Tuesday, October 27, 2020

AMD to acquire Xilinx for $35 billion

AMD agreed to acquire Xilinx in an all-stock transaction valued at $35 billion. The acquisition price represents approximately $143 per share of Xilinx common stock.

The deal significantly expands AMD’s product portfolio, which will now cover CPUs and GPUs, with Xilinx's FPGAs, Adaptive SoCs and software expertise. The combined company's addressable market will now include industry growth segments from the data center to gaming, PCs, communications, automotive, industrial, aerospace and defense.

“Our acquisition of Xilinx marks the next leg in our journey to establish AMD as the industry’s high performance computing leader and partner of choice for the largest and most important technology companies in the world,” AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su said. 

“We are excited to join the AMD family. Our shared cultures of innovation, excellence and collaboration make this an ideal combination. Together, we will lead the new era of high performance and adaptive computing,” said Victor Peng, Xilinx president and CEO. “Our leading FPGAs, Adaptive SoCs, accelerator and SmartNIC solutions enable innovation from the cloud, to the edge and end devices. We empower our customers to deploy differentiated platforms to market faster, and with optimal efficiency and performance. Joining together with AMD will help accelerate growth in our data center business and enable us to pursue a broader customer base across more markets.”

Some highlights of the combined company

  • Dr. Lisa Su will lead the combined company as CEO. Xilinx President and CEO 
  • Victor Peng, will join AMD as president responsible for the Xilinx business and strategic growth initiatives
  • 13,000 engineers
  • $2.7 billion of annual1 R&D investment
  • Post-closing, current AMD stockholders will own approximately 74 percent of the combined company Immediately accretive to AMD margins, cash flow and EPS 
  • Combined revenue of $11.6B 




Monday, October 26, 2020

TIP Video: Building an Open Edge

David Hutton, Chief Engineer at Telecom Infra Project (TIP), discusses edge computing benefits as well as the ongoing efforts of TIP project groups such as Open Core Network and OpenRAN. 

In this three-minute video, Hutton shares how there’s a real opportunity for operators to unite on a platform-based approach for edge computing and discusses how an open ecosystem can evolve to serve new use cases.


https://youtu.be/3b8fAMiYeRU


Australia's NBN Co pushes fiber deeper and advances HFC network upgrade

NBN Co is pushing fibre deeper into communities in selected metropolitan and regional areas of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. The fibre deeper work will pass more than 100,000 premises in areas currently serviced by Fibre to the Node (FTTN) technology, effectively converting FTTN locations to FTTP. NBN Co said it will consult with Internet retailers before finalising the design for its extended fibre network.

This marks the start of NBN Co’s $4.5 billion network investment program, which aims to make nbn’s highest wholesale speed tiers available, as demand arises, to around 8 million premises – or up to 75 percent of homes and businesses on the fixed line network by 2023.


NBN Co also reports that it is making good progress on its Hybrid Fibre Cable (HFC) network upgrade program. The company now expects to offer download speeds of 500 Mbps to close to 1 Gbps to approximately 625,000 premises, or around 25 percent of the HFC network footprint by November 2020.

NBN Co also reports that it is making good progress on its Hybrid Fibre Cable (HFC) network upgrade program. Since the company launched its nbn Home Fast, nbn Home Superfast and nbn Home Ultrafast wholesale speed tiers in May 2020, 100 percent of customers connected via HFC have been able to order nbn Home Fast; approximately 70 percent have been able to order nbn Home Superfast, and approximately 7 percent of customers in the HFC footprint have been able to access the fastest residential speed tier1.

https://www.nbnco.com.au/corporate-information/media-centre/media-statements/nbn-extends-fibre-to-additional-100k-premises

Corning intros miniaturized fiber terminals and connectors

Corning introduced a new line of miniaturized terminals and connectors for simplifying fiber deployments. The new Evolv Hardened Connectivity Solutions with Pushlok Technology are designed for space-constrained environments, including FTTH deployments and 5G small cell applications. 

The Pushlok hardened connectors are half the size of existing offerings, connecting to terminals that are up to four times smaller. In addition, Pushlok Technology enables simple one-handed drop installation, with tactile and audible feedback.

The compact, easy-to-install Evolv terminals can be deployed in the ground, on a pole or facade, or on a strand. Corning estimates operators can save up to $500 per terminal location by shrinking handhole and pedestal size, reusing existing infrastructure, reducing pole-attachment fees and streamlining permitting.

