Tuesday, February 4, 2020

State of NFV: What's next for NFVI? - Ericsson




State of NFV Resource Site and Report: https://ngi.how/nfv-20

Lars Mårtensson, VP & Head of Solution Area Cloud and NFVi & Head of Ericsson Silicon Valley, shares his thoughts on the progress of NFV and what’s next including containers and Kubernetes as well as the move toward the edge.

Telia Carrier's 400GE-ready IP backbone powered by Cisco NCS5500 routers

Telia Carrier has launched a full-scale, 400GE-ready network supported by Cisco NCS5500 series routers.

The launch follows Telia Carrier’s successful deployment of more than 10,000 new 100GE ports during 2019 using the same platform.

Telia Carrier’s customer base now exceeds 2,000 customers in more than 120 countries.

Cisco said the ongoing standardization of 400GE coherent technologies also incentivises new, simplified and partially disaggregated IP over DWDM architectures. The NCS5500 will play a key role in realizing Telia Carrier’s ambitions to spearhead that wave as they are already deploying open optical line systems across several continents.

“Conventional architectures and technologies built on decades of accumulated complexity and yesterday's truths fall short in helping us keep up with customer demands for more, consistent bandwidth and a high-quality experience. This is especially true as more value is shifting to software, hardware cycles are becoming shorter and ongoing 400G standardization is poised to finally disrupt the optical networking market,” said Staffan Göjeryd, CEO, Telia Carrier. “With Cisco leading the market in high capacity transport, they were the perfect fit to help us reach this monumental milestone to continue to perform at the highest calibre, while also reducing costs.”

“We are aligned in our mission to make connections reach further and bring the world closer through innovative technology,” said Kevin Wollenweber, Vice President of Networking, Cisco Service Provider Business. “Combining Cisco’s cloud-scale technology with the strength of the Telia Carrier network, we are helping Telia Carrier customers across more than 120 countries realize the full potential of what the Internet for the Future can do for them.”

http://thenetwork.cisco.com

T-Systems' EdgAIR runs Wind River Cloud Platform

Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems division is using Wind River Cloud Platform edge cloud infrastructure software for its EdgAIR secure and high-performance edge computing platform.

T-Systems' EdgAIR platform performs as a private enterprise edge cloud and can be connected to a campus network by supporting various network and protocol standards (5G, Wi-Fi 6, TSN, etc.). The platform is secure and delivers low latency (<10 a="" also="" amounts="" analytics="" and="" applications="" as="" be="" but="" can="" closed="" cloud="" combined="" critical="" data.="" edgair="" enable="" enterprise="" evaluate="" for="" hybrid="" in="" information="" massive="" milliseconds="" network="" of="" offerings.="" on="" onsite="" operational="" other="" p="" performance="" processing="" provide="" public="" real-time="" real="" runs="" standards="" such="" supports="" teams="" technology="" that="" the="" time="" to="" with="" workloads.="">

“Demanding edge compute requirements from 5G, IoT, and MEC applications are creating challenges for those trying to deploy cloud native solutions,” said Paul Miller, vice president of Telecommunications at Wind River. “Wind River Cloud Platform addresses the complexities of deploying and managing a physically distributed, cloud native 5G infrastructure. Together with T-Systems, we are able to help customers achieve an operationally efficient, edge-capable cloud that can support thousands of nodes.”

“As industries dive further into the use of automated and intelligent applications, such as autonomous vehicles, factory automation and logistics, or augmented reality, there is a rising need for even greater security and powerful edge computing,” said Thomas Weber, vice president of PaaS, BigData, and Edge at T-Systems. “By working with Wind River, T-Systems is delivering a secure platform with extremely low latency that can help companies tap into intelligent real-time applications for limitless possibilities.”

http://www.windriver.com/CloudPlatform

CTIA: More mid-band spectrum is needed

CTIA published a new study that compares spectrum released in 14 countries and concludes that U.S. policymakers need to move quickly to bring more licensed mid-band spectrum to power 5G networks.

“This report highlights that U.S. policymakers need to deliver the mid-spectrum they have identified—and do so quickly,” said Meredith Attwell Baker, CTIA President and CEO. “We need 350 MHz of spectrum auctioned in 2020. America’s national spectrum strategy—FCC Chairman Pai’s 5G Fast Plan—has been instrumental to date, and I’m confident we’ll make more licensed spectrum available to continue successfully building the U.S. 5G economy.”

