Showing posts with label Verizon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Verizon. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Verizon and Ericsson hit 953 Mbps with 4-carrier aggregation

Verizon achieved a top downlink rate of 953 Mbps is a real-world LTE-Advanced field test in Florida conducted in partnership with Ericsson and Qualcomm. The test combined licensed and unlicensed bands with 4-carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM. The new Moto Z2 Force and Samsung Note 8 are capable of performing at this level.

Verizon announced several other milestones at MWC-A:

  • LTE on CBRS: Verizon, Ericsson, Qualcomm and Federated Wireless will demonstrate the first use of CBRS band 48 spectrum for LTE with carrier aggregation using a true band 48 radio in the Ericsson Radio Dot System, Qualcomm MTP, Federated Wireless Spectrum Access System (SAS) and domain proxy in the Ericsson Network Manager. This group was the first to use this newly authorized spectrum an innovative spectrum sharing scheme, and will allow cellular systems to tap into 150 MHz of new spectrum in buildings and small cell clusters. The demonstration will showcase the possibility of both operator mobile broadband and private LTE use cases on the same radio.
  • 5G enhanced intelligent video surveillance: Today, 4G LTE is used to connect surveillance cameras across cities in the US. With 5G, there will be significantly more capacity to stream the captured video back to the network and support large numbers of cameras, enabling new levels of intelligence. With all streams coming to a central, video optimized repository in the core of the 5G network, additional analysis can be applied, providing actionable intelligence for end users. This 5G enhancement to an existing 4G solution will provide benefits across smart cities, marketing insights for retail, and security.
  • Drone powered by edge compute: The Verizon and Ericsson Distributed Edge Cloud amplifies the power of simple drones to match or exceed the capabilities of complex drones, which are much more expensive. This proof of concept demonstration shows that as intelligence and processing are moved to the 5G core and the very edge of the network, existing device constraints will be lifted, enabling advanced applications with low cost devices. This new kind of architecture will provide benefits to augmented and virtual reality use cases as well as industrial control and intelligent transport systems.


http://www.verizon.com

Monday, August 28, 2017

First demo of LTE Advanced carrier aggregation in CBRS spectrum

Verizon, Ericsson, Qualcomm, and Federated Wireless demonstrated LTE Advanced carrier aggregation using Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band 48 spectrum.

The demo, which was conducted in an Ericsson lab in Plano, Texas included the end-to-end CBRS communication flow, using 2x20 MHz LTE carriers on the CBRS band 48, and employing a 256 QAM modulation in the downlink. Ericsson provided the band 48 Radio Dot System and Domain Proxy for communication with Federated SAS. Qualcomm Technologies provided a Qualcomm Snapdragon LTE modem test device, and Federated Wireless provided the spectrum management service with their Spectrum Controller.

The CBRS band is made up of 150 MHz of 3.5 GHz shared spectrum which until now has been primarily used by the federal government for radar systems. The FCC has authorized shared use of the band with wireless small cells. Using the LTE Advanced feature of carrier aggregation, Verizon, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies and Federated Wireless were able to demonstrate LTE with carrier aggregation on this band and carry wireless traffic. Federated Wireless provided the Spectrum Access System to dynamically prioritize traffic within the FCC's spectrum sharing framework for this band.

"The use of CBRS spectrum greatly advances our work in emerging spectrum bands. Verizon and our partners are leading the way in creating an ecosystem around the use of CBRS spectrum which will lead to greater capacity and speed for our customers," said Nicola Palmer, Wireless Chief Network Officer for Verizon. "As industry leaders we work tirelessly to provide the best mobile experience available - that includes always innovating through new technologies and software platforms to better serve our customers."

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-ericsson-qualcomm-and-federated-wireless-team-showcase-first-end-end-band-48-cbrs


Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm hit 1.07 Gbps peak


Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies announced a new peak downlink speed of 1.07 Gbps using the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem, the first announced modem to support Category 18 LTE speeds. The new record was achieved during an Ericsson lab trial. using 12 simultaneous LTE streams, which allow for up to 20 percent increase in peak data rates and capacity with a corresponding improvement in average speeds. Ericsson's Radio System and LTE...


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Verizon adds Checkpoint to its Virtual Network Services -

Verizon has added Check Point Software Technologies to its growing list of enterprise security companies to imbed their security offering within its Virtual Network Services ecosystem.

