The Onion That Makes Telcos Cry

Mainly due to the success of the Internet with its steady growth and ubiquitous reach, IP has for a long time shown its predominance as the preferred protocol and has more lately become the one protocol on which to base each application. However, network operators have been for many years compelled to deploy several other technologies to implement the services they wanted to sell. This led to the “networking onion” shown in the illustration here where various technologies are deployed in layers to...

By Alex Wanda, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

Hosted PBX - Good Business Choice?

A hosted PBX solution may not be right for every business application. But if you do your due diligence you may find it's a good business choice for you.One key is that when you talk about hosted PBX (VoIP) .... it can mean different things to different people.The intent of hosted PBX / VOIP is to provide the service at a fixed monthly cost rather than taking in the capital cost of a purchased solution. It can also be used to invest in a more feature rich solution than would otherwise be affordable (renting a piece of a very expensive system...

By BroadbandNation, 03 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Networks, VoiP.

Why buy an IP based Business Telephone System?

 A Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) based phone system is more than just a few new phones plugged into your network with slick displays and pretty flashing lights.

VoIP transforms your phone system into a next generation communications hub; complete with cutting edge technologies that allow your organization to deliver superior customer service while cutting costs. An IP based system piggybacks on your data network and can connect to the public-switched telephone network (PSTN) through a variety...

By Gregg Haughton, 29 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, CRM, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, VoiP.

India imposes 100 text cap

Telecoms regulator in India has put a cap on the number of text messages that can be sent from a mobile phone to deter tele-marketers, according to reports.The new ruling comes after several failed attempts to rein in the tele-marketing firms who have been freely sending unsolicited marketing texts to users on a daily basis. Under the current system, subscribers can register their numbers with a "national do not call" list by sending a text to a 1909 number.The latest measure comes after an announcement in December that companies found...

By Verity Gough, 28 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Devices, Government, India, Mobile, Networks.

French regulator grants LTE licenses to all 4 operators

All four of the main French mobile operators have been awarded licenses for blocks of fourth-generation mobile frequencies following the first round of auctions that have set a high bar for the industry, with bids totalling €936m ($1.28bn).

Telecoms regulator ARCEP said France Telecom and soon-to-be new mobile player Iliad put in the highest bids to win the two largest blocks of 20 MHz; SFR and Bouygues Telecom were given smaller blocks of 15 MHz.

The auction has been hailed as a success by the French...

By Matt Henkes, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

Vodafone partners with Asian teleco giants

Vodaphone has signed a deal to partner with some of Asia’s biggest telecoms providers in order to increase its reach in the region and provide a range of new services to its global customer base.The Conexus Mobile Alliance will see Vodafone partner with NTT Docomo in Japan, Hutchison Telecom in Hong Kong and FarEasTone in Taiwan amongst others and in return, the new companies will benefit from Vodaphones international footprint and permit Vodafone’s enterprise and multinational customers to extend their managed services to...

By Verity Gough, 21 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Industry, Networks, Operators.

5 tips for data center connectivity

This article was originally posted here in DataCentre Solutions (DSC) Magazine.  Ian Harris is a System Integrators Leader for Ciena in EMEA.

1) The right tool for the job There are many system architectures for data centre connectivity, therefore it is important to select the solution that meets your specific requirements. Which applications is your data centre going to support? How important are speed and latency to...

By Ciena, 22 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cabling, Infrastructure, Networks, Security.

Blackberry gets caught up in UK riots

Blackberry has become embroilled in the national riots following reports that rioters used the mobile company's messenger system to coordinate the violet attacks witnessed across Britain this week.

Widespread attacks across Britain's cities including London, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester has forced a spotlight onto Blackberry's messenger system which has been a popular means of the gangs coordinating the attacks. However Blackberry, which is owned by Research in Motion, has been quick to offer full...

By Verity Gough, 12 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, Devices, Mobile, Networks.

Two new R&E network deployments for Ciena

Ciena’s momentum in the Research & Education (R&E) community took another big step forward today with the announcements of two new Ciena solution deployments to support advanced R&E network applications.  Because they support the needs of scientists and researchers to connect super computers, remote research locations and enable huge data transfers, R&E networks are usually at the cutting edge of technology – as is the case with today’s two announcements. 

The first...

By Ciena, 13 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, N America, Networks.