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Athonet Announces Bring Your Own RAN™ Program for Private Networks

Athonet | November 15, 2021

Athonet, a global leader in private network technology, today introduced Bring Your Own RAN™ (BYORAN™) program enabling organizations to choose the combination of radio products that meet the needs of the mix of applications in the enterprise or service provider setting; all managed from a single cloud-based dashboard.

Mobile Experts predicts the total private LTE/5G market opportunity over the next six years to exceed $45 billion, including services. Kyung Mun, principal analyst at Mobile Experts, stated, "Providing options in how private networks are deployed and managed will be a key to this growth and adoption. Organizations are looking at best-of-breed but need integrated private LTE and 5G solutions, which makes the concept of 'Bring Your Own RAN' appealing."

The Athonet cloud-based private network management system not only allows the organization to choose their own radio, but enables them to run different radios concurrently in their private network. For example, a different radio may be used indoor compared to outdoor to hit the required coverage and performance targets. IT managers can also view all the radios in a single dashboard without logging in/out of different management platforms.

Many radio vendors have already been tested for interoperability and their respective management tools integrated into the portal. The program is open to all radio vendors.

"Athonet is changing the way private networks are built and managed with this new private network management dashboard which can be located adjacent to the core on premise or hosted in the cloud,All radios are connected to a core. We are taking all the traffic connected to our core and consolidating the data so you have a single pane of glass to get all information from all radios and core elements. Now these radios are not just connected, but easily managed in a centralized place."

Martin Jensen, vice president, Solution Architecture, Athonet

The advantage of this solution is the management of the entire system can always be accessed from a single point with a single pane of glass regardless if the core is deployed as a single or multiple instance or fully in the cloud, on premise, or as a hybrid architecture.

BYORAN by Athonet will be demonstrated in booth #206 at Enterprise 5G Live in Santa Clara, CA on November 16-17, 2021.  Some of the RAN vendors that were tested and approved for interoperability in Athonet's lab will be showcased at the conference.

At Enterprise 5G Live, Athonet will be presenting on a panel highlighting the benefits of private networks for retail on Tuesday, November 17 at 1:30pm PT.

About Athonet
Athonet is a leader in private cellular network technology delivering a mobile core to enterprises and communication service providers to connect applications, devices and radios. With more than 10 years of experience in delivering 4G/5G mobile core solutions to customers and partners in every region of the world, Athonet supports key industries where network control, mobility, security, performance, reliability and cost are important for business outcomes.

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Aligned Data Centers to Acquire ODATA

