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May 2010 | Volume 2/Number 3
Industry News

Telstra CEO Adjusts Executive Organization
Telstra’s international telecommunications and technology executive Gordon Ballantyne has been named the new group managing director of Telstra consumer and channels, effective in June. Kate McKenzie, formerly GMD of strategic marketing, will occupy the newly created position of chief marketing officer. And Robert Nason, GMD of customer experience, simplicity and productivity, has expanded responsibilities, which now include corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and the Program Office.

Ciena Lays Out Portfolio Following Nortel MEN Close

Following its close of the Nortel MEN assets, the new, larger, Ciena offers carrier Ethernet service delivery products, packet optical switches, packet optical transport solutions, and related management and services. On the carrier Ethernet service delivery front, Ciena offer its existing products as well as some technology pulled from Nortel’s previously discontinued 8600. Ciena also continues to sell its CoreDirector and 5400. And for packet optical transport, the 6500 addresses core and high-capacity metro transport requirements while the 4200 and 5200 are being sold into managed services and enterprise opportunities.

Industry Giants Call for Online Privacy Reform
AT&T, Google, Microsoft and others have joined forces under the banner of The Digital Due Process coalition. The group, which also includes privacy organizations, think tanks, other technology companies and academics, coalesced to issue principles for updating the key federal law that defines the rules for government access to e-mail and private files stored in the Internet cloud.

AT&T Taps Cisco for Femtocell-like Offer
Last month AT&T began a roll out of its 3G MicroCell solution, which it developed with Cisco Systems. The product is available for a one-time cost of $149.99. As discussed in the March issue of NGN magazine, AT&T toward the middle of 2009 last year began using femtocell-like technology from Cisco in pilot tests in areas of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and San Diego.

iTeleport Turns iPad into PC Control Device
An application called iTeleport, which is available for $24.99 at Apple’s App Store, enables iPad users to employ their new tablet devices to control their computers. Not only does iTeleport let the iPad control computers in the room, it also allows users to employ their tablets to access and manipulate their computers remotely via the Internet. This capability helps address functionality gaps in the iPad, according to some pundits, including the inability to play Flash, its lack of support for multi-threaded apps and an accessible file system.

Tigerpaw Names James Foxall as President
Tigerpaw Software Inc. has announced as its president James Foxall, previously senior vice president at the business software company. James is the son of Dave Foxall, founder and CEO of Tigerpaw, who remains at the company in an advisory role. Tigerpaw sells a software suite that helps VARs and other companies that sell telecom and IT solutions and services to manage their businesses on a variety of fronts – from managing prospects, to generating quotes, managing their employees and materials, and keeping tabs on what’s happening with their customers’ services.

Actelis Innovation Enables Ubiquitous EoC

copper will enable EoC to be as ubiquitous as previous, widely-used, network technologies like frame relay. That’s the word from Joe Manuele, senior vice president of worldwide sales and customer service at the supplier. The latest release of the software for the Actelis EoS solution includes new dynamic rate boost and enhanced dynamic spectral shaping technologies that will extend the reach and bandwidth of Ethernet over copper and address potential interference issues.

Lower House of Parliament Passes Digital Economy Bill
Legislation called the Digital Economy bill is working its way through Parliament in England. The lower house of Parliament passed the bill in early April. While it opted to drop language in the bill about instituting a tax on fixed line calls in an effort to support broadband builds, the body retained a key part of the proposed legislation that talks about disconnecting or throttling bandwidth for those broadband users who repeatedly infringe copyright law.

ALU Unveils Wireless Products Addressing 3G as well as LTE
dressing the mobile data explosion on both 3G and LTE networks. New are 2G and 3G Gateway GPRS Support Node functionality on Alcatel-Lucent’s 7750 Service Router-based mobile packet core gateways; Wireless Mobility Manager, which enables service provider packet cores to support HSPA and HSPA+ as well as LTE; the Alcatel-Lucent 5780 Dynamic Services Controller, which allows for policy management on both 3G and LTE networks; and packet core gateway and policy manager support on ALU’s existing 5620 Service Aware Manager.

Satellite TV Provider Dishes Up 200 HD Channels
DISH Network now offers 200 national high-definition channels. New additions to the full-time HD line-up include EPIX HD, G4 HD, Headline News HD, History International HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, ShortsHD, Style HD and Turner Classic Movies HD.

NCTC Renews Broadband Access Deal with Arris
Arris will continue to supply National Cable Television Cooperative MSO members with end-to-end broadband access solution components. The company will be the exclusive supplier, through the NCTC, of select customer premises E-MTA equipment. NCTC is comprised of 1,000 member companies, serving more than 26.7 million households in the United States.

Telefonica Taps Movius
Movius Interactive Corp., a major player in messaging, collaboration and mobile media solutions, has signed a multi-year, multi-national agreement with Telefonica International. Thanks to the pact, Telefonica will be the first carrier to deploy Side-Line Service in Latin America.

MSO Trio Partners on Wi-Fi
Cablevision Systems Corp., Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable have agreed to allow their high-speed Internet customers to roam freely across the companies’ respective Wi-Fi networks without any additional charges. This expands the reach and value of cable Wi-Fi in the New York metropolitan area, according to the threesome.

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