Friday, June 29, 2012

AT&T Makes Board Appointment, Declares Dividend

AT&T appointed Scott T. Ford to its board of directors. Mr. Ford is a partner with Westrock Capital Partners and Westrock Coffee Holdings. He is also a former chief executive officer of Alltel Corporation.

Separately, AT&T declared a quarterly dividend of $0.44 a share on the company’s common shares. The dividend is payable on August 1, 2012, to stockholders of record at the close of business on July 10, 2012.

Ericsson Wins Major Contract with Russia's Rostelecom Mobile

Ericsson has signed a contract with Rostelecom Mobile to install RBS 6000 base stations that support GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA and are LTE-ready across 4,000 locations. Ericsson will also supply an Evolved Packet Core and OSS. The expanded network will provide converged mobile and fixed services across Russia and reach more than 60 percent of the population.

Rostelecom is Russia's fourth-largest national operator with a presence in all Russian regions.
Ivan Zima, Vice president, CTO, Rostelecom, says: "The new network will enable us to offer our users a full range of converged information and telecom services in mobile and fixed networks across the country. By meeting the demand for anytime connectivity and access to mobile services, we hope that more people will benefit from the positive effects that connectivity brings."

GlobeNet to Add 100 Gbps Colombian Spur

GlobeNet, Oi's international subsidiary provider of submarine capacity, has selected Alcatel-Lucent to extend the GlobeNet submarine cable system to Colombia. The 100G capable link will help GlobeNet provide a significant increase in capacity to support the deployment of next-generation wireless services and support the exploding demand for broadband services.

The 1000km extension will create a link with direct connectivity between Colombia and the United States, and between Colombia and Venezuela. It will have a state-of-the-art design with ultimate design capacity in excess of 8 Tbps on each connectivity path.

The GlobeNet submarine cable system currently spans 22,000 kilometers with landing points in Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza in Brazil, Maiquetía in Venezuela, St. David’s in Bermuda, Boca Raton Florida and Tuckerton in New Jersey, United States. With this extension which will land in Colombia’s Atlantic coast, GlobeNet further positions to offer ultra-fast low latency services on both protected routes between the United States and Latin America.

The Alcatel-Lucent solution deployed for this project includes an integrated 100G capable wet plant of cable and high bandwidth repeaters, power feed equipment, and its 1620 Light Manager (LM) submarine line terminal equipped with advanced coherent technology and offering unique flexibility to increase direct connectivity between countries.

Amazon Web Services Suffers Storm Outage

Amazon Web Services' data center in Northern Virginia went offline on Friday night (June 29) during a severe storm, which knocked out electrical power throughout the Washington D.C. metro area. The facility's back-up generators apparently failed. The disruption impacted sites including Netflix, Pinterest and Instagram for numerous hours.

NTT Com Expands in China

NTT Communications has opened new branch offices in Shenyang, Chengdu, and Shenzhen.
The company will provide system architecture, maintenance and management via these new branch offices. The addition of three new branches expands NTT Com's network of subsidiaries and offices to 10 cities in mainland China alone, and to 82 cities in 30 countries/regions worldwide.

Huawei Selected for Managed Services Contract by Indonesia's XL

Indonesia's XL Axiata Tbk (XL) has awarded a managed services contract to Huawei covering its multi-vendor network, which serves 46 million customers. XL has also selected Huawei to manage its entire Digital Merchant domain ecosystem to ensure the availability of value-added-services to XL customers. XL also selected Huawei as a collaborator in the cloud computing space.

Colt Activates Low Latency Dublin-London Route

 Colt has activated a new low-latency network route from Dublin to London. The company reports a record low latency of 4.267ms between Colt nodes in London and Dublin as well as improved resilience for connectivity up to 10Gbps. The new route is part of Colt’s ongoing investment in its network infrastructure in Ireland and will be followed by an extension from Dublin to Cork, Ireland’s second largest city, toward the end of the year.

Colt currently carries over 500 Gbps of traffic across the Irish Sea. With this announcement, Colt’s total capacity between Dublin and London is now 4.8Tbps.

The route, which is part of Colt’s wider strategic network investment plan for Europe, incorporates the new Sea Fibre Networks cable, CeltixConnect (the shortest, most diverse sub-sea link between Ireland and the UK) and has an optical layer based on the Infinera DTN platform for seamless integration into Colt’s existing 100Gbps ready long distance network.