Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ericsson Showcases 5G, Cloud RAN, IoT at #MWC16

Ericsson will be showcasing 5G radio prototypes, cellular IoT and cloud RAN at next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Ericsson announced 5G partnerships with Vodafone and Telefónica.

Phase 2 of Ericsson's 5G Radio Test Bed, which includes 5G radio prototypes set for operator field trials in 2016, will be running live and with advanced features such as Massive MIMO and beam tracking. 

Ericsson demos for MWC include:

Telehaptic control: a prototype system for semi-autonomous, remote flying of radio-controlled helicopters controlled with haptic feedback

Network slicing:
one network that can support multiple industries 

Cellular IoT:
low power wide area (LPWA) cellular IoT solutions, including Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), LTE-M (Cat M) and EC-EGPRS/EC-GSM (Extended Coverage) for Massive IoT applications. 
IoT solutions: how to build and efficiently manage IoT networks that combine devices connected directly to a 5G system with devices connected via short-range radio through capillary gateways, as well as live demonstration of Virtual Evolved Packet Core (EPC) for Massive IoT. A related presentation will show how forthcoming Bluetooth low energy mesh technology can be used for capillary connectivity in a smart home.
Evolution to Hyperscale IT infrastructure: The Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 - a new generation of datacenter system using disaggregated hardware architecture for better resource utilization

Cloud RAN:
radio access functionality virtualized on remote COTS servers located in Sweden. 

The journey to NFV:
Ericsson will showcase its end-to-end role in the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) story, including software-defined networking (SDN) and evolution to the 5G-ready core. Solutions on show include vEPC, vIMS and vUDC, as well as Ericsson Cloud Manager.
Enriched VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling for multi-device: Ericsson and Sony will demonstrate the latest consumer and enterprise communication services based on VoLTE. Ericsson will also demonstrate extension of voice services to tablets, computers and other personal devices in collaboration with its device partners.

Gigabit LTE: Network and device performance of up to 1Gbps will be demonstrated live, using a combination of 3 Component Carrier Aggregation, 4X4 MIMO and 256 QAM, and including interoperability with the latest devices. Ericsson Lean Carrier will also be demonstrated.

Ericsson Radio System: Three new radio access products supporting 4X4 MIMO, as well as new spectrum bands and spectrum refarming, will be demonstrated. New multi-gigabit capacities and multi-band microwave additions that address increasing backhaul requirements, as well as radio transport integration using Router 6000  will be on show.

Indoor small cells: Ericsson will demonstrate a new indoor radio planning tool designed to help operators dramatically reduce time-to-service for indoor solutions including the Ericsson Radio Dot System and Pico RBS.

App Experience Optimization: A new service will be presented that enables operators to understand which factors matter most to consumers, how to measure them and what actions to take to improve network performance where it counts.

3G performance and efficiency: Ericsson will feature 3G WCDMA innovations, including Flow of Users, Zero Touch and Intelligent Antenna Sharing, which make it faster and more cost-effective for operators to bring mobile broadband to everyone.

Accelerating digital transformation: BSS software to support agile digital operating models will be on show.

Time-shifted video: a Cloud DVR solution that enables operators to move media storage and recording processes to a network operation center or the cloud.

Mobile financial services: Ericsson's Interconnect solutions ensure interoperability between mobile wallet providers and established payment networks
Smart and sustainable cities: Industry solutions come together to address key urban agendas of safety, efficiency, resilience, growth and holistic planning.

Ericsson Emergency Response - modern operations center capabilities to support emergency response agencies with efficient incident handling and inter-agency collaboration, across all mission-critical networks.

Solar car: Ericsson will demonstrate how an application based on the Connected Traffic Cloud helped Solar Team Eindhoven's Stella Lux to win the Cruiser Class of the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3,000-kilometer race across the Australian outback.

Autonomous driving: Ericsson is supporting Volvo Cars' Concept C26, which explores the media experience in autonomous vehicles, as well as the recently launched Volvo S90 and its infotainment and connected services.

