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Red Bend Software Continues Mobile Software Management Momentum

WALTHAM, Mass., August 31, 2009—Red Bend Software, the market leader in Mobile Software Management (MSM), today announced that its firmware over-the-air (FOTA) software now reaches 565 million mobile devices worldwide. As of second quarter 2009, Red Bend’s award-winning FOTA software was available in 413 device models from leading manufacturers including LG, Sharp, Sony Ericsson and ZTE. Market research firm Ovum named Red Bend the market leader in FOTA with 60% share of FOTA-enabled mobile phones. In addition, global demand for standards-based device management (DM) software expanded Red Bend’s licensees to 48.


“The mobile industry has been hit by global economic conditions, and analysts point to a second quarter decline in handset shipments ranging from 6 to 11 percent. Yet despite the overall market, our business continues to grow because we enable our customers to open up new revenue streams in apps and services, build brand loyalty more

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Future of WiMAX uncertain, as Clearwire investors write off billions

Future of WiMAX uncertain, as Clearwire investors write off billions of dollars: Analysys Mason comment


Comment by Terry Norman, Senior Analyst at Anlaysys Mason

For immediate release: London, United Kingdom: 20 August 2009


“Over the last two or three years, WiMAX has gained a strong foothold in developing countries in which there is a need for broadband, but the fixed infrastructure is poor. However, Analysys Mason doubts that the developing market offers sufficient growth potential and size to sustain continued investment from such heavyweights as Cisco Systems, Intel and Motorola without additional sales in the developed markets. But in the developed markets of Europe and the USA, we see some early signs of a difficult future for WiMAX.

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Rogers debuts another North American wireless network first

Rogers debuts another North American wireless network first


First in North America to super-charge its network to maximum speeds of

21 Mbps


TORONTO, July 28 /CNW/ - Rogers Wireless today announced it has begun the Canada-wide deployment of a 21 Megabits per second (Mbps) high-speed HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access Plus) wireless network, following the successful expansion and doubling of speed of its high-speed network to 7.2 Mbps last year. Starting in August, Rogers will progressively increase wireless network download speeds up to 21 Mbps in the Greater Toronto Area, and expand quickly over the coming months to other cities across the country. Rogers Wireless customers - who today already experience the fastest wireless data speeds in Canada - will experience peak wireless download speeds that are as fast as any available in the world. Rogers is the first wireless provider in North America and only the more

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Global-i© (Gi) Launches Gi GTMâ„¢ Suite of Go-to-Market Services for Communications and IT Clients

Herndon, VA (PRWEB) August 5, 2009 — Global-i, Inc. (www.globaliconsulting.com), a provider of technology-management consulting and project-based outsourcing services to the Communications & IT industry, announced today that it is launching its Global-i GTMâ„¢ Suite of Go-to-Market and Launch Management Services for meeting New/Enhanced Products and Services Launch needs and Infrastructure Deployment/Systems Integration Rollout needs of Converged Communications & IT Clients.


The services will benefit Communications and IT clients launching products and services through a fully-gated product lifecycle management (PLM/SDLC) process and/or rolling out its infrastructure deployment/systems integration initiative via a thorough implementation process. The company will provide the services via fixed-fee consulting and managed outsourcing. The fixed-fee service will be a custom service and will be developed per the needs of the client and delivered via Global-i GTMâ„¢ service directly from Global-i offices. The service can also be delivered as a contracted service via Global-i ExpertConsultantâ„¢ service more

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

SMITH MICRO SOFTWARE ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH DIGITALBRIDGE COMMUNICATIONS TO DELIVER WIMAX CONNECTIVITY MANAGEMENT

ALISO VIEJO, CA– July 21, 2009 – Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMSI), a leading developer and marketer of mobility solutions and services for the wireless market, today announced that it has been selected by DigitalBridge Communications Corp., the leading private operator of WiMAX 4G broadband networks in growing rural regions throughout the U.S., to deliver 4G connection management software to support its initial WiMAX rollout deployment for markets in Idaho, Indiana, Montana, South Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming. more

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Red Bend Software Enables Device Management of Fujitsu’s WiMAX Chipsets

Tokyo, June 29, 2009—Red Bend Software (Japan headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Kazuhiro Abe), the market leader in Mobile Software Management (MSM), today announced that Fujitsu Microelectronics Limited (Headquarters: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo; President: Haruki Okada) has licensed Red Bend’s standards-based device management (DM) software for Fujitsu Microelectronics’ WiMAX SoC and WiMAX chipsets. Fujitsu Microelectronics is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of semiconductors for WiMAX devices, such as mobile handsets, PC modems, mobile Internet devices and netbooks.


Under the agreement, Fujitsu Microelectronics has pre-integrated Red Bend’s device management software in its WiMAX SoC and chipset platform, allowing Fujitsu Microelectronics’ customers to quickly and efficiently implement standards-based device management in their WiMAX-enabled products. Red Bend provides the industry’s leading independent DM client that is interoperable with DM servers supporting standards from the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), including the WiMAX Management Object used by the WiMAX Forum and adopted by leading WiMAX operators worldwide. Fujitsu Microelectronics is a founding member and board member of the WiMAX Forum.


