Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blueprint: The Just-in-time Data Center

by Lee Kestler, DuPont Fabros Technology

In the immortal words of Veruca Salt from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, “Don’t care how. I want it now!”

That pretty much sums up our attitude in today’s just-in-time world. We rely heavily on technology and the ability to access just about anything and everything with the push of a button via an Internet browser or mobile app. We demand that our social media sites and entertainment sources like Pandora and Twitter all work just by launching an application on our phone. We require the ability to leave our desk behind and still access our email, Salesforce tools, or critical documents from our tablet.

The desire for “on-demand everything” is fundamentally evolving the way companies use and invest in data centers, effectively borrowing a concept from the 1950s: the “just-in-time” data center. It’s based on a leasing model derived from organizations’ needs to maintain a competitive edge and react quickly to market demands, while cost-effectively investing in facilities that require less financial and maintenance commitments.

Organizations of all types and sizes are driving this trend for different reasons. Many startups used to depending on cloud service providers are outgrowing those services but are not yet ready for the financial and operational commitment that owning and operating a data center requires. Many such cloud service providers themselves are turning to data center wholesalers to meet increased scalability demands. And many enterprises, even those that do own their own centers, are turning towards leasing (or a combination of owning and leasing) to more effectively address business-critical needs that are time-sensitive or ones that require data center services for a limited time, such as developing and testing applications in a sandbox prior to production roll-out.

It’s not surprising, considering the infrastructure benefits that leasing offers. Companies that lease data centers don’t need to worry about the centers not being able to scale with their needs; they simply can lease additional space as necessary. Leased data centers also provide a measure of control, flexibility and autonomy.

In addition, leasing space on-demand provides other benefits that go beyond the infrastructure. For example, companies do not have to worry about staffing or capital investments. They can also lease space with immediate access to Tier 1 carriers, subject matter experts and the latest in technology – allowing businesses to focus on their core competencies while leaving the data center infrastructure solution to the experts. This type of agility enables companies to invest in what they need today and scale as their businesses grow tomorrow.

All of these factors will drive demand for just-in-time data centers in 2015, but there are others. The product development lifecycle is shortening, and the timeline from when an organization conceives a new app to product launch continues to get shorter and shorter. Whether the organization chooses to utilize a cloud service provider to bring the app to market, or stand up their own servers, those servers need to live somewhere. As such, data center operators need to ensure they have a reasonable amount of inventory available to handle the increasing number of quick asks they are receiving for space.

Increased data usage and data retention will also accelerate the need for cloud services and scalable data centers. The growing popularity of wearable and connected devices, GPS, and apps that use real-time geotargeting will increase the need for hosted cloud services – and easily scalable, just-in-time data centers. All of that data will need to be stored somewhere, and wholesale data centers will be attractive options for many companies.

The need for added computing power in advance of large-scale worldwide events will also feed the need for just-in-time data centers, a trend that has already begun to take shape. During the 2014 World Cup many social networks added computing power in advance of the event due to the sheer volume of people using their service. However, because the increase in volume was temporary, it made more financial sense for these organizations to work with a data center wholesaler to acquire the computing power needed for the select time period. While 2015 may be relatively quiet on the large event front, we’ll see enterprises begin planning for the increase in traffic and computing power needed for the 2016 Olympics and U.S. presidential election.

Finally, we’ll see more healthcare organizations becoming data center customers. This will be driven by the rise of electronic medial records and the need to deliver information to consumers via websites, apps and more. Organizations will seek to leverage the benefits of data center leasing in order to house the enormous amounts of data these applications require, and ensure that the data is kept secure and within compliance standards.

The consumer’s need for increasing use of computing technology is growing faster than the ability for anyone to build a data center. Before technology can improve fast enough, the consumer will have to slow down their ferocious appetite for doing things in an instant electronically – and that’s not going to happen.

Today, companies need enormous flexibility to address these voracious demands – and leasing provides them with that option. It allows organizations to bring products to market faster, manage massive amounts of data, and handle the on-demand needs of today’s society. That’s why leased data centers may be the golden ticket for companies in 2015.

