Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Singapore's Singtel powers 5G SA with Ericsson

 Ericsson confirmed that its solutions are powering Singtel’s 5G SA network, including 5G radio access products and cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core network solutions. Ericsson has been a long-term supplier to Singtel, including with its first wave of 5G rollouts.

The Ericsson product range will deliver high-quality connectivity for outdoor coverage in densely populated areas and help drive strong indoor-mall coverage across the city-state. 


Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, says: “We are pleased to partner Ericsson in our 5G journey. Together, we launched Singapore’s first 5G standalone network and achieved the fastest 5G speeds this year. 5G is a game changer that will drive greater innovation, and in turn strengthen Singapore’s position as a leading digital hub. We look forward to bringing to life the full benefits 5G has to offer to enterprises and consumers in collaboration with ecosystem partners.”

Martin Wiktorin, Head of Ericsson Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines, says: “5G SA will allow consumers in Singapore to experience the full benefits of 5G connectivity and also enable businesses across industries to reap the benefits of enhanced mobility, flexibility, reliability and security. As Singtel’s long-standing partner, we are proud to support the roll-out of one of the first 5G SA networks in the world. As a global ICT leader, we have already accumulated a wealth of technology expertise through the deployment close to 100 live 5G networks worldwide.”  

Singtel ramps up 5G across Singapore

Singtel confirmed that its 5G network now covers over two-thirds of Singapore. New 5G sites have been added in densely populated areas like Choa Chu Kang, Punggol, Sembawang and Tampines. In addition, it has expanded its 5G indoor coverage to more major shopping malls island-wide such as Funan, West Mall, Tampines Mall, Northpoint City and Waterway Point.Singtel highlighted new entertainment experiences powered by its 5G SA network:5G-powered Remote...

Singtel installs indoor 5G in Singapore's largest mall

 Singtel has deployed 5G indoors at VivoCity, the largest mall in Singapore. The installation uses advanced small cell radio dot technology running on 3.5GHz spectrum. Singtel’s 5G network offers customers up to 1.2 Gbps downloads.Singtel will extend its in-building 5G coverage to popular malls such as Ngee Ann City and Bugis Junction over the next few months.Singtel recently switched on 28 GHz mmWave 5G in prime locations and has also...

Singel is deploying Ericsson's 5G New Radio (NR) Standalone and dual-mode 5G core network products and solutions, including real-time rating and policy control.The energy-efficient, end-to-end 5G network will operate on Singtel’s 3.5GHz and 28GHz spectrum bands, spanning outdoor and indoor 5G coverage. Millimeter wave (mmWave) connectivity will also be deployed in hotspots across the city state.Ericsson said the 5G contract award takes the partnership...

Singtel boosts 5G with 28 Ghz mmWave rollout

Singtel is tapping on 28 Ghz mmWave in addition to 3.5Ghz and 2100Mhz frequencies to boost its 5G rollout in Singapore.Singtel said customers with 5G plans can expect to enjoy mobile speeds of up to 3 Gbps speeds when mmWave-enabled handsets arrive in Singapore next year.The initial mmWave rollout locations include Orchard Road, the Padang area and Marina Bay Sands Expo. More are planned.Mr Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, said,...


AWS to Open Data Centers in New Zealand

Amazon Web Services (AWS) will open an infrastructure region in Aotearoa, New Zealand in 2024. 

The new AWS Asia Pacific (Auckland) Region will consist of three Availability Zones (AZs) and join the existing 81 Availability Zones across 25 geographic AWS Regions at launch. The Region will be owned and operated by a local AWS entity in New Zealand. 


Globally, AWS has announced plans for 24 more Availability Zones and eight more AWS Regions in Australia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and the new AWS Region in New Zealand. 

AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which place infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to help support customers’ business continuity, yet near enough to provide low latency for high availability applications that use multiple Availability Zones. Each Availability Zone has independent power, cooling, and physical security, and is connected through redundant, ultra-low latency networks. 

