Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cisco: 22% CAGR Growth in Global IP Traffic from 2015-2020

Global IP traffic will nearly triple at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22 percent over the next five years as more than a billion new Internet users come online and new applications take hold, according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Complete Forecast for 2015 to 2020.

Some highlights:


  • Globally, M2M connections are calculated to grow nearly three-fold from 4.9 billion in 2015 to 12.2 billion by 2020, representing nearly half (46 percent) of total connected devices.    
  • Global IP traffic is expected to reach 194.4 exabytes per month by 2020, up from 72.5 exabytes per month in 2015. The global annual run rate will reach 2.3 zettabytes by 2020—up from 870 exabytes in 2015.
  • Global broadband speeds will nearly double from 24.7 Mbps in 2015 to 47.7 Mbps by 2020.
  • By 2020, 71 percent of total IP traffic will originate with non-PC devices including tablets, smartphones, and televisions, compared to 47 percent in 2015. 
  • By 2020, smartphones will generate 30 percent of total IP traffic, while PC’s total IP traffic contribution will fall to 29 percent.
  • Internet video will increase four-fold between 2015 and 2020.
  • Online gaming will be the fastest growing residential Internet service, growing from 1.1 billion users in 2015 to 1.4 billion users by 2020.
  • In 2015, Wi-Fi and mobile-connected devices generated 62 percent of Internet traffic (Wi-Fi: 55 percent; cellular: 7 percent; fixed: 38 percent). By 2020, Wi-Fi and mobile-connected devices will generate 78 percent of Internet traffic (Wi-Fi: 59 percent; cellular: 19 percent; fixed: 22 percent).


http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/service-provider/visual-networking-index-vni/index.html

Cisco has been publishing its annual Cisco Visual Networking Index since 2006.  Highlights of previous forecasts can be found here:
http://www.convergedigest.com/search?q=VNI

GSA: Global LTE Subscribers Top 1.29 Billion

The number of LTE subscribers worldwide exceeded 1.29 billion as of the end of Q1 2016, according to GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, and based on data from Ovum.

Alan Hadden, Vice President, GSA said: “LTE subscriptions were signed up during Q1 2016 at an average of 2 million per day and the rate is accelerating. LTE is now connecting over 1 in 6 mobile subscribers worldwide (17.4%).”

Some highlights:

  • LTE gained 182 million connections in Q1 2016, almost 4 times faster than 3G/HSPA systems. 
  • 3G/HSPA subscriptions grew by 48 million while GSM subscriptions fell by 120 million in the same quarter. 
  • The number of LTE and LTE-Advanced subscriptions is expected to pass the 3G/WCDMA-HSPA global total in 2020, and possibly sooner. 
  • Over 645 million LTE subscriptions worldwide were gained during the past year, representing 100% annual growth.
  • The Asia region, with over 734 million LTE subscriptions, further grew its share of global LTE subscriptions quarter on quarter to reach 56.9%. 
  • By March 2016 China had passed 511 million LTE subscriptions, adding 96.3 million in the quarter. North America remains the second largest LTE market with 253 million, though its share of the world market further declined 2.6% in the quarter to 19.6% of the global total. The European share of the global total is 14%.
  • 503 operators have commercially launched LTE systems in 167 countries, according to GSA data announced at the end of May 2016. 
  • Around 25% of LTE operators have commercially launched LTE-Advanced service including several LTE operators who are now introducing LTE-Advanced Pro technologies, sometimes referred to as 4.5G, which is established as a major industry trend in 2016. LTE-Advanced Pro systems can support peak downlink speeds up to 1 Gbps and beyond.


http://www.gsacom.com

Verizon Picks Radisys FlowEngine

Verizon has selected Radisys’ FlowEngine Intelligent Traffic Distribution System for its its SDN-enabled service delivery platform. In its financial reporting, Radisys had previously disclosed the contract to supply its FlowEngine to a tier-one, North American operator.

Radisys’ FlowEngine, which is available on the company's TDE-1000, TDE-500 and TDE-200 platforms, and as a virtualized network function, delivers high performance IP packet classification and flow-based intelligent load balancing for distributing up to 1.2 Tbps of aggregate data traffic across third-party compute server platforms hosting Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs). This enables service providers to support millions of concurrent subscribers and flows.