About the Author

Lee Kestler is a senior executive with DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT) and has been leading the DFT sales and marketing effort since the company’s IPO in October 2007. An industry veteran, Kestler’s depth of experience includes all aspects of the data center business, from wholesale data centers to public and enterprise IT services for global companies. He is a member of the advisory board for SafeLogic, a Silicon Valley-based security company specializing in encryption technology. A lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area, Kestler has witnessed the explosive development of the data center industry within the Mid-Atlantic since 1999.

DuPont Fabros Technology

DuPont Fabros Technology Inc. (NYSE: DFT) is a leading owner, developer, operator and manager of enterprise-class, carrier-neutral, large multi-tenanted wholesale data centers.  The Company's facilities are designed to offer highly specialized, efficient and safe computing environments in a low-cost operating model.  The Company's customers outsource their mission-critical applications and include national and international enterprises across numerous industries, such as technology, Internet content providers, media, communications, cloud-based, healthcare and financial services.  The Company's 11 data centers are located in four major U.S. markets, which total 2.75 million gross square feet and 240 megawatts of available critical load to power the servers and computing equipment of its customers.  DuPont Fabros Technology is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in Washington, DC.  For more information, please visit

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AT&T Marks 100th Anniversary of Transcontinental Call

AT&T commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first transcontinental telephone call, which took place on January 25, 1915 and led up to the official opening of the original Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) and World’s Fair in San Francisco.

The historic call was initiated by Alexander Graham Bell (in New York) and included Theodore Vail, the president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (now AT&T) in Jekyll Island, Georgia, United States President Woodrow Wilson in the White House and Bell’s assistant Thomas Watson in San Francisco.

"America's latest innovations were on full display at the World's Fair in 1915, and the first transcontinental phone call was one of the most significant technologies shown," said Dr. Anthea Hartig, Executive Director of the California Historical Society. "These exhibitions will celebrate PPIE, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to see these original phones and other artifacts from the World's Fair that highlight the great innovation milestones and discover how our spirit of innovation has shaped the city's past, present and future."

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Microsoft to Acquire Revolution Analytics

Microsoft agreed to acquire Revolution Analytics, which specializes in the open source programming language known as "R" for statistical computing and predictive analytics. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Revolution Analytics provides an enterprise-class platform for the development and deployment of R-based analytic solutions that can scale across large data warehouses and Hadoop systems, and can integrate with enterprise systems. The R community has an estimated 2 million users worldwide. Revolution Analytics regularly contributes to open source R projects such as ParallelR, and RHadoop, and helps support more than 150 R user groups across the world.

Microsoft said the acquisition will help its customers use advanced analytics within Microsoft data platforms on-premises, in hybrid cloud environments and on Microsoft Azure.

  • Revolution Analytics is based in Mountain View, California.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Box Surges 66% in IPO

In their first day of trading, shares in Box (NYSE:BOX) surged 66% over the IPO price of $14.00 per share to close the day at $23.23.

Box offered 12,500,000 shares of its Class A common stock.   Box is based in Los Altos, California.

TE Connectivity Boosts Cellular Service with DAS for NFL Championship Game

TE Connectivity (TE) has deployed its FlexWave Prism and FlexWave Spectrum distributed antenna systems (DAS) in preparation for the 49th NFL championship game on February 1 in Phoenix, Arizona.

At the University of Phoenix stadium, TE deployed FlexWave Spectrum DAS to provide 48 sectors of mobile coverage and capacity for a neutral host provider serving the nation’s four largest mobile operators at the stadium. The massive deployment includes 96 main hubs, 49 expansion hubs, and 225 remote antenna units to cover the stadium bowl, luxury boxes and service areas. The system supports various 700, 800, 850, 1900 and 2100 MHz LTE, CDMA, EVDO and UMTS services. In the Glendale area where the stadium is located, TE equipment is being used to link a base station hotel with DAS in the Renaissance Hotel and the Gila River Arena, making use of existing operator infrastructure to manage capacity spikes.

