Monday, October 24, 2016

Marvell Unveils its 25GbE Data Center Solution

Marvell introduced its 25 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) end-to-end data center solution comprised of its Prestera 98CX84xx family of 25G Ethernet (GbE) switches and Alaska C 88X5123 and 88X5113 Ethernet transceivers, all fully compliant with the IEEE 25GbE and 100GbE standards.

The new Prestera 98CX84xx switch family is designed specifically for mainstream data center high-performance server applications and addresses the most common top of rack (ToR) port configurations.  The Prestera devices are integrated with 25GbE PHYs, enabling data centers to break the 1W per 25G port barrier for 25G ToR applications.

Marvell's Prestera 98CX84xx switches also include an abstraction layer which integrates seamlessly with Open Computing Project (OCP) switch abstraction interface (SAI) application program interfaces (APIs). Marvell provides an OpenSwitch driver plug-in that facilitates easy integration with the OpenSwitch application stack.

The Alaska C 88X5123 Ethernet transceiver enables customers to support the new IEEE 25GbE specifications on their existing switch ASICs without the expensive investment involved in new silicon development.

The Alaska C 88X5113 Ethernet transceiver, a 40G Ethernet to 25G Ethernet Gearbox device, enables a 40GbE stream to be translated to a 25G Ethernet stream. This device is purpose-built to enable existing 40GbE-capable server NIC controllers to support native 25GbE, hastening the availability of 25GbE-capable NICs.

"I believe Marvell's 25GbE-optimized devices are a significant contribution to the industry, helping drive the adoption of 25GbE server access to meet increasing bandwidth demands in data centers," said Michael Zimmerman, vice president and general manager, Connectivity, Storage and Infrastructure (CSI) Business Unit at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. "Our newest 25G Ethernet switch devices, PHY and Gearbox devices extend Marvell's leadership of providing best-in-class networking solutions optimized for high performance, cost effective, and energy-efficient computing."

http://www.marvell.com/

T-Mobile US Continues to Capture Mobile Share

In the third quarter of 2016, T-Mobile US added 2.0 million total net customers while delivering 13% year-over-year growth in service revenue, $366 million in net income, and $2.6 billion in Adjusted EBITDA.

“That’s 14 quarters in a row that T-Mobile has won share from the competition,” said John Legere, President and CEO of T-Mobile. “The Un-carrier is delivering. We took share and grew our customer base while producing both financial growth and shareholder value. Most importantly, we are delivering results for both customers and shareholders alike.”

Some highlights:

  • Service revenues for the third quarter of 2016 grew by 13% year-over-year, primarily due to continued growth in T-Mobile’s customer base. 
  • T-Mobile US total customer base now stands at more than 69 million. 
  • This was the fourteenth consecutive quarter in which the vompany has generated more than 1 million net customer additions.
  • Branded prepaid net customer additions were 684,000, which was the second best quarterly performance in company history. 
  • Wholesale net customer additions were 317,000 in the third quarter of 2016.
  • Branded postpaid phone churn was 1.32% in the third quarter of 2016, up 5 basis points compared to 1.27% in the second quarter of 2016 and down 14 basis points compared to 1.46% in the third quarter of 2015. 
  • Branded prepaid churn was 3.82% in the third quarter of 2016, compared to 3.91% in the second quarter of 2016 and 4.09% in the third quarter of 2015.
  • Branded postpaid phone Average Revenue per User (ARPU) of $48.15 in the third quarter of 2016 was up 2.2% sequentially and generally stable year-over-year. 
  • T-Mobile noted that it is continuing to build out Extended Range LTE, which operates on the company's low-band 700 MHz A-Block spectrum, to enhance coverage and in-building performance. 
  • Extended Range LTE currently covers more than 225 million people in 366 market areas. In the third quarter of 2016, T-Mobile closed on several previously announced transactions that increased its total low-band spectrum holdings to 260 million POPs. The company expects to close on additional previously announced transactions in the fourth quarter of 2016, bringing its total low-band spectrum holdings to 272 million POPs upon closing.
  • Q3 capital expenditures were $1.2 billion, down from $1.3 billion in the second quarter of 2016 and up from $1.1 billion in the third quarter of 2015. Cash capital expenditures for the full-year 2016 are expected to be in the range of $4.5 to $4.7 billion, narrowing the previous guidance range of $4.5 to $4.8 billion.

http://investor.t-mobile.com/event

Orange Business Signs Up a Pet Tracking Service for IoT Service

Orange Business Services will provide IoT connectivity services to Tractive, an Austria-based developer of hardware, apps and gadgets for pet owners.

