Friday, June 13, 2014

Huawei Delivers Cloud Data Centers for Phoenix TV Global Broadcasting

Phoenix TV, a leading broadcaster with operations around the world, has activated a distributed cloud data center platform supplied by Huawei.

The "2&7" initiative, covering Phoenix TV's main centers in Beijing and Hong Kong, as well as its offices in Shanghai, Taipei, London, Paris, Washington DC and Los Angeles, will enable the broadcaster to accelerate its content production worldwide away from tape-based production to online, real time availability and provide its viewers with an enhanced user experience. The initiative is the core of Phoenix TV's omnimedia strategy.

Phoenix TV has completed its data centers in Beijing, Hong Kong and London. By the end of 2014, Phoenix TV will have built and integrated its six remaining regional data centers. The new architecture provided by Huawei helps Phoenix TV to logically manage physically dispersed data center resources in a unified manner, enabling Phoenix TV to deliver news on key events from around the world in as little as five minutes.

In addition to the distributed cloud data centers, Huawei is also providing its cloud operating system, called FusionSphere, its USG9500 series firewall, its S9700 switch, OceanStor Enterprise Storage, and modular data center IDS2000.

"The way we create and our users consume our content are changing radically and we are deploying technology to address these changing needs," said Wang Hongbo, Deputy Director of Information and Network Management at Phoenix TV. "The advent of cloud computing has brought new challenges and opportunities to the IT industry. Our transformation to meet the demands of the omnimedia age see us building a resource-sharing platform that converges our corporate resources and serves our scattered institutions, faster and cheaper. We believe that Huawei's distributed cloud data center solution is helping us to deploy a highly secure, reliable and operable IT platform," he added.

Tesla Signs with DOCOMO for Telematics in Japan

Telsa Motors has selected NTT DOCOMO to provide M2M connectivity and mobile communications for the Tesla Model S in Japan.

The in-car telematics include navigation using high-resolution maps, online music such as on-demand Internet radio, and communications via the vehicle's 17-inch touchscreen. Tesla anticipates first deliveries of it its Model S in Japan this summer.

Tesla selected DOCOMO after favorably evaluating its mobile network infrastructure's stable, extra-wide availability, including in downtown areas with skyscrapers and in mountainous regions, and extensive support for corporate customers.

AT&T Wins Approvals for FTTH in North Carolina Cities

The city of Durham, North Carolina ratified an agreement with AT&T for its FTTH U-verse with GigaPower service capable of up to 1 gigabit per second. The agreement stemmed from a North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) initiative, which is comprised of six cities, four leading universities, and local business leaders working to encourage development of high-speed broadband networks in the state.

In addition, similar AT&T U-verse with GigaPower plans, related to the NCNGN initiative, are currently approved in Winston-Salem and pending ratification in four other North Carolina areas – Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh.

“We’re pleased that AT&T is choosing Durham to rollout their next round of U-verse with GigaPower,” said Wanda Page, Deputy City Manager of the City of Durham. “Our national reputation as a center for advanced medical research and care is built on cutting-edge technology in the hands of gifted physicians and researchers. A network of this magnitude would expand those capabilities and increase collaboration across industries.”

Texas Instruments Launches New Power Line Platform

Texas Instruments (TI) announced a new power line communication (PLC) modem platform that supports the G3, PRIME and IEEE-1901.2 standards across both CENELEC and ARIB frequency bands.

The company said its new kit provides developers with a smaller low-cost design to evaluate any narrowband orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) PLC technology standard for use in a variety of industrial systems such as smart grid advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), solar energy installations, and building and factory automation systems.

Key features:

  • Incorporates all of the necessary PLC modem circuitry, along with a PLC docking station that includes the circuitry required to couple the modem to the AC mains.
  • Small form factor PLC modules enable rapid prototyping of PLC networks; available for purchase separately so developers can customize PLC systems to meet the needs of smart grid customers.
  • The TMDSPLCKITV4-CEN kit supports CENELEC A (35 kHz to 91 kHz) or CENELEC B (98 kHz to 122 kHz) frequency bands in Europe using TI's C2000™ F28PLC83 microcontroller (MCU) and AFE031 PLC analog front end.
  • The TMDSPLCKITV4-ARIB kit supports the ARIB frequency band (154 kHz to 403 kHz) in Japan using TI's C2000 F28M35H52 MCU and AFE032 PLC analog front end.

ZTE Supplies 100G DWDM/OTN to Telkom Indonesia

Telkom Indonesia has selected ZTE to help upgrade its Java backbone network from 10G to 100G. Financial terms were not disclosed.

ZTE’s converged DWDM/OTN solutions are being deployed over the existing fiber network.  ZTE’s Guard Band solution enables the new network to coexist the legacy system.

Spanning the island of Java from West Java to East Java and connecting all major cities on the island, the Java backbone is the busiest backbone network in Indonesia, accounting for the largest total exchange capacity and the highest data growth rate.

ZTE has been a supplier for the the Java backbone transmission network since 2004.