Telecom Newsroom Breaking News & Views on The Global Telecom Industry Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:25:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Telecom Newsroom 32 32 Tenth Annual Women World Awards Honors Top Global Talent Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:30:22 +0000  

The 10th annual Women World Awards® recognize the best and brightest in leadership, organizational performance, innovation, and new products and services from every major global industry.

One company that will be receiving an award during this year’s ceremony in San Francisco is iMiller Public Relations (iMPR), an independent public relations and content marketing consulting firm focused on the technology sector. iMPR has been named the Women World Awards Gold winner in the ‘Business Expansion of the Year’ category.

iMPR’s overall revenue grew by 38 percent in 2016 while the company developed its global presence and expanded its client base from the U.S. and Ireland to clients throughout Asia and Europe. In making this transition, iMPR’s business experienced 300 percent growth supporting organizations with headquarters outside the U.S., and the company also grew its global affiliate partners from 13 to 25.

“It’s an honor to be a Gold winner in the ‘Business Expansion of the Year’ category,” stated Ilissa Miller, Founder and CEO, iMiller Public Relations. “Receiving this recognition is a testament to the reach and effectiveness of iMPR’s services following a milestone year of global expansion and new client acquisitions. I share this award not only with the stellar team of iMPR, but also with the companies that continue to place their trust and confidence in our strategic marketing, event services, social media and content programs.”

Throughout 2016, iMPR’s main area of focus was business transformation. The global agency metamorphosed from a small consulting firm to a mid-size organization while expanding its client base from serving emerging, small and medium-sized companies to medium and large businesses, including publicly-traded organizations. This increased revenue by 57 percent. Today, iMPR works with global technology and telecom providers that, when coalesced, total more than $100 billion in revenue.

To learn more about iMPR, click here.

Looking Ahead to SubOptic 2019 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:54:13 +0000 The SubOptic Association is currently in the process of planning the upcoming SubOptic 2019 conference, taking place April 8-11, 2019 in New Orleans.

Just recently, fiber optic solutions provider Xtera announced that its Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Dr. Stuart Barnes, was selected by the SubOptic Executive Committee to serve as Program Chair at the event.

Before each SubOptic conference, a Program Chair is selected from a group of notable thought leaders in the telecommunications industry. The Program Chair’s job is to spearhead development of the event’s central themes, as well as its educational agenda.

Dr. Barnes will be assisted by an Organizing Committee comprised of professionals from across the submarine industry. This will include representatives from the SubOptic Association, conference host Ciena and STF Events, Inc.

After graduating from Queen Mary University in London with a doctorate in engineering, Dr. Barnes went to work for Standard Telecommunications Ltd, where he supported the development of STC Submarine Systems’ first Optical Repeater. Before joining Xtera, Dr. Barnes also served as Founder and COO of Polariq, and as Founder and CTO of both Azea Networks and Ilotron.

Dr. Barnes has also held senior management positions at Alcatel Optical Recherche Group, Atlas Venture, STC Submarine Systems and STC Cables Newport. Leveraging extensive expertise and practical skills in cable, fiber and transmission equipment, Dr. Barnes joined Xtera in 2007 where he initially served as the Chief Technical Officer of Submarine Systems.

“I am honored to be chosen for this prestigious position during such a pivotal time in our industry,” stated Dr. Barnes. “I’m excited to begin the process of program development, having already received an abundance of useful suggestions during our pre-kick-off event at ITW. With help from the Organizing Committee, I am certain that we will make SubOptic 2019 the most successful and memorable SubOptic event to date.”

Xtera offers repeatered and un-repeatered subsea connectivity, along with the highest bandwidth undersea amplifiers for up to 40 Terabits on a single fiber pair. Plus, the company offers a full range of turnkey solutions and services including on-shore and off-shore security, system design, landing route and station development and operational support.

There is still time to submit program topics for SubOptic 2019. If you are interested in submitting a topic, email for consideration.

To learn more about Xtera, click here.

BTS and SoftBank sign a Joint Venture Agreement to launch – S and BTS Global Corp – Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:50:33 +0000 BTS – Business Telecommunications Services, one of the most advanced international carriers and SoftBank Corp, the global leader in technology and communications, are pleased to announce a Joint Venture Agreement for the establishment of the new entity “S and BTS Global Corp” based in Tokyo, Japan.

The new company will combine the complementary strengths of its parent corporations in telecommunications, e-commerce, internet and technology services to revolutionize the next wave of innovation in the international telecom industry.