“AWS supports thousands of organizations across New Zealand in their drive to innovate, succeed, and grow globally. AWS Cloud technology is providing new ways for government to further engage with citizens, for enterprises to innovate for their next phase of growth, and for entrepreneurs to build businesses and compete on a global scale,” said Prasad Kalyanaraman, Vice President of Infrastructure Services, AWS. “Our investments reflect AWS’s deep and long-term commitment to New Zealand. We are excited to build new world-class infrastructure locally, train New Zealanders with in-demand digital skills, and continue to help local organizations deliver applications that accelerate digital transformation and fuel economic growth.”

http://www.aws.amazon.com

FireEye relaunches as Mandiant

FireEye will change its name and brand to Mandiant, effective October 4th. The company's Nasdaq ticker symbol to MNDT at the opening of trading on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.

The plan to change the corporate name and stock ticker symbol follows the announcement on June 2, 2021 that the company entered into a definitive agreement to sell the FireEye Products business, including the FireEye name, to a consortium led by Symphony Technology Group (STG).

“Given the pending sale of the FireEye Products business to Symphony Technology Group, this year’s Cyber Defense Summit is an ideal time to rename and relaunch the company as Mandiant,” said Kevin Mandia, CEO. “Mandiant is focused on helping every organization improve its security posture and better navigate today’s cyber threat landscape.”


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Nokia launches its FP5 network processing silicon

Nokia unveiled its fifth-generation FP5 IP routing silicon capable of powering 800GE routing interfaces in service provider networks. Nokia promises a 75% reduction in power consumption and new embedded line rate, flow-based encryption capabilities.  FP5-based platforms will be available starting in the first half of 2022.

Nokia's FP5 is a fully programmable network processor (NPU) for Nokia’s IP service routing platforms. The company says the FP5 is the first ASIC on the market to deliver up to 48 ports of QSFP-DD 800 without further hardware or fabric upgrades. Some highlights:

Security: With the current generation FP4 silicon, Nokia transformed volumetric DDoS defense with router-based detection and mitigation. With FP5, Nokia brings an additional layer of network protection with the introduction of ‘ANYsec’ - a new line rate, flow-based encryption capability integrated directly into the chipset. ANYsec supports the delivery of secure IP services including MPLS and segment routing, on-demand and at scale without impacting performance or power efficiency. Service providers can now ensure the integrity and confidentiality of all data flowing through their networks.

Network Capacity. Nokia service router platforms are the first to support high-density 800GE and 1.6 Tbps clear channel routing interfaces for applications including mobile transport, IP core, peering, BNG and provider edge. New FP5-based line cards will support 14.4 Tbps (19.2 Tbps with Nokia’s intelligent aggregation capability.) A new series of fixed form factor 7750 Service Router-1 platforms enable the benefits of FP5 to also be realized in smaller network locations.

Energy Efficiency: Nokia’s FP5 network processors drive down power consumption per bit by 75%. As FP5 is backwards compatible with FP4 and fully integrated into the latest versions of Nokia’s Service Router Operating System (SR OS), all existing features are supported from day one on the new hardware. 

Some specs:

  • 4.8 Tbps
  • delivered with a 2.5D system-in-package (SiP) construct
  • First NPU to support 100G SERDES
  • Largest device in the industry using line rate memories everywhere, for both buffering and tables, in a completely deterministic configuration
  • First NPU with embedded line-rate network encryption for L2, L2.5 and L3
  • First to support multiple 1.6 Tbps clear channel flows
  • Support for 400G ZR/ZR+, 800G and 1.6 Tbps speeds
  • External MAC ASIC with QoS pre-processing, pre-classification, pre-buffering and first level DDoS protection and encryption

Federico Guillén, President of Network Infrastructure, Nokia, said: “Of all the things that are surprising about human beings, perhaps the most surprising is our ability to be surprised. Our customers require their networks to be robust, agile and adaptable enough to handle everything life throws at them – from disruptive security threats to a global pandemic. FP5 is a significant step forward in performance, security and efficiency and – in combination with our software excellence and investment in network automation and tools – it opens the next chapter in Nokia’s long-standing leadership in IP networking and IP silicon innovation.”

