Monday, November 9, 2015

Fujitsu and VMware Expand Global Collaboration in the Cloud

Fujitsu Limited and VMware announced new areas of collaboration to empower customers with flexible and secure cloud technologies. Fujitsu is already a member of the VMware vCloud Air Network and companies have been partners since 2006.

Specifically, the companies have agreed to establish project teams to conduct marketing and sales support activities for the global expansion of FUJITSU Cloud Service K5, a core component of FUJITSU Digital Business Platform MetaArc, based on Fujitsu's most advanced technologies, and FUJITSU Managed Infrastructure Service Virtual Desktop Service V-DaaS, based on VMware Horizon. Both companies plan to collaborate to expand V-DaaS globally, starting in the ASEAN region.

In addition, both companies plan to work together to expand the PaaS capabilities of K5 by leveraging VMware vSphere Integrated Containers to ease the development and distribution of cloud-native applications, and to enable enterprises to flexibly adjust their applications in response to additions and revisions to business processes.

http://www.vmware.com
http://www.fujitsu.com

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Los Angeles Installs LED Light Poles with LTE Small Cells Built-In

The City of Los Angeles will be the first to deploy Philips' LED light poles with fully integrated 4G LTE small cell technology from Ericsson.

An initial deployment covers 100 Philips SmartPoles. Los Angeles operates 220,000 street lights and has been upgrading to LED for energy efficiency.

Philips said this project expands on its existing relationship with the City of LA. Earlier this year, LA became the first city in North America to monitor and control its street lighting through Philips CityTouch, an advanced Philips streetlight asset management system that uses mobile and cloud-based technologies.

“The Philips SmartPole technology proves its role as the backbone in an outdoor Internet of Things platform capable of delivering new services and value. This is also fully aligned with many of Mayor Garcetti’s key priorities and outcomes by taking LED street lighting and turning it into a services hub that can adapt to the changing needs of a particular neighborhood over time,” said Amy Huntington, President of Philips Lighting Americas .

Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson, said: “LA will be a role model for other smart cities that place sustainability and connectivity high on their agenda. As citizens, businesses and industries transform through mobility, cities have an increasingly important role to play as eco-system partners enabling the next wave of innovations that will bring us to 5G in 2020. Innovative solutions like Philips SmartPoles and Ericsson Zero Site that efficiently improve the performance of mobile networks will be necessary to address the growing demand from both smartphone users and the Internet of Things.”

http://www.ericsson.com/
http://www.usa.lighting.philips.com/

Saturday, November 7, 2015

3 Hong Kong Tests FDD+TDD and 4.5G with Huawei

Hutchison Telecommunications's 3 Hong Kong division has demonstrated an FDD+TDD and 4.5G(TDD+) network in conjunction with Huawei at last week's Global Mobile Broadband (MBB) Forum 2015 in Hong Kong.

The 4.5G(TDD+) solution includes features such as four component carrier (4CC) carrier aggregation (CA), large-scale 4X4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) multi-antenna technology and 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (256 QAM) to significantly boost network capacity and peak download rates.

For the demo, 3 Hong Kong paired FDD spectrum in the 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz band with TDD 2300 MHz spectrum via CA technology, and achieved record download speeds of 1Gbps by utilising 60MHz of spectrum to maximise bandwidth efficiency.

3 Hong Kong and Huawei will continue to innovate and bring new mobile technologies to Hong Kong. We plan to re-farm our 900 MHz and 2100 MHz spectrums for LTE network deployment in order to develop a 5CC LTE-A network, further boosting the peak download rate to around 1.3 Gbps. By combining the strengths of mobile, fixed and Wi-Fi networks, we work tirelessly to provide customers with an all-round mobile communication experience with smooth and stable LTE service, plus high-quality content and customer service,” stated Peter Wong, CEO and Group Managing Director of HTHKH.

3 Hong Kong also showcased a commercial smartphone compatible with FDD+TDD 3CC CA technology at a 4.5G(TDD+) demonstration took place in Causeway Bay, one of the world’s most complex wireless environments.

http://www.huawei.com/en/news/2015/10/3%20Hong%20Kong%20and%20Huawei%20demonstrate%20a

Huawei Completes Wireless Transport SDN PoC

Huawei participated in a multi-vendor Wireless Transport SDN Proof of Concept (PoC) with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) in an event hosted last month by Telefonica and IMDEA Networks Institute in Madrid.

Two demonstration cases were tested, which included capacity-driven air interface and flow-based shaping. The capacity-driven use case demonstrates a network's ability to adapt to traffic demand and to efficiently optimize wireless resources for a more energy efficient operation of the transport network. The flow-based shaping use case demonstrates the network's ability to adapt and respond to changing conditions such as the weather impacting wireless transport networks.

