Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent Debuts 7750 SR-e Service Routers

Alcatel-Lucent introduced a new series of IP routers designed for smaller locations in large-scale IP networks, or to serve as a full-service router for smaller networks.

The new 7750 SR-e service router, which is based on the company's 7750 Service Router (SR) family, FP3 silicon and Service Router Operating System (SR OS) software , delivers full IP edge routing capability in a mid-size form factor. The new 7750 SR-e platform is also cloud-ready and a key element in Alcatel-Lucent’s portfolio supporting the evolution of networking to NFV and SDN.

Some highlights:

  • Three form factors are being introduced: SR-1e (400 Gbps), SR-2e (800 Gbps) and SR-3e (1.2 Tbps). Supports GE, 10GE and 100GE interfaces. 
  • The routers sit between the 7750 SR and 7750 SR-a. The SR-e series fills the demand for a lower end 100G-capable box but offers more capability than the SR-a variant.
  • The 7750 SR-e is cloud-ready and a key element supporting the evolution of networking to NFV and SDN
  • Has a unique chassis air flow design for efficient cooling and reduced fan noise while paving the way for future capacity growth. Higher capacity systems run hotter, so a future-proof thermal design is critical for continued investment protection. With these advances, the SR-e platforms have a fully NEBS-compliant design purpose-built for the most stringent central office and co-location facilities.
  • Enables a converged IP-optical network with GMPLS UNI

“We continue to evolve our IP hardware and NFV portfolio in anticipation of our customers’ requirements. Our ‘Network Function Optimization’ approach recognizes that virtualized and integrated routing solutions will be required for different applications, and that choice will be dictated by the economics and architectural preference of each network operator. The success of our 7750 SR-a series affirms that we are on the right track and that customers will require even higher-performance, high-function, QoS-intensive IP services on specialized hardware routing platforms. With our cloud-ready 7750 SR-e series, customers have even more flexibility to strike the right balance for their network,” stated Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Routing and Transport business.


ONOS Drake Release Adds Security, Config, App Features

The fourth release of ONOS, the open source SDN networking operating system for Service Provider networks, is now available for download.

“The ONOS community’s contributions are accelerating rapidly,” said Bill Snow, vice president of engineering at the ONOS Project. “ONOS’ open source community delivers new product enhancements and apps at the tremendous rate required to address the complexities of deploying carrier-grade SDN. Our research and education network deployments and global collaboration stimulate the development of innovative applications and ideas that enable us to successfully harden ONOS for carrier grade production environments.”

The new "Drake" release adds a number of significant new features and enhancements for further SDN and NFV use case enablement, including new security, configuration and application level feature sets with improvements to the northbound and southbound including REST, API and GUI additions.

Some highlights:

  • By default, ONOS’ GUI and REST-based interfaces are now secured. SRI International and KAIST developed an early implementation of secure bundles called Security Mode ONOS for Drake. 
  • Transport Layer Security has been added for the east/west-bound communications and the Command Line Interface can also be secured for authenticated password-less access using public/private keys.
  • Building on top of the general tunnel subsystem Huawei previously contributed to ONOS, the company has laid the foundation for future VXLAN support by supplying a VTN manager and VXLAN tunnel setup that aligns with OPNFV standards. 
  • Drake delivers the functions and building blocks required for ONOS to merge with the next version of OPNFV and will allow future use cases including NFV management and orchestration and the delivery of VNFaaS. ONOS’ OPNFV functionality is the result of collaboration between these two vital open source communities.
  • ETRI delivered a subsystem for adaptive flow statistics collection to smartly sample flows without overwhelming the collection system as flows increase with scale. Criterion Networks contributed an IPv6 intents test suite available to the community to support apps while building on top of ONOS’ IPv6 support. Ericsson contributed the beginning of an analytics subsystem that collects data and stores it in a database so it may be analyzed and fed back into the system as automated actions. This specific Ericsson contribution is targeted for ONOS’ CORD use case to take information from the Central Office Re-architected as Data Center (CORD) so ONOS can feed actions back into CORD.
  • Drake adds GUI topology overlays for improved link highlighting, secure login via user interface, a virtual network resource manager, and a new DHCP server app capable of operating in an OpenFlow SDN environment.
  • Drake adds the building blocks for a new northbound intent abstraction that will simplify the setup of cross domain constructs, or flows, and allows users to more easily address a particular domain with an intent. Fujitsu provided extensive assistance with Drake’s northbound and Huawei provided the OpenStack Neutron ML2 interface.
  • In the southbound, Drake adds YANG ACL for NETCONF from Happiest Minds and PCEP and OVSDB plug-ins from Huawei. Drake begins laying the foundation for IGMP snooping with PIM-SSM and Multicast forward app enhancements from DirecTV; OpenFlow QoS meter support; and a metrics collection subsystem to collect information from devices and ports in the data plane. 
  • Drake also adds a new configuration subsystem that enables the configuration of multiple apps instead of having to use individual configuration files for each one. This delivers a central configuration utility so that operators can go to one place and setup configuration, not just for the ONOS’ core but for all apps. The new subsystem makes it much easier to deploy and manage apps, enables simplified use and will allow easy access to a more diverse app ecosystem.

