Tuesday, September 12, 2017

FCC: Over 3,000 Cell Sites Still Down in Florida

As of September 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT, there were still significant numbers of cell sites down in geographic areas impacted by Hurricane Irma, according to data from the FCC.

Alabama: Less than 1% of cell sites in the disaster area are out of service.
Florida: 24.6% (down from 27.4% yesterday) of the cell sites are out of service. There are 14,730 cell sites in this area, of which 3,618 are out of service
Georgia: 10.5% of the cell sites in the disaster area are out of service.
Puerto Rico: 14.5% (down from 19.4% yesterday) of cell sites are out of service.
U.S. Virgin Islands: 53.8% (down from 55.1%) of cell sites are out of service.

Counties with 50% or greater of cell sites out are:
Alabama: None
Florida: Collier, Hendry, Highlands, Monroe, and Union
Georgia: Wilkes (1 of 2 cell sites is out of service.)
Puerto Rico: Aguas Buenas, Juncos, and Vieques
U.S. Virgin Islands: St. John and St. Thomas

Wireline and cable outages are also significant. The FCC reported at least 7,184,909 (down from 7,597,945 yesterday) subscribers remain out of service in the affected areas in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

There are a total of 819 (up from 390 yesterday) non-mobile switching centers out in Florida, none in Alabama and Georgia.

The FCC also reported that large percentages of consumers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are without either cable services or wireline due to ongoing power outages.

http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0912/DOC-346690A1.pdf

Infinera lights 10,600km Seabras-1 subsea cable

Seaborn Networks (Seaborn) announced the deployment of Infinera’s new XTS-3300 meshponders on its Seabras-1 submarine cable, which spans 10,600-km and offers a direct connection between São Paulo, Brazil and New York City.  The new subsea cable, which is now ready for commercial service, enables Seaborn to offer SeaSpeed, its proprietary lowest-latency route, between these key global financial centers.

Seabras-1 is the longest uncompensated cable connecting North and South America. It has multiple branching units and is designed to provide additional route diversity to Virginia Beach, Miami, St. Croix, Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro, southern Brazil and Cape Town.


Infinera said Seaborn selected its XTS-3300 to deliver the industry’s highest subsea spectral efficiency and lowest power consumption. While many subsea cables can take days to activate capacity, the Seaborn team was able to configure the XTS-3300 and light the fiber in an impressive 30 minutes.

Infinera noted that its unique large-scale photonic integration technology delivers terabit super-channels and, along with the Advanced Coherent Toolkit (ACT), enables rapid activation of subsea links. Infinera Instant Bandwidth enables Seaborn to deploy bandwidth in 100 Gb/s increments within minutes and a few clicks of a mouse, while the XTS-3300 platform enables scalability up to 11.8 terabits per second on a fiber.

Infinera also noted that the XTS-3300 seamlessly integrates with Seaborn’s existing Infinera terrestrial backhaul networks in Brazil and New York, which include Infinera’s XTC and XTM Series.

“Infinera continues to push the physics of the optical transport world for the benefit of our customers and the networks they run. The XTS-3300 is purpose-built for subsea applications, delivering industry leading subsea performance while integrating seamlessly into Seaborn’s existing terrestrial and subsea network,” stated Tom Fallon, Infinera Chief Executive Officer.

Infinera also confirmed that the ICE4-based XT-3300 and XTS-3300 are now shipping. Earlier this year Infinera began shipping the ICE-4 based Cloud Xpress 2, the second generation of its metro data center interconnect platforms.



T-Mobile US to Launch NB-IoT, Plans Nationwide 5G in 2020

T-Mobile US announced plans to light up Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) nationwide in 2018. The company conducted North America’s first-ever NB-IoT field tests earlier this year in conjunction with Qualcomm and Ericsson. T-Mobile now expects to launch the first commercial NB-IoT network in Las Vegas, paving the way for nationwide NB-IoT in mid-2018. T-Mobile also announced the first NB-IoT modules from Sierra Wireless, Telit and u-blox are already being tested in its labs, with expected availability in early 2018.

Several other big announcements this week from the company:

  • T-Mobile confirmed that will also support Cat-M – another IoT standard for solutions requiring voice support – in 2018.
  • T-Mobile plans to use a portion of its 600 MHz spectrum to deliver a 5G network from coast to coast by 2020. This will be augmented with its millimeter wave spectrum and push for mid-band 5G spectrum.
  • T-Mobile also expanded its SyncUP product family, unveiling T-Mobile SyncUP FLEET, a new fleet management solution for businesses. SyncUP FLEET includes connected hardware and a cloud-based platform with management tools. Customers simply plug the SyncUP FLEET device into each vehicle’s standard on-board diagnostics (OBDII) port and create their online account to get started.

