Unified Technologies expands into Grand Cayman

Unified Technologies has opened Unified Tech Cayman Ltd. in Grand Cayman as part of its expansion into the Caribbean, the company said.

Unified´s said it expects its new Cayman business, in addition to its Caribbean headquarters in Puerto Rico, to make Unified a provider of unified systems and networks, throughout the markets of the Caribbean.

Unified has appointed a Cayman-based board of directors to ensure its efforts in the English Caribbean have the best chance of success. In addition to Tony Silva, a 30-year veteran of IT and communication solutions and service, the board also includes James “Jim” O´Neill and Linda Barlow, members of the Cayman community.

O´Neill is the managing director of Global Fidelity Bank, Ltd in the Cayman Islands. He joined Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited´s board of directors in May 2008.

Barlow brings over 40 years of experience as an educator and law firm staff member in the United Kingdom, Canada, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.

Unified Technologies has technical and business experience within the IT and communications industries, and is comprised of certified practice managers and engineers who work with preferred vendor partners to help companies with their IT and communications infrastructure.

Verizon supports friends, family impacted by Super Typhoon Nepartak in Taiwan

Verizon has offered free wireless and wireline calling from the US to Taiwan to friends and family impacted by Super Typhoon Nepartak, the company said.

The company said home wireline telephone customers incurred no charges to Taiwan from their US landlines on July 8 through 10, 2016. Wireless users incurred no charges for texts or international long distance calls originating from the US to Taiwan on July 8 through 10, 2016.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) (NASDAQ: VZ) generates nearly USD132 billion in 2015 revenues. Verizon operates a wireless network with more than 112 million retail connections.

Ceragon expands 4G as part of Mexico's telecom growth

Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT) has helped three operators in Mexico continue their 4G LTE and Triple Play network expansions with the FibeAir IP-20 platform and Ceragon´s professional services, the company said.

The company said it is helping these operators make next-generation mobile Internet available. The three Ceragon customers, of which two are newly acquired this year, have placed orders totaling approximately USD20 million, year to date. The company expects to realize 45 percent of the related revenue through the first half of the year, with the remainder to be recognized in future periods.

Ceragon´s wireless backhaul solution, the FibeAir IP-20 platform, allows the operators to meet their goals by providing a reliable wireless transport infrastructure with redundant and compact backhaul links. The IP-20 platform enables the operators to enjoy high productivity by offering products for all site scenarios that utilize the same operating system.

Ceragon Networks Ltd. is a wireless backhaul specialist, helping operators and other service providers increase operational efficiency. The company´s customers include wireless service providers, public safety organizations, government agencies and utility companies.

Keyrus Group subsidiaries partner to become Keyrus US

The Keyrus Group has combined the activities of two of its New York City-based subsidiaries, Vision.bi, Inc. and BIPB LLC, to form Keyrus US, the company said.

Keyrus Group said this combination and re-branding are part of its increased focus on North America, enabling a wider offering of data services, including advisory and implementation services in the fields of data engineering, data discovery and data science.

Formed in 2007, Vision.bi is a leading, Israel-based specialist in data intelligence (DI) consulting and systems integration with operations in Israel and the US.

Part of the Keyrus Group since 2014, and with offices in Europe, USA, South Africa, and the Middle East, BIPB delivers data-driven decision-making solutions using data science and data discovery technologies such as Alteryx, Qlik and Tableau Software.

The Keyrus Group, launched in 1996, has 100 consultants in the North American territory and 2500 employees worldwide.

Third-party IoT platforms key driver in shaping global markets future platforms

BCC Research has released findings from its new report that reveal businesses exploring the IoT ecosystem should understand the market for third-party IoT platforms and the different technology trends shaping future platforms, the company said.

The company said the global market for IoT platforms is expected to grow from USD629 million in 2016 to over USD2.3 billion by 2021, reflecting a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30 percent. As a segment, the cloud market should reach USD2.1 billion in 2021, up from USD528.4 million in 2016 on a projected five-year CAGR of 31.5 percent. The on-premise market as a segment is expected to reach USD100.6 million and USD256.7 million in 2016 and 2021, respectively, on a five-year CAGR of 20.6 percent.

The global IoT platform market is expected to see a wider adoption of pure cloud-based SaaS and PaaS solutions, barring industries where on-premise or private network-based deployments are necessary and preferred over cloud-based solutions. This trend will also benefit the revenue structure of these vendors with a higher long-term return compared to a one-time sale provided by the license-based revenue model.

