Sunday, October 17, 2021

Microsoft Azure builds a high performance WAN overlay for 5G flows

Microsoft says its global WAN can deliver significant benefits to large mobile operators that run extensive national backbones supporting ultra-reliable low-latency communications (URLLC) for 5G tranport.

In a blog post this week, Victor Bahl Microsoft Technical Fellow and Chief Technology Officer, Azure for Operators, observes that Microsoft's WAN can enable lower latencies for 5G networks when users are accessing cloud services deployed on Azure data centers, including for first-party services such as, Xbox cloud gaming, as well as third-party services that Azure customers run. Smaller operators and greenfield operators without their own national backbones, cand benefit even more from Azure's WAN.

He also describes how Microsoft has built a PathBlazer 5G WAN Orchestrator to direct 5G flows that demand high performance on low-latency, high bandwidth paths to and from the Internet. 

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/unleashing-the-true-potential-of-5g-with-cloud-networks/

Dell launches Bare Metal Orchestrator telecom software

Dell Technologies introduced Bare Metal Orchestrator telecom software to help communications service providers to deploy and manage thousands of servers for O-RAN applications.

The new Bare Metal Orchestrator, which represents the company’s first software to come from its Project Metalweaver initiative, can be used to discover and inventory servers, bring them online and deploy software, regardless of where they reside in the network.  The software combines open standards technology with Dell Technologies' intellectual property.


Dell says the Bare Metal Orchestrator can help eliminate days or weeks of configuration and provisioning to bring network hardware into a workload-ready state. 

“As we prepare for the future of 5G mobility and edge, we at T-Mobile have been closely collaborating with Dell Technologies to develop a product that allows engineers to drastically reduce the time spent managing thousands of servers across hundreds of sites,” said Quaid Campbell, director, network engineering cloud services, T-Mobile. “Solutions like Bare Metal Orchestrator allow us to focus on building out new strategic services, automating server provisioning and management tasks to software systems instead of engineers.”

In addition, the company announced:

  • Dell Technologies Reference Architecture for Wind River Studio, which can streamline and reduce the cost of deploying a cloud-native, edge network while improving network performance.
  • Dell Technologies Respond and Restore for Telecom service, which provides customers with support service level agreements to help maximize network uptime, limit network disruptions and maintain business continuity. 
  • 24-hour support for CSPs of Dell Technologies infrastructure


Dell Technologies expands its edge portfolio

 Dell Technologies announced a number of additions and enhancements to its edge infrastructure portfolio to help organizations simplify deployments and capture more value from data generated and processed outside the traditional data center and public cloud.  

Highlights:

  • Dell EMC VxRail satellite nodes bring VxRail’s operational model and efficiencies to edge sites with a reduced infrastructure footprint. As the only HCI solution jointly engineered with VMware, VxRail satellite node single-node deployments automate day-to-day operations, health monitoring and lifecycle management from a centralized location without the need for local technical and specialized resources. 
  • Dell Technologies Validated Design for Manufacturing Edge with Litmus helps businesses connect, manage and orchestrate disparate industrial edge devices, data and applications—from the factory floor to the enterprise cloud—with no programming required. Manufacturers can make quick decisions to repair equipment before it fails, improve production quality and save costs with real-time data analytics and centralized device management provided by the enterprise-grade Litmus Industrial IoT edge platform. Built on Dell EMC VxRail or PowerEdge servers, with the option to use VMware Edge Compute Stack, this is the second solution from Dell Technologies to help businesses tackle manufacturing edge deployment complexity. 
  • Dell EMC Edge Gateway helps companies securely connect multiple edge devices across OT and IT environments to provide valuable insights. This compact, 5G capable3, fanless Edge Gateway with 9th Gen Intel Core™ processors is designed to work in industrial environments and withstand temperature ranges from minus 4 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The gateway, available direct to customers and through OEM engagements, offers storage and compute capabilities that can run localized data processing and analytics applications, helping solve data collection and processing pain points.
  • Dell EMC Streaming Data Platform (SDP) adds enhanced GPU optimization to ingest streaming video in a lower latency and frame rate environment and support real-time analytics on Dell EMC VxRail and PowerEdge servers. Organizations can run lightweight workloads on a single core using a new edge bundle, so they can start small and scale their infrastructure based on IT needs.
  • Dell Technologies APEX Cloud Services with VMware Cloud, announced at VMworld, provides a Dell-managed secure and consistent platform for organizations to move workloads across multiple cloud and edge environments and scale resources quickly with predictable pricing and transparent costs. Additionally, new Dell EMC PowerEdge tower and rack servers help organizations manage everything from business-critical workloads to virtualization at the edge. 


“The edge is technology’s next great frontier, and it’s all around us, everywhere from retail to manufacturing, smart cities and hospitals,” said Michael Dell, chairman and chief executive officer, Dell Technologies. “At Dell, we’re innovating simple solutions, so organizations can analyze data closer to where it’s created, make faster decisions, improve outcomes and drive progress.

https://corporate.delltechnologies.com/en-us/newsroom/announcements/detailpage.press-releases~usa~2021~10~20211013-dell-technologies-edge-advancements-extend-it-beyond-the-data-center.htm

Orange and Nokia look to refurbished network equipment

Orange and Nokia are collaborating to increase the use of refurbished equipment in telecoms infrastructure in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and waste. This joint commitment initially focuses on RAN equipment but could be expanded to other areas.

The refurbished network equipment will be offered by Nokia to all Orange subsidiaries via BuyIn, the procurement alliance of Orange and Deutsche Telekom. The companies said the refurbished equipment will meet all the reliability criteria in line with European Union and ITU directives and recommendations.


