Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Google and Facebook Team Up for Pacific Light Cable Network

Facebook and Google are teaming up to build the highest capacity, trans-Pacific cable system to date.

The Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), which will stretch 12,800 km between Los Angeles and Hong Kong, will have an estimated cable capacity of 120 Tbps.  The cable is expected to enter service in the summer of 2018. The project is organized by Pacific Light Data Communication Co. Ltd., a new company based in Hong Kong.

TE SubCom has been appointed lead contractor. The cable will use TE SubCom’s C+L technology, a major step forward in available cable transmission capacity that effectively doubles the available bandwidth and capacity per fiber pair over a traditional C-band-only designed system.

Google noted that it has now taken an ownership stake in six submarine cables: PLCN, Unity, SJC, FASTER, MONET and Tannat.

http://www.te.com/usa-en/about-te/news-center/subcom-facebook-google-pldc-co-build-plcn-101216.html
https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2016/10/new-undersea-cable-expands-capacity-for-Google-APAC-customers-and-users.html

Transpacific FASTER Cable Enters Service with 60 Tbps Capacity

The world's highest capacity undersea cable system has entered commercial service -- six fiber pairs capable of delivering 60 Terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth across the Pacific.

FASTER is a 9,000km trans-Pacific cable connecting Oregon and two landing sites in Japan (Chiba and Mie prefectures). The system has extended connections to major hubs on the West Coast of the U.S. covering Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Portland and Seattle. The design features extremely low-loss fiber, without a dispersion compensation section, and the latest digital signal processing technology.

Google will have sole access to a dedicated fiber pair. This enables Google to carry 10 Tbps of traffic (100 wavelengths at 100 Gbps). In addition to greater capacity, the FASTER Cable System brings much needed diversity to East Asia, writes Alan Chin-Lun Cheung, Google Submarine Networking Infrastructure.

"From the very beginning of the project, we repeatedly said to each other, 'faster, Faster and FASTER,' and at one point it became the project name, and today it becomes a reality. This is the outcome of six members' collaborative contribution and expertise together with NEC's support," said Hiromitsu Todokoro, Chairman of the FASTER Management Committee.

"This was the first trans-Pacific submarine cable built solely by NEC Corporation, employing the latest 100Gbps digital coherent optical transmission technology. We are honored that the consortium entrusted us to build FASTER. Although we faced many challenges during the construction, I am truly glad that we were able to overcome these and to welcome this day," said Kenichi Yoneyama, Project Manager for FASTER at NEC's Submarine Network Division. "This epoch-making cable will not only bring benefits to the United States and Japan, but to the entire Asia-Pacific region."

Construction of the system was announced in August 2014 by the FASTER consortium, consisting of China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and Singtel.

http://www.nec.com
https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2016/06/Google-Cloud-customers-run-at-the-speed-of-light-with-new-FASTER-undersea-pipe.html


  • Google previously invested in the 7.68 Tbps Pacific Unity cable system, which came online in 2010.

Microsoft and Facebook to Build 160 Tbps Transatlantic Cable

Microsoft and Facebook will jointly fund a new transatlantic cable system linking Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain.

The MAREA cable, which will be managed by Telxius, Telefónica’s new infrastructure company, will feature eight fiber pairs and an initial estimated design capacity of 160 Tbps. The new 6,600 km submarine cable system will take a more southern route than other transatlantic cables, which mostly connect northern Europe to the New York/New Jersey region.

Construction is set to begin in August 2016 with completion targeted for October 2017.

“In order to better serve our customers and provide the type of reliable and low-latency connectivity they deserve, we are continuing to invest in new and innovative ways to continuously upgrade both the Microsoft Cloud and the global Internet infrastructure,” said Frank Rey, director, global network acquisition, Microsoft Corp. “This marks an important new step in building the next generation infrastructure of the Internet.”

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/server-cloud/2016/05/26/microsoft-and-facebook-to-build-subsea-cable-across-atlantic/

  • Microsoft has previously announced investments with Hibernia and Aqua Comms for fiber connectivity from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom.
  • Microsoft is a consortium partner in the New Cross Pacific (NCP) Cable Network.  Other partners include China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, and KT. TE SubCom its the cable supplier.


Ericsson Cites Negative Industry Trends

Ericsson warned that its third quarter 2016 financial results will be below previous expectations.

The company cited "negative industry trends" from the first half of 2016, along with weaker demand for mobile broadband, especially in markets with weak macro-economic environments.

"Our result is significantly lower than we expected, with a particularly weak end of the quarter, and deviates from what we previously have communicated regarding market development. The negative industry trends have further accelerated affecting primarily Segment Networks. Continued progress in our cost reduction programs did not offset the lower sales and gross margin. More in-depth analysis remains to be done but current trends are expected to continue short-term. We will continue to drive the ongoing cost program and implement further reductions in cost of sales to meet the lower sales volumes," stated Jan Frykhammar, Ericsson President and CEO.

