European Competitive Telecommunications Association

08 Jul
2008

ECTA WARNS OF THREAT TO BROADBAND COMPETITION FROM EU PARLIAMENT TELECOMS PROPOSALS

Brussels, 08 July 2008 – The European Competitive Telecoms Association, the pro competition group, gave a cautious welcome to proposals from the European Parliament to amend the EU Telecoms Framework, but warned that many of the amendments approved by the European Parliament’s Industry Committee on 7 July protect and favour dominant firms at the expense of competition in the telecoms sector. ECTA cautioned that, if adopted by the Parliament and endorsed by other European institutions, the advantages gained by the dominant firms under the proposed revisions to the EU legislation could undermine competition in high-speed broadband services.

01 Jul
2008

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. July 1 2007 - Intelligentias, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ITLI) today announced the signing of a multi-year data retention software order with one of the world's largest communications service providers. Performance of this order will result in $24 million in revenues for Intelligentias during the term of the project.

 

Intelligentias will provide data retention and security services for this communications service provider over the next few years. Further details of the order were not revealed at the request of the customer.

25 Jun
2008

LEADING EUROPEAN STUDY SHOWS BUSINESS CASE FOR NEXT GENERATION BROADBAND FAVOURS FORMER INCUMBENTS

Economics of fibre networks prevent widespread replication

ECTA calls for mandatory access to fibre networks in the EU Telecoms Framework to counter anti-competition threat

Brussels, 25 June 2008 – Definitive research, released today at the High Speed Europe conference, is the first to analyse the business case of rolling out next generation fibre networks across Europe. The study, carried out by WIK, one of Europe’s leading telecoms research and analysis firms, shows overwhelming that only incumbent operators, with their extensive infrastructure and customer bases, can profitably roll out high speed fibre to the home (FTTH) lines to large parts of Europe. This raises the possibility that incumbents could once again increase their market share reversing the trend towards more competition in telecoms.

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24 Jun
2008

EUROPEANS PAY OVER €10 BILLION A YEAR IN SPURIOUS MOBILE TERMINATION CHARGES

ECTA endorses Commission’s efforts to cut rates

Brussels, 24 June 2008 – ECTA’s competitive fixed operators today claimed that lucrative wholesale charges imposed by incumbent mobile operators for connecting calls to each other’s networks are both excessive and discriminatory. As a result, European consumers are being penalised. The pro-competition group called on Commissioner Reding to enforce a cut in these charges when she publishes her proposals on termination rates later this month.

Currently the average EU mobile termination rate is nine euro cents a minute, although rates between member states and between networks vary significantly. Commissioner Reding said earlier this month[1] that she wants to see mobile termination rates cut to between one and two euro cents by 2012. ECTA agrees that a significant decrease is needed.

17 Jun
2008

STAINES, UK., June 17, 2008 – Sonus Networks (Nasdaq: SONS) the market leader in IP communications infrastructure, today unveiled a complete voice solution that leverages the power of WiMAX networks to meet the unique goals of mobile broadband networks. Fully integrated and tested, the Sonus WiMAX solution promises to help operators quickly and profitably deploy voice services over their mobile broadband networks today, while getting ready for the future with 4G networks, including mobile interactive multimedia services. This voice architecture combines Sonus’ leadership in IP-voice technology and the Sonus Activator.

Sonus’ WiMAX solution leverages the IEEE 802.16 WiMAX standard that delivers wireless last mile access for fixed broadband services, similar to DSL or cable modem service. The Sonus WiMAX solution includes Sonus ASX, GSX, PSX, EMS, NBS and Activator that have already been proven in operators’ networks around the globe and are being relied upon for real-time voice services today.

11 Jun
2008

European Commission telecoms report calls time on incumbent investment scare tactics - ECTA comments on the main findings of the report

The Commission’s Implementation Report on the Telecoms Framework, released today, challenges claims by incumbents that investment in Europe is stalling. Not only has investment increased for the fifth year in a row, but it is the competitive providers and not the incumbent operators that are spearheading telecoms investment in Europe, proving ECTA’s long-held position.

According to the report, capital expenditure on telecoms in Europe exceeded €50bn in 2007, with competitive providers investing twice as much as incumbents in relation to their size. This is despite the fact that they are competing with incumbents who own 85% of telephone lines across Europe, a very risky investment environment for the competitive providers.

29 May
2008

WESTFORD, Mass., May 29, 2008 – Sonus Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS), a market leader in IP communications infrastructure, today announced that Tortel Communications Inc., a leading provider of pure IP-telephony solutions with a strong presence in the United States, Canada, India and Asia, has selected Sonus to replace its incumbent IP-voice network technology.

Tortel is replacing its legacy solution to improve the overall quality of service and integrity of its network. The Company also required a robust, next-generation solution to enable it to develop and deliver differentiating product offerings and an improved long-distance offering. Due to the simplified network management and efficient transcoding capabilities of Sonus’ gateway solution, Tortel expects a substantial increase in its network performance and the ability to devote additional resources to the development of new services.

20 May
2008

WESTFORD, Mass., May 20, 2008 – Sonus Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS), a market leader in IP communications infrastructure solutions, today announced that it has appointed Richard N. Nottenburg, PhD as the Company’s next president and chief executive officer, succeeding Hassan Ahmed. Nottenburg, former executive vice president chief strategy and technology officer of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), will join the Company in mid-June, reporting to the Board of Directors.

“Rich is someone I have known for several years and I am very pleased to welcome him to Sonus. The Board and I considered many extraordinary candidates from some of the world’s most respected companies as part of our succession planning. Rich is a truly unique leader with strong relationships with many of the world’s top operators. He worked closely with senior executives from operators across the globe during his tenure at Motorola,” said Hassan Ahmed, chairman, president and CEO, Sonus Networks. “Rich’s strong focus on customers along with his strategic sense and business acumen make him the right leader to profitability grow Sonus into the next decade. I look forward to working with Rich in this next phase of our partnership to advance Sonus’ position in the industry.”

12 May
2008

MUMBAI, India and WESTFORD, Mass., May 12, 2008– Tata Communications (NYSE:TCL), a leading provider of a new world of communications, and Sonus Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS), a market leader in IP communications infrastructure, unveiled plans today for the strategic expansion of Tata Communications’ global voice network. The expansion of Tata Communications’ global voice network represents further execution of the Company’s mission to expand its global reach and ability to deliver IP-leveraged communications solutions to businesses and consumers worldwide. In addition, Tata Communications will deploy Sonus’ Network Border Switch to interconnect its disparate voice networks and deliver seamless IP services across geographies.

“When undertaking international deployments of this scale, we need a partner who really understands our business goals,” said John Hayduk, Chief Technology Officer, Tata Communications. “We have selected Sonus’ complete fixed-line trunking solution to provide its IP-voice services in nine cities across three continents, delivering a robust, highly scalable, reliable platform for IP-voice and multimedia services. Sonus has helped Tata Communications build an extensive migration plan.”

08 May
2008

WESTFORD, Mass., May 8, 2008 - Sonus Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS), a market leader in IP communications infrastructure, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008.

Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2008 were $74.0 million, compared with $97.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 and $71.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2007. Net income on a GAAP basis for the first quarter of 2008 was $0.6 million, or $0.00 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $14.1 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2007, and a GAAP net loss of $4.0 million, or $0.02 per share, for the first quarter of 2007.

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