Monday, August 15, 2016

CoreSite Eyes Major Data Center Expansion in No Virginia

CoreSite Realty plans to acquire the Sunrise Technology Park (STP) in Reston, Virginia, a 21.75-acre light-industrial / flex office park 0.3 miles from its existing VA1 and VA2 buildings. CoreSite expects pay $60 million plus transaction costs, followed by an additional $90 million to complete Phase 1 of the master-planned development.

CoreSite said it estimates that it could build over 660,000 square feet of new data center capacity across multiple phases on the new parcel, which currently hosts four buildings totaling 315,000 square feet.

Currently, CoreSite's Reston campus includes two facilities totaling over 390,000 square feet of turn-key data center capacity.

"CoreSite's expansion in the Reston market is an important step in the execution of our strategy to scale our business supporting performance-sensitive customer requirements across our network-dense, cloud-enabled data center platform," said Tom Ray, President and Chief Executive Officer, CoreSite. "This planned expansion to our Reston campus is designed to meaningfully scale our colocation offering in the important Northern Virginia market, leveraging off of the installed network-and-cloud capabilities already deployed at the campus. We believe that our Reston campus presents a nexus of robust, protected, low-latency network rings serving the market, while providing diversity from Ashburn. Additionally, we believe that the planned acquisition of the STP site will provide opportunities for CoreSite to continue its successful history of providing build-to-suit and wholesale data center solutions for customers with larger requirements. With the planned acquisition, we believe that CoreSite will be well-positioned for sustained growth in the important Northern Virginia market."

http://www.coresite.com/about/news-events/press-releases/coresite-to-expand-northern-virginia-campus

NEC Announces NFV Cloud-Radio Access Network

NEC Corporation announced a "Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Cloud-Radio Access Network (C-RAN) Solution" built on Intel processors and enabled by software-based wireless base station functions.

The solutions uses Intel Architecture to handle functions that control multiple wireless base stations connected via Ethernet.

"NEC launched a range of innovative SDN/NFV solutions on the market ahead of our competitors," said Nozomu Watanabe, General Manager, Mobile Radio Access Network Division, NEC Corporation. "Looking forward, NEC will capitalize on its NFV C-RAN solutions and Management and Orchestration solutions in order to contribute to the highly efficient facility operations that are necessary for 5G."

"Intel is collaborating with global operators and telecom equipment manufacturers to develop more intelligent and agile networks that lay a foundation for 5G. Innovations in areas like cloud RAN offer increased flexibility to support a breadth of new use cases and will help accelerate progress toward 5G," said Sandra Rivera, vice president and general manager of Intel's Network Platforms Group.

NEC and Intel will be running dynamic demonstrations and showcasing the effectiveness of this NFV C-RAN solution at this week's Intel Developer Forum 2016 (IDF 2016) in San Francisco.

http://www.nec.com

Former Sprint Execs Join Rivada

Rivada Mercury today announced the appointments of four former Sprint executives to its senior leadership team: Pierre Elisseeff, Peter Campbell, Bill Esrey, and Todd Rowley.

Rivada has developed an Open Access Wireless Marketplace that allows bandwidth to be bought, sold, and traded at the wholesale level. The company’s Dynamic Spectrum Arbitrage (DSA) technology allows buyers to acquire wireless bandwidth for a specific period of time in a specific location.

Having built a successful wholesale business at Sprint, Rivada Networks’ new hires will leverage the company’s technological advances to transform the mobile broadband industry.

Pierre Elisseeff is Rivada Mercury’s chief financial officer. He was previously vice president and wholesale business unit CFO at Sprint, where he successively oversaw the Enterprise/Wholesale and Postpaid Consumer
businesses.

Peter Campbell will join Rivada Mercury as chief information officer. He has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications sector, and joins Rivada after holding the same post at Sprint, where he recently led the deployment of OSS and BSS systems in support of Sprint’s multi-billion-dollar National US LTE Network Upgrade covering tens of thousands of cell sites.

Bill Esrey joins Rivada Mercury as senior vice president of wholesale and business development. Before joining Rivada, Bill was with Sprint where he was responsible for the growth and retention of Sprint's largest business customers selling cloud, wireline, wireless, M2M and various mobility applications. He served in Sprint’s Global Wholesale organization as vice president of operations, product, marketing and global sales. Bill brings over 27 years of experience in the telecom industry working for Sprint, Ameritech, and CentelCorporations.

