Thursday, October 23, 2014

Aculab ApplianX solution now rated “Avaya Compliant”

MILTON KEYNES, UK: Aculab, a leading provider of telephony products to the global communications market, announced that its ApplianX QSIG-to-SIP gateway is compliant with Avaya Aura Communication Manager 6.2 and Avaya Aura Session Manager 6.3 solutions from Avaya, a global provider of business collaboration and communication software and services.

The ApplianX QSIG-to-SIP gateway helps businesses connect their QSIG-based PBX to the Avaya Aura® Platform, allowing them to expand their communication functionality as their needs grow. The application is now compliance-tested by Avaya for compatibility with Avaya Aura Communication Manager 6.2 and Avaya Aura Session Manager 6.3.

Aculab is a Technology Partner in the Avaya DevConnect program – an initiative to develop, market and sell innovative third-party products that interoperate with Avaya technology and extend the value of a company’s investment in its network.

Telefonica/VIVO and ISPM – building Brazil’s first smart city

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL & LONDON, UK: Telefonica/VIVO, the largest telecommunications service provider in Brazil, and ISPM, a leading vendor of flexible service assurance, orchestration and management software for telecommunications and IT infrastructure, announced the launch of a comprehensive project to turn Águas de São Pedro, a city in the São Paulo region, into the first smart city in the country.

The project has been initiated to coincide with the modernisation of the city’s telecommunications infrastructure. In addition to the provision of high-speed broadband connectivity to citizens and businesses, digital solutions will be designed and delivered to assist in education, health, tourism and public spaces, among other areas.

ISPM, the leader in quality management for digital services, was invited to participate in the project through the delivery of solutions that will manage the quality of the services that will be used in the city. ISPM will provide technical support and maintenance for over 400 remote solutions used across the health and education sectors.

In addition, ISPM will be responsible for service level management of a range of services using its NetVision IoT platform, which will consolidate the Service Assurance of various digital services in a single portal.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Starhome Mach’s steering of roaming best solution in market

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND: For the second year running, Starhome Mach’s steering of roaming solution was selected by mobile operators worldwide as the best in the market in an independent survey conducted by Roaming Consulting Co. Ltd (ROCCO).  Starhome Mach is the global leader in mobile inter-carrier network and clearing services.

Starhome Mach excelled in the leadership KPIs, including industry expertise and customer orientation, and as the leading roaming enabler. For performance KPIs, Starhome Mach received the highest rankings in customer service, value for money, reliability, and depth of understanding of the roaming business.

“The best judges of a product are its users. To be selected among our competitors is the best endorsement of our product, service, and the value we provide to our customers,” said Guy Reiffer, VP, Marketing and Partnerships at Starhome MACH. “The survey shows what operators worldwide already know – that Starhome Mach offers the best product, affirming our position as a leader in the inter-carrier market, recognizing the value we add to operators and their customers, who are looking for excellent user experience and lower costs.”

UK-based mobile provider Improves MVNO capabilities for business users

WARRINGTON, UK: MDS, a leading provider of real-time charging, billing and customer management solutions, announced the successful implementation of the latest version of its Customer Management Platform (CMP) for a Tier 1 UK MVNO business provider, in a deal worth over $10 million in contractual term commitments.

MDS’ CMP is a fully-managed real-time billing and customer management solution that provides the MVNO with enhanced charging and billing capabilities which allow it to respond rapidly to its customers’ demands for innovative new digital services. This latest version of the business support service also empowers the MVNO to take advantage of new network capabilities, supporting the massive growth in data.

Thanks to CMP, the MVNO will soon be launching new and enhanced products and propositions that are attractive to its valuable business customers. New CMP features enable the creation of exciting new offers for business users, furthering innovation and improving service excellence in a dynamic and growing market.

The project required the MDS team to deliver a number of new pieces of development and carry out a significant number of complex infrastructure changes, including integration with a new network and automating the porting and migration process, within a tight timeframe. Working in partnership with the MVNO’s operational teams, MDS maintained uninterrupted service for the provider and its customers, which allowed the MVNO to continue to provide the same levels of superior support to its important business users.

The CMP implementation also gives the MVNO the opportunity to migrate a large base of business subscribers onto new services. The migration element of the project presented a unique set of challenges for MDS that included building a complete new back office whilst at the same time maintaining business as usual.

Connectivity anytime, anywhere, on any device

FRANCE: Apple's quiet release of its Apple SIM has recently disrupted the embedded connectivity market. Not only does this technology allow users to switch mobile carriers without changing their SIM card, but this new technology also paves the way for a future where device manufacturers will be connectivity resellers or even connectivity providers.

Transatel, an innovative French company and leader within the mobile services market, anticipated this market trend long ago and developed a new product, offering device manufacturers an end-to-end embedded connectivity solution. This innovative technology based on the multi-local 901 mobile network code allows device manufacturers to delivers global 3G/LTE services to their end-users with one unique SIM card.

Consumer mobile broadband usage is increasing on connected devices, driven by 4G adoption and the need to be always connected, anywhere, anytime. With 30 billion connected devices expected by 2020, the forecasted growth in Connectivity and the Internet of Things markets clearly ensures a bright future for this innovative connectivity solution.

OSS/BSS market projected to be worth $48.54 billion by 2018

ALBANY, USA: OSS/BSS Market - Asia Pacific and Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2012-2018, a report published by Transparency Market Research, provides valuable insights into the global OSS/BSS Market and forecasts the various factors that could propel as well as hinder the market, and the hot market areas for this industry during over the forecast period.

According to the report, the global OSS/BSS market, which had a market value worth $17 billion in 2011, could rise to $48.54 billion by 2018. The market is projected to show a year-on-year CAGR of 16.2 percent during the forecast period, which seems quite certain according to the current state of the industry and its favorable market conditions.

All telecommunication services (fixed line or mobile) are basically made up of a combination of hardware devices and embedded software that enables the hardware in undertaking various operations. Along with the embedded software, there are two other software applications that are critical for the proper management of the telecom network. These are OSS and BSS.

OSS refers to either operations support systems or operational support systems and BSS to Business support systems. The report states that factors such as the rapid growth in the telecommunications industry and the growing use of convergent billing systems could help the industry grow at the estimated rates.

WhiteSpace Alliance to speak at Spectrum Futures conference in Singapore

CHELMSFORD, USA: The WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA), a global industry organization enabling sharing of underutilized spectrum, announced that its members will be featured speakers at the Spectrum Futures Conference in Singapore in October, 2014.

The new conference, hosted by the Pacific Telecommunications Council, will focus upon the latest developments in the use of spectrum for Internet access in Asia and Oceania with a particular focus on South and Southeast Asia. Spectrum Futures will feature briefings by country regulators and platform suppliers about innovations in the use of unlicensed, shared and licensed spectrum to support rapid deployment of Internet access.

The conference will take place 29-30 October, 2014, at the Arts House in Singapore.

“Southern Asia represents a rapidly growing market for shared spectrum solutions”, said Dr. Apurva N. Mody, chairman of WhiteSpace Alliance. “Our broad ecosystem of members has strong Asian representation and knowhow regarding whitespace technology implementation. Many of our members have participated in spectrum sharing trials in countries such as Singapore, Japan, and the Philippines.”