KPN International network
achieves 40 Gbit/s performance.
As part of its drive to provide next generation network services to
carriers, service providers and corporate users, KPN International
is moving ahead with this upgrade to 40 Gbit/s. Customer demand for
bandwidth and performance have driven this development, and with the
upgrade KPN International has been able to quadruple performance.
KPN International has achieved these new service and performance
levels through the widespread adoption of new Optical Transport
Network (OTN) technologies from technology partner Huawei.
The new solution has been exhaustively tested over recent months.
This testing culminated in a London launch event at which KPN
International wholesale and Huawei customers were invited to test
drive the next generation network.
Carolien Nijhuis, Managing Director of KPN International, explains
the business logic for this significant upgrade: ‘As data, video and
voice use continue to grow for both wholesale and corporate
customers, there is no limit in sight for capacity or performance.
As network owners, we need to distinguish ourselves both by being
ready for demand and by being flexible in our response.’
To achieve these new un-regenerated 40 Gbit/s links, KPN
International capitalises on its stake in the 208 km Ulysses sea
cable between the Netherlands and the UK.
Fan Miao, Managing Director of Huawei in the Netherlands, sees the
KPN International 40 Gbit/s network as a showcase initiative: ‘We
have worked together to create a solution of outstanding flexibility.
This will allow KPN International to route and balance traffic more
effectively than ever before. We should also mention the
environmental intelligence of the solution, which radically drives
down the cost and impact of power consumption.’
The Paris – London - Amsterdam link is now fully functioning and
highly-resilient at 40 Gbit/s, and initial client interest has been
high. KPN International intends to extend the next generation
service across its key business hubs in its pan-European network by
the close of 2008.
Telefónica International Wholesale Services
selects CARRIERS-Interconnect® to manage their Voice Service.
This service will enable TIWS to focus its working team on analysing
business and searching for new services, while leaving daily
operations to Carriers Interconnect.
This service provides a total outsourcing of traffic business
operations at TIWS level and of its related companies at the
Telefónica Group level. This service is rendered through the use of
the Carriers Interconnect Product, which manages the international
traffic business and is already installed at the different companies
belonging to Telefónica Group.
By providing this service, CARRIERS-Interconnect® is one step closer
to their customers, no only offering them the possibility to
purchase the product but helping them in their business operation so
that they can focus on its analysis.
AboveNet completes Network-wide
IP Edge Upgrade with Juniper MX-series Ethernet Services Router.
AboveNet customers will now have greater ability to scale as their
traffic needs grows, with up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet hand-offs
available in all AboveNet markets.
The Juniper Networks MX960 Ethernet Services Router provides
AboveNet with one of the industry’s largest-capacity carrier
Ethernet platforms. The MX960 is capable of supporting 960 Gbps of
switching and routing capacity, enabling AboveNet’s network to scale
to protect customers’ investments. The MX960 supports a wide range
of applications and services, while enabling AboveNet to reduce
power, space and cooling costs by as much as 50 percent.
This significant upgrade builds upon AboveNet’s recent investments
in its European network presence and its core IP backbone which,
taken together, form its next generation IP infrastructure.
Customers can now benefit from increased scalability and capability
while leveraging AboveNet’s expertise in low-latency, high bandwidth
“AboveNet continues to invest in leading edge technology to better
serve the high bandwidth needs of our customers,” said Rajiv Datta,
AboveNet’s CTO. “This network-wide MX-series deployment provides a
scalable platform for our IP connectivity services as well as an
intelligent edge architecture for advanced services such as Ethernet
“AboveNet’s customers rely on its high-bandwidth services to move
their business communications faster and more certainly, so it is
absolutely critical these services deliver high performance and
superior reliability,” said Manoj Leelanivas, senior vice president
and general manager of the Edge and Aggregation Business Unit,
Juniper Networks. “The MX960 Ethernet Services Router delivers
industry-leading performance, scalability and efficiency, helping
AboveNet rapidly introduce valuable new services for its customers,
while driving down operating costs.”
Tata Communications launches
application performance optimization service.
Tata Communications, a leading provider of the new world of
communications, announced the launch of its Application Performance
Optimization (APO) service to provide companies with end-to-end,
network application management. Ipanema Technologies, a well-known
WAN (Wide Area Network) optimization solutions provider, is one of
the technology partners for this service.
Tata Communications’ APO service available globally, is highly
scalable, and can be implemented across thousands of sites. The
service offers a unique consultative approach in the delivery of
Application Performance Services. The service helps companies
dramatically improve the performance of network applications that
feed core business processes, increasing productivity and user
satisfaction by reducing transaction delays across the network. It
also improves application delivery and ensures continuous control,
IT consolidation, bandwidth reduction and slow applications
As part of the service, Tata Communications evaluates a company’s
goals then designs a solution that uniquely fits their needs. The
customer’s environment is assessed, a WAN optimization vendor is
chosen, and application performance is analyzed in order to design
the optimization sequence. APO is a globally managed service,
including customized reporting of real-time environment and alarms (application
performance degradation alarms). It can also propose application
level service level agreements (SLAs) when bundled with customers’
connectivity solutions, such as IP and VPN.