Aligned Data Centers | December 15, 2022

Aligned Data Centers today announced the execution of a definitive agreement to acquire ODATA, a data center service provider offering scalable, reliable, and flexible IT infrastructure in Latin America, from Patria Investments and other selling stakeholders. In connection with the acquisition, Aligned, which is majority owned by funds managed by Macquarie Asset Management, entered into a definitive agreement to receive a structured minority investment in ODATA from funds managed by SDC Capital Partners (“SDC”), an operationally focused digital infrastructure investment firm, with extensive experience developing, owning, and operating hyperscale data centers globally, including in Latin America. Aligned is a leading technology infrastructure company offering innovative, sustainable, and adaptive Scale Data Centers and Build-to-Scale solutions for global hyperscale and enterprise customers. This transaction marks the company’s expansion into Latin America and will position it as one of the largest private data center operators in the Americas with a footprint spanning approximately 2 GW across 30 sites at full buildout. ODATA is among the fastest growing hyperscale data center platforms in Latin America, with operational facilities strategically located across Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Chile, as well as additional data centers currently under development across the region. In addition to alignment on providing scalable, flexible, and ultra-connected IT infrastructure solutions, ODATA’s commitment to a renewable energy strategy and sustainable design practices is consistent with Aligned’s ESG vision. The company is structuring a solution to become a self-producer of renewable energy in Brazil and has a clear path to provide 100% green energy, a key requirement of hyperscale customers. “The acquisition combines a significant growth runway for expansion and a proven ability to deliver capacity at maximum speed, with regional expertise and partnerships, enhanced fiscal resources, and a resilient supply chain, to deliver a world-class data center platform that meets the demands of our global hyperscale and enterprise customers,” states Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned Data Centers. “We’re excited to welcome Ricardo and the ODATA team to the Aligned fold and look forward to fostering our joint commitments to customer centricity and operational excellence as we embark on the next phase of innovation and growth.” “The ODATA team and I are very excited to be joining Aligned Data Centers,” adds Ricardo Alário, CEO of ODATA. “The strategic merger of the ODATA and Aligned platforms will provide customers with a broader base of both available and expansion capacity in key locations across the Americas, as well as additional breadth of experience and depth of knowledge across an expanded team of infrastructure experts. We look forward to accelerating the growth of our platform with Aligned and setting a successful cultural course focused on customer and staff centricity, innovation, and operational excellence.” ODATA is an exceptional platform created by Patria Investments seven years ago in the fast-growing data center market. We are proud to see that the Company rapidly evolved from a startup to one of the leading players in the Latin American market, serving the most prominent cloud providers in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico,” Felipe Pinto, Infrastructure Partner at Patria Investments. The executive also highlights that the acquisition of ODATA by Aligned Data Centers, a leading global player in the technology infrastructure sector, is a recognition of Patria’s ability to develop leading infrastructure platforms across Latin America. About Aligned Data Centers Aligned Data Centers is a leading technology infrastructure company offering innovative, sustainable, and adaptive Scale Data Centers and Build-to-Scale solutions for global hyperscale and enterprise customers. Our intelligent infrastructure allows densification and vertical growth within the same footprint, enabling customers to scale up without disruption, all while maintaining industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, our data center solutions, combined with our patented cooling technology, offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving sustainability, reliability, and their bottom line. About ODATA Founded in 2015, ODATA is a data center service provider that offers scalable, reliable, and flexible IT infrastructure in Latin America. Focused on Colocation, ODATA meets the growing demand for power, space, and reliability of organizations from various industries, being fully qualified to offer enterprise/retail solutions (from half rack, whole racks, and cages) to build to suit projects (builds and operates new data centers, for a single client, in the chosen region). ODATA pursues the creation of the most modern and efficient data center network in Latin America.

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BAI Communications closes acquisition of ZenFi Networks, further accelerating growth in the US market

