Monday, October 1, 2012

Broadcom Samples 28nm XLP 200-Series Multicore Processor

Broadcom has begun sampling its 28nm XLP 200-Series network processor for enterprise, service provider 4G/LTE, data center, cloud computing and software defined networking (SDN) equipment.  The processor family, which is the world's first 28nm multicore communications processor family, promises up to 400 percent faster performance than competing solutions while lowering power consumption by up to 60 percent. 

Broadcom said the product launch demonstrates its successful integration of NetLogic Microsystems, which developed the XLP processors.


The new processors combine quad issue, quad threading and 2 GHz out-of-order execution capabilities with integrated networking and security acceleration.  The XLP 200-Series is the first to integrate a grammar processing engine, a fourth generation regular expression (RegEx) engine, and a broad range of autonomous encryption and authentication processing engines to deliver comprehensive Layer 7 deep-packet inspection (DPI) capabilities and complete offload of the compute-intensive security functions from the CPU cores. 
Some key capabilities
  • Quad-issue, quad-threading and out-of-order execution
  • Total Security Acceleration Technology: High performance grammar processing, DPI/RegEx engine, encryption/decryption and authentication 
  • Autonomous Acceleration Engine Modules: Offloads processing tasks, freeing up the cores to perform other compute-intensive application dependent tasks
  • Hardware Acceleration for packet ordering, network management, compression/decompression and RAID5/6 storage, etc.
  • Processor Core Enhancements for improved pre-fetch performance and branch mis-predict penalties
  • Processor Cache Architecture: MOESI+ coherent, three-level cache architecture and shared 16-way set associative Layer 3 cache
  • Memory Subsystem: On-chip DDR3 memory controller; configurable channel width (40 or 72 bits)
  • Fast Messaging Network System: Low-latency, high-speed system allows non-intrusive internal communication and control messaging among NXCPUs, acceleration engines and input/output
  • Software Development Kit (SDK): Comprehensive SDK with reference and production-ready software components accelerates time-to-market

http://www.broadcom.com

  • In September 2011, NetLogic first unveiled its XLP II family of processors based on 28nm process technology, packing up to 80 high-performance NXCPUs per chip, and promising 5-7x performance enhancement over the existing XLP processors. NetLogic said its XLP II processor family is designed to deliver over 100 Gbps of network processing performance per device and over 800 Gbps in a clustered, fully-coherent system. The devices integrate up to 80 high-performance NXCPUs per chip, featuring an enhanced quad-issue, quad-threaded, superscalar out-of-order processor architecture capable of operating at up to 2.5 GHz to provide unmatched control and data plane processing and low-power profile. 
    NetLogic is adding innovations that improve pre-fetch performance, branch mis-predict penalties and cache access latencies. The family also significantly expands the tri-level cache architecture to over 32MB of fully coherent on-chip cache which represents over 260MB of on-chip cache in the maximum clustered configuration of 8 fully-coherent XLP II processors.

    NetLogic also introduced a second-generation high-speed Inter-chip Coherency Interface (ICI) that will enable systems designs with eight sockets of XLP II processors for scalability of up to 640 NXCPUs. Full processor and memory coherency are enabled across all 640 NXCPUs, allowing software applications to run in Symmetric Multi Processing (SMP) or Asymmetric Multi Processing (AMP) modes.
     

  • Earlier this year, Broadcom acquire NetLogic Microsystems in a deal valued at $3.7 billion ($50 per share) net of cash assumed.  NetLogic Microsystems, which was based in Santa Clara, California, added a number of critical new product lines and technologies to Broadcom's portfolio, including knowledge-based processors, multi-core embedded processors, and digital front-end processors.

HughesNet Gen4 Satellite Internet Service Goes Live with Speeds up to 15 Mbps


Hughes Network Systems activated its new HughesNet Gen4 satellite Internet service.

HughesNet Gen4 delivers downlink speeds of up to 15 Mbps, depending on the plan. Pricing starts at $49.99 per month for 10 Mbps downlink with a 10 GB cap for a 24 month term , plus $9.99 per month to lease the equipment.

"Our new fourth generation high-speed satellite Internet service is an industry game changer, allowing customers to do more of what they love online, from shopping and social networking to movies and music," said Mike Cook, senior vice president, North American Division at Hughes. "Hughes pioneered the satellite broadband industry, and HughesNet Gen4 continues our long tradition of innovation to bring the many benefits of high-speed Internet access to people everywhere across America—no matter where they live or work."



