Showing posts with label Access. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Access. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Reliance Jio, TIM, and Verizon join O-RAN board

The O-RAN Alliance, which is a carrier-led effort to open the radio access network of next generation wireless systems, released its inaugural white paper, “O-RAN: Towards an Open and Smart RAN,” which is available on the O-RAN website. The white paper describes the O-RAN architecture, which drives a more cost-effective, intelligent RAN with open interoperable interfaces for next generation 5G networks and beyond.

The O-RAN Alliance also announced that Reliance Jio, TIM, and Verizon have joined the O-RAN board.

“It’s encouraging to see the O-RAN Alliance off to such a strong start and gaining momentum as we welcome three new board members. It’s important that the wireless industry continues to come together to drive forward O-RAN’s goals for open networking, software, and virtualization in global wireless networks especially as 5G is closer than ever,” said Andre Fuetsch, Chairman of the O-RAN Alliance, President-AT&T Labs and CTO of AT&T.

“We are pleased with the smooth transition of both C-RAN Alliance and xRAN Forum contributors into the O-RAN Alliance work groups,” said Dr. Sachin Katti, Professor at Stanford University and O-RAN Alliance TSC Co-Chair. “We’ve seen advancement on all fronts. The mix of new contributors and ideas promises to accelerate our progress during this next phase of O-RAN Alliance specifications and reference designs.”

https://www.o-ran.org/resources/

Monday, February 8, 2016

NTT Develops Flexible Access System Architecture with Virtualized OLTs

NTT is developing a new Flexible Access System Architecture (FASA) that aims to leverage a new generation of virtualized optical line terminals (OLTs).

NTT said FASA will not make use of conventional purpose-built equipment, but instead modularize the various individual functions of access equipment as much as possible. The idea is to use generic OLT hardware that allows modularized software components to run for specific functions, such as bandwidth control, OAM, multicast, and future services.  NTT is developing an API with multiple industry partners. The first API is schedule for release in May 2016.

With FASA, the components of access equipment are separated into the three types: 1) Software components, 2) Generic hardware, and 3) External modules. FASA enables access equipment to provide its necessary functions through the unrestricted combination of these three component types. With software components (1), it will become possible to add new functions quickly and flexibly just by adding or updating necessary software in response to the requirements of services. For the generic functions of access equipment, generic hardware (2) will make it less frequently necessary to newly develop equipment from the device level by striving to achieve a set of common generic components. The creation of such components can also be expected to lower equipment costs and make maintenance simpler by reducing the number of component types that need maintenance. For functions like optical transmission that are difficult to address with either software components or generic hardware, things like optimal transmission capacities can be achieved through the use of external modules (3) that can be substituted for dedicated hardware in response to the requirements of services.

NTT is also working on a a visualized testing environment.  Its NetroSphere concept will undertake testing of FASA and other key technologies, such as Multi-Service Fabric (MSF), new server architecture (MAGONIA), and Integrated Management.

http://www.ntt.co.jp/news2016/1602e/160208a.html

NTT's NetroSphere Concept Pushes NFV to Next Level

NTT outlined its work developing the “NetroSphere concept” -- a new way build carrier network infrastructure that differs from other NFV approaches by taking the decoupled software/hardware paradigm all the way down to the component level.

NTT said its approach promises enhanced flexibility and elasticity while also drastically reducing costs. Breaking up the functions of conventional large-scale equipment into modules will enable a greater diversity of suppliers to participate in the market and hence widen the selection of available products.

Instead of using conventional purpose-built high-functionality equipment, NetroSphere aims to divide them into small modular components, and flexibly assemble those components at will.  NetroSphere will not limited to decoupling software components from equipment. It pursues modularization as much as possible, ultimately at the sub-device level such as the CPU and memory. These modules will be distributed in locations that are optimal for each type of them, and prepared to be used as resource pool. Then, they will be virtually assembled to form a virtual system to provide required functions.

There are two components to the NetroSpher concept:  (1) Multi-Service Fabric (MSF), an architectural design of carrier network in which functions are achieved using simple general-purpose servers and switches, and (2) New Server Architecture (MAGONIA).

