Saturday, October 10, 2015

Australian Researchers Build Quantum Logic Gate in Silicon

Researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia have built a quantum logic gate in silicon for the first time -- a major step toward quantum computers.

“We’ve demonstrated a two-qubit logic gate – the central building block of a quantum computer – and, significantly, done it in silicon. Because we use essentially the same device technology as existing computer chips, we believe it will be much easier to manufacture a full-scale processor chip than for any of the leading designs, which rely on more exotic technologies," stated Andrew Dzurak, Scientia Professor and Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility at UNSW.

“This makes the building of a quantum computer much more feasible, since it is based on the same manufacturing technology as today’s computer industry,” he added.

Professor Kohei M. Itoh from Keio University in Japan provided specialised silicon wafers for the project.

http://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/crucial-hurdle-overcome-quantum-computing

NIST Researchers Teleport Quantum State over 100km of Fiber


Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and NTT have transferred quantum information carried in light particles over 100 km of optical fiber, four times farther than the previous record. The breakthrough could lead to quantum repeaters, opening the door to quantum communications over long distances of fiber. Previously, quantum state has been teleported over free space, but transfers over optical have been limited...

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...

Intel Invests in QuTech for Quantum Computing


Intel will invest US$50 million and provide significant engineering resources to Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Dutch Organisation for Applied Research, to accelerate advancements in quantum computing. Intel said its goal is to extend the university's physics expertise and diverse quantum computing research efforts by contributing advanced manufacturing, electronics and architectural expertise. "A fully functioning quantum computer...


Altera Demos FPGAs for CCAP Architecture

Altera demonstrated its new, flexible and upgradeable silicon solution for  multi-service operators (MSOs) adopting distributed CCAP (converged cable access platform) architecture.

The Altera DOCSIS Remote (MAC) PHY design, which is being demonstrated with partners Analog Devices, and Capacicom, enables cable operators to more efficiently and cost-effectively meet the ever-increasing need to segment cable networks, driven by the demand of high-speed Internet, unicast 4K video and other multimedia content.

The solution uses Altera Arria 10 FPGAs and Analog Devices' class-leading digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), combined with Capacicom's MAC and PHY implementation, resulting in state-of-the-art radio frequency (RF) performance.

"With today's Altera FPGA portfolio and onward technology roadmap coupled with Capacicom's substantial experience in DOCSIS PHY and MAC layers, ADI has now found the perfect combination of partners to extend its leadership in high-performance analog into cable infrastructure solutions," said Carlton Lane, Analog Devices cable solutions manager. "ADI, Altera and Capacicom have set up a long-term collaboration to create the semiconductor industry reference platform for R - (MAC) PHY, with a continuing roadmap commitment to the lowest power consumption and cost per port."

Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs deliver the highest performance at 20 nm.  The company said its Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs are up to 40 percent lower power than previous generation FPGAs and SoCs and feature the industry's only hard floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) blocks with speeds up to 1,500 giga floating-point operations per second (GFLOPS).

http://www.altera.com/arria10

Friday, October 9, 2015

Big Switch, Facebook and NTT Demo Open Network Linux

Big Switch Networks, Facebook and NTT have jointly demonstrated Open Network Linux, integrating key components of the Open Compute Project.

The demonstration and code repository showed pluggable forwarding agents including:

  • FBOSS (used by Facebook) built on Broadcom's OpenNSL Library
  • L3 Routing (used by NTT)
  • OpenFlow (used by Big Switch Networks)

Pluggable forwarding agents are seen as a key innovation in Open Network Linux.

Open Network Linux was originally contributed to OCP by Big Switch Networks, a Gold level member, in March 2014. Hardware compatibility has grown to include 15+ open switch hardware platforms used in hyperscale data centers, including Facebook's Wedge switch and Accton's Edgecore AS5712-54X and AS6712-32X switches, and Dell's 4048 and S6000 open networking switches.

"There is a rich set of switch software components now available as open source via the Open Compute Project's networking track, but the integration was such a challenge that they were really out of reach for most organizations. With Open Network Linux, this is no longer the case," said Rob Sherwood, Big Switch CTO and co-creator of Open Network Linux. "At the same time, I'm proud that this architecture strikes the right balance of shared code and pluggable agents. We are unifying disparate efforts in the hyperscale networking development community without locking anyone into any specific architecture."