  • In July, Hughes Network Systems confirmed that its newly launched EchoStar XVII satellite was successful placement into its permanent geosynchronous orbital slot of 107.1 degrees West longitude. The new generation Ka-band satellite was built by Space Systems/Loral and launched by Arianespace.

Accenture Buys NSN's IPTV Assets


Accenture has acquired the software and skills of Nokia Siemens Networks' IPTV business.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Accenture already offers pre-integrated Over-the-top TV (OTTV) solution that has been deployed by several large video providers.  The software delivers a seamless consumer experience for accessing linear video content, such as traditional, real-time video, through the broadcast network, as well as non-linear services, such as catch-up TV and video on demand (VOD) through a broadband network.  The newly-acquired IPTV software, assets and capabilities from NSN will be integrated with this Accenture Video Solution.
“The combination of Nokia Siemens Networks’ IPTV assets with Accenture’s over-the-top TV software and capabilities, will deliver an exciting new combination of services to the global video industry,” said Marco Vernocchi, managing director of Accenture’s Media & Entertainment industry group. “The scalable and flexible end solution we are creating will help video service providers dramatically change the way they approach content distribution while balancing costs.”


Big Switch's Rob Sherwood to Chair ONF's Architecture Working Group


Rob Sherwood, who is Principal Architect at Big Switch Networks, has been appointed chair of the Open Networking Foundation's (ONF) new Architecture & Framework Working Group (ArchWG). The ONF ArchWG will map out the scope of SDN in terms of architecture and framework for OpenFlow and other components. 
At Big Switch, Sherwood is credited with developing and evangelizing the emerging OpenFlow standard and network virtualization. He has been heavily involved in the standards development and evolution since OpenFlow 0.82 and was most recently vice-chair for the ONF Testing & Interoperability Working Group; he has also been recognized twice as an ONF "Outstanding Technical Contributor."  
Dan Talayco, another Member of the Technical Staff at Big Switch Networks, serves as vice-chair of the ONF's Hybrid Programmable Forwarding Plane Working Group.
"The efforts of the Architecture and Framework Working Group are of central importance to all of ONF's work and to everyone interested in SDN," said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. "This working group will help us advance the adoption of SDN and the OpenFlow protocol, and the deep SDN expertise possessed by active ONF members will lead the industry to rapidly utilize the OpenFlow framework for implementation on hardware forwarding, hypervisor, and applications targets as well as the all-important provision of valuable services built on the OpenFlow foundation."




Softbank Mobile + EMOBILE Combines Japan's No. 3 + No.4 Mobile Operators



Softbank Mobile agreed to acquire eAccess in a deal that combines Japan's No.3 and No.4 mobile operators.  The stock-swap was valued at approximately ¥180 billion, or $2.3 billion.

The companies plan to continue to operate both the Softbank and EMOBILE brands following the merger.  Network and spectrum integration will provide key advantages to both brands.

SOFTBANK MOBILE will provide eAccess with access to its 900 MHz network (Band8, operating band specified in 3GPP) and 2.1 GHz network (Band1, operating band specified in 3GPP), which will allow eAccess to provide the voice and data communications service in broader areas.
eAccess will provide SOFTBANK MOBILE with access to its 1.7 GHz (Band3, operating band specified in 3GPP) FDD LTE network for the data communications service, which will allow SOFTBANK MOBILE to use both 2.1 GHz and 1.7 GHz for its FDD LTE service.

SOFTBANK MOBILE and eAccess will integrate their base station sites, enabling both brands to expand service coverage more quickly and to decrease capital expenditures and maintenance costs.  The backbone and backhaul networks will also be integrated.

Softbanks currently has more than 9,000 LTE base stations in operation.  It plans to scale this to 20,000 LTE base stations by March 2013.  At this point, eAccess should have about 10,000 LTE base stations of its own.

Softbank said the deal gives it a key spectrum advantage over Japan's No. mobile operator, KDDI-au.  For iPhone 5 service, Softbank will be able to offer coverage over both the 1.7 GHz and 2.1 GHz bands, whereas au will be limited to its 2.1 GHz spectrum footprint.

http://www.softbank.co.jp
http://www.eaccess.net/


  • In April 2012, Ericsson confirmed that it has a contract to build the LTE radio access network for SOFTBANK MOBILE. The deployment will cover Japan's major cities - Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya - which together account for 70 percent of the country's total data and voice traffic. In addition, Ericsson will upgrade SOFTBANK MOBILE's packet core network, including systems integration and deployment of an Evolved Packet Core.