“This agreement with Fujitsu Microelectronics represents the first WiMAX deal for Red Bend in Japan, and continues the rapid adoption of our device management solution by WiMAX chipset vendors, device manufacturers and operators worldwide,” said Kazuhiro Abe, President of Red Bend Software Japan KK. “Fujitsu Microelectronics selected Red Bend for its leadership in mobile software management and built-in support for WiMAX, making it easier and more cost-effective to integrate OMA DM functionality into any WiMAX-enabled device.”


WiMAX service providers face myriad challenges in provisioning millions of new subscribers as well as managing millions of devices that will operate on the network, often temporarily. Red Bend’s device management software has been proven in tens of millions of mobile devices already in the market, and is rapidly being adopted by WiMAX service providers, chipset makers and equipment manufacturers in the United States, Japan and EMEA.


Red Bend’s standards-based OMA DM solution is used to provision new subscribers, configure applications and network settings, manage software and retrieve device information over the air. It has been deployed across multiple platforms, operating systems and memory types on mobile phones, wireless devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) modules.


For more information about Red Bend’s mobile software management solutions, please visit:

English: http://www.redbend.com/solutions/device-management.asp

Japanese: http://www.redbend.com/japanese/solutions/device-management.asp


About Red Bend Software

Red Bend Software, the leader in Mobile Software Management (MSM), provides software solutions for managing firmware, applications and devices over the air. The company’s award-winning MSM products enable device manufacturers, mobile operators and software developers to increase revenues, reduce support costs and achieve faster time to market by remotely managing their software assets on mobile devices. Red Bend’s software has been deployed in more than 520 million mobile devices by eight of the top 10 handset manufacturers, including Kyocera, LG Electronics, Motorola, Sharp, Sony Ericsson and ZTE, as well as dozens of other leading companies in the mobile, M2M and WiMAX markets. Unlike device management vendors with proprietary end-to-end systems and manufacturers’ internally developed solutions that are platform specific, Red Bend is the only company offering independent client software that is interoperable with any standards-based server and that works with any platform on any type of mobile device. Founded in 1999, Red Bend is a privately held, venture capital-financed company with offices in China, Israel, Japan, Korea, the U.K. and the U.S. To learn how Red Bend is bending rules and breaking boundaries with mobile software management, visit www.redbend.com.


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SAC Wireless and Open Range Partner to Bring WiMax to Midwest

SAC WIRELESS AND OPEN RANGE PARTNER TO BRING WIMAX TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ACROSS THE MIDWEST


U.S. Schaumburg, Ill. – June 17, 2009 – SAC Wireless, LLC signed a five-year contract to build wireless network infrastructure for leading wireless broadband service provider Open Range Communications (ORC), headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo. 


Over the next five years, Open Range Communications is building a 17-state network under the Department of Agriculture’s RUS program covering un-served and under-served communities in more than 500 markets across the country. 


According to the contract, SAC Wireless will join Alvarion in deploying the Open Range network in Colorado, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. SAC Wireless will deploy the 4G WiMAX network, taking charge of all aspects including site selection, installation and service. 


“Not only is 4G WiMAX leading edge technology, it is the best way to rapidly build and deploy a high-speed broadband network in areas of limited infrastructure,” said Keith Paglusch, executive vice president of Open Range Communications. “This partnership with SAC Wireless enables Open Range to deploy high-speed broadband Internet to millions of Americans in nearly 200 communities in the six states where SAC will support us.”  


In January 2009, Open Range Communications received a $100 million investment from JPMorgan’s private equity arm, One Equity Partners (OEP).  This investment was a prerequisite to a $267 million Broadband Access Loan from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Utilities Program (RDUP). Within the next five years, Open Range, through the use of WiMAX technology, plans to deliver wireless broadband to more than 500 un-served and underserved communities within the United States. 


“Working with Open Range provides SAC Wireless the opportunity to leverage our assets and realize the full benefit of our regional presence and abilities to self-perform the breadth of services required to provide a fully outsourced solution,” said Joseph Sanzo, COO at SAC Wireless.   “We are excited to be partnered with the Open Range team as it undertakes this important endeavor to bring WiMAX services to rural communities across the US.”  


About SAC Wireless SAC Wireless develops and implements network infrastructure for telecommunications companies.  SAC Wireless has been serving the wireless community since 1996.  Today, the company self-performs site acquisition, architectural engineering design, construction, equipment installation and commissioning services and is recognized for its quality, commitment and professionalism. SAC Wireless is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois.  For more information, visit http://www.sacw.com. 


About Open Range CommunicationsOpen Range is a broadband wireless provider using WiMAX technology to deliver wireless broadband to un-served and underserved American communities. Open Range plans to deliver portable and eventually mobile voice and Internet services to customers within its robust WiMAX footprint. In January 2009, Open Range announced a $100 million investment by One Equity Partners, the private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase and the closing of a Broadband Access Loan previously approved by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Utilities Program (RDUP) for $267 million. The combined funding will allow Open Range to build 4G WiMAX networks in 546 communities in 17 states where the Company will offer high-speed Internet and voice services to approximately six million people. For more information, visit www.openrangecomm.com.

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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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