"We're glad to see Big Switch Networks providing Open Network Linux on top of Wedge, as well as making it easier for companies to plug in OCP and open source packages like FBOSS," said Omar Baldonado, Manager of Networking at Facebook. "This development will encourage more organizations to try out the benefits of open source networking and disaggregated networking models."

http://www.bigswitch.com
http://opennetlinux.org

Facebook Shows its Yosemite Open Source Modular


At the Open Compute Summit in San Jose, Facebook introduced its "Yosemite" open source, modular chassis for high-powered microservers. Key design elements to the system: A server-class SoC with multiple memory channels, which provides high-performance computing in 65W TDP for SoC and 90W for the whole server card. A standard SoC card interface to provide a CPU-agnostic system interface. A platform-agnostic system management solution to manage...

Facebook Releases FBOSS Open Switching System


Facebook released its open switching system (code-named “FBOSS”) on GitHub. The initial release consists primarily of the FBOSS agent, a daemon that runs on each switch and manages the hardware forwarding ASIC. It receives information via configuration files and thrift APIs and then programs the correct forwarding and routing entries into the chip. It also processes packets from the ASIC that are destined to the switch itself, such as control plane...

UNH-IOL Publishes Open Compute List

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) has released an Open Networking Integrator’s List public directory of independently validated, interoperable combinations of networking products that are based on Open Compute Specifications.

The list is based on successful completion of interoperability and conformance tests performed at the laboratory’s most recent Open Networking Plugfest, held September 21-25, 2015 at the UNH-IOL. Devices tested during the Open Networking Plugfest included network operating system (NOS) software, 10G and 40G switches, optical modules, active optical cables, and direct attached copper cables.

Participants included 3M, Accton Technology Corporation, Amphenol, Avago, Big Switch Networks, Cumulus Networks, FCI, Finisar, FlexOptix, HP, Lumentum and Mellanox Technologies. The UNH-IOL collaborated on this event and two previous Open Compute Plugfests with the OCP Networking Project, creating tests for disaggregated and open technologies in data center networking. The outcomes of testing performed by the UNH-IOL will build confidence in open networking components, drive expanded choices, reduce costs and enable rapid innovation in the networking arena.

“There is a large community of vendors that believe in open networking and are willing to prove their interoperability in an open fashion,” said Carlos Cardenas, co-chair of the OCP Networking Project. “The results of everything happening here will alter the networking industry by improving customer confidence and increase adoption of open networking.”

https://www.iol.unh.edu/

Thursday, October 8, 2015

AWS Builds a Global IoT Platform for Billions of Devices

Amazon Web Services announced a new managed cloud service provides the infrastructure for Internet of Things (IoT) applications and the ability to securely interact with cloud services and with other devices at "world-scale."

AWS said its platform lets billions of things keep responsive connections to the cloud, and lets cloud applications interact with things (works in device shadows, rules engine, and the real-time functionality). The service is currently in beta.

Key components listed on the AWS IoT developer site:

  • Things are devices of all types, shapes, and sizes including applications, connected devices, and physical objects. Things measure and/or control something of interest in their local environment. The AWS IoT model is driven by state and state changes. This allows things to work properly even when connectivity is intermittent; applications interact with things by way of cloud-based Thing Shadows. Things have names, attributes, and shadows.
  • Thing Shadows are virtual, cloud-based representations of things. They track the state of each connected device, and allow that state to be tracked even if the thing loses connectivity for an extended period of time.
  • The real-time Rules Engine transforms messages based on expressions that you define, and routes them to AWS endpoints (Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3),  AWS Lambda, Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Amazon Kinesis, and Amazon Kinesis Firehose) all expressed using a SQL-like syntax. Routing is driven by the contents of individual messages and by context. For example, routine readings from a temperature sensor could be tracked in a DynamoDB table; an aberrant reading that exceeds a value stored in the thing shadow can trigger a Lambda function .
  • The Message Broker speaks MQTT (and also HTTP 1.1) so your devices can take advantage of alternative protocols even if your cloud backend does not speak them. The Message Broker can scale to accommodate billions of responsive long-lived connections between things and your cloud applications. Things use a topic-based pub/sub model to communicate with the broker, and can also publish via HTTP request/response. They can publish their state and can also subscribe to incoming messages. The pub/sub model allows a single device to easily and efficiently share its status with any number of other devices (thousands or even millions).
  • Device SDKs are client libraries that are specific to individual types of devices. The functions in the SDK allow code running on the device to communicate with the AWS IoT Message Broker over encrypted connections. The devices identify themselves using X.509 certificates or Amazon Cognito identities. The SDK also supports direct interaction with Thing Shadows.
  • The Thing Registry assigns a unique identity to each thing. It also tracks descriptive metadata such as the attributes and capabilities for each thing.
  • All of these components can be created, configured, and inspected using the AWS Management Console, the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), or through the IoT API.

https://aws.amazon.com/iot/

Nokia Announces Leadership Team Following ALU Acquisition

Nokia announced its planned leadership team and organizational structure that will take over once the pending acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent has been completed.

