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News Article | November 9, 2016
Site: www.rechargenews.com

Argentina has the perfect recipe for a global renewable energy leader – almost. It has unquestionably excellent solar and wind resources; power demand growing at more than 3% a year; a need to revamp an outdated power generation fleet; clear and ambitious renewables targets and legislation; and keen interest from the global clean energy sector. But one essential ingredient to make the country’s 10GW renewables ambition a reality has yet to be secured – a sound financing structure that will guarantee returns on the investments secured so far in the first tender round and to sustain investor appetite for the following rounds. “There is not enough money to finance all that there is to finance,” concluded Juan Srodek, local head of KBR Investment Bank, during a seminar organised by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) in Buenos Aires to discuss the issue. The stakes are high. Earlier in October, the government contracted 707MW of wind and 400MW of solar that needs to be ready by early 2018 at the latest if Argentina is to meet the country’s 8% renewables target that year. This would require between $1bn and $1.5bn in investments, according to market projections. The 10GW, 10-year RenovAr programme is not only a way out of a deep energy supply crisis, but also the government’s bet to quickly attract investment and create jobs. It is relying on the dynamism of renewables to overcome a depressed economy still reeling from the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis, and the more recent socially costly and unpopular realignment of Latin America’s third largest economy. In a country that has only just started to come out of a 10-year sovereign default, the cost of financing is still sky-high – some say it could be some 10% on top of average global interest rates – despite all the goodwill generated by the pro-market Mauricio Macri administration since he assumed office in December last year. The dollar-denominated, 20-year PPAs and the guarantees put up by the national treasury in the FODER renewables fund, which is also backed by a $500m World Bank guarantee, helped appease concerns before the tender. But investors are now doing the sums, and meeting banks and financial institutions to make ends meet for unexpectedly low power prices averaging $59.4/MWh for solar and $59.7/MWh for wind seen in Round 1 of the RenovAr program. “At these prices it’s hard to finance and obtain the needed rate of return,” Alejandro Lew, CEO of local solar developer 360 Energy, told Recharge. Despite more than 600MW of solar PV projects registered for the tender, Lew is considering staying out of next tender rounds if prices remain low. Spearheading Argentina’s return to the international financial community will not be easy for renewable project sponsors. Traditional project financing is not readily available in a country with a track record of default, dozens of uncompleted wind power projects, and a power market that still needs to remove subsidies from consumer power rates – calculated to be some 30% to 50% below real costs, despite huge recent power rate hikes promoted by the Macri administration. Risk perceptions are very still very high. “We need to see a signal that consumer rates will eventually cover power generation costs,” said Augusto Buda, director of investment banking at the local unit of Spanish bank BBVA. Buda believes that Round 1 – and the 400MW of wind and 200MW of solar to be contracted in round 1.5 by late November – will be financed via a mixture of equity and corporate financing, and credit from multilateral institutions such as the IFC, the IDB and the regional development banking entity CAF. “The problem will come from Round 2 [scheduled for next year] and onwards when private banks will be called upon to finance more projects,” said Buda. The competition for money will be aggressive in an underdeveloped capital market such as Argentina’s. Apart from the 1GW of renewables to be tendered every year, developers will have to compete for financing with some 500MW from the failed Genren renewables programme – the 2009 scheme which is being revived by the government – another 2GW of thermal power contracted, as well as other infrastructure projects in sectors like transport and sanitation. During the GWEC seminar, the consensus among OEMs, project sponsors and financing institutions was that around 30% of the project’s costs will come from developers’ own equity, while the remaining 70% will be from mixed, non-traditional sources. For the projects sponsored by large, known companies such as Genneia or Pampa Energia, issuing corporate bonds abroad could partially cover financing needs, even if maturities are below 10 years – significantly shorter than the half-life of the 21 wind and solar projects contracted. Multilateral institutions, although ready to offer financing, are expected to only back three to four projects a year with a maximum of $400m to $500m. But this option, pointed out Mainstream’s new business director Juan Walker, is not available to all companies, since the redtape required by such organisms to meet the Ecuador Principles make contract negotiations complex and lengthy. “It’s a never-ending questionnaire and requirements that not everyone can fulfil,” he said. Finally there are the Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) and financing from the OEMs themselves. China’s Envision, for example, contracted 185MW and will supply its own technology for the projects. Provincial power company JEMSE, on the other hand, which won 300MW of the 400MW solar PV contracted in Round 1, has already announced it would partner with China’s HydroPower and would seek financing from the Chinese Exim bank. But for that it needs to secure sovereign guarantees from the Argentine national government, something which, again, few contenders have access to. “We have to scramble to get financing from ECAs because of the timeframe, and in the end financing will depend on the competence of each company,” said Bernardo Andrews, CFO of Argentina’s Genneia. Despite being one of biggest power companies the country, Andrews said he still has to align all the financing for the 100MW of wind it won in Round 1. So OEMs have realised that they have a key role to play in Argentina, and some are ready to increase stakes to quickly take a foothold in the country. That especially holds true because until the end of 2018 all equipment will be exempt from import taxes, but after that the government is expected to boost local-content requirements in exchange for tax incentives. Representatives from Gamesa, Siemens, Vestas and Acciona present at the seminar agreed they will need to play an important role in helping obtain financing for projects. “We can be a catalyst for financing by improving projects and focus on developing them in the long term. But we are an industrial company, not financiers,” said Robin Palao, Gamesa’s transactions executive for Latin America. For some, however, their roles could even be bigger, pointed out Monica Castillo, Argentina sales manager for Siemens. “We have Siemens Financial Services which has very good relations with ECAs, but we are ready to contribute with equity to give banks time to feel confident in Argentina,” she said. The government believes it is doing its job. As the mines and energy ministry’s legal adviser Ramiro Gomez Barinaga put it: “Argentina has done its part [creating rules, setting up guarantees and promising yearly contracts] now it’s up to the private sector to get the money.” GWEC’s seminar was above all a sign that Argentina – once the richest nation Latin America in the early 20th century – wants to be back in the game. Around 200 people were present for the day-long event. But reconquering its place in the international financial community will only come with a tad of creativity mixed with a sense of purpose, as the 87-year-old president of the Argentine Wind Power Association (AAEE) Erico Spinadel told Recharge later. “Everyone has to give up something to make this work, because the alternative to not working is catastrophe,” said the nuclear engineer turned Argentina’s wind power champion, as he realised that his 30-year-old dream to see the wind-swept Patagonia plains full of spinning turbines could finally come true.


