Showing posts with label Core. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Core. Show all posts

Sunday, May 16, 2021

DISH Wireless picks Oracle for 5G core

DISH Wireless has selected Oracle to enable a Service-Based Architecture (SBA) for its 5G core.

This will enable DISH Wireless to provide enterprise customers added control of the software and services they utilize, taking advantage of network slices.

“Oracle’s capabilities will essentially serve as the control tower of our network core, enabling our customers to consume software on demand and facilitating the advanced core functions required to power a truly automated network,” said Marc Rouanne, chief network officer, DISH Wireless. “While many carriers may claim to have 5G, there are certain attributes only possible with a cloud-based standalone network, and our working with Oracle will yield results that will unleash the power of true, fully-optimized 5G.”

Oracle’s 5G core control plane , which is aligned with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), includes network functions that will help operators automate and scale to meet the expected growth in 5G subscribers and connected devices. DISH Wireless will be using a number of network functions from Oracle including:

  • Policy Control Function (PCF): dynamically routes low-latency applications to edge data networks, while simultaneously considering network data analytics and slice information to provide optimized policies minimizing network resource utilization while maximizing quality of experience.
  • Network Repository Function (NRF): serves as a central repository for all of the network functions in DISH’s 5G network, along with the services provided by each of these elements.
  • Network Exposure Function (NEF): acts as a centralized point for service exposure and plays a key role in authorizing all access requests originating from outside the DISH network to enable Cellular IoT, non-IoT, edge computing and API gateway use cases for DISH and its enterprise customers.
  • Additionally, DISH will utilize Oracle for 5G Service Communications Proxy (SCP), Network Slice Selection Function (NSSF), Security Edge Protection Proxy (SEPP) and Binding Selection Function (BSF).

“DISH Wireless is completely disrupting the wireless industry,” said Andrew Morawski, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications, Networks. “Using Oracle’s 5G cloud-native technology to automate their network, DISH will be one of the most agile operators in the world enabling enterprise digital transformation journeys across many diverse industries.”

https://www.oracle.com/news/announcement/dish-wireless-selects-oracle-for-5g-core-service-based-architecture-2021-05-14/

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Ericsson introduces Packet Core Firewall powered by A10

 Ericsson introduced a Packet Core Firewall to help advance 5G core network security for communications service providers (CSPs).

The Ericsson Packet Core Firewall is powered by A10 Networks’ technology and is seamlessly integrated with Ericsson Packet Core Gateway in  Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core offering. The solution also supports end-to-end network slicing and edge computing.

Ericsson said the new cloud native offering is optimized to scale with user plane to the edge of the network to cater for secure core network 5G use cases. The company also claims the solution delivers more than 50 percent total cost of ownership reduction over dedicated user plane security solutions, while maintaining 5G latency. This is enabled through a single CNF (Cloud Native Network Function) solution with simplified maintenance and orchestration.

Folke Anger, Head of Packet Core Solutions, Ericsson, says: “Securing service availability in 5G requires a holistic view beyond dedicated security solutions. We are now launching the Ericsson Packet Core Firewall seamlessly integrated into our Packet Core Gateway. This will provide our customers with substantial total cost of ownership improvements while ensuring their 5G services to the edge.”

Dhrupad Trivedi, CEO and Board Chair, A10 Networks, says: “Mobile operators are transitioning to more cloud native and distributed architectures to support 5G. This increases the critical need for security and network availability. A10 is excited to expand our partnership with Ericsson to enable current and emerging 5G use cases. The Ericsson Packet Core Firewall powered by A10 Networks is ready for cloud native deployments and addresses the evolving business needs for operators.”

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Perspective: Get your core (network) in shape during COVID-19

by Zoltan Varnai
Cloud Core Marketing Manager, Nokia

Some of you reading this blog may be doing so under lockdown, while working from home. Whether or not you are working is another matter, but regardless, you will be using data. In this current time, when so many people are staying indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – replacing face-to-face meetings with virtual ones, going online to keep up-to-date with education, and to use streaming services for entertainment – is a common occurrence.

To stay sane and to normalize life as best as we can, it is more important than ever to remain connected with friends, family and colleagues. It is also important that we have access to strong and reliable connective networks, especially for essential workers who are bravely on the ‘front line’ of this health emergency. For instance, the heroic doctors, nurses and social workers that are actively fighting the virus need information promptly; they need to be ready for any situation. Information needs to be at their fingertips while they help a record influx of patients – I know because my sister is a doctor, and is often too busy to even take my phone calls. I proudly salute them all for the work they are doing every day.

