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October 11, 2016

Laser Light Partners with Equinix to Deploy World’s First Laser-Based Communications Network

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. —October 11, 2016 Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), the global interconnection and data center company, today announced it has been selected by Laser Light Communications (US) and its affiliate firm, Laser Light Global, LTD (UK), as its strategic interconnection provider for Laser Light’s All Optical Hybrid Global Network, or “HALO,” the world’s first hybrid optical network exclusively utilizing laser technology. As part of the initial agreement, Laser Light will establish its inaugural global Point of Presence (PoP) at Equinix’s DC11 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in the Washington, D.C. area. 

 

With its deployment at DC11, Laser Light will commence installation, testing and demonstration of its leading-edge laser communications and SD-WAN equipment. Once operational, the HALO satellite constellation will offer its Optical Satellite as a Service (OSaaS) - SpaceCable™ services –  to carriers, enterprises and government customers at Equinix facilities around the globe, providing a seamless all-optical communications system, through its hybrid satellite-terrestrial network, capable of quickly and cost-effectively connecting any two points on the globe with 100Gbps service links.   

 

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About Laser Light Communications (US)
Laser Light™ intends to deploy an All Optical Global Communications Network - HALO™. The service capacity of the planned HALO™ constellation of 8-12 Medium Earth Orbit satellites will be 7.2 Tbps,  comprised of 48 sat-sat 200Gbps optical crosslinks and 72 sat-ground 100Gbps optical up/down links, without reliance on regulated radio frequency spectrum.  Laser Light™ intends to interconnect its proposed HALO™ satellite system with over 100 customer Points of Presence clustered within 20 -25 SD-WAN's across the globe . The HALO™ network - satellite and SD-WAN's - will be cross-connected to Laser Light's proprietary extended ground network and its patented operating system, ensuring carrier grade service, enhanced redundancy, resiliency, and unprecedented security. HALO™ is designed to support its “OpticalSartellite as a Service” (OsaaS) product suite - Global Access 100Gbps Circuits and its proprietary HALO™ Direct Connect service - to global enterprises, data centers, media, finance firms; carriers; and government entities.
http://www.laserlightcomms.com

 

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most interconnected data centers. In 40 markets across five continents, Equinix is where companies come together to realize new opportunities and accelerate their business, IT and cloud strategies. www.equinix.com.

 

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix services; unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to the integration of companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out or acquired data centers; failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key customers; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see Equinix’s recent quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

 

Equinix and IBX are registered trademarks of Equinix, Inc.
International Business Exchange is a trademark of Equinix, Inc.

 

Equinix Media Contacts
Michelle Lindeman
+1 (650) 598-6361
mlindeman@equinix.com

 

Equinix Investor Relations Contact
Katrina Rymill 
+1 (650) 598-6583 
krymill@equinix.com

 

Laser Light Media Contact
info@laserlightcomms.com







June 20, 2016

The New IP - Optical Satellite SDN Service Provider Laser Light Joins NIA

Optical satellite service provider Laser Light Communications became the most recent member of the New IP Agency this week.

The company is building an optical satellite system, currently in the development stage, which will use 12 Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites coupled with fiber cables to deliver links of more than 200 Gbps without relying on radio frequency spectrum. Software-defined networking (SDN) sits in the middle. Laser Light expects to complete deployment of all 12 satellites and its global SDN network by 2018, says Bob Brumley, senior managing director, in an interview.

"SDN is really the glue that holds these two systems, normally competing, together," he says. "We can operate the network without long-term contracts or SLAs because of software-defined networking."

Unlike traditional satellites which often succumb to bad weather to create buffering and other problems, Laser Light uses artificial intelligence within its patented network operating system to proactively avoid poor weather and reroute traffic to cables and ground nodes in clear regions of the globe, says Brumley.

"The weather actually manages the network. We collect huge amounts of weather data off the ground nodes in order to run the network," he says. "It's actually the weather that's running the network, not a person."

Laser Light wants to disrupt the telecommunications industry – but the service provider does not want to break new ground when it comes to standards, Brumley says. The company partnered with the New IP Agency in part because of its work applying known standards within real-world test environments to see if available standards are of any value; its roster of service provider and developer members, and its leadership role in SDN and virtualization, he says.

"We see a convergence in operating platforms that are being facilitated primarily by software-defined networks. We are such a company and we want to be among other companies like us. We want to be recognized when we enter the market as a leader in SDN and converged networks," says Brumley. "We worry more about standards than competition. Once we put satellites up we can't easily go and fix them. SDN allows us to make upgrades on the ground, but we joined NIA because it's the only organization that's not only looking at standards with vendors, but also with service providers."

Media contact
Alison Diana, Ambassador, The New IP Agency
Follow her on Twitter @alisoncdiana or @NewIPAgency.





May 04, 2015

The Speed of Light: Laser Light and Optus Explain Optical Communications Partnership To Via Satellite Magazine

Laser Light Optics SpaceCable

Senior Managing Director of Laser Light, Robert Brumley. Photo: Laser Light

[Via Satellite 05-04-2015] Laser Light Communications, a company that has set its sights on becoming the first Optical Satellite Service (OSS) provider, is hooking up with Australian telecommunications company Optus in a partnership that promises to expand the realms of satellite communications through an all-optical, laser-based terrestrial/satellite network. The optical satellite system offers a path to up data throughput and capacity to unprecedented levels through a planned constellation of eight to 12 Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites while relying on partnerships such as the one struck with Optus to provide access to pre-existing terrestrial fiber and undersea cable infrastructure to evade atmospheric interference.

“The benefit of a laser-based network is the increased volume that comes from optical versus [Radio Frequency] RF. You can get approximately 1,000 times more data capacity in an optical frequency band than you can with an RF system,” Laser Light Communications CEO Bob Brumley told Via Satellite.

