The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2004-03-16T15:57:00Z Hagemeyer Communications announces the availability of the NMS Communications AG 4040 Series Interface Boards 2004-03-16T15:57:00Z hagemeyer-communications-announces-the-availability-of-the-nms-communications-ag-4040-series-interface-boards Hagemeyer Communications, the telecommunications business unit of business-to-business (B2B) distribution services group Hagemeyer NV, in conjunction with NMS Communications (Nasdaq: NMSS), the trusted supplier of communications products and services, today announced the release of the AG 4040 Series Interface Boards which is part of the Open Access framework for next-generation voice, video and data services. The AG 4040 offers a new level of flexibility while reducing total lifecycle costs. This will offer greatest benefits to application developers, OEMs, their telecom operators and enterprise customers. The AG 4040 delivers increased processing power and more efficient power management. The AG 4040 is available in either PCI or CompactPCI form factors, and satisfies both rich media processing and digital PSTN interface needs for a wide range of voice and signalling applications. The AG 4040 Series is part of the Open Access family of analogue and digital hardware for use in the development of systems that require call and media processing, fax, switching, and the integration of telephone systems and computer or database systems. With software-configurable T1 or E1 trunk assignments and field-selectable impedance, the AG 4040 eliminates the need to stock separate boards for separate configurations and helps reduce total cost of ownership. The AG 4040 also offers "drop-in" replacement for AG 4000 boards, but draws under 25 watts of power even at maximum DSP configuration to better manage power consumption and heat dissipation. The AG 4040 is the ideal platform for conferencing and speech recognition applications. Gerry Forsythe, Product Manager Enterprise and Carrier solutions Hagemeyer Communications, said: The NMS AG 4040 has been designed to replace the current AG4000 series of boards. Over the past four years the AG 4000 has been successfully used by developers, enterprise customers and telecommunications companies worldwide for any number of applications ranging from Call Centre IVR applications, Audio Conferencing to complex Speech Recognition applications. The AG 4040 is a more powerful drop-in replacement and enhances what customers and developers are currently used to. EPOS, a technology provider of speech-enabled 24/7 self-service for telephone, Internet, wireless technology and kiosk, is one of the first customers to employ the AG 4040. "EPOS chose NMS Communications' AG 4040 for its scalability, worldwide protocol support, and extensibility," said Fred Byrd, CTO and Executive Vice President, EPOS. "Because the AG 4040 enables the selection of telephony trunks via software, we have seen tremendous cost and inventory savings. And we can be sure that we continue to get the best-in-class voice and call processing for the cost-effective deployment of our IVR solution." Another user of the AG 4040 is Collabo Technology K.K., developer of CollaboBase, the only integrated multi-stage collaboration tool in Japan enabling communication and collaboration among companies in any situation. Collabo CEO Tetsunosuke Fujisaki said: "Conferencing is at the core of collaboration and with the Open Access AG 4040 we have a scalable and reliable engine for the CollaboBase product. With the enterprise market as our primary target, the AG 4040 gives us a clear advantage in terms of flexibility and price-performance." About Hagemeyer Communications Hagemeyer Communications is the telecom division of Hagemeyer Asia Pacific Electronics Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hagemeyer NV (Euronext:HGM), a Dutch listed company with revenues of approximately 8.3 billion Euros. Hagemeyer Communications has established teams of product specialists and engineers in Singapore, Sydney, and most recently Mumbai of India to support the integration of NMS technologies and systems. For more information please visit: www.hcom.com.au About The NMS Open Access Framework With the completely standards-based approach and broadest operating system support in the industry, Open Access building blocks support both integrated system and software-only distribution models for our customers. NMS further benefits developers by providing them with a single, consistent set of standards-based application programming interfaces under Natural Access, enabling them to build an application once and then deploy it on any platform. This capability translates into extremely cost-effective and time-efficient development. About NMS Communications NMS Communications (Nasdaq:NMSS) is a leading provider of communications technologies and solutions, enabling new enhanced services and efficient networks that help our customers grow their revenues and profits. Visit www.nmscommunications.com for more information. Statements in this document expressing the beliefs and expectations of management regarding future performance are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's expectations as of the date of this document and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, a continued slowdown in communications spending, the implementation of the Company's strategic repositioning and market acceptance of the Company's new solutions strategy, quarterly fluctuations in financial results, the Company's ability to exploit fully the value of its technology and its strategic partnerships and alliances, the availability of products from the Company's contract manufacturer and product component vendors and other risks. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2002. In addition, while management may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, management specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, even if its estimates change. Any reference to our website in this press release is not intended to incorporate the contents thereof into this press release or any other public announcement. Largest telecom operator in Taiwan chooses NMS Communications' open access for new ringback tone (RBT) mobile entertainment service 2004-03-10T20:23:00Z largest-telecom-operator-in-taiwan-chooses-nms-communications-open-access-for-new-ringback-tone-rbt-mobile-entertainment-service . Now available in Australia through Hagemeyer Communications . ChungHwa Telecom turns to NMS Communications for the latest innovation in personalising the mobile phone experience . Service attracts 200,000 subscribers in first three months Taiwans largest telecom operator, ChungHwa Telecom Co Ltd (NYSE: CHT), has implemented a new solution from NMS Communications which enables subscribers to add commercial music ringback tone service to their mobile phone experiences. More than 200,000 subscribers have signed up for the service in the first three months and can choose from a wide selection of commercial music, voices, and sound recordings to replace the standard "ring, ring" connecting tone heard by people who call them. The new ringback tones are available now in Australia through Hagemeyer Communications, the telecommunications business unit of business-to-business (B2B) distribution services group Hagemeyer NV. The service is made possible by NMS Communications' (Nasdaq: NMSS) proven Open Access(TM) platforms. Taiwanese subscriber numbers have now topped 500,000, creating a substantial new high margin revenue source for ChungHwa Telecom. ChungHwa chose NMS technology based on its vast experience with other ringback service deployments around the world. With this announcement, NMS further extends its lead as the number one global provider of in-network ringback solutions, with deployments based on the full range of Open Access communications building blocks. To access the service, subscribers pay a small monthly fee for a limited selection of rings, and additional fees to select from thousands of ring sounds and melodies such as popular songs, classical music, and pre-recorded messages like "Happy birthday to you". Subscribers can choose tones for individual contacts - one tone for their spouse to hear, another for their boss, or separate tones for daytime and evening calls. Users make their choices from either a web interface on a PC, mobile handset by WAP, or an interactive voice menu service, and do not have to download any new tunes into their mobile phone. The tones are played by a server that replaces the ring tone generator in the switch, making adding and changing tones fast and easy. "More than ever, subscribers are demanding novel and easy-to-use features to enrich their daily communication. This trend is reflected in the growing popularity of handset ringtone downloads and MMS services. We believe the ringback service adds a new dimension of personalisation to the mobile communication experience for subscribers," said Yung-Chih Chang, Project Manager, ChungHwa Telecom Lab. "By using NMS' scalable, carrier-ready platforms, we can expand the service easily as subscriber demand continues. And we can add additional new services quickly and easily with NMS range of delivery platforms," he said. "This service has already proven its potential for enhancing subscriber loyalty and improving revenue. We're looking forward to introducing an exciting new service to the Australian market which is going to enhance the experiences of many phone users," said Gerry Forsythe, Product Marketing & Business Development Manager - Enterprise & Carrier Solutions, Hagemeyer Communications. About Hagemeyer Communications Hagemeyer Communications is the telecom division of Hagemeyer Asia Pacific Electronics Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hagemeyer NV (Euronext:HGM), a Dutch listed company with revenues of approximately 8.3 billion Euros. Hagemeyer Communications has established teams of product specialists and engineers in Singapore, Sydney, and most recently Mumbai of India to support the integration of NMS technologies and systems. For more information please visit: www.hcom.com.au About NMS Communications NMS Communications (Nasdaq:NMSS) is a leading provider of communications technologies and solutions, enabling new enhanced services and efficient networks that help our customers grow their revenues and profits. Visit www.nmscommunications.com for more information. NMS Communications and Open Access are trademarks of NMS Communications Corporation(NASDAQ-NMS:NMSS) . All other product or corporate references may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. About ChungHwa Telecom ChungHwa Telecom (CHT) completed its incorporation on 1 July 1996 under the direction of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications according to the Telecommunication Act and Memorandum of ChungHwa Telecom Corporation. CHT is a Taiwan-based telecommunications and info-related company providing a full range of voice and data services over fixed, mobile and Internet platforms. As the most experienced and largest integrated telecommunication operator in Taiwan, CHT is one of the most important partners for international telecommunication cooperation, with distinctive achievements in promoting global real-time communication, improvement social life, and enhancing economic efficiency Hagemeyer Communications announces NMS studio sound for peerless high performance wireless sound quality 2004-02-23T18:22:00Z hagemeyer-communications-announces-nms-studio-sound-for-peerless-high-performance-wireless-sound-quality Hagemeyer Communications, the telecommunications business unit of business-to-business (B2B) distribution services group Hagemeyer NV, today announced the availability of NMS Studio Sound on the NMS Communications range of Sonata and Mercury platforms. Wireless phones are a vital part of everyday life, making it harder than ever to predict when and where a conversation will take place. It might be in a moving car, a busy train station or airport, a crowded city street, or a loud and lively restaurant. With NMS Communications Studio Sound, mobile operators can offer subscribers