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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

nTelos Wireless Gains iPhone 4S

nTelos Wireless will begin offering iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 on April 20. The carrier plans to offer lower pricing than its larger rivals in the U.S. market. The iPhone 4S will be available starting at $149.99 for the 16GB model, $249.99 for the 32GB model and $349.99 for the 64GB model. iPhone 4 will be available for $49.99.


nTelos’s licensed territories have a total population of approximately 8 million residents in Virginia, West Virginia and portions of Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky. http://www.ntelos.com

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Windstream Emerges as Formidable National Telecom Player

Windstream completed its previously announced acquisition of PAETEC Holding Corp. for approximately $2.3 billion.


PAETEC is a competitive local exchange carrier and provides telecommunications services primarily to business customers in 46 states and the District of Columbia. The company operates seven data centers in the U.S. and owns approximately 36,700 route miles of fiber in portions of 39 states and the District of Columbia. It has approximately 5,000 employees, including about 875 in the Rochester, N.Y. area. The company was founded in 1998.


Windstream, headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., is an S&P 500 company with operations in 29 states and the District of Columbia and about $4 billion in annual revenues. Windstream provides IP-based voice and data services, MPLS networking, data center and managed hosting services and communication systems to businesses and government agencies. The company also delivers broadband, digital phone and high-definition TV services to residential customers primarily located in rural areas and operates a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 60,000 route miles.


The new combined company will serve business customers in 46 states and the District of Columbia and maintain approximately 100,000 fiber route miles across the country. Windstream will offer data center services across the United States and have improved capability to serve multi-location business customers. It would have had $6.1 billion in total revenue and about $2.4 billion in adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization, which excludes non-cash pension expense, restructuring charges and stock-based compensation expense, on a pro forma basis for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2011. Business and broadband revenues would have comprised approximately 70 percent of total revenue.
http://www.windstream.com
  • In December 2010, PAETEC acquired privately-owned Cavalier Telephone for $460 million, making it one of the largest competitive local communication service providers in the United States. The acquisition includes Cavalier's wholly owned subsidiary, Intellifiber Networks, which operates a high capacity fiber network spanning approximately 16,600 route miles and representing over $2 billion of investment by companies Cavalier acquired over the last decade. The expansive 11,947 route-mile intercity network spans the Midwest and Eastern U.S., as well as 4,681 route miles throughout several existing PAETEC metro areas, allowing for broad connectivity options for customers. With this deal complete, PAETEC now has over 10,600 metro fiber-route miles, over 36,700 total fiber-route miles, and 1,178 collocations to support connectivity to enterprise businesses nationwide.


  • In June 2010, Windstream acquired Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc. in a transaction valued at approximately $1.2 billion. As of March 31, 2010, Iowa Telecom provided service to approximately 249,000 access lines, 96,000 high-speed Internet customers and 27,500 digital TV customers in Iowa and Minnesota.


  • In July 2006, Alltel completed the spin off its wireline business, which was merged with VALOR Communications Group to create Windstream, a major wireline operator focused on the rural U.S. market.


  • In 2007, Windstream acquired CT Communications (NASDAQ: CTCI) for $585 million, adding approximately 158,000 access lines and 29,000 broadband customers. CT Communications served residential and business customers located primarily in North Carolina.

  • Windstream is based in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Windstream Emerges as Formidable National Telecom Player

Windstream completed its previously announced acquisition of PAETEC Holding Corp. for approximately $2.3 billion.


PAETEC is a competitive local exchange carrier and provides telecommunications services primarily to business customers in 46 states and the District of Columbia. The company operates seven data centers in the U.S. and owns approximately 36,700 route miles of fiber in portions of 39 states and the District of Columbia. It has approximately 5,000 employees, including about 875 in the Rochester, N.Y. area. The company was founded in 1998.


Windstream, headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., is an S&P 500 company with operations in 29 states and the District of Columbia and about $4 billion in annual revenues. Windstream provides IP-based voice and data services, MPLS networking, data center and managed hosting services and communication systems to businesses and government agencies. The company also delivers broadband, digital phone and high-definition TV services to residential customers primarily located in rural areas and operates a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 60,000 route miles.