In addition to contributing to ONF’s Atrium, ONOS has expanded collaboration with other open source communities to develop new distributions including work with the CloudRouter Project and it will soon be part of the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV).

Drake is available now at the ONOS downloads page here:


Ciena Adds Long-Haul Capability to Waveserver DCI System

Ciena announced long haul capabilities for its Waveserver data center interconnect (DCI) platform/

The Waveserver leverages Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 Extreme chipset to provide 200 Gbps wavelengths at greater than 1,000 km distances and 100 Gbps wavelengths in excess of 10,000 km.

Waveserver is in customer trials and will be generally available in October 2015. Long-haul optics capabilities on the platform are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2016.

“A direct response to customer demand on the heels of our Waveserver introduction earlier this year, the enhancements that support DCI for any distance deliver another industry first in coherent technology and overcome the DCI capacity and distance trade-off paradigm. Competing platforms lack the high-performance of our WaveLogic Extreme chips and its breadth of advanced network monitoring and optimization capabilities,” stated Francois Locoh-Donou, Senior Vice President, Global Products Group, Ciena.


In May 2015, Ciena introduced a new data center interconnect (DCI) platform that allows cloud, Internet content providers and data center providers to quickly scale bandwidth between facilities.  The Waveserver stackable interconnect platform is designed to support high-speed data transfer, virtual machine migration and disaster recovery/backup between data centers. The compact, stackable server design supports 19.2 Tbps per fiber on a 50 GHz and is powered by Ciena’s WaveLogic technology. It provides a total of 800G of input and output made up of 400G Ethernet clients plus 400G of line capacity in one rack unit.  Client interfaces include 10 x QSFP+ (40 x 10GbE; 10 x 40GbE); 4 x QSFP28 (4 x 100GbE).

BCSG Study Examines Telco Opportunities in Cloud Services

An independent study of 500 small and medium-sized businesses in the UK and US has found that 43 percent of all respondents would be willing to purchase cloud services from their incumbent service provider. BCSG, which provides a cloud services marketplace for Service Providers and conducted the study, said telecom operators are ideally placed to benefit from surging demand for cloud services.

The survey also found that 40 percent of UK and US SMBs are openly willing to purchase software and tools from operators to help them grow their business.

“The results of the study prove what we’ve known for a long time,” says Tom Platt, Commercial Director at BCSG. “Not only is the SMB market a potential goldmine for operators looking to add greater value to customers through service diversification, they also present a captive and willing audience. It is vital that operators seize the initiative by helping their SMB customers realise the value of cloud services and business applications.”

Some other highlights:

  • 42 percent of US and UK SMBs receive no help from their telecoms operators whatsoever
  • More than half (58 percent) of SMBs would switch operators for access to a broader range of technology and services
  • 52 percent of SMBs will contemplate switching operators in the next two years.


Telecom Italia Implements Microwave Packet Radio Links to Sicilian Islands

TIM has implemented new microwave links between the Sicilian islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa using Alcatel-Lucent’s 9500 Microwave Packet Radio platform.

Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent has deployed a 147km-long high capacity (800 Mbps), high-availability radio link – supporting a mix of IP and legacy traffic - from Lampedusa to Pantelleria using its 9500 Microwave Packet Radio. The link

Benedetto Di Salvo, Telecom Italia Key Account Director at Alcatel-Lucent, said: “Microwave technology can be deployed to overcome the connectivity challenges in the most complex environments. With a mix of access, backhaul and transport technology we can ensure high-quality ultra-broadband connectivity for all.”


Cloudflare Raises $110 Million for Website Supercharging

Cloudflare, a start-up based in San Francisco, announced $110 million in funding from Microsoft, Google, Baidu, Qualcomm and Fidelity.

Cloudflare offers website supercharging services, including a CDN, content optimization tools, DNS, DDoS protection and analytics.

The company said it is now delivering nearly 1 trillion page views each month across 4 million Internet properties.


