ATSG | December 16, 2021
ATSG, a global, tech-enabled managed services and solutions company, announced its acquisition of Optanix, Inc., a leading technology and managed services provider and challenger in the 2021 Gartner Managed Network Services Magic Quadrant. With a portfolio that directly enhances ATSG's Technology Solutions as a Service Offerings, this acquisition will bring an expansion of high-end managed services and monitoring technologies in advanced networking, collaboration, and contact center to the ATSG portfolio of solutions. As a challenger in the Gartner Managed Network Services Magic Quadrant for the past two years, Optanix has become a leader in providing standardized and automated Managed Network Services for SD-WAN, LAN, and WAN networks that are flexible with robust business outcome reporting. This acquisition also will further bolster ATSG's enterprise capabilities in unified communications (UC) infrastructure, contact center solutions, and acquire market differentiated intellectual property.
Optanix's strong relationship with its channel community and experience in bringing an expanded set of services to its partner's offerings was of the highest importance. Originally an Optanix partner, ATSG's focus on widening its commitment to the channel was a driver for this acquisition and will bring an enhanced and expanded level of services to the Optanix channel partner community.
"The Optanix acquisition was a strategic choice to complement ATSG's well-established Enterprise Infrastructure Management, Multicloud, Collaboration, and Contact Center Offerings, adding engineering, operational and platform development expertise, as well as unique intellectual property, to our company,Our long-standing partnership with Optanix has provided for customer success, innovation, and a deeper channel partner ecosystem. We are excited to rapidly integrate the two mature organizations, leveraging our global footprint, to more holistically enable our clients to succeed in today's dynamic marketplace."
-Anthony J. D'Ambrosi, Chief Executive Officer of ATSG
We are thrilled to join ATSG," said Edmond Baydian, Chief Technology Officer of Optanix. "Through the combined, larger organization, we will have the ability to provide an expanded portfolio of solutions to our clients and channel partners.
As ATSG looks ahead to 2022, they will continue to focus on growth and the enhancement of the ATSG solutions offering portfolio. The company began over 25 years ago as an enterprise network and systems integrator and has aggressively transformed over the past decade to a Tech-enabled MSP, featuring highly secure, multicloud solutions, powered by the ATSG automation platform Ai2. The acquisition of Optanix depicts the execution of yet another milestone in ATSG's strategic growth plan as it moves to establish itself in the growing, high-performing channel partner community.
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ATSG is a global tech-enabled managed services and solutions company focused on innovative solutions to enhance today's digital enterprise and end-user experiences. ATSG provides Intelligent IT through Technology Solutions as a Service (TSaaS) to a variety of customers; leveraging an offerings portfolio of rediTech, rediManage, rediCloud, and rediSecure, which delivers reliable, elastic, dynamic infrastructure, collaboration, applications, as well as world-class IT operations.ATSG previously acquired QTS in 2017, VDX in 2018, HNS in 2018, ShoreGroup Solutions in late 2019, MTM in 2020, the DatAvail IMS business unit in 2021, and dinCloud, Inc in 2021. ATSG will continue to evaluate future investments and alliances that strategically enhance their tech-enabled managed services and overall Technology Solutions as a Service digital transformation strategy and offerings.ATSG is a privately held company headquartered in Manhattan, New York.For more information on ATSG, please visit us on the web at www.atsg.net, like us on LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter or become a fan on our Facebook page. #AboutATSG , ATSG is a portfolio company of RunTide Capital, a private equity firm focused on building tech-enabled growth companies.
Metro Optic | February 02, 2022
Metro Optic (MO) and Crosslake Fibre (CLF) have integrated their networks and service offering to provide turnkey network infrastructure and low latency fiber solutions to large data users in North America.
In response to a dramatic increase in demand for diverse, high-performance, ultra low-latency networks between key commercial hubs in North America, the two companies have partnered to deliver a seamless network solution that offers hyperscale connectivity between Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, Washington D.C. and New York.
