Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Infinera Reports Revenue of $186 Million

Infinera reported GAAP revenue of $185.5 million for its third quarter of 2016 compared to $258.8 million in the second quarter of 2016 and $232.5 million in the third quarter of 2015. GAAP gross margin for the quarter was 45.6% compared to 47.8% in the second quarter of 2016 and 44.2% in the third quarter of 2015. GAAP operating margin for the quarter was (5.9)% compared to 6.2% in the second quarter of 2016 and 6.1% in the third quarter of 2015. GAAP net loss for the quarter was $(11.2) million, or $(0.08) per share, compared to net income of $11.5 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2016, and net income of $8.5 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2015.

“As expected, weak demand across much of our business in the third quarter led to financial results that were below our standards,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera’s Chief Executive Officer. “While the revenue environment is likely to remain challenging in the near term, we are making continued progress towards delivering our next generation of products and increasing the cadence in which we will introduce step function technology improvements. I firmly believe that we have the team and the core technologies that will enable us to recover from our current challenges and ultimately return to delivering differentiated financial results.”

http://www.infinera.com

Aqua Comms Appoints Nigel Bayliff as CEO

Aqua Comms , the operator of Ireland’s first dedicated subsea fibre-optic network interconnecting New York, Dublin and London, has appointed Nigel Bayliff as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing interim CEO Greg Varisco, who remains a senior executive with the company.

“We are excited for Nigel to join the team as our new CEO,” remarks Mr. Varisco. “Nigel’s strategic vision, technological expertise and proven leadership experience with some of the most successful global telecom and subsea cable companies in the world will prove invaluable as Aqua Comms embarks on the next leg of its journey and expands its customer base and networks.”

Prior to joining Aqua Comms, Bayliff was advisor and consultant to cable development, private equity and government clients in the industry, and Vice-Chairman of the United Nations joint task force that examined the gathering of disaster mitigation and climate information from the global web of undersea cable systems.  Mr. Bayliff also served as CEO and a board member of Huawei Marine Networks, which he led from a start-up to initial success in the subsea cable construction industry while introducing several major, technological advances into the marketplace.  Prior to this, he was a member of the executive team of FLAG Telecom where he served as an officer and deputy chairman for a number of group companies.  At FLAG, Mr. Bayliff was responsible for the construction and operation of the FLAG Global Network, which encompasses 65,000 km of submarine cable systems and provides carrier-grade connectivity services to 40 countries.

http://www.AquaComms.com


https://youtu.be/SVjGxgPe8uY


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ARM Extends its IoT Strategy with Secure Cortex Processors

ARM unveiled new processors for delivering security, efficiency, low-power connectivity and device life cycle management for the Internet of Things (IoT).  The rolluot includes the new processors, radio technology, subsystems, end-to-end security and a cloud-based services platform, ARM is aiming to increase the rate at which IoT scales globally.

Some highlights:

  • Cortex-M33 features configuration options including a coprocessor interface, DSP and floating point computation, with increased performance and efficiency relative to Cortex-M3 and Cortex-M4.
  • Cortex-M23 takes security to the most constrained devices, building on the standard set by Cortex-M0+ as an ultra-low power microprocessor in a tiny footprint.
  • TrustZone CryptoCell-312 fortifies the SoC with a rich set of security features protecting the authenticity, integrity and confidentiality of code and data.
  • Next-generation ARM Cordio radio IP with Bluetooth 5 and 802.15.4-based standards ZigBee and Thread. Next-generation Bluetooth 5 enables faster data rates and extends ranges within existing ultra-low-power envelopes. 802.15.4 helps to ensure compatibility within the expanding ZigBee and Thread device market.
  • New mbed Cloud, a new standards and cloud-based SaaS solution for secure IoT device management. mbed Cloud helps OEMs to simplify connection, provisioning, updating and securing of devices across complex networks.


