First Coffee for 10 April 2006

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First Coffee for 10 April 2006

By David Sims

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The news as of the first coffee this morning, and the music is Swing Brother, Swing!

 

Global Crossing has announced it is broadening the scope and reach of its Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services for enterprise customers around the world by introducing Enterprise VoIP Outbound and VoIP Local Services to countries across Europe, complementing existing Enterprise VoIP service availability in North America.

 

Anthony Christie, chief marketing officer, Global Crossing said the company’s VoIP services are “now available across Europe as well as North America… for both managed and non-managed calling applications.”


A fully interoperable voice network enables an enterprise to maintain existing handsets and premises equipment and operate in a hybrid environment as they change over to an all IP voice product at their own pace, company officials explain.

 

Global Crossing’s private IP backbone ensures that VoIP packets receive the highest priority, which “translates into minimized latency, packet loss and jitter as well as call quality that is consistent and predictable qualities not possible with voice services based on public Internet transport.”


With Global Crossing’s VoIP Outbound Service, IP voice traffic will be transported across Global Crossing’s private VoIP platform for off net TDM completion via the local public switched telephone network. This service is now available for both national and international calling from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, UK, and the USA, and for international calling from Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

 

National calling will be introduced to these countries in phases as part of the continuing VoIP development program.

 

In related news, Global Crossing has entered into a channel partner agreement with Britannic Technologies to provide them with enterprise VoIP and IP VPN services in Europe. Britannic Technologies is a UK-based systems integration company specializing in providing customers with IP communications and applications development.

 

On this day in 1925 was published the greatest novel in American history, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.  Exactly thirteen years prior to that the H.M.S. Titanic departed from Southampton.

 

Nominum, a vendor of network naming and addressing products, and Acme Packet, a vendor of session border control products, have announced a partnership to provide VoIP Peering products to the communications industry.

 

The combination of Acme Packet’s Net-Net session border controller family and Nominum’s Navitas ENUM-based IP-application routing directory, according to officials from both companies, “brings to market a high performance, low latency VoIP interoperability product that lowers operating expenses for communication providers.”

 

Acme Packet’s session border controllers are described by Acme officials as allowing “high quality interactive communications – voice, video and multimedia sessions – across IP network borders and satisfies the demands for security, service reach maximization, SLA assurance, revenue and profit protection and regulatory compliance.”

 

The way Nominum officials explain it, the Navitas ENUM-based IP-application routing directory server enables the connection of advanced IP-based communications services between separate networks. Combined, these technologies fill a role in emerging VoIP peering architectures and IP Multimedia Subsystems, “providing greater visibility into the routing infrastructure and accelerating the delivery of high quality, low cost VoIP and advanced IP services.”


“Demonstrating the interoperability of Nominum Navitas and Acme Packet’s SBCs is one of the first steps in demonstrating the role of our ENUM-based IP Application Routing Directory,” said Tom Tovar, vice president of worldwide sales and business development, Nominum, Inc.

 

Mario Oliveira, Acme Packet’s vice president business development said “combining session border control and ENUM directories will aid growth and be key to delivering secure, reliable and efficient peering products.”

 

Nokia has won a radio network contract from Warid Telecom for the company’s greenfield operations in Bangladesh.

 

The contract marks a new customer for Nokia in what Warid officials describe as “one of the world’s fastest-growing mobile markets.” Deliveries have begun, and the network will be launched later this year.

 

As part of the contract, which covers the key Dhaka administrative district, Nokia will supply its UltraSite base station product, “helping Warid meet increasing demand for higher voice and data traffic in a cost-effective way,” Nokia officials say.

 

Nokia’s services offerings are also part of the contract, including Nokia’s NetAct network and service management product, and installation, planning and project management services.

 

Chief Executive Officer of Warid Telecom International L.L.C., Bashir A. Tahir, says Warid chose Nokia “because we are confident that Nokia’s products will help us to respond to the customer requirements in the rapidly growing Bangladeshi market.”

 

Although a late entrant to the market, Warid Telecom has what company officials describe as “an aggressive roll out plan that will see us reach the entire Bangladesh population within one year.”

 

Nokia estimates the number of mobile subscribers to grow to three billion in 2008, and around 80 percent of this growth will come from fast-growing markets such as Bangladesh. Nokia expects that Asia-Pacific and China will account for 50 percent of the next billion subscribers.

Warid Telecom is owned by the Abu Dhabi Group led by Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan. The group has a large presence in the Pakistani market.

 

The Malay Mail is reporting that Alcatel SA, the world’s biggest maker of broadband Internet equipment, Lucent Technologies Inc. and Redline Communications Inc. have submitted bids to build a fixed wireless high speed broadband system in Malaysia.

 

WiMAX is a standards-based wireless technology that provides high-through put broadband connections over long distances. It can be used for a number of applications, including last mile broadband connections, hotspots and cellular backhaul, and high-speed enterprise connectivity for business.

Mail Money was told that the three companies made the bids after NasionCom had called for a closed door tender, earlier in the year.

It is understood that from the $54 million allocated by NasionCom to roll out the WiMAX system, as much as $16 million will be set aside to develop and implement the WiMAX system in the Klang Valley.

Outside the Klang Valley, NasionCom plans to build a WiMAX base in major cities in the country such as in Penang and Johor Baru, before moving on to less major cities such as Alor Star in Kedah and Kangar in Perlis.

NasionCom’s branding partner in what is the country’s first integrated WiMAX base by a non-government linked company is Intel Corp, the world’s biggest semiconductor maker.
Its technology partner in the venture is Deutsche Telekom AG, Europe’s largest integrated telecommunications provider.

 

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