Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Quintillion Picks Alcatel-Lucent for Undersea Cable in Alaska

Quintillion Subsea Holdings awarded a turnkey contract to Alcatel-Lucent for the design and construction of a submarine cable system in Alaska from Prudhoe Bay to Nome.

The system will offer a unique route to bring reliable, affordable high-speed broadband access to the North Slope of Alaska and will bridge the digital divide in an area of Alaska where bandwidth is currently still limited.

It will offer a capacity of at least 10 terabits-per-second per fiber pair. The system will consist of three fiber pairs capable of carrying 100 wavelengths, each of which can support 100 Gbps of data capacity. Phase 1 will be a 1,850 km segment linking the Alaskan communities of Nome, Kotzebue, Wainwright, Point Hope, Barrow, and Prudhoe Bay and will provide for future extensions to Asia and Europe.  Scheduled for completion by the end of 2016, Phase 1 will incorporate advanced routing and burial techniques to protect the cable and enhance the integrity of the system.

https://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2015/alcatel-lucent-and-quintillion-subsea-holdings-build-undersea-cable-system-connecting-six

U.S. Launches National Strategic Computing Initiative

President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), which aims to bolster the development and deployment of high-performance computing (HPS) systems.

The initiative represents a "coordinated research, development, and deployment strategy will draw on the strengths of departments and agencies to move the Federal government into a position that sharpens, develops, and streamlines a wide range of new 21st century applications. It is designed to advance core technologies to solve difficult computational problems and foster increased use of the new capabilities in the public and private sectors.

The National Strategic Computing Initiative has five strategic themes.

  • Create systems that can apply exaflops of computing power to exabytes of data.
  • Keep the United States at the forefront of HPC capabilities.
  • Improve HPC application developer productivity.
  • Make HPC readily available.
  • Establish hardware technology for future HPC systems. 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/nsci_fact_sheet.pdf

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Intel and Micron Unveil 3D XPoint Memory 1000x Faster than NAND

Intel and Micron Technology have developed a non-volatile memory that is up to 1,000 times faster and has up to 1,000 times greater endurance than NAND, and is 10 times denser than conventional memory.

The 3D XPoint technology, which is now entering production, is described as the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.

"For decades, the industry has searched for ways to reduce the lag time between the processor and data to allow much faster analysis," said Rob Crooke, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. "This new class of non-volatile memory achieves this goal and brings game-changing performance to memory and storage solutions."

"One of the most significant hurdles in modern computing is the time it takes the processor to reach data on long-term storage," said Mark Adams, president of Micron. "This new class of non-volatile memory is a revolutionary technology that allows for quick access to enormous data sets and enables entirely new applications."

Intel said the 3D XPoint technology follows more than a decade of research and development. The innovative, transistor-less cross point architecture creates a three-dimensional checkerboard where memory cells sit at the intersection of word lines and bit lines, allowing the cells to be addressed individually. As a result, data can be written and read in small sizes, leading to faster and more efficient read/write processes.

http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2015/07/28/intel-and-micron-produce-breakthrough-memory-technology


In March 2015, Intel and Micron Technology announced availability of their 3D NAND technology, the world's highest-density flash memory, for use in data center servers, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.


The new 3D NAND technology, which was jointly developed by Intel and Micron, stacks layers of data storage cells vertically to create storage devices with three times higher capacity than competing NAND technologies.  The companies have been able to package up to 48GB of NAND per die — enabling three-fourths of a terabyte to fit in a single fingertip-sized package.  A 256Gb MLC version of 3D NAND currently is sampling with select partners, and a 384Gb TLC design will be sampling later this spring.

NTT Comm Acquires PT. Cyber CSF for Indonesia Data Centers

NTT Communications will acquire PT. Cyber CSF (Cyber CSF), a data center service provider headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cyber CSF, founded in 2012, is Indonesia's largest data center service provider. It operates a high-quality facility equipped for 24 MVA of power and 2,800 racks in 7,700 square meters of space in the heart of Jakarta.