The new combined company will serve business customers in 46 states and the District of Columbia and maintain approximately 100,000 fiber route miles across the country. Windstream will offer data center services across the United States and have improved capability to serve multi-location business customers. It would have had $6.1 billion in total revenue and about $2.4 billion in adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization, which excludes non-cash pension expense, restructuring charges and stock-based compensation expense, on a pro forma basis for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2011. Business and broadband revenues would have comprised approximately 70 percent of total revenue.
http://www.windstream.com
  • In December 2010, PAETEC acquired privately-owned Cavalier Telephone for $460 million, making it one of the largest competitive local communication service providers in the United States. The acquisition includes Cavalier's wholly owned subsidiary, Intellifiber Networks, which operates a high capacity fiber network spanning approximately 16,600 route miles and representing over $2 billion of investment by companies Cavalier acquired over the last decade. The expansive 11,947 route-mile intercity network spans the Midwest and Eastern U.S., as well as 4,681 route miles throughout several existing PAETEC metro areas, allowing for broad connectivity options for customers. With this deal complete, PAETEC now has over 10,600 metro fiber-route miles, over 36,700 total fiber-route miles, and 1,178 collocations to support connectivity to enterprise businesses nationwide.


  • In June 2010, Windstream acquired Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc. in a transaction valued at approximately $1.2 billion. As of March 31, 2010, Iowa Telecom provided service to approximately 249,000 access lines, 96,000 high-speed Internet customers and 27,500 digital TV customers in Iowa and Minnesota.


  • In July 2006, Alltel completed the spin off its wireline business, which was merged with VALOR Communications Group to create Windstream, a major wireline operator focused on the rural U.S. market.


  • In 2007, Windstream acquired CT Communications (NASDAQ: CTCI) for $585 million, adding approximately 158,000 access lines and 29,000 broadband customers. CT Communications served residential and business customers located primarily in North Carolina.

  • Windstream is based in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

USDA Awards $411 Million for Broadband Projects

The USDA Rural Utilities Service announced $410.7 million in funding for telephone utilities to build, expand and improve broadband in their rural service territories across 15 states. Companies receiving the funding awards include:


Colorado


Eastern Slope Rural Telephone Association, -- $18,725,000 will be used to upgrade the existing fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) network, capable of providing modern broadband services to subscribers in 10 exchanges.


Idaho and Utah


Albion Telephone Company -- $17,075,000 in loan funds will be used to install 453 miles of buried fiber optic cables throughout the proposed FTTP system, providing nearly 60 percent of subscribers with FTTP.


Illinois


McNabb Telephone Company -- $3,700,000 in loan funds will be used to make system improvements, including constructing new FTTP facilities. A total of 115 miles of buried fiber optic cable will be deployed to improve service to subscribers.


Shawnee Telephone Company -- $30,286,000 in loan funds will be used to construct FTTP facilities, allowing Shawnee to provide voice and data services at speeds of up to 100 Mbps to both residences and businesses.

McDonough Telephone Cooperative, Inc.--$15,728,000 in funds will be used to upgrade the rural areas with FTTH technology. Approximately 766 miles of buried fiber cable will be deployed to provide over half of the subscribers with access to improved broadband service. McDonough has been serving its rural subscribers for over 60 years.


Indiana


Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative -- $29,139,000 in loan funds have been awarded to Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative Inc., (PSC) which provides telecommunications services to nearly 6,000 subscribers over approximately 1,150 square miles in southern Indiana. This loan will enable PSC to start the process of designing and building FTTP to enhance broadband services across the service area.


Iowa


Mediapolis Telephone Company -- $13,401,000 in loan funds will be used to make system upgrades to the transport system and the network architecture from the existing copper Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) to FTTP broadband systems.


Griswold Cooperative Telephone Company -- $12,747,000 in loan funds will be used to complete a system-wide FTTP network, enhancing broadband service to all subscribers.


La Porte City Telephone Company -- $9,867,000 in loan funds will be used to make system improvements, including installation of a FTTP broadband network that will serve all of the borrower's subscribers. A total of 297 miles of buried fiber optic cable will be deployed, enabling downstream data rates of up to 20 Mbps.


