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

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Google on Building an Open Service Mesh in a Multi-Cloud World



We increasingly find ourselves in a world with many cloud edges, says Prajakta Joshi, Sr. Product Manager for Cloud Networking at Google. This includes public clouds, telcos, enterprise networks, and billions of edge devices.

The world is becoming one big distributed edge.

So, how do you deploy services in a multi-cloud world? What if we "SDN-ized" edge services?

The result could be an Open Telco Edge Service Mesh aligned with Google Cloud.

This 3-minute video focuses on the possibilities for a Service Mesh built with Istio and Kubernetes.

https://youtu.be/khhEKs3J91w







Monday, April 9, 2018

Cisco adds to its Service Provider routing portfolio

Cisco announced the addition of hardware, software and security options to its Service Provider routing portfolio. Highlights include:

Routing hardware 

Cisco NCS 500 Series: addressing converged wireline and wireless 5G-ready requirements for mobile x-haul and future evolutions of Carrier Ethernet networks, and various bandwidth needs ranging from 1 to 100 Gbps interfaces in small form factors.

Cisco ASR 9901: it supports applications such as distributed provider edge, Internet peering, metro aggregation and broadband network gateway (BNG) in a space-optimized platform; It delivers 456 Gbps of port capacity while also providing flexibility in terms of port speeds ranging from 1 to 100 Gbps with industry-leading MACsec encryption support across all ports.

Cisco NCS 5500 Series:

  • Two fixed chassis supporting 24 and 36 100GE ports 
  • A 36 100GE ports line card targeted at high-density core, mobile backhaul and data center interconnect use cases; Offers flexible port configuration supporting 10G/25G/40G and 100G per port with enhanced scale capabilities (external TCAM) 
  • A compact 2RU router targeted at high-density metro aggregation, mobile backhaul networks and long-haul connectivity use cases; Delivers maximum flexibility with the support of Modular Port Adapters (MPA) with options of different port types and MACsec encryption support.

Routing software additions

Segment Routing: Offers service providers more control over Internet traffic by delivering a unified transport fabric across aggregation, edge, core and data center network domains with unmatched simplicity, resiliency and scalability; With Segment Routing Flexible Algorithm, a new addition to the Cisco Segment Routing Traffic Engineering toolkit, service providers can:

  • Optimize the same physical network infrastructure along various dimensions such as low-latency, bandwidth or path disjointness. 
  • Custom fit 5G network slices to specific applications

Ethernet VPN (EVPN): Cisco is now offering seamless integration with Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS), helping service providers speed up migration from VPLS to EVPN as another method to provide Ethernet-based multipoint to multipoint communication over IP or MPLS networks; EVPN offers improved scalability, optimal forwarding and helps prevent traffic floods.

"Cisco continues to drive innovation in service provider routing to help our customers uplevel their architectures and be one step ahead in managing their network traffic demands,” said Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Networking, Cisco.

The news was announced at this week's MPLS+SDN+NFV World Congress in Paris.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Zayo Introduces Encryption as a Service

Zayo Group Holdings announced an Encryption-as-a-Service offering over its fiber network.

Zayo’s Encryption as a Service, which leverages Ciena’s WaveLogic Encryption solution, provides managed wavelength services configured with 10G wire speed encryption at Layer 1, with additional higher speed options in progress.

Zayo’s initial customers include a leading global bank using the service to encrypt credit card transaction data, enabling them to maintain compliance with international security standards.

“Data security continues to be one of the top concerns for global industries, an issue that’s been intensified by recent high-profile attacks in healthcare, retail, banks, hospitality and entertainment,” said Dennis Kyle, senior vice president of Strategic Marketing and Alliances at Zayo. “Our encryption solution is quick and easy to provision and provides high levels of protection without sacrificing network performance. It’s another way we are providing a critical layer of security to protect our customers.”

http://www.zayo.com

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Updates for CORD - Central Office Re-architected as Data Center

Vendors are ready to show the first reference implementation of CORD - the Central Office Re-architected as Data Center - initiative within the ONOS Project. uUse cases for CORD are on display at this week's Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, California.

CORD is expected to bring the economies of scale and the agility of cloud computing to the service provider central office by leveraging infrastructure constructed from commodity building blocks. It uses merchant silicon, white boxes and open-source platforms such as ONOS, OpenStack, and XOS.

