Thursday, December 3, 2015

TIM Brasil Picks Nokia for Small Cells and 3G/4G

TIM Brasil has selected Nokia Networks to modernize and expand its 3G and 4G LTE networks in 17 states across the North, Northeast and Center West regions.Nokia Networks will also provide its small cells products, as well as implementation, optimization and care services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

http://networks.nokia.com

Nokia Launches 1 Gbps Small Cell


Nokia Networks unveiled a new Flexi Zone outdoor modular base station that becomes the world’s first small cell to achieve over 1 Gbps peak data rate. 

The new Flexi Zone G2 Multi-Band Carrier Aggregation Outdoor Micro/Pico Base Station (BTS) offers three RF module slots, enabling operators to deploy and aggregate between various radio access technologies and spectrum combinations including up to three LTE licensed carrier bands or configurations offering a combination of LTE licensed carrier bands, unlicensed LTE bands (LTE-U or LAA) and Wi-Fi.

Nokia also announced a number of innovations to simplify small cell deployment and help operators to evolve to Ultra-Dense Networks. These include the optimal selection of viable sites, more efficient backhaul, improved plug and play technology, new energy-saving features and simplified synchronization between base stations. The company said its HetNet Engine Room allows operators to deploy small cells 30% faster, with 20% lower costs and serve 10% more subscribers. Using detailed 3-D street level maps, the service calculates a ‘Site Value Index’ that quantifies the likely return on investment (ROI) for operators from different locations.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Blueprint: Can OpenFlow 1.3.1 and TTP Enable SDN for Carrier Networks?

by Nicholas Ilyadis
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Infrastructure & Networking Group (ING), Broadcom


Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a trend that continues to garner widespread industry attention these days due to its ability to manage network complexity via a network-wide software platform. Perhaps the most well-known of all SDN instantiations is OpenFlow; the industry’s first standard communications interface between the control and forwarding layers of an SDN architecture. Originally introduced by Stanford and later taken over by the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) consortium, the technology has steadily amassed a growing community of users. And it’s those users who have helped guide the technology’s evolution through the years.
A perfect case in point is the introduction of the OpenFlow 1.3.1 switch specification. It was developed in direct response to the community’s need for a switch that mapped to OpenFlow; a capability that would help enable SDN for carrier networks. The problem was figuring out just how to make it happen. That task fell to the ONF’s Forwarding Abstractions Working Group (FAWG).
At the outset FAWG faced a key challenge: OpenFlow 1.0 was not designed on switches. It was developed on servers and that meant that all of the data structures for forwarding data flows through a network, and being able to do look-ups and make decisions on packet flows and forwarding were basically mapped into the server memory. Servers have a significant amount of memory so it was fairly easy to create a unified table that could be used to reference the packet heade
rs coming in and make forwarding decisions.

This approach; however, was at odds with what the OpenFlow community wanted. It wanted a uniform model that could be used to describe an OpenFlow switch; a single table with entries in it that could be used to design a switch with that construct. But switches don’t have that construct; they have several different constructs. And they are typically made out of several smaller tables that are used to look up different parts of a packet header, rather than just one massive table. Switches just don’t have the same resources as servers. Porting OpenFlow 1.0 to switches became a challenge and limited its capabilities on real-world switch hardware.

Faced with this reality, FAWG began to consider another possibility. Rather than redesigning all switches to fit the OpenFlow model, perhaps it could just modify OpenFlow to be more applicable to real-world switches.

As an example, consider that when we say the word “car” today, it quickly conjures up an image of a vehicle with four wheels, a steering wheel, gear shifter, and brake and gas pedals. This uniform description ensures that you have the ability to drive a car, regardless of its types (e.g., SUV or sedan), as long as it meets the key elements specified in that description. This same type of uniform description is exactly what FAWG set out to create, only for the switch.

What it came up with is a way to describe a switch in a uniform manner using Table Type Partitioning (TTP) that OpenFlow understands and that is inclusive enough to allow many different real-world switches to fit that description. TTP is leveraged in OpenFlow 1.3.1.