CableLabs Eyes Symmetric Multi-Gigabit DOCSIS

During its recent 2016 Winter Conference, CableLabs unveiled a Full Duplex DOCSIS technology that aims for multi-gigabit rates.  The breakthrough increase in the upstream speeds for DOCSIS delivered broadband service is achieved by applying emerging techniques from wireless networks to the cable infrastructure.

CableLabs said this new approach significantly increases upstream data capacity in order to enable symmetric multi-Gigabit broadband data services for consumers and the enterprise. These developments are expected to yield DOCSIS 3.1 network performance of up to 10 Gbps symmetrical on 1 GHz HFC networks, with the potential for even higher performance by utilizing spectrum that is currently available for future expansion above 1 GHz.

T-Mobile Beats Expectations, Adds 2.1 Million in Q4

T-Mobile added 2.1 million net customers in Q4 2015, bringing its total customer count to more than 63 million at year-end 2015.

Some highlights:

  • Service revenues for the fourth quarter of 2015 grew 11.7% year-over-year, primarily due to rapid growth in the company’s customer base. 
  • T-Mobile’s total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2015 grew by 1.1% year-over-year.
  • 1.3 million branded postpaid net adds in 4Q15 
  • 17,000 branded postpaid phone net adds in 4Q15 – 3.5 million in 2015
  • 469,000 branded prepaid net adds in 4Q15 – 1.3 million in 2015
  • Branded postpaid phone churn of 1.46%, down 27 bps YoY in 4Q15 – down 19 bps YoY in 2015
  • 100% of the MetroPCS spectrum has been re-farmed and integrated into the T-Mobile network. 
  • Total devices sold or leased were 10.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015, including 10.0 million smartphones.
  • In February 2016, T-Mobile entered into agreements with multiple parties to acquire additional 700 MHz A-Block spectrum covering approximately 48 million POPs

Ciena Expands Blue Orbit SDN/NFV Ecosystem

Ciena has added six organizations to its Blue Orbit ecosystem for SDN and NFV: Active Broadband Networks, Calix, Centina Systems, Dell, Qwilt, and Silver Peak.

Existing Blue Orbit partners include:

  • VNFs: BlackRidge Technology, Brocade, Certes, EXFO, Fortinet, GENBAND, Metaswitch Networks, PowerDNS, Spirent Communications, Versa Networks
  • Physical Network Elements: Accedian, Omnitron Systems, RAD, Telco Systems
  • Virtual Infrastructure: ADI Engineering, Aria Networks, Arista, Boundary, Canonical, Intel, Mellanox, Pica8, Red Hat, Ryu, VMware, Wind River

“As the industry heads toward open and software-defined multi-vendor networks, it is essential to assure that new virtual functions can run in live networks without disruption,” said Kevin Sheehan, vice president, Global Customer Operations, Blue Planet Division, Ciena. “We are excited to welcome these leading SDN and NFV solution providers as our newest partners in the Blue Orbit ecosystem.”

ADVA's Ensemble Division Focuses on NFV

ADVA Optical Networking launched Ensemble, a strategic division and product suite focused purely on network functions virtualization (NFV). The division combines the software engineering capabilities of ADVA Optical Networking and the NFV portfolio of its most recent acquisition – Overture.

“What we’re announcing here isn’t simply a new division or a combined product suite. It’s our stake in the NFV landscape – a signal to our customers and to the industry that we’re making something special,” said Brian Protiva, CEO, ADVA Optical Networking. “Even at this early stage of the ADVA Ensemble solution, it’s clear we can now offer our customers something no one else in the industry can – freedom of choice. However they want to implement NFV, however they want to develop their network – we can do it. Our Ensemble software architecture and our open hardware solutions enable our customers to select best-of-breed elements of our portfolio or tightly integrated end-to-end solutions. Our customers see this as truly compelling. When we said we were creating an NFV powerhouse with our Overture acquisition, we meant it. The ADVA Ensemble product suite is the first big step in our journey.”

Cohere’s OTFS Scales MIMO without Signal Drop

Cohere Technologies, a start-up based in Santa Clara, California, has validated the ability of its Orthogonal Time Frequency and Space (OTFS) to consistently maintain high-speed connectivity, even when encountering the most difficult scenarios for wireless networking. The company said its OTFS outperformed all other modulation schemes that were tested, and was able to extract high-speed capacity that perfectly scaled with the addition of additional antennas.

