Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Amazon previews AWS Private 5G

Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a new managed service that helps enterprises set up and scale private 5G mobile networks using license-free CBRS spectrum.

Customers of the forthcoming AWS Private 5G service will be able to use the AWS console to specify where they want to build a mobile network and the network capacity needed for their devices. AWS will then deliver and maintain the small cell radio units, servers, 5G core and radio access network (RAN) software, and subscriber identity modules (SIM cards) required to set up a private 5G network and connect devices. AWS Private 5G automates the setup and deployment of the network and scales capacity on demand to support additional devices and increased network traffic. Pricing is based on network capacity and throughput. There are no upfront fees or per-device costs. 

“Many of our customers want to leverage the power of 5G to establish their own private networks on premises, but they tell us that the current approaches make it time-consuming, difficult, and expensive to set up and deploy private networks,” said David Brown, Vice President, EC2 at AWS. “With AWS Private 5G, we’re extending hybrid infrastructure to customers’ 5G networks to make it simple, quick, and inexpensive to set up a private 5G network. Customers can start small and scale on-demand, pay as they go, and monitor and manage their network from the AWS console.”

“We deploy technology outside of Amazon Fulfillment Centers (FCs) to make moving tractor trailers around safer and more accurate and efficient. We have to provide network services for these systems across millions of square feet of outdoor space. Previously, to get proper Wi-Fi coverage in the parking lots around our FCs, we had to add light poles for the Wi-Fi equipment, modify our outdoor electrical systems and either trench fiber or support Mesh systems. This was expensive, disrupted productivity during installation, and had a high support burden,” said Jeff Armstrong, Director of Infrastructure Engineering at Amazon. “With AWS Private 5G, we can use two outdoor small cells mounted on the corners of our warehouses and achieve additional coverage in our parking lots, which was much quicker and cheaper to deploy. Just as important, we will be able to scale up our AWS Private 5G deployment as we expand our facilities.”

https://aws.amazon.com/private5g/?nc2=h_ql_re_nw

https://youtu.be/7RXZGn8F0Ts


Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with 10 Gbps modem

Qualcomm introduced its latest premium 5G mobile platform, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, for flagship Android phones from Black Shark, Honor, iQOO, Motorola, Nubia, OnePlus, OPPO, Realme, Redmi, SHARP, Sony Corporation, vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE. The first commercial devices based on the chip are expected by the end of 2021.

“As the world’s most advanced mobile platform, Snapdragon is synonymous with premium Android experiences and the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 sets the standard for the next generation of flagship mobile devices,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president and general manager of mobile, compute, and infrastructure, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “It delivers connectivity, photography, AI, gaming, sound, and security experiences never before available in a smartphone.”

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 key features include the 4th gen Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System, which is the first 5G modem-RF solution to reach 10 Gigabit download speeds. Snapdragon 8 also features the Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 Mobile Connectivity System supporting the fastest Wi-Fi speeds available—up to 3.6 Gbps—over Wi-Fi 6 and 6E to ensure games and apps perform smoothly, even with multiple devices on one network.

  • Camera: Snapdragon Sight Technology includes the first commercial 18-bit mobile ISP, capturing over 4000x more camera data than its predecessor for extreme dynamic range, color, and sharpness at staggering speeds up to 3.2 gigapixels per second. This is also the first 8K HDR video capture in a mobile platform and it’s capable of capturing in the premium HDR10+ format that’s loaded with over a billion shades of color. 
  • AI: The 7th Gen Qualcomm AI Engine is equipped with a Qualcomm Hexagon processor, featuring a 2x faster tensor accelerator and 2x larger shared memory than its predecessor.
  • Gaming: the new Qualcomm Adreno GPU provides a 30% boost in graphics rendering capabilities and 25% improvement in power savings compared to the previous generation to unlock a new generation of mobile GPUs. 
  • Sound: integrated Bluetooth 5.2 and Snapdragon Sound Technology, now featuring Qualcomm aptX Lossless Technology for CD-quality lossless wireless audio. 
  • Security: this is the first Snapdragon platform to feature a dedicated Trust Management Engine to achieve heightened security and provide additional Root of Trust for apps and services. Snapdragon 8 is also the world’s first mobile platform to feature Android Ready SE—the new standard for digital car keys, drivers’ licenses, etc.

https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2021/11/30/qualcomm-announces-worlds-most-advanced-mobile-platform-snapdragon-8-gen-1

European telcos issue seek policy support to promote digital leadership

 Leading European telecommunication companies published an open letter calling on EU policymakers to closely align Europe’s digital ambitions with a supportive policy and regulatory ecosystem. The imperative is for Europe to take a leadership role in technological innovation and inclusivity. Specifically, the CEOs of the top European carriers are calling for action in three areas: 