On the Orange side, this agreement is part of a larger programme called OSCAR which will contribute to the achievement of the Net Zero Carbon objective in 2040 set by the group. It aims to put the circular economy at the heart of infrastructure networks by reusing existing equipment wherever possible. OSCAR sets clear targets for the reuse of components and the limited use of new materials.

Nokia has also set ambitious targets as previously announced, aiming to cut emissions across its value chain by 50 percent between 2019 and 2030 as part of its renewed science-based targets.

"We are proud to share our common vision of the circular economy with Nokia, a vision where environmental exemplarity supports sustainable value creation. This mutual understanding leads today to this first major contractual step forward for the Orange Group and its subsidiaries, with a positive environmental impact for our two groups," said Ramon Fernandez, Delegate CEO, Executive Director Finance, Performance and Development

“Committing to circularity takes us another step closer to achieving our own climate goals, as well as supporting our customers in achieving theirs. Digitalization reduces waste, reuse extends product life, and through this we are able to realize the full value of our products. This framework agreement demonstrates the importance of collaboration in resolving the big challenges society faces and we all need to act together,” commented Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia.

ZTE introduces new compact metro optical platform

ZTE launched its new-generation, compact metro edge optical products aimed at supporting 4G/5G/home broadband/enterprise/cloud services with a large-capacity and unified cross connection for the aggregation layer and access layers.

The ZTE optical omni-gateway ZXMP M721 series is a 6U chassis that can support a maximum of 15 service slots. The series can support 80×10G/100G/200G systems and offers a single-subrack cross-connect capacity up to 2.8T. 

The series supports ODUk/PKT/VC/OSU unified cross connection and services on demand. The platform can also support rigid isolation of fine-granularity services. 

https://www.zte.com.cn/global/about/news/20211014e1.html

São Paulo's Open X selects IP Infusion + Edgecore


Open X, a network operator based in São Paulo, Brazil, selected IP Infusion’s disaggregated solution based on the OcNOS network operating system and combined with Edgecore Networks switches to extend its 100G backbone infrastructure.

OcNOS is a modular extensible network OS for white box open networking solutions offering advanced capabilities that include extensive switching and routing support ranging from MPLS, PTP (Precision Timing Protocol) and APIs/protocols for SDN (Software Defined Networking). OcNOS features hybrid, centralized or distributed network support; scalable, modular high-performance network; and a robust data plane built on merchant silicon.

"The disaggregation between software and hardware is the future of networks. With this new way to deploying our network environment we have the right to choose our software and hardware options instead of settling with vendor lock. That is, as the backbones evolve, we can choose the best software that meets our demands over time through the full support of IP Infusion and its OcNOS network operating system," said Renato Ornelas, President, Open X. “We are totally satisfied with the high-quality software development provided by IP Infusion, which met the unique needs of Open X. Plus, Open Globe, our service integrator, provided crucial support starting from fully support at the Proof-of-Concept stage to having the agility in the solution delivery time.”

“Open X was able to expand its network capacity seamlessly and to take advantage of the benefits of open networking, including technology choices and lower total cost of ownership. With the IP Infusion and Edgecore solution, they were able to be agile and scalable during the start of the pandemic when bandwidth requirements skyrocketed,” said Atsushi Ogata, President and CEO of IP Infusion.


Thursday, October 14, 2021

SoftBank and KDDI build a shared RAN in Japan

SoftBank and KDDI have selected Nokiaa as one of the vendors to deploy Japan’s shared RAN. 

Nokia will install a Multi-Operator Radio Access Network (MORAN), which will allow both companies to share the RAN while keeping core networks separate.


Under the deal, Nokia will supply its latest AirScale products including baseband and radio platforms. Nokia’s MORAN is triple mode and covers LTE, 5G as well as Dynamic Spectrum Sharing. In particular, Nokia will provide its new generation of ReefShark System-on-Chip based plug-in cards to increase the capacity of the AirScale baseband. The new ReefShark-powered plug-in cards are easily installed and simplify the upgrade and extended operation of all AirScale deployments. They also deliver up to eight times more throughput compared to previous generations. Nokia’s modular AirScale baseband will enable SoftBank and KDDI to scale capacity flexibly and efficiently and as their 5G business evolves.

Tomohiro Sekiwa, Senior Vice President and CNO, SoftBank, said: “In order to deliver the best 5G experience to customers nationwide as quickly as possible, SoftBank is working with KDDI to develop a shared 5G network. In this effort, a Multi-Operator Radio Access Network is a key technology that will bring various efficiencies and we look forward to the high performance of Nokia’s products in this regard.”


Credo debuts 400G and 800G MACsec devices

Credo introduced its Osprey family of second-generation Media Access Control Security (MACsec) solutions for 400G and 800G networks. 

Credo’s high-speed Osprey MACsec devices address security requirements for various Ethernet data link configurations. Credo's latest 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) cipher technology is integrated to deliver increased data security to critical high-speed data links between servers, switches, and routers. Osprey devices are Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program (CAVP) certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Credo says the new Osprey devices deliver a 40% power savings versus competing devices and allow Credo to deliver the industry’s most comprehensive family of PHY devices to support the IEEE 802.1AE MACsec and Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) standard for 10G through 400G port interconnects used in the most demanding data center environments.

“Credo is extending our established MACsec leadership with the lowest power MACsec solutions in the industry — the new Osprey 400 and Osprey 800. Osprey devices consume 40% less power than competing devices with the same throughput,” said Scott Feller, Vice President, Marketing at Credo. “The ability to deliver solutions that enable 400G-800G secure connectivity, within the defined power envelope, is the reason hyperscale cloud data centers worldwide have selected Credo MACsec solutions,” Feller continued.

