Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Business-Grade Voice over DSL Service From LightEdge Solutions

If you are a small business holding back from going for VoIP because of uncertainty due to your internet connection, fret no more. VoDSL, Voice over DSL service from LightEdge promises you QoS enabled network to make your network life easier. LightEdge will offer the VoDSL services in several speeds with a maximum bandwidth of 7 Mbps. Customer location will determine eligibility and speeds available for the service. VoDSL will initially be offered in Minneapolis, Des Moines and Omaha, with additional markets available in the near future.

Following is the news release from LightEdge.

DES MOINES, Iowa, April 30, 2008 — LightEdge Solutions, a leading provider of managed Voice, Data and IT business services, today announced the availability of VoIP telephony service using managed Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) access. Through this managed connection, voice and data are carried over a QoS-enabled private IP network that is monitored and controlled end-to-end by LightEdge Solutions’ network operations staff. Previously, only businesses that could afford T1 lines could obtain that type of service and superior voice quality. The entire LightEdge product portfolio is now deliverable over managed DSL, which includes managed backup, Hosted Exchange and Wan IP. This achievement marks a major milestone for the company and for the industry as a whole as more emphasis is being placed on providing cost-effective managed services for small and medium-sized businesses.

The managed solution reduces the cost of traditional phone service by integrating voice and data services into a single DSL connection and providing multiple call functionality without dedicated analog phone lines. Depending upon the customer premise equipment selected, the LightEdge VoDSL solution can simultaneously support up to seventeen voice calls and transport data over each DSL line. The service is ideal for companies with up to forty employees at single location, or multiple locations when used with the LightEdge WAN IP product.

“The launch of this product is really pivotal for our business right now. We’ve been searching for ways to take our managed Voice-over-IP services and make it available for the masses,” said Jim Masterson, chairman and CEO of LightEdge Solutions. “By managing the DSL loop from end to end we can give small and medium-sized businesses access to a level of service and scalability that is just not available through another VoIP provider.”

LightEdge will offer the VoDSL services in several speeds with a maximum bandwidth of 7 Mbps. Customer location will determine eligibility and speeds available for the service. VoDSL will initially be offered in Minneapolis, Des Moines and Omaha, with additional markets available in the near future.

For more information about LightEdge VoIP-over-DSL services for your business, contact 1.877.771.3343 or info@lightedge.com.

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Jajah Hits 10 Millionth Mark and Joins Yahoo To Provide Voice 2.0 to Yahoo IM Clients!

Jajah, the voice 2.0 provider reached the globe and signed their 10 millionth customer. This is in two years folks (we reported about the Jajah in 2006 as a disruptive technology) and the last years count was 2 million. This is as serious as it gets. It is not only us but Yahoo has also seen the capabilities of Jajah and will be utilizing the JAJAH to provide voice services for Yahoo IM users, closer to 100 million of them!

So what else have Jajah folks done? Quite a bit since I checked out few months ago. JAJAH has opened up their platform for outsiders under the name JAJAH Managed Services, they are known as, “a turnkey telephony service, with everything from network services to billing incorporated in the package.”

Way to go Jajah!

(Disclaimer, I am a Jajah customer)

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Oracle and ZTE Extend Alliance To Market And Develop IP-based communications services.

BEIJING, China, April 21, 2008 - Oracle and ZTE today announced that they have extended their alliance in connection with the marketing and development of service delivery platform (SDP) offerings in China and globally.

Oracle is the global #1 communications software vendor and ZTE is a leading global provider of communications equipment and network solutions. Demonstrating its strong enabler capabilities, ZTE is already a supplier of unified software platform to application providers, offering a strong management portal to provide flexible and complete access to applications, as well as asset management functionalities. Oracle and ZTE will leverage their complementary strengths in communications and enterprise software to collaborate in the development of an SDP blueprint and proof-of-concept. Both parties will work with additional partners to enrich the total SDP solution.

The current Oracle® Service Delivery Platform (SDP) offering is an extremely comprehensive, standards based software environment for creating new IP-based communications services. Oracle SDP extends the Oracle Fusion Middleware family of products to include a J2EE and SOA-based development and deployment environment designed to streamline the introduction of new communications services such as VoIP, IMS and software-based telephony services. A key component of Oracle's SDP solution is the Oracle Communication and Mobility Server, which provides the underlying software infrastructure and services that make a host of carrier-grade telephony and multi-media services possible using cost-effective, high-volume hardware components.

By using carrier-grade J2EE as its basis for the Service Delivery Platform, the Oracle-ZTE SDP blueprint will enable a standards-based environment for the design, development, deployment, and management of services that lie at the heart of IT and network convergence. The Oracle-ZTE SDP offering will help support the full life cycle of next-generation data services, starting from design and development all the way through deployment, management and service upgrades.

Communications and information technologies are rapidly converging. Confronted with huge infrastructure costs, communications service providers need to develop new high value services faster to recoup their investments. At the same time, they have to deal with eroding revenue streams from traditional services such as voice, and overcome fierce market competition. It is essential to be able to rationalize the service provider's environment to build, deploy and manage services as well as facilitate the development of new attractive services by third-party partner service providers. The SDP development between Oracle and ZTE will help future-proof the infrastructure investment made by the communications service provider.

Chen Jie, Senior Vice President of ZTE, said, "ZTE places great emphasis on SDP as a key strategic solution. In future, all ZTE's products will be developed on the SDP architecture. The collaboration with Oracle will help allow mutual sharing of development, sales and marketing resources, and make our products more competitive globally. Both Oracle and ZTE will be able to replicate joint successes globally to enhance future revenue potential. We believe this effort will also help more communications service providers go to market quickly with comprehensive services, quicken cost recovery and returns on their infrastructure investments."

Dr Li Weiming, Vice President of Japan and Asia Pacific, Oracle Communications, said, "Communications service providers face upward pressure and complex challenges as they seek to rapidly launch and profit from IP services. Oracle and ZTE aim to provide and arm service providers worldwide with a common open, and standards-based platform upon which they can build new IP services as well as transition traditional non-IP services. This flexibility will allow a quantum leap in time to market and help reduce operational costs."

Stanley Chew, Vice President, Technology Sales for Greater China, Oracle, said, "ZTE has been a key strategic Oracle partner leveraging our technology products for the past several years. The signing of the Strategic SDP Collaboration Agreement is yet another significant milestone and represents the commitment of both Oracle and ZTE to further our partnership with the goal of improving our value proposition to the Communications market. Oracle is looking forward to achieving SDP success with ZTE in China and on a global basis.

Media Contact:
Margrete Ma
ZTE Corporation
Tel: +86 755 26775207
Email: ma.gaili@zte.com.cn

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High Performance Network IPS From IBM And Crossbeam

ARMONK, NY and BOXBOROUGH, MA - 22 Apr 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Crossbeam Systems, Inc., today announced a high-performance network intrusion prevention solution. This solution is designed to protect today's high speed networks and allows both enterprises and telecommunications carriers to confidently deploy their next-generation networks with security that keeps pace with the performance of the network.

The new solution, IBM Proventia Network IPS for Crossbeam, extends the IBM Proventia Network Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) offering to the Crossbeam X-Series Next Generation Security Platform. IBM Proventia IPS solutions are based on the proactive security intelligence of the IBM X-Force® research and development team -- the unequivocal world authority in vulnerability and threat research. Both telecommunications carriers and large enterprises will realize compelling benefits.