Specifically, Orange Business Services will provide Tractive with SIM cards for IoT connectivity in the Tractive GPS product, which helps pet owners locate their pets. The deal provides global connectivity with borderless service for pet owners.

“For the services we provide to loving pet owners, seamless and interruption-resistant connectivity on a global scale is absolutely key. The Orange Business Services solution caters to our customers’ needs and requirements. We are especially impressed with the global approach from Orange and the close teamwork with our own experts. They are not just a provider, but a trusted partner for us with our future expansion,” said Michael Hurnaus, CEO, Tractive.

“Tractive’s intention to leverage IoT technology for the benefit of millions of pets and their owners worldwide clearly demands a reliable and trustworthy global provider, such as Orange. With our proven expertise across the full spectrum of IoT services, we are very happy to have been selected as their provider of choice and to help enable their global growth ambitions,” said Anne-Sophie Lotgering, senior vice president, Europe, Russia and CIS, Orange Business Services.

The Orange Business Services IoT connectivity service is part of Datavenue, a modular IoT and Analytics solution.

http://www.orange-business.com/en

Intel Capital Bets $38M on a Dozen Start-ups

Intel Capital announced new investments totaling more than $38 million in 12 technology start-ups:

Autonomous Machines

Chronocam (Paris, France) - develops innovative computer vision sensors and systems for a variety of applications in autonomous navigation and connected objects. The company wants to establish a new computer vision standard by unlocking a paradigm shift in vision sensing and processing inspired by the human eye.

Embodied (Pasadena, California), - co-founded by the former CTO of iRobot, maker of Roomba, and a world-renowned professor of robotics and neuroscience from the University of Southern California. Embodied will leverage advances in machine perception, cognition and learning for affordable personal robots.

Perrone Robotics (Charlottesville, Virginia) - provides software and solutions that make it easier to build robust mobile autonomous robotics applications. Its technology helps researchers and engineers develop their partial and fully autonomous vehicle and robotics applications.

Data and Connectivity

Eazytec (Jiangsu, China) - a smart city developer and service provider with proprietary core firmware (BIOS) technology. Its headquarters and research park, located in Yixing City, Jiangsu Province, have been identified as a national science and technology business incubator in China. The company specializes in application software and firmware development, system integration, and data center services.

Grand Chip Microelectronics (aka Kangxi Communication Technologies) (Shanghai, China) - is committed to delivering high-performance, high-linearity and highly integrated Wi-Fi front-end devices for WLAN infrastructure, wireless connectivity on cellular platforms and the Internet of Things.

Paxata (Redwood City, California) - is the leading enterprise-grade, self-service business information platform that serves the needs of both the business consumer and IT. With Paxata, business analysts, data engineers and data scientists are able to instantaneously transform raw data to information ready for business analysis with accuracy and efficiency.

StealthMine (Sunnyvale, California ) enables enterprise applications to run on encrypted data. The technology provides full data insulation against server, network, storage, database attacks and insider compromises.

Sports and Health

CubeWorks (Ann Harbor, Michigan) - delivers the next generation in millimeter-scale computing with its Cubisens platform, which enables the first truly autonomous wireless sensing platform measuring less than a millimeter. Cubisens systems are able to sense and process their environment, wirelessly transmit the results, or store them for later usage.

Kinduct (Halifax, Canada) - provides cloud-based data and analytics software for sport organizations, military and public safety units, physical medicine clinics, and health and wellness institutions.

K4Connect (Raleigh, North Carolina) - creates solutions that serve older adults and individuals living with disabilities by integrating the latest smart technologies and applications into a single responsive system. Its first solution, K4Community, is specifically designed for residents of senior living communities, creating smarter and healthier living environments, as well as fostering family and community engagement, while also providing the operators with the insights and analytics needed to offer world-class care and hospitality.

