Synacor Teams With Maxit To Move Into China
TV Everywhere and cloud-services provider Synacor Inc. entered into a joint venture with Maxit Technology Inc., an intelligent Internet platform company based in Beijing, to expand Synacor services to China. The partnership will be named Synacor China Limited, and it will apply for registration in China as Beijing Xing Mai Technology Limited. Synacor and Maxit both will license certain intellectual property, and Synacor says it will provide capabilities and resources along with a $2 million investment during the next two years. Synacor will leverage the benefits of its search-and-display advertising and subscription-based business model developed in North America, deploying it into the Chinese market. The CEO of the joint venture will be Dr. Sean Wang, chairman/CEO at Maxit.
 
TDS Telecom Buys More Sandvine Gear
TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS Telecom) ordered more policy-control gear from Sandvine. The ILEC most recently deployed Sandvine’s Fairshare Traffic Management and Business Intelligence products, and it’s using Sandvine’s QualityGuard for congestion management and its business intelligence to maximize subscribers’ quality of experience and to extend the life of network infrastructure investments.
 
Ciena Reports Diverse Customer Wins
Ark.-based Ritter Communications deployed Ciena’s packet-networking and converged-packet-optical technologies throughout its regional fiber-optic network that serves more than 25,000 Internet subscribers in Arkansas and west Tennessee. In addition, the Utah Education Network (UEN) and the University of Utah installed Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors to provide high-speed, high-capacity 100G connectivity between the University and its new downtown Salt Lake City data center, and to UEN member organizations. The Ciena-powered metro optical network also will support the University’s research portfolio, which requires robust scientific computing and visualization capabilities. The university used a combination of grants from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) to finance the gear.

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