Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Embarq Enters More Markets - 10/24/2006 10:57:00 AM - Wireless Week - CA6384283

Embarq is introducing its Smart Connect service to more markets. The service, which allows calls to move between a business’ wireless and wireline networks without interruptions, is now available in Fayetteville, N.C.; Ft. Myers, Fla.; and Mansfield, Ohio. Those markets are in addition to service in Charlottesville, Va.; Las Vegas; and Orlando, Fla.

But it doesn’t stop with the wireless/wireline connection. With Smart Connect Plus, calls can automatically move between the Embarq wireless network and the on-premise Wi-Fi network, whichever is strongest, without manual transfer of the call. For businesses, that means reducing their costs of using the wireless network.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

KPN plans to replace PSTN with IMS

KPN of The Netherlands has selected Lucent Technologies to supply an IMS platform that the vendor says will replace the operators public switched telephone network (PSTN). Lucent will also manage the deployment and integration of KPN's multi-vendor, all-IP next generation network based on an IMS service architecture.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Verizon sees FiOS profitable in 2009

US operator Verizon expects its fibre-to-the-home service FiOS to post its first operating profit in 2009, about five years after starting work on the project. The company expects to book a return on all its FiOS investments, excluding associated interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation by 2008. The profitability estimates are based on attracting 7 million FiOS internet customers and 4 million FiOS TV customers by the end of 2010. Verizon had around 500,000 internet customers at the end of the second quarter and this is expected to reach 750,000 by the end of this year. The FiOS TV service is expected to reach 175,000 subscribers by the end of 2006.

Verizon said its on track for the FiOS network to pass 6 million homes by the end of this year, rising to 18 million by 2010, or 50 percent of Verizon's wireline footprint. The company is investing in total USD 18 billion in the period 2004-10 in the fibre network, a figure net of the estimated USD 4.9 billion it would have cost to maintain the copper network during that period. The company expects by 2010 a penetration of 20-25 percent for TV and 30-35 percent for internet services among homes passed by the network."

Thursday, September 14, 2006

BT Corporate Fusion

BT today announced BT Corporate Fusion, a ground breaking premise based fixed-mobile convergence service for large organisations.

The new service will enable organisations to take advantage of fixed-mobile convergence and their increasing deployment of IP Telephony and WiFi coverage to potentially deliver greater productivity, the possibility of reduced GSM call costs and to result in improved quality of service to their customers.

The first customer to trial the service in the UK is Leeds City Council (LCC), the second largest local authority in the UK. The Council, which has the largest in-house ICT provision of any local authority, is piloting BT Corporate Fusion across two of its premises, in order to assess its capability to improve productivity and improve communications.

LCC employees involved in the trial will use a dual-mode mobile phone that incorporates both regular GSM and additional WiFi connectivity. Within LCC’s premises, calls made from these mobile phones are connected via WiFi access points and are routed over existing fixed-line infrastructure. Deploying WiFi access points across LCC’s premises ensures optimal in-building coverage. At present it is estimated that over 50% of employees’ mobile phone calls are made within offices¹ (despite the fact that cheaper fixed-line phones are readily available). The use of BT Corporate Fusion will allow LCC employees to continue using a mobile device, whilst at the same time allowing the Council to migrate these calls onto WiFi and potentially bring the cost down.

Outside the office the device works like a regular mobile phone, enjoying ubiquitous coverage and the benefits of global roaming on GSM.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

CSR design for £11 Wi-Fi phones - IT Week

IP telephony may get a boost from wireless chipmaker CSR, which said it can slash the cost of producing Wi-Fi handsets for both residential and business use.

CSR's UniVox is a reference handset for voice-over-Wi-Fi that costs under $20 (£11) to build, according to the firm, compared with a typical figure of $200 (£110) for current designs. The company aims to license the design to handset makers and said it expects to see broadband operators offer end-products to customers some time in the second half of 2007.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

KPN Chooses Lucent IMS Solution to Replace PSTN Network

Lucent Worldwide Services will provide network transformation services as part of the network, including network design, systems integration, deployment, maintenance and support services. Lucent will oversee the migration of KPN’s existing services and customers to the All IP network in order to meet KPN’s marketing objectives.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

KPN Selects Alcatel/Lucent for All IP Network

KPN, the incumbent operator in the Netherlands, selected Lucent Technologies to manage the deployment and integration of KPN's All IP Next Generation Network (NGN), based on IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) service architecture.

