Monday, December 1, 2014

CoreOS Launches Rocket Container as Docker Alternative

CoreOS released Rocket, a new portable container format, as an alternative to the Docker runtime. The idea is to provide a “standard container” that can be used for moving workloads between multiple servers and environments.

CoreOS is a San Francisco start-up building a new Linux distribution for modern infrastructure stacks. It consumes 40% less RAM on boot than an average Linux installation and features an active/passive dual-partition scheme to update the OS as a single unit instead of package by package. Applications on CoreOS can run as Docker containers.

Until now, CoreOS has been a big supporter of Docker. In a blog posting, the company said the Docker company has strayed from its early principle of building a simple, composable container unit that could be used in a variety of systems and supported by everyone. So CoreOS is now developing Rocket around the App Container specification and promoting it as a new set of simple and open specifications for a portable container format.

https://coreos.com/blog/rocket/

https://github.com/coreos/rocket

Cavium Releases its ARMv8 ThunderX

Cavium announced availability of both single socket and dual socket versions of its ARMv8 ThunderX  family of processors aimed at next generation data center and cloud infrastructure.

It is fully compliant with ARMv8 architecture as well as ARM's Server Base System Architecture (SBSA), while bringing to market significant enhancements including:

  • The first ARM based SoC that scales from 24 to 48 cores in a pin compatible foot print.
  • The first ARM based SoC to be fully cache coherent across dual sockets using Cavium Coherent Processor Interconnect (CCPI).
  • Integrated I/O capacity with hundreds of Gigabits of I/O bandwidth.
  • Up to four DDR3/4 72 bit memory controllers capable of supporting 2400MHz memories up to 1TB of memory capacity in a dual socket configuration.
  • Hundreds of integrated hardware accelerators for security, storage, networking and virtualization.
  • Standard based low latency Ethernet fabric enabling interconnections of thousands of ThunderX nodes.
  • Full system virtualization using Cavium virtSoC technology.

"Over the past decade, Cavium has been a pioneer in delivering high performance, multi-core processors to the market. ThunderX is our flagship ARMv8 multi core processor family with the highest core counts and the most comprehensive set of I/O and accelerators in the market. The ThunderX based solutions are fully optimized for a wide variety of next-generation Data Center and cloud workloads," said Gopal Hegde, VP/GM of Data Center Processor Group at Cavium. "ThunderX is a disruptive technology that enables our customers to deliver highly integrated, high performance, best in class platforms," he added.

http://www.cavium.com/ThunderX_ARM_Processors.html



Cypress to Acquire Spansion -- Microcontrollers and Specialized Memories

Cypress Semiconductor and Spansion agreed to to merge in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately $4 billion. Spansion shareholders will receive 2.457 Cypress shares for each Spansion share they own.

The combined company, which will be headquartered in San Jose, California and called Cypress Semiconductor, will be a $2 billion global leader in microcontrollers and specialized memories for embedded systems.

The current Cypress supplies programmable system-on-chip families for consumer, mobile handsets, computation, data communications, automotive, industrial and military applications. Cypress is the world leader in capacitive user interface solutions including CapSense touch sensing, TrueTouch touchscreens, and trackpad solutions for notebook PCs and peripherals. Cypress is a world leader in USB controllers, which enhance connectivity and performance in a wide range of consumer and industrial products. Cypress is also the world leader in SRAM and nonvolatile RAM memories.

Spansion supplies flash memory, microcontrollers, analog and mixed-signal products used in a range of applications, from automotive electronics and industrial systems to highly interactive consumer devices.

http://www.spansion.com
http://www.cypress.com

Infonetics: Big Jump in Carrier Ethernet Switch Sales

While sales of service provider routers continue to slow, sales of carrier Ethernet switches are trending sharply up, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.

“The ‘SDN hesitation’ we first identified four quarters ago remains in effect, slowing router spending in the third quarter of 2014 as carriers remain cautious about investing in equipment and software that might need to be replaced in the future,” says Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks and co-founder of Infonetics Research.

“Meanwhile carrier Ethernet switches (CES) had an unprecedented quarter, with global revenue up 32% from the previous quarter and up 14% from a year ago, driven by ZTE in China and Cisco in North America,” continues Howard. “Fundamental changes are on the horizon as the market transitions from hardware-driven to software-driven, but no doubt routers must be fitted with higher-capacity blades to accommodate growing traffic, and there is intensifying focus on content delivery networks (CDNs) and smart traffic management across routes to make routers and optical gear cooperate more closely.”

