Your industry review for: April 17, 2006

 

 

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IBM, 3Com tag-team on IP telephony suite

Nortel could buy, or be bought, after Alcatel deal

Avaya IP telephony solutions win "Best in Test" from Miercom

Nortel strengthens global VoIP market leadership position

 

NATD in the News

ADTRAN captures top spot in license-free microwave market
ADTRAN Inc., a leading supplier of license-free microwave radios, announced the company now holds the leading worldwide market share for these products according to a report recently released by Skylight Research. According to the report, ADTRAN now holds at least 28% of the worldwide market for unlicensed 5 GHz and under, up from only 17% one year ago. The company attributes the rapid growth to its successful penetration of the wireless carrier market. ADTRAN's TRACER products are deployed by all of the Tier 1 and many Tier 2 and Tier 3 wireless service providers in the U.S., as well as several global service providers. The TRACER 6000 Series is the industry's first modular wireless solution offering user-configurable TDM and Ethernet functionality in a single, 1U-chassis. The newly released, higher-transmit power versions of the TRACER 6420 and TRACER 6410 radios allow wireless carriers to maximize distance, while utilizing smaller, more cost-effective antennas.

Visit www.adtran.com.

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Upfront

IBM, 3Com tag-team on IP telephony suite

3Com and IBM announced a partnership to port 3Com's IP telephony server onto IBM's System i server platform, the re-branded, multiplatform version of the old AS/400 series. The System i IP Telephony Suite will enable IT to reduce the cost and complexity of mid-market offices by deploying a single server housing all of their core applications -- ERP and CRM, Websphere, DB-2 and now their IP telephony server, 3Com's VCX. Up to 2,000 users will be supported on a single System i5 520 or 550. While the IBM System i IP Telephony solution may be the first server to integrate an IP PBX, it's hardly the first integrated device. Cisco claims to have shipped 750,00 of its Integrated Service Routers (ISRs) that combine switching, routing, network security. So successful has Cisco been with the ISR, that Adtran has since released its own ISR-killer. The NetVanta 7100 IP PBX was introduced at the VoiceCon show and includes a router, Ethernet switch, firewall, VPN, CSU/DSU and an IP PBX. However, the IBM and 3Com deal will be unique in that they target the regional office, not the small branch. What's more, by running on i5/0S the VCX will inherit the availability and scalability features inherent in the platform. Since 3Com's VCX is pure SIP, IBM intends to use VCX as a platform for integrating convergence capabilities into other applications.

Visit www.ibm.com or www.3com.com.

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Nortel could buy, or be bought, after Alcatel deal

Nortel Networks Corp. could be the next to buy or be bought after the tie-up announced between Alcatel and Lucent Technologies, an analyst said. Alcatel said it would buy Lucent in a deal that creates a company to rival industry leader Cisco Systems Inc. "We believe the geographic exposure of the combined Alcatel/Lucent represents an attractive aspect that other vendors may wish to emulate with other deals," said Prudential Financial analyst Inder Singh. Merriman Curhan Ford analysts focused on Nortel as "the best value in the space and most likely to be the next player." They said Nortel could be a buyer, a seller, or remain as a standalone, although that was unlikely. "Given the changing environment we view major strategic activity at Nortel as a near certainty," they added. The Merriman analysts said Nortel would most likely benefit from a combination with Siemens, a deal that would make it the world's largest networking equipment supplier, and surpass the new Alcatel as the world leader in wireline, with market-leading positions in optical and VoIP. Merriman said Motorola would also be an attractive addition to Nortel's wireless unit, and would potentially add wireline access capability as well if Motorola could be coaxed to part with it.

Visit www.nortelnetworks.com.

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News in Review

Conferences

IT industry leaders to headline keynote lineup at Interop Las Vegas 2006
Interop announced its keynote lineup for the 2006 Las Vegas event, featuring executives from Cisco, Google, IBM, Avaya, Juniper, Extreme Networks, Siemens, Sybase and Internet Security Systems (ISS). These industry visionaries will be on hand to address the most pressing issues facing organizations that are demanding more from IP communications to drive business success. Interop Las Vegas will be held April 30 - May 5, 2006 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. This distinguished list of speakers is online at www.interop.com/lasvegas/exhibition/keynote.php.

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Management solutions

Avotus announces multi-year deal to support BT

Avotus Corporation, the leading provider of communications expense management and e-Procurement solutions, announced a contract with BT. The contract enables BT to employ Avotus ICM Usage Management, including traffic and call accounting, in support of a large end user customer. Part of a larger engagement between BT and their customer, BT will initially deploy Avotus’ ICM Usage Management hosted solution to 60 of their customer’s locations worldwide. Within the next 12 months the installation will be extended to support 15,000 users and 136 sites. BT will be installing a dedicated circuit to directly connect their customer’s European headquarters to Avotus in Canada in order to facilitate the polling data collection process. Avotus ICM Usage Management will collect call and traffic data from multiple sites and will generate local, regional and corporate-wide Web-based reports in a standard format.