“With the improved flexibility and programmability, we can accelerate introduction of new services that have large and small traffic flows, including cloud-based applications, video optimization and IoT,” said Damascene Joachimpillai, director, Internet Services Architecture, Verizon Labs. “Radisys’ FlowEngine technology will help us deploy a cost-effective, intelligent front end traffic distributor that normalizes traffic at a single point in the network for high throughput and low latency.”

Radisys said the FlowEngine’s intelligent load balancing and support for open control interfaces, such as the IETF ForCES architecture and ONF OpenFlow, allow real-time policies to be introduced dynamically and programmatically into the network. Certified interoperable with a number of third-party SDN controllers, including Mojatatu Networks’ MojaNET, FlowEngine allows for independent scale and flexibility of network elements by decoupling the control plane from data plane forwarding.

“Our FlowEngine products have been built from the ground up to enable service agility at scale without compromising performance,” said Bryan Sadowski, vice president of FlowEngine Product Marketing, Radisys. “By embracing the SDN disaggregated network model and industry standard control interfaces as well as working with innovative companies like Mojatatu Networks, we help mobile and cable/MSO service providers drive intelligence to the subscriber level, allowing millions of flows to be accessed and enabled through the network in real-time. We worked closely with Verizon on this technology and are excited to be chosen for their programmable edge router network transformation project.”

http://www.radisys.com

Video: Building Scalable SDN and NFV Deployments with Radisys’ FlowEngine



Key members of the Radisys FlowEngine team: Bryan Sadowski, VP of FlowEngine Marketing; Andrew Alleman, CTO; and Joseph Sulistyo, Director – Product Strategy and Management describe how the FlowEngine allows operators to innovate and deliver new services with agility and speed. https://youtu.be/l_xU2upv07w...


Symantec Debuts Automotive Anomaly Detection

Symantec is launching a new security product aimed at protecting automobiles from zero-day attacks. The idea is to leverage machine learning to provide passive in-vehicle security analytics that monitor all Controller Area Network (CAN) bus traffic without disrupting vehicle operations, learn what normal behavior is and flag anomalous activity that may indicate an attack.

Key benefits of Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive include:

  • Learning the vehicle’s behavior in a deeper, more precise way, enabling automakers to see previously unseen attacks.
  • Automatically prioritizing incidents based on perceived criticality and risk.
  • Automatically detecting anomalies without requiring manufacturers to set rules or create policies.
  • Using minimal memory and CPU power with an analytics solution built from the ground up for vehicles.

“Automotive security threats have gone from theory to reality,” said Shankar Somasundaram, senior director of product management and engineering at Symantec. “Symantec is bringing the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of security technologies to the car. The infrastructure and technology that already helps protect billions of devices and trillions of dollars now protects the car. We’re building long-term comprehensive security all while delivering ground breaking protection for cars today.”

http://www.symantec.com

HPE and Docker Announce Alliance

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a strategic alliance with Docker covering sales, go-to-market, engineering, support, services and knowledge sharing for enterprise data center solutions.

Specifically, HPE is launching a Docker ready server program, which ensures HPE servers are bundled with Docker Engine and support.

"In order to survive and thrive in the idea economy, companies must transform the IT experience so that lines of business and developers can innovate faster, smarter and fearlessly," said Antonio Neri, executive vice president and general manager, Enterprise Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "Hewlett Packard Enterprise is innovating across its entire datacenter portfolio to help customers with that transformation. Together with Docker, we are making it easier for IT to deploy and manage containers, while giving organizations solutions that optimize their investments and power a new generation of applications that are the business."
 
"The default availability of Docker's technology on every HPE server and HPE's hyper-converged platform enables enterprises to take advantage of the benefits of containerization while leveraging their investments in existing systems and process," said Ben Golub, CEO of Docker. "Having a strategic alliance that starts with Docker Engine but extends to include our commercial end-to-end platform, Docker Datacenter, provides HPE customers with a comprehensive solution that covers all of their requirements over time. Enterprises leveraging this joint solution can achieve immediate efficiencies while focusing on existing applications, which can include a 20X optimization on their infrastructure, while shipping their applications 13X faster."

http://www.hpe.com
http://www.docker.com

Telia Carrier Provides Global IP Backbone for Ericsson IoT

Telia Carrier will provide backhaul and interconnect solutions to Ericsson's Device Connection Platform via a dedicated IoT backbone. The agreement enables IoT operators to connect via any of Telia Carrier's 220 IPX PoPs directly to Ericsson's Device Connection Platform in a single network hop.

