American Airlines signs contract with Embraer for four E175s

Embraer and American Airlines Group (AAG) have signed a firm order for four E175 jets, the company said.

The contract, in addition to the original order placed by the airline in 2013, for 60 E175s, has a value of USD 182m, based on current list prices, and will be included in Embraer´s 2017 second-quarter backlog. The deliveries will start in the last quarter of this year.

American Airlines selected Envoy, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group, to operate the four aircraft, which will be configured with 12 First Class, 20 Main Cabin Extra and 44 Main Cabin seats, for a total of 76 seats.

With this contract, Embraer has sold a total of 336 E175s to airlines in North America since January 2013, earning more than 80% of all orders in this 76-seat jet segment.

Since entering revenue service in 2004, the E-Jets family has received more than 1,700 orders and over 1,300 aircraft have been delivered. The E-Jets are flying in the fleets of 70 customers in 50 countries. The versatile 70 to 130-seat family is flying with low-cost airlines as well as with regional and mainline carriers.

ZTE USA releases 6-Inch MAX XL for Boost Mobile

ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone supplier in the US and second largest in the no-contract market, has introduced the 6-inch ZTE MAX XL smartphone online at Boost Mobile, the company said.

“The ZTE MAX XL is intended to show just how great an affordable premium device can be in 2017,” said Lixin Cheng, chairman and CEO of ZTE USA. “Consumers can get an excellent smartphone for under USD 130, and the MAX XL proves it.”

The ZTE MAX XL is the first phone specifically for Boost Mobile to boast Sprint´s HPUE technology and with the inclusion of LTE+ support, means increased coverage, more capacity and faster network speeds for you. The MAX XL is also international roaming capable so you can stay connected almost anywhere you are.

With its 6-inch IPS FHD screen with Gorilla Glass 3, the ZTE MAX XL becomes the biggest smartphone display to ever be sold through Boost. And, with a 3,990mAh battery, it can take all the streaming, calling, texting and game play you can throw at it without worrying about running out of battery.

ZTE USA (www.zteusa.com), headquartered in Richardson, Texas, is a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, a global provider of mobile devices, telecommunication systems, and enterprise solutions. Operating since 1998, ZTE USA is dedicated to making cost-efficient, quality communication technology accessible to all. ZTE is ranked by independent industry analysts as the fourth-largest supplier of mobile devices in the US overall, and second-largest supplier of prepaid devices.

Comtech gets USD 1.8m Navy contract extension

Comtech Telecommunications Corp.´s (NASDAQ: CMTL) Tempe, Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data Corp. has received a USD 1.8m contract award extension for additional Advanced Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) Interface Processor (ATIP) production terminals and Engineering Support Services from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), the company said.

The ATIP is a Layer-2 Ethernet bridging device installed on ship, shore and submarine platforms in the Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT). The ATIP program is providing significant improvements to the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system´s performance through dynamic bandwidth management, support for higher XDR data rates, and increased throughput.

The contract extension also included exercising options under an Engineering Support Services option to participate in integration and test activities to validate the US Navy´s planned PPPoE interface between the ATIP and Automated Digital Network System (ADNS).

Comtech EF Data Corp. provides satellite bandwidth efficiency and link optimization. The advanced communication solutions encompass the Heights Networking Platform, Advanced VSAT Solutions, Satellite Modems, RAN & WAN Optimization, Network & Bandwidth Management and RF products.

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces and markets innovative products, systems and services for advanced communications solutions. The company sells products to a diverse customer base in the global commercial and government communications markets.

Sabre selects new executives for Travel Network, Airline Solutions

Southlake, Texas-based Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) has named Wade Jones as executive vice president and president of Sabre Travel Network, and Dave Shirk as executive vice president and president of Sabre Airline Solutions, the company said.

Jones, currently serving as interim president of Travel Network, Sabre´s global marketplace that connects airlines, hotels, car rental companies and other travel providers with a worldwide network of travel agents and buyers, was previously senior vice president of marketing and strategy, and his appointment is effective immediately.

Shirk, a technology industry veteran with a strong track record of portfolio management, product development and software services innovation, will lead the company´s Airline Solutions business that provides technology support to 225 airlines worldwide and will join the company on June 5.