A TTP is an abstract switch model that describes specific switch forwarding behaviors that an OpenFlow controller can program via the OpenFlow-Switch protocol. The switch forwarding behaviors are described via a sequence of tables that have ingress port information coming in and match fields going out. OpenFlow 1.3.1 specifies an OpenFlow switch that defines a pipeline containing multiple tables with each table containing multiple flow entries. Any variability in the switch that is outside of the TTP is covered as an extension, in much the same way that you could add features to the uniform car description, such as special lights or two versus four seats.

Because real-world switches from different vendors can now be described as a set of TTPs, they can be easily programmed to do their jobs, without users having to worry about any underlying details, such as how they were built or with what components. It’s really no different than being able to drive say, a sports car, without having to be concerned with what type of engine it has. At the end of the day, that means greater adoption of the OpenFlow standard on hardware forwarding targets and, with broad adoption of common TTPs, easier controller implementation will surely follow.

While the OFN’s FAWG was able to come up with a way for OpenFlow to understand real-world switches in a uniform manner, its efforts do nothing to address how to map the real-world switch to the TTP model in OpenFlow 1.3.1. And, that means deploying OpenFlow 1.3.1 in real-world deployments is neither quick nor easy.

One resolution to this dilemma comes from an industry source and it takes the form of an open source abstraction layer known as OpenFlow-Data Plan Abstract (OF-DPA) 1.0. OF-DPA essentially homogenizes the underlying switch so that it meets the OpenFlow 1.3.1 model. Or more simply put, it takes an SUV or sedan and makes it look like a generic car model.

With little doubt, OpenFlow is hoping to play a critical role in transforming the future of networking. OpenFlow 1.3.1 and TTPs, by enabling OpenFlow on industry standard switches, also aims to contribute to that transformation. Now, developments like OF-DPA are taking things one step further by making deployment of SDN in existing switch networks quick and easy. These advances bode well for enabling SDN on carrier networks, and that means network administrators will be able to roll out new services and functionality faster and with fewer errors, and more easily balance network loads. It’s capabilities like this that make SDN such a compelling answer to the complex challenges facing today’s networks and data centers.

About the Author

Nicholas (Nick) Ilyadis serves as Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Broadcom’s Infrastructure and Networking Group (ING), where he is responsible for product strategy and cross portfolio initiatives for a broad portfolio of Ethernet chip products including network switches, high speed controllers, PHYs, enterprise WLAN, SerDes, silicon photonics, processors and security. Prior to Broadcom, Ilyadis served as Vice President of Engineering for Enterprise Data Products at Nortel Networks and held various engineering positions at Digital Equipment Corporation and Itek Optical Systems. Ilyadis holds an MSEE from the University of New Hampshire and a BTEE from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Ilyadis is a senior member of the IEEE and contributes to both the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies.


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Nokia Shareholders Approve all Resolutions for ALU Deal

Shareholders in Nokia Corporation approved all resolutions concerning the proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.

This follows the earlier-than-expected receipt of all regulatory approvals required to proceed with the proposed transaction and the launch of the French and U.S. public exchange offers for Alcatel-Lucent securities. The planned transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.

"We are delighted that the vast majority of Nokia’s shareholders recognize the long-term value creation opportunity that this proposed combination represents. We now encourage Alcatel-Lucent shareholders and convertible bondholders to help realize this potential by tendering their securities into the public exchange offer. By doing so, they would play an important role in helping to create a new leader in next generation technology and services for an IP connected world," stated Rajeev Suri, President and CEO of Nokia Corporation.

https://www.newconnectivity.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/final-egm-release-en.pdf

Nimble Says 750+ Enterprises Deploy SmartStack with Cisco

Nimble Storage announced that more than 750 global enterprises have deployed its flash-optimized SmartStack, an integrated infrastructure solution by Nimble Storage and Cisco since 2012.

New SmartStack Cisco Validated Designs leverage the Nimble Adaptive Flash platform, Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Data Center switching and Cisco ONE Enterprise Cloud Suite to deliver Enterprise ready solutions. These SmartStack solutions, jointly supported by Cisco and Nimble, speed application deployments, scale infrastructure components independently and simplify overall management.