This means that global enterprises facing security concerns inherent in managing network reliant applications in an on premise, public or hybrid cloud environment can now rely on Verizon Virtual Network Services - Security with Check Point. The virtual service is designed to protect traffic, assets, data and workloads hosted in corporate data centers, customer locations or virtually in the cloud, protecting traffic both inside and outside the enterprise perimeter. Companies can help secure their physical network and cloud with the same policies, simplifying security management and accelerating the secure delivery of applications.

Other enterprise security companies offering solutions with Verizon Virtual Network Services include Palo Alto, Fortinet, Juniper and Cisco. Verizon said it is creating a software-defined technology ecosystem which makes it easy for global enterprises to deploy and manage virtual networks which require flexible bandwidth and trusted security.

"Cyber security in the cloud is currently fragmented, made up of mainly 'detection only' based solutions and fails to protect enterprises from current or future cyber-attacks," said Pierre-Paul Allard, head of worldwide sales, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. "Check Point Infinity is a fully consolidated cyber security architecture that provides the high-level, pre-emptive threat prevention across networks, cloud and mobile devices, and we are delighted that it is now available to users of Verizon Virtual Network Services."

"We add virtual network services to our portfolio to give our customers choice and flexibility to manage and secure their networks as they see fit," said Shawn Hakl, Verizon's VP of new products and innovation. "With Verizon Virtual Network Services, our customers can deploy network services as applications that traditionally are provided over multiple appliances, on demand, via a centralized orchestration engine complete with closed-loop service assurance."

http://www.verizon.com

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Versa confirms that Verizon SD-Branch using its FlexVNF software

Versa Networks confirmed that it has been added to Verizon’s SND platform for its new Software Defined Secure Branch (SD-Branch) managed service. Specifically, Verizon’s SD-Branch offering utilizes the Versa FlexVNF Software, which combines network and security capabilities to provide a full suite of Layer 3 to Layer 7 IP services that are built on a cloud-native, multi-tenant software platform.

The Verizon offering includes software based networking, cloud based end user management and virtualized security services for protecting and simplifying branch network architectures.

Versa said its solution enables Verizon's Virtual Network Services customers to reduce complexity and control costs by virtualizing multiple components of a branch office. These include public and private network connectivity management, wireless connectivity, multi-site network support, application based quality of service and multi layered security.

“Verizon has been an early and aggressive innovator in software defining their network, as well as their customers’ networks,” said Kelly Ahuja, CEO of Versa Networks. “Verizon saw the wider set of challenges that businesses were having across branch offices, and has designed a comprehensive service to virtualize, software define, manage and secure the full branch.”

“Businesses are adopting digital technologies as mainstream elements of their go to market strategy,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of business networking and security solutions. “Software defining the branch office and WAN provides them with a flexible networking platform to accelerate cloud and digital migration while reducing IT complexity and controlling costs.”

https://www.versa-networks.com/press-release/versa-networks-added-verizons-software-defined-networking-ecosystem/


Monday, August 21, 2017

Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm hit 1.07 Gbps peak

Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies announced a new peak downlink speed of 1.07 Gbps using the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem, the first announced modem to support Category 18 LTE speeds.

The new record was achieved during an Ericsson lab trial. using 12 simultaneous LTE streams, which allow for up to 20 percent increase in peak data rates and capacity with a corresponding improvement in average speeds. Ericsson's Radio System and LTE software was used in concert with a mobile test device based on the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem.

In the lab, the 1.07 Gbps speeds were achieved using all licensed band combinations with:

  • 12 LTE streams with 3 cell carrier aggregation of FDD spectrum
  • 4x4 MIMO per carrier (multiple in, multiple out), which uses multiple antennae at the cell tower and on consumers devices to optimize data speeds
  • 256 QAM per carrier, which enables customer devices and the network to exchange information in large amounts, delivering more bits of data in each transmission, significantly enhancing data speeds

Verizon said this 1.07 Gbps achievement builds on its recent announcement about Gigabit LTE with support for License Assisted Access (LAA). Also of significance, the 1.07 Gbps speed was achieved using only three 20MHz carriers of FDD (Frequency Division Duplex using separate transmit and receive frequencies) spectrum, achieving new levels of spectral efficiency for commercial networks and devices. These efficiencies will enable the delivery of the Gigabit class experience to more customers and lead to new wireless innovations.