Some highlights:

  • Combined, service provider routers and switches—including IP edge and core routers and carrier Ethernet switches—totaled $3.7 billion worldwide in 3Q14, down 3% from the previous quarter
  • All regions except CALA (Caribbean and Latin America) were down sequentially in 3Q14
  • However, the market is up 3% from the year-ago 3rd quarter, reflecting the long-term slow growth trend Infonetics has been tracking
  • Infonetics expects the global carrier router and switch market to slowly grow to $17 billion by 2018, a five year (2013–2018) compound annual growth rate of just over 3%
  • Looking at rolling 4-quarter router market share, Huawei increased its share the most of any vendor (+4.6 points) from 3Q12 to 3Q14, as edge and core router revenue stayed relatively flat.

http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2014/3Q14-Service-Provider-Routers-Switches-Market-Highlights.asp

GEN14: What's Driving Business Ethernet Services?


Vertical Systems Group recently reported that customer installations of Carrier Ethernet services in the U.S. will reach one million ports in 2018.  The projected figure includes all retail Ethernet services at speeds ranging from sub-10 Mbps to more than 10 Gbps. So, what's driving the market for business Ethernet? The recent MEF GEN14 conference in Washington, D.C., which brought together over 1,000 attendees from 36 countries, featured...


Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Builds Roster

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, a global organization advocating for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilization, announced the addition of AirTies, Aruba Networks, ATDI, Broadcom, and Saankhya Labs to its membership roster.

“Governments around the world recognize that expanding Internet access is key to their economic growth as it will help them deliver healthcare, education, emergency
communications, and other government services to their citizens, as well as enable a new generation of small- and medium-sized businesses and increase output for key sectors such as agriculture. Having just toured Asia and Africa, it is clear that leading regulators and policymakers now recognize that these goals can only be achieved with increased reliance on dynamic spectrum sharing regimes” said Prof. H Nwana, Executive Director of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance.

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s mission is to expand dynamic and opportunistic access to unused radio spectrum. It is not chartered to support any specific technology.

Some notable members of the alliance include BSkyB, Google, InterDigital, Mediatek, Microsoft, Japan's NICT and SpectraLink Wireless.

http://www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org/

MGBASE-T Alliance Targets 2.5G and 5G

A new MGBASE-T Alliance has been formed to support the IEEE in its efforts to bring 2.5G and 5G Ethernet speeds to enterprise access points and other systems relying on unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cabling.

The Alliance is supporting a specification that leverages many of the fundamental technologies in Ethernet standards as defined in the IEEE 802.3 10GBASE-T, enabling faster time to market with minimal research and development efforts for ecosystem vendors. The specification is available royalty-free to all members.

Initial backers include Aruba Networks, Avaya, Broadcom, Brocade, Delta Electronics, Delta Networks, Freescale Semiconductor, Pulse Electronics and Ruijie Networks.

"Formed in June, the goal of the Alliance is to work alongside the IEEE to accelerate the deployment of 2.5G and 5G BASE-T from multiple component and system vendors by enabling an end-to-end solution," said Simon Assouad, President, MGBASE-T Alliance. "The new Ethernet speeds will enable enterprise users to unleash the full benefits of next generation 802.11ac (Wave 1 & 2) wireless technology using existing cabling infrastructure."

The MGBASE-T Alliance members will support the work of  the IEEE 802.3 that  allows the industry to achieve interoperability and ultimately enable widespread and

http://www.mgbasetalliance.org

Altice Bids EUR 7.4 Billion for Portugal Telecom

Altice confirmed an offer to acquire Portugal Telecom from Oi for EUR 7.4 billion n on a cash and debt-free free basis which includes EUR 500 million consideration related to the future revenue generation of Portugal Telecom. The transaction, net of financial debt, accrued post-retirement liabilities and other purchase price adjustments will be financed by new debt and existing cash from Altice. The deal includes the existing business of Portugal Telecom outside of Africa and excludes Portugal Telecom's Rio Forte debt securities, Oi treasury shares and Portugal Telecom financing vehicles.

