Showing posts with label Canada. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Canada. Show all posts

Friday, June 16, 2017

Canadian data centre company eStruxture raises C$80m

Montreal-based eStruxture Data Centers, a new network and cloud-neutral data centre operator, has announced the development of its Canada-wide platform, designed to meet the growing demand for large, energy efficient data centres that is being driven by the adoption of cloud services and demand for data storage within Canada.

The company stated that it has raised an initial C$80 million in capital through a funding round led by Canderel and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. The funding will be used to expand its footprint across Canada, both through the acquisition of existing data centre operators and new data centre development.

As part of this growth strategy, eStruxture also announced the completion of its first acquisition with the purchase of the assets of Netelligent Hosting Services, a major data centre operator in Montréal.

Netelligent provided colocation, cloud, managed services and bandwidth to more than 850 customers and had developed a cloud-neutral ecosystem that allowed customers to access diverse private and public cloud providers. The acquired downtown data centre facility enables eStruxture to offer customers high-density power of up to 30 kW per cabinet.

eStruxture was established to provide network and cloud-neutral data centre solutions designed to offer the capacity, performance and flexibility required for demanding enterprise applications. The company offers colocation, private cloud, managed services, bandwidth and security and support services to customers of all sizes.


eStruxture is led by president and CEO Todd Coleman, who co-founded Cologix, where he also served as COO. Mr. Todd has held a number of senior positions at companies including Level 3 Communications, where he held the roles of SVP of Data Centers, SVP of Media Operations and president of Level 3 Communications Europe.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Shaw purchases 700/2500 MHz spectrum, divests ViaWest

Canada's Shaw Communications announced it has entered into a series of transactions designed to enhance long-term growth opportunities, specifically a share purchase agreement with GI Partners portfolio company Peak 10 to sell its subsidiary ViaWest for approximately C$2.3 billion ($1.675 billion) and an agreement with Quebecor Media to acquire 700 MHz and 2,500 MHz wireless spectrum licences for $430 million.

ViaWest transaction

ViaWest is a provider of hybrid IT solutions including colocation, cloud computing and security and compliance for North American enterprises. Under the agreement, ViaWest is being acquired by Peak 10 for approximately C$2.3 billion. Shaw noted that it originally invested $1.2 billion (approximately C$1.3 billion at the exchange rate at the time) in the operation.

Shaw expects to realise net cash proceeds from the ViaWest transaction of approximately C$900 million after the repayment of ViaWest level indebtedness of approximately $580 million, repayment of the $380 million Shaw credit facility borrowings associated with the original investment and subsequent INetU acquisition, and estimated transaction expenses and taxes.

The ViaWest transaction is subject to customary conditions, including U.S. regulatory approval, and is expected to close in fiscal year 2017, which ends in August. The transaction is not subject to a financing condition.

Spectrum transaction

Shaw also announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Quebecor Media for the acquisition of 700 MHz and 2,500 MHz wireless spectrum licences for a sum of $430 million. The spectrum licences being acquired comprise the 10 MHz licences of 700 MHz spectrum in each of British Columbia, Alberta, and Southern Ontario, as well as the 20 MHz licences of 2,500 MHz spectrum in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto.

In addition to the spectrum acquisition cost, capex associated with the deployment of the acquired spectrum are estimated at approximately C$350 million. The company expects the bulk of the capital for the network build to be incurred during fiscal 2018. The spectrum transaction will be funded using a combination of cash proceeds from the ViaWest transaction, cash on hand and/or Shaw's existing credit facility.

The company stated that the spectrum transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and under the Competition Act. The transaction has received all required internal approvals at Shaw and Quebecor and is not subject to approval by the shareholders of Shaw or further approval by shareholders of Quebecor. The transaction is expected to close in the summer 2017.


Regarding the transactions, Brad Shaw, CEO of Shaw, said, "With the acquisition of WIND, now Freedom Mobile, in 2016, Shaw has more synergistic investment opportunities as a leading enhanced connectivity provider in its Canadian footprint… I believe this incremental investment in the wireless business, particularly the addition of 700 MHz spectrum, will materially improve the long-term wireless customer experience and further enable Shaw to offer converged network solutions…".


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

TELUS to invest C$4.2nn to upgrade network in Alberta

Canadian operator TELUS announced that it plans to invest C$4.2 billion in new communications infrastructure in Alberta over the period to 2020, including over C$900 million in 2017.