Kansas


The S & T Telephone Cooperative Association -- $29,814,000 will be used to implement a full FTTH design to allow the migration to 10-20 Mbps broadband speeds to all subscribers and to provide IPTV in the near future.


Minnesota


Paul Bunyan Rural Telephone Cooperative -- $19,749,000 in Rural Development Broadband Loan Program funds will be used to extend Paul Bunyan's existing FTTH network to serve the exchanges of Park Rapids Rural and Trout Lake in North Central Minnesota. With this extension of their network, Paul Bunyan will be able to provide advanced telecommunications services to over 45,710 establishments (households and businesses) across all service areas. Paul Bunyan has been operating since 1952 and has been a telecommunications borrower with the Rural Utilities Service since 1953.


New Mexico


Roosevelt County Telephone Cooperative -- $12,358,000 will be used to deploy new equipment and install FTTP equipment to enhance the broadband network.


North Dakota


BEK Communications Cooperative -- $26,746,000 in loan funds will be used to expand a FTTH broadband system. Upon completion of this RUS-funded project, 100 percent of BEK's subscribers will be served by fiber.


SRT Communications -- $24,832,000 in loan funds will be used to install 2,143 miles of buried fiber optic cable and related equipment throughout the proposed FTTP system. The FTTP system will be constructed in areas outside of towns in twelve of the borrower's twenty-six exchanges. The service areas in the towns will continue to be offered DSL at speeds of at least 55 Mbps with its relatively new copper plant.


Polar Communications Mutual Aid Corporation -- $32,939,000 in loan funds will be used to expand the Borrower's FTTP broadband system throughout the borrower's eighteen exchanges. The upgraded system will help meet current and future requirements for delivery of voice, video and high speed data to subscribers. Upon completion of this RUS-funded project, 100 percent of Polar's subscribers will be served with broadband via various technologies.


Oklahoma


Terral Telephone Company -- $4,855,000 in loan funds will be used to convert the existing copper network to a FTTH system, and connect new subscribers. The proposed FTTH deployment includes construction of over 62 miles of fiber plant in and around Terral, and the replacement of the existing softswitch and power plant. This FTTH deployment will create nine jobs and save seven jobs.


South Carolina


Sandhill Telephone Cooperative -- $5,930,000 will be used to provide for system improvements, including purchase of a new switch.


Tennessee


North Central Telephone Cooperative Corporation -- $27,069,000 will be used to upgrade portions of North Central's outside plant and network infrastructure by deploying a FTTP network.


Washington


Inland Telephone Company -- $24,823,000 in loan funds will be used to expand Inland's FTTP broadband system and connect new subscribers.


The Toledo Telephone Co., Inc.--$18,091,000 in loan funds will be used to install 292 miles of buried fiber optic cables and related equipment throughout the proposed FTTP system, offering enhanced service to all Toledo subscribers.


Wisconsin


Union Telephone Company -- $13,308,000 in loan funds will enable Union to deploy approximately 336 miles of fiber, which will provide approximately 60 percent of Union's subscribers with access to improved broadband services.


Marquette-Adams Telephone Cooperative.--$19,781,000 Marquette-Adams will use loan funds to complete a system-wide FTTP network, including over 370 miles of new or modified buried fiber, providing enhanced broadband service to all subscribers. http://www.usda.gov

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Verizon Wireless Launches LTE In 26 New Markets

Verizon Wireless announced the launch of its LTE service in 26 additional cities and the expansion of its network in San Francisco, Indianapolis and Cleveland/Akron.


Verizon Wireless is now delivering LTE in a total of 143 markets across the United States. The carrier is currently offering 11 4G LTE-enabled device, including the new DROID BIONIC by Motorola which is the first Verizon Wireless smartphone to combine 4G LTE with the power of dual-core 1 GHz processors, 1 GB of RAM and a stunning 4.3-inch qHD display.


"We've followed an aggressive roll out plan for our 4G LTE network, and consumers and businesses can connect today to the fastest 4G LTE network in the country with nearly a dozen devices,�? said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless.


