June 18, 2005
SS8 Networks’ CEO Dennis Haar to Speak at CANTO
SAN JOSE, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- SS8 Networks, Inc., a leading provider of IP messaging systems, lawful intercept and signaling solutions for the telecommunications industry, announced today that the company’s president and CEO, Dennis Haar, has been invited to present at the CANTO (Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations) 21st Annual Telecommunications Conference and Trade Exhibition. The presentation, titled "Taking Advantage of the Telecom Transition to IP Communications Infrastructures" is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21, 9:20 a.m. at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, St. Kitts & Nevis.
A recognized industry expert, Haar will address the evolving trends for carriers to offer more advanced services to their end users to complement the improved functionality of today’s and tomorrow’s next-generation IP and VoIP networks. In addition, he will provide an overview of trends in IP multimedia messaging and discuss strategies for leveraging legacy networks.
The Caribbean has been identified as a region with immense growth potential in the communication sector and CANTO’s annual conference and trade exhibition has long been recognized as a premier telecommunication event in the Caribbean.
"This forum provides an excellent opportunity to convey how the proliferation of VoIP, combined with the sophistication and increased demands of end users, are changing the applications landscape dramatically," said Haar. "We look forward to continuing the ongoing dialogue and to providing carriers with strategies for offering new value-added applications by deploying next-generation networks while protecting their investment in existing infrastructures."
Haar’s career spans 25 years in high technology including leadership roles in global networking, voice and computing companies such as GoDigital, Aspect Communications, Rolm Corp. and Hewlett-Packard. SS8 Networks has demonstrated significant growth of its revenue, customer base and leadership position worldwide. The company’s IP multimedia messaging, lawful intercept and signaling solutions will be presented at the CANTO trade exhibition, June 19-22, in booth #19.
CANTO was founded in 1985 as a trade organization to serve the needs of telephone operating companies in the Caribbean. The annual forum facilitates better understanding of the issues in a non-confrontational atmosphere and establishes a platform for intelligent dialogue among the stakeholders in execution of their individual responsibilities. More information on CANTO is available by visiting http://www.canto.org/.
About SS8 Networks
SS8 Networks provides a complete range of messaging, lawful intercept, and signaling solutions that enable service providers to profitably operate converged networks -- bridging PSTN and IP capabilities. The company’s carrier-class products allow network operators to optimize their investment in traditional, legacy networks and seamlessly transition to next-generation networks. SS8 Networks’ solutions are installed in tier one wireless and wireline networks worldwide and are also distributed through a channel of major international switch vendors. SS8 Networks has been recognized and named a Red Herring 100 company in North America in 2005, for its consistent profitability, innovation, quality of management, execution of strategy, and dedication to research and development. SS8 Networks is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with offices worldwide. More information is available at http://www.ss8.com/.
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June 7, 2005
Digicel eyes Caribbean dominance with Haiti win
From the Financial Times:
By John Murray Brown in Dublin Published: June 6 2005 03:00 | Last updated: June 6 2005 03:00
Digicel, the mobile telecommunications company, is this week expected to be awarded a licence to operate in Haiti, the latest Caribbean market targeted in its quest to become the region's dominant mobile provider.
The move is the latest twist in a battle between Digicel, chaired and controlled by Denis O'Brien, the Irish telecoms entrepreneur, and Cable and Wireless, to gain pole position in the West Indian mobile phone market.
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June 6, 2005
TeleCayman Launches Services in Cayman Islands Based on Nortel Solutions; Next Generation Infrastructure Enables Delivery of Advanced Broadband Applications, Traditional Voice Services
TeleCayman has officially launched its service offerings in the Cayman Islands on a next generation network based on Voice over IP (Internet Protocol) technology from Nortel (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT). The new infrastructure offers local business and residential customers a broad range of telecommunication options including local and international voice, Internet and data services.
"TeleCayman is entering the Cayman Islands market offering customers a viable choice for their telecom needs along with exceptional customer service," said Gloria Glidden, president and chief operating officer, TeleCayman. "Nortel's VoIP solutions allowed us to cost-effectively deploy a robust infrastructure that will help us immediately address today's market needs with sophisticated and reliable services, and that also gives us the flexibility to easily evolve and meet our customers' future requirements."