MarketStudyReport.com adds “Thermoplastic Polyolefins (TPO) Market Size By Application (Automotive, Industrial/construction), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Germany, UK, France, Italy, China, India, Japan, Brazil), Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 ? 2023” new report to its research database. The report spread across 83 pages with table and figures in it. Global Thermoplastic Polyolefins (TPO) Market size was evaluated at more than 970 kilo tons for 2015 and is predicted to register a CAGR of more than 5% during forecast timeframe. Rising automotive sales and construction expenditure in India, China and Brazil are projected to enhance the demand.With modern technology used in producing vehicle parts, polymers are finding novel applications in automobile sector. Polymers offer holistic approach to vehicle component production by all aspects that include static & mechanical strength and resistance to temperature & oxidation. This makes it desirable over other items and can drive the industry growth. U.S. Thermoplastic Polyolefins Market size, by application, 2012-2023 (Kilo Tons) U.S. Thermoplastic Polyolefins Market size, by application, 2012-2023 (Kilo Tons) Commercial & personal vehicle production was evaluated at 222.41 billion and 685.31 billion units respectively for 2015. Increasing automotive sector is projected to remain a driving force for increase in global demand for the product. Further, strict rules favouring rising vehicle fuel efficacy has encouraged industry players to minimize vehicle mass. Growing expenditure on construction in countries like Brazil, China and India may fuel product demand. India & China construction expenditure was more than $422 billion and $1.71 trillion respectively for 2015 which is predicted to contribute to enhanced demand of the product. Rising trend towards substituting polyvinyl chloride(PVC) due to risks related to its application can promote thermoplastic polyolefins(TPO) demand. The growth of industry can be credited to exceptional properties of thermoplastic polyolefins like crystal clarity, design versatility, thermal stability, irritant potential, high resistance and no cytotoxicity. Further, polyolefins can be sterilised by ethylene oxide gas & gamma irradiation which makes them acceptable across medical applications. Thermoplastic polyolefins provide good performance & light mass that makes them desirable over other substances. Current changes in CAF?(Corporate Average Fuel Economy)have forced producers to discover & innovate new techniques for enhancing fuel efficacy that can favour global thermoplastic polyolefins (TPO)market growth. Application Insights The industry is segmented into various applications like automotive applications, industrial applications, packaging applications and medical applications. Rising automotive segment produced revenue of more than $1.61 billion for 2015. Its growth in APAC and North America can propel industry expansion. Thermoplastic polyolefins are preferred more as compared to polymers & elastomers as they are light weighted and can be processed & designed with ease as well as easily recycled. Reduced mass helps in regulating carbon emissions and improves overall vehicle performance. Industrial application is predicted to register CAGR of about 6.8% in terms of revenue during forecast timeframe and is predicted make highest profit. It was an important revenue contributor of the industry in past few years. Thermoplastic polyolefins are utilised in making roof tops for commercial and residential usesdue to its solar radiation obstructing feature. Industrialisation at rapid pace in BRICS(Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa)countries can fuel demand for the product. Rising healthcare spending in APAC, U.S. and Europe is predicted to propel product demand. They are utilized in packaging materials which mainly adapt to wrap up moisture emitting & moisture containing items like poultry, meat and vegetables that are subjected to refrigeration. Regional Insights Global Industry is segmented into key geographical regions like Latin America, North America, APAC, Europe and MEA. North America dominated the industry and was evaluated above $861 million for 2015. U.S. led the global thermoplastic polyolefins (TPO) market share during that year. Growing durable applications like automotive application, construction application, packaging application and industrial application is predicted to promote industry growth in the region. Europe is predicted to register CAGR of more than 5% in terms of revenue. It is led by countries like UK, Germany, Italy and France. Growing use of these items over traditional polymers and elastomers in medical & packaging applications are predicted to produce favorable effect in the region. APAC thermoplastic polyolefins (TPO) market is predicted to cross $1.31 billion mark by end of 2023 and register a CAGR of 6.71% during forecast timeframe. Growing construction expenditure in countries like Japan, China and India is predicted to fuel product demand in the region during forecast timeline. Also the increasing demand for these products can be attributed to the fact that they are widely utilized in roofing both commercial as well as residential infrastructures. Competitive Insights Key industry participants profiled in the report include ExxonMobil, Sumitomo Chemical Company Limited, Arkema S.A, Dow Chemical Company, A. Schulman Incorporation, SABIC, GAF, DuPont, INOES, Mitsui Chemicals, Specialty polymers, Saudi Aramco, Spartech Corporation, Lyondell Basell, Noble Polymers, Polisystem UK Limited, RTP Company and S & E Specialty polymers. To receive personalized assistance, write to us @ [email protected] with the report title in the subject line along with your questions or call us at +1 866-764-2150