Verizon Wireless also noted that it now has 11 rural operators that have announced their participation in its LTE in Rural America program and have leased spectrum covering, in total, more than 2.1 million people in rural communities and nearly 62,000 square miles. These companies include: Bluegrass Cellular, Carolina West/Clear Stream, Cellcom, Chariton Valley, Convergence Technologies, Cross Telephone, Custer Telephone Cooperative, Pioneer Cellular, S&R Communications, Strata Networks and Thumb Cellular. http://www.verizonwireless.com

Sunday, August 21, 2011

6fusion Raises $7 Million for Cloud Management

6fusion, a start-up based in Raleigh, North Carolina, raised $7 million in funding for its cloud management platform.


6fusion features a unique Workload Allocation Cube (WAC) metering algorithm that standardizes the measurement of storage and compute resources. The company said its UC6 Cloud Management Platform federates private data center and third party cloud operators, providing a single console to allow IT organizations of all types to meter, manage and optimize hybrid cloud infrastructures.


The funding was led by Vienna, Virginia based Grotech Ventures. Intersouth Partners, which led the company's first institutional investment in August 2010, also participated in the round. http://www.6fusion.com

Thursday, August 11, 2011

MCNC's Golden Leaf Project Enters Phase 2

MCNC, the private, not-for-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), has begun construction on Round 2 of the of the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI).


The Golden LEAF project is deploying fiber connections connecting universities, community colleges, schools, health and safety facilities, libraries, county offices, and other community anchor institutions to a statewide fiber optic network.


The Round 2 project is three-times the size of MCNC's BTOP Round 1 project. Those areas of construction for Round 2 include 1,200 miles of broadband infrastructure through 79 counties in North Carolina. Sixty-nine of these counties include significant areas that meet the federal definition of "underserved" for access to affordable broadband services.


The total second phase project cost of $104 million was funded by two sources. The first was a federal BTOP grant of $75.75 million awarded in August 2010 through the NTIA. The BTOP investment was matched by $28.25 million in private donations including the $24 million investment from the Golden LEAF Foundation.


The GLRBI is funded through grants from U.S. Department of Commerce's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and significant matching funds from private donations and investments including a $24 million investment from the Golden LEAF Foundation. The GLRBI will greatly expand the reach and capacity of NCREN in northeastern, north central, western and south central North Carolina.


"Thanks to the Recovery Act, this project is creating jobs and will support continued innovation and expanded economic and educational opportunities in North Carolina," said Lawrence E. Strickling, Administrator of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).


MCNC received federal approval to begin GLRBI phase 2 construction in late June. Since that time, MCNC has mobilized efforts and worked to finalize all necessary permits and materials to begin construction.


"MCNC is excited to begin the second phase of building North Carolina's highway to the future. We want to thank our state and federal leaders for their continued support for the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative," said Joe Freddoso, president and CEO of MCNC. "Today, we can link several sites via HD video for a one-time event. The GLRBI expansion, when complete, will allow us to host hundreds of these sessions simultaneously across the state. It will impact all facilities and institutions connected to NCREN. It will broaden the way teachers teach, students learn, doctors provide care, and for citizens at a local library searching to find a job."


To date, MCNC has awarded contracts for Round 2 to the following firms: CommScope for fiber-optic cable and materials; Edwards Telecommunications, Fiber Technologies, and Globe Communications for construction and fiber installation, and Kimley-Horn & Associates for engineering design, project planning, and related services. http://www.mcnc.org

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Windstream Acquisition of Paetec Brings Greater Size, Business Reach

Windstream agreed to acquire PAETEC Holding Corp. for approximately $2.3 billion.


PAETEC is a competitive local exchange carrier and provides telecommunications services primarily to business customers in 46 states and the District of Columbia. The company operates seven data centers in the U.S. and owns approximately 36,700 route miles of fiber in portions of 39 states and the District of Columbia. It has approximately 5,000 employees, including about 875 in the Rochester, N.Y. area. The company was founded in 1998.