When all satellites in the constellation are commercially deployed in 2018, the MEO network will have 7.2 Tb of capacity, according to Brumley. This easily beats out the 60 to 70 Gb that High Throughput Satellites (HTS) are currently able to deliver.

Laser Light’s hybrid network is broken into two elements: an OSS part and the Ground Network System (GNS). The OSS half is comprised of a constellation of eight to 12 Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites, which beam down data to a GNS via a completely optical spectrum. The data then connects to terrestrial fiber infrastructure, such as the one Optus already has in place.

Optical waveforms are highly efficient, but also greatly susceptible to disruption from atmospherics, such as weather — a hurdle that Laser Light is looking to overcome by partnering with regional providers who have a terrestrial infrastructure to back up the system.

“Optus is a unique company in a sense that it, like other regional fixed satellite providers, has a combination of geostationary satellites as well as terrestrial networks. It broadcasts to a regional footprint, like Australia, and connects to its own earth station,” said Brumley.

While Optus can deliver a Wide Area Network (WAN) and has a significant regional footprint in the regions it services, its customer area and data rates are limited.

“Australia is a big country and having an effective and efficient way of meeting our customers’ needs for large bandwidth will be important in the not too distant future,” Paul Sheridan, vice president of Optus told Via Satellite. “This [agreement] allows us to provide a range of broadcast, mobile and Internet into hard to reach places right across Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica.”

Laser Light’s All Optical Hybrid Global Network, known as “HALO,” will integrate with the existing communications infrastructure to help Optus and other regional Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) providers extend data throughput
and range.

“The network that Laser Light brings to the relationship is a MEO constellation, which gives it global coverage in stead of regional coverage. The MEO system, known as HALO, also allows it to pick up data at one Point of Presence (POP) and, after a couple of hops, deliver it to another POP somewhere else in the world,” said Brumley. “When you put this together we have a large amount of data capacity — the equivalent of terrestrial — and, at the same time, we have global reach, which a regional FSS by its very nature does not.”

Laser Light plans to have 100 POPs around the world. In partnering with regional telecoms companies, the optical, hybrid satellite/terrestrial network promises to deliver data transmission rates up to 100 times greater than conventional high-frequency satellite systems with the ability to distribute that data globally. This will allow Optus to distribute larger amounts of data to its customers while Laser Light gains the ability to ride the company’s network of fiber and undersea cable in places where they may need diverse rerouting to overcome weather interference.

“The complementarity between Laser Light’s satellite system and Optus’ ground infrastructure means that, anywhere in the country, we will have the ability to support applications that need the kind of high bandwidths that you just can’t deliver via existing satellite or fiber networks. And we can leverage our local expertise gathered from operating for over 30 years to assist in addressing the different environment compared to that of the radio frequency world,”
said Sheridan.

HALO SpaceCable OSS

HALO Global Reach illustration. Photo: Laser Light.

While the new system, which Laser Light has coined SpaceCable, is complicated, the trade off is mutually beneficial: the network allows Optus to deliver more data at faster rates, to more people while Laser Light gains access to more undersea cable and fiber, thus enabling a more reliable network in the face of atmospherics. Outside of the technical advantages, however, partnerships such as this allow Laser Light to leverage relationships that regional telecoms providers have forged with their customers and with
each other.

“Most of these regional firms are practiced with working with each other; they all have relationships with each other. So, if Laser Light can partner with them and they bring their relationships with them, that makes our network build out and our operations that much easier,” said Brumley.

Laser Light’s business model calls for a minimum of 65 percent of traffic traveling over the SpaceCable and 35 percent or less over terrestrial. Terrestrial fiber is crucial to the success of the system and Brumley is hoping this partnership will open doors to more.

“The Optus partnership is a really good template; we certainly hold it out to the marketplace as a template in considering working with Laser Light. For example, if you are a regional FSS provider or a regional undersea cable or fiber operator you may consider a similar arrangement. That deal structure is what we’re trying to put together, at least for the first four satellites of the satellite constellation,” said Brumley.

Through this deal structure, the company can deploy optical communications that offer higher data capability and efficiency, security and ultimately remove some of the pressure from RF systems.

“In a sense, if you can push a lot more data via laser communications you don’t really need more RF spectrum for this purpose, which can be re-tasked for other commercial, wireless and other more traditional communications applications,” he added.





April 07, 2015

Optus Satellite and Laser Light™ join forces on world’s first all-optical (laser-based) commercial satellite system

Optus Satellite (“Optus”) and Laser Light™ Global, LTD, UK (“Laser Light”) today announced a new venture to enhance the capability of Laser Light’s All Optical, Hybrid Global Network, using Optus’ Australian satellite facilities and terrestrial fibre networks.

The collaboration will enable Optus to offer increased bandwidth for its customers by improving data transmission rates and more cost-effective network management between Laser Light’s All-Optical Hybrid Global Network and Optus’ fixed fibre networks. Optus will become a preferred supplier and local distributor of SPACECABLE™, Laser Light’s space-based laser communications service.

Laser Light’s All Optical Hybrid Global Network
When fully deployed in 2018, Laser Light’s All Optical Hybrid Global Network, or “HALO”, is intended to be the world’s first commercial laser-based satellite network entirely operated using optical spectrum rather than radio frequency. By combining the reach of satellites, with the power of laser optics, HALO is designed to deliver data transmission rates up to 100 times greater than conventional high-frequency satellite systems.

The HALO satellite constellation will consist of 8-12 Medium Earth Orbit satellites that will connect with terrestrial and undersea fibre networks, providing SpaceCable™ services to carriers, enterprises, and government customers under carrier-grade, industry standard service level agreements.

When operational, the HALO Network is designed as a seamless communications system, capable of quickly and cost effectively connecting any two points on the globe through its satellite platform, planned 100 Points of Presence (“PoP”), and Optus’ terrestrial fibre networks.