This need for networks to meet growing demand is a challenge that operators are stepping up to. Around the world, they are ensuring that society can stay connected, companies can continue to work, and families can keep in touch. To address capacity and meet customer needs, many operators have suspended data caps, upgraded broadband speeds, changed call center opening hours, provided additional services for free and created new virtual services.

With so many changes in place designed to support the needs of our world today, there has been a drastic shift in network traffic profiles. As demonstrated by AT&T, demand is growing. The telecommunications giant reported up to 31% higher daily loading on its core network than the previous month, as well as a shift from urban to suburban and rural areas.

Focus on Maintaining Quality Services

As workload demands and needs grow and shift, maintaining uninterrupted, high-quality voice and data services is crucial. These specific factors have become the underpinning for most of the effort faced by network operators during this time.

Although there are several important components for an operator to address, it is crucial to focus on the mobile core network, which stands out in this instance as it quietly runs in the background to secure, authenticate and drive services delivered over networks. Meeting network demand means that the core network must be flexible and adaptable enough to accommodate where the demand is.
In a situation where the core is distributed across multiple regions, the connection between mobile core network elements must be adjusted to account for geographically-related demand. In modern day installations, artificial intelligence (AI) has become a great tool for operators looking to enable their optimization and monitoring needs, seamlessly. With AI-powered operations, it doesn’t matter whether operators have implemented traditional core networks or have already invested in flexible and scalable cloud-native core network architecture to adapt to the influx of network traffic.

Ensure a Strong Core

These unprecedented times have made operators adapt their core networks to accommodate an increase in network traffic much faster than most were expecting. Yet, as always, efficiency remains top-of-mind when determining new ways to use available core resources and support expansion. Once the core network is optimized and scaled, its health can be maintained through key initiatives set in place by network operators to measure network KPIs and provide insights into the network’s behavior to predict potential incidents.

Operators shouldn’t spend time worrying about the scalability, performance and reliability of their mobile core networks. Instead, they should focus on keeping their services functioning to the best of their ability to help their users and customers cope during this global crisis. It is more important than ever that connections – both personal and network-related – remain strong.

Zoltan Varnai works in the Nokia Software Core marketing team. His professional passion is marketing of the core network with a special focus on 5G core programming capabilities. His personal passion is drumming – giving bands clock-like pace.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Telkomsel deploys Metaswitch Unified Communications platform

by Benedict Chua, Assitant Editor

Telkomsel, the largest wireless carrier in Indonesia with more than 178 million subscribers, has selected Metaswitch’s MaX UC portfolio to enable it to offer Unified Communications and Collaboration services.

The new services will be underpinned by Telkomsel’s Advance Communication Enterprise Suite, its new virtual PBX  solution also based on Metaswitch, ensuring rapid deployment of its cloud-based telephony applications.

The deployment uses full-stack solution from Metaswitch, including Clearwater Core IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem), Perimeta SBC (Session Border Controller) and MTAS (Mobile Telephony Application Server), while also connecting to an existing Metaswitch Rhino TAS  deployed at full scale in Telkomsel’s mobile network.


“Telkomsel required a differentiated mobile solution that can help ensure long-term customer loyalty and offer a sustainable competitive advantage in the fast-growing Indonesian business market,” said Metaswitch CMO Ian Maclean. “Teaming up with Lintas Teknologi, Metaswitch is helping to meet the needs of Telkomsel customers by delivering innovative business solutions that provide users with a market-leading experience with the quality and reliability demanded by the increasingly mobile enterprise.”

Recently, Metaswitch demonstrated its microservices-based, high-performance Packet Core as part of Microsoft Azure capabilities for private LTE during Microsoft Ignite. Metaswitch's Fusion Core is tightly integrated with Microsoft’s networking and edge connectivity solutions for a seamless configuration and provisioning experience. It can be integrated with the Ruckus CBRS-based RAN solution, and the Attabotics 3D robotic goods-to-person storage, retrieval and real-time order fulfillment system. It offers a programmable User Plane Function (UPF) that delivers very high bandwidth capacity in edge deployments while conserving space and power requirements.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

ZTE enhances core router with Bit Indexed Explicit Replication

ZTE has enhanced its ZXR10 T8000 core router with the addition of Bit Indexed Explicit Replication (BIER) technology -- an industry first according to the company, and useful for balancing SDN backbone network traffic.