Virtual Reality

Dysonics (San Francisco, California) - leverages more than 20 years of academic research to deliver patented technologies that yield lifelike 360-degree sound experiences over headphones. Dysonics creates immersive audio software and hardware products for capture, creation and playback of next-generation content including virtual reality.

InContext Solutions (Chicago, Illinois) - develops scalable, cloud-based virtual reality solutions for retail that provide important insights for manufacturers and retailers. The company’s enterprise SaaS VR platform and services help brands visualize new concepts and better understand shopper behavior in a rapidly evolving retail space – more efficiently and profitably.

https://newsroom.intel.com/news-releases/intel-capital-announces-38m-new-investments/

Swisscom Deploys Red Hat OpenStack Platform

Swisscom has selected Red Hat as its technology partner to help the company deliver a modern, agile, and highly scalable cloud platform. Swisscom is deploying Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Virtualization as the basis of its new cloud infrastructure.

Red Hat said its OpenStack Platform now provides the infrastructure foundation needed for Swisscom’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

“Our mission at Swisscom is to give every citizen in Switzerland a piece of the cloud, and we are one of the first service providers in Europe to launch a publicly available, commercial cloud offering at the scale we have. Red Hat OpenStack Platform enables us to take our cloud strategy one step further, helping us to be flexible in multiple senses. We can scale up and down our clusters; we can fully automate our deployments; and we have limited our downtime when we make changes in production. As a result, we are proud to say we now have organizations outside of Switzerland using our solution,” stated Marco Hochstrasser, head of Cloud Platform Development, Swisscom.

http://www.swisscom.com

Boston-based Investment Firm to Acquire Masergy

Berkshire Partners LLC, a Boston-based investment firm, agreed to acquire a majority interest in Masergy Communications, a global service provider offering hybrid networking, managed security and cloud communications solutions to medium and large enterprise customers.

Masergy, which is headquartered in Plano, Texas, serves enterprise clients in over 75 countries.

"We think Berkshire Partners is the ideal partner as we embark upon the next chapter of our growth strategy," said Chris MacFarland, Chairman and CEO of Masergy. "Berkshire brings the industry expertise required to help us fulfill our vision."

"We are excited to partner with Chris and his exceptional team," added Tom Kuo, Managing Director at Berkshire Partners. "Given the accelerating rate of change across the information technology landscape, there are significant opportunities for Masergy to continue its impressive growth and this is a team, company and culture that we are excited to invest behind."

http://www.masergy.com

WiGig USB Adapter Gains Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Status

Peraso, a fabless semiconductor company headquartered in Toronto, announced that its WiGig USB Adapter Reference Design Kit is part of the Wi-Fi Alliance test bed for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WiGig and among the first products to achieve certification.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WiGig is an interoperability certification program from the Wi-Fi Alliance, with products based on technology defined in the IEEE 802.11ad specification.

Peraso has been an active participant in the standardization of 60GHz technology and development of the IEEE 802.11ad specification.

Peraso is currently in production with WiGig IC solutions, addressing both next generation Wi-Fi opportunities in the consumer electronics (CE) space, as well as outdoor devices in the 60 GHz wireless infrastructure space, and continues as a vital player in the Wi-Fi Alliance compliance efforts.

"We congratulate Peraso on achieving selection to the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WiGigTM test bed," said Wi-Fi Alliance CEO Edgar Figueroa. "Peraso's participation in the development of this program has been instrumental in the achievement of an industry-wide certification for this program."

WiGig technology delivers multi-gigabit connectivity in the uncongested 60GHz spectrum, providing unparalleled speed and performance, where throughput, low latency and reliability are essential.

http://www.perasotech.com

Huawei Spain and Orange Hit 1.5 Gbps on a 4.5G Network

Huawei Spain and Orange reported download speeds of 1.5 Gbps on a 4.5G network, during tests in Valencia.

Huawei deployed a LTE solution based on the 3GPP LTE Advanced Pro standard. The average speed obtained was 1.54 Gbps.

Huawei said this milestone has been made possible by technological advances on LTE-Advanced Pro (also called 4.5G), which include:

  • Carrier aggregation up to 5 frequencies of 800, 1800, 2600 and 3500 MHz.
  • Simultaneous use of FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) and TDD (Duplexing Time Division).
  • MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) 4x4 (4 transmission paths, 4 reception).
  • 256QAM modulation, which allows for the sending of more bits in the same radio spectrum.

http://www.huawei.com

Saturday, October 22, 2016

AT&T's Planned Acquisition Time Warner Focuses on Media + Communications

AT&T confirmed its intention to acquire Time Warner in a stock-and-cash transaction valued at $107.50 per share, representing a transaction value of $108.7 billion.