  • A clear alignment between European digital leadership ambitions and competition policy. The positive signals on industry collaboration – ranging from network sharing to IPCEI projects[vi] and other forms of cooperation – are important steps forward and should be reinforced. Building scale in the telecoms sector remains a priority, inside markets as well as across markets: this is in the strategic interest of the EU and its citizens.
  • Strong political buy in to ensure that regulatory action fosters investment in gigabit networks, which will require €300bn additional investment[vii]. Regulation must fully reflect market realities, now and in the future. Namely, that telecom operators compete face-to-face with services by big tech, in the context of vibrant markets. High spectrum prices and auctions that artificially force unsustainable entrants into the market must end. Recent ideas to alter a European Commission proposal by extending retail price regulation to international calls – a competitive market where many free alternatives exist – are at odds with the Digital Decade targets: we estimate that they would forcibly remove over €2bn revenues from the sector in a 4 year period, which is equivalent to 2.5% of the sector’s yearly investment capacity for mobile infrastructure[viii]. In addition, the on-going policy work on reducing the cost of roll-out is of essence and should proceed speedily.
  • A renewed effort to rebalance the relationship between global technology giants and the European digital ecosystem. Horizontal measures such as the Digital Markets Act play a crucial role and, for this reason, we firmly support them. In addition, we must also consider important sector-specific issues. Large and increasing part of network traffic is generated and monetized by big tech platforms, but it requires continuous, intensive network investment and planning by the telecommunications sector. This model – which enables EU citizens to enjoy the fruits of the digital transformation – can only be sustainable if such big tech platforms also contribute fairly to network costs. Furthermore, we must ensure that new industrial strategies allow European players – including telcos – to compete successfully in global data spaces, so we can develop a European data economy that is built on true European values.

https://etno.eu/news/all-news/717:ceo-statement-2021.html

Dell'Oro: Sharp decline in China optical transport equipment market

The Optical Transport equipment market contracted 2 percent year-over-year in the first nine months of 2021 due to lower sales in China, according to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group. Outside of China, however, the demand for optical equipment continued to increase, outpacing supply.

“Optical equipment revenue in China took a sharp turn for the worse in 3Q 2021,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “As a result, optical revenue in China declined at a double-digit rate in the quarter, resulting in a 9 percent decline for the first nine months of 2021. At this rate, we are expecting a full year optical market contraction in the country. Something that has not occurred since 2012. Helping to offset some of this lower equipment revenue from China was the robust demand in North America, Europe, and Latin America.”

“We estimate that Optical Transport equipment revenue outside of China grew 6 percent year-over-year in the third quarter. However, we believe this growth rate could have been higher, closer to 10 percent, if it was not for component shortages and other supply issues plaguing the industry. So, fortunately while optical demand is hitting a rough patch in China, it seems to be accelerating in other parts of the world,” added Yu.

https://www.delloro.com/news/optical-transport-market-down-2-percent-in-first-nine-months-of-2021/

Axiado raises $25 million for AI-driven security processor

Axiado, a start-up based in San Jose, California, raised $25 million for its AI-driven security processor.

The round was led by a private investor and business tycoon Dennis Anthony H. Uy and Series A investor Orbit Venture Partners, and supplemented by a group of individual investors, including Dave Welch, Founder of Infinera, and Dick Kramlich, Chairman Emeritus of New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and General Partner of Green Bay Ventures.

“Axiado’s Trusted Control/Compute Unit (TCU™) is a new category of processors dedicated for security, and a novel, silicon-based approach to manage critical boot- and run-time security across the entire connected infrastructure. This Series B funding reflects the support from our investors and customers, and it provides Axiado with the runway to launch the TCU™ in the market to address the growing problem of ransomware and cyberattacks,” said Dave Welch Axiado’s Chairman of the Board.

Axiado Corporation also announced today the appointment of Dennis Anthony H. Uy to its Board of Directors. Uy is the Founder and CEO of Converge ICT Solutions based in the Philippines. 

Axiado’s Chief Executive Officer Gopi Sirineni says that Series B funding marks also the success of company’s other strategic partnerships. “These partnerships are crucial in helping us to refine the product and to achieve a dynamic product-market fit in the cloud-first markets.”

"Axiado's attention to the control and management plane highlights the critical role it plays in a comprehensive cybersecurity architecture," says Dattatri Mattur, Head of Hardware Engineering of Cisco’s Cloud and Computing Group.

Derek Chamorro, Security Architect at Cloudflare elaborates, ”The cybersecurity industry needs an attestation solution that is server vendor-agnostic and works across the entire cloud infrastructure that is dispersed to multiple locations. Axiado is addressing both of these points."

"As a foundational technology and software security solutions provider who has worked closely with silicon companies in this space, we look forward to enabling the features Axiado is bringing to the market," Sanjoy Maity, Chief Executive Officer at AMI concludes.

https://axiado.com 

HPE cites record demand for its edge-to-cloud portfolio

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) reported revenue of $7.4 billion for its fourth quarter, ended October 31, 2021, up 7% sequentially and above normal sequential seasonality; up 2% from the prior-year period or flat when adjusted for currency. Non-GAAP diluted net EPS was $0.52, compared to $0.41 in the prior-year period and at the high end of the previously provided outlook of $0.44 to $0.52 per share. Fourth quarter non-GAAP diluted net EPS excludes after-tax adjustments of $1.39 per diluted share primarily related to the judgment in the Itanium litigation with Oracle partially offset by transformation costs, early debt redemption costs, stock-based compensation expense and the amortization of intangible assets.

“HPE ended fiscal year 2021 with record demand for our edge-to-cloud portfolio, and we are well positioned to capitalize on the significant opportunity in front of us,” said Antonio Neri, president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “In 2021, we accelerated our pivot to as a service, strengthened our core capabilities, and invested in bold innovation in high-growth segments. As our customers continue to demand greater connectivity, access to solutions that allow them to extract value from their data no matter where it lives, and a cloud-everywhere experience, HPE is poised to accelerate our market leadership and provide strong shareholder returns.”

Segment Results

Intelligent Edge revenue was $815 million, up 4% from the prior-year period or 2% when adjusted for currency, with 10.7% operating profit margin, compared to 12.3% from the prior-year period. Aruba Services revenue was up high-single digits from the prior-year period when adjusted for currency and Intelligent Edge aaS ARR was up triple-digits from the prior-year period.

