Thursday, July 30, 2015

Facebook Shows its Connectivity Lab

Facebook posted a video tour of its Connectivity Lab, showcasing progress it has made in developing an ultralight drone aircraft that will stay aloft for three months at a time at altitudes of 30km.

The project aims to deliver Internet services in regions that are currently underserved.  The plan is to use a 100 Gbps free-space laser for backhaul link from aircraft to the ground.  Wi-Fi towers on the ground will provide local coverage. Test flights are expected to begin later this year.

https://code.facebook.com/posts/993520160679028

Nokia Develops Virtual Reality Camera

Nokia unveiled a virtual reality (VR) camera for professional content studios.

The OZO, which it the first in a planned portfolio of digital media solutions from Nokia Technologies, was conceived at the company's R&D facilities in Tampere, Finland. It captures stereoscopic 3D video through eight (8) synchronized global shutter sensors and spatial audio through eight (8) integrated microphones. Software built for OZO enables real-time 3D viewing.

OZO's filmed content can be published for commercially available VR viewing hardware such as head mounted displays (HMDs), with immersive, full 360-degree imaging and spatially accurate original sound.

https://ozo.nokia.com/

Global Capacity Lights Metro Fiber Ring in Wash D.C.

Global Capacity has expanded the reach of its One Marketplace network with the activation of a metropolitan fiber ring in the Washington, D.C. area.

The 54-mile diversely routed fiber ring will interconnect the company’s Points of Presence(PoP) located within the Level 3 1755 Old Meadow Road, McLean, VA facility and the Equinix Ashburn, VA data center. The Washington, D.C. area has long been a major Internet and network exchange point and the Ashburn data center is a critical east coast hub for Cloud and application service providers, where through a direct Ethernet connection, One Marketplace is connected into the Equinix Cloud Exchange.

"We believe that Global Capacity will have a positive impact on the business community in the Washington, D.C. market,” says Ben Edmond, Chief Revenue Officer of Global Capacity.

“Global Capacity is aggressively investing in expanding metro fiber rings in several key markets because bandwidth consumption is on the rise and with our One Marketplace, customers gain reliable, more cost effective data connectivity services to meet their growing business needs.”

http://www.globalcapacity.com/

Global Cloud Xchange Establishes AWS Direct Connect

Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications, has established a direct access to Amazon Web Services (AWS) via GCX's Cloud X Fusion in Sydney.  This provides the ability to establish additional interconnections across multiple locations and offer enterprise customers fast, flexible access to the cloud.

GCX owns the world's largest private undersea cable system spanning more than 67,000 route kms which, seamlessly integrated with Reliance Communications' 200,000 route kms of domestic optic fiber backbone, provides a robust Global Service Delivery Platform.

"Secure, private and reliable connectivity to cloud services is always a key concern for enterprises as they embark on their cloud adoption journey," said Bill Barney, CEO of Global Cloud Xchange. "Using Cloud X Fusion, businesses can take advantage of our enterprise grade connectivity from 90 countries to securely connect their on-premise environments directly into an AWS Direct Connect port over our global infrastructure."

http://www.globalcloudxchange.com/


IEEE 802.21d to Enable Multicast for Media Independent Handovers

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) has approved a new 802.21d standard for local and Metropolitan Area Networks.

IEEE 802.21d extends the standard’s framework for improving users’ experience for mobile devices by facilitating secure, automated handover between IEEE 802® networks, as well as between IEEE 802 and cellular networks. It supports a secure Multicast Group Management capability applicable to Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI) networks, where thousands of nodes require periodic configuration update, handover and re-keying in failover and failback scenarios. The standard is also applicable to home networking reliant on secure signaling and keying of a growing number of connected devices, as well as to service providers and operators by providing a means for secure and efficient device configuration and management.

“In our growing connected world, IEEE 802.21d has many stakeholders that can benefit by utilizing its framework to streamline secure multicast communications and realize cost savings over proprietary solutions,” said Dr. Subir Das, chair, IEEE 802.21 Working Group.

https://www.facebook.com/ieeesa

iBasis LTE Roaming Reaches 290+ LTE Destinations

iBasis, which is a division of KPN, added more than 100 LTE destinations in the first half of the year. The iBasis Global IPX network footprint now includes more than 290 LTE network destinations.

According to the Global Mobile Supplier Association (GSA), 422 operators have commercially launched LTE networks in 143 countries, as of July 2015, and 677 operators are investing in LTE across 181 countries. iBasis’ global LTE Roaming footprint is essential to enabling MNOs to capture new revenue opportunities from LTE Roaming offerings.

iBasis’ mobile operator customers can also have immediate visibility into their roaming traffic via InVision, iBasis’ simple-to-use but sophisticated quality monitoring and management tool. The advanced analytics help mobile operators keep control over their roaming business and enhance end-user experience.

http://www.ibasis.com

Frontier Launches Whole Ethernet Internet Access

Frontier Communications introduced a wholesale Ethernet Internet Access (EIA) service that enables carriers to offer customers Internet access within Frontier’s footprint. Wholesale EIA will be sold through the Carrier channel but will be equivalent to the retail offering by including a package of the Ethernet access circuit and Internet port and bandwidth tiers ranging from 1Mbps to 1Gbps.

Frontier recently released Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) Silver, Gold and Platinum enhancements to the Frontier Ethernet Solutions product portfolio. The company also plans to release a Regional Ethernet ENNI in the coming months, coupled with the ability to support 10Gbps interfaces.

“This is the next step in the growth of our Wholesale product portfolio,” said Rod Imbriani, Vice President of Product Marketing. “We understand the value of building a complete product suite and the ability to deliver and support those products with industry-leading results.”

https://frontier.com/

Nokia Delivers Improved Financials fo Q2

Nokia reported net sales of EUR 3.2 billion for Q2 2015, up 9% year-on-year (down 1% year-on-year on a constant currency basis) compared to EUR 2.9 billion in Q2 2014. Non-IFRS diluted EPS in Q2 2015 vs EUR 0.09 (EUR 0.06 in Q2 2014), an increase of 50% year-on-year.

"I am particularly pleased by Nokia Networks, which delivered improved performance overall, despite a year-on-year decline in net sales on a constant currency basis. Software sales were up significantly; core networking sales improved; we saw a reduced impact of strategic entry deals; Global Services had one of its best quarters in the history of the company; and costs remained well under control," stated Rajeev Sure, Nokia's President and CEO.

http://company.nokia.com/en/news/press-releases/2015/07/30/nokia-corporation-interim-report-for-q2-2015-and-january-june-2015

A10 Networks Posts Q2 Revenue of $47.5 Million

A10 Networks reported total revenue for the second quarter of $47.5 million, compared with $45.1 million in the second quarter of 2014. On a GAAP basis, A10 Networks reported a net loss for the second quarter 2015 of $10.0 million or $0.16 per share, compared with a net loss of $1.3 million or $0.02 per share in the second quarter of 2014. Non-GAAP net loss for the second quarter of 2015 was $5.3 million or $0.09 per share.

“Our solid second quarter results are a result of A10’s growing business momentum and improved execution across our operations,” said Lee Chen, president and chief executive officer of A10 Networks. “We achieved record revenue of $47.5 million, delivered record enterprise revenue, drove a significant sequential improvement in the bottom-line and generated positive cash flow from operations.

http://investors.a10networks.com/CorporateProfile.aspx?iid=4433033

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