Tuesday, December 10, 2019

FCC kicks off mmWave spectrum auction

The FCC commenced the next of its 5G auctions, with bidding on spectrum in the upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands (Auction 103).  The FCC is making 3,400 MHz of millimeter-wave spectrum available through this auction. 

Auction 103 will offer 14,144 Upper Microwave Flexible Use Service licenses in the Upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands, and the licenses will be based on Partial Economic Areas (PEAs). Category M/N consists of blocks in 37.6 – 40 GHz, including 10 blocks (Blocks M1–M10) in the Upper 37 GHz band and 14 blocks (Blocks N1–N14) in the 39 GHz band; and Category P consists of 10 blocks (Blocks P1–P10) in 47.2 – 48.2 GHz, the 47 GHz band.

Current auctions are posted here: https://www.fcc.gov/auction/103/round-results

“Today’s spectrum auction shows that America is continuing to lead the world in 5G, the next generation of wireless connectivity.  These airwaves will be critical in deploying 5G services and applications.  Auctioning the 39 GHz and upper 37 GHz bands together presents a critical opportunity for 5G deployment as it represents the largest amount of contiguous spectrum available in the millimeter-wave bands," stated FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

“Notably, we’re setting up the Upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz auction to be our second-ever incentive auction.  This one will be different from the broadcast incentive auction that Congress authorized years ago, but it’ll have the same worthy goal: clearing or repacking existing licensees to make spectrum as useful as possible, boosting competition and benefiting consumers.

“Pushing more spectrum into the commercial marketplace is a key component of our 5G FAST plan to advance American leadership in the next generation of wireless connectivity.  Earlier this year, we concluded our first-ever high-band 5G auctions of the 28 GHz and 24 GHz bands. Next year, we look forward to initiating two mid-band spectrum auctions—the 3.5 GHz auction on June 25, 2020, and an auction in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band in the latter part of 2020.  These and other steps will help us stay ahead of the spectrum curve and allow wireless innovation to thrive on our shores.”

NTT and Microsoft envision a Global Digital Fabric

NTT Corporation (NTT) and Microsoft announced a multi-year strategic alliance aimed that envisions the creation of a Global Digital Fabric, development of digital enterprise solutions built on Microsoft Azure, and co-innovation of next-generation technologies in the area of all-photonics network and digital twin computing.

The alliance will bring together NTT’s ICT infrastructure, managed services and cybersecurity expertise, with Microsoft’s trusted cloud platform and AI technologies.

NTT is committed to helping enterprises realize their digital transformation initiatives to help create a smarter world. We believe that the combination of the Microsoft Azure platform along with NTT’s connected infrastructure and service delivery capabilities will accelerate these efforts. Additionally, the companies will collaborate on IOWN , including areas such as all-photonics network and digital twin computing ,” said Jun Sawada, President and CEO of NTT.

“Our strategic alliance combines NTT’s global infrastructure and services expertise with the power of Azure,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Together, we will build new solutions spanning AI, cybersecurity and hybrid cloud, as we work to help enterprise customers everywhere accelerate their digital transformation.”

https://www.ntt.co.jp/news2019/1912e/191210a.html

Google Cloud adds packet mirroring for network troubleshooting

Google Cloud Platform released to beta a new service that provides packet mirroring for troubleshooting existing Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs).

GCP's Packet Mirroring service supports third-party tools to collect and inspect network traffic at scale, provide intrusion detection, application performance monitoring, and better security controls, helping you ensure the security and compliance of workloads running in Compute Engine and Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE).



https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/networking/packet-mirroring-visualize-and-protect-your-cloud-network

Silver Peak adds multi-fabric orchestration to its SD-WAN platform

Silver Peak rolled out new capabilities for its Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform, including multi-fabric orchestration and management, one-click automation with leading cloud services, and advanced segmentation and cloud-scale connectivity. The company says these enable large enterprises to scale, automate and simplify the configuration, deployment and management of a modern WAN edge to 10,000 sites and beyond.

Silver Peak's new Unity Orchestrator Global Enterprise management software is designed for large-scale global enterprises with multiple divisions, business units or subsidiaries that each require a dedicated SD-WAN fabric. Each fabric can be individually orchestrated and managed, providing enterprises with centralized network-wide visibility and control, including aggregated observability of the entire network. Orchestrator Global Enterprise key capabilities include:

  • Single sign-on view to all SD-WAN fabrics
  • Secure orchestration-as-a-service
  • Centralized alarm view across all SD-WAN fabrics
  • Fabric independent software versioning, maintenance and upgrade cycles
  • Granular role-based access control for network administrators
  • One-Click Automation with Leading Cloud Services
“As global enterprises shift IT spending toward modern cloud applications and services, many are coming to the realization that a no-compromise WAN transformation strategy is required to achieve a multiplier effect on these investments,” said Damon Ennis, senior vice president of products at Silver Peak. “The Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform, with today’s expanded capabilities, is uniquely engineered to address the changing requirements of cloud-first enterprises, enabling them to scale, automate and extend SD-WAN deployments across multiple fabrics and cloud instances, while maintaining centralized control and complete observability of the WAN.”


Lattice intros low-power FPGAs

Lattice Semiconductor introduced its new low power FPGA platform, Lattice Nexus, which targets applications such as AI for IoT, video, hardware security, embedded vision, 5G infrastructure and industrial/automotive automation.

The Lattice Nexus platform features optimized DSP blocks and higher on-chip memory capacity to enable power-efficient computing, such as AI inferencing algorithms, and runs twice as fast at half the power of Lattice’s previous FPGAs. Lattice Nexus also uses innovative circuit design to deliver key capabilities to customers, including programmable power-performance optimization and very fast configuration for instant-on type applications.

Lattice Nexus is developed on high-volume 28 nm fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) process technology from Samsung. This innovative technology features 50 percent lower transistor leakage compared to bulk CMOS, and is the best technology for delivering the low power Lattice Nexus platform.

“The Lattice Nexus platform augments the parallel processing and re-programmability of FPGAs with the power-efficient performance demanded by today’s technology trends, like AI inferencing at the Edge and sensor management. The platform also accelerates the rate at which Lattice will release future products,” said Steve Douglass, Corporate Vice President, R&D, Lattice Semiconductor. “Additionally, the Lattice Nexus platform offers easy-to-use solution stacks targeting high-growth applications that help customers more quickly develop their systems, even if they are not expert in FPGA design.”

www.latticesemi.com/LatticeNexus

Spirent signs over 100 deal for 5G related testing in 2019

Spirent Communications closed more than 100 5G-related deals during 2019.

The company says cites accelerated deployment timetables that require complex testing and the need to incorporate assurance into new, next-gen networks for guaranteed quality. Spirent is now engaged in more than 150 global 5G initiatives with a broad mix of operators, device makers, network equipment manufacturers, academic institutions, government and cloud providers.