Cohere claims its new OTFS modulation scheme delivers 100 percent coverage, 10x spectral efficiency and a 50 percent cost savings over existing solutions by perfectly capturing the wireless channel. Combined with traditional modulation schemes, OTFS extends the benefits of this 2D modulation to existing platforms.

The recent trials, which were conducted in partnership with wireless operators, used currently available MIMO radios with 2 x 2 and 4 x 4 antenna arrays. The tests spanned urban settings with tall buildings, mountainous regions, rural settings and moving vehicles, all at various distances, with and without line-of-site configurations. While OFDM-based radios used for comparison would fade, drop signals or lose capacity, the OTFS radios never faded – even at distances beyond 4 km – and maintained connectivity, even in the most challenging mobile scenarios. The tests were able to maintain a minimum of 4bps/Hz in 10MHz achieving at least 120 Mbps up to 320Mbps.

Cohere also noted that it is preparing to produce Massive MIMO radios that include 64 x 64 antenna arrays.

  • Cohere is headed by Shlomo Rakib, who previously was President and CTO of Terayon Communications.

Avi Launches Container Service Fabric for Mesosphere, Docker

Avi Networks and Mesosphere introduced an integrated solution to help enterprises build and deploy microservices applications at scale using Docker Containers.

The Avi Vantage Platform works with the Mesosphere Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) and Docker containers to provide a dynamic service fabric for micro-segmentation, service discovery, graphical application maps, load balancing, and autoscaling capabilities deployed across thousands of DCOS nodes.

Key capabilities of Avi Vantage and Mesosphere DCOS:

  • Full integration with the Mesosphere DCOS for automated, policy-driven deployments of apps and services
  • Comprehensive security services including micro-segmentation, DDoS protection, SSL, and web application security
  • Software load balancer with support for East-West traffic and automated configuration updates
  • Visibility to inter-service relationships with graphical application maps and application performance analytics
  • Predictive autoscaling of applications based on real time performance metrics

In conjunction with the launch, Avi Networks is also announcing free development and test licenses of its products that application developers can download along with complete documentation and a knowledge base.

“Mesosphere simplifies building and running distributed applications at scale, but until now supporting application services such as service discovery and load balancing have been disparate point solutions that can’t match the agility and automation that Mesosphere provides,” said Ranga Rajagopalan, CTO of Avi Networks. “Avi’s container service fabric automates application services and accelerates the path to production deployments.”

ARM Positions Cortex-R8 for 5G, Storage

ARM's newest Cortex-R8 processor, which is expected to arrive later this year, will enable chip designers to double the performance of ARM-based modem and mass storage device SoCs.

The company said its Cortex-R8 based SoCs feature a quad-core CPU configuration, coherency system and rich set of memory and peripheral interfaces. The design promises the scalable performance, low power, fast and highly deterministic interrupt response times and extremely low-latency interfaces which will be required in future mobile broadband devices.

As a data storage SoC solution, the Cortex-R8 targets the higher capacity and faster data rates in hard and solid state drives across enterprise and consumer storage solutions. Cortex-R8 enables this in a highly efficient way by dynamically scaling performance as workload changes. The Cortex-R8 includes a range of very low latency dedicated interfaces that help ensure performance is extended through the SoC system.

“5G will revolutionize mobile communications as it delivers the ability to significantly increase data rates, offering a far better mobile experience,” said James McNiven, general manager, CPU Group, ARM. “The Cortex-R8 is the most powerful real-time CPU available and its unrivalled performance will make it instrumental in the creation of 5G modems. It will form the communications heart of future smartphones, tablets, connected cars and IoT.”

Level 3 Appoints President of N. America and APAC

Level 3 Communications named Laurinda Pang as the Regional President of North America (NA) and Asia Pacific (APAC). Pang previously served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Level 3.

Prior to joining Level 3, Pang held executive positions at Global Crossing and Frontier Communications.

"We are excited to have Laurinda in this role, she has an impressive track record of transformative leadership and we look forward to her continued success," said Jeff Storey, president and chief executive officer. "Our top priority remains our customers and providing them with the best experience possible."