The network expansion program will include extending TELUS' gigabit-enabled PureFibre network directly to thousands more homes and businesses in rural and urban communities across the province, enhancing 4G LTE wireless service and continuing work to develop and test next-generation 5G wireless service, as well as improving support for key sectors such as healthcare and education.

TELUS noted that it recently launched a program to support vulnerable populations in Alberta with the introduction of broadband Internet service for low-income single-parent families receiving income or disability assistance from the provincial government for less than C$10 per month.

The TELUS investment in Alberta forms part of the company's national program to upgrade its network infrastructure. When announcing its financial results for the first quarter, TELUS stated it had invested C$724 billion in its networks in the first quarter and updated its consolidated financial targets for 2017, including revenue and EBITDA following closing of the agreement with Bell under which approximately 100,000 Bell MTS postpaid wireless customers and 15 dealer locations were acquired by TELUS.

In particular, TELUS raised its consolidated capex target to reflect the ongoing fibre network rollout and to support increased wireless network investments in Manitoba, as well as for its small-cell technology strategy designed to improve coverage and prepare for the introduction of 5G technology. TELUS now plans capex of approximately C$3.0 billion, up from the previous C$2.9 billion in 2017.

TELUS also announced it had reached a milestone ahead of Canada's 150th birthday, specifically that by the end of the year the company would have invested over C$150 billion in capital and operations to build and support network infrastructure across the country since 2000.

TELUS generates around C$12.9 billion in annual revenue and has 12.7 million subscriber connections, including 8.6 million wireless subscribers, 1.7 million high-speed Internet subscribers, 1.4 million residential network access lines and 1.1 million TELUS TV customers.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Private Equity Firm to Acquire Sandvine

Vector Capital, a leading global private equity firm, agreed to acquire Sandvine (TSX: SVC) for CAD $3.80 in cash per share, representing an equity value of approximately CAD $483 million.

"The Sandvine Team has built the clear leader in network policy control and I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished to date," said Dave Caputo, Sandvine's President and Chief Executive Officer. "There are a number of long-term growth opportunities that Vector, as a specialist technology investor, is enthusiastic about and can help us pursue more aggressively. We see this as an excellent opportunity to better serve our 300-plus customers, to enhance our strategic position over the longer term, and to do it The Sandvine Way."

"We are excited to partner with Dave and this deeply talented management team to take Sandvine to the next level," said Rob Amen, a Managing Director at Vector Capital. "We are confident that, together with the founding team, Vector can enhance Sandvine's proud track record of growth, innovation and independent operations.  Vector was specifically formed to collaborate with market leading technology companies to accelerate their growth and redefine their markets in new and disruptive ways. We believe that Sandvine's emerging product opportunities and transition to fully virtualized solutions represent an opportunity for such a disruption.  Our partnership with this deeply talented Team couldn't be stronger."

http://www.sandvine.com


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Canada's CENGN awarded C$63m for 5G development

CENGN, the Canadian Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (NGN), a consortium of industry, academic and research partners supporting the commercialisation of network products, applications and services, announced that it was identified in the recent Ontario 2017 budget as a key player in the Ontario government's 5G technology initiative.

CENGN stated that it has a record of helping to accelerate the commercialisation of technology developed by Canadian SMEs federal with the support of funding provided by the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) and the support of its members.

The newly announced financial support to be provided by the government of Ontario will help enable greater collaboration between industry, academic, research and government bodies in key areas of NGN, software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV) across the province.

The Ontario budget specifically identifies 5G as constituting the backbone of future networking technologies, and the government plans to invest C$63 million over five years in CENGN's Cloud Expansion Project. The CENGN Cloud will connect 18 innovation centres across Ontario that support key industries, as well as providing SMEs with new advanced networking capabilities.

The CENGN cloud project is designed to support the development and availability of next-generation networks and the digital economy industries that utilise these networks. The initiative is expected to help companies address key opportunities in fields such as autonomous vehicles (AV), aerospace, public safety, cybersecurity, ICT, mining, eHealth, smart agriculture and broadband Internet architectures, particularly for rural and remote users.