“As IoT technologies become more pervasive, it is time for a complete solution that secures data from the sensor to the service,” said Pete Hutton, executive vice president and president of product groups, ARM. “ARM partners shipped a record 15 billion chips last year, many destined for smart embedded applications. The IoT already runs on ARM but the goal now is scale, which we are enabling today through a uniquely comprehensive set of technologies and services built to work together seamlessly.”

http://www.arm.com

Netronome Brings Express Virtio for OpenStack

Netronome announced the addition of Express Virtio (XVIO) technology to its Agilio Server Networking Platform.

The XVIO technology brings to the standard Virtio drivers available in many Guest OS’s the level of performance of SR-IOV solutions but maintains full VM mobility.

The advanced XVIO technology is based on and builds upon industry standard and open source technologies such as SR-IOV, Virtio and DPDK supported by OpenStack. The XVIO technology and software components are transparent and integrate easily with open source and commercial server networking software such Open vSwitch (OVS), Linux Firewall and Contrail vRouter. VMs and their applications do not require any changes and all popular guest operation systems with standard Virtio drivers are supported. Netronome has implemented solutions to seamlessly integrate XVIO technology into OpenStack and has an OpenStack request for enhancement (RFE) to Nova and Neutron components for the same.

Netronome said its solution enables virtual machines (VMs) managed using OpenStack to experience bare metal-like networking performance while at the same time supporting complete hardware independence and seamless customer VM onboarding. For the cloud service provider, the benefit utilizing OpenStack cloud orchestration is a consistent and homogenous infrastructure where VMs can be placed and moved to optimize utilization of the data center while maintaining high performance. XVIO technology enabled in Agilio server networking platforms such as Agilio OVS and Agilio vRouter are now integrated with Ericsson’s Cloud SDN product and Juniper’s Open Contrail vRouter product respectively, enabling OpenStack-based networking to deliver higher application performance while reducing TCO by up to 6 times.

“Cloud providers need to enable customers to bring their own hardware-independent VMs while providing an underlying infrastructure that transparently delivers hardware-accelerated performance, pervasive security at scale, and accurate, timely network analytics,” said Sujal Das, chief strategy and marketing officer at Netronome. “With our OEM partners, Netronome is pioneering OpenStack networking, delivering hardware accelerated and easily deployable solutions for the private and public cloud markets for the first time in the industry.”

https://www.netronome.com/press-releases/netronome-releases-express-virtio-xvio-technology-delivering-industrys-fastest-and-lowest-cost-openstack-networking/

Netronome Brings Hardware-Acceleration to OpenStack Networking

Netronome has tuned its Agilio Server Networking Platform for delivering hardware-acceleration for OpenStack networking, allowing data centers to accelerate applications such as network virtualization, security, load balancing and telemetry using different data plane options suitable for use cases spanning traditional IT to IaaS and Telco NFV workloads. Netronome's own testing has found a 5X boost in VM performance when network functions are offloaded to its Agilio interface cards.

At this week's OpenStack Summit in Austin, Netronome, in collaboration with Ericsson and Mirantis, is showcasing acceleration of open source datapath implementations, specifically, Open vSwitch (OVS), Stateful Firewall (Connection Tracking) and OpenContrail vRouter using Agilio CX intelligent server adapters. The company said this approach will be incorporated as an enhanced OpenStack networking plug-in architecture specification. As a result, critical networking functions that would otherwise hamper performance of the OpenStack implementation are offloaded to the Agilio platform, accommodating significantly more virtual machines per server leading to up to 6X lower TCO and higher services revenue per server compared to traditional NICs.

“The OpenStack platform has become the de facto cloud and SDN orchestration tool and server-based networking has become the cornerstone of pervasive SDN and cloud-based networks,” said Sujal Das, senior vice president and general manager, strategy and marketing at Netronome. “Our flagship Agilio product-based demonstrations and proposed open specification bring much needed hardware-based efficiency to that mix.”


http://www.netronome.com

Netronome's Agilio Server Networking Accelerates Cloud Data Centers

Netronome introduced its Agilio Server Networking Platform for transparently offloading server-based networking data paths, such as open virtual switch (OVS), Juniper Networks Contrail vRouter, and Linux firewall.