Windstream, headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., is an S&P 500 company with operations in 29 states and the District of Columbia and about $4 billion in annual revenues. Windstream provides IP-based voice and data services, MPLS networking, data center and managed hosting services and communication systems to businesses and government agencies. The company also delivers broadband, digital phone and high-definition TV services to residential customers primarily located in rural areas and operates a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 60,000 route miles.


The new combined company will serve business customers in 46 states and the District of Columbia and maintain approximately 100,000 fiber route miles across the country. Windstream will offer data center services across the United States and have improved capability to serve multi-location business customers. It would have had $6.1 billion in total revenue and about $2.4 billion in adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization, which excludes non-cash pension expense, restructuring charges and stock-based compensation expense, on a pro forma basis for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2011. Business and broadband revenues would have comprised approximately 70 percent of total revenue.


Windstream has received $1.1 billion in committed financing in connection with the acquisition, which financing would be required if Windstream refinances the assumed debt. Windstream also will assume or refinance PAETEC's net debt of approximately $1.4 billion at the time of closing. PAETEC stockholders are expected to own approximately 13 percent of the combined company upon closing of the transaction.


"This transaction significantly advances our strategy to drive top-line revenue growth by expanding our focus on business and broadband services," said Jeff Gardner, president and CEO of Windstream. "The combined company will have a nationwide network with a deep fiber footprint to offer enhanced capabilities in strategic growth areas, including IP-based services, data centers, cloud computing and managed services. Financially, we improve our growth profile and lower the payout ratio on our strong dividend, offering investors a unique combination of growth and yield." http://www.windstream.com http://www.paetec.com

  • In December 2010, PAETEC acquired privately-owned Cavalier Telephone for $460 million, making it one of the largest competitive local communication service providers in the United States. The acquisition includes Cavalier's wholly owned subsidiary, Intellifiber Networks, which operates a high capacity fiber network spanning approximately 16,600 route miles and representing over $2 billion of investment by companies Cavalier acquired over the last decade. The expansive 11,947 route-mile intercity network spans the Midwest and Eastern U.S., as well as 4,681 route miles throughout several existing PAETEC metro areas, allowing for broad connectivity options for customers. With this deal complete, PAETEC now has over 10,600 metro fiber-route miles, over 36,700 total fiber-route miles, and 1,178 collocations to support connectivity to enterprise businesses nationwide.


  • In June 2010, Windstream acquired Iowa Telecommunications Services, Inc. in a transaction valued at approximately $1.2 billion. As of March 31, 2010, Iowa Telecom provided service to approximately 249,000 access lines, 96,000 high-speed Internet customers and 27,500 digital TV customers in Iowa and Minnesota.


  • In July 2006, Alltel completed the spin off its wireline business, which was merged with VALOR Communications Group to create Windstream, a major wireline operator focused on the rural U.S. market.


  • In 2007, Windstream acquired CT Communications (NASDAQ: CTCI) for $585 million, adding approximately 158,000 access lines and 29,000 broadband customers. CT Communications served residential and business customers located primarily in North Carolina.

  • Windstream is based in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Time Warner Cable to Build $100 Million Data Center in Charlotte, NC

Time Warner Cable, which serves more than 14 million customers mainly in North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Ohio, southern California and Texas, will build its next generation, national data center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The $101 million project is expected to create 225 jobs over the next three years.


The project is supported in part by a state grant from North Carolina's Job Development Investment Grant program.
http://www.governor.state.nc.ushttp://www.timewarnercable.com/
  • In February 2011, Time Warner Cable agreed to acquire NaviSite, a provider of enterprise-class hosting, managed application, messaging and cloud services, for $5.50 per share in cash, or a total equity value of approximately $230 million. The deal represented a 33% premium to NaviSite's Tuesday's closing price.


    NaviSite operates ten data centers in the United States and the United Kingdom, including two SAS 70 Type II certified data centers, and network operations centers in Gurgaon, India and Andover, Massachusetts. It employs approximately 570 people worldwide. The company has approximately 1,200 customers and reported US$126 million in revenue for fiscal year 2010 (ending 7/31/10).


