Nakina Systems' Network OS(TM) Powers TM Forum Mobile Backhaul Catalyst



    Multi-Vendor Solution Simplifies Integration of OSS Applications with
Unified Management of Diverse Network Equipment

    DALLAS, November 5 /CNW/ - Nakina Systems announced today that it is
providing key technologies supporting the live Mobile Backhaul Management
Catalyst project being featured at this year's TM Forum Management World
Americas, November 4-8 in Dallas. Sponsored by Time Warner Cable, the Catalyst
project will demonstrate how the Nakina Systems Network OS(TM) (NOS) solution
helps accelerate deployments of wireless backhaul networks by simplifying the
integration of higher-level OSS solutions with network equipment from multiple
vendors.

    The Mobile Backhaul Management Catalyst project will demonstrate how TM
Forum Multi-Technology Operations System Interface (MTOSI) and OSS through
Java(TM) (OSS/J) standards can be used to improve data consistency and
simplify OSS integration. This initial phase of the Catalyst project will
focus on fault management and inventory collection with the Nakina Network
OS(TM) managing a multi-vendor mobile backhaul network and acting as a single
point of integration for industry-leading OSS applications including IBM's
Tivoli Netcool(R)/OMNIbus(TM) fault solution and Telcordia's(R) Granite
inventory solution. In addition to IBM and Telcordia, Nakina is working with
the following industry leaders who are participating in the Catalyst project:
Alcatel-Lucent, BEA, Cisco, Cognizant Technology Solutions and Sun
Microsystems.

    Video and new 4G services are causing mobile data traffic to surge with
revenues growing at near triple digit rates to over $15 billion last year. For
cable companies and other service providers who own local access
infrastructure, mobile backhaul is a way to get more revenue out of existing
resources by leasing excess network capacity to wireless carriers.

    "Building out a lot of fiber is expensive and takes time," says Dan
Baker, Senior Analyst at Dittberner Associates, an independent telecom analyst
firm. "More than anything else, carriers are looking for the most effective
ways to expand nationally and internationally. They've already got coverage in
their core territories and now they want to expand their footprint in the most
practical and cost effective ways. This explains why cable companies with
plenty of capacity and infrastructure covering a lot of territory see wireless
backhaul as a promising new revenue stream."

    Mobile backhaul networks have now become an industry focal point because
they represent both the highest cost and the biggest bottleneck to delivering
next-generation, high-speed wireless data services. The inherently diverse
nature of cell site environments requires that the most cost-effective means
of reaching each base station be deployed. The result is a complex mix of
legacy and next-generation technologies and equipment from multiple different
vendors, all of which needs to be managed cost-effectively as a single
network.

    "In the backhaul business, cable operators need a practical way to pull
together multiple vendor platforms," explains Jonathan Anderson, VP Network
Operations at Time Warner Cable, who works on corporate network operations and
OSS strategy. "The need for robust, flexible and open platforms is critical.
That is why Time Warner Cable is exploring how industry standards like the TM
Forum's MTOSI and OSS/J can help to provide the ability to manage multiple
vendor platforms and EMSs for cell backhaul through a single management
interface."

    "The Nakina Network OS hides the complexity of the different technologies
and vendors' equipment below it, offering a single interface to higher level
back office OSS/BSS systems," said Mary O'Neill, Vice President of Market
Development at Nakina Systems. "This universal mediation and abstraction
function helps service providers roll out their next-generation infrastructure
and services much faster and provides a platform that more and more software
vendors, system integrations and equipment vendors are adopting and building
upon."

    Nakina Systems will again have a strong presence at this year's TM Forum
Management World (TMW) Americas, the premier conference for the OSS industry.
Complementing the Mobile Backhaul Catalyst project and solution demonstrations
in its Booth 208, Nakina will also be hosting an exclusive breakfast seminar
on managing Carrier Ethernet on Wednesday, November 7th with panelists from
Time Warner Cable, Juniper Networks and Dittberner Associates. In addition,
Telstra, IBM Corporation, and Nakina Systems will speak on the topic of using
the latest industry standards to deliver flexible, open, service-oriented
management solutions.

    About Nakina Systems

    Nakina provides one platform to discover, secure and manage multi-vendor
networks. Using Nakina's software, service providers expedite the rollout of
next-generation services with a single management solution that configures and
manages any vendor's networking products. As a single point of integration
between the network and higher-level management applications, the Nakina
Network OS(TM) reduces operating expenses, bolsters identity management
security, and improves workflow productivity by automating operations like
software upgrades, backup and restore, discovery, fault, performance and
configuration management. And it's all with one system. Only from Nakina.

    www.nakinasystems.com

    Nakina, Nakina Systems, Simply Profitable Networks, and Nakina Network OS
are all trademarks or registered trademarks of Nakina Systems Inc. All other
trademarks are property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.




For further information:

For further information: Nakina Systems Inc. Chris Chartrand,
613-254-7351 ext. 223 Director of Marketing cchartrand@nakinasystems.com or
William Wilbert, 503-771-7440 Public Relations wilbertz1@comcast.net

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