Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Coriant Outlines Dynamic Optical Cloud Architecture for On-Demand Services

Coriant outlined its vision for bringing a high degree of programmability, automation and control to multilayer, multi-vendor transport networks.

The Coriant Dynamic Optical Cloud will couple the company's metro-to-core packet optical networking capabilities with software-defined networking (SDN) intelligence.

Coriant cited several Dynamic Optical Cloud use cases that it has developed in partnership with Tier 1 operators around the world, including:

  • Application-driven TaaS/bandwidth on demand
  • Multilayer defragmentation
  • Network analytics and workflow management
  • Dynnamamic mobile backhaul resiliency
  • Cloud-bursting

The Coriant Dynamic Optical Cloud includes the company's 7100 and hiT 7300 packet optical networking platforms, the 8600 mobile edge router, and a suite of applications, open orchestration and controllers. It also includes the new mTera Universal Transport platform.

Coriant said it is working to integrated third party routers into these use cases as an initial step toward multivendor implementation. The company is currently engaged in multiple customer trials and will be trialing the commercial offering in the third quarter of 2014.

“Coriant‘s Dynamic Optical Cloud solution reinforces our market leadership in end-to-end packet optical networking following the merger of Tellabs and Coriant,” said Pat DiPietro, Chief Executive Officer, Coriant. “With greater scale, deeper R&D resources and technology expertise, and an expanded portfolio of SDN-enabled products and capabilities, we are well positioned to be the preferred supplier to our customers as their network and service requirements evolve in a cloud-centric world.”



Coriant's Debuts mTera Universal Transport Platform

Coriant introducted its mTera Universal Transport Platform designed to serve a variety of roles in next-gen packet optical networks, including metro-to-LH gateway applications and on-demand data center connectivity. The Coriant mTera platform, which is the first product to come to market since the merging of Coriant and Tellabs, brings together compact, simplified and efficient traffic grooming from Tellabs and photonic-layer technology and system performance from Coriant.

Key attributes of the mTera platform include:


  • Density: Compact form factor which supports 7TB of switching capacity in half a rack; with two shelves supported per bay, this equates to 14TB of total switching capacity. It boasts 14 service slots and 6 switch fabric slots; the mTera will initially launch with 200G cards, with 500G cards scheduled for a future release.
  • Flexibility and scalability: Innovative, multiservice switching architecture capable of supporting both OTN and L2 switching seamlessly across every card and every port on the platform. The full complement of ODUx switching including ODU-0 grooming with ODU-Flex, Carrier Ethernet and MPLS-TP ensures the most cost-effective and efficient grooming solution for packet and transparent services. All interface cards are designed using the latest in pluggable interface technology: SFP+ for 10G and CFP for 100G, including 100G coherent DWDM. All interfaces support a host of white light and DWDM options.
  • Simplicity: Minimal set of highly flexible interface cards supported with unrestricted OTN and packet switching on every port. This simplifies ordering, sparing and deployment resulting in smoother, simpler and faster roll-outs for customers while minimizing the chances of error.
  • Resiliency: High degree of restoration flexibility by providing restoration coordination across multiple layers. From a physical architecture perspective, this includes redundancy in the switching fabrics, interface modules, power supply and processors, and from the network perspective, the integration of ASON/GMPLS control plane and SDN functions for end-to-end, multilayer capabilities.

"Hypergrowth driven by mobility, video and cloud applications continues to drive the need for new and innovative infrastructure solutions," said Pat DiPietro, Chief Executive Officer, Coriant. "We continue to make strategic investments in Coriant's portfolio to ensure our customers have the tools necessary to adapt to these dynamic market changes. The addition of mTera to our product portfolio strengthens Coriant's leadership in end-to-end packet optical networking while enabling service providers to cost-effectively meet the performance requirements of today's demanding transport applications."

The mTera platform is currently available and in trials with customers.

http://www.coriant.com/products/mtera_campaign.asp

Huawei's 400G WDM Prototype Promises 'Faster than Nyquist'

At the OFC 2014 Conference in San Francisco, Huawei introduced a 400G WDM prototype for ultra-long-haul transmission that employs Faster Than Nyquist (FTN) technology to increase the 400G transmission distance beyond 3000 km.

