Tuesday, January 7, 2020

MEF certifies the first MEF 3.0 SD-WAN tech vendors

MEF announced the first technology vendors certified to support MEF 3.0 SD-WAN services: Nuage Networks from Nokia, Versa Networks, and Infovista.

This certification enables service and technology providers to validate the conformance of their services and products to the industry-leading SD-WAN Service Attributes and Services (MEF 70) global standard. MEF 3.0 SD-WAN certification tests the service attributes and requirements defined in MEF 70 and described in detail in the upcoming MEF SD-WAN Certification Test Requirements (MEF 90) standard. Customers who purchase MEF 3.0 certified solutions now can have greater confidence that they have met the highest levels of performance established by MEF – the world's defining authority for standardized network services.

“SD-WAN is gaining incredible excitement and momentum for empowering digital transformation,” said Nan Chen, President, MEF. “We congratulate Nuage Networks, Versa Networks, and Infovista for achieving MEF 3.0 certification and demonstrating that they are a standards-based partner for service providers developing SD-WAN services. We look forward to continued momentum with the MEF 3.0 SD-WAN certification program, including the announcement of our first group of certified service providers later this quarter.”

http://www.mef.net

Broadcom pushes out Wi-Fi 6E Access Point solutions for 6 GHz WLAN

Broadcom released a portfolio of Wi-Fi 6E devices that builds on the feature set of Wi-Fi 6, including OFDMA and other multi-user operations for improved performance in crowded environments, advanced roaming and increased security.

Wi-Fi 6E extends the Wi-Fi 6 standard to support the soon-to-be-operational 6 GHz band. This new band enables up to 1,200 MHz of spectrum for Wi-Fi use, which WLAN access point (AP) manufacturers can leverage to deliver faster speeds, higher capacity and lower latency with no congestion from legacy devices.

"As momentum accelerates around availability of 6 GHz, Broadcom is excited to be on the forefront of Wi-Fi technology paving the way for ecosystem adoption of Wi-Fi 6E. With the industry's broadest portfolio of Wi-Fi 6E silicon, we will enable our customers to build a variety of products that unlock the tremendous potential of 6 GHz spectrum. This announcement demonstrates Broadcom’s continued leadership and unwavering commitment in driving the next Wi-Fi evolution for enterprise and residential WLAN as well as mobile devices,” said Greg Fischer, senior vice president and general manager of the Broadband Carrier Access Products Division at Broadcom.

Enterprise 6 GHz Wi-Fi AP Solutions

  • BCM43694 — 4x4 Dual Band Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 160-MHz Channel Support
  • BCM43693 — 3x3 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 80-MHz Channel Support
  • BCM43692 — 2x2 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 80-MHz Channel Support
  • BCM47622 — Dual 2x2 Wi-Fi 6E SoC with Arm Processor

Residential 6 GHz Wi-Fi AP Solutions

  • BCM43684 — 4x4 Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 160-MHz Channel Support
  • BCM6710 — 3x3 Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 80-MHz Channel Support
  • BCM6705 — 2x2 Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 80-MHz Channel Support
  • BCM6755 — Dual 2x2 Wi-Fi 6E SoC with Arm Processor


https://www.broadcom.com/products/wireless/wireless-lan-infrastructure

T-Mobile US added 1.9M subs in Q4 2019

T-Mobile US had 1.9 million total net additions in Q4 2019, the 27th quarter in a row with more than 1 million total net additions. For full-year 2019, T-Mobile had 7.0 million total net additions, including 4.5 million branded postpaid net additions - beating its increased customer guidance range of 4.1 to 4.3 million for the full-year 2019.

T-Mobile's total customer base was 86.0 million at year-end 2019, an increase of approximately 53 million since T-Mobile launched the Un-carrier in 2013.

“T-Mobile delivered another incredible fourth quarter with strong customer growth, despite a very competitive environment - and we did it while lighting up the country's first nationwide 5G network and working to close our merger with Sprint,” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. “7 million net customers have chosen to join the Un-carrier movement in 2019, and they are choosing T-Mobile because we treat them right, we eliminate their pain points, and we are changing the rules of this industry for customers everywhere."

T-Mobile US activates 5G on 600 MHz nationwide spectrum

T-Mobile activated commercial 5G service using its 600 MHz spectrum. T-Mobile 5G is now active across its nationwide network, covering more than 200 million people and more than 5,000 cities and towns.

T-Mobile is offering two new 5G phones: the exclusive OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren and the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G. Both units are ready to use Sprint’s 5G spectrum (2.5 GHz) when available from the New T-Mobile if the merger closes.

5G access costs the same as LTE.

“5G is here on a nationwide scale. This is a HUGE step towards 5G for All,” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. “While Dumb and Dumber focus on 5G for the (wealthy) Few, launching in just a handful of cities — and forcing customers into their most expensive plans to get 5G — we’re committed to building broad, deep nationwide 5G that people and businesses can access at no extra cost with the New T-Mobile … and today is just the start of that journey.”

China Mobile employs Spirent for testing 5G Slicing Packet Network

China Mobile is working with Spirent Communications to assure readiness of mission-critical 5G applications via network slicing transport standard testing and validation.

Spirent's 5G transport and network slicing testing solution provides scalable protocol emulation and L2-L7 traffic generation over the slicing channel layer. Spirent’s solution expands SPN network slicing test capabilities to help ensure the diverse bandwidth, latency, security and time synchronization required by 5G applications.