In addition, Spirent notes that more than half of its 5G business is taking place in the Asia-Pacific region as countries like South Korea gain traction with customized offerings tailored to data-hungry subscribers consuming high-bandwidth content such as AR and VR. In China, the company is supporting nationwide efforts to prepare the transport network and data center architecture for mass market deployments. About one-third of Spirent’s 5G deals are in the Americas, with the remainder across Europe. 5G transport, 5G core and 5G RAN projects comprise the majority of deals as operators pursue a range of network rollout strategies.

“If you took the industry’s pulse early last year, all eyes were on 2020 for mass movement in 5G, but those timetables have been turned on their heads as operators navigate an expanding set of market dynamics that demand speed and scale,” said Spirent Head of 5G Steve Douglas.

www.spirent.com/solutions/5g-network-testing

NTT develops Direct Spectrum Division Transmission for satellites

NTT has developed a technique called Direct Spectrum Division Transmission (DSDT) that divides the spectrum of the satellite communications signals into multiple sub-spectra, then makes communications after allocating them to the unused frequency slots of the operating band of the transponder in space, and finally recombines the divided sub-spectra into a single carrier signal.

NTT said it has verified this technique in satellite experiments.

The idea is to attach a “DSDT adapter” to an existing satellite modem. This divides and recombines the spectrum of the signal so that unused frequency resources scattered throughout the operating band of the transponder can be used without affecting existing signals of other users that share the same transponder. In addition, this technique enhances communication security by dividing the signal into multiple sub-spectra in the transmitter and combining the multiple sub-spectra back into the original signal in the receiver.



https://www.ntt.co.jp/news2019/1912e/191211a.html

Monday, December 9, 2019

Intel unveils cryogenic control chip for quantum systems

Intel Labs unveiled a cryogenic control chip — code-named “Horse Ridge” — for quantum computing systems. Horse Ridge is a mixed-signal SoC that brings the qubit controls into the quantum refrigerator — as close as possible to the qubits themselves. It effectively reduces the complexity of quantum control engineering from hundreds of cables running into and out of a refrigerator to a single, unified package operating near the quantum device.

Intel said the Horse Ridge design radically simplifies the control electronics required to operate a quantum system. It replaces bulky instruments with a highly-integrated system-on-chip (SoC) that will simplify system design and allow for sophisticated signal processing techniques to accelerate set-up time, improve qubit performance and enable the system to efficiently scale to larger qubit counts. Designed to act as a radio frequency (RF) processor to control the qubits operating in the refrigerator, Horse Ridge is programmed with instructions that correspond to basic qubit operations. It translates those instructions into electromagnetic microwave pulses that can manipulate the state of the qubits.

The Horse Ridge chip, which was developed with TU Delft and TNO (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research), will enable control of multiple quantum bits (qubits) and set a clear path toward scaling larger quantum systems. Horse Ridge is fabricated using Intel’s 22nm FinFET technology.

“While there has been a lot of emphasis on the qubits themselves, the ability to control many qubits at the same time had been a challenge for the industry. Intel recognized that quantum controls were an essential piece of the puzzle we needed to solve in order to develop a large-scale commercial quantum system. That’s why we are investing in quantum error correction and controls. With Horse Ridge, Intel has developed a scalable control system that will allow us to significantly speed up testing and realize the potential of quantum computing,” states Jim Clarke, Intel’s director of Quantum Hardware.


AI and the Customer Experience



How can AI and automation help to redefine the customer support experience?

Umesh Sachdev, co-founder and CEO of Uniphore, briefly shares his 2020 vision for AI and customer service.

Uniphore, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, targets Conversational Service Automation. The company was incubated in 2008 in IIT Madras, the premier research institute in India, and has grown to over 150 employees located in the U.S., India, and Singapore. Earlier this year, Uniphore raised $51 million in Series C funding led by March Capital Partners, with participation from Chiratae Ventures (formerly IDG Ventures), Sistema Asia, CXO Fund, ITP, Iron Pillar, Patni Family, plus other investors. John Chambers, CEO and founder of JC2 Ventures and former CEO of Cisco, is an active advisor to Uniphore and holds a 10% stake in Uniphore.

https://youtu.be/5GkxfqTyt04

See our full series of Thought Leadership videos at https://nginfrastructure.com/network-...


Apstra accelerates NOS upgrades in multi-vendor networks

Apstra has updated its flagship AOS with the ability to automate and validate Network Operating System upgrades across an entire IP fabric. The new feature, which supports multiple vendors, ensures compliance and reduction in maintenance time from weeks or months to hours or days.

Apstra said it leverages a sophisticated, extensive automated testing platform that verifies the quality of the Apstra AOS software at scale, and models the different services and payloads. The company runs fifteen million unit tests per day, covering 600+ topologies, 100+ physical devices with a variety of hardware vendors, models, and chipsets (Arista, Cisco, Juniper, Dell, Edgecore, Mellanox, Quanta, Celestica, etc) as well as virtual appliances (vEOS, NXOSv, Cumulus, OPX, Ubuntu/CentOS). Any device in the data center can be connected to any other device (physical or virtual) through the use of a reservation system and an automated programmable L1/2 patch panel, which allows Apstra to replicate and test any customer topology in its own infrastructure prior to deployment.

As an example, Apstra said a major financial services company had a single engineer working on OS upgrades, taking upwards of eight months to upgrade 174 switches. The same tasks could have been completed with AOS Maintenance Mode and Device OS Upgrade in approximately 87 hours.

https://apstra.com




The dream of fully automated networks has been with us for decades, but with the rise of machine learning and virtualized network architecture, the industry finally appears ready to step ahead with Next Gen Network Automation.

In this series of videos, we speak with the thought leaders who are redefining the concept of automation. This 4-minute overview video gives us some high-level definitions:

See our full series of Thought Leadership videos, and download the exclusive report from our partner AvidThink, at https://nginfrastructure.com/network-automation/


GlobalConnect tests 400G coherent transmission with metro

GlobalConnect, which owns a 42,000 km fiber network and 18,000 sqm high-security data center space in Northern Europe, competed a field trial demonstrating 400 Gbps coherent transmission over a 50 gigahertz (GHz) fixed grid metro transport network concurrently with pre-existing 10G channels.

The trial was conducted over a live GlobalConnect optical link in the Oslo metropolitan area using the Infinera Groove G30 Compact Modular Platform. The trial demonstrated seamless interoperability with deployed metro transport infrastructure. The error-free testing included multiple 300G and 400G alien wavelength transmission use cases over a live metro network link originally designed for and currently running 10G wavelengths using on-off keying (OOK) modulation technology.

The companies said the field trial showcased the ability to boost the capacity of a 10G-engineered OOK-based network by going from 10G to 400G per wavelength, thus increasing the fiber capacity to 32 terabits on an existing 50 GHz fixed grid metro network.

“With the explosive growth in data traffic and acceleration of digital transformation, optical network flexibility and scalability remain critical to our ability to be responsive to our customers’ evolving communications needs,” said Anders Kuhn Saaby, CTO, GlobalConnect. “We remain committed to advancing our fiber infrastructure with cutting-edge technologies to keep pace with growing capacity demands and allow us to expand our addressable market.”

