Sunday, July 17, 2016

AT&T Launches Network Functions on Demand Internationally

AT&T announced the launch of its Network Functions on Demand service in 76 countries and territories, including:


AMERICAS – Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominican Republic,Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, United States, Uruguay, U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela

ASIA PAC – Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines,Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand

EMEA – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland,France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia,Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom

The service uses a single universal piece of equipment at the customer premise to deliver virtualized functions via the AT&T Network on Demand platform. AT&T Network Functions on Demand is the third service on the platform.

The first AT&T Network Functions on Demand capabilities that customers can choose from include:

  • Juniper Networks virtual routing
  • Cisco virtual router
  • Fortinet virtual security
  • Riverbed virtual WAN optimization

"Building networks by deploying network functions in software is a major shift in network design," said Ralph de la Vega, Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of AT&T Business Solutions and International. "We've broken through traditional, cost-prohibitive barriers. Our software platform delivers a simple, flexible and efficient experience for any business, virtually anywhere and anytime they need it."

AT&T noted that since its launch in 2015, more than 1,200 businesses across multiple industries have signed up for AT&T Network on Demand solutions.

http://www.att.com/nfv

AT&T Commits its ECOMP Service Orchestrator to Open Source

AT&T confirmed that it is committed to releasing into open source its current Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy (ECOMP) platform, which is the service orchestration system that powers the AT&T software-defined network (SDN).

AT&T said ECOMP is mature, feature-complete, and tested in real-world NFV deployments. The company believes open source ECOMP will bring maturity to SDN and become the industry standard for orchestration, management and policy control.

By releasing the ECOMP code as open source, AT&T said other service providers will be able to use this software to meet non-stop network demands as data-hungry technologies like autonomous cars, augmented and virtual reality, 4K video and the Internet of Things (IoT) take off.

“In March, we opened the hood of our network, showed you the engine and the industry responded asking to join us,” said John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President, Technology and Operations, AT&T. “Over the last few years, AT&T invented what we believe to be the most sophisticated, comprehensive and scalable software-centric network in the world. Today, we’re letting anyone use and build upon our millions of lines of software code by committing to releasing it into the open source community.”

“This is a big decision and getting it right is crucial,” Donovan continues. “We want to build a community – where people contribute to the code base and advance the platform. And, we want this to help align the global industry. We’ve engaged a third-party company to be the integrator and provide support in the industry for the ECOMP platform. And we’ve received positive feedback from major global telecom companies. We’re excited to share more on that front very soon.”

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

Saturday, July 16, 2016

pureLiFi Secures Funding for LED Wireless Communications

pureLiFi, a start-up based in Edinburgh, Scotland, announced a new round of funding supporting its proprietary LiFi technology, which uses modulated LED light to provide wireless communications. The company says LiFi has the potential to be significantly faster than current WiFi.

The company, which was created in 2012 as a spin-off from the University of Edinburgh, has raised $10 million to date. Investors include Temasek, an investment company based in Singapore, and London & Scottish Investment Partners (LSIP).

Professor Russel Griggs OBE, Chairman of pureLiFi said “This funding, which exceeds what we set out to secure, gives the company the resources required to rapidly scale over the next few years. When I was asked to become Chairman, my task was to build the initial base of the company and secure the funding to take it forward into the sectors we see as the future for the business. Having delivered all that successfully now, I am delighted that we have secured Mike Hickey to take over from me as Chairman, whose international and sector experience will lead the company to even greater success.”

http://purelifi.com/

AWS Acquires Cloud9

Amazon Web Services has acquired Cloud9, a start-up based in San Francisco & Amsterdam.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cloud 9 provides a development environment in the cloud. Its mission is "to unlock the benefits of writing code in the cloud." The company was founded in 2010 and was backed by Accel and Atlassian.

https://c9.io


Friday, July 15, 2016

QTS Opens Mega Data Center in Former Chicago Sun-Times Bldg

QTS Realty Trust opened a new mega data center at 2800 S. Ashland Avenue in downtown Chicago.

QTS transformed the iconic Chicago Sun-Times facility into a 317,000 square foot mega data center. The facility will serve as QTS' Midwest hub to deliver its fully integrated portfolio featuring customizable data center solutions, colocation, managed hosting, hybrid cloud and disaster recovery services for enterprise and government organizations.