* Large Enterprises can now help protect their 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) networks with vulnerability-based network protection from IBM. Network protection scales up to 40 Gbps by simply adding additional IBM Proventia Network IPS modules to a Crossbeam chassis. Now, large enterprises can design world-class protection into their new high- performance networks rather than leaving security as an afterthought.
* Carriers can now enhance the protection of their high-performance Next Generation Networks and safeguard their new Internet-based services, such as VoIP and IPTV that demand reliable and scalable protection. The new solution also provides a platform for telecommunications carriers to offer on-demand security services based on IBM Proventia Network IPS to their customers.

Both enterprises and telecommunication carriers can integrate the IBM Proventia Network IPS with firewalls and other security applications on the Crossbeam X-Series chassis. The IBM Proventia Network IPS, in the Crossbeam chassis, combines with a traditional firewall to deliver the advanced protection of a next-generation firewall. Overall, this solution complements the portfolio of IBM Proventia Network IPS solutions that protects both carrier networks and every layer of an enterprise network -- core, perimeter and remote segments.

"Crossbeam has a loyal customer base with thousands of X-Series platforms deployed in the market running firewalls today," said Greg Adams, IBM business line executive for network protection solutions. "This IBM/Crossbeam solution allows enterprises and carriers to leverage their previous investments in Crossbeam to quickly deploy a leading network IPS while managing the firewall and IPS as a single solution."

For enterprises, the IBM/Crossbeam solution also enables the adoption of next-generation security architectures predicated on "asset-based security." Security personnel can intelligently and dynamically deploy IBM Proventia Network IPS-based security services to specific assets or network segments. This strengthens overall network security, simplifies security management and radically reduces the physical footprint of security infrastructure, which is an important component of green data-center initiatives. IBM delivers managed services for this offering to provide clients with the choice of relying on IBM expertise for the management and execution of their network protection strategies.

The Crossbeam X-Series is a next-generation security platform that enables 40 Gbps of network IPS throughput, five times the performance of traditional appliances in use today. The X-Series also provides "single-box" carrier-class redundancy and availability, helping to achieve uninterrupted IPS services.

"The IBM/Crossbeam solution unleashes the full capabilities of the Crossbeam Next Generation Security Platform, providing an open system network IPS solution that is purpose-built for high-performance security environments," said Jim Freeze, vice president of marketing at Crossbeam. "Our customers can now address the growing demand for in-the-cloud security services and enable intelligent, centralized management of security according to the their unique requirements."

The IBM and Crossbeam solution will be available in May. For more information on pricing and product details, please call (978) 318-7500 or visit www.crossbeam.com/company/contact.php.

IBM is the world's leading provider of risk and security solutions. Clients around the world work with IBM to help reduce the complexities of security and strategically manage risk. IBM's experience and range of risk and security solutions are unsurpassed -- from dedicated research, software, hardware, services and global business partner value -- helping clients secure business operations and implement company-wide, integrated risk management programs.
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Monday, April 28, 2008

What comes after Petabyte? It is a Tape Drive (not)

What is an Exabyte? When I saw this title on a post at one of my favorite blogs, SP360 that VoIP IP Telephony connects to, although I first had the exabyte tapedrive in my mind, I brain was already questioning what Cisco or SP360 got to do with a tape drive. After reading the article What is an Exabyte? and then the follow up, now I know that;
Cisco's global IP Traffic Growth study is forecasting 29 exabytes of IP Traffic per month or nearly 350 exabytes per year by 2011.

At Home, the story is video, video, video. Here are some video’s effects as a driver of bandwidth growth.

• Three years from now, Internet video will be six times what it is today, and twenty times what it was in 2006.
• In 2011, online video will generate 1 billion DVDs worth of traffic each month.
• Online video will drive 30% of consumer Internet traffic by 2011.

At Work, new business services and applications will drive the growth:
• By 2010, telepresence will generate more traffic than the entire US Internet backbone in 2000.

On the Move: the coming ubiquity of Mobile Data
• Mobile data traffic in 2011 will be sixteen times what it is today.

I already knew that an exabyte (derived from the SI prefix exa-) is a unit of information or computer storage equal to one quintillion bytes. It is commonly abbreviated EB. When used with byte multiples, the SI prefix may indicate a power of either 1000 or 1024, so the exact number may be either:

* 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes — 1000,6 , or 1018, or
* 1,152,921,504,606,846,976 bytes — 10246, or 260.
Here is a little table;
10241 K kilo Ki kibi
10242 M mega Mi mebi
10243 G giga Gi gibi
10244 T tera Ti tebi
10245 P peta Pi pebi
10246 E exa Ei exbi
10247 Z zetta Zi zebi
10248 Y yotta Yi yobi

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AT&T And Cisco Joins Hands To Provide Intercompany Cisco TelePresence For Businesses Around The World

If you have seen those nice out of the TV advertisements by Cisco and wondered if it is real, the answer is at hand. AT&T has become the first service provider to deliver Cisco Telepresence around the world. In these times of uncertain economy and high priced traveling, companies will be able help the company's bottom line.

The venture partner AT&T will bring, in addition to a bigger sales force, the capability to enables video conferencing among multiple corporate customers and partners, instead of intra-company use as it is now popular.

Cisco and AT&T will start selling the joint service in the second half of 2008 in 23 countries, and expand into more countries in 2009. It will be sold as a corporate telecommunications service, including remote help and on-site equipment maintenance, rather than a one-off equipment sale.

Following is the press release;

SAN ANTONIO, April 21, 2008 - AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) today announced global plans to deliver the industry's first, fully managed Cisco TelePresence solution that allows companies to connect to their customers, suppliers and partners worldwide.

The new offer - AT&T Telepresence Solution - is a highly scalable solution that creates unique, 'in-person' experiences with the simplicity of a phone call. The AT&T Telepresence Solution will also provide a "meet-me" feature that enables intercompany connectivity - a key component and industry-first feature that distinguishes the AT&T solution from any other telepresence offer available today.

The AT&T Telepresence Solution is expected to be available in the second half of 2008 in 23 countries, with additional countries planned for 2009. AT&T and Cisco have started early trials with key customers. Sales teams from AT&T and Cisco will target U.S.-based multinational companies and selected companies headquartered outside of the U.S. in their initial efforts.

AT&T and Cisco have joined forces to enable the growth and use of telepresence technology among businesses and organizations. Today's announcement is the first of what is expected to be many industry-leading innovations to be introduced by AT&T and Cisco.

AT&T and Cisco have agreed to combine the innovative Cisco TelePresence solution with AT&T's Internet Protocol (IP) network and Virtual Private Network (VPN) capabilities to create new ways for companies to collaborate and conduct global business across industries that will include health care, high-tech, retail and government.

"The AT&T Telepresence Solution is the latest example of how we're helping enterprises to improve 'business velocity' by enabling them to move quicker and make better business decisions," said Ronald E. Spears, AT&T group president of Global Business Services. "Customers can take advantage of the power of the AT&T network and our expertise in providing world-class services to enjoy the multitude of benefits of this fully immersive collaboration technology."

The AT&T Telepresence Solution enables businesses to interact and collaborate with others, delivering life-size images via full-high-definition video (1080p) and spatial audio within a specially designed environment. This creates the experience of being in the same room with remote participants, whether they are down the street or around the world. The solution also features concierge service, which complements common enterprise calendaring applications for scheduling and an easy-to-use telephone interface to launch calls with just the push of a button.

AT&T is focused on developing industry-specific applications for telepresence across a range of industries - including health care, high-tech, retail and government - to generate new revenue and growth possibilities for businesses while also helping them reduce costs and improve productivity. For example, the retail industry, which faces constant margins pressure and complex sales ecosystems, is continually seeking ways to accelerate time to market while increasing efficiencies in the supply chain. The AT&T Telepresence Solution will offer retailers an opportunity to collaborate in real time with their designers, merchants and manufacturers all over the world to create and modify products and processes in order to drive time-to-market advantages and improve competitive positions.