The companies said the reason for deal is to combine Time Warner's vast library of content and ability to create new premium content with AT&T's extensive customer relationships, world’s largest pay TV subscriber base and leading scale in TV, mobile and broadband distribution.

Time Warner, which was formed in 1990 through the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications, encompasses a number of premium media properties, including HBO, New Line Cinema, Turner Broadcasting System, The CW Television Network, Warner Bros., CNN, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, DC Comics, Warner Bros. Animation, Castle Rock Entertainment, Cartoon Network Studios, Esporte Interativo, Hanna-Barbera Productions, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It also owns 10% of Hulu.

“This is a perfect match of two companies with complementary strengths who can bring a fresh approach to how the media and communications industry works for customers, content creators, distributors and advertisers,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “Premium content always wins. It has been true on the big screen, the TV screen and now it’s proving true on the mobile screen. We’ll have the world’s best premium content with the networks to deliver it to every screen. A big customer pain point is paying for content once but not being able to access it on any device, anywhere. Our goal is to solve that."

Highlights:

  • AT&T expects the deal to be accretive in the first year after close on both an adjusted EPS and free cash flow per share basis.
  • AT&T expects $1 billion in annual run rate cost synergies within 3 years of the deal closing due to expected cost synergies primarily driven by corporate and procurement expenditures.
  • Time Warner will represent about 15% of the combined company’s revenues, offering diversification from content and from outside the United States, including Latin America, where Time Warner owns a majority stake in HBO Latin America, an OTT service available in 24 countries, and AT&T is the leading pay TV distributor.
  • Lower capital intensity — Time Warner’s business requires little in capital expenditures, which helps balance the higher capital intensity of AT&T’s existing business.
  • Regulation — Time Warner’s business is lightly regulated compared to much of AT&T’s existing operations.
  • The companies hope to close the deal by the end of 2017, pending regulatory approvals.

http://www.att.com


  • In 2000, AOL purchased Time Warner for US$164 billion. The merger was unwound in 2009.


AT&T Revenue Flat in Q3

AT&T reported Q3 consolidated revenue of $40.9 billion, compared with $39.1 billion for the same period last year, with diluted EPS of  $0.54 as reported and $0.74 as adjusted, compared to $0.50 and $0.74 in the year-ago quarter. Revenue was down slightly on a comparable basis when factoring in DirecTV.  The company saw growth in video and IP services.

Some highlights for Q3:
  • 2.3 million wireless net adds driven by connected devices, Mexico and Cricket
  • U.S. wireless postpaid churn of 1.05%, down 11 basis points year over year
  • Strong U.S. wireless operating margin of 29.6%; best-ever U.S. wireless service EBITDA margin of 50.1%
  • 700,000 branded smartphones added to U.S. subscriber base
  • 80% of smartphone base off subsidy pricing
  • In Mexico, AT&T now has 10.7 million total wireless subscribers
  • 323,000 U.S. DIRECTV net adds with TV subscriber base stable
  • 171,000 IP broadband net adds
  • 6.7 million unlimited mobile+TV subscribers
  • Cash from operations of $11 billion in quarter; $29.2 billion year to date, up 9.4%
  • Capital investment of $5.9 billion; $16.2 billion year to date
  • Full-year guidance on track to meet or exceed expectations

http://about.att.com/story/att_third_quarter_earnings_2016.html

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dyn Cites Mirai Botnet as One Source of the Attack

In a statement regarding the DDoS attack on 10/21/2016, Dyn confirmed the sophisticated, highly distributed attack involved 10s of millions of IP addresses.

The company said its preliminary forensic analysis, with help of analysis from Flashpoint and Akamai, indicates that the attack originated across multiple attack vectors and internet locations. One source of the traffic for the attacks were devices infected by the Mirai botnet.  Dyn observed 10s of millions of discrete IP addresses associated with the Mirai botnet that were part of the attack.

http://hub.dyn.com/static/hub.dyn.com/dyn-blog/dyn-statement-on-10-21-2016-ddos-attack.html

Flashpoint Links Dyn DDoS Attack to Mirai IoT Botnet

Flashpoint confirmed that some of the infrastructure responsible for the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against Dyn DNS were botnets compromised by Mirai malware.