“We are making very good progress on being ready to operate as a combined company when the
proposed exchange offer closes,” said Rajeev Suri, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia.

“After a thorough selection process, I am pleased to announce the company’s future organizational structure and exceptional leaders who will help chart the next steps in Nokia’s transformation.”

After the closing of deal, the company will be organized in four business groups: Mobile Networks, Fixed Networks, Applications & Analytics and IP/Optical Networks.

Mobile Networks (MN) would include Nokia’s and Alcatel-Lucent’s comprehensive Radio portfolios and most of their converged Core network portfolios including IMS/VoLTE and Subscriber Data Management, as well as the associated mobile networks-related Global
Services business. This unit would also include Alcatel-Lucent’s Microwave business and all of the combined company’s end-to-end Managed Services business. Through the combination of these assets, Mobile Networks would provide leading end-to-end mobile networks solutions for existing and new platforms, as well as a full suite of professional services and product-attached services. The designated President of Mobile Networks would be Samih Elhage, who currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Nokia Networks.

Fixed Networks (FN) would comprise the current Alcatel-Lucent Fixed Networks business, whose cutting-edge innovation and market position would be further supported through strong collaboration with the other business groups. This business group would provide copper and fiber access products and services to offer customers ultra-broadband end-to-end solutions to transform their networks, deploying fiber to the most economical point. The designated President of Fixed Networks would be Federico Guillén, who currently serves as President of Fixed Networks, Alcatel-Lucent.

Applications & Analytics (A&A) would combine the Software and Data Analytics-related operations of both companies. This comprehensive applications portfolio would include Customer Experience Management, OSS as distinct from network management such as service fulfilment and assurance, Policy and Charging, services, Cloud Stacks, management and orchestration, communication and collaboration, Security Solutions, network intelligence and analytics, device management and Internet of Things connectivity management platforms. CloudBand would also be housed in this business group, which would drive innovation to meet the needs of a convergent, Cloud-centric future. The designated President of Applications & Analytics would be Bhaskar Gorti, who currently serves as President of IP Platforms, Alcatel-Lucent.

IP/Optical Networks (ION) would combine the current Alcatel-Lucent IP Routing, Optical Transport and IP video businesses, as well as the software defined networking (SDN) startup, Nuage, plus Nokia’s IP partner and Packet Core portfolio. IP/Optical Networks would continue to drive Alcatel-Lucent’s technology leadership, building large scale IP/Optical infrastructures for both service providers and, increasingly, web-scale and tech-centric enterprise customers. The designated President of IP/Optical Networks would be Basil Alwan, who currently serves as President of IP Routing and Transport, Alcatel-Lucent.

Each of these business units will provide an end-to-end portfolio of products, software and services. The four Networks business groups would have a common Integration and Transformation Office to drive synergies and to lead integration activities. The business group leaders would report directly to Nokia’s President and Chief Executive Officer:

Nokia Technologies will continue to operate as a separate business group.

Alcatel- Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) will be operated as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

The company also announced six additional unit leaders within the combined company, who would report directly to the President
and CEO: Timo Ihamuotila (Chief Financial Officer), Ashish Chowdhary (Chief Customer Operations Officer), Marc Rouanne (Chief Innovation & Operating Officer), Hans-Jürgen Bill (Chief Human Resources Officer), Kathrin Buvac (Chief Strategy Officer), Barry French (Chief Marketing Officer), Maria Varsellona (Chief Legal Officer).

http://www.newconnectivity.com/

Qualcomm Samples 24-core Server Chip based on ARMv8-A

Qualcomm has begun sampling a 24-core SoC based on the ARMv8-A instruction set and built using advanced FinFet technology.  The company's Server Development Platform (SDP) is aimed at high-density data centers.