CORD Use Cases Showcased at ONS:

Enterprise (E-CORD) - Extends CORD with enterprise services and enables service providers to offer SDN-WAN, as well as MEF carrier Ethernet services. That is the ability to create multi-site virtual networks on demand with customer-specified services such as intrusion detection, WAN acceleration, and others. E-CORD POC will be demonstrated at ONS.
Mobile (M-CORD) - Integrates disaggregated and virtualized RAN, disaggregated and virtualized EPC, and mobile edge computing with CORD and helps service providers and vendors move closer to realizing 5G. M-CORD POC will be demonstrated at ONS.
Residential (R-CORD) - Combines vCPE and virtualized wireline access technologies (e.g., GPON, 10GPON, G.Fast) with cloud-based subscriber services (e.g., parental control, video delivery). R-

Companies are actively contributing to and advancing CORD: AT&T, China Unicom, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, Verizon, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel, NEC, Nokia
Collaborators: Accton, AirHop, Broadcom, Cavium, Celestica, Ciena, Cobham, Flextronics, NetCracker, PMC Sierra, Radisys.

"AT&T supports the goals and achievements that are embodied in CORD," said Andre Fuetsch, senior vice president of Architecture and Design at AT&T. "The work is pushing the boundaries of many technologies and architectures, as well as open source and open spec hardware. We are learning from the CORD experiments and trials and using this knowledge to refine AT&T's Integrated Cloud. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with ON.Lab and others in advancing NFV and SDN technology."

http://www.linuxfoundation.org

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

OpenStack Foundation Charts NFV Adoption by Telcos

Global telecom providers are accelerating their adoption of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to increase network agility and mitigate costs. OpenStack has emerged as the NFV infrastructure platform of choice, according to a new released report from The OpenStack Foundation.

The report discusses the adoption and business cases driving NFV deployment among the world’s leading telecom providers.

Some highlights:

  • NFV is changing the networking landscape by offering telecom providers a way to significantly diminish reliance on expensive, proprietary hardware.
  • NFV dramatically increases the speed and agility with which new network services are provisioned for clients when compared with traditional networks that rely on proprietary, purpose-specific networking hardware. 
  • Telecom providers are the driving force behind the development of NFV technology, which leverages cloud computing, software and automation for networking infrastructure. NFV promises to expand the portfolio of revenue-producing services and reduce CapEx and OpEx burdens.
  • The adoption of NFV is considered to be in its early stages, but the NFV market is projected to grow dramatically. 
  • Infonetics Research forecasts a fivefold increase in the NFV market, reaching $11.6 billion by 20191. 
  • SNS Research estimates a compound annual growth rate of 54 percent between 2015 and 20202. 
  • A 2015 Heavy Reading global survey found that nearly 60 percent of telecommunication professionals are actively exploring NFV.
  • AT&T, Bloomberg LP, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, NTT Group, SK Telekom and Verizon are among the organizations documented using OpenStack and NFV in the new report.

Titled “OpenStack Foundation Report: Accelerating NFV Delivery with OpenStack,” the report was developed by an OpenStack community team comprising telecommunications company representatives and other telecom-focused members. The report is available to download free of charge from the OpenStack website.

http://www.openstack.org/telecoms-and-nfv/

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Verizon Completes Acquisition of AOL, building its Mobile Content Portfolio

Verizon Communications completed its previously announced acquisition of AOL for $50.00 per share in cash, a total cost of $4.4 billion.

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong continues to lead AOL operations after the closing, and Bob Toohey, president of Verizon Digital Media Services, will report to Armstrong, who in turn will report to Marni Walden, Verizon executive vice president and president of Product Innovation and New Businesses.

http://www.verizon.com


  • At the time the deal was announced in May 2015, Verizon said the AOL content further drives its LTE wireless video and OTT (over-the-top video) strategy. The agreement will also support and connect to Verizon’s IoT (Internet of Things) platforms, creating a growth platform from wireless to IoT for consumers and businesses.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blueprint: How NFV is Shifting Service Provider Culture

by Jack Barrett, Senior Director of Strategic Account Marketing, Juniper Networks

Gone are the days where mobile providers and telecommunications companies can rightfully be called “phone companies.”

As early as the end of last year, U.S. service providers for the first time saw data revenue outpace voice fees. Nokia Networks has posited that mobile subscribers will consume a full gigabyte of data daily, up from approximately 500 megabytes today.

This points to a larger trend at play – the business model and infrastructure at the center of the modern service provider’s data deluge are shifting dramatically.

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) promise to render networks more agile and suitable for evolving subscriber needs. But this shift to virtualized, software-driven networks isn’t just about upgrading technology. It will also require a stark transformation in the business processes, worker skills and culture within telco organizations.

First, some context

Over the last few months, we’ve met with several of our major service-provider customers who have asked us to discuss our point of view on their journey to NFV and SDN.  As a result, we found four main organizational elements that SDN and NFV are forcing service providers to address:
  1. Business processes
  2. New software skills
  3. Roles and responsibilities
  4. Company Culture
The two acronyms SDN and NFV signal a breaking of the silos under which telco servics are traditionally employed. Additionally, the simplification, automation and analytics that accompany NFV and SDN achieve operational benefits by reducing the costs associated with manual and complex processes.

This means groups within telcos – be it the networking guys or the IT folks – that previously never had to collaborate are coming together in new ways as the organizational walls fall.

