Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Spirent on 5G: What to expect in 2020

There is a rush to move past 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) to Standalone (SA) rollouts because it is a quicker path to revenue and profitability for carriers, according to a new report from Spirent Communications.  The “5G: What To Expect In 2020” report draws on the company’s expansive work with operators, network equipment manufacturers and device makers.

“2019 brought worldwide 5G Non-Standalone deployments but meaningful revenues were elusive as operators struggled to break out with market-defining services that could ignite consumer enthusiasm,” said Spirent head of 5G, Steve Douglas. “Spirent’s report goes behind the scenes of our 5G testing engagements to explore what went as planned, where there were stumbles and why the outlook is brightest as stakeholders evolve strategies to capitalize on emerging opportunities, especially in the enterprise.”

Key findings from Spirent’s “5G: What To Expect In 2020” report include:
  • 5G Standalone coming earlier than expected. There is a rush to move past Non-Standalone (NSA) to Standalone (SA) rollouts in an effort to capture revenues in industries like manufacturing, automotive, mobile gaming, manufacturing and beyond. Based on testing timetables, Spirent expects a slate of 5G SA deployments in the first half of 2020. 
  • Smartphone performance challenges extend beyond the device itself. 5G device performance pains stemmed from issues related to the vast number of antennas that must be packed into devices, but also challenges introduced by 5G New Radio, which was not tuned to exploit all capabilities defined within standards. The result sometimes produced performance that looked more like 4G LTE. 
  • Experiences were not optimized to wow consumers. In cases where 5G did deliver anticipated speeds, feature sets and apps were not optimized to take advantage of the speed and bandwidth, meaning consumers couldn’t discern a major experience difference. Spirent expects mobile gaming to be among the earliest consumer use case to capitalize on customized 5G performance boosts. 
  • Assurance now a requirement, not an afterthought. Spirent closed the year having kicked off the first nationwide North American 5G assurance deployment as operators seek to shore up network performance in a bid to deliver the robustness and reliability that will be demanded by enterprise customers.  
  • Some of 5G’s biggest advancements are happening underground. It is ultimately transport networks that will support the data deluge 5G is expected to attract. Significant investment is going toward assuring these networks won’t collapse under heavy demand, with expansive testing efforts underway right now. 


The full report is available online: https://www.spirent.com/assets/rp/rp_5g-what-to-expect-in-2020

NEC and Mavenir to deliver 5G Open vRAN

NEC and Mavenir will jointly develop a 5G Open virtualized RAN (vRAN) solution for the Japanese enterprise market. This will open up Local/Private 5G Network opportunities for enterprises, regional authorities and other organizations.

Under this collaboration, NEC and Mavenir will jointly work on 5G Open vRAN and Local 5G business developments. The collaboration will bring together NEC’s expertise in IT, network and system integration and Mavenir’s field-proven cloud-native network technology.

Mavenir said its Open vRAN solution is differentiated by enabling multisource Remote Radio Units (RRUs) to interwork with the virtualized, containerized, Cloud Base Band software over ethernet Fronthaul (FH), using the O-RAN open interface, overcoming the traditional constraints of the proprietary walled garden specifications used by the other traditional equipment vendors.

NEC actively promotes an open, virtualized infrastructure model in support of the 5G era, utilizing IT, orchestration and network expertise. Moreover, the NEC ecosystem contributes to vRAN via interoperability testing between multiple vendors’ equipment that is compliant with O-RAN fronthaul specifications.

“We are excited to collaborate with NEC, as we move together toward open, virtualized networks,” said Pardeep Kohli, Mavenir’s President and CEO. “Mavenir’s vRAN and NEC’s radio naturally come together to quickly and easily bring new and innovative solutions to the Japanese Enterprise Market.”

“The combination of advanced assets and expertise from Mavenir and NEC will enable us to offer end-to-end one-stop 5G Open vRAN and Local/Private 5G solutions, including an advanced 5G network solution for the ecosystem, and vertical solutions that meet the needs of a great variety of Enterprise customers,” said Nozomu Watanabe, senior vice president at NEC.

Cisco posts quarterly revenue of $12 billion, down 4% yoy

Cisco reported revenue of $12.0 billion for the quarter ended January 25, 2020, down 4%, with product revenue down 6% and service revenue up 5%.  GAAP net income was $2.9 billion or $0.68 per share, and non-GAAP net income was $3.3 billion or $0.77 per share.

Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas down 5%, EMEA down 3%, and APJC down 1%. Product revenue was led by growth in Security, up 9%.  Infrastructure Platforms and Applications were each down 8%.

"I am incredibly proud of the innovation our teams continue to drive," said Chuck Robbins, chairman and CEO of Cisco. "I am confident in our long-term growth opportunities as we help our customers build out the networks for the future."



