Thursday, December 4, 2014

Biddding for AWS-3 Spectrum tops $40.7 Billion

After 49 rounds, bidding in the FCC's Advanced Wireless Services (AWS-3) auction has reached $40.7 billion.

A total of 1,614 licenses total are up for auction, covering 65 MHz of spectrum in the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands ("AWS-3" bands).

The 1695-1710 MHz band is authorized for low-power mobile transmit (i.e., uplink) operations only. The 1755-1780 MHz frequencies in the paired 1755-1780/2155-2180 MHz band are authorized only for low-power mobile transmit (i.e., uplink) operations; the 2155-2180 MHz frequencies are authorized only for base station and fixed (i.e., downlink) operations. Mobiles and portables in the 1695-1710 MHz and 1755-1780 MHz bands may only operate when under the control of a base station, and AWS-3 equipment is subject to a basic interoperability requirement.

http://wireless.fcc.gov/auctions/default.htm?job=auction_summary&id=97

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Juniper Announces Open Compute Project Switch

Juniper Networks introduced an Open Compute Project (OCP) powered by its Junos software and Broadcom's Trident II silicon.

The Juniper OCX1100, which was developed by ODM partner Alpha Networks of Taiwan, is designed for top-of-rack deployments in hyperdense cloud data centers.  It offers 48 10GbE port and 6 40GbE uplink ports in a fixed configuration chassis. The OCX1100 runs an optimized version of Junos, based on Linux, which delivers the features required for deployment in L3 networks.

Some other highlights:

  • Open, standards-based programmatic interfaces, including Python, which allows custom scripts and applications to interact with Junos.
  • Support for native installation of tools in Junos, including Puppet and Chef, which enables automated programming and provisioning.
  • Real time ephemeral table programming to Junos software development kits (SDK).
  • Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) that enables disaggregation and loading of third-party network operating systems, freeing customers from vendor lock in.
  • Commercial availability is expected in Q1 2015

Juniper said the real innovation with this offering is that for the first time a white box switch conforming to the Open Compute Project (OCP) hardware design has been combined with a carrier-class network operating system -- its Junos OS. The switch is aimed at large cloud builders, such as Web 2.0 and web-hosting companies. Juniper technical support services will back the hardware and software, lowering risk and increasing reliability for customers.

"The introduction of the OCX1100 is an example of Juniper Networks not only embracing the disruption brought on by emerging cloud technologies, but also moving the industry forward by providing the largest cloud providers with a viable option to create cost-effective and reliable large scale data centers. We remain committed to constant innovation and building open products that provide our customers with the technology they need today and in the future," stated Mike Marcellin, senior vice president, strategy and marketing, Juniper Networks.

"The rise of cloud and massive data centers presents an opportunity to fundamentally change enterprise business models -- if organizations can build cost-effective data centers that scale. Our partner, Juniper Networks, has met demands like this by delivering innovative technologies -- so I am not at all surprised to see them disaggregate the 'traditional' data center switch and become the first major networking provider to deliver a switch based on Open Compute Project guidelines," added - Martin Casado, senior vice president and general manager, Network and Security Business Unit, VMware

http://www.juniper.net/us/en/products-services/switching/ocx1100/

Infonetics: LTE Rollouts to Peak in 2015

Rollouts of LTE networks are approaching a peak, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.

"In the mobile infrastructure market, the third quarter of 2014 was almost a carbon copy of last quarter, and we are now reaching the peak of plain LTE rollouts, which are so brisk in China that they are overshadowing strong activity in Europe, the Middle East, and Russia," notes Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research.

Some highlights:

  • Operators are currently spending around $5.6 billion per quarter on LTE, and this has prompted Infonetics to raise its 2014 forecast for the global macrocell 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile infrastructure market to $45.4 billion, up from $43 billion the prior year
  • Investments initially earmarked for 2015 have shifted to 2014, reinforcing Infonetics' prediction that the LTE market will peak in 2015
  • The worldwide macrocell 2G/3G/4G mobile infrastructure market totaled $11.2 billion in 3Q14, up 0.4% sequentially, and up 10% year-over-year
  • Nokia Networks moved into the #1 spot for LTE revenue in 3Q14, propelled by strong performances in the U.S. and China
  • China continues to push LTE through the roof, but the rest of the world is also moving fast to LTE, with 331 commercial networks launch.

http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2014/3Q14-Mobile-Infrastructure-Market-Highlights.asp

Ciena Builds a VNF Marketplace

Ciena introduced its new Agility Matrix software for enabling on-demand business models for Managed Services Providers (MSPs). The idea is to enable on-demand cloud experiences for carrier managed services. To pursue this opportunity, the company is establishing a new business division, called Ciena Agility, to be headed by Kevin Sheehan as vice president and general manager.