Neil McRae, Managing Director and Chief Architect, BT, said: “BT has a long-standing relationship with Nokia, and we are pleased to see that with FP5, Nokia continues to innovate to ensure IP networks have the scale, flexibility and features to help us stay ahead of escalating demand from our residential, mobile and business customers. In particular, we are very happy to see the focus on power optimization as we grow our network, with both BT and Nokia committing to significant reduction in carbon footprint. In the past 18 months, our lives have been turned upside down, and our reliance on networks has been dramatically increased and reliability for customers is crucially important. With security being ever more important for our customers, seeing Nokia’s approach to building more security features into the platform is fantastic.”

Nokia – IP networks re-imagined

Recently we have seen Cisco predict that busy hour global IP traffic will grow 4.6-fold (35% CAGR) from 2016 to 2021, reaching 4.3 Pb/s by 2021, compared to average Internet traffic that will grow 3.2-fold (26% CAGR) over the same period to reach 717 Tb/s by 2021. The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, released earlier this week, calculates that the total traffic in mobile networks increased by 70% between the end of Q1 2016 and the...

Nokia Unveils its Next Gen IP Routing Engine

Nokia unveils its fourth generation network processing silicon for powering the first petabit-class core IP routers. The new FP4 silicon, which comes six years after the preceding FP3 chipset was announced, offers 2.4 Tb/s half-duplex capacity, or 6X more capacity than the current generation 400 Gb/s FP3 chipset. The FP4 will support full terabit IP flows. All conventional routing capabilities are included. Deep classification capabilities include...

Researchers at University of Bath observe new physical effect of light

Researchers at the University of Bath have observed a new physical effect relating to the interactions between light and twisted (chiral) materials.

The university says the discovery is likely to have implications for emerging new nanotechnologies in communications, nanorobotics and ultra-thin optical components.

Professor Ventsislav Valev, who led the research, said: “The idea that the twist of nanoparticles or molecules could be revealed through even harmonics of light was first formulated over 42 years ago, by a young PhD student – David Andrews. David thought his theory was too elusive to ever be validated experimentally but, two years ago, we demonstrated this phenomenon. Now, we discovered that the twist of nanoparticles can be observed in the odd harmonics of light as well. It’s especially gratifying that the relevant theory was provided by none other than our co-author and nowadays well-established professor – David Andrews!

https://www.bath.ac.uk/announcements/the-nanophotonics-orchestra-presents-twisting-to-the-light-of-nanoparticles/

Are next-gen SmartNICs gaining traction with top cloud providers?

https://youtu.be/fEEFyIJYzXI

In this video, Prem Jain, co-founder and CEO of Pensando, discusses SmartNIC adoption trends by major cloud providers. Hot topics include bare-metal-as-a-service acceleration and virtualized storage. 

For more insights from industry thought leaders check out: https://nextgeninfra.io/

VMware's Project Monterey for SmartNICs - Pensando's perspective

Pensando Systems is working with VMware on Project Monterey to integrate the next generation of SmartNIC technology into fully virtualized enterprise networks.The project aims to rearchitect VMware Cloud Foundation to enable disaggregation of the server including extending support for bare metal servers, thereby allowing physical resources to be dynamically accessed by applications based on policy or via software API.In this video, Silvano Gai of...

Pensado emerges from stealth, led by "MPLS" team from Cisco

Pensando Systems, a start-up based in San Jose, California, emerged from stealth to unveil its first product -- a software-defined edge services platform that was developed in collaboration with the world’s largest cloud, enterprise, storage, and telecommunications companies. Pensando ("thinking" in Spanish) is led by Cisco’s legendary “MPLS” team — Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain, Luca Cafiero, Soni Jiandani and Randy Pond. Hewlett Packard Enterprise...










Spain's RedIRIS deploys ADVA in national research network

RedIRIS, the Spanish academic and research network that provides advanced communication services to the scientific community and national universities, is deploying ADVA’s FSP 3000 for its new long-haul backbone infrastructure connects universities and research facilities across Spain.

The network features ADVA’s flexgrid multi-degree ROADMs, enabling high-speed coherent and high-baud-rate transport. Through ADVA’s MicroMux technology, the new infrastructure also supports a seamless mix of 10 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet client ports without any footprint increase. The network is monitored by the ADVA ALM fiber assurance solution.