The company said its hardware and software-based Agilio platform delivers up to 5X higher throughput while reducing CPU requirements by up to 80 percent compared to traditional NICs and server-based networking implemented in software.

Server-based networking is being widely deployed in cloud data centers to handle virtualization, firewalls, load balancing, telemetry, zero-trust security using micro-segmentation, virtual network functions (VNFs) and application-based analytics. The big cloud providers (AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google) are using server-based networking in their mega data centers. Netronome's Agilio solution accelerates such server-based networking functions by offloading compute-intensive flow and tunnel processing from the CPUs.

The Agilio CX intelligent server adapters (ISAs) are based on Netronome's own flow processing silicon (NFP-4000) and software architecture (Agilio Software). The Agilio ISAs use onboard memory to support up to two million security policies, and deliver 28Mpps of throughput using hardware-based acceleration.


Sprint's Revenues Return to Growth

Sprint reported the first year-over-year increase in total net quarterly operating revenues in over two years, a year-over-year increase of more than five times in postpaid phone net additions, and record low postpaid phone churn. Total net operating revenues were $8.25 billion grew 3 percent year-over-year and wireless net operating revenues of $7.85 billion grew nearly 5 percent year-over-year. The company also reported a net loss of $142 million, operating income of $622 million, and Adjusted EBITDA of $2.35 billion.

“We took another step forward in our plan toward sustainable profitability and cash generation with this quarter’s results,” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. “The top line is now growing, we continue to take costs out of the business, and we are successfully raising money at materially lower rates to reduce our future cash interest expenses.”

Some highlights:

  • Total liquidity was $11.3 billion at the end of the quarter, including $5.7 billion of cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. 
  • Additionally, the company also has $1.1 billion of availability under vendor financing agreements that can be used toward the purchase of 2.5GHz network equipment.
  • Last week, the company priced $3.5 billion of spectrum-backed senior secured notes at 3.36 percent, which is less than half of the company’s current effective interest rate. 
  • Total net additions were 740,000 in the quarter, including postpaid net additions of 344,000, prepaid net losses of 427,000, and wholesale and affiliate net additions of 823,000.
  • Total postpaid churn of 1.52 percent in the quarter improved by two basis points year-over-year.
  • Sprint said it aims to unlock the value of the largest spectrum holdings in the U.S. by densifying and optimizing its network to provide customers the best experience. The company’s LTE Plus Network combines a rich tri-band spectrum portfolio with the LTE Advanced features of carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming.

Sprint’s LTE Plus Network is now available in more than 250 markets and the company has started to deploy three-channel carrier aggregation in such markets as Chicago, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Cleveland, and Columbus. These deployments will provide peak download speeds of more than 200Mbps on capable devices when available. The company currently has 10 three-channel carrier aggregation capable devices, including the recently launched iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7.

http://www.sprint.com

Juniper Posts Q3 Revenue of $1.285 Billion, up 3% YoY

Juniper Networks reported Q3 revenues of $1,285.3 million, an increase of 3% year-over-year and an increase of 5% sequentially. GAAP operating margin for the third quarter of 2016 was 19.5%, a decrease from 20.7% in the third quarter of 2015, and an increase from 16.7% in the second quarter of 2016. Net income (GAAP) was $172.4 million, a decrease of 13% year-over-year and an increase of 23% sequentially. GAAP diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2016 was $0.45.

"I am pleased to report a solid quarter of revenue growth and operating performance. We are executing well on our strategy, with a product and innovation pipeline that has never been stronger," said Rami Rahim, chief executive officer at Juniper Networks. "One of the most important trends happening around us is the shift to the cloud, which is shaping our strategy and plays to Juniper's core competencies in building high-performance networks. I am optimistic with where we are headed as a company and our ability to continue to innovate, deliver value to our customers and expand our business opportunities."

