Showing posts with label ADVA. Show all posts
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

ADVA supports 5G-PICTURE railway testbed

ADVA demonstrated Europe’s first 5G rail deployment that delivered multi-Gbps connectivity to fast-moving trains.

The demo was conducted by ADVA, Blu Wireless Technology, CNIT, COMSA Industrial and the local railway operator and infrastructure manager, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC).

Deployed across three stations of the FGC network in Barcelona, the 5G-PICTURE railway testbed interconnected a variety of end-user devices and compute resources using the most advanced optical and wireless network technologies. The deployment used ADVA’s G.metro passive optical technology and FSP 150 edge aggregation solution. Millimeter wave (mmWave) access points (APs) were used to maintain track-to-train connectivity as well as programmable mobility functions for seamless onboard services. The APs were connected to passive WDM add/drop nodes built with ADVA’s low-latency G.metro system and each mmWave AP was capable of dedicated 10Gbit/s connectivity. All the traffic from the trackside was further aggregated to the railway operator’s core network based on ADVA’s 100Gbit/s Ethernet aggregation technology.

“With this demo, we’ve presented the blueprints for the future of rail telecommunication networks. We’ve shown how a combined optical and microwave 5G architecture can carry both critical and non-critical communications, dramatically simplifying deployments and delivering significant cost reduction,” said Jim Zou, senior engineer, advanced technology, ADVA. “Unlike traditional railway telecommunication networks that rely on separate infrastructures, what we’ve proposed with this demo is a unified, automated network able to support every application and prevent service interruptions. It delivers high-bandwidth internet access to passengers on the move, while also providing train operators with driver-to-control connectivity, access to surveillance cameras and mission-critical onboard applications. Now a single 5G network can provide all telco services for train companies, freight operators and passengers.”

“This project is about completely transforming on-train connectivity for the digitalization strategy of the railway sector. It’s about providing massive high-quality wireless capacity to trains to enable cloud-based applications that improve performance and security in the railway sector. It’s also about being able to support new business and passenger applications,” said Manuel Alfageme, head of smart systems innovation, COMSA Industrial. “At COMSA, we have a formidable record of leading the way with rail innovation. By jointly demonstrating the technical and commercial viability of this technology in a live operational environment, we’re showing train operators and railway infrastructure managers that open, scalable and agile 5G networks are now possible in the railway vertical. The time has come for a new generation of integrated railway infrastructure.”

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Poland's PLAY deploys ADVA's timing solution for 5G-ready network

PLAY, the leading mobile phone network in Poland with over 15 million subscribers, has deployed ADVA's Oscilloquartz timing solution to provide LTE Advanced services throughout Poland and prepare its network for 5G.

The PTP grandmaster with dual integrated GNSS antenna enables Play delivers resilient and accurate Precision Time Protocol (PTP) frequency and phase synchronization. PLAY is migrating its radio access network from GNSS RF antennas and coax cables to standard copper and fiber Ethernet cabling. ADVA’s long-term partner NAVI also played a key role in the project.

“This deployment is about taking our RAN infrastructure to the next level. ADVA’s versatile and compact devices are easy to install in a wide range of outdoor locations. And, with low-touch provisioning and power over Ethernet, installation is even simpler and more cost-effective,” said Michał Ziółkowski, CTO, Play. “This solution delivers the extremely precise timing required for next-generation connectivity. With the OSA 5405 ensuring accurate and robust phase synchronization, we can offer unique LTE Advanced services and prepare for the 5G future.”


Thursday, December 5, 2019

ADVA leads OptiCON project for next gen optical transport

ADVA is leading a research project funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) focused on next-generation optical transport capacity.

The OptiCON project will explore unused optical spectrum beyond the C-and L-bands, new fiber types, novel transmission schemes, as well as advanced monitoring and SDN control.

“This project couldn’t be more vital. With optical transmission approaching the Shannon Limit and continual increases in per-channel speeds slowly coming to an end, we’re looking at disruptive ways to expand network capacity in the future. By using untapped spectrum, we can maximize the value of dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) networks and tackle soaring data demand from cloud, video and mobile,” said Annika Dochhan, principal engineer, advanced technology, ADVA and OptiCON project lead. “OptiCON is about engineering the next-generation of transport networks and empowering operators to keep pace with the exponential traffic growth they are facing. It builds on everything we’ve achieved with our FSP 3000 open line system (OLS) and TeraFlex™ terminal technology, which ensures lowest cost per bit for any network. Now with OptiCON we’re taking fiber transmission to the next level.”

