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April 2008 | Volume 3 / Number 2
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Industry News

Verizon, AT&T, EchoStar Biggest FCC (News - Alert) 700 MHz Auction Winners
Verizon Wireless and AT&T won most of the spectrum in the FCC’s recently concluded 700 MHz auction. As most had expected, Verizon won the C block. Rival AT&T (News - Alert) won 227 licenses from among the B block of regional licenses, to fill in and augment what most observers would have said was a healthy bandwidth position with some “coverage holes” to fill. Perhaps the biggest “surprise” was that satellite video provider EchoStar won enough E block spectrum to create a nearly-national terrestrial network. EchoStar now will have an opportunity to create its own facilities-based triple play services, an objective it long has sought.



Sprint Core: No Surprise
Count Sprint Nextel (News - Alert) among those carriers that say they will follow the current blueprint for next-generation network cores. That is to say, Sprint will build its services around a common optical backbone, IP protocols, and IP Multimedia Subsystem (News - Alert), in large part so that applications will have a more unified experience no matter what sort of device they are using to access services. Sprint also plans to use a “common” cell-site infrastructure.

Sprint further has said it plans to allow third-party software developers and content owners access to that infrastructure. That means applications will have access to presence and location information, for example.

IP Multimedia Subsystems’ $300 Billion Opportunity
ABI Research (News - Alert) released the results of a study titled IMS Core Networks: A Dynamic Service-Based Architecture stating that IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) will provide mobile telephone operators with additional revenue of $300 billion over a five-year period. Verizon and BT (News - Alert) are offering an open interface to afford third-party developers access to the network, which will result in introduction of new applications.

Senior Analyst Nadine Manjaro said, “Until recently IMS was mainly the province of fixed-line operators, but now it is essential to the success of mobile and fixed operators who are losing revenue from traditional sources. IMS enables rapid development and deployment of new services.”

IMS Forum (News - Alert) Completes Plugfest 4, Gears up for NGN Plugfest 5
The IMS and the NGN Forums announced today the successful completion of interoperability testing at the IMS Forum Plugfest 4 and plans for the NGN Plugfest 5. Plugfest 5, scheduled for June 2008 at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL (News - Alert)), will test consumer and enterprise M-play Interoperability.

Plugfest 4 was the latest in a series of events designed to deliver IMS and NGN interoperability and certification. Participating companies tested a number of technologies and services for interoperability, including triple play, VoIP, FMC from multiple vendors, test and measurement equipment, SIP, class-5 features, Diameter IMS stacks, and IM with presence support.

Ericsson Empowers 2008 Beijing Olympics
Ericsson has announced an agreement with Beijing Netcom, a branch of China Netcom (News - Alert), to provide the company with a Command Supporting System based on Ericsson’s IMS solution for the Beijing Olympic Games. Under the agreement, Ericsson will be the sole supplier and systems integrator for an IMS platform to enable personal multimedia communication.

Ericsson’s (News - Alert) IMS solution enables the convergence of data, speech and network technology over an IP-based infrastructure. It supports fast and efficient management and coordination of value-added services, including voice, text, pictures and video, providing end users with a personalized, richer communications experience.

Latest Version of IMS Core Infrastructure Released by Sonus
Sonus Networks (News - Alert) has announced the release of the latest version of the IMS core architecture and the gradation of the SRX Call Session Control Function and HSX Home Subscriber Server. Increased use of services such as video calling, video conferencing, instant messaging, chat and push-to-talk services have likewise increased the variety of SIP sessions on service providers’ networks. SRX serves as an authentication engine that tells the network which services belong on any given session, with the help of a central intelligence component present in the IMS architecture. Sonus’ IMS core network architecture is now compliant with 3GPP Release 7 specifications.

Highdeal (News - Alert) Supports MSV’s Next-Gen Hybrid Communications Network
Mobile Satellite Ventures (MSV), a supplier of mobile satellite communications services throughout North America, has picked the Highdeal Transactive advanced billing solution for its next-generation network.

Highdeal Transactive will serve as the pricing, rating, and billing platform supporting MSV’s all-IP 4G wireless satellite-terrestrial communications network. MSV picked the solution for service pricing flexibility and feature-rich capabilities, and especially for its ability to support logical integration to other solutions with a systems approach that excels in a componentized architecture.


