fcclogoVerizon and Incompas Receive Support from Other Carriers Over Special Access

 April 28, 2016 | By M8trix Communications

A group that represents America’s smaller and rural wireless carriers expressed support for Verizon’s agreement with Incompas over special access in a new filing with the FCC.

Incompas along with The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular together urged the FCC to assume policies “consistent with the Verizon and Incompas agreement.” The cluster of companies argued for policies “to ensure reasonable access to high capacity Business Data Services (‘BDS’), also known as special access services, including high bandwidth Ethernet services. Access to high capacity BDS at reasonable prices — as Chairman Tom Wheeler says ‘fast and fair’ — is vital for wireless providers to meet the current demand for wireless broadband services and to build next generation mobile broadband networks. This access is critical throughout the country, including in rural areas.”

The wireless industry’s evolution toward 5G technology coupled with America’s consistently growing demand for mobile data reveal the need for inexpensive and simple access to high-bandwidth Ethernet services for backhaul connections from wireless cell sites to the wired internet. Behind Verizon and AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are the US’ two smaller nationwide wireless carriers. CCA, on the other hand, represents smaller and rural wireless carriers, and Incompas exemplifies a wide selection of technology vendors and network operators.

In the filing, CCA, Incompas, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular argue that “These densified networks will require thousands of new cell sites, however, and an increase in dedicated wireline access, including access to large bandwidth Ethernet services of 100 Mbps or more.”

There have been various filings in recent days on the special access topic. AT&T along with Level 3, Windstream, and others also called for a variety of stipulations and alterations to the special access market. In a separate filing, Incompas pressed the FCC to make a move speedily: “Given the current state of the market and the need for the Commission to provide long overdue relief from the current monopoly rents that wireline and wireless competitors are paying for necessary inputs, we urged swift action by the Commission on the Order and Further NPRM and to complete the proceeding by the end of the year.”

Earlier this month, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler laid out his draft Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) on re-envisioning the nation’s special access market that provides network operators and others admittance to the nation’s core Internet network. Wheeler recommended four key principles: identifying competitive markets, a technology-neutral approach, promoting transitions from TDM to IP, and attending to current, future transitions. Wheeler has proposed a goal for the FCC to adopt a final order this year; and the FCC will vote on Wheeler’s draft later this month.

18s26kg5l8da3jpg Cloud Storage Startup Bitcasa Eliminates Cloud Storage

 April 28, 2016 | By M8trix Communications

On its website last week, Bitcasa announced that it is terminating its involvement in the  consumer cloud storage business.

In a short blog post, the company told consumers, “We are discontinuing our Bitcasa Drive service in order to focus our full attention on our growing platform business. All account owners must take action to avoid losing their files.”

At 11:59 p.m. PT on May 20, the storage service will permanently delete “all accounts and stored data”.

The company advised users who may need assistance recovering and preserving their files to contact Bitcasa’s Help Center.

Bitcasa began offering unlimited cloud storage space for $10 a month back in 2011, almost five years ago. At the time, it was described as an “ambitious startup”, lining up alongside rival newcomers like SugarSync, Box and Dropbox. In 2014, the business changed its policies and stopped giving users unlimited storage, instead moving to a model in which users could pay either $10 a month for 1TB and $99 a month for 10TB.

This decade started with a plethora of cloud-storage competitors all entering the market at the same time. This group is beginning to slim down, especially as the biggest players like Apple, Microsoft and Google have been offering their own services for several years now. Microsoft tied OneDrive to its operating system, and Apple did the same with iCloud.

Even the large players are still trying to work out how to manage cloud storage allocations; for instance, back in November, Microsoft shrank its One Drive free 15GB storage tier to 5GB. It also put a halt to the 15GB camera roll storage bonus.  In a blog post,Microsoft said that the reason for eliminating the unlimited storage, Microsoft said in a blog post, is that “a small number of users” exploited the system by backing up multiple PCs, complete movie collections, and DVR recordings to OneDrive. Microsoft says that these users’ excessive storage usage approximated 14,000 times the average.

Cloud storage is certainly not going away, but the number of providers may yet see further shaking out. The focus to date has often revolved around prices being slashed whenever possible, frequently referred to as the cloud price wars. Experts predicted that this would lead to cloud offerings being given away for nothing, at least for some time, in order for companies to secure clients.

However, this is clearly unsustainable over a long period of time. The focus has started to shift in recent times as providers instead start to highlight the features they can provide users. Microsoft’s Office 365 product is a major selling point; as is Google’s Apps for Work, specifically created for smaller businesses. IBM, meanwhile is working on a hybrid cloud strategy. Each rival intends to stand out from its fellow providers.

ericsson_logoEricsson Announces Reshuffle of Management Team and New Focus on Cloud and IT Services

April 28, 2016 | By M8trix Communications

Amid a reduction in overall sales, Ericsson recently announced a corporate restructuring, including a reshuffled management team and the creation of several business units devoted to the IT and cloud sectors.