Ericsson to provide cutting-edge network for O2 in Ireland

Leading operator O2 has selected Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) as a sole supplier for its Irish HSDPA-enabled 3G network. Ericsson will also expand and modernize O2's existing network with Ericsson IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and the Ericsson Mobile Softswitch solution.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

TeliaSonera to be first with UMA fixed/mobile convergence

Danish telco, TeliaSonera, will launch in November the first commercial service based on the global UMA standard enabling a cellular handset to be used to make VoIP calls over a home's WiFi and broadband connection, and mobile calls outside.
According to an AFP report, TeliaSonera announced on Monday 28 August that it would launch in November a converged fixed mobile service under the name "Home Free" enabling callers to use a mobile phone at home as an IP phone.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Ericsson to be technical and services partner for NTL in the U.K. - MarketWatch

Swedish telecommunications equipment maker Telefon AB LM Ericsson (ERICY) Monday said NTL Inc (NTLI) has selected Ericsson as a technology and services partner to help with developments to its telephone network using VoIP technology.
Ericsson said a 5-year agreement has been signed by the two companies. The initial phase of the agreement is to help build a Residential Voice-over-Broadband service utilizing the Ericsson Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem platform which has been installed and is undergoing testing ahead of launch.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Newport Sinks & Shrinks


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Session border controller (SBC) vendor Newport Networks Ltd. (London: NNG - message board) saw its market value cut in half Wednesday as it delivered a trading update with a familiar message: paltry revenues with the promise that there's a big deal just around the corner.

news - NEC to Participate in GMI 2006 - World's First IMS Multi-Vendor Network Interoperability Trial

NEC Corporation today announced its participation in Global MSF (MultiService Forum) Interoperability (GMI) 2006. GMI 2006 brings together dozens of carriers and vendors to test the interoperability of IMS (IP Multimedia System)-based infrastructure components for the first time in a real world setting (first global test of IMS service framework).

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

AT&T/BellSouth/Cingular Mega-Merger Is All About IMS

he importance of the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture has never been more abundantly clear than when AT&T recently disclosed its mega-merger plans to combine forces with BellSouth and Cingular Wireless. Many analysts, in fact, think the prime motivator for the $67 billion deal was the promise of convergence (i.e., wireless bundling, integrated offerings, etc.) as opposed to the billions of dollars in potential savings that could be squeezed out in operating efficiencies.

Friday, March 31, 2006

Thomson Announces Cirpack IMS Architecture

homson (Euronext 18453; NYSE; TMS) announced the development of the final blocks necessary to turn its existing Cirpack SoftSwitch solutions to a full IP Multimedia Subsystem architecture. The new developments are the Home Subscriber Server (HSS), the central database of an IMS network, and the Call Session Control Function (I-CSCF and S-CSCF), the core components of an IMS architecture, responsible for routing requests from users to actually deliver any multimedia services even when roaming.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Ofcom Website | Ofcom targets competitive Next Generation Networks

Ofcom today announced the next stage of its work to encourage competitive Next Generation Networks (NGNs).

NGNs use digital technology to connect telephone calls and other network traffic more efficiently than traditional telecoms networks. Internet Protocol (IP) based services can be developed more quickly and at lower cost to communications providers.

Over time NGNs will offer consumers a wider choice of innovative new products and more value for money. However to ensure these benefits are delivered, providers need to agree the technical and commercial arrangements for connecting to each other’s networks.

NGN development is a significant technological change which requires substantial investment and detailed planning. After a public consultation published in June 2005, Ofcom has today set out its approach to facilitating effective cross-industry coordination and to providing greater clarity to operators and investors about the regulatory framework for NGN development.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Another year, another load of acronyms -

Another year, another load of acronyms - "How apt that we should finish 2005 with yet another IT acronym being hyped: IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS).
IMS has entered a somewhat crowded corner of the acronym market and should not be confused with IBM�s Information Management System, the Internet Multicasting Service, the Israel Meteorological Service, the Institute for Molecular Science, the Irish Mathematical Society or even the International Meat Secretariat."