This report studies sales (consumption) of Train Control and Management System (TCMS) in United States market, focuses on the top players, with sales, price, revenue and market share for each player, covering Split by product types, with sales, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, can be divided into Type I Type II Split by applications, this report focuses on sales, market share and growth rate of Train Control and Management System (TCMS) in each application, can be divided into Application 1 Application 2 United States Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Market Report 2017 1 Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Overview 1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Train Control and Management System (TCMS) 1.2 Classification of Train Control and Management System (TCMS) 1.2.1 Type I 1.2.2 Type II 1.3 Application of Train Control and Management System (TCMS) 1.3.1 Application 1 1.3.2 Application 2 1.4 United States Market Size Sales (Volume) and Revenue (Value) of Train Control and Management System (TCMS) (2012-2022) 1.4.1 United States Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Sales and Growth Rate (2012-2022) 1.4.2 United States Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Revenue and Growth Rate (2012-2022) 6 United States Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Manufacturers Profiles/Analysis 6.1 Bombardier Inc. 6.1.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 6.1.2 Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Product Type, Application and Specification 6.1.2.1 Product A 6.1.2.2 Product B 6.1.3 Bombardier Inc. Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 6.1.4 Main Business/Business Overview 6.2 Alstom SA 6.2.2 Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Product Type, Application and Specification 6.2.2.1 Product A 6.2.2.2 Product B 6.2.3 Alstom SA Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 6.2.4 Main Business/Business Overview 6.3 Siemens AG 6.3.2 Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Product Type, Application and Specification 6.3.2.1 Product A 6.3.2.2 Product B 6.3.3 Siemens AG Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 6.3.4 Main Business/Business Overview 6.4 Toshiba Corporation 6.4.2 Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Product Type, Application and Specification 6.4.2.1 Product A 6.4.2.2 Product B 6.4.3 Toshiba Corporation Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 6.4.4 Main Business/Business Overview 6.5 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation 6.5.2 Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Product Type, Application and Specification 6.5.2.1 Product A 6.5.2.2 Product B 6.5.3 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 6.5.4 Main Business/Business Overview 6.6 Hitachi Ltd. 6.6.2 Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Product Type, Application and Specification 6.6.2.1 Product A 6.6.2.2 Product B 6.6.3 Hitachi Ltd. Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 6.6.4 Main Business/Business Overview 6.7 Knorr-Bremse AG 6.7.2 Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Product Type, Application and Specification 6.7.2.1 Product A 6.7.2.2 Product B 6.7.3 Knorr-Bremse AG Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 6.7.4 Main Business/Business Overview 6.8 Eke Group 6.8.2 Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Product Type, Application and Specification 6.8.2.1 Product A 6.8.2.2 Product B 6.8.3 Eke Group Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 6.8.4 Main Business/Business Overview 6.9 Strukton Rail 6.9.2 Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Product Type, Application and Specification 6.9.2.1 Product A 6.9.2.2 Product B 6.9.3 Strukton Rail Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 6.9.4 Main Business/Business Overview 6.10 CAF 6.10.2 Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Product Type, Application and Specification 6.10.2.1 Product A 6.10.2.2 Product B 6.10.3 CAF Train Control and Management System (TCMS) Sales, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2012-2017) 6.10.4 Main Business/Business Overview For more information, please visit https://www.wiseguyreports.com/sample-request/981620-united-states-train-control-and-management-system-tcms-market-report-2017


