Wednesday, April 11, 2012

BT Lands Network Contract with Renater

The French National Telecommunications Network for Technology, Education and Research (RENATER) has selected BT to supervise, manage and operate its fibre-based IP network, and to supply and maintain infrastructure equipment. The contract covers BT Advise Connect services. BT and RENATER have been working together since 2000. Financial terms were not disclosed.

RENATER connects more than 1,300 sites in France and internationally, including all of the nation's research institutes, and provides a national and international connectivity via the pan-European GÉANT network.

TELUS to Invest in LTE Rollout for Northern B.C.

TELUS announced plans to invest $103 million in Northern British Columbia over the next three years to expand 4G LTE to Prince George and other communities. TELUS invested $11 million in Prince George last year, including $3 million to expand its customer care centre so it could hire 150 new team members in Prince George to help the company meet growing demand for Optik TV. TELUS plans to hire a further 70 employees across Northern B.C. this year to continue to support its services provided to citizens across British Columbia.

Microsoft Announces Largest Cloud Customer to Date

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is deploying Microsoft's cloud-based, Live@edu communication and collaboration service to more than 10,000 technical colleges and institutes throughout India. The service will provide email, Microsoft Office Web Apps, instant messaging and storage to AICTE's more than 7 million students and nearly 500,000 faculty members, for a total reach of 7.5 million users. AICTE also plans to deploy Microsoft Office 365 for education when it becomes available later this year, providing access to Microsoft Exchange Online email and calendar, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Lync Online and Microsoft Office Professional as the technical infrastructure to support member colleges and institutes.

Microsoft noted that more than 22 million users globally are now connected with its Live@edu cloud suite for education.

Symmetricom to Resell GPS Disciplined Atomic Oscillator Modules

Symmetricom will resell GPS Disciplined Oscillator (GPSDO) Modules and High-Frequency Source Modules from Jackson Labs Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of cutting-edge precision time and frequency products.

GPSDOs provide time and frequency reference signals that have the same long-term accuracy as the GPS signal itself, and also provide a "holdover" capability to maintain system synchronization when GPS reception outages occur.

Level 3 Opens First POP in Africa

Level 3 Communications will establish an IP node in Djibouti, a small country in the horn of Africa, through a partnership with Djibouti Telecom. Five submarine cables have landings in Djibouti. This is Level 3's first point-of-presence in Africa. Services will commence in the third quarter of 2012.

Radisys Names Former Alcatel-Lucent Exec to its Board

Radisys Corporation has appointed Hubert de Pesquidoux to its Board of Directors. De Pesquidoux is the former chief financial officer (CFO) of Alcatel-Lucent and president of its Enterprise Business Group. Prior to those roles, he was a member of the Alcatel Executive Committee. During his nearly 20-year tenure at Alcatel-Lucent SA (and its predecessor, Alcatel), de Pesquidoux held executive positions including President and CEO of Alcatel North America; chief executive officer (CEO) of Alcatel Canada; and CFO of Alcatel USA.

Since November 2009, Mr. de Pesquidoux has served as Chief Executive Officer of HDP Consulting. Mr. de Pesquidoux has served as Chairman of the Board for Tekelec, a provider of Intelligent Network solutions, and on Tekelec's audit and corporate development committees. Mr. de Pesquidoux is currently the Chairman of the Audit Committee for Sequans Communications S.A, a 4G chipmaker, and is a member of the Board and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Mavenir Systems, a leading provider of mobile solutions for LTE Operators.

NSN Appoints Ken Wirth as Head of Customer Operations Americas

Nokia Siemens Networks has appointed Ken Wirth as head of Customer Operations for North and Latin America, a position in which he will be responsible for the company’s sales throughout the Americas. He will also join the company’s Executive Board.

Mr. Wirth previously was president of the End-to-End Networks business at Alcatel Lucent, where he played an important part in building Alcatel-Lucent’s global LTE business with Verizon, AT&T, China Mobile, Telefonica and other leading operators. Before that Wirth held a range of leadership positions at Alcatel-Lucent, including heading the company’s 4G/LTE business unit and serving as president of the Verizon customer team.

France Telecom Bids to Acquire Remaining Shares in Egypt's MobiNil

France Telecom-Orange has submitted a bid to acquire most of the remaining shares in MobiNil for Telecommunications, the Egyptian mobile operator.

Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of France Telecom-Orange said: “We believe this transaction provides a solid basis for our continued partnership with OTMT in ECMS. Furthermore, we believe that our EUR 1.5 billion investment demonstrates our continued, strong commitment and belief in ECMS's potential and in the Egyptian economy in general. To further enhance ECMS's integration in the Egyptian economy, France Telecom-Orange intends to ensure that, if the conditions allow it, up to 15% of ECMS’s shares are held by Egyptian shareholders, whether these are private or public companies, or individual shareholders.�?

France Telecom and Partners Activate Indian Ocean Cable System

The second phase of the Lower Indian Ocean Network (LION) has been brought into commercial service by France Telecom-Orange and the other members of the LION2 consortium.

The LION cable, which links Madagascar to the global broadband network via the Réunion and Mauritius islands, has now been extended with a 2,700 km cable to Kenya via Mayotte. Through its landing station at Kaweni (Mamoudzou), LION2 will provide Mayotte, for the first time, with access to the broadband Internet. In Kenya, the LION2 cable is connected through a new landing station that has been built at Nyali, close to Mombasa. In addition, the new cable also provides an alternative route for passing secure broadband transmissions through Europe and Asia for all African countries in which the Group is located. The cable currently offers a maximum potential capacity of 1.28 Tbps and can be increased without additional submarine work.

The construction of the LION2 cable represents a total investment of around 57 million euros, about 38 million euros of which will come from France Telecom SA and its subsidiaries. Members of the LION2 consortium include Orange subsidiaries Mauritius Telecom, Orange Madagascar and Telkom Kenya, as well as two other operators, Emtel Ltd and Société Réunionnaise du Radiotéléphone.

Vermont Telephone Deploys 100G with Alcatel-Lucent

Vermont Telephone Company is upgrading to a 100G optical transport network with Alcatel-Lucent.

Using Broadband Stimulus funding, VTel is planning to boost its data transmission and broadband access network, enabling it to deliver video and high-speed Internet services to both residences and businesses at speeds of up to 1 Gbps. The project also expands and strengthens VTel’s existing 1,000 mile four-state optical fiber network from Vermont with connections to New York City, Boston, and Montreal.

For the deployment, Alcatel-Lucent is providing its 100G optical coherent technology, based on Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), its 7750 Service Router, and OmniSwitch 9800E Metro Ethernet switch. Alcatel-Lucent has also been selected as the integrator of VTel’s IPTV service, which runs on the Microsoft Mediaroom solution. Network management capabilities are provided by Alcatel-Lucent’s 5620 Service Aware Manager, and the deployment was supported by the company’s engineering and installations services team.

NBC to Use Ericsson's Video Solutions for Olympics

NBC Sports Group will use video processing solutions from Ericsson during its coverage of the 2012 London Olympic Games from London, England July 27 - August 12, 2012. The equipment will be used to deliver HD content across both contribution and distribution feeds to ensure the highest picture quality from the Olympic venues to millions of viewers in the United States. Ericsson is providing a range of products including MPEG-4 AVC encoders, professional receivers, multiplexers and satellite modulators as well as a team of support engineers in both London and New York.