NTT plans to open its work on “MAGONIA” and “Multi-Service Fabric (MSF)” to other carriers and vendors.

http://www.ntt.co.jp/news2015/1502e/150219a.html

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent's TWDM-PON Carries Four 10G Wavelengths

Alcatel-Lucent introduced the industry’s first TWDM-PON (Time and Wavelength Division Multiplexed Passive Optical Networks), a new fixed, ultra-broadband access technology for scaling the capacity of existing fiber networks.

TWDM-PON uses four wavelengths per fiber, giving a total capacity of 40 Gbps. An operator can choose to deliver different services over each wavelength, enabling residential, business and mobile backhaul services to be carried over a single fiber.

TWDM-PON technology is supported by Alcatel-Lucent‘s 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager FX solution.  The company is introducing a new 4-port TWDM-PON line card and optical network unit supporting 10Gbps symmetrical bitrate. Products will be available in the first quarter of 2015.

Alcatel-Lucent and Vodafone have been co-developing TWDM-PON since 2010 as a potential successor to GPON. During this time, the companies have contributed to its standardization and completed a successful trial. Significantly, TWDM-PON can co-exist with current PON systems.

Alcatel-Lucent said TWDM-PON also enables a ‘pay as you grow’ model, allowing operators to easily and cost effectively increase bandwidth as required. Wavelength multiplexing means different operators can easily share the same infrastructure. This can facilitate competition (for example, a municipal-owned network can be leased to different service providers) or cooperation (operators can co-invest in a shared fiber network in order to accelerate ultra-broadband deployments).

“TWDM-PON is ground-breaking technology that will give us greater control over network capacity and increased flexibility when provisioning new services. We have worked closely with Alcatel Lucent to develop the technology and we look forward to evaluating it on our network in Spain,” stated Matt Beal of Vodafone Group.

Federico Guillén, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Fixed Networks business: “For the last four years Alcatel-Lucent and Vodafone have been working closely together to evolve PON technology. Our first TWDM-PON solution reflects that collaboration. Alcatel-Lucent is committed to a program of innovation; we have long been the technology leader in both copper and fiber fixed access technologies and we are extending this further with this new development of PON. Vodafone has played a vital role in preparing TWDM-PON as an industry-agreed standard by looking at its own potential usage in different countries for both fixed and mobile operations.”

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2014/alcatel-lucent-extends-capacity-existing-fiber-based-ultra-broadband-access-networks-breakthrough

Alcatel-Lucent’s G.fast in 12 Carrier Trials

Alcatel-Lucent 's ultra-broadband G.fast solution is now in trials with a dozen carriers around the world and is exptected to become available in the first quarter of 2015.  Announced test sites include A1, a subsidiary of Telekom Austria, in which a regular subscriber was connected in order to independently test G.fast in the field. Other trials have included BT and Orange.

Alcatel-Lucent said its new 7368 ISAM single-port G.fast Optical Network Terminal (ONT) can deliver speeds of up to 1 Gbps over existing telephone lines. Alcatel-Lucent’s G.fast ONT can also be deployed in a multiple-dwelling unit, with one ONT serving each household. Customer trials use a multi-port G.fast solution using vectoring technology to eliminate the cross-talk interference that occurs when two or more copper lines are in close proximity, which adversely affects speeds. The multi-port G.fast solution will drive the evolution of Alcatel-Lucent’s VDSL2 micro-node portfolio.

The company also noted a recent Bell Labs demonstration of XG-FAST technology, which achieved symmetrical speeds of 1 Gbps over 70 meters of copper in the lab.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dell'Oro: VDSL and GPON Drive Strong Q2 Access Market

Total second quarter Access revenue, including PON, DSL, and Cable, surged 12% over the year-ago period, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.  This growth was driven by a greater than 30% increase in VDSL port shipments and more than 40% increase for both GPON OLT port and ONT unit shipments.  The report shows that year-on-year growth was driven by higher shipments across all regions for both technologies.

“EMEA and North America accounted for the vast majority of VDSL shipments with Western Europe being especially strong as an increasing number of operators deploy vectoring products, which can significantly increase bandwidth while using existing copper infrastructure,” said Steve Nozik, Principal Analyst of Access research at Dell’Oro Group.  “For GPON, China continues to dominate the market but there was also significant growth in other regions especially Southeast Asia, Southern Europe and the Middle East,” Nozik added.