Paul Sheridan, Vice President of Optus Satellite said “Satellite technology will always have an important role to play in delivering communications to a country the size and breadth of Australia. This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in and offers a new and innovative solution which will provide complementary services and enable Optus to meet growing demand for high bandwidth dependent applications and services throughout Australia and beyond.”

Clifford Beek, Laser Light’s President, Carriers Services, said, “Our aim is to work with, not compete, with the world’s leading telecommunications companies to provide a mutually-beneficial integrated communications infrastructure. We are delighted to be collaborating with Optus, Australia’s leading satellite authority. This venture is an important step forward in providing us with complementary terrestrial connectivity across the entirety of Australia.”

About Optus
Optus is an Australian leader in integrated communications. Serving over ten million customers each day, Optus provides a broad range of communications services including mobile, telephony, business network services, internet and satellite services, as well as subscription television.

About Laser Light Global LTD, UK
Laser Light™ Global LTD, UK (Laser Light™) intends to deploy the world’s first all-optical hybrid global network - the HALO Communications System™ (“HALO System™). The HALO System will combine the global reach of a satellite constellation and the bandwidth capacity of Free Space Optics (“laser communications”), with the ubiquity and throughput of existing undersea cable and terrestrial fibre networks. Laser Light’s HALO System intends to offer its “SpaceCable”™ product as an complimentary service to existing and future cable/fibre systems via industry standard service level agreements with a full system capacity of over 6 Tbps and customer links of 200Gbps bi-directionally. http://www.laserlightcomms.com

Media contact
Gabrielle Crittenden
(02) 8082 7850
media@optus.com.au

Media Inquiries: press@laserlightcomms.com





March 16, 2015

Laser Light Communications Profiled in Aviation Week in an article by Graham Warwick

Satellite Internet startup Teledesic Corp. failed in the late 1990s largely due to technical setbacks. But one of its key vendors—a small German supplier of laser communications technology—has pressed on and could be uniquely poised to support Silicon Valley’s renewed interest in space-based global connectivity.


With companies such as Google, OneWeb and LeoSat planning rival constellations of hundreds, or even thousands of low-Earth-orbit (LEO) broadband spacecraft, some of which may utilize laser comm for inter-satellite links, Tesat Spacecom of Backnang, Germany, could see its persistence pay off.

A subsidiary of Airbus Defense and Space, Tesat has spent the past quarter-century maturing high-bandwidth optical communications for inter-satellite transmissions, an effort that is starting to bear fruit: This year, Tesat’s first commercial laser communications terminal (LCT) is set to enter operational service under the European Data Relay Service (EDRS). The public-private partnership valued at around €600 million ($643 million) is cofinanced by Airbus, the European Union and the European Space Agency (ESA) and is already delivering very high data-rate, bidirectional relay between remote-sensing satellites in LEO and the ground, via a satellite in geostationary orbit (GEO).

“It started with Teledesic, but the German Aerospace Center DLR and Tesat have stuck with it, and now it’s the policy of Germany that laser comm is a core capability in space,” says Matthias Motzigemba, head of laser products at Tesat. “We have been taking the different intermediate steps over 25 years to develop the product we have today.” Through EDRS, Tesat has been demonstrating optical links with LEOto-GEO laser transmissions using an experimental LCT aboard Inmarsat’s Alphasat commercial communications satellite and an operational terminal on the European Sentinel-1A synthetic aperture radar spacecraft launched last year. Alphasat then relays the data in Ka-band to the ground.

With their shorter wavelength, laserbased data transmissions offer several advantages over conventional radio frequencies (RF), including the ability to achieve higher data rates than radio signals for the same aperture. Laser terminals tend to be lighter than their RF counterparts, and laser beams require less power for data transmission. Due to the higher efficiency and low beam divergence of a laser, the link is a secure point-to-point connection. Laser optics also eliminate the need to coordinate RF spectrum allocation with regulators.

The downside of laser comm is that the beams cannot penetrate clouds, and transmissions are easily disrupted or terminated by dust or other atmospheric elements, making optical communications better suited to the vacuum of space.

Tesat is now under contract to develop additional LCTs for future Sentinel spacecraft and is producing four per year using its standard 1,064 nanometer wavelength and BPSK modulation. The company is also preparing to launch its first commercial LCTs as hosted payloads on commercial communications spacecraft, starting with EDRS-A on the Eutelsat 9B satellite this year.

Airbus, ESA and the EU also recently finalized plans to fund the completion and launch of a second geostationary data relay payload, EDRS-C, to launch on the Hylas-3 telecommunications satellite owned by Avanti Communications of London.

A third and final commercial LCT node, known as EDRS-B, could be launched in the future to give the system global coverage, although the 22-nation ESA has not funded the effort.

Tesat has also teamed with General Atomics to cofinance a demonstration of ground-to-GEO and aircraftto-GEO links using Alphasat and an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), with trials planned in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

“We are flying over 65 Predators and Reapers at all times around world. If we bundled up all the data, all the video and [command and control] C2 on those aircraft, that would still be only 40% of the bandwidth that we have on a laser communications terminal,” says David Robie, director of electro-optical systems at General Atomics. “That gives you an idea of what the potential is.”

The partnership stems from a U.S.- German government initiative in 2008 to test space-based laser links between the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Near Field Infrared Experiment (Nfire) and Germany’s TerraSAR-X radar spacecraft. The long-running experiment— demonstrating the ability of the platforms to establish a laser link at a distance of 40,000 km (25,000 mi.) and transmit data at 5.6 gbps—is expected to end this year.

As Europe makes headway in the area of inter-satellite links, NASA is developing new technologies that could bring high-bandwidth laser signals down to Earth. The U.S. space agency sent laser signals from the Moon to Earth with the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (Ladee) in 2013 and is preparing to demonstrate a high-bandwidth point-to-point laser-comm link via a hosted payload on a GEO commercial communications satellite.