Mellanox Supplies100G InfiniBand for European Supercomputer Center

The Flemish Supercomputer Center (VSC) in Belgium has selected Mellanox’s end-to-end 100Gb/s EDR interconnect solutions to be integrated into a new LX-series supercomputer from NEC. The system will be the fastest supercomputer (peak performance of 623 Teraflops) and the first complete end-to-end EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand system in Belgium.

“Mellanox is thrilled to contribute to a project that will accelerate scientific discovery and has the capability to solve some of the top problems plaguing scientists and researchers today,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing, Mellanox Technologies. “This new supercomputer will position the university to make discoveries critical for the continuous advancement of science. VSC selected Mellanox for the performance levels only EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand can deliver and is a prime example of the growing global demand for intelligent, fast, highly reliable, and cost efficient interconnect technology.”

Netronome Signs Partners for its Agilio Server-Based Networking

Netronome announced partnerships with Broadband, Colfax International and DSCon to bring its Agilio Server Networking Platform to end-users in North America, Western Europe, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Broadband, Colfax and DSCon join existing Netronome worldwide channel partners in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

“The Agilio server-based networking platform enables businesses of all sizes to dramatically increase the efficiency of their Cloud, SDN and NFV-enabled data center compute infrastructure, delivering up to 5X higher throughput while reducing CPU requirements by up to 80 percent compared to traditional NICs,” said Ken Way, senior vice president of worldwide sales at Netronome.

Netronome's Agilio Server Networking Accelerates Cloud Data Centers

Netronome introduced its Agilio Server Networking Platform for transparently offloading server-based networking data paths, such as open virtual switch (OVS), Juniper Networks Contrail vRouter, and Linux firewall.

The company said its hardware and software-based Agilio platform delivers up to 5X higher throughput while reducing CPU requirements by up to 80 percent compared to traditional NICs and server-based networking implemented in software.

Server-based networking is being widely deployed in cloud data centers to handle virtualization, firewalls, load balancing, telemetry, zero-trust security using micro-segmentation, virtual network functions (VNFs) and application-based analytics. The big cloud providers (AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google) are using server-based networking in their mega data centers. Netronome's Agilio solution accelerates such server-based networking functions by offloading compute-intensive flow and tunnel processing from the CPUs.

The Agilio CX intelligent server adapters (ISAs) are based on Netronome's own flow processing silicon (NFP-4000) and software architecture (Agilio Software). The Agilio ISAs use onboard memory to support up to two million security policies, and deliver 28Mpps of throughput using hardware-based acceleration.

The Agilio server-based networking solutions include:

  • Production-ready Agilio Software currently supports OVS v2.3 and v2.4, with support for OVS v2.5, Linux Firewall, and the Juniper Networks Contrail vRouter expected during the first half of 2016.  The Agilio host software package is open sourced, has been up-streamed to relevant Linux repositories and is available at
  • The Agilio CX family of intelligent server adapters includes standard PCIe Gen3 low-profile adapter cards for customer deployments. 10 and 40GbE configurations of the intelligent server adapters are in production now, with additional 25, 40 and 50GbE configurations expected to sample during the middle of 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

ONF Extends its Open SDN Software with OpenDaylight Support

The second release of Atrium, an open SDN software distribution from The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), extends support for the OpenDaylight platform into the Atrium software router.

Specifically, the router in the new Atrium release is built on the OpenDaylight framework and controls OpenFlow hardware switches using Quagga’s open-source implementation of the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), a control plane protocol for Internet routing. The most important features of Atrium’s first release, namely flow objectives and device drivers, are implemented in the OpenDaylight Device Identification and Driver Module (DIDM) that allows the router to work across multiple different OpenFlow v1.3 hardware pipelines. The work on this portion was contributed almost entirely by Criterion Networks and Wipro. Hardware from NoviFlow interoperates with the OpenDaylight implementation of Atrium, with additional vendors to follow.