ADVA says that by working to overcome longstanding technical and economic hurdles, OptiCON is enabling operators to exploit much more of the available fiber bandwidth and therefore carry more bits per second. This will be achieved through a combination of technical innovations, including advanced amplifiers, improved fibers, novel transceivers, and new techniques for monitoring and control. The three-year ADVA-led project involves the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI, highstreet technologies, the Technical University of Munich and VPIphotonics.

“Our work in OptiCON is focused on the physical layer and developing optical telemetry. This is crucial to enabling the fine-grained data signal adjustments needed for full capacity optimization,” commented Ronald Freund, head of photonic networks and systems, Fraunhofer HHI. “As a leading research institute for optical transport technology, we have a key role to play in developing the digital society. Working with ADVA and the other partners at the center of this cutting-edge project is very exciting. Together we’re developing the technology that will form the building blocks of tomorrow’s networks.”

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Citynet deploys ADVA ALM fiber monitoring

Citynet has deployed the ADVA ALM fiber monitoring solution in its backbone network in western Austria. Built on the ADVA FSP 3000 platform and FSP 150 multi-layer edge technology, the regional backbone network is fully protected by round-the-clock service-agnostic monitoring and managed by ADVA’s Ensemble Controller. Citynet can instantly and precisely locate breaks that could threaten mission-critical services. Technical support and maintenance is provided by ADVA’s partner Componet.

“The ADVA ALM enables our repair teams to quickly detect and pinpoint any degradation in our fiber plant. It means no more wasted hours on futile site visits. With proactive maintenance we can also resolve many more issues before services are affected so that outages can be avoided altogether. In fact, the ADVA ALM is so effective that we expect the amortization within the coming months,” said Manuel Kofler, head of IT division, Citynet. “This simple device helps us deliver unbeatable performance and increase the value of our SLAs. Yet it’s the boost to sustainability that makes the ADVA ALM valuable both now and in the future. Reducing truck rolls is key to tackling our carbon footprint and protecting our environment in the long term.”

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

ADVA supplies 5G network timing for U.S. operator

A major U.S. communication service provider is deploying ADVA's timing technology to synchronize national 5G services. The name of the carrier was not disclosed.

The operator is using ADVA's OSA 5420 Series of grandmaster clocks with GPS receivers to deliver highly accurate and reliable phase and frequency synchronization to the edge of its network, enhancing LTE connectivity and enabling mass 5G rollout. The OSA 5420 provides fully assured PTP timing and extended holdover performance, removing vulnerability to GPS outages.

“Our synchronization technology is ideal to support these new 5G services. As a source of phase and frequency timing, our OSA 5420 Series meets the stringent accuracy requirements that Tier 1 carriers need to take their spectrum utilization to new levels,” said Nir Laufer, senior director, product line management, Oscilloquartz. “With its extended holdover, our OSA 5420 helps to ensure next-generation services that are not only extremely fast but also reliable and resilient. It empowers this major American CSP to deliver the benefits of 5G connectivity to mobile, residential and enterprise customers right across the country.”

https://www.adva.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/20191203-adva-timing-technology-synchronizes-major-us-5g-network

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Malaysia's YTL deploys ADVA's Oscilloquartz synchronization

YTL Communications Sdn Bhd, which operates a 4G network with nationwide population coverage across Malaysia, has deployed ADVA's Oscilloquartz synchronization technology to support the nationwide rollout of LTE-Advanced services.

YTL Communications’ new synchronization network is built on the OSA 5410 and OSA 5420 Series, a family of cost-effective, mid-scale synchronization distribution and assurance devices. Following a toolbox approach, this technology can be utilized in a variety of network timing applications, including IEEE 1588v2 grandmaster, boundary clock, slave clock and assisted partial timing support. Engineered for deployment in a wide range of locations, the OSA 5410 and 5420 range enables YTL Communications to efficiently distribute synchronization from the network edge. Integrated Syncjack™ technology, which continually monitors synchronization performance while in service, enhances the robustness of the solution. ADVA’s Malaysian partner Preciso Technology Sdn Bhd also played a key role from conducting PoC trials to supporting the installation.

ADVA’s Precision Time Protocol (PTP) grandmaster clocks and GNSS receivers provide sub-microsecond accuracy.