The BCC research said there is growing interest of many of the larger IT solutions/service providers that view IoT platforms as high margin solutions that will generate a steady revenue stream through cloud-based, subscription revenue models. This has spurred a number of high value acquisitions in the past three years, and the recent Cisco-Jasper acquisition is expected to be a game changer for the IoT platforms market in 2017 and beyond.

BCC Research is a publisher of market research reports, providing measurements and assessments of global markets covering major industrial and technology sectors, including emerging markets. Founded in 1971, BCC Research is a unit of Eli Global, LLC.

US carriers form coalition to preserve investment, competition in broadband market

Five US network infrastructure providers have formed the Invest in Broadband for America coalition, combining efforts to preserve network infrastructure and competition in the business broadband market, the companies said.

The companies, that together operate data and fiber transport networks in all 50 states, provide dedicated connections to competitors that need to reach fiber networks to market competing telecom services. Ongoing investments in these services are what connect businesses, homes, cell towers for wireless traffic and data services for millions of users.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed new regulations on the special access market and incumbent providers. The coalition said it has pushed for the FCC to reconsider business broadband proposal.

Invest in Broadband for America coalition is made up of CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL), Cincinnati Bell, Inc. (NYSE: CBB), Consolidated Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL), FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRP) and Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR).

The same companies were joined by AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) in filing a motion to strike the data framework underlying the FCC´s recent business broadband services proposal.

CenturyLink is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company offering network and data systems management, big data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia.

Cincinnati Bell Inc. provides integrated communications solutions, including local and long distance voice, data, high-speed Internet and video, that keep residential and business customers in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton connected.

Consolidated Communications provides business and broadband communications services across its 11-state service area to carrier, commercial and consumer customers.

FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRP) provides advanced data, voice and video technologies to single and multi-site businesses, public and private institutions, consumers, wireless companies and wholesale re-sellers in 17 states.

Frontier Communications Corporation provides communications services to urban, suburban, and rural communities in 29 states

Saavn wins 2016 MongoDB Innovation Award in mobile category

Saavn has won the 2016 MongoDB Innovation Award in the mobile category, recognizing the company´s engineering team, the company said.

Run by the American database company MongoDB, the Innovation Awards annually recognize organizations creating data-driven applications. Past award recipients include Facebook, LinkedIn, Genentech and eBay.

Saavn is an India-based digital music streaming service, delivering media experiences on mobile and Web.

AT&T invests USD2bn to enhance local networks in Indiana

AT&T (NYSE: T) has invested nearly USD2.0 billion in its Indiana wireless and wired networks during 2013-2015, driving upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses, and enhancing services that support public safety and first responders, the company said.

In 2015, AT&T made more than 375 wireless network upgrades in Indiana. This included new cell sites, addition of network capacity, and new wireless high-speed Internet connections.

AT&T also added more than 20 new cell sites, increased 4G LTE speeds to more than 45 cell sites and additional 4G capacity to more than 300 cell sites. The company launched GigaPower in parts of the state. Indiana network enhancements in 2015 included:

AT&T Inc. provides entertainment, mobile, high-speed Internet and voice services.

Port Logistics opens new facility in Savannah, GA

Port Logistics Group has opened a new 315,000-square foot facility to expand its presence in the Savannah, GA gateway, the company said.

The company said the new facility will provide multi-client logistics space for existing PLG customers and capacity for growth in this quickly expanding market.

Port Logistics Group is a provider of gateway logistics services, including value-added warehousing and omnichannel distribution, transloading and cross-docking, ecommerce fulfillment, and national transportation.

ENAVATE migrates distribution/ecommerce solution to Microsoft cloud platform

ENAVATE has migrated its Dynamics AX distribution and ecommerce SaaS solution to Microsoft´s Azure cloud computing platform, the company said.

ENAVATE said it moved its own hosted customers on its cloud platform, delivering its solution via Azure.

Microsoft´s Azure cloud computing platform integrates with users´ existing IT environments and supports a broad selection of operating systems, programming languages, frameworks, tools, databases and devices.

ENAVATE provides business consulting and industry focused enterprise software solutions based on the Microsoft Dynamics AX and CRM platforms, with professional services, maintenance and support. Through ENAVATE Global Services, the company also provides consulting and software development services to Microsoft Dynamics enterprise clients, ISVs and VARs.