Saturday, June 19, 2021

Private Mobile Networks resource site

The advent of 5G, accompanied by ongoing buzz and hype from carriers and other vendors in the ecosystem, has piqued enterprise interest in using 5G (and 4G LTE) technology for private networks. Major public mobile vendors are facing competition from other established firms in vying for the private mobile market along with other aggressive start-ups and mid-sized players that have been featured more prominently as of late.

Further, hyperscalers are touting their integration with private mobile networks and hoping to provide enterprises with integrated solutions while mobile network operators and global system integrators are leveraging their assets in spectrum and experience and offering managed private mobile network services.

Given the frenzied level of activity, we're pleased to announce the launch of a series of thought leadership videos and a free, downloadable report from our partner AvidThink

The site features perspectives and insights from industry leaders and innovators like Aarna Networks, Accedian, Aruba, an HPE Company, Celona, EdgeQ, Fortinet, The Linux Foundation, and Qualcomm as well as connectivity providers including Boingo and Orange Business Services. We’ll be rotating in new content periodically from thought leaders, as well as our sponsors and partners, so keep your eye on the site as we bring you the latest insights into private mobile networks.


https://nextgeninfra.io/private-mobile-networks/

Ericsson: Mobile data traffic continues to soar

Mobile network data traffic grew 46 percent between Q1 2020 and Q1 2021, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report.  The extensive study finds that s of mid-year 2021, more than 160 communications service providers have launched 5G services and over 300 5G smartphone models have been announced or launched commercially.  Ericsson predicts there will be over 580 million 5G users worldwide by the end of 2021.

"As societies plan a return to a more normal situation after the pandemic, the need to secure and invest in high-quality digital infrastructure should be on everyone’s agenda as a key component of economic recovery. It’s a good thing, then, that the industry able to deliver on that need is already on its way to doing so," states Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks, Ericsson.

Some highlights from the 36-page report:

  • There are currently around 8 billion mobile subscriptions and this figure is expected to increase to 8.8 billion by the end of
  • 2026, of which 91 percent will be for mobile broadband. 
  • The number of unique mobile subscribers is projected to grow from 5.9 billion in Q1 2021 to 6.5 billion by the end of the forecast period.
  • Over 70 percent of all service providers are now offering fixed wireless access (FWA) services and connections are forecast to exceed 180 million by the end of 2026, accounting for more than 20 percent of total mobile network data traffic globally.
  • In 2026, 5G networks will carry more than half of the world’s smartphone traffic.
  • Mobile network data traffic grew 46 percent between Q1 2020 and Q1 2021.

The full report is available for download.

https://www.ericsson.com/49cd40/assets/local/mobility-report/documents/2021/june-2021-ericsson-mobility-report.pdf

Google Cloud expands its network edge ecosystem

Google Cloud has added more than 20 new partners to its network edge ecosystem, bringing the program to over 50 partners. 

The partner solutions leverage Google Cloud services and capabilities including Anthos, for use cases like video analytics and smart surveillance, edge data storage infrastructure, artificial intelligence, as well as network management and control. Anthos acts as a consistent platform to deliver these solutions to the network edge.

New Google Cloud partners include:

  • AirHop Communications will provide its real-time, AI and ML-driven 4G/5G RAN automation and optimization solutions on Google Cloud, helping communications service providers deliver greater spectral efficiency and improved end-user experiences, while helping to reduce costs.
  • Arrikto will deliver its MLOps platform on Google Cloud, helping teams bring models to market more quickly, and deploy ML to the network edge with Anthos and Kubeflow.
  • BitBrew, a Danlaw company, will deliver its Cognitive Edge Compute and 5G Connectivity solutions on Google Cloud, simplifying the connectivity and management of edge devices with Data, OTA (Over The Air) & Analytics services for mobility and smart city initiatives.
  • CARTO will bring its cloud-native geospatial platform to the edge on Google Cloud, enabling communications service providers to accelerate spatial analysis and application development by leveraging data at the network edge, Google BigQuery, and CARTO’s Spatial Extension.
  • Casa Systems is bringing its cloud-native 5G Core with ultra-low latency and multi-gigabit edge computing services to Google Cloud, helping communications service providers reduce end-to-end transport costs and converging mobile and fixed broadband user experiences at the service edge.
  • Ciena will deliver its Adaptive Network and network automation software on Google Cloud, providing secure, high-speed, and elastic connectivity between customers and Google’s edge network.
  • FogHorn is bringing its Lightning Edge Platform and Solutions to Google Cloud, with native integrations providing edge-to-cloud AI and ML services, model retraining and auto publishing to FogHorn edge nodes.
  • F5 will deliver its BIG-IP, NGINX, Shape, and Volterra solutions on Google Cloud, extending secure application delivery, insights, and scale for any edge environment.
  • Highway9 Networks, Inc. will deliver its 5G-ready edge cloud solutions for enterprises on Google Cloud.
  • Keysight will provide its Edge-to-Core test solutions for O-RAN and 5G Core to help customers quickly validate new, cloud-native technologies and will deliver its comprehensive systems analysis capabilities to ensure end-to-end performance and operational efficiency.
  • Kognition AI, a provider of enterprise cyber-physical threat detection systems, will deliver its patented AI software on Google Cloud, helping customers improve operations, increase security, and lower costs.
  • Leverege will deliver its low-cost, massive-scale enterprise IoT solutions for asset tracking, remote monitoring, workflow optimization, and process automation on Google Cloud, with edge use cases across multiple industries.
  • NetApp will help customers manage and access data at the edge by delivering its edge storage infrastructure on Google Cloud.
  • NXN will offer its smart digital services integration and delivery platform, as well as its Command and Insights platform on Google Cloud, providing seamless access to its smart city control platform at the edge.
  • Phenix Real Time Solutions will bring its real-time streaming platform to Google Cloud, enabling customers to deliver broadcast quality content with sub-second latency at a global scale.
  • Prosimo.io will bring its cloud-native Application eXperience Infrastructure to the edge on Google Cloud, helping enable secure and optimized access to applications for users, and simplifying operations and application delivery for businesses.
  • Quantiphi Inc. will deploy its intelligent video analytics and low-latency edge AI solutions on Google Cloud, enabling smart surveillance, improved customer experience, and intelligent operations for 5G service providers and enterprises.
  • Section, an Edge as a Service provider, will apply its capabilities in infrastructure provisioning, workload orchestration, scaling, monitoring, and traffic routing to Google Cloud, helping customers accelerate their edge strategies.
  • Sigmoid will deliver its open-source, real-time analytics and custom-AI solutions for enterprise customers on Google Cloud.
  • Vapor IO will bring its edge-to-edge automation, intelligent colocation, networking, and interconnection services to customers via Google Cloud, helping enable seamless, high-performance delivery of applications to the network edge.
  • VoltDB is bringing its 5G- and IoT-optimized data platform to Google Cloud, empowering companies to deliver game-changing applications that unlock new revenue streams or prevent revenue loss through single-digit millisecond contextual decisioning.
  • ZEDEDA will provide its zero-trust, cloud-based orchestration solution for distributed edge computing to help Google Cloud customers securely scale deployments of any edge application including AI/ML on choice of hardware.

https://cloud.google.com/blog/topics/anthos/expanding-partner-solutions-at-the-network-edge

Verizon wins $495m contract to manage Defense Research Network

Verizon Public Sector was awarded a $495 million contract by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to deliver a next-generation, high-bandwidth, low-latency, Layer 2 wide area network in support of critical research. 

Verizon’s solution includes switch, router, firewall and Edge Compute capabilities, connecting 200 different Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) laboratories and High Performance Computing (HPC) locations at speeds up to 400 Gbps. 


“Investments across Verizon’s enterprise business enable the kind of tailored solutions our team will deliver to the U.S. Department of Defense and the Defense Research and Engineering Network,” said Jennifer Chronis, Senior Vice President for Public Sector at Verizon. “Our managed services solutions will create a next-generation user experience for research teams utilizing the DREN platform while also enhancing security across the network.”

https://www.verizon.com/about/news/us-dept-defense-awards-verizon-495m-contract

Google Cloud launches IonQ's quantum computing

Quantum computers from IonQ, a start-up specializing in trapped-ion quantum computing, are now available from Google Cloud Marketplace.