Cleveland, Dec. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A unique collaborative of organizations and institutions has launched a small business lending program to help African American and minority businesses create and maintain jobs for residents and build community wealth. With a focus on bringing capital to underserved groups, the National Urban League’s Urban Empowerment Fund (NUL-UEF), Morgan Stanley, National Development Council (NDC) Urban League of Greater Cleveland (ULGC), and Cuyahoga County have come together to offer the Capital Access Fund of Greater Cleveland (CAF). CAF is a three-year program that provides minority business owners with access to capital offering 50 loans totaling $8 million as well as pre- and post-loan counseling to ensure the success of those small business borrowers. With a goal of creating or maintaining a minimum of 300 jobs within those three years, CAF already has completed 8 loans totaling $1.4 million helping to create or maintain 70 local jobs. “The level of interest we already have confirms what we already knew – there is a gap in the access to capital for minority businesses and we should not gloss over that,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League.  “Our partnership with Morgan Stanley, the expertise of NDC, the commitment of Cuyahoga County, and the strong leadership of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland already have made this a success.” Within CAF there are two sources of capital: the Community Impact Loan Fund and the Grow Cuyahoga Fund. The Community Impact Loan Fund is a new NDC product established in partnership with $2 million in start-up capital from Morgan Stanley to support minority small business owners. The Grow Cuyahoga Fund is supported with $2.5 million from Cuyahoga County. “We are proud to partner on this program with $2 million in start-up capital for the Community Impact Loan Fund,” said Carla A. Harris, Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, and head of the Multicultural Client Strategy Group, Morgan Stanley. “Providing small businesses with access to capital and flexible terms leads to opportunities for these businesses to scale up and affords them the financial stability necessary for entrepreneurs to focus on their customers and contribute jobs to the local economy.” “CAF will enable the capital we’re providing to have the greatest impact and reach among diverse small businesses in Cleveland,” said Alice Vilma, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley.” Partnering on this unique collaborative will give minority owned businesses a 360-degree boost from access to capital combined with the support services necessary to build community wealth.” “As an experienced lender, we focus on providing capital to minority and women owned businesses, as well as to economically disadvantaged communities. NDC understands that a set of flexible financing tools and technical guidance throughout the life of the loan can be the difference between success and failure,” said Robert W. Davenport, President of NDC. “With the expertise of the CAF Collaborative and results shown thus far in Cleveland, ultimately we hope to change small lending opportunities in other cities around the country – ensuring African American and other minority small businesses secure access to much needed capital.” Don Bowen, who leads the Urban League Empowerment Fund, said the CAF “allows the National Urban League to build upon its legacy role as a social service intermediary to become a financial intermediary.  It’s another tool to help impact local communities and advance the mission of promoting economic parity.” The second source of capital within CAF is the Grow Cuyahoga Fund, which is an existing NDC product (SBA “7a” loans) that will offer affordable growth capital with longer terms and lower rates to borrowers who create jobs and investment. The fund is possible through a grant and partnership with Cuyahoga County. “Small business creation and retention is a priority for my administration,” said County Executive Armond Budish. “We’re all about jobs, good jobs, throughout the county. With the Grow Cuyahoga Fund, Cuyahoga County’s partnership in the CAF program allows us to continue to lead the way as a place to grow and thrive for African American and other minority businesses which will help ensure our county remains a vibrant, healthy and welcoming place.” In addition to Cuyahoga County, Key Bank Foundation has made a long-term commitment to CAF and is the lead local funder. Other local funders include Cleveland Foundation, City of Cleveland, Burton D. Morgan Foundation, PNC Bank, and Fifth Third Bank “We are proud of our local funders who have met the challenge to support a program that offers a long term, sustainable solution for local African American and other minority entrepreneurs when pursing capital,” said Marsha Mockabee, President of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. “As we enter into our second century as an organization, CAF is one element of the Urban League’s strategic vision moving forward and will be a cornerstone for empowering minority business owners so that they can improve their entrepreneurial know-how, refine their plans for growth, and improve the communities in which they live.” For more information about CAF Founding Partners please visit their websites:


News Article | November 14, 2016
Site: globenewswire.com

HONOLULU, Nov. 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today Hawaiian Telcom (NASDAQ:HCOM) announced that it has expanded availability of its ultra-fast 1 gigabit per second High-Speed Internet service to homes in Hawai‘i Island’s Puʻu Lani Ranch subdivision and the surrounding Puʻuanahulu area, using Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) technology. Hawaiian Telcom has been extending its broadband infrastructure on Hawaiʻi Island, an effort partially supported by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Connect America Fund (CAF). Initially launched in 2015, Hawaiian Telcom’s Fiber 1 Gig service is the fastest in Hawaiʻi and among the fastest in the nation. Today more than 125,000 homes and 5,600 businesses statewide are enabled for 1 gigabit per second service and Hawaiian Telcom continues to expand availability to new locations every month. “As Hawaiʻi’s Technology Leader and our state’s only local service provider, Hawaiian Telcom is committed to increasing speeds and expanding broadband access statewide,” said Scott Barber, President and CEO. “Puʻu Lani Ranch is our first 1 gigabit per second deployment using CAF Phase II support and we’re excited about the increased educational and economic opportunities that are now open to this community with Hawaiʻi’s fastest internet.” One gigabit per second, which is equal to 1,000 megabits per second, enables multiple connected devices to run bandwidth-intense applications like streaming video and online gaming simultaneously over a shared connection without sacrificing quality. “Studies have shown that there are at least eight Internet-connected devices in the average U.S. household today and that number is continuing to rise,” said Jason Fujita, Vice President – Consumer Sales and Marketing. “All of these bandwidth-hungry devices are pulling on the same broadband connection. With Hawaiian Telcom’s Fiber 1 Gig, you can operate all of your connected devices simultaneously without interruption.” Last year Hawaiian Telcom announced that it was awarded approximately $26 million in CAF Phase II support to deploy a minimum of 10 megabits per second downstream and 1 megabits per second upstream by the year 2020 to more than 11,000 unserved and underserved locations. Since 2015, with CAF Phase I support of approximately $1.4 million, Hawaiian Telcom successfully deployed High-Speed Internet to more than 1,800 locations on Hawaiʻi Island. These locations are within areas that include Ainaloa, Aliʻi Kane, Fern Acres, Fern Forest, Glenwood, Hawaiian Acres, Kaiwiki and Miloliʻi. Interested residents should visit hawaiiantel.com/Internet and key in their address to learn which services and speed tiers are available or call Hawaiian Telcom’s consumer sales center at (808) 643-3456. The FCC created CAF in 2011 by reforming its Universal Service Fund (USF), which consumers contribute to as a Federal Universal Service fee on their monthly telephone and wireless bills, in an effort to accelerate broadband deployment to the approximately 23 million Americans in rural populations that lack access. About Hawaiian Telcom Hawaiian Telcom (NASDAQ:HCOM), headquartered in Honolulu, is Hawai‘i's technology leader, providing integrated communications, broadband, data center and entertainment solutions for business and residential customers. With roots in Hawai‘i beginning in 1883, the Company offers a full range of services including Internet, video, voice, wireless, data network solutions and security, colocation, and managed and cloud services supported by the reach and reliability of its next generation fiber network and a 24/7 state-of-the-art network operations center. With employees statewide sharing a commitment to innovation and a passion for delivering superior service, Hawaiian Telcom provides an Always OnSM customer experience. For more information, visit www.hawaiiantel.com.