In addition to introducing new SmartStack Cisco Validated Designs, Nimble is also introducing its latest SmartStack reference architecture for SQL Server 2014, which addresses the migration requirements in advance of the pending end of life of SQL Server 2005.

http://www.nimblestorage.com/

AWS Opens CDN and DNS Edge Location in Chicago

Amazon Web Services activated a new edge location in Chicago for its Amazon CloudFront (CDN) and Amazon Route 53 (DNS) services.

With the addition of the Chicago edge location, there are now a total of 21 edge locations in the US and 54 worldwide.

https://aws.amazon.com



Bluesky Pacific Picks ALU for NZ-to-Hawaii Cable

Bluesky Pacific Group has selected Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks to build a new submarine cable system spanning more than 9,700 km across the Pacific.

The Moana Cable will link New Zealand and Hawaii.  The system will have two main segments: the first segment, based on two fiber pairs, will connect New Zealand to Hawaii over 8,000 km, serving Samoa and American Samoa and significantly enhancing route diversity for New Zealand; the second segment, based on one fiber pair, will link the Cook Islands to the Samoa hub over 1,700 km. 

The Moana Cable is also designed to accommodate the connection of additional Pacific island nations such as Niue, Tokelau and Tonga, which lie in close proximity to the New Zealand-to-Hawaii trunk, as well as French Polynesia on the East near the Cook Islands. It will be the first long-haul submarine cable in the Pacific islands region relying on the latest 200Gbpstechnology, with ultimate capacity between Hawaii and New Zealand of 20 Tbps.  Project completion is slated for 2018.
Bluesky Pacific Group owns and operates the ASH Cable connecting American Samoa to Hawaii and SAS Cable connecting Samoa to American Samoa. Anchor customers of the Moana Cable include Bluesky Pacific Group companies and existing ASH Cable customers. Bluesky has also signed a memorandum of understanding with RAM Telecom International, Inc, for collaboration and interconnection with its SEA-US submarine cable linking Asia to Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States.

https://www.alcatel-lucent.com/

Zayo Expands Fiber-to-the-Tower in Atlanta

Zayo announced the expansion of its fiber-to-the-tower (FTT) footprint in Atlanta to serve an anchor wireless service provider.

Specifically, Zayo will extend its existing 1,320-mile route mile network by more than 1,000 miles to provide FTT service to over 500 towers. Additionally, Zayo is pursuing opportunities to leverage its expanded Atlanta network to provide lit and dark fiber services to other enterprises and carrier customers.

“With this expansion, Zayo will have the leading competitive fiber footprint in Atlanta, with more than 2,300 miles of dense, high-count fiber,” said Jacob Fuller, vice president of Zayo’s Mobile Infrastructure business. “It’s a unique and extremely valuable asset, which we will leverage to increase the yield on our investment over time. We’ve already had several large enterprise and carrier customers express interest in our expanded network.”

http://www.zayo.com


Cellwize Secures Funding for its Self-Optimizing Network Software

Cellwize, a start-up headquartered in Singapore,  raised $14.5 million in a Series A funding round for its Self-Organizing Network (SON) solutions.

The funding round was led by Carmel Ventures and Vintage Investment Partners. In addition, Viola Credit (formerly Plenus) granted a $10 million credit facility to Cellwize. The funding will be used to boost Cellwize’s innovative SON customer-centric optimization capabilities and to expand its market presence including a planned significant increase in its workforce.

Cellwize said its optimization solutions are implemented in some of the world’s leading mobile operators serving over 300 million subscribers. Its elastic-SON solution autonomously delivers peak network performance, network reliability and operational efficiencies for increasingly complex heterogeneous networks.

“Cellwize has continuously invested in technology innovation and solution leadership, we will now be able to further accelerate our product road map and our market reach to take advantage of new SON opportunities,” said Ofir Zemer, CEO of Cellwize. “Our recent growth demonstrates even more, that enabling mobile operators to ensure a high quality of service for subscribers while maximizing profitability is essential in today’s highly competitive market space.”

http://cellwize.com/

Box Now Has 54,000 Paying Business Customers

Box reported revenue for the third quarter of its fiscal 2016 of $78.7 million, an increase of 38% from the third quarter of fiscal 2015. Billings in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 were a record of $89.4 million, an increase of 37% from the third quarter of fiscal 2015. There was a non-GAAP operating loss in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 was $37.9 million, or 48% of revenue.