Emirates Data Clearing House Launches Mobile-WiFi Roaming Hub

Emirates Data Clearing House ( EDCH ), the region's largest mobile services Data Clearing House provider, has launched the region's first WRiX-capable (Wireless Roaming Intermediary Exchange) Wi-Fi Hub for International Wi-Fi roaming and domestic mobile data offload services.

The EDCH Wi-Fi Hub, which is based on Accuris Networks' AccuROAM Platform, addresses key issues faced by service providers in delivering Wi-Fi roaming services, such as the time-intensive process of identifying Wi-Fi providers, negotiation of terms, and implementation of Wi-Fi services.

Accuris Networks said its solution provides a GSM-architecture-based Wi-Fi service with seamless SIM-based authentication and support for largest range of user equipment.

"EDCH is the regional leader in providing innovative cloud-based solutions for more than 50 carriers. This partnership is strategic to Accuris Networks towards delivering regional Wi-Fi service using our globally proven solution architecture and carrier-grade service characteristics", said Jeff Brown, CEO of Accuris Networks. "In using the AccuROAM Platform, EDCH extends our growing number of service providers taking advantage of a worldwide operator-based Wi-Fi roaming network."

Monday, September 21, 2015

Interxion Brings AWS Direct Connect to Frankfurt Data Center

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a new Direct Connect location at Interxion’s Frankfurt facility, enabling customers to achieve secure and high performance private network connections to AWS.

Customers can now connect directly to AWS through Interxion’s Cloud Connect platform, in addition to the traditional cross connect option. Cloud Connect enables customers to build and manage private, secure and high-performance VLAN connections to multiple clouds over a single physical SLA based connection.


Interxion's Lex Coors on Data Center Efficiency

Interxion, which operates 40 data centres in 11 European countries. has a special focus on energy efficiency, says Lex Coors, VP DTEG & Chief Engineering Officer.

One of the fronts of activity is developing Best Practices for Data Center Energy Efficiency, including the effort to increase the allowable operating temperatures inside the facility. Equipment vendors are moving in this direction, says Coors, but vendors still specify that these peak temperatures be spread out in time rather than occurring all at once.

See video: https://youtu.be/qz_0w1fDqAI


Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat to Combine LTE + Satellite for Aviation Network

Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat have formed a strategic partnership to offer a European Aviation Network that combines LTE-based ground network and satellite capabilities for Europe. The service will deliver high-speed, in-flight high-speed Internet access.

The European Aviation Network will combine satellite connectivity from a new Inmarsat S-band satellite with DT's LTE-based ground network. Imarsat possesses 30MHz (2 x 15MHz) S-band spectrum in all 28 EU member states.

Lufthansa, which will be the first European hub airline to tral the service, plans to test satellite-based broadband service on board its European flights in summer 2016.  Lufthansa will take part in a flight trial program of the new European Aviation Network from 2017 onwards.

“This bold step will make Deutsche Telekom the first telecommunications operator to take the advantages of LTE technology to the European airspace and fits perfectly into our strategy to become the leading European telco,” explains Tim Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom. “As a groundbreaking innovation we will roll out a powerful terrestrial network based on LTE within the European Aviation Network. This will be the first aviation connectivity network in Europe powered by both LTE and satellite combined! Our technology leadership provides a solid foundation for the best customer experience possible – be that on the ground or in the skies – and enables us to work with the finest partners in Europe and beyond.”

"With this integrated network we can meet the need for capacity, flexibility and quality of service, including the ability to expand quickly to anticipate growth in demand,” says Andy Sukawaty, Chairman of Inmarsat. “The integrated satellite and complementary LTE-based ground network will ensure that Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom together deliver the fastest, best and most consistent in-flight broadband experience that meets the needs of airlines in this region. Combined with our global GX (Ka-band) and L-band services, we now have connectivity solutions for the cockpit and the cabin of any type of aircraft, flying in any geography."


Ericsson and LG Uplus Collaborate on 5G and IoT

Ericsson and LG Uplus will collaborate on the development of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

Under the research pact, which will initially run until 2020, the two companies will work on four key areas: IoT infrastructure, including narrow-band LTE; software-defined networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), making the core network 5G ready; global content delivery networks (CDNs); and IoT-Advanced technologies.

Ulf Ewaldsson, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson, says: "By enabling essentially unlimited access to information anywhere and anytime, 5G can deliver enormous benefits to people, business and society. Realizing this transformative vision requires a strong industry ecosystem, and we are delighted to partner with LG Uplus to lead the development of both 5G and IoT platforms."


Cable & Wireless Communications Picks Ericsson for Mobile Upgrades

Cable & Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) has selected Ericsson to transform its 3G network and deploy 4G LTE technology to its over six million Caribbean and Latin American subscribers.

