Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Ixia Validates New State-of-the-Art Wi-Fi Network at Dubai World Trade Center

CALABASAS, CA, (October 18, 2011)– Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), the leading global provider of converged IP and wireless network test solutions, today announced that it has completed a thorough evaluation of the new 802.11n Wi-Fi network for Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC), a facility that encompasses over 1 million square feet and services over 1.4 million people per year. This advanced network architecture, a testament to the growing importance of Wi-Fi as an access technology and for cellular traffic offload, will increase connectivity coverage and capacity for the hospitality, convention and real estate customers on the DWTC site. Ixia’s end-to-end test solution validates capacity and quality of service as well as network access, and was the only solution capable of providing a complete picture of the network for the facility.

MTN Nigeria rolls out Opera Mini

With the signing of an agreement between MTN and Opera Software, over 40 million subscribers can now expect to see faster, easier and more cost-effective mobile web surfing on their handsets.

MTN customers will also enjoy a faster and more affordable web experience through one-click access to MTN’s Play entertainment portal, as well as easier access to any other website.

Already, more than 130 million people around the world have discovered how Opera Mini can help revolutionize their mobile web experience. Not only does Opera Mini deliver the Web faster to almost any phone, it also cuts data costs by compressing webpage data before pages are delivered, while retaining all the functionality of a normal webpage.

“MTN as a whole has seen the value of Opera Mini and we are introducing it in all the 21 countries we operate in,” said Bola Akingbade, Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria. “We believe that communication and participation empowers people. By working with Opera, we deliver greater value to our customers, with a faster browsing experience, lowering the barriers to spending time online.”

Opera Mini works on more than 3,000 different mobile phone models, from basic feature phones to high-end smart phones.

It shares many features with Opera’s browsers for desktop, including tabbed browsing, password manager and speed dial.

“Our goal has always been to offer the full Web to our users — no matter the device. Over the past few years, we have observed the explosion of mobile web usage across Africa. MTN has been leading the way, with its strong customer focus and innovative solutions,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software. “The further growth of the mobile Web depends on our joint ability to understand and enhance the user experience. We look forward to working closely with MTN Nigeria to ensure a large and happy user base.”

Existing Opera Mini users on the MTN network in Nigeria will be automatically updated to the new version when next they run Opera Mini. New users can also download it from the customized MTN Opera Mini link, m.opera.com, using their default mobile browser.

Telecom Italia Sparkle Global IP Backbone “Seabone” climbs five positions to #8 worldwide in Renesys Global Customer Base Backbone ranking

“Seabone”, TI Sparkle’s Tier 1 Global IP Transit Backbone, reached position #8 worldwide today in Renesys Global Customer Base Backbone ranking. Positioned #13 last January, Seabone has been steadily climbing the internet research firm’s table over the last months, bypassing operators historically recognized as global leaders in the IP Transit segment. 

This success results from the customers’ consistent acknowledgment of TI Sparkle’s IP Transit Seabone service reliability and performance. The backbone has grown to become a global brand with very high recognition worldwide, contributing to position TI Sparkle as a reliable business partner as witnessed by the latest acquisition of key customers in Eastern Europe, especially in Russia where TI Sparkle now serves most of the major operators and ISPs.  At the same time TI Sparkle has recently strengthened the IP Transit relationship with a leading global operator with strong presence in Asia Pacific. 


“The investments we have carried out last year that aimed at consolidating the core backbone in Europe and the US and at providing a bullet-proof service, together with the footprint expansion in Africa and Asia, have paid off”, states Paolo Ferrari, TI Sparkle Chief Executive Officer. “We will continue along this path adding new IP points of presence in particular in the fast growing markets of Africa and South East Asia”, continues Ferrari.


Today, TI Sparkle 2-Terabyte Global IP Backbone Seabone is 100% Transit Free and fully IPv6 enabled; it ranks #3 in Europe and is the leading IP Service provider for Africa, with a consolidated customer base in the Middle East and in South America. 

MTC Makes Changes to Its Aweh and Free Hour Services

WINDHOEK, 19 OCTOBER 2011- Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), Namibia’s leading mobile operator announces changes to its AWEH and Free Hour (FH) Class of Services (COS) for pre-paid customers with immediate effect.


“The changes to both products have been introduced to allow for a period to address important aspects of the MTC network that will ultimately result in an improved service to all 081 customers” said Tim Ekandjo, Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer.