“The Un-carrier team is unstoppable. Not only have we built America’s best unlimited network, but this magenta army is also moving at a breakneck pace to support the future of connected devices in a 5G world,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer of T-Mobile. “Our IoT customers can rest well knowing their tech is future proof with the Un-carrier.”

“The Duopoly’s networks are already congested -- just look no further than Verizon’s recent changes to its unlimited plans!” said Ray. “And here’s my prediction: as we move toward 5G, they won’t have enough low-band spectrum to power smartphones AND the massive world of IoT – leaving their customers in the lurch. We have different plans for T-Mobile customers.”

http://www.tmobile.com

SK Telecom Expands LTE-A Pro Coverage to 75 Cities

SK Telecom has expanded the coverage of its LTE-A Pro services – providing up to 700Mbps to 900Mbps speeds – to 75 cities and 31 counties in Korea. The carrier first activated five-band carrier aggregation LTE-A Pro service in June 2017 and has been expanding aggressively since then.

SK Telecom said subscribers can experience up to 900Mbps data throughput in major commercial districts throughout Korea, including Gangnam, Hongdae, Sinsa (Garosu-gil), Yeouido, Jamsil, Myeondong, Jongno in Seoul; Seomyeon in Busan; Dongseongno in Daegu; Chungjangno in Gwangju; Samsan-dong in Ulsan; Daejeon City Hall; Gochang and Wanju in North Jeolla Province; and Gwangyang, Naju, Boseung, Yeosu, Yeongam and Haenam in South Jeolla Province.

Users will need a premium smartphones embedded with the Exynos 9 mobile chipset, such as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.

http://www.globalskt.com/home/info/2138

Amdocs launches NFV powered by ONAP

Amdocs introduced its Network Function Virtualization (NFV) powered by Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) – a portfolio featuring modular capabilities that accelerate service design, virtualization and operating capabilities on demand.

Amdocs said its goal here was to develop network virtualization software that is capacity aware and that wass created using open source technology from ONAP. Amdocs NFV powered by ONAP is the first and most comprehensive software and services offering that leverages open source networking technology, and can be deployed either locally or in the public cloud using modern DevOps adoption techniques.

Amdocs is a founding creator of a number of significant modules of ONAP, including Amdocs Service Design and Create to automate service design, and Amdocs Active Inventory for a unified live view of services powered by ONAP.

Amdocs is currently working with many early adopter operators in areas such as service design and creation, on-boarding of virtualized service functions, monitoring of active inventory in hybrid networks and the continuous, elastic maintenance of the network itself. This addresses the needs of operators seeking adaptable, scalable, software-driven networks based on cloud and microservices technologies.

“Amdocs brings unique expertise derived from working with ONAP’s early adopters, including North American carriers that include Bell, and European carriers such as Orange, to help service providers drive value from virtualization and this offering lays the framework for additional carrier-grade enhancements as the ONAP code matures. Open source brings unparalleled agility and innovation to the market. In such a dynamic environment, it is important that the industry is able to package open source contributions into a mature capability set for live network operations.  This is what we have achieved with the Amdocs NFV powered by ONAP professional portfolio”, said Gary Miles, general manager at Amdocs.  “It represents a brand new frontier for the communications and media industry and addresses the many time to market challenges facing carriers who want to rapidly launch new virtual services, and gain the future proof advantages of ONAP open source technology today.”

 “Amdocs’ open network partner ecosystem of industry leading vendors has created more than 80 Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), delivering innovative NFV use-cases that speed up complex multi-vendor service deployments. This is complemented by a portfolio of professional services to fast-track NFV strategic planning, implementation and operations/assurance, as well as integration to existing operational and business support systems, essential to commercializing virtual network services for our customers now and in the future.”

http://www.amdocs.com



KDDI and Samsung prove 5G mmWave works at 190 kmh

KDDI and Samsung Electronics completed a series of 5G tests which demonstrate the viability and performance of 5G millimeter wave mobility solutions while traveling at speeds over 190km per hour.