The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) is to fly on a to-be-determined Space Systems/ Loral spacecraft late in 2018 or early 2019, says Donald Cornwell, technology director for NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCAN) program office. It will use the same ground stations at White Sands, New Mexico, and Table Mountain, California, used in the Ladee demonstration, upgraded with adaptive optics to permit even faster signaling through the atmosphere.

Despite the challenge of cloud cover and atmospheric interference, that kind of bandwidth has attracted a lot of commercial interest. SCAN received so many responses to a request for information on possible experiments to include in the LCRD payload that “we plan to have something like a guest investigator program on the mission, where industry can come in and try some things,” says Cornwell.

Also in the works is an LCRD package for the International Space Station, to gather data that could support the hoped-for commercial infrastructure NASA is trying to foster in LEO in the coming decade. “Once you show that you can master the atmosphere and the pointing and the acquisition and tracking, there’s nothing that then says you couldn’t launch a system that could do 100 gbps or a terabit per second from the ground up to the sky,” he says.

Weather is likewise the elephant in the room whenever Laser Light Communications’ plans for an end-to-end satellite system are discussed. But the company has an answer, tied to its plans to be a long-haul telecom carrier that uses space as its medium.

Although Laser Light has yet to secure a major financial backer, the U.K.- based startup plans 8-12 satellites in medium Earth orbit (MEO) and up to 100 ground nodes connected by a lattice of fiber-optic links creating continentsized wide-area networks. Data will go by laser beam from ground node to satellite, spacecraft to spacecraft, and satellite to ground node with speeds, frequencies and waveforms compatible with terrestrial fiber-optic networks.

System capacity will be 6 tbps, and minimum performance level 100 gigabits up and down. The company’s business plan is to locate ground nodes where undersea cables and fiber-optic networks come together and offer telecom carriers a way to extend their longhaul networks at lower cost.

The hybrid fiber/laser nature of Laser Light’s network is key to circumventing weather. As the footprint of each MEO satellite covers a continentsize area, there will be multiple ground nodes in sight at all times, all connected to a terrestrial fiber-optic network.

“Say we have to deliver service from Hong Kong to Marseilles,” says CEO Robert Brumley. “If Marseilles is impacted by weather, then the system automatically acquires the ground node in Milan and drops the data there, where it goes by the lowest-cost, lowest-latency terrestrial route to Marseilles.” This will be done automatically using algorithms for which patents are pending, he adds
“We will have transport agreements with other carriers—and something to offer them to offset when they are offnet,” he says.

To demonstrate the capability on the ground, Laser Light plans to build the High Articulation Laser Optics (HALO) Center with a 100-gbps hybrid fiberlaser-fiber loop to validate free-space optics performance and interoperability with terrestrial fiber-optic networks.

Laser Light is using free space optics technology developed for the U.S. Air Force’s canceled Transformational Satellite Communications (TSAT) program, and in 2014 selected one of the companies involved in TSAT, Ball Aerospace, to supply its laser-comm payload and off-the-shelf satellite bus.

The ground-segment provider will be announced shortly, says Brumley. Both suppliers have signed fixed-price contracts. The first customer to sign up is regional carrier Hong Kong-based Pacnet Services Asia Pacific.

Brumley says the system will use the same 196.5-THz frequency and 1525-1550-nanometer wavelengths as terrestrial fiber optic. “In terrestrial communications, the further you push data on the transport layer the more expensive it gets,” he says. “It’s an operating expenses challenge. With our system, the further you go the cheaper it gets because of the operating efficiency of the satellite.”

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March 10, 2015

L-3 Communication Systems-West Selected by Laser Light™ Communications, LLC to Be Prime Ground Node Contractor for New Global Commercial Satellite System

– Data Transmission Rates 100 Times Faster Than Conventional RF –


SALT LAKE CITY, March 10, 2015 – L-3 Communication Systems-West (L-3 CS-West) has been selected by Laser Light™ Communications, LLC (Laser Light™) to be the prime contractor in providing its StarEdge™ Ground Node Systems for Laser Light’s SpaceCable™ network, the first all-optical commercial satellite system with a global hybrid communications infrastructure. SpaceCable combines the power of satellites with the power of free space optics (“lasers”) to transmit data at rates 100 times faster than conventional radio frequency (RF) satellite systems. L-3’s innovations will allow SpaceCable to deliver fiber-equivalent bandwidth connections while maintaining carrier-grade performance with low operating costs. The all-optical network is scheduled for deployment in late 2017.

The network connections that L-3 CS-West will provide for the program – referred to as Global Access Circuits™ – allow direct communications to over 100 Points of Presence (PoPs) around the globe and will be seamlessly integrated with today’s ground service networks. L-3’s advanced networking technology also manages multiple StarEdge ground node locations to eliminate slowdowns from network congestion, outages or potential weather interruptions, ensuring dependable customer communications equivalent to global carrier services.

“L-3’s extensive experience in the development, integration and deployment of large-scale, complex telecommunications systems makes it the ideal partner to deliver the next breakthrough in high-bandwidth global communications – Laser Light’s SpaceCable service,” said Robert Brumley, CEO of Laser Light Communications. “L-3’s StarEdge units are planned to be the key point of integration between Laser Light’s Optical Satellite System and its global terrestrial network, intended to ensure seamless connectivity and network management between the two.”

“We are pleased to be teamed with Laser Light to provide a truly groundbreaking capability for worldwide communications. L-3’s unique blend of enabling technologies and large-scale design experience – including satellite systems, terrestrial infrastructure and laser communications – provides unmatched value to Laser Light,” added Andrew Ivers, president of L-3 CS-West. “Our role in SpaceCable also benefits our valued military customers as they consider laser technology for advanced wireless networking applications.”