a mobile experience unlike any other. Every call will sound like it is taking place in a quiet recording studio booth even if your customer is in the middle of a construction zone. Available now in the Australian, New Zealand and South Asian markets, NMS Communications Studio Sound is the industrys leading comprehensive suite of voice quality capabilities for wireless communications. Proven to increase Mean Opinion Scores (MOS) by as much as 20%, it creates an optimal listening environment for both parties in a wireless telephone conversation, leading to higher customer satisfaction, increased usage, and higher retention rates. Studio Sound has been deployed globally, and is continually enhanced to deliver increasingly advanced features. Studio Sound is available on NMS voice quality systems (VQS) and as a standalone product to be incorporated into suitable DSPs. Mobile phone users want better voice quality and any mobile operator that ignores the call for quality runs the risk of losing money from shortened calls and the potential to miss out on profits from calls never made said Gerry Forsythe, Product Marketing Manager for Hagemeyer Communications. Worse yet, they run the risk of mobile phone customers jumping ship because they can no longer tolerate the echo, static and noise, as experienced by most mobile customers in Australia. With immediate return on investments, NMS Studio Sound offers a fast and easy way to improve voice quality, he said. NMS Communications voice quality systems are complete, ready-to-install solutions deployed in central offices and mobile switching centres (MSCs) to achieve consistently clear voice quality. These offerings, deployed by over 100 of the worlds leading service providers in todays telecom and packet-based networks, include market-leading voice quality systems which NMS Communications acquired from Lucent Technologies in 2001. Many of these systems were designed by the engineers who invented echo cancellation technology at Bell Labs, the predecessor to Lucent Technologies. Voice Quality - NMS offers the broadest range of price performance leading voice quality and echo cancellation systems to meet the rigorous requirements of wireless and long distance networks. These carrier-grade voice quality systems include broadband and narrowband solutions to meet a wide variety of global interfaces. All incorporate Studio Sound technology, offer the highest density on the market, and take advantage of NMS Communications state-of-the-art management tools to simplify administration and lower the cost of ownership. Mercury Broadband Voice Quality System The NMS Mercury is the most versatile high-density system for broadband voice quality. It supports both electrical (STS1, DS3, and STM1E) and optical (OC3 and STM1) interfaces in one system, with multiple combinations possible on a single shelf. It can be easily upgraded from electrical to optical technology at without replacing an entire system for unmatched flexibility and investment protection. Sonata Series Narrowband Voice Quality Systems - Sonata combines the complete range of industry-leading echo cancellation and voice enhancement features from NMS. It dynamically adapts to changing noise in the environment to improve call quality, significantly enhances signal-to-noise ratio, and provides optimal signal power levels in both directions. Sonatas user-friendly interface runs on a PC under Microsoft Windows. Sonata voice quality systems eliminate both electrical and acoustic echo in any long distance or wireless network call, and are available for both T1 and E1. Keep tabs on performance with NMS Communications Software Tools. Network Analysis System - The Network Analysis System enables users to monitor and analyse the performance of their networks through interaction with NMS voice quality systems. Network performance parameters such as speech, noise, and echo levels are collected, processed, and can be displayed in a variety of report formats, giving network engineers the ability to analyse the network, identify potential problems, and tune the network for optimum performance. This is all achieved without interrupting traffic, degrading network services, or interfering with NMS equipment operations. Echoscan EchoScan enables users to monitor and provision NMS voice quality systems using a remote UNIX or PC workstation from anywhere in the world. This powerful environment supports up to ten clients and can monitor up to 2,000,000 voice channels per server, allowing network operators to respond to alarms and re-provision on the fly. In addition to providing alarm notification, EchoScan offers a history log and updates of configuration changes. It can be used in conjunction with the Network Analysis System or on its own as an alarm monitoring and provisioning tool to keep networks running smoothly 24 hours per day. Keep tabs on performance with NMS These leading products connect to the widest variety of network interfaces and embed custom ASIC technology. The portfolio offers the highest density at the lowest cost, ensures the highest quality voice in the noisiest settings through the patented Studio Sound features, and is available with comprehensive support and services. This product family includes: ■ NMS Sonata 100 high-density T1 or E1 voice quality system ■ NMS Mercury broadband SONET/DS3, SDH voice quality system ■ NMS Mercury 14K broadband SONET/DS3, SDH voice quality system ■ NMS Sonata III high-density E1 voice quality system Field recordings at customer sites attest to the high-quality performance achieved when an NMS voice quality system with Studio Sound is installed in a network. Results show that the noise was greatly reduced for the listener on the PSTN side, while the volume of the PSTN speaker increased dramatically during periods of loud noise on the wireless side. The difference in call quality before and after Studio Sound has impressed telecom operators in similar field trials conducted all over the world. About Hagemeyer Communications Hagemeyer Communications is the telecom division of Hagemeyer Asia Pacific