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Laptop Guardian Security Solution Goes Global

In order for all the exciting next-generation communications services to be widely adopted by corporate users, certain conditions must be in place, among them ubiquity and security. Not only do business users need access to their applications everywhere and anywhere, the access they crave must be secure.   Earlier this week, Alcatel-Lucent announced global availability of a high-speed packet access (HSPA) version of its OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian (OA3500 NLG).   This solution is designed to protect and recover stolen laptops and data, and was previously available only on CDMA-based 3G networks. (TMC's Rich Tehrani wrote here about the earlier model, which is offered by Sprint on its CDMA network in the US.)   Furthermore, in a recent survey of 255 executive level IT, security and compliance decision makers in the U.S. and Germany, it turns out that 76 percent of respondents believe it is necessary to protect a lost or stolen laptop with more than encryption alone - such as having the ability to locate the device using GPS and remotely revoking access to data.   And in a finding that should serve as a warning to complacent mobile operators everywhere, 50 percent of companies said they would switch to an operator that offers a security solution that protects lost or stolen laptops used remotely, provides auto virtual private network capabilities, and allows IT to manage laptops even when they're turned off.   For more details on Alcatel-Lucent's OmniAccess 3500 Nonstop Laptop Guardian solution, check out the Web site.   SingTel of Singapore, Magyar Telekom of Hungary, and broadband carrier IIJ (Internet Initiative Japan Inc.) of Japan all unveiled plans to offer the device on their networks.  

Advancing Broadband Deployment

In cooperation with the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) consortium, Alcatel-Lucent plans to provide regional bandwidth capacity of 1.4 Terabit/s via a combined submarine and terrestrial optical solution.   The company says the bandwidth will be enough to "satisfy broadband needs for years to come."   According to the announcement:   The EASSy submarine cable network will provide connectivity across the continent to support the increase in local traffic from both traditional and new broadband services. Additionally, with interconnection to other submarine cable systems to the North and South, this project will provide an international gateway, crucial for the economic development of the region and for the reduction of the digital divide.   The submarine network will span nearly 10,000 km linking eight countries from Sudan to South Africa, via Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mozambique.   Alcatel-Lucent is a major proponent of ensuring that developing territories the world over have access to broadband.   In a recent paper titled Broadband Policy Guidelines in High-Growth Economies, the company explained the potential of broadband and how its availability can play a transformative role in the development of a region   Broadband's potential can be used as a key driver for economic growth, attracting foreign investment, developing territory attractiveness, and enabling a thriving community. Yet barriers to broadband mass adoption such as affordability, accessibility, awareness, and literacy still prevail.   Broadband is not just the Internet made faster. The definition of broadband is a matter of semantics; what should be emphasized is the deployment of a technology that supports sufficient bandwidth connections to the Internet for the service intended.

Is ALU Pursuing Openreach?

Newly minted Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen is rumored to be negotiating with former employer BT (Verwaayen, who was appointed Al-Lu CEO last month, ran the carrier until April of this year) on taking over operational responsibility for BT's Openreach.   Openreach is a division of BT that was established as a result of an agreement BT and regulator Ofcom to give rival operators equal access to BT's local network.   As Openreach proudly proclaims on its Web site: "We are the proud guardians of the nation's local access network, sometimes referred to as the 'first mile.'"   The Register was first with this story and has it that BT is negotiating the outsourcing of its network access arm.   According to a report on TelecomTV, Alcatel Lucent already has an outsourcing contract with BT Global Services that is worth about ... [$350 million per year] ... "and a not-so-secret weapon in the form of Ben Verwaayen."   If Verwaayen could secure a multi-billion dollar deal so soon after taking the helm of Alcatel-Lucent it would certainly be a nice achievement this quickly into his tenure.  

ALU: Leaders in Gartner's Magic Quadrant

Alcatel-Lucent has been placed in the leaders' quadrant of the recently published Gartner "Magic Quadrant for Corporate Telephony."   The Gartner Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period, depicting Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that particular marketplace.   The latest Gartner report -- which for the first time, evaluates corporate telephony vendors from a global rather than regional perspective -- recognizes that the market is evolving "from one of proprietary hardware to one of standards-based software" that provides companies the opportunity to "use IP telephony to deliver business benefits across the organization, while consolidating technologies around a common technology or solution provider, or selection of providers and their partners."  
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