Altice is a multinational cable and telecommunications company with presence in three regions-Western Europe (comprising France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland), Israel and the Overseas Territories (currently comprising the French Caribbean and the Indian Ocean regions and the Dominican Republic).

http://www.altice.net/


  • Last week, Altice completed the financial transaction that combined SFR and Numericable.  Vivendi received EUR 13.366 billion in cash of which EUR 200 million will be contributed to the financing of the acquisition of Virgin Mobile by Numericable Group. The amount of  EUR 13.166 billion will be subject to an accounting analysis to confirm the estimated amount of net indebtedness, in accordance with the contract. Vivendi will keep a 20% stake in the new combined entity, which it will be free to sell after a one-year lock-up period, subject to Altice's pre-emption right. 

  • Numericable currently has over 5.2 million fiber homes in France, with more than 10 million homes passed.  SFR has 3G/4G mobile networks in France as well as 1.6 million fiber homes.

  • Patrick Drahi, founder and Chairman of the Altice group, parent company to Numericable, said: "By bringing together SFR and Numericable we will create the French champion in very high speed broadband and in the convergence of fixed and mobile networks. This is a trend throughout the sector, borne out across Europe and around the world. Our project, which is founded upon perfectly complementary networks and skillsets, will generate strong growth, which in turn will create jobs and stimulate investment."

Ooredoo Algeria Deploys 400G with Alcatel-Lucent

Ooredoo Algeria is deploying a high-capacity optical transport network to connect Algeria’s mains cities of Algiers, Constantine and Oran using Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 Photonic Service Switch platform.  The agile optical network is Africa’s first Alcatel-Lucent 400G backbone. It will be fully operational before the end of 2014.

Alcatel-Lucent is supplying Ooredoo Algeria with its soft decision forward error correction (SD-FEC)-based 100G coherent optical technology developed using the company’s 400G Photonic Service Engine (PSE). SD-FEC increases the performance and reach of 400G signals.

The 1830 PSS is now Alcatel-Lucent’s primary terrestrial optics platform, in use with over 500 customers.

“Ooredoo Algeria has the fastest growing 3G network in the country and in north Africa.  Our 400G network will be instrumental to support the best quality of experience (QoE) for our customers as well as to increase our market share in Algeria. Through this game-changing achievement we intend to consolidate our technology leadership within the Maghreb region but also in Algeria in order to offer to our clients best-in-class network in terms of capacity and speed. We are proud of our team who has been able to successfully implement cutting-edge projects to meet highest standard of the industry with the support of our partner Alcatel-Lucent. One again, Ooredoo demonstrates the Algerian telecoms leadership not only in the Maghreb but also in Africa,” stated Josepg Ged, Chief Executive Officer at Ooredoo Algeria.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
http://www.ooredoo.dz

UNH-IOL Expands for 40G/100G, Power over Ethernet, Backplane and Automotive

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) announced expanded interoperability testing and support for 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (40G/100G) including 25Gb/s serial-lanes, Power over Ethernet (PoE), Backplane Ethernet and Automotive Ethernet. This activity is taking place within several of the UNH-IOL’s consortia and collaborative testing programs.

Some highlights:

  • The Consortium has received its first 100G products for testing. To better support its member community, over the past six months the Consortium has added twelve new Ethernet test suites; in particular, Physical Layer (PHY) electrical testing for hosts, modules and cables covering IEEE clauses 83, 85, 86, 92 and 93 of the 802.3 standard.
  • The UNH-IOL is working closely with test and measurement manufacturers to upgrade its test equipment for 25Gb/s Ethernet solutions. This testing will focus on IEEE 802.3 clauses 92 and 93, which are designed for Backplane and twin-axial based implementations. Future testing will target chip-to-chip and chip-to-module applications, both of which are described in the upcoming IEEE Std 802.3bm Ethernet standard. 
  • The UNH-IOL is collaborating with the Ethernet Alliance on a plugfest slated for 2015 targeting 40GbE and 100GbE technologies. 
  • In partnership with the Ethernet Alliance, the UNH-IOL Power over Ethernet (PoE) Consortium will facilitate a plugfest focused on IEEE 802.3af and 802.3at, standards relevant to IP cameras, wireless access points, automation, and other applications. 
  • The Power over Ethernet plugfest will test participants’ devices to the respective IEEE 802.3 PoE specifications, which distinguishes IEEE 802.3-based devices from other non-standards based PoE solutions. 
  • Testing activity surrounding 10G Backplane Ethernet, or 10BASE-KR, is also on the rise. Of special interest is channel training and channel modeling, as several of the 40G standards are implemented using four lanes of backplane-based 10G. 
  • From June 2013 to June 2014, membership in the UNH-IOL Backplane Ethernet Consortium grew nearly three-fold.
  • The UNH-IOL Automotive Ethernet Consortium is now open to car manufacturers and parts suppliers worldwide. 