Laser Light’s all-optical network – with no service dependency on the congested radio frequency spectrum – will deliver six terabits per second of global communications system bandwidth. L-3’s StarEdge Ground Node System enables SpaceCable to be fully integrated with the existing global terrestrial and submarine fiber telecommunications infrastructure of carriers, enterprises, governments and virtual private networks.

As a leading provider of secure, networked, ultrahigh bandwidth solutions for high-performance terrestrial and satellite communications deployed in over 40 countries, L-3 has evolved laser communications solutions for both commercial and government customers over the last decade. In 2012, L-3 demonstrated a laser-based, mobile mesh network with both aircraft and ground nodes, employing a ruggedized 100 Gbps mobile backbone-class router to provide comprehensive network management. L-3’s software-defined networking technologies, combined with its advanced, cognitive network control algorithms, allow efficient operations of highly mobile networks with terabits of capacity.

About Laser Light™ Communications, LLC
Laser Light Communications, LLC (www.laserlightcomms.com) is a Delaware-registered limited liability company. Laser Light intends to be the first Optical Satellite Service provider of telecommunications solutions along its SpaceCable HYBRID network, serving the highbandwidth data and next-generation service needs of carriers, enterprises and government agencies around the world.

About L-3 Communication Systems-West
L-3 Communication Systems-West (L-3 CS-West) is a leader in communication systems for high-performance networks, including intelligence collection, imagery processing and satellite communications for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other customers. The company provides high data rate, wideband, secure, real-time communication systems for surveillance and reconnaissance. To learn more about L-3 CS-West, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com/csw.

About L-3
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 45,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2014 sales of $12.1 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.

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December 18, 2014

Laser Light Global LTD and Pacnet Services Asia Pacific Agree to Participate in the Development of “SpaceCable™” Services


LONDON, UK, December 18, 2014 – Laser Light™ Global, LTD (Laser Light™), developer of what is intended to be the first commercial high capacity All-Optical Satellite System and Pacnet Services Asia Pacific (HK) Limited (Pacnet), Asia’s premier independent regional communications service provider, announced today that they have agreed to pursue commercial opportunities.

“Laser Light™’s’ All-optical global “SpaceCable™” service “ offers a unique approach for extending our target service area,” commented Sanjay Nayak, Senior Vice President Corporate Development, Pacnet. “This agreement will enable us to include Laser Light™’s technology platform in our strategic decision-making as we seek to optimize our long-term infrastructure and service plan.”

Consistent with Pacnet’s objectives to keep pace with industry’s increased demands for high-bandwidth services, Laser Light™’s aim is to integrate its “SpaceCable™” service offering - 200 Gbps of bi-directional optical satellite capacity - with Pacnet’s comprehensive terrestrial network facilities.

“The agreement with Pacnet is an important relationship and key step in validating our business model that aligns our services with a leading provider of integrated infrastructure while providing us with access to terrestrial and submarine fiber optic connectivity service in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Cliff Beek, President of Laser Light™ Global Carrier Services.”

About Pacnet
Pacnet is Asia-Pacific's leading provider of managed data connectivity solutions to major telecommunications carriers, large multinational enterprises and government entities. Ownership of the region's most extensive high-capacity submarine cable systems with over 46,000 km of fiber and connectivity to interconnected data centers across 15 cities in the Asia-Pacific region gives Pacnet unparalleled reach to major business centers in key markets including China, India, Japan and the United States. Combined with a comprehensive set of managed network and value-added data center services, its assets and experience in the region help Pacnet service large businesses worldwide including Fortune 500 companies. Pacnet is headquartered in Hong Kong and Singapore, with offices in all key markets in the Asia-Pacific region and North America. For more information, please visit: http://www.pacnet.com.

About Laser Light Global LTD, UK
Laser Light Global LTD intends to be the first Optical Satellite Service (OSS) provider of telecommunications solutions serving the high bandwidth data and next generation needs of carriers, enterprises and government agencies around the world based entirely on optical wave technology – “SpaceCable™”. The planned constellation is to be comprised of 8-12 Medium Earth Orbit satellites with a completed operating system capacity of 6.2 Tbps, including sat-sat optical cross-links and sat-ground optical up/down links of 200 Gbps, without reliance on radio frequency spectrum. Laser Light™ intends on interconnecting its proposed Optical Satellite System with global fiber networks, terrestrial and undersea, establishing a truly meshed hybrid optical network, ensuring worldwide coverage. For more information, please visit http://www.laserlightcomms.com.

Media Inquiries:
press@laserlightcomms.com





September 4, 2014

Laser Light™ Communications, LLC (Laser Light™) has selected Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp to be its Prime Vendor for its SpaceCable™ Network - the first global, all-optical commercial satellite system.


BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been selected by Laser Light™ Communications, LLC (Laser Light™) to be its prime contractor for the first global, all-optical commercial satellite system. As customer demand for bandwidth grows, space-based laser communication provides a new way to move vast amounts of information around the globe efficiently and with greater resiliency.

The Ball Aerospace contract will include a first phase design analysis that will lead to completion of an eight-satellite constellation operating in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). The complete constellation of up to 12 satellites is expected to deliver 6 terabits of data per second with service speeds of 200 gigabits per second, bi-directionally, or nearly 100 times faster than conventional radio downlinks.

While conventional systems require labor-intensive infrastructure and are vulnerable to potential service disruptions, Laser Light™'s system will deliver equivalent bandwidth connections at lower operating costs, with higher speed and reliability. This new optical system will integrate seamlessly with existing ground service networks, offering multiple downlink locations to eliminate slowdowns from network congestion, outages, or weather interruptions.

"With a long-standing commitment to laser communications development, Ball Aerospace has significantly advanced the technology for civil, defense and commercial applications through our laser research and development as well as space-proven hardware," said Cary Ludtke, vice president and general manager of Ball's Operational Space business unit. "Our design work for Laser Light™ Communications will capitalize on this rich heritage."