NTT Com, in addition to an existing point-of-presence (PoP) for its Global IP Network at the Cyber CSF data center, plans to establish a PoP for its Arcstar Universal One(tm) VPN network in October, leveraging the licenses it obtained as the first foreign carrier authorized to operate closed networks in Indonesia through its joint venture subsidiary, PT. NTT Indonesia.

Currently, PT. NTT Indonesia is building a domestic fiber network that will connect its new data center with other major data centers in suburban Jakarta, as well as industrial parks and office buildings.
http://www.ntt.co.jp

Pluribus and Appcito Form Alliance

Pluribus Networks has formed a technology and marketing agreement with Appcito, makers of scalable Private Cloud based application services, such as load balancing, application traffic visibility and analytics and comprehensive application security including Web Application Firewall and DDoS detection.

The agreement enables end users to purchase and deploy Appcito’s application delivery solution upon the Pluribus Networks connectivity fabric itself, dramatically simplifying the deployment of advanced services, reducing the costs and extending advanced traffic management capabilities across the entire infrastructure.

“The public cloud has been developed to support the needs of modern computing, which emphasize the need to bring new services online quickly and securely in direct support of the fast-moving business. We enable organizations to create their own private clouds in the same way. Our SDN platform offers all of the same agility, adaptability, application awareness and security found in public offerings, but at a fraction of the cost, and goes far beyond the mere separation of control and data planes, as seen in other competitive SDN offerings,” said Kumar Srikantan, CEO of Pluribus Networks. “Most importantly, it’s a true open and scalable platform onto which higher-layer services can be deployed. Working together with Appcito, we are jointly demonstrating the marriage of our platform with their leading-edge load-balancing and security services. The combination of upper layer networking services with an open, extensible, and secure networking foundation makes the network more relevant to applications and to the business itself.”

“Today’s cloud computing has the same network challenges that existed in the past but now requires new cloud-adapted solution architectures and capacities in order to support and secure modern applications effectively,” said Peter Christy, Research Director, 451 Research. “Appcito and Pluribus each are excellent examples of forward-looking, cloud-centric products which do just this, and the integration of the two is proof that upper-level network services and the foundational network fabric can be married so that the combination is more than just the sum of the parts.”

http://www.pluribusnetworks.com

Citrix's CEO Steps Down, Elliot Mgt. Exec Joins Board

Mark Templeton has decided to step down as president and CEO of Citrix Systems. He has served in that position since 1998. The Citrix Board has initiated a CEO search process and has retained Heidrick & Struggles to assist with the process of identifying and evaluating candidates.

Citrix also announced a cooperation agreement with Elliott Management Corporation, an investment firm whose affiliated funds own approximately 7.5 percent of the company’s common stock.  Elliott’s Jesse Cohn has been appointed to the Citrix board of directors to replace Asiff Hirji who has decided to step down from the company's board, effective immediately. In addition, as part of its continuing board evolution process, the company will commence a search for an additional independent board member, mutually agreeable to Citrix and Elliott, who will replace a current board member when appointed. In addition, Elliott and certain of its affiliates have agreed to customary standstill, voting and other provisions for a period of at least a year. Citrix has also formed an operations committee, which will work closely with the company’s management team on a comprehensive operational review focusing on improving Citrix’s margins, profitability and capital structure.

https://www.citrix.com/news/announcements/jul-2015/cooperation-agreement.html

Elliott Sends Letter to Citrix Board of Directors

Elliot Management Corp. published an open letter to the Board of Directors of Citrix, saying it believes the company can achieve a notable increase in shareholder value by implementing a new management plan and undertaking structural reforms.

Elliot currently holds 7.1% of Citrix Systems' stock.

Specifically, Elliot said it believes that Citrix can achieve a stock price of $90 ~ $100+ per share by the end of 2016, which represents a rise of 50%, by improving its operational performance given that it great products in strong markets. One area of concern for Elliot is the company's cost structure, which has grown faster than revenues.

Elliot, which also criticized Citrix's product portfolio as too broad, is presenting a new operating plan for the company.

http://www.elliottmgmt.com

Radisys Posts Revenue of $47 Million

Radisys reported consolidated revenue of $47.0 million for Q2 2015, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.03, an increase of $0.10 year-on-year.