The Infinera Groove G30 is an open, disaggregated networking solution designed to be compatible with third-party optical line systems and diverse network environments, including conventional 10G-engineered non-coherent metro networks designed with OOK, a legacy transport technology that poses limitations for upgrading to higher-capacity wavelengths.

https://www.infinera.com/press-release/Infinera-and-GlobalConnect-Complete-Successful-400G-Coherent-Transmission-Field-Trial

CenturyLink builds out its Content Delivery Network in Asia

CenturyLink has strengthened its content delivery network (CDN) service capabilities in 11 cities across Asia Pacific (APAC) to cater to growing demands from global broadcasters, over the top (OTT) video streaming platforms and gaming companies to deliver high-performing web applications, ultra-high-definition (UHD) video streaming and game downloads.

Specifically, CenturyLink recently acquired video delivery solutions provider Streamroot and its peer-assisted streaming and multi-CDN capabilities as part of its strategic CDN expansion plans. Streamroot's disruptive content delivery model incorporates consumer devices into an edge-based delivery architecture offering the ability to achieve performance otherwise not feasible with conventional CDN delivery methods.

Francis Thangasamy, vice president, product management and services, CenturyLink Asia Pacific commented: "Expanding our physical network footprint in APAC while enabling performance improvements in hard to reach markets with our hybrid, peer-assisted CDN can provide CenturyLink customers a true competitive advantage. Our high-performing global CDN leverages consumer device telemetry, data science and disruptive edge delivery methodologies to help improve user experience during peak traffic hours and minimize the risk of inadequate or inaccurate planning for large events. We are also excited to share that CenturyLink is providing services for a prominent company that will broadcast a major sports event next year in Japan."

Pierre-Louis Theron, vice president of product management for CenturyLink and former CEO of Streamroot said: "APAC is demonstrating interest and early adoption of peer-assisted CDN streaming technology. Multi-CDN hybrid delivery solutions offer higher reliability by further decentralizing the distribution model to create more nodes in hard to reach locations. With this delivery technology, streaming providers do not have to overprovision bandwidth or make exclusive commitments to multiple CDN vendors to help ensure a seamless streaming experience."

Andes' RISC-V processor qualified for Amazon FreeRTOS

Andes Technology's Corvette-F1 N25 platform is one of the first RISC-V platforms qualified for Amazon FreeRTOS.

Amazon FreeRTOS is an open source operating system for microcontrollers from Amazon Web Services (AWS) designed for small, low-power edge devices.

“IoT, and AIoT, will be a big addressable market for RISC-V CPU,” said Dr. Charlie Su, CTO and Executive VP of Andes Technology. “By leveraging the advantages of Amazon FreeRTOS and Andes RISC-V platform, we can provide developers using Amazon FreeRTOS additional development platform choices and strengthen the Andes RISC-V IoT solutions for our customers.”

Andes' Corvette-F1 N25 platform is a FPGA-based Arduino-compatible evaluation platform. It comes with a 32-bit RISC-V AndesCore N25 running at 60MHz, 4MB Flash, 256KB instruction SRAM and 128KB data SRAM, and AndeShape AE250 Platform IP with rich peripherals such as GPIO, I2C, PWM, SPI, and UART. It also contains an on-board wireless module supporting IEEE 802.11 b/g/n.

http://www.andestech.com/en/products-solutions/andeshape-platforms/corvette-f1-n25/

EIB extends EUR 700m loan to Orange for broadband

The European Investment Bank (EIB) extended a EUR 700 million loan to finance part of the deployment of the Orange Group’s Very High Speed Broadband network in France in the "Appel à Manifestation d’Intentions d’Investissements" (AMII) areas.

AMII areas are defined as places where population density and digital coverage is moderate, such as city suburbs.

NBC Sports camera crew tests 5G for live coverage

An NBC Sports crew captured video of the Houston Texans vs New England Patriots football game at NRG Stadium on December 1st using Sony’s PXW-Z450 shoulder camcorder. The video was streamed through Sony’s prototype transmitter box and Xperia 5G mmWave device, via Verizon’s 5G network to a production room in the stadium.

Verizon said the test proved that 5G-connected cameras can be a reliable and beneficial option for future live sports broadcasts.

“Verizon’s 5G network is built to transform industries and we’re thrilled to demonstrate how it can change the way live sports broadcasts are captured and delivered,” said Nicki Palmer, chief product development officer at Verizon. ”5G’s high bandwidth and low latency can enable high definition video to be streamed essentially in real time and captured with no wires on the field.”

“We are extremely pleased to have completed a successful 5G collaboration with Verizon,” said Mikio Kita, Senior General Manager of Media Solution Business Division, Professional Products & Solutions Group, Sony Imaging Products and Solutions Inc. “Sony is uniquely positioned to offer an end-to-end solution for professional content creation and mobile communication technology, and our joint achievement on this proof of concept of live sports production will pave the way for wider 5G applications.”

https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-sony-5g-sports-production

Cambium adopts Sequans’ LTE-Advanced chipset for CPE

Cambium Networks has adopted Sequans’ LTE-Advanced chipset platform, Cassiopeia, for two Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) designs for global markets. Both are high-performance integrated access devices with which Cambium Networks aims to meet the integrated data, voice, and internet access needs of its residential, business, and enterprise customers.

  • cnRanger 2 GHz Tyndall 101. An LTE Category 4 Subscriber Module with 14 dBi integrated panel antenna supporting TD-LTE Bands 38, 40 and 41. Available now.
  • cnRanger 3 GHz Tyndall 201. An LTE Category 6 Subscriber Module with 19 dBi integrated dish antenna supporting TD-LTE Bands 42, 43 and 48. Available mid-2020.

The LTE-Advanced chip inside the new Cambium Networks CPE devices is Sequans’ Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced chip platform, a member of Sequans’ StreamrichLTE family of products for broadband high-performance devices. Cassiopeia is compliant with 3GPP Release 10 specifications and supports highly flexible dual-carrier aggregation that allows the combination of any two carriers of any size up to 20 MHz each, contiguous or non-contiguous, inter-band or intra-band. Cassiopeia also supports other Release 10 enhancements such as new MIMO schemes, enhanced inter-cell interference coordination (eICIC) schemes for heterogeneous networks (HetNets), and improvements to eMBMS (evolved multimedia broadcast multicast service) or LTE broadcast. Cassiopeia features Sequans’ advanced receiver technology for improved performance.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Ericsson reaches settlement with US DoJ

Ericsson reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve criminal charges related to accounting violations in five countries, including in Djibouti where there is also a charge of bribery.

Under the agreement,

  • Ericsson will pay a fine of US$520,650,432. 
  • Ericsson's Egyptian subsidiary has entered a guilty plea to the bribery charge in Djibouti.
  • Ericsson will resolve civil charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to allegations of violations of the bribery and accounting provisions.
  • In total, Ericsson will pay US$1.06 billion (SEK 10.1 b.).
  • Ericsson will engage an independent compliance monitor for a period of three years while the company continues to undertake significant reforms to strengthen its Ethics & Compliance program.