High Performance Computing & Artificial Intelligence (HPC & AI) revenue was $1.0 billion, up 1% from the prior-year period or flat when adjusted for currency, with 14.3% operating profit margin, compared to 13.0% from the prior-year period. We remain on track to achieve 8-12% CAGR outlook from FY20 to FY22.

Compute revenue was $3.2 billion, up 1% from the prior-year period or down 1% when adjusted for currency, with 9.4% operating profit margin, compared to 6.6% from the prior-year period. Revenue was up 4% from the prior-quarter period and 4% from the prior-quarter period when adjusted for currency, and above normal sequential seasonality.

Storage revenue was $1.3 billion, up 3% from the prior-year period or up 2% when adjusted for currency, with 13.8% operating profit margin, compared to 18.2% from the prior-year period. All flash Arrays grew 7% from the prior-year period led by Primera, up strong double-digits from the prior-year period. Notable strength in software-defined solutions, including Nimble, up 4% from the prior-year period with strong momentum in dHCI growing double-digits.

Financial Services revenue was $858 million, up 1% from the prior-year period or flat when adjusted for currency, with 14.1% operating profit margin, compared to 7.8% from the prior-year period. Net portfolio assets were flat from the prior-year period or down 1% when adjusted for currency. The business delivered return on equity of 23.8%, up 10.9 points from the prior-year period.

https://investors.hpe.com/news-and-events#hpe-reports-fiscal-2021-fourth-quarter-and-fullyear-results



https://investors.hpe.com/~/media/Files/H/HP-Enterprise-IR/documents/hpe-sam21-presentation.pdf

Victoria's VicTrack leverages ADVA to power Aussie Broadband

VicTrack, which owns rail transport land, assets and infrastructure in the Australian state of Victoria, is using ADVA FSP 3000 optical transport gear to provide Aussie Broadband with carrier-grade wholesale services. 

ADVA’s open optical transport system provides VicTrack’s customers with unregenerated optical services between the furthest parts of the state. The flexible and fully redundant ROADM network enables VicTrack to share capacity with its wholesale customers. 

VicTrack is providing access to its next-generation optical network as part of a fiber-sharing deal with Aussie Broadband. The ability to leverage VicTrack’s network enables Aussie Broadband to roll out new offerings to many more customers, including increasing its business fiber services in regional Victoria. The agreement will also help it save resources to use in other states. VicTrack’s TGSN is a 45-node meshed ROADM network built on ADVA’s FSP 3000 platform. Managed by the Ensemble Controller service management solution, it provides a flexible mix of 10Gbit/s and 100Gbit/s services as well as any-to-any connectivity for seamless, simple and secure communication.

“Enabling Aussie Broadband to connect with customers across Victoria demonstrates how we can leverage the excess capacity of our Transport and Government Secure Network (TGSN). As well as supporting mission-critical rail operations and delivering a high-performance communication network for our state, TGSN is also driving new revenue and bringing a host of new services to end users,” said Andrew Peel, group manager, commercial, telecommunications group, VicTrack. ”Our excess capacity is now enabling us to offer National Broadband Network services across the state. With its reliability, flexibility and speed, our network will be key to helping CSPs meet the challenge of rising data demand and deliver more value to households and businesses.”

“By utilizing our open optical networking technology, VicTrack has created a valuable regional resource. It now has a high-capacity transport system with a unique geographical footprint that can be easily shared with Australia’s communication service providers. That means a wealth of new wholesale opportunities for them and a major boost for enterprises and homes across Victoria,” commented Erik Lindberg, VP, sales, APAC, ADVA. “Our FSP 3000 technology delivers the highest levels of efficiency, ultimate flexibility and future-proof scale. It’s now enabling VicTrack to accommodate evolving network demands while also forging partnerships that will reap benefits throughout southern Australia.”

https://www.adva.com

Zayo expands fiber network in Seattle-Tacoma area

Zayo announced an expansion of its network infrastructure in the Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington.

As part of the expansion, 400G wavelength capacity will be available between Seattle and Spokane by the end of June 2022, adding crucial IT bandwidth to a key route between two major Washington cities.

Zayo is also rolling out a new product offer to new and existing customers in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area. The offer, called Shielded Internet Access, includes some of Zayo’s most popular services: Dedicated Internet Access, DDoS Protection and CloudLink, all within a single offer that will be competitively positioned against current market benchmarks.

“The Seattle-Tacoma region continues to grow as a leading U.S. tech market, driving increased demand for reliable connectivity,” said Dan Stoll, Managing Director, Head of Regional Network Sales at Zayo. “We are committed to continued investment in the region to support customers’ demand for diverse, high-capacity fiber connectivity. Zayo’s unmatched network combined with the Shielded Internet Access offer provides customers with the bandwidth that takes them anywhere they need to be in the most convenient, cost-effective way possible.”

https://go.zayo.com/seattle-tacoma-dedicated-network

Monday, November 29, 2021

AWS launches Graviton2, NVIDIA T4G Tensor Core GPUs, Gen3 AMD EPYC

AWS announced the general availability of Amazon EC2 G5g instances that extend Graviton2 price-performance benefits to GPU-based workloads including graphics applications and machine learning inference. 

In addition to Graviton2 processors, G5g instances feature NVIDIA T4G Tensor Core GPUs to provide the best price performance for Android game streaming, with up to 25 Gbps of networking bandwidth and 19 Gbps of EBS bandwidth.

