to the T-Chip, Ekinops’ innovative dynamic and programmable transport-on-a-chip technology at the heart of its 360 platform, the implementation of this differentiated and unique service offering has been a success, done in record time, allowing BSO Communication to be responsive to customer needs.


BSO Communication is the first Next Generation Operator to provide network solutions, integration services, and web hosting to its customers. With strong growth, BSO Communication is today present in more than 10 countries: France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the United States, and Hong Kong (China). For BSO Communication – in addition to allowing for the delivery of new and unique services quickly – the Ekinops 360 transport system architecture, based on the T-Chip technology, provides the highest standard of reliability.


BSO Communication will be using the Ekinops 360 platform for:

- Implementation of an Ethernet WDM transport network

- Equipment interconnection in its four major data centers located in the Paris area

- Transport of 10 Gbps signals in those data centers


“As a Next Generation Operator, our customers expect the highest level of flexibility from us in providing them with services that meet their needs. Efficient and unique use of our network bandwidth allows us to better respond to this customer demand,” said Frederic Dhieux, Technical Manager at BSO Communication. “With the Ekinops 360 platform, our major objective was to optimize the use of the bandwidth in our network while bringing a 10Gbps connection to our customers”.


 “The flexibility brought by the Ekinops 360 platform and this new 10 Gbps multi-service capability enabled BSO Communication to differentiate itself in the market, thanks to a significant cost advantage resulting from improved management of services to clients across the board,” said Sebastien Bernard, Sales Director of Northern Europe for Ekinops.


Ekinops developed this project in record time, two months, added Bernard. “Thanks to the T-Chip, Ekinops was able to deploy the technology extremely rapidly compared with what other equipment manufacturers could have done,” he emphasized.


“We are pleased that our T-Chip technology has once again allowed us to quickly deliver market differentiating capability for our customers,” added Rob Adams, Vice President of Global Marketing for Ekinops. “The dynamic nature of the T-Chip allows us to respond quickly to our customers’ needs and provides them with a level of comfort that the Ekinops 360 platform will be able to keep them ahead of their peers when it comes to new, innovative, and cost-effective service offerings.”

About Ekinops

Ekinops is a leading designer and supplier of optical transport equipment for service providers and enterprise networks. Our CWDM, DWDM and aggregation solutions are used by major carriers to build Metro, Regional and Long Haul networks. Ekinops’ optical transport platform relies on an innovative, programmable architecture that substantially lowers the cost of building high speed optical networks. Using Ekinops’ 360 carrier-grade products, operators can increase transport capacity over Fiber, CWDM, DWDM, SONET/SDH and IP networks. The company is headquartered in Lannion, France, with sales offices in Europe and the US and a representative office in Singapore. More information about Ekinops is available at www.ekinops.net

About BSO Communication

BSO Communication is the leading Global Next Generation Operator (NGO), founded in 2004. BSO Communication provides Network Services and Infrastructure, Hosting and Managed Services. BSO Communication, has built its own Global Network, which is scalable and flexible to meet the demands of companies, now and the future. Customers rely on BSO Communication to deliver the higher performance they need from their telecommunications services, our extensive, secure and reliable network does just that.

At the heart of our history, has been a constant commitment to providing excellent customer service and reliability. We’re proud of the fact that our many customers trust and rely on BSO Communication to deliver their mission critical telecommunications services. Although only 4 years old, BSO Communication has an impressive customer base, that includes France Television, Musiwave, Tiscali & Virgin.


Contact:

Ekinops 

Dominique Arestan 

Marketing Communications Director 

Tel: +33 (0)1 49 97 04 03 

Mobile: +33 (0)6 42 10 95 05

darestan@ekinops.net 


BSO Communication

Sophie Artonne

Head of Communication

Tel: +33 (0)1 77 36 10 00

Sophie.artonne@bsocom.com

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