For the second quarter of 2015, Software-Systems revenue was $14.2 million, compared to $9.7 million in the prior quarter and $10.4 million in the second quarter of 2014, representing increases of 46% and 36%, respectively. Revenue growth was primarily driven by accelerating MediaEngine deployments in support of VoLTE rollouts, including partial delivery of the $11M order noted above, and revenue tied to acceptance of FlowEngine lab systems.

Embedded Products revenue was $32.9 million, compared to $39.0 million in the prior quarter and $39.6 million in the second quarter of 2014. While revenue was down both sequentially and year-on-year largely resulting from legacy end-of-life product transitions, Embedded Products revenue came in above expectations due to continued strength from the segment’s core customer base.

“In the second quarter, we continued to generate further momentum across our business, specifically within Software-Systems with strong revenue growth both sequentially and year-on-year,” said Brian Bronson, Radisys President and CEO. “Most notably, during the quarter we received an $11 million follow-on order from a large Asian carrier that selected our MediaEngine platform to enable all media processing in its VoLTE rollout. Also strategically significant during the quarter was the acceptance of additional FlowEngine lab units by the large North American carrier we are engaged with representing another tangible proof point for our new products. We continue to expect initial orders from this carrier for commercial deployments later in the second half of 2015.”

http://www.radisys.com

Monday, July 27, 2015

Broadcom Debuts Cloud-optimized 25/50G Ethernet Controllers

Broadcom has begun sampling its new NetXtreme C-Series 10G/25G/40G/50G Ethernet controller product family designed for supporting greater virtual machine density in cloud data centers.

The BCM57300 NetXtreme C-Series Ethernet controllers offer bidirectional 50G throughput with 30 Mpps performance and integrated flow processing capabilities from the server to the top-of-rack switch They complete Broadcom's end-to-end 25/50G data center solution, which also includes the newly introduced StrataXGS Tomahawk Ethernet switch

Broadcom said its integrated "TruFlow" flow processing can double network throughput and provide up to a 50 percent increase in application performance compared to a software-only solution. The BCM57300 provides hardware-based, congestion notification responses that are 5,000x faster than traditional software-based approaches. When combined with StrataXGS switches, the notification enable data centers to avoid network congestion before it happens.

Key features of Broadcom's NetXtreme C-Series Controllers:

  • vSwitch Acceleration: TruFlow moves virtual switching functionality from the host CPU into the Broadcom C-Series Controller, increasing available CPU cycles for application processing
  • Flow Scalability: TruFlow distributes flow processing into the server endpoints
  • Software Defined Networking:  TruFlow implements the fundamental SDN protocol constructs of classification/match/action processing in hardware, including the latest OpenFlow standard. Distributing SDN protocols into the BCM57300 enables cloud operators to reap the benefits of SDN in their data centers with a flexible, scalable and dynamic network.
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  • Low chip latency: 1.5-µs round trip
  • Dual-Port 10/25G and single-port 40/50G
  • Industry's smallest (14x14 mm) 25/50G Controller package
  • Integrated base management controller (BMC)

"NetXtreme C-Series raises the bar for Ethernet controllers and enables a cost-effective path from 10G to 25G," said Rajiv Ramaswami, Broadcom Executive Vice President and General Manager, Infrastructure & Networking Group. "Pushing the 25/50G Ethernet specification, which Broadcom defined and co-founded as an industry standard, to the server endpoint solidifies Broadcom's end-to-end offering."

Broadcom will be supplyting offers two families of standard adapter cards based on its BCM57300 NetXtreme C-Series of Ethernet controllers: PCIe NIC and OCP Mezzanine.

http://www.broadcom.com/press/release.php?id=s923886


In April 2015, Broadcom began sampling the next-generation of its StrataXGS Trident Ethernet switching silicon, which has been optimized to meet the bandwidth, scalability and efficiency demands of 10GbE virtualized data centers.  The new silicon offers 1.28 terabit per second (Tbps) switching performance, 30 percent lower power and double the performance for data center virtualization overlays, such as VXLAN.

The 28 nanometer (nm) Trident-II+ Series, which provides a drop-in power and efficiency improvement over the previous version, brings a number of features for network virtualization, including single-pass VXLAN routing that doubles gateway performance in all network topologies, as well as support for pre-standard GENEVE overlays.

