European Competitive Telecommunications Association

17 Oct

London, 17 October 2006 - The cost of doing business for small firms in the UK has reached an all time high as overheads continue to rise, led by utility price hikes. Despite this, research carried out by YouGov[1]surveying over 650 small business managers on behalf of Internet phone company Vonage, indicates small business owner operators are still missing the opportunity to reduce these overheads and free up much needed cash flow.

05 Oct

Incredibly small, lightweight and portable telephone makes calls from any PC with high speed Internet access to any number anywhere in the world

London, 5 October, 2006 - Vonage UK, the pioneering Internet telephone company, today announced the UK launch of the Vonage V-Phone, the world's smallest phone and most portable telephone landline.

Packed in a multifunctional USB device, the Vonage V-Phone comes with the Vonage Talk software pre-loaded, so that customers do not need to install it on their PCs and there is no need to restart the computer to start making and receiving calls. As the phone has no battery, there is also no need to worry about charging it. It is that simple! The device's 250 MB flash drive also stores all user contacts and call records. It may not look like a traditional phone be it landline or mobile, but the V-Phone does what phones were designed to do provide global voice communications.

25 Sep

MADRID (Carrier Ethernet World Congress, Booth No. 1) Sept. 25, 2006  Cisco Systems® today announced it has made enhancements to its Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture to ease deployment of a wide range of business-focused and consumer-based services. The enhancements are designed to help increase service providers revenues and customer loyalty while making delivery of the services more cost-effective.

The Cisco IP NGN architecture now incorporates standards-based Carrier Ethernet operations, administration and management (OAM) capabilities from the core to the customer premise, and it includes the Cisco® 7600 Series Routers, Cisco Metro Ethernet (ME) 3400 Series Ethernet Access Switches, Cisco Catalyst® 3750 Metro Series Switches, and Cisco 1841, 2800 and 3800 Integrated Services Routers. The new OAM features also include IEEE 802.1ag for service verification, IEEE 802.3ah for link layer troubleshooting, and Ethernet link management interface (E-LMI) for auto provisioning of customer premise equipment.

05 Sep

Industry-leading multicast and QoS capabilities make world's fastest core routing platform a clear choice for digital video/IPTV and other advanced service delivery

LONDON, UK September 5, 2006 - Cisco Systems® today announced that BT has verified the functionality of the Cisco CRS-1, the core component of the Cisco IP Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture and an optimal platform for scaling digital video and IPTV applications and enabling network convergence using Secure Virtualization.

30 Aug


Brussels, 30 August 2006 - Broadband penetration in Italy is falling behind other EU15 countries, and is now only better than Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Spain. With penetration at only 12.7%, it is well below the average of 14.1% across the 25 countries of the EU, according to the findings of new ECTA European Broadband Scorecard, the full results of which will be available in September.

28 Aug

Singapore -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- August 28, 2006 - VSNL Singapore Pte Ltd. ("VSNL International"), the international arm of Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (NYSE: VSL) announces today the upgrade of its high capacity Trans-Pacific submarine cable network to a 1 terabit capacity to serve increased customer demand between Asia and the US. The Trans-Pacific Network (TGN-P) connects several key US West Coast Internet and carrier exchanges directly to Japan and onward to other important Asian destinations through multiple regional sub-sea cable interconnections.

Acquired by VSNL in 2005, as part of the Tyco Global Network (TGN), the TGN-P is designed as a ring with two 12,000km submarine cables. Each cable carries eight fiber pairs with each fiber capable of carrying up to ninety-six 10 Gbit wavelengths, delivering a total network capacity of 7+ Tbit/s. Currently, 640Gbit/s of capacity is activated on the TGN-P system and is used by VSNL International customers to carry live voice and data traffic.

28 Aug

Singapore (BUSINESS WIRE) August 28, 2006 - VSNL Singapore Pte Ltd. ("VSNL International"), the international arm of Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (NYSE: VSL) announces today its plan to build a new multi-terabit submarine cable system linking Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. This new intra-Asia cable will enable VSNL International to better serve its global customers doing business in and with the burgeoning Asia-Pacific markets.

This investment follows the recent announcement by VSNL to build a new system from India to Europe that will provide connectivity to the Gulf region and the African continent. The intra-Asia cable, when combined with the Tata Indicom Cable System (TIC) and the TGN-Pacific cable system (both of which are built with 8 fibre pairs capable of supporting 7+ Tbit/s of traffic), will complete VSNL International's multi-Terabit capability from India to Asia and onward to the US.

27 Jul

Acknowledged specialist to help promote rapid market penetration for ECT televoting solutions Munich, July 25th, 2006 The European Computer Telecoms Group (ECT) has appointed Werner Klötsch, Managing Director of GmbH, as a further member of its Supervisory Board. This move reinforces ECT's position as a leading provider of televoting solutions in Europe. The company will benefit both from Klötsch's many years of international experience in marketing value-added voice services and from his absolute commitment to ECT's technology.

17 Jul

ECT continues its strategic expansion by opening up indirect sales channels Munich, July 15th, 2006 With the appointment of Andr von Appen as Vice President Indirect Sales, European Computer Telecoms Group (ECT) is widening the foundations for its strategic development. Through its direct sales channels in Europe alone, ECT has achieved outstanding growth and high profitability in the past three years. By creating a division for indirect sales, ECT is now accelerating its entry into the global market. As a member of ECTA's new Management Board, Andr von Appen will work closely with world-leading infrastructure partners to manage the indirect selling of ECT solutions to fixed-line and mobile network operators.

17 Jul

Singapore -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- July 17, 2006 - VSNL Singapore Pte Ltd. ("VSNL International"), the international arm of Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (NYSE: VSL) operating in key global business hubs and offering a comprehensive suite of communications solutions for enterprises and carriers, announces today the launch of its new Singapore IP PoP (Point of Presence) at the Equinix Internet exchange center. This IP PoP expansion brings VSNL International's total number of global IP PoPs to 270, with 200 Points of Presence in India alone and an additional 70 in more than 44 cities around the world.

"This launch is the first initiative of a larger strategic plan to expand VSNL International's IP footprint and local presence in the Asian marketplace," comments Vinod Kumar, President, VSNL International. "We are committed to serving our Asian customers' increased demand for high speed dedicated access to a premium quality, truly global IP network."

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