The Osprey 400 and Osprey 800 devices are in mass production. 

https://www.credosemi.com/line-card-osprey-400

https://www.credosemi.com/line-card-osprey-800


Verizon's mmWave 5G hits 711 Mbps up with Qualcomm, Samsung

Verizon, Samsung Electronics, and Qualcomm Technologie reached upload speeds of 711 Mbps in a lab trial using aggregated bands of mmWave spectrum.

The demonstration combined 400 MHz of Verizon’s 5G mmWave frequency and 20 MHz of 4G frequency using the latest 5G technologies, including mmWave carrier aggregation and Single-User MIMO (SU-MIMO). Network technology used in the demo included Samsung’s 28 GHz 5G Compact Macro and virtualized RAN (vRAN) and Core (vCore) along with a smartphone form-factor test device powered by the flagship Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System.


“Our mmWave build is a critical differentiator, even as we drive towards massive and rapid expansion of our 5G service using our newly acquired mid-band spectrum, we are doubling down on our commitment to mmWave spectrum usage,” said Adam Koeppe, senior vice president, technology planning, Verizon. “You will see us continue to expand our mmWave footprint to deliver game changing experiences for the densest parts of our network and for unique enterprise solutions. We had over 17k mmWave cell sites at the end of last year and are on track to add 14k more in 2021, with over 30k sites on air by the end of this year, and we’ll keep building after that,” said Koeppe.


ADTRAN cites record demand and supply chain constraints

ADTRAN announced the following preliminary financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2021:

  • revenue is expected to be $138 million, gross margin is expected to be 34.5%, non-GAAP gross margin is expected to be 34.6%, operating loss is expected to be $10.1 million and non-GAAP operating loss is expected to be $2.6 million. 
  • the lower gross margin and decreased profitability, as compared to prior guidance, was attributed to approximately $9 million in quantifiable supply chain constraint-related expenses incurred during the quarter. Without these expenses gross margin would be within our third quarter guidance range.
  • overall bookings in the third quarter were up 43% year-over-year with a book-to-bill ratio of 1.43 for the quarter, and 1.34 for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. 

ADTRAN also stated its belief that supply chain challenges are peaking during the second half of 2021 and should begin to normalize by mid-2022. 


ADTRAN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “We are experiencing record demand for our solutions with Q3 setting an all-time high for bookings in a quarter. This increased demand comes from a diverse mix of global Tier 1 and regional service providers planning to deploy our fiber access platforms, in-home service delivery platforms and SaaS applications. We expect this growth to accelerate. During the third quarter we secured two additional Tier 1 fiber customers, and previously announced Tier 1 fiber customers significantly increased their bookings for our fiber access platforms. Although our revenue growth and profitability in the near-term are impacted by the supply chain issues, our long-term outlook continues to strengthen given the record demand and the supply outlook.”

https://www.adtran.com

Mavenir and HCL collaborate on O-RAN RRU testing

Mavenir announced a strategic partnership with HCL Technologies (HCL) to accelerate the market availability of O-RAN split 7.2 compliant Remote Radiohead Units (RRUs) while establishing a business model to meet the growing demand and evolving requirements for O-RAN RRUs.

The collaboration brings together HCL’s platform for third-party RRU testing and Mavenir’s full Centralized Unit (CU) and Distributed Unit (DU) RAN software stacks. RRU vendors will, as a result, be given the ability to work directly with HCL to assess their O-RAN interfaces and integrate with Mavenir’s O-RAN compliant cloud-native CU/DU software.


The companies say that by simplifying testing and validation across multiple O-RAN interoperability profiles, the collaboration will help vendors fast-track validation of frequency variants and the increasingly diverse RRU offerings being demanded by the O-RAN market.

“We are directly addressing requests from customers and partners to speed the integration of new RRU products. The growing scale of the O-RAN industry now demands such a model. And thanks to O-RAN and open interfaces, new players such as HCL can enter the market to effectively serve the market needs,” said Mavenir’s Puneet Sethi, SVP/GM RAN Business Unit. “As more O-RAN RRU products become available and RRU partners are enabled to respond rapidly to their customers, CSPs worldwide will be able to take advantage of the full range of their spectrum assets and benefit from the rapidly accelerating RRU ecosystem.”


Padtec records best quarter in 5 year as DWDM sales soar

Padtec reported gross operating revenue of R$205.7 million for the first half of 2021 representing a growth of 63.7% compared to the same period last year. In the second quarter of the year, operating revenue totaled R$ 119.6 million – an increase of 38.8% compared to the first quarter of 2021, and an increase of 86.3% compared to the same period last year. 

It was the company’s best quarterly result in the last five years, contributing to its good performance in the half-year and realizing the growth ambitions of its operations in Brazil and abroad.

Notably, DWDM  recorded a growth of 75.6% in its revenue in the first six months, compared to the same period in 2020. 

In the first half of the year, Padtec also recorded an improvement in EBITDA, with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of R$ 36 million – triple the amount recorded in the same period in 2020. Adjusted EBTIDA (that disregards non-recurring events) reached R$ 21.1 million, with a margin of 13.6% – an increase of 9 percentage points. Gross margin was 35.5% (an increase of 3 percentage points), maintaining the same level as in recent quarters and reinforcing the profitability of the company’s businesses despite the exchange rate fluctuation between the periods.