News Article | November 29, 2016
Site: www.techrepublic.com

Migrating to the cloud is a complex process, and the stress of it increases with the size of a migration. At the 2016 AWS re:Invent conference on Tuesday, Mario Thomas of Amazon Web Services (AWS) professional services explained some of the key considerations that organizations should make as they consider a large-scale migration to AWS. In his talk, Thomas detailed an executive toolkit of steps that can be taken to ease some of the stress created by a migration. Here are five steps to follow in order to make your large-scale cloud migration more successful. For starters, Thomas said, organizations must define what they mean by a large-scale migration. On the AWS side of things, Thomas said that large-scale migrations typically involve moving hundreds of servers and/or application workloads to AWS. Often, he said, businesses they speak with are moving even more than 500 servers to the cloud. How does that compare to your migration plan? What percentage of your servers or workloads are you planning on moving? There are many reasons why your organization could be moving to the cloud, and you need to clarify those reasons so you can more efficiently define your goals. For example, a change in leadership or ownership of the company could change how your company looks at the cloud, Thomas said. Other reasons could be the introduction of a new compliance regime, or the inability to stay ahead of security with your in-house capabilities, Thomas said. Maybe your company is experiencing service issues you can't handle, or your customer base is growing in geographic diversity and you want to better serve them. The cloud also has the potential to free up some IT resources for more agility and innovation. Other considerations would be the potential of the cloud to save money or improve resilience for your company, Thomas said. Enterprises should seek to answer these questions and write out your top reasons for migrating, which can be used as a starting point for creating your cloud migration strategy. Businesses looking to move to the cloud must also consider their organization's particular needs and how the cloud will impact their organization overall. For starters, Thomas said, do you know exactly what workloads you need to move, and when that migration needs to happen? Another consideration is whether or not IT has buy-in from the business. On the IT side, you also need to know how many cloud-ready people you have in your organization, Thomas said. IT leaders must also have a security plan or posture in place, and must understand whether or not they have the resources needed for a large migration. Finally, you must consider the needs of your people. Migrating to the cloud will affect both your employees and your customers, Thomas said, and the scale of that impact is important to flesh out. Another critical determination is just how migration-ready your organization really is. Thomas said that organizations should know what workloads they have, which workloads they need to move, and in what order they need to migrate them. Being migration-ready also requires IT to know the details of the migration such as how much a a migration will cost and how long it will take. And, as mentioned earlier, you must know the impact that a cloud migration will have on the people in the organization and on partners. Businesses should ask themselves if their your organization will save money by migrating, and whether or not there are any other business benefits on the table. One of the final considerations to make, Thomas said, is to figure out if the organization is mature enough to handle the migration. Thomas said that AWS uses a Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF) to perform a maturity assessment for potential customers. Focus on collecting key data points like people costs, third party costs, infrastructure costs, application costs, migration costs, and the existence of any potential intangibles. Other questions to ask would be if OLAs and SLAs would change with a migration. Organizations should seriously consider how mature they are before committing to a large-scale migration.