China Mobile has chosen the newly-launched Spirent FlexE-100 test module to test functional and performance aspects related to 5G transport SPN (Slicing Packet Network). Specifically, Spirent’s FlexE-100 test module will be utilized to test the functional, performance and specification aspects related to 5G transport SPN.

SPN has been accepted by the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) for further work towards the G.mtn (Metro Transport Network) standard series, which provides an end-to-end transport network architecture that enables network slicing to meet the most demanding requirements of 5G applications. These standards are essential to successful deployment of ultra-reliable low-latency, high bandwidth, massive, scalable 5G services. Standards-based testing for SPN validates use cases, technologies and solutions prior to deployment, improving interoperability.

Commenting on the next-generation network testing work, Li Han, Vice Director of the Department of Network and IT Technology Research at the China Mobile Research Institute, said: "As operators, network equipment manufacturers and chip suppliers are developing SPN/MTN-enabled products, and exploring and expanding their applications in various scenarios, China Mobile has deployed 5G commercial SPN transport, providing reliable SLA for different 5G applications through multi-layer network slicing. We are pleased that Spirent launched the FlexE-100 test module on its flagship Spirent TestCenter platform and look forward to continuing our cooperation on SPN/MTN testing and use case development, with the goal of driving the commercial deployment of 5G transport network."

http://www.spirent.com/FlexE

John Chambers recruits Pankaj Patel to venture firm

JC2 Ventures, a venture capital established by former Cisco CEO John Chambers, appointed Pankaj Patel as Partner and Chief Strategy Officer.

Patel previously served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Cisco Systems, where he was responsible for running and growing multi-billion-dollar products and businesses across service provider and enterprise market segments. He reported to the CEO as the engineering head of the company’s $36.8 billion product and solution portfolio and drove the business and technology strategy across Cisco’s Routing, Switching, Wireless, Security, Mobility, Video, Collaboration, Data Center and Cloud offerings, delivered by a global team of more than 28,000 engineers. Pankaj was also responsible for defining the priorities and investment allocation of $6 billion in R&D spend annually.

“After working with Pankaj for more than 20 years, I am thrilled to have him join the JC2 Ventures team as Partner and Chief Strategy Officer,” said John Chambers, Founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures and former Executive Chairman and CEO of Cisco.

https://www.jc2ventures.com/news/2020/1/6/pankaj-patel-joins-jc2-ventures-as-partner-and-chief-strategy-officer

Anritsu intros Oscilloscope 53-Gbaud Clock Recovery Unit

Anritsu introduced a Clock Recovery Unit (CRU) option for its BERTWave MP2110A oscilloscope that supports trigger clock generation from a 53-Gbaud PAM4 optical signal.

When combined with existing oscilloscope functionality, the new 53-Gbaud CRU can evaluate various PAM4 optical modules during development and manufacturing compared to solutions requiring external sampling oscilloscopes.

Anritsu said it developed the 53-Gbaud CRU for the BERTWave MP2110A sampling oscilloscope to address expanding PAM4 signal analysis requirements. The solution is more economical than a sampling oscilloscope that requires a separate trigger clock signal synchronized with the data signal to conduct PAM4 measurements. This is due to the fact that optical modules outputting PAM4 signals typically do not have a trigger signal. The BERTWave MP2110A can be used by engineers to more efficiently evaluate the physical layer of 25G to 400G optical transceiver modules and equipment components, such as optical cables, used by data centers, Core/Metro networks, 4G/5G mobile backhaul, and 5G mobile fronthaul.

https://www.anritsu.com/en-US/test-measurement/news/news-releases/2019/2019-12-20-us01

Zayo activates wavelength route from Montreal to Albany

Zayo activated a new 100G-capable wavelength route from Montreal, Quebec to Albany, New York.

Zayo said the new route will provide multiple terabits of long haul transport capacity between Montreal and major northeast U.S. markets.

“This route enables customers to directly connect from Montreal to New York City, Ashburn, New Jersey, Philly and other major cities in the northeast without having to double the distance and latency via routes that traverse west,” said Annette Murphy, executive vice president of Lit Solutions at Zayo. “This also provides a new redundant and diverse option out of Toronto back to Montreal and the East Coast and strengthens our position in the pan-North American marketplace.”

MYHSM brings Payment Hardware Security to Equinix

MYHSM, which offers Payment Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) as a Service, will host its equipment on Platform Equinix and use Equinix connectivity services.

Equinix operates over 200 data centers around the world with access to all Tier 1 Network routes and with a 99.9999% uptime record.

MYHSM that Equinix data centers are certified to PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) meaning that payments organisations across the world can now secure their transactions by connecting to MYHSM’s PCI PIN certified service with high levels of performance, security, and reliability, in a fully PCI-compliant environment.

John Cragg, CEO at MYHSM, commented: “MYHSM is delighted to be working with Equinix, which is a real enabler for the payments industry. We are now partners with the global leader in interconnection as well as with Thales, the global leader in Payment HSMs. These partnerships put us in pole position to meet not only the existing demand for Payment HSM as a Service but also the explosive growth being generated by the dash for the cloud which is happening all around us."

https://myhsm.com

A10 Networks boosts its earnings guidance

A10 Networks expects to report revenue results for the fourth quarter of 2019 between $59 million and $60 million, above the previous guidance range of $55 million to $59 million. The results are preliminary.

“I am excited by the overall opportunity for A10 investors, customers and employees. We believe our strong customer engagement and exciting product roadmap positions us well for the future needs of the industry. Looking ahead, we remain focused on driving improved financial performance through top-line growth and operational excellence,” said Dhrupad Trivedi, CEO of A10 Networks.

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