SaskTel and Bell to share HSPA infrastructure

Saskatchewan-based SaskTel has reached an agreement to share 3.5G HSPA mobile network infrastructure with nationwide operator Bell Mobility. Bell and fellow national operator Telus are due to launch commercial HSPA services next month after rolling out new infrastructure under a network sharing model. SaskTel previously announced that it will build its own HSPA network in Saskatchewan aiming for a launch in mid-2010 with a targeted completion date of 2011. Wade Oosterman, President of Bell Mobility, said of the new deal: ‘This new network sharing agreement with SaskTel allows us to quickly and cost-effectively extend the country’s largest and fastest wireless network to even more Canadians.’ Bell said that the agreement raises the planned population coverage of the 3.5G network from 93% to 94%, whilst SaskTel said it will give nationwide access to new advanced services to its customers.

Shaw still unsure on wireless; sales climb 8%; claims largest cable base

Shaw Communications’ revenues in the three months ended 31 August 2009 rose 8% year-on-year to CAD873 billion (USD823 million), whilst net profit shrank to CAD124 million versus the year-earlier net result of CAD132 million that was lifted by one-time gains. Shaw also announced that its CAD300 million purchase of Ontario-based cableco Mountain Cablevision has received regulatory approval. It added the claim that the acquisition of Mountain’s 41,000 cable customers, 29,000 internet subscribers and 30,000 digital phone lines pushes it in front of Rogers Communications as Canada’s largest cableco. In its most recent fiscal quarter Shaw reported that its basic cable subscribers increased by 6,374 to 2.29 million, while internet customers, including pending installations, rose by 27,376 to 1.68 million. Meanwhile Shaw’s CEO Jim Shaw reiterated that it had not yet finalised its plans for entering the mobile wireless market, despite spending over CAD189 million on wireless spectrum. ‘We don’t really have a total plan right now but I can tell you we’re really interested in expanding into that area on a really cautious basis,’ he told analysts.

Share the Network Traffic Access

Sharing Traffic Access Port (TAP) can be unproductive when only one monitoring tool can be attached to it.  Network administrators can’t get their work done when secruity is using the TAP.  When full-time forensic recording is required, nobody else can see the traffic.RGN Tap - Problem

Don’t Schedule time on a TAP anymore – share the access!  Net Optics Regeneration Taps  make 2, 4 or 8 copies of the traffic, so multiple tools and multiple groups can see the same traffic simultaneously

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How to Simplify Network Tool Management and Increase there Efficiency

Network visibility is crucial so that you are aware of what is happening on your network. The issue is that network tools are expensive especially 10 Gig tools, and we are limited by the number of SPAN ports and TAPS available to attach our tools to. Since monitoring allows us to avoid problems with security, application performance and downtime we are often forced to make tradeoffs to prioritize where the risk is at, leaving some areas of the network unmonitored

As we continue to add more tools to the network, we increase the complexity and the ability to troubleshoot and monitor security threats. Net Optics Director, enables you to pool your monitoring tools to handle more traffic, more links, and more protocols. With Director as the hub of your monitoring access platform (MAP), dozens or hundreds of critical high-volume data links can be dynamically connected to a sub-station of monitoring tools. With TapFlow filtering you can ensure that each tool sees only the traffic-of-interest for its particular purpose. You can find more information on director here.