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VERIZON WIRELESS CONTINUES TO OPEN ITS NETWORK TO DEVELOPERS WITH LAUNCH OF LOCATION, MESSAGING AND NETWORK APIs

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LAS VEGAS, September 21, 2010 – Verizon Wireless said today it is continuing to open its network by making available 20 different location-, messaging- and network-based application programming interfaces (APIs) to developers. The announcement came at the Verizon Developer Community (VDC) Conference, taking place this week in Las Vegas.

Location APIs will allow developers to request and incorporate location information in applications and services on most Verizon Wireless smartphones, providing customers with specific offers or improved targeting of offers, leading to more valuable and useful applications. There are two versions of location APIs: coarse location, which has an average range of one to two miles and works with all Verizon Wireless phones; and refined, which offers more granular location information and works on a select number of Verizon Wireless phones. Verizon Wireless requires the user to opt-in and consent to provide location information to more

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Related Topics: Mobile Apps, Other |

Redknee Wins APAC Billing Transformation Deal

Redknee Grows Regional Footprint With Multi-Million Dollar Billing Replacement Project

TORONTO, Sept. 21 - Redknee (TSX:RKN.to - News), a leading provider of business-critical software and services for communications service providers, has announced it has been awarded a new client agreement with an APAC service provider to replace its wireless billing and customer care platform for its mobile operations. The deal, worth more than five million dollars, demonstrates Redknee’s successful growth strategy in the Asia Pacific region. Redknee expects to recognize the majority of revenue over fiscal 2011.

Leveraging Redknee’s market-leading Turnkey Converged Billing (TCB) will enable the service provider to enhance its subscriber offering and end-user experience by offering real-time promotions, enhanced customer care and the delivery of hybrid payment options, such as family or group account plans, faster to the market. In addition, Redknee’s real-time converged billing and customer solution will enable the service provider to deliver more

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JDSU Delivers One Millionth Pump Laser to ADVA Optical Networking

Current Shipments at All Time High; Newest Pump Platform Delivers More Than 4 Times the Power of Original Pumps to Support Increasing Bandwidth Demands

MILPITAS, CA– JDSU (NASDAQ:JDSU - News) (TSX:JDU - News) today announced that ADVA Optical Networking is the recipient of JDSU’s one millionth 980 nanometer (nm) pump laser, a milestone that establishes JDSU as the leading pump laser supplier for more than a decade.

Pump lasers are used to power erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs), a critical optical component that regenerates weakened network signals traveling long distances over optical networks. Service providers are deploying optical networks with flexible infrastructures that can meet increasing consumer demand for the voice, video and data applications that are driving higher internet traffic levels.

The latest JDSU pump laser, called the SP platform, is designed to provide high performance to network equipment manufacturers in a reliable and low cost more

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AT&T Introduces Computing Devices Equipped with Pay-as-You Go Data Service

New AT&T ConnecTech Quick Start Services Assist Customers with Setup and Personalization of Mobile Devices

DALLAS, Sept. 20 — AT&T* today announced the expansion of its netbook and notebook lineup, offering customers more choice with three new devices that can access the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network. As an added value, AT&T is also offering – for the first time for netbooks and notebooks – AT&T DataConnect Pass pay as you go service – the pay-as-you-need it data service that does not require a long-term contract.

The full lineup of netbooks and notebooks is now available online through AT&T’s new Mobile Broadband Center, www.att.com/mobilebroadband. The new devices include the Acer Aspire AS1830 Notebook, the Acer Aspire One 532h Netbook and the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 HD netbook. In addition, the Acer Aspire AS 1830 Notebook and the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 HD netbook are also available at AT&T’s more

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Infinera Launches End-to-End Digital OTN Networking

Integrated Capability Enables Programmable Multi-Service OTN Switching Throughout the Network

SUNNYVALE, CA, Sep 20, 2010 — Infinera (INFN 11.94, +0.82, +7.37%) is launching a set of end-to-end Digital OTN solutions to deliver the benefits of Infinera’s Digital Optical Networks combined with full compatibility with international OTN standards. Infinera’s Digital OTN vision enhances the benefits of OTN by enabling OTN capabilities to be realized throughout the optical network instead of only at the edges. Infinera is delivering Digital OTN solutions with new hardware and software.