Electronics Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hagemeyer NV (Euronext:HGM), a Dutch listed company with revenues of approximately 8.3 billion Euros. Hagemeyer Communications has established teams of product specialists and engineers in Singapore, Sydney, and most recently Mumbai of India to support the integration of NMS technologies and systems. For more information please visit: www.hcom.com.au About NMS Communications NMS Communications (Nasdaq:NMSS) helps its customers increase revenues and returns on investments by rapidly deploying new carrier-grade communications products and services. Every telecom operator and communications equipment provider on the Global Fortune 50 list relies on NMS Communications for technology-leading products and services, including system building blocks, systems, consulting, and support. Visit www.nmscommunications.com for more information. Hagemeyer Communications launches Packetmedia HMP 1.0 2004-02-10T17:10:00Z hagemeyer-communications-launches-packetmedia-hmp-1-0 Hagemeyer Communications, the telecommunications business unit of business-to-business (B2B) distribution services group Hagemeyer NV, today launched NMS PacketMedia HMP 1.0, with availability in the Australian, New Zealand and South Asian markets. Part of the NMS Open Access family, PacketMedia HMP 1.0 enables developers to leverage a common development environment for voice and data services with accessibility at any point enabling technology, modular application platforms, or complete systems. The PacketMedia HMP software is the ideal platform to meet the increasing demand for scalable, cost effective media server solutions based on general-purpose computing platforms. It performs complete IP packet handling, media processing and call control on a standard Intel architecture computer server without the need for specialised hardware. A wide range of powerful IP media server applications ranging from announcement servers to voicemail can be deployed across the enterprise and service-provider back office on standard IT-certified servers, greatly simplifying solution rollout and maintenance. "The NMS PacketMedia HMP host media processing software offers a scalable platform for OEMs building next-generation IP media server solutions," said Gerry Forsythe, Product Marketing Manager for Hagemeyer Communications. "Functions such as comprehensive IVR, DTMF generation and detection, speech encoding and decoding and VoIP packetisation are performed without the need for DSP-based add-in hardware" Real Time Media Processing Because of the unique design of PacketMedia HMP, real-time media processing is possible even in Windows environments with appropriate real-time considerations in the application design. For example, in matching the design of the application with the power of the CPU processor, it is recommended that the processor be loaded at no more than 70% usage. The application should also be designed to release the processor for real-time operations every few milliseconds. Voice over IP In high quality VoIP systems, media streams are transported over Ethernet in G.711 encoding using RTP (Real-Time Transport Protocol). By providing the choice of G.711 packet sizes of 10, 20 or 30 milliseconds, PacketMedia HMP allows developers to make the tradeoff between minimizing end-to-end delay and the number of packets on the network. PacketMedia HMP provides an industry standard H.323 call control protocol stack from industry leader RADVISION (Use of this stack is subject to an extra license fee). For applications requiring SIP, MGCP, or H.248/MEGACO, developers can easily integrate their protocol stack of choice using the included code examples. Media Streaming Architecture. NMS PacketMedia HMP is fully supported by Natural Access and Fusion, NMS complete VoIP development and run-time environment. Natural Access offers significant advantages in development time, performance, and most importantly scalability. Together with Fusion, it provides a software environment that can be used to create a broad range of IP-enabled enhanced services. Natural Access supports services ranging from basic applications such as Unified Communications, Pre-Paid Calling, and conferencing to innovative new web-based applications such as Voice Portals, Voice Browsers, and Wireless Web Access. It also supports wireless IP-based gateways. PSTN Digital Trunk Connections For applications also requiring connection to PSTN trunks such as VoIP telephony gateways, the application can use Natural Access APIs on the same host processor. The NMS AG (2000, 4000) and CG (6000, 6100, 6500) series of interface boards can be plugged into the server slots and these board drivers activated. The application can also make use of the wide range of Natural Access services to provide an interface to the PSTN call control such as ISDN and CAS. Since the PacketMedia HMP does not have an interface to a TDM bus such as H.100, any media processing between PacketMedia HMP and the boards would have to be transported via RTP G.711 over Ethernet. "NMS and Hagemeyer Communications is committed to helping our customers derive maximum value from their existing infrastructure. PacketMedia HMP makes a great thing even better it gives operators a way to develop valuable services with their existing infrastructure," said Gerry Forsythe, Product Marketing Manager for Hagemeyer Communications. Communications equipment vendors and ASPs are looking for next generation products that are designed for ease of development and deployment so that they can focus on reducing time to market, he said. NMS and Hagemeyer Communications are committed to making this happen." About Hagemeyer Communications Hagemeyer Communications is the telecom division of Hagemeyer Asia Pacific Electronics Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hagemeyer NV (Euronext:HGM), a Dutch listed company with revenues of approximately 8.3 billion Euros. Hagemeyer Communications has established teams of product specialists and engineers in Singapore, Sydney, and most recently Mumbai of India to support the integration of NMS technologies