Tuesday, November 21, 2017

FCC Chairman sets Net Neutrality rollback vote for December 14

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will bring his proposal to rollback Obama-era Net Neutrality rules to a vote at the commission's December 14th meeting.

Pai is calling his proposal the "Restoring Internet Freedom Order," which he believes will usher in a new era of investment for Internet infrastructure.

“For almost twenty years, the Internet thrived under the light-touch regulatory approach established by President Clinton and a Republican Congress. This bipartisan framework led the private sector to invest $1.5 trillion building communications networks throughout the United States. And it gave us an Internet economy that became the envy of the world. But in 2015, the prior FCC bowed to pressure from President Obama. On a party-line vote, it imposed heavy-handed, utility-style regulations upon the Internet. That decision was a mistake," stated Pai.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel issued the following response: “Today the FCC circulated its sweeping roll back of our net neutrality rules. Following actions earlier this year to erase consumer privacy protections, the Commission now wants to wipe out court-tested rules and a decade’s work in order to favor cable and telephone companies. This is ridiculous and offensive to the millions of Americans who use the Internet every day. Our Internet economy is the envy of the world because it is open to all. This proposal tears at the foundation of that openness."

FCC Votes 3-2 to Adopt Open Internet Rules

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to adopt a new set of Open Internet rules proposed by Commissioner Wheeler and backed by the Obama Administration. All of the new rules, which are based on the FCC's authority under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, would apply to fixed and mobile broadband alike, while leaving room for reasonable network management and its specific application to mobile and unlicensed WiFi networks.

Here are the key provisions and rules of the Open Internet Order as outlined by the FCC:

Bright Line Rules:  The first three rules ban practices that are known to harm the Open Internet.

  • No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind—in other words, no “fast lanes.”   This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates. It also prohibits practices that target specific applications or classes of applications.  
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Moving Software-based Networking Forward



Verizon is working with MEF to set standards and ensuring interoperability with customers and other carriers.

Think scale and more virtualization, says Eric Cevis, President, Verizon Partner Solutions.

See video:  https://youtu.be/AoAMALhP49U


Verizon Partner Solutions: Driving SD-WAN



Verizon continues to experience heavy WAN bandwidth growth.

Greg Harris, Senior Manager, Verizon Partner Solutions, talks about the new SD-WAN service and the factors driving customer demand.

See video: https://youtu.be/schQOU50F-Y




MEF 3.0 - Accelerating SD-WAN



MEF 3.0 brings together all of the components that are needed to be successful in advanced services, says Shawn Hakl, Senior Vice President, Business Products, Verizon.  Here is his perspective.

See video:  https://youtu.be/eu7JI9Q3vvM


Advanced Networking at the new CenturyLink



Adam Saenger, VP of Networking Solutions at CenturyLink, talks about advanced services now that the company has completed its strategic merger with Level 3 Communications.

See video: https://youtu.be/lU4q-x9X_10


Meg Whitman to step down as CEO of HPE

Meg Whitman will step down as Chief Executive Officer of HPE, effective February 1, 2018. Antonio Neri, current President of HPE, will become President and Chief Executive Officer, and will join the HPE Board of Directors. Whitman will remain on the Board of Directors.

Whitman joined HP in 2011. During her tenure, Whitman led the company's separation from HP Inc., which was the largest corporate separation in history.  She also led the subsequent spin off and mergers of HPE’s Enterprise Services and Software businesses, as well as strategic acquisitions including Aruba, SGI, SimpliVity and Nimble Storage.

“I’m incredibly proud of all we’ve accomplished since I joined HP in 2011.  Today, Hewlett Packard moves forward as four industry-leading companies that are each well positioned to win in their respective markets,” said Meg Whitman, CEO of HPE. “Now is the right time for Antonio and a new generation of leaders to take the reins of HPE. I have tremendous confidence that they will continue to build a great company that will thrive well into the future.”

Neri, 50, joined HP in 1995 as a customer service engineer in the EMEA call center.  He went on to hold various roles in HP’s Printing business and then to run customer service for HP’s Personal Systems unit.  In 2011, Neri began running the company’s Technology Services business, then its Server and Networking business units, before running all of Enterprise Group beginning in 2015.

Separately, HPE reported Q4 net revenue from continuing operations of $7.7 billion, up 5% from the prior year and up 5% when adjusted for divestitures and currency. Fourth quarter GAAP diluted net EPS from continuing operations was $0.23, up from GAAP diluted net EPS from continuing operations of $0.19 in the prior year.

Fiscal 2017 fourth quarter segment results

  • Enterprise Group revenue was $6.9 billion, flat year over year, up 1% when adjusted for currency, with a 10.6% operating margin. Servers revenue was down 5%, down 5% when adjusted for currency, Storage revenue was up 5%, up 5% when adjusted for currency, Networking revenue was up 21%, up 21% when adjusted for currency, and Technology Services revenue was up 2%, up 3% when adjusted for currency.
  • Financial Services revenue was $1.0 billion, up 24% year over year, net portfolio assets were up 1%, and financing volume was flat year over year. The business delivered an operating margin of 7.7%.