In May 2010 MTC introduced Aweh-Aweh, a product that addresses the communication needs of the 081 Nation. The uptake on Aweh Aweh has been tremendous by the public in both urban and rural areas and remains the most affordable way of mobile communication in the country.


Aweh-Aweh subsequently expanded its portfolio to include Aweh-Lite and with the introduction of the Blackberry services at MTC, the BB7 Aweh COS was added under the Aweh sub-brand.
Changes to the Aweh products will affect all three COS in that all three products will be limited to 50 minutes of free calls weekdays and on weekends.


Subscribers to the Free Hour (FH), Special Free Hour (SFH) or Free Hour Student (FHS) COS will now be limited to 30 minutes during the specific hour.


“Both the Aweh and FH services are here to stay. They have been some of the company’s best performing products and we do recognize the affordability these products provide for several communities countrywide. We want assure all our customers that changes to products or services at MTC are always aimed at meeting customer demands or improving our service delivery” concluded Ekandjo.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

VIVA Selects AdaptiveMobile to Ensure User Base Receive the Very Latest Privacy Protection

VIVA Selects AdaptiveMobile to Ensure User Base Receive the Very Latest Privacy Protection

Kuwait, 18th October, 2011
- AdaptiveMobile, the world leader in mobile security is today announcing that VIVA, Kuwait’s most advanced mobile operator has implemented AdaptiveMobile’s Network Protection Platform which includes a call screening solution across its network of subscribers. The technology protects subscribers’ privacy by screening and controlling voice and video calls, SMS and MMS messages according to user preferences.

VIVA is the newest, most advanced mobile telecommunications service provider in Kuwait. The operator is quickly becoming a key player in the market working with 420 operators in 176 countries. VIVA is the latest mobile operator to select AdaptiveMobile’s Network Protection Platform as its solution of choice.

VIVA is committed to enriching the lives of its subscriber base. To ensure customer satisfaction levels remained high, VIVA wanted to offer customers the very latest mobile security functionality. This includes protecting users from the increasing number and sophistication of threats that mobiles and handheld devices are exposed to.

By deploying AdaptiveMobile’s Network Protection Platform VIVA has been able to offer a high-level of protection quickly and efficiently. The Call Screening software, which sits directly on the network, uses advanced screening technology to block offensive words and images from incoming messages before they get to the user. The service also restricts and diverts calls in pre arranged restricted time periods such as business or school hours ensuring productivity levels remain high – at a critical time for the country.

“The safety of an individuals’ privacy has increasingly become a cause for concern for many of our subscribers, and we wanted to reassure them that we value their privacy and their protection across our network was a key priority. We feel that it is critical that our subscribers are able to make the most of the benefits that the future of communication holds, but allowing them to feel secure whilst doing so is key,” says Salman Al-Badran, CEO, VIVA.

“The Call Screening solution ensures the necessary measures are in place to allow us to block unwanted calls and messages to users’ handsets. We chose AdaptiveMobile’s solution as it had proven experience in protecting subscribers, and the software could be deployed quickly and effectively. We want our customer’s lives to be enriched through communication, entertainment and transfer of information and AdaptiveMobile is helping make this possible,” concluded Al-Badran.

VIVA is the first operator in Kuwait to implement such a solution to provide protection for the three bearers of communication (SMS, MMS and Voice) across one single platform.

“Personal privacy has become more of a concern for mobile users’ and it is important that subscribers feel that their mobile operator sees this as a critical factor. VIVA picked us due to our heritage and expertise in the Middle East market and our ability to provide operators with service that meet their local needs. We are delighted to be helping VIVA provide its customer base with the very latest mobile security protection,” says Brian Collins, CEO, AdaptiveMobile.

Vodafone Webbook launched in South Africa with Ubuntu software

JOHANNESBURG, 18 0ctober 2011 - Vodacom today announced that it is the first Vodafone operating company to launch the Vodafone Webbook, which is expected to bring simplified, value-added internet access to thousands of South Africans, many of whom have until now had no access, or have depended on cellphones for internet connectivity.

The device is extremely compact and lightweight, weighing less than 1 kg. The Vodafone Webbook is presented with a 10" LCD screen, 512MB of memory and an additional 4GB of storage space.

"The Vodafone Webbook is going to offer the end user a compelling, mobile or at-home computing experience at an affordable price. We think this device is going to be particularly important and attractive for the emerging market," says Chris Ross, Managing Executive: Commercial Development at Vodacom.