Huawei said its FTN technology breaks the limit of the Nyquist sampling theorem, which defines a maximum transmission speed for a fixed channel bandwidth, by leveraging spectrum compression and signal distortion compensation algorithms.  This enables the FTN technology to achieve long-haul transmission of high baud-rate signals on existing networks (similar to transmitting a large file that has been compressed, which requires less bandwidth than transmitting the original file).

The technology enables two types of 400G WDM solutions based on 100 GHz channel spacing — a short-haul solution and the ultra-long-haul solution unveiled at OFC 2014. The ultra-long-haul solution, which applies to backbone transmission, adopts 2SC-PDM-QPSK modulation and supports a record transmission distance of over 3000 km. The short-haul solution, which applies to metropolitan area network (MAN) transmission, adopts 1SC-PDM-16QAM modulation and allows high-quality 400G transmission over a single carrier wave. Huawei's single-carrier 400G solution was recently tested on EXATEL's live network in Poland.

“Huawei has been investing heavily in the high-speed WDM field. The new FTN technology introduced in the prototype exceeds traditional technological limits to deliver ultra-long-haul 400G transmission, breaking new ground for the 400G industry,” said Jack Wang, President of the Huawei transmission network product line.

http://www.huawei.com

Bright House Tests 400G and 800G Over Live Network with Fujitsu

Bright House Networks, which is the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S., has successfully trialed Fujitsu’s 400G transport technology in its live network.

The trial was Fujitsu’s first 400G trial with a cable MSO used Fujitsu’s 400G optical networking transceivers over the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platforms (Packet ONPs). Upon completing the 400G trial, an error-free rate of 800 G was also attempted and achieved–maximizing the potential of future networking capabilities while showing their commitment to leveraging customers’ investment in their networks.

Fujitsu noted several key technical advancements demonstrated by this trial:

  • Fujitsu’s 400G and 800G Super Channel capabilities enable higher per-channel scalability; 
  • Support for adaptive modulation schemes, including DP-QPSK and DP-16QAM, opens up the ability to optimize spectral efficiency while accommodating dynamically changing reach demands
  • Increased spectral efficiency was achieved with Nyquist filtering techniques reducing optical signal bandwidth.  
  • Nonlinear compensation (NLC) techniques were employed to reduce the resulting optical penalties and extend the achievable transmission distance to overcome nonlinear fiber impairments due to optical transmission.

“Our work with Fujitsu allows us to further advance our current transport infrastructure, from 10G to 100G and now 400Gbps and beyond,” said Craig Cowden, Senior Vice President, Network Engineering, Operations and Enterprise Solutions, Bright House Networks.  “Our technology is part of people’s lives, so we continually invest in our network to deliver new and innovative solutions. This initiative provides us with the ability to upgrade the amount of bandwidth available on our existing DWDM infrastructure to support the ever-increasing High Speed Data requirements of our customers and new initiatives, such as fiber to the home, for years to come.”

http://www.fujitsu.com/us/services/telecom/news/newsroom.html



Infonetics: OTN switching is Booming

The OTN switching segment of the market grew 37% in 2013, according to a new report from Infonetics Research that tracks optical transport network (OTN) switching and transport equipment and packet-optical transport systems (P-OTS).

  • Worldwide overall OTN revenue totaled $8 billion in 2013, or 66% of all optical network hardware spending    
  • The market for P-OTS equipment came to $1.7 billion in 2013, split fairly evenly between metro edge and metro regional P-OTS gear
  • P-OTS revenue grew 32% between the second half of 2012 and the second half of 2013
  • Infonetics projects the OTN switching segment to grow at about a 20% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2013 to 2018

