Wednesday, September 6, 2017

ATIS and MEF publish specification for ordering Carrier Ethernet services

ATIS and MEF released a jointly developed specification that defines the process for ordering Carrier Ethernet services on a global basis.

The Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification focuses on business interactions associated with inter-carrier ordering of Access E-Line and Standalone UNI products, including use cases and specific MEF-defined attributes needed to support product ordering for each use case. Implementation details will be published separately in MEF’s LSO Sonata Interface Profile Specification for Ethernet Ordering that is on track to be released later this year.

ATIS and MEF described the new Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification as an important step toward creating a worldwide ecosystem of automated and interconnected networks that deliver agile, assured, and orchestrated services. This specification supports requirements defined in the LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) Reference Architecture and Framework (MEF 55) for ordering services over the LSO Sonata interface that relates to inter-provider service orchestration. Information contained in the new specification will be used by both buyer and seller ordering systems for developing automated LSO API systems.

“This new joint specification transforms the Ethernet ordering process globally, thus enabling faster delivery of interconnected networks,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “It makes the ordering process easier for customers while also advancing service provider business imperatives in this area. ATIS is proud to deliver another of our contributions from our collaboration with MEF.”

“MEF is pleased to work with ATIS to deliver a new ordering specification that will improve inter-provider operational efficiencies, enable service providers to be more responsive to customer demands, and help drive market growth on a worldwide basis,” said Kevin Vachon, COO, MEF.

“Today’s process is very provider-specific, and inter-carrier ordering is done either through spreadsheets or one-off solutions,” said Dawn Kaplan, MEF Operations Area Co-Director and Solutions Architect – CoE OSS, Ericsson.

“Defining a standardized process for ordering Carrier Ethernet products across service provider partner domains is critical to significantly streamlining the buying/selling process and thus enabling improved delivery time of interconnected networks. This specification is the first step in documenting an international consensus-based process that supports the entire order lifecycle. The joint team will also be publishing additional specifications that provide implementable APIs that align with this specification.”

Letty Walker, Senior Lead Analyst, OSS & Technical Support, CenturyLink, ATIS OBF OS Co-Chair and Joint ATIS-MEF Co-Lead added, “It is a wonderful opportunity to be part of a team that is able to collaborate in the development of the Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification. Given that ATIS has such broad ordering experience throughout North America, I feel that partnering with our MEF counterparts has led to a collaboration that will provide the framework for a unified platform defining requirements for Ethernet ordering throughout the entire international telecommunications community.”
ATIS and MEF are continuing in their joint efforts to enhance the international Ethernet Ordering process and plan further releases to incorporate additional MEF-defined services.

The Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification can be downloaded here on the MEF Technical Specifications page or here in the ATIS Document Center.

http://www.mef.net
http://www.atis.org

See video: https://youtu.be/O46RPr3Sg18

Nokia adds to AirScale Remote Radio Head portfolio

Nokia introduced new dual- and single-band FDD-LTE and TD-LTE radios as part or its AirScale Remote Radio Head portfolio. The new radios leverage carrier aggregation techniques, 4x4 MIMO and 8x4 Beamforming, while addressing demand for higher output power, extending frequency band support and simplifying network rollouts.

Nokia is also debuting its next wave of small cells with "Ultra Dense" self-organizing network features to simplify deployments. New capabilities solve issues caused by reducing the distance between new and existing small cells and ensure continuous optimization even as further densification occurs. Nokia has extended the self-organizing network features on its Femtocell portfolio to ensure smoother integration and higher performance in heterogeneous networks as traffic is offloaded from the macro network.

Nokia said its new Flexi Zone Citizen Band Radio Service small cells, supporting Spectrum Access Server and Citizen Broadband Radio Service Device Proxy connectivity, will offer operators new options for boosting coverage and capacity, particularly inside buildings. CBRS Flexi Zone small cells can be used to deploy neutral host capabilities, allowing operators to lease capacity to other providers inside malls, hotels and office blocks, where space is at a premium. In compliance with FCC requirements, small cells will be able to efficiently communicate with the Spectrum Access Server to ensure the network uses only available shared CBRS* spectrum.

Nokia Wavence microwave now supports Carrier SDN, which provides operators with intelligence and automation, including rapid power-up of virtual network functions and adaptable parameters to support changes on the radio access network, such as when people move from work to home.