Three-screen and one-screen site options will be available, based on Cisco TelePresence System 3000 and Cisco TelePresence System 1000 endpoints.

In addition, the AT&T Telepresence Solution provides AT&T-owned Cisco TelePresence equipment, installation, full monitoring and management of the application, network provisioning (including AT&T VPN transport), remote help desk service and on-site equipment maintenance and repair.

"AT&T is playing a critical role in the delivery of intercompany Cisco TelePresence to the more than 750 Cisco TelePresence room footprint worldwide," said Marthin De Beer, senior vice president for Emerging Technologies at Cisco. "AT&T is the first provider of a complete intercompany solution based on our TelePresence system, using the IP network as a platform."

"We currently have 11 Cisco TelePresence sites set up in AT&T offices throughout the U.S., with plans to expand globally in the coming year," said Spears. "We're already seeing tremendous value from the ability to bring our management team together for face to face meetings on a regular basis, even though they are scattered across the country. Not only are we saving time and expense associated with travel, but we are much more productive. When we implement the intercompany telepresence capability, we expect to quickly start using it to build closer relationships with our key customers throughout the world."

As part of its work with Cisco, AT&T has received the Cisco Powered TelePresence Connection Certification for its IP VPN service. The Cisco TelePresence Connection certification process goes beyond static measurements of network performance and is based on industry standards with regard to staffing, verification, processes and tools. The process works to ensure that the network meets requirements for the quality of service, performance and reliability levels to support Cisco TelePresence applications. The AT&T IP VPN service is at the heart of the world's largest global business service network. AT&T has more than 50 Tier 1 points of presences (PoPs) outside the U.S. and is the largest service provider in the United States. With more than 3,700 service nodes supporting Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)-based services in 143 countries, AT&T's vast global network carries 14.5 petabytes of data traffic on an average business day.

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Apple Killer, AK, A touch Screen BlackBerry From RIM

Endgadget gives us a glimpse of what is said to be coming from RIM aiming to kill Apple iPhone phenomenon. New York Times is also talking about quest for blackberry!
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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Matrix IP PBX From India Uses Utilizes The DSP Chip-level Multimedia Processing Solution From Surf

Even though all telecommunications giants are mostly in USA, Japan and Europe, there are other sources getting together to provide VoIP solutions to the masses. Israel based Surf Communication solutions and India based telecommunications equipment manufacturer, Matrix Telecom have come together to produce one of the best IP PBX solutions. Following is the press release;

Yokne'am, Israel (ANTARA News/PRNewswire-AsiaNet) - The Surf DSP chip is a complete media processing solution offering simultaneous support for multimedia convergence - Voice, Video, Data (Fax/Modem) - all running on a single DSP

Surf Communication Solutions ("Surf"), a leading provider of multimedia embedded processing solutions, announced today that Matrix Telecom Pvt. Limited ("Matrix"), an India-based company that designs, develops, manufactures and deploys telecomsolutions, has selected Surf's DSP chip-level multimedia processing solution, the Surf DSP-24(TM), for inclusion in two new products: a VoIP gateway and an IP PBX solution.

Matrix's feature-rich 32-ports VFX32 VoIP gateway utilizes the Surf DSP-24 to offer IP connectivity with excellent audio quality for analog phones, legacy PBX systems and analog faxes. It is scalable for lower configurations and various FXS and FXO
combinations can be achieved which will help customers to get the lower configuration as per their need.

The Matrix IP PBX offers a complete solution to meet the requirements of voice communication for businesses with multiple locations, traveling employees, and/or home-office networks. The incorporation of Surf's versatile yet powerful DSP-based multimedia processing platform allows the Matrix IP PBX handle high densities for a variety of codecs over converged networks.

The Matrix IP PBX is SIP-based and supports a wide range of telephony applications, such as Voice Mail, Auto Attendant, Call Forward, Call Transfer, Call Park, Call Pick up, Do not Disturb, Hunting Call/Department Call, Time Based Call Routing, Number Based Call Routing/ Least Cost Routing, and Least Cost Routing for multiple ITSP as per defined priority for cost saving.

In addition, the Matrix IP PBX supports RADIUS client protocol which allows the IP PBX to store/log calls in the remote server and provide DDI routing and CLI-based routing.

The Surf DSP-24, based on Texas Instruments' C64x(TM) DSP generation, is a media processing solution offering simultaneous support for multimedia convergence-Voice, Video, and Data (Fax/Modem) -all running on a single DSP.

Equipment manufacturers who develop Media Gateways, IP PBX, CTI products, and other media-over-packet applications find this solution ideal and optimized for their requirements, as well as quick and easy to integrate into their hardware designs. All Surf products support an easy migration path from voice to video, since the same API supports all media types.

"We chose Surf's solution for its ability to support triple-play voice, video and fax/modem on the same platform, which will help us to expand our product range and features in the future," said Mr Ganesh Jivani, CEO, Matrix Telecom. "In addition, the comprehensive documentation set and sample applications were instrumental in achieving fast time-to-market for both products."

"The competition couldn't match the densities or price of the C6424-based Surf platform," stated Ashvin Navadia, Sourcing Manager, Matrix Telecom.

"We are pleased to be selected as Matrix's DSP supplier," said Eli Nakash, Surf's Sales Director, APAC. "This project demonstrates how Surf's multimedia processing expertise and dedicated customer care enable the rapid development of a variety of feature-rich, scalable solutions."

For more information, visit www.matrixtelesol.com.

Contact Information SURF Communication Solutions Eli Nakash, Director of Sales, APAC Tel: +972 (0)73 714 0700 e-mail: eli@surf-com.com
Matrix Telecom Pvt. Limited Ashvin Navadia, Sourcing Manager
Tel: +91 265 2630555 e-mail: Ashvin.Navadia@MatrixTeleSol.com

SOURCE: Surf Communication Solutions Ltd -0- 04/24/2008
CONTACT: Eli Nakash, Director of Sales, APAC, of SURF Communication Solutions, +972 (0)73 714 0700, eli@surf-com.com; or Ashvin Navadia, Sourcing Manager of Matrix Telecom Pvt. Limited, +91 265 2630555, Ashvin.Navadia@MatrixTeleSol.com
Web Site: http://www.surf-com.com

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Jeff Pulver Resigns From Pulvermedia.

With these words, Jeff Pulver has resigned from Pulvermedia;
"I resigned from Pulvermedia

Just wanted to share the news that I have resigned as a director from PulverMedia. And I am not able to say anything else nor can I address any questions about this."

Whatever the reasons, I have known Jeff long enough to trust that it is not his fault. I attended my first VON, because of Jeff. Not PulverMedia.