  • Companies with major data center projects underway in North Carolina include Apple, Google, Facebook and others.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

CommScope to Acquire Australia's Argus for Antenna Technologies

CommScope has signed an agreement to acquire Argus Technologies, a privately-held company headquartered in Bella Vista, New South Wales, Australia, for an undisclosed sum.



Argus Technologies, provides high performance, high technology antennas for base stations, stadiums and venues, and other wireless applications. It was founded in 1994 by Dr. Bevan Jones, John Bonello and Danny Schwotzer.



CommScope said the deal will broaden its portfolio of antennas, strengthen its global market presence and accelerate its growth in the wireless market.



"We are very excited to work with the distinguished team from Argus and look forward to building upon their excellent technology, proven innovation and specialized solutions such as high capacity antennas for large venues," said Paul Bell, senior vice president and general manager, Base Station Antennas and Microwave Products. "Argus will be a strong fit for us as we continue to support wireless operators globally in their evolution to new technologies and their drive to meet the ever-increasing bandwidth needs of consumers and businesses."



CommScope will fund the acquisition from cash on hand and funds available under its revolving credit facility.http://www.commscope.com

  • Earlier this month, CommScope acquired LiquidxStream Systems, a start-up developing dense universal edge QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) systems. The company is based in Montreal, Canada. Financial terms were not disclosed.


  • In March 2011, CommScope introduced a new corporate identity and branding. The move follows the recent privatization by The Carlyle Group, which acquired all of the outstanding shares of CommScope for $31.50 per share in cash -- a transaction valued at approximately $3.9 billion.



    CommScope, which is based in Hickory, North Carolina, began as a small provider of cabling to the nascent cable TV market in the 1970s. It is now a multi-billion dollar, global infrastructure leader with solutions for wireless, wireline, enterprise and cable television networks.



    The brand makeover is the first for CommScope since the mid-1990s and follows the acquisitions of Avaya's Connectivity Solutions division in 2003 and Andrew Corporation in 2007.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

U.S. Cellular Sets Initial LTE Rollout

U.S. Cellular announced plans for an initial rollout of LTE service for later this year in selected cities in Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, Texas and Oklahoma. These include some of U.S. Cellular's leading markets such as Milwaukee, Madison and Racine, Wis.; Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport, Iowa; Portland and Bangor, Maine; and Greenville, N.C.



"With 4G LTE, our customers will have faster connections to the people, information and entertainment that enhance their lives and help them stay organized," said Mary N. Dillon, president and CEO of U.S. Cellular. "In addition to our line-up of cutting-edge devices, customers who switch to U.S. Cellular get unique benefits like faster phone upgrades without continuously signing contracts, and join the happiest customers in wireless."http://www.uscellular.com

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sandvine Lands 3 More Wireless ISPs for it Network Policy Control

Sandvine named three new wireless ISP customers using its network policy control platform: Alaska-based GCI, Michigan-based Thumb Cellular, and Carolina West Wireless.



Thumb Cellular is using Sandvine for the deployment of bandwidth-based service tiers, which allows them to provide 3G data services with a high degree of customer satisfaction. Thumb is also deploying Fairshare Traffic Management to ensure quality Internet access for their subscribers at all times of the day.



Carolina West Wireless, a North Carolina-based ISP that offers data and mobile services, is using Sandvine's network policy control solutions' device awareness capabilities to detect tethered devices.



"In today's dynamic broadband industry, Sandvine is proud to be able to meet the evolving needs of GCI, Thumb Cellular, and Carolina West Wireless with our flexible network policy control solutions," said Dave Caputo, President and CEO, Sandvine. "In working with all ISPs, our goal is to help defer CapEx, reduce OpEx and increase revenue through the introduction of new service offerings such as tethering detection and tiered billing services, while continuing to maintain a high-quality subscriber Internet experience."http://www.sandvine.com

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Greenpeace: How Dirty is Your Data?

Apple earned the lowest score among large, U.S., Internet companies for the eco-friendliness of its data centers, according to a newly published scorecard from Greenpeace.

Data centers consume an increasing amount of electricity. Greenpeace calculates that if the Internet was a country, it would rank 5th for the amount of electricity usage, just below Japan and above Russia. This amounts to 1.5-2% of all global electricity; and data center energy consumption is growing at a rate of 12% a year.

