Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ixia and Viavi Debut 400GbE Test System with Forward Error Correction

Ixia is working with Viavi Solutions to showcase the world’s first public interoperability demonstration of a test system running bi-directional 400GbE line rate traffic with RS-544 Forward Error Correction (FEC), as currently defined in the IEEE 802.3bs draft standard.

The demo, which will be shown at next week's ECOC 2016 conference in Düsseldorf, Germany, will show full interoperability of independently developed MAC, PCS, and RS-544 FEC IP by each company, including the critical FEC element that enables 400GbE error-free data packets to be carried over fiber links, on readily available hardware components.

The companies said this demonstration is intended to show that it is now possible to successfully bring products to market that interoperate in accordance with emerging 400GbE standards and are ready for adoption by network equipment manufacturers as well as companies that need to move forward with their 400GbE implementation.

Ixia’s full portfolio of network infrastructure test systems, including the 400GbE test system, offer the same send/receive capabilities on all speed ports, with packet lengths as small as 49B, which is smaller than the minimum Ethernet frame size. It is also capable of sending and receiving a single 400GbE line rate flow at any packet size.

Viavi’s Optical Network Tester (ONT) has been proven in lab testing of 100G components, and now has the industry’s first 400G support to include FEC and PAM4 modulation. Pioneers of the high-speed network ecosystem now have a comprehensive, integrated platform for design, development, and validation of 400G technologies including CFP8 pluggable 400G optics.

“It is a very exciting time in high speed networking technology, and we are delighted to work together with Ixia to demonstrate the first stages of a vibrant and healthy 400GbE ecosystem,” said Paul Brooks, 400G technology lead, Viavi Solutions. “We are all committed to helping our customers successfully bring 400GbE products to market with the confidence that they can interoperate and perform to expectations.”

http://www.ixiacom.com
http://www.viavisolutions.com/en-us

Radisys Intros MediaEngine Transcode Resource Function with Virtualized Option

Radisys introduced its MediaEngine Transcode Resource Function (TRF) for enabling service providers to to deploy transcoding as an adjunct function that scales independently from, and complements existing legacy network elements, such as session border controllers (SBCs) and media gateways. The key idea is to decouple transcoding from legacy network elements.

Radisys’ MediaEngine Transcode Resource Function (TRF) products is offered in both an optimized hardware platform and as a virtualized network function (VNF).

The hardware version is available as the MediaEngine TRF-12000, which offers advanced IP media transcoding and transrating capabilities with the scalability and proven reliability required to meet the needs of the world’s largest service providers to deliver HD voice and advanced video services.

The MediaEngine Virtualized TRF (vTRF) delivers carrier-class transcoding in a software-only offering with performance-tuned virtualization support, compatibility with NFV architectures, and cloud deployment capabilities. Radisys’ vTRF can be deployed on any Intel-based server and supports VMWare, KVM, Openstack and deployment in public clouds including Amazon EC2.

Key capabilities for both the MediaEngine TRF-12000 and vTRF:

  • Support for a broad range of audio codecs including EVS – the newest HD audio codec used in mobile networks, Opus for Over the Top and WebRTC applications, and video codecs such as VP8 and H.264
  • Flexible control interface integration options, including SIP (RFC 3261) B2BUA in-line call control, and SIP (RFC 4117) for transcoding under the control of third-party Telephony Application Servers (TAS) or Call Session Control Function (CSCF) control
  • Advanced voice quality enhancement (VQE) features, including acoustic echo cancelation, noise reduction and packet loss concealment

“Just as we did over 15 years ago when we pioneered the media server/MRF market, our new transcoding solutions help improve network architectures, allowing communications service providers to drive down their costs and increase their ability to adapt to ever-changing market and technical requirements,” said Grant Henderson, vice president, MediaEngine and Corporate Marketing, Radisys. “Our new TRF products offer communications service providers a new, more cost effective way to deploy transcoding, while accelerating their transition to software-centric networks.”

Radisys is now shipping TRF and the company said the solution has been deployed by leading communications service providers in North America and Asia.

http://www.radisys.com/mediaengine/solutions/transcoding

Extreme Networks Buys Zebra's WLAN Business

Extreme Networks will acquire Zebra Technologies' wireless LAN (WLAN) business for $55 million in cash.