“With strong top line revenue growth, earnings above our previous outlook and our second consecutive quarter of sequential margin improvement, our fourth quarter results are a reflection of the progress we have made over the past two years to transform HPE into a nimble, focused and innovative organization,” said Meg Whitman, CEO of HPE.

France-IX deploys Coriant Groove G30 Network Disaggregation Platform

France-IX, the leading Internet Exchange in France, has deployed the Coriant Groove G30 Network Disaggregation Platform in major data center sites in the Paris metro area to support high-capacity, low latency nx100G optical connectivity. Initially, three data center sites were connected this summer. The deployment will continue on the entire France-IX backbone during 2018.

Coriant said its G30 solution enables France-IX to simplify network operations and deliver affordable 100G services to its member community, which includes major carriers, high-growth international carriers, public cloud providers, content delivery networks, content and hosting service providers, as well as video game developer and digital distribution companies.

“A key part of our strategy is to anticipate Internet traffic growth and maximize the performance of our network to meet our members’ expectations for reliable and affordable Internet exchange services – today and into the future,” said Simon Muyal, Chief Technical Officer at France-IX. “After rigorous analysis of competing DWDM solutions, we selected the Coriant Groove G30 for its cost-competitive system density, power efficiency, and ease of operations that enables us to quickly scale optical capacity as the service demand cycles of our member community accelerate.”

Talari Networks names Patrick Sweeney as CEO

Talari Networks, which specializes in SD-WAN solutions, named Patrick Sweeney as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Mark Masur, who will remain as chairman on Talari’s board of directors.

Previously, Sweeney served in multiple executive roles over his 16 years at SonicWall and Dell. Sweeney helped take network security company SonicWall private under Thoma Bravo in 2010, and in 2012 sold the company to Dell where he served as Vice President of Security Marketing in the Dell Software Group. In 2016, Sweeney helped spin out SonicWall from Dell as an independent company under private equity firm Francisco Partners.

“Talari is one of the original founders of the SD-WAN space. We have a huge base of loyal customers with thousands of deployments around the world. Our customers have given us an industry-leading Net Promoter Score, validating that our solutions and support are enterprise-class,” said Sweeney, CEO, Talari. “Now the market has kicked into hyper-growth gear, timing is everything and we intend to take full advantage of this moment! We will accelerate our success by increasing our sales capacity, implementing a 100% channel model, and continuing to lead with SD-WAN technical innovations in cloud, mobility and the distributed workforce.”

Talari is based in San Jose, California.

GCP trims pricing for cloud GPUs, SSDs

The Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is trimming the cost of NVIDIA Tesla GPUs attached to on-demand Google Compute Engine virtual machines by up to 36 percent. In US regions, each K80 GPU attached to a VM is priced at $0.45 per hour while each P100 costs $1.46 per hour.

This lowers the cost of running highly parallelized compute tasks on VMs and GPUs.

GCP is also lowering the price of preemptible Local SSDs by almost 40 percent compared to on-demand Local SSDs. In the US this means $0.048 per GB-month.


Netflix and Deutsche Telekom reach international deal

Deutsche Telekom announced an international partnership with Netflix covering all Deutsche Telekom subsidiaries.

  • Netflix is now available in 4K to EntertainTV customers in Germany.
  • In Poland, Netflix is available as part of T-Mobile offers since 2016. Most recently the parties launched a new offer where T-Mobile Netherlands combined its strong Unlimited data offer with a Netflix promotion giving customers a six months gift offer for the Netflix service.
  • Additionally Deutsche Telekom customers in Germany, Poland, Croatia, Greece and Romania can get unlimited streaming of Netflix over mobile networks with the participation of Netflix in the respective video zero rating offers (StreamOn) providing Deutsche Telekom customers the ultimate mobile video experience.

“We want to ensure the best content offering and TV experience for our customers and will work with Netflix to further expand our great partnership”, noted Thomas Kicker, Senior Vice President Group Partnering of Deutsche Telekom.

EUTELSAT 172B enters service over Pacific

Eutelsat Communications’ EUTELSAT 172B satellite, which was launched in June, went into full commercial service covering a vast region stretching from the West coast of the Americas to Asia, Oceania and across the Pacific.

EUTELSAT 172B, which is the fastest satellite to reach geostationary orbit using electric propulsion (in only four months) is optimised for in-flight connectivity across the Pacific and offers 11 spotbeams.

Panasonic is the major client of the High Throughput Service (HTS) payload.

EUTELSAT 172B also offers C-band capacity as well as flexible Ku-band capacity spread across five interconnecting Widebeam service areas. Ku-band can be used for maritime, video, enterprise, cellular backhaul and government services, or as an overlay to deliver live television to passengers in flight.

Rodolphe Belmer, Eutelsat CEO, said: “As EUTELSAT 172B begins commercial activity that will stretch into the 2030s, this is a key moment to thank the men and women at Eutelsat and our colleagues at Airbus for collaborating passionately on a programme that sets a new industry standard. In addition to taking our 172° East location to a new level of performance for clients in the Asia-Pacific, EUTELSAT 172B further validates the value of electric propulsion for high-capacity satellites that are core to providing cost-competitive services in the telecoms marketplace.”