“YTL Communications understand that the only way to keep pace with customer demand is by leveraging the latest innovation. With our highly scalable, ultra-precise timing solution, it now has the power to bring 4G LTE and broadband to every corner of Malaysia and offer better quality SLAs to its enterprise clients,” commented Anil Kumar Reddy, senior director, business development, APAC, Oscilloquartz. “What makes our technology ideal for this project is its small footprint and flexibility. Our OSA 5410 and 5420 Series remove much of the cost and complexity of small cell deployment, giving YTL Communications the freedom to upgrade synchronization in the parts of the access network that need it. By working closely with YTL Communications’ team and our partner Preciso Technology Sdn BhdD, we’ve made sure that the transition has been extremely smooth and very successful.”

http://www.oscilloquartz.com

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Finnish University and Research Network deploys ADVA's FSP 3000 OLS

CSC – IT Center for Science, which operates the Finnish University and Research Network (FUNET), has deployed ADVA's FSP 3000 open line system (OLS) to support speeds up to 200G.
The fully redundant network leverages ADVA’s QuadFlex transponders and ultra-flexible ROADM technology. Continual, real-time assurance is provided by ADVA’s ALM fiber monitoring solution. The network is also ready to expand to 400G, ensuring that it will satisfy the needs of Finland’s research and education (R&E) community both now and in years to come.

“ADVA’s open, future-proof technology empowers us to support the ambitions of Finland’s researchers, educators and students. They need constant access to high-bandwidth applications and enhanced data sharing. With this network, we can deliver fast, always-on services in a flexible and highly efficient way,” said Matti Laipio, development manager, FUNET network, CSC – IT Center for Science. “Our new solution connects more than 80 organizations with each other, with other Nordic R&E transport networks, and with the world. It also offers researchers rapid access to the high-performance supercomputer in Kajaani. What makes this deployment so valuable, though, is that it provides superb capacity while also enabling an easy route to further expansion. With the inherent scalability of the modular FSP 3000 OLS, we know we’ll be able to continue to meet the demands of learners and scientists.”

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

ADVA demos 1200 Gbps transmission with PSNC

At this week's SC19 in Denver, ADVA demonstrated its 1200Gbit/s optical channel transmission in collaboration with Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC), which is affiliated to the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The demo leverages the ADVA FSP 3000 TeraFlex terminal using fractional QAM capabilities to boost fiber utilization and channel capacity, TeraFlex will carry 1200Gbit/s channels in a 150GHz window or 800Gbit/s channels in a 100GHz window, delivering an industry-leading spectral efficiency of 8bit/s/Hz. These figures set a new benchmark for a commercially available product. The ADVA FSP 3000 TeraFlex has now been shipping for several months.

“As we approach the Shannon Limit, our compact and open FSP 3000 TeraFlex provides an entirely new route to network capacity expansion. This demo reveals how operators can enhance optical paths and reduce cost per bit right now,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA.

“Terabit channels are fast becoming essential. Our network enables Europe’s scientific community to share huge data sets and access the most advanced supercomputing applications. But empowering those researchers to stay at the forefront of discovery requires a new level of reach and spectral efficiency. With this demo, we’re showing how mission-critical long-haul networks like ours, which are not fiber-rich, can meet unprecedented data demand,” commented Artur Binczewski, director, Network Division, PSNC.

https://adva.li/sc19-slides

Monday, November 18, 2019

Austria's conova deploys ADVA OLS for DCI

conova, one of Austria’s leading IT service providers, has deployed the ADVA FSP 3000 open line system (OLS) with ConnectGuard Optical encryption for secure, high-capacity transport between data centers.

The fully redundant infrastructure supports 100Gbps Carrier Ethernet as well as 32Gbps Gen 6 Fibre Channel, a key requirement for the most advanced enterprise storage services. ADVA said its ALM fiber assurance technology, the new DCI network also enables rapid repair times and improves performance. The infrastructure is protected by ConnectGuard Optical for network encryption at the lowest network layer. The network is assured by the ADVA ALM fiber monitoring solution, which provides real-time information on fiber integrity for fast failure detection and short repair cycles. As the first platform on the market to achieve mainframe qualification for Gen 6 Fibre Channel transport, the ADVA FSP 3000 enables conova to make the leap to 32Gbps Fibre Channel and maximize the performance of flash-enhanced data storage in its facilities.