Carlos Raimar, Padtec’s CEO, states that the company intends to continue investing in the development of quality products with cutting-edge technology, in addition to expanding its leadership in the Brazilian market and significantly expanding its international presence. “The change in the dynamics of the Brazilian telecommunications market, with the accelerated adoption of fiber optic networks for residential and corporate applications, is now being replicated in other countries in Latin America. It is, without a doubt, an opportunity to expand our business in these regions”, highlights the executive. “In addition, the prospect of activating 5G mobile networks in Brazil should generate a strong push to build communication networks across the country, both by operators – already active in the mobile segment – and by regional providers. To support 5G, investment in high-capacity optical networks should significantly increase the demand for DWDM equipment, benefiting our direct customers and their users and paving the way for a society with more connectivity and quality in data services”, adds Raimar.

https://www.padtec.com.br/en/padtec-ends-the-first-half-of-2021-with-growth-of-63-7/

i3D.net deploys ADVA's FSP 3000 TeraFlex

i3D.net, a leading hosting solutions provider for the gaming industry, has deployed ADVA's FSP 3000 TeraFlex to enhance the experience of the 50 million online gamers that i3D.net serves every day. 

i3D.net’s specific configuration of the ADVA FSP 3000 TeraFlex is able to carry up to 400 Gbps of data per wavelength and 800 Gbps per sled. This open and ultra-flexible 1RU terminal uses software-defined fractional QAM modulation and adaptive baud rate capabilities. 

“As one of the world’s leading high-performance hosting providers, we’re constantly striving to deliver an unbeatable experience for end users. That means investing in the most advanced technology on the market. With our new infrastructure built on the ADVA FSP 3000 TeraFlex™, we’re removing any bottlenecks by massively increasing the capacity of our network. And, thanks to its ultra-flexible coherent interfaces with fractional QAM, it ensures maximum data throughput over every link,” said Edwin Verwoerd, VP, engineering, i3D.net. “Low latency is our business, and that’s precisely what our new solution offers. It enables us to provide a winning edge to both players and businesses.“

NXP Semiconductors moves its design tools to AWS

NXP Semiconductors designated AWS as its preferred cloud provider and is migrating the vast majority of its electronic design automation (EDA) workloads from NXP data centers to AWS. 

NXP is using AWS’s  global infrastructure and capabilities in high performance computing (HPC), storage, analytics, and machine learning to enhance collaboration and EDA throughput across dozens of its worldwide design centers, as well as to reduce costs with elastic scaling of compute resources and minimize scheduling risks for design projects. In addition, thanks to AWS’s virtually unlimited scale, NXP engineers gain more time to focus on innovation rather than managing compute resources.


“We believe cloud-based EDA is critical to accelerating semiconductor innovation and getting new designs to market faster to power an increasingly digital world where more and more devices and infrastructure are connected. AWS gives us the best scale, global presence, and selection of compute and storage options, with continuous improvements in price performance, that we need,” said Olli Hyyppa, CIO and senior vice president, NXP Semiconductors N.V. “We’re excited to expand our relationship with AWS to power the next generation of EDA workloads in the cloud. This will give precious time back to our design engineers to focus on innovation and lead the transformation of the semiconductor industry.”


Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Nokia's high gain antenna + algorithms increases fixed mmWave by 5-10x

Nokia announced a mmWave innovation that combines very high gain with a 360 Field of View, picking up any signal from any direction, and effectively increasing 5G FWA capacity by 5-10x.

Nokia says its 360 High Gain technology overcomes the propagation challenge of weak signals resulting from line-of-sight dependency by both amplifying available signals and dynamically finding the strongest connection. The concept leverages a very high gain antenna in the CPE.

"Nokia’s 360 High Gain 5G mmWave technology captures a 360 mmWave fingerprint of the indoor environment, picks up direct and reflected signals from any direction, and adapts to the changing environment, through advanced analytics."

Sandy Motley, President, Fixed Networks at Nokia said “Making indoor, self-installable mmWave FWA viable in an urban indoor environment is crucial for FWA growth. The addition of mmWave to the 5G FWA market will deliver the 5 to 10 times more capacity that is needed to support the ever more demanding subscribers and services. I am extremely proud of our Fixed Network team who have notched up yet another technical first”.

Nokia has validated the 360 High Gain 5G mmWave FWA technology in its research labs, and technology trials are ongoing in various urban environments. The company expects volume deployments in 2023, initially from  operators with subscribers in dense urban environments.

https://www.nokia.com/networks/solutions/fwa-fastmile/#mmwave

ADTRAN adds 60GHz mmWave mesh portfolio for access and backhaul

ADTRAN introduced a 60GHz mmWave mesh wireless access and backhaul solution designed to deliver a wide range of revenue-generating services from residential access, SMB Gigabit and multigigabit neutral host/open access applications for public Wi-Fi, and 5G small cell densification. 

The ADTRAN MetNet 60GHz solution—which includes the new Gen 2 mesh node, Gigabit-ready CPE and cloud-management—delivers twice the capacity and up to four times the reach of competing mmWave products, according to the company. It features self-organizing, self-optimizing and self-healing (SON) technology that extends Gigabit coverage up to 600 meters, is deployable in under 30 minutes and delivers high-capacity (15+ Gbps capacity per node) for wireless access and backhaul. 

ADTRAN says the MetNet 60GHz solution could be used to deliver Gigabit tier services to RDOF census block groups (CBGs), as well as support applications such as Gigabit to MDUs, smart city applications, 5G small cell backhaul or offer low-cost Gigabit point-to-point campus LAN extension.

“The ADTRAN MetNet 60GHz solution is the only solution that economically extends Gigabit service wirelessly to deliver both residential and business services where terrain, population density and regulations limit the deployment of fiber,” said Robert Conger, Senior Vice President, Technology and Strategy at ADTRAN. “Now more than ever, service providers are looking for innovative and reliable solutions that simplify the deployment and maintenance of Gigabit service architectures that create new revenue streams while lowering the total cost of service.”