Huawei supplied its RTN900 microwave equipment with OpenFlow interface. Four other wireless transport vendors and one router vendor also joined in the PoC.

http://www.huawei.com

Anritsu Cites Wins for LTE-A 3 Carrier Aggregation (3CA) Carrier Acceptance Test

Anritsu announced support for LTE-A 3 Carrier Aggregation (3CA) Carrier Acceptance Test (CAT) requirements at two additional major North American carriers, building on the first announcement of 3CA support for a third carrier in September.

Anritsu said it is the first test manufacturer to provide 3CA support to three large North American carriers.

Anritsu is committed to developing test solutions for the entire mobile ecosystem so the benefits of LTE-A CA, including increased data rates, can be realized. This will help ensure consumers have the best customer experience for a multitude of data applications and use cases. The ME7834LA is part of our core wireless solutions portfolio designed to address the needs of operators, device makers, and chipset manufacturers," said Paul Innis, VP and General Manager of Anritsu America Sales Region.

http://www.anritsu.com

Friday, November 6, 2015

euNetworks Acquires Ireland's Inland Fibre Telecom

euNetworks Group has acquired 100% of the shares of Inland Fibre Telecom. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Inland Fibre, which is headquartered in Dublin, will add 130 km to euNetworks' existing metro network in Dublin. The Inland Fibre network offers a number of unique features in the market, with routes along the canalways, comprehensive diversity options to key data centres in the city and access to business parks in Maynooth and Naas.

“The acquisition of Inland Fibre has added further uniqueness to our fibre footprint in Dublin, creating new resilient routes in and out of some key business parks, as well as connecting important data centres,” said Brady Rafuse, Chief Executive Officer of euNetworks. “This is a highly complementary business to euNetworks and further strengthens our already dominant position in Dublin.”

http://www.eunetworks.com/

Zayo's Small Cell Deployments Reach 1,200

Zayo reported that it now has 1,200 small cell nodes, including those under construction, connected to its network. The milestone comes less than two years after Zayo entered the small cell market as a strategic extension of its fiber-to-the-tower (FTT) business.

“Zayo’s small cell solutions leverage our extensive dark fiber network that is in place or under construction,” said Dave Jones, Zayo senior vice president, Mobile Infrastructure. “The growth in this line of business is another example of our ability to fully leverage our assets, execution capabilities and capital to drive follow-on sales.”

Zayo’s small cell solutions include fiber backhaul and fronthaul, as well as full turnkey implementation, including RF design, site acquisition, permitting and installation of equipment. The company’s FTT network, which addresses wireless carriers’ requirements for scalable, high-capacity infrastructure, now includes approximately 8,000 towers nationwide.

http://www.zayo.com

NTT Presentation on Fixed Telephony Migration

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation published a presentation outlining some plans concerning the state of fixed-line telephone services going forward. After the migration from the traditional PSTN to IP networks has been completed, some historically-provided PSTN-specific functions will no longer be provided.


http://www.ntt.co.jp/news2015/1511ewbw/xddh151106d_01.html

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Linux Foundation Launches Open API Initiative

The Linux Foundation is launching an Open API Initiative to extend the Swagger specification, which is a description format used by developers to design and deliver APIs that support a range of connected applications and services. Smart bear is making the initial contributions to the Open API. Founding members of the initiative include 3Scale, Apigee, Capital One, Google, IBM, Intuit, Microsoft, PayPal and Restlet.

The goal of the initiative is to extend the Swagger specification and format to create an open technical community within which members can easily contribute to building a vendor neutral, portable and open specification for providing metadata for RESTful APIs. This open specification will allow both humans and computers to discover and understand the capabilities of the respective services with a minimal amount of implementation logic. The Initiative will also promote and facilitate the adoption and use of an open API standard.

“Swagger is considered one of the most popular frameworks for building APIs. When an open source project reaches this level of maturity, it just can’t be managed by one company, organization or developer,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “The Open API Initiative will extend this technology to advance connected application development through open standards.”

Swagger was created in 2010 and offered under an open source license a year later.

http://collabprojects.linuxfoundation.org/
http://openapis.org
http://swagger.io/

Alcatel-Lucent Announces Commercial Shipment of New Small Cell

Alcatel-Lucent confirmed that its residential multi-standard small cell devices have commenced commercial deployment.

The units, which were developed in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and use a single chipset to support both 3G and LTE, will allow operators to extend superior 3G and 4G LTE connectivity and coverage into homes, substantially enhancing the in-home voice and data wireless experience via mobile devices.

