Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Broadcom's Tomahawk II Switch Packs 64 Ports of 100GE

Broadcom announced its StrataXGS Tomahawk II Switching chip -- the highest performance Ethernet switch to date, packing up to 64 ports 100GE or 128 ports of 50GE with SDN-optimized packet switch engines operating at 6.4 Terabits per second.

The StrataXGS Tomahawk II  Tomahawk II integrates 256 serdes running at over 25 Gbps, with large on-chip forwarding tables and packet buffer memory.  The chip supports Broadcom's next generation BroadView instrumentation and control capabilities. Tomahawk II also provides enhanced traffic load balancing, network visibility and control of traffic provisioning.

StrataXGS Tomahawk II Key Features

  • 6.4 Tbps Multilayer L2/L3/MPLS Ethernet switching
  • Support for 64 ports 100GE, or 128 ports 40GE/50GE
  • 256 x 25Gbps SERDES
  • Low Latency StrataXGS Pipeline Architecture
  • FleXGS flow processing with flexible match/action capabilities
  • Dynamic Flow Distribution for large scale Layer3/ECMP networks
  • Increased On-Chip Forwarding Databases
  • Higher Capacity Embedded Packet Buffer Memory
  • Enhanced BroadView network telemetry features
  • Comprehensive overlay and tunneling support including VXLAN, NVGRE, MPLS, SPB
  • Advanced OpenFlow support using Broadcom OF-DPA
  • 16nm process


"Our StrataXGS Tomahawk II comes just two years after Tomahawk with twice the bandwidth and resource capacity. We expect this to accelerate 100G adoption in the next wave of data centers, while delivering network scale and visibility for public/private cloud computing, storage and HPC fabrics," said Ram Velaga,  senior vice president and general manager, Switch Products at Broadcom. "Tomahawk II will leverage the 25G/100G infrastructure established with the highly successful Tomahawk line.”

http://www.broadcom.com

A10 Rolls Out Big Gun to Fight DDoS Attacks

A10 Networks introduced "the industry’s biggest gun" in the rapidly escalating war against DDoS attacks -- the A10 Thunder 14045 TPS (Threat Protection System) for Service Providers, Internet Content Providers, and Cloud operators.  The appliance packs 300 Gbps of mitigation throughput capacity (or 2.4 terabits per second in a cluster).

A10 is also expanding its Thunder TPS family with a new 840 model offering 2 Gbps of mitigation throughput capacity for medium-sized enterprises or remote sites. In addition, the company is introducing NFV-based DDoS solutions at performance tiers from 1 to 5 Gbps.

A10 said its Thunder TPS can block multi-vector DDoS attacks to stop disruption, detecting and mitigating them at the network edge, and functioning as a first line of defense for the network infrastructure.

“It’s all about the customer,” said Raj Jalan, CTO of A10 Networks. “We’re helping service providers and enterprises fight back against the rising DDoS onslaught so they can be proactive, not reactive. True multi-vector, always-on protection helps them ensure uptime, exceed operational readiness and productivity, and avoid brand damage due to costly outages.”

Some highlights:

A10 Thunder 14045 TPS
Performance: 300 Gbps, 440 Mpps, 2.4 Tbps in a cluster.
Specification highlights: SPE with FPGA, 4x18 core Xeon, 3 RU, 4x100 GbE, 2+2 redundant 80 Plus Platinum rated power supplies.

A10 Thunder 840 TPS 
Performance: 2 Gbps, with hardware bypass option.

A10 vThunder TPS 
Performance: 1, 2, and 5 Gbps. Available on VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors.

https://www.a10networks.com/news/stop-multi-vector-ddos-disruption-expanded-thunder-tps-solution

Ericsson Opens New Campus in Silicon Valley

Ericsson inaugurated its new Silicon Valley campus at 2795 Augustine Drive (visible from Highway 101) in Santa Clara, California.

The new buildings consolidate various Ericsson teams around the San Francisco Bay area.  The campus also hosts a state-of-the-art Experience Center for showcasing the full potential of the Networked Society, including 5G, IoT and cloud.

http://www.ericsson.com


Webscale Raises $12 Million for Cloud Application Delivery

Webscale Networks raised $12 million through a Series A1 round of funding for its multi-cloud, software-defined application delivery controller (ADC).

Webscale’s software-defined cloud stack enables Layer 4-7 functionality delivered as-a-service within all cloud environments, public, private or hybrid. Integrated analytics provide insight into global web applications deployed by the enterprise.