The Automation in SDN/NFV Requires Faster Business Processes

Simplification and automation is imperative to rapidly delivering the services that consumers and businesses alike need. That could include on-demand firewalls for a startup or tune-streaming services to music lovers that don’t count against data plans.

With NFV, teams can now quickly build and scale these types of new services using virtual functions.

With the introduction of NFV and SDN technologies, software automates complex operational process, and delivers networks functions previously delivered by dedicated or proprietary hardware.  This requires a new process model for controlling software-based objects, not boxes, and as such, service providers must learn to work with logical devices as well as physical devices.   These techniques, which were pioneered in the data center, are no longer restricted to the Web services model and the data center, but now extend to the service provider and global network.

It is important for service providers to understand how SDN and NFV will impact their business. Mapping out where SDN and NFV will most greatly affect their business is the first step to embracing the changes that they will bring. A deep dive into the technology will allow service providers to establish the processes needed, and enable them to support automation and software control.

The New Network Requires New Software Skills

Perhaps one of the most dramatic shifts service providers will face in the transition to NFV or SDN is the need for new software development skills. Network engineering is still a core competency of service providers, who must manage and maintain facilities and service level agreements (SLA) to carry the traffic. However, with services being delivered on programmable platforms, organizations require software skills and DevOps-ready staff.

DevOps brings an agile services delivery model to network services. Spanning code generation, planning, version control, automated testing and code checking, automated release and other functions, DevOps enables service providers to go from delivering services in months and years to delivering services in days and minutes. We see new roles emerging within the service provider:
  • IT generalists with responsibilities throughout the virtualization stack
  • SDN engineering for flow architecture design and management
  • Cloud orchestration, which involves third parties delivering brokerage and clearing-house capabilities
  • Partner and channel development to provide content delivery, XaaS and other cloud services as customer solutions

The New Network Changes Roles and Responsibilities

The result of virtualizing the underlying network and separating it from service delivery is the creation of a development platform for service delivery. Because the network now accommodates the use of software-development methodologies, service providers need to embrace concepts like agility and DevOps as the way to speedy service delivery.

This, therefore, extends the influence of traditional IT and CIO functions to the other more operational realms of the network.

This is not about collapsing the CIO and CTO into a single role. The actual organizational structure is less important in this environment, because regardless of how you slice it the same jobs have be done. The important point is enabling the process for collaboration and establishing accountability. The key organizational transitions we see are:
  • The CTO becomes more future-focused. The CTO must focus on developments like standards and new technologies that will impact how to best build new services, applications and functions for the customers.
  • The CIO becomes more operations-focused. Within most service providers now, the CTO has the lion’s share of operations responsibility, while the CIO is more focused on the enterprise as a whole. The CIO must take on more operations responsibilities. Already widely embraced within the Web services community, this will result from the use of DevOps as the mainstay of the service creation environment.
  • The CMO becomes more technical and feature-focused. The CMO will increasingly  work more closely with the CIO to enable the technical changes required to meet customer demand
  • Sales teams become more solution-focused (and less network-focused). The enterprise sales organization will need to sell customer-specific SDN and NFV-enabled packages across wire-line and wireless access networks, with a focus on end-to-end management and accountability of the service and application. These services will be built to individual preferences regardless of technology.

The New Network Transforms Company Culture

Through all of this, service providers will need to shift to a software-centric business culture that mimics Web-services, content and media companies.

The change in pace that SDN and NFV, not to mention customer requirements, will cultivate means that service providers will need to get comfortable with launching services in beta, testing “on the fly,” and acknowledge “fast-fail” as success, perhaps more often than not.

Externally, the transitions brought about by NFV and SDN will require cultural changes in terms of service delivery and customer interactions. This biggest shift from a customer-facing perspective will be for service providers to switch from primarily being a connectivity providers to solutions-oriented providers focused on a holistic customer experience.

Bridging the NFV/SDN Chasm From Hype to Reality

The idea that a telecommunications company will move from a hardware-centric company to an agile, software-driven organization is imminent. We are bridging the chasm from NFV/SDN “hype” to reality, while recognizing the unique requirements that telecommunications companies have.

So, while lessons from the IT world related to embracing agile and extending these concepts to operations provide a good vision, we understand it will be important to do so in the context of the telecommunications environment.

With that said, it is more important now than ever before for traditional service providers to embrace change. This cannot be overstated. Quick response to these technologies will allow service providers to embrace the telco transformation and provide the improved services that their customers demand.

About the Author 

Jack Barrett is Senior Director of Strategic Account Marketing, Juniper Networks. He has more than 25 years of experience in Telecommunications and Networking.

About Juniper Networks 

Juniper Networks delivers innovation across routing, switching and security. From the network core down to consumer devices, Juniper Networks' innovations in software, silicon and systems transform the experience and economics of networking. Additional information can be found at Juniper Networks.