Extreme said the acquisition will strengthen its end-to-end, wired and wireless software-driven networking solutions and complements its vertical market focus.

Zebra will continue to offer customers a complete end-to-end solution – from mobile computers and scanners to specialty printers, RFID, software and services – for identifying, tracking and managing critical assets, people and transactions.

"Combining Zebra's WLAN technologies and marquee retail, transportation and logistics, and hospitality customers with Extreme Networks' wired and wireless capabilities, recognized as visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, creates the industry's number three WLAN enterprise campus powerhouse," said Ed Meyercord, President and CEO of Extreme Networks. "WLAN is the fastest growing segment in the networking industry. Our heritage of delivering innovative and pioneering technology is reinforced with today's announcement, underscoring our commitment to providing customers worldwide with unified visibility and control across their wired and wireless networks."

"The WLAN business is an ideal fit with Extreme Networks as a pure play networking company, and we are proud of our WLAN employees for the contributions they have made to Zebra and will make in the future," said Anders Gustafsson, CEO of Zebra Technologies.

https://www.zebra.com
http://www.extremenetworks.com/

ADTRAN Acquires Commscope's Fiber Access Portfolio

ADTRAN has acquired CommScope's key fiber access products, technologies and service relationships. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The key components of the acquisition include:


  • Active EPON and 10G-EPON product platforms, which include infrastructure and customer premises equipment that deliver CableLabs DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) certification – ADTRAN will now sell, support, and develop these product lines for new and existing MSO customers; and
  • Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) product line, including patented optical beat interference (OBI) mitigated versions. ADTRAN said it plans to leverage this HFC and FTTP bridging technology to help customers deliver high-bandwidth services and applications in specific situations, including rural and low-density greenfield deployments.


“The transition of these active product lines to ADTRAN sharpens both companies’ focus to benefit our customers and the cable industry as a whole,” said Jim Hughes, CommScope’s vice president of North American MSO sales. “As a global leader in fiber optics for wired and wireless networks, CommScope will continue providing passive PON solutions to the MSO and service provider market, including its optical closures, optical terminals and drops, and other passive accessories, along with its robust portfolio of innovative fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) offerings.


http://www.adtran.com/index.php/adtran-acquires-commscope-s-mso-fiber-access-active-systems-portfolio

Amdocs Acquires Three Companies Focused on Customer Experience

Amdocs has acquired three three privately-owned companies that are focused on improving the customer experience for communications services:

Vindicia: offers software-as-a-service (SaaS) subscription management and payment solutions. Vindicia helps digital enterprises to onboard customers and process payments for digital content, over-the-top (OTT) entertainment, online subscriptions and on-demand services.

Brite:Bill:  focused on transforming the customer bill into a unique, customer-centric engagement channel. Brite:Bill's technology and services transform invoices into a personalized, digital, interactive billing experience in the channel of the customer's choice. The invoice's customized and engaging design reduces customer confusion around the bill, thereby cutting service provider costs around inbound inquiries, and also provides an engagement opportunity for service providers to promote new services.

Pontis: provides contextual digital engagement solutions. Pontis's real-time decisioning and learning technology enables service providers to offer their customers personalized contextual interactions relevant to where that individual customer is in their journey with the service provider. Pontis helps service providers determine the next best action for customer engagement and then to offer the customer, across outbound and inbound channels, the most appropriate service at the right time and the right touch point.

"Communication and media service providers, including those with over-the-top offerings, are transforming to capture the world of on-demand services and digital immediacy. When combined with business-driven analytics behind the scenes, this ensures a simplified, intuitive and engaging customer experience," said Eli Gelman, Amdocs Management Limited president and CEO.

"These acquisitions, alongside Amdocs' existing platforms which include multi-channel, digital care and commerce, customer management and big data analytics solutions, position Amdocs as the market leader to help communication and media providers on their journey. I am excited by these companies joining Amdocs, as their cloud-based technologies will augment Amdocs' rich offering and shorten our time to market," Gelman continued.

