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Spark ATM systems consolidates SA independent ATM industry

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Spark ATM Systems has consolidated its position as the leading independent Automated Teller Machine (ATM) deployer in South Africa through the acquisition of the ATM estate of CashAxcess – a subsidiary of global payment processing company First Data Corporation.

The ATM estate was purchased by Spark ATM Systems for an undisclosed amount and consists of 91 ATM sites located in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors nationwide.

According to Marc Sternberg, Managing Director of Spark ATM Systems, the acquisition is in line with the company’s overall growth strategy, which has seen it deploy over 2,000 ATM’s across the country since its launch in 2006.

“The CashAxcess acquisition complements the strong organic growth we are experiencing, with average monthly installations of 50 – 70 ATMs across the country. We are confident that clients in the newly acquired ATM sites will benefit from our advanced national support structures, renowned customer service levels and industry-leading ATM hardware and technology platforms.”

Peter Matassa, Director Client Services, Middle East and Africa at First Data Corporation says that the sale of the CashAxcess ATM network forms part of First Data Corporation’s strategic realignment of its Southern African operations.

According to latest data by MasterCard, approximately 85% of transactions are still conducted in cash worldwide. “Access to cash plays an integral role in South Africa’s economy and will remain so for many years to come. The ATM deployment industry is thus thriving and we are well placed to meet this growing demand,” says Sternberg.

Nokia Siemens Networks Smart Wi-Fi makes mobile integration seamless

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Traffic steering capabilities create HetNet, give operators greater control over customer experience

Nokia Siemens Networks is launching Smart Wi-Fi to seamlessly integrate wireless local area networks (WLAN) with cellular, mobile networks. Smart Wi-Fi comprises four elements that combine operator-controlled Wi-Fi and cellular services into a Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) with traffic steering capabilities. This allows operators to select the best wireless access technology to deliver a secure, convenient mobile broadband experience for customers.

“Nearly all smartphones and tablets have the ability to use Wi-Fi. Operators have a clear opportunity to use this mature, cost-effective technology to enhance the experience of mobile broadband, especially in underserved indoor public areas”, said Randy Cox, head of Small Cell Product Management, Nokia Siemens Networks. “With our Smart Wi-Fi, mobile operators can integrate and control Wi-Fi networks to deliver a cellular-like experience on Wi-Fi as part of a broader HetNet”.

“Smart Wi-Fi combines our global experience in delivering access networks, integrating Wi-Fi with core networks, our leadership in Customer Experience Management and our solutions for provisioning devices over-the-air. Smart Wi-Fi can be integrated with the award-winning Flexi Zone solution to control the Wi-Fi layer. This is all supported by our Services for HetNets for complete lifecycle support from hotspot analysis and planning to deployment, optimization and care,” said Cox.

The four elements of Nokia Siemens Networks Smart Wi-Fi are Smart Wi-Fi Connect, Smart Wi-Fi Converge, Smart Wi-Fi Optimize and Smart Wi-Fi Personalize.

Smart Wi-Fi Connect allows operators to plan and deploy their own Wi-Fi networks. The solution element includes high-performance access points and gateways for operators who are deploying their own Wi-Fi networks. In addition, the company provides the service capabilities to analyze, plan, deploy, integrate and optimize the operator’s own or partner Wi-Fi networks.

Smart Wi-Fi Converge enables operators to integrate Wi-Fi networks into their core network and provide device provisioning for seamless subscriber access to Wi-Fi. This element includes device management and subscriber authentication for provisioning Wi-Fi, as well as approaches to managing security, billing and policy control and the tools to deliver cellular services over Wi-Fi.

Smart Wi-Fi Optimize introduces Wi-Fi traffic steering capabilities based on Wi-Fi traffic loading. Operators are able to decide based on the traffic level when to steer subscribers between Wi-Fi and cellular to ensure that subscribers are always using the most suitable network layer to provide optimum performance. Traffic steering gives operators more predictability over the Wi-Fi experience and helps maximize their HetNet assets to boost subscriber satisfaction.

Smart Wi-Fi Personalize includes the recently introduced Customer Experience Management (CEM) on Demand for Wi-Fi. CEM on Demand gives operators subscriber level visibility and allows them to target subscriber segments to provide promotional Wi-Fi sign-up campaigns and/or automatic Wi-Fi provisioning.