“Our new transport system empowers Spain’s scientists and academics to work together on national and international projects under optimum conditions. With flexible coherent wavelengths up to 200Gbit/s, it provides secure, highly reliable access to everything from video conferencing tools to high-performance remote computing facilities,” said Esther Robles, head of communications networks, RedIRIS. “ADVA’s open FSP 3000 technology enabled a smooth and painless transition from our existing transport infrastructure. With its modular design, it also provides massive scale, giving us the freedom to easily expand and evolve our network to meet future needs.”

Connecting more than 80 points of presence and over 500 institutions, RedIRIS’s new backbone network includes long-haul single-span submarine links to Spain’s Balearic Islands and the city of Melilla, as well as connections to the Canary Islands, the Canarian Institute of Astrophysics and its observatories. 

https://www.adva.com/


Ericsson builds 12 kg Massive MIMO radio

Ericsson introduced its lightest and smallest Massive MIMO radio to date -- the 12 kg (26lb), 23 liters AIR 3268 radio. It offers 200W output power and features 32 transceivers and passive cooling. The radio weighs about 40 percent less than the earlier generation, making for easier installations on tower, rooftops, poles and walls.

Ericsson’s latest radio is 10 percent more energy-efficient than the earlier generation, lowering the total added power consumption when introducing 5G on mid-band. It also supports Ericsson’s unique Massive MIMO architecture and Uplink Booster capabilities that deliver leading network performance.

Ericsson has developed AIR 3268 in partnership with BT to address 5G challenges. Through the development process, the ultra-lightweight radio has been designed for 5G mid-band Massive MIMO performance to deliver the benefits of deployment simplicity and improved energy efficiency.

Greg McCall, Managing Director of Service Platforms, BT Group, says: “The 3.5 GHz band and Massive MIMO technology are important to our 5G network strategy to deliver the best customer experience in urban areas. We continue to add capacity within our market-leading 5G coverage, but to maximize our ability to deploy this technology, we need to minimize the burden on our site infrastructure."

David Hammarwall, Head of Product Line Radio, Ericsson, says: “We continue to revolutionize Massive MIMO with ultra-lightweight radios that allow easier site upgrades and more seamless 5G mid-band deployments. AIR 3268 widens the options for the radio site, allowing service providers to boost their networks and deliver faster 5G speeds and response times. It is also energy-efficient, which is important to us and our customers.”

https://www.ericsson.com/en/news/2021/9/ericsson-launches-ultra-lightweight-air-3268-radio

IBM and Airspan team on 5G-enabled Open RAN in Europe

IBM and Airspan Networks will collaborate on the launch of a 5G-enabled Open RAN testbed across the IBM Watson IoT Center in Munich, Germany and IBM’s Global Industry Solution Center (GISC) in Nice, France, to showcase long-distance control over 5G-enabled edge computing.


The Open RAN testbed is intended to advance the development of Open RAN software and hardware solutions, and end-to-end interoperability testing with private 5G stand-alone core networks. The two companies plan to provide partners and customers with the opportunity to collaborate, integrate and test features for next generation campus networks.

As part of the intended collaboration, Airspan Networks is providing its Open RAN AirVelocity 2700 indoor radio unit and virtualized Open RAN Centralized Unit (vCU) and Distributed Unit (vDU) OpenRANGE software to help customers test and validate 5G private network solutions using Open RAN. 

IBM is expected to provide its Global Business Services technology integration services, as well as IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation and IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps, to allow customers to more efficiently manage and orchestrate edge cloud implementation and applications. In addition, the IBM Global Business Services team is planning to implement a visual inspection application for customers to further extend Industry 4.0 5G edge computing use cases on Open RAN.

“Open approaches and standards-based technologies are vital to help unleash the full potential of 5G and edge computing. That’s why, in collaboration with Airspan, we hope to work to advance emerging use cases that harness Open RAN and bring new value to telecom clients. The planned expansion of the Open RAN testbed will allow us to demonstrate these capabilities as we accelerate 5G and edge computing innovation,” said Marisa Viveros, Vice President of Strategy and Offerings, Telecom, Media and Entertainment Industry at IBM.