“Interoperability has been a defining feature of Ethernet since its start forty-one years ago,” said UNH-IOL Senior Manager, Ethernet Technologies, Jeff Lapak. “From our first testing of Ethernet technology in 1988 to our current work in 40G/100G, PoE, Automotive and other areas of Ethernet, member companies have turned to us for reliable interoperability results to build consumer confidence and support their go-to-market strategies.”
http://www.iol.unh.edu

Saturday, November 29, 2014

NSA Releases Niagarafiles Flow Analysis Tool as Open Source

The National Security Agency announced the public release of a software tool called "Niagarafiles (Nifi)" that automates data flows among multiple computer networks, even when data formats and protocols differ. The code is being released through the Apache Software Foundation.

Nifi, which was developed by the NSA, is used to create situational awareness from flows of information coming from geographically dispersed sites.

NSA said that by releasing this technology as open source code will allow the private sector and others to examine the agency's research up close, and potentially benefit from it through additional enhancements and applications. At the same time, the government can gain from related research advances.

"NSA's innovators work on some of the most challenging national security problems imaginable," said Linda L. Burger, Director of the NSA TTP. "Their research breakthroughs often have broad, commercial applications, too. We use open source releases to move technology from the lab to the marketplace, making state-of-the-art technology more widely available and aiming to accelerate U.S. economic growth."

https://www.nsa.gov/public_info/press_room/2014/nifi_announcement.shtml

Telekom Austria Adds EUR 400M to Broadband Rollout

Telekom Austria announced additional investments of up to EUR 400 million for its ongoing broadband rollout in Austria.

"Following the successful conclusion of the capital increase of EUR 1 billion, trading of the new shares on the Vienna Stock Exchange commenced as of today. Our next important item on the agenda with regard to the allocation of the new funds mainly concerns investments in our core markets. In our domestic market, Austria, given the right framework conditions, additional investments of up to EUR 400 million will boost broadband rollout. In this way, we are equipping the country with the necessary infrastructure to meet the challenges lying ahead in the 21st century, while setting important impulses for economic growth and job creation," said Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO Telekom Austria Group and A1.

Telekom Austria also said the infusion of cash will give it the option to pursue strategic acquisitions, inline with the following priorities: (i) in-market consolidation to strengthen existing operations; (ii) the continued pursuit of Telekom Austria Group's convergence strategy to diversify in markets that are currently mobile-only as well as to enhance existing convergent operations; and (iii) expansion via new operations.

http://www.telekomaustria.com/



In October, Telekom Austria Group's A1 domestic subsidiary, together with its technology partner Alcatel-Lucent, demonstrated G.fast running a several hundred megabits per second.  Currently, G.fast is still in a testing phase at A1 and the launch of commercial operations is expected in 2016.

IDC: Worldwide WLAN Market Shows Sustained Growth in Q3

The combined consumer and enterprise worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments increased 7.4% year over year in the third quarter of 2014 (3Q14), according to the preliminary results published in the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker.

"WLAN is proving to be an increasingly mission-critical platform in the enterprise," said Rohit Mehra, Vice President, Network Infrastructure, at IDC. "Not only are organizations experiencing transformed internal business processes through WLAN-enabled cloud and multimedia applications, but public-facing enterprises are realizing opportunities to improve customer engagement through the wireless network. This is leading to a robust stream of network upgrades and greenfield deployments, increasingly built upon the 802.11ac standard. These trends will continue to play out in the foreseeable future."