TeleCayman built a fixed wireless system as its platform to deliver services in the Cayman Islands. The new service provider selected Nortel's Communication Server (CS) 2000, Media Gateways and Ethernet Routing Switches to integrate the core and access portions of the network into a single, reliable packet-switched network that combines voice, data and video traffic. Using this converged IP network, TeleCayman is able to offer local and long-distance telephony, broadband Internet, and hosted and distributed IP services to business and residential customers.
"With a voice over IP network, TeleCayman is well positioned to offer those kinds of leading-edge integrated services that greatly enhance the communication experience of end-users," said Manuel Terrero, vice president, Carrier Packet Networks, Caribbean and Latin America, Nortel. "Nortel's proven VoIP technology gives them the certainty of a secure and reliable infrastructure that is cost-effective in operation while delivering exceptional quality of service."
Running broadband and IP services on a fixed wireless network makes maintaining quality of service the number one challenge, especially when delivering voice over IP. Nortel's CS 2000 Superclass softswitches enable service providers like TeleCayman to deliver the full suite of traditional voice services to business and residential customers on a packetized network, with voice and data traffic sharing the same communications lines to provide more efficient and cost-effective use of existing transmission capacity.
Nortel's Media Gateway (MG) portfolio is designed to unify Carrier VoIP networking across multiple network types, integrating packet traffic into the existing public network infrastructure while simultaneously providing 'toll-quality' voice. In the case of TeleCayman, Nortel's Media Gateway 7400s are interconnecting the infrastructure with other local and international service providers in the Cayman Islands.
TeleCayman is licensed by ICTA to offer residents and business customers local and international voice, internet and data using the latest advanced microwave technology. TeleCayman has utilised existing tower infrastructure to create a fixed wireless Internet network using the 3.5 gigahertz frequency band and backhaul technology at a 7.5 gigahertz band. All routers and access equipment along the network are owned and maintained by TeleCayman. From its Network Operations and Control Centre in Cayman Corporate Centre, TeleCayman connects to the world's networks through the Maya 1 Optical Fiber System. TeleCayman's packet-switched networks use state-of-the-art switching platforms and employ encrypted technology to link customer premises to our networks.
Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and secure and protect the world's most critical information. Serving both service provider and enterprise customers, Nortel delivers innovative technology solutions encompassing end-to-end broadband, Voice over IP, multimedia services and applications, and wireless broadband designed to help people solve the world's greatest challenges. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.
Certain information included in this press release is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The results or events predicted in these statements may differ materially from actual results or events.
Factors which could cause results or events to differ from current expectations include, among other things: the outcome of regulatory and criminal investigations and civil litigation actions related to Nortel's restatements and the impact any resulting legal judgments, settlements, penalties and expenses could have on Nortel's results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and any related potential dilution of Nortel's common shares; the findings of Nortel's independent review and implementation of recommended remedial measures; the outcome of the independent review with respect to revenues for specific identified transactions, which review will have a particular emphasis on the underlying conduct that led to the initial recognition of these revenues; the restatement or revisions of Nortel's previously announced or filed financial results and resulting negative publicity; the existence of material weaknesses in Nortel's internal control over financial reporting and the conclusion of Nortel's management and independent auditor that Nortel's internal control over financial reporting is ineffective, which could continue to impact Nortel's ability to report its results of operations and financial condition accurately and in a timely manner; the impact of Nortel's and NNL's failure to timely file their financial statements and related periodic reports, including breach of its support facility and public debt obligations and Nortel's inability to access its shelf registration statement filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"); ongoing SEC reviews, which may result in changes to our public filings; the potential delisting or suspension of Nortel's and NNL's publicly traded securities; the impact of management changes, including the termination for cause of Nortel's former CEO, CFO and Controller in April 2004; the sufficiency of Nortel's restructuring activities, including the work plan announced on August 19, 2004 as updated on September 30, 2004 and December 14, 2004, including the potential for higher actual costs to be incurred in connection with restructuring actions compared to the estimated costs of such actions;
