Monday, July 2, 2012

Rob Pullen, CEO of Tellabs

Robert W. Pullen (50), President and CEO of Tellabs, passed away on July 2, 2012 following a battle with cancer.

Rob Pullen has served as Tellabs' CEO since 2008, when he replaced Krish Prabhu. He began his career at Tellabs in 1985 as an electrical engineer and held a series of increasingly responsible positions in engineering, sales, marketing and services. Prior to being named CEO, Pullen was vice president and general manager of global services. From 2002 to 2005, he was senior vice president of North American sales. Previously, he served as senior vice president of optical networking.

VMware to Acquire DynamicOps for Cloud Mgt Features

VMware will acquire DynamicOps, a provider of cloud automation solutions that enable provisioning and management of IT services across heterogeneous environments – VMware-based private and public clouds, physical infrastructures, multiple hypervisors and Amazon Web Services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DynamicOps originated in 2008 as a spin-off of Credit Suisse’s IT unit, which had developed Virtual Resource Manager (VRM) software to address the operational and governance challenges of rolling out virtualization technology across a global organization comprising several distinct businesses. The company is based in Burlington, MA.

VMware said customers that have standardized their private and public clouds on VMware vSphere should continue to rely on VMware vCloud Director to enable aggregation and management of virtual and cloud resources. For those with requirements beyond VMware-only environments, DynamicOps builds on the capabilities of vCloud Director by enabling customers to consume multi-cloud resources (e.g., physical environments, Hyper-V- and Xen-based hypervisors, and Amazon EC2).

"As IT organizations evolve from builders to brokers of services many seek to provide access to diverse cloud resources in a controlled, managed fashion,” said Ramin Sayar, vice president and general manager, Virtualization and Cloud Management, VMware. “DynamicOps’ multi-cloud and multi-platform capabilities help to strengthen VMware’s position as the infrastructure and management vendor of choice for cloud computing."

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.

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.

  • 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.

C Spire Picks Alcatel-Lucent for LTE

C Spire Wireless, which serves Mississippi and parts of Alabama and the Florida panhandle, is working with Alcatel-Lucent to build and deploy the initial phase of its 4G LTE network. The company is investing $60 million for the initial phase of 4G LTE mobile broadband services in 20 Mississippi markets beginning in September covering 2,700 square miles, a population of 1.2 million and more than 360 cell sites.

C Spire is deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s base stations, IP mobile backhaul for 4G LTE and existing 3G CDMA traffic, Wireless Packet Core (WPC) and a complete IP Multi-Media Subsystem (IMS) network core, which will allow C Spire to develop and offer an increasingly rich portfolio of advanced IP-based services, such as Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), according to Eric Hollingsworth, vice president of Network Operations for C Spire Wireless.

Alcatel-Lucent also is providing a complete portfolio of professional and network integration services.

Samsung Electronics Adopts Windows Azure for Smart TV Infrastructure in the Cloud

Samsung Electronics Co. will adopt Windows Azure cloud technology to manage its Smart TV infrastructure. The companies said the Windows Azure cloud provides a tenfold cost reduction compared with building out in-house infrastructure. In addition, Windows Azure gives Samsung the ability to help secure the server and storage resources it needs quickly, giving Samsung the time to focus on providing high-quality software and services to its customers.

Broadcom and Emulex Announce Patent Deal

Broadcom and Emulex announced a partial settlement and worldwide patent license agreement relating to the patent litigation in the U.S. Federal District Court. Broadcom will dismiss certain infringement claims against Emulex and will grant a license to certain patents related to Fibre Channel applications. The fields of use licensed to Emulex are related, in part, to the Emulex XE201 (Lancer) ASICs, that are capable of Fibre Channel and Ethernet, 16Gbps Fiber Channel HBAs, Fibre Channel SOCs and other FC products. Emulex will pay to Broadcom a release and license fee of $58 million in cash. In addition, Emulex agreed to provide certain rights to Broadcom protecting Broadcom from Emulex patent assertions.

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.

