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Aug/Sept 2008 | Volume 3/Number 4
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Industry News

Cicero Launches Rich Communication Client for Mobile Devices

Researchers Name Top Vendors

A new study by Infonetics Research has named Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco (News - Alert), and Sonus as the “top VoIP equipment manufacturers,” with Cisco emerging as the most familiar manufacturer. The study offers a broad view of service provider thinking and plans for voice over IP, including service provider perceptions of leading VoIP vendors, according to he researcher. The study is based on formal interviews conducted by Infonetics’ senior analysts with competitive operators, senior analysts with incumbents, IXCs, vertically integrated service providers, and specialists. The study also throws light on the trends, drivers, barriers, and implementation plans of VoIP service providers.

A1 Launches IMS Developer Challenge

A1 launched an international developer challenge called “A1 InnovationDays.” The company is inviting creative developers to address the guiding theme “Open Communication by Open Standards” by submitting their ideas that create better communication services. The challenge is sponsored by the Austrian mobile network operator mobilkom austria and will feature prizes for the best open source software applications making use of standardized interfaces and protocols such as IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem (News - Alert) and SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) The sponsor may even deploy the most compelling services together with mobilkom austria.

Kabira Enhances Service Provisioning

Kabira Technologies has announced the release of version 3.4 of its widely deployed Kabira Provisioning and Service Activation product (KPSA), which is designed to enrich its KPSA Multi-Play service fulfillment solution. The newly released KPSA 3.4 delivers advanced performance, operational and re-usability enhancements with faster service provisioning, easier monitoring and greater flexibility by simplifying the handling of complex product offerings and services. The new release also enables service providers to better integrate their legacy systems while adding support for new developments in customer self- and auto-provisioning.

HOT Telecom Chooses TTI for VoIP Service Assurance

HOT Telecom has selected TTI Team Telecom to expand its Service Assurance solution to monitor customers’ quality of service and improve operational efficiency on its VoIP network. The solution, based on TTI’s Service Assurance products CallExpert and Netrac PMM, is designed to provide HOT Telecom the ability to analyze and investigate customers’ VoIP sessions derived from multi-format IPDRs and multi-vendor performance and service indicators. In parallel, TTI Telecom (News - Alert) has implemented its trouble ticketing system NeTkT to help HOT Telecom utilize the company’s resources more efficiently and improve engineering and operations problem resolution cycles.

Oracle Expands Portfolio With BEA based Offering

Oracle has announced the Oracle Communications Service Delivery Portfolio (SDP, offering items from the former BEA WebLogic Communications middleware platform and Oracle (News - Alert) Fusion Middleware. Using BEA, Oracle says it’s expanding its independent software vendor community with the goal of encouraging innovative service delivery. Partners can leverage communications industry applications from Oracle to help service providers monetize new services. Officials say the SDP concept evolved from basic content delivery to an architecture that integrates legacy and IP-based network services to drive new revenue generation as it exposes the communications network to third-party application developers.

Slovak Telekom Expands Amdocs Relationship

Slovak Telekom has announced it will expand its relationship with Amdocs by upgrading and expanding its usage of Amdocs OSS solutions. Slovak Telekom plans to deploy a variety of products from Amdocs’ OSS portfolio to manage service fulfillment for its IP-based services, such as broadband, and as a platform for its next generation OSS. Amdocs has also been selected as the prime contractor for project delivery. As per the upgrade plan, Slovak Telekom would upgrade to the Amdocs Cramer6 OSS Suite to take advantage of new features as it modernizes its OSS architecture. Slovak Telekom will also expand its usage of Amdocs OSS with the purchase of Discovery Engine, a key product within the suite.

CGI Intros Tapestry 8.0 Order Management Portal

CGI Group (News - Alert) recently announced the launch of its Tapestry 8.0 solution, with additional features for modular rating, billing, and order management. CGI Group is a provider of information technology (IT) and business process services. Tapestry 8.0 is capable of simplifying and managing the growing amount of complexity faced by communications service providers when they deliver convergent next-generation IP products and services to customers. Tapestry 8.0 includes the Tapestry Order Acquisition Manager, a highly configurable Web-based application that can be customized according to customer’s requirements and which supports order and account management for CSPs.

COLT Rides Sonus Networks for Network Development

Sonus Networks has been selected by COLT to deliver the core IP-voice infrastructure for the next phase of COLT’s next-generation network (NGN) deployment. COLT provides data, voice and managed services to business and governments, in 100 cities in 13 countries across Europe. The plans call for COLT to deploy a complete edge-to-edge Sonus IP-based session control network with gateways in six major European cities. The solution includes centralized routing, and session border security for IP access and peering. The network is currently operational in London, Frankfurt and Paris. By the end of summer 2008, the network is expected to extend to Zurich, Milan and Madrid, according to officials.

Equinox Heading to Bermuda

Bermuda-based TeleBermuda International Limited has licensed a suite of software applications from Nashville-based Equinox Information Systems (News - Alert) . The company’s TeleLink, Manager, and CDRTrans applications provide a total solution for mediation and usage record administration. Terence Burgess, network manager for TeleBermuda said in a statement that their objective was to identify an advanced telecom software provider with the ability to deliver a total solution to their expansion requirements in a cost-effective manner. TeleBermuda selected Equinox Information Systems after evaluating multiple software vendors.

Ericsson to Build Network for Telenor ASA

Stockholm-based telecom solutions provider Ericsson recently signed an agreement in Sweden with the Norwegian operator Telenor ASA to build an IMS-based network in Sweden, including IMS-based IP Centrex. It is said the network will be the first commercial converged IMS network in Sweden for the enterprise market. The solution is looked upon as a first step in enabling Telenor to utilize its network capabilities for all of its Swedish operations, including Bredbandsbolaget and Glocalnet, in an efficient way. Ericsson (News - Alert) will be the prime supplier of the IMS system and system integration services for Telenor Sweden.

Comverse and Blueslice Team Up for Joint Solution

Comverse, a major supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication and billing services, and Blueslice , a provider of subscriber management solutions for Mobile, VoIP, FMC, and M2M networks, recently announced a partnership to incorporate enriched media and subscriber management in end-to-end IMS networks and applications for mobile, integrated fixed-mobile and multiplay operators. This joint solution will combine Comverse (News - Alert)’sConverged IP Communications portfolio with Blueslice’s Converged Subscriber Platform 3000™, HSS 3000™ and entry-level HSS 1000™ to provide subscribers with consistent access over multiple devices (fixed phone, mobile phone, PC and TV) to personalized services for communication, entertainment, and information. Thus, subscribers will enjoy converged voice, video and messaging services, as well as data management – enriched capabilities enabling operators to capture a larger share of subscribers’ total communication and entertainment needs. The entire solution is scalable and meets the most demanding operator requirements.

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