As a complement to Broadcom's latest StrataXGS Tomahawk and StrataDNX switch SoCs, the Trident II+ Series provides 100GbE connections to the spine layer and between racks, while supporting 10GbE connections to the servers in enterprise and private cloud deployments.

In September 2014, Broadcom introduced its next-generation, StrataXGS "Tomahawk" switch, packing 2 Tbps of switching performance in a single chip that is capable of supporting 32 ports of 100 Gigabit Ethernet, 64 ports of 40GE/50GE or 128 ports of 25GE.

The new chip, which represents the 7th generation of Broadcom Ethernet switching silicon, is designed for the programmable fabrics needed in next-gen, cloud-scale data centers. 

The StrataXGS Tomahawk Series is powered by more than 7 billion integrated transistors in 28nm. It supports new 25GE and 50GE protocol standards, and is the first chip to scale to 32-ports of 100G on a single device.

Significantly, Tomahawk implements Broadcom's FLEXGS and Smart-Flow technology, enabling the switch to be software configured for specific policies while preserving deterministic latency. The new design brings a 12X increase in application policy scale compared to previous generation switches, along with increased flexibility of packet lookups and key generation, and rich load balancing and traffic redirection controls. This supports an extensive suite of user configurable functions for flow processing, security, network virtualization, measurement/monitoring, congestion management and traffic engineering.

In May 015, Avago Technologies agreed to acquire Broadcom for $17 billion in cash consideration and the economic equivalent of approximately 140 million Avago ordinary shares. -- an implied value for the total transaction of $37 billion.  The merger will create the third largest global semiconductor company with strong presence in wired infrastructure, wireless infrastructure, enterprise storage, ASICs, PHYs, Ethernet switching silicon and set-top box silicon.  It will have combined annual revenues of approximately $15 billion and $77 billion in enterprise value.

Chuck Robbins Takes Reins at Cisco

Chuck Robbins has officially taken over as CEO of Cisco, replacing John Chambers who held the position since January 1995.  July 26th marked the end of Cisco's fiscal year.

Robbins joined Cisco in 1997 and most recently served as Cisco’s senior vice president of worldwide operations, leading the company’s global sales and partner team that drives $47B in business for the company.

Cisco also announced the appointments of Zorawar Biri Singh as Chief Technology Officer and Kevin Bandy as Cisco’s first Chief Digital Officer.

Most recently, Biri Singh was a venture partner at Khosla Ventures, where he focused on enterprise IT software, predictive data analytics, cloud platforms and infrastructure investments. Previously, he was senior vice president and general manager of Hewlett Packard’s (HP) cloud business, where he oversaw the company’s global cloud portfolio and open source efforts. Prior to HP, Biri led corporate strategy and portfolio solutions as vice president of cloud computing at IBM and served as a member of the executive team that launched IBM’s cloud business unit in 2010.


Kevin Bandy previously was Senior Vice President, Enterprise Transformation at Salesforce.com, where he was responsible for growth and market expansion by making Salesforce.com the foundation on which companies reengineer their front office operations. Prior to joining Salesforce.com Bandy was the principle of Rhea Springs LLC, a strategy consultancy firm founded to work in a personal advisory manner with Fortune 500 senior leadership.

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco-announces-executive-news

Research Foundation of the State University of New York to Host National Photonics Lab

The Research Foundation for the State University of New York (RF SUNY) has been chosen to lead a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute to advance U.S. leadership in the manufacturing integrated photonics.

Specifically, the Department of Defense is awarding the new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Integrated Photonics to a consortium of 124 companies, nonprofits, and universities led by RF SUNY. With a total investment of over $610 million—$110 million in federal funds, and more than $500 million in non-federal contributions—the  announcement marks the largest public-private commitment to date for a  manufacturing institute launched in the United States.  The new institute will be based in Rochester, New York -- the long term home of Eastman Kodak.  It mission iss to focus on cutting-edge research in integrated photonics — using multiple units of light, on a single platform, to improve the performance and reliability of telecommunications, radar, lasers, and other technologies.