“With the Evolv HC Solutions and Pushlok Technology, Corning is working with our customers to reduce barriers in deploying 5G-ready networks,” said Bob Whitman, vice president of market development, Carrier Networks, Corning Optical Communications. “More and more often, installers must deploy fiber in tight spaces not originally designed for today’s density of connections – and all types of network operators are looking to deploy more quickly and economically. That’s why they’ll find our miniaturized solutions so valuable, wherever they need to go.”

“These optical solutions are a prime example of Corning’s innovation portfolio in action,” Whitman said. “We’re leveraging our unparalleled expertise in optical physics and precision forming to co-innovate with our customers to solve their toughest technology problems – creating another competitive advantage that will help Corning deliver for customers and outperform the passive optical market over time.”

POST Luxembourg deploys Ericsson for 5G


POST Luxembourg awarded a multiyear deal to Ericsson to deploy 5G Core and 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) in Luxembourg. POST went live with Ericsson-powered 5G on October 16. Deployment is now ramping up across the country.

Ericsson said the 5G deployment will serve both Standalone 5G and Non-standalone 5G use. The deal also includes the modernization of POST Luxembourg’s existing 2G, 3G, 4G network. 

As part of the partnership, Ericsson will deploy its cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core solution based on the Ericsson Cloud Native Infrastructure solution. The network upgrade to 5G will allow POST Luxembourg to meet increasing data demands. It will open-up new opportunities to offer 5G services to consumers, such as low-latency gaming and 8k video streaming. It will also create opportunities with enterprises and industry through the secure new IoT solution capabilities enabled by 5G’s low-latency and data-capacity abilities.

Claude Strasser, Managing Director, POST Luxembourg, says: “We have a long-standing partnership with Ericsson for the supply of mobile networks. We aim at a smooth transition from 4G to 5G while benefiting from the latest available technologies in order to offer our customers the best 5G experience possible in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.”


IP Infusion offers Universal SD-Edge based on DANOS-Vyatta

IP Infusion introduced its Universal SD-Edge solution supporting uCPE solutions at the WAN Edge for connecting distributed branches and Enterprises to hybrid cloud environments.

The Universal SD-Edge platform is built upon the DANOS-Vyatta edition network operating system (NOS). The DANOS-Vyatta edition is based on the Linux Foundation DANOS open source NOS, the first open source, carrier-targeted NOS. AT&T has broadly deployed DANOS-Vyatta edition across multiple white box use cases in fixed and mobile networks.

IP Infusion's packaged solution includes the DANOS-Vyatta edition (DVe) network operating system and off-the-shelf x86 platforms. White box platforms from Silicom are the first in a growing list of Universal Customer Premise Equipment (uCPE) offerings. IP Infusion is providing global 24/7 support.

IP Infusion cites the following differentiators for its Open SD-Edge platform:

  • Truly open architecture featuring DANOS-Vyatta edition open source-based software and best-of-breed Open Hardware (White box uCPE) delivers line rate throughput and lowers total cost of ownership.
  • A virtualization platform with built-in routing, security functions and a common abstraction layer with support for hardware offloads and software data plane to enable operators to quickly ramp up new services and revenue.
  • Fully managed NFV infrastructure platform offering choice of uCPE hardware and, best-in-class VNFs. Complete VNF life cycle management solves operator pain points to deploy new on-demand services by integrating with MSP’s MANO system.

“uCPE is quickly changing the way we create and deliver networking and connectivity services. With the Open SD-Edge platform, we bring NFV principles to the customer premise, enabling our customers to reduce costs by centralizing their management and consolidating hardware appliances onto a single general-purpose white box,” said Atsushi Ogata, CEO and President of IP Infusion. “In moving from closed, hardware-centric appliances to the disaggregated platform, Enterprises and service providers can generate new revenue by deploying on-demand subscription-based services.”

 

HPE to build pre-exascale supercomputer in Finland based on AMD

The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) selected Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to build one of the world’s fastest supercomputers that will be based in Finland. The contract was valued at over $160 million.

The new supercomputer, which EuroHPC JU refers to as "LUMI," will have a theoretical peak performance of more than 550 petaflops, which is equivalent to the performance of 1.5 million laptops combined. LUMI will be powered by HPE Cray EX supercomputers featuring next-generation AMD EPYC CPUs and AMD Instinct GPUs to deliver unprecedented performance and targeted deep learning capabilities to advance the combination of modeling, simulation, analytics and AI workloads to solve complex research.

