Showing posts with label Reliance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reliance. Show all posts

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Reliance's Global Cloud Xchange plans terabit subsea system

Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), which is a subsidiary of Reliance Communications (RCOM), is launching a “Cloud and Fiber Initiative” featuring a new submarine cable system connecting the most populated areas in the world.

The new "EAGLE express" cable system will avoid the outage-prone Malacca Strait, instead choosing another route that will be the fastest on the market, according to the company. EAGLE will go east from Mumbai via Thailand to Hong Kong, running approximately 7,750 km with landing points in Singapore and other branching units delivering high-speed capacity to and from its India hub.  EAGLE going west will route from Mumbai via the Middle East to Italy with almost 8,900 km of diverse routing and landing points within the Mediterranean and low latency subsea routing from Europe to India and beyond.

The new cable network will be four/six fiber pair systems with an initial design capacity of 12-24Tbps per fiber pair, using next-generation Coherent Submarine Fiber. It will also feature flexible landing station technology and will allow companies to rent and own subsea capacity from speeds of 10 Gbps to several 100s of Gbps between India and key technology centers across Asia, Middle East, and Europe. The anticipated ready-for-service date is late 2020.

Key partnerships are being finalized and vendor selection discussions are underway.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Global Cloud Xchange Announces 100G Rollout in India

Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications (RCOM), announced 100G interconnection of facilities across seven capital cities in India, while providing connectivity between the international gateways in Chennai and Mumbai.

The new network will interconnect with RCOM’s established network of data centers, connected by India's largest terrestrial fiber network which connects seamlessly into GCX’s global subsea infrastructure.

“Chennai and Mumbai are both powerhouse cities and gateways for the major tech and financial institutions doing business across the Indian sub-continent,” said Bill Barney, Co-CEO, Reliance Communications and Chairman & CEO, GCX. “The new Cumulous Network will complement our digital backbone as we complete deployment of our Cloud infrastructure across India.”

“The new Cumulous Network will be a vital backbone to meet soaring demands of new applications such as the company’s new initiatives in the Internet of Things, the deployment of Cloud infrastructure as well as the continued expansion of enterprise franchise in India,” said Wilfred Kwan, Chief Operation Officer, Reliance Communications (Enterprise) and GCX.

This announcement comes after the company announced a massive deleveraging of its assets through a wireless merger with Aircel, a tower divestment with Brookfield and most recently the sale of its Yipes business in North America.

http://www.globalcloudxchange.com
http://www.rcom.co.in

Monday, September 5, 2016

Reliance Jio Launches Mobile Digital Price War in India

Reliance Jio Infocomm (“Jio”) is making waves and setting off a price war with the launch of mobile digital services for India.

The Jio Welcome Offer includes unlimited LTE data and national voice, video and messaging services along with the full bouquet of Jio applications and content, free of cost up to 31 December 2016.

Jio has filed its tariff plans with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (“TRAI”).

Shri Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited, said his company is "dedicated to realising the Prime Minister’s inspiring vision of “Digital India” for 1.2 billion Indians.

Ambani outlined five fundamental pillars of the Jio ecosystem: (i) The best quality broadband network with the highest capacity; (ii) A world of affordable, cutting-edge devices; (iii) Compelling applications and content; (iv) Superior digital service experiences; and
(v) Affordable and simple tariffs.

Some highlights of the announcement:

  • Domestic voice calls to any network across the country would be free for Jio subscribers even beyond the Jio Welcome Offer. 
  • Domestic roaming services would also not be charged separately.  
  • Average data prices would be around Rs. 50/ GB, which would be amongst the lowest in the world.
  • Leveraging its all-IP network, Jio will also offer end-to-end solutions that address the entire value chain across various digital services in key domains such as education, healthcare, security, communication, financial services, government-citizen interfaces and entertainment.
  • Jio is also launching a Digital India Start-up Fund, promising to invest Rs. 5,000 crores in start-ups over the next 5 years.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Reliance/GCX Launch SD-WAN

Reliance Communications & Global Cloud Xchange are teaming up to offer a global SD-WAN solution for enterprises.  The service delivers enhanced MPLS class VPN connectivity for enterprises, featuring low cost, Cloud-based, secure routing across the world’s largest subsea cable infrastructure.

“In today’s market, it is evident that SD WAN is rapidly gaining momentum as it offers an innovative way to adapt traditional WANs to Cloud services,” said Bill Barney, CEO, RCOM (Enterprise) and GCX. “Cloud X WAN, was developed to address the market, offering an affordable solution which embraces flexibility, scalability and enhanced security.”

