Wednesday, September 3, 2014

DragonWave's Harmony Enhanced Delivers Long Reach in 6-42 GHz Bands

DragonWave introduced its next generation, Harmony Enhanced, all-outdoor microwave system operating in the 6-42 GHz spectrum bands and capable of increased reach by >30% thanks to high output power.

Harmony Enhanced merges the company's flagship Harmony Radio and Horizon Compact+ into a next-generation, ultra high-capacity microwave system featuring an integrated switch.

The company said its Harmony Enhanced allows operators to cost effectively scale networks with the industry's leading system gain, highest spectral efficiency and increased capacity that is enabled through 112 MHz channel support, 4096QAM capability, Bandwidth Accelerator+ and MIMO. These capabilities allow Harmony Enhanced to deliver > 2 Gbps in a single radio, with scalability via MIMO to 4 Gbps in a single channel. Bandwidth Accelerator+ provides > 2 times throughput improvements with the inclusion of header optimization and the industry's only bulk compression working in tandem. It also features integrated Ethernet switching with WRED queuing, E-LINE and E-LAN support and upgradability to MPLS-TP, enables a true all-outdoor installation without the need for an additional access switch.

"The Harmony Enhanced represents an important consolidation and improvement to the DragonWave product portfolio by providing industry leading scale and reach in the microwave bands" said Greg Friesen, vice president, product management, DragonWave. "By providing a future-proof LTE backhaul solution, Harmony Enhanced will allow operators to meet the requirements for next generation architectures with scalability, integrated Ethernet switching, MPLS-TP upgradability, SynchE and 1588v2, so that their end-users can be assured the utmost in service delivery."

"Building end-to-end mobile broadband solutions requires a flexible backhaul component. With the help of Harmony Enhanced we can provide optimized backhaul with tested interoperability and integration into the network," said Gerhard Staudenherz, head of OEM product business line, Nokia Networks. "Our partnership with DragonWave supports our strategy for mobile broadband and our joint customers benefit from a single, integrated solution."

http://www.dragonwaveinc.com


Telefónica Picks Alcatel-Lucent for 100G Backbone in Spain

Telefónica has selected Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) a 100 Gbps optical network throughout the north-west, eastern and southern regions of Spain.  The backbone will enable Telefónica to improve the capacity of its regional networks to meet rapidly growing consumer and business demand for high-speed, ultra-broadband Internet connectivity. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Alcatel-Lucent said its DWDM solution with integrated OTN switching and aggregation will support increasing traffic created by video and cloud applications.  The network has 8.8 Tbps of capacity and is ready to grow to 24 Tbps. The network will offer auto-restoration features based on a GMPLS control plane in every regional domain to advance reliability and uninterrupted quality of experience for customers.

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Nokia Networks and Intel Open Innovation Centre in UK

Nokia Networks and Intel have opened an innovation center in Bath, UK to encourage the development of new mobile broadband applications and services based on Nokia Networks’ Liquid Applications with support from its AppFactory. The solution, is powered by Intel technology-based servers and deployed at base stations, aims to bring intelligent data processing closer to users at the network's edge.

EE is the first operator to begin testing in the new UK innovation center.

“The opening of this innovation center in the UK gives us the chance to continue to introduce world-leading new services on to our LTE network,” said Mansoor Hanif, Director of RAN & Programs at EE. “Testing in this state of the art new center offers us an opportunity to fully explore the value which our network can bring to our customers, through innovations such as Liquid Applications, keeping us ahead of the competition and bringing the best minds in innovation to the UK.”

http://nsn.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/nokia-networks-and-intel-accelerate-the-development-of-new-applications-and-services

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AT&T Launches Cloud Storage for U.S. Government

AT&T launched cloud-based storage designed specifically to meet the robust security requirements of U.S. federal government agencies.

AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service for Government is a multi-tenant, community cloud offer. It has the same features, policies, capabilities, and EMC Atmos technology as AT&T's commercial cloud storage offer but adds further security measures including:

  • Storage towers that are physically separated from other users' towers in the data center;
  • Separate logical cloud for government data; government customer data will not co-exist with commercial data;
  • A separate cloud portal partition for government agencies;
  • All government agency customers and their authorized users are assigned RSA hard token for 2-Factor Authentication.