Mirai botnets were previously used in DDoS attacks against security researcher Brian Krebs’ blog “Krebs On Security” and French internet service and hosting provider OVH. Mirai malware targets Internet of Things (IoT) devices like routers, digital video records (DVRs), and webcams/security cameras, enslaving vast numbers of these devices into a botnet, which is then used to conduct DDoS attacks. Flashpoint has confirmed that at least some of the devices used in the Dyn DNS attacks are DVRs, further matching the technical indicators and tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) associated with previous known Mirai botnet attacks.

However, Flashpoint states that the Mirai botnets used in the October 21, 2016 attack against Dyn were separate and distinct botnets from those used to execute the DDoS attacks against “Krebs on Security” and OVH.

Flashpoint also notes that the Mirai source code was released earlier this month by the hacker operating the Mirai botnet responsible for the Krebs DDoS attack.

https://www.flashpoint-intel.com/mirai-botnet-linked-dyn-dns-ddos-attacks/

Dyn Managed DNS Hit by Major DDoS Attack

Dyn, which provides cloud-based Internet Performance Management and traffic steering to major websites, including Twitter, Zappos, Red Hat, BT, CNBC and Zillow, experienced a major DDoS was impacting its Managed DNS customers in its US East region.

On its status update site, Dyn noted that it began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21st-Friday 2016 against its Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure.

Impacted websites and services included Etsy, Heroku, Business Insider, Soundcloud, Spotify, Reddit, Github, Twitter and others

The company reported that its services were restored to normal as of 13:20 UTC, approximately two hours after the attack began, but then new attacks emerged against the Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure.

https://www.dynstatus.com/incidents/nlr4yrr162t8

Ericsson's Revenue Drops 14% YoY

Ericsson reported Q3 net sales of SEK 51.1 billion down 14% from a year ago for comparable units.  The drop was mainly driven by segment Networks where reported sales declined by 19%.

Gross margin declined to 28.3% (33.9%) YoY following lower mobile broadband capacity sales, a higher share of services sales and lower sales in segment Networks.

"The negative industry trends from the first half of 2016 have further accelerated, impacting Q3 sales, primarily relating to mobile broadband. The decline, in both mobile broadband coverage and capacity sales, was particularly strong in markets with a weak macro-economic environment. In addition, capacity sales in Europe were lower than a year ago. Gross margin declined YoY, following lower mobile broadband capacity sales, a higher share of services sales and lower sales in segment Networks," stated Jan Frykhammar, President and CEO of Ericsson.

Notes from the quarterly report:

  • Sales in regions such as Latin America, Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa were impacted by a weak macro-economic environment. This negative development accelerated in the third quarter and had a negative effect on both mobile broadband coverage and capacity sales in these markets. 
  • Capacity sales in Europe were lower than a year ago. 
  • Both reported sales and sales adjusted for comparable units and currency declined by -14% YoY and sales were particularly weak at the end of the quarter. This shows an acceleration of the negative sales trends compared with the second quarter when the decline in sales, adjusted for comparable units and currency, was -7% YoY. The decline was driven by segment Networks where the reported sales decline worsened from -14% in Q2 to -19% in Q3.
  • Sales in North America declined, mainly due to lower sales in Professional Services. In addition, one customer continued to reduce their investments in mobile broadband. Sales in Mainland China declined by -7% YoY mainly due to lower 3G sales, while 4G deployments continued on a high level.  In India the delayed spectrum auctions led to another slow quarter. The transition from 3G to 4G continued to contribute to sales growth in region South East Asia and Oceania.
  • Sales in the targeted growth areas showed resilience and grew by 3% YoY, driven by Cloud, IP and services related to OSS and BSS. In total, the targeted growth areas now account for 21% of group sales. 
  • The strategic partnership with Cisco has to date generated more than 60 deals.
  • A renewed managed services contract in North America, with reduced scope, will impact sales negatively.

https://www.ericsson.com/news/2050464

TE SubCom Selected for MAREA Submarine Cable

TE SubCom will served as the system supply partner for the new MAREA submarine cable across the Atlantic Ocean, which is backed by Facebook and Microsoft.