Todd Rowley joins Rivada Mercury as senior vice president of business development. He most recently spent the past 16 years serving as vice president of business development at Sprint. There he was responsible for leading certain strategic partnering and commercial deals and working with the business units to develop strategic direction and new business models and opportunities. He has also led Sprint’s strategic efforts to develop and execute a rural LTE coverage strategy through partnerships with rural and regional carriers across the country.

The appointments follow the recent announcement that former Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer joined Rivada Mercury as CEO. Rivada Mercury is the company formed by Rivada Networks, Fujitsu, the Harris Corporation, Nokia and Black & Veatch to offer to build out FirstNet’s nationwide public-safety broadband network. Euteneuer also serves as co-CEO of Rivada Networks.

“Rivada is building the best wholesale and network operations team in the industry as we move to disrupt the way wireless works. Pierre, Peter, Bill and Todd are second to none at what they do. I look forward to working them as Rivada drives the commoditization of mobile bandwidth,” stated Rivada Networks Co-CEO and Executive Chairman Declan Ganley.

Verizon Enterprise Names Vic Bhagat as CIO

Verizon Enterprise Solutions named Vic Bhagat as Chief Information Officer.

Bhagat most recently served as the executive vice president and chief information officer for EMC, where he was responsible for leading their IT transformation and overseeing their global centers of excellence that led to the delivery of IT as a service. He also provided leadership for EMC’s technology services and support to optimize enterprise processes and enable global sales.

Prior to his role at EMC, Bhagat served at GE for more than 20 years, where he was CIO for multiple organizations, including GE Aviation Services, GE Global Growth and Operations, CNBC, GE Corporate, and GE India and Southeast Asia.

Motorola Solution Inaugurates New HQ in Downtown Chicago

Motorola Solutions inaugurated its new global headquarters in downtown Chicago at 500 West Monroe in the West Loop. The headquarters will house the company’s chief technology office, ventures group, software engineering team and corporate functions, as well an innovation center showcasing the products and services depended on by the company’s 100,000 customers worldwide.

The first teams of employees moved into the new building today, which will house six floors by mid-September. The move marks a return to Chicago for the company, which was founded in 1928 on Harrison Street.

“The story of Chicago and Motorola Solutions goes back nearly 90 years, and today we are writing a new chapter at their new home, right here in the City of Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “This new headquarters will employ hundreds of people and give Motorola Solutions the tools they need to grow for generations to come – access to talent, transportation and capital.”

“Where you work matters, and today we’re opening our new collaborative workspace in the heart of Chicago. We look forward to welcoming our employees as well as attracting new talent that is critical to our company’s future,” said Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown. “It’s an honor to join Chicago’s thriving tech community as a pillar of innovation, ideas and opportunity.”

Motorola Solutions also maintains its current Americas Sales Headquarters at 224 S. Michigan Ave. (300 employees) and an engineering facility in Schaumburg, Ill., (1,600 employees).

https://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com/

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sprints Hits 295 Mbps with 3-Channel Carrier Aggregation

Sprint reached peak lab speeds of 295 Mbps in three-channel carrier aggregation lab tests using the HTC 10, one of the first devices on the market to support the functionality. S

Sprint is testing three-channel carrier aggregation ahead of its LTE Plus network deployment.

Two-channel carrier aggregation used by Sprint delivers peak speeds of more than 100 Mbps in 237 LTE Plus markets across the country using 40MHz of spectrum on the company’s 2.5GHz cell sites. With three-channel carrier aggregation Sprint will utilize 60MHz of spectrum to provide peak speeds of more than 200 Mbps on compatible devices.

Sprint currently offers 22 devices that actively support two-channel carrier aggregation on its LTE Plus network.

In March, Sprint demonstrated speeds of more than 300 Mbps using three-channel carrier aggregation on a Samsung Galaxy S7. Five devices currently offered by Sprint are three-channel carrier aggregation capable: the HTC 10, HTC 9, LG G5, Samsung Galaxy S7, and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Three-channel carrier aggregation is slated for enablement on devices via an automatic software update following network deployment.

“LTE Plus uses some of the most advanced technologies in wireless such as carrier aggregation and it’s a key part of our Densification and Optimization strategy,” said Günther Ottendorfer, Sprint COO, Technology. “With LTE Plus we’ll keep delivering the best mobile services for our customers with higher throughput and capacity using very cost-efficient solutions.”