The three similarly priced companies were acquired for a combined amount of approximately $260 million in cash, net, and may be subject to certain adjustments including small earnouts.

http://www.amdocs.com

Zayo Appoints Amanda Tierney as EVP of Network Connectivity

Zayo Group Holdings appointed Amanda Tierney as executive vice president of Network Connectivity, a role in which she will be responsible for the wavelengths, Ethernet, IP and SONET Strategic Business Units.

Tierney joins Zayo from Charter Communications where she served as vice president of Commercial Marketing. Prior to Charter, she held leadership positions during her nine-year tenure at Level 3 in customer care, market management, strategy, wholesale and large enterprise.

http://www.zayo.com

New Jersey Fiber Exchange Deploys Coriant Groove DCI

The New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX) is deploying the Coriant Groove G30 DCI Platform in its carrier-neutral colocation facility.

NJFX is a Tier 3, carrier neutral colocation campus that intersects where subsea cables from the United States, South America, Europe and the Caribbean meet. The 64,800-square-foot data center facility provides direct connectivity to international submarine cable systems via private backhaul solutions.

http://www.coriant.com
http://www.NJFX.net

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Brocade's New SLX 9850 Router for Data Centers Packs 230 Tbps

Brocade introduced its next-generation data center routing solution designed for high-density 10/40/100GbE interfaces and featuring advanced visibility and automation capabilities.

The Brocade SLX 9850 delivers 230 Tbps non-blocking chassis fabric capacity that can support up to four million routes, two million full-color statistics and two million policies.

The new router features a unique 1.5 RU modular line card designed for the highest density and scale. It leverages the embedded Brocade SLX Insight Architecture for pervasive network visibility. The SLX 9850 also takes advantage of BROCADE WORKFLOW COMPOSER to provide server-based, DevOps-style network automation that integrates across IT domains for end-to-end workflow automation.

Commercial deliveries begin in Q4 2016.

"Customers tell us that they need networking solutions that not only address their immediate requirements, but that will sustain the next several generations of port speeds and densities, while delivering advanced capabilities to help deeply analyze network traffic as well as automate network operations," said Jason Nolet, senior vice president, Switching, Routing and Analytics Products Group, Brocade. "The Brocade SLX 9850 routing solution was designed to address these needs with an innovative, extensible architecture providing organizations with maximum platform longevity, combined with advancements to deliver unparalleled network visibility and automation."

http://newsroom.brocade.com/press-releases/brocade-delivers-innovative-new-routing-solution-designed-for-the-digital-era-nasdaq-brcd-1276754#.V9jK-JgrJhE


Nokia Expands its AirScale Portfolio

Nokia announced its AirScale RNC - a cloud-based 3G radio network controller.

The product is in trials and will be commercially available during the first quarter of 2017.

Nokia is also extending its portfolio of ultra-lean and efficient AirScale radios. New radios supporting additional paired and unpaired frequency bands will meet more operators' multiple technology radio access network demands:


  • Nokia AirScale RRH 4T4R B40 160W for 2300 MHz (Band 40), with the highest transmit power in its category at 160W, can provide support for up to 100 MHz of unpaired spectrum and will allow operators in parts of the globe, including China, India, the Middle East and Africa, Europe and North America, to grow network capacity and data rates massively with 4.5G Pro.
  • Nokia AirScale RRH 2T2R B28 120W for the Asia Pacific Telecommunity band (APT) 700 MHz (Band 28) supporting operators in parts of the world including India, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Europe. This thinnest full-band radio at 73mm offers world-leading macro site compactness, allowing network coverage to be dramatically extended to close the digital divide and acting as a foundation for multiband carrier aggregation of 4.5G Pro.
  • Nokia AirScale RRH 2T2R B11 120W for 1500 MHz (Band 11) is available in the advanced market of Japan. With the lowest power consumption and highest transmit power of 120 W, it will enable the lowest total cost of ownership for Japanese operators as they expand their networks with coverage and capacity for 4.5G Pro.
  • The new Nokia Services portfolio for the AirScale Cloud RAN and AirFrame Data Center will assist operators in accelerating the planning, design, roll-out and operations of their cloud-based radio access networks. 