  • Ericsson has been the main network equipment to eAccess since 2006.



NSN Boosts its LTE Capabilities


Nokia Siemens Networks is introducing a 6-pipe radio module for its Flexi Multiradio Base Station family to cover the APT 700 MHz Digital Dividend spectrum in the Asia Pacific region, Latin America and other parts of the world.  The company is also enabling Liquid Radio LTE load-balancing capabilities and announcing plans to support carrier aggregation for LTE-Advanced in 2013.

The new 6-pipe radio modules uses 3-sector MIMO2x2.  Japan, Australia, New Zealand, other Asia Pacific countries, and most recently Mexico, intend to adopt the APT 700 MHz spectrum as part of their mobile broadband strategy. The 6-pipe radio module for APT 700 will be available during the second half of 2013.

The Liquid Radio LTE load-balancing feature builds on experience gained from the Korean market, where Nokia Siemens Networks has launched a two-step approach for the most efficient use of multiband LTE networks. Liquid Radio LTE load-balancing helps operators to distribute traffic across various LTE carriers. The Liquid Radio LTE load-balancing feature will be available by the end of 2012.

NSN said this LTE load-balancing capability will be enhanced by LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation via a software upgrade once LTE-Advanced devices become available in 2013. The aggregated bandwidth can double the data speed improving service experience for users and increasing revenue for operators.

“We consider carrier aggregation as an essential functionality of LTE-Advanced”, said Kang, Jong-Ryeol, senior vice president and head of network R&D center, SK Telecom. “Together with Nokia Siemens Networks, we have already demonstrated carrier aggregation at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012. As one of the world’s leading LTE operators, we are looking forward to providing our customers the superior data rates delivered by the technology.”

“We are excited to see the momentum in LTE adoption worldwide. With our expanded LTE portfolio, we are committed to helping operators take full advantage of LTE to meet bandwidth demand, offer their subscribers superior data rates and generate new revenue opportunities”, said Tero Peltola, head of LTE business line, Nokia Siemens Networks.


Nokia Siemens Networks noted that it now has 66 commercial LTE deals globally.

http://www.nsn.com

6connect Brings IPv4/IPv6 Tools to the Cloud


6connect, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, introduced a set of cloud-based tools for helping enterprises and service providers to migrate their IPv4 networks to IPv6.

The 6connect ProVision Suite is a unified SaaS platform for provisioning and managing networks in IPv4 and IPv6.  The company said its solution the key challenges of IP address management, DNS, DHCP and asset management that make IPv6 transistions such a headache for network operators. The Service Provider Edition also incorporates peering management and SWIP automation.

“With the number of connected devices and virtual machines growing exponentially and regional internet registries for Europe and Asia already out of IPv4 space, network architectures are undergoing fundamental change,” said Bill Bien, CEO of 6connect.  “Legacy DDI and automation solutions are no longer efficient. We’ve designed ProVision as a disruptive, next-generation platform for automated management control of complex IP address zones, virtual machines, mobile devices, and all types of corporate assets.”


Motorola Completes Acquisition of Psion

Motorola Solutions' offer to acquire Psion Plc., a supplier of ruggedized mobile devices, for $200 million in cash has been accepted.  Psion, which is based in London and has operations in Toronto, has been a pioneer in ruggedized mobile computing products and their application in industrial segments around the world. The company was founded in 1980 and was a pioneer in personal digital organizers but exited the consumer market in 2001.

http://www.motorola.com 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

VMware Opens vCloud Service Evaluation Beta


VMware has opened its vCloud Service Evaluation Beta to the public, enabling users to run their own tests of vCloud.