"As technology leaders, Verizon continues to drive innovation for our customers. Today's achievement shows once again that while Verizon deploys the most advanced technologies to our customers in the real world environment, we are always looking ahead to what customers will need tomorrow," said Nicola Palmer, Verizon Wireless Chief Network Officer.

http://www.verizon.com

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Comcast rolls out Xfinity Mobile

Comcast completed its nationwide rollout of Xfinity Mobile across all of its sales channels in all of its markets.

Xfinity Mobile is a new wireless service that combines its partner's (Verizon) 4g LTE network with its own Wi-Fi network of more than 18 million hotspots. Comcast estimates that nearly 70% of customers will connect to the Wi-Fi hotspots when they are on the go.

"We created a unique mobile experience that’s simple and saves customers money by connecting to our nationwide Wi-Fi network, and allows them to only pay for the data they use," said Greg Butz, president of Xfinity Mobile. "Now that we’re available across all of our distribution platforms, including our retail locations in all of our markets, we look forward to introducing even more customers to Xfinity Mobile."

Two pricing options are offered:

  • Unlimited – $45 per month, per line on up to five lines with no usage limits.
  • By the Gig – $12 per GB of shared cellular data across all lines on an account each month. The majority of customers are choosing this option.

http://XfinityMobile.com

Monday, August 14, 2017

Verizon Offers Virtual Network Services on AWS

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has extended its Virtual Network Services (VNS) onto the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud,

Verizon said its VNS service on AWS will provide customers with the end-to-end visibility and the control needed to effectively manage mobile-to-cloud transactions.

Verizon VNS on AWS, which is now commercially available, lets AWS users control network and security policy from the enterprise edge directly into their Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) instance. Enterprise customers leveraging AWS will be able to operate an “elastic” hybrid network that can be altered to meet dynamic business requirements – such as the number of company locations and users, bandwidth required by application, storage and backup requirements, and application use by employee – all through Verizon and AWS.

“With this enhancement, Verizon will help enterprise and government organizations to confidently implement mission critical solutions in the cloud,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of networking and innovation, Verizon. “This offering will help our enterprise customers be able to balance agility, performance, cost and security necessitated by the growth of mobile-to-cloud applications and the Internet of Things.”

"Global businesses trust Verizon to help them implement the right technology strategy to achieve their goals," said Joshua Hofmann, global lead partner ecosystem, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "Verizon’s deep networking and services experience, as well as the scale and flexibility of AWS, provide an invaluable combination for enterprises looking to become more agile, create new efficiencies and grow their business into the future.”

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-enterprise-solutions-extends-networking-service-cloud

Friday, August 4, 2017

Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Demo LAA at 953 Mbit/s

Verizon announced that in what is believed to be a U.S. wireless industry first, it has partnered with Ericsson, and Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, to demonstrate a mobile data rate of 953 Mbit/s in a joint commercial network deployment in Boca Raton, Florida.

Verizon noted that while lab tests have achieved comparable speeds in recent demonstrations, this is the fastest speed announced to date that has been achieved in a real-world, dynamic network environment leveraging Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology.

The demonstration utilised commercially available Verizon network components including a cell site, hardware, software and backhaul, with Ericsson providing the advanced remote radio head. The Ericsson micro Radio 2205 for LAA, designed for unlicensed spectrum use, is compact, provides for flexible mounting and is a component of the Ericsson Radio System, an end-to-end modular radio network portfolio of hardware and software designed for any site type and traffic scenario as networks transition towards 5G.

In addition, for the trial Qualcomm Technologies provided a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform test device equipped with Gigabit LTE capability leveraging the integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem.

Verizon stated that the latest demonstration used a combination of the latest 4G LTE wireless technologies to deliver the higher mobile speeds. Technology employed included carrier aggregation, which enables multiple spectrum channels to be combined to allow data to be carried more efficiently and faster peak speeds.

Verizon noted that it was the first U.S. carrier to launch LTE Advanced with two channel carrier aggregation nationally last year, and has subsequently completed the deployment of three channel carrier aggregation using its licensed spectrum.

To achieve latest near-gigabit mobile speeds, Verizon used a combination of licensed and unlicensed spectrum for the first time. The four carrier aggregation utilises LAA to combine its spectrum holdings with unlicensed spectrum via home and commercial WiFi connectivity.

The demonstration with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technoogies also involved technology including 4 x 4 MIMO, which uses multiple antennae at the cell tower and on consumers' devices to optimise data rates, 256QAM, allowing customer devices and the network to exchange information in larger amounts and thereby to deliver more bits of data in each transmission.