BAI Communications | November 17, 2022

BAI Communications (BAI) today announced the close of its acquisition of ZenFi Networks (ZenFi), a US East coast-based provider of digital infrastructure solutions and innovator in small cell deployment, offload & roaming services, fibre connectivity, and network edge colocation. ZenFi now becomes a BAI Group company, alongside Mobilitie and Transit Wireless in the United States, helping to further accelerate BAI's growth in North America and support the company's vision to become a leading provider of connected 5G infrastructure across North America and globally. As part of the acquisition, BAI obtains ZenFi's portfolio of assets, including over 1,100 route miles of fibre network throughout the New York and New Jersey metro region. This fibre network connects into major data centres and points of presence in 65 network edge colocation facilities, a critical component of its C-RAN infrastructure. Furthermore, ZenFi brings with it a host of long-established customer relationships, including contracts with the wireless carrier customers in the region and the rights to provide mobile infrastructure solutions across 4,000 LinkNYC kiosk structures through its partnership with the CityBridge consortium. The deal will allow the Group to participate in Link5G, the next phase of LinkNYC, a first-of-its-kind communications network that has replaced payphones across New York City with state-of-the-art kiosks equipped with free high-speed Wi-Fi, maps, connections to city services, and device charging at no cost to taxpayers or users. In addition to the standard LinkNYC features, Link5G will bring a faster and more equitable deployment of 5G to neighbourhoods across New York City, with a focus on previously underserved areas. Link5G can accommodate all carrier equipment needs and provide the necessary infrastructure to expand broadband connectivity to areas of the city that have traditionally been underserved by carriers. The new kiosks include 5 independent RF transparent bays to host multiple carriers deploying a variety of 4G and 5G technologies. These unique deployments combined with BAI's commercial power in transit systems, will result in a differentiated offering in the New York area including wider small cell deployment, siting to mobile network operators, the support of municipal services with advanced connectivity, and the largest public Wi-Fi network, all transferable to other states in the US and to other markets. Igor Leprince, Group CEO of BAI Communications, said: "I am very impressed with ZenFi's talented team and commercial capabilities. Bringing ZenFi into the wider BAI Communications Group solidifies our position as a leading connected infrastructure provider in North America and increases the opportunities for new and specialised projects driven by our Group of companies. ZenFi's unique expertise in fibre and small cell deployments in New York City and surrounding areas further strengthens BAI's competitive position in the largest city in the US, while also providing us with new ways to partner with other organisations to address the digital divide in the underserved communities. This includes the deployment of 5G through the Link5G kiosks, essential to ensure all New Yorkers have access to the networks of the future." Closing of this acquisition means BAI's technical and service offerings to network operators, enterprises, and public municipalities will significantly expand to include more specialised and scalable solutions, like small cell siting. ZenFi's infrastructure is a natural extension of the connectivity solutions that Transit Wireless currently provides across the New York City subway. It will also be leveraged by Mobilitie for small cell connectivity of existing and new locations, as well as expanding its inbuilding 5G networks across North America. Ray LaChance, Co-Founder and CEO of ZenFi Networks said: "These are exciting times at ZenFi. Our team's hard work in developing sustainable, equitable, and innovative infrastructure solutions for a densely populated region like New York City and New Jersey has been a rewarding experience that will now scale up." "We share a cultural and operational alignment with BAI that will ensure our customer-centric approach remains a priority into the future. Additionally, our combined expertise in fast-growth segments like small cell deployment with BAI's global scale and reach, puts the BAI Group in an exciting position to drive increased connected infrastructure growth overall and new development opportunities for our people." Victoria Lamberth, Co-Founder and CRO of ZenFi Networks Commenting on next steps, Mr Leprince added: "Our immediate priority now is on combining the capabilities and talent of our companies to assist our customers in delivering an enhanced experience at all points of their customers' journey, from subway to above ground and from work to home." News of the agreement between the two companies was first announced on 26 July of this year. About BAI Communications BAI Communications is a world leader in shared communications infrastructure, pioneering solutions that empower our customers to advance their services, accelerate their networks and amplify their reach in the most efficient and cost-effective ways possible. Having long been at the forefront of network advancement, BAI is harnessing fibre, spearheading the transition from 4G/LTE, accelerating 5G and preparing for 6G – and beyond. We collaborate closely with our customers in telecommunications, government, transit, enterprise, broadcasting, and venues to realise their communications vision, focusing not just on the immediate future, but on the possibilities that exist over long-term partnerships. Our global operations span the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada, and Australia. Our BAI Group companies include Mobilitie, Signal Point, Transit Wireless and ZenFi Networks in the United States, and Vilicom in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Together, we're creating smarter communities for all.

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Despite disappointing numbers, NVIDIA's core business remains strong, as shown by Liftr Insights data