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Friday, September 5, 2014

Dell’Oro: Service Provider Edge Router Market Reaches Record

The Service Provider Edge Router market grew to its highest level ever, gaining four percent in the second quarter of 2014 versus the year-ago period, and contributing to a record quarter for the Service Provider Router market overall, according to a new report published by Dell’Oro Group.

Some highlights:

#1 Cisco Systems:  Remained the first-ranked vendor with increased revenue into EMEA and Asia.
#2 Alcatel-Lucent:  Achieved record Service Provider Edge Router sales, increasing revenue in every major region.
#3 Juniper Networks:  Delivered a record quarter in Edge Router revenues driven primarily by sales into North America.
#4 Huawei Technologies:  Saw a shift in demand as Service Providers in its domestic market, China, focused on mobile backhaul and cut back on routers for fiber deployments.

“Demand drivers varied by country as all regions grew versus last year,” said Alam Tamboli, Senior Analyst at Dell’Oro Group.  “In the United States, demand for routers in the backhaul for LTE networks has been one of the primary motives for investment in recent years, however this quarter service providers in the region also invested heavily into fixed networks.  In much of the world, routers used for LTE mobile backhaul networks continued to drive investment in the edge,” Tamboli added.

http://www.delloro.com

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

AT&T: Smartphone Penetration at 77% of Postpaid Base

AT&T reported Q4 2013 consolidated revenues of $33.2 billion, up 1.8 percent versus the year-earlier period.  Q4 net income totaled $6.9 billion, or $1.31 per diluted share, compared to $(3.9) billion, or $(0.68) per diluted share, in the year-earlier quarter. Adjusting special items, earnings per share was $0.53 compared to an adjusted $0.44 in the year-ago quarter, an increase of 20.5 percent.

AT&T said it is on track to deliver the financial targets laid out with Project VIP. It expects consolidated revenue growth in the 2 to 3 percent range for 2014, including strength in wireless service and wireline consumer revenues. The company also expects stable consolidated margins with continued improvement in wireless margins helping offset Project VIP pressure in wireline. Adjusted earnings per share growth is expected to be in the mid-single digit range excluding any impact from future share buybacks.

AT&T expects capital expenditures in the $21 billion range. Free cash flow is expected to be in the $11 billion range.

Some Wireless Operational Highlights

Wireless Service Revenues -- total wireless revenues, which include equipment sales, were up 4.5 percent year over year to $18.4 billion. Wireless service revenues increased 4.8 percent in the fourth quarter to $15.7 billion. Wireless data revenues increased 16.8 percent from the year-earlier quarter to $5.7 billion. Fourth-quarter wireless operating expenses totaled $14.5 billion, down 3.9 percent versus the year-earlier quarter, and wireless operating income was $3.9 billion, up 53.8 percent year over year.

Phone-Only Postpaid ARPU -- Postpaid phone-only ARPU increased 3.9 percent versus the year-earlier quarter. Total postpaid subscriber ARPU, which includes high-margin but lower-ARPU tablets, increased 2.1 percent versus the year-earlier quarter. This marked the 20th consecutive quarter AT&T has posted a year-over-year increase in postpaid ARPU. Postpaid data ARPU increased 15.4 percent versus the year-earlier quarter.

Smartphones and Tablets -- AT&T posted a net increase in total wireless subscribers of 809,000 in the fourth quarter. Subscriber additions for the quarter included postpaid net adds of 566,000. Postpaid net adds include 299,000 smartphones. Total branded smartphone net adds (both postpaid and prepaid) were 529,000. Total branded tablet net adds were 440,000.

Connected device net adds were 398,000 -- Prepaid had a net loss of 32,000 subscribers primarily due to declines in session-based tablets; however, prepaid revenues increased both year over year and sequentially. Reseller had a net loss of 123,000 subscribers primarily due to losses in low-revenue 2G subscriber accounts.

Q4 Postpaid Churn -- The company had its lowest-ever fourth-quarter postpaid churn of 1.11 percent compared to 1.19 percent in the year-ago quarter. Total churn was stable at 1.43 percent versus 1.42 percent in the year-ago quarter.

Smartphones Reach Record 93 Percent of Phone Sales -- AT&T added 1.2 million postpaid smartphones in the fourth quarter. At the end of the quarter, 77 percent, or 51.9 million, of AT&T's postpaid phone subscribers had smartphones, up from 70 percent, or 47.1 million, a year earlier. The company sold 7.9 million smartphones in the quarter. More than 1 million of those smartphone sales were on the new AT&T Next program. Smartphones accounted for a record 93 percent of postpaid phone sales in the quarter. AT&T's ARPU for smartphones is twice that of non-smartphone subscribers. More than half of AT&T's postpaid smartphone customers now use an LTE device, and 77 percent use a 4G-capable device (LTE/HSPA+).

