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Sprint extends $50 Boost service to CDMA

BOOST MOBILE TO OFFER HANDSETS ON NATIONWIDE SPRINT NETWORK WITH ‘MONTHLY UNLIMITED’ PREPAID PLAN


Sprint CDMAAvailable January 13and Nextel iDEN Network Powerhouse Combination Enhances Boost Mobile Phone Portfolio and Coverage to Serve over 274 Million Customers Nationwide


IRVINE, Calif. Furthering its commitment to offer value and simplicity in no contract wireless services, today Boost Mobile, part of the Sprint Prepaid Group, announced its popular $50 ‘Monthly Unlimited’ plan will be available on January 13, 2010 on the Nationwide Sprint CDMA Network reaching more than 274 million people. By late January, Boost Mobile customers will be able to take advantage of three new CDMA handsets that include Kyocera’s Sanyo Mirro™ SCP3810 and Sanyo Incognito™ SCP6760, along with Boost Mobile’s first smartphone, the BlackBerry Curve™ 8330 from Research In Motion (RIM) available on a new $60 ‘BlackBerry Monthly Unlimited’ plan. more

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Arctic Slope Telephone Selects REDCOM HDX Switching Systems to Serve Rural Alaska Communities

Victor, NY (January 6, 2010) — REDCOM Laboratories Inc., a company that designs and manufactures the world’s most reliable digital and IP-enabled telecommunications systems, announced today that Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative (ASTAC) has selected three REDCOM HDX switches for installation at three separate sites in the upper reaches of Alaska.


Located above the Arctic Circle, ASTAC’s rural co-op service area in Alaska’s North Slope region is vast, encompassing 92,000 square miles of brutally cold and inhospitable terrain. To provide advanced, next-generation telecommunications services to Kaktovik, Point Lay, and Wainwright, ASTAC needed powerful, next-generation Class 4/5 softswitches that were extremely reliable, low maintenance, and low power given the difficulty with servicing telecom equipment in that environment. Two other ASTAC sites Anaktuvuk Pass and Nuiqsut have previously installed REDCOM HDX systems.


ASTAC selected the HDX with TRANSip, a Carrier-Class softswitch based on the industry-standard Session Initiation more

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Sling Media unveils new gear at CES

Sling Media Unveils Suite of New OEM Products at CES 2010


Innovative New Placeshifting Products Improve Time to Market, Simplify Installation for Television Service Providers


LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwire - 01/06/10) - CES — Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS - News), today unveiled four products as part of an expanded strategy targeted at television service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers. Leveraging the award-winning technology in its core Slingbox� product, Sling Media has created elegant, easy-to-install new products that deliver video placeshifting, allowing anyone to enjoy their video around their home or around the world.


New Sling Media OEM Products Unveiled at CES 2010:


— Slingbox 700U

— Sling Receiver 300

— Sling Monitor 150

— Sling Touch Control 100 more

Taoglas Launches First Flexible Circuit Loop Antennas for Healthcare M2M Market


Taoglas Designs Smart Antenna Technology Suited to Devices Used Close To or On the Body


Chula Vista, CA January 5, 2010 Taoglas, the leading M2M antenna provider, (www.taoglas.com) today announced that it has launched the first flexible circuit loop antenna, which can deliver over 40% efficiency in healthcare monitoring devices. The FLA.01 antenna is a penta-band cellular antenna that is embedded inside medical devices and can achieve high performance, particularly with customization. The technology can be applied to any frequency including licence free bands such as 433MHz, 868MHz, 915MHz, 2.4GHz and higher. With the FLA antenna, medical device designers can ensure their devices now achieve reliable, consistent wireless connections for transmitting patient data and also meet healthcare industry tests.


The FLA flexible circuit antenna is particularly suited to the healthcare market because it can conform to any shape or size, a mechanical more

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Telmar Network Technology Names VP for Global HR

Mark MitfordMark Mitford named VP of Human Resources for Telmar Network Technology and will oversee global organizational and leadership development

PLANO, Texas, January 5, 2010 Telmar Network Technology has appointed Mark Mitford its Vice President of Human Resources to oversee global organizational and leadership development as well as employee engagement for its facilities around the world.

Prior to joining Telmar, Mitford was Director of Human Resources at Safeco Insurance/Liberty Mutual Group. He has 20 years of human resources experience, at companies including Ericsson, Nortel Networks, Marconi Communications, Texas Instruments, and PepsiCo.