These instances provide up to 30 percent lower cost per stream per hour for Android game streaming than x86-based GPU instances. G5g instances are also ideal for machine learning developers who are looking for cost-effective inference, have ML models that are sensitive to CPU performance, and leverage NVIDIA’s AI libraries.

The new G5g instances are available now, and you can start using them today in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and Asia-Pacific (Seoul, Singapore and Tokyo) Regions in On-Demand, Spot, Savings Plan, and Reserved Instance form.

In addition, AWS announced general availability of Amazon EC2 M6a instances featuring the 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors, running at frequencies up to 3.6 GHz to offer up to 35 percent price performance versus the previous generation M5a instances. Compared to M5a instances, the new M6a instances offer larger instance size with 48xlarge with up to 192 vCPUs and 768 GiB of memory, enabling more workloads on a single instance. M6a also offers Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA) support for workloads that benefit from lower network latency and highly scalable inter-node communication, such as HPC and video processing. Up to 35 percent higher price performance per vCPU versus comparable M5a instances, up to 50 Gbps of networking speed, and up to 40 Gbps bandwidth of Amazon EBS, more than twice that of M5a instances.  Instances powered by the AMD EPYC processors are now available in the AWS US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) Regions as On-Demand, Spot, and Reserved Instance or as part of a Savings Plan.

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/new-amazon-ec2-g5g-instances-powered-by-aws-graviton2-processors-and-nvidia-t4g-tensor-core-gpus/

CoreSite’s VA3 Data Center Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

CoreSite Realty confirmed that its new VA3 data center in Reston, Virginia is powered by 100% renewable energy through Dominion Energy’s 100% Renewable Energy Program. 

CoreSite’s Northern Virginia data center campus, comprised of three operating data centers (VA1, VA2, and VA3) and scalable to provide over 100 megawatts of capacity at full buildout, provides direct, low-latency access to all major cloud service providers, which are natively deployed within its Reston data center campus.

“CoreSite is committed to seeking out the least carbon-intensive energy sources wherever feasible, which in turn supports its customers’ economic goals,” said Paul Szurek, CoreSite’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to support the development of local renewable energy sources in the Northern Virginia market and to take this additional step in CoreSite’s sustainability journey by achieving 100% renewable power at our VA3 data center.”

https://investors.coresite.com/news-releases/news-release-details/coresites-va3-data-center-powered-100-renewable-energy

Microsoft plans two more data centers in Wyoming

Microsoft announced two data centers in Cheyenne, Wyoming -- one in Cheyenne Business Parkway and another in Bison Business Park.

Cheyenne has been home to Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure services since 2012 and this expansion will enable us to continue providing services to current and new customers.

Microsoft said the two new data centers will be built with sustainable design and operations in mind .  The current and new datacenters will use adiabatic cooling, which uses outside air instead of water for cooling when temperatures are below 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This process uses less electricity and up to 90 percent less water than other water-based cooling systems. 

“The growth of the data center industry in Wyoming has been led by Microsoft and it is coming to represent a significant sign of the continued diversification of our economy. I appreciate Microsoft's commitment to Wyoming and thank them for the benefits they have brought to multiple sectors of our economy,” said Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon. “Governor Mead was the inspiration for bringing the first Microsoft Data Center to the state in 2012. The incentives that set this train in motion are working. This is a sector of our growing economy that continues to pick up steam. More and more companies are looking to build in Wyoming in the coming years.”

“Additional datacenters are a great win for Cheyenne and all of Laramie County,” said Cheyenne Mayor Patrick Collins. “With it comes more high tech opportunities, a skilled workforce, and expands upon Microsoft’s existing economic impact to our community.”

Gubitosi steps down as CEO of TIM, Labriola takes over

Luigi Gubitosi has resigned as CEO and General Manager of TIM S.p.A. He remains a member of the Board of Directors and holds 3,957,152 shares in TIM.

TIM's Board also appointed Pietro Labriola as General Manager. Over the last 20 years, Labriola has worked within the TIM Group in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility until he took over global leadership of the Group's activities in Brazil. 

https://www.gruppotim.it/en/press-archive/corporate/2021/PR-CdA-TIM-26112021-en.html


KKR bids $12 billion for Telecom Italia Group

 TIM’s Board of Directors met to discuss a bid from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (“KKR”) to acquire and privatize the company. The offer is for Euro 0.505 per ordinary and/or savings share, the equivalent of about US$12 billion for the group.

The offer is considered provisionary as the companies perform due diligence. A deal would require clearance by key stakeholders in the Italian government and possibly the Brazilian government, as well as by shareholders.

From TIM's recent Q3 investor presentation:




https://www.gruppotim.it/it/investitori/informazioni-regolamentate.html





IDC predicts quantum computing market at $8.6 billion in 2027

International Data Corporation (IDC) published its first forecast for the worldwide quantum computing market, projecting customer spend for quantum computing to grow from $412 million in 2020 to $8.6 billion in 2027. This represents a 6-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50.9% over the 2021-2027 forecast period. The forecast includes core quantum computing as a service as well as enabling and adjacent quantum computing as a service.

IDC also expects investments in the quantum computing market will grow at a 6-year CAGR (2021-2027) of 11.3% and reach nearly $16.4 billion by the end of 2027. This includes investments made by public and privately funded institutions, government spending worldwide, internal allocation (R&D spend) from technology and services vendors, and external funding from venture capitalists and private equity firms.

"For many critical problems, classical computing will run out of steam in the next decade and we will see quantum computing take over as the next generation of performance-intensive computing.", said Peter Rutten, global research lead for performance intensive computing at IDC.