Digital Realty buys a 49% stake in Seattle's Westin Building Exchange

Digital Realty will acquire a 49% ownership interest in the Westin Building Exchange in Seattle, Washington, from Clise Properties. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Westin Building Exchange, which is said to be the sixth most densely interconnected facility in North America, serves as a primary interconnection hub for the Pacific Northwest. The building houses over 150 carriers and more than 10,000 cross-connects.  The 34-story tower is adjacent to Amazon's 4.1 million square foot urban campus and overlooks Elliott Bay as well as the downtown Seattle skyline.

"This investment represents a significant step towards executing on the PlatformDIGITAL™ roadmap we introduced last November, adding coverage, capacity and connectivity capabilities to enable our customers' digital transformation strategies," said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein.  "This linchpin asset gives us the opportunity to fully leverage our robust business infrastructure and open up a full suite of enterprise IT solutions to our global customer base.  This transaction further strengthens our interconnection platform and demonstrates our commitment to accelerating digital business on PlatformDIGITAL."

Colt tunes into Oracle FastConnect

Colt Technology Services will provide dedicated, private and on-demand access to Oracle Cloud through Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect.

The Colt IQ Network is a 100Gbps optimised intelligent network that’s distributed to data centres and data network connection points around the world. The expanded collaboration between Colt and Oracle allows customers to take advantage of on-demand, high-speed secure connectivity from their sites to Oracle Cloud.

Colt On Demand for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure allows customers to self-provision secure, high bandwidth connectivity to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure regions in a matter of minutes, and allows them to dynamically scale bandwidth up or down in near-real-time. Colt On Demand for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is controlled by an online customer portal and purchased through a flexible, pay as you use commercial model.

Keri Gilder, Chief Commercial Officer for Colt said: "These next few years are going to see the momentum shift for enterprises who are starting to migrate more and more business-critical applications to the cloud. In order to experience a truly successful cloud migration, you need a network that reacts in the same way as the cloud – flexibly and intuitively. By deepening our relationship with Oracle, a best-in-class network is being paired with a best-in-class cloud platform, and we know this partnership will enable enterprises to enter the next decade in the best possible position; able to digitally evolve and thrive."

https://www.colt.net/resources/colt-technology-services-announces-expanded-cloud-offerings-with-oracle-fastconnect/

Equinix implements Oracle Exadata for global interconnect exchange

Equinix is implementing Oracle Exadata in a cloud-adjacent architecture environment to power its data center and global interconnection platform, which enables its global user base to access various applications across multiple cloud providers. Specifically, Equinix relies on Oracle Exadata Database Machine as a core Oracle Database transaction engine.

Prior to selecting Oracle Exadata, Equinix had implemented a do-it-yourself infrastructure environment comprised of Oracle Database with servers combined with storage and networking products from multiple vendors. With Oracle Exadata, Equinix is achieving up to 24X in estimated greater performance for complex database queries, 4X faster analytics, and 3X faster data replication.

“Our investment in Oracle Exadata has proven valuable and has exceeded our expectations,” said Milind Wagle, executive vice president and global chief information officer, Equinix. “Not only is Oracle a strategic alliance partner with Equinix, we also consider it an important solution provider trusted to run our mission-critical applications around the world.”

“It’s a strong validation of our strategy to see Equinix, one of the world’s largest providers of interconnected data centers, relying on Oracle Exadata to ensure its customers benefit from superior cloud and infrastructure performance on a 24/7 basis, no matter where they are in the world,” said Juan Loaiza, executive vice president, Mission-Critical Database Technologies, Oracle. “Oracle Exadata powers the Oracle Autonomous Database, Exadata Cloud Service, and Gen 2 Exadata Cloud at Customer, and is the premiere platform for running Oracle Database workloads in the cloud and on-premises.”
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Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud interconnect in Amsterdam

Oracle and Microsoft established a new cloud interconnect location in Amsterdam, enabling joint customers to share data across applications running in Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud.

The facility in Amsterdam joins interconnected regions already up and running in Toronto; Ashburn, Virginia; and London, and is part of a broader Oracle-Microsoft cloud interoperability partnership announced last year. The companies are planning other further interconnect locations.

ADTRAN intros x86 appliance for its cloud-based SD-WAN

ADTRAN introduced an SD-WAN edge platform designed to help managed service providers to make the transition away from proprietary hardware and applications to an open, virtualized approach that is more agile, higher-performance and lower cost.

ADTRAN’s cloud-based SD-WAN solution works in conjunction with the newly introduced on-premises ADTRAN 934 edge platform, which is based on Intel’s x86 architecture.

ADTRAN said its SD-WAN cloud approach supports active-active WAN links, inbound QoS, single IP failover and a cloud gateway component for control of cloud-based content.

