Lumen Technologies | August 29, 2022
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the previously announced sale of Lumen Technologies' incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) business in 20 states to Brightspeed.
With this approval, the transaction has now received all final regulatory clearances needed to close. Pending other customary closing conditions, the transaction with Apollo-managed funds is expected to close early in the fourth quarter.
Brightspeed plans to make significant investments to build an expanded fiber optics network that will bring fast, reliable internet and Wi-Fi to communities throughout the 20-state footprint it is acquiring. These plans include providing fiber facilities that are expected to reach up to three million homes and businesses over the next five years, including in many rural and suburban locations where fiber and advanced technology have not yet been deployed.
Lumen announced an agreement to sell its local consumer, small business, wholesale and enterprise customer ILEC operations in 20 states to Brightspeed.
Brightspeed will gain a robust local network, as well as the operations and back-office support to meet the accelerating demand for high-bandwidth connectivity.
Under the terms of the transaction, Lumen will retain its ILEC operations in 16 states, where it will continue to invest in bringing fiber broadband to more communities.
Lumen will also retain its national fiber routes and associated networks in all of these states, as well as its international operations.
"This transaction will benefit all of these customers, both in Lumen's remaining 16-state footprint and in the 20 states moving to Brightspeed," said Melissa Mann, Lumen vice president of public policy and government affairs. "The FCC's approval is great news that will bring faster broadband speeds to customers across both companies."
"The FCC's approval paves the way for Brightspeed to help close the digital divide in communities across the country that are most in need of high-quality broadband, This is a significant step in our journey to begin serving customers as Brightspeed. We appreciate the efforts of all the regulators and our Lumen counterparts who worked diligently with us over this past year to achieve this milestone. We look forward to building our fiber network and participating in programs that support affordability for our new customers."
Tom Dailey, Brightspeed vice president of public policy and government affairs
About Lumen Technologies and the People of Lumen:
Lumen is guided by our belief that humanity is at its best when technology advances the way we live and work. With approximately 450,000 route fiber miles and serving customers in more than 60 countries, we deliver the fastest, most secure platform for applications and data to help businesses, government and communities deliver amazing experiences. Learn more about the Lumen network, edge cloud, security, communication and collaboration solutions and our purpose to further human progress through technology.
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. and expected to have assets and associated operations in 20 states, Brightspeed will provide broadband and telecommunications services through a network platform capable of serving more than 6 million homes and businesses. The company aims to bridge the digital divide by deploying a state-of-the-art fiber network and a customer experience that makes staying connected simple and seamless.
IP Infusion | August 26, 2022
IP Infusion, a leading provider of open network software solutions for wireline and mobile network operators, today announced continued strong demand for disaggregated network solutions in the first six months of 2022, with nearly 200 customers having selected OcNOS®, the industry’s leading open Network Operating System. During this period, IP Infusion added nearly 40 new customers and received 160 repeat orders from existing customers. Demand growth in Provider Edge and Aggregation Router use cases fueled this momentum, resulting in a 900% increase in OcNOS sales of these areas over the first half of 2021.
“While economic conditions remain challenging, IP Infusion’s market and product maturity continues to provide opportunities that drive growth, Our Provider Edge, Aggregation Router and Cell Site Router solutions have increased our global footprint through new and repeat customers looking for competitive market advantages through open networking for service expansion.”
Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO of IP Infusion
Significant 2022 industry accolades thus far for IP Infusion include being designated a Leader, Outperformer and Platform Player in GigaOm’s 2022 Networking Operating System Radar Report, outperforming incumbents such as Cisco, Juniper and Nokia. In addition, the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) awarded OcNOS with its prestigious Validated Solution Gold Badge. IP Infusion also validated OcNOS for Open Fronthaul use cases with proven Timing and Synchronization capabilities, critical to the Fronthaul network, at the Spring 2022 O-RAN Global PlugFest.
In the first half of 2022, IP Infusion also launched new global business partnerships, including collaboration with Aircom International, Antriksh Technosys, ASBIS, AVISTA, dacoso GmbH, Distri X, DongFong Tech, GIOFAT, HFCL, Integra Gulf Company, Intracom Africa, Jabil, N-able, Netjer Networks, SoftNet Solutions, Softrim, Syncworks, Tradex, and UNIS Telecom.
IP Infusion’s customers, based all over the globe, include Afribone, Asia Pacific Telecom (APT), ASOM-Net, Ceragon Networks, JSC Kazakhtelecom, London Internet Exchange (LINX), Mobicom Corporation, Mundo Pacífico, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT Group), OpenX, SAKURA Internet Inc., SKY Brasil, uGrid Network Inc., and Virtual Technologies and Solutions (VTS).
About IP Infusion
IP Infusion is a leading provider of open network software and solutions for carriers, service providers and data center operators with over 500 customers and thousands of deployments. Our solutions enable network operators to disaggregate their networks to accelerate innovation, streamline operations, and reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Network OEMs may also disaggregate network devices to expedite time to market, offer comprehensive services, and achieve carrier grade robustness.
IP Infusion is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., and is a wholly owned and independently operated subsidiary of ACCESS CO., LTD.
IP Infusion and OcNOS are trademarks or registered trademarks of IP Infusion. ACCESS is a registered trademark or trademark of ACCESS CO., LTD. in the United States, Japan and/or other countries. Northforge Innovations is a registered trademark of Northforge Innovations, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, or registered service marks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.
Juniper Networks | July 04, 2022
Juniper Networks, a pioneer in secure, AI-driven networks, today revealed the breakthrough that will fuel its Cloud Urban vision and strategy—a new category of products for service providers designed for metro transformation and long-term commercial success. Traditional "retro" metro networks are device-centric and are collapsing under the enormous size, agility, and experience demands imposed by global digital transformation and the introduction of 5G services.
The announcement today focuses on facilitating long-term company development by introducing a range of high-performance networking technologies driven by AI-enabled, cloud-delivered automation and particularly built to create next-generation Cloud Metro infrastructure. These systems would provide substantially decreased natural resource consumption capabilities to aid in the sustainability of the planet; improved tools and streamlined working methods to aid in the sustainability of overburdened operations teams; and embedded service assurance and security capabilities to maximize service experience, all while empowering service providers to sustain profitable business growth.
Juniper's new Cloud Metro systems are distinguished by their industry-leading energy-efficient, effective energy designs, which enable unneeded features and Packet Forwarding Engines (PFEs) to be automatically turned off when not in use. By allowing up to 48 times bandwidth increase within the same chassis, the detachable modular power shelf architecture lowers e-waste and extends system lives. It is the first and only metro networking device power model unit to be certified as Titanium grade by CLEAResult in its 80 plus program.
Juniper's Cloud Metro portfolio's future-proofed scalability, capacity, performance, and smart features replace typical 3-5 year 'rip-and-replace' network lifecycles with 7-12 year lifecycles. Pay-as-you-go approaches and a variety of interface choices enable service providers to economically flex their investment in response to demand.
Juniper's advanced use of artificial intelligence and cloud-delivered automation enables service providers to ease day-to-day workflows, deploy services faster (with device onboarding taking minutes rather than hours), minimize trouble tickets, and accelerate time-to-service (and thus revenue) restoration. This increases productivity dramatically, allowing network engineers and operators to do more, which is crucial for staff happiness and retention.
By using the newest generation of silicon, industry-leading system architecture, and AI-enabled Device Onboarding-as-a-Service, the new solutions reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by up to 71%. Zero Trust security is integrated rather than added on, and active service assurance is created in to provide proactive service testing, monitoring, and correction.