Network operators, customers, press and analysts are welcome to visit the Nokia Siemens Networks Solution Experience Center in Hall 3, 3B14, at Mobile World Congress 2013, Fira Gran Via, in Barcelona, Spain, to learn more about Smart Wi-Fi and our expanded offering for Small Cells. The company will provide Wi-Fi for guests visiting the Experience Center.

For more information about Nokia Siemens Networks’ advances and innovations in Small Cells and Smart Wi-Fi, please join our #1GBperday$ webinar on March 12, 2013. Registration for all the #1GBperday$ webinars is open now: http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com/1GBperday

To share your thoughts on Smart Wi-Fi and Small Cells, join the discussion on Twitter using #MWC13, #1GBperday, #LiquidBroadband, #MBBFuture and #mobilebroadband.

Clarotech receive award for outstanding sales and service

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Annual Awards Recognize Top Digium Partners Worldwide who Deliver Unparalleled VoIP Solutions and Services

Clarotech Consulting, a leading provider of VoIP business phone systems and IT infrastructure services, today announced it has been awarded a Digium Pinnacle Partner award in the category Pinnacle Circle of Excellence and Partner of the Year in Africa. These Pinnacle Partner awards are presented annually to leading Digium partners who have excelled in developing and growing their partnership with Digium and driving customer success for either Switchvox Unified Communications (UC) or Asterisk Custom Communications solutions. Clarotech Consulting is one of the outstanding organizations selected based on annual sales and commitment to customer satisfaction.

“We have seen rapid growth of our shift*eight Asterisk PBX & Call Centre business and are honored to receive this award, which recognizes our fast growth status and collaboration with Digium,” said Colin Fair, Managing Director. “Clarotech Consulting’s VoIP expertise and UC capabilities combined with Digium’s compelling product portfolio has led to our continued growth. By partnering with Digium, we believe we are able to offer customers the greatest value and advanced features for their office communications.”

“These awards demonstrate Digium’s commitment to the growth and recognition of our channel partners who are contributing to our remarkable growth,” said Jim Butler, director of worldwide channel sales. “We are happy to have the opportunity to present these awards to those organizations who have shown a commitment to growing their Digium business and expanding our worldwide customer base. We have seen significant growth of our Switchvox UC solutions because customers are looking for feature-rich, affordable alternatives for their business phone systems.”

For more information on how Clarotech Consulting can help your business improve its business communications, contact us for a free demo or consultation. Learn more about our capabilities at www.clarotech.co.za or call 021 689 5330.

Harnessing the technical expertise of your distributor

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Resellers that bring in technology specialists to assess the size and scope of a potential new customer implementation, have a better understanding when to take the business forward or when to simply walk away.

By Carina Prinsloo, Service Manager at Drive Control Corporation (DCC)

As a reseller, implementing a complex Information Technology (IT) solution successfully at a new customer site paves the way for better cash flow, word-of-mouth referrals and favourable site references. However, for many resellers this is not without blood, sweat and tears.

This is largely due to the fact that the devil is truly in the detail with every large-scale implementation. Most technology infrastructures in companies today are complex eco-systems of legacy computer systems, faxes, printers, coupled with some new laptops and smart devices, all patched together and it somehow works. For many implementation partners or resellers, this makes their job just that much harder. With ailing customer networks, resellers can only be assured of one thing: nothing is ever as it seems.

External Expertise Required
Therein lies the problem. Most resellers offer a wide product and service portfolio making it almost impossible to up skill their staff in all areas. Juggling the plethora of products and technology and getting to grips with each and every one of them in order to match the appropriate solution with the clients’ needs is a challenge to say the least.

Resellers are also typically low on scarce technical resources and most don’t have high level expertise in-house to draw knowledge from within their organisation. And even if they do, they usually are not experts on every piece of niche technology that they sell.

The fact remains that having the certification and technical skills across a wide product offering is often impossible, especially for smaller resellers that do not have the resources or time to allocate training of their resources. Additionally, the lack of these skills and the challenge associated with obtaining certification means support and maintenance cannot be offered to the end customer. This is a significant dilemma facing resellers considering that this is where the profitability lies for the reseller business.

Without a deep understanding of the customers’ requirements and infrastructure topology, a wrong solution could be deployed, affecting key implementation time frames as well as customer downtime. Ironically, it’s only when the resellers get to this stage that they realise the value of site assessments and solution designs.

Thorough Site Inspections
For a relatively large implementation to be successful resellers must perform a site inspection. A critical business plan has to be mapped out with targets of implementation, post-implementation and support. Responsibilities must be assigned to both the reseller and the customer throughout the implementation process, and must be reviewed and adjusted if required.