  • Recently, AT&T announced that it had achieved mobile speeds of 650 Mbit/s using LTE and LAA technology in a field trial working with Ericsson, while T-Mobile announced it had demonstrated 741 Mbit/s mobile data rate in a field trial of LAA technology.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Verizon to acquire WOW! for $225m for Chicago Fiber Network

WideOpenWest (WOW!), a provider of Internet, cable TV and voice services based in Englewood, Colorado, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell a portion of its fibre network in its Chicago market to a subsidiary of Verizon for $225 million in cash.

In addition, WOW! and Verizon will enter into a new agreement pursuant to which WOW! will complete the build-out of the network in exchange for a payment of approximately $50 million (WOW!'s estimated cost for completion of the network build-out), payable as the remaining network elements are completed. The network, expected to be completed in the second half of 2018, will provide backhaul services to over 500 macro-cell wireless sites and more than 500 small-cell sites.

Through the agreement, Verizon will gain a high-capacity fibre network designed to support multi-use services. The company noted that the network already connects Verizon Wireless macro towers and small cells, and will reduce its leasing costs via fibre connectivity to more than 500 macro-cell wireless sites and 500 small-cell wireless sites.

WOW! noted that the transaction is subject to receipt of various consents and approvals, as well as other customary closing conditions, and is expected to close early in the first quarter of next year. WOW! stated that it plans to use a portion of the proceeds from the transaction to pay-down existing debt balances.

Commenting on the transaction, Hans Vestberg, Verizon president of Network and Technology, said, "Following recent agreements with Corning, Prysmian and Straight Path, this is another example of Verizon's commitment to invest in multi-use fibre to provide customers with next-generation broadband services, such as smart cities and 5G… this acquisition will also help create comprehensive digital solutions for small- and medium-business and enterprise customers".


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

SD-WAN Interaction and the Importance of Interoperability



Verizon is rapidly expanding its portfolio of virtual services, including SD-WAN. Interoperability is increasingly important as these are rolled out across the globe. The ability to link SD-WAN into other services is critical, says Shawn Hakl, VP, Product and New Business Innovation, @VZEnterprise.

See video: https://youtu.be/2EysfBTwidc

Recorded at MEF Annual Member's Meeting in Toronto.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Verizon validates NG-PON2 interoperability based on OpenOMCI spec

Verizon announced it has validated interoperability of NG-PON2 at its Technology Center in Waltham, Massachusetts during a trial focused on ONT management and provisioning that used Verizon's OpenOMCI specification, which defines the OLT-to-ONT interface and is aligned with the ITU-T Recommendation G.989.3.

Verizon noted that it worked with ADTRAN, Broadcom, Cortina Access, Ericsson/Calix and Intel, which have expertise with OMCI and interoperability experience with previous generations of PON systems, to develop the OpenOMCI specification that formed the basis for the successful trial. Since the initial NG-PON2 trial in December 2016, the companies have made their hardware and software compliant and are contributing to the OpenOMCI specification.

By defining the tools required to model a multi-wavelength PON, the Verizon OpenOMCI specification optimises the number of managed entities and methods that can be used to implement a particular service function, while disallowing vendor-proprietary objects and features that have previously presented an obstacle to interoperability. The OpenOMCI also features specific managed entities designed to improve the stability of PON systems.

Along with ONT management and provisioning, the trial emphasized transmission convergence layer features that allow support of not only business and residential traffic but wireless transport services. These features are unique to NG-PON2 compared to other PON systems.

Verizon stated that representatives from a number of international communications operators that are interested in NG-PON2 technology, including Deutsche Telekom, SK Telecom and Vodafone, attended the trial as virtual observers and gained access to the specification, test plans and results.

Following completion of the trial, Verizon has shared its OpenOMCI specification with the industry for possible inclusion within the appropriate standards.


* Verizon announced it was to begin testing NG-PON2 equipment at its lab in Waltham in July 2016. It noted the testing would focus on features including tuning performance, the ability to carry residential and business services on the same platform and interoperability and conformance with ONT specifications.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Verizon completes Yahoo! acquisition for $4.48bn, launches Oath

Verizon Communications announced the completion of its acquisition of the operating business of Yahoo!, and that it has combined these assets with its existing AOL business to create a new subsidiary, Oath, comprising more than 50 media and technology brands worldwide.

Verizon acquired the Yahoo! operations for approximately $4.48 billion through an agreement originally announced in July last year. Closing of the agreement was delayed as the companies assessed the effect of two data breaches disclosed by Yahoo! after the transaction was announced. The agreement originally value Yahoo! at approximately $4.8 billion in cash.