Some Wireline Operational Highlights

Wireline Revenues -- Total Q4 wireline revenues were $14.7 billion, down 1.4 percent versus the year-earlier quarter and up 0.3 percent sequentially. Wireline service revenues were down 0.7 percent year over year. Total U-verse revenues grew 27.9 percent year over year and were up 7.0 percent versus the third quarter of 2013. Fourth-quarter wireline operating expenses were $13.3 billion, up 1.0 percent versus the fourth quarter of 2012. AT&T's wireline operating income totaled $1.5 billion, down 18.8 percent versus the fourth quarter of 2012. Fourth-quarter wireline operating income margin was 9.9 percent, down versus 12.0 percent in the year-earlier quarter, primarily due to declines in voice revenues, success-based growth, U-verse content costs and costs incurred as part of Project VIP.

Consumer Revenues Increase 2.9 Percent -- Revenues from residential customers totaled $5.6 billion, an increase of 2.9 percent versus the fourth quarter a year ago and up 1.3 percent sequentially. Continued strong growth in consumer IP data services in the fourth quarter more than offset lower revenues from voice and legacy products. U-verse, which includes TV, high speed Internet and voice over IP, now represents 57 percent of wireline consumer revenues, up from 46 percent in the year-earlier quarter. Consumer U-verse revenues grew 26.8 percent year over year and were up 6.8 percent versus the third quarter of 2013.

U-verse TV Churn -- Total U-verse subscribers (TV and high speed Internet) reached 10.7 million in the fourth quarter. U-verse TV had the lowest-ever churn in its history. U-verse TV added 194,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter with an increase of 924,000 for the full year to reach 5.5 million in service. AT&T has more pay TV subscribers than any other telecommunications company. U-verse high speed Internet had a record fourth-quarter net gain of 630,000 subscribers, to reach a total of 10.4 million, and a record annual increase of 2.7 million, or 34 percent. Overall, total wireline broadband subscribers were essentially flat in the quarter but grew year over year. Total wireline broadband ARPU was up more than 7 percent year over year. Total U-verse high speed Internet subscribers now represent 63 percent of all wireline broadband subscribers compared with 47 percent in the year-earlier quarter.

About 59 percent of U-verse broadband subscribers have a plan delivering speeds up to 12 Mbps or higher.

Some Business Services Operational Highlights

Total revenues from business customers were $8.8 billion, down 3.4 percent versus the year-earlier quarter, and were essentially flat from the third quarter.

Revenues for next-generation business solutions — including VPN, Ethernet, cloud, hosting and other advanced IP services — grew 17.4 percent versus the year-earlier quarter. These services represent a $9 billion annualized revenue stream and are more than a quarter of business wireline revenues. During the fourth quarter, the company also added 78,000 business U-verse high speed broadband subscribers.

http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=25228&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=37405

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NTT Com Readies SDN-Powered VPN Overlay Service

NTT Communications is preparing to enhance its Arcstar global VPN service with a new Universal One Virtual Option which will allow users to create, use and control overlay networks on-demand via existing corporate networks or the Internet using software-defined network (SDN) technology. NTT Com will be the first carrier to offer such a service.

Arcstar Universal One Virtual Option, which will debut in March 2014,  initially will be available in 21 countries, including Japan, the US, Singapore, the UK, Hong Kong, Germany and Australia, eventually expanding to 30 countries. Reservations will be accepted from in March 2014.

The new SDN capability will enable one or more flexible, secure, low-cost, on-demand networks to be created simply by installing an application on a PC, smartphone or similar device, or by using an adapter. User will not need to change IP addresses. An NTT Communications Business Portal will use provide management and operation of newly created virtual networks.

NTT Communications said the SDN flexibility will be especially efficient in cases such as a business consolidation or intercompany project,where customer can expect to reduce costs by up to 60% and shorten the configuration period by up 80% compared to the conventional establishment of a dedicated gateway and reassignment of IP addresses to connect to a common server from a different network environment (NTT Com estimates are based on integrating 100 locations with two virtual private networks and overlapping IP addresses).

The service application will be free to download and will cost JPY 250 per month to use. The dedicated adapter will cost JPY 15,000 and JPY 1,500 per month to use (prices exclude 5% consumption tax, which will change to 8% from April 1, 2014).

http://www.ntt.com/aboutus_e/news/data/20131210_2.html
http://www.ntt.com/universalone_e/

Monday, December 2, 2013

Orange Business Services Opens Integration Center in Florida

Orange Business Services has opened its first U.S.-based integration and briefing center in Clearwater, Florida.

The facility, a joint investment between Orange and top technology partners, contains state-of-the-art equipment to demonstrate the latest in cloud computing, unified communications and collaboration, mobility, network and application optimization, infrastructure management services and customized implementations.  It offers multi-platform integration, allowing enterprises to mix and match technologies from different vendors to ensure compatibility before choosing a migration strategy. It promotes faster implementations and gives customers the confidence to experiment with new innovations. The facility houses an on-site data center, labs where customer conditions and migration strategies can be simulated, and a site-to-site VPN for connecting remote locations to the testing process.
 