Canada's CENGN is an NCE funded Centre of Excellence for Commercialisation and Research (CECR) that aims to accelerate the commercialisation of next generation communications solutions. The consortium's data centre runs a production OpenStack environment with multiple connections, including a 100 Gbit/s-enabled dark fibre link. CENGN offers services including proof of concept validation, interoperability and certification testing and technical training.


CENGN industry members include: Cisco, EXFO, GENBAND, Fujitsu, Invest Ottawa, Juniper, Nokia, Rogers, TELUS, Viavi, Wind River and Zayo Canada.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Enablence to raise C$6m for PLCs

Enablence Technologies of Ottawa and Fremont, California, a supplier of optical components and subsystems for access, metro and long-haul markets, announced its intention to complete additional financing for approximately C$6 million.

Enablence also announced the termination, by mutual agreement, of the non-binding letter of intent (LoI) with Esrey Energy as announced on December 8, 2016, under which the two companies proposed to implement a business combination. Esrey is a Canadian exploration and development company focused on developing oil and gas reserves in Papua New Guinea and Bulgaria.

However, Enablence stated that it expects to meet its stated goal as announced at the same time for the execution of a LoI to raise funds of C$10 million to support growth. The company plans to achieve this via a combination of the exercise of outstanding warrants, the private placements completed in December 2016 and January 2017, which totalled approximately C$4 million, cash advances of C$2 million and with the closing of financings.

As previously announced, Enablence intends to use the funds as growth capital for current and future products and for general corporate purposes. Part of the funding will be used for a capex program to expand the production of its planar lightwave circuit (PLC) chips to meet demand resulting from both existing purchase orders and anticipated demand for its metro market-focused 100 Gbit/s TxRx products.

In addition, a portion of the funds will be allocated to complete the development of a new 100 Gbit/s TxRx product targeting the data centre market and for R&D activities relating to next generation 200/400 Gbit/s products.

To raise the C$10 million funding, Enablence intends to complete a non-brokered private placement financing of common shares at 7c per share for gross proceeds of approximately C$4 million and to conduct a non-brokered private placement of C$1,000 principal amount of unsecured convertible debentures for gross proceeds of up to C$2 million.


As part of the financing, certain investors propose to enter into debt settlement agreements with Enablence to settle outstanding non-interest bearing cash advances totalling C$2 million through issuing 7.14 million shares for an aggregate C$500,000 and the issue of C$1.5 million principal amount of debentures, subject to approval by the TSX venture exchange.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Sasktel Selects Ericsson MediaFirst for IPTV

Ericsson announced it has been selected by SaskTel, the leading ICT provider in Saskatchewan, Canada with approximately 1.4 million customers, for a project to upgrade its TV service offering to enable the delivery of next generation IPTV services.

Under the agreement, SaskTel will implement the Ericsson MediaFirst solution suite this year, with plans to launch its enhanced and expanded IPTV service commercially across Saskatchewan in early 2018.

The Ericsson MediaFirst platform is designed to provide SaskTel's subscribers with new features via a new pay TV in-home and TV everywhere product. New features such as a personalised interface across all screens and the ability to watch live TV and access content on demand on any device will also be offered to existing maxTV subscribers.

Ericsson's MediaFirst solution suite incorporates the MediaFirst TV platform, video processing, video delivery and video storage and processing platform (VSPP). The MediaFirst TV platform is a software-defined, cloud-based TV platform designed to enable a converged multi-screen experience encompassing pay TV in-home, TV everywhere and OTT services utilising any content source and delivery network.

The MediaFirst platform leverages a devops approach to provide enhanced flexibility and scalability; it also features analytics tools that help operators to address relevant and related content and promotions to viewers.

Ericsson noted that MediaFirst video processing allows virtualisation in content exchange, distribution and software-defined live UHD encoding, while MediaFirst video delivery addresses each stage of the media delivery chain, including VSPP, to enable advanced time-shifted services such as cloud DVR.