TE SubCom said it has completed the route survey and begun manufacture of the system at its facility in Newington, New Hampshire. The parties are on track to begin laying cable using TE SubCom’s cable installation ships next year, with a scheduled completion date of October 2017.

“TE SubCom strives to provide customers with the highest standards of design, manufacture, and system installation,” said Aaron Stucki, president of TE SubCom. “Being named the installation partner for the ground-breaking MAREA cable system further strengthens our position as a leading supplier of the world’s most reliable fiber optic cable systems. We look forward to working with Microsoft and Facebook on what will be a highly advanced and scalable new system.”

http://www.te.com/usa-en/about-te/news-center/subcom-supplies-marea-submarine-cable-system-101916.html

Microsoft and Facebook to Build 160 Tbps Transatlantic Cable

Microsoft and Facebook will jointly fund a new transatlantic cable system linking Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain.

The MAREA cable, which will be managed by Telxius, Telef√≥nica’s new infrastructure company, will feature eight fiber pairs and an initial estimated design capacity of 160 Tbps. The new 6,600 km submarine cable system will take a more southern route than other transatlantic cables, which mostly connect northern Europe to the New York/New Jersey region.

Construction is set to begin in August 2016 with completion targeted for October 2017.

“In order to better serve our customers and provide the type of reliable and low-latency connectivity they deserve, we are continuing to invest in new and innovative ways to continuously upgrade both the Microsoft Cloud and the global Internet infrastructure,” said Frank Rey, director, global network acquisition, Microsoft Corp. “This marks an important new step in building the next generation infrastructure of the Internet.”

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/server-cloud/2016/05/26/microsoft-and-facebook-to-build-subsea-cable-across-atlantic/


  • Microsoft has previously announced investments with Hibernia and Aqua Comms for fiber connectivity from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom.
  • Microsoft is a consortium partner in the New Cross Pacific (NCP) Cable Network.  Other partners include China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, and KT. TE SubCom its the cable supplier.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Verizon Cites Wireless Profitability as Overall Revenue Shrinks

Verizon reported total Q3 operating revenues of $30.9 billion, a 6.7 percent decrease compared with third-quarter 2015. The company said that, excluding third-quarter 2015 revenues from since-divested local landline businesses, total operating revenues on a comparable basis (non-GAAP) would have declined 2.9 percent year over year. The company reported third-quarter 2016 EPS of 89 cents, compared with 99 cents per share in third-quarter 2015.

 “Verizon continues to deliver strong financial and operational results in highly competitive markets while positioning itself for future growth,” said Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam. “While we transform our company in a challenging environment, we have maintained the financial flexibility to invest in our industry-leading networks to better serve customers, add scale to bring innovation to the mobile media and Internet of Things (IoT) markets, and increase dividends for a 10th consecutive year.”

Some highlights from the quarterly report:

Verizon Wireless


  • Verizon reported 442,000 retail postpaid net additions in third-quarter 2016, excluding wholesale device and wholesale IoT connections. 
  • At the end of Q3 2016, Verizon had 113.7 million retail connections, a 2.6 percent year-over-year increase. Verizon’s retail postpaid connections base grew 3.0 percent to 108.2 million, and retail prepaid connections totaled 5.5 million.
  • Total revenues were $22.1 billion in third-quarter 2016, a decline of 3.9 percent compared with third-quarter 2015, as more customers continued to choose unsubsidized device payment plans. Service revenues plus device payment plan billings increased 2.3 percent, to $19.3 billion, comparing third-quarter 2016 with third-quarter 2015.
  • The percentage of phone activations on device payment plans was about 70 percent in third-quarter 2016, compared with about 67 percent in second-quarter 2016. 
  • At the end of third-quarter 2016, Verizon Wireless had a total of about 35.8 million device payment plan phone connections, representing about 41 percent of the postpaid phone base.
  • Segment operating income was $7.6 billion, and segment operating income margin was 34.6 percent. In third-quarter 2016, Verizon Wireless generated $9.9 billion in segment EBITDA (non-GAAP), a year-over-year increase of 0.1 percent. Segment EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) was 44.9 percent, compared with 43.2 percent in third-quarter 2015.
  • Customer loyalty remained high. Retail postpaid churn was 1.04 percent in third-quarter 2016, a year-over-year increase of 11 basis points, as strong retention in the phone base was offset by increased churn in tablets. Retail postpaid phone churn was up 2 basis points year over year and remained below 0.90 percent for the sixth consecutive quarter.
  • The 442,000 retail postpaid net additions in third-quarter 2016 included 357,000 4G LTE smartphones. Net phone additions decreased sequentially to a loss of 36,000, as the net gain in 4G phones was offset by a net decline in basic and 3G phones. Tablet net additions totaled 221,000 in the quarter. All other postpaid net additions totaled 257,000, primarily due to sales of hum, Verizon’s telematics device.