In downtown Phoenix, TE’s FlexWave Prism DAS has been deployed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (headquarters for NFL executives in the month leading up to the game) and at CityScape, an outdoor visitor center. Elsewhere, TE’s FlexWave Spectrum DAS with the CPRI digital interface unit (CDIU) has been deployed at US Airways Arena, which will serve as the event’s media center. In addition, TE’s unique host-to-host technology has been deployed to link a base station hotel in downtown Phoenix with US Airways Arena, the Hyatt Regency, Chase Field and the Phoenix Convention Center. The host-to-host technology transports base station signals for miles over a digital fiber link between the base station hotel and the venues.

“TE is the vendor of choice at the world’s most important events and venues,” said Peter Wraight, president of TE’s Wireless business unit. “Our all-digital solutions deliver outstanding capacity and performance at events like this, where the network needs to be able to withstand significant capacity increases and maintain connectivity reliably.”

Google Container Registry Hosts Docker Repositories

A newly opened Google Container Registry service is now available in beta for the secure hosting, sharing, and management of private container repositories.   The registry service hosts private images of Docker repositories in Google Cloud Storage, ready to be deployed to Google Container Engine clusters or Google Compute Engine container optimized VMs over Google Cloud Platform’s Andromeda based network fabric.

A10 Joins Cisco's ACI Ecosystem and Integrates its Thunder ADCs

A10 Networks has integrated its Thunder Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) with Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fabric.

The joint solution provides dynamic L4-L7 application networking services, enabling enterprises to automatically provision application delivery and security services with a significant increase in both allocation speed and business agility. The automated approach to networking services is based on application-specific policies that allow data center applications to dynamically scale on demand. Going forward, the solution will also support more advanced ADC and security functionality such as service chaining, WAF, SSLi and GSLB.

"Our vision to deliver on-demand, policy-based mechanisms for dynamic L4-L7 services in a cloud environment closely aligns with the streamlined application delivery cycles of the Cisco ACI common policy framework," said Raj Jalan, CTO of A10 Networks. "By combining A10 Thunder ADC and Cisco ACI solutions, we are able to provide enterprises with rich application delivery and security capabilities in a shared infrastructure."

Cisco ACI technology provides the ability to insert Layer 4 through Layer 7 services into the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) via simplified definitions. The A10 APIC device package automates ACI service chaining and the insertion of physical, virtual, and hybrid A10 Thunder appliances. The device package has been rigorously tested by A10 Networks in Cisco ACI environments to offer rich L4-L7 network application services and templates as well as HTTP optimization services for Cisco's ACI fabric. The A10 device package uses open APIs and scripts that allow Cisco APIC to configure consistent automation and orchestration of Application Delivery Controller (ADC) services within the fabric required to deploy applications in a fast, highly secure and reliable manner.

"Rapidly evolving application paradigms and associated infrastructures require the seamless integration of application network services into today's data center fabrics," said Soni Jiandani, SVP, Marketing, Cisco. "The integration of Cisco ACI with the combined performance of A10 Networks' Thunder ADCs and ACOS operating system programmatic interfaces makes this scale and agility a reality."

CENX Intros Big Data Scale Lifecycle Service Orchestration

CENX released a new version of its Cortx Service Orchestrator software that harnesses network big data to provide an accurate, real-time view of service providers’ networks.

The Cortx Service Orchestrator can be used for lifecycle management of mobile backhaul, cloud data center exchange, enterprise connectivity, and machine-to-machine communications using IP VPNs, MPLS, Carrier Ethernet, Ethernet Over SONET, and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technologies. New capabilities in Cortx Service Orchestrator Release 5.1 include:

  • Expanded scalability and performance supporting the ingest and processing of terabytes of network data per day to enable big data scale visualization, analysis, and real-time alarming on millions of network paths
  • Network-oriented real-time search capability that allows hundreds of concurrent users to surf network data using intuitive features such as context-based search suggestions
  • Enhanced real-time network performance, utilization, and predictive analytics which correlate and compare disparate data sources to accurately measure and manage network capacity
  • Configurable policies for automated bandwidth upgrades through Just-In-Time Capacity Management, reducing upgrade intervals and costs while ensuring customer quality of experience
  • Ease-of-deployment and integration, for all types of network architectures and topologies, using machine learning to populate a comprehensive Service Information Model and build a complete view of network paths.  Model integrity is maintained through a continuous audit of hundreds of thousands of network entities per day.

