Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Zayo Cites Big Win with Cloud Storage Provide for Wavelength Services

Zayo announced its selection by a leading cloud storage provider to provide metro dark fiber and wavelengths services. The solution will leverage existing network from prior success-based capital projects, including new segments with committed tenants, which are currently under construction. The customer name was not disclosed, nor were financial terms.

Zayo said it is providing this cloud service provider with a three node ring in the Dallas metro area to connect its data centers. The wavelengths solution will provide eight 100G routes, creating a ring between the Bay Area, Seattle, Chicago and Dallas. The solution will provide a diverse ring in the western U.S. and double the customer’s network capacity.

“Zayo is ideally positioned to meet to the infrastructure needs of web-scale companies,” said Max Clauson, executive vice president of Network Connectivity Services at Zayo. “By leveraging our fiber networks in multiple cities and fiber routes between cities, and by incorporating our product portfolio of dark fiber solutions and lit services, we were able to provide a streamlined, efficient solution for the customer.”

http://www.zayo.com

Sprint: 2.5 GHz Footprint Now Covers 70% of LTE POPs

Sprint said its 2.5 GHz footprint has grown over the last two years and now covers approximately 70% of its LTE POPs. The company said carrier aggregation is enabling its network to outperform its competitors in major U.S. cities. Sprint believes its 2.5 GHz spectrum will be the low band spectrum of 5G. With more than 160 MHz of 2.5 spectrum on average across the top 100 U.S. markets, the company conteds that it will have more high band capacity for 5G than any other carrier in the United States.

Sprint is planning a 5G demo using millimetric band radius technology at the upcoming Copa America soccer tournament next month. The company is working with both Nokia and Ericsson to showcase 5G delivering 4K streaming content.

In its quarter and fiscal year-end financial report, Sprint posted net operating revenue of $8.1 billion for its fiscal fourth quarter, operating income of $8 million, and Adjusted EBITDA of $2.2 billion, which grew 24 percent year-over-year. The company also reported fiscal year 2015 net operating revenue of $32.2 billion, operating income of $310 million, and Adjusted EBITDA* of $8.1 billion, which grew 36 percent year-over-year.

“Fiscal 2015 was a transformational year in the turnaround of Sprint. We significantly reduced our operating expenses and stabilized operating revenues, leading to positive operating income for the first time in nine years. At the same time, we generated positive postpaid phone net additions for the first time in three years, capped off by surpassing both Verizon and AT&T for the first time on record this quarter,” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure.

Some highlights:

  • Total LTE coverage now reaches nearly 300 million people, including approximately 70 percent being covered by the 2.5 GHz spectrum deployment.
  • Total net additions were 447,000 in the fiscal fourth quarter, including postpaid net additions of 56,000, prepaid net losses of 264,000, and wholesale and affiliate net additions of 655,000.
  • For the full year, total net additions were nearly 2.7 million, including postpaid net additions of more than 1.2 million, prepaid net losses of 1.3 million, and wholesale and affiliate net additions of over 2.7 million.
  • Postpaid churn of 1.72 percent in the fiscal fourth quarter improved by 12 basis points year-over-year and was the lowest ever for a fiscal fourth quarter.
  • For the full year, postpaid churn of 1.61 percent was also the best in company history and improved by approximately 50 basis points year-over-year.
  • Sprint currently has $11 billion of committed liquidity, up from $6 billion at the end of the fiscal third quarter. The company also has an additional $1.2 billion of availability under vendor financing agreements that can be used toward the purchase of 2.5 GHz network equipment.

http://www.sprint.com
http://s21.q4cdn.com/487940486/files/doc_financials/quarterly/2015/Q4/2_Fiscal-4Q15-Earnings-Slides-Final.pdf

Chrysler Pacifica Minivan Joins Google's Self-Driving Car Test Fleet

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) will integrate Google's self-driving technology into all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to expand Google's existing self-driving test program.

This is the first time that Google has worked directly with an automaker to integrate its self-driving system, including its sensors and software, into a passenger vehicle.

By later this year, around 100 Pacifica minivans will be built for Google's self-driving technology. Google will integrate the suite of sensors and computers that the vehicles will rely on to navigate roads autonomously.