Wireline

  • Total wireline revenue decreased 2.3 percent, to $7.8 billion, comparing third-quarter 2016 with third-quarter 2015. Retail consumer revenues grew 0.2 percent, to $3.2 billion, supported by consumer Fios revenue growth of 4.2 percent.
  • Total revenues for Fios services grew 4.4 percent, to $2.8 billion, comparing third-quarter 2016 with third-quarter 2015. Rebounding from net connection declines in second-quarter 2016 due to a work stoppage, Verizon added a net of 90,000 Fios Internet connections and 36,000 Fios Video connections in third-quarter 2016.
  • Fios revenue growth has been driven by a larger customer base, strong customer loyalty and consumer demand for higher internet speeds. Approximately 16 percent of the company’s Fios Internet base has opted for speeds of 100 megabits per second or higher, compared with 11 percent in second-quarter 2016. Customer demand for Custom TV remains strong and is consistent with prior quarters.
  • Wireline operating income was $156 million in third-quarter 2016, compared with a loss of $109 million in third-quarter 2015. Segment EBITDA (non-GAAP) was $1.7 billion in third-quarter 2016, up 10.1 percent from third-quarter 2015. Segment EBITDA margin (non-GAAP) was 21.2 percent in third-quarter 2016, compared with 18.9 percent in third-quarter 2015, due to Fios growth and cost management. Verizon believes it will continue to make progress in expanding wireline EBITDA margin.
  • During the third quarter, Verizon Enterprise Solutions entered into new agreements or began work with a number of clients, including The American Red Cross, ADP, CA Technologies, CDK, Citrix, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Concentrix, ICON Clinical Research, Juniper Networks, the National Weather Service, PTC, Sage, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Vantiv, Inc., Viacom, Virginia Information Technologies Agency and the French subsidiary of Allianz Worldwide Partners.


http://www.verizon.com/about/news/strong-wireless-profitability-and-customer-loyalty-renewed-fios-growth-highlight-verizons-3q

NTT Com to Offer Mirantis Managed OpenStack

Mirantis and NTT Communications will partner to offer fully managed Private OpenStack as a service in NTT Com Enterprise Cloud and its data center services across the globe. Specifically, NTT Com will offer Mirantis Managed OpenStack on NTT Com Enterprise Cloud’s Metal-as-a-Service.

NTT Com is Mirantis’ first data center services partner.

“OpenStack is an essential component of tomorrow’s private cloud architectures, and Mirantis has industry-leading technology and processes in its OpenStack software and services, enabling them to manage OpenStack infrastructure as code,” said NTT Com VP of Cloud Services, Hideki Kurihara. “Our technical and go-to-market collaboration will enable true experience of operationalized OpenStack, delivered as a service globally.”

Mirantis Managed OpenStack is a managed private cloud based on industry-leading Mirantis OpenStack software. The offering gives customers 24x7 “as a service” operations by Mirantis and up to 99.99% SLAs on Mirantis’ 100 percent open source software and tooling.

“With direct presence in 87 countries and regions, NTT Group commands the largest data center footprint in the world,” said Mirantis CMO and co-founder, Boris Renski. “Through this partnership we’ll be able to deliver instant-on, hands-off managed cloud experience for our global customers with compelling economics."

http://www.ntt.co.jp/index_e.html
http://www.mirantis.com

China Mobile Now Serves 844 Million Customers

China Mobile reported revenue of RMB542.7 billion (US$80.30 billion) for the first nine months of 2016, up by 4.3% over the same period last year; of which, revenue from telecommunications services was RMB481.2 billion, up by 5.4% over the same period last year. There was a profit of RMB88.1 billion, up by 3.1% over the same period last year.