"It's pretty clear that IoT needs its own backbone," says Brendan Ives, CEO of Telia Carrier. "It's one thing to connect the Internet of Things today, but if you consider we will soon be connecting smart cities and the cars that drive us, things are about to get real. Ericsson is one of the driving forces in IoT with the Networked Society. We are pleased to have been chosen to provide the connectivity it deserves."

Anders Olin, Vice President Product Area Network Functions with Business Unit Cloud & IP, Ericsson, says: "Our operator customers can now connect directly to our Device Connection Platform with a preintegrated, scalable & secure backbone solution. The combined offering from Telia Carrier and Ericsson is fully aligned to provide the SLAs demanded by business-critical IoT applications."

http://www.teliacarrier.com/

ARM Advances Cortex-A73 on TSMC 16FFC Process

ARM today announced the availability of ARM® Artisan® physical IP, including POP™ IP, for

ARM advanced the timeline for mainstream mobile SoCs based on the new ARM Cortex-A73 processor on the TSMC 16FFC (FinFET Compact) process by releasing "Artisan" physical IP to help its SoC partner with their development.

ARM taped out the first TSMC 16FFC test chip incorporating Cortex-A73 POP IP in early May 2016. ARM said this new chip is enabling  partners to move quickly towards the validation of key performance and power metrics for their products. The Cortex-A73 is part of the latest ARM mobile IP suite and it has been designed to deliver significant increases in sustained performance and efficiency compared with the Cortex-A72.

“When designing mainstream mobile SoCs, design teams are challenged to balance implementation and optimization efforts with cost-efficiencies,” said Will Abbey, general manager, physical design group, ARM. “Our latest physical IP collaboration with TSMC addresses this challenge by providing ARM partners with the best SoC optimization solution available for the Cortex-A73. An optimized Cortex-A73 POP solution will help our partners to accelerate their own core implementation knowledge and enable faster time to tape out.”

http://www.arm.com

Monday, June 6, 2016

WSJ: Key Engineering Team at Cisco Resigns

Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain, Luca Cafiero, and Soni Jiandani have resigned from Cisco, according a The Wall Street Journal, following a management shake-up.

The "MPLS" team (first letters of their names) were associated with Cisco "spin-in" companies -- start-ups that were officially outside of Cisco but acquired by Cisco once their products were ready.  The latest such venture was Insieme Networks, which developed application centric infrastructure (ACI) technology and the Nexus 9000 family of data center switches for End-of-Row (EoR), top-of-rack and middle-of-rack deployments. Cisco acquired Insieme in 2013 for $830 million.

Other acquisitions associated with the team include Crescendo Communications (1993), which became the Catalyst switching line; Andiamo Systems (2002), a Fibre Channel switch; and Nuova Systems (2008), which became the Cisco UCS line.


Comcast Readies for Gigabit Internet Service Rollout in Nashville

Comcast is beginning an advanced consumer trial of Gigabit Internet service to Nashville, it's second market following an earlier trial launched in Atlanta in April. The service uses DOCSIS 3.1 technology.

Comcast said initial customers in Nashville will have the choice of a promotional contract price of $70 per month for 36 months, or an everyday price with no contract at $139.95.

http://www.xfinity.com/gig


Starman Plans 10G EPON for Estonia, Not DOCSIS

Starman, the largest cable operator in the Baltic States, plans to deploy a 10-gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (10G EPON) across Estonia beginning in Q4 2016.  The new network will deliver ultra-broadband services to residential customers living in Estonia and meet growing customer demand for high-speed, high-quality triple-play (voice, Internet and cable) services. Furthermore, the solution supports DOCSIS provisioning over EPON (DPoE), which allows for a low-touch integration into the existing cable network and DOCSIS back-end systems. The solution also includes Nokia's Optical Network Termination (ONT) devices, providing consumers with the latest generation gigabit Wi-Fi technology.