Posted for RavenII

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GrandCentral 2.0

GrandCentral, that I use with a bunch of my startup friends, and so far very happy with the service. I myself started using the GrandCentral Service as far back as 2006. Now GrandCentral is planing for a new release according to blog post by co-founder Craig Walker. He mentions that while he cannot divulge the details, for us to expect great many things. At the same time, Craig is asking for requests, feature requests, from you.
I got the news via Andy Abramson's VoIP Watch
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Qwest Launches Qwest Connect® Quantum and Qwest Connect® Titanium – with connection speeds of up to 20 Mbps and 12 Mbps

On Thursday Qwest Communications introduced two new high speed fiber-optic Internet services, Qwest Connect Platinum and Qwest Connect Titanium. Platinum is offered at 20/1 Mbps while Titanium has a top speed of 12/1 Mbps, 1 means 1Mbps upload capacity. Qwest plans a phased roll-out in 23 of its top markets in 10 states.
Following is description given on the qwest website;

    Qwest Connect® Quantum: For the serious broadband user.
    With connection speeds up to 20Mbps:
  • Watch box office hits; download a movie in as little as 6 minutes
  • Open high-resolution photographs in mere seconds
  • Play graphic-intense, multi-player games with ease
    Qwest Connect® Titanium: Great speed at a great price—less than $50/mo
    With connection speeds up to 12Mbps:
  • Listen to streaming music
  • Send large graphic files
  • Make crisp video calls with a clear picture

Press Release.
DENVER, April 24, 2008 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today launched a new generation of fiber-optic Internet services that provide unprecedented speed, value and capabilities to residential and small-business customers. Qwest Connect® Quantum and Qwest Connect® Titanium – with connection speeds of up to 20 Mbps and 12 Mbps, respectively – are the latest Internet services powered by Qwest's ongoing fiber to the neighborhood (FTTN) network expansion. In a phased roll-out of Quantum and Titanium, Qwest is introducing the blazing-fast connection speeds in 23 of its top markets, as well as the best overall value for super high-speed Internet in its residential service territory.

Qwest Connect Quantum and Titanium services are well-suited for customers looking for higher speeds to download multimedia files like music, videos and photos, online gaming and file-sharing, as well as business customers looking to maximize productivity with light-speed downloading of large files and documents.

The new super-fast connection speeds of Qwest Connect Quantum and Titanium offer the advanced, customizable capabilities and security features of Windows Live™. In addition, Qwest ranked highest in customer satisfaction in the West region in the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Internet Service Provider (ISP) Residential Customer Satisfaction Study.

Quantum's 20 Mbps connection speed allows faster access to content than ever before, enabling customers to surf the Web as quickly and easily as they change TV channels. For example, with Quantum customers can download:

* a 2-hour movie in as little as 6 minutes
* 30 songs in as little as 1 minute

"Our customers tell us that they want more speed, capability and value in their connections. Qwest listened and has developed the Quantum and Titanium services that really change the game when it comes to today’s online experience," said Dan Yost, executive vice president of product for Qwest. "Qwest has committed to spend up to $300 million to bring the latest in fiber-optic technology closer to the customer than ever before, and we're ahead of schedule on our goal to make this service available to two million customers by the end of this year."

Qwest Connect Quantum & Qwest Connect Titanium: Service Features, Pricing, Availability

* Qwest Connect Quantum: This is a premium fiber-optic Internet service with connection speeds of up to 20 Mbps, for lightning-quick broadband access for a bundled price of $99.99 per month. This is the fastest connection speed available in most cities in the Qwest residential service region. Quantum is designed for serious broadband users who want to optimize speed for streaming video, high-resolution photography, file-sharing, online gaming and other bandwidth-intensive applications. Quantum is backed by Qwest’s Price for Life and 100% 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantees.

* Qwest Connect Titanium: With connection speeds of up to 12 Mbps for a bundled price of only $46.99 per month, along with the Price for Life and 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantees, Titanium is the best value available in the Qwest residential service region. The service offers super-high speeds ideal for customers interested in online music, video and keeping in touch with friends and family. At less than $50 per month, Titanium offers robust speed at the best value.

* Availability: Qwest Connect Quantum and Titanium will be available in 23 of Qwest's top markets across 10 states in 2008 as Qwest continues to execute its phased rollout of fiber-optic technology to the neighborhood. Customers can go to www.qwest.com and enter their zip code or phone number to check availability and sign up for notifications regarding the availability of the faster speeds in their neighborhoods.

Qwest Connect Quantum and Titanium complement Qwest's full portfolio of existing Internet services, giving Qwest the fastest and most valuable set of Internet options available in most cities where it provides residential service. As Qwest continues its phased FTTN rollout, the portfolio will expand to accommodate the rapidly changing bandwidth needs of customers. Qwest will use its fiber-optic network as a platform for its vision to deliver integrated communications and entertainment services to customers at home, at work and on the go.

Visit www.qwest.com/fiberoptic for more details.
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For Immediate Release: News Media Contact:
April 23, 2008 Rosemary Kimball at (202) 418-0511
E-mail: rosemary.kimball@fcc.gov

The Commission has released the agenda for the April 29, 2008, Stakeholder Workshop on solutions for implementing a ten-digit numbering plan for Internet-based forms of telecommunications relay service (TRS), including Video Relay Service (VRS) and IP Relay. The Stakeholder Workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at FCC Headquarters, 445 12th St., SW, Washington, DC. The agenda is attached.

Participants will include industry stakeholders, consumer advocates, technical experts, and emergency call handling representatives. The Stakeholder Workshop is open to the public and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Stakeholder Workshop will be webcast live and also archived for later viewing. Access to the webcast, and additional information concerning the webcast, is available at http://www.fcc.gov/realaudio/. Open captioning will be provided for the webcast. During the workshop, the public can e-mail questions for the participants to numberingworkshop@fcc.gov.
Pursuant to section 1.1206 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.1206, the Stakeholder Workshop is part of a permit-but-disclose proceeding in which ex parte presentations are subject to disclosure. Notice of the Stakeholder Workshop and information on accessing the webcast will be placed in the public record.
Reasonable Accommodations
Open captioning and sign language interpreters will be provided for this event. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the accommodation you will need including as much detail as you can. Also include a way we can contact you if we need more information. Make your request as early as possible. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may not be possible to fill. Send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau. For reasonable accommodations: 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).
More Information
For more information about the Stakeholder Workshop, please contact Alan Amann at (866) 284-1485 (voice), Alan.Amann@fcc.gov or Gregory Hlibok at (800) 311-4381(voice), Gregory.Hlibok@fcc.gov.
To request this document, or other materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).

Numbering Solutions Stakeholder Workshop
April 29, 2008
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The format of the workshop will be a roundtable discussion and will include industry stakeholders, consumer advocates, technical experts, and emergency call handling representatives. The agenda for the workshop follows below.

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Cathy Seidel, Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Overview of the Numbering Proposals on the Record
Industry representatives will provide a detailed overview of the specific numbering proposals submitted to the record to date.

Facilitator: Nick Alexander, Wireline Competition Bureau

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. The Consumers’ Perspective
Consumer representatives will share their feedback and responses to the numbering proposals submitted to the record to date. Questions from the audience will be invited.

Facilitators: Nicole McGinnis, Deputy Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
Julie Veach, Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. Roundtable Discussion on Technical and Operational Issues

Industry representatives and technical experts will discuss the technical and operational issues posed by the specific numbering proposals submitted to the record to date. Such issues include consumers’ access to telephone numbers, number portability, privacy of consumer information, emergency call handling, routing database management, cost, and speed of implementation. Questions from the audience will be invited.

Facilitators: Dana Shaffer, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau

3:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Cathy Seidel, Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau

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Mobile Virtualization, Motorola Joins The Party

SCHAUMBURG, Illinois. — April 21, 2008 – Motorola, Inc. through Motorola Ventures, its strategic venture capital arm, announced today it made an equity investment in VirtualLogix, a maker of virtualization software for communications devices and infrastructure equipment. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.

VirtualLogix is a leader in real-time virtualization—an innovative technology that is shaping the future for communications devices and equipment. Their technology enables the mobility of applications from the desktop to devices, improves quality of service and security in an open mobile world, and will enable a new generation of dynamic individual user experiences.

“As the mobile eco-system grows increasingly complex, demand for simplified product designs that allow dynamic mobile experiences to run across multiple platforms will intensify,” said Reese Schroeder, managing director, Motorola Ventures. “Virtualization offers a solution to this complexity. Our investment in VirtualLogix will help accelerate the delivery of their technology to next-generation communications devices and infrastructure equipment.”