SaskTel serves a total of approximately 1.4 million customer connections in Saskatchewan, including 617,000 wireless accesses, 389,000 wireline accesses, 273,000 Internet accesses and 111,000 maxTV subscribers. SaskTel and its subsidiaries offer a range of ICT solutions including voice, data and Internet, wireless data, TV, data centre and cloud-based services.

http://www.ericsson.com

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Kaloom Raises $10.7 Million for Data Center Networking

Kaloom, a Montréal, Canada and Silicon Valley based software start up that is developing a next generation networking solution for the data centre, which:

a. Was founded by technology veterans with experience in delivering large scale networking solutions via roles at companies including Ericsson, Redback Networks, 3Com, Nortel and Apple.

b. Is developing a solution designed to address the networking transformation and to enable customers to leverage new opportunities in networking using a high performance, low cost platform.

c. Announced that it has closed a $10.7 million committed Series A equity funding round led by the Quebec-based Fonds de solidarité FTQ, with the participation of Somel Investments, MBUZZ Investments, Griffin Fund II and other current investors and the company's officers. The transaction closed in December, 2016.

Kaloom is developing the Kaloom Flow Fabric, a software networking solution designed to transform the data centre. In particular, the Kaloom Flow Fabric will allow virtual network functions (VNFs) to run at scale utilising commodity hardware, merchant silicon and the existing data centre architecture. The software is intended to deliver benefits including a significant reduction in cost together with increased data centre performance, specifically lower latency and greater scalability.

The Kaloom Flow Fabric is designed to align with technology trends including open networking and the use of container based virtualisation, and is being built with a focus on providing carrier grade performance through enabling a lossless environment able to support reliable connectivity and high availability.

The company noted that the majority of its R&D operations are in Montréal, close to a number of technical universities and providing access to technical expertise and university data centre facilities, labs and other relevant R&D projects. Kaloom stated that it is presently expanding its team in Montréal and Silicon Valley and plans to release further product information and to hold demonstrations during 2017.

http://www.kaloom.com/

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Arvizio Targets Augmented Reality Software

Arvizio of Ottawa, Canada, a developer of software solutions enabling augmented and mixed reality experiences, has announces the launch of the company and the completion of an initial funding round and opened its global headquarters in Ottawa.

Arvizio offers what is believed to be the first enterprise-class mixed reality server platform designed to enable real time collaboration and 3D visualisation across locations utilising platforms such as Microsoft HoloLens and other mixed reality devices.

Arvizio was co-founded in Ottawa in 2016 by Jonathan Reeves, current CEO, Alex Berlin, the company's president and COO, and Borys Vorobyov, current CTO. Mr. Reeves previously served at CloudLink Technologies (acquired by EMC), founded Mangrove Systems (acquired by Carrier Access), Sirocco Systems (acquired by Sycamore Networks) and Sahara Networks (acquired by Cascade communications).

Previously, Mr. Berlin was a founder and served as CEO of CloudLink Technologies, was co-founder and CEO of AFORE Solutions (acquired by Kuatro/Jabil) and chairman of Ambercore Software. Mr. Vorobyov previously founded SightPower, a company focused on large scale spatial data analysis and 3D visualisation, and co-founded Ambercore Software.

Arvizio has a team of experienced technology professionals with expertise in the areas of 3D spatial data processing, secure network communications, IoT and artificial intelligence (AI) and is applying this expertise to create advanced mixed reality solutions. By combining collaboration and 3D visualisation techniques, the company offers solutions that target a range of industry verticals, including healthcare, industrial, enterprise and education.

https://www.arvizio.io/

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ericsson Inaugurates Data Center in Quebec

Ericsson inaugurated its Global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Center in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec. The new data center follows the opening of the Global ICT Centers in Linköping, Sweden in September 2014, and Rosersberg, Sweden in January 2016.

Ericsson said the new facility, which covers 20,000 square meters, allows it to emulate an operator's mobile network and to test new solutions as if they were running on a live network. The Global ICT Centers will use the Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000.

Martin Johansson, Head of Engineering IT and Test Environments, Ericsson, says: "With the opening of our third Global ICT Center today in Vaudreuil-Dorion, joining the first two in Linkoping and Rosersberg in Sweden, Ericsson is now in a unique position to deliver our technology expertise to customers across the world faster than ever before. Our current test environments are spread across more than 50 locations worldwide. These new state-of-the-art facilities allow seamless collaboration across borders in a 24/7, online R&D environment."

https://www.ericsson.com/us/news/2063136x

Thursday, December 8, 2016

AWS Canada Opens with Two Data Centers in Quebec

A new AWS Canada (Central) Region is now available for customers to store their data and run their cloud applications in Canada.