and systems. For more information please visit: www.hcom.com.au About NMS Communications NMS Communications (Nasdaq:NMSS) helps its customers increase revenues and returns on investments by rapidly deploying new carrier-grade communications products and services. Every telecom operator and communications equipment provider on the Global Fortune 50 list relies on NMS Communications for technology-leading products and services, including system building blocks, systems, consulting, and support. Visit www.nmscommunications.com for more information. HAGEMEYER LAUNCHES THE NMS OPEN ACCESS 2004-01-27T17:53:00Z hagemeyer-launches-the-nms-open-access Hagemeyer Communications, the telecommunications business unit of business-to-business (B2B) distribution services group Hagemeyer NV, today announced that the NMS Open Access framework is now available to the Australian, New Zealand and South Asian markets. The NMS Open Access framework of products, platforms and services is a packaging of both existing and new solutions designed to ease development of new applications by service providers. With blades-to-system versatility and scalability, Open Access supports rich applications such as IP conferencing, speech-activated services and wireless entertainment content and applications. The newest element of the Open Access framework is PacketMedia Host-based Media Processing (HMP) software. PacketMedia HMP gives developers and OEMs the flexibility to build media processing applications in a unified development environment and then run them on general-purpose PCs or Hagemeyers own digital signal processing platforms. "We're seeing a shift in OEM vendors moving from hardware to software-based platforms," said Gerry Forsythe, Product Manager for Hagemeyer Communications. "Carriers want to spend more of their capital on versatile software rather than hardware because they want more flexibility in future service upgrades." Open Access framework offers application developers and OEMs a broad range of delivery vehicles to match different business models. It uses open interfaces and supports industry standards, providing developers and OEMs the freedom to ship fully configured systems or software-only solutions using commercially available platforms. Open Access also provides flexible, scalable hardware, software and systems wrapped with an open development environment. It provides accessibility at any point - from enabling technology, to modular application platforms, to system-level products - satisfying business and technology requirements in one cohesive model. A wide range of voice and data solutions are already powered by Open Access: Network Services. Powerful building blocks for carrier-grade network service applications like conferencing, directory assistance, announcements, prepaid calling, Internet call waiting, network call routing, mobile operator and fixed line caller entertainment such as NMS "MyCaller" and voice portals. Messaging Solutions. >From simple voicemail to highly sophisticated unified communications that empower users to collaborate using real and non-real-time information and processes. Developers can quickly integrate new technologies and existing applications, and it provides a foundation for innovative new messaging services including multimedia messaging service (MMS) and video mail applications. CRM and Business Communications. NMS solutions provide the foundation for IP-enabled and traditional PSTN CRM and business communications including call control, voice processing, and switching services, as well as fax, speech recognition, and conferencing at the individual port level. Video Conferencing. Now that mobile technology includes support for multimedia capabilities, a wide range of new applications is possible including live and streaming video content. Open Access offers the solutions needed to deliver multimedia services in today's and tomorrows networks. Voice Security. With the emergence of applications like homeland security, fraud protection and quality of customer service monitoring, voice surveillance and monitoring have become increasingly important in telecommunications networks. NMS Open Access products have key voice security capabilities for developers in both circuit-switched and more challenging packet environments. The solutions provide the ability to perform call recording, silent monitoring, and coaching through both PSTN and IP interfaces. Media Servers. Open Access products simplify the deployment of TDM and IP Media servers, dramatically reducing the time to market. NMS offerings support media-intensive applications like IVR functions with simultaneous message play/record, DTMF tone handling, conferencing, fax, text-to-speech and speech recognition with full barge-in capabilities. "With the telecommunications industry reawakening, companies that design, develop or deploy innovative solutions for the enterprise or network have tremendous opportunity ahead, Open Access speaks to both the business and technology needs they are facing," said Forsythe. "The future proof architecture of Open Access enables the same hardware for IP and TDM applications for a true investment protection, developers can write applications once and then deploy on circuit, packet or hybrid networks with no rework required," he said. About Hagemeyer Communications Hagemeyer Communications is the telecom division of Hagemeyer Asia Pacific Electronics Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hagemeyer NV (Euronext:HGM), a Dutch listed company with revenues of approximately 8.3 billion Euros. Hagemeyer Communications has established teams of product specialists and engineers in Singapore, Sydney, and most recently Mumbai of India to support the integration of NMS technologies and systems. For more information please visit: www.hcom.com.au About NMS Communications NMS Communications (Nasdaq:NMSS) helps its customers increase revenues and returns on investments by rapidly deploying new carrier-grade communications products and services. Every telecom operator and communications equipment provider on the Global