Monday, December 12, 2005

ETSI Issues NGN

At the official launch of TISPAN's NGN (Release 1) specifications there has been a festive atmosphere, as ETSI has moved another step closer to its goal of being the place to write the key specifications that enable standards based network convergence.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Euro Giants Lose Market Share

Europe's biggest incumbent telcos are losing the war of attrition against their increasingly competitive rivals in the fixed voice services sector, according to the latest numbers from market research firm InfoCom GmbH.

InfoCom found that cable operators, mobile providers, and VOIP specialists are eating away at the traditional voice customer base that has been the incumbents' historical cash cow, and the carrier giants are losing market share as a result.

To IMS or Not to IMS; That�s Cisco's Dilemma

Cisco Systems is playing it safe and politically correct by enhancing its next generation IP architecture with products that support both IMS and non-IMS-based applications. This, the company says, gives service providers the choice of how quickly they offer fixed/mobile convergence (FMC) services via an integrated IMS platform.

Cisco Enhances IP NGN: More Services, Efficiency, Control

Enhancements to the Cisco IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture can help you deploy new services, achieve greater efficiencies, and gain better control of your network. To support these benefits Cisco Systems demonstrated continued momentum in service provider leadership through enhancements to its IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) vision and architecture with key announcements at both the service layer and the network layer:

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Telecom Italia-TIM: combination fixed-line/Mobile Superphone

Telecom Italia and TIM bring the first integrated fixed-line/mobile platform products and services to the market. The new offers are also a result of the Group’s investment in innovation and the development of new technologies, which will amount to 10 billion euro in the period 2005-2007 or 70% of total investment. The Telecom Italia Group total investment represents 17% of turnover, the highest rate among the telephone operator in Europe.

Monday, December 05, 2005

BT calls for IMS support

The IP Multimedia Subsytem (IMS) revolution needs the support of the world's IT solutions firms and applications developers if it is to deliver the full potential that telecom carriers are looking for, says Malcolm Wardlaw, one of the most senior next-generation networking executives at BT Group.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Dual-Mode Phones May Expedite IMS Development

The complex hand-offs and back-office capabilities inherent with seamless roaming may lure carriers to IMS for mobility among different access networks.

Whether people will be able to roam seamlessly from their homes to their cars to airports and cafes eventually will depend on intercarrier agreements and interconnections. However, the groundwork is being laid, as dual-mode phones and pioneering carriers are starting to allow customers to hop from WLANs to cellular networks within the same call or event session.

BT Calls for IMS Support

The IMS (IP Multimedia Subsytem) revolution needs the support of the world's IT solutions companies and applications developers if it is to deliver the full potential that telecom carriers are looking for, believes Malcolm Wardlaw, one of the most senior next-generation networking executives at BT Group plc (NYSE: BT - message board; London: BTA).

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Skype releases Skype 2.0 beta with integrated video calling

Global internet communications company Skype has released the beta version of Skype 2.0. The software is designed for greater ease of use, integrated video calling, and enhanced features that allow people to stay in touch and express themselves online. Skype also announced a collaboration with global headset and webcam maker Logitech, as well as partnerships with webcam manufacturer Creative, and with weblog software and services company Six Apart. Skype 2.0 beta is available for free download at the company's website. The software includes Skype, a simplified user interface, a self-expression function, personalisation options and contact management functions.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

KPN to upgrade to all IP network

KPN is planning to switch to an all IP network before the year 2010. For the coming five years, KPN is to upgrade its network to cope with the increasing demand for bandwidth and to reduce costs, but also to become more flexible to implement and launch new services. Based on the test results of the VDSL-trial in Zoetemeer, KPN will make a decision in the third quarter of next year on the full IP roll-out, and roll-out speed in the period 2006-2010.

Lucent gaining momentum behind IMS

The company has landed BellSouth, SBC and Cingular Wireless as customers for IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) products and services. IMS is an architecture for next-generation telecom networks that supports voice, video and data integration over wireline and wireless networks, with service from any digital interface - desktop PCs to mobile handsets

Monday, November 28, 2005

BT Guru Picks Holes in NGNs

Addressing an International Telecommunication Union meeting in London today, Reeve, a key figure in the development of BT's 21st Century Network (21CN), praised the ITU for its role in bringing together the work of many different groups around the world and delivering a unified vision of what an NGN should look like and deliver. (See BT Unveils 21CN Suppliers, Bross: More to Come on 21CN, and Wales to Get 21CN First.)

ETSI Plans NGN Specs

On the 5th December, over 200 representatives from the world’s leading telecommunications companies are expected to converge upon ETSI's HQ in Sophia Antipolis, France, to participate in the official launch of TISPAN's NGN Release 1.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

BT Guru Picks Holes in NGNs

Addressing an International Telecommunication Union meeting in London today, Reeve, a key figure in the development of BT's 21st Century Network (21CN), praised the ITU for its role in bringing together the work of many different groups around the world and delivering a unified vision of what an NGN should look like and deliver. (See BT Unveils 21CN Suppliers, Bross: More to Come on 21CN, and Wales to Get 21CN First.)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

AOL preps LLU broadband launch | The Register

AOL could be about to unveil its own broadband service in the UK by investing in local loop unbundling

Monday, November 07, 2005

Lucent in the Lead for Verizon IMS?

Analysts see the vendor in pole position at Verizon because of its perceived early lead in the IMS technology that promises voice, video, and data services across cellular, WiFi, and wired networks.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Aperto Networks Introduces Indoor Self-Install WiMAX Subscriber Equipment

RedNova News - Technology - Aperto Networks Introduces Indoor Self-Install WiMAX Subscriber Equipment: "Aperto Networks, a leading WiMAX systems provider serving over 200 operators in 65 countries, announced today the availability in the first quarter of 2006 of its indoor, self-install WiMAX broadband wireless products for consumers. "

Job cuts loom over Ericsson-Marconi deal

Ericsson's large bite out of Marconi spells one thing for sure - job cuts.

Speaking at a press conference today, Carl-Henric Svanberg, CEO of the Swedish telecoms equipment manufacturer, said redundancies will have to occur for the buyout to be profitable.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Wireless Internet - Will WiMAX Compete with 3G?

"WiMAX would be a threat [to 3G] if other operators using this technology were able to direct a substantial amount of voice and data traffic away from cellular networks,"

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

BT takes the VoIP gloves off

BT is to halve the cost of its voice over IP service from 4 October, in a thinly veiled swipe at the continued growth of rival offerings from Skype and Vonage.

Telcordia - Maestro IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) Portfolio

Telcordia - Maestro IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) Portfolio