"As network traffic increases, cost efficiencies demand effective
utilisation of each IT application. Tata Communications APO Service
offers enterprises a unique modular, flexible, and repeatable
service with a depth and functionality not seen before on a global
scale," said James Walker, Vice President, and Global VPN Services
for Tata Communications.
Tata Communications chose Ipanema as an APO solution partner because
of their capabilities in application optimization, such as in depth
visibility and optimization including Quality of Service (QoS)
optimization, acceleration, and compression features. Key advantages
of the service include a continuous measure of performance at flow
level (session by session), which is then aggregated in high level
indicators to quickly detect degradations and perform accurate
diagnostics. Ipanema’s solution also provides the unique concept of
network wide QoS, globally optimizing the network and not only each
WAN access independently.
According to research firm OVUM, 78 percent of European and North
American companies said a performance degradation of networked
applications would have a severe impact on their business. "The
research highlights the imperative need to provide customers with
highly effective traffic optimization solutions for networked
applications. Partnering with Tata Communications provides the
opportunity for us to deliver cost-effective, fully customizable
solutions to meet each customer’s distinctive needs," said Thierry
Grenot, CTO, Ipanema Technologies.
Reliance Globalcom announces new
multi year contract with major European companies.
Reliance Globalcom, a leading global provider of managed network and
application delivery services for multinational enterprises,
carriers and consumers, signed multi year contracts with leading
European companies to provide a comprehensive solution to manage
challenging global networking requirements across continents.
"We continue to see strong demand in Europe for managed global
networks,” said Eric Havette, managing director, of the French
subsidiary of Reliance Globalcom. “Our keen focus on customer
solutions and satisfaction has helped us to build strong, long term
relationships with our clients. In this challenging global economy,
our ability to manage large, global Ethernet and IP MPLS WANs seems
to have struck a chord with clients looking for high performance,
reduce costs and improve flexibility."
RCN Metro Provides More Access to
High Speed Bandwidth to Pinetree Networks.
RCN Metro Optical Networks, a division of RCN Corporation (NASDAQ:
RCNI) and a premier provider of fiber optic-based network solutions,
announced that it will be expanding its relationship with Pine Tree
Networks, a Maine based company providing reliable and affordable
telephone and Internet services to homes, businesses, and service
providers throughout New England.
RCN Metro has been providing Pine Tree Networks with a Virtual
Private Network (VPN) solution that provides high speed connections
to locations throughout New England. The VPN service has allowed
Pine Tree to cost effectively deliver services to their customers
and now Pine Tree needs additional bandwidth to expand to new
“RCN Metro recognizes that the need for access to a reliable, fiber-based
network extends past the traditional Tier 1 markets to underserved,
rural markets. RCN Metro has long been the provider of choice to
markets such as Portland, ME. We are pleased to provide Pine Tree
Networks with additional bandwidth so that they can continue to grow
their business,” said Felipe Alvarez, President of RCN Metro Optical
Networks. “And, we are very confident that we will continue to
provide the same level of reliability and great service that Pine
Tree has come to expect from us, at a very competitive price point.”
RCN Metro was originally chosen by Pine Tree Networks due in large
part to their outstanding network design, and high quality service
“For a Maine-based telecommunications business competing within and
outside of our state, it’s critical to have access to affordable,
multi-megabit transport to a wide variety of locations,” said Trevor
D. Jones, Director of Sales and Marketing of Pine Tree Networks.
“RCN Metro has successfully quadrupled the bandwidth available to us
so that we can expand our coverage to include customers in New York,
New Jersey, Vermont, Connecticut and Rhode Island.”
Etisalat Hub Supports Mobile
Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President, Carrier & Wholesale Services,
presented Etisalat’s vision on the future of the industry, focusing
on a perspective of the increasing demand for capacity, and high
“The demand for broadband connectivity will drive the
telecommunications business in 2009 and beyond. All operators,
mobile, fixed-line and alternative wireless providers are today
looking to establish a foot-hold in this sector,” Ali Amiri,
Executive Vice President, Carrier & Wholesale Services said. “Mobile
Broadband promises to be an important growth segment, and this in
turn will drive demand for national and international capacity and
quality of service guarantees.”
To service the new community of mobile ISPs Etisalat is enhancing
its already established mobile services hub in the UAE. This will
provide a comprehensive platform of services for mobile operators
including roaming aggregation or replication, clearing house
services, signaling and more. Etisalat will also support new ISPS
with managed international connectivity, enabling the operator to
offer the highest possible service experience to their growing
community of Internet customers.