“Through critical collaboration with leaders like IBM and testing in these labs, which could help accelerate the development of Open RAN and 5G solutions and the open architecture ecosystem, we believe Airspan can continue to be at the forefront of innovation and industry disruption through end-to-end Open RAN solutions,” said Airspan Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Henrik Smith-Petersen.

https://www.ibm.com/services

Credo tests DSPs with Teledyne LeCroy

Credo has selected Teledyne LeCroy's SierraNet M648 Network and Fabric test platform for testing their designs and validating their evolving Digital Signal Processing (DSP) devices for 50Gbps to 400Gbps Ethernet.

Key features of the SierraNet M648 test platform:

  • Full NRZ or PAM4 deep buffer line-rate capture for 10/25/50Gbps Ethernet traffic
  • Detailed Speed Negotiation and Transmitter Training analysis
  • Complete Forward Error Correction (FEC) observation
  • Comprehensive multi-state impairment capabilities for error recovery and validation testing

"Our evaluation of SierraNet platform was highly successful.  We immediately saw the value in accelerating our product development," said Phil Sun, Vice President of Architecture at Credo. "Testing with Teledyne LeCroy will help ensure first time right solutions and overall customer satisfaction." 

https://teledynelecroy.com/

VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud achieves FedRAMP

VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud (US) has achieved FedRAMP Agency Authority to Operate (ATO) at the High Impact Level. 

FedRAMP is a mandatory U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach and baseline requirements for security assessment, authorization, and monitoring of cloud products. 


VMware Cloud on AWS GovCloud supports critical public sector use cases, including application and cloud migration and modernization, data center extension, disaster recovery as a service, and virtual desktop infrastructure. Agencies can deploy complete VMware Cloud environments of integrated compute, network, storage, and management running in AWS GovCloud in a matter of hours, and scale capacity on demand in minutes without the need to buy new hardware.

https://ir.vmware.com/

Ericsson to supply 5G to Bhutan Telecom

Bhutan Telecom is working with Ericsson to deploy 5G. 

Ericsson, which provided the previous generations of mobile solutions to Bhutan Telecom, said 5G services are expected to be rolled out in Bhutan in the last quarter of 2021.


Ericsson will work with Bhutan Telecom to explore related next-generation use cases tapping artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), automation and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Karma Jurme, CEO, Bhutan Telecom, says: “We appreciate the Government’s reliance on telecom infrastructure to boost the country’s digital infrastructure. The introduction of 5G will boost digital services in the country and enable Bhutan to become a ‘digital society’.”


 

Keysight teams with Orolia on 5G location-based services

Keysight Technologies is working with Orolia to advance 5G location-based services (LBS) based on global navigation satellite system (GNSS) technologies.

Orolia specializes in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) solutions.

As a result of the collaboration, existing users of Keysight’s 5G device test solutions can easily address GNSS-related 3GPP protocol conformance and carrier acceptance test requirements by upgrading the software in Keysight’s E7515B UXM 5G Wireless Test Platform and combining it with Orolia’s GSG-8 simulator.


“Working with Orolia has enabled Keysight to deliver GNSS-based LBS test solutions for 5G protocol conformance and carrier acceptance validation,” said Muthu Kumaran, general manager of Keysight's device validation solutions business. “Keysight’s LBS solutions also support assisted global navigation satellite system (A-GNSS) test functionality, enabling users to comprehensively address 5G new radio (NR) conformance requirements mandated by both the Global Certification Forum (GCF) and PTCRB.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with Keysight on developing solutions that improve PNT testing for 5G communication networks and devices,” said Lisa Perdue, Orolia’s Simulation Product Line Director. “Our GSG-8 simulator, powered by Orolia’s Skydel Simulation Engine, offers ultra-high performance and unmatched flexibility. The easy-to-use software-defined platform also delivers superior jamming and spoofing options that can help ensure accurate, continuous operations for critical applications during interference or signal loss.”

http://www.orolia.com

http://www.keysight.com

Monday, September 20, 2021

OSA becomes Optica, a global society for advancing light science

OSA, which was once known as Optical Society of America, has changed its name to Optica, the society advancing optics and photonics worldwide.  

Optica says its new name reinforces the society’s position as the leading forum for advancing light science and technology. It also reflects its diverse global community.

Elizabeth Rogan, Optica’s CEO, said: “Our new name was developed in collaboration and consultation with our community.  We knew it was critical to choose a name representing who we have become and possessing a strong strategic fit for our next chapter.  Optica works on so many levels – it’s already a well-known name due to our highly-regarded journal, it’s geographically neutral, and it translates well in many languages.”