Qualcomm also announced two key partnerships.  The company is partnering with Xilinx to deliver heterogeneous computing solutions for data centers with Qualcomm’s server processor and Xilinx FPGAs. Qualcomm is partnering with Mellanox to enable advanced, cost effective platforms for servers and storage that deliver the fastest, most efficient interconnect solutions for data transfer and analysis with Qualcomm’s server CPU and Mellanox’s Ethernet and InfiniBand interconnect solutions.

"The release of our evaluation system is a major milestone for Qualcomm Technologies. As data centers evolve to support the exponential growth and innovation in data, connectivity and cloud services, Qualcomm Technologies is creating an ecosystem to meet the needs of these next-generation data centers with Qualcomm-based server technologies. Our customers are eager to test and evaluate our Server Development Platform and begin porting their software. We are incorporating their feedback into our product offering with the goal of ensuring system and software readiness by the time we are in full production,” stated Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president, Qualcomm Technologies.

http://www.qualcomm.com

Coriant Adds to its Transcend SDN Platform

Coriant is rolling out a set of new capabilities for its Transcend SDN Transport Controller including enhanced multi-layer optimization and standards-based service interworking.  The company's approach is to combine SDN with its packet optical transport and smart router products to enable dynamic, end-to-end network control in an open network environment. The platform is currently in customer trials.

"The lack of efficient interworking in multi-vendor transport networks makes it challenging for network operators to meet dynamic, high-capacity service demands in a fast, cost-effective, and profitable way," said Uwe Fischer, Chief Technology Officer, Coriant. "We've taken a highly focused approach to our SDN developments to give our customers the tools to easily apply SDN-enabled automation, programmability, and control to practical applications like rapid service creation in multi-layer IP Optical networks."

Newly released features for the Coriant Transcend SDN Transport Controller include:

  • Efficient service interworking – enabled by support for the industry-standard IETF RESTCONF interface and YANG data modeling language. These enhancements provide an open API framework for efficient utilization of an abstracted and virtualized photonic layer. This enables automated synchronization between IP and optical layer SDN controllers for enhanced multi-layer traffic engineering, including optimal path computation and dynamic control based on real-time configuration data such as link status, route diversity by Shared Risk Link Groups (SRLGs), and latency.
  • Simplified service provisioning – enabled by enhancements to the platform's SLA-based service provisioning engine. With the addition of new automated and programmable service provisioning and management capabilities, including advanced SLA monitoring and user-defined SLA parameters, network operators can enhance service differentiation and translate real-time performance data into actionable end-user reports.
  • Enhanced resource utilization – enabled by optical impairment-aware multi-layer Path Computation Element (PCE). This feature enhancement enables optimal allocation of network resources according to service requests and SLA parameters, assuring the best path in the network for service traffic based on optical impairments, path restrictions, equipment and fiber status, and specific service-defined constraints such as latency.
  • Flexible network partitioning – enabled by network virtualization and varying levels of network abstraction. Enhanced network slicing features provide network operators the tools to virtually apportion segments of the network across multiple products and layers to satisfy the specific requirements of a particular end-user. For example, network slicing can be used to partition services for a retail carrier in a wholesale environment, a large enterprise, or an internal service provider client (e.g., IP Services business unit).

http://www.coriant.com

Coriant Intros Transcend SDN Orchestrator based on OpenDaylight


Coriant launched its Transcend SDN software suite, providing an advanced programming environment and open interfaces that empower on-demand, application-centric service agility and monetization of network assets. The solution combines many of Coriant’s SDN and NSV solutions: Coriant Transcend Orchestrator based on the OpenDaylight Project, the Coriant Transcend Transport Controller, the Coriant Transcend Application Suite, and integration of Open...

Namibia's Paratus Telecom Deploys Infinera

Paratus Telecom, a telecommunications operator in Namibia, has deployed Infinera's TM-Series for its metro network in the capital city of Windhoek. The new installation enables Paratus to deliver multi-service transport services with low power, high density and bandwidth scalability.

The Infinera TM-Series packet-optical platform provides multi-service capabilities including MEF 2.0 certified Ethernet services, multi-protocol label switching -- transport profile (MPLS-TP) and Optical Transport Network (OTN) aggregation engineered for enterprise services, mobile fronthaul and metro aggregation applications. The Infinera TM-Series provides Paratus with an optimized 10 gigabit per second (Gb/s) transport solution upgradeable to 100 Gb/s. Infinera worked with local partner Adcomtec on Paratus' network upgrade, collaborating to supply the network solution and ongoing maintenance services.