“In recent years, we’ve grown rapidly as our customers’ businesses have expanded. ADVA’s technology enables us to meet new levels of demand for high-security, high-availability cloud and storage services in a way that also supports further growth in the future. With the ability to transport the most advanced low-latency 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel services, our new network also empowers us to realize the full value of our state-of-the-art data centers,” said Stefan Kaltenbrunner, CSO, conova. “Our new fully redundant network is key to our mission of delivering the optimal IT infrastructure for every business. It helps us provide our customers with fast access to their mission-critical data around the clock as well as the peace of mind that comes from knowing that it’s safe and secure.”

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

ADVA ships disaggregated cell site gateway for TIP

ADVA announced the commercial readiness of its disaggregated cell site gateway (DCSG) solution at this week's Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Summit.

The integrated white box is powered by ADVA’s Ensemble Activator network operating system (NOS) and has been engineered to TIP’s white box gateway specifications.. ADVA provides installation, commissioning and monitoring services for rapid network deployment.

“This is a landmark moment for mobile networks. Now that MNOs can leverage our DCSG solution as a simple and complete answer for evolving their infrastructure to 5G, the shackles are off. We’re empowering them to roll out widespread small cell networks in a way that’s simple, affordable and future-proof. Our technology and complete service bundle make the transition easy so that MNOs are free to focus instead on the business opportunities that 5G offers,” said Eli Angel, VP, product line management, Ethernet access, ADVA. “This TIP demo also highlights the value of openness and disaggregation in mobile networks. By enabling software to be separated from hardware, we’re giving operators the freedom to select the ideal technology combination for their needs and harness the latest and greatest innovation.”

Monday, November 4, 2019

ADVA debuts multi-band GNSS receiver for 5G

ADVA launched a modular multi-band Global Navigation Satellite Signal (GNSS) receiver for ePRTC and PRTC-B synchronization in 5G networks.

ADVA said its solution is engineered to overcome ionospheric delay variation that causes timing inaccuracy, enabling communication service providers (CSPs) and enterprises to deliver nanosecond precision. Previously, this was achieved with expensive, rubidium clocks.

The multi-band, multi-constellation GNSS receiver card plugs into ADVA’s OSA 5430 and OSA 5440, advanced core grandmaster clocks able to support PTP, NTP and SyncE over multiple 1Gbit/s and 10Gbit/s Ethernet interfaces. This enables network operators to meet the requirements of the ITU’s stringent PRTC-B specifications and support the most advanced 5G applications.

“Our new multi-band GNSS receiver is a major milestone for network synchronization. For the first time, operators can harness a solution with multi-band GNSS capabilities combined with our core devices, which can deliver line rates up to 10Gbit/s and support ePRTC levels of timing accuracy,” said Gil Biran, general manager, Oscilloquartz. “Our modular technology offers a way to enhance equipment in the field, achieve PRTC-B levels of timing and improve the timing accuracy of ePRTC. All that’s required is a simple antenna upgrade. Then our multi-band solution can be plugged into the available slot of our OSA 5430 or OSA 5440 for the nanosecond accuracy that will be key to the services of tomorrow. And, as enhanced availability is also essential for emerging applications, the new technology features unrivalled jamming and spoofing detection capabilities combined with our centralized AI-powered GNSS assurance suite.”

https://www.adva.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/20191104-adva-introduces-multi-band-gnss-receiver-for-5g-timing-accuracy

Monday, October 28, 2019

ADVA supplies its Oscilloquartz synchronization to Chilean service provider

One of Chile’s largest communication service providers (CSPs) is using ADVA's Oscilloquartz synchronization technology to roll out LTE Advanced (LTE-A) connectivity across the country and prepare for 5G.

ADVA's OSA 5430 Series and OSA 5410 Series of PTP grandmaster clocks and GNSS receivers deliver stringent phase synchronization in the core and in the access network, enabling the company to address rapidly rising customer demand for premium services such as high-definition video streaming. The network is being installed by ADVA’s long-term partner Sistemas de Instrumentación Ltda.