Webscale said its platform is gaining momentum in the e-commerce segment as well as initial traction within the broader enterprise. Product enhancements and a strengthened sales team have delivered a 2X increase in bookings year over year, and broadened the company’s reach into new territories, including the UK, Canada, China and Australia.

“Large e-retailers understand the concept of front and back-end infrastructure scaling, which keeps their sites fast, secure and available. Webscale helps the remaining 99.9 percent of the market compete with them,” said Sonal Puri, CEO at Webscale. “Enterprise applications are becoming increasingly web-enabled, need to be cloud-agnostic, and easy to manage across infrastructures to avoid lock-in. Our expertise in providing these benefits in addition to constant availability, high-performance and enhanced security and analytics will serve us well as we expand into the broader enterprise.”

The new funding round was led by Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV) and also included new investment from Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV), Grotech, and Silicon Valley Bank. Webscale's total financing now stands at  $20 million.

http://www.webscalenetworks.com

Level3 Appoints CTO and CIO

Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) named Andrew Dugan Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Atilla Tinic Chief Information Officer, effective immediately.

As CTO, Dugan will continue to lead Level 3's Global Technology Organization, with a focus on global network technology, architecture, engineering, network systems and security. He has more than 30 years of experience in building telecommunications networks, switching platforms and services platforms. Dugan has bee1111n with Level 3 since 1998 and has served as interim lead for the Global Technology and IT Organization since June 2016.

Tinic has responsibility for the global IT organization and, in collaboration with marketing and network technology, its critical role in innovating services for our customers. He has more than 20 years of experience in IT architecture, system engineering and data management. Tinic joined Level 3 in 2014 as part of the tw telecom acquisition and had been with the company since 2004. His former role was Senior Vice President of IT.

http://www.level3.com

UNH-IOL to Host G.fast Interoperability Demo

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) will host a multi-vendor G.fast interoperability demo in the Broadband Forum Interoperability Pavilion at next week's Broadband World Forum (BBWF) in London.

The demo showcases G.fast interoperability between products from six companies based on chipsets from three different providers. Additionally, the UNH-IOL will be showing some live testing during the demo, based upon the forthcoming G.fast Certification Program.

Companies taking part in UNH-IOL’s demo are Calix, Digital Lightwave, Huawei, Metanoia Communications, Technicolor, and Telebyte.

“Proving cross-chipset interoperability enables G.fast technology to become an even more powerful tool for service providers to achieve higher speeds to the subscriber over short distances,” said Tom Starr, Broadband Forum President. “This interoperability ultimately ‘future proofs’ the network, so that new devices can effortlessly work with already deployed devices, saving time and money.”

http://www.iol.unh.edu

Monday, October 10, 2016

Deutsche Telekom Builds multi-IoT Platform

Deutsche Telekom outlined its vision of a  multi-IoT platform where it will play the role of interpreter and distributor, collecting data from a variety of hardware, such as sensors and machinery, and routing it through gateways to the preferred platform for processing.

Deutsche Telekom said it will operate the IoT platform as a data custodian, with all data subject to strict German privacy and data protection laws.

The IoT, which has been launched at DT's cloud data center in Biere, unites the different IoT solutions from Microsoft Azure, Cisco Fog and Huawei.

Deutsche Telekom's standard package for predictive maintenance includes sensors for recording machine conditions, connectivity for transmitting the data to the cloud, use of the IoT platform and presentation of the data in a web-based dashboard. In the coming months, this standard package will be enhanced with a data analytics service. Several elevator manufacturers are already using this predictive maintenance solution to maintain their systems.

http://www.telekom.com/media/company/323414

Deutsche Telekom Opens Germany's Largest Data Center

T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom's corporate customer arm, has opened the largest data center in Germany.

The state-of-the-art facility, which took 18 months to construct, is located in Biere, near Magdeburg. It offers 5,400 square meters of space (approx. 58,000 square feet) for around 30,000 servers, and could be expanded to almost 40,000 square meters.

Telekom has fitted out an existing T-Systems data center in Magdeburg, not far from Biere, almost identically. The two data centers will work as twins, storing data in parallel, so that even if one of them goes offline, the data can always be accessed via its twin.

The company cites a PUE of of 1.3. The low-energy data center has been awarded international LEED Gold certification.

T-Systems currently employs around 750 staff in Magdeburg. The construction of the twin data center will generate 30 new jobs in Magdeburg and 100 jobs in Biere.

