Broadband Briefs for 06/03/09
• Verizon Business offers cloud computing
By Brian Santo
Verizon Business introduced a set of network-based, on-demand services aimed at enterprise customers.
Verizon’s Computing as a Service (CaaS) portfolio includes access to servers, network resources and storage. The approach, frequently referred to as cloud computing, allows companies access to computing resources without having to purchase or lease them, install them and maintain them. Businesses pay for the resources used and avoid having to build-out for peak capacity requirements by buying new equipment and adding staff.
CaaS is immediately available in the U.S. and Europe and will be rolled out to the Asia-Pacific region in August. The service is supported by rigorous service-level agreements, Verizon said, to ensure enterprise-class performance and rapid server provisioning.
• AT&T intros <$100 biz bundle
By Brian Santo
AT&T has crafted a set of service bundles aimed at small businesses, the least expensive of which starts at just less than $100 a month.
The company’s “All for Less” bundle includes wireless, broadband with up to 11 e-mail accounts and AT&T Wi-Fi, unlimited local calling and unlimited domestic long-distance calling.
To qualify, customers must already have wireless service or purchase new wireless service from AT&T, in addition to new or existing local voice, long-distance voice and broadband services, the company said. AT&T defines a small business as one with one to four phone lines in a single location.
• Juniper shares sink after UBS downgrade
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) – Shares of Juniper Networks Inc. slipped Tuesday after an analyst downgraded the network equipment maker following a rally in its stock price. Shares dropped $1.44, or 5.7 percent, to $23.90 in afternoon trading. The stock has ranged from $12.43 to $27.65 over the past year.
"We believe the market may now be more fairly pricing in Juniper's solid growth opportunities," UBS analyst Nikos Theodosopoulos told investors in a note Tuesday, cutting his rating to "Neutral" from "Buy." Theodosopoulos lowered his price target to $27 from $24. He noted Juniper's share price has nearly doubled since March 6.
Theodosopoulos said he still sees Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Juniper as a leading equipment maker for service providers and business customers. Furthermore, an expanding relationship with tech giant IBM Corp. will also likely boost the company, he said.
• Ruckus hosts Wi-Fi ‘boot camps’
By Brian Santo
Ruckus Wireless has launched a certification program for channel partners and end users.
The Ruckus WiSE Guy (Wi-Fi Solutions Engineer) Smart Wi-Fi program is intended to help Wi-Fi network designers, system engineers and technical support personnel develop proficiency in deploying next-generation, reliable Ruckus Smart WLAN systems.
The worldwide WiSE Guy certification program includes two-day “boot camps” in Asia, Europe and the U.S. The introductory promotional price is $350 per person, Ruckus said.
• Level 3 expands in New York State
By Traci Patterson
Level 3 Communications is now expanding its operations in upstate New York. The expansion will give mid-market businesses more access to Level 3's voice, Internet and data services.
In addition to expanding its service portfolio, Level 3 will continue to expand its fiber-optic footprint, which already passes nearly 3,000 business locations in upstate New York, including in Buffalo, Syracuse and Rome/Utica, among others.
Recently, Level 3 has expanded its operations in Nashville, Seattle and the Front Range in Colorado.
• By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Comcast Corp. said Tuesday that it has renewed its contract with the National Hockey League and will add the NHL Network to the channel lineup of its most popular digital cable TV plan by the start of the next professional hockey season.
The nine-year agreement calls for the NHL Network to be shown on Digital Classic, which has nearly 11 million subscribers, and to continue to be available on a premium sports package that costs an extra $8 per month. The sports tier has more than 2 million subscribers.
Comcast, which owns the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, entered into a contract in which the NHL has agreed to pay smaller fees per subscriber, but the NHL Network will be added to a tier with a wider audience. Digital Classic reaches about two-thirds of Comcast's 17.3 million digital subscribers. Earlier this month, Comcast reached an agreement with the National Football League to move the NFL Network to the Digital Classic tier from a premium sports tier (story here).