ZTE describes BIER as a simplified multicast packet forwarding technology that does not require complex multicast protocols and multicast forwarding tables. It can efficiently distribute multicast packets only by switching the messages of the multicast senders and receivers instead of maintaining multicast flow status, which perfectly fits the philosophy of SDN centralized control.

The ZXR10 T8000 router supports multiple northbound interfaces. The company's software enables traffic optimization and scheduling based on policies, which can help achieve load balancing, reduce the link congestion ratio, delay network expansion, and improve user experiences.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nokia Unveils its Next Gen IP Routing Engine

Nokia unveils its fourth generation network processing silicon for powering the first petabit-class core IP routers.

The new FP4 silicon, which comes six years after the preceding FP3 chipset was announced, offers 2.4 Tb/s half-duplex capacity, or 6X more capacity than the current generation 400 Gb/s FP3 chipset. The FP4 will support full terabit IP flows. All conventional routing capabilities are included. Deep classification capabilities include enhanced packet intelligence and control, policy controls, telemetry, and security.


The FP4 could be used to provide an in-field upgrade to Nokia’s current line of core routers and carrier switches. It will also be used to power a new family of 7750 SR-s series routers designed for single-node, cloud scale density. In terms of specs, the SR-s boasts a 144 Tb/s configuration supporting port densities of up to 144 future Terabit links, 288 400G ports, or 1,440 100GE ports. Absolute capacity could be double for a maximum of 288 Tb/s configuration. It runs the same software as the company’s widely-deployed systems.  The first 7750 SR-s boxes are already running in Nokia’s labs. First commercial shipments are expected in Q4.

Nokia is also introducing a chassis extension option to push its router into petabit territory. Without using the switching shelf concept employed in the multi-chassis designs of its competitors, Nokia is offering the means to integrate up to six of its 7750 SRS-s routers into a single system. This results in 576 Tb/s of capacity, enough for densities of up to 2,880 100GE ports or 720 400G ports.

https://networks.nokia.com/ip-networks-reimagined

Friday, January 29, 2016

Bell Canada Deploys Nokia 7950 XRS Core Router

Bell Canada is deploying Nokia's 7950 XRS core router to support its wireless, residential and business customers. Specifically, Nokia is providing Bell Canada with the 7950 XRS - to be managed by Nokia's 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) - to create a single, end-to-end managed IP platform streamlining day-to-day network operations and enhancing operational efficiency, including a reduced energy footprint. The 7950 XRS scales from 6.4 to 32 terabits per second in a single system. 

The deal was won by Alcatel-Lucent, a subsidiary of Nokia.

http://nokia.com

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

NTT DOCOMO to Deploy ALU's 7950 IP Core/Edge Routers

NTT DOCOMO will deploy Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 Extensible Routing System for supporting its 68 million mobile subscribers in Japan. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent said the deployment of its 7950 XRS core/edge router strengthens a long-standing relationship with NTT DOCOMO, particularly in the supply of IP technology. Alcatel-Lucent previously supplied its 7750 Service Router series and 7450 Ethernet Service Switch for DOCOMO's Border GateWay Router and Radio Access Network Switch projects.

"NTT DOCOMO is a company that is well-known for its emphasis on quality and reliability to offer the most innovative services to customers. As such, we are very pleased to be able to deliver our powerful IP core/edge router to help NTT DOCOMO support the increasing mobile traffic and the introduction of 5G," stated Nicolas Bouverot, President of Alcatel-Lucent Japan.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

DOCOMO Expands 5G Collaboration Program

NTT DOCOMO is expanding its industry collaboration program for 5G.  The company announced individual collaborations with five additional vendors: Intel, Keysight Technologies, Panasonic Corporation, Qualcomm Technologies, and Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co.

DOCOMO and its vendor-partners expect to begin technical discussions and various indoor trials at the DOCOMO R&D Center in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture within the current fiscal year ending in March 2016. The trials will expand to outdoor settings thereafter. Key findings and achievements will be shared with global research bodies and at international conferences. Through the collaborations, DOCOMO expects to evaluate and verify its proprietary 5G technologies and thereby accelerate 5G standardization.

Since May 2014, DOCOMO has been working with a number of other vendors, including Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Mitsubishi Electric, NEC, Nokia and Samsung.