“As virtualization moves out from the datacenter and into everyday front-end connected devices, our connected world will require the delivery of efficient, secure and customizable user experiences,” said Peter Richards, CEO of VirtualLogix. “To meet this demand, leading electronics manufacturers are looking to leverage the VirtualLogix technology to create products with improved security, manageability and customization.”

Motorola joins VirtualLogix’s current investors Atlas Venture, Cisco Systems, DFJ Esprit, Index Ventures, Intel Capital and Texas Instruments.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

NEC UNIVERGE® Platform for IP Telephony And Unified Communications Deployed At New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union (NMEFCU)

IRVING, TX, April 23, 2007 — NEC Unified Solutions, Inc., a global leader in enterprise business communications, today announced that the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union (NMEFCU) in Albuquerque, NM, a 25-year NEC customer, has begun unifying its business processes for enhanced customer service and internal communications using NEC’s IP-based UNIVERGE® infrastructure and productivity-enhancing unified communications (UC) applications.

“Staying with NEC long-term has been the wisest move. At every turn, they’ve helped us respond to challenges, and we have benefited from NEC’s migration path and from IP telephony’s value proposition,” said Kevin Murphy, vice president of information technology for NMEFCU. “By migrating our communications infrastructure to IP, we improve the user experience for our employees with productivity tools such as unified messaging, plus we simplify the management of our systems and save costs by eliminating a T1 line at nearly every branch location.”

Serving more than 100,000 members statewide, the credit union had been using NEC’s UNIVERGE NEAX® 2400 digital PBX system since the 1980s. Over time, the reliable system served NMEFCU’s Albuquerque headquarters and 12 branch locations well. But by the early 2000s, the credit union had explored options to modernize its communications and was more than ready to execute its first IP telephony rollouts.

Today, the credit union’s IP communications solution consists of the UNIVERGE NEAX 2400 IPX with FUSION Call Control Signaling, which allows the system to network between offices. The system includes NEC Dterm IP phones and NEAXMail® AD-120, a Microsoft® Windows®-based unified messaging for mid-to-large enterprises. Unified messaging allows employees to retrieve voice, e-mail and fax messages in a single inbox.

The credit union also added solutions developed by trusted third-party vendors participating in the UNIVERGE Solutions Partner Program. These include IP voice recording from Wygant (now TeleDirect International) and an Interactive Voice Response system from Technology For Business (TFB).

“With our UNIVERGE360 communications model, we’re helping customers improve their own business processes with the next generation of NEC communications infrastructure and applications. At the same time, NEC has a history of providing solutions that give customers a clear migration path and ease of maintenance,” said Don Fiorentino, vice president of western division sales for NEC Unified Solutions. “Leveraging NEC’s expertise, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union is able to enhance communications with a blend of NEC’s latest UNIVERGE technologies and the same reliable NEC switching infrastructure that served the institution well for 20 years.”

For information about this case study and NEC’s unified communications, IP voice, mobility solutions, managed and professional services and more, visit www.necunified.com.
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Digium and Dicar Joins To Provide SMB VoIP and telephony Services.

Dicar released the following news item to celebrate the selection of the firm by Digium to be a Digium Select Partner. This relationship will look to fill the needs of small and medium business (SMB) VoIP and Telephony needs with Digium solutions, specially the Switchvox IP PBX products.

SAN JOSE, CA – April 21, 2008 – Demonstrating their commitment to provide the world with full-featured telephony systems at low price points, Digium and Dicar Networks are joining forces to impact the world of VoIP and telephony in California.

Recognizing that small and medium businesses have unique communication needs, this powerful duo will promote the latest generation of Switchvox IP PBX products, providing advanced communication systems with greater flexibility and freedom.

“We are thrilled to be chosen as Digium’s select partner,” announced Dicar Networks CEO Armando Garcia. “Switchvox is an exceptional product, backed by a world-class organization,”

Switchvox, being compatible with today’s high speed data networks and traditional telephony infrastructure is allowing businesses to say goodbye to cumbersome monolithic PBX systems of the past - giving smaller organizations the ability to grow from a single office into a global network, without breaking the bank.

“It seems unfathomable that in order to get something better, businesses are replacing expensive systems like Avaya with a solution that costs half as much, but that’s exactly what’s happening,” said Dicar Networks CEO Armando Garcia.

This new generation of Switchvox is a highly advanced telephone solution that provides an innovative bridge between a business phone system and the power of Web 2.0. The switchboard which runs right in your web browser (IE or Firefox) has been proven to save time, save money and provide enhanced customer service.

Receptionists can see who’s on the phone, transfer calls quickly and easily using drag and drop, as well as park and retrieve calls from the parking lot. Supervisors can see which employees are on the phone, know who they are talking to, as well as record and monitor calls.

Salespeople can integrate with Salesforce.com and SugarCRM for more efficient Customer Relations Management. Switchvox even integrates with Google Maps, placing a map pin to identify where a call originated, thus allowing businesses to provide locally relevant information in seconds.

And, if employees find themselves performing routine tasks when a phone call comes in, Switchvox can be set to automatically look up and display important information, such as recent orders or accounting data – ensuring that front line personnel are prepared and well-informed. Clearly, advantages that a growing business will find hard to resist.

For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release (or for more information) visit http://www.dicarnetworks.com.
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Monday, April 21, 2008

New Google Service, GOOG-411, The New Yellow Book!

Myadlets is reporting what might be another Google Advertising tool to come. This time it is bringing that good old phone book to the fore. Many others have tried to automate this service before. In fact one my first telephony application was dial in to find music venues and clubs in Los Angeles. Before even even we could lift our hands from equipment racks and IVR servers, someone bought the whole thing.
But I have a feeling that this is going to hold. Now the service is available only in USA and I am sure just like other Google initiatives, this will travel to other countries.
MyADLETS: GOOG-411, The New Yellow Book!

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Skype Unlimited Calling Plan Will Cover Over Third Of The World.

Is Skype becoming a global monopoly? what ever the answer to the question is, this news and the rates tend to push Skype towards positive side of users and thus in the eyes of investors. This announcement of contract less calling plans might appeal to more people. Here is the news release;

Luxembourg, 21st April, 2008 – Skype announced unlimited* calling today to over a third of the world’s population with the launch of its new calling subscriptions. The new subscriptions signal the first time Skype has offered a single, monthly flat rate for international calling to landline numbers in 34 countries.

The new subscriptions have no long-term contract. You can make calls whenever you want – at any time of the day, on any day of the week. From today, you can choose from three types of subscription – from unlimited calls to landlines in the country of your choice through to landlines in 34 destination countries worldwide.

Stefan Oberg, VP & GM telecoms at Skype said, “This move is a natural step for Skype. Skype was founded on the principle of making free voice and video calls available to people all around the world. And now we’re making it even easier for the Skype community to call their friends and family who are not yet on Skype. Our subscriptions give people an easy, hassle-free choice for how and when they want to catch up with their loved ones.”

Oberg continued, “For example if you live in London, for just €2.95 a month, you can call your grandmother in Poland, whenever you like, talk for up to six hours at a time, and not worry about how much it’s costing you. Your grandmother doesn’t need to understand the internet. You just use your Skype subscription to make the call and she just picks up the phone. And if you have friends and family spread over the world, you can reach them all for as little as €8.95 a month. When you combine the free features Skype is known for – from instant messaging to conference calling to video calls – with our subscriptions, it’s hard to find a better alternative.”

309 million people all over the world use Skype in all sorts of ways – whether it’s a weekly video call with a sister in Paris or sending an instant message to a college friend in Tokyo or calling a business contact overseas.