“Being selected to transform the sync network of another of Chile’s key CSPs highlights the unique benefits of our grandmaster clocks and GNSS receiver portfolio. With high-quality oscillators guaranteeing unbeatable holdover and the continual assurance of in-service sync with our built-in probes, our technology offers the most complete and comprehensive solution for advanced timing in telecom networks. It will generate value for years to come,” said Gil Biran, general manager, Oscilloquartz. “Our mission is to provide exceptional service to all of our customers. With our technology and ongoing support, we’re empowering another major company to reshape Chile’s telecommunication landscape, reaching more people than ever while continuing to deliver unrivalled quality of service.”

"We work closely with our partner ADVA to deliver world-class technology that ensures unbeatable quality and availability. Their Oscilloquartz grandmasters are the most advanced timing solutions on the market. Ideal for distributing ultra-precise, incredibly reliable phase and time-of-day information, these devices are now providing the heartbeat of another of Chile’s leading CSPs,” commented Danor Quinteros, CEO, Sistemas de Instrumentación Ltda. “One of the crucial elements of this deployment was bringing synchronization close to the end user where it’s most needed. The compact and feature-rich OSA 5410 devices in the access network and the high-capacity OSA 5430 in the core infrastructure will be key to delivering ever-faster speeds and latency-sensitive applications.”

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Blueprint column: Stop the intruders at the door!

by Prayson Pate, CTO, Edge Cloud, ADVA

Security is one of the biggest concerns about cloud computing. And securing the cloud means stopping intruders at the door by securing its onramp – the edge. How can edge cloud can be securely deployed, automatically, at scale, over public internet?

The bad news is that it’s impossible to be 100% secure, especially when you bring internet threats into the mix.

The good news is that we can make it so difficult for intruders that they move on to easier targets. And we can ensure that we contain and limit the damage if they do get in.

To achieve that requires an automated and layered approach. Automation ensures that policies are up to date, passwords and keys are rotated, and patches and updates are applied. Layering means that breaching one barrier does not give the intruder the keys to the kingdom. Finally, security must be designed in – not tacked on as an afterthought.

Let’s take a closer look at what edge cloud is, and how we can build and deliver it, securely and at scale.

Defining and building the edge cloud

Before we continue with the security discussion, let’s talk about what we mean by edge cloud.

Edge cloud is the delivery of cloud resources (compute, networking, and storage) to the perimeter of the network and the usage of those resources for both standard compute loads (micro-cloud) as well as for communications infrastructure (uCPE, SD-WAN, MEC, etc.), as shown below.
For maximum utility, we must build edge cloud in a manner consistent with public cloud. For many applications that means using standard open source components such as Linux, KVM and OpenStack, and supporting both virtual machines and containers.

One of the knocks against OpenStack is its heavy footprint. A standard data center deployment for OpenStack includes one or more servers for the OpenStack controller, with OpenStack agents running on each of the managed nodes.

It’s possible to optimize this model for edge cloud by slimming down the OpenStack controller and running it the same node as the managed resources. In this model, all the cloud resources – compute, storage, networking and control – reside in the same physical device. In other words, it’s a “cloud in a box.” This is a great model for edge cloud, and gives us the benefits of a standard cloud model in a small footprint.

Security out of the box

Security at an edge cloud starts when the hosting device or server is installed and initialized. We believe that the best way to accomplish this is with secure zero-touch provisioning (ZTP) of the device over public IP.

The process starts when an unconfigured server is delivered to an end user. Separately, the service provider sends a digital key to the end user. The end user powers up the server and enters the digital key. The edge cloud software builds a secure tunnel from the customer site to the ZTP server, and delivers the security key to identify and authenticate the edge cloud deployment. This step is essential to prevent unauthorized access if the hosting server is delivered to the wrong location. At that point, the site-specific configuration can be applied using the secure tunnel.

The secure tunnel doesn’t go away once the ZTP process completes. The management and orchestration (MANO) software uses the management channel for ongoing control and monitoring of the edge cloud. This approach provides security even when the connectivity is over public IP.

Security on the edge cloud

One possible drawback to the distributed compute resources and interface in an edge cloud model is an increased attack surface for hackers. We must defend edge cloud nodes with layered security at the device, including:
• Application layer – software-based encryption of data plane traffic at Layers 2, 3, or 4 as part of platform, with the addition of third-party firewall/UTM as a part of the service chain
• Management layer – two-factor authentication at customer site with encryption of management and user tunnels
• Virtualization layer – safeguard against VM escape (protecting one VM from another, and prevention of rogue management system connectivity to hypervisor) and VNF attestation via checksum validation
• Network layer – Modern encryption along with Layer 2 and Layer 3 protocols and micro-segmentation to separate management traffic from user traffic, and to protect both

Security of the management software

Effective automation of edge cloud deployments requires sophisticated MANO software, including the ZTP machinery. All of this software must be able to communicate with the managed edge cloud nodes, and do so securely. This means the use of modern security gateways to both protect the MANO software, as well as to provide the secure management tunnels for connectivity.