Ericsson noted that the penalties outlined above are fully covered by the SEK 11.5 b. provision taken in Q3 2019.

Ericsson makes US$1.23 billion provision for U.S. investigation

Ericsson made a provision of SEK 12 billion (US$1.23 billion) to resolve the ongoing investigation by U.S. authorities. The process to find a resolution is still ongoing, but Ericsson reckons it may face a monetary sanction of US$1 billion.

As previously disclosed, Ericsson has been co-operating voluntarily since 2013 with an investigation by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and, since 2015, with an investigation by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) into Ericsson’s compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the process is still ongoing. The investigation covers a period ending Q1 2017 and revealed breaches of the Company’s Code of Business Ethics and the FCPA in six countries: China, Djibouti, Indonesia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.

The company previously communicated that the resolution of the investigations will result in material financial and other measures. While Ericsson cannot comment in detail on the ongoing process with the U.S. authorities, the Company can with current visibility now estimate the cost and thus make a provision, which will impact the third quarter 2019 results by SEK 12 b. The provision constitutes the Company’s current estimate of expenditure related to resolving the U.S. investigations, of which the combined monetary sanctions from SEC and DOJ is estimated at USD 1 b., and the remainder pertains to other costs related to resolving the investigation. The provision will be booked as Other Operating Expenses in the income statement of Segment Emerging Business and Other.

Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, says: ”Over the last two years we have operationally turned around our company and established a strong portfolio and competitive cost structure. With today’s announcement we confront another legacy issue and take the next step in resolving it. We have to recognize that the Company has failed in the past and I can assure you that we work hard every day to build a stronger Ericsson, where ethics and compliance are cornerstones in how we conduct business. Over the past two years, we have made significant investments in our ethics and compliance program including our investigative capabilities and have taken actions against employees who have transgressed our values and standards.”

IDC: Ethernet switch market rose 0.1% in 3Q 2019

The Worldwide Ethernet switch market (Layer 2/3) recorded $7.32 billion in revenue in the third quarter of 2019 (3Q19), an increase of 0.1% year over year, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Ethernet Switch Tracker and Worldwide Quarterly Router Tracker. Worldwide total enterprise and service provider (SP) router market revenues grew 0.8% year over year in 3Q19 to $3.74 billion.



Some highlights:


  • The Middle East and Africa region grew 9.3% with the region's largest market, the United Arab Emirates, growing 6.9% year over year while Israel's market grew 18.8%. 
  • Across Europe, growth was stagnant. The Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region lost 9.0% compared to a year earlier with Russia dropping 13.9% year over year. 
  • The Western Europe market fell 6.1% with Germany losing 5.6% year over year. Denmark was a bright spot in the region with 18.6% year-over-year growth.
  • The Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APeJ) region grew 1.3% year over year. In China, the market grew 4.6% year over year while the Philippines rose 25.9%. Japan was off 3.8% compared to its growth in 3Q18. In Latin America, the market dropped 4.4% year over year, while the U.S. market grew 2.6% annually and Canada declined 4.9% year over year.
  • Port shipments for 100Gb switches rose 57.2% year over year to 5.6 million. 100Gb revenues grew 32.8% year over year in 3Q19 to $1.44 billion, making up 19.6% of total market revenue compared to 14.8% a year earlier. 
  • 25Gb switches also saw impressive growth with revenues increasing 69.3% to $463.4 million and port shipments growing 68.0% year over year. 
  • Lower-speed campus switches, a more mature part of the market, saw moderate growth in port shipments but declining revenue, pointing to a decrease in average selling prices (ASPs). 
  • 10Gb port shipments rose 7.9% year over year, but revenue declined 8.7% to deliver 26.3% of total market revenue. 1Gb switches grew 3.9% year over year in port shipments but declined 7.4% in revenue. 1Gb now accounts for 39.2% of the total Ethernet switch market revenue.



  • The worldwide enterprise and service provider router market increased 0.8% on a year-over-year basis in 3Q19 with the major service provider segment, which accounts for 75.5% of revenues, decreasing 0.1% and the enterprise segment of the market growing 3.6%. 
  • From a regional perspective, the combined service provider and enterprise router market fell 1.5% in APeJ with the enterprise segment growing 1.5% and the service provider segment declining 2.2% year over year. 
  • Japan's total market grew 3.9% year over year. Revenues in Western Europe were off 7.3% year over year while CEE revenues for the combined enterprise and service provider market grew 3.5% year over year. 
  • The Middle East & Africa region was up 8.9%. In the U.S., the enterprise segment was up 7.3% while service provider revenues grew 1.8%, giving the combined markets 3.2% year-over-year growth. In Latin America, the market grew 11.7%.
  • Cisco finished 3Q19 with a 5.6% year-over-year decline in overall Ethernet switch revenues and market share of 51.3%. In the hotly contested 25Gb/100Gb segment, Cisco was the market leader with 38.2% revenue share. Cisco's combined service provider and enterprise router revenue declined 10.6% year over year with enterprise router revenue increasing 3.4% and SP revenues falling 18.1%. Cisco's combined SP and enterprise router market share increased to 37.9%, up from 36.8% in 2Q19.
  • Huawei's Ethernet switch revenue rose 4.4% on an annualized basis, giving the company market share of 8.9%. The company's combined SP and enterprise router revenue rose 20.6% year over year, giving the company a market share of 28.1%.
  • Arista Networks saw Ethernet switch revenues increase 14.3% in 3Q19, bringing its share to 7.6% of the total market, up from 6.6% a year earlier. 100Gb revenues accounting for 68.8% of the company's total revenue, indicating the company's focus on hyperscale and cloud providers.
  • HPE's Ethernet switch revenue declined 7.0% year over year, resulting in overall market share of 5.3%.
  • Juniper's Ethernet switch revenue rose 4.5% year over year in 3Q19, bringing its market share to 3.2%. Juniper saw a 17.9% decline in combined enterprise and SP router sales, bringing its market share in the router market to 10.9%.


"Dynamics in the Ethernet switch and routing markets continue to evolve," said Petr Jirovsky, research director, IDC Networking Trackers. "In Ethernet switching, the seemingly insatiable demand for higher-speed networking platforms continue to drive investments. Meanwhile, lower-speed campus switching continues to moderate as enterprises build out connectivity platforms to support mobile workers and the Internet of Things. In the routing segment, the enterprise continues to buoy the broader market as enterprises and service providers augment their networks to support improved cloud connectivity."

https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS45711319

NTT to show its Innovative Optical and Wireless Network

NTT will make its first appearance at CES 2020, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, to present use cases of its IOWN (Innovative Optical and Wireless Network) concept, which was first announced in May 2019.

IOWN has three technical elements: All Photonics Network, Digital Twin Computing, and Cognitive Foundation.

Key use case include Smart City / Smart Mobility, Smart Healthcare, Smart Life.