Fortune 50 list relies on NMS Communications for technology-leading products and services, including system building blocks, systems, consulting, and support. Visit www.nmscommunications.com for more information. Hagemeyer Communications launches the NMS Accessgate 500 2003-11-10T16:45:00Z hagemeyer-communications-launches-the-nms-accessgate-500 Hagemeyer Communications, the telecommunications business unit of business-to-business (B2B) distribution services group Hagemeyer NV, today announced the availability of the NMS AccessGate 500 to the Australian, New Zealand and South Asian markets. Targeted at telecommunications operators and equipment vendors, the NMS AccessGate 500 is a wireless gateway system that reduces network operating costs in today's TDMA and GSM networks, while decreasing installation and operating expenses in the 3G networks that are being deployed to carry tomorrow's services. Radio access network backhaul expense, which is estimated to rise above $20B worldwide in 2004, typically represents 20-30 percent of total network operating costs for network operators. The AccessGate 500 works to reduce this expense through advanced optimisation techniques to maximize network utilisation and reduce leased line costs. The AccessGate 500 works in conjunction with existing radio access and mobile switching office (MSO) equipment and consists of gateways installed at the MSO that are connected to gateways deployed in the cell sites. NMS Access Gateway systems are available as Cell Site Gateways and MSO Gateways. Cell site gateways are small, cost effective devices that are designed to optimise the bandwidth utilisation of 2G and 3G mobile traffic. MSO Gateways are high-performance, carrier-class, scalable platforms that terminate TDM streams (backhaul connections) from multiple NMS cell site gateways. "Operators today have significant challenges staying profitable in a challenging economy while cost-effectively rolling out new networks and next generation services. The AccessGate 500 allows operators to take action now to reduce operating costs in a meaningful way, and continue to realise substantial savings as they migrate their networks to 3G," said Marc Samson, Business Development Manager (Carriers & Mobile Applications) at Hagemeyer Communications. The AccessGate 500 goes beyond current groomer technologies to recover inactive bandwidth at the sub channel level through intelligent processing of network traffic and preserves call quality with less than 10ms maximum end-to-end latency. When new 3G services are installed at the cell site, the AccessGate 500 also supports this new traffic without additional dedicated backhaul, delaying the need for additional E1 lines. "Backhaul and leased lines have always been a concern for wireless players, and the anticipated growth in wireless data is likely to exacerbate the issue. Under the circumstances, any technological solution like NMS' AccessGate solution that aims to reduce this operational expense for mobile operators should be well received by them," said Shiv Bakhshi, IDC's research manager for Wireless and Mobile Network Infrastructure. Notes to editors The AccessGate 500 Cell Site Gateway device applies bandwidth reduction techniques, as well as aggregating, multiplexing and compressing mobile traffic on a common backhaul to and from multiple cell site services and the access gateway at the MSO. This maximises network utilisation and reduces leased line costs by as much as a 2:1 ratio. The AccessGate 500 MSO Gateway processes traffic from each cell site to reconstruct frames and channels. The original frame is the delivered to the base station controller (BSC) and, where applicable, to the 3G radio network controller (RNC). It supports both major and minor alarms, has built-in self diagnostics and fault isolation features, and generates usage reports. Features . Aggregation: Aggregates T1/E1 communications onto a common backhaul between the cell sites and the MSO. . Statistical Multiplexing: Suppresses idle frames and idle channels for 2G services, making the most of backhaul bandwidth. . Compression: Analogue communications are compressed using ADPCM (adaptive differential pulse-code modulation). . Bandwidth savings: Achieves a bandwidth savings ratio of up to 2:1 . Network interfaces: Supports interfaces for 2G and 3G networks. . OAM&P: Offers simple management and provisioning; SNMP MIB . High availability: Provides five-nines reliability on the MSO gateway, with pass-through failure support on the cell site gateway. Pricing and availability The NMS AccessGate 500 is available now through Hagemeyer Communications, and is priced at $A23,000 for one unit. About Hagemeyer Communications Hagemeyer Communications is the telecom division of Hagemeyer Asia Pacific Electronics Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hagemeyer NV (Euronext:HGM), a Dutch listed company with revenues of approximately 8.3 billion Euros. Hagemeyer Communications has established teams of product specialists and engineers in Singapore, Sydney, and most recently Mumbai of India to support the integration of NMS technologies and systems. For more information please visit: www.hcom.com.au About NMS Communications NMS Communications (Nasdaq:NMSS) helps its customers increase revenues and returns on investments by rapidly deploying new carrier-grade communications products and services. Every telecom operator and communications equipment provider on the Global Fortune 50 list relies on NMS Communications for technology-leading products and services, including system building blocks, systems. Hagemeyer Communications announces new agreement with Enegic to distribute teleflow voice application development suite in Asis Pacific 2003-10-09T14:29:00Z hagemeyer-communications-announces-new-agreement-with-enegic-to-distribute-teleflow-voice-application-development-suite-in-asis-pacific Hagemeyer Communications, the telecommunications unit of business-to-business distribution services group Hagemeyer NV, has announced a distribution agreement with enGenic Corporation, a Vancouver based full-service