At first stage, S and BTS Global Corp will manage SoftBank’s international voice traffic as well as BTS’s Asia traffic.


Moreover, the partnership will bring a diversified portfolio of hubbing, cloud and managed services as a key player in the global market place.

Both parties are excited to join forces to deliver value based solutions to the market.


About BTS

Founded over 25 years ago in Miami, United States. BTS continues to be one of the top fastest growing operator of international voice managing 8 billion minutes in the last 12 months with more than 140 direct links in 85 countries as part of its over 450 interconnections worldwide. BTS has over 150 employees located in offices in Miami, Madrid, Zaragoza, Rome, Warsaw, Singapore, Buenos Aires and Dubai. To learn more, please visit

About SoftBank

SoftBank Corp., a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp. (TOKYO: 9984), provides mobile communication, fixed-line communication and Internet connection services to customers in Japan. Leveraging synergies with other companies in the SoftBank Group, SoftBank Corp. aims to transform lifestyles through ICT and expand into other business areas including AI, smart robotics, IoT, robotics and energy. To learn more, please visit

iMiller Public Relations Honored for Its Business Growth and Global Expansion Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:05:31 +0000 Agency Recognized as Gold Winner in the Annual 2017 Women World Awards

Mamaroneck, New York – June 20, 2017 – iMiller Public Relations (iMPR), an international results-driven, independent public relations and content marketing consulting firm focused on the technology sector, announces today that it has been recognized as the Gold winner in the ‘Business Expansion of the Year’ category by the 10th Annual Women World Awards®.

The honor comes as iMPR’s overall revenue grew 38 percent in 2016 while the company developed a greater global presence, expanding its client base from the United States and Ireland to multiple clients throughout Europe and Asia.  Also, during 2016, iMPR’s business experienced 300 percent growth supporting businesses with headquarters outside the U.S., and increased its global affiliate partners from 13 to 25.

Throughout 2016, iMPR focused on business transformation, transitioning from a small consulting firm to a mid-size firm in a few short years.  The agency expanded its business from serving emerging small and medium-sized companies to medium and large, established organizations, including publicly-traded companies, increasing revenue by 57 percent.  Today, iMPR works with global telecom and technology companies that, when coalesced, represent more than $100 billion in revenue.

“It’s an honor to be a Gold winner in the ‘Business Expansion of the Year’ category,” states Ilissa Miller, Founder and CEO, iMiller Public Relations. “Receiving this recognition is a testament to the reach and effectiveness of iMPR’s services following a milestone year of global expansion and new client acquisitions.  I share this award not only with the stellar team of iMPR, but also with the companies that continue to place their trust and confidence in our strategic marketing, event services, social media and content programs.”

The coveted annual Women World Awards program encompasses the world’s best in leadership, innovation, organizational performance, and new products and services from every major industry in the world.  Organizations from all over the globe are eligible to submit nominations including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest, and new start-ups.

iMPR and other winners of the Women World Awards will be honored in San Francisco on Monday, June 26, 2017 during the annual SVUS Red Carpet Awards Ceremony Dinner. For more information, visit

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About iMiller Public Relations

iMiller Public Relations (iMPR) is an international results-driven, independent public relations and marketing consulting firm.  iMPR works with global telecom and technology companies that, when coalesced, represent more than $100 billion in revenue.  At the forefront of our market leadership positioning is iMPR’s industry thought-leadership, where our consultative, industry-insider perspective helps clients propel their messages more effectively.  Our services include: Strategic Media Relations, Digital Marketing, Product Marketing, Social Media, Event Planning, Creative and Content Development, and more.  For more information about iMPR, visit

About the Women World Awards                                                                                        

Women World Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring women in business and the professions and organizations of all types and sizes in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America. The Annual Women World Awards is part of the SVUS Awards® recognition program from Silicon Valley in the United States of America which also includes other programs such as CEO World Awards, Consumer World Awards, Customer Sales and Service World Awards, Golden Bridge Awards, Globee Fastest Growing Private Companies Awards, Info Security PG’s Global Excellence Awards, Network Products Guide’s IT World Awards, Pillar World Awards, and PR World Awards. Learn more about The Women World Awards at

Media Contact for iMiller Public Relations:

Jennifer Handshew

Tel: 917-359-8838


CE 2.0 Certification: A Benchmark for High Performance Ethernet Design and Delivery Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:00:46 +0000 A growing number of connectivity as a service providers are now seeking Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 Certification to prove they are capable of delivering high-performance Ethernet services on a local, national and global scale.