Highlights for the ADTRAN MetNet 60GHz Gen 2 Mesh Node:

  • Dynamic bandwidth allocation capability for preserving spectrum resources, delivering deployment flexibility, and doubling the capacity available for users.
  • Support for all six channels in the 60GHz spectrum (57GHz-71GHz), cutting atmospheric attenuation by 90% and offering 50% greater channel selection and coverage.
  • Unique channel selection per sector and support for channels 5 and 6, delivering up to four times the reach of other new to market 60GHz mmWave products.
  • Four times more client connections per mesh node (up to 120 CPE or remote nodes) enabling faster network scale with fewer costly fiber drops.
  • Power consumption 80% lower power per Gigabit connection, requiring fewer mesh nodes, compared to competing 60GHz products.
  • Cloud-management for remote mesh topology setup, management, service configuration and upgrades, resulting in a network that is simple to deploy and manage.

http://www.adtran.com/fixedwireless

Telstra deploys Infinera’s Coherent 800G across 2,940-km subsea cable

Telstra has deployed Infinera’s coherent 800G solution across a dispersion-managed subsea cable between Hong Kong and Singapore, a segment that spans 2,940 kilometers.

The deployment uses Infinera’s ICE6 800G coherent technology on its GX Series Compact Modular Platform, enabling a 45% increase in capacity over previous-generation technology and 20 times the original design capacity of the cable.

Infinera said its ICE6 solution, which offers highly granular baud rate configuration, long-codeword probabilistic constellation shaping (LC-PCS), and Nyquist subcarriers, helps network providers to get the most out of their dispersion-managed subsea cables.

“Telstra designed and deployed its dispersion-managed cable, EAC-2A1, long before coherent transmission was developed. The success of our ICE6 trial illustrates that we can successfully upgrade our existing cable systems to meet growing bandwidth demands,” said David Robertson, Executive International Networks & IT at Telstra. “This success was the driving force behind selecting ICE6. With Infinera’s 800G solution, we can significantly increase capacity on all segments of our network across our new modern and legacy cables globally. Building new cables is expensive so getting the most out of them using the latest technology means we can meet our customers’ ever-increasing capacity and resilience needs at the right price point.”


“The success of this trial with Telstra and its decision to deploy ICE6 emphasize the innovative technology, capability, and value of ICE6, which demonstrated its ability to deliver scalable capacity across a challenging legacy cable,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Infinera. “As subsea operators look to protect their subsea network infrastructure investment, deploying proven solutions that quickly and cost-effectively enable accelerated service turn-up will be critical to meet increasing customer demands.

https://www.infinera.com/press-release/telstra-deploys-infinera-coherent-800g-solution-across-dispersion-managed-subsea-cable

Federated Wireless open Spectrum Exchange for PAL licensees

Federated Wireless has opened a Spectrum Exchange to enable Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) Priority Access License (PAL) holders to lease under-utilized spectrum to third parties to supplement General Authorized Access (GAA) availability. 

The Spectrum Exchange provides an automated portal that uses Light Touch API technology to eliminate the need to file documents and wait for approval from the FCC, for those wishing to lease spectrum from PAL holders. The engagement model is analogous to peer-to-peer accommodation services (e.g. Airbnb, VRBO, etc), offering simplicity, flexibility and quick transaction time for leasing spectrum. Organizations seeking assured, PAL-grade connectivity throughout the 3.5 GHz CBRS band will simply visit the Spectrum Exchange, browse through the lists of providers, spectrum availability, time periods and locations, and place an order online. Cost for spectrum is determined by each spectrum owner and can vary depending on geography and bandwidth amounts. Spectrum is allocated almost instantly for the period requested through the Federated Wireless Spectrum Access System (SAS), with ongoing delivery assured through the Federated Wireless network operations center (NOC).   

“The Federated Wireless Spectrum Exchange gives us and PAL holders the best of both worlds, allowing them to monetize spectrum they acquired through their PALs and giving us and our customers the spectrum we need, when we need it,” said Frontier Wireless Director of Wireless Architect Engineering, Carlos Cardona. “This will greatly accelerate 5G services to market, ensuring that end-users have the highest-quality wireless experiences, and helping the U.S. maintain its lead in global 5G deployments.” 

http://www.federatedwireless.com

Vantage Data Centers builds in Johannesburg, SA

Vantage Data Centers has begun construction of its first African campus in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The expansion program leverages a US$1 billion investment from existing financial partners. 

The carrier-neutral Johannesburg campus will consist of three facilities across 30 acres (12 hectares) with 650,000 square feet (60,000 square meters) of data center space once fully developed. The first phase of the campus, slated for completion in the summer of 2022, will include a 16MW building.

Vantage is pursuing sustainable construction practices such as offering renewable energy options, limiting carbon footprints and maintaining energy efficient operations with an industry-leading power usage effectiveness (PUE).

Google develops Anthos for Virtual Machines w support for VNFs

Google released a preview of Anthos for Virtual Machines, a new capability allowing developers to standardize on Kubernetes while continuing to run some workloads that cannot be easily containerized in virtual machines. 

The idea is to allow developers to standardize on Anthos as their operational model while still supporting VMs for traditional workloads like Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) or stateful monolithic workloads. Google Cloud describes this as an incremental modernization effort.

Developers can take advantage of Anthos for VMs in two ways – either by attaching vSphere VMs, or shifting VMs as-is. For customers with active VMware environments, the Anthos control plane can now connect to your vSphere environment and attach your vSphere VMs, allowing you to apply consistent security and policies across clusters, gain visibility into the health and performance of your services, and manage traffic for both VMs and containers. Alternately, Anthos for VMs allows you to shift VMs as-is onto Anthos with KubeVirt, an open-source virtualization API for Kubernetes. 