During the quarter, the company grew its paying customer base to 54,000 businesses, including 55% of the Fortune 500. Box also increased the number of registered users to over 41 million.

“Enterprises in every industry are moving content to the cloud by investing in modern platforms that accelerate employee productivity and replace legacy systems,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box. “As our strong revenue growth in Q3 indicates, Box is uniquely positioned to drive this transition. We continue to deliver innovations like Box Governance and Box Platform that differentiate us from competitors and assist our global customers to standardize on Box as their next-generation content platform.”

http://www.boxinvestorrelations.com/

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Verizon Builds Cat1 LTE network for IoT

Verizon is rolling out the world's first Cat1 LTE network features for IoT – ideal for use cases that were previously developed for 2G. V

Chipset platforms currently certified on Verizon's LTE network include Sequans and Altair. Earlier this year, Encore networks certified the world's first Cat1 IoT router solution on Verizon's LTE network.

Verizon said its goal is to make the value proposition for connecting Cat1 IoT applications on LTE in the U.S. as affordable as alternative technologies, while leveraging LTE's reliability.

The company also announced additional tools on its ThingSpace platform, including an expanded set of application program interfaces (APIs) and application enablement platforms (AEPs).  ThingSpace now integrates Bug Labs' dweet APIs and freeboard visualization engine. These new tools enable developers to connect their devices to the Internet, publish the data and create real-time interactive dashboards and control panels visualizing that device data.

"Our goal is to help accelerate market adoption for IoT by making the ecosystem as accessible as possible for developers to bring their solutions to market," said Mark Bartolomeo, vice president, IoT Connected Solutions at Verizon.  "Between our ThingSpace APIs and an expanded set of Cat1 devices deployed on our LTE network we are providing this largely underserved market with the tools needed for endless IoT solutions to be deployed at scale."

http://www.verizon.com

Verizon's ThingSpace Ties IoT with Data Analytics and Cloud

Verizon launched ThingSpace, a new IoT platform allowing developers to create applications, customers to manage devices, partners to market their services, and Verizon to launch integrated vertical solutions in an open environment.

Thingspace, which will leverage an existing ecosystem of more than 1,000 channel partners and revenue from the company's IoT and telematics business, promises to accelerate innovation and adoption of IoT devices.  At a press event in San Francisco, Verizon's executives said the industry is poised to move from millions to billions of connected devices and sensors in the coming years. To achieve this, Verizon is creating a new dedicated network core and new connectivity options for the next-generation of IoT use cases in verticals such as agriculture, healthcare, the consumer electronics evolution and the sharing economy.

Verizon has created a core IoT network within its LTE architecture optimized for Cat1 devices.  The company is also working with partners to embed LTE chipsets in a wide-range of connected machines to automate the provisioning process and make it faster to deploy IoT devices on its wide-area network

Significantly, Verizon will offer a big data analytics engine tied into its IoT deployments. ThingSpace will provide end-to-end management of IoT environments and related data, from device to network to application. The goal is to offer hundreds of APIs via the Thingspace environment. The data and analytics engine is being developed at the Verizon labs in Palo Alto, California.

Challenge Up! IoT Start-ups

Cisco, Intel and Deutsche Telekom presented the results from Challenge Up!, the European acceleration and incubation programme for start-ups, which aims to bring promising Internet of Things services and solutions to market at a faster pace.

Twelve IoT start-ups from Europe were selected to showcase their solutions at the "unBound Digital" event this week in London. This follows a six-month acceleration and incubation programme that brought together resources from the three companies to champion and develop IoT innovation among European entrepreneurs, working with start-ups that are transformative in their industries.

Some highlights:

N-joins offers a data analytics solution that makes manufacturing facilities more flexible, efficient and environmentally friendly. N-Join developed the software, while Cisco provides the hardware and Deutsche Telekom the cloud infrastructure. Intel will help to ensure the solution is market-ready, by demonstrating a Proof of Concept with N-Join in factories.