The report shows that in the second quarter, Alcatel-Lucent continued to hold the lead for VDSL port shipments, significantly ahead of the next two top vendors, Huawei Technologies and ADTRAN.  For GPON, Huawei Technologies and ZTE were the top two vendors due largely to their market leadership position in China, followed by Alcatel-Lucent in the number three position.

http://www.delloro.com/news/vdsl-and-gpon-drive-strong-second-quarter-access-market-growth

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Cisco Introduces Virtualized and Programmable Elastic Access Portlio

Cisco introduced a new Elastic Access" portfolio of software and hardware products designed to bring virtualization, programmability, economical scale and architectural convergence in the access segment of the network.

The new products, which are key elements of Cisco's recently introduced Evolved Programmable Network (EPN), leverage software-defined networking (SDN) to deliver new levels of service agility, including "bandwidth on the fly" and Cisco ESP orchestration.

Cisco said its goal is to extend autonomic access operations and management, along with zero-touch nV provisioning, to the furthest end points. Additionally, highly secure auto discovery, auto-configuration, uninterrupted management and configuration repair of network elements is enabled. Automatic provisioning and management for "bandwidth-on-the-fly" extensibility from the core to the most remote access point and back is possible. As a result of Cisco Elastic Access solutions working in conjunction with the Cisco ESP, orchestration, automation and simplification are extended to the last mile, creating the opportunity to reduce provisioning steps by up to 56 percent.

The new Cisco Elastic Access portfolio includes:

Cisco ME 4600 Series Multiservice Optical Access Platform: scales aggregation services and enables operators to offer both end-user and wholesale services using Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology.

Cisco ASR 902 and ASR 920: these are converged time-division multiplexing (TDM) and Ethernet aggregation platforms that offer reduced footprint, cost, and feature compatibility with the ASR 903.  They support autonomic networking for IP devices and complement the ASR 901 cell site router.

Cisco ME 1200 Ethernet Access Device: a fully featured service delivery demarcation device is ready for Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) 2.0 services for today's mobile and cloud applications.
Virtualized Elastic Access management

Virtualized management-based controllers on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) allow cloud-based management to scale to thousands of access devices.

"With this announcement, Cisco is leading the way to deliver the benefits of virtualization, management and software-defined networking-based advances to the last mile," said Liz Centoni, Cisco vice president and general manager of the service provider access group. "These new Cisco Elastic Access products demonstrate our commitment to delivering the most comprehensive and programmatic approach to software-defined networking and network function virtualization in the telecommunications and networking industries. With our elastic core, edge and access products, the Cisco Evolved Programmable Network is the most programmable, end-to-end solution on the market."


  • Cisco's Evolved Programmable Network (EPN) is the foundation of its Open Network Environment (ONE) architecture. The EPN is the infrastructure layer consisting of physical and virtual devices working together to form an end-to-end unified fabric for a programmable network. The EPN is designed to converge edge, core, and data center functions using Cisco's portfolio of technologies. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

ALU Selected for FTTx in Indonesia

Telkom Akses, the Telkom Indonesia subsidiary responsible for building a national broadband infrastructure, has selected Alcatel-Lucent for its fiber to the premises (FTTx) rollout for millions of subscribers in Indonesia. Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) product family, which supports GPON enabling fiber-to-the-premises.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telkom Akses aims to take broadband penetration in Indonesia from about 2 percent to 30 percent by the end of 2015.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Transition Networks Accelerates Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Services with Converge EMS

Transition Networks launched its integrated Carrier Ethernet 2.0 + software defined services (SDS) orchestration solution designed to automate the entire service lifecycle, accelerate the rollout of MEF CE 2.0 services while supporting stringent performance SLAs.

The rollout includes CE 2.0 demarcation devices, access switches and a "Converge EMS" service and resource manager that automates the complete service lifecycle. The Converge EMS features a RESTful API that allows for integration with SDN and other 3rd party applications for truly programmable networks. It open architecture, based on the Amartus Chameleon SDS platform, supports next-generation service delivery workflows.

Transition Networks said its solution offers a unique template-based automated provisioning solution that enables rapid service activation with quicker time to revenue.

“Transition Networks’ integrated CE 2.0 platform delivers unmatched value for service providers, enabling simplified deployment and robust centralized management,” said Kevin Faulds, Director of Product Management at Transition Networks. “A single vendor solution from access to edge goes a long way toward making the management of the service provider network more simple and cost effective.”