“We have received an overwhelming response from our customers regarding the ease-of-use of our enhanced Cortx Service Orchestrator interface.  The real-time predictive search allows them to rapidly hone in on particular service names, customers, sites, or vendors just by starting to type in the search bar,” said Chris Purdy, CTO of CENX.  “We are defining the future of Service Orchestration by breaking the traditional OSS functional silo mold and providing an extensible, user-friendly platform founded on next-generation open-source technologies.”

Thursday, January 22, 2015

SK Telecom and Nokia Collaborate on 5G

SK Telecom and Nokia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the development and verification of 5G mobile technologies. The companies will conduct joint research on core 5G technologies such as the gigabit-level data communications and cloud-based virtualized base stations. They plan to establish a test bed at SK Telecom’s R&D Center in Bundang, Seoul.

One area of R&D will be cmWave/mmWave technology, which uses wideband spectrum resources in ultra-high frequency bands (6GHz or higher).

At the MoU signing ceremony at Nokia’s Headquarters in Finland,, the two companies announced plans to demonstrate 5G in 2018 and commercialize 5G service in 2020.

“The future of mobile telecommunications network will not only connect people, but things as well. In the end, 5G will further extend human potential through advanced telecommunications technologies,” said Hossien Moiin, Head of Technology and Innovation at Nokia. “Together with SK Telecom, Nokia will make efforts to allow diverse futuristic services to be efficiently provided through 5G technologies.”

Meanwhile, in June 2014, SK Telecom has signed an MOU with Nokia to cooperate on the development of technologies including virtualization, software-based network establishment and next-generation cloud network management, all of which are critical in developing base stations for the 5G network.

  • In November 2014, Nokia and SK Telecom demonstrated base station virtualization technology (Cloud vRAN).
  • In July 2014, SK Telecom announced a 5G development pact with Ericsson.

Oracle Intros Lower Cost Virtual Compute Appliance

Oracle introduced a line of lower priced data center equipment aimed at taking on other major vendors in this sector.

"We're going to compete for that core data center business. Our appliances and engineered systems deliver the highest performance by a large margin at the lowest purchase price for the data center core. They get the job done faster, more securely and more reliably than any competitive offering available today," said Ellison. "Our customers want their data centers to be as simple and as automated as possible. With some of Oracle's engineered systems and appliances, you can pay 50 percent less, BUT you have to be willing to take TWICE the performance."

The new generation of integrated appliances include:

Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance X5: Paired with the Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System, the Virtual Compute Appliance serves as a complete, converged infrastructure system. Oracle calculates that compared to Cisco plus EMC, Virtual Compute Appliance is 50 percent cheaper and easier to deploy.

Oracle Database Appliance X5: Designed for distributed and branch office deployments, the Oracle Database Appliance integrates compute, storage, and software. It adds flash caching, integrated InfiniBand connectivity, increased compute cores, and increased storage to improve consolidation density by up to 4x.

Oracle Big Data Appliance X5: Delivers Hadoop and NoSQL capabilities to the enterprise at a 35 percent lower three-year total cost of ownership and with 30 percent faster deployment time than a custom-built cluster. The new appliance comes with twice the RAM and 2.25x the processor cores. Also available on Oracle Big Data Appliance is the latest version of Oracle Big Data SQL, which extends Oracle SQL to Hadoop and NoSQL, enabling customers to use one fast SQL query across all their data, with no application changes.

Oracle's Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance X5: Eliminates data loss exposure, offering faster processors and up to 30 percent expanded capacity within a single rack, enabling faster recovery, higher throughput, and improved database backup consolidation.