Jones joined Sabre in 2015 in the product, marketing and strategy role for Travel Network globally. He was named interim president of Sabre Travel Network in December 2016 when Sean Menke was promoted to president and CEO of Sabre. He received his master´s degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University.

Shirk will join Sabre from Kony, Inc., where he served as president and was responsible for the company´s enterprise product portfolio, product management, product development, company strategy, and global marketing. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from The Ohio State University.

Sabre Corporation is a technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre´s software, data, mobile, and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. It also operates a global travel marketplace, which processes more than USD 120bn of global travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. The company serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.

HFN signs master agency agreement with Telarus

Hudson Fiber Network (“HFN”), a data transport provider for financial and enterprise customers, has inked an agreement with Telarus, a technology services distributor (Master Agent) that holds contracts with more than 80 data, voice, and cloud providers, the company said.

Telarus will represent HFN and drive sales of its portfolio of connectivity solutions as one of its Premier Master Agency distributors. The agreement enables agents and sub agents to work directly with both companies, significantly broadening their respective partners´ networks.

The HFN and Telarus partnership demonstrates a joint commitment to delivering the latest fiber solutions in the market and the tools and training to accelerate their partners´ business growth.

Hudson Fiber Network (HFN) is the premier data transport provider, offering flexible networking solutions for financial, content, carrier and enterprise clients. HFN fully owns and operates the HFN Northeast Network connecting over 90 locations of the busiest traffic hubs in New York and New Jersey and onto its national WAN spanning the top 16 markets in the US. The HFN suite of purpose-built solutions enables clients with increased network efficiency and lower overall networking expenditures.

Services include Gigabit Ethernet, optical wave solutions and IP connectivity (10 MB through 100 Gig), and are delivered in and between key US and global metropolitan markets.

HFN was established in 2002 and is headquartered in Paramus, New Jersey.

Telarus is a technology services master agent that holds contracts with over 80 data, voice, and cloud providers.

Detroit Aircraft forms AirspaceX to bring VTOL travel to the public

Detroit Aircraft Corp has formed AirspaceX, an air mobility company that will help deliver affordable, on-demand air travel, connecting cities, suburbs, and surrounding airports around the world, the company said.

AirspaceX unveiled MOBi, its electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft that enables fast, clean, and reliable transportation at the Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas.

Thanks to recent advances in electric propulsion, automation, and lightweight materials, VTOL aircraft are enabling a new way to travel by air. AirspaceX is in the design and development phase and will begin production on MOBi in 2020. The company is in partnership talks with aerospace and transportation companies to bring the technology and services to the public.

Founded in 2011, Detroit Aircraft Corp leverages the automotive industry´s supply base to accelerate the design and validation of electric VTOL aircraft.

AirspaceX is an air mobility company leveraging recent advances in electric propulsion, automation, and lightweight materials to create MOBi, an electric VTOL aircraft that enables fast, clean, and reliable air transportation.

Gaming/hospitality company chooses Zayo for dark fiber, Ethernet

A nationwide gaming and hospitality company has selected Zayo for dark fiber and Ethernet connectivity as part of its consolidation of its communications infrastructure providers, the company said.

The multi-product solution leverages Zayo´s existing fiber, including its dense Las Vegas metro network, while also enabling a success-based extension of the network.

Zayo´s dark fiber will provide the customer with high-performance, low-latency connectivity that will connect its headquarters, Las Vegas facilities and a data center. Zayo´s Ethernet solution will connect more than 10 locations nationwide for the customer.

Increasingly, enterprises in multiple sectors are consolidating their infrastructure providers to improve efficiency. In this case, the company had recently grown through acquisition and had to manage multiple networks from multiple providers. Zayo´s solution will enable them to eliminate cost and complexity and provide the capability to scale.

Zayo Group Holdings provides communications infrastructure services, including fiber and bandwidth connectivity, colocation and cloud infrastructure to the world´s businesses. Zayo´s 126,000-mile network in North America and Europe includes extensive metro connectivity to thousands of buildings and data centers.