On the technology front, current enterprise issues must first be mapped out and considered to ensure a successful timeous installation without loss of productivity, disruption of backups or breaches of network security.

Importantly, communication between the reseller and staff is critical for the project to be successful. There must be buy-in from management, technical staff and general staff that will be a point of contact when the project goes live, for example.

A Unified Front
Working together with a distributor that offers the necessary technical support and product certified resources, resellers are able to do extensive preparation with the help of a team of product specialists. These specialists are knowledgeable on common ‘trouble’ areas, as well as new features and functionality that can be deployed. This also involves on-site workshops, information gathering sessions, solution design, site assessments, as well as a detailed report before the project goes ahead.

The distributor then supplies the reseller with a blueprint document on how the implementation will proceed and by helping the reseller in this crucial stage of negotiations the distributor wins as well, knowing that the new technology can be professionally supported.

In closing, some customer implementations are too complex and warrant careful planning and execution. Getting in extra help is a small price to pay if resellers consider that every implementation is a critical step in forging profitable business relationships of the future.

For more information, visit www.drivecon.net.

The business analytics dilemma

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By David McWilliam, Director at Cortell Corporate Performance Management

In today’s world, there is no longer any argument over the need for business analytics. It provides facts and information that can be used to enhance decision-making, improve business agility and provide an important competitive edge. However, much confusion remains in the market over centralised and decentralised solutions, so-called agile Business Intelligence (BI) and traditional BI, which provide different levels of analytics freedom and IT control. This typical disconnect between business and IT leads to the business analytics dilemma – the need to keep both business and IT happy and deliver solutions that provide real business value and return on investment (ROI).

The reality is that top performing companies are analytics-driven, as the proper optimisation of information assets provides insight to guide actions throughout the business. Organisations are now looking to increase investment into business analytics to cover multiple areas, including BI, data exploration, trend and statistical analysis, what-if analysis and predictive analytics. In this manner, it is the ultimate goal of the enterprise to change the culture and discipline of their organisation to rely on analytics driven decisions, rather than going by gut feel or using what amounts to educated guesswork. The challenge is no longer around the decision to implement solutions for data and analytics, but the actual process of going about doing so successfully, so that benefits will be realised and goals attained.

This challenge is only exacerbated when different advisors and vendors raise the perceived conflict between centralised or decentralised solutions, which provide different levels of analytics freedom and IT control. This rift, or lack of vision and cooperation, between the “business” stakeholders and the “IT” stakeholders, is a common challenge in many areas, and is well known if not well understood and dealt with. Traditional BI is perceived as being a dinosaur, too rigidly controlled by IT to provide the necessary information to the business to enable them to make decisions. However, the so-called agile BI tools claim that analytics can simply be “plugged in” to any data source and can then be used. The danger of this scenario, while it does provide compelling freedom to the business, is that this data is then uncontrolled, and different users could get different insights based on different data, which may well lead to conflicting predictions and analytical outcomes.

Solving the dilemma means satisfying both the business demands for access to information, and the IT need to control and manage this data in an acceptable manner. Satisfying both parties can prove to be immensely challenging, and often results in a stalemate, where nothing gets done because a suitable middle ground cannot be found.

In order to meet this challenge, it is critical to include both IT and business in all analytics decisions. The business should not simply task IT with finding a tool, as happens so often. IT often does not understand the needs and requirements of the business, and business users do not understand the mechanisms and requirements of IT.

Finding the middle ground requires a balance between access to information as well as applicable regulations and control. It is no use having a solution that is so rigid with rules and regulations on how to access the data that business users reject it as impractical, as this is a waste of a significant investment. At the same time, business users should not be permitted unfettered access to any and all business information. The freedom to explore information and understand how business can benefit from reporting and analysis should be balanced by the discipline required to validate the data, provide a single version of the truth for reporting purposes, and standardising dashboards and reporting across the organisation.

Business users must be given access to the tools they need, and IT must cater to this new breed of business user. However it is still vital to exercise the right governance and control over the information. The only successful outcome for the organisation is a solution that offers an agile and personal analytics capability, which is integrated with approved enterprise planning and forecasting, analysis, profitability modelling and performance reporting.

While this need may be well recognised, achieving this balance still proves to be an insurmountable challenge for many organisations. Organisations need to understand the full spectrum of their requirements before opting for any solution that they are sure will provide for all of their needs, even if they start by addressing only specific pains. Partnering with an expert consultant, one which understand the business needs as well as having the right vendor solutions in their stable will ensure that the most appropriate solution is selected and effectively implemented to meet the needs of both business and IT around business analytics.

