Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Bharti Airtel Selects Nokia for 3G Expansion in 5 Circles

Bharti Airtel awarded a four-year contract to Nokia Networks to roll out its 3G network in 5 new telecom circles and network expansion in 3 existing telecom circles. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the 4-year contract, the company will provide its radio elements and services expertise to power Bharti Airtel’s infrastructure.  The rollout includes Nokia's Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, its all-IP multicontroller RNC (mcRNC) NetAct, a cloud-ready virtualized OSS, and network planning services.

http://networks.nokia.com/news-events/press-room/press-releases/nokia-networks-inks-4-year-deal-with-bharti-airtel-india-for-3g-network-rollout

Monday, June 29, 2015

The OpenDaylight Project Announces Lithium Release

The OpenDaylight Project announced its third open SDN software release -- Lithium.

OpenDaylight is a highly available, modular, extensible, scalable and multi-protocol controller infrastructure built for SDN deployments on modern heterogeneous multi-vendor networks. OpenDaylight provides a model-driven service abstraction platform that allows users to write apps that easily work across a wide variety of hardware and southbound protocols.

New features and improvements in the OpenDaylight Lithium release include:
  • Increased scalability and performance. OpenDaylight’s Integration Group spent significant time testing against end user-defined use cases and requirements to boost scalability and performance of core architectural components in Lithium.
  • Network services for cloud data center platforms. Native support for the OpenStack Neutron framework combined with features such as SFC, Virtual Tenant Networking (VTN) and Group-Based Policy (GBP) allow users to easily design device, user and group-level policies including customized service chains for firewall, load balancing and other application network services.
  • New features for security and automation. Unified Secure Channel eases secure communication between OpenDaylight and widely distributed networking equipment; Time Series Data Repository (TSDR) enables collection and analysis of large amounts of network activity; Device Identification and Driver Management (DIDM) provides end users the ability to discover, manage and automate a wide range of existing hardware in their infrastructure; Persistence ensures application-specific data is preserved over time or in the event of a catastrophe; and Topology Processing Framework allows for filtered and/or aggregated views of a network, including multi-protocol, underlay and overlay representations.
  • New and enhanced APIs for interoperability. Network Intent Composition (NIC) enables the controller to manage and direct network services and resources based on describing the “intent” for network behaviors and network policies, while Application Layer Traffic Optimization (ALTO) provides abstractions and services for simplified network views and network services. These new policy/intent-based abstractions augment the existing GBP project that was introduced with the Helium release. Distributed Virtual Router (DVR)
  • Six new protocols to support an ever-widening set of use cases. This includes Source Group Tag eXchange (SXP), Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP), IoT Data Management (IoTDM), SMNP Plugin, Open Policy Framework (OpFlex) and Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points (CAPWAP).

“End users have already deployed OpenDaylight for a wide variety of use cases from NFV, network on demand, flow programming using OpenFlow and even Internet of Things,” said Neela Jacques, executive director, OpenDaylight. “Lithium was built to meet the requirements of the wide range of end users embedding OpenDaylight into the heart of their products, services and infrastructures. I expect new and improved capabilities such as service chaining and network virtualization to be quickly picked up by our user base. We are really happy to see the interest the Telco/NFV community has shown in ODL.”

The OpenDaylight Project also noted that 466 people have contributed over 2.3 million lines of code.

The second annual OpenDaylight Summit is scheduled for July 27-31 in Santa Clara, California.