This release of Atrium also improves the ONOS version (Atrium 2015/A) by improving scalability and stability and by adding experimental support for the Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP), following interoperability demonstrations and testing in AsiaPac, Europe, and North America. Performance and scale test contributors include Criterion Network Labs (CNLabs) and improvements to the basic router have come from ON.Lab.

In addition, this version of Atrium includes a new feature called the Leaf-Spine Fabric. This is the first Layer 2/3 Clos network fabric built in open source, on Open Compute Project (OCP) hardware, and with SDN principles and notable contributions from ON.Lab, Broadcom, and Accton. The Atrium fabric is designed to scale up to 16 racks, using well-established design principles of Layer 3 down to the Top of Rack (ToR) switch, where packets from Layer 2 are switched within a rack and Layer 3 routed across racks. The fabric is set for a field trial with a major operator soon, as part of the Central Office Re-architected as Data Center (CORD) project with ON.Lab.

“In this release of Atrium, the porting to OpenDaylight provides a large and vibrant community with a new vehicle for adopting open SDN,” said Bithika Khargharia, director of Product and Community Management for the Open Networking Foundation and principal architect of Solutions and Innovation at Extreme Networks. “ONF is actively creating an ecosystem and the architecture needed to assist network operators to more easily build custom solutions and allow vendors to take advantage of common building blocks, reducing their development costs and improving interoperability.”

“We are excited by this latest Atrium release incorporating OpenDaylight as we strive to make the adoption of open SDN broader and easier,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “Application developers seek portability across various control planes and we hope this sets an example of how it can be done. I am especially grateful to our members Criterion Networks and Wipro for undertaking this porting, and to the OpenDaylight community for their collaboration and support.”

“Including OpenDaylight integration within Atrium 2016/A provides greater opportunities for operators and vendors to adopt open SDN architectures,” said Neela Jacques, executive director of OpenDaylight. “The increase of open SDN projects within the industry through community contributions shows that the industry is on the right path to accelerating commercial adoption of open SDN. We look forward to continued collaboration with ONF as the industry evolves its approach to open, programmable networks enabled by open source SDN.”

ONF Readies Atrium Open SDN Software Release

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) announced its "Atrium" open SDN software distribution, integrating previously standalone open source components.

Atrium, which will be released by the end of the month, incorporates the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), the Open Network Operating System (ONOS), and Open Compute Project (OCP) components. The software elements run in either controllers or switches, communicating via the OpenFlow protocol, and include plugin opportunities for other switching solutions to help foster an open ecosystem of interoperable, hardware-based OpenFlow switches.

Atrium 2015/A components include:

  • Documentation for installation, configuration, and operation
  • A snapshot of ONOS verified to work with the white-box software stack as well as other vendor switches that have provided a driver for their pipeline
  • A BGP peering application that runs on ONOS and includes the Quagga BGP stack
  • A collection of OpenFlow v1.3 device drivers in ONOS, meant for talking to vendor equipment with different hardware pipelines
  • Indigo OpenFlow client together with Open Network Linux and OFDPA for the OCP white-box switches
  • Mininet with the use of Open vSwitch (OVS) to emulate the hardware pipelines of the switches involved; (hardware pipelines represent a sequence of match-action tables in an OpenFlow switch)
  • Full testing suite for functionality test

Brocade Debuts Virtual Core for Mobile, Announces SDN/NFV/Mobile Edge Partners

Brocade introduced its Virtual Core for Mobile (VCM), a fully virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) suite of products that supports network slicing with independent localization and scaling of the control and user planes—ahead of the targeted standardization date established by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).

Brocade said its VCM transforms mobile networks by eliminating expensive and proprietary hardware devices, long upgrade cycles and over-provisioning.  Depending on specific network and deployment requirements, the same software package can serve as a complete vEPC or a combination of mobility management entity (MME), home subscriber server (HSS), serving gateway (S-GW) and packet data network gateway (P-GW). The overall deployment model of the Brocade VCM can be used to create network slices that are optimized for IoT traffic profiles to enable a mobile packet core-as-a-service offering for hosting MVNO services or to support non-traditional, innovative services from mobile operators.  The solution interoperates with all major radio and 3G/LTE core network equipment through standard interfaces and bridges 5G capabilities to older networks.