Ciena’s Agility Matrix is a virtual services platform that controls the acquisition, distribution, consumption and payment of virtualized network functions (VNF). Key components in the VNF Market, where third party VNFs can in instantiated, and Director, a management and orchestration engine. Enterprise users will be able to drag and drop VNFs items, such as encryption, firewalls, and VPNs, into a cart. Agility Matrix will then delivered these as managed services in a matter of minutes. VNF Market is a Ciena-operated cloud-based VNF distribution solution that allows providers to select and download validated VNFs in support of virtualized, on-demand enterprise services. For service providers, it offers a pay-as-you-earn, consumption-based model to deliver new services.

Ciena is working with several leading virtual appliance vendors, including BlackRidge Technology, Brocade, Certes Networks, Silver Peak and Spirent Communications.

Ciena expects the Agility Matrix solution to be generally available in the second calendar quarter of 2015.

The new Ciena Agility business division is dedicated to delivering network control and application software technologies, including the company's SDN Multilayer WAN Controller and its applications, as well as all future SDN and NFV development. The new business division includes dedicated resources for software development, product line management, product marketing, service and support, sales and business development.

“We are transforming raw capacity into capability that delivers on-demand network-based services in a manner that mimics the ease and instantaneous nature of an online shopping experience. The new Ciena Agility division is organized to quickly respond to the market demand for these customer-driven software solutions,” stated Kevin Sheehan, vice president and general manager, Ciena Agility.

http://www.ciena.com/products/agility/


  • Kevin Sheehan previously served as president of Overture Networks.

Telco Systems Releases EdgeGenie Orchestrator

Telco Systems introduced three SDN/NFV products:

  • EdgeGenie Orchestrator -- enables service providers to deliver CE 2.0 services end to end with the required resiliency, QoS and monitoring. EdgeGenie Orchestrator is an orchestration module that manages Distributed NFV deployments including virtual machine initiation, configuration and maintenance, service attachment and chaining, and virtual network function resilience. It also provides an OpenFlow southbound interface as well as NETCONF and YANG support, enabling simple SDN implementation and integration with other network devices.
  • vSMU TelcoApp -- provides virtualized approach to service-level assurance with accurate prediction of end-user experience at for the Ethernet/IP/TCP/UDP layers. vSMU enables rapid virtualization of software agents on edge devices without the need to deploy hardware. It provides accurate service-level measurements and accurate reports of TCP throughput as experienced by service providers’ business customers. EdgeGenie Orchestrator enables quick deployment of vSMU on Telco Systems’ CloudMetro devices and rapid execution of tests, allowing service providers to certify and guarantee end-customer Ethernet service level upon handover.
     
  • vTunnel TelcoApp -- a virtual Tunnel (vTunnel) providing encryption for service providers’ business customers for their inter-office, office-to-cloud and hybrid-cloud connections.

“We continue to advance the cause of intelligent and flexible networks with our growing ecosystem of certified and practical SDN and Distributed NFV applications that give our service-provider customers the ability to expand their service offerings quickly and very cost-effectively,” stated Moshe Shimon, VP of Product Management and Marketing at Telco Systems. “SDN & NFV constitute a bold step in network advancement and we are dedicated to providing our customers with a trouble-free, manageable transition to this valuable way of planning and managing networks.”

http://www.telco.com

Freescale Acquires Zenverge for 4K Transcoding

Freescale Semiconductor has acquired Zenverge, a leading developer of advanced HD content processing ICs. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Zenverge’s transcoding technology enables the conversion of one media stream into multiple streams, each individually formatted and optimized for the specific internet connected device or platform where it will be displayed. Among the supported formats planned is the Ultra HD (HEVC) standard, which features outstanding 4K resolution while delivering up to 50 percent bandwidth savings due to highly advanced data compression. As part of the agreement, key members of Zenverge have joined Freescale. Zenverge is based in Santa Clara, California.