Mark Mitford is a valuable addition to the Telmar team, said Steve Pickett, president and CEO of Telmar Network Technology. We have had significant growth both in the U.S. and around the world, and Mark’s experience at developing talent will be incredibly important to our organization as we continue to more

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Net Insight to supply backbone network for cable TV distribution in an African country

29 December 2009 Stockholm, Sweden Net Insight, a leading provider of efficient optical transport solutions for media, broadcast and IP networks has received an order to deliver the Nimbra platform for a cable TV distribution network in Africa.


A national telecom operator in an African country is deploying a cable TV distribution network. The network shall initially multicast IP TV services between 15 regional sites and carry regionally inserted native video content with 100% Quality of Service.


Net Insight will provide the CATV backbone network where the central headend is implemented using multiple Nimbra 680 high-capacity switches and all local distribution sites are served by Nimbra 360 nodes.


Net Insights Nimbra product family makes up the world’s most efficient and scalable media-rich transport solution. Encompassing a full range of multiservice transport equipment, the Nimbra platform enables Broadcast, IP Media, TV Distribution and Broadband TV networks to more

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Verizon Offers Mobile Broadband Backup to SMBs

Verizon Adds Mobile Broadband Backup for Dedicated Internet Service to Keep Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Online All the Time


High-Performance Internet Access Automatically Routes to Verizon Wireless 3G Network for Uninterrupted Business Operations


NEW YORK, Jan. 5 — Small and medium-sized businesses now can get Verizon (NYSE:VZ) high-performance Internet access coupled with automatic wireless broadband backup to help ensure the businesses are always available to their customers. The new solution — Verizon Internet Dedicated Access with Mobile Broadband — automatically routes business traffic to the Verizon Wireless 3G EV-DO broadband wireless network in the event of a service disruption.


The new solution, which is immediately available nationwide, is ideal for businesses that have highly distributed locations and primarily use IDA for outbound critical traffic, Web research or point-of-sale transactions. more

Zhone Names Telecommunications Leader Brian Caskey as CMO

Oakland, CA January 4, 2010 Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE), a global leader in network access solutions announced today that Brian Caskey has joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer effective immediately. Caskey brings a 25 year track record in global marketing, product strategy, business development and global branding to Zhone where he will oversee all aspects of worldwide marketing.


Prior to joining Zhone, Caskey served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for UTStarcom where he was instrumental in growing the IPTV and NGN business. There, he spearheaded a company-wide global rebranding campaign, launched multiple new product lines and lead strategic sales initiatives that resulted in top-line revenue growth while increasing gross margins. Caskey’s accomplishments included critical innovations in IPTV marketing and awareness that resulted in industry leading deployments in both India and China.


Prior to UTStarcom, Caskey worked for 3Com Corporation where he was responsible more

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ADC Divests GSM Assets

ADC Announces Altobridge’s Acquisition of Its GSM Base Station and Switching Product Portfolio


ADC strengthens focus on its in-building and microcellular wireless market leadership


Acquisition complements Altobridge’s emerging markets strategy


MINNEAPOLIS & TRALEE, Ireland, Dec 31, 2009 — ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) (www.adc.com), a leading global supplier of network infrastructure solutions, and Altobridge, a leading provider of cost-effective solutions for mobile network operators, announced today that Altobridge has acquired ADC’s portfolio of GSM base station and switching products. Terms of the transaction, which closes today, were not disclosed. more

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Genband bids on Nortel’s carrier VOIP business

Enters into sale agreements with GENBAND, Inc. for a purchase price of US$282 million, subject to balance sheet and other adjustments currently estimated at approximately US$100 million


Sale of business is best path forward for the future of Nortel’s Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions customers, employees and business


Agreements include the planned sale of substantially all assets within the Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions business globally


Nortel(1) Networks Corporation (OTCBB: NRTLQ) today announced that it, its principal operating subsidiary Nortel Networks Limited (NNL), and certain of its other subsidiaries, including Nortel Networks Inc. and Nortel Networks UK Limited (in administration), have entered into a “stalking horse” asset sale agreement with GENBAND, Inc. (GENBAND) for the sale of substantially all of the assets of its North America, Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) and Asia Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions (CVAS) business, and an asset more

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