"Advances in quantum computing will be a drumbeat over time with the most distant advances being most relevant to the most complex problems. Organizations should start experimenting now using quantum road maps to guide their quantum journey," added Heather West, senior research analyst, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies Group at IDC.

The IDC report is part of IDC's quantum computing research program, which also includes qualitative and quantitative research focusing on end-user adoption trends, vendor insights and strategies, and quantum computing use cases. IDC's quantum computing research provides insight into the demand-side of cloud-based quantum computing, including preferred technologies and end-user investment, implementation, and adoption strategies, vendor insights, and quantum computing use cases.

https://www.idc.com

Edgecore debuts TIP OpenWiFi 2.x cloud controller

Edgecore Networks introduced the first Telecom Infra Project (TIP) OpenWiFi 2.x cloud controller – ecCLOUD, enabling support for the full range of TIP OpenWiFi hardware devices and software applications.

As one of the early adopters and devoted partners of the Open WiFi ecosystem and tech stack, Edgecore Networks has brought a series of TIP-ready devices to the market. With years of practical experience in commercial cloud controllers, Edgecore Networks contributed the know-how and participated in the CloudSDK 2.0 API function planning. Through CloudSDK 2.0, ISP/Telco/MSPs will be able to unlock the limitations of existing closed network infrastructures, and quickly introduce innovative applications and services through disaggregated networks.

David Hutton, TIP Chief Engineer said: ”TIP’s active collaboration with Wi-Fi industry leaders enables the TIP OpenWiFi ecosystem to meet high end Wi-Fi network requirements. Edgecore’s expertise in cloud controllers has made the OpenWiFi 2.x stack accessible and practical for a wide variety of deployment scenarios.

“Edgecore’s OpenWiFi Solution can provide more flexible network infrastructures and application services for ISP/MSP/Telco’s, and offer the OpenWiFi API interface for software developers, App and SaaS providers, accelerating the development of the OpenWiFi application ecosystem. As one of the TIP partners, Edgecore Networks will keep working with TIP to grow the OpenWiFi ecosystem together.” said Tengtai Hsu, Vice President of Edgecore Networks.

https://www.edge-core.com/news-inquiry.php?cls=1&id=650

Samsung intros three automotive chips

 Samsung Electronics Co. introduced three of its latest automotive chip solutions: the Exynos Auto T5123 for 5G connectivity, the Exynos Auto V7 for in-vehicle infotainment systems, and the ASIL-B certified S2VPS01 power management IC (PMIC) for the Auto V series.

  • Exynos Auto T5123: a 3GPP Release 15 telematics control unit specifically designed to bring 5G in both standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) mode to the next generation of connected cars. It supports downloads of up to 5.1 Gbps, and supports a high speed PCIe (PCI Express) interface and a low-power high-performance LPDDR4x mobile DRAM. In addition, the unit comes with two Cortex-A55 CPU cores and a built-in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) to minimize the use of external ICs and help reduce product development time. 
  • Exynos Auto V7: an automotive-brand processor for in-vehicle infotainment systems. The V7 integrates eight 1.5-gigahertz (GHz) Arm Cortex-A76 CPU cores and 11 Arm Mali G76 GPU cores. The GPU comes in two separate groups, with three cores in the ‘small’ domain for cluster display and AR-HUD, and eight in the ‘big’ domain for central information display (CID) and others. Such physical separation allows the GPU to support multiple systems simultaneously and brings safer operation as it keeps one domain from interfering with another. In addition to its powerful CPU and GPU, the V7 is equipped with an NPU for convenient services such as virtual assistance that can process visual and audio data for face, speech or gesture recognition features. It also offers strong data protection through an isolated security processor for crypto operation and provides a hardware key using a one-time programmable (OTP) or physical unclonable function (PUF). Furthermore, for critical functional safety, the Exynos Auto V7 complies with ASIL-B requirements of safety support for a digital cluster and an embedded safety island that detects and manages faults to maintain a safe state with a fault management unit (FMU). The Exynos Auto V7 is currently in mass production and is being used in Volkswagen’s latest In-Car Application-Server (ICAS) 3.1, developed by LG Electronics’ VS (Vehicle component Solutions) division.
  • S2VPS01 – An ASIL-B Certified Power Management IC for the Exynos Auto V Series

“Smarter and more connected automotive technologies for enriched in-vehicle experiences including entertainment, safety and comfort are becoming critical features on the road,” said Jaehong Park, Executive Vice President of System LSI Custom SOC Business at Samsung Electronics. “With an advanced 5G modem, an AI-enhanced multi-core processor, and a market-proven PMIC solution, Samsung is transfusing its expertise in mobile solutions into its automotive lineup and is positioned to expand its presence within the field.”

http://www.samsung.com/exynos


Sunday, November 28, 2021

AWS re:Invent opens this week - Free Tier increases data transfer allowance

Ahead of this week's AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas,  AWS Free Tier has expanded the amount of outbound data transfers as follows:

Data Transfer from AWS Regions to the Internet is now free for up to 100 GB of data per month (up from 1 GB per region). This includes Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, Elastic Load Balancing, and so forth. The expansion does not apply to the AWS GovCloud or AWS China Regions.

Data Transfer from Amazon CloudFront is now free for up to 1 TB of data per month (up from 50 GB), and is no longer limited to the first 12 months after signup. We are also raising the number of free HTTP and HTTPS requests from 2,000,000 to 10,000,000, and removing the 12 month limit on the 2,000,000 free CloudFront Function invocations per month. The expansion does not apply to data transfer from CloudFront PoPs in China.

