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Brightspeed Announces Brand and Affirms Intention to Bring High-Speed Internet to Rural and Suburban Communities Throughout the United States

Brightspeed | November 22, 2021

Brightspeed
Brightspeed today announced the launch of its brand, mission, and leadership team to create a next-generation telecom and connectivity business. Brightspeed will initially be comprised of the incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) assets and associated operations of Lumen Technologies across 20 states, which are the subject of a pending acquisition by Apollo-managed funds.

Brightspeed plans to invest more than $2 billion to build a network that will bring faster, more reliable Internet and Wi-Fi to communities throughout the Midwest, Southeast, and certain parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Brightspeed's planned fiber optics transformation is expected to reach up to three million homes and businesses over the next five years, including in many places where fiber and advanced technology has not historically been deployed to help bridge the digital divide.

Led by a team of broadband and telecommunications industry leaders, including Chief Executive Officer Bob Mudge, Chief Operating Officer Tom Maguire, and Chief Administration Officer Chris Creager, the company is assembling an exceptional team of experts across disciplines to build a next generation internet and telecom business. The leadership team, which has worked together for more than two decades, was responsible for the buildout and growth of Verizon's game-changing fiber-based Fios service. Additional senior leaders who have joined the executive management team are Chief Legal Officer Steve Tugentman, Chief Human Resources Officer Colon McLean, and Chief Technology Officer Ashok Kumar.

"This is an exciting and tangible milestone for our company. As we take the first steps in our journey and develop our infrastructure investment plans to provide consumers, local businesses and enterprise customers with the fastest, most reliable connections they need to accomplish what's most important to them, we now have a brand identity that uniquely reflects our product attributes and customer experience," said Mr. Mudge. "We have an incredibly talented team of network builders and lifelong customer advocates who are eager to accelerate the upgrade to fiber optic technologies in parts of the country that have been historically under-invested."

"Technology is the key to our digital future, and we believe all customers should have access to the best service possible, whether they connect to our legacy copper network or our new fiber platform," 

Mr. Maguire.

"We are thrilled to introduce Brightspeed and to continue building our team with innovators who share a commitment to outstanding customer service," said Mr. Creager. "We know what it takes to drive industry change, and while the investment and transformation we are planning are bold, we are confident we will have the right team members, partners, and resources to bring fast, reliable, and user-friendly internet to the communities that need it most."

The company also announced its headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, with future assets and associated operations in 20 states across the Midwest, Southeast, and portions of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As Brightspeed executes on its mission of reimagining and delivering the fastest and most reliable connections for its customers, the company is currently expanding its exceptional team to help meet anticipated customer demand.

The acquisition of Brightspeed's future assets and operations by the Apollo funds from Lumen is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. It is expected to close in the second half of 2022.

About Brightspeed
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. and expected to have assets and associated operations in 20 states, Brightspeed will provide broadband and telecommunications services through a network platform that serves more than six million homes and businesses. The company aims to bridge the digital divide by deploying a state-of-the-art fiber network and a customer experience that makes staying connected simple and seamless.

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The introduction of fifth-generation (5G) mobile broadband technology is set to change how people and machines communicate and even how industries do business. 5G network deployments are expected to provide significant economic and efficiency gains in the markets where they are deployed. Smart-factory and smart-city applications, autonomous vehicles and machines, and telemedicine applications are just a few of the examples where 5G technology is expected to impact a range of industries. Work is underway to define specifications and performance requirements for 5G to ensure the networks can support the many applications expected to run on them.

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The introduction of fifth-generation (5G) mobile broadband technology is set to change how people and machines communicate and even how industries do business. 5G network deployments are expected to provide significant economic and efficiency gains in the markets where they are deployed. Smart-factory and smart-city applications, autonomous vehicles and machines, and telemedicine applications are just a few of the examples where 5G technology is expected to impact a range of industries. Work is underway to define specifications and performance requirements for 5G to ensure the networks can support the many applications expected to run on them.

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AWS and Atos Strengthen Collaboration with New Strategic Partnership to Transform the Infrastructure Outsourcing Industry

Amazon Web Services | December 01, 2022

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AWS will also work with Atos to develop and deliver new industry solutions for IT outsourcing and data center transformation to customers globally, as well as to upskill Atos’ workforce and drive efficiencies in its data center, cloud, and security operations, including selective migration of legacy data centers and IT hardware assets. As part of the agreement, Atos will proactively consult with more than 800 managed infrastructure services customers spanning the globe to offer a new managed, hybrid-cloud service portfolio that features the option to move selected workloads to AWS. The offering will include highly industrialized migration methodology, solution accelerators, and the companies’ combined expertise in large-scale cloud migrations to support customers as they adopt and move their workloads to AWS. Atos’ customers will be able to leverage the breadth and depth of AWS’s portfolio of services—including analytics, compute, databases, machine learning, and storage—and Atos’ expertise as a Global Systems Integrator to benefit from the flexibility, security, resilience, innovation and sustainability offered through the cloud. As part of the strategic partnership, Atos’ employees will also be trained on AWS, scaling up their skills and knowledge to continue supporting customers on their digital transformation journeys. Over the next three years, Atos plans to train its employees to achieve more than 20,000 AWS certifications in order to expedite customers’ cloud adoption and help them leverage the advantages of the cloud. “We are proud to strengthen our partnership with AWS in a first-of-its-kind collaboration, which is transformational in both its approach and its impact on our customers and the IT outsourcing industry. In addition, this partnership represents another significant step in Atos’ transformation. “As a trusted partner, we are offering our customers the opportunity to accelerate their migration to AWS’s powerful, proven, cost-effective, and scalable cloud infrastructure, while supporting them in their digital transformation journey.” Nourdine Bihmane, Co-CEO in charge of the Tech Foundations Business line at Atos “This marks the beginning of a significant transformation of the infrastructure outsourcing industry. Through our collaboration, Atos’ customers will be able to realize the benefits of moving to the cloud, including reduced operating costs and carbon emissions, as well as increased business value and accelerated digital innovation,” Ruba Borno, vice president, Worldwide Channels & Alliances, AWS. “We’re excited at the opportunity to work with Atos to upskill their workforce, helping to expand their expertise in cloud technologies so they can enable customers to build, develop, and innovate on the world’s leading cloud.” “We are delighted to hear that Atos has signed a new strategic agreement with AWS. Having been our strategic IT partners for many years, the announcement further demonstrates Atos’ and AWS’s commitments to maximizing the potential of moving critical systems to the public cloud in terms of agility and cost effectiveness, all while minimizing environmental footprint.” Peter Brown, director of IT Operations and Infrastructure, Britvic. Britvic is a UK Headquartered corporation that makes drinks in Great Britain, Brazil, France and Ireland and exports to more than 100 countries around the world. It owns major soft drinks brands including Robinsons squash, J20 and Fruit Shoot, and is the PepsiCo bottler in the UK. About Amazon Web Services For over 15 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud offering. 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StackPath Expands Participation in Solana Foundation Server Program

StackPath | November 04, 2022

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CoreWeave Among First Cloud Providers to Offer NVIDIA HGX H100 Supercomputers Set to Transform AI Landscape

CoreWeave | November 07, 2022

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