Additionally, through its collaboration with EuroHPC JU, HPE is expanding supercomputing resources to accelerate the European roadmap to achieve exascale computing, which is the next significant leap in supercomputing that will deliver 5-10 times faster performance than today’s systems.

“We are honored to be selected for LUMI and leverage our exascale era technologies to build one of the fastest supercomputers on the planet,” said Peter Ungaro, senior vice president and general manager, High Performance Computing (HPC) and Mission Critical Solutions (MCS), HPE. “We are committed to supporting the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) to seize opportunities in next-generation supercomputing to bolster research in science, advance innovation and unlock economic growth. We are excited to collaborate with the EuroHPC JU, and through our partnership with AMD, leverage our unique capabilities in compute, high performance networking, storage and software to help improve the way people live and work.”

EuroHPC JU’s LUMI will be hosted in CSC – IT Center for Science in Kajaani, Finland and will be shared by ten European countries as part of the newly formed LUMI consortium. The consortium includes Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland.


Corning intros miniaturized fiber terminals and connectors

Corning introduced a new line of miniaturized terminals and connectors for simplifying fiber deployments. The new Evolv Hardened Connectivity Solutions with Pushlok Technology are designed for space-constrained environments, including FTTH deployments and 5G small cell applications. 

The Pushlok hardened connectors are half the size of existing offerings, connecting to terminals that are up to four times smaller. In addition, Pushlok Technology enables simple one-handed drop installation, with tactile and audible feedback.

The compact, easy-to-install Evolv terminals can be deployed in the ground, on a pole or facade, or on a strand. Corning estimates operators can save up to $500 per terminal location by shrinking handhole and pedestal size, reusing existing infrastructure, reducing pole-attachment fees and streamlining permitting.

“With the Evolv HC Solutions and Pushlok Technology, Corning is working with our customers to reduce barriers in deploying 5G-ready networks,” said Bob Whitman, vice president of market development, Carrier Networks, Corning Optical Communications. “More and more often, installers must deploy fiber in tight spaces not originally designed for today’s density of connections – and all types of network operators are looking to deploy more quickly and economically. That’s why they’ll find our miniaturized solutions so valuable, wherever they need to go.”

“These optical solutions are a prime example of Corning’s innovation portfolio in action,” Whitman said. “We’re leveraging our unparalleled expertise in optical physics and precision forming to co-innovate with our customers to solve their toughest technology problems – creating another competitive advantage that will help Corning deliver for customers and outperform the passive optical market over time.”

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Video: It takes a Village to Build the Edge

The forces of cloud-native containerization are liberating today’s workloads, moving them closer to end-users. But delivering on the promise of the 5G edge will take a village, says Hitendra Sonny Soni, SVP Worldwide Sales, Kaloom. 

This 7-minute video shares key market drivers and requirements to build the edge. Kaloom, working in concert with Red Hat and Intel, offers a Unified Edge Solution.


https://youtu.be/kWMZFqlxwE4

NTT develops world’s fastest directly modulated laser

 Researchers at NTT have developed the world's fastest directly modulated laser with a 3-dB bandwidth exceeding 100 GHz and capable of transmitting at 256 Gbps over a distance of 2 km.

The research was carried out in collaboration with Professor Fumio Koyama at the Laboratory for Future Interdisciplinary Research of Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology.


NTT researchers developed a membrane laser on a silicon (Si) substrate with a thermal oxide film (SiO2). The company says membrane lasers have a large optical confinement factor in the active region and are compact, making it possible to realize directly modulated lasers with low power consumption. On the other hand, since the device is fabricated on a low-thermal-conductivity SiO2 layer, the temperature increase in the active layer due to current injection is large, and even if the current is increased, the relaxation oscillation frequency saturates at about 20 GHz due to saturation of the differential gain.

To suppress the increase in the active region temperature, we fabricated an indium-phosphorus (InP) based membrane laser on a silicon carbide (SiC) substrate (Fig. 3), which has a thermal conductivity approximately 500 times higher than that of SiO2. Since SiC has a lower refractive index than InP, the optical confinement factor is almost the same as that of the device on SiO2. The device was fabricated by direct bonding with ultrathin (40 nanometers) SiO2 between the InP and SiC substrate. 