Navtel (News - Alert) Communications’ SIPFlex Test Solution for IMS
Recently Navtel Communications, a provider of IMS, VoIP and IP-to-IP gateway test solutions, announced the release of SIPFlex, a comprehensive solution targeted at testing IMS networks and services.

The SIPFlex application is fully IMS compliant. The testing application is designed to simplify the creation of any SIP message and message flow sequence representing valid, invalid or proprietary flows. The intuitive graphical user interface offers the flexibility to easily modify virtually every aspect of SIP state machine including timers, default behavior and protocol error scenarios. Also, feature, negative, performance, regression and load tests for IMS devices and services can now be executed using a single test application.

Redback Announces 68 Carriers in 45 Countries
Redback Networks (News - Alert) Inc. has announced 68 joint carrier wins in 45 countries with Ericsson in 2007. Redback, an Ericsson company since January 2007, manages 63+ million broadband access and triple-play subscribers for 75+ percent of the world’s largest telephone companies. Redback’s multi-service routing platform delivers next generation services such as broadband access, VoIP, IPTV (News - Alert), video-on-demand, and on-line gaming. Redback Networks has more than 500 carrier customers worldwide and is based in San Jose, CA.

U.K. Mobile Service Provider Expands Intervoice (News - Alert) Deployment
By further expanding their use of Intervoice’s Media Exchange unified service platform, a large U.K. mobile service provider is now able to support more than 15 million subscribers. Intervoice Media Exchange is an open-standards, IP-based, IMS-ready software solution that functions in SIP, TDM or mixed network environments.

The multimedia communications platform is designed to provide a seamless migration from legacy voice mail systems to next generation messaging and includes a fully programmable intelligent switch that allows dynamic routing of customer calls.

NMS’ PCI Express Board Gives Developers More Choices
NMS Communications has extended its Open Access application development family to include the popular PCI Express architecture. The architecture supports up to eight T1/E1 universal ports and up to 6,384 MIPS of digital signal processing. NMS’s CG 6565e Series is a high density, high power family of PCI Express media processing boards, designed to enable developers to create and deploy a wide variety of both traditional and next-generation applications, including conferencing, messaging, ringback tones, video gateway-video play/record, and more.

Key features include: universal port capability that integrates PSTN interfaces, telephony protocols, comprehensive IVR functionality, full-duplex echo cancellation, speech transcoding, fax processing, conferencing, and 3G, among others.

Report Shows $47 Billion Generated by 2010 for Mobile Music, Games, and TV
In a recent report, Juniper Research (News - Alert) maintains increased 3G adoption and a significant increase in rich media, made-for-mobile content would potentially generate mobile entertainment revenues of $47.5 billion by 2010.

The report finds that ringtones and wallpapers currently account for most mobile entertainment services being provided. Usage patterns appear to be changing rapidly due to the easy availability of sophisticated, attractive content including streamed and broadcast video, social networking services, and multiplayer games, all of which have been designed for the mobile environment.

Intel (News - Alert) Ships New Processors for Embedded Markets
Intel recently announced new processors for embedded market segments based on the company’s 45-nanometer (nm) process. The processors, based on Intel’s high-k, metal gate transistor formula, include the Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5400 Series and Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 5200 Series.

These new processors, coupled with the new power-optimized Intel 5100 Memory Controller Hub (MCH) chipset, comprise the first 45nm CPU platforms for thermally constrained bladed applications, applicable for full-performance and memory-intensive applications such as storage, routers, security and medical solutions, as well as communications applications such as IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS).

Veraz Intros Network-adaptive Border Controller
Veraz Networks (News - Alert) recently unveiled its Network-adaptive Border Controller, the next generation of Session Border Controllers (SBC). As networks become more complex, carriers require solutions that can cost-effectively scale in step with the network. The Veraz Network-adaptive Border Controller is designed to provide security for multimedia sessions and network interconnection.

The solution reduces OPEX (News - Alert) costs by providing centralized management and control of distributed SBCs so that carriers have one routing interface, one billing record, and one source of FCAPs information. The Network-adaptive Border Controller comes in different scalable hardware configurations, depending on the number of sessions required at each gateway location.

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