Analysys Mason looked at spectrum released between 2017 and 2020, as well as the licensing approach used for each band, and key findings from the benchmarked countries include:

  • While nearly all spectrum in other countries has been made available on an exclusively licensed basis, the U.S. is an “outlier” in the amount of unlicensed and shared spectrum being made available.
  • The U.S. is the only country that has released mid-band spectrum in the 3 GHz range on a shared or unlicensed basis.
  • European countries are making only the lower part (5.925-6.425 GHz) of the 6 GHz band available for unlicensed use.
  • Following U.S. leadership on high-band, most countries have begun to make or will make a significant amount of high-band spectrum available.
  • With the 600 MHz auction, the U.S. was one of the first countries to release low-band spectrum suitable for 5G.

https://www.ctia.org/news/report-international-comparison-licensed-unlicensed-and-shared-spectrum-2017-2020


Huawei looks to establish a European manufacturing base

At an event this week in Brussels, Abraham Liu, Huawei's Chief Representative to the EU Institutions, stated that Huawei has decided "to set up manufacturing bases in Europe – so that we can truly have 5G for Europe made in Europe." Plan specifics were not disclosed.

In this address, Liu argued that Huawei is an international company with its roots in China. He said Huawei's European employees "bring a unique European perspective to Huawei and make the company stronger because of it."

https://www.huawei.eu/press-release/remarks-abraham-liu-huawei-chief-representative-eu-institutions-chinese-new-year

Dell'Oro: Service Provider router market to grow at modest pace

Worldwide sales of Service Provider Routers is projected to exceed $75 billion over the five years from 2020 to 2024, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group. The delivery and adoption of 5G and cloud services are expected to drive investments in IP networks over the forecast horizon.

“We expect the overall SP Router market to grow at modest, low single-digit rates over the next five years, but there are network use cases such as mobile backhaul and backbone transport that will surge due to the uptake of 5G and cloud services, respectively,” said Shin Umeda, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “Vendors with the appropriate hardware and software solutions will benefit from the growth opportunities, but geographic presence will also play a big part in a company’s success,” added Umeda.

Additional highlights from the Router & Carrier Ethernet Switch Five Year Forecast:

  • The Asia-Pacific region, led by China, is expected to produce the highest growth over the next five years.
  • Revenue from 100 and 400 Gigabit Ethernet technologies is projected to account for almost half of router revenue by 2024.

NTT Data to provide advisory services for clients migrating to AWS

NTT DATA Services announced a three-year, strategic collaboration agreement with Amazon Web Services.

NTT DATA will provide clients with advisory and development services, as well as implementation, migration, and management of solutions on AWS. NTT DATA, which has more than 900 AWS certifications, also recently acquired Flux7, a Premier Consulting Partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN), to enhance the value the company can deliver in AWS, DevOps and Agile development capabilities.

“We are delighted to be working with NTT DATA to help clients migrate mission-critical workloads to AWS, while delivering comprehensive optimization and cloud managed services,” said Darci Kleindl, Director of North America Partner, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “AWS will be a NTT DATA preferred cloud provider and will support NTT DATA through their cloud transformation by providing technical expertise, training, and enablement along with go-to-market support.”

Samsung validates dynamic spectrum sharing with Keysight

Samsung Electronics’ LSI Business is using Keysight’s 5G network emulation solutions to validate dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) technology used in the smartphone maker’s new 5G modem.

Samsung's newest 5G modem, Exynos Modem 5123, supports DSS technology.

“We’re pleased to extend our collaboration with Keysight on 5G technology to support the development and commercialization of Samsung’s next generation 5G solutions to ensure that they meet the outstanding performance needed for tomorrow’s 5G devices,” said Woonhaing Hur, vice president of System LSI protocol development at Samsung Electronics. “Together with key collaborators such as Keysight, we’re able to deliver cutting-edge solutions that touch the lives of people around the world every day.”

LG pulls out of MWC2020

LG Electronics has decided to skip Mobile World Congress later this month in Barcelona due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. LG said it made the decision "with the safety of its employees, partners and customers foremost in mind."

In addition, The Verge reported that ZTE will cancel its planned press conference at the event.

http://www.lgnewsroom.com/2020/02/statement-regarding-lg-electronics-participation-in-mobile-world-congress-mwc-2020/

Frontier appoints Mike Shippey as SVP, Wholesale Services

Frontier Communications appointed Mike Shippey as its new Senior Vice President, Wholesale Services, where he will lead Frontier’s Carrier and Wholesale business, including oversight for sales and marketing, innovation in new solutions and the customer experience. Previously, he served as President of Wholesale Services at Windstream Holdings. Mr. Shippey will be based in Dallas, and reports to John Maduri, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer.

Bernie Han, President and CEO, commented, “Recruiting top management talent is critical to implementing our vision and executing our strategy. This means identifying and attracting leaders with track records of delivering results in areas important to our business. We will continue to appoint leaders known for delivering performance, and Mike is a perfect example of our commitment to doing so. With Mike’s expertise, we will focus on and invest in our customers for the long term, while demanding discipline, performance and accountability across the Company.”