"While we have seen many customers make the leap to containerization, some are not quite ready to move completely off of virtual machines (VMs). They want a unified development platform where developers can build, modify, and deploy applications residing in both containers and VMs in a common, shared environment."

https://cloud.google.com/blog/topics/hybrid-cloud/introducing-anthos-for-vms-and-other-app-modernization-tools



  • Anthos Service Mesh, which connects, manages, a
  • Kyndryl is IBM's managed infrastructure services business

    IBM's board of directors approved the previously announced separation of the company’s managed infrastructure services business into a new company called Kyndryl.

    Kyndryl's mission is to design, run and manage the most modern, efficient and reliable technology infrastructure for the world's most important businesses and organizations. The company will have 90,000 employees worldwide upon spin out from IBM.

    To effect the separation the IBM board of directors declared a pro rata distribution to IBM stockholders of 80.1 percent of the outstanding shares of Kyndryl.  Once distributed, each holder of IBM common stock will receive one share of Kyndryl common stock for every five shares of IBM common stock held on October 25, 2021, the record date for the distribution.   The distribution is expected to occur after close of market on November 3, 2021. IBM will retain 19.9 percent of the shares of Kyndryl common stock, with the intention of exchanging those shares for IBM debt during the 12-month period following the distribution, subject to market considerations.

    “Today’s announcement is a milestone for IBM, its employees and its shareholders as we enter a new era of growth,” said Arvind Krishna, IBM chairman and chief executive officer.  “The separation of Kyndryl is a significant step in the continued evolution of IBM, a company now squarely focused on delivering powerful hybrid cloud and AI solutions and capabilities to enterprises around the world.”

    “Kyndryl has an important and exciting mission – to design, build and manage the technology infrastructure that the world depends on each day,” said Martin Schroeter, Kyndryl chairman and chief executive officer.  “As an independent and focused services leader, Kyndryl will be at the heart of progress for our customers.

    Kyndryl is organized into six global managed services practices:

    • Cloud
    • Applications, Data & AI
    • Security & Resiliency
    • Core Enterprise & zCloud
    • Network & Edge
    • Digital Workplace

    http://www.kyndryl.com

    • In September, Kyndryl baned Martin Schroeter as Kyndryl board chairman. Schroeter was IBM's senior vice president of global markets before leaving IBM in June of 2020 and before that he served as the chief financial officer from 2014 to 2017. 


    Hailo raises $136 million for its edge AI processors

    Hailo, a start-up based in Tel Aviv, raised $136 million in a Series C round of funding for its edge processor designed for AI workloads.

    The Hailo-8 edge AI processor boasts up to 26 tera-operations per second (TOPS) performance, capable of processing of FHD stream in real-time, and with typical power consumption of 2.5W, according to the company.

    The funding round was led by Poalim Equity and Gil Agmon with participation from existing investors including Hailo Chairman Zohar Zisapel, ABB Technology Ventures (ATV), Latitude Ventures and OurCrowd; and new investors Carasso Motors, Comasco, Shlomo Group, Talcar Corporation Ltd. and Automotive Equipment (AEV).

    Hailo was established in Israel in 2017 by members of the Israel Defense Forces’ elite technology unit.

    https://hailo.ai/

    Restructuring deal cuts Riverbed's debt by $1 billion and infuses $100m cash

     Riverbed Technology announced a Restructuring Support Agreement  with its equity sponsors and an ad hoc group of lenders holding a super-majority of its funded secured debt regarding the terms of a comprehensive financial restructuring that will reduce its funded secured debt by over $1 billion and provide a $100 million cash infusion.


    “We are pleased to have reached this agreement, which is an important step forward in securing our long-term success as we continue to execute our strategy and deliver relevant technologies to our customers that are critical for today’s digital and hybrid workplace,” said Dan Smoot, President and CEO of Riverbed Technology. “Since I became CEO in June, the team and I have been focused on taking Riverbed to the next level, driving profitable growth and accelerating innovation to support our customers and partners, and I am pleased with the strong double-digit bookings growth for our visibility solutions that we saw in the third quarter. Our solid business foundation enables us to take these actions, which will be critical in our ongoing initiative to strengthen our financial position and fuel our next phase of growth. Following the implementation of the RSA, we look forward to moving ahead as a financially stronger company.”

    Mr. Smoot continued, “We are grateful to have the support of all the investors in our capital structure as we undertake this process, which demonstrates their confidence in our business and will enable us to complete this financial recapitalization on an expedited basis. Our team is as dedicated as ever to serving our amazing customers around the world and providing the leading end-to-end visibility and network and acceleration solutions that they have come to expect. We are confident that the proactive steps we are taking today will allow us to further invest in the Company and best position Riverbed to meet the needs of our customers in the markets we serve. We thank our customers and partners for their continued support, and our employees for their commitment to Riverbed.”

    https://www.riverbed.com/

    Riverbed appoints Dan Smoot as President and CEO

    Riverbed appointed Dan Smoot as President and CEO.Smoot, who has more than 30 years of experience holding top leadership roles including at Salesforce, Cisco and VMware, joined Riverbed in June 2018. At Riverbed, he has held several executive leadership roles, including most recently COO and leading the company’s Worldwide Sales, Channels and Alliances, Sales Operations and Customer Experience teams.Smoot was previously Executive Vice President of...