RCOM/GCX’s Cloud X WAN will provide cloud-based managed services globally across the company’s proprietary CLOUD X platform; a leading edge Cloud ecosystem and multi-service orchestration platform implemented in key hubs along GCX’s Global subsea network infrastructure.

“Cloud X WAN is an evolution of GCX’s existing hybrid WAN service which already connects more than 20,000 locations to a global MPLS network via the Internet. A simple SD WAN router will form the basic building block, carrying out instructions from a centralized SD WAN controller. This device will perform key routing functions and other virtualized network services as selected in real-time in a portal by the customer” said Braham Singh, SVP, Product Management, RCOM (Enterprise) and GCX.

http://www.globalcloudxchange.com

Monday, February 22, 2016

#MWC16: NGENA Targets Multicarrier NFV Services Enabled by Cisco

A new Next Generation Enterprise Network Alliance (“ngena”) plans to launch international network services for business customers in the first half of 2017. Founding members include CenturyLink, Deutsche Telekom, Reliance and SK Telecom. The alliance envisions more than 20 additional service provider partners at full global deployment.

Ngena will provide a global service catalogue to its alliance partners, enabling them to deliver a unique network service experience for enterprise customers – a high performance service in terms of speed, flexibility, security and quality. The alliance will leverage NFV for network efficiency and end-to-end service automation. The alliance partners will be able to deliver full international VPN functionality, Application Performance Management (APM), WAN/LAN management and optimization up to additional built in services such as Unified Communication & Collaboration (UCC), advanced security services, platform APIs for adoption of industry-specific use cases (e.g. WLAN analytics for retail).

Alliance partners will use Cisco's cloud and virtualization technologies.

“Complex individual contracts and ordering processes have no place in a digitized world. Services based alone on the public Internet are not secure or reliable enough for real-time applications such as logistics, manufacturing and telemedicine. A network without sufficient service quality is a risk that customers do not want to take. That’s why our alliance aims to provide multinational enterprise customers with a secure, powerful, global network service faster than before,” said Timotheus Höttges, CEO Deutsche Telekom AG.

“In today’s digital economy, strategic partnerships are more critical than ever to drive fast innovation. NGENA is a pioneering alliance among leading Service Providers to deliver globally consistent, cost-effective and flexible services, allowing them to deliver better experiences at a faster pace. Cisco is committed to the success of our Service Provider customers and is honored to play a part in connecting them across global boundaries, which will allow businesses and their customers to capitalize on the unprecedented opportunities in the digitized world,” said Chuck Robbins, CEO Cisco.

http://www.ngena.net/

Friday, December 5, 2014

Ericsson Signs 7-Year Nationwide Manage Services Deal with India's Reliance

Ericsson has signed a seven-year deal Reliance Communications to operate and manage their wireline and wireless networks across India. Ericsson will also take over responsibility for the field maintenance, network operations and operational planning of Reliance Communications' 2G, CDMA and 3G mobile networks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Reliance Communications' infrastructure covers over 150,000 km of fiber, 2G/3G/CDMA mobile network, wireline access and enterprise network in 22 telecom circles, across India and includes 21,000 towns and 400,000 villages to which it offers converged services including voice, data and video.

Ericsson said the agreement extends its managed services footprint nationwide across all the 22 circles in India. This is the first pan-Indian managed services deal for Ericsson.

Ericsson will streamline Reliance Communication's operations by bringing all aspects of fiber, mobile networks and wireline access networks to Reliance Communications' wireless and Global Enterprise Business, across differentiated product lines.

"We are happy to announce our partnership with Ericsson to manage our wireline and wireless network on a pan-Indian basis.  Given the complexity of networks and the growing performance expectations from customers, we are banking on the experience, innovation and technical expertise of Ericsson to improve the productivity of our network and ensure customer satisfaction and retention by delivering superior network performance and service quality at optimized costs," stated Suresh Rangachar, Head of Commercial, Reliance Communications.

