RADCOM adds IMS verification to Omni-Q; social gaming gets power boost from Akamai

> RADCOM is adding IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) billing and policing verification to its Omni-Q service assurance product, which enables service providers to monitor their networks end-to-end. The new verification tools help providers confirm that subscribers are being billed correctly. News release.

> As any Facebook user getting swamped with  invites to help tend a friend's virtual crops already knows, online social gaming is exploding, with around 40 million Internet users in the U.S. alone playing in Feb. 2010. Online managed services provider Akamai wants to remind everybody that it is right there, powering many of social and casual gaming companies including PopCap, Mindjolt, and PerfectWorld Entertainment. Thanks, Akamai. Thanks a lot. News release.

> iCore keeps moving forward: the VoPI (Voice over Private Internet) provider, which opened its first field office in Columbia, Md. last month, yesterday announced the opening of a new network operations center (NOC) in McLean, Va. The NOC features Cisco, Broadsoft and UNIX-based systems and uses geographic data center redundancy to protect against cyber-attacks and natural disasters. News release.

> Inmarsat has added a mid-range streaming rate of 176 kbps to its BGAN satellite service. That may not sound like much in the 100G wireline world, but it's an affordable way for broadcasters to stream live video from anywhere on the planet. News release.

> GigOptix announced its next-generation ASIC design solution will be installed with Hatteras Networks' Ethernet equipment. The value-added solution reduces power consumption and enhances existing features in network equipment. Release.

And finally... If you thought that transatlantic flight would temporarily keep the boss from checking in on you, think again. Virgin Atlantic is installing Panasonic's eXPhone system (and its eX2 entertainment system) aboard its A330 fleet, allowing passengers to call, text and email in flight using their own mobile devices. They still do massages in first class though, right? News release.