"We are investing in Germany as a center of IT business because German data protection standards are highly valued. Our customers now have a "High-Tech Fort Knox" from a cloud provider they trust fully. IT made in Germany is in demand. We would be very pleased if the political framework continues to make ambitious IT projects possible in Germany, said Tim Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom.

http://www.telekom.com/media/enterprise-solutions/241588

NEC and Netcracker Unveil Full-Service NaaS Solution

NEC and Netcracker unveiled their full-service Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) solution -- an an end-to-end environment to rapidly create, deploy and monetize value-added services by bringing together virtualized network infrastructure and services, cloud applications, orchestration and commercialization tools through an open ecosystem of pre-integrated partners.

NEC/Netcracker NaaS is powered by an Agile Virtualization Platform and Practice (AVP) based on SDN and NFV. The solution features a cloud marketplace spanning basic network services (such as enterprise vCPE, residential CPE and SD-WAN), value-added network services (such as firewalls, bandwidth-on-demand, web filtering and WAN optimization) and cloud-based business productivity applications.

"The NEC/Netcracker NaaS solution takes full advantage of the network and enables the provisioning of new services, such as security and enterprise applications," said Shigeru Okuya, General Manager of the SDN/NFV Division at NEC Corporation. "Moreover, the NaaS solution contributes to fast and flexible service engagement for B2B services in which service providers face increasing competition in the market."

"Service providers are increasingly looking beyond their traditional core offerings as they face continued competition and price erosion. The need to rapidly onboard and launch new services, including enhanced network facilities as well as third-party offerings, is critical as they broaden their revenue mix," said Fran Heeran, Vice President and General Manager of SDN/NFV at Netcracker. "The NEC/Netcracker NaaS solution provides a complete, end-to-end environment that supports the definition, provisioning, orchestration and lifecycle management of complex services. It leverages the advances in both network and function virtualization to allow a new level of flexibility and automation, lowering costs and reducing time-to-market."

http://www.netcracker.com/naas/

Metaswitch and HPE Partner with vIMS

Metaswitch and HPE are partnering to bring virtualized IMS (vIMS) to telcos via the Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade and NFV Director orchestration platform.

The companies said their combined solution accelerates fixed and mobile network operators’ deployments of advanced services including VoLTE on private, public or hybrid cloud infrastructures. This enables Communication service providers (CSPs) to capitalize on the transformation of services like VoLTE, VoWiFi and messaging to NFV, with dynamic on-demand scaling that is more cost effective to plan, operate and support.

“The integration of Metaswitch IMS and HPE Helion enables CSPs to take full advantage of breakthrough cloud economics when bringing advanced voice services to market,” said Brandon Harper, SVP of business development at Metaswitch. “The combined solution builds on our commitment to cloud native software development and furthers our close collaboration with HPE, which stands at the forefront of NFV platform and infrastructure virtualization.”

Metaswitch’s Cloud Native IMS Core solution includes the Clearwater IMS Core and the Perimeta Session Border Controller (SBC), providing a critical framework to transition communication services to cloud infrastructures. Clearwater is a cloud-native IMS Core built on a microservices architecture and open source framework to support rapid application development. Perimeta is a virtualized SBC that distributes signaling and media functionality across commodity hardware in the cloud. Combined, these products allow the Metaswitch vIMS solution to achieve an unprecedented combination of massive scalability and exceptional cost-efficiency.

http://www.metaswitch.com/the-switch/metaswitch-brings-first-cloud-native-ims-solution-to-market-with-hewlett-packard-enterprise

CenturyLink Expands Business Fiber Service

CenturyLink announced that its fiber-ready broadband service at up to 1 Gbps is now available to 14,000 multi-tenant units (MTUs) in more than 600 cities, including Phoenix, Denver, Seattle, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Tucson, Colorado Springs, and Minneapolis/Saint Paul. Targeted businesses have access to multiple wide-area network connections delivered over fiber, including MPLS-VPN, metro Ethernet and the latest software-defined wide area network (CenturyLink SD-WAN) solution.

"These solutions help businesses of all sizes operate more efficiently, be more competitive and grow their business," said Dean Douglas, CenturyLink president of sales and marketing. "By offering fiber-ready services to MTUs in our local markets and offering speeds up to 1 gigabit, we can more quickly connect our business customers to the power of the digital world and offer them affordable and scalable business solutions previously only available to large enterprise companies."