The AWS Canada (Central) Region offers two Availability Zones (data centers) at launch. AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting availability, yet near enough for business continuity applications that require rapid failover. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, physical security, and is connected via redundant, ultra-low-latency networks.

Amazon Web Services noted that its data centers in Quebec will draw from a regional electricity grid that is 99 percent powered by hydropower.

AWS now has 40 Availability Zones across 15 technology infrastructure regions globally. Another seven Availability Zones and three regions in the UK, France, and China expected to come online in the coming months.

“For many years, we’ve had an enthusiastic base of customers in Canada choosing the AWS Cloud because it has more functionality than other cloud platforms, an extensive APN Partner and customer ecosystem, as well as unmatched maturity, security, and performance,” said Andy Jassy, CEO, AWS. “Our Canadian customers and APN Partners asked us to build AWS infrastructure in Canada, so they can run their mission-critical workloads and store sensitive data on AWS infrastructure located in Canada. A local AWS Region will serve as the foundation for new cloud initiatives in Canada that can transform business, customer experiences, and enhance the local economy.”

“Significant projects like the one being realized by Amazon Web Services represent the kind of large-scale investment that take Quebec a long way toward its goals in the digital world. Indeed, this initiative will stimulate the development of cloud computing in Quebec, a key area that can be an engine for our province's information technology and communication sector,” declared Dominique Anglade, Minister of the Economy, Science, and Innovation in Quebec, and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy.

https://aws.amazon.com/

Monday, November 7, 2016

Noviflow Scales Up its OpenFlow Switching

NoviFlow, a start-up based in Montreal, released a new version of OpenFlow 1.3/1.4/1.5 switching software aimed at large-scale networks.
Key new features of NoviWare supporting large-scale deployment introduced in release 400.1 include:

  • OpenFlow queues and up to one million meters for use with QoS mechanisms
  • Dynamic provisioning of ports in LAG
  • Plug-and-Play deployment support for large installations:
    - Switch IP address default set via DHCP
  • - gRPC for remote automated provisioning
  • OpenFlow Experimenter-based extensions:
    - VLAN payload matching
    - Symmetric Hash of Fields

400.1 NoviWare fully supports the OpenFlow 1.3 standard and 1.4, including all actions, instructions and match fields, as well as key features of OpenFlow 1.5, such as Copy-Fields action.

"Since the founding of NoviFlow in 2012 as a spin-out from UQAM, our goal has always been to design and deliver SDN solutions that leverage Network Processors to offer both unsurpassed programmability and wire-speed performance, a major innovation in networking equipment. Today, the inherent advantage of this approach has been proven in the field via deployments of our products at a host of major network operators and cloud operators, resulting in ever-increasing demand for our solutions.”

NoviFlow’s products are being used as switches, WAN IP/MPLS routers, network appliances and other high-performance forwarding planes.

http://noviflow.com/products/noviware/


Monday, September 12, 2016

Ranovus Debuts Multi-wavelength Quantum Dot Laser Transceiver

Ranovus, a start-up based in Ottawa, introduced a highly-scalable, Optical Engine and 200Gbps CFP2 optical transceiver solution for the Data Center Interconnect applications and based on its multi-wavelength Quantum Dot Laser (QDL) technology.

Highlights of Ranovus’ platform solution:

  • A single Quantum Dot Laser capable of generating multiple wavelengths simultaneously
  • Ring Resonators based SiP Modulators providing an efficient wavelength sensitive way to modulate a WDM optical signal without multiplexing or de-multiplexing architectures
  • Advanced Electronics to enable PAM4 modulation format for Ethernet interfaces at 50Gb/s per lane and beyond
  • Supporting links of 4.8 Tbps in the C-band
  • Supporting various DCI transport distances from 15 to 120km

“In the mid 1990s the optical communication industry was revolutionized through the invention of multi-wavelength amplifiers.  Today we are announcing the availability of the World’s First multi-wavelength subsystem based on a single Quantum Dot Laser source.  Complementing such innovation with our highly integrated Silicon Photonics and high speed IC building blocks, will enable the creation of a new miniaturization, cost and power consumption paradigm for Inter/Intra Data Centre connectivity, 5G wireless backhaul, Metro and Access networks” said Hamid Arabzadeh, Chairman of the board, President and CEO of Ranovus. “I’m pleased to announce the availability of our 200Gbps DCI solution using our platform technologies to enable massive data center network connectivity”.

http://www.ranovus.com

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Embotics Raises $12 Million for Multi-Cloud Software

Embotics, a start-up based in Ottawa, raised $12.1 million for its multi-cloud management software for public and private cloud environments.