    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

    Google Distributed Cloud extends Anthos to edge and RAN

    At its virtual Next'21 event, Google introduced a portfolio of solutions consisting of hardware and software aimed at extending its infrastructure to edge locations and into private data centers.

    Google Distributed Cloud is powered by Anthos, the open-source-based platform that unifies the management of infrastructure and applications across on-premises, edge, and in multiple public clouds.

    The key advantage is a consistent management and security framework extending across Google's infrastructure, operator edge facilities connected by 5G, enterprise data centers, and enterprise remote locations such as retail stores, factory floors, or branch offices with local compute/storage resources. Using Google Distributed Cloud, customers can migrate or modernize applications and process data locally with Google Cloud services, including databases, machine learning, data analytics and container management.


    At launch, Google Distributed Cloud is supported by a number of top tier partners, including Cisco, Dell, HPE, and NetApp, which is Google's primary partner supporting Google Distributed Cloud's storage infrastructure.

    "Each year at Next we celebrate the achievements of our customers and partners, and the many ways they have transformed their businesses digitally," said Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud CEO. "We also look forward to sharing our latest cloud innovations and providing a view into the future—what we think will drive business transformation for the decades to come."

    Also being introduced is Google Distributed Cloud Edge, a fully managed service with the ability to run 5G Core and radio access network (RAN) functions at the edge, alongside enterprise applications on Intel and/or NVIDIA, to support use cases such as computer vision and Google AI edge inferencing. Google Distributed Cloud Edge is positioned for running local data processing, low-latency edge compute workloads, modernizing on-premises environments, and deploying private 5G/LTE solutions across a variety of industries.

    Google said its Distributed Cloud Edge builds on its previously announced global, strategic partnerships with both Ericsson and Nokia to bring new solutions built on a cloud-native 5G core and develop the network edge as a business services platform for enterprises.

    “This announcement builds on our on-going partnership with Google Cloud to develop Nokia cloud-native 5G core and Nokia radio solutions for Google’s edge computing platform. By extending this relationship into Google Distributed Cloud Edge, we will increase customer choice and flexibility, ultimately helping our global customer base with multiple cloud-based solutions to deliver 5G services on the network edge,” said Nishant Batra, Nokia Chief Strategy and Technology Officer.

    https://cloud.google.com/blog/topics/hybrid-cloud/announcing-google-distributed-cloud-edge-and-hosted

    Google Cloud builds a universal Network Connectivity Center

    Google Cloud launched a preview of a new Network Connectivity Center for providing "planet-scale network management" to simplify complex networks for on-prem and cloud connectivity.

    The idea is a single interface for creating, connecting, and managing heterogeneous on-prem and cloud networks leveraging Google’s global infrastructure. Network Connectivity Center aims to seamlessly connect VPNs, partner and dedicated interconnects, as well as third-party routers and Software-Defined WANs.


    Google Cloud also announced an expanded partnership with Cisco. Their joint solution leverages Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub and Google Cloud Network Connectivity Center to connect branch sites and on-prem data centers to the cloud using Google’s high performance, global infrastructure and Cisco SD-WAN’s vManage. Via Cisco Cloud OnRamp, users can also extend Cisco SD-WAN’s fabric through an automated process to Google Cloud.

    Oracle Cloud announces major expansion - 14 new regions worldwide

    Citing triple-digit growth, Oracle announed plans for a major expasion of its infrastructure worldwide.

    Over the next year, Oracle plans to open 14 cloud regions with new locations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Upcoming cloud regions include Milan (Italy), Stockholm (Sweden), Marseille (France), Spain, Singapore (Singapore), Johannesburg (South Africa), Jerusalem (Israel), Mexico, and Colombia. Additional second regions will open in Abu Dhabi (U.A.E.), Saudi Arabia, France, Israel, and Chile. Oracle plans to have at least 44 cloud regions by the end of 2022, continuing one of the fastest expansions of any major cloud provider.

    “Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has seen stellar growth over the past year,” said Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “We’ve introduced several hundred new cloud services and features and are continuing to see organizations from around the world increasingly turn to OCI to run their most mission-critical workloads in the cloud. With the additional Cloud regions, even more organizations will be able to use our cloud services to support their growth and overall success.”

    Oracle Cloud regions support every Oracle service and feature and are available to customers anywhere in the world. This includes Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes, Oracle Cloud VMware solution, and Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications.

    Oracle also boasts more than 70 FastConnect global and regional partners offering  dedicated connectivity to Oracle Cloud regions and OCI services. Currently available Oracle Cloud regions:

    • Asia Pacific: Tokyo (Japan), Osaka (Japan), Seoul (South Korea), Chuncheon (South Korea), Mumbai (India), Hyderabad (India), Sydney (Australia), Melbourne (Australia)
    • Americas: San Jose (United States), Phoenix (United States), Ashburn (United States), Toronto (Canada), Montreal (Canada), São Paolo (Brazil), Vinhedo (Brazil), Santiago (Chile)
    • Europe: Frankfurt (Germany), London (United Kingdom), Newport, Wales (United Kingdom), Zürich (Switzerland), Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
    • Middle East: Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Dubai (U.A.E)
    • Government: Two general U.S. Government regions, and U.S. National Security regions, three U.S. Department of Defense specific Government regions, two in the United Kingdom (London and Newport, Wales)

    https://www.oracle.com/news/announcement/oracle-expands-global-cloud-footprint-to-meet-continued-triple-digit-growth-2021-10-11/

    Telefónica to migrate its Oracle databases to Oracle Exadata

    Telefonica España will migrate the bulk of its Oracle Database systems to Oracle Exadata Cloud@Customer, building a dedicated cloud platform on-premises to support provisioning and delivery of new services, as well as Telefonica’s mission-critical operational and commercial systems including its BSS and OSS platforms and applications, business intelligence systems, CRM, billing and revenue management.The collaboration is part of a multi-year initiative...