"The combination of Metro Optic's strong, local presence in the fastest growing datacenter and interconnection markets in Canada with Crosslake Fibre's high-speed long-haul network between the U.S. and Canada, creates a unique, one-stop solution for large data users with high performance network requirements,"
-Michael Bucheit, General Manager of Metro Optic.
Crosslake Fibre and Metro Optic have built state-of-the-art digital networks in North America and Europe focused on route diversity, performance and scalability. Reaching our customers in more than 40 critical, local data centers and providing long-haul routes to key international locations is a powerful proposition,states Mike Cunningham, CEO of Crosslake Fibre.
The joint service offering will include diverse high-count dark fiber, 1G to 100G lit services and ultra low-latency options.
Both companies are already majority owners of Maple Leaf Fibre, a joint venture with Utilities Kingston, which is in advanced stages of development and expected to be in service by December 2023. The Maple Leaf Fibre cable system will have a terrestrial segment between Montréal, and Kingston, and a submarine segment through Lake Ontario between Kingston and downtown Toronto.
About Metro Optic
Metro Optic is one of Canada's largest carrier- and datacenter-neutral builders and operators of high-capacity fiber networks. The company offers dark and lit fiber solutions to medium and large sized businesses, telecom carriers, cloud operators, wholesalers and datacenter operators. The Metro Optic network reaches critical corporate and wholesale datacenters and interconnection locations in the greater Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver areas. Metro Optic is an affiliate of Cologix Inc., a leading provider of carrier and cloud neutral hyperscale edge datacenter solutions in North America. For additional information, see www.metrooptic.com.
About Crosslake Fibre
Crosslake Fibre is an International Network Service Provider (INSP) and developer of fibre-optic projects throughout North America and Europe. Crosslake's innovative approach to operating and developing next-generation networks provides a range of capacity services on new backbone routes for financial services, telecommunications operators and cloud service providers (CSPs). For additional information, see www.crosslakefibre.ca.
BBT.live | December 27, 2021
BBT.live, which developed a market leading SD-WAN-based SASE solution, announced that it has signed an agreement with Cellcom, one of Israel's leading telecommunications service providers. Cellcom will launch a SD-WAN cloud-based secured connectivity service designated to the growing SMB/SME market in Israel.
BBT.live's solution, built for service providers and optimized to meet SMB/SME needs, enable the delivery of enterprise-grade secured connectivity service based on the underlay of public mobile and broadband networks. BBT.live's software disaggregation technology allows network operators to mix and match diverse hardware under a single operating system, reducing the time and effort required to plan, deploy and operate the SD-WAN-based SASE cloud infrastructure. By creating a flexible consumption model for xSPs and network operations, operational efficiency is thus streamlined across the entire infrastructure on any hardware (cloud and edge units) ensuring an open and reliable experience for faster innovation in the cloud. BBT.live's unique SD-Flat network technology flattens the customer WAN and LAN networks providing a single pane of glass and user-friendly centralized network orchestration.
"We are excited to cooperate with Cellcom in order to launch a secured connectivity service in the highly competitive Israeli market. Cellcom plans to address the big and growing SMB/SME market and support their clients in the digital transformation journey. BBT.live's cloud first solution fits the market shift from on-premises to cloud infrastructure,"
-Moshe Levinson, BBT.live founder & CEO.
About Cellcom Israel Ltd.