Global Capacity, for instance, recently achieved MEF CE 2.0 Certification for its Ethernet E-Access services, which are available from its One Marketplace™ platform. The certification confirms Global Capacity’s ability to provide Ethernet services backed by standardized interconnection, manageability and class of service, all of which are critical for meeting the growing bandwidth needs of the most demanding hybrid WAN, SD-WAN and cloud connectivity solutions.

“MEF congratulates Global Capacity on achieving CE 2.0 certification of E-Access services,” stated MEF President Nan Chan. “MEF-certified CE 2.0 services form the foundation for creating a global ecosystem of connected networks that will support orchestrated on-demand, assured services over multiple providers. CE 2.0 certification demonstrates Global Capacity’s ability and commitment to deliver innovative solutions optimized for the digital economy and the hyper-connected world.”

The certification also demonstrates Global Capacity’s ability to work with managed service providers (MSPs), carriers and other business application providers in a cooperative fashion, while delivering reliable and scalable next-generation Ethernet solutions through One Marketplace. Plus, Global Capacity’s continued investment in growing its high-performance Ethernet backbone, adding more Ethernet interconnection PoPs and enabling greater Ethernet access is a testament to Global Capacity’s commitment to delivering ubiquitous coverage, flexible and diverse access options, and simplified service activation and management to service provider and enterprise customers.

“We see Ethernet as the foundation for new models of design and service delivery, such as our Hybrid WAN and SD-WAN,” said Tony Thakur, Chief Technology Officer, Global Capacity. “MEF CE 2.0 Certification confirms our place in the market to provide high-performance Ethernet services that solve common industry challenges of scalability, cost, reliability, speed and reach for our customers.”

Global Capacity eliminates network complexities and inefficiencies through the One Marketplace platform, delivering unmatched efficiency, transparency and simplicity to the highly-fragmented data connectivity market. One Marketplace combines service automation and network delivery, along with a full suite of customer and supplier applications. Customers benefit from a simpler approach to pricing, buying, delivering and managing data connectivity solutions.

To learn more about Global Capacity, click here.

Sales Growth and Improved Client Experience Are Top of Mind for Cloud Providers Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:00:19 +0000 Some cloud networking providers are expanding and refocusing their operations in order to spur business growth and enhance the client experience.

GTT Communications, Inc. recently announced the creation of three new divisions including Enterprise, Carrier and EMEA. Each division will be responsible for primary client experience functions including quoting, sales, ordering, service delivery and collections. The company has also appointed three division presidents to oversee operations.

Eric Warren will lead GTT’s Enterprise division, including all enterprise clients in the Americas and U.S government clients. Mr. Warren recently joined GTT after having senior executive roles at TW Telecom and Windstream.

Jeff Beer will oversee the Carrier division, including all carrier accounts in the Americas as well as GTT’s largest Web-centric clients. Mr. Beer has held multiple executive roles at GTT over the last eight years, since joining the company through the acquisition of Tinet.

The EMEA division, as well as all enterprise clients in EMEA and carrier clients in EMEA and APAC will be led by Martin Ford. Mr. Ford joined GTT’s leadership team with the acquisition of Hibernia Networks after an extended tenure with Level 3.

“Former GTT chief revenue officer, Layne Levine, has left the company to pursue other opportunities. We appreciate his outstanding work over the past five years and wish him the best in the future,” stated Rick Calder, GTT president and CEO. “Moving forward, we are excited to announce our three divisions and their outstanding leaders. We are demonstrating our commitment to providing a differentiated client experience built around the unique attributes of our core values — simplicity, speed, and agility — that define each client interaction.”

GTT provides a better way for multinationals to reach the cloud with its suite of cloud networking services, including Internet, wide area networking, managed services and voice services. GTT’s Tier 1 IP network, ranked in the top five worldwide, can connect clients to any location in the world and any application in the cloud.

For more information about GTT, click here.

Digital Transformation Takes Shape Above the Arctic Circle in Sweden Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:00:57 +0000 An exciting data center project is developing north of the Arctic Circle at the hydro power hub of Porjus in Jokkmokk, Sweden.

The future Tier III+ design colocation data center, Etix Jokkmokk #1, is a joint effort between Etix Everywhere and ArcticSites.

“This is a top-notch quality data center design that together with the redundant 100 percent renewable power supply and multiple fiber redundancy in Porjus makes this one of Sweden’s most powerful colocation data centers,” stated Jörgen Venot, Senior Vice President for Northern Countries of Etix Everywhere.

As of now, the project is in the pre-ordering phase. Construction will start when the facility reaches a minimum level of pre-ordered capacity. Once the necessary pre-ordering volume is reached, the company will need only six weeks to deploy the data center.