Verizon Deploys 100G in APAC Using Fujitsu and Ciena

Verizon has deployed 100G technology on its network in Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, connecting these three locations and further extending 100G technology across its global network.

This deployment, which used the Fujitsu Flashwave 9500 ROADM and Ciena 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, added approximately 11,681 terrestrial and submarine miles (18,800 kilometers) to the company’s extensive 100G network.  These additional miles add to the more than 32,000 100G miles already deployed on Verizon’s U.S. network and 8,500 100G miles on its European network.

“Like other regions in the world, the Asia-Pacific region is seeing solid traffic growth from such drivers as cloud services, over-the-top video and unified services,” said Helen Wong, director of Asia-Pacific products for Verizon. “By deploying 100G, Verizon stays ahead of its global customers’ increasing demand for bandwidth while improving quality and increasing the efficiency of our global network.”

Verizon said traffic continues to rise due to the growing demands of data, cloud, video and mobile solutions that require increasingly agile and scalable enterprise networks. The company also cited its recent Secure Cloud Interconnect agreements with Google, Salesforce, HP, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, which are expected to fuel the demand for 100G connections between the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the U.S.

  • Verizon first deployed 100G on an ultra-long-haul optical system in the U.S. in 2011.

AT&T's UC Federation Service Connects Lync, Jabber

AT&T launched a new UC Federation service that connects across disparate unified communications (UC) systems, including Microsoft Lync and Cisco Jabber.

Key capabilities include:

  • Connect to supported UC platforms of partners, suppliers and vendors
  • Control which organizations can communicate at the company, group or user level
  • Allow communication methods (like instant messaging) and block others (such as online presence).

"Companies that try to set up UC platforms on their own can face challenges when creating scalable, secure connectivity that meets compliance and support requirements," said Vishy Gopalakrishnan, AVP Big Data and Advanced Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. "UC Federation from AT&T provides tools to help overcome this challenge by removing the hassle and allowing business teams to connect easily and over a highly securely platform."

Sonus has deployed and trialed AT&T UC Federation and is in the process of a full service rollout.

AT&T said it plans to extend UC Federation beyond IM and presence to include calendar integration and video and voice capabilities later this year. Additional UC platforms may also be supported in the future.

Dell'Oro: Ethernet Switch Market Expected to Exceed $25 B in 2019

The Layer 2-3 Ethernet Switch market is expected to exceed $25 billion in 2019, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group

“Data center switching will evolve rapidly through the rest of the decade and will drive most of the growth in the Ethernet Switch market.  Already we see these changes causing vendors to significantly increase the number of products they offer,” said Alan Weckel, Vice President of Ethernet Switch market research at Dell’Oro Group.  “Towards the end of the decade, we expect data center switching growth to be driven exclusively by the Cloud, with the enterprise market declining slowly.  The Cloud will help spur the adoption of Software Defined Networking (SDN) that is another key driver in the evolution from an enterprise-driven to a Cloud-dominated Ethernet Switching market.  The Cloud’s need to scale, be flexible, and differentiate are ultimately all governed by what can be achieved in software,” stated Weckel.

The Ethernet Switch 5-Year Forecast Report also indicates that 25 Gigabit Ethernet will be a major driver for growth in data center switching and will help propel 100 Gigabit Ethernet volumes, with Enterprises adopting a different class of switch to support 25 Gigabit Ethernet compared with switches used in the Cloud.  The report also indicates software will transform how Ethernet switches are consumed by customers.

Dell'Oro: Optical Packet-Transport Equipment Market to Reach $10 Billion by 2019

The demand for optical packet-transport equipment is forecast to grow at an average annual rate of 14 percent until it reaches $10 billion by 2019, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.

“The previous generation of optical equipment was defined by its transport capacity,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Optical Transport Market Research at Dell’Oro Group.  “However, I think the next generation will be defined by its adaptability and openness. Service providers need these types of features in order to move to a software defined network architecture or carrier SDN, as well as to enable network elasticity and operational cost savings.  The right optical network elements, starting with optical packet-transport, will help service providers to realize the benefits of carrier SDN,” added Mr. Yu.