SkyWest reports 1Q 2017 net income of USD 35m

St. George, Utah-based SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) has reported financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2017, including net income of USD 35m, or USD 0.65 per diluted share, compared to net income of USD 27m, or USD 0.52 per diluted share for Q1 2016, the airline said.

The improvement in pre-tax income over Q1 2016 was primarily due to SkyWest´s continued fleet transition, including the addition of 45 new E175s, and the removal of 45 ERJ145s and 16 CRJ200s since Q1 2016. Additionally, since Q1 2016 SkyWest has transitioned 38 CRJ700s it previously operated under agreements with other major airline partners to American Airlines, Inc. under a multi-year agreement, further reducing fleet risk.

Revenue for Q1 2017 was USD 765m in Q1 2017, up from USD 762m in Q1 2016. The increase in revenue included the net impact of adding 45 new E175 aircraft since Q1 2016 (of which seven were delivered in Q1 2017), partially offset by the removal of unprofitable or less profitable aircraft over the same period, including 45 ERJ145s, 16 CRJ200s and eight CRJ700s.

Operating expenses were USD 689m in Q1 2017, down from USD 700m in Q1 2016. The decrease was primarily due to lower direct operating costs from 24 fewer aircraft in service and a 7% reduction in block hour production, partially offset by higher fuel costs and crew training costs associated with the new E175 aircraft deliveries.

SkyWest, Inc. is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company. The company´s airline companies, SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines, provide commercial air service in cities throughout North America with more than 2,800 scheduled daily flights carrying nearly 54 million passengers annually.

Mediacom unveils gigabit broadband in Georgia service territory

Mediacom Communications has launched 1-gig Internet speeds within its extensive Georgia service territory, the company said.

As a result, 275,000 households in more than 50 southwest Georgia communities passed by Mediacom´s fiber-rich digital network will be able to enjoy download speeds that are up to 40 times faster than the minimum broadband definition set by the Federal Communications Commission.

Mediacom was the first major US cable company to fully transition to the DOCSIS 3.1 “Gigasphere” platform, the latest generation of broadband technology. The company will utilize Gigasphere to bring gigabit broadband services to virtually all of the 3m homes and businesses within its 22 state footprint.

To date, Mediacom has launched 1 Gig Internet services in over 600 communities. As DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems become more readily available in the marketplace, Mediacom will announce additional 1 Gig Internet launches on a market by market basis throughout the remainder of the year. In conjunction with each 1 Gig Internet announcement, Mediacom will also introduce a new 500 Mbps tier of service.

The cable network is composed of a hybrid of optical fiber and coaxial cable elements, and the specification that enables use of the network for broadband is known as Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification, or DOCSIS.

Gigasphere is the brand name for products and services that use a technical specification called DOCSIS 3.1, the next generation of DOCSIS services developed and advanced by CableLabs, the US cable industry´s research and development consortium, and its members.

DOCSIS 3.1 provides a near-term path toward continued improvement of cable broadband performance, with network capacity of up to 10 gigabits per second in the downstream and up to 2 gigabits per second in the upstream.

Mediacom Communications is the 5th largest cable operator in the US serving over 1.3m customers in smaller markets primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. Mediacom offers a wide array of information, communications and entertainment services to households and businesses, including video, high-speed data, phone, and home security and automation.

RingCentral software subscriptions up 30% YoY

RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE: RNG), a provider of cloud business communications and collaboration solutions, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Software subscriptions revenue grew 30% year-over-year to USD 103.7m, while total revenue grew 29% year-over-year to USD 111.8m.

“The first quarter was a great start to the year,” said Vlad Shmunis, RingCentral´s Chairman and CEO. “Our solid results were primarily driven by the momentum we are seeing with mid-market and enterprise customers and with our enterprise reseller partners.”

As of January 1, 2017, RingCentral transitioned from an agency model to a direct phone sales model, under which RingCentral will be recognizing the full sale price and cost of the product instead of receiving a commission for phone sales.

RingCentral provides cloud-based global collaborative communications solutions. More flexible and cost-effective than legacy on-premise systems, RingCentral empowers today´s mobile and distributed workforce to communicate, collaborate, and connect from anywhere, on any device. It is headquartered in Belmont, California and has offices around the world.