This past week in Dark Fiber news saw a few more new agreements with Harris Corporation (News - Alert) providing new radio and accessories to the U.S. Air Force. Actian Corp. also continued its expansions with the acquisition of Versant, and BT (News - Alert) continued to assert its dominance in the U.K.
BT, a communications services company, is hoping that by the end of next year, its commercial rollout of “fiber-to-the-cabinet” broadband in the United Kingdom will be completed. Serving customers in more than 170 countries, BT looks to reach its goal of covering two-thirds of the U.K. region.
If BT can finish by the end of 2013, it will be two years ahead of schedule. The U.K. is trying to compete with Japan and South Korea connectivity for businesses, but may run into some problems, as Ofcom, an independent regulator and competition authority for the U.K. communications industries, may announce its proposals for regulation in the wholesale broadband access market.
Ofcom and BT both rent its service from Openreach, currently a division of BT.
“At the moment Openreach is free to price the wholesale product as it sees fit, there is no regulated pricing and access seekers such as TalkTalk would like to see a regulated product because they believe that the price would come down,” said Matt Howett, an analyst for Ovum, a company that provides clients with independent and objective analysis.
Harris Corporation was recently chosen by the U.S. Air Force to deploy its radios and accessories into the field. An international communications and information technology company, Harris Corporation will specifically supply the Air Force with its Falcon multiband manpack tactical radios and accessories.
The agreement is an $85-million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, and will enable Air Force soldiers with video streaming, simultaneous voice and data feeds, collaborative chat and other applications.
The Air Force will also leverage Falcon III AN/PRC-117G’s wideband networking capabilities for the best connectivity.
“This new IDIQ will allow the Air Force to address both current JTRS requirements as well as emerging interoperability requirements through an affordable, upgradeable, combat-proven platform. The USAF is rapidly advancing its tactical radio modernization program, taking full advantage of the JTRS-Certified AN/PRC-117G manpack radio available today,” said George Helm, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications.
In other news, Actian Corp. continued its expansions of its capabilities by acquiring Versant Corporation (VSNT). With this move, Actian Corp., a provider of big data management solutions, should also strengthen its big data analytics offerings.
This move comes on the heels of Actian’s strategic alliance with ScaleMP. Versant has been a trusted partner of Global 2000 companies and allows enterprises to handle complex information in environments that demand high performance, and cut costs while simplifying development.
“We are pleased to welcome Versant to the Actian family,” said Steve Shine, chief executive officer at Actian. “The completion of this transaction means that customers will now benefit from a dynamic platform of data management capabilities that enable them to extract business value from big data. Our record-breaking analytics database Vectorwise combined with Versant’s existing expertise will allow us to become even more successful in meeting data analytics demands.”
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