Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Top Reasons to Attend MEF17 - November 13-16, Orlando



Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF shares top reasons why industry professionals will want to attend the MEF17 (MEF17.com) global networking event to be held on 13-16 November 2017 in Orlando, Florida.

Highlights include:

More than 1,000 attendees from 275+ companies and 35 countries
Leading service and technology executive speakers
15+ live Proof of Concept demonstrations
5th LSO Hackathon
Onsite professional training courses & certification exams for MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals & MEF Third Network Foundations
Global Media Hub with 50+ press & analysts

See video: https://youtu.be/SnmbIJgQ3JQ



NTT demos 118 Tbit/s transmission on multi-core fibre

NTT, together with six partners, KDDI Research, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Fujikura, Furukawa Electric, NEC and Chiba Institute of Technology (CIT), announced a demonstration of what is claimed as the highest transmission capacity of 118.5 Tbit/s using a multi-core fibre with four optical paths within the same diameter as currently used fibre.

NTT noted that a conventional glass diameter of 125 µm in accordance with the international standard enables the use of existing fibre fabrication and optical connector technologies. The demonstration is designed to validate the concept of multi-core fibre-based long-haul and high capacity transmission system comprising multiple vendor technologies and advance the application of multi-core fibre technology.

In the new fibre, 4-5 cores can be arranged within a 125 µm diameter while maintaining the same transmission quality as current optical fibre, with a 316 km multi-core transmission line realised with a 0.21 dB/km average loss, concatenating standard diameter multi-core fibre with 4 cores fabricated by multiple vendors.

As part of the new design, Sumitomo Electric, Fujikura and Furukawa each fabricated a multi-core fibre with 4 cores and more than 100 km length. All multi-core fibres can be used in the 1260 to 1625 nm wavelength region and provide similar transmission properties to current SMF with mode filed diameter at 1550 nm of 9-10 µm).

The fabricated multi-core fibres were divided into a 20-40 km sections and three transmission spans with a length of 104-107 km were re-constructed by splicing the multi-core fibres provided by different vendors. A satisfactory low loss comparable to conventional SMF was achieved, with average loss of four cores in each span 0.22 dB/km or less, including splicing losses.

In addition, three multi-core optical amplifiers fabricated by NEC, KDDI Research, NTT and Furukawa were inserted at each end of three spans to compensate the signal attenuation. Cladding pumping type multi-core optical amplifiers designed to reduce power consumption were used, enabling a 16% improvement in power usage.

To confirm the performance of the constructed multi-core transmission line to beyond 100 Tbit/s transmission, 16QAM-based 116-wavelength signals were prepared and the output signal quality over 316 km transmission was examined.

Additionally, Fan-In/Fan-Out devices developed by NTT and Furukawa were used to input/output signals to and from each core of the multi-core fibre. Pluggable optical connectors with existing MU-type or SC-type interfaces from CIT and NTT were used to connect the input/output end of the multi-core transmission lines and Fan-In/Fan-Out devices.

The work was partially based on work commissioned by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), and the companies stated that they aim to introduce the standard diameter multi-core fibre by the early 2020s. The achievement was reported in early August as a post deadline paper at the Opto Electronics and Communications Conference (OECC 2017) in Singapore.


GSMA report evaluates wholesale open access networks

The GSMA, which represents mobile operators worldwide, has announced the results of its new report, Wholesale Open Access Networks, which explores the performance of the wholesale open access network (WOAN) model (also termed single wholesale network, or SWN) in five markets worldwide, namely: Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda and South Africa.

The new report, which follows a previous 2014 study that assessed the potential economic case for the wholesale network model, found that in the five countries examined only one network was rolled out, in Rwanda, with deployments in the other markets hindered by slow progress and delayed or cancelled network launches.

The GSMA believes that the projects in these five countries can serve as examples for other countries considering this network rollout model, and highlight the challenges of implementing SWN/WOANs for regulators that view this as an alternative to traditional approaches to network deployment.

The association believes that a more effective path to delivering comprehensive network coverage is for governments, regulators and mobile operators to collaborate on long-term solutions, with the basic building blocks for enabling this as follows:

  • Cost effective access to low frequency spectrum.
  • Support for spectrum re-farming.
  • Support for all forms of voluntary infrastructure sharing.
  • The elimination of sector-specific taxation on operators, vendors and consumers.
  • Non-discriminatory access to public infrastructure.
  • Streamlined planning and administrative processes.
  • The relaxation of quality of service requirements.
  • A context-appropriate competition policy, particularly relating to market structure.
  • Support for multi-sided business models, such as zero rating and sponsored data.
The GSMA notes that for several decades, policymakers have favoured a competitive network structure with licensing of network usage to a limited number of competing mobile network operators, usually under private ownership. Through this approach, there has been rapid growth and development in mobile services, with more than 5 billion people currently connected globally, including 3.8 billion in developing countries, and providing access to tools and applications that can potentially help to address a range of socioeconomic challenges.