The new photonics institute is the sixth of nine announced as part of the National Network of Manufacturing Institutes (NNMI).

http://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-and-vice-president-biden-announce-new-york-state-lead-prestigious-national

Ericsson and SK Telecom Collaborate on 5G Network Core Slicing

Ericsson and SK Telecom have signed agreed to collaborate on the development of a 5G core network that deploys network slicing technology.  The idea behind slicing is to use logical instead of physical resources to provide networks on an as-a-service basis. The instantiation of the network slicing will use the Ericsson Virtual Evolved Packet Core solution.

The companies are building a test bed using Ericsson’s HDS 8000 Hyperscale Datacenter System and its Regional Cloud Lab,which is distributed across four sites in North East Asia including Anyang in South Korea, Beijing and Shanghai in China, and Tokyo in Japan.

“Virtual network architecture, including network slicing, is critical to supporting new services in the era of 5G. We will build an optimal network for a wide array of services from the overall end-to-end standpoint, and pioneer the evolution of innovative networks,” says Alex Jinsung Choi, Chief Technology Officer at SK Telecom.

“Network slicing, based on virtual evolved packet core, is an important part of the technology evolution of 5G, supporting operators with a new, broader set of services. It is important that we work together in the industry on this journey”, says Ulf Ewaldsson, CTO, Ericsson.

http://www.ericsson.com

euNetworks deploys Ciena’s 200G for Cloud Customer in UK

euNetworks has deployed Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, equipped with the new WaveLogic 3 Extreme coherent optics to deliver 100GE bandwidth services to customers.

The installation uses 200G per 50GHz DWDM channels, covering diverse paths between Slough, to the West of London, through to London Docklands in the East.  The companies said a  cloud customer is now using the network to put into production 1.2 Tbps of 100GE services, bringing the cloud customer's total lit capacity across the euNetworks footprint to in excess of 6 Tbps and available capacity to around 40 Tbps.

euNetworks has been working closely with its customer base of high bandwidth users and has developed a solution named euSpectrum to cater to their specific needs. euSpectrum delivers DWDM channels on euNetworks’ Pan European DWDM backbone, and provides customers, such as cloud providers, with the option to take large chunks of capacity between cities – effectively building a multi-Terabit backbone. With 13 owned and operated fibre based metropolitan networks, euNetworks can extend this solution to over 260 data centres utilising this city based footprint.

“Our euSpectrum bandwidth solution and position as the leading data centre connectivity provider in Europe offers a unique and highly scalable networking solution to our customers,” said Brady Rafuse, Chief Executive Officer of euNetworks. “We are working with some of the world’s biggest consumers of bandwidth, shaping our network for their growing needs. The nature of our business is such that our network designs are driven exclusively by the needs of our customers. We believe we are one of the leading European providers in the 100G bandwidth market today and with this important milestone of adding 200G capability to the network, we continue to offer our customers the next step in high bandwidth network scalability.”

http://www.eunetworks.com
http://www.ciena.com

Huawei and DOCOMO Demo LTE LAA and Wi-Fi Co-existence

Huawei and NTT DOCOMO performed a live demonstration of the co-channel coexistence between Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA) and Wi-Fi systems.

The demo, which occurred at the 5G Tokyo Bay Summit 2015 held at the DOCOMO R&D Center in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, showed LAA operating on a 5GHz unlicensed band.

Huawei said results indicated that with the assistance of a key co-existing technology named Listen-Before-Talk (LBT), LAA is able to co-exist adequately with a neighboring Wi-Fi system, while maintaining most of the performance advantages of LTE.

http://www.huawei.com


Friday, July 24, 2015

AT&T Completes Acquisition of DIRECTV

AT&T completed its acquisition of DIRECTV, making it the largest pay TV provider in the United States and the world, providing service to more than 26 million customers in the United States and more than 191 million customers in Latin America, including Mexico and the Caribbean. Additionally, AT&T has more than 132 million wireless subscribers and connections in the U.S. and Mexico; offers 4G LTE mobile coverage to nearly 310 million people in the U.S.; covers 57 million U.S. customer locations with high-speed Internet; and has nearly 16 million subscribers to its high-speed Internet service.

