— Just as we speculated earlier this week (CTDaily, 03/18/13), MSS operator Thuraya Telecommunications Company today launched the Thuraya SatSleeve, a device that brings satellite connectivity to the Apple iPhone. Only slightly larger than the iPhone itself, Thuraya says the compact docking-station adaptor allows users to conduct phone calls and send SMS via satellite from anywhere in the world.

Sunrise Telecom added OAM (Operations, Administration and Management) and MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) capabilities to the company’s RxT Smart Productivity Test Platform, allowing for the deployment and maintenance of such advanced Carrier Ethernet services as LTE, IPTV and mobile backhaul. The OAM features of the RxT 10GE include connectivity check messages, Ethernet loopback, and link trace generation and analysis. For testing cellsite Ethernet backhaul and Ethernet business services, the RxT 10GE supports CFM testing based on IEEE 802.1ag and ITU Y.1731 standards.

— Distributed video deliverer Edgeware released the latest multiscreen version of the Edgeware Distributed Video Delivery Network (D-VDN) Solution, which now includes intelligent session and content management options that enable increased savings in backhaul costs when delivering large back-catalogs, catch-up TV or network PVR services. The upgrade also includes advanced monitoring features for true, real-time analytics, even when delivering adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming to millions of devices simultaneously, the company adds.

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