"The journey to 5G can be smoothed by choosing the right technology path. With 4.5G Pro and cloud-based radio access networks, operators can leverage scalability and flexibility as they start to provide 5G-like use cases on top of LTE, taking user experience to the next level. Also, with prime examples such as the launch of the first true cloud-based RNC and the expansion of our AirScale radios and services portfolio, we are showing that Nokia is leading in this space, enabling customers to evolve in the most cost-effective and timely way," stated Frank Weyerich, head of Mobile Networks Products at Nokia.

http://www.nokia.com

Mushroom Networks Advances its SD-WAN with VNF Studio

Mushroom Networks introduced VNF (Virtual Network Function) Design Studio software, a curated library of modular, drag-and-drop components to help service providers and large enterprises build their software-defined WANS.  The software helps admin optimize their WAN and the performance of their cloud services for their organization’s specific needs and application traffic profile.

Mushroom Networks, which supplies a range of Broadband Bonding solutions, said its new VNF Design Studio, Mushroom Networks makes virtual network functions available on an "a la carte" basis. For example, a CIO can have a VNF that dynamically and automatically steers VOIP/SIP traffic around network problems caused by high latency, jitter and packet loss, and in parallel have another VNF to support cross-traffic and latency optimization for “chatty” applications.

“In the era of distributed computing and the software-defined data center, the bottleneck for cloud services at the enterprise branch office has become the WAN. And for organizations that are relying on mission-critical cloud services over a distributed geography, ensuring the performance of those services is paramount,” said Cahit Akin, founder and CEO of Mushroom Networks. “VNF Design Studio extends the programmability benefits of the software-defined data center all the way to the branch office. Our VNF Design Studio gives network admins even more flexibility and power by enabling them to very easily and quickly create custom WAN overlays specific to their own requirements.”

https://www.mushroomnetworks.com

NVIDIA Advances its Pascal-based GPUs for AI

NVIDIA is expanding its Pascal™ architecture-based deep learning platform with the introduction of new Tesla P4 and P40 GPU accelerators and new software. The solution is aimed at accelerating inferencing production workloads for artificial intelligence services, such as voice-activated assistance, email spam filters, and movie and product recommendation engines.

NVIDIA said its GPU are better at these tasks than current CPU-based technology, which isn't capable of delivering real-time responsiveness. The Tesla P4 and P40 are specifically designed for inferencing, which uses trained deep neural networks to recognize speech, images or text in response to queries from users and devices.

Based on the Pascal architecture, these GPUs feature specialized inference instructions based on 8-bit (INT8) operations, delivering 45x faster response than CPUs and a 4x improvement over GPU solutions launched less than a year ago.

With 47 tera-operations per second (TOPS) of inference performance with INT8 instructions, a server with eight Tesla P40 accelerators can replace the performance of more than 140 CPU servers.5 At approximately $5,000 per CPU server, this results in savings of more than $650,000 in server acquisition cost.

"With the Tesla P100 and now Tesla P4 and P40, NVIDIA offers the only end-to-end deep learning platform for the data center, unlocking the enormous power of AI for a broad range of industries," said Ian Buck, general manager of accelerated computing at NVIDIA. "They slash training time from days to hours. They enable insight to be extracted instantly. And they produce real-time responses for consumers from AI-powered services."

http://nvidianews.nvidia.com

Inphi Intros 400GbE PAM4 for Next-Gen CFP8 Modules

Inphi announced a 400GbE platform solution for next-generation 400G CFP8 modules.

The solution uses Inphi's highly integrated, lowest power 4-level Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM4) digital signal processing (DSP) IC, which supports IEEE P802.3bs 400G/s Ethernet standard alongside its linear TIAs and linear drivers for client based cloud interconnects.

Inphi said its the foundation of its 400G PAM4 PHY IC is a highly configurable and DSP Engine that can be targeted to multiple different performance oriented applications for optical based interconnects, while keeping an extremely low power profile.

The solution multiple channels along with transmit and receive PAM4 and forward error correction (FEC) functions on a single package.
https://www.inphi.com

UNH-IOL Offers 25G Ethernet Testing

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) is now offering 25 Gigabit (25G) Ethernet Testing Services at its state-of-the-art facility.

“As campus, data center and cloud deployments begin to accelerate the adoption of 25 Gb/s technology, it’s critical to have an effective, vendor-agnostic means of testing interoperability and compliance against applicable 25G and 50 Gigabit (50G) Ethernet specifications,” said Brad Booth, Chair, 25G/50G Ethernet Consortium. “UNH-IOL’s full suite of testing services will reduce the barrier of marketplace adoption with the new generation of 25G and 50G Ethernet devices.”