DIRECTV shareholders received 1.892 shares of AT&T common stock, in addition to $28.50 in cash, per share of DIRECTV.

AT&T said the DIRECTV acquisition significantly diversifies itsrevenue mix, products, geographies and customer bases. As a result of this acquisition, as well as AT&T’s acquisition of Iusacell and Nextel Mexico, AT&T expects that, by the end of 2015, its largest revenue streams will be, in descending order: Business Solutions (both wireless and wireline); Entertainment & Internet; Consumer Mobility; and International Mobility and Video.

“Combining DIRECTV with AT&T is all about giving customers more choices for great video entertainment integrated with mobile and high-speed Internet service,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “We’ll now be able to meet consumers’ future entertainment preferences, whether they want traditional TV service with premier programming, their favorite content on a mobile device, or video streamed over the Internet to any screen.

“This transaction allows us to significantly expand our high-speed Internet service to reach millions more households, which is a perfect complement to our coast-to-coast TV and mobile coverage,” Stephenson said. “We’re now a fundamentally different company with a diversified set of capabilities and businesses that set us apart from the competition.”

In approving the deal, the FCC imposed a number of conditions that will extend for four years, including:


  • Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) Deployment. Recognizing that the merger reduces AT&T-DIRECTV’s incentive to deploy FTTP service, the Commission adopts as a condition of this merger the expansion of FTTP service to 12.5 million customer locations. This condition also responds to the harm of the loss of a video competitor in areas where AT&T and DIRECTV had directly competed before the merger by providing a pathway for increased competition from services that rely on broadband Internet to deliver video.
  • Gigabit Service to E-rate Eligible Schools and Libraries. In addition, to ensure that schools and libraries also benefit from expanded fiber deployment to consumers and institutions, the Commission is also requiring AT&T-DIRECTV to offer gigabit service to any E-rate eligible school or library where AT&T-DIRECTV deploys FTTP service.
  • Non-Discriminatory Usage-Based Practices. Recognizing that AT&T is the only  major ISP that applies “data caps” across the board to all of its fixed broadband customers and that this merger increases the incentive of AT&T-DIRECTV to use strategies that limit consumers’ access to online video distribution services in order to favor its own video services, the Commission requires AT&T-DIRECTV, as a condition of this merger, to refrain from imposing discriminatory usage-based allowances or other discriminatory retail terms and conditions on its broadband Internet service.
  • Internet Interconnection Disclosure Requirements. Recognizing the importance of interconnection to the operation of online video services, the Commission also requires as a condition of this merger that AT&T-DIRECTV submit its Internet interconnection agreements so that the Commission may monitor the terms of such agreements to determine whether AT&T-DIRECTV is denying or impeding access to its networks in anticompetitive ways through the terms of these agreements.
  • Discounted Broadband Services for Low-Income Subscribers. While finding that the availability of better and lower priced bundles of video and broadband service is a potential benefit of the merger, the Commission also concludes that the public interest requires us to ensure that a bundle of video and broadband services is not the only competitive choice for low-income subscribers who may not be able to afford bundled services. The Commission accordingly requires as a condition of the merger that AT&T-DIRECTV make available an affordable, low-price standalone broadband service to low-income consumers in its broadband service area.
  • Compliance Program and Reporting. Given the important role that these conditions serve in securing the public interest benefits of the merger, the Commission requiresthat AT&T-DIRECTV retain both an internal company compliance officer and an independent, external compliance officer that will report and monitor, respectively, the combined entity’s compliance with all conditions of the merger. 


Some other notes on the transaction:

AT&T announced that John Stankey will be CEO of AT&T Entertainment & Internet Services, responsible for leading its combined DIRECTV and AT&T Home Solutions operations. Stankey will report to Stephenson. DIRECTV President, Chairman and CEO Mike White announced his plans to retire.

AT&T is also developing unique video offerings for consumers through, among other initiatives, its Otter Media joint venture with The Chernin Group. The joint venture was established to invest in, acquire and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services. This includes its purchase of a majority stake in Fullscreen, a global online media company that works with more than 50,000 content creators who engage 450 million subscribers and generate 4 billion monthly views.