Optica was founded in 1916 to promote the generation, dissemination and application of knowledge in optics or light science. It now encompasses a community that is 432,000+ large, representing 93% of the world’s countries.  

Optica President Connie Chang-Hasnain said: “When the organization began more than 100 years ago, it was primarily focused on supporting a small group of members and companies in America who were working on technologies like lens design and photography.  Today the optics and photonics industry has grown exponentially.  The field has evolved and now includes metamaterials, ultrafast laser science, quantum technology, 5G networks, and many other technologies.  As a champion of the field, our organization’s name must reflect the work being undertaken and the people performing the work.  Now is the time for our name to change to one that honours our legacy, is true to our present and embraces our future.”

Globe leverages Infinera's Auto-Lambda optics

Globe Telecom has deployed Infinera’s Auto-Lambda solution, featuring autotuneable optics, to upgrade its existing 4G access and aggregation networks in the Philippines.

Globe is the leading mobile network operator in the Philippines and offers one of the largest fixed line and broadband networks in the country. 

Infinera describes the installation as the industry’s first widescale deployment of autotuneable optics over sophisticated amplified ring architectures.

Infinera’s Auto-Lambda solution enables Globe to plug autotuneable DWDM optics directly into its existing aggregation and access nodes, allowing its network to automatically tune each of the optical signals to the appropriate wavelength, which significantly simplifies deployment while increasing capacity.

“In today’s environment, our customers are always online and want unhindered access and capacity. As one of the leading telecom services in the Philippines, we seek the best technology to support our nation’s connectivity needs,” said Jaeson Evangelista, Head Transport Planning at Globe Telecom. “Our network requires a solution that is easy to deploy and scalable to meet the increasing capacity needs of our customers. We chose Infinera’s Auto-Lambda solution because it provides the innovation and benefits our network needs, from operational simplicity and ease of deployment to cost savings and eliminating the need for new networking hardware. Additionally, Infinera’s autotuneable optics provide a unique solution that enables DWDM upgrades directly into third-party devices in our network, making installation and deployment easy for our engineers.”

“Globe has a rich legacy in the Philippines for its telecommunication services and providing the country with unmatched connectivity,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales at Infinera. “Globe’s deployment of Infinera’s Auto-Lambda solution highlights the benefits provided by Infinera’s innovation, including autotuneable optics that provide high-capacity access and aggregation DWDM networks without an extensive overhaul to an operator’s existing network infrastructure.”

https://www.infinera.com/press-release/globe-telecom-upgrades-network-for-5g-with-infinera-auto-lambda-solution

NTT Research inaugurates "OneVision" Center in Silicon Valley


Kazuhiro Gomi, President and CEO of NTT Research, introduces the new NTT OneVision Center in Sunnyvale, California.  The new facility is built for a post-pandemic vision of the workplace, with collaboration-focused spaces, state-of-the-art health monitoring capabilities, and new layouts. 

The video also features the ribbon cutting and inauguration speech on September 19, 2021.

For more insights from industry thought leaders check out: https://nextgeninfra.io/



BT sets 2030 net zero target for its own operations


BT Group is bringing forward its net zero target from 2045 to 2030 for its own operational emissions and 2040 for its supply chain and customer emissions.

BT said it has already has reduced the carbon emissions intensity of its operations by 57% since 2016 and has reduced supply chain emissions by 19% over the same timeframe.


In 2020, the company announced that it had completed the switch to 100% renewable electricity worldwide and pledged to transition the majority of its 33,000 strong commercial fleet to electric or zero carbon emissions vehicles by 2030.

https://newsroom.bt.com/bt-group-accelerates-net-zero-targets-and-launches-campaign-to-get-the-nation-talking-about-climate-change/

GTT sells infrastructure division to I Squared Capital

GTT Communications completed the sale of its infrastructure division to I Squared Capital. The division consists of a pan-European, North American, and subsea fiber network and data center assets and associated infrastructure services provided to customers. The deal was first announced in October 2020.