DOCOMO said it aims to introduce 5G on a commercial basis in 2020. 5G is being developed for ultra-high-speed data transmissions of over 10Gbps and 1,000 times the capacity of LTE, which will help address the proliferation of connected items in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), as well as to support the increasingly diverse range of mobile services.

"Global expectations for 5G are growing as we approach the start of the standardization phase," said Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at DOCOMO. "We are delighted to form these new collaborations on 5G experimental trials for wider technical areas to establish the 5G ecosystem with additional world-leading global vendors to promote R&D targeted at 5G deployment in 2020."

https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2015/0722_00.html

Monday, December 7, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent Lands Two More Big Routing Contracts in China

Alcatel-Lucent confirmed that China Unicom and China Mobile are both significantly expanding their deployment of the company’s core router. Financial terms were not disclosed.

China Mobile’s CMNET, its national IP backbone network, is to deploy Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 XRS IP Core Router. China Mobile will also use the 7950 XRS in its metro networks. The agreement expands on terms announced in October 2014 of Alcatel-Lucent’s selection as the sole supplier for the China Mobile 2014 high-performance Ethernet router central bid. In July, Alcatel-Lucent announced it would advance China Mobile’s move to the cloud using ultra-broadband access, IP networking and NFV technology. With 820 million subscribers, China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile operator.

China Unicom will expand the deployment of the Alcatel-Lucent 7950 XRS IP Core Router to meet high-traffic demand in nine Chinese cities within the Jiangsu, Shandong, Jiangxi, Qinghai and Inner Mongolia provinces. Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its 7950 XRS IP Core Router within the 14 metro network nodes of nine cities in China. Deployment will be completed toward the end of 2016. China Unicom is aiming to ensure its metro networks can meet the surging capacity demands of a growing base of more than 400 million fixed and mobile broadband subscribers into the future. This agreement expands on Alcatel-Lucent’s 2014 announcement of its selection as the supplier for the China Unicom 2014 IP metro network core router central bid.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ALU's 7950 Core Router Lands at CenturyLink, China Telecom, China Unicom, China Mobile

Alcatel-Lucent announced key contracts to supply its 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) to four major carriers: CenturyLink, China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent said the deployments in China will help the nation address the expected explosion of demand for capacity over the next five years, as well as supporting the operators’ contributions to China’s national ‘Broadband China’ strategy.  The contracts results from a recent central bidding process for IP core routers. The deployments will mark the first scale commercial use of the system in China.

Some highlights:

  • CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the U.S., has deployed the 7950 XRS in its IP core network.   CenturyLink obtains an end-to-end managed IP/MPLS network.  The deployment enables the company to scale its network and provide services to its customers that support their growing broadband needs, including 1 Gbps service which was recently made available to residential and business customers in 16 cities. CenturyLink's IP network also has a direct connection into its 57 worldwide data centers.
  • In the China Telecom 2014 400G-enabled core router central bid, Alcatel-Lucent successfully secured Jiangsu province and Shanghai city, two areas with the highest demand for network traffic, out of the five bidding areas.
  • In the China Unicom 2014 all Ethernet core router central bid, Alcatel-Lucent was selected as the sole supplier.
  • Alcatel-Lucent was also selected as the sole supplier for the China Mobile 2014 high-performance Ethernet router central bid.

"As a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions, we are focused on ensuring we have the speed and capacity to meet the data demands of our customers," said James Feger, vice president, CenturyLink network strategy and development. "This new platform is flexible and supports our IP networking needs as we continue to grow and transform our network."

“These first scale commercial deployments in China of the world’s most powerful core router will provide China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile, with the increased capacity needed to meet internet service demand in the world’s largest market. The experience gained in China will lay a solid foundation for future deployments of the 7950 XRS across the entire region of APAC,” stated Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/products/7950-extensible-routing-system


  • In August, Alcatel-Lucent announced that Turk Telekom had deployed its 7950 Extensible Routing Platform (XRS) to provide core routing for its growing base of more than 13.5 million access lines and 7.4 million ultra-broad band subscribers.   Turk Telekom initially deployed the 7950 XRS in three major locations in Istanbul and in Ankara .  At the time, Alcatel-Lucent said the 7950 was deployed by more than 24 Service Providers worldwide.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent Chalks Up Another Core Router Win

Turk Telekom has deployed Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 Extensible Routing Platform (XRS) to provide core routing for its growing base of more than 13.5 million access lines and 7.4 million ultra-broad band subscribers.  