Some highlights:

  • As of 30 September 2016, the number of mobile customers was 844 million, representing a net increase of 17.42 million for the first three quarters. 
  • ARPU of mobile customers increased by 1.7% year-on-year to RMB60.0. 
  • Of the mobile customers, the number of 4G customers was 481 million, representing a net increase of 168 million for the first three quarters. 
  • Handset data traffic increased by 131% over the same period last year. 
  • As of 30 September 2016, the total number of wireline broadband customers was 74.24 million. 
  • The number of net additional wireline broadband customers for the first three quarters was 19.21 million with ARPU basically remaining stable at RMB33.0.

http://www.chinamobileltd.com/en/global/home.php

Momentum Builds for Citizens' Band LTE (3.5 GHz)

The Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) Alliance, which was formed in February 2016 with the goal of making LTE-based solutions in the 3.5 GHz CBRS band widely available, announced the addition of Accelleran, Airspan Networks, American Tower Corp., AT&T, Baicells, CableLabs, Ericsson, ExteNet Systems, Nsight, Ranzure Networks, Rise Broadband, and ZTE as members. Founding members of the alliance include Access Technologies (Alphabet), Federated Wireless, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm and Ruckus Wireless (now part of Brocade).

“For LTE-based solutions in the shared CBRS band to be successful, we need a wide range of ecosystem partners, infrastructure, equipment and network providers, to work together closely,” said Michael Peeters, vice president Innovation Portfolio, Nokia and President of the CBRS Alliance. “We are thrilled to welcome all the new members to the CBRS Alliance and look forward to working together to provide solutions toward in-building and outdoor cellular coverage.”

“CBRS is creating opportunities to bring the benefits of LTE technology to a wider ecosystem,” said Neville Meijers, VP Business Development, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and chairman of the board for the CBRS Alliance. “CBRS enables new kinds of deployments and business models, from LTE-based neutral hosts that can serve multiple service providers, to dedicated networks serving various entities such as enterprises or IoT verticals.”

http://www.cbrsalliance.org


  • In April 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules for CBRS, which opens 150 MHz of spectrum (3550-3700 MHz) for commercial use — while providing necessary protection of incumbent users of the band. Spectrum access is actively coordinated based on priority and granular location, making previously allocated spectrum available to new entrants and services.



Orange Business Services Launches Datavenue for IoT

Orange Business Services announced the international launch of its Datavenue service for helping enterprises implement IoT.

Datavenue includes four modules:

  • Select relevant objects and sources of data. Orange offers a full range of certified and tested connected objects, such as sensors, cameras or modules to connect existing assets. Datavenue has a catalog of data that includes population movement analytics using anonymized data from mobile networks.
  • Connect objects reliably with the most suitable and secured networks. A truck travelling cross borders or an agricultural sensor in a field would require different networks. To adapt to the wide diversity of needs, Orange provides a broad range of connectivity options. These include future-proof global cellular networks and innovative capabilities, such as eUiCC, worldwide fixed and satellite networks, as well as low-power solutions, such as LoRaTM.
  • Manage data to improve efficiencies and create enhanced services. For example, a construction company can monitor cranes worldwide to prevent problems and reduce maintenance costs. Managing data in real-time enables technicians to solve issues remotely or to arrive on site with the right material, thereby reducing service interruptions. Orange offers both cloud-based and on-premises software solutions, encompassing remote device management, processing and visualization.
  • Control key elements of enterprise transformation projects. Orange experts ensure end-to-end security and data protection, integration with information systems and service scalability. Throughout the entire project and beyond, customers can rely on Orange to ensure the solutions are future-proof and adapted to market evolutions.

“We have developed extensive vertical expertise around IoT and data analytics in several sectors, including automotive, industry, smart cities, healthcare and smart homes. Our solutions have already improved performance and employee safety through industrial machinery monitoring, enhanced patient care with remote assistance, and enriched citizen well-being with smart city services. This is now all being brought together to support the international launch of Orange Datavenue,” says Olivier Ondet, IoT and analytics vice president, Orange Business Services.

The service has been available in France since last year.

http://www.orange-business.com/en/datavenue