The OpenDaylight Project also introduced an Advisory Group of technology leaders from enterprise, telco and academic organizations: Pedro Aranda, Telefónica I+D; Margaret Chiosi, AT&T; Dr. Jamil Chawki, Orange; Chris Donley, CableLabs; Jay Etchings, Arizona State University; Chris Luke, Comcast; Harvey Newman, Caltech; Liang Ou, China Telecom; Dominick Paniscotti, Nasdaq; Ralf Trezeciak, Deutsche Telekom; Beau Williamson, T-Mobile; and Alex Zhang, China Mobile.

http://www.opendaylight.org/announcements/2015/06/opendaylight%E2%80%99s-third-open-sdn-release-broadens-programmability-intelligent

Pica8 Powers France’s TOUIX Internet Exchange with SDN

TOUIX, one of France’s leading Internet exchanges, is leveraging Pica8’s network operating system and white box switches to program and optimize its exchange fabric. TouIX is providing an interconnected network infrastructure in 4 PoPs around Toulouse city and is interconnected with the Paris FranceIX and LyonIX IXPs.

Pica8 said its software enables TOUIX to avoid network outages and congestion caused by broadcast storms. The deployment is leveraging Ryu, the NTT Labs open-source controller, with parallel development underway for ON.Labs’ ONOS controller. Additionally, for this installation, developers used Pica8’s REST API as a means to communicate with a Graphical User Interface (GUI), simplifying common operational tasks.

“With traditional MAC-based switches, exchanges have restrictions on how to easily scale and avoid broadcast storms,” said Marc Bruyere, researcher at LAAS CNRS. “By default, an OpenFlow driven network does not do anything until you tell it. Traditional switches are routers that use lower-performance CPUs compared to servers, which is good enough to scale routed BGP networks, but not high performance enough to handle all of the MAC lookups. By controlling end-to-end paths using OpenFlow, we know the destination explicitly.”

“Low-cost, top-of-rack switches are ideal for our needs,” Bruyere added, “as the OpenFlow environment is more programmable circuit by circuit, and lack of a broadcast domain reduces what providers call broadcast ARP overhead. TOUIX’s OpenFlow design provides the optimal Ethernet fabric for IXP members to do BGP peering in a secure and stable manner. SDN OpenFlow is a fantastic opportunity to develop innovative services like a metropolitan neutral marketplace interconnecting all of the datacenters and IT services for the city of Toulouse.”

http://www.pica8.com

TE Connectivity Intros Fiber-rich Distribution Hub for FTTH

TE Connectivity (TE) introduced a new line of fiber distribution hubs featuring higher fiber counts, smaller footprint and improved mounting options.

The new sealed fiber distribution hub (FDH) 4000 brings high-density fiber connectivity to a compact, weatherproof enclosure. It serves to connect the feeder and distribution cables via optical splitters in the fiber to the home (FTTH) network. It features 144 distribution ports, 9 splitter ports and 72 pass-through ports. Its small, compact size overcomes space challenges in crowded hand holes and strands, and offers less visual impact to meet aesthetic or security requirements.

In addition, TE said its FDH 3000 enclosure now offers double the splitter capacity – up to 48 splitter slots – giving network engineers more options in deploying high-bandwidth services over FTTH networks. Additional splitter slots allow engineers to reduce split ratios or add CWDM and DWDM components to deliver even higher bandwidth services.

"Service providers are under pressure to deliver more bandwidth to their customers, but increasingly, regulatory restrictions are impeding their ability to do that," said Jaxon Lang, general manager and vice president of TE Broadband Network Solutions. "Our FDH 4000 and FDH 3000 solutions help solve these challenges by providing service providers with more high-capacity solutions in a smaller footprint. As a result, service providers are able to realize faster network construction and gain better cost control of their FTTH assets."

http://www.TE.com  

Huawei and Alstom Test LTE for Railway Signalling

Huawei and Alstom completed a live pilot test of LTE multi-services based on Communications-based Train Control (CBTC), a railway signalling system based on wireless ground-to-train communication.  The testing covered the unified multi-service capabilities of several systems including CBTC, Passenger Information System (PIS), and closed-circuit television (CCTV).

The pilot was carried out at metro lines near the Valenciennes commune area in France with Huawei optimizing the network planning, broadband data services, and mission critical voice trunking services, and Alstom providing the technology integration support. During the pilot, Huawei and Alstom jointly conducted several tests, including laboratory and static test on trains, dynamic test on metro tracks, and testing of eLTE multi-services capabilities.

