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

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


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

SUREWEST TO LAUNCH NEW TV SERVICE PROMISING AN UNPARALLELED VIEWING EXPERIENCE

SUREWEST TO LAUNCH NEW TV SERVICE PROMISING

AN UNPARALLELED VIEWING EXPERIENCE


Microsoft Mediaroom and Network Improvements Extend Video Offerings to

25,000 Homes While Laying Groundwork for Future Technologies


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

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Net Insight Receives Expansion Order from Large North American Sports Broadcaster For High-Demand Network

Nimbra 680 implementation increases bandwidth flexibility for high-quality sports content


STOCKHOLM, Sweden – 6/16/2009 - Insight, a leading developer of efficient and scalable optical transport solutions for media, IP and broadcast networks, today announced its expansion order from a large North American sports broadcasters to incorporate additional Nimbra 680 platform into its high-traffic production and distribution networks for the delivery of in-demand sports content.


With Net Insight’s Nimbra 680 platform, the expansion enables the broadcaster to accommodate explosive demand from subscribers for access to high-definition, global sports content. The Nimbra 680 also future-proofs the network to accommodate potential expansion for future projects and high-profile sporting events. The equipment will be delivered in June 2009.


“The Nimbra platform provides unmatched benefits to global sports broadcasters and network operators, allowing them to effectively offer network services that their customers expect,” said Fredrik TrägÃ¥rdh, CEO of Net Insight.


Like other products in the Nimbra 600 series, the Nimbra 680 is a next generation media, multiservice switch designed to meet current and future needs of the professional media industry. The Nimbra 680 provides the industry’s lowest cost-per-bit switching, while including high switching capacity, end-to-end provisioning and restoration, full topology support and unique multicast support. By combining high capacity, the lowest cost per bit transport and guaranteed 100 percent QoS, the Nimbra 680 provides an economical solution for service providers looking to provide advanced video, voice and data services demanded by today´s market. Most importantly, as part of the Nimbra platform, the Nimbra 680 offers 97 percent bandwidth utilization making it the most capable switching platform on the market.


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 Nimbraâ„¢ 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

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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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Net Insight expands partner network in Asia

Net Insight increases its footprint in Asia

by partnering with HBE, Mediatech, Sogitec, and City Team


Stockholm, Sweden– May 11, 2009 – Net Insight, a leading developer of efficient and scalable optical transport solutions for media, IP and broadcast networks, today announced that its network of business partners and resellers has lately been extended by four new channels in Asia: Horizon Broadcast Electronics (HBE) in India, Mediatech in Hong Kong, Sogitec in Vietnam, and City Team in Malaysia. With this latest expansion Net Insight now collaborates

with 14 partners in the Asia Pacific region, covering most major markets.

Horizon Broadcast Electronics (HBE) will be representing Net Insight in the growing Indian market.

HBE focuses on delivering state of the art broadcast solutions and is a partner of choice for all leading broadcasters and service providers in India. Market segments addressed by HBE include Broadcast & Media networks, DVB-T/DVB-H and CATV/IPTV.

Mediatech (International) Limited is a new Net Insight partner in Hong Kong. Mediatech is a systems integrator and equipment solution provider for the professional video, audio and data markets. Target customers include terrestrial TV stations, cable operators, cable headends, satellite broadcasters, and government departments.

In South East Asia, Net Insight has broadened its presence through Sogitec in Vietnam and City Team in Malaysia. Headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, Sogitec has a nationwide network of local sales and support personnel addressing the Vietnamese broadcast and media market. City Team is focused on getting new business for Net Insight in Malaysia, bringing long experience and good knowledge of the Malaysian media industry.


“We see increasing opportunities for our products in Asia and are expanding our partnerships according to plan”, said Fredrik TrägÃ¥rdh, CEO of Net Insight.


About Net Insight

Net Insight delivers the world’s most efficient and scaleable 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 35 countries. Net Insight is quoted on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.netinsight.net

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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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Edgeware Partners with Avtrex to Bring Ad-Insertion and Trick Play Capabilities to Web TV

Edgeware, the provider of revolutionary server systems for network deployed on-demand TV, and Avtrex, a leading supplier of client software for set top boxes and connected TVs, today announced their partnership to provide full interoperability for video services delivered over the Internet including, ad-insertion and trick play capabilities.


The combined Edgeware-Avtrex offering enables operators and content rights owners to quickly build a solution to deliver premium, on-demand video and TV over the open Internet where the highest Quality of Service (QoS) is necessary.


Edgeware and Avtrex’s combined solution provides a true DVD-like experience with support for full interactivity including multi-speed fast-forward and rewind. Edgeware servers store only the file encoded at the normal speed to deliver trick play video ‘on-the-fly’ when requested by each Avtrex client. The partnership also enables advertising-funded business models via support for dynamic playlists. Adverts personalized to individual consumers’ interests and needs can be inserted at appropriate places in the featured content. Pre-roll, post-roll and interstitial insertions are all supported with full trick-play functionality.


“For Internet TV and video services to move from the PC to the TV, they need to meet the expectations of a premium content service,” said Joachim Roos, founder and CEO of Edgeware. “Working with Avtrex, we can deliver a cost efficient and scalable end–to-end solution including targeted advertizing and full interactivity, based on standard protocols”.


Through the partnership, broadcast content is recorded in the network by Edgeware servers and delivered using open Internet protocols to set top boxes and connected televisions running Avtrex client software. Even in congested networks where TCP re-transmission is required, each Edgeware server can deliver unique streams to over 32,000 Avtrex clients at the same time. The servers consume just 85W of power, 1U rack space and require virtually no maintenance. Operational costs are dramatically reduced enabling caching of premium content at the edge and avoiding expensive core network and backhaul upgrades for Web TV deployment.


The Avtrex client software, whether in a set top box or installed directly in a network-connected television, provides sophisticated buffer management which ensures smooth operation over the Web despite varying network conditions. A development platform enables simple porting of services to new client devices and all major encryption systems for content rights protection are supported. Depending on the video rights available, delivery of content to multiple devices in a home network is also supported through the Avtrex Home Server functionality.


”Edgeware’s servers, which already provided a revolutionary solution to operational cost of IPTV and video-on-demand implementations, have allowed Avtrex to create a superior user experience, while satisfying the demanding requirements of system operators and content owners with regard to content security and monetization,” said Steve Francis, CEO of Avtrex.


The two companies will be showing a full demonstration of the solution at the Edgeware’s NAB booth C1657.


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.


www.edgeware.tv


About Avtrex

Avtrex, Inc, is a Silicon Valley-based start-up focused on advanced technologies for digital video recording, digital television, and home media distribution. Avtrex is a provider of embedded software whose customers are leading innovators in consumer electronics and digital entertainment. Avtrex is privately held, founded in 2001 by a team that has been working together for more than a decade. More information about Avtrex is available at www.avtrex.com.


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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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