OTN (Optical Transport Network) is a set of standards developed by the ITU-T specifying optical network architecture and specific signal structures and interfaces to promote transparent multi-service transport, improved network performance and greater interoperability for wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) networks. OTN promises to simplify, flatten, and reduce capital and operating cost in optical networks. However, most vendor implementations of OTN have been piecemeal to more

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Verizon Wireless Adds Mobile Recovery Application to Total Equipment Coverage Program

Web- and Phone-based Application Helps Customers Locate and Secure Misplaced Devices

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 20 — Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the largest, most reliable voice and 3G data network, and Asurion, a global leader in technology protection services, today announced Mobile Recovery, a web- and phone-based application that can help customers in the event they lose or misplace their phones. Asurion’s Mobile Recovery app, now offered at no additional charge as part of Verizon Wireless’ Total Equipment Coverage program on compatible devices, also enables customers to remotely lock the device, sound an alarm and wipe contacts from the phone. If the phone is not recovered, Total Equipment Coverage provides next-day replacement.

“Mobile Recovery is further evidence of Verizon Wireless’ commitment to providing customers with the latest solutions for staying connected, protected and informed,” said John Mara, executive director, marketing, Verizon Wireless. “Mobile Recovery helps more

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Clearwire Hits All the Right Notes Bringing CLEAR 4G to Nashville

Consumers and Businesses Now Have Access to Unlimited Mobile Internet Service Four Times Faster Than 3G

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR), a leading provider of wireless broadband services and operator of the largest 4G network in the country, today announced the availability of CLEAR 4G, take-it-with-you internet service for businesses and consumers in Nashville. With CLEAR, anyone can now use the internet at speeds four times faster than 3G*, whether at home, in the office, or on-the-go within CLEAR coverage.

Nashville is known to many as ‘The Music City’ and now it has something else to boast about, the nation’s newest and fastest mobile internet service

In Nashville, CLEAR covers more than 980,000 people. Service extends as far north as Goodlettsville, as far south as Murfreesboro and southwest as Franklin, west to Bellevue, and east to Antioch/Smyrna. A detailed coverage map of CLEAR 4G service more

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Nokia Sharpens Focus to Connect Next Billion to the Internet

LONDON, September 15, 2010 — Nokia (NYSE: NOK) today unveiled a strategy to connect the “next billion” people to the Internet by leveraging its unique capability to provide emerging markets with powerful yet affordable mobile phones and locally relevant Ovi services. Nokia’s vision of “Connecting People” beyond telephony was a highlight at the final day of the annual Nokia World event, and complemented yesterday’s rollout of a powerful new family of smartphones and updated Ovi services. To demonstrate its commitment to emerging markets, Nokia also updated a portfolio of feature-rich mobile phones and underscored Internet services that cater to a world in which four out of five people are within reach of a cellular signal.

Mary McDowell, Nokia’s Executive Vice President for Mobile Phones, said in her keynote the company is ideally placed to capture much of the projected growth in the global marketplace and that the company more

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Brocade Delivers on Brocade One Promise with World’s Most Powerful 100 Gigabit Ethernet Router

Industry’s First Terabit-Trunk Routers Deliver Massive Scalability and Unparalleled Economics to Simplify Service Provider and Data Center Networks

SAN JOSE, Calif.–Brocade (Nasdaq:BRCD) today unveiled the new Brocade MLXe Core Router as part of the Brocade MLX Series of high-density routers. These routers are designed to establish industry benchmarks for performance, scalability and investment protection for service provider and data center networks. In addition, Brocade is now offering the industry’s most competitively priced 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) solution to address the exponential traffic surge that carriers are experiencing worldwide.

The new offerings are technological breakthroughs developed to help service provider and data center customers collapse their infrastructure layers, allowing for reduced overhead and massive scalability without compromising performance or efficiency

The new Brocade MLXe router and IEEE standards-based 100 GbE blade deliver on the four value propositions of the Brocade One™ unified network vision: non-stop networking, investment protection, more

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Empirix Offers Service Assurance Analytics Giving Operators Improved Visibility into the Network and Management of the Customer Experience

Hammer xCentrix Solution Provides Reporting on Customer Experience across Multiple Services including Voice, Mobile Broadband, Video and Data

BEDFORD, Mass.–Empirix Inc., the market leader of service quality assurance solutions for new IP communications, today announced the availability of Hammer xCentrix™, a solution providing service assurance analytics to help carriers understand the customer experience at a highly detailed level. With Hammer xCentrix, Empirix expands its industry leading monitoring portfolio to help carriers understand the customer experience not only by calls and sessions, but by individual application, providing unique insight into how their subscribers perceive the network. As a result, operators can leverage this information to better manage the customer experience as well as improve business processes across all levels of the organization, including network operations, network planning, sales and marketing, customer care and C-level executives.

Hammer xCentrix is an extremely powerful analytics solution that has completed our visibility of more

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