Some highlights:

  • 802.11ac already accounts for 26.5% of dependent access point shipments and 39% of revenues.
  • The consumer WLAN market increased 4.8% year over year in 3Q14. This was noticeably lower than the 10.9% year-over-year growth seen in 2Q14.
  • The enterprise WLAN market once again performed especially well in Latin America with its 27.3% year-over-year growth in 3Q14. The Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region also enjoyed its second consecutive quarter of solid growth, growing 15.0% year over year. North America, rebounding from a decline in 2Q14, grew 7.5% year over year in 3Q14. The enterprise WLAN market in the Asia/Pacific region grew more modestly at 4.5% year over year.
  • Cisco's 3Q14 worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue increased 2.6% year over year and 7.3% quarter over quarter. Cisco's worldwide market share increased to 48.3% in 3Q14 from 46.8% in 2Q14, stemming two consecutive quarters of declining market share, but still down from the 51.6% market share held in 3Q13.
  • Aruba (excluding its OEM business) had a very strong quarter in 3Q14 and increased 33.4% year over year and 1.4% sequentially on strength across its product portfolio, including the 802.11ac and Aruba Instant access points. As a result, Aruba's market share increased to 11.5% of the enterprise WLAN market, up from the 9.4% in 3Q13.
  • Ruckus again outperformed the overall enterprise WLAN market after growing 22.6% year over year and 4.5% quarter over quarter in 3Q14. Ruckus now accounts for 6.3% of the overall market, up from 5.6% in 3Q13.

Infonetics: VoLTE Drives Subscriber Data Management Momentum

While mobile deployments will continue to dominate the subscriber data management (SDM) market, there is interesting activity in the fixed-line space, including using SDM to support multiscreen video and enable multiple subscriber profiles supported by a single set top box (STB), according to a new report from Infonetics Research.

LTE and voice over LTE (VoLTE) continue to drive the subscriber data management (SDM) market as operators look to synchronize data across domains and ensure a smooth transition for subscribers across access networks. And we expect voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) to have a similar accelerating effect as VoWiFi devices become available,” says Shira Levine, directing analyst for service enablement and subscriber intelligence at Infonetics Research.

“Meanwhile, the ongoing buzz around analytics and big data is translating into interest in SDM’s role as an aggregator of subscriber information across multiple points in the network and IT realms,” Levine adds.

Some highlights:


  • Operators will be launching network functions virtualization (NFV) initiatives over the next few years, but the virtualization of back-end subscriber data repositories is expected to be slow to follow as concerns about the reliability, availability, and security of virtualized network functions persist
  • Organizational issues such as internal resistance to sharing data across departmental “silos” remain a major hurdle to operators’ SDM strategies
  • The worldwide market for SDM software and services is forecast by Infonetics to grow to $2.5 billion in 2018, with services gradually representing a larger share of the market.


http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2014/1H14-SDM-SW-Market-Highlights.asp

Dell'Oro: Microwave Transmission Up 5% YoY in Q3

The point-to-point Microwave Transmission market held on to its positive upturn that began in early 2014, following nearly three years of market contraction, according to a new report by Dell’Oro Group.

“The microwave transmission equipment market is returning to growth,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Microwave Transmission research at Dell’Oro Group.  “Following two quarters of year-over-year growth this year, we’re expecting the momentum to continue as mobile operators continue to expand their mobile networks in geographic areas that favor wireless backhaul over fixed line technologies.  India and the Middle East are just a few of these key microwave backhaul regions where further network spending has benefited the microwave market,” Yu added.

In the third quarter of 2014, the market grew five percent year-over-year for a second consecutive quarter and is set to grow in the area of three percent for the full year 2014.

During Q3, microwave transmission equipment revenue increased 33 percent and 20 percent respectively in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.  Other regions that rely on wireless backhaul such as Africa and Europe also increased microwave use during the quarter, offsetting declines in the Americas region.

http://www.delloro.com


Telstra Activates 700MHz + 1800 MHz in Melbourne

Telstra activated its "4GX" network service in Melbourne, promising users with compatible devices download speeds ranging from 2-100 Mbps.

4GX uses Telstra’s new 700MHz spectrum and delivers higher typical mobile speeds on compatible devices.  It also uses LTE Advanced technology to aggregate the 700MHz spectrum with Telstra’s 1800MHz band.

The service is available today in parts of Melbourne’s CBD and surrounding suburbs including in St Kilda, Windsor, Albert Park, South Yarra, South Melbourne, Docklands, West Melbourne, North Melbourne, Collingwood, Fitzroy, East Melbourne, Parkville, Elsternwick, Cremorne. By January, 4GX services will cover an area spanning three kilometres of the Melbourne GPO and will be expanded across Telstra’s mobile footprint over time.

http://www.telstra.com.au/aboutus/media/media-releases/telstra-launches-world-leading-4gx-mobile-service-in-melbourne.xml

Telstra Builds a National Wi-Fi Network

by James E. Carroll

Telstra is switching on the first 150 Wi-Fi hotspots in anational Wi-Fi network

The first Wi-Fi trials will be located at payphone sites in the heart of local communities in metro and regional areas as well as holiday hotspots, focusing on parts of the communities where people congregate and spend time. In future, Telstra-built hotspots will also be located at Telstra retail outlets and exchange buildings.