"OTN switching had a major year of growth in 2013 as service providers prioritized installation of integrated WDM+OTN switching and 100G coherent technology in the core. Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena, and Infinera are the key beneficiaries here," notes Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst for optical at Infonetics Research. "Meanwhile, Chinese carriers continue to expand large deployments of OTN switching, with Huawei as the sole beneficiary. Over in the P-OTS space, incumbent vendors Cisco, Fujitsu, Tellabs, Ciena, and Alcatel-Lucent are the market leaders, but new players BTI, Cyan, Transmode, and Ericsson are challenging with pure-play P-OTS platforms."

https://www.infonetics.com/

Huawei Releases Wavelength-based Multidimensional All-optical Cross-connect

At the OFC 2014 show in San Francisco, Huawei showcased a wavelength-based all-optical cross-connect technology that operates in 8-dimensions (80 waves per dimension).  The optical cross-connect prototype implements a free cross-connect of 640 x 640 waves.

Huawei said its optical cross-connect prototype uses an industry-leading optical engine that enables a programmable million-pixel array to be integrated into a 1 cm2 silicon wafer. This is like integrating a million tiny mirrors into a space no larger than a coin; the engine can then control the cross-connect directions of the wavelengths by manipulating these "mirrors".

The innovation is seen as an important step in the evolution from transport networks to all-optical networks.

http://www.huawei.com

ADVA Optical Networking Acquires Oscilloquartz SA

ADVA Optical Networking SE agreed to acquire Oscilloquartz SA from Swatch Group. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Oscilloquartz specializes in network synchronization solutions, including high-quality quartz crystal oscillators.  The company, which was founded in 1949, offers technology for timing sources and timing distribution for legacy and next-generation packet networks. During its long history, Oscilloquartz has developed long-term relationships with hundreds of customers served by more than 80 distributors around the globe. The company is based in Neuchatel, Switzerland - the heart of Europe's traditional watchmaking region.

ADVA said the Oscilloquartz product portfolio complements its own Syncjack offering and enables the company to deliver a complete end-to-end solution and smooth migration for frequency and time synchronization to network operators, a large number of enterprise verticals and governmental institutions.

“Synchronization technology is a critical element to the development of our networks; a critical element to the development of our business,” said Brian Protiva, CEO and co-founder, ADVA Optical Networking. “That's why our acquisition of Oscilloquartz is so important. The technology and intelligence we're buying here completes our synchronization delivery and assurance portfolio, it completes our Syncjack solution."

http://www.advaoptical.com

Acacia Announces Single-Chip Silicon Photonics 100G Coherent Transceiver

At OFC 2014 in San Francisco, Acacia Communications introduced a complete 100G coherent transceiver in a single Silicon Photonics Integrated Circuit (PIC) package -- integrating all the critical optical elements required in Acacia’s industry-first 100G coherent CFP module, which the company just announced is now shipping in samples.

Acacia’s highly integrated duplex Silicon Photonics single-chip PIC is low cost, low power, ultra-compact and can be manufactured in high volume.  Coupled with Acacia’s internally developed low-power coherent ASIC, the company can deliver a 100G Coherent CFP product at half the cost and one-third the power and size of long haul 100G solutions.

“Silicon Photonics is typically considered for short-reach interconnects,” said Acacia’s Director of Photonic Integration, Dr. Chris Doerr.  “But Silicon Photonics is very well suited for coherent transceivers, because it is ideal for manipulating optical polarizations, which is critical in coherent technology.  Co-packaged with linear drivers and trans-impedance amplifiers Acacia’s PIC consumes ~ 4 Watts of power. Our groundbreaking optical integration reduces cost by minimizing assembly touch points, mechanical adjustments, test apparatus and amount of material required”.

http://www.acacia-inc.com


Procera Supplies its PacketLogic for du

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC (du), the fastest growing telecom operator in the Middle East, has selected Procera Networks’ award-winning PacketLogic 10000 series of products to provide an enhanced customer experience and network optimisation.

Specifically, du has deployed PacketLogic real time analytics, information and subscriber management systems that allow for the optimal customer experience, enabling them to enjoy maximum benefits from the most recently available applications and services.