Assuming a 100-mW heat source, the temperature increase in the active region of a membrane laser with an active layer length of 50 micrometers was significantly reduced from 130.9 to 16.8℃ when the SiO2 thickness was reduced from 2 micrometers to 40 nanometers.

https://www.ntt.co.jp/news2020/2010e/201020a.html

New 25GS-PON multisource agreement gets underway

A new 25G symmetric PON multi-source agreement (25GS-PON MSA) is underway with the goal of promoting and accelerating the development of 25GS-PON. 

The MSA Group has defined the 25GS-PON specification needed to address the gap between 10G XGS-PON and 50G PON in the ITU-T. The MSA was created after the ITU-T SG15/Q2 group did not reach consensus to standardize 25GSPON, which is seen as a crucial technology by many of the world’s top operators and vendors.

As a first step, the 25GS-PON MSA Group created a specification for 25GS-PON which includes optical specifications based on the IEEE 802.3ca 25G EPON standard, along with a Transmission Convergence (TC) layer that is an extension of XGS-PON. 

The MSA Group will also promote and catalyze the market development for 25GS-PON.

The founding members of the 25GS-PON MSA Group include: AOI, Chorus, Chunghwa Telecom, Ciena, MACOM, MaxLinear, NBN Co., Nokia, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd, and Tibit Communications.

http://www.25gspon-msa.org







Ligado raises $3.85 billion for its low-power L-band terrestrial network

Ligado Networks announced nearly $3.85 billion in new capital for supporting its upcoming 5G launch. The funding was led by JPMorgan Chase & Co., and included both existing and new investors.

Since its bipartisan, unanimous approval from the FCC in April 2020, Ligado has made important strides to realize the full potential of its spectrum and progress toward bringing next-generation services to market. In June 2020, Ligado’s submissions into 3GPP – the industry forum that adopts technical specifications for terrestrial spectrum – were approved and, importantly, enjoyed the support of global vendors such as Nokia, Intel, Samsung, and Sequans. This capital raise will further strengthen the company’s commercial collaboration with chipset designers, device manufacturers, and network infrastructure providers.

“Today is a great day, and now the fun begins. We’ve secured our license, we’ve raised the necessary capital, and we’re in a great position to work with the industry to get this spectrum deployed for 5G to support critical industries across the U.S.,” said Doug Smith, Ligado President and CEO.

“This new round of funding from existing and new investors validates our 5G plans to deploy this spectrum,” said Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman of Ligado’s Board of Directors. “We look forward to making continued progress to build the commercial ecosystem and fully execute on our vision for this spectrum as authorized by the FCC.”

  • On May 22, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), acting on behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Transportation (DoT), petitioned the FCC to reconsider, clarify or amend its recent decision regarding Ligado. Specifically, NTIA is requesting the FCC to rescind the approval of the mobile satellite service (MSS) license modification applications conditionally granted to Ligado, stating that these will cause irreparable harms to federal government users of the Global Positioning System (GPS). Separately, NTIA is seeking a stay in the proceedings to prevent Ligado from deploying its network until this petition is addressed and harmful interference concerns are resolved.

    In response, Ligado stated "This rehash of arguments put before the FCC over two years ago contains no new information or technical data to support its request that the FCC reconsider its recent unanimous, bipartisan decision.  The entire petition is premised on the tired 1 dB argument, which is just another way of the DoD saying, “we want this spectrum for our own use.”  The FCC carefully analyzed and dismantled that argument in its 74-page Order, and we are confident that it will affirm its decision upon review." 

FCC approves Ligado for low-power L-band terrestrial network

The FCC voted unanimously to approve with conditions Ligado’s application to deploy a low-power terrestrial nationwide network in the L-Band that will primarily support 5G and Internet of Things services.

“I thank my colleagues for coming together on a bipartisan basis to support Ligado’s application,” said Chairman Pai.  “The vote at the Commission reflects the broad, bipartisan support that this order has received, from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General William Barr on the one hand to Senator Mark Warner of Virginia and Congresswoman Doris Matsui of California on the other.  This vote is another step forward for American leadership in 5G and advanced wireless services.”

Among the conditions that Ligado must abide by:
  • Ligado must provide a significant (23 megahertz) guard-band using its own licensed spectrum to separate its terrestrial base station transmissions from neighboring operations in the Radionavigation-Satellite Service allocation. 
  • Ligado is required to limit the power levels of its base stations to 9.8 dBW, a reduction of 99.3% from the power levels proposed in Ligado’s 2015 application. 
  • Ligado must protect adjacent band incumbents by reporting its base station locations and technical operating parameters to potentially affected government and industry stakeholders prior to commencing operations, continuously monitoring the transmit power of its base station sites, and complying with procedures and actions for responding to credible reports of interference, including rapid shutdown of operations where warranted. 