Magnus Mandersson, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Unit Global Services, Ericsson, said; "We are excited to partner with Reliance Communications for this strategic multi-technology managed services deal. We have been managing their networks in north and west and are now pleased to extend this support to all 22 Circles.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1877570

  • In February 2013, Reliance Communications awarded an eight-year, managed services contract to Ericsson valued at US$1 billion to operate and manage wireline and wireless networks in the Northern and Western states of India.  Under this deal, Ericsson will manage the day to day operations across wireline and wireless networks and will take over responsibility for field maintenance, network operations and operational planning of Reliance Communications 2G, CDMA and 3G mobile networks.
  • In July 2014, Ericsson opened a Global Network Operations Center in Kolkata, India -- its fourth such facility in the nation.  It also operates NOCs in Noida, Gurgaon and Bangalore.  The new Global Network Operations Center provides managed services that help operators in 49 countries around the world reduce capital expenditure, improve network performance and promote end-user loyalty. The managed services provided include service and resource fulfillment, proactive and reactive maintenance, alarm and network fault handling, restoration and repair of network faults, problem management and change management, customer problem management, help desks, network planning, design and optimization, application development and support, and operations management.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

India's Reliance Jio Infocomm Selects DragonWave for LTE Backhaul

Reliance Jio Infocomm, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), has selected DragonWave's packet microwave radio systems for its nationwide 4G/LTE network.



DragonWave will provide several thousand turnkey Horizon Compact+ links to support traffic backhaul from the LTE network. The deployment will also include services to be delivered by DragonWave’s Indian joint venture, DragonWave HFCL.  The first orders have been received for 5,000 links and related services.

DragonWave’s Horizon Compact+ was extensively tested by Reliance Jio and found acceptable for use as transport system for high capacity backhaul to support their upcoming 4G network. Horizon Compact+ uniquely offers a combination of 2048 QAM modulation together with the industry’s only bandwidth accelerator bulk compression capability, to deliver unsurpassed spectral efficiency.

“We are delighted that DragonWave products have been selected by Reliance Jio. This selection demonstrates DragonWave’s product leadership.  This is also DragonWave HFCL’s first major services win in India, showing our deployment capabilities have matured,” said Ram Raghavan, DragonWave HFCL CEO.

“We believe that the Horizon Compact+ radio brings considerable value in India where backhaul spectrum is both limited and expensive. We look forward to delivering un-paralleled spectral efficiency in our customer’s network,” said Peter Allen, DragonWave’s President and CEO. “These orders underpin and reinforce the momentum we discussed on our recent earnings conference call.”

http://www.dragonwaveinc.com


Monday, March 31, 2014

New Pacific Cloud Xchange Cable to Bring 100 x 100Gbps on US-Japan Route

Global Cloud Xchange (formerly Reliance Globalcom) unveiled plans for a new trans-Pacific submarine cable linking California and Japan and designed for flexible access options.

The Pacific Cloud Xchange (PCX) cable will be a four fiber pair system with initial design capacity per fiber pair at 100 x 100 Gbps using next generation Coherent Submarine Fiber. The new system will be ready for service in 2015.

Global Cloud Xchange is currently finalizing its submarine cable vendors and additional partners.  Global Cloud Xchange will announce the awarding of the PCX supply contract in second quarter 2014 and expects to bring the system into commercial service in 2015.

"The cable with its open architecture and flexible landing station technology will allow companies to rent and own subsea capacity from speeds of 10 megabits to 1000 gig between Silicon Valley and key technology centers in Asia and India," said Bill Barney, CEO, Global Cloud Xchange. "With flexible access speeds and open co-location, the system will be designed to allow start-ups and smaller cloud operators to buy and rent fiber affordably in a scalable model."

"The new fiber system, which runs approximately 8,300 kilometers between Japan (Tokyo) and California (Silicon Valley), will create a next generation IP and Cloud environment held together with a single AS number and connecting into Tier III+ data center facilities on the ground," Barney added.

http://www.globalcloudxchange.com


  • Global Cloud Xchange owns and operates the world's largest private undersea cable system spanning 67,000 route kms which. The company also has extensive global VPLS-enabled Ethernet


Thursday, March 20, 2014

CEO Interview: Bill Barney on Building a Global Cloud Ecosystem

Bill Barney, CEO of Global Cloud Xchange (formerly Reliance Globalcom) discusses the company's new identity, the cloud services opportunity, key network architecture trends, and the prospects for 100G, 400G and terabit services.

See 3-Minute Video: http://youtu.be/pTAn9zP2oT4

Global Cloud Xchange owns the world’s largest private undersea cable system spanning 67,000 route kms which, seamlessly integrated with Reliance Communications’ 200,000 route kms of domestic optic fiber backbone, provides a robust Global Service Delivery Platform connecting 40 key business markets worldwide. In addition to providing Managed Services to more than 230 countries/territories, the company also has extensive global VPLS-enabled Ethernet network capabilities.