"This is a tremendous endorsement of our solutions in an incredibly competitive market for fixed and mobile services. Our partnership with du represents a leading edge relationship between two companies, whose primary objective is to enhance customer experience with access to value-based services that meet the needs of fixed and mobile customers worldwide," said Paul Gracie, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Services at Procera Networks.

http://www.proceranetworks.com

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

Monday, March 10, 2014

Open Source Optical (OSO) Forum Sets Course

A new Open Source Optical (OSO) Forum has been established to promote the adoption of standards-based, interchangeable, easy-to-use, and power-efficient optical networking technologies into next-generation data centers and cloud environments.

The new forum, which was initiated by Vello Systems and includes the initial participation of Accelink, CoAdna, CrossFiber, O-Net, PacketLight and Pacnet, aims to bring together optical component and system vendors, software companies, channel partners and end-users in order to define and promote OpenFlow-based, merchant-optical networking solutions.

Vello's mission is to provide the software that fundamentally changes IT consumption models, making them better tailored to the demands of enterprise and individual end users. Customers are calling for more flexibility and new tools to realize their IT delivery solutions. Vello's goal has been to unify standard software with vendor-agnostic merchant hardware to ease adoption by users," said Karl May, CEO, Vello Systems. "One major goal with OSO is to decouple the hardware and software innovation cycles and give vendors in both categories greater freedom to innovate. We want to extend the open networking revolution to optical systems."

The OSO Forum organizers expect that some members will simply port OSO software onto their existing optical systems, making them instantly compatible with OpenFlow controller and application frameworks. Other members may choose to build next-generation Native OpenFlow, enterprise-friendly 10G/40G/100G 1RU "pizza box" optical systems, or other appliances, as their go-to-market solutions. Moving forward, any software solution that supports OpenFlow 1.4 can also be used to run OSO-based optical solutions. Vello will also be making the optical extensions generally available to be incorporated into other OpenFlow network controller frameworks. Importantly, OSO software will include the optical extensions that are part of OpenFlow Version 1.4, which were authored and contributed by Vello in the Open Networking Foundation.

"Specific application of OpenFlow-based SDN to optical components and networks opens up novel opportunities to add connectivity options within and between data centers, improve price-performance, and apply dynamic software control to flexible, application-independent infrastructure," said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. "We look forward to collaborating with the OSO community to understand their requirements and contribute solutions."

http://www.vellosystems.com/osocomingsoon/
http://www.opensourceoptical.org

Ciena's WaveLogic Photonics Extends its Network Vision

Ciena introduced its WaveLogic Photonics -- a set of programmable, optical transmission capabilities combining adjustable packet and OTN traffic management, including flexible line elements such as programmable line amplifiers, Smart Raman and customizable Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADMs) configurations – from metro to core.

Ciena said its goal with WaveLogic Photonics, which represents the next step in its OPn architecture evolution, is to make the network more dynamic and responsive to changing demands and applications needs.  The new capabilities build upon the intelligence already found in Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent optics across the entire optical line system.

Product enhancements include:

  • Expanded control plane capabilities – Ciena’s OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane now includes additional distributed intelligence across the photonic and OTN layers. This ensures that operators can offer a broad selection of service level guarantees and new service offerings.
  • Smart Raman – Eliminating time consuming manual configuration steps as well as the potential damage to equipment and fiber that accompanies traditional Raman deployments, Ciena’s Smart Raman provides simple and automatic turn-up by autonomously testing and ensuring proper fiber conditions are met prior to self-activation. The ability to plug and play Raman into the network helps service providers optimize span and system designs and minimize the use of costly regenerators.
  • PinPoint – Ciena’s advanced fiber analytic software leverages Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) capabilities that are now integrated directly into the network elements to create a complete fiber loss profile – analogous to a CT scan of the network. This allows network operators to precisely localize and deal with potential trouble spots, reducing the risk of outages and accelerating repair times from days to hours. It creates the opportunity for proactive maintenance to improve network characteristics and also keeps track of historical information so administrators can remotely validate that installation, maintenance and repairs have been properly executed, which ensures the fiber plant is always conditioned for optimal system performance. 

