Thursday, April 3, 2014

MEF GEN14 Conference to Showcase Global Ethernet - Nov 2014

Kevin Vachon introduces MEF GEN14, a global gathering of the Ethernet community that is planned for 17-20-November-2014 in Washington, D.C.  The 3-day conference will cover all of the topics of Carrier Etherent ranging from enterprise business services, cloud services, mobile backhaul, etc.  The exhibition will showcase proof-of-concept for future Carrier Ethernet capabilities.

Dates: November 17-20, 2014
Venue: Gaylord National in Washington, D.C.

Converge! Network Digest is a media partner for GEN14.

See 2-min introduction to GEN14

Comcast Wins Govt Contract for Business Ethernet Services

Comcast Business was awarded a Schedule 70 contract with the General Services Administration (GSA), which enables the company to sell directly to federal, state and local government customers.

The initial Schedule 70 applies to Comcast Business Ethernet services. Comcast currently offers Carrier Ethernet connectivity at rates ranging from 1 Mbps to 10 Gbps. In the future, Comcast plans to expand the Schedule to also include its full voice product suite, as well as its Business Internet and Business TV offerings.

“Our work with federal, state and local government customers has shown us that bandwidth usage in government agencies is rapidly increasing as technology and constituent programs demand it,” said Kevin Carney, executive director of Government, Comcast Business. “Now, federal government agencies can more easily turn to Comcast Business and our Ethernet services for secure, reliable, high-performance connectivity in many regions, including the Washington, D.C. area and other key federal markets.”

  • Recently, Comcast Business was named the fastest growing Ethernet provider in the Vertical Systems Group 2013 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD. Comcast Business was also named the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF) Service Provider of the Year in its 2013 Carrier Ethernet Awards for North America. In addition, the MEF announced last year that Comcast Business was the first service provider in the world to achieve MEF CE 2.0 Certification.

Vertical Systems: Fiber Reaches 39% of U.S. Commercial Buildings with 20+ Employees

Fiber now reaches an estimated 39.3% of commercial buildings in the U.S. with twenty or more employees, according to latest research from Vertical Systems Group.  The remaining 60.7% of buildings are in the Fiber Gap with no accessibility to fiber.

"During the past year, network operators narrowed the business fiber gap through construction and acquisitions. The majority of new fiber deployments were focused on connecting medium and smaller buildings in the metro areas surrounding major cities across the U.S.," said Rosemary Cochran, principal at Vertical Systems Group. "Broader accessibility to on-net fiber has started to shake up the services markets. Fiber-based providers and Cable MSOs are capitalizing on the reach and cost advantages of their footprints juxtaposed to legacy infrastructures. Customers are reaping the benefits of more service options, more competitive pricing, and faster service installations."

South Africa's Internet Solutions Deploys 500G Super-Channels with Infinera

Internet Solutions, a division of Dimension Data and part of the NTT group, announced the deployment of Infinera's DTN-X platform across its South African long distance network.

Internet Solutions provides telecommunications services to public and private sector companies across South Africa and serves more than 80% of companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network solution enables Internet Solutions to offer 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet services to its clients across the long distance fibres it manages across South Africa with short lead times, leading prices and excellent reliability. Infinera's platform delivers the industry’s only commercially available 500 Gbps FlexCoherent super-channels based on its photonic integrated circuits.  It is the first such deployment for South Africa and the African continent.  

"The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network solution provides us with a cutting edge optical transport solution, allowing us to offer the highest lit capacity in a South African backbone," said Prenesh Padayachee, CTO at Internet Solutions. "Internet Solutions is at the forefront of utilising the latest technology that will ensure reliable and rapid service delivery to our clients and it is critical that our vendors are able to deliver the latest and most cutting edge technology. Infinera has delivered this through their intelligent transport network system.”

Zayo Plans New Metro Fiber Build for SF Bay Area

Zayo plans to build 550 new route miles of dark fiber in the San Francisco Bay Area, including throughout downtown San Francisco and the surrounding communities of Oakland, Berkeley, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Walnut Creek and Fairfield.  Construction on the project will start in May 2014 and is scheduled for completion in June 2016.

Zayo’s existing San Francisco fiber network includes 920 route miles and 443 buildings, connecting customers to deep metro and long haul fiber networks. When the expansion project is complete, Zayo will have more than 1,500 route miles of fiber assets in and around Silicon Valley.

“This expansion is the result of strong growth and demand from our existing customers, as well as new opportunities from prospective customers across the region,” says Matt Erickson, president of Zayo Fiber & Transport Infrastructure at Zayo Group. “Increasing our fiber network by more than 50% in one of the country’s most bandwidth intensive regions provides important connectivity for our customers.”

