Monday, May 30, 2016

Video: The Increasing Impact of Cloud Providers in Submarine Cables

What impact are big cloud companies such as AWS, Facebook, Google and Microsoft having on the market for submarine cable capacity?

The big content providers are having a positive impact on the submarine cable market, says Julian Rawles, Principal at Julian Rawles Consulting, particularly with the development and financing of new cable projects. Traditional carriers, which have long been the main sponsors of undersea cables, are under pressure and frankly do not have the same kind of bandwidth demands as the cloud providers.

See video:
https://youtu.be/xlrnfA8GpYQ





AWS Signs Up for Hawaiki Transpacific Cable

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has purchased capacity in the Hawaiki Submarine Cable to speed performance and reduce latency for their cloud customers operating between
Australia/New Zealand and the US. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Hawaiki Submarine Cable, due to go live in June 2018, will offer more than 30 Tbps of capacity between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand, which is considerably larger than the network capacity available today.

Amazon Web Services’ global infrastructure comprises 33 Availability Zones across 12 geographic regions worldwide, (including one in Sydney),
with another 5 AWS Regions (and 11 Availability Zones) in Canada, China, India, Ohio, and the UnitedKingdom expected to come online throughout the next year.

AWS Australia and New Zealand Managing Director, Paul Migliorini, said; “Our customers in Australia and New Zealand will benefit significantly from the arrival of the Hawaiki submarine cable. The role of the network, as well as the many AWS Regions around the world, is especially important for our customers looking to run global businesses and become more agile."

http://www.hawaikicable.co.nz

DOCOMO Tests Real Time 8K Video over 5G with Nokia

NTT DOCOMO successfully tested the real time transmission of 8K video over a 5G communications system.

The trial, which was jointly conducted with Nokia on May 19, employed H.265/HEVC encoding techniques developed by NTT Media Intelligence Laboratories. The trial system used beam-tracking techniques to transmit millimeter wavelength signals at an extremely high frequency of 70GHz.  The 8K video signals were ingested at 48 Gbps — a bit rate four times greater than 4K video and 32 times than Full HD — and then compressed by the encoder into signals ranging from 145 Mbps to 85 Mbps and successfully transmitted without delay.

DOCOMO and Nokia have been collaborating since May 2014 to develop radio access technologies for future 5G mobile networks. Recent achievements include ultra-high-speed data transmission in excess of 2Gbps at the Roppongi Hills high-rise complex in Tokyo.

"We are excited to be collaborating with DOCOMO to shape 5G and show how this technology can be used to dramatically enhance the delivery of services such as video. This world's first demonstration is a clear indication of our progressive leadership in 5G. We will continue to leverage our expertise and work with industry leaders including DOCOMO to drive further innovation in the industry," stated Glenn Booth, Vice President and General Manager, 5G Business Line at Nokia.

http://www.nokia.com
https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2016/0524_00.html

Verizon's ICSA Labs Rolls Out IoT Test Program

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, is rolling out a new security testing program to provide assurance testing for Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors.

ICSA Labs listed six components as part of the new IoT Security Testing and Certification Program including:  alert/logging, cryptography, authentication, communications, physical security, and platform security.  The ICSA Labs Product Assurance Report found the majority of security devices fail to perform as intended.

“We expect the Internet of Things to be the next digital wave,” said George Japak, managing director, ICSA Labs.  “Given the enormity and complexity of the space, it can be tricky for enterprises to navigate. We know from multiple recent studies that the #1 concern among adopters is security and privacy, and our new IoT Security Testing and Certification Program directly addresses this concern.”

https://www.icsalabs.com/technology-program/iot-testing

Deal Reached to End Verizon Strike

Verizon announced an "agreement in principle" with the CWA and IBEW covering its nearly 40,000 wireline employees who have been on strike since April 13, and a small number of wireless employees in the Northeast. U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and the director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Allison Beck, helped negotiate the deal.

The 45-day strike was one of the longest in Verizon's recent history.

The CWA said that, under the deal, Verizon will add 1,300 new east coast call center jobs, and reverse several other outsourcing initiatives that will create new field technician jobs. The four-year proposed agreement provides 10.9% in raises, a $1250 signing bonus in the Mid-Atlantic and a $1000 signing bonus plus a $250 healthcare reimbursement account in the Northeast, $2800 minimum in profit sharing, pension increases, and a first contract for Verizon Wireless retail store employees in Brooklyn, NY and Everett, MA.

CWA appreciates the persistence and dedication of Secretary Perez, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director Allison Beck and their entire teams. The addition of good new jobs at Verizon is a huge win not just for striking workers, but for our communities and the country as a whole. This contract is a victory for working families across the country and an affirmation of the power of working people,” said Chris Shelton, President of the Communications Workers of America. “It proves that when we stand together we can raise up working families, improve our communities and advance the interests of America’s working people.”

“Verizon is very pleased with this “agreement in principle.” The agreement is consistent with our objective of creating high quality American jobs and achieving meaningful changes and enhancements to the contracts that will better enable our wireline business unit to compete and succeed in the digital world," stated Marc Reed, Verizon’s chief administrative officer.

http://www.cwa-union.org/news/releases/big-gains-for-striking-verizon-workers-in-new-agreement
http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-reaches-agreement-principle-new-contracts-about-36500-employees

CWA: Verizon Strike is On

Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Maine to Virginia, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), went on strike as of Wednesday morning at 6am. The parties have been unable to resolve differences since the last contract expired on August 1st, 2015.

The union cited the following unresolved issues:


  • Offshoring Jobs – Verizon has already contracted out work to more than 5,000 employees in the Philippines, Mexico, the Dominican Republican and other overseas locations. These offshore workers handle customer service calls originating in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. 
  • Outsourcing Work to Low-Wage Contractors – the union is concerned about the amount of outside line work, particularly vital work installing and maintaining telephone poles, that is being assigned to non-union workers.
  • Contract for Wireless Workers – namedly, a fair first contract for Verizon Wireless retail workers who formed a union in 2014, and for the 100 wireless technicians who maintain the network in downstate New York.
  • Call-Center Closings – hundreds of Verizon workers are at risk of losing their jobs or being forced to commute as much as three hours more each day because of the company's plan to close and consolidate call centers. 
  • Out of State Assignments – long assignments of up to two months at a time

http://standuptoverizon.com/

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