CenturyLink is offering fiber-enabled service in hundreds of cities, A high-speed, high-capacity fiber-enabled broadband connection can improve the performance of business software applications and IT operations, especially cloud-based functions like data storage and backup. Fiber connectivity also delivers the highest quality business hosted voice services, even when shared among multiple business locations.

CenturyLink business fiber service bundles contain a core set of cloud-based business essential software applications, including Microsoft 365, website management and hosting and data backup at no additional charge. Business customers can visit www.centurylink.com/fiberplus to learn more about CenturyLink's fiber-based services, including symmetrical speeds up to 1 Gbps, and to determine if service is available at their location.

http://news.centurylink.com/news/centurylink-announces-gigabit-service-now-available-to-14-000-mtus-in-its-footprint

AT&T Plans Fiber Launch in 10 New Metro Areas in October

AT&T is on track to launch its fiber access service in at least 10 new U.S. markets this month. The October list includes:

  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Huntsville, Ala.
  • Augusta, Ga.
  • Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Ft. Smith/Northwest Arkansas, Ark.
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Lubbock, Texas
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Mobile, Ala.

Eligible locations in the area will be connected to a 1 gigabit internet connection.

The will bring the total number of markets served by AT&T FiberS to parts of 32 major metro areas.  AT&T has stated its intention to reach at least 45 metros by the end of this year and 67 overall.

http://about.att.com/newsroom/att_fiber_launching_in_new_metros_october.html

Nokia Acquires Eta Devices for Base Station Energy Efficiency

Nokia has acquired Eta Devices, a start-up specializing in power amplifier efficiency solutions for base stations, access points and devices. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Eta Devices, which is based in Cambridge, MA, with an R&D office in Stockholm, employs about 20 people. The company was founded in 2010.

Nokia said the acquisition will bolster its push to enhance base station energy efficiency, an increasingly important area for operators on the path to 4.9G and 5G. Eta Devices' technology reduces the need for backup power, translating into smaller base station cabinets and reduced equipment breakdown rates, and supporting Nokia's target to continuously strengthen the base station power efficiency of its products.

http://www.nokia.com

Thursday, October 6, 2016

OpenStack Hits its 14th Release - Newton

The OpenStack community released Newton, the 14th version of the most widely deployed open source software for building clouds.

Newton brings user experience improvements for container cluster management and networking. New features in the Ironic bare metal provisioning service, Magnum container orchestration cluster manager, and Kuryr container networking project more seamlessly integrate containers, virtual and physical infrastructure under one control plane.

Other areas of improvement include:

Improved Scalability --including the ability to scale up or down across platforms and geographies. This further cements OpenStack’s dominance as a solution for clouds of all sizes. Enhancements include improved scale-up/scale-down capabilities in Nova, Horizon and Swift; progress with Cells V2 for horizontal scale out of Nova compute environments; the addition of convergence by default in Heat; and multi-tenancy improvements in Ironic.

Enhanced Resiliency-- Cinder, Ironic, Neutron and Trove are among the projects that deliver improved high availability functionality. Security improvements are included in Newton as well; for example, Keystone offers upgrades that include PCI compliance and encrypted credentials. Cinder adds support for retyping encrypted to unencrypted volumes and vice versa. Additional enhancements in Cinder include micro-version support, the ability to delete volumes with snapshots using the cascading feature, and a backup service that can be scaled to multiple instances.

Better User Experience -- the Newton release significantly advances OpenStack as the one cloud platform for virtualization, bare metal and containers and enhances the ease of use for operators and app developers, making OpenStack easier to set up, operate, change and fix, with greater automation. Magnum offers provisioning for container orchestration tools, namely Swarm, Kubernetes and Mesos. Magnum’s new features include an operator-centric Install Guide, support for pluggable drivers, support for Kubernetes clusters on bare metal servers, and asynchronous cluster creation. For general bare metal provisioning, Ironic adds multi-tenant networking and tighter integration with Magnum, Kubernetes and Nova; also, Kolla now supports deploying to bare metal. Kuryr brings Neutron networking capabilities to containers, making Swarm integration and Kubernetes integration available for the first time. Another Kuryr highlight is the capability to nest VMs through integration with Magnum and Neutron (early release).

To support popular telecom network configurations,VLAN-aware VMs allow companies to run their existing VNFs in an OpenStack cloud and use per-tenant VLANs to get traffic to them. Nova adds mutable configuration settings, allowing operators to reload certain configuration parameters without restarting the node. Also, Nova’s get-me-a-network feature simplifies network configuration.