To purchase a subscription, simply go to skype.com/go/subscriptions for more details. If you purchase one of the new subscriptions for a 3-month or 12-month period before June 1st 2008, you will receive a further 33% discount.

About Skype’s calling subscriptions:

Skype users around the world can choose to subscribe to any one of the following calling subscriptions based on their individual calling needs:

Table taken out. You can find the rates at Skype.

You will only pay one flat monthly fee. There are no hidden costs or additional connection charges.

In parallel with our new subscriptions, Skype continues to offer its Pay As You Go option. Put as little as €10 on your Skype account and you can call whoever you want, whenever you want at very low rates.

*Unlimited calling: all calls are subject to Skype’s fair usage policy which is set at 10,000 minutes per month (which equates to more than 5 hours of calling per day). Calls to premium, non-geographic and other special numbers are excluded.

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diversifEye10G™ From Shenick Network Systems Selected by Sandvine To Test performance of its 10-Gbps policy solutions platform.

Shenick's diversifEye is used to test performance of Sandvines 10-Gbps policy solutions.

Dublin, Ireland - April 21, 2008 - Shenick Network Systems announced that its award-winning diversifEye10G™, has been selected by Sandvine, a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions, to test performance of its 10-Gbps policy solutions platform for DSL, cable, wireless and emerging service providers.

With diversifEye10G, Shenick provides Sandvine with the degree of granularity required to test overall performance and quality of service (QoS) control for its intelligent broadband network solutions. The ability to drill down to each application flow (P2P, video, VoD, VoIP, Web browsing) is critical for traffic management and guaranteeing subscriber quality of experience (QoE). Shenick provides an excellent fit for Sandvine because its test system can accurately emulate and analyze each and every flow

Sandvine solutions allow carriers to reach new levels of IP service control when delivering QoS for multimedia applications such as video and VoIP. Delay-sensitive applications such as VoIP compete with bandwidth-intensive applications such as peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing to impact subscriber experience. Sandvine provides highly granular and real-time visibility into services and performance, right down to individual application flows to ensure high quality delivery of all applications.

Brad Siim, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, Engineering for Sandvine said, “Sandvine’s products are relied upon to provide per flow QoS control for the optimal user Internet experience. Utilizing the per-flow test capabilities and high performance of diversifEye10G, we are able to ensure we deliver this high level of service to our customers.”

Robert Winters, Shenick CMO said, “Sandvine gives value to the market by concurrently managing a huge array of network traffic applications at the most granular level possible. Shenick provides Sandvine with a high performance, per-flow test system that aligns perfectly with their policy management needs.”

Shenick’s diversifEye10G is a completely integrated high performance 10Gbps test system that provides both network operators and communications equipment manufacturers with the ability to create and test the most realistic converged IP application usage scenarios covering quality of service, functional verification, high load and key performance limitations, and individual subscriber experience on a per-flow basis.

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DC-SIP Completes SIPit22 Interoperability Test

London, UK: April 21, 2008. Data Connection Limited (DCL), the world's leading independent provider of communications protocol software, announced today that it has successfully participated in the SIPit22 interoperability test event, which was held on April 14-18 at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab in Durham, NH. DCL brought its market leading portable SIP stack, DC-SIP, to the event along with its SigComp toolkit, a complementary product for DC-SIP that allows signaling transmission in bandwidth constrained environments, such as wireless or mobile applications.

DC-SIP is a complete package of portable source code, reference applications and designs, test applications, and customization tools. Used by many of the world's largest manufacturers of VoIP, Multimedia, and IMS equipment, DC-SIP leverages a highly available and scalable architecture.

The goal of the SIPit events is to refine both the SIP protocol and the implementations of the numerous companies participating. The week-long event, which is held twice a year, enables participating vendors to prove interoperability with as many other vendors as possible. SIPit22 had over 70 SIP implementations including application servers, B2BUAs, Proxies, and end points.

Data Connection is a frequent participant in SIPit testing having attended 12 of the last 15 events. Data Connection utilizes the testing to advance interoperability and strengthen its latest enhancements to DC-SIP.

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CableNET® 2008 Highlights, Tru2way™ and Advanced Video Demos

Louisville, Colorado, April 21, 2008—Demonstrations of tru2way™ technology and home security, monitoring and automation are among the highlights of the upcoming CableNET® demonstration at the industry's premier convention, The Cable Show '08.

CableNET is a technology showcase that is co-sponsored by CableLabs® and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), and offers a hands-on experience with many of the most exciting content, services, and applications.

The Cable Show '08, NCTA's 57th Annual Convention and International Exposition, will be held May 18-20 at The Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

In addition to forming a major presence at the CableNET pavilion, tru2way technology, which is the retail brand for the OpenCable™ (hardware) and OCAP™ (software) technical initiatives, is the subject of a two-day pre-convention conference for OCAP Developers. That event is co-sponsored by NCTA, CableLabs and Vidiom Systems and also is at the Morial Convention Center.

Within CableNET, companies with tru2way technology demonstrations include Samsung, Sigma Designs, and Zodiac Interactive. Among the participants with advanced video demonstrations are Digeo, Motorola, Pixel3, and Symmetricom. Home security displays are planned by GE Security and iControl; InGrid Home Security; uControl, Inc.; and Z-Wave. Companies showcasing tru2way technology demonstrations at CableNET will have the additional publicity of the CableNET Theater where ongoing presentations will be made.

CableNET enables attendees to see and discuss leading-edge technologies and applications. CableNET '08 also will feature the following technology demonstrations: 145 megabit-per-second download speeds, broadband wireless, interactive advertising, Internet-focused applications and services; and advanced PacketCable™ 2.0-based technologies.

Historically, CableNET has provided attendees a first glimpse of many nascent, leading-edge technologies and applications. Those included early views of the cable industry's Data over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS®) platform; high-definition televisions; two-way, OCAP-based devices, and early displays of interactive services and Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Following is a list of the participating vendors and a brief description of their planned demonstrations.