"The Infinera TM-Series packet-optical network solution effectively addresses our bandwidth requirements to keep up with the rapid growth in converged network services," said Samantha Geyser, Executive of Planning. "Built with the operator in mind, the TM-Series increases bandwidth, flexibility and functionality of our new metro WDM transport network. This allows Paratus to take advantage of cost efficient Ethernet services, ultra-low latency and low power consumption."

http://www.infinera.com
http://www.paratustelco.com/news-archive/na

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

AWS Accelerates its Growth Trajectory

Amazon Web Services continues to ramp up in services, availability regions, data centers, applications, customers and revenue.

At its AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Andy Jassy, SVP of Amazon Web Services said the business is now on a $7 billion annual run rate, up 81% YoY. AWS now has over 1 million active customers that have used the platform in the last 30 days.  Amazon EC2 compute instance hour usage is up 95% YoY. Amazon S3 object storage data transfers have grown 120% YoY. AWS databases services are growing at 127% YoY.

Some highlights:



  • AWS re:Invent has a total of 19,000 attendees in person and 38,000 of the livestream.
  • The AWS Marketplace has over 2,300 listings offered by over 800 independent software vendors. These have generated over 143 million EC2 compute hours of usage so far.
  • Snowball - a faster/cheaper alternative to high speed Internet connections for transferring terabytes or petabytes of data from an existing data center to the AWS cloud. Snowball provides 50TB of encrypted transfer capability per unit. It is entirely self-contained in a weather-resistant shipping container with a 10 GB network connection on the back and an E Ink display/control panel on the front.
  • Amazon QuickSight - a new AWS data visualization engine for business intelligence. QuickSight is designed to handle many types of data-intensive workloads including ad targeting, customer segmentation, forecasting & planning, marketing & sales analytics, inventory & shipment tracking, IoT device stream management, and clickstream analysis.  QuickSight is built around SPICE (the Super-fast, Parallel, In-memory Calculation Engine). Amazon claims it can deliver the solution at 1/10th the cost of on-premise solutions from "the old guard"
  • Amazon Kinesis Firehose - loads streaming data such as from IoT sensors into hosted databases. Users simply create a delivery stream, route it to an Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) bucket and/or a Amazon Redshift table, and write records (up to 1000 KB each) to the stream. Firehose will take care of all of the monitoring, scaling, and data management.
  • Amazon Inspector - a new service that analyzes the behavior of your applications in AWS and helps identify potential security issues.
  • MariaDB - Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) now offers support for the popular MariaDB database, beginning with version 10.0.17. This engine was forked from MySQL in 2009, and has developed at a rapid clip ever since, adding support for two storage engines (XtraDB and Aria) and other leading-edge features. 

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/

Teradata Expands to AWS

Teradata, which offers a portfolio of big data analytic solutions, will offer its data warehousing as a service on AWS.

The initial version of Teradata Database on AWS will be offered on a variety of individual multi-terabyte virtual servers--known as Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instances--in supported AWS regions via a listing in the AWS Marketplace.

"Today, Teradata is adding more innovation by coupling data warehousing capabilities with public cloud convenience," said Tony Cosentino, Vice President and Research Director at Ventana Research, a leading benchmark research and advisory services firm. "No longer is cutting-edge technology the sole domain of the upper echelon of the corporate community; soon virtually any organization on the planet can tap into – and trust – the power of Teradata."

http://www.teradata.com

Equinix Streamlines AWS Migrations

Equinix and its professional services arm, Nimbo , announced two solutions to help enterprises migrate to Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The AWS Direct Connect Converged Infrastructure bundles feature deployment tools from Nimbo; NetApp's NPS capability and Cisco technologies; along with secure, direct connection inside Equinix's data centers.  These bundles enable enterprises to use the same storage and network management tools used in their on-premises deployments as they migrate to public or hybrid cloud architectures.

Equinix and Nimbo will also provide Equinix Cloud Exchange configuration and foundation enablement services, either as part of the Equinix Cloud Exchange Starter-Kit or as individual, stand-alone offerings.


Sungard Launches AWS Recovery Solution

Sungard Availability Services will offer its disaster recovery solutions on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The new Sungard AS AWS Recovery Solution allows Sungard AS to expand its offerings to provide backup, vaulting and recovery services into the AWS U.S. East and West Regions. Customers can be assured their data is replicated quickly and fully so that they will always have continuous access to applications to perform critical functions.