As a subsidiary of Verizon, Oath will focus on building its brands. The company reaches over one billion people worldwide, offering a group of over 50 media and technology brands. The new Oath portfolio includes HuffPost, Yahoo Sports, AOL.com, MAKERS, Tumblr, BUILD Studios, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Mail.

The business, part of Verizon's Media and Telematics organisation, will be led by Tim Armstrong, former CEO of AOL. Mr. Armstrong has been leading integration planning teams since the Yahoo transaction was announced in July 2016.

Tim Armstrong is also leading efforts to continue to build an advanced and open advertising technology solutions, with brands such as ONE by AOL and BrightRoll spanning mobile, video, search, native and programmatic ads.

Verizon stated that following the changes to former Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer's role with Yahoo as a result of the closing of the transaction, Ms. Mayer has resigned from the company.

Commenting on the transaction, Marni Walden, president of Media and Telematics, said, "The close of this transaction represents a critical step in growing the global scale needed for Verizon's digital media company... the combined set of assets across Verizon and Oath, from VR to AI, 5G to IoT, from content partnerships to originals, will create new ways to (address) audiences globally".



  • In April this year, Verizon announced it would adopt a new operating structure focused on three areas: Media and Telematics, Network and Technology, and Customer and Product Operations.
  • Verizon also announced the appointment of: Marni Walden as EVP of the Media and Telematics business; Hans Vestberg, former CEO of Ericsson, as EVP of the new Network and Technology operation; and John Stratton as EVP of the Customer and Product Operations unit.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Verizon to acquire Straight Path for $3.1bn

Straight Path Communications has announced a definitive merger agreement under which Verizon Communications will acquire Straight Path for $184.00 per share, equating to an enterprise value of approximately $3.1 billion, in an all-stock transaction.

Straight Path holds an extensive portfolio of 39 GHz and 28 GHz wireless spectrum licenses, specifically 868 FCC spectrum licenses providing wireless coverage across the U.S. The company also develops next generation wireless technology through its Straight Path Ventures subsidiary, and holds licenses and conducts business related to certain patents via its Straight Path IP Group subsidiary.

Concurrent with the agreement, Verizon will pay on behalf of Straight Path a termination fee of $38 million to AT&T, which on April 10th announced an agreement to acquire Straight Path for $95.63 per share, representing a total value of $1.6 billion. The sum implied a premium of 204% to the closing price of Straight Path's stock of $31.41 on January 11th and a 162% premium to the $36.48 price on April 7th.

As part of the agreement with Verizon, Straight Path announced that it is terminating the previously announced definitive agreement to merge with AT&T and Switchback Merger Sub. As previously announced, the Straight Path board determined after consultations with financial and legal advisors that the transaction with Verizon constituted a superior proposal. AT&T opted not to make any new bids or proposals to Straight Path or to propose amendments to the original agreement.

The acquisition of Straight Path for $184.00 per share in Verizon stock implies a premium of 486% to the closing price of Straight Path common stock of $31.41 on January 11, 2017, the day prior to Straight Path announcing its FCC settlement and strategic alternatives process, and a 404% premium to the closing stock price of $36.48 on April 7th, the business day prior to announcement of the AT&T merger agreement.

The proposed transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of Straight Path and Verizon, and the companies currently anticipate closing within nine months, subject to FCC review. The transaction is supported by Straight Path's majority shareholder, Howard Jonas, who has entered into a voting agreement with Verizon and agreed to vote his Class A shares in support of the transaction.

Regarding the acquisition, Hans Vestberg, EVP and president of global network and technology at Verizon, said, "Verizon now has all of the pieces in place to accelerate the deployment of 5G… combined with the recent transactions with Corning, XO Communications and Prysmian Group, this is another step to build the next-generation network for its customers".



AT&T Buys 39 GHz and 28 GHz Licenses for $1.6 Billion



AT&T agreed to acquire Straight Path Communications, which holds a nationwide portfolio of millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum, including 39 GHz and 28 GHz licenses. Specifically, AT&T will acquire 735 mmWave licenses in the 39 GHz band and 133 licenses in the 28 GHz band. These licenses cover the entire United States, including all of the top 40 markets. The deal was valued at $1.6 billion, which includes liabilities an

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Samsung and Cisco work with Verizon to implement 5G in Detroit

Samsung Electronics America, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, and Cisco, in partnership with Verizon, announced the successful deployment of what is believed to be the first multi-vendor end-to-end 5G trial network in the field, specifically in the Ann Arbor suburb of metropolitan Detroit in Michigan.