"Wavelogic Photonics is another step in realizing our OPn network architecture vision, which is designed to make networks more responsive to business needs. As networks become strategic application-responsive assets, an intelligent, agile optical layer is vital to achieving the necessary flexibility to support changing network demands. WaveLogic Photonics enables network operators to reliably shift their operating model from just ‘configuring’ to actually ‘programming’ the network in real-time– increasing service velocity while eliminating the potential for manual errors and the cumbersome tracking processes that plague networking today. It also allows operators to easily view their network assets and program them to automatically respond to service requests and intelligently route packet services across the network," stated Steve Alexander, Chief Technology Officer, Ciena.

http://www.ciena.com/

Windstream Picks Infinera for 100G Long-Haul Express Network

Windstream is deploying the Infinera DTN-X platform, featuring 500 Gigabit per second (Gbps) super-channels, across its long-haul express network.

Windstream operates a nationwide fiber and IP network, covering 118,000 miles of fiber and 27 data center locations across the nation. As a cloud solutions provider, Windstream serves businesses with a wide range of cloud communication needs, in addition to offering an advanced data, voice and video network that provides customers low latency and reliable 100 Gigabit Ethernet services.

Infinera said the deployment enables an Intelligent Transport Network featuring single-card 500 Gbps FlexCoherent super-channels.  This provides Windstream with a solution integrating DWDM optical transmission and five terabit per second non-blocking OTN switching in a single platform.

"By deploying the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network, Windstream will significantly increase the capacity of our network infrastructure to meet the needs of our customers," said Randy Nicklas, executive vice president of engineering and chief technology officer for Windstream. "The DTN-X platform enables us to offer services that result in lower latency for mission critical applications while providing a network that is even more reliable and enables rapid provisioning of services."

“Windstream’s selection of the DTN-X reinforces the value of the Infinera Intelligent Transport Network architecture,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. “It’s clear that in addition to the need for scale and efficiency, network operators value the ability to turn time into a competitive weapon by delivering the high capacity services their customers want, quickly and more reliably than their competitors.”

http://www.infinera.com/j7/servlet/NewsItem?newsItemID=394



"Huawei Cup" Hosted by Arsenal Slated for Emirates Stadium in May

"The Huawei Cup"’ a new 5-a-side tournament hosted by Premier League Club Arsenal, will take place at the iconic Emirates Stadium on 21 May 2014.  The inaugural tournament will be attended by former England and Arsenal legend Ray Parlour.

Huawei will be inviting customers, staff, press and partners to take part in this annual branded pitch event at the Emirates Stadium.

http://www.consumer.huawei.com/en/


  • In January, Huawei was named the "Official Smartphone Partner" of Arsenal Football Club until the end of season 2015/16. The deal brings together two high performing organisations with a global presence; Huawei, a global technology and communications market leader, and Arsenal FC, one of the world's biggest football clubs.  
    Tom Fox, Chief Commercial Officer at Arsenal Football Club, said: "We are delighted to welcome Huawei to Arsenal as an official partner. This is the first global deal we have signed with a Chinese brand, demonstrating our long-term commitment to the market through pre-season tours and sustained digital fan engagement.

Iliad Saw Big Jump in 2013 in France

Iliad reported consolidated 2013 EBITDA of €1,204 million, up 31% over 2012, as profit for the period jumped by just over 42% to €265 million.

Some key indicators:

  • 13.7 million subscribers (landline and mobile)
     
  • Revenues up by nearly 19% to more than €3.7 billion
     
  • 24% of revenues reinvested in 2013, representing the largest capital expenditure program in the industry 