Key points:

  • Sales declined by -14% YoY to SEK 51.1 (59.2) b., driven by slower development in Segment Networks where sales declined by -19%.
  • Gross margin declined to 28% (34%) following lower volumes in Segment Networks, lower mobile broadband capacity sales, and higher share of services sales.
  • Operating income declined to SEK 0.3 (5.1) b., including restructuring charges of SEK 1.3 b.
  • Current trends are expected to continue short term.


https://www.ericsson.com/news/2048427

Nokia Bell Labs Achieves 65 Tbps for Transoceanic Cable Systems

Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) and Nokia Bell Labs have achieved record transmission capacity over a 6,600 km single mode fiber.

The lab trial demonstrated a total 65 Tbps transmission using submarine grade dual band erbium doped fiber amplifiers, which will help extend the capability of transoceanic cable systems to meet increasing data traffic demand. The trial leveraged Bell Labs' new Probabilistic Constellation Shaping (PCS) technology, a new modulation technique that maximizes the distance and capacity of high-speed transmission in optical networks. Unlike traditional techniques whereby all constellation symbols are transmitted with the same occurrence, PCS intelligently uses non-uniform transmission of constellation symbols by reducing the occurrence of high power symbols, thus providing more resilience to noise and other impairments, and the ability to dynamically adapt to changing conditions.

"The future digital existence where everyone, everything and every system and process is connected will require a massive increase in network capacity and the ability to dynamically optimize this capacity. Probabilistic Constellation Shaping extends the limits of current optical transmission by utilizing novel modulation techniques to dramatically improve the performance and capacity needed for the new digital era that will be enabled by the Future X Network," stated Marcus Weldon, president of Nokia Bell Labs & Nokia CTO.

http://www.nokia.com

U.S. Cellular Tests 5G for Fixed Wireless with Nokia

U.S. Cellular is working with Nokia to test 5G fixed wireless in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Nokia said the 5G testing used 28GHz spectrum through an experimental license from the FCC and Nokia's commercially-available, 5G-ready AirScale radio platform to stream six simultaneous 4K ultra high-definition videos.

For the outdoor testing, which was conducted at U.S. Cellular's technology center in Schaumburg, Ill., the team set up a point-to-point, clear line of sight scenario between a base station and user equipment. To test the impact of a real world environment, impairments such as dry wall, windows and metal panels were introduced, and testing was repeated by moving the base station and user equipment behind trees and foliage. The indoor testing was done in U.S. Cellular's lab. In both environments, the tests delivered speeds of 5Gbps and ultra-low latency under 2 milliseconds (ms) over the 5G wireless link.

Ricky Corker, executive vice president and head of North America for Nokia, said: "Nokia continues to accelerate its efforts to develop and test 5G in North America, and we're pleased to expand our relationship with U.S. Cellular with this newest 5G collaboration. Our tests show how 5G technology not only will enhance U.S. Cellular's ongoing efforts to stay ahead of the needs of their data-hungry customers and businesses, but also create opportunities for new services requiring high bandwidth and low latency."

http://www.nokia.com

CoreSite Expands its Silicon Valley Data Center Campus

CoreSite Realty announced the opening of “SV7”, the fifth building on its Santa Clara campus, and its seventh building in the Silicon Valley market.  The company 62% of the 230,000 net rentable square feet of the new facility has already been leased. CoreSite commenced and completed construction on the entire build out of SV7 in order to continue to meet strong demand for multi-tenant data center space in the Silicon Valley market.

"We are pleased to announce the opening of SV7, which underlines our commitment to our continued growth in the important Silicon Valley market,” said Paul Szurek, CEO of CoreSite. “Santa Clara remains one of the top markets in the U.S., with strong data center demand driven by growth in the deployment of leading technology products and services, and we believe that our SV7 development provides a differentiated colocation solution to this robust market. Further, SV7 offers our customers seamless access to the network, cloud and enterprise communities of interest across CoreSite’s Santa Clara campus and the rest of CoreSite’s Silicon Valley data center market.”

http://www.coresite.com

Laser Light Looks to Bring Space-based Optical Links to Equinix Data Centers

Laser Light Communications, which is planning to deploy an All Optical Global Communications Network (HALO) using a constellation of 8-12 Medium Earth Orbit satellites with sat-ground 100 Gbps optical up/down links, will establish its inaugural global Point of Presence (PoP) at Equinix’s DC11 International Business Exchange (IBX®) data center in the Washington, D.C. area.