Senic started a joint smart office project by integrating their smart controller into Intel chip-based computers and in the Cisco Telepresence System. Deutsche Telekom will have Senic’s product integrated in their Smart Home platform Qivicon.

ProGlove, a company producing smart gloves for factory workers, is creating a smart supply chain through seamless integration of ProGlove into Supply Chain Monitoring solutions of for example warehouses, logistic and transportation companies. This will be demonstrated through proof of concepts with selected customers from Cisco, Intel and DTAG.

SEMSEYE, dubbed Google Analytics for retailers and shopping malls, runs a pilot with Intel in the Dublin Croke Park Sports stadium and also in Dublin’s museums and libraries, where SEMSEYE is used to monitor visitor flows. Alongside this, Deutsche Telekom installed SEMSEYE in five flagship stores in Romania and two in Poland.

Start-ups that are interested in applying for the next round of Challenge Up! can pre-register on the website: http://challengeup.eu/

Clouditalia Picks Coriant's Universal Transport Platform

Clouditalia, a provider of integrated telecommunications and cloud services throughout Italy, has selected Coriant's mTera Universal Transport Platform (UTP) for its nationwide cloud services infrastructure. Clouditalia will deploy the multi-terabit, universal switching solution at major network sites to create a service-agnostic architecture capable of cost-effectively integrating diverse traffic types and accelerating the deployment of end-user services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"As more and more small, medium, and large enterprises throughout Italy rely on cloud services to support their critical business needs, the underlying broadband infrastructure needs to not only scale as traffic demands increase, but also become more adaptable and reliable," said Marco Iannucci, Chief Executive Officer, Clouditalia. "The Coriant mTera® UTP solution enables us to efficiently scale to multi-terabit levels while bringing more dynamic capabilities to our cloud infrastructure network. This powerful combination will help us enhance the highly tailored cloud and data services we offer our customers.”

http://www.coriant.com


  • Last year, Coriant introducted its mTera Universal Transport Platform designed to serve a variety of roles in next-gen packet optical networks, including metro-to-LH gateway applications and on-demand data center connectivity. The Coriant mTera platform, which is the first product to come to market since the merging of Coriant and Tellabs, brings together compact, simplified and efficient traffic grooming from Tellabs and photonic-layer technology and system performance from Coriant.

Clouditalia Deploys Coriant for Packet/Optical

Clouditalia, a provider of integrated telecommunications and cloud services throughout Italy, has deployed the Coriant 7090 Packet Transport Platform to enhance service delivery to its Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) business customers.

The Coriant Packet Transport Network (PTN) solution, which includes support for MPLS-TP, enables Clouditalia to cost-effectively deliver flexible Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services directly to end-user business customers, while expanding support for growing cloud and Data Center Interconnect (DCI) applications. With the ability to efficiently support diverse traffic types on the same platform, the Coriant solution also enables Clouditalia to enhance customer value by seamlessly migrating legacy services such as E1, SDH, and lower bit rate Ethernet.

http://www.coriant.com

Seagate and Newisys Demo Flash Storage Architecture Capable of 1TB/s


Seagate Technology and Newisys, which is a division of Sanmina, announced the industry’s fastest flash storage design: 21 Newisys NSS-2601 with dual NSS-HWxEA Storage Server Modules deployed with Seagate’s newest SAS 1200.2 SSD drives.  The drives and storage modules can be combined in a single 42U rack to achieve block I/O performance of 1TB/s with 5PB of storage. Each Newisys 2U server with 60 Seagate SSDs is capable of achieving bandwidth of 49GB/s.

“This solution takes advantage of what high-performance SSDs can offer without sacrificing space, power, cooling or redundancy,” said Eugene McCabe, EVP of the Newisys product division at Sanmina. “Crossing the 1TB/s threshold in a single rack while leveraging industry standard products is a major milestone.”

http://www.newisys.com
http://www.seagate.com

Tata Communications and Net Insight Eliminate Streaming Lag for Live Events

Tata Communications has joined forces with Net Insight, a specialist in the transport of live, interactive and on-demand content, to enable media organisations to manage and deliver live OTT content globally, in complete sync across all devices, for the first time.

