Acme Packet has announced a major upgrade to its Session Border Controller (SBC) portfolio, with the launch of the Net-Net 6300 appliance. Acme Packet said that its latest product addresses two key developing operator requirements in the sector – for increased throughputs and capacities driven by certain applications and for flexibility of architecture and deployment in the network.
The SBC product sector addresses the need for operators to be able to maintain session control of IP services as they cross network borders - something that it is forecast to increase as operators roll out more IMS and SIP-based services such as VoLTE, video calling, RCS, unified communications and other IP and OTT services.
O2 has said it its ripping out its Ericsson HLR systems (*Note, see amendment) after two failures caused loss of services to customers resulting in reputational and financial damage to the operator. The first outage happened in July 2012, shortly before the onset of the London Olympics, and a further outage late last week seems to have brought the axe down on Ericsson's role in this part of the O2 network.
Nokia Group CEO Stephen Elop has said that Nokia Siemens Networks had a "remarkable" third quarter in 2012. The networks and services business increased net sales quarter on quarter by 5% and year on year by 3%, and moved into a quarterly operating profit of €182 million, compared to a loss of €227 million in the previous quarter, and €114 million in the same quarter in 2011.
Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) will launch LTE services on November 7, 2012. The operator will launch LTE in 1800MHz spectrum, with 800MHz coverage being rolled out from January.
TIM said that it would have LTE in Rome, Naples, Turin and Milan at launch, and have LTE in over 20 cities by the end of the year.