"Federal agencies want the mobility, collaboration, information sharing and efficiency that cloud offers but they can't afford to adopt cloud solutions that sacrifice performance, reliability and above all, security," said Kay Kapoor, President, AT&T Government Solutions. "Our new STaaS for Government offer delivers the key attributes Federal buyers require and allows them to move to the cloud with ease and confidence."

https://www.synaptic.att.com/clouduser/

Pacific Wave Adds 40G TransPacific Capacity

Pacific Wave has upgraded its U.S. West Coast peering exchange by adding a second 40 Gbps connection to Australia and New Zealand. The link goes from Los Angeles through the Big Island of Hawaii and on to Australia. It complements an exisitng 40 Gbps link from Seattle through Oahu to Australia.

Pacific Wave is a state-of-the-art international peering exchange designed to serve research and education networks throughout the Pacific Rim and beyond and features connection points at three US West Coast locations: the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Seattle. It is a joint project between the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC) and the Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP) with support from the University of Southern California and the University of Washington.

http://www.pacificwave.net

Google Collaborates with UCSB on Quantum Processors

Google is collaborating with the University of California Santa Barbara to design and build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics.

The research brings together Google's Quantum Artificial Intelligence team with John Martinis and his team at UC Santa Barbara.

The team plans to test new designs for quantum optimization and inference processors based on recent theoretical insights as well as learnings from the D-Wave quantum annealing architecture.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+QuantumAILab/posts

Seagate Ships First 8TB Hard Drives

Seagate Technology began shipping the world’s first 8TB hard disk drive. Target applications include cloud content, object storage and back-up disaster recovery storage.

The 3.5-inch hard disk drive is outfitted with enterprise-class reliability and support for archive workloads. It also incorporates a SATA 6 Gbps interface for integration in both private and public data centers.

“As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centers,” said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. “Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the world’s first 8TB HDD, a ground-breaking new solution for meeting the increased capacities needed to support the demand for high capacity storage in a world bursting with digital creation, consumption and long-term storage.”

http://www.seagate.com

Vubiq Builds 60GHz Millimeter Wave Systems with Vitesse

Vubiq Networks is using Vitesse Semiconductor's CEServices software, Serval-Lite VSC7416 Carrier Ethernet switch engine, and VSC8574 Gigabit Ethernet PHY for its latest generation 60GHz millimeter wave wireless system targeted at wireless fiber extension and 4G / LTE backhaul applications.

Vubiq (rhymes with "cubic"), which is a privately company based in Irvine, California, has developed a proprietary high-bandwidth, wireless link solution to enable gigabit speed transport and backhaul support with integration of full layer-2 networking capabilities, including software defined networking.

“Easy service provisioning and management are critical for carriers. To support this, mobile networks require far more intelligence at the network edge to handle the bandwidth-hungry applications that consumers routinely demand,” said Larry O’Connell, product marketing director at Vitesse. “Vitesse’s Service-Aware Architecture, or ViSAA™, integrates that intelligence into access and edge network equipment, enabling MEF CE 2.0-compliant solutions that readily support wireless network demands.”

http://investor.vitesse.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=868479
http://www.vubiqnetworks.com/

Monday, September 1, 2014

NEC to Build Southeast Asia to U.S. Cable System

NEC was selected by a consortium of seven global telecommunications companies to build a new submarine cable system that directly connects Southeast Asia and the United States.

The Southeast Asia -- United States (SEA-US) cable will span 15,000 km and connect the five areas and territories of Manado (Indonesia), Davao (Philippines), Piti (Guam), Oahu (Hawaii) and Los Angeles.

When completed in the Q4 2016, the cable system will support 100G wavelengths and offer 20 Tbps of capacity.  The approximate cost is US$250 million.

The consortium consists of PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Globe Telecom, RAM Telecom International (RTI), Hawaiian Telcom, Teleguam Holdings (GTA), GTI Corporation (a member of the Globe Telecom group of companies) and Telkom USA.

http://www.nec.co.jp

Polkomtel Tests LTE Broadcast with Ericsson

Polkomtel carried out the first test of LTE Broadcast technology in Poland on August 30, streaming the opening game of the 2014 World Volleyball Championship between Poland and Serbia to 300 selected guests and journalists at Warsaw's National Stadium. Ericsson supplied its LTE Broadcast solution.  A total of 300 guests were given LTE Broadcast-enabled mobile devices with a pre-configured application to watch live streaming of the game.