To realize this concept, NTT has the following projects underway:

  • “Photoelectric information processing chip”, an information processing chip to achieve low power consumption and high-speed transactions.
  • “LASOLV”, a new type of computer that enable to solve intractable problems with photonic technologies.
  • “Artificial photosynthesis”, an artificial energy generator with photonics artificially.
  • “Submerged ultrasonic MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) technology”, an undersea communication technology.

https://www.ntt.co.jp/news2019/1912e/191206a.html

Innovative Optical and Wireless Network Forum launched by NTT

NTT, Intel and Sony are joining forces to create a new Innovative Optical and Wireless Network (IOWN) Global Forum, which aims to accelerate the adoption of new communications infrastructure. The goal is to will bring together an all-photonic network including silicon photonics, edge computing, and distributed connected computing, along with wireless access..

IOWN will develop new technologies, frameworks, specifications and reference designs, in areas such as:
  • Photonics R&D, including photonic devices of the future, photonic network equipment and end-to-end architecture, powered by advances in photonics-electronics convergence technologies. This will significantly reduce power consumption and enable instant access and response by shortening latency times and broadening transmission capacity.
  • Distributed Connected Compute, which is expected to be increasingly critical for computing across networks, leveraging both AI and workloads that will be dynamic and distributed.
  • Use cases and best practices for a smart world and enabling technologies, such as Digital Twin Computing (a computing paradigm that enables humans and things in the real world to be recreated and interact without restrictions in cyberspace), R&D in human behavior and society modeling, large-scale simulations and next-generation “real” UI/UX device technologies.

NTT, Intel, and Sony are inviting other technology, telecommunications and industry organizations to join the forum.

"NTT has a long history in photonics-related R&D and has achieved cutting-edge results in fields like silicon photonics and optoelectronic convergence. Based on these technologies, NTT aims to power the next generation of technology innovation and solve many of today’s societal challenges, such as ever-increasing power consumption. We will bring our leading R&D expertise to foster the photonics revolution and unlock new technologies to ultimately enable a smart world, where technology becomes so ”natural” that people are unaware of its presence. NTT is looking forward to collaborating with its best-in-class partners and realizing a smart world," states Jun Sawada, President and CEO, NTT.

“Digital transformation and the growth of data is driving an infrastructure build out that will dwarf the first era of the cloud defined by hyperscale data centers... The combination of superfast networking and pervasive high-performance computing – the edge infrastructure to deliver smart services anywhere, anytime – can only be achieved with a profoundly new mindset shared across a global ecosystem. The IOWN collaboration is an important step forward. A vision of this magnitude can only be achieved with global leaders across industries. Intel is honored to join forces with NTT and Sony in this industry-wide journey to help define the future of technology,” says Bob Swan,
CEO, Intel.

http://www.iowngf.org




NTT opens Silicon Valley labs to leverage photonic/quantum tech

NTT Research is opening three labs in Palo Alto, California to focus on quantum computing; cryptography and information security; and medical and health informatics.

IDC: WLAN market dips in 3Q 2019

The combined enterprise and consumer wireless local area network (WLAN) market segments fell 3.6% year over year in the third quarter of 2019 (3Q19) with worldwide revenues of $3.8 billion, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker. The enterprise segment fell 1.1% year over year in 3Q19 to $1.62 billion.

"The enterprise WLAN market is transitioning as vendors and customers begin to adopt the latest Wi-Fi standard. In the third quarter of 2019, IDC tracked the initial shipments of 802.11ax, also known as Wi-Fi 6, which includes numerous features for enterprises and Internet of Things use cases," said Brandon Butler, senior research analyst, Enterprise Networks. "IDC expects the continued adoption of Wi-Fi 6 to be a major driver of growth for the enterprise WLAN market in the fourth quarter of 2019 and throughout 2020."



Some highlights:

  • Wi-Fi 6 took some share from shipments of previous generation 802.11ac products. 802.11ac products accounted for 84.8% of dependent access point shipments in the enterprise segment and 86.2% of dependent access point revenues. Wi-Fi 6 products made up 3.1% of dependent access point shipments and 6.1% of revenues.
  • The consumer WLAN market fell 5.3% year over year to $2.18 billion. 
  • Shipments of 802.11ac products accounted for 57.0% of units shipped, and 78.1% of revenues. The previous-generation 802.11n standard accounted for 42.8% of shipments, but only 20.8% of revenues.
  • The Asia/Pacific region, excluding Japan, was up 3.3% annually in 3Q19, with China growing 6.9% year over year while the Korean market fell 16.2%. Japan's market dropped 19.8% compared to a year earlier.
  • The Central and Eastern Europe region was off 1.7% compared to a year earlier, with Russia dropping 6.6%. 
  • Romania was a bright spot in the region with 11.9% growth. 
  • The Western Europe region fell 4.5% year over year. Germany fell 3.5% while the United Kingdom was down 10.0%. The Middle East and Africa region grew 8.0% year over year with growth of 6.7% from the United Arab Emirates and 25.5% from Qatar.
  • The Latin America region fell 12.1% with Mexico off 17.3% year over year. The U.S. market rose 0.1% on an annualized basis and was up 0.5% sequentially from the second quarter of 2019.
  • Cisco's worldwide enterprise WLAN revenue fell 4.9% year over year, but grew 1.9% compared to the previous quarter. The company's market share dropped slightly from 44.9% in 2Q19 to 44.2% in 3Q19.
  • HPE-Aruba's revenues increased 1.3% year over year and rose 4.6% sequentially. The company's market share grew to 14.1% in 3Q19 from 14.0% a quarter earlier.
  • Ubiquiti's revenues rose 9.4% annually and 8.6% sequentially, with the company's market share growing to 7.1%, from 6.8% a quarter earlier.
  • Huawei's quarterly revenues rose to 11.2% year over year and were up 3.7% sequentially, giving the company 5.4% market share.
  • CommScope(formerly ARRIS/Ruckus) was off 20.3% year over year and was down 6.7% compared to 2Q19. That caused the company's market share to drop from 5.8% in the second quarter to 5.2% in 3Q19.

https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS45706619

Inphi qualifies TowerJazz for data center PIC production

Inphi has qualified TowerJazz for production of silicon photonics integrated circuits (PICs) for data center interconnects based on TowerJazz’s open foundry Silicon Photonics platform.

TowerJazz said its PH18 Silicon Photonics platform offers a rich set of optical components including ultra-high bandwidth modulators, and photodetectors, serving the demand in data center and infrastructure optical communication markets. This platform complements TowerJazz’s SiGe BiCMOS processes, providing enhanced solutions to its already strong customer base serving optical communication needs in the growing data transport markets.

Inphi’s Silicon Photonics PAM4 technology is the first low power, 100G DWDM platform in QSFP28 form factor for between data center interconnects.