The companies noted that earlier in the year, Verizon announced that it planned to conduct customer trials of 5G technology for home broadband service via fixed wireless access. Under this program, Verizon is planning to launch trials in five U.S. cities in the second quarter of 2017 and expects to be conducting pilot trials in a total of 11 markets by the middle of the year.

The partners stated that each trial location presents a unique set of test parameters, including in terms of equipment vendors, geographies, population density and demographics. Ann Arbor is the first location to address a multi-vendor deployment of 5G, leveraging a solution that includes a 5G virtualised packet core based on the Cisco Ultra Services Platform with Advanced Services and Samsung's virtual RAN (vRAN), combined with its 5G Radio base stations and 5G home routers, to enable the delivery of broadband services to trial customers.

Based on Verizon's 5G Technical Forum specification, the three companies have completed a series of network vendor interoperability tests (NVIOT) that demonstrated seamless interworking between core network, radio edge and user devices. The tests also served to demonstrate a core principle of next-generation network virtualisation via multi-vendor support.

The Verizon multi-vendor trial is designed to showcase the readiness of key 5G technologies and prepare the way for the deployment of commercial 5G networks in the future. The trial also demonstrates that service providers can implement 5G networks to address specific market requirements by selecting network infrastructure components from a range of vendors.

Early ecosystem development has become a core focus for 5G, with IT and telecom pioneers alike working to build alignment and stability around next-generation R &D. Verizon’s 5G Technical Forum, to which Cisco and Samsung are strong contributors, has set out to establish early direction for commercial 5G technologies and services, with the goal of establishing a body of experience that is already being used to inform global 5G standards development efforts and ensure a smooth transition to commercialization.



  • Verizon announced in February plans to rollout 5G pre-commercial services to select customers in 11 U.S. markets by mid-2017. The company noted that the trials would encompass hundreds of cell sites and several thousand customer locations, with pilot markets to include Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville (New Jersey), Brockton (Massachusetts), Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle and Washington DC.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Verizon expands universal CPE portfolio with whitebox, OpenStack

Verizon announced it has expanded its Virtual Network Services offering with the addition of x86-based whitebox options leveraging OpenStack to its universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) portfolio.

Verizon's uCPE offering means that enterprises do not need to invest in separate, dedicated hardware appliances to deliver key virtual network functions (VNFs) such as software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), security, routing, WAN optimisation, or any network function that can be virtualised.

Verizon is seeking to simplify the transition to software-defined, application-centric network deployments for organisations of any size by expanding its Virtual Network Services uCPE options from vendor-specific platforms to an open hardware, open source whitebox architecture.

Verizon's uCPE portfolio targets applications ranging from solutions suitable for small retail sites up to large data centre deployments and leverages commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and a globally distributed open source architecture. This allows enterprises to rapidly deploy services globally using Verizon's application library.

The uCPE solution features service chaining and enterprise orchestration functionality that enables automated onboarding and provisioning, with future orchestration releases to offer service assurance capabilities for fault and performance monitoring, closed-loop healing and a VNF factory. The enhanced life-cycle orchestration capabilities are designed to enable enterprises to implement near real-time SDN technologies.


Verizon noted that the combination of COTS hardware and a distributed deployment of OpenStack allows customers to decouple hardware from software and removes the need for proprietary hardware. This capability can help customers to reduce costs and simplify the physical network architecture, as well as allowing them to choose the most suitable hardware and applications for their individual requirements.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Verizon selects Prysmian to supply optical cable under $300m 3-year agreement

Italy-based Prysmian Group, a major supplier of cable systems to the energy and telecom industries, announced has been awarded a supply agreement by Verizon Communications to support its U.S. network expansion.

The three-year contract is valued at approximately $300 million and will include the supply of more than 17 million fibre km (10.6 million miles) of ribbon and loose tube cables. To support this contract, as well as demand from other carriers, Prysmian plans to make a significant investment through 2018 in its U.S.-based optical cable operation. Prysmian's telecom division has been qualified as a provider of fibre, optical cable and connectivity solutions to Verizon for over a decade.

Prysmian noted that Verizon is expanding its infrastructure based on a next-generation fibre platform designed to support the deployment of 5G services, as well as enhance 4G LTE and other broadband capacity.