But that’s not enough. The MANO software should support scalable deployments and tenancy. Scalability should be built using modern techniques so that tools like load balancers can be used to support scaleout. Tenancy is a useful tool to separate customers or regions and to contain security breaches.

Security is an ongoing process

Hackers aren’t standing still, and neither can we. We must perform ongoing security scans of the software to ensure that vulnerabilities are not introduced. We must also monitor the open source distributions and apply patches as needed. A complete model would include:
Automated source code verification by tools such as Protecode and Black Duck
Automated functional verification by tools such as Nessus and OpenSCAP
Monitoring of vulnerability within open source components such as Linux and OpenStack
Following recommendations from the OpenStack Security Group (OSSG) to identify security vulnerabilities and required patches
Application of patches and updates as needed

Build out the cloud, but secure it

The move to the cloud means embracing multi-cloud models, and that should include edge cloud deployments for optimization of application deployment. But ensuring security at those distributed edge cloud nodes means applying a security in an automated and layered approach. There are tools and methods to realize this approach, but it takes discipline and dedication to do so.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

ADVA posts revenues of EUR 144.3 million, up 14% yoy

ADVA reported quarterly revenues of EUR 144.3 million, up 14.4% year-over-year, and pro forma operating income of EUR 7.4 million (5.1% of revenues).

Revenues for Q3 2019 were in the upper range of the guidance corridor the company provided on July 25, 2019, of between EUR 135 million and EUR 145 million.

“In the third quarter of the fiscal year, our revenues continued to develop very positively, and we are satisfied with the overall order entry,” commented Uli Dopfer, CFO, ADVA. “Both of our two key metrics were at the upper end of our guidance range, and year-over-year we increased revenues significantly by 14.4%. Somewhat challenging, on the other hand, are the negative effects of US trade policy on our business. As such, we’ve taken several measures to counteract the impact of this trade conflict. These include the relocation of production from China, proactive material purchasing and rapid transfer of pre-engineered subsystems, as well as tightening the control of operational costs. These measures are partly associated with one-time costs but will sustainably support us in terms of the positive development of our profitability.”

“We’ve made significant progress across all of our strategic product groups in Q3. As a result, customer demand for our technology continues to accelerate,” said Brian Protiva, CEO, ADVA. “Our new FSP 3000 TeraFlex™ terminal is truly industry-leading. It provides open, scalable and programmable optical transmission technology that delivers the lowest cost per bit. With these features, it's no surprise that this product is testing so strongly with our customers. Our FSP 150 packet edge solutions combined with our Ensemble software suite is also drawing strong customer reaction and is playing a pivotal role in the development of new open networking concepts such as edge computing. What’s more, our NFV software continues to grow in strength and customer wins are rapidly accelerating. And last but not least, the positive revenue development of our Oscilloquartz synchronization solutions continues to gather momentum. So much so, we expect to exceed our good 2018 results in this area in the current financial year.”

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Colt's enhanced uCPE delivers NFV to enterprises

Colt Technology Services announced its enhanced universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) solution, which brings the benefits of Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) to enterprises. The expanded functionality provides a network operating system and hosting environment for Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), such as SD-WAN and firewalls, all running on standard off-the-shelf servers, with both provider-managed and customer-managed NFV applications being run on this platform.

Colt’s Vice President Product Portfolio, Peter Coppens said: “By enhancing our uCPE offering we are aligning Colt with the future of networking. This approach allows us to deliver virtualised services from the broadest range of suppliers under end-user control. It will also enable Colt to achieve faster product development, cost savings and operational efficiency.

Colt’s uCPE utilises ADVA’s Ensemble Connector as the virtualisation platform and offers a host of VNFs, supporting multiple network functions, such as SD WAN and firewalls.




ADVA advances its Ensemble Suite for NFV with zero-touch capabilities

Ensemble, a division of ADVA, launched a major new release of its network functions virtualization (NFV) platform with a focus on reducing deployment and operations complexity for network operators. The suite includes the Ensemble Orchestrator, Ensemble Director, Ensemble Connector.