  • Amdocs OSS Division - JacobsRimell (JR) will show how an Enterprise business administrator is able to easily retrieve any service information required for their entire enterprise, in order to perform any required moves, "adds" and changes for employee services, all at web speed.
  • Aurora Networks Inc. will demonstrate a standard optical node that enables up to 100 times more capacity than conventional data delivery methods. With the Node PON™ module cable operators can market and cost-effectively deliver up to 1000 Mbps symmetric service anywhere within their cable networks.
  • Digeo will showcase its latest DVR for cable, the Moxi HD DVR 3012. Digeo will be showing the Emmy Award-winning user interface, dual digital tuning capability, and integrated CableCARD. This new DVR includes a streamlined processor and increased hard drive.
  • Digital Fountain is exhibit DF Splash, an end-to-end solution that streamlines the most complex elements of delivering and measuring a high-quality video experience, enabling a more compelling, more entertaining online experience. DF Splash provides viewers with an instant-on, full-screen, TV-quality experience, significantly improving the way we watch streaming video over the Internet.
  • EchoStar Technologies LLC will demonstrate SlingModem™, the first DOCSIS® cable modem that fully integrates the place-shifting capabilities pioneered in the original Slingbox™. With the SlingModem, customers can easily watch and control their TV programming on any Internet-connected computing device just as they would in front of the living room television. The SlingModem provides the cable customer with both a broadband connection as well as the place-shifting functionality made famous by the Slingbox.
  • F-Secure Inc. F-Secure will show a service-centric approach solution for all partners in the IT security segment offering various levels of IT services to its customer base. It provides the backbone of technology, research, support and business models designed and tailored for service partners of all kinds.
  • GE Security and iControl will demonstrate next generation technology - Home Security 2.0 - which adds broadband and mobile access to security systems, cameras and home devices, delivering remote home monitoring and control functionality. The demonstration will also show a unique touch screen user interface that provides the homeowner access to information and control of their home at their fingertips.
  • HANA The High-Definition Audio-Video Network Alliance (HANA) will demonstrate the advantages of sharing cable content throughout the home over a 400 Mbps network using 1394 over coaxial.
  • Infinera will exhibit its DTN digital ROADM (reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer ) built with photonic integrated circuits delivering 100 Gb/s of optical transport on a pair of chips less than 5 mm square. The demo will highlight the digital ROADM architecture and the benefits bandwidth virtualization brings to cable operators from engineering, operations, and service perspective.
  • InGrid Home Security will have a system and laptop will be on display, comprising handset, console, base, grid extender, and camera. The system will connect through broadband to InGrid servers and sensors will be registered, named, and configured within 60 seconds. The system will be armed and disarmed remotely.
  • IntraNext Systems will showcase an integration of a call center and billing system for computer telephony using screen pops, intelligent call routing and custom workflow tools.
  • Irdeto will be demonstrating its most recent conditional access system developments.
  • LaserShield and NextAlarm.com - LaserShield Burglar Alarm ... Over Broadband NextAlarm.com, the Broadband Alarm Company, teamed with LaserShield Systems will demonstrate an easy to setup burglar alarm. With this system and the Sparrow broadband adapter, a cable installer or end user can unpack and setup in less than five minutes a professional grade home security system that is monitored over broadband. Include will be instant video surveillance accessible over a web portal or mobile phone; e-mail, SMS, and even automated voice alert alerts.
  • MetaSwitch will demonstrate its MetaSphere Application Suite which provides new revenue generating voice services. The applications which MetaSwitch will demonstrate include the following: CommPortal user interface; CommAssistant desktop toolbar; Live Message Screening; and SIP Phone Provisioning Server, which enables a no-touch provisioning model for deploying endpoints and allows operators to manage configuration and firmware versions.
  • Motorola will demonstrate its MTR700 Tuning Adapter which connects unidirectional UDCPs (including a TiVo device, in specific) to a cable network, accessing multimedia content in the cable network's switched digital video (SDV) tier. Seamless tuning of the TiVo device across both broadcast and SDV tiers will be shown. Motorola will also demonstrate its Integrated CMTS (I-CMTS) and SURFboard® cable modems, in a DOCSIS 3.0 setting using the traditional Motorola 2:8 DS/US Module and new TX32 high-density Decoupled Downstream Module.
  • Oversi will be presenting its comprehensive, multi-service caching and content delivery platform for Internet video and P2P traffic. The OverCache™ platform enables cable operators to relieve heavy network congestion, while improving customers' quality of experience (QoE), and monetizing over-the-top (OTT) video traffic.
  • PerfTech, Inc. will show its Bulletin System which gives Internet providers a powerful vehicle to communicate directly with their subscribers whenever they are online. It allows providers to insert a message with text or rich-media content into the browser screens of one, a group, or all subscribers for whom the message is relevant.
  • Pixel3 (new name for Clique Communications) is exhibiting ImageIQ, a breakthrough application that takes standard definition video and upgrades it to HD quality. The resulting video is not just a scaled up version of low-definition content, but an actual, full-bandwidth 1080p image with the high-frequency detail.
  • Pure Networks will feature a gateway-router setup called Network Magic.
  • Ruckus Wireless will highlight its whole home multimedia distribution of content with 802.11n and Wi-Fi meshing. This demo highlights technical advances made in the distribution of IP-based services over the next generation of Wi-Fi technology, 802.11n. The demonstrations shows how Wi-Fi can be used to concurrently distribute three high definition IPTV streams, music, voice and Internet access over a single wireless network in the home.
  • Samsung Electronics will demonstrate downloadable conditional access and digital program insertion for advertising.
  • Sandvine will demonstrate how its carrier-grade solution can enable a variety of subscriber services. By using subscriber application identification, awareness of dynamic network capacity, per-subscriber policies, and other appropriate conditions, service providers can introduce a range of solutions such as quota management, quality of service guarantees, and policy enforcement.
  • Sigma Designs will display an integrated tru2way-based set top box that features four narrow band tuners which can display three video channels - high definition as well as standards definition. The tuners can be linked to enable channel bonding based on DOCSIS 3.0, enabling high speed throughput.
  • Softel-USA will show the powerful MediaSphere TX carousel playing both tru2way™ & ETV interactive applications. Softel-USA will also demonstrate the flexibility and ease-of-use of the system's web-based configuration tools. The MediaSphere TX has been integrated with Motorola and SA head ends, plus with set-top boxes, automation, scheduling and billing systems. In addition, the MediaSphere line fully supports DOCSIS® Set-top Gateway (DSG) delivery via GigE and the ETV IO4 updates. The powerful MediaSphere Lab supports integrated prototyping and testing of tru2way & ETV applications, set-top boxes, and head end systems.
  • Symmetricom will demonstrate the importance of video QoE from a viewer's perspective. Video mean opinion scores (MOS) from a streamed video signal, along with video quality results, will be displayed to indicate perceptual video quality - and validate video quality as perceived by end users.
  • Synacor will demonstrate various new features of its consumer portal such as web DVR scheduling; bundled business portal services like vanity email and template-driven web sites; and value-added services like downloadable games and music.
  • Teradata Corporation will demonstrate how an active data warehouse can leverage subscriber data, purchase history and recent event data to identify relevant offers. Building on solutions designed for online advertising, this demonstration shows a straightforward approach to interactive advertising challenges.
  • thePlatform (www.theplatform.com), a subsidiary of Comcast and a leading broadband video management and publishing company, will demonstrate a jointly integrated delivery framework with Cisco Systems that gives service providers a mechanism for seamless delivery of broadband video to multiple screens. Additionally, thePlatform will exhibit technology that enables cable operators and programmers to create a branded, customized broadband video channel in minutes that can also manage the entire logistics process and enhance the overall online video experience.
  • UniSoft Corporation/Strategy & Technology Ltd (S&T) will show a number of aspects of OCAP (tru2way) and ETV application creation, testing and delivery: S&T's TSBroadcaster 2.0 for OCAP, to create and broadcast a multi-service transport streams containing a number of OCAP and ETV applications. ETV demonstrations will include ad insertion and splicing; ETV and OCAP applications validation using XFSI's XAV; OCAP benchmark testing using Sofia's OCAP Benchmark System; and Generation of authenticated OCAP applications using UniSoft's OCAP Security File Generator (OCAP SFG).
  • UpdateLogic, Inc. will demonstrate its ability to coordinate and deliver comprehensive software updates to today's digital television (DTV) sets. The UpdateTV Datacasting Network maintained by ULI consists of data insertion servers installed in public broadcast stations in North America. This data can be carried forward on the cable networks with no additional infrastructure - by simply "cherry-picking" the data broadcast. Once enabled with the specification-compliant UpdateTV Agent software, DTV devices can receive and install the appropriate software update - via either cable or terrestrial broadcast.
  • Westell, Inc. will coordinate the digital home with its UltraLine Series 3 residential gateway that unifies triple play services with emerging home networking applications-media sharing, home control and home monitoring-and integrates them into a single, intuitive user experience. The gateway also features WireSpeed™ routing technology with a dual-core network processor to simultaneously support multiple bandwidth-intensive applications.
  • Zodiac Interactive will display its tru2way Zidget framework, which utilizes its plug-in architecture to support applications such as local search, weather, traffic, sports scores, and local news without disrupting the TV viewing experience.
  • Z-Wave will demonstrate home security, monitoring and automation solutions using a mobile phone, TV, computer, remote controller and a touch-panel interfaces controlling door locks, lighting, thermostats, video cameras and appliances both in home and remotely, anytime/anywhere.
Founded in 1988 by members of the cable television industry, Cable Television Laboratories is a non-profit research and development consortium that is dedicated to pursuing new cable telecommunications technologies and to helping its cable operator members integrate those advancements into their business objectives. Cable operators from around the world are members. CableLabs maintains web sites at www.cablelabs.com; www.packetcable.com; www.cablemodem.com; www.cablenet.org; and www.opencable.com.

