Daily Archives: July 18, 2018

Telecom Argentina’s landing station and backhaul are selected for ARBR submarine cable system between Argentina & Brazil

ARBR + Seabras-1 to provide most direct route between Buenos Aires & New York

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina and BOSTON, July 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Telecom Argentina S.A. (“Telecom Argentina”) (BASE:TECO2) (NYSE:TEO), one of Argentina’s leading telecommunications companies, Grupo Werthein, a preeminent Argentine investment holding company with a track record of significant telecommunications holdings, and Seaborn Networks (“Seaborn”), a leading developer-owner-operator of submarine fiber optic cable systems, announced today that the ARBR submarine cable system between Argentina and Brazil (“ARBR”) will be landing in Telecom Argentina’s cable landing station in Las Toninas, Argentina.  In addition, Telecom Argentina shall provide ARBR with dark fiber on a backhaul route between Las Toninas and Buenos Aires, as well as point of presence (POP) space in Buenos Aires.

ARBR is a new fiber optic submarine cable system developed by Seaborn and co-owned by Seaborn’s Seabras Group together with The Werthein Group, a preeminent Argentine investment holding company with a track record of significant telecommunications holdings.  ARBR’s Brazil landing will be in Seaborn’s existing Seabras-1 cable landing station in Praia Grande, Brazil, thereby enabling direct onward connectivity to New York on the fully operational Seabras-1.

“The landing station, backhaul and POP to be provided by Telecom Argentina are perfect complements to our ARBR and Seabras-1 systems, enabling customers on ARBR to benefit from the most modern and direct route between Buenos Aires and New York,” said Larry Schwartz, Chairman & CEO of Seaborn Networks.

“ARBR represents an ideal combination of local ownership with an independent operator to open up Argentina’s telecommunications market to the world,” said Dario Werthein of Grupo Werthein.

Construction of the ARBR cable is scheduled to commence in 2018 and to be completed in 2019.

About Telecom Argentina
Telecom Argentina is one of the Argentina´s leading telecommunication companies that was born from the union of two large Argentine companies: Telecom and Cablevisión. This new company keeps transforming the digital experience of its customers by offering a secure, flexible and dynamic service, in different kind of devices, with fixed and mobile high-speed connections, through an integrated content platform. With a strategic plan focused on the deployment of state-of-the-art technology and unified systems, the Company is investing US$ 5,000 million between 2018 and 2020 to consolidate a better and more sustainable infrastructure. Through its commercial brands, Telecom Argentina offers fixed and mobile telephony, data transmission, pay television and Internet services for individuals, companies and governments throughout the country. Telecom also offers mobile service in Paraguay and pay television in Uruguay.

About Seaborn Networks
Seaborn Networks is a leading developer-owner-operator of submarine fiber optic cable systems, including Seabras-1 between São Paulo – New York, ARBR between São Paulo – Buenos Aires (RFS H1 2019) and SABR between Brazil – Cape Town, South Africa (RFS H1 2020). Seabras-1 is the only direct POP-to-POP network between São Paulo and New York. For more information, please visit www.seabornnetworks.com.

Kate Wilson, Media Manager
Seaborn Networks
E-mail: kate.wilson@seabornnetworks.com

About Grupo Werthein
Grupo Werthein is one of the largest business groups in Argentina, with investments in numerous industries such as Telecommunications, Insurance, Consumer Goods, Agro-Industry, Energy and Wine. For 107 years, Grupo Werthein have been building companies, contributing to Argentina’s development and working to build a better future.  For additional information, see www.grupowerthein.com.

Uganda National Airlines Company Limited Signs Firm Order for Four Bombardier CRJ900 Aircraft

  •          First operator of the new CRJ Series ATMOSPHÈRE cabin in Africa

MONTREAL, July 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that it has signed a firm order for four new CRJ900 regional jets with Uganda National Airlines Company.

Based on the list price for the CRJ900 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$190 million.Uganda Airlines Signs Firm Order for Four Bombardier CRJ900

“We congratulate the Government of Uganda for the revival of its national flag carrier, and are thrilled that the new airline has selected Bombardier and the CRJ900 regional jets for its upcoming debut,” said Jean-Paul Boutibou, Vice President, Sales, Middle-East and Africa, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Recognized for its superior economics and efficiency, the CRJ Series aircraft have enabled airlines worldwide to serve communities with better connectivity, and we look forward to supporting the development of Uganda’s regional air travel with these CRJ900 regional jets.”

Uganda Airlines will operate the CRJ900 in dual-class configuration with 76 seats, including 12 first class seats.

“We are delighted to have ordered the world’s leading regional jet, and we look forward to providing the most modern passenger experience in regional aviation to the people of Uganda and across Africa,” said Ephraim Bagenda, CEO, Uganda National Airlines. “As we were establishing Entebbe as a strong hub in East Africa and building more connectivity in Africa, we thoroughly reviewed our needs. With its proven track record in Africa and other regions of the world, we are confident that the CRJ900 aircraft will help us succeed.”