The Alcatel-Lucent 9961 Multi-Standard Home Cell (MSHC) voice (VoLTE) and LTE data services while also providing support for 3G-based devices.

https://www.alcatel-lucent.com/press/2015/alcatel-lucents-new-small-cells-designed-and-shipping-record-time-bring-superior-coverage-homes

T-Mobile Launches 4G LTE CellSpot

T-Mobile is introducing a residential small cell for providing LTE coverage inside a home.

The T-Mobile 4G LTE CellSpot delivers a 4G LTE signal for customers with or without an indoor cellular signal on compatible 3G, 4G and LTE handsets for up to 16 callers at one time anywhere a customer has broadband Internet and T-Mobile wireless spectrum. The customer must provide the location address and acknowledge 9-1-1 limitations. The device is free for customers on T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan.

“Where the T-Mobile Wi-Fi CellSpot’s like a T-Mobile tower, this new 4G LTE CellSpot is a T-Mobile mini-tower—and it’s a huge feat of engineering,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “The big difference between us and the carriers is that they’ll do absolutely everything they can to bleed you dry. We’ll do absolutely everything we can and use every proven technology available to give you the best coverage possible.”

https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/media-kits/4g-lte-cellspot.htm

CenturyLink Looks to Sell its 59 Data Centers

CenturyLink has retained financial advisors to assist in the exploration of strategic alternatives for its data centers and colocation business operations.

CenturyLink has 59 data centers in North America, Asia and Europe with more than 185 megawatts of power across 2.6 million square feet of raised floor capacity. The review of strategic alternatives will involve a full range of options including, but not limited to, a partnership or joint venture, a sale of all or a portion of the data centers, as well as keeping some or all of these assets and operations as part of CenturyLink's portfolio.

"We are confident in our strategy of combining enhanced network and hosting capabilities with a suite of related managed services offerings for our customers. We expect colocation services to remain part of our service offerings, but we do not believe ownership of the physical data center assets is necessary to effectively deliver those services. Therefore, we are exploring all of the strategic alternatives available for our data centers. We have not set a timetable for completion of this process and will take the time necessary to ensure we best position CenturyLink and deliver value to our shareholders, while remaining focused on providing our colocation customers excellent service," stated  Glen F. Post III, chief executive officer and president.

In its quarterly financial statement, CenturyLink stated that revenue from high-bandwidth data services provided to business customers, including MPLS, Ethernet and Wavelength, grew more than 7% year-over-year. Strategic business revenues were $1.56 billion in the quarter, a 2.1% decrease from third quarter 2014, primarily due to continued declines in low-bandwidth data and hosting services.

http://news.centurylink.com/news/centurylink-reports-third-quarter-2015-results

Telefonica Business Solutions Tests VNF Service Chaining with Nuage

Telefonica Business Solutions, in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent's Nuage Networks division, has completed evaluation and testing surrounding service chaining of virtualized network functions (NFV) in a multi-vendor SDN environment.

Specifically, Telefonica Business Solutions executed the proof of concept evaluation with Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) working with Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Router (SR) and Virtualized Service Router. The companies also demonstrated seamless integration with Telefonica's existing third-party IP Edge Routing platforms in the roles of Datacenter Gateway and Datacenter Provider Edge, including integration between the automated value-added applications in the Datacenter and WAN connectivity services. The hybrid solution will provide Telefonica's enterprise customers the flexibility to make use of automated value-added services together with the optimal WAN service depending on needs for bandwidth, control, cost and quality of service.

Nuage Networks VSP provides the automated overlay networking for Telefonica's existing VMware virtualization environment as well as a test environment based on OpenStack and the open source Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor.

http://www.nuagenetworks.net/news/nuage-networks-and-telefonica-business-solutions-complete-service-chaining-proof-of-concept-for-large-enterprise-customers/

Arista Posts Revenue of $217.5 million, up 40% YoY

Arista Networks reported Q3 revenue of $217.5 million, an increase of 40% compared to the third quarter of 2014, and an increase of 11% from the second quarter of 2015.
Gross margin (GAAP) came in at 65.2%, compared to GAAP gross margin of 64.9% in the third quarter of 2014 and 65.4% in the second quarter of 2015. GAAP net income was $28.7 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $21.9 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2014.

"Arista is witnessing the mainstream acceptance of open and programmable cloud networking across the globe,” stated Jayshree Ullal, Arista President and CEO. “I am delighted by our customer traction across four major verticals and our consistent profitable revenue growth."

http://investors.arista.com/company/investors-relations/investors-home/default.aspx


Cask Data Raises $20 Million for Enterprise-class Apache Hadoop

Cask Data, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, raised $20 million in Series B funding for its enterprise-class Apache Hadoop solutions.