Nokia said the contract shows "how cable operators globally are considering deep fiber and fiber-to-the-home deployments as a realistic and cost-effective alternative to upgrading their current DOCSIS 3.0 Hybrid Fiber Coax networks to 3.1, in order to meet subscriber demands." Starman is the first European cable operator to commercially deploy a 10G EPON fiber access residential solution for brownfield deployments.

"After careful consideration of the different technology options, we determined that Nokia's 10-gigabit fiber network would allow us to deliver the best service and end-user experience to our customers. We chose Nokia because of their unique ability to provide both the latest technology innovations and expertise from their top specialists. When investing in the Internet services we bring to our customers' home, ensuring the technology is future-proof is essential. Today we are choosing solutions that can allow for symmetrical connections greater than 1Gbps, enabling us to skip some current technological developments and take a seat on the new high-speed 10G train," Starman Group Technology Director Jaanus Erlemann.

http://www.nokia.com

China Mobile Implements Nokia GPON for Mobile Backhaul

China Mobile is deploying a GPON mobile backhaul network in Jiangsu and Henan provinces of China using the Nokia 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager and the Nokia 7368 ISAM ONT. The same technology provides China Mobile with the backhaul infrastructure needed to support residential subscribers, enterprises, hotels, banks, schools and hospitals spread over some of China's most populated areas. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"It's no secret that mobile traffic is exploding, growing exponentially as the world continues to go wireless. To support the data demands of wireless subscribers, operators are increasingly turning to fixed fiber networks such as GPON for their backhaul requirements to satisfy the scale, efficiencies and cost savings they seek. GPON also eliminates the need to create parallel and dedicated networks for backhaul, while simultaneously expanding the fiber footprint to support growing residential and business ultra-broadband demands," stated Federico Guillèn, president of Nokia's Fixed Networks business group.

http://www.nokia.com

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Qadium Raises $20M for Indexing Connected Devices

Qadium, a start-up based in San Francisco, announced $20 million in Series A funding for developing its platform for indexing every device on the public Internet.

Qadium, which was seeded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), seeks to identify relationships between connected devices at scale for corporate and government cybersecurity applications. The company said its platform sends signals throughout the public internet space, interpreting returned data to determine what devices are running where, and building network graphs to understand relationships between those devices.Results are made available to customers in a software product called Expander with associated professional services.

The funding round was led by Scott Sandell, prominent technology investor and managing partner of NEA. Peter Thiel (via Founders Fund) and other previous investors also participated in the Series A.

“Our platform is relevant to every IT transaction,” stated Tim Junio, Qadium’s co-founder and CEO. “Every time a company would otherwise pay a team of consultants to come in with clipboards, or to have a security team dig through voluminous log files, Qadium can provide analytic software.”

http://www.qadium.com

ARM Adds Tools for Embedded and IoT Developers

ARM will offer simplified and expedited access to EDA tooling and design environments from Cadence and Mentor Graphics. The partnership builds on the benefits of free access to ARM Cortex-M0 processor IP offered through the DesignStart portal, which offers SoC designers free access to ARM Cortex-M0 processor IP for design, simulation and prototyping with the option to buy a simplified and standardized $40,000 fast track license.

ARM said the addition of Cadence and Mentor Graphics tools for DesignStart users accelerates the development of custom SoCs for embedded and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

“ARM’s DesignStart portal, with its convenient access to the Cortex-M0 package and its low-cost path to commercialization, is already making it easier for start-ups and OEMs to create embedded and mixed-signal SoCs,” said Nandan Nayampally, vice president of marketing and strategy, CPU group, ARM. “Simplifying access to EDA tools from Cadence and Mentor Graphics will further spur rapid innovation, creating a fast path to production silicon for companies looking to deliver an embedded or connected IoT product.”

http://www.arm.com

Video: GBET - Simplifying and Standardizing Contracts Between Carriers

Reducing the administrative costs of telecom operators is difficult when the back offices retains stone age practices.

The mission of GBET (Global Business Exchange for Telecom ) is to adopt industry standard eXchange principles for international wholesale commercial, operational and financial transactions and foster collaboration among carriers across the value chain using best practices and transformational solutions.

