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Indian WiMAX Lacking, RuggedCom, Snom Technology, Alcatel-Lucent

September 14, 2010

Hey, they're honest about it: The "lackluster performance" of India's broadband market means changes need to take place.   It's primarily attributable to, "the technical and economic non-feasibility of the fixed line infrastructure in India," according to officials of the upcoming trade show WiMAX 2010, to be held August 20 in New Delhi.   They add that, "the solution for mass proliferation of broadband in India has to be wireless." And now the industry and the country wait to see, "which wireless technology will be adopted to provide a cost effective and scalable BB to the Indian market." Perhaps not surprisingly, the trade show's officials feel that WiMAX, "emerges as the quintessential answer to these problems, given its superior performance and lower costs as compared to the existing 3G technologies and futuristic Long Term Evolution equivalents."   The show itself, the WiMAX India 2010 International Conference, will focus on the delivery of next generation broadband services using WiMAX, 802.16x and similar proprietary standards, according to show officials: "Senior-level speakers will discuss crucial issues of standards and interoperability, spectrum and licensing," and other issues including strategies for capturing the mobile market.   Read more here.
...   Snom Technology has announced that its full suite of IP phones for the desktop has, "passed a battery of interoperability tests with 4PSA's cloud-based unified communications product VoipNow."   According to company officials, the tests included the snom 3xx and snom 8xx desktop phones, as well as the snom m3 wireless DECT phone. Snom officials say this support snom's, "growing position as the go-to developer of intelligent IP endpoints for unified communications systems of all kinds."
The combination of snom's open SIP architecture and 4PSA's innovative cloud computing communications software is cited by company officials as offering customers a, "low-cost, highly functional enterprise telephony system" capable of being deployed and scalable "to hundreds or thousands of endpoints, if necessary."   All of snom's products "are built on the premise of interoperability in any SIP environment, be it hardware or software, on-premises or hosted and even in the cloud," said Michael Knieling, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for snom technology AG. "With 4PSA leading the way in cloud-based unified communications environments, we think the two product suites complement each other very nicely."   Read more here.
...   Operators globally have been discussing and planning Class 5 migration strategies for many years. Alcatel-Lucent's Class 5 offering, based on 5060 ICS, is seen by company officials as "a perfect fit" for service providers in emerging markets, or smaller Tier 2/3 operators.   The main motivations to migrate this legacy network to new packet based networks vary from operator to operator, they say, "with a few common themes:"   The legacy PSTN infrastructure restricts the introduction of new and innovative voice and multimedia services," company officials say: "And most operators face increasing competition from alternative carriers with attractive voice offers, significantly eroding voice revenues.

RadiSys, Google Embedding PayPal, Hulu's IP, Hosted PBX: A Comparison

September 14, 2010

Got 4G on the brain? If you work in telecom, you're certainly not alone.   As of June 2010, a Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) Report confirmed that 80 operators in 33 countries have committed to deploying Long Term Evolution. The specific benefits to investing in LTE technology are broadly understood, but for several operators worldwide, the real question is how to deploy the infrastructure in time to remain competitive, avoid subscriber churn and minimize risks involved.
"As most countries in the world use a global system for mobile communication-based networks, the evolution path of those networks, or LTE, generates better economies of scale for carriers," says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Olga Yashkova. "Despite high-speed packet access' ability to enable the delivery of streaming video, audio and Internet data services, it is not good enough to be a true land line-last mile replacement option, which makes LTE a very attractive alternative to wireless operators."   Recently TMCnet tapped officials at RadiSys, a provider of hardware and software platforms for IP-based wireless, wireline and video networks, to understand the benefits of LTE, but also to gain insight into the risks associated with development and deployment; specifically, when and how to successfully deploy these solutions in order to reap the benefits of LTE.    Read more here.
...   According to Mobile Business Briefing, PayPal "is reported to be in talks with Google to embed its payments platform in the Android operating system."   Evidently Bloomberg mentioned this on Friday, but nobody's commenting on the unconfirmed talks.

Coverity's Chou, Armorize and Malware, StorSimple's Cloud Storage, Call Center Headsets

September 14, 2010

Recently in San Jose, TMC's CEO Rich Tehrani had a chance to sit down and interview Andy Chou, the Chief Architect of Coverity, who said the company has just launched a new partnership with Armorize Software, which works in enterprise malware detection.   "What we really want to do," Chou said, is to take the quality analysis for software, "and combine it with security analysis for software, so you can do both during the development process, and get rid of both crash-causing defects and other problems, as well as security problems in your code before it's released."   When asked by Tehrani if that was a hot button for his customers about now, Chou said he thinks that customers have always cared about quality. "They've always wanted to make sure they ship products that are high quality and deliver the value they're supposed to, in terms of functionality and performance."   Read more here.

...   Recently TMC's CEO Rich Tehrani had a chance to sit down and talk with Caleb Sima, the CEO of Armorize. It's a three-year old company "mostly based out of Asia," Sima said, adding that "mostly what we do is make software products that help protect companies from computer hackers."   Specifically, he said, "we do two things. First, he said, is "identifying malware.

Panduit's Smart Data Center Talk, Outsourced Telecom, Buying Google Keywords, Jambool

September 14, 2010

Recently Panduit presented a discussion between their Director of Global Solutions, Jeff Paliga, and Global Solutions Manager for Data Centers, Todd LaCognata, on the topic of "What Is A Smart Data Center?"   Paliga said a smart data center can be understood as "an innovative approach to looking at the entire data center collectively." That means, he explained, that "all the stakeholders up front are in the process," covering everything - the planning, design and installation of the data center.

