Thursday, December 1, 2011

Zayo Completes Acquisition of 360networks

Zayo completed its previously announced acquisition of 360networks.


The deal adds 360networks' 18,500 route miles of metro and intercity fiber to Zayo's network, interconnecting 73 markets across the central and western United States, including 24 existing Zayo fiber markets. In addition to its intercity network, 360networks operates metropolitan fiber networks across 25 markets. The acquisition also provides Zayo access to a number of new markets including Albuquerque, Bismarck, Des Moines, San Diego, San Francisco and Tucson.


Zayo's network now encompasses: 44,000 route miles, 4,500 buildings on-net, 450 Points-of-Presence (POPs), 2,100 cell towers on-net, and over 170,000 square feet of colocation space.http://

Metaswitch Hire Former Cisco Executive

Metaswitch Networks has appointed Ray Smets as senior vice president of field operations, reporting to CEO Kevin DeNuccio. Smets most recently served as vice president/general manager of the Wireless Networking Business Unit at Cisco Systems. Before that, he served as vice president of sales and marketing at Packeteer, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Netopia, and president of Network General at McAfee Security, Inc. http://www.metaswitch.com

Tellabs Appoint VP Sales for Asia-Pac

Tellabs has appointed Sharat Sinha as vice president, Asia Pacific sales. Most recently, he served as Cisco's managing director, service provider partners/channels for the Asia-Pacific region. His background includes leading sales teams, setting sales and marketing strategy, developing channels and speaking in industry forums.
http://www.tellabs.com

Verizon Wireless to Acquire AWS Spectrum from Cable Operators

Verizon Wireless announced a deal to acquire 122 Advanced Wireless Services spectrum licenses from SpectrumCo, a joint venture between Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks, for $3.6 billion. The transfer of licenses will require approval from the FCC and review from the Department of Justice.


The companies also announced several agreements to resell each others' services. The cable companies will have the option of selling Verizon Wireless' service on a wholesale basis. Furthermore, the companies will form an innovation technology joint venture to develop technology that better integrates wireline and wireless products and services.



"Spectrum is the raw material on which wireless networks are built, and buying the AWS spectrum now solidifies our network leadership into the future, and will enable us to bring even better 4G LTE products and services to our customers," stated Dan Mead, President and CEO of Verizon Wireless.


"These agreements, together with our Wi-Fi plans, enable us to execute a comprehensive, long-term wireless strategy and expand our focus on providing mobility to our Xfinity services. We're excited about this partnership with Verizon Wireless and the future innovations we will bring to consumers," said Neil Smit, President of Comcast Cable.


Comcast owns 63.6% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $2.3 billion from the sale. Time Warner Cable owns 31.2% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $1.1 billion. Bright House Networks owns 5.3% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $189 million.

http://www.verizon.com
http://www.comcast.com
  • In October 2006, SpectrumCo, a joint venture including Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Advance/Newhouse (cable MSOs) and Sprint Nextel Communications, was the winning bidder for 137 wireless spectrum licenses in the FCC's recent advanced wireless services auction. The price paid was $2.37 billion. Comcast's portion of the total costs to purchase the licenses was $1.29 billion. Time Warner Cable's portion of the costs was $632.2 million and Cox Communications' portion was $248.3 million.


  • The FCC's auction of Advanced Wireless Services (AWS-1) licenses in 2006 were for spectrum in the 1710-1755 MHz and 2110-2155 MHz bands .

Zayo Completes Acquisition of 360networks

Zayo completed its previously announced acquisition of 360networks.


The deal adds 360networks' 18,500 route miles of metro and intercity fiber to Zayo's network, interconnecting 73 markets across the central and western United States, including 24 existing Zayo fiber markets. In addition to its intercity network, 360networks operates metropolitan fiber networks across 25 markets. The acquisition also provides Zayo access to a number of new markets including Albuquerque, Bismarck, Des Moines, San Diego, San Francisco and Tucson.


Zayo's network now encompasses: 44,000 route miles, 4,500 buildings on-net, 450 Points-of-Presence (POPs), 2,100 cell towers on-net, and over 170,000 square feet of colocation space.http://

Metaswitch Hire Former Cisco Executive

Metaswitch Networks has appointed Ray Smets as senior vice president of field operations, reporting to CEO Kevin DeNuccio. Smets most recently served as vice president/general manager of the Wireless Networking Business Unit at Cisco Systems. Before that, he served as vice president of sales and marketing at Packeteer, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Netopia, and president of Network General at McAfee Security, Inc. http://www.metaswitch.com

Tellabs Appoint VP Sales for Asia-Pac

Tellabs has appointed Sharat Sinha as vice president, Asia Pacific sales. Most recently, he served as Cisco's managing director, service provider partners/channels for the Asia-Pacific region. His background includes leading sales teams, setting sales and marketing strategy, developing channels and speaking in industry forums.
http://www.tellabs.com

Verizon Wireless to Acquire AWS Spectrum from Cable Operators

Verizon Wireless announced a deal to acquire 122 Advanced Wireless Services spectrum licenses from SpectrumCo, a joint venture between Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks, for $3.6 billion. The transfer of licenses will require approval from the FCC and review from the Department of Justice.