“We worked with TowerJazz due to their unique ability to develop new cutting edge technology and offer it in a high-volume, high-quality environment. With Inphi’s proven design expertise and first to market success in the areas of high electrical and optical speed data interconnects, we are looking forward to the continued partnership with TowerJazz in developing the next generation of Silicon Photonics Integrated Circuit components,” said Dr. Radha Nagarajan, CTO, Interconnect, Inphi.

“TowerJazz is proud to have partnered with a market and product leader such as Inphi in the area of Silicon Photonics. Further, we are excited about this open foundry Silicon Photonic platform complementing our SiGe technology and bringing additional value to our customers as they develop new, breakthrough products for Data Center and 5G Infrastructure markets,” said Dr. Marco Racanelli, TowerJazz Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Analog IC Business Unit.

https://towerjazz.com/2019/12/04/04122019/

Inphi milestone: 5 million coherent amplifiers and linear drivers

Inphi announced a company milestone: it has now shipped more than 5 million 100/200G and emerging 400/600G coherent transimpedance amplifiers and linear driver ICs for long haul, metro, and data center interconnect applications.

“Reaching the significant milestone of shipping 5 million units demonstrates Inphi’s leadership in delivering industry-first and state-of-the-art coherent amplifiers and linear driver solutions,” said Dr. Loi Nguyen, SVP, Optical Interconnect, Inphi. “Because of Inphi’s innovation, a large fraction of the internet traffic will pass through an Inphi device, at one point or another. With our next generation 400/600G shipments, we’ve laid the foundation for networks to scale and support emerging 5G networks, big data, cloud services and the IoT.”

The emergence of cloud-based services has dramatically increased the need for moving data centers closer to the end users and connecting them with multi terabits per second optical pipes. The cornerstone of Inphi’s optical solutions is to deliver best-in-class coherent amplifiers and linear drivers to enable quantum leaps in bandwidth with advanced modulation formats. Inphi pioneered several firsts in this area, including the first mass production of 100G coherent amplifiers and modulator linear drivers. These technology advancements enabled the first deployment of 100G long haul coherent systems in 2010, the first deployment of 200G metro coherent systems in 2014, and the first deployment of 100G pluggable modules in 2015.

https://www.inphi.com/media-center/press-releases/inphis-industry-leading-coherent-amplifier-and-linear-driver-shipments-surpass-5-million/

Poland's PLAY deploys ADVA's timing solution for 5G-ready network

PLAY, the leading mobile phone network in Poland with over 15 million subscribers, has deployed ADVA's Oscilloquartz timing solution to provide LTE Advanced services throughout Poland and prepare its network for 5G.

The PTP grandmaster with dual integrated GNSS antenna enables Play delivers resilient and accurate Precision Time Protocol (PTP) frequency and phase synchronization. PLAY is migrating its radio access network from GNSS RF antennas and coax cables to standard copper and fiber Ethernet cabling. ADVA’s long-term partner NAVI also played a key role in the project.

“This deployment is about taking our RAN infrastructure to the next level. ADVA’s versatile and compact devices are easy to install in a wide range of outdoor locations. And, with low-touch provisioning and power over Ethernet, installation is even simpler and more cost-effective,” said Michał Ziółkowski, CTO, Play. “This solution delivers the extremely precise timing required for next-generation connectivity. With the OSA 5405 ensuring accurate and robust phase synchronization, we can offer unique LTE Advanced services and prepare for the 5G future.”


Azercell and Ericsson to develop 5G in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani communications service provider Azercell and Ericsson signed a three-year 5G Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of 5G in Azerbaijan.

Azercell and Ericsson have already delivered a test 5G network in the city center of the capital, Baku, and a pre-commercial 5G pilot zone in the popular Fountains Square area of downtown Baku.

The 2020-22 MoU will include the extension of the pilot zone, including 5G use cases, as well as the introduction of Internet of Things (IoT) technology in the mining industry, agriculture, manufacturing, housing and communal services.

Vahid Mursaliyev, President, Azercell Telecom LLC, says: “Together with Ericsson, Azercell has launched the first 5G pilot network in the country and this fact puts our company on a par with the world leaders of the mobile market. We believe that 5G along with being a major step forward for mobile internet connectivity, will also open new possibilities for enterprises and industries to deliver greater efficiencies, productivity and empower user experiences.”

Ericsson notes that it already has more than 75 commercial 5G agreements or contracts with unique communication service providers, of which 24 are live.

Marvell sells Wi-Fi connectivity business to NXP

Marvell completed the previously announced sale of its Wi-Fi Connectivity business to NXP . 

The divested business includes Marvell’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology portfolios and related assets.

Marvell is updating its current quarter revenue guidance to reflect the Wi-Fi Connectivity business sale to NXP.  The company now anticipates fourth quarter FY20 revenue of $710 million +/- 3% vs. original guidance for $750 million +/- 3% as provided at the time of the third quarter earnings announcement on December 3, 2019. 

Dell'Oro: Broadband access equipment market drops 12%

Global revenue for broadband access equipment market decreased 12% year-over-year (Y/Y) to $3.2 billion, according to a newly published report by Dell’Oro Group.

A 371 percent Y/Y increase in XGS-PON OLT revenue and continued growth of XG-PON1 OLT ports and CPE offset continued DSL declines.

“Operators’ continued push to increase their fiber investments is resulting in strong Y/Y gains in PON OLT ports,” said Jeff Heynen, Senior Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “Though XGS-PON continues to grow rapidly, 2.5 Gbps GPON remains the workhorse in the market,” explained Heynen.

Some highlights:


  • Total cable access concentrator revenue decreased 31 percent Y/Y to $287 M, driven once again by a slowdown in CCAP license purchases in North America
  • Total DSL port shipments plummeted 28 percent Y/Y, with all technologies showing significant Y/Y declines

Thursday, December 5, 2019

ADVA leads OptiCON project for next gen optical transport

ADVA is leading a research project funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) focused on next-generation optical transport capacity.

The OptiCON project will explore unused optical spectrum beyond the C-and L-bands, new fiber types, novel transmission schemes, as well as advanced monitoring and SDN control.

“This project couldn’t be more vital. With optical transmission approaching the Shannon Limit and continual increases in per-channel speeds slowly coming to an end, we’re looking at disruptive ways to expand network capacity in the future. By using untapped spectrum, we can maximize the value of dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) networks and tackle soaring data demand from cloud, video and mobile,” said Annika Dochhan, principal engineer, advanced technology, ADVA and OptiCON project lead. “OptiCON is about engineering the next-generation of transport networks and empowering operators to keep pace with the exponential traffic growth they are facing. It builds on everything we’ve achieved with our FSP 3000 open line system (OLS) and TeraFlex™ terminal technology, which ensures lowest cost per bit for any network. Now with OptiCON we’re taking fiber transmission to the next level.”

ADVA says that by working to overcome longstanding technical and economic hurdles, OptiCON is enabling operators to exploit much more of the available fiber bandwidth and therefore carry more bits per second. This will be achieved through a combination of technical innovations, including advanced amplifiers, improved fibers, novel transceivers, and new techniques for monitoring and control. The three-year ADVA-led project involves the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI, highstreet technologies, the Technical University of Munich and VPIphotonics.