“We are living in an era where mobile applications, social media, key technology drivers and applications will exponentially boost volume of digital information being shared every second,” said Bill Barney, CEO of Global Cloud Xchange. “Our new cloud ecosystem means delivering an interwoven portfolio of infrastructure and data center solutions with sophisticated cloud orchestration capabilities.” “As innovation continues in the software layer and big data gets even bigger, business requirements become more sophisticated. Our focus will be on further integrating our global assets to serve existing and future requirements of new media companies, carriers and enterprises. We will meet them at the crossroad of where the future Cloud will migrate,” Barney added.


Sunday, June 9, 2013

India's Reliance Reaches US$2 Billion Network Infrastructure Deal

Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Communications signed a definitive agreement for sharing of RCOM’s nationwide telecom towers infrastructure. The companies valued the agreement at US$2 billion, reflecting savings from shared infrastructure and operating costs over multiple years.

Specifically, Reliance Jio Infocomm will utilize up to 45,000 ground and rooftop based towers across RCOM’s nationwide network for accelerated roll-out of 4G services.

The companies will collaborate on additional towers to be built at new locations to ensure deep penetration and
seamless delivery of next generation services.

This agreement follows the inter-city optic fiber sharing agreement already signed in April 2013 as part of a comprehensive framework of business co-operation between Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Communications.

http://www.rcom.co.in/

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Reliance Globalcom Implements Ciena's GeoMesh on Trans-Atlantic Network


Reliance Globalcom is upgrading its trans-Atlantic FA-1 South submarine network with Ciena’s GeoMesh solution, which is based on the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform powered by WaveLogic 3 coherent optical processors and optical bypass.

The upgrade will make the Reliance Globalcom trans-Atlantic submarine network capable of supporting OTN-based client services from OTU2 (10G) to OTU4 (100G). It will allow Reliance Globalcom to provide 100GbE services between continental points of presence (PoPs) - whether a large data center or a central office.

Ciena is also supplying its OneControl Unified Management System, which provides multi-layer service management capabilities to enable streamlined service activation, robust fault management, and performance monitoring.  Ciena is also providing Reliance Globalcom with professional services through its Specialist Services portfolio, specifically for installation, integration, testing and support. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ciena noted that this deployment builds upon a long-standing relationship between the companies. Over the past year, Ciena solutions have been used in several strategic capacity upgrades to support Reliance Globalcom’s submarine network, including a 100G coherent capacity upgrade to its Hawk network from Marseille to London, and its FEA network from Suez to Aqaba.

http://www.ciena.com

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Reliance Awards US$1 Billion Managed Services Contract to ALU

Reliance Communications awarded an end-to-end network managed services contract valued at over US$1 billion to Alcatel-Lucent to deliver seamless voice and data communications services to its customers in Eastern and Southern India up to 2020.

Under the fully integrated strategic agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will enhance Reliance Communication’s operations, and synergize hitherto independent wireless and wireline teams to form a single network management organization. The network will proactively assure a high quality and consistent experience for customers regardless of device or type of connection.

Alcatel-Lucent said it will set up and operate next-generation OSS (operations support systems) and introduce advanced real-time optimization tools to improve network performance across Reliance’s wireless, wireline, long-distance, fiber and utilities’ functions.

“We are happy to announce our new partnership with Alcatel-Lucent, which is a transformative leap from the limited scope and vision of traditional outsourcing of services. This will enable Reliance Communications to take the lead in offering next generation telecom solutions that will meet and exceed the expectations of our customers, and help them to transit from voice-led usage to a seamless data experience across multiple devices and platforms,” stated Gurdeep Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Wireless Business, Reliance Communications.

"This business association is an extension of our long-standing relationship with Reliance Communications, and our commitment to India. It also demonstrates our renewed focus on managed services as we apply greater selectivity on more value-added contracts. The enormous scope of this agreement will bring a wide variety of skills, expertise and hands-on know-how that we can leverage for the benefit of others," said Rajeev Singh-Molares, President, Asia-Pacific with Alcatel-Lucent.

Reliance Communications has a customer base of about 130 million including over 2.5 million individual overseas retail customers. It has established a pan-India, next generation, integrated (wireless and wireline), convergent (voice, data and video) digital network that is capable of supporting best-of-class services spanning the entire communications value chain, covering over 24,000 towns and 600,000 villages.

http://www.rcom.co.in
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

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