Japan's NTT Comm to buy two US cloud computing firms for $880 million


NTT Communications Corp said it will gain control of two U.S. cloud computing firms in takeover deals worth a combined 85.5 billion yen ($880 million), as Japanese firms ramp up efforts to improve overseas networks through acquisitions.

The unlisted long-distance and overseas calling unit of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (Tokyo, Japan) will buy Virtela Technology Services Inc (Greenwood Village, CO, USA), which provides communications services to corporations, and acquire an 80 percent stake in RagingWire Data Centers (Sacramento, CA, USA).

Smart Grid Asia Congress 2013

Start Date: 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
End Date: 
Thursday, December 19, 2013


Supported by worldwide leading associations - Independent Power Producers Forum (IPPF), India Smart Grid Forum, Energy Services Network Association and World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE), the Organizing Committee is honored to announce that Smart Grid Asia Congress 2013 (SGAC 2013) will be held in Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, Indonesia, Dec 17 – 19, 2013. 

OTT: That's Just Over The Top!

Start Date: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
End Date: 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
San Jose, CA:
A 3 hour, executive format meeting where up to 100 telecom experts discuss how Over The Top, OTT, content and services are changing the ecosystem and creating opportunities. 

Juniper Networks flags six-fold rise in profits

Network equipment maker Juniper Networks has flagged a nearly six-fold increase in profits for the three months ending September on signs of improving demand for its products.

The company – which competes against Cisco in the market for internet routers and switches – said net income for its third quarter rose to $99.1 million, from just $16.8 million in the same period last year, with revenues up by 6%, to $1.19 billion.

Interoperability remains key GPON challenge: Informa

Telecoms industry executives have rated interoperability as the key challenge they face in deploying superfast broadband networks, according to a recent survey conducted by Informa Telecoms & Media.

The market-research company surveyed a total of 237 so-called “broadband stakeholders” and said that 54% of respondents cited interoperability as one of the top three challenges they face, with 25% of operators viewing it as the main challenge.

Marlin Equity to acquire Tellabs for $891 million

Networking equipment maker Tellabs has agreed to be taken over by Marlin Equity Partners for a cash payment of $891 million.

The deal represents a premium of 4.3% over the closing share price of Tellabs on October 18, according to a statement from the companies, and will see Marlin (Hermosa Beach, CA, USA) offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Tellabs (Naperville, IL, USA) for the sum of $2.45 per share no later than November 1.

AT&T agrees $4.85 billion towers deal with Crown Castle

AT&T has agreed a $4.85 billion deal with infrastructure company Crown Castle in a deal aimed at improving its financial flexibility and value to shareholders.

The US operator is to lease rights to approximately 9,100 of its towers to Crown Castle (Houston, TX, USA) –which will also buy another 600 towers outright – and then sublease capacity on those towers as and when required.

Exclusive: Motorola looking to exit wireless LAN business - sources


Motorola Solutions Inc is exploring the sale of its underperforming wireless LAN business, which has grappled with declining share in a market dominated by rivals such as Cisco Systems Inc, people familiar with the matter said.

An exit from the wireless LAN market would come as Motorola (Schaumberg, IL, USA), the provider of data communications and telecommunications equipment, seeks to focus on its core government and public safety division.

Small-cell backhaul poised for takeoff in 2014: Infonetics Research

The market for small-cell backhaul in outdoor settings is poised for rampant growth next year, according to a new study from Infonetics Research.

Operators are increasingly looking to small-cell technology to plug gaps in existing coverage and boost the capability of their networks.

Pressure on current investments is growing as consumers rush to adopt new smartphones and other devices that can be used to access high-speed internet services.

Alcatel-Lucent's future is at risk: CEO


Alcatel-Lucent's future is at risk after the telecoms company, which has been in the red since 2006, missed key technological shifts, its chief executive Michel Combes said on Tuesday as French workers protested against job cuts.

The Franco-American group last week unveiled plans to slash 10,000 jobs worldwide, including 900 in France, arguing the cuts were its last chance to stem years of losses and turn the company around.

"This company could disappear," Combes told Europe 1 radio.

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