With the Vodafone Webbook, Vodacom customers will be able to enjoy a portable internet experience with the Ubuntu operating system with various software applications, 24 months warranty and free software updates.

Ubuntu is a Linux-based operating system that is a free, fast, easy-to-use, and open source computer programme that was pioneered by Mark Shuttleworth.
Speaking about the Ubuntu software, Mark Shuttleworth said: "We are delighted to provide the operating system for the Vodafone Webbook. Ubuntu's founding principle is to remove the barriers of access to computing for everyone, and products like this give hope of connectivity to people all over the world."

MTC Holds Supplier Workshop In Windhoek

WINDHOEK, 18 OCTOBER 2011 - Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), Namibia’s leading mobile operator is holding a Suppliers Workshop on Friday, 21 October at the Polytechnic Hotel School for current and prospective suppliers of goods and services that the company procures on an ongoing basis.

MTC Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer Tim Ekandjo said the workshop is an annual event which is aimed at educating MTC suppliers on the company’s procurement processes

“We have realized that a lot of suppliers would like to participate in our procurement process but have no clue where to start and those who are already involved in the process do not know how to satisfy MTC’s needs and requirements,” Ekandjo said. He added the one-day workshop will also help to clarify any misunderstandings and miscommunication issues that may exist between MTC and the suppliers, thus making the whole process more open and transparent.

According to Ekandjo, the expected outcomes are mainly about how the suppliers are expected to align to MTC’s procurement needs and requirements. “We also listen to our suppliers and make justifiable changes to the process if needed. The workshop also serves as a networking opportunity for the suppliers,” Ekandjo emphasized.

Ekandjo said MTC is committed to working with Namibian suppliers for all its operational business requirements. The company uses an open or invited tender process to contract both small and large suppliers for its vast operational necessities. “MTC is dedicated to supporting the local industry for all goods and services; however, our suppliers must conform to our internal quality standards and commercial requirements. We are sensitive to the local supply chain and we are committed to working closely with local suppliers,” Ekandjo said.

MTC has three supplier categories, namely general suppliers for products and services, unique sole suppliers and specialised suppliers. The general supply of products that are not industry specific, such as stationary, groceries and promotional items, are supplied to MTC by suppliers, of which 85% is fully Namibian.

Specialised suppliers of services related to more complex technical operations are required mostly in the Base Station Tower (BTS) area of Infrastructure and BTS Maintenance. Namibian suppliers to MTC in this category currently stands at 98%.

The specialised supplier of products for the industry, such as the supply of 3G devices and handset generators, is supplied by a total of 49% Namibian suppliers, while general supply of services that are not industry specific, such as cleaning services, security services and the supply of accommodation, stands at a 99.6% Namibian supplier status.

A unique sole supplier is defined as a supplier providing a unique solution, mainly technological and IT. Thirty-eight percent of unique sole suppliers to MTC are Namibian. These category suppliers are long-term contracts, which will only be changed should the supplier or MTC default on the contract.

MTC currently makes use of the NPPC accreditation certificate to determine the BEE status of Namibian companies.

Bharti Airtel Africa enhances mobile internet browsing experience and multi-media messaging services

Bharti Airtel Africa enhances mobile internet browsing experience and multi-media messaging services

Customers of Bharti Airtel in Africa will soon enjoy seamless internet connectivity and simpler, more intuitive mobile data services. The operator has selected Nokia Siemens Networks’ Serve atOnce Device Management (SADM) software to be implemented across affiliates in 16 African countries. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will consolidate the operator’s existing multimedia messaging service (MMS) platforms into one centrally managed virtual platform.

Manoj Kohli, CEO (International) and joint managing director, Bharti Airtel, said: “Nokia Siemens Networks’ robust mobile device management solution will allow our customers in Africa to enjoy the latest services by enabling seamless internet connectivity and excellent customer care support. The solution will benefit Airtel from reduced operational costs when introducing new devices or services.”

Rajeev Suri, chief executive officer of Nokia Siemens Networks, said: “The shift towards smart networks that understand user preferences and enable delivery of customized services is helping operators such as Bharti Airtel deliver a superior mobile broadband experience. Nokia Siemens Networks supports this transition by helping operators to manage user experience better and deliver improved services seamlessly.”

Nokia Siemens Networks’ SADM* will enable Bharti Airtel to remotely and automatically manage and configure user devices for new data services. The software will also enable the operator to gain valuable insights on device capabilities to make right business decisions when introducing new services.