Deutsche Telekom and Fraunhofer IML open NB-IoT Lab

Deutsche Telekom and the Fraunhofer-Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML have opened an IoT lab in Dortmund, Germany.

The Telekom Open IoT Lab will host up to six scientists from Fraunhofer IML and three IoT experts from Deutsche Telekom to develop and test industrial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and get them market ready. The research will concentrate on solutions based on NB-IoT technology.

Deutsche Telekom is now offering NB-IoT commercially throughout all of Germany.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Video: Intro to ONAP Amsterdam



ONAP is a next-generation automation platform and "Amsterdam" is the first software release for early deployments.

Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project, which unites AT&T's open source ECOMP and the Open Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O).

In this four-minute video, Arpit Joshipura, GM of Networking for The Linux Foundation, walks us through highlights of the Amsterdam release.

See Video: https://youtu.be/vzJlbxXuM5Q




U.S. DoJ moves to block AT&T + Time Warner merger

The U.S. Department of Justice will file a legal case to block the proposed AT&T + Time Warner merger.

It has been nearly 13 months since AT&T first announced its intention to acquire Time Warner. The companies said the reason for the deal is to combine Time Warner's vast library of content and ability to create new premium content with AT&T's extensive customer relationships, world’s largest pay TV subscriber base, and leading scale in TV, mobile, and broadband distribution.

Time Warner, which was formed in 1990 through the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications, encompasses a number of premium media properties, including HBO, New Line Cinema, Turner Broadcasting System, The CW Television Network, Warner Bros., CNN, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, DC Comics, Warner Bros. Animation, Castle Rock Entertainment, Cartoon Network Studios, Esporte Interativo, Hanna-Barbera Productions, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It also owns 10% of Hulu.

In response to the DoJ suit,  David R. McAtee II, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel, AT&T stated: “Today’s DOJ lawsuit is a radical and inexplicable departure from decades of antitrust precedent. Vertical mergers like this one are routinely approved because they benefit consumers without removing any competitor from the market. We see no legitimate reason for our merger to be treated differently. Our merger combines Time Warner’s content and talent with AT&T’s TV, wireless and broadband distribution platforms. The result will help make television more affordable, innovative, interactive and mobile. Fortunately, the Department of Justice doesn’t have the final say in this matter. Rather, it bears the burden of proving to the U.S. District Court that the transaction violates the law. We are confident that the Court will reject the Government’s claims and permit this merger under longstanding legal precedent.”

Marvell to acquire Cavium for $6 billion

Marvell Technology Group Ltd., which is a leading supplier of HDD and SSD storage controllers along with wireless and Ethernet components, agreed to acquire Cavium for $40.00 per share in cash and 2.1757 Marvell common shares for each Cavium share, representing a transaction value of $6 billion. Current Cavium shareholders would own approximately 25% of the combined company.

Cavium, which is based in San Jose, California, offers a portfolio of multi-core processing, networking communications, storage connectivity and security silicon solutions. For Q3 2017, Cavium reported net revenue of $252.0 million, a 4.1% sequential increase from the $242.1 million reported in the second quarter of 2017, and a GAAP net loss of $6.2 million, or ($0.09) per diluted share.

Marvell,  which is based in nearby Santa Clara, California but has its corporate headquarters in Bermuda, was founded in 1995 and has over 5,000 employees and over 9,000 patents. For its most recent fiscal quarter, Marvell reported sales of $605 million, and GAAP net income from continuing operations of $135 million, or $0.26 per share. The company underwent a restructuring in October 2016.

Marvell said the acquisition will give it scale and breadth to deliver end-to-end solutions across the cloud data center, enterprise and service provider markets.

“This is an exciting combination of two very complementary companies that together equal more than the sum of their parts,” said Marvell President and Chief Executive Officer, Matt Murphy. “This combination expands and diversifies our revenue base and end markets, and enables us to deliver a broader set of differentiated solutions to our customers. Syed Ali has built an outstanding company, and I’m excited that he is joining the Board. I’m equally excited that Cavium’s Co-founder Raghib Hussain and Vice President of IC Engineering Anil Jain will also join my senior leadership team. Together, we all will be able to deliver immediate and longterm value to our customers, employees and shareholders.”

The companies expect at least $150 to $175 million of annual run-rate synergies within 18 months post close.

American Tower buys network infrastructure in Mexico

American Tower Corporation completed its previously announced acquisition of KIO Networks’ infrastructure subsidiary in Mexico. The deal includes more than 50,000 concrete poles and approximately 2,100 route miles of fiber, primarily located in Mexico’s key urban centers. The price was approximately $500 million in cash.

Hal Hess, American Tower’s EVP and President, EMEA and Latin America, stated, “We are pleased to close this transaction, which we expect not only to enhance the value of our existing tower portfolio in Mexico, but also to better position American Tower to capture a larger share of future urban 4G network densification efforts and the eventual rollout of 5G.”