“25G is already entering the marketplace; however, as deployments occur, issues with untested and non-compatible devices are appearing,” said UNH-IOL Enterprise Industry and Operations Strategic Manager, Jeffrey Lapak. “The UNH-IOL 25G Ethernet Testing Services are the best and most comprehensive way to demonstrate product interoperability and conformance to industry standards, showing customers that devices are ready for deployment into the market.”

https://www.iol.unh.edu/testing/ethernet/40and100gec

Monday, September 12, 2016

Equinix Brings Submarine Cable Connections to its Data Centers

Equinix's data center in Miami will host the Florida cable landing equipment of the Monet submarine cable system.

The Monet submarine cable, which will deliver 60 terabits of capacity between the U.S. and Brazil, is owned by Algar Telecom (a Brazilian telecom company and ISP), Angola Cables, Antel (the Uruguayan telecom company) and Google, which is also the U.S. landing party for Monet. Construction of the system is underway and is expected to be completed in 2017.

The Monet cable will terminate in the U.S. at Equinix's MI3 International Business Exchange (IBX) data center. In Brazil, Monet will land in Fortaleza and Praia Grande near São Paulo. Landing facilities in those markets are to be provided by Angola Cables in Fortaleza and Google in Praia Grande.

Equinix said this represents an industry first for deploying an open submarine cable architecture together with an integrated cable landing station; colocation and interconnection inside a network-dense, multi-tenant data center.

Current submarine cable projects that Equinix is engaged with and has publically announced include:  Southern Cross Cable Network (California - Sydney); Aqua Comms (New York - London); Hibernia Express (New York - London); Cinia (Germany - Finland); Trident (Australia - Indonesia - Singapore); Globenet (Florida - Brazil); Asia Pacific Gateway (China - Hong Kong - Japan - South Korea - Malaysia - Taiwan - Thailand - Vietnam - Singapore); Hawaiki Cable Limited (U.S. – Australia – New Zealand); Gulf Bridge International (Middle East - Europe); FASTER (U.S. West Coast - Japan); Seaborn Networks (New York - Sao Paulo); and Monet (Florida - Brazil).

"As data traffic continues to grow, from Facebook videos and Instagram selfies to Office 365 sessions and IoT connected devices, there is an unprecedented surge in construction of new submarine cables that currently carry 99 percent of this and all Internet traffic between continents. The investors in these new submarine cable systems, which now include large cloud service providers and content companies, are finding that when these submarine cables terminate on land, Equinix data centers are the optimal location to immediately connect these point to point submarine cables into a single location that directly connects to thousands of networks," stated Ihab Tarazi, CTO, Equinix.

http://www.equinix.com
http://angolacables.co.ao/en/network/monet

Verizon Acquires Start-up Focused on LED Lighting

Verizon agreed to acquire Sensity Systems, a start-up focused on LED lighting solutions. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sensity, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, offers a sensor-based, multiservice IoT platform. The company claims 42 smart city installations across the globe supplied through its ecosystem partners that have enabled facility and municipal lighting owners to link energy efficiency and cost savings to the improvement of business goals such as public safety, parking control, asset management and analytics.

Mike Lanman, senior vice president - Enterprise Products and IoT at Verizon, said: “Sensity is a leading provider of IoT solutions for smart communities with a strong ecosystem of partners, and this transaction will accelerate the deployment of large-scale implementations that will drive the digital transformation of cities, universities and venues. Verizon is uniquely positioned through its infrastructure investments at the network, platform and application levels to provide holistic solutions that empower communities to address their most pervasive challenges.”

Verizon is working on connected-intelligent solutions including parking, lighting, traffic management and security that improve livability, resiliency and public safety for local communities.The company’s Smart Communities organization, which is a part of its IoT business, is also simplifying the creation of IoT applications through ThingSpace.

http://www.sensity.com
http://www.verizon.com

CenturyLink Rolls with G.fast

CenturyLink claims the largest G.fast deployment in the United States: Platteville, Wisconsin, where the carrier has installed G.fast technology in 44 multi-dwelling units (MDUs) to provide internet speeds of up to 500 Mbps and higher to nearly 800 apartments.