The demonstration, which took place at 'Everland SPEEDWAY' in Korea, involved a battery of individual tests to examine the performance of Samsung's end-to-end 5G mmWave technology. Specifically, as a vehicle accelerated from 0 to 205km per hour on the race track between multiple 5G base stations, the test measured and evaluated a variety of metrics, including handover interruption time, uplink and downlink throughput stability, and latency stability (or "jitter").

In addition, KDDI and Samsung also demonstrated a successful handover scenario, with Samsung's 5G device attaching to the 5G base station as it approached the service area, and successfully being handed over to the target cell at a speed of 192km per hour (GPS speed).

Woojune Kim, Senior Vice President and Head of Next Generation Strategy in Network Business at Samsung Electronics, said, "It is becoming increasingly important that we accelerate our focus on 5G's ability to meet a growing number of performance metrics. Until now, peak bandwidth has been the common refrain, and certainly a big component of the future of 5G. However, the test we conducted with KDDI will help us build a more diverse portfolio of future 5G use cases."

"The trial successfully showcased stable performance under high-speed mobility conditions which will dramatically increase the service experience of users in vehicles," said Akira Matsunaga, Senior Director, Mobile Network Technical Development at KDDI. "We will continue our joint efforts with Samsung to test next generation technology to unprecedented levels and discover new service cases."

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/networks/insights/news/kddi-and-samsung-break-track-record-in-high-speed-5g-mobility-test

SK Telecom and Bharti Airtel form Strategic Partnership

SK Telecom, Korea’s largest telecommunications company, and Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecommunications services provider, announced a strategic partnership under which Airtel will leverage SK Telecom’s expertise to build the most advanced telecom network in India.

Areas of collaboration include bespoke software to dramatically improve network experience, leveraging advanced digital tools including machine learning, big data and building customized tools to improve network planning based on every customer’s device experience. The two companies will also collaborate to evolve standards for 5G, NFV, SDN and IoT. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Software-defined Networking (SDN) and Internet of Things (IoT), and jointly work towards building an enabling ecosystem for the introduction of these technologies in the Indian context.

“SK Telecom is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with Bharti Airtel, a global leading mobile operator,” said Park Jung-ho, the President and CEO of SK Telecom. “SK Telecom will work closely with Bharti to achieve new network innovations so as to deliver a greater value to Bharti’s customers.”

“We are extremely delighted to announce this partnership with the world’s leading operator when it comes to technology understanding and expertise. This partnership will bring a dramatically improved experience to Airtel customers in India by leveraging the expertise of a company that has built one of the best mobile broadband networks in the world,” Said Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman of Bharti Airtel.

http://www.globalskt.com

Charter tests 5G with Samsung

Charter Communications is conducting 5G and 4G LTE wireless networks lab and field trials at various locations in the U.S. in partnership with Samsung Electronics America. The trials, which began this summer, will run through the end of the year.

The 5G trial is evaluating fixed use cases using Samsung's pre-commercial 28 GHz (mmWave) system and devices. The 4G trials are performed at 3.5 GHz (CBRS), utilizing Samsung's combined 4G LTE small cell technology in an outdoor environment to evaluate mobile use cases.

"We are pleased to collaborate with Samsung on these trials, which provide Charter better insight into how our advanced, powered, high speed network-which currently passes 49 million homes and businesses-can be used to enable 5G services," said Craig Cowden, Senior VP, Wireless Technology at Charter Communications. "In addition, as we move closer to the launch of a Spectrum wireless service in 2018, our work with Samsung on trials of 4G small cell technology will support our overall wireless strategy."

"As a pioneer in small cell networks technologies, Samsung is excited to partner with Charter as they evaluate their next-generation 5G and 4G wireless network technologies," said Mark Louison, SVP and General Manager, Networks, Samsung Electronics America. "These projects, with communications leaders such as Charter, will continue to lay the foundation for future business models and customer applications that tap the full potential of both 4G LTE and 5G."

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/networks/insights/news/samsung-and-charter-to-collaborate-on-5g-trials-in-the-us

U.S. Army awards $135M cloud service contract to IBM

The U.S. Army’s Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) awarded IBM a 33-month contract valued at $135 million to continue providing cloud services, software development and cognitive computing. This constitutesthe technical infrastructure for one of the U.S. federal government’s biggest logistics systems.

IBM has been working with LOGSA since 2012 under a managed services agreement whereby the Army pays only for cloud services that it actually consumes. The new contract will allow the Army to avoid about $15 million per year in operational costs.