  • Landline business: Ongoing development of the Group's profitable growth model. With 276,000 net adds and a net add market share of 35%, in 2013 the Group was France's leading recruiter of broadband subscribers for the second year in a row, despite a fiercely competitive environment. Landline revenues climbed by almost 8% year on year to €2,498 million and EBITDA advanced 13%.
  • Mobile business: 2.8 million new subscribers, the highest number of net adds among French mobile operators in 2013. This sharp increase in Free Mobile’s subscriber base drove up the Group’s market share to 12% at December 31, 2013, less than two years after its mobile offerings were first launched. Revenues generated by the mobile business surged 50% year on year to €1,261 million, representing a third of the Group's total revenue figure. In line with its strategy of enhancing its commercial offerings, Free proposed numerous innovations in 2013, including roaming services in Portugal, the launch of Femtocells, 4G services and a rental offer for smartphones. 

 http://www.iliad.fr/en/finances/2014/CP_100314_Eng.pdf


Rogers Gains Funding for Purchase of 700 MHz Spectrum

Rogers Communications secured approximately $2.1 billion in funding for paying for 20 year licenses for two contiguous, paired blocks of lower band spectrum - acquired in the recent 700 MHz spectrum auction.  Combined with cash on hand, Rogers will pay $3.29 billion for the spectrum covering both rural and urban areas across Canada.

"We went after and won this spectrum because we know it will pay off for our customers for the next 20 years and likely beyond. Not only did we get the spectrum we wanted for our customers, but we have financed it with $2.1 billion of long term funding for up to 30 years at some of our lowest rates ever, with an average interest rate of just 3.9%. In addition, we have made this long term investment for our customers while maintaining our Baa1/BBB+/BBB+ senior credit ratings, which have been affirmed by each of Moody's, Standard and Poor's and Fitch, reflecting their confidence in the investment and in Rogers," said Anthony Staffieri, Chief Financial Officer, Rogers Communications.

http://www.rogers.com


PMC-Sierra and Acacia Test 100G OTN Interoperability

PMC-Sierra and Acacia Communications, which develops intelligent subsystems for ultra-high speed fiber optic transmission, have completed interoperability testing between PMC’s DIGI 120G OTN Processor and Acacia’s AC100 100G Coherent module. The devices could be used together for a 100G OTN line card for metro networks.

Initial implementations of 100G OTN switching were expensive, high-power multi-card solutions. PMC’s DIGI 120G supports both 100G and simultaneous switching of OTN and packet clients with a single chip, enabling greater than 50% power reduction and single-card 100G OTN switching implementations. Acacia’s AC100-MC is the first 100G Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) compliant 100G coherent module and is the industry’s lowest-power solution.

“By demonstrating interoperability, PMC and Acacia are providing the ecosystem to support the transition to 100G in metro networks worldwide,” said Acacia’s President and CEO Raj Shanmugaraj. “Our AC100 Coherent module reduces power, cost and size, making 100G for the first time more cost effective than 10G. With PMC’s DIGI 120G also bringing down the cost of 100G OTN switching solution, and the optical performance enabled by our digital signal processing techniques, we expect to see the market for 100G OTN in the metro to grow rapidly.”

“Our DIGI 120G allows equipment makers to deliver 100G and OTN switching in the form factor and power profile needed to enable mass deployment of 100G OTN in the metro,” said Babak Samimi, vice president of marketing and applications for PMC's Communications Business Unit. “Demonstrating interoperability with Acacia’s module is an important step to show that the ecosystem is ready for the 100G transition.”

http://www.pmcs.com
http://WWW.ACACIA-INC.COM

Skorpios Technologies Launches Micro-ITLA Tunable Laser for 100G

Skorpios Technologies, a start-up based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, demonstrated a micro-ITLA tunable laser utilizing its Template Assisted Bonding (STAB) process.

The laser was designed for next gen coherent 100G transceivers with linewidths of less than 100 kHz, low optical noise, high power and high stability.

"Launching our micro-ITLA is an important inflection point for Skorpios," commented John Zyskind, VP Engineering. "Not only have we productized one of the hardest types of laser to develop, but we have initiated production based on our STAB platform, where we integrate a small amount of heterogeneous material using a wafer-scale process within a commercial CMOS fab. This gives us a very attractive cost structure, as well as high reliability because the device is natively hermetic.  The Skorpios micro-ITLA will be used as a springboard into more highly integrated devices with a wide range of applications."

http://www.skorpiosinc.com

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