company providing solutions for automated telecommunications needs. Hagemeyer will distribute enGenics TeleFlow Voice Application Development Suite. The TeleFlow software suite, built on an NMS platform, is an all-in-one telephony toolkit that takes the complexity out of building voice solutions by encapsulating complex functions into simple-to-understand icons. With its highly intuitive user interface and easy-to-use navigation features, TeleFlow enables users who are not traditional software programmers to develop portable, reusable applications without having to learn the complexities of software development or communications protocols. This agreement is highly complementary to our existing relationship with NMS Communications, said Gerry Forsythe, Product Manager, Hagemeyer Communications. The enGenic TeleFlow software works seamlessly with the NMS Alliance Generation (AG) and Convergence Generation (CG) voice processing platforms by taking advantage of the NMS carrier-grade density and high capacity, thereby simplifying development. This in turn reduces time-to-market for voice applications, he said. TeleFlow enables customers to quickly create customised solutions, such as call management, interactive voice response (IVR), voicemail, computer telephony integration (CTI) and voice portals, thereby gaining the power to improve business processes, increase productivity, and deliver better customer service. The partnership between enGenic Corporation and Hagemeyer Communications brings a whole new range of opportunities to the Australian telephony market, said Vern Baker, president of enGenic Corporation. Hagemeyer is a trusted distributor within the industry, and has been highly successful in delivering the NMS platform suites to the Australian market. It was a natural progression for enGenic to partner with Hagemeyer on the launch and distribution of the TeleFlow software suite. And because of the NMS platforms operating system independence and portability, the TeleFlow software can be offered to the broadest range of customers, Baker said. We were initially drawn to NMS because of its methodology, its software libraries and its APIs. They have exceptionally stable APIs, and nothing else works as well. Its also a great company to get going with because it provides excellent support for developers. About Hagemeyer Communications Hagemeyer Communications is the telecom division of Hagemeyer Asia Pacific Electronics Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary or Hagemeyer NV (Euronext:HGM), a Dutch listed company with revenues of approximately 8.3 billion Euros. Hagemeyer Communications has established teams of product specialists and engineers in Singapore, Sydney, and most recently Mumbai of India to support the integration of NMS technologies and systems. For more information please visit: www.hcom.com.au About enGenic Corporation Since 1994, enGenic has been a full-service company providing solutions for automated telecommunications needs. They provide the tools and hardware for individuals and organisations to develop their own applications, as well as create systems according to our clients specification. The products are created with an emphasis towards intuitive software interfaces. The resulting software and technology provides clients with an efficient means to develop new services and applications. For more information please visit: www.engenic.com About NMS Communications NMS Communications (Nasdaq:NMSS) helps its customers increase revenues and returns on investments by rapidly deploying new carrier-grade communications products and services. Every telecom operator and communications equipment provider on the Global Fortune 50 list relies on NMS Communications for technology-leading products and services, including system building blocks, systems, consulting, and support. Visit www.nmscommunications.com for more information. Hagemeyer Communications launches the NMS convergence generation (CG) 6500C platform in Australia 2003-09-22T15:31:00Z hagemeyer-communications-launches-the-nms-convergence-generation-cg-6500c-platform-in-australia Hagemeyer Communications, the newly established telecommunications unit of business-to-business (B2B) distribution services group Hagemeyer NV, has announced the availability of the NMS Convergence Generation (CG) 6500C, a high-density PSTN, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and voice processing platform. Following on from the recently announced Asia Pacific partnership with NMS Communications, Hagemeyer Communications will market and support the CG6500C in the Australian, New Zealand and South Asian markets. The CG6500C platform is targeted at in-the-network deployments requiring superior scalability and reliability. It combines up to 16 T1/E1 PSTN trunks with high-density DSP voice processing power and built in IP-capability, making it ideal for cost effective, scalable, high reliability telephony solutions. Combined with industry leading NMS Fusion 4 software, the NMS CG6500C platform allows businesses to quickly build IVR (Interactive Voice Response), fax, speech recognition and VoIP solutions. Key applications of the CG6500C include: . IVR and conferencing engines with up to 480 ports per cPCI slot . VoIP gateways with up to 360 ports per cPCI slot . IP media servers . Enhanced services platforms . Wireless/IP gateways . VoIP and PSTN telephony testing systems . High-density voice processing (DSP) resource The CG6500C platform is designed to specifically address the migration of communications infrastructure to packet technology requiring the availability of high-performance VoIP gateways for infrastructure build-out and IP media platforms for enhanced communications services. The architecture of the CG6500C series integrates PSTN interfaces, telephony protocols, comprehensive IVR functionality, full-duplex echo cancellation, speech encoding, fax processing, conferencing, Fast Ethernet interfaces and packet protocols into a single-slot package. Optimized to buffer speech and provide high performance platforms for speech solutions, the CG6500C can