  • Ligado Networks is a privately-backed company based in Reston, Virginia, with investors including Centerbridge Partners, Fortress Investment Group and JPMorgan Chase & Co. From the big hitting industry execs on the leadership team it is clear the company is serious. Ivan Seidenberg, a former chairman of Verizon Communications, serves as chairman. Also on the board of directors is Timothy Donahue, former executive chairman of Sprint Nextel and former president and CEO of Nextel Communications, and Reed Hundt, the former Federal Communications Commission. Doug Smith serves as Ligado's president and CEO; he is known for his work in engineering and launching nationwide networks for GTE, Nextel, Sprint Nextel and Clearwire.

Ribbon offers STIR/SHAKEN-as-a-Service and Reputation Scoring


Ribbon Communications expanded its Call Trust identity assurance portfolio with the addition of two new managed as-a-service offerings: STIR/SHAKEN-as-a-Service and Reputation Scoring. Both are both enabled by Ribbon's Identity Hub, a cloud-native platform designed to deliver a suite of managed services for identity assurance.

  • STIR/SHAKEN is an industry standard that stands for Secure Telephony Identity Revisited (STIR) and Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs (SHAKEN). Implementation of STIR/SHAKEN is a regulatory mandate in the United States and Canada enabling the authentication, signing and verification of caller identity to prevent call spoofing. Ribbon's STIR/SHAKEN-as-a-Service is specifically designed to make it operationally easy and cost-effective for communications service providers to comply with the regulatory mandate without having to implement STIR/SHAKEN in their own network.
  • Reputation Scoring delivers real-time multi-dimensional scores and recommendations for call handling to prevent unwanted nuisance and fraud calls. It provides this information per call, in real-time, for any service provider, regardless if the call terminates on an IP or TDM/legacy network. With Reputation Scoring, per-call insight and actionable intelligence is available to determine the best option for call termination, such as normal call completion, modifying caller name before completion, redirecting the call to voice mail, or outright blocking a potential nuisance or fraud call to prevent it from reaching the called party.

"Ribbon's Identity Hub leverages our advanced analytics capabilities to determine both a caller's intent and the context of a call," said Tony Scarfo, EVP and General Manager, Cloud and Edge Business Unit for Ribbon. "This allows us to deliver real-time insights, on a per-call basis and gives our service provider customers the ability to quickly make call routing decisions to help their customers restore the trust that the phone calls they received are legitimate. We believe this provides us with a distinct competitive advantage by delivering valuable network insights to our customers."


SpaceX completes 15th Starlink launch

 On Saturday, SpaceX successfully completed its 15th Starlink launch mission, delivering a further 60 satellites to orbit, bringing the total number of Starlink satellites launched to date to over 890. The number of Starlink satellites currently in ordit may be a bit lower, as media reports indicate that the company could have de-orbited a small number of its earliest satellites. 

Following Saturday's launch, the booster rocket successfully landed on a drone ship off the Florida coast. This launch occurred less than a week after the previous Starlink mission.


AT&T and Cisco team on IoT

AT&T and Cisco are expanding their collaboration to manage Internet of Things (IoT) devices for enterprises. Specifically, AT&T and Cisco are working together to bring new IoT solutions in Low Power Wide Area Networking and 5G. 

AT&T Control Center powered by Cisco gives businesses near real-time visibility of all the devices on their network and enhances their ability to gather and use device data to drive business outcomes. Together, the companies manage millions of connected devices spanning manufacturing, utilities, transportation, public sector, retail and  healthcare industries as well as public safety on FirstNet, built with AT&T. 



For more than a decade, the companies have worked together to manage services for U.S. enterprises and support through the AT&T Global SIM for international roaming that provides IoT connectivity in more than 200 countries and territories. 

“We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Cisco with a new multi-year agreement,” said Robert Boyanovksy, vice president, Internet of Things and Mobility, AT&T Business. “Together we can help businesses deploy IoT devices and applications faster and more securely and get more value out of devices they use.”

“Through our work with AT&T, we are helping enterprise customers accelerate their digitization initiatives and drive business outcomes with simplicity, scale and faster time to market," said Dave Wilson, Managing Director, Global IoT Sales, Cisco. 