Greenpeace takes the companies to task for locating their data centers in geographic locations that rely on dirty energy, namely, coal and nuclear.  Data centre clusters (Google, Facebook, Apple) are cropping up in places like North Carolina and the US Midwest, where cheap and dirty coal-powered electricity is abundant.

The companies also rank poorly for their reluctance to disclosed their energy-usage and for failing to adopt effective carbon-mitigation strategies for their data centers.

On the positive side, Greenpeace applauds Google's 20-year power purchasing agreement for wind energy in Iowa, i/o Data Centers' 5,000-panel solar array on the roof of its new 580,000 sq ft facility in Phoenix, and GreenQloud in Iceland which is powered 100% by geothermal and hydro power.

The 28-page report is posted online.http://www.greenpeace.org

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

nTelos Deploys Alcatel-Lucent's EV-DO and IP/MPLS Backbone

nTelos Wireless, which serves the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. has selected Alcatel-Lucent to expand and upgrade its existing wireless broadband network in Hagerstown, MD. The deployment includes Alcatel-Lucent's EV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) technology, a high performance IP mobile backhaul network using the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router and 7450 Ethernet Service Switch, and professional services.



nTelos Wireless received funding for this project under the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utility Service (RUS) broadband stimulus program.



Alcatel-Lucent has been the exclusive provider of CDMA technology throughout nTelos' markets in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and North Carolina since 2007.http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Monday, March 14, 2011

CommScope Launches Rebranding Following Privatization

CommScope introduced a new corporate identity and branding. The move follows the recent privatization by The Carlyle Group, which acquired all of the outstanding shares of CommScope for $31.50 per share in cash -- a transaction valued at approximately $3.9 billion.


CommScope, which is based in Hickory, North Carolina, began as a small provider of cabling to the nascent cable TV market in the 1970s. It is now a multi-billion dollar, global infrastructure leader with solutions for wireless, wireline, enterprise and cable television networks.


The brand makeover is the first for CommScope since the mid-1990s and follows the acquisitions of Avaya's Connectivity Solutions division in 2003 and Andrew Corporation in 2007.


CommScope said its new logo portrays a more dynamic company with a contemporary look and feel and a more structured hierarchy of product and solution brands serving the telecom carrier, cable television, business enterprise and government markets.
http://www.commscope.com

Monday, February 28, 2011

Overture + Hatteras Merger Targets Carrier Ethernet Acceleration

Overture Networks and Hatteras Networks agreed to merge, creating a larger and more competitive supplier of Carrier Ethernet products. Hatteras is a leading supplier of Ethernet over Bonded Copper solutions, while Overture is the frontrunner in Ethernet over TDM and recently introduced a set of Ethernet over Fiber platforms. Financial terms were not disclosed.



Both companies are venture-backed, privately-held start-ups based in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park.



Going forward, the combined company will use the Overture Networks' name. Jeff Reedy will continue to serve as chief executive officer of Overture Networks. Kevin Sheehan, who formerly served as chief executive officer of Hatteras Networks, has been appointed president of Overture Networks.



In a conference call, Reedy and Sheehan said the merger was driven by a desire to scale-up the operations to meet the rising demand for Carrier Ethernet solutions by Tier 1, 2, and 3 carriers both domestically and overseas. The companies both report record revenue for 2010. They noted non-overlapping customer bases and product portfolios. The combined entity will have about 200 employees.



"We have a unique opportunity to build a great company with the innovation and scale to bring a complete set of products and services to our customers," said Jeff Reedy, chief executive officer, Overture Networks. "Our two companies have grown up together as neighbors, and we have come to appreciate each other's strengths and at times envied the other's successes. Having each completed record setting years, the time is right to join together and establish a dominant force in the market."