Today, 21 operators are flying 58 CRJ Series in Africa. Including the order announced today, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1957 CRJ Series regional jets.

About the ATMOSPHÈRE Cabin
The new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin sets new standards of passenger experience in the regional jet market segment. Key features of the new interior are comprised of larger passenger living space, wheel-first roller bag capability, more spacious lavatory, increased cabin connectivity options, all integrated in a contemporary design and material choices. In fact, the ATMOSPHÈRE cabin design allows passengers to carry and store an “oversized” roller bag within the aircraft cabin bins which minimizes the need to check bags at the counter or the gate. To learn more: DiscoverAtmosphere.com

About Bombardier
With over 69,500 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion US. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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Taconic Biosciences and Cyagen Biosciences Announce Strategic Partnership

RENSSELAER, N.Y., July 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Taconic Biosciences and Cyagen Biosciences, global leaders in the generation of custom genetically engineered rodent models and associated services, announced a strategic partnership.  Under the agreement terms, the two companies will combine resources to provide the global scientific community with access to premium custom model design and generation services backed by comprehensive capabilities and cutting-edge, fully-licensed technologies.

Custom animal models play a critical role in new drug discovery as biological systems that provide critical insight into the dynamic between a potential therapeutic and a living organism.

Combining over twenty years of experience, the industry’s most extensive model generation technology portfolio, and seamless integration to downstream premium custom breeding solutions, Taconic is recognized for creating complex genetically engineered mice and rats for biomedical research. Cyagen entered the industry in 2005 and has gained a strong following for providing model and vector generation services. Through the alliance, Cyagen customers gain access to expanded expertise, comprehensive program management, state-of-the art technologies, pricing flexibility, and faster project timelines through a single point of contact, ensuring the best solution for each unique project.

“Taconic will provide the best solution to every model generation customer through access to scientific experts who generate superior designs using state-of-the-art methods.  Through this alliance with Cyagen, Taconic can now offer customers the broadest range of options in the industry in line with market demand,” shared Dr. Robert Rosenthal, CEO of Taconic Biosciences.

“Cyagen Biosciences provides researchers with the highest quality animal models possible to ensure ground breaking discoveries.  Researchers are increasingly demanding higher quality animal model services at lower costs. Through this new alliance with Taconic, Cyagen will offer researchers even higher quality animal models, with new options available to minimize or eliminate quarantine and other added costs, while providing production capabilities that exceed previous standards and expectations,” commented Dr. Reza Rezaei, VP of Sales of Cyagen Biosciences.

To learn more about Taconic Biosciences’ products and services, please call 1-888-TACONIC (888-822-6642) in the US, +45 70 23 04 05 in Europe, or email info@taconic.com.

To learn more about Cyagen Biosciences, please call 800-921-8930 (from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. PST) or +1-408-969-0306 (Int’l) in the US, 800-793-45 or +32-28085797 (Int’l) in Europe, or email service@cyagen.com.

About Cyagen Biosciences, Inc.
Cyagen Biosciences is the world’s largest provider of custom-engineered mouse & rat models. Cyagen is world renowned for its quality, money back guarantee, and cost-effective prices. Headquartered in California, with locations in Germany, Japan, and China, Cyagen provides researchers from around the world with transgenic, knockout, knock-in, CRISPR, and ES-cell based models and also offers a comprehensive series of stem cell products for research use, including cell lines, media, and differentiation kits. From vector and strategy design to animal model creation, cryopreservation, and breeding, Cyagen offers complete outsourcing for all animal model needs.

About Taconic Biosciences, Inc.
Taconic Biosciences is a global leader in genetically engineered rodent models and services. Founded in 1952, Taconic provides the best animal model solutions so that customers can acquire, custom generate, breed, precondition, test, and distribute valuable research models worldwide. Taconic is a fully-licensed provider of rodent model generation services and has twenty years of model design experience, providing gene inactivation, gene mutation, replacement and humanization, transgene expression, RNAi, and gene editing via CRISPR/Cas9 technologies to ensure that the right tools are leveraged for each specific customer project.  Complimenting this expertise is Taconic’s unique capability of providing a seamless transition from model design to breeding and colony management, thus offering customers a complete solution.  Specialists in genetically engineered mouse and rat models, precision research mouse models, and integrated model design and breeding services, Taconic operates three service laboratories and six breeding facilities in the U.S. and Europe, maintains distributor relationships in Asia and has global shipping capabilities to provide animal models almost anywhere in the world.