Ball has proven expertise in state-of-the-art precision pointing, acquisition, and tracking, high-power optical amplifiers, and high-bandwidth optical communications technologies. The company has designed and integrated complete laser terminals for a wide variety of user applications that span airborne, spaceborne, terrestrial and ship-based missions. Most recently, the company completed a risk reduction analysis for the Department of Defense Transformational Satellite program that examined secure, high data rate transfers for military communication satellites using optical terminals.

"The timing for this project is ideal and Ball's pioneering work in emerging laser communications technology makes them the perfect teammate to bring Laser Light™'s system to market," said Robert Brumley, Senior Managing Director, Laser Light™ Communications. "Ball's selection for the contract concludes a 15-month competitive process that vetted 24 global firms to validate that a global, laser communications constellation could be built and deployed cost-effectively, without sacrificing performance or schedule."

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. For more information, visit www.ballaerospace.com.

Ball Corporation
Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2013 sales of $8.5 billion. For more information, visit www.ball.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

About Laser Light™ Communications, LLC
Laser Light™ Communications, LLC (www.laserlightcomms.com) is a Delaware registered limited liability company. Laser Light™ intends to be the first Optical Satellite Service provider of telecommunications solutions along its SpaceCable™ network, serving the high bandwidth data and next- generation service needs of carriers, enterprises, and government agencies around the world.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release contains "forward-looking" statements concerning future events and financial performance. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "estimates" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Key risks and uncertainties are summarized in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Exhibit 99 in our Form 10-K, which are available on our website and at www.sec.gov. Factors that might affect: a) our packaging segments include product demand fluctuations; availability/cost of raw materials; competitive packaging, pricing and substitution; changes in climate and weather; crop yields; competitive activity; failure to achieve productivity improvements or cost reductions; mandatory deposit or other restrictive packaging laws; changes in major customer or supplier contracts or loss of a major customer or supplier; political instability and sanctions; and changes in foreign exchange or tax rates; b) our aerospace segment include funding, authorization, availability and returns of government and commercial contracts; and delays, extensions and technical uncertainties affecting segment contracts; c) the company as a whole include those listed plus: changes in senior management; successful or unsuccessful acquisitions and divestitures; regulatory action or issues including tax, environmental, health and workplace safety, including U.S. FDA and other actions or public concerns affecting products filled in our containers, or chemicals or substances used in raw materials or in the manufacturing process; technological developments and innovations; litigation; strikes; labor cost changes; rates of return on assets of the company's defined benefit retirement plans; pension changes; uncertainties surrounding the U.S. government budget, sequestration and debt limit; reduced cash flow; ability to achieve cost-out initiatives; interest rates affecting our debt.  





June 10, 2014

Laser Light™ Communications, LLC Announces a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Defense Information Systems Agency relating to LLC's All-Optical,
Laser-Based Satellite Communications Technology


RESTON, Va. [June 10, 2014] – Laser Light™ Communications, LLC (LLC) today announced a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) relating to LLC’s Global Hybrid Satellite-Terrestrial All Optical Network™ technology.  

LLC and DISA have entered into the agreement to establish a cooperative research and development effort to assess the potential use of an all-optical, laser-based medium earth orbit (MEO) communication satellite solution that could be seamlessly integrated into the global terrestrial communications network. An all-optical satellite communication (SATCOM) system potentially offers numerous advantages over conventional SATCOM systems: 1. It can potentially provide an enormous increase in data transfer rates; 2. It is a more secure system; 3. It will eliminate the issue of spectrum allocation; 4. It will mitigate the challenge of mutual interference as satellite spacing will no longer be an issue.  

The agreement will allow DISA to evaluate the underlying technology and evaluate the long-range potential of what may be achievable with the all-optical SATCOM system.  
"We are pleased to be a collaborator with DISA in this important effort," said Robert H. Brumley, Senior Managing Director of LLC.  

DISA is a combat support agency of the Department of Defense (DoD). The agency provides, operates, and assures command and control, information-sharing capabilities, and a globally accessible enterprise information infrastructure in direct support to joint warfighters, national level leaders, and other mission and coalition partners across the full spectrum of operations.  

About Laser Light™ Communications, LLC
Laser Light™ Communications, LLC (www.laserlightcomms.com) is a Delaware registered limited liability company and solely-held subsidiary of Pegasus Global Holdings, LLC. Laser Light™ intends to be the first Optical Satellite Service provider of telecommunications solutions serving the high bandwidth data and next-generation service needs of carriers, enterprises, and government agencies around the world based entirely on optical wave technology.  

Media Contact: 
Julie Cram 
julie@laserlightcomms.com 
571.346.7623  





April 22, 2014

US Finance Inc. to Provide HALO CENTER Funding.
The First Step for Laser Light’s Global Hybrid Satellite-Terrestrial Optical Network


CHICAGO [April 22, 2014]- US Finance Inc., a global financial solutions company, announced today that it has issued a commitment to lend $24 million to Laser Light™ Global Limited, UK (“Laser Light™”) to build The HALO Center™, a laser communications test and evaluation facility. The center will be located in Reston, VA, with the funding commitment allocated for facilities, equipment and other corporate purposes that will render The HALO Center operational in late 2014.

“US Finance, Inc. is pleased to provide funding for what we believe is a revolutionary new form of worldwide communications,” said Phil Bianca, CEO and President of US Finance Inc. “We are confident that The HALO Center™ and Laser Light™ have the ability to change the face of data communications globally from this day forward.”