Under the deal, Ericsson will deliver equipment and a range of professional services, including project management, systems integration and support. It also includes software updates that deliver new capabilities in radio access, network management and network control. Meeting consumer demands for high performance, in addition to the growing need for coverage and capacity, requires continual network evolution.

"The extension of our strategic partnership with Ericsson consolidates our commitment to delivering high-quality communications services to our customers and to working together to keep our outstanding network position. It is key for us to be working with global, innovative vendors such as Ericsson," stated Carlo Alloni, EVP Technology and Group CTIO, Cable & Wireless Communications.


Allot Lands $8 million Expansion Order from a Tier-1 Operator

Allot Communications confirmed the receipt of an expansion order of approximately $8 million from a major APAC tier-1 fixed-line operator for Allot Service Gateway Tera, Allot Service Protector and Allot Websafe.

The company said this incumbent operator is using its Service Protector in-line solution to protect national critical infrastructure, business communication, and IT infrastructure nationwide against destructive DDoS attacks. This is an expansion order to an existing project, which augments the solution's scale, providing rapid identification and in-line mitigation of large scale attacks .


Sunday, September 20, 2015

AWS Suffers Sunday Morning Anomalies in Virginia

Amazon Web Services experienced significant error rates for a number of its cloud services in the the US-EAST-1 region ( northern Virginia data center). The disruption occurred between 2:13 AM and 8:15 AM PDT, when AWS posted that the issue was resolved.

Media websites reported that the AWS incident took down number a number of popular websites for the eastern U.S., including Netlix.


NTT and University of Tokyo Cite Progress in Quantum Cryptography

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone(NTT) and The University of Tokyo reported progress in developing a quantum cryptography scheme that can assure security without monitoring the error rate of photon transmission.

In an article in the UK science journal “Nature Photonics”, the researchers describe a quantum key distribution (QKD) experiment based on a novel QKD scheme called the round-robin differential phase shift (RRDPS) protocol.

NTT said the experiment is the first demonstration of QKD based on “wave function collapse”, which is distinguished from previous QKD schemes whose security is based on Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. A major finding is that QKD that does not require error rate monitoring between the sender and receiver.  This could lead to simple and efficient quantum cryptographic systems.


Researchers at NTT Envision Quantum Repeaters in Future Photonic Networks

Researchers at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) and the University of Toronto are proposing all-photonic quantum repeaters for long-distance quantum communication.  If achieved, such devices would disprove the necessity of matter quantum memories in long distance quantum communications, which is seen by many as the ultimate future of optical communications. In a paper published this week by the journal Nature Communications,...

Advancements in Semiconductor Quantum Dots with Single-atom Precision

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT), the Paul-Drude-Institute (PDI; Germany), and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL: USA) have cooperatively developed a novel quantum dot (artificial atom) and used it to crate artificial molecules with single-atom precision. The achievement was achieved using a clean surface of semiconductor single crystal thin film manufactured by Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) by using a low-temperature, Scanning Tunneling...

NTT Develops Long-lived Quantum Memory

NTT, in partnership with Japan's National Institute of Informatics and Osaka University, announced a new approach in the development of a long-lived quantum memory that could be used in quantum computing. The research involves a superconductor diamond quantum hybrid system in which a dark state was shown to be 150 ns, an order of magnitude longer than previous attempts to hold state. By using a gap-tunable superconducting flux qubit, the researchers...

NTT Creates Quantum Buffer in Optical Waveguide

Researchers at NTT have developed a quantum buffer on an optical waveguide that takes advantage of the "slow light effect:, where the propagation speed of a pulsed light in a special optical waveguide slows significantly compared with the speed of light in vacuum. The company said this innovation facilitates the precise synchronization of photons, thereby creating a buffer that could be used to create quantum computers.  Experiments have shown...

Friday, September 18, 2015

Mirantis Launches NFV/OpenStack Initiative

Mirantis has launched a network function virtualization (NFV) initiative with partners Citrix, Metaswitch Networks and Overture Networks.

Mirantis will offer an NFV reference architecture and OpenStack validation program for partner virtual network functions (VNFs). New partner validations have been completed for:

  • Citrix NetScaler
  • Metaswitch‘s Perimeta Session Border Controller (SBC)
  • Overture Networks’ Ensemble Service Orchestrator (ESO), which provides NFVO & VNFM capabilities and will be validated with Mirantis OpenStack and a broad ecosystem of VNFs

Mirantis’ NFV initiative will also add critical NFV features to Mirantis OpenStack, making it a carrier-grade OpenStack distribution that offers a small physical footprint, high availability (HA), single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) and other NFV features that support high performance VNF deployments.