Turk Telekom initially deployed the 7950 XRS in three major locations in Istanbul and in Ankara to address the growing need for capacity for residential and business customers and consolidation of existing core routers.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that its 7950 XRS is now in use with more than 24 major service providers worldwide.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Huawei to Supply 400G Routers to Etisalat Misr in Egypt

Huawei announced a deal with Etisalat Misr, a mobile operator in Egypt, to deploy its NE5000E 400G core router as core nodes for its national IP backbone network (IPBB) in Egypt.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Huawei said Etisalat Misr aims to build a next-generation convergence network platform in Egypt.  Huawei's NE5000E 400G solution provides 100G/400G/1T/2T slots that ensure smooth capacity expansion.

"Huawei will utilize its global commercial deployment experience of 400G core routers to provide Etisalat Misr with a converged backbone network solution that supports multi-service access. Based on the innovative chips and software/hardware platform, Huawei's 400G solution provides a large capacity and enables smooth capacity expansion and low power consumption, empowering operators to reduce TCO while meeting the challenges of future network,” said Zha Jun, president of Huawei Fixed Network Product Line.

http://www.huawei.com

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Dell'Oro: Service Provider Core Router Market Grows 4%

The Service Provider Core Router market posted a four percent increase in the first quarter of 2014 versus the year-ago period, marking the fourth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth, according to a new report from Dell'Oro Group.  The report forecasts even more rapid growth for this segment through 2014.

"Two major factors have driven growth: first, pent up demand due to low investment in 2012; and second, the demand for new higher capacity products," said Alam Tamboli, Senior Analyst at Dell'Oro Group.  "The four major vendors in the market have all introduced higher capacity products that make better use of 10 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports and many vendors have stepped outside of their traditional flagship core routing products and have introduced products tailored to new use cases in the core," added Tamboli.

Routers Quarterly Report, 1Q14: Service Provider Core Router Market Highlights

Top Four Vendors Accounted for 97% Share

  • #1 Cisco Systems: Lost four percentage points of its four-quarter trailing market share versus the year-ago period as revenues grew but the market grew faster.
  • #2 Juniper Networks: Maintained its four-quarter trailing market share above 25% of the market with its trio of products—T, PTX, and MX.
  • #3 Huawei Technologies: Gained two percentage points in four-quarter trailing market share versus the year-ago period, with continued high-exposure to its domestic market, China.
  • #4 Alcatel-Lucent: A relative newcomer to the market gained two percentage points in four-quarter trailing market share versus the year-ago period.

http://www.delloro.com/news/service-provider-core-router-market-records-fourth-consecutive-quarter-of-growth-2

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Huawei Announces Agile Data Center Cloud Connect Solution

Huawei introduced its Agile Data Center Cloud Connect Solution that ties together its CloudEngine series of data center switches, the Huawei Agile Controller and cloud applications.

The solution, which was launched at the Huawei Network Congress 2014 (HNC) held in Beijing this week, helps IT administrators to provision network resources.

Each type of service can be represented by an independent application profile. The Agile Controller is capable of interpreting three types of perspectives: the application profile perspective, the logical network perspective, and the physical network perspective. The Agile Controller automatically converts application profiles into the required logical networks, and delivers the associated configurations to physical network devices, allowing network resources to be dynamically migrated or adjusted on-demand and based on service requirements.

Huawei said it is actively building a cloud computing data center ecosystem. It Cloud Connect Solution connects to VMware’s vCloud cloud management platform and NSX network virtualization platform to provide automated network policy migration and VxLAN based hardware gateway solutions.

"In 2012, we launched the Cloud Fabric Data Center Solution and the industry's highest performance data center switches, the CE12800 series, allowing us to build scalable, virtualized, and open cloud data center networks for customers. To date, more than 360 global customers have implemented the Cloud Fabric solution and around 1,800 CE12800 switches have been deployed in cloud computing data centers", said Mr. Liu. "Today, we’ve introduced the Agile Data Center Cloud Connect Solution and we want to work with our partners to build a fully integrated cloud service system. The solution will integrate network, compute, and store resources in data centers to unify the virtual and physical network worlds, implementing multi-cloud connectivity and cloud-based network automation to make cloud computing simpler."

