A big-ticket vendor merger hits EIS | FCW


The recently announced $33 billion merger between Harris Corp. and L3 won’t affect the federal government’s emerging next-generation telecommunications contract, according to the companies and observers.

Harris is also the third of the original 10 EIS contractors to undergo a merger as that massive contract moves towards implementation.

Last November, EIS contractor CenturyLink acquired Level 3, another EIS contractor, for $24 billion, although the merger had been in the works before GSA awarded the EIS contracts.

Source: A big-ticket vendor merger hits EIS — FCW

Capacity Media | Deutsche Telekom unveils 5G investment plans


CEO Tim Hottges announced the German telecoms giant’s investment plans at a press conference in Berlin, saying it will reach 90% with 5G coverage by the same year. In the announcement, Hoettges revealed it will hit the same numbers with LTE by 2021.

The announcement followed the revelation that around 80% of Deutsche Telekom’s 27,000 mobile sites are now linked to fibre connectivity, which will support its 5G plans. The German incumbent has already laid over 500,000km.

Source: Capacity Media – global telecoms news, events and community

Capacity Media | Sprint ‘doomed’ unless it merges with T-Mobile, it tells FCC


SoftBank’s US mobile and wholesale operator Sprint has told the US regulator that it would be in a dire position unless it gets approval to merge with Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile US.

In a heavily redacted presentation (PDF here) to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Sprint admits it suffers from network shortcomings and is failing to attract new subscribers. The FCC is examining the proposed $26 billion merger.

Source: Capacity Media – global telecoms news, events and community

Capacity Media | Infinera completes acquisition of Coriant

“This is an exciting day for Infinera, said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. “The acquisition of Coriant is a major milestone, expanding the scope of our vertical integration strategy across a powerful suite of packet optical solutions for our customers. The acquisition immediately strengthens our ability to serve a global customer base and accelerates delivery of the innovative solutions our customers demand.”

Infinera says that the acquisition will significantly increase its revenue while at the same time expanding Infinera’s customer base to serve nine of the top ten global network operators and the top six global internet content providers.

Source: Capacity Media – global telecoms news, events and community

Sprint Creates Curiosity: a New IOT Platform | Via Satellite


Sprint unveiled the Curiosity Internet of Things (IOT) platform, a new development in how IOT is managed and secured. Enterprises will now be able to manage IoT devices and connectivity over the air across multiple Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) profiles. Intelligence from device data will be generated instantly through the dedicated, distributed, and virtualized core, built together with the new operating system.

“On top of our dedicated IOT core and operating system built together with Ericsson, our close collaboration with fellow SoftBank company, Packet, enables an advanced distributed core network using bare metal servers at the edge that may be activated in minutes,” said Sprint Senior Vice President (SVP) of IOT and Product Development Ivo Rook.

Source: Sprint Creates Curiosity: a New IOT Platform – Via Satellite –

How Can the US Win at 5G? | Design News


According to a report released in April by CTIA, a trade association representing the US wireless communications industry, the US is among the top four countries leading the world in “5G readiness.”

Yet it currently sits at number three, lagging behind China at number one (holding a “narrow lead,” according to CTIA) and South Korea holding second place. The US is ahead of Japan, which currently sits in fourth place.

Speaking at MWCA, Meredith Attwell Baker, president and CEO of CTIA, stressed the need for the US to lead the 5G race. Baker was optimistic, noting that a year ago, there were no 5G deployments planned in the United Sates—compared to this year, where the first 5G deployments are beginning. Three mobile carriers—Verizon, Spring, and T-Mobile—are planning to launch 5G networks in Los Angeles alone.

She said that by 2019, 50 cities across the US will have 5G. “Thank goodness we Americans hate to lose,” she noted.

Source: How Can the US Win at 5G? | Design News

As Storms Bear Down, More Homeowners Look to Batteries – Not Generators – for Backup Power | US News


Later that year, Stevenson invested in a combined solar and battery system. And as another major storm, Hurricane Florence, now spins toward the Eastern Seaboard, threatening to inundate homes and cut power for millions of residents from South Carolina to Maryland, she will be among the thousands of Americans potentially relying not on rumbling, gas-guzzling generators but quiet racks of batteries mounted in their garages or basements, charged by solar panels on their roofs.

In the past two years, homeowners across the U.S. have started buying batteries faster than factories can make them: In the most recent fiscal quarter, which ended June 30, residential projects tripled the amount of battery storage that was installed during the same period last year.

Source: As Storms Bear Down, More Homeowners Look to Batteries – Not Generators – for Backup Power | National News | US News

Capacity Media | Telia Carrier adds new PoP in Tokyo


Telia Carrier has expanded the reach of its global backbone in the Asia Pacific region by launching a new point of presence in Tokyo, Japan.

The new PoP will see Telia’s network offer support for high-speed IP transit, cloud connect, Ethernet, and IPX services for operators, consumers and enterprises in Japan and across the rest of the region.

Source: Capacity Media – global telecoms news, events and community

Closing the digital and economic divides in rural America


Digital exclusion comes with costs. Rural residents are at risk of being marginalized in an information-rich economy where digital transactions and commercial sharing services are becoming more relevant.

Already facing diminished life chances, people with lower incomes, people of color, the elderly, and foreign-born migrants in rural areas run the risk of being on the wrong side of the digital divide that further exacerbates their economic, social, and political marginalization.

Source: Closing the digital and economic divides in rural America

Australia’s $11 bln telco deal dials up high hopes | Reuters


The union between David Teoh’s aggressive broadband provider TPG and Australia’s third-largest mobile carrier has been long in the making.

TPG made a costly splurge into mobile, while getting squeezed on earnings by customers moving to Australia’s National Broadband Network. Vodafone Hutchison Australia, meanwhile, went through a painful turnaround that didn’t help it advance on larger rivals Telstra and Optus.

Source: Breakingviews – Australia’s $11 bln telco deal dials up high hopes | Reuters