Visit www.avotus.com.

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Power protection

MGE offers easy UPS network connectivity

In its ongoing effort to provide customers with unsurpassed power protection solutions, MGE UPS SYSTEMS announced its new Network Management Proxy (NMP) plug-and-play software agent that allows any of its Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs) to be interfaced with an Ethernet Network at no extra cost. The NMP is an economical solution for small UPS systems as it allows a UPS to be controlled over an existing network without adding a network management card and associated cost to the UPS. With the proxy software agent installed on a PC or server system that is connected to any MGE UPS via a USB or RS232 port, users can monitor and manage the UPS remotely using a standard browser or a network management console. The NMP agent provides both XML and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) protocols and can be operated in standard secure mode or in SSL secure mode (Secure Socket Layer).

Visit www.mgeups.com/us.             

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OEM Roundup

Avaya

Avaya IP telephony solutions win "Best in Test" from Miercom

For the second time this year, IP telephony solutions from Avaya Inc. were rated in first place in the industry's most demanding IP PBX competition by Miercom, a leading network consultancy and product test center. Avaya took top honors as "Best in Test" for its IP telephony solution for small to medium businesses (SMBs), adding to its first place win for "high end" IP telephony systems in a January 2006 review. In the most recent competition, Miercom cited Avaya IP telephony solutions for:

  • Top performance in endpoints, performance and security
  • Achievement of the only perfect scores in endpoints and performance categories and a near-perfect score in security; and
  • Its security system, which outranked the other vendors' solutions, and included voice-stream encryption on all end points, including softphones.

Visit www.avaya.com or www.miercom.com.

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Nortel

Nortel strengthens global VoIP market leadership position
According to recent reports, Nortel was ranked No. 1 globally in enterprise and carrier IP telephony for the entire year and fourth quarter of 2005. Dell'Oro Group reported that Nortel sustained a significant market share lead in the global next generation networks (NGN) carrier market, which grew 55% in 2005. Nortel held 21.5% share for the full year of 2005 and 26% share for the fourth quarter of 2005 in carrier IP telephony, as well as maintained revenues more than double its closest competitor in the fourth quarter. Dell'Oro ranked Nortel as the global leader in enterprise IP telephony line shipments with 23.3% share for the fourth quarter of 2005. According to Synergy Research Group, Nortel is the global carrier VoIP market leader for the entire year of 2005 with 19% share based on revenue and 18% share based on ports shipped. Nortel also leads in carrier softswitch and overall media gateway ports, as well as in VoIP and voice over ATM gateway categories for the entire year of 2005. Synergy Research Group also ranked Nortel as the global leader in enterprise telephony based on ports shipped for the entire year of 2005.  Infonetics attributes 23% revenue share to Nortel for the full year of 2005, and 26% revenue share for the fourth quarter of 2005 for worldwide carrier softswitches and trunk gateways. Infonetics ranked Nortel as the global leader in enterprise telephony line shipments for the entire year and fourth quarter of 2005 with 19% share. In addition, Info-netics ranked Nortel the leader in North American enterprise telephony line shipments for the entire year and fourth quarter of 2005 with 26% share.

Visit www.nortel.com.

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Siemens

Siemens solution helps enable the sharing of multimedia applications

Siemens Communications announced a new version of its Internet protocol multimedia subsystem (IMS)-based fixed mobile convergence (FMC) solution with a deployment model supporting the enterprise market, the consumer cable operator market as well as the fixed/mobile telephony market. Enhanced by a number of global and U.S. IMS/FMC trials with a range of service providers over the last year, Siemens is leveraging its multi-industry expertise to enable barrier-free multimedia service delivery, independent of device preferences. The Siemens IMS/FMC solution features transparent roaming and active handoffs across fixed and mobile networks. The solution includes personalized multimedia services and – for enterprises – presence-aware collaboration technologies that help improve workflow and business process efficiencies.

Visit www.usa.siemens.com/communications.

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The Flag:  EU & International Telecom News for IATD Members

BroadSoft launches state-of-the-art European operations centre

BroadSoft Inc., a leading provider of VoIP applica-tion software, announced that it will increase its presence in Europe with the opening of a new global operations centre in Prague, Czech Republic. The facility will provide unparalleled levels of service, training and engineering support to BroadSoft customers. Continuing BroadSoft's commitment to the European market, the new centre will join BroadSoft's other operations cen-ters in North America and Asia to deliver global 24 by 7 live support through local market technology expertise and assistance. The ability to quickly satisfy BroadSoft's more than 30 European carrier customer needs through a centrally located operations office was the primary incentive behind BroadSoft's decision to establish the Prague facility, which complements the BroadSoft sales offices in Bonn, London, Paris, and Stockholm.

Visit www.broadsoft.com.

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