Cask's flagship offering, the Cask Data Application Platform ("CDAP"), provides an open source layer on top of the Hadoop ecosystem that adds enterprise-class governance, portability, security, scalability and transactional consistency. From Data Lakes to Data Apps, the CDAP platform is ideal for enterprise environments because it abstracts many layers of the Hadoop ecosystem, allowing developers to use their existing skills to build high-performance, large-scale Big Data applications. The company said its approach dramatically accelerates development of applications and deployment into production, cutting average time to implement by more than 80%, while retaining the operational controls required by today's enterprise customers. Major customers and partners include AT&T, Cloudera, Salesforce, Pet360 and Lotame.

The funding was led by Safeguard Scientifics with participation from Battery Ventures, Ignition Partners and other existing investors

"Big data has moved into the mainstream, but enterprises continue to struggle with the complexities and new skill sets required in the Hadoop ecosystem," said Cask Founder and CEO, Jonathan Gray. "Because our platform can layer on top of any distribution, instantly integrate with new and existing data stores, and easily support both Spark or MapReduce, it delivers real value for enterprises in a data-heavy environment, slashing development and deployment timelines. We are excited to be a part of the Safeguard family of partner companies. This financing, along with the operational expertise and guidance from our new board members Phil and Frank, will allow us to take Cask to the next level."

http://www.cask.co

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Shows 14nm FinFET process with AMD

GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced a development milestone in its path to 14nm FinFET process technology. AMD has taped out multiple products using GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ 14nm Low Power Plus (14LPP) process technology and is currently conducting validation work on 14LPP production samples.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES now anticipates its 14LPP process technology will reach high-volume production in 2016. The 14LPP platform taps the benefits of three-dimensional, fully-depleted FinFET transistors to enable customers like AMD to deliver more processing power in a smaller footprint for applications that demand the ultimate in performance.

“Our 14nm FinFET technology is among the most advanced in the industry, offering an ideal solution for demanding high-volume, high-performance, and power-efficient designs with the best die size,” said Mike Cadigan, senior vice president of product management at GLOBALFOUNDRIES. “Through our close design-technology partnership with AMD, we can help them deliver products with a performance boost over 28nm technology, while maintaining a superior power footprint and providing a true cost advantage due to significant area scaling.”

http://www.globalfoundries.com

Former VimpleCom CEO Arrested in Norway

Jo Lunder, the former CEO of VimpleCom, was arrested in Oslo, Norway as part of an investigation into the company's business practices in Uzbekistan.

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission and Dutch authorities have previously alleged that VimpelCom paid millions of dollars in bribes to a company controlled by the daughter of the president of Uzbekistan.

Earlier this week, VimpelCom announced that it had reserved $900 million for litigation costs in connection with the U.S. and Dutch investigations.

Separately, a law firm in Delaware filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of all persons or entities that purchased the securities of VimpelCom between June 30, 2011 and November 2, 2015.

ZTE Opens 5G R&D Lab in Tokyo

ZTE has opened a new Research and Development Center in Tokyo to focus on the development of 5G and other next-generation network technologies. This brings the number of ZTE R&D centers to 20 worldwide.

The opening ceremony for the new R&D center was officiated by senior executives including Shi Lirong, President and Chief Executive Officer of ZTE, Zhang Renjun, Senior Vice President of ZTE, and Zhang Shumin, Head of ZTE Mobile Devices in Asia Pacific.

“ZTE’s world-class research on 5G technology will be further strengthened by the new R&D center in Japan,” Mr. Shi said. “Japan is home to many of ZTE’s most important customers, and we will continue to increase our investment in this key market. The new R&D center will enable ZTE to recruit top local talents to join in our research on next-generation technologies.”

http://wwwen.zte.com.cn/en/press_center/news/201511/t20151104_445626.html


  • In July, ZTE announced it signed a memorandum of understanding with SoftBank to collaborate on research and development on pre-5G mobile communications networks technology. 

Qualcomm and ZTE Sign New 3G/4G License

ZTE has signed a new worldwide 3G/4G license agreement with Qualcomm. Under the deal, Qualcomm has granted ZTE royalty-bearing patent licenses to develop, manufacture, and sell 3G and 4G products, such as smartphones, modules, and infrastructure equipment, including 3-mode (LTE-TDD, TD-SCDMA and GSM) smartphones sold for use in China.

The license includes terms that are consistent with the rectification measures that Qualcomm submitted to China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in February 2015.

“Qualcomm is pleased to again have reached an agreement with ZTE that reflects the established value of Qualcomm’s patent portfolio, supports future collaboration between Qualcomm and ZTE, and strengthens the relationship between the companies,” said Eric Reifschneider, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Qualcomm Technology Licensing. “This agreement with ZTE is another important step for our licensing business in China, and we look forward to continuing our progress in concluding agreements with Chinese device companies.”

http://www.qualcomm.com


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