Robert H. Brumley, CEO of Laser Light™, said the partnership with US Finance, Inc. for the initial funding commitment will enable Laser Light™ to open what they anticipate to be the first global, open-architected commercial test facility and Network Operating Center focused primarily on emerging next-generation Free Space Optics communications technology and operating solutions. “The HALO Center™ is intended to serve as our pre-launch test, demonstration and certification facility for vendor-supplied equipment and operating system for Laser Light™’s planned Global Hybrid Satellite-Terrestrial Optical Network™, currently scheduled for deployment in 2017,” Brumley commented. A competitive Solicitation for these network elements is anticipated this year.

Additionally, ABS Technology Architects was instrumental in the design of the facilities and the state-of-the-art architecture based on Cisco Systems, Inc. equipment for The HALO Center™. “The HALO Center™ design is intended to serve as an active, licensed ‘Point of Presence’ connected to the Global Grid through dual, fully redundant 100 G service rings, supported by on-site data storage, co-location and hosting capabilities,” according to Walker Dorroh, CEO of ABS Technology Architects. “The operational plan for HALO is to route global IP traffic through the Center’s 100G PoP, which will consist of a hybrid fiber-laser-fiber loop, thus validating free space optics performance and interoperability with current global optical network systems.”

“Working with our partners, ABS and CISCO, Integrity Applications, Incorporated (IAI) is proud to have played a key role in defining and developing Laser Light™’s HALO test & evaluation facility,” said Mike Rigo, Vice President for National Programs for IAI.  IAI, an engineering and software services company contributed substantially to the architectural concepts, system constraints, network requirements as well as the technical and facility reference designs for The HALO Center™.  

For further information on the funding commitment or to speak with Phil Bianca, President and CEO of US Finance, Inc., or Robert H. Brumley, CEO of Laser Light™, please contact Jess Loren.


About US Finance, Inc.
US Finance, Inc. is a full-service financial organization dedicated to providing progressive financing options for today's advanced business environment. We provide debt financing for commercial real estate and equipment for middle to large market organizations. The staff of US Finance, Inc. has been providing quality financing for over 25 years. We work nationally with an ability to deliver global financing wherever the US can legally provide business assistance. 

US Finance, Inc. is not a United States Securities Dealer/Broker or a US Investment Advisor. We are a Business-to-Business Consultant, General Corporate Advisor and in most instance a Private Investor. The information contained in this press release should never be considered a solicitation for securities for any purpose in any form or content. 

About The HALO Center™, LLC
The HALO Center™’s mission is to be the first global, open-architected commercial test, evaluation & demonstration center for Next-Generation Free Space Optics communications technology. The HALO Center™ is intended to be a test, demonstration, and certification facility of the underlying critical elements for Laser Light™’s planned Global Hybrid Satellite-Terrestrial Optical Network. The HALO Center™ will also operate a Network Operating Center connected to the Global Grid, capable of simulating the anticipated performance of an all-optical satellite-terrestrial system, years prior to its deployment. The HALO Center™ design is based on a licensed, dual-ring, fully redundant, 100 G Carrier Class Fiber-Laser-Fiber PoP providing global IP routing, on-site data storage and colocation capabilities. HALO Center™ will ultimately be a solely held subsidiary of Laser Light™ Global Limited, UK. For more information about The Halo Center™ contact Laser Light™ at info@laserlightcomms.com.

About Laser Light™ Global Limited, UK
Laser Light™ Global Limited, UK intends to be the Owner, Operator of the World’s 1st Global Hybrid Satellite-Terrestrial All Optical Network System™. Laser Light™ is a registered company in the United Kingdom, and intends to be the parent company of The HALO Center™, LLC and Laser Light™ Communications, LLC, both US-registered Delaware companies.

About ABS
ABS Technology Architects is a Value Added Reseller (VAR) that provides advanced technology solutions for service providers, corporate, healthcare, educational and governmental organizations. ABS architects, implements and supports the most advanced technology solutions while providing unmatched service, and award-winning talent. ABS has long been considered one of the top solution partners in the United States with an emphasis on Cisco technologies. ABS is a Cisco Gold Direct VAR with practices on advanced technologies that include: data center / cloud, IP unified communications, (voice+video), contact center, WLAN / wireless mesh and advanced security solutions, etc. For more information, visit absnt.com.

About IAI
Integrity Applications Incorporated (IAI) is an engineering and software services company with a nationwide presence.  Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, IAI also has offices in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Founded in 1999, IAI is a veteran-owned business that offers breakthrough products, services, and end-to-end solutions designed to provide commercial customers with a competitive advantage. To learn more about Integrity Applications Incorporated, visit www.integrity-apps.com.

Contact Information:
US Finance Inc.
Jess Loren
312-480-1085
jloren@usfinanceinc.com





January 21, 2014

Robert H. Brumley, Keynote Speaker at the Pacific Telecommunications Conference in Honolulu, HI.


Laser Light Communications™, LLC, Senior Managing Director, Robert H. Brumley, presented at the 2014 Pacific Telecommunications Council [PTC] conference in Honolulu, Hawaii on the topic of Laser Light’s™ overall business strategy; it’s “Space Cable™” service platform; and his outlook for Free Space Optics technologies as a reliable basis for global transport of Big Data between satellite & terrestrial platforms.





November 11, 2013

Laser Light Global Limited™, UK Established.


Pegasus Global Holdings, LLC, the sole-shareholder of Laser Light Communications™, LLC and The Halo Center™, LLC, established Laser Light Global Limited™, UK, with the intention to it make the parent company of both firms, and will transferred its ownership interests accordingly. Laser Light Global Limited™, UK, is a registered entity organized under the laws and regulations of the United Kingdom. Laser Light Global Limited™, UK will become the sole equity owner of The Halo Center™, LLC and Laser Light Communications™, LLC, both US registered Delaware companies. The United Kingdom will serve as Laser Light’s™ Global Corporate Headquarters, and upon the launch of its All Optical Hybrid Satellite-Terrestrial Network™, the location of its UK Operations and Development Center. Laser Light’s™ decision to move to the United Kingdom as its primary registration and place of business was strongly influenced by the UK Space Policy Initiative announced by the Cameron Government, which expressed a strong commitment to attracting new entrants into the UK Space Commerce sector.





