Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Singtel Launches 450 Mbps Mobile Data Speeds

Singtel launched 450 Mbps 4G LTE-Advanced service in its home market of Singapore.

The 450Mbps service is available to all Singtel 4G customers at no additional charge. The first device to support the speed are the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.  LG V20 users will also be able to harness the higher speeds with a soon-to-be released software update. More compatible smartphone models are expected to be launched by early 2017.

“Singtel is investing ahead to deliver faster speeds and wider connections with the steady deployment of innovative technologies on our live network. With more customers consuming and sharing mobile videos, 450Mbps speeds will enable them to download movies in a flash and give them a better entertainment experience while on the go,” stated Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel.

The boost is made possible by Singtel’s nationwide LTE network upgrade to support 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation, or 256 QAM, which increases the number of unique radio waveform shapes to carry up to 33.33% higher data and elevates spectral efficiency.

Separately, Singtel and Ericsson have demonstrated download speeds of up to 1Gbps in a live 4G network pilot at two sites in Pasir Ris. This was achieved by deploying 256 QAM downlink, 4x4 Multiple Input Multiple Output (4x4 MIMO) and triple carrier aggregation technologies. 4x4 MIMO doubles the number of data paths between a cellular base station and mobile phones, delivering a speed boost of up to two times normal speeds.

Singtel said it plans to progressively rollout 4x4 MIMO technology on its network starting next year to deliver up to 1Gbps speeds at selected high-traffic locations. Supporting mobile devices are expected to be ready by end 2017.

http://www.singtel.com

Verizon Enterprise Looks to SevOne for SD-WAN Visibility

Verizon is working with SevOne to deliver added levels of visibility into the performance of its Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD WAN) services.

The solution provides an integrated Web interface giving enterprise clients gain an end-to-end view of services spanning the physical and virtual network. Some highlights:

  • Analyze performance of the hybrid WAN to help enhance delivery of applications to users 
  • Correlate disparate metrics into a single-services view spanning the SD WAN, application performance and the supporting infrastructure
  • Automate baseline performance metrics that drive predictive alerts on service performance
  • Unify performance metrics across network, security and applications
  • Provide speed to intelligence at scale across the global enterprise footprint
  • Digital transformation simplifies, yet increases complexity 

“Companies are well into their journeys with next-generation virtualized environments to
accelerate their businesses, yet many don’t have the required level of operational insight,” said Jack Sweeney, CEO, SevOne. “The collaboration between SevOne and Verizon provides organizations with unprecedented business agility that allows them to proactively manage more of their digital infrastructure, visualize and report and troubleshoot quickly.”

“Verizon's SD WAN portfolio is a major milestone in our company's multi-stage journey toward fully virtualizing the network and delivering virtual business services that help increase reliability, agility and efficiency,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of networking and innovation. “This initiative plays a major part in our overall enterprise digital transformation strategy, in which we are committed to helping clients accelerate innovation and maintain a competitive edge through simplified management and cost control.”

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-sevone-join-forces-deliver-added-visibility-software-defined-networking-services

Verizon Launches Virtual Network Services


Verizon Enterprise Solutions announced its launch of Virtual Network Services with the aim of transitioning its enterprise customers to a virtual infrastructure model, providing greater agility and on-demand resources. The new services, which are underpinned by Verizon's open SDN and NFV architecture, will be available in the U.S. and internationally.  The virtualized services can be delivered across public, private and wireless networks from...

Viavi Delivers 40 Gbps Wire Rate Analytics, Traffic and Storage

Viavi Solutions introduced its latest Observer Platform featuring 40 Gbps wire rate analytics, traffic, and storage with real-time reporting.

Key updates to the Observer Platform include:

  • Custom-designed Gen3 capture card with 40 Gbps capture rate and accelerated analytics, providing the industry’s fastest access to stored packet data and analysis
  • Fault-tolerant custom enclosures support four years of uninterrupted, 100% duty-cycle, line-rate capture without dropping a single packet for the ultimate in transaction visibility and peace of mind
  • Standard operational network, application, and unified communications workflows are automated to mirror the way IT teams approach these three most common types of issues enabling faster analysis and resolution
  • All new models are tailored to customer use cases, accommodating any location, network, or data center configuration.

“More than just metadata, Viavi delivers the purity of complete forensic data at 40 Gbps wire-rate data center speeds to help ensure troubleshooting and threat intelligence information is always available,” said Douglas Roberts, Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise & Cloud Business Unit, Viavi Solutions.

http://www.viavisolutions.com/

Aquantia Supplies Silicon for Dell EMC Open Networking Switch

Dell EMC Networking is using Aquantia's multi-Gig AQrate PHY products for its new N-Series family of Open Networking campus switches.

Aquantia said its AQrate silicon delivers up to 5 Gbps throughput over 100m of Cat5e/Cat6 cables. Aquantia and major industry players co-founded the NBASE-T Alliance to further develop and promote the technology. In September 2016, this multi-Gig technology was formally approved as the IEEE 802.3bz standard. Aquantia's AQrate product line - with single, dual and quad-port configurations - is the only PHY technology in mass production today enabling network scaling to both 5 and 2.5GbE on Cat5e and Cat6 cabling infrastructure.

"Digital transformation and the increasing reliance on wireless networks creates a real need for next-generation network infrastructure," said Jeffrey Baher, senior director, Product and Technical Marketing, Dell Networking. "Working with Aquantia, our goal is to help customers future proof investments by implementing higher-speed 2.5 and 5G multi-gig switch solutions with greater capabilities and confidence."