Google, which is testing its self-driving cars in four U.S. cities, said the self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans will be tested on its private test track in California prior to operating on public roads.

http://www.fcanorthamerica.com
http://www.google.com

TE Subcom Brings 100G Upgrade to Caucasus Cable System

Georgian telecommunications provider Caucasus Online has selected TE Subcom to perform a network upgrade to the Caucasus undersea cable system. The 100G coherent upgrade to the 1,200 km regional system, which will be completed by this month, enables the system to support over 9 Tbps, more than seven times (7x) the initial design capacity. This latest upgrade will increase lit capacity to 780 Gbps.

“As the project supplier for both the full system construction and previous upgrades, we greatly value Caucasus Online’s confidence in TE SubCom,” said Aaron Stucki, president, TE SubCom. “We look forward to continuing our support of this essential cable route by providing state-of-the-art technology that enables Caucasus Online to bring high-volume capacity to its customers.”

http://www.co.ge
http://www.SubCom.com

Coriant Debuts Compact Packet Transport Box

Coriant introduced its ultra-compact, 7090-2 CEM Packet Transport Platform designed for provisioning of diverse packet services, including Carrier Ethernet, closer to the customer premises.

The 7090-2 CEM is an MEF CE 2.0-certified MPLS-TP packet solution designed for cost-optimized deployment at the network edge. The environmentally-hardened unit supports 16 Gbps of switching capacity in a compact, power-efficient 1RU chassis. It support a flexible mix of end-user connectivity options, including Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet (GigE), and circuit-emulated TDM services such as E1/T1, DS-3, STM-1/OC-3, and STM-4/OC-12. It also supports traffic management, Quality of Service (QoS), OAM, and protection features for both MPLS-TP and Carrier Ethernet environments.

“Next generation transport networks require an ever-increasing degree of packet-based flexibility at the edge of the network as the data connectivity needs of end-users continue to grow,” said Mikko Hannula, Director of Product Management, Coriant. “The 7090-2 CEM is ideal for easing customer migration from TDM to packet-based services while extending the reach and value of our end-to-end 7090 solutions portfolio.”

http://www.coriant.com

Radisys Posts Q1 Revenue of $55.1 Million, Exceeding Guidance

Radisys reported Q1 revenue of $55.1 million, up 13% year-on-year. GAAP loss per share was $0.08, an improvement of $0.11 year-on-year. Non-GAAP earnings were $0.05 per diluted share, an increase of $0.02 per share year-on-year and at the high-end of the company’s guidance range.

The company posted Software-Systems revenue of $14.1 million, representing 45% year-on-year growth, with gross margin of 62.5%.  Embedded Products revenue was $41.1 million, compared to $28.4 million in the prior quarter and $39.0 million in the first quarter of 2015.


Radisys also said it fulfilled an initial $19 million order and subsequently received follow-on orders for its DCEngine from a Tier 1 U.S. service provider.

“We had a strong start to 2016 with first quarter revenue of $55.1 million, exceeding the high-end of our guidance range of $49 to $52 million,” said Brian Bronson, Radisys President and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to gain momentum across our business, as validated by the 45% year-on-year revenue growth in Software-Systems combined with significant revenue contribution from our recently introduced hyperscale data center solution called DCEngine. This product positions Radisys to deliver a rack-level solution enhanced with innovative hardware, software and services customization. DCEngine is a disruptive solution that displaces the existing offerings of traditional telecom and IT equipment manufacturers by enabling leading service providers to virtualize their networks. Although we incurred somewhat higher costs associated with incubating and deploying these initial shipments, our first quarter non-GAAP earnings per share came in at the top end of our guidance range. Moreover, the successful delivery and fulfillment of these initial DCEngine orders subsequently resulted in follow-on orders from our marquee U.S. customer as well as a growing number of inquiries from other prospective service providers.”

http://www.radisys.com

Ixia Revenues Decline in Q1 to $113 Million

Ixia reported revenue of $112.7 million, compared with $121.0 million reported for the 2015 first quarter and $138.5 million reported for the 2015 fourth quarter. There was a GAAP net loss of $2.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share.

"While our results in the quarter were impacted by some near-term headwinds, we remain confident in our product portfolio and go-to-market strategy," said Bethany Mayer, Ixia’s president and chief executive officer. "

https://www.ixiacom.com/

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