“The OpenStack community is focused on making clouds work better for users. This is clearly evident in the Newton release, which tackles users’ biggest needs, giving cloud operators and app developers greater security, resiliency and choice,” said Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation. “The new features and enhancements in Newton underscore the power of OpenStack: it handles more workloads in more ways across more industries worldwide. OpenStack is a cloud platform that ties everything together—compute, network, storage, and innovative cloud technologies.”

http://www.openstack.com

Verizon Sets Path for Airborne LTE Operations

Verizon outlined its Airborne LTE Operations (ALO) initiative, which aims to drive innovation and wide-spread adoption for in-flight wireless connectivity .

The plan includes:

  • The successful completion of technical trials in various locations across the country using a combination of unmanned and manned aircraft on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
  • An early adopter simulation exercise in Cape May, New Jersey using unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to demonstrate how Verizon’s 4G LTE network can help first responders and emergency management personnel enhance disaster recovery efforts.
  • The launch of a new suite of services as early as 2017 on Verizon’s ThingSpace IoT platform to help developers and businesses create and manage a wide-range of ALO-enabled applications simply backed by secure cloud and analytics capabilities.
  • A new device certification process, now available, that sets forth requirements to enable access to wireless connectivity for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
  • Collaboration with innovative partners such as American Aerospace (AATI) and Sierra Wireless to pave the way for aerial long-range applications beyond line of sight.
  • Air: the next frontier for the IoT

Verizon said its network team began work to develop the technology for in-flight LTE operations in 2014 and throughout 2015.

Earlier this year, the team engaged with American Aerospace Technologies Inc. (AATI) to test connectivity between aerial platforms and the Verizon 4G LTE network. The initial controlled trial was conducted with a 17-foot wingspan unmanned aircraft system in conjunction with AATI. The aerial platform tested advanced aerial inspection techniques that can be applied not just to the hundreds of miles of pipeline in rural Virginia, but also nationwide while connecting to Verizon’s 4G LTE network. As a result of the successful trial, Verizon deemed its 4G LTE 700 MHz network safe for in-flight wireless connectivity, which led to the creation of device and service requirements as part of Verizon’s ALO initiative.

Together with AATI, Verizon is also exploring next steps in in-flight cellular services for UAVs nationally on its 4G LTE network. Once federal regulations allow UAV operation beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), new tests will focus on BVLOS command-and-control cellular network communications for long-distance UAVs.

“This latest trial demonstrated how emerging technology combined with wireless networks can improve safety and security,” said Mike Haberman, vice president, Network Operations, Verizon. “A nationwide reliable 4G LTE network is the foundation for the future of mobile IoT in the air.”

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/air-next-frontier-internet-things

AT&T and AWS Form Cloud Alliance

AT&T and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a multi-year, strategic alliance agreement to optimize delivery of integrated solutions built on the companies’ respective cloud and networking capabilities.

The companies said their collaboration is designed to help both existing and new customers more efficiently migrate to and utilize the AWS Cloud with the AT&T network. The solutions are intended to span cloud networking, mobility, Internet of Things (IoT), security and analytics.

Key areas of collaboration:

  • Business Cloud Networking: the AT&T NetBond ecosystem has seen four fold growth in connections and eight fold in traffic over the last year. In order to deliver even more advanced networking capabilities to customers, AT&T and AWS will work together to identify new solutions with security, performance, and mobility in mind. Emphasis will be placed on enhancing end-to-end customer visibility across more highly secure and high performing network connections, allowing for faster and more automated decision making capabilities to the customer.
  • IoT: AT&T and AWS will coordinate introduction of AT&T IoT-connected sensors and devices preconfigured to seamlessly and more securely send data into the AWS Cloud. This integration will provide customers with massive breadth and scale.  It brings together AT&T’s global network, which connects nearly 29 million connected devices as of 2Q 2016 and reaches over 200 countries and territories, with AWS IoT, a managed cloud platform that can more securely and reliably scale to billions of devices and trillions of messages. Integration with the AT&T IoT Starter Kit and IoT Data plans are also intended to be included, which would allow customers to build their own solutions using AT&T IoT and AWS IoT.
  • Threat Management: the companies plan to employ their respective expertise and knowledge in security to help customers prevent, detect, and respond to threats faster and more efficiently. Using threat data and knowledge from both organizations will help fuel the processes and tools that comprise AT&T Threat Intellect, the “brains” behind AT&T’s security platform that uses advanced analytics to help provide improved end-to-end security protection for every user on our network.