cautious or reduced spending by Nortel's customers; increased consolidation among Nortel's customers and the loss of customers in certain markets; fluctuations in Nortel's operating results and general industry, economic and market conditions and growth rates; fluctuations in Nortel's cash flow, level of outstanding debt and current debt ratings; Nortel's monitoring of the capital markets for opportunities to improve its capital structure and financial flexibility; Nortel's ability to recruit and retain qualified employees; the use of cash collateral to support Nortel's normal course business activities; the dependence on Nortel's subsidiaries for funding; the impact of Nortel's defined benefit plans and deferred tax assets on results of operations and Nortel's cash flow; the adverse resolution of class actions, litigation in the ordinary course of business, intellectual property disputes and similar matters; Nortel's dependence on new product development and its ability to predict market demand for particular products; Nortel's ability to integrate the operations and technologies of acquired businesses in an effective manner; the impact of rapid technological and market change; the impact of price and product competition; barriers to international growth and global economic conditions, particularly in emerging markets and including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; the impact of rationalization and consolidation in the telecommunications industry; changes in regulation of the Internet; the impact of the credit risks of Nortel's customers and the impact of customer financing and commitments; stock market volatility generally and as a result of acceleration of the settlement date or early settlement, which is currently not available, of Nortel's forward purchase contracts; negative developments associated with Nortel's supply contracts and contract manufacturing agreements, including as a result of using a sole supplier for a key component of certain Optical Networks solutions; the impact of Nortel's supply and outsourcing contracts that contain delivery and installation provisions, which, if not met, could result in the payment of substantial penalties or liquidated damages; and the future success of Nortel's strategic alliances.
For additional information with respect to certain of these and other factors, see the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed by Nortel with the SEC. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Nortel disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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Cable & Wireless Appoints New Chief Executive
Cable and Wireless plc announced today that it has appointed Stephen Brewer to be Chief Executive, Caribbean Mobile. He will be based in the Cayman Islands and will work with Cable & Wireless businesses throughout the Caribbean region to expand and strengthen their existing mobile operations.
Kevin Loosemore, Chief Operating Officer, Cable & Wireless, said: "Stephen Brewer has established an excellent track record in mobile telecoms over the past fifteen years. In the Caribbean, where markets are newly liberalised, Cable & Wireless is committed to competing in all sectors of telecommunications and has been working with governments to introduce a sustainable competitive environment. Mobile is an important and growing area of the business, and Stephen's skills will play a key role in developing Cable & Wireless' competitive edge."
Stephen Brewer joins Cable & Wireless from Vodafone UK, where he has been Managing Director, Sales and Distribution since October 2001. Prior to joining Vodafone, he was Chief Executive of Eircell in Ireland. He was appointed in 1996 to prepare Eircell to face competition and built it into one of Ireland's leading companies. He prepared Eircell for sale to the Vodafone Group in one of Ireland's largest-ever corporate deals. He then oversaw its transition from a stand-alone national company to an integral part of the Vodafone Group, with himself as CEO, Vodafone (Ireland). He had previously held senior commercial posts with France Telecom Mobile and BT Cellnet.
Cable & Wireless provides telecommunications services, including fixed wire domestic and international services, data and mobile services to business and residential customers across the Caribbean region.
About Cable & Wireless
Cable & Wireless is a leading international telecommunications company, with customers in 80 countries. For 130 years it has constantly reinvented itself to embrace the latest technological advances to serve its customers' needs.
Cable & Wireless provides IP (Internet Protocol), voice and data services to business customers, and to residential customers in some markets, as well as services to other telecoms carriers, mobile operators and providers of content, applications and internet services.
June 3, 2005
Virgin Territory: St. Croix Goes Broadband
St. Croix in the Virgin Islands finally will get broadband, starting in July. That’s no mean feat for a small island 44 miles across the ocean from the nearest broadband point of presence. The service is being provided by Communications Technology (COMTek), whose President and CEO Joseph Fergus is a Virgin Islands native who grew up on St. Croix.
In order to get broadband to St. Croix, COMtek has melded leased capacity on an undersea cable to St. Thomas with a microwave link powered by Orthogon Systems hardware to handle backhaul across the ocean. Once on the island, the company is installing Motorola Canopy 5 GHz wireless for last-mile delivery to users. COMTek couldn’t simply use Canopy for the whole thing, explained the company’s Engineering Director Steve Foster, because “a 44-mile shot is a little out of reach for Canopy.”