Optical Packet-Transport systems unite optical switch functions with WDM optics, thereby enhancing WDM systems functionality beyond high capacity throughput to include bandwidth management, protection and restoration.  As equipment manufacturers add open control interfaces, optical packet-transport equipment can be an excellent network element to undertake requests from an SDN controller for network changes, service turn-up and turn-down.

Reports: AWS May Buy Israeli Start-up

Amazon is looking to acquire Annapurna Labs, a start-up based in Israel believed to be developing data center switching chipsets.  According to various media sources, the deal could excedd US$350 million. The company was founded in 2011 by Avigdor Willenz, who previously founded Galileo Technology. The companies have not yet commented on the reports.

Verizon's IoT Business at $585 Million for '14 and Growing 45% YoY

Verizon Communications reported total Q4 2014 operating revenues of $33.2 billion, a 6.8 percent increase compared with fourth-quarter 2013. There was a loss of 54 cents per share, compared with earnings per share (EPS) of $1.76 in 4Q 2013, due to non-operational items. Full-year 2014 operating revenues were $127.1 billion, up 5.4 percent or $6.5 billion, compared with full-year 2013.

Some highlights:

  • New revenue streams from the Internet of Things and telematics totaled approximately $585 million in 2014, with an annual growth rate of more than 45 percent. The company recently launched Verizon Vehicle, a connected-vehicle service for consumers, with an addressable market of more than 200 million vehicles.
  • In 2014, cash flows from operations totaled $30.6 billion, and free cash flow (non-GAAP, cash from operations less capital expenditures) totaled $13.4 billion. Capital expenditures totaled $17.2 billion for 2014, up 3.5 percent year over year.


  • Total revenues were $23.4 billion in fourth-quarter 2014, up 11.0 percent year over year. Service revenues in the quarter totaled $18.2 billion, up 2.8 percent year over year. Retail service revenues grew 2.6 percent year over year, to $17.4 billion.
  • Verizon Wireless full-year total revenues were $87.6 billion, an increase of 8.2 percent compared with full-year 2013 revenues of $81.0 billion.
  • Verizon Wireless added 2.1 million retail net connections, including 2.0 million retail postpaid connections, in the fourth quarter. These additions exclude acquisitions and adjustments.
  • At the end of the year, the company had 108.2 million retail connections. This includes 102.1 million retail postpaid connections, a 5.5 percent increase year over year.
  • Verizon Wireless had 35.6 million retail postpaid accounts at the end of the fourth quarter, up 1.5 percent compared with fourth-quarter 2013, and 2.87 connections per account, up 4.0 percent year over year.
  • During fourth-quarter 2014, retail postpaid device activations were up nearly 34 percent over the same period in 2013. About three-quarters of phone activations in the quarter were customer upgrades. Approximately 9.8 percent of the retail postpaid base upgraded devices, and 93 percent of these upgrades were 4G smartphones.
  • The company added a net of 672,000 postpaid phones, as 4G smartphone additions of 1.5 million were offset by net declines in basic and 3G smartphones. In terms of Internet devices, the company added 1.4 million new 4G LTE tablets.
  • At the end of 2014, smartphones accounted for 78.6 percent of the Verizon Wireless retail postpaid customer phone base, up from 70.0 percent at the end of 2013.
  • Retail postpaid churn was 1.14 percent in the fourth quarter, an increase of 14 basis points sequentially and 18 basis points year over year. Retail churn was 1.39 percent in the fourth quarter, up 10 basis points sequentially and 12 basis points year over year.