Valter D'Avino, Head of Ericsson's Region Western and Central Europe, says: "Ericsson has been at the forefront of developing and implementing this technology around the world, and it has great potential to grow much further with a wide range of use cases: for example, to send updates and content to connected cars, digital signage or billing boards, as well as public safety and emergency broadcast services."

http://www.ericsson.com

ALU Completes SAT-3/WASC Undersea Cable Upgrade

Alcatel-Lucent completed the fourth upgrade of the SAT-3/WASC undersea cable system, which now offers 40 Gbps connections, full in-system protection, and one of the lowest latency routes between Europe, West Coast of Africa and Southern Africa.

The SAT-3/WASC cable system was upgraded from 420 Gbps to 920 Gbps in the northern segments, north of Ghana, and from 340 Gbps to 800 Gbps in the southern segments. Overall, this fourth upgrade enables a sevenfold increase in SAT-3/WASC’s original design capacity through the use of Alcatel-Lucent’s advanced coherent technology.

This latest upgrade went live during the first half of 2014.

The SAFE cable provides on-going connections via the shortest route and therefore lowest latency between Southern Africa and Asia with connectivity via South Africa, Mauritius, Reunion, India and Malaysia.

Johan Meyer, Management Committee Chairman  of SAT-3/WASC/SAFE consortium said: “SAT-3/WASC/SAFE has a proven track record backed by 12 years of operational experience and sound financial stability, allowing for further cable upgrades and optimum network performance, both regionally and globally. The additional capacity available with the fourth  upgrade will contribute significantly in meeting the ongoing demand in the markets served by SAT3/WASC/SAFE.”

http://www.alcatel-luc

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Intel Highlights Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge for 14nm

Intel highlighted two new advanced packaging and test technologies for its foundry customers.

Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB), available to 14nm foundry customers, is a simpler 2.5D packaging approach for very high density interconnects between heterogeneous dies on a single package.

Intel said this technology embeds a small silicon bridge chip in the package, enabling very high density die-to-die connections only where needed. Standard flip-chip assembly is used for robust power delivery and to connect high-speed signals directly from chip to the package substrate.

Intel also announced the availability of its revolutionary High Density Modular Test (HDMT) platform for markets including server, client, system on chip, and Internet of Things. Until now, this capability was only available internally for Intel products.

http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2014/08/27/intel-announces-new-packaging-and-test-technologies-for-foundry-customers

South Africa's MTN Tests 2.4 Tbps Wavelength with Huawei

South Africa-based MTN has conducted a live trial of Huawei's Transport Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and 2.4 Tbps wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) system.

The ultra-fast single-channel 2.4 Tbps field trial took place on MTN’s national fibre backbone network in South Africa. In the first scenario, 2.4 Tbps with 16QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) was achieved over a transmission distance exceeding 300 km. In the second scenario, 2 Tbps with QPSK was achieved over a transmission distance of 1031 km.

Huawei described the system as the biggest in terms of capacity tested to date. In addition to the large system capacity, the "world’s first" transport SDN new features were also tested. Huawei Transport SDN solutions, using physical network modeling and resource abstraction, have realized transmission pipe virtualization. These advances allow traditional communication technology networks to be "IT-like". This trial successfully demonstrated SDN features such as Bandwidth on Demand (BoD), Virtual Transport Service (VTS) and Automatic O&M functions.

Mr. Navi Naidoo, Group Technology Officer, MTN, said: "With this successful field trial, we have demonstrated our commitment to digital innovation. MTN continues to invest in future-proof transport networks to realize world class technologies, not only to our existing markets, but to extend our technology offerings globally. We believe that networks such as cloud computing, streaming media and mobile broadband must be scalable, intelligent and flexible. To this end, Huawei's next generation optical evolution concept 'SDN-based flex optical network' properly fits our requirements."

Mr. Zha Jun, President of Huawei's Fixed Network Business Unit, said: "Huawei will maintain cooperation and joint innovation with MTN, and continue to promote the commercialization process of SDN and ultra-high speed optical transmission technology, in order to jointly meet the challenges of a digital future. "

http://www.huawei.com

Zayo Announces Connect to the Cloud Platform

Zayo introduced its Connect to the Cloud platform for helping enterprise customers adopt a hybrid cloud strategy.

Zayo's Connect to the Cloud platform will provide a direct connect options to multiple cloud providers and over 500 data centers worldwide. The expanded program offers a direct connect option to many leading cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Softlayer.

“More and more companies are relying on some form of cloud computing,” said John Real, vice president of strategic channels at Zayo Group. “It’s clear that the business landscape is changing, and with so much critical business intelligence now residing in the cloud, it is crucial to have reliable network connectivity. Zayo’s Connect to the Cloud platform provides that connectivity.”

http://www.zayo.com


  • In 2011, Zayo became one of the first providers to offer direct bandwidth up to 10G through the AWS Direct Connect portal and in 2013, announced it had become an Amazon Partner Network (APN) Technology Partner. As an APN, Zayo provides private networks with circuits to enable connectivity to each AWS Direct Connect location.