Citigroup acted as American Tower's exclusive financial adviser and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and Holland & Knight as its legal advisers.

American Tower, one of the largest global REITs, has a portfolio of approximately 149,000 communications sites.

MEF17: 2018 is about creating intelligence at the edge



2017 was all about virtualizing the edge and 2018 will be about creating intelligence at the edge and expanding it to the cloud, says Josh Goodell, VP, Intelligent Edge, AT&T. Application-aware #SD-WAN capabilities will make the extensible platform real.

See video:  https://youtu.be/LrY_Vd8mfTQ


#MEF17 LSO Hackathon Overview



The MEF17 LSO Hackathon attracted participants to work on several projects in various layers of lifecycle service orchestration, says Bithika Khargaria, Technical Program Manager, Office of the CTO at MEF. Here's an overview of the hackathon.

 The MEF17 LSO Hackathon attracted participants to work on several projects in various layers of lifecycle service orchestration, says Bithika Khargaria, Technical Program Manager, Office of the CTO at MEF. Here's an overview of the hackathon.

see video: https://youtu.be/aKULtp7q0oc


AISense raises $10 million for Ambient Voice Intelligence

AISense, a start-up based in Los Altos, California raised $10 million in Series A round for its Ambient Voice Intelligence technology.

AISense's mission is to make voice conversations accessible and searchable. The company's technology is already being used for providing transcriptions for the Zoom Video Communications platform. AISense is planning to launch a consumer product in early 2018. The idea is to give people the power to store, search and share the details of their everyday conversations.

The funding round was led by Horizons Ventures with participation from Tim Draper’s Draper Associates and Draper Dragon Fund, David Cheriton, the first Google investor, and Bridgewater Associates, among others. Bart Swanson, an advisor at Horizons Ventures, has also joined the AISense board.

http://www.aisense.com

Scalyr raises $20m for server log management

Scalyr, a start-up based in San Mateo, California, raised $20 million in Series A funding for its cloud-based log management and server monitoring service.

Scalyr, which was founded by two former Google engineers, aggregates a company’s server logs and metrics into a centralized system for analysis and troubleshooting. The company said its solution takes advantage of the cloud’s economies of scale and allows for efficiencies unseen in rival log management systems. Scalyr said its system enables engineers to search 1 terabyte of log data per second.

The company notes 140 customers, including CareerBuilder, Business Insider, OkCupid, Baidu and Giphy.

The funding round was led by Shasta Ventures with participation from earlier investors Bloomberg Beta, Susa Ventures and Heroic Ventures.

“We’ve had a lot of success with early sales. Once customers see they can resolve issues 5X faster, it’s a no-brainer,” said Scalyr Founder and CEO Steve Newman, a repeat entrepreneur whose last company—Writely—was acquired by Google to become Google Docs. “Now we just need to spread the word, scaling up sales and marketing. We’re also expanding our engineering and product teams. We’ve only just begun to shake up operational visibility.”

MEF17 LSO Hackathon - Modeling Topologies



Crispin Dent-Young and Cody Fant talk about progress at MEF17's LSO Hackathon.

See video: https://youtu.be/YU5KwdvUcFw


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Broadcom completes Brocade acquisition - one year since bid

Broadcom completed its acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems.

Brocade will operate as an indirect subsidiary of Broadcom and will be led by Jack Rondoni as General Manager. Previously, Rondoni served as Senior Vice President of Storage Networking at Brocade, having joined the company in 2006.

"We are pleased to complete this transaction, which strengthens Broadcom's position as a leading provider of enterprise storage and networking solutions and enables us to better serve our OEM customers," said Hock Tan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Broadcom. "Broadcom has a track record of successfully integrating and growing companies we acquire, enabling us to offer customers a leading portfolio of best-in-class franchises across a diverse set of technologies. We intend to invest in and grow the Brocade business to further enhance its capabilities in mission-critical storage networking."

Broadcom to Acquire Brocade for Fibre Channel Business

Broadcom agreed to acquire Brocade Communications Systems for $12.75 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $5.5 billion, plus $0.4 billion of net debt.

Broadcom plans to keep Brocade's Fibre Channel storage area network (FC SAN) switching business and divest Brocade’s IP Networking business, consisting of wireless and campus networking, data center switching and routing, and software networking solutions.

Broadcom expects to fund the transaction with new debt financing and cash available on its balance sheet.

The companies said the deal is not subject to any financing conditions, nor is it conditioned on the divestiture of Brocade’s IP Networking business.

Broadcom said key reasons for the acquisition include the profitability margin for Brocade's FC SAN business, which currently comprises vast majority of Brocade’s non-GAAP operating profit.

Extreme to Acquire Brocade's Switching Business for $55 Million

Extreme Networks agreed to acquire Brocade Communications Systems' data center switching, routing, and analytics business from Broadcom following Broadcom's acquisition of Brocade. The deal is valued at $55 million in cash, consisting of $35 million at closing and $20 million in deferred payments, as well as additional potential performance based payments to Broadcom, to be paid over a five-year term. The sale is contingent on Broadcom closing its acquisition of Brocade, previously announced on November 2, 2016 and approved by Brocade shareholders on January 26, 2017. Broadcom presently expects to close the Brocade acquisition in its third fiscal quarter ending July 30, 2017.