The Embotics vCommander integrates into private, public or hybrid infrastructure to empower enterprises and service providers to deliver ITaaS, intelligent automation and enhanced IT governance and control, without locking them into a single platform.

The funding came from Arrowroot Capital.

“We are thrilled to partner with Arrowroot to support our objective of creating the world’s leading cloud management software company,” said Michael L. Torto, CEO of Embotics. “We continue to execute on our company’s mission of delivering the easiest and most powerful multi-cloud management solutions while driving down operational costs and providing intelligent IT automation and controls for our customers. The investment capital comes at a perfect time to help us step on the gas and speed our growth.”

http://www.embotics.com

Monday, May 16, 2016

AT&T to Acquire Quickplay for Powering OTT Video

AT&T will acquire Quickplay Media, a start-up that supplies software for powering over-the-top (OTT) video and TV Everywhere services, including AT&T’s U-verse TV Everywhere offering.  AT&T plans to use the software to support DIRECTV Now, DIRECTV Mobile and DIRECTV Preview — all of which are slated for introduction later this year. These new plans will let viewers stream DIRECTV content over the Internet to virtually any device.

Quickplay Media is currently owned by Madison Dearborn Partners. Financial terms were not disclosed. The company is based in Toronto.

AT&T plans to retain Quickplay’s more than 350 employees and contractors. In addition, AT&T said it will maintain Quickplay's high level of service and continue to support and expand its global customer base, grow its managed platform services and continue to enable other companies — from video providers to content distributors — to deliver premium video to any device and over any network.

“Our strategy is to deliver video content however, whenever and wherever,” said John Stankey, CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group. “Quickplay's multitenant IP distribution infrastructure, combined with AT&T's leading scale in IP connected end points, will allow us to host and distribute all forms of video traffic. We intend to scale and operate an industry-leading video distribution platform, and viewers will get the high-quality online video viewing experience they desire."

http://www.att.com

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Corsa Debuts Open Programmable Switch/Router

Corsa Technology, a start-up based in Ottawa, introduced its new Corsa DP2000 open programmable switching and routing platform for 10G and 100G subscriber-level networking, on-demand services and real-time network tuning.

The Corsa DP2000 allows network architects and operators to use APIs to dynamically partition the hardware into independent virtual SDN switches or routers operating at line-rate.

Corsa said its advanced traffic management and QoS features enable network operators to fine-tune traffic paths to ensure individual customers, subscribers or services receive their appropriate bandwidth and throughput.  In addition, per flow statistics for all traffic is available, offering unprecedented real-time network insights at the most granular level and enabling any manner of predictive traffic management or security.

Key capabilities of the new DP2000 series includes:

  • True network hardware virtualization enabling logical L2 and L3 network services via SDN programmatic control
  • Subscriber-level internet scale networking with per flow traffic engineering and advanced traffic management
  • Real-time network insights with per-flow traffic monitoring statistics
  • Multi terabit throughput with switch stacking
  • Open SDN programmability at multiple abstraction levels
  • The DP2000 series is scalable from 100G to 2.4T of throughput. 

“The DP2000 series is the first switching and routing platform to offer open programmable networking on a platform where you can dynamically slice a single physical switch into virtualized line-rate switching and routing instances that can support 100G of throughput. What compute has been doing for years, we now make possible at the core of the communications network," said Bruce Gregory, CEO of Corsa Technology. “We built this solution with WAN and metro applications in mind, because it is here that network architects are struggling to handle exploding volume and diversity of traffic and where our multi-context hardware virtualization has a huge impact.”

http://www.corsa.com/

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Videotron to Deploy Ciena's Packet/Optical in Quebec

Videotron is deploying Ciena’s converged packet optical solution to upgrade its regional and backbone network in Quebec.

Ciena said the deployment will allow Videotron to accommodate several terabits of traffic, meeting the surge of bandwidth for Internet and 4K video.

