— Unveiled today, the cloud-based Amdocs Unified Communications offering combines messaging services, video and VoIP calling inside a service-provider-branded app. Accessed via iOS and Android device apps or through a Web portal, it’s compatible with the GSMA’s Rich Communication Services standard, providing future-proofing as well as existing social networks, including
Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn; it allows for syndicated interoperability between operators and can be offered to non-subscribers, thus extending brand beyond the operator; and it’s modular, allowing for the addition of advertising and such premium features as video conferencing and whiteboarding to monetize the service.
 
Fujitsu’s Flashwave CDS Micro Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) for optical transport network (OTN) switching not only acts as a muxponder but also provides the functionality for protection switching schemes along with hairpinning and distributed switching applications, the company says. The OTN unit’s range of pluggable optics options includes a 88-channel full-band tunable XFP that allows the user to bypass transponders when colocated with ROADMs, thus saving capex. It also uses Fujitsu’s Netsmart Management complex, which reportedly can decrease a carrier’s opex investment.
 
Radisys Corporation and Airspan lay claim to developing “the world’s first commercial LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) small-cell solution.” Airspan’s LTE-A-capable AirSynergy 4G leverages the Radisys Trillium TOTALeNodeB small-cell software that’s been enhanced to include such key LTE-A features as soft-frequency re-use via distributed eICIC, Almost Blanking Subframe and range extension.

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