Iliad's revenues rise 6.6% yoy - growth indicators in France

Iliad reported strong financial results for the first nine months of 2017 as its number of 4G subs and FTTH customers across France continued to rise.

Iliad's consolidated revenues rose 6.6% year on year in the first nine months of 2017, to €3,710 million. During that period, revenues for Broadband and Ultra-Fast Broadband climbed 4.7% to €2,087 million and Mobile revenues advanced 9.0% to €1,630 million.

Some highlights:

  • 250,000 new mobile subscribers during the latest quarter – the net growth being fully attributable to the €19.99/month Free Mobile Plan
  • Iliad now serves a total of 7.4 million 4G subscribers at September 30, 2017, with average monthly data usage of almost 7 GB
  • Iliad's 4G users have an average download speed of 37 Mbps
  • Added 64,000 new FTTH subscribers in the latest quarter for a total of nearly 500,000 subscribers.
  • Ongoing deployment of 4G frequencies, with 1,100 sites newly equipped to use 1,800 MHz, 100 new sites equipped for 700 MHz and 560 sites for 2,600 MHz. Iliad's 4G network now covers more than 84% of the French population. 
  • Iliad's 3G network now has a total of 11,300 sites, representing an increase of over 1,000 during the quarter.


NTT East implements Cisco NFV

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation has adopted a full-stack, ETSI-compliant NFV solution validated and supported by Cisco for its new Maruraku Office service, which is aimed at small and medium enterprises and which consolidates Internet lines, firewalls, routers, storage and business phones in the cloud.

Specifically, NTT East deployed Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO), Cisco Elastic Services Controller (ESC), and the Cisco Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) solution, including Cisco Virtual Topology System (VTS) and Cisco Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (VIM).

Cisco to Automate NTT DOCOMO’s Network Device Provisioning


Cisco is supplying its Network Services Orchestrator to help NTT DOCOMO carry out network device provisioning and transform its service lifecycle. Cisco noted that DOCOMO deployed a network functions virtualization (NFV) system last year, but due to the complexity and time-consuming operations with network device provisioning, it has taken the initiative to fully improve its business efficiency by applying “automation” to various operations. The...


China Mobile, ZTE and Qualcomm show 5G NR system

ZTE, China Mobile, and Qualcomm demonstrated an end-to-end 5G NR Interoperability Data Testing (IoDT) system data connection based on 3GPP R15 standard - an industry first.

The IoDT connection demonstration took place at China Mobile’s 5G Joint Innovation Center, and utilized ZTE’s 5G NR pre-commercial base station and Qualcomm Technologies’ 5G NR sub-6 GHz UE prototype.

The end-to-end 5G NR system operates in 3.5GHz and supports 100MHz bandwidth, compliant with the 3GPP Release-15 5G New Radio layer 1 framework — including the scalable OFDM numerology, new advanced channel coding and modulation schemes, and the low-latency self-contained slot structure.

Li Zhengmao, Vice President of China Mobile Communications Corporation, said: “China Mobile has been committed to promoting the unified global 5G standard with industry partners. The achievement of end-to-end 5G NR interoperable connection testing, compliant with the 3GPP 5G NR standard, is an important milestone of 5G to productization and pre-commercialization from standard. China Mobile is willing to cooperate with other industry leaders, including Qualcomm Technologies and ZTE to promote that the 5G products continue to mature and the 5G industry marches to success.”

State of Georgia signs on to FirstNet

The state of Georgia has accepted the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the state's public safety community.

Under the public/private partnership, first responders in Georgia, including fire, police, EMS and other public safety workers, will have access to quality of service and priority to voice and data across the existing nationwide AT&T LTE network.  Preemption for primary users over the AT&T LTE network is expected by year-end.

"FirstNet will provide the coverage, experience and next-generation technologies our first responders need and deserve," said Bill Leahy, president of AT&T Georgia. "AT&T is proud to work with Governor Deal to bring this dedicated, interoperable public safety broadband network to Georgia, and connect its public safety community to advanced technologies that will help save lives."

Interoute opens Virtual Data Centre in Sydney

Interoute has opened a new point-of-presence (PoP) in Sydney, Australia.

The PoP will host the 18th Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC) globally, the company’s third in the Asia Pacific region. It offers resilient connectivity to Interoute’s Singapore and Hong Kong locations

Interoute cited growing customer demand for expanded global cloud coverage in the Asia Pacific region.

The Sydney POP also and extends the reach of Interoute’s new Edge SD-WAN services.

The Interoute Cloud Fabric binds together all Interoute VDC cloud zones, co-location facilities, PoPs, as well as third-party cloud providers with Interoute’s ultra-low latency private network backbone. 