CenturyLink said it is evaluating other locations, beyond MDUs, where G.fast technology can be used to give customers access to faster speeds, such as fiber-fed multi-tenant units (MTUs) and neighborhoods where fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC) allows for G.fast to push higher speeds over the short amount of copper into the home.

The rollout uses the Calix AXOS G.fast solution, with all systems and services managed via the cloud through Calix's Compass Consumer Connect Plus software.

In 2015, CenturyLink deployed fiber-to-the-premises technology to the majority of residential and business customers in Platteville to upgrade the CenturyLink Televideo TV service to CenturyLink Prism TV service and to offer broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps.

"We saw a great opportunity to use existing copper assets in our Platteville network to bring ultra-fast internet speeds to customers who live in areas that typically don't have access to these new broadband technologies delivering higher speeds," said Aamir Hussain, CenturyLink executive vice president and chief technology officer. "We take a fiber-first approach when deploying faster broadband speeds but enabling G.fast over copper infrastructure helps us reduce costs, speed time to market and effectively connect our customers to the power of the digital world in areas where fiber deployment is less feasible."
 
http://www.centurylink.com

Crehan: Spending Spikes for Branded Data Center Ethernet Switches

In the first half of 2016, spending on branded data center Ethernet switches saw the strongest growth since the first half of 2012, according to the most recent report from Crehan Research Inc.

The market’s growth rate in the first half of 2016 approximately doubled the rate seen in the previous two years leading to record results, according to the report.

“Customer spending and deployments of branded data center Ethernet switches accelerated significantly during the first half of this year due to a number of factors," said Seamus Crehan, president of Crehan Research.

“First, we have seen the recent introduction of numerous products with compelling features and value propositions including programmability, automation, and telemetry, which help to enable software-defined data center networks. Second, we are seeing the price per gigabit of bandwidth drop significantly, enticing customers to upgrade their existing infrastructure. And lastly, we are seeing a lot of early excitement and interest around 100 gigabit Ethernet switching, where data center shipments have gone from about ten thousand ports in the first half of 2015 to well over one-hundred thousand ports in the first half of 2016."

Some highlights:


  • Over half of all spending on branded data center Ethernet switches during the first half of 2016 was on Cisco products, with particularly strong adoption of the company’s Nexus 3000 and 9000 lines. 
  • The strongest vendor revenue growth during the same time period was seen by Arista and Huawei, each of which increased revenues by over thirty percent in comparison to the first half of 2015. 
  • Juniper Networks’ revenue also had a very healthy increase – in the twenty-percent range – as its QFX portfolio of data center Ethernet switches saw strong acceptance within the telco, cable and cloud service provider markets.


http://www.crehanresearch.com/

Vertical Systems: Mid-Year 2016 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD

Vertical Systems Group published its Mid-Year 2016 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD (in rank order based on retail port share): Orange Business (France), Colt (U.K.), BT Global Services (U.K.), AT&T (U.S.), Level 3 (U.S.), Verizon (U.S.) and NTT (Japan).

The Global Provider LEADERBOARD is the industry's benchmark for multinational Ethernet network market presence, ranking companies that hold a 4% or higher share of billable retail ports at sites outside of their respective home countries.

There were no new entrants to the LEADERBOARD based on mid-2016 share results. However, Level 3 moved up from sixth to fifth position ahead of Verizon. Level 3 also had the fastest growth in Global Provider ports among the LEADERBOARD-ranked companies during the first half of 2016.

The Challenge Tier of Global Providers includes companies with share between 2% and 4% of this defined market. Seven companies qualify for the Mid-2016 Challenge Tier (in alphabetical order): Cogent (U.S.), Global Cloud Xchange (India), SingTel (Singapore), T-Systems (Germany), Tata Communications (India), Telefonica Worldwide (Spain) and Vodafone (U.K.).

"2016 is the beginning of a technological transformation of global Ethernet services, as carriers worldwide enhance offerings enabled by SDN, NFV and LSO," said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. "Winning providers will be those that best utilize these technologies to improve service agility, cost control and deployment speed."