"Sungard AS delivers a range of recovery services that, when used in conjunction with cloud services, provide a resilient and scalable architecture," said Jack Dziak, Executive Vice President, Global Products, Sungard AS. "Now, specifically for AWS, customers can experience the full capabilities of Sungard AS – including operating system recovery, storage replication, off-site storage and automated recovery of protected workloads – as a fully managed, utility-priced service on AWS."

http://www.sungardas.com/

IBM Launches "Cognitive" Consulting Practice

Leveraging its Watson artificial intelligence cloud, IBM is launching a consulting organization dedicated to helping clients realize the transformative value of "cognitive business."

"Our work with clients across many industries shows that cognitive computing is the path to the next great set of possibilities for business," said Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services. "Clients know they are collecting and analyzing more data than ever before, but 80 percent of all the available data -- images, voice, literature, chemical formulas, social expressions -- remains out of reach for traditional computing systems. We're scaling expertise to close that gap and help our clients become cognitive banks, retailers, automakers, insurers or healthcare providers.”

"Before long, we will look back and wonder how we made important decisions or discovered new opportunities without systematically learning from all available data," said Stephen Pratt, global leader, IBM Cognitive Business Solutions. "Over the next decade, this transformation will be very personal for professionals as we embrace learning algorithms to enhance our capacity. For clients, cognitive systems will provide organizations that adopt these powerful tools outperform their peers.”

IBM noted that over the past year, it has forged strategic partnerships with Apple, Twitter, The Weather Channel and Facebook, all aimed at unlocking new data sources to the advantage of clients worldwide.

http://www.ibm.com

Pure Storage Fizzles in IPO

Pure Storage, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, completed its initial public offering (IPO) of 25,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a price to the public of $17.00 per share.  Trading of NYSE:PSTG closed at $16.01. The company offers all-flash storage arrays.

https://www.purestorage.com


  • In April 2014, Pure Storage closed a $225 million Series F funding round, at a pre-money valuation of over $3 billion, to support its all-flash enterprise storage array strategy.  The round included contributions from previous public market investors including T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. and Tiger Global and new investor, Wellington Management Company. The round also included participation from prior venture capital investors Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. The new funding brings the company’s total capital raised to $470 million to date.

Digicel Withdraws Plans for Upcoming IPO

Digicel Group, which provides communications services in 31 markets in the Caribbean and South Pacific, withdrew its plans for an upcoming initial public offering.  The company cited inopportune conditions particularly in emerging markets.

Commenting, Denis O’Brien, Chairman, Digicel said: “Given our growth outlook, an IPO for Digicel was optional and predicated on achieving fair value for the company. Recent volatility in equity markets has seen a number of IPOs listing at a discount to their signalled price range and this was a less attractive route for us.”

“Digicel is now at a key juncture in our growth story following a $1.5 billion investment programme over the past three years; we generate strong and growing free cash flow and we have no material debt maturities until 2021. Our growth plans remain unchanged and we remain in a strong position to exploit areas of interest in: Data, Business Solutions, Cable TV and Broadband.”

http://www.digicelgroup.com/en.html

TeliaSonera Deploys Metaswitch’s Network Interconnect Solution

TeliaSonera has deployed Metaswitch’s Network Interconnect Solution to better serve its customers in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

The installation, which includes Metaswitch’s Perimeta session border controller (SBC), secures real-time communications and delivers visibility into the network. In addition, Metaswitch’s Service Assurance Server (SAS) feature set offers network technicians tools for smarter, faster troubleshooting.

“Metaswitch is pleased to provide TeliaSonera with the solutions that better equip it to offer subscribers a superior level of service across multiple technologies, services and devices,” said Dave Reekie, SVP of Metaswitch Interconnect Solutions. “Metaswitch’s Network Interconnect Solution, powered by the Perimeta SBC, will consistently enable a full interworking of services while providing TeliaSonera with a flexible, modular architecture that’s ready for the future.”

http://www.metaswitch.com

NTT Com Develops Cloud-based Video Analytics

NTT Communications is developing an artificial-intelligence (AI) technology called Time-series Deep Learning  that analyzes time-series video data to identify specific human motions with high precision.

The goal is to analyze video images taken with network cameras to distinguish between specific motions, such as people crouching, acting restlessly or moving things.

NTT Com said its system can attain more than 80% accuracy, paving the way for network-based detection applications for preventing crimes or accidents, understanding purchasing behavior, analyzing sports performance, etc.

NTT Com is planning to launch this Video Analysis Platform as a service.

http://www.ntt.com/aboutus_e/news/data/20151007_3.html

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