Shell picks AT&T for global networking services

Shell has selected AT&T to provide strategic services like network management and integration, global voice and data services, security, video and collaboration solutions. AT&T will deliver network capabilities and network integration services across multiple vendors that are designed to support virtualized services, cloud strategy, and hybrid network solutions. The agreement builds an existing relationship spanning the last five and a half years. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“Shell needs global integrated network solutions accessible from just about every corner of the planet. We can offer that. And it’s a task we take seriously,” said Frank Jules, president Global Business at AT&T. “We’re eager to continue the relationship and move forward into new areas of innovation with Shell.”

IDC: Worldwide IT and Business Services reach $475B in 1H17

IDC sees a steady increase in spending for IT and business services worldwide.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Services Tracker, revenues for IT Services and Business Services totaled $475 billion in the first half of 2017 (1H17), an increase of 4.0% year over year. IDC expects worldwide services revenues to surpass $1.0 trillion in 2018.

The largest subcategories for 1H17 were as follows:

  • Business process outsourcing - $92.9 billion 
  • Systems integration - $62.1 billion 
  • Business consulting 
  • IT outsourcing and software deploy and support services. 
  • Hosting infrastructure services

On a geographic basis, the United States was the largest services market with revenues of $216.7 billion in 1H17. Western Europe was the second largest region, followed by Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ). The markets with the fastest year-over-year growth in 1H17 were APeJ, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), and the United States. Only two of the eight regions (Japan and the Middle East & Africa) recorded a decline in services revenue in 1H17.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

MEF 3.0 - a Bigger Picture



MEF 3.0 is a milestone opportunity to build on the success of Carrier Ethernet to transform the industry, says Michael Strople, President, Enterprise Networks, Zayo Group; Chairman, MEF.

MEF 3.0 is a bigger idea because it incorporates networking, big bandwidth, and adds agile, assured, and orchestrated.  It broadens the expanse of MEF and will bring in a larger community.

See video:  https://youtu.be/8aZ4l9ttisw


MEF 3.0 - a Generational Leap for the Industry



MEF 3.0 is a transformational milestone for the industry and for the MEF itself, says Kevin O’Toole, Senior Vice President of Product Management, Comcast Business.

“As a MEF board member, I am extremely proud that our organization has taken this critical first step in establishing the MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework. This move validates our belief that technologies such as LSO, SDN and NFV are moving into the mainstream of the networking world, as well as the universal need for standardized terminology, service components, reference architectures, and service definitions.”

See video: https://youtu.be/KoF4wRVnBBw

Digging deeper into MEF 3.0



MEF 3.0 is a really important framework because it allows operators across the world to undertake a transformational journey in step with the digital economy, says Pascal Menezes, MEF's CTO.

MEF 3.0 has four major pillars.  A summary is provided here.

See video: https://youtu.be/2-PZd3PyTzg


Intel outlines its 5G radio modem portfolio

Intel outlined its product roadmap for 5G silicon. First up is Intel XMM 8000 series, a family of 5G new radio (5G NR) multi-mode commercial modems, and the Intel XMM 7660 LTE modem.

Highlights of Intel’s wireless roadmap:

  • Intel XMM 8000 series: will operate in both sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave global spectrum bands. Intel is aiming to enable a range of devices to connect to 5G, including PC, phones, fixed wireless consumer premise equipment (CPE) and vehicles.
  • Intel XMM 8060: will offer multi-mode support for the full 5G non-standalone and standalone NR, as well as various 2G, 3G (including CDMA) and 4G legacy modes. It is expected to ship in commercial customer devices in mid-2019. Intel is targetting broad deployment of 5G networks in 2020.
  • Intel XMM 7660: Intel’s latest LTE modem delivers Cat-19 capabilities, supports speeds up to 1.6 Gbps, and features advanced multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO), carrier aggregation and a broad range of band support. It will ship in commercial devices in 2019.

Intel also announced it has successfully completed a full end-to-end 5G call based on its early 5G silicon over the 28GHz band. Intel says it is participating in dozens of 5G trials around the world.

“Intel is committed to delivering leading 5G multi-mode modem technology and making sure the transition to 5G is smooth,” said Dr. Cormac Conroy, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of the Communication and Devices Group. “Our investments in a full portfolio of modem technologies and products are critical to achieving the vision of seamless 5G connectivity.”

Telefónica works on plastic fibre and 60GHz Wi-Fi

Telefónica is testing plastic optical fibre (POF) and 60GHz Wi-Fi as solutions for home connectivity.

The advantages of POF, which is a fibre with an 1mm core and a total diameter of 2.2mm, are seen to be easy installation and up to 1 Gbps capacity for customers. Installation is simpler that glass fibre because POF can be sliced with a cutter and installed without connectors. The basic elements for the installation, in addition to the plastic fibre, are the media converter and the KDPOF chipset inside it. The media converter holds the plug, provides two Ethernet ports and permits the connection of two different POF branches.

The 60GHz Wi-Fi technology can offer theoretical connectivities of up to 4600 Mbps.

Telefónica has conducted a plastic optical fibre pilot scheme in about 30 homes, each with up to four fibre outlets, with the deployment of a hybrid POF network (wired backbone) + Wi-Fi, with a smart Wi-Fi amplifier as the access point to expand the coverage. KDPOF is Telefónica’s technological partner.