“Our work in OptiCON is focused on the physical layer and developing optical telemetry. This is crucial to enabling the fine-grained data signal adjustments needed for full capacity optimization,” commented Ronald Freund, head of photonic networks and systems, Fraunhofer HHI. “As a leading research institute for optical transport technology, we have a key role to play in developing the digital society. Working with ADVA and the other partners at the center of this cutting-edge project is very exciting. Together we’re developing the technology that will form the building blocks of tomorrow’s networks.”

DARE1 subsea cable project for East Africa advances

All manufacturing aspects for the Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1) submarine cable system are complete and loading of the cable onto the ship SubCom Durable is underway. Subcom reports that the project is progressing on schedule and the system is on track to be ready for commercial traffic in June 2020.

DARE1 will have four landing stations to help expand connectivity in Eastern Africa: Djibouti (Djibouti), Bosaso (Somalia), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Mombasa (Kenya). With a finalised cable length of 4,854 km, DARE1 will include three branching units and 41 dual-stage repeaters to maximise its capacity.  Subcom is the contractor. The project is led by Djibouti Telecom, Telkom Kenya, and Somtel.

The four cable landing points are located in port cities along the eastern coast of Africa and will enable enhanced communication and connection with other cable systems around the globe. In addition to the dual-stage repeaters included on all branches of the system, the Bosaso and Mogadishu segments will be equipped with a switched ROADM, to provide flexible capacity routing and a robust fault protection scheme for the system. The structure of the system also includes three branch units off a three fiber-pair trunk, where each pair has a capacity of 40 channels at 300 Gbps.

Dell'Oro: Service Provider Router market dips 3% in 3Q 2019

The worldwide Service Provider Router market declined 3 percent year-over-year in 3Q 2019, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.

In the Asia-Pacific region, a sharp drop in sales to India more than offset growth in other countries.

“Service Provider Router demand continues to lack a strong set of drivers, and other than the China market, 5G RAN deployments are not yet driving significant investments in mobile backhaul and transport networks,” said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “Routers supporting 400 Gbps interfaces are just becoming available, but the material impact to the market isn’t likely until 2021” added Umeda.

Additional highlights from the 3Q 2019 Router & Carrier Ethernet Switch Quarterly Report:

  • Cisco was the top-ranked Service Provider Router vendor, followed in order by Huawei, Nokia, and Juniper.
  • Service Provider Router rankings by region show Cisco with the top spot in North America. Nokia leads Europe, Middle East, and Africa region, and Huawei ranked highest in the Asia-Pacific region.
http://www.delloro.com

Dell'Oro: Mobile Core market jumps 14% in 3Q19

Mobile Core Network market revenue increased 14 percent year-over-year in the trailing four-quarter period ending in 3Q 2019, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. Ericsson and Huawei were the top two vendors in that period.

“Four dominant themes arise from the Mobile Core Network report,” according to David Bolan, Senior Analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “First, the Mobile Core Network market is growing as already noted. Second, Ericsson and Huawei are the clear market leaders, with Nokia holding a strong third-place rank, with ZTE and Cisco rounding out the top five manufacturers. Third, the Asia Pacific region with its large population centers remains the number one market in revenue despite its lower average selling prices. Fourth, 5G is real and happening,” Bolan stated.

“With over 50 service providers offering 5G service with the 5G NSA architecture, we expect 5G SA in 2020 with the 5G Core. There have been many press releases about milestone achievements with 5G SA recently, as tests in the labs and the field verify the performance of the 5G SA architecture with the 5G Core. This demonstrates that the market is on target to launch 5G SA with 5G Core in 2020,” Bolan continued.

The new Mobile Core Network report from Dell’Oro Group includes Wireless Packet Core, IMS Core, Policy, and Subscriber Management. It provides a comprehensive view of the wireless core market by revenue, volume, vendor, and region.

https://www.delloro.com/

IDC: Server market dips 6.7% in 3Q 2019

Vendor revenue in the worldwide server market declined 6.7% year over year to $22.0 billion during the third quarter of 2019 (3Q19), according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker.  Worldwide server shipments declined 3.0% year over year to just under 3.1 million units in 3Q19.


"While the server market did indeed decline last quarter, next-generation workloads and advanced server innovation (e.g., accelerated computing, storage class memory, next-generation I/O, etc.) keep demand for enterprise compute at near historic highs," said Paul Maguranis, senior research analyst, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC. "In fact, 3Q19 represented the second-biggest quarter for global server unit shipments in more than 16 years, eclipsed only by 3Q18."

Some highlights:

  • Dell Technologies and the combined HPE/New H3C Group ended 3Q19 in a statistical tie* for the number one position with 17.2% and 16.8% revenue share, respectively. 
  • Revenues for Dell Technologies declined 10.8% year over year 
  • Revenues for HPE/New H3C Group was down 3.2% year over year. 
  • The third-ranking server company during the quarter was Inspur/Inspur Power Systems, which captured 9.0% market share and grew revenues 15.3% year over year. 
  • Lenovo and Cisco ended the quarter tied* for the fifth position with 5.4% and 4.9% revenue share, respectively. 
  • Lenovo saw revenue decline by 16.9% year over year and Cisco saw its revenue grow 3.1% year over year.
  • The ODM Direct group of vendors accounted for 26.4% of total revenue and declined 7.1% year over year to $5.82 billion. 
  • Dell Technologies led the worldwide server market in terms of unit shipments, accounting for 16.4% of all units shipped during the quarter.

CyrusOne hit by ransomware attack

CyrusOne was hit by a ransomware attack impacting at least six of its data center colocation managed services customers.

In a statement, CyrusOne said its working to restore availability after a ransomware program encrypted certain devices. The customers are primarily serviced by CyrusOne’s New York Data Center.

CyrusOne’s data center colocation services, including IX and IP Network Services, are not involved in this incident.

CyrusOne said it is working closely with third-party experts and legal authorities to address this matter.

https://cyrusone.com/

BT Ireland tests 1.2 Tbps DCI from Huawei

BT Ireland has completed testing a 1.2 Tbps connection between two data centers in Dublin using equipment from Huawei.

The trial used Huawei-developed OptiXtreme series oDSP chips and high-performance optical transmission modules, which use a unique Channel-Matched Shaping (CMS) technique to sense key parameters of optical channels. AI enables the system to compensate for link impairments and optimize the transmission spectrum efficiency accordingly.

Huawei said its Super-C line system can deliver a single-fiber capacity of 48 Tbps.

https://www.huawei.com/en/press-events/news/2019/12/Huawei-BT-Ireland-Industry-First-1dot2Tbs-Transmission-RealTime-Trial

Broadband Forum adopts open model for its standards work

The Broadband Forum has officially adopted open principles to guide its standards development work.

The by-law amendment was passed on 14 October and the transition was confirmed at its Q4 meeting in Panama City, Panama.