"We delivered solid profitability and continued to generate strong cash flow from operations, with meaningful sequential improvements across key performance metrics: earnings per share, operating margin and operating income," said Ken Miller, chief financial officer at Juniper Networks. "We believe our strategy, products and ongoing investments will enable us to drive top-line growth and grow shareholder value for the long-term."

http://www.juniper.net

Radisys Posts Q3 Revenue of $55 Million, up 24%

Radisys posted Q3 revenue of $55.4 million, representing a 24% year-on-year revenue growth. GAAP loss per share was $0.07, with non-GAAP earnings of $0.07 per diluted share.

Software-Systems revenue was $10.4 million, compared to $14.6 million in the prior quarter and $15.5 million in the third quarter of 2015. The year-on-year decline was the result of large prior year orders for MediaEngine product from an Asian service provider deploying its greenfield LTE network.

Embedded Products revenue was $45.0 million, compared to $46.7 million in the prior quarter and $29.3 million in the third quarter of 2015. The year-on-year increase reflects the shipment of follow-on DCEngine orders and growth with existing Embedded customers, offset by expected declines with non-strategic legacy customers.

“Third quarter revenue exceeded the top end of our guidance range, due in part to a partial pull-in of DCEngine orders from our largest Tier 1 U.S. customer that we previously expected to deliver in the fourth quarter,” said Brian Bronson, Radisys President and Chief Executive Officer. “Earnings were also better than expected in the quarter, resulting in non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.21 for the first nine months of 2016, which is equivalent to our full year EPS in 2015.

“Strategically, the ongoing traction with our Tier 1 U.S. customer over the last few quarters for both DCEngine and FlowEngine, combined with the recently expanded activity across multiple product lines at our large customer in Asia, are powerful testaments to our ability to introduce and implement highly disruptive solutions for leading service providers. Our execution in support of commercial deployments by these service providers has meaningfully elevated awareness of Radisys at multiple Tier 1 service providers that are now either actively evaluating in labs or conducting trials of our DCEngine and FlowEngine products. During the quarter, we also advanced sales activity for our MediaEngine product line by securing a long-term strategic win in support of next-generation NFV conferencing deployments, which we expect initial bookings from in the first half of 2017.

http://investor.radisys.com/

The Daily Beast Discloses AT&T's "Hemisphere" Tracking Program

The Daily Beast published details on "Hemisphere," a secret program run by AT&T to provide law enforcement agencies with location data gleaned from trillions of call records.

The searches are performed by AT&T without legal warrants but with administrative subpoena, according to the report, as a product for the law enforcement agencies.

The Daily Beast article also says alleges that the Hemisphere has grown to become a very lucrative operation for AT&T.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/25/at-t-is-spying-on-americans-for-profit.html

Google Fiber Expansion Officially Halted, Craig Barratt Steps Down

The Google Fiber project officially confirmed that it is pausing operations and laying off workers in many cities where it had once anticipated deploying an FTTH network. The company is now considering new technology options and may resume discussions with potential partners in the future.

Google Fiber will continue the rollout in cities where the service has already launched or where construction is underway.

Craig Barratt, SVP, Alphabet and CEO of Access, is stepping down.

http://googlefiberblog.blogspot.com/2016/10/advancing-our-amazing-bet.html

Monday, October 24, 2016

ITU Bumps G.fast to 2Gbps, Adds Support for Coax

The ITU-T Study Group 15 has doubled the G.fast standard to support top down link speeds of 2 Gbps.

The first ITU standard harnesses up to 106MHZ of spectrum frequency to deliver top speeds of 1Gbps on copper lines of less than 50 meters. The updated standard will allow 212MHz to be used.  The amendment also enables G.fast to be used over coaxial copper cables.

The amendment also specifies a mechanism for dynamic time assessment, functionality that enables upstream or downstream transmission to exploit G.fast’s full aggregate net data rate. This functionality will improve users’ broadband experience by increasing upload or download speeds in line with the demands of the applications in use.

In addition, the new ITU-T G.7701 “Common Control Aspects” describes commonalities in SDN and ASON network management-control, covering common SDN and ASON control approaches as they relate to transport resources and their representation, control components, control communications, and naming and addressing.

http://newslog.itu.int/archives/1400

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.

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  • 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

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