AT&T runs with LTE-LAA in Indianapolis

AT&T has deployed commercial LTE-Licensed Assisted Access (LTE-LAA) in downtown Indianapolis.

LAA offers theoretical peak speeds of up to 1 Gbps. In previous field tests, AT&T observed actual peak wireless speeds of 979 Mbps.

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 supports LTE-LAA.

AT&T describes LTE-LAA as a stepping stone to 5G, which it aims to commercialize as early as late 2018. The progression includes upgrading cell towers with 5G Evolution technologies like 256 QAM, 4x4 MIMO and 3-way carrier aggregation.

China Unicom picks Nokia for small cells

China Unicom has selected Nokia to supply its Flexi Zone small cells and an AirScale low power radio head for deployment in 31 provinces in China. Nokia will leverage its global services expertise to optimize small cell deployments for China Unicom, including network planning and optimization, equipment commissioning and care in warranty services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Nokia provides the ability to upgrade the small cell portfolio via software to deliver narrow-band IoT (NB-IoT), enabling support for sensors for the delivery of many smart city services, including smart transport and metering systems as well as the introduction of smart healthcare.

China Unicom has gained or migrated approximately 55 million subscribers to 4G this year for a total of 160 million.

DT opens European Smart Solutions Center in Budapest

Deutsche Telekom company has established a European Smart Solutions Center (ESC), based in Budapest with the goal of consolidating its smart city expertise and activities across the Deutsche Telekom Group.

DT is looking to promote smart city solutions to municipalities in Europe. The new center covers central functions such as marketing, partnering, pre-sales and delivery governance, and works closely with local smart city sales & delivery experts. The center also offers a unique competence in consulting cities to utilize funds for urban development, allocated by the European Union.

DT noted that the European Commission has allocated a budget of 120 million euro to promote free access to wireless connectivity in public places across Europe such as parks, squares public buildings, libraries, health centers and museums. DT is working with Cisco on a package for cities to implement a tailor-made, secure and user-friendly WiFi4EU solution.

Updates for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform for hybrid clouds

The latest release of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform (v3.7), which is the company's enterprise-grade Kubernetes container application platform, includes native integrations with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Service Brokers. These enable developers to bind services across AWS and on-premise resources to create modern applications while providing a consistent, open standards-based foundation to drive business evolution. AWS services are now accessible directly from Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Red Hat said its OpenShift Container Platform provides a single platform to build, deploy, and manage applications consistently across hybrid cloud infrastructures.

Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.7 features the OpenShift Service Catalog, which enables IT organizations to connect any application running on the OpenShift platform to a wide variety of services, regardless of where that service runs. This helps users search for, provision, and bind application services to OpenShift applications while providing a more secure and consistent way for administrators to provide new services to end users.

Also included with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.7 is OpenShift Ansible Broker for provisioning and managing services through the OpenShift Service Catalog by using Ansible to define OpenShift Services.

AWS services through Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.7 include:

  • Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS)
  • Amazon Relational Database Services (RDS)
  • Amazon Route 53
  • Amazon Simple Storage Services (S3)
  • Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS)
  • Amazon ElastiCache
  • Amazon Redshift
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • Amazon Elastic MapReduce (EMR)

Movistar Argentina launches 5G trial with Ericsson

Movistar Argentina, which is a subsidiary of Telefónica, has conducted a 5G trial in conjunction with Ericsson.

The trial, which took place in Buenos Aires, used Ericsson’s mmWave 28GHz 5G Test Bed solution. The companies report a peak speed of 20Gbps.

Base stations and device prototypes were used to show advanced 5G technologies, including Massive MIMO, massive beamforming, Distributed MIMO, Multi-user MIMO, and beam tracking, which together offered multi-gigabit data rates and ultra-low latency that are key requirements for future consumer mobile broadband and industrial use cases.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cisco posts $12.1 billion in revenue, cash pile grows to $71.6 billion

Cisco reported total revenue of $12.1 billion for the first quarter of its fiscal 2018, down 2%, with product revenue down 3% and service revenue up 1%. Net income GAAP was $2.4 billion or $0.48 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $3.0 billion or $0.61 per share.

"Our results in Q1 demonstrate the continued progress we're making on our strategy," said Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco.

Some highlights for the quarter

  • 2% of total revenue was from recurring offers
  • Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas down 1% to $7.350 billion, EMEA down 3% to $2.909 billion,  and APJC down 1% to $1.877 billion. 
  • Product revenue performance was led by Security and Applications, which increased by 8% and 6%, respectively. 
  • Infrastructure Platforms revenue decreased by 4%.
  • The new Catalyst 9000 has been adopted by 1,100 customers in the first three months.
  • Product gross margins were 60.1%, down from 63.4% a year ago
  • Service gross margins were 64.5%, down from 65.1% a year ago
  • Cash and cash equivalents and investments at the end of the quarter were $71.6 billion, of which $2.5 billion was in the United States and the rest abroad.
This quarter, Cisco changed the way it categorizes product revenue. Here's how the classification matches up.


