CoreMedia introduces new product at IT trade showCoreMedia unveiled the latest version of its CoreMedia CMS 2005 product at the CeBIT telecommunications and IT trade show in Hanover, Germany. CMS 2005 offers improved functionality over the previous version, with a redesigned WebEditor, among other new elements. The product’s new user interface is based on the Longhorn User Experience, which is planned for launch by Microsoft in 2006. The enhanced feature set of CMS2005 also positions the product as a strategic content management tool. The trade show will also see CoreMedia, along with its partners IBM, Interone Worldwide, Kapow Technologies, and others, demonstrate business applications based on the CMS 2005 product. Report connects networking and competitiveness: CiscoA report sponsored by Cisco Systems has found a connection between country indices for ‘Networked Readiness’ and global competitiveness. The Global Information and Technology Report 2004-2005 states that a country’s Networked Readiness Index (NRI) "is inextricably tied up with the global competitiveness of a nation." Cisco Systems president and CEO John Chambers said, "There is a strong correlation between ICT spending and productivity," and added "ICT readiness is perhaps a measure of the future." Further, the report states that since a country’s Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) stage is linked to the per capita income of a nation, one would be led to conclude that the NRI is also strongly related to GDP per capita. The analysis shows that Singapore has edged out the U.S. as the highest-ranking country in the world. Report co-editor Augusto Lopez-Claros, director of the WEF’s Global Competitiveness Programme said "Singapore is an excellent example" of making enormous progress in putting ICT at the service of improved living standards.  Media networking connections to hit 200 million by 2009In-Stat reports media networking will continue to grow at a 29% compound annual rate from 50 million in 2005 to 200 million in 2009. PC vendors, which are rolling out media center PCs, will drive much of the growth. The report also found that within three years, the media hub features of media center PCs are expected to become standard on almost all PCs. Also, many technical issues will continue despite the market growth, and that there is still the need to create the awareness and demand for these products among new users. NetCentrex and AVM finish joint interoperability testingNetCentrex and AVM have completed their joint interoperability testing of the Fritz!Box Fon PBX systems from AVM with NetCentrex’s CCS Softswitch platform. The combined offering will enable providers to offer VoIP solutions to residential and enterprise markets. "AVM is committed to developing partnerships that provide the very best solutions to customers and add value to their services," said AVM technical director Peter Faxel. NetCentrex chairman and CTO Olivier Hersent said that quality "CPE vendors is an essential asset of the NetCentrex CCS Softswitch as an open platform," and added, that AVM is an excellent choice connecting ISDN and analog terminals for VoIP over ADSL, and that using existing phones without a computer is optimal in the consumer market.  Avaya to bring Internet software to create mobile office phonesAvaya Inc. will bring advanced mobility capabilities to the Nokia-developed Series 60 Platform by its third calendar quarter of 2005, according to a media release. The company said its Communications Manager software will transform Series 60-based mobile devices into fully functional office phones, so a mobile workforce can use key office phone features, such as transfer, multi-party conferencing, and abbreviated extension dialing through a single business phone number. Geoffrey Baird, Avaya’s VP and general manager, communication appliances division, said, "for mobility to succeed, however, it needs to be easy to use." Nokia director of enterprise voice solutions Gerard Bruen said, "Extending the capabilities of Avaya Communication Manager to the Nokia Series-60 platform will speed deployment of these devices into the enterprise..." An organization that is already using Avaya enterprise mobility applications is Shephard Pratt Health System Inc. "With Avaya Communication Manager, we can use what was formerly in-transit downtime to be much more productive," said John Shirk, Sheppard Pratt director of communications and project manager.