New management and orchestration (MANO) capabilities enable service providers to roll out secure virtualized services at scale by using pre-packaged designs. Better design simplifies integration into higher level OSS, BSS or portal systems, which leads to faster deployment of services at scale with less-trained staff.

The company said the new capabilities were developed alongside Tier 1 customers in direct response to their requirements and the need to address security and complexity challenges. The new MANO features include multi-layer security, simplified management of NFV infrastructure (NFVI) and service chain creation, visibility, monitoring and troubleshooting. The latest release is based on three years of real-world experience enabling companies to deploy and manage software-based, cloud-native solutions.

Some highlighted capabilities in Ensemble

  • The ability to deploy NFV and virtualized services across multiple locations with flexibility and scale
  • The ability to provide Day 0 configuration of VNFs. 
  • The ability to resolve problems related to operating uCPE deployments at scale, such as a single IP address for management and in-service software upgrades with reversion. 
  • Multi-layered approach to security helps operators tackle vulnerabilities, and it provides software-based encryption that can be combined with VNFs. 
  • User-friendly information on service chain operations as well as virtualization tools for analysis and troubleshooting. 
  • Zero touch provisioning capabilities remove the need for user intervention and replace truck rolls and on-site technicians with automation. This empowers an operator to ship an unconfigured COTS server to a customer site and commission it automatically.
  • Embedded cloud: Solves the problems of deploying OpenStack in the distributed telco network 
  • LTE wireless support: Enables turn-up of sites that don’t yet have wireline connectivity, as well as providing an economical means of resilient access.
  • Scalable software -- from small Intel Atom servers, up to large Xeon-based blade servers. Upcoming support for ARM servers.
  • Multiplatform hardware support -- including Dell, Lanner, Advantech, Lenovo, HPE, Supermicro

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

ADVA enhances Oscilloquartz PTP timing for utilities, broadcasters

ADVA extended the capabilities of its compact Oscilloquartz PTP timing technology to enable power utility and broadcast networks to achieve sub-microsecond synchronization.

ADVA is offering two upgraded Oscilloquartz models that now comply with the latest PTP profiles for time, frequency and phase synchronization in both power utility and broadcast networks. These include the pluggable OSA 5401, the market’s smallest PTP grandmaster clock, and the highly versatile OSA 5405, an integrated PTP grandmaster with dual GNSS antenna and receiver. Support includes the IEC/IEEE 61850-9-3 Power Utility Profile for precise time distribution and clock synchronization in electrical grids with an accuracy of 1μs, and SMPTE 2059 for synchronizing video and audio equipment over packet networks. By supporting NTP, both solutions also enable enterprises to run an on-premises NTP server for high levels of accuracy and uncompromised availability. What’s more, the OSA 5401 and OSA 5405 include advanced GNSS jamming and spoofing detection mechanisms, which are integrated in a centralized AI-based GNSS assurance toolkit.

“This upgrade is big news for utility and media network operators looking to harness the most advanced innovation in their field. With our OSA 5401 and 5405 bringing new levels of accuracy and resilience to their infrastructure, they can reap the benefits of emerging bandwidth-intensive, latency-sensitive applications,” said Nir Laufer, senior director, product line management, Oscilloquartz, ADVA. “These devices are feature rich and incredibly efficient. But as well as their versatility, what really sets them apart is their extremely small footprint and low power consumption. This is key to bringing packet time distribution to the edge of network. With our technology ensuring sub-microsecond synchronization, smart grids can perform flexible, real-time decision making, as well as monitoring and automated maintenance. And for media companies, the possibilities for high-quality, interactive broadcasting from any location are enormous.”

https://adva.li/power-and-broadcast-slides

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

ADVA targets greenhouse gas emission reduction

ADVA greenhouse gas emission reduction targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), which is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations, World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature.

“Reducing the environmental impact of our business is crucial to ADVA’s vision and values. Our approved SBTi targets highlight our commitment to preventing climate change and our roadmap for sustainable success,” said Klaus Grobe, director, sustainability, ADVA. “We’re focusing on optimizing the most significant area of our value chain. For us that means indirect customer emissions. Our long-term targets involve a real-terms drop in downstream carbon emissions of 3%. When you factor in continued company growth and massive projected increases in data demand over the next few years, you get a sense of how ambitious that commitment is. Our approved SBTi targets are also big news for our customers. Not only are we helping to limit global temperature increases, we’re also assisting service providers and enterprises across the world in reducing their own CO2 footprint.”

https://www.adva.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/20191001-advas-science-based-sustainability-targets-validated-by-sbti

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

ADVA leads PEARLS project to integrate quantum-dot lasers onto ePICs

ADVA is leading a three-year initiative funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) to create advanced optical transceiver chiplets for data center interconnect (DCI) applications.

