Showing posts with label Service Provider. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Service Provider. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

tw telecom Earns Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Certification

tw telecom has gained Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) for four of its Ethernet-based products and services.

tw telecom becomes the first U.S. service provider with national E-Access EPL and EVPL CE 2.0 certification. E-Access EPL and EVPL deliver wholesale Ethernet access to an external network-to-network interface (ENNI) with a single point of access, scalable to 10 Gig, on tw telecom's national fiber footprint.

"CE 2.0 certification is very important in the industry and tells business customers that the products and services we offer deliver world-class connectivity, anytime, anywhere," said Harold Teets, tw telecom's Sr. Vice President – Network Engineering and Technologies.  "Our vast national Business Ethernet infrastructure delivers secure, scalable and predictable network connections to thousands of locations and customers."

http://www.twtelecom.com


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Verizon Financial Network Delivers Low Latency for CME Group


The Verizon Financial Network is delivering low latency connection directly to New York metro financial markets from CME Group's data center in Aurora, Illinois. The CME Group Aurora data center is home to the CME Co-Location Services offering, which caters to more than 100 direct customers.

The ultra-low-latency round-trip route bypasses traditional area "data hotels."  Specifically, the new Aurora-to-Carteret, N.J., route offers very high speed transmissions with ultra-low latency as low as 14.997 milliseconds round-trip.  Verizon is using Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform.

http://www.verizon.com

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Amazon Web Services Offers Dedicated Hardware Security Appliances

Amazon Web Services introduced "CloudHSM," a new service offering dedicated Hardware Security Module (HSM) appliances within the AWS Cloud. 


The CloudHSM service, which is aimed at companies data security compliance requirements,  allows customers to securely generate, store and manage cryptographic keys used for data encryption in a way that keys are accessible only by the customer.
Previously, contractual or regulatory mandates for managing cryptographic keys prevented some organizations from migrating their most sensitive data to the cloud.
AWS said its CloudHSM service enables customers maintain full ownership, control and access to keys and sensitive data while Amazon manages the HSM appliances in close proximity to their applications and data for maximum performance. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Hurricane Electric Now Connecting 2,000 IPv6 Backbones

Silicon Valley-based Hurricane Electric is the first Internet backbone to connect to over 2,000 IPv6 networks, doubling in less than three years.

Having first deployed IPv6 in 2001, Hurricane Electric offers IPv6 as a core service; every customer is provided IPv6 connectivity as well as classic IPv4 connectivity. Hurricane Electric also provides tunnel broker and DNS services, plus a free IPv6 certification program.

"Our early investment in IPv6 is paying off not only for Hurricane Electric, but also for our customers around the world," said Mike Leber, President of Hurricane Electric. "Given the depletion of the IPv4 address space, we expect continued strong growth in demand for IPv6 connectivity and services."

Hurricane Electric has no less than four redundant paths crossing North America, two separate paths between the U.S. and Europe, and rings in Europe and Asia.


http://www.he.net

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Zayo Acquires Fiber Net in Baltimore for $22 Million

Zayo agreed to acquire Litecast/Balticore , a provider of metro Bandwidth Infrastructure services in Baltimore, Maryland, for $22 million.

Litecast owns and operates a metropolitan fiber network connecting over 110 on-net buildings in Baltimore, including all of the city’s major data centers and carrier hotel facilities. Litecast is focused on providing dark fiber and Ethernet-based services to a concentrated set of Baltimore enterprise and governmental customers, particularly within the healthcare and education segments.

Zayo said the acquisition boots its own fiber network in the greater Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, complementing the recently acquired AboveNet and FiberGate networks in the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia area.

http://www.zayo.com
http://www.litecast.net

Monday, July 16, 2012

Microsoft Designs New Office for the Cloud

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer introduced the next version of Office saying that the suite has been completely-re-designed for the cloud and social interaction.

Specifically, the new Office is available as a cloud-based subscription service. Office saves documents to SkyDrive by default, so content is always available across the user's tablet, PC and phone. As subscribers, consumers automatically get future upgrades in addition to cloud services including Skype world minutes and extra SkyDrive storage. Subscribers receive multiple installs for everyone in the family and across their devices.

Microsoft has also incorporated Yammer, which delivers a secure, private social network for businesses. Yammer offers integration with SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics.

In addition, Office is adding a People Card, which provides an integrated view of contacts in each application. The People Card includes presence information complete with pictures, status updates, contact information and activity feeds from Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.

"We are taking bold steps at Microsoft,” Ballmer said at the press conference in San Francisco. “The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers. It is a cloud service and will fully light-up when paired with Windows 8." 
http://www.microsoft.com 

NTT DOCOMO Collaborates with China’s Baidu

NTT DOCOMO has invested US$22.5 million -- equivalent to 20 percent ownership -- in Baidu Yi Xin Network Technology, its joint venture with the Chinese language Internet search provider.

The companies will jointly provide value-added services and digital content for mobile phones in mainland China. Baidu Yi Xin is the content platform provider for mobile phones.