Alstom is the world's first train manufacturer to integrate LTE 4G into its signalling system solution, the Urbalis Fluence CBTC solution, which greatly improves the suitability of eLTE, providing a converged ground-to-train wireless communication network for metro operations.

Huawei said it first developed the eLTE broadband trunking solution with a focus on multimedia applications, voice trunking dispatching, and broadband data services based on 4G LTE standards to satisfy growing demands from the rail transportation industry.

Huawei's eLTE solution enables metro operators to ensure safe train operations by leveraging eLTE-based CBTC train signals while providing mission critical voice trunking dispatching and broadband data services such as live video streaming of CCTV images and Passenger Information System (PIS).

To date, Huawei has signed 111 eLTE network contracts and established 53 eLTE commercial networks in more than 30 countries. Huawei's eLTE solution has also been successfully deployed in a number of railways around the world.

http://www.huawei.com
http://www.alstom.com/products-services/product-catalogue/rail-systems/signalling/products/urbalis-fluence/

AT&T Confirms $3 Billion to Upgrade Networks in Mexico

AT&T last week confirmed plans to invest US$3 billion to extend its high-speed, mobile Internet service to Mexico, covering 100 million people in Mexico by year-end 2018. This is in addition to the US$4.4 billion AT&T invested earlier this year to acquire Iusacell and NEXTEL Mexico.

Specifically, AT&T said the first phase of the mobile network will be complete in the next six months and cover 40 million Mexicans, about one-third of the population. By the end of 2016, AT&T expects its mobile Internet service will reach 75 million people, nearly two-thirds of the population. AT&T plans to reach 100 million people by year-end 2018.

AT&T is preparing to introduce new plans around a North American Mobile Service Area, letting customers extend their plans across both countries.


http://about.att.com/story/att_to_invest_approximately_3_billion_in_mexico_to_extend_mobile_internet_to_100_million_consumers_and_businesses_by_year_end_2018.html

AOL and Microsoft Deal Covers Advertising and Search

Microsoft and AOL (now a division of Verizon) announced a major, 10-year deal under which AOL will assume management and sales responsibility for all of Microsoft’s display, mobile and video advertising inventory in nine key global markets -- the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Japan. AOL will represent inventory from across Microsoft’s suite of online brands, including MSN Homepage and verticals, Outlook Mail, Xbox, Skype and ads in apps.

In addition, Microsoft will provide its Bing-powered search capabilities to AOL beginning January 1, 2016.

Commenting on the partnership, AOL President, Bob Lord said, “We have enjoyed a terrific relationship with Microsoft, and this expanded partnership is a win for both companies and our advertiser partners as our industry continues to rapidly transform and evolve. This collaboration further validates our leadership position in digital advertising and the shift to automation, while also allowing Microsoft to focus on what they do best: industry leading services and search innovation.”

http://www.aol.com
http://www.microsoft.com

SK Telecom and Nokia Target 5G R&D

SK Telecom and Nokia Networks announced the opening of a 5G research and development center at Nokia Networks' Korean office. The center will serve as a venue where researchers from the two companies will study and develop core 5G technologies, including gigabit-level data transmission technology and cloud-based virtualized base stations. Moreover, SK Telecom and Nokia Networks will open a test bed within the end of 2015 to verify and demonstrate 5G technologies.

The companies said they have successfully verified the performance of the co-developed “user plane and control plane separation technique,” one of the key enabling technologies for hybrid core network architecture for 5G.