Fujikura intros a Phased Array Antenna Module for 5G mmWave

Fujikura introduced a Phased Array Antenna Module (PAAM) for 5G mmWave operating in 3GPP bands n257 (28 GHz), n258 (26 GHz) and n261 (27 GHz). 

The Fujikura PAAM is a high performance phased array antenna module with a novel integrated antenna, and supports concurrent dual polarized beams in both transmission and reception. 

Fujikura is using mmWave-ICs developed in-house using a SiGe BiCMOS process. 

The PAAM features extremely low noise figure (NF) characteristics and enables a large link margin for expanded coverage. Tunable true-time-delay-type phase shifters support precise and independent phase and amplitude control over a wide frequency range. The unique phase shifter not only enables simple beam-steering control which allows accurate beam steering with fine resolution, but also allows calibration-free operation making PAAM installation much easier. The phase shifter also maintains the transmitted or received signals undistorted by providing invariant group delay and unchanged beam direction in a wide frequency range. In addition, Fujikura PAAM provides superior digital reconfigurability allowing (1) flexible choices in the trade-off space between NF and linearity --- this enables a wide range of coverage applications simply through digital reconfiguration of the PAAM, and on-chip support for 1000s of beam configurations. These are exactly the features highly desired by 5G wireless equipment manufacturers.

Sampling is expected by the end of 1Q 2021 with volume production in 2H 2021.


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Verizon Business offers managed Kubernetes for edge and multi-cloud

Verizon Business introduced VNS Application Edge service for managing Kubernetes clusters and containerized app deployment. The offering was developed in collaboration with Rafay Systems.

Verizon's VNS Application Edge is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering that provides a turnkey automation framework for Kubernetes. Verizon will now deliver a unified experience for both network and containerized application lifecycle management, using a single orchestrated platform and end-to-end service management even in complex, multi-cloud and multi-cluster environments.

Potential use cases for VNS Application Edge include:

  • Apply computer vision models at the edge to Instrumentation and Telemetry data in the field for near-real-time anomaly detection and mitigation
  • Improve in-store customer experience by deploying microservices in retail and enterprise locations to automate inventory management, order handling, and more.
  • Predictive Maintenance - Improve assembly output quality, reduce downtime and maintenance costs in manufacturing with the latest IOT technology, leveraging AI/ML innovations, right at the edge.

“VNS Application Edge is key to enterprises evolving to deliver a new set of experiences and functionalities,” said Aamir Hussain, SVP Chief Product Officer, Verizon Business. “With enterprises able to easily and rapidly deploy applications anywhere across multi-cloud and edge environments, enterprises can quickly adapt to meet market needs and further enhance the customer experience.”

“Verizon has a track record of launching successful, enterprise-focused offerings, and we are excited to partner with them on the VNS Application Edge solution,” said Haseeb Budhani, co-founder and CEO of Rafay Systems. “With a majority of enterprises modernizing their applications to meet market needs, VNS Application Edge is the right offering at the right time to help enterprises accelerate their application modernization journeys.”

Telefónica Peru to deploy TIP-developed Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway

Telefónica Peru will commercially deploy a Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG) solution based on a Telecom Infra Project (TIP) design and using Infinera’s DRX-30 hardware and Converged Network Operating System (CNOS). The deployment is part of Telefónica’s Fusión Project, an initiative that aims to transform Telefónica’s global transport network by simplifying network operations while increasing capacity for customers.

The deployment of TIP’s DCSG solution in Peru is intended to support 4G and 5G mobile connectivity and fixed services across Telefónica’s global footprint. 

“The DCSG solution deployed is comprised of open and disaggregated hardware and software from Infinera, enabling Telefónica to prepare its nationwide transport network for upcoming new services, which will help increase the agility in the introduction of new functionalities and drive operational efficiencies,” said Victor López, network architect at Telefónica and co-chair of the Open Optical Packet Transport group at TIP.

“Infinera is excited to work alongside TIP to develop open, disaggregated solutions to support the delivery of high-capacity mobile transport solutions for the 5G era,” said Mikko Hannula, Vice President, Engineering & Product Management at Infinera. “The expansion of the DCSG network deployment with Telefónica Peru further validates the commercial viability of DCSG for large-scale commercial rollouts in diverse and competitive markets.”