VMware's vCloud allows users to migrateVMs on demand from their "internal cloud" of cooperating VMware hypervisors to a remote cloud of VMware hypervisors.  The newly opened vCloud Service Evaluation includes a catalog of useful VM templates, virtual networking, persistent storage, external IP addresses, firewalls, load balancers, the vCloud API, etc.  VMware is also providing some pre-built content templates (at no charge) through the vCloud Service Evaluation, including WordPress, Jommia!, Sugar CRM, LAMP stack, Windows Server, etc.

http://blogs.vmware.com/vcloud/2012/09/the-wait-is-over-get-started-with-the-vcloud-service-evaluation-beta-today.html


  • In August, Dell entered the enterprise cloud market with the launch of a VMware vCloud Datacenter Service that provides a seamless multi-tenant environment for running virtual systems. Specifically, Dell and VMware will provide Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) choice for customer organizations, hosting and outsourcing firms, system integrators and service providers. The service is currently in beta testing.This is the first public and hybrid cloud offering.
  • Also in August, Deutsche Telekom's T Systems division has formed a strategic partnership with VMware to provide customers with cloud computing services. The VMware vCloud Datacenter Service to be provided by T-Systems delivers on the hybrid cloud promise, to provide IT infrastructure out of the cloud that has undergone a demanding certification process by VMware.T-Systems plans to launch its VMware vCloud Datacenter Service this fall based on VMware’s cloud infrastructure.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

China's Qihoo Powers New Data Center with Juniper's QFabric


Qihoo 360, a leading Chinese Internet and mobile solution provider, is powering its new data center using Juniper Networks' QFabric architecture. Specifically, the company has deployed a QFX3000-G QFabric System -- designed for large enterprises, service providers and cloud data center environments -- to support its expansion into new web-based services including search and cloud offerings.

Qihoo 360 Technology currently supports more that 435 million users with its PC-based security solutions, 120 million mobile security users and 272 million users of its secure web browser -- almost all of whom are in China.

Juniper's QFabric solution can support up to 6,144 10GbE ports within a single data center network fabric.

The company confirmed that Qihoo 360 is the first site in China to deploy the Juniper Networks QFabric architecture. Qihoo 360 has also deployed Juniper Networks EX3300 Ethernet Switches as a 1GbE access layer to connect its servers.

In addition, Juniper Networks EX4200 Ethernet Switches with Virtual Chassis technology have been deployed to provide control plane access to the network and support connections to multiple Internet service providers. Virtual Chassis technology enables up to 10 interconnected switches to operate as a single, logical device. As part of the same network upgrade project, Qihoo 360 Technology has also deployed Juniper Networks MX960 3D Universal Edge Routers to support high-performance content synchronization between its new and existing data centers.

http://www.juniper.net



European Commission Sees Opportunity in Cloud Computing

The European Commission outlined its ambition to drive European business and government productivity via cloud computing.  The EC believes cloud computing could deliver a net gain of 2.5 million new European jobs, and an annual boost of EUR 160 billion to EU GDP (around 1%), by 2020.

Key points of the strategy include:
  • Cutting through the jungle of technical standards so that cloud users get interoperability, data portability and reversibility; necessary standards should be identified by 2013;
  • Support for EU-wide certification schemes for trustworthy cloud providers;
  • Development of model 'safe and fair' contract terms for cloud computing contracts including Service Level Agreements;
  • A European Cloud Partnership with Member States and industry to harness the public sector's buying power (20% of all IT spending) to shape the European cloud market, boost the chances for European cloud providers to grow to achieve a competitive scale, and deliver cheaper and better eGovernment.
"Cloud computing is a game-changer for our economy. Without EU action, we will stay stuck in national fortresses and miss out on billions in economic gains. We must achieve critical mass and a single set of rules across Europe. We must tackle the perceived risks of cloud computing head-on," stated EC Vice-President Neelie Kroes.

http://www.europa.eu

Friday, September 28, 2012

Arianespace Launches 2 Satellites: Astra 2F and GSAT-10


An Ariane 5 rocket successfully orbited two telecommunications satellites: Astra 2F, which mainly provides direct-to-home (DTH) broadcast services for the Luxembourg-based operator SES, and the GSAT-10 communications satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO.
ASTRA 2F, which was built by Astrium using a Eurostar E3000 platform, weighed 6,000 kg at launch. It carries both Ku- and Ka-band transponders. ASTRA 2F will be positioned at 28.2 degrees East for delivering DTH TV broadcast services to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
GSAT-10, which was designed, assembled and integrated by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in Bangalore, weighed about 3,400 kg at launch.  The satellite is fitted with 18 C-band and 12 Ku-band transponders. Positioned at 83 degrees East, it will provide direct-to-home broadcasting, weather and radio-navigation services. Its coverage zone encompasses the entire Indian sub-continent.

This marks the fifth Ariane 5 launch in 2012.  Ariane 5 is the only commercial rocket capable of simultaneously launching two payloads.

FCC Readies First Incentive Auction for Repurposed TV Spectrum

The FCC voted to approve plans for the first incentive auction to repurpose broadcast spectrum for mobile broadband use.

Incentive auctions offer financial incentives to broadcasters to put their unused, licensed spectrum up for public auction, including giving broadcasters a portion of the auction proceeds.  The U.S. is the first nation to move ahead with incentive auctions for traditional TV spectrum.


The major outlines of the incentive auction are given as follow in the FCC's NPRM:

(1) a “reverse auction” in which broadcast television licensees submit bids to voluntarily relinquish
spectrum usage rights in exchange for payments.  The reverse auction consists of three broad issues: bid collection, determination of which bids are accepted, and determination of payment amounts to winners.

(2) a reorganization or “repacking” of the broadcast television bands in order to free up a portion of the ultra-high frequency (UHF) band for other uses. Repacking involves reorganizing the broadcast television bands so that the television stations that remain on the air after the incentive auction occupy a smaller portion of the UHF band, subject to interference and other constraints imposed by the Spectrum Act and treaties with Canada and Mexico.   The goal it to configure a portion of the UHF band into contiguous blocks of spectrum suitable for flexible use.

(3) a “forward auction” of initial licenses for flexible use of the newly available spectrum. The forward auction will resemble prior competitive bidding systems that the FCC has utilized,  except that the FCC will not know in advance the amount of spectrum we can make available in the forward auction, the specific frequencies that will be available and, perhaps, the geographic locations of such frequencies.

The FCC is now seeking comment on these issues.


600 MHz Band Plan. The FCC is also seeking comment on a 600 MHz band plan for reclaimed broadcast television spectrum using 5 megahertz blocks and with 6 megahertz guard bands between mobile broadband use and broadcast use.

The FCC said it is committed to make a substantial amount of spectrum available for unlicensed uses, including a significant portion that would be available on a uniform nationwide basis for the first time. This unlicensed spectrum would continue to include television white spaces.  In addition, the FCC is considering making the 6 MHz guard bands in the 600 MHz band plan available for unlicensed use, making channel 37 available for such use, and making two channels currently designated for wireless microphone use available for white space devices.


  • In February 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the "Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012", which also granted voluntary incentive auction authority to the FCC.




Alcatel-Lucent Builds Ghana’s e-government Services


Alcatel-Lucent is working with NITA - the information and communications technology (ICT) policy arm of Ghana’s Ministry of Communications - to connect central and regional administration offices in support of "e-Ghana", a national initiative to develop local IT services and improve the transparency and efficiency of government functions.  Alcatel-Lucent will design and implement a 600km fiber backbone. In addition, Alcatel-Lucent will provide a national data center facility to support the network, through close collaboration with HP, a global alliance partner for the delivery of converged ICT solutions.

The network uses Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), which can support a mixture of 10G, 40G and 100G channels on the same fiber pair, helping ensure support for future needs as demand grows. Alcatel-Lucent is working with IPMC, local IT hardware and services provider, to establish a large-scale data center using technology from HP.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com


Huawei Completes LTE TDD/TD-SCDMA Interoperability Testing


Huawei has completed LTE TDD/TD-SCDMA multi-mode interoperability testing using Qualcomm's MDM9615 modem, which is highly optimized to support LTE (FDD and TDD), dual-carrier HSPA +, and EV-DO Rev. B. In addition, MDM9615 can also support TD-SCDMA, allowing for interoperability to occur between TD-SCDMA and LTE TDD.

http://www.huawei.com

ADTRAN Cuts Guidance on Weak U.S. Carrier Spending


Citing weakness in spending by U.S. carriers, ADTRAN cut its revenue and earnings estimates for the third quarter ending September 30, 2012.

The company now expects revenue for the quarter to be approximately $162 million. GAAP earnings per share for the quarter, assuming dilution, are expected to range from $0.14 to $0.15. Non-GAAP earnings per share for the quarter are expected to range from $0.18 to $0.19.

ADTRAN Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “Our performance this quarter continued to be affected by a challenging spending environment stemming largely from macro-economic and regulatory concerns. The largest impact continues to be in the U.S. carrier market where we saw continuing delays in project rollouts exacerbated by a decrease in legacy product sales. Although timing the resolution to these macro concerns remains challenging, recent bidding activity in Tier 1 and Tier 2 carrier accounts both domestically and abroad leave us very confident about our positioning as these markets rebound.”

http://www.adtran.com

CTIA Endorses FCC's Incentive Auction of Broadcast Television Spectrum


"Since spectrum is a finite resource, we're pleased the Commission has begun the process of establishing the rules that will fulfill the goals of the recently adopted, bipartisan spectrum legislation.  We also commend the Commission for working to ensure that it not only establishes rules that result in a successful auction, but also completes its efforts in a timely manner. In order to maintain our global leadership in the mobile ecosystem, we must ensure that this spectrum is brought to market more quickly than the almost ten years it took to bring the last two spectrum blocks to market," stated CTIA-The Wireless Association President and CEO Steve Largent.

http://www.ctia.org

Intel Strikes at the Tablet Market


Intel, in partnership with Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Samsung and ZTE, showed off new tablets and tablet convertible designs based on Intel Core vPro, Intel Core and Intel Atom processors, including the new Intel Atom processor Z2760 (formerly codenamed "Clover Trail").

Intel said its new chip allow for tablets as thin as 8.5mm and as light as 1.5 pounds. The dual-core, four-thread SoC enables long battery life with more than 3 weeks of connected standby and more than 10 hours of local HD video playback.  Intel also highlighted support for the upcoming Windows 8.

"This is just the beginning of Intel's effort in the tablet market, and our goal is to deliver products that fit the spectrum of evolving needs of both consumers and business users without compromising on compatibility, experience or battery life," said Erik Reid, general manager, Application Processor Platforms for Intel's Mobile and Communications Group. "When people or corporations buy a device with Intel Inside®, they're getting the best of Windows 8 features with a computing experience that just works."

http://www.intel.com

Bloomberg: DDoS Attacks on U.S. Banks Worrisome


A group calling itself Izz ad-Din al-Quassam Cyber Fighters is claiming responsibility for the series of DDoS attacks on major U.S. financial institutions over the past 2 weeks, according to Bloomberg, and were possibly inspired as revenge for the controversial YouTube video.  The attacks, which escalated last week, are raising concerns across the industry in part because it was assumed that the major U.S. banks have sufficient cyber security to defend against distributed denial of service attacks.

The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, which gathers threat, vulnerability, and risk information about cyber and physical security risks faced by the financial services sector under a Presidential directive, is maintaining an orange "High" warning level on its 5-level warning scale of Cyber Threats. (the highest level is 5-point red for "Severe" risk of cyber attacks on financial institutions).   FS-ISAC raised the warning level to Orange on September 19th.

http://www.fsisac.com/
http://www.bloomberg.com/

Crown Castle to Acquire 7,200 Towers from T-Mobile USA for $2.4 Billion


Crown Castle reached an agreement to acquire approximately 7,200 towers from T-Mobile USA for $2.4 billion in cash.

The deal gives Crown Castle the exclusive right to lease and operate the T-Mobile towers for a weighted average term of approximately 28 years. In addition, Crown Castle will have the option to purchase such towers at the end of the respective lease terms for aggregate option payments of approximately $2.4 billion, which payments, if exercised would be primarily between 2025 and 2048.

Crown Castle said the deal helps it to consolidate its share of the telecom tower leasing business.  T-Mobile USA said the cash will help it to accelerate its 4G rollout.

"T-Mobile USA is working aggressively to make our 4G network stronger, faster and more dependable for consumers, and this transaction will support our ongoing $4 billion network modernization initiative that is the cornerstone of this effort as we work tirelessly to continue to deliver our amazing 4G services nationwide."

http://www.crowncastle.com


  • Earlier this year, Crown Castle International acquired NextG Networks for approximately $1.0 billion in cash.  NextG, which specializes in outdoor distributed antenna systems ("DAS"), currently has over 7,000 nodes-on-air and a further 1,500 nodes under construction. In addition, NextG has rights to over 4,600 miles of fiber. Over 90% of NextG nodes are in urban and suburban locations, with 80% in the top ten US metropolitan areas, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas Fort Worth. The NextG assets are expected to provide significant growth, as they currently average only 1.25 tenants per network. Crown Castle said this deal made it the largest independent DAS operator in the US, with approximately 10,000 nodes and 26 venues in operation or under construction. Previously, Crown Castle owned, operated and managed over 22,000 and approximately 1,600 wireless communication sites in the US and Australia,
  • In September, Deutsche Telekom appointed John Legere as CEO of T-Mobile USA, replacing Jim Alling, who will return to his position of Chief Operating Officer. 
  • Legere previously was CEO of Global Crossing.