Monday, July 15, 2019

Qwilt: Next Gen Central Office must leverage webscale architecture

The Next Generation Central Office (NGCO) must take the best practices of the web-scale companies and put them into action in service provider networks, says Mark Fisher, VP of Marketing & Business Development, Qwilt.

Qwilt takes these principles and enables a new content and application delivery layer at the true edge of service provider networks.

A "2019 Next-Generation Central Office Report" from AvidThink is available for download. It covers the evolution in NGCO, recent trends, and key projects like CORD and VCO, as well as the role of the NGCO in new applications in edge computing and SD-WAN/vCPE.

https://nginfrastructure.com/


Microsoft intros Azure Networking Managed Services Provider program

Microsoft introduced a new Azure Networking Managed Services Provider (MSP) Program to enable partners such as networking focused MSPs, network carriers, and systems integrators (SIs) to offer cloud and hybrid networking services around Azure’s growing portfolio of Azure Networking products and services.

New Azure Networking services include Virtual WAN, ExpressRoute, Azure Firewall, and Azure Front Door (SSL offload, application acceleration and global HTTP load balancing at the edge close to end users).

A newly launched Azure Lighthouse service provides a single control plane to view and manage Azure at scale for service providers. Azure Lighthouse enables the Azure Networking MSPs to onboard customers via managed services offers on the Azure marketplace or natively via ARM templates.

To do so, Azure Networking partners will deliver Virtual WAN CPEs and hybrid networking services such as ExpressRoute to enterprises that are building cloud infrastructures.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/enhancing-the-customer-experience-with-the-azure-networking-msp-partner-program/


Galileo cites ground infrastructure for ongoing outage

Galileo, the EU's satellite navigation system, cited a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure as a primary cause of an outage that has persisted since Friday, 11 July 2019.

A service recovery time/date has not yet been forecasted.

Galileo is convening an Anomaly Review Board to analyse the exact root cause and to implement recovery actions.

https://www.gsc-europa.eu/news/update-on-the-availability-of-some-galileo-initial-services



T-Mobile US launches Roambee Tracking over NB-IOT

T-Mobile US launched a commercial asset tracking solution, Roambee BeeAware, on its Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network across the United States.

Roambee’s BeeAware asset tracker easily attaches to shipments, pallets, or individual assets to provide item-level location and temperature monitoring indoors, in-transit, and outdoors—leveraging T-Mobile’s NB-IoT network.

The T-Mobile BeeAware solution is priced at $10 per device per month, which includes portal access and NB-IoT data.

“We’re enabling mass market adoption of enterprise asset tracking!” said Sanjay Sharma, CEO of Roambee. “Powered by Roambee’s purposefully built, capex-free sensor technology and asset tracking platform, this solution eliminates the four biggest barriers to enterprise IoT adoption: high cost, cumbersome setup, constant maintenance, and complex data security. Together with T-Mobile’s NB-IoT network and Roambee’s proven solutions that global companies have come to rely on, we’re here to make IoT asset tracking universally deployable on a large scale.”

“We’ve hit a sweet spot of value and security with Narrowband IoT that we think will really kickstart the growth of the asset tracking segment,” said Mike Katz, Executive Vice President of T-Mobile for Business. “This is great news for companies that need an asset tracking platform but it also marks a new era for T-Mobile for Business. We’re combining the Un-carrier approach, the strength of our sales team and the reach of our nationwide network to deliver unique solutions. Much more to come!”

T-Mobile discusses its Connect IoT program with Ovum's Mike Sapien



 A discussion of T-Mobile's CONNECT IoT Program, featuring Ovum's Mike Sapien, T-Mobile's Shelby Noakes and Lawrence Garcia.

T-Mobile US launches nationwide NB-IoT

T-Mobile launched its Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) service across the United States -- the first carrier to do so.

NB-IoT operates on spectrum guard bands, which T-Mobile describes as the network equivalent of driving down the shoulders on the highway. It is a low power, wide area network (LPWAN) LTE-Advanced technology boasting low power usage, long battery life and low device cost. T-Mobile was also first to trial NB-IoT in the U.S. last year.


Significantly, T-Mobile’s NB-IoT plan costs just $6 a year – one tenth of Verizon’s Cat-M plans – for up to 12 MB per connected device. Several NB-IoT modules based on Qualcomm MDM9206 LTE IoT modem are certified for use on T-Mobile’s network.

T-Mobile worked with Ericsson, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies to deploy nationwide NB-IoT.

T-mobile also announced its new partner program, T-Mobile CONNECT, to help IoT solution providers collaborate and bring their products and services to market on T-Mobile’s network -- and into the hands of customers -- more quickly.

Intel releases Loihi research chip for neuromorphic processing

Intel introduced an 8 million-neuron neuromorphic system comprising 64 Loihi research chips — codenamed Pohoiki Beach.

Intel says the highly specialized processor applies principles found in biological brains to computer architectures. The Loihi devices aime to process information up to 1,000 times faster and 10,000 times more efficiently than CPUs for specialized applications like sparse coding, graph search and constraint-satisfaction problems.

“We are impressed with the early results demonstrated as we scale Loihi to create more powerful neuromorphic systems. Pohoiki Beach will now be available to more than 60 ecosystem partners, who will use this specialized system to solve complex, compute-intensive problems,” stated Rich Uhlig, managing director of Intel Labs.



https://newsroom.intel.com/news/intels-pohoiki-beach-64-chip-neuromorphic-system-delivers-breakthrough-results-research-tests/#gs.pyxrlk

Reuters Exclusive: Canada set to postpone Huawei 5G decision

The Canadian government will put off a decision of whether to permit Huawei to participate in 5G rollouts by Telus and BCE, according to an exclusive report from Reuters.

The article cites unnamed sources in the Trudeau administration who said the situation is complicated by the arrest of two Canadians in China, as well as the upcoming federal election in October.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-huawei-tech/exclusive-canada-set-to-postpone-huawei-5g-decision-to-after-vote-given-sour-ties-with-china-sources-idUSKCN1UA20R


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