Category: Wireless Access Points

Sterlite Tech appoints key officials for EMEA 0

Sterlite Tech appoints key officials for EMEA

Sterlite Tech, an end-to-end global technology leader in smarter digital networks, has appointed Steve Bullock in North America and Richard Eichhorn in EMEA to lead and strengthen its business initiatives in these geographies. Bullock will be responsible for enabling Sterlite Tech’s engagement with leading telecom, internet and CATV service providers in North America. Bullock brings 25 years of experience in telecom and technology sectors, with companies such as IBM, General Instrument, Motorola and Google.

His recent association was with TE Connectivity as VP-Global Go-to-Market for Broadband Network Solution Division. He has completed his Bachelor’s in European Economics from Nantes University, France. Eichhorn will be responsible to strengthen Sterlite Tech’s presence in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

With 28 years of experience in ICT, structured cabling, datacom, telecom cables, network equipment, hardware and services, Eichhorn has been associated with companies such as Reichle& De-Massari AG, Nexans Cabling Solutions, Anixter and Alcatel Connect. His last assignment was with Wesco International Inc as Sales Director – EMEA. He has completed his higher technical education in Energy and Telematica and NIMA Sales A and Sales B courses from ISW, Netherlands.

Highlighting the appointments, Ankit Agarwal, Head – Global Sales (Telecom Products), Sterlite Tech, said, “With many governments including the broadband agenda in their policy-level initiatives, we are witnessing increasing investments in smarter network technologies. Both Bullock and Eichhorn have vast experience in the Americas, Europe and Asia, which will enable deeper understanding of customers’ network requirements.” Dr Anand Agarwal, CEO, Sterlite Tech, said, “We are witnessing a digital revolution globally with positive shifts in technology, national policies and consumption patterns. With developing technologies such as Cloud Computing, Augmented Reality and Internet of Things, governments globally are committed to enabling this digital revolution through national and rural broadband plans. “We are facilitating this digital revolution through smarter network technologies that are the backbone of scalable broadband infrastructure.” Adding further, he said, “We are also expanding our manufacturing capacities to 50 million fkm and smarter network capabilities, in line with the global demand trends.

Steve and Richard will lead this expansion into the North American and EMEA markets.” Sterlite Tech’s optical fibre, optical fibre cable and data cables are enabling eight among top 10 telecom operators across the world with its fibre for tower, data backhaul and last-mile connectivity solutions. This is supported by the Company’s three key pillars of technology and innovation, exponential customer engagement, and strong talent and culture. Sterlite Tech engages in six continents and more than 100 countries, with a smarter digital networks focused business panning across optical communication products, system integration services and OSS/BSS software.

The company has a unique silicon-to-software capability that enables it to design, build and manage smarter data networks for key customers such as global service providers, smart cities, rural broadband and large enterprises.

With 146 patents and industry recognitions for customer engagement and product excellence, Sterlite Tech has a growing presence in the North American and EMEA markets. – TradeArabia News Service

North Thurston schools get tech boost from Wave Broadband 0

North Thurston schools get tech boost from Wave Broadband

A growing technology company, on behalf of a growing school district, recently completed the build-out of a fiber network that will supply schools and related offices with even more internet capacity. North Thurston Public Schools, which has nearly 15,000 students, 11,000-plus Chromebooks (laptops) and is adding more than 1,300 security cameras to its school campuses, has significant technology needs. And those needs are growing, said Derek Stewart, director of technology for the district.

The district is exploring a computer for every middle school and high school student at some of the district’s schools, he said. “We can’t just look at today because tomorrow is going to be here really quick,” said Stewart, who is a longtime district employee. A decade ago, Stewart recalled that internet bandwidth usage at the district use to “top out” and would begin to slow for users. Since then, North Thurston has experienced a more than 3,000 percent increase in bandwidth usage, including a more than 100 percent increase last year, the district’s largest year-over-year increase, he said.

With that backdrop, North Thurston put its technology needs up for bid in 2015 and finally awarded a five-year, $1.2 million contract to Wave Broadband, a Kirkland-based company making internet inroads throughout Western Washington, including Thurston County. Wave’s education channel manager, Mike Puckett, said Wave also works with the state in Olympia and with Tumwater School District. For North Thurston’s build-out, the project amounted to 76 miles of fiber, he said.

The increased capacity network was completed last summer, connecting 22 schools and four district buildings. All told, staff and students combined, there are now nearly 18,000 devices using the network, Stewart said. “More and more of our curriculum is moving to the cloud (to the internet instead of to software on a personal computer), and we need increased bandwidth to reach it quickly and reliably,” he said. In tech terms, the district received the following bandwidth increases: ▪  Elementary schools increased to 1 gigabit per second from 200 megabits per second. ▪  Middle schools and high schools rose to 1 gigabit per second from 500 megabits per second. ▪  District headquarters and the service center increased to 10 gigabits per second from 1 gigabit per second.