News Article | December 19, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--beIN SPORTS today announced recent ratings following the highly anticipated El Clásico matchup between LaLiga archrivals, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, which aired on December 3rd live from the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. The match was the number one program of the day on Spanish-language cable, driving beIN SPORTS en Español to be the number one Spanish-language cable network for Saturday, December 3rd. Due to successful World Cup Qualifier programming, beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español grew 27 percent and 14 percent respectively in November, both posting their best month since April. For more information, visit www.beINSPORTS.com. Follow us on Social Media: Launched in 2012, beIN SPORTS is the fastest growing global sports network in the U.S. and is offered on the 10 largest cable/satellite TV providers in the U.S., as well as other systems across the country. beIN SPORTS offers viewers premium sports content and entertainment across multiple platforms including TV channels beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español and live streaming on beIN SPORTS CONNECT. A cornerstone of beIN SPORTS is its unrivaled live soccer coverage, which includes live matches from LaLiga, Serie A, Ligue 1, NASL, and CONMEBOL/CONCACAF/CAF World Cup Qualifiers, as well as news and in-depth analysis of all the top leagues from around the world. In addition to soccer, beIN SPORTS serves as a haven to fans of motorsports, tennis, rugby, boxing, mixed martial arts (MMA) and volleyball, among others. With the recent addition of Conference USA coverage, beIN SPORTS will also broadcast College Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Soccer, Baseball, Softball and Volleyball. Thru beIN SPORTS CONNECT, authenticated subscribers can also enjoy all the exciting action from the two networks and stream live overflow matches offered in HD on your computer, tablet or smart phone.


FREMONT, California, February 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Actelis Networks, leading provider of high performance broadband solutions over hybrid fiber-copper networks, has been selected by Frontier Communication Corporation (NYSE: FTR) to further extend 10Mbps-20Mbps and CAF-II service...


News Article | February 24, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

On behalf of thousands of small, competitive broadband providers serving more than 3 million customers across America, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) is very disappointed by the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) action today in adopting additional rules for the upcoming Connect America Fund (CAF II) auction. On a divided vote, the commissioners approved new guidelines for a “reverse auction” in which companies will bid to receive portions of a $2 billion fund to support voice and broadband deployment in under-served areas over the next 10 years. WISPA had major concerns about the FCC’s original approach, put forward in September 2015, because it favored specific broadband access technologies over others without regard to cost-effectiveness or speed of deployment; and it would have effectively barred bidders who proposed to use unlicensed spectrum to deliver broadband. Then, in May 2016, the FCC adopted a framework for the auction that reflected many of the features of a WISPA proposal that sought technology-neutral, cost-effective, performance-based rules. Today’s action went back in the wrong direction, adding features that will tend to favor the costliest technologies (fiber) over the most cost-effective (wireless). This approach will cost the Universal Service Fund more money to serve fewer homes and businesses. “Today’s decision is a squandered opportunity for the American taxpayer and rural Americans,” said Alex Phillips, president of WISPA. “This plan is digital favoritism, not digital empowerment.” “Rather than using the auction to drive competition and spur innovation, the FCC’s plan will disproportionately subsidize a particular access technology that large corporations have tried and abandoned in hard-to-reach areas due to excessive cost, slow deployment, and lack of demand. As a result, too many rural Americans will remain on the wrong side of the digital divide, and those who do get access will have to wait much longer to be connected to ‘Lamborghini’ service.” As the plan moves forward, WISPA will continue to work with the FCC and all stakeholders to advocate for a fair and balanced auction for the subsidies. About WISPA WISPA is a membership-driven trade association that promotes the development, advancement and unity of the fixed wireless Internet service provider industry. WISPA has over 800 members that support WISPA’s advocacy, education and other collaborative industry initiatives. For more information, visit http://www.wispa.org.


News Article | October 31, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) is pleased to announce the assignment of preliminary ratings to four classes of notes issued in the Colony American Finance 2016-2 (CAF 2016-2) securitization. This transaction will be the seventh multi-borrower, single-family rental (SFR) securitization issued in the US to date and the third issued by Colony American Finance. CAF 2016-2 is a $187.9 million multi-borrower SFR securitization that will be collateralized by 71 fixed-rate l

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