“SK Telecom is spearheading the efforts to develop 5G enabling technologies and architecture to flawlessly support high-speed transmission of massive data, including immersive multimedia contents,” said Alex Jin-sung Choi, the Chief Technology Officer of SK Telecom. “We will continue to work closely with Nokia Networks to optimize network architecture in preparation for the 5G pilot service demonstration in 2018.”

http://www.sktelecom.com/en/press/detail.do?idx=1127


Cloud Security Open API Working Group Gets Underway


CipherCloud and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) are forming a Cloud Security Open API Working Group to jointly define protocols and best practices for implementing cloud data security as a part of the cloud access security broker (CASB) framework.

The Cloud Security Alliance is an industry coalition for promoting best practices for providing security assurance within cloud computing. CipherCloud offers an open platform for cloud application discovery and risk assessment, data protection – searchable strong encryption, tokenization, data loss prevention, key management and malware detection – along with user activity and anomaly monitoring services.

 “Cloud is the killer app for security innovation,” said Pravin Kothari, founder and CEO of CipherCloud. “But currently, inefficiencies at the technical level in the form of custom connector protocols can hold back innovations in cloud security. Defining a uniform set of standards can enable us all to operate from the same playbook. As a pioneer in CASB, we are excited to co-lead this initiative with CSA to accelerate security across clouds.”



In this video, Chenxi Wang talks about the need for cloud security open APIs as a means to govern how data is accessed, classified and protected within cloud applications.  The reason for cloud security open APIs is that everyone will benefit by a wider pool of contributors.

https://youtu.be/qYISZfO4YtA



CoreSite Announces $500 Million Credit Facility

CoreSite Realty Corporation, which operates high-performance data centers across the US, announced an amended and expanded $500 million senior unsecured credit facility.

The credit facility, consisting of a $350 million revolving credit facility and a $150 million term loan, extends CoreSite’s debt maturity profile and increases total debt capacity. The revolving credit facility has a four-year primary term, expiring in June 2019, with a one-year extension option, while the term loan has a five-year term maturing in June 2020. The term loan bears interest at a variable rate, and CoreSite elected to swap the variable interest rate associated with $75 million, or 50% of the principal amount of the term loan facility, to a fixed rate of approximately 2.95%. Net proceeds from the term loan will be used to partially pay down the current revolving credit facility balance.

KeyBank National Association served as administrative agent, and KeyBanc Capital Markets, RBC Capital Markets LLC, Regions Capital Markets and TD Securities (USA) LLC, all served as joint lead arrangers and joint book managers.

“The $500 million credit facility allows us to increase our overall liquidity, decrease our cost of borrowing, and maintain both financial flexibility and a balance between fixed and variable-priced instruments in our capital structure," said Jeff Finnin, CoreSite’s Chief Financial Officer. "When combined with our strong cash flows and balance sheet, the credit facility supports our future growth and development initiatives. We would like to thank our lending institutions for their continued support of CoreSite."

http://www.CoreSite.com


Sophos Completes IPO

Sophos completed its IPO last week on the London Stock Exchange raising nearly £80 million.

Sophos, which is headquartered in Oxford, UK, offers encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers. The company has annual revenue of approximately US$447 million and about 200,000 customers.

http://www.sophos.com

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Open networking shifts the dynamics to SDN apps

The whole Open Networking revolution is really about transforming how infrastructure is built, and changing the dynamics from switches and protocols to the business applications, says Kumar Srikantan, President and CEO of Pluribus Networks.

If you think about this, it's no different that what has happened in the world of mobile devices.  Android and iOS are not really about mobile telephony but rather a platform for other applications.

Open networking is all about enabling the next generation of applications.

http://open.convergedigest.com/2015/06/open-networking-shifts-dynamics-from.html


UCSD Cites Major Advancement in Optical Transmission

Researchers at the University of California - San Diego announced a breakthrough in photonic transmission with the potential to increase the efficiency of long haul fiber optic cables.

Research published in the June 26 issue of the journal Science describes a solution to a long-standing roadblock to increasing data transmission rates in optical fiber: beyond a threshold power level, additional power increases irreparably distort the information travelling in the fiber optic cable.