Starting in August, Baidu Yi Xin plans to provide content from Japan on its platform. This will include social games, e-commerce and other Web services, as well as Japan-made content localized for the Chinese market. 
http://www.nttdocomo.com 

euNetworks Activates London-Dublin Capacity with Sea Fibre Networks

euNetworks has activated an 8.8 Tbps capable fibre based network from London to Dublin, completing the meshing of the carrier's 13 operational fibre based city networks into a single optical domain.

euNetworks has developed an end-to-end fully redundant and owned network. Connecting Dublin into a national network across the United Kingdom including Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol and onwards to London, this network has been designed with the ability to provide optimal paths and diverse routing. euNetworks can deliver 10G, 40G and 100G over its DWDM platform.

The new capacity is delivered over Sea Fibre Networks' CeltixConnect cable, which at 136 kilometres is the shortest sub-sea network linking Ireland and the United Kingdom. 
http://www.seafibrenetworks.com 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

AT&T and Union Agree to One Year Wireline Contract Extension

AT&T and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers reached an agreement on a one-year contract extension covering nearly 7,000 core wireline employees. The agreement extends all terms of the current contract without modification until June 22, 2013. Most of the IBEW employees covered under the contract are members of IBEW Local 21 and are in Illinois and northwestern Indiana; the rest are spread across the country.
http://www.att.com

Friday, July 13, 2012

SK Telecom Tests LTE-Advanced with eICIC, CoMP and CA


Credit SK Telecom Investor Presentation, May 2012
SK Telecom expects to be among the first mobile operators worldwide to commercialize LTE-Advanced in its network during 2013.

SK Telecom, in collaboration with Qualcomm and Nokia Siemens Networks, recently tested a core LTE-Advanced technology called 'Enhanced Inter-Cell Interference Coordination (eICIC) that coordinates signal interference between macro and pico base stations. eICIC is gaining importance as more and more micro base stations are being built in traffic concentrated areas to accommodate explosive data traffic growth, thereby aggravating inter-cell interference.

To demonstrate the technology, SK Telecom, Nokia Siemens Networks and Qualcomm created an environment where the strength of micro base station signals being transmitted to mobile devices was weaker than that of nearby macro base signals, resulting in signal interference. Then, they applied eICIC to prove that it can actually control the interference and stabilize data communications.

The companies also succeeded in showing that the technology is capable of offloading data traffic by adjusting the coverage of micro base stations based on the level of data traffic concentration in macro and micro base stations. As commercial base station equipment has been used for the demonstration, the companies are expecting to achieve early commercialization of eICIC.

SK Telecom noted that it now holds the record of demonstrating the three core technologies needed to usher in the era of LTE-Advanced: eICIC, Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP) and Carrier Aggregation (CA). The company successfully demonstrated CoMP at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 and CA at MWC 2012.

CoMP is a technology that prevents base station interference and abrupt call disconnections in coverage boundary areas by enhancing signal strength, the lack of which leads to a significant drop in data transmission speed, and CA is a technology that provides twice or faster data rates by utilizing multiple frequency bands at the same time.

SK Telecom expects to commercialize eICIC in the second half of 2013 to control signal interference and effectively offload data in downtown areas that experience heavy data traffic so as to provide customers with a mobile data service with greater speed and stability.

The company commercialized CoMP, for the first time in the world, in January 2012, after adjusting the technology to suit the current LTE system, and plans to achieve early commercialization of CA in the second half of 2013.

The operator will deliver LTE using both existing 800MHz frequency band (20MHz) and the 1.8GHz band (20MHz) it newly acquired last year. With an additional 20MHz uplink/downlink spectrum, it is now using a total of 40MHz for its LTE services. SK Telecom has launched a pilot service for multi-carrier in May 2012 and began full-fledged commercialization on July 1 to ensure a more stable and faster LTE service based on twice wider frequency bandwidth than its competitors. CA realizes data rates of up to 150Mbps by combining the speeds of 800MHz (75Mbps) and 1.8GHz (75Mbps) frequency bands.

SK Telecom is also working with Korea's Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) to develop next-generation LTE technologies. 
http://www.sktelecom.com 12-Jul-12
  • In June, SK Telecom commercialized world's first LTE Femtocell to provide stable LTE call quality in underground, buildings and data traffic concentrated areas. With LTE Femtocell, customers can use high speed, premium quality LTE services anywhere, anytime.
  • In May 2012, Ericsson announced that SK Telecom, South Korea's largest operator, had signed a contract for LG-Ericsson to provide the LTE network including LTE RAN and Evolved Packet Core as well as support services including engineering, design, deployment and support services. The LTE radio access network will make use of Ericsson's Operation Support System for Radio & Core (OSS-RC) and RBS 6000 base stations. The contract, which covers commercial launch of LTE services in some of Korea's major cities - including Busan and Daegu, makes Ericsson one of the operator's main partners. Financial terms were not disclosed.
  • In January 2012, SK Telecom achieved the world's first commercialization of Advanced-SCAN (Smart Cloud Access Network), an upgraded version of SCAN, which has been developed to enhance LTE speed and coverage. Advanced-SCAN uses virtualization technology to ensure four times better call quality in base station boundary areas, thereby improving the overall LTE coverage and speed.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