"This data center is restoring an iconic building and giving it a 21st-century purpose," Mayor Emanuel said. "Chicago is a global hub for innovation and technology, and this QTS data center will help the city build on that reputation for years to come. Welcome to Chicago!"

http://www.qtsdatacenters.com/

Bay Dynamics Raises $23 Million for Cyber Risk Analytics

Bay Dynamics, a start-up based in San Francisco, announced $23 million in Series B financing for its cyber risk analytics.

Bay Dynamics' flagship analytics software, Risk Fabric, automates the process of analyzing security information so that it's traceable, trustworthy and prioritized.

The funding round was led by Carrick Capital Partners and included capital from Series A investor Comcast Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of Comcast Corporation.

"We are very impressed with the quality of Bay Dynamics' cyber risk analytics platform and the endorsements we have heard from Bay Dynamics customers," said Jim Madden, co-founder and Managing Director of Carrick Capital Partners. "We believe the strongest and highest quality companies, like Bay Dynamics, will continue to thrive and we are excited to be a part of that growth."

http://baydynamics.com/



Thursday, July 14, 2016

AT&T's Threat Intellect Sifts Billions of Security Events in Minutes

AT&T unveiled a new Threat Intellect service that takes a Big Data + machine learning approach in sifting through billions of security events captured on the AT&T backbone to identify abnormal and malicious activity based on data patterns.

This new approach, which will be the brains behind AT&T security services going forward, provides visibility into the data patterns and threat activity by using multitudes of unique threat signature data streams, analytics and intelligence. Data can come from mobile devices, applications, data centers, or through AT&T security services. The software-defined network can then apply policies to mitigate the threat.

AT&T estimates this automation will improve the speed at which we can deploy security protections by over 95%, greatly improving threat detection and resolution.

“AT&T secures more connections than any communications company in North America,” said Steve McGaw, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business Solutions. “No carrier experiences the depth and scale of security threats we see on a daily basis– more than 30 billion vulnerability scans and 400 million spam messages are detected on our IP network. The power of Threat Intellect gives us the ability to process 5 billion security events, a full day’s worth of activity for all of our security customers combined – in only 10 minutes.”

“In the past, you had to know exactly where a specific file was stored to access it. Now, you only need a key word to find that file,” McGaw said. “AT&T Threat Intellect has a similar capability. It is the power behind every AT&T firewall, network security protection and every other security capability we have integrated in our network and services.”

AT&T said 117 petabytes of traffic are traversing its network every day.

http://www.att.com




See video:  https://youtu.be/rLWKTxw1fcE

FCC Looks to Open Millimeter Wave Spectrum for 5G

The FCC adopted rules to identify and open up millimeter wave spectrum to support the rapid advancement to 5G networks and technologies in the United States.

Specifically, the new rules open up almost 11 GHz of spectrum for flexible use wireless broadband – 3.85 GHz of licensed spectrum and 7 GHz of unlicensed spectrum.

The FCC said it is committed to moving fast to establish U.S. leadership in 5G, noting that the nation is the first to open millimeter wave spectrum for 5G.

The rules create a new Upper Microwave Flexible Use service in the 28 GHz (27.5-28.35 GHz), 37 GHz (37-38.6 GHz), and 39 GHz (38.6-40 GHz)
bands, and an unlicensed band at 64-71 GHz.

Licensed use in the 28 GHz, 37 GHz and 39 GHz bands: Makes available 3.85 GHz of licensed, flexible use spectrum, which is more than four times the amount of flexible use spectrum the FCC has licensed to date.

  • Provides consistent block sizes (200 MHz), license areas (Partial Economic Areas), technical rules, and operability across the exclusively licensed portion of the 37 GHz band and the 39 GHz band to make 2.4 GHz of spectrum available.
  • Provides two 425 MHz blocks for the 28 GHz band on a county basis and operability across the band.

Unlicensed use in the 64-71 GHz band: Makes available 7 GHz of unlicensed spectrum which, when combined with the existing high-band unlicensed spectrum (57-64 GHz), doubles the amount of high-band unlicensed spectrum to 14 GHz of contiguous unlicensed spectrum (57-71 GHz). These 14 GHz will be 15 times as much as all unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum in lower bands.

Shared access in the 37-37.6 GHz band: Makes available 600 MHz of spectrum for dynamic shared access between different commercial users, and commercial and federal users

http://www.fcc.gov

Digital Realty Signs Wind Power Agreements

Digital Realty Trust announced multiple renewable energy agreements for powering its U.S. data centers.