Laser Light will commence installation, testing and demonstration of its leading-edge laser communications and SD-WAN equipment using the DC11 facility. Once operational, the HALO satellite constellation will offer its Optical Satellite as a Service (OSaaS) - SpaceCable services –  to carriers, enterprises and government customers at Equinix facilities around the globe, providing a seamless all-optical communications system, through its hybrid satellite-terrestrial network, capable of quickly and cost-effectively connecting any two points on the globe with 100Gbps service links.  

Laser Light said space-based laser communication technology – known as Free Space Optics – stems from 20+ years of civil science and federal investments and deployments by government entities such as Department of Defense (DOD), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), European Space Agency (ESA) and Japanese Space Agency (JSA).

http://www.equinix.com
http://www.laserlightcomms.com/

Mist Raises $28 Million for Cloud-enabled Wi-Fi + Bluetooth

Mist, a start-up based in Cupertino, California, raised $28 million in Series B funding for its smart wireless networking that integrates Wi-Fi and Bluetooth location services.

Mist said its platform lets you think centrally and act locally through a combination of cloud-based intelligence and on premises enterprise-grade Access Points. Machine learning automates key tasks like event correlation, location, and clustering to dramatically simplify wireless operations. The platform collects ongoing real-time state information from every mobile device on the network. It leverages virtual BLE (vBLE) beacons to eliminate the setup and management hassles of physical beacons.

Additional features:

  • Real-time visibility into user Radio Frequency (RF) environment - “RF glasses” give administrators a real-time view of the RF environment from the mobile device’s perspective. If a wireless user complains about a Wi-Fi or BLE problem, the Mist platform can be used to easily visualize in real-time exactly what their wireless environment looks like for accurate troubleshooting.
  • BLE Asset tracking – Mist is the first vendor to deliver deep analytics on both Wi-Fi and BLE using a single converged platform (Access Points and cloud). Administrators can easily track the average and maximum number of wireless users or BLE-enabled devices in a given location, the number of visits per zone, who is visiting each zone, and what the wireless experience was during each visit.
  • BT11 Access Point – The Mist BT11 is an industry-first enterprise-grade Access Point for Bluetooth Low Energy (version 4.2). It has a 16 antenna element steerable directional antenna and one omni-directional element array for the highest location accuracy of any BLE AP on the market. In addition, the BT11 has a dedicated radio for collecting data and sharing it with the Mist cloud for detailed location analytics and high accuracy indoor location services (down to one-meter accuracy with sub-second latency).


The funding was led by GV (formerly Google Ventures), with additional funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, and Cisco Investments. With the latest round of financing, Karim Faris, General Partner at GV, has joined Mist’s Board of Directors.

“The latest round of financing will help us further our goal of delivering amazing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth experiences to the billions of people using smartphones, tablets and laptops,” said Sujai Hajela, CEO and co-founder of Mist. “At the same time, we are committed to simplifying wireless operations and lowering IT costs by being the first vendor to bring big data and machine learning at web scale to wireless networking.”

“Mist is addressing two of the biggest issues in mobility today: reliable Wi-Fi that is easy to operate at web scale, and accurate Bluetooth location services that are seamless to deploy in any environment,” said GV General Partner Karim Faris. “Mist’s cloud-based platform uses advanced machine learning to deliver unprecedented automation and insight. This means that organizations like corporations, hotels, stores, hospitals, and universities can interact with their mobile users in exciting new ways.”

http://www.mist.com

KodaCloud Targets AI-powered Wi-Fi Management for Business

KodaCloud, a start-up based in Campbell, California emerged from stealth to unveil its Cloud Service Wi-Fi powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) for enterprises.

KodaCloud’s service, which is now commercially available, consists of a network of Wi-Fi Access Points (AP) that are shipped directly to customer location(s), without the need for a customer to buy equipment or a partner to manage an inventory or shipments. With the use of web-based dashboard, or the use of a smartphone app, a customer or partner can install and activate a Wi-Fi business network in minutes with AP-to-cloud activation using existing LAN and Internet. KodaCloud then delivers and manages Wi-Fi networks for a monthly fee.

“The key value of KodaCloud’s disruptive service is that customers and partners do not have to carry the burden of buying and managing equipment and inventory,” said Iain Gillott, president and founder of iGR. “Rather than simply monitoring network status from the cloud, KodaCloud actually manages the network in real time. Customers and partners use the KodaCloud app to monitor their network and take action as necessary, direct from their smartphone or mobile device.”

As for AI, KodaCloud said its service monitors, learns, adapts and automatically acts to adjust interference parameters in all customer networks using learning and real-time calculations with contextual information in real time and without the active involvement of a network IT person. The patented AI service reduces or removes the need for dedicated IT teams to constantly monitor or manage network interference, or respond to network alerts that identify a problem without a solution.

http://www.kodacloud.com

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