Transistion's demarcation devices feature advanced Service OAM (IEEE 802.1ag and ITU Y.1731) Performance and Fault Management for strong performance assurance in business, mobile backhaul and cloud services while reducing operational expenses.

The S4140 demarcation device enables service providers to address growing bandwidth needs for next-generation services. The company’s two new Carrier Ethernet switches, S4212 and S4224, aggregate traffic from demarcation devices for efficient transport to the core network.

For mobile backhaul, Transition also features a unique capability to convert between Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE 1588v2 synchronization methods while maintaining clock accuracy. Additional features include service activation capabilities to assist with circuit turn-up and maintenance and linear and ring protection capabilities for sub-50 millisecond failover providing service redundancy.

http://www.transition.com/TransitionNetworks/About/NewsEvents/News/News_100113.aspx


Monday, July 23, 2012

Infonetics: Global Market for IP/MPLS and Ethernet Services Surges Ahead

Both IP MPLS VPNs and Ethernet services grew at a combined 13% in 2011 to just over $50 billion, fueled by surging data traffic, cloud services, and cost-cutting initiatives, according to a new report from Infonetics. The research firm is predicting the market to surpass $81 billion in 2016.

"The move from legacy frame relay, ATM, and leased line services onto Ethernet and IP services is quickening as businesses put a razor-sharp focus on staying competitive in today’s highly interconnected, mobile, video- and cloud-oriented world,” notes Michael Howard, co-founder and principal analyst of Infonetics Research. "By 2015, ATM and frame relay will virtually vanish, while private leased lines will be around a bit longer."

Some highlights:
  • The growth rate of IP MPLS VPN and Ethernet service revenue soundly outdistances the growth rate of telecom service provider revenue (though actual service provider revenue is increasing).
  • Asia Pacific is expected to overtake EMEA as the leading region for IP MPLS VPN services in 2012 and already leads in Ethernet services; Asia will remain the leader for the combined IP MPLS VPN and Ethernet services market going forward, led by China and India.
  • Over 90% of spending on mobile backhaul equipment in 2011 was on IP/Ethernet gear.
http://www.infonetics.com

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Integra Telecom Expands Carrier Ethernet over Copper to 120 COs

Integra Telecom has expanded its Carrier Ethernet over Copper (EoC) network to more than 120 Central Offices across its 11 state, 35 metro-area footprint. This puts the EoC service in reach of more than 400,000 businesses.

The carrier operates an extensive long-haul fiber network across the western U.S. and has more than 2,000 fiber-fed buildings on-net. Integra's Ethernet Services product line is certified by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) and is MEF 9 and 14 compliant.

"Integra remains committed to delivering a superior customer experience for our enterprise and wholesale customers. Ethernet is the preferred transport technology for businesses," said Joe Harding, senior vice president of marketing at Integra. "Integra's goal is to be the Ethernet service provider of choice in our markets, and this expansion underscores our commitment to this goal and the needs of our customers." 
http://www.integratelecom.com 

Verizon Accelerates FiOS to 300 Mbps

Verizon will more than double the speeds of several of its FiOS Internet tiers - and introduce two new tiers with even faster speeds.

The new FiOS Internet portfolio will feature download/upload speed tiers of 50/25 and 150/65 Mbps, as well as two new tiers of 75/35 and 300/65 Mbps. The latter speed is double that of FiOS Internet's current top speed of 150/35 Mbps.

In addition, Verizon will continue to offer its entry-level speed of 15/5 Mbps.

"As recently as 2005, video was less than 10 percent of Web traffic," said Mike Ritter, chief marketing officer for Verizon's consumer and mass market business unit. "By the end of this year, we expect it to be 50 percent, growing to 90 percent in just a few years."

Verizon noted that the average home now has seven Internet-connected devices, and by 2015 the company expects to see between nine and 15 Internet-connected devices per home. 
http://www.verizon.com 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Alcatel-Lucent lands EUR 100M FTTH Contract with China Telecom

China Telecom awarded a contract value at Euro 100 million to Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, for the deployment of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks across China’s 31 provinces. The rollout, which is part of China Telecom’s ambitious "Broadband China, Fiber Cities" plan, aims to serve millions of households with a wide range of high-speed services and guaranteed quality of service.