The deals include a long-term agreement with E.ON Climate and Renewables North America to procure approximately 400,000 megawatt-hours of wind power annually, which will offset 100% of Digital Realty's U.S. colocation and interconnection energy usage, reducing the company's carbon footprint by approximately 275,000 metric tons per year.

"Now more than ever, the overwhelming demand for real-time data, enhanced agility and scalability for online applications is increasing demand for power consumption within the data center," said A. William Stein, Digital Realty's Chief Executive Officer.  "Digital Realty recognizes the importance of addressing our customers' growing demand for renewably powered data centers, and this agreement serves as another example of our deep commitment to sustainable and environmentally responsible business practices."

Digital Realty also posted its Green Bond Use-of-Proceeds Statement, which details the use of the approximately $493 million of net proceeds raised through the issuance of a Green Bond in June 2015.  Digital Realty has allocated the net proceeds to nine projects:


  • 3825 NW Aloclek Place / Hillsboro, OR / U.S.
  • 43830 Devin Shafron Drive, Building F / Ashburn, VA / U.S.
  • Unit 1, Power Avenue, Manor Royal / Crawley / Surrey / UK
  • 7500 Metro Center Drive / Austin, TX / U.S.
  • 900 Quality Way / Richardson, TX / U.S.
  • 1-11 Templar Road / Sydney / Australia
  • 98 Radnor Drive / Melbourne / Australia
  • Grange Castle, Nangor Road / Dublin / Ireland
  • 43940 Digital Loudoun Plaza, Building G / Ashburn, VA / U.S.


https://www.digitalrealty.com/solutions-services/sustainable-innovation/

Infinera Joins Telecom Infra Project

Infinera has joined the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) to help accelerate the pace of innovation in telecommunications infrastructure.

TIP was co-founded by Facebook and operators such as Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom an engineering-focused initiative that aims to reimagine the traditional approach to building and deploying telecom network infrastructure.

Infinera said it will contribute its expertise in developing and deploying innovative packet-optical technologies and solutions for all three areas globally.

“We are delighted to join TIP and look forward to collaborating with Facebook and other industry leaders to define the future of telecom networks,” said Ashoka Valia, Senior Vice President, Business Development at Infinera. “With this collaboration, Infinera’s leadership in technology innovation and large-scale photonic integration to play an even greater role in solving the future connectivity requirements of networks across the globe.”

http://www.infinera.com

Facebook's Telecom Infra Project Gets Organized

The Telecom Infra Project (TIP), which was kicked off by Facebook earlier this year with a mission to take the principles of the Open Compute Project (OCP) model and apply them to software systems and components involved in access, backhaul, and core networks, has expanded its membership and formed the first set of technical project groups.

New TIP members include Axiata Digital, Indosat, MTN Group, Telefonica, Vodafone, Acacia, ADVA, BlueStream, Broadcom, Coriant, Deloitte, Juniper Networks, and Lumentum. TIP launch partners included Intel, Nokia, Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom.

The new Project Groups include:

Access
System integration and site optimization – Chaired by SK Telecom
New integration via innovative, cost-effective and efficient end-to-end solutions that address rural and urban regions difficult to serve profitably.

Unbundled solutions – Co-chaired by SK Telecom and Nokia
Taking a fresh look at access, specifically through a cost-effective approach for low-power, low-maintenance solutions.

Media-friendly solutions – Chaired by Intel
Focusing on methods to increase effective throughput and further enhance the mobile user experience by bringing compute and storage capacity closer to the network edge.

Backhaul
High-frequency autonomic access – Chaired by Facebook
Defining thin and extensible software stack to autonomously coordinate routing, addressing and security related functions in packet-switched IPv6 networks.

Open optical packet transport – Co-chaired by Facebook and Equinix
Defining Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) open packet transport architecture that triggers new pace of technology innovation and flexibility, and avoids implementation lock-ins.

Core and Management
Core network optimization – Chaired by Intel
New innovation through disaggregation of traditional telecom core network via deconstructing traditionally bundled components.

Greenfield telecom networks – Co-chaired by Nokia, Facebook and Deutsche Telekom
Accelerating operator-friendly evolution towards a pure and efficient IT-based network architecture via greenfield solutions designed from the ground up.

https://telecominfraproject.com/news/updates-to-the-tip-foundation/

Facebook Deploys Infinera for Multi-Terabit European Network


Facebook has deployed an Infinera Intelligent Transport Network  to light the world's longest terrestrial optical network route, spanning 3,998 kilometers without any regeneration. The network, which is capable of delivering up to eight terabits per second (Tbps) of data transmission capacity, stretches from Facebook's data center in Lulea, Sweden across major hubs throughout Europe. Facebook deployed the Infinera p

Toshiba and WD Inaugurate Flash Memory Fab in Japan

Toshiba and Western Digital celebrated the opening of the New Fab 2 semiconductor fabrication facility located in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, Japan.