“Customers of all sizes are quickly migrating to the AWS Cloud to reduce their data center footprint, become more agile and take advantage of innovation in areas such as IoT, Big Data and Analytics,” said Terry Wise, Vice President of Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Advanced connectivity and network solutions are critical to enabling our customers to get the most out of our services. We are excited to expand our alliance with AT&T and deliver new solutions designed to enable customers to accelerate their journey to the AWS Cloud.”

“For many enterprises, the cloud’s potential can be equal parts tantalizing and challenging. Emerging technology trends and fluctuating needs mean that a company’s plans are dynamic, and can quickly change,” said Mo Katibeh, Senior Vice President, Advanced Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions. “Together, AT&T and AWS can help streamline the leap to the cloud. We’re helping businesses connect everything and anything to the cloud. More importantly, we’re doing this so it can be simple, scalable and highly secure.”

http://www.att.com
https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/

CSC to Offer AT&T FlexWare to Businesses Worldwide

CSC will offer AT&T FlexWare to its clients worldwide as a “Virtual Edge” service in its next generation portfolio.

Under the expanded alliance, the companies are also developing a model to include CSC digital services at the edge of the network, where virtual network functions (VNFs) will reside.

AT&T FlexWare lets businesses adapt to their networking needs in near-real time, with easy management of VNFs from a single device.

“With CSC offering AT&T FlexWare to its customers, we’re gaining a wider reach to help customers be agile and expand their networking capabilities,” said Roman Pacewicz, senior vice president, Offer Management and Service Integration, AT&T Business Solutions. “There is a digital shift changing business for every sector. Working with CSC, we can help businesses keep up in the quickly changing environment.”

“This is a big step in our relationship with AT&T, which we have been expanding to support all of the global industries we touch,” said Dan Hushon, chief technology officer, CSC. “Through these new software-defined network services, clients will gain more agility and self-service capabilities. Our alliance with AT&T enables us to deliver value to both our new and existing clients through our industry-leading solutions.”

http://www.att.com
http://www.csc.com

AT&T Builds its FlexWare Portfolio of VNFs


AT&T is adding Palo Alto Networks' next-generation security platform to its catalog of virtual network functions (VNFs) available to global business customers on-demand. AT&T FlexWare, formerly called AT&T Network Functions on Demand, is available globally through the AT&T Network on Demand platform. AT&T FlexWare now offers two device form factors, a small device that can run up to two VNF applications and the previously available...

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AT&T is Testing Millimeter Wave for Last Mile Broadband

AT&T is trialing point-to-point millimeter wave wireless technology to deliver 100 Mbps class service to apartment buildings.  The trial is running at multiple apartment complexes in Minneapolis, outside of AT&T's traditional 21 state wireline service area. Wired connections are used in the building to reach each apartment. The trial is likely to increase the speed to 500 Mbps.

“We’re trialing the latest innovations in wireless and wired network technologies. This will make it possible for us to potentially deliver an internet connection to more locations where we have not previously been able to offer a home internet connection,” said Ed Balcerzak, senior vice president, Commercial and Connected Communities, AT&T. “If successful, this will give us the ability to offer a combination of internet, DIRECTV and wireless services to apartment complexes and multifamily communities in additional metro areas.”

http://www.att.com



Panasonic and Cradlepoint Offer Toughbook FirstNet Mobile Devices

Panasonic and Cradlepoint announced the commercial availability of an integrated mobile computing and connectivity networking solution designed for public safety and EMS agencies as well as transportation and utilities industries. The mobile computing and connectivity solution supports both commercial 4G-LTE and the emerging FirstNet public safety networks based on Band-14.

The joint solution combines Panasonic’s Toughbook devices with a rugged Cradlepoint cloud-managed 4G-LTE router providing a “vehicle area network” to connect computers, cameras, sensors and telemetry interfaces together with access to commercial and emerging FirstNet broadband wireless networks.

“In today’s challenging and increasingly mobile-centric work environment, users must have the ability to link all of their devices regardless of where their job takes them. For first responders, lives depend on their ability to access and share information, and communicate in real-time in order to provide critical services quickly, reliably and efficiently,” said Victoria Obenshain Vice President of Wireless Strategy, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “Panasonic is bringing together all of the computing, in-vehicle connectivity and support services together to keep today’s data-driven mobile workforce and first responders—and the rugged devices they rely upon to do their job—always connected.”


https://cradlepoint.com/
http://www.panasonic.com

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