Real benefits and savings are in the operational side, Paliga said, adding that they represent "75 percent of the cost."   LaCognata said that historically, "IT and facilities have been two separate organizations," usually in a siloed approach, and that the goal of a smart data center "is to bring those organizations together, to really coexist and be on the same page when addressing the needs of the data center."   Read more here.
...   In 2009, 37 percent of all American businesses reported using outsourced or managed telecommunications.   A recent white paper by industry observer Lisa Pierce offers tips for organizations thinking of going the managed network route:   Do your homework.

Airline Security, BP Oil Spill, Hosted VoIP, BPA Quality

September 13, 2010

You've probably seen the startling images from the "backscatter" X-ray technology they use in airports now, which leave little to the imagination and could possibly heighten the risk of you getting skin cancer as well.   Well, there's another reason to hate it now: According to Yahoo! News, the Transportation Security Administration and other federal organizations store the images captured by the system.   This is, of course, in direct contrast with what they promised when they introduced the technology: 'The TSA has long held that scanned images - which show in great detail a photo-negative-type image of the subjects who stand before it - are not stored.

Dedicated Servers, TransUnion, Qualcomm, Managed WAN Optimization

September 13, 2010

"With Service Cloud, we are realizing efficiencies that drive revenue and are making more cost-effective decisions. In addition, we are getting a greater visibility into our pipeline and a deeper understanding of our customers," says Matt Brady, Director of Sales Automation for TransUnion.

TransUnion is an information products provider that offers a range of financial services. The company wanted to make its call centers more efficient and allow agents to up-sell or cross-sell customers. A reasonable enough goal.

WAN Optimization, Address Verification, Network Management, AirWatch

September 13, 2010

The need to be close to customers, manufacturing facilities and specialized labor means organizations have had to extend the traditional concept of "headquarters" to offices and factories hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

That's the observation of a recent white paper titled "Centralized Data Backup: It Doesn't Have to Cripple Your WAN," which addresses "the realities of dealing with data that sprawls across the organization."   Because as the paper notes, whether the data is "at the Munich branch or at HQ in New York," it is equally susceptible to loss, requiring that data recovery and security plans "apply to all parts of the organization, regardless of location."   WDS technology is one way companies are accomplishing this. The technology "accelerates application performance over the wide-area and provides networks with the appropriate interface for data transport between geographically-disparate sites," the paper finds, adding that certain products in the field can "extend the life of existing network infrastructure by minimizing the bandwidth required by distributed backup processes."   Read more here. ...   If you're not paying attention to the cleansing and enrichment of postal address data for customers, suppliers, prospects, and other individuals or organizations of interest, then you're neglecting the foundation, and often the only, data quality investment made by many enterprises.

This is the studied conclusion of a recent Forrester study titled, "Confirm The Quality Of Address Data As It's Captured, Not Later," and really here the title says it all.

Albis Technologies, Mitel's 3.2, Tone Software, CCTV World Market

September 13, 2010

 Albis Technologies, a vendor of electronic systems, has announced that its Universal Line Access Family ACCEED 1416 and 1404 equipment has successfully passed the Metro Ethernet Forum conformance certification program for Ethernet Private Line, Ethernet Virtual Private Line and Ethernet LAN.

The MEF certification "verifies the compliance of vendor equipment and services with MEF technical specifications," Albis officials say, adding that since launching in 2005, "just over 100 companies have been approved for certification."   Early this year TMC had the news that Zurich-based Albis announced the European launch of its ACCEED Ethernet First Mile for Carrier grade high-speed Ethernet services. The new service, aimed at network operators, "delivers fiber-optic speeds over existing copper wires, enabling operators to improve their infrastructure and enhance their performance," according to company officials at the time.   Patrik Schonenberger, VP Business Access, Albis Technologies, said infrastructure and network optimization are "key to ensuring maximum ROI for network operators."   Read more here. ...

Bank Security, Phybridge UniPhyer, Mobiles and Paisas, RIM in Indonesia

September 13, 2010

Indonesia "may follow the lead of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia by banning service for Research In Motion'sBlackBerry devices," according to a recent report cited by MarketWatch.   The Associated Press, citing a spokesman for Indonesia's Ministry of Communication and Information, "reported that the government there is concerned that encrypted data sent by BlackBerry devices could be intercepted outside the country and used by criminals or spies."   MyStateLine.com has reported that Research in Motion and Saudi Arabia have "hammered out an agreement to put the BlackBerry smartphone back in service" in the tightly-controlled Islamic state.   The government says it's awaiting "some final, technical details before agreeing to lift the ban," MyStateLine says, adding that the ban covers e-mails and text messages from BlackBerry users.   "Both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have threatened bans if they can't get RIM's encryption codes for the BlackBerry.

Google Social Networking, Alcatel-Lucent, Wireless Backhaul Market, Apptix

September 13, 2010

Apptix, a vendor of hosted Unified Communications services, has announced the completion of a nearly two and a half year project to consolidate legacy systems onto a network and service delivery platform.

  Company officials say they had more than 300,000 full Exchange users at nearly 22,000 companies and organizations under contract at the end of the second quarter of 2010, "including 100,000 employees of one of the largest U.S. healthcare providers."   David Ehrhardt, president & CEO of Apptix, said Apptix can, "meet the unique needs and requirements of businesses of all size -- from a single employee SoHo or a 100,000-seat enterprise."   They certainly have experience with the latter -- earlier this year, TMC reported that Apptix secured a contract with a U.S. healthcare system to provide standardized e-mail services for more than 100,000 employees spread across multiple facilities.
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