October 9, 2013

Robert H. Brumley Speaks At The Next Generation Optical Networking USA 2013 in Dallas, TX.


Laser Light Communications™, LLC, Senior Managing Director, Robert H. Brumley, presented at The Next Generation Optical Networking USA 2013 in Dallas, TX on the topic of: LASER LIGHT™: “Bringing the World The Power of Light”™. Topics included:





July 15, 2013

Laser Light™ Commences RFI Process For its Proposed All Optical Satellite System™.


Laser Light Communications™, LLC issued its Request for Information [RFI] for Design and Estimated Pricing for its proposed All Optical Satellite Service™ [OSS] constellation to a pre-qualified group of global aerospace and engineering firms. The RFI material was selectively provided to 24 US and European Aerospace firms with core competencies in Free Space Optics; Satellite Vehicles [Bus]; Optical Payload’s; Ground Network [Telecommunications] Systems; Commercial Space Launch Services; and Risk Management. The duration for responses to the RFI was a period of 90 days. Additional information was sought from potential vendors as to technology readiness levels; commercial-off-the-shelf solutions; industrial base capabilities; and Rough Order of Magnitude pricing. Participating vendors were requested to comment on Laser Light’s™ System Design Description.





May 6, 2013

Laser Light™ Commences Design Program for The HALO Center™, the focal point for its Network Elements Pre-Launch Test & Evaluation Activities.


Laser Light™ commenced the development of its High Articulation Laser Optics Center™, The HALO Center™ located in Reston, VA. THE HALO CENTER™, LLC is intended to be the focus of Laser Light’s pre-launch efforts in the Test, Evaluation & Demonstration of vendor supplied network elements and operating systems for its All Optical Satellite System. OPEN TO ALL USERS – foreign and domestic, The Halo Center™ is intended to augment and extend, where appropriate, the work currently being conducted at US or Foreign Laser Research and Development Centers such as MIT, Lincoln Laboratories, thus permitting the evolution of technology breakthroughs in US and Foreign labs into the practical application of commercial products and services.





April 17, 2013

Laser Light™ All Optical Satellite System™ Design Program Launched.


Laser Light Communications™, LLC commenced its System Design Program for its proposed All Optical Satellite System™ [OSS] constellation based entirely on Free Space Optics. Laser Light’s Design kick-off was preceded by several months of independent survey on the current state of the industrial base and the commercial viability to build and operate an All Optical Satellite System. Laser Light’s™ team determined that due in large measure to US and European aerospace firm advances in government-funded programs, such as the Transformational Satellite Program, or TSAT, the design, production, and operational expertise was sufficiently advanced beyond the research stage, and evenly distributed amongst multiple vendors to support a competitive, firm-fixed price procurement program key to a commercial venture such as Laser Light™.





September 11, 2012

WORLD'S FIRST SPACE-BASED COMMERCIAL LASER COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK LAUNCHED TODAY.


Laser Light™ Communications, LLC was launched today at the World Satellite Finance Forum in Paris, France. Laser Light™ intends on deploying and operating what it believes to be the World’s 1st commercial satellite communications constellation based entirely on optical wave technology. The planned constellation is to be comprised of 12 satellites [8 primary; 4 spares] in Medium Earth Orbit [10,500KM] with an operating system capacity of 4.8Tbps, including sat-sat optical crosslinks and sat-ground optical up/down links of 200Gbps, without reliance on radio frequency [RF] spectrum.

Laser Light™ intends on interconnecting its proposed Optical Satellite System [OSS] with the global fiber network – terrestrial and undersea – establishing a truly meshed optical network, ensuring world-wide coverage at service levels and connectivity options previously unattainable by other satellite platforms.

"Laser Light™ may truly be a "game changer" in the delivery of large quantities of bandwidth from a satellite platform to the global fiber network system...," according to Robert H. Brumley, Senior Managing Director, Laser Light™ Communications, LLC. Laser Light's™ potential service delivery advantage is made possible by the decades of federally funded research in the field of free space optical lasers . . .," Brumley said. "Laser Light™ will enable the commercial communications market to benefit from the deployment of this next- generation, highly complementary all Optical Satellite System."

“With year over year increases in the volume of global Internet traffic, demand for high rate data transport potentially places Laser Light™ in a unique market position. . .”, according to Clifford W. Beek, Managing Director, Laser Light Communications. “Our aim is to offer telecom service providers, commercial enterprises, and government users a high quality service with an efficient technology platform - an all optical integrated satellite and terrestrial communications platform. It is expected that Laser Light’s global routing options will align telecom carriers with service capabilities reaching symmetrical bidirectional connectivity at OC-192 speeds. Ultimately, the end customer stands the most to gain from the increased transport efficiencies offered by Laser Light™”.

Laser Light™ will commence the development of its break-through OSS constellation immediately, including vendor selections for spacecraft, commercial launch, and field trials of its meshed optical-wave communications network. Laser Light™ anticipates a 1st Quarter 2017 deployment of its OSS with service availability mid-2017.

About Laser Light™ Communications, LLC. Laser Light™ Communications intends to be the first Optical Satellite Service provider of telecommunications solutions serving the high bandwidth data and next-generation service needs of carriers, enterprises and government agencies around the world. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Laser Light™ is a solely-held subsidiary of Pegasus Global Holdings [www.pegasusglobalholdings.com].

About Pegasus Global Holdings. Pegasus Global Holdings, through its operating subsidiaries and special purpose vehicles, is an international technology development firm. Pegasus has demonstrated expertise in defense, security, telecommunications, and Intellectual Property capture through its ability to source globally “market-ready” IP from public and private innovators, enablers, and incubators. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Pegasus Global Holdings is a worldwide organization, principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.