“Our move to an open organization is very much like the key piece of a giant jigsaw puzzle that we have been working on for a number of years, so it is fulfilling to step back and look at the significant transformation that we’ve achieved to date,” said Robin Mersh, CEO of Broadband Forum. “That said, our evolution continues in step with the transformations taking place across the entire broadband industry. Broadband Forum is very much taking a leading role here; we are one of the first to make the shift, becoming much more like our sister organizations such as the IETF, the IEEE and the ITU. We would encourage anyone who is interested in helping open the whole broadband ecosystem to come and see the work we do in promoting both open source and standards.”

Broadband Forum also reports that its work has continued to progress rapidly, with initiatives being undertaken across key areas including 5G, the Connected Home, Open Broadband and next-generation access.

https://www.broadband-forum.org/

Google acquires 3 buildings from Cisco on Tasman Dr. in San Jose

Google has acquired three office buildings from Cisco in north San Jose. The buildings are located at 175, 255 and 285 W. Tasman Drive. Financial terms were not disclosed.

According to Channel 5 KPIX, Google plans to demolish the existing structures and build a new campus at the site.

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/12/04/google-buys-cisco-buildings-continues-silicon-valley-expansion/

NTT Data to acquire Flux7, an AWS Premier Consulting Partner

NTT DATA Services agreed to acquire Flux7, an IT services firm that improves business agility through IT delivery optimization and cloud-native application migration and modernization. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Flux7, which is based in Austin, Texas, is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Premier Consulting Partner that provides cloud implementation and migration, automation, and DevOps consulting services for enterprises with significant experience in the financial services, pharmaceuticals, software, manufacturing and retail industries.

"The acquisition of Flux7 will enhance the value we can deliver in AWS, DevOps, and Agile development capabilities, while aligning with our focus to drive digital services for our clients," said Bob Pryor, CEO, NTT DATA Services. "With an excellent brand, industry recognition and impressive client base, as well as a strong record of growth, Flux7 is a strategic fit for our business and part of our ongoing strategy of growth through acquisition."

Spirent intros 100G and Crypto performance testing

Spirent Communications introduced a C200 appliance for 100G and Crypto performance testing.

The C200, which represents a significant expansion of the Spirent CyberFlood security and application performance testing solution family, is a 1RU appliance providing connectivity at 10G, 25G, 40G, 50G, and 100G. The C200 offers up to 16 x 10G or 4 x 100G ports per appliance. Multiple C200s can be combined to offer 48 x 100G or 192 x 10G ports, delivering more than 3.5Tbps of application layer testing capacity in 12U of rack space.

The C200 with CyberFlood supports NetSecOPEN standards-based testing methodologies, that better reflect how modern security and content inspection solutions will perform under a variety of real-world traffic conditions and threats. In addition, the C200 supports Spirent’s legacy Avalanche solution, which provides extensive client emulation and application services load testing on a massive scale.

https://www.spirent.com/Products/CyberFlood

Singtel names Kelly Bayer Rosmarin as CEO of Optus

Singtel named Kelly Bayer Rosmarin as CEO Designate of both Optus and Consumer Australia with immediate effect. She will assume the reins from Mr Allen Lew and will join the Singtel management committee from 1 April 2020. Lew will take on the newly-created role of CEO Group Strategy and Business Development and Country Chief Officer Thailand and continue as chairman of the executive committee of Thai associate, AIS.

Ms Bayer Rosmarin currently serves as Deputy CEO of Optus. Prior to joining Singtel in March 2019, Ms Bayer Rosmarin was Group Executive of Institutional Banking and Markets at CBA where she drove significant business growth and digital transformation programmes. She has been named among the Top 10 Businesswomen in Australia and Top 25 Women in Asia Pacific Finance.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Orange outlines its 5-year strategic plan - Engage 2025

Orange will sell off some key infrastructure and work with RAN-sharing partners while re-focusing on its core home broadband, mobile connectivity, and financial businesses in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, under a new five-year strategic plan presented by company executives.

In terms of FTTH infrastructure, Orange will continue to invest on its own in order to fulfill its commitments in medium-density areas (AMII) in France, while engaging with partners in other areas. The company will create a subsidiary in France from 2020 - Orange Concessions - which will cover the 4 million Public Initiative Network (RIP) connections belonging to local authorities and for which Orange is the concession holder. In addition, the creation of this subsidiary will enable Orange to seize potential growth or consolidation opportunities in this market. In Spain and Poland, Orange also plans to share future FTTH deployments with other operators via FiberCos, potentially involving third parties. Orange will also continue to optimize its copper network in France.

In terms of 5G mobile infrastructure, Orange will rely on RAN-sharing agreements, whilst maintaining areas of differentiation. This was the impetus for the existing agreements in Poland and Romania and those signed in recent months in Spain and Belgium.

From a financial perspective, Orange aims to move from its current flat EBITDA to a growth rate in the 2% and 3% range on average for the 2021-2023 period. This will require reinventing the business.

The growth will be based on its historic business lines as well as a continued push into financials:

  • In France, services revenue will experience moderate growth in the 2020-2023 period, mainly due to increased FTTH penetration and mobile (5G) services, which secures market share and encourages the acquisition of new customers.
  • Spain will return to growth in 2021, with increasingly optimized use of its brands in order to capture their value potential, and increased B2B and wholesale opportunities, excluding those with international operators.
  • Europe will have growth that is better than the market average in each of its six countries, principally led by strong commercial momentum in convergence thanks to the deployment of ultra-high speed broadband.

In terms of CAPEX objectives, Orange is looking to benefit from RAN-sharing agreements. On a rolling, 12-month basis, eCapex will increase by approximately 50 million euros in 2019 and by around 200 million euros in 2020 due to the RAN-sharing agreements in Spain and Belgium. This will then stabilise in 2021 before starting to decline from 2022, once the bulk of FTTH deployment in France is completed. Excluding RAN-sharing agreements, the objective to reach a peak level of eCAPEX in 2018 will be met. The Group aims to reduce the eCAPEX/sales ratio to around 15% by around the end of 2023 compared to around 17% in 2018.


Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO of the Orange Group, comments:

“If I had to summarise Engage 2025, Orange’s new strategic plan, I would use two words: growth and sustainability. The first one is growth. We are going to grow our core business – connectivity – by adding to our competitive edge and by making the most of our network infrastructure. We are also going to foster growth beyond connectivity in Europe thanks to three elements which set us apart from our competitors, namely Africa & the Middle East, B2B IT services and financial services. To support this growth ambition, by 2025 Orange will have to reinvent itself and adapt to a constantly changing world. Artificial intelligence and data will be at the heart of this reinvention, both to improve customer experience and to make our networks smarter and the whole company more agile. Orange must also address the need for new skills while supporting all its employees. The second is sustainability. At Orange, we are convinced that in the years ahead strong economic performance will not be possible without exemplary performance on social and environmental issues.

https://www.orange.com/en/Press-Room/press-releases/press-releases-2019/Orange-presents-its-new-strategic-plan-Engage2025

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