• Cedar Point gains European foothold
By Brian Santo
3Stars Net has deployed Cedar Point's Safari C3 Multimedia Switching System to deliver SIP-based, carrier-grade VoIP services. The vendor said the Belgian telecom operator is its first telecommunications service provider customer in Europe.
3Stars Net is expanding and replacing its current TDM-based switching equipment with the Safari C3, allowing them to deliver VoIP and premium voice services over its IP network. B.A.S.E. Technologies, a Cedar Point reseller and support partner for the European market, assisted Cedar Point in the completion of the agreement.
Max Heilbron, CEO of 3Stars Net, said, "Safari C3 will help us make a seamless transition to an IMS architecture, which positions us to deliver advanced services in the future."
• Aurora adds Shanghai office
By Brian Santo
Aurora Networks has added a Shanghai office, the company said, to accommodate growing demand for its Fiber Deep technology in the Chinese cable market.
“Aurora Networks is experiencing continued strong customer demand and sales success of its Fiber Deep solution, as announced in January, in addition to a growing demand in the Asia-Pacific region, including China, for our evolving cable solutions,” said Guy Sucharczuk, chairman, president and CEO of Aurora Networks.
Eugene Lee, recently named the Chinese country manager, will lead all business, promotion and sales opportunities from Aurora Networks’ new Shanghai office location. Prior to joining Aurora Networks, Lee worked with U.S-based Ripley Tools, provider of professional tools for the cable and telecom industries. Lee was also with Japan-based Fujikura, a major manufacturer of optical fiber and cable to China.
• ECI accelerates Israeli MSO’s backbone
By Brian Santo
Israeli cable operator Hot said it has completed a major expansion and upgrade of its optical transport network using ECI Telecom’s XDM-1000 family of Multi-Service Provisioning Platforms (MSPP) for the backbone of the optical transport network. The value of the project is estimated at approximately $3 million.
The project includes the deployment of reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) technology.
Hot increased its network capacity by migrating from 2.5Gbps to 10Gbps wavelengths in the network.
• Juniper to host IETF meeting in San Fran
By Traci Patterson
Next week, Juniper Networks will host the 74th Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting, being held March 22-27 in San Francisco, with the goal of advancing issues and technologies such as IPv6.
The IETF is an open, international community of network designers, operators, vendors and researchers that strive to evolve the Internet architecture and smooth out operations of the Internet.
"With more than one billion people using the Internet today, IETF meetings such as this one will be key to developing and deploying the technical foundation needed to support the next billion users and an even greater diversity of applications," said Russ Housley, chair of the IETF.
• Icareus rolls out IPTV game portfolio
By Mike Robuck
Icareus Studios, a division of Icareus Group, is serving up a new game portfolio for IPTV service providers.
The new game portfolio now includes games targeted for browser-based IPTV environments. In previous versions, the interactive TV game portfolio included games for SMS text message interaction and Java-based interactive TV games for DTT, cable, satellite and IPTV environments.
The new portfolio includes some of the old Icareus’ Java iTV game favorites ported to a browser environment, as well as new casual games. All of the games are single-player games, but later this year Icareus said it will launch multi-player games in the IPTV browser environment.