In addition, Nokia continues to help operators plan and optimize their path to 5G using its 5G Acceleration Services and is now expanding the portfolio to include the operator 'anyhaul' end-to-end transport network. Nokia will work with operators to assess the readiness of the network and design and implement their 5G strategies and services.

Harold Graham, head of the 5G business line at Nokia, said: "Nokia is committed to providing the most effective and cost-efficient path to 5G for our customers through evolutionary enhancements to their networks. We truly understand how changes in each area of a network will affect the network as a whole, and as we evolve our end-to-end portfolio of technologies and services we are working closely with customers to ensure they are always ahead of their customers' needs and expectations."

http://www.nokia.com/en_int/news/releases/2017/09/06/nokia-puts-operators-on-path-to-5g-by-boosting-4g-performance

Radisys Announces Next-Generation DCEngine Hardware

Radisys released its next-generation DCEngine hardware, a pre-packaged rack solution based on Open Compute Project (OCP) principles and designed to transition Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to virtualized data centers.

DCEngine, which is based on the OCP-ACCEPTED CG-OpenRack-19 specification, leverages the Intel Xeon Scalable processors. It supports Intel Xeon Scalable Architecture-based compute and storage sleds, with a wide range of processing options that can be installed and tuned up inside existing DCEngine systems in minutes. DCEngine meets CSP requirements for an enhanced, scalable power systems that delivers 25,000W per feed for higher processor density, greater efficiency and lowered expenses as well as DC and AC power entry options suitable for a wide range of environments. It also offers an In-rack Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) option to support simplified infrastructure, easy maintenance and lower overhead. Radisys delivers the final pre-assembled DCEngine rack with no on-site setup.

Radisys said its next-gen DCEngine supports CSPs transition away from proprietary hardware and vendor lock-in to a data center environment built with open source software and hardware components. The enhanced rack design, combined with operations and support modeled after Facebook practices, can bring an annual OpEx saving of nearly 40 percent compared to traditional data center offerings, while reducing deployment time from months to just days.

“Our CSP customers are requiring open telecom solutions to support their data center transformations, easing their pain points around power and costs, while simplifying their operational complexities,” said Bryan Sadowski, vice president, FlowEngine and DCEngine, Radisys. “With the next-generation DCEngine, combined with Radisys’ deep telco expertise and OCP’s operations/support model, service providers not only get innovation and service agility, but also gain significant TCO savings.”

http://www.radisys.com

MACOM debuts 100G Single Lambda module scalable to 400G

MACOM Technology Solutions introduced a 100G Single Lambda Solution for cloud data center deployments.

MACOM’s 100G Single Lambda Solution leverages the company’s 53 Gbaud PAM-4 technology to deliver 100G throughput over a single wavelength, an approach that has been endorsed by the IEEE that can dramatically reduce the number and cost of optical components typically housed in an optical transceiver module.

The 100G single lambda is implemented in QSFP optical modules enabling plug and play compatibility with existing systems.

MACOM’s 100G Single Lambda Solution includes the following products:

  • MACOM PRISM Mixed Signal PHY (MATP-10025)
  • 53GB PAM-4 Single Lambda 100GL-PIC (MAOP-L561PP)
  • 1x53GB PAM-4 TIA (MATA-005817)
  • 4x53GB PAM-4 TIA (MATA-03819 and MATA-03919)
  • 1x53GB PAM-4 PIN Photodiode BSP56A/QA
  • PAM-4 TOSA/ROSA for 53GB applications

“The breadth of MACOM’s analog, optical and photonic technology portfolio, combined with our deep domain expertise and Cloud-scale manufacturing capability, position us as the clear industry leader in 100G-enabling components on the pathway to 200G, 400G, and 800G connectivity,” said Preet Virk, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Networks, MACOM. “By aligning our Cloud Data Center strategy with the requirements of our end customers, we’re enabling the highest performance, most cost-effective module solutions for next-generation Cloud Data Center infrastructure.”

https://www.macom.com/applications/optical-networking/data-center

MACOM's 10G PON chipset leverages its manufacturing efficiencies

MACOM Technology Solutions introduced its portfolio of 10G passive optical network (PON) devices for optical line terminal (OLT) and optical network unit (ONU) infrastructure.