Liftr Insights | November 11, 2022

Liftr Insights, a pioneer in market intelligence driven by unique data, shows strength within NVIDIA's business. Recent disappointing activity with NVIDIA has drawn many eyes, but a deeper dive shows that one of their business units has remained strong while others have faltered. That part? Data center revenue. NVIDIA data center revenue revolves around GPU accelerators sold to public and private cloud centers. Public cloud providers continue to grow and expand their use of NVIDIA accelerators. Sales and deployment of components such as GPUs on public clouds providers are important indicators because public clouds mirror the needs of the larger semiconductor market, public and private. Liftr Insights, a provider of reliable data about public clouds and semiconductors, recently assessed the continued growth of NVIDIA's data center business. The data show that NVIDIA continues to dominate the accelerator space despite attempts by AMD, Intel and other providers to gain a foothold. Among those other contenders are the cloud providers themselves, designing and building their own accelerators as they have been doing with ARM-based CPUs. "We're proud to have over 40 months of data on companies like AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA that investors can use to track progress. "Particularly in uncertain times and when data center sales are a core part—the backbone—of these businesses." Tab Schadt, CEO of Liftr Insights The top six cloud providers, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Aliyun, Oracle Cloud, and Tencent Cloud, represent over 75% of the total public cloud market. These data show growth of NVIDIA in size and market share. "The data show effects from recent semiconductor backlog issues, but also the continued investment in companies like NVIDIA, despite the challenges," says Schadt. NVIDIA's most recent quarterly statement demonstrates that data center revenue represents 57% of NVIDIA's quarterly revenue, up from 41% the year prior. This percentage is expected to continue to increase in upcoming earnings reports. Since data center revenue represents the majority of NVIDIA's business, this segment is critical to monitor as the other markets for NVIDIA products (e.g., gaming, crypto mining) have become fickle. "Our customers see our objective data as a reliable indicator in uncertain times," says Schadt. "We look forward to seeing what the next rounds of data this month will signal." About Liftr Insights Liftr Insights generates reliable market intelligence using unique data, including details about configurations, components, deployment geo, and pricing for: Server processors: Intel Xeon, AMD EPYC, and AWS's Arm-based Graviton brands Datacenter compute accelerators: GPUs, FPGAs, TPUs, and AI chips from NVIDIA, Xilinx, Intel, AMD, AWS, and Google As shown on the Liftr Cloud Regions Map at https://bit.ly/LiftrCloudRegionsMap, among the companies tracked are Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Alibaba Cloud, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud, and Tencent Cloud as well as semiconductor vendors AMD, Ampere, Intel, NVIDIA, and Xilinx. Liftr Insights subject matter experts translate company-specific service provider data into actionable alternative data. Market intelligence consumers can easily ingest this timely, standardized, and operationally-compliant information into their predictive financial models.

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Park Place Technologies Acquires CentricsIT Global Services Division

Park Place Technologies | December 09, 2022

Park Place Technologies, the leading global data center and networking optimization firm, has acquired the TPM and Professional Services assets of CentricsIT, an IT services provider based in Atlanta, Georgia. The demand for Professional Services is growing globally, driven by economic conditions and skills gaps. Park Place’s Professional Services offering will benefit from the acquisition with greater capabilities in IMAC, ITAD, Remote Hands, and deployment services, including cabling, wi-fi surveys, data center installs and refreshes, and network installations. Park Place clients will benefit from a state-of-the-art Professional Services portal developed by CentricsIT that provides real-time project status, reporting, and collaboration tools. Park Place’s Project Management Office function will be enhanced with the addition of Project Management Institute-certified CentricsIT employees worldwide. CentricsIT customers will gain access to Park Place Technologies’ unique portfolio of products and services, including automated monitoring and managed services. Chris Adams, President and CEO of Park Place Technologies, said in addition to investing in Professional Services, Park Place continues to focus on providing exceptional customer service and support. “When acquiring businesses, we always search for companies that are intensely focused on customer service and have a similar culture and value set to PPT. CentricsIT delivers that and more,” he said. “Our combined Professional Services capabilities are evolving to meet client needs, and this will accelerate that CX agenda. CentricsIT’s EVP of Global Services, Patrick Keuller, will join the global Professional Services group. Patrick brings decades of experience and understands the growing needs of companies around the globe that are struggling to recruit skilled stafff and stretching budgets to efficiently manage their infrastructures." CentricsIT has been a global leader in IT lifecycle management solutions and professional services since 2007. As the company transitions its professional services and TPM divisions to Park Place Technologies, it will retain its server, storage and networking resale division. We’re pleased to have found the right fit in Park Place Technologies for our services practice to grow and thrive. We know they will continue to excel in service delivery and client support.” CentricsIT founder and CEO Derek Odegard. About Park Place Technologies Park Place Technologies is a global data center and networking optimization firm. Powered by the world’s largest on-the-ground engineering team, a robust group of advanced engineers and our fully staffed, 24x7x365 Enterprise Operations Center, we offer a robust portfolio of IT solutions to optimize networking and data center uptime and performance. Our services include third-party data center hardware maintenance, professional services, infrastructure managed services, network performance monitoring and hardware sales. Through our unique and fully integrated DMSO (Discover, Monitor, Support, Optimize) approach, customers enjoy streamlined infrastructure monitoring and management, cost efficiencies, less chaos, and faster mean-time-to-resolution – ultimately providing the freedom to think bigger.

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