Prysmian added that Verizon believes demand for next-generation PON (NGPON2) technology will extend well beyond 2020 as new technologies such as 5G and the IoT experience increasing adoption.

Prysmian has an established manufacturing base in the U.S. for optical fibre and cable for a range of applications, with three telecom production sites, including two for the production of optical cable and one for optical fibre.



  • In April, Verizon announced a three-year minimum purchase agreement with Corning for the provision of fibre optic cable and associated hardware equipment to ensure coverage and capacity for its nationwide wireless broadband network. Under the agreement, Verizon is to purchase from Corning up to 20 million km (12.4 million miles) of optical fibre in each of the three years from 2018 to 2020, with a minimum purchase commitment of $1.05 billion.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Equinix Takes on Board 29 Verizon Data Centers

Equinix completed its previously-announced acquisition of 29 data centers and their operations from Verizon Communications. The deal was first announced in December 2016.

The transaction, which was valued at $3.6 billion in cash, includes over 1,000 customers, of which over 600 are net new, and approximately three million gross square feet of data center space. The 29 data centers are located across 15 cities in North and Latin America, three markets of which are new to Equinix (Bogota, Culpepper and Houston), bringing Equinix's total global footprint to over 175 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers across 44 markets and approximately 17 million gross square feet.

Among the newly acquired properties is the NAP of the Americas in Miami, Florida. a key interconnection point, hub and gateway for Latin America. The NAP of the Americas is the fourth largest Internet exchange point in the U.S. It hosts the termination points of 15 subsea cable systems and more than 120 global networks interconnecting to approximately 150 countries.

Equinix also noted that the data center in Culpepper, Virginia  (CU1, CU2, CU3 and CU4) represents one of the most secure and technologically sophisticated data center campuses in the eastern U.S. The Culpepper data center is designed to meet the highest government standards.

"The 29 new data centers greatly expand our ability to enable global interconnection within our robust ecosystems, as the economies of North, Central and South America continue to thrive.  I am especially thrilled to welcome over 250 new employees and the hundreds of new customers to the Equinix family," stated Karl Strohmeyer, President, Americas, Equinix.

http://www.equinix.com


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Verizon: Revenue Down 4.5%, LTE Traffic up 57%

Verizon reported consolidated Q1 revenue of $29.8 billion, a 7.3 percent decrease compared with first-quarter 2016, but down 4.5 percent on a comparable basis excluding divestitures and acquisitions in the period. Net income was $3.6 billion in first-quarter 2017, and EBITDA (non-GAAP, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) totaled $11.2 billion. Consolidated operating income margin was 24.1 percent.

Earnings per share (EPS) were 84 cents in earnings per share (EPS) and adjusted EPS (non-GAAP) ws 95 cents, excluding non-operational items, compared with EPS of $1.06 in 1Q 2016.and adjusted EPS (non-GAAP) of 95 cents, excluding non-operational items, compared with EPS of $1.06 in 1Q 2016. Capital expenditures totaled $3.1 billion in first-quarter 2017.

Some Wireless highlights                                                              

  • There was a net decline of 307,000 retail postpaid connections in first-quarter 2017 included 289,000 phone losses. Prior to the launch of Unlimited service in mid-February, Verizon had a retail postpaid phone net loss of 398,000; after the launch, Verizon added 109,000 retail postpaid phone connections. For the entire quarter, Verizon added a net of 49,000 smartphones to its retail postpaid phone base.
  • Verizon’s retail postpaid connections base grew 1.2 percent year over year to 108.5 million, and retail prepaid connections grew 0.5 percent to 5.4 million.
  • Retail postpaid churn was 1.15 percent in first-quarter 2017, a year-over-year increase of 19 basis points primarily due to increased churn in tablets. Phone customer loyalty remained high, with retail postpaid phone churn of less than 0.90 percent for the eighth consecutive quarter.
  • Total revenues were $20.9 billion in first-quarter 2017, a decline of 5.1 percent compared with first-quarter 2016, due to decreased overage revenue, lower postpaid customers in the quarter and continued promotional activity.
  • In first-quarter 2017, overall traffic on LTE increased about 57 percent compared with first-quarter 2016, while Verizon extended its lead in the industry’s third-party network performance studies across the country.