Brocade also announced new technology partnerships targeting SDN, NFV and mobile edge computing and aimed at providing mobile operators with an open network for the demands of 5G. These include Coriant,, MetaSwitch and Openet.

Brocade and Coriant are working together to deliver virtualized mobile networking-as-a service for enterprise bandwidth-on-demand provisioning as well as multidomain programmability and control via a web-based service portal. This collaboration enables capabilities such as mobile network slicing.
Brocade and are working on network-intelligent and proximity-aware orchestration to help mobile operators deploy virtual network function (VNF) capabilities in data centers and in the right virtual location within the mobile network.
Brocade is collaborating with MetaSwitch and Openet to deliver pre-integrated NFV solutions, including a complete virtual IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) VoLTE solution. Brocade and Openet are collaborating to provide MVNOs and mobile virtual network enablers (MVNEs) with machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

Brocade's Mobile Edge Computing platform, which is based on its vRouter, offers mobile edge virtual infrastructure capabilities that integrate routing, IPsec termination, and network firewall functions with the virtualization infrastructure in the host operating system. Applications partners include PeerApp, Saguna, and Vasona, providing capabilities in the areas of video serving and optimization; video caching; network visualization and analytics; network optimization; and VoLTE local routing.

The Brocade open mobile networking ecosystem also includes partners that extend the company’s solutions for network visibility and wireless networking. Network visibility partners include Avvasi, EMC, Guavus, and Viavi. Wireless networking partners include Aerohive, Aruba, and Ruckus.
“Today’s announcements solidly plant Brocade in the business of delivering innovative networking solutions that help MNOs and MVNOs solve their most critical business and technology problems,” said Kevin Shatzkamer, chief technology officer of mobile networking, Brocade. “The combined offerings for vEPC, mobile edge computing and network visibility provide a future-proof technology foundation well in advance of 5G availability which will help MNOs accelerate new revenue streams today. Brocade is committed to working with partners in our open mobile networking ecosystem, in order to bring new innovations that put mobile operators on the path to delivering 5G services enabled by New IP infrastructures.”

Sequans Shows its Monarch LTE Cat M Chip

Sequans Communications unveiled its "Monarch" LTE Cat M chip, compliant with the 3GPP Release 13 LTE Advanced Pro standard that defines new narrowband capabilities of LTE for machine-type-communications (LTE MTC).

The Sequans Monarch chip supports the vast new range of low data use, ultra low-power, cost-sensitive, narrowband IoT applications such as smart energy meters, industrial IoT sensors, asset trackers, smart city controllers, and consumer wearables. The design integrates baseband, RF, RAM, and power management are integrated in a single, tiny 6.5 x 8 mm FC-CSP package. Monarch supports both of the narrowband categories defined in the Release 13 standard: Cat M1, 1.4 MHz bandwidth; and Cat M2, 200 kHz bandwidth.

Monarch also includes: 1) a programmable RF filtering technology that enables the simple design of a single worldwide SKU that supports nearly any LTE band and enables global roaming; and 2) Sequans’ exclusive low power technology, Dynamic Power Management (DPM), that dynamically adapts chip-level power profiles in real time based on traffic patterns and use cases, making possible 10-15 years2 of battery life in real-world IoT applications.

“Monarch is the industry’s first Cat M1/M2 chip and it is highly optimized to address the size, cost and power requirements of IoT applications,” said Georges Karam, Sequans CEO. “We’ve innovated to minimize power consumption, reduce the bill-of-materials, and simplify implementation of a global-ready device to maximize Monarch’s market reach. The release of Monarch extends Sequans’ LTE for IoT leadership–proven last year with the introduction of our Cat 1 chipset, Calliope–and highlights Sequans’ strong commitment to perfecting the use of LTE for IoT, now including an entire new class of narrowband devices.”