“Two-channel carrier aggregation has made a significant difference for our customers in LTE Plus markets across the country and that’s just the beginning,” said Dr. John Saw, Sprint CTO. “With holdings of more than 160MHz of 2.5GHz spectrum in the top 100 U.S. markets, we have more capacity than any other carrier in the U.S. Our customers and those switching to Sprint can be confident in our ability to meet their demand for data now and well into the future.”

http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=12283


University of Cambridge: Liquid Light Switch

Researchers at the University of Cambridge announced a miniature electro-optical switch with the potential for more energy-efficient signal processing.

The switch can change the spin – or angular momentum – of a liquid form of light by applying electric fields to a semiconductor device a millionth of a metre in size.

The project, which was conducted at the Cambridge NanoPhotonics Centre with funding from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the European Research Council (ERC) and the Leverhulme Trust, leverages a state of matter called Polariton Bose-Einstein condensate, which enables the switch to mix electric and optical signals.

https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/liquid-light-switch-could-enable-more-powerful-electronics


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ericsson and China Mobile Test Drones for Handovers

Ericsson and China Mobile are testing a 5G-enabled drone prototype for handovers across multiple sites.

A field trial has been conducted using China Mobile's network in Wuxi, Jiangsu province between sites that were simultaneously in use by commercial mobile phone users.

Ericsson said potential use cases for this technology include mission-critical applications such as support for emergency services. The project aims is to optimize latency for mission-critical use cases, by dynamically deploying part of a network through distributed cloud close to the radio edge. The drone trial is therefore an important step toward 5G networks in which part of a network can be distributed and dynamically deployed at the cellular edge in order to reduce end-to-end latency, and to serve a range of 5G use cases at the same time.

“With commercial implementation expected from 2020, Ericsson’s 5G research is coming out of the labs and into live test networks. We see tremendous opportunities in 5G, and we are mobilizing the ecosystem and collaborating with industry leaders such as China Mobile to help make 5G a reality,” stated Chris Houghton, Head of Region Northeast Asia, Ericsson.

https://www.ericsson.com/news/160812-ericsson-and-china-mobile-worlds-first-5g-drone_244039854_c

Friday, August 12, 2016

NVIDIA Posts Record Q2 Revenue of $1.43 Billion, up 24% YoY

NVIDIA posted record revenue of $1.43 billion for its Q2, ended 31-July-2016, up 24 percent from $1.15 billion a year earlier, and up 9 percent from $1.30 billion in the previous quarter. GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $0.40, compared with $0.05 a year ago and up 21 percent from $0.33 in the previous quarter.

"Strong demand for our new Pascal-generation GPUs and surging interest in deep learning drove record results," said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and chief executive officer, NVIDIA. "Our strategy to focus on creating the future where graphics, computer vision and artificial intelligence converge is fueling growth across our specialized platforms -- Gaming, Pro Visualization, Datacenter and Automotive." "We are more excited than ever about the impact of deep learning and AI, which will touch every industry and market. We have made significant investments over the past five years to evolve our entire GPU computing stack for deep learning. Now, we are well positioned to partner with researchers and developers all over the world to democratize this powerful technology and invent its future," he said.

http://nvidianews.nvidia.com/news/nvidia-announces-financial-results-for-second-quarter-fiscal-2017

NVIDIA Unveils GPU Accelerators for Deep Learning AI



NVIDIA unveiled its most advanced accelerator to date -- the Tesla P100 -- based on Pascal architecture and composed of an array of Graphics Processing Clusters (GPCs), Streaming Multiprocessors (SMs), and memory controllers. The Tesla P100, which is implemented in 16nm FinFET on a massive 610mm2die, enables a new class of servers that can deliver the performance of hundreds of CPU server nodes. NVIDIA said its accelerator brings five breakthroughs: NVIDIA...


China Telecom Picks Nokia for 4G Expansion in 19 Provinces

China Telecom signed an agreement with Nokia to expand its 4G coverage in 19 provinces in China.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

The contract covers expansion of the radio access network and lays the foundation for China Telecom's intended launch of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services in 2017.

Specifically, Nokia is deploying its 4G Flexi MultiRadio 10 Base Stations in 19 provinces in China: Shanghai, Jiangsu, Shandong, Zhejiang, Hunan, Hubei, Guangxi, Fujian, Jiangxi, Shaanxi, Heilongjiang, Hebei, Henan, Sichuan, Anhui, Liaoning, Guizhou, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia.

As of the end of June, China Telecom had nearly 207 million mobile subscribers, with 90 million users of 4G devices, an increase of more than 31 million during the first six months of 2016. Last year the company saw 4G traffic increase by more than six times, and it is predicted to account for more than 90 percent of mobile data traffic on the network by 2017.

"This agreement with China Telecom builds on our long history of collaboration. Our deep-rooted knowledge of the Chinese market will enable China Telecom to meet the demands of an ever-growing and dynamic 4G subscriber base," stated Mike Wang, Head of Nokia Networks China and ASB joint management team.

http://www.nokia.com

Nokia Delivers Database for Vodafone India's 200M Subs

Nokia completed the modernization of a Home Location Register (HLR) database for Vodafone India SuperNet. The company described the project as world's largest HLR upgrade, as its consolidated databases across 17 circles covering over 200 million entries. The number of database hosting nodes was also reduced from 46 to 12, improving efficiencies, enhancing performance and optimizing costs.

As part of the project, Nokia implemented its Subscriber Data Management (SDM) solution, which features Nokia's One-NDS (Network Directory Server), thereby consolidating network-related subscriber data into a single unified platform to be shared across multiple applications. Nokia's Systems Integration Services team seamlessly migrated the HLR database without disruption to Vodafone India's network and its 200 million subscribers, efficiently meeting a challenging deadline with the highest quality.

Nokia's SDM technology's geo-redundancy feature ensures that the subscriber database of one location is backed-up in the HLR of another in case of any incident like a network upgrade or natural disaster.

http://www.nokia.com

Huawei Publishes Annual Sustainability Report

Huawei published its annual Sustainability Report covering its activities over the past year in bridging the digital divide, promoting environmental protection, and seeking win-win outcomes with business partners and employees.

Some highlights of the 108-page report:

  • Deployed more than 50% of wireless base stations, over 70% of LTE networks, and at least 50,000 kilometers of optical fiber cable in Africa to provide better digital connectivity to the continent
  • Collaborated with customers to build over 500 new base stations in Sri Lanka
  • Provided network access for 50,000 Ethiopian students across 64 schools
  • Responded to the 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, restoring key base stations at hospitals, government agencies, disaster relief centers and embassies within 24 hours, and ensuring vital communications services were available to emergency services and victims, particularly during peak network usage
  • Developed lower powered chips and improved hardware design, software and dynamic energy management, which in turn helped to increase energy efficiency of core routers and wireless based stations by 25% and 20% respectively
  • Six Huawei handsets obtained leading environmental certifications based on the UL110 standard, with five of them achieving platinum level. Huawei’s entire range of campus network switches were also certified with the Green Product Mark of TÜV Rheinland
  • Saved 44.3 million kWh of electricity, reducing energy consumption per unit of sales revenue by 13.8% year-on-year
  • Generated 20 million kWh of electricity through our in-house solar power stations, reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 18,000 tons
  • Worked with suppliers to reduce over 72,000 tons of CO2 emissions
  • Introduced clean energy programs through increased employee awareness, energy management, improved technology, refined product packaging and redesigned logistics and transportation systems to reduced Carbon emissions from manufacturing to save 9,639,800 kWh of electricity, equivalent to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 9,011 tons
  • Expanded a global green recycling program to recycle used mobile phones in 23 countries, helping to maximize product value and ensure legal disposal


http://www.huawei.com/en/sustainability/sustainability-report


Thursday, August 11, 2016

AT&T's Dan Blemings on Ethernet-based, On-Demand Services

It's a very busy time at AT&T with the recent expansions of Network On Demand services and its global Ethernet footprint.

Dan Blemings, Director of Ethernet Product Management, AT&T, discusses some of the transformative steps underway to help accelerate the business benefits of Ethernet-driven services and create an ecosystem of agile, on-demand capabilities.

Recorded at the MEF Annual Members Meeting in Boston.

See video: https://youtu.be/gTP2h2MWQpQ



China Mobile Hits 51% 4G Adoption - Data Traffic Explodes

As of mid-year 2016, China Mobile was serving 837 million customers (up 2.4% YoY), of whom 51% were on 4G LTE. Total handset data traffic for the first half of the year reached 2,327.9 PB, up 134%.

In its mid-year financial report, China Mobile cited steady progress in the 4G, data traffic, wireline broadband and digital services business lines.  Some highlights:

  • Operating revenue of RMB370.4 billion, up by 7.1%, of which revenue from telecommunications services was RMB325.4 billion, up by 6.9%
  • EBITDA was RMB134.4 billion, up by 2.9%
  • Profit attributable to equity shareholders was RMB60.6 billion, up by 5.6%
  • 1.32 million 4G base stations online
  • Nearly 430 million 4G customers
  • Wireless data traffic revenue has for the first time exceeded traditional business and is now the biggest revenue source
  • Wireline broadband customers increased by 10.81 million and the total number of customers reaching 65.84 million
  • Handset data traffic increased by 133.9% year-on-year, while wireless data traffic revenue increased by 39.7%


Mr. Shang Bing, Chairman of China Mobile, stated: “Our current strategy has the dual aspects of consolidation and future growth. For consolidation, we will be further building on our 4G advantages and increasing our 4G customers proportion. Our high-end approach with regards to wireline broadband will be maintained. We will challenge ourselves to obtain a one-third market share in the ICT business through expansion of our corporate customer base. In terms of future growth, we will take a longer-term perspective, looking towards our digital services segment and increasing the revenue by understanding the important role that this business line will play for the Company in the future. As we have always done, we will take a level-headed approach to market competition. Our ultimate goal is to strike a balance between the interests of our customers, our shareholders and the public, as well as regulatory requirements when we are striving to meet our short-term goals and formulating long-term plans."

http://www.chinamobileltd.com/en/ir/webcasts/pre160811.pdf

Alibaba Rack Up 156% Revenue Growth for AliCloud

Alibaba cited 156% YoY revenue for Aliyun, its cloud division, where the segment adjusted EBITA narrowed to $(24) million.  The figure puts Aliyun on a faster growth trajectory than AWS or Azure, which also reported strong growth numbers during the first half of 2016. However, Aliyun remains much smaller, with Q2 revenue of US$187 million.

Cloud computing paying customers increased 119% YoY to 577k.  Aliyun launched 319 new products and features during the quarter.

The company said Aliyun's adjusted EBITA margin significantly improved YoY due to robust revenue growth and economies of scale.

http://www.alibabagroup.com/en/ir/presentations/pre160811.pdf

Acacia Posts Revenue of $116.2M, up 101% YoY

In its first financial report as a public company, Acacia Communications posted Q2 revenue of $116.2 million, up 101% year-over-year. GAAP gross margin came in at 46.4% of revenue and GAAP net income was $17.6 million.

“Our record second quarter results exceeded our expectations across the board and reflect the success of our disruptive technology in transforming cloud, content and communications networks.  These results are a testament to our strategy and demonstrate our leadership position in the high-growth 100G plus optical networking market,” said Raj Shanmugaraj, President and CEO of Acacia Communications, “We continue to see strong global demand for our products, driven by metro and inter-data center network infrastructure buildouts.”

Acacia, which was founded in 2009, develops  high-speed coherent optical interconnect products, including a series of low-power coherent DSP ASICs and silicon PICs.  The company has integrated into families of optical interconnect modules with transmission speeds ranging from 40 to 400 Gbps for use in long-haul, metro and inter-data center markets. Acacia’s coherent DSP ASICs and silicon PICs are manufactured using CMOS and CMOS-compatible processes. The company completed its IPO during Q2.

Ixia Adds High-density, Inline Bypass Switch

Ixia introduced a modular, high-density, inline bypass switch designed to help ensure that security tools have continuous visibility into network traffic.

The new iBypass VHD switch joins the company’s expanding portfolio of bypass switches.

Ixia said its iBypass VHD is the first bypass switch to support both active-standby and active-active network/security architectures. Active-standby offers improved security resilience with a primary and secondary tool that helps ensure ongoing network monitoring. Active–active enables a diverse deployment of security tools to maximize existing and new IT investments.

It supports up to twelve 10G bypass switches in one unit, three times more than previous versions. iBypass VHD is currently available via authorized Ixia channel partners at a starting US List price of $21,000.

Ixia iBypass VHD offers centralized and simplified management, leveraging Indigo Pro -- a central management tool for bypass switches that simplifies and speeds configuration and management of tens to hundreds of devices.

http://www.ixiacom.com

Rackspace's OpenStack Milestone: 6 Years, One Billion Server Hours

Rackspace announced a huge milestone: reaching one billion server hours operating production-ready OpenStack clouds for many of the world's largest and most recognized companies.

Rackspace collaborated with NASA to develop OpenStack in 2010.

"Over the past six years, Rackspace has gained more experience building, operating and improving OpenStack clouds than any other company," said Scott Crenshaw, senior vice president of strategy and product at Rackspace. "The one billion managed server hour milestone is an exciting accomplishment and further validates that we are ahead of competition in OpenStack leadership and expertise."

Rackspace also announced early access for a managed security service for Microsoft Azure. 

http://www.rackspace.com

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