“Previewing tailored solutions at our integration and briefing center helps assure companies that new IT innovations can be implemented successfully,” said Diana Einterz, senior vice president of the Americas and French Major Accounts, Orange Business Services. “Upgrading an IT infrastructure, especially one containing a mix of different technologies and vendors, has always carried a certain amount of risk. ‘How effective is this new piece of technology? Will this work with that? Will I face higher costs or down times if I proceed?’ At Orange’s integration and briefing center, we can help our customers with their migration strategies, while they can test drive their solutions in a safe environment to make sure they are a good fit.”

http://www.orange-business.com/fr

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

tw telecom Expands Metro and Regional Fiber Network into New Markets

tw telecom announced a multi-market expansion of its metro and regional fiber network into five new markets across the U.S.:  Boston, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia and Richmond.

The expansion increases its addressable market by expanding its metro fiber footprint approximately 17%.  tw telecom will also increase the density of its metro-fiber footprint in 27 existing markets.

"Our multi-market expansion will leverage our proven investment model, national network, Ethernet leadership and our powerful and scalable integrated nationwide platform to rapidly rollout products and services across our expanding footprint," said Larissa Herda, tw telecom's Chairman, CEO and President.

"Expanding our fiber infrastructure will allow us to build on our nationwide network by increasing our addressable market, extending our regional connectivity, and strengthening key corridors of commerce for our existing operations," said John Blount, tw telecom's Chief Operating Officer. "By accelerating the expansion of our existing markets using our established operational teams and infrastructure, as well as entering new cities where our customers already have networking needs, this expansion gives us quick access to current demand and an accelerated path to greater revenue opportunities."

http://www.twtelecom.com

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Level 3 Offers AWS Direct Connect

Level 3 Communications announced support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Direct Connect across its network.

As an AWS Partner Network (APN) Technology Partner. Level 3 Communications will offer private network connections to every AWS Direct Connect location.

Level 3 is providing new Ethernet and VPN hosted connections with direct access to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon Simple Storage Service and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud. Enterprises can use the service to effectively establish and scale connectivity between remote office locations, data centers and AWS to create a cloud ecosystem with greater flexibility to address evolving IT requirements.

Level 3 said the partnership reinforces its recently announced portfolio of Cloud Connect Solutions, which offers extensive fiber-based routes with latency guarantees between enterprises and AWS to improve application performance. Level 3 also offers the flexibility of usage-based billing, allowing enterprises to take advantage of on-demand access to network bandwidth and services, while only paying for what is consumed. Additionally, Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions leverages its private network connections to AWS, along with the company's expansive view of the global cyber threat landscape to reduce network security risks for enterprises operating IT services in the cloud.

"To do business in the cloud, enterprises have to solve their migration, security and performance challenges," said Paul Savill, senior vice president product management for Level 3. "The combination of Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions and AWS Direct Connect make it easier and more cost effective to move, operate and secure enterprise applications in the cloud."

http://www.level3.com/awsdirectconnect

Monday, October 7, 2013

Time Warner Cable to Acquire DukeNet for $600 Million

Time Warner Cable has agreed to acquire DukeNet Communications for $600 million in cash, including the repayment of debt.

DukeNet Communications, which is a subsidiary of Duke Energy Corporation, operates a regional fiber optic network company serving customers in North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as five other states in the Southeast.  Its fiber network spans over 8,700 miles and provides high-capacity services to wireless carrier, data center, government, and enterprise customers. Duke Energy owns 50 percent of DukeNet. The Alinda investment funds own the remaining 50 percent.

"Business Services is a key growth area for Time Warner Cable and this acquisition will greatly enhance our already growing fiber network to better serve customers, particularly those in key markets in the Carolinas," said Phil Meeks, Executive Vice President and COO of Business Services for Time Warner Cable. "This acquisition will help us expand our fiber footprint at a price that is consistent with our disciplined approach to M&A, accounting for expected synergies and tax benefits."

http://www.twc.com
http://www.dukenet.com/

Friday, September 20, 2013

AT&T's Alltel Acquisition Comes in at $1,322 per Subscriber

AT&T completed its previously announced acquisition of Atlantic Tele-Network's U.S. retail wireless assets, which operated under the Alltel brand, for $780 million.

The deal includes wireless properties in six states, including spectrum licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 590,000 subscribers.  The former Alltel network covers approximately 4.5 million people in mainly rural areas in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina.