“We are excited to see such a wide industry adoption of DCSG tech in large-scale live deployments,” said Luis MartinGarcia, Network Technologies Manager at Facebook and co-chair of the DCSG group at TIP. “The collaboration between leading global service providers and technology suppliers in TIP’s open community has been critical to advancing carrier-class DCSG implementations that are beginning to deliver real-world value.”

Telefónica leads first TIP Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway deployment

Telefónica is undertaking the first large-scale commercial deployment of Disaggregated Cell Site Gateways (DCSG) technology developed by Telecom Infra Project (TIP). Infinera, and Edgecore Networks are suppliers for the project. Initially part of a recently announced nationwide open mobile transport deployment by Telefónica in Germany, the DCSG solution is a white-box cell site gateway device based on an open and disaggregated architecture for existing...

Telefónica Deutschland deploys Infinera DRX disaggregated routers

Telefónica Deutschland, a Tier 1 operator in Germany, selected theTelefónica Deutschland, Series to modernize its nationwide mobile transport network. The Infinera DRX Series, a disaggregated router family that combines a carrier-class white box portfolio with the Infinera CNOS software, enables Telefónica Deutschland to prepare its nationwide mobile transport network for 5G mobile services with scale, efficiency, and automation. Telefónica...


Huawei's growth rate slows to 10%

Huawei reported revenue of CNY671.3 billion (approximately US$100.42 billion) for the first three quarters of 2020, an increase of 9.9% over the same period last year. The company said it achieved a net profit margin in this period was 8.0%, in line with its expectations.

Huawei also said its global supply chain is being put "under intense pressure and its production and operations face significant challenges" due to COVID-19. 

https://www.huawei.com/en/news/2020/10/huawei-announces-q3-2020-business-results-business-performance

Huawei reports a 13% increase in 1H sales to US$64.9 biliion

The company issued the following statement: "As countries around the globe are grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, information and communications technologies (ICT) have become not only a crucial tool for combatting the virus, but also an engine for economic recovery. Huawei reiterated its commitment to working with carriers and industry partners to maintain stable network operations, accelerate digital transformation, and support efforts to contain local outbreaks and reopen local economies."

Huawei reported overall revenue of CNY454 billion (approx. US$64.9 billion) in revenue for the first half of 2020, a 13.1% increase year-on-year, with a net profit margin of 9.2%.

Huawei's carrier, enterprise, and consumer businesses achieved CNY159.6 billion, CNY36.3 billion, and CNY255.8 billion in revenue, respectively.  "The complex external environment makes open collaboration and trust in global value chains more important than ever. Huawei has promised to continue fulfilling its obligations to customers and suppliers, and to survive, forge ahead, and contribute to the global digital economy and technological development, no matter what future challenges the company faces."

Intel posts a 7% drop in Q3 data center group revenue

Citing COVID-19 effects in enterprise and government, Intel reported third-quarter revenue of $18.3 billion, down 4 percent year-over-year (YoY). Data-centric revenue declined 10 percent while PC-centric revenue was better than expected, up 1 percent YoY. Third-quarter GAAP earnings-per-share (EPS) was $1.02, down 25 percent YoY; non-GAAP EPS of $1.11 was down 22 percent YoY, above July expectations.

"Our teams delivered solid third-quarter results that exceeded our expectations despite pandemic-related impacts in significant portions of the business,” said Bob Swan, Intel CEO. “Nine months into 2020, we’re forecasting growth and another record year, even as we manage through massive demand shifts and economic uncertainty. We remain confident in our strategy and the long-term value we’ll create as we deliver leadership products and aim to win share in a diversified market fueled by data and the rise of AI, 5G networks and edge computing.”

Some highlights

  • In the Data Center Group (DCG), Cloud revenue grew 15 percent YoY on continued demand.
  • DCG's Enterprise & Government market segment was down 47 percent YoY following two quarters of more than 30 percent growth.
  • The pandemic also weighed on third-quarter data-centric results in the Internet of Things Group and the memory business (NSG). 
  • Mobileye revenue returned to growth in the third quarter as global vehicle production improved. The business also launched its new Mobileye SuperVision surround-view ADAS solution.
  • The PC-centric business (CCG) was up 1 percent YoY in the third quarter on continued notebook strength to support the work- and learn-at-home dynamics of COVID-19. 
  • Intel's third 10nm manufacturing facility, which is located in Arizona, is now fully operational and the company now expects to ship 30% higher 10nm product volumes in 2020 compared to January expectations.

http://www.intc.com/results.cfm