Extreme Networks Adds OpenFlow with Support for NEC, BigSwitch

Extreme Networks confirmed plans to provide OpenFlow support across its ExtremeXOS-based Ethernet switch portfolio and will support multiple OpenFlow controllers including NEC and BigSwitch. The company will introduce a plug-in for OpenStack to manage network switches using the Quantum APIs. Lastly, a new Web portal called xKIT will be launched aimed at sharing SDN applications. These OpenFlow capabilities will be available this month.

Extreme Networks said its goal is to enable application developers can build SDN applications for campus, cloud and carrier networks using a consistent framework powered by ExtremeXOS.

Additionally, by supporting multiple controllers, Extreme Networks offers customers a set of choices when it comes to their SDN deployment. "An SDN approach that provides network abstraction, centralized intelligence and programmability is fundamental to addressing the fast evolving challenges associated with mobility, cloud sourcing and the consumerization of IT," said Shehzad Merchant, vice president of technology strategy for Extreme Networks. "The benefits of SDN are applicable across the cloud, campus and carrier networks."

ZTE Confirms High End Router Sale to China Telecom

 ZTE announced a contract to deliver its M6000 high-end router to China Telecom.
The IP procurement contract with China Telecom also involves broadband remote access servers, service routers, multi-service edge, aggregation switches, and high-end routing switches. China Telecom's large-scale IP purchase supports the carrier's plan to deliver fiber capabilities to over 100 million customers.

Infinera Powers Colt’s New Low Latency Route into Ireland

 Infinera confirmed that Colt is using its DTN platform for a new low latency fiber route into Ireland.
This new extension to Colt’s high capacity network results in a record low latency of 4.267ms from Dublin to London. The new route is part of Colt s ongoing investment in its network infrastructure in Ireland and will be followed by an extension from Dublin to Cork, Ireland s second largest city, toward the end of the year. The route incorporates the new Sea Fibre Networks cable, CeltixConnect (the shortest, most diverse sub-sea link between Ireland and the UK) and has an optical layer based on the Infinera DTN platform for seamless integration into Colt's existing 100Gbps ready long distance network.

Colt currently carries over 500 Gbps of traffic across the Irish Sea. With this announcement, Colt s total capacity between Dublin and London is now 4.8Tbps. Colt first selected the Infinera DTN platform for their pan-European long distance network to speed the delivery of new services in 2009. Colt’s infrastructure consist of a 43,000km European network connecting 39 metropolitan area networks, 100+ cities and 20 Colt data centers. In 2010, Infinera helped Colt complete its first European field trial of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) services.

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.

Firefox Mobile OS Gains Key Backing

 Mozilla plans to launch a new fully open mobile ecosystem based on HTML5 has gained the backing of some leading mobile operators, including Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica and Telenor.

The idea is an open mobile OS and device architecture where every phone feature (calling, messaging, games, etc.) is an HTML5 application. The Firefox OS for mobile devices is built on Mozilla’s “Boot to Gecko project”.

TCL Communication Technology (under the Alcatel One Touch brand) and ZTE have announced their intentions to manufacture the first devices to feature the new Firefox OS, using Snapdragon processors from Qualcomm. The first Firefox OS powered devices are expected to launch commercially in Brazil in early 2013 through Telefónica’s commercial brand, Vivo.

“The introduction of the open mobile OS continues the Mozilla mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web for users and developers. As billions of users are expected to come online for the first time in the coming years, it is important to deliver a compelling smartphone experience that anyone can use,” said Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla. “The large number of operators and manufacturers now supporting this effort will bring additional resources and diversity to our global offerings.”

Friday, June 29, 2012

AT&T Makes Board Appointment, Declares Dividend

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

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

Ericsson Wins Major Contract with Russia's Rostelecom Mobile

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

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

GlobeNet to Add 100 Gbps Colombian Spur

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

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

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

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

Amazon Web Services Suffers Storm Outage

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

NTT Com Expands in China

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

Huawei Selected for Managed Services Contract by Indonesia's XL

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

Colt Activates Low Latency Dublin-London Route

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

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

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