SingTel Launches Cloud Service in Hong Kong

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has launched its "PowerON" cloud computing service from a state-of-the-art data center in Hong Kong. PowerON Compute is powered by VMWare. As with the PowerON Compute cloud services in Singapore and Australia, PowerON Compute Hong Kong is a hybrid enterprise-class cloud service which provides computing resources that can be accessed by either a public internet connection or through a private secured network. The launch of PowerON Compute Hong Kong is part of SingTel’s initiative to roll out a federated cloud network linking Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong in the third quarter of 2012. With data centres in Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong, the federated cloud network will enlarge SingTel’s cloud footprint in Asia Pacific. This will offer customers a greater choice of locations from which to host their data so that they can be located closer to their regional operations.

http://www.singtel.com

 

Vodafone to Acquire New Zealand's TelstraClear

Vodafone has agreed to acquire TelstraClear from Telstra Corporation for NZ$840 million (£430 million, US$664 million) in cash. The deal includes TelstraClear’s voice and data-based services, network infrastructure and New Zealand customer base.

Vodafone New Zealand is already the country’s largest mobile operator with more than 2.4 million customers. TelstraClear owns New Zealand’s second largest fixed infrastructure, which includes a 6,600km fibre backbone connecting 19 of the country’s largest cities. It also includes an extensive local access network with 2,000km of fibre and 4,500km of copper as well as a cable TV and broadband access network passing 150,000 homes in Wellington and Christchurch. Its customer base includes government and large corporations, small and medium enterprises as well as consumers.

Vittorio Colao, Vodafone Group Chief Executive, said: “The proposed transaction offers significant benefits for New Zealand businesses, consumers and the country as a whole. TelstraClear’s infrastructure and capabilities are highly complementary to those of Vodafone New Zealand. The combined business will have the breadth and depth of resources and skills to meet our customers' long-term integrated communications needs."

Telstra Chief Executive Officer, David Thodey, says the deal is a natural one, bringing together TelstraClear’s fixed telecommunications and data products and corporate client base with Vodafone New Zealand’s substantial wireless offering and retail customer base.

http://www.vodafone.com
http://www.telstraclear.com

Monday, July 2, 2012

Microsoft Takes $6.2 Billion Charge for Online Services

 Microsoft will take a $6.2 billion accounting charge as a write down of its Online Services Division.
The charge relates to its 2007 acquisition of aQuantive, which provided tools for its online advertising efforts. Microsoft said while its Online Services Division business has been improving, the company’s expectations for future growth and profitability are lower than previous estimates.
http://www.microsoft.com

Consolidated Comm Completes SureWest Acquisition

Consolidated Communications Holdings completed it previously announced acquisition of SureWest Communications for approximately $324 million, exclusive of debt, based upon the closing price of Consolidated's common stock on June 29, 2012.

"We are excited to complete this process and are looking forward to the opportunities that lie ahead," said Bob Currey, Consolidated's President and Chief Executive Officer. "This transaction with SureWest brings together our consistent cash flows with SureWest's growth to create a financially strong company with a robust balance sheet and attractive dividend payout ratio. The combined company provides a diverse set of revenues and cash flows across multiple markets resulting in a stronger, more competitive company."

SureWest Communications, based in Roseville, California, started as a rural provider of telephone service in 1914 and has evolved into a leading provider of high-quality telecommunications and broadband services with about 800 employees and approximately 282,000 connections.
http://www.consolidated.com
02-Jul-12

  • As of March 31, 2012, Consolidated served 226,167 ILEC access lines, 89,672 Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) access line equivalents, 112,368 high-speed internet subscribers, 35,337 IPTV subscribers and 9,569 VOIP lines for residential and business customers in Illinois, Texas and Pennsylvania.

AT&T U-verse TV Reaches Programming Deal

AT&T announced a distribution agreement with AMC Networks enabling U-verse TV to continue offering AMC, IFC, Sundance and WE tv. The deal was reached on Sunday, July 1. Financial terms were not disclosed.
http://www.att.com

Telstra Global Launches Public Cloud Contact Centre

 Telstra Global introduced its Virtual Contact Centre (VCC) solution powered by IPscape. The enterprise-grade service allows companies to quickly scale their contact centre capabilities to accommodate initiatives such as new product launches, trials or peaks in customer demand, with no long term commitment or new license fees.

The VCC software can be updated or changed within minutes to update campaign scripts, add agents to different campaigns or activate remote agents. It also offers real time CRM integration to direct customer calls to the right operator regardless of the contact channel used. Telstra Global provides multi-channel customer service experience with a single service level agreement.

Telstra’s Applications and Ventures Group recently made an investment in IPscape.
http://www.telstra.com
02-Jul-12

Friday, June 29, 2012

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.
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
29-Jun-12

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.
http://aws.amazon.com/

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.
http://www.ntt.co.jp

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.
http://www.huawei.com

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