In addition, under a three-year contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its mobile internet browsing solution (MIBS) and multimedia messaging solution, hosted on a virtualized and centrally managed VaaS platform**. This will allow Bharti Airtel to provide these services faster and cost efficiently to all its customers across all affiliates in Africa.

Monday, 17 October 2011

The Qtel Group Builds Global Mobile Money Network

The Qtel Group has made a number of important strides in its Mobile Money strategy in recent weeks, with the launch of the Qtel Mobile Money service, a safe, fast, and easy-to-use “mobile wallet” (mWallet) solution.

Following the launch, customers in Qatar can transfer money in Qatar and to overseas destinations through the mWallet, using the safe, convenient, fast and easy-to-use Qtel service.

The Qtel Mobile Money service opens up a huge range of possibilities for customers and is as easy to use as a mobile phone. Following the launch in Qatar, the Qtel Group will roll out integrated mobile money services across the other key markets it serves.
 
Dr. Nassar Marafih, CEO, The Qtel Group, commented: “The Qtel Group has made the launch of mobile money services across our operations a strategic priority, recognising the strong demand from our customers, and the important social benefits this service will provide. Mobile Money services provide access and security for a whole cross-section of the community that is under-served by traditional banking, and we aim to be a leader in the countries we serve.”  With mWallet, the Qtel Group’s customers will be able to use their mobile phone accounts to save and send money, top up their credit, make payments and transfer airtime to friends, relatives, employees and partners.
 
The integrated solution provided by Sybase 365, EastNets and BICS will be easier, more cost-effective and more convenient than traditional remittance channels.

The Qtel Group’s operations cover regions with a high number of residents and foreign workers, who regularly transfer a proportion of their salaries overseas to their home countries.  A large proportion of these workers do not have access to traditional banking facilities and are “under-banked,” relying on the services of money transfer kiosks to transport money home.

“As well as providing the Qtel Group with an important new revenue source, the provision of Mobile Money services will also have a demonstrable social impact. Customers will have greater security in sending money to friends and family overseas, as well as greater control over their spending at home,” concluded Dr. Nasser.

Vodafone Turkey today released a co-branded version of the Opera Mini mobile browser

Vodafone Turkey today released a co-branded version of the Opera Mini mobile browser to add a little spice to the mobile web experience for its subscribers. This partnership has its roots in the midsummer of 2011 when Vodafone Group Services and Opera Software signed an extended global frame agreement.

More than 16.8 million Vodafone customers in Turkey will now get instant access to their favorite websites, as well as Vodafone’s popular services. Sport results, social networking, an information portal and a content store are now just one click away from the Speed Dial panel in Opera Mini. The browser is completely free and available for every Vodafone Turkey user at m.opera.com.

Opera Mini is the world’s most popular mobile browser, thanks to the unique technology that compresses web data by up to 90%. That’s why web surfing is so much faster with Opera Mini, especially on EDGE or 3G and even on crowded Wi-Fi, no matter which phone model is used. Opera Mini also helps to download more webpages per megabyte; this is extremely important when you are on pay-per-data service or when data roaming is active.

“Opera Mini has already won the hearts of almost 130 million users worldwide,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “We aim to make web surfing even easier for Vodafone’s subscribers in Turkey, enabling them to leap on their favorite web resources in a snap.”

According to Vodafone Turkey, the move formed part of the company’s unwavering focus on bringing the latest telecommunication technologies and most innovative services to customers: “We aim to ensure that everyone in Turkey can enjoy the mobile Internet as part of the Super Internet strategy that we launched at the beginning of 2011. We are delighted to offer this new version of Opera Mini to our customers, making it even easier and more enjoyable for them to surf the Mobile Internet”.

Party time (Burkina Faso)

The Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (ARCEP) is hosting the 26 - 28 October 2011 African Conference on the Economics of Regulation and Telecommunications (CARET). ARCEP is expecting two hundred participants, and aims to bring together all African and international stakeholders interested in regulation and development of electronic communication networks on the continent. The opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday 26 October 2011 under the chairmanship of Prime Minister.

More mobile fixed (Bahrain)

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced the launch of Fixed Number Portability Service from 4 October 2011. Details of the service can be found on TRA’s website for number portability: www.ilovemynumber.bh. Mobile Number Portability (MNP) was launched on 17 July 2011, the TRA saying that the delay was in part attributed to the political unrest earlier in the year. It then planned to launch fixed portability in September.