The companies also announced several agreements to resell each others' services. The cable companies will have the option of selling Verizon Wireless' service on a wholesale basis. Furthermore, the companies will form an innovation technology joint venture to develop technology that better integrates wireline and wireless products and services.



"Spectrum is the raw material on which wireless networks are built, and buying the AWS spectrum now solidifies our network leadership into the future, and will enable us to bring even better 4G LTE products and services to our customers," stated Dan Mead, President and CEO of Verizon Wireless.


"These agreements, together with our Wi-Fi plans, enable us to execute a comprehensive, long-term wireless strategy and expand our focus on providing mobility to our Xfinity services. We're excited about this partnership with Verizon Wireless and the future innovations we will bring to consumers," said Neil Smit, President of Comcast Cable.


Comcast owns 63.6% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $2.3 billion from the sale. Time Warner Cable owns 31.2% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $1.1 billion. Bright House Networks owns 5.3% of SpectrumCo and will receive approximately $189 million.

http://www.verizon.com
http://www.comcast.com
  • In October 2006, SpectrumCo, a joint venture including Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Advance/Newhouse (cable MSOs) and Sprint Nextel Communications, was the winning bidder for 137 wireless spectrum licenses in the FCC's recent advanced wireless services auction. The price paid was $2.37 billion. Comcast's portion of the total costs to purchase the licenses was $1.29 billion. Time Warner Cable's portion of the costs was $632.2 million and Cox Communications' portion was $248.3 million.


  • The FCC's auction of Advanced Wireless Services (AWS-1) licenses in 2006 were for spectrum in the 1710-1755 MHz and 2110-2155 MHz bands .

Emerald Networks Plans $300 Million TransAtlantic Cable

Emerald Networks, a new company backed by Wellcome Trust, has recently retained Jefferies & Company to raise $300 million to fund its proposed transatlantic cable.


Emerald Networks' submarine cable system will be a new-build 5,200 km, 100 Gbps undersea cable system along the "Great Circle" route connecting North America to Europe via Iceland. The ambitious project, which has set a late 2012 commissioning date, aims to be the first 100 Gbps, long-haul, undersea fiber cable. The northerly route has an expected latency of less than 62 milliseconds round trip from New York to London, making it one of the fastest networks across the Atlantic. Landing points will include Shirley, New York (Long Island) and Belmullet on the West Coast of Ireland, with a branching unit to Grindavik, Iceland. The company notes that the last of the transatlantic cables were installed back in 2003, as a result transatlantic demand is expected to outstrip capacity by 2015.


The connectivity to Iceland will benefit the benefit the growing number of data centers locating there.


The Emerald cable is designed to support 100 x 100Gbs on each of its six fibre pairs. The company has already awarded a construction contract to TE SubCom to proceed with the project. Completion is estimated in Spring of 2013. http://emeraldnetworks.com

India Advances Plan to Extend Fibre to Rural Villages

The Indian government approved a plan for extending the forthcoming National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) to rural villages. The goal is to extend broadband connectivity to some 250,000 rural villages by utilizing the Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF) and creating an institutional mechanism for management and operation of the NOFN for ensuring non discriminatory access to all service providers. An initial project will map the networks of various telecom operators such BSNL, Rail Tel, Power Grid, etc. The incremental fibre length can then be determined for connecting rural villages to the nearest fibre point. http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=78075

SAP to Acquire SuccessFactors for $3.4 Billion

SAP agreed to acquire SuccessFactors, a provider of cloud-based human capital management (HCM) solutions, for $40.00 per share in cash, representing an enterprise value of approximately $3.4 billion.


SuccessFactors has over 3,500 enterprises using its cloud-based Business Execution solution to perform organizational tasks such as employee reviews, compensation management, employee performance measurement, etc. The company is based in San Mateo, California.


"The cloud is a core of SAP's future growth, and the combination of SuccessFactors' leadership team and technology with SAP will create a cloud powerhouse. The acquisition will help us address the top priority for CEOs globally – managing people and talent," said Bill McDermott, Co-CEO, SAP. http://www.successfactors.com/http://www.sap.com

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