MACOM said its new 10G PON portfolio enables seamless component integration and unrivaled cost efficiencies to help accelerate 10G PON infrastructure build-outs. Its solution portfolio combines the inherent performance and supply scalability advantages of electro-optic modulated lasers (EOMLs), complemented by its pre-qualified, interoperable APDs, TIAs, laser drivers, and CDRs. The company also cites its L-PICTM technology platform and patented Etched Facet Technology as an advantage for high-volume, low-cost laser manufacturing. The aim is to replicate the cost structure reductions that MACOM previously achieved in 2.5G PON.

“MACOM’s leading market share in the PON domain – where we’ve shipped over 135 million lasers to date– is a testament to customers’ trust in our proven technology platforms and volume-scale manufacturing efficiency,” said Vivek Rajgarhia, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Lightwave, MACOM. “With the introduction of our 10G PON solution portfolio, we’ve again affirmed our commitment to helping customers overcome the challenges of deploying advanced optical technologies at massive scale and lowered cost structures.”

https://www.macom.com/applications/optical-networking/fttx-2

T-Mobile now includes Netflix for its ONE subscribers

T-Mobile US will now include Netlix service in its ONE family package at no extra charge.

The Netflix On Us program, which is offered under an exclusive new partnership with Netflix, allows T-Mobile ONE family plan users to watch unlimited Netflix on the T-Mobile unlimited service. Customers must have two or more T-Mobile ONE lines to qualify.

T-Mobile said the program wukk not impact previously announced company guidance or expectations.

T-Mobile also noted that average throughput on its network has continued to improve this year while those of its rivals have suffered under the strain of unlimited data plans.

https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-and-blogs/tmobile-uncarrier-netflix.htm

Kymeta says its fast satellite access service coming soon

Kymeta, a start-up that developed electronically-scanning satellite antennas and terminals for high-throughput communications for land, sea and air, is teaming up with Intelsat to offer a new satellite service with by-the-gigabyte pricing.

The KĀLO high-throughput access service will use fully integrated KyWay terminals and mTennau7 antenna subsystem modules (ASMs) to provide reliable wireless mobile connectivity. The service leverages the IntelsatOne Flex managed services platform. Commercial launch is expected this year.

Dushyant Sukhija, Kymeta’s newly appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of the KĀLO BU, who joined Kymeta’s executive leadership team in July 2017, will lead the KĀLO BU and the upcoming launch of the service. Sukhija, author of the bestselling leadership book “The Cisco Way” is a former Cisco executive.

“I’m excited to work with our partner, Intelsat, to build a global communication and internet service solution,” said Sukhija. “Having worked with numerous communications companies, that spanned 142 countries, over 65 telecommunications service providers, and more than 1.9 billion subscribers while I was at Cisco, I know the complexities of a solution like this. Doing this with a global network that brings high-throughput internet access to a multitude of mobile platforms will dramatically expand the reach of satellite communications, while simplifying the buying process for everyone.”

“Satellite services today are expensive and difficult to buy,” said Sukhija. “Current satellite services customers often must predict their usage in advance. Imagine having to know exactly where you will be using your phone and how much data you will use three, six or even 36 months from now. With KĀLO internet access services, we’re focused on taking the guesswork out of purchasing satellite services, and making it as easy as purchasing a cell phone data plan.”

“Combining Kymeta’s disruptive flat panel antennas and terminals with our unique global, mobile internet services will make connectivity possible where it has never been before,” said Dr. Nathan Kundtz, President and CEO of Kymeta.

https://www.kymetacorp.com/


Kymeta Raises $50 Million for Broadband Satellite Antennas

Kymeta, a start-up based in Redmond, Washington,  closed a $50 million Series C financing for its Metamaterials Surface Antenna Technology (MSA-T). The company was incubated by Intellectual Ventures and is backed by investments from Bill Gates, Liberty Global and Lux Capital.

Kymeta has said its mTenna product line will simplify the satellite connection needed for broadband Internet on the go, anywhere in the world. The company uses metamaterials to manipulate electromagnetic radiation to electronically point and steer a radio signal toward a satellite. The technology could be used to maintain a continuous broadband link between a satellite and a moving platform such as an aircraft, car or boat. The metamaterials could be manufactured using established lithographic techniques.  The technology will be used in flat, thin, light, and highly adaptable antennas and communication terminals.