The combination of Tata Communications’ Media Ecosystem, including its Video Connect service, and Net Insight’s OTT solution, enables media organisations to manage and distribute a video feed from any location globally to any device, without any delay, for a truly real-time, interactive and social TV experience, and to better monetise high-value live sports and music events. The companies said this solution marks a significant improvement over conventional OTT content delivery, where typically there is a lag of several seconds to even minutes between the live TV broadcast and the online feed.

“The OTT market is growing rapidly, driven by people’s hunger to watch their favourite shows, anytime, anywhere, on any device, but to-date, the time lag with OTT content delivery has prevented its widespread use with live events,” says Brian Morris, Vice President & General Manager, Global Media and Entertainment services, Tata Communications.

http://www.tatacommunications.com/article/tata-communications-and-net-insight-make-live-sports-and-music-events-truly-real-time

Nokia Networks and Telecom Italia Look to Start-ups

Nokia Networks and Telecom Italia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on technology scouting of innovative startups to identify prospective partners in mutually agreed areas such as NFV, SDN, RAN Evolution and next generation SON. The two companies will collaborate on proof-of-Concept deployments of systems, solutions and services.

Sandro Dionisi, Executive Vice President and Director of Global Advisory Services at Telecom Italia, said: "Collaborating with Nokia Networks on this scouting program will open up the opportunity to introduce new network technologies in strategic areas, faster than before, guaranteeing the support of a leading OEM like Nokia Networks. The initiative will give us access to innovators, mainly but not only in Silicon Valley, speed up and improve technical development, leading to newer and better services for our consumers."

http://www.nokia.com

 center deployments.

6WIND Announces NFV Certification Program

6WIND, which supplies high-performance networking software, is launchin its 6WIND Speed Certification Program, which is an ecosystem of software alternatives for high performance virtual networking.

The certification program unites application vendors, Service Providers and Integrators to enable virtual networking and performance for their Network Function Virtualization (NFV) solutions with 6WIND Virtual Accelerator.

Deployed transparently in the hypervisor domain, 6WIND Virtual Accelerator is a software package that accelerates virtual networking infrastructure while reducing CPU resources necessary for packet processing so that more cores are available for applications.

http://www.6wind.com/company-profile/partners/speed-certified-partner-program/


Ooma 's Revenue Rises 28% YoY

Ooma, which provides Internet-based telephony services based on a proprietary CPE device and cloud platform, reported Q3 revenue of $23.5 million, up 28% year-over-year. Subscription and services revenue increased 36% to $19.5 million, and was 83% of total revenue. Product and other revenue increased 1% to $4.0 million, and was 17% of total revenue. There was a GAAP net loss of $3.5 million, or $0.21 per basic and diluted share, compared to GAAP net loss of $1.7 million, or $0.72 per basic and diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

"I am pleased with our solid third quarter results, which demonstrate the strength and quality of our unique hybrid SaaS platform," said Eric Stang, chief executive officer of Ooma. "Looking forward, we anticipate continued strong customer adoption of both our Office and Residential communications services, the main drivers of our business. In addition, we will continue to invest in new innovative services for small business, home and mobile customers to capitalize further on the significant potential of the Ooma platform."

http://www.ooma.com

Zain Upgrades with Procera's Analytics

Procera Networks announced an extension of its partnership with Zain in Jordan, which has been using the company's PacketLogic products since 2012 to provide better quality of experience (QoE) for its subscribers. The carrier will now expand the deployment to include Procera's analytics family of solutions to leverage the granular network analytics captured.

Zain is also deploying Procera's enforcement solutions with online charging integration (Gy). It enables monetization of over the top services by restricting and enhancing access depending on subscription type.

"Zain has used Procera for the past three years and the solutions have met the business requirements to help Zain in understanding the customers' behavior," said Yousef Al-Mutawe, COO at Zain. "We have decided to continue our partnership with Procera through upgrading the current platform to the new version and adding on top of the data inspection tool the insights analytics solutions. Insights and its Customer Care tools will enrich the customer experience and engagement and will provide us with a wider view about our user's behavior and deeper view about applications and user's preferences."

http://www.procera.com


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