AT&T plans to move customers to the AT&T network by midyear 2014.

http://www.att.com
  • $780,000,000 / 590,000 subscibers = $1,322 per subscriber
  • Alltel operates a CDMA network covering approximately 4.6 million people in primarily rural areas across six states — Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina. Once the network is upgraded to 4G, AT&T said the Alltel assets will be complementary to its own network. Alltel's spectrum is in the 700 MHz, 850 MHz and 1900 MHz bands.
  • The current Alltel brand, which is owned by Atlantic Tele-Network, was formed in early 2010 following ATNI's acquisition of wireless properties, licenses and network assets from Verizon Wireless, which was required by the FCC to sell these coverage areas.
  • In January 2009, Verizon Communications acquired the original Alltel Corporation for approximately $5.9 billion. The FCC and the Department of Justice required Verizon to divest assets in 100 areas in 22 states to win approval for the deal.
  • The original Alltel traced its heritage back to the foundation of the Allied Telephone Company in Arkansas in 1943.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

América Móvil and AT&T Extend Network Alliance

América Móvil and AT&T are enhancing their network interconnections to serve multinational companies operating in Latin America and the U.S.

This milestone in the alliance between AT&T and the América Móvil group of companies --which include Telmex, Embratel and Claro, amongst others -- will allow broader regional coverage with deeper in-country reach:


  • Interconnection to América Móvil's group of companies' networks provides AT&T customers access to 15 markets in Latin America, with more than 2,000 MPLS-enabled IP services nodes and more than 50,000 service/access POPs covering: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
  • More than 91,000 miles of América Móvil group of companies' fiber optic network installed throughout the region, and 12 data centers in Latin America.
  • Six markets with enhanced Ethernet availability via América Móvil in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.
  • Additionally, interconnection to the AT&T global backbone network enables América Móvil MPLS-based services to reach 163 countries over 3,800 service nodes and 38 on-net data centers across the globe.

"AT&T's goal is to provide delivery of a consistent global experience for our customers who continue to expand internationally, and especially in Latin America," said Roman Pacewicz, AT&T Business Solutions senior vice president of marketing and global strategy. "The long-standing relationship with the América Móvil group of companies is a key pillar of our global strategy. The enhanced regional interconnection will allow us to provide deeper in-country reach in the entire region to match our client's expanding presence in Latin America."

"We are pleased to offer our mutual multinational clients the combination of AT&T's footprint with the infrastructure of our operating companies, from Telmex to Embratel and Claro," said Isidoro Ambe Attar, Corporate Executive Vice President at Telmex. "Enhanced global access and sound combination of core competencies and product portfolios will be essential for our clients to improve their productivity and efficiency through advanced solutions."

http://www.americamovil.com/
http://www.att.com


  • As of June 30, 2013, América Móvil had 262 million wireless subscribers and 67 million fixed revenue generating units in the Americas. America Movil has operations in 18 countries in the Americas, more than 30 million fixed lines, 18 million fixed broadband accesses and more than 17 million television subscribers.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Vertical Systems: Mid-2013 Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard

Vertical Systems published its Mid-2013 Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard, the industry's benchmark for measuring multinational Ethernet network market presence. Global Providers ranked on the Leaderboard hold four percent (4%) or more of retail business Ethernet installations based on billable ports at sites outside of their respective home countries.

The following seven companies were listed: BT Global Services (U.K.), Orange Business (France), Verizon (U.S.), Colt (U.K.), AT&T (U.S.), NTT (Japan) and Level 3 (U.S.).

"The migration of legacy access to Ethernet is in full swing across all regional markets throughout the world," said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. "Providers cited Ethernet access for multinational IP VPNs as the top driver for port growth during this research cycle. BT has taken advantage of this opportunity within its extensive base of global VPNs to attain the top position on our Global Provider Leaderboard."

Other Global Providers offering Ethernet services outside of their home countries have port shares that are below the Leaderboard threshold. These companies are segmented by share into two tiers: the Challenge tier and the Market Player tier.

The Challenge tier companies as of mid-2013 are the following (Note - in alphabetical order): Cogent (U.S.), Reliance Globalcom (India), SingTel (Singapore), Tata Communications (India), T-Systems (Germany) and Vodafone (U.K.). Vodafone achieved a Challenge tier position based on its acquisition of Cable & Wireless Worldwide.

The Market Player tier encompasses all other providers selling retail Ethernet services outside their home countries. Providers in the Market Player tier include the following companies (Note - in alphabetical order): Airtel (India), Bell Canada (Canada), Bezeq (Israel), CAT Telecom (Thailand), CenturyLink (U.S.), China Telecom (China), China Unicom (China), Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), Easynet Global Services (U.K.), Eircom (Ireland), Embratel (Brazil), euNetworks (U.K.), Exponential-e (U.K.), Globe (Phillipines), GlobeNet (Brazil), GTS (Poland), GTT (U.S.), Indosat (Indonesia), Interoute (U.K.), KDDI (Japan), Korea Telecom (Korea), KPN International (Netherlands), Masergy (U.S.), O2 (Czech Republic), PCCW Global (Hong Kong), PLDT (Phillipines), Rostelecom (Russia), Softbank Telecom (Japan), StarHub (Singapore), Swisscom (Switzerland), TDC (Denmark), Telecom Italia International (Italy), Telecom New Zealand (New Zealand), Telefonica Worldwide (Spain), Telenor (Norway), TeliaSonera (Sweden), Telkom Indonesia (Indonesia), Telkom South Africa (South Africa), TelMex (Mexico), Telstra (Australia), Telus International (Canada), Time (Malaysia), TM (Malaysia), Vector (New Zealand), Virgin Media Business (U.K.), Zayo Group (U.S.) and others.