Kymeta has already demonstrated a metamaterials-based antenna establishing a connection with a Ka-band satellite. The connection used an aperture size of 15 by 17 inches and was about one centimeter thick. The antenna was powered by a USB cable using less than three watts of power to drive the electronic beamforming antenna.

In the latest funding round, existing Kymeta investors including Bill Gates, Lux Capital and Liberty Global were joined in the financing by Osage University Partners and The Kresge Foundation.

http://www.kymetacorp.com/


  • Kymeta is the second company to spin out of Intellectual Ventures. The first, TerraPower, was created in 2008 to develop a new class of nuclear reactor.


India's BSNL signs Coriant for network innovation

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Coriant focused on innovative network architecture and services leveraging 5G, IoT, SDN/NFV, and Mobile Edge Computing technologies.

“We continue to focus on bringing our customers across India the latest innovations in communications technologies that enrich their personal and work lives,” said Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL. “5G represents an enormous leap forward in capacity and throughput speeds, and we are pleased to team with our long-term technology partner Coriant to tap into these capabilities and explore real-world use cases for next-generation services and applications.”

“BSNL’s vision aligns nicely with our strategy of driving innovation in purpose-built 5G solutions and architectures,” said Shaygan Kheradpir, CEO and Chairman, Coriant. “We look forward to our joint work and the opportunity to help BSNL fast track development toward a 5G and IoT future and bring the value of these technologies to India and its citizens.”

http://www.coriant.com

Finisar's Jerry Rawls to step down as CEO in 2018

Jerry Rawls informed Finisar's board of directors that he intends to retire as Finisar's Chief Executive Officer by the end of calendar year 2018.

"Jerry's decision to retire as CEO of Finisar caps a remarkable business career and chapter in the company's history," said Robert Stephens, Finisar's lead director. "We are deeply grateful to Jerry for his innumerable contributions to Finisar's growth and success.  Jerry co-founded the company nearly 30 years ago in a Quonset hut in Menlo Park, California.  Under Jerry's leadership, Finisar went public in 1999 and has grown to be one of the world's top optics companies, with industry-leading revenues of more than $1.4 billion during its most recent fiscal year.  While his leadership will be missed, Jerry has placed Finisar on solid ground to continue to build on its success and market-leading position."

http://www.finisar.com

MapR raises $56 million for big data management

MapR Technologies, which offers a Converged Data Platform that integrates analytics with operational processes in real time, announced $56 million in new equity investment from its existing investors.

MapR reported 100 percent quarterly billings growth for its second quarter of fiscal 2018, which ended on July 31, 2017, one of the largest increases for the company. The company cited
over 100 percent year over year growth in new subscription billings from Global 2000 customers such as American Express, Audi, Cisco, Ericsson, HPE, Novartis, NTT Security, SAP, UnitedHealthcare and Wells Fargo.

Some Q2 Highlights:

  • MapR introduced MapR-XD, a cloud-scale data store to manage files and containers. As part of the MapR Converged Data Platform, MapR-XD uniquely supports any data type from the edge to the data center and multiple cloud environments with automatic policy-driven tiering from hot, warm or cold data. MapR-XD enables customers to create vast, global data fabrics which are inherently ready for analytical and operational applications making it easier to operationalize data.

  • MapR formed a partnership with NTT DATA Business Solutions Asia Pacific, one of the largest SAP reseller and solutions based consulting firms globally to help customers optimize and find more cost efficiencies for their SAP deployments using the MapR Converged Data Platform. MapR partners include Amazon, Cisco, Google, HPE, Microsoft, SAP and Teradata.

"Our customers and partners continue to be at the forefront of this 30-year re-platforming the industry is going through today. We are working closely with them to ensure their success and helping them to execute on their digital transformation and data strategies," said Matt Mills, CEO, MapR Technologies.

MapR is based in San Jose, California.

http://www.mapr.com


  • In May 2014, MapR Technologies raised $110 million in venture funding for its distribution for Apache Hadoop software. Google Capital led the $80 million equity financing. Also participating was Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures, and existing investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA and Redpoint Ventures.  In addition to the equity financing, MapR completed a debt facility of $30 million led by Silicon Valley Bank.

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