Access to Wi-Fi will be free at the 1000 trial sites before the network officially launches early next year.

“This trial marks the beginning of our ambition to switch on more than two million hotspots across the nation over five years and give customers the best Wi-Fi experience in and out of the home,” said Gordon Ballantyne, Group Executive Telstra Retail.

“We want customers to have greater options for connecting when they're out and about. From browsing the web, streaming videos or sharing photos with friends, we want customers to have a taste of what the network will be like next year, when Telstra Wi-Fi members will be able to use their home broadband allowance at the hotspots.

http://www.telstra.com

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent Transfers OMSN R&D to SM Optics

Alcatel-Lucent and SM Optics have announced the transfer of the research and development activity responsible for optical multi-service node (OMSN) platforms, including the 1850 TSS product family and related network management systems to SM Optics, an Italy-based SIAE MICROELETTRONICA company.

A total of 256 specialized R&D engineers and technicians currently based at Alcatel-Lucent’s site in Vimercate, Italy, will be integrated into the SM Optics team, and in a second phase, 110 specialized R&D engineers and technicians currently based at Alcatel-Lucent’s sites in Shanghai and Chengdu, China, will be integrated in another SIAE MICROELETTRONICA joint venture company in China. Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will maintain responsibility for product strategy, manufacturing, and market-facing activities related to the technologies concerned.

Commenting on the agreement, Roberto Loiola, CEO and Managing Director of Alcatel-Lucent Italia, said, “Through this transfer of  R&D operations to SM Optics, Alcatel-Lucent will be able to maintain its full support for customers, leveraging the valuable experience and specialist expertise of the teams involved while ensuring future employment opportunities for those involved. At the same time, Alcatel-Lucent in Italy will focus on the strategic development of next-generation networking and access technologies, including WDM and wireless transmission.”

Romano Valussi, a board member of SM Optics added “We are delighted with the agreement reached with Alcatel-Lucent, a major partner in the industry. The agreement enables the new company to maintain and enhance Alcatel-Lucent’s huge installed base. In addition, thanks to the R&D agreement, we will reinforce our end to end capability which is a core strength of SIAE MICROELETTRONICA.”

SIAE MICROELETTRONICA, founded in 1952, is a leader in wireless communication technology.

http://www.siaemic.com
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Ericsson Signs 5-Year Deal with Egypt's Mobinil

Ericsson announced a 5-year agreement with Mobinil to enhance the Egyptian telecommunication company's network.

Ericsson employees in Egypt and the Middle East region will provide professional services such as design and integration of the various nodes of the Packet Core as well as data migration services. The deal includes Ericsson's Packet Core solution.

Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson's Region Middle East, says: "By providing Mobinil with the latest in packet core technology, we are proudly assisting the people of Egypt to enter the Networked Society. Our belief is that customer experience through state of the art technology is the key to differentiation for operators to succeed in competitive markets, such as Egypt, and we look forward to the continued growth of our partnership."

http://www.ericsson.com

Global Net Neutrality Coalition Gets Formed

A new coalition of more than 35 groups from 19 countries has been formed to address Net Neutrality on a global basis.

The coalition agreed on and published the following definition of net neutrality:

"Net neutrality requires that the internet be maintained as an open platform, on which network providers treat all content, applications and services equally, without discrimination."

Lead members of the group include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Greenpeace, Public Knowledge and others.

http://www.thisisnetneutrality.org/

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Boingo Lands $50 Million Credit Line

Boingo Wireless announced a new $50 million credit agreement with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Silicon Valley Bank. Bank of America Merrill Lynch will serve as the sole lead arranger and sole bookrunner for the agreement.

“We are pleased with the support received from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Silicon Valley Bank,” said Peter Hovenier, Chief Financial Officer of Boingo Wireless. “The $50 million facility, coupled with its $40 million accordion feature, strengthens our liquidity position at attractive rates. Paired with our strong balance sheet and cash flow prospects, the credit facility will provide us with flexibility to continue investing in our strategic growth initiatives.”

http://www.boingo.com