The new facility will support the conversion of the companies’ 2D NAND capacity to 3D flash memory, allowing realization of solutions offering higher densities and better device performance. Construction began in September 2014.

Satoshi Tsunakawa, President and CEO of Toshiba Corporation, said, “Advanced technologies underline our commitment to respond to continued demand as an innovator in flash memory. We are enhancing manufacturing efficiency and the quality of our world-class facility. Building on that, we also plan investments of as much as 860 billion yen by FY2018, in line with the market situation. Our commitment is firm, and we are confident that our joint venture with Western Digital will produce cost competitive next generation memories at Yokkaichi.”

http://www.toshiba.com

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

AT&T Commits its ECOMP Service Orchestrator to Open Source

AT&T confirmed that it is committed to releasing into open source its current Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy (ECOMP) platform, which is the service orchestration system that powers the AT&T software-defined network (SDN).

AT&T said ECOMP is mature, feature-complete, and tested in real-world NFV deployments. The company believes open source ECOMP will bring maturity to SDN and become the industry standard for orchestration, management and policy control.

By releasing the ECOMP code as open source, AT&T said other service providers will be able to use this software to meet non-stop network demands as data-hungry technologies like autonomous cars, augmented and virtual reality, 4K video and the Internet of Things (IoT) take off.

“In March, we opened the hood of our network, showed you the engine and the industry responded asking to join us,” said John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President, Technology and Operations, AT&T. “Over the last few years, AT&T invented what we believe to be the most sophisticated, comprehensive and scalable software-centric network in the world. Today, we’re letting anyone use and build upon our millions of lines of software code by committing to releasing it into the open source community.”

“This is a big decision and getting it right is crucial,” Donovan continues. “We want to build a community – where people contribute to the code base and advance the platform. And, we want this to help align the global industry. We’ve engaged a third-party company to be the integrator and provide support in the industry for the ECOMP platform. And we’ve received positive feedback from major global telecom companies. We’re excited to share more on that front very soon.”

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

AT&T's ECOMP is its Next Big Thing

AT&T is moving quickly to transform itself into a software company, said John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer, in a keynote at the sixth annual Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, California.  Last year, AT&T hit its target of virtualizing 5% of its network functions.  This year, the company aims to increase its NFV rollout to 30% of network fuctions.  This includes some 39 VNFs going into the production infrastructure. As of today, 14 million wireless customers are on AT&T's fully virtualized mobile packet core

Some additional highlights:

  • AT&T next big thing is ECOMP - Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management & Policy) Architecture. Donovan describes ECOMP as the most sophisticated software project that AT&T has ever undertaken -- the engine that powers its software-centric network.  The goal is to enable high utilization of network resources by combining dynamic, policy-enforced functions forcomponent and workload shaping, placement, execution, and administration. Over the past 18 months, a team of 300 AT&T developers has assembled 8 million lines of codes. It is designed to interoperate with Open Stack.  AT&T has just published a whitepaper (link below) on ECOMP and is inviting industry commentary.  If there enough community interest, AT&T is considering making ECOMP open source.
  • AT&T continues to make progress on Central Office Re-architected as Data Center (CORD), which was first showcased at ONS last year. The idea behind CORD is to use SDN and NFV to transform carrier functions into workloads that are hosted on common, commodity infrastructure. AT&T trials for CORD begin this month.
  • AT&T has doubled its usage of open source software in the past year. The company is participating in many open source initiatives and has just joined the Open Compute Project.
  • Donovan sees virtual reality as being a huge driver of bandwidth
  • Regarding competition and/or cooperation with other big cloud providers, Donovan said AT&T is comfortable with its role as owner/operator of its infrastructure.
  • AT&T is now serving 26 million IoT devices.
  • 60% of AT&T total network traffic is video 
  • AT&T is carrying more than 114 petabytes on its network daily.

http://att.com/ecomp

Verizon Completes 5G Spec

As part of its 5G Technology Forum, Verizon announced completion of its 5G radio specification.

Ericsson, which is part of Verizon’s Technology Forum, said the specification provides guidelines to test and validate crucial 5G technical components. The development of the specification allows industry partners such as chipset vendors, network vendors, and mobile operators to develop interoperable solutions and contribute to pre-standard.

Ericsson noted that it is cooperating with 24 service providers around the world to plan and develop 5G.

http://www.ericsson.com

Verizon Aims for 5G Field Trials in 2016

Verizon announced plans to begin 5G field trials in 2016. The benefits of 5G are expected to include 50x throughput performance over 4G, latency in the single milliseconds, and the ability to handle exponentially more Internet-connected devices to accommodate the expected explosion of the Internet of Everything.

Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung participated in an inaugural Verizon 5G Technology Forum last month. The carrier is building "5G Sandboxes" at its Innovation Centers in Waltham, Mass. and San Francisco for collaborating with ecosystem partners and developers.

“5G is no longer a dream of the distant future,” said Roger Gurnani, executive vice president and chief information and technology architect for Verizon. “We feel a tremendous sense of urgency to push forward on 5G and mobilize the ecosystem by collaborating with industry leaders and developers to usher in a new generation of innovation.”

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-sets-roadmap-5g-technology-us-field-trials-start-2016

Europe's 5G Manifesto

A "5G Manifesto" from key players in the telecom industry was submitted to EC Commissioner Oettinger with the aim of spurring deployment of 5G infrastructure in Europe.

The 7-page manifesto provides recommendations for a common vision and a calendar for deployment of investments, standards and the synchronized introduction of services in Europe. It underlines the need for spectrum and improved regulatory conditions in terms of local installation of cells, open internet rules which promote innovation, data protection and fair use.

The European Commission is working on a 5G Action plan that will be presented in September that aims at giving Europe the leadership in the deployment of standardized 5G networks as from 2020.

Signatories of the manifesto include the chief executives of BT Group plc., Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Hutchison Whampoa Europe, Inmarsat, Nokia, Orange, Proximus, Royal KPN, SES, Tele2 AB, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telekom Austria, Telenor, Telia, and Vodafone Group.

http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/dae/document.cfm?action=display&doc_id=16579

Ericsson Signs MoU with China's Inspur

Ericsson and Inspur Group, the leading supplier of data center equipment in China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

In cloud infrastructure, Ericsson and Inspur will test and verify the compatibility and/or performance of selected Ericsson software solutions related to areas such as Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), IoT, OSS/BSS and cloud on Inspur’s hardware platform, and evaluate joint proof-of-concept (PoC) opportunities.

The two companies will align standardization and participation in open forums such as ODCC and OPNFV, as well as explore possibilities for joint PoCs in areas such as 5G core networks, NFV, and management and orchestration (MANO) with operators and enterprise customers.

In TV and media, the cooperation aims to launch a solution that enables the next generation of media cloud, and will start by integrating Ericsson’s MediaFirst cloud TV platform with Inspur’s cloud portfolio. Inspur has agreed to customize its set-top box and other terminals to meet the requirements of Ericsson and its strategic customers.

The MoU builds upon the existing cooperation between the two parties, which dates back to 2002, when Ericsson and Inspur established a joint venture to develop radio technology and products. With this new agreement, the two companies will expand their collaboration into cloud infrastructure, TV and media, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

“Through our partnership, Ericsson and Inspur have the ambition to bring advanced technologies and services developed to operators, enterprises and industries around the world. I am excited about taking this next step in our collaboration with Inspur, starting in China but also looking beyond,” stated Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson.

http://www.ericsson.com

Cisco Forms $100 Million Joint Venture with China's Inspur

Cisco and Inspur (浪潮), a leader server and super computing company based in China, agreed to set up a joint-venture in China to sell networking technologies and products, build world-class information technologies and solutions, and deliver other advanced technologies and services in areas including IT infrastructure, cloud, data center, smart cities, and big data.

The companies will invest an initial US$100 million in the joint venture.

The announcement comes during President Xi Jingping's first state visit to the United States.

Earlier this year, Cisco said it would invest US$10 billion in China to support local innovation and the country's ongoing technology transformation.

In a blog post, Cisco'c CEO Chuck Robbins writes "I’m optimistic that working with Inspur will add to the recent momentum that we’ve seen in our business in China. Today, China represents approximately 3% of our business, and being the world’s second largest economy, we see the potential to increase this considerably over time. Our fiscal Q4 results in China were more encouraging than any quarter over the past two years. During my June visit, we had incredibly constructive discussions with customers and key ministries that were focused on our ability to deliver customer solutions that only our unique partnership capabilities can bring."

http://blogs.cisco.com/news/cisco-and-china-a-long-term-view

Cisco + Ericsson Partnership Covers Architecture, Sales, Services

Ericsson and Cisco announced a broad strategic partnership focused on Service Providers, enterprise networking and the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.