Ericsson said that it intends to divide its businesses into five new units, with two of these focusing exclusively on IT and cloud operations. Anders Lindblad, currently Ericsson’s Head of Business Unit Cloud & IP will head Ericsson’s new Business Unit IT & Cloud Products unit. Lindblad will join the company’s Executive Leadership Team with CEO Hans Vestberg and others.

Jean-Philippe Poirault, at present Ericsson’s Head of Consulting and Systems Integration, will head Ericsson’s new Business Unit IT & Cloud Services unit. Like Lindblad, Poirault will also join the Ericsson executive team.

Various leading executives will leave Ericsson as part of the shakeup. These figures include Mats H. Olsson, Angel Ruiz, currently head of Ericsson’s North America region, Anders Thulin and Jan Wäreby. Ruiz will be replaced by Rima Qureshi as head of Ericsson’s North American region. Qureshi is presently Ericsson’s SVP and Head of Group Function Strategy and Head of M&A.

“We are not satisfied with our overall growth and profitability development over past years,” Ericsson’s CEO, Hans Vestberg, explained. “We are today announcing further actions to accelerate strategy execution and to drive efficiency and growth across the company even harder. We will create a leaner, more fit for purpose organization, to cater for the needs of different customer segments and to faster capture market opportunities. As 5G, the Internet of Things, and Cloud drive the next phase of industry development, the time is just right to make these changes.”

The Wall Street Journal noted that while Ericsson’s first quarter net profit rose 49 percent to around $242.6 million, its gross operating profit margin actually shrank to 33.3 percent from 35.4 percent in the same period one year previously. Ericsson imputed the decline to reduced sales in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, which was offset by upturns in equipment sales in China and North America.

The reshuffle at Ericsson follows soon after the company publicized a major teaming with Cisco to sell combined products and services to the telecom market. The alliance between Ericsson and Cisco was most probably in response to the recent merger between Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia, in addition to Huawei’s sustained market gains.

Nevertheless, Wall Street and financial analysts responded with concern to Ericsson’s restructuring. After the news was unveiled, the company’s shares fell significantly and Johan Lagerström, an analyst at Handelsbanken, told the WSJ that “This causes great uncertainty.”

vsa_logo_2016TelePacific’s OneAir Fixed Wireless Earns 2016 Visionary Spotlight Award

 April 28, 2016 | By M8trix Communications

Last week, TelePacific, a leading provider of managed services and business communications solutions, announced that its OneAir Fixed Wireless solution had been awarded a 2016 Visionary Spotlight Award from ChannelVision Magazine and Beka Business Media. Visionary Spotlight Awards showcase the best of the communications industry’s overall innovation efforts, future-thinking execution and creativity.

TelePacific is headquartered in Los Angeles. Its award-winning managed services, networks, communications solutions and focus on customer service have powered 55 quarters of growth for the 1,500 person, $600 million enterprise. TelePacific’s broad portfolio of managed services and communications solutions enables companies to focus on growing their bottom lines rather than merely overseeing their infrastructure. Its continuity, cloud and connectivity offerings help businesses to run more efficiently, improve collaboration and provide essential protection against business interruptions.

The 2016 Visionary Spotlight Award for the Data, Ethernet, Converged Infrastructure – Best Enabling Technology category was presented to TelePacific for the inclusion of OneAir Fixed Wireless as an integrated component to its core network, incorporating copper and fiber, and for its faculty for delivering a scalable continuity solution that is both weather-resistant and backhoe-proof.

Ken Bisnoff, TelePacific’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Opportunities, said, “OneAir Fixed Wireless is a powerful solution for business continuity, for companies with remote offices or as a company’s primary source of SLA-guaranteed connectivity.” Bisnoff added that TelePacific was “particularly pleased to add ChannelVision’s Visionary Spotlight Award to OneAir’s accolades, because it recognizes the numerous ways in which OneAir can help channel partners solve real-world problems for their customers in today’s always-connected marketplace.”

Berge Kaprelian, group publisher at Beka Business Media, announced its decision by stating, “We congratulate and thank TelePacific for its outstanding achievement in innovation in the communications industry, and for its dedication to channel partners and the indirect ecosystem.” Kaprelian went on to say, “We have created the Visionary Spotlight Awards program to highlight the rapid pace of evolution within the communications industry, and to give innovators and industry visionaries the opportunity to gain the exposure and recognition that they deserve. TelePacific embodies these goals.”

The annual Visionary Spotlight Awards, from ChannelVision Magazine and Beka Business Media, recognize excellence in outstanding products, services and deployments across a broad range of communications technology categories, including data networking, hosting, voice, managed services and cloud services.

Other winners include Tech Data for Cloud Communications – Best Enabling Technology; ENQWEST for Managed Services – Best Enabling Technology and VoIP Innovations for UC & VoIP – Best Enabling Technology.

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