Carriers must work together to simplify, automate and standardize the contracting process, says Simon Dodsworth, Chair of the GBET Executive Council.

https://youtu.be/WrDfOE9wh50





Video: Fujitsu Virtuora Service Orchestrator — Agile Services with Carrier-Grade Delivery

Service providers are seeing many new revenue opportunities brought about by IoT and other technologies, but legacy network architectures can inhibit the speedy deployment of these services.

By applying standard IT virtualization technologies, providers can transform their network to enable end-to-end operational automation, service orchestration and network programmability, to deliver new services like virtual firewalls and virtual CPE faster and more efficiently.

See Video: https://youtu.be/yon5hU-sIQo





 

Video: ComEd's Sainab Ninalowo - Bringing Utilities into the 21st Century

Sainab Ninalowo, Smartgrid Engineer with ComEd, talks about bringing the utility industry into the 21st century. By leveraging the physical grid, as well as the social grid that now exists on top, the power company can provide a smarter service that benefits the customer.

See Video:  https://youtu.be/C7FCM8LrTQo

 


Video: TI's Xiaolin Lu - IoT Innovation Has No Boundaries

Innovation really has no boundaries and is everywhere, says Xiaolin Lu, Fellow and Director of the IoT Lab at Texas Instruments. Innovation is not just about creating cool new things, but in bringing improvements to how we do things, including cost and power consumption.

In this video, she offers advice and encouragement to women in the field.

https://youtu.be/uvrq0mQrspo







Sunday, June 5, 2016

AT&T Expands 5G Trial Work with Nokia

AT&T is expanding its 5G lab trial work in collaboration with Nokia. Specifically, 5G system and software architecture lab work is now underway at AT&T facilities in Middletown, N.J., Atlanta, Ga. and San Ramon, California.  Nokia is supplying test equipment for a variety of 5G technology building blocks and features, including sub-6Hz and mmWave spectrum use, low latency, advanced beamforming and very high throughput.

"We've seen great results in our 5G lab trials, including reaching speeds above 10 gigabits per second in early tests with Ericsson," said Tom Keathley, senior vice president – wireless network architecture and design, AT&T.  "Nokia is joining to help us test millimeter wave (mmWave), which we expect to play a key role in 5G development and deployment. The work coming out of AT&T Labs will pave the way toward future international 5G standards and allow us to deliver these fast 5G speeds and network performance across the U.S."

AT&T noted that early latency performance tests have shown positive signs for future consumer experiences, such as self-driving cars.

In the coming months, the carrier expects to conduct outdoor 5G wireless connectivity trials to fixed locations in cities such as Austin, Texas and Middletown, N.J.

http://www.att.com

AT&T Unveils 5G Roadmap - First Trials This Year

AT&T will begin 5G trials this year.  The first lab test with Ericsson and Intel will begin in Q2, followed by outdoor trials over the summer. 5G field trials to fixed locations in Austin will begin before the end of this year.

AT&T expects 5G to deliver speeds 10-100 times faster than today’s average 4G LTE connections. Customers will see speeds measured in gigabits per second, not megabits. 5G latency is expected to be in the range of 1 to 5 milliseconds.

“New experiences like virtual reality, self-driving cars, robotics, smart cities and more are about to test networks like never before,” said John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President, AT&T Technology and Operations.

“These technologies will be immersive, pervasive and responsive to customers. 5G will help make them a reality. 5G will reach its full potential because we will build it on a software-centric architecture that can adapt quickly to new demands and give customers more control of their network services. Our approach is simple – deliver a unified experience built with 5G, software-defined networking (SDN), Big Data, security and open source software.”

AT&T said technologies such as millimeter waves, NFV, and SDN will be among the key ingredients for future 5G experiences. AT&T Labs has been working on these technologies for years and has filed dozens of patents connected with them.

Some additional notes:
  • Data traffic on AT&T’s wireless network grew more than 150,000% from 2007 through 2015, driven largely by video.
  • More than 60% of the data traffic on the AT&T network was video in 2015.
  • AT&T already has 14 million wireless customers on its virtualized network and will millions more this year.

http://about.att.com/story/unveils_5g_roadmap_including_trials.html

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