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-340353-ict.htm#.U4Z1EPldWP0


In May 2013, Huawei introduced its CE12816 CloudEngine (CE) switch for the data center core, boasting the a 64 Tbps total capacity.  The new switch uses Huawei's next-generation VRP8 software to deliver high-performance L2/L3 switching capabilities. Like all the switches in Huawei's Cloud Engine 12800 family, the CE12816 provides support for 1, 10, 40 and 100 GE connectivity. Densities supported on the CE12816 include up to 192*100GE, 384*40GE, or 1536*10GE line-speed ports.

The CloudEngine series provides high bandwidth of up to 2 Tbps per slot(scalable to 4 Tbps) and switching capacity of 64 Tbps.

Huawei's CloudEngine series incorporates a Cluster Switch System (CSS) feature to virtualize multiple switches into one logical switch, as well as the Virtual System (VS) feature to virtualize one switch into multiple independent logical devices. Huawei said its CSS and VS capabilities turn the network into a resource pool, allowing network resources to be allocated on demand.

The CloudEngine series also supports virtual machines by allowing network administrators to build large-scale Layer 2 networks with over 500 nodes based on TRILL, allowing for fast migration and flexible service deployment. Combined with the usage of the nCenter, network management system, the CloudEngine series is able to achieve over 10 times the virtual parallel processing capability of the industry average.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Finland's Elisa Deploys Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 Core Router

Elisa, Finland’s leading provider of mobile and fixed broadband services, announced a significant network upgrade that includes Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 eXtensible Routing System (XRS) core router, 7750 Service Router (SR) , 7210 Service Access Switch (SAS) family for aggregation, 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) for management and a service portal for provisioning.
 Alcatel-Lucent will also be supplying installation and commissioning, lifecycle program management, operations support and consulting and will manage a seamless migration of network elements and services from its global Migration Operations Centre.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

”Finns use the most mobile data per capita in the EU, which requires us very high standards for being able to fulfill all future needs our customers have. The world of our customers will become even more digital as data centers evolve into cloud services and the use of IPTV services continues increasing. Upgrading our core network to the new generation IP/MPLS network will ensure enough capacity and speed for our customers also in the future," stated Timo Katajisto, Executive Vice President of Elisa.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cisco Supplies 100G to Russia's Bashinformsvyaz

Bashinformsvyaz JSC, one of the largest service providers in the Urals region and in Russia at large, has deployed the Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) and Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers in key traffic nodes.

As a result, new coherent transponders were installed on DWDM-network multiplexors, ensuring data transmission at the rate of 100 gigabits per second per wavelength. Cisco said this type of transponder features a 100 Gigabit Ethernet client interface for user equipment; it is capable of transmitting data at a distance up to 4,000 km without intermediate Optical-to-Electronic-to-Optical regeneration. Along with the above, Cisco ASR 9000 routers were upgraded with line cards featuring 100 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces; these were connected to 100 Gbps DWDM transponders. This allowed building a high-speed trunk line scalable to 4 Tbps, connecting major cities of the Republic of Bashkortostan. Additionally, traffic grooming and optimization have been performed to enable more efficient utilization of the existing infrastructure; due to deep integration of IP and optical levels, reliability and survivability of the company's backbone network were dramatically increased.          

"Upgrade of the backbone network segment to 100 Gbps helps ensure a huge margin of safety, and efficient and scalable data transport infrastructure required to maintain further network growth and telecom services development within this area. It is very important to notice that implementation of 100 Gbps channels did not require any alterations of the existing DWDM network built some years ago for 10 Gbps speed capacity; our engineer staff was directly involved in those works. This allowed minimizing the deadlines and costs, completing works without interfering with existing services, as well as enriching ourselves with this precious experience of such a large-scale project,” stated Rustam Yanyshev, first deputy general director, CTO, Bashinformsvyaz.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/rss.html
http://www.bashtel.ru/

Friday, January 3, 2014

Huawei Cites 53 Customers for its 400G Core Router

As of the beginning of 2014, Huawei claims that 53 operators worldwide have deployed its 400G core router over the past five months.

Huawei NE5000E boasts a capacity of up to 2 Tbps per slot, 6.4 Tbps per chassis, and 32 Tbps per system.

http://www.huawei.com


  • In August 2013, Huawei deployed a 400G IP backbone network for Mobily in Saudi Arabia, and upgraded IP backbone networks for True and DTAC in Thailand.
  • In October 2013, Russian operator MegaFon and Huawei rolled out Europe's first 400G backbone network.
  • In November 2013, Spain’s fixed network operator Jazztel took the lead in deploying Huawei's 400G solution in Western Europe. 