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


  • DIRECTV first launched its satellite-based TV service in 1994.
  • DIRECTV operates a fleet of twelve geosynchronous satellites, including eleven owned satellites and one leased satellite. These include six Ku-Band satellites at the following orbital locations: 101 WL (three), 110 WL (one), 119 WL (one), 95 WL (one-leased), and six Ka-Band satellites at 99 WL (three) and 103 WL (three) orbital locations. The company has contracted for the construction and launch of one new satellite, D15, which is to launch in 2015 and provide additional HD, replacement and backup capacity


Aliyun Vows Data Protection for Customers

At its inaugural Data Technology (DT) event this week in Beijing. Alibaba's Aliyun division announced its Data Protection Pact - a pledge to customers and partners to protect the privacy and integrity of their data.

Here is Aliyun's statement to the technology industry and the entire society:

  1. Customers, such as individual developers, companies, governments, and social institutions, have absolute ownership over any and all data generated on the Alibaba Cloud Computing (Aliyun) platform, including the rights to freely and safely access, share, exchange, transfer or delete their data at any time.
  2. Customers have the right to select whatever services they choose to securely process their data. This data cannot in any way be altered or transferred by Alibaba Cloud Computing (Aliyun).
  3. As such that banks are obligated to protect clients' financial assets, the obligation also falls on Alibaba Cloud Computing (Aliyun) to protect our customers' data. It is the responsibility and duty of Alibaba Cloud Computing (Aliyun) to establish a set of strict management, control and internal audit systems, as well as strive to continuously improve our threat protection, disaster recovery and other capabilities to strengthen the protection we offer to customers regarding data privacy, integrity, and accessibility.

During Data Technology Day event, Aliyun presented its full landscape of cloud-computing products and solutions. Aliyun has developed more than 14 cloud products and 50 solutions for enterprises and individual developers across eight sectors, including gaming, multimedia, e-government, medical treatment, IoT, and finance. Additional solutions are provided by more than 200 companies partnering with Aliyun.

New solutions from Aliyun include Solid State Drive (SSD) cloud storage servers with strong read-write capability, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) systems used to build hybrid cloud and cloud databases compatible with Oracle systems, and batch computing services used in gene sequencing and computer-graphics rendering.

"The huge amount of data and advanced computing capacity has brought great business opportunities to the industry," said Wensong Zhang, Chief Technology Officer of Aliyun. "Deep learning and high-performance computing have been widely adopted in Alibaba Group for internal use. Aliyun will roll out high-performance computing services and accelerators based on GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) technology that could be applied in image recognition and deep learning to expand the boundaries of business."

http://www.alibabagroup.com/en/news/article?news=p150722a

European Commission Approves Alcatel-Lucent + Nokia Merger

The European Commission gave its stamp of approval to the proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia, saying the merger does not raise competition concerns "because the parties are not close competitors and since a number of strong global competitors will remain active after the transaction."

The Commission said it considered the effects of the merger on competition in the field of mobile network equipment, including Radio Access Network equipment and Core Network Systems. The Commission found that, despite the merged entity having combined market shares around or above 30% for several specific types of equipment, the overlaps between the two companies' activities are effectively limited. Indeed, Nokia has a strong presence in the European Economic Area, where Alcatel-Lucent is a small player, and conversely Alcatel-Lucent has a strong presence in North America, where Nokia's activities are rather limited.

The EC cited competition from Ericsson and Huawei, along with the emerging presence of ZTE and Samsung, especially with regards to upcoming 5G.

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5437_en.htm

Nokia to Acquire Alcatel-Lucent for EUR 15.6 billion


Nokia agreed to acquire Alcatel-Lucent in a deal valued at EUR 15.6 billion -- a premium to shareholders of 28% (equivalent to EUR 4.27 per share) over the unaffected weighted average share price of Alcatel-Lucent for the previous three months.  Under the transaction Nokia will make an offer for all of the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent, through a public exchange offer in France and in the United States, on the basis of 0.55 of a new Nokia share for every Alcatel-Lucent share. The boards of directors of both companies have agreed to the deal.