reduce the per-channel cost of speech considerably compared to solutions requiring dedicated speech resource boards as no additional speech-related hardware is required. Notes to Editors The CG6500C series features dual 10/100Base-T Ethernet interfaces, which can be used either as two independent subnets or in automatic fall-over mode that switches traffic to the alternative interface without interruption of in-progress calls. This feature protects against wire cuts or hub failures. The platform is supported on Microsoft Windows, Intel Solaris, Sparc Solaris, Red Hat Linux 7.2, and Windows Server 2003. The platform series is supported by NMS Natural Access development and runtime environment. Natural Access provides a consistent set of APIs that are operating system independent, delivering true application portability. With NMS Natural Access Call Control Service, programmers can quickly develop applications that run on multiple types of telecommunications interfaces by using a single protocol-independent API. NMS Fusion 4 software provides a common software environment that can be used to create IP telephony gateways, IP-enabled enhanced communications services platforms, and wireless IP telephony gateways. About Hagemeyer Communications Hagemeyer Communications is the telecom division of Hagemeyer Asia Pacific Electronics Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hagemeyer NV (Euronext:HGM), a Dutch listed company with revenues of approximately 8.3 billion Euros. Hagemeyer Communications has established teams of product specialists and engineers in Singapore, Sydney, and most recently Mumbai of India to support the integration of NMS technologies and systems. For more information please visit: www.hcom.com.au About NMS Communications NMS Communications (Nasdaq:NMSS) helps its customers increase revenues and returns on investments by rapidly deploying new carrier-grade communications products and services. Every telecom operator and communications equipment provider on the Global Fortune 50 list relies on NMS Communications for technology-leading products and services, including system building blocks, systems, consulting, and support. Visit www.nmscommunications.com for more information. Hagemeyer communications secures Asia Pacific distribution deal with nms communications 2003-09-03T18:35:00Z hagemeyer-communications-secures-asia-pacific-distribution-deal-with-nms-communications Hagemeyer Communications, the newly established telecommunications unit of business-to-business (B2B) distribution services group Hagemeyer NV, has announced an Asia Pacific partnership deal with NMS Communications, a North American provider of sophisticated communications products and services. Hagemeyer Communications will market and support NMS advanced products and technologies in the South Asia, Australia and New Zealand telecommunications markets. In addition to representing NMSs building block technologies, Hagemeyer will provide marketing sales and technical support for NMSs system level products. Service offerings will include voice quality and echo cancellation systems which are integrated in central offices and mobile switching centres (MSCs) to provide consistently clear voice quality to mobile and fixed line subscribers. These products connect to the widest variety of network interfaces, offer the highest density at the lowest cost, and deliver highest quality voice during mobile conversations even in the noisiest settings by using the patented Studio Sound software. Peter Mayer, General Manager, Hagemeyer Communications said: NMS is an exciting, innovative developer of building block technologies, voice communications products and telecommunications services. We are in a very unique position in being able to now bring these solutions to the Asia Pacific market, many of which will have great appeal to telecommunications consumers in the region. Today, Hagemeyer announced the launch of NMSs unique caller tones service, MyCaller, which enables telephone subscribers to select original recordings of popular music, sounds and celebrity voices in place of conventional ringback tones that callers usually hear. Users can also program music to continue to play in the background during a conversation, and customise caller ringtones to individuals or groups of callers. Company jingles and even advertising for business users are also offered in the audio content. MyCallers audio content can be accessed via the web, IVR, SMS or WAP interfaces. Subscribers can purchase multiple sound clips and then rotate between them for a smaller fee. Marc Samson, Hagemeyer Communications Carrier Business Manager, said: MyCaller is the biggest thing in the mobile market since prepaid. It is an exciting new service that gives each subsciber the ability to personalise their callback tones by individual caller or by groups such as colleagues, friends or family callers. MyCaller will satisfy the growing demand in the local market for high performance products and technologies that highlight individual style and enhance existing performance capabilities, Mr Samson said. About Hagemeyer Communications Hagemeyer Communications is the telecom division of Hagemeyer Asia Pacific Electronics Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hagemeyer NV (Euronext:HGM), a Dutch listed company with revenues of approximately 8.3 billion Euros. Hagemeyer Communications has established teams of product specialists and engineers in Singapore, Sydney, and most recently Mumbai of India to support the integration of NMS technologies and systems. For more information please visit: www.hcom.com.au About NMS Communications NMS Communications (Nasdaq:NMSS) helps its customers increase revenues and returns on investments by rapidly deploying new carrier-grade communications products and services. Every telecom operator and communications equipment provider on the Global Fortune 50 list relies on NMS Communications for technology-leading products and services, including system building blocks, systems, consulting, and support. Visit www.nmscommunications.com for more information.