Market shares are calculated using the base of enterprise Ethernet services installations, plus input from Vertical's surveys of Ethernet providers throughout the world.

http://www.verticalsystems.com

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hibernia Acquires Atrato for IP Services

Hibernia Networks has acquired Atrato IP Networks, a provider of IP-transit and carrier services based in The Netherlands. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Atrato’s services include IP-transit, remote IX and managed services. The company has a presence across Europe and U.S.

“The combination of Hibernia’s worldwide fiber networks and Atrato’s Ethernet and IP offering will further establish Hibernia as a service innovation leader,” states Bjarni Thorvardarson, CEO for Hibernia Networks. “Atrato has an exemplary reputation in the industry, due to its high quality customer service by its experienced and dedicated team. Hibernia looks forward to continuing this high level of service and utilizing Atrato’s strong talent base to offer high performance solutions globally.”

http://www.hibernianetworks.com
https://www.atrato.com

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Verizon: 2013 State of the Enterprise Cloud Report

The number of virtual machines (VMs) deployed by enterprise customers has increased 35 percent since the start of 2012, according to a new "2013 State of the Enterprise Cloud Report released by Verizon.

The report, which draws upon Verizon data between January 2012 and June 2013, examines current cloud adoption and usage trends – in terms of how and why organizations are deploying cloud technologies.

Among the key findings is continual growth.  The Verizon data confirms that once an enterprise successfully deploys an application as a cloud-based service, the trend is to increase usage of processing, memory and storage on a continuing basis.

Verizon also finds that sixty percent of cloud applications are web-based and Internet facing. As familiarity with cloud services grows, enterprise go on to deploy back-office applications.

The eight page report is posted online.

http://www.slideshare.net/VerizonEnterpriseSolutions/2013-state-of-the-enterprise-cloud-report


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

VMware Readies vCloud Hybrid Service in U.S. for September Launch

VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service will be commercially available in the U.S. starting in September.

VMware vCloud allows users to migrate VMs on demand from their "internal cloud" of cooperating VMware vSphere hypervisors to a remote cloud of VMware vSphere hypervisors.

The service is hosted in three U.S. data centers: Santa Clara, California, Sterling, Virginia, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

VMware has formed a partnership with Savvis (see below) to accelerate adoption of vCloud Hybrid Service.

Two classes of service will be offered:

vCloud Hybrid Service Dedicated Cloud will provide physically isolated and reserved compute resources with pricing starting at 13 cents an hour for a fully protected, fully redundant 1 GB virtual machine with 1 processor.

vCloud Hybrid Service Virtual Private Cloud will offer multitenant compute with full virtual private network isolation. Virtual Private Cloud pricing starting at 4.5 cents an hour for a fully protected, fully redundant 1GB virtual machine with 1 processor."

"Since its debut on May 21, VMware vCloud Hybrid Service has experienced great momentum and success with an over-subscribed Early Access Program, acquiring a strategic beachhead of customers taking full advantage of the ability to extend their applications to the cloud," said Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware. "With the new data centers and important new capabilities, we're executing quickly against our vision of a hybrid cloud service that is completely interoperable with existing infrastructure and enables new and existing applications to run without compromise."

Since announcing and pre-releasing vCloud in May, VMware has added the following new capabilities:

Direct Connect: customers can connect their data center network directly to vCloud Hybrid Service over private dedicated networks. Direct Connect will be available in October with a list price of $75 per port per month for a 1GB connection and $250 per port per month for a 10GB connection.

Disaster Recovery as a Service: automatically replicates applications and data to vCloud Hybrid Service, providing rapid automated recovery in the event of an outage.

Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service: provides full support for the open source Cloud Foundry distribution and Pivotal CF. Cloud Foundry allows customers to avoid the complexity of re-architecting of applications to make them run well on public clouds, and avoids lock-in to proprietary cloud APIs.

VMware Horizon View Desktop-as-a-Service: Customers will be able to run Horizon View Desktops on vCloud Hybrid Service, and rapidly deploy new desktops without the expense and effort of procuring and managing physical hardware.

VMware also noted that it is working with channel partners, including CDW, SHI, Presidio, ePlus, and Insight.

http://www.vmware.com


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