RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Telecommunications and service providers along with software and hardware companies focused on networking based in the Triangle and Georgia or with significant operations in RTP are generating headlines at the SuperComm trade show this week in Chicago.

BellSouth, for example, announced Tuesday plans to deploy a broadband wireless service in Athens GA this summer. The FastAccess service will be offered later this summer in several Florida cities. The service will include hardware from Navini Networks.

The Baby Bell has been conducting broadband trials in various locations since 2000.

“BellSouth’s latest wireless broadband initiative is the next logical step after a technical trial,” said Keith Cowan, president of marketing and product management at BellSouth. “As BellSouth’s focus continues its shift to broadband and wireless, we are excited about the potential of wireless broadband as an alternative high-speed Internet solution.
Wireless broadband complements BellSouth’s wireline strategy and aids in our efforts to continuously extend the reach of our broadband service.”

Time Warner Cable’s Raleigh Division, meanwhile, announced that it would begin offering Ethernet-speed services to businesses and small customers using network gear and applications from Metrobility Optical Systems.

“In rolling out dedicated access services to customers, we wanted to efficiently use our fiber assets while providing customers with robust network services that are feature-rich, reliable and easily managed,” said Mark Eagle, director of project engineering at Time Warner Cable’s Raleigh Division. “Metrobility’s first-mile intelligent demarcation technology allows Time Warner to proxy manage the edge device and to control bandwidth, count packets, provision bandwidth requirements and convert media as needed– using the same medium and without routing or entering customer IP space. This allows us to provide improved levels of security and service quality while providing all the benefits of optical Ethernet to our customers.”

Also, Tekelec is discussing this week what it calls a “Real Convergence” strategy for network operators wanting to embrace or continue migration to Internet Protocol-based networks and revolves around Tekelec’s IP “multimedia subsystem” technology.
“Operators today are facing a number of challenges,” said Fred Lax, Tekelec’s president and chief executive officer, in a statement. “They are seeking ways to respond to subscriber needs and customize services while increasing revenues. They need knowledge of subscriber preferences and behaviors. In other words, they need accurate data about subscribers, services and the network that is readily available.”

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Hatteras Networks announced a major customer win, signing on MTS Communications for its metro Ethernet copper access solution. MTS is the third largest telecommunications provider in Canada.

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In other announcements at SuperComm:

Scientific-Atlanta is showcasing its Internet Protocol TV-based set top boxes for video on demand and other services:

The Atlanta-based firm also announced an agreement with Microsoft for co-development of IPTV-based solutions:

LVL7, a developer of telecommunications software, has released the latest version of its applications for original equipment manufacturers wanting to incorporate Ethernet services:

Overture Networks introduced its own Ethernet solutions:

IBM announced updates to its blade servers designed for telecommunications networks:

Nortel is expanding its Ethernet product offerings for delivery of the “triple play” (voice video, data) services:

Nortel also disclosed enhancements to Voice over Internet Protocol services:

Cisco, meanwhile, is discussing its strategy and solutions for next-generation networks around the globe:

Movaz Networks, which is based in Atlanta, is demonstrating its latest optical and photonic switching gear designed for network backbones: