Tuesday, April 22, 2014

AT&T and The Chernin Group Commit $500M to OTT Video

AT&T and The Chernin Group, which manages and invests in media businesses around the world, will launch a joint venture targeting over-the-top (OTT) video services.  The companies agreed to commit over $500 million to the effort to bring advertising-supported and subscription VOD channels, as well as streaming services, to market.

The Chernin Group brings media assets as well as expertise to the venture, including contribution of its majority stake in Crunchyroll, a subscription video on demand service. AT&T brings its extensive network resources.

”AT&T and The Chernin Group are combining our skill sets to address the growing consumer demand for accessing content how and when they want it,” said John Stankey, Chief Strategy Officer at AT&T. “Combining our expertise in network infrastructure, mobile, broadband and video with The Chernin Group’s management and expertise in content, distribution, and monetization models in online video creates the opportunity for us to develop a compelling offering in the OTT space.”

http://about.att.com/story/the_chernin_group_and_att_create_new_venture_to_acquire_invest_in_and_launch_online_video_businesses.html


  • The Chernin Group, LLC (TCG) is a privately held, independent media holding company founded by Peter Chernin and based in Los Angeles, CA. TCG's assets include Chernin Entertainment; a majority stake in Hong Kong-based CA Media, ; and strategic investments in digital media companies including Fullscreen, Crunchyroll, Pandora, SoundCloud, Flipboard, Scopely, MiTĂș, Base79, Medium, and Tumblr (sold to Yahoo!). Providence Equity Partners LLC; Qatar Holding LLC; Victor Koo (founder and CEO of Youku) and Chengwei Capital; and other shareholders are strategic partners of and investors in TCG.

AT&T Reports Strong Wireless and Wireline Trends

Citing strength in both its wireless and wireline businesses, AT&T reported Q1 2014 revenues of 32.5 billion, up 3.6 percent versus the year-earlier period, the company’s strongest growth in more than two years. Compared with results for the first quarter of 2013, operating expenses were $26.2 billion versus $25.4 billion; operating income was $6.3 billion compared to $5.9 billion; and operating income margin was 19.3 percent compared to 18.9 percent.

First-quarter 2014 net income attributable to AT&T totaled $3.7 billion, or $0.70 per diluted share, compared to $3.7 billion, or $0.67, in the year-ago quarter. Adjusting for $0.01 of Leap transaction-related costs, earnings per share was $0.71 compared to an adjusted $0.64 in the year-ago quarter, an increase of almost 11 percent.

“We have been working very deliberately to transform our business, and this quarter you really start to see the benefits,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “Customers really like the new mobility value proposition and are choosing to move off device subsidies to simpler pricing while at the same time, they are continuing to move to smartphones with larger data plans.

Some Wireless highlights for Q1 2014:

  • Total wireless revenues, which include equipment sales, were up 7.0 percent year over year to $17.9 billion. 
  • Wireless operating expenses totaled $12.8 billion, up 6.6 percent versus the year-earlier quarter, and wireless operating income was $5.1 billion, up 8.1 percent year over year. 
  • Strongest First-Quarter Postpaid Net Adds in Five Years. AT&T added more than 1 million subscribers in the first quarter, with year-over-year improvements in every category. 
  • Total wireless subscribers increased by 1,062,000 in the quarter, led by 625,000 postpaid net adds and 693,000 connected device net adds. 
  • There was a net loss of 50,000 prepaid subscribers, due to declines in session-based tablets, and a net loss of 206,000 reseller subscribers, primarily due to losses in low-revenue 2G subscriber accounts. Prepaid net adds include first-quarter results from Leap Wireless only after AT&T acquired the company on March 13.
  • Postpaid net adds include 311,000 smartphones. Total branded smartphone net adds (both postpaid and prepaid) were 566,000. Total branded tablet net adds were 313,000.
  • Total churn was essentially stable at 1.39 percent compared to 1.38 percent in the year-ago quarter. Postpaid churn of 1.07 was down sequentially and up slightly compared to 1.04 percent in the year-ago quarter.
  • AT&T added 1.1 million postpaid smartphones in the first quarter. At the end of the quarter, 78 percent, or 53.0 million, of AT&T's postpaid phone subscribers had smartphones, up from 72 percent, or 48.3 million, a year earlier. 
  • Smartphones accounted for 92 percent of postpaid phone sales in the quarter, a first-quarter record. AT&T’s ARPU for smartphones is about twice that of non-smartphone subscribers. At the end of the first quarter,
  • 57 percent of AT&T’s postpaid smartphone customers used an LTE-capable device. The company sold 5.8 million smartphones in the quarter.
  • At the end of the first quarter, 46 percent of Mobile Share accounts had 10 gigabyte or higher plans, up from 28 percent in the year-ago quarter and 27 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. In total, about 81 percent, or 42.9 million, of postpaid smartphone subscribers are on usage-based data plans (tiered data and Mobile Share plans). This compares to 33.5 million a year ago.

Some Wireline highlights for Q1 2014:

  • Total first-quarter wireline revenues were $14.6 billion, down 0.4 percent versus the year-earlier quarter. Wireline service revenues were up 0.1 percent year over year. 
  • Total U-verse revenues grew 29.0 percent year over year. First-quarter wireline operating expenses were $13.1 billion, up 0.9 percent versus the first quarter of 2013. 
  • AT&T’s wireline operating income totaled $1.5 billion, down 10.5 percent versus the first quarter of 2013. First-quarter wireline operating income margin was 10.0 percent versus 11.1 percent in the year-earlier quarter, primarily due to U-verse content price increases, declines in voice revenues, success-based growth and costs incurred as part of Project VIP.
  • Revenues from residential customers totaled $5.7 billion, an increase of 4.3 percent versus the first quarter a year ago. This is the strongest consumer revenue growth since the introduction of U-verse eight years ago. Continued strong growth in consumer IP data services in the first quarter more than offset lower revenues from legacy voice and data products. U-verse, which includes TV, high speed Internet and voice over IP, now represents 59 percent of wireline consumer revenues, up from 48 percent in the year-earlier quarter. Consumer U-verse revenues grew 28.3 percent year over year. 
  • Total U-verse subscribers (TV and high speed Internet) reached 11.3 million in the first quarter. U-verse TV added 201,000 subscribers in the first quarter to reach 5.7 million in service. AT&T has more pay TV subscribers than any other telecommunications company. 
  • U-verse high speed Internet had a first-quarter net gain of 634,000 subscribers, to reach a total of 11.0 million. That marks seven consecutive quarters with U-verse broadband net adds of more than 600,000. 
  • Overall, total wireline broadband subscribers increased by 78,000. 
  • Total wireline broadband ARPU was up 9 percent year over year. Total U-verse high speed Internet subscribers now represent more than two-thirds of all wireline broadband subscribers, compared with 51 percent in the year-earlier quarter.


Some highlights for Strategic Business Services:


  • Total revenues from business customers were $8.7 billion, down 2.7 percent versus the year-earlier quarter. Business service revenues declined 2.1 percent year over year. 
  • Overall, declines in legacy products were partially offset by continued double-digit growth in strategic business services. Revenues from these services, the next-generation capabilities that lead AT&T's most advanced business solutions — including VPN, Ethernet, cloud, hosting and other advanced IP services — grew 16.1 percent versus the year-earlier quarter. These services represent an annualized revenue stream of more than $9 billion and are more than 26 percent of wireline business revenues. 
  • During the first quarter, the company also added 64,000 business U-verse high speed broadband subscribers.


http://about.att.com/story/att_first_quarter_earnings_2014.html

1Q14 - Investor slides
http://www.att.com/Investor/Earnings/1q14/slides_1q14.pdf




AT&T Adds Amdocs and Juniper to NFV Supplier Program

AT&T named Amdocs and Juniper Networks as two additional vendors in its User-Defined Network Cloud program.

AT&T has not revised its previously announced capital expenditure due to expected savings from cloud platforms.

“This is an ambitious program that allows us to tap into the latest technologies to enhance the network infrastructure,” said Tim Harden, president, AT&T Supply Chain. “We’re taking another step toward building the faster, simpler and more flexible network of the future that provides increased global connectivity with easily scalable and faster content delivery.”

http://about.att.com/story/att_adds_amdocs_and_juniper_to_its_user_defined_network_cloud_supplier_program.html


In February, AT&T outlined its vision of a User-Defined Network Cloud that is open, simple, scalable and able to perform many functions.

Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, John Donovan, senior executive vice president of AT&T technology and network operations, said it envisions a multi-service, multi-tenant platform capable of adapting to traffic demands dynamically.  The end goal is to spur innovation by making it easier to adapt the network for new services.

AT&T's Domain 2.0 supplier program, which will was announced in September 2013, will use these principles to build this new architecture based on Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN).

AT&T also announced the first group of companies selected to work on the company’s strategy. EricssonTail-F Systems, and Metaswitch Networks have been selected to begin further discussions on design and deployment. AT&T also selected Affirmed Networks to work on a virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC).  Ericsson will also work on integration and transformation services. Further selections will take place through the end of 2014.

Cisco Launches Managed Threat Defense Service

Cisco launched a Managed Threat Defense security service that applies real-time, predictive analytics to detect attacks and protect against advanced malware across customers' extended networks.

Cisco Managed Threat Defense is an on-premises solution, comprised of hardware, software, and analytics designed to monitor, capture, and analyze threats. Cisco's worldwide network of expert-staffed security operations centers (SOCs) monitor the service and provide incident response analysis, escalation, and remediation recommendations.  Key capabilities:

  • Protects against unknown attacks, not seen by anti-virus, by capturing real-time streaming telemetry.
  • Leverages Hadoop 2.0 to apply predictive analytics to detect anomalous patterns against each customer's unique network profile and determine suspicious behavior.
  • Identifies known attacks and vulnerabilities using pattern analysis and investigation against both Cisco-proprietary and community threat intelligence data.
  • Provides incident tracking and reporting via a subscription-based business model. This approach can lower operational costs and utilizes Cisco's continued investment in security technology, processes, and talent.
  • Includes innovative Cisco security technology such as Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) to detect malware and eliminate unnecessary alerts, Sourcefire FirePOWER for threat detection, and Cisco Cloud Web Security for email and web filtering.

"As data continues to move to the cloud, more people are accessing data via mobile devices, in addition to sharing data through social channels. Consequently, security has become our customers' number one concern," said Bryan Palma, SVP Cisco Security Solutions. "Managed Threat Defense lessens the worry associated with protecting against a breach and allows Cisco and its partners to add value where customers need it most."

http://blogs.cisco.com/security/cisco-announces-managed-threat-defense-service

NSN Opens in Myanmar

Nokia Solutions and Networks has opened two new offices in Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, to support domestic customers.

“Myanmar’s communications industry is evolving at a rapid pace, and NSN remains committed to hasten this evolution by providing its technology and expertise to local operators,” said Raman Vattumalai, country head of Myanmar at NSN.

Ooredoo recently selected NSN to supply its core and radio infrastructure for its 3G network in Myanmar. This deal marked NSN’s entry in the nation’s telecommunications landscape.

http://www.nsn.com

Monday, April 21, 2014

Radisys -- T-Series Platform Innovations for NFV and SDN

SDN and NFV are opening up a tremendous opportunity for network equipment manufacturers to innovate, says Karl Wale, Director of Product Marketing at Radisys.  In this video, he presents the Radisys T-Series platform. Although originating with enterprise cloud systems, the new telecom cloud equipment is designed to meet stricter reliability requirements.  It must also support low latency applications and heterogeneous transport (optical, Ethernet and wireless).  In terms of scalability, the Radisys T-series goes all the way from 2-slot systems all the way up to the 14-slot T40 Ultra System for SDN/NFV. In addition to hardware, Radisys also supplies software for a full solution.

See 5-minute video:  http://youtu.be/IXQh-xTmjwQ


AT&T Contemplates Widescale FTTH Rollout

AT&T may go big with its rollout of residential fiber in major markets across the U.S.  The company announced a major initiative to expand its Gigabit-capable fiber network to up to 100 cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas. The company is not changing its CAPEX guidance for 2014.  The initiative will fall under Project VIP.

"AT&T U-verse with GigaPower" service is available in parts of Austin, Texas and rollouts were already pending for Dallas and Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

AT&T's list of 21 candidate metropolitan areas for new fiber rollouts includes: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose (including Campbell, Cupertino and Mountain View). With previously announced markets, AT&T now has committed to or is exploring 25 metro areas for fiber deployment.

“We’re delivering advanced services that offer consumers and small businesses the ability to do more, faster, help communities create a new wave of innovation, and encourage economic development,” said Lori Lee, senior executive vice president, AT&T Home Solutions. “We’re interested in working with communities that appreciate the value of the most advanced technologies and are willing to encourage investment by offering solid investment cases and policies.”

http://about.att.com/story/att_eyes_100_u_s_cities_and_municipalities_for_its_ultra_fast_fiber_network.html


In February, Google announced plans to expand its fiber broadband projects beyond Kansas City, Austin and Provo to include up 34 additional cities over the next few years. 

The company is now encouraging cities in 8 metro regions across the U.S. to consider undertake a joint planning process to map out a Google Fiber network in detail and also assess what unique local challenges such a rollout might face.

China Telecom Powers Internet Data Center with Huawei's SDN

The Beijing branch of China Telecom has deployed Huawei's software-defined networking solution in its Internet Data Center (IDC) for northern China.  The SDN installation is supporting a range of new IDC services, such as “DC-one” for virtual resource services, “DC-care” for assurance services, “DC-keeper” for auxiliary services like detailed traffic reporting, and DC-private for customized services.

The companies said the SDN architecture enables a service-centric IDC that effectively meets service customization requirements of tenants, improves IDC resource utilization and operations, and optimizes network O&M efficiency.

Huawei's SDN solution for Beijing Telecom's IDC comprises key components such as the smart network controller (SNC), powered by a carrier-grade SDN control algorithm (Flow Engine) and orchestrator NetMatrix.

"We are glad to cooperate with Huawei in the SDN field and successfully commercialize the technology. We hope these new services can create more value for our customers," said Xu Hong, the Vice GM of Beijing Telecom.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-332209-sdn.htm#.U1XIiPmWWSo

China Mobile Verifies FDD/TDD Carrier Aggregation with Huawei

China Mobile has verified multiple core TD-LTE-Advanced technologies including FDD/TDD Carrier Aggregation, MSA, 256QAM, inter-site CoMP, and MU-MIMO in field tests conducted in partnership with Chengdu Electronic Technology University and Huawei.


Huawei said this pre-commercial verification of 3GPP R12 technologies marks a milestone in improving the entire TD-LTE network performance and user peak throughput. Some highlights of the testing:

  • LTE TDD & FDD Carrier Aggregation (CA) testing enabled China Mobile and Huawei to validate the CA peak throughput by considering a scenario where LTE TDD is the primary cell and LTE FDD is the secondary cell. The air interface test results reached the theoretical peak data rate corresponding to a used network configuration of 250 Mbps.
  • LTE Multi-Stream Aggregation (MSA) between TD-LTE and LTE FDD sites were both tested, with the results showing flexible handover or traffic concurrency for users, based on network coverage, load and interference.
  • MU-MIMO was validated with four data streams based on an 8-antenna network, which resulted in a peak data rate improvement of 100%. The test result for inter-site CoMP on a PTN-based network also showed a 30% increase in throughput for cell edge users.
  • TD-LTE indoor and outdoor testing was done with 256QAM. Compared to 64QAM, 256QAM enables a 33% peak data rate gain, and a cell average performance improvement of more than 20% in an indoor test environment.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-332282-td-lte.htm

NTT Com Tests Browser-based WebRTC Chat

NTT Communications kicked off a free trial of "WebRTC Chat on Skyway" - a web application that uses WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communications)for browser-to-browser communication between devices in real time.

NTT Comm sees WebRTC as a breakthrough technology because it enables highly private communication for web services while minimizing server requirements. WebRTC stores the beginning and end of connection logs, so communication can be traced if necessary. NTT Com’s trial will test this feature by compiling and managing communication logs.

https://chat.skyway.io/
http://www.ntt.com/aboutus_e/news/data/20140421.html

Microsoft and Motorola Solutions Sign Licensing Deal

Microsoft announced a worldwide patent deal under which Motorola Solutions licenses its intellectual property devices running the Android platform and Chrome OS operating system.

"Microsoft and Motorola Solutions share a respect for intellectual property and a commitment to fair and reasonable patent licensing programs," said Nick Psyhogeos, general manager, associate general counsel, IP licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. "Microsoft prefers licensing to litigation, since licensing is a more effective way to share technology and accelerate the pace of innovation."

"Our Motorola Solutions communications technology works best for everyone when it is backed with robust intellectual property and patents," said Joe White, vice president of Enterprise Mobile Computing, Motorola Solutions. "We are pleased to have agreed upon a solution that allows our customers to purchase Android products from Motorola Solutions with confidence."

http://www.microsoft.com

Verizon Appoints Chris Formant to Lead Enterprise Business

Christopher Formant has been named president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

He was most recently senior vice president and president of Avaya Government Solutions and Avaya Professional Services. At Avaya, he was also president of Global Services.  In addition to his leadership roles at Avaya, Formant has held executive positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and MBNA, as well as serving as adviser/investor to early-stage technology companies.

http://newscenter.verizon.com/corporate/news-articles/2014/04-17-chris-formant-joins-verizon-enterprise-business/

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cisco Lands a Major Customer for Next Gen Network Convergence System

Bright House Networks, the sixth-largest owner and operator of cable systems in the United States, has deployed the Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS) to support cloud-based, managed services for businesses, such as hosted voice, call center, application and infrastructure-as-a-service. The Cisco NCS also supports Bright House Networks' managed security, network transport, Wi-Fi and traditional voice and data services to business customers.

Bright House Networks is the first cable operator to deploy the Cisco NCS 6000, which offers the industry's first 1 terabits per second (Tbps) line card with the capability of transporting up to 5 Tbps per slot and a total system capacity of 1.2 petabits per second (Pbps) in a multi-chassis configuration to support a converged Internet Protocol (IP) and optical environment.

Cisco said its NCS 6000 delivers programmability and virtualization capabilities that enables Bright House Networks to accommodate growing network traffic and seize the opportunity created by trillions of programmable device-driven events and generated by the Internet of Everything (IoE), the networked connection of people, data, processes and things.   The Cisco NCS 6000 works together with the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS) and Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers to act as a foundational network fabric.

"Our continued collaboration with Cisco allows us to be one of the first cable operators in the United States to offer comprehensive, world-class, cloud-based services to businesses and consumers. Working with Cisco we're able to quickly bring new business and residential services to market and perform in-service software upgrades without any downtime or service interruption or degradation," stated Craig Cowden, chief network officer and senior vice president of Enterprise Solutions, Bright House Networks.

"With our widely Evolved Programmable Network solutions for converged networks, we are now able to deliver software-defined networking and network functions virtualization innovations that accelerate new business possibilities for Bright House Networks. We are pleased to have met Bright House Networks' expectations in a short period of time, giving them the ability to optimize and monetize their network through carrier-class, cloud-based and managed services for businesses and consumers," said Bill Gartner, vice president and general manager, High-End Routing and Optical Group, Cisco.

http://www.brighthouse.com


In September 2013, +Cisco unveiled its flagship Network Convergence System (NCS) core routing fabric designed to bring scalability, open programmability, and IP/Optical integration to power the Internet of Everything.

The Cisco NCS family serves as network fabric and orchestration system uniting the Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS) and Aggregation Services Router (ASR) product lines.  It can be deployed as part of the Cisco ONE Service Provider Architecture, which embraces and extends SDN/NFV. The NCS family leverages several innovations:

Programmable Silicon: The NCS features the recently announced Cisco nPower X1 integrated network processor, which is also used in the CRS-X.  The nPower X1 packs 336 cores and 4 billion transistors on a single chip.  It also features new memory technology , the nPower X1 implementation achieves
unprecedented levels of performance, functionality, programmability and scale for a network processor.

Intelligent Convergence for Optimization and Simplification: The Cisco NCS converges IP and optical networks and is designed to seamlessly integrate with the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) and the Dynamic Fabric Automation capabilities supported by Cisco's data center innovations. This convergence capability enables the NCS to act as a flexible foundational network fabric for an evolved programmable network, able to shift and redirect data center, core, edge and optical resources spontaneously and in real time, allowing service providers to accelerate service velocity while reducing overall complexity and operating costs.

Advanced Virtualization Capabilities: The NCS's element, system and architectural virtualization capabilities converge to enable the system to orchestrate services and resources across disparate physical, virtual and geographical elements as if they are part of a single unified system using Cisco Prime and Cisco Quantum solutions. The system's advanced virtualization features enable service providers to elastically scale up and down both network and compute resources, utilizing scalable multichassis configurations that can be managed as a single entity. If system scale is exceeded in one part of the network, the NCS moves control plane functions onto UCS servers in the data center, creating virtually unlimited control plane scale by capitalizing on the blade servers' processing.

The Cisco NCS family consists of three key components that can be managed as a single integrated system for business agility and simplified operations:

NCS 6000 -- the flagship router boasts the ability to transport up to 5 Tbps per slot and 1.2 Pbps per system.  By using its 100 Gbps,CMOS-based CPAK transceivers Cisco is delivering the first 1 Tbps line card. Each line card runs up to 1 Tbps throughput, using a mix of 10, 40, or 100 Gbps interfaces per card.  Significantly, the NCS 6000 will run virtualized IOS-XR instances while supporting hardware-enabled true zero-packet, zero-topology loss (ZPL/ZTL) In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU).  This will enable lossless software image updates.  Thanks to the CMOS silicon photonics and new network processor, Cisco said the NCS 6000 will achieve the lowest carbon footprint in service provider routing . The NCS 6000 is currently shipping.

NCS 4000 --  bridges the gap between the IP and optical layers with time division multiplexing (TDM), packet switching, and integrated DWDM functionality. It will support 400 Gbps per slot and 6.4 Terabits per system and be available in single, back-to-back, and multi-chassis configurations.  It will offer full optical channel data unit (ODU-0) level switching, with ports supporting SONET/SDH, Ethernet, and channelized OTN Full IP, MPLS, MPLS-Transport Profile (TP), and Carrier Ethernet switching, supporting 10 Gb, 40 Gb, and 100 Gb Ethernet interfaces with the option of OTN encapsulation. The NCS 4000 will be available in the first half of 2014.

NCS 2000 -- a DWDM transport platform that evolves the Cisco ROADM portfolio by introducing 96-channel nLight ROADM technology.  It offers touchless re-configurability through colorless, omni-directional, and contention-less add/drop, networks.  The NCS 2000 introduces hybrid Raman-EDFA amplifiers known as erbium doped Raman amplifiers (EDRA).  The NCS 2000 is currently shipping.

The three platforms are designed to work as a single, integrated system.

"The Cisco NCS was engineered with the programmability, intelligence and scalability to meet the demands of today and tomorrow.  The NCS delivers an evolved programmable network that will enable service providers to generate new revenue streams and business models, while delivering exciting new experiences to their customers," stated Surya Panditi, SVP and GM, Cisco's Service Provider Networking Group.

Cisco named three early adopters for NCS:  BSkyB (Sky), KDDI and Telstra.

IBM Develops SoftLayer Partnership Programs

IBM is rolling out a series of initiatives to help its business partners to develop, market and sell SoftLayer cloud services to their customers.  SoftLayer, an IBM company, provides a high performance, enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure.

Under the program, IBM is:

  • Offering improved margin opportunities with richer earned-volume discounts for SoftLayer Business Partners without requiring a prior commitment.
  • Creating a new SoftLayer Services & Solution Provider program, which streamlines the SoftLayer hosting reseller and strategic partners program to improve clarity of eligibility requirement and benefits of the program.
  • Launching a co-marketing initiative as part of PartnerWorld to help SoftLayer Business Partners that join the program build their brands, generate demand for their services and grow their marketing skills. Partners who join PartnerWorld, and existing IBM Business Partners who join the SoftLayer partner program will have access to campaign design and creation tools as well as customizable campaign templates to minimize upfront work and deliver consistent messaging.
  • Expanding the technical training courses for both SoftLayer and IBM Business Partners to build skills that meet clients' plans to use outside resources for delivering high-value cloud solutions. The free two-day courses introduce SoftLayer solutions through hands-on activities delivered by Global Knowledge, one of IBM global training providers. Classes are held in 21 locations including markets where IBM is expanding its global network of cloud hubs in addition to several other key markets around the world, including: Japan, India, China, England and several locations across the United States.

"Supporting our partners as they transition from selling traditional on-premise cloud solutions to hybrid and off-premise cloud solutions is a priority for Avnet Technology Solutions," said Fred Cuen, senior vice president and general manager, IBM Solutions Group, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. "With these new enhancements, and with IBM's plans to expand its global cloud footprint globally, SoftLayer has assembled the right components for a winning partner program and we're looking forward to leveraging it to grow cloud market share for Avnet and our partner base."

http://www.SoftLayer.com
http://www.ibm.com

  • IBM recently announced a $1.2 billion investment to expand its global cloud footprint and its $1 billion investment to develop a unique platform-as-a-service offering, codenamed BlueMix. The plans call for 15 new data centers worldwide, including new Softlayer facilities in Washington D.C., Mexico City, Dallas, China, Hong Kong, London, Japan, India and Canada. The expansion will bring the number of IBM cloud data centers to about 40 worldwide.



ARRIS Acquires SeaWell for ABR Streaming Technology

ARRIS has acquired SeaWell Networks, a developer of adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming technologies.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

SeaWell is based in Mississauga, Ontario.  ARRIS plans to integrated SeaWell's streaming technologies into its Network & Cloud business. This combined portfolio – of IP video, multiscreen, and ad insertion solutions – will be the enabler for next-gen TV and advertising services.

"This acquisition further positions ARRIS to transform IP video delivery…from content creation to consumption," said Bob Stanzione, ARRIS Chairman and CEO. "ARRIS and SeaWell Networks recently collaborated, introducing an integrated solution to monetize the multiscreen opportunity. SeaWell's technology and talent impressed our team, and we are excited to do more together. Combining our solutions, technologists and roadmaps promises to accelerate the delivery of the personalized TV and advertising solutions that service providers need and their consumers crave."

Brian Collie, SeaWell Networks Founder and CEO said, "This acquisition will create new opportunities for our employees, customers and the industry. This combination will provide the next-gen TV solutions our customers need to more quickly and cost-effectively transition to IP and multiscreen video."

http://www.arrisi.com

Fujitsu Supplies Long-Haul Microwave Radio in Western Arctic

Northwestel, a communications solutions provider in northern Canada, has chosen Fujitsu Network Communications to supply its long-haul, packet transport, microwave technology to bring broadband connectivity to communities of the Western-Arctic’s Mackenzie Delta area.

Specifically, Northwestel selected the Fujitsu FRX-3E Long-Haul Microwave Radio System, which supports Ethernet services with up to 4Gbps capacity and offers 16RF channels. Additionally, Northwestel will use Fujitsu’s NETSMART Management System carrier-class software to manage, provision and monitor the FRX-3E. The communications provider already uses the NETSMART Management System to perform these functions in conjunction with previously installed Fujitsu FLASHWAVE Packet Optical Networking Platforms (Packet ONP).

AgilOne Raises $25 Million for Cloud-based Predictive Analytics

AgilOne, a start-up based in Mountain View, California closed $25 million in Series C funding for its cloud-based predictive marketing platform. AgilOne is used by brands including Shazam, Sports Authority, Moosejaw and shopPBS.org to develop precise marketing offers based on big data analytics.

“Predictive marketing is the only easy way to do precise customer targeting and deliver personalized experiences to every consumer,” said Omer Artun, founder and CEO of AgilOne. “Our growth over the last year has been tremendous, and we’ve only scratched the surface. Our latest funding round will allow us to take the company to the next level, and we are very fortunate to have top investors by our side that have strong domain expertise and support our mission.”

The latest funding round was led by Tenaya Capital with participation from Next World Capital and Four Rivers Group and existing investors, Sequoia Capital and Mayfield Fund.

http://www.agilone.com

Friday, April 18, 2014

ZTE Wins Orders from China Mobile for GPON

ZTE confirmed the receipt of orders from China Mobile for GPON equipment in the operator’s annual tender.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

ZTE was one of only three successful vendors in China Mobile’s tender for more than 614,000 ONUs (Optical Network Unit) and over 3,000 OLTs (Optical Line Terminal).  The other winning bidders were Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell and FiberHome.

“ZTE is committed to achieving win-win with our customers through dedicated R&D efforts and high-quality customer services,” said Bei Jinsong, Director of Optical Access Products at ZTE. “Our efforts have resulted in industry-leading product performance and increasing market acceptance for ZTE’s GPON equipment.”

http://www.zte.com.cn

See also