EE hits 2.8 Gbps downlink speeds in 5G tests with Huawei

EE, in partnership with Huawei, demonstrated peak downlink speeds of 2.8 Gbps in a test of an end-to-end 5G test network in its UK mobile lab.

The set-up tested an active antenna unit with 64x64 Massive multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) broadcasting 5G New Radio over 3.5GHz test spectrum. A proof-of-concept Huawei 5G baseband unit delivered consistent 2.8Gbps speeds and sub 5ms latency were delivered end-to-end, rather than just across the air interface.

The companies described the tests as a major step forward for network function virtualisation (NFV) with a fully virtualised 5G core network on commercial-off-the-shelf hardware.

EE is a division of BT, which has a strategic partnership with Huawei.

Facebook to triple the size of its Los Lunas data center

Roughly one year after it announced plans to build one of its hyperscale data centers in Los Lunas, New Mexico, Facebook announced plans to triple down on its project.

Currently, phase one of Facebook's data center is under construction. This includes two buildings and an admin space, totaling 970,000 square feet.

Facebook now plans to build an additional four buildings on the site, creating a six-building data center campus.The four additional buildings will add nearly 2 million square feet.  Facebook now estimates its investment in the Los Lunas Data Center at more than $1 billion into the site. Construction of these phases will continue through 2023.

Los Lunas is located about 40 km (25 miles) south of Albuquerque at an elevation of 1,480 meters (4,856 ft).

Cisco launches $1 billion City Infrastructure Financing Program.

Cisco is launching a $1 billion City Infrastructure Financing Acceleration Program to help municipalities around the world to adopt smart city technologies. The funding will be provided through Cisco Capital in partnership with private equity firm Digital Alpha Advisors and pension fund investors APG Asset Management (APG) and Whitehelm Capital. 

“Funding is a major stumbling block for municipalities beginning their smart city transformation,” said Anil Menon, Global President of Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities. “With our partners, Cisco will bring the capital and expertise it takes to make smart city projects a reality. Digital Alpha, APG, and Whitehelm Capital bring a fresh perspective on investment in an area that has previously been perceived as too new and, therefore, too difficult to finance.”

Cisco has recently renamed its connected digital platform as "Cisco Kinetic for Cities" and added features to support public safety. The platform now supports real-time notification of emergency information, drawing on IoT data sources and Cisco Spark Collaboration tools.

CenturyLink and Infinera deliver 2.8 Tbps to SC17

CenturyLink and Infinera partnered to deliver multi-terabit connectivity to this week's SC17, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

Specifically, CenturyLink and Infinera are providing 2.8 terabits per second of capacity between SC17 and research networks around the world, leveraging the CenturyLink core network. CenturyLink operates a robust, global 450,000 route mile fiber network and a 360,000 route mile international transport network. CenturyLink utilizes Infinera for delivery of optical networking.

“As the continuous growth of the digital economy expands what is possible, CenturyLink is a trusted partner in an increasingly complex digital world,” said Aamir Hussain, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at CenturyLink. “CenturyLink’s goal is to be the world’s best networking provider and we are well-positioned to address the complex network requirements of research and education institutions. Working with Infinera to deliver 2.8 terabits per second of capacity to SC17 demonstrates our commitment to serving these customers and providing them with the highly secure network connectivity they need.”

Panama's Cable Onda deploys Coriant's packet optical

Cable Onda, a leading television service provider in Panama, is deploying Coriant's packet optical transport technology to upgrade its DWDM backbone infrastructure.

The deployment uses the Coriant 7100 Nano Packet Optical Transport Platform, which offers advanced networking features, including Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexing (ROADM) and dynamic photonic switching.

Coriant said its 7100 Nano enables Cable Onda to cost-efficiently address diverse traffic demands with a flexible system architecture that supports fabric-less switching for OTN, packet, and SONET/SDH, 10G and 100G transparent transport.

Grupo Comtel is the local partner.

"We are pleased to team with Comtel to deliver Cable Onda a truly best-in-class solution purpose-built for their evolving service needs," said Alberto Barriento, Managing Director, Caribbean and Latin America, Coriant. "The ability to cost-efficiently scale backbone capacity and adapt to unpredictable end-user traffic flows helps Cable MSOs like Cable Onda differentiate their services in a highly dynamic and competitive market environment."

HPE and Rackspace partner on OpenStack Private Cloud

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Rackspace have partnered to offer an OpenStack Private Cloud managed service.

The companies said their Private cloud will offer benefits of a public cloud - cloud-like utility pricing, elastic infrastructure and simplified IT – in the enterprises' own data center, a colocation facility or a datacenter managed by Rackspace.
                                           
“The launch of OpenStack Private Cloud with pay per use infrastructure delivered by Rackspace and HPE marks a pivotal moment in the private cloud market and in the industry at large,” said Antonio Neri, president of HPE. “This experience is the best of the cloud and on-premises worlds, and we fully expect this simple pay-per-use technology model to change the way enterprises make technology decisions.”

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