AWS also made 2 other significant announcements ahead of its event.

AWS Graviton2 Support for AWS Fargate serverless containers: AWS Graviton2 processors, which are custom-built by AWS using 64-bit Arm Neoverse, are adding support for AWS Fargate with Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS). AWS Fargate is the serverless compute engine for containers on AWS that removes the need to provision, scale, and manage servers. AWS Fargate powered by AWS Graviton2 processors delivers up to 40 percent better price-performance at 20 percent lower cost over comparable Intel x86-based Fargate for containerized applications.

Release 3.0 of the AWS Cloud Adoption Framework (AWS CAF): Serves as a plan for enterprise digital transformation.

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/

EllaLink and Equinix see big performance gain on Brazil-to-Europe route

 Equinix and Ellalink, which recently inaugurated service on its high-capacity cable between Latin America and Europe, report that the new system is delivering a 50% increase in network performance between data centers in Brazil and Portugal and Spain when compared to routes that had to previously transit through North America. 

EllaLink's subsea cable system provides direct connectivity to Equinix’s International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers—SP4 in São Paulo, and LS1 in Lisbon and MD2 in Madrid.

Equinix says subsea cable momentum is rising on its global data center platform. 

According to the 5th annual Equinix Global Interconnection Index (GXI Vol. 5), overall interconnection bandwidth, the measure of private connectivity for the transfer of data between organizations, is forecast to reach 21,485+ Gbps, or 85 zettabytes, per year by 2024, representing a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 44%. 

Diego Matas, Chief Operating Officer, EllaLink, states: "Offering one-hop connections between Latin America and Europe with a 60ms latency is a game changer from a transatlantic latency perspective. During this last months, EllaLink continued working directly with Equinix in order to secure carrier-neutral connections from our PoP locations in Equinix’s data centers and we are now enabling our customers to directly access the rich ecosystems of networks, clouds, and financial and IT service providers that Equinix hosts.”

Jim Poole, Vice President, Business Development, Equinix, states: “More data is being produced and processed today than ever before—and almost every byte of data that moves over the internet touches a subsea cable. As a result, organizations require access to high-capacity, low-latency networks capable of connecting them to data centers across oceans with the highest levels of reliability. This is where Equinix plays a critical role and offers a huge advantage to customers. Any user of a subsea cable network that lands inside one of our global data center termination points has instant, low-latency access to a host of industry ecosystems inside Equinix.”

https://www.equinix.com/newsroom/press-releases/2021/11/ellalink-collaborates-with-equinix-on-first-ever-high-capacity-subsea-cable-between-latin-america-and-europe

EllaLink completes Portugal-Brazil cable, picks Infinera's ICE6 

EllaLink completed the marine installation of its trans-Atlantic cable system between Europe and Latin America.EllaLink has selected Infinera's ICE6 800G coherent technology to light the network, providing a direct single hop transmission path between data centers in each continent. Infinera’s solution will enable EllaLink to offer advanced customer products and services, supporting over 100 Tbps between Portugal and Brazil. Furthermore, the network...

EllaLink's transatlantic cable to deploy acoustic sensor tech

EllaLink, which is building a four-pair subsea cable between Portugal and Brazil, will deploy smart sensor on its cable to provide the scientific community with real-time, accurate and relevant data on seabed conditions. This will make EllaLink the first commercial subsea telecom cable system to integrate SMART cable concepts. The EllaLink GeoLab infrastructure, which will be provided by EllaLink in cooperation with EMACOM, will leverage distributed...

New Atlantic Data Center Hub planned in Portugal

The EllaLink Group and aicep Global Parques – Gestão de Áreas Empresariais e Serviços, unveiled plans for a new "Sines Tech – Innovation & Data Center Hub" in Portugal. The new campus is to be built in the Portuguese port city of Sines, in proximity to the landing station for the new Ellalink subsea cable to Latin America. Diego Matas, Chief Operating Officer of EllaLink, added “I am delighted to announce our collaboration with Global Parks...

EllaLink and Telxius collaborate on Brazil-Portugal subsea cable

The EllaLink Group and Telxius signed a collaboration agreement for international subsea capacity and terrestrial connectivity in Latin America, including cable landing facilities in Fortaleza, Brazil. The complementary infrastructure owned by EllaLink and Telxius will enable European traffic to reach Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and other key cities in Brazil and across Latin America. EllaLink is an open state-of-the-art 4 fiber pair submarine cable...


Allianz commits EUR 1 billion to FTTH in Austria

Allianz Capital Partners reached an agreement with Österreichische Glasfaser-Infrastrukturgesellschaft (öGIG) for the financing of the roll-out of fibre-to-the-home in Austria. 

Allianz will provide around one billion euros of equity for the deployment of fibre in Austria in order to be able to connect through öGIG up to one million households to the fibre optic network by 2030. The deal will make öGIG one of the largest fibre network providers in Austria. 

öGIG is part of Allianz Group and has been operating as a telecommunications infrastructure company in Austria since 2019. The goal is to provide in particular rural regions with fast fibre internet. 