“Today’s fiber optic systems are a little like quicksand. With quicksand, the more you struggle, the faster you sink. With fiber optics, after a certain point, the more power you add to the signal, the more distortion you get, in effect preventing a longer reach. Our approach removes this power limit, which in turn extends how far signals can travel in optical fiber without needing a repeater,” said Nikola Alic, a research scientist from the Qualcomm Institute, the corresponding author on the Science paper and a principal of the experimental effort.

In lab experiments, the researchers at UC San Diego demonstrated transmission over a distance of 12,000 kilometers with standard amplifiers and no repeaters (electronic regenerators). The breakthrough relies on wideband “frequency combs” that the researchers developed. The frequency comb described in this paper ensures that the signal distortions — called the “crosstalk” — that arises between bundled streams of information travelling long distances through the optical fiber are predictable, and therefore, reversible at the receiving end of the fiber.

“Crosstalk between communication channels within a fiber optic cable obeys fixed physical laws. It’s not random. We now have a better understanding of the physics of the crosstalk. In this study, we present a method for leveraging the crosstalk to remove the power barrier for optical fiber,” explained Stojan Radic, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego and the senior author on the Science paper. “Our approach conditions the information before it is even sent, so the receiver is free of crosstalk caused by the Kerr effect.”

http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/electrical_engineers_break_power_and_distance_barriers_for_fiber_optic_comm

OneWeb Advances its Vision for Ku-band LEO Constellation

OneWeb, the venture planning to build, deploy and operate a low earth orbit (“LEO”) Ku-band satellite constellation, announced $500 million in funding from  Airbus, Bharti Enterprises, Hughes Network Systems, (Hughes), a subsidiary of EchoStar Corp., Intelsat, Qualcomm, The Coca-Cola Company, Totalplay, a Grupo Salinas Company, owned by Ricardo B. Salinas, and Richard Branson's Virgin Group.

"The dream of fully bridging the digital divide is on track to be a reality in 2019,” said Greg Wyler, founder of OneWeb. “Together with our committed and visionary founding shareholders we have the key elements in place: regulatory, technology, launches, satellites, as well as commercial operators in over 50 countries and territories. We are committed to solving one of the world’s biggest problems – enabling affordable broadband Internet access for everyone. We are excited about the next phase, which will involve working with countries, telecom operators and aid organizations to help them realize their goals of open and ubiquitous access.”

Some highlights on the OneWeb plan:
  • OneWeb aims to launch a constellation of 648 small, low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites to provide global broadband and mobile telephone services.
  • The system will bring more than 10 Tbps of new capacity to rural areas around the globe.
  • OneWeb’s User Terminals will provide high-speed connectivity with no change in latency during satellite handovers to ensure excellent voice quality, gaming and web experience. The terminals can operate with optionally included solar panels, battery packs, and WiFi/LTE/3G and 2G radios to provide coverage directly to cell phones, tablets and laptops.
  • OneWeb's microsatellites will use onboard GPS sensors and ground-tracking measurements to know their position within meters. The satellites will be able maneuver to avoid obstacles.  They will automatically de-orbit at end-of-life to minimize the space junk problem.
  • OneWeb has developed a “Progressive Pitch” technology that enables it to use satellite spectrum in the most efficient way by gradually and slightly tilting the satellites as they approach the equator to make sure they never cause, or receive, interference from GEO satellites.
  • OneWeb has contracted Arianespace for 21 multi-satellite launches on Soyuz rockets beginning in 2017, plus options for five (5) additional Soyuz launches and three (3) Ariane 6 launches. 
  • OneWeb satellites will be launched into a near polar orbit at an altitude of 500 kilometers before raising themselves to their operational orbit.
  • OneWeb satellites will weigh less than 150kg.
  •  Virgin Galactic has been selected to provide 39 singlel-sat launches using it's LauncherOne smallsat launch vehicle.
  • Intelsat will partner with OneWeb to use OneWeb’s LEO platform, once established, to complement Intelsat’s geostationary orbit (“GEO”) satellite services, resulting in the first and only fully global, pole-to-pole high throughput satellite system. 
  • Intelsat will make a minority share investment of $25 million in OneWeb. 

http://www.oneweb.world/

Telstra Launches Nationwide Wi-Fi Service in Partnership with Fon

Telstra is launching a nationwide Wi-Fi service that provides its customers with access to hotspots across Australia and overseas.