“We can start the operation at a pre-ordering volume around a few hundred kVA, which indicates the advantageous conditions found in the Jokkmokk area,” Mr. Venot added.

Etix Jokkmokk #1 will offer highly-developed fiber connectivity, which will be of great benefit to both local and international customers. Customers will also benefit from 24/7/365 monitoring from the Luxembourg Network Operations Center (NOC), and the latest artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The facility will also feature perimeter-security technology from Etix Labs, which is Etix Everywhere’s R&D arm.

As ArcticSites Director Jonas Sukloed explained, the project will help businesses reduce power and support their digital transformation efforts.

“As a rule of thumb, an indirect free cooling design sharply reduces power consumption, and together with the local connectivity, will grant companies and organizations with a highly competitive infrastructure to support their digital transformation in Sweden,” Sukloed said. “On top of this, the expected uptime increases significantly compared to an ordinary server room.”

Jokkmokk Mayor Robert Bernhardsson believes that the project will create a large number of work opportunities, in the form of managed and added value services.

“It means boosting business for regional IT companies and a renewed dynamism for the local ICT ecosystem, empowering all types of companies in their digital transformation,” Bernhardsson stated.

Ultimately, the new data center will diversify the Swedish colocation market, offering customers cutting-edge infrastructure that can meet the highest standards on the market.

To learn more about Etix Everywhere, click here. For more information about ArcticSites, click here.

GTT to Speak at Telecom Exchange NYC Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:59:04 +0000 McLean, VA, June 16, 2017 – GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT), the leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, announced today that Chris McKee, GTT general counsel and EVP, corporate development, will speak on a panel at the upcoming Telecom Exchange conference in New York City.

The conference will be held June 20-21 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Mr. McKee will speak on a panel titled Taking Stock: Today’s Subsea Cable Space on Wednesday, June 21, at 1:20 p.m. Eastern time. The panel will discuss current business trends in the subsea cable market and how technology will continue to shape the industry.

Mr. McKee’s participation in this panel discussion highlights GTT’s emerging leadership in subsea cable infrastructure. In February, the company completed its acquisition of Hibernia Networks, gaining subsea and terrestrial fiber assets and over 75 optical points of presence. GTT’s new cable infrastructure includes GTT Express, a 4,600-km transatlantic cable that provides route diversity between the major financial centers of North America and Europe and the lowest-latency transatlantic connectivity in the industry.

Telecom Exchange NYC features an exhibition floor, several CEO roundtables and networking receptions. Key topics of focus at the event this year, in addition to subsea cable developments, include innovation in interconnections, IoT and network security.

About GTT

GTT provides multinationals with a better way to reach the cloud through its suite of cloud networking services, including wide area networking, Internet, managed services and voice services. The company’s Tier 1 IP network, ranked in the top five worldwide, connects clients to any location in the world and any application in the cloud. GTT delivers an outstanding client experience by living its core values of simplicity, speed and agility. For more information on how GTT is redefining global communications, please visit

GTT Media Inquiries:

Randy Slack

PacketFabric CTO to Join CEO Roundtable Exploring Innovative Interconnections and Their Impact on Business Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:23:38 +0000 Richard Steenbergen to Join Industry Leaders at Telecom Exchange in NYC 2017

CULVER CITY, Calif., June 15, 2017 – PacketFabric, a member of the NantWorks ecosystem of companies, today announces that its Chief Technology Officer, Richard Steenbergen, will participate in a roundtable with executives from Microsoft, Facebook, Bank Street, FirstLight and New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX) on June 21, 2017 at 2:10 p.m. at Telecom Exchange NYC 2017, taking place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

During this session titled “Innovative Interconnections & Their Impact on Business,” featured executives will explore how new forms of connectivity services are impacting consumer and enterprise marketplaces as they discuss the latest interconnection offerings, benefits, future opportunities and challenges.  Leveraging two decades of industry experience, Mr. Steenbergen will provide an insider perspective on the evolution of network connectivity practices, and illustrate for attendees how PacketFabric’s Software-defined Networking (SDN) based platform delivers a superior solution for reliable, simple, cost-effective networking services.

“The interconnectivity infrastructure landscape is changing rapidly as we experience a major surge in the deployment of dark fiber, data centers and cable landing stations,” explains Mr. Steenbergen.  “The PacketFabric platform is designed to serve the needs of evolving networks by delivering access to cost-effective, secure, reliable and dynamic connectivity that is instantly provisioned to meet the demands of the most bandwidth-intensive applications and workloads.  I’m looking forward to joining my industry colleagues at Telecom Exchange to further discuss the impact of innovative interconnection models on the greater telecom market.”

