Mobile backhaul, business Ethernet and cloud services provider Accedian Networks says it has a new way to accelerate Ethernet service turn-up via Vision SP (Service Performance), which it claims simplifies ITU-T Y.1564 testing and enables network operators to configure tests that encompass multiple test flows that can be run simultaneously, both reducing time required for validating new services and turn-up costs. The new add-on goes with the company’s Vision EMS tool set that manages its MetroNID and MetroNODE10GE performance-assurance solutions. Vision SP reportedly can validate as many as 20 different cell-site locations simultaneously with as many as eight different one-way or two-way flows per location…Concurrent expanded its smart-TV support with a new version of its MediaHawk VX unified video-delivery software that helps operators reach new customers who prefer to access video-on-demand content via an Internet-connected device rather than through a set-top box…The Sigma Cloud ServiceBroker from Sigma Systems, an integrated SaaS service-fulfillment solution for the selection, provisioning and management of SaaS services and applications, “reduces costs, removes operational silos and reduces overall capex and opex by providing a product for managing all telecommunications business services, including VoIP and high-speed broadband as well as cloud-based SaaS applications,” the company notes. In addition, the Cloud ServiceBroker features an end-user portal that facilitates the process of adding and modifying services, users and preferences for the business customer…Bandwidth-infrastructure developer Zayo Group just wrapped the deployment of its fiber-optic network to DuPont Fabros Technology’s (DFT) ACC6 Data Center in Ashburn, Va. Zayo now will provide a suite of services into that location, including includes Ethernet, IP, wavelengths and dark fiber. Additionally, Zayo is offering services Internet exchange points in Ashburn.

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