Freescale said the acquisition will significantly enhance its content processing, storage and interoperability capabilities for a range of Video Internet of Things applications and markets.

“This acquisition extends Freescale’s reach into both display- and media-centric processing at a time when both the volume and density of internet content is growing rapidly,” said Lees. “Zenverge is a recognized leader in the secure optimization, unification, storage and distribution of rich digital content. The company’s highly advanced technologies present growth opportunities for Freescale in new markets, while providing compelling and highly differentiated functionality for future generations of many popular Freescale product portfolios.”

http://www.freescale.com
http://www.zenverge.com/

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HP's Haven Delivers Cloud-based Analytics

HP introduced Haven OnDemand, a new web service that leverages its Helion cloud for delivering Big Data analytics.  The new cloud services lets customers analyze all forms of data, including business data, machine data, and unstructured human information.

HP is  supporting a range of flexible consumption models, including a managed virtual private cloud Haven platform offering developed in partnership with HP Enterprise Service.  The company also announced that it will embed its unique Haven assets deeper into the HP Software application portfolio with new offerings that leverage Big Data analytics.

"To succeed in today's marketplace, businesses must be able to leverage all forms of data, at high speed and in context, in order to capitalize on emerging opportunities and manage risk and costs," said Robert Youngjohns, GM and EVP, HP Software. "With today's announcement, we are making our unique Big Data platform more accessible and adaptable than ever before, giving customers, partners, and developers an unmatched set of assets that can help them create winning, data-driven businesses."

http://hp.com/haven

Clouditalia Deploys 100G with Coriant hiT 7300 Platform

Clouditalia, a provider of integrated telecommunications and cloud services throughout Italy, has deployed Coriant's hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform to deliver 100G capacity in major network sites, including Rome, Milan, Bologna, and Pisa. Clouditalia will leverage Coriant's advanced technology to enhance its end-user service offerings, including fixed and wireless telecommunications, data center connectivity, and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

"The connectivity needs of our enterprise customers continue to evolve as media-rich applications and cloud services become increasingly critical to their business success," said Bernardo Marzucchi, Chief Technology Officer, Clouditalia. "With the ability to seamlessly increase service capacity and advance the flexibility of our optical fiber infrastructure, the Coriant solution will allow us to keep pace with our customers' bandwidth demands and deliver the advanced services that help them become more competitive in the market."

http://www.coriant.com

Akanda Hires Former Senior Principal Architect at Yahoo!

Akanda, a start-up offering an open source Network Function Virtualization (NFV) platform for cloud service providers, appointed Mark McClain as founding Chief Technology Officer. McClain joins Akanda from his former position as Senior Principal Architect at Yahoo! where he contributed to the strategic planning and architecture expansion of the company’s OpenStack platform implementations. Prior to Yahoo!, McClain held Senior Developer positions at DreamHost, Pictage and SignPost Networks. McClain is also a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee and currently a core member of OpenStack Neutron.

http://www.akanda.io

  • In November, Akanda, a start-up incubated with DreamHost since 2012, launched out of stealth mode to deliver an open source Network Function Virtualization (NFV) platform for cloud service providers.  The platform is already in use by 500+ tenants at Dreamhost and supporting 1,000s of VMs in its cloud compute service. DreamHost is now spinning-off the solution into Akanda, a start-up whose mission will be to accelerate open source NFV for cloud operators. 
    Akanda's NFV implementation provides OpenStack integrated L3 network virtualization on a VMWare NSX L2 overlay. It interfaces with the OpenStack Neutron REST APIs and includes a sophisticated management and orchestration platform to monitor, configure, and manage virtualized routers. In the future, Akanda will be extended to virtualize additional network functions, including load balancing and firewalls, and will feature pluggable backends to alternative L2 overlays.

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    he company said intends to work collaboratively with all emerging open source communities and NFV projects including OpenStack Neutron, OPNFV and OpenDaylight.

Telenor and TeliaSonera Plan JV in Denmark

Telenor and TeliaSonera agreed to merge their Danish operations into a new joint venture where the parties will own 50 percent each.

The new company will have a combined mobile subscriber base of around 3.5 million for a combined mobile subscriber market share of approximately 40%, revenues of more than DKK 9 billion.