"Aquantia is honored to have the opportunity to work with Dell EMC and its new N-Series family of Open Networking campus switches," said Faraj Aalaei, Chairman and CEO of Aquantia. "By combining our AQrate technology with Dell EMC's Open Networking systems, we can help unlock unmatched choice and capability when it comes to end-user and campus networks. This design win is another example of Aquantia's traction in the rapidly expanding enterprise market, which further solidifies our position as a leading supplier of high-speed Ethernet connectivity solutions."

http://www.aquantia.com

China's EasyStack Raises $50M for OpenStack

EasyStack, a start-up based in Beijing, announced that it closed US$50 million in Series C funding for its OpenStack cloud enterprise solutions.

EasyStack, which claims to be the leading OpenStack cloud platform and service provider in Asia-Pacific, was founded in February 2014 by the core team of IBM China R&D Center.

In terms of products and services, EasyStack released the first OpenStack ESCloud for the enterprise customers in China, the first hybird cloud solution based on OpenStack in China and the first ESCaaS, the Elastic Dedicated Cloud Solution based on OpenStack. Currently, EasyStack portfolio includes ESCore, ESCloud, ESCloud+, ESCaaS, ESRoller, and ESHybrid.

Easystack's enterprise clients include China Mobile, China Telecom, The State Grid, Postal Savings Bank of China, China UnionPay, CIB Fintech, Rural Credit Banks Funds Clearing Center, Guotai Junan Securities, Lenovo Group, TCL, Tsinghua University and Tianhe Cloud.

The round of funding was led by Cash Capital with participation by several RMB funds. EasyStack said this sets a new record for funding in a single round in the open source field in China.

Xilun Chen, the founder and CEO of EasyStack said, "The core competitiveness of the cloud computing service provider is demonstrated in the R&D capacity of the basic technologies based on the accumulation of the service and implementation experience of the enterprises and the establishment of the threshold of the leading enterprise clients of a certain industry. With the joining of a new round of financing, EasyStack will enlarge its investment in R&D of technologies, contribute to the open source community and enhance the original creativity of cloud computing technologies; it will continue to improve the products and solutions and further expand the width and depth of the product line; through its own technical capacity, professional services and strong eco-platform, it will create values for more enterprise clients in different industries."

http://www.easystack.cn

Panzura Lands $32 Million for Hybrid Cloud Storage

Panzura, a start-up based in Campbell, California, raised $32 million in new venture funding for its hybrid cloud storage solutions.

Panzura said its hybrid cloud storage software seamlessly combines the economics, capacity, and business model of cloud storage with the flexibility, performance and features of enterprise storage. The company is adding multiple petabytes of new enterprise storage per month. Panzura added over 26 new petabytes of enterprise storage in 2016 and its hybrid cloud NAS, archive and collaboration storage products were deployed in over 33 countries across multiple industries and governments.

The new funding round led by Matrix Partners and joined by Meritech Capital Partners, Opus Capital, Chevron and Western Digital as well as an undisclosed strategic investor.

“The on premises storage model is outdated, expensive and collapsing under its own weight,” said Patrick Harr, CEO of Panzura. “With a cloud-first model and Panzura, customers can modernize their storage architectures, significantly reduce their costs and scale on demand without the overhead and capital required before. We are excited about the new round as it enables us to expand our reach to new customers and markets that will benefit from the significant shift from the dying, on premise storage model to hybrid cloud storage.”

http://www.panzura.com

Aptilo Powers Wi-Fi in the London Underground

Aptilo Networks confirmed that its Wi-Fi service management solutions are being used by 3UK to serve some 500K subscribers with Wi-Fi in the London Underground.

3UK, which had no Wi-Fi capabilities prior to the launch in 2014, built its Wi-Fi service from the ground-up using the Aptilo Managed Service through an existing Wi-Fi access network deployed across the London Underground by Virgin Media. Mobile users in the Underground stations are able to register for service using a customized web portal integrated with 3UK's my3 customer care portal. Once registered, the Aptilo Wi-Fi service management solution remembers users and provides returning users with a seamless, automatic login.

The operator is using a high-capacity Wi-Fi network to bridge the gap between 3UK's leading 4G network and metro stations where mobile coverage can be difficult to obtain.

"For 3UK this is a clear win-win; they reduce costs by deploying through a third-party network and are able to provide a Wi-Fi service which is fully integrated with existing mobile data services," said Frédéric Servat, Regional Account Director, EMEA, Aptilo Networks.

http://www.aptilo.com

Sandvine wins $4 million deal for application-based pricing and business intelligence at Tier 1 operator

Sandvine announced orders totaling over $4 million from a Tier 1 converged mobile/fixed communications service provider (CSP) headquartered in Sandvine's APAC sales region.

Sandvine said this customer will use its PTS 32000 series platform and software licenses to launch application-based service plans for subscribers so that they can select the plan that best suits their Internet usage preferences. Additionally, Sandvine's business intelligence products, including Network Analytics and the Record Generator feature, will give the CSP unparalleled, actionable insight into Internet traffic on its network. Together, the business intelligence capabilities provide the CSP with the flexibility to view key metrics on network traffic and quality of experience for the user in pre-configured dashboards or in customized formats, either within the Sandvine product or as part of the CSP's Big Data solution.

http://www.sandvine.com

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