Category Archives: Research

NJ Tech Council – Call for Presentations Summer 2016

NJTC_20YEARS_RND2Summer Research Projects – 2016

October 13, 2016 – Philadelphia – 130 North 18th Street

October 20, 2016 – Paramus, NJ

Colo-X UK Colocation Industry Research

By Tim Anker, Founder of The Colocation Exchange

PrintI am in the process of updating my 2013 review of the UK Colocation Industry.  This 50 page report covered nearly 100 colocation facilities across the UK including detailed overviews of the market in Central London, the market Around London and the rest of the UK.

CFN Services Releases White Paper Exploring Low Latency Wireless Solutions for Capital Markets

Financial Markets Tune in to Wireless: Applications, Solutions, Technologies, Challenges’ White Paper Now Available for Download 

CFN Services LogoCHICAGO, IL and NEW YORK, NY – November 4, 2014 – CFN Services, a leading provider of managed services for the capital markets, in conjunction with A-Team Group, a specialist provider of news, analysis, in-depth research and events for the financial information technology sector, releases its latest white paper, “Financial Markets Tune in to Wireless: Applications, Solutions, Technologies, Challenges”.  The white paper explores the use of low latency wireless technologies in the capital markets, outlining key considerations, opportunities and challenges associated with leveraging wireless solutions for latency-sensitive trading strategies, services and financial applications.

Business Broadband Prices Vary Widely by Geography

Originally posted by TeleGeography

October 09, 2014

TeleGeography LogoData from TeleGeography’s new Business Broadband Research Service reveal that business broadband prices vary widely, not just by country, but also within countries.

iMiller Public Relations to Sponsor Capacity Magazine’s Confidence: Innovation: Leadership Summit at ITW 2014

IMPR logo copy-resized-600iMiller Public Relations (iMPR) has once again been named a sponsor of Capacity magazine’s exclusive Confidence: Innovation: Leadership Summit held during International Telecoms Week (ITW) 2014 on May 12 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM.  The Summit will reveal the results of the Confidence, Innovation and Leadership Survey, an annual global research study monitoring the most important issues affecting senior executives within the international telecoms wholesale arena.

Building on the 2013 report, this year’s results will reveal strategic priorities, assessments of the industry and innovation, and leadership style. The report is an essential tool to gauging the current and future success of the wholesale telecommunications industry.  Attendees will also receive a free copy of the 2014 report.

Cross River Fiber Discusses Dark Fiber and 2012 Telecom Trends with TABB Group




Bringing together a plethora of telecommunications industry professionals, Telx Marketplace LIVE 2012 was considered a “must attend” event of 2012.  Industry leaders gathered to discuss cloud services, innovative services, financial services, digital media, and many more topics associated with 2012 telecom trends.  During the event, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Mike Sevret, of Cross River Fiber, a New Jersey-based, boutique dark fiber optic and telecommunications solutions provider, discussed latency and dark fiber in northern New Jersey and New York with TABB Group, a financial markets’ research and strategic advisory firm.  Transcribed below are Mr. Sevret’s comments.

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Mike Sevret- Talks with TABB Group at Telx Marketplace LIVE

“Latency is the question that everyone is still talking about. Even as we transition away from high frequency trading and more towards high performance trading, latency is the key to everything. And in today’s marketplace, latency is really the question of fiber. How much fiber there is and where does it go. I am here with Michael Sevret from Cross River Fiber, who is a major provider of fiber optics capacity in Northern New Jersey. Michael, thanks for joining me at Marketplace LIVE.”

Mike, what is going on in the fiber picture in Northern New Jersey and New York?

Basically, the landscape has changed in the past couple years. Cross River is laying a new fiber optic cable routes from northern New Jersey down through Somerset and out West New Jersey. It is a large fiber count cable that is adding a lot more redundancy and network diversity for the low latency financial vertical. High-speed trading, connecting proximity locations, exchanges, and data centers where we could be a niche provider that offers the low easy routes with fiber abundance and capacity to that vertical.

A lot of folks these days are talking now about things like microwave transitions and new technologies.  Is fiber still going to be a player in tomorrow’s market? Or is it sort of here today, gone tomorrow?

I believe that fiber is always going to be the primary transport mechanism. It is obviously at the speed of light that a trade travels. As a dark fiber provider, I also think that complimentary services of RF and microwave only helps the fiber optic companies, like myself, sell their primary services because the SLAs are much more dependable and greater, and the cable has a much longer duration.

Right, cable has a much longer bandwidth. Usually a cable starts with 10 gig and can go up to 40, 100, and 200 gig. You can get some massive cable lengths.

Yeah, with a pair of fibers and customers say with the technology of CWDM and optical equipment, the new T1 from back in the day is now a 10 gig. 10 gigs are pretty standard and pretty common. So the fiber optics for me, from a bandwidth perspective, is really what the customer is going to put at the end of it, and we build large count cables without having abundance of capacity.

What about cost? I mean in today’s market, especially in equity market, buy ins are down, commissions are down, costs are a concern for everyone.  Are costs coming down in the fiber space, or is capacity at a premium still?

We would like to say that it’s not, but it definitely is. It is very competitive nature and is a very capital intensive business to build fiber optic networks. But at the same time, if we know that we have the lowest latency fiber outs, we still have to be cognizant of what the price points are with your competitors and also with the RF microwave technology that competes with it. So cost is definitely a factor with the vertical and customer base. But at the same time, if we are shaving off nanoseconds and microseconds with a fiber route to a financial vertical, they are typically willing to pay a little more of a premium for that.