The entire system got a shakedown run two weeks ago when the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) held its annual conference in St. Croix, and COMTek dished up its broadband at the island resort hosting the convention, providing broadband, voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and remote wireless video surveillance for the meeting.
"There is simply no excuse for offering sub-par broadband in this day and age. The people of the U.S. Virgin Islands deserve the best available technology, and we are on a mission to make sure that they get it at an affordable price," Fergus says. Initially, the St. Croix broadband will be offered to residents of Christianisted, the main town on the island, and then it will be expanded to cover the entire island.
June 1, 2005
COMTek Announces Plan to Expand Its USVI Broadband Services to St. Croix
Company Official Broadband Services Provider at Caribbean Police Conference; Service Expansion is Homecoming for St. Croix-Raised COMTek President and CEO
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Communications Technology, Inc. (COMTek), the fastest and most reliable high-speed broadband service provider available in the U.S. Virgin Islands, today announced plans to expand broadband services to St. Croix by the end of July 2005. As its first foray into St. Croix, COMTek acted as the official broadband provider to the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) Annual Conference, which was held in St. Croix from May 18-24, 2005.
COMTek first will establish connectivity in Christianisted and then roll out its broadband services in phases to the rest of the island. At the ACCP meeting, COMTek successfully demonstrated its broadband Internet access for such applications as wireless point-to-point transmission, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and remote wireless video surveillance throughout St. Croix's Carambola Beach Resort, the site of the event. In addition to the services COMTek provided for the conference, other business partners also included: IBM, which provided 12 laptop computers for the COMTek Cyber Cafe, and BrightStar, which provided networking products.
"The launch of our broadband services in St. Croix is part of COMTek's overall strategy to create a cost-effective, reliable and high-speed communication network to facilitate business growth and personal prosperity for all Virgin Islanders," said COMTek President and CEO Joseph E. Fergus, who was raised in St. Croix. "There is simply no excuse for offering subpar broadband in this day and age. The people of the U.S. Virgin Islands deserve the best available technology and we are on a mission to make sure that they get it at an affordable price."
COMTek officials said that the superior quality of the firm's broadband services means that its clients will be able to use it for such cutting-edge applications as VoIP phone service, wireless remote video surveillance, telemedicine and video conferencing. Such applications cannot be conducted currently in the U.S. Virgin Islands in any kind of consistent or otherwise satisfactory fashion.
"The quality of COMTek's advanced tele-communication and broadband services has proven reliable, far exceeding all of our expectations during the recent Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police 20th Annual General Meeting and Conference," said USVI Police Commissioner Elton Lewis. "I am extremely proud that Mr. Joseph Fergus, a Virgin Islands native and a major contributor towards the success of the conference, has elected to bring COMTek's communication services to the Virgin Islands. As a young black nationally recognized and successful entrepreneur, Mr. Fergus is a positive role model and a beacon for young Virgin Islanders."
Communication Technologies, Inc. (http://www.comtechnologies.com) is a leading-edge telecommunications and information systems technology company. The company provides worldwide broadband network service, the complete lifecycle of systems integration (including software development), network operation, systems administration, information security, and training. On December 1, 2004, COMTek announced that it has been named by Inc. magazine as one of the 500 fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. The firm's outstanding success story made it a natural for inclusion on the prestigious "Inc. 500" hottest company list. With 14 years of experience and more than 900 employees, COMTek is headquartered in Chantilly, VA and maintains offices in Norfolk, VA., Hampton, VA., San Antonio, TX., Fayetteville, NC., Olympia, WA., and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.
“TELECOM LIBERALISATION and the CSME: Opening New Doors”
This will be the theme of CANTO’s (The Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organisations) annual conference and trade exhibition.
The event this year is being hosted by Cable & Wireless (St. Kitts and Nevis Limited) at the Royal St. Kitts Marriott Beach Resort. This event will run from the 19th to the 22nd June and is expected to be quite a dynamic gathering having as its theme (s) the new forces of ‘Liberalisation’ and the ‘CSME’ – two new developments impacting on the Caribbean economic and social landscapes.