Michael Pfennig, Co-Head of Infrastructure at Allianz Capital Partners (ACP), says: "The Corona pandemic has once again confirmed the importance of fibre. As one of the largest infrastructure investors worldwide, we are delighted to be able to make an important contribution to the digitization in Austria with the long-term pension and insurance capital of our customers and further investors." 

https://www.allianzcapitalpartners.com/en/home/media/news/112621-allianz-invests-one-billion-euros-in-roll-out-of-fibre-network-in-austria

Vodafone employs NB-IoT for cliff monitoring along Jurassic Coast

Vodafone technology is being used by the British Geological Survey (BGS), alongside Bournemouth University, Neutral Networks and Dorset Council, to detect landslides along the UK’s world heritage Jurassic Coast.  

The 155km stretch of British coastline, which is known for paleontological discoveries and is one of only four natural sites across the UK to hold world heritage status, has seen five cliff movements this year alone, including a major landslide in April which saw more than 4,000 tonnes of rubble slip from the cliff face.  Ongoing erosion represents a significant danger to people and buildings as well as threatening the devastation of one of the country’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty.

Vodafone has developed a prototype universal device that can house different types of sensors. The technology is being used initially in two pioneering trials - the coastal cliff monitoring project, and smart farming on local Dorset farms. Sensors developed by Wessex Internet, and installed within the Vodafone device, receive live alerts, data, and insights from around the farm, monitoring real-time agricultural information. This includes the health of the soil, water quality of nearby streams and rivers, and the tracking of cattle and high value machinery. 

https://www.vodafone.com/news/press-release/vodafone-partners-detect-coastal-landslides-support-smart-farms

Nokia and Telia supply private 5G SA for Finnish gold mine

Nokia is working Telia and its partner Digita to deliver a 5G SA private wireless network for Agnico Eagle Finland Oy, which operates the Kittilä mine in northern Finland. 

The Kittilä mine is the largest primary gold producer in Europe and is located 900 km north of Helsinki, and 150 km north of the Arctic circle in the Lapland region of northern Finland.

Nokia said its 5G SA network will support both above and below-ground operations, reaching depths of up to one kilometer. It will cover an extensive tunnel system to connect people, equipment, sensors, devices and vehicles leveraging the low latency capabilities of 5G. The Nokia Modular Private Wireless (MPW) solution will incorporate Nokia 5G RAN AirScale base station technology and critical edge computing capabilities, together with the Nokia Compact Mobility Unit-based 5G core. The network will be deployed in phases and is expected to be completed in October 2022.

Tommi Kankkunen, General Manager of the Kittilä mine, said: “Having already piloted autonomous and remotely controlled machinery in recent years, we chose to work with Nokia, Telia and Digita to deliver capabilities for the next phase of our digital transformation journey. We want to innovate by using the latest technologies and will leverage the Nokia 5G SA private network to enhance operational efficiency and support the highest level of safety for teams working at the mine.”

Stephan Litjens, Head of Enterprise Solutions at Nokia, said: “This is another great example of how collaboration across the ecosystem is essential for developing winning technology solutions to meet productivity, safety and sustainability targets. We are pleased to work with Telia and Digita to deliver our leading 5G standalone private wireless technology and enable new Industry 4.0 use cases for the Kittilä Mine. Nokia industrial private wireless networks provide secure, reliable connectivity to meet the stringent operational demands of today’s mining industry, and 5G enables even greater levels of performance.”

https://www.nokia.com/about-us/news/releases/2021/11/25/nokia-5g-standalone-private-wireless-network-to-support-industry-40-adoption-at-agnico-eagle-finland-mining-operations/

Chile looks to build first fiber cable to Antarctica

The government of Chile has commenced a study on the feasability of a subsea fiber cable between Puerto Williams, Chile and King George Island off the coast of Antarctica.

King George Island is a base for scientific research from several countries, including Chile, Argentina, Brazil, China, South Korea, Russia, and the United States.

The cable would have a length of approximately 1,000 kilometers.


https://www.subtel.gob.cl/desarrollo-pais-subtel-y-gobierno-regional-de-magallanes-firman-convenio-para-impulsar-el-despliegue-del-primer-cable-submarino-antartico/

Subsea cable planned for Chile-NZ-Australia route

Chile's Ministry of Transport & Telecommunications selected a subsea cable route across the South Pacific directly linking to New Zealand and Australia. The proposed 13,180-km route, which was supported by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and the Japan ICT Fund, would offer onward connections to Japan via existing subsea cables. It would also support the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) initiative. A rival trans-Pacific cable proposal...

Huawei Marine to build subsea cable in southern Chile

Chile's Comunicación y Telefonía Rural S.A. (CTR) has retained Huawei Marine to deploy the Fiber Optic Austral (FOA) subsea cable system.

FOA, which will be the southernmost submarine cable in the world, will connect three regions in southern Chile.


Huawei Marine will provide an end-to-end submarine cable solution using its 100G universal platform to provide a seamless optical network architecture between submarine and terrestrial networks. The system has a design capacity of 16 Tbps and a length of 2,800 kilometers. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.


Ericsson and Orange test private 5G with ArcelorMittal in France

ArcelorMittal France, Orange Business Services and Ericsson will test private 4G/5G connectivity at ArcelorMittal's industrial sites in France over the next three years. 5G Steel will enable ArcelorMittal's plants, starting with Dunkirk, followed by Mardyck in Hauts-de-France and Florange in the Grand Est area, to deploy use cases requiring high-speed cellular connectivity.

The project is based on Ericsson's 4G/5G private cellular networks suited for advanced industrial use cases and high-risk sites and Orange Business Services’ integration and support expertise.

The 5G private network will cover all of ArcelorMittal's complex industrial sites, both outdoors and indoors. 