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Dell'Oro: Service Provider Core Router Market Rebounds

After almost two years of year-over-year declines, the Service Provider Core Router market grew by seven percent in the third quarter of 2013 versus the year-ago period, according to a new report by Dell'Oro Group.

“All major core routing vendors have recently introduced, or will soon introduce new core routing platforms with significantly increased capacity,” said Alam Tamboli, Business Analyst at Dell’Oro Group.  “We expect the confluence of these new products to drive the core router market to double-digit growth for the full-year 2014 as service providers qualify these new products for their networks,” added Tamboli.

The top four core routing vendors:

  • #1 Cisco -- remained the number-one ranked vendor and has introduced two new core routing platforms during the past six months.
  • #2 Juniper --  new product offerings gave the company a more complete core router product portfolio and spurred year-over-year growth in the third quarter.
  • #3 Huawei -- contract wins to provide its new higher capacity router to both domestic Chinese and international service providers drove year-over-year growth.
  • #4 Alcatel-Lucent -- held fourth place with sales of its first core routing product.

http://www.delloro.com/news/service-provider-core-router-market-rebounds-according-to-delloro-group#sthash.8dmcUAZi.dpuf

Monday, December 2, 2013

University of Florida Deploys Brocade 100 GbE Core Routers

The University of Florida is deploying Brocade MLXe Core Routers with 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) blades and Brocade ICX Switches in its core network connecting the institution's HiPerGator supercomputer and external research networks, such as Internet2. In the newly opened data center, the University of Florida consolidated three primary Campus Research Network (CRN) sites to two, resulting in a 200 GbE triangle configuration connection between the two sites and the gateway to Internet2.

"All high-energy physics researchers in the southeast United States use the University of Florida's network as a resource and all of the data flows through Brocade routers," said Erik Deumens, Ph.D., Director of Research Computing at the University of Florida. "The 100 GbE Brocade MLXe routers enable us to keep up with demands and are also what the campus needed to develop a clear technology roadmap supportive of software-defined networking (SDN)."

In addition to the 100 GbE network, the University of Florida is participating in an early field trial of the recently announced Brocade MLXe 40 GbE module and connecting the Brocade MLXe Core Routers with high-density Brocade ICX 6650 Switches that provide 40/10 GbE performance. Brocade said the resulting solution positions the university as a leading example of a campus deploying an SDN-ready 100 GbE network core with 40 GbE connectivity to the aggregation layer.

http://www.brocade.com

Monday, November 18, 2013

Compass-EOS Raises $42 Million for Silicon-Photonic Routers

Compass-EOS, a start-up based in Netanya, Israel, raised $42 million in a new round of venture funding for its next-gen silicon-to-photonics-based routers.

The company's silicon-to-photonics implementation, which it calls icPhotonics, simplifies router design by bringing the entire backplane on-chip.   The on–chip optical integration ensures QoS routing at high utilization rates and congestion-free multicast packet handling.

The company's first product, r10004, is a carrier-grade, modular platform offering 800 Gbps Capacity in a 6U enclosure.  It offers 2 x 100G ports or 20 x 10G ports with full Layer 3 routing functionality for core, peering or aggregation deployments. Compass-EOS launched its r10004 router in March 2013, announcing the commercial shipment of its icPhotonics-based routers.  NTT Communications and major research and education organizations, including CERNET, have successfully deployed the company’s routers.

The new funding round included participation of existing investors Comcast Ventures, Cisco, Pitango Venture Capital, Benchmark Capital, Northbridge Venture Partners and Marker LLC with a US-based Private Equity Fund and RUSNANO joining the round as new investors.  This brings the total of capital raised by Compass-EOS to $160 million, a record for total funds raised by an Israeli startup.

"Compass-EOS has an enormous market opportunity with the rapid growth of data services and online devices," said Gadi Bahat, CEO of Compass-EOS. "Our initial success with global network service providers has enabled Compass-EOS to raise considerable capital from leading investors around the world. We will continue to innovate while investing in customer support, sales and marketing, all of which are key elements for our future.”

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  • Compass-EOS was founded in 2006 by Michael Laor, who previously was a Director of Engineering and Architecture of Cisco Systems, and Dr. Michael Mesh, who had been a co-founder and CTO of PacketLight Networks.