The companies see an incremental revenue opportunity of $1 billion or more expected for each company by calendar year 2018. For its part, Ericsson said the extended addressable market is primarily in professional services, software and resell of Cisco products. Ericsson also expects the partnership to generate full-year effect from synergies, primarily in expenses of SEK 1 billion in 2018.

The alliance will include commitments to network transformation through reference architectures and joint development, systems-based management and control, a broad reseller agreement, and collaboration in key emerging market segments. The parties have also agreed to discuss FRAND policies and enter a licensing agreement for their respective patent portfolios.  Together, Ericsson and Cisco hold over 56,000 patents and invest $11 billion annually in R&D. The companies will begin working on a joint initiative focused on SDN/NFV and network management and control.

Mellanox Advances Remote Direct Memory Access over Ethernet

Mellanox Technologies released new software drivers for RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet).

The new drivers simplify RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) deployments on Ethernet networks and enable high-end performance using RoCE, without requiring the network to be configured for lossless operation.

“RoCE has built-in error recovery mechanisms and while a lossless network has never been a strict requirement, customers typically configure their networks to prevent packet loss and ensure the best performance,” said Michael Kagan, chief technology officer, Mellanox. “The new software supports our latest 10, 25, 40, 50, and 100 Gb/s Ethernet adapters and is completely compatible with the RoCE specification. This new software eliminates any special lossy network configuration requirements.”

“Microsoft deploys an advanced datacenter infrastructure delivering an enterprise-grade intelligent cloud platform to our customers,” said Albert Greenberg, Distinguished Engineer, Network Development, Microsoft Corp. “We’re encouraged to see the continued development and evolution of the RoCE technology. RoCE is an example of one of the advanced networking solutions that helps enable Microsoft Azure to deliver cloud services to our customers with superb flexibility, performance, and reliability.”

http://www.mellanox.com

AT&T Business Fiber Expands Gigabit Reach

AT&T announced widened availability of its AT&T Business Fiber service across the United States.  The service supports symmetrical 1 Gbps Internet in major cities in AT&T Fiber Ready buildings. The company said it has expanded coverage over the past few years to reach over 1 million incremental business customer locations in the US.

In just the San Francisco Bay Area, AT&T currently has over 1,600 multi-tenant office buildings and 97,000 business customer locations that are live with
AT&T fiber.

In addition, AT&T announced the nationwide launch of U-verse Business Voice over AT&T Business Fiber.

http://www.att.com

Netcracker Acquires CoralTree

Netcracker has acquired CoralTree Systems, a provider of converged solutions for European service providers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition includes CoralTree's technology solutions and highly skilled resources in systems integration, business operations support and other professional services. CoralTree’s solutions also include technology assets in video activation, BSS and OSS which complement Netcracker’s solution portfolio.

Netcracker is a division of NEC.

"Our first priority as a business is to meet and exceed our customers' expectations, and our remarkable growth this year is a testament to that," said Andrew Feinberg, President and CEO of Netcracker Technology. "The acquisition of CoralTree Systems will further strengthen our product portfolio and accelerate the great work we are doing on behalf of our service provider customers. CoralTree’s outstanding workforce and technology toolsets perfectly complement Netcracker’s own assets and the combination of these two companies will deepen our relationships with customers around the world."

http://www.netcracker.com

Nokia and Samsung Expand Patent Cross License

Nokia and Samsung agreed to expand their patent cross license deal beyond the scope of the arbitration agreement between the two companies that was announced in February 2016.

The new agreement expands access for each company to patented technologies of the other and reinforces Nokia's leadership in technologies for the programmable world. With this expansion, Nokia expects a positive impact to the net sales of Nokia Technologies starting from the third quarter of 2016.

With this expanded agreement, Nokia Technologies' annualized net sales related to patent and brand licensing is expected to grow to a run rate of approximately EUR 950 million by the end of 2016.

"With intellectual property portfolios from Nokia Technologies, Nokia Networks and Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia has a wealth of technologies relevant to mobile devices and beyond," said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia Technologies. "We welcome this expanded agreement with Samsung which recognizes the strength of our assets, and we continue to pursue new licensing opportunities across a number of diverse industries."

http://www.nokia.com

See also