Verizon acquires Terremark, driving 'everything-as-a-service' global cloud strategy

Verizon Communications Inc. Monday closed its previously announced acquisition of Terremark Worldwide, Inc., growing Verizon's presence in the global managed IT infrastructure and cloud services market. 

Terremark, which will continue to be based in Miami, will help fuel overall Verizon growth by accelerating the company's strategy to provide "everything-as-a-service" to business and government customers globally. 

The use of policy control to manage the delivery of video over mobile networks

When delivering video services, it is important to balance the delivery of video to users with the impact on the network. This whitepaper outlines several example approaches, briefly outlines which network technology might provide supporting functions and discusses several related issues. Register here for White Paper Download

Sprint to provide wireline/wireless voice and data services to health care purchasing network

Sprint Wednesday announced that VHA, an Irving, Texas-based health care purchasing network, has agreed to a three-year contract extension with Sprint worth an estimated $1.2 billion. Sprint, a primary telecom carrier to VHA since 1997, will continue to provide wireless services -- including solutions and handsets -- as well as wireline and data capabilities to VHA and Provista members.

Open source cloud computing chosen as Korean service provider's public cloud

Cloud.com, a provider of open source cloud computing software, today announced that KT (formerly Korea Telecom), Korea’s largest landline operator and mobile service provider, has selected its flagship technology, CloudStack, as the foundation for its new public cloud offering, KT ucloud.

GE to build $40M smart grid center in Ontario

GE and the Government of Ontario last week announced a new $40 million Grid IQ Innovation Center, the first smart grid center of its kind for GE in Canada, to be located in Markham, Ontario. The 200,000 square foot center will develop and manufacture grid modernization technologies and encompass a global testing and simulation laboratory. The building is expected to open in July 2012.

New Smart Grid specs give superior monitoring in electricity supply

ITU G.hnem standard will link comms and electricity networks

New standards that will enable cost-effective smart grid applications such as distribution automation, smart meters, smart appliances and advanced recharging systems for electric vehicles have entered the final stage of approval at ITU.

The G.hnem standards (ITU-T Recommendations) address several smart grid applications such as distribution automation, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), demand side management (DSM), grid-to-home communications, home/building energy management, home automation, vehicle-to-grid and vehicle-to-charging station communications.

Orange Business Services partners with GDF SUEZ managing information system

Partnership emphasizes telecom provider's ability to manage traditional IT services

French energy group GDF Suez has signed a six-year deal with Orange Business Services for the management of its information system. The partnership includes standard facilities management such as hosting, infrastructure operation and running ERP applications. The partnership will also establish a shared engineering team in charge of developing the Group’s solutions to match the needs of its business units as closely as possible.

Driving application innovation on next generation networks

Leveraging handsets when bandwidth is abundant

The whole world is racing toward 4G. Verizon Wireless boasts it contains “the world’s fastest 4G network.” Sprint is going to “turbo charge your Internet with 4G.” Consumers are excited about the opportunities 4G presents including significantly improved mobile Internet and social networking experiences, movie and TV streaming, and enhanced gaming and shopping capabilities from their mobile devices.

LightSquared secures $586 million debt loan

UBS AG and JP Morgan will assist the network wholesaler

LightSquared (Reston, VA, USA), a wholesale-only wireless broadband and satellite network provider, has closed on $586 million of debt, led by UBS AG and JP Morgan. LightSquared will use the proceeds of the financing for general corporate purposes, which include constructing its 4G-LTE network. Over the last seven months, the financially troubled company has raised more than $2 billion in debt and equity.

Spotlight on Canada

Cooperation necessary in this tricky market

Just north of the US border lies the second largest country on earth. Canada’s population of 34 million is just over one tenth of the US population. In many ways, Canada is quite similar to the US. However, the mobile environment is quite different.

Canadians are still in the middle of the pack when it comes to mobile penetration. While the country was an early adopter of mobile technology, inexpensive land line phone services kept the growth of mobile at relatively modest levels throughout the 1990s. As of June 2010, Canadian wireless subscribers numbered 23.4 million.

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