The companies said the merger will likely yield annual efficiency gains of above DKK 800 million, with full effect from 2019.

“Competition in Denmark is intense and we face continued pressure on revenue growth and profitability, making consolidation inevitable. By combining the assets and customer bases of Telenor and TeliaSonera in Denmark, the joint venture will become a robust operator. We will be able to offer our customers a high-quality network with outstanding connectivity and the best customer experience in Denmark,” says Kjell Morten Johnsen, EVP and Head of Telenor Region Europe.

http://www.telenor.com/


  • TDC currently holds about 41% share of the mobile subscribers in Denmark.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Australia's NBN Co Updates is National Rollout Plan with HFC

Australia's NBN Co announced a new national rollout plan for the National Broadband Network (NBN) based on a multi-technology access strategy, including fiber to the premise (FTTP), fiber to the node (FTTN), wireless and upgraded HFC.

Areas where NBN FTTP has been deployed or is in advanced stages of being built will likely remain part of the FTTP rollout, while areas served by the Optus or Telstra Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC) cable networks will likely receive fast broadband over an upgraded HFC network.

The plan covers the next 1.9 million homes and businesses by mid-2016 across more than 400 cities, suburbs and towns, on the path to achieving 8 million connections to the NBN by 2020.

“We’re committed to bringing fast broadband to all Australians as quickly as possible. The new multi-technology approach enables us to do just that. Over the past year, we have carried out successful trials of a range of new technologies, revised our build processes and are renegotiating our partner agreements. As a result of this work, we are able to provide forecasts that reflect the next phase of our network build," stated NBN Co’s CEO Bill Morrow.

“Naturally some people will be disappointed that they are not included in today’s schedule but ultimately no-one misses out as the NBN will be made available to every Australian family and business by 2020.”

http://www.nbnco.com.au/

http://www.nbnco.com.au/content/dam/nbnco2/documents/MTM-rollout-plan-01122014.pdf
  • Prior to the elections in 2013 and the subsequent review of national broadband policy, NBN Co. had estimated that it would take nearly a decade to complete the installation of fibre to 93% of premises in Australia. A further 4% were to be reached by fixed-wireless and the remaining 3% to be connected via broadband satellite. In 2011, the total cost of the fibre rollout was estimated A$40.9 billion up to FY2021.
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  • In December 2013, Bill Morrow was appointed as the new CEO, replacing Mike Quigley. Morrow previously headed up Vodafone Australia since March 2012. Previously, he was Chief Executive of Clearwire Incorporated and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is a former Europe Chief Executive with Vodafone Group and has run the Group's businesses in Japan and the UK.

Ooredoo Launches LTE-A at up to 225 Mbps in Qatar

Ooredoo Qatar has launched its nationwide LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services boasting downlink data speeds of up to 225 Mbps.

Nokia Networks upgraded the operator’s LTE network with LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation for the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum bands.

Nokia supplied the complete radio and core network for Ooredoo Qatar, including its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, Evolved Packet Core technology and NetAct network management system.

Waleed Al-Sayed, COO, Ooredoo Qatar, said: “The demand for higher network capacity and speed in malls, stadiums and at national events is growing at a rapid pace. With Nokia Networks’ help, we are now able to address this demand, offering the fastest network with latest technology for our customers.”

http://networks.nokia.com/

Stanford Researchers Develop Silicon Prism for Bending Light

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a prism-like device in silicon that can split a beam of light into different colors and bend the light at right angles.  The development is seen as having possible applications in fiber optic networks.  The device measures 8 microns in length and has been tested with both 1300-nanometer light and 1550-nanometer wavelengths.

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/december/optical-silicon-algorithm-120214.html

Verizon Wireless Picks SpiderCloud for 4G Small Cells

SpiderCloud Wireless will supply its scalable small cell systems for its Verizon Wireless business customers.

