Thursday, November 30, 2017

Zayo provides US terrestrial fiber for New Cross Pacific cable

Zayo has been selected to provide a private dedicated network (PDN) for New Cross Pacific (NCP) US Backhaul group, comprised of Chunghwa Telecom, KT Corporation, China Telecom, China Mobile International and China Unicom.

Zayo's PDN will be used to backhaul traffic from NCP's U.S. landing station across the western United States.

The NCP subsea cable, which spans more than 13,000km (8,000 miles), will link Asian landing stations in Chongming, Nanhui, Lingang, Busan, Toucheng and Maruyama with its U.S. landing station in Hillsboro, Oregon. The NCP subsea cable is expected to land in the next few months, providing capacity that can scale up to 80 Tbps.

Zayo’s 4,300km (2,700 mile) backhaul solution will provide NCP’s US Backhaul group with connectivity from the landing station throughout the West Coast, including San Jose and Los Angeles, with connectivity options throughout North America. The PDN solution provides dark fiber as well as a full range of managed fiber solutions.

“This milestone agreement leverages our dense fiber connectivity across the west coast to cable landing stations and provides the group with a high-capacity solution that we can turn up quickly and efficiently,” said Jack Waters, CTO and president of Fiber Solutions at Zayo. “Zayo’s recent acquisition of Electric Lightwave this year has been pivotal, enabling Zayo to provide a high-capacity solution of this scope and scale.”

OIF starts work on long reach and medium reach CEI-112G

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) has begun work on long reach (LR) and medium reach (MR) CEI-112G. The goal is to define an interface to enable high-loss 112G backplane channels. This project will also facilitate direct attach copper (DAC) cable channel links at 112G. The CEI-112G-MR project will develop specifications for a chip-to-chip (c2c) interface which can also be used to support applications of 112Gx2 (224G), and 112Gx4 (448G) with reduced power, complexity, and enhanced density.

The CEI-112G-LR project builds upon two existing 100G serial electrical link projects.

“These projects build upon the relevant and foundational 56G and 112G CEI roadmap the OIF has established,” said Nathan Tracy of TE Connectivity and OIF vice president of marketing.  “The industry continues to look to the OIF to deliver interoperable implementation agreements that will drive adoption of both 100 Gb/s serial applications and the interfaces needed to address higher bandwidth.”

New IEEE 802.11 Light Communications Study Group gets underway

A new IEEE 802.11 Light Communications Study Group has been formed to engage with manufacturers, operators and end users to discuss a global wireless local area network light communications standard.

IEEE said solid state lighting, e.g., LED lighting, could leverage available and very large source of wireless spectrum outside of the traditional radio spectrum and that the technology has notable potential as a wireless solution that offers greater bandwidth and efficiency, security, and data density, while not being subjected to or contributing to electromagnetic interference (EMI) below 3 THz.

“In just a few short years, the interest in light communications has grown significantly and there is an enormous amount of valuable knowledge that vendors and operators can share as they work together to advance the technology globally,” said Nikola Serafimovski, chair of the IEEE 802.11 Light Communications Study Group. “It’s an exciting time for the light communications market sector, as it is poised for substantial growth over the next five years. We look forward to broad participation under the auspices of the IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Working Group and the IEEE-SA as we work to develop the light communications market in line with industry needs, and to ensure best practices that drive market expansion.”

Nutanix posts revenue of $275.6 million, up 46% year-over-year

Nutanix reported quarterly revenue of $275.6 million, up 46% year-over-year from $188.6 million for the same period last year. GAAP net loss was $61.5 million, compared to a GAAP net loss of $140.3 million last year.

 Nutanix ended the first quarter of fiscal 2018 with 7,813 end-customers, adding over 760 new end-customers during the quarter. First quarter customer wins included ConocoPhillips; JLL; Leonardo SpA; Scholastic Inc.; Shinsegae; Toyota Motor North America, Inc. and Trek Bicycle Corporation.

Nutanix noted that it had 49 customers with deals over $1 million in the quarter, up 36% YoY.

“Over the coming quarters we will thoughtfully adopt a software-centric strategy. Customers will continue to experience the same simple purchasing process and high-quality customer service. With a strong instinct for go-to-market, an imminent and differentiated roadmap for hybrid cloud, and a diverse executive team, I'm very much looking forward to a strong performance in the remainder of fiscal 2018,” stated Dheeraj Pandey, Chairman, Founder and CEO of Nutanix.

Radisys cites $5 million order from Asian customer

Radisys received an approximately $5 million order for its MediaEngine product from its large Asian customer, of which roughly $4 million is expected to be shipped in the fourth quarter of 2017, with the remainder of the order to be fulfilled in early 2018. In addition, Radisys announced that this customer recently made a cash payment of approximately $4.7 million against an existing accounts receivable balance.

“This order further validates the value-add of our MediaEngine solution as well as the strength of the relationship with our large Asian customer,” said Brian Bronson, Radisys President and Chief Executive Officer. “A portion of the order was factored into our outlook for the fourth quarter, and we now have increased confidence in the guidance range provided as part of our earnings call on November 7th.”

Italy's TIM evaluates ADTRAN

TIM, Italy’s leading telco and ICT group, will evaluate ADTRAN’s SD-Access solution within its analysis of the advantages and the flexibility offered by SDN architectures applied to its ultra-broadband fiber access network.

ADTRAN said its Mosaic SD-Access solution enables service providers to better compete with emerging OTT providers operating at web-scale. ADTRAN will demonstrate the potential of an open, SDN-controlled network providing a reliable, scalable network that allows quick and efficient deployment of current and next-generation services.

“Operators in highly competitive environments are challenged to extend Gigabit services due to the time and cost that can be associated with traditional optical access technologies,” says Ronan Kelly, CTO EMEA and APAC, ADTRAN. “With SDN and NFV innovation, operators like TIM can significantly accelerate Gigabit Society goals by launching flexible Gigabit services that dramatically reduce subscriber disruption and time-to-market.”

“TIM is actively working on the evolution of the access network towards an open, easily upgradeable and programmable asset with greater operational efficiency, lower TCO and improved service automation,” comments Andrea Calvi, head of network innovation in TIM. “These are the features we plan to assess on ADTRAN’s solution as part of the ongoing collaboration on our way to achieving the European Commission’s Gigabit Society goals.”

China Mobile and ZTE sign partnership agreement

China Mobile signed a strategic cooperation agreement with ZTE covering joint development of smart city, smart home, secure terminal service platform, smart next-generation network operation and maintenance, and next-generation network technologies. The two parties will be committed to co-building a healthy ecosystem as well as encouraging efforts for continuous development in the industry.

The agreement was signed at the China Mobile Global Partners Conference 2017.

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