  • Total revenues were $9.6 billion in fourth-quarter 2014, down 1.6 percent year over year. Consumer revenues were $4.0 billion, up 4.1 percent compared with fourth-quarter 2013, with FiOS revenues representing 77 percent of the total.
  • Total FiOS revenues grew 11.6 percent, to $3.3 billion, comparing fourth-quarter 2014 with fourth-quarter 2013. For the full year, FiOS revenues totaled $12.7 billion in 2014, up 13.6 percent compared with $11.2 billion in 2013.
  • Sales of strategic services to enterprise customers increased 1.5 percent, to $2.1 billion, compared with fourth-quarter 2013. Strategic services include private IP, Ethernet, data center, cloud, security and managed services.
  • In fourth-quarter 2014, Verizon added 145,000 net new FiOS Internet connections and 116,000 net new FiOS Video connections. Verizon had totals of 6.6 million FiOS Internet and 5.6 million FiOS Video connections at year-end 2014, representing year-over-year increases of 9.0 percent and 7.4 percent, respectively.
  • FiOS Internet penetration (subscribers as a percentage of potential subscribers) was 41.1 percent at the end of 2014, compared with 39.5 percent at the end of 2013. In the same periods, FiOS Video penetration was 35.8 percent, compared with 35.0 percent. The FiOS network passed more than 19.8 million premises by year-end 2014.
  • By year-end 2014, 59 percent of consumer FiOS Internet customers subscribed to FiOS Quantum, which provides speeds ranging from 50 to 500 megabits per second, up from 57 percent at the end of third-quarter 2014.
  • Broadband connections totaled 9.2 million at year-end 2014, a 2.1 percent year-over-year increase. Net broadband connections increased by 59,000 in fourth-quarter 2014 and 190,000 for the full year, as FiOS Internet net additions more than offset declines in DSL-based High Speed Internet connections.
  • In fourth-quarter 2014, Verizon migrated an additional 52,000 customers who had been using copper connections, bringing the full-year total to around 255,000. Verizon has converted more than 800,000 customers to fiber since starting this initiative in 2011.

Infinera Posts Q4 Revenue of $186 Million, up 34% YoY

Infinera reported revenue of $186.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $173.6 million in the third quarter of 2014 and $139.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013.  GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 45.3% compared to 43.4% in the third quarter of 2014 and 40.2% in the fourth quarter of 2013. GAAP net income for the quarter was $8.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared to net income of $4.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2014 and a net loss of $10.2 million, or $0.08 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Revenue for the year was $668.1 million compared to $544.1 million in 2013.

“The fourth quarter capped off an exceptional year of winning footprint, taking care of customers and increasing profitability. Growing greater than 20% for a second consecutive year demonstrates the market’s acceptance of our differentiated products and the overall Infinera experience,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera's Chief Executive Officer. “As we evolve from a single-threaded product company to an end-to-end optical solutions company, I believe Infinera is better positioned than ever to serve more customers and address more opportunities.”

VI Systems Intros 850nm VCSEL for 50 Gbps

VI Systems introduced a 850nm vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) transmitter module for multimode fiber transmission of up to 50 Gbps.

The transmitter module features a V-connector for the electrical input signal and for the optical output a 50/125 multi mode fiber which is terminated with a standard FC/PC connector.  

The V50-850M transmitter module is designed for test setups aimed at development of advanced short reach optical interconnects.

Orange Launches Digital Ventures

Orange is lauching an “early stage” investment program branded Orange Digital Ventures. It will  identify and fund start-ups during their initial development as well as provide the  strategic relationships needed for them to become valuable companies.

Orange said it plans to focus its investments on start-ups working on the new and next transformations of the telecoms and digital  sectors. Orange Digital Ventures will support in particular start-ups in  the fields of communication, connectivity, the cloud, payment, the  Internet of Things and big data, e-Health and security services  developing innovative solutions and technologies as well as inventing  new business models.

Orange Digital Ventures has earmarked 20 million Euros for its first  year.

Singtel Updates its Branding

Singtel adopted new branding for the first time in 16 years, marking the company's transformation from a telecom operator to a full-service multimedia and ICT services provider.

Singtel Group CEO, Ms Chua Sock Koong, said: “Generations in Singapore have grown up with Singtel. Customers see us as a trusted, reliable brand that is at the forefront of technology.  In this digital age, we recognise that customers also want things simpler, faster and delivered by people who truly care."