Monarch chip features

  • Narrowband LTE UE categories M1 and M2
  • Compliant with 3GPP Release 13 (LTE Advanced Pro) for machine type communications (MTC)
  • Single chip 6.5 x 8 mm FC-CSP package
  • Integrated baseband, RF transceiver, memory, and power management
  • Supports extended DRX and PSM network features for long sleep duration use cases
  • Includes Sequans’ proprietary Dynamic Power Management (DPM) technology for 10-15 years2 of battery life
  • Programmable RF filtering for global band support in a single-SKU design
  • Optimized for half-duplex FDD (HD-FDD) operation; also supports full-duplex FDD and TDD
  • Throughput:
  • LTE UE category M1 (1.4 MHz bandwidth) up to 300 kbps DL/375 kbps UL in HD-FDD
  • LTE UE category M2 (200 kHz bandwidth) up to 40 kbps DL/55 kbps UL in HD-FDD
  • Supports wide variety of embedded and host operating systems
  • Low power serial interfaces

Sequans’ StreamliteLTE product family now includes Monarch, Calliope and Colibri LTE chipset platforms.

Huawei Unveils Five Initiatives for Digital Transformation in Telecom

Huawei outlined its five 'Big Initiatives' for the telecom industry:

  • Big Video – Everywhere, 
  • Big IT – Enabling, 
  • Big Operation – Agile, 
  • Big Architecture – Elastic, 
  • Big Pipe – Ubiquitous.

The company announced innovative solutions for 4.5G, Internet of Things (IoT), 2K/4K video, and Safe City. The Big Initiatives and the innovative solutions represent Huawei's long term commitment to building a Better Connected World through extensive collaboration in the industry.

"Digital transformation is a new engine for telecom industry growth, and it will also empower the innovation of other industries," said William Xu, Executive Director of the Board and Chief Strategy Marketing Officer of Huawei, in London, "Huawei will continue to open up platform capabilities to help carriers to build an open, collaborative, and win-win industry ecosystem to accelerate digital transformation."

NETSCOUT Intros Flagship Packet Flow Switch for Carriers

NETSCOUT introduced its new flagship blade and chassis Packet Flow Switch -- the PFS 6010 -- designed for Service Providers who have migrated to 100G networks and require monitoring visibility infrastructure that scales with their networks and allows them to leverage investments in existing 1G or 10G monitoring tools.

The PFS 6010 features a 6Tbps non-blocking fabric architecture with port density from 60 to 600 ports in a single chassis. Advanced packet conditioning capabilities include packet slicing, header stripping and de-duplication to ensure their networks are managed efficiently.

NETSCOUT said its new PFS 6010 solves a critical challenge that organizations managing large networks encounter: scaling access to network traffic with the growing need for service assurance, performance management, application management and additional security systems.

“This is a strategic expansion of our portfolio, enabling packet flow switches to scale to the needs of the world’s largest and most innovative service providers who need application visibility,” said Brian McCann, vice president and general manager of NETSCOUT’s Packet Flow Switch Business Unit. “With 6Tbps performance and up to 600 available ports, the PFS 6010 offers the industry’s most scalable packet flow switch solution, supporting advanced traffic optimization, filtering and flow balancing functionality in a single system that support speeds from 1G to 100G.”

Key features and capabilities of the PFS 6010 include:

  • Massive scalability supports the largest data center and mobile network deployments, with up to 600 ports of 10G or 60 ports of 100G in a single chassis
  • Carrier class reliability and application performance with a non-blocking 6Tbps line rate fabric and fully redundant architecture
  • Advanced flexibility easily accommodates various traffic types and requirements, from 1G to 10G to 40G to 100G, with aggregation, replication, load balancing and advanced packet conditioning functionality
  • Highly modular 15RU 10-slot chassis, where each blade can be selected and deployed based on speeds, port density and functionality required

EMC's New VCE Hyper-Converged VxRail Packs up to 76TB of Flash

EMC introduced its new VCE hyper-converged VxRail Appliance family for VMware environments.

The VxRail Appliance family brings together EMC rich data services and leading systems management capabilities with VMware's hyper-converged software that includes VMware vSphere, vCenter Server and VMware Virtual SAN.

The jointly engineered VCE VxRail Appliances tightly integrate virtualization, compute, storage and data protection in one system with a single point of support.

Entry systems for small and medium businesses and remote offices start at a list price of $60,000 and options for performance intensive workloads have more than 76 TB of flash – over 2X more flash than any other hyper-converged appliance.