"The unification of our two highly successful and profitable companies with a shared customer focus and leading-edge product portfolios will be extremely beneficial for the communications service provider industry around the world," said Kevin Sheehan, newly appointed president of Overture Networks and former chief executive officer, Hatteras Networks.http://www.overturenetworks.com http://www.hatterasnetworks.com

  • In November 2010, Overture Networks introduced two new products, the ISG 400 and the ISG 4800, for enabling carriers’ migration to an all-optical Ethernet network. The ISG 4800 is a 10 Gigabit Carrier Ethernet Edge Platform with a rich feature set, operational flexibility and carrier class reliability, while the ISG 400 supports the delivery of Carrier Ethernet over TDM. Both offer a wide range of network interfaces for delivering Carrier Ethernet services over existing DS3 or SONET/SDH infrastructures.


  • Hatteras' flagship HN6100 is a modular, multi-service Ethernet platform that enables carriers to offer any service, over any media, via any port or slot from a single chassis. Its portfolio also includes the HN500, a cost-effective Ethernet-over-Time Division Multiplexing (EoTDM) demarcation device, which allows bonding of multiple PDH signals (T1 or E1) into a single Ethernet connection for delivery of 10 Mbps of Ethernet service capacity; as well as the HN4000 for facilitating high-speed symmetrical bandwidth up to 100 Mbps and Ethernet services over copper.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

MCNC Opens RFP for "Golden Leaf" Middle Mile Project

MCNC, which operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for construction of the middle-mile project through the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI).


MCNC is seeking proposals from qualified contractors to provide construction and splicing for those routes funded by MCNC's second federal Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) award, received in August 2010, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's BTOP staff.


The project will build fiber connections from universities, community colleges, schools, health and safety facilities, libraries, county offices, and other community anchor institutions to a statewide fiber optic network. The construction encompasses seven routes in North Carolina.


All construction must be finished by January 31, 2013 to allow MCNC to equip and place the fiber optic into service on or before July 31, 2013.https://www.mcnc.org/news/mcnc-opens-construction-bids-for-GLRBI

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

CipherOptics Changes to Certes Network, Plans Virtual Security Appliance

CipherOptics has changed its name to Certes Networks, launched a re-branding initiative, and moved its corporate headquarters from Raleigh, North Carolina to Pittsburgh, PA.



Certes Networks also outlined its plans for providing a secure LAN extension from the data center to both public and private cloud infrastructures. Specifically, Certes plans to support secure connectivity to the cloud with a virtual appliance that can secure data among virtual machines in the cloud. The solution will use core technology from its CipherEngine encryption product and its low-latency appliance. General release of the solution is planned for the second half of 2011.



Certes said it believes its capability to support secure connectivity, bundled with a solution for secure and transparent migration from the data center to cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), will align with broad market adoption of the technology and will help enable the use of regulated data in cloud-based virtual environments.



"We are excited to announce our new name, Certes Networks," said Thomas Gill, the company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Derived from the French and Latin words for truth, certainty, and assurance, the new name better reflects our commitment to providing the highest levels of data security without compromising network and application performance, and is better suited to the full breadth of the markets and technologies we support."http://www.certesnetworks.com

  • Certes Networks is headed by Thomas J. Gill, who formerly served as Chief Executive Officer and President of FORE Systems, a pioneering company in ATM switching.


  • Earlier this month, CipherOptics raised $21 million for its scalable network encryption. CipherOptics offers policy and key management solutions along with wire-speed encryption appliances for securing networks without changing the underlying infrastructure or application performance. The new funding round was led by existing investor Adams Capital Management and included new investors Blue Heron Capital, Intuitive Venture Partners, Next Stage Capital, Kestrel Asset Management and other individuals joining Origin Partners and Axiom Venture Partners as investors.

Monday, January 10, 2011

CipherOptics Raises $21 Million for Scalable Network Encryption

CipherOptics, a start-up based in Raleigh, North Carolina, raised $21 million for its scalable network encryption.



CipherOptics offers policy and key management solutions along with wire-speed encryption appliances for securing networks without changing the underlying infrastructure or application performance.



The new funding round was led by existing investor Adams Capital Management and included new investors Blue Heron Capital, Intuitive Venture Partners, Next Stage Capital, Kestrel Asset Management and other individuals joining Origin Partners and Axiom Venture Partners as investors.
http://www.cipheroptics.com