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AT&T Is Prepared for Hurricane Earl

AT&T stands ready for the impact of Hurricane Earl, as it passes North Carolina, with an arsenal of disaster response equipment and personnel that enable a quick response post landfall. To help local consumers and businesses prepare, AT&T is also providing important communications tips for use before, during and after the storm.

AT&T has invested more than $500 million in its Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) organization since it was formed. The NDR function includes more than 300 technology and support trailers that AT&T is able to deploy quickly to respond to disaster situations such as severe hurricanes. AT&T invested $145 million in recovery and restoration efforts related to the 2008 hurricanes that included the opening of a third NDR equipment warehouse in the Southeast.

A critical element of AT&T’s efforts to maximize network reliability is its ability to respond swiftly when disaster strikes, made possible by extensive preparations. These include: ongoing readiness drills, topping off fuel at generators positioned at cell sites and switching centers, testing high-capacity back-up batteries, distributing additional extended battery life and portable generators, using natural gas in a portion of permanent generators to eliminate need for refueling, adding capacity to the wireless network as able, and staging of additional emergency response equipment in strategic locations near the anticipated landfall area.

AT&T continues to enhance network redundancy in hurricane-prone areas. These efforts include installation of more back-up and permanent generators at critical cell sites and switching facilities, location of critical equipment to less vulnerable areas, upgrade of electronics in many locations, replacement of copper wiring with fiber optic cable, elevation of switches critical to network operations above expected flood levels and protection of physical facilities against flooding.

AT&T offers the following recommendations for consumers and small business owners before and after the storm hits:

Consumer Tips:

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Verizon’s CaaS Among Light Reading Magazine

verizon businessBASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon’s Computing as a Service (CaaS) has been selected by Light Reading magazine as one of its 2009 Top Picks in the business services category (fixed or wireless).

Light Reading editors chose award winners from around the world after weeks of discussion with readers, analysts and industry sources regarding which communications technologies, services and products would shape the industry over the next 12 months.

Phil Harvey, Light Reading’s editor-in-chief, said, “Congratulations to all the companies and individuals who were selected as this year’s Top Picks. The Top Picks were chosen by Light Reading’s editors because they embody the trends that we believe are really pushing the communications industry forward.”

With regard to CaaS, Harvey noted that he is “definitely seeing a trend with all the big telcos wanting to provide the connection to the network, equipment to get you on the network, the apps to run on the network, and the storage to lock away the work created by using all those apps. Verizon seems to have packaged and marketed the capabilities better than anyone else to date.”verizon cloudcomputing

Joe Crawford, Verizon executive director, IT Solutions, said, “This award illustrates how Verizon Business, through our innovation and vision, is changing the way enterprises use IT resources. Backed by our world-class security and performance, enterprises can now use the cloud to deliver even their most critical business applications.”

Verizon’s CaaS Offers Exceptional Performance and Security
Verizon launched its Computing as a Service (CaaS) solution in June with a focus on delivering exceptional performance and security for enterprises. With CaaS, businesses and government agencies can take advantage of cloud (IP-based) computing to more efficiently and securely manage IT resources – server, network and storage.

Available in the U.S., Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, this service – which leverages Verizon Business’ world-class IP infrastructure and data centers – enables mid-market and large companies to use a Web-based portal to employ computing resources in the quantities and duration dictated by their business needs. As a result, businesses pay only for the resources used and avoid having to build out peak capacity requirements by buying new equipment and adding staff.

For more information, visit the Top Picks page on Light Reading at: http://www.lightreading.com/top-picks.

SK Telecom and Bell Labs Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

alcatel-lucentSK Telecom and Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that provides a framework for research projects in next generation communications networking.

In the area of wireless technology, one potential project involves the two companies working toward defining what the shape of wireless networks, in particular the applications running on those networks, will look like beyond the 4G networks that network operators are intending to launch over the next few years. Another potential area focuses on developing methods for enabling increasingly complex networks to manage and configure themselves. Demand for these self-optimizing networks is expected to grow as network operators aim to achieve greater efficiencies.

Through this cooperative relationship, both SK Telecom and Bell Labs can realize their complementary interests. SK Telecom expects to collaborate in core technologies such as interference control, network automation and virtualization in a multi-network environment, which will contribute to optimizing network transmission as well as reducing network maintenance costs. The project will serve as a platform for Bell Labs to deepen its capabilities in emerging technology areas and broaden the scope of its research program in Korea.

Avaya Aura midsize solution for enterprises

avayaAvaya today announced Avaya Aura midsize solution for enterprises, a single-server, unified communications solution for businesses as small as 100 employees and scalable up to 2400 users and 250 locations. The new solution reduces complexity, saves money and puts advanced unified communications and contact centers within easy reach.

The Avaya Aura midsize solution for enterprises is one of the first in the industry to use standards-based virtualization technology for real-time communications. Virtualization – the use of software to allow a single piece of hardware to run multiple applications at the same time – will be the de facto method for Avaya to deploy applications going forward.

Called Avaya Aura System Platform, this unique, real-time virtualization technology enables unmodified versions of Avaya Communication Manager, Voice Messaging, SIP Enablement Services, Application Enablement Services, Utility Services and Media Services to be deployed on a single server. The Avaya Aura midsize solution for enterprises uses System Platform with standard, commercial servers certified by Avaya to deliver the security, scalability and resiliency which businesses need for their mission-critical communications. Continue reading

AboveNet Agility Guarantee

aboveNETAboveNet, Inc., (NYSE:ABVT)has announced its industry-leading low latency guarantee. The program, called the Agility Guarantee, will offer customers ultra-low latency performance across the entire array of metro wave and Ethernet services that AboveNet provides in the top 15 U.S. markets.

AboveNet Chief Technology Officer, Rajiv Datta, said,

Paetec gets 2 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Awards

paetec PAETEC Holding Corp. (NASDAQ GS: PAET) has received two “2009 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Awards” for their Fixed Wireless and Allworx 9224 IP Phone and Tx 92/24 Expander solutions. The awards were presented by Technology Marketing Corporation’s INTERNET TELEPHONY Magazine.

“These solutions are truly unique in the marketplace and offer efficiency and value to businesses which other carriers simply don’t offer,” said John Chapman, senior vice president of marketing.

“We’re thankful for this recognition of the products by TMC with the Excellence Awards.”

PAETEC’s Fixed Wireless utilizes carrier-grade microwave equipment and consultative engineering to build reliable ‘last-mile’ access loops between a customer network and a local PAETEC point of presence. Wireless local loops can be provisioned at DS-3, OC-3, Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet speeds, and support the complete range of voice and IP services in the PAETEC portfolio.

The 9224 from Allworx, a wholly owned subsidiary of PAETEC, is a premier high-fidelity IP phone bringing the latest advancements in IP telephony to today’s business leaders. The 9224 phone has the capability to deliver a multitude of call appearances, line appearances, speed dials, busy lamp fields and an array of other functions. Earlier in September, PAETEC announced the IP Simple Solutions bundle, leveraging the company’s award winning SIP Trunking voice service, High-Speed Internet, MPLS VPN as well as the 9224 phone and IP PBX.

“The editors of INTERNET TELEPHONY were pleased to grant PAETEC with INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Awards for their achievements in advancing IP communications and providing genuine solutions in the marketplace with both Fixed Wireless and the Allworx 9224 Phone and Expander solutions,” said Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director of INTERNET TELEPHONY.

The 2009 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Award winners are published in the October 2009 issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine, www.itmag.com.