Media Contact:
Kelly Owen Grover
Director of Marketing Communications
Taconic Biosciences
(518) 697-3824
kelly.grover@taconic.com

Compuware Acquires XaTester and Partners with Parasoft to Deliver Essential Automated Unit Testing to Mainframe DevOps Teams

Topaz Further Established as the Leading Solution for Continuously Improving Velocity, Quality and Efficiency of Enterprise Systems

  • Large enterprises must rigorously safeguard the quality of their mission-critical mainframe systems as digital demands drive them to develop and deploy mainframe code more quickly and frequently.
  • With the acquisition of XaTester, new enhancements, and partnership with Parasoft, Compuware Topaz for Total Test is the clear leader in the automated unit testing essential for Agile and DevOps on the mainframe.
  • With Topaz, developers at all skill levels can quickly and efficiently produce the highest-quality code for the mainframe—enabling enterprises to achieve the digital agility essential for success in fast-moving markets.

DETROIT, July 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Compuware today announced a product acquisition, enhancements to Topaz for Total Test, and a partnership that together dramatically improve the ability of large enterprises to embrace Agile and DevOps on their mainframes through the broader use of simplified, automated unit testing—which is essential for fast, safe and efficient development and deployment of new digital deliverables.

To deliver on its vision of Topaz for Total Test as the de facto standard for automating mainframe unit testing across all major mainframe environments and programming languages, Compuware has:

  • Acquired XaTester from Xact Consulting A/S, enabling developers to quickly create unit tests for both batch and CICS-based programs written in COBOL, PL/I and Assembler. CICS is especially important as the transaction processing technology of choice for many of the world’s largest enterprises—especially financial institutions and insurance companies—due to its extremely high integrity, performance and scalability.
  • Enhanced Topaz for Total Test to provide automated unit testing for IMS batch and transactional applications. Testing for IMS is especially important given that contemporary developers often have little or no hands-on experience with IMS code. These enhancements complement Topaz for Total Test’s existing support for batch applications written in COBOL—as well as its integration with leading cross-platform DevOps tools such as Jenkins, SonarSource SonarQube and Compuware ISPW.
  • Partnered with Parasoft, a leading innovator in end-to-end test automation for software development. The first deliverable for the partnership is integration between Parasoft SOAtest and Topaz for Total Test. This integration enables developers working on mainframe applications to quickly and easily test API calls between mainframe and non-mainframe systems.

Topaz for Total Test fundamentally transforms mainframe development by giving developers the same type of unit testing capabilities on the mainframe they’ve become accustomed to on other platforms. Unit testing is a fundamental requirement for modern software development. It enables developers to find potential problems in their code as early as possible, to more quickly and frequently deliver incremental changes in software functionality, and to more granularly document code for the benefit of other developers.

The result for large enterprises is a unified DevOps toolchain that accelerates development across all platforms—including the mainframe—so they can more effectively compete in today’s rapidly-changing markets.

“XaTester and Topaz for Total Test are two great and complementary products for automating mainframe unit testing, which is essential to DevOps,” said Steen Brahe, Senior Product Manager, Compuware (formerly from Xact Consulting). “The unified tool will leverage the best from both products and fundamentally change how customers create, execute and automate unit and integration tests for mainframe applications.”

“The XaTester unit testing software has proven its value. I am pleased that Compuware will work to blend its capabilities with Topaz for Total Test as it will benefit all mainframe customers,” said Elvin Høyer, CEO at Xact Consulting.

“The new rules of the digital economy are putting pressure on our customers to achieve the utmost speed with the utmost quality,” said Luke Tuddenham, Vice President at CPT, a global IT consulting services firm with a significant testing practice. “With today’s announcements, Compuware has again demonstrated its leadership in innovative automated testing technologies for the mainframe that will help us help our clients to achieve this critical goal.”

Compuware Topaz, a comprehensive suite of solutions, provides DevOps professionals at all skill levels with a visually intuitive environment where they can effectively understand and work on any mainframe application—regardless of age, complexity or lack of documentation. This simplified, streamlined approach is especially important as responsibility for applications running on the platform shifts from IT professionals with decades of mainframe-specific experience to a new generation of DevOps artisans who are more familiar with mainstream technologies such as Java and C++.

“REST and SOAP APIs provide the backbone of today’s business-critical applications, especially when these services are used to access the power of the mainframe.” said Parasoft VP of Products, Mark Lambert. “Test automation at the API layer is essential to delivering high quality at the speed of Agile and the Parasoft SOAtest plugin for Topaz brings API test automation directly to the mainframe developer, helping ensure the delivery of reliable, scalable and secure services.”

Today’s announcement comes during the 15th consecutive quarter that Compuware has delivered significant innovations that help large enterprises mainstream the mainframe, so they can better leverage the platform’s unmatched performance, scalability, reliability, efficiency and security.

“Large enterprises increasingly recognize that digital innovation in the cloud must be paired with digital innovation on the mainframe,” said Chris O’Malley, CEO of Compuware. “Compuware’s passion and support for this mainframe-based digital innovation is unmatched—as we have once again demonstrated with this latest round of aggressive deliverables that enable Agile and DevOps best practices on the platform.”

Compuware Corporation
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