Southern Cross Delivers 100G to CoreSite Silicon Valley

Southern Cross Cable Network, a leading Australasian supplier of international subsea capacity, is now delivering 100 Gbps connections at CoreSite’s “SV1” (Silicon Valley) data center, connecting the U.S. to Hawaii, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand.

The 100 Gbps technology has been deployed across all segments of Southern Cross’ 30,000-kilometer submarine network.  The 100Gbps transmission technology increases total lit capacity across Southern Cross’ two cables to 2.6 Terabits per second (Tbps), which will grow to 3.6 Tbps by June 2014.

Tenants at CoreSite’s tethered Silicon Valley campus of data centers in San Jose, Milpitas and Santa Clara, Calif., will have access to seamless high-capacity connectivity without purchasing backhaul to a landing station.

“Through our partnership with Southern Cross, CoreSite customers can now take advantage of exceptional high-performance connectivity linking the heart of Silicon Valley to Australasia,” said Brian Warren, Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing at CoreSite. “Demand for capacity is growing and both CoreSite and Southern Cross share a commitment to providing best-in-class service to meet the needs of our customers.”

“With the exploding growth in customer content and cloud connectivity requirements, our commitment to technology and product development places Southern Cross in a strong position to assist customers in meeting their growing requirements. Southern Cross can currently deliver capacity from as little as 1Gbps up to 100Gbps directly into the CoreSite San Jose facility,” said Ross Pfeffer, sales and marketing director at Southern Cross. “Southern Cross and CoreSite customers now have a unique opportunity to receive high-capacity connectivity through CoreSite’s Silicon Valley data center campus, providing access to one of the largest concentrations of Internet and technology companies.”

Fujitsu Delivers Optical Upgrade for Missouri Research Network

The Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet) has upgraded its optical networking infrastructure using Fujitsu’s FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP).  The upgrade enables MOREnet to transport any combination of Ethernet, ROADM, SONET/SDH and OTN traffic with a single addressable network element. The FLASHWAVE 9500 platform supports 100G bandwidth today, and with the integration of Fujitsu’s next generation transceivers currently in field trials, seamlessly upgrades to 400G, 800G and 1T per channel in the future. The network is managed by Fujitsu’s NETSMART network management software, allowing MOREnet administrators to perform network-wide provisioning, maintenance and surveillance from a centralized location with point-and-click ease.

“The 100G circuit we created from Columbia to Kansas City and another 100G circuit from Columbia to St. Louis will help Missouri stay at the forefront of research and education,” said Hank Niederhelm, Director of Infrastructure at MOREnet. “We’re very excited that both circuits will connect to Internet2’s National Innovation Platform, making MOREnet the only research and education network providing network transport services for Internet2. The partnership and industry-leading technology of Fujitsu Network Communications are key factors in helping us serve our members and positions us for greater opportunities in the future.”

“Fujitsu is proud to be partnering with MOREnet for their next generation 100G packet-optical backbone, enabled by the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform,” said Rod Naphan, CTO of Fujitsu Network Communications. “MOREnet’s investment into their infrastructure enhances an already robust level of service for libraries, K-12, higher education facilities and state agencies which serves to benefit the quality of life for Missourians state-wide.”

Accenture and Orange Business Services Form Cloud Alliance

Accenture and Orange Business Services have formed an alliance to support large enterprises with their cloud strategy and the transformation of their infrastructure and applications to cloud-based models. The alliance initially targets French businesses.

"We are delighted to announce this new relationship with Accenture. Cloud transformation is not just about transferring infrastructure and applications to the cloud. Each company’s IT legacy and strategy is unique. This is why they need customized support to make the right technology choices, to define their migration processes and pace and then manage their new cloud infrastructure. This is what we are offering them through our alliance with Accenture," said Philippe Laplane, Head of Orange Cloud for Business.

Croatia's T-Hrvatski Telekom Deploys Mavenir's IMS Platform

T-Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT), Croatia's largest telecommunications company and a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, has deployed Mavenir Systems' IMS HSS-FE (Home Subscriber Server-Front End) system  to consolidate subscriber data on a single platform and pave the way for next gen services like Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communication Services (RCS).

The IMS HSS-FE is a software solution based on Mavenir’s mOne Convergence Platform is designed to interwork with Universal Data Repository (UDR) solutions.

Home Subscriber Servers (HSS) are deployed in LTE/EPC and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks for subscriber-specific authorizations, service profiles, and preferences as well as Mobile Authentication and other HLR-like functionalities.

“Mavenir’s suite of software-based IMS application servers provide the flexibility and innovation to accelerate time to market and lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by minimizing network impacts and reducing complexity,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO, Mavenir Systems. “Within the T-HT mobile network, we are proud to support the next generation network and services for their mobile customers.”