Verizon's Ihab Tarazi new MEF chairman
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Verizon's Ihab Tarazi new MEF chairman
The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) has announced several senior appointment to its board, topped by the selection of Ihab Tarazi, Verizon’s vice president of global network planning, as its new chairman.In addition to Tarazi, the MEF announced it will retain Nan Chen as president. Other officers will include:Robert Kuse, director of commercial engineering, Cox Communications, as treasurer Arie Goldberg, CEO and co-founder, Omnitron Systems as secretary Kevin Vachon as COO.Board members will now include:Lionel Florit, senior manager, Cisco Systems Andrew McFadzen, head of global marketing, Orange Business Services Scott Mansfield, principal engineer, Ericsson Eric Puetz, director of strategic standards, AT&T Raghu Ranganathan, senior advisor (Office of CTO) Ciena Ralph Santitoro, director of Carrier Ethernet market development, Fujitsu Network Communications Karen Schmidt, executive director, product management and strategy, Comcast Business Services.Chen was particularly pleased with Tarazi’s appointment. “Ihab is one of the most influential and respected leader in the global telecommunications industry and brings us tremendous first-hand knowledge of planning and engineering one of the largest and most advanced Ethernet networks in the world,” explained Chen. “We have already benefited greatly from his presence and leadership on our board, which undoubtedly will accelerate adoption of CE 2.0 and advance Carrier Ethernet deployment.”“I am pleased and honored to join the MEF leadership team of this prominent organization that has done an outstanding job of advancing Carrier Ethernet globally,” said Tarazi. “The time is right to focus on simplifying the Carrier Ethernet technology and operations model and improving interoperability with enterprise, mobile and cloud applications. At the same time, I look forward to helping MEFexpand its goal of addressing other areas such as operations and planning and their impact on Carrier Ethernet technology.
DSM and Prysmian sign multi-year pact for fiber coatings
DSM Functional Materials, a business unit of Royal DSM N.V., and Prysmian Group say they have inked a multi-year agreement for the use of DSM's latest-generation optical fiber coating technology, DeSolite Supercoatings, in Prysmian’s bend-insensitive fiber products. The agreement extends cooperation between the two companies and pairs DeSolite Supercoatings with the BendBright-XS fiber Prysmian acquired through its acquisition of Draka (see “First phase of Prysmian/Draka integration completed”).The coatings are designed to improve signal attenuation performance by reducing the fiber’s sensitivity to microbends. The coatings therefore increase stress tolerance and improve processing and field robustness, says DSM."The advanced DeSolite Supercoatings that DSM supplies for the production of BendBright-XS bend-insensitive fibers are important components for the performance of these products," said Alain Bertaina, optical fiber product line manager, Prysmian Group. "When combined with Prysmian Group's advanced PCVD process technology, DeSolite Supercoating formulations help secure the enhanced bending attributes of BendBright-XS. We are pleased to extend our strategic supplier relationship with DSM on this key matter.""We have a close, collaborative relationship that centers around a shared vision," said Ad Abel, sales director Europe for DSM Functional Materials. "Our passion is providing unique, high-performance solutions for today's telecommunications providers—and, ultimately, giving them confidence that their networks are 'future-proofed.'"
Unite Private Networks to buy Nebraska fiber network from Zito Media
Fiber-based network services provider Unite Private Networks (UPN) says it has agreed to acquire an 838-route-mile fiber-optic network in southeast Nebraska from Zito Media for an undisclosed sum. The transaction includes certain customer contracts.“The Zito fiber network fits nicely with UPN’s existing fiber network in Nebraska; it’s pretty much hand and glove. The networks are already interconnected and we’ve partnered with Zito in the past to provide services to multi-site customers. The integration will be seamless and will have no impact on existing customer service,” said Ron Reckrodt, COO at UPN.“The acquisition of the Zito network and customers allows UPN to continue to add coverage and capabilities in the Nebraska market. Zito serves a diverse mix of school, government, carrier, and enterprise customers, similar to UPN. It’s a natural fit for us to bring these networks together to continue to help fuel our growth,” added Kevin Anderson, UPN CEO.For Zito, the transaction will enable the company to redeploy its resources. “This network was originally built to link together cable-TV markets located throughout southeast Nebraska. Over the years, we’ve been able to leverage the network to serve a base of larger customers with fiber-based services. This sale provides funding that we plan to redeploy to add additional cable TV markets and to expand our commercial business in other parts of the country,” explained James Rigas, CEO of Zito Media.The transaction requires regulatory approval and other consents, but is expected to close during the third quarter of this year. RBC Capital Markets and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey are arranging debt financing for the deal.
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