“The telecommunications industry is in the midst of a massive transformation. It faces a ballooning customer base consuming massive amounts of data, and competition from a new wave of startups born out of the Web,” said Mirantis VP of Product and Partner Marketing, Kamesh Pammaraju.


FCC Proposal Seeks Outage Reports for Submarine Cables

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering new rules that would require submarine cable licensees to report significant outages to the FCC. Licensees currently only report outages on an ad hoc basis, so the FCC only has limited data.

The FCC notes that there are approximately 60 primary submarine cables that connect the mainland U.S. and Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories, as well as between the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Under the new proposal, submarine cable licensees report would be required to report major outages (i.e. outages involving either lost connectivity or degradation of 50 percent or more of an undersea cable’s capacity for periods of at least 30 minutes, regardless of whether the cable’s traffic is re-routed) to the agency’s Network Outage Reporting System (NORS). The Commission also seeks comment on how the agency can improve submarine cable deployment processes generally.


Facebook's VP of Infrastructure to Chair Open Compute Project

Jason Taylor, vice president of infrastructure at Facebook, will serve as the president and chairman of the OCP Foundation board of directors from October 2015 to October 2016. He takes over from his former Facebook colleague Frank Frankovsky, who led the board since the foundation was created in late 2011.

The OCP Foundation board of directors has decided to adopt an annual rotating leadership among the member companies who serve on the board: Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Intel, Microsoft, and Rackspace.


Ericsson Expands 5G R&D Program in Europe

Ericsson is expanding its cross-industry 5G research and development (R&D) program in Europe, aiming to bring together major industrial players, the public sector and leading universities across Europe to strengthen the continent's competitiveness and maximize the benefits of the Networked Society.

The 5G for Europe program will focus on delivering research, innovation and industrial pilots that use next-generation 5G networks as an enabler. One of the goals is to deliver industry pilots of possible 5G solutions in areas including transport and automotive, the Internet of Things, utilities, public safety, public infrastructure and retail.

The program's academic and research partners include major technical universities such as Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, Universidad Carlos III of Madrid, Spain, IMDEA Networks Institute, Madrid, Spain, and King's College, London, United Kingdom. Among the industry partners are leading enterprises such as wiseSense, Weiss Robotics and MyOmega System Technology in Germany and Zucchetti Centro Sistemi in Italy.

Ulf Ewaldsson, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson, says: "5G is the next step in the evolution of mobile communication and will be a fundamental enabler of the Networked Society. However, Ericsson needs to work together with industries to understand their specific network requirements in order to realize the full benefits of 5G technologies. "By expanding our 5G program to include major partners across Europe, we will gain valuable insights that will enable industries to digitalize effectively, to create new value and to strengthen the competitive position of European industry."


  • In March 2015, Ericsson launched the 5G for Sweden R&D program, together with partners in Swedish industry and academia. 5G for Europe broadens this initiative to seven countries and 10 institutions, with further partners to be included over time.
  • Ericsson noted that around 60 percent of its global R&D spending is invested in Europe, and 15,000 of Ericsson's 25,000 R&D employees work in Europe. 

Ericsson's 5G Radio Test Bed Tops 5 Gbps

An Ericsson 5G radio test bed has topped 5 Gbps throughput.  The company will demonstrate fundamental 5G technologies at next week's Mobile World Congress, including 5G-LTE Dual Connectivity and 5G Multipoint Connectivity. Ericsson's 5G radio test bed features 5G devices and 5G radio base stations operating at in the high frequency 15 GHz band. 5G-LTE Dual Connectivity:  The 5G mobile device moves between LTE and 5G radio access coverage...

China Mobile and ZTE Sign TD-LTE with South Korea

ZTE has signed a cooperation agreement with China Mobile Research Institute and South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) for research including TDD/FDD data roaming and VoLTE.

"We are delighted to cooperate with ZTE and China Mobile in this project," said Dr. Cui Kuishi, head of the Convergence Technology research department at MSIP’s Telecommunications Institute. "China Mobile and ZTE are leaders in the global telecommunications industry, and this strategic cooperation will help South Korea with the deployment of 4G interconnection and interoperability tests, especially the tests based on TD-LTE."

"We are excited about this tripartite cooperation with MSIP and China Mobile,” said Jason Cao, ZTE’s chief representative in South Korea. “The adoption of common telecommunications standards in China and South Korea will generate increased opportunities for industry and commerce, as trade and partnerships between businesses in the two countries grow under the China-South Korea Free Trade Agreement.”