Alcatel-Lucent will supply Chine Telecom with its 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) system, which supports GPON as well as EPON broadband technologies.

Rajeev Singh-Molares, President of Alcatel-Lucent Asia-Pacific Region, said: “This project highlights the rapid expansion of broadband in China. It also demonstrates our strong and growing leadership position in the FTTH market as we help accelerate the availability of superfast broadband throughout China.” 
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

NTT Comm Extends VPLS in Europe

NTT Communications is extending its Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS) for customers in Europe. The VPLS offering now provides layer 2 Ethernet capabilities in 30 countries across Europe, backed by 24x7 customer support, customer portal access and leading SLA. The service delivers multipoint, multi-site to multi-site connectivity within this extensive EU footprint. http://www.ntt.co.jp 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

ITU: Broadband Remain Unaffordable in Many Markets

While there are some 600 million broadband lines in service worldwide, affordability remains a major obstacle, particularly in Africa, where fixed broadband access costs on average three times monthly per capita income, according to the ITU's newly published "Trends in Telecommunication Reform" annual report.

In contrast, mobile cellular and mobile broadband services remains very competitive in 92 percent of all markets. By the end of 2011, ITU estimated that the number of mobile-cellular subscriptions reached close to 6 billion, representing a global penetration of 86.7 percent and a penetration level of 78.8 percent in developing countries.

Subtitled ‘Smart Regulation for a Broadband World', this year's report sheds light on the often complex legal and regulatory issues now emerging as broadband becomes pervasive and increasingly serves as a driving force for the development of other economic sectors. Case studies and decision trees are provided for national regulators who are working through the process of developing a broadband plan for their country. Ultimately, there is not a single "right" universal service funding model, according to the report, but there are common principles such as economic efficiency, equity, competitive neutrality, technological neutrality, certainty, transparency, and cost effectiveness. 
http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/treg/publications/trends12.html 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Verizon Integrates LTE with Private IP

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has started offering 4G LTE access into private IP corporate networks. Verizon Wireless now has LTE coverage in 230 markets across the United States and by the end of the year the footprint will cover more than 400 markets.

The new Private IP Wireless (LTE) securely extends corporate applications directly to mobile workforces and machine-to-machine applications. The service is being introduce immediately in both managed and unmanaged options, across the nationwide LTE footprint.

Verizon said Private IP Wireless (LTE) will be a catalyst for increased machine-to-machine communications, fueling the growth of the "Internet of Things" across various industries. Working with a growing number of strategic partners to develop industry-specific applications, Verizon is accelerating transformation across both private industry and the public sector. For example:

Transportation -- Verizon private network solutions keep trains running safely and on time with minimal human intervention.

Automotive – Verizon is teaming with the auto industry to create for consumers new experiences with their vehicles.

Media and Entertainment – Verizon is helping media and entertainment companies to create new remote broadcasting opportunities and change the face of digital signage to increase audience engagement with advertisers.

Retail – Retailers are employing Private IP wireless as a viable backup solution across their distributed locations, as well as using the service to enable point-of-sale transactions.

Distribution – Vending machines can now alert distributors about when to replace high-demand products, and collect valuable data about customer tastes and preferences.

http://www.verizon.com


Monday, April 16, 2012

MegaPath Expands Ethernet Over Copper Footprint Across U.S.

As the result of its latest buildout in central offices across the country, MegaPath, the new local exchange carrier formed through the merger of Speakeasy, Covad Communications and MegaPath, now claims to be the largest provider of on-net Ethernet over Copper (EoC) services in the United States.


MegaPath offers EoC on its network in 19 major markets, including Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Dallas, Miami and San Francisco, reaching millions of businesses with symmetrical speeds up to 45 Mbpshttp://www.megapath.com/

Sunday, April 15, 2012

ADVA Optical Debuts Syncjack for Mobile Backhaul Networks

ADVA Optical Networking introduced its new Syncjack suite for delivering precise timing synchronization and assurance across mobile backhaul networks.


Syncjack features a rich implementation of SyncE and IEEE 1588v2 functionality guaranteeing highly accurate delivery of timing information across any network. The MEF-certified UNI function of the FSP 150 includes support for a large number of EVCs as and hierarchical QoS management. SLA verification can be performed on a per-service basis to ensure high latency, jitter and packet delivery performancehttp://www.advaoptical.com

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