SpiderCloud, which is based in San Jose, California, said a single E-RAN Services Node (SCSN) can control up to 100 self-organizing, multi-access small cells, providing reliable coverage and capacity for enterprise and venues of up to 1.5 million square feet.  It can be installed using an enterprise Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN) as a managed service by a mobile operator's network. SpiderCloud also supplies Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Radio Nodes operating in 3G (single band), and software upgradeable, dual-band 3G+4G and 4G+4G small cells as part of the system.

http://www.spidercloud.com/

DragonWave Lands Big Orders from North American Carrier

Last week, DragonWave confirmed orders in excess of US$10 million for the month of November from a Tier One North American mobile operator. DragonWave will provide Horizon Compact+ and Horizon Quantum microwave links to support the operator's ongoing upgrade and expansion of its nationwide 4G/LTE network, with more than 50 percent of the orders tied to engineering planning and installation services.

“These contracts represent a significant increase in our services business and we are proud to have DragonWave products deployed by a leading Tier 1 partner committed to delivering a top-quality network experience to its customers,” said Peter Allen, President and CEO of DragonWave. “We look forward to playing a supportive role in building out a next-generation network that fully meets the growing demand for wireless services.”

DragonWave Horizon Compact+ and Horizon Quantum offer a combination of 2048 QAM modulation and the industry's only bandwidth accelerator bulk compression capability to deliver unsurpassed spectral efficiency and wireless capacity.

HP Unveils New Enterprise Infrastructure Products

At a company event in Barcelona, HP unveiled new products and services for enterprise data centers. The new offerings include:

HP Integrity Superdome X server -- promises delivers four times faster e-commerce transactions than leading x86 platforms by using Intel's Xeon E7 processor and offering scalability up to 16 sockets and 12TB memory. It is aimed at database workloads, including SAP and Oracle stacks.

HP Integrity NonStop X -- a 100 percent fully integrated, fault-tolerant system architecture for the most-stringent uptime SLAs.

HP Converged Storage solutions -- offering unified, flash, and flat backup storage innovations that can serve the entire spectrum of storage requirements with a single design.

HP 3PAR File Persona -- delivers Network File System, Common Internet File System and object access on new HP 3PAR StoreServ platforms, boosting utilization and lowering costs by moving storage-affinity related workloads such as data access, protection and analytics directly into the storage operating system and controller. All block, file, and object-access is now managed via a new 3PAR StoreServ Management Console which enables simple provisioning and features a search-enabled interface aligned with HP OneView.

HP 3PAR StoreServ 7440c Converged Flash Array -- offering all-flash performance with configuration flexibility to support spinning media. With block, file, and object-access, 3.5 petabytes total capacity, all-flash optimized performance, enterprise-class resiliency, and high speed connectivity, this midrange-priced system increases agility, efficiency and cuts data center space requirements. EMC VMAX customers can now easily move to these new 3PAR StoreServ systems via new 3PAR Online Import software.

HP StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central (RMC) software -- a new application-managed backup feature for 3PAR StoreServ which delivers greater flexibility and reduced risk. StoreOnce RMC manages snapshots on 3PAR StoreServ systems and controls movement of changed data to a HP StoreOnce Backup target in a single-click, delivering greater protection and 17 times faster performance.

HP StoreOnce Backup systems -- now include a new 50 terabyte StoreOnce VSA and expanded Kernel-based Virtual Machine hypervisor support to enable Backup-as-a-Service consolidation. The high-end HP StoreOnce 6500 now provides system-wide deduplication over eight nodes via Federated Catalyst enhancements; enabling easier management compared to traditional single-node limited architectures such as EMC Data Domain.

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/newsroom.html

CyrusOne Commissions New Facility in Virginia's Data Center Alley

CyrusOne has activated the first 30,000 square feet of colocation space (CSF) of its 124,000-square-foot building Sterling, Virginia.  This first phase of the data center has up to 12 megawatts of critical load.

At full build, the 14-acre site is expected to accommodate a shell of approximately 400,000 square feet with up to 240,000 square feet of CSF, 36,000 square feet of Class A office space, and up to 48 megawatts of critical load.

“This new data center in Northern Virginia will enable us to effectively address customer demand in this valuable market. By expanding our footprint on the East Coast, we can better meet the expectations of our future and existing customers in this region. CyrusOne’s connectivity options, power capabilities, and ability to scale quickly make us an ideal colocation provider for enterprise-level customers in this market,” said Tesh Durvasula, chief commercial officer of CyrusOne.

Northern Virginia is home to one of the world’s largest clusters of data center real estate, and an estimated 70 percent of Internet traffic passes through Loudoun County, which is how it became dubbed “Data Center Alley.”

http://www.cyrusone.com/

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