TeliaSonera International Carrier Discusses the Challenges of Operating in Today’s European Market

TSICCAPACITYAround the world, markets are economically fluctuating. This fact certainly rings true for the European market.  Enterprises across all markets are strategizing ways to prevail during these difficult times.  Despite the rollercoaster trends of the current European market, one company in the telecommunications industry is fully prepared.  Simon Vye, Regional Director for Western Europe at TeliaSonera International Carrier, a leading global IP carrier that operates a wholly owned fiber optic network connecting 200 Point of Presence (PoPs) across Europe, North America and Asia, recently sat down for an interview with Capacity TV to discuss the challenges of operating in today’s European market.

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Challenges of Operating in a Fluctuating European Environment

(Moderator: Kavit Majithia of Capacity Magazine):

Today on Capacity TV, we have Simon Vye, Regional Director Western Europe at TeliaSonera International Carrier. Simon, welcome to Capacity TV.

What do you believe are the present challenges of operating Europe considering its fluctuating economic climate?

It’s always difficult times for us it seems in Europe for the moment. Certainly the pricing pressures that we have and the margin pressures that we have are ever increasing. But that said we do see a doubling of bandwidth requirements from the Nordics right down across the region to Spain. That doubling is every 12 to 18 months. As well as that, we are constantly trying to find new and innovative services, and certainly some of our customers have been looking to us to provide broader, greater services such as Total Network Outsourcing. We have done a few pieces of businesses this year; Facebook and Ross Telecom come to mind, where they have outsourced their infrastructure to us and up into the Nordics.

How do you believe European operators can address the issues of saturation in the market?

Well for TeliaSonera, saturation is a little bit of a double edged sword. With 17 to 18 million eyeballs and end-users on our networks worldwide at a group level, saturation is a good thing; it drives growth for us. But at the international level, saturation means increased competition. So we have to constantly strive to differentiate ourselves.  So, we are constantly looking to be the most attractive partner for content providers, mobile operators, and fixed carriers.  We combine that with innovative services, but also award-winning customer care, service management, and after sales in general.

In keeping with the theme of differentiation, what developments will you be making over the next year?

Well, its busy times at TeliaSonera right now. Yesterday, we launched our 100 gig network offering across the US. We are striving very hard and are busy at the moment to roll that out across Europe. So pretty quickly we are going towards 100 gig on our backbone. We are constantly developing products; we have a new Ethernet offering coming out shortly. We are involved in a lot of work with IPX. We are constantly rolling out new points of presence in Europe. So it is really everything from the network, to the products, to the infrastructure that it all sits on.

As one of the most developed next generation markets in Europe, how is TeliaSonera addressing day-to-day demands in the Nordics?

You’re right the Nordics is a very advanced telecommunications environment. Indeed, TeliaSonera was the first world-wide to launch 4G services. Also, across the Nordics, Fiber to the Home is a very advanced and commonplace technology used these days. The amount of investment that goes into the infrastructure in the Nordics is quite phenomenal. Another interesting fact that is happening at the moment is that companies like Facebook and Ross Telecom are choosing the Nordics for their data center; so the Nordics is also becoming a quite a data center destination.

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The Need for Speed…and Capacity

Recurring charges for telecom services from carriers can seriously erode business gains. Keeping data available in real-time and on-demand, while maintaining redundancy in a safe remote facility, can become exceedingly costly. To do so typically requires substantial monthly fees to a service provider, or fussing with complicated networking gear.

But, in the 80’s, one person dedicated to bringing networking to the masses, Len Bosack, co-founder of Cisco, is at it again. This time, he is bringing the ability for companies to deploy their own optical transmission systems in an easy, cost-effective way. For metro, regional and long-distance networks, XKL’s Dark Star technology allows data network engineers to bypass expensive carrier services. XKL’s DarkStar product line, led by the flagship DXM Optical Transport System, is designed to allow enterprises to build private optical networks with massive bandwidth and achieve higher reliability, reduced cost and power, and more control over IT resources.

The key is in the simplicity of its design. XKL’s DWDM optical multiplexers are simple passive filters, not complex active devices that could fail. XKL goes further by not only filtering the light on the receiving side, but on the transmission side as well. This additional filtering protects a possibly defective channel in the system from disturbing any other channels.

XKL’s DarkStar Optical Transport Systems come with 2, 4 or 10 connection points supporting up to 10G of bandwidth per connection. Then bandwidth is further utilized by combining channels in a single point-to-point solution using XKL’s Bandwidth Combiner Devices, either 4–port or 6–port.

One of the biggest drawbacks to private fiber networks has been the need to amplify the signals at relatively close distances, making deployment of private networks outside of a campus or metro area cost prohibitive due to capital outlay (equipment), maintenance and operations costs. However, with the XKL DRA and DBA, amplifiers can now move data point-to-point up to 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles).

The design criteria for the DarkStar suite of plug and play products required it to be easy to deploy, simple to manage and reliable – ensuring data is sent at nearly the speed of light. In doing so, XKL provides dependable, cost-effective, easy-to-use solutions to enterprises managing their own optical network. Companies can break free of stifling re-occurring charges by taking control of their network using XKL’s DarkStar technology.