Cellcom Israel Ltd., established in 1994, is a leading Israeli communications group, providing a wide range of communications services. Cellcom Israel is the largest Israeli cellular provider, providing its cellular subscribers with a broad range of services including cellular telephony, roaming services, text and multimedia messaging, advanced cellular and data services and other value-added services in the areas of mobile office, data protection etc. And for the business sector Cellcom also provides transmission infrastructure and internet services, cloud managed services, telephony for business, data centers and cyber security, networking and system turnkey solutions based on Cellcom Israel's technologically advanced infrastructure. The company operates advanced networks enabling high speed broadband and advanced multimedia services. Cellcom Israel offers nationwide customer service including telephone customer service, retail stores, and service and sale centers. Cellcom Israel further provides OTT TV services, internet infrastructure and connectivity services and international calling services, as well as landline telephone services in Israel.For additional information please visit the company's website http://investors.cellcom.co.il
BBT.live, founded in 2020, provides a cloud-native SD-WAN-based SASE solution that combines enterprise-grade networking with network security and visibility into a single solution. BBT.live's offering is specifically designed for service providers, allowing them to provide their SME clients with a cost-effective holistic solution that is easily deployed and managed.For more information, visit www.bbt.live
KYOCERA | April 19, 2022
Kyocera Corporation has developed a Transmissive Metasurface technology that can redirect wireless network signals in a specific direction to improve the coverage area and performance of 5G and eventually 6G networks. The Transmissive Metasurface will help deliver high-frequency millimeter-wave 5G and 6G to places where communication is impossible due to obstacles, expanding service areas beyond the capability of conventional Reflective Metasurface technologies used today.
The 28 GHz band used in 5G networks, and the higher frequency band being studied for 6G, have a high degree of rectilinear propagation. Signals often cannot reach locations where a direct line of sight to the base station is obstructed. Reflective Metasurface technology offers a very limited ability to change the direction of a signal to reach these areas. To solve this issue and expand performance, Kyocera developed a new Transmissive Metasurface technology that can redirect radio waves at smaller angles to extend targeted network coverage.
Features: Transmissive Metasurface Technology
1) Kyocera expands the direction in which radio signals can be redirected
Radio waves striking a conventional Reflective Metasurface device can be redirected at a wide angle, but not at narrow angles beyond the metasurface. Kyocera’s new Transmissive Metasurface technology is able to bend at narrow angles in order to avoid obstacles that may block transmission, expanding 5G and eventually 6G coverage even further. For example, a large building may block 5G network transmission, but Kyocera’s Transmissive Metasurface device can redirect the signal downward to reach smaller buildings behind and below for better coverage.
2) Proprietary Flexible Size Development
The area in which a Transmissive Metasurface can deliver signals is proportional to the size of the metasurface itself. Conventional technologies have been unable to develop a Transmissive Metasurface of sufficient size for practical use, but Kyocera can design any size using its proprietary technology, allowing greater flexibility. This makes it possible to install metasurfaces in more places, such as a home patio or apartment balcony.
5G Test Results
Kyocera tested its new Transmissive Metasurface using a 28 GHz band local 5G environment at its Kagoshima Kokubu Plant (Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan). Terminals were installed at two locations: Location A (reception power: -97 dBm), where signal strength is weak due to walls obstructing line-of-sight to the base station; and Location B (reception power: -67 dBm), where signal strength is high due to an unobstructed line-of-sight to the base station through a window. When a Transmissive Metasurface was installed outside the window at Location A, signal strength was -68 dBm, about the same as at Location B with its clear line-of-sight.
Kyocera is developing a Transparent Transmissive Metasurface that is more landscape-friendly and incorporates technological improvements to focus radio waves in specific locations and improve signal strength further. Additionally, the Company is developing a Reconfigurable Intelligent Surface (RIS)* that can create a smart signal environment to change the signal direction adaptively depending on the devices in use.
Kyocera Corporation the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of industrial and automotive components, semiconductor packages, electronic devices, smart energy systems, printers, copiers, and mobile phones. During the year ended March 31, 2021, the company’s consolidated sales revenue totaled 1.5 trillion yen (approx. US$13.8 billion). Kyocera is ranked #603 on Forbes magazine’s 2021 “Global 2000” list of the world’s largest publicly traded companies, and has appeared on The Wall Street Journal’s list of “The World’s 100 Most Sustainably Managed Companies.”