Telstra Air includes access to thousands of newly deployed Wi-Fi hotspots in payphone sites and retail outlets in popular locations across Australia.

Telstra has joined exclusively with Fon to allow Telstra Air members to access their home broadband allowance at 15 million hotspots overseas in 18 countries including the UK, Spain, Brazil, Japan, France and Germany, making it easier and more affordable to connect when travelling.

Telstra home broadband customers, including customers on the NBN, can become a Telstra Air member at no additional charge provided they have a compatible gateway.

https://www.telstra.com.au/broadband/wifi

Friday, June 26, 2015

San Francisco Public Library Gets 10G Internet Connection

San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), and the City and County of San Francisco announced today that they have collaborated to provide unprecedented direct connection at 10 Gbps access speed to CENIC’s California Research and Education Network (CalREN) and from there to the world.

SFPL accesses city-owned fiber that is used to connect them to CalREN. SFPL has a direct 10 Gigabit connection to their main library. Seven branches now connect to the main branch at 1 Gigabit, with plans to connect all 27 branch libraries at this speed using city-owned fiber. From CalREN, San Francisco’s libraries are connected to California’s K-12 and higher education systems, to research and education networks throughout the world, and to the public Internet.

http://www.cenic.org
http://www.sfpl.org

Brocade Signs OEM Deal with China's Sugon

Brocade announced an OEM partnership with with Dawning Information Industry Co Ltd (“Sugon”), one of the leading high-performance computing vendors formed under the purview of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Specifically, Sugon will integrate Brocade VDX 6740 Switches, featuring VCS Fabric technology, with its flagship blade server product line – TC6600, as a 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)/16 Gbps Fibre Channel converged network switch module. The embedded switch module in the TC6600 will be named VDX 2741, and is capable of supporting 10 and 40 GbE requirements for cloud computing, Big Data analysis, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), as well as supporting 16 Gbps Fibre Channel requirements for the deployment of high-performance data center networking solutions. The VDX 2741 embedded Ethernet fabric switch is a critical component of the Sugon TC6600 blade system.

http://newsroom.brocade.com

Pluribus Partners with Super Micro Computer and Red Hat

Pluribus Networks has partnered with Red Hat and Super Micro Computer to demonstrate an open and scalable converged infrastructure.  The solution combines Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux (ONVL), Micro-Blade servers from Supermicro and Red Hat OpenStack.

“With the Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux operating system, the entire network underlay can be exported as one logical fabric via Neutron plugin and RESTful APIs. Netvisor’s VNET-based segmentation allows the fabric to be freely virtualized, with each VNET managed by its own Neutron plugin allowing multiple OpenStack and other cloud management systems to share the same network without impacting each other,” said Sunay Tripathi, Co-Founder and CTO of Pluribus Networks, “Most importantly, the much acclaimed Pluribus Open Netvisor Linux fabric-wide visibility and analytics are available also as OpenStack’s Horizon dashboard extensions. This deep interoperability with OpenStack enables a level of computing and networking convergence only dreamed about several years ago. Both NetOps and DevOps teams can take full advantage of our solution without the typical re-learning and forklift-upgrade approaches seen elsewhere.”

Pluribus Networks delivers a unique SDN approach "that can be managed much like any common server is managed today, along with complete Layer-2 and Layer-3 support to allow it to be used in all existing infrastructures."

http://www.pluribusnetworks.com
http://www.supermicro.com

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