As part of this new contract, the Army will also benefit from the IBM Watson IoT for Manufacturing and Industrial Products product suite, which includes IBM Predictive Maintenance and Quality System, an integrated solution that monitors, analyzes, and reports on information gathered from devices and equipment and recommends maintenance procedures. IBM said this will help the Army predict vehicle maintenance failures from more than 5 billion data points of on-board sensors that will be stored within this environment. In addition, the Army is adopting Watson IoT services and a new Watson IoT Equipment Advisor solution that analyzes unstructured, structured and sensor data directly from military assets.

“LOGSA and the Army can now take advantage of the technological innovation that cloud offers – especially cognitive computing and analytics – so that the Army can continue to reap cost savings, further streamline its operations and deliver services to its clients,” said Lisa Mascolo, managing director, U.S. Public Service, IBM’s Global Business Services.  “We're pleased to continue our work with the Army to demonstrate the viability of cloud for mission applications and the promised benefits of efficiency and taxpayer savings."

"Over the past four and a half years, LOGSA has benefitted from the business and technical advantages of the cloud,” said LOGSA Commander Col. John D. Kuenzli. “Now, we’re moving beyond infrastructure as-a-service and embracing both platform and software as-a service, adopting commercial cloud capabilities to further enhance Army readiness.”
“When Gen. Perna took command of the Army Materiel Command, he said we cannot conduct tomorrow's operations using yesterday's processes and procedures,” Kuenzli added. “He has since emphasized understanding the leading indicators to readiness, and getting in front of the Army's logistics challenges. The services we have received from IBM and the potential of IBM Watson IoT truly enable LOGSA to deliver cutting-edge business intelligence and tools to give the Army unprecedented logistics support at efficient and affordable means.”

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/53088.wss

Sequans gains AT&T certification for LTE Cat 1 module

Sequans Communications' LTE Cat 1 module has been certified to operate on AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

The all-in-one LTE for IoT module is based on Sequans’ Calliope LTE Cat 1 Platform and includes memory, power management and a complete RF front-end for AT&T’s LTE bands, all in a single, affordable, compact, surface-mount package.

http://www.sequans.com

Huawei picks Xilinx FPGAs for Accelerated Cloud Server

Huawei has selected Xilinx Virtex UltraScale+ FPGAs to power their first FP1 instance as part of a new accelerated cloud service. The Huawei FPGA Accelerated Cloud Server (FACS) is a platform that enables users to develop, deploy and publish new FPGA-based services and applications on Huawei Public Cloud.

Xilinx said its FPGAs can provide a 10-50x speed-up for compute intensive cloud applications such as machine learning, data analytics, and video processing.  Xilinx FPGAs can be reconfigured in less than a second to a different design that is hardware optimized for its next workload.

"The Huawei FACS is a fully integrated hardware and software platform offering developer-to-deployment support with best-in-class industry tool chains and access to Huawei's significant FPGA engineering expertise," said Steve Langridge, Director, Central Hardware Institute, Huawei Canada Research Center.

The FPGA Accelerated Cloud Server now available on the Huawei Public Cloud.

http://www.hwclouds.com/product/fcs.html
http://www.huaweicloud.com

Ericsson appoints Heuveldop as Head of Market Area North America

Ericsson has appointed Niklas Heuveldop to be Head of Market Area North America.

In addition to his current role as Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Technology & Emerging Business, he has also been Acting Head of Market Area North America since May 2017. He will now, on a permanent basis, lead the organization of approximately 11,500 employees in serving Ericsson’s customers in the United States and Canada.

Ericsson in North America is currently headquartered in Plano, Texas and has 31 office sites in the US and Canada, including major research hubs in Montreal. In Q2 2017, sales in North America were SEK 12.5 b.

http://www.ericsson.com

Sprint Names Ivo Rook Senior VP of IoT

Sprint appointed Ivo Rook to the newly created position of senior vice president of IoT, where he will lead and build Sprint’s IoT business. He will also serve as a strategic advisor to Sprint and Softbank.

Rook has spent his last seven years at Vodafone, most recently chief executive officer for Vodafone’s IoT Business, which has $1B in revenue, 50m connections and 1,400 employees spanning 30 countries. In that role, he led Vodafone’s IoT strategy, driving its growth, products, operations and profit and loss globally. He also held positions at Vodafone Global Enterprise as director of Northern Europe and director of Germany and Central Europe.

http://www.sprint.com

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