Videotron was the first Canadian telecommunications provider to offer its customers Ultra HD set-top boxes in 2015, and in February 2016, began carrying live sports programs in 4K definition, complementing its library of UHD offerings in movies, television, and more. As of December 31, 2015, Videotron was serving 1,736,900 cable television customers, including 1,570,600 Digital TV subscribers, along with 1,568,200 Interner subscribers over its cable network.

In addition, Videotron recently announced the construction of a new Montreal data center, complementing an existing facility in Quebec City.

http://www.videotron.com
http://www.ciena.com

Friday, May 6, 2016

TELUS Sells 35% of International Ops to Baring Private Equity Asia

Baring Private Equity Asia, which advises funds that manage over CAD13 billion (US$10 billion) in assets, will acquire a 35 percent stake in TELUS International, a global provider of customer service, IT, and business process services.

The agreement values TELUS International at CAD1.2 billion, with TELUS Corporation shareholders retaining a 65 percent interest in the business. In alignment with the company’s top priority of delivering client service excellence, TELUS intends to retain a long-term majority ownership position in TELUS International.

TELUS said it plans to use the funds for its Canadian operations.

“TELUS International has successfully grown its business over the past 11 years by establishing a highly engaged organization focused on delivering exceptional customer service. It has created significant value for TELUS shareholders and is well positioned to leverage Baring Asia’s deep Asian markets presence and worldwide experience, and tap into its global network in order to further expand TELUS International’s operations over the coming years,” said Darren Entwistle, TELUS President and CEO. “Importantly, proceeds of approximately CAD600 million from this transaction will be put to work on TELUS’ long-term strategy of expanding and advancing our broadband wireline and wireless networks to support Canada’s digital economy for generations to come. ”

http://www.bpeasia.com
http://www.telus.com

Monday, May 2, 2016

Bell Canada to Acquire Manitoba Telecom

Bell Canada Enterprises agree to acquire all of the shares of Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) for approximately C$3.9 billion (US$3.1 billion).

BCE, which is based in Montreal, said the deal brings a 22% premium for MTS shareholders and long-term benefits to MTS customers and the Province of Manitoba.

"This transaction recognizes the intrinsic value of MTS and will deliver immediate and meaningful value to MTS shareholders, while offering strong benefits to MTS customers and employees, and to the Province of Manitoba," said Jay Forbes, President & CEO, MTS. "We are proud of our history and what we have achieved as an independent company. We believe the proposed transaction we are announcing today with BCE will allow MTS to build on our successful past and achieve even more in the future."

As part of the deal, BCE promised to invest $1 billion in Manitoba in the five years after the transaction closes to:

  • Make Gigabit Fibe Internet, offering average access speeds up to 20 times faster than what MTS customers receive today, available within 12 months after the transaction closes,
  • Expand the mobile LTE network and make improvements to mobile data speeds that will double our customer's average download speeds, and
  • Provide access to Fibe TV, North America's most innovative TV platform.
  • Make Winnipeg its headquarters for Western Canada, which with the addition of the MTS team will have a total of approximately 6,900 employees.
In addition, TELUS reached an agreement in principle with BCE that will see approximately one-third of MTS’ postpaid wireless customers become TELUS customers once the purchase of MTS by BCE concludes. As part of the agreement, Bell will also assign one-third of MTS’ dealer locations in Manitoba to TELUS.

http://www.bce.ca
http://www.mts.ca

Friday, April 22, 2016

Peraso Raises $20 Million for WiGig Silicon

Peraso Technologies, a start-up based in Toronto, raised a $20 million funding round, to support its development of 60 GHz chip sets and solutions compliant with the IEEE 802.11ad specification.

Peraso said its WiGig IC solutions, which are now in production, address both next generation WiFi opportunities in the consumer electronics (CE) space, as well as outdoor devices in the 60 GHz wireless infrastructure space.

The round was co-led by IDT and included existing investor Roadmap Capital (Roadmap), with additional financing from iNovia Capital.

“The interest we’re seeing in WiGig is tremendous,” said Ron Glibbery, President and CEO of Peraso. “Multi-Gigabit wireless connectivity is something that more and more CE and wireless infrastructure manufacturers are seeking to incorporate in their products.  Raising this capital allows Peraso to take our sales to the next level. Participation by IDT provides further validation of the market opportunity, and continued participation from Roadmap, as well as iNovia, speaks to the tremendous success the company has demonstrated in getting our first ICs to market.”

http://www.perasotech.com

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