The project entitled “Photonic Embedding of Active Region Laser chips in Silicon (PEARLS)” aims to integrate quantum-dot lasers onto silicon-based electro-photonic integrated circuits (ePICs). By combining silicon photonics, BiCMOS electronics and lasers on a single chip, the size and cost of optical transceivers can be dramatically reduced. The three-year project involves a consortium comprising ADVA, FormFactor, Fraunhofer IZM, IHP, IHP Solutions, Sicoya, Technion and the University of Kassel.

“With this project we’re taking integration and compact design to new levels. By squeezing more technology onto a single chip than ever before, we’re creating a platform for miniaturized optical transceivers able to deliver the space and bandwidth density needed for tomorrow’s DCI networks,” said Jörg-Peter Elbers, SVP, advanced technology, ADVA. “PEARLS not only paves the way for a new generation of intra-data center transceivers, but also facilitates more compact and cost-effective integrated coherent transmitter-receiver optical sub-assemblies (IC-TROSAs) for inter-data center applications.”

ADVA also noted that the PEARLS project is aiming to take a silicon-based electro-photonic chip platform – which offers monolithic integration of electronics and photonics as already proven in the ADVA-led SPEED project – and extend it to incorporate a third key element: Nanotechnology lasers will be added to the chip, saving space and reducing energy consumption compared to off-chip approaches. This will be achieved with quantum dots just a few nanometers in size. Able to withstand extreme temperatures, they facilitate wafer-scale integration without the need for a thermo-electric cooler or a hermetic package.

“Within this very exciting project, IHP will develop the technology platform. Together we’re breaking new ground and laying the foundations for the next generation of low-energy, space-efficient optical transceivers,” commented Bernd Tillack, managing director, IHP GmbH. “The PEARLS project will pave the way for optical transceiver chiplets – modular transceiver chips with an unprecedented level of optical and electronic integration. Built on top of a standard BiCMOS process flow, the new technology will also be a major step forward for sustainable DCI networking.”

https://www.adva.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/20190924-adva-leads-project-to-create-markets-most-advanced-optical-transceiver-chiplets

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Kuwait-based Qualitynet deploys ADVA's FSP 3000

Kuwait-based Qualitynet has deployed ADVA's FSP 3000 platform for nationwide data transport at speeds up to 400 Gbps.  This is achieved using ADVA’s QuadFlex line card to combine two 200 Gbps wavelengths operating at 8QAM within a single optical channel.

ADVA said its FSP 3000 also enables Qualitynet to make significant energy savings and, with its 1RU footprint, the solution consumes less rack space than competing technology. Managed by ADVA’s unique Ensemble Controller, the network brings programmatic SDN control, further improving efficiency by reducing troublesome and time-consuming manual processes while providing maintenance teams with full visibility.

“Qualitynet now has a highly flexible and efficient transport system that will provide access to world-class connectivity and the very latest optical services. It offers a major boost to Kuwait’s businesses and delivers an enormous increase in mobile backhaul bandwidth for Qualitynet’s parent company, VIVA,” commented Munther Jadallah, account manager, sales, Middle East, ADVA.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Sweden's Netsam boosts metro capacity with ADVA FSP 3000

Netsam, a Swedish communication service provider (CSP), has deployed ADVA's FSP 3000 and FSP 150 to expand the capacity of its metro network.  The deployment features the ADVA FSP 3000 open line system (OLS) with micro-ROADMs and ADVA FSP 150 demarcation technology.

ADVA says the flexible ROADM-based photonic layer ensures Netsam’s fiber resources are used with optimal efficiency. With this and the ADVA FSP 150 deployed at customer premises, Netsam is able to provide SLA-based business services with speeds up to 100Gbit/s.

ADVA’s partner NetNordic, a leading solutions integrator in Scandinavia, also played a key role in the project.

https://www.adva.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/20190917-netsam-boosts-metro-network-capacity-with-adva-technology

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