“The complexity of services required from a mobile operator is far
greater than for a fixed-line operator,” Ali Amiri continued. “The
greatest strength of mobility is also its greatest challenge. As
consumers increasingly gain the ability to access more and more
services anywhere, over any device, the demand on the operator to be
able to provision and deliver quality coverage will also grow. This
will drive the creation of mobile hubs, where operators can access a
variety of services from one intermediate, rather than being forced
to develop relationships with hundreds of operators around the world.”
Now in its 13th year, GSM 3G Middle East is the region's leading
communications conference and exhibition. This year it has broadened
its focus beyond mobile to reflect convergence in the Middle Eastern
communications market. 2,500 decision makers from across the whole
communications value chain - mobile and fixed line operators,
internet service providers, regulators, investors, telecoms solution
vendors, content providers and more are gathering to participate in
Alaska Power and Telephone Uses
Dave Vogel, Skagway Manager, AP&T commented that the LightGAIN
system “is very easy to install and turn up”. While always available
to customers, Optelian’s installation and support service was not
required; installation and turn-up were completed entirely by AP&T.
The system has been up and running for several months.
General Manager, Telephone Operations, Eric Logan stated, “Optelian
was easy to work with and equipment delivery was timely.” He also
noted “the LightGAIN equipment is simple, transparent, and has very
low power consumption.”
BITE Group And iBasis Announce
For Exchange Of Mobile International Voice Services.
iBasis (NASDAQ: IBAS), a KPN affiliate, and BITE Group, one of the
largest telecom groups in the Baltic countries, announced that BITE
has selected iBasis to carry its international mobile voice traffic
from Latvia and Lithuania. The interconnection with iBasis enables
BITE to more cost-efficiently route its international mobile voice
traffic by leveraging The iBasis Network™, the leading global VoIP-based
network, while expanding iBasis’ ability to complete mobile calls in
BITE selected iBasis in order to take advantage of its quality
mobile products portfolio, which was enhanced by the company's
acquisition of KPN Global Carrier Service in October 2007. BITE is
utilizing iBasis’ Premium Voice service, which offers high quality
and advanced features for mobile operators, including guaranteed
calling line identification (CLI) and global roaming.
Resulting largely from its acquisition of KPN Global Carrier
Services, iBasis has relationships with more than 100 mobile
operators, and carries international traffic from KPN's Dutch,
German and Belgian operations. In addition to a reliable
international voice product portfolio, iBasis offers a comprehensive
set of value-added services for Mobile Operators and MVNOs. Called
Mobile Matrix, the portfolio provides a wide range of value added
mobile data services that can be hosted in iBasis’ infrastructure.
Mobile Matrix services enable mobile operators to roll out new
revenue-generating offerings quickly and cost-efficiently.
Intense competition in mobile and international wholesale voice
markets are driving operators worldwide to find more competitive
solutions based on quality, efficiency, scale and profitability.
Mobile operators are also looking for future-proof solutions that
will help them compete in the new arena of converged technologies
and services. BITE Group is the latest edition to a growing roster
of operators who have found in iBasis a cost effective solution to
today’s market challenges.
"The migration of international voice traffic to mobile networks
remains a major source of growth for operators worldwide," said Ofer
Gneezy, president and CEO of iBasis. "We are very pleased to add
BITE to our increasing mobile customer base. Our proven resources
and expertise in IP, combined with the expertise we acquired in KPN
Global Carriers Services', enables us to enhance the growth,
efficiency and profitability of leading mobile network operators
such as BITE."
"As one of the largest telecom operators in the Baltic region,
providing competitive international rates, quality products and
excellent customer service to subscribers is critical to growing our
market share," said Martin Amtoft-Christensen, CFO & Member of
Management Board, BITE Group, "With iBasis we can more cost
effectively bring global, high-quality and competitive services to
our Latvian and Lithuanian customers, while facilitating our ability
to offer from emerging converged IP-based products.”
Like many telecommunications markets, growth in the Baltic region
continues to be fueled by mobile expansion. According to market
research firm BuddeComm (March 2007), there were more than 2.3
million mobile subscribers in Latvia accounting for a mobile
penetration of 102 percent, and 4.8 million subscribers in Lithuania
comprising a mobile penetration of 134 percent. To sustain growth
and profitability, mobile operators are increasingly focusing on
expanding lifetime revenue and profit per customer, and increasing
their cost efficiency.
About BITE Group
BITE Group is one of the largest international telecommunications
groups in the Baltic region. The group, which was set up in 2005,
consists of BITE Lietuva operating in Lithuania since 1995 and BITE
Latvija established in 2005. Since 9 February 2007 the sole
shareholder of BITE has been Mid Europa Partners. Mid Europa
Partners is a leading independent private equity investment firm in
Central and Eastern Europe. With its long-time experience in the
dynamic telecommunications market, investments and professional team
of employees, BITE Group is ready to ensure modern, high-quality and
customer-friendly services for Latvian and Lithuanian customers.