David Glijer, Director of Digital Transformation at Arcelor Mittal France, commented: "ArcelorMittal is firmly committed to its digital transformation and is positioning itself as a leader in the digitalization of the steel industry. In production, maintenance, logistics and development, digital technologies have already begun to transform our processes, increase the reliability of our operations and improve the comfort and safety of our teams. The opening of our two Digital Labs in Dunkirk and soon in Florange is another illustration of ArcelorMittal's desire to create an ecosystem at the crossroads of industry and digital."

Valérie Cussac, Executive Vice President, Smart Mobility Services, Orange Business Services, said: "We are delighted to support ArcelorMittal in its digital transformation project. Within the framework of 5G Steel, we have worked with a use case approach. The project is co-piloted with ArcelorMittal using an agile method based on the collective intelligence of technical and functional experts. In addition, thanks to our dual expertise as an operator-integrator, ArcelorMittal will benefit from this solid private network , allowing maximum and secure critical data performance and improved productivity."


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Stéphane Richard steps down as Chairman and CEO of Orange

Stéphane Richard has resigned as Chairman and CEO of Orange. The company's Board of Directors has accepted his resignation pending the installation of a new governance structure in January. Richard is expected to continue in his role until 31 January 2022.

The resignation follows a verdict reached by the Paris Appeal Court that found Richard guilty of the misuse of public funds. The court announced a one year suspended prison sentence. Richard is expected to appeal the verdict.

In a statement, Orange's Board thanked Richard for his commitment at the helm of Orange for the past 11 years, from restoring an appeased working environment after the social crisis to the transformation of Orange into a leading multi-service operator in Europe and Africa. 


France Telecom Confirms Stephane Richard As Chairman and CEO

The Board of Directors of France Telecom formally confirmed Stephane Richard to the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 March 2011. He replaces Didier Lombard, who has served in these roles since 2005.  

Stéphane Richard, 48, graduated from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales and Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA). In January 2003, Stéphane Richard was appointed as Executive Vice President of Veolia Environnement and Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Transport. From May 2007 to June 2009, Stéphane Richard was Chief of Staff for the French Minister for the Economy, Industry and Employment. Until 2007, he was a board member at France Télécom SA, UGC SA and Nexity SA. 
http://www.francetelecom.com

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Verizon completes acquisition of TracFone for prepaid customers

 Following regulatory approval from the FCC, Verizon completed its $6 billion acquisition of TracFone, the largest reseller of wireless services in the U.S., serving approximately 20 million subscribers through a network of over 90,000 retail locations nationwide. The deal positions Verizon as the leading pre-paid, value and premium wireless carrier.

Verizon paid  Mexico-based América Móvil a closing consideration of US$3.125 billion in cash, subject to customary adjustments, and 57,596,544 shares of Verizon stock. Subject to TracFone continuing to achieve certain operating metrics, Verizon shall pay up to an additional US$650 million cash consideration.


Tracfone has been longtime partner of Verizon and there are currently more than 13 million TracFone subscribers on Verizon’s wireless network through an existing wholesale agreement. The remaining Tracfone customers are served by through other carriers.

“We’re thrilled to welcome TracFone and its employees to the Verizon family and look forward to bringing new products and enhanced services to this attractive segment of the market. Our new premium and value customer base will benefit from the combined organization's offerings—now and in the future,” said Ronan Dunne, CEO, Verizon Consumer Group. “The addition of the TracFone brands firmly establishes Verizon as the provider of choice in the value segment, which complements our clear leadership in the premium segment,” he added.

“For over 25 years, TracFone Wireless, Inc. has provided wireless solutions to value-conscious consumers,” said Eduardo Diaz Corona, CEO TracFone Wireless, Inc. “With the power of Verizon, we will be able to bring innovative offerings and better value to market quicker, allowing us to further our purpose to deliver Coverage & Access For All.” 

https://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-completes-tracfone-wireless-inc-acquisition

DOCOMO solidifies capital structure with JTOWER

DOCOMO plans to acquire part of JTOWER shares held by NTT Corporation and become a shareholder with 2.5% voting rights in the future.

DOCOMO started using the JTOWER's Infra-Sharing solution for its 4G network in 2016 and has expanded the use of the solution nationwide. 

From October 2020, DOCOMO started using 5G IBS at the time JTOWER installed 5G IBS in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as the first 5G Infra-Sharing in Japan, and also began using Smart Poles(2) in the Nishi-Shinjuku area of Tokyo. Both companies have continued to promote the use of Infra-Sharing through these activities.

In addition to considering ways to develop new indoor and outdoor networks and the efficient use of existing towers, the companies will develop an efficient 5G network which will lead to the reduction of capital investments and other costs, power consumption, and installation spaces. Going forward, the companies will aim to realize the early expansion of 5G coverage by promoting Infra-Sharing.

JTOWER has previously announced capital and business alliances with KDDI and Rakuten Mobile.

JTOWER investor presentation - November 2021

https://ssl4.eir-parts.net/doc/4485/ir_material_for_fiscal_ym2/108514/00.pdf

NTT West to sell 71 mobile towers to JTower

NTT West agreed to sell 71 of its owned telecommunications towers to JTOWER. NTT West will then lease back the same facilities.

Under the deal, NTT Group will provide JTOWER and telecommunications companies attracted by JTOWER with optical fiber service required for 5G and NTT's telephone office building spaces required for the installation of telecommunications equipment. In addition, NTT Group will advise to support operations such as construction and maintenance, to contribute to the early development of 5G, and on the optimization of capital expenditures.

https://group.ntt/en/newsrelease/2021/07/08/210708a.html