The solution employs multiple gateways across the continental U.S. with redundant connections, upstream feeds and each location provides multiple entry points to maximize performance and provide failover protection.

“ADTRAN is committed to developing solutions that enable our customers to build and manage networks the way they should be. For SD-WAN, that means a solution that is not disruptive to other critical business systems and, even more importantly, a solution that automatically adapts to our customers’ ever-changing cloud application and business needs,” said Chris Thompson, Director of Software Products and Solutions at ADTRAN. “The 934 solution builds a strong foundation for our SD-WAN portfolio where we will be layering on valuable applications and features that drive even more value into the business network.”

https://www.adtran.com/index.php/adtran-accelerates-sd-wan-delivery-for-smbs-and-distributed-enterprises

GSMA officially cancels Mobile World Congress 2020

GSMA officially canceled Mobile World Congress 2020 in Barcelona due to the threat from the coronavirus.

John Hoffman, CEO GSMA Limited, states: "With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event."

https://www.gsma.com/newsroom/press-release/gsma-statement-on-mwc-barcelona-2020/

More companies withdraw from MWC20

ADTRAN
BT 
Deutche Telekom 
Infinera 
Netcracker 
Nokia 
Rakuten
Vodafone



Further MWC cancellations: AT&T, Ciena, Cisco, Facebook, Intel

A10 Networks
AT&T
Ciena
Cisco
F5 Networks
Facebook
iconnectiv
Intel
McAfee
Mediatek
Open-Xchange
Royole (foldable screen technology)
Spirent
Sprint
Vivo

MWC20 cancellation updates

Accedian: “After careful consideration, we have taken the decision to withdraw from MWC 2020. This was not a decision taken lightly. We’ve been extensively following the development of the virus and the recommendations of the WHO, and we have come to the conclusion that we must take the necessary precautions to protect our most cherished and valued assets: our employees,” said Dion Joannou, CEO, Accedian.

Amdocs statement: "In the face of the public health concern from the novel coronavirus, we are placing the highest priority on protecting the health of our employees, customers and partners. While we appreciate the precautionary measures put into place by the GSMA, we believe the safest option is not to attend MWC 2020 in Barcelona," said Shuky Sheffer, president and chief executive officer, Amdocs.

CommScope statement: "This is not a decision our executive team took lightly, and although the likelihood of contracting the virus is low, we will not risk the health of our employees, nor the business impact that would result if a quarantine were ordered. The team is currently exploring virtual trade show and meeting options to showcase the new CommScope portfolio."

Dali Wireless: “This was not a decision we took lightly, but ultimately, it’s not worth us potentially exposing our employees to health and safety risks, or propagating the spread of the virus with international travel,” said Dr. Albert Lee, CEO. iconectiv

InterDigital: 
"“InterDigital has a very proud history at Mobile World Congress: over the years we’ve taken advantage of the event to unveil numerous world’s firsts in communications technology, and this year we were excited to show some groundbreaking demos including a working 6G platform. However, nothing is more important to us than the health and welfare of our employees. We’ll be reaching out to our various stakeholders to discuss better means of bringing our new technologies to them and engaging in the important discussions that always take place in Barcelona,” said William J. Merritt, President and CEO."

NTT

Sony

Previously announced cancellations: Amazon, EricssonLGNVIDIAViavi Solutions

Compound Photonics and Plessey develop microLED display for AR/MR

Compound Photonics US Corporation (CP) and Plessey Semiconductors Ltd. (Plessey) introduced a fully addressable microLED display modules resulting from their previously announced strategic partnership to develop and introduce GaN-on-Silicon microLED based microdisplay solutions for AR/MR applications.

The companies fabricated functional microLED display modules combining CP’s high speed digital low-latency display backplane with Plessey’s GaN-on-Silicon monolithic microLED array technology. Plessey’s team produced the microLED array wafer bonded to CP’s backplane wafer at its Plymouth, UK, facility. In turn, CP’s team assembled and packaged display modules from the bonded wafer pair at its Phoenix, Arizobna facility. Both teams are currently performing initial characterization work at CP’s Vancouver, WA, USA, facility.

“Today’s milestone achievement is a direct result of the close working relationship between Plessey and CP development teams,” commented Mike Lee, President of Plessey. “This successful proof-of-concept demonstration validates both companies’ goals to produce the industry’s highest performance microLED display modules that deliver improved brightness at the smallest pixel sizes, higher frame rates, with extended bit depth at the lowest power consumption to best serve next generation emissive display based AR/MR smart glasses and Heads-Up/Head-mounted displays (HUD/HMDs) applications.”

Initial samples of a 0.26 inch diagonal, full HD 1080p resolution microLED display module integrated with display driver IC and MIPI input are expected to be available by summer of 2020.

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