Telecom Namibia partners with Jasco Co-location Solutions to deliver faster, cheaper Internet

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NewTelco South Africa signs Telecom Namibia contract, sets up first international POP in London

Telecom Namibia, the national fixed and mobile telecoms operator in Namibia, has entered into an agreement with NewTelco South Africa, represented by Jasco Co-location Solutions, to establish a total of four international Points of Presence (PoPs) connected into the WACS undersea cable that became active in May 2012. These PoPs, to be located in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Frankfurt and London, will be procured and built by NewTelco SA for exclusive use by Telecom Namibia. As part of the agreement, Telecom Namibia is currently making use of NewTelco’s existing infrastructure until the dedicated infrastructure is built. A number of global carriers are already connected into the service.

Namibia was the second country to extend the reach of their network into Europe on the WACS cable. The agreement between Telecom Namibia and NewTelco SA is a pioneering step in connecting Africa to the world, removing the reliance of a number of African telecoms operators on third parties to connect internationally and driving down the cost of communications for the continent.

When selecting a partner, Telecom Namibia went out to tender with a very specific set of criteria that needed to be met. One of the conditions was for a company with a global reach and existing experience in building PoPs around the world. Telecom Namibia also required a company skilled at systems integration to bring together products and equipment from a variety of vendors and provide a single point of contact, as well as a partner with the critical mass required to supply infrastructure and provide the use of such infrastructure on a rental basis back to them. The Jasco Group as a whole is well known for its systems integration expertise, and thanks to NewTelco SA’s partnership with NewTelco GmbH, a German company with co-location hubs in 25 locations including major world capitals and years of global experience, Jasco Co-location Solutions was the ideal partner.

“In order to connect to global telecommunications providers, Telecom Namibia needed space in multiple data centres as well as a company to manage and maintain services. NewTelco SA, through our ties to NewTelco GmbH, is perfectly positioned to deliver on Telecom Namibia’s requirements and fulfil this role. Not only will this assist with bringing down the cost of telecommunications, it will also provide cheaper Internet connectivity as Namibia will no longer have to route data traffic through South Africa,” says Eckart Zollner, Business Development Manager for Jasco Co-location Solutions.

Direct routing not only provides more cost effective interconnections, it also enables the operator to offer higher speeds of connectivity at lower prices, as well as better customer service. Telecom Namibia are now able to manage their own networks and make broadband connectivity more accessible to the Namibian public, helping them to bridge the digital divide and allowing the country to compete on a global stage.

The strategic location of the four PoPs mean that Telecom Namibia can now offer its customers in South Africa or abroad direct connections to a number of existing and future undersea cable systems such as WACS, SAT3, EASSY, SEACOM, ACE and BRICS. This not only provides for a fault tolerant international service platform, but also provides an opportunity to benefit from an optimised pricing model as traffic can be routed over any of these cable systems.

“Jasco Co-location Solutions met all of our criteria, and has delivered the first phase of a solution which will revolutionise telecommunications in Namibia,” says Oiva Angula, Senior Manager: Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Telecom Namibia. “Further phases, such as additional PoPs and the extension of our national infrastructure, will enable us to further extend these services and access new technologies such as Voice over IP and cloud services.”

“NewTelco is a carrier neutral co-location centre and provider, which means that at every point of presence location there are hundreds of global carriers present. Telecom Namibia can now have its pick of carriers to interconnect with, ensuring that they always receive the best pricing and service levels, which can then be passed on to their customers,” concludes Pete da Silva, CEO at The Jasco Group.

Adopting a Lean approach to data governance

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By Gary Allemann, MD at Master Data Management

Data governance is fast becoming a priority on the business agenda, in light of regulations and guidelines such as King III, which outline recommendations for corporate governance of which data governance forms a critical part. However, data governance can be a challenging and complex task. Adopting a Lean approach to data governance can help businesses to eliminate wasteful data governance activity and promote efficiencies. An approach to lean data governance is discussed in a new whitepaper which can be downloaded here.

Lean methodology is defined by the MEP Lean Network as “a systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste through continuous improvement”. The Lean approach has been developed to identify and eliminate waste in business processes to improve efficiency and promote effectiveness. Gartner defines data governance as “The specification of decision rights and an accountability framework to encourage desirable behaviour in the valuation, creation, storage, use, archival and deletion of information. It includes the processes, roles, standards and metrics that ensure the effective and efficient use of information in enabling an organisation to achieve its goals.”