Security camera data also will use the same fiber network.

By the end of the school year, the district will have added more than 1,300 high-resolution cameras to its school campuses and hallways, Stewart said.

North Thurston Public Schools ▪  Students: About 14,500. ▪  Number of schools and district buildings connected to the network: 26. ▪  Number of students on a Chromebook: 11,349. ▪  Number of wireless access points: More than 1,100.   Wave Broadband ▪  Headquarters: Kirkland. ▪  Employees: 1,400. ▪  Annual revenue: $425 million. ▪  Year formed: 2002.

Broadband potential coming closer to reality 0

Broadband potential coming closer to reality

NEO Connect, which is working on a study of broadband needs for Garfield and Mesa counties, on Tuesday presented its Carbondale-specific report to town trustees. NEO Connect has been making the rounds presenting to all the involved municipalities before it will finally present to county commissioners. “Broadband is no longer a luxury,” said Diane Kruse, founder and CEO of the Glenwood Springs-based NEO Connect. “It’s a crucial infrastructure that enables better education, better health care. It’s definitely a platform for economic development and an essential service just like power and water were last century.

Broadband is the next big critical infrastructure of our time.” The counties will be working on what Kruse called the “middle mile,” the distance between communities, which in the rural mountains constitute a challenging and expensive section. Just as commissioners will decide what level of service they want to provide and how much to rely on private providers, Carbondale and other municipalities will have to make similar decisions. NEO Connect’s study includes community surveys, a market assessment, speed tests across the two counties and inventories of existing broad band access, towers, fiber and conduit where fiber could be installed.

From the residential survey, nearly half of respondents said they had at least one person telecommuting or working from home. And nearly a quarter said they would think about moving if their internet service wasn’t adequate, said Kruse. While NEO Connect is touring the municipalities with individualized reports, the two counties will get a comprehensive report laying out 20 to 25 different strategies for improving broadband, said Kruse.

The Federal Communications Commission recently redefined what constitutes minimum broadband to 25 megabits per second download and 3 megabits upload. However, the gold standard that communities are shooting for is now a gigabit capacity, or 1,000 megabits, said Kruse. Trustee Ben Bohmfalk said that the Roaring Fork School District has made leaps and bounds in upgrading its broadband access and now has gigabit capacity.

Otherwise, no one in Carbondale is currently getting a gig, said Kruse. One of the simplest steps Carbondale can take is passing a “dig once” policy requiring that any time a trench is being dug for utility work, empty conduit be installed at the same time. That would eventually lead to a network of conduit ready to be used for fiber-optic line in the future at much less cost.

The next step would be for the town to build fiber to what Kruse called “anchor institutions,” key facilities including schools, other government or health-care facilities, which could be supported with grants and then act as a wireless access points. At a minimum, schools should have a gigabit capacity, as well as the library and key business locations, said Kruse. Carbondale has an opportunity to partner for a pilot program with Cedar Networks, a company that already has fiber broadband installed to many of the “anchor institutions” in town, said Kruse.

NEO Connect’s inventory lists 33 anchor institutions in Carbondale and projects that building fiber to all of them would run about $1.3 million if the town wanted to own all the fiber. If Carbondale used fiber it owned alongside privately owned fiber, that costs cold be cut down to about $967,000, the company estimated. To build those fiber connections between communities, the two counties are looking into a partnership with Colorado Department of Transportation, which, while its fiber currently stops at Glenwood Springs, has prioritized routes to build more fiber between communities, said Kruse.

The town too could look at partnering with CDOT to tap into grant funding, especially for connecting fiber to rural health-care facilities, she said. Given the town’s tight budget, any broadband upgrades in the near future will require Carbondale to use partnerships that require minimal capital investment on the town’s part, said Bohmfalk. The other end of the spectrum is Carbondale building fiber to every home and business, a project that would cost an estimated $12 million in capital costs and take two to three years to build.

The presentation did not include strategies for wireless broadband access, which Kruse said would be included in the final county reports. Though wireless technology is expected to continue advancing, Kruse encouraged the trustees to focus on fiber. That’s partly because even wireless gigabit broadband has to be within 500 feet of fiber, she said.

NEO Connect is meeting with other Garfield County and Mesa County municipalities over the next month, while it is also finishing the final county reports, which are also expected to be submitted in the next 30 days.