Some Wireline highlights

  • Total wireline revenues declined 0.6 percent, to $7.9 billion, comparing first-quarter 2017 with first-quarter 2016. Consistent with recent trends and on a comparable basis (non-GAAP), this decline was 3.2 percent, excluding revenues from XO Communications in first-quarter 2017.
  • Total Fios revenues grew 4.7 percent, to $2.9 billion, comparing first-quarter 2017 with first-quarter 2016. This supported revenue growth of 0.7 percent in consumer markets and 2.3 percent in business markets.
  • In first-quarter 2017, Verizon added a net of 35,000 Fios Internet connections and lost a net of 13,000 Fios Video connections. At the end of first-quarter 2017, Verizon had 5.7 million Fios Internet connections and 4.7 million Fios Video connections, year-over-year increases of 3.3 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively.


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Verizon Award $1.05B Contract to Corning for Fiber and Related Hardware

Verizon Communications has announced a three-year minimum purchase agreement with Corning for the provision of fibre optic cable and associated hardware equipment to Verizon to ensure coverage and capacity for its nationwide wireless broadband network.

Under the new agreement, Verizon will purchase from Corning up to 20 million km (12.4 million miles) of optical fibre each of the three years from 2018 through to 2020, with a minimum purchase commitment of $1.05 billion.

It was noted that in recent months, Corning has announced plans to expand capacity and to invest more than $250 million in its optical fibre, cable and solutions manufacturing facilities to help address demand from carrier and enterprise customers worldwide. Corning expects that these capacity expansions will begin to come online during 2017 and become fully operational in 2018.

Verizon noted that it is engaged in revamping its network architecture based on a next-generation fibre platform designed to support all of the company's businesses. The new architecture is designed to improve Verizon's 4G LTE coverage, speed the deployment of a 5G network and enable the delivery of high-speed broadband to homes and businesses.

In an initial deployment, Verizon launched its One Fiber approach in Boston last year and plans to invest $300 million over six years to deploy it throughout the city. Verizon announced plans in April 2016 to build a new fibre network to support services including Fios in Boston, and invited expressions of interest from residents and small businesses in eight neighbourhoods in the city, which it calls 'fibre zones'.

In January of this year the company announced the launch for customers in parts of Boston, as well as Norfolk, Virginia, of the Fios Instant Internet service offering symmetrical 750 Mbit/s bandwidth.

Verizon also announced the launch of Fios Instant Internet in greater New York City and northern New Jersey, Philadelphia and Richmond, providing a total of over 7 million customers on the East Coast with access to its instant bandwidth offering.

Regarding the agreement, Viju Menon, Verizon chief supply chain officer, commented, "Verizon identified a shortfall in fibre supply and has been working with business teams to forecast demand and fill supply gaps with existing suppliers... securing the required volume of optical fibre and hardware solutions with Corning will ensure it can meet its planned rollout schedules".

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Verizon to Resell Equinix Colo and Interconnection Services

Verizon Enterprise Solutions and Equinix, the global interconnection and data centre company, announced an agreement through which Verizon will resell Equinix colocation and interconnection services worldwide.

Under the new reseller agreement, Verizon will be able to offer expanded solutions by combining colocation and interconnection services in Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres worldwide with its security, network and communications services to enable enterprises to implement hybrid cloud solutions and access a multi-cloud environment. The agreement provides direct, private access to cloud service providers including AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

The companies noted that the agreement builds on a long-standing relationship between Equinix and Verizon and follows an agreement of December 2016 through which Equinix is to acquire certain data centre sites from Verizon.

Equinix announced on December 6th last year that it had entered into a definitive agreement to purchase a portfolio of 24 data centre sites and operations from Verizon for $3.6 billion through an all cash transaction.


The 24 sites encompass 29 data centre facilities in 15 metro markets across the Americas region. The facilities and customers will strengthen Equinix's global platform by increasing interconnection in the U.S. and Latin America and adding three new markets, namely Bogotá, Colombia, Culpeper, Virginia and Houston, Texas. The acquisition also strengthens Equinix's position in the enterprise and strategic market sectors such as government and energy.

The agreement will expand Equinix's total global footprint to 175 data centres across 43 markets, with approximately 17 million gross sq feet of space throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific markets. The transaction is expected to close around mid-2017.

Earlier this year, Equinix announced agreements to acquire ICT-Center AG, Zurich's data centre operating business in Zurich, Switzerland, with a facility adjacent to its existing Zurich IBX data centres ZH2 and ZH4, and a transaction to purchase IO UK's data centre operating business in Slough, UK, close to its existing Slough data centre campus.

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http://www.equinix.com

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