From these definitions it is clear that adopting Lean methodology with regard to data governance will help to ensure that information can be used efficiently and effectively, through the elimination of wasteful practices and streamlining activities. There is a perfect synergy between Lean methodology and data governance, with core principles focusing on driving efficiencies, minimising waste and delivering robust, reliable and timely outputs.

When data management processes are not Lean, data often goes through many needless processes within systems and tools and is governed and managed inefficiently. The net result of this is that data becomes over processed and valuable data and insights may be lost. Accessibility may be compromised due to laborious data access processes, resulting in workarounds or the user continuing the working process without the aid of important data to drive the decision making process. Applying Lean methodology and thinking to data governance helps to avoid this type of scenario.

Key strategic decisions must be based on sound data. Data feeds into reports that facilitate decision-making at ground level and senior level. Data is used to determine resources, timing, product stock, response times – in fact, every metric that is crucial to monitor and ultimately enhance performance. Lean Data Governance is the optimisation of classic data governance. It delivers a robust framework and standards for sustainable change, process and information mapping and review to increase efficiency, functionality for tools and technology and value to the internal customer.

A Lean Data Governance approach consists of two interlinked aspects: waste prevention and waste elimination.

Waste prevention relies on five principles to prevent the occurrence of waste.

  1. Specify value as seen by the customer
  2. Identify and create value streams
  3. Make the value flow from source to customer
  4. Create pull
  5. Strive for perfection with continuous improvement

These five principles, when adopted as part of the Lean Data Governance approach, lay a foundation for streamlined governance processes and facilitate the prevention of unnecessary activity.

Using these principles, businesses are able to assess where waste may be occurring and implement steps to ensure that the waste does not occur in the future. The key is to understand what the business is trying to achieve and to identify the best way in which to achieve this.

Waste elimination is crucial for improving quality and efficiency within the organisation. This is an essential step to ensure that waste which is causing immediate risk, financial loss or significant decrease in quality can be identified and eliminated. When looking to eliminate waste, strategy, people and organisation, process, technology, and data management should all be subjected to a TIMWOOD (Transportation; Inventory; Motion; Waiting; Overproduction; Over-processing; Defects) assessment. This represents an in-depth assessment that enables the business to implement a Lean Data Governance approach

Delivering an actionable, impactful and lasting Lean Data Governance programme requires that strategy, people and organisation, processes, technology, and data management be explored in detail. TIMWOOD and the five principles of waste prevention need to be applied to each discipline individually to create a log of the current state, immediate risks and desired state. Based on this, a Lean Data Governance programme is developed with a list of actions and a robust methodology to deliver it.

For more information on adopting a Lean approach to data governance, download the white paper here.

Connection Telecom democratises enterprise videoconferencing

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VideoConnect– hosted and managed for high-end affordability

Connection Telecom, the unified communications service and solution provider, has up-ended the high-end videoconferencing market with the launch of VideoConnect (powered by Vidyo) – a managed, hosted solution that makes HD-quality video accessible for small business.

The old school
Rob Lith, business development director at Connection Telecom, says previously companies would have had to set up specially-equipped multi-million rand rooms for their conferencing.

“The cost of this constrained companies’ conferencing location to two or perhaps more rooms, and put this kind of solution out of the reach of smaller budgets,” he says.

“The only other option was to use peer-to-peer consumer videoconferencing, which doesn’t have the quality assurance of a centrally-managed service on a trusted network. Telviva N+ VideoConnect offers that all-round business-grade experience at an affordable usage-based charge.”

Killer combo
Connecting both boardroom-based teams and individuals, Connection Telecom strikes the perfect balance of enterprise-quality videoconferencing with the flexibility of roving employees or other organisational stakeholders bridging into the call.

“Neither p2p solutions nor site-based enterprise solutions have this killer combination,” says Lith.

Quality features

  • Location-independent – VideoConnect is accessible from desktops, iOS or Android devices, or room set-ups.
  • Standard hardware – The solution delivers video-over-IP, meaning there’s no need for expensive proprietary hardware.
  • Standard networks –No matter where in the world teams are, they can access VideoConnect if they have WiFi or 3G/4Gaccess.
  • VideoConnect uses adaptive layering technology and the H.264 scalable video coding standard to ensure video and audio feeds are smooth and natural. In addition, Connection Telecom uses ViBE, a bandwidth optimisation tool, to manage quality.
  • Users can manage and configure their own endpoints, while administrators have a range of options available to them in an easy-to-use interface. No IT support is required.
  • VideoConnect provides flexibility of configuration, access and display. Two-user and multi-point conferencing can also support document-sharing and whiteboards.
  • Webcast a videoconference as it happens, or save it for viewing later.