To continue to expand network coverage, mobile operators are now evaluating ways to balance competition with cooperation in terms of infrastructure investment by entering voluntarily into infrastructure sharing agreements. Operators are also exploring new business models with third parties that will enable sharing of the cost and risk of investment in networks in rural and remote locations.

The GSMA believes that the benefits of network competition go beyond coverage, with innovation a key factor in delivering consumer value at the national level, and noted that this occurs where there is competition amongst networks, as well as in the delivery of services and the launch of devices in a market.

The full GSMA report, Wholesale Open Access Networks, is available for downloaded here: https://www.gsma.com/spectrum/woan-report/.


Germany's 1&1 Versatel selects Coriant mTera for national backbone

Coriant announced that 1&1 Versatel, a major provider of data, Internet and voice services in Germany, has deployed the Coriant mTera universal switching and transport solution to increase the capacity and enhance the bandwidth management capabilities of its nationwide high-speed optical backbone network.

The Coriant solution, which includes advanced OTN switching and end-to-end network management functionality, is designed to enable 1&1 Versatel to cost-effectively meet increasing customer demand for network bandwidth while enhancing service delivery across the country.

The 1&1 Versatel high-capacity national fibre backbone network extends over more than 42,000 km, the second largest network in Germany, and supports a range of business and residential communications services via support for high-speed data transfer at speeds of up to 100 Gbit/s, upgradeable to 200 Gbit/s.

To maximise utilisation of its fibre assets and enhance the resiliency, scalability and flexibility of its broadband services, 1&1 Versatel has deployed Coriant's mTera platform in major backbone sites across Germany, and is currently extending the deployment to its regional fibre networks.

Designed to enable network modernisation, the Coriant mTera solution will enable 1&1 Versatel to aggregate, groom and transport diverse traffic types, while supporting the cost-effective migration of legacy traffic, including SDH. mTera is a flexible multi-service transport solution that offers support for software-defined universal switching, including OTN, Carrier Ethernet, MPLS-TP and SONET/SDH in a single system architecture.

The mTera platform supports 7 Tbit/s of universal switching capacity per shelf, with up to 12 Tbit/s of total switching capacity per rack.

In addition, provisioning and management of service capacity in 1&1 Versatel's backbone will be provided by the Coriant Transport Network Management System (TNMS), which helps to reduce operating expenses and improve service resiliency leveraging end-to-end network control, automated provisioning features and advanced planning capabilities.

Imagine to deploy Huawei WTTx broadband in rural Ireland

Huawei and Imagine Communications Group, a service provider based in Dublin, Ireland, have announced the formation of a strategic partnership under which Ireland will become the first country to see the deployment of a national wireless-to the-x (WTTx) network.

Utilising the latest released LTE technologies optimised to provide a fixed access network, Imagine will use Huawei's WTTx solution to deliver superfast broadband offering speeds of 200 Mbit/s and higher across Ireland to help address the digital divide between urban and rural areas.

Leveraging the latest 4.5G technologies including massive MIMO and massive Carrier Aggregation (CA), the solution is capable of delivering a downlink speed of over 1 Gbit/s, as well as providing a roadmap to 5G, using advanced CPE to connect premises to a fibre link at a mobile mast is faster.

Huawei noted that deployment of the technology has significantly lower cost compared to conventional fibre access solutions, with WTTx emerging as a strategic alternative to FTTx infrastructure for quickly extending high speed broadband availability.

Huawei added that Ireland is a country where there is a significant difference between urban and rural areas in term of network infrastructure. While in urban areas cable availability offers an alternative to limited FTTx networks, it often fails to meet the advertised speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s, and cannot meet demand for above 100 Mbit/s services. In addition, around 61% of the market in regional and rural areas is served with xDSL services delivering speeds as low as 3 Mbit/s.

Ireland initiated a national broadband plan in 2012 designed to make 30 Mbit/s broadband services available to every home by 2020. With FTTP as the only alternative and the difficulties and high cost of deploying FTTP, to date only an estimated 12,000 premises have been connected.

Huawei stated that in a limited commercial trial of the Imagine LTE fixed wireless access network in selected rural areas which offers 70 Mbit/s service, 16,000 customers have been connected, while over 100,000 customers have applied for the service. With the 3.6 GHz 5G licenses secured in the recent spectrum award, Imagine aims to be the first operator to provide 100 Mbit/s-plus services in rural areas.


Imagine plans to commence the rollout of its WTTx network in October this year, with the objective of achieving 85% market coverage by 2019.

California's CENIC extends fibre lease with Level 3 to 2040

CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California), the organisation that provides global connectivity for education and research institutions in California, announced an agreement to extend its fibre leases, called indefeasible rights of use (IRUs), with Level 3 Communications on more than 8,000 miles of dark fibre until 2040.
Through the collaboration, Level 3 provides CENIC with access to its extensive fibre network to serve the organisation's 11,000-member institutions, including universities, schools, libraries and other cultural, scientific and arts organisations across California.