CableCARD™, CableHome®, CableLabs®, CableNET®, CablePC™, DCAS™, DOCSIS®, Go2BroadbandSM, M-Card™, OpenCable™, PacketCable™, and tru2way™ are marks of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

10GB Layer 3+ Switch From Allied Telesis

To quench all your bandwidth thirst, Allied Telesis is Launching x900 12 Port Layer 3+ Switch to the Americas at at Interop Las Vegas.
San Jose, California, USA. April 18, 2008 – Allied Telesis Inc., a global provider of secure IP/Ethernet access solutions and an industry leader in the deployment of IP Triple Play networks over copper and fiber access infrastructures, today announced the product launch of their new Gigabit switch within the Americas at Interop Las Vegas April 28 to May 2, 2008. Allied Telesis Inc. will be launching its new product – an addition to the x900 series (AT-x900-12XT/S), an advanced Layer 3+ switch with 12 Gigabit 10/100/1000T or SFP combination ports and one 30Gbps expansion bay supporting a choice of modules, including 1 x 10GbE, 12 x 1GbE (SFP), 12 x 1GbE (RJ-45).
Would you like to see for yourself what this switch can do?
If so, you are invited to attend the AT-x900-12XT/S preview event at: www.alliedtelesis.com/interop08 which will be held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel from April 28-30, 2008 during the Interop show.
Marking Territory on Performance and Price Point
"Our launch of the AT-x900-12XT/S proves once again that Allied Telesis continues to deliver the best possible performance at a very cost-effective price point," said Phil Jopa, CTO of the Americas at Allied Telesis. "The Americas market has true need for a high-end Layer 3+ switch that provides a 10 Gigabit uplink with a mix of 12 copper and fiber ports. Combined with its sophisticated QoS features, the AT-x900-12XT/S provides superior value and performance to both our enterprise customers and service providers alike.”
Product Spotlight
Allied Telesis will be launching the AT-x900-12XT/S and other new products for Gigabit switching deployments during the Interop Las Vegas conference at the Mandalay Hotel from April 28-30, 2008.
x900 series (AT-x900-12XT/S)
The AT-x900-12XT/S has flexible deployment options that are ideal for networks that only require a small number of mixed fiber and copper links and eliminate the need for a media converter to use both interfaces on the same switch.

To further reduce the cost of the AT-x900-12XT/S, Allied Telesis provides a fixed AC power supply with the device instead of the dual, hot swappable units delivered as standard with the other members of the x900 series.

Allied Telesis' new AT-x900-12XT/S is delivered with a range of low latency QoS features operating at wirespeed. These include flow-based traffic management with configurable classification, prioritization, traffic shaping and minimum/maximum bandwidth profiles. Time-sensitive services like voice and video take precedence over non-critical activities, such as file downloads.

With these features, the AT-x900-12XT/S is ideal for customers wanting to guarantee the performance of their key business services, such as VoIP, and increase the reliability and responsiveness of their most important enterprise applications. In addition, service providers benefit from these features by being able to offer bandwidth and performance profiles tailored to each customer's precise needs.

The AT-x900-12XT/S incorporates the AlliedWare Plus™ operating system, using an industry standard Command Line Interface (CLI), facilitating effortless manageability.

The AT-x900-12XT/S delivers flexible extension options with a 30Gbps expansion bay that can be populated with a range of different modules, including:

  • AT-XEM-12S 12 x 1000X SFP XEM module
  • AT-XEM-12T 12 x 10/100/1000T RJ-45 XEM module
  • AT-XEM-1XP 1 x 10GbE XFP XEM module
  • AT-XEM-STK stacking module
Using the stacking modules, customers can stack multiple switches.

The AT-x900-12XT/S, with full non-blocking switching on all ports, enables IPv4 Layer 2 switching and Layer 3 routing to operate at wirespeed, making it ideal for high-end server deployments. Like the other switches in the x900 series, the new device uses the newest switch silicon including hardware-based IPv6, effectively future-proofing it for Small to Medium-sized Businesses.

Other Product Highlights
Allied Telesis will also be highlighting another new product at the conference that combines reliability and ease-of-use with cost-effective deployment.
  • The SwitchBlade® x908 is the newest Allied Telesis advanced multi-layer 10 Gigabit series of switch. It provides fine service provisioning granularity, high availability, and advanced QoS. This switch incorporates a switching core that yields wirespeed IPv4 and IPv6 routing.

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How To Send Free SMS With Jaxtr

As I promised earlier in the post about Free International SMS service from Jaxtr, here is the simple instructions to send SMS free with Jaxtr.
Now that Jaxtr has started the free International SMS service, You can now send SMS messages to mobile phones in all most all international countries for free through the Jaxtr website.
Another messaging form, Text Me messages, are text messages delivered to the member's email address.Text Me can go to anyone anywhere with an email address.

Using the Send SMS form found on the HOME tab (See the image), type the text along with the phone number as shown in the image and hit Send. It works same way as regular SMS message. The person whom you texted, can reply to your txt (text) message using their own cell phones or through a web link that’s included in the SMS message.

SMS messaging via Jaxtr is completely free and might include an advertisement from Jaxtr. It is fine with me as it is unobtrusive and considering the free service I get, I am fine with it.
To send a Text Me message, log into your jaxtr account go to the member's jaxtr contact page you wish to send a text message to, click the Text Me button, enter your text message and click the button to send your message. As you see it is only for Jaxtr members.

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Free International SMS With Jaxtr

We have written about Jaxtr's begining and also when it reached 5 Million Jaxtr users at the end of last year. Jaxtr is making strides and this newest step will take the further into the communications mediums.

Since they have given you this tool, I will dedicate my next article to Jaxtr, 'how to send free text messages (SMS) with Jaxtr'

MENLO PARK, CA - (April 16, 2008) - Jaxtr, www.jaxtr.com, the company that links your phone to the Web, today announced that members can now send free SMS to anyone worldwide, whether or not the recipient is a jaxtr member. With this new service, free text messages can be sent to mobile phones in 38 countries directly from the member's jaxtr home page. Basic jaxtr membership is free, and the new international SMS service is available to all jaxtr members.

"Jaxtr allows anyone to sign up for a free membership and start sending SMS messages internationally at absolutely no cost," said jaxtr co-founder and COO Touraj Parang. "You can SMS your friends and family abroad whether or not they are currently members of jaxtr. The moment you sign up for a free account at jaxtr.com, the world is literally at your fingertips."

The latest annual report from Research and Markets predicts that 2008 will see over two trillion SMS text messages sent worldwide. While domestic SMS is generally affordable, sending messages to friends and family abroad is generally still quite expensive. In the United States, it costs roughly $.20-$.25 to send SMS messages internationally via the major mobile providers.

Launched in March 2007, jaxtr is already the largest social communications company on the Web. Over 10 million people in 220 countries use jaxtr to receive calls from people visiting their social networking pages, to make calls to their friends and family worldwide and to get to know fellow jaxtr members on café jaxtr (www.cafejaxtr.com), the world's first global, mobile talk network.

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