The Market Player tier includes all Global Providers with port share below 2%. Companies in the Market Player tier are as follows (Note - in alphabetical order): Bell Canada (Canada), Bezeq (Israel), CAT Telecom (Thailand), CenturyLink (U.S.), China Telecom (China), China Unicom (China), Chunghwa Telecom (Taiwan), Easynet Global Services (U.K.), Eir (Ireland), Embratel (Brazil), euNetworks (U.K.),Exponential-e (U.K.), Globe (Philippines), GlobeNet (Brazil), GTT (U.S.), Hutchinson Global (Hong Kong), Indosat (Indonesia), Interoute (U.K.), KDDI (Japan), Korea Telecom (Korea), KPN International (Netherlands), Liberty Global (Netherlands), Masergy (U.S.), PCCW Global (Hong Kong), PLDT (Philippines), Rogers (Canada), Rostelecom (Russia), Softbank Telecom (Japan), Spark (New Zealand), Sparkle (Italy), StarHub (Singapore), Symphony (Thailand), TDC (Denmark), Telecom Italia (Italy), Telekom Malaysia (Malaysia), Telenor (Norway), Telia (Sweden), Telin (Singapore), Telkom South Africa (South Africa), TelMex (Mexico), Telstra (Australia), Vector (New Zealand), Virgin Media Business (U.K.), XO (U.S.), Zayo Group (U.S.), and other providers selling Ethernet services outside their home country.

http://www.verticalsystems.com

Ranovus Debuts Multi-wavelength Quantum Dot Laser Transceiver

Ranovus, a start-up based in Ottawa, introduced a highly-scalable, Optical Engine and 200Gbps CFP2 optical transceiver solution for the Data Center Interconnect applications and based on its multi-wavelength Quantum Dot Laser (QDL) technology.

Highlights of Ranovus’ platform solution:

  • A single Quantum Dot Laser capable of generating multiple wavelengths simultaneously
  • Ring Resonators based SiP Modulators providing an efficient wavelength sensitive way to modulate a WDM optical signal without multiplexing or de-multiplexing architectures
  • Advanced Electronics to enable PAM4 modulation format for Ethernet interfaces at 50Gb/s per lane and beyond
  • Supporting links of 4.8 Tbps in the C-band
  • Supporting various DCI transport distances from 15 to 120km

“In the mid 1990s the optical communication industry was revolutionized through the invention of multi-wavelength amplifiers.  Today we are announcing the availability of the World’s First multi-wavelength subsystem based on a single Quantum Dot Laser source.  Complementing such innovation with our highly integrated Silicon Photonics and high speed IC building blocks, will enable the creation of a new miniaturization, cost and power consumption paradigm for Inter/Intra Data Centre connectivity, 5G wireless backhaul, Metro and Access networks” said Hamid Arabzadeh, Chairman of the board, President and CEO of Ranovus. “I’m pleased to announce the availability of our 200Gbps DCI solution using our platform technologies to enable massive data center network connectivity”.

http://www.ranovus.com

Renesas to Acquire Intersil for $3.2 Billion

Renesas Electronics Corporation agreed to acquire Intersil for US$22.50 per share in cash, representing an aggregate equity value of approximately US$3.2 billion (approximately 321.9 billion yen at an exchange rate of 100 yen to the dollar).

Renesas supplies microcontroller (MCU) and system-on-chip (SoC) products and technologies.  Intersil specializes in power management and precision analog capabilities.

The acquisition is also expected to expand Renesas’ product portfolio, particularly for analog devices, where the market is expected to increase by approximately US$3.9 billion by 2020.

“Renesas is accelerating its focus of resources in automotive, industrial, infrastructure, and the rapidly growing IoT segments to aggressively grow its global business and maintain its position as a leading provider. Intersil’s extensive portfolio of analog and power devices as well as its strength in the automotive, industrial, and broad-based segments complement many of Renesas’ initiatives in these areas,” said Bunsei Kure, Representative Director, President and CEO of Renesas Electronics Corporation. “We believe that this compelling and complementary combination will bring significant synergies and cross selling opportunities as well as a system solution proposition which will pave the way for Renesas to strengthen its position as a leader in the global semiconductor market while delivering value to its customers with a unique product offering.”

http://ir.intersil.com