Nokia said it was motivated to do the deal because the addressable market of the combined company in 2014 was approximately 50% larger than its current addressable networks market, increasing from approximately EUR 84 billion to approximately EUR 130 billion. The combined company is expected to have a stronger growth profile than Nokia’s current addressable market, with an estimated CAGR of approximately 3.5% for 2014-2019.

Some highlights:


  • The combined company will be called Nokia Corporation, with headquarters in Espoo, Finland and a strong presence in France. It will also have major R&D centers in Germany, the U.S. and China. It will retain its Bell Labs brand in the U.S..
  • For France, Nokia said intends to maintain employment levels consistent with Alcatel-Lucent’s end-2015 Shift Plan commitments, with a particular focus on the key sites of Villarceaux (Essonne) and Lannion (Côtes d’Armor).  Plans also include a 5G R&D centre of excellence in France.
  • Risto Siilasmaa is planned to serve as Chairman, and Rajeev Suri as Chief Executive Officer.
  • The combined company would target approximately EUR 900 million of operating cost synergies to be achieved on a full year basis in 2019. The cost savings will come from organizational downsizing, elimination of overlapping products and services, centralized functions and regional sales organizations. The combined company could reduce overhead costs in real estate, manufacturing, supply chains, IT and overall G&A expenses, including public company costs.
  • The combined company would target approximately EUR 200 million of reductions in interest expenses to be achieved on a full year basis in 2017.
  • For FY 2014, the combined company would have had net sales of EUR 25.9 billion, a non-IFRS operating profit of EUR 2.3 billion, a reported operating profit of EUR 0.3 billion, R&D investments of approximately EUR 4.7 billion, and a strong balance sheet with combined net cash at  December 31, 2014 of EUR 7.4 billion.
  • For comparison in FY 2014, Ericsson had carrier revenues of approximately EUR 25.1 billion, Huawei had EUR 23.5 billion and Cisco had EUR 9.0 billion.
  • In China, Nokia would own Alcatel-Lucent’s 50% plus one share holding in Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, a company limited by shares supervised by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of China.  

Dell'Oro: Packet Microwave Shipments to More than Double by 2019

The point-to-point Microwave Transmission market is forecast to have near term growth, but will likely decline in the outer years, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. During this five-year forecast period, through 2019, Packet Microwave equipment demand is expected to maintain a positive rate of expansion.

Some highlights:

  • Packet Microwave revenue and radio transceivers forecast to comprise a little over 30 percent of total microwave equipment market by 2019.
  • Full outdoor unit shipments forecast to grow at 27 percent compounded annual growth rate (CAGR).

“The market is moving to Packet Microwave,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President of Microwave Transmission research at Dell’Oro Group. “We are forecasting Packet Microwave radio transceiver shipments to be approximately two and a half times greater in 2019 than they were in the past year. "Comparatively, other microwave radio shipments are expected to only be 33 percent higher. We think the main driver for Packet Microwave demand is form factor and capacity, especially as LTE mobile radio deployments move from macro to small cells. Small form factor, packet, high capacity, all-outdoor microwave units are just better suited for small cell backhaul than the older split-mount systems,” Mr. Yu added.

http://www.delloro.com

IHS Global NFV Market to Hit $11.6 Billion in 2019

The global network functions virtualization (NFV) hardware, software and services market will reach $11.6 billion in 2019, up from $2.3 billion in 2015, according to new forecast from IHS .

Some highlights

  • Service providers are still early in the long-term, 10- to 15-year transformation to virtualized networks
  • Revenue from outsourced services for NFV projects is projected to grow at a 71 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014 to 2019
  • Revenue from software-only video content delivery network (CDN) functions for managing and distributing data is forecast by IHS to grow 30-fold from 2015 to 2019

“NFV represents operators’ shift from a hardware focus to software focus, and our forecasts show this. We believe NFV software will comprise over 80 percent of the $11.6 billion total NFV revenue in 2019,” said Michael Howard, senior research director for carrier networks at IHS. “The software is always a much larger investment than the server, storage and switch hardware, representing about $4 of every $5 spent on NFV.”

http://www.infonetics.com

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