IonQ’s recently unveiled a 32 qubit system that boasts an average two-qubit gate fidelity of 99.9%, random access, all-to-all gate operations, and an expected quantum volume greater than 4,000,000.

IonQ's design leverages a linear ion trap that uses tiny electrodes precisely designed, lithographed, and controlled to produce electromagnetic forces to hold ions in place. The company says that because qubits aren't connected by physical wires, every qubit can interact with every other with no intermediary steps. The company has previously disclosed plans to develop modular quantum computers small enough to be networked together in 2023, which could pave the way for broad quantum advantage by 2025.

“We’re thrilled to make our hardware available for purchase on the Google Cloud Marketplace, and we can’t wait to see the different workloads that developers start running,” said Peter Chapman, CEO & President of IonQ. “This partnership expands the availability and use of quantum computing ten-fold and brings us that much closer to the first killer quantum application.”

“With availability on the Google Cloud Marketplace, IonQ is making its solution accessible to more customers and developers,” said Amy Bray, Global Head, Google Cloud Marketplace. “We’re committed to making it easy for customers to access, subscribe to, and benefit from partner solutions via our Marketplace, and look forward to working with IonQ.”

https://ionq.com/

  • IonQ recently entered into a merger agreement with dMY Technology Group to go public at an expected valuation of $2 billion.
  • IonQ’s 11 qubit system is also available via the cloud on both Amazon Braket and Microsoft Azure. 
  • IonQ's co-founders, Jungsang Kim and Chris Monroe, were recently named to the White House’s National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee (NQIAC).
  • IonQ was founded in 2015 by Chris Monroe and Jungsang Kim with $2 million in seed funding from New Enterprise Associates. The company licensed core technology from the University of Maryland and Duke University. 
  • IonQ has also received funding from GV, Amazon Web Services, Samsung, and Mubadala.

Nokia deploys 5G in Denmark for Telenor/Telia


Nokia is the exclusive supplier of 5G RAN in Denmark for TTN, the joint venture network from Telenor and Telia.

TTN is Denmark's largest mobile network with more than 4,300 sites. The merger between the two networks first began in 2012 with both companies each owning 50 percent of the network. It provides customers with better coverage, capacity, and quality, as well as reducing the companies' overall CO2 footprint.

Thomas Kj√¶rsgaard, CEO of Telia Denmark, commented: “The 5G network supports the increasing need for data and advanced communication solutions in Denmark. With the modernization of the network, we are making a significant investment in and upgrade of the vital Danish telecoms infrastructure. A strong network is the foundation for our continued work to support the digitalization of Denmark, the development of our economy, innovation, and sustainable solutions for the future."


Lars Thomsen, CEO of Telenor Denmark, said: “As with everything else we do, our rollout is based on how we create the most real value for our customers. With our nationwide network rollout, Danes will experience higher speeds and better coverage in both urban and peri-urban areas. Specifically, the 5G upgrades will mean twice the speeds in densely populated areas and significant improvements across the country."


KDDI tests Nokia’s Liquid Cooling baseband solution

KDDI is conducting a trial using Nokia's unique Liquid Cooling AirScale Baseband solution.

Nokia says its solution can reduce its baseband cooling system energy consumption by more than 70 percent compared to traditional gas coolant-based air-cooling solutions.


KDDI is also trialing Nokia’s Nokia AVA for Energy Efficiency solution which applies AI to support the challenge of rising energy consumption in networks.  The solution helps to reduce overall energy bills by up to 20 percent, according to the company.

John Lancaster-Lennox, Head of Market Unit Japan at Nokia, said: “This trial is another milestone in Nokia’s commitment to sustainability and combatting climate change. Nokia was the first vendor to introduce this game-changing liquid cooling solution which supports operators in their quest to be more environmentally responsible while allowing them to achieve significant cost savings.”