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."