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Verizon announced on Wednesday it has completed the $1.8 billion purchase of XO Communications’ fiber-optic network business. Verizon says the purchase and integration of XO’s fiber network will help the company extend its suite of network services to its enterprise and wholesale customers. In addition, it will help the company in its plans to densify its cellular network, and to deploy new 5G technologies.

Integration of all XO operations and facilities is expected to commence immediately. Verizon reports it anticipates the transaction will deliver in excess of $1.5 billion in operating and expense savings in net present value. In addition to the fiber transaction, Verizon reports it has entered into an agreement to lease certain wireless spectrum from former XO affiliate NextLink Wireless. Verizon has an option, exercisable under certain circumstances, to buy NextLink.

Harmonic and Mirantis announced a new partnership to offer media content and service providers with access to what they say is the industry's first media processing solution for live and VOD production on OpenStack. “Mirantis and Harmonic have ensured interoperability of Harmonic's VOS Cloud media processing solution and Mirantis' cloud platform, allowing customers to manage the entire media production and delivery workflow for broadcast and over-the-top (OTT) applications on standard IT hardware in a scalable cloud environment,” the companies say in a press release.

The joint solution has reportedly been deployed by “a leading North American service provider, and is in numerous trials with other service providers worldwide.”

Mirantis Cloud Platform (MCP) is a cloud-native infrastructure software based on open standards such as OpenStack, Kubernetes, and Docker. It is said to use architectural principles developed by Google to make it simple and cost-effective to manage. Mirantis delivers MCP to enterprise customers though a build-operate-transfer model, which is said to minimize the lock-in and costs that are typical of traditional cloud delivery approaches. MCP is currently in use by a limited number of beta customers and will become generally available by the end of Q1 2017, according to the company.

The VOS Cloud software solution, embedded with a unified code structure and combining the technologies of Harmonic and recently acquired Thomson Video Networks, is said to make configuration, deployment, and orchestration of media processing and delivery workflows easy via an automated video and cloud formation technology using standard OpenStack deployment templates. Featuring capabilities such as live video encoding with time-shift TV services, as well as VOD and cloud DVR, VOS Cloud software reportedly enables service providers to generate instant revenue, without the traditional capital expenditures involved with building, maintaining, and operating a new headend or data center. Pay-as-you-go pricing allows service providers to realize ROI in the shortest time possible, Harmonic says.

Nokia reports it is providing its Velocix Managed Service expertise via its CDN Network Operations Center to assure faster time-to-market for Sky, which reportedly will gain fuller control of design, implementation, and operations. In particular, the new solution is said to provide better visibility for traffic demands and flows, ensuring greater predictability of performance and network usage compared to its current CDN service.

Deployment of Nokia's Velocix CDN across the Sky UK network satisfies the content demands of millions of customers subscribing to both broadband and satellite services, according to a Nokia statement. Traffic has been live in the network since the end of 2015.

Sky can modify how a request for content from subscribers is treated depending on a user's location or device. Nokia says its solution currently serves the Sky On Demand service content. Sky and Nokia are jointly working to expand the Velocix solution to also support Sky Go and Now TV services for live TV and video on demand. The Velocix solution gives Sky greater deployment efficiencies in terms of data center density and footprint, as well as power and connectivity options, according to the vendor.

Technetix has selected Telonix Communications as its channel partner in Canada. Telonix will support the entire Technetix range of headend electronics, access technology, 1 GHz and 1.2 GHz taps, and connected home products. Headquartered in suburban Toronto, Telonix has representation in Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta with sales and sales engineering coverage throughout Canada.

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