    BT to employ Oracle's Cloud Native Converged Policy Mgt

    BT Group has selected Oracle Communications' Cloud Native Converged Policy Management to optimize its network resources and bring new 5G offerings to market faster. Oracle's solution will enable BT to quickly and seamlessly test and implement 5G services—such as live streaming and zero-rated 5G content—across its EE mobile network.The policy design engine will enable BT to test and quickly implement new 5G service plans and experiences, such...

    Telenor selected Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management, including Oracle Converged Charging to lay the groundwork for 5G and provide seamless charging and billing interactions in its Asian operations. Telenor serves 175 million subscribers in the region. Telenor is focused on three key initiatives: digitalizing its technical stack to be ready for 5G, innovating its operating model with more touch-free operations, and transforming how...

    DISH Wireless has selected Oracle to enable a Service-Based Architecture (SBA) for its 5G core.This will enable DISH Wireless to provide enterprise customers added control of the software and services they utilize, taking advantage of network slices.“Oracle’s capabilities will essentially serve as the control tower of our network core, enabling our customers to consume software on demand and facilitating the advanced core functions required to power...


    COBO focuses on Multimode Waveguide Interconnects

     The Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO) has established a new Multi-Mode Waveguide Interconnect System (MWIS) Working Group to focus specifically on the replacement of copper traces with multi-mode waveguides and adding an extra thin interface for Electrical/Optical and Optical/Electrical conversion within close proximity to the electrical component.

    "I am very pleased to have kicked off the new Multimode Waveguide Interconnect System (MWIS) Working Group. Although embedded optical waveguides in printed circuit boards have been researched for decades, now is the time for the industry to work together to address the imminent bandwidth and power issues associated with copper interfaces," said Joshua Kihong Kim, Principal Engineer at Hirose Electric and COBO MWIS Working Group Chair. "In the development of on-board optical systems, this is one of the missing pieces of the puzzle, and COBO is stepping up to develop specifications to enable an industry eco-system."

    "The growing diversity of optical applications within the Data Center, including machine learning and resource disaggregation, are driving an increased need to enhance high-speed board level interconnect systems with optical waveguide technology.  COBO members recognize it is critical for companies to collaborate and provide guidance and specifications for design advancement," said Brad Booth, President at COBO and Principal Engineer, Azure Hardware Architecture at Microsoft. "We welcome interested parties to contact us if they would like understand more about our new MWIS Working Group."

    http://onboardoptics.org/

    DISH picks Spirent for 5G core automated testing

    DISH Network has selected Spirent Communications to autonomously test its 5G network core and validate its performance. 

    Spirent said its library of automated compliance, capacity and performance test suites, as well as test cases, enables DISH to verify 5G functionality, measure system performance and accelerate deployment activities. By automating the testing process, DISH can continuously verify real-world performance and resilience during its network rollout, proving the public cloud is telco-grade, and scaling up a continuously improving system.


    “DISH is transforming the industry as it prepares to deploy 5G in a public cloud network and pioneer Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) technology,” said Doug Roberts, general manager of Spirent’s lifecycle service assurance business. “Spirent understands the inherent challenges that come with building an open, secure network and supporting a new, first-of-its-kind delivery model. We’re excited to assist DISH in driving operational excellence across the entire lifecycle with industry-leading automation, coverage and analytics capabilities.”

    “As we deploy our cloud-native 5G network, we’re looking forward to seeing the transformation of how organizations and customers will order and consume 5G services on their own slices and private networks,” said Marc Rouanne, chief network officer, DISH Wireless. “Spirent provides the testing functionality and experience we need to ensure positive customer experiences. And, as a leader in 5G testing and automation, Spirent offers us the security and confidence to introduce our state-of-the-art 5G network into the market.”

    https://www.spirent.com/newsroom/press-releases/dish-selects-spirent-for-5g-core-automated-testing

    DISH builds its 5G core in AWS

    DISH Network will construct its 5G Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) network on AWS.DISH, which is partnering exclusively with vendors offering cloud-native technology, plans to begin deploying the network in Las Vegas later this year.  All hardware and network management resources will be connected through AWS, including DISH’s fully automated Operation and Business Support Systems (OSS and BSS) for 5G services.DISH said its groundbreaking,...

    Spirent and AWS collaborate on automated 5G network testing

    Spirent Communications is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to bring automated 5G testing capabilities to communications service providers (CSPs) building 5G networks on AWS.The collaboration combines AWS’s Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline with Spirent’s vendor-neutral 5G test capabilities.With the introduction of 5G Network Validation on AWS, utilizing Spirent’s Landslide 5GC Automation Package, operators can...


    DISH picks VMware for 5G cloud-native O-RAN

    DISH selected VMware's Telco Cloud solution for its 5G, cloud-native Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN). VMware said its Telco Cloud will enable DISH to utilize software from leading vendors to optimize and accelerate its 5G network deployment. Additionally, it will provide DISH with enhanced automation, resiliency, security and flexibility. The VMware Telco Cloud provides an abstraction layer across multiple network domains and enables DISH to leverage...

    DISH adds Intel as a 5G infrastructure partner

     DISH will integrate Intel 5G infrastructure technology into its forthcoming virtualized, open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) 5G network deployment. Specifically, DISH has selected the Intel Xeon Scalable Processor, the Intel Ethernet 800 Series network adapter, the Intel vRAN Dedicated Accelerator ACC100 and Intel's FlexRAN software reference architecture for its deployments.The companies are collaborating on the fully virtualized RAN, including...