The stuff you never see
In the background in Connection Telecom’s full-redundant data centre, the following infrastructure powers customers’ VideoConnect experience:

  • VideoConnect router – supports up to 100 concurrent HD connections and multiple networked routers for larger deployments
  • VideoConnect portal–lets administrators configure and manage endpoints, infrastructure, software and licenses; moderate conferences in progress; and configure multi-tenant features. Self-service is an option.
  • VideoConnect gateway–bridges traditional room systems and the higher-performing, more scalable VideoConnect environment. Endpoints from vendors like Polycom and Cisco are connected via H.323 and SIP-based infrastructure. Support for critical features like H.239 data sharing and H.235 media encryption, tonsure interoperability.
  • VideoConnect replay–records conferences for offline viewing or webcasts them in real time. Web-accessible content library. Video streams can be viewed in any Flash-enabled browser.
  • End-points – VideoConnect Mobile turns iOS or Android mobile devices into high-quality telepresence end-points via 3G/4G, docked or on the go. VideoConnect Desktop does the same for desktops. VideoConnect Room appliances for fixed installations deliver up to 1080P (HDTV or high-definition video–1920 pixels in width and 1080 pixels in height)at 30 frames per second.
  • VideoConnect panorama–Connects up to nine screens of participant video and multiple streams of shared content.

Get set and go
But the real beauty of VideoConnect is that none of that makes any difference to the end-user. “The infrastructure is ready and available to any company that needs it,” says Lith. “To get started, simply install the soft client or mobile app and start videoconferencing!”

New Trailer and Screens for Upcoming The Sims 3 Expansions

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The Sims 3 University Life is partying with class this semester with the release of hot new assets including a Producer Walk Through video and screenshots.

Just released today, The Sims 3 University Life Producer Walk Through Video gives an in-depth look at the wild parties, chaotic class schedules, new activities, crazy hijinks and more that can all be experienced in this new expansion. Along with the Producer Walk through Video, The Sims 3 University Life also shows off new screenshots that capture the quintessential memories from college living. From dorm room keggers to flirtatious text messages and camera self-snapshots, Sims are sure to make memories to last a lifetime!

Additionally, as part of an exclusive offer, players who order the game from Origin.com can show their team pride with the School Spirit Pack that includes new outfits, face paints and a stylish scooter for your Sims to zip around town.

 

Nokia Siemens Networks selected by DOCOMO PACIFIC for 4G LTE in Guam

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Nokia Siemens Networks is the sole supplier of end-to-end network

Nokia Siemens Networks has been selected by DOCOMO PACIFIC, a subsidiary of the Japanese telecommunications operator NTT DOCOMO, as the sole supplier for an end-to-end 4G LTE* network. The network has enabled DOCOMO PACIFIC to provide a stronger mobile data offering for existing customers on the U.S. territory of Guam.

The LTE deployment is an extension of Nokia Siemens Networks’ successful relationship with DOCOMO PACIFIC. Nokia Siemens Networks implemented the operator’s GSM/EDGE network, the 3G network and, most recently, the HSPA+ upgrade in 2011.

“The HSPA+ and LTE complementary technologies assure faster mobile broadband speed throughout Guam even as the subscribers move in and out of LTE coverage,” said Jay Shedd, president and chief executive officer at DOCOMO PACIFIC. “With the LTE implementation, we offer the largest and most up-to-date selection of 4G LTE devices on Guam. And subscribers can now connect to a much wider array of devices for higher-quality video and new applications.”

Nokia Siemens Networks implemented its energy-efficient Single Radio Access Network (RAN) solution with high-capacity Flexi Multiradio Base Stations. As part of the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks also upgraded its NetAct network management system to enable consolidated and effective monitoring, management and optimization of DOCOMO PACIFIC’s network across all radio technologies.

“Launching LTE for DOCOMO PACIFIC subscribers was of critical importance in the Guam market,” said J.P. Takala, head of Japan Region, Nokia Siemens Networks. “The implementation helped DOCOMO PACIFIC to transform access to mobile broadband with LTE technology.”

For more information and a video overview on Nokia Siemens Networks’ mobile broadband capabilities, follow this link. To share your thoughts on the topic, join the discussion on Twitter using #mobilebroadband and #LTE.

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