"The new VCE VxRail Appliance family puts IT organizations on a path to eliminating complexity and collapsing cost structures with hyper-converged infrastructure while leveraging their existing VMware investments. The VxRail Appliance completes our broad portfolio of Vblock, VxBlock and VxRack Systems to provide customers with a converged infrastructure that meets nearly every workload from the edge to the core regardless of size," said Chad Sakac, President, VCE, the Converged Platforms Division of EMC.

Sierra Wireless Offers Smart SIM for Device-to-Cloud IoT

Sierra Wireless announced its Smart SIM technology and connectivity service for IoT.

“Our Smart SIM technology allows us to provide our customers with a connectivity service designed for the coverage and quality of service that their IoT use cases require,” said Emmanuel Walckenaer, Senior Vice President, Cloud and Connectivity Services at Sierra Wireless. “When combined with our IoT Acceleration Platform, this unique, fully integrated device-to-cloud service accelerates our customers’ time-to-market.”

Sierra Wireless said its Smart SIM automatically selects networks based on the best service available in any given location. It comes with multiple operator profiles already installed, effectively combining several MNO roaming SIMs into one physical Smart SIM. The on-board patented applet then intelligently selects the best available regional network operator at any given time. This results in better coverage and service up-time. In the event a device loses network signal, whether in-transit or otherwise, the Smart SIM will detect this and re-establish the connection with another network automatically.

Sierra Wireless noted that it has more than 700,000 SIM subscribers globally that count on its connectivity offering to power their IoT deployments.

LiveAction Raises $36 Million for Visibility Software

LiveAction, a start-up based in Palo Alto, California, announced a $36 million Series B round of financing for its enterprise IT network visibility software platform.

LiveAction, which was initially developed to aid the U.S. Department of Defense in the operation of its networks, provides real-time big data analytics for decision-making and deep integration with routers and switches for unparalleled network control.

LiveAction features unique interactive topology and end-to-end flow visualization. It can be used to simplify voice, video and application troubleshooting in real time and provide historical playback with its network DVR capability.

New York-based venture capital and private equity firm Insight Venture Partners led the investment round with participation from prior investors Accelerate-IT Ventures and Cisco Investments.

“In 2014, we completed our Series A round, led by AITV and Cisco, and invested those proceeds to build a powerful visibility platform used by many of the biggest companies in energy, finance, retail and healthcare. Closing our Series B financing enables us to globalize LiveAction,” said Darren T. Kimura, CEO and chairman of LiveAction. “Insight Venture Partners have helped build successful infrastructure software companies including SolarWinds, Veeam, and Quest Software, and we are looking forward to accelerating our growth via this partnership.”

Monday, February 15, 2016

Mitsubishi Electric Develops 1Tbps Multi-subcarrier Optical Transceiver

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed a multi-carrier optical transceiver capable of one Terabit per second (1 Tbps) rates -- a 10-fold improvement over current mainstream commercial transceivers, which operate at up to 100 Gbs) per optical receiver.

Mitsubishi Electric said it achieved the 1Tbps transmission rate with existing optical fibers by using a multi-subcarrier technology that transmits 11 light waves (subcarriers) simultaneously in a single channel by using an optical comb, a device that creates a series of discrete, synchronized optical waves equally and densely spaced in the channel. While conventional methods would require 11 receivers for the same number of subcarriers, this new technology only requires a single receiver due to the use of densely spaced, synchronized subcarriers in a single channel and novel multi-subcarrier signal processing algorithms. No major changes are required to the existing optical network infrastructure, keeping the cost of deploying this new technology quite low.

Usually, when using subcarriers for optical communication, each subcarrier undergoes different signal distortions, which results in damaged data like video distortion on the receiving end. To avoid this problem, Mitsubishi Electric used pilot signals to accurately realign the subcarriers at the receiver. Known pilot symbols are periodically inserted into the transmitted signal, which serves as a landmark for correct orientation of all subcarriers and prevents data damage.

The experiment also achieved a spectral efficiency of 9.2b/s/Hz, which as of January 2016, was the highest in the world in a 1Tbps transmission using a single optical receiver.