Consistent with the design of a modern, cloud-based architecture, PacketFabric’s services are available on a month-to-month, and usage basis.  This eliminates the need to purchase fixed capacity circuits or long-term contracts.  Using the latest state-of-the-art networking and optical technologies, PacketFabric delivers hundreds of terabits per second of network capacity and is designed to scale to petabits per second.

PacketFabric’s vision is to completely transform how companies procure and maintain their networking services.  Leveraging an advanced Application Program Interface (API) and web-based portal, PacketFabric provides customers with the ability to dynamically design and efficiently deploy any network configuration with unparalleled visibility and control over the network traffic and services.  PacketFabric’s robust packet-switched network offers real-time analytics and interactive troubleshooting capabilities, ensuring scalable and reliable performance for all customers.

To learn more about the next-generation platform, request a meeting with the PacketFabric team at Telecom Exchange by emailing:, or visit

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About PacketFabric

PacketFabric redefines how companies procure, consume, and manage their network connectivity services.  Leveraging an innovative, entirely automated SDN-based network architecture and the latest in optical and packet switching technology, PacketFabric enables dynamic, real-time connectivity services between major carrier-neutral colocation facilities at terabit-scale.  PacketFabric facilitates coast-to-coast connectivity between 130 premier colocation facilities across 13 U.S. markets, and enables simple, cost-effective, and scalable network deployment via its advanced Application Program Interface (API) and web-based portal.  For more information, visit or connect with PacketFabric on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About NantWorks

NantWorks, LLC, founded by renowned physician scientist and inventor of the first human nanoparticle chemotherapeutic agent Abraxane®, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, is the umbrella organization for the following entities: NantHealth, NantMobileHealth, NantOmics, NantBio, NantCell, NantPharma, NantCapital and NantCloud.  Fact-based and solution-driven, each of NantWorks’ division entities operates at the nexus of innovation and infrastructure.  The core mission of NantWorks is convergence and a systems approach to human biology: to develop and deliver a diverse range of technologies that accelerates innovation, broaden the scope of scientific discovery, enhance ground-breaking research, and improve healthcare treatment for those in need.  NantWorks is building an integrated fact-based, genomically and proteomically -informed, personalized approach to the delivery of care and the development of next generation diagnostics and therapeutics for life threatening diseases such as Cancer, Infectious Diseases and Alzheimer’s.  For more information please ‎visit and follow Dr. Soon-Shiong on Twitter @DrPatSoonShiong.

Media Contact:

iMiller Public Relations for PacketFabric

+1 866.307.2510

Infomart Data Centers to Join Smart Data Center Energy and Sustainability Roundtable at DCD>Webscale in San Francisco Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:22:30 +0000 June 15, 2017 – Infomart Data Centers, a national wholesale data center provider, today announces that its President, John Sheputis, will participate on the Smart Data Center Energy + Sustainability roundtable during the DCD>Energy Smart pre-conference program at DCD>Webscale.  Mr. Sheputis will share how Infomart helps organizations to meet their sustainability goals without sacrificing performance or availability by providing customers with more energy-efficient options, measuring customers’ actual energy consumption, and collaborating with customers to make the combined operations more efficient.

WHAT: Roundtable: “Smart Data Center Energy + Sustainability”
WHERE: DCD>Webscale at San Francisco Marriott Marquis
WHEN: June 19, 2017;  2:30 p.m.
WHO: Speakers will include:

– John Sheputis, President, Infomart Data Centers
– Jay Taylor, Director, Global Standards, Codes and Policy, Schneider Electric
– Keith Klesner, SVP, North America, Uptime Institute
– Patrick Flynn, Director of Sustainability,
– Representatives from several other companies and utilities.

About Infomart Data Centers

Founded in 2006, Infomart Data Centers (formerly Fortune Data Centers) is an award-winning industry leader in building, owning and operating highly efficient, cost-effective wholesale data centers.  Each of its national facilities meet or exceed the highest industry standards for data centers in all operational categories of availability, security, connectivity and physical resilience.  Infomart Data Centers offers wholesale and colocation facilities in four markets throughout the United States: San Jose, Calif.; Hillsboro, Ore.; Dallas; and Ashburn, Va.  For more information, please visit or connect with Infomart on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Media Contact:

iMiller Public Relations for Infomart Data Centers
+1 866.307.2510