Regarding the renewed lease agreement, Louis Fox, president and CEO of CENIC, noted, "CENIC's next generation terabit network, CENIC 2.0, will have even greater user control and visibility, automation and software capacities for security, computation, and storage".



  • In December 2016, the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division (UC ANR) and CENIC announced they had connected key UC ANR facilities to CENIC's 100 Gbit/s research and education network, extending ultra-broadband capacity to UC researchers in rural sites across California.
  • UC ANR operates nine Research and Extension Centers (RECS), plus 57 local UC Cooperative Extension offices, in locations ranging from the Oregon border in the north, through the Sierra foothills and Central Valley, along the Pacific Coast and south to the Mexican border.
  • CENIC is a non-profit organisation that operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN) high-capacity network that connects over 20 million users, including most K-20 students, with educators, researchers and other public institutions. It also provides connectivity to leading institutions and industry research organisations worldwide.

Ireland's ESB Telecoms teams with Silver Spring on IoT

Silver Spring Networks, a provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), announced that it is working with ESB Telecoms, a subsidiary of electric utility ESB and operator of a national open access wholesale network, to develop a national IoT network across Ireland.

The planned network is designed to serve as a catalyst for municipal, commercial and industrial customers to connect IoT and smart city applications and devices. Once the IoT network is deployed, Silver Spring's Starfish platform-as-a-service (PaaS) will augment ESB Telecoms' infrastructure and services nationwide. Starfish PaaS offers service level agreements and is based on Silver Spring's proven, secure Wi-SUN standards-based mesh technology that complies with the IEEE 802.15.4g specification.

As mesh-connected devices communicate with neighbouring devices, these networks are designed to deliver the robust and reliable connectivity that IoT networks require. With more than 26.7 million enabled devices delivered, Silver Spring noted that it has deployed its technology in Bristol, Chicago, Copenhagen, Dubai, Glasgow, Kolkata, London, Melbourne, Mexico City, Paris, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Washington DC.

ESB Telecoms owns and operates Ireland's National Telecommunications Fibre Optic Network as well as 450 telecommunication towers and sites on which all major Irish telcos have substantial installations. Customers of ESB Telecoms include all mobile operators, Irish government bodies, licensed FM operators and wireless Internet services providers.



  • Separately, Silver Spring announced that it will deploy its Starfish PaaS across the City of London and the London borough of Barking and Dagenham, expanding the previously announced London deployment in the City of Westminster. Through urbancontrol, Starfish is expected to connect around 12,000 smart street lights in the City of London and 15,500 smart street lights in Barking and Dagenham.

Dell'Oro forecasts G.fast revenue growth of 600% in '19

According to its latest Broadband Access 5-year Forecast Report from Dell’Oro Group, G.fast revenue growth is set to increase by almost 600% in 2019 as operators complete testing and trials of G.fast amendment 3 chipsets and systems.

While the market for G.fast has been slow to develop initially, Dell'Oro predicts that 2019 will be the year when G.fast sees significant adoption, which will then have a knock-on effect on the future development of broadband access markets worldwide, including based on PON, DSL and cable/coax technology.

Dell'oro expects that momentum in the G.fast market will continue through the 5-year forecast period, and anticipates that G.fast revenue will account for more than a third of the overall DSL market by 2021.


Commenting on the report, Alam Tamboli, senior analyst at Dell’Oro, said, "Operators are holding off on massive deployments throughout their networks until they have more hands-on time with amendment 3 chipsets and systems, which will be available in early 2018… furthermore, many operators that wish to deploy G.fast into larger buildings via FTTB architectures are waiting for 32 or higher port-count units to be tested more thoroughly".

BlueJeans Network Names Quentin Gallivan as CEO

BlueJeans Network announced the appointment of Quentin Gallivan as its new CEO, replacing Krish Ramakrishnan, who continues on at the company as Innovation and Strategy and Executive Chairman.

Gallivan is a four-time CEO with deep experience guiding numerous industry-leading enterprise platform and cloud companies.
He was a founding executive at Verisign, and helped grow the company from a $20M revenue cloud security company serving the mid-market to a $1.5B revenue global cloud infrastructure player. He served as CEO of Postini, which grew to more than 35,000 customers and over 10 million users in 25 countries before its acquisition by Google. More recently, he was CEO of Pentaho, an open source business intelligence (BI) platform company which was acquired by Hitachi in 2015.

"BlueJeans is leading a once-in-a-generation transformation of the collaboration, meetings, and enterprise application spaces by building a world-class enterprise video platform delivered in the cloud," said Gallivan. "Krish and his team have done a phenomenal job in creating this new and exciting space while simultaneously building a company of significant scale with an impressive roster of large global enterprises. I'm excited to join this special company, helping to lead the organization in its next phase of expansion and growth. I look forward to partnering with Krish as he continues to drive innovation and strategic market development for BlueJeans."

https://www.bluejeans.com/


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