Wednesday Roundup: Ciena, Windstream, Alcatel-Lucent, GENBAND

October 1st, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

Here’s a quick roundup of other news at the midpoint of the week:

Ciena has been busy out under the Pacific. Teaming with Vodafone NZ and Southern Cross, they’re demonstrating the transmission of uncompressed, encrypted 4k video across 30,000km at the GLIF conference down in New Zealand this week. That’s from New Zealand to Los Angeles and back with less than a quarter second of latency and line-speed encryption.

Alcatel-Lucent’s Enterprise division now has a new parent. China Huaxin has closed its deal for the Franco-American vendor’s unit for EUR202M in cash. The deal sees 2,700 employees shift over to the new company, which will still be headquartered in France. For Alcatel-Lucent, this is one of the moves they’ve made to rejuvenate their business as a whole. For China Huaxin, it’s a move by into the international telecommunications business that will be watched carefully.

Along with yesterday’s 100G announcement, Windstream has had two other announcements in the past 24 hours or so. One is a 5-year federal contract to provide Georgia’s Robins Air Force Base with voice and data. The other is a new hand at the financial helm of the company. Bob Gunderman will be taking over as interim CFO, replacing Tony Thomas who will be leading that network REIT Windstream is spinning off.

And GENBAND won a deal over at TNCI for a network overhaul.  TNCI will be using the vendor’s call session controllers, converged gateways, and session border controllers to make the move from TDM to IP.  TNCI was reconstituted last summer, and promptly moved to acquire the assets of Pac-West and Point One.  They’ve been relatively quiet since, but with a new infrastructure in place to act as a consolidation platform I expect they may be making further inorganic moves in the coming quarters.

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