“This is a major milestone for GTT as we move away from infrastructure ownership and maintenance to deepen our focus on serving the global enterprise market with a full array of cloud networking and managed solutions that include SD-WAN, security, internet, voice and other vital telecommunication services that enable digital business,” stated Ernie Ortega, GTT CEO. “We have a great team of employees and a company culture that is responsive to the needs of our customers, coupled with an industry-leading internet backbone and a product roadmap aligned to trending market demand. I am confident that our sharper strategic focus will enable us to better serve our customers.”   



“The differentiated fiber and data center assets acquired through this purchase from GTT are a valuable addition to our global digital infrastructure investments,” said Gautam Bhandari, Managing Partner at I Squared Capital. “We are excited about the opportunity to invest and build on this rich set of digital infrastructure capabilities to serve the increasing market demand for high performance networks. We welcome the talented team from GTT to EXA Infrastructure, the newly named independent operating company.”

http://www.gtt.net/us-en/media-center/press-releases/gtt-completes-sale-of-infrastructure-division

Telstra sells 3 data centers, exits Ooyala

Telstra announced the sale of three international data centres for $160 million,  yielding a nine times EBITDA multiple and $110 million gain on sale.  Media reports identified the buyer as I-Squared Capital, a private equity fund. Telstra also announced the sale of its Edison Exchange in Brisbane for $57 million. The company has also restructured its Telstra Ventures arm and exited its Ooyala business. In 2014, Telstra acquired Ooyala,...

I Squared Capital to acquire Hutchison Global for $1.86bn

I Squared Capital, an independent global infrastructure investment manager, announced an agreement, through its ISQ Global Infrastructure Fund II, to acquire a 100% interest in Hutchison Global Communications Investment Holding (HGC) from Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings (HTHKH), a part of CK Hutchison Holdings, for approximately HKD14.5 billion (approximately $1.86 billion).HGC is a major fixed-line service provider addressing fixed...


Wind River acquires Particle Design for UI/UX

Wind River completed its previously-announced acquisition of UI/UX design company Particle Design.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Particle is a leading user experience research and design agency that works with clients at every stage of prototyping, software design, and engineering. Its end-to-end UX research services employ a range of methodologies, from ethnographic research to user evaluations and usability testing; its design services include prototyping, interaction design, and wireframing. Particle partners with global brands across industries, including automotive, electronics, medical, and transportation, to design the future of technology.

Wind River Studio is a cloud-native platform for the development, deployment, operations, and servicing of mission-critical intelligent systems through one single pane of glass. With the acquisition of Particle, Wind River will further expand the UI/UX capabilities in Studio to include cognitive UI, which uses AI/ML to predict and anticipate needs and behaviors of the user bringing a more contextual, personalized, intelligent assistant type UX. 

“In the new intelligent machine economy that we’re enabling with our customers, the user experience is more important than ever. We’re thrilled to welcome the industry-leading Particle design team to Wind River,” said Kevin Dallas, president and CEO of Wind River. “The graphical, natural, and cognitive UI/UX expertise that Particle brings to Wind River Studio will further advance our mission of enabling our customers to realize the AI-infused, digital future of the planet.”

http://www.windriver.com

Altice France to acquire Coriolis Telecom

Altice France, the second-largest mobile operator in France, agreed to acquire 100% of Coriolis S.A., an independent French telecom group, for an upfront purchase price of €298 million and a deferred consideration of €117 million..

Coriolis Telecom offers mobile and fixed Telecom services to more than 500 thousand customers in small and medium French cities and 30,000 companies. In addition, Coriolis has developed a customer relationship management division, Coriolis Service, serving both internal and third-party customers relying on four contact centers in France and abroad.

Altice France would bring onboard the existing expertise, partnerships, well-established distribution network, B2C and B2B customer bases and customer care capabilities of Coriolis, which are highly complementary to its SFR and Intelcia divisions.

Grégory Rabuel, Chairman and CEO of Altice France said: “Coriolis is a great, fast growing, company with a customer proposition that would be highly complementary to SFR. We look forward to bringing onboard the significant experience and expertise of the entire team of Coriolis to Altice France and working together to further improve our customer proposition and to realize in full the excellent growth prospects of Coriolis. We are very proud to have Pierre Bontemps, founder of Coriolis, who would continue this impressive and entrepreneurial adventure together with us."