CenturyLink Opens 2nd Toronto Data Center

CenturyLink inaugurated a new data center in the greater Toronto area, offering 5 megawatts of IT load and 100,000 square feet of raised floor space.

The new Tier III data center, known as TR3, is located in Markham. CenturyLink now operates 57 data centers worldwide, including Canadian facilities in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

“Today’s dynamic business environments require businesses to partner with an agile data center provider that offers reliable, secure IT services and outstanding support,” said Ash Mathur, regional vice president and country manager for CenturyLink Technology Solutions’ Canadian operations. “Businesses that operate in Canada partner with CenturyLink because we help them succeed by understanding and addressing their specific technology needs, as well as ensuring the continuity of mission-critical business applications.”

http://www.centurylink.com

BT Signs Ciena for Ethernet Service Delivery

Openreach, BT’s local access network business, has selected Ciena’s packet networking solutions to support the evolution of its Ethernet services.

Openreach provides CPs with equal access to the wires and fibres that deliver the data, broadband and voice services to tens of millions of homes and businesses in the UK. Openreach’s EAD+ services offer a wide choice of high-bandwidth, permanently connected, point-to-point Ethernet solutions that help CPs expand their own networks and deliver a range of high-quality services, such as cloud computing, storage area network connectivity and mobile backhaul.

Openreach’s EAD+ services will use Ciena’s E-suite family of packet switch modules, including the 3916 and 3930 Service Delivery Switches and 5142, 5150 and 5160 Service Aggregation Switches. Openreach will also leverage Ciena’s Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) software, including its Service-Aware Operating System (SAOS) and OneControl Unified Management System, to enable low-touch service provisioning. With Ciena’s automated reporting and service-level testing capabilities, Openreach will be able to proactively monitor and measure the network’s ongoing performance for greater efficiency.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

“We have been providing our Ethernet Access Direct products to the UK communications industry since 2009. During this time, market demand for secure, dedicated business connectivity has grown exponentially – literally underpinning the bread and butter of businesses right across the UK. Maintaining a robust supply chain against this backdrop is of paramount importance to us and our customers. Choosing Ciena as our new dual NTE vendor will provide assurance of continuous supply while also maximising opportunities to further develop the capabilities we offer," stated Jon Hurry, MD, Strategy, Commercial, Portfolio & Policy, Openreach.

http://www.ciena.com

http://www.openreach.co.uk/

Norway's Broadnet Resigns Contract with Ericsson

Broadnet, the leading Norwegian provider of fiber-based data communication, has signed a five-year network transformation agreement with Ericsson, extending a partnership started in 2006. Ericsson will supply IP routing, optical and microwave solution. The current agreement extends a long-term partnership that started in 2006.

Ericsson said the first stage of the project will cover the upgrade of the 125 metro rings in Norway. Transforming the infrastructure will allow the operator to simplify network management, enjoy less opex and faster time to market for new services.

Per-Morten Torvildsen, CTO Broadnet: “Our network is constantly evolving and we are always seeking advanced tools for improving the efficiency and quality of our services. Our transformation endeavors were primarily focused on simplifying the network. To this end, we decided to reduce the number of vendors from 22 to three. Ericsson was chosen based on the solid mix of own and partner products and the ability to deliver a wide range of professional services. We expect that transformation will allow us to lower operational costs while meeting the growing demand for high-speed services.”
Aksel Aanensen, Head of Ericsson Norway: “We are happy to continue our long-term partnership with Broadnet and proud to be selected as one of very few vendors for the network transformation. We look forward to supporting Broadnet in meeting its goals to achieve a simple and robust network with advanced services now and in the years to come.”

http://www.ericsson.com

Global Cloud Xchange Hires Mark Simpson

Global Cloud Xchange appointed Mark Simpson as President of North America.

Simpson most recently served as CEO of SEACOM Ltd. where he was instrumental in transitioning the company into a profitable organization serving many markets in Africa and international operators.  Prior to SEACOM, Mr. Simpson was President and CEO of Pacific Crossing where he completed the sale of the company to NTT Communications and remained in the role during a one-year transition to maintain the company's strong financial performance post-acquisition.

http://www.globalcloudxchange.com/

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